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Class of 2016 College Signees

The International Junior Golf Tour would like to congratulate past and present tour players on signing their National Letter’s of Intent last week. Committing to college is a major accomplishment and the IJGT sends their best wishes to alumni as they continue their competitive golf careers.

Listed below are former alumni and the school they will be attending. Following are the pictures from signing day.

Adam Gray (Potomac, MD) – Rutgers University

Alex Butler (East Norriton, PA) – Drexel University

Alex Vegh (Gahanna, OH) – Austin Peay State

Ana Paula Valdes (Morelia , Mexico) – Clemson

Ankita Kedlaya (Bangalore , India) – East Tennessee State University

Anthony Truong (Winter Garden, FL) – Arizona State University

Austin Matz (Wexford , PA) – University of Mary Washington

Ben Reichert (East Amherst, NY) – East Tennessee State University

Benjamin Morris (Reisterstown, MD) – College of William and Mary

Bennett Buch (West Friendship, MD) – University of Maryland

Brent Ito (Ardsley, NY) – University of Michigan

Brynn Walker (St. Davids, PA) – University of North Carolina

Colin Dubnik (Rochester , NY) – University of Memphis

Connor Daly (Bronxville , NY) – Villanova University

Connor Schmidt (Philadelphia, PA) – Drexel University

David Hanes (Elma, NY) – Canisius College

Davis Lamb (Potomac , MD) – University of Notre Dame

Dylan VanderVeer (El Dorado Hills, CA) – Saint Mary’s of California

Eric Hall (Harwood, MD) – Yale University

Eun-Won Park (Tenafly, NJ) – Univrsity of Washington

Gabrielle Correia (Central Valley, NY) – Tulane University

Grace Massengill (Hickory, NC) – Wofford College

Gunnar Doyle (Pittsford , NY) – U.S. Military Academy (Army)

Gus Minkin (York, PA) – University of Minnesota

Hannah Berman (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) – University of West Florida

Hunter Wolcott (Burns, TN) – University of Tennessee

Jack Melville (Maple Glen, PA) – University of Delaware

Jasmine Chee (Hong Kong, China) – Western Michigan University

John Felitto (Mountainside, NJ) – University of Notre Dame

Kendel Hodges (Temecula, CA) – California Baptist University

Kristin Whitehead (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) – Queens University of Charlotte

Linda Wang (Fresh Meadows , NY) – St. Johns University

Luke Schaap (Potomac, MD) – University of Virginia

Madelein Herr (New Hope, PA) – Penn State University

Maren Cipolla (Lewistown, NY) – University of Texas

Maria Vesga (Bucaramenga, Columbia) – Baylor University

Mariel Galdiano (Kapolei, HI) – University of California, Los Angeles

Melany Chong (Mississauga, Canada) – Appalachian State University

Nicholas Russell (Hilton Head , SC) – Linestone College

Peter Knade (Easton , PA) – University of Maryland

Pryce Beshoory (Pearland, Texas) – The University of Houston

R.J. Wren (Morgantown, PA) – University of Delaware

Raelyn Spears (Plymouth, MN) – Elon University

Reed Winkler (Wilmington , DE) – St. Josephs University

Reid Bedell (Fair Haven, NJ) – Lafayette College

Rij Patel (Hunt Valley, MD) – Harvard University

Ryan Skae (Stony Point, NY) – Colgate University

Ryoto Furuya (West Chapel, FL) – University of Illinois

Sean Stanistreet (Camillus , NY) – University of South Carolina Upstate

Stanley Garrant (Poughkeepsie, NY) – St. Peters University

Steven Weingroff (Upper Saddle River, NJ) – Loyola University Maryland

Synclaire Kuhn (McMurray, PA) – St. Francis University (PA)

Taisei Negishi (San Diego , CA) – University of Michigan

Thomas “Jack” Simpson (Aurora , ON) – University of Iowa

Thomas Lewis (Doylestown , PA) – Purdue University

Walker Campbell (Paget, Bermuda) – College of William and Mary

William Harwood (Columbia, SC) – Elon University

Yoo Jin Kim (Centerville, VA) – George Washington University

Zhengkai Bai (Bradenton , FL) – University of Central Florida

 

Ankita Kedlaya, East Tennessee State University

Ankita Kedlaya, East Tennessee State University

Bennett Buch, University of Maryland

Bennett Buch, University of Maryland

 

Brynn Walker, University of North Carolina

Brynn Walker, University of North Carolina

 

David Hanes, Canisius College

David Hanes, Canisius College

 

Davis Lamb, University of Notre Dame

Davis Lamb, University of Notre Dame

 

Dylan VanderVeer, Saint Mary's of California

Dylan VanderVeer, Saint Mary’s of California

 

Gabrielle Correia, Tulane University

Gabrielle Correia, Tulane University

 

Grace Massengill, Wofford College

Grace Massengill, Wofford College

 

Gunnar Doyle, U.S. Military Academy (Army)

Gunnar Doyle, U.S. Military Academy (Army)

 

Gus Minkin, University of Minnesota

Gus Minkin, University of Minnesota

 

Jack Melville, University of Delaware

Jack Melville, University of Delaware

Jasmine Chee, Western Michigan University

Jasmine Chee, Western Michigan University

 

John Felitto, University of Notre Dame

John Felitto, University of Notre Dame

 

Kristin Whitehead, Queens University of Charlotte

Kristin Whitehead, Queens University of Charlotte

Linda Wang, St. Johns University

Linda Wang, St. Johns University

 

Madelein Herr, Penn State University

Madelein Herr, Penn State University

 

Maren Cipolla, University of Texas

Maren Cipolla, University of Texas

 

Mariel Galdiano, University of California, Los Angeles

Mariel Galdiano, University of California, Los Angeles

 

Melany Chong, Appalachian State

Melany Chong, Appalachian State

Peter Knade, University of Maryland

Peter Knade, University of Maryland

 

Reed Winkler, St. Joseph's University

Reed Winkler, St. Joseph’s University

 

Reid Bedell, Lafayette College

Reid Bedell, Lafayette College

 

R.J. Wren, University of Delaware

R.J. Wren, University of Delaware

 

Ryoto Furuya, University of Illinois

Ryoto Furuya, University of Illinois

 

Sean Stanistreet, University of South Carolina Upstate

Sean Stanistreet, University of South Carolina Upstate

Stanley, Garrant, St. Peter's University

Stanley, Garrant, St. Peter’s University

 

Steven Weingroff, Loyola University Maryland

Steven Weingroff, Loyola University Maryland

 

Synclaire Kuhn, St. Francis University (PA)

Synclaire Kuhn, St. Francis University (PA)

 

Taisei Negishi, University of Michigan

Taisei Negishi, University of Michigan

 

Thomas Lewis, Purdue University

Thomas Lewis, Purdue University

 

Walker Campbell,  College of William & Mary

Walker Campbell, College of William & Mary

 

YooJin Kim, George Washington University

YooJin Kim, George Washington University

IJGT announces All-IJGT Teams and Players of the Year

International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) announces All-IJGT Teams

Shiso Go, Jack Halleron and Victoria Parker named IJGT Players of the Year

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is pleased to announce its Players of the Year and All-IJGT Teams.

Shiso GoShiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, is the Boys 15-19 Division Player of the Year. Go placed in the top 10 in all 10 IJGT events he competed in this season, including wins at the IJGT College Series at NC State, the Major Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational. His lowest score of the season was a 3-under 69, which he carded twice.

The rest of the Boys 15-19 Division All-IJGT Team includes: Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, Mark Benevento of Somers Pt., N.J., Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., and Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India.

 

Jack HalleronJack Halleron of Timonium, Md., won five IJGT events, including three Majors, to earn IJGT Player of the Year honors for the Boys 14 & Under Division. Halleron placed in the top two in all seven events he competed in and won the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club, the Major Championship at Duke University, the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club, the Major Championship at Bulle Rock and the College Series at the University of Maryland. His lowest round was a 1-under 70 at the University of Maryland.

The rest of the Boys 14 & Under All-IJGT Team includes: Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Ayushman Jaiswal of Bangalore, India, John Updike of Wayne, Pa., Lou Baker of Timonium, Md., and TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y.

 

Victoria ParkerVictoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., is the Girls Division IJGT Player of the Year. Parker captured three IJGT titles at the College Series at Penn State University, the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club and the St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club. Her lowest round was a 1-under 71, which she carded during the first round of the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club.

The rest of the Girls Division All-IJGT Team includes: Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C., and Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C.

The IJGT Tour Rankings are based on IJGT Merit Points, which are awarded to the top 10 finishers at every IJGT event. Double merit points are awarded at Major Championships.

Boys 15-19 Division All-IJGT Team

Shiso Go
Jason Stokes
Conor Byrne
Tennoshin Ogawa
Xue Wen Luo
Santiago Diaz
Mark Benevento
Trey Wren
Kyle Vance
Ritwik Jain

Boys 14 & Under Division All-IJGT Team

Jack Halleron
Luke Sample
Ford Bennett
Evan Greenplate
Jake Calamaro
Chase Phillips
Ayushman Jaiswal
John Updike
Lou Baker
TJ Buck
 

Girls Division All-IJGT Team

Victoria Parker
Sera Tadokoro
Madison Braman
Kelly Whaley
Shannon Brooks
Ankita Kedlaya
Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng
Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob
Sophie Guo
Kayla Kozak

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, EyeLine Golf and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Tour Preview

Bridgestone TOC feat image

The IJGT’s biggest, most exciting event of the season, the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, will be held on May 23-25, 2015, at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and bragging rights during the three-day, 54-hole event.

Additionally, the Tournament of Champions offers exemptions into a variety of first-class events. The Boys 15-19 Division champion will be invited to the Players Amateur, the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, the International Junior Masters, the North American Junior Amateur and the South Carolina Junior Golf Association Beth Daniel Junior Azalea. The runner-up in the Boys 15-19 Division will also receive an exemption to the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.

Grand Cypress 1

The top-scoring individual in the Girls Division will be invited to the North American Junior Amateur, the South Atlantic Women’s Amateur Championship and the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea. The runner-up in the Girls Division will also receive an exemption to the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.

The event will begin with a welcome reception for the players and their families. On Sunday evening, the IJGT will announce the All-IJGT Team and Player of the Year for each division during the Night of Champions. Following the final round on Monday, there will be a special TOC Awards Ceremony. Everyone who registers for the Tournament of Champions will also receive a ticket to Universal Studios, ensuring they can have fun both at the park and on the course!

During the tournament, juniors will have the opportunity to play the North & East Nines and the New Course. Unlike other Orlando courses, the North and East Nines test accuracy as opposed to strength and distance. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the North (and South) Nines were opened in 1984 and the East Nine was opened two years later in 1986.

Also designed by Nicklaus, the New Course features challenging bunkers and steep slopes. The course pays homage to the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. The links-style course features double greens, a winding creek and stone bridges. The New Course doesn’t use many bodies of water or clusters of trees to challenge golfers, but it does include 150 pot bunkers, some as deep as 12 feet!

Naturally, the Tournament of Champions features the winners from many IJGT tournament throughout the season. Below is a list of champions from the past season who are competing in this year’s event.

Boys 15-19 Division

Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland — IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National and IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan — Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear

Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico — Savannah Junior at The Landings and Carolina Classic at Colleton River

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan — IJGT College Series at NC State, Major Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational. Go was just named the IJGT Player of the Year in the Boys 15-19 Division. He tied for 11th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India — IJGT Oldfield Junior. Jain finished 10th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Michael Jones of Potomac, Md. — IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club

Douglas Kulikowski of Pittsford, N.Y. — College Series at Penn State University

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan — IJGT Junior at Colleton River and IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield. He tied for 14th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Benjamin Morris of Reisterstown, Md. — Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin

Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y. — IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay

Dominic Wagner of Alexandria, Va. — IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill Golf Club

Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. —  Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation. He tied for 25th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. He will be playing college golf at Temple University next year.

Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., won the Boys 15-19 Division of last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

Girls Division

Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa. — IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club

Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India — IJGT Junior at Colleton River, Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor and IJGT Oldfield Junior

Holly McCann of Raleigh, N.C. — IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan — IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall, Savannah Junior at The Landings and the IJGA Invitational. She finished 10th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y. — The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club and IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay

Boys 14 & Under Division

TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y. — The Architects Cup Presented by the IJGA and St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club

Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa. — Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin

Tristan Galant of Cape Town, South Africa — BGGA Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista

Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C. — College Series at Penn State University and IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes

Bronson Myers of Columbia, S.C. — Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear

Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif. — Arizona Open at Wigwam. This will be his fifth consecutive Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions; he finished 16th in last year’s event.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C. — IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

Luke Sample of New York, N.Y. — IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club and Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates. You can find tee times and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall – Final Results (April 26, 2015)

McCloskey wins second consecutive Boys 14 & Under title

McCann wins first IJGT event  

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) remained local to host the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on April 25-26, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Round one of the event was suspended due to lightning and torrential rain. The completion of round one and all of round two were both played on Sunday, in warm and sunny conditions.

Conor Byrne Palmetto HallConor Byrne (left) of Dublin, Ireland, shot a 2-under 70 in round one on his way to a 1-under 143 tournament total and his second IJGT title of the season in the Boys 15-19 Division. He carded back-to-back birdies three times during the tournament and finished with eight total birdies. “My favorite hole was hole No. 14,” he said after the tournament. “I had two birdies there this weekend, so that was nice.” He made par or better on 17 of 18 holes in round one. According to Byrne his driver was the best club in his bag this weekend. “I hit a lot of fairways, which put me in good position,” he said.

Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan, finished second with a 147 tournament total. He carded nine birdies to win the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the junior to card the most birdies in each division.

Rowan Foxley of Arlington, Wash., finished third with a 149 tournament total. He carded an even-par 72 in the second round to earn the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female juniors to card the lowest scores in the final round of an event.

Holly McCann Palmetto HallFor Girls Division winner Holly McCann (left) of Raleigh, N.C., the highlight of the tournament was her round one 1-under 71. “That’s my first tournament under par, so it’s really memorable,” she said after the event.

The 14-year-old McCann carded a 77 in round two to finish with a 148 tournament total and sole possession of first place. She carded three birdies in round one and two more in round two to finish with five total. She had a division-best 17-hole par-or-better streak, which began with a birdie on the par-5 tenth hole in round one and ended with the par-3 eighth in round two.

Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, carded a 150 tournament total to finish second in the Girls Division. She made par or better on every hole on the front nine in both rounds.

Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua, finished third with a 152 tournament total.

Fourth-place finisher Bunyaporn Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, carded nine birdies during the tournament to win the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for the Girls Division. Her second-round 2-over 74, which included two sets of consecutive birdies, also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Aidan McCloskeyAidan McCloskey (left) of Northborough, Mass., carded a 163 tournament total to earn his second consecutive Boys 14 & Under Division title. He won the IJGT Oldfield Junior earlier this month. The secret to McCloskey’s success this weekend was his iron game. “The best club in my bag this weekend was my 8-iron,” he said after the final round. “I hit it pretty good; this whole tournament I always seemed to have it.”

Matthew Camel of Greenwich, Conn., and Keegan Vaugh of Myrtle Beach, S.C., tied for second with 166 tournament totals. The duo had identical scores of 81 in round one and 85 in round two. Vaugh carded three birdies to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for the Boys 14 & Under Division.

The IJGT Southeast Tour will continue tournament play with the Junior World Qualifer at Golden Bear on May 2-3, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Hilton Head Island, SC – Final Results of the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on April 25-26, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,704 yards Par 72 (73.4/138). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,184 yards, Par 72 (70.7/132). Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,745 yards, Par 72 (73.8/129).

 

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Island Open

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

April 25-26, 2015

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,704 yards, Par 72

1. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *70-73–143

2. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *73-74–147

3. Rowan Foxley, Arlington, WA *77-72–149

4. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *75-75–150

5. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *78-74–152

6. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *73-80–153

6. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg, Germany *77-76–153

8. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *80-74–154

8. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *75-79–154

10. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *79-76–155

10. Zach Seeler, Marion, IN *77-78–155

12. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *81-76–157

13. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *78-80–158

13. Nathan Parry, Chapel Hill, NC *76-82–158

13. Vince Brunet, Ottawa, Canada *79-79–158

16. Nate Tosto, Pooler, GA *85-76–161

17. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *85-77–162

18. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *82-81–163

19. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *79-85–164

19. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *76-88–164

19. Sam Myers, Colchester, VT *82-82–164

22. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *76-89–165

22. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *84-81–165

22. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *82-83–165

25. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *90-77–167

26. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *90-83–173

27. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *89-87–176

28. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *85-92–177

29. John Milner, Odessa, FL *86-93–179

29. Logan Stefanko, Plymouth, MI *85-94–179

31. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *90-90–180

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

DQ. Alex Vegh, Gahanna, OH

DQ. Nelson Ou, Foshan, China

JWD. Britt Walton, Steamboat Springs, CO

 

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,184 yards, Par 72

1. Aiden McCloskey, Northborough, MA *78-85–163

2. Matthew Camel, Greenwich, CT *81-85–166

2. Keegan Vaugh, Myrtle Beach, SC *81-85–166

4. Matthew Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *82-85–167

5. Connor Kirkham, Paducah, KY *91-86–177

6. Dimitris Vasilakos, Savannah, GA *104-108–212

 

 

Girls Division- Black Tees, 5,745 yards, Par 72

1. Holly McCann, Raleigh, NC *71-77–148

2. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *72-78–150

3. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *76-76–152

4. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *79-74–153

5. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *80-77–157

6. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC *82-76–158

7. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *78-81–159

8. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *78-87–165

9. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *83-85–168

10. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *101-79–180

11. Katie Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *92-94–186

IJGT Oldfield Junior – Round one recap (April 11, 2015)

The IJGT Southeast Tour traveled to Okatie, S.C., to host the IJGT Oldfield Junior at Oldfield Club. Juniors teed off beginning at 10:30 a.m. for round one of the two-day, 36-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

5 – Jain carded a division-high five birdies

8 – He made par-or-better on the first eight holes of the tournament

33 – His 3-under score on the front nine

69 – His 3-under score to lead the division

Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

71 – Her division-best 1-under score

16 – Her division-best 16-hole par-or-better streak came on holes No. 3 through 18

3 – She has a three-stroke lead heading into the second round

2 – Her two birdies came on the par-4 ninth and par-5 11th holes

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C. and Aiden McCloskey of Northborough, Mass., are tied for the lead in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Their rounds in numbers:

PHILLIPS

4 – He had two four-hole par-or-better streaks

10 – He made par a division-best 10 times

MCCLOSKEY

2 – His two birdies came on the par-5 eighth and par-4 15th holes

4.8 – His average on par-5s

The second round of the Oldfield Junior will take place tomorrow, April 12, 2015, with tee times beginning at 10:15 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. View the updated leaderboard here on IJGT.com or in the IJGT app.  Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

 

 

 

 

Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor – Final Results (Feb. 22, 2015)

Kedlaya finishes 1-under to win Girls Division

Yusabai holds on to win Boys 15-19 Division

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Savannah Harbor to host the Georgia Junior on February 21-22, 2015. In generally pleasant conditions, juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole event. Both rounds began with a shotgun start.

Print YusabaiPrint Yusabai of Pattaya, Thailand, was tied for first after round one, but shot an even-par 72 in round two to earn sole possession of first place and win the Boys 15-19 Division. Yusabai used nine birdies to finish with a 1-over 145 tournament total.

When asked how he felt during the tournament, Yusabai responded, “I didn’t feel much because I tried to focus on my game.”

He birdied the par-4 first hole and the par-5 13th hole in both rounds, but his favorite hole was his final hole in round two, hole No. 10. “I liked the last hole (hole No. 10) because I hit a long putt in for the win,” he said.

Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, also shot an even-par 72 in the second round, but finished one stroke behind Yusabai in the standings. His 146 total score earned him a second-place finish.

Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, shot a 2-under 70 in round two to finish with a tournament total of 148, good for third place. He also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

Ankita KedlayaIn the Girls Division, Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, shot a 2-under 70 in round one on the way to winning the Girls Division of the Georgia Junior. She finished with a tournament total of 1-under 143.

In round one Kedlaya made par or better on every hole but one. When asked if having the lead after round one gave her confidence heading into round two, Kedlaya said, “Yeah it did. It put a little pressure on me, but I felt good.”

In round two, she had a nine-hole par-or-better streak, which started with the par-5 seventh hole and ended with the par-3 15th hole. She carded back-to-back birdies on the par-5 13th hole and the par-4 14th hole. The 14th hole was her favorite because, “it’s challenging but it’s reachable. You can make a birdie if you play smart.”

Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls with her round two 2-under 70. Her tournament total of 144 was good for second place in the Girls Division.

Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, finished in third with a tournament total of 147.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on February 28-March 1, 2015, with the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Savannah, Ga. – Final Results of the Georgia Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour at The Club at Savannah Harbor on February 21-22, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,890 yards, Par 72 (73.4/136) Girls Division: Silver Tees– 5,866 yards Par 72 (74.4/132)

International Junior Golf Tour

Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor

Savannah, GA

February 21-22, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,890 yards, Par 72

1. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *73-72–145

2. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *74-72–146

3. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *78-70–148

4. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea *76-74–150

4. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *75-75–150

4. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *75-75–150

4. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *78-72–150

8. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *76-75–151

8. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *75-76–151

8. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *73-78–151

11. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *76-76–152

12. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *76-77–153

12. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *74-79–153

12. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *79-74–153

15. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *80-74–154

15. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *77-77–154

17. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg, Germany *80-75–155

17. Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, SC *79-76–155

17. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *78-77–155

17. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *77-78–155

21. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *81-75–156

21. Zach Seeler, Marion, IN *80-76–156

21. Martin Jensen, Bronxville, NY *80-76–156

21. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *80-76–156

21. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *78-78–156

26. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *77-80–157

26. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *83-74–157

26. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *81-76–157

26. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *80-77–157

26. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *79-78–157

26. Nate Tosto, Pooler, GA *79-78–157

32. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *76-82–158

32. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *80-78–158

32. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *75-83–158

35. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *76-83–159

35. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *77-82–159

35. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *83-76–159

38. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *85-75–160

38. James Wohler, Savannah, GA *82-78–160

38. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *81-79–160

38. Alex Vegh, Gahanna, OH *80-80–160

42. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *82-79–161

42. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *80-81–161

42. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *80-81–161

42. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *79-82–161

46. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *87-76–163

47. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *82-82–164

47. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *82-82–164

49. Michael Kessler, Getzville, NY *89-77–166

49. Feng Chen, Baoding City *86-80–166

51. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *86-81–167

52. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *84-84–168

53. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *87-82–169

53. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *81-88–169

55. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *84-86–170

56. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *91-80–171

57. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan *84-88–172

58. Jack O’Hara, Loudonville, NY *88-85–173

59. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *95-79–174

59. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *87-87–174

61. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *92-83–175

62. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *94-83–177

63. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *91-87–178

64. Alex Russell, Russia *90-95–185

65. Ivy Brandon, Fayetteville, NC *107-102–209

66. Ryan Ward, Riyadh, (Kingdom of) Saudi Arabia *119-112–231

67. Yo Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *128-113–241

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *88-0–88

Girls Division- Silver Tees, 5,866 yards, Par 72

1. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *70-73–143

2. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *74-70–144

3. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *75-72–147

4. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *75-74–149

5. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *75-75–150

6. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *78-74–152

6. Mind Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *76-76–152

8. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *77-76–153

8. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *76-77–153

10. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *76-80–156

11. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *82-77–159

12. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *79-81–160

13. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *87-78–165

14. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC *84-82–166

14. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *84-82–166

16. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *81-86–167

17. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *82-86–168

18. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *90-81–171

19. Andrea Riano, Hamburg, Germany *93-83–176

20. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *89-88–177

21. Rhea Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *93-85–178

22. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *106-96-202

23. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *110-101–211

 

 

Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor — Round one recap (Feb. 21, 2015)

The International Junior Golf Tour traveled to Savannah, Ga., to host the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor. Although frost dusted the course in the early morning, as the sun rose so did the temperature to create pleasant playing conditions. The tournament began with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Wataru Koguchi of Fukuoka, Japan, and Print Yusabai of Pattaya, Thailand, are tied for first in the Boys 15-19 Division. Their rounds in numbers:

KOGUCHI:

11 – Koguchi had a division-best 11-hole par-or-better streak beginning with the par-4 sixth hole and ending with a birdie on the par-4 16th hole.

4 – He carded four birdies during the round.

73 – His 1-over score to share the lead.

YUSABAI:

2 – Yusabai carded back-to-back birdies on the par-4 10th hole and the par-5 11th hole.

5 – He carded five birdies during the round.

12 – He made par or better on 12 holes.

The Girls Division is led by Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India. Her round in numbers:

17 – Kedlaya made par or better on 17 of 18 holes.

3 – She carded three birdies in round one.

70 – Her 2-under score to carry the lead.

4 – She leads the division by four strokes.

The second round of the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor will take place tomorrow, February 22, 2015, beginning with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

 

 

Kedlaya, Benevento among junior to earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Oct. 14, 2014

SOUTHEAST

The IJGT traveled to Orlando, Fla., on October 11-12, 2014, to host the Florida Junior at The Palm Course at Walt Disney Resort. The hot and humid climate did not affect the 51 juniors as they produced low rounds on both days.

The Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Tour go to Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., and Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India.

wren

On day one, Wren got off to a hot start by posting a birdie on his first hole and stringing together pars on six of his following seven holes before finishing the front nine with a score of 1-over-par.  His back nine went just as well, with pars on seven of the nine holes giving him a total round one score of 3-over 75.  Wren returned in round two with similar momentum and added par on the first seven consecutive holes leading up to a birdie on No. 8.  Wren’s final nine holes were played at one under par, including three birdies and four pars.  Wren took home the second place trophy with his final round score of 71 and an overall score of 146.

kedlaya

Kedlaya opened her first round with par on four front-nine holes before really heating up and carding par on eight of her back-nine holes to finish the day at 78. She continued sharp play in round two with six pars on the front nine, four of which were consecutive, before adding a birdie on No. 8. Kedlaya’s scores of 78 and 74 were her lowest scores to date on the IJGT with her round two 74 earning her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round for the girls. Kedlaya’s overall score of 152 helped her to finish second.

Thanks to outstanding play and their second place finishes, both Wren and Kedlaya qualified for the North American Junior Amateur Championship to be held in Arizona on December 31, 2014 – January 3, 2015. The Florida Junior at Disney Resort was a qualifying tournament, granting and invitation to  the top two boys and top two girls.

NORTHEAST

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to Bronx, N.Y., for the first-ever tournament at Pelham Bay Golf Club, to host The IJGT Junior Open. Despite some rain during round one and cold and windy conditions on both days, there was great golf performances the entire weekend. The IJGT is proud to award the Northeast Player of the Week honors to Mark Benevento of Somers Point, N.J., and Soona Lee-Tolley of New York, N.Y.

Benevento

Benevento, having placed second in The Architects Cup on October 4-5, 2014, looked to come out and shoot for an even greater performance.  Benevento’s round one score of 75 left him two shots off of the lead.  Knowing he needed to play great golf in round two to assume the lead, Benevento improved his round by three strokes for a even-par 71. Despite missing the title by two strokes, Benevento said, “My goal for each round is make great shots and improve from the day before. I am happy with how round two went today.” His second-place finish at the IJGT Junior Open becomes his fourth top-five finish in as many events.

Lee-Tolley

After round one, Lee-Tolley sat in third place but was eager for more. Returning for round two with a fire in her belly, Lee-Tolley used consistent putting for par to cut five strokes from her round one score. Her round two 78 also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls. This allowed her to move up the leader board and into second place. With just one less par than winner Madison Braman, Lee-Tolley used 20 total pars to prove her determination and consistency, helping her to earn this week’s Player of the Week honors.

Congratulations to Wren, Kedlaya, Benevento and Lee-Tolley on earning the IJGT Player of the Week honors this week!

Florida Junior at Disney Resort – Final results (Oct. 12, 2014)

Luo comes from behind to win the Boys 15-19 Division
Zeng nabs her first win of the season 

The IJGT’s fall season saw weather resembling summer as the Southeast Tour headed south to host the Florida Junior at Disney Resort on October 11-12, 2014. A field of 53 juniors competed in the two-day 36-hole tournament on the Palm Course for IJGT merit points and national rankings. The tournament was a qualifier for the North American Junior Amateur Championship to be held in Litchfield Park, Ariz., at the Wigwam Resort on December 30, 2014 – January 3, 2015. The top two juniors in the Boys 15-19 Division and top two in the Girls Divisions will qualify for the international event.

DSC06760 copyIn a come-from-behind effort, Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division. Following a round one performance that featured some trouble with bogeys, Luo bounced back in round two to shave seven strokes from his score. Three strokes stood between Luo and then leader Cameron Clair of Bluffton, S.C., but a staggering seven birdies led him to card a 3-under 69 and move into first. He combined scores of 76 and 69 for a tournament total 145. Luo’s second round 69 also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior with the lowest score of the final round of tournament play.

Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., scored par or better on 15 of 18 holes in his fight for first but finished one stroke shy in second place with a two-day total 146. In third was Maurizio De Bono of Basiglio, Italy, with a score of 151. Both Luo and Wren qualified for the North American Junior Amateur Championship with their performances.

“I had seven birdies because I was putting really well,” said Luo about the key to his performance in round two.

 

DSC06757 copyFrancis Li of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., won the Boys 14 & Under Division after leading in both rounds. A 1-over-par 73 in round one put Li in the lead by seven strokes. Despite some struggles in round two, Li went on to add a round two score of 78 to hold onto the lead. Li finished seven strokes ahead of second place finisher Mariano Leyva of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Leyva shot a two-day total 158. Rounding out the top three was Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, with a total 161.

“My mental game was a big improvement. I felt good and kept calm the whole time,” said Li.

 

 

DSC06754 copyBunyaporn Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, carded a tournament total 149 to win the Girls Division. Scoring par or better on 12 of 18 holes in round one, including four birdies, Zeng gained the divisional lead.  Twelve additional pars and an eagle on the par-5 No. 14 in round two allowed her to come out on top, three strokes ahead of second-place finisher Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India. Kedlaya carded scores of 78 and 74 for a two-day total 152. Third-place finisher Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, scored a total 154. A second-round 2-over 74 for both Kedlaya and Tadokoro earned the pair the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Zeng and Kedlaya also qualified for the North American Junior Amateur Championship.

“I focused on my putting [in round two] and it saved me a lot. I was in a bogey streak but was able to come out of it with par and an eagle,” said Zeng.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 18-19, 2014. The Southeast Tour will host the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters and the Northeast Tour will host the College Series at Penn State University. To sign up for these events, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – Final Results of the Florida Junior at Walt Disney World Resort conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 11-12, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,816 yards, Par 72 (73.1/130). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,198 yards, Par 72 (71.2/125). Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,855 yards, Par 72 (74.1/134)

Weather:                    Sunny with temperatures in the Low 90s, winds 5-7 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 3-5 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Florida Junior at Walt Disney World Resort – Palm
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
October 11-12, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees) – 6,816 yards, Par 72

1. Xue Wen Luo, Haikou, China *76-69–145
2. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *75-71–146
3. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *76-75–151
4. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *80-72–152
4. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *73-79–152
6. Masahi Yano, Aichi, Japan *77-76–153
7. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *81-75–156
7. Tsukasa Kimishima, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *78-78–156
7. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *75-81–156
10. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *83-74–157
10. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *77-80–157
10. Dante Davis, Brandon, FL *78-79–157
10. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *75-82–157
14. Jasper Lee, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *84-74–158
14. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-79–158
14. Kase Diehl, Charlotte, NC *80-78–158
17. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *81-78–159
18. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *78-82–160
19. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *84-77–161
19. Rohit Sirosh, Bellevue, WA *81-80–161
19. Derrick Villarreal, Bluffton, SC *81-80–161
19. Gustav Tegel, Miami Beach, FL *82-79–161
23. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *83-80–163
24. Philip Chen, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *86-78–164
25. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *82-86–168
26. John Peck, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *84-88–172
27. Alejandro Meriles Medina, La Paz, Bolivia *84-89–173
28. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *86-88–174
29. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *95-83–178
29. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *88-90–178
31. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *89-95–184
32. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *91-94–185
33. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *89-97–186
34. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *96-97–193

DID NOT FINISH

Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *74-JWD
Gray Wiley, Lynchburg, VA *89-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) – 6,198 yards, Par 72

1. Francis Li, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *73-78–151
2. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *80-78–158
3. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *82-79–161
4. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *86-87–173
5. Dazhuang Li, Bluffton, SC *105-99–204

Girls Division (Gold Tees) – 5,855 yards, Par 72

1. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *74-75–149
2. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *78-74–152
3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *80-74–154
4. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *82-82–164
5. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *82-85–167
6. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *95-86–181
7. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *102-96–198
8. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *100-104–204
9. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *97-112–209
10. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *118-115–233

Juniors supporting juniors in IJGT Photo of the Week – September 11, 2014

On the IJGT, we value growth through healthy competition, along with sportsmanship and this week’s Photo of the Week from the IJGT Junior at Colleton River exhibits just that.

The IJGT returned to Colleton River Plantation Club for the first time since the Spring 2014 season. The field of 33 juniors coming from 11 different countries brought together juniors from various cultural backgrounds, all united by one thing: a passion for golf. Through the shared passion for golf, IJGT members grow to support one another, growing in the process.

PH of week 9.11.14

This week’s photo displays a group of juniors watching in support as their peers finish their final hole of the round. Rain unfortunately cut the tournament short but winners in each division were determined by round one scores. Winners were as follows:

Boys 15-19 Division: Tennoshin Ogawa

Boys 14 & Under: Mariano Leyva

Girls Division: Ankita Kedlaya

Don’t forget – each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’
2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)
3 points – per share