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Spring Highlights and Summer Preview

The IJGT spring season was filled with exciting highlights from low scores to playoffs to holes-in-one, all with beautiful, world-class courses as the backdrop.

 LOOKING BACK

Over Valentine’s Day weekend, February 14-15, 2015, the IJGT hosted the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island, a fan-favorite venue. Juniors had the opportunity to play both Turtle Point and the Ocean Course during the two-day, 36-hole event. Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, won the Boys 15-19 Division, Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J., won the Girls Division and Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, won the Boys 14 & Under Division. The winners’ bragging rights are extra-special as the PGA of America recently announced that Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course will host the PGA Championship in 2021. The Ocean Course has more seaside holes than any other course in North America; 10 holes sit along the Atlantic Ocean while the other eight run parallel.

SC Open at Kiawah Island Champs 2015

Another fan favorite was the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club on May 9-10, 2015. Over 100 juniors competed on Hershey’s East Course during the two-day, 36-hole event. Michael Jones of Potomac, Md., Charlotte Simpson of Towson, Md., and John Updike of Wayne, Pa., won the Boys 15-19, Girls and Boys 14 & Under Divisions, respectively. Tom McLaughlin of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Matthew Dzialga of Greewich, Conn., both carded aces during the tournament! McLaughlin’s came on the par-3 16th hole in round one and Dzialga’s came on the par-3 second hole in round two.

Betty Horaney

Betty Horaney

Betty Horaney of Longview, Texas, carded an ace the weekend before on the par-3 eighth hole at Golden Bear Golf Club during the second round of the Junior World Qualifier.

Parker Gillam

Parker Gillam of Cary, N.C., carded his first double eagle on the par-5 ninth hole on the East Course at Grand Cypress Golf Club during the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. Gillam finished fourth in the Boys 15-19 Division.

The IJGT also hosted two west coast events during the spring season, the Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco on February 7-8, 2015, and the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club in Litchfield Park, Ariz., on April 3-4, 2015.

You can read more about the spring season in the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions program. To view the program, click here.

LOOKING FORWARD

The summer series will begin with the Summer Series at Olde Stonewall Golf Club on June 30-July 1, 2015. The following week, the IJGT will travel to Toronto, Ontario, to host the always-exciting North America Cup. Hosted by The Weston Golf and Country Club, the North America Cup features four-ball and singles matches against Team Canada. After a few more stops in the Northeast, the IJGT will travel to Scotland to host the Euro Junior Cup in St. Andrews. Team USA will compete in a triangular match-play event against Team Canada and Team Scotland.

Thanks for a wonderful spring season and we look forward to a fun summer season!

IJGT ELITE: Fowler wins The Players Championship

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May 6-12, 2015

IJGT alum Rickie Fowler has been the talk of the golf world since winning The Players Championship via sudden-death playoff on Sunday. Fowler was 1-over through 12 holes in the final round before shooting 6-under on the final six holes. He became the first player ever to shoot 5-under (he made three birdies and an eagle) on the final four holes at The Players. Seven players have finished the stretch 4-under. Fowler also became the first player to birdie hole No. 17 three times in one day. Fowler’s mom, sister and girlfriend were all in attendance to watch his Mother’s Day win. Read more about it here.

Shanshan Feng won the Ladies European Tour’s Buick Championship in Shanghai, posting a 17-under 271 tournament total at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club. Read more about her victory here.

Derek Bard (Virginia) was named to the All-ACC team. He won the U.S. Collegiate title in October and ranks eighth in the ACC in stroke average (70.91).

Brynn Walker, who finished second in April’s Architects Cup, and Madelein Herr advanced to the USGA Women’s Four-Ball semifinals.

Matt Barto (Gannon) will be competing as an individual in the NCAA DII Men’s Golf Championships. He will play in the Atlantic/East regional at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio, hosted by the Mountain East Conference.

Brandon Matthews (Temple) was featured in a story on the local news in Philadelphia. You can watch the segment here.

Four IJGT members carded holes-in-one over the past two weeks, three in IJGT tournaments! Tom McLaughlin and Matthew Dzialga both had aces during last weekend’s IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club. McLaughlin’s came on the par-3 16th hole and Dzialga’s came on the par-3 second hole. Betty Horaney carded a hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth hole at Golden Bear during the previous weekend’s Junior World Qualifier. Earlier this week, Peter Bradbeer made a hole-in-one during practice while preparing for the Friends School League Championship.

Have a news tip about an IJGT alum? Let us know by sending an email to kira.jones@juniorsports.com!

Horaney cards first ace to earn IJGT Player of the Week honors (May 5, 2015)

Southeast Tour

The IJGT Southeast Tour remained in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 2-3, 2015. Juniors competed in picture-perfect, warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and exemptions into the North American Junior Amateur and IMG Academy Junior World Championships during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Southeast Tour is proud to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Betty Horaney of Longview, Texas, and Feng Chen of Beijing, China.

Betty Horaney edited

Horaney carded her first career hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth hole during the second round of the Junior World Qualifier. She was the only junior in the Girls Division to card an eagle. She knocked 12 strokes off her round one 96 to record an 84 in the second round, good for a 180 two-day total.

Feng Chen edited

Chen shaved nine strokes off his first-round 84 to card a 3-over 75 in the second round and a 159 tournament total. He began the second round on the 10th hole and started out strong, making par on his first seven holes. His two birdies came on the par-4 first and par-5 ninth holes in the second round.

Northeast Tour

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Mendon, N.Y., to host the St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club on May 2-3, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and exemptions into the North American Junior Amateur and International Junior Masters during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Northeast Tour is pleased to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Matt Dreimiller and Brynn Lohr.

Matt Dreimiller edited

Dreimiller shaved four strokes off his round one 78 to card a 3-over 74 in round two, good for a 152 tournament total. He finished the tournament in a three-way tie for second place. His six birdies were tied for a division-high. Dreimiller was most successful on the par-5 sixth hole, which he birdied in both rounds. He carded an even-par 35 on the front nine in the second round.

Brynn Lohr edited

Lohr knocked 19 strokes off her round one 128 to card a 109 in the second round. Her biggest improvement came on the front nine; she shaved 12 strokes off her front nine score between the first and second rounds. She finished with a 237 tournament total, good for eighth place in the Girls Division.

Congratulations to Betty Horaney, Feng Chen, Matt Dreimiller and Brynn Lohr on earning IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear – Final results (May 3, 2015)

Cheng wins Boys 15-19 Division in playoff fashion

Myers captures first IJGT title 

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Southeast Tour remained in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 2-3, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, and exemptions into the IMG Academy Junior World Championship and North American Junior Amateur during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Matt ChengMatt Cheng (left) of Taipei, Taiwan, and Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., were tied for first in the Boys 15-19 Division with 147 tournament totals after 36 holes. The pair faced off in a playoff on the par-5 18th hole. Cheng sent both of his approach shots into the middle of the fairway and reached the green in three to set himself up nicely for birdie. He ended up making par to win the playoff and the Boys 15-19 Division.

“Amazing,” Cheng said when asked how it felt to win this weekend. “I haven’t won a tournament in a while so it’s good to be back.”

Cheng carded a 2-over 74 in the first round to put himself in contention for the title. He then carded six birdies in round two on the way to a 1-over 73 second-round score. He carded 10 birdies during the tournament to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the junior to card the most birdies in each division. Cheng’s 2-iron was the best club in his bag this weekend. “My 2-iron saved me a lot on this course since it’s so narrow.”

Cheng was particularly successful on par-5s, which he had a division-best 4.5 average on for the weekend.

Second-place finisher Furuya carded a 1-over 73 in round one and a 74 in round two to finish with a 147 tournament total.

There was a three-way tie for third in the Boys 15-19 Division. Dong Jin Park of Seoul, South Korea, Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, and Frederic Ruess of Hamburg, Germany, finished with 148 tournament totals. Park carded a 3-under 69 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.

Sophie GuoSophie Guo (left) of Bluffton, S.C., edged out second-place finisher Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, to win the Girls Division by two strokes. Guo earned both the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for her second-round 2-over 74 and the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for her eight birdies.

“I’m glad I won because this is the first win I have in the whole year so I’m happy,” Guo said after her victory.

Guo carded back-to-back birdies three times during the tournament.

Chee matched Guo’s round one even-par 72 to share the lead after round one, but carded a 4-over 76 in the second round to finish with a 148 tournament total, good for second place in the Girls Division.

Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, finished third with a 153 tournament total.

Betty Horaney of Longview, Texas, carded her first-ever hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth hole.

Bronson MyersBronson Myers (left) of Columbia, S.C., earned his first IJGT victory, winning the Boys 14 & Under Division by four strokes. He knocked one stroke off his round one 4-over 76 to card a 3-over 75 in round two, good for a 151 tournament total.

The highlight of the tournament for Myers came in round one. “Yesterday on [hole No.] 18 I was like 100 yards out and I put it to a foot-and-a-half and made birdie, so that was pretty cool,” he explained after the tournament. The 18th hole was Myers favorite and he birdied it both days. He finished with six birdies to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Brett Schell of St. Augustine, Fla., finished second with a 155 two-day total. Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., rounded out the Boys 14 & Under Division finishing third with a 164 tournament total.

The IJGT Southeast Tour will continue tournament play with the BGGA Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista on May 9-10, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

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.

Hilton Head Island, SC – Final Results of the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 2-3, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,739 yards Par 72 (73.0/137). Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,217 yards, Par 72 (70.7/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,706 yards, Par 72 (77.1/130).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear Golf Club

Hilton Head Island, SC

May 2-3, 2015

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6739 yards, Par 72

1. x-Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *74-73–147

2. Ryoto Furuya, Alpharetta, GA *73-74–147

3. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *79-69–148

3. Jason Stokes, Channel Islands, Jersey *77-71–148

3. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg, Germany *75-73–148

6. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea *76–73–149

6. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *72-77–149

8. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *76-74–150

8. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *76-74–150

10. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *79-72–151

10. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *73-78–151

12. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *78-74–152

12. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *76-76–152

12. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *75-77–152

12. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *72-80–152

16. Walker Campbell, Hilton Head Island, SC *82-71–153

16. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *77-76–153

18. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *77-77–154

19. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *80-76–156

19. Piyachad Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *79-77–156

19. Nate Tosto, Pooler, GA *79-77–156

22. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *80-77–157

22. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *80-77–157

24. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *81-77–158

25. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *82-77–159

25. Feng Chen, Beijing,China *84-75–159

25. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *80-79–159

25. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *78-81–159

29. Kelly Sun, Bradenton, FL *85-75–160

29. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *80-80–160

31. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan *81-80–161

31. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Managua, Nicaragua, *81-80–161

33. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *84-79–163

33. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *79-84–163

35. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *83-83–166

35. Karan Bhasin, New Delhi, India *85-81–166

37. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *84-83–167

38. Matthew Stewart, Austin, TX *83-85–168

39. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *85-84–169

39. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *84-85–169

41. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *86-84–170

41. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *86-84–170

43. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *84-87–171

44. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *89-85–174

44. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *86-88–174

44. Derrick Villarreal, Bluffton, SC *80-94–174

47. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea *98-116–214

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

JWD. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY

JWD. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB

 

Boys 14 & Under Division- Gold Tees, 6217 yards, Par 72

1. Bronson Myers, Columbia, SC*76-75–151

2. Brett Schell, St Augustine, FL *79-76–155

3. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *87-77–164

4. Dimitris Vasilakos, Savannah, GA *93-87–180

5. JT Herman, Hilton Head Island, SC *104-100–204

 

Girls Division- White Tees, 5706 yards, Par 72

1. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *72-74–146

2. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *72-76–148

3. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *74-79–153

4. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-83–157

5. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *79-79–158

6. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *78-81–159

7. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *82-79–161

7. Warissara Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *81-80–161

9. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *81-81–162

9. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *79-83–162

11. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *84-83–167

12. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *87-82–169

13. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *88-83–171

14. Vienna Winalski, West Hartford, CT *88-90–178

15. Betty Horaney, Longview, TX *96-84–180

16. Martina Gerbel, Bratislava, Slovakia *104-99–203