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Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters – Final results (Oct. 19, 2014)

Boys 14 & Under and Girls Division end in come-from-behind wins
Krekorian nabs his first victory in IJGT

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour headed to Savannah for the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on October 18-19, 2014. The two-day 36 holes tournament featured a field of more than 80 juniors from around the world competing for national rankings and IJGT merit points.

10636682_10154792846365026_7334357170016159650_o copyIn a come-from-behind effort, Brett Krekorian of Andover, Mass., broke free from a multi-person tie to move into first for the win at the Georgia Open. With a four-stroke deficit, Krekorian made up ground with the help of five second-round birdies and 10 pars. Krekorian comes off of a tie for 18th place in the IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club in his first-ever IJGT event. His final-round 2-under 70 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior with the lowest final round score of the tournament. Krekorian finished with scores of 75 and 70 to combine for a tournament total 145.

“I knew that if I could not make big numbers and make a few birdies and continue with pars, I could probably end up winning eventually,” said Krekorian.

Sharing second was Mark Goodall of Livingston, Scotland, and Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., both finishing with two-day totals of 149.

 

 

10481505_10154792845720026_444006067422180561_o copyIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., was victorious. McBride shared the divisional lead with Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, at the conclusion of round one before he turned on the heat. McBride made a run for the win with the help of 12 pars and two birdies to improve his round-one score by three. The win is the first of McBride’s career as well as his lowest tournament score (151) of his career.

“I put myself in good positions today, especially with the irons, and stayed patient all day,” said McBride.

In second was Pfoestl with a two-day total 166 while Arthur Drajer of Sandweiler, Luxembourg, finished in third with a total 180.

 

 

1617685_10154792845030026_3644729699337966755_o copyAlso in a come-from-behind fashion, Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, won the Girls Division. Trailing by three strokes at the end of round one, Quevedo used a stellar back-nine in round two to move into first. With a 12-hole par-or-better streak on holes 7 through 18, Quevedo recorded a final-round score of 74 to not only make up the deficit but also move into the lead by one.

“I did the same thing as yesterday and just tried to hit as many greens as possible. I played smart; I hit fairways, hit greens – as many greens as possible – and that was the main thing. I made some important putts for par, too,” said Quevedo.

In second was round-one leader Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezula, with a total 147. Rounding out the top three was Mind Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand, with scores of 79 and 71 to combine for a total 150. Puangcharoen’s 1-under 71 in round two earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 25-26, 2014, in the northeast with a Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Pooler, GA. – Final Results of the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters Country Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 18-19, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,851 yards, Par 72 (72.8/132). Boys 14 & Under Division: Silver Tees – 6,269 yards, Par 72 (70.2/126). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5,982 yards, Par 72 (74.6/133)

Weather:                    Sunny with temperatures in the Low 80s, winds 10-15 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the High 70s, winds 5-7 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters Country Club
Pooler, GA
October 18-19, 2014
 

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Tees) – 6,851 yards, Par 72

1. Brett Krekorian, Andover, MA *75-70–145
2. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *73-76–149
2. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-75–149
4. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *77-73–150
5. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *80-71–151
6. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *77-75–152
6. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *77-75–152
6. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *77-75–152
6. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *74-78–152
6. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *71-81–152
11. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *77-76–153
11. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *76-77–153
11. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *75-78–153
11. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *75-78–153
11. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *75-78–153
16. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *75-79–154
17. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *76-79–155
17. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *74-81–155
19. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *82-74–156
19. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *80-76–156
19. Alex Vegh, Gahanna, OH *78-78–156
22. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *81-76–157
22. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *79-78–157
22. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *79-78–157
22. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *76-81–157
22. Masahi Yano, Aichi, Japan *75-82–157
22. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *74-83–157
28. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *82-76–158
28. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *80-78–158
28. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *78-80–158
28. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *76-82–158
32. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *80-80–160
33. Rowan Foxley, Arlington, WA *83-78–161
33. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *80-81–161
35. Yunjie Jin, Windermere, FL *79-84–163
36. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *84-80–164
37. Nate Tosto, Savannah, GA *82-83–165
37. Brandon McLean, Unionville, ON *82-83–165
39. Aniket Sawant, New Delhi, India *80-86–166
40. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *86-81–167
40. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *85-82–167
40. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *84-83–167
43. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *87-81–168
43. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *86-82–168
43. Colson Herrin, Augusta, GA *83-85–168
46. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *85-84–169
47. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *88-82–170
48. Jack O’Donovan, Pittsford, NY *83-89–172
49. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *84-89–173
49. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *83-90–173
51. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *90-84–174
52. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *83-95–178
53. Spencer Eller, Phoenix, AZ *96-87–183
53. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *88-95–183
55. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *91-99–190
56. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *93-104–197
57. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea *113-96–209

DID NOT FINISH

Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *DQ (Rule 15-3b)
Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA * DQ (Rule 15-3b)
Drew Smith, Decatur, GA *76-DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *DQ (Rule 15-3b)
Logan Stefanko, Plymouth, MI *87-DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *85-JWD
Liam Kent, Portage, MB *87-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (Silver Tees) – 6,269 yards, Par 72

1. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *77-74–151
2. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *77-89–166
3. Arthur Draijer, Sandweiler, Luxembourg *92-88–180
4. Ford Berger, Statesboro, GA *96-89–185
5. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *96-95–191

Girls Division (Red Tees) – 5,982 yards, Par 72

1. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *72-74–146
2. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *69-78–147
3. Warrisara Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *79-71–150
4. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *77-74–151
4. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *75-76–151
6. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *76-79–155
7. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-80–158
8. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *81-83–164
9. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *83-84–167
10. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *82-86–168
11. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *91-93–184
12. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *96-100–196

Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters – Round one recap (Oct. 18, 2014)

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour hit the road to host the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on October 18, 2014. The opening round at Savannah Quarters Country Club featured more than 80 juniors from all over the world. In review, the rounds of each division’s leaders, in numbers, are below.

Christian Garruppo of Pottersville, N.J., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

71 – His one-under round one score

16 – Garruppo scored par or better on 16 of 18 holes, including three birdies

2 – He currently leads the division by two shots

Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, and Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., share the Boys 14 & Under Divisional lead. Their rounds in numbers:

PFOESTL:

77 – The leading round one score that Pfoestl shares with McBride – a staggering 15 strokes ahead of the division

7 – His longest par-or-better streak which came on the front nine

2 – Total birdies, one on each nine

MCBRIDE:

77 – His round one score ties his second-best score in a single round of a tournament

10 – McBride comes to the Georgia Open with 10 top-10 finishes thus far in his IJGT career

4 – Both McBride’s birdies came on par-4 holes of the back nine

In the Girls Division, Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, leads. Her round in numbers:

69 – Her 3-under-par score is the lowest score of the entire tournament.

15 – Rodriguez went on a 15-hole par-or-better streak. The streak featured five birdies, three coming back-to-back on hole Nos. 15 through 17.

3 – This is the third sub-70 score Rodriguez has recorded in tournament play since 2010.

The final round at Savannah Quarters will take place tomorrow, October, 19, 2014, with tee times beginning at 8:00 a.m. For full results from round one of the Georgia Openclick here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear Golf Club – Final Results

Suyasri wins in a playoff

Ashmore secures first-ever IJGT title 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The IJGT hosted the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on May 3-4, 2014. The event was the first Callaway Junior World Qualifier of the Southeast Tour for the 2013-2014 season. The winner of the Boys 15-19 Division and the winner of the Girls Division received an exemption into the prestigious Callaway Junior World Golf Championships. In addition, juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

DSC_0892At the end of regulation, Parathakorn Suyasri of Chonburi, Thailand, and Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan, remained tied with scores of 145 overall. The tie forced a playoff held on the par-4 hole No. one. Ono teed off first, hooking left to land in the rough while Suyasri followed to find himself in the center of the fairway. Suyasri’s second shot from the fairway hit the green while Ono’s came up short. Ono’s chip shot landed within three feet from the hole where his putt for par came up shy. After Ono tapped in for bogey, Suyasri use his par putt to secure the win.

Suyasri’s victory came in his first-ever IJGT event where he led after round one with a low score of 69. Despite struggling with a few bogeys in round two, scoring par on 14 of 18 holes kept him among the leaders. He finished with scores of 69-76 – 145 overall.

Ono’s round-two one-under-par score of 71 was highlighted by five birdies. The low score awarded Ono the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award offered to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round. Ono finished with scores of 74-71 – 145.

Yong Sherng Hui of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, rounded out the top three carding scores of 74-72 – 146.

When asked what worked well for him, Suyasri commented, “My short game worked best for me today.”

DSC_0879Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., was the winner of the Boys 14 & Under Division with scores of 77-73 – 150 overall. Trailing by two strokes after round one, Ingram tallied three birdies in round two to move into first. The victory is the first for Ingram in his time with the IJGT.

Brooks Dyess of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished in second with scores of 75-76 – 151 while Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., finished third with scores of 79-80 – 159.

“It feels good, I’ve been coming in a lot of second places so it finally feels good to pull it all together,” said Ingram on his win.

 

DSC_0831In the Girls Division, Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., secured her first ever IJGT win as she carded scores of 74-74 – 148. Coming off a second-place finish at the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club, Ashmore carded a career best six birdies in two rounds to help her to her victory.

Ashmore finished two strokes ahead of second-place finisher, Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, who boasted scores of 78-72 – 150. Chee’s even-par score of 72 in round two earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. In third, Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, tied with overall scores of 152.

When asked how her first victory feels, Ashmore commented, “It feels great, it will just give me a lot of confidence in my next event especially with the summer coming up.”

The IJGT will head south next weekend for the Orlando Junior at Flacon’s Fire in Orlando, Fla. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Tees) 6,911 yards, Par 72

1. Parathakorn Suyasri, Chonburi, Thailand *69-76–145
2. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *74-71–145
3. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *74-72–146
4. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ *74-73–147
5. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *75-73–148
6. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *75-74–149
6. Steve Cerbara, Langhorne, PA *75-74–149
8. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *75-77–152
8. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-76–152
8. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *77-75–152
11. Christopher Saad, Lexington, KY *81-72–153
11. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *74-79–153
11. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *74-79–153
14. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *82-74–156
14. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *77-79–156
16. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *80-77–157
16. Keith Techasith, Bangkok, Thailand *79-78–157
18. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *82-77–159
19. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *79-81–160
20. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *84-78–162
20. Sidhartha Sharathram, Coimbatore, India *79-83–162
20. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *80-82–162
23. Nattapol Udomrat, Bangkok, Thailand *82-81–163
24. Borys Shubinsky, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-82–165
24. Rio Wong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *84-81–165
24. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *81-84–165
24. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *80-85–165
24. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *80-85-165
24. Drew Smith, Decatur, GA *77-88–165
30. Saurav Bubber, Mississauga, Canada *90-78–168
30. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *86-82–168
32. Walker Campbell, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-88–169
33. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *84-88–172
34. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *91-82–173
35. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *93-85–178
36. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *90-90–180
37. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *95-97–192

Boys 14 & Under Division (Gold Tees) 6,213 yards, Par 72

1. Chase Ingram, Bluffton, SC *77-73–150
2. Brooks Dyess, Hilton Head Island, SC *75-76–151
3. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *79-80–159
4. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA *87-85–172
5. Ronak Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *93-86–179
6. Dazhuang Li, Sheyang, China *103-107–210

DID NOT FINISH

Mo Balaji, Johns Creek, GA *DQ (Rule 3-2)

Girls Division (White Tees) 5,894 yards, Par 72

1. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *74-74–148
2. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *78-72–150
3. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *75-77–152
3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *77-75–152
5. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *75-78–153
6. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *73-81–154
7. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *77-78–155
7. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *77-78–155
9. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *80-83–163
9. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *80-83–163
11. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *83-82–165
11. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *78-87–165
13. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC *89-82–171
14. Dylaney Day, Toronto, Canada *81-91–172
15. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *95-98–193

Final results from the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall

Cheng captures crown at Bluffton Junior

Phuchanbanchob earns first IJGT Victory

 

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour was in Bluffton, S.C. on Dec. 7-8 for the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was contested on the Pete Dye Signature Course at Hampton Hall Club. The field featured 57 players representing 15 states and 15 countries competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Hampton Hall Club’s Pete Dye course was played at 6,936 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division, 5,895 yards for the Girls Division, and 6,219 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division. Water hazards came into play on a number of holes while an abundance of bunkers gave the players even more difficulty. Weather for the first round was perfect, as temperatures hovered in the 70s with a slight breeze. The final round was drastically different, with temperatures around 50, rain, and more wind than the prior round.

Cheng HHIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, emerged with a two-stroke victory over GeunTae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, after shooting a 3-under-par 141 for the tournament.

Cheng’s played his first round bogey-free, on his way to a 4-under-par, 68. He shot a matching 34 on both the front and back nine, with birdies on Nos. 3, 9, 11, and 15. Even with the impressive score, Cheng sat in a tie for second with Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton, S.C., after the first round, two shots behind Chris Magi of Montreal, Canada. Magi caught fire on the front nine, with five birdies over a six-hole stretch on Nos. 3-8. He finished with a front-nine score of 32, the lowest nine-hole score of the tournament. Magi strung together three consecutive birdies on Nos. 11-13 and despite a bogey on the par-5, 15th, finished his round at 6-under-par 66 to capture the lead.

Cheng, Magi, and Nimmer were part of an impressive group of eight players who shot under-par during the first round. Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan shot 2-under-par 70, while Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., Lohith Ramaraju of London, England, Jan Schneider of Erlangen, Germany, and Borys Shubinsky of Hilton Head Island, S.C., all shot 1-under-par 71.

Cheng shot under-par on the front-nine again during the final round, finishing at 1-under-par 35 to move to 5-under-par for the tournament and grab the lead after 27 holes. Cheng birdied the par-5, third hole, for the second consecutive day, to go along with eight pars on the front. Ahead of Cheng, Kim was making a charge, shooting a front-nine 33 to get back into contention.

As others faltered, the tournament became a three-man race between Cheng, Kim, and Nimmer. Cheng double-bogeyed No. 13, putting Nimmer only one stroke back, but Nimmer bogeyed holes Nos. 14 and 15 to fall back. Kim had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 while scoring par at the 17th and 18th to finish with a score of 75-68-143, awaiting Cheng in the clubhouse. Cheng finished off his tournament in style, making birdie on the 18th hole to seal his victory.

“I tried to stay patient. I knew the scores would be high out there today,” Cheng mentioned when asked how he had prepared for the final round.

Kim’s final round 68 won him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and gave him his fourth top-three finish of the season. Nimmer rounded out the top three with tournament totals of 68-76-144.

PhuchanbonchobCake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, gathered her first career IJGT Victory in the Girls Division, earning the win by three strokes over Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn.  Phuchanbanchob started the first round hot, draining a birdie on the opening hole. She dropped a stroke at No. 2 but quickly regained it with a birdie at the third. She carded her third birdie of her opening nine at the ninth hole to finish with a 2-under-par 34 on the front nine. Phuchanbanchob was matched by Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand on the front nine, as Siriko put together three consecutive birdies on holes Nos. 2-4 to shoot a 34. Whaley also impressed on the front, making birdies on Nos. 7 and 9 on her way to a 35. The three continued their strong play on the back nine, with Whaley’s even-par, 36 setting the tone. Phuchanbanchob and Whaley shot matching 71s in the first round, while Siriko lurked only one stroke back.

Despite the difficult weather conditions, Phuchanbanchob thrived during the final round. She shook off a bogey on hole No. 1, going on to birdie Nos. 3, 6, and 8 to again shoot a 34 on the front. Siriko carded an even-par, 36 on the front, but still fell three shots back of Phuchanbanchob while, Whaley was unable to keep pace with the leader, falling six strokes back.

Phuchanbanchob’s lead grew to seven strokes over both Siriko and Whaley after the 11th hole, and she was able to cruise to her victory. She finished the final round with scores of 34-39-73, good for a tournament total of 144. Her 73 also won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Phuchanbanchob said her key to dealing with the final round conditions was, “hitting an extra club,” and she also noted a strong short game as her key to victory.

Whaley finished second, with a total score of 147, while Siriko placed third at 149.

ShimojiThe Boys 14 & Under Division ended in a tie, with Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, earning the victory over Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., via scorecard playoff. Both players finished the tournament with total scores of 155, but due to Shimoji finishing with a 41 to McBride’s 42 over the final nine holes, Shimoji was credited with the victory.

The two excelled during the first round, repeatedly going shot-for-shot. McBride jumped out early with a birdie at the par-5, third hole, but Shimoji answered with a birdie at the par-3, seventh hole. After the first nine, McBride held the lead by two strokes after carding a 1-over-par 37. Both performed even better on the back nine. McBride carded three more birdies on holes Nos. 13, 14, and 17, while dropping a stroke at the 10th and 11th holes to finish his day with an even-par 72. Shimoji birdied the 15th hole but bogeyed the 18th  hole to shoot even-par on the back nine, and a 3-over-par 75, giving McBride the lead after the first round.

Neither McBride nor Shimoji were able to become comfortable in the cold, wet weather during the final round. Shimoji was able to pick up two strokes on McBride on the front nine to cut the lead to one as they entered the home stretch. Shimoji grabbed his first lead of the final round with a birdie on the 11th hole coupled with a McBride par. The lead flip-flopped between the two multiple times over the next couple holes, but as they walked to the 18th tee McBride held a one-shot lead. As darkness quickly crept in, McBride and Shimoji battled for the win. McBride could not connect on a par putt while Shimoji was able to save par. McBride willed in an eight-foot par putt to force a tie after 36 holes. With insufficient sunlight, the committee ruled that Shimoji was victorious via the recommended tiebreaker prescribed by the United States Golf Association, which was the score on the last nine holes of the competition.

Shimoji noted his driving was “very good,” and helped make up for a “so-so,” short game over the weekend.

Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico, rounded out the top three with a tournament total of 80-82-162.

The International Junior Golf Tour’s next event will be the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Dec. 14-15. The two-day, 36-hole event will consist of one round on the Ocean Course at Sea Pines and one round at Harbour Town Golf Links.

First Round Highlights from the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall

Bluffton, S.C. – Temperatures hovering around 70 defined a perfect day for golf at the first round of the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall on Dec. 7. Being held on the Pete Dye Signature Course at Hampton Hall Club, the tournament featured 56 players from 15 states and 15 countries. Players are eagerly competing for national rankings as well as IJGT Merit Points, and with a field full of talented junior golfers, the final round looks to bring as many highlights as the first round. Here are your leaders heading into the final round of the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall on Dec. 8.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Chris Magi of Montreal, Canada leads after shooting a 6-under, 66. Here is Magi’s round by the numbers:

Chris Magi

32 (4-under-par) – Score on the front-nine

8 – Number of birdies (44.4% of his scores)

4 – This is his fourth season with the IJGT

2 – Stroke lead over Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan and Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton, S.C.

-2 – Score on the course’s four par-3’s

-5 – Played Nos. 3-8 at 5-under-par

 

Atop the leaderboard in the Boys 14 & Under Division is Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., firing a first round score of even-par, 72. Here is McBride’s first round by the numbers:

Brandon McBride

35 (1-under-par) – Score on the back-nine

10 – Number of pars (55.6% of his scores)

8 – This is the 8th IJGT Event McBride has competed in this season

4 – Number of birdies (22.2% of his scores)

3 – Stroke lead over Takafumi Shomoji of Okinawa, Japan entering the final round

1 – This is his first year on the IJGT

 

Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand and Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn. head the Girls Division after finishing with scores of 1-under, 71. Here are Punchanbanchob’s and Whaley’s round by the numbers:

Cake Phuchanbanchob

34 (2-under-par) – Score on the front-nine

10 – Number of pars (55.6% of her scores

5 – Number of birdies (27.8% of scores)

3 – This is her third season with the IJGT

2 – She finished 2nd at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 29-Dec. 1

-3 – Score on the course’s four par-5’s

Kelly Whaley

35 (1-under-par) – Score on the front-nine

12 – Number of pars (66.7% of her scores)

4 – Number of birdies (22.2% of scores)

3 – Has won three IJGT Events in her career

2 – This is her second season with the IJGT

-2 – Score on the course’s four par-5’s

 

For complete results of the first round click here. Pairings for final round action at the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall can be found here.

IJGA Invitational – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be hosting the IJGA Invitational on Dec. 14-15 at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The two-day, 36-hole tournament will consist of one round at Sea Pines Ocean Course and one round at Harbour Town Golf Links. Players will be competing for national rankings and Double IJGT Merit Points at the last Major Championship of the fall season.

The first course built on Hilton Head Island, the Ocean Course features one of only two oceanfront holes on the island. The par-72 course stretches to 6,906 yards with a rating of 73.5 and slope of 144 from the back tees. Strategically-placed bunkers and lagoons provide difficulties to players of all skill levels. The par-3, 15th is the signature hole at the Ocean Course, as elevated tees give players unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Hole 15 Ocean Course

The par-3, 15th hole at Sea Pines Ocean Course is one of only two oceanfront holes on Hilton Head Island.

Harbour Town Golf Links is the more nationally known of the courses at Sea Pines. Harbour Town has played host to the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage (formally Heritage Classic) since 1969. The course is consistently awarded billing as one of the top courses, including being rated 18th in Golf Digest’s 2013-14 “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses.” Playing as a par-71, the course features five sets of tees stretching from 5,208 yards to 7,101 yards. The 18th hole at Harbour Town is one of golf’s most well-known holes, as players overlook Calibogue Sound and features the Harbour Town Lighthouse in the background.

Harbour Town Lighthouse 18 Green

The 18th hole at Harbour Town Golf Links provides one of the most recognizable finishing holes in golf.

The IJGA Invitational consistently features one of the strongest fields of the IJGT season, and this year is no different. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, Shota Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan, William Thomson of Pittsford, N.Y., and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. highlight a strong field. Ogawa, Ozaki, and Wren have all been victorious in IJGT Events this season, while Thomson won last season’s IJGA Invitational in the Boys 14 & Under Division, narrowly edging out Ogawa. Other players to keep an eye on include Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan and Bobby Firth of Jenkintown, Pa.

Takafumi Shimoji looks to continue his impressive rookie season on the IJGT by capturing the tournament in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Shimoji has won three tournaments this fall while finishing 2nd in his other two events. Shimoji shot his low round of the season in the first round of the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club in August, carding six birdies on his way to a 5-under-par, 67. Players to also watch in the Boys 14 & Under Division include Alex Lawson of Pittsburgh, Pa., Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., Ryan McCarthy of Rockville Centre, N.Y., and Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico.

The Girls Division features a number of players who have had successful seasons so far, including Samantha Huang Shenzhen, China, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, and Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., all of whom have been victorious twice this fall. Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Clementina Rodriquez of Caracas, Venezuela, Ana Ruiz of Chihuahua, Mexico, Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, and Susana Vik of Greenwich, Conn. all placed in the top ten of last year’s IJGA Invitational.

Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be in Bluffton, S.C. on Dec. 7-8 for the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall. Hampton Hall Club’s Pete Dye Signature Course last hosted an IJGT Event Nov. 10-11, 2012, with the Major Championship at Hampton Hall Club being contested there. The two-day tournament will consist of top junior golfers from around the world competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points over the course of 36 holes.

Dye’s course at Hampton Hall features a brilliantly open design, but requires more precision than would seem. Water hazards come into play on 15 of the courses holes, while a number of strategically placed bunkers make precision needed on every shot. . With yardage stretching anywhere from 5,329 yards to 7,503 yards and swirling winds, this links-style course embodies the original soul of golf.

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Although open, bunkers and water hazards at Hampton Hall Club require players to focus on precision with every shot.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan, Jake Kessel of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., and Sam Meuret of Brunswick, NE, highlight a number of players who look to tackle Dye’s course. Ito earned his first victory in the Boys 15-19 Division, and third career IJGT victory, earlier this year with a strong performance at the Florida Junior at Black Diamond. Ito carded 10 birdies over the two-day event, capturing a five stroke victory. Kessel will be looking to earn his first career victory. He came close earlier this year, finishing in a tie for second at the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation. Meuret, in his second year with the IJGT, has been a top-10 mainstay, finishing there in 11 of his 15 career events on tour.

In the Girls Division, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, CT, looks to continue her recent run of success on the IJGT. In her last five events, dating back to the 2012-13 season, Whaley has three victories and hasn’t finished lower than in a tie for second. She was most recently victorious at the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes after firing scores of 73-70-143 at the George Fazio Course. Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, will be one of Whaley’s biggest challengers. Huang has been victorious at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall and the Sanctuary Shootout this year and looks to add a third victory to her impressive rookie season with the IJGT.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, headlines the field. Shimoji has been stellar this season, winning three tournaments and finishing second in his other two events. The highlight of his season was a dominating performance in his first event, the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield GC, where he shot scores of 67-71-138 to finish the tournament at 6-under-par and earn a 9 stroke victory. His score of 138 was the low of any player in the field. Brandon McBride of Bluffton, SC, looks to prevent Shimoji of his fourth victory while earning his first of the season. McBride has finished in the top-3 in three events this season and has placed no lower than sixth in any event.

To register for the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall, click here.

Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be traveling to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. for the highly-anticipated Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2013. Held at one of the world’s most popular clubs, the three-day, 54-hole event will be contested on the Pete Dye-designed Valley and THE PLAYERS Stadium Courses, of which the latter is highlighted by one of the most difficult holes on the PGA TOUR — the signature par-3 17th island green. TPC Sawgrass, which plays host to THE PLAYERS Championship, is the birthplace of the TPC Network and is the backdrop of the PGA Headquarters.

At this Southeast Tour Event, over 100 junior golfers from all over the world will be competing for National Rankings, AJGA Performance Stars and IJGT Merit Points.

TPC Sawgrass2THE PLAYERS Stadium Course is highlighted by the signature par-3 17th hole which features an island green.

To register for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass, click here.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Tennoshin Ogawa from Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Nick Geiman from York, Pa., will be competing for top honors in a talent-stacked older division. Ogawa is in his third season with the IJGT, and after racking up six victories last season, he has continued his great play thus far in 2013-2014. He earned a victory at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on Oct. 19-20, and two other second place finishes, including one at the recent Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes on Oct. 9-10. Geiman, who is playing in his fourth season with the IJGT, is also a strong contender. He has placed top five in two events this season, and will be looking to continue that strong play at TPC Sawgrass.

The Boys 14 & Under Division will feature Brandon McBride from Bluffton, S.C., and Joe Parrini of York, Pa., who will be going head-to-head for a place at the top of the leaderboard. McBride is new to the IJGT this season, but he has played like a seasoned professional, garnering top five finishes in five of his six events on the year, including a fourth place finish at the Major Championship at Palmetto DunesParriniwho has played exclusively on IJGT’s Northeast Tour this season, is in his third season. After playing in seven events, he has taken home five first-place trophies, and will surely be a player to keep an eye on over the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 weekend.

The Girls Division will be highlighted by Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, and Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, who represent a very talented field of girls competing for the top trophies. Arjun has been a dangerous contender on the IJGT during her first season, grabbing top five finishes in all five of her events, including two second place finishes at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on Nov. 2-3 and the Major Championship at Palmetto DunesNakatani will also be a major force at the event. She in playing in her second season with the IJGT, winning three events last year and placing top five in all three of her events this season.

 

 

 

Final results from the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Kim and Vilips grab third wins of season

Huang dominates Girls Division en route to second victory

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) wrapped up the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on a weekend that was culminated by all types of weather. The Southeast Region Event took place on Nov. 2-3, 2013 on the Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Hall Plantation Club. Heavy rain on Friday night left the fairways damp and muddy, and the players experienced all but normal conditions with clouds and sharp, chilling winds at some points followed up by warm sunshine during others. Competing for National Rankings and IJGT Merits Points, the golfers did not fail to impress with their skills, determination, and professionalism. All three divisions featured repeat winners taking home champions trophies.

Geuntae Kim - Island Open Champ

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Geuntae Kim of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, came back from a two-stroke deficit after the first round to capture his third victory of the season in a near-playoff situation. His final 71-77–148 tied with Ewen Ferguson of Hilton Head Island, S.C., but Kim won the playoff by default to take sole possession of first place at 4-over-par. After a first round consisting of five birdies and nine pars, Kim came back with a similar performance in the final round. He sank nine pars, including five in a row on holes Nos. 2-6, and his two birdies of the round came back-to-back on the tough par-5 No. 9 and the par-4 No. 10.

When asked about the best parts of his performance in the event, Kim noted his close-range game. He explained that he did really well “from inside 100 yards.”

This was the third consecutive win for Kim in as many events this season. He previously won at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7-8, and the Sanctuary Shootout on Sept. 28-29. He now has etched five career victories in two seasons with the IJGT.

To round out the Boys 15-19 Division, Ewen Ferguson landed in second place with a 76-72–148. His final-round 72 also gave him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his performance. Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, and Jonathan Phillips of Hardeeville, S.C., tied for third with final scores of 149.

Karl Vilips - Island Open Champ

The Boys 14 & Under Division saw a similar face atop the final standings, with Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, grabbing his third victory of the season. His first-round 1-over-par 73 gave him a five-stroke cushion going into the final round, and despite strong play by his fellow competitors, he did not succumb to the pressure, maintaining his lead and eventually taking home the trophy. Though Vilips endured some challenges during his final round, his 8-over-par 80 performance was able to secure an eight-stroke win in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a total 153. After a front-nine 42 during the final round, Vilips came back with a steady back nine, making pars on holes Nos. 10- 13, and then Nos. 15-18.

When asked about the most difficult parts of the event, Vilips noted, “The wind was really hard both days, and there was a lot of water.” Aside from experiencing these adversities, though, Vilips was quick to say that overall the win was “perfect.”

Vilips has had a spectacular first season with the IJGT, winning three events and grabbing top-five finishes in five others. His other two victories came at the IJGT Georgia Junior at Sea Island on Aug. 24-25 and the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch on Oct. 12-13.

Finishing in second place was Bumin Choi of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, who shot a final 78-83–161. Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., came in third with a two-round score of 85-80–165.

Samantha Huang - Island Open ChampSamantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, led the way in the Girls Division from start to finish, shooting a final 9-over-par 153 to secure a satisfying six stroke win. After a strong start with a first-round 1-under-par 71, Huang had a five stroke lead.

But, like most of the tournament field, Huang experienced challenges throughout the final round. Nonetheless, she was able to maintain her focus, shooting an 82 to earn her second win of the season. Huang sank nine pars and a birdie during the round, and played the course’s par-3s in 1-under-par for the tournament.

One of the most notable aspects of Huang’s performance came with her drivers, or lack thereof. When asked about any obstacles she experienced, Huang explained that because her drivers were “really bad,” she decided to use 3-wood for the entire duration of the tournament. It turns out this did not affect the champion too adversely in the end.

This is Huang’s first season with the IJGT, playing in four events, winning two and landing top ten in all four. Her first win came at the Sanctuary Shootout on Sept. 28-29.

There was a three-way tie for the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, with Huang, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, and Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, all posting a final-round 82. 

Rounding out the top three for the Girls Division were Arjun and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who carded a score of 77-82–159 and 76-84–160, respectively.

The IJGT returns to action next weekend for the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The tournament will be contested on the George Fazio Course at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Island Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 3, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,739 yards, Par 72 (73.0/133). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,265 yards, Par 72 (71.0/127). Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,975 yards, Par 72 (76.0/134).

 

Weather: Cloudy with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 5-10 mph
                 Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 15-20 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour Island Open at Palmetto Hall
Palmetto Hall – Arthur Hills Course
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
November 2-3, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,739 yards, Par 72

1. Geuntae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *71-77–148*
2. Ewen Ferguson, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-72–148
3. Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, SC *75-74–149
3. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *69-80–149
5. Maurizio Debono, Basiglio, Italy *78-76–154
5. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *76-78–154
7. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-76–156
7. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *77-79–156
9. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *81-77–158
9. Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador *79-79–158
9. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *79-79–158
9. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *76-82–158
13. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *82-77–159
13. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *78-81–159
13. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *76-83–159
16. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *85-77–162
16. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *79-83–162
16. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *73-89–162
19. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *85-78–163
19. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *79-84–163
21. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *80-84–164
21. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *75-89–164
23. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *80-85–165
23. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *80-85–165
25. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *84-83–167
26. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *87-81–168
27. Trevor King, Huntington, NY *87-86–173
28. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *82-92–174
28. Jake Haughom, Vienna, VA *83-91–174
30. Walker Campbell, Paget, Bermuda *81-94–175
31. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *78-98–176
32. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *86-100–186
33. Mauricio Troncoso, Mexico City, Mexico *96-101–197

*Won in a playoff

Boys 14 & Under Division, White Tees, 6,265 yards, Par 72
1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *73-80–153
2. Bumin Choi, Gyeonngi-do, South Korea *78-83–161
3. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *85-80–165
4. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *78-88–166
5. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *91-89–180
6. Cade England, Dallas, TX *93-90–183
7. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *91-95–186
8. Alexander Camberos, Kigali, Rwanda *93-97–190
9. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *110-106–216

DID NOT FINISH
Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *79-JWD

Girls Division, Black Tees, 5,975 yards, Par 72
1. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *71-82–153
2. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *77-82–159
3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *76-84–160
4. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *85-82–167
5. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *82-86–168
6. Dylaney Day, Toronto, Canada *97-85–182
7. Christine Scholten, Amsterdam, Netherlands *106-108–214

DID NOT FINISH
Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *JWD

IJGT Players of the Week – Oct. 19-20, 2013

Northeast Tour

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the College Classic at Penn State University on Oct. 19-20, 2013 in State College, Pa., as a part of the season’s Northeast Tour. The Blue Course at Penn State was in great condition and its tree lined fairways put accuracy at a premium in order to score well. Both rounds proved to be a tough test for the field with high winds and cold temperatures. Our Northeast Region Players of the Week are Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., and Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J.

Mike BlissBliss (left) put together an impressive round on the final day of the tournament to move into the top five in the Boys 15-19 Division.  Bliss found himself in 13th place after the first round but battled back during the final round to fire an even-par 72 and claim the lead in the clubhouse. Despite his finish in a tie for fourth place, Bliss’ 72 was a tournament low and gave him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his performance. One of the defining moments of his final round was highlighted by a fifty foot eagle putt drained from just off the green on the par-5 No. 5. This was the third event of the season for Bliss, and he will carry this momentum into his next event at the Final Challenge at Hershey Links and then at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass.

Megan McLeanMcLean (right) compiled two consistent rounds this weekend on her way to a tie for second place in the Girls Division. Her first round featured birdies on the par-4 Nos. 11 and 16 on her way to a score of 82. During the final round, she made one birdie on the par-5 No. 18 along with a string of four pars to close out her front nine. McLean’s second place finish was her second top three finish in her three IJGT Events this season, along with her third place finish at the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club. With her consistent play, McLean has proven herself to be a definite contender in each event she enters.

 

 

 

 

Southeast Tour

POOLER, Ga. – The IJGT’s Southeast Tour also made a short trip to Pooler, Ga., for the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on Oct. 19-20. Playing on the club’s Greg Norman Signature Course, the tournament consisted of many talented junior golfers, with the more than 75 contestants competing on a scenic yet challenging golf course. Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., and Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile,  both have received Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Region.

Brandon McBrideMcBride (left), competing in the Boys 14 & Under Division, stayed consistent both days, shooting a 5-over-par 77 through each round and finishing just four strokes behind eventual champion, Takafumi Shimoji. Starting his first round, McBride birdied two holes early on the front nine, and hit nearly every green in regulation. McBride sank a total of four birdies throughout the tournament and was at ease with every shot. McBride’s third place finish was his second-best in four events this season, after coming in second at the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch. We look forward to seeing McBride improve his game in IJGT’s next two events, the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall, and the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes.

Isidora QuevedoQuevedo (right) showed strong and determined play once again at Savannah Quarters, playing extremely well in the final round and shooting an even-par 72. Hitting almost every green in regulation, Quevedo was also able to birdie three of the course’s four long par-5’s on the last day to stay in close contention with leader, Ana Paula Valdes. Quevedo was very consistent throughout, bogeying just four holes the entire tournament and finishing at 1-over-par 145, good for third place. Quevedo is playing in her second season with the IJGT, and after another third place finish at the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield, she is sure to use her great skills and tough mindset as a threat in upcoming IJGT Events.