Carolina Classic at Colleton River – Tour Preview

Continuing with southeast events in the early portion of the spring season, the IJGT will host the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, host of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur, on January 24-25, 2015. The two-day, 36-hole event will be played on the Pete Dye course in Bluffton, S.C. When speaking about his course at Colleton River, Dye once said, “This is the best course I have ever built.” The course offers unobstructed views of Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean from 11 of its 18 holes. Its six sets of tees stretch from 5105 yards to 7365 yards. Much of the front nine plays through thick forest before opening up to a links-type course overlooking Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean for the remaining nine holes.

Colleton River has hosted eight USGA qualifiers since 2005 including those for three U.S. Opens, four U.S. Amateurs and one U.S. Senior Open.

If you’ve ever seen the Robert Redford film The Legend of Bagger Vance, Colleton River may look familiar as many of the film’s golf scenes were shot there.

The 12th and 13th at Colleton River Plantation. Site of the 2015 US Junior Amateur.

The 12th and 13th at Colleton River Plantation. Site of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur.

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division of the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. Go has won three tournaments this season: the IJGT College Series at NC State, the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club and, most recently, the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines. He will look to build on his lead in the Tour Rankings.

The last time Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, played Colleton River in a tournament, he carded a 2-under 70 on 18 holes to win the IJGT Junior at Colleton River in September of 2014. Ogawa currently sits at No. 4 in the Tour Rankings.

Despite two top-three finishes this fall, Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J., is still looking for his first IJGT victory of the year in the Boys 15-19 Division.

In the Girls Division, Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, will look to improve on last year’s third place finish in Carolina Classic at Colleton River. Nakatani is coming off of a T5 finish at the IJGA Invitational at Harbour Town Golf Links in December of 2014.

If you  haven’t yet registered for the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, you have until January 20, 2015, to do so.

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Inserra, Teran nab IJGT Player of the Week honors (Nov. 11, 2014)

The IJGT traveled to West End, N.C., on November 8-9, 2014, to host the Major Championship at Dormie Club. Rated the No. 2 course to play in the state of North Carolina by Golfweek, the course offered an entertaining challenge to each junior.  The course was in pristine shape and despite the greens being firm and fast, the juniors rose to the occasion and posted admirable scores both days. This week’s IJGT Player of the Week honors following the Major Championship go to Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J., and Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua.

Brett Inserra

Brett Inserra

Inserra’s first round score of 82 put him in a tie for 19th place in a field full of strong players.  In his opening round Inserra started off slowly, struggling with a few bogeys. Never fully embracing a momentum, he finished the round with a four-hole par-or-better streak which included his single birdie of the day. With the determination to make up ground, Inserra returned for round two by carding par-or-better on the entire front nine. Four round-two birdies combined with 12 pars allowed Inserra to improve by a staggering 13 strokes and move him up the leaderboard into the top three. Inserra shared third place with Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, with a two-day total of 151 and brought home the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for shooting the lowest final round across both boys’ divisions.

In three appearances in a Major Championship, this is Inserra’s first top-three finish.

Gabriela Teran

Gabriela Teran

Teran’s first round started off hot with a birdie on the par-4 No. 2.  Seven pars on her front nine had her at even-par at the turn. On the back nine, she carded another birdie the par-4 No. 14, bringing her first round score to75. Within reach of divisional leader Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., and looking to advance, Teran’s began her second round with consistent play. Scoring par on 12 of 18 holes, Teran finished shy of moving into first but remained in control of second place with a total 154.

The second-place finish is Teran’s third top-five finish this season and the seventh of her IJGT career.

Congratulations to Brett Inserra and Gabriela Teran on earning this week’s Player of the Week honors!

Major Championship at Dormie Club – Final results (Nov. 9, 2014)

Whaley brings home her second Major Championship
Pfoestl’s first Major Championship also his first-ever IJGT victory 

WEST END, N.C. – The IJGT hosted the Major Championship at Dormie Club on November 8-9, 2014. The second Major Championship of the season featured a field of more than 50 juniors from across the United States and around the world. Facing cooler temperatures and a difficult course, juniors competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings as well as the honor of being named the IJGT Major Champion.

DSC06876cropShiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, captured the title of Major Champion in the Boys 15-19 Division with scores of 77 and 71 for a two-day total of 148. Go started round two in a four-way tie for second place. After posting zero birdies in round one, Go improved by adding three birdies in the second round to his 23 total pars for the weekend. Go’s strong play on Sunday allowed him to move into first place and win by two strokes.

“My putting and short game are what I did really well with and what helped me win,” said Go.

Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan, finished in second place with a two-day total of 150. Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J., and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, shared third place with a tournament totals of 151. Inserra’s round-two score of 2-under-par 69 earned him the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award, the award given to the male and female junior(s) recording the lowest score on the final day of the event.


DSC06885cropThe Boys 14 & Under Division Champion was Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy. Pfoestl jumped out to a ten-stroke lead over the division in round one with his opening score of 79. Despite his second day struggles, Pfoestl maintained a ten-stroke lead with a second round of 83. With the help of three total birdies and 13 total pars, Pfoestl’s tournament total 162 earned him his first career IJGT win.

“I drove the ball well and I knew if I played smart in the final round I would win,” commented Pfoestl.

Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., finished in second with a tournament total of 172 while brother, Andrew Sample placed third with a two-day total of 198.



DSC06892cropKelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., became the Major Champion of the Girls Division with an even-par 142. Opening with the only round played under par on Saturday, Whaley recorded five birdies and 10 pars en route to a 2-under-par 69. Whaley followed up her strong first round with a 2-over-par 73 in round two thanks to four additional birdies. Her second round 73 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Whaley said, “I’ve worked really hard lately on my game and it’s nice to see all of my hard work pay off.”

Finishing in second was Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua, with a tournament total of 154. Rounding out the top three was Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, with a total of 159.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on Thanksgiving weekend, November 27-29, 2014, for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass. To sign up for this event, or others, visit or call (843) 686-1500.

West End, N.C.. – Final Results of the Major Championship at Dormie Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on November 8-9, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,644 yards Par 71 (72.5/131). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,807 yards, Par 71 (69.3/125). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,611 yards, Par 71 (72.5/130).

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Dormie Club
West End, NC
November 8-9, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division 6,644 yards (Black Tees) Par, 71

1. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *77-71–148
2. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *77-73–150
3. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *82-69–151
3. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *81-70–151
5. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *77-75–152
6. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *76-77–153
7. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-73–154
7. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *80-74–154
9. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-76–157
9. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *80-77–157
9. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *79-78–157
12. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *77-81–158
13. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *79-80–159
14. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *85-75–160
14. Jake Trotta, Harrison, NY *83-77–160
16. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *83-78–161
16. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *80-81–161
18. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *83-79–162
18. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *78-84–162
20. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *78-85–163
21. Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, PA *79-85–164
21. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *76-88–164
23. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *86-79–165
23. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *81-84–165
25. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *85-81–166
26. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *82-85–167
27. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *84-85–169
28. Gray Wiley, Lynchburg, VA *86-84–170
29. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *87-85–172
30. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *90-84–174
31. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *95-80–175
32. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *91-86–177
33. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *87-91–178
34. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *85-94–179
35. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *90-93–183
36. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *100-84–184
37. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *104-81–185
37. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *97-88–185
37. Derek Li, Hillsborough, NJ *98-87–185


DQ. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *96-0–96 (Rule 6-8)
JWD. Alejandro Meriles Medina, La Paz, Bolivia *95-0–95
JWD. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *
JWD. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *

Boys 14 & Under Division — 5,807 Yards (Blue Tees) Par, 71

1. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *79-83–162
2. Luke Sample, New York, NY *89-83–172
3. Andrew Sample, New York, NY *101-97–198

Girls Division — 5,611 Yards (White Tees) Par, 71

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *69-73–142
2. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *75-79–154
3. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *79-80–159
4. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *84-82–166
5. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *109-101–210
6. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *120-116–236


JWD. Mary McGuinness, Haddonfield, NJ *71

IJGT Junior at Colleton River – Final results (Sept. 7, 2014)

Ogawa wins first IJGT event of the season
Kedlaya & Leyva nab first wins in first IJGT appearances

The IJGT returned to Colleton River Plantation Club on September 6-7, 2014, for the IJGT Junior. Inclement weather forced round two to be called off, leaving round one scores to determine the winners of each division. Thirty-three juniors competed for national rankings and IJGT merit points at the official venue for the 68th U.S. Junior Amateur coming in July 2015.

Round two of the IJGT Junior began at 9 a.m. but as storms rolled in in the early afternoon, tournament officials were forced to cease play. With juniors having completed varying numbers of holes, the tournament was cancelled and round one scores were used to determine divisional winners.

DSC_0788 copySharing the lead for the Boys 15-19 Division at the conclusion of round one, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Shiso Go of Tokyo, Japan, went to a scorecard playoff. Based on the scores of the back nine, Ogawa came away victorious. Both Ogawa and Go were par or better on eight of nine holes on the back nine but it was Ogawa’s four birdies that led him to a 2-under 34. Finishing in second, Go carded a 1-under 35 on the back nine highlighted by two birdies on the back nine. In a tie for third, Chandler McDowell of Alberta, Canada, and Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J., finished with scores of 76.

When asked what worked well for him, Ogawa said, “Obviously ball striking, I hit 15 greens. My strategy was to hit more greens this weekend.”

Dong Jin Park of Seoul, led the Boys 14 & Under Division at the conclusion of round one. Park was declared a justified withdraw before teeing off in round two, leaving Mariano Leyva of Puerto Rico, the winner of the division. His score of 85 was highlighted by eight pars and one birdie. Finishing in second was Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy. He recorded a score of 88 in his first IJGT event of his career.

Leyva said, “My putting was great this weekend, I didn’t three-putt at all. A couple putts did lip out but I just kept focused.”

Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, won the Girls Division with a score of 81. Despite competing unopposed, Kedlaya posted eight pars and a birdie en route to her first victory in her first IJGT tournament.

As a first-year student at the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA), Kedlaya said, “I really enjoy working with my coach Tim (Vickers), he’s a really good and it has been a good transaction coming here [to the IJGA].”

The IJGT Southeast Tour will continue with the IJGT College Series at NC State in Raleigh, N.C., on September 20-21, 2014. To sign up for this event, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.

Bluffton, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Junior at Colleton River conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 7, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,864 yards, Par 72 (74.4/141). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,187 yards, Par 72 (70.9/133). Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,912 yards, Par 72 (75.6/138).

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Junior at Colleton River
Bluffton, S.C.
September 6-7, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees) 6,928 yards, Par 72

1.  Tennoshin Ogawa   Ichinomiya-shi, Japan                  70-0–70 -2
2.  Shiso Go          Tokyo, Japan                                            70-0–70 -2
T3.  Chandler McDowell Springbrook, Canada                 76-0–76 +4
T3.  Brett Inserra     Upper Saddle River, NJ                  76-0–76 +4
5. Aniruddah Kedlaya Bangalore                                       77-0–77 +5
T6.  Jack ODonovan     Pittsford, NY                               78-0–78 +6
T6.  Brent Rodgers     Cranberry Township, PA              78-0–78 +6
T6.  John Gooden       Myrtle Beach, SC                           78-0–78 +6
9.   Patrick McDonnell Pittsburgh, PA                              79-0–79 +7
T10. Lee Hammerschmidt Armonk, NY                           80-0–80 +8
T10. Taisuke Ono       Tokyo, Japan                                   80-0–80 +8
T10. Santiago Suner    Cutral Co, Argentina                    80-0–80 +8
T10. Colson Herrin     Augusta, GA                                   80-0–80 +8
T10. Santiago Diaz     Merida, Mexico                              80-0–80 +8
T15. Takafumi Shimoji  Okinawa, Japan                         81-0–81 +9
T15. Kanata Irei       Okinawa-shi, Japan                        81-0–81 +9
T15. Cameron Clair     Bluffton, SC                                  81-0–81 +9
T15. Samuel Cudjoe     Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago             81-0–81 +9
T15. Conor Byrne       Dublin                                  81-0–81 +9
20.  Carsen Sanchez    Bristol, VT                             82-0–82 +10
T21. Jason Stokes      St. Brelade                             83-0–83 +11
T21. Matias Nelson     Oklahoma City, OK                       83-0–83 +11
T21. Karan Bhasin      Mishref                                 83-0–83 +11
T24. Shogo Ito         Tokyo, Japan                            85-0–85 +13
T24. Daiki Okada       Tokyo, Japan                            85-0–85 +13
26. Kyle Ash          Reading, MA                             86-0–86 +14
27.  Hao Yang Lin      Taichung, Taiwan                        88-0–88 +16
28.  Ryan Pongrac      Freehold, NJ                            92-0–92 +20
29.  Mao Hirota        Hoshigaokamotomachi Chitkusa-Ku Nagoya  98-0–98 +26

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) 6,278 yards, Par 72
1.   Mariano Leyva  Lewisville, NC  85-0–85 +13
2.   Thomas Pfoestl Schenna         88-0–88 +16


JWD Dong Jin Park,  Seoul           82-0–82 +10

Girls Division (Green tees) 5,971 yards, Par 72

1.   Ankita Kedlaya Bangalore  81-0–81 +9

Island Challenge at the Country Club of Hilton Head – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) heads to the Country Club of Hilton Head on January 18-19, 2014 for the Island Challenge at Country Club of Hilton Head. Players will be competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Designed by Rees Jones, the Country Club of Hilton Head is a par-72 course with a rating of 75.2 and slope of 143 from the back tees. The course hosted local U.S. Open Qualifiers in 1999 and 2005. The course winds through a stately pine forest, salt-water marshes and fresh water lagoons. The Country Club of Hilton Head is defined by doglegs on 14 holes and water on 16 holes. The course’s signature hole is the par-5, 12th, featuring the highest point on Hilton Head Island. The hole offers tremendous vistas and a green that is framed by the Intracoastal Waterway.

Luxurious putting green at the Country Club of Hilton Head.

Putting green at the Country Club of Hilton Head.

Jake Kessel of Woodcliff Lake, N.J. looks to earn his first IJGT victory in the Boys 15-19 Division. Kessel finished in a tie for 2nd at the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation on September 21-22, 2013 after firing scores of 77-80-153. Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C. and Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J. hope to prevent Kessel from earning the victory, while earning their first career Tour championships.

In the Girls Division, Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand hopes to pick up her first win of the 2013-14 season. Siriko was victorious twice during the 2012-13 season, highlighted by her season-ending victory at the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions on May 25-27, 2013.

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