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Finals results from the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club

Bai brings best in final round

Eddy wins first IJGT championship

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) stopped at Dolphin Head Golf Club this past weekend to host the Island Open. There were scattered rain showers during round one and a 30-minute fog delay to start the final round, but it turned out to be a great weekend with temperatures in the 50s and 60s. Junior golfers ranging in age from 13-19 years old and representing 15 different countries competed for IJGT Merit Points along with National Rankings. Furthermore, the champion from each division received an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

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BAI_HeadshotIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Zhengkai Bai of Shantou, China, earned the win with his play during the final round. Bai made a statement in just his second IJGT event. He totaled 12 birdies through 36 holes and played very consistently. To close out his first round, Bai gained momentum by making birdie on four of the last five holes to close with a 2-over-par 74. In the final round, he shot an even-par 36 on the front nine, closing out the last five holes with five consecutive pars. The back nine is where Bai asserted his dominance and caught his groove. After three holes, he was 1-under-par. He then went on to make three birdies in a row on holes Nos. 13, 14, and 15. Bai posted a final-round score of 3-under-par 69 giving him his first IJGT championship. Bai’s 3-under-par 69 during the final round earned himself the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round. It was also the low round of the tournament across all divisions.

When asked what was working well for him and if he set any personal goals, Bai responded, “My 3-wood and my driver was good, my putter was good…It all felt pretty good. [I had no personal goals], I just wanted to win.”
Second place went to Geuntae Kim, of Daegu, South Korea. Kim posted scores of 77-71—148. Third place was earned by Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy. D’Amico shot 76-75—151.

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Eddy_HEADSHOTThe Girls Division was won by Anna Eddy of Hilton Head Island, S.C., earning her first IJGT championship. Eddy seemed to struggle a bit during round one. She made bogey on five consecutive holes, but bounced right back. She finished round one shooting 1-under-par on the last six holes. This momentum carried into her final round. She got off to a great start making the turn in 1-under-par 35. She added a birdie on hole No. 1 to increase her lead over her fellow competitors. Eddy was able to hold on down the stretch to secure her victory. Eddy posted scores of 77-74—151. Eddy’s score of 74 during the final round tied Milleina Ohara from Meguro-Ku, Japan, which earned them both the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

When asked how she was feeling after winning her first IJGT event, Eddy said, “It’s awesome! I have struggled with tournaments in the past and trying to get to the top, but I was finally able to pull through this weekend.”
Eddy was also asked what changed about her game between rounds, she stated, “[I managed] to stay patient and take it one shot at a time.” [/column]

Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, recorded a 76-76—152 tournament total to earn herself second place. Third place was won by Bria’ Sanders of Cordova, Tenn. who posted scores of 76-79—155.

Tupamahu_headshotIn the Boys 14 & under Division, Christian Clemence Tupamahu of Manado, Indonesia, played excellent golf throughout the whole tournament. Tupamahu’s play was very steady. He has finished within the top five in all five of his IJGT events this season, most notably taking third place at the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation. After taking eighth place at Dolphin Head last year, Tupamahu came back this year to make a statement. He had a two-stroke lead after round one and never looked back. In the final round, he made 11 pars, which helped to cushion his lead. Eventually, he went on to win the Boys 14 & Under Division by six strokes. Tupamahu’s scores for the weekend were 87-79—166.

When asked who helped him on the road to victory and who he would like to thank, Tupamahu replied, “I would like to thank my sister who gave me full support and watched me when I was playing. Also, I want to say thank you to my coach, [his help] has been significant to me because he helps me check everything, [including] my swing.”

Alex Thaller of Hilton Head Island, S.C., came in second place, shooting an 89-86—175 overall. Alexander Camberos of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, finished in third place posting a 91-97—188.

The IJGT’s next Event will be the Major Championship at Kiawah Island on Feb. 15-16, 2014. The tournament will feature two outstanding course at Kiawah Island Resort including the famous Ocean Course, which has hosted a PGA Championship and Ryder Cup. 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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Dynamic Brands, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final-round results of the IJGT Island Open at Dolphin Head conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed February 9, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,569 yards, Par 72 (72.5/140) Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,094 yards, Par 72 (70.5/129) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,808 yards, Par 72 (74.5/129)

Weather:

Saturday: Rainy with temperatures in the low 50’s with 10-15 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 60’s with 10-15 mph winds
International Junior Golf Tour
Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
February 8-9, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Tees), 6,569 yards, Par 72
1. Zhengkai Bai, Shantou, China, *74-69–143
2. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea, *77-71–148
3. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy, *76-75–151
4. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *76-76–152
5. Keith Techasith, Bangkok, Thailand, *79-75–154
5. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *72-82–154
7. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia, *81-77–158
7. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA, *77-81–158
9. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia, *80-80–160
9. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland, *79-81–160
9. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India, *80-80–160
12. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL, *85-78–163
12. Simon McDonald, Kialla, Australia, *81-82–163
14. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO, *82-82–164
15. Evan White, Hilton Head Island, SC, *85-81–166
16. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX, *88-80–168
16. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan, *83-85–168
18. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, *90-81–171
18. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China, *81-90–171
20. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH, *85-90–175
21. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA, *87-89–176
21. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *95-81–176
21. Borys Shubinsky, Hilton Head Island, SC, *92-84–176
24. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan, *99-83–182
24. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *92-90–182
26. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan, *96-92–188

DID NOT FINISH
Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea, *87-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (Blue Tees), 6,049 yards, Par 72
1. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia, *87-79–166
2. Alex Thaller, Hilton Head Island, SC, *89-86–175
3. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, *91-97–188
4. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China, *97-99–196
5. Ronak Bhagia, Charlotte, NC, *99-100–199
6. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea, *117-100–217
7. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China, *111-114–225

DID NOT FINISH
Zichen Zhao, Hilton Head Island, SC *JWD

Girls Division (White Tees), 5,808 yards, Par 72
1. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC, *77-74–151
2. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China, *76-76–152
3. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN, *76-79–155
4. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan, *78-80–158
5. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC, *78-82–160
6. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan, *88-74–162
7. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan, *81-85–166
8. Melany Chong, Mississauga, ON, *86-86–172
9. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea, *90-83–173
10. Erin Szabo, San Diego, CA, *101-89–190

DID NOT FINISH
Danlu Cheng, Shenzhen, China, *DQ (Rule 6-6b)

First-round highlights from the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club

Round one of the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club put junior golfers to the test as the weather was a mixture of temperatures in the 40’s and scattered rain throughout the day. Dolphin Head, a scenic and challenging course, located on Hilton Head Island,  proved to be difficult for the field of competitors. With tee times beginning at 8:00 a.m., the field of 46 golfers contested for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. The numbers for the division leaders are as follows.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Harry Jin of Palisades Park, NJ leads after round one. Here are his numbers:

4 – number of birdies on the day

4 – number of bogeys

72 – Jin’s score after round one

2 – number of strokes he leads by

4 – pars in a row to start off the back nine

 

Christian Clemence Tupamahu of Manado, Indonesia leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. Here are his numbers for round one:

2 – stroke lead in the Division

6 – number of IJGT events played this season

7 – number of holes he made par on for the day

 

In the Girls Division, there is a tie for first place between Samantha Huang and Bria’ Sanders

Huang’s round one numbers:

1 – birdie during round one

2 – first place finishes at IJGT events this season

8 – consecutive pars in a row on the back nine

Sanders‘ round one numbers:

13 – total pars during round one

1 – birdie during round one

6 – IJGT events played in this season

 

For full results from round one of the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club, click hereBe sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live, up-to-the-minute updates of the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club as the tournament continues.

Island Open at Dolphin Head – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will return to Hilton Head, S.C. for the #IslandOpen at Dolphin Head Golf Club on February 8-9, 2014. Playing 36-holes over two days, players will compete for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings.

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Designed by Gary Player, the course was the first to be built on the Hilton Head Plantation. The course combines tree lined fairways with wetland surrounded holes to make the course a true picture of Hilton Head. The now private Dolphin Head Golf Club was described by Celebrate Hilton Head Magazine as the “Hidden Gem” and best-kept secret on the island. Players will have a memorable experience playing a unique course with a picturesque backdrop.

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The 1st at Dolphin Head in Hilton Head, S.C.

The Boys 15-19 Division will feature familiar face Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia as he begins 2014 play at the #IslandOpen following a first place finish at the IJGT Junior at Oyster Reef last summer.

New to the tour this year, Boys 14 & Under members Zichen Zhao of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Ronak Bhagia of Charlotte, N.C., will both look to make a statement at Dolphin Head. The Island Open will be only the second ever Event for both Zhao and Bhagia.

Stay tuned as Milleina Ohara of Meguro-Ku, Japan, in the Girls Division returns to competition after securing her first ever IJGT tournament victory January 18-19, 2014 in the Island Challenge at the Country Club of Hilton Head.

To register or for more information on the #IslandOpen, click here.

Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will host the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on Oct. 19-20 in Pooler, Ga. Held on the Greg Norman Signature Course, play features vast greens, scenic ponds, and countless natural hazards, challenging golfers with a tournament-quality experience. This will be IJGT’s second event at the Savannah Quarters Country Club, with players competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Savannah Quarters

 

The Boys 15-19 Division will showcase players such as Tyler Pidduck of Thousand Oaks, Calif., who participated in last year’s event and who will be looking to grab his first win of the season after finishing in the Top-10 in two events already. Salil Ghamandefrom Evans, Ga., will be making his 2013-2014 season debut, after three Top-10 finishes last season and three wins in the Boys 14 & Under Division two seasons ago.

The Boys 14 & Under Division will see the likes of Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, who is coming off a win at the Aiken Junior at Woodside Plantation on Sept. 21-22. Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China, and Luis Sanchez of Xalapa, Mexico, are also players to watch, as both have placed in the Top-10 at two events this season.

Playing in her fourth season with the IJGT, Bria` Sanders of Cordova, Tenn., will be making her second appearance this season after coming in sixth place at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. Last season, she finished Top-10 in eight of 11 events played, and has notched more than 30 events on her resume in her IJGT career.

First-round highlights from the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the first round of the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National Saturday at the prestigious Hilton Head National Golf Club.

While the weather and course conditions were both perfect, Hilton Head National proved to be a tough test for the elite field of junior golfers.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, the final round is set up to be a special day with two golfers tied for the lead, and two others tied for second just one stroke back. GeunTae Kim (SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea) and Tennoshin Ogawa (Ichinomiya-shi, Japan) lead the field after 18 holes with matching 1-under-par 70 scores. Right on their tails are Shota Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan, and Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, who posted first-round scores of even-par 71. Maurizuo Debono of Basiguo, Italy, shot a 1-over-par 72, and sits in fifth place.

GeunTae Kim and Tennoshin Ogawa by the numbers:

33 – Kim’s score on the back nine at Hilton Head National, which was good for 2-under par on those nine holes.

28 – Combined pars made by Kim and Ogawa in the first round. Ogawa tallied 15 of them, while Kim added 13.

6 – Wins by Ogawa last season in the Boys 14 & Under Division on the IJGT.

5- Combined birdies made by the duo. Kim racked up three, while Ogawa had two.

2 – Wins by Kim last season on the IJGT.

Yet again, Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, is running away with the Girls Division after posting a first round score of 2-under-par 69. This would be her third win in as many weeks on the IJGT. Wuensch holds a six-stroke lead over Brià Sanders of Cordova, Tenn.

Jana Wuensch by the numbers:

69 – Wuensch’s score for the round, which was the lowest score by any golfer in any of three divisions.

14 – The number of pars holed by Wuensch in the first round.

2 – The number of birdies in the first three holes for Wuensch. She jumped out to a hot start, and was able to play even-par golf the rest of the way.

2 – Consecutive wins by Wuensch on the IJGT. Another strong round in the final round would give Wuensch her third win in a row.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Ben El Cohn of Bluffton, S.C., leads the way after a 5-over-par 76 in the first round. He leads last week’s winner, Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, by two strokes. Luis Sanchez of Xalapa, Mexico, posted a 9-over-par 80, and is four strokes back of the leader in third place.

Ben El Cohn by the numbers:

35 – Cohn’s score on the front nine, good for 1-under-par.

8 – Pars by Cohn in his first 18 holes. Finding consistency will be key in Sunday’s final round.

3 – Birdies on the day for Cohn.

1 – Eagle by Cohn in the first round. He holed out from 80-yards away on his first hole, the par-4 10th.

 

The final round will begin at Hilton Head National tomorrow at 8:30am. To view tee times click here and to view complete results from the first round click here.