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.
In 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.
The 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]
In 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.”
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)
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)