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109 Players at the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

 

 Orlando, Fla..– The International Junior Golf Tour ended their 2015-2016 season in Orlando, Fla. with the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. This weekend the tour also celebrated the All IJGT Team, top ten players in each division, at The Groove at Universal City Walk. The IJGT had 24 countries and 18 states represent this weekend at Grand Cypress Resort. The three-day tournament had sunny skies and humid temperatures. Each player competed for AJGA Stars, and National Rankings.

 

 

In the Boys 15-19 Division, the Tournament of Champions had 7 boys under-par for tournament. Louis-Francois Charpentier, from Winter Garden, Fla., took the championship by one stroke. Charpentier had 12 birdies over the past three days, and carded a total of 208, (69, 66, 73). There was a tie for second place between Ryoto Furuya and Carlos Marrero. Marrero and Furuya shot a total of 209, one stroke behind the champion. Furuya, from Alpharetta, G.A., carded 67, 69, 73, for the three days with 15 birdies and an eagle. Marrero carded 70, 69, 70, with 11 birdies and also an eagle.

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“It feels awesome to win my last junior tournament. I chose the IJGT as my last tournament because of the top venues and strong fields. The tournament this weekend was very well ran and the course was in great shape. I’m not surprised on how I played, I stayed patient and was pleased with the outcome. This summer I will be getting ready to play college golf at Rollins College and qualifying for the RBC Candian Open,” commented Charpentier.

 

The Boys 14 and Under Division had 12 players compete this weekend. Kaito Kitazoe, of Nara, Japan, shot even for tournament; a total of 216. He carded 73, 68, 75, with 10 birdies and an eagle. Behind Kitazoe was Grant Gobezie. Gobezie, from Hunting Valley, O.H., who shot a total of 221; 73, 77, 71. Coming in third was Alec Nachmann who shot a total of 224.

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“I played really well, I played as best as I could this weekend. I liked how my 8 iron was working, I hit it far and it goes really high. The course was amazing, simply beautiful. The fairways were well manicured and the greens were challenging. I loved everything about this course,” said Kitazoe.

 

 

In the Girls Division, 29 girls competed for the Championship. Kayla Kozak, of Bluffton, S.C., kept the first place title for all three days, and she was also the IJGT Player of the Year. Kozak carded a total of 214 with 7 birdies and 3 eagles. Over the three days Kozak kept her scores under par by shooting 71, 72, 71. Behind Kozak was Ximena Gonzalez of Queretaro, Mexico. Gonzalez shot 72, 73, 75, a total of 220 Yukie Sasaki of Hiroshima, Japan, battled back to take the third place title this weekend. Sasaki carded a total of 221 with 13 birdies.

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“I stayed with my process this weekend, I focused on not getting ahead of myself. The three-day tournament was very tiring, I was feeling really dehydrated. I made sure I drank a lot of water and got to bed early. The three day tournament was great preparation for college golf. This summer I’m going to focus on my process. I will take it one shot at a time and keep playing tournaments, I just will stay driven,” Kozak said.

 

 

Each tournament the IJGT recognizes the low final round, presented by Clazic Belts. For the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions two players received the award.

Kayla Kozak: 71

Ryan Daughtery: 69

 

Final Results of the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on May 28-30.

Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees- 6,698 par 72 (71.2/119). Boys 14 &Under Division: Blue Tees-6,205 (69.4/115). Girls Division: White Tees-5,880 (72.3/120).

 

Boys 15-19 Division

1. Louis-Francois Charpentier, Winter Garden, FL *69-66-73–208

2. Ryoto Furuya, Alpharetta, GA, *67-69-73–209

2. Carlos Marrero, Valencia, Venezuela, *70-69-70–209

4. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *71-70-70–211

5. Sampson Zheng, Kissimmee, FL *70-72-70-212

6. Ian Peng, Chang Hua, Taiwan *71-72-71–214

7. HaoHua Zhang, Howey in the Hills, FL *75-70-70–215

8. Saptak Talwar, New Delhi, India *73-73-70–216

9. Kosuke Suzuki, Noda *72-70-75–217

9. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *70-72-75–217

11. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *72-73-73–218

11. Connor Creasy, Abingdon, VA *76-70-72–218

11. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *78-70-70–218

14. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *73-68-78–219

14. Lukas Clark, Holland, PA *74-71-74–219

14. Arjun Puri, New Delhi, India *76-70-73–219

17. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China *75-71-74–220

17. Blaise Vanitvelt, Flint, MI *72-74-74–220

19. Colin Caporal, Gainesville, VA *75-72-74–221

20. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *75-77-70–222

20. Luigi Wong, Baguio City, Philippines *74-78-70–222

20. Gray Johnston, Saint Simons Island, GA *73-79-70–222

20. Tianyu Wu, Beijing, China *73-74-75–222

24. Colton Tanner, Park City, UT *75-72-76–223

25. Tristan Galant, Cape Town, South Africa *75-72-77–224

25. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China *75-72-77–224

27. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *76-75-74–225

28. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *79-68-79–226

28. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *76-74-76–226

30. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *75-80-72–227

30. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *77-77-73–227

32. Ryan Dougherty, Wexford, PA *82-77-69–228

32. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *80-75-73–228

32. Jose Haces, Puebla, Mexico *75-78-75–228

32. Chun Yan Leong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *78-72-78–228

36. Gordan Brixi, Potomac, MD *80-75-74–229

36. Alejandro Guillen, Mexico City, Mexico *76-76-77–229

38. Feng Chen, Beijing, China *81-73-77–231

39. Jack O’Donovan, Pittsford, NY *76-79-77–232

39. Antonio Miguel, Puebla, Mexico *73-79-80–232

41. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *75-79-79–233

42. Chase Goff, Annapolis, MD *79-74-81–234

43. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *82-79-74–235

44. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *82-77-77–236

44. Marc Sabria, Barcelona, Spain *82-75-79–236

44. Demetrius Johnson, Anchorage, AK *79-79-78–236

47. Luke Fayocavitz, Clarks Summit, PA *82-77-79–238

48. Philip Chen, Taiwan, Taipei *80-78-81–239

49. Daniel Song, Beijing, China *81-79-80–240

50. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *79-83-79–241

50. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *78-84-79–241

52. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *88-80-74–242

52. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *84-79-79–242

52. Max Castaneda, Mexico City, Mexico *85-75-82–242

52. Connor Downey, Franklin, TN *83-77-82–242

56. Connor McArdle, Oviedo, FL*90-78-77–245

57. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *75-92-81-248

57. Jaydon Pang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *83-83-82–248

57. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *81-88-79–248

60. Will Klein, Bethesda, MD *84-83-83–250

61. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *84-85-84–253

62. William Riva, Lancaster, PA *85-81-88–254

63. Adam Shilling, North Palm Beach, FL *85-87-83–255

64. Holden Neeves, Bradenton, FL *85-84-87–256

65. Greg Shen, Vancouver, Canada *92-82-86–260

66. Estevan Valdes, Wellington, FL *87-91-85–263

67. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *89-87-88–264

68. John McCallum, Saint Simons Island, GA *90-87-89–266

 

Girls Division

 

1. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *71-72-71–214

2. Ximena Gonzalez, Queretaro, Mexico *72-73-75–220

3. Yukie Sasaki, Hiroshima, Japan *73-76-72–221

4. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *72-79-73–224

5. Claire Albrecht, Ormond Beach, FL *75-72-79–226

6. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *74-76-77–227

6. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *76-74-77–227

8. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *77-76-75–228

8. Tracy Lee, Seoul, South Korea *74-76-78–228

10. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *79-79-73–231

11. Rou Yin, Zhejiang, China *77-74-81–232

12. Tiana Cruz, Kingston, Jamaica *76-77-80–233

12. Ananya Datar, Bluffton, SC *77-82-74–233

14. Renata Fierro, Yucatan, Mexico *79-76-80–235

15. Greer Valaquenta, Bradenton, FL *77-74-85–236

16. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *78-76-84–238

17. Sarah Perine, Staten Island, NY *83-81-76–240

18. Julia Kashimura, Orlando, FL *85-77-81–243

18. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *82-84-77-243

20. Ananya Barthakur, Bluffton, SC *84-81-80-245 +29

21. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-85-81–249

22. Katya King, Celebration, FL *81-90-79–250

23. Angela Rivera, El Conchal, Alvarado *83-85-83–251

24. Haley Danford, Longwood, FL *83-86-91–260

25. Alle Galla, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *90-87-94–271

26. Camila Burnett, Bluffton, SC *94-94-85–273

27. Yiqing Gong, Upper Saddle River, NJ *88-94-92–274

28. Ava Marano, Jupiter, FL *96-90-91–277

29. Izzy Galla, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *103-91-87–281

 

Boys 14 and Under Division

 

1. Kaito Kitazoe, Nara, Japan *73-68-75–216

2. Grant Gobezie, Hunting Valley, OH *73-77-71–221

3. Alec Nachmann, Boca Raton, FL *75-71-78–224

4. Collier Curd, Bowling Green, KY *74-77-74–225

5. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *74-75-77–226

6. Alex Gu, Darien, CT *78-77-75–230

7. Johnny Wright, Orlando, FL *82-71-79–232

8. AJ Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *82-79-78–239

9. Luke Sample, New York, NY *85-79-76–240

10. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens *79-77-85–241

11. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-81-78–242

12. Amal Jha, Noida, India *92-87-84–263

 

Cronin featured in IJGT Photo of the Week

The IJGT traveled to Orlando, Fla., to host the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions on May 23-25, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and exemptions into a variety of exciting tournaments during the three-day, 54-hole event. Following the tournament, a photo of James Cronin of Dublin, Ireland, was selected as the IJGT Photo of the Week.

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Cronin played the East/North Course in rounds one and three and the New Course in round two. He shot a 5-over 77 in the second round. Cronin carded back-to-back birdies in the third round on the par-4 10th and par-5 11th holes. He finished the tournament with a 241 three-day total, landing him in a tie for 30th in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Congratulations to Cronin for being our IJGT Photo of the Week! Don’t forget–after every tournament we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook Page after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and, based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’

2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)

3 points – per share

Gillam, McCann earn IJGT Player of the Week honors (May 27, 2015)

The IJGT traveled to Orlando, Fla., to host the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Club on May 23-25, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and exemptions into the Players Amateur, Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, International Junior Masters, North American Junior Amateur, South Carolina Junior Golf Association Beth Daniel Junior Azalea and South Atlantic Women’s Amateur Championship during the three-day, 54-hole event.

Following the tournament, the IJGT is pleased to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Parker Gillam of Cary, N.C., and Holly McCann of Raleigh, N.C.

Parker Gillam

Gillam rebounded from an 81 in the first round on the East/North Course to shoot a 2-under 70 in round two on the New Course before firing a 3-under 69 in the final round on the East/North Course. He landed in a three-way tie for the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of an event. Gillam made par or better on holes No. 3 through 15 in the final round and carded a double-eagle, his first, on the par-5 ninth hole. He finished the tournament with a 220 three-day total, good for fourth in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Holly McCann

After shooting 82s in the first and second rounds on the New and East/North courses, respectively, McCann fired a 3-over 75 in the final round on the New Course. Her 239 tournament total landed her in third place in the Girls Division.

Congratulations to Parker Gillam and Holly McCann on their IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Final Results (May 25, 2015)

Galant birdies second playoff hole to win Boys 14 & Under Division

Montenegro comes from behind to earn Boys 15-19 Division Title 

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Orlando, Fla., to host the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions over Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and exemptions into the North American Junior Amateur, Players Amateur, Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, International Junior Masters, South Carolina Junior Golf Association Junior Azalea and South Atlantic Women’s Amateur Championship during the three-day, 54-hole event.

The Boys 15-19 Division played the East/North Course in rounds one and three and the New Course in round two while the Boys 14 & Under and Girls Divisions played the New Course in rounds one and three and the East/North Course in round two.

Tristan GalantTristan Galant of Cape Town, South Africa, shot a division-low 2-under 70 in the final round to force a playoff in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Galant and Robin Williams of Leeds, United Kingdom, both finished with 219 three-day totals. The duo played the par-4 first hole on the New Course as their first playoff hole. Both Galant and Williams hit the fairway off the tee and hit their approach shots on the green before two-putting to make par and force a second playoff hole. The pair moved on to the par-5 second hole on the New Course. Both players found the green in three giving themselves a chance for birdie, but it was Galant who made his birdie putt to win the playoff and the Boys 14 & Under Division.

“I was feeling like I was the man,” Galant said of his playoff experience. “I was coming back. I made an eight on a hole on the back nine and I told myself ‘I will succeed today,’ and I finished the job.”

Galant followed his eight on the par-4 fourth hole on the New Course with birdies on holes No. 5 through 7. “I knew that was the only way I would come back to win,” he said of the three consecutive birdies, the highlight of the tournament for him.

Galant had 13 birdies during the tournament, enough to earn him the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the juniors to card the most birdies in each division.

Robin Williams finished second in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Williams shot an even-par 72 in round three, which included four birdies. Genki Otani of Kyoto, Japan, finished third with a 226 tournament total.

Marco MontenegroMarcos Montenegro of Buenos Aires, Argentina, shot a 3-under 69 in the third round to finish with an even-par 216 tournament total, good for first place in the Boys 15-19 Division. Montenegro made par or better on holes No. 1 through 15 in the third round and had just one bogey during the round. He carded 16 birdies to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award in the Boys 15-19 Division.

When asked about his win, Montenegro said, “I feel very happy because I started so-so the first round, but I thought I could play better the next two days and I’m very happy to win the tournament.”

Montenegro’s third-round 3-under 69 landed him in a three-way tie for the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of an event. He shared the award with Parker Gillam of Cary, N.C., and Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan. Gilliam carded a double-eagle on the East Course’s par-5 ninth hole.

Although he led after the first and second rounds, Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., finished a stroke behind Montenegro with a 217 three-day total. Carlos Marrero of Valencia, Venezuela, rounded out the Boys 15-19 Divison with a 218 tournament total, just two strokes off the lead.

Karen MiyamotoKaren Miyamoto of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., the Girls Division round one leader, fired a 1-over 73 in the third round to regain control of the Girls Divison. She finished with a 228 tournament total and earned both the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award.

Miyamoto’s favorite hole was the New Course’s par-5 17th. “This hole was hard, but today I birdied it,” she said after the tournament.

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who lead the Girls Division after the second round, finished second with a 233 three-day total. Holly McCann of Raleigh, N.C., finished third with a 239 tournament total.

The Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions marked the conclusion of the IJGT’s spring season. The summer season will commence on June 30 with the Summer Series at Olde Stonewall Golf Club in Ellwood City, Pa. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, EyeLine Golf and the International Junior Golf Academy.

Orlando, FL – Final Results of the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour at Grand Cypress Resort on May 23-25, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Rounds 1 & 3 East/North Course — Blue Tees – 6,843 yards Par 72 (73.4/138), Round 2 New Course – Blue Tees – 6,745 yards Par 72 (71.8/123). Boys 14 & Under Division: Rounds 1 & 3 New Course – White Tees – 6,287 yards Par 72 (69.3/116), Round 2 East/North Course – White Tees – 6,216 yards Par 72 (70.6/132). Girls Division: Rounds 1 & 3 New Course – Red Tees – 6,046 yards Par 72 (73.9/122) Round 2 East/North Course – Red Tees – 5,959 yards Par 72 (74.8/136).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

Orlando, FL

May 22-25, 2015

 

Boys 15-19 Division-

Round 1 – (Black Tees) East/North: 6,785 yards, Par 72

Round 2 – (Black Tees) New Course:  6,843 yards, Par 72

Round 3 – (Black Tees) East/North: 6,785 yards, Par 72

 

1.  Marcos Montenegro, Buenos Aires, Argentina 75-72-69-216

2. Ryoto Furuya, Alpharetta, GA 70-71-76–217

3. Carlos Marrero, Valencia, Venezuela 71-71-76–218

4. Parker Gillam, Cary, NC 81-70-69–220

5. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan 74-79-69–222

6. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan 80-67-76–223

7. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India 75-70-81–226

8. Zaffar Sikkander, Nawala, Sri Lanka 77-79-71–227

8. Tsukasa Kimishima, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 76-79-72–227

10. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD 79-73-77–229

11. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC 74-78-78–230

12. John Foley, Los Altos Hills, CA 78-80-73–231

13. Douglas Kulikowski, Pittsford, NY 75-80-77–232

14. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT 77-76-80–233

14. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY 76-79-78–233

14. Christopher Gay, Bronxville, NY 74-80-79–233

17. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA 82-75-77–234

18. Mathias Andersen, Copenhagen, Denmark 82-79-75–236

19. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico 78-82-77–237

19. Tomohiro Ishizaka, Kanagawa, Japan 77-81-79–237

19. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan 78-76-83–237

19. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA 80-73-84–237

19. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China 75-79-83–237

24. Grant Drogosch, Windermere, FL 77-79-82–238

25. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ 83-76-80–239

25. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan 82-76-81–239

27. C.J. Hughes, Indiana, PA 82-82-76–240

27. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan 79-79-82–240

27. Jasper Lee, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 79-79-82–240

30. James Cronin, Dublin, Ireland 83-77-81–241

31. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan 85-81-76–242

31. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland 75-83-84–242

31. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea 81-77-84–242

31. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan 85-72-85–242

35. Adam Agustin, El Dorado Hills, CA 87-80-79–246

35. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX 81-85-80–246

35. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY 83-78-85–246

38. Johnny Peck, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 86-82-79–247

38. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea 80-86-81–247

40. Dante Davis, Brandon, FL 91-75-82–248

40. Jack Boulger, Walpole, MA 85-80-83–248

42. Feng Chen, Beijing, China 85-84-80-249

42. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand 80-89-80–249

42. Yuichi Murao, Tokyo, Japan 83-81-85–249

42. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China 84-79-86–249

42. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA 77-85-87–249

42. John Carr, Brookline, MA 81-78-90–249

48. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ 88-75-87–250

48. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX 78-82-90–250

50. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ 81-82-88–251

51. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand 85-85-82–252

52. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China 91-77-85–253

52. David Yang, Taipei, Taiwan 86-83-84–253

54. Philip Chen, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 82-93-80–255

55. Jaydon Pang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 87-83-87–257

56. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH 88-89-81–258

56. Derek Li, Hillsborough, NJ 87-80-91–258

58. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan 88-86-85–259

58. Chase Goff, Annapolis, MD 93-81-85–259

60. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA 84-85-91-260 +44

61. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY 91-91-81–263

61. John Milner, Odessa, FL 86-87-90–263

63. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA 97-81-86–264

63. Karan Bhasin, New Delhi, India 90-83-91–264

63. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy 84-87-93–264

66. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan 93-89-88–270

67. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy 95-99-89–283

68. Jordi Sabria, Barcelona, Spain 98-78-108–284

69. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan 102-87-105–294

70. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan 106-99-95–300

71. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan 99-97-105–301

72. William Riva, Lancaster, PA 96-94-112–302

73. Kameron Daniels, Bowie, MD 99-96-113–308

74. Evgeny Smirnov, Moscow, Russia 114-104-120–338

 

DID NOT FINISH

WD. Jose Lewis, Panama City, Panama

WD. Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA

DQ. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD (Rule 6-3a)

DQ. Gianfranco Morassutti, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL (Rule 6-6b) 

 

Boys 14 & Under Division-

Round 1 – (Blue Tees) New Course: 6,287 yards, Par 72

Round 2 – (Blue Tees) East/North Course:  6,216 yards, Par 72

Round 3 – (Blue Tees) New Course: 6,287 yards, Par 72

 

1. Tristan Galant, Cape Town, South Africa *72-77-70–219

2. Robin Williams, Leeds, United Kingdom *73-74-72–219

3. Genki Otani, Kyoto, Japan *78-75-73–226

4. Yuki Moriyama, Kanagawa, Japan *78-74-77–229

5. Gordan Brixi, Potomac, MD *80-75-82–237

6. Bronson Myers, Columbia, SC *80-78-80–238

7. Evan Greenplate, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-81-78–239

8. Marc Sabria, Barcelona, Spain *78-84-78–240

9. Tomas Molina, Manizales, Columbia *86-83-79–248

10. Johnny Wright, Orlando, FL *83-83-83–249

11. Jack Cornforth, South Hamilton, MA *80-85-85–250

12. Luke Sample, New York, NY *79-91-82–252

13. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *86-89-79–254

13. Jake Calamaro, Newtown Square, PA *85-84-85–254

15. Tj Buck, Penfield, NY *82-95-79–256

16. Yuxuan Zou, Hilton Head, SC *94-83-84–261

17. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *92-80-90–262

18. Tyler Stachkunas, Lake Worth, FL *94-82-89–265

19. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island SC, *90-88-88–266

20. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *89-100-86–275

 

Girls Division- 

Round 1 – (White Tees) New Course: 6,046 yards, Par 72

Round 2 – (White Tees) East/North Point:  5,959 yards, Par 72

Round 3 – (White Tees) New Course: 6,046 yards, Par 72

 

1. Karen Miyamoto, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *77-78-73–228

2. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *81-73-79–233

3. Holly McCann, Raleigh, NC *82-82-75–239

4. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, NJ *81-78-81–240

5. Wenyan Ma, Windermere, FL *86-80-75–241

6. Marisa Hisaki, Osaka, Japan *84-77-83–244

6. Akaansha Varma, Noida, India *84-77-83–244

8. Gillian Alexander, Carmichaels, PA *79-84-83–246

9. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *86-83-79–248

9. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *87-76-85–248

11. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *85-85-81–251

12. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *85-85-82–252

13. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *83-82-89–254

14. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *86-83-88–257

15. Bailey Plourde, Newcastle, ME *90-87-84–261

16. Haruka Shintani, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan *88-89-88–265

17. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *94-92-81–267

18. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *91-90-87–268

19. Yuna Sato, Koriyama, Fukushima, Japan *96-89-84–269

20. Mary McGuinness, Haddonfield, NJ *94-94-91–279

21. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *96-88-96–280

22. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *94-102-93–289

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

DQ. Martina Gerbel, Bratislava, Slovakia, (Rule 6-6b)

WD. Chelsea Liu, Shanghai, China

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Round two recap (May 24, 2015)

The IJGT traveled down to Orlando, Fla., to host its biggest event of the season, the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. Juniors teed off in warm and sunny conditions beginning at 7:30 a.m. for the second round of the three-day, 54-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Ryoto Furuya

Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

141 – His 3-under two-day total to lead the division

1 – He leads by a single stroke

3 – He carded three consecutive birdies on holes No. 15 through 17

5 – He collected six birdies during the second round

Robin Williams

Robin Williams of Leeds, United Kingdom, leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

147 – His two-day total to carry the lead

2 – He leads the division by two strokes

2 – He carded back-to-back birdies on the par-3 eighth and par-5 ninth holes in round two

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Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

154 – Her two-day total to lead the division

1 – She leads by a single stroke

8 – She knocked eight strokes off her round one score

4 – She carded four birdies during the second round

The final round of the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions will take place tomorrow, May 25, 2015, with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. The Boys 15-19 Division will play the East/North Course and the Boys 14 & Under and Girls Divisions will play the New Course. For full results from round two, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Round one recap (May 23, 2015)

The IJGT traveled down to Orlando, Fla., to host its biggest event of the season, the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. Juniors teed off in warm and sunny conditions beginning at 7:30 a.m. for round one of the three-day, 54-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

70 – His 2-under round one score on the East/North course to lead the division

1 – He carries just a one-stroke lead

2 – He carded back-to-back birdies twice on the par-5 third and par-4 fourth holes and the par-4 16th and par-3 17th holes

9 – He made par or better on the entire back nine

Tristan Galant of Cape Town, South Africa, leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

72 – His even-par score on the New Course to carry the lead

1 – He leads by a single stroke

3 – He carded three consecutive birdies on holes No. 4 through 6

5 – His five first-round birdies were the most in his division

Karen Miyamoto of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

77 – Her round one score on the New Course to lead the division

2 – She carries a two-stroke lead

1 – Her lone birdie came on the par-4 13th hole

9 – She made par or better on the entire back nine

The second round of the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions will take place tomorrow, May 24, 2015, with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. The Boys 15-19 Division will play the New Course and the Boys 14 & Under and Girls Divisions will play the East/North Course. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Tour Preview

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The IJGT’s biggest, most exciting event of the season, the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, will be held on May 23-25, 2015, at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and bragging rights during the three-day, 54-hole event.

Additionally, the Tournament of Champions offers exemptions into a variety of first-class events. The Boys 15-19 Division champion will be invited to the Players Amateur, the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, the International Junior Masters, the North American Junior Amateur and the South Carolina Junior Golf Association Beth Daniel Junior Azalea. The runner-up in the Boys 15-19 Division will also receive an exemption to the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.

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The top-scoring individual in the Girls Division will be invited to the North American Junior Amateur, the South Atlantic Women’s Amateur Championship and the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea. The runner-up in the Girls Division will also receive an exemption to the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.

The event will begin with a welcome reception for the players and their families. On Sunday evening, the IJGT will announce the All-IJGT Team and Player of the Year for each division during the Night of Champions. Following the final round on Monday, there will be a special TOC Awards Ceremony. Everyone who registers for the Tournament of Champions will also receive a ticket to Universal Studios, ensuring they can have fun both at the park and on the course!

During the tournament, juniors will have the opportunity to play the North & East Nines and the New Course. Unlike other Orlando courses, the North and East Nines test accuracy as opposed to strength and distance. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the North (and South) Nines were opened in 1984 and the East Nine was opened two years later in 1986.

Also designed by Nicklaus, the New Course features challenging bunkers and steep slopes. The course pays homage to the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. The links-style course features double greens, a winding creek and stone bridges. The New Course doesn’t use many bodies of water or clusters of trees to challenge golfers, but it does include 150 pot bunkers, some as deep as 12 feet!

Naturally, the Tournament of Champions features the winners from many IJGT tournament throughout the season. Below is a list of champions from the past season who are competing in this year’s event.

Boys 15-19 Division

Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland — IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National and IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan — Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear

Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico — Savannah Junior at The Landings and Carolina Classic at Colleton River

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan — IJGT College Series at NC State, Major Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational. Go was just named the IJGT Player of the Year in the Boys 15-19 Division. He tied for 11th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India — IJGT Oldfield Junior. Jain finished 10th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Michael Jones of Potomac, Md. — IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club

Douglas Kulikowski of Pittsford, N.Y. — College Series at Penn State University

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan — IJGT Junior at Colleton River and IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield. He tied for 14th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Benjamin Morris of Reisterstown, Md. — Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin

Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y. — IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay

Dominic Wagner of Alexandria, Va. — IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill Golf Club

Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. —  Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation. He tied for 25th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. He will be playing college golf at Temple University next year.

Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., won the Boys 15-19 Division of last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

Girls Division

Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa. — IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club

Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India — IJGT Junior at Colleton River, Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor and IJGT Oldfield Junior

Holly McCann of Raleigh, N.C. — IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan — IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall, Savannah Junior at The Landings and the IJGA Invitational. She finished 10th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y. — The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club and IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay

Boys 14 & Under Division

TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y. — The Architects Cup Presented by the IJGA and St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club

Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa. — Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin

Tristan Galant of Cape Town, South Africa — BGGA Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista

Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C. — College Series at Penn State University and IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes

Bronson Myers of Columbia, S.C. — Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear

Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif. — Arizona Open at Wigwam. This will be his fifth consecutive Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions; he finished 16th in last year’s event.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C. — IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

Luke Sample of New York, N.Y. — IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club and Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates. You can find tee times and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

Tournament Exemptions – Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is committed to providing its members with the finest playing opportunities in the world. Again this year, the IJGT will be awarding an exemption into the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational. Here are the details:

Who: IJGT Boys 15-19 Division

What: 2015 Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational

When: September 19-20, 2015

Where: Country Club of Spartanburg – Spartanburg, S.C.

How: The Champion in the Boys 15-19 Division of the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla., will receive an exemption to the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational!

To register for the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, please click here.

About the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational

The Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational (BCJI) has become one of the nation’s premier junior championships. Golfweek ranks the BCJI as a top 10 tournament and awards points towards its national rankings. The National Junior Golf Scoreboard ranks it as a top 20 event as well. The AJGA also lists the BCJI as a top-tiered and POLO ranked event in regards to their performance based exemptions.

Notable past-participants include Bubba Watson (2012 Masters Champion), Lucas Glover (2009 US Open Champion), Bill Haas (2011 Fedex Cup Champion), William McGirt, Dustin Johnson, Jonathan Byrd, Carl Pettersson, Steve Marino, Sean O’Hair, D.J. Trahan, Kevin Kisner, Brian Harmon and Kyle Thompson.

We honor and remember Robert H. “Bobby” Chapman, Jr. through this tournament as a gentleman who loved golf and never forgot that the integrity of the game was more important than the score.  Additionally, Mr. Chapman is remembered as an outstanding junior and senior golfer.

About the IJGT

The IJGT  provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 10-19. Players representing 40 states and 40 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Kiawah Island Resort, Hershey Country Club, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, EyeLine Golf, Oakley, AHEAD Headwear, BagBoy, The First Tee, Golfweek, Bishops Gate Golf Academy, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

Tournament Exemptions – International Junior Masters

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is committed to providing its members with the finest playing opportunities in the world. Again this year, the IJGT will be awarding exemptions into the International Junior Masters. Here are the details:

Who: IJGT Boys 15-19 Division

What: 2015 International Junior Masters

When: June 22-26, 2015

Where: East Aurora Country Club in Aurora, N.Y. 

How: The top finisher in the Boys 15-19 Division of the  St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club  in Rochester, N.Y., and the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla., will receive exemptions to the International Junior Masters!

About the International Junior Masters

The International Junior Masters is a junior golf tournament for boys 14 to 18 years old.  We are the oldest international junior invitational in North America.  Started in 1953, we are proud of notable participants list, many of whom went on to have successful careers on the PGA Tour. The tournament week consists of a Member-Junior 18 hole team event on Monday. After registration and opening ceremonies on Monday, the field of 80 plays 18 holes of Stroke Play on Tuesday. Wednesday morning the second round of Stroke Play determines the following Match Play pairings. Wednesday afternoon the low 32 players start the Championship bracket of Match Play. Matches are contested over 18 holes. The 16 losers of these opening matches will continue in the Championship Consolation bracket. The next 48 qualifiers will be flighted in 16 man brackets: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Thursday morning and afternoon will have 18 hole matches in all flights. These results will set up the semi-final matches Friday morning and the finals for Friday afternoon.

About the IJGT

The IJGT  provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 10-19. Players representing 40 states and 40 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Kiawah Island Resort, Hershey Country Club, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, EyeLine Golf, Oakley, AHEAD Headwear, BagBoy, The First Tee, Golfweek, Bishops Gate Golf Academy, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

Some Bridgestone Tournament of Champions best moments featured in IJGT Photos of the Week – May 26, 2014

As the IJGT rounded out a spectacular spring season, it was no wonder why the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions was a success. Held over the holiday weekend on May 24-26, 2014, at the Grand Cypress Golf Club & Resort, the tournament featured over 130 of the IJGT’s finest juniors battling not only for national rankings but also for the prestigious title.

With temperatures feeling more like summer, the sunny and hot weather still yielded high-quality golf in each division. To accompany the three rounds of tournament play, the event offered family-friendly activities such as a welcome reception, the Bridgestone Longest Drive Competition, a thrilling evening at Universal parks and a “Night of Champions” banquet to honor the All-IJGT Team.

This week’s Photo of the Week includes five photos from each event of the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions.

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ReMax Long Drive Champion, Tim Burke, had his trainer, Trevor Anderson, visit with our juniors before the Bridgestone Longest Drive Competition

On Friday, May, 23, Trevor Anderson, the trainer of ReMax’s Long Drive Champion, Tim Burke, visited the Bridgestone Longest Drive Competition to speak to the participants about the importance of stability, fitness and proper care of one’s body when training as a golfer. He discussed how critical it is to hydrate, eat to fuel and train like a champion day in and day out.

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Christopher “Poppy” Lee tees off on the New Course at Grand Cypress

Christopher “Poppy” Lee of Loxahatchee, Fla., participated in the Boys 14 & Under Division where he finished in the top 30. Posting scores of 97-96-89–282, Lee’s performance was highlighted by two impressive birdies both coming on the New Course. The Tournament of Champions was the first ever-IJGT event for Lee and we are eager to see him again in the future!

Ritwik Jain tees off No. 10 at the New Course

Ritwik Jain tees off No. 10 at the New Course

Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, appeared in his 13th event of the 2013-2014 season at the Tournament of Champions and took home a 10th-place finish. His performance at the Tournament of Champions was his 10th top-ten finish of the season and featured an impressive nine birdies, three of which were consecutive in round three. Jain posted sores of 77-73-74–224 overall. Congratulations goes out to Jain and we look forward to another season!

James Nicholas, IJGT Boys 15-19 Player of the Year

James Nicholas, IJGT Boys 15-19 Player of the Year

James Nicholas of Scardale, N.Y., had a lot to be proud of at the Tournament of Champions, his honor of being named the Boys 15-19 Player of the Year topping that list. On the evening of the “Night of Champions” banquet, Nicholas took the stage to thank his friends, competitors, family and coaches for their support of his journey through golf. Despite struggling with a back injury, Nicholas still placed in the top-30 of the tournament and gracefully embraced the role of Player of the Year. We wish Nicholas continued luck as he enters his senior year this fall!

Chase Ingram swings for the fairway at Grand Cypress

Chase Ingram swings for the fairway at Grand Cypress

Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., took the course in his sixth IJGT event at the Tournament of Champions. Using his final round as a driving force, Ingram shaved eight strokes from his rounds one and two scores to post a 1-under-par 71 for round three. Nine total birdies helped to lift Ingram to seventh place but it was his 16 holes of par or better that truly made his performance elite. Congratulations to Ingram on his continued success this season and we eagerly await seeing him next.

Thank you once again to all those who were a part of the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions. Family, friends, juniors and community alike made this event not only a success but an enjoyable way to wrap up another fantastic season! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the photos from the event on our Facebook page.