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Sharma, Huang grab Player of the Week honors – May 26, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. – The IJGT returned to beautiful Florida for the annual end-of-the-year Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Club.  Having the largest and most competitive field of the year, the tournament is a player and family favorite each year. Hot temperatures and copious sunshine made for warm but enjoyable conditions all three days.

The staff at Grand Cypress Resort worked diligently all week to ensure that the course was in top shape and the players and families had a world class experience. The players of the week following the conclusion of the spring season are Keshav Sharma, of New Delhi, India, and Samantha Huang, of Shenzhen, China.

DSC_0824Sharma, playing in his 11th event of the season, recorded his seventh top-ten finish of his IJGT career. Sharma started off the tournament with an impressive first-round 73 on the East/North Course. His first round included three birdies and 12 pars. Perhaps his most impressive hole of the day came on the tough par-5 ninth hole, where he carded a birdie. His second round was virtually flawless, resulting in a 2-under-par 70. The New Delhi native began his second round with birdies on the three of the first six holes. Sharma displayed grit and determination on the final day of the tournament, shooting a 1-under-par score of 71 highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 eleventh hole added to his staggering 12 total birdies. The final-round score of 71 elevated Sharma to finish second as the tournament concluded on Monday, May, 26, 2014.

 

 

DSC_0094Huang, playing in her eleventh event of the season, had a great showing at the Grand Cypress Resort. The China native recorded her eighth top-five finish at the Tournament of Champions. Playing the New Course for round one, Huang showed consistency throughout her entire round. With five pars and a birdie on the long par-5 sixth hole, she proceeded to shoot a first-round score of 76. Round two proved to be a little tougher on the East/North Course for Huang where she fought through the rough-laden course to post a score of 77. The highlight of the round for her was a birdie on the difficult par-4 seventh hole. The final round proved to be the best day of the tournament for Huang, recording and final round 72 and securing the girl’s Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. Her final round included 12 pars and two birdies, not scoring worse than bogey on any hole.

We congratulate all those who participated in this monumental event and we wish Sharma, Huang and all IJGT juniors the best of luck as they move forward either with the IJGT or in their post-graduate plans!

2014 Bridgestone Tournament of Champions – Final results

Furuya wins his first Tournament of Champions appearance

Oishi and Sukaree victorious in their first-ever IJGT event

ORLANDO, Fla. – The IJGT hosted the 2014 Bridgestone Tournament of Champions on May 24-26, 2014 at Grand Cypress Golf Club. The season-ending tournament was sponsored by Bridgestone Golf and featured a field of 129 juniors representing 17 states and 15 countries. Juniors competed in humid weather with temperatures in the 90s for AJGA stars, national rankings and special tournament exemptions.

DSC_0832Ryoto Furuya of Wesley Chapel, Fla., led the Boys 15-19 Division all three rounds en route to his championship title. In his first Tournament of Champions appearance, Furuya began competition play by carding par or better on 17 of 18 holes in his opening round. Using the 4-under-par score in round one as momentum, Furuya returned for round two to post his lowest score of the tournament, a 5-under-par score of 67. He carried his lead into the final round and despite carding his highest score of the three-day tournament, he went on to secure the title of champion with score of 68-67-75 – 210 overall. A staggering 13 total birdies and a scoring average of 70, the lowest average of the tournament, highlighted Fuyura’s victory.

Finishing in second place was Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, helped by 12 birdies and one eagle to tally scores of 73-70-71 – 214 overall. Rounding out the Boys 15-19 Division was Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, with scores of 71-75-70 – 216 overall. Kim’s final-round score of 70 was the lowest in both boys divisions, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award is given to the boy and girl who shoot the lowest score in the final tournament round.

“The first few holes I was very nervous. On the first hole, unfortunately I hit it right and went on to make a double bogey but after the front nine, I still had a lead. I didn’t worry about it, stayed strong and hung in there and managed to come out with a victory,” said Furuya.

DSC_0030Atsuya Oishi of Hiroshima, Japan, turned his first IJGT appearance into a lasting impression as he turned his three-day lead into a victory. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Oishi began the tournament with his best round where he compiled five birdies and an eagle for a round-one score of 67. The 5-under-par score gave him a four-stroke lead going into round two where three birdies were the highlight of his score of 76. After adding two additional birdies in the final round, Oishi totaled 10 birdies to tie for the most birdies in the Boys 14 & Under Division. He finished the tournament with scores of 67-76-74 – 217.

Just two strokes behind him in second was Ryota Furuhashi of Shizuoka, Japan, who carded scores of 73-76-70 – 219 overall. Furuhashi’s 2-under-par score of 70 also made him a Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award winner. In third was Sampson Zheng of Kissimmee, Fla., finishing with scores of 71-75-74 – 220 overall.

When he compared the New Course to the East/North combination he played each of the three days, Oishi said, “The East/North Courses had too much rough which was tricky. That’s why I liked the New Course better.”

DSC_0101In a tight race in the Girls Division, Kornkamol Sukaree of Bangkok, Thailand, edged out second-place finisher Cara Basso of Downingtown, Pa., for first in in her first-ever IJGT event. Basso came out strong to lead the division after round one, posting a 1-under-par score of 71. In a close second, Sukaree posted back-to-back scores of 73 in rounds one and two to position herself tied for the lead with Basso heading into the final round. With the championship in reach for both, Sukaree tallied her tournament-best four birdies and 10 pars in round three to secure the victory. Sukaree finished the tournament with scores of 73-73-72 – 218 overall. Her round-three even-par score of 72 earned her the girl’s Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Carding just one less birdie than Sukaree in round three, Basso finished in second by one stroke with scores of 71-75-73 – 219 overall. Rounding out the Girls Division in third was Yunjie Zhang of Haikou City, China, with scores of 76-73-73 – 222.

“I just tried to play the best I could each day. My approach shots were really good,” said Sukaree.

In addition to the three-round tournament, the weekend included additional events for family and friends. Following registration and the practice rounds, juniors participated in the Bridgestone Longest Drive Competition and enjoyed a welcome reception at Grand Cypress Golf Club. On  Saturday, May 25, 2014, it was an evening of fun and thrills at two Universal parks. Sunday, May 26, 2014, offered the “Night of Champions” banquet to honor the All-IJGT Teams and celebrate a fabulous season. For photos to each of the events, be sure to check out our IJGT Facebook page by clicking here!

The IJGT will begin its Summer Series on June 17-18, 2014 at Crescent Pointe Golf Club. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444. 

ORLANDO, Fla. – Final-round results of the IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 26, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division (East/North Course): Blue Tees – 6,838 yards, Par 72 (73.4/138) Boys 14 & Under Division (East/North Course): White Tees – 6,228 yards, Par 72 (70.6/132) Girls Division (East/North Course): Red Tees – 5,962 yards, Par 72 (74.8/136). Boys 15-19 Division (New Course): Blue Tees – 6,746 yards, Par 72 (71.8/123) Boys 14 & Under Division (New Course): White Tees – 6,253 yards, Par 72 (69.3/116) Girls Division (New Course): Red Tees – 5,949 yards, Par 72 (74.9/118).

Weather:

Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 90’s with 5-10 mph winds
Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 90’s with 5-10 mph winds
Monday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 80’s with 5-10 mph winds

Boys 15-19 Division
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) North/East Course: 6,838 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) New Course: 6,746 yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Blue Tees) North/East Course: 6,838 yards, Par 72

1. Ryoto Furuya, Wesley Chapel, FL, *68-67-75—210
2. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India, *73-70-71–214
3. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea, *71-75-70–216
4. Xuewen Luo, Lougkou City, China, *69-73-75–217
5. Jack Tianyi Cen, Bradenton, FL, *72-71-75–218
5. Matthew Plunkett, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, *74-66-78–218
7. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, *74-69-76–219
8. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan, *72-71-78–221
9. Ryan Davis, Berkeley Heights, NJ, *76-71-76–223
10. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India, *77-73-74–224
11. Roland Massimino, Lumberville, PA, *83-68-74–225
11. Bebe Bouahom, Vientiane, Laos, *73-74-78–225
11. Shiso Go, Tokyo, Japan, *73-72-80–225
14. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan, *77-75-74–226
14. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, *76-76-74–226
14. Nicholas Infanti, Clarksburg, MD, *79-72-75–226
17. Nate Menon, Wyomissing, PA, *76-73-78–227
18. Gus Minkin, York, PA, *82-75-72–229
18. Piyush Sangwan, Gurgaon, India, *76-75-78–229
18. Davis Lamb, Potomac, MD, *78-72-79–229
21. Sidhartha Sharathram, Coimbatore, India, *78-76-76–230
22. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ, *74-82-75–231
22. Ryan Hicks, Santa Monica, CA, *81-74-76–231
22. Sam Goldenring, Florham Park, NJ, *80-74-77–231
25. Anthony Muscato, Gibsonia, PA, *84-73-76–233
25. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina, *83-71-79–233
25. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA, *77-81-75–233
28. Jairaj Singh Sandhu, Punjab, India, *82-72-81–235
28. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan, *80-74-81–235
28. James Nicholas, Scarsdale, NY, *75-72-88–235
28. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ, *81-78-76–235
32. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea, *82-75-79–236
32. Nick Geiman, York, PA, *80-75-81–236
32. Jake Niedosik, Lansdale, PA, *76-83-77–236
32. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan, *81-77-78–236
36. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC, *79-77-82–238
37. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *77-81-81–239
37. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD, *78-79-82–239
37. Tyler Olmsted, Boyds, MD, *79-80-80–239
40. Teddy Hoffmann, Virginia Beach, VA, *81-77-82–240
41. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA, *79-73-89–241
42. Yuan Li, Haikou City, China, *85-76-81–242
43. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand, *76-80-87–243
44. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan, *82-83-79–244
44. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *81-81-82–244
44. Gerry Mackedon, Port Jefferson, NY, *81-79-84–244
47. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain, *83-83-79–245
47. David Hanes, Elma, NY, *82-83-80–245
47. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA, *84-77-84–245
47. Isaac Gorenstein, Nyack, NY, *76-82-87–245
51. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA, *83-83-81–247
52. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan, *85-76-87–248
53. Griffin Colvin, Media, PA, *82-81-86–249
54. Dom Wagner, Alexandria, VA, *85-81-85–251
55. Gurdev Chimni, Gurgaon, India, *81-86-89–256
56. Joe Rochelle, Quakertown, PA, *89-83-85–257
57. Caleb Bryant, New Freedom, PA, *90-87-83–260
57. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH, *88-90-82–260
57. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *81-90-89–260
60. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan, *86-87-88–261
61. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA, *91-83-89–263
61. Sam Schroeder, Sherborn, MA, *93-81-89–263
63. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *85-88-91–264
64. Rohit Talluri, Bellevue, WA, *89-82-95–266
65. J.P. Beall, Pittsburgh, PA, *94-90-93–277
65. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN, *88-91-98–277
67. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan, *100-90-96–286

DID NOT FINISH
Trent Hope, Savannah, GA, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Bobby Nixon, Port St. Lucie, FL, * DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK, *81-82–JWD
Ryan Conner, Newtown, PA, *JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division
Round 1 – (White Tees) New Course: 6,253 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (White Tees) East/ North Course: 6,228 yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (White Tees) New Course: 6,253 yards, Par 72

1. Atsuya Oishi, Hiroshima, Japan, *67-76-74–217
2. Ryota Furuhashi, Shizuoka, Japan, *73-76-70–219
3. Sampson Zheng, Kissimmee, FL, *71-75-74–220
4. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada, *72-75-75–222
5. Ray Navis, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, *74-76-73–223
6. Yujie Jin, Windermere, FL, *71-79-75–225
7. Chase Ingram, Bluffton, SC, *78-78-71–227
8. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia, *78-79-71–228
8. C.J. Hughes, Indiana, PA, *77-73-78–228
10. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *78-80-72–230
10. Thammalack Bouahom, Vientiane, Laos, *78-74-78–230
12. Jack Whisler, Scottsdale, AZ, *81-80-73–234
12. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago, *76-80-78–234
14. Grant Drogosch, Windermere, FL, *82-77-77–236
15. Lukas Clark, Holland, PA, *82-82-74–238
16. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA, *79-79-82–240
17. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC, *80-81-81–242
17. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA, *84-77-81–242
19. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ, *86-79-80–245
19. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan, *83-85-77–245
21. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA, *81-86-80–247
22. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY, *84-86-81–251
23. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA, *82-90-83–255
24. William Riva, Lancaster, PA, *96-89-89–274
25. Aryan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL, *99-86-95–280
26. Poppy Lee, Loxahatchee, FL, *97-96-89–282
27. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, *95-100-96–291
27. Alex Beall, Pittsburgh, PA, *102-96-93–291
29. Francis Gregor, North Wales, PA, *93-101-99–293

DID NOT FINISH
Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA, * DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA, *86-92–JWD

Girls Division

Round 1 – (Red Tees) New Course: 5,949 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Red Tees) East/North Course: 5,962 yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Red Tees) New Course: 5,949 yards, Par 72

1. Kornkamol Sukaree, Bangkok, Thailand, *73-73-72–218
2. Cara Basso, Downingtown, PA, *71-75-73–219
3. Yunjie Zhang, Haikou City, China, *76-73-73–222
4. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China, *76-77-72–225
5. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *79-72-76–227
5. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China, *77-74-76–227
5. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, NJ, *79-74-74–227
8. Mino Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand, *79-75-75–229
9. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan, *80-78-74–232
10. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan, *79-79-77–235
11. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ, *78-79-79–236
12. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China, *78-82-77–237
13. Dylaney Day, Toronto, ON, *81-78-80–239
14. Liza Freed, Alexandria, VA, *76-84-81–241
14. Yeji Shin, Norwood, NJ, *80-78-83–241
16. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand, *82-85-79–246
16. Marissa Balish, Allison Park, PA, *80-88-78–246
16. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada, *82-84-80–246
19. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan, *84-82-82–248
20. Haley Goodling, Manheim, PA, *90-83-79–252
21. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan, *86-87-83–256
22. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea, *86-79-93–258
23. Allison Herring, Skillman, NJ, *89-94-88–271
24. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ, *94-91-87–272
25. Frida Henningsson, Rye, NY, *88-88-97–273
26. Ananya Barthakur, New Delhi, India, *91-94-90–275
27. Amani Narang, Bhopal, India, *105-114-103–322

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Round two recap

Round two of the IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions took place on May 25th, 2014 at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Florida. This season-ending event brought competitors from all over the world with 15 countries and 17 U.S. states being represented. In round two, the Boys 15-19 division took on the  New Course and the Girls division and the Boys 14 & Under division played on the East/North Course. The hot weather continued as temperatures stayed in the 90s for the majority of the day. Some of the division leaders from round one maintained their lead, while new faces worked their way up the leaderboard. In review, divisional leaders’ rounds in numbers are below.

 

Ryoto Furuya of Wesley Chapel, Fla. is the current leader in the Boys 15-19 division. His round in numbers:

67 – Furuya’s 5-under-par score on the New Course. His total after round two is 135.

6 – number of total birdies on the day

1 – an eagle on the 483-yard par-5, hole no. 17

9 – nine strokes under par after 36 holes.

Cara Basso of Downingtown, Pa., is tied for the lead in the girls division with Kornkamol Sukaree of Bangkok, Thailand. Their round in numbers are below.

Basso’s round two numbers:

75 – Basso’s 3-over-par score for round two. Her total after round two is 146.

2 – number of birdies during round two

9 – streak of consecutive pars on holes 16-6

1 – 1-under-par throughout the 4 par-5 holes on the East/North Course.

Sukaree’s round two numbers:

73 – Sukaree’s 1-over-par score for round two. Her total after round two is 146.

3 – number of birdies during round two

34 – Sukaree’s 2-under-par score on the East Course, her final nine holes of round two.

1 – Sukaree’s first IJGT event

Atsuya Oishi of Hiroshima, Japan still leads the Boys 14 & Under division. His round in numbers:

76 – Oishi’s 4-over-par score for round two. His total after round two is 143.

3 – three stroke lead in the division

3 – number of birdies during round two

38 – Oishi shot 2-over-par on each nine holes of the East and North Course, +4 throughout round two.

 

For full round one results of the Bridgestone Tournament of Championsclick here.

For round two pairings of the Boys 15-19 division at the Bridgestone Tournament of Championsclick here.

For round two pairings of the Boys 14 & Under and Girls divisions at the Bridgestone Tournament of Championsclick here.

 

The third and final round will be on Monday, May 26, 2014 with tee times starting again at 7:30 a.m. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter and download the IJGT app for live scoring and up-to-the-minute updates of the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions as the tournament continues.

 

 

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Round one recap

Round one of the IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions took place on May 24th, 2014 at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Florida. This season-ending event brought competitors from all over the world with 15 countries and 17 U.S. states being represented. In round one, the Boys 15-19 division was contested on the East/North Course while the Girls division and the Boys 14 & Under division were on the New Course. The weather was hot and humid with temperatures reaching into the 90s. The field of 130 competitors battled the heat and managed to put up some impressive numbers.  In review, divisional leaders’ rounds in numbers are below.

Ryoto Furuya of Wesley Chapel, Fla. is currently leading the Boys 15-19 division. His round in numbers:

68 – Furuya’s 4-under-par score on the East/North Course

5 – total number of birdies on the day

1 – his last finish in an IJGT event, first place at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass 

33 – his back nine score, 3-under-par

In the Girls division, Cara Basso of Downingtown, Pa., is leading the division after round one. Her round in numbers:

71 – Basso’s 1-under-par score on the New Course

11 – total number of pars on the day

4 – total number of birdies on the day

3 – Basso has three top-5 finishes this season, her best being first place at The Final Challenge at Hershey Links 

Atsuya Oishi of Hiroshima, Japan leads the Boys 14 & Under division. His round in numbers:

67 – Oishi’s 5-under-par score on the New Course

5 – total number of birdies on the day

12 – Oishi’s age,  12 years old

3 – his score on the 533-yard par-5, the only player in the division to make an eagle on hole no. 15

 

For full round one results of the Bridgestone Tournament of Championsclick here.

For round two pairings of the Boys 15-19 division at the Bridgestone Tournament of Championsclick here.

For round two pairings of the Boys 14 & Under and Girls divisions at the Bridgestone Tournament of Championsclick here.

 

Round two will be on Sunday, May 25, 2014 with tee times starting again at 7:30 a.m. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live, up-to-the-minute updates of the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions as the tournament continues.

 

Bookholdt and Goldenberg earn IJGT Player of the Week Honors – May 17-18, 2014

SOMERS POINT, NJ – The IJGT returned to Somers Point, N.J., for the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club. With beautiful weather all weekend, the conditions were ideal for scoring.  Greate Bay serves as a fan-favorite stop on the tour.  This weeks Players of the Week are Joshua Goldenberg, of Scarsdale, N.Y., and Haley Bookholdt, of Columbus, N.J.

goldenberg maybeGoldenberg, playing in his second event of the season, had a great two days of golf.  In round one, Goldenberg had a steady round, shooting an 80 and never scoring higher than bogey on any hole. His second round was considerably better as he carded a 73. The New York native showed determination by shooting a 37 on the front nine. That score included a birdie on the long par-5 sixth hole. His back nine was virtually flawless with eight pars in nine holes. We congratulate Joshua on his great play and hope to see him soon!

 

 

 

bookholdtBookholdt, also playing in just her second event of the season, had a very strong outing this weekend, especially during the final round. She finished her first round with a score of 86, which included two birdies on No. 15 and No. 17. Though she entered the final round in a tie for fifth place, she was just six strokes off the lead and still in contention. Bookholdt came prepared in the final round and put together an exceptional score of 37 on her first nine holes. She, again, birdied the par-5, No. 15, which was statistically the most difficult hole in the Girls Division. She was also carded birdies on No. 15 and No. 17 during the weekend, the only two birdies on those holes in the division. She finished the final round with a score of 79, for a tournament total of 165. Her 79 won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and her 165 earned her a tie for second place. Bookholdt will look to continue her success next week at the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions.

Stein and Clair earn career-best finishes to be named among IJGT Player of the Week – May 10-11, 2014

HERSHEY, Pa. – The IJGT returned to Hershey Country Club to conduct the Hershey Classic. Presented by the International Junior Golf Academy, one of the most popular events each year, on May 10-11, 2014. A full field of highly competitive junior golfers from six different states caught the attention of a number of college coaches who came out to the tournament. While the first round included intermittent rain, including a 30 minute delay and eventual postponement of the round, golfers were welcomed with ideal conditions for the final round. Dylan Stein, of Flemington, NJ, and Alyssa Schiera, of West Windsor, NJ, stood out and earned Player of the Week honors.

steinStein, playing in his third tournament of the year, had another impressive showing. Facing less than ideal scoring conditions on Saturday, Stein managed to shoot an impressive 73. The Flemington, New Jersey native’s Saturday round included four birdies, two on the front nine and two on the back, including one on the tough par 3 8th hole.  On Sunday, Stein picked up right where he left off by carding a birdie on the par-5 first hole. His consistent play in round two led him to shoot a 78. His round one and round two scores forced a playoff with James Nicholas. During the playoff, Stein had many impressive shots, perhaps none more impressive than the up-and-down from off the green on the first playoff hole. Although it was not enough to secure the victory, it did secure his best finish of the year for him. We wish Stein the best and hope to see him soon.

 

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Schiera, an IJGT regular, having played six out of nine events this spring, had her best finish of the season. She started the weekend out nicely by parring her first hole and finished her front nine at 3-over-par 38. The highlight of her round was a birdie on the difficult par three, No. 16. She was the only girl to score under par on the hole and one of only five players to birdie the hole through the whole tournament. She finished round one with an 84 and in a six-way tie for fifth place. Schiera also played well throughout the final round, including another birdie on the par three, No. 2. She again finished with an 84, for an overall score of 168. Her third place finish is her best of the season and she improved on her previous best score of 2014 by four strokes. We wish Schiera the best of luck during her upcoming competitions at the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club this weekend and the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, May 24-26, at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando.

 

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The IJGT traveled south to host The Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club on May 10-11, 2014. The final event of the regular Southeast Tour schedule featured a field of 61 juniors ranging in age from 11-19 years old for the two-day, 36-hole event. The IJGT Players of the Week from the Southeast Tour are Cameron Clair of Bluffton, S.C., and Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

15111_10154171568985026_267358251173121412_nClair made his 14th appearance in an IJGT event this season with his IJGT career-best finish of third place in the Boys 15 & Up Division. After finishing his first round with a four-over par 76, Clair found himself three strokes off the lead. Clair started his final round ready to close the gap, making a birdie on his opening hole. He posted an even-par 72 for the final round, to finish with a 76-72–148. After his strong play at Falcon’s Fire, Clair will be one to watch at the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions.

 

 

 

 

10264779_10154171553715026_2741195399204324369_nPhuchanbanchob, the Girls Division second-place finisher, carded nine pars and three birdies to finish with an impressive first round score of 75. After starting the final round three strokes behind the lead with a one-under 35 on the front nine, Phuchanbanchob held strong with seven pars on the back nine, finishing with a 74 in the final round. She carded an overall score of 75-74—149, making her runner-up honors her fifth top-5 finish for the 2013-14 season. Phuchanbanchob will make her debut appearance in a  Bridgestone Tournament of Champions May 24-26, 2014, and look to excel with her momentum from this week’s notable performance.

Oakley: the official eyewear of Bridgestone Tournament of Champions at special pricing

As our juniors eagerly await the IJGT Bridgestone Tournament of Champions on May 24-26, 2014, we are excited to announce we have another treat in store for those registered to play.

For a limited time, the IJGT will offer a special 35% discount off select models of Oakley eyewear to all juniors that play in the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions. As the official eyewear sponsor of the IJGT, Oakley offers optical superiority and cutting-edge design that not only allows you to look the part but provides the utmost in optical protection.

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Make sure that you take the tee in style by taking advantage of this special discount today. Ensure that you have your brand new Oakley sunglasses waiting for you at the Tournament of Champions by placing your order by noon on May 14, 2014*.

Can’t decide by May 14? Not to worry, we will place and ship all orders that are submitted after May 14 directly to you. Order as many pairs as you like to suit all your sunglass needs. Browse the available models here!

Aren’t registered for the Tournament of Champions but would love to be a part of this spectacular deal? There is still time to register to play, simply click here!

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For additional information about this promotion, please contact Ann Maness at ann.maness@juniorsports.com or by phone at (843) 686-1509.

*You must order through IJGT in order to receive the special discount. All orders will be accepted through June 30, 2014. 

Season-end Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Tour Preview

As the 2013-2014 season comes to a close, the IJGT will host its  biggest and most exciting tournament of the season. Each tournament of the season leads to the IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions which will be held on May 24-26, 2014 at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla. The three-day, 54-hole event will offer the coveted title of champion. In addition to the championship title, juniors will compete for national rankings.

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The Jack Nicklaus-inspired courses of Grand Cypress Resort, East/North Course and New Course will play host to an extensive field of juniors seeking victory. The East/North courses offer everything from sharply ledged fairways to greens located in tricky mazes of sand and water for an entertaining challenge. The New Course pays homage to the signature courses of Scotland featuring deep pot bunkers and stone walls and bridges. 

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As the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions draws some of the IJGT’s finest juniors, watch for leaders of the tour rankings to compete for the title. Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, leads the IJGT Tour Rankings and will look to make the Tournament of Champions his fifth season win. Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, is in a close second in the tour rankings and also seeks the championship title after finishing fifth at the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear. Rounding out the top three of the Boys 15-19 Tour Rankings, James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y., will look to bring home the trophy to continue his three-tournament winning streak.

The Boys 14 & Under Division will also feature fierce competition as Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, Joe Parrini of York, Pa., and Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., battle for the title. Vilips leads the divisional tour rankings with an impressive eight first-place finishes while Parrini adds five of his own sitting in second place. Ingram is not far behind in the tour rankings in fourth, securing a valuable win at the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 3-4, 2014.

Don’t take your eyes of the Girls Division either – both Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, and Yeji Shin of Norwood, N.J., sit in the top five of the IJGT Tour Rankings. Nakatani looks to improve upon her eighth-place finish in the 2013 Tournament of Champions this year and will battle against Shin who will appear in her first Tournament of Champions.

There is still an opportunity to join the competition! If you have not yet registered to play in the biggest event of the year, click here to do so today!

Niedosik, May nab Player of the Week honors – March 29-30, 2014

Monroe Township, N.J. – For the third Northeast event of the Spring season, the IJGT travelled to New Jersey to conduct the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate March 29-30, 2014. Forsgate Country Club is a new venue to the IJGT, and the staff there could not have been more helpful and welcoming. The tournament participants were excited to take on the challenging Banks Course, which is characterized by deep recessed bunkers and unique green complexes. Players had to battle a persistent rain from start to finish of their rounds, that eventually lead to the final round of the tournament being cancelled. Undeterred by the poor conditions, Jake Niedosik, of Lansdale, Pa., and Lindsay May, of Auburn, N.Y., played outstanding golf, earning themselves Player of the Week honors.

Jake NiedosikNiedosik, who is in his first year with the IJGT, adds a second top three finish after four tournaments with a strong showing at Forsgate Country Club; he had previously finished in third place at his first IJGT tournament at Virginia Beach National in November. Niedosik got off to a hot start during his round, carding nine pars over his first ten holes. He was able to manage the steady wind and rains, avoiding any scores over bogey. Scoring 37 on the front nine and 39 on the back nine, Niedosik’s consistent play and overall score of 76 landed him in second place, his best career IJGT finish thus far. He will look to continue his impressive start at the Major Championship at Hartefeld National April 5-6 and at the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions May 24-26, 2014.

 

 

Lindsay MayMay continued her Spring season, after also playing in the Philly Challenge at White Manor last weekend, by setting two new personal bests, despite tough conditions. She bested her previous low score by four strokes and her second place finish is the highest of her career. A highlight of her round came on the 134 yard par-3 at hole number 12, which she birdied. There was only one other birdie on that hole and only two other birdies in the Girls Division during the tournament. Her final score of 83 left her in second place after a scorecard playoff with Yeji Shin. We wish May continued success throughout the rest of the season and hope to see her again soon.

 

 

For full results from the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgateclick here.

 

 

Callaway Junior World Golf Championship qualifiers

The International Junior Golf Tour has always looked to provide its members with opportunities which would help them grow into not only improved golfers, but also to compete at the highest level. All IJGT members will have multiple opportunities to earn an invitation to the prestigious Callaway Junior World Golf ChampionshipsBeing the largest international junior event in the world, the Callaway Junior World Golf Championships is recognized for its global representation and cultural diversity. The tournament boasts of over 1200 participants comprising of 56 countries and 42 states. This championship will take place at Torrey Pines Golf Course from July 14-18. Some of the champions from the past on this tournament include the likes of Ernie Els, Tiger Woods, and Phil Mickelson in the Boys Division and Amy Alcott, Brandy Burton and Jennifer Rosales in the Girls Division.

The IJGT will be conducting two tournaments as official qualifiers for the Callaway Junior World Championships. Both of these tournaments will be held simultaneously at the following locations:

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The winner of the Boys and Girls Divisions at the two qualifiers will earn an exemption into the prestigious Junior World Golf Championships, provided that they are ages 15-17 as of the last day of the Callaway Junior event, July 18th, 2014.  An additional opportunity to qualify for the Callaway Junior World Golf Championships is at the IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. The winner of the Boys 15-19, Boys 14 & Under, and Girls Divisions will earn an exemption into the tournament provided they meet the  age requirements of the championship set forth by the tournament committee.

For more information about the tournaments, please visit IJGT.com or call 843-785-2444.