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Fall Highlights and Spring Preview

Following a successful fall season full of low scores, beautiful courses and even holes-in-one, the IJGT is excited to kick off its spring season with the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on January 17-18, 2015.

LOOKING BACK

During the fall season junior golfers had the opportunity to play a variety of world-renowned courses.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, the IJGT hosted the Thanksgiving Day Classic at the ever-famous TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. This tournament was one of the few three-day, 54-hole events. The junior golfers performed admirably on both THE PLAYERS Stadium and Dye’s Valley courses. Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, edged out Ben Albin of Santa Fe, N.M., to win the Boys 15-19 Division. Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Sam Ohno of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., tied for third. All of the top three finishers in the Boys 15-19 Division had a round at or below par and eights golfers across the three divisions carded eagles.

The Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass saw not one but two holes-in-one! In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Charles Larcelet of Geraudot, France, had an ace on the par-3 hole No. 14 on the Valley Course. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, carded a hole in one on the par-3 hole No. 8 on the Stadium Course.

Playing the iconic par-3 17th hole on THE PLAYERS Stadium course was a highlight of the fall season for many of the young golfers.

Dormie Club, No. 43 on the 2015-2016 edition of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, played home to the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club. Despite a course that proved to be challenging for the entire field, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., carded an impressive nine birdies during the tournament. Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, both had bogey-free streaks that lasted 16 holes.

The final event of the fall, the IJGA Invitational, was held at Sea Pines Resort where junior golfers had the opportunity to play both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links. The latter ranked No. 19 on Golf Digest’s 2015-2016 list of America’s 199 Greatest Public courses and ranked in the top 50 of Golf.com’s 2014 list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S. It is also the host of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

LOOKING FORWARD

The spring season features another selection of top-ranked courses. The first three tournaments are local to the Hilton Head/Bluffton area. On January 24-25, 2015, during the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, junior golfers and their families will have a chance to explore the host of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur. The Pete Dye course, where the Carolina Classic will be played, offers unobstructed views of Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean from 11 of its 18 holes.

The IJGT will travel to the west coast for the MAJOR Championship at Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco, Calif., on February 7-8, 2015. The Presidio Golf Course is one of the oldest courses on the west coast and has been a national historic landmark since 1962. An Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, it is located within a national park.

On Valentine’s Day weekend (February 14-15, 2015), the IJGT will be traveling to Kiawah Island to host the South Carolina Open. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island is ranked No. 20 on the 2015-2016 edition of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses list and third on their America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. This course was the first designed for a specific event, the 1991 Ryder Cup. Known for its challenging and unpredictable winds and spectacular ocean views, the Ocean course is No. 25 on Golf.com’s 2014 list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S.

The Major Championship at Duke University in Durham, N.C., on March 28-29, 2015, provides an excellent opportunity for junior golfers investigating college golf programs to explore Duke as well as the nearby University of North Carolina.

The Northeast Tour of the IJGT will host the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin on April 11-12, 2015. The junior golfers will have the chance to play both the PGA Tour-tested Mystic Rock and the par-70 The Links. Mystic Rock placed No. 60 on the 2015-2016 Golf Digest America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The following weekend, the Northeast Tour will travel to The Architects Golf Course in Lopatcong, N.J., for The Architects Cup.

On April 25-26, 2015, the IJGT will host a Major Championship at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace, Md. Bulle Rock sits at No. 45 on Golf Digest’s 2015-2016 list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The spring season will culminate with the highly anticipated Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The three-day, 54-hole event will take place on May 23-25, 2015. On the evening of May 24 the IJGT will announce its All-IJGT Team and Player of the Year honors for each division at the Night of Champions.

Juniors in all divisions will be competing for AJGA Performance Stars and national rankings. In addition, the winner of the Boys 15-19 Division will receive an exemption to the 2015 International Junior Masters tournament.

Well wishes to all of our juniors as we reflect graciously on the fall and welcome the spring. Good luck to all!

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.

 

IJGT is ready to celebrate the 2013-2014 season with you!

The 2013-2014 season has been filled with some great competition, fierce playoffs and challenging weather and while we are sad to see it end, we are excited to celebrate the many accomplishments!

You better pack your A-game for the tournament and your party pants (or dresses) for the evening.

The festivities begin on Friday, May 23, 2014, at the Grand Cypress Clubhouse during registration for a “Welcome Reception” to be held at 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM. Come catch up with friends you may have not seen in awhile and chat with the familiar faces of the IJGT staff. Light food and beverages will be provided and the weekend schedule will be reviewed. This is the night to go to sleep early and get your rest!

After the first round on Grand Cypress’ East/North and New Courses on Saturday, May 24, 2014, it is time for the Theme Park Extravaganza. New this year, park tickets to Universal Orlando® Resort are included with player registration. The most difficult decision of the night will be to choose to explore either Universal Studios® or Universal’s Islands of Adventure®. Trouble deciding? Here are the highlights of each park:

Rip Ride Rockit Roller Coaster

Image courtesy of www.universalorlando.com

Universal Studios® is home of thrilling rides that put you in the action of your favorite movies. New to Universal Studios® this year is Transformers™: The Ride-3D which is sure to make you feel like a national hero as you battle to defeat the Decepticons. Also new this year is the new Krustyland/Springfield area which features The Simpsons Ride™, other new rides, new shops, and new food and dining options for adults and juniors to enjoy. Another favorite, of course, is Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. Join the minions and go on a 3D adventure through their world of mayhem. Other must-see rides include Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket® (for the thrill-seekers), Men in Black™ Alien Attack™ (friendly competition anyone?), Shrek 4-D, and Revenge of the Mummy®. Universal Studios® is also the future home of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley which is scheduled to debut Summer 2014.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

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For those seeking screams and thrills, Islands of Adventure® is packed with rides sure to give you an adrenaline rush. Upon entering the park you will be met by heroes and villains at The Incredible Hulk Coaster®, Doctor Doom’s Fearfall® and the award-winning The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man® in 4-D. Each holds a surprise that is sure to make your stomach do cartwheels. If you are searching a way to cool down, visit Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls® or Jurassic Park River Adventure®, but make sure there is still sunlight left since you will get soaked. What would a visit to Islands of Adventure® be without a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™- Hogsmeade. Taste butterbeer and pumpkin juice while walking through the Hogwart’s castle on your way to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™, then catch your breath in the underground tunnels before entering the Dragon Challenge™. The rides, shopping, and dining in Hogsmeade will transport you to the world where your favorite wizards live. Also located in Islands of Adventure® are the Cat in the Hat™, Pteranodon Flyers®, and Storm Force Accelatron®.

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Sleep soundly after the long day of playing on and off the course, because Sunday, May 25, 2014, brings a whole new day of excitement. After the second round of tournament play on Grand Cypress’ Courses, IJGT will host the Night of Champions banquet from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Universal Studios Florida®. The dress code is slacks, shirt and tie for gentlemen and dresses or slacks for ladies. Enjoy a night of food and beverage surrounded by your family, friends, and a few crazy characters. We will be announcing the All- IJGT Team and IJGT Player of the Year as well as host a special keynote speaker who is sure to provide knowledge and inspiration. Bring your cameras and appetites because this year’s banquet is certain to be selfie worthy.

Monday, May 26 concludes the 2014 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. The final round will be held on Grand Cypress’ East/North and New Courses followed by the Awards Ceremony at the Grand Cypress Clubhouse. Bring your programs, get them signed by your friends, and start your summer with a smile and a mind full of memories.

If you haven’t registered for the 2014 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, it’s not too late. Click here to sign up and learn more about the tournament. The IJGT staff is excited to host such a great weekend for you and we are eager to hear your feedback so we may constantly improve your tournament experience. Thank you for such a great 2014 season and we’ll see you in Orlando!

Bridgestone Tournament of Champions schedule announced

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The IJGT is excited to announce that the schedule for the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions is ready for release, and it is going to be a fun-filled weekend of competition and recognition for our members!

This three-day event over Memorial Day weekend (May 24-26, 2014) will include three-rounds of Jack Nicklaus-designed golf at the Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fl. on the East/North Course, as well as the  Scotland-inspired New Course.  The East Course has an iconic island green on hole no. 5, as well as a wooded terrain with few bunkers. The North Course requires a bit more accuracy, with ledged fairways and plateaued greens throughout the course.

However, the New Course is an entirely different experience. Based off the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland, this links style masterpiece has every aspect one would expect. From double greens to stone bridges, and including the famed deep bunkers of links-style golf, this course will be a challenge and an honor to compete on for the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions title.

Last year, the champions included Michael Werenski of South Hadley, Pa. (Boys 15-19 Division), Davis Shore of Knoxville, Tn. (Boys U-14 Division), and Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand (Girls Division). Werenski took the title with a 3-stroke lead, shooting a 1-under 215 for the weekend. Davis finished with a 4-stroke lead, turning in a 1-over 217 for the individual victory. Siriko, who will return to defend her crown in this year’s championship, also won with a 4-stroke lead, beating the field with a 4-over 220 score.

National rankings will be in high supply for this tournament, with the AJGA providing 110 Performance Stars for the weekend. In addition, the IJGT will announce it’s 2013-2014 All-IJGT Team, showcasing the top-10 players on the tour from each division. The  IJGT will also announce the IJGT Player of the Year during the weekend.

On Friday, the IJGT invites players and parents to a Welcome Reception during registrations – come meet us at the Grand Cypress Scoreboard and mingle with the IJGT staff and other players before the competition begins. Food and drinks will be provided courtesy of the IJGT. Players are also welcome to an optional practice round on this day.

On Saturday after the first round, players will receive a park ticket to the Universal Studios park of their choice, between either Universal Studios Florida or Universal Studios Islands of Adventure. The IJGT staff will distribute the tickets immediately after the players’ rounds, and attendance at either park is optional.

On Sunday, the IJGT will host the “Night of Champions” banquet from 6PM – 8PM at Universal Studios Florida. The dress code for this red carpet affair will be dresses for women, and slacks, shirt, and tie for the men. The IJGT will provide dinner for players and one guest, and all RSVP’s must be in by May 12, 2014. Additional tickets will be sold, if needed. The “Night of Champions” will showcase the 2013-2014 All-IJGT Team, as well as the IJGT Player of the Year.

If you have not registered for the 2014 Bridgestone Tournament of Champions yet, an event that is a great competition at an amazing venue, please click here. We look forward to seeing YOU there!

Kessel and Arjun earn Player of the Week honors – February 15-16, 2014

The IJGT traveled to Kiawah Island, S.C., for the Major Championship at Kiawah Island on February 15-16, 2014. The tournament was held on two courses at Kiawah Island Golf Resort – the first round being held at Turtle Point and the final round being played at the world famous Ocean Course. This year’s event featured a talented field of junior golfers, all having to showcase their patience and perseverance while fearlessly playing through wind gusts of 20+ mph both rounds. The Players of the Week are Jake Kessel of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., and Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India.

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KessellKessell put together two solid rounds at the challenging Kiawah Island Golf Resort – a first-round 84 on Turtle Point followed by a final-round 82 at the Ocean Course – to finish tied for 15th in the Boys 15-19 Division. His first round was composed of three pars and a birdie on the par-3 No. 3, but his biggest accomplishment came on the par-3 No. 14, as he hit a hole-in-one from 164 yards out. Kessell put forth a steady and respectable performance during the final round, carding eight more pars and two additional birdies. Kessell looks to continue strong play throughout the remainder of the season with hopes to win the IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament Of Champions, May 24-26, 2014, in Orlando, Florida.[/column]

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Arjun found herself in first place after an impressive first round at the Turtle Point course. She began her day on a good note, as she birded the par-5 hole No. 10. While most of the players in the tournament had great difficulty dealing with the stiff winds on hole Nos. 14, 15 and 16, Arjun played them perfectly, parring all three. Consistent play and two additional birdies in the first round resulted a score of one-over-par 73, the best round in the tournament across all divisions. She also played well in the second round, carding 10 pars and finishing with a score of 82. Her 73-82–155 overall score was good enough to earn second place, her seventh top-5 finish of the season. Arjun will look to continue her success at the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club, March 22-23, 2014.[/column]

For full results from the Major Championship at Kiawah Island, click here

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.”
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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)

Alumni Hill, Morris, Rubio, Wolters top-10 finishers in collegiate events

This weekend was another great turnout for International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) alumni, who continue to display their extraordinary talents at the collegiate level.

Texas Tech Kimmy HillKimmy Hill (second from right) of Texas Tech Women’s Golf 

In The Challenge at Onion Creek held from Sept. 30-Oct. 1 and hosted by Texas State University, IJGT alum and current Texas Tech sophomore, Yang Yue (Kimmy) Hilllanded a second place finish with a final 2-over-par 212. At the three-round event, Hill helped guide her team to a win, alongside teammate and individual champion, Elin Arvidsson. After a first round 72 (+2) and second round 73 (+3), Hill came out in the final round with a vengeance, managing a career-best 3-under-par 67 for the round, including five impressive birdies. While playing with the IJGT, Hill racked up two Top-10 finishes during the 2010-2011 season, including a spectacular tied for third finish at the coveted Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions in May 2011.  The Palm Desert, Calif., native continues to impress, and can next be seen with her Texas Tech team at The Schooner Fall Classic in Norman, Okla. on Oct. 5, 2013.

Photo courtesy of TexasTech.com.

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At the Graeme McDowell ShoalCreek Invitational in Birmingham, Ala. on Sept. 30-Oct. 1, IJGT was proudly represented by two alumni, Blake Morris and Gonzalo Rubio.

Blake Morris Ole MissBlake Morris captures his fifth Top-5 collegiate finish 

Morris, a current junior at Ole Miss, dominated the field of 60 golfers from 12 universities, grabbing a tied for first place individual win and leading his Mississippi team to a third place finish. His three-round, 8-under-par 208 effort included a 4-under-par 68 in Round 1 and a 5-under-par 67 in Round 2. The individual win marked the first for the Ole Miss Men’s Golf program since 2010, and gave Morris his fifth Top-5 finish in his collegiate career.

Reflecting on his performance, Ole Miss head coach, Ernest Ross explains, “We are all really proud of [Blake] and his win. It was a tough battle, and he had to make an eight-footer on 18 to be declared the co-champion.”

The Waterbury, Conn., native and IJGT veteran played in more than 20 tour events over seven seasons before moving up to the collegiate level. Next up for Morris and the Rebels will be the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic on Oct. 14-15 in Atlanta, Ga.

North Texas Mean Green Men's Golf at Trophy Club Country Club in Southlake, TX on September 10, 2013Gonzalo Rubio shoots career-best 4-under-par 212 at ShoalCreek Invitational

Rubiofrom Garza Garcia, Mexico, represented the North Texas Men’s Golf Team and landed a tied for sixth place finish with a career-best 4-under-par 212 performance. His even-par 72 in Round 1 was followed up by two back-to-back, 2-under-par 70’s, where Rubio sunk four birdies in each of the final two rounds. This was the first Top-10 outcome for the sophomore, who helped his team grab an eighth place finish in their third event of the season.

Rubio’s two seasons with the IJGT included a notable fourth place finish in May 2011 and a win in May 2012, both coming in the tour’s annual event at the Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee, Fla. Rubio and North Texas will compete in the upcoming Jim River Intercollegiate in Ruston, La. on Oct. 21-22.

Stats and photos courtesy of OleMissSports.com and MeanGreenSports.com.

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Caleb Wolters DaytonCaleb Wolters finishes in 7th at the Cardinal Intercollegiate

The Cardinal Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of Louisville on Sept. 23-24 in Simpsonville, Ky., featured another IJGT alum in Caleb WoltersThe University of Dayton freshman notched a 1-under-par 215 through three rounds, including three birdies and even-par on 12 holes in the final round to score a 73. His performance was good for a 7th place finish, and Wolters, who led his team in his first collegiate event, helped the Dayton Flyers land 11th overall.

Wolters’ most notable event with the IJGT came at the Arizona Junior presented by AB Golf Designs in April 2012, where he finished in second place. Wolters and the Flyers are back in action Oct. 7-8 at the UC Bearcat Invitational.

Stats and photo courtesy of DaytonFlyers.com.

2014 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) has released its 2014 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions for open registration. The Event held May 24-26, 2014 at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla., is the marquee event on the IJGT calendar featuring the largest and strongest field of the year. Contested on the New and East/North Courses at Grand Cypress Golf Club, the 54-hole event will be an event you will not want to miss.

Registration is open for ALL IJGT members today and for signing up early you will receive a discount of $100. This price is available only for a limited amount of time so do not hesitate to reserve your spot in the Tournament of Champions.

Past Champions of the Tournament of Champions include NCAA First-Team All-American, Stephanie Meadow, University of Louisville standout, Laura Restrepo, University of Southern California grad, Stewart Hagestad, and Texas A&M freshmen, Mickey Werenski.

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