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IJGA Invitational at Harbour Town – Final Results

Go repeats as IJGA Invitational Champion

Kozak wins Girls Division at Harbour Town

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) concluded the 2015 Fall Season with the annual International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) Invitational at Harbour Town Golf Links. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing 10 different states and 14 countries competed in the 36-hole Major Championship for double IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, and AJGA Performance Stars.

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, repeated as the Boys 15-19 Division Champion in the IJGA Invitational with a tournament score of 1-over, 143. Go started off the tournament well making four birdies and firing a 1-under, 70. This was the best round recorded in the tournament and gave him a three-stroke lead going into the final day of competition.

Shiso Go won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 15-19 Division

Shiso Go won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 15-19 Division

Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage, is a challenging test of golf, and even a player of Go’s caliber was going to have to play well to maintain a lead. Go did not get off to the start he wanted in the final round, making a double-bogey on the opening hole. He rebounded quickly though, with birdies on his next two holes to get it back to even-par. From there, Go was able to hold off his fellow competitors by making 12 pars in his last 14 holes. He finished with a round of 2-over, 73 and a seven-stroke victory. This was Go’s first IJGT victory of the 2015-2016 Season. Go was the 2014-2015 IJGT Player of the Year in the Boys 15-19 Division.

“Even though I won this tournament last year, I was just trying to do my best,” said Go.

Finishing in a tie for second place were Colton Tanner of Westport, Conn., and Brock Erwin of Muldrow, Okla., who both recorded tournament totals of 150.

Mason Williams of Bridgeport, W.Va., fired a final-round score of 1-over, 72, which earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award which goes to the boy and girl that record the lowest final round score in each IJGT tournament.

In the Girls Division, Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., recorded her second career IJGT victory with a tournament total of 147. Kozak won in wire-to-wire fashion recording an impressive five-stroke victory. In the first round, Kozak made four birdies en route to a 3-over, 74. This only gave her a one-stroke margin heading into the final round.

Kayla Kozak won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Girls Division

Kayla Kozak won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Girls Division

Kozak used a meticulous game plan during the final round to hold off her competition. At the turn, Kozak improved her lead to three strokes, but after hole No. 12, her lead was back to one stroke. The pivotal point of the tournament came at hole No. 13 where Kozak made birdie to extend her lead to three strokes. From there Kozak made five straight pars to finish up her round of 2-over, 73 and collect the Girls Division title.

Kozak’s final-round score of 2-over, 73 was the lowest score of the event in the Girls Division, and also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“It is an honor to win, because the competition was great. This tournament has given me the momentum for 2016 and the confidence to know I can play well,” commented Kozak.

Haruka Shintani of Setagaya, Japan, finished in second place with a tournament total of 152. Yuki Nakayama of Kawasaki, Japan, ended the tournament in third place after recording a score of 157.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., continued his strong performance in IJGT tournaments with his third victory of the 2015-2016 Season in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Phillips recorded a tournament total of 161 to earn a two-stroke victory over Nick Hance of Irving, Texas. Hance recorded a final-round score of 76, which was the lowest score in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Chase Phillips won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 14 & Under Division

Chase Phillips won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 14 & Under Division

Phillips made two birdies in the tournament with both of them coming on the par-3, fourth hole at Harbour Town Golf Links. This was Phillips’s first Major Championship victory.

“I liked that this course had smaller greens because it plays well too my game,” said Phillips.

The IJGT will kick off the Spring 2016 Season in Okatie, S.C., with the IJGT Junior at Oldfield Golf Club on Jan. 30-31, 2016. Players will compete for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

About the IJGA

The IJGA trains junior golfers for success in tournament golf and beyond. They are the only academy in the world that combines training, academics, and competition. Through their supportive and competitive environment, students develop the critical qualities of commitment, goal setting and a consistent work ethic to best impact their academics, golf, and future endeavors.

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 40 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 30 states and 30 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, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, Iconic Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final-round results of the IJGA Invitational at Harbour Town conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed December 13, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,600 yards, Par 71 (73.1/144). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,881 yards, Par 71 (69.7/131) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,675 yards, Par 71 (73.6/136).

Weather:       
Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 70’s with 5-10 mph winds
Round 2: Sunny with temperatures in the high 70’s with 5-10 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGA Invitational
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
December 12-13, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,600 yards, Par 71
1. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *70-73–143
2. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *74-76–150
2. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *74-76–150
4. Arjun Puri, New Delhi, India *76-75–151
4. Austin Fox, Delmar, NY *74-77–151
6. Mason Williams, Bridgeport, WV *80-72–152
6. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *79-73–152
6. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *73-79–152
9. Matej Malicek, Bratislava, Slovakia *79-75–154
10. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-77–155
10. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *75-80–155
10. Wil Sheppard, Mount Pleasant, SC *76-79–155
13. Saptak Talwar, New Delhi, India *78-79–157
13. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *78-79–157
13. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-79–157
13. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton, SC *78-79–157
17. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD *77-81–158
18. Shharad Arora, Bangalore, India *82-77–159
19. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *79-82–161
19. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *77-84–161
21. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *81-82–163
21. Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *74-89–163
23. Marco Oliverio, Bridgeport, WV *80-84–164
23. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *80-84–164
25. Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, DE *83-82–165
26. Feng Chen, Beijing, China *87-79–166
27. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *81-86–167
27. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *79-88–167
29. Dominic Wagner, Alexandria, VA *78-90–168
30. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *89-80–169
30. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *83-86–169
32. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *88-86–174
33. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *90-85–175
33. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *85-90–175
35. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *92-84–176
36. Matt Saraceno, Ridgewood, NJ *92-85–177
37. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *91-88–179
38. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *97-89–186
39. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *99-90–189
40. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *90-100–190
41. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *108-88–196
42. Andres Rosado, Mexico City, Mexico *110-109–219

DID NOT FINISH
Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *82-WD

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 5,881 yards, Par 71
1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-80–161
2. Nick Hance, Irving, TX *87-76–163

DID NOT FINISH
Dimitris Vasilakos, Savannah, GA *112-WD

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 5,675 yards, Par 71
1. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *74-73–147
2. Haruka Shintani, Setagaya, Japan *75-77–152
3. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasaki, Japan *81-76–157
4. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *87-74–161
4. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *78-83–161
6. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *81-81–162
7. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *82-81–163
7. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *80-83–163
9. Tiana Cruz, Kingston, Jamaica *83-81–164
9. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *78-86–164
11. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *85-81–166
12. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *84-93–177
13. Camila Burnett, Bluffton, SC *92-103–195
14. Zhenni Zhu, Chongqing, China *100-108–208
 

 

 

The Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire – Final results

Low final round translates to a victory for Ozaki

Whaley becomes two-time winner at Falcon’s Fire

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. Winners of the event were awarded IJGT Merit Points and also competed for national rankings and an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

DSC_1057The Boys 15-19 Division was won by Shota Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan. Finishing with scores of 74-70 – 144, Ozaki came from behind after round one to secure the win. His first since 2013, Ozaki’s victory was highlighted by an impressive streak of par or better on 13 holes and four tournament birdies. Trailing Brock Erwin of Muldrow, Okla., by one stroke after round one, Ozaki carded the lowest final round of the tournament to move into first by three strokes. His 2-under-par 70 in the final round earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award offered to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round.

Charles Sun of Bradenton, Fla., finished in second place with scores of 74-73 – 147 and Cameron Clair of Bluffton, S.C., finished in third with scores of 76-72 – 148.

When asked about what worked well for him, Ozaki stated, “My drivers worked well, I was able to hit a lot of fairways.”

DSC_1270Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico, led the Boys 14 & Under Division both days en route to his first IJGT victory. After round one, Sanchez found himself 10 strokes ahead of his competition with a score of 3-over-par 75. Despite struggling initially, he added 10 pars in round two to keep him in front for the win. His first round included two birdies coming on holes four and 17. Sanchez finished 12 strokes ahead of the competition.

Finishing in second was Thomas Delaney of Kingwood, Texas, with scores of 86-82 – 168 while Jackson Skeen of Johnson City, Tenn., rounded out the top three with an overall score of 171.

“I would say number four [was my favorite] because it was a short par-5 and I was able to get there in two and birdied it,” said Sanchez about his favorite hole of the course.

DSC_1126For the second consecutive year, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., nabbed first at Falcon’s Fire. Scoring similarly to her first win at Falcon’s Fire in May of 2013, Whaley finished with scores of 72-71 – 143. Five birdies and an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole aided in Whaley’s run for the title. Whaley held off second-place finisher, Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, with the help of her 1-under-par second-round score of 71. Her second-round score earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Phuchanbanchob finished second with scores of 75-74 – 149. Rounding out the Girls Division was Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, tallying scores of 76-75 – 151.

“I feel more accomplished because I’m two-time, I feel like I’ve really mastered this course now,” said Whaley about her second consecutive win at Falcon’s Fire.

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will continue on to Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla., for the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions on May 24-26, 2014. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444. 

Kissimmee, Fla. – Final round results of the IJGT Orlando Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 11, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,833 yards, Par 72 (73.2/136). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,225 yards, Par 72 (70.0/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,984 yards, Par 72 (74.3/130).

Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 10-15 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 5-7 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Orlando Junior at Falcons Fire GC
Kissimmee, Fla.
May 10-11, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees) 6,833 yards, Par 72

1. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *74-70–144
2. Charles Sun, Bradenton, FL *74-73–147
3. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *76-72–148
4. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *76-73–149
5. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *77-74–151
5. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *73-78–151
7. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *80-72–152
7. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *74-78–152
9. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-73–154
10. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *83-72–155
10. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *77-78–155
10. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *78-77–155
13. Simon McDonald, Kialla, Australia *81-75–156
13. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *80-76–156
13. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *78-78–156
13. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *78-78–156
17. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *80-77–157
17. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *79-78–157
17. Michael Boylan, Patterson, NY *76-81–157
20. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *82-76–158
20. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *80-78–158
22. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *80-80–160
22. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *80-80–160
22. Adam Agustin, El Dorado Hills, CA *79-81–160
25. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *82-79–161
25. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *77-84–161
27. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *88-74–162
28. Shosei Inokawa, Atamishi, Japan *77-87–164
29. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *84-81–165
30. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *81-86–167
30. Jespi Huh, Sasanggu, South Korea *79-88–167
32. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *89-80–169
33. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *86-85–171
33. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *86-85–171
33. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *84-87–171
36. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *88-85–173
37. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *90-86–176
38. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *93-87–180
39. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN *89-95–184

DID NOT FINISH

Charles MacCallum, Melbourne, Australia *80-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (Blue Tees) 6,225 yards, Par 72

1. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *75-81–156
2. Thomas Delaney, Kingwood, TX *86-82–168
3. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *85-86–171
4. Ronak Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *87-86–173
5. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia *89-87–176
6. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *86-96–182
7. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China *99-89–188
8. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea *96-99–195
9. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *97-100–197
10. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *111-101–212

Girls Division (White Tees) 5,984 yards Par 72

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *72-71–143
2. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *75-74–149
3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *76-75–151
4. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *79-78–157
4. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan *81-76–157
6. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *80-81–161
7. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *78-89–167
8. Emma Parson, Bluffton, SC *92-89–181
9. Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *91-94–185
10. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *93-95–188
11. Stephanie Orrell, Hilton Head Island, SC *100-102–202

Orlando Junior at Falcon's Fire Golf Club – Round one recap

The IJGT traveled south to the fan favorite Falcon’s Fire Golf Club to host the Orlando Junior on May 10-11, 2014. Hot but breezy weather greeted the field of 61 juniors in the first round. Leaders in each division are below, their rounds in numbers:

Brock Erwin of Muldrow, Okla., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

73 – Erwin posted 1-over-par round-one score

35 – he carded a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine

13 – this is Erwin’s 13th IJGT event of the season

9 – par-or-better streak on each of the holes on the front nine

4 – number of birdies he tallied in round one

The Boys 14 & Under Division is led by Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico. His round in numbers:

75 – his round-one 3-over-par score

13 – Sanchez comes into the Orlando Junior with 13 top-10 finishes in IJGT events

11 – par-or-better streak from holes eight and 18

2 – number of birdies tallied on holes four and 17

The Girls Division is led by Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., her round in numbers:

72 – Whaley posted an even-par score of 72, the lowest score of the tournament

10 – number of pars on the round

4 – number of birdies on the round

1 – Whaley placed first in her last appearance at Falcon’s Fire on May 11-12, 2013

Juniors will return to play for round two Sunday, May 11, 2014, for an 7:30 a.m. start. For full results from the first round of the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire, click here. Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.