IJGT members win Sea Pines Junior Heritage

The International Junior Golf Tour’s mission is “to provide 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.” More than 30 IJGT members found success on the course this weekend, competing in the Sea Pines Junior Heritage. The 24th edition of the annual tournament took place on February 7-8, 2015. Juniors competed at Harbour Town Golf Links for round one and the Pete Dye-designed Heron Point for round two. After two days and 36 holes, there wasn’t a decisive winner in either the Boys or Girls Divisions.

IJGT members won both divisions of the Junior Heritage in playoff fashion.

Ana Paula Valdes Junior Heritage ADefending champion and IJGT member, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, was one shot back after the first round, but tied things up in round two, recording a 1-under 35 on the back nine. Valdes two-putted to make par on the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th, to earn her second consecutive Junior Heritage championship. She is the first ever player to record back-to-back victories at the Junior Heritage.

Bluffton, S.C., native Bryson Nimmer holed out from a bunker for birdie on the 18th hole in round two to force a playoff. He then birdied the 18th hole again, this time for the playoff win.

Including Nimmer, four IJGT members finished in the top five of the Boys Division of the Junior Heritage. Virginia Beach, Va., native Tom Crow and Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, tied for second place while Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, rounded out the top five finishing in a tie for fifth. Greenwood, S.C., native Coleman Self and New Vernon, N.J., native William Voetsch also performed well finishing in a tie for ninth place.


Nakatani and Go pose after the Junior Heritage

Nakatani and Go pose after the Junior Heritage

In the Girls Division, IJGT members Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, and Bluffton, S.C., native Kayla Kozak finished in third and fourth place, respectively. Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, earned an eighth-place finish. Osaka, Japan, native Sera Tadokoro and Chomchana Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, finished just one stroke behind Rodriguez to tie for ninth place.

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, had a hole-in-one, which came on the par-3 16th hole in round two. Bluffton, S.C., native Alec Weary and Jason Stokes of St. Brelade, Jersey, also carded eagles during the tournament. In round one, Weary made the par-5 hole No. 5 in three strokes and Stokes needed just three strokes to complete the par-5 17th hole in round two.

Congratulations to all the IJGT members who competed in the Junior Heritage this weekend! To view the full results, click here.




junior championship

12 IJGT members advance to match-play competition at U.S. Junior Championships

Junior Amateur

After two rounds of competition at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, 12 IJGT members have advanced to the match-play competition! The first two rounds were filled with low scores from juniors from around the world, and the IJGT continued to represent well in these illustrious competitions. The top 64 golfers in the stroke-play competition advance on to the single-elimination, match-play competition.

In the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, Davis Shore (Knoxville, Tenn.) led the six advancing IJGT members with a 71-72–143 overall score to finish in a tie for 18th place at the conclusion of the stroke play competition. He finished only six strokes off the leader, Sean Crocker (Zimbabwe), who finished at 7-under-par. Rounding out the IJGT field was John Pak (T24th), Keenan Huskey (T31), Bryson Nimmer (T37), Aaron Denucci (T50) and Austen Sandoval (T50).

In the U.S. Girls Junior Championship, Mariel Galdiano (Pearl City, Hawaii) took finalist honors in the stroke-play competition, finishing in third place! Her scores of 69-72–141 overall put her in sole possession of third place. Rounding out the IJGT membership in the field were Ana Paula Valdes (T17), Brynn Walker (T26), Samantha Wagner (T31), Julie Luo (T57) and Robynn Ree (T57).

Good luck to our advancing members, and the IJGT community looks forward to seeing your progress in the upcoming match-play competition!

Junior Amateur

2014 U.S. Junior Amateur and Girls' Junior Championships filled with IJGT talent

Junior Amateur

This year’s U.S. Junior Amateur, held at The Club at Carlton Woods in Woodlands, Texas, and U.S. Girls’ Junior, held at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz., kicked off this week. With over 200 junior golfers competing for their respective crowns, the fields contain 32 junior golfers with IJGT experience!

The U.S. Junior Amateur field contains 13 IJGT junior golfers from all over the country and includes five IJGT Champions, including Ryoto Furuya, the 2014 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions Boys 15-19 Division Champion.

The U.S. Girls’ Junior field contains 19 IJGT junior golfers from all over the world, including Mexico, Norway, Brazil and Nigeria. Nine of the 19 IJGT golfers are past IJGT Champions, and even more are top-3 finalists in IJGT tournaments.

The U.S. Junior Amateur and Girls’ Junior Championships feature a two-round stroke play competition, which reduces the field down to 64 golfers. Those 64 golfers then compete in a single elimination, match-play tournament competition over the course of the remaining days to determine an overall champion.

Check out the list of IJGT golfers in the U.S. Junior Amateur and Girls’ Junior Championships, and follow their progress with the links below!

2014 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship – The Club at Carlton Woods – The Woodlands, Texas
Aaron Denucci – Clive, Iowa
John Felitto* – Mountainside, New Jersey
Ryoto Furuya* – Wesley Chapel, Florida
Evan Grenus – Glastonbury, Connecticut
Keenan Huskey – Greenville, South Carolina
Connor Littlefield – Waukee, Iowa
Chris Meyers – Oro Valley, Arizona
Bryson Nimmer* – Bluffton, South Carolina
John Pak – Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Ashton Poole – Charlotte, North Carolina
Austen Sandoval – Sacramento, California
Davis Shore* – Knoxville, Tennessee

2014 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship – Forest Highlands Golf Club – Flagstaff, Ariz.
Luisa Altmann
– Windermere, Florida
Haley Bookholdt* – Columbus, New Jersey
Larissa Carter* – Auburn, New York
Minjou Chen – Chinese Taipei
Emily Corrigan – Irvington, New York
Isabella DiLisio* – Hatfield, Pennsylvania
Nicolette Donovan – Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Mariel Galdiano* – Pearl City, Hawaii
Stephanie Lau – Fullerton, California
Julie Luo* – Centreville, Virginia
Christina Parsells* – Bernardsville, New Jersey
Robynn Ree – Redondo Beach, California
Yeji Shin – Norwood, New Jersey
Annie Swords – Newnan, Georgia
Anita Uwadia – Lagos, Nigeria
Ana Paula Valdes* – Morelia, Mexico
Susana Vik* – Oslo, Norway
Samantha Wagner – Windermere, Florida
Brynn Walker* – St. Davids, Pennsylvania

* Denotes IJGT Champion

Final results from the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall

Cheng captures crown at Bluffton Junior

Phuchanbanchob earns first IJGT Victory


BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour was in Bluffton, S.C. on Dec. 7-8 for the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was contested on the Pete Dye Signature Course at Hampton Hall Club. The field featured 57 players representing 15 states and 15 countries competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Hampton Hall Club’s Pete Dye course was played at 6,936 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division, 5,895 yards for the Girls Division, and 6,219 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division. Water hazards came into play on a number of holes while an abundance of bunkers gave the players even more difficulty. Weather for the first round was perfect, as temperatures hovered in the 70s with a slight breeze. The final round was drastically different, with temperatures around 50, rain, and more wind than the prior round.

Cheng HHIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, emerged with a two-stroke victory over GeunTae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, after shooting a 3-under-par 141 for the tournament.

Cheng’s played his first round bogey-free, on his way to a 4-under-par, 68. He shot a matching 34 on both the front and back nine, with birdies on Nos. 3, 9, 11, and 15. Even with the impressive score, Cheng sat in a tie for second with Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton, S.C., after the first round, two shots behind Chris Magi of Montreal, Canada. Magi caught fire on the front nine, with five birdies over a six-hole stretch on Nos. 3-8. He finished with a front-nine score of 32, the lowest nine-hole score of the tournament. Magi strung together three consecutive birdies on Nos. 11-13 and despite a bogey on the par-5, 15th, finished his round at 6-under-par 66 to capture the lead.

Cheng, Magi, and Nimmer were part of an impressive group of eight players who shot under-par during the first round. Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan shot 2-under-par 70, while Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., Lohith Ramaraju of London, England, Jan Schneider of Erlangen, Germany, and Borys Shubinsky of Hilton Head Island, S.C., all shot 1-under-par 71.

Cheng shot under-par on the front-nine again during the final round, finishing at 1-under-par 35 to move to 5-under-par for the tournament and grab the lead after 27 holes. Cheng birdied the par-5, third hole, for the second consecutive day, to go along with eight pars on the front. Ahead of Cheng, Kim was making a charge, shooting a front-nine 33 to get back into contention.

As others faltered, the tournament became a three-man race between Cheng, Kim, and Nimmer. Cheng double-bogeyed No. 13, putting Nimmer only one stroke back, but Nimmer bogeyed holes Nos. 14 and 15 to fall back. Kim had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 while scoring par at the 17th and 18th to finish with a score of 75-68-143, awaiting Cheng in the clubhouse. Cheng finished off his tournament in style, making birdie on the 18th hole to seal his victory.

“I tried to stay patient. I knew the scores would be high out there today,” Cheng mentioned when asked how he had prepared for the final round.

Kim’s final round 68 won him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and gave him his fourth top-three finish of the season. Nimmer rounded out the top three with tournament totals of 68-76-144.

PhuchanbonchobCake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, gathered her first career IJGT Victory in the Girls Division, earning the win by three strokes over Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn.  Phuchanbanchob started the first round hot, draining a birdie on the opening hole. She dropped a stroke at No. 2 but quickly regained it with a birdie at the third. She carded her third birdie of her opening nine at the ninth hole to finish with a 2-under-par 34 on the front nine. Phuchanbanchob was matched by Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand on the front nine, as Siriko put together three consecutive birdies on holes Nos. 2-4 to shoot a 34. Whaley also impressed on the front, making birdies on Nos. 7 and 9 on her way to a 35. The three continued their strong play on the back nine, with Whaley’s even-par, 36 setting the tone. Phuchanbanchob and Whaley shot matching 71s in the first round, while Siriko lurked only one stroke back.

Despite the difficult weather conditions, Phuchanbanchob thrived during the final round. She shook off a bogey on hole No. 1, going on to birdie Nos. 3, 6, and 8 to again shoot a 34 on the front. Siriko carded an even-par, 36 on the front, but still fell three shots back of Phuchanbanchob while, Whaley was unable to keep pace with the leader, falling six strokes back.

Phuchanbanchob’s lead grew to seven strokes over both Siriko and Whaley after the 11th hole, and she was able to cruise to her victory. She finished the final round with scores of 34-39-73, good for a tournament total of 144. Her 73 also won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Phuchanbanchob said her key to dealing with the final round conditions was, “hitting an extra club,” and she also noted a strong short game as her key to victory.

Whaley finished second, with a total score of 147, while Siriko placed third at 149.

ShimojiThe Boys 14 & Under Division ended in a tie, with Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, earning the victory over Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., via scorecard playoff. Both players finished the tournament with total scores of 155, but due to Shimoji finishing with a 41 to McBride’s 42 over the final nine holes, Shimoji was credited with the victory.

The two excelled during the first round, repeatedly going shot-for-shot. McBride jumped out early with a birdie at the par-5, third hole, but Shimoji answered with a birdie at the par-3, seventh hole. After the first nine, McBride held the lead by two strokes after carding a 1-over-par 37. Both performed even better on the back nine. McBride carded three more birdies on holes Nos. 13, 14, and 17, while dropping a stroke at the 10th and 11th holes to finish his day with an even-par 72. Shimoji birdied the 15th hole but bogeyed the 18th  hole to shoot even-par on the back nine, and a 3-over-par 75, giving McBride the lead after the first round.

Neither McBride nor Shimoji were able to become comfortable in the cold, wet weather during the final round. Shimoji was able to pick up two strokes on McBride on the front nine to cut the lead to one as they entered the home stretch. Shimoji grabbed his first lead of the final round with a birdie on the 11th hole coupled with a McBride par. The lead flip-flopped between the two multiple times over the next couple holes, but as they walked to the 18th tee McBride held a one-shot lead. As darkness quickly crept in, McBride and Shimoji battled for the win. McBride could not connect on a par putt while Shimoji was able to save par. McBride willed in an eight-foot par putt to force a tie after 36 holes. With insufficient sunlight, the committee ruled that Shimoji was victorious via the recommended tiebreaker prescribed by the United States Golf Association, which was the score on the last nine holes of the competition.

Shimoji noted his driving was “very good,” and helped make up for a “so-so,” short game over the weekend.

Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico, rounded out the top three with a tournament total of 80-82-162.

The International Junior Golf Tour’s next event will be the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Dec. 14-15. The two-day, 36-hole event will consist of one round on the Ocean Course at Sea Pines and one round at Harbour Town Golf Links.

First Round Highlights from the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall

Bluffton, S.C. – Temperatures hovering around 70 defined a perfect day for golf at the first round of the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall on Dec. 7. Being held on the Pete Dye Signature Course at Hampton Hall Club, the tournament featured 56 players from 15 states and 15 countries. Players are eagerly competing for national rankings as well as IJGT Merit Points, and with a field full of talented junior golfers, the final round looks to bring as many highlights as the first round. Here are your leaders heading into the final round of the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall on Dec. 8.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Chris Magi of Montreal, Canada leads after shooting a 6-under, 66. Here is Magi’s round by the numbers:

Chris Magi

32 (4-under-par) – Score on the front-nine

8 – Number of birdies (44.4% of his scores)

4 – This is his fourth season with the IJGT

2 – Stroke lead over Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan and Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton, S.C.

-2 – Score on the course’s four par-3’s

-5 – Played Nos. 3-8 at 5-under-par


Atop the leaderboard in the Boys 14 & Under Division is Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., firing a first round score of even-par, 72. Here is McBride’s first round by the numbers:

Brandon McBride

35 (1-under-par) – Score on the back-nine

10 – Number of pars (55.6% of his scores)

8 – This is the 8th IJGT Event McBride has competed in this season

4 – Number of birdies (22.2% of his scores)

3 – Stroke lead over Takafumi Shomoji of Okinawa, Japan entering the final round

1 – This is his first year on the IJGT


Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand and Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn. head the Girls Division after finishing with scores of 1-under, 71. Here are Punchanbanchob’s and Whaley’s round by the numbers:

Cake Phuchanbanchob

34 (2-under-par) – Score on the front-nine

10 – Number of pars (55.6% of her scores

5 – Number of birdies (27.8% of scores)

3 – This is her third season with the IJGT

2 – She finished 2nd at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 29-Dec. 1

-3 – Score on the course’s four par-5’s

Kelly Whaley

35 (1-under-par) – Score on the front-nine

12 – Number of pars (66.7% of her scores)

4 – Number of birdies (22.2% of scores)

3 – Has won three IJGT Events in her career

2 – This is her second season with the IJGT

-2 – Score on the course’s four par-5’s


For complete results of the first round click here. Pairings for final round action at the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall can be found here.

Final Results from the Auntie Anne's Pretzels Junior at Shipyard Golf Club


Nimmer’s clutch birdie captures victory
Ruiz victorious in Girls Division

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Junior this weekend at Shipyard Golf Club. Possible thunderstorms threatened play on Sunday, but the weather cooperated and the juniors enjoyed beautiful weather all weekend.

Bryson NimmerBryson Nimmer of Bluffton S.C., took home the Boys 15-19 Division title with a 1-over-par 145 two-day total. The leaderboard was packed going into the final round, but ultimately the tournament came down to the final hole with two of the KENTWOOL Low Pro winners—Nimmer, and second-place finisher Charlie Spencer-White, also from Bluffton, S.C., who were tied when teeing off on No. 18.

Both players left themselves with wedges for their third shots on the par-5 finishing hole. Spencer-White hit his approach to six feet while Nimmer hit his to about 12 feet. With Nimmer putting first, he was able to roll his putt in putting the pressure squarely on Spencer-White. Unfortunately Spencer-White was unable to convert giving Nimmer his first IJGT title this season.

“That shot I hit into 18 was really good,” said Nimmer. “Set me up for a birdie to win.”

Spencer-White’s solid play was good enough to earn him second place with a 2-over-par 146 two-day total. Rounding out the top three was Francisco Contreras from Caracas, Venezuela, whose final-round even-par 72 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. His tournament total was a 3-over-par 147.

Taisuke OnoIn the Boys 14 Under Division, Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan, came from three shots down to win the division by three strokes. Ono began his round with a bogey, making his comeback all the more difficult. However, he was able to steady the ship with four straight pars. Aided by a birdie on the difficult par-3 8th hole, Ono played steady golf to charge his comeback efforts. He was able to close out his round with another four-hole par streak while everyone else faltered.

Coming in second place was Paul Schumacher of Canton, Ohio, who carded a two-day total of 161. He was able to lock up second place by playing the final six holes in even par after a shaky stretch in the middle of the round. In third place, shooting a 162 tournament total was Jan Schneider of Erlangen, Germany. Schneider tore up the par 3s on Sunday, playing the four in 2-under-par.

Ana RuizAna Ruiz of Chihuahua, Mexico, was the only player this weekend to record an under- par round, giving her the crown in the Girls Division. Ruiz’s opening-round 1-under-par 71 gave her a five-shot cushion entering the final round. After a string of eight pars in a row on the front nine, she birdied Nos.10 and 11 to get into red figures. Ruiz was able to add two more birdies on the back nine adding to her lead.

“I hit the ball really well,” Ruiz said after her round. “I hit a lot of greens and gave myself a lot of opportunities for birdies.

Ruiz continued her stellar play in the final round, recording back-to-back birdies on holes Nos.7 and 8 on her way to a 2-over-par 74 to win the division by seven strokes. A testament to her great ball striking was her play on the par 3s for the tournament, playing them in 1-under-par over the weekend.

In addition to her victory, Ruiz was awarded both KENTWOOL Low Pro and Clazic Belts Low Final Round Awards.

Phyllis Tang of Hong Kong, China and Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan tied for second place with 152 tournament totals. Although the scores were the same, the two played quite differently. Tang recorded three birdies in her final six holes to surge into the top three while Nakatani was a model of consistency all weekend.

The IJGT Southeast tour will be hosting another tournament on Hilton Head Island, S.C., the IJGT AHEAD Open at Bear Creek Golf Club, May 4-5. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.


About Auntie Anne’s

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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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and  International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit or call (843) 785-2444


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 28, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,872 yards, Par 72 (74.0/133).  Boys 14 Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,258 yards, Par 72 (71.2/128) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,971 yards, Par 72 (74.7/126).


Weather:  Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 70s, winds 5-10 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the Mid to High 70s, winds 3-5 mph


International Junior Golf Tour
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Junior at Shipyard – Galleon/Clipper
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
April 27-28, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division – (Gold Tees) Yards: 6,872, Par 72
1 Bryson Nimmer, Bluffton, SC *72-73–145
2. Charlie Spencer-White, Bluffton, SC *72-74–146
3. Francisco Contreras, Caracas, Venezuela *75-72–147
4. Alan Cooke, Vienna, WV *74-74–148
5. Owen Miller, Burgettstown, PA *76-75–151
5. Manuel Velez, Panama City, Panama *73-78–151
7. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *76-77–153
7. Bryan Gagnon, Culver City, CA *77-76–153
9. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea *75-79–154
10. Konstantin Kosta Kosutic, Belgrade, Serbia *80-76–156
10. Mos Bangpetch, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-78–156
10. Matthew Mannion, Muskoka, ON *75-81–156
13. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *78-79–157
14. Nicco Gentile, Bluffton, SC *79-79–158
15. Lohith Ramaraju, London, England *76-83–159
16. Gus Uriostegui, Leon, Mexico *81-79–160
16. Connor Hogan, Monroeville, AL *79-81–160
16. Sense Chaowalit, Bangkok, Thailand *76-84–160
19. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *78-83–161
20. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *83-79–162
21. Andrew Boyer, Muskoka, ON *85-80–165
21. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *87-78–165
21. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *82-83–165
24. Nate Anderson, Billings, MT *82-84–166
24. Daniel Tello Vargas, Pachuca, Mexico *82-84–166
26. Drew Poland, Johnson City, TN *82-88–170
27. Jack Klein, Bethesda, MD *87-84–171
28. Kevin Reich, Winterthur, Switzerland *89-89–178
29. William Dunn III, Lancaster, PA *94-85–179
30. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *96-87–183
Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Boys 14 Under Division – (Blue Tees) Yards: 6,258 Par 72
1. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *80-78–158
2. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *80-81–161
3. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany *80-82–162
4. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *77-92–169
5. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan *94-95–189
6. Jacob Morris, Hollywood, SC *94-98–192
Girls Division – (White Tees) Yards: 5,971 Par 72
1. Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico *71-74–145
2. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *76-76–152
2. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *75-77–152
4. Ayaka Nakayama, Kanagawa, Japan *79-76–155
5. Laura Gonzalez, Bogota, Colombia *82-76–158
6. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *78-81–159
6. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *76-83–159
8. Aracelly Maria Jimenez Rios, Merida, Mexico *80-80–160
8. Susana Reyes Ramirez, Ibague, Colombia *79-81–160
10. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *82-83–165
11. Kasidy Beckel, Bluffton, SC *80-87–167
12. Sera Tadokoro, Izumisano-Shi, Japan *83-87–170
13. Ariana Dial, Clarksville, MD *88-83–171
14. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *95-97–192
Ceha Lee, Bundang-Gu, South Korea *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Dylaney Day, Toronto, ON *90-JWD

Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island (Major) – Final Results

Valdes Victorious in First IJGT Major
Santibanez Wins First Title at Kiawah Island
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Bone chilling temperatures did not stop the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) from returning to Kiawah Island Golf Resort to host the first Major Championship of 2013. The Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island  took place Feb. 16-17 and featured 106 elite junior golfers ages 10-19 representing 20 states, Washington D.C., and 18 countries competing for national recognition and double IJGT Merit Points. Despite the sub-freezing temperatures and wind gusts up to 20 miles per hour, Saravit Kerdsinchai  of Nonthaburi, Thailand and Ana Paula Valdes  of Morelia, Mexico came away with victories in the Boys 15-19 and Girls Divisions, respectively. Alejandro Santibanez  of San Luis Potosi, Mexico took home his first IJGT victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division.
The first round of the Carolina Championship was held on the Turtle Point course. Cold temperatures, strong wind and light bursts of rain made the course a true challenge for all participants. The final round of this IJGT Major event was held at the toughest course in America – the home of the 1991 Ryder Cup and the 2012 PGA Championship – the Ocean Course. Freezing temperatures and oceanic winds paired with a course designed by golf’s most challenging course designer, Pete Dye, made for an exciting round.
0f136501ad26a7a9ac93d72521b581daIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Kerdsinchai’s consistency was the key to his overall success. Carding 6-over-par 78 at Turtle Point put him tied for fourth heading into the final round at the Ocean Course. Kerdsinchai started the final round with a double bogey on No. 10 but followed up with three pars in a row.
“I didn’t feel like I played my best,” Kerdsinchai said of his final round. “I just tried not to make any mistakes.”
Kerdsinchai finished the final round with another 6-over-par 78 to propel him to a tournament total of 12-over-par 156.
“It feels good to win,” he said. “I feel confident and I can move forward now.”
Finishing just behind Kerdsinchai was Will Miles  of Hilton Head Island, S.C., who carded 16-over-par 160. Finishing in third place was Patrick Albanesi  of Avon, Conn., with 17-over-par 161, and tied for fourth wereColeman Self  of Greenwood, S.C., and Bryson Nimmer  of Bluffton, S.C., carding 18-over-par 162.
The KENTWOOL  Lo-Pro Award was given to Nicholas Rodriguez  of East Northport, N.Y., Albanesi, andWilliam Sheedy  of Washington, D.C., who carded the low first-round score of 3-over-par 75. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to Kerdsinchai and Ryan McCarthy  of Rockville Center, N.Y., with 6-over-par 78.
c8f54416908cbfbf39d93139819aa4f1In the Girls Division, Valdes carded an impressive 1-over-par 73 at Turtle Point along with Phimnipha Wongwaiwate  of Chiang Mai, Thailand andAracelly Maria Jimenez Rios  of Merida, Mexico, to receive the KENTWOOL Lo-Pro Award and share the lead heading into the final round. Valdes carded pars on Nos. 1 and 2 but faulted with a double bogey on No. 3. A late-round birdie on the par-5 No. 16 after a handful of pars and a few bogeys on the back launched her to 5-over-par 77 for the round and 6-over-par 150 for the event.
“I’m actually really happy [about my round today] because the conditions were really tough,” Valdes said. “I hit the ball really well even with the strong wind.”
This is Valdes’s second win of the 2012-2013 season after her victory at the Florida Swing  at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Sept.
Finishing behind Valdes was Wongwaiwate with 11-over-par 155. In third place was Tokyo, Japan native and winner of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round, Moyu Sasaki  who carded 4-over-par 76 at the Ocean Course to finish 13-over-par 157.
08cacedfeebd15585e0c374806a27231For the Boys 14 & Under Division, Santibanez began the final round two shots behind the leader after carding a 5-over-par 77 at Turtle Point.
“I was really nervous for the first round,” Santibanez “I started hitting greens and fairways and I calmed down.”
Santibanez said that the transition from Turtle Point to the Ocean Course proved to be difficult and reflected in his score.
“I had to change my club selection,” Santibanez said, “I had to change the type of shot I hit because of the wind.”
In the second round, Santibanez carded eight pars for the round and birdies on Nos. 8 and 16. Santibanez had a tight final-round race to finish against Pittsford, N.Y., resident William Thomson , and both carded 7-over-par 79 in the final round. Ultimately, it was Santibanez’s first round that propelled him to his first IJGT victory with 12-over-par 156.
“I’m going to feel really confident [heading into future events], now that I have won,” he said.
Thomson finished second place for the event carding 13-over-par 157. Sheedy finished in third place for the Boys 14 & Under Division with 18-over-par 162.
The IJGT will host two events Feb. 23-24 – the Golden Gate Junior at Presidio Golf Course  in San Francisco and the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor  in Savannah, Ga.
To sign up for this event, or other, or for more information on the IJGT, call (843) 785-2444 or visit
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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park, and Harbour Town Golf Links.  Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, morodZ, PURE Grips, Sundog eyewear and International Junior Golf Academy.
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KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island (Major) conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed January 17, 2013. Round 1 Turtle Point: Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6708 yards, Par 72 (72.7/136).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Silver Tees – 6148 yards, Par 72 (68.9/122)   Girls Division: Blue Tees – 5808 yards, Par 72 (73.7/133). Round 2 Ocean Course: Boys 15-19 Division: Silver Tees – 6543 yards, Par 72 (72.4/135). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5845 yards, Par 72 (68.9/128). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5615 yards, Par 72 (72.4/130)
Weather:        Rain with temperatures in the High 40s, winds 10-15 mph
                       Sunny with temperatures in the High 30s, winds 15-20 mph
International Junior Golf Tour
Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island (Major)
Kiawah Island, S.C.
February 16-17, 2013
Round 1: Turtle Point
Round 2: Ocean Course
Boys 15-19 Division
(Gold Tees) Turtle Point: 6,708 yards, Par 72
(Silver Tees) Ocean Course: 6,543 yards, Par 72
1. Saravit Kerdsinchai, Nonthaburi, Thailand *78-78–156
2. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *79-81–160
3. Patrick Albanesi, Avon, CT *75-86–161
4. Coleman Self, Greenwood, SC *81-81–162
4. Bryson Nimmer, Bluffton, SC *77-85–162
6. James Cresswell, Orwigsburg, PA *78-85–163
7. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico *83-81–164
7. Alan Cooke, Vienna, WV *79-85–164
9. Daniel Tello Vargas, Pachuca, Mexico *80-85–165
10. Nick Schley, Brunswick, OH *78-88–166
11. Dan Eidman, Englewood, NJ *85-82–167
11. Nicco Gentile, Rosemere, Canada *80-87–167
11. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *81-86–167
14. Aaron Liebenthal, Sylvania, OH *85-84–169
15. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *81-89–170
15. Nicholas Rodriguez, East Northport, NY *75-95–170
17. Aj Correia, Bedford, NH *82-89–171
17. C.J. Zachary, Hummelstown, PA *81-90–171
17. Josh Rinehart, York, PA *80-91–171
20. Jack Gianniny, Rochester, NY *85-87–172
21. Ian Hardesty, Chardon, OH *85-88–173
21. Kevin Borowicz, Grand Island, NY *84-89–173
21. Joe Markmann, Doylestown, PA *81-92–173
24. Nico Gagliardi, Titusville, FL *85-89–174
25. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-92–175
25. Luke Tetreault, Horseheads, NY *80-95–175
27. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *87-89–176
27. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *85-91–176
29. Nicolas Paxson, Cincinnati, OH *85-92–177
30. John Karcher, Novi, MI *89-89–178
30. Kyle Finnican, New Canaan, CT *90-88–178
30. Giovanni Trione, Rome, Italy *93-85–178
30. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi , Japan *88-90–178
30. Travis Broome, Virginia Beach, VA *85-93–178
35. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *91-88–179
35. Gus Uriostegui, Leon, Mexico *89-90–179
35. Manuel Velez, Panama City, Panama *86-93–179
38. Matthew Moore, Pittsburgh, PA *88-93–181
38. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *87-94–181
38. Brandan Bree, Kennett Square, PA *81-100–181
41. Scott Solomon, Scarsdale, NY *89-93–182
41. Alex Bollington, Madison, NJ *92-90–182
41. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *83-99–182
44. Chris Williard, Blacklick, OH *93-90–183
44. Roland Massimino, Lumberville, PA *87-96–183
46. Mason Kincaid, Essex, England *91-93–184
46. Charles Kalvaria, New York, NY *90-94–184
48. Andrew Boyer, Bracebridge, ON *92-95–187
48. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *87-100–187
50. Nate Anderson, Billings, MT *94-94–188
51. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *91-98–189
52. JT Twomey, Newtown, PA *88-102–190
53. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY *107-88–195
53. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *87-108–195
55. Erik Tiitus, Tallinn, Estonia *101-102–203
56. Konstantin Kosta Kosutic, Belgrade, Serbia *104-100–204
57. Forrest Narwold, Wilmington, DE *107-98–205
58. Henry Morgan, Mount Pleasant, SC *93-114–207
Salil Ghamande, Evans, GA *78-DQ (Rule 6-6d)
David Rice, Pittsburgh, PA *94-DQ (Rule 20-7c)
Lohith Ramaraju, London, England *79-JWD
Rafael Miranda, Guayaquil, Ecuador *85-JWD
John Conley, Leesburg, VA *94-JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division
(Silver Tees) Turtle Point: 6,148 yards, Par 72
(Blue Tees) Ocean Course: 5,845 yards, Par 72
1. Alejandro Santibanez, San Luis Potosi, Mexico *77-79–156
2. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY *78-79–157
3. William Sheedy, Washington, DC *75-87–162
4. Ryan McCarthy, Rockville Centre, NY *86-78–164
5. Christopher Saad, Lexington, KY *79-87–166
6. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *80-88–168
7. Michael Sanders, Davidson, NC *85-85–170
8. John Felitto, Mountainside, NJ *85-86–171
9. Will Rand, Irvington, NY *91-81–172
9. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *81-91–172
11. Jay Newman, North Augusta, SC *90-84–174
12. Andrew Spiegler, Abingdon, VA *90-87–177
12. Alex Goebel, Hilton Head Island, SC *85-92–177
14. Tim Morton, Florence, AL *91-87–178
14. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-95–178
16. Kevin Ying, Shanghai, China *91-90–181
17. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY *95-98–193
18. Connor Creasy, Abingdon, VA *91-104–195
19. Alexandr Kuzmin, Almaty, Kazakhstan *93-114–207
Andre Becerra, Zapopan, Mexico *82-JWD
Girls Division
(Blue Tees) Turtle Point: 5,808 yards, Par 72 
(Red Tees) Ocean Course: 5,615 yards, Par 72
1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico *73-77–150
2. Phimnipha Wongwaiwate, Chiang Mai, Thailand *73-82–155
3. Moyu Sasaki, Tokyo, Japan *81-76–157
4. Ceha Lee, Bundang-Gu, South Korea *77-85–162
5. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *78-85–163
 6. Ayaka Nakayama, Kanagawa, Japan *81-83–164
7. Aracelly Maria Jimenez Rios, Meiida, Mexico *73-92–165
8. Ashley Yarbrough, Akron, OH *77-90–167
9. Mia Baringer, East Greenville, PA *85-83–168
10. Olivia Landino, Hermitage, PA *83-88–171
11. Soo Jin Lim, Seoul, South Korea *85-87–172
12. Chelsea Dantonio, Lancaster, NY *88-87–175
13. Paige Cappelli, Blue Bell, PA *89-87–176
14. Francesca Martelli, Milan, Italy *81-96–177
14. Laura Gonzalez, Bogota, Colombia *84-93–177
16. Susana Reyes Ramirez, Ibague, Colombia *86-92–178
17. Kathryn Crouch, Harker Heights, TX *90-97–187
18. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *92-99–191
19. Kels Haun, Dandridge, TN *99-97–196
19. Kali Boyer, New Ringgold, PA *88-108–196
21. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *103-125–228
 Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *86-JWD
 Margine Arguello, Panama City, Panama *87-JWD