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IJGT announces All-IJGT Teams and Players of the Year

International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) announces All-IJGT Teams

Shiso Go, Jack Halleron and Victoria Parker named IJGT Players of the Year

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is pleased to announce its Players of the Year and All-IJGT Teams.

Shiso GoShiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, is the Boys 15-19 Division Player of the Year. Go placed in the top 10 in all 10 IJGT events he competed in this season, including wins at the IJGT College Series at NC State, the Major Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational. His lowest score of the season was a 3-under 69, which he carded twice.

The rest of the Boys 15-19 Division All-IJGT Team includes: Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, Mark Benevento of Somers Pt., N.J., Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., and Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India.

 

Jack HalleronJack Halleron of Timonium, Md., won five IJGT events, including three Majors, to earn IJGT Player of the Year honors for the Boys 14 & Under Division. Halleron placed in the top two in all seven events he competed in and won the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club, the Major Championship at Duke University, the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club, the Major Championship at Bulle Rock and the College Series at the University of Maryland. His lowest round was a 1-under 70 at the University of Maryland.

The rest of the Boys 14 & Under All-IJGT Team includes: Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Ayushman Jaiswal of Bangalore, India, John Updike of Wayne, Pa., Lou Baker of Timonium, Md., and TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y.

 

Victoria ParkerVictoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., is the Girls Division IJGT Player of the Year. Parker captured three IJGT titles at the College Series at Penn State University, the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club and the St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club. Her lowest round was a 1-under 71, which she carded during the first round of the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club.

The rest of the Girls Division All-IJGT Team includes: Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C., and Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C.

The IJGT Tour Rankings are based on IJGT Merit Points, which are awarded to the top 10 finishers at every IJGT event. Double merit points are awarded at Major Championships.

Boys 15-19 Division All-IJGT Team

Shiso Go
Jason Stokes
Conor Byrne
Tennoshin Ogawa
Xue Wen Luo
Santiago Diaz
Mark Benevento
Trey Wren
Kyle Vance
Ritwik Jain

Boys 14 & Under Division All-IJGT Team

Jack Halleron
Luke Sample
Ford Bennett
Evan Greenplate
Jake Calamaro
Chase Phillips
Ayushman Jaiswal
John Updike
Lou Baker
TJ Buck
 

Girls Division All-IJGT Team

Victoria Parker
Sera Tadokoro
Madison Braman
Kelly Whaley
Shannon Brooks
Ankita Kedlaya
Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng
Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob
Sophie Guo
Kayla Kozak

About the IJGT

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

 

IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall – Final Results (April 26, 2015)

McCloskey wins second consecutive Boys 14 & Under title

McCann wins first IJGT event  

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) remained local to host the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on April 25-26, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Round one of the event was suspended due to lightning and torrential rain. The completion of round one and all of round two were both played on Sunday, in warm and sunny conditions.

Conor Byrne Palmetto HallConor Byrne (left) of Dublin, Ireland, shot a 2-under 70 in round one on his way to a 1-under 143 tournament total and his second IJGT title of the season in the Boys 15-19 Division. He carded back-to-back birdies three times during the tournament and finished with eight total birdies. “My favorite hole was hole No. 14,” he said after the tournament. “I had two birdies there this weekend, so that was nice.” He made par or better on 17 of 18 holes in round one. According to Byrne his driver was the best club in his bag this weekend. “I hit a lot of fairways, which put me in good position,” he said.

Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan, finished second with a 147 tournament total. He carded nine birdies to win the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the junior to card the most birdies in each division.

Rowan Foxley of Arlington, Wash., finished third with a 149 tournament total. He carded an even-par 72 in the second round to earn the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female juniors to card the lowest scores in the final round of an event.

Holly McCann Palmetto HallFor Girls Division winner Holly McCann (left) of Raleigh, N.C., the highlight of the tournament was her round one 1-under 71. “That’s my first tournament under par, so it’s really memorable,” she said after the event.

The 14-year-old McCann carded a 77 in round two to finish with a 148 tournament total and sole possession of first place. She carded three birdies in round one and two more in round two to finish with five total. She had a division-best 17-hole par-or-better streak, which began with a birdie on the par-5 tenth hole in round one and ended with the par-3 eighth in round two.

Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, carded a 150 tournament total to finish second in the Girls Division. She made par or better on every hole on the front nine in both rounds.

Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua, finished third with a 152 tournament total.

Fourth-place finisher Bunyaporn Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, carded nine birdies during the tournament to win the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for the Girls Division. Her second-round 2-over 74, which included two sets of consecutive birdies, also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Aidan McCloskeyAidan McCloskey (left) of Northborough, Mass., carded a 163 tournament total to earn his second consecutive Boys 14 & Under Division title. He won the IJGT Oldfield Junior earlier this month. The secret to McCloskey’s success this weekend was his iron game. “The best club in my bag this weekend was my 8-iron,” he said after the final round. “I hit it pretty good; this whole tournament I always seemed to have it.”

Matthew Camel of Greenwich, Conn., and Keegan Vaugh of Myrtle Beach, S.C., tied for second with 166 tournament totals. The duo had identical scores of 81 in round one and 85 in round two. Vaugh carded three birdies to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for the Boys 14 & Under Division.

The IJGT Southeast Tour will continue tournament play with the Junior World Qualifer at Golden Bear on May 2-3, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Hilton Head Island, SC – Final Results of the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on April 25-26, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,704 yards Par 72 (73.4/138). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,184 yards, Par 72 (70.7/132). Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,745 yards, Par 72 (73.8/129).

 

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Island Open

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

April 25-26, 2015

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,704 yards, Par 72

1. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *70-73–143

2. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *73-74–147

3. Rowan Foxley, Arlington, WA *77-72–149

4. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *75-75–150

5. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *78-74–152

6. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *73-80–153

6. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg, Germany *77-76–153

8. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *80-74–154

8. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *75-79–154

10. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *79-76–155

10. Zach Seeler, Marion, IN *77-78–155

12. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *81-76–157

13. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *78-80–158

13. Nathan Parry, Chapel Hill, NC *76-82–158

13. Vince Brunet, Ottawa, Canada *79-79–158

16. Nate Tosto, Pooler, GA *85-76–161

17. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *85-77–162

18. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *82-81–163

19. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *79-85–164

19. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *76-88–164

19. Sam Myers, Colchester, VT *82-82–164

22. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *76-89–165

22. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *84-81–165

22. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *82-83–165

25. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *90-77–167

26. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *90-83–173

27. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *89-87–176

28. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *85-92–177

29. John Milner, Odessa, FL *86-93–179

29. Logan Stefanko, Plymouth, MI *85-94–179

31. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *90-90–180

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

DQ. Alex Vegh, Gahanna, OH

DQ. Nelson Ou, Foshan, China

JWD. Britt Walton, Steamboat Springs, CO

 

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,184 yards, Par 72

1. Aiden McCloskey, Northborough, MA *78-85–163

2. Matthew Camel, Greenwich, CT *81-85–166

2. Keegan Vaugh, Myrtle Beach, SC *81-85–166

4. Matthew Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *82-85–167

5. Connor Kirkham, Paducah, KY *91-86–177

6. Dimitris Vasilakos, Savannah, GA *104-108–212

 

 

Girls Division- Black Tees, 5,745 yards, Par 72

1. Holly McCann, Raleigh, NC *71-77–148

2. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *72-78–150

3. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *76-76–152

4. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *79-74–153

5. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *80-77–157

6. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC *82-76–158

7. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *78-81–159

8. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *78-87–165

9. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *83-85–168

10. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *101-79–180

11. Katie Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *92-94–186

Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor – Final Results (Feb. 22, 2015)

Kedlaya finishes 1-under to win Girls Division

Yusabai holds on to win Boys 15-19 Division

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Savannah Harbor to host the Georgia Junior on February 21-22, 2015. In generally pleasant conditions, juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole event. Both rounds began with a shotgun start.

Print YusabaiPrint Yusabai of Pattaya, Thailand, was tied for first after round one, but shot an even-par 72 in round two to earn sole possession of first place and win the Boys 15-19 Division. Yusabai used nine birdies to finish with a 1-over 145 tournament total.

When asked how he felt during the tournament, Yusabai responded, “I didn’t feel much because I tried to focus on my game.”

He birdied the par-4 first hole and the par-5 13th hole in both rounds, but his favorite hole was his final hole in round two, hole No. 10. “I liked the last hole (hole No. 10) because I hit a long putt in for the win,” he said.

Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, also shot an even-par 72 in the second round, but finished one stroke behind Yusabai in the standings. His 146 total score earned him a second-place finish.

Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, shot a 2-under 70 in round two to finish with a tournament total of 148, good for third place. He also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

Ankita KedlayaIn the Girls Division, Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, shot a 2-under 70 in round one on the way to winning the Girls Division of the Georgia Junior. She finished with a tournament total of 1-under 143.

In round one Kedlaya made par or better on every hole but one. When asked if having the lead after round one gave her confidence heading into round two, Kedlaya said, “Yeah it did. It put a little pressure on me, but I felt good.”

In round two, she had a nine-hole par-or-better streak, which started with the par-5 seventh hole and ended with the par-3 15th hole. She carded back-to-back birdies on the par-5 13th hole and the par-4 14th hole. The 14th hole was her favorite because, “it’s challenging but it’s reachable. You can make a birdie if you play smart.”

Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls with her round two 2-under 70. Her tournament total of 144 was good for second place in the Girls Division.

Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, finished in third with a tournament total of 147.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on February 28-March 1, 2015, with the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Savannah, Ga. – Final Results of the Georgia Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour at The Club at Savannah Harbor on February 21-22, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,890 yards, Par 72 (73.4/136) Girls Division: Silver Tees– 5,866 yards Par 72 (74.4/132)

International Junior Golf Tour

Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor

Savannah, GA

February 21-22, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,890 yards, Par 72

1. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *73-72–145

2. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *74-72–146

3. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *78-70–148

4. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea *76-74–150

4. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *75-75–150

4. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *75-75–150

4. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *78-72–150

8. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *76-75–151

8. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *75-76–151

8. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *73-78–151

11. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *76-76–152

12. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *76-77–153

12. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *74-79–153

12. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *79-74–153

15. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *80-74–154

15. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *77-77–154

17. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg, Germany *80-75–155

17. Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, SC *79-76–155

17. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *78-77–155

17. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *77-78–155

21. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *81-75–156

21. Zach Seeler, Marion, IN *80-76–156

21. Martin Jensen, Bronxville, NY *80-76–156

21. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *80-76–156

21. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *78-78–156

26. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *77-80–157

26. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *83-74–157

26. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *81-76–157

26. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *80-77–157

26. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *79-78–157

26. Nate Tosto, Pooler, GA *79-78–157

32. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *76-82–158

32. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *80-78–158

32. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *75-83–158

35. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *76-83–159

35. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *77-82–159

35. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *83-76–159

38. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *85-75–160

38. James Wohler, Savannah, GA *82-78–160

38. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *81-79–160

38. Alex Vegh, Gahanna, OH *80-80–160

42. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *82-79–161

42. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *80-81–161

42. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *80-81–161

42. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *79-82–161

46. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *87-76–163

47. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *82-82–164

47. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *82-82–164

49. Michael Kessler, Getzville, NY *89-77–166

49. Feng Chen, Baoding City *86-80–166

51. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *86-81–167

52. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *84-84–168

53. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *87-82–169

53. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *81-88–169

55. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *84-86–170

56. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *91-80–171

57. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan *84-88–172

58. Jack O’Hara, Loudonville, NY *88-85–173

59. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *95-79–174

59. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *87-87–174

61. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *92-83–175

62. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *94-83–177

63. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *91-87–178

64. Alex Russell, Russia *90-95–185

65. Ivy Brandon, Fayetteville, NC *107-102–209

66. Ryan Ward, Riyadh, (Kingdom of) Saudi Arabia *119-112–231

67. Yo Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *128-113–241

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *88-0–88

Girls Division- Silver Tees, 5,866 yards, Par 72

1. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *70-73–143

2. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *74-70–144

3. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *75-72–147

4. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *75-74–149

5. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *75-75–150

6. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *78-74–152

6. Mind Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *76-76–152

8. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *77-76–153

8. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *76-77–153

10. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *76-80–156

11. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *82-77–159

12. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *79-81–160

13. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *87-78–165

14. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC *84-82–166

14. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *84-82–166

16. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *81-86–167

17. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *82-86–168

18. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *90-81–171

19. Andrea Riano, Hamburg, Germany *93-83–176

20. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *89-88–177

21. Rhea Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *93-85–178

22. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *106-96-202

23. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *110-101–211

 

 

Go, Zeng earn IJGT Player of the Week honors (Dec. 2, 2014)

The IJGT traveled to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on November 27-29, for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass. The course, rated the top course to play in the state of Florida by Golfweek, did not disappoint, however the weather was a bit of a surprise for the “Sunshine State.” With cold mornings and windy afternoons, the juniors from all over the world were forced to plan each shot accordingly. Following the event, the IJGT is proud to award this week’s Player of the Week honors to Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Bunyaporn Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand.

Shiso Go

Shiso Go

Go, who was the Boys 15-19 Champion at the Major Championship at Dormie Club, started out slowly in round one on the Dye’s Valley Course with bogies on three of his first four holes. He finished the round by shooting a score of 82, which put him in a tie for 27th place.

Go rallied in the second round starting the day with an even-par score of 36 on the front nine with birdies on the par-5 No. 1 and the par-4 No. 6 on the back nine, Go was able to birdie three of the last five holes to give him some confidence moving into round three on Saturday. His round two score of 2-under par, 70, was enough to boost him into the top 10.

Round three was played on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course, home of THE PLAYERS Championship, and the course was in pristine condition. In round three Go once again played the front nine holes at even par, 36, carding birdies on holes No. 3, 6, and 9.  The back nine proved to be tough for the entire field but Go was still able to card three birdies on holes No. 12, 15, and 16, on his way to a final round total of 3-over par, 75. His 227 tournament total was good enough for a share of third place.

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Bunyaporn Zeng

Despite the cold weather, Bunyaporn Zeng started the weekend strong scoring par-or-better on 14 holes in the first round including a run of six pars in a row on the back nine. Her opening round score of 76 put her in third heading into the second round.

Although she struggled with bogeys in the second round, Zeng managed to finish the day at 79, good for fourth overall.

Zeng was hot in round three shooting one-under on the front nine with birdies on holes No. 5 and 9. She finished the day with an even-par 72, earning her the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award.

Congratulations to Shiso Go and Bunyaporn Zeng on earning IJGT Player of the Week honors!

IJGT celebrates the NCAA’s Early Signing Period with an IJGT Photo of the Week

November 12-19, 2014, served as the NCAA’s early signing period. For many IJGT juniors, the week-long period meant the lengthy search for the college of the future was over. More than 20 juniors playing on the IJGT put on their new school colors, pulled out their finest pens and made their commitments by signing their National Letters of Intent (NLI).

“A binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution,” the NLI establishes a student-athlete’s intent to attend a particular university and to participate in a given sport.

Those IJGT members who participated in the early signing:

Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng University of Wisconsin
Connor McKay Lipscomb University
Masato Yoshitsugu Hawai’i Pacific University
TJ Kaczan California State University – Bakersfield
J.D. Moore St. Peters University
Aaron Terrazas Oklahoma University
Isidora Nilsson University of South Carolina
Min Yi “Samantha” Huang University of North Texas
Cara Basso Penn State University
Will Hicks Erskine College
Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob California State University – Northridge
Yeji Shin Georgia Southern University
Will Miles University of South Carolina
Rachel Corry University of Virginia
Kelly Whaley University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Thomas Avant Drake University
Kelly Anderson Northern Illinois University
Derrick Villarreal Charleston Southern University
Carter Ehms Cedarville University
Ryan Rose – Rutgers University
Tyler Dierwechter Stetson University
Clementina Rodriguez University of Washington
Keshav Sharma Erskine University
Kasidy Beckel Radford University
Emily Mills – Rutgers University

To celebrate our juniors, we shared photos of each junior as he or she proudly signed the National Letter of Intent. Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob and her coach, Richard Wedzik, are featured in this week’s special edition of the Photo of the Week.

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Phuchanbanchob signed to play golf with California State University – Northridge. Having played in 35 IJGT events, Phuchanbanchob carries a scoring average of 77.475, has accumulated 115 birdies and has placed in the top-10 in all but two of her events.

Check out photos from each junior’s signing on our IJGT Facebook page here.

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

1 point – per ‘Like’
2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)
3 points – per share

Florida Junior at Disney Resort – Final results (Oct. 12, 2014)

Luo comes from behind to win the Boys 15-19 Division
Zeng nabs her first win of the season 

The IJGT’s fall season saw weather resembling summer as the Southeast Tour headed south to host the Florida Junior at Disney Resort on October 11-12, 2014. A field of 53 juniors competed in the two-day 36-hole tournament on the Palm Course for IJGT merit points and national rankings. The tournament was a qualifier for the North American Junior Amateur Championship to be held in Litchfield Park, Ariz., at the Wigwam Resort on December 30, 2014 – January 3, 2015. The top two juniors in the Boys 15-19 Division and top two in the Girls Divisions will qualify for the international event.

DSC06760 copyIn a come-from-behind effort, Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division. Following a round one performance that featured some trouble with bogeys, Luo bounced back in round two to shave seven strokes from his score. Three strokes stood between Luo and then leader Cameron Clair of Bluffton, S.C., but a staggering seven birdies led him to card a 3-under 69 and move into first. He combined scores of 76 and 69 for a tournament total 145. Luo’s second round 69 also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior with the lowest score of the final round of tournament play.

Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., scored par or better on 15 of 18 holes in his fight for first but finished one stroke shy in second place with a two-day total 146. In third was Maurizio De Bono of Basiglio, Italy, with a score of 151. Both Luo and Wren qualified for the North American Junior Amateur Championship with their performances.

“I had seven birdies because I was putting really well,” said Luo about the key to his performance in round two.

 

DSC06757 copyFrancis Li of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., won the Boys 14 & Under Division after leading in both rounds. A 1-over-par 73 in round one put Li in the lead by seven strokes. Despite some struggles in round two, Li went on to add a round two score of 78 to hold onto the lead. Li finished seven strokes ahead of second place finisher Mariano Leyva of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Leyva shot a two-day total 158. Rounding out the top three was Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, with a total 161.

“My mental game was a big improvement. I felt good and kept calm the whole time,” said Li.

 

 

DSC06754 copyBunyaporn Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, carded a tournament total 149 to win the Girls Division. Scoring par or better on 12 of 18 holes in round one, including four birdies, Zeng gained the divisional lead.  Twelve additional pars and an eagle on the par-5 No. 14 in round two allowed her to come out on top, three strokes ahead of second-place finisher Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India. Kedlaya carded scores of 78 and 74 for a two-day total 152. Third-place finisher Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, scored a total 154. A second-round 2-over 74 for both Kedlaya and Tadokoro earned the pair the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Zeng and Kedlaya also qualified for the North American Junior Amateur Championship.

“I focused on my putting [in round two] and it saved me a lot. I was in a bogey streak but was able to come out of it with par and an eagle,” said Zeng.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 18-19, 2014. The Southeast Tour will host the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters and the Northeast Tour will host the College Series at Penn State University. To sign up for these events, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – Final Results of the Florida Junior at Walt Disney World Resort conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 11-12, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,816 yards, Par 72 (73.1/130). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,198 yards, Par 72 (71.2/125). Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,855 yards, Par 72 (74.1/134)

Weather:                    Sunny with temperatures in the Low 90s, winds 5-7 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 3-5 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Florida Junior at Walt Disney World Resort – Palm
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
October 11-12, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees) – 6,816 yards, Par 72

1. Xue Wen Luo, Haikou, China *76-69–145
2. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *75-71–146
3. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *76-75–151
4. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *80-72–152
4. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *73-79–152
6. Masahi Yano, Aichi, Japan *77-76–153
7. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *81-75–156
7. Tsukasa Kimishima, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *78-78–156
7. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *75-81–156
10. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *83-74–157
10. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *77-80–157
10. Dante Davis, Brandon, FL *78-79–157
10. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *75-82–157
14. Jasper Lee, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *84-74–158
14. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-79–158
14. Kase Diehl, Charlotte, NC *80-78–158
17. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *81-78–159
18. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *78-82–160
19. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *84-77–161
19. Rohit Sirosh, Bellevue, WA *81-80–161
19. Derrick Villarreal, Bluffton, SC *81-80–161
19. Gustav Tegel, Miami Beach, FL *82-79–161
23. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *83-80–163
24. Philip Chen, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *86-78–164
25. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *82-86–168
26. John Peck, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *84-88–172
27. Alejandro Meriles Medina, La Paz, Bolivia *84-89–173
28. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *86-88–174
29. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *95-83–178
29. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *88-90–178
31. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *89-95–184
32. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *91-94–185
33. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *89-97–186
34. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *96-97–193

DID NOT FINISH

Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *74-JWD
Gray Wiley, Lynchburg, VA *89-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) – 6,198 yards, Par 72

1. Francis Li, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *73-78–151
2. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *80-78–158
3. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *82-79–161
4. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *86-87–173
5. Dazhuang Li, Bluffton, SC *105-99–204

Girls Division (Gold Tees) – 5,855 yards, Par 72

1. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *74-75–149
2. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *78-74–152
3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *80-74–154
4. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *82-82–164
5. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *82-85–167
6. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *95-86–181
7. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *102-96–198
8. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *100-104–204
9. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *97-112–209
10. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *118-115–233

Florida Junior at Disney Resort – Round one recap (Oct. 11, 2014)

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour headed south to Disney’s Palm Golf Course to host the opening round of the Florida Junior at Disney Resort on October 11, 2014. With weather still resembling summer, juniors teed off beginning at 1:30 p.m. In review, the opening round’s divisional leaders and their rounds, in numbers, are below.

Cameron Clair of Bluffton S.C., sits at the top of the Boys 15-19 Division leaderboard. His round in numbers:

73 – his 1-over round one score, one stroke out in front

9 – Clair is coming off of a ninth-place finish at the IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club on September 27-28, 2014 . He also tied for ninth in the 2013 Florida Junior which was held at Black Diamond Quarry

2 – he carded two birdies, both coming on difficult par-5s

Leading the group in the Boys 14 & Under Division is Francis Li of Howey-in-the-hills, Fla. His round in numbers:

73 – his 1-over round one score, leaving him seven strokes ahead of second place

4 – total birdies, the most in the division

1 – this is his first-ever IJGT event

Bunyaporn Zeng of Bangkhen, Thailand, leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

74 – her 2-over round one score to carry the round one lead

8 – she carded par or better on eight consecutive holes on the back nine, her longest streak

4 – total birdies, three of which were on par-5 holes

The final round at of the Florida Junior at Disney Resort will take place tomorrow, October, 12, 2014, with tee times beginning at 7:20 a.m. For full results from round one of the Florida Juniorclick here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.