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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.

 

The Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista Presented by BGGA – Tour Preview

Lake Buena Vista feat image

The IJGT Southeast Tour will travel to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to host The Orlando Open at Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course presented by BGGA on May 9-10, 2015. Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

The course, designed by Joe Lee, has hosted the PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour and USGA events. It is a certified Audubon Cooperative Wildlife Sanctuary and earned a 4-star rating from Golf Digest.

The course’s most notable feature is elevated greens, which make accurate approach shots essential for low scores. The par-3 seventh hole offers a unique challenge as it features an island green.

The IJGT will host a one-day, nine-hole Discovery Tour event for juniors ages 8-12 (as of September 1, 2015) on May 9.

Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division. He is looking for his third IJGT victory of the season having won the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in January and the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall in April. Wataru Koguchi of Fukuoka, Japan, will look to add a second IJGT title to his name; he won the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall in November. Frederic Ruess of Hamburg, Germany, and Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, are coming off a tie for third in last weekend’s Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear. They will look to outdo one another at Lake Buena Vista. Rounding out the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division is Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. Wren will aim to add a second IJGT title to his resume, he won the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation in February.

In the Girls Division, keep an eye on Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn. Whaley, who will be playing college golf at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill next season, has won all three IJGT events she’s competed in this season: the IJGT College Series at NC State in September, the Major Championship at Dormie Club in November and the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation in February. Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, is also seeking her fourth IJGT win of the season. Her victories include the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall in November and the Savannah Junior at The Landings and IJGA Invitational in December. Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng are both looking for their third IJGT wins of the season. Zeng has finished in the top-four in all five IJGT tournaments she’s competed in this season. Finally, Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, and Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, are coming off a second-place and third-place finish, respectively, in last weekend’s Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates. You can find tee times and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes – Final Results (March 1, 2015)

Hui victorious after four-hole playoff

Greenplate wins Boys 14 & Under Division by six strokes  

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) returned to Hilton Head Island to host the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes on February 28-March 1, 2015. Despite the cold, cloudy and rainy conditions, juniors performed admirably during the two-day, 36-hole event. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

SherngAfter 36 holes, Yong Sherng Hui of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, and Jason Stokes of St. Brelade, Jersey, each had tournament totals of 150 to force a playoff. They matched each other stroke for stroke on the first playoff hole, both carding birdies on the par-5 hole No. 10. The playoff continued to hole No. 18, where both players made par. The duo returned to hole No. 10 where they stayed neck and neck by making par. The action then returned to the 18th hole, where Hui won the fourth playoff hole and locked down his victory in the Boys 15-19 Division. When asked how he remained focused during the playoff, Hui kept it simple responding, “Just hit the ball straight.”

Hui knocked 10 strokes off his round one score to card an even-par 70 in round two. He led his division in birdies with seven. He birdied the par-5 10th hole in both rounds. His second round even-par 70 earned him 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.

Stokes started the second round strong making par on the first seven holes and finished the tournament in second place. In third was Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada with a 153 tournament total.

Evan GreenplateHilton Head Island, S.C., native Evan Greenplate ran away with the Boys 14 & Under Division, winning by six strokes. Greenplate had a two-stroke lead after round one and shaved six strokes off his round one score to finish with a tournament total of 156.

The highlight of the tournament for Greenplate came in round two. “I had back-to-back birdies on the front nine and back nine so that was pretty fun,” he recalled. His birdies came on the par-3 sixth hole, par-4 seventh hole, par-4 13th hole and the par-3 14th hole.

Jackson Skeen of Johnson City, Tenn., finished in second with a tournament total of 164. Chase Phillips and Yuxuan Zou, both of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished just two strokes behind Skeen to finish in third with tournament totals of 166.

 

Cake 1In the Girls Division, Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, made par 11 times in round one on her way to victory. She enjoyed round one noting, “Everything was just kind of nice going.” She finished with a 151 tournament total. Her second round 78 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Ashni Dhruva of Katy, Texas, finished in second with a tournament total of 158. Bluffton, S.C., Sophie Guo and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, had tournament totals of 161 to tie for third.

 

 

The IJGT will continue tournament play with the first northeast event of the season, the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill on March 14-15, 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 IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes – George Fazio Course on February 28 – March 1, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,566 yards Par 70 (72.1/135). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,968 yards, Par 7 (69.8/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,613 yards, Par 70 (73.4/125).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes (George Fazio Course)

Hilton Head Island, SC

February 28 – March 1, 2015

X- Defines Playoff Victor

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Gold Tees, 6,566 yards, Par 70

1. X-Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *80-70–150

1. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *78-72–150

3. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *80-73–153

4. Matthew Pulgini, Middletown, DE *81-73–154

4. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *77-77—154

6. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *81-74–155

6. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *81-74–155

6. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea *79-76–155

6. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *76-79–155

10. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *79-77–156

10. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *78-78–156

10. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *75-81–156

13. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *83-75–158

14. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *84-75–159

14. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *80-79–159

16. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *80-80–160

16. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *81-79–160

16. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg, Germany *79-81–160

19. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *82-79–161

20. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *84-78–162

21. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *80-83–163

22. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *88-76–164

22. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *87-77–164

22. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *86-78–164

22. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *85-79–164

26. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *82-83–165

26. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *82-83–165

26. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *81-84–165

29. Nate Yackovich, Gibsonia, PA *83-85–168

29. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *78-90–168

31. Dylan Rotter, Potomac, MD *84-85–169

31. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *83-86–169

33. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *88-82–170

34. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *86-86–172

35. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *84-89–173

36. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *93-83–176

37. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *87-90–177

37. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *88-89–177

39. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *88-92–180

40. Matthew Bonadies, New Albany, OH *90-92–182

40. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *91-91–182

40. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *86-96–182

43. Billy Rosemeyer, Gibsonia, PA *89-96–185

44. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *94-98–192

45. Kyle Froisland, Blairstown, NJ *111-108–219

46. Yo Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *114-124–238

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *25-0–25

Boys 14 & Under Division, Blue Tees, 5,968, Par 70

1. Evan Greenplate, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-75–156

2. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *83-81–164

3. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-80–166

3. Yuxuan Zou, Hilton Head, SC *84-82–166

5. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *92-89–181

DID NOT FINISH

WD. Ayushman Jaiswal, Bangalore, India *88-21–109

Girls Division- White Tees, 5,613 yards, Par 70

1. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *73-78–151

2. Ashni Dhruva, Katy, TX *78-80–158

3. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *79-82–161

3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *80-81–161

5. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *86-81–167

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

7. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *87-83–170

8. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-89–175

9. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *88-89–177

9. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *89-88–177

11. Vienna Winalski, West Hartford, CT *103-102–205

DID NOT FINISH

DQ (6-6d) Mind Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *82-0–82

 

IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes – Round one recap (Feb. 28, 2015)

The International Junior Golf Tour returned to Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes.  In cold and windy conditions, juniors teed off on holes No. 1 and 10 beginning at 8:32 a.m. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Ritwik JainRitwik Jain of New Delhi, India, leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

8 – Jain made par on eight of nine holes on the back nine.

1 – His lone birdie came on the par-3 fourth hole.

75 – His round one score to carry the lead.

1- Jain leads the division by a single stroke.

 

CakeThe Girls Division is led by Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Her round in numbers:

2 – Her two birdies came on the par-3 sixth hole and the par-4 15th hole.

8 – Phuchanbanchob’s division-best eight-hole par-or-better streak came on holes. No. 4 through 11.

73- Her 3-over round one score to lead the division.

5 – She leads the division by five strokes.

 

Evan GreenplateEvan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C., leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

8 – Greenplate made par eight times in round one.

2 – He leads the division by two strokes.

81 – His division-best round one score.

 

 

The second round of the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes will take place tomorrow, March 1, 2015, with tee times beginning at 9:04 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

 

Wren, Phuchanbanchob earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Feb. 24, 2015

The IJGT traveled to Savannah, Ga., on February 21-22, 2015, to host the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor. Although frost and sun showers threatened the fun on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, both days turned out to be pleasant. Both rounds of the two-day, 36-hole event began with a shotgun start. Following the event, the IJGT is pleased to award Player of the Week honors to Suffolk, Va., native Trey Wren  and Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Trey Wren...Photo by Kira E. Jones

Wren made par or better on every hole but one on the front nine in round two. He carded four birdies in the second round, and six total. He finished round two with an even-par 72 giving him a tournament total of 150 and tying him for fourth in his division. Wren is currently ranked seventh in the Boys 15-19 Division of the International Junior Golf Tour.

Cake Phuchanbanchob...Photo by Kira E. Jones

Phuchanbanchob also made par or better on every hole but one on the front nine in round two, including a birdie on the par-4 ninth hole. She knocked four strokes off her round one 6-over 78 to shoot a 2-over 74 in round two. Her tournament total of 152 landed her in a tie for sixth place in the Girls Division. Phuchanbanchob currently ranks eighth in the Girls Division of the International Junior Golf Tour.

Congratulations to both Trey Wren and Cake Phuchanbanchob on their IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass – Final results (Nov. 29, 2014)

Luo wins the Thanksgiving Day Classic in a come-from-behind effort
A hole-in-one highlights Larcelet’s first-ever IJGT win 

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The IJGT hosted the annual Thanksgiving Day Classic over the holiday weekend at TPC Sawgrass, the home of the PLAYERS Championship. The three-day event was held on November 27-29, 2014, and took place on both the Dye’s Valley and THE PLAYERS Stadium courses. More than 85 juniors competed for national rankings and IJGT merit points.

Luo-cropXue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, won the Boys 15-19 Division in a come-from-behind effort. Luo’s 74 and 75 in the first two rounds had him trailing divisional leaders but still in the hunt. In his best performance of the weekend, Luo improved on his round-two score to close the tournament with an even-par 72 and moved into first with a three-day total 221. Luo began the tournament with momentum, stringing together seven consecutive pars before carding an eagle on the par-5 No. 8 of the Valley Course. Despite seeing a few bogeys in round two, Luo countered with three birdies to keep him in the running. Finishing strong, Luo aimed for consistency and used three birdies to finish the tournament with a 2-under back nine.

“My focus coming into today was to stay calm and play my own game,” said Luo.

Luo’s score of 72 in the final round earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female juniors to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

In second was Ben Albin of Santa Fe, N.M., with scores of 77-70-78 to finish with a tournament total 225. Sharing third was Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Sam Ohno of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The pair finished with tournament totals of 227.

Charles Larcelet copyIn his first IJGT event of his career, Charles Larcelet of Geraudot, France, controlled the Boys 14 & Under all the way to victory. Combining scores of 77-73-80 for a total of 230, Larcelet finished a staggering 16 strokes ahead of the division. He opened with consistency by carding 13 pars. Moving on to his best round of the tournament, Larcelet birdied the par-5 No. 1 before going on to record the first hole-in-one of the tournament on the par-3 No. 14 for eagle. Thanks to the lead he generated in the first two rounds, a struggle with bogeys was not enough to derail Larcelet’s route to victory.

“I was stressed going into today but happy overall with my performance,” said Larcelet.

Rounding out the top three for the Boys 14 & Under Division was Dong Jin Park of Seoul, in second and Alex Whitehead of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., in third. Park finished with a total 246 and Whitehead finished with a total of 250.

 

 

Yunjie Zhang copyYunjie Zhang of Haikou City, China, was victorious in the Girls Division. After round one, she shared the lead but consistent performances in rounds two and three allowed her to pull ahead and take a commanding eight-stroke lead for the win. Three birdies in round one helped Zhang to a 3-over 75 to share the lead with Chomachana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Zhang improved by three strokes in round two after scoring par or better on 17 of 18 holes and took control of the division with her second round score of even-par 72. Four more birdies highlighted a second even-par performance to keep Zhang in first with a three-day total of 219.

“I was nervous on the range but birdies three of the first four holes and that calmed me down,” said Zhang.

The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls went to both Zhang and Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, for their even-par scores of 72 in the third and final round.

Zeng finished in second with a tournament-total 227 while Phuchanbanchob finished third with a total 231.

Chandler McDowell of Alberta, Canada, also recorded a hole-in-one on the par-3 No. 8 of the Stadium Course.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on December 6-7, 2014, for the Savannah Junior at The Landings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.. – Final Results of the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on November 27-29, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Dye’s Valley Course – Blue Tees – 6,668 yards Par 72; Round 3 Stadium Course – Blue Tees – 6, 669 yards Par 72 (Round 1 & 2: 72.6/131; Round 3: 74.0/146). Boys 14 & Under Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Dye’s Valley Course – White Tees – 6,227 yards, Par 72; Round 3 Stadium Course – White Tees – 6,079 yards Par 72 (Round 1 & 2: 70.6/130; Round 3: 70.8/137). Girls Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Dye’s Valley Course – Green Tees – 5,895 yards Par 72; Round 3 Stadium Course – Green Tees – 5, 718 yards Par 72 (Round 1 & 2: 77.2/146; Round 3: 76.5/151).

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Dormie Club
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
November 27-29, 2014 

Boys 15-19 Division
Rounds 1 & 2 – (Blue Tees) Dye’s Valley Course: 6,668 Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Blue Tees) Stadium Course: 6,669 Yards, Par 72

1. Xue Wen Luo, Haikou, China *74-75-72–221
2. Ben Albin, Santa Fe, NM *77-70-78–225
3. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *82-70-75–227
3. Sam Ohno, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *71-77-79–227
5. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA *78-76-75–229
6. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *76-76-78–230
6. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *79-72-79–230
8. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *77-81-74–232
8. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico *76-79-77–232
10. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *77-77-83–237
11. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *79-81-79–239
11. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *81-79-79–239
13. Devin Deogun, Orchard Lake, MI *80-83-77–240
13. Graydon Kent, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *76-83-81–240
13. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *82-76-82–240
16. Eric Costa, Largo, FL *78-79-84–241
17. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *83-81-78–242
17. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *79-78-85–242
19. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *80-84-81–245
19. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *82-82-81–245
19. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *77-84-84–245
22. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *78-83-85–246
22. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *80-79-87–246
24. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *81-84-82–247
24. James Murphy, New York, NY *86-79-82–247
26. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *81-86-81–248
27. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *85-81-83–249
27. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *82-85-82–249
29. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *86-86-78–250
29. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *83-82-85–250
29. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *80-83-87–250
32. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *88-82-81–251
32. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *86-79-86–251
34. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *79-89-84–252
35. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *83-88-82–253
35. Connor Downey, Franklin, TN *84-81-88–253
35. Clifford Lindholm, Montclair, NJ *81-79-93–253
38. David Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA *88-81-85–254
39. Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA *85-86-86–257
39. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *85-82-90–257
41. Michael Guay, Chelmsford, MA *100-75-84–259
41. Gustav Tegel, Miami Beach, FL *87-82-90–259
43. Rohit Sirosh, Bellevue, WA *89-83-88–260
43. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *78-90-92–260
45. Titus Sung, Roslyn Heights, NY *90-87-88–265
46. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *91-83-92–266
46. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *84-88-94–266
48. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *88-90-89–267
49. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *88-91-90–269
50. Karan Bhasin, Mishref *95-84-91–270
50. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *78-92-100–270
52. Rich Streicher, Bluffton, OH *87-95-94–276
53. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *88-100-97–285
54. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *98-93-99–290
54. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *93-96-101–290
56. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *103-91-100–294
57. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *97-93-108–298

DID NOT FINISH

WD. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, *
DQ. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA * (Rule 6-3a)
JWD. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea *105-111-0–216
JWD. Prescott Butler, Old Westbury, NY *

Boys 14 & Under Division
Rounds 1 & 2 – (White Tees) Dye’s Valley Course: 6,227Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 6,079 Yards, Par 72

1. Charles Larcelet, Geraudot, France *77-73-80–230
2. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *82-83-81–246
3. Alex Whitehead, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *84-82-84–250
4. Yujie Jin, Windermere, FL *88-90-83–261
5. Poppy Lee, Loxahatchee, FL *91-88-89–268
6. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *97-95-86–278
7. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-100-93–279
8. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *96-101-101–298
9. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *113-111-113–337

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Brett Schell, St Augustine, FL *80-78-85—243 (Rule 6-6b)

Girls Division
Rounds 1 & 2 – (Green Tees) Dye’s Valley Course: 5,895 Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Green Tees) Stadium Course: 5,718 Yards, Par 72

1. Yunjie Zhang, Haikou City, China *75-72-72–219
2. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *76-79-72–227
3. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *75-77-79–231
4. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *78-84-80–242
5. Kristin Whitehead, Johannesburg, South Africa *83-86-76–245
5. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *82-82-81–245
7. Mind Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *82-82-82–246
7. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *82-80-84–246
9. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *84-87-76–247
10. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *81-81-86–248
11. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *85-77-87–249
11. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-84-82–249
13. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *87-82-83–252
14. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *88-86-82–256
15. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *90-85-85–260
16. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *85-85-94–264
17. Dylaney Day, Toronto, ON *93-84-92–269
18. Allison Herring, Skillman, NJ *91-98-90–279
19. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *99-95-86–280
20. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *91-94-99–284
21. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *87-105-100–292

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Hannah Berman, Ponte Vedra, FL *88-87-0–175

Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass – Round one recap (Nov. 27, 2014)

After a two week hiatus from tournament play, the IJGT was eager to hit the road to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass. Before consuming any turkey for the U.S. holiday, juniors teed off on the Dye Course beginning at 8:30 a.m. for the first of three rounds. The No. 9-ranked resort golf course in the United States and a top-ranked golf course in Florida, by Golfweek magazine, TPC Sawgrass is one of the most anticipated venues of the IJGT schedule. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

The Boys 15-19 Division is led by Ponte Vedra Beach local, Sam Ohno. His round in numbers:

71 – his 1-under-par round one score

11 – his longest par-or-better streak including three consecutive birdies to finish his round

3 – the number of strokes he leads the division by

1 – the Thanksgiving Day Classic is Ohno’s first IJGT event

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Charles Larcelet of Geraudot, France, leads. His round in numbers:

77 – his round one score to carry the lead

13 – total number of pars on the round

3 – Larcelet leads the division by three

1 – Larcelet leads in his first IJGT event

Yunjie Zhang of Haikou City, China, and Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, share the lead of the Girls Division. Their rounds in numbers:

ZHANG:

75 – the leading round one score of the division posted by both Zhang and Phuchanbanchob

6 – her longest par-or-better streak coming on holes No. 6 through 11

3 – total number of birdies on the day

PHUCHANBANCHOB:

37 – her best nine of the day came with a 1-over front-nine

2 – she finished second in last year’s Thanksgiving Day Classic

1 – she and Zhang lead the division by just one stroke after the opening round. Phuchanbanchob also has a single eagle on the par-5 No. 16

The second round at TPC Sawgrass will take place tomorrow, November 28, 2014, with tee times starting at 8:30 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

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

Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club – Final Results (Sept. 28, 2014)

Ogawa nabs second consecutive IJGT win
Park secures first-ever win 

The IJGT returned to Oldfield Golf Club for the IJGT Lowcountry Open on September 27-28, 2014. The two-day 36-hole tournament featured a field of 88 juniors competing for IJGT merit points and national rankings. Despite rain in the forecast both days, all three divisions saw a tight race for first.

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After sharing the lead in the Boys 15-19 Division after round one, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, battled to the final hole before Ogawa endured for victory. Sitting tied at even-par 72 heading into round two, Ogawa used his 1-under front nine to pull into a two-stroke lead at the turn. Ogawa finished the back nine of round two with even-par 36 to finish 1-under on the day and one stroke in front of Byrne.

Byrne finished second with a two-day score of 144. Rounding out the Boys 15-19 Division in third was Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, who combined scores of 75 and 71 for a tournament total of 146.

“My driving was best [strength] this weekend,” said Ogawa.

With a staggering eight boys recording round two scores of 1-under 71, the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to Ogawa, Go, Hao Yang Lin of Taichung, Taiwan, Kanata Irei of Okinawa-shi, Japan, Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin of Bangkok, Thailand, Cameron Clair of Bluffton, S.C., Dong Jin Park of Seoul, and Mariano Leyva of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is the award presented to the male(s) and female(s) with the lowest score in the second round of the tournament.

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In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Dong Jin Park of Seoul, took first with a two-day score of 145. At the conclusion of round one, Park shared the divisional lead with Alan Smith of Winchendon, Mass., with matching scores of 74. Park went on to record par or better on 16 of 18 holes for a 1-under 71 round two score. In second, two strokes behind Park at 147, was Mariano Leyva of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Finishing in third was Smith with a tournament total 152.

“This is my first win of my life so it feels really good [to win]. I was just trying to do my best in the second round and not worry about other players’ scores,” said Park.

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Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, secured first in the Girls Division after combining consistent rounds of 72 for a two-day total of 144. Phuchanbanchob entered round two in second one stroke behind Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C., and Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile. With 14 pars and two birdies highlighting her second round, Phuchanbanchob also secured the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Guo finished in second with a score of 2-over 145 and Quevedo rounded out the top three in third with a tournament total 149.

“I just played my best,” said Phuchanbanchob about her game plan for round two.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 4-5, 2014, with two northeast events. The Architects Cup presented by IJGA will be held at the Architects Golf Club and the DC Shootout will be held at National Golf Club. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

International Junior Golf Tour
Lowcountry Junior at Oldfield GC
Okatie, S.C.
September 27-28, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Division) – 6,862 yards, Par 72

1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *72-71–143
2. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *72-72–144
3. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *75-71–146
4. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *76-71–147
4. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-73–147
6. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *77-71–148
6. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *77-71–148
6. Andre Scopone, Ann Arbor, MI *74-74–148
9. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *78-71–149
9. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *73-76–149
11. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *76-74–150
11. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *78-72–150
13. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *76-75–151
13. Daniel Oh, Seoul, South Korea *76-75–151
15. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *77-75–152
15. Alex Vegh, Gahanna, OH *76-76–152
15. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *79-73–152
18. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *78-75–153
18. Brett Krekorain, Andover, MA *77-76–153
18. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *80-73–153
18. Drew Smith, Decatur, GA *79-74–153
22. Masahi Yano, Aichi, Japan *77-77–154
22. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *76-78–154
22. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *80-74–154
22. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *80-74–154
26. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *77-78–155
27. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *81-75–156
27. Rowan Foxley, Arlington, WA *80-76–156
27. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *78-78–156
30. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *77-80–157
30. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *80-77–157
30. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *79-78–157
33. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *75-83–158
33. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *80-78–158
35. Aniket Sawant, New Delhi, India *75-84–159
36. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *81-79–160
37. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *78-84–162
38. Brandon McLean, Unionville, ON *78-85–163
38. Colson Herrin, Augusta, GA *77-86–163
38. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *85-78–163
38. Jack Foyle, Madison, CT *81-82–163
42. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *87-77–164
42. Marshall Clemens, Weston, MA *85-79–164
44. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *85-80–165
45. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *89-77–166
45. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *85-81–166
47. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *86-81–167
48. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *83-85–168
49. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *80-90–170
50. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *90-82–172
51. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *88-90–178
51. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *88-90–178
53. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *85-94–179
54. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *94-89–183
55. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *93-93–186
56. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *103-84–187
57. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *102-91–193

DID NOT FINISH
Logan Stefanko, Plymouth, MI *79-JWD
Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *80-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) – 6,189 yards, Par 72

1. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *74-71–145
2. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *76-71–147
3. Alan Smith, Winchendon, MA *74-78–152
4. Mikus Ming, Smiths, Bermuda *75-80–155
5. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *86-77–163
6. Caden Edwards, Hilton Head, SC *82-85–167
7. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-94–170
8. Arthur Draijer, Sandweiler, Luxembourg *89-90–179
9. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *99-94–193
10. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *107-90–197
11. Aiden McCloskey, Northboro, MA *96-108–204
Girls Division (Green Tees) – 5,891 yards, Par 72

1. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *72-72–144
2. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *71-74–145
3. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *71-78–149
4. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *76-77–153
5. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *78-76–154
5. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *73-81–154
7. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *76-79–155
7. Warissara Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *78-77–155
9. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-76–159
10. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *80-80–160
11. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid *82-79–161
12. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *85-78–163
13. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *84-86–170
14. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *86-85–171
15. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *90-85–175
16. Bella Layman, Cancun, Mexico *102-85–187
17. Stephanie Orrell, Hilton Head Island, SC *104-99–203
18. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *102-112–214

Phuchanbanchob, Gai among those receiving IJGT Player of the Week honors – Sept. 21, 2014

NORTHEAST TOUR

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to the Buena Vista Country Club in Buena, N.J., to host the IJGT Jersey Open. Weather for the event was ideal with temperatures in the high 70s and calm winds. Despite near-perfect playing conditions, the golf course was challenging nonetheless with unforgiving bunkers and many dog-legs. The IJGT is proud to award this week’s Northeast Player of the Week honors to Stephen Gai of Westport, Conn., and Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y.

gaiGai may not have opened the tournament with his best round, but he bounced back in round two. He posted a 78 in the second round, improving on his first round by nine strokes. Gai carded his 78 with the help of 10 pars and two birdies on holes No. 7 and 15. Gai’s 78 was the third best round of the day in the Boys 15-19 Division. His impressive play in the final round drove him up the leaderboard to finish in a tie for fifth with Marshall Clemens from Weston, Mass.

 

 

braman, madisonBraman’s first round play had her in pursuit of a comeback on divisional leader Linda Wang. Wang’s steady play in the final round kept Braman just out of reach, but Braman fought until the end which helped her earn the Northeast’s Girls’ Player of the Week honors. In the second round, Braman began with a birdie on her first hole of the day. She added two more birdies on her back nine on holes No. 12 and 14, and posted par on eight additional holes. Her spectacular play resulted in a final round 77, which also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round award in the division.

SOUTHEAST TOUR

The IJGT held its first College Series Tournament of the 2014-15 season at Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State University the weekend of September 21-22, 2014, as part of the Southeast Tour.  The Golfweek No. 27 ranked campus course in 2014, played tough during round one but allowed juniors to shine most in round two. Following the event, Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., and Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, earned the Southeast’s Player of the Week honors.

pongrac - CopyAfter shooting a final round score of 3-under 69, Pongrac earns this week’s Southeast Player of the Week honors in the boys divisions. Pongrac got off to a slow start in round one, but bounced back by shooting an 85 in round two including four birdies on his front nine and two more on the back.  Pongrac’s second round 69 gave him a share of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and a top-10 finish.

 

 

 

10264779_10154171553715026_2741195399204324369_nPhuchanbanchob nabbed Player of the Week in the Girls Division.  She got off to a hot start on day two, making a run at the championship with three birdies and an eagle to finish her round with a 2-under 70 which was also the low round for the tournament in the Girls Division.

Phuchanbanchob’s stellar final round was enough to force a sudden death playoff with Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., starting on par-5, No. 1.  The two played hole No. 1 and Phuchanbanchob’s unfavorable drive off the tee landed her left of the fairway, while Whaley bombed her drive down the right side landing it in the rough just off of the fairway.  Phuchanbanchob was forced to lay up to the 150-yard mark just on top of the hill giving her a desirable angle into the green. Whaley played her second through two tall trees landing her just short of the greenside bunker.  Whaley chipped up onto the green within ten feet of the flagstick, while Phuchanbanchob’s chip was not enough to rally for the win. Nonetheless, Phuchanbanchob’s effort was enough for second and Player of the Week honors.

The IJGT wishes our four outstanding juniors the best of luck in their future competitions and we look forward to seeing them soon!