IJGT Photo of the Week – January 25-26, 2014

The IJGT hosted the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation Club in Bluffton, S.C. on January 25-26, 2014. Junior golfers ranging in age from 12-19 years old and representing 16 different countries participated in this event. Temperatures were in the 40’s and 50’s with gusts of wind ranging from 15-25 miles per hour.

This week’s Photo of the Week features Boys 15-19 member,Tyler Pidduck from Thousand Oaks, CA


Tyler Pidduck of Thousand Oaks, CA finished tied for 26th in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation Club

Pidduck’s best finish of 2014 was at the Island Challenge at Country Club of Hilton Head where he finished in 15th place. We look forward to seeing him compete in more events this season including the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor on February 22-23rd,2014 and also at The College Classic at Duke University on April 5-6th, 2014. To view the complete 2014 schedule click here.

The Photo of the Week is decided by our fans and followers so don’t forget – your feedback counts! In the week following a tournament, keep an eye on the IJGT Facebook page for photos from the Event. Each photo will received 1 point for a ‘Like’, 2 points for a ‘Comment’ and 3 points for ‘Shares’ so let us know what you think!

IJGT Player of the Week – January 25-26

Bluffton, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour conducted the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation in Bluffton, S.C., on Jan. 25-26, 2014. The event at Colleton River, the site of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, is a highlight on the schedule, and this year’s competition certainly lived up to its high expectations. Volunteers from the Professional Golfers Career College assisted with numerous tasks throughout the weekend and a passionate Colleton River staff worked ardently to prepare the Dye Course for the event. While the weekend got off to a cold and windy start, creating some difficulties for the players, the final round conditions were favorable and allowed for a more enjoyable experience for all and lower scores for the competitors. Brad Cook, from Jackson, Wy., and Kayla Kozak, of Bluffton, S.C., earned Player of the Week honors with exceptional play throughout the weekend, leading to personal bests.


Cook (left), in his first year with the IJGT, faced off against a very tough field, but played well throughout the weekend to earn himself a third-place finish. Tough winds and a score of 80 left Cook in seventh place after round one; however, he played consistently throughout the second round, avoiding any large numbers and scoring a birdie on his final hole of the tournament to secure a third-place tie with Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India. Cook’s finish and total score of 80-77–157 are both personal bests in his short IJGT career. We look forward to seeing Brad compete in many more events this spring, including the Major Championship at Kiawah Island Feb. 15-16 and the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Resort May 24-26.



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Kozak (left), who entered the tournament as one of the favorites to win, captured a lead early and never looked back, en route to her first career IJGT victory and third top-ten finish on the year. On the first day of the tournament, when most struggled due to the cold weather and strong winds, Kozak managed eight pars and one birdie, helping her finish with an impressive score of 80. Her performance only got better with time, as she shaved off three strokes in her final round, to card a total of 157 for the tournament. Kayla was very excited to have won her first IJGT tournament and is looking forward to continued success the rest of the season. Kozak’s next tournament will be Feb. 22-23, 2014 at the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor.

For full results from the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation, click here.


Final results from the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation Club

Cheng captures win at Carolina Classic

Vilips completes come-from-behind victory

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) visited Colleton River Plantation Club this past weekend to host the Carolina Classic. Colleton River will be the site of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in 2015. Junior golfers that competed ranged in age from 12-19 years old and represented 16 different countries. National Rankings were at stake, as well as IJGT Merit Points. Additionally, the champion from each division received an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

DSC_0820In the Boys 15-19 Division, Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, managed to come away with the victory. Going into the final round, Cheng was tied for first place with Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C. Cheng was consistent on the final day and had a four–stroke lead at hole No. 16, but Miles was not going down without a fight. Miles cut Cheng’s lead to three strokes heading into the final hole. After Cheng took a triple-bogey on hole No. 18, they finished dead even, both shooting 74-75–149 to force a playoff. Tension was high for both golfers going into the playoff as they both failed to hit the fairway on their tee shots. Cheng’s second shot fell short of the green, setting him up with a short chip shot. Cheng’s chip shot was pure and nearly holed out, leaving him with a downhill three foot putt for par and the win. With confidence, Cheng stepped up to his putt and knocked it in to seal his victory.

When asked about his mindset going into the playoff, Cheng stated, “I was kind of a bit nervous, but I had to stay confident with myself [because] I know I can play well on that hole, which I did.”

After falling short on the playoff hole versus Cheng, Miles took second place, posting a 74-75—149 tournament total score. Third place ended in a tie between Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, and Brad Cook of Jackson, Wy., who posted scores of 78-79–157 and 80-77–157 respectively.



In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Karl Vilips of Melbourne,  Australia, battled back to take home the championship win. Going into the final round, Vilips trailed the leader by seven strokes. He responded and showcased his desire to win by shooting an even par 72, which earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round. It was also the low round of the tournament across all divisions. After no birdies in the first round, Vilips came back hungry. During the final round, he was determined to improve and finished with four birdies, posting a tournament score of 85-72-157.

When asked about his comeback and what he did differently on Sunday, Vilips replied, “I took more time with all of my shots…the first day I rushed a few of my shots which caused lots of errors.”

Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, came in second, shooting an 80-80—160 overall. Christian Clemence Tupamahu of Manado, Indonesia finished in third posting an 84-89—173.


DSC_0678The Girls Division was won by Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., earning her first IJGT championship. Kozak played very consistently throughout the weekend. She made a birdie on hole No. 9 in both round one and round two. In her final round, Kozak finished with two birdies on the day and nine pars. The windy conditions were no match for the type of golf she was playing. She continued to hit fairways and set herself up with great approach shots. Kozak shot an 80-77—157 to earn her victory.

When asked how she was feeling after winning her first IJGT event, she said, “It’s an amazing feeling, I feel honored. [The IJGT] is a great tour, the people are great and I made a lot of nice friends. I really appreciate the event.”

Second-place finisher Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, recorded an 85-75—160 tournament total, which also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division. Third place was won by Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan who posted an 85-79—164.

The IJGT Southeast Tour will take a week break before the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club in Hilton Head Island S.C., on Feb. 8-9, 2014. To sign up for this event, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.

About the IJGT

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

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BLUFFTON, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Carolina Classic at Colleton River conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Jan. 26, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,864 yards, Par 72 (74.4/141).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,179 yards, Par 72 (70.9/133) Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,901 yards, Par 72 (75.6/138).

Saturday: Partly cloudly with temperatures in the Mid 40s, winds 15-25 mph
Sunday: Partly cloudly with temperatures in the Mid 50s, winds 10-15 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Carolina Classic at Colleton River
Bluffton, S.C.
January 25-26, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees), 6,864 yards, Par 72

1. x-Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan, *74-75–149
2. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC, *74-75–149
3. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India, *78-79–157
3. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY, *80-77–157
5. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain, *78-80–158
6. Robbie Hickok, Washington, DC, *79-81–160
7. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA, *79-82–161
8. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy, *84-78–162
9. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC, *83-80–163
9. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada, *88-75–163
11. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY, *86-79–165
11. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy, *90-75–165
13. Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador, *82-85–167
14. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan, *83-86–169
14. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan, *92-77–169
16. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand, *85-86–171
16. Mike Madden, Grand Rapids, MI, *89-82–171
18. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK, *85-87–172
19. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico, *83-90–173
19. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *90-83–173
21. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA, *90-84–174
21. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico, *91-83–174
23. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *89-86–175
24. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *93-84–177
24. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia, *95-82–177
26. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA, *88-90–178
26. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY, *89-89–178
28. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX, *92-87–179
28. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *95-84–179
28. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *96-83–179
31. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH, *91-90–181
31. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA, *93-88–181
33. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan, *89-94–183
34. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH, *93-91–184
35. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China, *93-92–185
36. Jespi Huh, Sasanggu, South Korea, *98-88–186
37. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC, *103-86–189
38. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan, *98-93–191
39. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN, *96-105–201
40. Borys Shubinsky, Hilton Head Island, SC, *114-94–208

Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL, *84-DQ (Rule 33-7)
Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia, *JWD
Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY, *JWD.
Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, SC, *87-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees), 6,179 yards, Par 72
1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia, *85-72–157
2. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan, *80-80–160
3. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia, *84-89–173
4. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico, *91-83–174
5. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN, *89-90–179
6. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China, *108-100–208
7. Zichen Zhao, Hilton Head Island, SC, *159-119—278

Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada, *78-79–157 *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China, *78-DQ (Rule 33-7)
Girls Division (Green Tees), 5,901 yards, Par 72
1. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC, *80-77–157
2. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand, *85-75–160
3. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan, *85-79–164
4. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan, *85-83–168
5. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN, *87-83–170
6. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua, *86-85–171
7. Danlu Cheng, Shenzhen, China, *88-97–185
7. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea, *99-86–185
9. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *125-107–232

x- Won in Playoff



First-round highlights from the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation

Gusty winds and cooler than normal temperatures made for difficult golfing conditions as the IJGT held the first round of the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation on January 25, 2014. Held at the site of the 2015 US Junior Amateur, the field featured 63 players representing 16 countries. In addition to competing with the weather, juniors are eagerly competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Round one featured tight competition in the Boys 15-19 Division as Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, remain tied for first. Leading the Boys 15-19 Division with a score of 2-over-par 74, here are Miles’s and Cheng’s round in numbers:

Will Miles

11 – number of holes made par

8 – number of holes he made par in the back nine holes

4 – stroke lead over the rest of the Boys 15-19 Division

3 – birdies tallied on the front nine

1 – first tournament of the 2014 year

Matt Cheng

37 – score on both the front and back nines

19 – 19th place finish last year at Colleton River Plantation

4 – fourth season playing in IJGT Events

2 – number of birdies on the back nine

With the weather being such an influencing factor, pace of play backed up as the field worked their way through the course. The Girls Division and the Boys 14 & Under Division both have players who did not finish in the time allotted for round one. These players will resume the final holes of play at 10:30am Sunday, January 26, 2014. Round two will commence immediately following the completion of round one with a 12:00pm shotgun.

Reduced winds and temperatures nearing 60 are anticipated which should improve overall conditions and scores heading into round two of the Carolina Classic on Sunday, January 26, 2014. Get up-to-the-minute updates and  photos from each Event by following the IJGT Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.

For full available results from round one of the Carolina Classic, click here.

IJGT Player of the Week – January 11-12

LUTZ, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) conducted the Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Fla., on Jan. 11-12, 2014. This was the first tournament of the new year for the IJGT staff, and it kicked off the season with a bang.  The course staff was most helpful when the IJGT staff arrived at the venue, and the event could not have occurred at a better location.   Everyone was very pleased with the excellent shape of the course for the January weather at TPC Tampa Bay.  This week’s Player of the Week honors went to Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, and Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China.

The weather played a prominent role in the tournament as high winds of 15+mph ruled the first 18 holes. On the final round of the event, the rain from the night before left some standing water in the low areas of the course.


Sharma (left) carded a score of 79 in the first round, good enough for a tie with Parker Gillam of Cary, N.C., after battling tough conditions with winds up to 25 mph. Sharma started his round off nicely with three consecutive pars, and closed in equally impressive fashion, scoring par on five of his last six holes. Sharma’s second round was highlighted by a birdie on the par-3 No. 6, one of only four birdies on the hole throughout the weekend. Despite having to fight off a bee sting late in the second round, Sharma recorded a second round score of 83 and tournament total of 162 left him in a tie with Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan. Ogawa bested Sharma in the playoff; however, it is his third top-10 finish and the best of his IJGT career.

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In the Girls Division, Chee (left), who is battling a knee injury, played through the pain Friday and Saturday. She came into the first day ready to play through any conditions and stayed very consistent throughout her round. Like many golfers, Chee has superstitions, including always using a blue Sharpie to mark her golf ball before each round.  She was up to the challenge in the final round, even with the wet conditions.  Her round got off to a slow start, but she stayed tough and completed all 36 holes for the tournament. She avoided any large numbers on her card, finishing strong with eight pars on the day.  We will see her again in her next upcoming tournament at the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation on January 25-26th.  Colleton River Plantation is the site of the 2015 US Junior Amateur.