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Carolina Classic champion Santiago Diaz featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – Jan. 29, 2015

The IJGT continued its spring season with another local tournament, the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, on January 25, 2015. Heavy rain cancelled day one of the tournament, so instead of playing 36 holes over two days, the junior golfers completed 27 holes in one day. The field competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings in windy but bright conditions. After the tournament, fans chose this shot of Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, as the IJGT Photo of the Week.

Santiago Diaz Photo of the Week

After 27 holes, Diaz, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., found themselves in a three-way tie for first in the Boys 15-19 Division with tournament totals of 110. The tie meant a playoff, which was played on the challenging par-4 18th hole.

Although he was nervous competing in his first career playoff, Diaz maintained his composure and defeated his competitors earning sole possession of first place. Byrne and Wren tied for second.

This is Diaz’s second IJGT championship win this season as he also won the Savannah Junior at The Landings in December. Congratulations to Diaz!

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!

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Carolina Classic at Colleton River – Final Results (Jan. 25, 2015)

Diaz prevails in three-player playoff
Zeng, Pfoestl also nab top honors in 27-hole event

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted Carolina Classic at the local venue, Colleton River Plantation Club. Due to inclement weather the event was played entirely on January 25, 2015 with one round of 18 holes and one of nine utilizing a shotgun start. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were at stake for competitors.

santiSantiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico finished first after a three-player sudden-death victory in a playoff for the Boys 15-19 Division. After regulation, Diaz, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. were in a three-way tie for first place.

Wren had led the division after the first 18 holes but Diaz and Byrne closed the gap with a chip for birdie on hole 15 and seven straight par finishes respectively.

The playoff began on the course’s par-4 hole No. 16. From the tee, Byrne found the fairway while Diaz and Wren both found their way to the outer edges of the fairway. Byrne was the first to reach the green but came up short on his putt. Wren found himself in a right-side bunker forcing him to earn his putt. All three juniors fell just shy of the hole on their attempts for par, leveling the playing field. In the end, it was Diaz who handled the pressude, ending the playoff with his successful putt for bogey and for the win.

Diaz finished with scores of 72 and -38 for 27-hole a total of 110. His regulation play was highlighted by par-or-better finishes on 23 of 27 holes including three birdies in his first 18. This was Diaz’s first ever playoff and when asked how he felt during the extra hole he said, “Really nervous.” When asked his favorite hole he said “It would probably have to be 15, the one I chipped in.”

Wren finished with scores 70 and-40 for a total of 110. His first round included par-or-better finishes on all but one hole.  Wren also took home the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award which, due to the special circumstances, was awarded to the male and female player with the best nine-hole score at the event. Wren took the title home with a score of 35 on both the front and back nine in his first 18. Byrne, who finished with scores of 71 and-39 for a total of 110, finished his day with seven straight pars and four birdies.

natIn the Girls Division, Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand took home the title and the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with scores of 74 and-37 for a total of 111 on the day. Her round of 35 on the back nine was her best of the day where she earned the Low Round award and carded two birdies. When asked how she felt about the day Zeng said, “I felt really good and nervous and a bit tired.” She said her favorite hole was, “hole no. 16 because, I birdied it every time.”

Behind Zeng was Melany Chong of Mississauga, Ontario, who finished the day in second with scores of 80 and-39 for a tournament total of 119 and Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, in third with scores of 79 and-41 for a total of 120.

 

thomasThomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy won the Boys 14 & Under Division with scores of 79 and-42 for a total of 121. Coming off of a second-place finish at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National last week, Pfoestl carded a streak of nine pars to take a lead heading into the final nine holes. Daniel Schindler of Pittsford, N.Y., made his IJGT debut and took second in the division with scores of 93 and-37 for a total of 140.

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will host its next event January 31 – February 1, 2015. The Lowcountry Junior will be held at the local venue, Wexford Plantation Golf Course, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

Carolina Classic at Colleton River- Dye Course
Bluffton, SC
January 25, 2015 

Boys 15-19 Division- Back Tees, 6,707 yards, Par 72 (27 hole competition)

1. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *72-38–110
T2. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *71-39–110
T2. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *70-40–110
4. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *76-36–112
5. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *72-41–113
6. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan, *76-38–114
7. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *79-36–115
8. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River NJ, *80-37–117
9. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *76-42–118
10. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg *79-40–119
11. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *79-41–120
12. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *82-39–121
13. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *81-42–123
13. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *82-41–123
13. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *82-41–123
16. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *79-45–124
16. Alan Smith, Winchendon, MA *85-39–124
18. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *81-44–125
19. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *81-45–126
19. Brandon McLean, Unionville, ON *86-40–126
21. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *86-43–129
21. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *83-46–129
21. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *86-43–129
24. Trent Dickerson, Guyton, GA *93-44–137
25. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *102-49–151
25. Spencer Eller, Phoenix, AZ *98-53–151

Did Not Finish
JWD Trent Hope, Savannah, GA JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division- Medal Tees, 6,079 yards, Par 71 (27 hole competition)

1. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *79-42–121
2. Daniel Schindler, Pittsford, NY *93-47–140

Girls Division- Member Tees, 5,679 yards, Par 71 (27 hole competition)

1. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *74-37–111
2. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *80-39–119
3. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *79-41–120
4. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *86-47–133

Fall Highlights and Spring Preview

Following a successful fall season full of low scores, beautiful courses and even holes-in-one, the IJGT is excited to kick off its spring season with the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on January 17-18, 2015.

LOOKING BACK

During the fall season junior golfers had the opportunity to play a variety of world-renowned courses.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, the IJGT hosted the Thanksgiving Day Classic at the ever-famous TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. This tournament was one of the few three-day, 54-hole events. The junior golfers performed admirably on both THE PLAYERS Stadium and Dye’s Valley courses. Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, edged out Ben Albin of Santa Fe, N.M., to win the Boys 15-19 Division. Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Sam Ohno of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., tied for third. All of the top three finishers in the Boys 15-19 Division had a round at or below par and eights golfers across the three divisions carded eagles.

The Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass saw not one but two holes-in-one! In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Charles Larcelet of Geraudot, France, had an ace on the par-3 hole No. 14 on the Valley Course. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, carded a hole in one on the par-3 hole No. 8 on the Stadium Course.

Playing the iconic par-3 17th hole on THE PLAYERS Stadium course was a highlight of the fall season for many of the young golfers.

Dormie Club, No. 43 on the 2015-2016 edition of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, played home to the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club. Despite a course that proved to be challenging for the entire field, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., carded an impressive nine birdies during the tournament. Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, both had bogey-free streaks that lasted 16 holes.

The final event of the fall, the IJGA Invitational, was held at Sea Pines Resort where junior golfers had the opportunity to play both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links. The latter ranked No. 19 on Golf Digest’s 2015-2016 list of America’s 199 Greatest Public courses and ranked in the top 50 of Golf.com’s 2014 list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S. It is also the host of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

LOOKING FORWARD

The spring season features another selection of top-ranked courses. The first three tournaments are local to the Hilton Head/Bluffton area. On January 24-25, 2015, during the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, junior golfers and their families will have a chance to explore the host of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur. The Pete Dye course, where the Carolina Classic will be played, offers unobstructed views of Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean from 11 of its 18 holes.

The IJGT will travel to the west coast for the MAJOR Championship at Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco, Calif., on February 7-8, 2015. The Presidio Golf Course is one of the oldest courses on the west coast and has been a national historic landmark since 1962. An Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, it is located within a national park.

On Valentine’s Day weekend (February 14-15, 2015), the IJGT will be traveling to Kiawah Island to host the South Carolina Open. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island is ranked No. 20 on the 2015-2016 edition of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses list and third on their America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. This course was the first designed for a specific event, the 1991 Ryder Cup. Known for its challenging and unpredictable winds and spectacular ocean views, the Ocean course is No. 25 on Golf.com’s 2014 list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S.

The Major Championship at Duke University in Durham, N.C., on March 28-29, 2015, provides an excellent opportunity for junior golfers investigating college golf programs to explore Duke as well as the nearby University of North Carolina.

The Northeast Tour of the IJGT will host the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin on April 11-12, 2015. The junior golfers will have the chance to play both the PGA Tour-tested Mystic Rock and the par-70 The Links. Mystic Rock placed No. 60 on the 2015-2016 Golf Digest America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The following weekend, the Northeast Tour will travel to The Architects Golf Course in Lopatcong, N.J., for The Architects Cup.

On April 25-26, 2015, the IJGT will host a Major Championship at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace, Md. Bulle Rock sits at No. 45 on Golf Digest’s 2015-2016 list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The spring season will culminate with the highly anticipated Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The three-day, 54-hole event will take place on May 23-25, 2015. On the evening of May 24 the IJGT will announce its All-IJGT Team and Player of the Year honors for each division at the Night of Champions.

Juniors in all divisions will be competing for AJGA Performance Stars and national rankings. In addition, the winner of the Boys 15-19 Division will receive an exemption to the 2015 International Junior Masters tournament.

Well wishes to all of our juniors as we reflect graciously on the fall and welcome the spring. Good luck to all!

Carolina Classic at Colleton River – Tour Preview

Continuing with southeast events in the early portion of the spring season, the IJGT will host the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, host of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur, on January 24-25, 2015. The two-day, 36-hole event will be played on the Pete Dye course in Bluffton, S.C. When speaking about his course at Colleton River, Dye once said, “This is the best course I have ever built.” The course offers unobstructed views of Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean from 11 of its 18 holes. Its six sets of tees stretch from 5105 yards to 7365 yards. Much of the front nine plays through thick forest before opening up to a links-type course overlooking Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean for the remaining nine holes.

Colleton River has hosted eight USGA qualifiers since 2005 including those for three U.S. Opens, four U.S. Amateurs and one U.S. Senior Open.

If you’ve ever seen the Robert Redford film The Legend of Bagger Vance, Colleton River may look familiar as many of the film’s golf scenes were shot there.

The 12th and 13th at Colleton River Plantation. Site of the 2015 US Junior Amateur.

The 12th and 13th at Colleton River Plantation. Site of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur.

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division of the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. Go has won three tournaments this season: the IJGT College Series at NC State, the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club and, most recently, the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines. He will look to build on his lead in the Tour Rankings.

The last time Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, played Colleton River in a tournament, he carded a 2-under 70 on 18 holes to win the IJGT Junior at Colleton River in September of 2014. Ogawa currently sits at No. 4 in the Tour Rankings.

Despite two top-three finishes this fall, Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J., is still looking for his first IJGT victory of the year in the Boys 15-19 Division.

In the Girls Division, Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, will look to improve on last year’s third place finish in Carolina Classic at Colleton River. Nakatani is coming off of a T5 finish at the IJGA Invitational at Harbour Town Golf Links in December of 2014.

If you  haven’t yet registered for the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, you have until January 20, 2015, to do so.

To register or for more information about the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, click here.

 

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

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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!

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.

 

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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 IJGT.com 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.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

 

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).

 Weather:
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

DID NOT FINISH
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

DID NOT FINISH
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.

Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour will be in Bluffton, S.C. on January 25-26, 2014 for the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation. The tournament will be hosted by the Pete Dye Course at Colleton River. The IJGT and Colleton River have teamed up for numerous successful tournaments in the past, including the Shootout at Colleton River Plantation on February 9-10, 2013. The field will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Pete Dye called his course at Colleton River Plantation, “The best course I have ever built,” a telling statement considering Dye also constructed prestigious courses such as TPC Sawgrass, Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course, and Whistling Straits.  It is the only links-style course of its kind in the Southeast, featuring views of the Atlantic Ocean and Port Royal Sound on 11 holes. The course has been ranked in the “Top 100” courses by GolfWeek and “Top 100 Greatest Courses in the U.S.,” by Golf Magazine. Defining the course are small, undulating greens protected by pot bunkers. In July of 2015, the Pete Dye Course at Colleton River will host the 68th U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. The course was also selected to be the location of many of the iconic and pivotal scenes of the movie, The Legend of Bagger Vance.

The 12th and 13th at Colleton River Plantation. Site of the 2015 US Junior Amateur.

The 12th and 13th at Colleton River Plantation. Site of the 2015 US Junior Amateur.

Keep an eye on Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., Tyler Pidduck of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C. All three players have multiple top-10 finishes this season but have not been able to capture an IJGT victory. They’ll look to change their luck at Dye’s masterful layout.

Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., and Cake Phuchanbanchob are part of a strong field in the Girls Division. Chee has finished top-10 in all six IJGT Events she has competed in this season. Kozak has four top-10 finishes this season, including a 2nd place finish at the IJGT Junior at Oyster Reef in July. Phuchanbanchob captured the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall on Dec. 7-8 with an impressive even-par performance for the two-day tournament.

To register for the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation, click here.