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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!

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 two recap (Nov. 28, 2014)

Early morning frost made an attempt to deter the second round of the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass but within the hour delay, the sun prevailed, allowing juniors to return to the tee. The Boys 15-19 Division kicked off day two at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Girls and the Boys 14 & Under. With one final round still unplayed, we see both stamina from divisional leaders as well as lead changes. In review, each division’s leader’s round, in numbers, are below.

After a standout performance, Ben Albin of Santa Fe, N.M., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

70 – his 2-under-par round-two score

17 – he recorded par or better on 17 of 18 holes

7 – he improved his opening round’s  score by seven strokes to move into first

3 – total number of birdies on his round

Holding on to the lead of the Boys 14 & Under Division is Charles Larcelet of Geraudot, France. His round in numbers:

73 – his 1-over-par round two score

8 – he increased his lead to eight strokes

1 – he carded a hole-in-one for eagle on the par-3 No. 14 (his second hole-in-one this week)

Gaining full ownership of the lead after round two is Yunjie Zhang of Haikou City, China. Her round in numbers:

72 – her even-par score for round two

17 – she was par-or-better on 17 of 18 holes, including a birdie on the par-5 No. 17

5 – she now leads the division by five strokes

The third and final round at TPC Sawgrass will take place tomorrow, November 29, 2014, with tee times starting at 8:30 a.m. For full results from round two, click here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

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.