As the IJGT rounded out a spectacular spring season, it was no wonder why the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions was a success. Held over the holiday weekend on May 24-26, 2014, at the Grand Cypress Golf Club & Resort, the tournament featured over 130 of the IJGT’s finest juniors battling not only for national rankings but also for the prestigious title.
With temperatures feeling more like summer, the sunny and hot weather still yielded high-quality golf in each division. To accompany the three rounds of tournament play, the event offered family-friendly activities such as a welcome reception, the Bridgestone Longest Drive Competition, a thrilling evening at Universal parks and a “Night of Champions” banquet to honor the All-IJGT Team.
This week’s Photo of the Week includes five photos from each event of the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions.
On Friday, May, 23, Trevor Anderson, the trainer of ReMax’s Long Drive Champion, Tim Burke, visited the Bridgestone Longest Drive Competition to speak to the participants about the importance of stability, fitness and proper care of one’s body when training as a golfer. He discussed how critical it is to hydrate, eat to fuel and train like a champion day in and day out.
Christopher “Poppy” Lee of Loxahatchee, Fla., participated in the Boys 14 & Under Division where he finished in the top 30. Posting scores of 97-96-89–282, Lee’s performance was highlighted by two impressive birdies both coming on the New Course. The Tournament of Champions was the first ever-IJGT event for Lee and we are eager to see him again in the future!
Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, appeared in his 13th event of the 2013-2014 season at the Tournament of Champions and took home a 10th-place finish. His performance at the Tournament of Champions was his 10th top-ten finish of the season and featured an impressive nine birdies, three of which were consecutive in round three. Jain posted sores of 77-73-74–224 overall. Congratulations goes out to Jain and we look forward to another season!
James Nicholas of Scardale, N.Y., had a lot to be proud of at the Tournament of Champions, his honor of being named the Boys 15-19 Player of the Year topping that list. On the evening of the “Night of Champions” banquet, Nicholas took the stage to thank his friends, competitors, family and coaches for their support of his journey through golf. Despite struggling with a back injury, Nicholas still placed in the top-30 of the tournament and gracefully embraced the role of Player of the Year. We wish Nicholas continued luck as he enters his senior year this fall!
Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., took the course in his sixth IJGT event at the Tournament of Champions. Using his final round as a driving force, Ingram shaved eight strokes from his rounds one and two scores to post a 1-under-par 71 for round three. Nine total birdies helped to lift Ingram to seventh place but it was his 16 holes of par or better that truly made his performance elite. Congratulations to Ingram on his continued success this season and we eagerly await seeing him next.
Thank you once again to all those who were a part of the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions. Family, friends, juniors and community alike made this event not only a success but an enjoyable way to wrap up another fantastic season! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the photos from the event on our Facebook page.