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Some Bridgestone Tournament of Champions best moments featured in IJGT Photos of the Week – May 26, 2014

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.

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ReMax Long Drive Champion, Tim Burke, had his trainer, Trevor Anderson, visit with our juniors before the Bridgestone Longest Drive Competition

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.

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Christopher “Poppy” Lee tees off on the New Course at Grand Cypress

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 tees off No. 10 at the New Course

Ritwik Jain tees off No. 10 at the New Course

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, IJGT Boys 15-19 Player of the Year

James Nicholas, IJGT Boys 15-19 Player of the Year

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 swings for the fairway at Grand Cypress

Chase Ingram swings for the fairway at Grand Cypress

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.

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Team USA Roster for 2014 North America Cup Announced

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The applications are in and among a highly competitive field of applicants, the IJGT is proud to announce this year’s IJGT Team USA roster for the 2014 North America Cup! Hosted this year by the Oldfield Golf Club, the North America Cup will take place from June 28-July 2, 2014, between the IGJT’s Team USA and the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada. With the USA on a six-year winning streak, this year’s Team USA has the task of continuing the success built by previous teams. With five repeat Team USA members on the squad this year, Team USA is primed and ready to take on the best that Canada has to offer! With that said, it is the IJGT’s pleasure to announce the following members of this year’s Team USA for the North America Cup:

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Boys 15-19 Division:


Boys 14 & Under Division:


Girls Division:

 

Join us in congratulating these outstanding competitors on their selection, and wish them luck against our neighbors to the North! Go Team USA!

Season-end Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Tour Preview

As the 2013-2014 season comes to a close, the IJGT will host its  biggest and most exciting tournament of the season. Each tournament of the season leads to the IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions which will be held on May 24-26, 2014 at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla. The three-day, 54-hole event will offer the coveted title of champion. In addition to the championship title, juniors will compete for national rankings.

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The Jack Nicklaus-inspired courses of Grand Cypress Resort, East/North Course and New Course will play host to an extensive field of juniors seeking victory. The East/North courses offer everything from sharply ledged fairways to greens located in tricky mazes of sand and water for an entertaining challenge. The New Course pays homage to the signature courses of Scotland featuring deep pot bunkers and stone walls and bridges. 

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As the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions draws some of the IJGT’s finest juniors, watch for leaders of the tour rankings to compete for the title. Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, leads the IJGT Tour Rankings and will look to make the Tournament of Champions his fifth season win. Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, is in a close second in the tour rankings and also seeks the championship title after finishing fifth at the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear. Rounding out the top three of the Boys 15-19 Tour Rankings, James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y., will look to bring home the trophy to continue his three-tournament winning streak.

The Boys 14 & Under Division will also feature fierce competition as Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, Joe Parrini of York, Pa., and Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., battle for the title. Vilips leads the divisional tour rankings with an impressive eight first-place finishes while Parrini adds five of his own sitting in second place. Ingram is not far behind in the tour rankings in fourth, securing a valuable win at the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 3-4, 2014.

Don’t take your eyes of the Girls Division either – both Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, and Yeji Shin of Norwood, N.J., sit in the top five of the IJGT Tour Rankings. Nakatani looks to improve upon her eighth-place finish in the 2013 Tournament of Champions this year and will battle against Shin who will appear in her first Tournament of Champions.

There is still an opportunity to join the competition! If you have not yet registered to play in the biggest event of the year, click here to do so today!

SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear Golf Club – Final Results

Suyasri wins in a playoff

Ashmore secures first-ever IJGT title 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The IJGT hosted the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on May 3-4, 2014. The event was the first Callaway Junior World Qualifier of the Southeast Tour for the 2013-2014 season. The winner of the Boys 15-19 Division and the winner of the Girls Division received an exemption into the prestigious Callaway Junior World Golf Championships. In addition, juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

DSC_0892At the end of regulation, Parathakorn Suyasri of Chonburi, Thailand, and Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan, remained tied with scores of 145 overall. The tie forced a playoff held on the par-4 hole No. one. Ono teed off first, hooking left to land in the rough while Suyasri followed to find himself in the center of the fairway. Suyasri’s second shot from the fairway hit the green while Ono’s came up short. Ono’s chip shot landed within three feet from the hole where his putt for par came up shy. After Ono tapped in for bogey, Suyasri use his par putt to secure the win.

Suyasri’s victory came in his first-ever IJGT event where he led after round one with a low score of 69. Despite struggling with a few bogeys in round two, scoring par on 14 of 18 holes kept him among the leaders. He finished with scores of 69-76 – 145 overall.

Ono’s round-two one-under-par score of 71 was highlighted by five birdies. The low score awarded Ono the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award offered to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round. Ono finished with scores of 74-71 – 145.

Yong Sherng Hui of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, rounded out the top three carding scores of 74-72 – 146.

When asked what worked well for him, Suyasri commented, “My short game worked best for me today.”

DSC_0879Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., was the winner of the Boys 14 & Under Division with scores of 77-73 – 150 overall. Trailing by two strokes after round one, Ingram tallied three birdies in round two to move into first. The victory is the first for Ingram in his time with the IJGT.

Brooks Dyess of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished in second with scores of 75-76 – 151 while Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., finished third with scores of 79-80 – 159.

“It feels good, I’ve been coming in a lot of second places so it finally feels good to pull it all together,” said Ingram on his win.

 

DSC_0831In the Girls Division, Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., secured her first ever IJGT win as she carded scores of 74-74 – 148. Coming off a second-place finish at the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club, Ashmore carded a career best six birdies in two rounds to help her to her victory.

Ashmore finished two strokes ahead of second-place finisher, Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, who boasted scores of 78-72 – 150. Chee’s even-par score of 72 in round two earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. In third, Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, tied with overall scores of 152.

When asked how her first victory feels, Ashmore commented, “It feels great, it will just give me a lot of confidence in my next event especially with the summer coming up.”

The IJGT will head south next weekend for the Orlando Junior at Flacon’s Fire in Orlando, Fla. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Tees) 6,911 yards, Par 72

1. Parathakorn Suyasri, Chonburi, Thailand *69-76–145
2. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *74-71–145
3. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *74-72–146
4. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ *74-73–147
5. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *75-73–148
6. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *75-74–149
6. Steve Cerbara, Langhorne, PA *75-74–149
8. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *75-77–152
8. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-76–152
8. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *77-75–152
11. Christopher Saad, Lexington, KY *81-72–153
11. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *74-79–153
11. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *74-79–153
14. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *82-74–156
14. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *77-79–156
16. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *80-77–157
16. Keith Techasith, Bangkok, Thailand *79-78–157
18. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *82-77–159
19. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *79-81–160
20. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *84-78–162
20. Sidhartha Sharathram, Coimbatore, India *79-83–162
20. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *80-82–162
23. Nattapol Udomrat, Bangkok, Thailand *82-81–163
24. Borys Shubinsky, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-82–165
24. Rio Wong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *84-81–165
24. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *81-84–165
24. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *80-85–165
24. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *80-85-165
24. Drew Smith, Decatur, GA *77-88–165
30. Saurav Bubber, Mississauga, Canada *90-78–168
30. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *86-82–168
32. Walker Campbell, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-88–169
33. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *84-88–172
34. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *91-82–173
35. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *93-85–178
36. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *90-90–180
37. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *95-97–192

Boys 14 & Under Division (Gold Tees) 6,213 yards, Par 72

1. Chase Ingram, Bluffton, SC *77-73–150
2. Brooks Dyess, Hilton Head Island, SC *75-76–151
3. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *79-80–159
4. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA *87-85–172
5. Ronak Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *93-86–179
6. Dazhuang Li, Sheyang, China *103-107–210

DID NOT FINISH

Mo Balaji, Johns Creek, GA *DQ (Rule 3-2)

Girls Division (White Tees) 5,894 yards, Par 72

1. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *74-74–148
2. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *78-72–150
3. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *75-77–152
3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *77-75–152
5. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *75-78–153
6. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *73-81–154
7. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *77-78–155
7. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *77-78–155
9. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *80-83–163
9. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *80-83–163
11. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *83-82–165
11. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *78-87–165
13. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC *89-82–171
14. Dylaney Day, Toronto, Canada *81-91–172
15. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *95-98–193

College Prep at Palmetto Hall – Final Results

Cook nabs first in two-hole playoff

Arjun finishes first in a come-from-behind win

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The IJGT hosted College Prep at the local venue, Palmetto Hall Plantation Club on April 26-27, 2014. The first 54-hole event of the Southeast Tour was held on the Robert Cupp Course both days and consisted of three rounds of 18 holes. The tournament’s lineup included 51 juniors between the ages of 13 and 19. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were at stake for competitors, as well as an invite to the IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

DSC_0969Brad Cook of Jackson, Wyo., placed first after a sudden-death victory in a playoff for the Boys 15-19 Division. After regulation, Cook and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, were tied for first place. Ogawa had led the division after rounds one and two, leading Cook by five strokes going into the final round in day one. The tie forced a sudden-death playoff held on the course’s par-5 hole No. 15. Ogawa teed off first, hitting the fairway while Cook’s tee shot found its way into the rough. Ogawa rolled his approach shot long beyond the hole before putting in for par from 20 feet. Cook reached the green from a 70-yard approach shot before also putting for par. The pair finished their 55th hole still tied and moved on to the par-3 No. 16.

Ogawa teed first again, landing in a difficult bunker on the left of the green. Cook capitalized on Ogawa’s situation as he found the front-side fringe. In attempt to get out of the bunker, Ogawa’s chip found the water hazard forcing him to play a new ball. Ogawa chipped close but finished with six. Cook’s birdie putt came up just shy, but his par putt allowed him to safely secure the title.

Cook finished with score of 77-75-71 – 223. His regulation play was highlighted by six birdies, five of which came in the final round. He carded par or better on 14 of 18 holes in round three to secure a 1-under-par score of 71, a score that would earn him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award is given to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round of the event. Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, and Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, also carded scores of 71 to receive the award.

Ogawa finished in second as a result of the playoff and finished with scores of 73-74-76 – 223. Kim of finished third with scores of 74-80-71 – 225.

When asked what his thoughts were during the final hole of the playoff, Cook said, “[Tennoshin] hit his into the bunker so I was just thinking if I could just hit the green than I could have a really solid set up.

DSC_0882In a comeback performance, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, secured first place with scores of 79-74-78 – 231. Arjun trailed Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, by two strokes after round one before shaving five strokes from her score to share the divisional lead going into round three. Her Clazic Belts Low Final Round score 78 was one stroke better than Huang, putting her in first. Arjun tallied a division-high eight birdies to help secure the title.

Huang finished second behind Arjun by one stroke with scores of 77-76-79 – 232 while Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, rounded out the top three with scores of 79-76-79 – 234 overall.

“The first thing I had to focus on was not getting tired because 36 holes in one day is not easy. I’m glad because the day before, I’d planned on carrying my bag but instead I brought a push cart,” said Arjun.

DSC_0916In only his second IJGT event of his career, Dong Jun Kim of Kimhae, South Korea, took first in the Boys 14 & Under Division with scores of 79-80-87 – 246 overall. Coming off of a second-place finish at The College Classic at Duke University, Kim pulled into first in the first round. Round two gave Kim a commanding lead as he scored 10 strokes better than any other junior, allowing him to finish 10 strokes in front for the entire tournament.

Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., took second with scores of 80-96-80 – 256 while Matthew Dzialga of Greenwich, Conn., took third with scores of 91-90-87 – 268 overall.

“I was pretty tired after playing 54 holes, they’re pretty long walks,” said Kim in discussing what his first 54-hole event experience.

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will host two events on May 3-4, 2014. Both events will be Callaway Junior World Qualifiers, one to be held at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., and the other to be held at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run in Hilton Head Island, S.C. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s – Final Results

Pedro nabs second victory at Oldfield Golf Club

Rodriguez, McDowell win by ten strokes

OKATIE, S.C. – The IJGT hosted the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s at Oldfield Golf Club on April 12-13, 2014. The sponsored event was a two-day 36-hole tournament with junior participants ranging in age from 12-19 years old. Winners of the event were awarded IJGT Merit Points and also competed for national rankings and an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

DSC_0226The Boys 15-19 Division was led both days by first-place finisher Toks Pedro of Bowie, Md. Finishing with a score of 71-72 – 143, Pedro’s 1-under-par overall score became his second first-place finish at Oldfield Golf Club in IJGT events, the first being in 2012. Pedro finished with par or better on 15 of 18 holes to put him out in front after round one. Five birdies were the highlight of his second round, putting him 1-under-par for the day.

The 1-under par 72 allowed Pedro to secure the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award offered to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round. Pedro also led the division in total birdies with nine.

Pedro finished three strokes ahead of second-place finisher, Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, who posted a tournament score of 72-74 – 146 overall. The highlight of Sharma’s tournament came in his back nine of round two where he finished with par or better on all nine holes. In third place was Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, with a score of 74-74 – 147 overall that featured seven birdies and an eagle on the 12th hole.

When asked what worked well for him, Pedro said, “[I was] hitting a lot of good shots and was hitting a lot of greens and two putts.”

DSCN7115 copyChandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, was the Boys 14 and Under Divisional winner with a two-day score of 72-71 – 143 overall. Leading his division statistically, McDowell’s six birdies lifted him to a staggering 10-stroke lead for the win. The 1-under-par 71 for round two also made McDowell a Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award winner. The first-place finish becomes McDowell’s third win in five events played in the 2013-2014 season.

Finishing in second was Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., with a score of 77-76 – 153 overall. The second place finish is Ingram’s third consecutive top-10 finish this season. Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, rounded out the top three with an overall score of 157.

McDowell commented that his mindset to maintain his lead was to “play my own game and take advantage of the birdie-able holes on the course.”

 

In her first IJGT tournament of the 2014 DSCN7112 copyyear, Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, finished first in the Girls Division. Her 69-74 – 143 overall score was highlighted by six total birdies and a hole-in-one on the par-3 third hole. Both scores from rounds one and two posted by Rodriguez were divisional lows, her round-one 69 being the lowest score of the tournament.

Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, both finished 10 strokes behind Rodriguez tied for second with overall scores of 153. Both Whaley and Tadokoro posted par or better on 25 of 36 holes for the tournament. Sophie Guo (T4) of Bluffton, S.C., posted the only other hole-in-one on the par-3 13th hole.

When asked about her win, Rodriguez commented, “It feels great to be at a tournament, haven’t played an IJGT tournament yet this year so it feels great to win this tournament.”

The IJGT will head west next weekend for the Arizona Junior at Southern Dunes in Maricopa, Ariz. To sign up for this Event, click here.

Okatie, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 13, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,870 yards, Par 72 (73.6/144). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,251 yards, Par 72 (71.0/129). Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,978 yards, Par 72 (74.4/134).

Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the High 70s, winds 10-15 mph
Sunny with temperatures in the High 70s, winds 10-15 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Oldfield Junior Presented by Auntie Anne’s
Okatie, S.C
April 12-13, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees), 6,870 yards, Par 72

1. Toks Pedro, Bowie, MD *71-72–143
2. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *72-74–146
3. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *74-73–147
4. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *72-77–149
4. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *73-76–149
6. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *76-74–150
6. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *73-77–150
8. Simon McDonald, Kialla, Australia *74-77–151
8. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *75-76–151
8. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *75-76–151
11. Phil Colevas, Rockville, MD *78-74–152
11. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *75-77–152
13. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *76-77–153
14. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *76-78–154
14. Matthew Mannion, Muskoka, Canada *74-80–154
14. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *74-80–154
17. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *78-77–155
17. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *76-79–155
17. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *77-78–155
17. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *79-76–155
21. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *76-80–156
22. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *78-79–157
22. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *77-80–157
24. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co (NQN) *74-84–158
24. Keith Techasith, Bangkok, Thailand *82-76–158
24. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada *81-77–158
27. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *83-79–162
28. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *86-77–163
28. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *80-83–163
30. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *78-86–164
30. Kevin Borowicz, Grand Island, NY *84-80–164
32. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-84–165
33. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea *83-83–166
34. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *86-81–167
35. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *82-86–168
36. Rich Auld, Toronto, Canada *88-82–170
37. Rio Wong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *88-83–171
37. Gbenga Toriola, Abuja, Nigeria *87-84–171
39. Sidhartha Sharathram, Coimbatore *85-87–172
40. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *85-89–174
40. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *86-88–174
42. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *87-88–175
43. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *92-92–184
43. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN *95-89–184
45. Mauricio Troncoso, Mexico City, Mexico *88-97–185
46. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *88-98–186
Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees), 6,251 yards, Par 72

1. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *72-71–143
2. Chase Ingram, Bluffton, SC *77-76–153
3. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *79-78–157
4. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *79-83–162
5. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *84-85–169
6. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia *87-84–171
7. Alex Thaller, Hilton Head Island, SC *90-85–175
7. Thomas Delaney, Kingwood, TX *86-89–175
9. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *94-83–177
10. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA *87-91–178
11. Ronak Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *101-88–189
12. Ben Farrington, Ft McMurray, AB *93-98–191

DID NOT FINISH

Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China *DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Matthew Campbell, Beaufort, SC *DQ (Rule 6-3a) 

Girls Division (Green tees), 5,978 yards, Par 72

1. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *69-74–143
2. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *77-76–153
2. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *78-75–153
4. Milleina Ohara, Tokyo, Japan *80-79–159
4. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *76-83–159
6. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua, *79-81–160
7. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *79-82–161
8. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *85-78–163
9. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *85-80–165
10. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *83-85–168
11. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC *88-83–171
12. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *82-90–172
12. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *87-85–172
14. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *83-90–173
14. Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *86-87–173
16. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *93-90–183

College Prep at Palmetto Hall – Tour Preview

The IJGT will host its first 54-hole tournament of the year in the southeast region for College Prep at the Palmetto Hall Robert Cupp Course in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on April 26-27, 2014. Players will tee off in the morning on Saturday, April 26, for the first round of 18 holes and again in the afternoon for a second 18 holes. The final 18 will be played Sunday, April 27. In addition to exposure to collegiate level coaches, players will also have the opportunity to secure national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

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The Robert Cupp design is a difficult course full of strategically placed bunkers and naturally occurring slopes. Using a computer to design the course, Cupp created a layout of straight lines and hard angles that are challenging but playable.

The 18th at the Palmetto Hall Robert Cupp Course.
The 18th at the Palmetto Hall Robert Cupp Course.

As we gear up for College Prep, keep an eye on a deep Boys 15-19 Division. Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, who currently ranks second in the tour rankings will look to add another first-place will at Palmetto Hall. Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, comes off of a T4 finish at the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s and will aim to continue his momentum to contend for first.

In the Boys 14 and Under Division, stay tuned for performances by both Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., and Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, as they both come off second and third-place finishes, respectively, at the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s on April 12-13, 2014. Shimoji currently boasts four first-place victories on the 2013-2014 season.

The Girls Division will be small yet competitive, led by Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India. Currently ranked second in the tour ranking, Arjun will look to nab her third consecutive victory at Palmetto Hall.

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Final results from the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club, McDowell wins in playoff – March 22-23, 2014

McDowell takes first in a playoff victory

Ogawa secures his third victory of the season

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) headed north to the Columbia Country Club to host the Palmetto Open on March 22-23, 2014. Both rounds were played in perfect golf weather with temperatures in the 70s, light breezes and abundant sunshine. Forecasted rain held out and allowed the juniors to compete in dry conditions for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. The field featured juniors between the ages of 12 and 19 years old.

Tennoshin Rd. 1 LeaderGoing into round two, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, led by two strokes after tallying three birdies and finishing with a 1-under-par score of 71. Kicking off round two with two birdies, Ogawa attempted to pull away but second place finisher Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, was not far behind. D’Amico carded four birdies in his own second-round effort to put him even with Ogawa in round two. It was Ogawa’s consistency though that allowed him to prevail. Tallying six total birdies and making par on 23 holes led Ogawa to a 71-74 – 145 overall score for a first-place finish in the 36-hole tournament. The first-place finish became his third victory of the 2013-2014 season and sixth top-ten finish in eight IJGT events played.

“I was not nervous [after round one] and felt confident since my irons ended up working well for me,” said Ogawa.

Second place in the Boys 15-19 Division went to D’Amico who improved from fourth place after round one to finish with a 74-74 – 148 overall score. Rounding out the top three was Wilson Belk of Colorado Springs, Colo., who finished one stroke behind D’Amico with a score of 73-76 – 149 overall.

The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award that goes to the player in each division with the lowest score in the final round of the tournament, went to Karan Arjun of Bangalore, India, who carded a 1-under-par-71 in round two.

Nikita ArjunIn the Girls Division, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, came from behind to secure first place. Going into round two three strokes behind, Arjun took to the course and shaved an impressive four strokes off of her first round to pass round-one leader, Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga. Though she struggled in round one with seven bogeys, Arjun added two birdies and only two bogeys in round two to ensure her place in first. Coming off of a second-place finish at Kiawah Island in February, the victory at Columbia Country Club is her first of the season and becomes her eighth top-five finish for 2013-2014. Arjun, the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award winner, finished the tournament with a score of 78-74 – 152 overall.

Ashmore finished with a score of 75-78 – 153 overall to take second place. Rounding out the Girls Division was Milleina Ohara of Meguro-Ku, Japan, who finished with a score of 82-77 – 159 overall.

“Putting was the most difficult [for me] because the greens were really fast so it was really hard to read,” commented Arjun.

Chandler McDowell 1In a competitive Boys 14 & Under Division, John Weiss of Columbia, S.C., had a three-stroke lead over both Chandler McDowell of Alberta, Canada, and Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., but consistency in round two allowed McDowell to cut four strokes off his round-one score to tie Weiss with an overall score of 158, sending it into a playoff. In his first ever IJGT event, Weiss came up short in the playoff against McDowell who benefitted from his long game to finish with par on the playoff hole for the win.

Following the playoff, Weiss finished second with a score of 78-80 – 158 overall while Ingram rounded out the Boys 14 & Under Division in third with an overall score if 161.

When asked about his approach to his first playoff scenario, McDowell said, “I hit my drive just behind the bunker and when I saw that id hit it into the bunker I just hit it in the middle of the green for an easy two putt.”

The IJGT’s next event will be The College Classic at Duke University in Durham, N.C., on April 5-6, 2014. To sign up for this Event, click here.

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, Dynamic Brands, Clazic Belts, Oakley, Sun Mountain, The First Tee, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Palmetto Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed March 23, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,957 yards, Par 72 (74.0/136).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,281 yards, Par 72 (70.5/132). Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,996 yards, Par 72 (71.5/122).

Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 70s, winds 3-5 mph
Cloudy with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 10-15 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club
Blythewood, S.C.
March 22-23, 2014
Course: Ridgewood/Tall Pines 

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees): 6,857 Yards, Par 72

1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *71-74–145
2. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *74-74–148
3. Wilson Belk, Colorado Springs CO *73-76–149
4. William Harwood, Columbia, SC *78-72–150
5. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *81-71–152
5. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *77-75–152
5. Salil Ghamande, Evans, GA *73-79–152
8. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *79-77–156
8. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co (NQN) *75-81–156
10. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *81-77–158
10. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *80-78–158
12. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *82-77–159
12. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *81-78–159
14. Paul Edgar, Kitchener, Canada *80-80–160
14. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *79-81–160
16. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *82-79–161
16. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *79-82–161
18. Chad Couch Jr, Bristol, TN *77-85–162
19. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN *90-73–163
20. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-84–164
20. Alec Stopperich, Venetia, PA *80-84–164
22. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *86-79–165
22. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *82-83–165
24. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *82-84–166
25. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *83-85–168
26. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *88-85–173
27. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *86-89–175
28. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China *104-109–213
Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees): 6,281 yards, Par 72

1. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *81-77—158*
2. John Weiss, Columbia, SC *78-80–158
3. Chase Ingram, Bluffton, SC *81-80–161
4. Ben Woodruff, Huntersville NC *83-79–162
5. Bronson Myers, Columbia, SC *82-87–169
6. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *92-80–172
7. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *93-83–176
8. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA *91-88–179
9. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China *98-102–200
10. Ronak Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *102-99—201

*Denotes playoff winner

Girls Division (Black Tees): 5,996 yards, Par 72

1. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India, *78-74–152
2. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA, *75-78–153
3. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan, *82-77–159
4. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *81-79–160
5. Jacquelyn Eleey, Quincy, MA *83-79–162
6. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *84-80–164
7. Legare Augenstein, Columbia SC, *90–83-173
8. Pen Naviroj, Watertown, CT *89-85–174
9. Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *99-95–194

DID NOT FINISH

Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *79-JWD

Oldfield Junior at Oldfield Country Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT will be in Okatie, S.C. April 12-13, 2014 for the Oldfield Junior at Oldfield Country Club. The 18-hole two-day tournament will offer National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points to top finishers.

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Oldfield has no shortage of breathtaking scenery and was recognized by the Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for its attention to preserving the local environment. The natural environment equates to small greens and free-form bunkers. The course is located just off the Okatie River and offers a one-of-a-kind golfing experience.

Oldfield Golf Course along the Okatie River

Oldfield Golf Course along the Okatie River

Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, and Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, will both look to lead the Boys 15-19 Division as they both come off of a top-10 finish in their last tournament play. D’Amico finished second at the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club on March 22-23, 2014 while Hui comes off a tie for 10th in the same tournament.

In the Girls Division, we have seen Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, in 14 events this season and she will look to make the Oldfield Junior a victory for her 15th event. Tadokoro comes off of a 9th-place tie at the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor in February. Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., will be making an appearance in her first tournament of 2014 and will look to add to her three top-three finishes on the 2013-2014 season.

In the Boys 14 and Under Division, Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, brings to the table nine top-five finishes, four of which are first-place victories and he will look to add a fifth. Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., comes off of a hard-fought third-place finish at the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club and will also be in the hunt for a victory.

To register or for more information about the Oldfield Junior in April, click here.