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TEAM USA Brings the Trophy Home

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Okatie, South Carolina- The International Junior Golf Tour met the Canadian Junior Golf Association at the North America Cup for the fourteenth consecutive year. The teams were hand selected based on their performance in recent competitions and their exceptional demeanor on and off the course. The North America Cup traditionally begins with opening ceremonies followed by an official practice round.  The squads then play three different matches in Ryder Cup format. The teams play a four-ball match, followed by an alternate shot match, and rounding out the tournament with singles matches. Each match won is equivalent to one point, and this year every point counted.

IMG_3335On July 4, it was only fitting that the United States hit the ground running. With an impressive start, the momentum carried the team for days to come. In the Girls’ Division, Sophia Burnett and Sarah Perine, had a competitive day ending in a squared match against Canada’s Lucy Liu and Esther Subin. The teams were never up by one hole at any given time throughout the round.

 

“We needed each other throughout the match, and we could not have had better team work,” said Perine.

 

In the 15-and-Under Division, Chase Phillips and Deion Shepherd, scored a point for Team USA finishing one match ahead of Gu and Krauss. That match, just like the girls’, continued to be back and forth throughout the round. In the Boys’ 15-19 Division, two out three points favored the United States. Reid Bedell and Cole Berger scored a point in their match while never losing confidence against Beckstead and White. RJ Wren and Sean Stanistreet battled from behind all the way to the final hole, where they ended victorious, adding another point for Team USA. Trevor Hogan and Patrick Sheehan played red-hot Brunet and Simpson, but ultimately lost. The United States finished Day One with a 3.5 to 1.5 lead.

After a great first day, Team USA went into the second day with perfect chemistry, and a strong desire to win. One match short of a clean sweep, the team continued to battle across all levels.

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“Being comfortable on and off the course with each other helped to secure four victories on Day Two,” said RJ Wren.

 

The Girls’ Division, the 15-and-Under, and two of the three 15-19 Boys’ collected a point. Deion Shepherd and Sean Stanistreet battled for the clean sweep, but ultimately fell short after fighting through eighteen holes. After Day Two, Team USA led Team Canada 7.5 to 2.5.

 

On the final day of North America Cup, the teams contended for ten obtainable points. Every match was important, and team USA needed three points to secure the final victory. Players had their ups and downs throughout the challenging day, but collected all the points needed to win. Cole Berger, Reid Bedell, and RJ Wren each scored a point in their single matches.

 

Bedell said, “I thought the team effort was incredible and the comradery was phenomenal! Each of us played our hearts out and did not leave anything on the course.”

 

Sean Stanistreet battled for a square match against Canada’s Thiessen. Mikee Ordona birdied the final four holes of his match to regain the lead and secure a point for the team. Sophia Burnett added an additional point for the team by finishing with a 45-foot putt, while Team USA lined the green to cheer her on.

 

“It was a great way to end, a long putt like that, it was a perfect ending to a great tournament,” Burnett said.

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Team USA secured a 13 to 7 victory during the final round of the tournament. The North America Cup will continue next year, on Canadian soil.

 

Captain Nick Walker said, “I am so proud to be apart of this victory for Team USA. All credit goes to the players. The difference, I believe, was how tight knit our team was, both on and off the course. The love they showed one another was something amazing to watch and it was truly humbling to be a part of and witness.”

 

North America Cup 2016 has come to a close, and the hardware has been returned to the United States. The IJGT would like to thank Oldfield GC, CJGA, players, coaches, and parents for a great event. We are looking forward to North America Cup 2017 already!

 

 

Final Results of the North America Cup at Oldfield CC were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on July 4-6.

Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees- 6,726 par 72 (73.4/136). Boys 15 &Under Division: White Course Tees-5,976 (70.6/128). Girls Division: Blue Tees-5,924 (68.8/124).

Round One, July 4, 2016: Four-ballBoys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6726 yards, Par 721.     USA, Trevor Hogan and Patrick Sheehan vs. CAN, Vincet Brunet and Shayne Simpson: 6&4 CAN2.     USA, Reid Bedell and Cole Berger vs. CAN, Taylor Beckstead and Braydon White: 3&2 USA3.     USA, Sean Stanistreet and RJ Wren vs. CAN, Michael Ikejiani and Mitchell Thiessen: 1up USA Boys 15U Division- Blue Tees, 6976 yards, Par 721.     USA, Chase Phillips and Deion Shepherd vs. CAN, Vick Gu and Mathias Krauss: 1up USA Girls Division – White Tees, 5924 yards, Par 721.     USA, Sophia Burnett and Sarah Perine vs. CAN, Lucy Liu and Esther Subin: All Square

Round Two, July 5, 2016: FoursomeBoys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6726 yards, Par 721.     USA, Deion Shepherd and Sean Stanistreet vs. CAN, Micheal Ikejiani and Mitchell Thiessen, 1up CAN2.     USA, Cole Berger and Trevor Hogan vs. CAN, Braydon White and Taylor Beckstead: 4&3 USA3.     USA, Reid Bedell and RJ Wren vs. CAN, Shayne Simpson and Vincent Brunet: 4&2 USA Boys 15U Division- Blue Tees, 6976 yards, Par 721.     USA, Patrick Sheehan and Mikee Ordona vs. CAN, Vick Gu and Mathias Krauss: 4&3 USA Girls Division – White Tees, 5924 yards, Par 721.     USA, Sophia Burnett and Sarah Perine vs. CAN, Lucy Liu and Esther Subin: 3&2 USA

Round Three, July 6, 2016: Singles MatchesBoys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6726 yards, Par 721.     USA, Cole Berger vs. CAN, Vincent Brunet: 1up USA2.     USA, Trevor Hogan vs. CAN, Braydon White: 3&2 CAN3.     USA, Patrick Sheehan vs. CAN, Taylor Beckstead: 5&4 CAN4.     USA, Reid Bedell vs. CAN Mitchell Thiessen: 2&1 USA5.     USA, Sean Stanistreet vs. CAN, Michael Ikejiani: Square6.     USA, RJ Wren vs. CAN, Shayne Simpson: 2up USA Boys 15U Division- Blue Tees, 6976 yards, Par 721.     USA, Chase Phillips vs. CAN, Michael Krauss: 2&1 CAN2.     USA, Mikee Ordona vs. CAN, Vick Gu: 3&1 USA Girls Division – White Tees, 5924 yards, Par 721.     USA, Sarah Perine vs. CAN, Esther Subin: 2&1 CAN2.     USA, Sophia Burnett vs. CAN Lucy Liu: 3&1 USA

 

Lowest round in the IJGT 2015-2016 Season in the Boys Division. Phillips fights hard to take the title of the Boys 14 & Under Division

Hardeeville, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour continued their tour in Hardeeville, S.C., with the IMG Junior World Qualifier at Hilton Head Lakes. The winners in each division will have an exemption into the IMG Junior World in San Diego, C.A., this summer. With the weather finally cooperating, players competed for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The top five players in each division earned preferred entry into any IJGT Major Championship and the Champions of each division earned an invitation to the 2016 IJGT Tournament of Champions.

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In the Girls Division, there was a close run for the championship title. After shooting (-3) in her first round, Yukie Sasaki held onto the number one spot, carding a 74 today. Sasaki, from Hiroshima, Japan, had a total of 143 just two strokes in front of the second place finisher. Ximena Gonzalez, of Queretaro, Mexico, kept both her rounds consistent. Gonzalez finished with a total of 145, (+1). Kayla Kozak finished third with a final round at even par.

In the Boys 14 and Under Division Chase Phillips came from third place after round one, to take the championship. Phillips, from Hilton Head Island, S.C., fired an impressive (+1) in his final round for a total of 154. Coming in second place was Luca Jumabhoy. Jumabhoy, from Sydney, Australia, signed for a total of 161. Rounding out the 14 & Under Division was Theo Chronos, shooting a total of 163.

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 In the Boys 15-19 Division, we had a player shoot the lowest round this year in the IJGT. In the second round of the IMG Junior World Qualifier, Ian Peng shot a 66. Peng, of Chang Hau, Taiwan, had a total of 137, (-7) for the tournament to claim the Championship. Behind Peng was Arjun Puri, who also had an impressive weekend. Puri, of New Delhi, India, had a total of 138, (-6). Coming in third was Mark Goodall. Goodall of Livingston, Scotland, shot a total of 144.

Each player attributed their success to their coaches and the support of their friends and family.

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Each tournament the IJGT recognizes the low final round, presented by Clazic Belts. This tournament the Girls Division had four girls tie at 72. In the Boys Division the award was given to the player shooting 66.

 Kayla Kozak- 72

Jasmine Chee- 72

Wint Phoo Aung- 72

Marisa Hisaki- 72

Ian Peng- 66

 

The IJGT will continue the Spring 2016 Season with the MET Junior Championship at Flanders Valley in Flanders, N.J. Players will compete for IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Performance Stars, and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

Final Results of the IMG Junior World Qualifier at Hilton Head Lakes GC conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on April 23-24, 2016. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,823 yards Par 72 (72.8/128). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,997 yards, Par 72 (69.5/118). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,797 yards, Par 72 (73.5/128).​

 

Saturday – Sunny 75 degrees with 5-10 mph winds.

Sunday – Sunny 79 degrees with 10-15 mph winds.

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

IMG Junior World Qualifier at Hilton Head Lakes

Hardeeville, S.C.

April 23-24, 2016

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,823 Yards, Par 72

 

1. Ian Peng, Chang Hua, Taiwan *71-66–137

2. Arjun Puri, New Delhi, India *70-68–138

3. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *72-72–144

4. T.J. Nolan, Rapid City, SD *71-74–145

5. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *74-73–147

6. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *73-76–149

7. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *73-77–150

7. Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *73-77–150

9. Feng Chen, Beijing, China *76-76–152

10. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *76-77–153

11. Jasper Lee, Taipei, Taiwan *79-75–154

12. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *80-75–155

13. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *79-77–156

13. Mark Laken, Kenosha, WI *74-82–156

15. Nick Gioffre, Waxhaw, NC *75-82–157

16. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton, SC *78-80–158

17. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China *79-80–159

18. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *77-83–160

19. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *78-83–161

19. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *78-83–161

21. Max Castaneda, Mexico City, Mexico *84-80–164

21. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *84-80–164

21. Alejandro Guillen, Mexico City, Mexico *82-82–164

21. Marc Sabria, Barcelona, Spain *79-85–164

21. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *80-84–164

26. Taylor Rockwell, Boonton Township, NJ *84-84–168

26. Yash Vardhan Sarda, Calcutta, India *82-86–168

28. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Managua, Nicaragua *88-81–169

28. Christian Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *84-85–169

28. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *83-86–169

28. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *91-78–169

32. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *82-90–172

33. Ted Hsiao, Taipei City, Taiwan *86-87–173

34. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *89-85–174

35. Mark Richardson, South Berwick, ME *89-86–175

36. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *93-84–177

37. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *97-86–183

38. Demetrius Johnson, Anchorage, AK *92-92–184

39. Greg Shen, Vancouver, Canada *90-95–185

40. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *92-94–186

 

Girls Division, White Tees, 5,797 Yards, Par 72

 

1. Yukie Sasaki, Hiroshima, Japan *69-74–143

2. Ximena Gonzalez, Queretaro, Mexico *72-73–145

3. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *74-72–146

4. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *75-72–147

5. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *76-72–148

6. Haruka Shintani, Setagaya, Japan *79-73–152

6. Marisa Hisaki, Osaka, Japan *80-72–152

8. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *75-78–153

8. Linda Trockel, Berlin, Germany *75-78–153

10. Yuna Sato, Koriyama, Fukushima, Japan *81-73–154

11. Renata Fierro, Yucatan, Mexico *79-76–155

11. Vivian Yen, Kaohsiung, Taiwan *78-77–155

11. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *77-78–155

14. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *83-73–156

14. Hanna Kiefer, Kronberg, Germany *78-78–156

16. Tiana Cruz, Kingston, Jamaica *78-81–159

17. Katie James, Pittsburgh, PA *79-81–160

18. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *81-80–161

19. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-82–163

20. Yeon Joo Kim, Seoul, South Korea *87-80–167

21. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *82-90–172

 

 

Boys 14 & Under Division, Blue Tees, 5,997 Yards, Par 72

 

1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-73–154

2. Luca Jumabhoy, Sydney, Australia *75-86–161

3. Theo Chronos, Winterville, GA *78-85–163

4. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *85-85–170

 

 

Final Results-IJGT Junior at Oldfield Golf Club

Kang wins first IJGT Title

Chong wins Girls Division in Playoff

 

Okatie, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) had a fantastic kick off to their 2016 Spring Season with the IJGT Junior at Oldfield Golf Club. Junior golfers ages 9-19 years old represented 20 different countries and 14 different states. They competed for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The top five players in each division earned preferred entry into any IJGT Major Championship and the Champions of each division earned an invitation to the 2016 IJGT Tournament of Champions.

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Tae Young Kang of Busan, South Korea took home his first win with the IJGT. Shooting an impressive 74-70 for a total of 144, claiming the Boys 15-19 Division by four strokes. Kang only had one birdie on the first day but battled back with a total of four birdies on the second day. In the final round on the back nine at Oldfield Golf Club, Kang started out bogey, birdie, and then made six consecutive pars. He ended the tournament with a notable birdie finish to complete his victory.

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“I played well. I did not hit it in hazards or out of bounds. I’m trying to get my game better to compete on Korea’s National team,” commented Kang.

 

There was a tie for second place with a tournament total of 148 between Mark Goodall of Livingston, Scotland, and Luis Pons of Leon, Mexico.

 

The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the boy and girl who records the lowest score in every IJGT championship, was awarded to Kang, T.J. Nolan of Rapid City, S.D., and Juan Ignacio De Giocomi of Buenos Aires, Argentina, all shooting 2-under, 70.

 

Melany Chong of Mississauga, Canada, took home the Girls Division trophy after a playoff hole battle. Over the 36-hole tournament, Chong claimed nine birdies, and had a two-stroke lead going into Round 2 after firing a 1-over, 73 in the first round. Chong recorded a 2-over, 74 to end the day tied with Wint Phoo Aung of Yangon, Myanmar. Aung recorded an even-par 72 to force a playoff. This round also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division.

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In the playoff, Chong was able to make par on the par-3, 13th hole at Oldfield to secure the victory.

 

“My mind set coming in to round two was just to play my own game. I knew I had a two shot lead but I prepared for it to be close. I was very nervous going into the playoff because I know Wint Phoo (Aung) is an awesome player. My tee shots were great, and it helped my game,” said Chong.

 

Aung claimed second after losing the playoff hole finishing with a tournament total of 147. Yukie Sasaki of Hiroshima, Japan, took third shooting a 150.

 

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., took his fourth win of the IJGT 2015-2016 season at Oldfield Golf Club. In the first round, Phillips did not have his best game, but recorded a score of 80. He went into day two facing a five-shot deficit to Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., who recorded a 3-over, 75. Phillips was able to overcome the deficit with a phenomenal round of 2-over, 74 to record his victory.

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“My driving was working really well, off the tee I couldn’t complain. My mental game was really strong, I knew it would be tough to come from behind to win. The course was in great shape and the greens were working well for me,” Phillips remarked.

 

Sample finished second with a 157. Coming in third from Mendon, N.Y., was Noah Levine, shooting a 180.

 

The IJGT will continue the spring 2016 Season in Sorrento, Fla., with the Florida Junior at RedTail Golf Club on Feb. 13-14, 2016. Players will compete for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

 

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 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 30 states and 30 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 AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, Iconic Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

 

Okatie, S.C. – Final-round results of the IJGT Invitational at Oldfield Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed January 31, 2016. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,825 yards, Par 72 (73.9/137). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,976 yards, Par 72 (70.6/128) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,799 yards, Par 72 (73.7/132).

 

                                                                                                      

Weather:        Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 60’s with 5-10 mph winds

Round 2: Partly Cloudy with temperatures in the high 50’s with 5-10 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Junior Open at Oldfield

Okatie, S.C.

January 30th-31st, 2016

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,825 yards, Par 72

 

1. Tae Young Kang, Busan, South Korea *74-70–144

2. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *76-72–148

2. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *75-73–148

4. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton SC, *77-72–149

4. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *74-75–149

6. Juan Ignacio De Giocomi, Buenos Aires, Argentina *80-70–150

6. T.J. Nolan, Rapid City, SD *80-70–150

6. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China *75-75–150

6. Jose Haces, Puebla, Mexico *75-75–150

10. Quincy Stith, Wichita, KS *78-75–153

10. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *77-76–153

10. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *76-77–153

10. David Yang, Taipei, Taiwan *76-77–153

14. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Managua, Nicaragua *81-74–155

14. Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *80-75–155

14. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-77–155

17. Jasper Lee, Taipei, Taiwan *77-79–156

17. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *76-80–156

19. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *82-75–157

19. Alan Smith, Winchendon, MA *76-81–157

19. Vince Brunet, Ottawa, Canada *75-82–157

22. Ryo Harada, Tokyo, Japan *82-76–158

23. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *83-79–162

24. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *88-76–164

24. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *82-82–164

26. Philip Chen, Taiwan, Taipei *86-79–165

26. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China *80-85–165

28. Nick Gioffre, Waxhaw, NC *76-90–166

29. Mark Richardson, South Berwick, ME *81-87–168

29. Alex Roman, Versoix, Switzerland *79-89–168

31. Michael Crogan, Palm Coast, FL *86-83–169

32. Max Castaneda, Mexico City, Mexico *95-76–171

33. Taylor Rockwell, Boonton Township, NJ *88-88–176

33. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *87-89–176

35. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *92-85–177

35. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *88-89–177

37. Alexander Hollmann, Frankfurt, Germany *90-88–178

38. Demetrius Johnson, Anchorage, AK *92-87–179

39. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *87-94–181

40. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *82-100–182

41. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *96-92–188

42. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *90-100–190

43. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *89-107–196

 

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Jack Friedman, Charleston, SC

Boys 14 & Under Division-Blue Tees- 5,976 yards, Par 72

 

1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-74–154

2. Luke Sample, New York, NY *75-82–157

3. Noah Levine, Mendon, NY *90-90–180

 

Girls Division- White Tees- 5,799 yards, Par 72

 

1. x-Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *73-74–147

2. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *75-72–147

3. Yukie Sasaki, Hiroshima, Japan *77-73–150

4. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India*79-75–154

4. Marisa Hisaki, Osaka, Japan *77-77–154

6. Vivian Yen, Kaohsiung, Taiwan *84-78–162

7. Lexi Clark, Fairfax, VA *80-85–165

8. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *89-81–170

8. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *85-85–170

10. Renata Fierro, Yucatan, Mexico *85-89–174

11. Emily Ma, Taipei, Taiwan *89-89–178

 

x – Won in playoff

 

IJGA Invitational at Harbour Town – Final Results

Go repeats as IJGA Invitational Champion

Kozak wins Girls Division at Harbour Town

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) concluded the 2015 Fall Season with the annual International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) Invitational at Harbour Town Golf Links. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing 10 different states and 14 countries competed in the 36-hole Major Championship for double IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, and AJGA Performance Stars.

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, repeated as the Boys 15-19 Division Champion in the IJGA Invitational with a tournament score of 1-over, 143. Go started off the tournament well making four birdies and firing a 1-under, 70. This was the best round recorded in the tournament and gave him a three-stroke lead going into the final day of competition.

Shiso Go won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 15-19 Division

Shiso Go won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 15-19 Division

Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage, is a challenging test of golf, and even a player of Go’s caliber was going to have to play well to maintain a lead. Go did not get off to the start he wanted in the final round, making a double-bogey on the opening hole. He rebounded quickly though, with birdies on his next two holes to get it back to even-par. From there, Go was able to hold off his fellow competitors by making 12 pars in his last 14 holes. He finished with a round of 2-over, 73 and a seven-stroke victory. This was Go’s first IJGT victory of the 2015-2016 Season. Go was the 2014-2015 IJGT Player of the Year in the Boys 15-19 Division.

“Even though I won this tournament last year, I was just trying to do my best,” said Go.

Finishing in a tie for second place were Colton Tanner of Westport, Conn., and Brock Erwin of Muldrow, Okla., who both recorded tournament totals of 150.

Mason Williams of Bridgeport, W.Va., fired a final-round score of 1-over, 72, which earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award which goes to the boy and girl that record the lowest final round score in each IJGT tournament.

In the Girls Division, Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., recorded her second career IJGT victory with a tournament total of 147. Kozak won in wire-to-wire fashion recording an impressive five-stroke victory. In the first round, Kozak made four birdies en route to a 3-over, 74. This only gave her a one-stroke margin heading into the final round.

Kayla Kozak won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Girls Division

Kayla Kozak won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Girls Division

Kozak used a meticulous game plan during the final round to hold off her competition. At the turn, Kozak improved her lead to three strokes, but after hole No. 12, her lead was back to one stroke. The pivotal point of the tournament came at hole No. 13 where Kozak made birdie to extend her lead to three strokes. From there Kozak made five straight pars to finish up her round of 2-over, 73 and collect the Girls Division title.

Kozak’s final-round score of 2-over, 73 was the lowest score of the event in the Girls Division, and also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“It is an honor to win, because the competition was great. This tournament has given me the momentum for 2016 and the confidence to know I can play well,” commented Kozak.

Haruka Shintani of Setagaya, Japan, finished in second place with a tournament total of 152. Yuki Nakayama of Kawasaki, Japan, ended the tournament in third place after recording a score of 157.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., continued his strong performance in IJGT tournaments with his third victory of the 2015-2016 Season in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Phillips recorded a tournament total of 161 to earn a two-stroke victory over Nick Hance of Irving, Texas. Hance recorded a final-round score of 76, which was the lowest score in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Chase Phillips won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 14 & Under Division

Chase Phillips won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 14 & Under Division

Phillips made two birdies in the tournament with both of them coming on the par-3, fourth hole at Harbour Town Golf Links. This was Phillips’s first Major Championship victory.

“I liked that this course had smaller greens because it plays well too my game,” said Phillips.

The IJGT will kick off the Spring 2016 Season in Okatie, S.C., with the IJGT Junior at Oldfield Golf Club on Jan. 30-31, 2016. Players will compete for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

About the IJGA

The IJGA trains junior golfers for success in tournament golf and beyond. They are the only academy in the world that combines training, academics, and competition. Through their supportive and competitive environment, students develop the critical qualities of commitment, goal setting and a consistent work ethic to best impact their academics, golf, and future endeavors.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 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 30 states and 30 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 AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, Iconic Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final-round results of the IJGA Invitational at Harbour Town conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed December 13, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,600 yards, Par 71 (73.1/144). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,881 yards, Par 71 (69.7/131) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,675 yards, Par 71 (73.6/136).

Weather:       
Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 70’s with 5-10 mph winds
Round 2: Sunny with temperatures in the high 70’s with 5-10 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGA Invitational
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
December 12-13, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,600 yards, Par 71
1. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *70-73–143
2. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *74-76–150
2. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *74-76–150
4. Arjun Puri, New Delhi, India *76-75–151
4. Austin Fox, Delmar, NY *74-77–151
6. Mason Williams, Bridgeport, WV *80-72–152
6. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *79-73–152
6. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *73-79–152
9. Matej Malicek, Bratislava, Slovakia *79-75–154
10. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-77–155
10. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *75-80–155
10. Wil Sheppard, Mount Pleasant, SC *76-79–155
13. Saptak Talwar, New Delhi, India *78-79–157
13. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *78-79–157
13. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-79–157
13. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton, SC *78-79–157
17. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD *77-81–158
18. Shharad Arora, Bangalore, India *82-77–159
19. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *79-82–161
19. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *77-84–161
21. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *81-82–163
21. Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *74-89–163
23. Marco Oliverio, Bridgeport, WV *80-84–164
23. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *80-84–164
25. Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, DE *83-82–165
26. Feng Chen, Beijing, China *87-79–166
27. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *81-86–167
27. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *79-88–167
29. Dominic Wagner, Alexandria, VA *78-90–168
30. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *89-80–169
30. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *83-86–169
32. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *88-86–174
33. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *90-85–175
33. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *85-90–175
35. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *92-84–176
36. Matt Saraceno, Ridgewood, NJ *92-85–177
37. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *91-88–179
38. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *97-89–186
39. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *99-90–189
40. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *90-100–190
41. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *108-88–196
42. Andres Rosado, Mexico City, Mexico *110-109–219

DID NOT FINISH
Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *82-WD

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 5,881 yards, Par 71
1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-80–161
2. Nick Hance, Irving, TX *87-76–163

DID NOT FINISH
Dimitris Vasilakos, Savannah, GA *112-WD

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 5,675 yards, Par 71
1. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *74-73–147
2. Haruka Shintani, Setagaya, Japan *75-77–152
3. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasaki, Japan *81-76–157
4. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *87-74–161
4. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *78-83–161
6. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *81-81–162
7. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *82-81–163
7. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *80-83–163
9. Tiana Cruz, Kingston, Jamaica *83-81–164
9. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *78-86–164
11. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *85-81–166
12. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *84-93–177
13. Camila Burnett, Bluffton, SC *92-103–195
14. Zhenni Zhu, Chongqing, China *100-108–208
 

 

 

Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass – Final Results

Beshoory earns first IJGT title at TPC Sawgrass

Tadokoro victorious in Girls Division

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the annual Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing 14 different states and 20 countries competed in the 54-hole tournament for IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, World Amateur Golf Rankings, and AJGA Performance Stars.

The first and final rounds were contested on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, which is home to the PGA Tour’s The PLAYERS Championship. The second round was held at Dye’s Valley Course, which is home to the PGA Tour’s Web.com Tour Championship.

Pryce Beshoory of Pearland, Texas, won the Boys 15-19 Division in dramatic fashion at the famed Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. In the first round, also contested on the Stadium Course, Beshoory carded a solid 2-over, 74 to put himself in second place. Beshoory played the back nine on the Stadium Course in 3-under, 33. The leader after round one was Sampson Zheng of Orlando, Fla., who carded a 1-over, 73.

Pryce Beshoory wins the Boys 15-19 Division at TPC Sawgrass

Pryce Beshoory wins the Boys 15-19 Division at TPC Sawgrass

The second round switched over to the Valley Course where high winds made scoring conditions very challenging. Beshoory was able to put a solid round of 3-over, 75 together to remain within one of Zheng’s lead. Zheng also fired a 3-over, 75, a round that included four birdies.

The final round on the Stadium Course was no different as Beshoory and Zheng battled back and forth all day. After nine holes, Beshoory squared up the tournament, and then took the lead after hole No. 10. Zheng would not back down as he rebounded and tied everything after 11 holes. The two juniors remained tied until hole No. 16 where Beshoory hit the par-5 green in two and two-putted for birdie to take a one-stroke lead. Both players made par on the famous island green, hole No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass. Beshoory was able to convert an up-and-down on hole No. 18 to finish with an even-par 72 and a one-stroke victory over Zheng.

This was my first IJGT Tournament and I had a blast. I love the tour and the international people. It was great to play with them,” commented Beshoory.

Beshoory’s final-round score of even-par, 72 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award which goes to the boy and girl that record the lowest final round score in each IJGT tournament.

Zheng claimed runner-up honors with a tournament total of 222. Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, took home third place after finishing with a tournament score of 227.

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, won the Girls Division in wire-to-wire fashion with a tournament score of 239. Tadokoro opened up the tournament with a first-round score of 82 to build a one-stroke cushion over the rest of the field. Consistent winds of 15 mph with gusts of over 20 mph made the difficult Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass even more challenging.

Sera Tadokoro won the Girls Division at TPC Sawgrass

Sera Tadokoro won the Girls Division at TPC Sawgrass

Tadokoro took control of the tournament in the second round on the Valley Course. She carded a 3-over, 75 to build a six-stroke lead. Her round of 75 was the lowest of the tournament in the Girls Division.

The final round did not get off to a good start for Tadokoro. She made the turn with a 45 on the front nine, and her lead of six strokes was gone. Caroline Hodge of Larchmont, N.Y., fought back to tie it up. Tadokoro was able to maintain her composure and she played her first four holes on the back nine in 1-under-par to reclaim her lead. Tadokoro closed with a 1-over, 37 on the back nine to claim a four-stroke victory, which was her sixth career IJGT title.

“My long game was working for me, my driver and irons. I had fun playing on the Valley Course,” said Tadokoro.

Hodge finished in second place with a tournament total of 243. Hodge’s final-round score of 80 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division. There was a tie for third place between Wint Phoo Aung of Yangon, Myanmar, and Kristin Whitehead of Johannesburg, South Africa, who finished with a tournament score of 252.

Will Whittaker of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., won the Boys 14 & Under Division in wire-to-wire fashion carding a three-day total of 244. Whittaker got off to a great start in the first round at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass carding a 78 to build a seven-stroke lead. His round of 78 was the lowest round of the tournament in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Will Whittaker won the Boys 14 & Under Division at TPC Sawgrass

Will Whittaker won the Boys 14 & Under Division at TPC Sawgrass

In the second round, Whittaker did not have his best game in the challenging weather conditions on the Valley Course. However, his fellow competitors were not able to make up much ground leaving Whittaker with a five-stroke lead going into the final round.

Whittaker knew that if he was able to play his game, he would control his own destiny. After nine holes, Whittaker still led by five shots, but after two double-bogeys his lead evaporated to nothing when Ty Vanitvelt of Grand Blanc, Mich., made birdie on hole No. 12 to square things. Whittaker was not going to back down and he responded like a true champion playing his last six holes in 2-under-par including back-to-back birdies on the famous 16th and 17th holes at TPC Sawgrass. Whittaker closed the final round with an 81 to claim the victory, which was his first IJGT tournament victory.

“I have played at this same tournament three times. From my first time playing to today, I have knocked off 50 strokes. I have been working really hard,” said Whittaker.

Vanitvelt took home second place after finishing with a tournament total of 249. Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished in third place with a tournament total of 257.

The IJGT will conclude the Fall 2015 Season in Hilton Head Island, S.C., with the IJGA Invitational on Dec. 12-13, 2015. The Major Championship will feature AJGA Performance Stars, National Rankings and double IJGT Merit Points. It will be contested at Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

About the IJGT
The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 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 30 states and 30 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 AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, EyeLine Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Final-round results of the IJGT Thanksgiving Day Classic conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 28, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division (Stadium): Black Tees – 6,670 yards, Par 72 (73.9/146). Boys 14 & Under Division (Stadium): Blue Tees – 6,003 yards, Par 72 (70.4/136) Girls Division (Stadium): White Tees – 5,720 yards, Par 72 (76.5/151). Boys 15-19 Division (Valley): Black Tees – 6,704 yards, Par 72 (73.1/136). Boys 14 & Under Division (Valley): Blue Tees – 5,979 yards, Par 72 (70.4/129) Girls Division (Valley): White Tees – 5,775 yards, Par 72 (75.7/144).

Weather:       
Round 1: Overcast and rain with temperatures in the high 60’s with 10-15 mph winds
Round 2: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 70’s with 10-15 mph winds
Round 3: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 70’s with 10-15 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
November 26-28, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division-
Round 1 – (Black Tees) Stadium Course: 6,670 Yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Black Tees) Dyes Valley Course: 6,704 Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Black Tees) Stadium Course: 6,670 Yards, Par 72

1. Pryce Beshoory, Pearland, TX *74-75-72–221
2. Sampson Zheng, Orlando, FL *73-75-74–222
3. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *77-74-76–227
4. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *77-77-75–229
5. Arjun Puri, New Delhi, India *81-75-75–231
5. Tsukasa Kimishima, Fukuoka, Japan *81-71-79–231
7. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *83-74-78–235
7. Sam Murphy, Decatur, AL *80-77-78–235
7. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *77-79-79–235
10. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *75-81-81–237
11. Paolo Wong, La Trinidad, Philippines *79-79-80–238
11. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *75-77-86–238
13. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *83-80-76–239
13. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *85-77-77–239
13. Sam Ohno, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *80-77-82–239
16. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *83-79-78–240
17. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *78-79-84–241
18. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *83-79-80–242
18. Saptak Talwar, New Delhi, India *83-78-81–242
20. Gustav Tegel, Miami Beach, FL *77-87-79–243
20. Daniel Song, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *83-86-74–243
22. Ben Pirro, Lake Mary, FL *84-77-83–244
23. Zaffar Sikkander, Nawala, Sri Lanka *87-79-79–245
24. Matej Malicek, Bratislava, Slovakia *86-80-80–246
24. Jack Cornforth, Summit, NJ *82-79-85–246
26. Dennis Volostnykh, Troy, MI *80-83-84–247
27. Mac Murphy, Decatur, AL *84-81-86–251
28. Julio Bello, Valencia, Venezuela *86-85-81–252
29. Blaise Vanitvelt, Flint, MI *86-82-85–253
30. William Sheedy, Washington, DC *91-80-85–256
30. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *84-83-89–256
32. Alex Whitehead, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *82-88-88–258
33. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan *88-89-82–259
34. Shharad Arora, Bangalore, India *86-90-86–262
35. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *90-87-86–263
35. Jacob Smith, Yorba Linda, CA *87-88-88–263
37. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *85-93-89–267
38. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *90-85-93–268
38. Mike Donner, Hamburg, NY *87-88-93–268
40. Alexander Hollmann, Frankfurt, Germany *90-83-96–269
41. Ryan Miles, Greenwich, CT *94-96-93–283
41. Matthew Chorches, West Hartford, CT *81-92-110–283
43. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *95-92-97–284
44. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *104-114-91–309
DID NOT FINISH
Marco Lahmar, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *79-WD
Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Armand Cadieux, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *97-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division
Round 1 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 6,003 Yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (White Tees) Dyes Valley Course: 5,979 Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 6,003 Yards, Par 72

1. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *78-85-81–244
2. Ty Vanitvelt, Grand Blanc, MI *87-81-81–249
3. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *85-84-88–257
4. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *90-85-83–258
5. Luca Jumabhoy, Sydney, Australia *89-90-90–269
6. Zachary Locke, Horseheads, NY *100-100-102–302
6. Ben Miles, Ottawa, Canada *105-91-106–302
8. Nicholas Bohac, Ottawa, Canada *109-96-102–307

Girls Division
Round 1 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 5,720 Par 72
Round 2 – (White Tees) Dyes Valley Course: 5,775 Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 5,720 Yards, Par 72

1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *82-75-82–239
2. Caroline Hodge, Larchmont, NY *83-80-80–243
3. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *83-85-84–252
3. Kristin Whitehead, Johannesburg, South Africa *83-86-83–252
5. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *93-83-82–258
6. Erin Holmes, Cumberland, ME *92-83-86–261
7. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *89-81-92–262
8. Alice Hodge, Larchmont, NY *95-83-91–269
9. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *97-88-85–270
10. Bailey Plourde, Newcastle, ME *95-87-93–275
11. Camila Burnett, Bluffton, SC *100-93-92–285
12. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *95-104-95–294

Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters – Final Results

Galdin earns second IJGT title in Boys 15-19 Division

Vesga earns dominant victory at Savannah Quarters

POOLER, Ga. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing 16 different states and 24 countries competed in the 36-hole tournament for IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, and AJGA Performance Stars.

Lino Galdin of Nesmy, France, was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division at Savannah Quarters after posting back-to-back rounds of even-par, 72. Galdin was very consistent in his opening round making 16 pars, one birdie, and one bogey. The wind was a factor all weekend and Galdin was able to navigate the slick greens at the Greg Norman designed Savannah Quarters Country Club. He trailed first-round co-leaders Tsukasa Kimishima of Fukuoka, Japan, and Matej Malicek of Bratislava, Slovakia, by one shot going into the final round.

Lino Galdin won the Boys 15-19 Division at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Lino Galdin won the Boys 15-19 Division at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Galdin won his first IJGT tournament earlier this Fall in comeback fashion so he knew he had a very good shot at winning. He made the turn in even-par, 36 to start his round taking a hold of the lead which he would not relinquish. Galdin made back-to-back birdies on holes Nos. 11 and 12 to solidify his lead, and then finished strong to clinch his second IJGT victory with a tournament total of even-par, 144.

“I knew I could win with birdies today. I made three, and it was good enough for the win,” commented Galdin.

Galdin’s final-round score of even-par, 72 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award which goes to the boy and girl that record the lowest final round score in each IJGT tournament.

Kimishima finished in second place with a tournament total of 2-over, 146. Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, earned third place after recording a tournament total of 149.

In the Girls Division, Maria Vesga of Bucaramanga, Colombia, earned her second championship in the month of October on the IJGT. Vesga was able to handle the blistering wind at Savannah Quarters Country Club to hold off a strong field of 20 girls. She started off the tournament making four birdies in her opening round of 2-over, 74. She ended round one tied with Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan.

Maria Vesga won the Girls Division at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Maria Vesga won the Girls Division at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

In the final round, Vesga got off to a slow start making a double-bogey on her second hole, but she rebounded well rattling off seven straight pars to close her opening nine holes. Vesga carded three birdies on her last nine holes to secure the crown and finish with a score of even-par, 72.

Vesga earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division with her closing score of even-par 72 in the windy conditions at Savannah Quarters Country Club.

“The wind a little factor today, but growing up in Colombia helped me with the conditions,” said Vesga.

Tadokoro finished in second place recording a tournament total of 153. There was a tie for third place between Yukie Sasaki of Hiroshima, Japan, and Ximena Gonzalez of Mexico, with a tournament score of 156.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., earned his second IJGT title of the Fall 2015 season in the Boys 14 & Under Division at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters. Phillips recorded a tournament total of 164 to clinch the victory. He did not have his “A” game this event, but like all good champions, Phillips found a way to hit the critical shots when required. He opened the tournament with an 81 highlighted by a birdie on hole No. 12. This was good enough to give him a share of the lead with Shoichiro Sakamoto of Japan, heading into the final round.

Chase Phillips wins the Boys 14 & Under Division at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Chase Phillips wins the Boys 14 & Under Division at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Phillips started strong in the final round and opened up a two-stroke lead after nine holes. That lead increased to four strokes after 13 holes. The margin was good enough for Phillips to overcome a couple of double-bogeys coming down the stretch. Despite the tough weather, he ended the day with a score of 83, which gave him the Boys 14 & Under Division title.

“Growing up on Hilton Head and playing in the wind, it was no factor for me today,” said Phillips.

Sakamoto ended the tournament in second place finishing with a tournament total of 165. Noah Levine of Mendon, N.Y., earned third place after recording a 167 tournament score.

The IJGT will travel to Scotch Plains, N.J., for the Ben Shear Junior Golf Championship at Shackamaxon Country Club on Oct. 24-25, 2015. The Major Championship will feature national rankings and double IJGT Merit Points. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

About the IJGT
The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 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 30 states and 30 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 AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, EyeLine Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

POOLER, Ga. – Final-round results of the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 18, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,832 yards, Par 72 (72.8/132). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,105 yards, Par 72 (69.4/124) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,893 yards, Par 72 (74.1/132)

Weather:       
Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 10-15 mph winds
Round 2: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 60’s with 10-5 mph winds
International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters
Pooler, Ga.
October 17-18, 2015 

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,832 yards, Par 72
1. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *72-72–144
2. Tsukasa Kimishima, Fukuoka, Japan *71-75–146
3. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *75-74–149
4. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *74-76–150
4. Nate Tosto, Pooler, GA *75-75–150
4. Matej Malicek, Bratislava, Slovakia *71-79–150
7. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *77-76–153
7. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *76-77–153
7. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *77-76–153
10. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *77-77–154
11. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *78-77–155
12. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *78-78–156
13. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *81-77–158
13. Saptak Talwar, New Delhi, India *79-79–158
15. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *82-77–159
15. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *78-81–159
17. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *83-77–160
17. Shharad Arora, Bangalore, India *81-79–160
17. Jasper Lee, Taipei, Taiwan *75-85–160
20. David Yang, Taipei, Taiwan *82-79–161
20. Arthur Draijer, Sandweiler, Luxembourg *82-79–161
22. T.J. Nolan, Rapid City, SD *82-80–162
22. Jack O’Donovan, Pittsford, NY *82-80–162
22. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *81-81–162
25. Christian Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *82-81–163
25. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *81-82–163
25. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *82-81–163
25. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *80-83–163
25. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *80-83–163
30. Julio Bello, Valencia, Venezuela *84-80–164
30. Alejandro Guillen, Mexico City, Mexico *81-83–164
30. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-86–164
33. Philip Chen, Taiwan, Taipei *81-84–165
33. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *80-85–165
35. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China *79-87–166
36. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China *87-80–167
36. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *80-87–167
38. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *86-82–168
39. Armand Cadieux, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *80-90–170
40. Alan Smith, Winchendon, MA *83-89–172
40. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *84-88–172
40. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *82-90–172
40. Vince Brunet, Ottawa, Canada *87-85–172
44. Feng Chen, Beijing, China *87-88–175
45. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *87-90–177
45. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *84-93–177
45. Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *89-88–177
48. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton, SC *84-94–178
48. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *89-89–178
50. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *91-88–179
51. Kiefer Surkamer, Mullett Lake, MI *96-85–181
52. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *94-88–182
53. Alex Roman, Versoix, Switzerland *99-84–183
53. Nick Kuehler, Hilton Head, SC *99-84–183
53. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan *89-94–183
56. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *92-92–184
57. Brent Lund, South Hampton, England *90-99–189
58. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *85-108–193
59. Demetrius Johnson, Anchorage, AK *104-90–194
59. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *95-99–194
61. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *98-97–195
62. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *100-98–198
63. Cordell Clouston, Gillette, WY *102-102–204

DID NOT FINISH
Nelson Ou, Foshan, China *WD
Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *WD
Mark Richardson, South Berwick, ME *WD
Arjun Puri, New Delhi, India, *WD

Boys 14 & Under Division – Grey Tees, 6,105 yards, Par 72
1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-83–164
2. Shoichiro Sakamoto, Japan *81-84–165
3. Noah Levine, Mendon, NY *85-82–167
4. Yuxuan Zou, Chongqing, China *85-84–169
5. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *82-100–182
6. Dimitris Vasilakos, Savannah, GA *89-97–186

Girls Division – Red Tees, 5,893 yards, Par 72
1. Maria Vesga, Bucaramanga, Colombia *74-72–146
2. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *74-79–153
3. Ximena Gonzalez, Mexico *82-74–156
3. Yukie Sasaki, Hiroshima, Japan *77-79–156
5. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *79-78–157
6. Tracy Lee, Seoul, South Korea *80-79–159
7. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *79-82–161
8. Haruka Shintani, Setagaya, Japan *87-76–163
8. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *80-83–163
10. Marisa Hisaki, Osaka, Japan *82-82–164
11. Tiana Cruz, Kingston, Jamaica *84-81–165
12. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *86-80–166
13. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *89-81–170
14. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *87-86–173
14. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *86-87–173
16. Betty Horaney, Longview, TX *85-94–179
17. Yuna Sato, Koriyama, Fukushima, Japan *89-91–180
18. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-99–182
19. Yiqing Gong, Allendale, NJ *89-95–184
20. Zhenni Zhu, Chongqing, China *92-99–191

IJGT Southeast Kickoff at Crescent Pointe – Final Results

Galdin fires 65 on final day to capture title

Uwadia shoot 3-under-par to win Girls Division

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the IJGT Southeast Kickoff at Crescent Pointe Golf Club. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing 17 different states and 15 countries competed in the 36-hole tournament for IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, and AJGA Performance Stars.

Lino Galdin of Nevny, France, won the Boys 15-19 Division after a phenomenal final round of 6-under, 65 on the par-71 Crescent Pointe Golf Club. During the first round, Galdin got off to a rough start making double bogey on his opening hole, but he was able to quickly bounce back making four more birdies on his opening nine. He would end the day with five birdies and a round of 2-over, 73 putting him in a tie for third place going into the final round.

Lino Galdin wins the Boys 15-19 Division at the Southeast Kickoff at Crescent Pointe

Lino Galdin wins the Boys 15-19 Division at the Southeast Kickoff at Crescent Pointe

The last day was a birdie fest for Galdin. On the front nine, he made birdie on three of his first five holes. Then he caught fire on the back nine closing the tournament with five birdies. In total, Galdin finished the event with a tournament score of 4-under, 138 to earn his first IJGT victory.

“I wanted to play as well as possible, and get as many birdies as I could. I had eight birdies so I’m very happy,” said Galdin.

Galdin’s score of 6-under, 65 also earned him the Clazic Low Final Round Award which goes to the boy and girl who shoot the lowest score in the final round of every IJGT event.

It took an incredible performance from Galdin to hold off Colton Tanner of Westport, Conn. Tanner finished the tournament with a tournament total of 2-under, 140 including a final-round score of 2-under, 69. Rounding out the top three was Tristan Galant of Cape Town, South Africa who finished with a tournament total of 1-under, 141 including a 3-under, 68 in the final round.

In the Girls Division, Anita Uwadia of Hilton Head Island, S.C., earned the victory in dominant fashion. Uwadia came to play in the first round carding a 4-under, 67 to build a six-stroke lead. Her round was highlighted by two eagles and one birdie.

Anita Uwadia wins the Girls Division at the Southeast Kickoff at Crescent Pointe

Anita Uwadia wins the Girls Division at the Southeast Kickoff at Crescent Pointe

The tournament was Uwadia’s to lose in the final round, but she did not let her foot off the accelerator. Although she did not have her “A” game, Uwadia still managed to shoot a 1-over, 72 to secure an eight-stroke victory. During the final round, Uwadia had a stretch of 13 straight pars. This was the University of South Carolina commit’s first IJGT victory.

“It feels amazing to win. That’s what keeps me going. The more I win, the more I want to keep playing,” commented Uwadia.

Finishing in second place in the Girls Division was Linda Trockel of Berlin, Germany, with a tournament total of 147. Melany Chong of Mississauga, Canada, finished in third place with a total score of 148. Chong fired a 1-under, 70 in the final round to earn the Clazic Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., earned the title in Boys 14 & Under Division after putting together two solid rounds for a tournament total of 151. Phillips started the tournament with a 76 and had two birdies in his round to build a two-stroke lead heading into the final round.

Chase Phillips wins the Boys 14 & Under Division at the Southeast Kickoff at Crescent Pointe

Chase Phillips wins the Boys 14 & Under Division at the Southeast Kickoff at Crescent Pointe

Phillips came mentally prepared for the final round and started off well shooting a 38 on his opening nine holes. His fellow competitors were within striking distance until Phillips slammed the door shut with a birdie on his 14th hole of the day. He finished the day with a 4-over, 75 giving him his second IJGT title in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

“I knew I had the lead after hole after my 14th hole when I had a birdie…I was very excited but stayed focused,” said Phillips.

Finishing in second place was Yuxuan Zou of Chongqing, China, with a tournament score of 155. Daniel Song of Howey in the Hills, Fla., captured third place with a tournament total of 156.

The IJGT will travel to Lopatcong, N.J., for The Architects Cup on Sept. 26-27, 2015. The tournament will feature national rankings, AJGA Performance Stars as well as IJGT Merit Points. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

About the IJGT
The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 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 30 states and 30 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 AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, EyeLine Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

BLUFFTON, S.C. – Final-round results of the IJGT Southeast Kickoff at Crescent Pointe conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 20, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,518 yards, Par 71 (72.5/140). Boys 14 & Under Division: Black Tees – 5,896 yards, Par 71 (69.6/131) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,658 yards, Par 71 (73.3/136).

Weather:       
Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the high 80’s with 10-15 mph winds
Round 2: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 80’s with 5-10 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Southeast Kickoff at Crescent Pointe Golf Club
Bluffton, S.C.
September 19-20, 2015
 
Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,518 yards, Par 71
1. Lino Galdin, Nevny, France *73-65–138
2. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *71-69–140
3. Tristan Galant, Cape Town, South Africa *73-68–141
4. Saptak Talwar, New Delhi, India *75-70–145
5. Daniel Azallion, HIlton Head Island, SC *75-73–148
5. TJ Nolan, Rapid City, SD *71-77–148
7. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *78-72–150
7. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *76-74–150
9. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *76-75–151
10. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *78-74–152
10. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *77-75–152
12. Alejandro Guillen, Mexico City, Mexico *79-74–153
12. Nelson Ou, Foshan, China *77-76–153
14. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *79-75–154
14. Arjun Puri, New Delhi, India *75-79–154
16. Antonio Miguel, Puebla, Mexico *79-77–156
17. Mark Richardson, South Berwick, ME *79-78–157
17. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *76-81–157
19. Quincy Stith, Wichita, KS *73-86–159
20. Elliott Johnson, Bluffton, SC *79-81–160
21. Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *86-77–163
21. Shharad Arora, Bangalore, India *86-77–163
21. Gabriel Han, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *85-78–163
21. Jose Haces, Puebla, Mexico *78-85–163
25. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *89-75–164
25. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *82-82–164
27. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *80-85–165
28. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *85-81–166
28. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *80-86–166
30. Mark Laken, Kenosha, WI *89-78–167
31. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *86-84–170
32. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *85-91–176
33. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *98-81–179
33. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *97-82–179
35. Matthew Chorches, West Hartford, CT *97-84–181
36. Michael Crogan, Palm Coast, FL *91-92–183
36. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *91-92–183
38. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *101-93–194
38. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *97-97–194
40. Cordell Clouston, Gillette, WY *96-102—198

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 5,896 yards, Par 71
1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-75–151
2. Yuxuan Zou, Chongqing, China *78-77–155
3. Daniel Song, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *78-78–156
4. Paolo Wong, La Trinidad, Philippines *79-80–159
5. Tiger Tao, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *86-76–162
6. Noah Levine, Mendon, NY *88-80–168
7. Max Sanchez, Chapell Hill, NC *85-87–172
8. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *95-83–178
9. Dimitris Vasilakos, Savannah, GA *97-97–194

Girls Division – Green Tees, 5,658 yards, Par 71
1. Anita Uwadia, Hilton Head Island, SC *67-72–139
2. Linda Trockel, Berlin, Germany *73-74–147
3. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *78-70–148
4. Hanna Kiefer, Kronberg, Germany *73-77–150
4. Haruka Shintani, Setagaya, Japan *73-77–150
6. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *74-78–152
7. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *79-74–153
8. Marisa Hisaki, Osaka, Japan *83-74–157
9. Katie James, Pittsburgh, PA *80-82–162
10. Betty Horaney, Longview, TX *84-82–166
11. Yeon Joo Kim, Seoul, South Korea *100-98–198

DID NOT FINISH
Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Lexi Clark, Fairfax, VA *94-WD

IJGT announces All-IJGT Teams and Players of the Year

International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) announces All-IJGT Teams

Shiso Go, Jack Halleron and Victoria Parker named IJGT Players of the Year

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is pleased to announce its Players of the Year and All-IJGT Teams.

Shiso GoShiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, is the Boys 15-19 Division Player of the Year. Go placed in the top 10 in all 10 IJGT events he competed in this season, including wins at the IJGT College Series at NC State, the Major Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational. His lowest score of the season was a 3-under 69, which he carded twice.

The rest of the Boys 15-19 Division All-IJGT Team includes: Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, Mark Benevento of Somers Pt., N.J., Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., and Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India.

 

Jack HalleronJack Halleron of Timonium, Md., won five IJGT events, including three Majors, to earn IJGT Player of the Year honors for the Boys 14 & Under Division. Halleron placed in the top two in all seven events he competed in and won the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club, the Major Championship at Duke University, the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club, the Major Championship at Bulle Rock and the College Series at the University of Maryland. His lowest round was a 1-under 70 at the University of Maryland.

The rest of the Boys 14 & Under All-IJGT Team includes: Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Ayushman Jaiswal of Bangalore, India, John Updike of Wayne, Pa., Lou Baker of Timonium, Md., and TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y.

 

Victoria ParkerVictoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., is the Girls Division IJGT Player of the Year. Parker captured three IJGT titles at the College Series at Penn State University, the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club and the St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club. Her lowest round was a 1-under 71, which she carded during the first round of the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club.

The rest of the Girls Division All-IJGT Team includes: Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C., and Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C.

The IJGT Tour Rankings are based on IJGT Merit Points, which are awarded to the top 10 finishers at every IJGT event. Double merit points are awarded at Major Championships.

Boys 15-19 Division All-IJGT Team

Shiso Go
Jason Stokes
Conor Byrne
Tennoshin Ogawa
Xue Wen Luo
Santiago Diaz
Mark Benevento
Trey Wren
Kyle Vance
Ritwik Jain

Boys 14 & Under Division All-IJGT Team

Jack Halleron
Luke Sample
Ford Bennett
Evan Greenplate
Jake Calamaro
Chase Phillips
Ayushman Jaiswal
John Updike
Lou Baker
TJ Buck
 

Girls Division All-IJGT Team

Victoria Parker
Sera Tadokoro
Madison Braman
Kelly Whaley
Shannon Brooks
Ankita Kedlaya
Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng
Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob
Sophie Guo
Kayla Kozak

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 AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, EyeLine Golf and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Tour Preview

Bridgestone TOC feat image

The IJGT’s biggest, most exciting event of the season, the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, will be held on May 23-25, 2015, at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and bragging rights during the three-day, 54-hole event.

Additionally, the Tournament of Champions offers exemptions into a variety of first-class events. The Boys 15-19 Division champion will be invited to the Players Amateur, the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, the International Junior Masters, the North American Junior Amateur and the South Carolina Junior Golf Association Beth Daniel Junior Azalea. The runner-up in the Boys 15-19 Division will also receive an exemption to the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.

Grand Cypress 1

The top-scoring individual in the Girls Division will be invited to the North American Junior Amateur, the South Atlantic Women’s Amateur Championship and the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea. The runner-up in the Girls Division will also receive an exemption to the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.

The event will begin with a welcome reception for the players and their families. On Sunday evening, the IJGT will announce the All-IJGT Team and Player of the Year for each division during the Night of Champions. Following the final round on Monday, there will be a special TOC Awards Ceremony. Everyone who registers for the Tournament of Champions will also receive a ticket to Universal Studios, ensuring they can have fun both at the park and on the course!

During the tournament, juniors will have the opportunity to play the North & East Nines and the New Course. Unlike other Orlando courses, the North and East Nines test accuracy as opposed to strength and distance. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the North (and South) Nines were opened in 1984 and the East Nine was opened two years later in 1986.

Also designed by Nicklaus, the New Course features challenging bunkers and steep slopes. The course pays homage to the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. The links-style course features double greens, a winding creek and stone bridges. The New Course doesn’t use many bodies of water or clusters of trees to challenge golfers, but it does include 150 pot bunkers, some as deep as 12 feet!

Naturally, the Tournament of Champions features the winners from many IJGT tournament throughout the season. Below is a list of champions from the past season who are competing in this year’s event.

Boys 15-19 Division

Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland — IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National and IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan — Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear

Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico — Savannah Junior at The Landings and Carolina Classic at Colleton River

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan — IJGT College Series at NC State, Major Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational. Go was just named the IJGT Player of the Year in the Boys 15-19 Division. He tied for 11th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India — IJGT Oldfield Junior. Jain finished 10th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Michael Jones of Potomac, Md. — IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club

Douglas Kulikowski of Pittsford, N.Y. — College Series at Penn State University

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan — IJGT Junior at Colleton River and IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield. He tied for 14th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Benjamin Morris of Reisterstown, Md. — Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin

Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y. — IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay

Dominic Wagner of Alexandria, Va. — IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill Golf Club

Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. —  Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation. He tied for 25th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. He will be playing college golf at Temple University next year.

Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., won the Boys 15-19 Division of last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

Girls Division

Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa. — IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club

Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India — IJGT Junior at Colleton River, Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor and IJGT Oldfield Junior

Holly McCann of Raleigh, N.C. — IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan — IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall, Savannah Junior at The Landings and the IJGA Invitational. She finished 10th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y. — The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club and IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay

Boys 14 & Under Division

TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y. — The Architects Cup Presented by the IJGA and St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club

Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa. — Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin

Tristan Galant of Cape Town, South Africa — BGGA Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista

Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C. — College Series at Penn State University and IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes

Bronson Myers of Columbia, S.C. — Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear

Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif. — Arizona Open at Wigwam. This will be his fifth consecutive Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions; he finished 16th in last year’s event.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C. — IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

Luke Sample of New York, N.Y. — IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club and Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates. You can find tee times and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear – Final results (May 3, 2015)

Cheng wins Boys 15-19 Division in playoff fashion

Myers captures first IJGT title 

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Southeast Tour remained in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 2-3, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, and exemptions into the IMG Academy Junior World Championship and North American Junior Amateur during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Matt ChengMatt Cheng (left) of Taipei, Taiwan, and Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., were tied for first in the Boys 15-19 Division with 147 tournament totals after 36 holes. The pair faced off in a playoff on the par-5 18th hole. Cheng sent both of his approach shots into the middle of the fairway and reached the green in three to set himself up nicely for birdie. He ended up making par to win the playoff and the Boys 15-19 Division.

“Amazing,” Cheng said when asked how it felt to win this weekend. “I haven’t won a tournament in a while so it’s good to be back.”

Cheng carded a 2-over 74 in the first round to put himself in contention for the title. He then carded six birdies in round two on the way to a 1-over 73 second-round score. He carded 10 birdies during the tournament to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the junior to card the most birdies in each division. Cheng’s 2-iron was the best club in his bag this weekend. “My 2-iron saved me a lot on this course since it’s so narrow.”

Cheng was particularly successful on par-5s, which he had a division-best 4.5 average on for the weekend.

Second-place finisher Furuya carded a 1-over 73 in round one and a 74 in round two to finish with a 147 tournament total.

There was a three-way tie for third in the Boys 15-19 Division. Dong Jin Park of Seoul, South Korea, Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, and Frederic Ruess of Hamburg, Germany, finished with 148 tournament totals. Park carded a 3-under 69 in the second round to earn the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female juniors to card the lowest scores in the final round of an event.

Sophie GuoSophie Guo (left) of Bluffton, S.C., edged out second-place finisher Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, to win the Girls Division by two strokes. Guo earned both the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for her second-round 2-over 74 and the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for her eight birdies.

“I’m glad I won because this is the first win I have in the whole year so I’m happy,” Guo said after her victory.

Guo carded back-to-back birdies three times during the tournament.

Chee matched Guo’s round one even-par 72 to share the lead after round one, but carded a 4-over 76 in the second round to finish with a 148 tournament total, good for second place in the Girls Division.

Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, finished third with a 153 tournament total.

Betty Horaney of Longview, Texas, carded her first-ever hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth hole.

Bronson MyersBronson Myers (left) of Columbia, S.C., earned his first IJGT victory, winning the Boys 14 & Under Division by four strokes. He knocked one stroke off his round one 4-over 76 to card a 3-over 75 in round two, good for a 151 tournament total.

The highlight of the tournament for Myers came in round one. “Yesterday on [hole No.] 18 I was like 100 yards out and I put it to a foot-and-a-half and made birdie, so that was pretty cool,” he explained after the tournament. The 18th hole was Myers favorite and he birdied it both days. He finished with six birdies to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Brett Schell of St. Augustine, Fla., finished second with a 155 two-day total. Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., rounded out the Boys 14 & Under Division finishing third with a 164 tournament total.

The IJGT Southeast Tour will continue tournament play with the BGGA Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista on May 9-10, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

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 AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, EyeLine Golf and the International Junior Golf Academy.

Hilton Head Island, SC – Final Results of the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 2-3, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,739 yards Par 72 (73.0/137). Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,217 yards, Par 72 (70.7/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,706 yards, Par 72 (77.1/130).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear Golf Club

Hilton Head Island, SC

May 2-3, 2015

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6739 yards, Par 72

1. x-Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *74-73–147

2. Ryoto Furuya, Alpharetta, GA *73-74–147

3. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *79-69–148

3. Jason Stokes, Channel Islands, Jersey *77-71–148

3. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg, Germany *75-73–148

6. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea *76–73–149

6. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *72-77–149

8. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *76-74–150

8. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *76-74–150

10. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *79-72–151

10. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *73-78–151

12. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *78-74–152

12. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *76-76–152

12. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *75-77–152

12. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *72-80–152

16. Walker Campbell, Hilton Head Island, SC *82-71–153

16. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *77-76–153

18. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *77-77–154

19. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *80-76–156

19. Piyachad Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *79-77–156

19. Nate Tosto, Pooler, GA *79-77–156

22. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *80-77–157

22. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *80-77–157

24. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *81-77–158

25. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *82-77–159

25. Feng Chen, Beijing,China *84-75–159

25. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *80-79–159

25. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *78-81–159

29. Kelly Sun, Bradenton, FL *85-75–160

29. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *80-80–160

31. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan *81-80–161

31. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Managua, Nicaragua, *81-80–161

33. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *84-79–163

33. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *79-84–163

35. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *83-83–166

35. Karan Bhasin, New Delhi, India *85-81–166

37. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *84-83–167

38. Matthew Stewart, Austin, TX *83-85–168

39. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *85-84–169

39. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *84-85–169

41. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *86-84–170

41. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *86-84–170

43. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *84-87–171

44. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *89-85–174

44. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *86-88–174

44. Derrick Villarreal, Bluffton, SC *80-94–174

47. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea *98-116–214

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

JWD. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY

JWD. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB

 

Boys 14 & Under Division- Gold Tees, 6217 yards, Par 72

1. Bronson Myers, Columbia, SC*76-75–151

2. Brett Schell, St Augustine, FL *79-76–155

3. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *87-77–164

4. Dimitris Vasilakos, Savannah, GA *93-87–180

5. JT Herman, Hilton Head Island, SC *104-100–204

 

Girls Division- White Tees, 5706 yards, Par 72

1. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *72-74–146

2. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *72-76–148

3. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *74-79–153

4. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-83–157

5. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *79-79–158

6. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *78-81–159

7. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *82-79–161

7. Warissara Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *81-80–161

9. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *81-81–162

9. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *79-83–162

11. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *84-83–167

12. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *87-82–169

13. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *88-83–171

14. Vienna Winalski, West Hartford, CT *88-90–178

15. Betty Horaney, Longview, TX *96-84–180

16. Martina Gerbel, Bratislava, Slovakia *104-99–203