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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.

 

The Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista Presented by BGGA – Tour Preview

Lake Buena Vista feat image

The IJGT Southeast Tour will travel to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to host The Orlando Open at Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course presented by BGGA on May 9-10, 2015. Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

The course, designed by Joe Lee, has hosted the PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour and USGA events. It is a certified Audubon Cooperative Wildlife Sanctuary and earned a 4-star rating from Golf Digest.

The course’s most notable feature is elevated greens, which make accurate approach shots essential for low scores. The par-3 seventh hole offers a unique challenge as it features an island green.

The IJGT will host a one-day, nine-hole Discovery Tour event for juniors ages 8-12 (as of September 1, 2015) on May 9.

Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division. He is looking for his third IJGT victory of the season having won the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in January and the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall in April. Wataru Koguchi of Fukuoka, Japan, will look to add a second IJGT title to his name; he won the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall in November. Frederic Ruess of Hamburg, Germany, and Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, are coming off a tie for third in last weekend’s Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear. They will look to outdo one another at Lake Buena Vista. Rounding out the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division is Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. Wren will aim to add a second IJGT title to his resume, he won the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation in February.

In the Girls Division, keep an eye on Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn. Whaley, who will be playing college golf at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill next season, has won all three IJGT events she’s competed in this season: the IJGT College Series at NC State in September, the Major Championship at Dormie Club in November and the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation in February. Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, is also seeking her fourth IJGT win of the season. Her victories include the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall in November and the Savannah Junior at The Landings and IJGA Invitational in December. Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng are both looking for their third IJGT wins of the season. Zeng has finished in the top-four in all five IJGT tournaments she’s competed in this season. Finally, Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, and Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, are coming off a second-place and third-place finish, respectively, in last weekend’s Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear.

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.