The IJGT’s Northeast Tour made the trip to State College, Pa., on October 18-19, 2014, for the College Series at Penn State University. It was a challenging weekend for the contestants as cold weather and windy conditions made an already difficult course even tougher. After two days of competitive play and great sportsmanship, the IJGT is pleased to announce Adam Gray of Potomac, Md., and Lauren Kase of North Tonawanda, N.Y., as the Northeast Tour’s Players of the Week.
The first day of the tournament was trying for all of the competitors due to cold, rainy and windy conditions. Gray played well, shooting a 78 in the opening round to place him in a tie for eighth heading into the final round. Weather conditions were more favorable on day two of the tournament and Gray capitalized by shooting the low score of the weekend, a 1-under-par 71. He carded four birdies on the day, three of which were on the front nine to allow him to make the turn at 2-under. Consistency was key for Gray as his resilient efforts resulted in a shared piece of second place to end the tournament.
Kase led with a slow start but found her rhythm during the final round of the College Series. Totaling eight pars on the day, Kase drove the ball well and sunk some difficult putts to improve her score. She birdied the challenging, uphill par-4 No. 16 with ease, demonstrating her skill in all areas of the game. Her second round 85 solidified her fourth-place finish in her division.
The IJGT traveled to Pooler, Ga., to host the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters Country Club. The weather forecast included clear skies and mild temperatures leaving the course in pristine condition for low rounds. This week’s southeast Player of the Week honors are awarded to Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, and Warrisara (Mind) Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand.
Shimoji kicked off round one with a birdie on the par-4 No. 1 but struggled with a few bogeys in the remainder of his round before adding a final birdie on the par-4 No 11. After finding himself in 31st at the conclusion of round one, Shimoji returned for round two with determination. He started with back-to-back birdies on holes No. 3 and 4, before adding two more birdies on the back nine. Shimoji’s battle back allowed him to finish the round with a 1- under-par, 71, giving him an overall score of 151 and a top-five finish.
Puangcharoen shot 79 on Saturday and 71 on Sunday to finish with 150 for the tournament for third place. With only a brief struggle for par or better on her first round front nine, she ramped up her back nine with six pars and another birdie. Puangcharoen played well again on Sunday after starting the day hot with four-straight pars and going on to score par or better on 16 of 18 holes for the round. Her final score of 71 on Sunday earned her the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award and helped to secure third-place.
Congratulations to Gray, Kase, Puangcharoen and Shimoji on earning the Player of the Week honors and we wish you well in all of your future events!