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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
 

 

 

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

Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear – Round One Recap (May 2, 2015)

The IJGT Southeast Tour remained in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear. Juniors teed off in warm and sunny conditions beginning at 8 a.m. for round one of the two-day, 36-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Colton Tanner of Westport, Conn., and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., are tied for the lead in the Boys 15-19 Division. Their rounds in numbers:

TANNER

72 – His even-par round one score to share the lead

5 – He and Wren each carded a division-high five birdies

4.0 – His average on par-4s

WREN

3 – He carded a division-best three consecutive birdies on holes No. 2 through 4

5 – He carded five birdies on the front nine

33 – His 3-under score on the front nine

Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, and Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C., share the lead in the Girls Division. Their rounds in numbers:

CHEE

72 – Her even-par score to share the lead

10 – Her division-high 10-hole par-or-better streak came on holes No. 8 through 17

4.8 – Her average on par-5s

GUO

35 – She carded a 1-under 35 on the front nine

5 – She carded a division-best five birdies in round one

2.8 – Her average on par-3s

Bronson Myers of Columbia, S.C., leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

76 – His round one score to carry the lead

2 – His two birdies came on the par-3 fourth and par-5 18th holes

2.8 – His division-best average on par-3s

The second round of the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear will take place tomorrow, May 3, 2015, with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.