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12 IJGT members advance to match-play competition at U.S. Junior Championships

Junior Amateur

After two rounds of competition at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, 12 IJGT members have advanced to the match-play competition! The first two rounds were filled with low scores from juniors from around the world, and the IJGT continued to represent well in these illustrious competitions. The top 64 golfers in the stroke-play competition advance on to the single-elimination, match-play competition.

In the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, Davis Shore (Knoxville, Tenn.) led the six advancing IJGT members with a 71-72–143 overall score to finish in a tie for 18th place at the conclusion of the stroke play competition. He finished only six strokes off the leader, Sean Crocker (Zimbabwe), who finished at 7-under-par. Rounding out the IJGT field was John Pak (T24th), Keenan Huskey (T31), Bryson Nimmer (T37), Aaron Denucci (T50) and Austen Sandoval (T50).

In the U.S. Girls Junior Championship, Mariel Galdiano (Pearl City, Hawaii) took finalist honors in the stroke-play competition, finishing in third place! Her scores of 69-72–141 overall put her in sole possession of third place. Rounding out the IJGT membership in the field were Ana Paula Valdes (T17), Brynn Walker (T26), Samantha Wagner (T31), Julie Luo (T57) and Robynn Ree (T57).

Good luck to our advancing members, and the IJGT community looks forward to seeing your progress in the upcoming match-play competition!

Junior Amateur

2014 U.S. Junior Amateur and Girls' Junior Championships filled with IJGT talent

Junior Amateur

This year’s U.S. Junior Amateur, held at The Club at Carlton Woods in Woodlands, Texas, and U.S. Girls’ Junior, held at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz., kicked off this week. With over 200 junior golfers competing for their respective crowns, the fields contain 32 junior golfers with IJGT experience!

The U.S. Junior Amateur field contains 13 IJGT junior golfers from all over the country and includes five IJGT Champions, including Ryoto Furuya, the 2014 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions Boys 15-19 Division Champion.

The U.S. Girls’ Junior field contains 19 IJGT junior golfers from all over the world, including Mexico, Norway, Brazil and Nigeria. Nine of the 19 IJGT golfers are past IJGT Champions, and even more are top-3 finalists in IJGT tournaments.

The U.S. Junior Amateur and Girls’ Junior Championships feature a two-round stroke play competition, which reduces the field down to 64 golfers. Those 64 golfers then compete in a single elimination, match-play tournament competition over the course of the remaining days to determine an overall champion.

Check out the list of IJGT golfers in the U.S. Junior Amateur and Girls’ Junior Championships, and follow their progress with the links below!

2014 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship – The Club at Carlton Woods – The Woodlands, Texas
Aaron Denucci – Clive, Iowa
John Felitto* – Mountainside, New Jersey
Ryoto Furuya* – Wesley Chapel, Florida
Evan Grenus – Glastonbury, Connecticut
Keenan Huskey – Greenville, South Carolina
Connor Littlefield – Waukee, Iowa
Chris Meyers – Oro Valley, Arizona
Bryson Nimmer* – Bluffton, South Carolina
John Pak – Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Ashton Poole – Charlotte, North Carolina
Austen Sandoval – Sacramento, California
Davis Shore* – Knoxville, Tennessee

2014 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship – Forest Highlands Golf Club – Flagstaff, Ariz.
Luisa Altmann
– Windermere, Florida
Haley Bookholdt* – Columbus, New Jersey
Larissa Carter* – Auburn, New York
Minjou Chen – Chinese Taipei
Emily Corrigan – Irvington, New York
Isabella DiLisio* – Hatfield, Pennsylvania
Nicolette Donovan – Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Mariel Galdiano* – Pearl City, Hawaii
Stephanie Lau – Fullerton, California
Julie Luo* – Centreville, Virginia
Christina Parsells* – Bernardsville, New Jersey
Robynn Ree – Redondo Beach, California
Yeji Shin – Norwood, New Jersey
Annie Swords – Newnan, Georgia
Anita Uwadia – Lagos, Nigeria
Ana Paula Valdes* – Morelia, Mexico
Susana Vik* – Oslo, Norway
Samantha Wagner – Windermere, Florida
Brynn Walker* – St. Davids, Pennsylvania

* Denotes IJGT Champion

Notes from Day 1 of the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions


Grand CypressORLANDO, Fla.
 – First round play at the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions completed in the early afternoon on Saturday May 25. Grand Cypress Golf Club  provided the stage with their New Course and East and North Course combo for juniors to show their talents on IJGT’s grandest stage.

Temperatures during play touched into the mid-80s with high humidity. As the day went on, the wind began blowing harder which made playing conditions difficult.

Boys’ Round of the Day

Davis Shore of Knoxville, Tenn., took the lead in the Boys 14 & Under Division with an impressive 3-under-par 69. Shore began his round on the back nine where he played steady, opening with three pars then finally notching a birdie on the par-4 13th. He birdied the 18th hole, his 9th, to shoot an opening nine of 1-under-par 35. Shore came out firing on his second nine, making three birdies of his first five holes. Shore made a bogey on the tough par-3 seventh to shoot a 2-under-par 34.

Davis Shore by the Numbers

  • 5 – Birdies
  • 11 – Pars
  • 69 – Lowest round of the day in any division
  • 2017 – Graduating year

Girls’ Round of the Day

Isabella DiLisio of Hatfield, Pa., and Moyu Sasaki of Tokyo, Japan, share the Girls Division round of the day with opening round even-par 72s. DiLisio and Sasaki combined to make seven birdies and 22 pars throughout their round. DiLisio played the back nine in a bogey free 1-under-par 35. Sasaki took advantage of the front nine by birdieing three holes.

Isabella Dilisio by the Numbers

  • 3 – Birdies
  • 12 – Pars
  • 72 – Low Girls round
  • 2015 – Graduating year

Moyu Sasaki by the Numbers

  • 4 – Birdies
  • 10 – Pars
  • 72 – Low Girls round
  • 2013 – Graduating year

 

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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

 

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