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

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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.

Summer Series at Oyster Reef – Final Results

Low rounds translates to first-IJGT victories for Lewis, Huang
Plis wins second consecutive Summer Series event

The IJGT continued the Summer Series as it hosted the Summer Series at Oyster Reef Golf Club on July 11, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole event was cut short due to severe thunderstorms and heavy rains. Winners were announced on July 12, 2014, and based on round one scores. Twenty juniors competed for national rankings and eight juniors competed in a 9-hole Discovery Tour competition.

DSC_0714IJGT newcomer Justin Lewis of High Point, N.C., was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division. Finishing with a score of 1-over-par 73, Lewis took first with a two-stroke lead. His score was the lowest score among the male competitors, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Round Award, the award provided to the boy and girl with the lowest score for the round. Lewis carded par or better on 11 straight holes, two of which were birdies, en route to his victory.

In a tie for second, Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., and Hsin-Wei Wu of Taiwan, both carded 3-over-par scores of 75 to complete the winner’s circle. The second-place finish was the first top-three finish for Vance and the first-ever IJGT event for Wu.

“I feels good to win, the course was great,” Lewis said in reference to his first experience with the IJGT.

 

DSC_0708For the second-consecutive Summer Series event, Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., won the Boys 14 & Under Division. Carding a score of 76, Plis finished six strokes ahead of his competition. The highlight of his round being the back nine, Plis tallied four pars and two birdies as he made his way to victory. Plis also finished first at the Summer Series at Ridgemont Country Club on July 1-2, 2014, where he posted scores of 78-78 – 156 overall. This is his eighth top-10 finish of the season.

Finishing in second was Thomas Lipowicz of Alexandria, Va., with a score of 82. Rounding out the top three was Mason Cord of Des Moines, Iowa, with a score of 93.

“It feels really good to win two events in a row, I am excited for Buffalo,” said Plis who will compete in the Summer Series at Glen Oak Golf Course on July 15-16, 2014.

 

DSC_0711The Girls Division was won in a tiebreaker determined by the best score on the hardest handicap hole. Yu-Lun Huang beat out fellow Taiwan native, Nicole Lu thanks to a birdie on No. 2. Both Huang and Lu posted 2-over-par scores of 74 for the round. Huang carded three birdies, the most of any junior in the tournament, while Lu added one of her own as she finished in second. Both Huang and Lu were recipients of the Clazic Belts Low Round Award. Rounding out the top three was Ling-Jie Chen of Taiwan, with a score of 76.

“I felt much more relaxed playing here than in Taiwan and I really like that,” said Huang.

 

 

 

DTOURThe Discovery Tour was held for the youngest golfers and was a nine-hole competition to introduce the boys and girls to the experience of tournament golf in a fun, enjoyable environment. Kent Hsiao of Taiwan, won the Boys Discovery Tour with a nine-hole score of 35 while Wendy Hsiao of Taiwan, won the Girls Discovery Tour with a nine-hole score of 37.

The IJGT’s Summer Series will continue on to Glen Oak Golf Course in East Amherst, N.Y., on July 15-16, 2014. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Hilton Head Island, S.C. – Final results of the Summer Series at Oyster Reef conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed July 11, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,825 yards, Par 72. Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,187 yards, Par 72. Girls Division: White Tees – 5,910 yards, Par 72. Discovery Tour: Green Tees – 5,288 yards, Par 35.

International Junior Golf Tour
Summer Series at Oyster Reef
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
July 11-12, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division – Gold Tees, 6,825 yards, Par 72 (M-73.6/132)

1. Justin Lewis, High Point, N.C., *73
2. Kyle Vance, Audubon, Pa., *75
2. Hsin-Wei Wu, Taiwan, *75
4. Liam Bryden, Port of Spain, *77
5. Taikan Nakada, White Plains, N.Y., *78
6. Andres Lopez, Monterrey, *81
7. Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., *82
8. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *84
9. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, N.Y., *85
10. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan, *93
11. Jackson Tomaszewski, Hilton Head Island, S.C., *106
12. Cullen Wood, Falls Church, Va., *180

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DQ. Thomas Pfoesti, Schenna, *

Girls Division – White Tees, 5,910 yards, Par 72 (L-74.7/128)

1. Yu-Lun Huang, Taiwan, *74
2. Nicole Lu, Taiwan, *74
3. Ling-Jie Chen, Taiwan, *76
4. Meredith Wipper, Hilton Head Island, S.C., *83

Discovery Tour Boys Division – Green Tees, 5,288 yards, Par 35 (L-71.1/120)

1. Kent Hsiao, Taiwan, *35
2. James Teng, Taiwan, *42
3. Jason Hsu, Taiwan, *45
4. Stanley Lin, Taiwan, *46
5. Yu-Chun Wu, Taiwan, *48
6. Yuan-Fu Huang, Taiwan, *49

Discovery Tour Girls Division – Green Tees, 5,288 yards, Par 35 (L-71.1/120)

1. Wendy Hsiao, Taiwan, *37
2. Maggie Chih, Taiwan, *51

Discovery Tour at Greate Bay CC – Final results

The IJGT held it’s third Discovery Tour event in the Northeast on May 17, 2014 at Greate Bay CC. The Discovery Tour allows junior golfers ages 8-12 to experience what it is like to play in a junior tournament. It provides an opportunity for juniors to play at some of golf’s top venues, learn the rules of tournament play, and meet others of the same age in a fun and competitive atmosphere.

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The playing field was represented by Andrew Sample of New York, N.Y., and Clay Breidenstine of Hummelstown, Pa., at the Discovery Tour at Greate Bay CC. Accompanied by their fathers who caddied for them, each golfer had some amazing shots and played by rule No. 1 which is to have fun.

DSC06208Breidenstine finished in second place with a score of 78. Throughout his round Breidenstine had some great all around shots. From drives to putts, Breidenstine made a variety of good shots. This was his first IJGT event and we hope to see him in the future.

DSC06209Finishing in first place, was Andrew Sample. Sample was coming off a first place finish in the Discovery Tour at Architects Golf Club. Sample finished his 9-hole round with a score of 48. He started out strong by making bogey at his first two holes. Sample continued to play consistently to finish out his round and take his second championship at the Discovery Tour this season. We want to congratulate him on his two wins this season as we look forward to seeing him at upcoming events.

DSC06262Keep an eye out for the 2014-2015 Discovery Tour Schedule to be released soon!

Discovery Tour at Oldfield Golf Club – Final results

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour hosted its first Discovery Tour event of the 2014 year at Oldfield Golf Club on April 12, 2014. All Discovery Tour events provide an opportunity for juniors to play some of golf’s top venues, learn the rules of tournament play and meet other players of the same age in a fun and competitive atmosphere. The event was a nine-hole single round of golf that allowed for a parent or family member to caddy the juniors.

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The Discovery Tour at Oldfield Golf Club featured a line up of five budding junior golfers. With family and friends present to support them the players took to the course for fierce competition. Ethan “EZ E” Kalk of South Glastonbury, Conn., finished in first with a nine-hole score of 39. Kalk’s round featured consistent pars on seven of nine holes. After the tournament, Kalk proudly thanked his father for being his caddy and accompanying him to the event.

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Despite his self-proclaimed struggle on the front nine, Jonathan Griz of Bluffton, S.C., finished in second with a score of 45. Griz displayed focus and determination as he hit fairways on each of his drives.

Jonathan Griz drive down the fairway

Rounding out the top three was Dazhuang Li of Sheyang, China. Li capitalized on tough holes including the pars he made on both par-3’s on the front nine. Li was enthusiastic the entire round, readily embracing the primary rule of having fun!

Dazhuang Li approaches his tee with power

Caleb Morante and Jack McGoldrick, both Hilton Head Island, S.C., natives also played well, expending every ounce of energy and passion into their rounds. There was no shortage of commendable golf and laughter.

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Fun was had by participants, parents, family and IJGT staff alike! The IJGT looks forward to the next Discovery Tour event at Palmetto Hall on April 26, 2014.

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Discovery Tour at Architects Golf Club – Final Results

The IJGT held the second stop of the Discovery Tour Series in the Northeast at Architects Golf Club. The Discovery Tour allows junior golfers ages 8-12 to experience what it is like to play in a junior tournament. It provides an opportunity for juniors to play at some of golf’s top venues, learn the rules of tournament play, and meet others of the same age in a fun and competitive atmosphere.

DSC05351At the Discovery Tour at Architects Golf Club, Andrew Sample of New York, N.Y., Jay Collela of Marcellus, N.Y., and Patrick Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., all came out to play in the event. All three juniors came ready to play. Accompanied by their fathers who caddied for them, each golfer had some amazing shots and played by rule No. 1 which is to have fun.

Collela started out strong by making a par on his first hole. He then followed his par by making a birdie on the 429-yard par-5. He also added another par on the par-3 hole number 17. Collela had some great shots throughout the day. He finished in third place with a score of 46.

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Isztwan was another player who made a couple of wonderful shots. He managed to get up-and-down multiple times throughout his round to save par. He definitely put on a show with his chipping skills. He got up-and-down twice in a row to save par on holes 12 and 13. Isztwan added another par on the par-4 hole no. 15. He finished in second place with a score of 45.

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Sample came into Architects and played some excellent golf. He played the course very smart and made his putting count around the greens. He had three consecutive pars in a row on holes 11-13. His third shot on hole number was 13 was one to remember. Sample added another par on hole number 17. He finished in first place with a score of 41.

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This event was lot of fun for everyone involved. The next Discovery Tour Event will be the Discovery Tour at Greate Bay on May 17, 2014

Discovery Tour at Westfields Golf Club – Final Results

The IJGT held their first Discovery Tour Event of 2014 at Westfields Golf Club, and it was a great success. The Discovery Tour allows junior golfers ages 8-12 to experience what it is like to play in a junior tournament. It provides an opportunity for juniors to play at some of golf’s top venues, learn the rules of tournament play, and meet others of the same age in a fun and competitive atmosphere.

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At the Discovery Tour at Westfields, Ryan D’Ariano of West Chester, Pa., and Titus Matthews of Woodland Park, N.J., came out to play in the Event. Both 10-year-olds came ready to play as they crushed their first drives into the fairway on hole No. 1, each carding a par to start off their round. Accompanied by their fathers who caddied for them, each golfer had some amazing shots and played by rule No. 1 which is to have fun.
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D’Ariano took first place in the Discovery Tour at Westfields. He made two pars and carded an impressive birdie on the par-3, hole No. 7. D’Ariano finished his round with a nine-hole total of 41. Matthews finished in second place with a score of 49.

This Event was very successful and lot of fun for everyone involved. The next Discovery Tour Event will be the Discovery Tour at Architects Golf Club on April 12, 2014.

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IJGT announces the Spring 2014 Discovery Tour schedule

IMG_6240The IJGT is proud to announce the return of the Discovery Tour in 2014. The Discovery Tour allows junior golfers aged 8-12 to experience what it is like to play in a junior tournament.  The main goal for players of the Discovery Tour is to have fun! This tour allows golfers to play amazing golf courses with others of the same age group and skill set. Each stop on the tour will play a one day, 9-hole event and allow junior golfers to learn, have fun, and prepare themselves to play future competitive events.

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“We are very excited to bring back this event again this year,” said IJGT Tour Director, Kyle Wolfe. “It is a great feeling to see juniors now on the IJGT, who got their start at the Discovery Tour.”

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Dongjin Park and Marshall Clemens smile for a photo at the Discovery Tour

The Discovery Tour isn’t your normal golf tournament. As the IJGT is known for helping junior golfers with advance skills compete and dominate competitive junior golf, the Discovery Tour is a no-pressure alternative to normal IJGT events. It allows young golfers, with little or no experience, to get a feel for what it is like to play in a competitive tournament. This is a great opportunity for any child to play with their peers, sharpen their skills, and most importantly have fun.

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The 2014 schedule will not disappoint. The following Discovery Tour Events have been announced:

March 15th, 2014Discovery Tour at Westfields Golf Club

April 12th, 2014 – Discovery Tour at the Architects Golf Club

April 12th, 2014 – Discovery Tour at Oldfield Golf Club

April 26th, 2014 – Discovery Tour at Palmetto Hall

May 17th, 2014 – Discovery Tour at Greate Bay Country Club

The tour has been very successful in years past. Discovery Tour players will play from the shortest tees possible, averaging from 2,000-2,500 yards per event. A 10-stroke limit has also been implemented to keep the event enjoyable. Additionally, members of the IJGT Discovery Tour will receive a bag tag, golf balls, profile on the IJGT website, and other prizes.

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Soo Jin Lim teeing off at the Discovery Tour

This is a great opportunity for junior golfers to play at some of golf’s top venues, learn the rules of tournament play, and meet others of the same age in a fun and competitive atmosphere.

 

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Rik Ujaan sinks a putt at the Discovery Tour

For more information or questions about the Discovery Tour click here, or contact us directly at info@IJGT.com or 888-358-1267

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Final results from the Discovery Tour at Palmetto Hall

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the fourth and final installment of the Fall 2013 season’s Discovery Tour at Palmetto Hall on Nov. 2, 2013. The nine-hole Event took place on the Palmetto Hall Plantation Club’s Arthur Hills Course, and the three young competitors aged 9-11 did not fail to impress with their skills and determination.

Jonathan GrizWinning the event was reigning Discovery Tour champion Jonathan Griz of Bluffton, S.C., who shot a final 3-over-par 39. His performance included a birdie on the par-4 No. 2, and was followed up by a streak of three consecutive pars on holes Nos. 3-5. Despite reaching a rough patch of bogeys shortly thereafter, Griz was able to reel in a par on the closing hole, earning himself a final one-stroke win. This was the second victory in a row for the 9-year-old, after winning the first Discovery Tour at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7. Griz is in his second season with the IJGT, and has been a lights-out veteran on the Discovery Tour, winning all but one event during the 2012-2013 season.

Aaron ElmoreComing in a close second was Aaron Elmore of Rincon, Ga., who carded a final score of 40 for the event. Elmore opened up with a par on hole No. 1 before sinking an impressive birdie on the par-4 No. 2. Before his round wrapped up, he would end up with another birdie and par on Nos. 6 and 7, respectively. This was the second Discovery Tour event of the season for Elmore, who was runner-up to Griz in the first event on Sept. 7. Competing in his second season with the IJGT, Elmore is also a veteran to the Discovery Tour series; he played in six events last season, winning one and coming in second in four others. Elmore also notably grabbed a second place finish in the Boys 14 & Under Division at Falcon’s Fire in Kissimmee, Fla., on May 11-12, 2013.

Hanru GuoLanding in third place was Hanru Guo of Bluffton, S.C., who posted a final 44 for the Event. The highlights of Guo’s round came on the course’s par-3’s and par-5’s, where he was able to par each of the four of them. This was the first event of the season for Guo, who is in his second year with the IJGT. During the 2012-2013 season, Guo competed in three Discovery Tour events, finishing in the top five in two of them.

Congratulations to all the competitors. We eagerly anticipate seeing them all compete again in upcoming IJGT Events!

For the full leaderboard of the event, click here.

IJGT Photos of the Week – Oct. 26-27, 2013

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The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held two events at the Hershey Links Golf Club in Hummelstown, Pa., on Oct. 26-27 as a part of its penultimate Northeast Tour stop for the Fall 2013 season.

Paying homage to a course that is set to be closed on Nov. 2, 2013, The Final Challenge at Hershey Links and the Discovery Tour at Hershey Links were two spectacular events to wrap up was has become a common venue for past IJGT outings.

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The Photo of the Week for the Final Challenge at Hershey Links goes to Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., who finished the tournament tied for tenth place. Competing in his third season with the IJGT and second as a member of the Boys 15-19 Division, this was his fourth top ten performance in the past two seasons.

DTour Hershey Links Top BoysThe top five finishers of the Boys Division at the Discovery Tour at Hershey Links (Oct. 26-27)

Our second Photo of the Week for the Northeast Tour goes to the top five boys finishers of the Discovery Tour at Hershey LinksFrom left to right are: Derek Mcglaughlin of Elizabethtown, Pa.; Logan Paczewski of Dallas, Pa.; Dustin Stocksdale of Ellicott City, Md.; Jay Colella of Marcellus, N.Y.; and Ben Galko of Roaring Brook Township, Pa.

Paczewski won the event by 7 strokes for his first victory in three tries at the same event. He placed fourth in his first visit last year on Oct. 27, 2012, and came in second in his most recent visit on April 6, 2013. Mcglaughlin finished in second place to improve upon his sixth place finish at the last Discovery Tour at Hershey Links on April 6.

There was a three-way tie for third place, with StocksdaleColella and Galko all shooting a final 48, just two strokes behind Mcglaughlin. This was the first career event for Galko, the second for Stocksdale and the third for Colella.

Discovery Tour at Hershey Links – Final Results

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted its second Discovery Tour Event of the season in the Northeast on Oct. 26. The tournament was hosted by Hershey Links in Hummelstown, Pa. The nine-hole Event featured players ages 8-11. Throughout the day, cold and windy conditions were present.

Discovery Tour at Hershey Links 004In the Boys Division, Logan Paczewski of Dallas Pa., was victorious after firing a 3-over-par 39. Paczewski got off to a rough start with a bogey on No. 10 and a double-bogey on No. 11 to sit at 3-over-par through two holes. He found his groove after the double-bogey, stringing together seven consecutive pars to finish his round. Derek Mcglaughlin of Elizabethtown, Pa., finished second with a score of 46. Mcglaughlin’s round was highlighted by two pars to start the day. Dustin Stocksdale of Ellicott City, Md., Ben Galko of Roaring Brook Township, Pa., and Jay Colella of Marcellus, N.Y., all finished in a tie for third with a score of 48.

Discovery Tour at Hershey Links 001In the Girls Division, Elizabeth Beek of Blue Bell, Pa., won her second Discovery Tour Event of the season following up her victory at the Discovery Tour at Blue Heron Pines. Beek carded a 43, including a birdie on the par-3 13th. Along with her birdie, Beek made pars on holes Nos. 11, 14, 15 and 18. Rylie Heflin of Avondale, Pa., finished second, two strokes behind Beek. Heflin’s round was highlighted by a birdie on the 13th, coming only feet away from a hole-in-one.

For full results of the Discovery Tour at Hershey Links click here.