Florida Junior at Disney Resort – Final Results

Marrero dominates in Boys 15-19 Division at Disney

Vesga shoots 2-under-par to win Girls Division

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the IJGT Florida Junior at Disney Resort. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing 9 different states and 26 countries competed in the 36-hole tournament for IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, and AJGA Performance Stars.

Carlos Marrero of Valencia, Venezuela, won the Boys 15-19 Division after firing a 7-under, 134 tournament score. Marrero got off to a great start in the first round carding a 4-under, 68 to build a three-stroke lead. Marrero’s 4-under, 68, which included seven birdies on the Lake Buena Vista Course, was the lowest score of the tournament in any division.

Carlos Marrero shot 7-under, 137 to win the Boys 15-19 Division title at Disney Resort.

Carlos Marrero shot 7-under, 137 to win the Boys 15-19 Division title at Disney Resort.

Marrero was in the driver’s seat for the final round and he helped his cause by getting off to a great start making birdie on the par-5, first hole. He would make the turn in 2-under, 34 to take a six-stroke lead into the back nine. Marrero played steady on the back nine and then ended the tournament with a bang making birdies on his 35th and 36th holes of the tournament to record his first IJGT victory. Marrero finished the final round with a 3-under, 69, which earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award along with Kanata Irei of Okinawa-shi, Japan, who matched Marrero with a 69.

“It feels great getting to achieve something after hard work,” said Marrero.

Irei’s final-round 69 and tournament total of even-par 144 earned him a solo second-place finish. There was a tie in third place between Tsukasa Kimishima of Fukuoka, Japan, and Takahiro Nojima of Shibuya-Ku, Japan, who both recorded tournament scores of 1-over, 145.

In the Girls Division, Maria Vesga of Bucaramanga, Colombia, earned her first IJGT title after carding a 2-under, 142 on the Lake Buena Vista Course at Disney Resort. The Baylor University commit, built her lead with an impressive 2-under, 70 in the opening round. This was the lowest score in the Girls Division for the tournament. Vesga made four birdies in her opening round helping her build a three-stroke lead.

Maria Vesga shot 2-under, 142 to win the Girls Division title at Disney Resort.

Maria Vesga shot 2-under, 142 to win the Girls Division title at Disney Resort.

Vesga started the final round with five straight pars, and then added one bogey and three more pars to turn at 1-over, 37. She became more comfortable as the round went on and make two birdies on her last nine to finish the round at even-par 72.

“I was a little bit nervous starting, but then my putting was very good,” commented Vesga.

Vesga and Yuki Nakayama of Kawasaki, Japan, earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division for their closing scores of even-par 72.

Finishing in second place in the Girls Division for the second time this season was Linda Trockel of Berlin, Germany, with a tournament total of 149. Yukie Sasaki of Hiroshima, Japan, finished in third place with a tournament score of 150.

Yuxuan Zou of Chongqing, China, won the Boys 14 & Under in dominant fashion with a tournament score of 149. Zou played outstanding golf in the opening round making one birdie and 13 pars on his way to carding a 3-over, 75.

Yuxuan Zou shot 75-74 to win the Boys 14 & Under Division title at Disney Resort.

Yuxuan Zou shot 75-74 to win the Boys 14 & Under Division title at Disney Resort.

In the final round, Zou started off very strong making two birdies on his first nine holes and shooting an even-par 36. He would finish the day on a strong note closing the tournament with six straight pars for a 2-over, 74. This was Zou’s first IJGT victory and his two best competitive rounds in his short IJGT career.

“I wanted to win because the last tournament I got second place,” said Zou.

Tiger Tao of Shanghai, China, finished in second place with a tournament total of 171. Noah Levine of Mendon, N.Y., earned third place with a tournament score of 176.

The IJGT will travel to Fort Washington, Md., for the DC Shootout at National Golf Club on Oct. 10-11, 2015. The tournament will feature national rankings, and IJGT Merit Points. To sign up for this event, or others, visit 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 or call (844) 779-3374.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Final-round results of the IJGT Florida Junior at Disney Resort conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 4, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,714 yards, Par 72 (72.2/133). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,081 yards, Par 72 (69.3/127) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,899 yards, Par 72 (73.7/127).

Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 80’s with 10-15 mph winds
Round 2: Partly cloudy and rain with temperatures in the low 70’s with 5-10 mph winds
International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Florida Junior at Disney Resort
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
October 3-4, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees – 6,714 yards, Par 72
1. Carlos Marrero, Valencia, Venezuela *68-69–137
2. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *75-69–144
3. Tsukasa Kimishima, Fukuoka, Japan *73-72–145
3. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *71-74–145
5. David Yang, Taipei, Taiwan *75-71–146
5. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *73-73–146
5. Yuichi Murao, Yokohama-Shi, Japan *73-73–146
5. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *72-74–146
5. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *72-74–146
10. Julio Bello, Valencia, Venezuela *75-73–148
10. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *75-73–148
10. Tristan Galant, Cape Town, South Africa *72-76–148
13. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *76-73–149
13. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China *70-79–149
15. Tianyu Wu, Beijing, China *77-73–150
16. Matej Malicek, Bratislava, Slovakia *76-75–151
17. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *80-73–153
17. Philip Chen, Taipei, Taiwan *78-75–153
17. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China *78-75–153
17. Jasper Lee, Taipei, Taiwan *74-79–153
21. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *76-78–154
22. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *80-75–155
22. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *78-77–155
22. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *77-78–155
25. Jose Haces, Puebla, Mexico *79-77–156
25. Shharad Arora, Bangalore, India *77-79–156
27. Yuhan Yan, Shanghai, China *81-76–157
27. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *80-77–157
27. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *79-78–157
27. Alejandro Guillen, Mexico City, Mexico *79-78–157
31. Blaise Vanitvelt, Flint, MI *82-76–158
31. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *83-75–158
33. Alexander Hollmann, Frankfurt, Germany *83-76–159
33. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *78-81–159
35. Christian Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *82-78–160
35. Antonio Miguel, Puebla, Mexico *80-80–160
35. Demetrius Johnson, Anchorage, AK *82-78–160
38. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *82-79–161
38. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *81-80–161
38. Zaffar Sikkander, Nawala, Sri Lanka *88-73–161
38. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *86-75–161
42. Gabriel Han, Beijing, China *82-81–163
42. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *80-83–163
42. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Managua, Nicaragua *78-85–163
42. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *78-85–163
46. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan *85-79–164
47. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *87-82–169
48. Jaydon Pang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *81-90–171
48. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *94-77–171
50. Matt Barkann, Newtown Square, PA *89-83–172
51. Greg Shen, Vancouver, Canada *92-81–173
51. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *86-87–173
51. Max Castaneda, Mexico City, Mexico *82-91–173
54. Brent Lund, South Hampton, England *87-91–178
55. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *88-99–187
56. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *95-95–190
57. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *95-99–194

Liam Kent, Portage, MB *102-WD
Juan Felix, Culiacan, Mexico *76-DQ (Rule 6-6b)

Boys 14 & Under Division – Gold Tees – 6,081 yards, Par 72
1. Yuxuan Zou, Chongqing, China *75-74–149
2. Tiger Tao, Shanghai, China *90-81–171
3. Noah Levine, Mendon, NY *89-87–176
4. Luca Jumabhoy, Sydney, Australia *90-88–178

Girls Division – Red Tees – 5,899 yards, Par 72
1. Maria Vesga, Bucaramanga, Colombia *70-72–142
2. Linda Trockel, Berlin, Germany *73-76–149
3. Yukie Sasaki, Hiroshima, Japan *74-76–150
4. Tracy Lee, Seoul, South Korea *77-74–151
5. Tiana Cruz, Kingston, Jamaica *76-79–155
6. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasaki, Japan *87-72–159
7. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-83–161
8. Rou Yin, Zhejiang, China *83-79–162
8. Marisa Hisaki, Osaka, Japan *84-78–162
10. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *86-77–163
11. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *84-80–164
12. Ana Sofia Meneses, Bogota, Colombia *86-84–170
13. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *83-93–176
14. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *92-92–184
15. Yiqing Gong, Allendale, NJ *96-94–190
16. Emily Ma, Changzhi, Taiwan *95-98–193


Florida Junior at Disney Resort – Final results (Oct. 12, 2014)

Luo comes from behind to win the Boys 15-19 Division
Zeng nabs her first win of the season 

The IJGT’s fall season saw weather resembling summer as the Southeast Tour headed south to host the Florida Junior at Disney Resort on October 11-12, 2014. A field of 53 juniors competed in the two-day 36-hole tournament on the Palm Course for IJGT merit points and national rankings. The tournament was a qualifier for the North American Junior Amateur Championship to be held in Litchfield Park, Ariz., at the Wigwam Resort on December 30, 2014 – January 3, 2015. The top two juniors in the Boys 15-19 Division and top two in the Girls Divisions will qualify for the international event.

DSC06760 copyIn a come-from-behind effort, Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division. Following a round one performance that featured some trouble with bogeys, Luo bounced back in round two to shave seven strokes from his score. Three strokes stood between Luo and then leader Cameron Clair of Bluffton, S.C., but a staggering seven birdies led him to card a 3-under 69 and move into first. He combined scores of 76 and 69 for a tournament total 145. Luo’s second round 69 also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior with the lowest score of the final round of tournament play.

Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., scored par or better on 15 of 18 holes in his fight for first but finished one stroke shy in second place with a two-day total 146. In third was Maurizio De Bono of Basiglio, Italy, with a score of 151. Both Luo and Wren qualified for the North American Junior Amateur Championship with their performances.

“I had seven birdies because I was putting really well,” said Luo about the key to his performance in round two.


DSC06757 copyFrancis Li of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., won the Boys 14 & Under Division after leading in both rounds. A 1-over-par 73 in round one put Li in the lead by seven strokes. Despite some struggles in round two, Li went on to add a round two score of 78 to hold onto the lead. Li finished seven strokes ahead of second place finisher Mariano Leyva of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Leyva shot a two-day total 158. Rounding out the top three was Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, with a total 161.

“My mental game was a big improvement. I felt good and kept calm the whole time,” said Li.



DSC06754 copyBunyaporn Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, carded a tournament total 149 to win the Girls Division. Scoring par or better on 12 of 18 holes in round one, including four birdies, Zeng gained the divisional lead.  Twelve additional pars and an eagle on the par-5 No. 14 in round two allowed her to come out on top, three strokes ahead of second-place finisher Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India. Kedlaya carded scores of 78 and 74 for a two-day total 152. Third-place finisher Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, scored a total 154. A second-round 2-over 74 for both Kedlaya and Tadokoro earned the pair the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Zeng and Kedlaya also qualified for the North American Junior Amateur Championship.

“I focused on my putting [in round two] and it saved me a lot. I was in a bogey streak but was able to come out of it with par and an eagle,” said Zeng.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 18-19, 2014. The Southeast Tour will host the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters and the Northeast Tour will host the College Series at Penn State University. To sign up for these events, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – Final Results of the Florida Junior at Walt Disney World Resort conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 11-12, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,816 yards, Par 72 (73.1/130). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,198 yards, Par 72 (71.2/125). Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,855 yards, Par 72 (74.1/134)

Weather:                    Sunny with temperatures in the Low 90s, winds 5-7 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 3-5 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Florida Junior at Walt Disney World Resort – Palm
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
October 11-12, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees) – 6,816 yards, Par 72

1. Xue Wen Luo, Haikou, China *76-69–145
2. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *75-71–146
3. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *76-75–151
4. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *80-72–152
4. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *73-79–152
6. Masahi Yano, Aichi, Japan *77-76–153
7. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *81-75–156
7. Tsukasa Kimishima, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *78-78–156
7. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *75-81–156
10. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *83-74–157
10. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *77-80–157
10. Dante Davis, Brandon, FL *78-79–157
10. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *75-82–157
14. Jasper Lee, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *84-74–158
14. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-79–158
14. Kase Diehl, Charlotte, NC *80-78–158
17. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *81-78–159
18. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *78-82–160
19. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *84-77–161
19. Rohit Sirosh, Bellevue, WA *81-80–161
19. Derrick Villarreal, Bluffton, SC *81-80–161
19. Gustav Tegel, Miami Beach, FL *82-79–161
23. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *83-80–163
24. Philip Chen, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *86-78–164
25. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *82-86–168
26. John Peck, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *84-88–172
27. Alejandro Meriles Medina, La Paz, Bolivia *84-89–173
28. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *86-88–174
29. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *95-83–178
29. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *88-90–178
31. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *89-95–184
32. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *91-94–185
33. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *89-97–186
34. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *96-97–193


Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *74-JWD
Gray Wiley, Lynchburg, VA *89-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) – 6,198 yards, Par 72

1. Francis Li, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *73-78–151
2. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *80-78–158
3. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *82-79–161
4. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *86-87–173
5. Dazhuang Li, Bluffton, SC *105-99–204

Girls Division (Gold Tees) – 5,855 yards, Par 72

1. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *74-75–149
2. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *78-74–152
3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *80-74–154
4. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *82-82–164
5. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *82-85–167
6. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *95-86–181
7. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *102-96–198
8. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *100-104–204
9. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *97-112–209
10. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *118-115–233