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Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Tour Preview

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The IJGT’s biggest, most exciting event of the season, the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, will be held on May 23-25, 2015, at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and bragging rights during the three-day, 54-hole event.

Additionally, the Tournament of Champions offers exemptions into a variety of first-class events. The Boys 15-19 Division champion will be invited to the Players Amateur, the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, the International Junior Masters, the North American Junior Amateur and the South Carolina Junior Golf Association Beth Daniel Junior Azalea. The runner-up in the Boys 15-19 Division will also receive an exemption to the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.

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The top-scoring individual in the Girls Division will be invited to the North American Junior Amateur, the South Atlantic Women’s Amateur Championship and the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea. The runner-up in the Girls Division will also receive an exemption to the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.

The event will begin with a welcome reception for the players and their families. On Sunday evening, the IJGT will announce the All-IJGT Team and Player of the Year for each division during the Night of Champions. Following the final round on Monday, there will be a special TOC Awards Ceremony. Everyone who registers for the Tournament of Champions will also receive a ticket to Universal Studios, ensuring they can have fun both at the park and on the course!

During the tournament, juniors will have the opportunity to play the North & East Nines and the New Course. Unlike other Orlando courses, the North and East Nines test accuracy as opposed to strength and distance. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the North (and South) Nines were opened in 1984 and the East Nine was opened two years later in 1986.

Also designed by Nicklaus, the New Course features challenging bunkers and steep slopes. The course pays homage to the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. The links-style course features double greens, a winding creek and stone bridges. The New Course doesn’t use many bodies of water or clusters of trees to challenge golfers, but it does include 150 pot bunkers, some as deep as 12 feet!

Naturally, the Tournament of Champions features the winners from many IJGT tournament throughout the season. Below is a list of champions from the past season who are competing in this year’s event.

Boys 15-19 Division

Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland — IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National and IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan — Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear

Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico — Savannah Junior at The Landings and Carolina Classic at Colleton River

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan — IJGT College Series at NC State, Major Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational. Go was just named the IJGT Player of the Year in the Boys 15-19 Division. He tied for 11th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India — IJGT Oldfield Junior. Jain finished 10th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Michael Jones of Potomac, Md. — IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club

Douglas Kulikowski of Pittsford, N.Y. — College Series at Penn State University

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan — IJGT Junior at Colleton River and IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield. He tied for 14th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Benjamin Morris of Reisterstown, Md. — Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin

Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y. — IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay

Dominic Wagner of Alexandria, Va. — IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill Golf Club

Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. —  Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation. He tied for 25th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. He will be playing college golf at Temple University next year.

Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., won the Boys 15-19 Division of last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

Girls Division

Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa. — IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club

Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India — IJGT Junior at Colleton River, Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor and IJGT Oldfield Junior

Holly McCann of Raleigh, N.C. — IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan — IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall, Savannah Junior at The Landings and the IJGA Invitational. She finished 10th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y. — The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club and IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay

Boys 14 & Under Division

TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y. — The Architects Cup Presented by the IJGA and St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club

Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa. — Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin

Tristan Galant of Cape Town, South Africa — BGGA Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista

Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C. — College Series at Penn State University and IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes

Bronson Myers of Columbia, S.C. — Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear

Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif. — Arizona Open at Wigwam. This will be his fifth consecutive Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions; he finished 16th in last year’s event.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C. — IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

Luke Sample of New York, N.Y. — IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club and Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club

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.

Dominic Wagner featured in IJGT Photo of the Week –March 19, 2015

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to Lorton, Va., to host the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill on March 14-15, 2015. Juniors braved rain and wind while competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Dominic Wagner Photo OTW

After the tournament, a photo of the Boys 15-19 Division champion, Dominic Wagner of Alexandria, Va., was selected as the IJGT Photo of the Week. Wagner birdied the final hole in round two to win his division by a single stroke. His round two score of 78 also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event. To read more about Wagner’s exciting victory click here.

Congratulations to Wagner on being our IJGT Photo of the Week! Don’t forget–each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook Page after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and, based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’

2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)

3 points – per share

 

IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill – Final Results (March 15, 2015)

Wagner wins Boys 15-19 Division by a single stroke

Brooks comes from behind to win Girls Division  

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Laurel Hill Golf Club to host the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill on March 14-15, 2015. The competitors played through rainy conditions in round one and had to navigate 20 mph winds, with gusts up to 40 mph, in round two. Despite challenging conditions, the juniors performed admirably while competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Dominic WagnerDominic Wagner (left) of Alexandria, Va., birdied the final hole in round two to edge out Chantilly, Va., native Vishal Giri and win the Boys 15-19 Division by a single stroke. The birdie on hole No. 18 was Wagner’s second of the tournament; his first came on the par-4 sixth hole in round one. He knocked one stroke off his round one score of 79 to card a 78 in round two, good for a tournament total of 157 and his first IJGT victory.

After shooting an 80 in round one, second-place finisher Giri matched Wagner’s 78 in round two. The pair shared the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

Giri finished with a two-day total of 158. Fairfax Station, Va., native David Rabil rounded out the Boys 15-19 Division with a tournament total of 160.

Shannon BrooksVienna, Va., native Shannon Brooks (left) came from behind to win the Girls Division by two strokes. Brooks, who has committed to play golf at the University of Tennessee next season, carded back-to-back birdies on the par-3 fourth hole and the par-5 fifth hole in round one. She finished the first round with a 5-over 76, five strokes behind the round one leader, Ashni Dhruva of Katy, Texas. In round two, Brooks made par on holes No. 4 through 11 and birdied hole No. 18 to finish with a 6-over 77, earning her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls. Brooks finished with a tournament total of 153.

Dhruva led the field in round one with an even-par 71. She carded five birdies in the first round including back-to-back birdies on holes No. 4 and 5. She finished the tournament with a two-day total of 155, good for second place in the Girls Division.

 

SatouriS. Dean Satouri (left) of Chantilly, Va., built off his round one lead to win the Boys 14 & Under Division. His division-best 83 in round one combined with his round two 92 earned him a 175 tournament total and the Boys 14 & Under Division title.

New Market, Md., native Christopher Lee carded an 89 in both rounds good for a tournament total of 178 and second place in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on March 21-22, 2015, with the Philly Challenge at White Manor. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

 

Lorton, Va. – Final Results of the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour at Laurel Hill Golf Club on March 14-15, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,513 yards, Par 71 (71.9/140) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees—5,912 yards, Par 71 (69.2/133) Girls Division: Gold Tees– 5,698 yards, Par 71 (73.3/139)

 International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill

Lorton, VA

March 14-15th, 2015

 

Boys 15-19 Division-Blue Tees, 6513 yards, Par 71

1. Dominic Wagner, Alexandria, VA *79-78–157

2. Vishal Giri, Chantilly, VA *80-78–158

3. David Rabil, Fairfax Station, VA *75-85–160

4. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *84-79–163

4. Justin Ayanian, McLean, VA *79-84–163

4. Will Swirski, Fairfax, VA *78-85–163

7. Jack Rolle, Bethesda, MD *78-86–164

8. Teddy Zinsner, Alexandria, VA *83-84–167

8. Will Ennis, Montgomery Village, MD *81-86–167

10. West Shaw, Alexandria, VA *87-81–168

10. David Ross, Lorton, VA *82-86–168

12. Justin Gorton, Bethesda, MD *80-89–169

13. Joe Miller, Chantilly, VA *85-88–173

14. Peter King, Bethesda, MD *91-88–179

15. James Moore, Fairfax, VA *90-93–183

15. Jordan Stein, Lagrangeville, NY *82-101–183

 

Did Not Finish

JWD Chris Brugge, Vienna, VA *–JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division- White, 5912 yards, Par 71

1. S. Dean Satouri, Chantilly, VA *83-92–175

2. Christopher Lee, New Market, MD *89-89–178

 

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 5698 yards, Par 71

1. Shannon Brooks, Vienna, VA *76-77–153

2. Ashni Dhruva, Katy, TX *71-84–155