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College Prep at Palmetto Hall – Final Results

Cook nabs first in two-hole playoff

Arjun finishes first in a come-from-behind win

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The IJGT hosted College Prep at the local venue, Palmetto Hall Plantation Club on April 26-27, 2014. The first 54-hole event of the Southeast Tour was held on the Robert Cupp Course both days and consisted of three rounds of 18 holes. The tournament’s lineup included 51 juniors between the ages of 13 and 19. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were at stake for competitors, as well as an invite to the IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

DSC_0969Brad Cook of Jackson, Wyo., placed first after a sudden-death victory in a playoff for the Boys 15-19 Division. After regulation, Cook and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, were tied for first place. Ogawa had led the division after rounds one and two, leading Cook by five strokes going into the final round in day one. The tie forced a sudden-death playoff held on the course’s par-5 hole No. 15. Ogawa teed off first, hitting the fairway while Cook’s tee shot found its way into the rough. Ogawa rolled his approach shot long beyond the hole before putting in for par from 20 feet. Cook reached the green from a 70-yard approach shot before also putting for par. The pair finished their 55th hole still tied and moved on to the par-3 No. 16.

Ogawa teed first again, landing in a difficult bunker on the left of the green. Cook capitalized on Ogawa’s situation as he found the front-side fringe. In attempt to get out of the bunker, Ogawa’s chip found the water hazard forcing him to play a new ball. Ogawa chipped close but finished with six. Cook’s birdie putt came up just shy, but his par putt allowed him to safely secure the title.

Cook finished with score of 77-75-71 – 223. His regulation play was highlighted by six birdies, five of which came in the final round. He carded par or better on 14 of 18 holes in round three to secure a 1-under-par score of 71, a score that would earn him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award is given to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round of the event. Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, and Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, also carded scores of 71 to receive the award.

Ogawa finished in second as a result of the playoff and finished with scores of 73-74-76 – 223. Kim of finished third with scores of 74-80-71 – 225.

When asked what his thoughts were during the final hole of the playoff, Cook said, “[Tennoshin] hit his into the bunker so I was just thinking if I could just hit the green than I could have a really solid set up.

DSC_0882In a comeback performance, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, secured first place with scores of 79-74-78 – 231. Arjun trailed Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, by two strokes after round one before shaving five strokes from her score to share the divisional lead going into round three. Her Clazic Belts Low Final Round score 78 was one stroke better than Huang, putting her in first. Arjun tallied a division-high eight birdies to help secure the title.

Huang finished second behind Arjun by one stroke with scores of 77-76-79 – 232 while Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, rounded out the top three with scores of 79-76-79 – 234 overall.

“The first thing I had to focus on was not getting tired because 36 holes in one day is not easy. I’m glad because the day before, I’d planned on carrying my bag but instead I brought a push cart,” said Arjun.

DSC_0916In only his second IJGT event of his career, Dong Jun Kim of Kimhae, South Korea, took first in the Boys 14 & Under Division with scores of 79-80-87 – 246 overall. Coming off of a second-place finish at The College Classic at Duke University, Kim pulled into first in the first round. Round two gave Kim a commanding lead as he scored 10 strokes better than any other junior, allowing him to finish 10 strokes in front for the entire tournament.

Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., took second with scores of 80-96-80 – 256 while Matthew Dzialga of Greenwich, Conn., took third with scores of 91-90-87 – 268 overall.

“I was pretty tired after playing 54 holes, they’re pretty long walks,” said Kim in discussing what his first 54-hole event experience.

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will host two events on May 3-4, 2014. Both events will be Callaway Junior World Qualifiers, one to be held at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., and the other to be held at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run in Hilton Head Island, S.C. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

College Prep at Palmetto Hall – Round Two Recap

The IJGT continued College Prep at Palmetto Hall Robert Cupp Course for a second round of 18 holes on April 26, 2014. The second round followed round one with a shotgun-start at 2:00 p.m. The weather remained sunny and breezy more than 40 juniors took the course for a second time. In review, divisional leaders’ rounds in numbers are below.

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, leads the Boys 15-19 Division for the second-straight round. His round in numbers:

147 – his two-round score, the lowest overall score for two rounds in the tournament

35 – 1-under-par score on holes one through nine in round two

8 – Ogawa posted four birdies in both rounds for a total of eight

2 – he remains two strokes out in front of the competition

In the Boys 14 and Under Division, Dong Jun Kim of Kimhae, South Korea, leads for the second straight round. His round in numbers:

159 – Kim added a second-round score of 80 to his round-one 79 for an overall score of 159 for day one

17 – holds the lead by 17 strokes

8 – tallied a par or better streak for eight holes in round two

2 – this is only the second IJGT event for Kim, his first 54-hole event

After round two, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, and Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, are tied in first. Their rounds in numbers are below:

ARJUN:
74 – her round-two score, 2-over-par

5 – number of strokes she shaved from her round-one score

10– College Prep is her 10th IJGT event of the 2013-2014 season

2 – back-to-back birdies on holes 14 and 15, also the place she finished in her last tournament appearance at Palmetto Hall

HUANG:
76 – her score for round two, one stroke better than her round one score

36 – even-par score in the course’s back nine

2 – number of birdies carded in round two

1 – place she held after round one and is now sharing with Arjun after round two

Juniors will return to play for the last and final round tomorrow, April 27, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. For full results from the first round of the College Prep at Palmetto Hall Robert Cupp Course, click here. Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.

College Prep at Palmetto Hall – Ogawa, Kim & Huang lead round one

The IJGT visited backyard venue Palmetto Hall to host College Prep on the Robert Cupp Course on April 26, 2014. The 54-hole event consists of 36 holes played in the first day and a final round of 18 holes on day two. Juniors took to the course for round one, the first 18 holes, under breezy, warm temperatures in the 70s. In review, divisional leaders’ rounds in numbers are below.

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

73 – his round-one score, standing at 1-over-par

5 – Ogawa posted two par-or-better streaks in the first round

4 – total number of birdies in his first 18 holes of the day

1 – number of strokes he leads by after round one

In the Boys 14 and Under Division, Dong Jun Kim of Kimhae, South Korea, leads. His round in numbers:

79 – his round-one score

38 – his score on the course’s back nine – three strokes better than his score on the front nine

2 – number of birdies, on the par-5 second hole and the par-4 18th hole

1 – number of strokes he leads by before heading into round two, the second 18 holes

From Shenzhen, China, Samantha Huang leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

77 – her round-one score, 5-over-par

10– College Prep is her 10th IJGT event of the 2013-2014 season

2 – back-to-back birdies on holes five and six, also the number of strokes she is out in front of second place

1 – placed first in the last tournament hosted at Palmetto Hall, on the Arthur Hill Course, in November 2013

Juniors will return to play for round two today, April 26, 2014 on a 2:00 p.m. shotgun start. The final round of 18 holes will be played tomorrow, April 27, 2014. For full results from the first round of the College Prep at Palmetto Hall Robert Cupp Course, click here. Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.