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48 IJGT alumni competing at the U.S. Amateur

US Am Blog

48 past or current IJGT members are slated to play in the U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Ill. The national tournament conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA) begins on Monday, August 17, 2015 with a field of 312 players from across the world competing for the most prestigious amateur title in men’s golf. The championship is 36 holes of stroke play, with the top 64 players advancing to match play. Here are a list of the 48 past or current IJGT members.

Erick Alonso – Haworth, N.J.

Roman Aragon – Mission Viejo, Calif.

Derek Bard – New Hartford, N.Y.

Sam Bernstein – New York, N.Y.

Alec Bone – Phoenix, Ariz.

Garrett Browning – Imperial, Pa.

George Cunningham – Tucson, Ariz.

Nick Eberhardt – Lake Wylie, S.C.

Jacob Fendt – Suwanee, Ga.

Ewen Ferguson – Scotland

Rigel Fernandes – Tampa, Fla.

Alex Franklin – San Rafael, Calif.

Jonathan Garrick – Atherton, Calif.

Max Greyserman – Short Hills, N.J.

Stewart Hagestad – Newport Beach, Calif.

Beau Hossler – Mission Viejo, Calif.

Daniel Hudson – Western Springs, Ill.

John Jackopsic – West Hartford, Conn.

Broc Johnson – Auburn, Wash.

Evan Katz – Washington, D.C.

Sean Kelly – Staten Island, N.Y.

Billy Kennerly – Alpharetta, Ga.

Doug Kleeschulte – Kingston, N.Y.

Arthur Kim – Tigard, Ore.

Jake Knapp – Costa Mesa, Calif.

Conner Koberg – Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Ross Kronberg – Norwalk, Conn.

Conner Kumpula – Albany, Ore.

Andrew Levitt – Ladera Ranch, Calif.

Jordan Lewis – Murphysboro, Ill.

Kyle Mueller – Watkinsville, GA

Nicolas Paxson – Cincinnati, Ohio

Christopher Petefish – Danville, Calif.

Kieran Purcell – Nutley, N.J.

Vinay Ramesh – Newtown, Pa.

Ryann Ree – Redondo Beach, Calif.

Maximilian Rottluff – Germany

Jack Sparling – Dublin, Ohio

Jake Staiano – Cherry Hills, Colo.

Harrison Shih – Saddle River, N.J.

Will Thomson – Pittsford, N.Y.

David Weisfeld – New York, N.Y.

Jordan Wetsch – St. Charles, Ill.

Jake Yount – Danville, Calif.

Aaron Whalen – Ephrata, Wash.

Aaron Wise – Lake Elsinore, Calif.

Matthew Yun – Flushing, N.Y.

Robbie Ziegler – Madison, Wis.

Final results from the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes

Ferguson blows away competition to take Boys 15-19 Division

Vilips wins Boys 14 & Under in playoff, Whaley secures Girls’ championship

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) concluded the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes on a gorgeous Veteran’s Day weekend. The Southeast Region Event took place on Nov. 9-10, 2013 and was held on the intricately-designed, yet challenging, par-70 George Fazio course at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. It was a stacked field, with more than 90 players from 21 states and 18 countries competing for National Rankings and Double IJGT Merit Points. There were countless memorable shots and even a division playoff to keep the many spectators and family members entertained throughout. 

Ewen FergusonIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Ewen Ferguson of Glasgow, Scotland, became a first-time IJGT Major Champion with a spectacular performance. He posted a final score of 69-67–136 through two rounds to take home the trophy by a convincing seven strokes. He also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his 3-under-par 67 performance on the final day. After carding a first-round 1-under-par 69, Ferguson came out strong during the final round, making par on seven of his first eight holes before sinking a birdie on the par-4 No. 9. He followed an even-par 35 front nine with a bogey-free back nine, posting three birdies on Nos. 13, 17 and 18. He totaled 13 pars on the day, and turned in a scorching 3-under-par performance on the course’s par-4s. 

When asked about whether he felt any pressure holding onto his four-stroke lead going into the final round, Ferguson stated, “I think I thrive off pressure…I enjoy it. So, I just try and have fun and shoot a low score.” He did just that, securing the only under-par performance of the tournament.

This was the second event of the season for Ferguson, who recently came in second at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on Nov. 2-3, 2013. In three seasons playing on the IJGT, Ferguson has secured victories in two events, and notched second place finishes in his remaining three events.

Rounding out the top three in the Boys 15-19 Division were Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, who finished second and third, respectively. Ogawa posted a 73-70–143, while Cheng carded a 76-71–147.

Karl VilipsThe Boys 14 & Under Division saw Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, grab his second consecutive IJGT victory and first IJGT Major Event win. After a first-round 76 gave him a six-stroke lead, Vilips faced a impressive comeback effort from Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan in the final round, where a one-hole playoff was required to determine the victor. Vilips posted a final-round 79 consisting of 12 pars and one birdie, as well as an overall 1-under-par score on the course’s two difficult par-5s. After coming into the clubhouse with a final score of 155, Vilips and Shimoji headed to hole No. 1 for the sudden-victory playoff, where Vilips would par and Shimoji would bogey the hole, giving Vilips the win in a tense matchup between two friendly competitors. 

When asked how this Major victory compares to others, Vilips confirmed, “Exciting! There was a lot more competition.”

Playing in his first IJGT season, Vilips has been lights-out, making this victory his fourth of the season with his most recent coming at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on Nov. 2-3, 2013.

Shimoji finished second in the event, carding an 83-72–155. Ryan McCarthy of Rockville Centre, N.Y. landed in third place with an 80-77–157.

Kelly WhaleyKelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., emerged as champion in the Girls Division, where she was able to break past a first-round tie with Kasidy Beckel of Bluffton, S.C., to grab a five stroke victory in her first IJGT Major win. Posting a 73-70–143, Whaley had a fantastic day, sinking 15 pars including a streak of eight before carding an eagle from 130 yards out on the par-4 No. 12. Her final-round even-par 70 also gave her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for her performance.

Reflecting on any pressure she felt during the final round and how she was able to handle it, Whaley explained, “I did at first because [there’s] always pressure when you want to hold onto the lead. But once I kept it going and I had a steady round going, I just didn’t really think about it.”

This was Whaley’s second win of the year and third in two seasons with the IJGT, with her most recent win coming at the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation on Sept. 21-22, 2013.

Topping off the Girls Division leaderboard were Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, in second place with a final 77-71–148, and Phyllis Tang of Hong Kong, China, in third with a total 74-77-151.

The IJGT returns to action on Nov. 29-Dec. 1 for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

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, 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.

 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Major Championship conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 10, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,803 yards, Par 70 (73.2/137).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,143 yards, Par 70 (70.0/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,857 yards, Par 70 (75.8/136).

 

Weather:  Saturday: Cloudy with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 15-20 mph

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 10-15 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes – George Fazio Golf Course

Hilton Head Island, S.C.

November 9-10, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Gold Tees, 6,803 yards, Par 70

1. Ewen Ferguson, Hilton Head Island, SC *69-67–136

2. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *73-70–143

3. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *76-71–147

4. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada *73-75–148

5. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *74-76–150

5. Geuntae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *75-75–150

7. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *75-76–151

8. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *79-73–152

9. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *82-71–153

9. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung. Taiwan *78-75–153

9. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-79–153

12. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ *83-71–154

12. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-76–154

14. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *81-74–155

14. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *80-75–155

16. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *84-72–156

16. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *79-77–156

18. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *80-78–158

18. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE *78-80–158

20. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *83-76–159

20. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *83-76–159

20. Matthew Mannion, Muskoka, Canada *80-79–159

23. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *80-80–160

23. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *76-84–160

23. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *76-84–160

26. Jonathan Meissner, Wilton, CT *83-78–161

26. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *82-79–161

26. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-81–161

29. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *85-77–162

29. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA *84-78–162

29. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *81-81–162

32. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *83-80–163

33. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *84-80–164

33. Gavin Lindstrom, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-83–164

35. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs CO, *87-78–165

35. Gbenga Toriola, Abuja, Nigeria *85-80–165

35. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY *82-83–165

35. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *77-88–165

39. Eric Terminello, White Plains, NY *86-80–166

39. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *83-83–166

39. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *79-87–166

42. Maurizio Debono, Basiglio, Italy *83-84–167

42. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *83-84–167

44. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *87-81–168

45. Chase Childers, Issue, MD *83-86–169

45. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *88-81–169

47. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *88-83–171

47. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *90-81–171

49. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *89-84–173

49. Dominic Pizzurro-Gomez, White Plains, NY *83-90–173

51. Mike Madden, Grand Rapids, MI *91-83–174

52. Ben Ferris, Charlotte, NC *92-84–176

53. Drew Bernard, Charlotte, NC *91-86–177

53. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *89-88–177

55. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA *96-82–178

55. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *88-90–178

57. Borys Shubinsky, Hilton Head Island, SC *87-92–179

58. Austin Matz, Wexford, PA *96-86–182

59. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *99-85–184

60. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *86-99–185

60. Billy Rosemeyer, Gibsonia, PA *94-91–185

62. Todd Glickfield IV, Bluffton, SC *97-89–186

63. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY *96-99–195

64. Austin Smith, Roswell, GA *107-112–219

 

DID NOT FINISH

Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *81-DQ (Rule 6-6d)

Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *90-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico *81-QWD

Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *91-JWD

Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division, Blue Tees, 6,143, Par 70

1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *76-79–155*

2. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *83-72–155

3. Ryan McCarthy, Rockville Centre NY, *80-77–157

4. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *81-77–158

4. John Kalavritinos, Potomac, MD *81-77–158

6. Jacob Morris, Hollywood, SC *83-83–166

7. Sebastiano Bogoni, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy *94-88–182

8. Alexander Camberos, Kigali, Rwanda *94-99–193

 

DID NOT FINISH

Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *JWD

 

 

Girls Division, White Tees, 5,857 yards, Par 70

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *73-70–143

2. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *77-71–148

3. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *74-77–151

4. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *78-74–152

5. Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico *79-75–154

6. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *78-78–156

6. Kasidy Beckel, Bluffton, SC *73-83–156

8. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *88-74–162

9. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *86-78–164

10. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *89-77–166

10. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *87-79–166

12. Dylaney Day, Toronto, Canada *96-91–187

13. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *101-96–197

 

DID NOT FINISH

Emma Parson, Bluffton, SC *DQ (Rule 6-6b)

Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *JWD

 

*Won Playoff

 

First-round highlights from the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The weather could not have been more perfect — save some slight winds — for the first round of the International Junior Golf Tour‘s (IJGT) Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes on Nov. 9. Held on the intricately-designed and aesthetically-captivating George Fazio Course at the Palmetto Dunes Resort, the Nov. 9-10 event featured more than 90 players from 21 states and 18 countries. The players are eagerly fighting for national rankings and DOUBLE IJGT Merit Points, and with a deeply stacked field of talent and skill, the final round is sure to be filled with just as much excitement as the first. Here are your leaders going into the final round on Sunday, Nov. 10.

In the Boys 15-19 DivisionEwen Ferguson of Hilton Head Island, S.C., leads the way with a tournament-low 1-under-par 69 through Round 1. Here is Ferguson’s round by the numbers:

Ewen Ferguson:

35 – score on the front nine (even-par)

34 – score on the back nine (1-under-par)

11 – number of pars

7 – straight pars to start his round

4 – number of birdies (22.2% of his scores); also his stroke lead going into final round

3 – number of seasons playing on the IJGT

-1 – score on the course’s par-4’s and par-5’s

Atop the leaderboard in the Boys 14 & Under Division is Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, who sits with a 6-over-par 76 after one round. Here is Vilips’s round by the numbers:

Karl Vilips: 

38 – front and back nine scores

12 – number of pars (66.6% of his scores)

4 – stroke lead going into the final round

3 – wins on the IJGT this season

+1 – score on the course’s par-3’s

E – score on the course’s par-5’s

In the Girls Division, Kasidy Beckel of Bluffton, S.C., and Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., currently share the lead with a 3-over-par 73. Here are their first rounds by the numbers:

Kasidy Beckel:

36 – score on the back nine* (1-over-par)

10 – number of pars (55.6% of her scores)

5 – streak of made pars (from holes Nos. 8-12)

3 – number of birdies

2 – her second season playing with the IJGT

E – score on the course’s par-4’s

Kelly Whaley:

34 – score on the back nine* (1-under-par)

8 – number of pars

5 – number of birdies (with three on Nos. 1, 2, and 4)

2 – number of seasons and wins on the IJGT

-2 – score on the course’s par-3’s

E – score on the course’s par-5’s

 

* denotes a 10th hole start


For complete results of the first round click 
here. Pairings for final-round action at the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes can be found here.

IJGT Photos of the Week – Nov. 2-3, 2013

Northeast Tour

Ashley Dingman - Battle at VA Beach

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) capped off its Northeast Tour for the 2013-2014 Fall season at the IJGT Battle at Virginia Beach on Nov. 2-3, 2013.  At the Virginia Beach National Golf Club, Ashley Dingman from Lorton, Va., came out as victor in the Girls Division. This candid shot of her during the event has earned her the Photo of the Week honors for the Northeast Region. Dingman carded a 77-80–157 in the two-round tournament to seal the win by a commanding 12 strokes. This was her second event of the season with the IJGT, coming after a second place finish at the College Series at the University of Maryland.

 

Southeast Tour

Ewen Ferguson

Meanwhile, the IJGT also hosted the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall as a part of its Southeast Tour on Nov. 2-3, 2013. Ewen Ferguson of Hilton Head Island, S.C., is seen above teeing off from the first hole of the Arthur Hills Course in what has been chosen as the Photo of the Week for the region this week. Ferguson shot a remarkable 76-72–148 to land a second place finish in the event. His final round score of 72 also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award among the Boys Divisions. This was the first event of the year for Ferguson, who is in his third season with the IJGT.

Congrats to Ashley and Ewen!

Final results from the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Kim and Vilips grab third wins of season

Huang dominates Girls Division en route to second victory

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) wrapped up the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on a weekend that was culminated by all types of weather. The Southeast Region Event took place on Nov. 2-3, 2013 on the Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Hall Plantation Club. Heavy rain on Friday night left the fairways damp and muddy, and the players experienced all but normal conditions with clouds and sharp, chilling winds at some points followed up by warm sunshine during others. Competing for National Rankings and IJGT Merits Points, the golfers did not fail to impress with their skills, determination, and professionalism. All three divisions featured repeat winners taking home champions trophies.

Geuntae Kim - Island Open Champ

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Geuntae Kim of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, came back from a two-stroke deficit after the first round to capture his third victory of the season in a near-playoff situation. His final 71-77–148 tied with Ewen Ferguson of Hilton Head Island, S.C., but Kim won the playoff by default to take sole possession of first place at 4-over-par. After a first round consisting of five birdies and nine pars, Kim came back with a similar performance in the final round. He sank nine pars, including five in a row on holes Nos. 2-6, and his two birdies of the round came back-to-back on the tough par-5 No. 9 and the par-4 No. 10.

When asked about the best parts of his performance in the event, Kim noted his close-range game. He explained that he did really well “from inside 100 yards.”

This was the third consecutive win for Kim in as many events this season. He previously won at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7-8, and the Sanctuary Shootout on Sept. 28-29. He now has etched five career victories in two seasons with the IJGT.

To round out the Boys 15-19 Division, Ewen Ferguson landed in second place with a 76-72–148. His final-round 72 also gave him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his performance. Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, and Jonathan Phillips of Hardeeville, S.C., tied for third with final scores of 149.

Karl Vilips - Island Open Champ

The Boys 14 & Under Division saw a similar face atop the final standings, with Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, grabbing his third victory of the season. His first-round 1-over-par 73 gave him a five-stroke cushion going into the final round, and despite strong play by his fellow competitors, he did not succumb to the pressure, maintaining his lead and eventually taking home the trophy. Though Vilips endured some challenges during his final round, his 8-over-par 80 performance was able to secure an eight-stroke win in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a total 153. After a front-nine 42 during the final round, Vilips came back with a steady back nine, making pars on holes Nos. 10- 13, and then Nos. 15-18.

When asked about the most difficult parts of the event, Vilips noted, “The wind was really hard both days, and there was a lot of water.” Aside from experiencing these adversities, though, Vilips was quick to say that overall the win was “perfect.”

Vilips has had a spectacular first season with the IJGT, winning three events and grabbing top-five finishes in five others. His other two victories came at the IJGT Georgia Junior at Sea Island on Aug. 24-25 and the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch on Oct. 12-13.

Finishing in second place was Bumin Choi of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, who shot a final 78-83–161. Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., came in third with a two-round score of 85-80–165.

Samantha Huang - Island Open ChampSamantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, led the way in the Girls Division from start to finish, shooting a final 9-over-par 153 to secure a satisfying six stroke win. After a strong start with a first-round 1-under-par 71, Huang had a five stroke lead.

But, like most of the tournament field, Huang experienced challenges throughout the final round. Nonetheless, she was able to maintain her focus, shooting an 82 to earn her second win of the season. Huang sank nine pars and a birdie during the round, and played the course’s par-3s in 1-under-par for the tournament.

One of the most notable aspects of Huang’s performance came with her drivers, or lack thereof. When asked about any obstacles she experienced, Huang explained that because her drivers were “really bad,” she decided to use 3-wood for the entire duration of the tournament. It turns out this did not affect the champion too adversely in the end.

This is Huang’s first season with the IJGT, playing in four events, winning two and landing top ten in all four. Her first win came at the Sanctuary Shootout on Sept. 28-29.

There was a three-way tie for the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, with Huang, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, and Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, all posting a final-round 82. 

Rounding out the top three for the Girls Division were Arjun and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who carded a score of 77-82–159 and 76-84–160, respectively.

The IJGT returns to action next weekend for the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The tournament will be contested on the George Fazio Course at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

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, 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.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Island Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 3, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,739 yards, Par 72 (73.0/133). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,265 yards, Par 72 (71.0/127). Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,975 yards, Par 72 (76.0/134).

 

Weather: Cloudy with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 5-10 mph
                 Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 15-20 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour Island Open at Palmetto Hall
Palmetto Hall – Arthur Hills Course
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
November 2-3, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,739 yards, Par 72

1. Geuntae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *71-77–148*
2. Ewen Ferguson, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-72–148
3. Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, SC *75-74–149
3. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *69-80–149
5. Maurizio Debono, Basiglio, Italy *78-76–154
5. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *76-78–154
7. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-76–156
7. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *77-79–156
9. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *81-77–158
9. Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador *79-79–158
9. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *79-79–158
9. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *76-82–158
13. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *82-77–159
13. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *78-81–159
13. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *76-83–159
16. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *85-77–162
16. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *79-83–162
16. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *73-89–162
19. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *85-78–163
19. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *79-84–163
21. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *80-84–164
21. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *75-89–164
23. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *80-85–165
23. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *80-85–165
25. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *84-83–167
26. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *87-81–168
27. Trevor King, Huntington, NY *87-86–173
28. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *82-92–174
28. Jake Haughom, Vienna, VA *83-91–174
30. Walker Campbell, Paget, Bermuda *81-94–175
31. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *78-98–176
32. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *86-100–186
33. Mauricio Troncoso, Mexico City, Mexico *96-101–197

*Won in a playoff

Boys 14 & Under Division, White Tees, 6,265 yards, Par 72
1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *73-80–153
2. Bumin Choi, Gyeonngi-do, South Korea *78-83–161
3. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *85-80–165
4. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *78-88–166
5. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *91-89–180
6. Cade England, Dallas, TX *93-90–183
7. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *91-95–186
8. Alexander Camberos, Kigali, Rwanda *93-97–190
9. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *110-106–216

DID NOT FINISH
Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *79-JWD

Girls Division, Black Tees, 5,975 yards, Par 72
1. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *71-82–153
2. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *77-82–159
3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *76-84–160
4. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *85-82–167
5. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *82-86–168
6. Dylaney Day, Toronto, Canada *97-85–182
7. Christine Scholten, Amsterdam, Netherlands *106-108–214

DID NOT FINISH
Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *JWD

The Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor – Final Results

Miles captures first victory at Savannah Harbor

Schneider Takes Home Georgia Junior Title

SAVANNAH, GA. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Georgia Junior Feb. 23-24 at The Club at Savannah Harbor. The IJGT Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor featured 78 elite junior golfers from all over the world. Friday’s heavy rain and frigid temperatures made the course extra challenging for all of the competitors over the weekend. Will Miles  of Hilton Head Island, S.C. and Ceha Lee  of Bundang-Gu, South Korea battled the rain to prevail in the Boys 15-19 and Girls Divisions respectively, while Jan Schneiderof Erlangen, Germany took home his second title of the year by outlasting Will Thomson  of Pittsford, N.Y. by a single stroke in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

d13a9187fc23d7fb103f6830c96f76a9The Boys 15-19 Division  was the most competitive division of the tournament with the top 3 spots being separated by the smallest of margins, as Austin McCulloch  of Alexandria, Minn. and Ewen Ferguson  of Hilton Head Island, S.C. both posted an even-par 144 on the weekend, which put them tied for second place. The biggest surprise of all was Miles, who shocked the field after being down four strokes when the final round began. Miles, who was four strokes behind first round leader Chris Magi of Montreal, Canada, overcame all odds and took home his first championship victory in dramatic fashion.

“I knew it was going to take under par to win, so I played aggressive, but smart aggressive,” said Miles. “I didn’t go at all the flags, but I picked the right spots to go for it.”

Miles, who has never won a title, really wanted to bring home a first place finish at the Georgia Junior. “After finishing second in the past two tournaments it feels so good to finally bring home a first place finish,” said Miles.

With his 2-under-par 70 on Saturday, Magi earned himself the Lo-ProKENTWOOL Socks  Award which goes to the player who has the lowest first round score at every IJGT tournament.

 

In addition to his second place finish, McCulloch’s final round score of 4-under-par 68 was the best score on Sunday earning him the Clazic Belts  Low Final Round Award.

b9ffecf994aaf5a1131e3ea7f4d34b79In the Boys 14 & Under Division , Schneider took home his second division victory in only his third event on U.S. soil. The rain never affected Schneider’s play after posting an even-par 72 on Saturday in the soaking wet conditions. His impressive opening round was good enough to give him the lead heading into Sunday.

“It’s always good to have the lead after the first round, but I knew the second round was going to be tough,” said Schneider.

Schneider’s second round was one of the most exciting to watch with second place finisher Thomson nipping at his heels all day long. Thomson was able to equal Schneider’s Sunday total, but his one shot deficit from Saturday turned out to be the final margin, leaving him with his second straight runner-up finish by one stroke in as many weeks. James Wohler  of Savannah, Ga. rounded out the top three in the division with a 151 total on the weekend.

“It was a hard second round for me with Will [Thomson] being paired up with me,” said Schneider. “Will is such a good player, so I knew the second round was going to be tough.”

 

 

 

e0f037b01a2c0279371dc51cab8d5dcfIn the Girls Division , Lee fought off stiff competition to take home her first IJGT title of the season by posting a 1-over-par 145 total on the weekend. Lee, who was being pursued by second place finisher Cake Phuchanbanchob  of Chiang Mai, Thailand, and third place finisherMaggie Ashmore  of Kingston, Ga., began the weekend with a three stroke lead, and never looked back, as she took home the division title by two strokes.

“I just tried to stay calm going into Sunday,” said Lee. “I acted like I wasn’t in the lead, because knowing I was leading would make me feel more nervous.”

Lee’s 1-under-par 71 on Saturday, earned her the Lo-Pro KENTWOOL Socks Award which goes to the player who has the lowest first round score at every IJGT tournament.

For the Girls Division, the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to Phuchanbanchob and Ayaka Nakayama  of Kanagawa, Japan who both shot even-par 72 on Sunday at Savannah Harbor.

The next IJGT event will be Family Weekend at Port Royal  Mar. 2-3 on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The IJGT’s Family Weekend is always a hit with the parents, and this year will be no different as families will be traveling in from all over the globe to participate.

To sign up for this event, or other, or for more information on the IJGT, call (843) 785-2444 or visit www.IJGT.com.

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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links.  Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear morodZ, PURE Grips, and International Junior Golf Academy.

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

 

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Final round results of the IJGT Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed February 24, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6822 yards, Par 72 (72.7/135).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6282 yards, Par 72 (70.6/130) Girls Division: Silver Tees – 5843 yards, Par 72 (73.6/131).

Weather:    Rainy with temperatures in the High 50s, winds 5-10 m.p.h.

Cloudy with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 5-10 m.p.h.

International Junior Golf Tour

Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor

Savannah, GA

February 23-24, 2013

Boys 15-19 Division – (Black Tees) 6,822 Yards, Par 72

1. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC, *74-69–143

2. Austin McCulloch, Alexandria, MN, *76-68–144

2. Ewen Ferguson, Hilton Head Island, SC, *73-71–144

4. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada, *70-75–145

4. James Cresswell, Orwigsburg, PA, *72-73–145

6. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE, *71-75–146

7. Simon Velez, Bogota, Colombia, *71-76–147

8. Ben Dietrich, Bluffton, SC, *74-74–148

9. GeunTae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, *75-75–150

10. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada, *77-74–151

10. Jonathan Meissner, Wilton, CT, *76-75–151

12. Matthew Mannion, Hilton Head Island, SC, *76-76–152

13. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA, *74-79–153

14. AJ Correia, Bedford, NH, *76-78–154

14. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC, *75-79–154

16. Charlie Spencer-White, Bluffton, SC, *78-77–155

16. Kameron Sallee, Savannah, GA, *77-78–155

16. Andrew Boyer, Muskoka, ON, *74-81–155

19. Sun Kim, L’ile-perrot, Canada, *82-74–156

20. Mac Cavanaugh, West Newbury, MA, *76-81–157

21. Kevin Reich, Winterthur, Switzerland, *79-79–158

22. Seung Jae Hong, Cupertino, CA, *83-76–159

22. John Conley, Leesburg, VA, *81-78–159

22. Mos Bangpetch, Hilton Head Island, SC, *81-78–159

22. Daniel Tello Vargas, Pachuca, Mexico, *77-82–159

26. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea, *85-75–160

26. Peter Cho, Koyang, South Korea, *82-78–160

26. Aaron Liebenthal, Sylvania, OH, *79-81–160

26. Nicholas Rodriguez, East Northport, NY, *81-79–160

26. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan, *78-82–160

31. Gbenga Toriola, Abuja, Nigeria, *79-82–161

31. Nicco Gentile, Rosemere, Canada, *78-83–161

33. Austin Green, Fayetteville, PA, *81-81–162

34. William Dunn III, Lancaster, PA, *84-79–163

34. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan, *83-80–163

36. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA, *87-77–164

37. Tyler Balkema, North Haledon, NJ, *81-84–165

38. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China, *82-84–166

39. Dacotah Palcit, Windsor, Canada, *83-85–168

40. Peter Alberti, Madison, CT, *87-87–174

41. Marshall Clemens, Weston, MA, *86-92–178

42. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *92-87–179

43. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA, *87-100–187

44. Jerry Sung, Newport Beach, CA, *126-128–254

DID NOT FINISH

Young-Hwa Jung, Hilton Head Island, SC *82-DQ (Rule 6-6d)

Tyler Prater, Salt Point, NY *90-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Bryan Gagnon, Culver City, CA *78-JWD

Nate Anderson, Billings, MT *90-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division – (Gold Tees) 6,282 Yards, Par 72

1. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany, *72-76–148

2. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY, *73-76–149

3. James Wohler, Savannah, GA, *74-77–151

4. Ben Reichert, East Amherst, NY, *75-80–155

5. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH, *75-83–158

6. Tyson – Skylar Morrisseau, Couchiching First Nation, Canada, *80-84–164

7. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ, *78-87–165

8. Evan White, Greenville, SC, *86-81–167

Girls Division – (Silver Tees) 5,843 Yards, Par 72

1. Ceha Lee, Bundang-Gu, South Korea, *71-74–145

2. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *75-72–147

3. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA, *74-76–150

4. Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico, *74-77–151

5. Ayaka Nakayama, Kanagawa, Japan, *81-72–153

6. Stephanie Liu, Hardeeville, SC, *76-79–155

6. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT, *79-76–155

8. Mia Baringer, East Greenville, PA, *81-80–161

9. Paige Cappelli, Blue Bell, PA, *84-79–163

10. Margine Arguello, Panama City, Panama, *89-75–164

11. Kali Boyer, New Ringgold, PA, *82-85–167

12. Kathryn Crouch, Harker Heights, TX, *84-84–168

13. Marah Penn, Hamburg, NY, *87-82–169

14. Dorsey Addicks, Atlanta, GA, *87-83–170

15. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China, *88-83–171

15. Carla Loyola, Queretaro, Mexico, *86-85–171

17. Lizzie Hammel, Wexford, PA, *87-86–173

17. Taylor Howerton, Evansville, IN, *83-90–173

19. Ariana Dial, Clarksville, MD, *88-86–174

20. Vica Paulsen, Ridgewood, NJ, *106-104–210

21. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY, *107-107–21

DID NOT FINISH

Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *81-DQ (Rule 6-6d)