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Stein and Clair earn career-best finishes to be named among IJGT Player of the Week – May 10-11, 2014

HERSHEY, Pa. – The IJGT returned to Hershey Country Club to conduct the Hershey Classic. Presented by the International Junior Golf Academy, one of the most popular events each year, on May 10-11, 2014. A full field of highly competitive junior golfers from six different states caught the attention of a number of college coaches who came out to the tournament. While the first round included intermittent rain, including a 30 minute delay and eventual postponement of the round, golfers were welcomed with ideal conditions for the final round. Dylan Stein, of Flemington, NJ, and Alyssa Schiera, of West Windsor, NJ, stood out and earned Player of the Week honors.

steinStein, playing in his third tournament of the year, had another impressive showing. Facing less than ideal scoring conditions on Saturday, Stein managed to shoot an impressive 73. The Flemington, New Jersey native’s Saturday round included four birdies, two on the front nine and two on the back, including one on the tough par 3 8th hole.  On Sunday, Stein picked up right where he left off by carding a birdie on the par-5 first hole. His consistent play in round two led him to shoot a 78. His round one and round two scores forced a playoff with James Nicholas. During the playoff, Stein had many impressive shots, perhaps none more impressive than the up-and-down from off the green on the first playoff hole. Although it was not enough to secure the victory, it did secure his best finish of the year for him. We wish Stein the best and hope to see him soon.

 

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Schiera, an IJGT regular, having played six out of nine events this spring, had her best finish of the season. She started the weekend out nicely by parring her first hole and finished her front nine at 3-over-par 38. The highlight of her round was a birdie on the difficult par three, No. 16. She was the only girl to score under par on the hole and one of only five players to birdie the hole through the whole tournament. She finished round one with an 84 and in a six-way tie for fifth place. Schiera also played well throughout the final round, including another birdie on the par three, No. 2. She again finished with an 84, for an overall score of 168. Her third place finish is her best of the season and she improved on her previous best score of 2014 by four strokes. We wish Schiera the best of luck during her upcoming competitions at the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club this weekend and the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, May 24-26, at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando.

 

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The IJGT traveled south to host The Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club on May 10-11, 2014. The final event of the regular Southeast Tour schedule featured a field of 61 juniors ranging in age from 11-19 years old for the two-day, 36-hole event. The IJGT Players of the Week from the Southeast Tour are Cameron Clair of Bluffton, S.C., and Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

15111_10154171568985026_267358251173121412_nClair made his 14th appearance in an IJGT event this season with his IJGT career-best finish of third place in the Boys 15 & Up Division. After finishing his first round with a four-over par 76, Clair found himself three strokes off the lead. Clair started his final round ready to close the gap, making a birdie on his opening hole. He posted an even-par 72 for the final round, to finish with a 76-72–148. After his strong play at Falcon’s Fire, Clair will be one to watch at the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions.

 

 

 

 

10264779_10154171553715026_2741195399204324369_nPhuchanbanchob, the Girls Division second-place finisher, carded nine pars and three birdies to finish with an impressive first round score of 75. After starting the final round three strokes behind the lead with a one-under 35 on the front nine, Phuchanbanchob held strong with seven pars on the back nine, finishing with a 74 in the final round. She carded an overall score of 75-74—149, making her runner-up honors her fifth top-5 finish for the 2013-14 season. Phuchanbanchob will make her debut appearance in a  Bridgestone Tournament of Champions May 24-26, 2014, and look to excel with her momentum from this week’s notable performance.

The Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire – Final results

Low final round translates to a victory for Ozaki

Whaley becomes two-time winner at Falcon’s Fire

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The IJGT traveled south to host The Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club on May 10-11, 2014. The final event of the regular Southeast Tour schedule featured a field of 61 juniors ranging in age from 11-19 years old for the two-day, 36-hole event. Winners of the event were awarded IJGT Merit Points and also competed for national rankings and an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

DSC_1057The Boys 15-19 Division was won by Shota Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan. Finishing with scores of 74-70 – 144, Ozaki came from behind after round one to secure the win. His first since 2013, Ozaki’s victory was highlighted by an impressive streak of par or better on 13 holes and four tournament birdies. Trailing Brock Erwin of Muldrow, Okla., by one stroke after round one, Ozaki carded the lowest final round of the tournament to move into first by three strokes. His 2-under-par 70 in the final round earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award offered to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round.

Charles Sun of Bradenton, Fla., finished in second place with scores of 74-73 – 147 and Cameron Clair of Bluffton, S.C., finished in third with scores of 76-72 – 148.

When asked about what worked well for him, Ozaki stated, “My drivers worked well, I was able to hit a lot of fairways.”

DSC_1270Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico, led the Boys 14 & Under Division both days en route to his first IJGT victory. After round one, Sanchez found himself 10 strokes ahead of his competition with a score of 3-over-par 75. Despite struggling initially, he added 10 pars in round two to keep him in front for the win. His first round included two birdies coming on holes four and 17. Sanchez finished 12 strokes ahead of the competition.

Finishing in second was Thomas Delaney of Kingwood, Texas, with scores of 86-82 – 168 while Jackson Skeen of Johnson City, Tenn., rounded out the top three with an overall score of 171.

“I would say number four [was my favorite] because it was a short par-5 and I was able to get there in two and birdied it,” said Sanchez about his favorite hole of the course.

DSC_1126For the second consecutive year, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., nabbed first at Falcon’s Fire. Scoring similarly to her first win at Falcon’s Fire in May of 2013, Whaley finished with scores of 72-71 – 143. Five birdies and an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole aided in Whaley’s run for the title. Whaley held off second-place finisher, Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, with the help of her 1-under-par second-round score of 71. Her second-round score earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Phuchanbanchob finished second with scores of 75-74 – 149. Rounding out the Girls Division was Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, tallying scores of 76-75 – 151.

“I feel more accomplished because I’m two-time, I feel like I’ve really mastered this course now,” said Whaley about her second consecutive win at Falcon’s Fire.

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will continue on to Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla., for the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions on May 24-26, 2014. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444. 

Kissimmee, Fla. – Final round results of the IJGT Orlando Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 11, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,833 yards, Par 72 (73.2/136). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,225 yards, Par 72 (70.0/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,984 yards, Par 72 (74.3/130).

Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 10-15 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 5-7 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Orlando Junior at Falcons Fire GC
Kissimmee, Fla.
May 10-11, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees) 6,833 yards, Par 72

1. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *74-70–144
2. Charles Sun, Bradenton, FL *74-73–147
3. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *76-72–148
4. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *76-73–149
5. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *77-74–151
5. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *73-78–151
7. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *80-72–152
7. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *74-78–152
9. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-73–154
10. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *83-72–155
10. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *77-78–155
10. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *78-77–155
13. Simon McDonald, Kialla, Australia *81-75–156
13. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *80-76–156
13. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *78-78–156
13. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *78-78–156
17. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *80-77–157
17. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *79-78–157
17. Michael Boylan, Patterson, NY *76-81–157
20. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *82-76–158
20. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *80-78–158
22. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *80-80–160
22. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *80-80–160
22. Adam Agustin, El Dorado Hills, CA *79-81–160
25. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *82-79–161
25. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *77-84–161
27. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *88-74–162
28. Shosei Inokawa, Atamishi, Japan *77-87–164
29. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *84-81–165
30. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *81-86–167
30. Jespi Huh, Sasanggu, South Korea *79-88–167
32. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *89-80–169
33. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *86-85–171
33. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *86-85–171
33. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *84-87–171
36. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *88-85–173
37. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *90-86–176
38. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *93-87–180
39. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN *89-95–184

DID NOT FINISH

Charles MacCallum, Melbourne, Australia *80-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (Blue Tees) 6,225 yards, Par 72

1. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *75-81–156
2. Thomas Delaney, Kingwood, TX *86-82–168
3. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *85-86–171
4. Ronak Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *87-86–173
5. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia *89-87–176
6. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *86-96–182
7. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China *99-89–188
8. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea *96-99–195
9. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *97-100–197
10. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *111-101–212

Girls Division (White Tees) 5,984 yards Par 72

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *72-71–143
2. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *75-74–149
3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *76-75–151
4. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *79-78–157
4. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan *81-76–157
6. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *80-81–161
7. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *78-89–167
8. Emma Parson, Bluffton, SC *92-89–181
9. Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *91-94–185
10. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *93-95–188
11. Stephanie Orrell, Hilton Head Island, SC *100-102–202

Orlando Junior at Falcon's Fire Golf Club – Round one recap

The IJGT traveled south to the fan favorite Falcon’s Fire Golf Club to host the Orlando Junior on May 10-11, 2014. Hot but breezy weather greeted the field of 61 juniors in the first round. Leaders in each division are below, their rounds in numbers:

Brock Erwin of Muldrow, Okla., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

73 – Erwin posted 1-over-par round-one score

35 – he carded a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine

13 – this is Erwin’s 13th IJGT event of the season

9 – par-or-better streak on each of the holes on the front nine

4 – number of birdies he tallied in round one

The Boys 14 & Under Division is led by Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico. His round in numbers:

75 – his round-one 3-over-par score

13 – Sanchez comes into the Orlando Junior with 13 top-10 finishes in IJGT events

11 – par-or-better streak from holes eight and 18

2 – number of birdies tallied on holes four and 17

The Girls Division is led by Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., her round in numbers:

72 – Whaley posted an even-par score of 72, the lowest score of the tournament

10 – number of pars on the round

4 – number of birdies on the round

1 – Whaley placed first in her last appearance at Falcon’s Fire on May 11-12, 2013

Juniors will return to play for round two Sunday, May 11, 2014, for an 7:30 a.m. start. For full results from the first round of the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire, click here. Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.

Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT will be hosting the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club on May 10-11, 2014. This two-day event will include two 18-hole rounds to be played on Saturday and Sunday. At stake are IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

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Falcon’s Fire Golf Club is recognized as one of the finest public golf courses in the Orlando area both regionally and nationally. Rees Jones designed this course with a classic feel. It’s unique design and excellent playing conditions set it apart from other courses in the area. Other features include white sand bunkers, strategic grass mounding and natural water hazards that line the fairways for aesthetically pleasing views. It has received a number of awards including four stars in Golf Digest’s “places to play” publication and also was named one of the best golf courses in Orlando by Golf Orlando Florida in 2013.  Falcon’s Fire hosted the Senior PGA Tour Regional Finals for four years and the Oldsmobile Scramble National Finals for eight years.

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Falcon’s Fire has been named one of the top-rated public golf courses in Florida by multiple publications

Keep an eye on the Boys 15-19 Division as Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, and Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, look to contend for first. Cheng currently ranks fourth in the IJGT Tour Rankings with seven top-10 finishes in eight events played, including two first place victories. Sharma ranks in 11th in the IJGT Tour Rankings with seven of his own top-10 finishes in tournament play.

The Boys 14 & Under Division will feature Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico, as a player to watch. Sanchez has participated in 13 events in the 2013-2014 season and has placed in the top-10 in each one. His most recent best performance came on December 1, 2013 when he placed second in the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall Golf Club.

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, and Milleina Ohara of Meguro-Ku, Japan, both will look to lead the Girls Division. Tadokoro is coming off a recent third-place finish at College Prep at Palmetto Hall while Ohara recently finished tied for fourth in the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s at Oldfield Country Club. Both girls rank in the top 20 of the IJGT Tour Rankings in their division.

To register or for more information on the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire, click here.

IJGT Returns to Falcon's Fire for the Orlando Junior

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is set to return to Kissimmee, Fla., for the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club May 11-12. After a successful tournament at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club last September, the IJGT is excited to be back in Florida. The Event will feature elite junior golfers ages 9-19 from around the world competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.

Falcon's FireLocated just minutes from the Walt Disney World Resort, Falcon’s Fire Golf Club was ranked “Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest 2010-2011. A Rees Jones designed course, Falcon’s Fire features plenty of bunkers and fairway undulation, requiring accurate tee-shot placement and touch around the greens. Falcon’s Fire is recognized both regionally and nationally as one of the finest public golf courses in the Orlando area.

The field for this Event is filling up quickly as anticipation builds for the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions held at Grand Cypress Golf Club, in Orlando, Fla., May 25-27.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, three former IJGT champions are returning to the tour. Manuel Velez of Panama City, Panama will attempt to defend his Falcon’s Fire title at the Orlando Junior. Last September, Velez won the Florida Swing at Falcon’s Fire. Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan is coming off a more recent win at the College Classic at Duke University and will try to take the title from Velez. Luke Tetreault of Horseheads, N.Y., went home with the title in late March at the Lowcountry Junior at Oldfield Golf Club. With these three former champions already in the field the Orlando Junior is sure to be an exciting Event.

The Boys 14 Under Division will feature another former IJGT champions. Andre Becerra of Zapopan, Mexico will be competing in the Orlando Junior hoping to take home his fourth IJGT title of the 2012-2013 season.  Becerra has seven top-5 finishes already this season, including his victory at the Florida Swing at Falcon’s Fire in September. He will not be without competition, however. Paul Schumacher of Canton, Ohio, will attempt to take home his first IJGT title this season. Schumacher had an impressive second-place finish at Falcon’s Fire in September.

The Girls Division will be equally exciting. Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, is coming off a win at an American Junior Golf Association preseason event. Siriko was named champion at the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters last October, and has 10 top-5 finishes already for the 2012-2013 season. Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, already has three IJGT titles for the season and 15 top-5 finishes. Nakatani is always a player to watch during IJGT Events. Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., returns to the IJGT after an impressive second-place finish at the College Classic at Duke University. Whaley has consistently finished inside the top five at IJGT Events and will definitely be a contender for the title at the Orlando Junior.

The Orlando Junior will begin May 11, at 7:30 a.m. with groups teeing off Nos. 1 and 10. The Event will conclude with an awards ceremony recognizing the top three juniors in each division with tournament gifts and trophies immediately following the conclusion of the final group on May 12.

Falcon’s Fire will be open for optional practice rounds and IJGT tournament registration, May 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information for this event or any others, please visit www.IJGT.com  external_link.png or call (843) 785-2444.

Click here to register for the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire to reserve your spot in this highly competitive field.

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, KENTWOOL, 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.