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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 IJGT.com 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 www.IJGT.com 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).

Weather:       
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

DID NOT FINISH
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

 

The Architects Cup – Final Results

Gotterup claims Boys 15-19 Division at Architects

Updike shoots 5-under-par to win title

LOPATCONG, N.J. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with The Architects Cup at Architects Golf Club on Sept. 26-27, 2015. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing 6 different states competed in the 36-hole tournament for IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, and AJGA Performance Stars.

Chris Gotterup of Little Silver, N.J., earned the title in the Boys 15-19 Division after firing a 3-under, 139 tournament total. The wind at Architects Golf Club was a major factor. During both rounds the wind was consistently blowing around 10 miles per hour or greater. It was also a swirling wind making club selection extremely difficult. Gotterup was able to manage the conditions and used his length to his advantage.

Chris Gotterup won the Boys 15-19 Diviision at The Architects Cup

Chris Gotterup won the Boys 15-19 Diviision at The Architects Cup

Gotterup started the tournament with a round of even-par, 71 which gave him a two-stroke lead. During the first round, he made three birdies. In the final round, Gotterup turned it up a notch making six birdies in route to a 3-under, 68. This stellar performance gave him a three-stroke victory, his first on the IJGT.

“My mentality coming in to the final round was to gain the shots back that I left out there yesterday,” said Gotterup.

Alec Kerr of Broomall, Pa., finished in second place posting a tournament total of even-par 142. Kerr fired a 3-under, 68 in the final round, which tied for the low round of the tournament. In third place was Richard Riva III of Lancaster, Pa., who finished with a tournament total of 145.

The performance of the tournament came in the Boys 14 & Under Division where John Updike of Wayne, Pa., blew away the competition shooting a 5-under, 137 to win by 14 strokes. In the first round, Updike carded the lowest round of the day shooting a 2-under, 69. The final round was even better for Updike who recorded a 3-under, 68 to earn his third IJGT victory.

John Updike won the Boys 14 & Under Division at The Architects Cup

John Updike won the Boys 14 & Under Division at The Architects Cup

Updike did his damage on the front nine at Architects Golf Club. In the first round, he carded a 33 and in the final round a 32. In total, Updike made eight birdies and one eagle for the tournament.

Updike’s final-round score of 3-under, 68 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. Gotterup and Kerr also received the award for their identical score of 68.

“My mentality coming into the final round with the lead was to not play conservative and shoot better than I did on the first day,” commented Updike.

Garrett Engle of Harrisburg, Pa., finished in second place in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a total score of 151. Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., took home third place finishing with a score of 152.

In the Girls Division, Anna Bowman of Westfield, N.J., earned her first IJGT title after recording a tournament total of 168. Bowman recorded a final-round score of 81, which was a six-stroke improvement from the previous day. The highlight of the tournament for Bowman was her front-nine score of 38 during the final round.

Anna Bowman won the Girls Division at The Architects Cup

Anna Bowman won the Girls Division at The Architects Cup

“Today I was thinking about playing well and being able to put up a good number,” said Bowman.

Meghan Jeran of Blue Point, N.Y., finished in second place for the event with a tournament total of 215.

The IJGT will travel to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for the Florida Junior at Disney Resort on Oct. 3-4, 2015. The tournament will feature national rankings, AJGA Performance Stars as well as IJGT Merit Points. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com 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 www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

LOPATCONG, N.J. – Final-round results of The Architects Cup at Architects Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 27, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,700 yards, Par 71 (72.2/132). Boys 14 & Under Division: Black Tees – 5,991 yards, Par 71 (68.8/125) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,648 yards, Par 71 (73.1/126).

Weather:       
Round 1: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 70’s with 10-15 mph winds
Round 2: Partly with temperatures in the high 60’s with 10-15 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
The Architects Cup
Lopatcong, N.J.
September 26-27, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,700 yards, Par 71
1. Chris Gotterup, Little Silver, NJ *71-68–139
2. Alec Kerr, Broomall, PA *74-68–142
3. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *73-72–145
4. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ *76-71–147
4. Andrew Lombardo, Lansdale, PA *75-72–147
6. Christian Chapman, Victor, NY *73-75–148
7. Peter Bradbeer, Philidelphia, PA *79-71–150
7. George Cultraro, Wyckoff, NJ *77-73–150
7. Chris Lee, West Nyack, NY *76-74–150
10. Patrick Boles, Basking Ridge, NJ *77-74–151
10. Jack Conlon, Hamburg, NJ *75-76–151
12. Nicholas Gianelos, West Chester, PA *76-76–152
12. David Powers, Glen Spey, NY *76-76–152
14. William Riva, Lancaster, PA *81-73–154
14. Lewis Raboy, White Plains, NY *74-80–154
16. Brent Schoeller, Jenkintown, PA *82-74–156
16. Jack Cornforth, Summit, NJ *80-76–156
16. Andy Stock, Danbury, CT *76-80–156
19. Spencer Weiner, Short Hills, NJ *76-81–157
20. Jay Kim, Holmdel, NJ *81-77–158
20. T.J. Buck, Penfield, NY *79-79–158
20. Christopher Chan, New York, NY *79-79–158
20. Nick DiMarco, Poughkeepsie, NY *78-80–158
20. Luke Dougherty, Sea Girt, NJ *78-80–158
25. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *81-78–159
25. Jack Daley, Lansdale, PA *80-79–159
25. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *80-79–159
28. Robby Coene, Fair Haven, NJ *87-73–160
28. Ryan Lee, Norwood, NJ *77-83–160
30. Charles Young II, Woodstock, MD *80-82–162
31. Jake Reed, Eldersburg, MD *84-79–163
32. Jack Martinides, Newtown, PA *79-85–164
33. James Murphy, Shelter Island Heights, NY *84-81–165
34. Sanghyeon Park, Oakland Gardens, NY *83-83–166
35. Connor Mantel, Manorville, NY *88-80–168
35. Devin Sanders, Camden, DE *86-82–168
35. Logan Carter, Montclair, NJ *85-83–168
38. Liam Seston, Ridgewood, NJ *86-83–169
39. Jake Ferry, Wildwood Crest, NJ *83-88–171
40. Andrew Perry, Basking Ridge, NJ *89-83–172
41. Matt Saraceno, Ridgewood, NJ *86-87–173
41. Deion Shepherd, Dayton, NJ *85-88–173
43. Pat Vogdes, Wildwood Crest, NJ *89-85–174
43. Kyle Froisland, Blairstown, NJ *88-86–174
45. Jack Howard, Pelham, NY *90-91–181

Boys 14 & Under Division – Gold Tees, 5,991 yards, Par 71
1. John Updike, Wayne, PA *69-68–137
2. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *79-72–151
3. Luke Sample, New York, NY *74-78–152
4. Maxwell Sorger, Montclair, NJ *74-79–153
5. Jack Merrill, Old Greenwich, CT *80-79–159
6. Eegan McDermott, East Brunswick, NJ *80-84–164
7. Andrew Curran, Media, PA *97-78–175
8. Barnes Blake, Westfield, NJ *94-90–184
9. Andrew Sample, New York, NY *91-96–187

DID NOT FINISH
Matt Cooper, Dobbs Ferry, NY *88-WD

Girls Division – Blue Tees, 5,648 yards, Par 71
1. Anna Bowman, Westfield, NJ *87-81–168
2. Meghan Jeran, Blue Point, NY *112-103–215

 

 

 

 

Braman, Byrne featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – Oct. 16, 2014

The IJGT hosted both northeast and southeast events on October 11-12, 2014, for juniors from all over the world. The Northeast Tour headed to Bronx, N.Y., for the first time in IJGT history. Held at Pelham Bay Golf Course, the tour hosted the IJGT Junior Open. Rain crept into the forecast briefly and despite the conditions remaining cool and windy, juniors competed with intensity for IJGT merit points and national rankings. This week’s IJGT Photo of the Week for the north features IJGT Junior Open Girls Champion Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y.

Photo of the Week 10.16.14_2

Braman opened the tournament with a first-round score of 1-over 72, her best round of the weekend. She kicked off with back-to-back birdies before adding a third to finish nine strokes ahead of the division. Despite some struggle against the windy conditions in round two, Braman aimed for consistency, adding 10 pars. Her second-round score of 80 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award going to the junior with the lowest score in the final round.

Photo of the Week 10.16.14

In the southeast, the IJGT headed to the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to host the Florida JuniorWith weather resembling summer conditions, juniors competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings as well as an invite to the North American Junior Amateur Championship to be held in Arizona on December 30-January 3, 2015. This week’s IJGT Photo of the Week for the southeast features junior, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland. Bryne is in his first season as an IJGT member and has been a part of three events now. Most recently, Bryne took home the second-place trophy at the IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield GC. He combined consistent rounds of 72 for a tournament total of even-par 144.

Congratulations to both Braman and Byrne and we look forward to seeing them again in IJGT events!

Kedlaya, Benevento among junior to earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Oct. 14, 2014

SOUTHEAST

The IJGT traveled to Orlando, Fla., on October 11-12, 2014, to host the Florida Junior at The Palm Course at Walt Disney Resort. The hot and humid climate did not affect the 51 juniors as they produced low rounds on both days.

The Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Tour go to Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., and Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India.

wren

On day one, Wren got off to a hot start by posting a birdie on his first hole and stringing together pars on six of his following seven holes before finishing the front nine with a score of 1-over-par.  His back nine went just as well, with pars on seven of the nine holes giving him a total round one score of 3-over 75.  Wren returned in round two with similar momentum and added par on the first seven consecutive holes leading up to a birdie on No. 8.  Wren’s final nine holes were played at one under par, including three birdies and four pars.  Wren took home the second place trophy with his final round score of 71 and an overall score of 146.

kedlaya

Kedlaya opened her first round with par on four front-nine holes before really heating up and carding par on eight of her back-nine holes to finish the day at 78. She continued sharp play in round two with six pars on the front nine, four of which were consecutive, before adding a birdie on No. 8. Kedlaya’s scores of 78 and 74 were her lowest scores to date on the IJGT with her round two 74 earning her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round for the girls. Kedlaya’s overall score of 152 helped her to finish second.

Thanks to outstanding play and their second place finishes, both Wren and Kedlaya qualified for the North American Junior Amateur Championship to be held in Arizona on December 31, 2014 – January 3, 2015. The Florida Junior at Disney Resort was a qualifying tournament, granting and invitation to  the top two boys and top two girls.

NORTHEAST

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to Bronx, N.Y., for the first-ever tournament at Pelham Bay Golf Club, to host The IJGT Junior Open. Despite some rain during round one and cold and windy conditions on both days, there was great golf performances the entire weekend. The IJGT is proud to award the Northeast Player of the Week honors to Mark Benevento of Somers Point, N.J., and Soona Lee-Tolley of New York, N.Y.

Benevento

Benevento, having placed second in The Architects Cup on October 4-5, 2014, looked to come out and shoot for an even greater performance.  Benevento’s round one score of 75 left him two shots off of the lead.  Knowing he needed to play great golf in round two to assume the lead, Benevento improved his round by three strokes for a even-par 71. Despite missing the title by two strokes, Benevento said, “My goal for each round is make great shots and improve from the day before. I am happy with how round two went today.” His second-place finish at the IJGT Junior Open becomes his fourth top-five finish in as many events.

Lee-Tolley

After round one, Lee-Tolley sat in third place but was eager for more. Returning for round two with a fire in her belly, Lee-Tolley used consistent putting for par to cut five strokes from her round one score. Her round two 78 also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls. This allowed her to move up the leader board and into second place. With just one less par than winner Madison Braman, Lee-Tolley used 20 total pars to prove her determination and consistency, helping her to earn this week’s Player of the Week honors.

Congratulations to Wren, Kedlaya, Benevento and Lee-Tolley on earning the IJGT Player of the Week honors this week!

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 IJGT.com 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

DID NOT FINISH

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

Florida Junior at Disney Resort – Tour Preview

The IJGT will be hosting the Florida Junior at Disney Resort on the Palm Golf Course on October 11-12, 2014. This two-day event will include 18-holes to be played on Saturday and Sunday. At stake are IJGT merit points and national rankings.

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Rated 4-stars by Golf Digest, this 18-hole championship course features shimmering lakes, tropical sands, palm trees and sloping greens. The course was renovated during summer 2013 and features entirely new green complexes, newly shaped tees, and a completely new bunker design that has modernized this historic golf course. These significant changes provides plenty of challenges for novices and seasoned pros alike.

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Disney’s Palm Golf Course

Players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division include Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, who recently took second in the IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club and currently is ninth in the IJGT Boys 15-19 Divisional Tour Rankings. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Mariano Leyva of San Juan, Puerto Rico, will look to take home his third top-three finish in an IJGT event this 2014-2015 season.

In the Girls Division, be sure to watch for Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who looks to improve upon her fifth place finish in the IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club.

To register or for more information about the Florida Junior, click here.