IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall – Final Results (April 26, 2015)

McCloskey wins second consecutive Boys 14 & Under title

McCann wins first IJGT event  

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) remained local to host the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on April 25-26, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Round one of the event was suspended due to lightning and torrential rain. The completion of round one and all of round two were both played on Sunday, in warm and sunny conditions.

Conor Byrne Palmetto HallConor Byrne (left) of Dublin, Ireland, shot a 2-under 70 in round one on his way to a 1-under 143 tournament total and his second IJGT title of the season in the Boys 15-19 Division. He carded back-to-back birdies three times during the tournament and finished with eight total birdies. “My favorite hole was hole No. 14,” he said after the tournament. “I had two birdies there this weekend, so that was nice.” He made par or better on 17 of 18 holes in round one. According to Byrne his driver was the best club in his bag this weekend. “I hit a lot of fairways, which put me in good position,” he said.

Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan, finished second with a 147 tournament total. He carded nine birdies to win the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the junior to card the most birdies in each division.

Rowan Foxley of Arlington, Wash., finished third with a 149 tournament total. He carded an even-par 72 in the second round to earn the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female juniors to card the lowest scores in the final round of an event.

Holly McCann Palmetto HallFor Girls Division winner Holly McCann (left) of Raleigh, N.C., the highlight of the tournament was her round one 1-under 71. “That’s my first tournament under par, so it’s really memorable,” she said after the event.

The 14-year-old McCann carded a 77 in round two to finish with a 148 tournament total and sole possession of first place. She carded three birdies in round one and two more in round two to finish with five total. She had a division-best 17-hole par-or-better streak, which began with a birdie on the par-5 tenth hole in round one and ended with the par-3 eighth in round two.

Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, carded a 150 tournament total to finish second in the Girls Division. She made par or better on every hole on the front nine in both rounds.

Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua, finished third with a 152 tournament total.

Fourth-place finisher Bunyaporn Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, carded nine birdies during the tournament to win the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for the Girls Division. Her second-round 2-over 74, which included two sets of consecutive birdies, also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Aidan McCloskeyAidan McCloskey (left) of Northborough, Mass., carded a 163 tournament total to earn his second consecutive Boys 14 & Under Division title. He won the IJGT Oldfield Junior earlier this month. The secret to McCloskey’s success this weekend was his iron game. “The best club in my bag this weekend was my 8-iron,” he said after the final round. “I hit it pretty good; this whole tournament I always seemed to have it.”

Matthew Camel of Greenwich, Conn., and Keegan Vaugh of Myrtle Beach, S.C., tied for second with 166 tournament totals. The duo had identical scores of 81 in round one and 85 in round two. Vaugh carded three birdies to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for the Boys 14 & Under Division.

The IJGT Southeast Tour will continue tournament play with the Junior World Qualifer at Golden Bear on May 2-3, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit or call (843) 686-1500.

Hilton Head Island, SC – Final Results of the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on April 25-26, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,704 yards Par 72 (73.4/138). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,184 yards, Par 72 (70.7/132). Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,745 yards, Par 72 (73.8/129).


International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Island Open

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

April 25-26, 2015


Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,704 yards, Par 72

1. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *70-73–143

2. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *73-74–147

3. Rowan Foxley, Arlington, WA *77-72–149

4. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *75-75–150

5. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *78-74–152

6. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *73-80–153

6. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg, Germany *77-76–153

8. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *80-74–154

8. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *75-79–154

10. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *79-76–155

10. Zach Seeler, Marion, IN *77-78–155

12. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *81-76–157

13. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *78-80–158

13. Nathan Parry, Chapel Hill, NC *76-82–158

13. Vince Brunet, Ottawa, Canada *79-79–158

16. Nate Tosto, Pooler, GA *85-76–161

17. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *85-77–162

18. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *82-81–163

19. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *79-85–164

19. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *76-88–164

19. Sam Myers, Colchester, VT *82-82–164

22. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *76-89–165

22. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *84-81–165

22. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *82-83–165

25. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *90-77–167

26. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *90-83–173

27. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *89-87–176

28. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *85-92–177

29. John Milner, Odessa, FL *86-93–179

29. Logan Stefanko, Plymouth, MI *85-94–179

31. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *90-90–180




DQ. Alex Vegh, Gahanna, OH

DQ. Nelson Ou, Foshan, China

JWD. Britt Walton, Steamboat Springs, CO


Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,184 yards, Par 72

1. Aiden McCloskey, Northborough, MA *78-85–163

2. Matthew Camel, Greenwich, CT *81-85–166

2. Keegan Vaugh, Myrtle Beach, SC *81-85–166

4. Matthew Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *82-85–167

5. Connor Kirkham, Paducah, KY *91-86–177

6. Dimitris Vasilakos, Savannah, GA *104-108–212



Girls Division- Black Tees, 5,745 yards, Par 72

1. Holly McCann, Raleigh, NC *71-77–148

2. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *72-78–150

3. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *76-76–152

4. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *79-74–153

5. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *80-77–157

6. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC *82-76–158

7. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *78-81–159

8. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *78-87–165

9. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *83-85–168

10. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *101-79–180

11. Katie Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *92-94–186

Teran, Huber featured in IJGT Photo of the Week (Nov. 13, 2014)

The IJGT traveled to Dormie Club, rated the No. 2  course to play in the state of North Carolina by Golfweek, to host the Major Championship. Offering national rankings and IJGT merit points, juniors competed on a pristine golf course under tough competition. Following the event, the fans have spoken and a photo of Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua, and Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, was selected as the fan-favorite IJGT Photo of the Week!


(Left to right) Gabriela Teran and Lita Huber display their trophies at the awards ceremony of the Major Championship


Teran finished in second with a tournament total 154 while Huber finished in third just four strokes behind. Competing in their fourth event of the season, both girls had participated in the IJGT College Series at NC State, the IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club and the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters.

Teran’s best round was her opening round at the Major, featuring two birdies and 11 pars. Adding 12 more pars in her second round, Teran nabbed second place in the Girls Division. She has finished in the top-10 in 13 of 15 events.

Huber finished third with scores of 79 and 80, her round of 79 being her first ever tournament score in the 70s. Huber has participated in 16 IJGT events and placed in the top-10 in 10 of those events.

Congratulations to Teran and Huber!

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

1 point – per ‘Like’
2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)
3 points – per share

Inserra, Teran nab IJGT Player of the Week honors (Nov. 11, 2014)

The IJGT traveled to West End, N.C., on November 8-9, 2014, to host the Major Championship at Dormie Club. Rated the No. 2 course to play in the state of North Carolina by Golfweek, the course offered an entertaining challenge to each junior.  The course was in pristine shape and despite the greens being firm and fast, the juniors rose to the occasion and posted admirable scores both days. This week’s IJGT Player of the Week honors following the Major Championship go to Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J., and Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua.

Brett Inserra

Brett Inserra

Inserra’s first round score of 82 put him in a tie for 19th place in a field full of strong players.  In his opening round Inserra started off slowly, struggling with a few bogeys. Never fully embracing a momentum, he finished the round with a four-hole par-or-better streak which included his single birdie of the day. With the determination to make up ground, Inserra returned for round two by carding par-or-better on the entire front nine. Four round-two birdies combined with 12 pars allowed Inserra to improve by a staggering 13 strokes and move him up the leaderboard into the top three. Inserra shared third place with Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, with a two-day total of 151 and brought home the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for shooting the lowest final round across both boys’ divisions.

In three appearances in a Major Championship, this is Inserra’s first top-three finish.

Gabriela Teran

Gabriela Teran

Teran’s first round started off hot with a birdie on the par-4 No. 2.  Seven pars on her front nine had her at even-par at the turn. On the back nine, she carded another birdie the par-4 No. 14, bringing her first round score to75. Within reach of divisional leader Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., and looking to advance, Teran’s began her second round with consistent play. Scoring par on 12 of 18 holes, Teran finished shy of moving into first but remained in control of second place with a total 154.

The second-place finish is Teran’s third top-five finish this season and the seventh of her IJGT career.

Congratulations to Brett Inserra and Gabriela Teran on earning this week’s Player of the Week honors!

Major Championship at Dormie Club – Final results (Nov. 9, 2014)

Whaley brings home her second Major Championship
Pfoestl’s first Major Championship also his first-ever IJGT victory 

WEST END, N.C. – The IJGT hosted the Major Championship at Dormie Club on November 8-9, 2014. The second Major Championship of the season featured a field of more than 50 juniors from across the United States and around the world. Facing cooler temperatures and a difficult course, juniors competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings as well as the honor of being named the IJGT Major Champion.

DSC06876cropShiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, captured the title of Major Champion in the Boys 15-19 Division with scores of 77 and 71 for a two-day total of 148. Go started round two in a four-way tie for second place. After posting zero birdies in round one, Go improved by adding three birdies in the second round to his 23 total pars for the weekend. Go’s strong play on Sunday allowed him to move into first place and win by two strokes.

“My putting and short game are what I did really well with and what helped me win,” said Go.

Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan, finished in second place with a two-day total of 150. Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J., and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, shared third place with a tournament totals of 151. Inserra’s round-two score of 2-under-par 69 earned him the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award, the award given to the male and female junior(s) recording the lowest score on the final day of the event.


DSC06885cropThe Boys 14 & Under Division Champion was Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy. Pfoestl jumped out to a ten-stroke lead over the division in round one with his opening score of 79. Despite his second day struggles, Pfoestl maintained a ten-stroke lead with a second round of 83. With the help of three total birdies and 13 total pars, Pfoestl’s tournament total 162 earned him his first career IJGT win.

“I drove the ball well and I knew if I played smart in the final round I would win,” commented Pfoestl.

Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., finished in second with a tournament total of 172 while brother, Andrew Sample placed third with a two-day total of 198.



DSC06892cropKelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., became the Major Champion of the Girls Division with an even-par 142. Opening with the only round played under par on Saturday, Whaley recorded five birdies and 10 pars en route to a 2-under-par 69. Whaley followed up her strong first round with a 2-over-par 73 in round two thanks to four additional birdies. Her second round 73 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Whaley said, “I’ve worked really hard lately on my game and it’s nice to see all of my hard work pay off.”

Finishing in second was Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua, with a tournament total of 154. Rounding out the top three was Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, with a total of 159.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on Thanksgiving weekend, November 27-29, 2014, for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass. To sign up for this event, or others, visit or call (843) 686-1500.

West End, N.C.. – Final Results of the Major Championship at Dormie Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on November 8-9, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,644 yards Par 71 (72.5/131). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,807 yards, Par 71 (69.3/125). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,611 yards, Par 71 (72.5/130).

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Dormie Club
West End, NC
November 8-9, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division 6,644 yards (Black Tees) Par, 71

1. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *77-71–148
2. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *77-73–150
3. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *82-69–151
3. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *81-70–151
5. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *77-75–152
6. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *76-77–153
7. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-73–154
7. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *80-74–154
9. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-76–157
9. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *80-77–157
9. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *79-78–157
12. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *77-81–158
13. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *79-80–159
14. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *85-75–160
14. Jake Trotta, Harrison, NY *83-77–160
16. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *83-78–161
16. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *80-81–161
18. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *83-79–162
18. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *78-84–162
20. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *78-85–163
21. Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, PA *79-85–164
21. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *76-88–164
23. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *86-79–165
23. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *81-84–165
25. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *85-81–166
26. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *82-85–167
27. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *84-85–169
28. Gray Wiley, Lynchburg, VA *86-84–170
29. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *87-85–172
30. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *90-84–174
31. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *95-80–175
32. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *91-86–177
33. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *87-91–178
34. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *85-94–179
35. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *90-93–183
36. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *100-84–184
37. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *104-81–185
37. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *97-88–185
37. Derek Li, Hillsborough, NJ *98-87–185


DQ. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *96-0–96 (Rule 6-8)
JWD. Alejandro Meriles Medina, La Paz, Bolivia *95-0–95
JWD. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *
JWD. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *

Boys 14 & Under Division — 5,807 Yards (Blue Tees) Par, 71

1. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *79-83–162
2. Luke Sample, New York, NY *89-83–172
3. Andrew Sample, New York, NY *101-97–198

Girls Division — 5,611 Yards (White Tees) Par, 71

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *69-73–142
2. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *75-79–154
3. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *79-80–159
4. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *84-82–166
5. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *109-101–210
6. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *120-116–236


JWD. Mary McGuinness, Haddonfield, NJ *71