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Final results from the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana

Meyers wins shortened IJGT Junior

Harris and Lambert take home titles at TPC Louisiana

AVONDALE, La. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana where a field of talented junior golfers competed for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The tournament was held at TPC Louisiana which hosts the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic. Weather ruled the tournament as winds of over 25 mph during the first round push scores higher and rain and thunderstorms during the final round forced the tournament to be shortened to 27 holes.

Meyers TrophyWilliam Meyers of Baton Rouge, La., was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division after carding an impressive 3-over-par 39 during the final round.  Meyers trailed Gage Primeaux of Lake Charles, La., by four strokes coming into the final round of play. Primeaux recorded a score of 43 on the front nine at TPC Louisiana to finish with a total score of 124 which was identical to Meyers. By the United States Golf Association’s Rules of Golf the tournament was decided via a scorecard-playoff because the course was unplayable. The deciding factor were the last nine holes of the event giving Meyers his first IJGT title.

“I looked at the weather this morning and I knew par was going to be my friend with the rain…try and get as many greens in regulations as possible,” commented Meyers.

Rounding out the top three in the Boys 15-19 Division was Will Dufour of Gretna, La., with a tournament total of 128.

Lambert TrophyThe Boys 14 & Under Division was not as closely contested as the older boys division with Nolan Lambert of Gretna, La., winning in convincing fashion. Lambert began the tournament with a shaky front-nine score of 45, but quickly rebounded with an even-par 36 on the back nine including seven consecutive pars to finish his round. He took a six-stroke lead going into the final round and never looked back.

“I just wanted to play my game and take it from there. I really didn’t want to think about it (the lead),” said Lambert.

Even with the rain during the final round, Lambert was able to manage his way around the front nine in 39 strokes giving him a 10-stroke victory. His total score of 120 was the lowest of the tournament regardless of division.

Finishing in a tie for second place were Wondell Smith of New Orleans, La., and Alex Thaller of Hilton Head Island, S.C., with tournament totals of 130.

Harris TrophyThe Girls Division at TPC Louisiana was won by Angelica Harris of Harvey, La., after she recorded a tournament total of 131. Harris took control in the first round as she built a 12-stroke cushion going into the final day of play. Her round was highlighted by two birdies on her back nine, and five total pars on the day. The final round looked to be a battle as fellow competitor Allison Herring of Skillman, N.J., played her first five holes in 1-under-par, but Harris played the last four holes of the front nine in 1-over-par to clinch the victory in the rain-shortened event. This was Harris’s first IJGT victory in three attempts.

“My mindset was to play steady all day and try to make par, and not try to make big mistakes…especially at a course like TPC (Louisiana),” commented Harris.

Herring finished in second place after posting a tournament total of 140 including a 41 in the final round.

Each IJGT tournament the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is given to the players that record the lowest score in the final round. Meyers, Lambert, and Herring took home the prize this weekend for their great performances.

The IJGT concluded tournament play for 2013. Action will continue in 2014 with the Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay on Jan. 11-12, 2014 in Tampa, 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

AVONDALE, La. – Final round results of the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Dec. 22, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Dye Tees – 6,952 yards, Par 72 (73.9/136). Boys 14 & Under Division: Players Tees – 6,188 yards, Par 72 (70.2/130). Girls Division: Club Tees – 5,800 yards, Par 72 (74.5/136).

Weather:       

Cloudy with temperatures in the Low 70s, winds 25-30 mph
Rain with temperatures in the Low 50s, winds 5-10 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana
Avondale, La.
December 21-22, 2013

Boys 15-19 Division – (Dye Tees) 6,952 Yards, Par 72
1. x-William Meyers, Baton Rouge, LA *85-39–124
2. Gage Primeaux, Lake Charles, LA *81-43–124
3. Will Dufour, Gretna, LA *87-41–128
4. Austin Campbell, Lake Charles, LA *90-40–130
5. Beau David, Lafayette, LA *88-47–135

DID NOT FINISH
Casey Panepinto, Hammond, LA *104-DQ(Rule 6-3a)
 

Boys 14 & Under Division – (Players Tees) 6,188 Yards, Par 72
1. Nolan Lambert, Gretna, LA *81-39–120
2. Wondell Smith, New Orleans, LA *87-43–130
2. Alex Thaller, Hilton Head Island, SC *90-40–130
4. Kyle Estay, Lockport, LA *92-47–139
5. Trey Morse, New Orleans, LA *98-44–142
Girls Division – (Club Tees) 5,800 Yards, Par 72
1. Angelica Harris, Harvey, LA *87-44–131
2. Allison Herring, Skillman, NJ *99-41–140

x-Won in Playoff

First-round highlights from the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana

AVONDALE, La. – The first round of the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Junior at TPC Louisiana was dominated by one story line: the wind. On an unseasonable warm day just outside of New Orleans, high winds created havoc for the junior players in the field. With consistent speeds of 25 mph or more and gusts up to 35 mph it was most certainly a day where par was a great score on every hole. Even with the tough playing conditions, some competitors were able to post solid scores.

Primeaux Tee Shot1In the Boys 15-19 Division, Gage Primeaux of Lake Charles, La., was able to offset the wind and put together an impressive score of 81 to take the first-round lead. Here is Primeaux’s round by the numbers.

6,952 – yardage of the Boys 15-19 Division
9 – number of pars in his round
4 – stroke-lead going into the final round
1 – number of birdies in his round

Harris Tee Shot1Angelica Harris of Harvey, La., took control of the Girls Division after putting together two consistent nine-hole scores. Here is Harris’s round by the numbers.

5,800 – yardage of the Girls Division
43 – back-nine score
5  – number of pars in her round
2 – number of birdies in her round

Lambert Tee Shot1In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Nolan Lambert of Gretna, La., used a stellar back-nine score to take the lead after firing a 81 on the first day at TPC Louisiana. Here is Lambert’s round by the numbers.

6,188 – yardage of the Boys 14 & Under Division
36 – back-nine score
7 – consecutive pars to finish his round
2 – number of birdies in his round

For complete first-round results of the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana click here. For tee times for the final round click here.

 

IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour will be headed to Avondale, La. on December 21-22 for the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana. This will be the first time the IJGT has held an event at TPC Louisiana. Players will be competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Host of the PGA TOUR’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, TPC Louisiana is ranked as the 5th best golf course in Louisiana and is included in “The Top 100 Public Golf Courses” by Golf Digest. The course was designed by renowned architect Pete Dye, working in conjunction with PGA TOUR players Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson. The par-72 course stretches over 250 acres of wetlands along the Mississippi River delta and features over 100 bunkers. The course’s signature hole is No. 18, featuring water running all the way up the right side, making for a memorable finish.

TPC Louisiana #18

No. 18 at TPC Louisiana is the course’s signature hole, featuring water all the way along the right side.

Players to keep an eye on in the Boys 15-19 Division include Austin Campbell of Lake Charles, La., Beau David of Lafayette, La., and Gage Primeaux of Lake Charles, La., who will be looking to earn their first IJGT victories in their debut events. In the Boys 14 & Under Division Nolan Lambert of Gretna, La. will also be hoping to shoot his way to a victory in his debut. Allison Herring of Skillman, N.J. hopes to build off her 6th place finish at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass and earn the championship in the Girls Division.

To register for the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana click here.