Kang Wins in Two Hole Playoff

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted its third tournament this spring at The Club at Savannah Harbor. Junior golfers ages 9-19 years old represented 23 different countries and 16 different states. They competed for AJGA Performance Stars, National Rankings and double IJGT Merit Points. The Champions of each division earned an invitation to the 2016 IJGT Tournament of Champions.


Tae Young Kang of Busan, South Korea, took home his second win with the IJGT, after a two hole playoff. Firing a consistent round of; 142, 71, 71, he tied for first in the Boys 15-19 Division with Kanata Irei of Okinawa-shi, Japan, after 36 holes. Kang’s first day started out rough with two bogeys on the front, but battled back with three birdies on the back nine. In his final round, Kang claimed three bogeys and four birdies.


Kang took the title of Boys 15- 19 Divison Champion after beating Irei on the second hole of the playoff with a birdie.


“My 8 iron was my favorite club this weekend, any time I played it I gave myself chances to score. When I came in to the scoring table on the final round, I didn’t think I won or would have to play in a playoff. I had a blast competing against Kanata in the playoff, it felt like a PGA Professional event,” commented Kang.


Irei also shot a low of 142, but lost on the second hole of the playoff to Kang to finish in second place. Arjun Puri of New Delhi, India, finished even-par for the tournament at a 144; 72, 72.


The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the boy and girl who records the lowest score in every IJGT championship, was awarded to Luis Pons of Leon, Mexico, shooting 5-under par, 67. Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., and Haruka Shintani of Setagaya, Japan, both shot even par, 72, for the girls.


Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., took the Championship title in the Girls Division. Kozak played the two day tournament at even-par, a total of 144. After round one, Kozak came into the final round sitting in second place behind Yukie Sasaki of Hiroshima, Japan. Starting off on hole 10, she shot two over on her “front nine,” and finished with 2-over par on her “back nine.”


“I thought I played very well this weekend, I was very consistent. My favorite part about the weekend was the weather. I loved the beautiful weather we had this weekend. It was perfect both days and it’s finally starting to feel like spring. My favorite club is driver, simply because I like the way it feels and it leaves me with a shorter shot into the hole,” said Kozak.


Sasaki took second shooting a total of 146; 69, 77. Taking third in the Girls Division was Tiana Cruz of Kingston, Jamaica. Cruz shooting a total of 148; 75, 73.


Collier Curd of Bowling, Ky., made his debut with the IJGT this weekend at the Georgia Junior. Curd also won the Boys 14 & Under Division shooting 14-over par, a total of 158. After shooting an 81 in round one, Curd had the lead going into the final round. Curd had one birdie, three bogeys in his last round.



“It felt amazing to win my first IJGT tournament. Today, my final round, I felt like I put it all together. I loved the atmosphere of the tournament, the staff was great, and I played against some awesome competition. I will defiantly come and play another IJGT event,” Curd remarked.


Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished second with a 164. Coming in third from Urumqi, China, was Siyu Liao, shooting a 172.


The IJGT will continue the spring 2016 Season in Malvern, Pa. with the Philly Challenge at White Manor Country Club on March 19-20, 2016. Players will compete for AJGA Performance Stars, IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit 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, Iconic Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.


To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit or call (844) 779-3374.


SAVANNAH, Ga. – Final-round results of the IJGT Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed February 27-28, 2016. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,810 yards, Par 72 (73.0/135). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,232 yards, Par 72 (70.3/129) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,766 yards, Par 72 (73.8/131).



Weather:        Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 60’s with 5-10 mph winds

Round 2: Sunny with temperatures in the high 60’s with 10-15 mph winds












International Junior Golf Tour

Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor             

Savannah, Ga.

February 27-28, 2016


Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,810 Yards, Par 72

1. Tae Young Kang, Busan, South Korea *71-71–142

1. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *71-71–142

3. Arjun Puri, New Delhi, India *72-72–144

4. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *75-71–146

4. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *74-72–146

6. Jose Haces, Puebla, Mexico *73-74–147

7. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *74-74–148

7. Ian Peng, Chang Hua, Taiwan *72-76–148

9. T.J. Nolan, Rapid City, SD *76-73–149

9. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton, SC *73-76–149

9. Blaise Vanitvelt, Flint, MI *74-75–149

12. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *83-67–150

12. Paolo Wong, La Trinidad, Philippines *77-73–150

14. Sam Ohno, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *81-71–152

14. Saptak Talwar, New Delhi, India *78-74–152

16. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *74-79–153

17. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *78-76–154

17. Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *77-77–154

17. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *77-77–154

17. Johnny Peck, Ashland, OH *77-77–154

17. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *74-80–154

22. Sean Taylor, Westfield, NJ *78-77–155

22. Alejandro Guillen, Mexico City, Mexico *78-77–155

22. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *76-79–155

25. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-75–156

26. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *79-78–157

26. Jack O’Donovan, Pittsford, NY *77-80–157

26. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-79–157

29. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *82-76–158

29. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *80-78–158

29. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *80-78–158

32. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *83-76–159

32. Matthew Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *82-77–159

32. Alex Hellewell, Leeds, England *79-80–159

32. Quincy Stith, Wichita, KS *79-80–159

36. Max Castaneda, Mexico City, Mexico *80-80–160

36. Demetrius Johnson, Anchorage, AK *81-79–160

36. Matt Camel, Greenwich, CT *77-83–160

39. Julio Bello, Valencia, Venezuela *77-84–161

39. Chung Yan Leong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *75-86–161

41. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *80-82–162

41. Francisco Noguerol, Rosario, Argentina *85-77–162

41. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Managua, Nicaragua *85-77–162

41. Alexander Hollmann, Frankfurt, Germany *79-83–162

41. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *78-84–162

46. Yuhan Yan, Shanghai, China *81-82–163

46. Jasper Lee, Taipei, Taiwan *86-77–163

48. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *81-84–165

48. Alex Roman, Versoix, Switzerland *81-84–165

48. Greg Shen, Vancouver, Canada *79-86–165

51. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *84-83–167

51. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *87-80–167

53. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *83-85–168

53. Trevor Hogan, Auburn, NY *84-84–168

55. Taylor Rockwell, Boonton Township, NJ *83-86–169

55. Feng Chen, Beijing, China *85-84–169

57. Daniel Song, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *84-86–170

57. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *84-86–170

59. Gabriel Han, Beijing, China *91-80–171

59. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *87-84–171

61. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *86-89–175

61. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *85-90–175

63. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *84-92–176

63. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *87-89–176

65. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *93-87–180

66. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *89-92–181

67. Adam Miller, Silver Spring, MD *95-89–184




Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *WD

Mark Richardson, South Berwick, ME *DQ (Rule 15-3)

Girls Division, White Tees, 5,766 Yards, Par 72


1. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *72-72–144

2. Yukie Sasaki, Hiroshima, Japan *69-77–146

3. Tiana Cruz, Kingston, Jamaica *75-73–148

4. Haruka Shintani, Setagaya, Japan *77-72–149

4. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *74-75–149

6. Holly McCann, Raleigh, NC *75-75–150

7. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *74-77–151

7. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *75-76–151

9. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *76-76–152

9. Rou Yin, Zhejiang, China *74-78–152

11. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *79-74–153

11. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *76-77–153

11. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *75-78–153

14. Tracy Lee, Seoul, South Korea *76-79–155

15. Linda Trockel, Berlin, Germany *82-74–156

16. Renata Fierro, Yucatan, Mexico *78-79–157

17. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *80-78–158

18. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasaki, Japan *82-77–159

19. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *78-82–160

20. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *77-84–161

21. Vivian Yen, Kaohsiung, Taiwan *84-79–163

22. Yeon Joo Kim, Seoul, South Korea *85-79–164

23. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *83-83–166

24. Katie Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *86-81–167

25. Ana Sofia Meneses, Bogota, Colombia *85-84–169

26. Camilla Jarvela, Espoo, Finland *90-83–173

27. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *87-87–174

28. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *90-96–186




 Boys 14 & Under Division, Blue Tees, 5,989 Yards, Par 72


1. Collier Curd, Bowling Green, KY *81-77–158

2. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-81–164

3. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *89-83–172

4. Luca Jumabhoy, Sydney, Australia *90-92–182

5. Noah Levine, Mendon, NY *101-85–186




Lee Hammerschmidt featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – Feb. 26, 2015

The IJGT traveled to Savannah, Ga., to host the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor on February 21-22, 2015. The two-day, 36-hole event was filled with action as both rounds began with a shotgun start.

Photo of the Week 2 26 15 B

After the event, a photo of Lee Hammerschmidt was chosen as this week’s IJGT Photo of the Week. Hammerschmidt started round one on the 12th hole and round two on the 13th hole. He made par on holes No. 1 through 5 in round one and carded two birdies in each round. His tournament total of 155 landed him in a tie for 17th place.

Congratulations to Hammerschmidt on being our IJGT Photo of the Week! Don’t forget–each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook Page 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

Wren, Phuchanbanchob earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Feb. 24, 2015

The IJGT traveled to Savannah, Ga., on February 21-22, 2015, to host the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor. Although frost and sun showers threatened the fun on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, both days turned out to be pleasant. Both rounds of the two-day, 36-hole event began with a shotgun start. Following the event, the IJGT is pleased to award Player of the Week honors to Suffolk, Va., native Trey Wren  and Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Trey Wren...Photo by Kira E. Jones

Wren made par or better on every hole but one on the front nine in round two. He carded four birdies in the second round, and six total. He finished round two with an even-par 72 giving him a tournament total of 150 and tying him for fourth in his division. Wren is currently ranked seventh in the Boys 15-19 Division of the International Junior Golf Tour.

Cake Phuchanbanchob...Photo by Kira E. Jones

Phuchanbanchob also made par or better on every hole but one on the front nine in round two, including a birdie on the par-4 ninth hole. She knocked four strokes off her round one 6-over 78 to shoot a 2-over 74 in round two. Her tournament total of 152 landed her in a tie for sixth place in the Girls Division. Phuchanbanchob currently ranks eighth in the Girls Division of the International Junior Golf Tour.

Congratulations to both Trey Wren and Cake Phuchanbanchob on their IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor – Final Results (Feb. 22, 2015)

Kedlaya finishes 1-under to win Girls Division

Yusabai holds on to win Boys 15-19 Division

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Savannah Harbor to host the Georgia Junior on February 21-22, 2015. In generally pleasant conditions, juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole event. Both rounds began with a shotgun start.

Print YusabaiPrint Yusabai of Pattaya, Thailand, was tied for first after round one, but shot an even-par 72 in round two to earn sole possession of first place and win the Boys 15-19 Division. Yusabai used nine birdies to finish with a 1-over 145 tournament total.

When asked how he felt during the tournament, Yusabai responded, “I didn’t feel much because I tried to focus on my game.”

He birdied the par-4 first hole and the par-5 13th hole in both rounds, but his favorite hole was his final hole in round two, hole No. 10. “I liked the last hole (hole No. 10) because I hit a long putt in for the win,” he said.

Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, also shot an even-par 72 in the second round, but finished one stroke behind Yusabai in the standings. His 146 total score earned him a second-place finish.

Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, shot a 2-under 70 in round two to finish with a tournament total of 148, good for third place. He also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

Ankita KedlayaIn the Girls Division, Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, shot a 2-under 70 in round one on the way to winning the Girls Division of the Georgia Junior. She finished with a tournament total of 1-under 143.

In round one Kedlaya made par or better on every hole but one. When asked if having the lead after round one gave her confidence heading into round two, Kedlaya said, “Yeah it did. It put a little pressure on me, but I felt good.”

In round two, she had a nine-hole par-or-better streak, which started with the par-5 seventh hole and ended with the par-3 15th hole. She carded back-to-back birdies on the par-5 13th hole and the par-4 14th hole. The 14th hole was her favorite because, “it’s challenging but it’s reachable. You can make a birdie if you play smart.”

Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls with her round two 2-under 70. Her tournament total of 144 was good for second place in the Girls Division.

Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, finished in third with a tournament total of 147.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on February 28-March 1, 2015, with the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes. To sign up for this event, or others, visit or call (843) 686-1500.

Savannah, Ga. – Final Results of the Georgia Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour at The Club at Savannah Harbor on February 21-22, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,890 yards, Par 72 (73.4/136) Girls Division: Silver Tees– 5,866 yards Par 72 (74.4/132)

International Junior Golf Tour

Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor

Savannah, GA

February 21-22, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,890 yards, Par 72

1. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *73-72–145

2. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *74-72–146

3. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *78-70–148

4. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea *76-74–150

4. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *75-75–150

4. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *75-75–150

4. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *78-72–150

8. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *76-75–151

8. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *75-76–151

8. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *73-78–151

11. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *76-76–152

12. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *76-77–153

12. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *74-79–153

12. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *79-74–153

15. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *80-74–154

15. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *77-77–154

17. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg, Germany *80-75–155

17. Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, SC *79-76–155

17. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *78-77–155

17. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *77-78–155

21. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *81-75–156

21. Zach Seeler, Marion, IN *80-76–156

21. Martin Jensen, Bronxville, NY *80-76–156

21. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *80-76–156

21. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *78-78–156

26. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *77-80–157

26. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *83-74–157

26. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *81-76–157

26. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *80-77–157

26. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *79-78–157

26. Nate Tosto, Pooler, GA *79-78–157

32. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *76-82–158

32. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *80-78–158

32. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *75-83–158

35. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *76-83–159

35. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *77-82–159

35. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *83-76–159

38. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *85-75–160

38. James Wohler, Savannah, GA *82-78–160

38. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *81-79–160

38. Alex Vegh, Gahanna, OH *80-80–160

42. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *82-79–161

42. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *80-81–161

42. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *80-81–161

42. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *79-82–161

46. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *87-76–163

47. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *82-82–164

47. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *82-82–164

49. Michael Kessler, Getzville, NY *89-77–166

49. Feng Chen, Baoding City *86-80–166

51. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *86-81–167

52. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *84-84–168

53. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *87-82–169

53. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *81-88–169

55. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *84-86–170

56. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *91-80–171

57. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan *84-88–172

58. Jack O’Hara, Loudonville, NY *88-85–173

59. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *95-79–174

59. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *87-87–174

61. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *92-83–175

62. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *94-83–177

63. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *91-87–178

64. Alex Russell, Russia *90-95–185

65. Ivy Brandon, Fayetteville, NC *107-102–209

66. Ryan Ward, Riyadh, (Kingdom of) Saudi Arabia *119-112–231

67. Yo Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *128-113–241


JWD. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *88-0–88

Girls Division- Silver Tees, 5,866 yards, Par 72

1. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *70-73–143

2. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *74-70–144

3. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *75-72–147

4. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *75-74–149

5. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *75-75–150

6. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *78-74–152

6. Mind Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *76-76–152

8. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *77-76–153

8. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *76-77–153

10. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *76-80–156

11. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *82-77–159

12. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *79-81–160

13. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *87-78–165

14. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC *84-82–166

14. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *84-82–166

16. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *81-86–167

17. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *82-86–168

18. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *90-81–171

19. Andrea Riano, Hamburg, Germany *93-83–176

20. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *89-88–177

21. Rhea Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *93-85–178

22. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *106-96-202

23. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *110-101–211



Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor — Round one recap (Feb. 21, 2015)

The International Junior Golf Tour traveled to Savannah, Ga., to host the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor. Although frost dusted the course in the early morning, as the sun rose so did the temperature to create pleasant playing conditions. The tournament began with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Wataru Koguchi of Fukuoka, Japan, and Print Yusabai of Pattaya, Thailand, are tied for first in the Boys 15-19 Division. Their rounds in numbers:


11 – Koguchi had a division-best 11-hole par-or-better streak beginning with the par-4 sixth hole and ending with a birdie on the par-4 16th hole.

4 – He carded four birdies during the round.

73 – His 1-over score to share the lead.


2 – Yusabai carded back-to-back birdies on the par-4 10th hole and the par-5 11th hole.

5 – He carded five birdies during the round.

12 – He made par or better on 12 holes.

The Girls Division is led by Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India. Her round in numbers:

17 – Kedlaya made par or better on 17 of 18 holes.

3 – She carded three birdies in round one.

70 – Her 2-under score to carry the lead.

4 – She leads the division by four strokes.

The second round of the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor will take place tomorrow, February 22, 2015, beginning with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.



Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor – Tour Preview

On February 21-22, 2015, the IJGT will host the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor. Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole event.

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Beware: the par-5 hole No. 4 will prove challenging for players who favor a draw. But, players who can drive to the fairway will likely earn good scores. The course’s only forced carry comes on the par-3 hole No. 8.

Be sure to check out the Course Overview as each hole has a story.

Designed by Robert Cupp and Sam Snead, the Savannah Harbor golf course opened in 1999 and hosted The Legends of Golf, the genesis for the current over-50 Champions Tour, from 2003 until 2013.

Kayla Kozak tops the list of players to watch in the Girls Division. She finished second in last year’s Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor after shooting a 2-under 70 in round two. Samantha Huang also performed well last year finishing fifth and carding an eagle on the par-4 hole No. 5. Sera Tadokoro is coming off back-to-back first place finishes. She tied for ninth in last year’s Georgia Junior. Also keep an eye out for Bunyaporn Zeng, who’s coming off a first place finish in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. She has finished first or second in all three events she’s played in this season and will look to continue the streak.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, be sure to look out for Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico. Currently ranked fifth on the International Junior Golf Tour, Diaz has six top ten finishes this season including wins at the Savannah Junior at The Landings and the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. This will be Daegu, South Korea native Geuntae Kim‘s third Georgia Junior. He finished ninth two years ago and third last year and will look to continue the upward trend. Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head, S.C., finished fourth in last year’s event at Savannah Harbor and is coming off a second place finish in the IJGA Invitational.  Ritwik Jain tied for 17th place last year, but will look to break into the top 10 this year especially because he is currently riding a streak of four consecutive top 10 finishes.

The field currently includes junior golfers from 14 states and 20 countries. For more information or to register for the event, please click here.

Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live updates and download the IJGT app for live scoring.

Oldfield Junior at Oldfield Country Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT will be in Okatie, S.C. April 12-13, 2014 for the Oldfield Junior at Oldfield Country Club. The 18-hole two-day tournament will offer National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points to top finishers.

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Oldfield has no shortage of breathtaking scenery and was recognized by the Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for its attention to preserving the local environment. The natural environment equates to small greens and free-form bunkers. The course is located just off the Okatie River and offers a one-of-a-kind golfing experience.

Oldfield Golf Course along the Okatie River

Oldfield Golf Course along the Okatie River

Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, and Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, will both look to lead the Boys 15-19 Division as they both come off of a top-10 finish in their last tournament play. D’Amico finished second at the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club on March 22-23, 2014 while Hui comes off a tie for 10th in the same tournament.

In the Girls Division, we have seen Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, in 14 events this season and she will look to make the Oldfield Junior a victory for her 15th event. Tadokoro comes off of a 9th-place tie at the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor in February. Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., will be making an appearance in her first tournament of 2014 and will look to add to her three top-three finishes on the 2013-2014 season.

In the Boys 14 and Under Division, Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, brings to the table nine top-five finishes, four of which are first-place victories and he will look to add a fifth. Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., comes off of a hard-fought third-place finish at the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club and will also be in the hunt for a victory.

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Girls Division winners circle featured in the IJGT Photo of the Week – February 22-23, 2014

The IJGT headed south to host the Georgia Junior at The Club at Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Ga. on Feb. 22-23, 2014. Played out in temperatures in the 60s and 70s, the tournament featured 89 talented juniors representing 18 countries. Competition was fierce leading to various changes in the leaderboard between the two rounds.

This week’s Photo of the Week features the Girls Division winners circle, Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, and Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand.


Girls Division Winners at the Georgia Junior Feb. 22-23, 2014
(left to right) Kayla Kozak, Ana Paula Valdes, Thamonpat Siriko

Leading the Girls Division and securing her second consecutive IJGT victory was Valdes, carding an impressive 70-71–141 overall. Valdes attributed her dominance to her putting, stating, “I wasn’t hitting the ball very well but it is always good to putt well. It helps you a lot.”

In second was Kozak who continues her streak of top-three finishes with a score of 81-71–151 overall. Kozak’s comeback performance consisted of 5 birdies in round two to improve her round one score by a staggering 11 strokes.

Rounding out the top three was Siriko with a score of 78-74–152 overall. Siriko remains a presence in IJGT tournament play as she has finished in the top-five for six consecutive Events, including her most recent fourth place finish in the Major Championship at Kiawah Island on Feb. 15-16, 2014.

The trio was voted the fan-favorite this week but next week’s photo could feature you! The Photo of the Week is decided by our fans and followers so don’t forget that your feedback counts. In the week following a tournament, keep an eye on the IJGT Facebook page for photos from the Event. Each photo will received 1 point for a ‘Like’, 2 points for a ‘Comment’ and 3 points for ‘Shares’ so let us know what you think!

Terrazas and Kozak earn Player of the Week honors – February 22-23, 2014


The International Junior Golf Tour traveled to Savannah  Harbor to host the Georgia Junior on Feb. 22-23, 2014. The tournament featured 89 players in a competitive field. Even though the course was hit by severe storms the day before Round 1, the players were unfazed by the conditions and continued to show their prowess during tournament play. Player of the Week honors go to Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, and Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C.

Terrazas made his presence felt with two impressive rounds of 77 and 70. In wet course conditions, he managed to tally three birdies and nine pars during round 1. Terrazas finished second in the Boys 15-19 Division by having an exceptional second round which comprised of a total of four birdies and 12 pars. Terrazas hopes to continue his success in the weeks to come as he prepares for the Junior Invitational, the No. 1 ranked junior tournament according to Golfweek.


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Kozak, playing in her second tournament of the season since winning at Colleton River, got off to a shaky start in round 1. She found herself in a three-way tie for sixth place and 11 strokes behind the leader, after posting a score of 81. Determined, Kozak was able to put the first round behind her. She carded five birdies and improved her score by 11 strokes in round two. Her score of 2-under-par 70 was tied for the tournament low across all divisions and earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. She finished the tournament with an overall score of 151, six strokes better than her previous IJGT best, and her fourth top-five finish in the 2013-2014 season.