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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.

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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 www.IJGT.com 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

DID NOT FINISH

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:

KOGUCHI:

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.

YUSABAI:

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.

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.

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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!

Final results from the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor – February 22-23, 2014

Miles becomes back-to-back Georgia Junior winner

Valdes and Vilips nab second consecutive IJGT victory 

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) headed south to The Club at Savannah Harbor to host the Georgia Junior on Feb. 22-23, 2014. Round one was played in textbook golf weather with temperatures around 70 degrees and a day filled of sunshine. Despite temperatures dropping slightly into the 60s during the final round, the forecasted rain held out as the final groups finished play. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were up for grabs resulting in numerous lead changes throughout the 36-hole two-day tournament. The field featured 89 juniors between the ages of 12 and 19 years old.

DSC_0837Going into round two in second place, Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C., had not yet finished showing his best golf as he nabbed first in the Boys 15-19 Division after round two. Battling closely with Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, Miles looked to bring consistency to his second round, tallying two birdies and making par on 13 of the 16 remaining holes. Even with 4 birdies in round one, Miles still remained a stroke behind Kim. Regrouped and ready to compete, Miles kicked off his second round with two birdies in the first four holes. Miles secured his first victory on his 2013-2014 season finishing the weekend with a 71-73–144 overall score. This victory gave Miles back-to-back titles at Savannah Harbor, who was also victorious in 2013 on the same course.

“My coach, Tim Cooke, and I have been working on my iron play and really working on my transitions so that changed and was working well [for me],” said Miles.

Second place in the Boys 15-19 Division went to Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, and his come-from-behind effort in round two. Terrazas improved his round one score of 77 by seven strokes to secure second place, finishing the weekend with a score of 77-70–147 overall. Rounding out the top three was Kim and his score of 70-78–148 overall.

Terrazas’s round two score of 70 landed him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award that goes to the player in each division with the lowest score in the final round of the tournament.

DSC_1083 copyIn the Girls Division, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, lead both days as she finished her second consecutive IJGT tournament in first. Despite struggling with her irons on the first day, Valdes finished the final round strong with five birdies, three of which came on her first nine holes. Coming off of a Major Championship first-place victory at Kiawah Island in the weekend prior, Valdes made eight birdies on the tournament, the most across all divisions.  Her 70-71—141 overall score positioned Valdes a commanding 10 strokes ahead of her competition.

When asked what worked well for her, Valdes commented, “My putting definitely, I wasn’t hitting the ball very well but it is always good to putt well. It helps you a lot.”

Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award winner, Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., finished second after improving on her round-one score by a staggering 11 strokes. She finished the tournament with a score of 81-70—151 overall. In third place was Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, with a score of 78-74—152 overall.

 

DSC_1087 copyEight-time IJGT winner Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, placed first in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Finishing 15 strokes ahead of his competition, Vilips approached the tournament with an aim for consistency. His 2-under-par second-round score of 70 featured four birdies and only two bogeys. Arguably his best performance of the tournament came on the back nine of round two where he made par on seven of eight holes, the eighth being a birdie. His score of 72-70—142 overall earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“My approach shots into the greens were pretty accurate so it gave me the chance to make a few birdies,” said Vilips.

In a tie for second were Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, and Tim Morton of Florence, Ala. The duo finished with scores of 157 overall.

The IJGT’s next Event will be the Capital Challenge at Westfields in Virginia on March 15-16, 2014. To sign up for this Event, click here.

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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Dynamic Brands, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Final round results of the IJGT Georgia Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed February 23, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,891 yards, Par 72 (73.4/136).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,242 yards, Par 72 (70.3/129). Girls Division: Silver Tees – 5,871 yards, Par 72 (74.4/132).

Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 10-15 mph
Cloudy with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 5-10 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor
Savannah, Ga.
February 22-23, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Tees), 6,891 yards, Par 72

1. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *71-73–144
2. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico *77-70–147
3. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea *70-78–148
4. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-74–150
5. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *78-73–151
5. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *77-74–151
5. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ *77-74–151
8. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *77-75–152
9. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *81-72–153
9. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *77-76–153
9. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *75-78–153
12. Zhengkai Bai, Shantou, China *82-72–154
12. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany *77-77–154
14. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *77-78–155
14. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *76-79–155
14. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *76-79–155
17. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *81-75–156
17. Yong Sherng Hui, Tamam Dagang, Malaysia *77-79–156
19. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *78-81–159
19. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *77-82–159
21. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *82-78–160
21. Lohith Ramaraju, London, England *81-79–160
21. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *81-79–160
21. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *77-83–160
25. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *83-78–161
25. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *83-78–161
25. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *84-77–161
28. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *77-85–162
28. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *78-84–162
30. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *79-84–163
30. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *85-78–163
30. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *85-78–163
30. Tyler Balkema, North Haledon, NJ *84-79–163
34. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *79-85–164
34. Pattarapoom Pacharn, Nonthaburi, Thailand *80-84–164
34. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *79-85–164
34. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *79-85–164
34. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *84-80–164
39. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *82-83–165
39. Andrew Sherrill, Winston-Salem NC *85-80–165
41. Sebastian Naibaho, Yonkers, NY *86-80–166
41. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *86-80–166
43. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *88-79–167
43. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *88-79–167
43. Blake Martin, Pinehurst, SC *85-82–167
46. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *88-80–168
46. Fillippo Cappella, Roma, Italy *84-84–168
48. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *88-82–170
49. Rich Auld, Toronto, Canada *88-83–171
49. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *86-85–171
49. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *85-86–171
52. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN *83-90–173
53. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *92-84–176
53. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *86-90–176
55. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *86-91–177
56. Jespi Huh, Sasanggu, South Korea *89-89–178
57. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *89-90–179
58. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *91-91–182
59. Francesco Caterina, Roma, Italy *93-91–184
59. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA*96-88–184

DID NOT FINISH

Chris Magi, Bluffton, SC, *WD

Boys 14 & Under Division (Gold Tees), 6,242 yards, Par 72

1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *72-70–142
2. Tim Morton, Florence, AL *80-77–157
2. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *78-79–157
4. Michael Thorbjornsen, Wellesley, MA *78-83–161
5. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *85-82–167
6. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *83-86–169
7. Sasha Kuzmin, Hilton Head Island, SC *87-83–170
8. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *95-87–182
8. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia *92-90–182
10. Thomas Delaney, Kingwood, TX *100-94–194

DID NOT FINISH

Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Girls Division (Silver tees), 5,871 yards, Par 72

1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico *70-71–141
2. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *81-70–151
3. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *78-74–152
4. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *80-73–153
5. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *81-73–154
6. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *80-79–159
7. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *84-77–161
7. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *79-82–161
9. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *82-80–162
9. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *83-79–162
11. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *81-84–165
12. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *84-82–166
13. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *83-88–171
14. Emma Parson, Bluffton, SC *90-82–172
15. Erin Szabo, San Diego, CA *96-89–185
16. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *104-102–206

DID NOT FINISH

Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico *80-JWD 

Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor first round highlights – Kim, Vilips, Valdes lead

The IJGT headed to Savannah, Ga., for the Georgia Junior at The Club at Savannah Harbor February 21, 2014. Greeted by perfect golf weather, junior golfers got an early morning start to compete for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. The wide-open fairways were spotted with an array of birds and the occasional alligator. In review, below is each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, leads following day one. His round in numbers:

10 – pars made on the round

5 – number of birdies on the round

4 – birdies that came on the front nine

2 – strokes under par-72 after 18 holes

1 – place he finished in his last tournament at the Major Championship at Kiawah Island

Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, leads the Boys 14 & Under Division with these numbers:

72 – the even-par score he tallies for round one

15 – total pars on the 18-hole first round

9 – number of consecutive pars

2 – total birdies on the day

Leading the Girls Division is Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, her numbers below:

34 – score on the front nine, 2 strokes under par

14 – number of round-one pars

6 & 7 – holes birdied back to back

3 – birdies made

1 – first place finish in her last IJGT Tournament, a Major Championship at Kiawah Island February 15-16, 2014

Juniors will return to play for round two Sunday, February 22, 2014 for a 7:30 am start. For full results from the first round of the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor, click here. Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.

Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be in Savannah, Ga. for the Georgia Junior on February 22-23, 2014 at The Club at Savannah Harbor. The 36-hole tournament will span both days while players compete for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. 

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 Ranked in Golfweek’s top-15 list of best places to play in Georgia, The Club at Savannah Harbor was designed by Robert Cupp and Sam Snead. Each hole features its own legendary story and caters to golfers of varying abilities. The course’s lengthy fairways are hilly and laced with bunkers to add to the challenge of the course.

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The Club at Savannah Harbor will play host to the 2014 Georgia Junior.

The Boys 15-19 Division will feature competitive golfers including Hyun Woong “Harry” Jin of Palisades Park, N.J., and Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C. Miles has not placed outside of the top-10 since September of 2012 and comes off a recent second-place playoff finish after at the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation on January 25-26, 2014. Jin concluded 2013 play with a 4th-place finish at the IJGT Invitational in December and tied for fifth at the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club on February 8-9, 2014.

Though small, the Boys 14 & Under Division will feature both tenured players and newcomers alike. Joseph Tammaro of West Islip, N.Y., will makes his first tournament appearance while Alexander Camberos of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, will look to continue to boost his resume after two consecutive third-place finishes in 2014 play.

Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., will look to lead the Girls Division and add another victory to her first-place finish at the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation Golf Club on January 25-26, 2014. Kozak’s 12th place finish in the 2013 Georgia Junior was her only finish outside of the top-10 for her 2013-2014 season thus far.

To register or for more information on the #GeorgiaJr, click here.

Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island (Major) – Final Results

Valdes Victorious in First IJGT Major
Santibanez Wins First Title at Kiawah Island
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Bone chilling temperatures did not stop the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) from returning to Kiawah Island Golf Resort to host the first Major Championship of 2013. The Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island  took place Feb. 16-17 and featured 106 elite junior golfers ages 10-19 representing 20 states, Washington D.C., and 18 countries competing for national recognition and double IJGT Merit Points. Despite the sub-freezing temperatures and wind gusts up to 20 miles per hour, Saravit Kerdsinchai  of Nonthaburi, Thailand and Ana Paula Valdes  of Morelia, Mexico came away with victories in the Boys 15-19 and Girls Divisions, respectively. Alejandro Santibanez  of San Luis Potosi, Mexico took home his first IJGT victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division.
The first round of the Carolina Championship was held on the Turtle Point course. Cold temperatures, strong wind and light bursts of rain made the course a true challenge for all participants. The final round of this IJGT Major event was held at the toughest course in America – the home of the 1991 Ryder Cup and the 2012 PGA Championship – the Ocean Course. Freezing temperatures and oceanic winds paired with a course designed by golf’s most challenging course designer, Pete Dye, made for an exciting round.
0f136501ad26a7a9ac93d72521b581daIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Kerdsinchai’s consistency was the key to his overall success. Carding 6-over-par 78 at Turtle Point put him tied for fourth heading into the final round at the Ocean Course. Kerdsinchai started the final round with a double bogey on No. 10 but followed up with three pars in a row.
“I didn’t feel like I played my best,” Kerdsinchai said of his final round. “I just tried not to make any mistakes.”
Kerdsinchai finished the final round with another 6-over-par 78 to propel him to a tournament total of 12-over-par 156.
“It feels good to win,” he said. “I feel confident and I can move forward now.”
Finishing just behind Kerdsinchai was Will Miles  of Hilton Head Island, S.C., who carded 16-over-par 160. Finishing in third place was Patrick Albanesi  of Avon, Conn., with 17-over-par 161, and tied for fourth wereColeman Self  of Greenwood, S.C., and Bryson Nimmer  of Bluffton, S.C., carding 18-over-par 162.
The KENTWOOL  Lo-Pro Award was given to Nicholas Rodriguez  of East Northport, N.Y., Albanesi, andWilliam Sheedy  of Washington, D.C., who carded the low first-round score of 3-over-par 75. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to Kerdsinchai and Ryan McCarthy  of Rockville Center, N.Y., with 6-over-par 78.
c8f54416908cbfbf39d93139819aa4f1In the Girls Division, Valdes carded an impressive 1-over-par 73 at Turtle Point along with Phimnipha Wongwaiwate  of Chiang Mai, Thailand andAracelly Maria Jimenez Rios  of Merida, Mexico, to receive the KENTWOOL Lo-Pro Award and share the lead heading into the final round. Valdes carded pars on Nos. 1 and 2 but faulted with a double bogey on No. 3. A late-round birdie on the par-5 No. 16 after a handful of pars and a few bogeys on the back launched her to 5-over-par 77 for the round and 6-over-par 150 for the event.
“I’m actually really happy [about my round today] because the conditions were really tough,” Valdes said. “I hit the ball really well even with the strong wind.”
This is Valdes’s second win of the 2012-2013 season after her victory at the Florida Swing  at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Sept.
Finishing behind Valdes was Wongwaiwate with 11-over-par 155. In third place was Tokyo, Japan native and winner of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round, Moyu Sasaki  who carded 4-over-par 76 at the Ocean Course to finish 13-over-par 157.
08cacedfeebd15585e0c374806a27231For the Boys 14 & Under Division, Santibanez began the final round two shots behind the leader after carding a 5-over-par 77 at Turtle Point.
“I was really nervous for the first round,” Santibanez “I started hitting greens and fairways and I calmed down.”
Santibanez said that the transition from Turtle Point to the Ocean Course proved to be difficult and reflected in his score.
“I had to change my club selection,” Santibanez said, “I had to change the type of shot I hit because of the wind.”
In the second round, Santibanez carded eight pars for the round and birdies on Nos. 8 and 16. Santibanez had a tight final-round race to finish against Pittsford, N.Y., resident William Thomson , and both carded 7-over-par 79 in the final round. Ultimately, it was Santibanez’s first round that propelled him to his first IJGT victory with 12-over-par 156.
“I’m going to feel really confident [heading into future events], now that I have won,” he said.
Thomson finished second place for the event carding 13-over-par 157. Sheedy finished in third place for the Boys 14 & Under Division with 18-over-par 162.
The IJGT will host two events Feb. 23-24 – the Golden Gate Junior at Presidio Golf Course  in San Francisco and the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor  in Savannah, Ga.
To sign up for this event, or other, or for more information on the IJGT, call (843) 785-2444 or visit www.IJGT.com.
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, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, morodZ, PURE Grips, Sundog eyewear and International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com  or call (800) 792-9143.
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island (Major) conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed January 17, 2013. Round 1 Turtle Point: Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6708 yards, Par 72 (72.7/136).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Silver Tees – 6148 yards, Par 72 (68.9/122)   Girls Division: Blue Tees – 5808 yards, Par 72 (73.7/133). Round 2 Ocean Course: Boys 15-19 Division: Silver Tees – 6543 yards, Par 72 (72.4/135). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5845 yards, Par 72 (68.9/128). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5615 yards, Par 72 (72.4/130)
Weather:        Rain with temperatures in the High 40s, winds 10-15 mph
                       Sunny with temperatures in the High 30s, winds 15-20 mph
International Junior Golf Tour
Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island (Major)
Kiawah Island, S.C.
February 16-17, 2013
Round 1: Turtle Point
Round 2: Ocean Course
Boys 15-19 Division
(Gold Tees) Turtle Point: 6,708 yards, Par 72
(Silver Tees) Ocean Course: 6,543 yards, Par 72
1. Saravit Kerdsinchai, Nonthaburi, Thailand *78-78–156
2. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *79-81–160
3. Patrick Albanesi, Avon, CT *75-86–161
4. Coleman Self, Greenwood, SC *81-81–162
4. Bryson Nimmer, Bluffton, SC *77-85–162
6. James Cresswell, Orwigsburg, PA *78-85–163
7. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico *83-81–164
7. Alan Cooke, Vienna, WV *79-85–164
9. Daniel Tello Vargas, Pachuca, Mexico *80-85–165
10. Nick Schley, Brunswick, OH *78-88–166
11. Dan Eidman, Englewood, NJ *85-82–167
11. Nicco Gentile, Rosemere, Canada *80-87–167
11. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *81-86–167
14. Aaron Liebenthal, Sylvania, OH *85-84–169
15. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *81-89–170
15. Nicholas Rodriguez, East Northport, NY *75-95–170
17. Aj Correia, Bedford, NH *82-89–171
17. C.J. Zachary, Hummelstown, PA *81-90–171
17. Josh Rinehart, York, PA *80-91–171
20. Jack Gianniny, Rochester, NY *85-87–172
21. Ian Hardesty, Chardon, OH *85-88–173
21. Kevin Borowicz, Grand Island, NY *84-89–173
21. Joe Markmann, Doylestown, PA *81-92–173
24. Nico Gagliardi, Titusville, FL *85-89–174
25. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-92–175
25. Luke Tetreault, Horseheads, NY *80-95–175
27. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *87-89–176
27. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *85-91–176
29. Nicolas Paxson, Cincinnati, OH *85-92–177
30. John Karcher, Novi, MI *89-89–178
30. Kyle Finnican, New Canaan, CT *90-88–178
30. Giovanni Trione, Rome, Italy *93-85–178
30. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi , Japan *88-90–178
30. Travis Broome, Virginia Beach, VA *85-93–178
35. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *91-88–179
35. Gus Uriostegui, Leon, Mexico *89-90–179
35. Manuel Velez, Panama City, Panama *86-93–179
38. Matthew Moore, Pittsburgh, PA *88-93–181
38. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *87-94–181
38. Brandan Bree, Kennett Square, PA *81-100–181
41. Scott Solomon, Scarsdale, NY *89-93–182
41. Alex Bollington, Madison, NJ *92-90–182
41. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *83-99–182
44. Chris Williard, Blacklick, OH *93-90–183
44. Roland Massimino, Lumberville, PA *87-96–183
46. Mason Kincaid, Essex, England *91-93–184
46. Charles Kalvaria, New York, NY *90-94–184
48. Andrew Boyer, Bracebridge, ON *92-95–187
48. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *87-100–187
50. Nate Anderson, Billings, MT *94-94–188
51. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *91-98–189
52. JT Twomey, Newtown, PA *88-102–190
53. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY *107-88–195
53. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *87-108–195
55. Erik Tiitus, Tallinn, Estonia *101-102–203
56. Konstantin Kosta Kosutic, Belgrade, Serbia *104-100–204
57. Forrest Narwold, Wilmington, DE *107-98–205
58. Henry Morgan, Mount Pleasant, SC *93-114–207
DID NOT FINISH
Salil Ghamande, Evans, GA *78-DQ (Rule 6-6d)
David Rice, Pittsburgh, PA *94-DQ (Rule 20-7c)
Lohith Ramaraju, London, England *79-JWD
Rafael Miranda, Guayaquil, Ecuador *85-JWD
John Conley, Leesburg, VA *94-JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division
(Silver Tees) Turtle Point: 6,148 yards, Par 72
(Blue Tees) Ocean Course: 5,845 yards, Par 72
1. Alejandro Santibanez, San Luis Potosi, Mexico *77-79–156
2. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY *78-79–157
3. William Sheedy, Washington, DC *75-87–162
4. Ryan McCarthy, Rockville Centre, NY *86-78–164
5. Christopher Saad, Lexington, KY *79-87–166
6. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *80-88–168
7. Michael Sanders, Davidson, NC *85-85–170
8. John Felitto, Mountainside, NJ *85-86–171
9. Will Rand, Irvington, NY *91-81–172
9. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *81-91–172
11. Jay Newman, North Augusta, SC *90-84–174
12. Andrew Spiegler, Abingdon, VA *90-87–177
12. Alex Goebel, Hilton Head Island, SC *85-92–177
14. Tim Morton, Florence, AL *91-87–178
14. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-95–178
16. Kevin Ying, Shanghai, China *91-90–181
17. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY *95-98–193
18. Connor Creasy, Abingdon, VA *91-104–195
19. Alexandr Kuzmin, Almaty, Kazakhstan *93-114–207
DID NOT FINISH
Andre Becerra, Zapopan, Mexico *82-JWD
Girls Division
(Blue Tees) Turtle Point: 5,808 yards, Par 72 
(Red Tees) Ocean Course: 5,615 yards, Par 72
1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico *73-77–150
2. Phimnipha Wongwaiwate, Chiang Mai, Thailand *73-82–155
3. Moyu Sasaki, Tokyo, Japan *81-76–157
4. Ceha Lee, Bundang-Gu, South Korea *77-85–162
5. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *78-85–163
 6. Ayaka Nakayama, Kanagawa, Japan *81-83–164
7. Aracelly Maria Jimenez Rios, Meiida, Mexico *73-92–165
8. Ashley Yarbrough, Akron, OH *77-90–167
9. Mia Baringer, East Greenville, PA *85-83–168
10. Olivia Landino, Hermitage, PA *83-88–171
11. Soo Jin Lim, Seoul, South Korea *85-87–172
12. Chelsea Dantonio, Lancaster, NY *88-87–175
13. Paige Cappelli, Blue Bell, PA *89-87–176
14. Francesca Martelli, Milan, Italy *81-96–177
14. Laura Gonzalez, Bogota, Colombia *84-93–177
16. Susana Reyes Ramirez, Ibague, Colombia *86-92–178
17. Kathryn Crouch, Harker Heights, TX *90-97–187
18. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *92-99–191
19. Kels Haun, Dandridge, TN *99-97–196
19. Kali Boyer, New Ringgold, PA *88-108–196
21. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *103-125–228
DID NOT FINISH
 Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *86-JWD
 Margine Arguello, Panama City, Panama *87-JWD