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Fall Highlights and Spring Preview

Following a successful fall season full of low scores, beautiful courses and even holes-in-one, the IJGT is excited to kick off its spring season with the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on January 17-18, 2015.

LOOKING BACK

During the fall season junior golfers had the opportunity to play a variety of world-renowned courses.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, the IJGT hosted the Thanksgiving Day Classic at the ever-famous TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. This tournament was one of the few three-day, 54-hole events. The junior golfers performed admirably on both THE PLAYERS Stadium and Dye’s Valley courses. Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, edged out Ben Albin of Santa Fe, N.M., to win the Boys 15-19 Division. Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Sam Ohno of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., tied for third. All of the top three finishers in the Boys 15-19 Division had a round at or below par and eights golfers across the three divisions carded eagles.

The Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass saw not one but two holes-in-one! In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Charles Larcelet of Geraudot, France, had an ace on the par-3 hole No. 14 on the Valley Course. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, carded a hole in one on the par-3 hole No. 8 on the Stadium Course.

Playing the iconic par-3 17th hole on THE PLAYERS Stadium course was a highlight of the fall season for many of the young golfers.

Dormie Club, No. 43 on the 2015-2016 edition of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, played home to the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club. Despite a course that proved to be challenging for the entire field, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., carded an impressive nine birdies during the tournament. Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, both had bogey-free streaks that lasted 16 holes.

The final event of the fall, the IJGA Invitational, was held at Sea Pines Resort where junior golfers had the opportunity to play both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links. The latter ranked No. 19 on Golf Digest’s 2015-2016 list of America’s 199 Greatest Public courses and ranked in the top 50 of Golf.com’s 2014 list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S. It is also the host of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

LOOKING FORWARD

The spring season features another selection of top-ranked courses. The first three tournaments are local to the Hilton Head/Bluffton area. On January 24-25, 2015, during the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, junior golfers and their families will have a chance to explore the host of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur. The Pete Dye course, where the Carolina Classic will be played, offers unobstructed views of Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean from 11 of its 18 holes.

The IJGT will travel to the west coast for the MAJOR Championship at Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco, Calif., on February 7-8, 2015. The Presidio Golf Course is one of the oldest courses on the west coast and has been a national historic landmark since 1962. An Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, it is located within a national park.

On Valentine’s Day weekend (February 14-15, 2015), the IJGT will be traveling to Kiawah Island to host the South Carolina Open. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island is ranked No. 20 on the 2015-2016 edition of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses list and third on their America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. This course was the first designed for a specific event, the 1991 Ryder Cup. Known for its challenging and unpredictable winds and spectacular ocean views, the Ocean course is No. 25 on Golf.com’s 2014 list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S.

The Major Championship at Duke University in Durham, N.C., on March 28-29, 2015, provides an excellent opportunity for junior golfers investigating college golf programs to explore Duke as well as the nearby University of North Carolina.

The Northeast Tour of the IJGT will host the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin on April 11-12, 2015. The junior golfers will have the chance to play both the PGA Tour-tested Mystic Rock and the par-70 The Links. Mystic Rock placed No. 60 on the 2015-2016 Golf Digest America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The following weekend, the Northeast Tour will travel to The Architects Golf Course in Lopatcong, N.J., for The Architects Cup.

On April 25-26, 2015, the IJGT will host a Major Championship at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace, Md. Bulle Rock sits at No. 45 on Golf Digest’s 2015-2016 list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The spring season will culminate with the highly anticipated Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The three-day, 54-hole event will take place on May 23-25, 2015. On the evening of May 24 the IJGT will announce its All-IJGT Team and Player of the Year honors for each division at the Night of Champions.

Juniors in all divisions will be competing for AJGA Performance Stars and national rankings. In addition, the winner of the Boys 15-19 Division will receive an exemption to the 2015 International Junior Masters tournament.

Well wishes to all of our juniors as we reflect graciously on the fall and welcome the spring. Good luck to all!

Some Bridgestone Tournament of Champions best moments featured in IJGT Photos of the Week – May 26, 2014

As the IJGT rounded out a spectacular spring season, it was no wonder why the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions was a success. Held over the holiday weekend on May 24-26, 2014, at the Grand Cypress Golf Club & Resort, the tournament featured over 130 of the IJGT’s finest juniors battling not only for national rankings but also for the prestigious title.

With temperatures feeling more like summer, the sunny and hot weather still yielded high-quality golf in each division. To accompany the three rounds of tournament play, the event offered family-friendly activities such as a welcome reception, the Bridgestone Longest Drive Competition, a thrilling evening at Universal parks and a “Night of Champions” banquet to honor the All-IJGT Team.

This week’s Photo of the Week includes five photos from each event of the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions.

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ReMax Long Drive Champion, Tim Burke, had his trainer, Trevor Anderson, visit with our juniors before the Bridgestone Longest Drive Competition

On Friday, May, 23, Trevor Anderson, the trainer of ReMax’s Long Drive Champion, Tim Burke, visited the Bridgestone Longest Drive Competition to speak to the participants about the importance of stability, fitness and proper care of one’s body when training as a golfer. He discussed how critical it is to hydrate, eat to fuel and train like a champion day in and day out.

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Christopher “Poppy” Lee tees off on the New Course at Grand Cypress

Christopher “Poppy” Lee of Loxahatchee, Fla., participated in the Boys 14 & Under Division where he finished in the top 30. Posting scores of 97-96-89–282, Lee’s performance was highlighted by two impressive birdies both coming on the New Course. The Tournament of Champions was the first ever-IJGT event for Lee and we are eager to see him again in the future!

Ritwik Jain tees off No. 10 at the New Course

Ritwik Jain tees off No. 10 at the New Course

Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, appeared in his 13th event of the 2013-2014 season at the Tournament of Champions and took home a 10th-place finish. His performance at the Tournament of Champions was his 10th top-ten finish of the season and featured an impressive nine birdies, three of which were consecutive in round three. Jain posted sores of 77-73-74–224 overall. Congratulations goes out to Jain and we look forward to another season!

James Nicholas, IJGT Boys 15-19 Player of the Year

James Nicholas, IJGT Boys 15-19 Player of the Year

James Nicholas of Scardale, N.Y., had a lot to be proud of at the Tournament of Champions, his honor of being named the Boys 15-19 Player of the Year topping that list. On the evening of the “Night of Champions” banquet, Nicholas took the stage to thank his friends, competitors, family and coaches for their support of his journey through golf. Despite struggling with a back injury, Nicholas still placed in the top-30 of the tournament and gracefully embraced the role of Player of the Year. We wish Nicholas continued luck as he enters his senior year this fall!

Chase Ingram swings for the fairway at Grand Cypress

Chase Ingram swings for the fairway at Grand Cypress

Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., took the course in his sixth IJGT event at the Tournament of Champions. Using his final round as a driving force, Ingram shaved eight strokes from his rounds one and two scores to post a 1-under-par 71 for round three. Nine total birdies helped to lift Ingram to seventh place but it was his 16 holes of par or better that truly made his performance elite. Congratulations to Ingram on his continued success this season and we eagerly await seeing him next.

Thank you once again to all those who were a part of the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions. Family, friends, juniors and community alike made this event not only a success but an enjoyable way to wrap up another fantastic season! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Sharma, Huang grab Player of the Week honors – May 26, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. – The IJGT returned to beautiful Florida for the annual end-of-the-year Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Club.  Having the largest and most competitive field of the year, the tournament is a player and family favorite each year. Hot temperatures and copious sunshine made for warm but enjoyable conditions all three days.

The staff at Grand Cypress Resort worked diligently all week to ensure that the course was in top shape and the players and families had a world class experience. The players of the week following the conclusion of the spring season are Keshav Sharma, of New Delhi, India, and Samantha Huang, of Shenzhen, China.

DSC_0824Sharma, playing in his 11th event of the season, recorded his seventh top-ten finish of his IJGT career. Sharma started off the tournament with an impressive first-round 73 on the East/North Course. His first round included three birdies and 12 pars. Perhaps his most impressive hole of the day came on the tough par-5 ninth hole, where he carded a birdie. His second round was virtually flawless, resulting in a 2-under-par 70. The New Delhi native began his second round with birdies on the three of the first six holes. Sharma displayed grit and determination on the final day of the tournament, shooting a 1-under-par score of 71 highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 eleventh hole added to his staggering 12 total birdies. The final-round score of 71 elevated Sharma to finish second as the tournament concluded on Monday, May, 26, 2014.

 

 

DSC_0094Huang, playing in her eleventh event of the season, had a great showing at the Grand Cypress Resort. The China native recorded her eighth top-five finish at the Tournament of Champions. Playing the New Course for round one, Huang showed consistency throughout her entire round. With five pars and a birdie on the long par-5 sixth hole, she proceeded to shoot a first-round score of 76. Round two proved to be a little tougher on the East/North Course for Huang where she fought through the rough-laden course to post a score of 77. The highlight of the round for her was a birdie on the difficult par-4 seventh hole. The final round proved to be the best day of the tournament for Huang, recording and final round 72 and securing the girl’s Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. Her final round included 12 pars and two birdies, not scoring worse than bogey on any hole.

We congratulate all those who participated in this monumental event and we wish Sharma, Huang and all IJGT juniors the best of luck as they move forward either with the IJGT or in their post-graduate plans!

2014 Bridgestone Tournament of Champions – Final results

Furuya wins his first Tournament of Champions appearance

Oishi and Sukaree victorious in their first-ever IJGT event

ORLANDO, Fla. – The IJGT hosted the 2014 Bridgestone Tournament of Champions on May 24-26, 2014 at Grand Cypress Golf Club. The season-ending tournament was sponsored by Bridgestone Golf and featured a field of 129 juniors representing 17 states and 15 countries. Juniors competed in humid weather with temperatures in the 90s for AJGA stars, national rankings and special tournament exemptions.

DSC_0832Ryoto Furuya of Wesley Chapel, Fla., led the Boys 15-19 Division all three rounds en route to his championship title. In his first Tournament of Champions appearance, Furuya began competition play by carding par or better on 17 of 18 holes in his opening round. Using the 4-under-par score in round one as momentum, Furuya returned for round two to post his lowest score of the tournament, a 5-under-par score of 67. He carried his lead into the final round and despite carding his highest score of the three-day tournament, he went on to secure the title of champion with score of 68-67-75 – 210 overall. A staggering 13 total birdies and a scoring average of 70, the lowest average of the tournament, highlighted Fuyura’s victory.

Finishing in second place was Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, helped by 12 birdies and one eagle to tally scores of 73-70-71 – 214 overall. Rounding out the Boys 15-19 Division was Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, with scores of 71-75-70 – 216 overall. Kim’s final-round score of 70 was the lowest in both boys divisions, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award is given to the boy and girl who shoot the lowest score in the final tournament round.

“The first few holes I was very nervous. On the first hole, unfortunately I hit it right and went on to make a double bogey but after the front nine, I still had a lead. I didn’t worry about it, stayed strong and hung in there and managed to come out with a victory,” said Furuya.

DSC_0030Atsuya Oishi of Hiroshima, Japan, turned his first IJGT appearance into a lasting impression as he turned his three-day lead into a victory. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Oishi began the tournament with his best round where he compiled five birdies and an eagle for a round-one score of 67. The 5-under-par score gave him a four-stroke lead going into round two where three birdies were the highlight of his score of 76. After adding two additional birdies in the final round, Oishi totaled 10 birdies to tie for the most birdies in the Boys 14 & Under Division. He finished the tournament with scores of 67-76-74 – 217.

Just two strokes behind him in second was Ryota Furuhashi of Shizuoka, Japan, who carded scores of 73-76-70 – 219 overall. Furuhashi’s 2-under-par score of 70 also made him a Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award winner. In third was Sampson Zheng of Kissimmee, Fla., finishing with scores of 71-75-74 – 220 overall.

When he compared the New Course to the East/North combination he played each of the three days, Oishi said, “The East/North Courses had too much rough which was tricky. That’s why I liked the New Course better.”

DSC_0101In a tight race in the Girls Division, Kornkamol Sukaree of Bangkok, Thailand, edged out second-place finisher Cara Basso of Downingtown, Pa., for first in in her first-ever IJGT event. Basso came out strong to lead the division after round one, posting a 1-under-par score of 71. In a close second, Sukaree posted back-to-back scores of 73 in rounds one and two to position herself tied for the lead with Basso heading into the final round. With the championship in reach for both, Sukaree tallied her tournament-best four birdies and 10 pars in round three to secure the victory. Sukaree finished the tournament with scores of 73-73-72 – 218 overall. Her round-three even-par score of 72 earned her the girl’s Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Carding just one less birdie than Sukaree in round three, Basso finished in second by one stroke with scores of 71-75-73 – 219 overall. Rounding out the Girls Division in third was Yunjie Zhang of Haikou City, China, with scores of 76-73-73 – 222.

“I just tried to play the best I could each day. My approach shots were really good,” said Sukaree.

In addition to the three-round tournament, the weekend included additional events for family and friends. Following registration and the practice rounds, juniors participated in the Bridgestone Longest Drive Competition and enjoyed a welcome reception at Grand Cypress Golf Club. On  Saturday, May 25, 2014, it was an evening of fun and thrills at two Universal parks. Sunday, May 26, 2014, offered the “Night of Champions” banquet to honor the All-IJGT Teams and celebrate a fabulous season. For photos to each of the events, be sure to check out our IJGT Facebook page by clicking here!

The IJGT will begin its Summer Series on June 17-18, 2014 at Crescent Pointe Golf Club. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444. 

ORLANDO, Fla. – Final-round results of the IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 26, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division (East/North Course): Blue Tees – 6,838 yards, Par 72 (73.4/138) Boys 14 & Under Division (East/North Course): White Tees – 6,228 yards, Par 72 (70.6/132) Girls Division (East/North Course): Red Tees – 5,962 yards, Par 72 (74.8/136). Boys 15-19 Division (New Course): Blue Tees – 6,746 yards, Par 72 (71.8/123) Boys 14 & Under Division (New Course): White Tees – 6,253 yards, Par 72 (69.3/116) Girls Division (New Course): Red Tees – 5,949 yards, Par 72 (74.9/118).

Weather:

Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 90’s with 5-10 mph winds
Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 90’s with 5-10 mph winds
Monday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 80’s with 5-10 mph winds

Boys 15-19 Division
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) North/East Course: 6,838 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) New Course: 6,746 yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Blue Tees) North/East Course: 6,838 yards, Par 72

1. Ryoto Furuya, Wesley Chapel, FL, *68-67-75—210
2. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India, *73-70-71–214
3. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea, *71-75-70–216
4. Xuewen Luo, Lougkou City, China, *69-73-75–217
5. Jack Tianyi Cen, Bradenton, FL, *72-71-75–218
5. Matthew Plunkett, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, *74-66-78–218
7. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, *74-69-76–219
8. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan, *72-71-78–221
9. Ryan Davis, Berkeley Heights, NJ, *76-71-76–223
10. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India, *77-73-74–224
11. Roland Massimino, Lumberville, PA, *83-68-74–225
11. Bebe Bouahom, Vientiane, Laos, *73-74-78–225
11. Shiso Go, Tokyo, Japan, *73-72-80–225
14. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan, *77-75-74–226
14. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, *76-76-74–226
14. Nicholas Infanti, Clarksburg, MD, *79-72-75–226
17. Nate Menon, Wyomissing, PA, *76-73-78–227
18. Gus Minkin, York, PA, *82-75-72–229
18. Piyush Sangwan, Gurgaon, India, *76-75-78–229
18. Davis Lamb, Potomac, MD, *78-72-79–229
21. Sidhartha Sharathram, Coimbatore, India, *78-76-76–230
22. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ, *74-82-75–231
22. Ryan Hicks, Santa Monica, CA, *81-74-76–231
22. Sam Goldenring, Florham Park, NJ, *80-74-77–231
25. Anthony Muscato, Gibsonia, PA, *84-73-76–233
25. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina, *83-71-79–233
25. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA, *77-81-75–233
28. Jairaj Singh Sandhu, Punjab, India, *82-72-81–235
28. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan, *80-74-81–235
28. James Nicholas, Scarsdale, NY, *75-72-88–235
28. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ, *81-78-76–235
32. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea, *82-75-79–236
32. Nick Geiman, York, PA, *80-75-81–236
32. Jake Niedosik, Lansdale, PA, *76-83-77–236
32. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan, *81-77-78–236
36. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC, *79-77-82–238
37. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *77-81-81–239
37. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD, *78-79-82–239
37. Tyler Olmsted, Boyds, MD, *79-80-80–239
40. Teddy Hoffmann, Virginia Beach, VA, *81-77-82–240
41. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA, *79-73-89–241
42. Yuan Li, Haikou City, China, *85-76-81–242
43. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand, *76-80-87–243
44. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan, *82-83-79–244
44. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *81-81-82–244
44. Gerry Mackedon, Port Jefferson, NY, *81-79-84–244
47. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain, *83-83-79–245
47. David Hanes, Elma, NY, *82-83-80–245
47. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA, *84-77-84–245
47. Isaac Gorenstein, Nyack, NY, *76-82-87–245
51. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA, *83-83-81–247
52. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan, *85-76-87–248
53. Griffin Colvin, Media, PA, *82-81-86–249
54. Dom Wagner, Alexandria, VA, *85-81-85–251
55. Gurdev Chimni, Gurgaon, India, *81-86-89–256
56. Joe Rochelle, Quakertown, PA, *89-83-85–257
57. Caleb Bryant, New Freedom, PA, *90-87-83–260
57. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH, *88-90-82–260
57. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *81-90-89–260
60. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan, *86-87-88–261
61. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA, *91-83-89–263
61. Sam Schroeder, Sherborn, MA, *93-81-89–263
63. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *85-88-91–264
64. Rohit Talluri, Bellevue, WA, *89-82-95–266
65. J.P. Beall, Pittsburgh, PA, *94-90-93–277
65. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN, *88-91-98–277
67. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan, *100-90-96–286

DID NOT FINISH
Trent Hope, Savannah, GA, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Bobby Nixon, Port St. Lucie, FL, * DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK, *81-82–JWD
Ryan Conner, Newtown, PA, *JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division
Round 1 – (White Tees) New Course: 6,253 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (White Tees) East/ North Course: 6,228 yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (White Tees) New Course: 6,253 yards, Par 72

1. Atsuya Oishi, Hiroshima, Japan, *67-76-74–217
2. Ryota Furuhashi, Shizuoka, Japan, *73-76-70–219
3. Sampson Zheng, Kissimmee, FL, *71-75-74–220
4. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada, *72-75-75–222
5. Ray Navis, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, *74-76-73–223
6. Yujie Jin, Windermere, FL, *71-79-75–225
7. Chase Ingram, Bluffton, SC, *78-78-71–227
8. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia, *78-79-71–228
8. C.J. Hughes, Indiana, PA, *77-73-78–228
10. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *78-80-72–230
10. Thammalack Bouahom, Vientiane, Laos, *78-74-78–230
12. Jack Whisler, Scottsdale, AZ, *81-80-73–234
12. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago, *76-80-78–234
14. Grant Drogosch, Windermere, FL, *82-77-77–236
15. Lukas Clark, Holland, PA, *82-82-74–238
16. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA, *79-79-82–240
17. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC, *80-81-81–242
17. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA, *84-77-81–242
19. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ, *86-79-80–245
19. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan, *83-85-77–245
21. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA, *81-86-80–247
22. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY, *84-86-81–251
23. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA, *82-90-83–255
24. William Riva, Lancaster, PA, *96-89-89–274
25. Aryan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL, *99-86-95–280
26. Poppy Lee, Loxahatchee, FL, *97-96-89–282
27. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, *95-100-96–291
27. Alex Beall, Pittsburgh, PA, *102-96-93–291
29. Francis Gregor, North Wales, PA, *93-101-99–293

DID NOT FINISH
Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA, * DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA, *86-92–JWD

Girls Division

Round 1 – (Red Tees) New Course: 5,949 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Red Tees) East/North Course: 5,962 yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Red Tees) New Course: 5,949 yards, Par 72

1. Kornkamol Sukaree, Bangkok, Thailand, *73-73-72–218
2. Cara Basso, Downingtown, PA, *71-75-73–219
3. Yunjie Zhang, Haikou City, China, *76-73-73–222
4. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China, *76-77-72–225
5. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *79-72-76–227
5. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China, *77-74-76–227
5. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, NJ, *79-74-74–227
8. Mino Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand, *79-75-75–229
9. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan, *80-78-74–232
10. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan, *79-79-77–235
11. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ, *78-79-79–236
12. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China, *78-82-77–237
13. Dylaney Day, Toronto, ON, *81-78-80–239
14. Liza Freed, Alexandria, VA, *76-84-81–241
14. Yeji Shin, Norwood, NJ, *80-78-83–241
16. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand, *82-85-79–246
16. Marissa Balish, Allison Park, PA, *80-88-78–246
16. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada, *82-84-80–246
19. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan, *84-82-82–248
20. Haley Goodling, Manheim, PA, *90-83-79–252
21. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan, *86-87-83–256
22. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea, *86-79-93–258
23. Allison Herring, Skillman, NJ, *89-94-88–271
24. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ, *94-91-87–272
25. Frida Henningsson, Rye, NY, *88-88-97–273
26. Ananya Barthakur, New Delhi, India, *91-94-90–275
27. Amani Narang, Bhopal, India, *105-114-103–322

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Round two recap

Round two of the IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions took place on May 25th, 2014 at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Florida. This season-ending event brought competitors from all over the world with 15 countries and 17 U.S. states being represented. In round two, the Boys 15-19 division took on the  New Course and the Girls division and the Boys 14 & Under division played on the East/North Course. The hot weather continued as temperatures stayed in the 90s for the majority of the day. Some of the division leaders from round one maintained their lead, while new faces worked their way up the leaderboard. In review, divisional leaders’ rounds in numbers are below.

 

Ryoto Furuya of Wesley Chapel, Fla. is the current leader in the Boys 15-19 division. His round in numbers:

67 – Furuya’s 5-under-par score on the New Course. His total after round two is 135.

6 – number of total birdies on the day

1 – an eagle on the 483-yard par-5, hole no. 17

9 – nine strokes under par after 36 holes.

Cara Basso of Downingtown, Pa., is tied for the lead in the girls division with Kornkamol Sukaree of Bangkok, Thailand. Their round in numbers are below.

Basso’s round two numbers:

75 – Basso’s 3-over-par score for round two. Her total after round two is 146.

2 – number of birdies during round two

9 – streak of consecutive pars on holes 16-6

1 – 1-under-par throughout the 4 par-5 holes on the East/North Course.

Sukaree’s round two numbers:

73 – Sukaree’s 1-over-par score for round two. Her total after round two is 146.

3 – number of birdies during round two

34 – Sukaree’s 2-under-par score on the East Course, her final nine holes of round two.

1 – Sukaree’s first IJGT event

Atsuya Oishi of Hiroshima, Japan still leads the Boys 14 & Under division. His round in numbers:

76 – Oishi’s 4-over-par score for round two. His total after round two is 143.

3 – three stroke lead in the division

3 – number of birdies during round two

38 – Oishi shot 2-over-par on each nine holes of the East and North Course, +4 throughout round two.

 

For full round one results of the Bridgestone Tournament of Championsclick here.

For round two pairings of the Boys 15-19 division at the Bridgestone Tournament of Championsclick here.

For round two pairings of the Boys 14 & Under and Girls divisions at the Bridgestone Tournament of Championsclick here.

 

The third and final round will be on Monday, May 26, 2014 with tee times starting again at 7:30 a.m. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter and download the IJGT app for live scoring and up-to-the-minute updates of the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions as the tournament continues.

 

 

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Round one recap

Round one of the IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions took place on May 24th, 2014 at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Florida. This season-ending event brought competitors from all over the world with 15 countries and 17 U.S. states being represented. In round one, the Boys 15-19 division was contested on the East/North Course while the Girls division and the Boys 14 & Under division were on the New Course. The weather was hot and humid with temperatures reaching into the 90s. The field of 130 competitors battled the heat and managed to put up some impressive numbers.  In review, divisional leaders’ rounds in numbers are below.

Ryoto Furuya of Wesley Chapel, Fla. is currently leading the Boys 15-19 division. His round in numbers:

68 – Furuya’s 4-under-par score on the East/North Course

5 – total number of birdies on the day

1 – his last finish in an IJGT event, first place at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass 

33 – his back nine score, 3-under-par

In the Girls division, Cara Basso of Downingtown, Pa., is leading the division after round one. Her round in numbers:

71 – Basso’s 1-under-par score on the New Course

11 – total number of pars on the day

4 – total number of birdies on the day

3 – Basso has three top-5 finishes this season, her best being first place at The Final Challenge at Hershey Links 

Atsuya Oishi of Hiroshima, Japan leads the Boys 14 & Under division. His round in numbers:

67 – Oishi’s 5-under-par score on the New Course

5 – total number of birdies on the day

12 – Oishi’s age,  12 years old

3 – his score on the 533-yard par-5, the only player in the division to make an eagle on hole no. 15

 

For full round one results of the Bridgestone Tournament of Championsclick here.

For round two pairings of the Boys 15-19 division at the Bridgestone Tournament of Championsclick here.

For round two pairings of the Boys 14 & Under and Girls divisions at the Bridgestone Tournament of Championsclick here.

 

Round two will be on Sunday, May 25, 2014 with tee times starting again at 7:30 a.m. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live, up-to-the-minute updates of the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions as the tournament continues.

 

Season-end Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Tour Preview

As the 2013-2014 season comes to a close, the IJGT will host its  biggest and most exciting tournament of the season. Each tournament of the season leads to the IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions which will be held on May 24-26, 2014 at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla. The three-day, 54-hole event will offer the coveted title of champion. In addition to the championship title, juniors will compete for national rankings.

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The Jack Nicklaus-inspired courses of Grand Cypress Resort, East/North Course and New Course will play host to an extensive field of juniors seeking victory. The East/North courses offer everything from sharply ledged fairways to greens located in tricky mazes of sand and water for an entertaining challenge. The New Course pays homage to the signature courses of Scotland featuring deep pot bunkers and stone walls and bridges. 

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As the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions draws some of the IJGT’s finest juniors, watch for leaders of the tour rankings to compete for the title. Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, leads the IJGT Tour Rankings and will look to make the Tournament of Champions his fifth season win. Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, is in a close second in the tour rankings and also seeks the championship title after finishing fifth at the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear. Rounding out the top three of the Boys 15-19 Tour Rankings, James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y., will look to bring home the trophy to continue his three-tournament winning streak.

The Boys 14 & Under Division will also feature fierce competition as Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, Joe Parrini of York, Pa., and Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., battle for the title. Vilips leads the divisional tour rankings with an impressive eight first-place finishes while Parrini adds five of his own sitting in second place. Ingram is not far behind in the tour rankings in fourth, securing a valuable win at the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 3-4, 2014.

Don’t take your eyes of the Girls Division either – both Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, and Yeji Shin of Norwood, N.J., sit in the top five of the IJGT Tour Rankings. Nakatani looks to improve upon her eighth-place finish in the 2013 Tournament of Champions this year and will battle against Shin who will appear in her first Tournament of Champions.

There is still an opportunity to join the competition! If you have not yet registered to play in the biggest event of the year, click here to do so today!

2014 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) has released its 2014 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions for open registration. The Event held May 24-26, 2014 at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla., is the marquee event on the IJGT calendar featuring the largest and strongest field of the year. Contested on the New and East/North Courses at Grand Cypress Golf Club, the 54-hole event will be an event you will not want to miss.

Registration is open for ALL IJGT members today and for signing up early you will receive a discount of $100. This price is available only for a limited amount of time so do not hesitate to reserve your spot in the Tournament of Champions.

Past Champions of the Tournament of Champions include NCAA First-Team All-American, Stephanie Meadow, University of Louisville standout, Laura Restrepo, University of Southern California grad, Stewart Hagestad, and Texas A&M freshmen, Mickey Werenski.

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