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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.

 

Stein and Clair earn career-best finishes to be named among IJGT Player of the Week – May 10-11, 2014

HERSHEY, Pa. – The IJGT returned to Hershey Country Club to conduct the Hershey Classic. Presented by the International Junior Golf Academy, one of the most popular events each year, on May 10-11, 2014. A full field of highly competitive junior golfers from six different states caught the attention of a number of college coaches who came out to the tournament. While the first round included intermittent rain, including a 30 minute delay and eventual postponement of the round, golfers were welcomed with ideal conditions for the final round. Dylan Stein, of Flemington, NJ, and Alyssa Schiera, of West Windsor, NJ, stood out and earned Player of the Week honors.

steinStein, playing in his third tournament of the year, had another impressive showing. Facing less than ideal scoring conditions on Saturday, Stein managed to shoot an impressive 73. The Flemington, New Jersey native’s Saturday round included four birdies, two on the front nine and two on the back, including one on the tough par 3 8th hole.  On Sunday, Stein picked up right where he left off by carding a birdie on the par-5 first hole. His consistent play in round two led him to shoot a 78. His round one and round two scores forced a playoff with James Nicholas. During the playoff, Stein had many impressive shots, perhaps none more impressive than the up-and-down from off the green on the first playoff hole. Although it was not enough to secure the victory, it did secure his best finish of the year for him. We wish Stein the best and hope to see him soon.

 

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Schiera, an IJGT regular, having played six out of nine events this spring, had her best finish of the season. She started the weekend out nicely by parring her first hole and finished her front nine at 3-over-par 38. The highlight of her round was a birdie on the difficult par three, No. 16. She was the only girl to score under par on the hole and one of only five players to birdie the hole through the whole tournament. She finished round one with an 84 and in a six-way tie for fifth place. Schiera also played well throughout the final round, including another birdie on the par three, No. 2. She again finished with an 84, for an overall score of 168. Her third place finish is her best of the season and she improved on her previous best score of 2014 by four strokes. We wish Schiera the best of luck during her upcoming competitions at the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club this weekend and the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, May 24-26, at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando.

 

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The IJGT traveled south to host The Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club on May 10-11, 2014. The final event of the regular Southeast Tour schedule featured a field of 61 juniors ranging in age from 11-19 years old for the two-day, 36-hole event. The IJGT Players of the Week from the Southeast Tour are Cameron Clair of Bluffton, S.C., and Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

15111_10154171568985026_267358251173121412_nClair made his 14th appearance in an IJGT event this season with his IJGT career-best finish of third place in the Boys 15 & Up Division. After finishing his first round with a four-over par 76, Clair found himself three strokes off the lead. Clair started his final round ready to close the gap, making a birdie on his opening hole. He posted an even-par 72 for the final round, to finish with a 76-72–148. After his strong play at Falcon’s Fire, Clair will be one to watch at the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions.

 

 

 

 

10264779_10154171553715026_2741195399204324369_nPhuchanbanchob, the Girls Division second-place finisher, carded nine pars and three birdies to finish with an impressive first round score of 75. After starting the final round three strokes behind the lead with a one-under 35 on the front nine, Phuchanbanchob held strong with seven pars on the back nine, finishing with a 74 in the final round. She carded an overall score of 75-74—149, making her runner-up honors her fifth top-5 finish for the 2013-14 season. Phuchanbanchob will make her debut appearance in a  Bridgestone Tournament of Champions May 24-26, 2014, and look to excel with her momentum from this week’s notable performance.

IJGT is ready to celebrate the 2013-2014 season with you!

The 2013-2014 season has been filled with some great competition, fierce playoffs and challenging weather and while we are sad to see it end, we are excited to celebrate the many accomplishments!

You better pack your A-game for the tournament and your party pants (or dresses) for the evening.

The festivities begin on Friday, May 23, 2014, at the Grand Cypress Clubhouse during registration for a “Welcome Reception” to be held at 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM. Come catch up with friends you may have not seen in awhile and chat with the familiar faces of the IJGT staff. Light food and beverages will be provided and the weekend schedule will be reviewed. This is the night to go to sleep early and get your rest!

After the first round on Grand Cypress’ East/North and New Courses on Saturday, May 24, 2014, it is time for the Theme Park Extravaganza. New this year, park tickets to Universal Orlando® Resort are included with player registration. The most difficult decision of the night will be to choose to explore either Universal Studios® or Universal’s Islands of Adventure®. Trouble deciding? Here are the highlights of each park:

Rip Ride Rockit Roller Coaster

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Universal Studios® is home of thrilling rides that put you in the action of your favorite movies. New to Universal Studios® this year is Transformers™: The Ride-3D which is sure to make you feel like a national hero as you battle to defeat the Decepticons. Also new this year is the new Krustyland/Springfield area which features The Simpsons Ride™, other new rides, new shops, and new food and dining options for adults and juniors to enjoy. Another favorite, of course, is Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. Join the minions and go on a 3D adventure through their world of mayhem. Other must-see rides include Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket® (for the thrill-seekers), Men in Black™ Alien Attack™ (friendly competition anyone?), Shrek 4-D, and Revenge of the Mummy®. Universal Studios® is also the future home of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley which is scheduled to debut Summer 2014.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

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For those seeking screams and thrills, Islands of Adventure® is packed with rides sure to give you an adrenaline rush. Upon entering the park you will be met by heroes and villains at The Incredible Hulk Coaster®, Doctor Doom’s Fearfall® and the award-winning The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man® in 4-D. Each holds a surprise that is sure to make your stomach do cartwheels. If you are searching a way to cool down, visit Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls® or Jurassic Park River Adventure®, but make sure there is still sunlight left since you will get soaked. What would a visit to Islands of Adventure® be without a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™- Hogsmeade. Taste butterbeer and pumpkin juice while walking through the Hogwart’s castle on your way to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™, then catch your breath in the underground tunnels before entering the Dragon Challenge™. The rides, shopping, and dining in Hogsmeade will transport you to the world where your favorite wizards live. Also located in Islands of Adventure® are the Cat in the Hat™, Pteranodon Flyers®, and Storm Force Accelatron®.

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Sleep soundly after the long day of playing on and off the course, because Sunday, May 25, 2014, brings a whole new day of excitement. After the second round of tournament play on Grand Cypress’ Courses, IJGT will host the Night of Champions banquet from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Universal Studios Florida®. The dress code is slacks, shirt and tie for gentlemen and dresses or slacks for ladies. Enjoy a night of food and beverage surrounded by your family, friends, and a few crazy characters. We will be announcing the All- IJGT Team and IJGT Player of the Year as well as host a special keynote speaker who is sure to provide knowledge and inspiration. Bring your cameras and appetites because this year’s banquet is certain to be selfie worthy.

Monday, May 26 concludes the 2014 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. The final round will be held on Grand Cypress’ East/North and New Courses followed by the Awards Ceremony at the Grand Cypress Clubhouse. Bring your programs, get them signed by your friends, and start your summer with a smile and a mind full of memories.

If you haven’t registered for the 2014 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, it’s not too late. Click here to sign up and learn more about the tournament. The IJGT staff is excited to host such a great weekend for you and we are eager to hear your feedback so we may constantly improve your tournament experience. Thank you for such a great 2014 season and we’ll see you in Orlando!