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Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club – Final Results (Sept. 28, 2014)

Ogawa nabs second consecutive IJGT win
Park secures first-ever win 

The IJGT returned to Oldfield Golf Club for the IJGT Lowcountry Open on September 27-28, 2014. The two-day 36-hole tournament featured a field of 88 juniors competing for IJGT merit points and national rankings. Despite rain in the forecast both days, all three divisions saw a tight race for first.

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After sharing the lead in the Boys 15-19 Division after round one, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, battled to the final hole before Ogawa endured for victory. Sitting tied at even-par 72 heading into round two, Ogawa used his 1-under front nine to pull into a two-stroke lead at the turn. Ogawa finished the back nine of round two with even-par 36 to finish 1-under on the day and one stroke in front of Byrne.

Byrne finished second with a two-day score of 144. Rounding out the Boys 15-19 Division in third was Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, who combined scores of 75 and 71 for a tournament total of 146.

“My driving was best [strength] this weekend,” said Ogawa.

With a staggering eight boys recording round two scores of 1-under 71, the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to Ogawa, Go, Hao Yang Lin of Taichung, Taiwan, Kanata Irei of Okinawa-shi, Japan, Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin of Bangkok, Thailand, Cameron Clair of Bluffton, S.C., Dong Jin Park of Seoul, and Mariano Leyva of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is the award presented to the male(s) and female(s) with the lowest score in the second round of the tournament.

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In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Dong Jin Park of Seoul, took first with a two-day score of 145. At the conclusion of round one, Park shared the divisional lead with Alan Smith of Winchendon, Mass., with matching scores of 74. Park went on to record par or better on 16 of 18 holes for a 1-under 71 round two score. In second, two strokes behind Park at 147, was Mariano Leyva of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Finishing in third was Smith with a tournament total 152.

“This is my first win of my life so it feels really good [to win]. I was just trying to do my best in the second round and not worry about other players’ scores,” said Park.

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Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, secured first in the Girls Division after combining consistent rounds of 72 for a two-day total of 144. Phuchanbanchob entered round two in second one stroke behind Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C., and Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile. With 14 pars and two birdies highlighting her second round, Phuchanbanchob also secured the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Guo finished in second with a score of 2-over 145 and Quevedo rounded out the top three in third with a tournament total 149.

“I just played my best,” said Phuchanbanchob about her game plan for round two.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 4-5, 2014, with two northeast events. The Architects Cup presented by IJGA will be held at the Architects Golf Club and the DC Shootout will be held at National Golf Club. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

International Junior Golf Tour
Lowcountry Junior at Oldfield GC
Okatie, S.C.
September 27-28, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Division) – 6,862 yards, Par 72

1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *72-71–143
2. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *72-72–144
3. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *75-71–146
4. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *76-71–147
4. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-73–147
6. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *77-71–148
6. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *77-71–148
6. Andre Scopone, Ann Arbor, MI *74-74–148
9. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *78-71–149
9. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *73-76–149
11. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *76-74–150
11. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *78-72–150
13. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *76-75–151
13. Daniel Oh, Seoul, South Korea *76-75–151
15. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *77-75–152
15. Alex Vegh, Gahanna, OH *76-76–152
15. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *79-73–152
18. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *78-75–153
18. Brett Krekorain, Andover, MA *77-76–153
18. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *80-73–153
18. Drew Smith, Decatur, GA *79-74–153
22. Masahi Yano, Aichi, Japan *77-77–154
22. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *76-78–154
22. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *80-74–154
22. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *80-74–154
26. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *77-78–155
27. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *81-75–156
27. Rowan Foxley, Arlington, WA *80-76–156
27. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *78-78–156
30. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *77-80–157
30. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *80-77–157
30. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *79-78–157
33. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *75-83–158
33. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *80-78–158
35. Aniket Sawant, New Delhi, India *75-84–159
36. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *81-79–160
37. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *78-84–162
38. Brandon McLean, Unionville, ON *78-85–163
38. Colson Herrin, Augusta, GA *77-86–163
38. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *85-78–163
38. Jack Foyle, Madison, CT *81-82–163
42. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *87-77–164
42. Marshall Clemens, Weston, MA *85-79–164
44. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *85-80–165
45. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *89-77–166
45. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *85-81–166
47. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *86-81–167
48. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *83-85–168
49. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *80-90–170
50. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *90-82–172
51. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *88-90–178
51. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *88-90–178
53. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *85-94–179
54. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *94-89–183
55. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *93-93–186
56. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *103-84–187
57. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *102-91–193

DID NOT FINISH
Logan Stefanko, Plymouth, MI *79-JWD
Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *80-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) – 6,189 yards, Par 72

1. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *74-71–145
2. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *76-71–147
3. Alan Smith, Winchendon, MA *74-78–152
4. Mikus Ming, Smiths, Bermuda *75-80–155
5. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *86-77–163
6. Caden Edwards, Hilton Head, SC *82-85–167
7. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-94–170
8. Arthur Draijer, Sandweiler, Luxembourg *89-90–179
9. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *99-94–193
10. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *107-90–197
11. Aiden McCloskey, Northboro, MA *96-108–204
Girls Division (Green Tees) – 5,891 yards, Par 72

1. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *72-72–144
2. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *71-74–145
3. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *71-78–149
4. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *76-77–153
5. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *78-76–154
5. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *73-81–154
7. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *76-79–155
7. Warissara Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *78-77–155
9. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-76–159
10. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *80-80–160
11. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid *82-79–161
12. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *85-78–163
13. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *84-86–170
14. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *86-85–171
15. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *90-85–175
16. Bella Layman, Cancun, Mexico *102-85–187
17. Stephanie Orrell, Hilton Head Island, SC *104-99–203
18. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *102-112–214

Lin, Nicholas earn Photo of the Week honors – May 15th, 2014

NORTHEAST

HERSHEY, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Hershey Classic on May 10-11, 2014 on the East Course at Hershey Country Club. Weather in round one included rain showers and a 30-minute delay, eventually forcing some golfers to be postponed until 8:00 a.m. the next morning. The weather for the final round made up for it however, with temperatures reaching into the high 70s. Out of the 112 golfers that came out to play in this event, James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y. earned Photo of the Week.

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Nicholas played extremely well during the Hershey Classic, which earned him his fourth IJGT Championship the season. After sinking a 20-foot putt to force a playoff, Nicholas pulled out the victory after four playoff holes. With this victory, Nicholas moved himself to the #1 ranking on tour. Congratulations on your victory and Photo of the Week honors. We look forward to seeing Nicholas at the  Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

SOUTHEAST

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. Jamie Lin of Taichung, Taiwan won this week’s Photo of the Week honors in the Southeast.

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Lin (left) and Yong Sherng Hui(right) of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia are seen here smiling for the camera at the Orlando Junior. Both are regular competitors in the IJGT as this was Lin’s 13th event and Hui’s 20th event. Lin finished tied for 17th while Hui finished tied for seventh.  Congratulations on winning Photo of the Week honors. We look forward to seeing both Lin and Hui at the  Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

IJGT Player of the Week – January 18-19

Hilton Head Island, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held its second event of the 2014 season at the Country Club of Hilton Head, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. on Jan. 18-19, 2014. With extensive help from IJGT staff, PGCC volunteers and a fabulous host of staff from the Country Club of Hilton Head, the event went smoothly. The course was a challenging but fair setup and included a competitive field of players. Course conditions were ideal, as the staff at the Country Club of Hilton Head did their best to prepare the course for tournament play. Player of the Week honors this week went to Hao Yang Lin of Taichung, Taiwan and as Milleina Ohara of Meguro-Ku, Japan.

The weather played a strong factor in the opening round with wind gusts of 20-25 mph altering players’ normal shot selection. On the final round of the Island Challenge, weather conditions improved and allowed for an ideal day of golf. Slowed winds and warmer temperatures brought with them better scores in the field.

Jamie Lin

Amidst unfavorable conditions of strong winds and cold temperatures, Lin managed a score of 83 in Round 1 with four consecutive pars in the front nine and three in the back nine. Lin, tallied an impressive seven pars in Round 2. The highlight of the second round for Lin was a birdie on the par-3 hole 11, one of only two birdies on the hole for the weekend. Lin recorded a second round of 82 and a tournament total of 165, earning him a third place finish in a very competitive Boys 15-19 Division. With such a notable start to the season, Lin is confident about improving in the upcoming tournaments.

 

 

DSC_0537_edited-1In the Girls Division, first-place finisher Ohara welcomed both the competition and the harsh weather conditions by coming ready to play. Rarely did Ohara put herself in tough situations, shooting two consistent rounds finishing with a score of 80-79 – 159 overall. Ohara nabbed the Clazic’s Low Final Round Award for shooting the lowest round on Sunday (79). Faced with many birdie opportunities, Ohara leading to a number of short par putts. On Sunday’s round she capitalized by talling 3 birdies in 4 holes for an even par finish on the front nine to pull ahead of her competition. The first-place win was the first for her resume. Ohara looks to continue her success and as she prepares for the Island Open at Dolphin Head, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. on February 8-9, 2014.

For full results from the Island Challenge, click here.

Final results from the Island Challenge at the Country Club of Hilton Head

Russell tabs title at Country Club of Hilton Head

McDowell, Ohara capture first victories

 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held its second Event of the Southeast this weekend. Hosted at the Country Club of Hilton Head, the Island Challenge had both National Rankings and IJGT Merit points up for grabs. Despite a weekend of trying conditions, junior golfers played with success. The participating golfers range in age from 13-19 were in pursuit of an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

DSC_0419_edited-1In the Boys 15-19 Division, Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., came in first in a tight race to the finish. Going into round two, Russell led by three strokes until Davis Kiger of Harrisburg, N.C., cut the lead to two on hole No. 14. Despite the narrow margin, Russell answered back with four consecutive pars to end the second round three strokes ahead. Russell’s strong start on the front nine was the key factor to maintaining the lead, adding cushion for two late double-bogeys.

When asked about his victory, Russell said, “I feel so special, I’ve been playing so many of these Events and it’s my first win in the older [Boys 15-19] Division.”

The winner of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to both Russell and Kiger who both finished round two with a score of 78. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is awarded to the player that shoots the lowest score during the final round.

Second place went to Kiger who finished with an 80-78 – 158 overall score. Rounding out the top three was Hao Yang Lin of Taichung, Taiwan, finishing with a score of 83-83 – 165 overall.

DSC_0502_edited-1In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, made a stand-out first impression as he took an authoritative lead during round one and continued to lead the entire tournament. Finishing 34 strokes ahead of his competition, McDowell made his first IJGT appearance successful with a first-place finish. Leading round one with a score of 76, a 21-stroke lead over Thomas Delaney of Kingwood, Texas, McDowell strengthened his lead with a round two score of 80.

In discussing what worked well for him, he stated, “I was hitting my driver really well, making a lot of putts and I made a lot of good iron shots.”

Delaney finished second, shooting a 97-93 – 190 overall score. Aaron Elmore of Rincon, Ga., came in third place posting a 101-99 – 200 overall score.

 

DSC_0537_edited-1The Girls Division also had a first-time winner finishing with a significant margin. Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award winner, Milleina Ohara of Meguro-Ku, Japan, led both rounds. Her second round featured three birdies in four holes on the front nine, which added to her lead. Runner up Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, looked to rally in round one as she made par on 10 of 18 holes, but struggled to close the gap when her second round included five double-bogeys.

With the weather a factor in this weekend’s play, Ohara said, “…it was pretty cold and windy so my shots were sometimes going left and going right but I still did pretty well.”

Chee came in second shooting an 85-91 – 177 overall score while Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., rounded out the division in third with a score of 86-91 – 177 overall.

The IJGT Southeast tour will continue next weekend with the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation in Bluffton, S.C. The Dye Course at Colleton River is the host of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events.   Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19.  Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links.  Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Bagboy, 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 (800) 792-9143.

 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final-round results of the IJGT Island Challenge at Country Club of Hilton Head conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed January 19, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,750 yards, Par 72 (74.4/141) Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,043 yards, Par 72 (70.5/133) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,822 yards, Par 72 (73.8/130)               

Weather:        Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 40’s with 20-25 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 50’s with 15-20 mph winds

 

International Junior Golf Tour
Island Challenge at Country Club of Hilton Head
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
January 18-19, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees), 6,750 yards, Par 72
 
1. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *77-78–155
2. Davis Kiger, Harrisburg, NC, *80-78–158
3. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan, *83-82–165
4. Hazwan Rahman, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, *84-84–168
5. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland, *81-91–172
5. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY, *86-86–172
5. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA, *90-82–172
8. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia, *84-89–173
8. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL, *86-87–173
10. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA, *91-83–174
11. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, *88-89–177
12. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN, *92-86–178
13. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ, *97-83–180
14. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA, *97-85–182
14. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK, *88-94–182
16. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY, *97-92–189
17. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China, *107-107–214
18. J.P. Beall, Pittsburgh, PA, *108-111–219
 
DID NOT FINISH
Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France, *JWD
Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA, *84-JWD
Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China, *91-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (Blue Tees), 6,043 yards, Par 72
 
1. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada, *76-80–156
2. Thomas Delaney, Kingwood, TX, *97-93–190
3. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA, *101-99–200
4. Ronak Bhagia, Charlotte, NC, *120-110–230
 
Girls Division (White Tees), 5,822 yards, Par 72
 
1. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan, *80-79–159
2. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China, *85-91–176
3. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA, *86-91–177