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Kang Wins in Two Hole Playoff

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

The IJGT will continue the spring 2016 Season in Malvern, Pa. with the Philly Challenge at White Manor Country Club on March 19-20, 2016. Players will compete for AJGA Performance Stars, IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

 

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 30 states and 30 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, Iconic Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

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

 

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

 

                                                                                                      

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor             

Savannah, Ga.

February 27-28, 2016

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

29. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *80-78–158

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *WD

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

IJGA Invitational at Harbour Town – Final Results

Go repeats as IJGA Invitational Champion

Kozak wins Girls Division at Harbour Town

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) concluded the 2015 Fall Season with the annual International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) Invitational at Harbour Town Golf Links. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing 10 different states and 14 countries competed in the 36-hole Major Championship for double IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, and AJGA Performance Stars.

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, repeated as the Boys 15-19 Division Champion in the IJGA Invitational with a tournament score of 1-over, 143. Go started off the tournament well making four birdies and firing a 1-under, 70. This was the best round recorded in the tournament and gave him a three-stroke lead going into the final day of competition.

Shiso Go won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 15-19 Division

Shiso Go won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 15-19 Division

Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage, is a challenging test of golf, and even a player of Go’s caliber was going to have to play well to maintain a lead. Go did not get off to the start he wanted in the final round, making a double-bogey on the opening hole. He rebounded quickly though, with birdies on his next two holes to get it back to even-par. From there, Go was able to hold off his fellow competitors by making 12 pars in his last 14 holes. He finished with a round of 2-over, 73 and a seven-stroke victory. This was Go’s first IJGT victory of the 2015-2016 Season. Go was the 2014-2015 IJGT Player of the Year in the Boys 15-19 Division.

“Even though I won this tournament last year, I was just trying to do my best,” said Go.

Finishing in a tie for second place were Colton Tanner of Westport, Conn., and Brock Erwin of Muldrow, Okla., who both recorded tournament totals of 150.

Mason Williams of Bridgeport, W.Va., fired a final-round score of 1-over, 72, which earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award which goes to the boy and girl that record the lowest final round score in each IJGT tournament.

In the Girls Division, Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., recorded her second career IJGT victory with a tournament total of 147. Kozak won in wire-to-wire fashion recording an impressive five-stroke victory. In the first round, Kozak made four birdies en route to a 3-over, 74. This only gave her a one-stroke margin heading into the final round.

Kayla Kozak won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Girls Division

Kayla Kozak won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Girls Division

Kozak used a meticulous game plan during the final round to hold off her competition. At the turn, Kozak improved her lead to three strokes, but after hole No. 12, her lead was back to one stroke. The pivotal point of the tournament came at hole No. 13 where Kozak made birdie to extend her lead to three strokes. From there Kozak made five straight pars to finish up her round of 2-over, 73 and collect the Girls Division title.

Kozak’s final-round score of 2-over, 73 was the lowest score of the event in the Girls Division, and also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“It is an honor to win, because the competition was great. This tournament has given me the momentum for 2016 and the confidence to know I can play well,” commented Kozak.

Haruka Shintani of Setagaya, Japan, finished in second place with a tournament total of 152. Yuki Nakayama of Kawasaki, Japan, ended the tournament in third place after recording a score of 157.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., continued his strong performance in IJGT tournaments with his third victory of the 2015-2016 Season in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Phillips recorded a tournament total of 161 to earn a two-stroke victory over Nick Hance of Irving, Texas. Hance recorded a final-round score of 76, which was the lowest score in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Chase Phillips won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 14 & Under Division

Chase Phillips won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 14 & Under Division

Phillips made two birdies in the tournament with both of them coming on the par-3, fourth hole at Harbour Town Golf Links. This was Phillips’s first Major Championship victory.

“I liked that this course had smaller greens because it plays well too my game,” said Phillips.

The IJGT will kick off the Spring 2016 Season in Okatie, S.C., with the IJGT Junior at Oldfield Golf Club on Jan. 30-31, 2016. Players will compete for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

About the IJGA

The IJGA trains junior golfers for success in tournament golf and beyond. They are the only academy in the world that combines training, academics, and competition. Through their supportive and competitive environment, students develop the critical qualities of commitment, goal setting and a consistent work ethic to best impact their academics, golf, and future endeavors.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 30 states and 30 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, Iconic Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

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

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final-round results of the IJGA Invitational at Harbour Town conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed December 13, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,600 yards, Par 71 (73.1/144). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,881 yards, Par 71 (69.7/131) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,675 yards, Par 71 (73.6/136).

Weather:       
Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 70’s with 5-10 mph winds
Round 2: Sunny with temperatures in the high 70’s with 5-10 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGA Invitational
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
December 12-13, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,600 yards, Par 71
1. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *70-73–143
2. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *74-76–150
2. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *74-76–150
4. Arjun Puri, New Delhi, India *76-75–151
4. Austin Fox, Delmar, NY *74-77–151
6. Mason Williams, Bridgeport, WV *80-72–152
6. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *79-73–152
6. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *73-79–152
9. Matej Malicek, Bratislava, Slovakia *79-75–154
10. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-77–155
10. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *75-80–155
10. Wil Sheppard, Mount Pleasant, SC *76-79–155
13. Saptak Talwar, New Delhi, India *78-79–157
13. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *78-79–157
13. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-79–157
13. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton, SC *78-79–157
17. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD *77-81–158
18. Shharad Arora, Bangalore, India *82-77–159
19. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *79-82–161
19. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *77-84–161
21. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *81-82–163
21. Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *74-89–163
23. Marco Oliverio, Bridgeport, WV *80-84–164
23. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *80-84–164
25. Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, DE *83-82–165
26. Feng Chen, Beijing, China *87-79–166
27. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *81-86–167
27. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *79-88–167
29. Dominic Wagner, Alexandria, VA *78-90–168
30. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *89-80–169
30. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *83-86–169
32. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *88-86–174
33. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *90-85–175
33. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *85-90–175
35. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *92-84–176
36. Matt Saraceno, Ridgewood, NJ *92-85–177
37. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *91-88–179
38. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *97-89–186
39. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *99-90–189
40. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *90-100–190
41. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *108-88–196
42. Andres Rosado, Mexico City, Mexico *110-109–219

DID NOT FINISH
Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *82-WD

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 5,881 yards, Par 71
1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-80–161
2. Nick Hance, Irving, TX *87-76–163

DID NOT FINISH
Dimitris Vasilakos, Savannah, GA *112-WD

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 5,675 yards, Par 71
1. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *74-73–147
2. Haruka Shintani, Setagaya, Japan *75-77–152
3. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasaki, Japan *81-76–157
4. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *87-74–161
4. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *78-83–161
6. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *81-81–162
7. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *82-81–163
7. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *80-83–163
9. Tiana Cruz, Kingston, Jamaica *83-81–164
9. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *78-86–164
11. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *85-81–166
12. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *84-93–177
13. Camila Burnett, Bluffton, SC *92-103–195
14. Zhenni Zhu, Chongqing, China *100-108–208