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Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass – Final Results

Beshoory earns first IJGT title at TPC Sawgrass

Tadokoro victorious in Girls Division

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the annual Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing 14 different states and 20 countries competed in the 54-hole tournament for IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, World Amateur Golf Rankings, and AJGA Performance Stars.

The first and final rounds were contested on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, which is home to the PGA Tour’s The PLAYERS Championship. The second round was held at Dye’s Valley Course, which is home to the PGA Tour’s Web.com Tour Championship.

Pryce Beshoory of Pearland, Texas, won the Boys 15-19 Division in dramatic fashion at the famed Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. In the first round, also contested on the Stadium Course, Beshoory carded a solid 2-over, 74 to put himself in second place. Beshoory played the back nine on the Stadium Course in 3-under, 33. The leader after round one was Sampson Zheng of Orlando, Fla., who carded a 1-over, 73.

Pryce Beshoory wins the Boys 15-19 Division at TPC Sawgrass

Pryce Beshoory wins the Boys 15-19 Division at TPC Sawgrass

The second round switched over to the Valley Course where high winds made scoring conditions very challenging. Beshoory was able to put a solid round of 3-over, 75 together to remain within one of Zheng’s lead. Zheng also fired a 3-over, 75, a round that included four birdies.

The final round on the Stadium Course was no different as Beshoory and Zheng battled back and forth all day. After nine holes, Beshoory squared up the tournament, and then took the lead after hole No. 10. Zheng would not back down as he rebounded and tied everything after 11 holes. The two juniors remained tied until hole No. 16 where Beshoory hit the par-5 green in two and two-putted for birdie to take a one-stroke lead. Both players made par on the famous island green, hole No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass. Beshoory was able to convert an up-and-down on hole No. 18 to finish with an even-par 72 and a one-stroke victory over Zheng.

This was my first IJGT Tournament and I had a blast. I love the tour and the international people. It was great to play with them,” commented Beshoory.

Beshoory’s final-round score of even-par, 72 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.

Zheng claimed runner-up honors with a tournament total of 222. Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, took home third place after finishing with a tournament score of 227.

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, won the Girls Division in wire-to-wire fashion with a tournament score of 239. Tadokoro opened up the tournament with a first-round score of 82 to build a one-stroke cushion over the rest of the field. Consistent winds of 15 mph with gusts of over 20 mph made the difficult Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass even more challenging.

Sera Tadokoro won the Girls Division at TPC Sawgrass

Sera Tadokoro won the Girls Division at TPC Sawgrass

Tadokoro took control of the tournament in the second round on the Valley Course. She carded a 3-over, 75 to build a six-stroke lead. Her round of 75 was the lowest of the tournament in the Girls Division.

The final round did not get off to a good start for Tadokoro. She made the turn with a 45 on the front nine, and her lead of six strokes was gone. Caroline Hodge of Larchmont, N.Y., fought back to tie it up. Tadokoro was able to maintain her composure and she played her first four holes on the back nine in 1-under-par to reclaim her lead. Tadokoro closed with a 1-over, 37 on the back nine to claim a four-stroke victory, which was her sixth career IJGT title.

“My long game was working for me, my driver and irons. I had fun playing on the Valley Course,” said Tadokoro.

Hodge finished in second place with a tournament total of 243. Hodge’s final-round score of 80 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division. There was a tie for third place between Wint Phoo Aung of Yangon, Myanmar, and Kristin Whitehead of Johannesburg, South Africa, who finished with a tournament score of 252.

Will Whittaker of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., won the Boys 14 & Under Division in wire-to-wire fashion carding a three-day total of 244. Whittaker got off to a great start in the first round at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass carding a 78 to build a seven-stroke lead. His round of 78 was the lowest round of the tournament in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Will Whittaker won the Boys 14 & Under Division at TPC Sawgrass

Will Whittaker won the Boys 14 & Under Division at TPC Sawgrass

In the second round, Whittaker did not have his best game in the challenging weather conditions on the Valley Course. However, his fellow competitors were not able to make up much ground leaving Whittaker with a five-stroke lead going into the final round.

Whittaker knew that if he was able to play his game, he would control his own destiny. After nine holes, Whittaker still led by five shots, but after two double-bogeys his lead evaporated to nothing when Ty Vanitvelt of Grand Blanc, Mich., made birdie on hole No. 12 to square things. Whittaker was not going to back down and he responded like a true champion playing his last six holes in 2-under-par including back-to-back birdies on the famous 16th and 17th holes at TPC Sawgrass. Whittaker closed the final round with an 81 to claim the victory, which was his first IJGT tournament victory.

“I have played at this same tournament three times. From my first time playing to today, I have knocked off 50 strokes. I have been working really hard,” said Whittaker.

Vanitvelt took home second place after finishing with a tournament total of 249. Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished in third place with a tournament total of 257.

The IJGT will conclude the Fall 2015 Season in Hilton Head Island, S.C., with the IJGA Invitational on Dec. 12-13, 2015. The Major Championship will feature AJGA Performance Stars, National Rankings and double IJGT Merit Points. It will be contested at Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage. 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, EyeLine 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.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Final-round results of the IJGT Thanksgiving Day Classic conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 28, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division (Stadium): Black Tees – 6,670 yards, Par 72 (73.9/146). Boys 14 & Under Division (Stadium): Blue Tees – 6,003 yards, Par 72 (70.4/136) Girls Division (Stadium): White Tees – 5,720 yards, Par 72 (76.5/151). Boys 15-19 Division (Valley): Black Tees – 6,704 yards, Par 72 (73.1/136). Boys 14 & Under Division (Valley): Blue Tees – 5,979 yards, Par 72 (70.4/129) Girls Division (Valley): White Tees – 5,775 yards, Par 72 (75.7/144).

Weather:       
Round 1: Overcast and rain with temperatures in the high 60’s with 10-15 mph winds
Round 2: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 70’s with 10-15 mph winds
Round 3: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 70’s with 10-15 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
November 26-28, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division-
Round 1 – (Black Tees) Stadium Course: 6,670 Yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Black Tees) Dyes Valley Course: 6,704 Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Black Tees) Stadium Course: 6,670 Yards, Par 72

1. Pryce Beshoory, Pearland, TX *74-75-72–221
2. Sampson Zheng, Orlando, FL *73-75-74–222
3. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *77-74-76–227
4. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *77-77-75–229
5. Arjun Puri, New Delhi, India *81-75-75–231
5. Tsukasa Kimishima, Fukuoka, Japan *81-71-79–231
7. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *83-74-78–235
7. Sam Murphy, Decatur, AL *80-77-78–235
7. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *77-79-79–235
10. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *75-81-81–237
11. Paolo Wong, La Trinidad, Philippines *79-79-80–238
11. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *75-77-86–238
13. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *83-80-76–239
13. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *85-77-77–239
13. Sam Ohno, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *80-77-82–239
16. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *83-79-78–240
17. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *78-79-84–241
18. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *83-79-80–242
18. Saptak Talwar, New Delhi, India *83-78-81–242
20. Gustav Tegel, Miami Beach, FL *77-87-79–243
20. Daniel Song, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *83-86-74–243
22. Ben Pirro, Lake Mary, FL *84-77-83–244
23. Zaffar Sikkander, Nawala, Sri Lanka *87-79-79–245
24. Matej Malicek, Bratislava, Slovakia *86-80-80–246
24. Jack Cornforth, Summit, NJ *82-79-85–246
26. Dennis Volostnykh, Troy, MI *80-83-84–247
27. Mac Murphy, Decatur, AL *84-81-86–251
28. Julio Bello, Valencia, Venezuela *86-85-81–252
29. Blaise Vanitvelt, Flint, MI *86-82-85–253
30. William Sheedy, Washington, DC *91-80-85–256
30. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *84-83-89–256
32. Alex Whitehead, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *82-88-88–258
33. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan *88-89-82–259
34. Shharad Arora, Bangalore, India *86-90-86–262
35. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *90-87-86–263
35. Jacob Smith, Yorba Linda, CA *87-88-88–263
37. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *85-93-89–267
38. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *90-85-93–268
38. Mike Donner, Hamburg, NY *87-88-93–268
40. Alexander Hollmann, Frankfurt, Germany *90-83-96–269
41. Ryan Miles, Greenwich, CT *94-96-93–283
41. Matthew Chorches, West Hartford, CT *81-92-110–283
43. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *95-92-97–284
44. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *104-114-91–309
DID NOT FINISH
Marco Lahmar, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *79-WD
Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Armand Cadieux, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *97-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division
Round 1 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 6,003 Yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (White Tees) Dyes Valley Course: 5,979 Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 6,003 Yards, Par 72

1. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *78-85-81–244
2. Ty Vanitvelt, Grand Blanc, MI *87-81-81–249
3. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *85-84-88–257
4. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *90-85-83–258
5. Luca Jumabhoy, Sydney, Australia *89-90-90–269
6. Zachary Locke, Horseheads, NY *100-100-102–302
6. Ben Miles, Ottawa, Canada *105-91-106–302
8. Nicholas Bohac, Ottawa, Canada *109-96-102–307

Girls Division
Round 1 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 5,720 Par 72
Round 2 – (White Tees) Dyes Valley Course: 5,775 Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 5,720 Yards, Par 72

1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *82-75-82–239
2. Caroline Hodge, Larchmont, NY *83-80-80–243
3. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *83-85-84–252
3. Kristin Whitehead, Johannesburg, South Africa *83-86-83–252
5. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *93-83-82–258
6. Erin Holmes, Cumberland, ME *92-83-86–261
7. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *89-81-92–262
8. Alice Hodge, Larchmont, NY *95-83-91–269
9. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *97-88-85–270
10. Bailey Plourde, Newcastle, ME *95-87-93–275
11. Camila Burnett, Bluffton, SC *100-93-92–285
12. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *95-104-95–294

Tournament Exemption – Sea Pines Junior Heritage

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The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is committed to providing its members with the finest playing opportunities in the world. Again this year, the IJGT will be awarding an exemption into the Sea Pines Junior Heritage. Here are the details:

Who: Boys 15 – 19 Division and Girls Division

What: 2016 Sea Pines Junior Heritage

When: February 6-7, 2016

Where: Heron Point and Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines Resort

How: The Boys 15-19 Division and Girls Division IJGA Invitational Champions will receive exemptions to the 2016 Sea Pines Junior Heritage

 

About the Sea Pines Junior Heritage
The Sea Pines Junior Heritage is one of the most prestigious and competitive two day 36 hole events held annually at the Sea Pines Resort on the Pete Dye designed Heron Point and Harbour Town Golf Links.  The tournament crowned it’s first individual champion in 1989 when Hans Albertson took the boys title with a 36-hole score of 144. Vicki Goetze had the low score for the girls with a 148, even though an official girl’s champion was not crowned until 1990.  Past champions include current and past PGA and LPGA Tour players like; Kyle Stanley, Ty Tryon and Paula Creamer.

International Junior Golf Academy to sponsor IJGA Invitational at Harbour Town

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is excited to announce the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) as the tournament title sponsor for the IJGA Invitational. The IJGA Invitational  will be held at Harbour Town Golf Links on December 12-13, in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The last of the Fall IJGT Major Championships, the IJGA Invitational, will take place December 12th and 13th at Harbour Town Golf Links located on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The PGA Tour has made Harbour Town a staple of their schedule since 1969, with the RBC Heritage taking place on the course. The par-4, 18th is regularly voted one of America’s top 50 golf holes and the famous candy-cane striped lighthouse has become one of golf’s most iconic images.

The IJGA trains junior golfers for success in tournament golf and beyond. The IJGA is 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.

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The IJGA offers an array of different programs. Available programs are the full time program, post grad & gap year programs, summer camps, weekend programs, holiday programs, and custom programs. The full time program offers nine months of combined training and schooling for junior golfers ready to reach the next level while the weekend program offers junior golfers two days of individualized instruction, daily meals, and housing. The IJGA has a program that will fit your junior golfer’s needs or will be able to create a custom plan to help them achieve their goals.

To register for the event please click here.

Fall 2015 Major Championships

The International Junior Golf Tour is pleased to announce our Fall Major Championship series. In addition to having national rankings, the Major Championships will feature double IJGT Merit points. At the end of the 2015-2016 season the top 10 players in the IJGT Merit Standings will be named to the All-IJGT Team. Here is a list of the Major Championships:

Ben Shear Junior Golf Championship: October 24-25

Major Championship at Mission Inn: November 14 – 15

IJGA Invitational: December 12 – 13

The IJGT has teamed with Ben Shear Golf Premier Junior Golf Academy to present the Ben Shear Junior Golf Championship at Shackamaxon Country Club. The tournament will take place October 24th and 25th at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains, N.J., which was built by A.W. Tillinghast, who is world renowned for designing Bethpage Black and Winged Foot. The course boasts Tillinghast’s first ever island green.

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Shackamaxon Country Club

Located in Scotch Plains, N.J., the Ben Shear Premier Junior Golf Academy is a one-of-a-kind performance institute, which allows male and female junior golfers to customize their own program to meet their specific goals and demands of their schedules. Using some of the latest technology on the market such as Trackman Launch Monitor, the BodiTrak Pressure Plate system, the Redcord Fitness System and ultra-high-speed video cameras the academy is well-equipped to help junior golfers meet their goals.

The Major Championship at Mission Inn presented by Laurel Springs School will take place November 14th and 15th at Mission Inn Resort and Club on the El Campeon Course. The El Campeon course was built in 1917, which is known as the “golden age” of golf course architecture by George O’Neil with further enhancements in 1926 by Charles E. Clarke. The El Campeon course features rolling fairways and undulating greens, with the double dogleg 17th taking the spotlight as El Campeon’s signature hole.

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Mission Inn El Campeon

Laurel Springs School is an accredited, private online school featuring K-12 education.  Founded in 1991, we have the expertise to ensure your child receives an excellent college prep education. LSS students are fully supported by qualified, caring teachers and staff, and are connected to a global community of learners. Their online school honors the talents, learning styles, and interests of all our students. Laurel Springs is accredited by AdvancED, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). 91% of Laurel Springs School graduates enter the college of their choice.

The last of the Fall IJGT Major Championships, the IJGA Invitational, will take place December 12th and 13th at Harbour Town Golf Links located on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The PGA Tour has made Harbour Town a staple of their schedule since 1969, with the RBC Heritage taking place on the course. The par-4, 18th is regularly voted one of America’s top 50 golf holes and the famous candy cane striped lighthouse has become one of golfs most iconic images.

Harbour Town Golf Links

Harbour Town Golf Links

The International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) trains junior golfers for success in tournament golf and beyond. The IJGA is 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.

Each competitor will receive a dozen Bridgestone golf balls and an IJGT PUMA polo along with their registration to play in the Major Tournaments.

You can follow the IJGT on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter by clicking the attached links.

 

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!

Okada’s tee shot featured in the IJGT Photo of the Week – Dec. 18, 2014

The IJGT wrapped up its fall season by hosting the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines. During the two-day, 36-hole event junior golfers had the opportunity to play both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links. Although the mornings started out frosty, both days turned out to be clear and sunny.

Daiki Okada tees off at Harbour Town Golf Links

Daiki Okada tees off at Harbour Town Golf Links

A photo of Daiki Okada of Tokyo, Japan, from round one at Harbour Town was selected as this week’s IJGT Photo of the Week. This was Okada’s third consecutive IJGA Invitational; he tied for sixth place in last year’s event. He carded five birdies during this year’s tournament, three of which came on par-5’s.

Congratulations Daiki Okada 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

Powderly, Kozak earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Dec. 16, 2014

The IJGT hosted its final tournament of the fall season, the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines on December 13-14, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was played on both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links. Each junior golfer had the opportunity to play both courses. Although frost delays pushed back tee times on both days, the temperature rose with the sun creating pleasant playing conditions. Following the event, the IJGT is proud to award this week’s Player of the Week honors to Liam Powderly of Cockeysville, Md., and Bluffton, S.C., native Kayla Kozak.

Liam Powderly

Competing against talented juniors from around the world, Powderly finished sixth in his third tournament of the season. The 14-year-old won the 14 & Under Division of The DC Shootout at National Golf Club in October before making the transition to the Boys 15-19 Division.

Powderly was consistent throughout the IJGA Invitational finishing 4-over-par on both days. He carded three birdies in round one at Harbour Town on holes No. 6, 8 and 10. He closed out round two shooting par-or-better on the last five holes at the Ocean Course, including birdies on holes No. 17 and 18.

Kayla Kozak

Kozak tied for second in her second tournament of the season. Aiming for consistency, Kozak scored par on 13 of 18 holes to join the race for the lead after round one. Her bogey-free streak on holes No. 13-18 on the Ocean Course allowed her to finish round one with a 3-over-par 75. In round two at Harbour Town Golf Links, arguably the tougher of two courses, Kozak carded back-to-back birdies on holes No. 4 and 5.

Congratulations to both Liam Powderly and Kayla Kozak on their Player of the Week honors!

IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines – Final Results (Dec. 14, 2014)

Tadokoro wins second consecutive IJGT tournament
Go shoots 3-under-par 69 in round one

The IJGT finished its fall season with one of the biggest events of the year, the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines. The two-day, 36-hole event was played on both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links on December 13-14, 2014. The field competed for Junior Heritage and Hudson Junior Invitational exemptions as well as IJGT merit points and national rankings.

A frost delay on the first day forced the junior golfers to race against the setting sun on both courses, but the entire field of over 100 golfers was able to finish round one before dark. Round two on the Ocean Course also started with a frost delay but the temperature quickly rose to create comfortable playing conditions.

Shiso Go

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, was the only golfer to finish round one under par. He finished day one with a 3-under-par 69 on the Ocean Course. Although he was nervous on the back nine at Harbour Town, he performed well enough to take home the championship with a tournament total of 2-over-par 145. Go jumped out to an early lead with the help of five birdies in round one. Moving the the arguably more difficult of the two courses for round two, Go aimed for consistency, scoring par on 11 of 18 holes to hold onto the divisional lead.

Go performed slightly better on the Ocean Course, but Harbour Town is his favorite. “I like Harbour Town,” Go said. “Harbour Town is so hard, I want to play Harbour Town again.” Go had a division-best bogey-free streak that lasted 23 consecutive holes. It started on hole No. 4 in round one and continued through hole No. 8 in round two.

Hilton Head Island, S.C., native Nicholas Russell finished second in his division with a tournament total of 3-over-par 146. Russell led his division in pars with 25. Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, and Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, tied for third with two-day totals of 147.

Russell and Luo’s second round score of even-par 72 earned them 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.

Sera Tadokoro

In the Girls Division, Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, brought home an IJGT title for the second consecutive tournament. Tadokoro won the Savannah Junior at The Landings on December 6-7, 2014 . Tadokoro scored an even-par 72 in round one on the Ocean Course, giving her confidence heading into round two. “I was a little bit nervous, but I did my best,” Tadokoro said.

Tadokoro carded five birdies in round two, putting her in position to share the divisional lead at the conclusion of the round. She played her second round on Harbour Town and despite tougher holes and faster greens, par was the name of her game as she went on to card par on all but five holes.

Bluffton, S.C., native Kayla Kozak and Mind Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand, tied for second in the Girls Division, finishing with tournament totals of 153.

 

Dong Jin Park

Dong Jin Park of Seoul, South Korea, took home the crown in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a tournament total of 148. Park also kicked off his tournament on the Ocean Course, beginning his performance with par on his first six consecutive holes. Adding a birdie on both nines before he finished, Park maneuvered himself into control of the division by one stroke. Once the division moved to Harbour Town to finish out the event, Park approached the challenge with focus and determination. Park carded four birdies, the most for the division, and held on for the win.

Park enjoyed the challenge offered by Harbour Town Golf Links. “I think I like Harbour Town more because Harbour Town is harder so I had to focus more than the Ocean Course,” said Park.

Yujie Jin of Windermere, Fla., finished second with a total score of 159 and Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, finished third with a two-day total 163.

The IJGT will continue tournament play when it kicks of the spring 2015 season on January 17-18 for the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Hilton Head Island, S.C.. – Final Results of the IJGA Invitational conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour at Sea Pines Resort on December 13-14, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Ocean Course– Black Tees – 6,701 yards Par 72 (71.4/130) and Harbour Town Golf Links – Blue Tees – 6,596 yards Par 71 (72.9/141). Boys 14 & Under Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Ocean Course – Blue Tees – 6,084 yards, Par 72 (69.7/125) and Harbour Town Golf Links – White Tees – 5,881 yards (70.2/133). Girls Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Ocean Course – Green Tees – 5,856 yards Par 72 (71.1/124) and Harbour Town Golf Links – Green Tees – 5,677 yards Par 71 (73.4/130).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
December 13-14, 2014                                                                               
Boys 15-19 Division

Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Harbour Town: 6,596 yards, Par 71
Round 2 – (Black Tees) Ocean Course: 6,701 yards, Par 72 

1. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *69-76–145
2. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-72–146
3. Xue Wen Luo, Haikou, China *75-72–147
3. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico *74-73–147
5. Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, SC *77-73–150
6. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD *75-76–151
7. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *77-75–152
8. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *75-78–153
9. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *78-76–154
9. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *74-80–154
9. Evan White, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-78–154
9. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *71-83–154
13. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *82-73–155
13. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan, *78-77–155
13. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *77-78–155
16. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *83-73–156
16. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *75-81–156
18. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *83-75–158
18. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *80-78–158
18. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *79-79–158
18. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *75-83–158
22. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *83-76–159
22. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *83-76–159
24. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *85-75–160
24. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *80-80–160
24. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *79-81–160
24. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *76-84–160
28. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *84-77–161
28. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *83-78–161
28. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea *79-82–161
31. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *86-76–162
31. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *81-81–162
31. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *84-78–162
31. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *79-83–162
35. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *86-77–163
35. Dominic Wagner, Alexandria, VA *82-81–163
37. Colson Herrin, Augusta, GA *86-78–164
37. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *80-84–164
37. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *79-85–164
40. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *86-79–165
41. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *80-86–166
42. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *89-79–168
42. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *87-81–168
42. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *86-82–168
45. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *93-76–169
45. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *87-82–169
45. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *83-86–169
45. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *82-87–169
49. Karan Bhasin, New Delhi, India *81-89–170
50. Feng Chen, Baoding City, China *93-78–171
51. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *94-78–172
51. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *92-80–172
53. Trevor King, Huntington, NY *89-84–173
53. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *89-84–173
53. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *89-84–173
56. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *89-85–174
56. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *87-87–174
56. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *84-90–174
59. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *95-81–176
59. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *86-90–176
61. William Podbela, Muttontown, NY *87-91–178
62. Clifford Lindholm, Montclair, NJ *90-89–179
63. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *90-90–180
64. Jeremy McRorie, Winnipeg, Canada *92-89–181
64. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *91-90–181
66. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *96-94–190
66. Brett Riley, Jasper, GA *92-98–190
68. Liam Kent, Winnipeg Canada *89-102–191
69. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *98-106–204
70. Langston Morrison, Stamford, CT *96-124–220

DID NOT FINISH

Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *80—DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *84—DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Boys 14 & Under Division

Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Ocean Course: 6,084 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (White Tees) Harbour Town: 5,881 yards, Par 71

1. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *75-73–148
2. Yujie Jin, Windermere, FL *76-83–159
3. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *76-87–163
4. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *79-87–166
4. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-85–166
6. Luke Sample, New York, NY *88-94–182
7. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *90-94–184
8. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China*99-101–200

Girls Division

Round 1 – (Green Tees) Ocean Course: 5,856 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Green Tees) Harbour Town: 5,677 yards, Par 71

1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *72–78–150
2. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *75-78–153
2. Mind Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *72-81–153
4. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *76-78–154
5. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *79-76–155
5. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *76-79–155
5. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *77-78–155
8. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *74-82–156
9. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *77-82–159
10. Anna Chanthaphaeng, Boiling Springs, SC *79-81–160
10. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *76-84–160
12. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *82-80–162
12. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *77-85–162
14. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *81-83–164
15. Arisa Kimura, Bethesda, MD *84-83–167
16. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *84-87–171
16. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *81-90–171
18. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-90–173
19. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *91-84–175
20. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *83-103–186
21. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *96-106–202
22. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *106-110–216

DID NOT FINISH

Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *77—DQ (Rule 6-6b)

IJGA Invitational at Harbour Town & Sea Pines Resort – Round one recap (Dec. 13, 2014)

In the most anticipated event of the fall season, the IJGT, in partnership with the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) hosted the IJGA Invitational on both the Harbour Town Golf Links as well as the Ocean Course. In a race against the setting sun, a field of more than 100 juniors finished just before darkness. After the opening round, in review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Shiso Go of Kanawaga, Japan, leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

69 – his 3-under-par score on Ocean Course, the lowest score of the day across all three divisions

15 – Go went on a 15-hole par-or-better streak coming on holes No. 4 through 18, featuring five birdies

4 – he was 1-under on the par-4 holes of the Ocean Course

3 – Go comes off of a T3 at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, and Mind Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand, share the lead of the Girls Division at the end of round one. Their rounds, in numbers:

TADOKORO:

72 – Tadokoro and Puangcharoen both shot an even-par 72 on the Ocean Course

15 – in the 2013 IJGA Invitational, Tadokoro finished 15th

5 – total number of birdies carded

PUANGCHAROEN:

13 – her longest par-or-better streak lasted 13 holes from hole No. 6 through her final hole

5 – on the course’s par-5 holes, Puangcharoen is 1-under par

3 – Puangcharoen’s best finishes this season were third place finishes at the IJGT College Series at NC State and the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Leading the Boys 14 & Under Division is Dong Jin Park of Seoul. His round in numbers:

75 – his 3-over-par opening round score, one stroke ahead of the division

6 – began his round with a six-hole par-or-better streak, his longest of the day

2 – total number of birdies coming on the par-5 No. 9 and the par-4 No. 12

The second round of the IJGA Invitational will take place tomorrow, December 14, 2014, with tee times starting at 9:20 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up to date with up-t0-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter at @IJGT and follow along with live scoring by downloading the free IJGT app. We want to hear from you too, tweet at us using the hashtag #IJGAInvite!

View photos from the opening round here.

Go, Rodriguez top Players to Watch list for the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines

The last stop of the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) fall season will be the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines on Dec. 13-14, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole event will take place on two courses, the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links.

Home to the PGA TOUR’S RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links is world-renowned. It is best known for its iconic 18th hole overlooking the Calibogue Sound and the Harbour Town Lighthouse.

Hole 18 Harbour Town

Harbour Town

The Ocean Course was the first course built on Hilton Head Island and features one of only two oceanfront holes on the island. Both courses are Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries that promise to be as beautiful as they are challenging.

ocean-course

Ocean Course

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, tops the list of players to watch for the Boys 15-19 Division for this weekend’s tournament. Go has placed highly enough to earn points in all six tournaments he has played in this season, including first-place finishes at the IJGT College Series at NC STATE and the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club. Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, is another player to watch as the 16-year-old shot up 22 spots in the Tour Rankings after bringing home the title at the Savannah Junior at The Landings this past weekend, Dec. 6-7, 2014. Other players to watch include Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, who is coming off a win at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, who has two IJGT championships under his belt this season.

In the Girls Division, Caracas, Venezuela, native Clementina Rodriguez finished second in the IJGA Invitational last year and will be fighting for the championship this year. Rodriguez has finished first or second in the Invitational every year for the past four seasons. Also keep an eye out for Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who is coming off an impressive first-place finish at The Savannah Junior at The Landings and will look to continue her winning streak.

Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, will aim to take home his second IJGT championship this season in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Pfoestl has finished in the top three in five of his seven tournaments this season. Other players looking to add a second IJGT title to their resume this year include Luke Sample of New York and Seoul native Dong Jin Park.

The IJGA Invitational is known for being one of the IJGT’s biggest, most competitive events of the season and this year looks to be no exception. Juniors will be competing for national rankings and double IJGT merit points in the last Major Championship of the season. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live updates and download the IJGT app for live scoring.