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Trey Rule, IJGT Alum, Wins the 2014 SunTrust Gator Invititational

Photo Credit: Atlantic Sun Conference

Trey Rule of Mercer
Photo Credit: Atlantic Sun Conference

Trey Rule, an IJGT alumni, won the 2014 SunTrust Gator Invitational on February 16, 2014 beating Florida State’s Hank Lebioda in a two-hole playoff. With the victory, the Atlantic Sun Conference awarded Rule the Golfer of the Week honors for the week of February 19, 2014. Rule, who plays for Mercer, made two birdies in the tw0-hole playoff to take the crown, shooting a 4-under-par 206 for the tournament. Rule’s win builds on a 2013 season where he had four top-10 finishes, including a fourth-place finish at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic.

Rule was an active member on the IJGT in 2008, playing in four events, including a top-25 finish in the 2008 IJGT Tournament of Champions. The IJGT community celebrates his win and looks forward to seeing him build on his excellent start to the 2014 season. Congratulations Trey!

Annie Park, IJGT Alum, Wins, Leads USC to 2014 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge Victory

Photo Credit: USCTrojans.com

Photo Credit: USCTrojans.com

Annie Park, an accomplished IJGT alumni and current NCAA defending individual champion, shot a 6-under-par 207 to claim the individual victory at the 2014 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge at Palos Verdes Golf Club last week. With her excellent individual score, she led the second-ranked University of Southern California women’s golf team to their first victory of the spring, and their eighth win in a row.

2006 IJGT at Duke University Golf Club - Girl's U14 Division Champion Annie Park

2006 IJGT at Duke University Golf Club – Girl’s U14 Division Champion Annie Park

During her time with the IJGT, Annie recorded three wins and seven Top-3 finishes in nine tournaments. The IJGT is proud and excited to see Annie continue to compete at the highest level, and we look forward to watching her defend her NCAA title this season. Congrats to Annie and the USC Trojans women’s golf team on their recent victory from all of the staff here at the IJGT!

 

2-Time IJGT Champion, Cheyenne Woods, Wins Australian Ladies Masters

After winning twice on the IJGT, Cheyenne Woods of Phoenix, Ariz., added her first ever Ladies European Tour victory on Sunday, February 9, 2014. Posting a 4-under-par 69 on round two and finishing the tournament with an impressive 16-under-par 276 overall, Woods nabbed first at the Australian Ladies Masters. Woods, an elite golfer with an All-American record at Wake Forest University, held off a tough field on the final day, but she took a two-stroke lead on the par-5 15th hole and never looked back. She earned her first major professional tour victory with this win, and a two-year exemption into Australian Ladies Tour events.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

The niece of Tiger Woods competed on the IJGT as a junior, where she routinely finished in the top three at IJGT tournaments. After winning her first IJGT Event in 2001 at the IJGT Strata Desert Junior Open, she returned in 2002 to earn her second victory at the IJGT Phoenix Junior Open, improving her two-day score by 18 strokes. We are proud of Cheyenne’s collegiate and professional accomplishments thus far, and the IJGT looks forward to hearing about her many successes in the future. Congratulations Cheyenne!

Locust Hill Country Club Connection

The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour will be in Pittsford, N.Y., the weekend of Sept. 28-29 for The Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill Country Club. This will be the first IJGT Event that the private club will host. Despite that, the IJGT and Locust Hill CC have a connection dating back to the 2012 Wegmans LPGA Championship. At the 2012 LPGA Championship, Shanshan Feng, a former IJGT player, made history with the first major victory of her career.

Shanshan Feng headshot

Feng enrolled in the IJGA in 2007.

Feng, 24, had a great deal of success in her time with the IJGT. Originally born in China, Feng relocated to the United States in 2007 and was enrolled in the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA). That year, Feng was victorious four times on the IJGT, qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open, and was named the Top Chinese Amateur by Golfweek. She tied for ninth at that season’s LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn tour exemption for the 2008 LPGA season and turned pro immediately after.

From her rookie season in 2008 until 2011, Feng finished in the top-10 of 13 tournaments but was never able to breakthrough for a victory. That all changed in 2012. Feng won for the first time on the LPGA European Tour in March of that season, and then followed that victory up with another one, this time on the LPGA Japanese Tour, in May. Feng’s landmark victory came less than a month later at the LPGA Championship at Locust Hill.

 

shanshan feng and other students

Feng starred in her time with the IJGT winning four events.

Feng entered the tournament, the LPGA season’s second major championship, as the 10th ranked female player with an outside shot at the title. She carded scores of 72-73-70 to sit at 1-under-par entering Sunday, three shots off the lead. That Sunday, she shot a 5-under, 67, the lowest round of any player in any round of the tournament, to come from behind and win the Wegmans LPGA Championship by two strokes over Mika Miyazato, Suzann Pettersen, and Stacy Lewis. With the victory, Feng became the first golfer from mainland China to win an LPGA Event.

When the newest wave of IJGT golfers take on Locust Hill, they’ll be looking to follow in Feng’s footsteps. With a strong field of golfers taking part in The Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill, spectators could potentially see the next Shanshan Feng, or major champion, in action.

IJGT alum – Stephanie Meadow

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) alum Stephanie Meadow, who currently is a junior at the University of Alabama, has taken the women’s college Stephanie Meadowgolf scene by storm. Over the 2012-2013 season her accomplishments have been many including back-to-back wins at the Southeastern Conference Championship and the NCAA Regional Championship at Auburn University. Her biggest college tournament of the year is still to come when Meadow and her Alabama teammates travel to the University of Georgia Golf Course for the 2013 NCAA Championships May 21-24.

Alabama will be one of the favorties going into the National Championship as they will look to defend their title. Meadow is also in the running for the National Player of the Year. Currently she is ranked No. 2 by Golfweek and  No. 1 by Golfstat in all of college golf. The numbers do not lie. Meadow has the lowest scoring average in the entire nation and has performed her best in the most important tournaments. To read more about the NCAA Player of the Year battle click here for Golfweek’s Beth Ann Baldry’s take on the race.

While playing on the IJGT, Meadow collected many championships including the 2009 IJGT Tournament of Champions. Playing in highly competitive tournaments as a junior golfer has allowed Meadow to exceed at such a high level at the University of Alabama.