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IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall – Final Results (April 26, 2015)

McCloskey wins second consecutive Boys 14 & Under title

McCann wins first IJGT event  

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) remained local to host the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on April 25-26, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Round one of the event was suspended due to lightning and torrential rain. The completion of round one and all of round two were both played on Sunday, in warm and sunny conditions.

Conor Byrne Palmetto HallConor Byrne (left) of Dublin, Ireland, shot a 2-under 70 in round one on his way to a 1-under 143 tournament total and his second IJGT title of the season in the Boys 15-19 Division. He carded back-to-back birdies three times during the tournament and finished with eight total birdies. “My favorite hole was hole No. 14,” he said after the tournament. “I had two birdies there this weekend, so that was nice.” He made par or better on 17 of 18 holes in round one. According to Byrne his driver was the best club in his bag this weekend. “I hit a lot of fairways, which put me in good position,” he said.

Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan, finished second with a 147 tournament total. He carded nine birdies to win the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the junior to card the most birdies in each division.

Rowan Foxley of Arlington, Wash., finished third with a 149 tournament total. He carded an even-par 72 in the second round to earn the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female juniors to card the lowest scores in the final round of an event.

Holly McCann Palmetto HallFor Girls Division winner Holly McCann (left) of Raleigh, N.C., the highlight of the tournament was her round one 1-under 71. “That’s my first tournament under par, so it’s really memorable,” she said after the event.

The 14-year-old McCann carded a 77 in round two to finish with a 148 tournament total and sole possession of first place. She carded three birdies in round one and two more in round two to finish with five total. She had a division-best 17-hole par-or-better streak, which began with a birdie on the par-5 tenth hole in round one and ended with the par-3 eighth in round two.

Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, carded a 150 tournament total to finish second in the Girls Division. She made par or better on every hole on the front nine in both rounds.

Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua, finished third with a 152 tournament total.

Fourth-place finisher Bunyaporn Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, carded nine birdies during the tournament to win the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for the Girls Division. Her second-round 2-over 74, which included two sets of consecutive birdies, also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Aidan McCloskeyAidan McCloskey (left) of Northborough, Mass., carded a 163 tournament total to earn his second consecutive Boys 14 & Under Division title. He won the IJGT Oldfield Junior earlier this month. The secret to McCloskey’s success this weekend was his iron game. “The best club in my bag this weekend was my 8-iron,” he said after the final round. “I hit it pretty good; this whole tournament I always seemed to have it.”

Matthew Camel of Greenwich, Conn., and Keegan Vaugh of Myrtle Beach, S.C., tied for second with 166 tournament totals. The duo had identical scores of 81 in round one and 85 in round two. Vaugh carded three birdies to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for the Boys 14 & Under Division.

The IJGT Southeast Tour will continue tournament play with the Junior World Qualifer at Golden Bear on May 2-3, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Hilton Head Island, SC – Final Results of the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on April 25-26, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,704 yards Par 72 (73.4/138). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,184 yards, Par 72 (70.7/132). Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,745 yards, Par 72 (73.8/129).

 

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Island Open

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

April 25-26, 2015

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,704 yards, Par 72

1. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *70-73–143

2. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *73-74–147

3. Rowan Foxley, Arlington, WA *77-72–149

4. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *75-75–150

5. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *78-74–152

6. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *73-80–153

6. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg, Germany *77-76–153

8. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *80-74–154

8. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *75-79–154

10. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *79-76–155

10. Zach Seeler, Marion, IN *77-78–155

12. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *81-76–157

13. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *78-80–158

13. Nathan Parry, Chapel Hill, NC *76-82–158

13. Vince Brunet, Ottawa, Canada *79-79–158

16. Nate Tosto, Pooler, GA *85-76–161

17. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *85-77–162

18. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *82-81–163

19. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *79-85–164

19. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *76-88–164

19. Sam Myers, Colchester, VT *82-82–164

22. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *76-89–165

22. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *84-81–165

22. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *82-83–165

25. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *90-77–167

26. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *90-83–173

27. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *89-87–176

28. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *85-92–177

29. John Milner, Odessa, FL *86-93–179

29. Logan Stefanko, Plymouth, MI *85-94–179

31. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *90-90–180

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

DQ. Alex Vegh, Gahanna, OH

DQ. Nelson Ou, Foshan, China

JWD. Britt Walton, Steamboat Springs, CO

 

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,184 yards, Par 72

1. Aiden McCloskey, Northborough, MA *78-85–163

2. Matthew Camel, Greenwich, CT *81-85–166

2. Keegan Vaugh, Myrtle Beach, SC *81-85–166

4. Matthew Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *82-85–167

5. Connor Kirkham, Paducah, KY *91-86–177

6. Dimitris Vasilakos, Savannah, GA *104-108–212

 

 

Girls Division- Black Tees, 5,745 yards, Par 72

1. Holly McCann, Raleigh, NC *71-77–148

2. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *72-78–150

3. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *76-76–152

4. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *79-74–153

5. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *80-77–157

6. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC *82-76–158

7. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *78-81–159

8. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *78-87–165

9. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *83-85–168

10. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *101-79–180

11. Katie Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *92-94–186

IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall – Tour Preview

Palmetto Hall_Cupp Course_Hole 11

The IJGT Southeast Tour will return to Hilton Head Island, S.C., for the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on April 25-26, 2015. Junior golfers will play the Robert Cupp course while competing for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Palmetto Hall_Cupp Course_Hole 6

Designed by Robert Cupp, Golf World‘s former Architect of the Year, the Robert Cupp course is recognized as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. The course offers four sets of tees ranging from 5,182 yards to 7,079 yards.

The eGolf Gateway Tour‘s 2015 Palmetto Hall Championship was played on the Robert Cupp course in February.

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division as he’s had a lot of success on the Robert Cupp course. He finished second in last April’s IJGT event there and won the Boys 14 & Under Division two years ago. This is his fourth consecutive season competing in an IJGT event on the Robert Cupp course at Palmetto Hall.

Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, finished sixth in last April’s tournament. Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, is looking for his first win on the IJGT this season. He finished second in the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation in February. This is his fifth season competing on the IJGT.

In the Girls Division, keep an eye on Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, who has won back-to-back IJGT events: the
Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor in February and the IJGT Oldfield Junior earlier this month. Anna Eddy of Hilton Head, S.C., will look to improve on her fourth-place finish in the IJGT Oldfield Junior. Yuki Nakayama of Kawasakishi, Japan, is looking for her first IJGT win of the season. She finished second in the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in January.

Finally, in the Boys 14 & Under Division, Aiden McCloskey of Northborough, Mass., is coming off a first-place finish in the IJGT Oldfield Junior. Matthew Dzialga and Matthew Camel, both of Greenwich, Conn., finished third and fourth, respectively, in last April’s IJGT event on the Robert Cupp course.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or on the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

 

 

Diaz’s opening tee shot featured in the IJGT Photo of the Week – Nov. 6, 2014

Greeted by the coldest weather of the season and gusty winds, the IJGT held the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on November 1-2, 2014, on the Arthur Hills Course. To combat the weather, juniors called upon their winter hats and multiple layers. This week’s Photo of the Week from the event features Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, during his opening tee shot in round one.

Diaz, Santiago (3)

Prior to the IJGT Island Open, Diaz had played in five IJGT events, his personal best performance coming at the IJGT Junior at Colleton River on September 6-7, 2014 (T10).  Unfazed by the weather, Diaz recorded a new career best with the IJGT by finishing second with a two-day total 154. Despite a few unwanted bogeys in round one, Diaz added three birdied in the difficult opening round to sit in a four-way tie for second. Taking advantage of the improved conditions in round two, Diaz added an additional three birdies and shaved two strokes off his round one score en route to securing full possession of second place.

Congratulations Santiago Diaz on being our IJGT Photo of the Week this 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 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

Foxley, Guo nab IJGT Player of the Week honors – Nov. 4, 2014

Returning to the Palmetto Hall Plantation, the IJGT’s Southeast Tour hosted the IJGT Island Open on the Arthur Hills Course on November 1-2, 2014. Cold temperatures and heavy winds greeted juniors for round one, forcing the field to utilize layered clothing and winter hats to fend off the conditions. Round two offered improved conditions thanks to the sun and juniors found it easier to post low scores. Following the event, the IJGT is proud to award this week’s Player of the Week honors to Rowan Foxley of Arlington, Wash., and Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C.

Foxley, Rowan 11.4.14

Rowan Foxley finished finished T8 at the IJGT Island Open

Foxley started slowly in the first round but bounced back tremendously in round two. Through the tough conditions of round one, Foxley struggled with bogeys but went on to post seven pars on the day. Returning for round two with determination, he carded five birdies and seven pars to shave an impressive 14 strokes from his round one score. Foxley’s round-two 1-over 73 not only moved him into the top 10 but also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the junior with the lowest score in the final round of the event.

Foxley finished eighth which becomes his first top-10 finish on the IJGT.

Guo, Sophie 11.4.14

Sophie Guo finished 3rd in the IJGT Island Open

The conditions of round one also troubled Guo but much like Foxley, she came back strong in round two. Guo posted an even-par 72 for the second round, an impressive twenty-two stroke improvement from her round-one score. Her performance consisted of three birdies and ten pars, five of which came consecutively to finish her round. Guo’s Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award performance moved her from seventh to third, her second top-three finish of the season.

Congratulations to both Rowan Foxley and Sophie Guo on their Player of the Week honors!

IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall – Final Results (Nov. 2, 2014)

Koguchi nabs first IJGT win at Palmetto Hall
Tadokoro earns first victory of the season and third career IJGT win

The IJGT hosted the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on the plantation’s Arthur Hills Course on November 1-2, 2014. Cold temperatures and heavy winds greeted juniors for the opening round before conditions improved for round two. Juniors from various states and countries competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

DSC_1398cWataru Koguchi of Fotouka, Japan, finished first in the Boys 15-19 Division by combining scores of 78 and 73 for a two-day total of 151. With consistent scoring in both rounds, Koguchi carded five total birdies and 21 total pars for his tournament. Koguchi entered the final round three strokes back of then leader, Brett Krekorian of Andover, Mass. His final-round 73 tied for the lowest final-round score of the division, allowing him to move into first and win by three strokes. The second-round 73 also earned Koguchi a share of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior(s) with the lowest score in the final round of the tournament.

In second place was Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, with a two-day total of 154. Sharing third place was Krekorian and Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, both carding a tournament total 155.

Rowan Foxley of Arlington, Wash., also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award by matching Koguchi’s second-round 73.

DSC_1556cIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Mikus Ming of Smiths, Bermuda, was victorious. After posting a round-one score of 87 and sitting in second behind then leader Arthur Draijer of Sandweiler, Luxembourg, Ming posted the low final round of his division, an 89, to move into first and capture the title. Using his 5-iron to sink a hole-in-one on the 160-yard par-3 No. 6 was the highlight of Ming’s first round. He also added 13 pars and a birdie to his performance.

In second was Draijer with a total 178 and rounding out the top-three was Aiden McCloskey of Northboro, Mass., with a tournament total 183.

 

DSC_1591cFinishing first in the Girls Division was Sera Tadakoro of Osaka, Japan. Tadokoro carded scores of 84 and 72 for a two-round total of 156.  Tadakoro was in a tie for second after the first round behind then leader Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, before returning for round two and shaving an impressive 12 strokes from her round one score to move into first. With the help of 11 pars and four birdies, Tadokoro’s second round, even-par 72 was tied for the lowest score of the tournament. She earned one of two Clazic Belts Low Final Round Awards for the girls, the second going to Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C., who also scored an even-par 72.

In second was Huang with a total 157 and Guo finished third with a two-day total 166.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on November 8-9, 2014, with the Major Championship at Dormie Club. To sign up for these events, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

Hilton Head, S.C.. – Final Results of the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on November 1-2, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,727 yards Par 72 (72.8./134). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,250 yards, Par 72 (71.1/136). Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,978 yards, Par 72 (73.7/126).

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall
Hilton Head Island, SC
November 1-2, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees) – 6,727 yards, Par 72

1. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *78-73–151
2. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *78-76–154
3. Brett Krekorian, Andover, MA *75-80–155
3. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico *78-77–155
5. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *83-74–157
6. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *82-76–158
6. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-77–158
8. Rowan Foxley, Arlington, WA *87-73–160
8. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *79-81–160
8. Feng Chen, Baoding City *78-82–160
11. Xue Wen Luo, Haikou, China *84-77–161
12. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *84-78–162
12. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *84-78–162
12. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *82-80–162
15. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *85-78–163
16. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *86-79–165
16. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *84-81–165
16. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *80-85–165
19. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *85-81–166
20. Michael Metro, Sandy Spring, MD *84-83–167
20. Gustav Tegel, Miami Beach, FL *87-80–167
22. Yujie Jin, Windermere, FL *85-84–169
23. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *92-79–171
24. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *89-83–172
24. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *89-83–172
24. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *83-89–172
27. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *92-83–175
28. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *88-90–178
29. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *91-88–179
30. Brandon McLean, Unionville, ON *95-86–181
31. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *93-89–182
32. Mark Richardson, South Berwick, ME *92-94–186
33. Trent Dickerson, Guyton, GA *99-92–191
34. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *99-98–197
35. Spencer Eller, Phoenix, AZ *93-111–204
36. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea *115-126–241

DID NOT FINISH
Jack Friedman, Charleston, SC *DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *JWD
Cole Gibson, Chevy Chase, MD *86-JWD
Liam Kent, Portage, MB *88-JWD
Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *91-JWD
Jack Foyle, Fishers Island, NY *JWD
Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *109-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) – 6,250 yards, Par 72

1. Mikus Ming, Smiths, Bermuda *87-89–176
2. Arthur Draijer, Sandweiler, Luxembourg *83-95–178
3. Aiden McCloskey, Northboro, MA *90-93–183
4. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *90-94–184
5. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *93-92–185
6. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *98-103–201
7. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *105-97-202

Girls Division (Black Tees) – 5,978 yards, Par 72

1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *84-72–156
2. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *79-78–157
3. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *94-72–166
4. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *84-86–170
5. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *90-84–174
6. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *90-89–179
7. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *93-92–185
8. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *96-90–186
9. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *102-85–187
10. Rhea Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *108-96–204
11. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *107-112—219

DID NOT FINISH
Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *JWD

IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall – Round one recap (Nov. 1, 2014)

The IJGT returned to a local favorite, Palmetto Hall to host the IJGT Island Open on the Arthur Hills Course. With the Northeast Tour’s team settled back in South Carolina for the duration of the fall season, the Southeast Tour experienced the first true fall weather conditions during round one of the event on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Temperatures dropped into the low 40s and winds picked up to create tough conditions for the juniors seeking IJGT merit points and national rankings. In review, the round one divisional leaders’ rounds, in numbers, are below.

Brett Krekorian of Andover, Mass., took the lead of the Boys 15-19 Division at the end of round one. His round in numbers:

75 – his 3-over-par round one score

12 – Krekorian’s longest par-or-better streak which included his entire back nine

2 – total birdies

1 – Krekorian is coming off a first place finish in the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on October 18-19, 2014

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Arthur Draijer of Sandweiler, Luxemborg, leads. His round in numbers:

83 – his round one score

10 – total number of pars carded for round one

4 – Draijer leads the division by four strokes

Leading the Girls Division is Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China. Her round in numbers:

79 – her round one score, five strokes ahead of the division

36 – Huang finished her round with an even-par 36 back nine score

3 – total birdies, the most for the division

1 – in her last appearance in the IJGT Island Open, Huang took first place

The final round at Palmetto Hall will take place tomorrow, November 2, 2014, with tee times beginning at 10:30 a.m. For full results from round one of the IJGT Island Openclick here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

IJGT Photos of the Week – Nov. 2-3, 2013

Northeast Tour

Ashley Dingman - Battle at VA Beach

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) capped off its Northeast Tour for the 2013-2014 Fall season at the IJGT Battle at Virginia Beach on Nov. 2-3, 2013.  At the Virginia Beach National Golf Club, Ashley Dingman from Lorton, Va., came out as victor in the Girls Division. This candid shot of her during the event has earned her the Photo of the Week honors for the Northeast Region. Dingman carded a 77-80–157 in the two-round tournament to seal the win by a commanding 12 strokes. This was her second event of the season with the IJGT, coming after a second place finish at the College Series at the University of Maryland.

 

Southeast Tour

Ewen Ferguson

Meanwhile, the IJGT also hosted the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall as a part of its Southeast Tour on Nov. 2-3, 2013. Ewen Ferguson of Hilton Head Island, S.C., is seen above teeing off from the first hole of the Arthur Hills Course in what has been chosen as the Photo of the Week for the region this week. Ferguson shot a remarkable 76-72–148 to land a second place finish in the event. His final round score of 72 also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award among the Boys Divisions. This was the first event of the year for Ferguson, who is in his third season with the IJGT.

Congrats to Ashley and Ewen!

IJGT Players of the Week – Nov. 2-3, 2013

Northeast Tour

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) made its way to Virginia Beach, Va., for the IJGT Battle at Virginia Beach National, the last Northeast Tour Event of the Fall 2013 season. The Pete Dye-designed Virginia Beach National Golf Club is a tour-caliber course which has hosted the NATIONWIDE TOUR’s Virginia Beach Open. In addition to the plentiful waste areas and various water hazards, the wind played a big part during Sunday’s final round. Our Players of the Week this week are Gordon Brixi of Potomac, Md., and Teddy Hoffman of Virginia Beach, Va.

Gordon Brixi - VA Beach NatlBrixi (left) started off hot with a birdie to open the tournament. He hit his approach shot to about five feet from the hole and rolled in the putt. After firing an even-par 36 on the front-nine, Brixi was in contention throughout the tournament, which was also impressive as he was the youngest player in the field this week at 11 years old. Brixi finished the first round with a 78, leaving him one stroke off the lead. During the final round, Brixi stayed in the hunt for the lead by firing a 40 on the front-nine with a great birdie on the par-five eighth hole. This kept him one stroke off the lead heading into the back-nine. Brixi would finish his first-ever IJGT Event in second place, an impressive start to his IJGT career.

Teddy Hoffman - VA Beach NatlHoffman (right) was tied for fifth place after the first round, leaving him seven strokes behind the leader. His first round consisted of multiple bogeys, which produced a round of 82; however, Hoffman knew he could score better and did just that on the final day. The final round brought colder temperatures and higher winds, but Hoffman was able to clinch the Clazic Belts Low Final Award with a score of 73.  Hoffman’s one-over-par final round consisted of four birdies to put him in the lead until the final group finished. Hoffman’s final round 73 was also good enough to move him into second place. This was Hoffman’s first IJGT tournament and he will look to continue this momentum in future IJGT events.

 

Southeast Tour

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted another installment for the Fall 2013’s Southeast Tour with the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall.  The event took place on Nov. 2-3, 2013, and consisted of 49 players in the field. Competing on a tour-caliber golf course with beautiful moss-draped oaks, lush fairways and clever bunkering, the players had their fair share of challenging and spectacular moments. Jonathan Phillips of Hardeeville, S.C., and Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, have received Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Region.

Jonathan Phillips - T3rd Island OpenPhillips (left), a 17-year-old in the Boys 15-19 Division played consistent golf throughout the tournament. Phillips hit nearly every fairway in both rounds. The biggest obstacle for Phillips was his putting during the first round, especially on the back-nine in which he three putted five holes. Regardless, he was able to fight back and finished his first day with a 3-over-par 75.  Phillips played better during the final round, which included three birdies and eleven pars.  He finished the challenging course with a great score of 2-over-par 74.  Phillips placed third overall, a remarkable outcome in his first IJGT Event of the season.

Lita Huber - 4th Island OpenHuber (right) played a steady brand of golf this tournament. She finished her first round with a score of 13-over-par 85, putting her 14 shots behind leader, Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China.  Despite some adversities, Huber fought back in the tough and windy conditions of the final round, shooting a 10-over-par 82, including a memorable birdie on the challenging par-3 No. 6.  She ended up going out on a score of 39 and coming in with 43.  With her final round performance, Huber was one of three players in the Girls Division to receive our Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and finished fourth overall. This was the best finish in four events this season for Huber, who is in her second year with the IJGT.