IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall – Tour Preview

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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.

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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.



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.

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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.

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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!

Jain’s short game highlighted in IJGT Photo of the Week – February 8-9, 2014

The IJGT hosted a competitive field of 43 juniors for the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club on February 8-9, 2014. Battling for both IJGT Merit Points and national rankings, the juniors were faced with sporadic rain showers in round one and heavy fog in round two.

This week’s Photo of the Week features Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, a ninth-place finisher in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Ritwik Jain finished in a three-way tie for ninth with an overall tournament score of 160.

Ritwik Jain finished in a three-way tie for ninth with an overall tournament score of 160.

Jain’s tie for ninth place became his fourth consecutive top-10 finish in IJGT Events. His performance at Dolphin Head boasted a birdie in round one and 22 pars in 36 holes. The highlight of Jain’s tournament came in the back nine of round one where he made par on eight of nine holes to finish the day. We look forward to seeing Jain again at the Major Championship at Kiawah Island Golf Resort on February 15-16, 2014.

The Photo of the Week could feature you! The Photo of the Week is decided by our fans and followers so don’t forget that your feedback counts. In the week following a tournament, keep an eye on the IJGT Facebook page for photos from the Event. Each photo will received 1 point for a ‘Like’, 2 points for a ‘Comment’ and 3 points for ‘Shares’ so let us know what you think!

Final results from the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Kim and Vilips grab third wins of season

Huang dominates Girls Division en route to second victory

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) wrapped up the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on a weekend that was culminated by all types of weather. The Southeast Region Event took place on Nov. 2-3, 2013 on the Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Hall Plantation Club. Heavy rain on Friday night left the fairways damp and muddy, and the players experienced all but normal conditions with clouds and sharp, chilling winds at some points followed up by warm sunshine during others. Competing for National Rankings and IJGT Merits Points, the golfers did not fail to impress with their skills, determination, and professionalism. All three divisions featured repeat winners taking home champions trophies.

Geuntae Kim - Island Open Champ

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Geuntae Kim of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, came back from a two-stroke deficit after the first round to capture his third victory of the season in a near-playoff situation. His final 71-77–148 tied with Ewen Ferguson of Hilton Head Island, S.C., but Kim won the playoff by default to take sole possession of first place at 4-over-par. After a first round consisting of five birdies and nine pars, Kim came back with a similar performance in the final round. He sank nine pars, including five in a row on holes Nos. 2-6, and his two birdies of the round came back-to-back on the tough par-5 No. 9 and the par-4 No. 10.

When asked about the best parts of his performance in the event, Kim noted his close-range game. He explained that he did really well “from inside 100 yards.”

This was the third consecutive win for Kim in as many events this season. He previously won at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7-8, and the Sanctuary Shootout on Sept. 28-29. He now has etched five career victories in two seasons with the IJGT.

To round out the Boys 15-19 Division, Ewen Ferguson landed in second place with a 76-72–148. His final-round 72 also gave him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his performance. Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, and Jonathan Phillips of Hardeeville, S.C., tied for third with final scores of 149.

Karl Vilips - Island Open Champ

The Boys 14 & Under Division saw a similar face atop the final standings, with Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, grabbing his third victory of the season. His first-round 1-over-par 73 gave him a five-stroke cushion going into the final round, and despite strong play by his fellow competitors, he did not succumb to the pressure, maintaining his lead and eventually taking home the trophy. Though Vilips endured some challenges during his final round, his 8-over-par 80 performance was able to secure an eight-stroke win in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a total 153. After a front-nine 42 during the final round, Vilips came back with a steady back nine, making pars on holes Nos. 10- 13, and then Nos. 15-18.

When asked about the most difficult parts of the event, Vilips noted, “The wind was really hard both days, and there was a lot of water.” Aside from experiencing these adversities, though, Vilips was quick to say that overall the win was “perfect.”

Vilips has had a spectacular first season with the IJGT, winning three events and grabbing top-five finishes in five others. His other two victories came at the IJGT Georgia Junior at Sea Island on Aug. 24-25 and the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch on Oct. 12-13.

Finishing in second place was Bumin Choi of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, who shot a final 78-83–161. Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., came in third with a two-round score of 85-80–165.

Samantha Huang - Island Open ChampSamantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, led the way in the Girls Division from start to finish, shooting a final 9-over-par 153 to secure a satisfying six stroke win. After a strong start with a first-round 1-under-par 71, Huang had a five stroke lead.

But, like most of the tournament field, Huang experienced challenges throughout the final round. Nonetheless, she was able to maintain her focus, shooting an 82 to earn her second win of the season. Huang sank nine pars and a birdie during the round, and played the course’s par-3s in 1-under-par for the tournament.

One of the most notable aspects of Huang’s performance came with her drivers, or lack thereof. When asked about any obstacles she experienced, Huang explained that because her drivers were “really bad,” she decided to use 3-wood for the entire duration of the tournament. It turns out this did not affect the champion too adversely in the end.

This is Huang’s first season with the IJGT, playing in four events, winning two and landing top ten in all four. Her first win came at the Sanctuary Shootout on Sept. 28-29.

There was a three-way tie for the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, with Huang, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, and Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, all posting a final-round 82. 

Rounding out the top three for the Girls Division were Arjun and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who carded a score of 77-82–159 and 76-84–160, respectively.

The IJGT returns to action next weekend for the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The tournament will be contested on the George Fazio Course at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.


About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit or call (843) 785-2444.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Island Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 3, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,739 yards, Par 72 (73.0/133). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,265 yards, Par 72 (71.0/127). Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,975 yards, Par 72 (76.0/134).


Weather: Cloudy with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 5-10 mph
                 Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 15-20 mph


International Junior Golf Tour Island Open at Palmetto Hall
Palmetto Hall – Arthur Hills Course
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
November 2-3, 2013


Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,739 yards, Par 72

1. Geuntae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *71-77–148*
2. Ewen Ferguson, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-72–148
3. Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, SC *75-74–149
3. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *69-80–149
5. Maurizio Debono, Basiglio, Italy *78-76–154
5. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *76-78–154
7. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-76–156
7. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *77-79–156
9. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *81-77–158
9. Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador *79-79–158
9. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *79-79–158
9. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *76-82–158
13. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *82-77–159
13. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *78-81–159
13. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *76-83–159
16. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *85-77–162
16. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *79-83–162
16. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *73-89–162
19. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *85-78–163
19. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *79-84–163
21. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *80-84–164
21. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *75-89–164
23. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *80-85–165
23. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *80-85–165
25. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *84-83–167
26. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *87-81–168
27. Trevor King, Huntington, NY *87-86–173
28. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *82-92–174
28. Jake Haughom, Vienna, VA *83-91–174
30. Walker Campbell, Paget, Bermuda *81-94–175
31. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *78-98–176
32. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *86-100–186
33. Mauricio Troncoso, Mexico City, Mexico *96-101–197

*Won in a playoff

Boys 14 & Under Division, White Tees, 6,265 yards, Par 72
1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *73-80–153
2. Bumin Choi, Gyeonngi-do, South Korea *78-83–161
3. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *85-80–165
4. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *78-88–166
5. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *91-89–180
6. Cade England, Dallas, TX *93-90–183
7. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *91-95–186
8. Alexander Camberos, Kigali, Rwanda *93-97–190
9. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *110-106–216

Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *79-JWD

Girls Division, Black Tees, 5,975 yards, Par 72
1. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *71-82–153
2. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *77-82–159
3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *76-84–160
4. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *85-82–167
5. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *82-86–168
6. Dylaney Day, Toronto, Canada *97-85–182
7. Christine Scholten, Amsterdam, Netherlands *106-108–214

Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *JWD

First-round highlights from the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled just around the corner for the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall, taking place Nov. 2-3, 2013. What began as a cold, wet morning for the golfers turned out to be a sunny Fall day with fantastic golf temperatures. The first round of the event was held on the club’s famed Arthur Hills Course, featuring heavily wooded areas with towering pines and moss-draped oaks, along with lush fairways rolling past crystalline lakes. These are your leaders going into the final round of competition.

The Boys 15-19 Division leader is Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, who got off to a fast start shooting a cool 3-under-par 69. He currently holds a two-stroke lead going into the final round. Here is Hui’s round by the numbers:

Yong Sherng Hui:

69 – first-round score

34 – score on the front nine (2-under-par)

13 – number of pars

2 – seasons with the IJGT

-3 – score on the course’s four par-3’s

On top of the Boys 14 & Under Division is Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia. Vilips holds a comfortable five-shot lead going into the final round with a score of 73. Here is his round by the numbers:

Karl Vilips:

73 – first-round score

11 – number of pars

5 – stroke lead after round one

3 – number of birdies

-1 – score on the course’s par-3’s and par-5’s

Taking charge of the Girls Division is Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, who came out with a 1-under-par 71 after 18 holes. Her performance gives her a five-stroke lead going into the final day of competition. Here is Huang’s round by the numbers:

Samantha Huang:

71 – first-round score

35 – score on the front nine (1-under-par)

9 – number of pars

5 – number of birdies

-3 – score on the course’s par-5’s


For complete results of the first round click here. Pairings for final-round action at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall can be found here.

IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be making a return to Palmetto Hall Plantation for the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall in Hilton Head, S.C., on November 2-3, 2013.

Listed as one of the “Best Places to Play” in 2008-09, the Arthur Hills-designed course is guaranteed to feature towering pines, moss-draped oaks, lush fairways, and rolling greens edged with strategically-placed bunkers.

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18th Hole on the Palmetto Hall Arthur Hills Course

Competing for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points, the field will feature some of the tour’s best junior golfers in all divisions.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Norman Hong, the reigning Player of the Week after his performance at the Sanctuary Shootout on Sept. 28-29,will be making his fifth appearance this season. After his second straight Top-10 finish at Sanctuary, Hong of Shenzhen, China, will be competing for his first win. Also competing will be Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy. This will be D’Amico’s sixth event this season after a fourth place finish at the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield and a third place finish at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Luis Sanchez from Xalapa, Mexico, and Jackson Skeen from Johnson City, Tenn., will be players to watch. Sanchez will attempt to earn his first win after notably improving in the three events he has played so far this season, placing sixth, fourth, and second, all in succession. This will be the sixth event of the season for Skeen, after most recently cracking the Top-5 in the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation.

In an exciting battle for first place, the Girls Division will feature the likes of Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, and Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga. Both have played tremendously this season and this is sure to be a matchup to keep your eyes at the two-day event. Huang is coming off a fresh win at the Sanctuary Shootout at Cat Island, after tying for second place at the Aiken Junior Open. Ashmorewho was runner-up to Huang at Sanctuary, is playing in her fourth event and will be looking for her first win this season. She has placed Top-3 in every event so far.

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IJGT will also be hosting the second installment of the Southeast Region’s Discovery Tour series for the Fall 2013 season at Palmetto Hall on Saturday, November 2. The Discovery Tour is an event where children aged 8-12 of all skill levels are welcome to play. The single-round competition will tee off at 12:30pm on the Arthur Hills Course. Youngster Jonathan Griz of Bluffton, S.C., who won the Discovery Tour at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7, will be looking for his second straight win in the series.

The Discovery Tour is a great opportunity for young junior golfers aged 8-12 who have little or no golf tournament experience to improve upon their skills. With several events lined up each season, the tour is an incredibly fun and relaxed way for the players interact with other golfers, get tips from coaches, and most of all: have some fun!

Membership is $25 and each 9-hole tournament is $40.  To register for events or membership, please contact us at (843) 785-2444.