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Ahn, Nakayama featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – Jan. 22, 2015

The IJGT kicked off its spring season locally, hosting the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. Conditions were chilly but sunny during the two-day, 36-hole event. The field, which included participants from eight states and 10 countries, competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Photo of the Week Jan 22 15

A photo of Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, and Yuki Nakayama of Kawasakishi, Japan, was selected as this week’s IJGT Photo of the Week. Ahn and Nakayama, both students at the International Junior Golf Academy, decided to match outfits for round one of the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. In addition to being paired with each other on both days, Ahn and Nakayama also finished next to each other in the standings.

Nakayama used a division-best three birdies to tie Concord, Mass., native Skylar Frankiewicz for first after 36 holes. Frankiewicz won the playoff leaving Nakayama in second. The second-place finish was Nakayama’s best of the season and propelled her into the top 20 in the IJGT Rankings.

Ahn’s third-place finish boosted her 23 spots in the IJGT Rankings.

Congratulations to Yeji Ahn and Yuki Nakayama 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

Berger, Gerbelova earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Jan. 20, 2015

The IJGT hosted its first tournament of the spring season, the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on January 17-18, 2015. Junior golfers competed in chilly but bright conditions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the event, the IJGT is proud to award this week’s Player of the Week honors to Statesboro, Ga., native Ford Berger and Martina Gerbelova of Bratislava, Slovakia.

Ford Berger

Ford Berger

Competing in just his second IJGT event, Berger used the help of two birdies to knock an impressive six strokes off his round one score. His round-two birdies came on holes No. 7 and 13.

Combining scores of 87 and 81, his tournament total of 168 was good for third in the Boys 14 & Under Division. After his strong finish this weekend, Berger shot up 15 spots in the IJGT Rankings.

Martina Gerbelova

Martina Gerbelova

Gerbelova had her best two-day total of the 2014-2015 season during the IJGT Junior. Consistent rounds of 96 gave Gerbelova her first top-five finish of her career. Her fifth place finish moved her up nine spaces in the IJGT Rankings.

Congratulations to both Ford Berger and Martina Gerbelova on their Player of the Week honors!

IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National – Final Results (Jan. 18, 2015)

Byrne comes from behind to force playoff

Phillips and Frankiewicz capture first IJGT victories 

The IJGT hosted the first tournament of the spring season, the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National, on January 17-18, 2015. The field for the two-day, 36-hole tournament included junior golfers from eight U.S. states and 10 countries. Juniors competed in chilly but bright conditions for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Conor Byrne

Conor Byrne

After finishing round one in fourth place, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, came from behind to tie Ryan Skae of Old Tappan, N.J., for first with a tournament total of 146 after 36 holes. Byrne won the Boys 15-19 Division in a playoff by sinking a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-4 9th hole to edge out Skae for the title.

The victory was Byrne’s first on the International Junior Golf Tour. Byrne’s round two even-par 71 earned him 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.

“I was surprised to shoot the low final round, especially how I started by three-putting the first hole,” said Byrne after his win. “I knew Ryan [Skae] had an eight-footer left for par, so all I was trying to do was get it close. I knew it had good speed and it just so happened to fall. It was pretty cool to win on a birdie.”

Skae, who finished in second, led the field with a 14-hole bogey-free run stretching from hole No. 16 in round one to hole No. 11 in round two. His impressive par-or-better streak on Nos. 1 through 11  included back-to-back birdies on holes No. 6 and 7 in round two.

Jack O’Donovan of Pittsford, N.Y., finished in third in the Boys 15-19 Division with a tournament total of 149. O’Donovan led the field in birdies with eight including back-to-back birdies on holes No. 4 and 5 in round two.

Wataru Koguchi of Fukuoka, Japan, was the only junior to card an eagle. He needed only three strokes to complete the par-5 hole No. 3 in round one.

Skylar Frankiewicz

Skylar Frankiewicz

The Girls Division also saw a playoff in which Skylar Frankiewicz of Concord, Mass., came out victorious. Frankiewicz and Yuki Nakayama of Kawasakishi, Japan, finished with tournament totals of 159, but Frankiewicz defeated Nakayama by one stroke in the one-hole playoff leading to her first IJGT victory.

“I felt a little pressure throughout the day, but I knew where I stood in relation to Yuki [Nakayama],” Frankiewicz said after her win. “I had a bad hole on 17, but I knew if I could beat her by one on the last hole I would be able to send it to a playoff, I did. The win in a playoff made the entire trip from Massachusetts worth it!”

Nakayama’s round two score of 79 was good enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, finished third in the Girls Division with a tournament total of 174.

Chase Phillips

Chase Phillips

 

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head, S.C., built off a two-stroke lead in round one to capture his first IJGT victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division. He knocked two strokes off his round one score to finish with a tournament total of 158. Phillips carded six birdies during the tournament including back-to-back birdies on holes No. 7 and 8 in round two.

“I knew coming into the final round all I had to do was play the way I played the first day to win,” Phillips said after the tournament. “I hit it great and made a few putts. It was nice to improve and finish strong with a 78.”

Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, finished second in the Boys 14 & Under Division defeating third-place finisher Ford Berger of Statesboro, Ga., by two strokes.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on January 24-15, 2015 with the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Bluffton, S.C. – Final Results of IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on January 17-18, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,655 yards Par 71 (72.5/125). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,016 yards, Par 71 (79.3/124). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,627 yards, Par 71 (71.7/123).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

Bluffton, S.C.

January 17-18, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6655 yards, Par 71

1. x-Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *75-71--146 
2. Ryan Skae, Old Tappan, NJ *74-72--146
3. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *74-75--149
4. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *77-74--151
4. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *74-77--151
6. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *78-74--152
7. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *80-81--161
8. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *86-77--163
9. Cole Sutherland, Charlotte, NC *78-86--164
9. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *79-85--164
11. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *84-82--166
11. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *83-83--166
13. Jake Rumfola, Dublin, OH *83-84--167
14. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *83-85--168
14. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *81-87--168
16. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *83-86--169
17. Alexander Zahn, Saddle River, NJ *83-88--171
18. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *83-89--172
19. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *85-89--174
20. Deion Shepherd, Dayton, NJ *88-88--176
21. Karan Bhasin, Mishref *90-93--183

Boys 14 & Under Division- Blue Tees, 6016 yards, Par 71

1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-78--158
2. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *82-84--166
3. Ford Berger, Statesboro, GA *87-81--168

Girls Division- White Tees, 5627 yards, Par 71

1. x-Skylar Frankiewicz, Concord, MA *79-80--159
2. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *80-79--159
3. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *87-87--174
4. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *89-94--183
5. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *96-96--192

 

IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National – Round One Recap (Jan. 17, 2015)

The IJGT opened its spring season with the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. Juniors teed off in chilly but bright conditions on January 17, 2015, beginning at 8:30 a.m. for the first of two rounds. In review, are each division’s leaders rounds, in numbers.

In the Boys 15 – 19 Division Kanata Irei of Japan, Jack O’Donovan of Pittsford, N.Y., and Ryan Skae of Old Tappan, N.J., all share the lead. Their rounds in numbers:

IREI:
74- the leading round one score carded by Irei, O’Donovan and Skae

8 – his longest streak of par coming on holes 6 through 13

1 – number of birdies he carded in the first round

O’DONOVAN:
10 – successfully carded par or better on 10 of the first 11 holes

5 – this is the fifth time O’Donovan has shot sub-80 this season

SKAE:
2- number of birdies he carded in the first round

1 – this is his lowest round on the tour this season

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Chase Phillips of Hilton Head, S.C., leads the way. His round in numbers:

80 – his round one score to lead the division

1 – his first round of 80 or lower since the first tournament of the season

2 – amount of birdies he carded in this opening round

2 – he leads the division by two strokes

Skylar Frankiewicz of Concord, Mass., is in front for the ladies. Her round in numbers:

79 – her round one score to lead the division

9 – carded par or better on nine of her last ten holes

3 – Frankiewicz is coming off of a third-place finish at the Savannah Junior at The Landings on December 6-7, 2014

2 – this is Skylar’s second IJGT tournament

The second and final round of the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National will take place Sunday, January 18, 2015 with tee times starting at 8:30 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Stay on top of all the action with up-to-the-minute updates by following @IJGT on Twitter.

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!

IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National – Tour Preview

The IJGT is excited to kick off its spring season with the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. The two-day, 36-hole tournament will be held on January 17-18, 2015, in Bluffton, S.C. Juniors will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

A par-71 Bobby Weed and Gary Player collaboration, Hilton Head National offers four sets of tees ranging from 5,628 yards to 6,730 yards. Player designed the course to be a straightforward test of golf free of sight-impeding hazards and visual intimidation.  The course’s signature sixth hole provides an exciting challenge with massive pot bunkers in addition to a lake along the right side. The 18th hole features a deep marsh along the right side of the narrow fairway and an elevated green.

Hilton Head National

Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division of the IJGT Junior. Jain has notched four top-10 finishes this season and currently sits at No. 22 in the Tour Rankings. Also in the Boys 15-19 Division is Norman Hong of Shenzhen, China, looking for his first top-10 finish of the season in the division. Hong finished last year’s IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in a tie for 29th place and will look to improve on that finish this year.

In the Girls Division, Skylar Frankiewicz of Concord, Mass., is coming off a third place finish at the Savannah Junior at The Landings.

If you haven’t registered for the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National yet, you have until January 13, 2015, to do so.

To register or for more information about the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National, click here.

Final results from the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

Playoffs decide both Boys Divisions

Wuensch wins third straight IJGT Event

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7-8. 55 elite junior golfers teed off on the beautiful Gary Player design, and the course more than held its own, as just two golfers finished even-par or lower.

DSC01479In the Boys 15-19 Division, GeunTae Kim of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, both played outstanding throughout 36 holes. With first-round scores of 1-under-par 70, both Kim and Ogawa won the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the players with the lowest first round score.

Kim came alive with the pressure on down the stretch in the final round, making three birdies on his final five holes to force the playoff at 2-under-par 140 with Ogawa. Kim racked up seven birdies over the two-day tournament.

On the playoff hole, both Kim and Ogawa had beautiful drives down the center of the fairway starting off on the par-4, No. 10, to leave them 50 yards out from the green. Ogawa’s second shot left him sitting 10 feet from the hole on the green, while Kim stuck it four feet from the hole. Many who were watching thought that Kim would clinch the win with his putt, but a close miss and par putts for both Ogawa and Kim pushed them on to the par-4, No. 11.

Similarly to hole No. 10, both Kim and Ogawa blasted their drives down the middle of the fairway on hole No. 11. Kim’s unbelievable second shot left him within a foot of the hole, while Ogawa had a 15 foot putt to birdie. Kim’s tap in birdie gave him first place honors for the tournament.

Coming in third place was Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, who finished with a two-day total of 2-over-par 144. Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., finished tied for fourth, and earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with his 2-under-par 69 in the final round.

DSC01475Another playoff was needed to decide the Boys 14 & Under Division, as Ben El Cohn of Guayaquil, Ecuador, Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, and Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, finished the 36 regulation holes tied with matching scores of 12-over-par 154.

The trio went into a playoff on hole No. 10, with three equally impressive drives down the fairway. The second shots resulted with Vilips and Cohn 10 feet from the hole, and Shimoji just off the green. Shimoji’s birdie chip and par putt were missed, while Cohn and Vilips both missed their birdie putts. Cohn’s par putt gave him the hole, and the victory, as Vilips had a tough lip-out for his par. Cohn was the first-round leader after a day one 5-over-par 76, following that up with a 7-over-par 78 that featured one birdie and 11 pars.

El Cohn now has a victory and a second place finish in his first two IJGT Events.

Vilips rallied from a first round 11-over-par 82 to post an impressive second-round 1-over-par 72, while Shimoji shot a second-round 5-over-par 78 to get into the playoff.

DSC01480In the Girls Division, Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, won for the third straight time on the IJGT this season with a two-round total of 1-over-par 143. Wuensch jumped out to a six-stroke lead after round one thanks to a first-day total of 2-under-par 69.

Her impressive first round earned her the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award. On day two, Wuensch carded 15 pars and overcame three bogeys to post a final round 3-over-par-74, which was more than enough to hold on for the win.

Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, used a final round 3-under-par 68 to propel herself to a second-place overall finish. Rodriguez came out firing, notching birdies on two of her first three holes.  She followed that with ten consecutive pars before tallying one more birdied on the 14th hole.  Her strong day two performance earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., finished in third place with an overall score of 8-over-par 150.

The International Junior Golf Tour will travel to Aiken, S.C., in two weeks to host the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation, Sept. 21-22. For more information about the Aiken Junior Open, please visit www.IJGT.com 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, KENTWOOL, 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 www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

BLUFFTON, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 8, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6697 yards, Par 71 (72.6/133).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,052 yards, Par 71 (69.5/125). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,724 yards, Par 71 (72.8/126).

 

Weather:       

Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 5-10 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 5-10 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Hilton Head National Golf Club

Bluffton, S.C.

September 7-8, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,697 yards, Par 71

 

1. GeunTae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *70-70—140*

2. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *70-70–140

3. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *71-73–144

4. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE *78-69–147

4. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *71-76–147

6. Maurizuo Debono, Basiguo, Italy *72-78–150

6. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-0–79

8. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *75–76-151

9. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *77-77–154

10. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *79-78–157

10. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi Japan, *77-80–157

12. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *79-79–158

13. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *78-81–159

14. Erwin Brock, Muldrow, OK *85-76–161

14. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *83-78–161

14. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *83-78–161

14. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *79-82–161

14. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *77-84–161

19. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *87-75–162

20. Dylan Lukes, Chapel Hill, NC *80-83–163

20. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *79-84–163

20. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *80-83–163

23. Lee Hammerschmitt, Armonk, NY *81-86–167

23. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico *79-88–167

25. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *84-84–168

26. Pattarapoom Pacharn, Nonthaburi, Thailand *88-81–169

26. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *89-80–169

26. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *83-86-169

26. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *81-88–169

30. Norman Hong, Shenzen, China *83-89–172

30. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *83-89–172

32. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *85-88–173

33. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *91-85–176

34. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *91-93—184

 

DID NOT FINISH

Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *DQ (Rule 6-6d)

Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *JWD

Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – Blue Tees, 6,052 yards, Par 71 

1.  Ben El Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador *76-78–154*

2. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *82-72–154

2. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *78-76–154

4. Luis Sanchez, Xalapa, Mexico * 80-80–160

5. Quade Lukes, Chapel Hill, NC *82-81–163


Girls Division – White Tees, 5,724 yards, Par 71

1. Jana Wuensch, Herrenberg, Germany *69-74–143

2. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *78-68–146

3. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *79-71–150

4. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *76-75–151

5. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *78-74–152

6. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *75-81–156

7. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *83-75–158

7. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *79-79–158

9. Kayla Kozak, North Myrtle Beach, SC *76-83–159

10. Lita Huber,

10. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *77-83–160

12. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan *83-79–162

13. Taylor Clark, Red Bank, NJ *97-88–185

14. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *101-102–203

14. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *104-99–203

 

*Won in a Playoff





First-round highlights from the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the first round of the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National Saturday at the prestigious Hilton Head National Golf Club.

While the weather and course conditions were both perfect, Hilton Head National proved to be a tough test for the elite field of junior golfers.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, the final round is set up to be a special day with two golfers tied for the lead, and two others tied for second just one stroke back. GeunTae Kim (SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea) and Tennoshin Ogawa (Ichinomiya-shi, Japan) lead the field after 18 holes with matching 1-under-par 70 scores. Right on their tails are Shota Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan, and Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, who posted first-round scores of even-par 71. Maurizuo Debono of Basiguo, Italy, shot a 1-over-par 72, and sits in fifth place.

GeunTae Kim and Tennoshin Ogawa by the numbers:

33 – Kim’s score on the back nine at Hilton Head National, which was good for 2-under par on those nine holes.

28 – Combined pars made by Kim and Ogawa in the first round. Ogawa tallied 15 of them, while Kim added 13.

6 – Wins by Ogawa last season in the Boys 14 & Under Division on the IJGT.

5- Combined birdies made by the duo. Kim racked up three, while Ogawa had two.

2 – Wins by Kim last season on the IJGT.

Yet again, Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, is running away with the Girls Division after posting a first round score of 2-under-par 69. This would be her third win in as many weeks on the IJGT. Wuensch holds a six-stroke lead over Brià Sanders of Cordova, Tenn.

Jana Wuensch by the numbers:

69 – Wuensch’s score for the round, which was the lowest score by any golfer in any of three divisions.

14 – The number of pars holed by Wuensch in the first round.

2 – The number of birdies in the first three holes for Wuensch. She jumped out to a hot start, and was able to play even-par golf the rest of the way.

2 – Consecutive wins by Wuensch on the IJGT. Another strong round in the final round would give Wuensch her third win in a row.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Ben El Cohn of Bluffton, S.C., leads the way after a 5-over-par 76 in the first round. He leads last week’s winner, Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, by two strokes. Luis Sanchez of Xalapa, Mexico, posted a 9-over-par 80, and is four strokes back of the leader in third place.

Ben El Cohn by the numbers:

35 – Cohn’s score on the front nine, good for 1-under-par.

8 – Pars by Cohn in his first 18 holes. Finding consistency will be key in Sunday’s final round.

3 – Birdies on the day for Cohn.

1 – Eagle by Cohn in the first round. He holed out from 80-yards away on his first hole, the par-4 10th.

 

The final round will begin at Hilton Head National tomorrow at 8:30am. To view tee times click here and to view complete results from the first round click here.

Final results from the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club

Shimoji seals victory at 6-under-par

Ozaki wins in Boys 15-19 Division

OKATIE, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the second Southeast event of the Fall season, the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. In an exciting event on the breathtaking Oldfield Golf Club, the field of 47 junior golfers was able to showcase their skills and golf knowledge through tough holes with some particularly difficult hazards. Aside from a slight weather delay late Saturday afternoon, the beautiful playing conditions allowed the golfers to get through their rounds smoothly.

Shota OzakiTopping off the Boys 15-19 Division, Shota Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan, made his Fall debut in great fashion, shooting a 140 to end up 4-under-par for the weekend, seven shots ahead of the second-place finisher, Taiga Fujii, of Toyama-shi, Japan. Firing a 5-under-par 67 on the first day, Ozaki also captured the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the player who shoots the lowest score in Saturday’s first round. Ozaki capitalized on six made birdies through the first round, most notably with a birdie on the par-4 No. 12 – a hole which proved to be one of the most difficult on the course this weekend.

On Sunday, Ozaki kept his focus, sinking 15 solid pars and an impressive birdie on hole No. 15 to end with a 1-over 73. His concentration and strong swings were able to propel him to a large lead, never letting up and showcasing his ever-improving skills.

Toks Pedro of Bowie, Md., was not able to repeat as champion at Oldfield Golf Club; however he had a respectable third-place finish recording a tournament total of 149.

Takafumi ShimojiTakafumi Shimoji, the 12-year-old from Miyakojima-shi, Japan, played in the Boys 14 & Under Division and ended the tournament not only with the division title, but also the lowest overall tournament score of 6-under-par 138. Right out of the gate, Shimoji showed great patience and carded an impressive 5-under-par 67 for Round 1 with six birdies coming on holes Nos. 8, 10-13 and 16.

His second-round score of 71 for Sunday, which included four birdies with three on the final four holes, helped to keep him ahead of the Boys 14 & Under Division pack, giving him a final nine-shot victory over second-place finishers, Drew Weary  of Bluffton, S.C., and Ben El Cohn, of Bluffton, S.C. Shimoji’s spectacular short game and honed putting skills helped him solidify his strong finish.

Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia,  earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his spectacular 2-under-par 70 during the final round.

Jana WuenschCapturing the Girls Division title was Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, who is now two for two in first-place titles for the 2013-2014 IJGT season. After shooting a first-round 6-over-par 78 with four birdies and one bogey, Wuensch came out on Sunday with a vengeance, moving to the top of the leaderboard with a scorching 3-under-par 69. Wuensch finished at 147, and was awarded the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for her extraordinary second-round performance.

Coming in second place was Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who shot a final score of 154 for the event. Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division was Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, with a tournament total of 160. Quevedo’s round on Saturday of 1-under-par 71 earned her the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award.

The IJGT Southeast tour continues the weekend of Sept. 7-8 with the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com 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, KENTWOOL, 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 www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

OKATIE, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Lowcountry Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 1, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,865 yards, Par 72 (73.6/139).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Black Tees – 6,189 yards, Par 72 (70.5/131). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,896 yards, Par 72 (73.7/132).

 

Weather:       

Mostly sunny with few rain showers, temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 0-5 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 0-5 mph

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club

Okatie, S.C.

August 31-September 1, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Gold Tees, 6,862 yards, Par 72

1. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *67-73–140

2. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *72-75–147

3. Toks Pedro, Bowie, MD *75-74–149

4. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *76-74–150

5. Maurizuo Debono, Basiguo, Italy *78-76–154

6. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany *79-76–155

6. Alec Weary, Bluffton, SC *78-77–155

8. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *74-82–156

9. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *77-80–157

10. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *85-73–158

10. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *78-80–158

12. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *79-80–159

12. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *76-83–159

14. Henrique Ferreira, Sao Paulo, Brazil *79-82–161

15. Gbenga Toriola, Abuja, Nigeria *81-82–163

15. Drew Smith, Decatur, GA *83-80–163

17. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *88-76–164

17. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *85-79–164

19. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *80-86–166

20. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *89-81–170

21. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *89-82–171

22. Pattarapoom Pacharn, Nonthaburi, Thailand *92-81–173

23. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-88–174

23. Mauricio Troncoso, Mexico City, Mexico *84-90–174

23. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *85-89–174

26. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *88-87–175

27. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *87-91–178

28. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs CO, *92-87–179

29. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan *97-90–187

30. Alfredo Moreno, Mexico City, Mexico *100-90–190

31. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China *121-118–239

 

Boys 14 & Under Division, Black Tees, 6,189 yards, Par 72

1. Takafumi Shimoji, Miyakojima-shi, Japan *67-71–138

2. Drew Weary, Bluffton, SC *74-73–147

2. Ben El Cohn, Bluffton, SC *74-73–147

4. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *81-70–151

5. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *84-81–165

6. Luis Sanchez, Xalapa, Mexico *86-80–166

7. Alex Thaller, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-84–170

8. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *96-87–183

8. Sebastiano Bogoni, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy *89-94–183

10. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *110-114–224

 

DID NOT FINISH

Bumin Choi, Gyeonngi-do, South Korea *DQ (Rule 14-3)

 

Girls Division – White Tees, 5,896 yards, Par 72

1. Jana Wuensch, Herrenberg, Germany *78-69–147

2. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *78-76–154

3. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *71-89–160

4. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *79-85–164

5. Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *88-106–194