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Two IJGT alumni to compete on Golf Channel's Big Break

If you tune into Golf Channel’s Big Break this season, you just might see a familiar face. Or two.

IJGT alumni Richy Werenski of South Hadley, Mass., and Justin Martinson of Avondale, Pa., will both be competing on Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL. Throughout the 11-episode season, contestants will compete against each other in a variety of challenges that test both their physical skills and mental toughness. Each week, one golfer will be eliminated until a champion is crowned.

This season, the contestants will be competing for an exemption into the 2015 Barbasol Championship as well as cash and other prizes.

The diverse, all-male cast includes collegiate All-Americans, mini tour champions and a pair of trick shot experts. At 23, Werenski, a 2010 International Junior Golf Academy graduate, is the youngest golfer in the competition. He will be competing against 11 other talented individuals including his former roommate and teammate at Georgia Tech, Kyle Scott.

Richy Werenski 1

In December, Werenski earned playing status in the first eight events on the Web.com Tour schedule at the Web.com Tour Qualifying School. Werenski has qualified for the U.S. Amateur four times, but lists winning the 2012 Porter Cup, and consequently having his name engraved on the same trophy as Phil Mickelson, as his greatest golf accomplishment thus far.

Justin Martinson

Before he became one of the most successful amateur golfers in University of Delaware history, Martinson was one of the top players on the International Junior Golf Tour. Multiple wins during his final year on the IJGT caught the attention of several college golf coaches. He accepted a scholarship from Charleston Southern University, but transferred to the University of Delaware after his freshman year. Martinson turned pro immediately after graduating from the University of Delaware in 2011. His 10-under-par 278 earned him fifth place in the four-day, 72-hole eGolf Tour Championship in December.

Although the Big Break season premiere doesn’t air until next month, it was taped in September at PGA National Resort and Spa, home to the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic. The contestants competed on four courses: The Champion, The Palmer, The Fazio and The Squire.

Be sure to tune in for the season premiere at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, February 2 on Golf Channel. A special “Meet the Players” show will air Monday, January 26 at 10 p.m. ET.

Good luck to both Richy and Justin!

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!

Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation – Tour Preview

The IJGT will host the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on January 31 – February 1, 2015. Junior golfers will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole tournament.

Wexford Plantation

The recently-renovated Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course at Wexford Plantation plays through tall, majestic oaks and stately pines before continuing around the harbor and coastal marshlands. It was rated one of the Top 100 Residential Golf Courses in the U.S. in Golfweek Magazine‘s 2014 Ultimate Guide to Golf Course Living & Great Escapes. Its six sets of tees range from 4,670 yards to 6,913 yards, allowing the course to offer a challenge at any distance.

The course’s signature hole is the 380-yard 18th, which requires a tee shot over a marsh and up a dogleg right fairway, then an approach shot over another marsh to the green. The challenge of the course combined with a competitive field will make this a tournament you do not want to miss.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Brent Rodgers of Cranberry Township, Pa., will look to improve upon his most recent top-15 finish at the IJGA Invitational in December of 2014. A victory at the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation would be Rodgers’ first IJGT victory of his career. Also in the Boys 15-19 Division is Matthew Cesare of Milford, Conn., who will look to make a statement with his first appearance in an IJGT event.

Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., will be one to watch in the Girls Division as she looks to extend her two-win streak after winning the IJGT College Series at NC State and the Major Championship at Dormie Club in the fall season of 2014. Also looking to continue a winning streak is Yunjie Zhang of Haikou City, China. After her win at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 27-29, 2014, Zhang will be in pursuit of her second consecutive win this season.

If you have not yet registered for the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation, there’s still time! Click here for more information or to sign up.

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

 

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!

Carolina Classic at Colleton River – Tour Preview

Continuing with southeast events in the early portion of the spring season, the IJGT will host the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, host of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur, on January 24-25, 2015. The two-day, 36-hole event will be played on the Pete Dye course in Bluffton, S.C. When speaking about his course at Colleton River, Dye once said, “This is the best course I have ever built.” The course offers unobstructed views of Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean from 11 of its 18 holes. Its six sets of tees stretch from 5105 yards to 7365 yards. Much of the front nine plays through thick forest before opening up to a links-type course overlooking Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean for the remaining nine holes.

Colleton River has hosted eight USGA qualifiers since 2005 including those for three U.S. Opens, four U.S. Amateurs and one U.S. Senior Open.

If you’ve ever seen the Robert Redford film The Legend of Bagger Vance, Colleton River may look familiar as many of the film’s golf scenes were shot there.

The 12th and 13th at Colleton River Plantation. Site of the 2015 US Junior Amateur.

The 12th and 13th at Colleton River Plantation. Site of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur.

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division of the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. Go has won three tournaments this season: the IJGT College Series at NC State, the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club and, most recently, the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines. He will look to build on his lead in the Tour Rankings.

The last time Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, played Colleton River in a tournament, he carded a 2-under 70 on 18 holes to win the IJGT Junior at Colleton River in September of 2014. Ogawa currently sits at No. 4 in the Tour Rankings.

Despite two top-three finishes this fall, Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J., is still looking for his first IJGT victory of the year in the Boys 15-19 Division.

In the Girls Division, Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, will look to improve on last year’s third place finish in Carolina Classic at Colleton River. Nakatani is coming off of a T5 finish at the IJGA Invitational at Harbour Town Golf Links in December of 2014.

If you  haven’t yet registered for the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, you have until January 20, 2015, to do so.

To register or for more information about the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, click here.

 

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.

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)