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IJGT celebrates the NCAA’s Early Signing Period with an IJGT Photo of the Week

November 12-19, 2014, served as the NCAA’s early signing period. For many IJGT juniors, the week-long period meant the lengthy search for the college of the future was over. More than 20 juniors playing on the IJGT put on their new school colors, pulled out their finest pens and made their commitments by signing their National Letters of Intent (NLI).

“A binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution,” the NLI establishes a student-athlete’s intent to attend a particular university and to participate in a given sport.

Those IJGT members who participated in the early signing:

Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng University of Wisconsin
Connor McKay Lipscomb University
Masato Yoshitsugu Hawai’i Pacific University
TJ Kaczan California State University – Bakersfield
J.D. Moore St. Peters University
Aaron Terrazas Oklahoma University
Isidora Nilsson University of South Carolina
Min Yi “Samantha” Huang University of North Texas
Cara Basso Penn State University
Will Hicks Erskine College
Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob California State University – Northridge
Yeji Shin Georgia Southern University
Will Miles University of South Carolina
Rachel Corry University of Virginia
Kelly Whaley University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Thomas Avant Drake University
Kelly Anderson Northern Illinois University
Derrick Villarreal Charleston Southern University
Carter Ehms Cedarville University
Ryan Rose – Rutgers University
Tyler Dierwechter Stetson University
Clementina Rodriguez University of Washington
Keshav Sharma Erskine University
Kasidy Beckel Radford University
Emily Mills – Rutgers University

To celebrate our juniors, we shared photos of each junior as he or she proudly signed the National Letter of Intent. Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob and her coach, Richard Wedzik, are featured in this week’s special edition of the Photo of the Week.

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Phuchanbanchob signed to play golf with California State University – Northridge. Having played in 35 IJGT events, Phuchanbanchob carries a scoring average of 77.475, has accumulated 115 birdies and has placed in the top-10 in all but two of her events.

Check out photos from each junior’s signing on our IJGT Facebook page here.

Don’t forget – each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’
2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)
3 points – per share

Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters – Final results (Oct. 19, 2014)

Boys 14 & Under and Girls Division end in come-from-behind wins
Krekorian nabs his first victory in IJGT

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour headed to Savannah for the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on October 18-19, 2014. The two-day 36 holes tournament featured a field of more than 80 juniors from around the world competing for national rankings and IJGT merit points.

10636682_10154792846365026_7334357170016159650_o copyIn a come-from-behind effort, Brett Krekorian of Andover, Mass., broke free from a multi-person tie to move into first for the win at the Georgia Open. With a four-stroke deficit, Krekorian made up ground with the help of five second-round birdies and 10 pars. Krekorian comes off of a tie for 18th place in the IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club in his first-ever IJGT event. His final-round 2-under 70 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior with the lowest final round score of the tournament. Krekorian finished with scores of 75 and 70 to combine for a tournament total 145.

“I knew that if I could not make big numbers and make a few birdies and continue with pars, I could probably end up winning eventually,” said Krekorian.

Sharing second was Mark Goodall of Livingston, Scotland, and Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., both finishing with two-day totals of 149.

 

 

10481505_10154792845720026_444006067422180561_o copyIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., was victorious. McBride shared the divisional lead with Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, at the conclusion of round one before he turned on the heat. McBride made a run for the win with the help of 12 pars and two birdies to improve his round-one score by three. The win is the first of McBride’s career as well as his lowest tournament score (151) of his career.

“I put myself in good positions today, especially with the irons, and stayed patient all day,” said McBride.

In second was Pfoestl with a two-day total 166 while Arthur Drajer of Sandweiler, Luxembourg, finished in third with a total 180.

 

 

1617685_10154792845030026_3644729699337966755_o copyAlso in a come-from-behind fashion, Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, won the Girls Division. Trailing by three strokes at the end of round one, Quevedo used a stellar back-nine in round two to move into first. With a 12-hole par-or-better streak on holes 7 through 18, Quevedo recorded a final-round score of 74 to not only make up the deficit but also move into the lead by one.

“I did the same thing as yesterday and just tried to hit as many greens as possible. I played smart; I hit fairways, hit greens – as many greens as possible – and that was the main thing. I made some important putts for par, too,” said Quevedo.

In second was round-one leader Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezula, with a total 147. Rounding out the top three was Mind Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand, with scores of 79 and 71 to combine for a total 150. Puangcharoen’s 1-under 71 in round two earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 25-26, 2014, in the northeast with a Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Pooler, GA. – Final Results of the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters Country Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 18-19, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,851 yards, Par 72 (72.8/132). Boys 14 & Under Division: Silver Tees – 6,269 yards, Par 72 (70.2/126). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5,982 yards, Par 72 (74.6/133)

Weather:                    Sunny with temperatures in the Low 80s, winds 10-15 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the High 70s, winds 5-7 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters Country Club
Pooler, GA
October 18-19, 2014
 

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Tees) – 6,851 yards, Par 72

1. Brett Krekorian, Andover, MA *75-70–145
2. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *73-76–149
2. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-75–149
4. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *77-73–150
5. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *80-71–151
6. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *77-75–152
6. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *77-75–152
6. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *77-75–152
6. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *74-78–152
6. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *71-81–152
11. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *77-76–153
11. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *76-77–153
11. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *75-78–153
11. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *75-78–153
11. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *75-78–153
16. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *75-79–154
17. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *76-79–155
17. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *74-81–155
19. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *82-74–156
19. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *80-76–156
19. Alex Vegh, Gahanna, OH *78-78–156
22. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *81-76–157
22. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *79-78–157
22. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *79-78–157
22. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *76-81–157
22. Masahi Yano, Aichi, Japan *75-82–157
22. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *74-83–157
28. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *82-76–158
28. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *80-78–158
28. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *78-80–158
28. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *76-82–158
32. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *80-80–160
33. Rowan Foxley, Arlington, WA *83-78–161
33. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *80-81–161
35. Yunjie Jin, Windermere, FL *79-84–163
36. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *84-80–164
37. Nate Tosto, Savannah, GA *82-83–165
37. Brandon McLean, Unionville, ON *82-83–165
39. Aniket Sawant, New Delhi, India *80-86–166
40. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *86-81–167
40. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *85-82–167
40. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *84-83–167
43. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *87-81–168
43. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *86-82–168
43. Colson Herrin, Augusta, GA *83-85–168
46. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *85-84–169
47. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *88-82–170
48. Jack O’Donovan, Pittsford, NY *83-89–172
49. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *84-89–173
49. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *83-90–173
51. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *90-84–174
52. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *83-95–178
53. Spencer Eller, Phoenix, AZ *96-87–183
53. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *88-95–183
55. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *91-99–190
56. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *93-104–197
57. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea *113-96–209

DID NOT FINISH

Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *DQ (Rule 15-3b)
Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA * DQ (Rule 15-3b)
Drew Smith, Decatur, GA *76-DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *DQ (Rule 15-3b)
Logan Stefanko, Plymouth, MI *87-DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *85-JWD
Liam Kent, Portage, MB *87-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (Silver Tees) – 6,269 yards, Par 72

1. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *77-74–151
2. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *77-89–166
3. Arthur Draijer, Sandweiler, Luxembourg *92-88–180
4. Ford Berger, Statesboro, GA *96-89–185
5. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *96-95–191

Girls Division (Red Tees) – 5,982 yards, Par 72

1. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *72-74–146
2. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *69-78–147
3. Warrisara Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *79-71–150
4. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *77-74–151
4. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *75-76–151
6. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *76-79–155
7. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-80–158
8. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *81-83–164
9. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *83-84–167
10. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *82-86–168
11. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *91-93–184
12. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *96-100–196

Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club – Final Results (Sept. 28, 2014)

Ogawa nabs second consecutive IJGT win
Park secures first-ever win 

The IJGT returned to Oldfield Golf Club for the IJGT Lowcountry Open on September 27-28, 2014. The two-day 36-hole tournament featured a field of 88 juniors competing for IJGT merit points and national rankings. Despite rain in the forecast both days, all three divisions saw a tight race for first.

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After sharing the lead in the Boys 15-19 Division after round one, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, battled to the final hole before Ogawa endured for victory. Sitting tied at even-par 72 heading into round two, Ogawa used his 1-under front nine to pull into a two-stroke lead at the turn. Ogawa finished the back nine of round two with even-par 36 to finish 1-under on the day and one stroke in front of Byrne.

Byrne finished second with a two-day score of 144. Rounding out the Boys 15-19 Division in third was Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, who combined scores of 75 and 71 for a tournament total of 146.

“My driving was best [strength] this weekend,” said Ogawa.

With a staggering eight boys recording round two scores of 1-under 71, the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to Ogawa, Go, Hao Yang Lin of Taichung, Taiwan, Kanata Irei of Okinawa-shi, Japan, Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin of Bangkok, Thailand, Cameron Clair of Bluffton, S.C., Dong Jin Park of Seoul, and Mariano Leyva of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is the award presented to the male(s) and female(s) with the lowest score in the second round of the tournament.

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In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Dong Jin Park of Seoul, took first with a two-day score of 145. At the conclusion of round one, Park shared the divisional lead with Alan Smith of Winchendon, Mass., with matching scores of 74. Park went on to record par or better on 16 of 18 holes for a 1-under 71 round two score. In second, two strokes behind Park at 147, was Mariano Leyva of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Finishing in third was Smith with a tournament total 152.

“This is my first win of my life so it feels really good [to win]. I was just trying to do my best in the second round and not worry about other players’ scores,” said Park.

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Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, secured first in the Girls Division after combining consistent rounds of 72 for a two-day total of 144. Phuchanbanchob entered round two in second one stroke behind Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C., and Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile. With 14 pars and two birdies highlighting her second round, Phuchanbanchob also secured the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Guo finished in second with a score of 2-over 145 and Quevedo rounded out the top three in third with a tournament total 149.

“I just played my best,” said Phuchanbanchob about her game plan for round two.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 4-5, 2014, with two northeast events. The Architects Cup presented by IJGA will be held at the Architects Golf Club and the DC Shootout will be held at National Golf Club. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

International Junior Golf Tour
Lowcountry Junior at Oldfield GC
Okatie, S.C.
September 27-28, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Division) – 6,862 yards, Par 72

1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *72-71–143
2. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *72-72–144
3. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *75-71–146
4. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *76-71–147
4. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-73–147
6. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *77-71–148
6. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *77-71–148
6. Andre Scopone, Ann Arbor, MI *74-74–148
9. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *78-71–149
9. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *73-76–149
11. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *76-74–150
11. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *78-72–150
13. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *76-75–151
13. Daniel Oh, Seoul, South Korea *76-75–151
15. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *77-75–152
15. Alex Vegh, Gahanna, OH *76-76–152
15. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *79-73–152
18. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *78-75–153
18. Brett Krekorain, Andover, MA *77-76–153
18. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *80-73–153
18. Drew Smith, Decatur, GA *79-74–153
22. Masahi Yano, Aichi, Japan *77-77–154
22. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *76-78–154
22. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *80-74–154
22. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *80-74–154
26. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *77-78–155
27. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *81-75–156
27. Rowan Foxley, Arlington, WA *80-76–156
27. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *78-78–156
30. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *77-80–157
30. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *80-77–157
30. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *79-78–157
33. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *75-83–158
33. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *80-78–158
35. Aniket Sawant, New Delhi, India *75-84–159
36. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *81-79–160
37. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *78-84–162
38. Brandon McLean, Unionville, ON *78-85–163
38. Colson Herrin, Augusta, GA *77-86–163
38. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *85-78–163
38. Jack Foyle, Madison, CT *81-82–163
42. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *87-77–164
42. Marshall Clemens, Weston, MA *85-79–164
44. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *85-80–165
45. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *89-77–166
45. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *85-81–166
47. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *86-81–167
48. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *83-85–168
49. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *80-90–170
50. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *90-82–172
51. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *88-90–178
51. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *88-90–178
53. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *85-94–179
54. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *94-89–183
55. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *93-93–186
56. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *103-84–187
57. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *102-91–193

DID NOT FINISH
Logan Stefanko, Plymouth, MI *79-JWD
Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *80-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) – 6,189 yards, Par 72

1. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *74-71–145
2. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *76-71–147
3. Alan Smith, Winchendon, MA *74-78–152
4. Mikus Ming, Smiths, Bermuda *75-80–155
5. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *86-77–163
6. Caden Edwards, Hilton Head, SC *82-85–167
7. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-94–170
8. Arthur Draijer, Sandweiler, Luxembourg *89-90–179
9. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *99-94–193
10. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *107-90–197
11. Aiden McCloskey, Northboro, MA *96-108–204
Girls Division (Green Tees) – 5,891 yards, Par 72

1. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *72-72–144
2. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *71-74–145
3. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *71-78–149
4. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *76-77–153
5. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *78-76–154
5. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *73-81–154
7. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *76-79–155
7. Warissara Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *78-77–155
9. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-76–159
10. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *80-80–160
11. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid *82-79–161
12. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *85-78–163
13. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *84-86–170
14. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *86-85–171
15. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *90-85–175
16. Bella Layman, Cancun, Mexico *102-85–187
17. Stephanie Orrell, Hilton Head Island, SC *104-99–203
18. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *102-112–214

IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club – Round one recap (Sept. 27, 2014)

The IJGT Southeast Tour stayed local this week, hosting the IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club on September 27-28, 2014. The venue greeted more than 80 juniors competing for national rankings and IJGT merit points. In review, below are the rounds, in numbers, of the divisional leaders.

A tight race in round one resulted in a shared lead of the Boys 15-19 Division. Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, lead the first round with an even par 72. Below are their rounds in numbers:

TENNOSHIN OGAWA
72 – his round one score, Ogawa is one of four juniors to shoot even par or better for round one
3 – carded par or better for three straight holes
3 – total number of birdies
4 –total number of pars for all par-3s

CONOR BYRNE 
4 – Bryne recorded par or better on the 4 straight holes
4 – total number of birdies
14 –  number of holes on which Bryne carded par or better
2 – Bryne birdied the last two holes of each nine

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Dong Jin Park of Seoul, South Korea, and Alan Smith of Winchendon, Mass., are tied for the lead, shooting a 2-over-par 74. Here are their rounds in numbers:

DONG JIN PARK
5 – Park carded five consecutive pars on his final holes of the first round
14 – the number of holes Park carded par or better
2 – total number of birdies, coming on No. 11 and No. 18, both par-5s.

ALAN SMITH
2 – the number of birdies Smith made during his opening round, coming on No. 1 and No. 18
35 – Smith carded eight pars and 1 birdie on his opening nine to be 1-under-par at the turn
7- Smith carded seven consecutive birdies on the back nine

In the Girls Division, there was yet another tie for the lead at 1-under-par 71 between Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, and Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C. Here are their rounds in numbers:

ISIDORA QUEVEDO
9 – Quevedo carded nine consecutive pars after bogeying her opening hole
4 – the number of birdies Quevedo made during her back nine
34 – Quevedo carded a 2-under-par 34 on her back nine, with birdies coming from Nos. 11, 12, 14 and 16.

SOPHIE GUO
34 – Guo also carded a 2-under-par 34 on her back nine, with birdies coming from Nos. 13, 14, and 18.
6 – the longest par streak Guo had during her opening round
15 – the number of holes Guo made par or better

The final round at Oldfield Golf Club will take place tomorrow, September 28, 2014, with tee times starting at 7:30 a.m. EST. For full results from round one of the IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield GC, click here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following @IJGT on Twitter. Live scoring will also be conducted during the final round via the IJGT app.

Final results from the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort

Meuret excels in victory at IJGA Invitational

Quevedo’s back-nine propels her to Championship

Hilton Head Island, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held their annual IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Dec. 14-15. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was competed on both Sea Pines Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links. The field consisted of 102 talented junior golfers representing 19 states and 18 countries. Players were competing for national rankings and double IJGT Merit Points.

Consistently rainy weather made scoring difficult at both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town during the first round, while a light rain, but more wind, gave the players fits during the final round. The par-72 Ocean Course played to 6,781 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division, 6,230 yards for the Boys 14 & Under, and 6,024 yards for the Girls Division. The course featured numerous water hazards, as well as one of the only two oceanfront holes on Hilton Head Island; the par-3, 15th hole. Contrary to the Ocean Course’s abundance of water, Harbour Town featured a wealth of bunkers, as well as tight fairways and small greens. The course has a par of 71. An annual stop for the PGA Tour, Harbour Town was played at 6,643 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division, 6,001 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 5,702 yards for the Girls Division.

meuretIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., came away on top of a stacked leaderboard after shooting scores of 75-71-146.

Outside of a hiccup on No. 11 during the first round (he started on the 10th tee,) Meuret excelled throughout the weekend. Playing the first round on Harbour Town, Meuret finished his back nine with a score of 2-over-par 37, being one of only two players in his division to card a birdie on the difficult par-3, 17th. As the rain became heavier, Meuret’s play improved. Following bogeys on Nos. 1 and 3, he put together a streak of six straight pars to end his round with a score of 4-over-par 75. He sat one stroke off the lead following the first round, as Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished with a 74, including an even-par 36 on the front nine. Harry Jin of Palisades Park, N.J., was the only player in the field to shoot a nine-hole score under-par during the first round, accomplishing the feat with a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine. The three players were a group of eight that sat within two strokes of the lead entering the final round.

Play moved to the Ocean Course for day two and, with less rain to deal with, scores improved. Meuret and Miles were joined by Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., in the final pairing. Russell fell off the pace, as Miles was scoring par after par and Meuret birdied hole No. 8 and followed that with an eagle at No. 9. By the turn, Meuret held a one-stroke lead over Miles and the two had separated themselves from the rest of the pack. Meuret picked up another stroke when Miles, after finishing with par on the first 11 holes, bogeyed the 12th. Meuret’s lead fell back to one after he bogeyed the par-3, 15th and Miles made par. The two exchanged pars at Nos. 16 and 17, and Meuret headed to the 18th hole with his lead intact. Miles tee shot on No. 18 found the water on the right, closing out his chances of a victory, while Meuret thrashed his drive right down the center. Having the advantage, Meuret was able to conservatively play his way to a par and the victory, finishing his round at 1-under-par 71. That score tied him with Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, for the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“I’d like to thank Harbour Town and Sea Pines Resort for being great hosts this week,” commented Meuret during his Awards Ceremony speech.

Miles and Ben Cohn of Guayaquil, Ecuador, tied for second with tournament totals of 149.

isidoraIn the Girls Division, Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, came back from a five-stroke first-round deficit to earn the Championship with final scores of 73-73-146.

The Girls Division played the first round on the Ocean Course and Quevedo was up to the challenge, shooting a 1-over-par 73, including three birdies at Nos. 11, 12, and 15. Even after her impressive round, Quevedo was five shots back of Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., who shot a staggering 4-under-par 68. Ashmore carded six birdies, including a nine-hole tournament low of 3-under-par 33.

Quevedo started her final round at Harbour Town with a birdie on the first hole and then birdied again on the fifth as part of a front-nine 39. She trailed Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, by three strokes at the turn, as Siriko held the lead at 1-over-par through 27 holes.

Quevedo began to make her move with a birdie on hole No. 11 and then made another birdie at No. 14. She bogeyed the 15th hole but finished with three straight pars to finish with a second-straight 73, and awaited the rest of her division to finish their rounds. Siriko was not able to match Quevedo down the stretch allowing Quevedo to earn the victory.

Quevedo’s final-round score of 73 won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“I knew the scoring wouldn’t be too good since it was a hard golf course. I played aggressive, but when I didn’t have to, I played smart,” noted Quevedo.

Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, finished second with scores of 73-75-148 and Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, was third with totals of 73-76-149.

McCarthyIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Ryan McCarthy of Rockville Centre, N.Y., road a first-round 73 to an 11-shot victory.

McCarthy impressed with his performance at the Ocean Course during the first round, carding a 1-over-par 37 on the front nine, and then besting that with an even-par 36 on the back nine. McCarthy did most of his damage on the course’s four par-5s, playing them at 2-under-par. He held a five-stroke lead over Will Klein of Bethesda, Md., and Yuichi Murao of Yokohama-shi, Japan, following the first round.

McCarthy did not take his foot off the pedal during the final round at Harbour Town. After opening with a bogey, he birdied hole No. 2, continuing his success with par-5s on the weekend. He carded a 3-over-par 39 on the front-nine, keeping his five-stroke lead unharmed.

He picked up two more birdies on the back nine, including finishing his round in style with a birdie at the famous 18th hole at Harbour Town Golf Links. He finished his final round with a 75, concluding his two-day tournament with a total of 148, 11 shots clear of Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia.

McCarthy’s mindset entering the final round with a comfortable lead was, “…to keep the ball in play, eliminate double-bogeys, and putt well.”

Charlie Farrell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., rounded out the top three with a tournament total of 160.

The IJGT wraps up their fall schedule with the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., on Dec. 21-22. The tournament will be contested on a PGA Tour venue for the second consecutive week. 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, 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

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGA Invitational conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Dec. 15, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division (Ocean Course): Blue Tees – 6,781 yards, Par 72 (72.9/143).  Boys 14 & Under Division (Ocean Course): White Tees – 6,230 yards, Par 72 (70.7/133) Girls Division (Ocean Course): Green Tees – 6,024 yards, Par 72 (75.0/132). Boys 15-19 Division (Harbour Town Golf Links): Blue Tees – 6,643 yards, Par 71 (73.0/141).  Boys 14 & Under Division (Harbour Town Golf Links): White Tees – 6,001 yards, Par 71 (70.2/133) Girls Division (Harbour Town Golf Links): Gold Tees – 5,702 yards, Par 71 (73.4/130).

 

Weather:       

Saturday: Heavy Rain with temperatures in the Mid 50s, winds 10-15 mph

Sunday: Rain with temperatures in the Mid 50s, winds 15-20 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
December 14-15, 2013
                                                                                         

 

Boys 15-19 Division
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Harbour Town: 6,643 yards, Par 71
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) Ocean Course: 6,781 yards, Par 72
 
1. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE, *75-71–146
2. Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador, *76-73–149
2. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC, *74-75–149
4. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan, *79-71–150
4. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *76-74–150
6. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan, *78-73–151
6. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY, *76-75–151
8. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico, *77-75–152
9. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan, *79-74–153
9. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea, *76-77–153
9. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India, *76-77–153
9. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *76-77–153
13. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA, *79-75–154
13. Luke Scealf, Knoxville, TN, *79-75–154
13. Bryce Johnson, Oakton, VA, *76-78–154
16. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea, *80-75–155
16. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, *79-76–155
18. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA, *82-75–157
19. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA, *81-77–158
19. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA, *77-81–158
19. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand, *78-80–158
19. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan, *83-75–158
23. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA, *82-77–159
23. Jake Niedosik, Lansdale, PA, *84-75–159
25. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy, *81-79–160
25. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan, *80-80–160
25. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK, *79-81–160
28. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA, *81-80–161
28. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan, *80-81–161
28. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India, *84-77–161
31. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan, *85-77–162
32. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA, *86-77–163
32. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN, *84-79–163
34. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico, *83-83–166
34. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD, *79-87–166
34. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ, *80-86–166
34. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia, *85-81–166
38. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan, *89-78–167
38. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC, *88-79–167
38. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY, *86-81–167
41. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *83-85–168
42. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India, *83-86–169
42. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH, *87-82–169
44. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan, *83-87–170
44. Bobby Firth, Jenkintown, PA, *91-79–170
44. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain, *85-85–170
47. Maurizio Debono, Basiglio, Italy, *91-80–171
47. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, *86-85–171
47. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China, *85-86–171
50. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA, *92-81–173
50. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC, *89-84–173
52. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *94-80–174
52. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA, *88-86–174
54. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, *88-89–177
55. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, *86-93–179
56. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *89-92–181
57. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO, *92-90–182
57. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan, *89-93–182
59. William Dunn III, Lancaster, PA, *91-95–186
60. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA, *96-91–187
61. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan, *91-98–189
62. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH, *94-97–191
63. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan, *96-96–192
64. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China, *102-99–201

DID NOT FINISH
Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *90–DQ(Rule 6-3a)
Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL, *81–JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division
Round 1 – (White Tees) Ocean Course: 6,230 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (White Tees) Harbour Town: 6,001 yards, Par 71
 
1. Ryan McCarthy, Rockville Centre, NY, *73-75–148
2. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia, *80-79–159
3. Charlie Farrell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *80-80–160
4. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC, *81-84–165
4. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan, *83-82–165
4. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico, *83-82–165
4. Yuichi Murao, Yokohama-shi, Japan, *78-87–165
4. Will Klein, Bethesda, MD, *78-87–165
9. Brooks Dyess, Hilton Head Island, SC, *89-89–178
10. Jacob Morris, Hollywood, SC, *92-91–183
11. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA, *88-96–184
12. Sebastiano Bogoni, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy, *89-99–188
13. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China, *95-100–195
14. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, *99-99–198
15. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China, *104-112–216

DID NOT FINISH
Grant Leppek, Rocklin, CA, *77–DQ(Rule 6-6b)

 
Girls Division
Round 1 – (Green Tees) Ocean Course: 6,024 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Gold Tees) Harbour Town: 5,702 yards, Par 71
 
1. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile, *73-73–146
2. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela, *73-75–148
3. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan, *73-76–149
4. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand, *72-78–150
5. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China, *76-78–154
5. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico, *72-82–154
7. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *76-81–157
7. Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico, *76-81–157
9. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China, *77-83–160
9. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China, *76-84–160
11. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA, *68-93–161
12. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan, *77-86–163
13. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN, *87-78–165
14. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua, *77-89–166
15. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan, *80-91–171
16. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan, *88-87–175
17. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea, *87-92–179
18. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY, *100-95–195
19. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *98-103–201
20. Joanna Keck, Springdale, AR, *106-111–217

 

 

 

IJGT Players of the Week – Oct. 19-20, 2013

Northeast Tour

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the College Classic at Penn State University on Oct. 19-20, 2013 in State College, Pa., as a part of the season’s Northeast Tour. The Blue Course at Penn State was in great condition and its tree lined fairways put accuracy at a premium in order to score well. Both rounds proved to be a tough test for the field with high winds and cold temperatures. Our Northeast Region Players of the Week are Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., and Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J.

Mike BlissBliss (left) put together an impressive round on the final day of the tournament to move into the top five in the Boys 15-19 Division.  Bliss found himself in 13th place after the first round but battled back during the final round to fire an even-par 72 and claim the lead in the clubhouse. Despite his finish in a tie for fourth place, Bliss’ 72 was a tournament low and gave him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his performance. One of the defining moments of his final round was highlighted by a fifty foot eagle putt drained from just off the green on the par-5 No. 5. This was the third event of the season for Bliss, and he will carry this momentum into his next event at the Final Challenge at Hershey Links and then at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass.

Megan McLeanMcLean (right) compiled two consistent rounds this weekend on her way to a tie for second place in the Girls Division. Her first round featured birdies on the par-4 Nos. 11 and 16 on her way to a score of 82. During the final round, she made one birdie on the par-5 No. 18 along with a string of four pars to close out her front nine. McLean’s second place finish was her second top three finish in her three IJGT Events this season, along with her third place finish at the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club. With her consistent play, McLean has proven herself to be a definite contender in each event she enters.

 

 

 

 

Southeast Tour

POOLER, Ga. – The IJGT’s Southeast Tour also made a short trip to Pooler, Ga., for the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on Oct. 19-20. Playing on the club’s Greg Norman Signature Course, the tournament consisted of many talented junior golfers, with the more than 75 contestants competing on a scenic yet challenging golf course. Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., and Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile,  both have received Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Region.

Brandon McBrideMcBride (left), competing in the Boys 14 & Under Division, stayed consistent both days, shooting a 5-over-par 77 through each round and finishing just four strokes behind eventual champion, Takafumi Shimoji. Starting his first round, McBride birdied two holes early on the front nine, and hit nearly every green in regulation. McBride sank a total of four birdies throughout the tournament and was at ease with every shot. McBride’s third place finish was his second-best in four events this season, after coming in second at the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch. We look forward to seeing McBride improve his game in IJGT’s next two events, the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall, and the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes.

Isidora QuevedoQuevedo (right) showed strong and determined play once again at Savannah Quarters, playing extremely well in the final round and shooting an even-par 72. Hitting almost every green in regulation, Quevedo was also able to birdie three of the course’s four long par-5’s on the last day to stay in close contention with leader, Ana Paula Valdes. Quevedo was very consistent throughout, bogeying just four holes the entire tournament and finishing at 1-over-par 145, good for third place. Quevedo is playing in her second season with the IJGT, and after another third place finish at the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield, she is sure to use her great skills and tough mindset as a threat in upcoming IJGT Events.

Final results from the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Comeback victories for Ogawa and Shimoji

Strong play and hole-in-one propels Valdes to second straight win

POOLER, Ga. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters for its Southeast Tour on Oct. 19-20, 2013, and the field of gifted junior golfers did not fail to provide spectators with exciting and nail-biting moments throughout the Event. Held on the famed Greg Norman Signature Course, the beautifully-designed course had its fair share of open fairways and strategically-placed water hazards, while also featuring an alluring par-3 island green. 77 players representing 20 countries and 18 states competed for National Rankings, AJGA Performance Stars, and IJGT Merit Points.

Ana Paula ValdesIn the Girls Division, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, built a strong lead quickly and never looked back, tallying a final 6-under-par 138 to record her victory in the Girls Division. Her final score was the best in the entire field and six strokes ahead of runner-up, Rei Nakatani, of Tokyo, Japan. Valdes shot a scorching bogey-free round of 5-under-par 67 in the first round, complete with five birdies and 2-under-par effort on the course’s par-4’s and par-5’s. Holding onto a comfortable lead going into the final round, Valdes immediately opened up with a birdie on the par-4 No. 1, and followed that up with two pars. The highlight of her performance, and arguably, the tournament, came on the par-3 No. 4, where Valdes sank a hole-in-one from 144 yards. Valdes wrapped up her round with two birdies on the back nine’s par-5’s, carding a total 1-under-par 71.

Looking back on her final round Valdes was humble, saying, “[It was] not as good as the first round, but I had an interesting day today,” playing coy to her incredible second career hole-in-one performance. 

This is Valdes’ second straight victory of the 2013-2014 season, where she most recently came out with a convincing 12-stroke win at the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch on Oct. 12-13. After winning three events in 2012-2013, Valdes is competing in her third season with the IJGT.

Rounding out the top three for the Girls Division were Nakatani, who shot a tournament total of even-par 144, and Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, who tallied a final 1-over-par 145.

Nakatani’s final-round score of 3-under-par 69 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the player who records the lowest score in the final round of every IJGT tournament.

DSC01923The Boys 15-19 Division featured one of two exciting comebacks of the Event, where Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, battled back from a five-stroke deficit to take home the trophy with a 75-68–143. In an admirable final round performance, Ogawa opened up with a front-nine score of 3-under-par 33 to put the pressure on the leaders. One of the tournament’s most notable moments came on the par-5 No. 13, where Ogawa sank a 150-yard shot from the bunker for an eagle. Matched up stroke-by-stroke with Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, on the final few holes, Ogawa prevailed. He finished the day with a birdie on No. 17 and a division-low 4-under-par 68, preventing a playoff and securing a one-stroke win over Cheng.

Despite finding himself in a hole after the first round and being caught in a close, stroke-by-stroke competition over the final few holes, Ogawa said that this win makes him “…feel really happy and I’m proud of myself.”

This was the first win of the season for Ogawa, who most recently placed second in a playoff at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7-8. Ogawa is in his third season with the IJGT and racked up six notable victories last season as a competitor in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Landing a second place finish in the division was Chengwho carded a final even-par 144. Austin Maher of Bracebridge, Canada, was two shots back of Ogawa, notching a 1-over-par 145 for the Event.

Takafumi Shimoji

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, another near-playoff created suspense as Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, was able to rally from a first-round deficit to pull off a one-stroke victory over strong competitor, Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia. Finishing round one with a 3-over-par 75, Shimoji sat two strokes off the lead and was determined to turn his performance around. Despite a slow front-nine start, Shimoji was resilient, making a birdie on the par-4 No. 11 and then carding five straight pars to catch up with the leader. With the help of his birdie on hole No. 17 and par on the last hole, he was able to seal off the victory with a final 150.

Reflecting on how this close-cut victory made him feel, Shimoji responded like any other winner would, saying, “I want to win more.”

This is Shimoji’s third win in his first season with the IJGT, coming after victories at the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield and the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation. He also tied for second place at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National.

Vilips earned his seventh top five finish with a second-place score of 151. Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., landed in third with a score of 154, giving him his third consecutive top five finish.

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will be back in action on Nov. 2-3, 2013 in Hilton Head, S.C., for the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall. 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, 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

 

 

Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Savannah Quarters Country Club

Pooler, Ga.

October 19-20, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – (Black Tees) 6,861 yards, Par 72

1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *75-68–143

2. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *70-74–144

3. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *72-73–145

4. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *73-73–146

5. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *75-73–148

6. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada *74-76–150

7. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-75–151

8. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *78-74–152

8. Matthew Mannion, Muskoka, Canada *78-74–152

10. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *76-77–153

10. Salil Ghamande, Evans, GA *75-78–153

10. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE *76-77–153

13. Zach Seeler, Marion, IN *80-75–155

13. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *77-78–155

13. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *77-78–155

13. Chase Childers, Issue, MD *76-79–155

17. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *82-75–157

17. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *80-77–157

17. Maurizio Debono, Basiguo, Italy *79-78–157

17. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *77-80–157

21. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *80-78–158

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

23. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *81-78–159

23. Lohith Ramaraju, London, England *80-79–159

23. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *76-83–159

26. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *78-82–160

26. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-82–160

28. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *85-76–161

28. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *80-81–161

28. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *81-80–161

31. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *76-86–162

32. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung. Taiwan *81-82–163

33. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea *81-83–164

34. Nick Becker, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-79–165

35. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *85-81–166

35. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *80-86–166

37. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *89-78–167

37. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *80-87–167

39. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *91-79–170

39. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *82-88–170

41. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *88-84–172

41. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *88-84–172

43. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *91-82–173

43. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *78-95–173

45. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico *80-96–176

46. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *88-89–177

47. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *90-89–179

48. Todd Glickfield IV, Bluffton, SC *93-89–182

49. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *89-97–186

50. Jespi Huh, Sasanggu, South Korea *93-97–190

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *83-JWD

 

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – (Silver Tees) 6,294 yards, Par 72

1. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *75-75–150

2. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *73-78–151

3. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *77-77–154

4. Luis Sanchez, Xalapa, Mexico *78-84–162

5. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *85-92–177

6. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *105-98–203

7. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China *123-106–229

 

 

Girls Division – (Red Tees) 6,007 yards, Par 72

1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico *67-71–138

2. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *75-69–144

3. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *73-72–145

4. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *75-75–150

5. Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico *76-76–152

6. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *76-79–155

6. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *81-74–155

8. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *77-79–156

9. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *81-77–158

9. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *76-82–158

11. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan *80-82–162

12. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *84-79–163

12. Kayla Kozak, North Myrtle Beach, SC *81-82–163

14. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *85-79–164

15. Pendleton Bogache, Myrtle Beach, SC *82-87–169

16. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *94-90–184

17. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *96-94–190

18. Taylor Clark, Red Bank, NJ *94-97–191

 

 

 

Players of the Week: August 31-September 2

Northeast Tour

HERSHEY, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) stopped in Hershey, Pa., on Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2013 for the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club. Hershey Country Club’s East Course has hosted numerous national events ranging from the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship to the Web.com Tour’s Reese’s Cup Classic. The firm greens on the East Course proved to be a challenge for the players on their approach shots; however there were still birdies to be made. Our Players of the week C.J. Hughes and Frida Henningsson of battled it out over the two-day event for a strong showing in the elite field.

C.J. Hughes, from Indiana, Pa., put together an impressive tournament to be named our Boys Player of the Week.  Even though Hughes came in second in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a two-day total of 155, he was able to bounce back from an 85 on the first day to fire a 1-under-par 70 on the second day in the tough East Course conditions at Hershey Country Club.  Hughes had an up and down front nine of four birdies and three bogeys and then followed with a smoother back nine of one birdie and one bogey. An improvement of 15 stokes over the two rounds made him the comeback player of the tournament.  Finishing near the top is familiar territory for Hughes and we look to his continued success in upcoming IJGT tournaments this fall.

Frida Henningsson of Rye, N.Y., made a grand entrance in her first IJGT event by posting a two-day total of 156 and finishing in second place. On the way to her first round 76, Henningsson made a spectacular par save by holing out from the drop-zone on the par-4 18th hole. Henningsson is no stranger to competition as she has won events in both Sweden and the U.S. prior to her debut with the IJGT. During the winter months you can find Henningsson on the slopes competing in alpine skiing events. One thing is for certain, she will definitely be one to watch next week as the IJGT moves to Crystal Springs Resort for the Major Championship.

 

Southeast Tour

karl vilipsThe International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Lowcountry Open this past weekend at Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C.  The tournament consisted of 47 contestants who competed upon Oldfield’s difficult course conditions, with fast greens and strategically placed bunkers. Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, both have received Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Region.

Vilips, a 12-year old in the Boys 14 & Under Division shows a lot of talent around the golf course. If you asked him how his first round went on Saturday however, he didn’t seem pleased. A 9-over-par 81 for his first round put Vilips 14 shots behind leader Takafumi Shimoji of Miyakojima-shi, Japan. Vilips made the risky change of using his old driver on Sunday and it paid off, hitting nearly every fairway during the final round. Through the first nine holes, Vilips was 3-under par and made every green in regulation. He rounded out his final round by shooting 2-under-par 70, and received the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award for the Boys 14 & Under Division. Vilips ended the tournament 7-over-par and remains a tough competitor in the upcoming events.

Sera TadokoroTadokoro finished her first round with a score of 6-over-par 78, putting her seven shots back of leader Isidora Quevedo, of Santiago, Chile. Sera started her final round off a little rocky, double bogeying No. 2.  She then went on to par the next five holes, bouncing back with a birdie on the 480-yard par 5, No. 8.  By the numbers, Tadokoro made 3 birdies and 10 pars during the final round, posting a final round score of 4-over-par 76, receiving a second place finish overall in the Girls Division. Tadokoro has finished back-to-back Events finishing in the Top 3. We look forward to witnessing more golf from her this 2013-2014 season.

 

West Coast Tour

Ordona Tee Shot1

The West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale, held Sept. 1-2, started the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) fall season out west. A new event for the IJGT, players this week competed on the famous TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course, host to the Waste Management Open earlier this year, as well as the Champions Course. With abnormal humidity, players fought off 100+ degree weather over Labor Day Weekend for merit points with the IJGT.

Coming in second in the Boys 14 & Under Division was Mikee Ordona, who is one of our two Players of the Week. Ordona’s first round featured 11 pars for an opening 9-over par 80. In the second round Ordona carded a birdie on the par-3 13th and finished just three strokes back with a score of 164 for the week.

McKay Lines Up Putt2Sam McKay is also featured as Player of the Week, after finishing in a tie for second with a 10-over par 152 in the Boys 15-19 Division. McKay’s first round featured birdies on holes Nos. 4, 8, 13 and 15 leading to a score of 1-over-par 72 and the KENTWOOL Lo-Pro Award. In the second round, McKay reeled off six consecutive pars on the front side with another birdie on No. 13.

Both McKay and Ordona are return performers out on the West Coast tour and we look forward to seeing them compete again when the IJGT returns out west.

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

Photos of the Week – May 4-5, 2013

 

 

Northeast Tour

Ben Brason

Ben Brason tees off another gem while competing in last weekend’s AB Golf Designs Junior at Ravenwood Golf Club. Brason, competing in his third International Junior Golf Tour Event, is shown here in this week’s Photo of the Week. Ravenwood Golf Club served as the host of what turned out to be a beautiful weekend in Victor, N.Y. Brason, a native of East Aurora, N.Y., showed considerable improvement across the two day competition. After carding a first round 89, Brason completed the final round at 86 – a three-stroke improvement that is a direct result of Brason’s improved course management from Saturday to Sunday. Congratulations to Brason on his performance at the AB Golf Designs Junior and for being this week’s Photo of the Week!

 

West Coast Tour

Presley Mackelburg

Presley Mackelburg of Reno, Nev., pictured here in this week’s Photo of the Week, tees off in front of a majestic panorama of downtown Reno, Nev. Over the weekend at the IJGT Reno Junior, Mackelburg competed in the Boys 14 Under Division, and played a solid weekend of golf on the intimidating Legend Course at ArrowCreek Country Club.  Saturday scores were high for most of the field, but Mackleberg managed to card an 83 on the first day and 85 on Sunday. His scores earned him second place at the Reno Junior over the weekend, and highlighting the round is a fantastic birdie made on the difficult fourth hole on the Legend Course. Mackleberg, shown here in his final-round outfit, is also known amongst his group of friends as “Little Fowler” – a reference to IJGT alum and current PGA TOUR player Rickie Fowler.

 

Southeast Tour

Isidora Quevedo

Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, is pictured here in this week’s Photo of the Week after collecting a total of 13 points in likes and comments. Quevedo is shown here after the Awards Ceremony at the AHEAD Open at Bear Creek. After carding back-to-back scores of 79, Quevedo  took home the third-place award for the weekend that saw its share of soggy course conditions. Despite the ugly weather conditions, Quevedo managed to make five birdies over the weekend while also keeping a close rein on careless mistakes.  The IJGT enjoys having Quevedo as a regular player on the Tour, and looks forward to seeing her play again soon.

 

Be sure to check out Facebook next week as you will select Photo of the Week for the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire and the IJGT Major Championship presented by the IJGA!