The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) heads to the Country Club of Hilton Head on January 18-19, 2014 for the Island Challenge at Country Club of Hilton Head. Players will be competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.
Designed by Rees Jones, the Country Club of Hilton Head is a par-72 course with a rating of 75.2 and slope of 143 from the back tees. The course hosted local U.S. Open Qualifiers in 1999 and 2005. The course winds through a stately pine forest, salt-water marshes and fresh water lagoons. The Country Club of Hilton Head is defined by doglegs on 14 holes and water on 16 holes. The course’s signature hole is the par-5, 12th, featuring the highest point on Hilton Head Island. The hole offers tremendous vistas and a green that is framed by the Intracoastal Waterway.
Jake Kessel of Woodcliff Lake, N.J. looks to earn his first IJGT victory in the Boys 15-19 Division. Kessel finished in a tie for 2nd at the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation on September 21-22, 2013 after firing scores of 77-80-153. Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C. and Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J. hope to prevent Kessel from earning the victory, while earning their first career Tour championships.
In the Girls Division, Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand hopes to pick up her first win of the 2013-14 season. Siriko was victorious twice during the 2012-13 season, highlighted by her season-ending victory at the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions on May 25-27, 2013.