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Final results from the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall

Cheng captures crown at Bluffton Junior

Phuchanbanchob earns first IJGT Victory

 

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour was in Bluffton, S.C. on Dec. 7-8 for the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was contested on the Pete Dye Signature Course at Hampton Hall Club. The field featured 57 players representing 15 states and 15 countries competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Hampton Hall Club’s Pete Dye course was played at 6,936 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division, 5,895 yards for the Girls Division, and 6,219 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division. Water hazards came into play on a number of holes while an abundance of bunkers gave the players even more difficulty. Weather for the first round was perfect, as temperatures hovered in the 70s with a slight breeze. The final round was drastically different, with temperatures around 50, rain, and more wind than the prior round.

Cheng HHIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, emerged with a two-stroke victory over GeunTae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, after shooting a 3-under-par 141 for the tournament.

Cheng’s played his first round bogey-free, on his way to a 4-under-par, 68. He shot a matching 34 on both the front and back nine, with birdies on Nos. 3, 9, 11, and 15. Even with the impressive score, Cheng sat in a tie for second with Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton, S.C., after the first round, two shots behind Chris Magi of Montreal, Canada. Magi caught fire on the front nine, with five birdies over a six-hole stretch on Nos. 3-8. He finished with a front-nine score of 32, the lowest nine-hole score of the tournament. Magi strung together three consecutive birdies on Nos. 11-13 and despite a bogey on the par-5, 15th, finished his round at 6-under-par 66 to capture the lead.

Cheng, Magi, and Nimmer were part of an impressive group of eight players who shot under-par during the first round. Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan shot 2-under-par 70, while Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., Lohith Ramaraju of London, England, Jan Schneider of Erlangen, Germany, and Borys Shubinsky of Hilton Head Island, S.C., all shot 1-under-par 71.

Cheng shot under-par on the front-nine again during the final round, finishing at 1-under-par 35 to move to 5-under-par for the tournament and grab the lead after 27 holes. Cheng birdied the par-5, third hole, for the second consecutive day, to go along with eight pars on the front. Ahead of Cheng, Kim was making a charge, shooting a front-nine 33 to get back into contention.

As others faltered, the tournament became a three-man race between Cheng, Kim, and Nimmer. Cheng double-bogeyed No. 13, putting Nimmer only one stroke back, but Nimmer bogeyed holes Nos. 14 and 15 to fall back. Kim had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 while scoring par at the 17th and 18th to finish with a score of 75-68-143, awaiting Cheng in the clubhouse. Cheng finished off his tournament in style, making birdie on the 18th hole to seal his victory.

“I tried to stay patient. I knew the scores would be high out there today,” Cheng mentioned when asked how he had prepared for the final round.

Kim’s final round 68 won him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and gave him his fourth top-three finish of the season. Nimmer rounded out the top three with tournament totals of 68-76-144.

PhuchanbonchobCake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, gathered her first career IJGT Victory in the Girls Division, earning the win by three strokes over Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn.  Phuchanbanchob started the first round hot, draining a birdie on the opening hole. She dropped a stroke at No. 2 but quickly regained it with a birdie at the third. She carded her third birdie of her opening nine at the ninth hole to finish with a 2-under-par 34 on the front nine. Phuchanbanchob was matched by Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand on the front nine, as Siriko put together three consecutive birdies on holes Nos. 2-4 to shoot a 34. Whaley also impressed on the front, making birdies on Nos. 7 and 9 on her way to a 35. The three continued their strong play on the back nine, with Whaley’s even-par, 36 setting the tone. Phuchanbanchob and Whaley shot matching 71s in the first round, while Siriko lurked only one stroke back.

Despite the difficult weather conditions, Phuchanbanchob thrived during the final round. She shook off a bogey on hole No. 1, going on to birdie Nos. 3, 6, and 8 to again shoot a 34 on the front. Siriko carded an even-par, 36 on the front, but still fell three shots back of Phuchanbanchob while, Whaley was unable to keep pace with the leader, falling six strokes back.

Phuchanbanchob’s lead grew to seven strokes over both Siriko and Whaley after the 11th hole, and she was able to cruise to her victory. She finished the final round with scores of 34-39-73, good for a tournament total of 144. Her 73 also won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Phuchanbanchob said her key to dealing with the final round conditions was, “hitting an extra club,” and she also noted a strong short game as her key to victory.

Whaley finished second, with a total score of 147, while Siriko placed third at 149.

ShimojiThe Boys 14 & Under Division ended in a tie, with Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, earning the victory over Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., via scorecard playoff. Both players finished the tournament with total scores of 155, but due to Shimoji finishing with a 41 to McBride’s 42 over the final nine holes, Shimoji was credited with the victory.

The two excelled during the first round, repeatedly going shot-for-shot. McBride jumped out early with a birdie at the par-5, third hole, but Shimoji answered with a birdie at the par-3, seventh hole. After the first nine, McBride held the lead by two strokes after carding a 1-over-par 37. Both performed even better on the back nine. McBride carded three more birdies on holes Nos. 13, 14, and 17, while dropping a stroke at the 10th and 11th holes to finish his day with an even-par 72. Shimoji birdied the 15th hole but bogeyed the 18th  hole to shoot even-par on the back nine, and a 3-over-par 75, giving McBride the lead after the first round.

Neither McBride nor Shimoji were able to become comfortable in the cold, wet weather during the final round. Shimoji was able to pick up two strokes on McBride on the front nine to cut the lead to one as they entered the home stretch. Shimoji grabbed his first lead of the final round with a birdie on the 11th hole coupled with a McBride par. The lead flip-flopped between the two multiple times over the next couple holes, but as they walked to the 18th tee McBride held a one-shot lead. As darkness quickly crept in, McBride and Shimoji battled for the win. McBride could not connect on a par putt while Shimoji was able to save par. McBride willed in an eight-foot par putt to force a tie after 36 holes. With insufficient sunlight, the committee ruled that Shimoji was victorious via the recommended tiebreaker prescribed by the United States Golf Association, which was the score on the last nine holes of the competition.

Shimoji noted his driving was “very good,” and helped make up for a “so-so,” short game over the weekend.

Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico, rounded out the top three with a tournament total of 80-82-162.

The International Junior Golf Tour’s next event will be the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Dec. 14-15. The two-day, 36-hole event will consist of one round on the Ocean Course at Sea Pines and one round at Harbour Town Golf Links.

IJGT hosts three Labor Day Weekend Events

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is set to host three tournament events over the Labor Day Weekend.  The first of those events is the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club in scenic Okatie, South Carolina.

The home of the Lowcountry’s first Greg Norman designed golf course, Oldfield is known for its towering pine and oak trees as well as being a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

In the Boys 15-19 division, Germany’s Jan Schnieder takes a step up in competition while hoping to continue his success after winning two events along with four additional top- five finishes in the Boys 14 & Under Division last season. He will be challenged by Japan’s Shota Ozaki, who tasted victory at last year’s Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters.

In the Girls division, Japan’s Sera Tadokoro looks to build upon her win at last season’s IJGT Junior at Oyster Reef.

Oldfield Golf Course

Oldfield Golf Course.

The IJGT returns to Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pennsylvania for the Labor Day Classic at the East Course. Designed by George Fazio, the East Course is known for its elevated greens and vast number of bunkers that total over 100 in all.

The competition at the Labor Day Classic will be fierce, especially in the Boys 15-19 division. The division is highlighted by two golfers moving up from the Boys 14 & Under level in Thomas Dzwoncyzk and Gus Minkin.

Dzwoncyzk hopes to finally come out on top after four top-five finishes in his seven tour appearances last season, while Minkin won the College Classic at Penn State during the 2012-2013 season. He also accumulated six additional top-five finishes during the season.

In the Boys 14 & Under division, C.J. Hughes plans on continuing his success after recording a win at the Bridgestone Series at Longaberger event last season.  Hughes also tallied two top-five finishes and three top-ten finishes last season. Battling Hughes will be Evan Katz, who won last year’s IJGT Major Championship at Hershey.

The Girls division features a number of golfers who had success on the tour last season. Madison Braman posted two top-fives and two top tens, while Audrey Clawson had one top-five and two-top ten finishes in her three tour events. Allyson Wentworth also will be in the mix after posting one top-five and four top-ten finishes last season.

Lacey Bensing returns after posting a fourth-place finish in last season’s Labor Day Classic at Hershey.

18th hole at Hershey Country Club East Course.

Hershey Country Club East Course.

The final IJGT event of the weekend is the West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona on September 1-2.

TPC Scottsdale plays host to the PGA TOUR’S Waste Management Phoenix Open, and features two fantastic courses that are open to the public year round. The Stadium Course is maintained at a PGA TOUR level year round, and is best known for “the Coliseum” at the 16th hole during the Waste Management Open.

The Champions Course is the newer of the two, having been built it in 2007. It is known for its rugged terrain, and a multitude of ravines and picturesque foothills throughout the course.

In the Boys 15-19 division, Phoenix native Jackson Whisenhunt looks to impress in his hometown after a top-five finish at last season’s PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North.

In the Boys 14 & Under division, Hawaii’s Adam Quant will try and repeat his tour success from last season, where he had a top-five finish in his lone tour appearance at the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North.

The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course.

The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course.

Final Results from the Auntie Anne's Pretzels Junior at Shipyard Golf Club

 

Nimmer’s clutch birdie captures victory
Ruiz victorious in Girls Division

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Junior this weekend at Shipyard Golf Club. Possible thunderstorms threatened play on Sunday, but the weather cooperated and the juniors enjoyed beautiful weather all weekend.

Bryson NimmerBryson Nimmer of Bluffton S.C., took home the Boys 15-19 Division title with a 1-over-par 145 two-day total. The leaderboard was packed going into the final round, but ultimately the tournament came down to the final hole with two of the KENTWOOL Low Pro winners—Nimmer, and second-place finisher Charlie Spencer-White, also from Bluffton, S.C., who were tied when teeing off on No. 18.

Both players left themselves with wedges for their third shots on the par-5 finishing hole. Spencer-White hit his approach to six feet while Nimmer hit his to about 12 feet. With Nimmer putting first, he was able to roll his putt in putting the pressure squarely on Spencer-White. Unfortunately Spencer-White was unable to convert giving Nimmer his first IJGT title this season.

“That shot I hit into 18 was really good,” said Nimmer. “Set me up for a birdie to win.”

Spencer-White’s solid play was good enough to earn him second place with a 2-over-par 146 two-day total. Rounding out the top three was Francisco Contreras from Caracas, Venezuela, whose final-round even-par 72 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. His tournament total was a 3-over-par 147.

Taisuke OnoIn the Boys 14 Under Division, Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan, came from three shots down to win the division by three strokes. Ono began his round with a bogey, making his comeback all the more difficult. However, he was able to steady the ship with four straight pars. Aided by a birdie on the difficult par-3 8th hole, Ono played steady golf to charge his comeback efforts. He was able to close out his round with another four-hole par streak while everyone else faltered.

Coming in second place was Paul Schumacher of Canton, Ohio, who carded a two-day total of 161. He was able to lock up second place by playing the final six holes in even par after a shaky stretch in the middle of the round. In third place, shooting a 162 tournament total was Jan Schneider of Erlangen, Germany. Schneider tore up the par 3s on Sunday, playing the four in 2-under-par.

Ana RuizAna Ruiz of Chihuahua, Mexico, was the only player this weekend to record an under- par round, giving her the crown in the Girls Division. Ruiz’s opening-round 1-under-par 71 gave her a five-shot cushion entering the final round. After a string of eight pars in a row on the front nine, she birdied Nos.10 and 11 to get into red figures. Ruiz was able to add two more birdies on the back nine adding to her lead.

“I hit the ball really well,” Ruiz said after her round. “I hit a lot of greens and gave myself a lot of opportunities for birdies.

Ruiz continued her stellar play in the final round, recording back-to-back birdies on holes Nos.7 and 8 on her way to a 2-over-par 74 to win the division by seven strokes. A testament to her great ball striking was her play on the par 3s for the tournament, playing them in 1-under-par over the weekend.

In addition to her victory, Ruiz was awarded both KENTWOOL Low Pro and Clazic Belts Low Final Round Awards.

Phyllis Tang of Hong Kong, China and Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan tied for second place with 152 tournament totals. Although the scores were the same, the two played quite differently. Tang recorded three birdies in her final six holes to surge into the top three while Nakatani was a model of consistency all weekend.

The IJGT Southeast tour will be hosting another tournament on Hilton Head Island, S.C., the IJGT AHEAD Open at Bear Creek Golf Club, May 4-5. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

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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

 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 28, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,872 yards, Par 72 (74.0/133).  Boys 14 Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,258 yards, Par 72 (71.2/128) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,971 yards, Par 72 (74.7/126).

 

Weather:  Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 70s, winds 5-10 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the Mid to High 70s, winds 3-5 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Junior at Shipyard – Galleon/Clipper
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
April 27-28, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division – (Gold Tees) Yards: 6,872, Par 72
1 Bryson Nimmer, Bluffton, SC *72-73–145
2. Charlie Spencer-White, Bluffton, SC *72-74–146
3. Francisco Contreras, Caracas, Venezuela *75-72–147
4. Alan Cooke, Vienna, WV *74-74–148
5. Owen Miller, Burgettstown, PA *76-75–151
5. Manuel Velez, Panama City, Panama *73-78–151
7. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *76-77–153
7. Bryan Gagnon, Culver City, CA *77-76–153
9. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea *75-79–154
10. Konstantin Kosta Kosutic, Belgrade, Serbia *80-76–156
10. Mos Bangpetch, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-78–156
10. Matthew Mannion, Muskoka, ON *75-81–156
13. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *78-79–157
14. Nicco Gentile, Bluffton, SC *79-79–158
15. Lohith Ramaraju, London, England *76-83–159
16. Gus Uriostegui, Leon, Mexico *81-79–160
16. Connor Hogan, Monroeville, AL *79-81–160
16. Sense Chaowalit, Bangkok, Thailand *76-84–160
19. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *78-83–161
20. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *83-79–162
21. Andrew Boyer, Muskoka, ON *85-80–165
21. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *87-78–165
21. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *82-83–165
24. Nate Anderson, Billings, MT *82-84–166
24. Daniel Tello Vargas, Pachuca, Mexico *82-84–166
26. Drew Poland, Johnson City, TN *82-88–170
27. Jack Klein, Bethesda, MD *87-84–171
28. Kevin Reich, Winterthur, Switzerland *89-89–178
29. William Dunn III, Lancaster, PA *94-85–179
30. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *96-87–183
DID NOT FINISH
Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Boys 14 Under Division – (Blue Tees) Yards: 6,258 Par 72
1. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *80-78–158
2. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *80-81–161
3. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany *80-82–162
4. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *77-92–169
5. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan *94-95–189
6. Jacob Morris, Hollywood, SC *94-98–192
Girls Division – (White Tees) Yards: 5,971 Par 72
1. Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico *71-74–145
2. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *76-76–152
2. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *75-77–152
4. Ayaka Nakayama, Kanagawa, Japan *79-76–155
5. Laura Gonzalez, Bogota, Colombia *82-76–158
6. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *78-81–159
6. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *76-83–159
8. Aracelly Maria Jimenez Rios, Merida, Mexico *80-80–160
8. Susana Reyes Ramirez, Ibague, Colombia *79-81–160
10. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *82-83–165
11. Kasidy Beckel, Bluffton, SC *80-87–167
12. Sera Tadokoro, Izumisano-Shi, Japan *83-87–170
13. Ariana Dial, Clarksville, MD *88-83–171
14. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *95-97–192
 DID NOT FINISH
Ceha Lee, Bundang-Gu, South Korea *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Dylaney Day, Toronto, ON *90-JWD

IJGT Lowcountry Junior at Oldfield GC – Final Results

Tetreault Wins Rain-soaked Lowcountry Junior
Lee Captures Back-to-Back IJGT Victories

OKATIE, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour hosted the Lowcountry Junior  at Oldfield Golf Club March 23-24, represented by an elite field of competitors from 14 states and 15 countries. Conditions were not ideal, with heavy rains and lightning forcing play to be cancelled for the final round.

Luke TetreaultThe weather on Saturday featured many different types of elements. Whether it was cloudy and cold, raining or beautiful sunshine, Luke Tetreault  of Horseheads, N.Y., found a way to piece together a solid even-par 72 to lead the Boys 15-19 Division. Tetreault made a move early in his round, quickly getting to 2-under par through his first eight holes. From that point, he was able to play steady golf aided by a clutch up-and-down par on the par-3 13th hole at Oldfield Golf Club.

“The up-and-down on No. 13 really kept my round going,” Tetreault said. “That was kind of a turning point where I figured I could grind it out with the weather coming in.”

Unfortunately for those trailing Tetreault, the weather would not cooperate for the final round. Shortly after tee-times began, thunder and lightning rolled in and play could not resume.

Finishing just one stroke behind in second place was Matt Cheng  of Taipei, Taiwan, who carded three birdies en route to a 1-over-par 73.  Garrett Johnson  of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished in third place with an opening round of 5-over-par 77.

To go along with his victory, Tetreault was awarded the KENTWOOL  Socks Lo-Pro Award for his low score in the opening round.

Nicholas RussellIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Nicholas Russell  of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished Saturday with a two-stroke lead over his fellow competitors with an opening round 83. Russell was able to play holes Nos. 3 to 10 in only 1-over par, which steadied a shaky start. The bad weather made it difficult for everyone out there, but he was able to distance himself from the field by hitting almost every fairway.

“I was not able to play all that well today, but I was able to hit most fairways, so I was happy with that,” Russell said. “My chipping was also really good today.”
Close behind Russell was Kevin Ying  of Shanghai, China, who earned a second-place finish with his round of 85. Jan Schneider  of Erlangen, Germany, shot 86 to take third place honors.

Ceha LeeIn the Girls Division, Ceha Lee  was able to follow up her victory at the IJGT Shamrock Shootout  at Palmetto Hall  with another one this weekend. Lee was tied with Margine Arguello  of Panama City, Panama, and Thamonpat Siriko  of Bangkok, Thailand, after shooting opening-round 80s. The final round looked like it was going to be a battle, with seven girls within four shots of the lead. The weather would not allow though, forcing a scorecard playoff decided by the total back-nine score to determine the Girls Division Champion.

Lee carded the lowest back-nine score with a 4-over-par 40, aided by a birdie on No. 12. Arguello was barely edged out, shooting a 5-over-par 41 while Siriko carded a 6-over-par 42.
“I was just trying to stay dry out there,” Lee said. “I did not want to wet my grips.”
Lee, Arguello and Siriko were all awarded the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award for having the lowest opening round scores.
The IJGT will make the next southeast tournament stop at Duke University Golf Club  for the College Classic  on April 6-7. Consistently ranked as one of the best college courses, Duke University Golf Club has hosted many prestigious tournaments including the 2001 Men’s NCAA Championship.

To sign up for this event or others please contact the IJGT at 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, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, morodZ, PURE Grips, and the 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 Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed March 24, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6865 yards, Par 72 (73.6/139).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Black Tees – 6188 yards, Par 72 (70.5/131) Girls Division: White Tees – 5853 yards, Par 72 (74.8/132).

Weather:        Cloudy and rainy with temperatures in the High 50s, winds 10-15 m.p.h.

International Junior Golf Tour
Lowcountry Junior at Oldfield Golf Club
Okatie, S.C.
March 23-24, 2013

Boys 15-19 Division – (Gold Tees) Yards: 6,865Par 72
1. Luke Tetreault, Horseheads, NY *72
2. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *73
3. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *77
4. Bryan Gagnon, Culver City, CA *78
4. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *78
6. André Hammer, Scania, Sweden *79
7. Giovanni Trione, Rome, Italy *80
7. Sense Chaowalit, Bangkok, Thailand *80
7. Nicholas Rodriguez, East Northport, NY *80
7. Zach Stark, Livingston, NJ *80

11. Connor Hogan, Monroeville, AL *81

11. Alan Cooke, Vienna, WV *81
11. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi , Japan *81
14. Nico Gagliardi, Titusville, FL *82
14. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *82
16. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *83
16. AJ Correia, Bedford, NH *83
18. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *84
19. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *85
19. Trevor Harris, Whitehorse *85
19. Scott Lemon, Winnipeg, Canada *85
19. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *85
19. Elliott Johnson, Bluffton, SC *85
24. Aaron Liebenthal, Sylvania, OH *86
24. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *86
26. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *87
26. Nicco Gentile, Bluffton, SC *87
26. Cody White, Sweetser, IN *87
29. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *88
30. Austin McCulloch, Alexandria, MN *89
31. Sheock Hyun Shim, Seoul, South Korea *90
31. Patrick Albanesi, Avon, CT *90
33. Spencer Woolfolk, Hinsdale, IL *91
33. Peter Alberti, Madison, CT *91
35. Lohith Ramaraju, London, England *93
35. Matt Garza, Cheltenham, PA *93
35. Dacotah Palcit, Windsor, Canada *93
35. Mos Bangpetch, Hilton Head Island, SC *93
39. Erik Tiitus, Tallinn, Estonia *94
39. Czech Chalermchaiwat, Bangkok, Thailand *94
41. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *100
42. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *103
42. Konstantin Kosta Kosutic, Belgrade *103
44. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *109
DID NOT FINISH
Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan * WD
Boys 14 & Under Division – (Black Tees) Yards: 6,188 Par 72
1. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head, SC *83
2. Kevin Ying, Shanghai, China *85
3. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany *86
4. Evan White, Greenville, SC *87
4. Tim Morton, Florence, AL *87
Girls Division – (White Tees) Yards: 5,853 Par 72
1. Ceha Lee, Bundang-Gu, South Korea *80
2. Margine Arguello, Panama City, Panama *80
2. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *80
4. Kasidy Beckel, Bluffton, SC *81
5. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *83
5. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *83
7. Susana Reyes Ramirez, Ibague, Colombia *84
8. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *87
9. Aracelly Maria Jimenez Rios, Meiida, Mexico *89
10. Sybil Robinson, Dublin, OH *90
10. Paige Cappelli, Blue Bell, PA *90
12. Lizzie Hammel, Wexford, PA *94
13. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *105

Duke University Golf Course to host College Classic

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is set to return to Durham, N.C., April 6-7, for the College Classic at Duke University . Held at the Duke University Golf Club , the IJGT College Classic will feature elite junior golfers from around the world competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit points.

58358c31df2920ae6482d05299294706The University Golf Course was first envisioned in the early 1930’s and on 120 acres of unusual elevation changes and mildly rolling terrain. A Robert Trent Jones Sr. design, the University Golf Course features meandering streams and towering pines. When the course opened to the public in 1957 it quickly was labeled as one of the top university golf facilities in the nation. The attention was great enough to attract the 1962 Men’s NCAA Golf Championship.

Duke University Golf Course went through major renovations in 1993 by Rees Jones who scrutinized every shot possibility and observed and considered every angle to insure that each nuance of the golf course would be subtle, yet perfectly placed. Duke University Golf Course will challenge even the best golfers testing their shot placement and accuracy around the green.

The College Classic at Duke University will feature strong competition in all three divisions.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Lee Detmer  of Washington, D.C., returns to the tour after his victory over the field at Hershey Links last October. Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan will look to take home his first IJGT victory of the 2012-2013 season after a second-place finish at the Major Championship at Hampton Hall .

The Boys 14 & Under Division features five 2012-2013 champions battling for the title at Duke University.Andre Becerra of Zapopan, Mexico arrives with two first-place finishes from last fall and five finishes inside the top 5 for the season.  Jan Schneider of Erlandgen, Germany also has two victories this season. Taisuke Ono  of Tokyo, Japan carries a more recent victory from IJGT Family Weekend  and a third-place finish at the Shamrock Shootout at Palmetto Hall  into the Event. Alejandro Santibanez  of San Luis Potosi, Mexico had an impressive victory over the large field at the Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island Resort in Feb. Andrew Spiegler of Abingdon, Va., rounds out the long list of Boys 14 & Under Division champions in attendance at the College Classic at Duke. Spiegler won the Port Royal event last Oct.

In the Girls Division, Ceha Lee  of Bundang-Gu, South Korea returns after her second victory of the season at the Shamrock Shootout at Palmetto Hal l. Lee also took home the title at the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor  earlier this season. Rei Nakatani  of Tokyo, Japan boasts three victories this season and will try to seal her fourth at Duke University. Erin Lo  of Mount Laurel, N.J., returns after her victory at the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club in Sept.

The College Classic at Duke University will begin with tee times starting at 8 a.m. off Nos. 1 and 10 on Saturday, April 6, and will conclude with an awards ceremony recognizing the top 3 players from each division with trophies and tournament gifts immediately following the final round on Sunday, April 7.

The champion of each division will receive a set of CHAMP spikes, a set of morodZ alignment rods, a head cover courtesy of AB Golf Designs and a pair of sunglasses from new tour sponsor, Sundog Eyewear. In addition, the male and female who post the lowest opening round score will receive a pair of KENTWOOL socks and the juniors carding the lowest final round score on Sunday will receive a belt and IJGT buckle from Clazic Belts.

The top 10 juniors of each division at this Event will also receive IJGT Merit Points.Qualifications for the IJGT Major Championships, season-ending Tournament of Champions and places on the United States, North America and Euro Cup Teams are based, in part, on IJGT Merit Point standings. In addition, the top 10 IJGT Merit Point winners in each division will be named to the All-IJGT Team at the end of the season.

Duke University Golf Course will be open to competitors for optional practice rounds and player registration on April 5 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Registration for this event ends April 1. Register today!

Click here to register for the College Classic at Duke University. 

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The Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor – Final Results

Miles captures first victory at Savannah Harbor

Schneider Takes Home Georgia Junior Title

SAVANNAH, GA. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Georgia Junior Feb. 23-24 at The Club at Savannah Harbor. The IJGT Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor featured 78 elite junior golfers from all over the world. Friday’s heavy rain and frigid temperatures made the course extra challenging for all of the competitors over the weekend. Will Miles  of Hilton Head Island, S.C. and Ceha Lee  of Bundang-Gu, South Korea battled the rain to prevail in the Boys 15-19 and Girls Divisions respectively, while Jan Schneiderof Erlangen, Germany took home his second title of the year by outlasting Will Thomson  of Pittsford, N.Y. by a single stroke in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

d13a9187fc23d7fb103f6830c96f76a9The Boys 15-19 Division  was the most competitive division of the tournament with the top 3 spots being separated by the smallest of margins, as Austin McCulloch  of Alexandria, Minn. and Ewen Ferguson  of Hilton Head Island, S.C. both posted an even-par 144 on the weekend, which put them tied for second place. The biggest surprise of all was Miles, who shocked the field after being down four strokes when the final round began. Miles, who was four strokes behind first round leader Chris Magi of Montreal, Canada, overcame all odds and took home his first championship victory in dramatic fashion.

“I knew it was going to take under par to win, so I played aggressive, but smart aggressive,” said Miles. “I didn’t go at all the flags, but I picked the right spots to go for it.”

Miles, who has never won a title, really wanted to bring home a first place finish at the Georgia Junior. “After finishing second in the past two tournaments it feels so good to finally bring home a first place finish,” said Miles.

With his 2-under-par 70 on Saturday, Magi earned himself the Lo-ProKENTWOOL Socks  Award which goes to the player who has the lowest first round score at every IJGT tournament.

 

In addition to his second place finish, McCulloch’s final round score of 4-under-par 68 was the best score on Sunday earning him the Clazic Belts  Low Final Round Award.

b9ffecf994aaf5a1131e3ea7f4d34b79In the Boys 14 & Under Division , Schneider took home his second division victory in only his third event on U.S. soil. The rain never affected Schneider’s play after posting an even-par 72 on Saturday in the soaking wet conditions. His impressive opening round was good enough to give him the lead heading into Sunday.

“It’s always good to have the lead after the first round, but I knew the second round was going to be tough,” said Schneider.

Schneider’s second round was one of the most exciting to watch with second place finisher Thomson nipping at his heels all day long. Thomson was able to equal Schneider’s Sunday total, but his one shot deficit from Saturday turned out to be the final margin, leaving him with his second straight runner-up finish by one stroke in as many weeks. James Wohler  of Savannah, Ga. rounded out the top three in the division with a 151 total on the weekend.

“It was a hard second round for me with Will [Thomson] being paired up with me,” said Schneider. “Will is such a good player, so I knew the second round was going to be tough.”

 

 

 

e0f037b01a2c0279371dc51cab8d5dcfIn the Girls Division , Lee fought off stiff competition to take home her first IJGT title of the season by posting a 1-over-par 145 total on the weekend. Lee, who was being pursued by second place finisher Cake Phuchanbanchob  of Chiang Mai, Thailand, and third place finisherMaggie Ashmore  of Kingston, Ga., began the weekend with a three stroke lead, and never looked back, as she took home the division title by two strokes.

“I just tried to stay calm going into Sunday,” said Lee. “I acted like I wasn’t in the lead, because knowing I was leading would make me feel more nervous.”

Lee’s 1-under-par 71 on Saturday, earned her the Lo-Pro KENTWOOL Socks Award which goes to the player who has the lowest first round score at every IJGT tournament.

For the Girls Division, the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to Phuchanbanchob and Ayaka Nakayama  of Kanagawa, Japan who both shot even-par 72 on Sunday at Savannah Harbor.

The next IJGT event will be Family Weekend at Port Royal  Mar. 2-3 on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The IJGT’s Family Weekend is always a hit with the parents, and this year will be no different as families will be traveling in from all over the globe to participate.

To sign up for this event, or other, or for more information on the IJGT, call (843) 785-2444 or visit www.IJGT.com.

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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links.  Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear morodZ, PURE Grips, and International Junior Golf Academy.

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

 

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Final round results of the IJGT Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed February 24, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6822 yards, Par 72 (72.7/135).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6282 yards, Par 72 (70.6/130) Girls Division: Silver Tees – 5843 yards, Par 72 (73.6/131).

Weather:    Rainy with temperatures in the High 50s, winds 5-10 m.p.h.

Cloudy with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 5-10 m.p.h.

International Junior Golf Tour

Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor

Savannah, GA

February 23-24, 2013

Boys 15-19 Division – (Black Tees) 6,822 Yards, Par 72

1. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC, *74-69–143

2. Austin McCulloch, Alexandria, MN, *76-68–144

2. Ewen Ferguson, Hilton Head Island, SC, *73-71–144

4. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada, *70-75–145

4. James Cresswell, Orwigsburg, PA, *72-73–145

6. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE, *71-75–146

7. Simon Velez, Bogota, Colombia, *71-76–147

8. Ben Dietrich, Bluffton, SC, *74-74–148

9. GeunTae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, *75-75–150

10. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada, *77-74–151

10. Jonathan Meissner, Wilton, CT, *76-75–151

12. Matthew Mannion, Hilton Head Island, SC, *76-76–152

13. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA, *74-79–153

14. AJ Correia, Bedford, NH, *76-78–154

14. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC, *75-79–154

16. Charlie Spencer-White, Bluffton, SC, *78-77–155

16. Kameron Sallee, Savannah, GA, *77-78–155

16. Andrew Boyer, Muskoka, ON, *74-81–155

19. Sun Kim, L’ile-perrot, Canada, *82-74–156

20. Mac Cavanaugh, West Newbury, MA, *76-81–157

21. Kevin Reich, Winterthur, Switzerland, *79-79–158

22. Seung Jae Hong, Cupertino, CA, *83-76–159

22. John Conley, Leesburg, VA, *81-78–159

22. Mos Bangpetch, Hilton Head Island, SC, *81-78–159

22. Daniel Tello Vargas, Pachuca, Mexico, *77-82–159

26. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea, *85-75–160

26. Peter Cho, Koyang, South Korea, *82-78–160

26. Aaron Liebenthal, Sylvania, OH, *79-81–160

26. Nicholas Rodriguez, East Northport, NY, *81-79–160

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

31. Gbenga Toriola, Abuja, Nigeria, *79-82–161

31. Nicco Gentile, Rosemere, Canada, *78-83–161

33. Austin Green, Fayetteville, PA, *81-81–162

34. William Dunn III, Lancaster, PA, *84-79–163

34. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan, *83-80–163

36. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA, *87-77–164

37. Tyler Balkema, North Haledon, NJ, *81-84–165

38. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China, *82-84–166

39. Dacotah Palcit, Windsor, Canada, *83-85–168

40. Peter Alberti, Madison, CT, *87-87–174

41. Marshall Clemens, Weston, MA, *86-92–178

42. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *92-87–179

43. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA, *87-100–187

44. Jerry Sung, Newport Beach, CA, *126-128–254

DID NOT FINISH

Young-Hwa Jung, Hilton Head Island, SC *82-DQ (Rule 6-6d)

Tyler Prater, Salt Point, NY *90-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Bryan Gagnon, Culver City, CA *78-JWD

Nate Anderson, Billings, MT *90-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division – (Gold Tees) 6,282 Yards, Par 72

1. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany, *72-76–148

2. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY, *73-76–149

3. James Wohler, Savannah, GA, *74-77–151

4. Ben Reichert, East Amherst, NY, *75-80–155

5. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH, *75-83–158

6. Tyson – Skylar Morrisseau, Couchiching First Nation, Canada, *80-84–164

7. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ, *78-87–165

8. Evan White, Greenville, SC, *86-81–167

Girls Division – (Silver Tees) 5,843 Yards, Par 72

1. Ceha Lee, Bundang-Gu, South Korea, *71-74–145

2. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *75-72–147

3. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA, *74-76–150

4. Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico, *74-77–151

5. Ayaka Nakayama, Kanagawa, Japan, *81-72–153

6. Stephanie Liu, Hardeeville, SC, *76-79–155

6. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT, *79-76–155

8. Mia Baringer, East Greenville, PA, *81-80–161

9. Paige Cappelli, Blue Bell, PA, *84-79–163

10. Margine Arguello, Panama City, Panama, *89-75–164

11. Kali Boyer, New Ringgold, PA, *82-85–167

12. Kathryn Crouch, Harker Heights, TX, *84-84–168

13. Marah Penn, Hamburg, NY, *87-82–169

14. Dorsey Addicks, Atlanta, GA, *87-83–170

15. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China, *88-83–171

15. Carla Loyola, Queretaro, Mexico, *86-85–171

17. Lizzie Hammel, Wexford, PA, *87-86–173

17. Taylor Howerton, Evansville, IN, *83-90–173

19. Ariana Dial, Clarksville, MD, *88-86–174

20. Vica Paulsen, Ridgewood, NJ, *106-104–210

21. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY, *107-107–21

DID NOT FINISH

Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *81-DQ (Rule 6-6d)