Hardeeville, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour continued their tour in Hardeeville, S.C., with the IMG Junior World Qualifier at Hilton Head Lakes. The winners in each division will have an exemption into the IMG Junior World in San Diego, C.A., this summer. With the weather finally cooperating, players competed for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The top five players in each division earned preferred entry into any IJGT Major Championship and the Champions of each division earned an invitation to the 2016 IJGT Tournament of Champions.
In the Girls Division, there was a close run for the championship title. After shooting (-3) in her first round, Yukie Sasaki held onto the number one spot, carding a 74 today. Sasaki, from Hiroshima, Japan, had a total of 143 just two strokes in front of the second place finisher. Ximena Gonzalez, of Queretaro, Mexico, kept both her rounds consistent. Gonzalez finished with a total of 145, (+1). Kayla Kozak finished third with a final round at even par.
In the Boys 14 and Under Division Chase Phillips came from third place after round one, to take the championship. Phillips, from Hilton Head Island, S.C., fired an impressive (+1) in his final round for a total of 154. Coming in second place was Luca Jumabhoy. Jumabhoy, from Sydney, Australia, signed for a total of 161. Rounding out the 14 & Under Division was Theo Chronos, shooting a total of 163.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, we had a player shoot the lowest round this year in the IJGT. In the second round of the IMG Junior World Qualifier, Ian Peng shot a 66. Peng, of Chang Hau, Taiwan, had a total of 137, (-7) for the tournament to claim the Championship. Behind Peng was Arjun Puri, who also had an impressive weekend. Puri, of New Delhi, India, had a total of 138, (-6). Coming in third was Mark Goodall. Goodall of Livingston, Scotland, shot a total of 144.
Each player attributed their success to their coaches and the support of their friends and family.
Each tournament the IJGT recognizes the low final round, presented by Clazic Belts. This tournament the Girls Division had four girls tie at 72. In the Boys Division the award was given to the player shooting 66.
The IJGT will continue the Spring 2016 Season with the MET Junior Championship at Flanders Valley in Flanders, N.J. Players will compete for IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Performance Stars, and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.
Final Results of the IMG Junior World Qualifier at Hilton Head Lakes GC conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on April 23-24, 2016. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,823 yards Par 72 (72.8/128). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,997 yards, Par 72 (69.5/118). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,797 yards, Par 72 (73.5/128).
Saturday – Sunny 75 degrees with 5-10 mph winds.
Sunday – Sunny 79 degrees with 10-15 mph winds.
International Junior Golf Tour
IMG Junior World Qualifier at Hilton Head Lakes
April 23-24, 2016
Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,823 Yards, Par 72
1. Ian Peng, Chang Hua, Taiwan *71-66–137
2. Arjun Puri, New Delhi, India *70-68–138
3. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *72-72–144
4. T.J. Nolan, Rapid City, SD *71-74–145
5. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *74-73–147
6. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *73-76–149
7. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *73-77–150
7. Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *73-77–150
9. Feng Chen, Beijing, China *76-76–152
10. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *76-77–153
11. Jasper Lee, Taipei, Taiwan *79-75–154
12. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *80-75–155
13. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *79-77–156
13. Mark Laken, Kenosha, WI *74-82–156
15. Nick Gioffre, Waxhaw, NC *75-82–157
16. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton, SC *78-80–158
17. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China *79-80–159
18. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *77-83–160
19. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *78-83–161
19. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *78-83–161
21. Max Castaneda, Mexico City, Mexico *84-80–164
21. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *84-80–164
21. Alejandro Guillen, Mexico City, Mexico *82-82–164
21. Marc Sabria, Barcelona, Spain *79-85–164
21. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *80-84–164
26. Taylor Rockwell, Boonton Township, NJ *84-84–168
26. Yash Vardhan Sarda, Calcutta, India *82-86–168
28. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Managua, Nicaragua *88-81–169
28. Christian Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *84-85–169
28. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *83-86–169
28. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *91-78–169
32. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *82-90–172
33. Ted Hsiao, Taipei City, Taiwan *86-87–173
34. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *89-85–174
35. Mark Richardson, South Berwick, ME *89-86–175
36. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *93-84–177
37. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *97-86–183
38. Demetrius Johnson, Anchorage, AK *92-92–184
39. Greg Shen, Vancouver, Canada *90-95–185
40. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *92-94–186
Girls Division, White Tees, 5,797 Yards, Par 72
1. Yukie Sasaki, Hiroshima, Japan *69-74–143
2. Ximena Gonzalez, Queretaro, Mexico *72-73–145
3. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *74-72–146
4. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *75-72–147
5. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *76-72–148
6. Haruka Shintani, Setagaya, Japan *79-73–152
6. Marisa Hisaki, Osaka, Japan *80-72–152
8. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *75-78–153
8. Linda Trockel, Berlin, Germany *75-78–153
10. Yuna Sato, Koriyama, Fukushima, Japan *81-73–154
11. Renata Fierro, Yucatan, Mexico *79-76–155
11. Vivian Yen, Kaohsiung, Taiwan *78-77–155
11. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *77-78–155
14. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *83-73–156
14. Hanna Kiefer, Kronberg, Germany *78-78–156
16. Tiana Cruz, Kingston, Jamaica *78-81–159
17. Katie James, Pittsburgh, PA *79-81–160
18. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *81-80–161
19. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-82–163
20. Yeon Joo Kim, Seoul, South Korea *87-80–167
21. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *82-90–172
Boys 14 & Under Division, Blue Tees, 5,997 Yards, Par 72
1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-73–154
2. Luca Jumabhoy, Sydney, Australia *75-86–161
3. Theo Chronos, Winterville, GA *78-85–163
4. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *85-85–170