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First-round highlights from the IJGT Island Open at Country Club of Hilton Head

The IJGT finished round one of the Island Challenge at the Country Club of Hilton Head today with a relatively tight group of leaders in each Division. Colder temperatures and heightened winds combined to make for tough conditions for the junior golfers. Many players pushed through the conditions to finish the first round with notable scores.  

The Boys 15-19 Division holds a close race for first after round one with Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C. shooting a 77. Russell’s round one in numbers:

2 – number of birdies

10 – number of pars

3 – stroke lead in the Division

3 – third year with the IJGT

Another close run in the Girls Division is led by Milleina Ohara of Meguro-Ku, Japan. Finishing the day shooting an 80 has her just five and six strokes ahead of Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China and Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., respectively.

1 – number of birdies

9 – number of pars

3 – amount of consecutive pars on the back nine

5 – fifth Event of the 2013-2014 season

Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada took a commanding 21-stroke lead in the Boys 14 & U Division after round one. McDowell’s day one score of 76 has him out in front of Thomas Delaney of Kingwood, TX who shot a 97. McDowell in numbers:

3 – number of birdies on the day

9 – number of pars

21 –stroke lead after day one

0 – number of strokes over on front nine (finishing even par)

For complete results of the first round, click here. Pairings for final-round action at the IJGT Island Open at the Country Club of Hilton Head can be found here.

IJGT Player of the Week – January 11-12

LUTZ, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) conducted the Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Fla., on Jan. 11-12, 2014. This was the first tournament of the new year for the IJGT staff, and it kicked off the season with a bang.  The course staff was most helpful when the IJGT staff arrived at the venue, and the event could not have occurred at a better location.   Everyone was very pleased with the excellent shape of the course for the January weather at TPC Tampa Bay.  This week’s Player of the Week honors went to Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, and Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China.

The weather played a prominent role in the tournament as high winds of 15+mph ruled the first 18 holes. On the final round of the event, the rain from the night before left some standing water in the low areas of the course.

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Sharma (left) carded a score of 79 in the first round, good enough for a tie with Parker Gillam of Cary, N.C., after battling tough conditions with winds up to 25 mph. Sharma started his round off nicely with three consecutive pars, and closed in equally impressive fashion, scoring par on five of his last six holes. Sharma’s second round was highlighted by a birdie on the par-3 No. 6, one of only four birdies on the hole throughout the weekend. Despite having to fight off a bee sting late in the second round, Sharma recorded a second round score of 83 and tournament total of 162 left him in a tie with Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan. Ogawa bested Sharma in the playoff; however, it is his third top-10 finish and the best of his IJGT career.

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In the Girls Division, Chee (left), who is battling a knee injury, played through the pain Friday and Saturday. She came into the first day ready to play through any conditions and stayed very consistent throughout her round. Like many golfers, Chee has superstitions, including always using a blue Sharpie to mark her golf ball before each round.  She was up to the challenge in the final round, even with the wet conditions.  Her round got off to a slow start, but she stayed tough and completed all 36 holes for the tournament. She avoided any large numbers on her card, finishing strong with eight pars on the day.  We will see her again in her next upcoming tournament at the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation on January 25-26th.  Colleton River Plantation is the site of the 2015 US Junior Amateur.

 

Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour will be in Bluffton, S.C. on January 25-26, 2014 for the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation. The tournament will be hosted by the Pete Dye Course at Colleton River. The IJGT and Colleton River have teamed up for numerous successful tournaments in the past, including the Shootout at Colleton River Plantation on February 9-10, 2013. The field will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Pete Dye called his course at Colleton River Plantation, “The best course I have ever built,” a telling statement considering Dye also constructed prestigious courses such as TPC Sawgrass, Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course, and Whistling Straits.  It is the only links-style course of its kind in the Southeast, featuring views of the Atlantic Ocean and Port Royal Sound on 11 holes. The course has been ranked in the “Top 100” courses by GolfWeek and “Top 100 Greatest Courses in the U.S.,” by Golf Magazine. Defining the course are small, undulating greens protected by pot bunkers. In July of 2015, the Pete Dye Course at Colleton River will host the 68th U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. The course was also selected to be the location of many of the iconic and pivotal scenes of the movie, The Legend of Bagger Vance.

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

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

Keep an eye on Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., Tyler Pidduck of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C. All three players have multiple top-10 finishes this season but have not been able to capture an IJGT victory. They’ll look to change their luck at Dye’s masterful layout.

Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., and Cake Phuchanbanchob are part of a strong field in the Girls Division. Chee has finished top-10 in all six IJGT Events she has competed in this season. Kozak has four top-10 finishes this season, including a 2nd place finish at the IJGT Junior at Oyster Reef in July. Phuchanbanchob captured the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall on Dec. 7-8 with an impressive even-par performance for the two-day tournament.

To register for the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation, click here.

Final results from the Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay


Ogawa battles back for victory

Tadokoro captures Girls Division

LUTZ, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) kicked off the 2014 schedule hosting a tournament in the Southeast region. Junior golfers competed in the Winter Shootout, which was held at TPC Tampa Bay. This was IJGT’s first time back to TPC Tampa Bay in over two years and it provided a tough test for the competitors. Juniors ranging from ages 10-19 came out to compete for IJGT Merit Points and an invitation to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26.

Tennoshin OgawaIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, capped an amazing comeback, trailing by eight strokes after the first round, recording an 87. Immediately following his round, Ogawa returned to the driving range to practice to prepare for the final round.

Going into the final round consistency was key, and he did just that having only four bogeys on the day, two per nine holes. Ogawa posted a 4-over-par 75, enough to tie him for the lead at a 162 tournament total, with Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India. Going into the playoff, Ogawa was focused. After taking a few moments on the par-4 No. 10 teeing ground to himself to get settled, a long drive down the fairway, an approach shot to the middle of the green, and a two-putt for par was all it took to seal Ogawa’s victory.

Ogawa’s 4-over par 75 also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round of every IJGT tournament. It was also the low round of the tournament across all divisions.

When asked how he came back after trailing by eight strokes, Ogawa replied, “I felt very confident…I actually had no strategy. I just tried to play my own golf game.”

After falling short on the playoff hole versus Ogawa, Sharma took second place, posting a 79-83—162 tournament total score. Third place went to Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan, who posted an 83-80—163 overall.

Jon Nolan PerryIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Jon Nolan Perry of Berwyn, Pa., made a comeback of his own. He scored a 92 in the first round, trailing by one stroke from first-round leader Jackson Skeen of Johnson City, Tenn. When opportunity arose in the final round, Perry seized it. He recorded four pars in a row on the front nine, leading at the turn. Things got a little shaky after recording an eight on par-4 No. 13, but Perry settled down with two pars and managed to hang on for the victory, posting a final-round 86, for a 178 tournament total.

When asked about his mindset going into Sunday, he responded, “I kind of just played [the round as if] it was like match play. I fed off of the energy I was getting from [Skeen] and it turned out well.”

Skeen came in second place, shooting a 91-92—183 overall score. Alex Camberos of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, finished in third posting a 96-107—203.

Sera TadokoroThe Girls Division also had an exciting finish. Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, was the first-round leader, scoring an 11-over-par 82. Tadokoro struggled on certain holes, but always managed to bounce back. She dropped a great putt on par-3 No. 6 for birdie, and overall was pleased with how her putting was working throughout the final round. This was one component of her game that aided in her overall victory in the Girls Division.

When asked what her favorite part about the TPC Tampa Bay course, she said, “I like the front [nine]. I played better on the front. My favorite hole was hole No. 1.”

Second place finisher Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, recorded a 86-85—171 tournament total, which also earned herself the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division.

Third place ended in a tie between Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, and Yuki Nakayama of Kawasakishi, Japan. Ahn and Nakayama both finished with a tournament total of 188.

The IJGT Southeast tour will continue next weekend with the Island Challenge at the Country Club of Hilton Head in Hilton Head Island, S.C. 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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links.  Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

 

LUTZ, Fla. – Final round results of the IJGT Winter Shootout conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed January 12, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,713 yards, Par 71 (72.6/137).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Green Tees – 6,125 yards, Par 71 (69.7/127). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,851 yards, Par 71 (74.0/127).

Weather:       

Cloudy with temperatures in the High 70s, winds 15-20 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the Low 70s, winds 10-15 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour
Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay
Lutz, Fla.
January 11-12, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees), 6,713 yards, Par 71
1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *87-75–162**
2. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *79-83–162
3. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *83-80–163
4. Parker Gillam, Cary, NC *79-87–166
5. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *84-83–167
6. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *86-90–176
7. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *88-89–177
8. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *95-83–178
9. Andrew Nappi, Glen Rock, NJ *89-95–184

DID NOT FINISH
Tyler Prater, Salt Point, NY *91-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (Green Tees), 6,125 yards, Par 71
1. Jon Nolan Perry, Berwyn, PA *92-86–178
2. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *91-92–183
3. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia *96-107–203
4. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *107-100—207

Girls Division (White Tees), 5,851 yards, Par 71
1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *82-86–168
2. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *86-85–171
3. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *87-101–188
3. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *94-94–188

DID NOT FINISH
Isabel Klatt, Garden City, NY *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

**Won in Playoff

IJGT Players of the Week – Dec. 7-8

Southeast Tour

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT)  hosted the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall Club in Bluffton, S.C. on Dec. 7-8. Played on Hampton Hall Club’s Pete Dye Signature Course, highlighted by numerous water hazards, large and quick greens, and strategically placed bunkers, the two-day, 36-hole tournament featured 57 players representing 15 states and 15 countries. While the first round was played in near perfect conditions, the final round featured cold temperatures, wind, and rain. Our Southeast Tour Players of the Week for the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall Club are John McCabe of Sewickley, Pa, and Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China.

John MccabeMcCabe (left) had a strong outing on his home course this past weekend at the Hampton Hall Club.  Mccabe was able to take advantage of his knowledge of the course and put together rounds of 77 and 75 to get himself into the top-ten.  McCabe fired a first round score of 77, placing him in a tie for 15th heading to the final round.  As scores rose with the tougher playing conditions, McCabe fought through, shooting a 75 and cracking the top-ten.  His final round score, which included shooting two birdies and an even-par, 36 on the back-nine, was the fourth-lowest score of the day.  This is McCabe’s seventh top-ten finish in his IJGT career and he will look to continue his successes finish when he next tees it up on Dec. 14-15 at the IJGA Invitional.

photo (17)Chee (right) put together her lowest career round on the IJGT during the first round, firing a 3-over-par, 75. During her round, Chee carded two birdies, including one on the par-4, 10th, which played as the toughest hole for the Girls Division. Chee fired a 1-over, 37 on the front-nine and a 2-over, 38 on the back-nine to complete her impressive first round. Chee’s 75 placed her 4th after the first round and it marked a three-stroke improvement over her previous career low with the IJGT, which was a 78 at the Sanctuary Shootout at Sanctuary Golf Club on Sep. 28-29, 2013. As with the majority of the field, Chee was unable to match her total from the prior day during the final round, carding an 83. With scores of 75-83-158, Chee finished in 5th place, marking her fourth top-5 finish of the 2013-14 season. Chee will hope to carry momentum from her strong performance at the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall as she prepares for her next event at the IJGA Invitational on Dec. 14-15.

 

West Coast Tour

CARLSBAD, Calif. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Carlsbad, Calif., for the Major Championship at La Costa on Dec. 7-8, 2013. Held on the recently re-designed Legends Course at the La Costa Resort & Spa, this pen-ultimate West Coast Tour event of the 2013 calendar year featured a talented field of junior golfers. Playing in unusually chilly conditions for a California December, the competitors braved through winds and rain showers at times to make for a spectacular event. The Players of the Week for the West Coast region are Ryan Rybicki of Maricopa, Ariz., and Madeleine Garay of La Jolla, Calif.

Rybicki Tee (crop)Rybicki (left) put together two solid rounds on the tough Legends Course at La Costa, shooting a first-round 84 followed up by a final-round 85 to finish in second place in the Boys 15-19 Division. His first round was composed of six pars and a birdie on the par-5 No. 9, which capped off a front-nine 41 before he closed out the back with a 43. Rybicki put forth a similar performance during the final round, carding six more pars and another birdie on the par-5 No. 7 en route to a 38 on the front nine, making a three-stroke improvement. He turned in a one-over-par effort on the course’s par-5s on both days. Rybicki looks to continue this strong level of play when he competes for the top rankings at IJGT’s West Coast finale at the Scottsdale Open at Troon North on Dec. 14-15.

Garay Putt (crop)Garay (right) was the Girls Division victor in her first-ever IJGT appearance. She shot a tournament total 181, which was highlighted by her impressive five-stroke improvement on the difficult Legends course on the final day. Her first and final rounds both comprised of six pars, where four of her pars on the final day came on holes (Nos. 5, 9 and 14) on which she previously shot higher. This performance was good enough to earn her the Player of the Week honors in her first IJGT Event. We look forward to seeing her improve in future tournaments!

Final results from the Sanctuary Shootout at Cat Island

Kim, Campbell dominate Boys Divisions
Huang captures first IJGT win

BEAUFORT, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the Sanctuary Shootout in Beaufort, S.C., on Sept. 28-29. The two-day, 36-hole event took place at the Sanctuary Golf Club on Cat Island, where the field of talented junior golfers took to the greens to fight for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

GeunTae Kim WinnerIn the Boys 15-19 Division, GeunTae Kim (left) of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, came out as victor, shooting a final 2-over-par 144. After a first round 2-over 73, Kim came out on fire in the final round, tallying a field-best even-par 71, giving him the tournament’s Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his performance. His birdie on the par-4 second hole jump-started a spectacular day, where he made 13 pars, three birdies, and just one bogey for the round.

When asked about the most memorable moment of the weekend for Kim, he mentioned his tee shot on the par-3 No. 13, which came “very close” to the flagstick, almost giving him an eagle opportunity, but settling for birdie.

This was Kim’s second win in as many events this season after taking home the trophy at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National.

Rounding out the top three were Austin Maher, of Bracebridge, Canana, who finished eight shots back with a 10-over 152, and Jack Klein of Bethesda, Md., who shot a 13-over 155.

Matthew Campbell WinnerIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Matthew Campbell (right), a local of Beaufort, S.C., dominated the field, carding a final 8-over-par 150 over two rounds. Playing on a familiar course was a clear strength to Campbell’s game this weekend, allowing him to follow up a first round 2-over-par 73 with a final round score of 6-over-par 77. He made 12 pars on the day and finished the tournament with a respectable even-par effort on the four par-3’s, as well as a 2-under-par performance on the course’s three difficult par-5’s.

Reflecting on his performance and his familiarity with Sanctuary Golf Club, Campbell expressed that it was crucial for him to “focus on the few holes on the front nine where you can score really well on,” which he was able to do.

This was Campbell’s first event with the IJGT this season, and marked a wonderful improvement over his finish in his last event at the Memorial at Parris Island on March 24-25, 2012, where he placed 10th.

Campbell finished an incredible eight strokes ahead of second place finisher, Luis Sanchez of Xalapa, Mexico, who entered the clubhouse at 158 (+16). In third place was Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, who tallied a final score of 160 for the weekend.

Huang WinnerThe Girls Division saw a new champion emerge in Samantha Huang (left), from Shenzhen, China. After completing a first round 1-over-par 72, Huang came back with another 72 in the final round. Statistically, her performance was mirrored, sinking 11 pars, three birdies, and four bogeys in each round; but regardless, her play was outstanding as she was able to fend off a near-comeback from second-place finisher, Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga. Huang’s final round of 1-over-par 72 also gave her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division.

Reflecting on what went well for her in the final round, Huang stated that the “drivers and putters” were advantageous for her.

This was just Huang’s second IJGT Event. Her first came at the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation, where she had another remarkable performance en route to a tied for second-place finish.

Ashmore finished in second place with a final tournament tally of 155 (+13). In third place was Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, who entered the clubhouse with an overall 157 (+15).

The IJGT Southeast tour will be back in action on Oct. 12-13 for the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Fla.

To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

BEAUFORT, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Sanctuary Shootout conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 29, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,585 yards, Par 71 (72.2/135).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,063 yards, Par 71 (69.4/128). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5,802 yards, Par 71 (74.1/132).

 

Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the Low 80s, winds 15-20 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the Low 80s, winds 5-10 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Sanctuary Golf Club

Beaufort, S.C.

September 28-29, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,585 yards, Par 71

1. GeunTae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *73-71–144

2. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *76-76–152

3. Jack Klein, Bethesda, MD *79-76–155

4. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *74-82–156

5. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *78-79–157

6. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *78-83–161

6. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *76-85–161

8. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *84-78–162

9. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *85-79–164

9. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *84-80–164

9. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *82-82–164

9. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *82-82–164

13. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *86-79–165

13. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *83-82–165

15. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *81-85–166

15. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *81-85–166

17. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *85-82–167

18. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *83-85–168

19. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *87-82–169

19. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *83-86–169

19. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *84-85–169

22. Pattarapoom Pacharn, Nonthaburi, Thailand *85-85–170

23. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *82-89–171

24. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *91-81–172

24. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *87-85–172

26. Walker Campbell, Paget, Bermuda *85-88-173

27. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *91-83–174

28. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *88-90–178

29. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *98-86–184

30. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *91-99–190

31. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan *103-100–203

DID NOT FINISH

Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *79-JWD

Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *83-JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,063 yards, Par 71

1. Matthew Campbell, Beaufort, SC *73-77–150

2. Luis Sanchez, Xalapa, Mexico *80-78–158

3. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *81-79–160

4. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *80-82–162

5. Jacob Morris, Hollywood, SC *89-82–171

6. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *85-91–176

7. Bronson Myers, Columbia, SC *90-87–177

8. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *105-100–205

9. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China *131-111–242

 

Girls Division – Red Tees, 5,802 yards, Par 71

1. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *72-72–144

2. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *80-75–155

3. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *79-78–157

4. Kayla Kozak, North Myrtle Beach, SC *90-83–173

5. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *82-93–175

6. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *98-85–183

7. Jamie Hubbard, Hardeeville, SC *96-99–195

8. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *114-112–226

DID NOT FINISH

Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *100-JWD