HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be traveling to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. for the highly-anticipated Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2013. Held at one of the world’s most popular clubs, the three-day, 54-hole event will be contested on the Pete Dye-designed Valley and THE PLAYERS Stadium Courses, of which the latter is highlighted by one of the most difficult holes on the PGA TOUR — the signature par-3 17th island green. TPC Sawgrass, which plays host to THE PLAYERS Championship, is the birthplace of the TPC Network and is the backdrop of the PGA Headquarters.
At this Southeast Tour Event, over 100 junior golfers from all over the world will be competing for National Rankings, AJGA Performance Stars and IJGT Merit Points.
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In the Boys 15-19 Division, Tennoshin Ogawa from Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Nick Geiman from York, Pa., will be competing for top honors in a talent-stacked older division. Ogawa is in his third season with the IJGT, and after racking up six victories last season, he has continued his great play thus far in 2013-2014. He earned a victory at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on Oct. 19-20, and two other second place finishes, including one at the recent Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes on Oct. 9-10. Geiman, who is playing in his fourth season with the IJGT, is also a strong contender. He has placed top five in two events this season, and will be looking to continue that strong play at TPC Sawgrass.
The Boys 14 & Under Division will feature Brandon McBride from Bluffton, S.C., and Joe Parrini of York, Pa., who will be going head-to-head for a place at the top of the leaderboard. McBride is new to the IJGT this season, but he has played like a seasoned professional, garnering top five finishes in five of his six events on the year, including a fourth place finish at the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes. Parrini, who has played exclusively on IJGT’s Northeast Tour this season, is in his third season. After playing in seven events, he has taken home five first-place trophies, and will surely be a player to keep an eye on over the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 weekend.
The Girls Division will be highlighted by Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, and Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, who represent a very talented field of girls competing for the top trophies. Arjun has been a dangerous contender on the IJGT during her first season, grabbing top five finishes in all five of her events, including two second place finishes at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on Nov. 2-3 and the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes. Nakatani will also be a major force at the event. She in playing in her second season with the IJGT, winning three events last year and placing top five in all three of her events this season.