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Discovery Tour at Palmetto Hall – Final Results

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour was proud to host its second Discovery Tour event of the year at the Palmetto Hall Robert Cupp Course on April 26, 2014. All Discovery Tour events provide an opportunity for juniors to play some of golf’s top venues, learn the rules of tournament play and meet other players of the same age in a fun and competitive atmosphere. The event was a nine-hole single round of golf that allowed for a parent or family member to caddy the juniors.

The Discovery Tour at Palmetto Hall featured a line up of four budding junior golfers eager to compete. With family and friends as spectators, the juniors took the course for a shortened nine-hole event.

In first place was Jonathan Griz of Bluffton, S.C., who went on a five hole par streak to finish the tournament with a score of 41.

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Second place was secured by Hanru Guo of Bluffton, S.C., who finished the day with a score of 46 which included an impressive birdie on the par-5 second hole.

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Rounding out the top three was Dazhuang Li of Sheyang, China. Li is a seasoned veteran of the Discovery Tour events and carded a score of 48.

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Caleb Morante of Hilton Head Island, S.C., was our honorable mention finisher with a score of 78. Morante’s signature drive covered great distance for him in his second event of the season.

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The players were accompanied by hand-selected caddies which could include a father, grandfather, coach or friend. The event was not only successful but was also fun for all those involved. We look forward to future Discovery Tour events and hope to see all our players again soon!

For full results from the event, click here.

For a full album of photos from the event, click here.

Discovery Tour at Oldfield Golf Club – Final results

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour hosted its first Discovery Tour event of the 2014 year at Oldfield Golf Club on April 12, 2014. All Discovery Tour events provide an opportunity for juniors to play some of golf’s top venues, learn the rules of tournament play and meet other players of the same age in a fun and competitive atmosphere. The event was a nine-hole single round of golf that allowed for a parent or family member to caddy the juniors.

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The Discovery Tour at Oldfield Golf Club featured a line up of five budding junior golfers. With family and friends present to support them the players took to the course for fierce competition. Ethan “EZ E” Kalk of South Glastonbury, Conn., finished in first with a nine-hole score of 39. Kalk’s round featured consistent pars on seven of nine holes. After the tournament, Kalk proudly thanked his father for being his caddy and accompanying him to the event.

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Despite his self-proclaimed struggle on the front nine, Jonathan Griz of Bluffton, S.C., finished in second with a score of 45. Griz displayed focus and determination as he hit fairways on each of his drives.

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Rounding out the top three was Dazhuang Li of Sheyang, China. Li capitalized on tough holes including the pars he made on both par-3’s on the front nine. Li was enthusiastic the entire round, readily embracing the primary rule of having fun!

Dazhuang Li approaches his tee with power

Caleb Morante and Jack McGoldrick, both Hilton Head Island, S.C., natives also played well, expending every ounce of energy and passion into their rounds. There was no shortage of commendable golf and laughter.

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Fun was had by participants, parents, family and IJGT staff alike! The IJGT looks forward to the next Discovery Tour event at Palmetto Hall on April 26, 2014.

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Final results from the Discovery Tour at Palmetto Hall

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the fourth and final installment of the Fall 2013 season’s Discovery Tour at Palmetto Hall on Nov. 2, 2013. The nine-hole Event took place on the Palmetto Hall Plantation Club’s Arthur Hills Course, and the three young competitors aged 9-11 did not fail to impress with their skills and determination.

Jonathan GrizWinning the event was reigning Discovery Tour champion Jonathan Griz of Bluffton, S.C., who shot a final 3-over-par 39. His performance included a birdie on the par-4 No. 2, and was followed up by a streak of three consecutive pars on holes Nos. 3-5. Despite reaching a rough patch of bogeys shortly thereafter, Griz was able to reel in a par on the closing hole, earning himself a final one-stroke win. This was the second victory in a row for the 9-year-old, after winning the first Discovery Tour at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7. Griz is in his second season with the IJGT, and has been a lights-out veteran on the Discovery Tour, winning all but one event during the 2012-2013 season.

Aaron ElmoreComing in a close second was Aaron Elmore of Rincon, Ga., who carded a final score of 40 for the event. Elmore opened up with a par on hole No. 1 before sinking an impressive birdie on the par-4 No. 2. Before his round wrapped up, he would end up with another birdie and par on Nos. 6 and 7, respectively. This was the second Discovery Tour event of the season for Elmore, who was runner-up to Griz in the first event on Sept. 7. Competing in his second season with the IJGT, Elmore is also a veteran to the Discovery Tour series; he played in six events last season, winning one and coming in second in four others. Elmore also notably grabbed a second place finish in the Boys 14 & Under Division at Falcon’s Fire in Kissimmee, Fla., on May 11-12, 2013.

Hanru GuoLanding in third place was Hanru Guo of Bluffton, S.C., who posted a final 44 for the Event. The highlights of Guo’s round came on the course’s par-3’s and par-5’s, where he was able to par each of the four of them. This was the first event of the season for Guo, who is in his second year with the IJGT. During the 2012-2013 season, Guo competed in three Discovery Tour events, finishing in the top five in two of them.

Congratulations to all the competitors. We eagerly anticipate seeing them all compete again in upcoming IJGT Events!

For the full leaderboard of the event, click here.

IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be making a return to Palmetto Hall Plantation for the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall in Hilton Head, S.C., on November 2-3, 2013.

Listed as one of the “Best Places to Play” in 2008-09, the Arthur Hills-designed course is guaranteed to feature towering pines, moss-draped oaks, lush fairways, and rolling greens edged with strategically-placed bunkers.

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18th Hole on the Palmetto Hall Arthur Hills Course

Competing for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points, the field will feature some of the tour’s best junior golfers in all divisions.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Norman Hong, the reigning Player of the Week after his performance at the Sanctuary Shootout on Sept. 28-29,will be making his fifth appearance this season. After his second straight Top-10 finish at Sanctuary, Hong of Shenzhen, China, will be competing for his first win. Also competing will be Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy. This will be D’Amico’s sixth event this season after a fourth place finish at the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield and a third place finish at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Luis Sanchez from Xalapa, Mexico, and Jackson Skeen from Johnson City, Tenn., will be players to watch. Sanchez will attempt to earn his first win after notably improving in the three events he has played so far this season, placing sixth, fourth, and second, all in succession. This will be the sixth event of the season for Skeen, after most recently cracking the Top-5 in the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation.

In an exciting battle for first place, the Girls Division will feature the likes of Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, and Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga. Both have played tremendously this season and this is sure to be a matchup to keep your eyes at the two-day event. Huang is coming off a fresh win at the Sanctuary Shootout at Cat Island, after tying for second place at the Aiken Junior Open. Ashmorewho was runner-up to Huang at Sanctuary, is playing in her fourth event and will be looking for her first win this season. She has placed Top-3 in every event so far.

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IJGT will also be hosting the second installment of the Southeast Region’s Discovery Tour series for the Fall 2013 season at Palmetto Hall on Saturday, November 2. The Discovery Tour is an event where children aged 8-12 of all skill levels are welcome to play. The single-round competition will tee off at 12:30pm on the Arthur Hills Course. Youngster Jonathan Griz of Bluffton, S.C., who won the Discovery Tour at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7, will be looking for his second straight win in the series.

The Discovery Tour is a great opportunity for young junior golfers aged 8-12 who have little or no golf tournament experience to improve upon their skills. With several events lined up each season, the tour is an incredibly fun and relaxed way for the players interact with other golfers, get tips from coaches, and most of all: have some fun!

Membership is $25 and each 9-hole tournament is $40.  To register for events or membership, please contact us at (843) 785-2444.

Final results from the Discovery Tour at Hilton Head National

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the first Discovery Tour event of the Fall season at the picturesque Hilton Head National Golf Club on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. With a field of four talented youngsters playing the back nine on a tree-lined, hazard-filled course, the event proved to be a success with tour veteran Jonathan Griz of Bluffton, S.C., taking the title after shooting an impressive 1-under-par 34.

Griz (new)Racking up a remarkable eighth first-place finish in nine Discovery Tour events, Griz (pictured at left) was able to start the 2013 season off strong, sinking two birdies in his first four holes of the afternoon. With a powerful swing and focused short game, Griz finished with two pars on Nos. 16 and 17, and a fantastic birdie on No. 18. His final score of 34 sealed a nine-stroke win over second-place finisher Aaron Elmore, of Rincon, Ga., who ended with a solid 43 on the day.

This was also the ninth appearance on the Discovery Tour for Elmore (pictured at right), who locked in his fifth runner-up finish.

Aaron Elmore Second Place

Also participating in the event were Hudson Buck (Bluffton, S.C.) and Michael Gavin (Hilton Head Island, S.C.), finishing in third and fourth places, respectively. This was Buck’s fifth Discovery Tour Event in two seasons, and he finished at a final tally of 54, his third-best career performance. In just his second appearance on the tour, Gavin carded a 57, a five-stroke improvement from his first appearance at the April 27 Discovery Tour at Shipyard event.

The Discovery Tour is a great opportunity for young junior golfers aged 8-12 who have little or no golf tournament experience to improve upon their skills. With several events lined up each season, the tour is an incredibly fun and relaxed way for the players interact with other golfers, get tips from coaches, and most of all: have some fun! Be sure to catch IJGT’s next Discovery Tour stop at Blue Heron Pines in Cologne, N.J., on Oct. 12!

Membership is $25 and each 9-hole tournament is $40.  To register for events or membership, please contact us at (843) 785-2444.

Final Results from the Discovery Tour at Shipyard Golf Club

 

Griz and Guo go undefeated for Discovery Tour Spring 2013 season

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted its last Discovery Tour event of the Spring Season at Shipyard Golf Club on April 27, 2013. Seven young and talented players competed at the event, including two new Discovery Tour golfers.

Jonathon GrizJonathon Griz (left) and Sophie Guo (bottom right), both from Bluffton, S.C., did not slip away from first place all season. Not only did S. Guo take home first place in the Girls Division, but she shot the lowest score of the day, 38. Griz and his caddie celebrated on No. 6 when he holed out from the bunker to birdie the hole en route to his lowest score of the season, 39.

New Discovery Tour golfer, Justin Grondahl of Rye, N.H., finished second with a score of 42. Grondahl battled for 2nd place with returning Discovery Tour golfer Aaron Elmore from Rincon, Ga.  Elmore, even with a new caddie, finished close behind carding a 44.  Grondahl and Elmore each pared four holes during the round.

Maxwell Green from Hilton Head Island, S.C., was not letting Elmore get too far away finishing with a total score of 45. Close behind was Hanru Guo from Bluffton, S.C., who shot his lowest score of the season, 48. Michael Gavin of Hilton Head Island, S.C. played in his first Discovery Tour event and had a memorable time. Gavin pared No. 8 and finished his round carding a 62.

Sophie GuoSophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C. had the lowest overall score of the day shooting a 38.  She pared four holes, birdied Nos. 6 and 8 and took home the Girls Division first place title.

The Discovery Tour is a fun and relaxing alternative for younger junior golfers who have little or no golf tournament experience.  It is a perfect fit for beginning golfers looking to work on their golf skills while competing with golfers the same age and skill level.   Membership is $25 and each 9-hole tournament is $40.  To register for events or membership please contact us at (843) 785-2444.

Look for the Discovery Tour Fall 2013 schedule coming out soon!