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South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island – Tour Preview

Traveling to an annual fan-favorite site, the IJGT will host the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island on February 14-15, 2015. A weekend dedicated to love will allow juniors to experience a true love for this course. The two-day, 36-hole event will be played on both the Ocean Course and Turtle Point.

Kiawah Ocean Course

The Ocean Course is one of only four courses in the U.S. to have hosted every major PGA event in the country. It hosted the 2012 PGA Championship. The par-72 course was designed by Pete and Alice Dye.

Wind provides an exciting challenge on the Ocean Course as its strength and direction is constantly changing and unpredictable; there are no prevailing winds on the course. It has more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere, 10 right along the Atlantic with the other eight running parallel. This provides players unobstructed views of Kiawah’s Atlantic coastline from every hole.

KiawahOcean_8th_Hole

The Ocean Course was named one of the Top 10 Courses in the U.S. and the World by the Travel Channel in 2014. In 2012, it was named the #1 Golf Course in South Carolina by Golf Digest.

The Jack Nicklaus-designed Turtle Point course gives players the opportunity to test not just their accuracy, but also their mental game.

All of Kiawah Island’s five courses are Audubon-certified Cooperative Sanctuaries. Located less than an hour outside of Charleston, Kiawah Island offers an abundance of activities for visitors.

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, tops the list of players to watch for the Boys 15-19 Division of the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island. Go is currently ranked first in his division on the IJGT Tour Rankings. He has six top-three finishes this season, including wins at the IJGT College Series at NC STATE, the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines. Other players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division include Thomas Lipowicz of Alexandria, Va., and Karan Arjun of Bangalore, India, who finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in last year’s IJGT event at Kiawah. Also keep an eye out for John Karcher of Novi, Mich., who is playing in his third IJGT event at Kiawah.

In the Girls Division, Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, finished third in last year’s Major Championship at Kiawah. This is her third IJGT event at the notoriously difficult course. Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., also played last year’s event, finishing in 11th place.

Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, is coming off a first place finish in the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. He is currently first in his division in the IJGT rankings. Pittsford, N.Y., native Daniel Schindler will look to improve on his second place finish in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, his first IJGT event. Also keep an eye out for Will Whittaker of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., who finished 13th in last year’s IJGT event at Kiawah.

Juniors will be competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points as they play the world-renowned courses at Kiawah Island. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live updates and download the IJGT app for live scoring.

Final results from the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club, McDowell wins in playoff – March 22-23, 2014

McDowell takes first in a playoff victory

Ogawa secures his third victory of the season

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) headed north to the Columbia Country Club to host the Palmetto Open on March 22-23, 2014. Both rounds were played in perfect golf weather with temperatures in the 70s, light breezes and abundant sunshine. Forecasted rain held out and allowed the juniors to compete in dry conditions for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. The field featured juniors between the ages of 12 and 19 years old.

Tennoshin Rd. 1 LeaderGoing into round two, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, led by two strokes after tallying three birdies and finishing with a 1-under-par score of 71. Kicking off round two with two birdies, Ogawa attempted to pull away but second place finisher Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, was not far behind. D’Amico carded four birdies in his own second-round effort to put him even with Ogawa in round two. It was Ogawa’s consistency though that allowed him to prevail. Tallying six total birdies and making par on 23 holes led Ogawa to a 71-74 – 145 overall score for a first-place finish in the 36-hole tournament. The first-place finish became his third victory of the 2013-2014 season and sixth top-ten finish in eight IJGT events played.

“I was not nervous [after round one] and felt confident since my irons ended up working well for me,” said Ogawa.

Second place in the Boys 15-19 Division went to D’Amico who improved from fourth place after round one to finish with a 74-74 – 148 overall score. Rounding out the top three was Wilson Belk of Colorado Springs, Colo., who finished one stroke behind D’Amico with a score of 73-76 – 149 overall.

The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award that goes to the player in each division with the lowest score in the final round of the tournament, went to Karan Arjun of Bangalore, India, who carded a 1-under-par-71 in round two.

Nikita ArjunIn the Girls Division, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, came from behind to secure first place. Going into round two three strokes behind, Arjun took to the course and shaved an impressive four strokes off of her first round to pass round-one leader, Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga. Though she struggled in round one with seven bogeys, Arjun added two birdies and only two bogeys in round two to ensure her place in first. Coming off of a second-place finish at Kiawah Island in February, the victory at Columbia Country Club is her first of the season and becomes her eighth top-five finish for 2013-2014. Arjun, the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award winner, finished the tournament with a score of 78-74 – 152 overall.

Ashmore finished with a score of 75-78 – 153 overall to take second place. Rounding out the Girls Division was Milleina Ohara of Meguro-Ku, Japan, who finished with a score of 82-77 – 159 overall.

“Putting was the most difficult [for me] because the greens were really fast so it was really hard to read,” commented Arjun.

Chandler McDowell 1In a competitive Boys 14 & Under Division, John Weiss of Columbia, S.C., had a three-stroke lead over both Chandler McDowell of Alberta, Canada, and Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., but consistency in round two allowed McDowell to cut four strokes off his round-one score to tie Weiss with an overall score of 158, sending it into a playoff. In his first ever IJGT event, Weiss came up short in the playoff against McDowell who benefitted from his long game to finish with par on the playoff hole for the win.

Following the playoff, Weiss finished second with a score of 78-80 – 158 overall while Ingram rounded out the Boys 14 & Under Division in third with an overall score if 161.

When asked about his approach to his first playoff scenario, McDowell said, “I hit my drive just behind the bunker and when I saw that id hit it into the bunker I just hit it in the middle of the green for an easy two putt.”

The IJGT’s next event will be The College Classic at Duke University in Durham, N.C., on April 5-6, 2014. To sign up for this Event, click here.

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, Dynamic Brands, Clazic Belts, Oakley, Sun Mountain, The First Tee, Golfweek, 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.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Palmetto Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed March 23, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,957 yards, Par 72 (74.0/136).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,281 yards, Par 72 (70.5/132). Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,996 yards, Par 72 (71.5/122).

Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 70s, winds 3-5 mph
Cloudy with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 10-15 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club
Blythewood, S.C.
March 22-23, 2014
Course: Ridgewood/Tall Pines 

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees): 6,857 Yards, Par 72

1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *71-74–145
2. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *74-74–148
3. Wilson Belk, Colorado Springs CO *73-76–149
4. William Harwood, Columbia, SC *78-72–150
5. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *81-71–152
5. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *77-75–152
5. Salil Ghamande, Evans, GA *73-79–152
8. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *79-77–156
8. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co (NQN) *75-81–156
10. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *81-77–158
10. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *80-78–158
12. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *82-77–159
12. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *81-78–159
14. Paul Edgar, Kitchener, Canada *80-80–160
14. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *79-81–160
16. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *82-79–161
16. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *79-82–161
18. Chad Couch Jr, Bristol, TN *77-85–162
19. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN *90-73–163
20. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-84–164
20. Alec Stopperich, Venetia, PA *80-84–164
22. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *86-79–165
22. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *82-83–165
24. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *82-84–166
25. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *83-85–168
26. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *88-85–173
27. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *86-89–175
28. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China *104-109–213
Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees): 6,281 yards, Par 72

1. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *81-77—158*
2. John Weiss, Columbia, SC *78-80–158
3. Chase Ingram, Bluffton, SC *81-80–161
4. Ben Woodruff, Huntersville NC *83-79–162
5. Bronson Myers, Columbia, SC *82-87–169
6. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *92-80–172
7. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *93-83–176
8. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA *91-88–179
9. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China *98-102–200
10. Ronak Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *102-99—201

*Denotes playoff winner

Girls Division (Black Tees): 5,996 yards, Par 72

1. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India, *78-74–152
2. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA, *75-78–153
3. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan, *82-77–159
4. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *81-79–160
5. Jacquelyn Eleey, Quincy, MA *83-79–162
6. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *84-80–164
7. Legare Augenstein, Columbia SC, *90–83-173
8. Pen Naviroj, Watertown, CT *89-85–174
9. Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *99-95–194

DID NOT FINISH

Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *79-JWD