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First-round highlights from the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The weather could not have been more perfect — save some slight winds — for the first round of the International Junior Golf Tour‘s (IJGT) Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes on Nov. 9. Held on the intricately-designed and aesthetically-captivating George Fazio Course at the Palmetto Dunes Resort, the Nov. 9-10 event featured more than 90 players from 21 states and 18 countries. The players are eagerly fighting for national rankings and DOUBLE IJGT Merit Points, and with a deeply stacked field of talent and skill, the final round is sure to be filled with just as much excitement as the first. Here are your leaders going into the final round on Sunday, Nov. 10.

In the Boys 15-19 DivisionEwen Ferguson of Hilton Head Island, S.C., leads the way with a tournament-low 1-under-par 69 through Round 1. Here is Ferguson’s round by the numbers:

Ewen Ferguson:

35 – score on the front nine (even-par)

34 – score on the back nine (1-under-par)

11 – number of pars

7 – straight pars to start his round

4 – number of birdies (22.2% of his scores); also his stroke lead going into final round

3 – number of seasons playing on the IJGT

-1 – score on the course’s par-4’s and par-5’s

Atop the leaderboard in the Boys 14 & Under Division is Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, who sits with a 6-over-par 76 after one round. Here is Vilips’s round by the numbers:

Karl Vilips: 

38 – front and back nine scores

12 – number of pars (66.6% of his scores)

4 – stroke lead going into the final round

3 – wins on the IJGT this season

+1 – score on the course’s par-3’s

E – score on the course’s par-5’s

In the Girls Division, Kasidy Beckel of Bluffton, S.C., and Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., currently share the lead with a 3-over-par 73. Here are their first rounds by the numbers:

Kasidy Beckel:

36 – score on the back nine* (1-over-par)

10 – number of pars (55.6% of her scores)

5 – streak of made pars (from holes Nos. 8-12)

3 – number of birdies

2 – her second season playing with the IJGT

E – score on the course’s par-4’s

Kelly Whaley:

34 – score on the back nine* (1-under-par)

8 – number of pars

5 – number of birdies (with three on Nos. 1, 2, and 4)

2 – number of seasons and wins on the IJGT

-2 – score on the course’s par-3’s

E – score on the course’s par-5’s

 

* denotes a 10th hole start


For complete results of the first round click 
here. Pairings for final-round action at the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes can be found here.

Final results from the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Kim and Vilips grab third wins of season

Huang dominates Girls Division en route to second victory

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) wrapped up the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on a weekend that was culminated by all types of weather. The Southeast Region Event took place on Nov. 2-3, 2013 on the Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Hall Plantation Club. Heavy rain on Friday night left the fairways damp and muddy, and the players experienced all but normal conditions with clouds and sharp, chilling winds at some points followed up by warm sunshine during others. Competing for National Rankings and IJGT Merits Points, the golfers did not fail to impress with their skills, determination, and professionalism. All three divisions featured repeat winners taking home champions trophies.

Geuntae Kim - Island Open Champ

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Geuntae Kim of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, came back from a two-stroke deficit after the first round to capture his third victory of the season in a near-playoff situation. His final 71-77–148 tied with Ewen Ferguson of Hilton Head Island, S.C., but Kim won the playoff by default to take sole possession of first place at 4-over-par. After a first round consisting of five birdies and nine pars, Kim came back with a similar performance in the final round. He sank nine pars, including five in a row on holes Nos. 2-6, and his two birdies of the round came back-to-back on the tough par-5 No. 9 and the par-4 No. 10.

When asked about the best parts of his performance in the event, Kim noted his close-range game. He explained that he did really well “from inside 100 yards.”

This was the third consecutive win for Kim in as many events this season. He previously won at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7-8, and the Sanctuary Shootout on Sept. 28-29. He now has etched five career victories in two seasons with the IJGT.

To round out the Boys 15-19 Division, Ewen Ferguson landed in second place with a 76-72–148. His final-round 72 also gave him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his performance. Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, and Jonathan Phillips of Hardeeville, S.C., tied for third with final scores of 149.

Karl Vilips - Island Open Champ

The Boys 14 & Under Division saw a similar face atop the final standings, with Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, grabbing his third victory of the season. His first-round 1-over-par 73 gave him a five-stroke cushion going into the final round, and despite strong play by his fellow competitors, he did not succumb to the pressure, maintaining his lead and eventually taking home the trophy. Though Vilips endured some challenges during his final round, his 8-over-par 80 performance was able to secure an eight-stroke win in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a total 153. After a front-nine 42 during the final round, Vilips came back with a steady back nine, making pars on holes Nos. 10- 13, and then Nos. 15-18.

When asked about the most difficult parts of the event, Vilips noted, “The wind was really hard both days, and there was a lot of water.” Aside from experiencing these adversities, though, Vilips was quick to say that overall the win was “perfect.”

Vilips has had a spectacular first season with the IJGT, winning three events and grabbing top-five finishes in five others. His other two victories came at the IJGT Georgia Junior at Sea Island on Aug. 24-25 and the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch on Oct. 12-13.

Finishing in second place was Bumin Choi of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, who shot a final 78-83–161. Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., came in third with a two-round score of 85-80–165.

Samantha Huang - Island Open ChampSamantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, led the way in the Girls Division from start to finish, shooting a final 9-over-par 153 to secure a satisfying six stroke win. After a strong start with a first-round 1-under-par 71, Huang had a five stroke lead.

But, like most of the tournament field, Huang experienced challenges throughout the final round. Nonetheless, she was able to maintain her focus, shooting an 82 to earn her second win of the season. Huang sank nine pars and a birdie during the round, and played the course’s par-3s in 1-under-par for the tournament.

One of the most notable aspects of Huang’s performance came with her drivers, or lack thereof. When asked about any obstacles she experienced, Huang explained that because her drivers were “really bad,” she decided to use 3-wood for the entire duration of the tournament. It turns out this did not affect the champion too adversely in the end.

This is Huang’s first season with the IJGT, playing in four events, winning two and landing top ten in all four. Her first win came at the Sanctuary Shootout on Sept. 28-29.

There was a three-way tie for the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, with Huang, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, and Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, all posting a final-round 82. 

Rounding out the top three for the Girls Division were Arjun and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who carded a score of 77-82–159 and 76-84–160, respectively.

The IJGT returns to action next weekend for the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The tournament will be contested on the George Fazio Course at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. 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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Island Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 3, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,739 yards, Par 72 (73.0/133). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,265 yards, Par 72 (71.0/127). Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,975 yards, Par 72 (76.0/134).

 

Weather: Cloudy with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 5-10 mph
                 Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 15-20 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour Island Open at Palmetto Hall
Palmetto Hall – Arthur Hills Course
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
November 2-3, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,739 yards, Par 72

1. Geuntae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *71-77–148*
2. Ewen Ferguson, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-72–148
3. Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, SC *75-74–149
3. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *69-80–149
5. Maurizio Debono, Basiglio, Italy *78-76–154
5. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *76-78–154
7. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-76–156
7. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *77-79–156
9. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *81-77–158
9. Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador *79-79–158
9. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *79-79–158
9. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *76-82–158
13. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *82-77–159
13. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *78-81–159
13. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *76-83–159
16. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *85-77–162
16. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *79-83–162
16. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *73-89–162
19. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *85-78–163
19. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *79-84–163
21. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *80-84–164
21. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *75-89–164
23. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *80-85–165
23. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *80-85–165
25. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *84-83–167
26. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *87-81–168
27. Trevor King, Huntington, NY *87-86–173
28. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *82-92–174
28. Jake Haughom, Vienna, VA *83-91–174
30. Walker Campbell, Paget, Bermuda *81-94–175
31. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *78-98–176
32. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *86-100–186
33. Mauricio Troncoso, Mexico City, Mexico *96-101–197

*Won in a playoff

Boys 14 & Under Division, White Tees, 6,265 yards, Par 72
1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *73-80–153
2. Bumin Choi, Gyeonngi-do, South Korea *78-83–161
3. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *85-80–165
4. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *78-88–166
5. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *91-89–180
6. Cade England, Dallas, TX *93-90–183
7. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *91-95–186
8. Alexander Camberos, Kigali, Rwanda *93-97–190
9. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *110-106–216

DID NOT FINISH
Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *79-JWD

Girls Division, Black Tees, 5,975 yards, Par 72
1. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *71-82–153
2. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *77-82–159
3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *76-84–160
4. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *85-82–167
5. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *82-86–168
6. Dylaney Day, Toronto, Canada *97-85–182
7. Christine Scholten, Amsterdam, Netherlands *106-108–214

DID NOT FINISH
Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *JWD

First-round highlights from the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled just around the corner for the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall, taking place Nov. 2-3, 2013. What began as a cold, wet morning for the golfers turned out to be a sunny Fall day with fantastic golf temperatures. The first round of the event was held on the club’s famed Arthur Hills Course, featuring heavily wooded areas with towering pines and moss-draped oaks, along with lush fairways rolling past crystalline lakes. These are your leaders going into the final round of competition.

The Boys 15-19 Division leader is Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, who got off to a fast start shooting a cool 3-under-par 69. He currently holds a two-stroke lead going into the final round. Here is Hui’s round by the numbers:

Yong Sherng Hui:

69 – first-round score

34 – score on the front nine (2-under-par)

13 – number of pars

2 – seasons with the IJGT

-3 – score on the course’s four par-3’s

On top of the Boys 14 & Under Division is Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia. Vilips holds a comfortable five-shot lead going into the final round with a score of 73. Here is his round by the numbers:

Karl Vilips:

73 – first-round score

11 – number of pars

5 – stroke lead after round one

3 – number of birdies

-1 – score on the course’s par-3’s and par-5’s

Taking charge of the Girls Division is Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, who came out with a 1-under-par 71 after 18 holes. Her performance gives her a five-stroke lead going into the final day of competition. Here is Huang’s round by the numbers:

Samantha Huang:

71 – first-round score

35 – score on the front nine (1-under-par)

9 – number of pars

5 – number of birdies

-3 – score on the course’s par-5’s

 

For complete results of the first round click here. Pairings for final-round action at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall can be found here.

Final results from the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Comeback victories for Ogawa and Shimoji

Strong play and hole-in-one propels Valdes to second straight win

POOLER, Ga. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters for its Southeast Tour on Oct. 19-20, 2013, and the field of gifted junior golfers did not fail to provide spectators with exciting and nail-biting moments throughout the Event. Held on the famed Greg Norman Signature Course, the beautifully-designed course had its fair share of open fairways and strategically-placed water hazards, while also featuring an alluring par-3 island green. 77 players representing 20 countries and 18 states competed for National Rankings, AJGA Performance Stars, and IJGT Merit Points.

Ana Paula ValdesIn the Girls Division, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, built a strong lead quickly and never looked back, tallying a final 6-under-par 138 to record her victory in the Girls Division. Her final score was the best in the entire field and six strokes ahead of runner-up, Rei Nakatani, of Tokyo, Japan. Valdes shot a scorching bogey-free round of 5-under-par 67 in the first round, complete with five birdies and 2-under-par effort on the course’s par-4’s and par-5’s. Holding onto a comfortable lead going into the final round, Valdes immediately opened up with a birdie on the par-4 No. 1, and followed that up with two pars. The highlight of her performance, and arguably, the tournament, came on the par-3 No. 4, where Valdes sank a hole-in-one from 144 yards. Valdes wrapped up her round with two birdies on the back nine’s par-5’s, carding a total 1-under-par 71.

Looking back on her final round Valdes was humble, saying, “[It was] not as good as the first round, but I had an interesting day today,” playing coy to her incredible second career hole-in-one performance. 

This is Valdes’ second straight victory of the 2013-2014 season, where she most recently came out with a convincing 12-stroke win at the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch on Oct. 12-13. After winning three events in 2012-2013, Valdes is competing in her third season with the IJGT.

Rounding out the top three for the Girls Division were Nakatani, who shot a tournament total of even-par 144, and Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, who tallied a final 1-over-par 145.

Nakatani’s final-round score of 3-under-par 69 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the player who records the lowest score in the final round of every IJGT tournament.

DSC01923The Boys 15-19 Division featured one of two exciting comebacks of the Event, where Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, battled back from a five-stroke deficit to take home the trophy with a 75-68–143. In an admirable final round performance, Ogawa opened up with a front-nine score of 3-under-par 33 to put the pressure on the leaders. One of the tournament’s most notable moments came on the par-5 No. 13, where Ogawa sank a 150-yard shot from the bunker for an eagle. Matched up stroke-by-stroke with Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, on the final few holes, Ogawa prevailed. He finished the day with a birdie on No. 17 and a division-low 4-under-par 68, preventing a playoff and securing a one-stroke win over Cheng.

Despite finding himself in a hole after the first round and being caught in a close, stroke-by-stroke competition over the final few holes, Ogawa said that this win makes him “…feel really happy and I’m proud of myself.”

This was the first win of the season for Ogawa, who most recently placed second in a playoff at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7-8. Ogawa is in his third season with the IJGT and racked up six notable victories last season as a competitor in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Landing a second place finish in the division was Chengwho carded a final even-par 144. Austin Maher of Bracebridge, Canada, was two shots back of Ogawa, notching a 1-over-par 145 for the Event.

Takafumi Shimoji

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, another near-playoff created suspense as Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, was able to rally from a first-round deficit to pull off a one-stroke victory over strong competitor, Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia. Finishing round one with a 3-over-par 75, Shimoji sat two strokes off the lead and was determined to turn his performance around. Despite a slow front-nine start, Shimoji was resilient, making a birdie on the par-4 No. 11 and then carding five straight pars to catch up with the leader. With the help of his birdie on hole No. 17 and par on the last hole, he was able to seal off the victory with a final 150.

Reflecting on how this close-cut victory made him feel, Shimoji responded like any other winner would, saying, “I want to win more.”

This is Shimoji’s third win in his first season with the IJGT, coming after victories at the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield and the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation. He also tied for second place at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National.

Vilips earned his seventh top five finish with a second-place score of 151. Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., landed in third with a score of 154, giving him his third consecutive top five finish.

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will be back in action on Nov. 2-3, 2013 in Hilton Head, S.C., for the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall. 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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

 

 

Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Savannah Quarters Country Club

Pooler, Ga.

October 19-20, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – (Black Tees) 6,861 yards, Par 72

1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *75-68–143

2. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *70-74–144

3. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *72-73–145

4. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *73-73–146

5. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *75-73–148

6. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada *74-76–150

7. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-75–151

8. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *78-74–152

8. Matthew Mannion, Muskoka, Canada *78-74–152

10. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *76-77–153

10. Salil Ghamande, Evans, GA *75-78–153

10. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE *76-77–153

13. Zach Seeler, Marion, IN *80-75–155

13. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *77-78–155

13. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *77-78–155

13. Chase Childers, Issue, MD *76-79–155

17. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *82-75–157

17. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *80-77–157

17. Maurizio Debono, Basiguo, Italy *79-78–157

17. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *77-80–157

21. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *80-78–158

21. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *79-79–158

23. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *81-78–159

23. Lohith Ramaraju, London, England *80-79–159

23. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *76-83–159

26. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *78-82–160

26. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-82–160

28. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *85-76–161

28. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *80-81–161

28. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *81-80–161

31. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *76-86–162

32. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung. Taiwan *81-82–163

33. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea *81-83–164

34. Nick Becker, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-79–165

35. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *85-81–166

35. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *80-86–166

37. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *89-78–167

37. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *80-87–167

39. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *91-79–170

39. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *82-88–170

41. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *88-84–172

41. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *88-84–172

43. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *91-82–173

43. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *78-95–173

45. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico *80-96–176

46. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *88-89–177

47. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *90-89–179

48. Todd Glickfield IV, Bluffton, SC *93-89–182

49. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *89-97–186

50. Jespi Huh, Sasanggu, South Korea *93-97–190

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *83-JWD

 

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – (Silver Tees) 6,294 yards, Par 72

1. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *75-75–150

2. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *73-78–151

3. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *77-77–154

4. Luis Sanchez, Xalapa, Mexico *78-84–162

5. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *85-92–177

6. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *105-98–203

7. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China *123-106–229

 

 

Girls Division – (Red Tees) 6,007 yards, Par 72

1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico *67-71–138

2. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *75-69–144

3. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *73-72–145

4. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *75-75–150

5. Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico *76-76–152

6. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *76-79–155

6. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *81-74–155

8. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *77-79–156

9. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *81-77–158

9. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *76-82–158

11. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan *80-82–162

12. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *84-79–163

12. Kayla Kozak, North Myrtle Beach, SC *81-82–163

14. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *85-79–164

15. Pendleton Bogache, Myrtle Beach, SC *82-87–169

16. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *94-90–184

17. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *96-94–190

18. Taylor Clark, Red Bank, NJ *94-97–191

 

 

 

First-round highlights from the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

POOLER, Ga. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) took a short trip to Pooler, Ga., for the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters, taking place from Oct. 19-20, 2013. The first round of the event, which was held on the club’s Greg Norman Signature Course, was initially threatened by early morning fog and cloudy skies, but the prompt arrival of the sun made for a gorgeous day with perfect temperatures for golf. The junior players, competing for National Rankings, AJGA Performance Stars, and IJGT Merit Points, made for an entertaining day. Here are your leaders going into the final round.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Matt Cheng from Taipei, Taiwan, leads the way with a 2-under-par 70, giving him a two-stroke cushion going into the final round on Oct. 20. Here is Cheng’s first round by the numbers:

Matt Cheng: 

34 – score on the front nine (2-under-par)

8 – made pars

7 – number of birdies, including one on the 531-yard, par-5 No. 13 and one on the No. 15 Island Green

4 – seasons with the IJGT, as well as the number of wins in his IGJT career

-2 – score on the course’s ten par-4’s

The Boys 14 & Under Division is fronted by recent Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch champion, Karl Vilipsof Melbourne, Australia, who shot a 1-over-par 73. Here is Vilips’ first round by the numbers:

Karl Vilips: 

36 – back nine score (even-par)

13 – made pars

7 – number of appearances with the IJGT, including this weekend’s event

2 – number of birdies, including one on the No. 15 Island Green

-1 – score on the course’s four par-3’s

Paving the way in the Girls Division is Ana Paula Valdesfrom Morelia, Mexico, who carded a remarkable 5-under-par 67, which leads all golfers. Here is her first round by the numbers:

Ana Paula Valdes:

33 – score on the front nine (3-under-par)

5 – number of birdies, including two on Nos. 3 and 13, both par-5’s

4 – wins in her three seasons with the IJGT, including most recently at the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch

0 – number of bogeys

-2 – score on the course’s par-4’s and par-5’s

 

For complete results of the first round click here. Pairings for final-round action at Savannah Quarters Country Club can be found here.

 

Final results from the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch

Valdes victorious at Black Diamond

Ito earns first Boys 15-19 Division title

LECANTO, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) conducted the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch, Oct. 12-13. Held on the Quarry Course, which hosted 2012 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying, the Florida Junior featured elite junior golfers ages 9-19 representing 19 countries and 10 states competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.

Ranked by GolfDigest as the 143rd best golf course in the United States, the Quarry Course is a Tom Fazio design that provided a great backdrop for the competition and featured a stretch of five consecutive holes (Nos. 13-17) weaving up and down the quarry. Numerous challenges awaited the tournament field, but many were able to navigate the challenging course to post great rounds.

Valdes TrophyAna Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, put on the best performance of the tournament after firing a 4-under-par 140 tournament total to win the Girls Division by 12 strokes. Playing in her first IJGT Event in the 2013-2014 season, Valdes drove the golf ball well, hit precise approach shots, and most importantly, rolled the putter well propelling her to the first-place finish.

In the first round, Valdes got off to a blazing start making two birdies in her first two holes. From there she would make two more birdies and three bogeys en route to a 1-under-par 71. Going into the final round Valdes carried a six-stroke lead.

Valdes did not let up on the accelerator in the final round. Again, she started her day off with two consecutive birdies to put the pressure squarely on her fellow competitors.

Valdes was not done on the front nine though. She would birdie hole No. 7 and then eagle the ninth hole on the Quarry Course at Black Diamond Ranch to go out in 5-under-par 31.

On the more difficult back nine, Valdes would drop two shots to finish off her stellar performance with a 3-under-par 69. This was the lowest score of the tournament regardless of division and also earned Valdes the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“I wasn’t focused on my competitors. I was just trying to do better than yesterday. I was just focusing on my golf game,” said Valdes.

Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, finished in second place in the Girls Division with a tournament total of 152, while Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, took third place with a tournament total of 153.

Ito AwardsIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan, was victorious for the first time in the 2013-2014 IJGT season. He used a final-round score of even-par 72 to separate himself from the rest of field at Black Diamond Ranch. The score also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

In the first round, Ito grinded out an impressive score of 4-over-par 76 to earn a share of the lead with Ben Cohn of Guayaquil, Ecuador. Ito’s round was similar to a rollercoaster as he made as many pars as he did birdies (five). His most pivotal birdies came in the quarry on holes Nos. 15-16 which played extremely tough due to the precision required on the respective tee shots.

The final round was wide open with five other competitors within three strokes of the co-leaders. Ito got off to the start he needed after making a birdie on the first hole.

“At first I was nervous, but I made a birdie on the first hole which helped,” commented Ito.

A bogey on the second hole put Ito back at even-par for the day, but after three consecutive birdies on holes Nos. 7-9, Ito made the turn in 3-under-par 33. From there it was his to lose. A wayward tee shot on No. 15 forced him to hit his third shot from the tee, but Ito remained calmed and made an impressive bogey to avoid letting any other fellow competitors back into the title picture.

Ito finished the tournament in style making a birdie on the closing hole at the Quarry Course which is an uphill, dogleg to the left, par 5. In total, Ito made 10 birdies over the two days.

Finishing in a tie for second place were Cohn and Masato Yoshitsugu of Aichi, Japan, with tournament totals of 153.

Vilips TrophyKarl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, returned to the winner’s circle once again as he dominated the Boys 14 & Under Division at Black Diamond Ranch. The first round was crucial as Vilips opened up a large lead after firing a 2-under-par 70. This was the best score of the tournament in the first round regardless of division. Vilips played nearly flawless golf playing his last eight holes in 3-under-par.

The final round got off to a slow start for Vilips after a quadruple-bogey on the third hole on the Quarry Course. From that point on though, he was able to navigate the golf course in 1-under-par to finish with a 4-over-par 76. In that stretch, Vilips made eight consecutive pars and dominated the demanding quarry holes (Nos. 13-17) playing them in 2-under-par.

Vilips credits his preparation on the greens as the key to his success in the Florida Junior.

“If I putted how I normally played, I would have missed a lot of short putts. I’ve been spending a lot of time with my coach which has helped me this weekend,” said Vilips.

Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., finished in second place with a tournament total of 166. Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico, rounded out the top three with a tournament score of 173.

The IJGT Southeast tour will head north to Savannah, Ga., for the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters Country Club, Oct. 19-20. 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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

LECANTO, Fla. – Final round results of the IJGT Florida Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Oct. 13, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,746 yards, Par 72 (72.2/131).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Gray Tees – 6,196 yards, Par 72 (69.8/127) Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,840 yards, Par 72 (74.2/137).

 

Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 10-15 m.p.h.

Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 5-10 m.p.h.

 

 

Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch

Black Diamond Ranch – Quarry Course

Lecanto, Fla.

October 12-13, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – (Black Tees) 6,746 yards, Par 72

1. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *76-72–148

2. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *80-73–153

2. Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador *76-77–153

4. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *80-74–154

5. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *83-73–156

5. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *78-78–156

7. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *79-78–157

7. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *77-80–157

9. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *79-80–159

9. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *79-80–159

11. Maurizio Debono, Basiguo, Italy *83-77–160

11. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *82-78–160

13. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung. Taiwan *79-82–161

14. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *80-83–163

15. Connor Downey, Franklin, TN *84-80–164

16. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *84-82–166

17. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *86-81–167

18. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *91-77–168

18. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *86-82–168

18. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *82-86–168

18. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *82-86–168

18. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-87–168

23. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *87-84–171

24. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *88-86–174

24. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *89-85–174

26. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *90-87–177

27. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *91-88–179

28. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *95-90–185

29. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China *116-120–236

DID NOT FINISH

Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico *JWD

Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *89-JWD

Todd Glickfield IV, Bluffton, SC *89-JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – (Gray Tees) 6,196 yards, Par 72

1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *70-76–146

2. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *84-82–166

3. Luis Sanchez, Xalapa, Mexico *85-88–173

4. Sebastiano Bogoni, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy *93-98–191

DID NOT FINISH

Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN, *DQ (Rule 6-6b)

 

Girls Division – (Green Tees) 5,840 yards, Par 72

1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico *71-69–140

2. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *77-75–152

3. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *80-73–153

4. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *81-80–161

5. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *86-83–169

6. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *84-87–171

7. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *107-98–205

8. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *109-109–218

 

First-round highlights from the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch

LECANTO, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch featured many outstanding performers in the first round of play. The tournament, which is held on the renown Quarry Course, featured players from 19 countries and 10 states.

The Quarry Course, although very scenic, provided a great challenge to many of the juniors. Many players were able to combat the tough conditions and put together a great round.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, put together the round of the day with a 2-under-par 70. Here is Vilips’s round by the number.

Vilips Fwy Shot1Karl Vilips by the number:

70 – score in the first round (lowest round of the day)

34 – back-nine score

12 – number of pars in his round

4 – number of birdie in his round

1 – number of IJGT victories this season

 

In the Girls Division, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, made her IJGT season debut in style after recording a 1-under-par 71. The 2012-2013 All-IJGT Team performer will look to add another title to her resume in the final round. Here is Valdes’s round by the numbers.

Valdes Iron Shot1

Ana Paula Valdes by the number:

71 – first-round score

34 – front-nine score

4 – number of birdies in her round

2 – consecutive birdies to start her round

1 – first IJGT appearance in 2013-2014 Season

 

The Boys 15-19 Division has co-leaders with Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan, and Ben Cohn of Guayaquil, Ecuador, atop the scoreboard with scores of 76.  The path to their first-round leads came about in different fashions. Here are Ito’s and Cohn’s round by the numbers.

Ito Tee Shot1Shogo Ito by the numbers:

38 – score of both nines

5 – number of birdies in his round

1 – number of pars on his front nine

 

Ben Cohn by the numbers:

11 – number of pars in his round

6 – number of consecutive pars on the back nine

2 – number of birdies in his round

 

For complete results of the first round click here. Pairings for final-round action at Black Diamond Ranch can be found here.

 

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

 

Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will host the Aiken Junior Open Sept. 21-22 at Woodside Plantation in Aiken, SC. The two-day, 36-hole event will be held at the Wisteria Course, one of the four fantastic courses available at Woodside Plantation.

Opened in 1987 and designed by famous golf course architect Rees Jones, Wisteria boasts 18 challenging holes that were designed to showcase the rolling hills and wooded forests of the area.

The 11th hole of the Wisteria Course at Woodside Plantation.

The 11th hole of the Wisteria Course at Woodside Plantation.

The picturesque setting will play host to fierce competition, especially in the Boys 15-19 Division. Headlining that division is Ben El Cohn of Guayaquil, Ecuador, who is moving up a division after winning the Boys 14 & Under Division title at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. Challenging him will be a pair of Italians, Luigi D’Amico (Forli, Italy) and Maurizio Debono (Basiguo, Italy).

D’Amico has a fourth-place and third-place finish in two IJGT Events this season, while Debono has notched fifth and sixth-place finishes in his two tour appearances this year.

In the Girls Division, all eyes will be on Kelly Whaley of Farmington, CT, who will be making her first tour appearance of the season. Whaley had one win, four second-place finishes and three top-tens in nine tour Events last season.

The Boys 14 & Under Division will likely be a battle between Takafumi Shimoji (Okinawa, Japan) and Karl Vilips (Melbourne, Australia). Shimoji boasts a win and a tied for second-place in his two appearances this season, while Vilips has a a win, a tied for second and a fourth-place finish to his name so far this year.

Final results from the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

Playoffs decide both Boys Divisions

Wuensch wins third straight IJGT Event

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7-8. 55 elite junior golfers teed off on the beautiful Gary Player design, and the course more than held its own, as just two golfers finished even-par or lower.

DSC01479In the Boys 15-19 Division, GeunTae Kim of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, both played outstanding throughout 36 holes. With first-round scores of 1-under-par 70, both Kim and Ogawa won the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the players with the lowest first round score.

Kim came alive with the pressure on down the stretch in the final round, making three birdies on his final five holes to force the playoff at 2-under-par 140 with Ogawa. Kim racked up seven birdies over the two-day tournament.

On the playoff hole, both Kim and Ogawa had beautiful drives down the center of the fairway starting off on the par-4, No. 10, to leave them 50 yards out from the green. Ogawa’s second shot left him sitting 10 feet from the hole on the green, while Kim stuck it four feet from the hole. Many who were watching thought that Kim would clinch the win with his putt, but a close miss and par putts for both Ogawa and Kim pushed them on to the par-4, No. 11.

Similarly to hole No. 10, both Kim and Ogawa blasted their drives down the middle of the fairway on hole No. 11. Kim’s unbelievable second shot left him within a foot of the hole, while Ogawa had a 15 foot putt to birdie. Kim’s tap in birdie gave him first place honors for the tournament.

Coming in third place was Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, who finished with a two-day total of 2-over-par 144. Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., finished tied for fourth, and earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with his 2-under-par 69 in the final round.

DSC01475Another playoff was needed to decide the Boys 14 & Under Division, as Ben El Cohn of Guayaquil, Ecuador, Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, and Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, finished the 36 regulation holes tied with matching scores of 12-over-par 154.

The trio went into a playoff on hole No. 10, with three equally impressive drives down the fairway. The second shots resulted with Vilips and Cohn 10 feet from the hole, and Shimoji just off the green. Shimoji’s birdie chip and par putt were missed, while Cohn and Vilips both missed their birdie putts. Cohn’s par putt gave him the hole, and the victory, as Vilips had a tough lip-out for his par. Cohn was the first-round leader after a day one 5-over-par 76, following that up with a 7-over-par 78 that featured one birdie and 11 pars.

El Cohn now has a victory and a second place finish in his first two IJGT Events.

Vilips rallied from a first round 11-over-par 82 to post an impressive second-round 1-over-par 72, while Shimoji shot a second-round 5-over-par 78 to get into the playoff.

DSC01480In the Girls Division, Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, won for the third straight time on the IJGT this season with a two-round total of 1-over-par 143. Wuensch jumped out to a six-stroke lead after round one thanks to a first-day total of 2-under-par 69.

Her impressive first round earned her the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award. On day two, Wuensch carded 15 pars and overcame three bogeys to post a final round 3-over-par-74, which was more than enough to hold on for the win.

Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, used a final round 3-under-par 68 to propel herself to a second-place overall finish. Rodriguez came out firing, notching birdies on two of her first three holes.  She followed that with ten consecutive pars before tallying one more birdied on the 14th hole.  Her strong day two performance earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., finished in third place with an overall score of 8-over-par 150.

The International Junior Golf Tour will travel to Aiken, S.C., in two weeks to host the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation, Sept. 21-22. For more information about the Aiken Junior Open, please visit www.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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

BLUFFTON, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 8, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6697 yards, Par 71 (72.6/133).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,052 yards, Par 71 (69.5/125). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,724 yards, Par 71 (72.8/126).

 

Weather:       

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

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

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Hilton Head National Golf Club

Bluffton, S.C.

September 7-8, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,697 yards, Par 71

 

1. GeunTae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *70-70—140*

2. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *70-70–140

3. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *71-73–144

4. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE *78-69–147

4. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *71-76–147

6. Maurizuo Debono, Basiguo, Italy *72-78–150

6. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-0–79

8. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *75–76-151

9. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *77-77–154

10. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *79-78–157

10. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi Japan, *77-80–157

12. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *79-79–158

13. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *78-81–159

14. Erwin Brock, Muldrow, OK *85-76–161

14. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *83-78–161

14. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *83-78–161

14. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *79-82–161

14. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *77-84–161

19. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *87-75–162

20. Dylan Lukes, Chapel Hill, NC *80-83–163

20. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *79-84–163

20. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *80-83–163

23. Lee Hammerschmitt, Armonk, NY *81-86–167

23. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico *79-88–167

25. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *84-84–168

26. Pattarapoom Pacharn, Nonthaburi, Thailand *88-81–169

26. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *89-80–169

26. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *83-86-169

26. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *81-88–169

30. Norman Hong, Shenzen, China *83-89–172

30. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *83-89–172

32. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *85-88–173

33. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *91-85–176

34. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *91-93—184

 

DID NOT FINISH

Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *DQ (Rule 6-6d)

Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *JWD

Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – Blue Tees, 6,052 yards, Par 71 

1.  Ben El Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador *76-78–154*

2. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *82-72–154

2. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *78-76–154

4. Luis Sanchez, Xalapa, Mexico * 80-80–160

5. Quade Lukes, Chapel Hill, NC *82-81–163


Girls Division – White Tees, 5,724 yards, Par 71

1. Jana Wuensch, Herrenberg, Germany *69-74–143

2. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *78-68–146

3. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *79-71–150

4. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *76-75–151

5. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *78-74–152

6. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *75-81–156

7. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *83-75–158

7. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *79-79–158

9. Kayla Kozak, North Myrtle Beach, SC *76-83–159

10. Lita Huber,

10. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *77-83–160

12. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan *83-79–162

13. Taylor Clark, Red Bank, NJ *97-88–185

14. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *101-102–203

14. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *104-99–203

 

*Won in a Playoff