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Players of the Week: August 31-September 2

Northeast Tour

HERSHEY, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) stopped in Hershey, Pa., on Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2013 for the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club. Hershey Country Club’s East Course has hosted numerous national events ranging from the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship to the Web.com Tour’s Reese’s Cup Classic. The firm greens on the East Course proved to be a challenge for the players on their approach shots; however there were still birdies to be made. Our Players of the week C.J. Hughes and Frida Henningsson of battled it out over the two-day event for a strong showing in the elite field.

C.J. Hughes, from Indiana, Pa., put together an impressive tournament to be named our Boys Player of the Week.  Even though Hughes came in second in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a two-day total of 155, he was able to bounce back from an 85 on the first day to fire a 1-under-par 70 on the second day in the tough East Course conditions at Hershey Country Club.  Hughes had an up and down front nine of four birdies and three bogeys and then followed with a smoother back nine of one birdie and one bogey. An improvement of 15 stokes over the two rounds made him the comeback player of the tournament.  Finishing near the top is familiar territory for Hughes and we look to his continued success in upcoming IJGT tournaments this fall.

Frida Henningsson of Rye, N.Y., made a grand entrance in her first IJGT event by posting a two-day total of 156 and finishing in second place. On the way to her first round 76, Henningsson made a spectacular par save by holing out from the drop-zone on the par-4 18th hole. Henningsson is no stranger to competition as she has won events in both Sweden and the U.S. prior to her debut with the IJGT. During the winter months you can find Henningsson on the slopes competing in alpine skiing events. One thing is for certain, she will definitely be one to watch next week as the IJGT moves to Crystal Springs Resort for the Major Championship.

 

Southeast Tour

karl vilipsThe International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Lowcountry Open this past weekend at Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C.  The tournament consisted of 47 contestants who competed upon Oldfield’s difficult course conditions, with fast greens and strategically placed bunkers. Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, both have received Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Region.

Vilips, a 12-year old in the Boys 14 & Under Division shows a lot of talent around the golf course. If you asked him how his first round went on Saturday however, he didn’t seem pleased. A 9-over-par 81 for his first round put Vilips 14 shots behind leader Takafumi Shimoji of Miyakojima-shi, Japan. Vilips made the risky change of using his old driver on Sunday and it paid off, hitting nearly every fairway during the final round. Through the first nine holes, Vilips was 3-under par and made every green in regulation. He rounded out his final round by shooting 2-under-par 70, and received the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award for the Boys 14 & Under Division. Vilips ended the tournament 7-over-par and remains a tough competitor in the upcoming events.

Sera TadokoroTadokoro finished her first round with a score of 6-over-par 78, putting her seven shots back of leader Isidora Quevedo, of Santiago, Chile. Sera started her final round off a little rocky, double bogeying No. 2.  She then went on to par the next five holes, bouncing back with a birdie on the 480-yard par 5, No. 8.  By the numbers, Tadokoro made 3 birdies and 10 pars during the final round, posting a final round score of 4-over-par 76, receiving a second place finish overall in the Girls Division. Tadokoro has finished back-to-back Events finishing in the Top 3. We look forward to witnessing more golf from her this 2013-2014 season.

 

West Coast Tour

Ordona Tee Shot1

The West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale, held Sept. 1-2, started the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) fall season out west. A new event for the IJGT, players this week competed on the famous TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course, host to the Waste Management Open earlier this year, as well as the Champions Course. With abnormal humidity, players fought off 100+ degree weather over Labor Day Weekend for merit points with the IJGT.

Coming in second in the Boys 14 & Under Division was Mikee Ordona, who is one of our two Players of the Week. Ordona’s first round featured 11 pars for an opening 9-over par 80. In the second round Ordona carded a birdie on the par-3 13th and finished just three strokes back with a score of 164 for the week.

McKay Lines Up Putt2Sam McKay is also featured as Player of the Week, after finishing in a tie for second with a 10-over par 152 in the Boys 15-19 Division. McKay’s first round featured birdies on holes Nos. 4, 8, 13 and 15 leading to a score of 1-over-par 72 and the KENTWOOL Lo-Pro Award. In the second round, McKay reeled off six consecutive pars on the front side with another birdie on No. 13.

Both McKay and Ordona are return performers out on the West Coast tour and we look forward to seeing them compete again when the IJGT returns out west.

Final results from the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club

Shimoji seals victory at 6-under-par

Ozaki wins in Boys 15-19 Division

OKATIE, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the second Southeast event of the Fall season, the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. In an exciting event on the breathtaking Oldfield Golf Club, the field of 47 junior golfers was able to showcase their skills and golf knowledge through tough holes with some particularly difficult hazards. Aside from a slight weather delay late Saturday afternoon, the beautiful playing conditions allowed the golfers to get through their rounds smoothly.

Shota OzakiTopping off the Boys 15-19 Division, Shota Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan, made his Fall debut in great fashion, shooting a 140 to end up 4-under-par for the weekend, seven shots ahead of the second-place finisher, Taiga Fujii, of Toyama-shi, Japan. Firing a 5-under-par 67 on the first day, Ozaki also captured the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the player who shoots the lowest score in Saturday’s first round. Ozaki capitalized on six made birdies through the first round, most notably with a birdie on the par-4 No. 12 – a hole which proved to be one of the most difficult on the course this weekend.

On Sunday, Ozaki kept his focus, sinking 15 solid pars and an impressive birdie on hole No. 15 to end with a 1-over 73. His concentration and strong swings were able to propel him to a large lead, never letting up and showcasing his ever-improving skills.

Toks Pedro of Bowie, Md., was not able to repeat as champion at Oldfield Golf Club; however he had a respectable third-place finish recording a tournament total of 149.

Takafumi ShimojiTakafumi Shimoji, the 12-year-old from Miyakojima-shi, Japan, played in the Boys 14 & Under Division and ended the tournament not only with the division title, but also the lowest overall tournament score of 6-under-par 138. Right out of the gate, Shimoji showed great patience and carded an impressive 5-under-par 67 for Round 1 with six birdies coming on holes Nos. 8, 10-13 and 16.

His second-round score of 71 for Sunday, which included four birdies with three on the final four holes, helped to keep him ahead of the Boys 14 & Under Division pack, giving him a final nine-shot victory over second-place finishers, Drew Weary  of Bluffton, S.C., and Ben El Cohn, of Bluffton, S.C. Shimoji’s spectacular short game and honed putting skills helped him solidify his strong finish.

Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia,  earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his spectacular 2-under-par 70 during the final round.

Jana WuenschCapturing the Girls Division title was Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, who is now two for two in first-place titles for the 2013-2014 IJGT season. After shooting a first-round 6-over-par 78 with four birdies and one bogey, Wuensch came out on Sunday with a vengeance, moving to the top of the leaderboard with a scorching 3-under-par 69. Wuensch finished at 147, and was awarded the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for her extraordinary second-round performance.

Coming in second place was Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who shot a final score of 154 for the event. Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division was Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, with a tournament total of 160. Quevedo’s round on Saturday of 1-under-par 71 earned her the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award.

The IJGT Southeast tour continues the weekend of Sept. 7-8 with the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. 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, 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

OKATIE, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Lowcountry Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 1, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,865 yards, Par 72 (73.6/139).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Black Tees – 6,189 yards, Par 72 (70.5/131). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,896 yards, Par 72 (73.7/132).

 

Weather:       

Mostly sunny with few rain showers, temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 0-5 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 0-5 mph

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club

Okatie, S.C.

August 31-September 1, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Gold Tees, 6,862 yards, Par 72

1. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *67-73–140

2. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *72-75–147

3. Toks Pedro, Bowie, MD *75-74–149

4. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *76-74–150

5. Maurizuo Debono, Basiguo, Italy *78-76–154

6. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany *79-76–155

6. Alec Weary, Bluffton, SC *78-77–155

8. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *74-82–156

9. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *77-80–157

10. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *85-73–158

10. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *78-80–158

12. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *79-80–159

12. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *76-83–159

14. Henrique Ferreira, Sao Paulo, Brazil *79-82–161

15. Gbenga Toriola, Abuja, Nigeria *81-82–163

15. Drew Smith, Decatur, GA *83-80–163

17. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *88-76–164

17. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *85-79–164

19. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *80-86–166

20. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *89-81–170

21. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *89-82–171

22. Pattarapoom Pacharn, Nonthaburi, Thailand *92-81–173

23. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-88–174

23. Mauricio Troncoso, Mexico City, Mexico *84-90–174

23. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *85-89–174

26. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *88-87–175

27. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *87-91–178

28. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs CO, *92-87–179

29. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan *97-90–187

30. Alfredo Moreno, Mexico City, Mexico *100-90–190

31. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China *121-118–239

 

Boys 14 & Under Division, Black Tees, 6,189 yards, Par 72

1. Takafumi Shimoji, Miyakojima-shi, Japan *67-71–138

2. Drew Weary, Bluffton, SC *74-73–147

2. Ben El Cohn, Bluffton, SC *74-73–147

4. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *81-70–151

5. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *84-81–165

6. Luis Sanchez, Xalapa, Mexico *86-80–166

7. Alex Thaller, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-84–170

8. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *96-87–183

8. Sebastiano Bogoni, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy *89-94–183

10. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *110-114–224

 

DID NOT FINISH

Bumin Choi, Gyeonngi-do, South Korea *DQ (Rule 14-3)

 

Girls Division – White Tees, 5,896 yards, Par 72

1. Jana Wuensch, Herrenberg, Germany *78-69–147

2. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *78-76–154

3. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *71-89–160

4. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *79-85–164

5. Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *88-106–194

Final results from the Georgia Junior at Sea Island

 Lee captures title at Sea Island

Wuensch wins first title in Girls Division

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) conducted the Georgia Junior at Sea Island, Aug. 24-25. Held on the Seaside Course, which hosts the PGA Tour’s McGladery Classic, the Georgia Junior featured elite junior golfers ages 9-19 representing nine countries and eight states competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.

Located right on the Atlantic Ocean, the Seaside Course presented many challenges to the field over the course of the weekend. With the wind blowing consistently from 10-15 mph with gusts of over 20 mph, Sunday proved to be quite the challenge.

Lee Tee Shot1

In the Boys 15-19 DivisionChang Ju Lee of Seoul, South Korea, came away with the victory after an impressive two-day performance in tough playing conditions on the Seaside Course. Lee got off to a great start in Saturday’s opening round where he carded a 2-over-par 72. This was the lowest score of the tournament in the Boys 15-19 Division and also earned him the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the player that shoots the lowest score in Saturday’s first round.

The highlight of the round came on the challenging 14th hole where Lee holed out his approach shot for eagle from 165 yards. That shot allowed him to take a four-stroke lead going into the final round.

On Sunday Lee focused on playing well out of the gate. He did just that making eight pars and one bogey to fire a 36 which extended his lead over the rest of the competition. Even with a few stumbles down the stretch, Lee was able to hold on to his first IJGT victory in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Rounding out the top three of the Boys 15-19 Division were Daniel Oh of Seoul, South Korea, and Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., who tied for second place with tournament totals of 153.

Meuret was awarded the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award after carding a 5-over-par 75 in windy conditions on Sunday.

Wuensch TrophyThe Girls Division was dominated from start to finish by a newcomer on the IJGT. Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, walked away with the trophy after putting together two impressive rounds including a 1-over-par 71 which was the best score of the tournament regardless of division. Wuensch also earned the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award for her impressive first-round score.

Wuensch was able to maneuver the ball around the tricky layout at Sea Island on Saturday making 13 pars and two birdies en route to her 1-over-par 71. This gave her a six-stroke lead going into the final round.

On Sunday, Wuensch did not have her “A” game, but she was able to avoid the large mistakes en route to her victory. After the first nine holes, her fellow competitors were not able to surmount a comeback and Wuensch closed the door with a solid score of 38 on the back nine to finish the round at 7-over-par 77. Her 77 was good enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division.

“The wind was very hard and the greens were really fast so it was tough,” commented Wuensch when asked about the course conditions on Sunday on the Seaside Course.

Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., who was the lone player from Georgia in the field, finished in second place after recording a 36-hole score of 160. Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, took home third place finishing with a tournament score of 162.

Vilips Trophy1The Boys 14 & Under Division featured another first-time IJGT champion in Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia. Vilips ran away from the competition after putting together two great rounds of 80 and 77. Vilips, a 12-year-old, already has an impressive tournament record and he added to it this weekend at Sea Island. The highlight of his round came on Sunday at the difficult seventh hole, which is a tough par-5 playing over 500 yards and into the wind. He made a birdie, allowing him to shoot a 2-over-par 37 on the front nine.

“It feels great to win the first tournament of the season,” said Vilips in his post-round interview.

Finishing in second place was Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China. This was also his first IJGT tournament.

The IJGT Southeast tour will be back in action Labor Day weekend in Okatie, S.C., for the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. 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, 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

 

ST SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Final round results of the IJGT Georgia Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Aug. 25, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6702 yards, Par 70 (72.8/139).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,051 yards, Par 70 (69.8/133) Girls Division: Silver Tees – 5,747 yards, Par 70 (73.2/138).

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

Sunny with temperate in the Low 80s, winds 10-15 m.p.h.

International Junior Golf Tour

Georgia Junior at Sea Island

St. Simons Island, Ga.

August 24-25, 2013

 

Seaside Course

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,702 yards, Par 70

1. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea *72-76–148

2. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE *78-75–153

2. Daniel Oh, Seoul, South Korea *76-77–153

4. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-77–155

5. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *79-77–156

6. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *81-76–157

6. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *78-79–157

8. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *77-82–159

9. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *84-79–163

9. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *79-84–163

11. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, *83-83–166

12. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *84-92–176

13. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *97-89–186

14. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China *122-144–266

 

DID NOT FINISH

Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,051 yards, Par 70

1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *80-77–157

2. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *123-113–236

 

DID NOT FINISH

Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

 

Girls Division – Silver Tees, 5,747 yards, Par 70

1. Jana Wuensch, Herrenberg, Germany *71-77–148

2. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *79-81–160

3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *77-85–162

4. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *85-82–167

5. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *84-94–178

First-round highlights from the Georgia Junior at Sea Island

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) opened up its Fall 2013 season today on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club. The course, which host the PGA Tour’s McGladery Classic, played very difficult with few players coming out unscathed. Nine countries and eight states were represented in the Georgia Junior at Sea Island.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Chang Ju Lee of Seoul, South Korea, provided some fireworks during the first round and is the first-round leader after putting together a solid score of 2-over-par 72. The highlight of his round came on the narrow 14th hole on the Seaside Course where he holed out from 165 yards for eagle. Here is his round by the numbers.

Lee Tee Shot1

Chang Ju Lee by the numbers:

165 – Yardage of his hole-out eagle on No. 14

72 – Lowest 18-hole score in the Boys 15-19 Division

35 – Even-par back-nine score

9 – Best finish in an IJGT tournament last season

4 – Stroke lead going into the final round

1 – Eagle in his round on Saturday

 

Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, took command in the Girls Division after an impressive score of 1-over-par 71. This is her first IJGT tournament and she is poised to take home the trophy tomorrow after building a size able lead. Here is her round by the numbers.

Wuensch Tee Shot1Jana Wuensch by the numbers:

71 – Lowest score in the tournament regardless of division

13 – Number of pars in her round

35 – Front-nine score

6 – Stroke lead going into the final round

2 – Birdies in her round

1 – First IJGT tournament

 

Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, played for the first time on the IJGT and he continued his dominant play in competitive golf. After having a great summer, he shot an opening-round 80 to take the lead in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Vilips’s round did not get started off well, but he quickly rebounded to post a solid score. Here is his round by the numbers:

Vilips Fwy Shot1aKarl Vilips by the number:

39 – Back-nine score

11 – Number of pars in his round

5 – Consecutive pars on the back nine

1 – First IJGT tournament