IJGT celebrates the NCAA’s Early Signing Period with an IJGT Photo of the Week

November 12-19, 2014, served as the NCAA’s early signing period. For many IJGT juniors, the week-long period meant the lengthy search for the college of the future was over. More than 20 juniors playing on the IJGT put on their new school colors, pulled out their finest pens and made their commitments by signing their National Letters of Intent (NLI).

“A binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution,” the NLI establishes a student-athlete’s intent to attend a particular university and to participate in a given sport.

Those IJGT members who participated in the early signing:

Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng University of Wisconsin
Connor McKay Lipscomb University
Masato Yoshitsugu Hawai’i Pacific University
TJ Kaczan California State University – Bakersfield
J.D. Moore St. Peters University
Aaron Terrazas Oklahoma University
Isidora Nilsson University of South Carolina
Min Yi “Samantha” Huang University of North Texas
Cara Basso Penn State University
Will Hicks Erskine College
Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob California State University – Northridge
Yeji Shin Georgia Southern University
Will Miles University of South Carolina
Rachel Corry University of Virginia
Kelly Whaley University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Thomas Avant Drake University
Kelly Anderson Northern Illinois University
Derrick Villarreal Charleston Southern University
Carter Ehms Cedarville University
Ryan Rose – Rutgers University
Tyler Dierwechter Stetson University
Clementina Rodriguez University of Washington
Keshav Sharma Erskine University
Kasidy Beckel Radford University
Emily Mills – Rutgers University

To celebrate our juniors, we shared photos of each junior as he or she proudly signed the National Letter of Intent. Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob and her coach, Richard Wedzik, are featured in this week’s special edition of the Photo of the Week.


Phuchanbanchob signed to play golf with California State University – Northridge. Having played in 35 IJGT events, Phuchanbanchob carries a scoring average of 77.475, has accumulated 115 birdies and has placed in the top-10 in all but two of her events.

Check out photos from each junior’s signing on our IJGT Facebook page here.

Don’t forget – each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’
2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)
3 points – per share

Final results from the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes

Ferguson blows away competition to take Boys 15-19 Division

Vilips wins Boys 14 & Under in playoff, Whaley secures Girls’ championship

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) concluded the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes on a gorgeous Veteran’s Day weekend. The Southeast Region Event took place on Nov. 9-10, 2013 and was held on the intricately-designed, yet challenging, par-70 George Fazio course at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. It was a stacked field, with more than 90 players from 21 states and 18 countries competing for National Rankings and Double IJGT Merit Points. There were countless memorable shots and even a division playoff to keep the many spectators and family members entertained throughout. 

Ewen FergusonIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Ewen Ferguson of Glasgow, Scotland, became a first-time IJGT Major Champion with a spectacular performance. He posted a final score of 69-67–136 through two rounds to take home the trophy by a convincing seven strokes. He also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his 3-under-par 67 performance on the final day. After carding a first-round 1-under-par 69, Ferguson came out strong during the final round, making par on seven of his first eight holes before sinking a birdie on the par-4 No. 9. He followed an even-par 35 front nine with a bogey-free back nine, posting three birdies on Nos. 13, 17 and 18. He totaled 13 pars on the day, and turned in a scorching 3-under-par performance on the course’s par-4s. 

When asked about whether he felt any pressure holding onto his four-stroke lead going into the final round, Ferguson stated, “I think I thrive off pressure…I enjoy it. So, I just try and have fun and shoot a low score.” He did just that, securing the only under-par performance of the tournament.

This was the second event of the season for Ferguson, who recently came in second at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on Nov. 2-3, 2013. In three seasons playing on the IJGT, Ferguson has secured victories in two events, and notched second place finishes in his remaining three events.

Rounding out the top three in the Boys 15-19 Division were Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, who finished second and third, respectively. Ogawa posted a 73-70–143, while Cheng carded a 76-71–147.

Karl VilipsThe Boys 14 & Under Division saw Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, grab his second consecutive IJGT victory and first IJGT Major Event win. After a first-round 76 gave him a six-stroke lead, Vilips faced a impressive comeback effort from Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan in the final round, where a one-hole playoff was required to determine the victor. Vilips posted a final-round 79 consisting of 12 pars and one birdie, as well as an overall 1-under-par score on the course’s two difficult par-5s. After coming into the clubhouse with a final score of 155, Vilips and Shimoji headed to hole No. 1 for the sudden-victory playoff, where Vilips would par and Shimoji would bogey the hole, giving Vilips the win in a tense matchup between two friendly competitors. 

When asked how this Major victory compares to others, Vilips confirmed, “Exciting! There was a lot more competition.”

Playing in his first IJGT season, Vilips has been lights-out, making this victory his fourth of the season with his most recent coming at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on Nov. 2-3, 2013.

Shimoji finished second in the event, carding an 83-72–155. Ryan McCarthy of Rockville Centre, N.Y. landed in third place with an 80-77–157.

Kelly WhaleyKelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., emerged as champion in the Girls Division, where she was able to break past a first-round tie with Kasidy Beckel of Bluffton, S.C., to grab a five stroke victory in her first IJGT Major win. Posting a 73-70–143, Whaley had a fantastic day, sinking 15 pars including a streak of eight before carding an eagle from 130 yards out on the par-4 No. 12. Her final-round even-par 70 also gave her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for her performance.

Reflecting on any pressure she felt during the final round and how she was able to handle it, Whaley explained, “I did at first because [there’s] always pressure when you want to hold onto the lead. But once I kept it going and I had a steady round going, I just didn’t really think about it.”

This was Whaley’s second win of the year and third in two seasons with the IJGT, with her most recent win coming at the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation on Sept. 21-22, 2013.

Topping off the Girls Division leaderboard were Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, in second place with a final 77-71–148, and Phyllis Tang of Hong Kong, China, in third with a total 74-77-151.

The IJGT returns to action on Nov. 29-Dec. 1 for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit 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 or call (843) 785-2444.


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Major Championship conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 10, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,803 yards, Par 70 (73.2/137).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,143 yards, Par 70 (70.0/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,857 yards, Par 70 (75.8/136).


Weather:  Saturday: Cloudy with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 15-20 mph

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 10-15 mph


International Junior Golf Tour

Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes – George Fazio Golf Course

Hilton Head Island, S.C.

November 9-10, 2013


Boys 15-19 Division- Gold Tees, 6,803 yards, Par 70

1. Ewen Ferguson, Hilton Head Island, SC *69-67–136

2. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *73-70–143

3. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *76-71–147

4. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada *73-75–148

5. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *74-76–150

5. Geuntae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *75-75–150

7. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *75-76–151

8. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *79-73–152

9. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *82-71–153

9. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung. Taiwan *78-75–153

9. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-79–153

12. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ *83-71–154

12. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-76–154

14. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *81-74–155

14. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *80-75–155

16. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *84-72–156

16. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *79-77–156

18. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *80-78–158

18. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE *78-80–158

20. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *83-76–159

20. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *83-76–159

20. Matthew Mannion, Muskoka, Canada *80-79–159

23. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *80-80–160

23. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *76-84–160

23. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *76-84–160

26. Jonathan Meissner, Wilton, CT *83-78–161

26. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *82-79–161

26. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-81–161

29. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *85-77–162

29. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA *84-78–162

29. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *81-81–162

32. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *83-80–163

33. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *84-80–164

33. Gavin Lindstrom, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-83–164

35. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs CO, *87-78–165

35. Gbenga Toriola, Abuja, Nigeria *85-80–165

35. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY *82-83–165

35. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *77-88–165

39. Eric Terminello, White Plains, NY *86-80–166

39. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *83-83–166

39. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *79-87–166

42. Maurizio Debono, Basiglio, Italy *83-84–167

42. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *83-84–167

44. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *87-81–168

45. Chase Childers, Issue, MD *83-86–169

45. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *88-81–169

47. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *88-83–171

47. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *90-81–171

49. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *89-84–173

49. Dominic Pizzurro-Gomez, White Plains, NY *83-90–173

51. Mike Madden, Grand Rapids, MI *91-83–174

52. Ben Ferris, Charlotte, NC *92-84–176

53. Drew Bernard, Charlotte, NC *91-86–177

53. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *89-88–177

55. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA *96-82–178

55. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *88-90–178

57. Borys Shubinsky, Hilton Head Island, SC *87-92–179

58. Austin Matz, Wexford, PA *96-86–182

59. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *99-85–184

60. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *86-99–185

60. Billy Rosemeyer, Gibsonia, PA *94-91–185

62. Todd Glickfield IV, Bluffton, SC *97-89–186

63. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY *96-99–195

64. Austin Smith, Roswell, GA *107-112–219



Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *81-DQ (Rule 6-6d)

Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *90-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico *81-QWD

Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *91-JWD

Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *JWD


Boys 14 & Under Division, Blue Tees, 6,143, Par 70

1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *76-79–155*

2. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *83-72–155

3. Ryan McCarthy, Rockville Centre NY, *80-77–157

4. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *81-77–158

4. John Kalavritinos, Potomac, MD *81-77–158

6. Jacob Morris, Hollywood, SC *83-83–166

7. Sebastiano Bogoni, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy *94-88–182

8. Alexander Camberos, Kigali, Rwanda *94-99–193



Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *JWD



Girls Division, White Tees, 5,857 yards, Par 70

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *73-70–143

2. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *77-71–148

3. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *74-77–151

4. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *78-74–152

5. Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico *79-75–154

6. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *78-78–156

6. Kasidy Beckel, Bluffton, SC *73-83–156

8. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *88-74–162

9. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *86-78–164

10. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *89-77–166

10. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *87-79–166

12. Dylaney Day, Toronto, Canada *96-91–187

13. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *101-96–197



Emma Parson, Bluffton, SC *DQ (Rule 6-6b)

Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *JWD


*Won Playoff


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.