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Girls Division winners circle featured in the IJGT Photo of the Week – February 22-23, 2014

The IJGT headed south to host the Georgia Junior at The Club at Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Ga. on Feb. 22-23, 2014. Played out in temperatures in the 60s and 70s, the tournament featured 89 talented juniors representing 18 countries. Competition was fierce leading to various changes in the leaderboard between the two rounds.

This week’s Photo of the Week features the Girls Division winners circle, Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, and Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand.

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Girls Division Winners at the Georgia Junior Feb. 22-23, 2014
(left to right) Kayla Kozak, Ana Paula Valdes, Thamonpat Siriko

Leading the Girls Division and securing her second consecutive IJGT victory was Valdes, carding an impressive 70-71–141 overall. Valdes attributed her dominance to her putting, stating, “I wasn’t hitting the ball very well but it is always good to putt well. It helps you a lot.”

In second was Kozak who continues her streak of top-three finishes with a score of 81-71–151 overall. Kozak’s comeback performance consisted of 5 birdies in round two to improve her round one score by a staggering 11 strokes.

Rounding out the top three was Siriko with a score of 78-74–152 overall. Siriko remains a presence in IJGT tournament play as she has finished in the top-five for six consecutive Events, including her most recent fourth place finish in the Major Championship at Kiawah Island on Feb. 15-16, 2014.

The trio was voted the fan-favorite this week but next week’s photo could feature you! The Photo of the Week is decided by our fans and followers so don’t forget that your feedback counts. In the week following a tournament, keep an eye on the IJGT Facebook page for photos from the Event. Each photo will received 1 point for a ‘Like’, 2 points for a ‘Comment’ and 3 points for ‘Shares’ so let us know what you think!

Terrazas and Kozak earn Player of the Week honors – February 22-23, 2014

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The International Junior Golf Tour traveled to Savannah  Harbor to host the Georgia Junior on Feb. 22-23, 2014. The tournament featured 89 players in a competitive field. Even though the course was hit by severe storms the day before Round 1, the players were unfazed by the conditions and continued to show their prowess during tournament play. Player of the Week honors go to Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, and Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C.

Terrazas made his presence felt with two impressive rounds of 77 and 70. In wet course conditions, he managed to tally three birdies and nine pars during round 1. Terrazas finished second in the Boys 15-19 Division by having an exceptional second round which comprised of a total of four birdies and 12 pars. Terrazas hopes to continue his success in the weeks to come as he prepares for the Junior Invitational, the No. 1 ranked junior tournament according to Golfweek.

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Kozak, playing in her second tournament of the season since winning at Colleton River, got off to a shaky start in round 1. She found herself in a three-way tie for sixth place and 11 strokes behind the leader, after posting a score of 81. Determined, Kozak was able to put the first round behind her. She carded five birdies and improved her score by 11 strokes in round two. Her score of 2-under-par 70 was tied for the tournament low across all divisions and earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. She finished the tournament with an overall score of 151, six strokes better than her previous IJGT best, and her fourth top-five finish in the 2013-2014 season.

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Final results from the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor – February 22-23, 2014

Miles becomes back-to-back Georgia Junior winner

Valdes and Vilips nab second consecutive IJGT victory 

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) headed south to The Club at Savannah Harbor to host the Georgia Junior on Feb. 22-23, 2014. Round one was played in textbook golf weather with temperatures around 70 degrees and a day filled of sunshine. Despite temperatures dropping slightly into the 60s during the final round, the forecasted rain held out as the final groups finished play. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were up for grabs resulting in numerous lead changes throughout the 36-hole two-day tournament. The field featured 89 juniors between the ages of 12 and 19 years old.

DSC_0837Going into round two in second place, Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C., had not yet finished showing his best golf as he nabbed first in the Boys 15-19 Division after round two. Battling closely with Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, Miles looked to bring consistency to his second round, tallying two birdies and making par on 13 of the 16 remaining holes. Even with 4 birdies in round one, Miles still remained a stroke behind Kim. Regrouped and ready to compete, Miles kicked off his second round with two birdies in the first four holes. Miles secured his first victory on his 2013-2014 season finishing the weekend with a 71-73–144 overall score. This victory gave Miles back-to-back titles at Savannah Harbor, who was also victorious in 2013 on the same course.

“My coach, Tim Cooke, and I have been working on my iron play and really working on my transitions so that changed and was working well [for me],” said Miles.

Second place in the Boys 15-19 Division went to Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, and his come-from-behind effort in round two. Terrazas improved his round one score of 77 by seven strokes to secure second place, finishing the weekend with a score of 77-70–147 overall. Rounding out the top three was Kim and his score of 70-78–148 overall.

Terrazas’s round two score of 70 landed him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award that goes to the player in each division with the lowest score in the final round of the tournament.

DSC_1083 copyIn the Girls Division, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, lead both days as she finished her second consecutive IJGT tournament in first. Despite struggling with her irons on the first day, Valdes finished the final round strong with five birdies, three of which came on her first nine holes. Coming off of a Major Championship first-place victory at Kiawah Island in the weekend prior, Valdes made eight birdies on the tournament, the most across all divisions.  Her 70-71—141 overall score positioned Valdes a commanding 10 strokes ahead of her competition.

When asked what worked well for her, Valdes commented, “My putting definitely, I wasn’t hitting the ball very well but it is always good to putt well. It helps you a lot.”

Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award winner, Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., finished second after improving on her round-one score by a staggering 11 strokes. She finished the tournament with a score of 81-70—151 overall. In third place was Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, with a score of 78-74—152 overall.

 

DSC_1087 copyEight-time IJGT winner Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, placed first in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Finishing 15 strokes ahead of his competition, Vilips approached the tournament with an aim for consistency. His 2-under-par second-round score of 70 featured four birdies and only two bogeys. Arguably his best performance of the tournament came on the back nine of round two where he made par on seven of eight holes, the eighth being a birdie. His score of 72-70—142 overall earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“My approach shots into the greens were pretty accurate so it gave me the chance to make a few birdies,” said Vilips.

In a tie for second were Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, and Tim Morton of Florence, Ala. The duo finished with scores of 157 overall.

The IJGT’s next Event will be the Capital Challenge at Westfields in Virginia on March 15-16, 2014. To sign up for this Event, click here.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Dynamic Brands, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

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

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Final round results of the IJGT Georgia Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed February 23, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,891 yards, Par 72 (73.4/136).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,242 yards, Par 72 (70.3/129). Girls Division: Silver Tees – 5,871 yards, Par 72 (74.4/132).

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

International Junior Golf Tour
Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor
Savannah, Ga.
February 22-23, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Tees), 6,891 yards, Par 72

1. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *71-73–144
2. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico *77-70–147
3. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea *70-78–148
4. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-74–150
5. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *78-73–151
5. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *77-74–151
5. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ *77-74–151
8. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *77-75–152
9. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *81-72–153
9. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *77-76–153
9. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *75-78–153
12. Zhengkai Bai, Shantou, China *82-72–154
12. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany *77-77–154
14. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *77-78–155
14. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *76-79–155
14. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *76-79–155
17. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *81-75–156
17. Yong Sherng Hui, Tamam Dagang, Malaysia *77-79–156
19. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *78-81–159
19. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *77-82–159
21. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *82-78–160
21. Lohith Ramaraju, London, England *81-79–160
21. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *81-79–160
21. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *77-83–160
25. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *83-78–161
25. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *83-78–161
25. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *84-77–161
28. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *77-85–162
28. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *78-84–162
30. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *79-84–163
30. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *85-78–163
30. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *85-78–163
30. Tyler Balkema, North Haledon, NJ *84-79–163
34. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *79-85–164
34. Pattarapoom Pacharn, Nonthaburi, Thailand *80-84–164
34. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *79-85–164
34. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *79-85–164
34. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *84-80–164
39. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *82-83–165
39. Andrew Sherrill, Winston-Salem NC *85-80–165
41. Sebastian Naibaho, Yonkers, NY *86-80–166
41. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *86-80–166
43. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *88-79–167
43. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *88-79–167
43. Blake Martin, Pinehurst, SC *85-82–167
46. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *88-80–168
46. Fillippo Cappella, Roma, Italy *84-84–168
48. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *88-82–170
49. Rich Auld, Toronto, Canada *88-83–171
49. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *86-85–171
49. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *85-86–171
52. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN *83-90–173
53. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *92-84–176
53. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *86-90–176
55. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *86-91–177
56. Jespi Huh, Sasanggu, South Korea *89-89–178
57. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *89-90–179
58. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *91-91–182
59. Francesco Caterina, Roma, Italy *93-91–184
59. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA*96-88–184

DID NOT FINISH

Chris Magi, Bluffton, SC, *WD

Boys 14 & Under Division (Gold Tees), 6,242 yards, Par 72

1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *72-70–142
2. Tim Morton, Florence, AL *80-77–157
2. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *78-79–157
4. Michael Thorbjornsen, Wellesley, MA *78-83–161
5. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *85-82–167
6. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *83-86–169
7. Sasha Kuzmin, Hilton Head Island, SC *87-83–170
8. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *95-87–182
8. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia *92-90–182
10. Thomas Delaney, Kingwood, TX *100-94–194

DID NOT FINISH

Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Girls Division (Silver tees), 5,871 yards, Par 72

1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico *70-71–141
2. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *81-70–151
3. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *78-74–152
4. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *80-73–153
5. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *81-73–154
6. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *80-79–159
7. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *84-77–161
7. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *79-82–161
9. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *82-80–162
9. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *83-79–162
11. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *81-84–165
12. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *84-82–166
13. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *83-88–171
14. Emma Parson, Bluffton, SC *90-82–172
15. Erin Szabo, San Diego, CA *96-89–185
16. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *104-102–206

DID NOT FINISH

Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico *80-JWD 

IJGT Player of the Week – January 25-26

Bluffton, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour conducted the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation in Bluffton, S.C., on Jan. 25-26, 2014. The event at Colleton River, the site of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, is a highlight on the schedule, and this year’s competition certainly lived up to its high expectations. Volunteers from the Professional Golfers Career College assisted with numerous tasks throughout the weekend and a passionate Colleton River staff worked ardently to prepare the Dye Course for the event. While the weekend got off to a cold and windy start, creating some difficulties for the players, the final round conditions were favorable and allowed for a more enjoyable experience for all and lower scores for the competitors. Brad Cook, from Jackson, Wy., and Kayla Kozak, of Bluffton, S.C., earned Player of the Week honors with exceptional play throughout the weekend, leading to personal bests.

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Cook (left), in his first year with the IJGT, faced off against a very tough field, but played well throughout the weekend to earn himself a third-place finish. Tough winds and a score of 80 left Cook in seventh place after round one; however, he played consistently throughout the second round, avoiding any large numbers and scoring a birdie on his final hole of the tournament to secure a third-place tie with Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India. Cook’s finish and total score of 80-77–157 are both personal bests in his short IJGT career. We look forward to seeing Brad compete in many more events this spring, including the Major Championship at Kiawah Island Feb. 15-16 and the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Resort May 24-26.

 

 

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Kozak (left), who entered the tournament as one of the favorites to win, captured a lead early and never looked back, en route to her first career IJGT victory and third top-ten finish on the year. On the first day of the tournament, when most struggled due to the cold weather and strong winds, Kozak managed eight pars and one birdie, helping her finish with an impressive score of 80. Her performance only got better with time, as she shaved off three strokes in her final round, to card a total of 157 for the tournament. Kayla was very excited to have won her first IJGT tournament and is looking forward to continued success the rest of the season. Kozak’s next tournament will be Feb. 22-23, 2014 at the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor.

For full results from the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation, click here.

 

Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be in Savannah, Ga. for the Georgia Junior on February 22-23, 2014 at The Club at Savannah Harbor. The 36-hole tournament will span both days while players compete for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. 

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 Ranked in Golfweek’s top-15 list of best places to play in Georgia, The Club at Savannah Harbor was designed by Robert Cupp and Sam Snead. Each hole features its own legendary story and caters to golfers of varying abilities. The course’s lengthy fairways are hilly and laced with bunkers to add to the challenge of the course.

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The Club at Savannah Harbor will play host to the 2014 Georgia Junior.

The Boys 15-19 Division will feature competitive golfers including Hyun Woong “Harry” Jin of Palisades Park, N.J., and Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C. Miles has not placed outside of the top-10 since September of 2012 and comes off a recent second-place playoff finish after at the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation on January 25-26, 2014. Jin concluded 2013 play with a 4th-place finish at the IJGT Invitational in December and tied for fifth at the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club on February 8-9, 2014.

Though small, the Boys 14 & Under Division will feature both tenured players and newcomers alike. Joseph Tammaro of West Islip, N.Y., will makes his first tournament appearance while Alexander Camberos of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, will look to continue to boost his resume after two consecutive third-place finishes in 2014 play.

Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., will look to lead the Girls Division and add another victory to her first-place finish at the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation Golf Club on January 25-26, 2014. Kozak’s 12th place finish in the 2013 Georgia Junior was her only finish outside of the top-10 for her 2013-2014 season thus far.

To register or for more information on the #GeorgiaJr, click here.

Final results from the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation Club

Cheng captures win at Carolina Classic

Vilips completes come-from-behind victory

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) visited Colleton River Plantation Club this past weekend to host the Carolina Classic. Colleton River will be the site of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in 2015. Junior golfers that competed ranged in age from 12-19 years old and represented 16 different countries. National Rankings were at stake, as well as IJGT Merit Points. Additionally, the champion from each division received an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

DSC_0820In the Boys 15-19 Division, Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, managed to come away with the victory. Going into the final round, Cheng was tied for first place with Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C. Cheng was consistent on the final day and had a four–stroke lead at hole No. 16, but Miles was not going down without a fight. Miles cut Cheng’s lead to three strokes heading into the final hole. After Cheng took a triple-bogey on hole No. 18, they finished dead even, both shooting 74-75–149 to force a playoff. Tension was high for both golfers going into the playoff as they both failed to hit the fairway on their tee shots. Cheng’s second shot fell short of the green, setting him up with a short chip shot. Cheng’s chip shot was pure and nearly holed out, leaving him with a downhill three foot putt for par and the win. With confidence, Cheng stepped up to his putt and knocked it in to seal his victory.

When asked about his mindset going into the playoff, Cheng stated, “I was kind of a bit nervous, but I had to stay confident with myself [because] I know I can play well on that hole, which I did.”

After falling short on the playoff hole versus Cheng, Miles took second place, posting a 74-75—149 tournament total score. Third place ended in a tie between Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, and Brad Cook of Jackson, Wy., who posted scores of 78-79–157 and 80-77–157 respectively.

 

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In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Karl Vilips of Melbourne,  Australia, battled back to take home the championship win. Going into the final round, Vilips trailed the leader by seven strokes. He responded and showcased his desire to win by shooting an even par 72, which earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round. It was also the low round of the tournament across all divisions. After no birdies in the first round, Vilips came back hungry. During the final round, he was determined to improve and finished with four birdies, posting a tournament score of 85-72-157.

When asked about his comeback and what he did differently on Sunday, Vilips replied, “I took more time with all of my shots…the first day I rushed a few of my shots which caused lots of errors.”

Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, came in second, shooting an 80-80—160 overall. Christian Clemence Tupamahu of Manado, Indonesia finished in third posting an 84-89—173.

 

DSC_0678The Girls Division was won by Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., earning her first IJGT championship. Kozak played very consistently throughout the weekend. She made a birdie on hole No. 9 in both round one and round two. In her final round, Kozak finished with two birdies on the day and nine pars. The windy conditions were no match for the type of golf she was playing. She continued to hit fairways and set herself up with great approach shots. Kozak shot an 80-77—157 to earn her victory.

When asked how she was feeling after winning her first IJGT event, she said, “It’s an amazing feeling, I feel honored. [The IJGT] is a great tour, the people are great and I made a lot of nice friends. I really appreciate the event.”

Second-place finisher Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, recorded an 85-75—160 tournament total, which also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division. Third place was won by Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan who posted an 85-79—164.

The IJGT Southeast Tour will take a week break before the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club in Hilton Head Island S.C., on Feb. 8-9, 2014. 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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links.  Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

 

BLUFFTON, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Carolina Classic at Colleton River conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Jan. 26, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,864 yards, Par 72 (74.4/141).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,179 yards, Par 72 (70.9/133) Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,901 yards, Par 72 (75.6/138).

 Weather:
Saturday: Partly cloudly with temperatures in the Mid 40s, winds 15-25 mph
Sunday: Partly cloudly with temperatures in the Mid 50s, winds 10-15 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Carolina Classic at Colleton River
Bluffton, S.C.
January 25-26, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees), 6,864 yards, Par 72

1. x-Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan, *74-75–149
2. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC, *74-75–149
3. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India, *78-79–157
3. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY, *80-77–157
5. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain, *78-80–158
6. Robbie Hickok, Washington, DC, *79-81–160
7. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA, *79-82–161
8. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy, *84-78–162
9. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC, *83-80–163
9. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada, *88-75–163
11. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY, *86-79–165
11. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy, *90-75–165
13. Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador, *82-85–167
14. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan, *83-86–169
14. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan, *92-77–169
16. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand, *85-86–171
16. Mike Madden, Grand Rapids, MI, *89-82–171
18. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK, *85-87–172
19. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico, *83-90–173
19. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *90-83–173
21. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA, *90-84–174
21. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico, *91-83–174
23. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *89-86–175
24. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *93-84–177
24. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia, *95-82–177
26. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA, *88-90–178
26. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY, *89-89–178
28. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX, *92-87–179
28. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *95-84–179
28. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *96-83–179
31. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH, *91-90–181
31. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA, *93-88–181
33. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan, *89-94–183
34. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH, *93-91–184
35. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China, *93-92–185
36. Jespi Huh, Sasanggu, South Korea, *98-88–186
37. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC, *103-86–189
38. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan, *98-93–191
39. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN, *96-105–201
40. Borys Shubinsky, Hilton Head Island, SC, *114-94–208

DID NOT FINISH
Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL, *84-DQ (Rule 33-7)
Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia, *JWD
Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY, *JWD.
Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, SC, *87-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees), 6,179 yards, Par 72
1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia, *85-72–157
2. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan, *80-80–160
3. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia, *84-89–173
4. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico, *91-83–174
5. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN, *89-90–179
6. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China, *108-100–208
7. Zichen Zhao, Hilton Head Island, SC, *159-119—278

DID NOT FINISH
Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada, *78-79–157 *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China, *78-DQ (Rule 33-7)
 
Girls Division (Green Tees), 5,901 yards, Par 72
1. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC, *80-77–157
2. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand, *85-75–160
3. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan, *85-79–164
4. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan, *85-83–168
5. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN, *87-83–170
6. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua, *86-85–171
7. Danlu Cheng, Shenzhen, China, *88-97–185
7. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea, *99-86–185
9. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *125-107–232

x- Won in Playoff

 

 

Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour will be in Bluffton, S.C. on January 25-26, 2014 for the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation. The tournament will be hosted by the Pete Dye Course at Colleton River. The IJGT and Colleton River have teamed up for numerous successful tournaments in the past, including the Shootout at Colleton River Plantation on February 9-10, 2013. The field will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Pete Dye called his course at Colleton River Plantation, “The best course I have ever built,” a telling statement considering Dye also constructed prestigious courses such as TPC Sawgrass, Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course, and Whistling Straits.  It is the only links-style course of its kind in the Southeast, featuring views of the Atlantic Ocean and Port Royal Sound on 11 holes. The course has been ranked in the “Top 100” courses by GolfWeek and “Top 100 Greatest Courses in the U.S.,” by Golf Magazine. Defining the course are small, undulating greens protected by pot bunkers. In July of 2015, the Pete Dye Course at Colleton River will host the 68th U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. The course was also selected to be the location of many of the iconic and pivotal scenes of the movie, The Legend of Bagger Vance.

The 12th and 13th at Colleton River Plantation. Site of the 2015 US Junior Amateur.

The 12th and 13th at Colleton River Plantation. Site of the 2015 US Junior Amateur.

Keep an eye on Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., Tyler Pidduck of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C. All three players have multiple top-10 finishes this season but have not been able to capture an IJGT victory. They’ll look to change their luck at Dye’s masterful layout.

Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., and Cake Phuchanbanchob are part of a strong field in the Girls Division. Chee has finished top-10 in all six IJGT Events she has competed in this season. Kozak has four top-10 finishes this season, including a 2nd place finish at the IJGT Junior at Oyster Reef in July. Phuchanbanchob captured the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall on Dec. 7-8 with an impressive even-par performance for the two-day tournament.

To register for the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation, click here.

Players of the Week – Summer Series at Oyster Reef

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. –  The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) started off their Summer Series this week with an exciting two-round tournament at the challenging Oyster Reef Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C. This Rees Jones design course is testing enough with tough greens and narrow fairways. Go ahead and throw severe humidity and a few pop-up thunderstorms into the mix, and this surely made for an even more testing event. However, Phubodi Sirisilp of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Kayla Kozak of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., were able to battle all elements and earn themselves Player of the Week honors.

Sirisilp was participating in his first Summer Series tournament with the IJGT, concluding the first round at a 9-over-par 81, only one shot back from leader Daiki Okada of Tokyo, Japan. Even still, this is not exactly where Sirisilp wanted to be, but knew that with some extra practice on the putting green he could make a run in the final round, ultimately hoping for victory Wednesday. The extra practice helped—Sirisilp was able to string together 12 pars and an impressive birdie on No. 5 en route to a final-round score of 5-over-par 77, a 158 total tournament score, and a tie for first place with fellow competitor Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia. Although Sirisilp played exceptionally well, Hui ultimately came out victorious in the playoff. However, Sirisilp’s outstanding course performance, with the ability to withstand the different elements thrown at him is impressive. We congratulate Sirisilp on his exceptional performance in his first ever IJGT Event, and look forward to seeing him in future tournaments to come.

In the Girls Division, Kozak was also just behind leader Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan going into round two. Kozak spent quite a bit of time on the range warming up to prepare for her final round, and with good reason. Being only 14-years-old and hitting the ball well past her fellow competitors was an advantage to Kozak. Her determination and focus to get up and down around the greens, as well as her focus on putting helped. 10 pars and a fantastic birdie on No. 17 allowed Kozak to shoot a 7-over-par 79, a ten stroke improvement from Tuesday. Kozak’s performance earned her second place at Oyster Reef, with a total tournament score of 168. Kayla will be attending the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) as a freshman this fall, and will become a regular smiling face on the course for the IJGT. We look forward to seeing her at future tournaments.

Final Results from the Summer Series at Oyster Reef GC

Hui holds on during playoff

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) began its 2013 Summer Series at the beautiful Oyster Reef Golf Club, a Rees Jones design course with tough greens, narrow fairways, and spectacular views of the sound. Juniors endured numerous weather conditions throughout the weekend, with high temperatures and severe humidity during the first round, to cooler temperatures and a 30-minute weather delay due to some severe thunderstorms during the final round. This is a great event for those who regularly participate on our IJGT Southeast Tour, since Oyster Reef is a course regularly gone back to each season.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, had a tough start to the tournament on Tuesday with a triple bogey on No. 1, but managed to bounce back with six pars and one birdie on the back nine, shooting a 9-over-par 81, leaving him only one shot back from leader Daiki Okada of Tokyo, Japan. Going into the final round, Hui’s nerves from the previous day got to him again, leaving him with a bogey on the first hole. However, Hui knew confidence would help him take control of his front nine, which he did—a birdie on No. 2 and seven straight pars rounded out the nine. With two birdies and 11 pars on the day, Hui shot a 5-over-par 77 for the final round, and a 158 overall total score.
Phubodi Sirisilp of Hilton Head Island, S.C., also had a similar round to Hui, finishing the first round one shot back behind the leader with a 9-over-par 81. Sirisilp spent quite a bit of time on the putting green after the round, determined to stay consistent and fight for a comeback on Wednesday. Sirisilp’s practice paid off, making 12 pars throughout the second round, with eight of them being on the back nine. Sirisilp’s identical round of 5-over-par 77 to Hui’s, and final tournament score of 158 resulted in a playoff between Sirisilp and Hui, leaving Hui victorious after just one hole.
Rounding out the top three in the Boys 15-19 Division were Okada and Elliot Johnson of Bluffton, S.C., who recorded tournament totals of 159.
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, there was no question as to who would walk away with first and second place. Zachary Diaz of Mobile, Ala., won the tournament after outlasting fellow competitor Patrick Kridaratikorn of Lexington, Mass. This was Diaz’s first IJGT victory.
In the Girls Division, Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, had a rough start to her round, shooting a score of 8-over-par 44 on the front nine while battling the difficult heat. Tadokoro’s persistence kept her in the game, coming back and shooting seven strokes better on the back nine, rounding out her day with a 9-over-par 81. Going into the final round, Tadokoro knew she needed to stay consistent. Her strong mental game helped her stay focused during difficult shots, allowing her to get up and down around the greens to save par.
Kayla Kozak of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., also took focus going into the second round. Being eight shots back of Tadokoro with only two birdies after round one, Kozak focused her efforts on putting, which gave big results. Kozak made 10 pars throughout the round and a birdie on No. 17 allowing her to shoot a 7-over par 79, a ten stroke improvement from Tuesday. However, it just was not enough. A steady game and consistency throughout the weekend allowed Tadokoro to come out victorious. This was her first IJGT victory.
Kozak took home second place and Yuki Nakayama of Kawasakishi, Japan took third place.
The KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the players who shoot the lowest score in the first round of every IJGT Event, was won by Okada with a score of 8-over-par 80, and Tadokoro with her score of 9-over-par 81.
The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which is presented to the players who shoot the lowest score in the second round of every IJGT Event, was won by Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, with a score of 4-over-par 76, and Kozak with her score of 7-over-par 79.
The International Junior Golf Tour will travel up to the Northeast area this weekend to host its second Summer Series event at Hershey Country Club, June 21-22. For more information about our Summer Series events, 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.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.– Final round results of the IJGT Summer Series conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed June 19, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,825 yards, Par 72 (73.6/132).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,187 yards, Par 72 (70.3/123). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,910 yards, Par 72 (74.7/128).
Weather:         Tuesday: Sunny and humid with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 5-10 mph
Wednesday: Sunny in the morning, scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon with temperatures in the Low 70s, winds 10-15 mph
International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Summer Series at Oyster Reef
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
June 18-19, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division – (Gold Tees) 6,825 Yards, Par 72
1. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *81-77–158**
2. Phubodi Sirisilp, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-77–158
3. Elliot Johnson, Bluffton, SC *82-77–159
3. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *80-79–159
5. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-82–163
5. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *87-76–163
5. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *83-80–163
8. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *84-88–172
8. Ty Caron, Rifle, CO *89-83–172
10. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *92-85–177
11. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan *99-99–198
Boys 14 & Under Division – (Blue Tees) 6,187 Yards, Par 72
1. Zachary Diaz, Mobile, AL *115-107–222
2. Patrick Kridaratikorn, Lexington, MA *111-123–234
Girls Division – (White Tees) 5,910 Yards, Par 72
1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *81-83–164
2. Kayla Kozak, North Myrtle Beach, SC *89-79–168
3. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *95-95–190
**Won in a playoff