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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.

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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

Callaway Junior World Qualifier at TPC Deere Run – Final Results

Koberg wins in his first IJGT appearance

Anderson nabs a come-from-behind win

SILVIS, Ill. – The IJGT headed to the Midwest to host the Callaway Junior World Qualifier at TPC Deere Run on May 3-4, 2014. The winner of the Boys 15-19 Division and the winner of the Girls Division received an exemption into the prestigious Callaway Junior World Golf Championships. In addition, juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

Connor Koberg TrophyAt the end of round one, Conner Koberg of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, trailed by five strokes in the Boys 15-19 Division. Troubled by strong winds in round one, Koberg posted ten bogeys but improved conditions in translated to an eight-stroke improvement in round two. Koberg tallied a single birdie and made par on the entire back nine en route to his victory. He finished with scores of 80-72 – 152 overall. The victory comes on Koberg’s first IJGT appearance and has awarded him an exemption to the Callaway Junior World Championship.

Connor Littlefield of Waukee, Iowa, and Matt Henderson of Des Peres, Mo., tied for second to round out the division. Littlefield posted scores of 83-71 – 154 while Henderson posted scores of 79-75 – 154.

Littlefield’s round two even-par score of 71 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award offered to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round.

“It feels unreal to win,” said Koberg. “Yesterday I didn’t even think I had a chance, but today I tried to do the best I could and I guess everything worked out.”

Matt Neumeyer TrophyIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Matt Neumeyer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, finished first. Sitting tied for second after round one, Neumeyer shaved nine strokes from his round one score to slide into first. Neumeyer posted scores of 95-86 – 181 overall, highlighted by two birdies and a streak of par or better on four holes in round two.

Jack Bartuch of Clarendon, Ill., finished two strokes behind in second place with scores of 94-89 – 183 while Ian Johnston of Swisher, Iowa, rounded out the top three with scores of 95-89 – 184.

When asked what worked well for him, Neumeyer said, “Definitely the par-3s, I played them safe all weekend just hoping for pars on those.”

Kelly Anderson TrophyIn the Girls Division, Kelly Anderson of Wheaton, Ill., came from behind to turn her first IJGT appearance into a victory. Anderson trailed by one after round one. She tallied one birdie and made par on eight holes in round two to finish with the low round of 82. Her score of 82 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. In addition to her first-place finish and Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, Anderson has earned an exemption from the Callaway Junior World Championship as well.

Second-place finisher, Ashley Childers of Mt. Vernon, Mo., also posted a round-two score of 82 to win a Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. Childers finished the tournament with scores of 78-86 – 164 while Anika Hitt of Mequon, Wis., finished with scores of 83-82 – 165 in third place.

“This was my first win of the season, so I’m glad that I got to start things off on a high note. I am so excited to go to California this summer,” said Anderson.

The IJGT will head south next weekend for the Orlando Junior at Flacon’s Fire in Orlando, Fla. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Weather:                    Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 25-30 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 15-20 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour

TPC Deere Run
Silvis, Ill.
May 3-4, 2014
Boys 15-19 Division (Black Tees) 6,889 yards, Par 71

1. Conner Koberg, Cedar Rapids, IA *80-72–152
2. Connor Littlefield, Waukee, IA *83-71–154
2. Matt Henderson, Des Peres, MO *79-75–154
4. Jack Ramsett, Algonquin, IL *75-80–155
4. Parker Howe, Clive, IA *77-78–155
6. Scott Dunsire, Naperville, IL *80-76–156
7. Aaron DeNucci, Clive, IA *82-77–159
8. Salil Ghamande, Evans, GA *82-79–161
9. Ryan Martin, Fenton, MO *79-84–163
10. Max Bartuch, Clarendon, IL *87-78–165
11. Christian Thornton, Chicago, IL *87-79–166
11. Nick Carlson, Inverness, IL *82-84–166
11. Will McCabe, Mokena, IL *86-80–166
14. Mickey Brick, Frankfort, IL *87-83–170
15. John Walsh, Des Moines, IA *85-86–171
16. Christopher Boyle, Hampshire, IL *91-81–172
17. Hank Weresh, Clive, IA *87-87–174
18. Jordan Proehl, Urbandale, IA *87-88–175
19. Ryan Wick, Marengo, IL *94-83–177
19. Tom McLaughlin, West Des Moines, IA *91-86–177
21. John Stroud, West Des Moines, IA *93-85–178
22. Ryan Johnston, West Des Moins, IA *92-88–180
23. Jordan Weiss, Cedar Rapids, IA *91-94–185
24. Sean Fernholz, Cedar Falls, IA *95-93–188

Boys 14 & Under Division (Blue Tees) 6,287 yards, Par 71

1. Matt Neumeyer, Cedar Rapids, IA *95-86–181
2. Jack Bartuch, Clarendon, IL *94-89–183
3. Ian Johnston, Swisher, IA *95-89–184

Girls Division (White Tees) 5,837 yards, Par 71

1. Kelly Anderson, Wheaton, IL *79-82–161
2. Ashley Childers, Mt. Vernon, MO *78-86–164
3. Anika Hitt, Mequon, WI *83-82–165
4. Rachele Miller, Bettendorf, IA *80-90–170
5. Rae Spears, Plymouth, MN *84-89–173
6. Jessica Staed, Green Bay, WI *87-87–174