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IJGT announces All-IJGT Teams and Players of the Year

International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) announces All-IJGT Teams

Shiso Go, Jack Halleron and Victoria Parker named IJGT Players of the Year

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is pleased to announce its Players of the Year and All-IJGT Teams.

Shiso GoShiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, is the Boys 15-19 Division Player of the Year. Go placed in the top 10 in all 10 IJGT events he competed in this season, including wins at the IJGT College Series at NC State, the Major Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational. His lowest score of the season was a 3-under 69, which he carded twice.

The rest of the Boys 15-19 Division All-IJGT Team includes: Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, Mark Benevento of Somers Pt., N.J., Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., and Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India.

 

Jack HalleronJack Halleron of Timonium, Md., won five IJGT events, including three Majors, to earn IJGT Player of the Year honors for the Boys 14 & Under Division. Halleron placed in the top two in all seven events he competed in and won the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club, the Major Championship at Duke University, the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club, the Major Championship at Bulle Rock and the College Series at the University of Maryland. His lowest round was a 1-under 70 at the University of Maryland.

The rest of the Boys 14 & Under All-IJGT Team includes: Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Ayushman Jaiswal of Bangalore, India, John Updike of Wayne, Pa., Lou Baker of Timonium, Md., and TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y.

 

Victoria ParkerVictoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., is the Girls Division IJGT Player of the Year. Parker captured three IJGT titles at the College Series at Penn State University, the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club and the St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club. Her lowest round was a 1-under 71, which she carded during the first round of the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club.

The rest of the Girls Division All-IJGT Team includes: Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C., and Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C.

The IJGT Tour Rankings are based on IJGT Merit Points, which are awarded to the top 10 finishers at every IJGT event. Double merit points are awarded at Major Championships.

Boys 15-19 Division All-IJGT Team

Shiso Go
Jason Stokes
Conor Byrne
Tennoshin Ogawa
Xue Wen Luo
Santiago Diaz
Mark Benevento
Trey Wren
Kyle Vance
Ritwik Jain

Boys 14 & Under Division All-IJGT Team

Jack Halleron
Luke Sample
Ford Bennett
Evan Greenplate
Jake Calamaro
Chase Phillips
Ayushman Jaiswal
John Updike
Lou Baker
TJ Buck
 

Girls Division All-IJGT Team

Victoria Parker
Sera Tadokoro
Madison Braman
Kelly Whaley
Shannon Brooks
Ankita Kedlaya
Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng
Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob
Sophie Guo
Kayla Kozak

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 AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, EyeLine Golf and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

BGGA Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista GC – Final Results (May 10, 2015)

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Stokes finishes with an 8-under 136 to win Boys 15-19 Division

Yamamoto dominates Girls Division

 The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Southeast Tour traveled to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to host the BGGA Orlando Open on May 9-10, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.  

Jason StokesJason Stokes (left) of Channel Islands, Jersey, made par or better on every hole in the first round to record a 5-under 67 and give himself a two-stroke lead heading into the final round. He finished under par again in the second round, carding a 3-under 69 to finish with an 8-under 136 tournament total and the Boys 15-19 Division title.

“It feels good,” Stokes said after his victory. “It’s my last tournament in America, so it’s good to leave with a win.”

Stokes carded nine birdies during the weekend to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the juniors to card the most birdies in each division. Two of his birdies came on the par-4 third hole. Stokes found particular success on the front nine in general, carding 3-under 33s on the front in both rounds.

Tsukasa Kimishima of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., finished second with a 5-under 139 tournament total. He made par or better on every hole on the back nine in round one. Tiger Lee, also of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., rounded out the Boys 15-19 Division, finishing third with a 3-under 141 tournament total. Lee finished the tournament strong making par or better on holes No. 1 through 9—his back nine because he began on hole No. 10—in round two.

Fourth-place finisher Frederic Ruess of Hamburg, Germany, earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female juniors to card the lowest scores in the final round of an event, with a 4-under 68 in the second round.

Mami YamamotoMami Yamamoto (left) of Tokyo, Japan, built off her round one 2-under 70 to card a 5-under 67 in the second round. She finished with a 7-under 137 tournament total to win the Girls Division by five strokes.

“I only missed one green yesterday, so I could have played better if I made more putts,” Yamamoto said, recapping her victory. “My goal today was to make more putts and it worked.”

In addition to the Girls Division title, Yamamoto also walked away with the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for her nine birdies.

Karen Miyamoto of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., finished second with a 2-under 142 tournament total. Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., carded a 1-over 145 two-day total to finish third.

 

Tristan GalantTristan Galant (left) of Cape Town, South Africa, came from behind to win the Boys 14 & Under Division. Galant bounced back from a 5-over 77 in the first round to card an even-par 72 in round two.

“It feels great,” Galant said when asked about his victory. “It takes hard work to become a champion like this…I’m very proud of myself and I’d like to thank everyone who supported me.”

Galant carded eight birdies during the tournament to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for his division.

Marc Sabria of Barcelona, Spain, recorded a 152 tournament total to finish second. Lake Worth, Fla., native Tyler Stachkunas finished third with a 161 two-day total.

The IJGT will conclude its spring season with the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Club on May 23-25, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

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 AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, EyeLine Golf and the International Junior Golf Academy.

Lake Buena Vista, FL – Final Results of the BGGA Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista on May 9-10, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,709 yards Par 72 (72.1/133). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,213 yards, Par 72 (69.8/129). Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,960 yards, Par 72 (74.1/128).

BGGA Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista

Lake Buena Vista Golf Course

Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

May 9-10, 2015

 

Boys 15-19 Division – (Blue Tees), 6,709 yards, Par-72

1. Jason Stokes, Channel Islands, Jersey *67-69–136

2. Tsukasa Kimishima, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *69-70–139

3. Tiger Lee, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *69-72–141

4. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg, Germany *74-68–142

5. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *72-74–146

5. Gianfranco Morassutti, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *71-75–146

7. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *72-75–147

8. Lucas Echeverri, Medellin, Colombia *73-75–148

9. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *72-77–149

10. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *80-70–150

10. Tyler Dierwechter, Oldsmar, FL *77-73–150

12. Mathias Andersen, Copenhagen, Denmark *77-74–151

13. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China *77-75–152

13. David Hanes, Elma, NY *73-79–152

13. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *76-76–152

16. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *72-81–153

17. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *78-76–154

18. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico *77-78–155

19. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *78-78–156

19. Jaydon Pang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *77-79–156

21. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *79-78–157

21. Johnny Peck, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *77-80–157

23. Yuhan Yan, Shanghai, China *79-80–159

24. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *79-82–161

24. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *77-84–161

26. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *82-81–163

26. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *80-83–163

26. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *79-84–163

26. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *78-85–163

30. Jasper Lee, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *86-79–165

31. Karan Bhasin, New Delhi, India *88-78–166

32. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan, *87-80–167

32. Jordi Sabria, Barcelona, Spain *83-84–167

32. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *83-84–167

32. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *92-75–167

36. Liam Kent, Portage, Canada *84-85–169

36. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA,*81-88–169

38. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China *81-89–170

39. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *85-87–172

40. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *83-90–173

41. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *91-84–175

42. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, Canada *91-90–181

43. David Yang, Taipei, Taiwan *88-94–182

44. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *99-97–196

45. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *91-108–199

46. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *108-106–214

 

DID NOT FINISH

Philip Chen, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *77-WD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – (White Tees), 6,213 yards, Par-72

1. Tristan Galant, Cape Town, South Africa *77-72–149

2. Marc Sabria, Barcelona, Spain *74-78–152

3. Tyler Stachkunas, Lake Worth, FL *79-82–161

4. Tomas Molina, Manizales, Colombia *85-77–162

5. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *84-80–164

6. Johnny Wright, Orlando, FL *85-87–172

 

Girls Division – (Gold Tees), 5,960 yards, Par 72

1. Mami Yamamoto, Tokyo, Japan *70-67–137

2. Karen Miyamoto, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *73-69–142

3. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *74-71–145

4. Warissara Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *76-71–147

5. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *73-75–148

6. Chomchana Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *74-76–150

6. Wenyan Ma, Windermere, FL *73-77–150

8. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *73-78–151

9. Mai Decahthipat, Bangkok, Thailand *80-72–152

10. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *83-70–153

10. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *75-78–153

12. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *76-80–156

12. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *75-81–156

14. Marisa Hisaki, Osaka, Japan *80-77–157

15. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *78-81–159

16. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *86-78–164

16. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *78-86–164

18. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *82-86–168

19. Martina Gerbel, Bratislava, Slovakia *90-90–180

20. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *88-93–181

 

DID NOT FINISH

Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *82-WD

Rhea Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *83-WD

 

 

The Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista Presented by BGGA – Tour Preview

Lake Buena Vista feat image

The IJGT Southeast Tour will travel to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to host The Orlando Open at Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course presented by BGGA on May 9-10, 2015. Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

The course, designed by Joe Lee, has hosted the PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour and USGA events. It is a certified Audubon Cooperative Wildlife Sanctuary and earned a 4-star rating from Golf Digest.

The course’s most notable feature is elevated greens, which make accurate approach shots essential for low scores. The par-3 seventh hole offers a unique challenge as it features an island green.

The IJGT will host a one-day, nine-hole Discovery Tour event for juniors ages 8-12 (as of September 1, 2015) on May 9.

Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division. He is looking for his third IJGT victory of the season having won the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in January and the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall in April. Wataru Koguchi of Fukuoka, Japan, will look to add a second IJGT title to his name; he won the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall in November. Frederic Ruess of Hamburg, Germany, and Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, are coming off a tie for third in last weekend’s Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear. They will look to outdo one another at Lake Buena Vista. Rounding out the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division is Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. Wren will aim to add a second IJGT title to his resume, he won the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation in February.

In the Girls Division, keep an eye on Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn. Whaley, who will be playing college golf at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill next season, has won all three IJGT events she’s competed in this season: the IJGT College Series at NC State in September, the Major Championship at Dormie Club in November and the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation in February. Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, is also seeking her fourth IJGT win of the season. Her victories include the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall in November and the Savannah Junior at The Landings and IJGA Invitational in December. Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng are both looking for their third IJGT wins of the season. Zeng has finished in the top-four in all five IJGT tournaments she’s competed in this season. Finally, Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, and Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, are coming off a second-place and third-place finish, respectively, in last weekend’s Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates. You can find tee times and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

Major Championship at Duke University – Tour Preview

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will travel to Durham, N.C., to host the Major Championship at Duke University on March 28-29. The two-day, 36-hole event is the second Major Championship of the spring season.

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Opened in 1957, the Duke University Golf Course is the only Robert Trent Jones-designed course in the region. It was redesigned by Jones’ son, Rees, in 1994 and hosted the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship in 2001.

Links Magazine rated the Duke University Golf Course No. 12 on its list of the Top 25 College Courses. The Major Championship at Duke University provides the perfect opportunity for aspiring college golfers to play one of the best college courses in the country and visit Duke University and nearby colleges like the University of North Carolina while they’re in the area.

Yong Sherng Hui of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division. Hui is coming off a dramatic four-hole playoff victory in the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes earlier this month. He just edged out St. Brelade, Jersey, native Jason Stokes, who will also be competing in the Major Championship at Duke. Also keep an eye out for Anthony Cordaro of Pittsburgh, Pa., who tied for ninth in last year’s IJGT event at Duke.

Timonium, Md., native Jack Halleron won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the IJGT event at Duke last season and will look to repeat this year. He finished first in his last IJGT event this season, the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club. Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, is seeking his fourth IJGT victory this season and is coming off back-to-back wins in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River and the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island. Elmsford, N.Y., native Matthew Minerva Jr. and Ayushman Jaiswal of Bangalore, India, are both looking for their second IJGT victories of the season in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

In the Girls Division, Farmington, Conn., native Kelly Whaley has been victorious in all three IJGT events she’s played this season and will look to continue her winning streak at Duke. The UNC commit finished second in the IJGT event at Duke two years ago. Martina Gerbelova of Bratislava, Slovakia, has to top-five finishes this season and will look to break into the winner’s circle at Duke.

For more information, or to register for the Major Championship at Duke University, click here.

Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation – Final Results (Feb. 1, 2015)

Wren takes title in come-from-behind win
Whaley and Jaiswal best their fields

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The IJGT hosted Lowcountry Junior at the local venue, Wexford Plantation Golf Club on January, 1 – February, 2, 2015. The 36-hole event marked the third event in the IJGT’s Southeast Tour this spring and the line-up included 35 junior golfers between the ages of 10 and 19. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were at stake for competitors.

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Trey Wren, of Suffolk, Va., came from behind and took home the win at the Lowcountry Junior. Coming off of a solid performance last weekend in a three-player playoff at the Carolina Classic, he carded an 86 in the first round with only one birdie. Then, in the final round he carded four birdies on the front nine alone and added one more on the back. His score for the final round was 71 making his scores for the weekend 86 and 71 for a total of 157.

Wren’s 1-under final round also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the second weekend in a row. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award goes to the boy and girl each week with the lowest final round scores.

Second place in the Boys 15-19 Division went to Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, with scores of 77 and 81 for a total of 158. Cheng, who had led after day one of competition, was bested by Wren’s birdie-laden final round. Third place was a tie between Matthew Cesare of Milford, Conn., and Lee Hammerschmidt of Armonk, N.Y., with scores of 85-75—160 and 78-82—160, respectively. 

Kelly

In the Girls Division, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., took home the title and the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with scores of 82 and 70 for a tournament total of 152. The senior IJGA student who recently signed to play NCAA DI golf at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill credited her success today to her putting, “I made 29 putts today so my putting really helped.”

Whaley’s performance in the final round started out with a bang as she carded an eagle on her very first hole of the day. She added three more birdies and 11 pars to her scorecard and posted the lowest score of the entire tournament.

Behind Whaley was Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, who finished the day in second with scores of 87 and 82 for a total of 169 while Bluffton, S.C., native Sophia Burnett took third place with scores of 82 and 90 for a tournament total of 172 in her IJGT debut.

ayushmaan

Ayushmaan Jaiswal of New Dehli, India, took home top honors in the Boys 14 & Under Division with scores of 92 and 90 for a tournament total of 182. Second place went to Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China.

For full results, click here.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course on February 7-8, 2015. The Major Championship will be held at the famous Presidio Golf Course in San Fransisco, Ca. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Final Results of the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on January 31- February 1, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,669 yards Par 72 (73.0/144). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,110 yards, Par 72 (70.6/128). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5,724 yards, Par 72 (74.1/130).

International Junior Golf Tour
Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation
Hilton Head Island, SC
January 31 – February 1, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,669 yards, Par 72

1. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *86-71–157
2. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *77-81–158
3. Matthew Cesare, Milford, CT *85-75–160
3. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *78-82–160
5. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *84-77–161
5. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *85-76–161
7. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *87-78–165
7. Feng Chen, Baoding City *83-82–165
9. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *86-81–167
9. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *87-80–167
9. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *86-81–167
9. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *82-85–167
13. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *90-78–168
14. Teddy Zinsner, Alexandria, VA *82-87–169
15. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *85-85–170
16. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *87-85–172
17. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *94-84–178
18. Trent Dickerson, Guyton, GA *95-85–180
19. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *92-89–181
20. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *91-91–182
21. Logan Stefanko, Plymouth, MI *100-91–191
21. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *86-105–191

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *97 (Rule 6-3a)
JWD. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *84

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,110 yards, Par 72

1. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *92-90–182
2. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *106-94–200

Girls Division- Red Tees, 5,724 yards, Par 72

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *82-70–152
2. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *87-82–169
3. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *82-90–172
4. Katelyn Martin, North Prairie, WI *91-93–184
5. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *105-96–201
5. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *99-102–201
7. Camila Burnett, Bluffton, SC *103-110–213

Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation – Tour Preview

The IJGT will host the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on January 31 – February 1, 2015. Junior golfers will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole tournament.

Wexford Plantation

The recently-renovated Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course at Wexford Plantation plays through tall, majestic oaks and stately pines before continuing around the harbor and coastal marshlands. It was rated one of the Top 100 Residential Golf Courses in the U.S. in Golfweek Magazine‘s 2014 Ultimate Guide to Golf Course Living & Great Escapes. Its six sets of tees range from 4,670 yards to 6,913 yards, allowing the course to offer a challenge at any distance.

The course’s signature hole is the 380-yard 18th, which requires a tee shot over a marsh and up a dogleg right fairway, then an approach shot over another marsh to the green. The challenge of the course combined with a competitive field will make this a tournament you do not want to miss.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Brent Rodgers of Cranberry Township, Pa., will look to improve upon his most recent top-15 finish at the IJGA Invitational in December of 2014. A victory at the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation would be Rodgers’ first IJGT victory of his career. Also in the Boys 15-19 Division is Matthew Cesare of Milford, Conn., who will look to make a statement with his first appearance in an IJGT event.

Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., will be one to watch in the Girls Division as she looks to extend her two-win streak after winning the IJGT College Series at NC State and the Major Championship at Dormie Club in the fall season of 2014. Also looking to continue a winning streak is Yunjie Zhang of Haikou City, China. After her win at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 27-29, 2014, Zhang will be in pursuit of her second consecutive win this season.

If you have not yet registered for the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation, there’s still time! Click here for more information or to sign up.

Fall Highlights and Spring Preview

Following a successful fall season full of low scores, beautiful courses and even holes-in-one, the IJGT is excited to kick off its spring season with the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on January 17-18, 2015.

LOOKING BACK

During the fall season junior golfers had the opportunity to play a variety of world-renowned courses.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, the IJGT hosted the Thanksgiving Day Classic at the ever-famous TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. This tournament was one of the few three-day, 54-hole events. The junior golfers performed admirably on both THE PLAYERS Stadium and Dye’s Valley courses. Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, edged out Ben Albin of Santa Fe, N.M., to win the Boys 15-19 Division. Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Sam Ohno of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., tied for third. All of the top three finishers in the Boys 15-19 Division had a round at or below par and eights golfers across the three divisions carded eagles.

The Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass saw not one but two holes-in-one! In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Charles Larcelet of Geraudot, France, had an ace on the par-3 hole No. 14 on the Valley Course. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, carded a hole in one on the par-3 hole No. 8 on the Stadium Course.

Playing the iconic par-3 17th hole on THE PLAYERS Stadium course was a highlight of the fall season for many of the young golfers.

Dormie Club, No. 43 on the 2015-2016 edition of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, played home to the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club. Despite a course that proved to be challenging for the entire field, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., carded an impressive nine birdies during the tournament. Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, both had bogey-free streaks that lasted 16 holes.

The final event of the fall, the IJGA Invitational, was held at Sea Pines Resort where junior golfers had the opportunity to play both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links. The latter ranked No. 19 on Golf Digest’s 2015-2016 list of America’s 199 Greatest Public courses and ranked in the top 50 of Golf.com’s 2014 list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S. It is also the host of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

LOOKING FORWARD

The spring season features another selection of top-ranked courses. The first three tournaments are local to the Hilton Head/Bluffton area. On January 24-25, 2015, during the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, junior golfers and their families will have a chance to explore the host of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur. The Pete Dye course, where the Carolina Classic will be played, offers unobstructed views of Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean from 11 of its 18 holes.

The IJGT will travel to the west coast for the MAJOR Championship at Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco, Calif., on February 7-8, 2015. The Presidio Golf Course is one of the oldest courses on the west coast and has been a national historic landmark since 1962. An Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, it is located within a national park.

On Valentine’s Day weekend (February 14-15, 2015), the IJGT will be traveling to Kiawah Island to host the South Carolina Open. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island is ranked No. 20 on the 2015-2016 edition of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses list and third on their America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. This course was the first designed for a specific event, the 1991 Ryder Cup. Known for its challenging and unpredictable winds and spectacular ocean views, the Ocean course is No. 25 on Golf.com’s 2014 list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S.

The Major Championship at Duke University in Durham, N.C., on March 28-29, 2015, provides an excellent opportunity for junior golfers investigating college golf programs to explore Duke as well as the nearby University of North Carolina.

The Northeast Tour of the IJGT will host the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin on April 11-12, 2015. The junior golfers will have the chance to play both the PGA Tour-tested Mystic Rock and the par-70 The Links. Mystic Rock placed No. 60 on the 2015-2016 Golf Digest America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The following weekend, the Northeast Tour will travel to The Architects Golf Course in Lopatcong, N.J., for The Architects Cup.

On April 25-26, 2015, the IJGT will host a Major Championship at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace, Md. Bulle Rock sits at No. 45 on Golf Digest’s 2015-2016 list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The spring season will culminate with the highly anticipated Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The three-day, 54-hole event will take place on May 23-25, 2015. On the evening of May 24 the IJGT will announce its All-IJGT Team and Player of the Year honors for each division at the Night of Champions.

Juniors in all divisions will be competing for AJGA Performance Stars and national rankings. In addition, the winner of the Boys 15-19 Division will receive an exemption to the 2015 International Junior Masters tournament.

Well wishes to all of our juniors as we reflect graciously on the fall and welcome the spring. Good luck to all!

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

Inserra, Teran nab IJGT Player of the Week honors (Nov. 11, 2014)

The IJGT traveled to West End, N.C., on November 8-9, 2014, to host the Major Championship at Dormie Club. Rated the No. 2 course to play in the state of North Carolina by Golfweek, the course offered an entertaining challenge to each junior.  The course was in pristine shape and despite the greens being firm and fast, the juniors rose to the occasion and posted admirable scores both days. This week’s IJGT Player of the Week honors following the Major Championship go to Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J., and Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua.

Brett Inserra

Brett Inserra

Inserra’s first round score of 82 put him in a tie for 19th place in a field full of strong players.  In his opening round Inserra started off slowly, struggling with a few bogeys. Never fully embracing a momentum, he finished the round with a four-hole par-or-better streak which included his single birdie of the day. With the determination to make up ground, Inserra returned for round two by carding par-or-better on the entire front nine. Four round-two birdies combined with 12 pars allowed Inserra to improve by a staggering 13 strokes and move him up the leaderboard into the top three. Inserra shared third place with Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, with a two-day total of 151 and brought home the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for shooting the lowest final round across both boys’ divisions.

In three appearances in a Major Championship, this is Inserra’s first top-three finish.

Gabriela Teran

Gabriela Teran

Teran’s first round started off hot with a birdie on the par-4 No. 2.  Seven pars on her front nine had her at even-par at the turn. On the back nine, she carded another birdie the par-4 No. 14, bringing her first round score to75. Within reach of divisional leader Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., and looking to advance, Teran’s began her second round with consistent play. Scoring par on 12 of 18 holes, Teran finished shy of moving into first but remained in control of second place with a total 154.

The second-place finish is Teran’s third top-five finish this season and the seventh of her IJGT career.

Congratulations to Brett Inserra and Gabriela Teran on earning this week’s Player of the Week honors!

Major Championship at Dormie Club – Final results (Nov. 9, 2014)

Whaley brings home her second Major Championship
Pfoestl’s first Major Championship also his first-ever IJGT victory 

WEST END, N.C. – The IJGT hosted the Major Championship at Dormie Club on November 8-9, 2014. The second Major Championship of the season featured a field of more than 50 juniors from across the United States and around the world. Facing cooler temperatures and a difficult course, juniors competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings as well as the honor of being named the IJGT Major Champion.

DSC06876cropShiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, captured the title of Major Champion in the Boys 15-19 Division with scores of 77 and 71 for a two-day total of 148. Go started round two in a four-way tie for second place. After posting zero birdies in round one, Go improved by adding three birdies in the second round to his 23 total pars for the weekend. Go’s strong play on Sunday allowed him to move into first place and win by two strokes.

“My putting and short game are what I did really well with and what helped me win,” said Go.

Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan, finished in second place with a two-day total of 150. Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J., and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, shared third place with a tournament totals of 151. Inserra’s round-two score of 2-under-par 69 earned him the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award, the award given to the male and female junior(s) recording the lowest score on the final day of the event.

 

DSC06885cropThe Boys 14 & Under Division Champion was Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy. Pfoestl jumped out to a ten-stroke lead over the division in round one with his opening score of 79. Despite his second day struggles, Pfoestl maintained a ten-stroke lead with a second round of 83. With the help of three total birdies and 13 total pars, Pfoestl’s tournament total 162 earned him his first career IJGT win.

“I drove the ball well and I knew if I played smart in the final round I would win,” commented Pfoestl.

Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., finished in second with a tournament total of 172 while brother, Andrew Sample placed third with a two-day total of 198.

 

 

DSC06892cropKelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., became the Major Champion of the Girls Division with an even-par 142. Opening with the only round played under par on Saturday, Whaley recorded five birdies and 10 pars en route to a 2-under-par 69. Whaley followed up her strong first round with a 2-over-par 73 in round two thanks to four additional birdies. Her second round 73 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Whaley said, “I’ve worked really hard lately on my game and it’s nice to see all of my hard work pay off.”

Finishing in second was Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua, with a tournament total of 154. Rounding out the top three was Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, with a total of 159.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on Thanksgiving weekend, November 27-29, 2014, for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

West End, N.C.. – Final Results of the Major Championship at Dormie Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on November 8-9, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,644 yards Par 71 (72.5/131). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,807 yards, Par 71 (69.3/125). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,611 yards, Par 71 (72.5/130).

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Dormie Club
West End, NC
November 8-9, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division 6,644 yards (Black Tees) Par, 71

1. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *77-71–148
2. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *77-73–150
3. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *82-69–151
3. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *81-70–151
5. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *77-75–152
6. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *76-77–153
7. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-73–154
7. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *80-74–154
9. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-76–157
9. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *80-77–157
9. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *79-78–157
12. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *77-81–158
13. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *79-80–159
14. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *85-75–160
14. Jake Trotta, Harrison, NY *83-77–160
16. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *83-78–161
16. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *80-81–161
18. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *83-79–162
18. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *78-84–162
20. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *78-85–163
21. Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, PA *79-85–164
21. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *76-88–164
23. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *86-79–165
23. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *81-84–165
25. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *85-81–166
26. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *82-85–167
27. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *84-85–169
28. Gray Wiley, Lynchburg, VA *86-84–170
29. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *87-85–172
30. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *90-84–174
31. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *95-80–175
32. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *91-86–177
33. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *87-91–178
34. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *85-94–179
35. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *90-93–183
36. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *100-84–184
37. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *104-81–185
37. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *97-88–185
37. Derek Li, Hillsborough, NJ *98-87–185

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *96-0–96 (Rule 6-8)
JWD. Alejandro Meriles Medina, La Paz, Bolivia *95-0–95
JWD. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *
JWD. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *

Boys 14 & Under Division — 5,807 Yards (Blue Tees) Par, 71

1. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *79-83–162
2. Luke Sample, New York, NY *89-83–172
3. Andrew Sample, New York, NY *101-97–198

Girls Division — 5,611 Yards (White Tees) Par, 71

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *69-73–142
2. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *75-79–154
3. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *79-80–159
4. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *84-82–166
5. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *109-101–210
6. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *120-116–236

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Mary McGuinness, Haddonfield, NJ *71