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Major Championship at Dormie Club – Round one results (Nov. 8, 2014)

The IJGT traveled to North Carolina for the Major Championship at Dormie Club in West End, N.C. Temperatures in the low 40s greeted juniors as the tournament kicked off at 7:48 a.m. on Saturday, November 8, 2014. The sun allowed temperatures to rise to the mid 50s while winds remained light and variable. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Jack O’Donovan of Pittsford, N.Y., and Jason Stokes of St. Brelade, Jersey, share the lead in the Boys 15-19 Division. Their rounds, in numbers:

O’DONOVAN:

76 – The round-one leading score, one stroke ahead of the division

10 – The Major Championship is O’Donovan’s tenth IJGT event of his career

2 – Total number of birdies for the round

STOKES:

7 – Longest par-or-better streak on holes 12 through 18 to finish his round

15 – Stokes is coming off of a top-20 finish at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on November 1-2, 2014

1 – His round-one birdie came on the par-3 hole No. 9

The Boys 14 & Under Division, Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, leads after round one. His round in numbers:

79 – His round one score after 18 holes making for a 10-hole lead

3 – The number of holes Thomas carded a par or better in a row

6 – The Major Championship is Pfoestl’s sixth IJGT event of the season. He has placed in the top-five in all events thus far

Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

69 – Whaley’s round-one, 2-under-par score, the only junior to record a score under par for the round

5 – Total number of birdies in round one

3 – Whaley scored par or better on all of the course’s par-3 holes

The final round of the Major Championship at Dormie Club will take place tomorrow, November 9, 2014, with tee times starting at 8:00 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

Phuchanbanchob, Gai among those receiving IJGT Player of the Week honors – Sept. 21, 2014

NORTHEAST TOUR

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to the Buena Vista Country Club in Buena, N.J., to host the IJGT Jersey Open. Weather for the event was ideal with temperatures in the high 70s and calm winds. Despite near-perfect playing conditions, the golf course was challenging nonetheless with unforgiving bunkers and many dog-legs. The IJGT is proud to award this week’s Northeast Player of the Week honors to Stephen Gai of Westport, Conn., and Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y.

gaiGai may not have opened the tournament with his best round, but he bounced back in round two. He posted a 78 in the second round, improving on his first round by nine strokes. Gai carded his 78 with the help of 10 pars and two birdies on holes No. 7 and 15. Gai’s 78 was the third best round of the day in the Boys 15-19 Division. His impressive play in the final round drove him up the leaderboard to finish in a tie for fifth with Marshall Clemens from Weston, Mass.

 

 

braman, madisonBraman’s first round play had her in pursuit of a comeback on divisional leader Linda Wang. Wang’s steady play in the final round kept Braman just out of reach, but Braman fought until the end which helped her earn the Northeast’s Girls’ Player of the Week honors. In the second round, Braman began with a birdie on her first hole of the day. She added two more birdies on her back nine on holes No. 12 and 14, and posted par on eight additional holes. Her spectacular play resulted in a final round 77, which also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round award in the division.

SOUTHEAST TOUR

The IJGT held its first College Series Tournament of the 2014-15 season at Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State University the weekend of September 21-22, 2014, as part of the Southeast Tour.  The Golfweek No. 27 ranked campus course in 2014, played tough during round one but allowed juniors to shine most in round two. Following the event, Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., and Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, earned the Southeast’s Player of the Week honors.

pongrac - CopyAfter shooting a final round score of 3-under 69, Pongrac earns this week’s Southeast Player of the Week honors in the boys divisions. Pongrac got off to a slow start in round one, but bounced back by shooting an 85 in round two including four birdies on his front nine and two more on the back.  Pongrac’s second round 69 gave him a share of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and a top-10 finish.

 

 

 

10264779_10154171553715026_2741195399204324369_nPhuchanbanchob nabbed Player of the Week in the Girls Division.  She got off to a hot start on day two, making a run at the championship with three birdies and an eagle to finish her round with a 2-under 70 which was also the low round for the tournament in the Girls Division.

Phuchanbanchob’s stellar final round was enough to force a sudden death playoff with Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., starting on par-5, No. 1.  The two played hole No. 1 and Phuchanbanchob’s unfavorable drive off the tee landed her left of the fairway, while Whaley bombed her drive down the right side landing it in the rough just off of the fairway.  Phuchanbanchob was forced to lay up to the 150-yard mark just on top of the hill giving her a desirable angle into the green. Whaley played her second through two tall trees landing her just short of the greenside bunker.  Whaley chipped up onto the green within ten feet of the flagstick, while Phuchanbanchob’s chip was not enough to rally for the win. Nonetheless, Phuchanbanchob’s effort was enough for second and Player of the Week honors.

The IJGT wishes our four outstanding juniors the best of luck in their future competitions and we look forward to seeing them soon!

IJGT College Series at NC State – Final results

Go holds on for two rounds for a victory
Webster captures a commanding victory

RALEIGH, N.C. – The IJGT held its second event of the Southeast this weekend. Hosted at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course, the IJGT College Series at NC State had both national rankings and IJGT merit points up for grabs. The two-day 36-hole tournament featured 36 juniors, ranging from 10 years of age to 19 years of age.

Shiso Go

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, came in first in a tight race to the finish. Going into round two, Go was tied for first place with Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., with a recorded score of even-par. Go’s strong start on the front nine was the key factor to maintaining the lead, adding cushion for one late double-bogey. He recorded par or better on his first 11 holes en route to a final-round score of 3-under-par 69 to capture the title.

Second place went to Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, who finished with a 76-69 – 145 overall score. Rounding out the top three was Print Yusabai of Pattaya, Thailand, finishing with a score of 73-73 – 146 overall.

The winner of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, went to Go, Luo, and Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., who all finished round two with a low score of 3-under-par 69. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is awarded to the player(s) who shoot the lowest score during the final round.

 

 

 

Mac WebsterIn his first IJGT event of the season, Mac Webster of Baltimore, Md., took first place in the Boys 14 & Under Division with scores of 78-72 – 150. Webster took a commanding lead during round one and continued to lead the entire tournament.

In discussing his victory, Webster stated “I tried to make more pars and birdies. I wanted to minimize the mistakes I made in round one.”

Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, took second with scores of 83-82 – 165 while Dazhuang Li of Bluffton, S.C., took third with scores of 114-107 – 221 overall.

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly WhaleyThe Girls Division would be decided by a playoff round between Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., and Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Phuchanbanchob, who finished round one five back from front-runner Whaley with a score of 77, started the second round of the tournament strong. She recorded par or better on her first 15 holes playing them in 6-under-par. Whaley, who led coming out of round one, maintained the surge from Phuchanbanchob, and finished strong to even up the scores after hole No. 18. Both juniors finished the tournament with an overall score of 147 forcing a sudden-victory playoff.

The playoff round was played on hole No. 1 with Whaley winning with a birdie securing her first-place finish. Her scores for the tournament were 72-75 – 147 overall. Phuchanbanchob took second shooting 77-70 – 147 overall. Her second round low score of 2-under-par 70 won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

When asked about her playoff win, Whaley stated “I felt pretty good. My strategy was to stay calm and take it one shot at a time.”

Warissara Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand, rounded out the Girls Division in third with a score of 75-78 – 153 overall.

The IJGT’s next Southeast event will continue on to Oldfield Golf Course in Okatie, S.C., September 27-28, 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, Bagboy, 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 (800) 792-9143.

Raleigh, N.C. – Final round results of the IJGT College Series conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 21, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,893 yards, Par 72 (72.8/138). Boys 14 & Under Divison: Red Tees – 6,248 yards, Par 72 (69.6/130). Girls Division: Wolfpack Tees – 5,880 yards, Par 72 (73.5/138)

Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 7-10 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 5-7 mph

International Junior Golf Tour

College Series at NC State

Raleigh, N.C.

September 20-21, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division – 6,893 yards (Black Tees), Par 72

1. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *72-69–141

2. Xue Wen Luo, Haikou, China *76-69–145

3. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *73-73–146

4. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *72-76–148

5. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *79-70–149

6. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *79-72–151

6. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *78-73–151

8. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *77-75–152

9. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *75-78–153

10. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *85-69–154

11. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *79-78–157

12. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *83-75–158

12. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *83-75–158

12. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *81-77–158

15. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *80-80–160

15. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *82-42–124

17. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *80-81–161

18. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *84-79–163

18. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *80-83–163

18. Colson Herrin, Augusta, GA *80-83–163

21. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *84-81–165

22. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *84-84–168

23. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *92-81–173

24. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *86-91–177

25. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *105-103–208

DID NOT FINISH

Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *82-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division – 6,248 yards (Red Tees), Par 72

1. Mac Webster, Baltimore, MD *78-72–150

2. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *83-82–165

3. Dazhuang Li, Bluffton, SC *114-107–221

Girls Division – 5,880 yards (Wolfpack Tees), Par 72

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *72-75—147

2. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *77-70–147

3. Warissara Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *75-78–153

4. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *82-82–164

4. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *86-78–164

6. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *98-98–196

DID NOT FINISH

Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *JWD

IJGT College Series at NC State – Round one recap (Sept. 20, 2014)

With the fall series underway, the Southeast Tour traveled to Loonie Poole Golf Course to host the IJGT College Series at NC State on September 20-21, 2014. The venue greeted more than 30 juniors competing for national rankings and IJGT merit points. In review, below are the rounds, in numbers, of the divisional leaders.

A tight race in round one resulted in a shared lead of the Boys 15-19 Division. Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., lead the first round with an even par 72. Below are their rounds in numbers:

SHISO GO 
72 – his round one score , Go is one of three juniors to shoot an even par 72
7 – Go carded par or better for 7 straight holes
1 – total number of eagles
1 – total number of birdies

TREY WREN 
11 – Wren recorded par or better on the 11 straight holes
2 – total number of birdies
16 – Wren carded par or better

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Mac Webster of Baltimore, Md., leads. His round in numbers:
78 – his round one score, three strokes ahead of the division
9 – the number of pars recorded in his first round
2 – total number of birdies, coming on No. 7 and No. 15

Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., leads the Girls Division, her round in numbers:
72 – her round one score, Whaley is one of three juniors to shoot an even par 72
15 – Whaley recorded par or better on the 15 straight holes, one of which was a birdie
1 – total number of birdies
17 – Wren carded par or better

The final round at Loonie Poole Golf Course will take place tomorrow, September 21, 2014, with tee times starting at 8:30 a.m EST. For full results from round one of the IJGT College Series at NC State, click here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

The Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire – Final results

Low final round translates to a victory for Ozaki

Whaley becomes two-time winner at Falcon’s Fire

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The IJGT traveled south to host The Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club on May 10-11, 2014. The final event of the regular Southeast Tour schedule featured a field of 61 juniors ranging in age from 11-19 years old for the two-day, 36-hole event. Winners of the event were awarded IJGT Merit Points and also competed for 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.

DSC_1057The Boys 15-19 Division was won by Shota Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan. Finishing with scores of 74-70 – 144, Ozaki came from behind after round one to secure the win. His first since 2013, Ozaki’s victory was highlighted by an impressive streak of par or better on 13 holes and four tournament birdies. Trailing Brock Erwin of Muldrow, Okla., by one stroke after round one, Ozaki carded the lowest final round of the tournament to move into first by three strokes. His 2-under-par 70 in the final round earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award offered to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round.

Charles Sun of Bradenton, Fla., finished in second place with scores of 74-73 – 147 and Cameron Clair of Bluffton, S.C., finished in third with scores of 76-72 – 148.

When asked about what worked well for him, Ozaki stated, “My drivers worked well, I was able to hit a lot of fairways.”

DSC_1270Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico, led the Boys 14 & Under Division both days en route to his first IJGT victory. After round one, Sanchez found himself 10 strokes ahead of his competition with a score of 3-over-par 75. Despite struggling initially, he added 10 pars in round two to keep him in front for the win. His first round included two birdies coming on holes four and 17. Sanchez finished 12 strokes ahead of the competition.

Finishing in second was Thomas Delaney of Kingwood, Texas, with scores of 86-82 – 168 while Jackson Skeen of Johnson City, Tenn., rounded out the top three with an overall score of 171.

“I would say number four [was my favorite] because it was a short par-5 and I was able to get there in two and birdied it,” said Sanchez about his favorite hole of the course.

DSC_1126For the second consecutive year, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., nabbed first at Falcon’s Fire. Scoring similarly to her first win at Falcon’s Fire in May of 2013, Whaley finished with scores of 72-71 – 143. Five birdies and an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole aided in Whaley’s run for the title. Whaley held off second-place finisher, Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, with the help of her 1-under-par second-round score of 71. Her second-round score earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Phuchanbanchob finished second with scores of 75-74 – 149. Rounding out the Girls Division was Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, tallying scores of 76-75 – 151.

“I feel more accomplished because I’m two-time, I feel like I’ve really mastered this course now,” said Whaley about her second consecutive win at Falcon’s Fire.

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will continue on to Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla., for the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions on May 24-26, 2014. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444. 

Kissimmee, Fla. – Final round results of the IJGT Orlando Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 11, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,833 yards, Par 72 (73.2/136). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,225 yards, Par 72 (70.0/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,984 yards, Par 72 (74.3/130).

Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 10-15 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 5-7 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Orlando Junior at Falcons Fire GC
Kissimmee, Fla.
May 10-11, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees) 6,833 yards, Par 72

1. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *74-70–144
2. Charles Sun, Bradenton, FL *74-73–147
3. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *76-72–148
4. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *76-73–149
5. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *77-74–151
5. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *73-78–151
7. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *80-72–152
7. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *74-78–152
9. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-73–154
10. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *83-72–155
10. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *77-78–155
10. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *78-77–155
13. Simon McDonald, Kialla, Australia *81-75–156
13. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *80-76–156
13. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *78-78–156
13. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *78-78–156
17. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *80-77–157
17. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *79-78–157
17. Michael Boylan, Patterson, NY *76-81–157
20. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *82-76–158
20. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *80-78–158
22. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *80-80–160
22. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *80-80–160
22. Adam Agustin, El Dorado Hills, CA *79-81–160
25. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *82-79–161
25. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *77-84–161
27. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *88-74–162
28. Shosei Inokawa, Atamishi, Japan *77-87–164
29. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *84-81–165
30. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *81-86–167
30. Jespi Huh, Sasanggu, South Korea *79-88–167
32. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *89-80–169
33. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *86-85–171
33. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *86-85–171
33. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *84-87–171
36. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *88-85–173
37. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *90-86–176
38. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *93-87–180
39. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN *89-95–184

DID NOT FINISH

Charles MacCallum, Melbourne, Australia *80-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (Blue Tees) 6,225 yards, Par 72

1. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *75-81–156
2. Thomas Delaney, Kingwood, TX *86-82–168
3. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *85-86–171
4. Ronak Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *87-86–173
5. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia *89-87–176
6. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *86-96–182
7. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China *99-89–188
8. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea *96-99–195
9. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *97-100–197
10. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *111-101–212

Girls Division (White Tees) 5,984 yards Par 72

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *72-71–143
2. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *75-74–149
3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *76-75–151
4. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *79-78–157
4. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan *81-76–157
6. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *80-81–161
7. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *78-89–167
8. Emma Parson, Bluffton, SC *92-89–181
9. Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *91-94–185
10. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *93-95–188
11. Stephanie Orrell, Hilton Head Island, SC *100-102–202

Orlando Junior at Falcon's Fire Golf Club – Round one recap

The IJGT traveled south to the fan favorite Falcon’s Fire Golf Club to host the Orlando Junior on May 10-11, 2014. Hot but breezy weather greeted the field of 61 juniors in the first round. Leaders in each division are below, their rounds in numbers:

Brock Erwin of Muldrow, Okla., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

73 – Erwin posted 1-over-par round-one score

35 – he carded a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine

13 – this is Erwin’s 13th IJGT event of the season

9 – par-or-better streak on each of the holes on the front nine

4 – number of birdies he tallied in round one

The Boys 14 & Under Division is led by Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico. His round in numbers:

75 – his round-one 3-over-par score

13 – Sanchez comes into the Orlando Junior with 13 top-10 finishes in IJGT events

11 – par-or-better streak from holes eight and 18

2 – number of birdies tallied on holes four and 17

The Girls Division is led by Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., her round in numbers:

72 – Whaley posted an even-par score of 72, the lowest score of the tournament

10 – number of pars on the round

4 – number of birdies on the round

1 – Whaley placed first in her last appearance at Falcon’s Fire on May 11-12, 2013

Juniors will return to play for round two Sunday, May 11, 2014, for an 7:30 a.m. start. For full results from the first round of the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire, click here. Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.

Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s – Final Results

Pedro nabs second victory at Oldfield Golf Club

Rodriguez, McDowell win by ten strokes

OKATIE, S.C. – The IJGT hosted the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s at Oldfield Golf Club on April 12-13, 2014. The sponsored event was a two-day 36-hole tournament with junior participants ranging in age from 12-19 years old. Winners of the event were awarded IJGT Merit Points and also competed for 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.

DSC_0226The Boys 15-19 Division was led both days by first-place finisher Toks Pedro of Bowie, Md. Finishing with a score of 71-72 – 143, Pedro’s 1-under-par overall score became his second first-place finish at Oldfield Golf Club in IJGT events, the first being in 2012. Pedro finished with par or better on 15 of 18 holes to put him out in front after round one. Five birdies were the highlight of his second round, putting him 1-under-par for the day.

The 1-under par 72 allowed Pedro to secure the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award offered to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round. Pedro also led the division in total birdies with nine.

Pedro finished three strokes ahead of second-place finisher, Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, who posted a tournament score of 72-74 – 146 overall. The highlight of Sharma’s tournament came in his back nine of round two where he finished with par or better on all nine holes. In third place was Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, with a score of 74-74 – 147 overall that featured seven birdies and an eagle on the 12th hole.

When asked what worked well for him, Pedro said, “[I was] hitting a lot of good shots and was hitting a lot of greens and two putts.”

DSCN7115 copyChandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, was the Boys 14 and Under Divisional winner with a two-day score of 72-71 – 143 overall. Leading his division statistically, McDowell’s six birdies lifted him to a staggering 10-stroke lead for the win. The 1-under-par 71 for round two also made McDowell a Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award winner. The first-place finish becomes McDowell’s third win in five events played in the 2013-2014 season.

Finishing in second was Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., with a score of 77-76 – 153 overall. The second place finish is Ingram’s third consecutive top-10 finish this season. Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, rounded out the top three with an overall score of 157.

McDowell commented that his mindset to maintain his lead was to “play my own game and take advantage of the birdie-able holes on the course.”

 

In her first IJGT tournament of the 2014 DSCN7112 copyyear, Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, finished first in the Girls Division. Her 69-74 – 143 overall score was highlighted by six total birdies and a hole-in-one on the par-3 third hole. Both scores from rounds one and two posted by Rodriguez were divisional lows, her round-one 69 being the lowest score of the tournament.

Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, both finished 10 strokes behind Rodriguez tied for second with overall scores of 153. Both Whaley and Tadokoro posted par or better on 25 of 36 holes for the tournament. Sophie Guo (T4) of Bluffton, S.C., posted the only other hole-in-one on the par-3 13th hole.

When asked about her win, Rodriguez commented, “It feels great to be at a tournament, haven’t played an IJGT tournament yet this year so it feels great to win this tournament.”

The IJGT will head west next weekend for the Arizona Junior at Southern Dunes in Maricopa, Ariz. To sign up for this Event, click here.

Okatie, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 13, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,870 yards, Par 72 (73.6/144). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,251 yards, Par 72 (71.0/129). Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,978 yards, Par 72 (74.4/134).

Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the High 70s, winds 10-15 mph
Sunny with temperatures in the High 70s, winds 10-15 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Oldfield Junior Presented by Auntie Anne’s
Okatie, S.C
April 12-13, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees), 6,870 yards, Par 72

1. Toks Pedro, Bowie, MD *71-72–143
2. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *72-74–146
3. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *74-73–147
4. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *72-77–149
4. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *73-76–149
6. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *76-74–150
6. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *73-77–150
8. Simon McDonald, Kialla, Australia *74-77–151
8. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *75-76–151
8. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *75-76–151
11. Phil Colevas, Rockville, MD *78-74–152
11. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *75-77–152
13. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *76-77–153
14. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *76-78–154
14. Matthew Mannion, Muskoka, Canada *74-80–154
14. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *74-80–154
17. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *78-77–155
17. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *76-79–155
17. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *77-78–155
17. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *79-76–155
21. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *76-80–156
22. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *78-79–157
22. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *77-80–157
24. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co (NQN) *74-84–158
24. Keith Techasith, Bangkok, Thailand *82-76–158
24. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada *81-77–158
27. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *83-79–162
28. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *86-77–163
28. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *80-83–163
30. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *78-86–164
30. Kevin Borowicz, Grand Island, NY *84-80–164
32. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-84–165
33. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea *83-83–166
34. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *86-81–167
35. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *82-86–168
36. Rich Auld, Toronto, Canada *88-82–170
37. Rio Wong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *88-83–171
37. Gbenga Toriola, Abuja, Nigeria *87-84–171
39. Sidhartha Sharathram, Coimbatore *85-87–172
40. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *85-89–174
40. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *86-88–174
42. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *87-88–175
43. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *92-92–184
43. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN *95-89–184
45. Mauricio Troncoso, Mexico City, Mexico *88-97–185
46. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *88-98–186
Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees), 6,251 yards, Par 72

1. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *72-71–143
2. Chase Ingram, Bluffton, SC *77-76–153
3. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *79-78–157
4. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *79-83–162
5. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *84-85–169
6. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia *87-84–171
7. Alex Thaller, Hilton Head Island, SC *90-85–175
7. Thomas Delaney, Kingwood, TX *86-89–175
9. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *94-83–177
10. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA *87-91–178
11. Ronak Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *101-88–189
12. Ben Farrington, Ft McMurray, AB *93-98–191

DID NOT FINISH

Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China *DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Matthew Campbell, Beaufort, SC *DQ (Rule 6-3a) 

Girls Division (Green tees), 5,978 yards, Par 72

1. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *69-74–143
2. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *77-76–153
2. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *78-75–153
4. Milleina Ohara, Tokyo, Japan *80-79–159
4. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *76-83–159
6. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua, *79-81–160
7. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *79-82–161
8. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *85-78–163
9. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *85-80–165
10. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *83-85–168
11. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC *88-83–171
12. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *82-90–172
12. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *87-85–172
14. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *83-90–173
14. Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *86-87–173
16. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *93-90–183

Oldfield Junior at Oldfield Country Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT will be in Okatie, S.C. April 12-13, 2014 for the Oldfield Junior at Oldfield Country Club. The 18-hole two-day tournament will offer National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points to top finishers.

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Oldfield has no shortage of breathtaking scenery and was recognized by the Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for its attention to preserving the local environment. The natural environment equates to small greens and free-form bunkers. The course is located just off the Okatie River and offers a one-of-a-kind golfing experience.

Oldfield Golf Course along the Okatie River

Oldfield Golf Course along the Okatie River

Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, and Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, will both look to lead the Boys 15-19 Division as they both come off of a top-10 finish in their last tournament play. D’Amico finished second at the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club on March 22-23, 2014 while Hui comes off a tie for 10th in the same tournament.

In the Girls Division, we have seen Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, in 14 events this season and she will look to make the Oldfield Junior a victory for her 15th event. Tadokoro comes off of a 9th-place tie at the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor in February. Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., will be making an appearance in her first tournament of 2014 and will look to add to her three top-three finishes on the 2013-2014 season.

In the Boys 14 and Under Division, Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, brings to the table nine top-five finishes, four of which are first-place victories and he will look to add a fifth. Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., comes off of a hard-fought third-place finish at the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club and will also be in the hunt for a victory.

To register or for more information about the Oldfield Junior in April, click here.

Final results from the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall

Cheng captures crown at Bluffton Junior

Phuchanbanchob earns first IJGT Victory

 

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour was in Bluffton, S.C. on Dec. 7-8 for the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was contested on the Pete Dye Signature Course at Hampton Hall Club. The field featured 57 players representing 15 states and 15 countries competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Hampton Hall Club’s Pete Dye course was played at 6,936 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division, 5,895 yards for the Girls Division, and 6,219 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division. Water hazards came into play on a number of holes while an abundance of bunkers gave the players even more difficulty. Weather for the first round was perfect, as temperatures hovered in the 70s with a slight breeze. The final round was drastically different, with temperatures around 50, rain, and more wind than the prior round.

Cheng HHIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, emerged with a two-stroke victory over GeunTae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, after shooting a 3-under-par 141 for the tournament.

Cheng’s played his first round bogey-free, on his way to a 4-under-par, 68. He shot a matching 34 on both the front and back nine, with birdies on Nos. 3, 9, 11, and 15. Even with the impressive score, Cheng sat in a tie for second with Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton, S.C., after the first round, two shots behind Chris Magi of Montreal, Canada. Magi caught fire on the front nine, with five birdies over a six-hole stretch on Nos. 3-8. He finished with a front-nine score of 32, the lowest nine-hole score of the tournament. Magi strung together three consecutive birdies on Nos. 11-13 and despite a bogey on the par-5, 15th, finished his round at 6-under-par 66 to capture the lead.

Cheng, Magi, and Nimmer were part of an impressive group of eight players who shot under-par during the first round. Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan shot 2-under-par 70, while Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., Lohith Ramaraju of London, England, Jan Schneider of Erlangen, Germany, and Borys Shubinsky of Hilton Head Island, S.C., all shot 1-under-par 71.

Cheng shot under-par on the front-nine again during the final round, finishing at 1-under-par 35 to move to 5-under-par for the tournament and grab the lead after 27 holes. Cheng birdied the par-5, third hole, for the second consecutive day, to go along with eight pars on the front. Ahead of Cheng, Kim was making a charge, shooting a front-nine 33 to get back into contention.

As others faltered, the tournament became a three-man race between Cheng, Kim, and Nimmer. Cheng double-bogeyed No. 13, putting Nimmer only one stroke back, but Nimmer bogeyed holes Nos. 14 and 15 to fall back. Kim had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 while scoring par at the 17th and 18th to finish with a score of 75-68-143, awaiting Cheng in the clubhouse. Cheng finished off his tournament in style, making birdie on the 18th hole to seal his victory.

“I tried to stay patient. I knew the scores would be high out there today,” Cheng mentioned when asked how he had prepared for the final round.

Kim’s final round 68 won him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and gave him his fourth top-three finish of the season. Nimmer rounded out the top three with tournament totals of 68-76-144.

PhuchanbonchobCake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, gathered her first career IJGT Victory in the Girls Division, earning the win by three strokes over Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn.  Phuchanbanchob started the first round hot, draining a birdie on the opening hole. She dropped a stroke at No. 2 but quickly regained it with a birdie at the third. She carded her third birdie of her opening nine at the ninth hole to finish with a 2-under-par 34 on the front nine. Phuchanbanchob was matched by Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand on the front nine, as Siriko put together three consecutive birdies on holes Nos. 2-4 to shoot a 34. Whaley also impressed on the front, making birdies on Nos. 7 and 9 on her way to a 35. The three continued their strong play on the back nine, with Whaley’s even-par, 36 setting the tone. Phuchanbanchob and Whaley shot matching 71s in the first round, while Siriko lurked only one stroke back.

Despite the difficult weather conditions, Phuchanbanchob thrived during the final round. She shook off a bogey on hole No. 1, going on to birdie Nos. 3, 6, and 8 to again shoot a 34 on the front. Siriko carded an even-par, 36 on the front, but still fell three shots back of Phuchanbanchob while, Whaley was unable to keep pace with the leader, falling six strokes back.

Phuchanbanchob’s lead grew to seven strokes over both Siriko and Whaley after the 11th hole, and she was able to cruise to her victory. She finished the final round with scores of 34-39-73, good for a tournament total of 144. Her 73 also won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Phuchanbanchob said her key to dealing with the final round conditions was, “hitting an extra club,” and she also noted a strong short game as her key to victory.

Whaley finished second, with a total score of 147, while Siriko placed third at 149.

ShimojiThe Boys 14 & Under Division ended in a tie, with Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, earning the victory over Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., via scorecard playoff. Both players finished the tournament with total scores of 155, but due to Shimoji finishing with a 41 to McBride’s 42 over the final nine holes, Shimoji was credited with the victory.

The two excelled during the first round, repeatedly going shot-for-shot. McBride jumped out early with a birdie at the par-5, third hole, but Shimoji answered with a birdie at the par-3, seventh hole. After the first nine, McBride held the lead by two strokes after carding a 1-over-par 37. Both performed even better on the back nine. McBride carded three more birdies on holes Nos. 13, 14, and 17, while dropping a stroke at the 10th and 11th holes to finish his day with an even-par 72. Shimoji birdied the 15th hole but bogeyed the 18th  hole to shoot even-par on the back nine, and a 3-over-par 75, giving McBride the lead after the first round.

Neither McBride nor Shimoji were able to become comfortable in the cold, wet weather during the final round. Shimoji was able to pick up two strokes on McBride on the front nine to cut the lead to one as they entered the home stretch. Shimoji grabbed his first lead of the final round with a birdie on the 11th hole coupled with a McBride par. The lead flip-flopped between the two multiple times over the next couple holes, but as they walked to the 18th tee McBride held a one-shot lead. As darkness quickly crept in, McBride and Shimoji battled for the win. McBride could not connect on a par putt while Shimoji was able to save par. McBride willed in an eight-foot par putt to force a tie after 36 holes. With insufficient sunlight, the committee ruled that Shimoji was victorious via the recommended tiebreaker prescribed by the United States Golf Association, which was the score on the last nine holes of the competition.

Shimoji noted his driving was “very good,” and helped make up for a “so-so,” short game over the weekend.

Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico, rounded out the top three with a tournament total of 80-82-162.

The International Junior Golf Tour’s next event will be the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Dec. 14-15. The two-day, 36-hole event will consist of one round on the Ocean Course at Sea Pines and one round at Harbour Town Golf Links.

First Round Highlights from the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall

Bluffton, S.C. – Temperatures hovering around 70 defined a perfect day for golf at the first round of the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall on Dec. 7. Being held on the Pete Dye Signature Course at Hampton Hall Club, the tournament featured 56 players from 15 states and 15 countries. Players are eagerly competing for national rankings as well as IJGT Merit Points, and with a field full of talented junior golfers, the final round looks to bring as many highlights as the first round. Here are your leaders heading into the final round of the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall on Dec. 8.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Chris Magi of Montreal, Canada leads after shooting a 6-under, 66. Here is Magi’s round by the numbers:

Chris Magi

32 (4-under-par) – Score on the front-nine

8 – Number of birdies (44.4% of his scores)

4 – This is his fourth season with the IJGT

2 – Stroke lead over Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan and Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton, S.C.

-2 – Score on the course’s four par-3’s

-5 – Played Nos. 3-8 at 5-under-par

 

Atop the leaderboard in the Boys 14 & Under Division is Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., firing a first round score of even-par, 72. Here is McBride’s first round by the numbers:

Brandon McBride

35 (1-under-par) – Score on the back-nine

10 – Number of pars (55.6% of his scores)

8 – This is the 8th IJGT Event McBride has competed in this season

4 – Number of birdies (22.2% of his scores)

3 – Stroke lead over Takafumi Shomoji of Okinawa, Japan entering the final round

1 – This is his first year on the IJGT

 

Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand and Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn. head the Girls Division after finishing with scores of 1-under, 71. Here are Punchanbanchob’s and Whaley’s round by the numbers:

Cake Phuchanbanchob

34 (2-under-par) – Score on the front-nine

10 – Number of pars (55.6% of her scores

5 – Number of birdies (27.8% of scores)

3 – This is her third season with the IJGT

2 – She finished 2nd at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 29-Dec. 1

-3 – Score on the course’s four par-5’s

Kelly Whaley

35 (1-under-par) – Score on the front-nine

12 – Number of pars (66.7% of her scores)

4 – Number of birdies (22.2% of scores)

3 – Has won three IJGT Events in her career

2 – This is her second season with the IJGT

-2 – Score on the course’s four par-5’s

 

For complete results of the first round click here. Pairings for final round action at the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall can be found here.