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IJGA Invitational – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be hosting the IJGA Invitational on Dec. 14-15 at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The two-day, 36-hole tournament will consist of one round at Sea Pines Ocean Course and one round at Harbour Town Golf Links. Players will be competing for national rankings and Double IJGT Merit Points at the last Major Championship of the fall season.

The first course built on Hilton Head Island, the Ocean Course features one of only two oceanfront holes on the island. The par-72 course stretches to 6,906 yards with a rating of 73.5 and slope of 144 from the back tees. Strategically-placed bunkers and lagoons provide difficulties to players of all skill levels. The par-3, 15th is the signature hole at the Ocean Course, as elevated tees give players unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Hole 15 Ocean Course

The par-3, 15th hole at Sea Pines Ocean Course is one of only two oceanfront holes on Hilton Head Island.

Harbour Town Golf Links is the more nationally known of the courses at Sea Pines. Harbour Town has played host to the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage (formally Heritage Classic) since 1969. The course is consistently awarded billing as one of the top courses, including being rated 18th in Golf Digest’s 2013-14 “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses.” Playing as a par-71, the course features five sets of tees stretching from 5,208 yards to 7,101 yards. The 18th hole at Harbour Town is one of golf’s most well-known holes, as players overlook Calibogue Sound and features the Harbour Town Lighthouse in the background.

Harbour Town Lighthouse 18 Green

The 18th hole at Harbour Town Golf Links provides one of the most recognizable finishing holes in golf.

The IJGA Invitational consistently features one of the strongest fields of the IJGT season, and this year is no different. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, Shota Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan, William Thomson of Pittsford, N.Y., and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. highlight a strong field. Ogawa, Ozaki, and Wren have all been victorious in IJGT Events this season, while Thomson won last season’s IJGA Invitational in the Boys 14 & Under Division, narrowly edging out Ogawa. Other players to keep an eye on include Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan and Bobby Firth of Jenkintown, Pa.

Takafumi Shimoji looks to continue his impressive rookie season on the IJGT by capturing the tournament in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Shimoji has won three tournaments this fall while finishing 2nd in his other two events. Shimoji shot his low round of the season in the first round of the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club in August, carding six birdies on his way to a 5-under-par, 67. Players to also watch in the Boys 14 & Under Division include Alex Lawson of Pittsburgh, Pa., Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., Ryan McCarthy of Rockville Centre, N.Y., and Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico.

The Girls Division features a number of players who have had successful seasons so far, including Samantha Huang Shenzhen, China, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, and Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., all of whom have been victorious twice this fall. Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Clementina Rodriquez of Caracas, Venezuela, Ana Ruiz of Chihuahua, Mexico, Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, and Susana Vik of Greenwich, Conn. all placed in the top ten of last year’s IJGA Invitational.

Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be in Bluffton, S.C. on Dec. 7-8 for the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall. Hampton Hall Club’s Pete Dye Signature Course last hosted an IJGT Event Nov. 10-11, 2012, with the Major Championship at Hampton Hall Club being contested there. The two-day tournament will consist of top junior golfers from around the world competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points over the course of 36 holes.

Dye’s course at Hampton Hall features a brilliantly open design, but requires more precision than would seem. Water hazards come into play on 15 of the courses holes, while a number of strategically placed bunkers make precision needed on every shot. . With yardage stretching anywhere from 5,329 yards to 7,503 yards and swirling winds, this links-style course embodies the original soul of golf.

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Although open, bunkers and water hazards at Hampton Hall Club require players to focus on precision with every shot.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan, Jake Kessel of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., and Sam Meuret of Brunswick, NE, highlight a number of players who look to tackle Dye’s course. Ito earned his first victory in the Boys 15-19 Division, and third career IJGT victory, earlier this year with a strong performance at the Florida Junior at Black Diamond. Ito carded 10 birdies over the two-day event, capturing a five stroke victory. Kessel will be looking to earn his first career victory. He came close earlier this year, finishing in a tie for second at the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation. Meuret, in his second year with the IJGT, has been a top-10 mainstay, finishing there in 11 of his 15 career events on tour.

In the Girls Division, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, CT, looks to continue her recent run of success on the IJGT. In her last five events, dating back to the 2012-13 season, Whaley has three victories and hasn’t finished lower than in a tie for second. She was most recently victorious at the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes after firing scores of 73-70-143 at the George Fazio Course. Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, will be one of Whaley’s biggest challengers. Huang has been victorious at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall and the Sanctuary Shootout this year and looks to add a third victory to her impressive rookie season with the IJGT.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, headlines the field. Shimoji has been stellar this season, winning three tournaments and finishing second in his other two events. The highlight of his season was a dominating performance in his first event, the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield GC, where he shot scores of 67-71-138 to finish the tournament at 6-under-par and earn a 9 stroke victory. His score of 138 was the low of any player in the field. Brandon McBride of Bluffton, SC, looks to prevent Shimoji of his fourth victory while earning his first of the season. McBride has finished in the top-3 in three events this season and has placed no lower than sixth in any event.

To register for the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall, click here.

Final results from the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes

Ferguson blows away competition to take Boys 15-19 Division

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the IJGT

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes – George Fazio Golf Course

Hilton Head Island, S.C.

November 9-10, 2013

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

29. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *85-77–162

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DID NOT FINISH

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

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

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

Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *91-JWD

Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *JWD

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DID NOT FINISH

Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *JWD

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DID NOT FINISH

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

Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *JWD

 

*Won Playoff

 

First-round highlights from the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The weather could not have been more perfect — save some slight winds — for the first round of the International Junior Golf Tour‘s (IJGT) Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes on Nov. 9. Held on the intricately-designed and aesthetically-captivating George Fazio Course at the Palmetto Dunes Resort, the Nov. 9-10 event featured more than 90 players from 21 states and 18 countries. The players are eagerly fighting for national rankings and DOUBLE IJGT Merit Points, and with a deeply stacked field of talent and skill, the final round is sure to be filled with just as much excitement as the first. Here are your leaders going into the final round on Sunday, Nov. 10.

In the Boys 15-19 DivisionEwen Ferguson of Hilton Head Island, S.C., leads the way with a tournament-low 1-under-par 69 through Round 1. Here is Ferguson’s round by the numbers:

Ewen Ferguson:

35 – score on the front nine (even-par)

34 – score on the back nine (1-under-par)

11 – number of pars

7 – straight pars to start his round

4 – number of birdies (22.2% of his scores); also his stroke lead going into final round

3 – number of seasons playing on the IJGT

-1 – score on the course’s par-4’s and par-5’s

Atop the leaderboard in the Boys 14 & Under Division is Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, who sits with a 6-over-par 76 after one round. Here is Vilips’s round by the numbers:

Karl Vilips: 

38 – front and back nine scores

12 – number of pars (66.6% of his scores)

4 – stroke lead going into the final round

3 – wins on the IJGT this season

+1 – score on the course’s par-3’s

E – score on the course’s par-5’s

In the Girls Division, Kasidy Beckel of Bluffton, S.C., and Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., currently share the lead with a 3-over-par 73. Here are their first rounds by the numbers:

Kasidy Beckel:

36 – score on the back nine* (1-over-par)

10 – number of pars (55.6% of her scores)

5 – streak of made pars (from holes Nos. 8-12)

3 – number of birdies

2 – her second season playing with the IJGT

E – score on the course’s par-4’s

Kelly Whaley:

34 – score on the back nine* (1-under-par)

8 – number of pars

5 – number of birdies (with three on Nos. 1, 2, and 4)

2 – number of seasons and wins on the IJGT

-2 – score on the course’s par-3’s

E – score on the course’s par-5’s

 

* denotes a 10th hole start


For complete results of the first round click 
here. Pairings for final-round action at the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes can be found here.

Final Results from the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation

Terrazas wins 13th IJGT event

Shimoji and Whaley dominate, both shoot tournament-low 150’s

AIKEN, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour held the Aiken Junior Open on Sept. 21-22. Hosted by the Woodside Plantation Golf Club, the tournament was played on the Rees Jones-designed Wisteria Course, with plenty of hills, vast tree lines, and tough greens. The two-round event proved to be extremely challenging for the talented field of junior golfers, where not a single player finished better than even-par.

562857_10153307183220026_1012018580_nIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, took home the trophy with a 10-over-par 154 performance in his first 2013-2014 IJGT Event. His first-round 1-over-par 73 was a tournament low, which consisted of three impressive birdies in the final eight holes, the most notable on the steep No. 11.

Reflecting on his performance, the most challenging part of the tournament for Terrazas was the slopes, explaining, “The course was very hilly and you had to be prepared.” He managed to overcome this though, securing a solid win.

Despite having a difficult final round, he ended up beating out runners-up Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, and Jake Kessel from Woodcliff Lake, N.J., by three strokes, who tied for second place with totals of 157.

1236064_10153307182835026_880887283_nThe Boys 14 & Under Division was once again dominated by Takafumi Shimoji (74-76—150) of Okinawa, Japan. His division-low 74 in the first round consisted of three birdies and five bogeys, leaving him at two-over par going into the final round. The concentration and ability to target his game on the green propelled Shimoji to a fast start, going par-birdie-birdie on the opening three holes. He ended up carding a 4-over-par 76 in the final round which was the low score in the final round giving him the CLAZIC Belts Low Final Round Award.

Asking what he thought was hardest for him over the weekend, Shimoji stressed, “Putting was too difficult.”

This is Shimoji’s second win in three events this season, winning at the Lowcountry Open and finishing tied-for-second at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. He can next be seen at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters from Oct. 19-20.

Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, was head-to-head with Shimoji during the entire final round, carding a 5-over-par 77, one behind the leader. His energized second round play just was not enough in the end, shooting a final score of 156, six shots behind Shimoji. Landing in third place for the division was Bronson Myers, a first time IJGT member from Columbia, S.C. His 85-82–167 was a fabulous performance for his inaugural event.

1184869_10153307182060026_1083800429_nDominating the Girls Division was incumbent Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn. Her final tally of 75-75—150 was good for second best in the entire field, and a spectacular 12 strokes ahead of runners-up Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua, and Samantha Huang of Shenzen, China, who both tied with a final score of 162 through two rounds. Her final round 3-over-par 75 was also a tournament low for the Girls Division, giving her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Following up a rough patch on the front during the final round, where Whaley managed five bogeys and just one birdie, her back nine play included two birdies, one on the long 466-yard, par-5 No. 11, and another on the 368-yard, par-4 No. 18.

When asked about her most challenging aspect of the event, Whaley stated, “The greens. The speed was very hard to adjust to.”

This is Whaley’s second season with the IJGT, accumulating a remarkable eight Top-10 finishes in nine events in 2012-2013, including a win at Falcon’s Fire in Kissimmee, Fla., on May 11-12, 2013.

The IJGT Southeast tour will be back in action next weekend in Beaufort, S.C., for the Sanctuary Shootout. The tournament will be played at Sanctuary Golf Club.

To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will host the Aiken Junior Open Sept. 21-22 at Woodside Plantation in Aiken, SC. The two-day, 36-hole event will be held at the Wisteria Course, one of the four fantastic courses available at Woodside Plantation.

Opened in 1987 and designed by famous golf course architect Rees Jones, Wisteria boasts 18 challenging holes that were designed to showcase the rolling hills and wooded forests of the area.

The 11th hole of the Wisteria Course at Woodside Plantation.

The 11th hole of the Wisteria Course at Woodside Plantation.

The picturesque setting will play host to fierce competition, especially in the Boys 15-19 Division. Headlining that division is Ben El Cohn of Guayaquil, Ecuador, who is moving up a division after winning the Boys 14 & Under Division title at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. Challenging him will be a pair of Italians, Luigi D’Amico (Forli, Italy) and Maurizio Debono (Basiguo, Italy).

D’Amico has a fourth-place and third-place finish in two IJGT Events this season, while Debono has notched fifth and sixth-place finishes in his two tour appearances this year.

In the Girls Division, all eyes will be on Kelly Whaley of Farmington, CT, who will be making her first tour appearance of the season. Whaley had one win, four second-place finishes and three top-tens in nine tour Events last season.

The Boys 14 & Under Division will likely be a battle between Takafumi Shimoji (Okinawa, Japan) and Karl Vilips (Melbourne, Australia). Shimoji boasts a win and a tied for second-place in his two appearances this season, while Vilips has a a win, a tied for second and a fourth-place finish to his name so far this year.

IJGT members at the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls Junior

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Every year the United States Golf Association (USGA) conducts our nation’s National Championship for junior golfers across the country. This year the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) was represented well with 27 total members playing. All players had to qualify for the championship and it is quite an accomplishment to make it into the tournaments.

The U.S. Junior Amateur this year is being held at Martis Camp in Truckee, Calif. The Tom Fazio design is playing over 7,600 yards and marks the longest course in championship history. Here are the IJGT members that qualified for the championship.

John Souza

Jack Gianniny

Aaron Wise

Tyler Moore

Coleman Self

Matt Holuta

Aaron Terrazas

Tennoshin Ogawa

Cole Berman

Carey Bina

Sean Carlon

Jack Fitzgerald

Daniel Hudson

Vasili Kartos

Bradley Keyer

Tiger Lee

 Sam Meuret

A special congratulations to all players that qualified for the match-play portion of the event. After two rounds of stroke-play qualifying, the top 64 were selected to move on in the tournament. The names of IJGT members in bold above advanced to match play.

Currently All-IJGT member Aaron Terrazas of Alvarado, Mexico, is still in contention for the title after two thrilling victories that both went extra holes.

To follow all the action at the U.S. Junior Amateur click here.

 

The U.S. Girls’ Junior this year is being held at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind. The Jack Nicklaus design is a championship layout featuring very difficult greens and long rough. Here are the IJGT members that qualified for the championship.

Kelly Whaley

Ana Paula Valdes

Thamonpat Siriko

Mai Dechathipat

Isabella DiLisio

Luiza Altmann

Alexis Hios

Anina Ku

Hana Ku

Annie Swords

A special congratulations to all players that qualified for the match-play portion of the event. After two rounds of stroke-play qualifying, the top 64 were selected to move on in the tournament. The names of IJGT members in bold above advanced to match play.

Mai Dechathipat of Oakton, Va., was the last IJGT competitor competing in match play. She won her first two matches before falling in the Round of 16. Dechathipat played outstanding golf all the way to the end and deserves to be recognized for an outstanding accomplishment.

To follow all the action from the U.S. Girls’ Junior click here.

 

Final Results from the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire

Velez defends Falcon’s Fire title

Whaley holds on as Girls Division Champion

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee, Fla., May 11-12. Juniors endured very warm temperatures with moderate humidity at the Rees Jones designed golf course. The tournament acts as a great tune-up for IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Manual VelezManuel Velez of Panama City, Panama, winner of the IJGT’s 2012 Florida Swing at Falcon’s Fire, defended his title to win the Boys 15-19 Division, shooting 1-under-par for a two-day total of 143. Velez took fire at the hole locations, recording nine birdies and one eagle over two rounds. His best play came on the par 5s where he played them in 5-under-par.

Velez did not go unchallenged however, as Yan Peng of Beijing, China kept pace the entire tournament. Over two days, Peng played the front nine in a bogey-free 3-under-par.

With Velez holding onto a one shot lead heading into No. 18, both he and Peng striped drives down the middle of the fairway. As both players were in great position, Peng was the one who took advantage and hit the green, while Velez short-sided himself in the greenside bunker.

Velez was able to make a difficult up-and-down seem ordinary, blasting out of the bunker to only a few feet. Peng had a birdie opportunity from about 25 feet to force a tie, but it was not meant to be. Velez converted his par putt to win by one stroke.

Coming in third place was Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, who carded an even-par 72 on the final day.

Payton Olsen of Winter Park, Fla., received the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his 3-under-par 69.

Alan XuAlan Xu of Hilton Head Island, S.C., shot 81 on both days to take home the Boys 14 Under Division title. Xu said he played “awesome” during the final round, which showed, recording a score no higher than a five for the entire day. He played consistently for the day with nine pars and nine bogeys.

Aaron Elmore of Rincon, Ga., took home second place honors in the division shooting a solid 81 in the final round. This was Elmore’s first event in the division, but he had played a number of previous events in the IJGT’s Discovery Tour.  Third place in the Boys 14 Under Division was Kotaro Nishimura of Ota-Ku, Japan.

Kelly WhaleyIn the Girls Division, Kelly Whaley of Farmington Conn., came out victorious with an impressive 1-under-par 143 two-day total. Whaley stayed patient and played consistently en route to her victory. She recorded five birdies and 27 pars over the weekend, including 15 pars during the final round.

“I told myself there were a lot of holes left to birdie,” Whaley said. “If it gets close, you know you still have holes left. I had a one-shot lead on the last hole and had to be confident I would par it.”

Whaley stumbled early as she recorded a 2-over-par 38 on her first nine holes, including a bogey on the opening hole. It was different after the turn however, making birdie on her 10th hole then paring the rest of her remaining holes.

Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, made it difficult for Whaley during the final round, always hanging within one or two strokes of the lead. Siriko put on her own impressive final round, recording two birdies and 15 pars to shoot a 1-under-par 71 which was good enough to earn her second place. Wei-Wei Zhang of Howey in the Hills, Fla., took home third-place honors after also shooting a 1-under-par 71. Both Siriko and Zhang earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for their performances.

The KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the players who shoot the lowest score in the first round of every IJGT Event, was won by Velez with a score of 1-under-par 71 and Whaley with a score of 2-under-par 70.

The International Junior Golf Tour will travel back to the Orlando, Fla. area in two weeks to host its annual Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Resort May 25-27. For more information about the Tournament of Champions and its corresponding events, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

About the IJGT

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

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

KISSIMMEE, FLA. – Final round results of the IJGT Orlando Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 12, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,839 yards, Par 72 (73.2/136).  Boys 14 Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,239 yards, Par 72 (70.1/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,991 yards, Par 72 (74.4/130).

Weather:  Sunny with temperatures in the Low 80s, winds 5-10 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 5-10 mph

International Junior Golf Tour

The Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club

Kissimmee, Fla.

May 11-12, 2013

Boys 15-19 Division – (Gold Tees) Yards: 6,839, Par 72

 

1. Manuel Velez, Panama City, Panama *71-72–143

2. Yan Peng, Beijing, China *73-71–144

3. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *76-72–148

4. Matthew Rushton, Cape Town, South Africa *77-72–149

4. Luke Tetreault, Horseheads, NY *76-73–149

4. Rafael Miranda, Guayaquil, Ecuador *75-74–149

7. Payton Olsen, Winter Park, FL *81-69–150

7. Mos Bangpetch, Hilton Head Island, SC *72-78–150

7. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *73-77–150

10. Sense Chaowalit, Bangkok, Thailand *73-78–151

11. Keith Techasith, Bangkok, Thailand *77-75–152

11. Austin McCulloch, Alexandria, MN *78-74–152

11. André Hammer, Scania, Sweden *77-75–152

11. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *76-76–152

11. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *75-77–152

16. Daniel Tello Vargas, Pachuca, Mexico *80-74–154

16. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *77-77–154

18. Takakazu Furukawa, Shiga, Japan *73-82–155

19. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-76–156

20. Andre Becerra, Zapopan, Mexico *79-79–158

21. Gus Uriostegui, Leon, Mexico *82-77–159

22. Konstantin Kosta Kosutic, Belgrade, Serbia, *79-81–160

23. Tyler Hughes, Howey in the Hills, FL *81-80–161

24. Nicco Gentile, Bluffton, SC *77-85–162

25. Connor Hogan, Monroeville, AL *76-87–163

26. Czech Chalermchaiwat, Bangkok, Thailand *85-79–164

26. Matthew McDonald, Celebration, FL *82-82–164

26. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *82-82–164

26. Andrea Bacchi, Milan, Italy *82-82–164

26. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *82-82–164

31. Marshall Clemens, Weston, MA *84-82–166

32. Andrew Boyer, Muskoka, ON *80-87–167

33. Davis Keough, Cole Harbour, NS *85-84–169

34. David Rice, Pittsburgh, PA *93-82–175

35. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *98-86–184

36. Sheock Hyun Shim, Seoul, South Korea *90-107–197

DID NOT FINISH

Nate Anderson, Billings, MT *JWD

Boys 14 Under Division – (Blue Tees) Yards: 6,239 Par 72

1. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-81–162

2. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA *88-81–169

3. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan *92-89–181

DID NOT FINISH

Kevin Ying, Shanghai, China *DQ (Rule 15-3b)

Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *DQ (Rule 6-6d)

Girls Division – (White Tees) Yards: 5,991 Par 72

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

2. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *73-71–144

3. Wei-Wei Zhang, Howey in the Hills, FL *75-71–146

4. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *74-75–149

4. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *73-76–149

6. Luiza Altmann, Sao Paulo, Brazil *76-74–150

6. Veronica Vetesnik, Winnipeg, Canada *74-76–150

8. Yunjie Zhang, Howey in the Hills, FL *75-76–151

9. Yuka Kajiki, Howey in the Hills, FL *79-74–153

10. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *80-76–156

11. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *83-78–161

11. Jessica Danford, Longwood, FL *80-81–161

11. Mallory Etcheberry, Wesley Chapel, FL *79-82–161

14. Aracelly Maria Jimenez Rios, Merida, Mexico *80-82–162

15. Grace Kim, Sao Paulo, Brazil *81-82–163

16. Carla Loyola, Queretaro, Mexico *78-86–164

17. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *82-83–165

17. Kathryn Crouch, Harker Heights, TX *81-84–165

19. Ariana Dial, Clarksville, MD *84-82–166

20. Lizzie Hammel, Wexford, PA *83-85–168

21. Paige Cappelli, Blue Bell, PA *85-85–170

22. Kali Boyer, New Ringgold, PA *88-90–178

23. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *90-92–182

24. Haley Danford, Longwood, FL *96-91–187

25. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *100-97–197

DID NOT FINISH

Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *81-JWD

IJGT Returns to Falcon's Fire for the Orlando Junior

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is set to return to Kissimmee, Fla., for the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club May 11-12. After a successful tournament at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club last September, the IJGT is excited to be back in Florida. The Event will feature elite junior golfers ages 9-19 from around the world competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.

Falcon's FireLocated just minutes from the Walt Disney World Resort, Falcon’s Fire Golf Club was ranked “Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest 2010-2011. A Rees Jones designed course, Falcon’s Fire features plenty of bunkers and fairway undulation, requiring accurate tee-shot placement and touch around the greens. Falcon’s Fire is recognized both regionally and nationally as one of the finest public golf courses in the Orlando area.

The field for this Event is filling up quickly as anticipation builds for the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions held at Grand Cypress Golf Club, in Orlando, Fla., May 25-27.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, three former IJGT champions are returning to the tour. Manuel Velez of Panama City, Panama will attempt to defend his Falcon’s Fire title at the Orlando Junior. Last September, Velez won the Florida Swing at Falcon’s Fire. Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan is coming off a more recent win at the College Classic at Duke University and will try to take the title from Velez. Luke Tetreault of Horseheads, N.Y., went home with the title in late March at the Lowcountry Junior at Oldfield Golf Club. With these three former champions already in the field the Orlando Junior is sure to be an exciting Event.

The Boys 14 Under Division will feature another former IJGT champions. Andre Becerra of Zapopan, Mexico will be competing in the Orlando Junior hoping to take home his fourth IJGT title of the 2012-2013 season.  Becerra has seven top-5 finishes already this season, including his victory at the Florida Swing at Falcon’s Fire in September. He will not be without competition, however. Paul Schumacher of Canton, Ohio, will attempt to take home his first IJGT title this season. Schumacher had an impressive second-place finish at Falcon’s Fire in September.

The Girls Division will be equally exciting. Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, is coming off a win at an American Junior Golf Association preseason event. Siriko was named champion at the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters last October, and has 10 top-5 finishes already for the 2012-2013 season. Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, already has three IJGT titles for the season and 15 top-5 finishes. Nakatani is always a player to watch during IJGT Events. Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., returns to the IJGT after an impressive second-place finish at the College Classic at Duke University. Whaley has consistently finished inside the top five at IJGT Events and will definitely be a contender for the title at the Orlando Junior.

The Orlando Junior will begin May 11, at 7:30 a.m. with groups teeing off Nos. 1 and 10. The Event will conclude with an awards ceremony recognizing the top three juniors in each division with tournament gifts and trophies immediately following the conclusion of the final group on May 12.

Falcon’s Fire will be open for optional practice rounds and IJGT tournament registration, May 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information for this event or any others, please visit www.IJGT.com  external_link.png or call (843) 785-2444.

Click here to register for the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire to reserve your spot in this highly competitive field.

About the IJGT

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

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