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IJGT celebrates the NCAA’s Early Signing Period with an IJGT Photo of the Week

November 12-19, 2014, served as the NCAA’s early signing period. For many IJGT juniors, the week-long period meant the lengthy search for the college of the future was over. More than 20 juniors playing on the IJGT put on their new school colors, pulled out their finest pens and made their commitments by signing their National Letters of Intent (NLI).

“A binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution,” the NLI establishes a student-athlete’s intent to attend a particular university and to participate in a given sport.

Those IJGT members who participated in the early signing:

Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng University of Wisconsin
Connor McKay Lipscomb University
Masato Yoshitsugu Hawai’i Pacific University
TJ Kaczan California State University – Bakersfield
J.D. Moore St. Peters University
Aaron Terrazas Oklahoma University
Isidora Nilsson University of South Carolina
Min Yi “Samantha” Huang University of North Texas
Cara Basso Penn State University
Will Hicks Erskine College
Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob California State University – Northridge
Yeji Shin Georgia Southern University
Will Miles University of South Carolina
Rachel Corry University of Virginia
Kelly Whaley University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Thomas Avant Drake University
Kelly Anderson Northern Illinois University
Derrick Villarreal Charleston Southern University
Carter Ehms Cedarville University
Ryan Rose – Rutgers University
Tyler Dierwechter Stetson University
Clementina Rodriguez University of Washington
Keshav Sharma Erskine University
Kasidy Beckel Radford University
Emily Mills – Rutgers University

To celebrate our juniors, we shared photos of each junior as he or she proudly signed the National Letter of Intent. Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob and her coach, Richard Wedzik, are featured in this week’s special edition of the Photo of the Week.

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Phuchanbanchob signed to play golf with California State University – Northridge. Having played in 35 IJGT events, Phuchanbanchob carries a scoring average of 77.475, has accumulated 115 birdies and has placed in the top-10 in all but two of her events.

Check out photos from each junior’s signing on our IJGT Facebook page here.

Don’t forget – each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’
2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)
3 points – per share

Sharma, Huang grab Player of the Week honors – May 26, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. – The IJGT returned to beautiful Florida for the annual end-of-the-year Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Club.  Having the largest and most competitive field of the year, the tournament is a player and family favorite each year. Hot temperatures and copious sunshine made for warm but enjoyable conditions all three days.

The staff at Grand Cypress Resort worked diligently all week to ensure that the course was in top shape and the players and families had a world class experience. The players of the week following the conclusion of the spring season are Keshav Sharma, of New Delhi, India, and Samantha Huang, of Shenzhen, China.

DSC_0824Sharma, playing in his 11th event of the season, recorded his seventh top-ten finish of his IJGT career. Sharma started off the tournament with an impressive first-round 73 on the East/North Course. His first round included three birdies and 12 pars. Perhaps his most impressive hole of the day came on the tough par-5 ninth hole, where he carded a birdie. His second round was virtually flawless, resulting in a 2-under-par 70. The New Delhi native began his second round with birdies on the three of the first six holes. Sharma displayed grit and determination on the final day of the tournament, shooting a 1-under-par score of 71 highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 eleventh hole added to his staggering 12 total birdies. The final-round score of 71 elevated Sharma to finish second as the tournament concluded on Monday, May, 26, 2014.

 

 

DSC_0094Huang, playing in her eleventh event of the season, had a great showing at the Grand Cypress Resort. The China native recorded her eighth top-five finish at the Tournament of Champions. Playing the New Course for round one, Huang showed consistency throughout her entire round. With five pars and a birdie on the long par-5 sixth hole, she proceeded to shoot a first-round score of 76. Round two proved to be a little tougher on the East/North Course for Huang where she fought through the rough-laden course to post a score of 77. The highlight of the round for her was a birdie on the difficult par-4 seventh hole. The final round proved to be the best day of the tournament for Huang, recording and final round 72 and securing the girl’s Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. Her final round included 12 pars and two birdies, not scoring worse than bogey on any hole.

We congratulate all those who participated in this monumental event and we wish Sharma, Huang and all IJGT juniors the best of luck as they move forward either with the IJGT or in their post-graduate plans!

2014 Bridgestone Tournament of Champions – Final results

Furuya wins his first Tournament of Champions appearance

Oishi and Sukaree victorious in their first-ever IJGT event

ORLANDO, Fla. – The IJGT hosted the 2014 Bridgestone Tournament of Champions on May 24-26, 2014 at Grand Cypress Golf Club. The season-ending tournament was sponsored by Bridgestone Golf and featured a field of 129 juniors representing 17 states and 15 countries. Juniors competed in humid weather with temperatures in the 90s for AJGA stars, national rankings and special tournament exemptions.

DSC_0832Ryoto Furuya of Wesley Chapel, Fla., led the Boys 15-19 Division all three rounds en route to his championship title. In his first Tournament of Champions appearance, Furuya began competition play by carding par or better on 17 of 18 holes in his opening round. Using the 4-under-par score in round one as momentum, Furuya returned for round two to post his lowest score of the tournament, a 5-under-par score of 67. He carried his lead into the final round and despite carding his highest score of the three-day tournament, he went on to secure the title of champion with score of 68-67-75 – 210 overall. A staggering 13 total birdies and a scoring average of 70, the lowest average of the tournament, highlighted Fuyura’s victory.

Finishing in second place was Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, helped by 12 birdies and one eagle to tally scores of 73-70-71 – 214 overall. Rounding out the Boys 15-19 Division was Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, with scores of 71-75-70 – 216 overall. Kim’s final-round score of 70 was the lowest in both boys divisions, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award is given to the boy and girl who shoot the lowest score in the final tournament round.

“The first few holes I was very nervous. On the first hole, unfortunately I hit it right and went on to make a double bogey but after the front nine, I still had a lead. I didn’t worry about it, stayed strong and hung in there and managed to come out with a victory,” said Furuya.

DSC_0030Atsuya Oishi of Hiroshima, Japan, turned his first IJGT appearance into a lasting impression as he turned his three-day lead into a victory. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Oishi began the tournament with his best round where he compiled five birdies and an eagle for a round-one score of 67. The 5-under-par score gave him a four-stroke lead going into round two where three birdies were the highlight of his score of 76. After adding two additional birdies in the final round, Oishi totaled 10 birdies to tie for the most birdies in the Boys 14 & Under Division. He finished the tournament with scores of 67-76-74 – 217.

Just two strokes behind him in second was Ryota Furuhashi of Shizuoka, Japan, who carded scores of 73-76-70 – 219 overall. Furuhashi’s 2-under-par score of 70 also made him a Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award winner. In third was Sampson Zheng of Kissimmee, Fla., finishing with scores of 71-75-74 – 220 overall.

When he compared the New Course to the East/North combination he played each of the three days, Oishi said, “The East/North Courses had too much rough which was tricky. That’s why I liked the New Course better.”

DSC_0101In a tight race in the Girls Division, Kornkamol Sukaree of Bangkok, Thailand, edged out second-place finisher Cara Basso of Downingtown, Pa., for first in in her first-ever IJGT event. Basso came out strong to lead the division after round one, posting a 1-under-par score of 71. In a close second, Sukaree posted back-to-back scores of 73 in rounds one and two to position herself tied for the lead with Basso heading into the final round. With the championship in reach for both, Sukaree tallied her tournament-best four birdies and 10 pars in round three to secure the victory. Sukaree finished the tournament with scores of 73-73-72 – 218 overall. Her round-three even-par score of 72 earned her the girl’s Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Carding just one less birdie than Sukaree in round three, Basso finished in second by one stroke with scores of 71-75-73 – 219 overall. Rounding out the Girls Division in third was Yunjie Zhang of Haikou City, China, with scores of 76-73-73 – 222.

“I just tried to play the best I could each day. My approach shots were really good,” said Sukaree.

In addition to the three-round tournament, the weekend included additional events for family and friends. Following registration and the practice rounds, juniors participated in the Bridgestone Longest Drive Competition and enjoyed a welcome reception at Grand Cypress Golf Club. On  Saturday, May 25, 2014, it was an evening of fun and thrills at two Universal parks. Sunday, May 26, 2014, offered the “Night of Champions” banquet to honor the All-IJGT Teams and celebrate a fabulous season. For photos to each of the events, be sure to check out our IJGT Facebook page by clicking here!

The IJGT will begin its Summer Series on June 17-18, 2014 at Crescent Pointe Golf Club. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444. 

ORLANDO, Fla. – Final-round results of the IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 26, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division (East/North Course): Blue Tees – 6,838 yards, Par 72 (73.4/138) Boys 14 & Under Division (East/North Course): White Tees – 6,228 yards, Par 72 (70.6/132) Girls Division (East/North Course): Red Tees – 5,962 yards, Par 72 (74.8/136). Boys 15-19 Division (New Course): Blue Tees – 6,746 yards, Par 72 (71.8/123) Boys 14 & Under Division (New Course): White Tees – 6,253 yards, Par 72 (69.3/116) Girls Division (New Course): Red Tees – 5,949 yards, Par 72 (74.9/118).

Weather:

Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 90’s with 5-10 mph winds
Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 90’s with 5-10 mph winds
Monday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 80’s with 5-10 mph winds

Boys 15-19 Division
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) North/East Course: 6,838 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) New Course: 6,746 yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Blue Tees) North/East Course: 6,838 yards, Par 72

1. Ryoto Furuya, Wesley Chapel, FL, *68-67-75—210
2. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India, *73-70-71–214
3. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea, *71-75-70–216
4. Xuewen Luo, Lougkou City, China, *69-73-75–217
5. Jack Tianyi Cen, Bradenton, FL, *72-71-75–218
5. Matthew Plunkett, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, *74-66-78–218
7. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, *74-69-76–219
8. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan, *72-71-78–221
9. Ryan Davis, Berkeley Heights, NJ, *76-71-76–223
10. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India, *77-73-74–224
11. Roland Massimino, Lumberville, PA, *83-68-74–225
11. Bebe Bouahom, Vientiane, Laos, *73-74-78–225
11. Shiso Go, Tokyo, Japan, *73-72-80–225
14. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan, *77-75-74–226
14. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, *76-76-74–226
14. Nicholas Infanti, Clarksburg, MD, *79-72-75–226
17. Nate Menon, Wyomissing, PA, *76-73-78–227
18. Gus Minkin, York, PA, *82-75-72–229
18. Piyush Sangwan, Gurgaon, India, *76-75-78–229
18. Davis Lamb, Potomac, MD, *78-72-79–229
21. Sidhartha Sharathram, Coimbatore, India, *78-76-76–230
22. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ, *74-82-75–231
22. Ryan Hicks, Santa Monica, CA, *81-74-76–231
22. Sam Goldenring, Florham Park, NJ, *80-74-77–231
25. Anthony Muscato, Gibsonia, PA, *84-73-76–233
25. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina, *83-71-79–233
25. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA, *77-81-75–233
28. Jairaj Singh Sandhu, Punjab, India, *82-72-81–235
28. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan, *80-74-81–235
28. James Nicholas, Scarsdale, NY, *75-72-88–235
28. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ, *81-78-76–235
32. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea, *82-75-79–236
32. Nick Geiman, York, PA, *80-75-81–236
32. Jake Niedosik, Lansdale, PA, *76-83-77–236
32. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan, *81-77-78–236
36. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC, *79-77-82–238
37. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *77-81-81–239
37. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD, *78-79-82–239
37. Tyler Olmsted, Boyds, MD, *79-80-80–239
40. Teddy Hoffmann, Virginia Beach, VA, *81-77-82–240
41. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA, *79-73-89–241
42. Yuan Li, Haikou City, China, *85-76-81–242
43. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand, *76-80-87–243
44. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan, *82-83-79–244
44. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *81-81-82–244
44. Gerry Mackedon, Port Jefferson, NY, *81-79-84–244
47. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain, *83-83-79–245
47. David Hanes, Elma, NY, *82-83-80–245
47. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA, *84-77-84–245
47. Isaac Gorenstein, Nyack, NY, *76-82-87–245
51. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA, *83-83-81–247
52. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan, *85-76-87–248
53. Griffin Colvin, Media, PA, *82-81-86–249
54. Dom Wagner, Alexandria, VA, *85-81-85–251
55. Gurdev Chimni, Gurgaon, India, *81-86-89–256
56. Joe Rochelle, Quakertown, PA, *89-83-85–257
57. Caleb Bryant, New Freedom, PA, *90-87-83–260
57. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH, *88-90-82–260
57. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *81-90-89–260
60. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan, *86-87-88–261
61. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA, *91-83-89–263
61. Sam Schroeder, Sherborn, MA, *93-81-89–263
63. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *85-88-91–264
64. Rohit Talluri, Bellevue, WA, *89-82-95–266
65. J.P. Beall, Pittsburgh, PA, *94-90-93–277
65. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN, *88-91-98–277
67. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan, *100-90-96–286

DID NOT FINISH
Trent Hope, Savannah, GA, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Bobby Nixon, Port St. Lucie, FL, * DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK, *81-82–JWD
Ryan Conner, Newtown, PA, *JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division
Round 1 – (White Tees) New Course: 6,253 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (White Tees) East/ North Course: 6,228 yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (White Tees) New Course: 6,253 yards, Par 72

1. Atsuya Oishi, Hiroshima, Japan, *67-76-74–217
2. Ryota Furuhashi, Shizuoka, Japan, *73-76-70–219
3. Sampson Zheng, Kissimmee, FL, *71-75-74–220
4. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada, *72-75-75–222
5. Ray Navis, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, *74-76-73–223
6. Yujie Jin, Windermere, FL, *71-79-75–225
7. Chase Ingram, Bluffton, SC, *78-78-71–227
8. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia, *78-79-71–228
8. C.J. Hughes, Indiana, PA, *77-73-78–228
10. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *78-80-72–230
10. Thammalack Bouahom, Vientiane, Laos, *78-74-78–230
12. Jack Whisler, Scottsdale, AZ, *81-80-73–234
12. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago, *76-80-78–234
14. Grant Drogosch, Windermere, FL, *82-77-77–236
15. Lukas Clark, Holland, PA, *82-82-74–238
16. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA, *79-79-82–240
17. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC, *80-81-81–242
17. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA, *84-77-81–242
19. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ, *86-79-80–245
19. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan, *83-85-77–245
21. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA, *81-86-80–247
22. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY, *84-86-81–251
23. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA, *82-90-83–255
24. William Riva, Lancaster, PA, *96-89-89–274
25. Aryan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL, *99-86-95–280
26. Poppy Lee, Loxahatchee, FL, *97-96-89–282
27. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, *95-100-96–291
27. Alex Beall, Pittsburgh, PA, *102-96-93–291
29. Francis Gregor, North Wales, PA, *93-101-99–293

DID NOT FINISH
Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA, * DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA, *86-92–JWD

Girls Division

Round 1 – (Red Tees) New Course: 5,949 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Red Tees) East/North Course: 5,962 yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Red Tees) New Course: 5,949 yards, Par 72

1. Kornkamol Sukaree, Bangkok, Thailand, *73-73-72–218
2. Cara Basso, Downingtown, PA, *71-75-73–219
3. Yunjie Zhang, Haikou City, China, *76-73-73–222
4. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China, *76-77-72–225
5. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *79-72-76–227
5. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China, *77-74-76–227
5. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, NJ, *79-74-74–227
8. Mino Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand, *79-75-75–229
9. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan, *80-78-74–232
10. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan, *79-79-77–235
11. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ, *78-79-79–236
12. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China, *78-82-77–237
13. Dylaney Day, Toronto, ON, *81-78-80–239
14. Liza Freed, Alexandria, VA, *76-84-81–241
14. Yeji Shin, Norwood, NJ, *80-78-83–241
16. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand, *82-85-79–246
16. Marissa Balish, Allison Park, PA, *80-88-78–246
16. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada, *82-84-80–246
19. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan, *84-82-82–248
20. Haley Goodling, Manheim, PA, *90-83-79–252
21. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan, *86-87-83–256
22. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea, *86-79-93–258
23. Allison Herring, Skillman, NJ, *89-94-88–271
24. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ, *94-91-87–272
25. Frida Henningsson, Rye, NY, *88-88-97–273
26. Ananya Barthakur, New Delhi, India, *91-94-90–275
27. Amani Narang, Bhopal, India, *105-114-103–322

Sample, Tadokoro among those to secure IJGT Player of the Week honors – April 13, 2014

Northeast Tour

Lopatcong, N.J. –  The IJGT returned to The Architects Golf Club to host The Architects Cup on April 12-13, 2014. The course is always a favorite of the players in the northeast and the tournament featured an excellent field, which lead to lots of great golf throughout the weekend. Other than a short rain shower and a chilly start to the final round, golfers enjoyed beautiful weather on both days with temperatures reaching into the 60s. The conditions allowed for many golfers to score well, including Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., and Linda Wang of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., who set new personal bests and earned the title of IJGT Player of the Week.

sampleSample, who competed in the Discovery Tour with success as recently as last fall, is beginning to find his game in the 14 and Under Division. At just 10 years old, distance is sometimes an issue for Sample; however, he is able to play intelligently, managing the course and allowing himself to compete with golfers up to four years older than him. In the first round, Sample got off to a hot start by scoring birdie on three of his first six holes, including No. 15, which no other player in the division birdied throughout the weekend. He would later add another birdie, to finish with a round 1 score of 78. He started off his final round with six straight pars, to set the tone for what would be his best 18-hole score with the IJGT. He parred a total of 14 holes in the final round to card a 76, for a tournament total of 154 and a fourth place finish. He shattered his previous 36-hole best by 15 strokes and earned back-to-back top-five finishes. He currently sits at No. 11 in the IJGT Tour Rankings.

wangWang, in her third year with the IJGT, also played very well at The Architect’s Cup this year. This is her second time competing at the course and she was able to use knowledge from her previous rounds to improve. At last year’s Major Championship at Architects Golf Club, Wang finished in eighth place with a 76-85–161. This year, she got off to a bit of a shaky start in round one, but was able to recover well enough to keep her in contention for the final round. She was able to par nine of her last 11 holes, en route to a first round total of 80 and sitting in eighth place. She came back in the final round determined to play well, and that she did. She made very few mistakes throughout the round and two birdies helped her to a score of 74 and the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. Wang’s strong play on the par-3s highlighted her weekend. She scored par or better on nine of the 10, finishing with a combined score of one under par on those holes. Her tournament total score of 154 is seven strokes better than her previous IJGT best and her tie for second place is tied for her best finish.

We wish Sample and Wang continued success throughout the season and hope to see them at future tournaments.

Southeast Tour

Okatie, S.C. — The IJGT headed to Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C., on April 12-13, 2014, for the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s. With its unique and challenging layout featuring numerous hazards, Oldfield Golf Club was primed for a competitive tournament. With great weather and spectacular course conditions, there were ample opportunities for players to score well. The IJGT Players of the Week from the Southeast Tour are Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan.

DSC_0218Sharma made his tenth appearance in an IJGT event this season, placing second to tie for his best finish of his career.  After finishing his first round with an even-par score of 72, just one stroke off the lead, Sharma came back on day two with his sights set on shooting another steady round. He did just that and shot a 74 in round two to finish with a 72-74–146 tournament total. After his strong and steady play, Sharma will be one to watch in his future IJGT appearances which include the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C., May 3-4, 2014.

 

 

DSC_0270Tadokoro, playing in her fourth tournament since winning at TPC Tampa Bay in early January of 2014, made a valiant start at the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s by carding a round one score of 78 which included an impressive total of 12 pars. In the second round, Tadokoro carded three birdies and ten pars and thereby improved her score by three strokes to finish with a total of 75. She finished the tournament tied for second place with a score of 78-75–153 overall becoming her fourth top-five finish for the 2013-2014 season. We look forward to seeing Sera compete in future tournaments, including the IJGT’s premier event, the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions May 24-26, 2014 at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Florida.

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

The Times of India features the IJGT

 

As the game of golf continues to grow, India has made concerted efforts to promote the sport they have come to love. Along with the growth in the sport comes the growth of the enrollment of Indian students in IJGT tournament events.

DSC_0831In a recent article, The Times of India highlights the benefit that enrollment in the IJGA and participation in IJGT events has on junior golfers who value both their academic standing as well as their golf game. The Times of India spoke to Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, about his experience as an Indian participant in the IJGT.

“I have got the balance I always wanted where I can pursue my passion without sacrificing academics. I think back and can never ever stop thanking my family for taking this very important decision. I consider myself truly blessed,” Sharma said.

The IJGT and the IJGA continue to focus energy on the improvement of not only golf and related technology but also the role it can play in the golf community of India. This effort is reflected in the ever-growing number of Indian students on the tour.

Vratik Sharma, also a native of India, turned to the IJGT for an opportunity to grow within the golf industry as a Tournament Operations Associate. As Sharma pursues his Master’s degree in Sport Management, the IJGT serves as an organization to allow him to assist in the cultivation of young people with a passion for golf.

“I consider myself very fortunate to be working for the IJGT whose sole purpose is to have a positive and transformational impact on young people’s lives,” Sharma stated.

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Vratik Sharma (left) and Keshav Sharma (right) at Pinecrest Golf Club, home of the IJGA

To read more from The Times of India, click here.

IJGT Player of the Week – January 25-26

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

Major Championship at Kiawah Island – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will head to play two of the five courses at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C. on February 15-16, 2014 for the Major Championship. Players will play the first round at Turtle Point and finish out the weekend with round two on the Ocean Course, both of which are championship courses. At stake are double IJGT Merit Points as well as national rankings.

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The first day’s 18 holes will be played at Turtle Point, a Jack Nicklaus course known for being one of the longest on the island. Turtle Point has been host of past PGA Cup Matches and proves to be challenging for even advanced players. Unpredictable winds are characteristic of this course even with towering trees along the fairway.

Day two will be 18 holes to be played at the #4 Greatest Public Golf Course in America as ranked by Golf Digest, Ocean Course. A Pete Dye creation, Ocean Course was the location for the 2012 PGA Championships. The course includes 10 holes that run right along the Atlantic Ocean, creating for beautiful scenery. Among just 17 other courses in North America, Golf Digest readers have given Ocean Course a 5-star rating for best places to play.

The 14th at Turtle Point.

The 14th at Turtle Point.

The IJGT expects the fierce competition at the #MajorChamp across all Divisions. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan and Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, and Brad Cook of Jackson, Wyo. Ogawa and Sharma finished first and second, respectively, after a playoff at the Winter Shootout in January 2014. Sharma also tied Cook for third at the Carolina Classic in late January 2014.

Look for a stand-out performances from Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, and Joe Parrini of York, Pa. After placing second in the Boys 14 & Under Division at the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation January 25-26, 2014, Shimoji has now placed in the top three in seven of eight Events played with the IJGT. In his first appearance in a southern tournament, Parrini will look to take command of the Boys 14 & Under Division. He comes into the Major Championship with five first place finishes on seven tournaments.

Rounding out our watch list, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, will look to lead the pack. Coming off of a first place finish at the Junior Heritage at Sea Pines February 1-2, 2014, Valdes will look to add to her accolades at Kiawah Island.

To register or for more information about the Major Championship at Kiawah Island, click here.

IJGT Player of the Week – January 11-12

LUTZ, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) conducted the Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Fla., on Jan. 11-12, 2014. This was the first tournament of the new year for the IJGT staff, and it kicked off the season with a bang.  The course staff was most helpful when the IJGT staff arrived at the venue, and the event could not have occurred at a better location.   Everyone was very pleased with the excellent shape of the course for the January weather at TPC Tampa Bay.  This week’s Player of the Week honors went to Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, and Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China.

The weather played a prominent role in the tournament as high winds of 15+mph ruled the first 18 holes. On the final round of the event, the rain from the night before left some standing water in the low areas of the course.

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Sharma (left) carded a score of 79 in the first round, good enough for a tie with Parker Gillam of Cary, N.C., after battling tough conditions with winds up to 25 mph. Sharma started his round off nicely with three consecutive pars, and closed in equally impressive fashion, scoring par on five of his last six holes. Sharma’s second round was highlighted by a birdie on the par-3 No. 6, one of only four birdies on the hole throughout the weekend. Despite having to fight off a bee sting late in the second round, Sharma recorded a second round score of 83 and tournament total of 162 left him in a tie with Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan. Ogawa bested Sharma in the playoff; however, it is his third top-10 finish and the best of his IJGT career.

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In the Girls Division, Chee (left), who is battling a knee injury, played through the pain Friday and Saturday. She came into the first day ready to play through any conditions and stayed very consistent throughout her round. Like many golfers, Chee has superstitions, including always using a blue Sharpie to mark her golf ball before each round.  She was up to the challenge in the final round, even with the wet conditions.  Her round got off to a slow start, but she stayed tough and completed all 36 holes for the tournament. She avoided any large numbers on her card, finishing strong with eight pars on the day.  We will see her again in her next upcoming tournament at the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation on January 25-26th.  Colleton River Plantation is the site of the 2015 US Junior Amateur.

 

Final results from the Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay


Ogawa battles back for victory

Tadokoro captures Girls Division

LUTZ, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) kicked off the 2014 schedule hosting a tournament in the Southeast region. Junior golfers competed in the Winter Shootout, which was held at TPC Tampa Bay. This was IJGT’s first time back to TPC Tampa Bay in over two years and it provided a tough test for the competitors. Juniors ranging from ages 10-19 came out to compete for IJGT Merit Points and an invitation to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26.

Tennoshin OgawaIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, capped an amazing comeback, trailing by eight strokes after the first round, recording an 87. Immediately following his round, Ogawa returned to the driving range to practice to prepare for the final round.

Going into the final round consistency was key, and he did just that having only four bogeys on the day, two per nine holes. Ogawa posted a 4-over-par 75, enough to tie him for the lead at a 162 tournament total, with Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India. Going into the playoff, Ogawa was focused. After taking a few moments on the par-4 No. 10 teeing ground to himself to get settled, a long drive down the fairway, an approach shot to the middle of the green, and a two-putt for par was all it took to seal Ogawa’s victory.

Ogawa’s 4-over par 75 also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round of every IJGT tournament. It was also the low round of the tournament across all divisions.

When asked how he came back after trailing by eight strokes, Ogawa replied, “I felt very confident…I actually had no strategy. I just tried to play my own golf game.”

After falling short on the playoff hole versus Ogawa, Sharma took second place, posting a 79-83—162 tournament total score. Third place went to Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan, who posted an 83-80—163 overall.

Jon Nolan PerryIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Jon Nolan Perry of Berwyn, Pa., made a comeback of his own. He scored a 92 in the first round, trailing by one stroke from first-round leader Jackson Skeen of Johnson City, Tenn. When opportunity arose in the final round, Perry seized it. He recorded four pars in a row on the front nine, leading at the turn. Things got a little shaky after recording an eight on par-4 No. 13, but Perry settled down with two pars and managed to hang on for the victory, posting a final-round 86, for a 178 tournament total.

When asked about his mindset going into Sunday, he responded, “I kind of just played [the round as if] it was like match play. I fed off of the energy I was getting from [Skeen] and it turned out well.”

Skeen came in second place, shooting a 91-92—183 overall score. Alex Camberos of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, finished in third posting a 96-107—203.

Sera TadokoroThe Girls Division also had an exciting finish. Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, was the first-round leader, scoring an 11-over-par 82. Tadokoro struggled on certain holes, but always managed to bounce back. She dropped a great putt on par-3 No. 6 for birdie, and overall was pleased with how her putting was working throughout the final round. This was one component of her game that aided in her overall victory in the Girls Division.

When asked what her favorite part about the TPC Tampa Bay course, she said, “I like the front [nine]. I played better on the front. My favorite hole was hole No. 1.”

Second place finisher Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, recorded a 86-85—171 tournament total, which also earned herself the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division.

Third place ended in a tie between Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, and Yuki Nakayama of Kawasakishi, Japan. Ahn and Nakayama both finished with a tournament total of 188.

The IJGT Southeast tour will continue next weekend with the Island Challenge at the Country Club of Hilton Head in Hilton Head Island, S.C. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

About the IJGT

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

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

 

LUTZ, Fla. – Final round results of the IJGT Winter Shootout conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed January 12, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,713 yards, Par 71 (72.6/137).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Green Tees – 6,125 yards, Par 71 (69.7/127). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,851 yards, Par 71 (74.0/127).

Weather:       

Cloudy with temperatures in the High 70s, winds 15-20 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the Low 70s, winds 10-15 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour
Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay
Lutz, Fla.
January 11-12, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees), 6,713 yards, Par 71
1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *87-75–162**
2. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *79-83–162
3. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *83-80–163
4. Parker Gillam, Cary, NC *79-87–166
5. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *84-83–167
6. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *86-90–176
7. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *88-89–177
8. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *95-83–178
9. Andrew Nappi, Glen Rock, NJ *89-95–184

DID NOT FINISH
Tyler Prater, Salt Point, NY *91-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (Green Tees), 6,125 yards, Par 71
1. Jon Nolan Perry, Berwyn, PA *92-86–178
2. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *91-92–183
3. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia *96-107–203
4. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *107-100—207

Girls Division (White Tees), 5,851 yards, Par 71
1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *82-86–168
2. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *86-85–171
3. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *87-101–188
3. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *94-94–188

DID NOT FINISH
Isabel Klatt, Garden City, NY *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

**Won in Playoff