OKATIE, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour hosted the Lowcountry Junior at Oldfield Golf Club March 23-24, represented by an elite field of competitors from 14 states and 15 countries. Conditions were not ideal, with heavy rains and lightning forcing play to be cancelled for the final round.
The weather on Saturday featured many different types of elements. Whether it was cloudy and cold, raining or beautiful sunshine, Luke Tetreault of Horseheads, N.Y., found a way to piece together a solid even-par 72 to lead the Boys 15-19 Division. Tetreault made a move early in his round, quickly getting to 2-under par through his first eight holes. From that point, he was able to play steady golf aided by a clutch up-and-down par on the par-3 13th hole at Oldfield Golf Club.
“The up-and-down on No. 13 really kept my round going,” Tetreault said. “That was kind of a turning point where I figured I could grind it out with the weather coming in.”
Unfortunately for those trailing Tetreault, the weather would not cooperate for the final round. Shortly after tee-times began, thunder and lightning rolled in and play could not resume.
Finishing just one stroke behind in second place was Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, who carded three birdies en route to a 1-over-par 73. Garrett Johnson of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished in third place with an opening round of 5-over-par 77.
To go along with his victory, Tetreault was awarded the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award for his low score in the opening round.
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished Saturday with a two-stroke lead over his fellow competitors with an opening round 83. Russell was able to play holes Nos. 3 to 10 in only 1-over par, which steadied a shaky start. The bad weather made it difficult for everyone out there, but he was able to distance himself from the field by hitting almost every fairway.
“I was not able to play all that well today, but I was able to hit most fairways, so I was happy with that,” Russell said. “My chipping was also really good today.”
Close behind Russell was Kevin Ying of Shanghai, China, who earned a second-place finish with his round of 85. Jan Schneider of Erlangen, Germany, shot 86 to take third place honors.
In the Girls Division, Ceha Lee was able to follow up her victory at the IJGT Shamrock Shootout at Palmetto Hall with another one this weekend. Lee was tied with Margine Arguello of Panama City, Panama, and Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, after shooting opening-round 80s. The final round looked like it was going to be a battle, with seven girls within four shots of the lead. The weather would not allow though, forcing a scorecard playoff decided by the total back-nine score to determine the Girls Division Champion.
Lee carded the lowest back-nine score with a 4-over-par 40, aided by a birdie on No. 12. Arguello was barely edged out, shooting a 5-over-par 41 while Siriko carded a 6-over-par 42.
“I was just trying to stay dry out there,” Lee said. “I did not want to wet my grips.”
Lee, Arguello and Siriko were all awarded the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award for having the lowest opening round scores.
The IJGT will make the next southeast tournament stop at Duke University Golf Club for the College Classic on April 6-7. Consistently ranked as one of the best college courses, Duke University Golf Club has hosted many prestigious tournaments including the 2001 Men’s NCAA Championship.
To sign up for this event or others please contact the IJGT at 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, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.ijgt.com or call 843-785-2444.
OKATIE, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Lowcountry Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed March 24, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6865 yards, Par 72 (73.6/139). Boys 14 & Under Division: Black Tees – 6188 yards, Par 72 (70.5/131) Girls Division: White Tees – 5853 yards, Par 72 (74.8/132).
Weather: Cloudy and rainy with temperatures in the High 50s, winds 10-15 m.p.h.
International Junior Golf Tour
Lowcountry Junior at Oldfield Golf Club
March 23-24, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division – (Gold Tees) Yards: 6,865, Par 72
1. Luke Tetreault, Horseheads, NY *72
2. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *73
3. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *77
4. Bryan Gagnon, Culver City, CA *78
4. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *78
6. André Hammer, Scania, Sweden *79
7. Giovanni Trione, Rome, Italy *80
7. Sense Chaowalit, Bangkok, Thailand *80
7. Nicholas Rodriguez, East Northport, NY *80
7. Zach Stark, Livingston, NJ *80
11. Connor Hogan, Monroeville, AL *81