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South Carolina Open at Kiawah- Final Results (Feb. 15, 2015)

Gianchandani wins Girls Division by 19 strokes

Pfoestl earns second IJGT victory in a row 

The International Junior Golf Tour traveled to Kiawah Island to host the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island on February 14-15, 2015. In cold and windy conditions, juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole event. Round one was played on the Ocean Course. Round two began via shotgun start at the Turtle Point course.

Jason StokesJason Stokes of St. Brelade, Jersey, improved on his round one score by two strokes to shoot a division-best 4-over 76 in round two and win the Boys 15-19 Division.

Stokes started the tournament strong holing out from 100 yards for eagle on the first hole of the Ocean Course in round one. He carded a birdie on the par-4 15th on the Ocean Course and finished the round with a 6-over 78.

Consistency was key for Stokes in round two. “I was feeling good,” Stokes said after the tournament. “I just played steady, making pars.”

Although he scored better on Turtle Point, Stokes preferred the Ocean Course noting, “It was in good condition and I found the Ocean Course was tougher [than Turtle Point]. It was more scenic and a nice course.”

Stokes also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event and finished with a tournament total 154.

Finishing in second behind Stokes was Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, with a total of 158. In third was Jack Simpson of Aurora, Ontario, with a tournament total 161.

Ami GianchandaniIn the Girls Division, Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J., built off her two-stroke lead after round one to win the division by a decisive 19 strokes. Her round two 1-over 73 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Because round two began with a shotgun start, Gianchandani started the second day on hole No. 17. The highlight of the tournament for Gianchandani came on her last hole in round two. “My favorite hole was the 16th on Turtle Point,” she said following the tournament. “It was a narrow par-3. I hit my 9-iron short and then I sunk a 50-foot putt from off the green to make a birdie.”

The birdie on 16 was one of three Gianchandani carded on the back nine. Gianchandani also carded birdies on the par-5 13th hole and the difficult par-4 15th. She improved on her round one score by 14 strokes to finish with a total score of 160.

In second with a two-day total of 179 was Leslie Ginter of Lexington, Ky., and in third was Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., with a total of 181.

Thomas PfoestlThomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, won his second IJGT tournament in a row after winning the Carolina Classic at Colleton River last month. Pfoestl led the Boys 14 & Under Division of the South Carolina Open by one stroke following round one, and won the tournament by six strokes. Pfoestl was most successful on par-5s in round two carding birdies on the par-5 10th and 13th holes.

“I was feeling good,” Pfoestl said after his victory. “It was cold, but I just tried not to give up.”

Pfoestl finished with consistent scores of 83 for a two-day total of 166. Behind him in second with a tournament total 172 was Jon Nolan Perry of Berwyn, Pa. Rounding out the top three was Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., with a total score of 176.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on February 21-22, 2015, with the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Kiawah Island SC – Final Results of South Carolina Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour at the Kiawah Island Resort. Boys 15-19 Division: Round 1: Ocean Course– Gold Tees – 6,711 yards Par 72 (73.3/137) Round 2: Turtle Point- Gold Tees- 6,624 yards Par 72 (72.5/137) Boys 14 & Under Division: Round 1: Ocean Course- Blue Tees- 5,846 yards Par 72 (68.9/128) Round 2: Turtle Point- Blue Tees- 6,091 yards Par 72 (70.6/133) Girls Division: Round 1: Ocean Course- Red Tees- 5,616 yards Par 72 (72.4/130) Round 2: Turtle Point- Red Tees- 5,738 yards Par 72 (73.1/131)

International Junior Golf Tour
South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island
Kiawah Island, SC
February 14-15, 2015 

Boys 15-19 Division-

Round 1 – (Gold Tees) Ocean Course: 6,771 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Gold Tees) Turtle Point:  6,624 yards, Par 72

1. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *78-76–154
2. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *80-78–158
3. Jack Simpson, Aurora, ON *79-82–161
4. William Meyers, Baton Rouge, LA *83-80–163
4. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *76-87–163
6. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD *80-85–165
7. Jackson Tyler, Seneca, SC *91-77–168
7. Jack Rolle, Bethesda, MD *85-83–168
7. Angelo Giantsopoulos, Richmond Hill, ON *84-84–168
7. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *82-86–168
11. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *86-83–169
12. Nick Welden, Birmingham, AL *83-88–171
13. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY *89-84–173
14. Jamie Guisinger, Troy, MI *89-85–174
14. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *89-85–174
14. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *89-85–174
17. John Karcher, Novi, MI *93-83–176
17. Mo Harb, Bloomfield Hills, MI *86-90–176
19. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *86-91–177
20. Gavin Simon, Rochester, NY *94-84–178
20. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *89-89–178
22. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *96-83–179
22. Chris Tanabe, Sewickley, PA *88-91–179
24. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *88-94–182
25. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *96-87–183
25. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *95-88–183
27. David Frank, Dunwoody, GA *97-88–185
27. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *93-92–185
29. Daniel Cozzi, Westport, CT *90-98–188
30. Matthew Campbell, Beaufort, SC *97-93–190
30. Billy Rosemeyer, Gibsonia, PA *95-95–190
30. Jake Rumfola, Dublin, OH *91-99–190
33. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *96-95–191
34. Colin Patrick, Newtown, CT *92-101–193
35. Aaron Montgomery, New York, NY *99-95–194

DID NOT FINISH
JWD. Blaise Vanitvelt, Flint, MI *96-JWD
DQ. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *95-DQ (Rule 6-6b)

Boys 14 & Under Division-
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Ocean Course: 5,846 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) Turtle Point:  6,091 yards, Par 72

1. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *83-83–166
2. Jon Nolan Perry, Berwyn, PA *84-88–172
3. Jake Calamaro, Newtown Square, PA *95-81–176
4. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *97-88–185
5. Luke Sample, New York, NY *103-83–186
6. Daniel Schindler, Pittsford, NY *90-110–200
7. Andrew Sample, New York, NY *108-108–216

DID NOT FINISH
JWD. Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA *95–JWD
Girls Division-
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Ocean Course: 5,616 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) Turtle Point:  5,738 yards, Par 72

1. Ami Gianchandani, Short Hills, NJ *87-73–160
2. Leslie Ginter, Lexington, KY *89-90–179
3. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *97-84–181
4. Olivia Traynor, Villanova, PA *104-97–201
5. Kelli Harpe, Nicholasville, KY *108-105–213
6. Rebecca Markunas, Glendale, NY *110-107–217

Kessel and Arjun earn Player of the Week honors – February 15-16, 2014

The IJGT traveled to Kiawah Island, S.C., for the Major Championship at Kiawah Island on February 15-16, 2014. The tournament was held on two courses at Kiawah Island Golf Resort – the first round being held at Turtle Point and the final round being played at the world famous Ocean Course. This year’s event featured a talented field of junior golfers, all having to showcase their patience and perseverance while fearlessly playing through wind gusts of 20+ mph both rounds. The Players of the Week are Jake Kessel of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., and Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India.

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KessellKessell put together two solid rounds at the challenging Kiawah Island Golf Resort – a first-round 84 on Turtle Point followed by a final-round 82 at the Ocean Course – to finish tied for 15th in the Boys 15-19 Division. His first round was composed of three pars and a birdie on the par-3 No. 3, but his biggest accomplishment came on the par-3 No. 14, as he hit a hole-in-one from 164 yards out. Kessell put forth a steady and respectable performance during the final round, carding eight more pars and two additional birdies. Kessell looks to continue strong play throughout the remainder of the season with hopes to win the IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament Of Champions, May 24-26, 2014, in Orlando, Florida.[/column]

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Arjun found herself in first place after an impressive first round at the Turtle Point course. She began her day on a good note, as she birded the par-5 hole No. 10. While most of the players in the tournament had great difficulty dealing with the stiff winds on hole Nos. 14, 15 and 16, Arjun played them perfectly, parring all three. Consistent play and two additional birdies in the first round resulted a score of one-over-par 73, the best round in the tournament across all divisions. She also played well in the second round, carding 10 pars and finishing with a score of 82. Her 73-82–155 overall score was good enough to earn second place, her seventh top-5 finish of the season. Arjun will look to continue her success at the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club, March 22-23, 2014.[/column]

For full results from the Major Championship at Kiawah Island, click here