The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) had three alumni shine in two different collegiate events which took place from Oct. 27-29, 2013.
Kevin Dougherty, a current senior at Oklahoma State University, earned his first collegiate victory at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas, Texas on Oct. 28-29. Helping his Cowboys team take home both titles for the second consecutive year at the event, Dougherty had an on-fire performance, posting a final 11-under-par 202. His first round 8-under-par 63 was just one stroke shy of the school record for 18-holes, and gave him a three-stroke lead after Round 1 over teammate, Wyndham Clark. Dougherty’s first round notably consisted of six birdies and an eagle on the par-4 No. 6. He also went bogey-free through 41 holes of the 54-hole event, and had just two bogeys in all for the tournament.
Adding to his win, Dougherty was also named the Big 12 Golfer of the Month for his performance, another career-first achievement. Dougherty was a member of the IJGT before graduating and committing to Oklahoma State in 2009. One of his most memorable events came at IJGT’s Temecula Creek Inn on Mar. 1, 2009, where he shot a bogey-free 36 holes on his way to a six-stroke victory.
This was the second consecutive win of the season for the Cowboys, who finished with an incredible 16-stroke victory over runner-up Stanford. They will be in action again at the American Airlines Invitational on Feb. 6-8, 2014 at the Waikoloa Kings Course in Kona, Hawaii.
Out west in Las Vegas, Nev., two other IJGT alumni, Kimmy Hill and Mayko Chwen Wang, competed in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown at Stallion Mountain Golf Club on Oct. 27-29.
Hill, who is a sophomore at Texas Tech, led her team to a tied for second place finish and came out with an individual tied for fifth place finish at the event. Hill posted a 74-69–143 through two rounds, good for an overall 1-under-par performance. After a first round 2-over-par 74 put her four strokes behind then-leader and teammate, Elin Arvidsson, Hill bounced back with a 3-under-par round, boasting four birdies, including three on the front nine.
This was the fourth event of the season for Hill and the second-best finish of her collegiate career thus far, after recently grabbing a second place finish at The Challenge at Onion Creek on Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Hill was an avid player with the IJGT, and during the 2010-2011 season she racked up two top ten finishes, including a spectacular tied for third finish at the coveted Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions in May 2011.
This event wrapped up the Fall 2013 slate for the Texas Tech Women’s Golf Team. They can be seen next at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico on Feb. 16-18, 2014.
Also competing was University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) junior, Wang, who tied for eighth place in the event and helped give the Rebels a tied for second place finish as well. With an even-par performance across the board, her 72-72-144 led her team and was her best finish this season.
Wang played in several events with the IJGT, with one of her most impressive outings coming in the 2009 Tournament of Champions at the Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla. She finished tied for fifth in a field of over 200 junior golfers.
This event was the Fall finale for the Lady Rebels. They will be back in action for the Spring season at the Peg Barnhard Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., on Feb. 15-16, 2014.