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IJGT alumni: Dougherty wins, Hill and Wang excel in respective collegiate events

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.

Kevin Dougherty OKStateOklahoma State’s Kevin Dougherty

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.

Stats and photo courtesy of OKState.com and UTSanDiego.com.

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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.

Kimmy Hill Texas TechTexas Tech’s Kimmy Hill at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown (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.

22 APR 2012:  The Mountain West Conference Women's Golf Championships held at Wigwam Resort in Phoenix, AZ.  Jason Wise/NCAA PhotosWang at the MWC’s 2012 Women’s Golf Championships held at Wigwam Resort in Phoenix, Ariz.

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.

Photos courtesy of TexasTech.com and UNLVRebels.com.

Alumni Hill, Morris, Rubio, Wolters top-10 finishers in collegiate events

This weekend was another great turnout for International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) alumni, who continue to display their extraordinary talents at the collegiate level.

Texas Tech Kimmy HillKimmy Hill (second from right) of Texas Tech Women’s Golf 

In The Challenge at Onion Creek held from Sept. 30-Oct. 1 and hosted by Texas State University, IJGT alum and current Texas Tech sophomore, Yang Yue (Kimmy) Hilllanded a second place finish with a final 2-over-par 212. At the three-round event, Hill helped guide her team to a win, alongside teammate and individual champion, Elin Arvidsson. After a first round 72 (+2) and second round 73 (+3), Hill came out in the final round with a vengeance, managing a career-best 3-under-par 67 for the round, including five impressive birdies. While playing with the IJGT, Hill racked up two Top-10 finishes during the 2010-2011 season, including a spectacular tied for third finish at the coveted Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions in May 2011.  The Palm Desert, Calif., native continues to impress, and can next be seen with her Texas Tech team at The Schooner Fall Classic in Norman, Okla. on Oct. 5, 2013.

Photo courtesy of TexasTech.com.

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At the Graeme McDowell ShoalCreek Invitational in Birmingham, Ala. on Sept. 30-Oct. 1, IJGT was proudly represented by two alumni, Blake Morris and Gonzalo Rubio.

Blake Morris Ole MissBlake Morris captures his fifth Top-5 collegiate finish 

Morris, a current junior at Ole Miss, dominated the field of 60 golfers from 12 universities, grabbing a tied for first place individual win and leading his Mississippi team to a third place finish. His three-round, 8-under-par 208 effort included a 4-under-par 68 in Round 1 and a 5-under-par 67 in Round 2. The individual win marked the first for the Ole Miss Men’s Golf program since 2010, and gave Morris his fifth Top-5 finish in his collegiate career.

Reflecting on his performance, Ole Miss head coach, Ernest Ross explains, “We are all really proud of [Blake] and his win. It was a tough battle, and he had to make an eight-footer on 18 to be declared the co-champion.”

The Waterbury, Conn., native and IJGT veteran played in more than 20 tour events over seven seasons before moving up to the collegiate level. Next up for Morris and the Rebels will be the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic on Oct. 14-15 in Atlanta, Ga.

North Texas Mean Green Men's Golf at Trophy Club Country Club in Southlake, TX on September 10, 2013Gonzalo Rubio shoots career-best 4-under-par 212 at ShoalCreek Invitational

Rubiofrom Garza Garcia, Mexico, represented the North Texas Men’s Golf Team and landed a tied for sixth place finish with a career-best 4-under-par 212 performance. His even-par 72 in Round 1 was followed up by two back-to-back, 2-under-par 70’s, where Rubio sunk four birdies in each of the final two rounds. This was the first Top-10 outcome for the sophomore, who helped his team grab an eighth place finish in their third event of the season.

Rubio’s two seasons with the IJGT included a notable fourth place finish in May 2011 and a win in May 2012, both coming in the tour’s annual event at the Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee, Fla. Rubio and North Texas will compete in the upcoming Jim River Intercollegiate in Ruston, La. on Oct. 21-22.

Stats and photos courtesy of OleMissSports.com and MeanGreenSports.com.

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Caleb Wolters DaytonCaleb Wolters finishes in 7th at the Cardinal Intercollegiate

The Cardinal Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of Louisville on Sept. 23-24 in Simpsonville, Ky., featured another IJGT alum in Caleb WoltersThe University of Dayton freshman notched a 1-under-par 215 through three rounds, including three birdies and even-par on 12 holes in the final round to score a 73. His performance was good for a 7th place finish, and Wolters, who led his team in his first collegiate event, helped the Dayton Flyers land 11th overall.

Wolters’ most notable event with the IJGT came at the Arizona Junior presented by AB Golf Designs in April 2012, where he finished in second place. Wolters and the Flyers are back in action Oct. 7-8 at the UC Bearcat Invitational.

Stats and photo courtesy of DaytonFlyers.com.