Lee Hammerschmidt featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – Feb. 26, 2015

The IJGT traveled to Savannah, Ga., to host the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor on February 21-22, 2015. The two-day, 36-hole event was filled with action as both rounds began with a shotgun start.

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After the event, a photo of Lee Hammerschmidt was chosen as this week’s IJGT Photo of the Week. Hammerschmidt started round one on the 12th hole and round two on the 13th hole. He made par on holes No. 1 through 5 in round one and carded two birdies in each round. His tournament total of 155 landed him in a tie for 17th place.

Congratulations to Hammerschmidt on being our IJGT Photo of the Week! Don’t forget–each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook Page 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

Tupamahu, Hijazi and Hammerschmidt featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – Feb. 5, 2015

The IJGT hosted its third local tournament of the spring season, the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation on January 31-February 1, 2015. The two-day, 36-hole event featured juniors from around the world competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Although it was unseasonably cold during round one, the chilly weather didn’t stop the competitors from having a good time on the course. San Antionio, Texas native Jason Hijazi, and Lee Hammerschmidt of Armonk, N.Y., decided to have some fun by posing in the background while Christian Clemence Tupamahu of Manado, Indonesia, teed off on the 14th hole. The threesome all attend the International Junior Golf Academy together.

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Hammerschmidt finished round one a single stroke behind the division leader. He closed out round two by making par on the final four holes and finished the tournament in a tie for third.

Tupamahu birdied the par-4 hole No. 2 in round one to begin a six-hole par-or-better streak.

Hijazi struggled in the first round, but recovered in the second knocking 10 strokes off his round one score.

Congratulations to Tupamahu, Hijazi and Hammerschmidt on being our IJGT Photo of the Week! Don’t forget–each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook Page 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

Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation – Final Results (Feb. 1, 2015)

Wren takes title in come-from-behind win
Whaley and Jaiswal best their fields

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The IJGT hosted Lowcountry Junior at the local venue, Wexford Plantation Golf Club on January, 1 – February, 2, 2015. The 36-hole event marked the third event in the IJGT’s Southeast Tour this spring and the line-up included 35 junior golfers between the ages of 10 and 19. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were at stake for competitors.


Trey Wren, of Suffolk, Va., came from behind and took home the win at the Lowcountry Junior. Coming off of a solid performance last weekend in a three-player playoff at the Carolina Classic, he carded an 86 in the first round with only one birdie. Then, in the final round he carded four birdies on the front nine alone and added one more on the back. His score for the final round was 71 making his scores for the weekend 86 and 71 for a total of 157.

Wren’s 1-under final round also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the second weekend in a row. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award goes to the boy and girl each week with the lowest final round scores.

Second place in the Boys 15-19 Division went to Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, with scores of 77 and 81 for a total of 158. Cheng, who had led after day one of competition, was bested by Wren’s birdie-laden final round. Third place was a tie between Matthew Cesare of Milford, Conn., and Lee Hammerschmidt of Armonk, N.Y., with scores of 85-75—160 and 78-82—160, respectively. 


In the Girls Division, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., took home the title and the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with scores of 82 and 70 for a tournament total of 152. The senior IJGA student who recently signed to play NCAA DI golf at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill credited her success today to her putting, “I made 29 putts today so my putting really helped.”

Whaley’s performance in the final round started out with a bang as she carded an eagle on her very first hole of the day. She added three more birdies and 11 pars to her scorecard and posted the lowest score of the entire tournament.

Behind Whaley was Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, who finished the day in second with scores of 87 and 82 for a total of 169 while Bluffton, S.C., native Sophia Burnett took third place with scores of 82 and 90 for a tournament total of 172 in her IJGT debut.


Ayushmaan Jaiswal of New Dehli, India, took home top honors in the Boys 14 & Under Division with scores of 92 and 90 for a tournament total of 182. Second place went to Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China.

For full results, click here.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course on February 7-8, 2015. The Major Championship will be held at the famous Presidio Golf Course in San Fransisco, Ca. To sign up for this event, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.

Final Results of the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on January 31- February 1, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,669 yards Par 72 (73.0/144). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,110 yards, Par 72 (70.6/128). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5,724 yards, Par 72 (74.1/130).

International Junior Golf Tour
Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation
Hilton Head Island, SC
January 31 – February 1, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,669 yards, Par 72

1. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *86-71–157
2. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *77-81–158
3. Matthew Cesare, Milford, CT *85-75–160
3. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *78-82–160
5. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *84-77–161
5. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *85-76–161
7. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *87-78–165
7. Feng Chen, Baoding City *83-82–165
9. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *86-81–167
9. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *87-80–167
9. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *86-81–167
9. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *82-85–167
13. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *90-78–168
14. Teddy Zinsner, Alexandria, VA *82-87–169
15. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *85-85–170
16. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *87-85–172
17. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *94-84–178
18. Trent Dickerson, Guyton, GA *95-85–180
19. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *92-89–181
20. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *91-91–182
21. Logan Stefanko, Plymouth, MI *100-91–191
21. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *86-105–191


DQ. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *97 (Rule 6-3a)
JWD. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *84

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,110 yards, Par 72

1. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *92-90–182
2. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *106-94–200

Girls Division- Red Tees, 5,724 yards, Par 72

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *82-70–152
2. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *87-82–169
3. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *82-90–172
4. Katelyn Martin, North Prairie, WI *91-93–184
5. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *105-96–201
5. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *99-102–201
7. Camila Burnett, Bluffton, SC *103-110–213

IJGT juniors shine at IJGT, IJGA & College Golf Camps of America partnered event

In a new partnership, the IJGT, the International Junior Golf Academy and College Golf Camps of America hosted a camp for junior golfers in Bluffton, S.C., at Hampton Hall Club on March 15-17, 2014. The one-of-a-kind event offered not only a two-day tournament to be played in front of more than 18 college coaches but also interactive sessions with those coaches regarding the future of their golf careers.

First ever College Golf Camp under the CGC and IJGA partnership

Day one of the College Golf Camp featured a short game challenge for juniors followed by evening speaker sessions for both the parents and juniors as well as an interactive session between the juniors and coaches.

Round one of tournament play commenced on day two with a shotgun start on each of the 18 holes.  Competing in front of college coaches from across the nation, the 72 juniors showcased their best golf skills, despite rainy conditions and temperatures in the 60s. After a 30-minute suspension in play because of lightning in the area, juniors were able to play out the remaining holes for the round. In addition to the tournament there were speaker series for the parents and golfers on topics such as golf as a team sport and the expectations of a college golf coach.

The third and final day kicked off with an early start to the final round of golf in effort to beat the forecasted heavy rains. The rain came early and persisted for the entire round but juniors proved to be resilient as they pressed on in competition. Immediately following the conclusion of the tournament, the juniors attended a discussion on the life-skills for student-athletes and an open forum question and answer session with a panel of coaches. Questions regarding verbal commitments, travel schedules and academic eligibility all arose from students and parents during the forum.

IJGA student, Sera Tadokoro and coach Alex Puchales discuss college golf with the coach from the emerging Virginia Tech program

IJGA student, Sera Tadokoro, and coach, Alex Puchales, discuss college golf with the coach from Virginia Tech

The IJGT was represented in both the Boys and Girls winners circle. Lee Hammerschmidt of Armonk, N.Y., played strong in the first round, posting four birdies and finishing third with 73-77-150 overall. Swept by IJGT athletes, the Girls Division was led by champion Millenia Ohara of Meguro-Ku, Japan, who posted two birdies her first round to help her final score of 73-76-149 overall. Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, came in a close second posting 74-76-150 overall. Rounding out the winner’s circle was Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, placing third with six birdies throughout the event with a final 78-74-152 overall which was four strokes in front of the fourth place finisher.

Due to the overwhelming success of the CGC event at Hilton Head Island, the IJGA, IJGT and College Golf Camps of American are slated to partner again for a CGC event in Orlando, Fla., on August 15-17, 2014 at Reunion Resort. For more information about this and other College Golf Camps, click here.


IJGT Photos of the Week – Sept. 21-22, 2013

Northeast Tour

Will Byrne


The winner of this week’s Photo of the Week contest for the IJGT Northeast Tour is Will Byrne, of McLean, Va. Byrne was the Boys 15-19 Division Champion in the Sept. 21-22 Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor in Urbana, Md., after carding a final 1-over-par 145, three shots ahead of 2nd place finisher Luke Schaap. The win came in Byrne’s first IJGT event. Way to go, Will!

Southeast Tour

Lee Hammerschmitt

Meanwhile, on the IJGT Southeast Tour, Lee Hammerschmidt is the Photo of the Week winner for this above photo capturing his Round 1 tee shot during the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation Golf Club in Aiken, S.C., on Sept. 21-22. Hammerschmidt, from Armonk, N.Y., placed 7th after a 168 stroke (+24) performance for the tournament. This was Hammerschmidt’s sixth IJGT event, and second of the season, giving him his best finish yet. A big congratulations are in order for Lee!