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Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear – Final results (May 3, 2015)

Cheng wins Boys 15-19 Division in playoff fashion

Myers captures first IJGT title 

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Southeast Tour remained in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 2-3, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, and exemptions into the IMG Academy Junior World Championship and North American Junior Amateur during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Matt ChengMatt Cheng (left) of Taipei, Taiwan, and Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., were tied for first in the Boys 15-19 Division with 147 tournament totals after 36 holes. The pair faced off in a playoff on the par-5 18th hole. Cheng sent both of his approach shots into the middle of the fairway and reached the green in three to set himself up nicely for birdie. He ended up making par to win the playoff and the Boys 15-19 Division.

“Amazing,” Cheng said when asked how it felt to win this weekend. “I haven’t won a tournament in a while so it’s good to be back.”

Cheng carded a 2-over 74 in the first round to put himself in contention for the title. He then carded six birdies in round two on the way to a 1-over 73 second-round score. He carded 10 birdies during the tournament to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the junior to card the most birdies in each division. Cheng’s 2-iron was the best club in his bag this weekend. “My 2-iron saved me a lot on this course since it’s so narrow.”

Cheng was particularly successful on par-5s, which he had a division-best 4.5 average on for the weekend.

Second-place finisher Furuya carded a 1-over 73 in round one and a 74 in round two to finish with a 147 tournament total.

There was a three-way tie for third in the Boys 15-19 Division. Dong Jin Park of Seoul, South Korea, Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, and Frederic Ruess of Hamburg, Germany, finished with 148 tournament totals. Park carded a 3-under 69 in the second round to earn the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female juniors to card the lowest scores in the final round of an event.

Sophie GuoSophie Guo (left) of Bluffton, S.C., edged out second-place finisher Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, to win the Girls Division by two strokes. Guo earned both the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for her second-round 2-over 74 and the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for her eight birdies.

“I’m glad I won because this is the first win I have in the whole year so I’m happy,” Guo said after her victory.

Guo carded back-to-back birdies three times during the tournament.

Chee matched Guo’s round one even-par 72 to share the lead after round one, but carded a 4-over 76 in the second round to finish with a 148 tournament total, good for second place in the Girls Division.

Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, finished third with a 153 tournament total.

Betty Horaney of Longview, Texas, carded her first-ever hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth hole.

Bronson MyersBronson Myers (left) of Columbia, S.C., earned his first IJGT victory, winning the Boys 14 & Under Division by four strokes. He knocked one stroke off his round one 4-over 76 to card a 3-over 75 in round two, good for a 151 tournament total.

The highlight of the tournament for Myers came in round one. “Yesterday on [hole No.] 18 I was like 100 yards out and I put it to a foot-and-a-half and made birdie, so that was pretty cool,” he explained after the tournament. The 18th hole was Myers favorite and he birdied it both days. He finished with six birdies to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Brett Schell of St. Augustine, Fla., finished second with a 155 two-day total. Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., rounded out the Boys 14 & Under Division finishing third with a 164 tournament total.

The IJGT Southeast Tour will continue tournament play with the BGGA Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista on May 9-10, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, EyeLine Golf and the International Junior Golf Academy.

Hilton Head Island, SC – Final Results of the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 2-3, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,739 yards Par 72 (73.0/137). Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,217 yards, Par 72 (70.7/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,706 yards, Par 72 (77.1/130).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear Golf Club

Hilton Head Island, SC

May 2-3, 2015

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6739 yards, Par 72

1. x-Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *74-73–147

2. Ryoto Furuya, Alpharetta, GA *73-74–147

3. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *79-69–148

3. Jason Stokes, Channel Islands, Jersey *77-71–148

3. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg, Germany *75-73–148

6. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea *76–73–149

6. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *72-77–149

8. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *76-74–150

8. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *76-74–150

10. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *79-72–151

10. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *73-78–151

12. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *78-74–152

12. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *76-76–152

12. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *75-77–152

12. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *72-80–152

16. Walker Campbell, Hilton Head Island, SC *82-71–153

16. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *77-76–153

18. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *77-77–154

19. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *80-76–156

19. Piyachad Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *79-77–156

19. Nate Tosto, Pooler, GA *79-77–156

22. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *80-77–157

22. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *80-77–157

24. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *81-77–158

25. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *82-77–159

25. Feng Chen, Beijing,China *84-75–159

25. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *80-79–159

25. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *78-81–159

29. Kelly Sun, Bradenton, FL *85-75–160

29. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *80-80–160

31. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan *81-80–161

31. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Managua, Nicaragua, *81-80–161

33. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *84-79–163

33. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *79-84–163

35. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *83-83–166

35. Karan Bhasin, New Delhi, India *85-81–166

37. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *84-83–167

38. Matthew Stewart, Austin, TX *83-85–168

39. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *85-84–169

39. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *84-85–169

41. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *86-84–170

41. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *86-84–170

43. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *84-87–171

44. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *89-85–174

44. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *86-88–174

44. Derrick Villarreal, Bluffton, SC *80-94–174

47. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea *98-116–214

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

JWD. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY

JWD. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB

 

Boys 14 & Under Division- Gold Tees, 6217 yards, Par 72

1. Bronson Myers, Columbia, SC*76-75–151

2. Brett Schell, St Augustine, FL *79-76–155

3. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *87-77–164

4. Dimitris Vasilakos, Savannah, GA *93-87–180

5. JT Herman, Hilton Head Island, SC *104-100–204

 

Girls Division- White Tees, 5706 yards, Par 72

1. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *72-74–146

2. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *72-76–148

3. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *74-79–153

4. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-83–157

5. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *79-79–158

6. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *78-81–159

7. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *82-79–161

7. Warissara Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *81-80–161

9. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *81-81–162

9. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *79-83–162

11. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *84-83–167

12. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *87-82–169

13. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *88-83–171

14. Vienna Winalski, West Hartford, CT *88-90–178

15. Betty Horaney, Longview, TX *96-84–180

16. Martina Gerbel, Bratislava, Slovakia *104-99–203

The Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista Presented by BGGA – Tour Preview

Lake Buena Vista feat image

The IJGT Southeast Tour will travel to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to host The Orlando Open at Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course presented by BGGA on May 9-10, 2015. Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

The course, designed by Joe Lee, has hosted the PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour and USGA events. It is a certified Audubon Cooperative Wildlife Sanctuary and earned a 4-star rating from Golf Digest.

The course’s most notable feature is elevated greens, which make accurate approach shots essential for low scores. The par-3 seventh hole offers a unique challenge as it features an island green.

The IJGT will host a one-day, nine-hole Discovery Tour event for juniors ages 8-12 (as of September 1, 2015) on May 9.

Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division. He is looking for his third IJGT victory of the season having won the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in January and the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall in April. Wataru Koguchi of Fukuoka, Japan, will look to add a second IJGT title to his name; he won the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall in November. Frederic Ruess of Hamburg, Germany, and Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, are coming off a tie for third in last weekend’s Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear. They will look to outdo one another at Lake Buena Vista. Rounding out the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division is Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. Wren will aim to add a second IJGT title to his resume, he won the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation in February.

In the Girls Division, keep an eye on Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn. Whaley, who will be playing college golf at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill next season, has won all three IJGT events she’s competed in this season: the IJGT College Series at NC State in September, the Major Championship at Dormie Club in November and the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation in February. Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, is also seeking her fourth IJGT win of the season. Her victories include the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall in November and the Savannah Junior at The Landings and IJGA Invitational in December. Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng are both looking for their third IJGT wins of the season. Zeng has finished in the top-four in all five IJGT tournaments she’s competed in this season. Finally, Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, and Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, are coming off a second-place and third-place finish, respectively, in last weekend’s Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates. You can find tee times and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

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.

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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. 

Kelly

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

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 IJGT.com 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

DID NOT FINISH

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

Teran, Huber featured in IJGT Photo of the Week (Nov. 13, 2014)

The IJGT traveled to Dormie Club, rated the No. 2  course to play in the state of North Carolina by Golfweek, to host the Major Championship. Offering national rankings and IJGT merit points, juniors competed on a pristine golf course under tough competition. Following the event, the fans have spoken and a photo of Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua, and Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, was selected as the fan-favorite IJGT Photo of the Week!

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(Left to right) Gabriela Teran and Lita Huber display their trophies at the awards ceremony of the Major Championship

 

Teran finished in second with a tournament total 154 while Huber finished in third just four strokes behind. Competing in their fourth event of the season, both girls had participated in the IJGT College Series at NC State, the IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club and the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters.

Teran’s best round was her opening round at the Major, featuring two birdies and 11 pars. Adding 12 more pars in her second round, Teran nabbed second place in the Girls Division. She has finished in the top-10 in 13 of 15 events.

Huber finished third with scores of 79 and 80, her round of 79 being her first ever tournament score in the 70s. Huber has participated in 16 IJGT events and placed in the top-10 in 10 of those events.

Congratulations to Teran and Huber!

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

Major Championship at Dormie Club – Final results (Nov. 9, 2014)

Whaley brings home her second Major Championship
Pfoestl’s first Major Championship also his first-ever IJGT victory 

WEST END, N.C. – The IJGT hosted the Major Championship at Dormie Club on November 8-9, 2014. The second Major Championship of the season featured a field of more than 50 juniors from across the United States and around the world. Facing cooler temperatures and a difficult course, juniors competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings as well as the honor of being named the IJGT Major Champion.

DSC06876cropShiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, captured the title of Major Champion in the Boys 15-19 Division with scores of 77 and 71 for a two-day total of 148. Go started round two in a four-way tie for second place. After posting zero birdies in round one, Go improved by adding three birdies in the second round to his 23 total pars for the weekend. Go’s strong play on Sunday allowed him to move into first place and win by two strokes.

“My putting and short game are what I did really well with and what helped me win,” said Go.

Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan, finished in second place with a two-day total of 150. Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J., and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, shared third place with a tournament totals of 151. Inserra’s round-two score of 2-under-par 69 earned him the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award, the award given to the male and female junior(s) recording the lowest score on the final day of the event.

 

DSC06885cropThe Boys 14 & Under Division Champion was Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy. Pfoestl jumped out to a ten-stroke lead over the division in round one with his opening score of 79. Despite his second day struggles, Pfoestl maintained a ten-stroke lead with a second round of 83. With the help of three total birdies and 13 total pars, Pfoestl’s tournament total 162 earned him his first career IJGT win.

“I drove the ball well and I knew if I played smart in the final round I would win,” commented Pfoestl.

Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., finished in second with a tournament total of 172 while brother, Andrew Sample placed third with a two-day total of 198.

 

 

DSC06892cropKelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., became the Major Champion of the Girls Division with an even-par 142. Opening with the only round played under par on Saturday, Whaley recorded five birdies and 10 pars en route to a 2-under-par 69. Whaley followed up her strong first round with a 2-over-par 73 in round two thanks to four additional birdies. Her second round 73 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Whaley said, “I’ve worked really hard lately on my game and it’s nice to see all of my hard work pay off.”

Finishing in second was Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua, with a tournament total of 154. Rounding out the top three was Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, with a total of 159.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on Thanksgiving weekend, November 27-29, 2014, for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

West End, N.C.. – Final Results of the Major Championship at Dormie Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on November 8-9, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,644 yards Par 71 (72.5/131). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,807 yards, Par 71 (69.3/125). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,611 yards, Par 71 (72.5/130).

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Dormie Club
West End, NC
November 8-9, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division 6,644 yards (Black Tees) Par, 71

1. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *77-71–148
2. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *77-73–150
3. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *82-69–151
3. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *81-70–151
5. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *77-75–152
6. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *76-77–153
7. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-73–154
7. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *80-74–154
9. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-76–157
9. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *80-77–157
9. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *79-78–157
12. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *77-81–158
13. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *79-80–159
14. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *85-75–160
14. Jake Trotta, Harrison, NY *83-77–160
16. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *83-78–161
16. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *80-81–161
18. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *83-79–162
18. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *78-84–162
20. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *78-85–163
21. Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, PA *79-85–164
21. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *76-88–164
23. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *86-79–165
23. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *81-84–165
25. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *85-81–166
26. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *82-85–167
27. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *84-85–169
28. Gray Wiley, Lynchburg, VA *86-84–170
29. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *87-85–172
30. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *90-84–174
31. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *95-80–175
32. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *91-86–177
33. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *87-91–178
34. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *85-94–179
35. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *90-93–183
36. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *100-84–184
37. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *104-81–185
37. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *97-88–185
37. Derek Li, Hillsborough, NJ *98-87–185

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *96-0–96 (Rule 6-8)
JWD. Alejandro Meriles Medina, La Paz, Bolivia *95-0–95
JWD. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *
JWD. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *

Boys 14 & Under Division — 5,807 Yards (Blue Tees) Par, 71

1. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *79-83–162
2. Luke Sample, New York, NY *89-83–172
3. Andrew Sample, New York, NY *101-97–198

Girls Division — 5,611 Yards (White Tees) Par, 71

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *69-73–142
2. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *75-79–154
3. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *79-80–159
4. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *84-82–166
5. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *109-101–210
6. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *120-116–236

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Mary McGuinness, Haddonfield, NJ *71

Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters– Tour Preview

The IJGT will be hosting the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters at Savannah Quarters Country Club on October 18-19, 2014. This 18-hole two day event will span the weekend to allow juniors to compete for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

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Designed by Greg Norman, Savannah Quarters Country Club is the area’s newest and most distinctive private golf course with an 18-hole masterpiece. The course welcomes golfers of all abilities for a fun and challenging opportunity and unique green complexes with Tour-quality putting surfaces challenge golfers’ putting prowess for successful scoring. Winding through this pristine golf environment, no two holes ever parallel each other, providing players a serene and pure golf experience.

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Savannah Quarters Country Club

Players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division include Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan. Go, currently first in the IJGT Boys 15-19 Divisional Tour Rankings, boasts three top-three victories in as many events for the 2014-2015 season. Ogawa, currently third in the IJGT Boys 15-19 Divisional Tour Rankings, looks to defend his 2013-2014 Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters first-place finish.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, will look to take home his third top-three finish finish in an IJGT event this season. Pfoestl is currently first in the IJGT Boys 14 & Under Divisional Tour Rankings.

Watch for Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, as she looks to improve on her 12th place 2013-2014 Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters finish.

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IJGT Players of the Week – Nov. 2-3, 2013

Northeast Tour

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) made its way to Virginia Beach, Va., for the IJGT Battle at Virginia Beach National, the last Northeast Tour Event of the Fall 2013 season. The Pete Dye-designed Virginia Beach National Golf Club is a tour-caliber course which has hosted the NATIONWIDE TOUR’s Virginia Beach Open. In addition to the plentiful waste areas and various water hazards, the wind played a big part during Sunday’s final round. Our Players of the Week this week are Gordon Brixi of Potomac, Md., and Teddy Hoffman of Virginia Beach, Va.

Gordon Brixi - VA Beach NatlBrixi (left) started off hot with a birdie to open the tournament. He hit his approach shot to about five feet from the hole and rolled in the putt. After firing an even-par 36 on the front-nine, Brixi was in contention throughout the tournament, which was also impressive as he was the youngest player in the field this week at 11 years old. Brixi finished the first round with a 78, leaving him one stroke off the lead. During the final round, Brixi stayed in the hunt for the lead by firing a 40 on the front-nine with a great birdie on the par-five eighth hole. This kept him one stroke off the lead heading into the back-nine. Brixi would finish his first-ever IJGT Event in second place, an impressive start to his IJGT career.

Teddy Hoffman - VA Beach NatlHoffman (right) was tied for fifth place after the first round, leaving him seven strokes behind the leader. His first round consisted of multiple bogeys, which produced a round of 82; however, Hoffman knew he could score better and did just that on the final day. The final round brought colder temperatures and higher winds, but Hoffman was able to clinch the Clazic Belts Low Final Award with a score of 73.  Hoffman’s one-over-par final round consisted of four birdies to put him in the lead until the final group finished. Hoffman’s final round 73 was also good enough to move him into second place. This was Hoffman’s first IJGT tournament and he will look to continue this momentum in future IJGT events.

 

Southeast Tour

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted another installment for the Fall 2013’s Southeast Tour with the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall.  The event took place on Nov. 2-3, 2013, and consisted of 49 players in the field. Competing on a tour-caliber golf course with beautiful moss-draped oaks, lush fairways and clever bunkering, the players had their fair share of challenging and spectacular moments. Jonathan Phillips of Hardeeville, S.C., and Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, have received Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Region.

Jonathan Phillips - T3rd Island OpenPhillips (left), a 17-year-old in the Boys 15-19 Division played consistent golf throughout the tournament. Phillips hit nearly every fairway in both rounds. The biggest obstacle for Phillips was his putting during the first round, especially on the back-nine in which he three putted five holes. Regardless, he was able to fight back and finished his first day with a 3-over-par 75.  Phillips played better during the final round, which included three birdies and eleven pars.  He finished the challenging course with a great score of 2-over-par 74.  Phillips placed third overall, a remarkable outcome in his first IJGT Event of the season.

Lita Huber - 4th Island OpenHuber (right) played a steady brand of golf this tournament. She finished her first round with a score of 13-over-par 85, putting her 14 shots behind leader, Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China.  Despite some adversities, Huber fought back in the tough and windy conditions of the final round, shooting a 10-over-par 82, including a memorable birdie on the challenging par-3 No. 6.  She ended up going out on a score of 39 and coming in with 43.  With her final round performance, Huber was one of three players in the Girls Division to receive our Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and finished fourth overall. This was the best finish in four events this season for Huber, who is in her second year with the IJGT.

 

Final results from the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Kim and Vilips grab third wins of season

Huang dominates Girls Division en route to second victory

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) wrapped up the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on a weekend that was culminated by all types of weather. The Southeast Region Event took place on Nov. 2-3, 2013 on the Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Hall Plantation Club. Heavy rain on Friday night left the fairways damp and muddy, and the players experienced all but normal conditions with clouds and sharp, chilling winds at some points followed up by warm sunshine during others. Competing for National Rankings and IJGT Merits Points, the golfers did not fail to impress with their skills, determination, and professionalism. All three divisions featured repeat winners taking home champions trophies.

Geuntae Kim - Island Open Champ

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Geuntae Kim of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, came back from a two-stroke deficit after the first round to capture his third victory of the season in a near-playoff situation. His final 71-77–148 tied with Ewen Ferguson of Hilton Head Island, S.C., but Kim won the playoff by default to take sole possession of first place at 4-over-par. After a first round consisting of five birdies and nine pars, Kim came back with a similar performance in the final round. He sank nine pars, including five in a row on holes Nos. 2-6, and his two birdies of the round came back-to-back on the tough par-5 No. 9 and the par-4 No. 10.

When asked about the best parts of his performance in the event, Kim noted his close-range game. He explained that he did really well “from inside 100 yards.”

This was the third consecutive win for Kim in as many events this season. He previously won at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7-8, and the Sanctuary Shootout on Sept. 28-29. He now has etched five career victories in two seasons with the IJGT.

To round out the Boys 15-19 Division, Ewen Ferguson landed in second place with a 76-72–148. His final-round 72 also gave him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his performance. Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, and Jonathan Phillips of Hardeeville, S.C., tied for third with final scores of 149.

Karl Vilips - Island Open Champ

The Boys 14 & Under Division saw a similar face atop the final standings, with Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, grabbing his third victory of the season. His first-round 1-over-par 73 gave him a five-stroke cushion going into the final round, and despite strong play by his fellow competitors, he did not succumb to the pressure, maintaining his lead and eventually taking home the trophy. Though Vilips endured some challenges during his final round, his 8-over-par 80 performance was able to secure an eight-stroke win in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a total 153. After a front-nine 42 during the final round, Vilips came back with a steady back nine, making pars on holes Nos. 10- 13, and then Nos. 15-18.

When asked about the most difficult parts of the event, Vilips noted, “The wind was really hard both days, and there was a lot of water.” Aside from experiencing these adversities, though, Vilips was quick to say that overall the win was “perfect.”

Vilips has had a spectacular first season with the IJGT, winning three events and grabbing top-five finishes in five others. His other two victories came at the IJGT Georgia Junior at Sea Island on Aug. 24-25 and the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch on Oct. 12-13.

Finishing in second place was Bumin Choi of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, who shot a final 78-83–161. Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., came in third with a two-round score of 85-80–165.

Samantha Huang - Island Open ChampSamantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, led the way in the Girls Division from start to finish, shooting a final 9-over-par 153 to secure a satisfying six stroke win. After a strong start with a first-round 1-under-par 71, Huang had a five stroke lead.

But, like most of the tournament field, Huang experienced challenges throughout the final round. Nonetheless, she was able to maintain her focus, shooting an 82 to earn her second win of the season. Huang sank nine pars and a birdie during the round, and played the course’s par-3s in 1-under-par for the tournament.

One of the most notable aspects of Huang’s performance came with her drivers, or lack thereof. When asked about any obstacles she experienced, Huang explained that because her drivers were “really bad,” she decided to use 3-wood for the entire duration of the tournament. It turns out this did not affect the champion too adversely in the end.

This is Huang’s first season with the IJGT, playing in four events, winning two and landing top ten in all four. Her first win came at the Sanctuary Shootout on Sept. 28-29.

There was a three-way tie for the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, with Huang, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, and Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, all posting a final-round 82. 

Rounding out the top three for the Girls Division were Arjun and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who carded a score of 77-82–159 and 76-84–160, respectively.

The IJGT returns to action next weekend for the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The tournament will be contested on the George Fazio Course at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (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, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Island Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 3, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,739 yards, Par 72 (73.0/133). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,265 yards, Par 72 (71.0/127). Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,975 yards, Par 72 (76.0/134).

 

Weather: Cloudy with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 5-10 mph
                 Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 15-20 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour Island Open at Palmetto Hall
Palmetto Hall – Arthur Hills Course
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
November 2-3, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,739 yards, Par 72

1. Geuntae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *71-77–148*
2. Ewen Ferguson, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-72–148
3. Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, SC *75-74–149
3. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *69-80–149
5. Maurizio Debono, Basiglio, Italy *78-76–154
5. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *76-78–154
7. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-76–156
7. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *77-79–156
9. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *81-77–158
9. Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador *79-79–158
9. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *79-79–158
9. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *76-82–158
13. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *82-77–159
13. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *78-81–159
13. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *76-83–159
16. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *85-77–162
16. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *79-83–162
16. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *73-89–162
19. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *85-78–163
19. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *79-84–163
21. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *80-84–164
21. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *75-89–164
23. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *80-85–165
23. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *80-85–165
25. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *84-83–167
26. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *87-81–168
27. Trevor King, Huntington, NY *87-86–173
28. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *82-92–174
28. Jake Haughom, Vienna, VA *83-91–174
30. Walker Campbell, Paget, Bermuda *81-94–175
31. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *78-98–176
32. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *86-100–186
33. Mauricio Troncoso, Mexico City, Mexico *96-101–197

*Won in a playoff

Boys 14 & Under Division, White Tees, 6,265 yards, Par 72
1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *73-80–153
2. Bumin Choi, Gyeonngi-do, South Korea *78-83–161
3. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *85-80–165
4. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *78-88–166
5. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *91-89–180
6. Cade England, Dallas, TX *93-90–183
7. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *91-95–186
8. Alexander Camberos, Kigali, Rwanda *93-97–190
9. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *110-106–216

DID NOT FINISH
Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *79-JWD

Girls Division, Black Tees, 5,975 yards, Par 72
1. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *71-82–153
2. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *77-82–159
3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *76-84–160
4. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *85-82–167
5. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *82-86–168
6. Dylaney Day, Toronto, Canada *97-85–182
7. Christine Scholten, Amsterdam, Netherlands *106-108–214

DID NOT FINISH
Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *JWD