Sample, Merrell and Puchales featured in the IJGT Photo of the Week – Sept. 25, 2014


The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to Buena, N.J., to host the IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista on September 21-22, 2014. Despite ideal temperatures in the high 70s and calm winds, the golf course proved to be challenging with unforgiving bunkers and many dog-legs. Juniors competed for national rankings and IJGT merit points.

Photo of the Week (Buena Vista) September 25, 2014

The fans have spoken and this week’s Northeast Tour Photo of the Week features Luke Sample of New York, N.Y. Playing in his first IJGT event of the season, Sample took the first-place trophy home in the Boys 14 & Under Division. His two-day total of 167 was highlighted by 17 pars, which was the most in the division, and one birdie.


In the first College Series Tournament of the 2014-2015 season, the IJGT Southeast Tour headed to Raleigh, N.C., to host the IJGT College Series at NC State held at Lonnie Poole Golf Course on September 21-22, 2014. Ranked No. 27 on the list of best campus courses by Golfweek, Lonnie Poole proved to challenge juniors during round one, but allowed them to shine most and finish strong in round two. Juniors competed for national rankings and IJGT merit points.

Photo of the Week (NC State) September 25, 2014

The results are in and this week’s Southeast Tour Photo of the Week features International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) Golf Instructors Dan Merrell of Marlton, N.J., and Alex Puchales of Caguas, Puerto Rico. Merrell joined IJGA in 2011. Since that time, he has had students compete in Player’s Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior tournaments. Puchales joined IJGA in 2010 and has had students win in State Junior Championships, as well as having students qualify and appear in USGA Junior Championships. Both Merrell and Puchales are avid supporters of the IJGT and enjoy seeing their students and all other juniors compete and grow at these events.

Congratulations to Sample, Merrell and Puchales on being chosen for this week’s 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 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

Phuchanbanchob, Gai among those receiving IJGT Player of the Week honors – Sept. 21, 2014


The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to the Buena Vista Country Club in Buena, N.J., to host the IJGT Jersey Open. Weather for the event was ideal with temperatures in the high 70s and calm winds. Despite near-perfect playing conditions, the golf course was challenging nonetheless with unforgiving bunkers and many dog-legs. The IJGT is proud to award this week’s Northeast Player of the Week honors to Stephen Gai of Westport, Conn., and Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y.

gaiGai may not have opened the tournament with his best round, but he bounced back in round two. He posted a 78 in the second round, improving on his first round by nine strokes. Gai carded his 78 with the help of 10 pars and two birdies on holes No. 7 and 15. Gai’s 78 was the third best round of the day in the Boys 15-19 Division. His impressive play in the final round drove him up the leaderboard to finish in a tie for fifth with Marshall Clemens from Weston, Mass.



braman, madisonBraman’s first round play had her in pursuit of a comeback on divisional leader Linda Wang. Wang’s steady play in the final round kept Braman just out of reach, but Braman fought until the end which helped her earn the Northeast’s Girls’ Player of the Week honors. In the second round, Braman began with a birdie on her first hole of the day. She added two more birdies on her back nine on holes No. 12 and 14, and posted par on eight additional holes. Her spectacular play resulted in a final round 77, which also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round award in the division.


The IJGT held its first College Series Tournament of the 2014-15 season at Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State University the weekend of September 21-22, 2014, as part of the Southeast Tour.  The Golfweek No. 27 ranked campus course in 2014, played tough during round one but allowed juniors to shine most in round two. Following the event, Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., and Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, earned the Southeast’s Player of the Week honors.

pongrac - CopyAfter shooting a final round score of 3-under 69, Pongrac earns this week’s Southeast Player of the Week honors in the boys divisions. Pongrac got off to a slow start in round one, but bounced back by shooting an 85 in round two including four birdies on his front nine and two more on the back.  Pongrac’s second round 69 gave him a share of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and a top-10 finish.




10264779_10154171553715026_2741195399204324369_nPhuchanbanchob nabbed Player of the Week in the Girls Division.  She got off to a hot start on day two, making a run at the championship with three birdies and an eagle to finish her round with a 2-under 70 which was also the low round for the tournament in the Girls Division.

Phuchanbanchob’s stellar final round was enough to force a sudden death playoff with Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., starting on par-5, No. 1.  The two played hole No. 1 and Phuchanbanchob’s unfavorable drive off the tee landed her left of the fairway, while Whaley bombed her drive down the right side landing it in the rough just off of the fairway.  Phuchanbanchob was forced to lay up to the 150-yard mark just on top of the hill giving her a desirable angle into the green. Whaley played her second through two tall trees landing her just short of the greenside bunker.  Whaley chipped up onto the green within ten feet of the flagstick, while Phuchanbanchob’s chip was not enough to rally for the win. Nonetheless, Phuchanbanchob’s effort was enough for second and Player of the Week honors.

The IJGT wishes our four outstanding juniors the best of luck in their future competitions and we look forward to seeing them soon!

IJGT College Series at NC State – Final results

Go holds on for two rounds for a victory
Webster captures a commanding victory

RALEIGH, N.C. – The IJGT held its second event of the Southeast this weekend. Hosted at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course, the IJGT College Series at NC State had both national rankings and IJGT merit points up for grabs. The two-day 36-hole tournament featured 36 juniors, ranging from 10 years of age to 19 years of age.

Shiso Go

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, came in first in a tight race to the finish. Going into round two, Go was tied for first place with Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., with a recorded score of even-par. Go’s strong start on the front nine was the key factor to maintaining the lead, adding cushion for one late double-bogey. He recorded par or better on his first 11 holes en route to a final-round score of 3-under-par 69 to capture the title.

Second place went to Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, who finished with a 76-69 – 145 overall score. Rounding out the top three was Print Yusabai of Pattaya, Thailand, finishing with a score of 73-73 – 146 overall.

The winner of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, went to Go, Luo, and Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., who all finished round two with a low score of 3-under-par 69. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is awarded to the player(s) who shoot the lowest score during the final round.




Mac WebsterIn his first IJGT event of the season, Mac Webster of Baltimore, Md., took first place in the Boys 14 & Under Division with scores of 78-72 – 150. Webster took a commanding lead during round one and continued to lead the entire tournament.

In discussing his victory, Webster stated “I tried to make more pars and birdies. I wanted to minimize the mistakes I made in round one.”

Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, took second with scores of 83-82 – 165 while Dazhuang Li of Bluffton, S.C., took third with scores of 114-107 – 221 overall.






Kelly WhaleyThe Girls Division would be decided by a playoff round between Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., and Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Phuchanbanchob, who finished round one five back from front-runner Whaley with a score of 77, started the second round of the tournament strong. She recorded par or better on her first 15 holes playing them in 6-under-par. Whaley, who led coming out of round one, maintained the surge from Phuchanbanchob, and finished strong to even up the scores after hole No. 18. Both juniors finished the tournament with an overall score of 147 forcing a sudden-victory playoff.

The playoff round was played on hole No. 1 with Whaley winning with a birdie securing her first-place finish. Her scores for the tournament were 72-75 – 147 overall. Phuchanbanchob took second shooting 77-70 – 147 overall. Her second round low score of 2-under-par 70 won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

When asked about her playoff win, Whaley stated “I felt pretty good. My strategy was to stay calm and take it one shot at a time.”

Warissara Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand, rounded out the Girls Division in third with a score of 75-78 – 153 overall.

The IJGT’s next Southeast event will continue on to Oldfield Golf Course in Okatie, S.C., September 27-28, 2014.To sign up for this event, or others, visit 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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links.  Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Bagboy, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit or call (800) 792-9143.

Raleigh, N.C. – Final round results of the IJGT College Series conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 21, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,893 yards, Par 72 (72.8/138). Boys 14 & Under Divison: Red Tees – 6,248 yards, Par 72 (69.6/130). Girls Division: Wolfpack Tees – 5,880 yards, Par 72 (73.5/138)

Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 7-10 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 5-7 mph

International Junior Golf Tour

College Series at NC State

Raleigh, N.C.

September 20-21, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division – 6,893 yards (Black Tees), Par 72

1. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *72-69–141

2. Xue Wen Luo, Haikou, China *76-69–145

3. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *73-73–146

4. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *72-76–148

5. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *79-70–149

6. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *79-72–151

6. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *78-73–151

8. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *77-75–152

9. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *75-78–153

10. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *85-69–154

11. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *79-78–157

12. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *83-75–158

12. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *83-75–158

12. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *81-77–158

15. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *80-80–160

15. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *82-42–124

17. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *80-81–161

18. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *84-79–163

18. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *80-83–163

18. Colson Herrin, Augusta, GA *80-83–163

21. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *84-81–165

22. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *84-84–168

23. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *92-81–173

24. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *86-91–177

25. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *105-103–208


Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *82-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division – 6,248 yards (Red Tees), Par 72

1. Mac Webster, Baltimore, MD *78-72–150

2. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *83-82–165

3. Dazhuang Li, Bluffton, SC *114-107–221

Girls Division – 5,880 yards (Wolfpack Tees), Par 72

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *72-75—147

2. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *77-70–147

3. Warissara Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *75-78–153

4. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *82-82–164

4. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *86-78–164

6. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *98-98–196


Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *JWD