3 IJGT Alumni Earn their LPGA Tour card

Twenty players earned their 2016 LPGA Tour card this past weekend at  the Final Stage of LPGA Qualifying Tournament. The tournament was held at LPGA International (on the Jones and Hills Courses) in Daytona Beach, Florida. Three of the twenty players who earned their cards are IJGT Alumni, including Simin Feng, who claimed medalist honors by winning the event. The two other IJGT Alumni to earn their LPGA Tour cards were Maude-Aimee LeBlanc (T4) and Cheyenne Woods (T13).

Simin Feng shot 18-under for the tournament to win by an impressive 7 stokes.  She was the wire-to-wire winner of the event. Her score is tied for the third lowest since 2004, when the LPGA went to a 5 year Qualifying tournament.

Simin Feng

Simin Feng

This is what Feng had to say about her first place finish: “Im very excited. Last year I had a really bad final day to finish sixth in Q-School but this year I got it done with a win. Im looking for better things to happen moving forward.”

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IJGT alumna, Annie Park, wins third Symetra Tour title

IJGT alumna, Annie Park of Levittown, N.Y., won the Symetra Tour’s Prairie Band Casino & Resort Charity Classic on Sept. 13, 2015 in Mayetta, Kan., at the Firekeeper Golf Course. This was Park’s third victory on the Symetra Tour this year, which automatically qualifies her for a 2016 LPGA Card.

“It has been a lifelong dream of mine to play on the LPGA since I started golf when I was eight years old,” said Park. “I looked up to Annika Sorenstam and I knew I wanted to be like her when I grew up. I’m speechless and I can’t wait to play on the LPGA next year.”

Annie Park wins for the third time on the Symetra Tour this year.

Annie Park wins for the third time on the Symetra Tour this year.

Park earned the victory in comeback fashion after the starting the final round in a tie for fifth place. She fired a 7-under, 65 in the final round to claim a three-stroke victory and finish the tournament at 13-under, 203. She got off to a blazing start with a 31 on her opening nine to take the outright lead, which she would not relinquish. Park  is only the tenth player in Symetra Tour history to win three times in a given season.

In her junior days, Park played many IJGT events across the country winning three tournaments in 2006. She won at Duke University Golf Club, Crystal Springs Resort, and Architects Golf Club.

IJGT ELITE fair well in the professional ranks



May 20-31, 2015


Many of the IJGT ELITE playing in the professional ranks had a solid showing last weekend on tour. IJGT alumna, Kelly Shon of Port Washington, N.Y., finished in a tie for third place at the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer. The tournament was held on the Bay Course at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club. As a junior, Shon competed in an IJGT event in 2006 on the Pines Course at Seaview finishing in a tie for eighth place. Shon finished the tournament at 5-under and collected her best finish in an LPGA event during her rookie year on tour. Finishing in a tie with Shon was fellow IJGT alumna, Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla. Pressel had the lead going into the final round, but after a 2-over 73, she settled for a respectful third-place finish.

Kelly Shon Seaview LPGA

Kelly Shon finished in a tie for third place at the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer.

On the Tour,  Richy Werenski of South Hadley, Mass., finished in 11th place at the Rex Hospital Open at TPC Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh, N.C. This was Werenski’s best finish on the Tour this season, which is his first as a professional.

Richy Werenski finishes 11th place in the Rex Hospital Open.

Richy Werenski finishes 11th place in the Rex Hospital Open.


IJGT ELITE Class Announced by the IJGT

Introducing IJGT Elite Class Series


Beginning this week, the IJGT is proud to announce the beginning of a new series of blog posts meant to highlight the ongoing success of our alumni, and continue to showcase how our alumni perform at the next levels of elite competition.

The IJGT ELITE will feature top performances by IJGT alumni in the NCAA, PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, European Tour and other elite levels of competition throughout the golf season. With alumni such as Rickie Fowler, Morgan Pressel, Paula Creamer, Annie Park, Cheyenne Woods, and other highly-successful golfers, the IJGT continues the tradition of helping to shape world-class golfers through high-level competition at the best courses in the country.

As we highlight these achievements, we hope to shed light on the immense impact that higher competition provides to junior golfers and their future in the sport, and we encourage our members to contact us about the success of our alumni.


To those who are already in the next levels of competition and continue to perform at a high level:

Welcome to the IJGT ELITE Class

IJGT Alum Shanshan Feng wins LPGA’s CME Group Titleholders

Former International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) member and current LPGA Tour player, Shanshan Feng, won her second LPGA event of the year at the CME Group Titleholders at Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Fla., on Nov. 21-24, 2013. At the season-ending tournament featuring some of the world’s top players, the 24-year-old from Guangzhou, China, had a remarkable outing that has moved her up to No. 4 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf rankings as of Nov. 25.

She carded a 15-under-par 273 at the event, including a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 in the final round which tied for the lowest score of the day. The performance solidified Feng’s one-shot victory over American and third-round co-leader Gerina Piller, and put her two shots ahead of third place finisher, Pornanong Phatlum. Her first, second and third round scores were 66-74-67, respectively.

Shanshan Feng headshot

Shanshan Feng was a member of the IJGT and a standout IJGA student.

This was the third victory of Feng’s career, and the second in her last four starts. She recently won at the Reignwood LPGA Classic (Oct. 3-6), was runner-up at the Sime Darby Malaysia (Oct. 10-13), and tied for eighth at the Mizuno Classic (Nov. 8-10) before this week’s finale. Feng’s $700,000 winnings gives her the tour’s largest winner’s check this year and officially puts her at just over $4,000,000 in total career earnings.

Before turning pro in 2007, Feng was a seasoned IJGT veteran, playing on the tour and winning four events during the 2007-2008 season. That year, Feng qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open, and was named the Top Chinese Amateur by Golfweek in 2008She tied for ninth at that season’s LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn tour exemption for the 2008 LPGA season and turned pro immediately after. She gained her first victory at the Wegman’s LPGA Championship on June 7-10, 2012.

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IJGT Alum I.K. Kim ties for 7th at LPGA Lorena Ochoa Invitational

Former International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) player and current LPGA Tour member, I.K. Kim, tied for seventh place at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational presented by Banamex on Nov. 14-17, 2013. The 72-hole tournament took place in Guadalajara, Mexico, and featured some of the LPGA’s most talented professionals.

I.K. Kim during the final round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational Presented by Banamex (photo courtesy of LPGA)

Kim closed with a four-round score of 70-67-67-75–279, good for a 9-under par performance on the 6,626-yard, par-72 course at Guadalajara Country Club. Kim had particularly strong Rounds 2 & 3, where she carded back-to-back 5-under-par 67’s among a field that finished with an average score of 70.413 for the event.

This top ten finish for Kim was her ninth of the calendar year, and her best since tying for fifth at the CN Canadian Women’s Open on Aug. 22-25, 2013. She won the event in 2010, and is currently ranked 9th in the weekly Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.

Kim was a graduate of the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA), and while with the IJGT, she played in and won three events. She was also victorious at the prestigious U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship in Eagle, Idaho in July 2005. As an amateur in 2006, Kim earned co-medalist honors at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, where she earned exempt status for the 2007 LPGA season. Kim then turned professional immediately following the final round of the event, and soon thereafter competed in her first LPGA event in February 2007.

Two IJGT alumni advance to LPGA Q-School Stage 3; Levonowich 7th in college event

Two former International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) members and IJGA students, Yi Chen (Babe) Liu and Marta Silva, have advanced past Stage II of the LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament and into the Stage III Final Qualifying Tournament.

After coming in eighth place during Stage I at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on Aug. 27-30, Liu was looking for another strong finish in the hopes of reaching the third and final round of the tournament, after which the top 40 players receive Tournament Division Membership.

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Liu, from Tao Yuan City, Taiwan, finished the event with a 70-70-80-74–294, a 6-over-par performance which landed her in an eleven-way tie for 80th place, just narrowly making the cut into the final round.

While a member of the IJGT, Liu played in two notable events, gaining a victory at the IJGT Florida Swing at Innisbrook in Tampa, Fla., as well as the second-place finish at the IJGT College Classic at Duke University.

Silva, from Santiago de Compostela, Spain, is a member of the Symetra Tour, which is the official developmental golf tour of the LPGA Tour. She had an impressive outing at the Stage II event, scoring a 72-71-71-74–288, an even-par performance which gave her a tied for 28th-place finish.

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Silva was a member of the IJGT and later joined the University of Georgia Women’s Golf Team, where she graduated in 2012 with an outstanding collegiate resumeincluding being named the 2011 National Player of the Year and 2011 SEC Golfer of the Year.

Stage III of the 2013 Qualifying Tournament will take place on Dec. 4-8, 2013 at the LPGA International Golf Course in Daytona Beach, Fla.




Minami Levonowich, also a former IJGT member and student of the IJGA, recently tied for seventh in the Diane Thomason Invitational, hosted by the University of Iowa in Iowa City from Oct. 12-13, 2013. Levonowich, a sophomore from Hilton Head Island, S.C., represented her University of Kansas Women’s Golf Team which placed second at the event out of 12 competing schools.

Shooting a 76-76-75–227, Levonowich finished third on her team with an 11-over-par performance through three rounds. She started the tournament off strong, sinking two birdies in the first six holes to card a 2-under-par with three left to play on the front nine. Though she slowed down a bit on the back nine, Levonowich ended the day with a respectable 4-over-par 76, just four shots off the lead.

After shooting 76 in Round 2, with two separate stretches of six straight pars, Levonowich entered the final round with another six pars in the first seven holes. She birdied out on No. 9 before finishing the day at 3-over-par 75. This score tied for her collegiate-best, which came in the final round of the Lady Jaguar Invitational while a member of the Kennesaw State Women’s Golf Team during the 2011-2012 season.

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While playing for the IJGT, she competed in four events during 2010-2011 season. Her resume included three top ten finishes, with a fifth place finish at the Palmetto Hall – Hilton Head Island, S.C. Event in Sep. 2010, and a tied for fourth place finish at the Sanctuary Golf Club at Cat Island event in Feb. 2011.

Coming up next for Levonowich and the Kansas Jayhawks is the 2013 Palmetto Intercollegiate in Kiawah Island, S.C., on Oct. 27-28, 2013.

IJGT Alum Shanshan Feng finishes 2nd at Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

Former IJGT member and current LPGA player, Shanshan Feng, 24, grabbed another impressive tour finish at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia on Oct. 10-13, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur. Feng placed second with a 67-65-70-67–269, a final 15 strokes under par and just four strokes off champion, Lexi Thompson. This was the eighth top ten LPGA finish of the 2013 season for the young professional from Guangzhou, China, who most recently grabbed her first LPGA tour win at the Reignwood Classic at Pine Valley Golf Resort on Oct. 3-6, 2013.

Before turning pro in 2007, Feng was a seasoned IJGT veteran, playing on the tour and winning four events during the 2007-2008 season. That year, Feng qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open, and was named the Top Chinese Amateur by Golfweek in 2008She tied for ninth at that season’s LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn tour exemption for the 2008 LPGA season and turned pro immediately after.

From her rookie season in 2008 until 2011, Feng finished in the top ten of 13 tournaments but was never able to break through for a victory. That all changed in 2012 when Feng won for the first time on the LPGA European Tour in March of that season, and followed that up with another win, this time on the LPGA Japanese Tour, in May. Feng’s landmark victory came less than a month later at the LPGA Championship at Locust Hill.

Since her LPGA Championship in 2012, Feng has been active on the LPGA circuit. She played in 19 events in 2012, and 17 thus far in the 2013 season. Over her career, Feng has racked up 10 professional wins: two on the LPGA Tour, five on the LPGA of Japan Tour, two Ladies European Tour wins, and one at the 2012 World Ladies Championship (a team event).

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