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Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s – Final Results

Pedro nabs second victory at Oldfield Golf Club

Rodriguez, McDowell win by ten strokes

OKATIE, S.C. – The IJGT hosted the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s at Oldfield Golf Club on April 12-13, 2014. The sponsored event was a two-day 36-hole tournament with junior participants ranging in age from 12-19 years old. Winners of the event were awarded IJGT Merit Points and also competed for national rankings and an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

DSC_0226The Boys 15-19 Division was led both days by first-place finisher Toks Pedro of Bowie, Md. Finishing with a score of 71-72 – 143, Pedro’s 1-under-par overall score became his second first-place finish at Oldfield Golf Club in IJGT events, the first being in 2012. Pedro finished with par or better on 15 of 18 holes to put him out in front after round one. Five birdies were the highlight of his second round, putting him 1-under-par for the day.

The 1-under par 72 allowed Pedro to secure the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award offered to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round. Pedro also led the division in total birdies with nine.

Pedro finished three strokes ahead of second-place finisher, Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, who posted a tournament score of 72-74 – 146 overall. The highlight of Sharma’s tournament came in his back nine of round two where he finished with par or better on all nine holes. In third place was Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, with a score of 74-74 – 147 overall that featured seven birdies and an eagle on the 12th hole.

When asked what worked well for him, Pedro said, “[I was] hitting a lot of good shots and was hitting a lot of greens and two putts.”

DSCN7115 copyChandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, was the Boys 14 and Under Divisional winner with a two-day score of 72-71 – 143 overall. Leading his division statistically, McDowell’s six birdies lifted him to a staggering 10-stroke lead for the win. The 1-under-par 71 for round two also made McDowell a Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award winner. The first-place finish becomes McDowell’s third win in five events played in the 2013-2014 season.

Finishing in second was Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., with a score of 77-76 – 153 overall. The second place finish is Ingram’s third consecutive top-10 finish this season. Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, rounded out the top three with an overall score of 157.

McDowell commented that his mindset to maintain his lead was to “play my own game and take advantage of the birdie-able holes on the course.”

 

In her first IJGT tournament of the 2014 DSCN7112 copyyear, Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, finished first in the Girls Division. Her 69-74 – 143 overall score was highlighted by six total birdies and a hole-in-one on the par-3 third hole. Both scores from rounds one and two posted by Rodriguez were divisional lows, her round-one 69 being the lowest score of the tournament.

Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, both finished 10 strokes behind Rodriguez tied for second with overall scores of 153. Both Whaley and Tadokoro posted par or better on 25 of 36 holes for the tournament. Sophie Guo (T4) of Bluffton, S.C., posted the only other hole-in-one on the par-3 13th hole.

When asked about her win, Rodriguez commented, “It feels great to be at a tournament, haven’t played an IJGT tournament yet this year so it feels great to win this tournament.”

The IJGT will head west next weekend for the Arizona Junior at Southern Dunes in Maricopa, Ariz. To sign up for this Event, click here.

Okatie, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 13, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,870 yards, Par 72 (73.6/144). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,251 yards, Par 72 (71.0/129). Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,978 yards, Par 72 (74.4/134).

Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the High 70s, winds 10-15 mph
Sunny with temperatures in the High 70s, winds 10-15 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Oldfield Junior Presented by Auntie Anne’s
Okatie, S.C
April 12-13, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees), 6,870 yards, Par 72

1. Toks Pedro, Bowie, MD *71-72–143
2. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *72-74–146
3. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *74-73–147
4. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *72-77–149
4. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *73-76–149
6. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *76-74–150
6. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *73-77–150
8. Simon McDonald, Kialla, Australia *74-77–151
8. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *75-76–151
8. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *75-76–151
11. Phil Colevas, Rockville, MD *78-74–152
11. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *75-77–152
13. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *76-77–153
14. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *76-78–154
14. Matthew Mannion, Muskoka, Canada *74-80–154
14. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *74-80–154
17. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *78-77–155
17. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *76-79–155
17. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *77-78–155
17. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *79-76–155
21. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *76-80–156
22. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *78-79–157
22. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *77-80–157
24. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co (NQN) *74-84–158
24. Keith Techasith, Bangkok, Thailand *82-76–158
24. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada *81-77–158
27. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *83-79–162
28. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *86-77–163
28. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *80-83–163
30. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *78-86–164
30. Kevin Borowicz, Grand Island, NY *84-80–164
32. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-84–165
33. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea *83-83–166
34. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *86-81–167
35. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *82-86–168
36. Rich Auld, Toronto, Canada *88-82–170
37. Rio Wong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *88-83–171
37. Gbenga Toriola, Abuja, Nigeria *87-84–171
39. Sidhartha Sharathram, Coimbatore *85-87–172
40. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *85-89–174
40. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *86-88–174
42. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *87-88–175
43. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *92-92–184
43. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN *95-89–184
45. Mauricio Troncoso, Mexico City, Mexico *88-97–185
46. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *88-98–186
Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees), 6,251 yards, Par 72

1. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *72-71–143
2. Chase Ingram, Bluffton, SC *77-76–153
3. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *79-78–157
4. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *79-83–162
5. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *84-85–169
6. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia *87-84–171
7. Alex Thaller, Hilton Head Island, SC *90-85–175
7. Thomas Delaney, Kingwood, TX *86-89–175
9. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *94-83–177
10. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA *87-91–178
11. Ronak Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *101-88–189
12. Ben Farrington, Ft McMurray, AB *93-98–191

DID NOT FINISH

Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China *DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Matthew Campbell, Beaufort, SC *DQ (Rule 6-3a) 

Girls Division (Green tees), 5,978 yards, Par 72

1. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *69-74–143
2. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *77-76–153
2. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *78-75–153
4. Milleina Ohara, Tokyo, Japan *80-79–159
4. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *76-83–159
6. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua, *79-81–160
7. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *79-82–161
8. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *85-78–163
9. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *85-80–165
10. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *83-85–168
11. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC *88-83–171
12. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *82-90–172
12. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *87-85–172
14. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *83-90–173
14. Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *86-87–173
16. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *93-90–183

Piluso, D’Amico, & Arjun receive Photo of the Week honors – April 10, 2014

NORTHEAST

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour headed to Hartefeld National to host the second Major Championship of the 2014 season. Gusts of winds reached 35 mph in round one, but Mother Nature made up for it with ideal golf conditions during the final round with temperatures in the 60s. With a very strong field of competitors, many golfers came out to compete in this event. This week’s Photo of the Week honors for the Northeast go to Robert Piluso of Ridgewood, N.J.

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This event was Piluso’s third IJGT event this season and his best finish this season as well. Piluso finished tied for 13th in a very strong field of competitors. In round one, he shot a score of 82. Piluso made 10 pars in round one, including  a stretch of six pars in a row to close out his front nine. In the final round, he improved his score by two strokes and finished with numbers of 82-80–162 overall. Piluso made two birdies in the final round, both of them coming on the par-5 holes on his back nine. We want to congratulate Piluso on his T13 finish in the Major Championship at Hartefeld National and also winning Photo of the Week honors for this week. We hope to see more of Piluso at upcoming IJGT events this season.

SOUTHEAST

In the Southeast, the IJGT hosted The College Classic at Washington Duke Golf Club.  Favorable spring weather with temperatures in the 60s made for ideal playing conditions at a golf course rich in history. The Photo of the Week honors in the Southeast go to Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India and Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy.

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D’Amico and Arjun both earned the Clazic Beltz Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the golfer who shoots the lowest score during the final round. D’Amico’s posted a score of 76 during the final round while Arjun posted a score of 78. D’Amico had four birdies in the final round which led him to win his first IJGT event this season. Arjun made par at 12 holes and won her division by one stroke. Congratulations to D’Amico and Arjun on a great weekend and winning the Photo of the Week honors this week in the Southeast.

The Photo of the Week is decided by our fans and followers so don’t forget that your feedback counts. In the week following a tournament, keep an eye on the IJGT Facebook page for photos from the Event. Each photo will received 1 point for a ‘Like’, 2 points for a ‘Comment’ and 3 points for ‘Shares’ so let us know what you think!

The College Classic at Washington Duke Golf Club – Final Results

D’Amico, Halleron secure first-ever IJGT victories

Arjun comes from behind to nab first 

DURHAM, N.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled north to host The College Classic at Washington Duke Golf Club on April 5-6, 2014. Favorable spring weather with temperatures in the 60s made for ideal playing conditions for juniors ranging from 12-19 years of age. National rankings, IJGT Merit Points and an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014 were all at stake.

d'Amico, LuigiEn route to his first ever IJGT victory, Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, in the Boys 15-19 Division led a tight race in both rounds to finish with a score 77-76 – 153 overall. Round one was a close match as D’Amico battled second-place finisher, Davis Kiger of Harrisburg, N.C., for the lead. Finishing the last nine of his first round with three birdies, D’Amico nudged into first with just a one-stroke lead. D’Amico’s second-round performance was highlighted by four birdies, three of which came on his first nine for a score of one-under-par 35. Staving off a comeback by Kiger, D’Amico finished round two with a score of 4-over-par 76. The first-place victory is D’Amico’s ninth top-10 finish of the 2013-2014 season.

D’Amico’s round-two performance also awarded him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is awarded to the player(s) who shoots the lowest score during Sunday’s round.

When asked what worked well for him as he looked to maintain his lead, D’Amico said, “I tried to not waste any shots and make the most of each one.”

Kiger finished in second place with a score of 78-81 – 159 overall. Rounding out the top three was Trevor Lohman of Bellevue, Wash., finishing with a score of 80-80 – 160 overall.

Halleron, JackIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Jack Halleron of Timonium, M.D., made a standout first impression in the southeast as he took an authoritative 13-stroke lead to finish first. After round one, Halleron led Don Jun Kim of Kimhae, South Korea, by six strokes. Making par on nine of 18 holes in round one was the consistency necessary to lead but it was his round-two performance that pushed Halleron even further out in front. The division-high three birdies allowed Halleron to shave two strokes from his round-one score to finish with a 82-80 – 162 overall score.

“My putting went well today but I would say my long irons were my biggest struggle,” commented Halleron.

Matthew Dzialga of Greenwich, Conn., struggled in round one but cut an impressive 17 strokes off his round-one score to come back and tie Kim for second place. Both boys finished with an overall score of 175. Dzialga, in his first ever IJGT tournament event, also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round for his score of 6-over-par 79.

Arjun, NikitaEven though she trailed by two after round one, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, came from behind to nab first with a score of 81-78 – 159 overall. Three birdies from Phyllis Tang of Hong Kong, China, allowed her to lead after round one. Despite carding two additional birdies in round two, Tang struggled with a string of bogeys. With the lead in her reach, Arjun made par on an impressive 12 of 18 holes in round two to slide into first for the win. Arjun’s low-final-round score of 78 put her one stroke ahead of Tang who led the division for most of the two-day tournament. The victory is Arjun’s second consecutive win and ninth top-five finish for the 2013-2014 season.

“It feels awesome [to win], it’s my second win back-to-back so nerves were the hardest thing for me but consistency really helped me out in the end,” stated Arjun.

Tang’s score of 79-81 – 160 overall was enough for a second-place finish while Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, finished in third with an overall score of 172.

The IJGT Southeast Tour will continue with the Oldfield Junior at Oldfield Country Club in Okatie, S.C., on April 12-13,2014. 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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links.  Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

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

Durham, N.C. – Final round results of the IJGT College Classic conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 6, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,928 yards, Par 72 (73.0/136). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,278 yards, Par 72 (70.1/123). Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,971 yards, Par 72 (75.0/132).

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

International Junior Golf Tour
College Classic at Washington Duke Golf Club
Durham, N.C.
April 5-6, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees) 6,928 yards, Par 72
1. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *77-76–153
2. Davis Kiger, Harrisburg, NC *78-81–159
3. Trevor Lohman, Bellevue, WA *80-80–160
4. Dylan Lukes, Chapel Hill, NC *84-77–161
5. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-81–162
6. Will Beischer, Durham, NC *79-86–165
7. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *87-81–168
7. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *82-86–168
9. Kyle Vance, Audubon, PA *85-84–169
9. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *85-84–169
9. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *79-90–169
9. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *78-91–169
13. Gary McCabe, Collegeville, PA *84-86–170
14. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *90-82–172
14. Quade Lukes, Chaple Hill, NC *86-86–172
16. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *89-84–173
17. Charles Young II, Woodstock, MD *85-89–174
17. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *83-91–174
19. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD *89-86–175
20. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *87-89–176
21. Matt Friday, Pittsburgh, PA *95-84–179
21. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *90-89–179
23. Jason Siegel, Colorado Springs, CO *91-89–180
24. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *95-88–183
25. Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, NY *104-87–191
26. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *96-97–193

DID NOT FINISH
Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *88-WD
Ben Lieberman, Potomac, MD *82-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) 6,278 yards, Par 72
1. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *82-80–162
2. Matthew Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *96-79–175
2. Dong Jun Kim, Kimhae, South Korea *88-87–175
4. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *90-91–181

Girls Division (Green tees) 5971 yards, Par 72
1. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *81-78–159
2. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *79-81–160
3. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *85-87–172
4. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *85-92–177
5. Alexandra Yarosh, East Falmouth, MA *95-88–183
6. Emma Parson, Bluffton, SC *92-98–190
7. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *105-95–200

The College Classic at Duke University first round highlights – D'Amico, Halleron, Tang lead

The IJGT Southeast Tour headed north to Durham, N.C., to host The College Classic at Duke University Golf Club. The juniors took the course in sunny, windy weather with temperatures in the mid 60s. In review, below is each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Leading the Boys 15-19 Division is Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy. His round in numbers:

13 – The College Classic is D’Amico’s 13th IJGT event of the 2013-2014 season

5 – his 77 round-one score is 5 strokes over par

3 – number of birdies in his first round

1 – he has a one-stroke lead going into round two

In the Boys 14 and Under Division, Jack Halleron of Timonium, M.D., leads. His round in numbers:

8 – number of bogeys in his round

6 – Halleron leads the division by six strokes

5 – number of consecutive pars tallied on his last nine

1 – this is his first tournament played in the southeast

Phyllis Tang of Hong Kong, China, leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

79 – her round-one score

4 – number of top-five finishes Tang has coming into The College Series

3 – number of birdies in her first round, the most in the division

2 – Tang has a two-stroke lead over second place in round one

Juniors will return to play for round two Sunday, April 6, 2014 for a 8:00 a.m. start. For full results from the first round of The College Series at Duke University Golf Club, click here. Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.

 

 

 

Final results from the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club, McDowell wins in playoff – March 22-23, 2014

McDowell takes first in a playoff victory

Ogawa secures his third victory of the season

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) headed north to the Columbia Country Club to host the Palmetto Open on March 22-23, 2014. Both rounds were played in perfect golf weather with temperatures in the 70s, light breezes and abundant sunshine. Forecasted rain held out and allowed the juniors to compete in dry conditions for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. The field featured juniors between the ages of 12 and 19 years old.

Tennoshin Rd. 1 LeaderGoing into round two, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, led by two strokes after tallying three birdies and finishing with a 1-under-par score of 71. Kicking off round two with two birdies, Ogawa attempted to pull away but second place finisher Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, was not far behind. D’Amico carded four birdies in his own second-round effort to put him even with Ogawa in round two. It was Ogawa’s consistency though that allowed him to prevail. Tallying six total birdies and making par on 23 holes led Ogawa to a 71-74 – 145 overall score for a first-place finish in the 36-hole tournament. The first-place finish became his third victory of the 2013-2014 season and sixth top-ten finish in eight IJGT events played.

“I was not nervous [after round one] and felt confident since my irons ended up working well for me,” said Ogawa.

Second place in the Boys 15-19 Division went to D’Amico who improved from fourth place after round one to finish with a 74-74 – 148 overall score. Rounding out the top three was Wilson Belk of Colorado Springs, Colo., who finished one stroke behind D’Amico with a score of 73-76 – 149 overall.

The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award that goes to the player in each division with the lowest score in the final round of the tournament, went to Karan Arjun of Bangalore, India, who carded a 1-under-par-71 in round two.

Nikita ArjunIn the Girls Division, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, came from behind to secure first place. Going into round two three strokes behind, Arjun took to the course and shaved an impressive four strokes off of her first round to pass round-one leader, Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga. Though she struggled in round one with seven bogeys, Arjun added two birdies and only two bogeys in round two to ensure her place in first. Coming off of a second-place finish at Kiawah Island in February, the victory at Columbia Country Club is her first of the season and becomes her eighth top-five finish for 2013-2014. Arjun, the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award winner, finished the tournament with a score of 78-74 – 152 overall.

Ashmore finished with a score of 75-78 – 153 overall to take second place. Rounding out the Girls Division was Milleina Ohara of Meguro-Ku, Japan, who finished with a score of 82-77 – 159 overall.

“Putting was the most difficult [for me] because the greens were really fast so it was really hard to read,” commented Arjun.

Chandler McDowell 1In a competitive Boys 14 & Under Division, John Weiss of Columbia, S.C., had a three-stroke lead over both Chandler McDowell of Alberta, Canada, and Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., but consistency in round two allowed McDowell to cut four strokes off his round-one score to tie Weiss with an overall score of 158, sending it into a playoff. In his first ever IJGT event, Weiss came up short in the playoff against McDowell who benefitted from his long game to finish with par on the playoff hole for the win.

Following the playoff, Weiss finished second with a score of 78-80 – 158 overall while Ingram rounded out the Boys 14 & Under Division in third with an overall score if 161.

When asked about his approach to his first playoff scenario, McDowell said, “I hit my drive just behind the bunker and when I saw that id hit it into the bunker I just hit it in the middle of the green for an easy two putt.”

The IJGT’s next event will be The College Classic at Duke University in Durham, N.C., on April 5-6, 2014. To sign up for this Event, click here.

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, Dynamic Brands, Clazic Belts, Oakley, Sun Mountain, The First Tee, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

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

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Palmetto Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed March 23, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,957 yards, Par 72 (74.0/136).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,281 yards, Par 72 (70.5/132). Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,996 yards, Par 72 (71.5/122).

Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 70s, winds 3-5 mph
Cloudy with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 10-15 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club
Blythewood, S.C.
March 22-23, 2014
Course: Ridgewood/Tall Pines 

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees): 6,857 Yards, Par 72

1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *71-74–145
2. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *74-74–148
3. Wilson Belk, Colorado Springs CO *73-76–149
4. William Harwood, Columbia, SC *78-72–150
5. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *81-71–152
5. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *77-75–152
5. Salil Ghamande, Evans, GA *73-79–152
8. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *79-77–156
8. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co (NQN) *75-81–156
10. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *81-77–158
10. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *80-78–158
12. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *82-77–159
12. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *81-78–159
14. Paul Edgar, Kitchener, Canada *80-80–160
14. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *79-81–160
16. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *82-79–161
16. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *79-82–161
18. Chad Couch Jr, Bristol, TN *77-85–162
19. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN *90-73–163
20. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-84–164
20. Alec Stopperich, Venetia, PA *80-84–164
22. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *86-79–165
22. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *82-83–165
24. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *82-84–166
25. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *83-85–168
26. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *88-85–173
27. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *86-89–175
28. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China *104-109–213
Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees): 6,281 yards, Par 72

1. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *81-77—158*
2. John Weiss, Columbia, SC *78-80–158
3. Chase Ingram, Bluffton, SC *81-80–161
4. Ben Woodruff, Huntersville NC *83-79–162
5. Bronson Myers, Columbia, SC *82-87–169
6. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *92-80–172
7. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *93-83–176
8. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA *91-88–179
9. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China *98-102–200
10. Ronak Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *102-99—201

*Denotes playoff winner

Girls Division (Black Tees): 5,996 yards, Par 72

1. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India, *78-74–152
2. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA, *75-78–153
3. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan, *82-77–159
4. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *81-79–160
5. Jacquelyn Eleey, Quincy, MA *83-79–162
6. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *84-80–164
7. Legare Augenstein, Columbia SC, *90–83-173
8. Pen Naviroj, Watertown, CT *89-85–174
9. Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *99-95–194

DID NOT FINISH

Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *79-JWD

Oldfield Junior at Oldfield Country Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT will be in Okatie, S.C. April 12-13, 2014 for the Oldfield Junior at Oldfield Country Club. The 18-hole two-day tournament will offer National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points to top finishers.

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Oldfield has no shortage of breathtaking scenery and was recognized by the Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for its attention to preserving the local environment. The natural environment equates to small greens and free-form bunkers. The course is located just off the Okatie River and offers a one-of-a-kind golfing experience.

Oldfield Golf Course along the Okatie River

Oldfield Golf Course along the Okatie River

Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, and Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, will both look to lead the Boys 15-19 Division as they both come off of a top-10 finish in their last tournament play. D’Amico finished second at the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club on March 22-23, 2014 while Hui comes off a tie for 10th in the same tournament.

In the Girls Division, we have seen Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, in 14 events this season and she will look to make the Oldfield Junior a victory for her 15th event. Tadokoro comes off of a 9th-place tie at the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor in February. Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., will be making an appearance in her first tournament of 2014 and will look to add to her three top-three finishes on the 2013-2014 season.

In the Boys 14 and Under Division, Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, brings to the table nine top-five finishes, four of which are first-place victories and he will look to add a fifth. Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., comes off of a hard-fought third-place finish at the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club and will also be in the hunt for a victory.

To register or for more information about the Oldfield Junior in April, click here.

Final results from the Major Championship at Kiawah Island Resort

Kim earns first Major Championship win

Valdes wins back-to-back at Kiawah

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) stopped at Kiawah Island Resort over the weekend to host the Major Championship. Round one was held on the Jack Nicklaus designed Turtle Point Golf Club. The final round was held on the famed Ocean Course, which has hosted events such as the 1991 Ryder Cup and 2012 PGA Championship. Round one had wind gusts ranging from 20 mph to 30 mph. The weather for the final round was ideal with winds around 10 mph and temperatures in the mid 50s. The field of competitors had a total of 99 golfers across three divisions and represented 16 different countries. At stake were double IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, and AJGA Stars for the Boys 15-19 Division and the Girls Division. Furthermore, the Champion from each division received an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

Kim TrophyIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, prevailed with a come-from-behind victory earning him his first Major Championship. Kim had two birdies in the first round, but also made two double-bogeys. Heading into the final round he was trailing the first-round leader, Yuan Li of Haikou City, China, by only one stroke. The final round was where Kim played some of his best golf and made his move. He started off shaky being 4-over-par after five holes, but he managed to battle back. He found his stride and made par on 10 consecutive holes. Kim topped off his par streak by adding a birdie on the par-5, hole No. 16. He finished the back nine with a score of even-par 36. He made par on 22 of 36 holes during the tournament. Kim has finished within the top ten in all eight of his events played with the IJGT, four of them being first-place finishes. Kim’s weekend numbers totaled to 79-76—155.

When asked about his mindset going into the final round trailing, Kim replied, “I was actually just trying to get par. I knew that over par was going to win.”

Second place ended in a tie between Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, and Chang Ju Lee of Seoul, South Korea. D’Amico shot 82-75—157 and Lee posted a score of 80-77—157. D’Amico’s score of 75 in the final round earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the player that shoots the lowest score during the final round.

Valdes TrophyThe Girls Division was won by Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, which totaled her third IJGT Championship this season. Valdes won the Major Championship at Kiawah in 2013 and came back this year to defend her title. After day one she found herself headed into the final round trailing by four strokes. Valdes remained calm and played within her game. She made par on 26 of 36 holes, including 14 pars during the final round. Both days Valdes picked up her game on the back nine. On day one, she shot a 1-over-par 37 on the back nine including one birdie. On day two, she shot a 3-over-par 39, but managed to string together seven consecutive pars. Valdes is ranked within the top ten for the Girls Division with the IJGT and has finished within the top five for every event she has played. Her final round score of 77 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division. She posted scores of 77 at Turtle Point and 77 at the Ocean Course for a two day total of 154.

When asked how she was feeling headed into the final round trailing, Valdes said, “Every time I am back from the lead, it gives me more motivation to do well and keep fighting.”

Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, nabbed second place recording scores of 73-82–155. Third place went to Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, who posted scores of 79-78—157.

Vilips TrophyIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, took home his seventh IJGT Championship this season. Coming off a first place finish in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation, Vilips looked to keep his win streak alive. During round one at Turtle Point, he totaled 11 pars and one birdie to take the division lead firing a 5-over-par 77. Vilips had a three-stroke lead in the division after his first round and never looked back. On day two, he started out strong making par at seven holes in a row to finish the front nine with a 2-over-par score of 38. On the back nine, Vilips started to struggle a bit more due to the wind picking up as five out of the nine holes were right on the Atlantic Ocean on the Ocean Course. Despite the conditions, he managed to keep it together finishing the day with a score of 81, which stretched his division lead to seven strokes and won him the Major Championship. Vilips’s numbers for the weekend were 77-81—158.

When asked about his mindset going into the final round with the lead, Vilips responded, “I didn’t want to completely blow it, so I played smart on holes with water because driver into the wind could go anywhere. I wanted to hit the greens and in safe areas.”

Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, came in second place, shooting an 80-85—165 overall. Connor Creasy of Abingdon, Va., finished in third place posting an 87-80—167.

The IJGT’s next Event will be the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor on Feb. 22-23, 2014. The club at Savannah Harbor has played host to PGA Tour events like the Champions Tour’s Legends of Golf. 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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Dynamic Brands, 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 www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Major Championship at Kiawah Island Resort conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Feb. 16, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division (Turtle Point): Black Tees – 6,724 yards, Par 72 (72.7/136).  Boys 14 & Under Division (Turtle Point): Silver Tees – 6,224 yards, Par 72 (69.9/125) Girls Division (Turtle Point): Blue Tees – 5,805 yards, Par 72 (73.5/132). Boys 15-19 Division (Ocean Course): Gold Tees – 6,710 yards, Par 72 (73.3/137).  Boys 14 & Under Division (Ocean Course): Silver Tees – 6,043 yards, Par 72 (70.2/130) Girls Division (Ocean Course): Blue Tees – 5,708 yards, Par 72 (74.8/128).

Weather:

Saturday: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the Low 50s, winds 20-25 mph

Sunday: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the Mid 50s, winds 10-15 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Kiawah Island Resort
Kiawah Island, S.C.
February 15-16, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division
Round 1 – (Black Tees) Turtle Point, 6,724 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Gold Tees) Ocean Course, 6,710 yards, Par 72
1. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea, *79-76–155
2. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy, *82-75–157
2. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea, *80-77–157
4. Jack Gianniny, Rochester, NY, *82-79–161
4. Joshua Goldenberg, Scarsdale, NY, *81-80–161
6. Derrick Villarreal, Bluffton, SC, *84-78–162
6. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India, *81-81–162
8. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India, *81-82–163
8. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, *80-83–163
10. Jamie Guisinger, Troy, MI, *88-76–164
10. Hector Gutierrez, Myrtle Beach, SC, *83-81–164
10. John Karcher, Novi, MI, *81-83–164
10. Yuan Li, Haikou City, *78-86–164
14. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY, *83-82–165
15. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada, *87-79–166
15. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, *84-82–166
15. Will Beischer, Durham, NC, *80-86–166
15. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY, *81-85–166
15. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY, *79-87–166
20. Pedro De La Vega, Myrtle Beach, SC, *87-80–167
20. Tom Crow, Virginia Beach, VA, *85-82–167
22. Dylan Lukes, Chapel Hill, NC, *87-81–168
23. Javier Gonzalez, Myrtle Beach, SC, *80-89–169
24. Zhengkai Bai, Shantou, China, *87-83–170
24. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India, *86-84–170
24. Simon McDonald, Kialla, Australia, *87-83–170
24. Brian Strumillo, Burr Ridge, IL, *92-78–170
24. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA, *88-82–170
29. Ivan Gomez, Myrtle Beach, SC, *87-84–171
29. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan, *84-87–171
29. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan, *90-81–171
32. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, *85-87–172
32. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan, *85-87–172
34. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy, *87-86–173
34. Quinn Dolan, Broomall, PA, *90-83–173
36. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia, *88-86–174
36. Rafael Beirana, Myrtle Beach, SC, *90-84–174
38. George Cultraro, Wyckoff, NJ, *88-87–175
38. Lucas Hechler, Myrtle Beach, SC, *82-93–175
40. Peyton Shore, Saluda, SC, *97-79–176
40. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC, *84-92–176
40. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA, *91-85–176
43. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY, *94-83–177
43. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *93-84–177
43. Saurav Bubber, Mississauga, Canada, *89-88–177
46. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC, *91-87–178
47. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan, *91-88–179
48. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *84-96–180
48. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China, *95-85–180
48. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *91-89–180
51. Jeronimo Martinez, Myrtle Beach, SC, *86-96–182
51. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand, *91-91–182
53. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *93-90–183
53. Andrej Erkelens, Pittsford, NY, *90-93–183
55. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan, *92-94–186
56. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *98-89–187
57. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH, *93-96–189
58. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland, *101-89–190
59. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY, *98-93–191
60. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan, *100-93–193
60. Chris Tohir, New Canaan, CT, *95-98–193
62. Nick Fizzano, Newtown Square, PA, *106-88–194
63. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN, *101-95–196
64. Jinsoo Yun, Hephzibah, GA, *95-103–198
65. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *95-107–202
66. Caleb Bryant, New Freedom, PA, *107-99–206
67. Cade Jarrard, Mount Airy, MD, *112-100–212
68. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China, *135-137–272

DID NOT FINISH
Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *107–DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Jack Carroll, Rye, NY, *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Jack DePerrior, Rochester, NY, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division
Round 1 – (Silver Tees) Turtle Point, 6,148 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Silver Tees) Ocean Course, 6,043 yards, Par 72
1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia, *77-81–158
2. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada, *80-85–165
3. Connor Creasy, Abingdon, VA, *87-80–167
4. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY, *89-82–171
5. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan, *89-86–175
6. Chase Ingram, Bluffton, SC, *93-88–181
7. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico, *90-92–182
7. Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA, *91-91–182
9. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA, *92-91–183
10. Jacob Morris, Hollywood, SC, *96-89–185
10. Sebastiano Bogoni, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy, *97-88–185
12. Thomas Delaney, Kingwood, TX, *98-100–198
13. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, *105-95–200
14. Zichen Zhao, Hilton Head Island, SC, *134-137–271

Girls Division
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Turtle Point, 5,805 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) Ocean Course, 5,708 yards, Par 72
1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico, *77-77–154
2. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India, *73-82–155
3. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan, *79-78–157
4. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand, *81-85–166
5. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China, *82-85–167
6. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *90-79–169
7. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua, *88-82–170
8. Gillian Alexander, Rices Landing, PA, *89-98–187
9. Danlu Cheng, Shenzhen, China, *89-100–189
10. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY, *98-92–190
11. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY, *94-101–195
12. Fiona Hebbel, Leverkusen, SC, *105-106–211
13. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *104-115–219

 

D’Amico, Ohara nab honors for IJGT Player of the Week- February 8-9

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The IJGT stopped at Dolphin Head Golf Club this past weekend to host the Island Open. There were scattered rain showers during round one and a 30-minute fog delay to start the final round, but it turned out to be a great weekend with temperatures in the 50s and 60s. Junior golfers ranging in age from 13-19 years old and representing 15 different countries competed for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings. The champion from each division received an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort in Florida on May 24-26, 2014. Luigi D’Amico  of Forli, Italy, earned Player of the Week honors after placing in the top three. Milleina Ohara is the Player of the Week in the Girls Division after she won the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

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DAMICO_POTWThe Island Open at Dolphin Head was D’Amico’s 10th IJGT Event this season. He finished in third place in the Boys 15-19 Division posting a score of 76-75–151. His third place finish in this event marks the sixth time that D’Amico has finished within the top-10. He finished round one on a high point, making an eagle on the par-five 18th hole. During the final round, he scored two birdies on the first and 18th holes. He finished both rounds with 13 pars and managed to par every par three hole throughout the weekend. D’Amico attends the IJGA and we look forward to seeing him at future IJGT events.[/column]

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OHARA_POTWIn only her second IJGT season, Ohara has three top-10 finishes. After recently taking first place in the Island Challenge at Country Club of Hilton, Ohara struggled a bit during round one of the Island Open, but managed to turn it around on the final day. She scored a 2-over-par 72 during the final round, which was only matched by the Girls Division Champion earning them both the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. She had 12 pars and two birdies during round two to turnaround her round-one performance. Her scores for the weekend were 88-74–162 overall. This event was Ohara’s sixth IJGT Event of the season and we look forward to seeing her again at upcoming tournaments.[/column]

For full results from the Island Open, click here. 

Finals results from the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club

Bai brings best in final round

Eddy wins first IJGT championship

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) stopped at Dolphin Head Golf Club this past weekend to host the Island Open. There were scattered rain showers during round one and a 30-minute fog delay to start the final round, but it turned out to be a great weekend with temperatures in the 50s and 60s. Junior golfers ranging in age from 13-19 years old and representing 15 different countries competed for IJGT Merit Points along with National Rankings. Furthermore, the champion from each division received an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

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BAI_HeadshotIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Zhengkai Bai of Shantou, China, earned the win with his play during the final round. Bai made a statement in just his second IJGT event. He totaled 12 birdies through 36 holes and played very consistently. To close out his first round, Bai gained momentum by making birdie on four of the last five holes to close with a 2-over-par 74. In the final round, he shot an even-par 36 on the front nine, closing out the last five holes with five consecutive pars. The back nine is where Bai asserted his dominance and caught his groove. After three holes, he was 1-under-par. He then went on to make three birdies in a row on holes Nos. 13, 14, and 15. Bai posted a final-round score of 3-under-par 69 giving him his first IJGT championship. Bai’s 3-under-par 69 during the final round earned himself the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round. It was also the low round of the tournament across all divisions.

When asked what was working well for him and if he set any personal goals, Bai responded, “My 3-wood and my driver was good, my putter was good…It all felt pretty good. [I had no personal goals], I just wanted to win.”
Second place went to Geuntae Kim, of Daegu, South Korea. Kim posted scores of 77-71—148. Third place was earned by Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy. D’Amico shot 76-75—151.

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Eddy_HEADSHOTThe Girls Division was won by Anna Eddy of Hilton Head Island, S.C., earning her first IJGT championship. Eddy seemed to struggle a bit during round one. She made bogey on five consecutive holes, but bounced right back. She finished round one shooting 1-under-par on the last six holes. This momentum carried into her final round. She got off to a great start making the turn in 1-under-par 35. She added a birdie on hole No. 1 to increase her lead over her fellow competitors. Eddy was able to hold on down the stretch to secure her victory. Eddy posted scores of 77-74—151. Eddy’s score of 74 during the final round tied Milleina Ohara from Meguro-Ku, Japan, which earned them both the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

When asked how she was feeling after winning her first IJGT event, Eddy said, “It’s awesome! I have struggled with tournaments in the past and trying to get to the top, but I was finally able to pull through this weekend.”
Eddy was also asked what changed about her game between rounds, she stated, “[I managed] to stay patient and take it one shot at a time.” [/column]

Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, recorded a 76-76—152 tournament total to earn herself second place. Third place was won by Bria’ Sanders of Cordova, Tenn. who posted scores of 76-79—155.

Tupamahu_headshotIn the Boys 14 & under Division, Christian Clemence Tupamahu of Manado, Indonesia, played excellent golf throughout the whole tournament. Tupamahu’s play was very steady. He has finished within the top five in all five of his IJGT events this season, most notably taking third place at the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation. After taking eighth place at Dolphin Head last year, Tupamahu came back this year to make a statement. He had a two-stroke lead after round one and never looked back. In the final round, he made 11 pars, which helped to cushion his lead. Eventually, he went on to win the Boys 14 & Under Division by six strokes. Tupamahu’s scores for the weekend were 87-79—166.

When asked who helped him on the road to victory and who he would like to thank, Tupamahu replied, “I would like to thank my sister who gave me full support and watched me when I was playing. Also, I want to say thank you to my coach, [his help] has been significant to me because he helps me check everything, [including] my swing.”

Alex Thaller of Hilton Head Island, S.C., came in second place, shooting an 89-86—175 overall. Alexander Camberos of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, finished in third place posting a 91-97—188.

The IJGT’s next Event will be the Major Championship at Kiawah Island on Feb. 15-16, 2014. The tournament will feature two outstanding course at Kiawah Island Resort including the famous Ocean Course, which has hosted a PGA Championship and Ryder Cup. 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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Dynamic Brands, 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 www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final-round results of the IJGT Island Open at Dolphin Head conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed February 9, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,569 yards, Par 72 (72.5/140) Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,094 yards, Par 72 (70.5/129) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,808 yards, Par 72 (74.5/129)

Weather:

Saturday: Rainy with temperatures in the low 50’s with 10-15 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 60’s with 10-15 mph winds
International Junior Golf Tour
Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
February 8-9, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Tees), 6,569 yards, Par 72
1. Zhengkai Bai, Shantou, China, *74-69–143
2. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea, *77-71–148
3. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy, *76-75–151
4. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *76-76–152
5. Keith Techasith, Bangkok, Thailand, *79-75–154
5. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *72-82–154
7. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia, *81-77–158
7. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA, *77-81–158
9. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia, *80-80–160
9. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland, *79-81–160
9. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India, *80-80–160
12. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL, *85-78–163
12. Simon McDonald, Kialla, Australia, *81-82–163
14. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO, *82-82–164
15. Evan White, Hilton Head Island, SC, *85-81–166
16. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX, *88-80–168
16. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan, *83-85–168
18. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, *90-81–171
18. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China, *81-90–171
20. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH, *85-90–175
21. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA, *87-89–176
21. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *95-81–176
21. Borys Shubinsky, Hilton Head Island, SC, *92-84–176
24. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan, *99-83–182
24. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *92-90–182
26. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan, *96-92–188

DID NOT FINISH
Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea, *87-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (Blue Tees), 6,049 yards, Par 72
1. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia, *87-79–166
2. Alex Thaller, Hilton Head Island, SC, *89-86–175
3. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, *91-97–188
4. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China, *97-99–196
5. Ronak Bhagia, Charlotte, NC, *99-100–199
6. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea, *117-100–217
7. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China, *111-114–225

DID NOT FINISH
Zichen Zhao, Hilton Head Island, SC *JWD

Girls Division (White Tees), 5,808 yards, Par 72
1. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC, *77-74–151
2. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China, *76-76–152
3. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN, *76-79–155
4. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan, *78-80–158
5. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC, *78-82–160
6. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan, *88-74–162
7. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan, *81-85–166
8. Melany Chong, Mississauga, ON, *86-86–172
9. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea, *90-83–173
10. Erin Szabo, San Diego, CA, *101-89–190

DID NOT FINISH
Danlu Cheng, Shenzhen, China, *DQ (Rule 6-6b)

IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be making a return to Palmetto Hall Plantation for the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall in Hilton Head, S.C., on November 2-3, 2013.

Listed as one of the “Best Places to Play” in 2008-09, the Arthur Hills-designed course is guaranteed to feature towering pines, moss-draped oaks, lush fairways, and rolling greens edged with strategically-placed bunkers.

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18th Hole on the Palmetto Hall Arthur Hills Course

Competing for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points, the field will feature some of the tour’s best junior golfers in all divisions.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Norman Hong, the reigning Player of the Week after his performance at the Sanctuary Shootout on Sept. 28-29,will be making his fifth appearance this season. After his second straight Top-10 finish at Sanctuary, Hong of Shenzhen, China, will be competing for his first win. Also competing will be Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy. This will be D’Amico’s sixth event this season after a fourth place finish at the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield and a third place finish at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Luis Sanchez from Xalapa, Mexico, and Jackson Skeen from Johnson City, Tenn., will be players to watch. Sanchez will attempt to earn his first win after notably improving in the three events he has played so far this season, placing sixth, fourth, and second, all in succession. This will be the sixth event of the season for Skeen, after most recently cracking the Top-5 in the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation.

In an exciting battle for first place, the Girls Division will feature the likes of Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, and Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga. Both have played tremendously this season and this is sure to be a matchup to keep your eyes at the two-day event. Huang is coming off a fresh win at the Sanctuary Shootout at Cat Island, after tying for second place at the Aiken Junior Open. Ashmorewho was runner-up to Huang at Sanctuary, is playing in her fourth event and will be looking for her first win this season. She has placed Top-3 in every event so far.

Discovery Logo with Transparency

IJGT will also be hosting the second installment of the Southeast Region’s Discovery Tour series for the Fall 2013 season at Palmetto Hall on Saturday, November 2. The Discovery Tour is an event where children aged 8-12 of all skill levels are welcome to play. The single-round competition will tee off at 12:30pm on the Arthur Hills Course. Youngster Jonathan Griz of Bluffton, S.C., who won the Discovery Tour at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7, will be looking for his second straight win in the series.

The Discovery Tour is a great opportunity for young junior golfers aged 8-12 who have little or no golf tournament experience to improve upon their skills. With several events lined up each season, the tour is an incredibly fun and relaxed way for the players interact with other golfers, get tips from coaches, and most of all: have some fun!

Membership is $25 and each 9-hole tournament is $40.  To register for events or membership, please contact us at (843) 785-2444.