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The Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire – Final results

Low final round translates to a victory for Ozaki

Whaley becomes two-time winner at Falcon’s Fire

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The IJGT traveled south to host The Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club on May 10-11, 2014. The final event of the regular Southeast Tour schedule featured a field of 61 juniors ranging in age from 11-19 years old for the two-day, 36-hole event. 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_1057The Boys 15-19 Division was won by Shota Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan. Finishing with scores of 74-70 – 144, Ozaki came from behind after round one to secure the win. His first since 2013, Ozaki’s victory was highlighted by an impressive streak of par or better on 13 holes and four tournament birdies. Trailing Brock Erwin of Muldrow, Okla., by one stroke after round one, Ozaki carded the lowest final round of the tournament to move into first by three strokes. His 2-under-par 70 in the final round earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award offered to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round.

Charles Sun of Bradenton, Fla., finished in second place with scores of 74-73 – 147 and Cameron Clair of Bluffton, S.C., finished in third with scores of 76-72 – 148.

When asked about what worked well for him, Ozaki stated, “My drivers worked well, I was able to hit a lot of fairways.”

DSC_1270Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico, led the Boys 14 & Under Division both days en route to his first IJGT victory. After round one, Sanchez found himself 10 strokes ahead of his competition with a score of 3-over-par 75. Despite struggling initially, he added 10 pars in round two to keep him in front for the win. His first round included two birdies coming on holes four and 17. Sanchez finished 12 strokes ahead of the competition.

Finishing in second was Thomas Delaney of Kingwood, Texas, with scores of 86-82 – 168 while Jackson Skeen of Johnson City, Tenn., rounded out the top three with an overall score of 171.

“I would say number four [was my favorite] because it was a short par-5 and I was able to get there in two and birdied it,” said Sanchez about his favorite hole of the course.

DSC_1126For the second consecutive year, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., nabbed first at Falcon’s Fire. Scoring similarly to her first win at Falcon’s Fire in May of 2013, Whaley finished with scores of 72-71 – 143. Five birdies and an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole aided in Whaley’s run for the title. Whaley held off second-place finisher, Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, with the help of her 1-under-par second-round score of 71. Her second-round score earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Phuchanbanchob finished second with scores of 75-74 – 149. Rounding out the Girls Division was Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, tallying scores of 76-75 – 151.

“I feel more accomplished because I’m two-time, I feel like I’ve really mastered this course now,” said Whaley about her second consecutive win at Falcon’s Fire.

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will continue on to Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla., for the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions on May 24-26, 2014. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444. 

Kissimmee, Fla. – Final round results of the IJGT Orlando Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 11, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,833 yards, Par 72 (73.2/136). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,225 yards, Par 72 (70.0/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,984 yards, Par 72 (74.3/130).

Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 10-15 mph

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

International Junior Golf Tour
Orlando Junior at Falcons Fire GC
Kissimmee, Fla.
May 10-11, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees) 6,833 yards, Par 72

1. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *74-70–144
2. Charles Sun, Bradenton, FL *74-73–147
3. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *76-72–148
4. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *76-73–149
5. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *77-74–151
5. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *73-78–151
7. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *80-72–152
7. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *74-78–152
9. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-73–154
10. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *83-72–155
10. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *77-78–155
10. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *78-77–155
13. Simon McDonald, Kialla, Australia *81-75–156
13. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *80-76–156
13. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *78-78–156
13. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *78-78–156
17. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *80-77–157
17. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *79-78–157
17. Michael Boylan, Patterson, NY *76-81–157
20. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *82-76–158
20. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *80-78–158
22. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *80-80–160
22. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *80-80–160
22. Adam Agustin, El Dorado Hills, CA *79-81–160
25. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *82-79–161
25. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *77-84–161
27. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *88-74–162
28. Shosei Inokawa, Atamishi, Japan *77-87–164
29. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *84-81–165
30. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *81-86–167
30. Jespi Huh, Sasanggu, South Korea *79-88–167
32. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *89-80–169
33. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *86-85–171
33. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *86-85–171
33. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *84-87–171
36. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *88-85–173
37. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *90-86–176
38. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *93-87–180
39. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN *89-95–184

DID NOT FINISH

Charles MacCallum, Melbourne, Australia *80-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (Blue Tees) 6,225 yards, Par 72

1. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *75-81–156
2. Thomas Delaney, Kingwood, TX *86-82–168
3. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *85-86–171
4. Ronak Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *87-86–173
5. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia *89-87–176
6. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *86-96–182
7. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China *99-89–188
8. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea *96-99–195
9. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *97-100–197
10. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *111-101–212

Girls Division (White Tees) 5,984 yards Par 72

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *72-71–143
2. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *75-74–149
3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *76-75–151
4. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *79-78–157
4. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan *81-76–157
6. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *80-81–161
7. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *78-89–167
8. Emma Parson, Bluffton, SC *92-89–181
9. Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *91-94–185
10. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *93-95–188
11. Stephanie Orrell, Hilton Head Island, SC *100-102–202

Orlando Junior at Falcon's Fire Golf Club – Round one recap

The IJGT traveled south to the fan favorite Falcon’s Fire Golf Club to host the Orlando Junior on May 10-11, 2014. Hot but breezy weather greeted the field of 61 juniors in the first round. Leaders in each division are below, their rounds in numbers:

Brock Erwin of Muldrow, Okla., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

73 – Erwin posted 1-over-par round-one score

35 – he carded a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine

13 – this is Erwin’s 13th IJGT event of the season

9 – par-or-better streak on each of the holes on the front nine

4 – number of birdies he tallied in round one

The Boys 14 & Under Division is led by Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico. His round in numbers:

75 – his round-one 3-over-par score

13 – Sanchez comes into the Orlando Junior with 13 top-10 finishes in IJGT events

11 – par-or-better streak from holes eight and 18

2 – number of birdies tallied on holes four and 17

The Girls Division is led by Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., her round in numbers:

72 – Whaley posted an even-par score of 72, the lowest score of the tournament

10 – number of pars on the round

4 – number of birdies on the round

1 – Whaley placed first in her last appearance at Falcon’s Fire on May 11-12, 2013

Juniors will return to play for round two Sunday, May 11, 2014, for an 7:30 a.m. start. For full results from the first round of the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire, click here. Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.

Final results from the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall

Cheng captures crown at Bluffton Junior

Phuchanbanchob earns first IJGT Victory

 

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour was in Bluffton, S.C. on Dec. 7-8 for the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was contested on the Pete Dye Signature Course at Hampton Hall Club. The field featured 57 players representing 15 states and 15 countries competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Hampton Hall Club’s Pete Dye course was played at 6,936 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division, 5,895 yards for the Girls Division, and 6,219 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division. Water hazards came into play on a number of holes while an abundance of bunkers gave the players even more difficulty. Weather for the first round was perfect, as temperatures hovered in the 70s with a slight breeze. The final round was drastically different, with temperatures around 50, rain, and more wind than the prior round.

Cheng HHIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, emerged with a two-stroke victory over GeunTae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, after shooting a 3-under-par 141 for the tournament.

Cheng’s played his first round bogey-free, on his way to a 4-under-par, 68. He shot a matching 34 on both the front and back nine, with birdies on Nos. 3, 9, 11, and 15. Even with the impressive score, Cheng sat in a tie for second with Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton, S.C., after the first round, two shots behind Chris Magi of Montreal, Canada. Magi caught fire on the front nine, with five birdies over a six-hole stretch on Nos. 3-8. He finished with a front-nine score of 32, the lowest nine-hole score of the tournament. Magi strung together three consecutive birdies on Nos. 11-13 and despite a bogey on the par-5, 15th, finished his round at 6-under-par 66 to capture the lead.

Cheng, Magi, and Nimmer were part of an impressive group of eight players who shot under-par during the first round. Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan shot 2-under-par 70, while Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., Lohith Ramaraju of London, England, Jan Schneider of Erlangen, Germany, and Borys Shubinsky of Hilton Head Island, S.C., all shot 1-under-par 71.

Cheng shot under-par on the front-nine again during the final round, finishing at 1-under-par 35 to move to 5-under-par for the tournament and grab the lead after 27 holes. Cheng birdied the par-5, third hole, for the second consecutive day, to go along with eight pars on the front. Ahead of Cheng, Kim was making a charge, shooting a front-nine 33 to get back into contention.

As others faltered, the tournament became a three-man race between Cheng, Kim, and Nimmer. Cheng double-bogeyed No. 13, putting Nimmer only one stroke back, but Nimmer bogeyed holes Nos. 14 and 15 to fall back. Kim had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 while scoring par at the 17th and 18th to finish with a score of 75-68-143, awaiting Cheng in the clubhouse. Cheng finished off his tournament in style, making birdie on the 18th hole to seal his victory.

“I tried to stay patient. I knew the scores would be high out there today,” Cheng mentioned when asked how he had prepared for the final round.

Kim’s final round 68 won him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and gave him his fourth top-three finish of the season. Nimmer rounded out the top three with tournament totals of 68-76-144.

PhuchanbonchobCake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, gathered her first career IJGT Victory in the Girls Division, earning the win by three strokes over Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn.  Phuchanbanchob started the first round hot, draining a birdie on the opening hole. She dropped a stroke at No. 2 but quickly regained it with a birdie at the third. She carded her third birdie of her opening nine at the ninth hole to finish with a 2-under-par 34 on the front nine. Phuchanbanchob was matched by Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand on the front nine, as Siriko put together three consecutive birdies on holes Nos. 2-4 to shoot a 34. Whaley also impressed on the front, making birdies on Nos. 7 and 9 on her way to a 35. The three continued their strong play on the back nine, with Whaley’s even-par, 36 setting the tone. Phuchanbanchob and Whaley shot matching 71s in the first round, while Siriko lurked only one stroke back.

Despite the difficult weather conditions, Phuchanbanchob thrived during the final round. She shook off a bogey on hole No. 1, going on to birdie Nos. 3, 6, and 8 to again shoot a 34 on the front. Siriko carded an even-par, 36 on the front, but still fell three shots back of Phuchanbanchob while, Whaley was unable to keep pace with the leader, falling six strokes back.

Phuchanbanchob’s lead grew to seven strokes over both Siriko and Whaley after the 11th hole, and she was able to cruise to her victory. She finished the final round with scores of 34-39-73, good for a tournament total of 144. Her 73 also won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Phuchanbanchob said her key to dealing with the final round conditions was, “hitting an extra club,” and she also noted a strong short game as her key to victory.

Whaley finished second, with a total score of 147, while Siriko placed third at 149.

ShimojiThe Boys 14 & Under Division ended in a tie, with Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, earning the victory over Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., via scorecard playoff. Both players finished the tournament with total scores of 155, but due to Shimoji finishing with a 41 to McBride’s 42 over the final nine holes, Shimoji was credited with the victory.

The two excelled during the first round, repeatedly going shot-for-shot. McBride jumped out early with a birdie at the par-5, third hole, but Shimoji answered with a birdie at the par-3, seventh hole. After the first nine, McBride held the lead by two strokes after carding a 1-over-par 37. Both performed even better on the back nine. McBride carded three more birdies on holes Nos. 13, 14, and 17, while dropping a stroke at the 10th and 11th holes to finish his day with an even-par 72. Shimoji birdied the 15th hole but bogeyed the 18th  hole to shoot even-par on the back nine, and a 3-over-par 75, giving McBride the lead after the first round.

Neither McBride nor Shimoji were able to become comfortable in the cold, wet weather during the final round. Shimoji was able to pick up two strokes on McBride on the front nine to cut the lead to one as they entered the home stretch. Shimoji grabbed his first lead of the final round with a birdie on the 11th hole coupled with a McBride par. The lead flip-flopped between the two multiple times over the next couple holes, but as they walked to the 18th tee McBride held a one-shot lead. As darkness quickly crept in, McBride and Shimoji battled for the win. McBride could not connect on a par putt while Shimoji was able to save par. McBride willed in an eight-foot par putt to force a tie after 36 holes. With insufficient sunlight, the committee ruled that Shimoji was victorious via the recommended tiebreaker prescribed by the United States Golf Association, which was the score on the last nine holes of the competition.

Shimoji noted his driving was “very good,” and helped make up for a “so-so,” short game over the weekend.

Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico, rounded out the top three with a tournament total of 80-82-162.

The International Junior Golf Tour’s next event will be the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Dec. 14-15. The two-day, 36-hole event will consist of one round on the Ocean Course at Sea Pines and one round at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Final results from the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass

Furuya dominates at TPC Sawgrass

Nakatani victorious in Girls Division 

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.   The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 29-Dec. 1, a three-round event which featured nearly 100 juniors golfers competing for National Rankings, IJGT Merit Points and AJGA Performance Stars. The first two rounds were conducted on the club’s Pete Dye Valley Course, while the third and final round was held on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course. Despite rough winds, cold weather conditions and the challenge of playing two famously difficult courses, the golfers were able to put on spectacular performances in front of many spectators and family members.

Furuya TrophyIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Ryoto Furuya of Wesley Chapel, Fla., held his ground, turning a narrow first and second round lead into a convincing 11-stroke victory. He recorded a 76-75-72–223, a 7-over-par performance which also gave him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Boys Division with an even-par 72 on the final day. During the first round, Furuya managed a 4-over-par 76 on Pete Dye’s Valley Course, making eight pars and three birdies, before posting a one-stroke improvement in his second round. His 3-over-par 75 on the second day was highlighted by a streak of six straight pars to start the round, while also making birdies on holes Nos. 8, 16, and 17.

“I focused on ball flight…and I thought, just have patience…I just stayed strong, and got ready for the final round,” commented Furuya.

Furuya did not let up, turning in an incredible even-par final round on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course on his way to his third IJGT victory. He shot a front-nine 32, including four straight birdies on holes Nos. 2-5, and posted a back-nine 40 with three more birdies on Nos. 14, 15 and 16.

Finishing in second place was Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., with a tournament total of 234. In a tie for third place were Alex Shattuck of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Rij Patel of Hunt Valley, Md., who both shot totals of 236 through three rounds.

Nakatani TrophyRei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, was crowned victor of the Girls Division after shooting a total 83-75-74–232. After a rough first round put her six shots back of then-leader Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Nakatani came out in the second and final rounds determined to improve. She made an eight-stroke improvement on Day 2, sinking six more birdies and five less bogeys, including a streak of eight straight pars on the Valley’s Nos. 10-17. On the Stadium Course during the final round, Nakatani started off strong with birdies on Nos. 2 and 3. She played the course’s par-3s in 1-under-par during the final round, which helped catapult her into a come-from-behind, 11-stroke victory.

Nakatani’s final-round, 2-over-par 74 was tied with Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, for the low round in the Girls Division, which earned each of them the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Awards for their performances.

“I was three shots behind, but it wasn’t about who I was playing with. It was about the course, and I think I did the best that I could do,” said Nakatani.

Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division were Phuchanbanchob, who finished in second place with a tournament total of 243, and Siriko who carded a final score of 245.

Vilips TrophyThe Boys 14 & Under Division saw Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, grab his fifth IJGT victory of the season, shooting a total 83-89-78–250 at the 54-hole event. After trailing by one stroke concluding the first round of action, Vilips made two momentum-swaying birdies on Nos. 5 and 12 during his second round on the Valley Course to give him a one-stroke lead going into the final round. Surrounded by warmer weather during the final round action on the Stadium Course, Vilips was able to manage an 11-stroke improvement over his previous round score, including a highlight-worthy birdie on the renowned 17th hole to seal a 10-stroke victory in the division.

“I felt confident, but I didn’t want to get arrogant because I knew some of the players had the ability to catch up… I just wanted to shoot a score that would at least have a chance to win,” commented Vilips.

Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico, sealed a second-place finish with his tournament total of 260, while Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., grabbed a third-place finish with his total score of 265.

The IJGT Southeast tour will be back in action Dec. 7-8, 201for the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall Club in Bluffton, S.C. 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.

 

International Junior Golf Tour
Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
November 29 – December 1, 2013
 
Round 1: Valley Course
Round 2: Valley Course
Round 3: Stadium Course

Boys 15-19 Division – (Blue Tees) Valley: 6,748 Yards, Par 72 | Stadium: 6,672 Yards, Par 72
1. Ryoto Furuya, Wesley Chapel, FL, *76-75-72–223
2. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE, *78-78-78–234
3. Alex Shattuck, Sioux Falls, SD, *77-80-79–236
3. Rij Patel, Hunt Valley, MD, *77-80-79–236
5. Blake Fiest, Huntersville, NC, *81-76-80–237
6. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *77-81-82–240
7. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia, *82-81-79–242
8. Ryan Davis, Berkeley Heights, NJ, *86-83-74–243
8. Maurizio Debono, Basiglio, Italy, *85-77-81–243
10. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India, *78-85-82–245
11. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy, *85-80-82–247
12. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY, *83-76-89–248
13. Salil Ghamande, Evans, GA, *87-84-79–250
13. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico, *85-84-81–250
13. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ, *82-80-88–250
16. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India, *76-85-90–251
17. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *85-84-83–252
18. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA, *87-86-80–253
19. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan, *83-86-85–254
19. Griffin Colvin, Media, PA, *87-80-87–254
19. Gus Minkin, York, PA, *78-85-91–254
22. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA, *91-82-83–256
22. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland, *86-87-83–256
22. Nicholas Infanti, Clarksburg, MD, *85-87-84–256
22. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ, *89-82-85–256
22. Travis Broome, Virginia Beach, VA, *87-81-88–256
22. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, *81-79-96–256
28. David Ross, Lorton, VA, *92-83-82–257
28. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *87-89-81–257
28. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA, *80-89-88–257
28. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA, *87-78-92–257
32. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand, *90-83-85–258
32. Kip Karani, Tallahassee, FL, *86-86-86–258
32. Cody White, Sweetser, IN, *98-78-82–258
35. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL, *86-84-89–259
36. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC, *89-85-86–260
36. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY, *86-86-88–260
36. Chris Cerminaro, Carbondale, PA, *83-84-93–260
39. Felipe Lewis, Panama City, Panama, *92-87-82–261
40. Juanda Morgan, Panama City, Panama, *93-82-87–262
41. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO, *92-83-88–263
41. Brent Whiting, Ponte Vedra, FL, *83-84-96–263
43. Nick Geiman, York, PA, *87-84-93–264
43. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA, *91-89-84–264
43. Eric Schissel, Port Washington, NY, *95-87-82–264
46. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India, *84-90-91–265
46. Caleb Bryant, New Freedom, PA, *94-85-86–265
48. Mitch Lamping, Liberty Twp, OH, *89-86-92–267
48. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain, *95-87-85–267
50. Kyle Kost, New Hope, PA, *96-83-89–268
51. Bobby Nixon, Port St. Lucie, FL, *94-82-93–269
51. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung. Taiwan, *96-90-83–269
53. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China, *92-91-87–270
54. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China, *86-88-97–271
55. Nico Ardito Barletta, Panama City, Panama, *93-86-93–272
56. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *84-104-85–273
57. Luis Fer Varela, Panama City, Panama, *95-90-90–275
58. Pattarapoom Pacharn, Nonthaburi, Thailand, *97-93-86–276
59. Scott Lemon, Winnipeg, Canada, *90-93-94–277
60. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, *86-90-103–279
61. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *96-91-93–280
62. Ricky Humbert, Panama City, Panama, *95-100-94–289
63. Todd Glickfield IV, Marion, IN, *101-90-99–290
64. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY, *100-88-104–292
65. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan, *100-93-102–295
66. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *116-106-97–319
67. Diego Ardito Barletta, Panama City, Panama, *109-108-105–322
68. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China, *127-129-123–379
 
DID NOT FINISH
Chad McCann, Haymarket, VA, *DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK, *DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Justin Murray, Burlington, NJ, *89-77–DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador, *85-84–DQ (Rule 33-7)
Thomas Urciuoli, Short Hills, NJ, *JWD
Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *100–JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division – (White Tees) Valley: 6,243 Yards, Par 72 | Stadium: 5,992 Yards, Par 72
1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia, *83-89-78-250
2. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico, *89-85-86-260
3. Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, DE, *91-84-90-265
4. Jacob Morris, Hollywood, SC, *88-88-90-266
4. Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA, *96-81-89-266
6. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC, *87-86-95-268
7. Alexander Camberos, Kigali, Rwanda, *101-99-107-307
8. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, *109-100-121-330
9. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala, *98-114-126-338

DID NOT FINISH
Brian Aslanian, Purchase, NY, *82-88–DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea, *DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia, *94-85–DQ (Rule 6-6b)

Girls Division – (Green Tees) Valley: 5,913 Yards, Par 72 | Stadium: 5,718 Yards, Par 72
1. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan, *83-75-74–232
2. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *77-78-88–243
3. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand, *88-83-74–245
4. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India, *81-82-84–247
5. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China, *84-83-82–249
6. Allison Herring, Skillman, NJ, *89-90-86–265
7. Kristin Whitehead, Johannesburg, South Africa, *89-87-91–267
8. Jamie Rickert, Overland Park, KS, *88-94-88–270
9. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea, *86-96-98–280
9. Sasha Glickfield, Marion, IN, *89-84-107–280
11. Taylor Clark, Red Bank, NJ, *102-101-92–295
12. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *109-108-123–340

IJGA Invitational – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be hosting the IJGA Invitational on Dec. 14-15 at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The two-day, 36-hole tournament will consist of one round at Sea Pines Ocean Course and one round at Harbour Town Golf Links. Players will be competing for national rankings and Double IJGT Merit Points at the last Major Championship of the fall season.

The first course built on Hilton Head Island, the Ocean Course features one of only two oceanfront holes on the island. The par-72 course stretches to 6,906 yards with a rating of 73.5 and slope of 144 from the back tees. Strategically-placed bunkers and lagoons provide difficulties to players of all skill levels. The par-3, 15th is the signature hole at the Ocean Course, as elevated tees give players unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Hole 15 Ocean Course

The par-3, 15th hole at Sea Pines Ocean Course is one of only two oceanfront holes on Hilton Head Island.

Harbour Town Golf Links is the more nationally known of the courses at Sea Pines. Harbour Town has played host to the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage (formally Heritage Classic) since 1969. The course is consistently awarded billing as one of the top courses, including being rated 18th in Golf Digest’s 2013-14 “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses.” Playing as a par-71, the course features five sets of tees stretching from 5,208 yards to 7,101 yards. The 18th hole at Harbour Town is one of golf’s most well-known holes, as players overlook Calibogue Sound and features the Harbour Town Lighthouse in the background.

Harbour Town Lighthouse 18 Green

The 18th hole at Harbour Town Golf Links provides one of the most recognizable finishing holes in golf.

The IJGA Invitational consistently features one of the strongest fields of the IJGT season, and this year is no different. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, Shota Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan, William Thomson of Pittsford, N.Y., and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. highlight a strong field. Ogawa, Ozaki, and Wren have all been victorious in IJGT Events this season, while Thomson won last season’s IJGA Invitational in the Boys 14 & Under Division, narrowly edging out Ogawa. Other players to keep an eye on include Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan and Bobby Firth of Jenkintown, Pa.

Takafumi Shimoji looks to continue his impressive rookie season on the IJGT by capturing the tournament in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Shimoji has won three tournaments this fall while finishing 2nd in his other two events. Shimoji shot his low round of the season in the first round of the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club in August, carding six birdies on his way to a 5-under-par, 67. Players to also watch in the Boys 14 & Under Division include Alex Lawson of Pittsburgh, Pa., Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., Ryan McCarthy of Rockville Centre, N.Y., and Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico.

The Girls Division features a number of players who have had successful seasons so far, including Samantha Huang Shenzhen, China, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, and Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., all of whom have been victorious twice this fall. Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Clementina Rodriquez of Caracas, Venezuela, Ana Ruiz of Chihuahua, Mexico, Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, and Susana Vik of Greenwich, Conn. all placed in the top ten of last year’s IJGA Invitational.

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.

Palmetto Hall_Hills Course_Hole 18
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.

Final results from the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch

Valdes victorious at Black Diamond

Ito earns first Boys 15-19 Division title

LECANTO, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) conducted the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch, Oct. 12-13. Held on the Quarry Course, which hosted 2012 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying, the Florida Junior featured elite junior golfers ages 9-19 representing 19 countries and 10 states competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.

Ranked by GolfDigest as the 143rd best golf course in the United States, the Quarry Course is a Tom Fazio design that provided a great backdrop for the competition and featured a stretch of five consecutive holes (Nos. 13-17) weaving up and down the quarry. Numerous challenges awaited the tournament field, but many were able to navigate the challenging course to post great rounds.

Valdes TrophyAna Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, put on the best performance of the tournament after firing a 4-under-par 140 tournament total to win the Girls Division by 12 strokes. Playing in her first IJGT Event in the 2013-2014 season, Valdes drove the golf ball well, hit precise approach shots, and most importantly, rolled the putter well propelling her to the first-place finish.

In the first round, Valdes got off to a blazing start making two birdies in her first two holes. From there she would make two more birdies and three bogeys en route to a 1-under-par 71. Going into the final round Valdes carried a six-stroke lead.

Valdes did not let up on the accelerator in the final round. Again, she started her day off with two consecutive birdies to put the pressure squarely on her fellow competitors.

Valdes was not done on the front nine though. She would birdie hole No. 7 and then eagle the ninth hole on the Quarry Course at Black Diamond Ranch to go out in 5-under-par 31.

On the more difficult back nine, Valdes would drop two shots to finish off her stellar performance with a 3-under-par 69. This was the lowest score of the tournament regardless of division and also earned Valdes the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“I wasn’t focused on my competitors. I was just trying to do better than yesterday. I was just focusing on my golf game,” said Valdes.

Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, finished in second place in the Girls Division with a tournament total of 152, while Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, took third place with a tournament total of 153.

Ito AwardsIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan, was victorious for the first time in the 2013-2014 IJGT season. He used a final-round score of even-par 72 to separate himself from the rest of field at Black Diamond Ranch. The score also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

In the first round, Ito grinded out an impressive score of 4-over-par 76 to earn a share of the lead with Ben Cohn of Guayaquil, Ecuador. Ito’s round was similar to a rollercoaster as he made as many pars as he did birdies (five). His most pivotal birdies came in the quarry on holes Nos. 15-16 which played extremely tough due to the precision required on the respective tee shots.

The final round was wide open with five other competitors within three strokes of the co-leaders. Ito got off to the start he needed after making a birdie on the first hole.

“At first I was nervous, but I made a birdie on the first hole which helped,” commented Ito.

A bogey on the second hole put Ito back at even-par for the day, but after three consecutive birdies on holes Nos. 7-9, Ito made the turn in 3-under-par 33. From there it was his to lose. A wayward tee shot on No. 15 forced him to hit his third shot from the tee, but Ito remained calmed and made an impressive bogey to avoid letting any other fellow competitors back into the title picture.

Ito finished the tournament in style making a birdie on the closing hole at the Quarry Course which is an uphill, dogleg to the left, par 5. In total, Ito made 10 birdies over the two days.

Finishing in a tie for second place were Cohn and Masato Yoshitsugu of Aichi, Japan, with tournament totals of 153.

Vilips TrophyKarl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, returned to the winner’s circle once again as he dominated the Boys 14 & Under Division at Black Diamond Ranch. The first round was crucial as Vilips opened up a large lead after firing a 2-under-par 70. This was the best score of the tournament in the first round regardless of division. Vilips played nearly flawless golf playing his last eight holes in 3-under-par.

The final round got off to a slow start for Vilips after a quadruple-bogey on the third hole on the Quarry Course. From that point on though, he was able to navigate the golf course in 1-under-par to finish with a 4-over-par 76. In that stretch, Vilips made eight consecutive pars and dominated the demanding quarry holes (Nos. 13-17) playing them in 2-under-par.

Vilips credits his preparation on the greens as the key to his success in the Florida Junior.

“If I putted how I normally played, I would have missed a lot of short putts. I’ve been spending a lot of time with my coach which has helped me this weekend,” said Vilips.

Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., finished in second place with a tournament total of 166. Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico, rounded out the top three with a tournament score of 173.

The IJGT Southeast tour will head north to Savannah, Ga., for the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters Country Club, Oct. 19-20. 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

LECANTO, Fla. – Final round results of the IJGT Florida Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Oct. 13, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,746 yards, Par 72 (72.2/131).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Gray Tees – 6,196 yards, Par 72 (69.8/127) Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,840 yards, Par 72 (74.2/137).

 

Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 10-15 m.p.h.

Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 5-10 m.p.h.

 

 

Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch

Black Diamond Ranch – Quarry Course

Lecanto, Fla.

October 12-13, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – (Black Tees) 6,746 yards, Par 72

1. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *76-72–148

2. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *80-73–153

2. Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador *76-77–153

4. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *80-74–154

5. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *83-73–156

5. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *78-78–156

7. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *79-78–157

7. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *77-80–157

9. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *79-80–159

9. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *79-80–159

11. Maurizio Debono, Basiguo, Italy *83-77–160

11. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *82-78–160

13. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung. Taiwan *79-82–161

14. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *80-83–163

15. Connor Downey, Franklin, TN *84-80–164

16. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *84-82–166

17. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *86-81–167

18. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *91-77–168

18. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *86-82–168

18. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *82-86–168

18. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *82-86–168

18. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-87–168

23. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *87-84–171

24. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *88-86–174

24. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *89-85–174

26. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *90-87–177

27. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *91-88–179

28. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *95-90–185

29. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China *116-120–236

DID NOT FINISH

Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico *JWD

Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *89-JWD

Todd Glickfield IV, Bluffton, SC *89-JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – (Gray Tees) 6,196 yards, Par 72

1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *70-76–146

2. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *84-82–166

3. Luis Sanchez, Xalapa, Mexico *85-88–173

4. Sebastiano Bogoni, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy *93-98–191

DID NOT FINISH

Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN, *DQ (Rule 6-6b)

 

Girls Division – (Green Tees) 5,840 yards, Par 72

1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico *71-69–140

2. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *77-75–152

3. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *80-73–153

4. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *81-80–161

5. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *86-83–169

6. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *84-87–171

7. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *107-98–205

8. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *109-109–218

 

Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will host the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on Oct. 19-20 in Pooler, Ga. Held on the Greg Norman Signature Course, play features vast greens, scenic ponds, and countless natural hazards, challenging golfers with a tournament-quality experience. This will be IJGT’s second event at the Savannah Quarters Country Club, with players competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Savannah Quarters

 

The Boys 15-19 Division will showcase players such as Tyler Pidduck of Thousand Oaks, Calif., who participated in last year’s event and who will be looking to grab his first win of the season after finishing in the Top-10 in two events already. Salil Ghamandefrom Evans, Ga., will be making his 2013-2014 season debut, after three Top-10 finishes last season and three wins in the Boys 14 & Under Division two seasons ago.

The Boys 14 & Under Division will see the likes of Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, who is coming off a win at the Aiken Junior at Woodside Plantation on Sept. 21-22. Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China, and Luis Sanchez of Xalapa, Mexico, are also players to watch, as both have placed in the Top-10 at two events this season.

Playing in her fourth season with the IJGT, Bria` Sanders of Cordova, Tenn., will be making her second appearance this season after coming in sixth place at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. Last season, she finished Top-10 in eight of 11 events played, and has notched more than 30 events on her resume in her IJGT career.

Final results from the Sanctuary Shootout at Cat Island

Kim, Campbell dominate Boys Divisions
Huang captures first IJGT win

BEAUFORT, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the Sanctuary Shootout in Beaufort, S.C., on Sept. 28-29. The two-day, 36-hole event took place at the Sanctuary Golf Club on Cat Island, where the field of talented junior golfers took to the greens to fight for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

GeunTae Kim WinnerIn the Boys 15-19 Division, GeunTae Kim (left) of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, came out as victor, shooting a final 2-over-par 144. After a first round 2-over 73, Kim came out on fire in the final round, tallying a field-best even-par 71, giving him the tournament’s Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his performance. His birdie on the par-4 second hole jump-started a spectacular day, where he made 13 pars, three birdies, and just one bogey for the round.

When asked about the most memorable moment of the weekend for Kim, he mentioned his tee shot on the par-3 No. 13, which came “very close” to the flagstick, almost giving him an eagle opportunity, but settling for birdie.

This was Kim’s second win in as many events this season after taking home the trophy at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National.

Rounding out the top three were Austin Maher, of Bracebridge, Canana, who finished eight shots back with a 10-over 152, and Jack Klein of Bethesda, Md., who shot a 13-over 155.

Matthew Campbell WinnerIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Matthew Campbell (right), a local of Beaufort, S.C., dominated the field, carding a final 8-over-par 150 over two rounds. Playing on a familiar course was a clear strength to Campbell’s game this weekend, allowing him to follow up a first round 2-over-par 73 with a final round score of 6-over-par 77. He made 12 pars on the day and finished the tournament with a respectable even-par effort on the four par-3’s, as well as a 2-under-par performance on the course’s three difficult par-5’s.

Reflecting on his performance and his familiarity with Sanctuary Golf Club, Campbell expressed that it was crucial for him to “focus on the few holes on the front nine where you can score really well on,” which he was able to do.

This was Campbell’s first event with the IJGT this season, and marked a wonderful improvement over his finish in his last event at the Memorial at Parris Island on March 24-25, 2012, where he placed 10th.

Campbell finished an incredible eight strokes ahead of second place finisher, Luis Sanchez of Xalapa, Mexico, who entered the clubhouse at 158 (+16). In third place was Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, who tallied a final score of 160 for the weekend.

Huang WinnerThe Girls Division saw a new champion emerge in Samantha Huang (left), from Shenzhen, China. After completing a first round 1-over-par 72, Huang came back with another 72 in the final round. Statistically, her performance was mirrored, sinking 11 pars, three birdies, and four bogeys in each round; but regardless, her play was outstanding as she was able to fend off a near-comeback from second-place finisher, Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga. Huang’s final round of 1-over-par 72 also gave her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division.

Reflecting on what went well for her in the final round, Huang stated that the “drivers and putters” were advantageous for her.

This was just Huang’s second IJGT Event. Her first came at the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation, where she had another remarkable performance en route to a tied for second-place finish.

Ashmore finished in second place with a final tournament tally of 155 (+13). In third place was Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, who entered the clubhouse with an overall 157 (+15).

The IJGT Southeast tour will be back in action on Oct. 12-13 for the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Fla.

To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

BEAUFORT, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Sanctuary Shootout conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 29, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,585 yards, Par 71 (72.2/135).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,063 yards, Par 71 (69.4/128). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5,802 yards, Par 71 (74.1/132).

 

Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the Low 80s, winds 15-20 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the Low 80s, winds 5-10 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Sanctuary Golf Club

Beaufort, S.C.

September 28-29, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,585 yards, Par 71

1. GeunTae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *73-71–144

2. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *76-76–152

3. Jack Klein, Bethesda, MD *79-76–155

4. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *74-82–156

5. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *78-79–157

6. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *78-83–161

6. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *76-85–161

8. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *84-78–162

9. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *85-79–164

9. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *84-80–164

9. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *82-82–164

9. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *82-82–164

13. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *86-79–165

13. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *83-82–165

15. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *81-85–166

15. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *81-85–166

17. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *85-82–167

18. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *83-85–168

19. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *87-82–169

19. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *83-86–169

19. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *84-85–169

22. Pattarapoom Pacharn, Nonthaburi, Thailand *85-85–170

23. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *82-89–171

24. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *91-81–172

24. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *87-85–172

26. Walker Campbell, Paget, Bermuda *85-88-173

27. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *91-83–174

28. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *88-90–178

29. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *98-86–184

30. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *91-99–190

31. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan *103-100–203

DID NOT FINISH

Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *79-JWD

Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *83-JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,063 yards, Par 71

1. Matthew Campbell, Beaufort, SC *73-77–150

2. Luis Sanchez, Xalapa, Mexico *80-78–158

3. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *81-79–160

4. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *80-82–162

5. Jacob Morris, Hollywood, SC *89-82–171

6. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *85-91–176

7. Bronson Myers, Columbia, SC *90-87–177

8. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *105-100–205

9. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China *131-111–242

 

Girls Division – Red Tees, 5,802 yards, Par 71

1. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *72-72–144

2. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *80-75–155

3. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *79-78–157

4. Kayla Kozak, North Myrtle Beach, SC *90-83–173

5. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *82-93–175

6. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *98-85–183

7. Jamie Hubbard, Hardeeville, SC *96-99–195

8. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *114-112–226

DID NOT FINISH

Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *100-JWD

 

First-round highlights from the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the first round of the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National Saturday at the prestigious Hilton Head National Golf Club.

While the weather and course conditions were both perfect, Hilton Head National proved to be a tough test for the elite field of junior golfers.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, the final round is set up to be a special day with two golfers tied for the lead, and two others tied for second just one stroke back. GeunTae Kim (SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea) and Tennoshin Ogawa (Ichinomiya-shi, Japan) lead the field after 18 holes with matching 1-under-par 70 scores. Right on their tails are Shota Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan, and Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, who posted first-round scores of even-par 71. Maurizuo Debono of Basiguo, Italy, shot a 1-over-par 72, and sits in fifth place.

GeunTae Kim and Tennoshin Ogawa by the numbers:

33 – Kim’s score on the back nine at Hilton Head National, which was good for 2-under par on those nine holes.

28 – Combined pars made by Kim and Ogawa in the first round. Ogawa tallied 15 of them, while Kim added 13.

6 – Wins by Ogawa last season in the Boys 14 & Under Division on the IJGT.

5- Combined birdies made by the duo. Kim racked up three, while Ogawa had two.

2 – Wins by Kim last season on the IJGT.

Yet again, Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, is running away with the Girls Division after posting a first round score of 2-under-par 69. This would be her third win in as many weeks on the IJGT. Wuensch holds a six-stroke lead over Brià Sanders of Cordova, Tenn.

Jana Wuensch by the numbers:

69 – Wuensch’s score for the round, which was the lowest score by any golfer in any of three divisions.

14 – The number of pars holed by Wuensch in the first round.

2 – The number of birdies in the first three holes for Wuensch. She jumped out to a hot start, and was able to play even-par golf the rest of the way.

2 – Consecutive wins by Wuensch on the IJGT. Another strong round in the final round would give Wuensch her third win in a row.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Ben El Cohn of Bluffton, S.C., leads the way after a 5-over-par 76 in the first round. He leads last week’s winner, Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, by two strokes. Luis Sanchez of Xalapa, Mexico, posted a 9-over-par 80, and is four strokes back of the leader in third place.

Ben El Cohn by the numbers:

35 – Cohn’s score on the front nine, good for 1-under-par.

8 – Pars by Cohn in his first 18 holes. Finding consistency will be key in Sunday’s final round.

3 – Birdies on the day for Cohn.

1 – Eagle by Cohn in the first round. He holed out from 80-yards away on his first hole, the par-4 10th.

 

The final round will begin at Hilton Head National tomorrow at 8:30am. To view tee times click here and to view complete results from the first round click here.