Kang wins first IJGT Title
Chong wins Girls Division in Playoff
Okatie, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) had a fantastic kick off to their 2016 Spring Season with the IJGT Junior at Oldfield Golf Club. Junior golfers ages 9-19 years old represented 20 different countries and 14 different states. They competed for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The top five players in each division earned preferred entry into any IJGT Major Championship and the Champions of each division earned an invitation to the 2016 IJGT Tournament of Champions.
Tae Young Kang of Busan, South Korea took home his first win with the IJGT. Shooting an impressive 74-70 for a total of 144, claiming the Boys 15-19 Division by four strokes. Kang only had one birdie on the first day but battled back with a total of four birdies on the second day. In the final round on the back nine at Oldfield Golf Club, Kang started out bogey, birdie, and then made six consecutive pars. He ended the tournament with a notable birdie finish to complete his victory.
“I played well. I did not hit it in hazards or out of bounds. I’m trying to get my game better to compete on Korea’s National team,” commented Kang.
The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the boy and girl who records the lowest score in every IJGT championship, was awarded to Kang, T.J. Nolan of Rapid City, S.D., and Juan Ignacio De Giocomi of Buenos Aires, Argentina, all shooting 2-under, 70.
Melany Chong of Mississauga, Canada, took home the Girls Division trophy after a playoff hole battle. Over the 36-hole tournament, Chong claimed nine birdies, and had a two-stroke lead going into Round 2 after firing a 1-over, 73 in the first round. Chong recorded a 2-over, 74 to end the day tied with Wint Phoo Aung of Yangon, Myanmar. Aung recorded an even-par 72 to force a playoff. This round also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division.
In the playoff, Chong was able to make par on the par-3, 13th hole at Oldfield to secure the victory.
“My mind set coming in to round two was just to play my own game. I knew I had a two shot lead but I prepared for it to be close. I was very nervous going into the playoff because I know Wint Phoo (Aung) is an awesome player. My tee shots were great, and it helped my game,” said Chong.
Aung claimed second after losing the playoff hole finishing with a tournament total of 147. Yukie Sasaki of Hiroshima, Japan, took third shooting a 150.
Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., took his fourth win of the IJGT 2015-2016 season at Oldfield Golf Club. In the first round, Phillips did not have his best game, but recorded a score of 80. He went into day two facing a five-shot deficit to Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., who recorded a 3-over, 75. Phillips was able to overcome the deficit with a phenomenal round of 2-over, 74 to record his victory.
“My driving was working really well, off the tee I couldn’t complain. My mental game was really strong, I knew it would be tough to come from behind to win. The course was in great shape and the greens were working well for me,” Phillips remarked.
Sample finished second with a 157. Coming in third from Mendon, N.Y., was Noah Levine, shooting a 180.
The IJGT will continue the spring 2016 Season in Sorrento, Fla., with the Florida Junior at RedTail Golf Club on Feb. 13-14, 2016. Players will compete for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.
About the IJGT
The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 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 30 states and 30 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, Iconic Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.
Okatie, S.C. – Final-round results of the IJGT Invitational at Oldfield Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed January 31, 2016. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,825 yards, Par 72 (73.9/137). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,976 yards, Par 72 (70.6/128) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,799 yards, Par 72 (73.7/132).
Weather: Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 60’s with 5-10 mph winds
Round 2: Partly Cloudy with temperatures in the high 50’s with 5-10 mph winds
International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Junior Open at Oldfield
January 30th-31st, 2016
Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,825 yards, Par 72
1. Tae Young Kang, Busan, South Korea *74-70–144
2. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *76-72–148
2. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *75-73–148
4. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton SC, *77-72–149
4. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *74-75–149
6. Juan Ignacio De Giocomi, Buenos Aires, Argentina *80-70–150
6. T.J. Nolan, Rapid City, SD *80-70–150
6. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China *75-75–150
6. Jose Haces, Puebla, Mexico *75-75–150
10. Quincy Stith, Wichita, KS *78-75–153
10. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *77-76–153
10. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *76-77–153
10. David Yang, Taipei, Taiwan *76-77–153
14. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Managua, Nicaragua *81-74–155
14. Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *80-75–155
14. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-77–155
17. Jasper Lee, Taipei, Taiwan *77-79–156
17. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *76-80–156
19. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *82-75–157
19. Alan Smith, Winchendon, MA *76-81–157
19. Vince Brunet, Ottawa, Canada *75-82–157
22. Ryo Harada, Tokyo, Japan *82-76–158
23. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *83-79–162
24. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *88-76–164
24. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *82-82–164
26. Philip Chen, Taiwan, Taipei *86-79–165
26. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China *80-85–165
28. Nick Gioffre, Waxhaw, NC *76-90–166
29. Mark Richardson, South Berwick, ME *81-87–168
29. Alex Roman, Versoix, Switzerland *79-89–168
31. Michael Crogan, Palm Coast, FL *86-83–169
32. Max Castaneda, Mexico City, Mexico *95-76–171
33. Taylor Rockwell, Boonton Township, NJ *88-88–176
33. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *87-89–176
35. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *92-85–177
35. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *88-89–177
37. Alexander Hollmann, Frankfurt, Germany *90-88–178
38. Demetrius Johnson, Anchorage, AK *92-87–179
39. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *87-94–181
40. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *82-100–182
41. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *96-92–188
42. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *90-100–190
43. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *89-107–196
DID NOT FINISH
DQ. Jack Friedman, Charleston, SC
Boys 14 & Under Division-Blue Tees- 5,976 yards, Par 72
1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-74–154
2. Luke Sample, New York, NY *75-82–157
3. Noah Levine, Mendon, NY *90-90–180
Girls Division- White Tees- 5,799 yards, Par 72
1. x-Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *73-74–147
2. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *75-72–147
3. Yukie Sasaki, Hiroshima, Japan *77-73–150
4. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India*79-75–154
4. Marisa Hisaki, Osaka, Japan *77-77–154
6. Vivian Yen, Kaohsiung, Taiwan *84-78–162
7. Lexi Clark, Fairfax, VA *80-85–165
8. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *89-81–170
8. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *85-85–170
10. Renata Fierro, Yucatan, Mexico *85-89–174
11. Emily Ma, Taipei, Taiwan *89-89–178
x – Won in playoff