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Fischer, Bagasbas earn IJGT Player of the Week Honors – Feb. 10, 2015

The IJGT traveled to San Francisco, Calif., to host the first west coast tournament of the spring season, the Major Championship at Presidio Golf Club, on February 7-8, 2015. Inclement weather forced the cancellation of round two, resulting in a shortened one-day, 18-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT is proud to award this week’s Player of the Week honors to Austin Fischer of Orinda, Calif., and Angela Bagasbas of San Ramon, Calif.

Austin Fischer

Fischer made par on five consecutive holes on the front nine, holes No. 4 through 8. He then repeated the feat on the back nine making par on holes No. 11 through 15. The par-4 12th hole was arguably the most difficult on the course. Fischer’s tournament total of 79 earned him a fourth place finish.

Bagasbas poses with IJG Southeast Tournament Director Dan Costenbader after her victory.

Bagasbas poses with IJGT Southeast Tournament Director Dan Costenbader after her victory.

Bagasbas used three birdies to card the lowest score in the field, a 2-over 74. She recorded an eight-hole par-or-better streak beginning with the par-4 hole No. 8 and continuing through the par-3 15th. Bagasbas finished the back nine with an even-par 36, bringing her tournament total to 74.

Congratulations to both Austin Fischer and Angela Bagasbas on their IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Major Championship at Presidio – Final Results (Feb. 8, 2015)

Ma wins Boys 14 & Under Division by seven strokes

Karren earns first IJGT victory

The International Junior Golf Tour  hosted the first west coast tournament of the spring season, the Major Championship at Presidio, on February 7-8, 2015. The second round of the event was cancelled due to inclement weather resulting in a shortened one-day, 18-hole event. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Drew KarrenDrew Karren of Orinda, Calif., made par on the entire back nine to finish with a 3-over 75, good enough to win the Boys 15-19 Division. The victory was Karren’s first on the International Junior Golf Tour.

In the win Karren also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

“My first nine holes were a little iffy, but I was able to par every hole on the back to round out a solid score,” Karren said after the win. “I would have liked to play more golf, but I’m definitely satisfied with the win”

Devin Gregg of San Anselmo, Calif., and Louie Euer of Loomis, Calif., finished one stroke behind Karren with tournament totals of 76 to tie for second place.

Gregg found particular success on the par-4s; he birdied the par-4 fifth and 16th holes.

Euer made par or better on all of the par-3s including a birdie on the par-3 15th hole.

Brian Ma 1AMilpitas, Calif., native Brian Ma used three birdies on the back nine to cruise to victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Ma opened the tournament by making par on the first three holes and never looked back. His tournament total of 76 paced the division by seven strokes.

“I played pretty well and it was nice playing with Angela [Bagabas], who shot a 74,” said Ma. “She pushed me to play better.”

Upland, Calif., native Mikee Ordona finished second in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a tournament total of 83. His lone birdie came on the par-4 eighth hole.

 

Angela 1

Angela Bagabas recorded the lowest score in the field, a 2-over 74 to win the Girls Division. She also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls. Bagabas had an eight-hole par-or-better streak that lasted from the eighth hole through the 15th. She carded three birdies in the tournament on the par-4 first hole, the par-5 ninth and the par-5 18th.

“Yesterday’s round (round one) was really good with conditions, so I was able to play pretty well,” Bagabas said. “I think I could have scored lower but I’ll take a 74.”

The IJGT will continue tournament play on February 14-15, 2015 with the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

 

San Francisco, CA – Final Results of the IJGT Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on February 7, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,401 yards Par 72 (71.5./136). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 5,921 yards, Par 72 (69.9/127). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5,652 yards, Par 71 (75.4/129).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course

San Francisco, CA

February 7, 2015 (18 hole event due to inclement weather)

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6401 yards, Par 72

1. Drew Karren, Orinda, CA *39-36–75

2. Devin Gregg, San Anselmo, CA *37-39–76

2. Louie Euer, Loomis, CA *39-37–76

4. Austin Fischer, Orinda, CA *39-40–79

5. Grant Fairbairn, Orinda, CA *38-42–80

5. Will Lagomarsino, Orinda, CA *39-41–80

5. Lane Cadell, Escalln, CA *43-37–80

8. Hayden Rodriguez, San Francisco, CA *45-40–85

8. PRES Sanassarian, Rocklin, CA *43-42–85

10. Richie Simons, Newport Beach, CA *43-48–91

 

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 5921 yards, Par 72

1. Brian Ma, Milpitas, CA *39-37–76

2. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *41-42–83

 

Girls Division- Red Tees, 5652 yards, Par 72

1. Angela Bagasbas, San Ramon, CA *38-36–74

 

MAJOR Championship at Presidio GC – Tour Preview

The IJGT is excited to host its first MAJOR of the spring season, the MAJOR Championship at Presidio Golf Club in San Francisco, Calif. The two-day, 36-hole tournament will be held on February 7-8, 2015, and be the first west coast event of the year.

Presidio Aerial

The Presidio Golf Course is one of the oldest courses on the west coast and has been a national historic landmark since 1962. Located within a national park, the Presidio course has been recognized as a leader in environmentally sensitive golf course management. In 2003 the course received certification from Audubon International as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

Hole 12

The terrains at Presidio are varied and range from adobe clay to rock to sand. Sitting in the notoriously hilly San Francisco area, the course plays with difficult but entertaining changes in landscape from hole to hole.

Many famous athletes including Babe Ruth, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Joe DiMaggio have played at the Presidio Golf Course.

San Francisco is a great city for foodies and the Presidio specifically is becoming a dining destination with a variety of exciting restaurants popping up in the area.

 

Fall Highlights and Spring Preview

Following a successful fall season full of low scores, beautiful courses and even holes-in-one, the IJGT is excited to kick off its spring season with the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on January 17-18, 2015.

LOOKING BACK

During the fall season junior golfers had the opportunity to play a variety of world-renowned courses.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, the IJGT hosted the Thanksgiving Day Classic at the ever-famous TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. This tournament was one of the few three-day, 54-hole events. The junior golfers performed admirably on both THE PLAYERS Stadium and Dye’s Valley courses. Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, edged out Ben Albin of Santa Fe, N.M., to win the Boys 15-19 Division. Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Sam Ohno of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., tied for third. All of the top three finishers in the Boys 15-19 Division had a round at or below par and eights golfers across the three divisions carded eagles.

The Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass saw not one but two holes-in-one! In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Charles Larcelet of Geraudot, France, had an ace on the par-3 hole No. 14 on the Valley Course. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, carded a hole in one on the par-3 hole No. 8 on the Stadium Course.

Playing the iconic par-3 17th hole on THE PLAYERS Stadium course was a highlight of the fall season for many of the young golfers.

Dormie Club, No. 43 on the 2015-2016 edition of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, played home to the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club. Despite a course that proved to be challenging for the entire field, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., carded an impressive nine birdies during the tournament. Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, both had bogey-free streaks that lasted 16 holes.

The final event of the fall, the IJGA Invitational, was held at Sea Pines Resort where junior golfers had the opportunity to play both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links. The latter ranked No. 19 on Golf Digest’s 2015-2016 list of America’s 199 Greatest Public courses and ranked in the top 50 of Golf.com’s 2014 list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S. It is also the host of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

LOOKING FORWARD

The spring season features another selection of top-ranked courses. The first three tournaments are local to the Hilton Head/Bluffton area. On January 24-25, 2015, during the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, junior golfers and their families will have a chance to explore the host of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur. The Pete Dye course, where the Carolina Classic will be played, offers unobstructed views of Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean from 11 of its 18 holes.

The IJGT will travel to the west coast for the MAJOR Championship at Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco, Calif., on February 7-8, 2015. The Presidio Golf Course is one of the oldest courses on the west coast and has been a national historic landmark since 1962. An Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, it is located within a national park.

On Valentine’s Day weekend (February 14-15, 2015), the IJGT will be traveling to Kiawah Island to host the South Carolina Open. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island is ranked No. 20 on the 2015-2016 edition of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses list and third on their America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. This course was the first designed for a specific event, the 1991 Ryder Cup. Known for its challenging and unpredictable winds and spectacular ocean views, the Ocean course is No. 25 on Golf.com’s 2014 list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S.

The Major Championship at Duke University in Durham, N.C., on March 28-29, 2015, provides an excellent opportunity for junior golfers investigating college golf programs to explore Duke as well as the nearby University of North Carolina.

The Northeast Tour of the IJGT will host the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin on April 11-12, 2015. The junior golfers will have the chance to play both the PGA Tour-tested Mystic Rock and the par-70 The Links. Mystic Rock placed No. 60 on the 2015-2016 Golf Digest America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The following weekend, the Northeast Tour will travel to The Architects Golf Course in Lopatcong, N.J., for The Architects Cup.

On April 25-26, 2015, the IJGT will host a Major Championship at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace, Md. Bulle Rock sits at No. 45 on Golf Digest’s 2015-2016 list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The spring season will culminate with the highly anticipated Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The three-day, 54-hole event will take place on May 23-25, 2015. On the evening of May 24 the IJGT will announce its All-IJGT Team and Player of the Year honors for each division at the Night of Champions.

Juniors in all divisions will be competing for AJGA Performance Stars and national rankings. In addition, the winner of the Boys 15-19 Division will receive an exemption to the 2015 International Junior Masters tournament.

Well wishes to all of our juniors as we reflect graciously on the fall and welcome the spring. Good luck to all!