Kang Wins in Two Hole Playoff

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted its third tournament this spring at The Club at Savannah Harbor. Junior golfers ages 9-19 years old represented 23 different countries and 16 different states. They competed for AJGA Performance Stars, National Rankings and double IJGT Merit Points. 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 second win with the IJGT, after a two hole playoff. Firing a consistent round of; 142, 71, 71, he tied for first in the Boys 15-19 Division with Kanata Irei of Okinawa-shi, Japan, after 36 holes. Kang’s first day started out rough with two bogeys on the front, but battled back with three birdies on the back nine. In his final round, Kang claimed three bogeys and four birdies.


Kang took the title of Boys 15- 19 Divison Champion after beating Irei on the second hole of the playoff with a birdie.


“My 8 iron was my favorite club this weekend, any time I played it I gave myself chances to score. When I came in to the scoring table on the final round, I didn’t think I won or would have to play in a playoff. I had a blast competing against Kanata in the playoff, it felt like a PGA Professional event,” commented Kang.


Irei also shot a low of 142, but lost on the second hole of the playoff to Kang to finish in second place. Arjun Puri of New Delhi, India, finished even-par for the tournament at a 144; 72, 72.


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 Luis Pons of Leon, Mexico, shooting 5-under par, 67. Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., and Haruka Shintani of Setagaya, Japan, both shot even par, 72, for the girls.


Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., took the Championship title in the Girls Division. Kozak played the two day tournament at even-par, a total of 144. After round one, Kozak came into the final round sitting in second place behind Yukie Sasaki of Hiroshima, Japan. Starting off on hole 10, she shot two over on her “front nine,” and finished with 2-over par on her “back nine.”


“I thought I played very well this weekend, I was very consistent. My favorite part about the weekend was the weather. I loved the beautiful weather we had this weekend. It was perfect both days and it’s finally starting to feel like spring. My favorite club is driver, simply because I like the way it feels and it leaves me with a shorter shot into the hole,” said Kozak.


Sasaki took second shooting a total of 146; 69, 77. Taking third in the Girls Division was Tiana Cruz of Kingston, Jamaica. Cruz shooting a total of 148; 75, 73.


Collier Curd of Bowling, Ky., made his debut with the IJGT this weekend at the Georgia Junior. Curd also won the Boys 14 & Under Division shooting 14-over par, a total of 158. After shooting an 81 in round one, Curd had the lead going into the final round. Curd had one birdie, three bogeys in his last round.



“It felt amazing to win my first IJGT tournament. Today, my final round, I felt like I put it all together. I loved the atmosphere of the tournament, the staff was great, and I played against some awesome competition. I will defiantly come and play another IJGT event,” Curd remarked.


Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished second with a 164. Coming in third from Urumqi, China, was Siyu Liao, shooting a 172.


The IJGT will continue the spring 2016 Season in Malvern, Pa. with the Philly Challenge at White Manor Country Club on March 19-20, 2016. Players will compete for AJGA Performance Stars, IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit 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 or call (844) 779-3374.


SAVANNAH, Ga. – Final-round results of the IJGT Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed February 27-28, 2016. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,810 yards, Par 72 (73.0/135). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,232 yards, Par 72 (70.3/129) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,766 yards, Par 72 (73.8/131).



Weather:        Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 60’s with 5-10 mph winds

Round 2: Sunny with temperatures in the high 60’s with 10-15 mph winds












International Junior Golf Tour

Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor             

Savannah, Ga.

February 27-28, 2016


Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,810 Yards, Par 72

1. Tae Young Kang, Busan, South Korea *71-71–142

1. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *71-71–142

3. Arjun Puri, New Delhi, India *72-72–144

4. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *75-71–146

4. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *74-72–146

6. Jose Haces, Puebla, Mexico *73-74–147

7. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *74-74–148

7. Ian Peng, Chang Hua, Taiwan *72-76–148

9. T.J. Nolan, Rapid City, SD *76-73–149

9. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton, SC *73-76–149

9. Blaise Vanitvelt, Flint, MI *74-75–149

12. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *83-67–150

12. Paolo Wong, La Trinidad, Philippines *77-73–150

14. Sam Ohno, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *81-71–152

14. Saptak Talwar, New Delhi, India *78-74–152

16. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *74-79–153

17. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *78-76–154

17. Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *77-77–154

17. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *77-77–154

17. Johnny Peck, Ashland, OH *77-77–154

17. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *74-80–154

22. Sean Taylor, Westfield, NJ *78-77–155

22. Alejandro Guillen, Mexico City, Mexico *78-77–155

22. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *76-79–155

25. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-75–156

26. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *79-78–157

26. Jack O’Donovan, Pittsford, NY *77-80–157

26. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-79–157

29. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *82-76–158

29. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *80-78–158

29. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *80-78–158

32. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *83-76–159

32. Matthew Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *82-77–159

32. Alex Hellewell, Leeds, England *79-80–159

32. Quincy Stith, Wichita, KS *79-80–159

36. Max Castaneda, Mexico City, Mexico *80-80–160

36. Demetrius Johnson, Anchorage, AK *81-79–160

36. Matt Camel, Greenwich, CT *77-83–160

39. Julio Bello, Valencia, Venezuela *77-84–161

39. Chung Yan Leong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *75-86–161

41. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *80-82–162

41. Francisco Noguerol, Rosario, Argentina *85-77–162

41. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Managua, Nicaragua *85-77–162

41. Alexander Hollmann, Frankfurt, Germany *79-83–162

41. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *78-84–162

46. Yuhan Yan, Shanghai, China *81-82–163

46. Jasper Lee, Taipei, Taiwan *86-77–163

48. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *81-84–165

48. Alex Roman, Versoix, Switzerland *81-84–165

48. Greg Shen, Vancouver, Canada *79-86–165

51. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *84-83–167

51. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *87-80–167

53. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *83-85–168

53. Trevor Hogan, Auburn, NY *84-84–168

55. Taylor Rockwell, Boonton Township, NJ *83-86–169

55. Feng Chen, Beijing, China *85-84–169

57. Daniel Song, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *84-86–170

57. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *84-86–170

59. Gabriel Han, Beijing, China *91-80–171

59. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *87-84–171

61. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *86-89–175

61. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *85-90–175

63. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *84-92–176

63. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *87-89–176

65. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *93-87–180

66. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *89-92–181

67. Adam Miller, Silver Spring, MD *95-89–184




Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *WD

Mark Richardson, South Berwick, ME *DQ (Rule 15-3)

Girls Division, White Tees, 5,766 Yards, Par 72


1. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *72-72–144

2. Yukie Sasaki, Hiroshima, Japan *69-77–146

3. Tiana Cruz, Kingston, Jamaica *75-73–148

4. Haruka Shintani, Setagaya, Japan *77-72–149

4. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *74-75–149

6. Holly McCann, Raleigh, NC *75-75–150

7. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *74-77–151

7. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *75-76–151

9. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *76-76–152

9. Rou Yin, Zhejiang, China *74-78–152

11. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *79-74–153

11. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *76-77–153

11. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *75-78–153

14. Tracy Lee, Seoul, South Korea *76-79–155

15. Linda Trockel, Berlin, Germany *82-74–156

16. Renata Fierro, Yucatan, Mexico *78-79–157

17. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *80-78–158

18. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasaki, Japan *82-77–159

19. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *78-82–160

20. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *77-84–161

21. Vivian Yen, Kaohsiung, Taiwan *84-79–163

22. Yeon Joo Kim, Seoul, South Korea *85-79–164

23. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *83-83–166

24. Katie Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *86-81–167

25. Ana Sofia Meneses, Bogota, Colombia *85-84–169

26. Camilla Jarvela, Espoo, Finland *90-83–173

27. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *87-87–174

28. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *90-96–186




 Boys 14 & Under Division, Blue Tees, 5,989 Yards, Par 72


1. Collier Curd, Bowling Green, KY *81-77–158

2. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-81–164

3. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *89-83–172

4. Luca Jumabhoy, Sydney, Australia *90-92–182

5. Noah Levine, Mendon, NY *101-85–186