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Basso, Weiss among those that earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – March 22-23, 2014

Northeast Tour

Malvern, Pa. – The IJGT continued the Northeast Tour with the Philly Challenge at White Manor March 22-23, 2014. While snow threatened the likelihood of the tournament early on in the week, sunny skies and wind helped to clear the course in time for the event. The staff at White Manor Country Club worked diligently to ensure that the course was prepared for its first golf of the season. Players enjoyed uncharacteristically warm temperatures in the mid-60s during round one but wind gusts up to 20 mph required the golfers to adjust their shots. Despite cooler temperatures, round two saw lots of great golf and many players improving on their scores, including Brendan Bacskai, of Berwyn, Pa., and Cara Basso, of Downingtown, Pa., who earned Player of the Week honors from the Northeast Tour.

bacskaiBacskai competed in his second IJGT event of the year in the Boys 15-19 Division. He played in the College Series at the University Of Maryland in early October 2014, finishing T10. During the first round at White Manor Country Club, Bacskai carded six pars and one birdie in tough conditions on his way to a 10-over-par, 81, to tie for 17th. Bacskai was determined to bounce back and move up the leader board in the final round. He did just that, playing very consistent and carding 12 pars and one birdie in less windy conditions and cutting six strokes off his first-round total for a final round of 75. Overall, Bacskai finished with an 81-75–156 overall, on his way to a tie for a 2nd place. We are all excited and looking forward to seeing what Bacskai can do the rest of the 2014 IJGT season.

 

bassoBasso, playing in her fourth season with the IJGT, added another top-five finish to her tournament resume after coming back from a tough first round. While she handled the par-3s very well in round one, scoring par or better on three of four, she had difficulty navigating the remaining holes. A great deal of resiliency allowed her to put round one behind her en route to improving her score by 14 strokes in round two. Basso matched or beat her score on all but one hole in the final round, including a birdie on the par-five No. 6, after struggling with it in round one. Her final round score of 76 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round award, along with Brynn Walker. We wish Basso the best of luck and look forward to watching her compete in future tournaments.

Southeast Tour

Columbia, S.C. – The IJGT hosted the Palmetto Open at the Columbia Country Club March 22-23, 2014. Despite forecasted rain, the weather held out for a dry two-day tournament. The weather was perfect for golf with sunny skies, tame winds, and temperatures in the mid 60s. Temperatures dropped into the mid 50s and overcast skies threatened rain on day two. This week’s Southeast Players of the Week were John Weiss of Columbia, S.C., and Milleina Ohara of Meguro-Ku, Japan.

WeissNew to the IJGT, Weiss, had an impressive showing at the course he trains regularly, finishing second in the Boys 14 and Under Division. Weiss started strong in round one shooting an impressive 78. That round included four birdies and seven pars. Facing tougher conditions on day two, Weiss shot an 80, which included 11 pars and a birdie on the tough par-4 No.6 hole. After regulation, Weiss was tied to force a playoff for first. Though his bogey on the playoff hole was not enough for a victory, Weiss made a bold introduction for himself on the tour.

 

 

 

M. OharaOhara, playing in her third tournament since winning at Country Club of Hilton Head got off to a shaky start in round one. She finished the first round with a score of 82 highlighted by nine pars. Determined to reach the winners circle, Ohara tallied two birdies and ten pars to improve her first-round score by five strokes. She finished the tournament with a total of 159 to place third. The third-place finish becomes her third top-five finish in the 2013-2014 season.

Congratulations to our Players of the Week from both the Northeast and Southeast Tours!

 

 

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

IJGT juniors shine at IJGT, IJGA & College Golf Camps of America partnered event

In a new partnership, the IJGT, the International Junior Golf Academy and College Golf Camps of America hosted a camp for junior golfers in Bluffton, S.C., at Hampton Hall Club on March 15-17, 2014. The one-of-a-kind event offered not only a two-day tournament to be played in front of more than 18 college coaches but also interactive sessions with those coaches regarding the future of their golf careers.

First ever College Golf Camp under the CGC and IJGA partnership

Day one of the College Golf Camp featured a short game challenge for juniors followed by evening speaker sessions for both the parents and juniors as well as an interactive session between the juniors and coaches.

Round one of tournament play commenced on day two with a shotgun start on each of the 18 holes.  Competing in front of college coaches from across the nation, the 72 juniors showcased their best golf skills, despite rainy conditions and temperatures in the 60s. After a 30-minute suspension in play because of lightning in the area, juniors were able to play out the remaining holes for the round. In addition to the tournament there were speaker series for the parents and golfers on topics such as golf as a team sport and the expectations of a college golf coach.

The third and final day kicked off with an early start to the final round of golf in effort to beat the forecasted heavy rains. The rain came early and persisted for the entire round but juniors proved to be resilient as they pressed on in competition. Immediately following the conclusion of the tournament, the juniors attended a discussion on the life-skills for student-athletes and an open forum question and answer session with a panel of coaches. Questions regarding verbal commitments, travel schedules and academic eligibility all arose from students and parents during the forum.

IJGA student, Sera Tadokoro and coach Alex Puchales discuss college golf with the coach from the emerging Virginia Tech program

IJGA student, Sera Tadokoro, and coach, Alex Puchales, discuss college golf with the coach from Virginia Tech

The IJGT was represented in both the Boys and Girls winners circle. Lee Hammerschmidt of Armonk, N.Y., played strong in the first round, posting four birdies and finishing third with 73-77-150 overall. Swept by IJGT athletes, the Girls Division was led by champion Millenia Ohara of Meguro-Ku, Japan, who posted two birdies her first round to help her final score of 73-76-149 overall. Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, came in a close second posting 74-76-150 overall. Rounding out the winner’s circle was Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, placing third with six birdies throughout the event with a final 78-74-152 overall which was four strokes in front of the fourth place finisher.

Due to the overwhelming success of the CGC event at Hilton Head Island, the IJGA, IJGT and College Golf Camps of American are slated to partner again for a CGC event in Orlando, Fla., on August 15-17, 2014 at Reunion Resort. For more information about this and other College Golf Camps, click here.

 

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 Player of the Week – January 18-19

Hilton Head Island, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held its second event of the 2014 season at the Country Club of Hilton Head, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. on Jan. 18-19, 2014. With extensive help from IJGT staff, PGCC volunteers and a fabulous host of staff from the Country Club of Hilton Head, the event went smoothly. The course was a challenging but fair setup and included a competitive field of players. Course conditions were ideal, as the staff at the Country Club of Hilton Head did their best to prepare the course for tournament play. Player of the Week honors this week went to Hao Yang Lin of Taichung, Taiwan and as Milleina Ohara of Meguro-Ku, Japan.

The weather played a strong factor in the opening round with wind gusts of 20-25 mph altering players’ normal shot selection. On the final round of the Island Challenge, weather conditions improved and allowed for an ideal day of golf. Slowed winds and warmer temperatures brought with them better scores in the field.

Jamie Lin

Amidst unfavorable conditions of strong winds and cold temperatures, Lin managed a score of 83 in Round 1 with four consecutive pars in the front nine and three in the back nine. Lin, tallied an impressive seven pars in Round 2. The highlight of the second round for Lin was a birdie on the par-3 hole 11, one of only two birdies on the hole for the weekend. Lin recorded a second round of 82 and a tournament total of 165, earning him a third place finish in a very competitive Boys 15-19 Division. With such a notable start to the season, Lin is confident about improving in the upcoming tournaments.

 

 

DSC_0537_edited-1In the Girls Division, first-place finisher Ohara welcomed both the competition and the harsh weather conditions by coming ready to play. Rarely did Ohara put herself in tough situations, shooting two consistent rounds finishing with a score of 80-79 – 159 overall. Ohara nabbed the Clazic’s Low Final Round Award for shooting the lowest round on Sunday (79). Faced with many birdie opportunities, Ohara leading to a number of short par putts. On Sunday’s round she capitalized by talling 3 birdies in 4 holes for an even par finish on the front nine to pull ahead of her competition. The first-place win was the first for her resume. Ohara looks to continue her success and as she prepares for the Island Open at Dolphin Head, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. on February 8-9, 2014.

For full results from the Island Challenge, click here.

Final results from the Island Challenge at the Country Club of Hilton Head

Russell tabs title at Country Club of Hilton Head

McDowell, Ohara capture first victories

 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held its second Event of the Southeast this weekend. Hosted at the Country Club of Hilton Head, the Island Challenge had both National Rankings and IJGT Merit points up for grabs. Despite a weekend of trying conditions, junior golfers played with success. The participating golfers range in age from 13-19 were in pursuit of an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

DSC_0419_edited-1In the Boys 15-19 Division, Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., came in first in a tight race to the finish. Going into round two, Russell led by three strokes until Davis Kiger of Harrisburg, N.C., cut the lead to two on hole No. 14. Despite the narrow margin, Russell answered back with four consecutive pars to end the second round three strokes ahead. Russell’s strong start on the front nine was the key factor to maintaining the lead, adding cushion for two late double-bogeys.

When asked about his victory, Russell said, “I feel so special, I’ve been playing so many of these Events and it’s my first win in the older [Boys 15-19] Division.”

The winner of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to both Russell and Kiger who both finished round two with a score of 78. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is awarded to the player that shoots the lowest score during the final round.

Second place went to Kiger who finished with an 80-78 – 158 overall score. Rounding out the top three was Hao Yang Lin of Taichung, Taiwan, finishing with a score of 83-83 – 165 overall.

DSC_0502_edited-1In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, made a stand-out first impression as he took an authoritative lead during round one and continued to lead the entire tournament. Finishing 34 strokes ahead of his competition, McDowell made his first IJGT appearance successful with a first-place finish. Leading round one with a score of 76, a 21-stroke lead over Thomas Delaney of Kingwood, Texas, McDowell strengthened his lead with a round two score of 80.

In discussing what worked well for him, he stated, “I was hitting my driver really well, making a lot of putts and I made a lot of good iron shots.”

Delaney finished second, shooting a 97-93 – 190 overall score. Aaron Elmore of Rincon, Ga., came in third place posting a 101-99 – 200 overall score.

 

DSC_0537_edited-1The Girls Division also had a first-time winner finishing with a significant margin. Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award winner, Milleina Ohara of Meguro-Ku, Japan, led both rounds. Her second round featured three birdies in four holes on the front nine, which added to her lead. Runner up Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, looked to rally in round one as she made par on 10 of 18 holes, but struggled to close the gap when her second round included five double-bogeys.

With the weather a factor in this weekend’s play, Ohara said, “…it was pretty cold and windy so my shots were sometimes going left and going right but I still did pretty well.”

Chee came in second shooting an 85-91 – 177 overall score while Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., rounded out the division in third with a score of 86-91 – 177 overall.

The IJGT Southeast tour will continue next weekend with the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation in Bluffton, S.C. The Dye Course at Colleton River is the host of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur. 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, Bagboy, 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 Challenge at Country Club of Hilton Head conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed January 19, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,750 yards, Par 72 (74.4/141) Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,043 yards, Par 72 (70.5/133) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,822 yards, Par 72 (73.8/130)               

Weather:        Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 40’s with 20-25 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 50’s with 15-20 mph winds

 

International Junior Golf Tour
Island Challenge at Country Club of Hilton Head
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
January 18-19, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees), 6,750 yards, Par 72
 
1. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *77-78–155
2. Davis Kiger, Harrisburg, NC, *80-78–158
3. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan, *83-82–165
4. Hazwan Rahman, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, *84-84–168
5. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland, *81-91–172
5. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY, *86-86–172
5. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA, *90-82–172
8. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia, *84-89–173
8. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL, *86-87–173
10. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA, *91-83–174
11. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, *88-89–177
12. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN, *92-86–178
13. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ, *97-83–180
14. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA, *97-85–182
14. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK, *88-94–182
16. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY, *97-92–189
17. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China, *107-107–214
18. J.P. Beall, Pittsburgh, PA, *108-111–219
 
DID NOT FINISH
Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France, *JWD
Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA, *84-JWD
Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China, *91-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (Blue Tees), 6,043 yards, Par 72
 
1. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada, *76-80–156
2. Thomas Delaney, Kingwood, TX, *97-93–190
3. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA, *101-99–200
4. Ronak Bhagia, Charlotte, NC, *120-110–230
 
Girls Division (White Tees), 5,822 yards, Par 72
 
1. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan, *80-79–159
2. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China, *85-91–176
3. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA, *86-91–177

First-round highlights from the IJGT Island Open at Country Club of Hilton Head

The IJGT finished round one of the Island Challenge at the Country Club of Hilton Head today with a relatively tight group of leaders in each Division. Colder temperatures and heightened winds combined to make for tough conditions for the junior golfers. Many players pushed through the conditions to finish the first round with notable scores.  

The Boys 15-19 Division holds a close race for first after round one with Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C. shooting a 77. Russell’s round one in numbers:

2 – number of birdies

10 – number of pars

3 – stroke lead in the Division

3 – third year with the IJGT

Another close run in the Girls Division is led by Milleina Ohara of Meguro-Ku, Japan. Finishing the day shooting an 80 has her just five and six strokes ahead of Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China and Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., respectively.

1 – number of birdies

9 – number of pars

3 – amount of consecutive pars on the back nine

5 – fifth Event of the 2013-2014 season

Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada took a commanding 21-stroke lead in the Boys 14 & U Division after round one. McDowell’s day one score of 76 has him out in front of Thomas Delaney of Kingwood, TX who shot a 97. McDowell in numbers:

3 – number of birdies on the day

9 – number of pars

21 –stroke lead after day one

0 – number of strokes over on front nine (finishing even par)

For complete results of the first round, click here. Pairings for final-round action at the IJGT Island Open at the Country Club of Hilton Head can be found here.