Final results from the Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon Bay

Choi clinches first victory at Half Moon Bay

Gong wins Girls Division title

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) conducted the Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon Bay Golf Links which featured talented junior golfers ages 9-19 representing four states competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.

The Old Course at Half Moon Bay played very difficult over the weekend due to high winds and imperfect greens. Club selection was challenging for the junior golfers with the elevation changes on the Arnold Palmer – Francis Duane design. With all that being said, many junior golfers braved the conditions and delivered outstanding performances.

Choi TrophyIn the Boys 15-19 Division, an IJGT newcomer, William Choi of Dublin, Calif., earned the victory after two great rounds on the weekend. Choi started off the tournament well posting a 4-over-par 76 to take a one-stroke lead going into the final round. His round of 4-over-par 76 was the lowest round of the tournament regardless of division.

The final round did not start as Choi envisioned as he hit his opening tee shot out of bounds. After making a double-bogey on the first hole, he quickly calmed down and made three birdies on the front nine to make the turn with a 38. From there, the tournament was Choi’s to lose and he finished strong playing his last five holes in 1-over-par to close with a score of 80. The tournament total of 156 was good enough for a two-stroke victory, which was his first on the IJGT.

The Old Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links had out of bounds on every hole which made accuracy off the tee very important to success.

“My strategy was keeping the ball down the middle on this course…take advantage of the short par-4s and play safe on the par-5s,” commented Choi.

Finishing in a tie for second place were J.T. Bloomer of Boise, Idaho, and Ethan Gray of Winnemucca, Nev., with scores of 158. Bloomer’s final-round score of 5-over-par 77 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the player that shoots the lowest score in the final round of every IJGT tournament.

Gong TrophySamantha Gong of San Francisco, Calif., was victorious in the Girls Division after firing rounds of 82 and 80. Her tournament did not start as she had planned as she struggled on her first nine holes. She regrouped and displayed a strong mental game on the back nine, where she went on to shoot an even-par 36. Her performance gave her a six-stroke lead going into the final round.

It was important for Gong to play solid on the final day and avoid any large numbers on her scorecard. The front nine went well as she recorded six pars and three bogeys for a score of 39. From there it was smooth sailing as Gong added two birdies on the back nine to clinch her first IJGT victory.

“My goal was to get as many pars and birdies as possible,” said Gong.

Kylie Fong of Elk Grove, Calif., finished in second place after carding a tournament total of 167. Her final-round score of 6-over-par 78 was the lowest score in the Girls Division and also earned Fong the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. Gurman Kaur of Elk Grove, Calif., rounded out the top three with a score of 173.

Leppek TrophyThe Boys 14 & Under Division saw a familiar face atop the leaderboard as Grant Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., won his second IJGT title in the Fall 2013 Season. This one did not come easy for Leppek after an inconsistent round of 85 to start the tournament. He did not let it affect his approach on the final round, which ultimately lead to his victory.

The final-round comeback put together by Leppek included eight pars and two birdies en route to an 80. His tournament total of 165 gave him a two-stroke victory.

All weekend the competitors had nothing but great compliments for the closing two holes on the Old Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links, which have great views of the Pacific Ocean.

“It’s a great way to end and probably the best finishing hole I have ever played. It ‘s just a great hole to end on,” commented Leppek.

Finishing in second place with a tournament score of 167 was Moibhi Tyndall of Mountain View, Calif. Half Moon Bay resident, Ian Scarborough, took home third place with a tournament total of 168.

The IJGT West Coast tour will be back in action Dec. 7-8, 2013 at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, Calif., for the West Coast Major Championship. Players will compete on the Legends Course for national rankings and double IJGT Merit Points. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit 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.

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HALF MOON BAY, Calif. – Final round results of the IJGT Pacific Coast Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Nov. 17, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,819 yards, Par 72 (74.5/133).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,225 yards, Par 72 (71.6/129) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,923 yards, Par 72 (75.2/132).

 Weather:        Saturday: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the Mid 50s, winds 15-20 mph
Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the High 50s, winds 10-15 mph


Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay Golf Links – Old Course
Half Moon Bay, Calif.
November 16-17, 2013

Boys 15-19 Division – (Black Tees) 6,819 yards, Par 72
1. William Choi, Dublin, CA *76-80–156
2. Ethan Gray, Winnemucca, NV *77-81–158
2. J.T. Bloomer, Boise, ID *81-77–158
4. Dylan Vanderveer, El Dorado Hills, CA *81-81–162
5. Austin Fischer, Orinda, CA *80-83–163
6. Mitchell Diraimondo, Lafayette CA, *87-81–168
7. Will Lagomarsino, Orinda, CA *87-85–172
8. Karl Beidle, Reno, NV *90-88–178
9. Connor Alexander, Castle Rock, CO *102-88–190
10. Brandon Folke, Sherman Oaks, CA *96-95–191
11. Jake Leppek, Rocklin, CA *98-100–198
12. Michael Mendelsohn, San Francisco CA, *129-113–242

Trevor Hernstadt, Woddside, CA *JWD
Hayden Rodriguez, San Francisco, CA *94-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division – (White Tees) 6,225 yards, Par 72
1. Grant Leppek, Rocklin, CA *85-80–165
2. Moibhi Tyndall, Mountain View, CA *84-83–167
3. Ian Scarborough, Half Moon Bay, CA *83-85–168
4. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *91-78–169
4. Cole Skach, Reno, NV *91-78–169
6. Michael Tan, Carmichael, CA *92-82–174

Girls Division – (Gold Tees) 5,923 yards, Par 72
1. Samantha Gong, San Francisco, CA *82-80–162
2. Kylie Fong, Elk Grove, CA *89-78–167
3. Gurman Kaur, Elk Grove, CA *88-85–173

Highlighted Players of the Week – May 11-12, 2013


Northeast Tour

C.J. HughesThe International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) made its second to last trip of the Northeast Tour at Hershey Country Club  for the IJGT Major Championship Presented by IJGA this past weekend.  This Event is one of many golfers’ favorites and most importantly was our second Major Championship of the Northeast Tour.  The course was in spectacular shape all weekend and a true test to all golfers.  However, the weather did not help the players with scattered showers on Saturday and wind gust of nearly 20 mph on Sunday.  Through the tough conditions, C.J. Hughes of Indiana, Pa., and Zora Moore of Milford, N.J., overcame the adverse conditions and earned Player of the Week honors.

Hughes is no stranger to IJGT tournaments.  He has played in six events this season and had four top-10 finishes including back-to-back top-five finishes in the Boys 14 Under Division.  This weekend Hughes was determined to finish strong for the final Major of the 2012-2013 IJGT Northeast Season.  He got off to a good start on the first day with all pars and three bogeys on the front nine and some confidence going into the back nine.  Hughes kept the momentum going after the turn starting with a birdie and finishing with all pars and one bogey carding an impressive 3-over-par 74 and even-par on the back nine.

This great showing put Hughes in second place going into the final round, only one stroke back of the leader Evan Katz of Washington, D.C..  On Sunday the weather conditions were even worse.  Battling the winds, Hughes once again showed poise and consistency.  He started off the second round a little slow, but bounced back with impressive back-to-back birdies on holes Nos. 5 and 6.  Hughes battled Katz all weekend, but ultimately fell short of the title.  Although he fell short of a title, he did tie for a second-place finish and his first of the 2012-2013 IJGT Season.  We would like to congratulate C.J. Hughes on a great weekend and look forward to seeing him in Orlando, Fla., for the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Zora MooreIn the Girls Division, Moore earned herself a well-deserved Player of the Week honor.  This was Moore’s third IJGT tournament of the Northeast Tour, where she placed second with an 81-80—161 final score.  Moore was very consistent with her game all weekend, which was not easy to do considering the brutal weather conditions.  Seeking her first IJGT title, Moore received her second, second-place finish this past weekend.  Moore was down three strokes going into Sunday’s round so she knew she would have to go low on Sunday’s round.  Moore went on to par 10 holes on her final day, carding a 9-over-par 80 and a second-place finish.  We would like to congratulate Zora Moore on a great tournament, and we wish her the best of luck at the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.


Southeast Tour

Aaron ElmoreLast weekend, the International Junior Golf Tour traveled to Orlando, Fla., for the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club. Players were introduced to both a magnificent Rees Jones designed course in the peak of its condition as well as the unpredictable weather of central Florida. While known for sunshine, Orlando delivered a nasty dose of rain that bogged the course down for Sunday and added a new dimension of difficulty for the final round. What could have been a disastrous day for most, a few players managed to step up to the challenge and take the course head on.

Aaron Elmore has been a regular player on the IJGT Discovery Tour since his debut in November at Oyster Reef where he finished in first place. Aaron has performed well on the Discovery Tour, finishing first, second, or third in six of seven tournaments. Elmore made an exciting leap into the Boys 14 Under Division over the weekend, and finished in an astonishing second place. It is quite an achievement when his graduation year, 2020, is taken into consideration. Elmore did not let a lack of experience stand in his way, and showed great poise and course management en route to carding a day-to-day score of 88-81. He also managed to lead the division in par-3 performance with a 3.38 average. The IJGT wishes Aaron the best, and is very excited to watch this young player develop in future tournaments.

Wei-Wei ZhangWei-Wei Zhang, playing in her first IJGT event as part of the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, finished in an impressive third place. Zhang carded a final-round score of 1-under-par 71, a noteworthy achievement considering the increased difficulty of the course from Saturday to Sunday. Besides going 1-under-par on Sunday, Zhang also scored an incredible 28 pars on the weekend, which placed her second in the division in that category. Zhang showed great maturity, poise, and confidence en route to her third-place finish and the IJGT looks forward to seeing her in the future.


West Coast Tour

Thomas AvantTroon North, an exquisite golf course carved out of the High Sonoran Desert in Scottsdale, Ariz., was host to an exciting weekend of competition at the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North. The moments of awe and wonder at the incredible beauty of the desert course are short lived, as it certainly burned more than a few players over the weekend. Temperatures hovered in the 90’s both days and turned the Monument course into a test of stamina, precision and practical course management.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Thomas Avant finished with a final score of 78-80 and finished in second place. Avant was able to card three well-executed birdies over the weekend while also keeping small mistakes to a minimum. Highlights for Avant include leading the division with a 4.15 par-4 average while also managing to card 19 pars over the course of the weekend. Avant has a lot to be proud of after his performance on the daunting Monument Course.

Moibhi TyndallMoibhi Tyndall, playing in his third IJGT West Coast event, was ready for the challenges of desert golf. Tyndall made smart decisions throughout the weekend that set him up for an impressive second-place finish in the Boys 14 Under Division. Tyndall’s positive attitude and head-on approach to the difficult course earn him Player of the Week honors, and the IJGT hopes to see Tyndall in action again soon.