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Alums Babe Liu and Moyu Sasaki make it past Stage I of LPGA Qualifying Tournament

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – We are very proud to announce that two former IJGT members , Babe Liu and Moyu Sasaki, have made it past the LPGA Stage I Qualifying Tournament. The tournament, made up of three stages, features 18+ year-old female amateurs and professionals who are looking to qualify to be a part of the LPGA Tour. These golfers must have a handicap of 4.0 or less based on courses with an average length of 6,200 yards to be eligible to compete.

Stage I of the tournament was held from Aug. 27-30 at the 6,442-yard, par 36-36–72 Dinah Shore and 6,406-yard, par 36-36–72 Palmer Courses at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The event had a maximum field of 288 players with a 72 hole stroke-play format with no cut. The Top 100 finishers move on to Stage II of the qualifying tournament.

Yi Chen (Babe) Liu, from Tao Yuan City, Taiwan, had a spectacular four rounds at the event, posting a final 4-under-par 284 (73-70-67-74), which landed her a respectable eighth-place finish. While a student at the International Junior Golf Academy, Liu played in two notable events, gaining a victory at the IJGT Florida Swing at Innisbrook in Tampa, Fla., as well as the second-place finish at the IJGT College Classic at Duke University.

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Sasaki (left) and Liu (right)

Moyu Sasaki, a 2013 graduate from Tokyo, Japan, also played well and posted a final 9-over-par 297 (78-71-70-78), putting her tied for 79th on the leaderboard. Sasaki enjoyed great success in her time on the IJGT. In 2011-2012 she was the IJGT Player of the Year earning four victories on the season. Sasaki played in 11 events on the IJGT during the 2012-2013 season, with two extraordinary victories at The Shootout at Colleton River Plantation, as well as the Oyster Reef Golf Club. She also had a second-place finish at the Shamrock Shootout at Palmetto Hall.

We look forward to seeing Liu and Sasaki in the Stage II event on Oct. 8-11 at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla. We wish them the best of luck!

IJGT Announces 2012-2013 All-IJGT Team

ORLANDO, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) announced its 2012-2013 All-IJGT Team during the Awards Banquet at the 2013 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions held at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The top-10 players in each division in the season-long IJGT Merit Points Standings were named to the All-IJGT teams. The IJGT congratulates each of these players for their hard work over the course of the 2012-2013 season.

Boys 15-19 Division

  1. Charlie Spencer-White – Bluffton, S.C.

    8,000 Points

    3 IJGT Victories; 3 Runner-Up Finishes

  2. Aaron Terrazas – Veracruz, Mexico

    7,300 Points

    4 IJGT Victories

  3. Will Miles – Hilton Head Island, S.C.

    6,775 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  4. Roland Massimino – Lumberville, Pa.

    6,500 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  5. Manuel Velez – Panama City, Panama

    5,950 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  6. Matt Cheng – Taipei, Taiwan

    5,850 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  7. Serawit Kerdsinchal – Nonthaburi, Thailand

    5,800 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  8. Alan Cooke – Vienna, W.Va.

    5,037.5 Points

    3 Runner-Up Finishes

  9. Patrick Albanesi – Avon, Conn.

    4,925 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 1 Top-3 Finish

  10. Rafael Miranda – Guayaquil, Ecuador

    4,425 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 1 Top-3 Finish

Boys 14 & Under Division

  1. William Thomson – Pittsford, N.Y.

    11,550 Points

    4 IJGT Victories; 6 Runner-Up Finishes

  2. Ryan Rybicki – Remsen, N.Y.

    8,300 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  3. Tennoshin Ogawa – Ichinomiya-shi, Japan

    8,000 Points

    6 IJGT Victories; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  4. Alejandro, Santibanez – San Luis Potosi, Mexico

    7,100 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  5. Nate Menon – Wyomissing, Pa.

    6,675 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  6. John Felitto – Mountainside, N.J.

    6,650 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  7. Evan Johnson – York, Pa.

    6,225 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  8. Mikee Ordona – Upland, Calif.

    5,900 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  9. Luke Schaap – Potomac, Md.

    5,850 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 3 Top-3 Finishes

  10. Taisuke Ono – Tokyo, Japan

    5,850 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

Girls Division

  1. Phimnipha Wongwaiwate – Chiang Mai, Thailand

    9,000 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  2. Ana Paula Valdez – Morelia, Mexico

    8,625 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  3. Clementina Rodriguez – Caracas, Venezuela

    7,700 Points

    2 IJGT Titles; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  4. Rei Nakatani – Tokyo, Japan

    7,100 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  5. Olivia Landino – Hermitage, Pa.

    7,000 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  6. Moyu Sasaki – Tokyo, Japan

    6,800 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  7. Ceha Lee – Bundang-Gu, South Korea

    6,600 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  8. Amelia McKee – Paso Robles, Calif.

    6,500 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  9. Katie Edelblut – New Hope, Pa.

    6,200 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  10. Thamonpat Siriko – Bangkok, Thailand

    5,900 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 4 Runner-Up Finishes

All players who were honored at the banquet have earned guaranteed entry into all future IJGT events that are not at full capacity including the 2013-2014 Major Series and 2014 Tournament of Champions.

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, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Golfweek, and International Junior Golf Academy.

 

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com  or call (800) 792-9143.

 

Notes from Day 1 of the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions


Grand CypressORLANDO, Fla.
 – First round play at the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions completed in the early afternoon on Saturday May 25. Grand Cypress Golf Club  provided the stage with their New Course and East and North Course combo for juniors to show their talents on IJGT’s grandest stage.

Temperatures during play touched into the mid-80s with high humidity. As the day went on, the wind began blowing harder which made playing conditions difficult.

Boys’ Round of the Day

Davis Shore of Knoxville, Tenn., took the lead in the Boys 14 & Under Division with an impressive 3-under-par 69. Shore began his round on the back nine where he played steady, opening with three pars then finally notching a birdie on the par-4 13th. He birdied the 18th hole, his 9th, to shoot an opening nine of 1-under-par 35. Shore came out firing on his second nine, making three birdies of his first five holes. Shore made a bogey on the tough par-3 seventh to shoot a 2-under-par 34.

Davis Shore by the Numbers

  • 5 – Birdies
  • 11 – Pars
  • 69 – Lowest round of the day in any division
  • 2017 – Graduating year

Girls’ Round of the Day

Isabella DiLisio of Hatfield, Pa., and Moyu Sasaki of Tokyo, Japan, share the Girls Division round of the day with opening round even-par 72s. DiLisio and Sasaki combined to make seven birdies and 22 pars throughout their round. DiLisio played the back nine in a bogey free 1-under-par 35. Sasaki took advantage of the front nine by birdieing three holes.

Isabella Dilisio by the Numbers

  • 3 – Birdies
  • 12 – Pars
  • 72 – Low Girls round
  • 2015 – Graduating year

Moyu Sasaki by the Numbers

  • 4 – Birdies
  • 10 – Pars
  • 72 – Low Girls round
  • 2013 – Graduating year

 

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, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

 

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

Notes from Day 2 of the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

ORLANDO, Fla. – Second-round play at the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions external_link.pngcompleted in the early afternoon on Sunday May 26. Grand Cypress Golf Club  external_link.png provided the stage with their New Course and East and North Course combo for juniors to show their talents on IJGT’s grandest stage.

The divisions switched courses today with the Boys 15-19 Division playing the New Course and the Girls Division and Boys 14 & Under Division playing the East/North Course. Temperatures were slightly cooler during second-round play with temperatures reaching into the low-80s with a slight breeze.

Girls’ Round of the Day

Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, has vaulted herself into the Girls Division lead with her stellar 2-under-par 70 during Sunday’s second round. Siriko came out aggressive, carding three birdies on the front nine while adding another on the par-4 12th. The 10-foot birdie putt on No. 12 moved her to 4-under-par on the day and set herself up in great position. Back-to-back bogeys on the following two holes moved her back to 2-under-par where she was able to stay for the remainder of her round. Siriko leads the Girls Division by two strokes over Moyu Sasaki of Tokyo, Japan, with a number of other juniors within distance.

Thamonpat Siriko by the Numbers

  • 4 – Birdies in her second round
  • 27 – Pars in her 36 holes so far
  • 70 – Lowest Girls round of the day
  • 2014 – Graduating year

Boys’ Round of the Day

Three juniors shot 3-under-par 69s during the second round on Grand Cypress Golf Club’s New Course. Cedric Laverdure of Montreal, Canada, and Mark Benevento of Somers Point, N.J., were two players who shot 69, but their 82s during the opening round have put them 10 strokes behind the leader, Yuta Iso (141) of Nasushiobara-shi, Japan. The third player to shoot 69 was Shosei Inokawa of Atamishi, Japan, who moved to within four strokes of the lead after his opening round 76. Inokawa tore up the back nine on the New Course, recording five birdies on his way to a 32. He will now look for a similar round tomorrow to move up the leaderboard.

Shosei Inokawa by the Numbers

  • 6 – Birdies during the second round
  • 7 – Stroke improvement from his opening round to his second
  • 32 – Low back nine with 5 birdies
  • 69 – Low round of the day
  • 2015 – Graduating year

IJGT Shamrock Shootout at Palmetto Hall – Final Results

Kim Prevails in Playoff

Lee captures second IJGT victory

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.– The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Shamrock Shootout at Palmetto Hall Plantation  March 16-17. Held on the Robert Cupp Course , the IJGT Event featured elite junior golfers representing 10 states and 16 countries competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points. The competition was tough, and the Boys 15-19 Division ended in an exciting two-hole playoff.

5f57b6e01883d80c7978e97747ebaf11Warm weather welcomed participants to the first round of the IJGT Shamrock Shootout at Palmetto Hall where GeunTae Kim  (pictured left) of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea carded a 2-over-par 74 to take the lead in the Boys 15-19 Division. Kim had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 2 and 3, as well as 8 and 9 in the first round. On the back nine he carded birdies on Nos. 11, 13 and 17 to level out some of his trouble holes.

Although he was leading the division heading into the final round, Kim was not without competition. Saravit Kerdsinchai  of Nonthaburi, Thailand finished the first round with a 3-over-par 75, one stroke back of Kim. Oliver Lehman  of Bern, Switzerland was just three strokes back of Kim with 5-over-par 77.

Luckily, weather for the final round mirrored that of the first with sunny skies, warm temperatures and only a slight increase in wind speed. Kim began the round with a bogey on No. 1 but rebounded with three straight pars before his next bogey on No. 5 to shoot 2-over-par 38 on the front.

Kerdsinchai, however, made a statement starting with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 1 and 2 to take the lead. With a bogey on No. 4 and another birdie on No. 9, Kerdsinchai took the outright lead over Kim with a 2-under-par 34 on the front nine.

Kim was not defeated.

Kerdsinchai struggled on the back nine with bogeys on four holes and a double bogey on No. 14. Meanwhile, Kim was even on the back nine through No. 13 until he doubled No. 14. With another double bogey for Kim on No. 16, no one could be sure who would come out victorious. Kim birdied Nos. 17 and 18 and Kerdsinchai also birdied No. 18 to send both players into a playoff at 6-over-par 150 for the Event.

The playoff started on the par-5 15th hole where both players got up-and-down for par. On No. 16, the champion was decided when Kerdsinchai knocked his first shot into the hazard just short of the par-3 16th green and Kim hit it within 10 feet of the hole. Kim won the playoff and the Boys 15-19 Division title at the IJGT Shamrock Shootout. This was Kim’s first IJGT win.

“I was very nervous for my playoff,” Kim said. “I was fortunate to win.”

6bbcc6630e13ba733c72535b0acc8241Finishing behind Kim and second-place finisher, Kerdsinchai, was Clazic  Belts Low Final Round Award winner, Peter Cho  of Koyang, South Korea. Cho carded a 1-over-par 73 in the final round to finish the Event at 7-over-par 151.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Tennoshin Ogawa  (pictured right) of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan took an early lead as theKENTWOOL  Lo-Pro Award Winner with a 1-over-par 73. His closest contender was Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan who carded a 6-over-par 78 in the first round.

Ogawa continued his success into the final round with a solid front-nine, 1-under-par 35. The back nine was more challenging for Ogawa who had bogeys on Nos. 10 and 14, and a double bogey on No. 13. Birdies on Nos. 11 and 17 propelled Ogawa to another 1-over-par 73, for a tournament total of 146, which won him the Event and the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This is Ogawa’s fifth victory during the 2012-2013 season.

“I played very well,” Ogawa said. “Everything felt very good and I was comfortable with my swing.”

Finishing behind Ogawa was Kevin Ying  of Shanghai, China with 18-over-par 162. Ono finished in third place with a tournament total of 165.

13f0f7dc407a329867b9ad8411f0af94 (pictured left) of Bundang-Gu, South Korea took home the title in the Girls Division after impressive rounds both days of the IJGT Shamrock Shootout. Lee led the division after winning the KENTWOOL Lo-Pro Award in the first round with a 7-over-par 79.

During the final round, Lee carded three birdies on the front nine on her way to a 2-under-par 34. She struggled on the back nine with four bogeys and three double bogeys, but luckily her front nine was strong enough to hold her lead and get her the victory with a 14-over-par 158. This is Lee’s second IJGT victory this season.

 

“I was putting really well,” Lee said. “I am looking forward to playing in the next event at Oldfield.”

Lee was awarded the Clazic Belts Low Final Round along with Moyu Sasaki  of Tokyo, Japan for carding 7-over-par 79.  Sasaki finished second with 15-over-par 159. Finishing in third place was Isidora Quevedo  of Santiago, Chile with 18-over-par 162.

The IJGT will make the next southeast tournament stop at Oldfield Golf Club  for the Low Country Junior , March 23-24. The Greg Norman design will test all aspects of the golf game and provide breathtaking views of South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

 

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.ijgt.com or call 843-785-2444.


 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Shamrock Shootout at Palmetto Hall conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed March 17, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6621 yards, Par 72 (72.9/136).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6110 yards, Par 72 (70.5/131) Girls Division: Black Tees – 5760 yards, Par 72 (73.3/134).

 

Boys 15-19 Division – (Blue Tees): 6,621 Yards, Par 72
1. GeunTae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *74-76–150
2. Saravit Kerdsinchai, Nonthaburi, Thailand *75-75–150
3. Peter Cho, Koyang, South Korea *78-73–151
4. Oliver Lehman, Bern, Switzerland *77-76–153
5. Toks Pedro, Bowie, MD *82-75–157
5. Matthew Mannion, Muskoka, Canada *81-76–157
7. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-79–158
8. Zachary Boe, Bluffton, SC *82-80–162
8. Mos Bangpetch, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-82–162
10. Francisco Contreras, Caracas, Venezuela *84-79–163
10. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *81-82–163
10. Luke Tetreault, Horseheads, NY *82-81–163
10. Simon Velez, Bogota, Colombia *89-74–163
10. Bryson Nimmer, Bluffton, SC *79-84–163
15. Bryan Gagnon, Culver City, CA *83-82–165
16. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *82-84–166
17. Wesley Lieverlo, Eindhoven, Netherlands *86-81–167
18. Gbenga Toriola, Abuja, Nigeria *86-83–169
19. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *80-90–170
20. Garrett Stonehouse, Westport, CT *83-89–172
21. Nate Anderson, Billings, MT *92-81–173
22. Jack Foyle, Madison, CT *89-85–174
23. Mac Cavanaugh, West Newbury, MA *89-86–175
24. Jonathan Meissner, Wilton, CT *95-81–176
25. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *85-93–178
26. Andrew Boyer, Muskoka, ON *97-88–185
27. Konstantin Kosta Kosutic, Belgrade, Serbia *87-101–188
28. Henrique Ferreira, Hilton Head, SC *88-107–195
29. Sheock Hyun Shim, Seoul, South Korea *95-107–202
DID NOT FINISH
Ryan Wirthlin, Mequon, WI *107-DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Seung Jae Hong, Cupertino, CA*91-JWD
Harrison Brown, Roswell, GA *JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division – (White Tees): 6,110 Yards, Par 72
1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *73-73–146
2. Kevin Ying, Shanghai, China *85-77–162
3. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *78-87–165
4. Rio Wong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *102-98–200
5. Christopher Gaeta, Lincroft, NJ *107-103–210
DID NOT FINISH
Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *122-DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Alexandr Kuzmin, Almaty, Kazakhstan *92-JWD
Girls Division – (Black Tees): 5,760 Yards, Par 72
1. Ceha Lee, Bundang-Gu, South Korea *79-79–158
2. Moyu Sasaki, Tokyo, Japan *80-79–159
3. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *81-81–162
4. Annie Swords, Newnan, GA *83-81–164
5. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *86-82–168
6. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan *84-91–175
7. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *96-86–182
8. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *92-96–188
DID NOT FINISH
Phimnipha Wongwaiwate, Chiang Mai, Thailand *86-JWD

Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island (Major) – Final Results

Valdes Victorious in First IJGT Major
Santibanez Wins First Title at Kiawah Island
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Bone chilling temperatures did not stop the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) from returning to Kiawah Island Golf Resort to host the first Major Championship of 2013. The Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island  took place Feb. 16-17 and featured 106 elite junior golfers ages 10-19 representing 20 states, Washington D.C., and 18 countries competing for national recognition and double IJGT Merit Points. Despite the sub-freezing temperatures and wind gusts up to 20 miles per hour, Saravit Kerdsinchai  of Nonthaburi, Thailand and Ana Paula Valdes  of Morelia, Mexico came away with victories in the Boys 15-19 and Girls Divisions, respectively. Alejandro Santibanez  of San Luis Potosi, Mexico took home his first IJGT victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division.
The first round of the Carolina Championship was held on the Turtle Point course. Cold temperatures, strong wind and light bursts of rain made the course a true challenge for all participants. The final round of this IJGT Major event was held at the toughest course in America – the home of the 1991 Ryder Cup and the 2012 PGA Championship – the Ocean Course. Freezing temperatures and oceanic winds paired with a course designed by golf’s most challenging course designer, Pete Dye, made for an exciting round.
0f136501ad26a7a9ac93d72521b581daIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Kerdsinchai’s consistency was the key to his overall success. Carding 6-over-par 78 at Turtle Point put him tied for fourth heading into the final round at the Ocean Course. Kerdsinchai started the final round with a double bogey on No. 10 but followed up with three pars in a row.
“I didn’t feel like I played my best,” Kerdsinchai said of his final round. “I just tried not to make any mistakes.”
Kerdsinchai finished the final round with another 6-over-par 78 to propel him to a tournament total of 12-over-par 156.
“It feels good to win,” he said. “I feel confident and I can move forward now.”
Finishing just behind Kerdsinchai was Will Miles  of Hilton Head Island, S.C., who carded 16-over-par 160. Finishing in third place was Patrick Albanesi  of Avon, Conn., with 17-over-par 161, and tied for fourth wereColeman Self  of Greenwood, S.C., and Bryson Nimmer  of Bluffton, S.C., carding 18-over-par 162.
The KENTWOOL  Lo-Pro Award was given to Nicholas Rodriguez  of East Northport, N.Y., Albanesi, andWilliam Sheedy  of Washington, D.C., who carded the low first-round score of 3-over-par 75. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to Kerdsinchai and Ryan McCarthy  of Rockville Center, N.Y., with 6-over-par 78.
c8f54416908cbfbf39d93139819aa4f1In the Girls Division, Valdes carded an impressive 1-over-par 73 at Turtle Point along with Phimnipha Wongwaiwate  of Chiang Mai, Thailand andAracelly Maria Jimenez Rios  of Merida, Mexico, to receive the KENTWOOL Lo-Pro Award and share the lead heading into the final round. Valdes carded pars on Nos. 1 and 2 but faulted with a double bogey on No. 3. A late-round birdie on the par-5 No. 16 after a handful of pars and a few bogeys on the back launched her to 5-over-par 77 for the round and 6-over-par 150 for the event.
“I’m actually really happy [about my round today] because the conditions were really tough,” Valdes said. “I hit the ball really well even with the strong wind.”
This is Valdes’s second win of the 2012-2013 season after her victory at the Florida Swing  at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Sept.
Finishing behind Valdes was Wongwaiwate with 11-over-par 155. In third place was Tokyo, Japan native and winner of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round, Moyu Sasaki  who carded 4-over-par 76 at the Ocean Course to finish 13-over-par 157.
08cacedfeebd15585e0c374806a27231For the Boys 14 & Under Division, Santibanez began the final round two shots behind the leader after carding a 5-over-par 77 at Turtle Point.
“I was really nervous for the first round,” Santibanez “I started hitting greens and fairways and I calmed down.”
Santibanez said that the transition from Turtle Point to the Ocean Course proved to be difficult and reflected in his score.
“I had to change my club selection,” Santibanez said, “I had to change the type of shot I hit because of the wind.”
In the second round, Santibanez carded eight pars for the round and birdies on Nos. 8 and 16. Santibanez had a tight final-round race to finish against Pittsford, N.Y., resident William Thomson , and both carded 7-over-par 79 in the final round. Ultimately, it was Santibanez’s first round that propelled him to his first IJGT victory with 12-over-par 156.
“I’m going to feel really confident [heading into future events], now that I have won,” he said.
Thomson finished second place for the event carding 13-over-par 157. Sheedy finished in third place for the Boys 14 & Under Division with 18-over-par 162.
The IJGT will host two events Feb. 23-24 – the Golden Gate Junior at Presidio Golf Course  in San Francisco and the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor  in Savannah, Ga.
To sign up for this event, or other, or for more information on the IJGT, call (843) 785-2444 or visit www.IJGT.com.
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, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, morodZ, PURE Grips, Sundog eyewear and International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com  or call (800) 792-9143.
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island (Major) conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed January 17, 2013. Round 1 Turtle Point: Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6708 yards, Par 72 (72.7/136).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Silver Tees – 6148 yards, Par 72 (68.9/122)   Girls Division: Blue Tees – 5808 yards, Par 72 (73.7/133). Round 2 Ocean Course: Boys 15-19 Division: Silver Tees – 6543 yards, Par 72 (72.4/135). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5845 yards, Par 72 (68.9/128). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5615 yards, Par 72 (72.4/130)
Weather:        Rain with temperatures in the High 40s, winds 10-15 mph
                       Sunny with temperatures in the High 30s, winds 15-20 mph
International Junior Golf Tour
Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island (Major)
Kiawah Island, S.C.
February 16-17, 2013
Round 1: Turtle Point
Round 2: Ocean Course
Boys 15-19 Division
(Gold Tees) Turtle Point: 6,708 yards, Par 72
(Silver Tees) Ocean Course: 6,543 yards, Par 72
1. Saravit Kerdsinchai, Nonthaburi, Thailand *78-78–156
2. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *79-81–160
3. Patrick Albanesi, Avon, CT *75-86–161
4. Coleman Self, Greenwood, SC *81-81–162
4. Bryson Nimmer, Bluffton, SC *77-85–162
6. James Cresswell, Orwigsburg, PA *78-85–163
7. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico *83-81–164
7. Alan Cooke, Vienna, WV *79-85–164
9. Daniel Tello Vargas, Pachuca, Mexico *80-85–165
10. Nick Schley, Brunswick, OH *78-88–166
11. Dan Eidman, Englewood, NJ *85-82–167
11. Nicco Gentile, Rosemere, Canada *80-87–167
11. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *81-86–167
14. Aaron Liebenthal, Sylvania, OH *85-84–169
15. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *81-89–170
15. Nicholas Rodriguez, East Northport, NY *75-95–170
17. Aj Correia, Bedford, NH *82-89–171
17. C.J. Zachary, Hummelstown, PA *81-90–171
17. Josh Rinehart, York, PA *80-91–171
20. Jack Gianniny, Rochester, NY *85-87–172
21. Ian Hardesty, Chardon, OH *85-88–173
21. Kevin Borowicz, Grand Island, NY *84-89–173
21. Joe Markmann, Doylestown, PA *81-92–173
24. Nico Gagliardi, Titusville, FL *85-89–174
25. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-92–175
25. Luke Tetreault, Horseheads, NY *80-95–175
27. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *87-89–176
27. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *85-91–176
29. Nicolas Paxson, Cincinnati, OH *85-92–177
30. John Karcher, Novi, MI *89-89–178
30. Kyle Finnican, New Canaan, CT *90-88–178
30. Giovanni Trione, Rome, Italy *93-85–178
30. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi , Japan *88-90–178
30. Travis Broome, Virginia Beach, VA *85-93–178
35. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *91-88–179
35. Gus Uriostegui, Leon, Mexico *89-90–179
35. Manuel Velez, Panama City, Panama *86-93–179
38. Matthew Moore, Pittsburgh, PA *88-93–181
38. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *87-94–181
38. Brandan Bree, Kennett Square, PA *81-100–181
41. Scott Solomon, Scarsdale, NY *89-93–182
41. Alex Bollington, Madison, NJ *92-90–182
41. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *83-99–182
44. Chris Williard, Blacklick, OH *93-90–183
44. Roland Massimino, Lumberville, PA *87-96–183
46. Mason Kincaid, Essex, England *91-93–184
46. Charles Kalvaria, New York, NY *90-94–184
48. Andrew Boyer, Bracebridge, ON *92-95–187
48. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *87-100–187
50. Nate Anderson, Billings, MT *94-94–188
51. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *91-98–189
52. JT Twomey, Newtown, PA *88-102–190
53. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY *107-88–195
53. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *87-108–195
55. Erik Tiitus, Tallinn, Estonia *101-102–203
56. Konstantin Kosta Kosutic, Belgrade, Serbia *104-100–204
57. Forrest Narwold, Wilmington, DE *107-98–205
58. Henry Morgan, Mount Pleasant, SC *93-114–207
DID NOT FINISH
Salil Ghamande, Evans, GA *78-DQ (Rule 6-6d)
David Rice, Pittsburgh, PA *94-DQ (Rule 20-7c)
Lohith Ramaraju, London, England *79-JWD
Rafael Miranda, Guayaquil, Ecuador *85-JWD
John Conley, Leesburg, VA *94-JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division
(Silver Tees) Turtle Point: 6,148 yards, Par 72
(Blue Tees) Ocean Course: 5,845 yards, Par 72
1. Alejandro Santibanez, San Luis Potosi, Mexico *77-79–156
2. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY *78-79–157
3. William Sheedy, Washington, DC *75-87–162
4. Ryan McCarthy, Rockville Centre, NY *86-78–164
5. Christopher Saad, Lexington, KY *79-87–166
6. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *80-88–168
7. Michael Sanders, Davidson, NC *85-85–170
8. John Felitto, Mountainside, NJ *85-86–171
9. Will Rand, Irvington, NY *91-81–172
9. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *81-91–172
11. Jay Newman, North Augusta, SC *90-84–174
12. Andrew Spiegler, Abingdon, VA *90-87–177
12. Alex Goebel, Hilton Head Island, SC *85-92–177
14. Tim Morton, Florence, AL *91-87–178
14. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-95–178
16. Kevin Ying, Shanghai, China *91-90–181
17. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY *95-98–193
18. Connor Creasy, Abingdon, VA *91-104–195
19. Alexandr Kuzmin, Almaty, Kazakhstan *93-114–207
DID NOT FINISH
Andre Becerra, Zapopan, Mexico *82-JWD
Girls Division
(Blue Tees) Turtle Point: 5,808 yards, Par 72 
(Red Tees) Ocean Course: 5,615 yards, Par 72
1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico *73-77–150
2. Phimnipha Wongwaiwate, Chiang Mai, Thailand *73-82–155
3. Moyu Sasaki, Tokyo, Japan *81-76–157
4. Ceha Lee, Bundang-Gu, South Korea *77-85–162
5. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *78-85–163
 6. Ayaka Nakayama, Kanagawa, Japan *81-83–164
7. Aracelly Maria Jimenez Rios, Meiida, Mexico *73-92–165
8. Ashley Yarbrough, Akron, OH *77-90–167
9. Mia Baringer, East Greenville, PA *85-83–168
10. Olivia Landino, Hermitage, PA *83-88–171
11. Soo Jin Lim, Seoul, South Korea *85-87–172
12. Chelsea Dantonio, Lancaster, NY *88-87–175
13. Paige Cappelli, Blue Bell, PA *89-87–176
14. Francesca Martelli, Milan, Italy *81-96–177
14. Laura Gonzalez, Bogota, Colombia *84-93–177
16. Susana Reyes Ramirez, Ibague, Colombia *86-92–178
17. Kathryn Crouch, Harker Heights, TX *90-97–187
18. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *92-99–191
19. Kels Haun, Dandridge, TN *99-97–196
19. Kali Boyer, New Ringgold, PA *88-108–196
21. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *103-125–228
DID NOT FINISH
 Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *86-JWD
 Margine Arguello, Panama City, Panama *87-JWD

Final Results from the IJGT Shootout at Colleton River

Spencer-White Defends Home Turf at Colleton River

Sasaki Completes Comeback to Win Girls Division

 

BLUFFTON, S.C.– The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted an exciting fourth event of the Spring 2013 season Feb. 9-10 at the beautiful Colleton River Plantation . The IJGT Shootout at Colleton River  featured 89 elite junior golfers ages 10-19 representing 18 states and 18 countries. True to the ‘Shootout’ title, the IJGT Shootout at Colleton River came down to the wire. Charlie Spencer-White  of Bluffton, S.C., and Moyu Sasaki  of Tokyo, Japan prevailed in the Boys 15-19 and Girls Divisions respectively. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Tennoshin Ogawa  of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan took home his fifth title of the 2012-2013 season after winning a playoff by default against Ben Reichert  of East Amherst, N.Y.

660570aa1f84be160b1e6a67eb7b0b42In the Boys 15-19 Division, Spencer-White was able to capture victory on his home turf. As a member of Colleton River since the age of nine, 16-year-old Spencer-White was no stranger to the fast greens and tight fairways. In the first round he carded a 2-over-par 74 to put him one stroke behind the pack of four players tied for first.

“My drives were really good off the tee,” Spencer-White said, “I hit almost all of the fairways.”

In the final round Spencer-White started off with a bogey on No. 1, but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 6 to card 1-under-par 35 on the front. Spencer-White started the back nine with a promising birdie on No. 10 but bogeyed the difficult par-5 11th. He finished the round even-par to bring his tournament total to 2-over-par 146.

“It felt great [to win]. I am really happy that I played well at my home course,” he said. “This is a great way to start the season and I hope to keep improving and keep getting better.”

Finishing just behind Spencer-White, in a tie for second, was Will Miles  of Hilton Head Island, S.C., andSense Chaowalit  of Bangkok, Thailand with 3-over-par 147. Mitchell Campbell of Paget, Bermuda andChris Magi  of Montreal, Canada tied for fourth to round out the top-5 with 4-over-par 148.

The KENTWOOL  Lo-Pro Award, which is given to players who card the lowest first round score, was given to  Shosei Inokawa  of Atamishi, Japan, Magi, Ogawa, Miles and Chaowalit for the Boys Division after carding 1-over-par 73 in the first round.

The Clazic Belts  Low Final Round Award was given to Mickey Werenski of South Hadley, Mass., who carded 1-under-par 71 in the final round.

d736f9da114d419ab99e9fe9511c63c9In the Girls Division, Sasaki took the field by surprise rebounding from her first-round 5-over-par 77. Sasaki began the final round tied for sixth, but ended the tournament receiving the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award after carding a 1-under-par 71 to win the Girls Division.

Sasaki began the final round with a bogey on No. 10 but carded back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 to propel her to 1-under-par 35. She continued her success onto her back-nine with a birdies on Nos. 1 and 7, but fell short on the difficult par-4 No. 5 with a bogey. Sasaki ended her round with a bogey on No. 9 to bring her tournament total to 4-over-par 148. This was Sasaki’s first IJGT win of the 2012-2013 season after winning IJGT Player of the Year honors in 2011-2012.

Finishing just behind Sasaki was Cake Phuchanbanchob  of Chiang Mai, Thailand who received the KENTWOOL Lo-Pro Award for the Girls Division after firing a 2-under-par 70 in the first round. Phuchanbanchob finished 7-over-par 151 for the tournament after a 9-over-par 81 in the final round. Tied for third carding 9-over-par 153 were natives of Tokyo, Japan, Ayaka Nakayama  and Rei Nakatani .

4b67e0cc5be6a19ffada9ac4bafd28ecIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Ogawa took an early lead after carding a 1-over-par 73 during the first round. Ogawa is no stranger to the leader group. In the last eight IJGT tournaments he has participated in, Ogawa has never finished outside the top-5.

Reichert rebounded from a first-round 8-over-par 80 with a 2-over-par 74 but was unable to compete in the playoff for the title landing him a second place finish. Paul Schumacher  of Canton, Ohio and Kevin Ying  of Shanghai, China both carded 17-over-par 161 to tie for third place in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

The next IJGT event will be the Carolina Major Championship  atKiawah Island Resort  Feb. 16-17. The tournament will be held at the Turtle Point and Ocean courses. The famed Ocean Course hosted the 1991 Ryder Cup and 2012 PGA Championship.

To sign up for this event, or other, or for more information on the IJGT, call (843) 785-2444 or visitwww.IJGT.com.

 

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, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, morodZ, PURE Grips, Sundog eyewear and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com  or call (800) 792-9143.

 

BLUFFTON, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Shootout at Colleton River conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed January 10, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6897 yards, par 72 (74.6/141).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6183 (71.0/133)   Girls Division: Red Tees – 5900 yards, par 72 (74.7/134).
Weather:          Sunny with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 5-10
                        Sunny with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 15-20
International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Shootout at Colleton River
Bluffton, S.C.
February 9-10, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division- (Black Tees) 6897 Yards, Par 72
1. Charlie Spencer-White, Bluffton, SC *74-72–146
2. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *73-74–147
2. Sense Chaowalit, Bangkok, Thailand *73-74–147
4. Mitchell Campbell, Paget, Bermuda *76-72–148
4. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada *73-75–148
6. Mickey Werenski, South Hadley, MA *78-71–149
6. Wesley Long, Bluffton, SC *76-73–149
8. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *78-72–150
8. Shosei Inokawa, Atamishi, Japan *73-77–150
10. Coleman Self, Greenwood, SC *77-78–155
11. Nix Duncan, Augusta, GA *79-77–156
11. Luke Tetreault, Horseheads, NY  *78-78–156
13. Alan Cooke, Vienna, WV *74-83–157
14. Patrick Kim, Pleasanton, CA *80-78–158
14. Seung Jae Hong, Cupertino, CA *78-80–158
14. Manuel Velez, Panama City, Panama *76-82–158
17. Bryan Gagnon, Culver City, CA *80-79–159
17. Patrick Albanesi, Avon, CT *79-80–159
19. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *81-79–160
19. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-81–160
19. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *79-81–160
22. Nicco Gentile, Rosemere, Canada *82-79–161
22. Nicholas Rodriguez, East Northport, NY *81-80–161
22. Rafael Miranda, Guayaquil, Ecuador *78-83–161
25. Spencer Woolfolk, Hinsdale, IL *82-80–162
26. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *86-77–163
26. Harrison Brown, Roswell, GA *84-79–163
26. Andrew Boyer, Bracebridge, ON *84-79–163
26. Lohith Ramaraju, London, England *81-82–163
26. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea *80-83–163
26. Matt Holuta, Indiana, PA *77-86–163
32. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *84-80–164
32. Daniel Tello Vargas, Pachuca, Mexico *79-85–164
34. Charles MacCallum, Melbourne, Australia *84-82–166
34. Mos Bangpetch, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-83–166
34. Nico Gagliardi, Titusville, FL *78-88–166
37. James Cresswell, Orwigsburg, PA *89-78–167
37. Aaron Liebenthal, Sylvania, OH *82-85–167
39. Jonathon Simons, Breaux Bridge, LA *88-80–168
39. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *84-84–168
41. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *91-78–169
42. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *82-88–170
43. Connor Hogan, Monroeville, AL *88-83–171
43. John Conley, Leesburg, VA *81-90–171
45. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *86-87–173
45. Konstantin Kosta Kosutic, Belgrade, Serbia *84-89–173
47. William Dunn III, Lancaster, PA *94-80–174
47. Czech Chalermchaiwat, Bangkok, Thailand *86-88–174
47. Justin Harris, Trenton, SC *75-99–174
50. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *90-86–176
50. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *90-86–176
52. Marshall Clemens, Weston, MA *87-90–177
52. Dacotah Palcit, Windsor, Canada *87-90–177
52. Nate Anderson, Billings, MT *87-90–177
55. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *93-91–184
56. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *96-91–187
57. Henry Morgan, Mount Pleasant, SC *90-98–188
58. Jerry Sung, Newport Beach, CA *116-130–246
DID NOT FINISH
Keith Techasith, Bangkok, Thailand *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division – (Blue Tees) 6183 Yards, Par 72
1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *73-81–154
2. Ben Reichert, East Amherst, NY *80-74–154
3. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *76-85–161
3. Kevin Ying, Shanghai, China *76-85–161
5. Evan White, Greenville, SC *81-82–163
5. Walker Campbell, Paget, Bermuda *81-82–163
7. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany *76-88–164
8. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-86–169
9. Marc Holzhauer, Clarence Center, NY *85-85–170
10. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan *96-93–189
DID NOT FINISH
Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *DQ (Rule 33-7)
Tyson – Skylar Morrisseau, Couchiching First Nation, Canada *DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Tom Crow, Virginia Beach, VA * 78-JWD
Girls Division – (Red Tees) 5900 Yards, Par 72
1. Moyu Sasaki, Tokyo, Japan, *77-71-148
2. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *70-81–151
3. Ayaka Nakayama, Kanagawa, Japan *76-77–153
3. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *76-77–153
5. Stephanie Liu, Hardeeville, SC *77-77–154
5. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico *76-78–154
7. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *74-82–156
8. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *77-82–159
9. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *87-80–167
10. Kathryn Crouch, Harker Heights, TX *90-86–176
10. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *91-85–176
12. Kayla Kozak, North Myrtle Beach, SC *87-91–178
13. Emma Parson, Bluffton, SC *87-95–182
14. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *85-99–184
DID NOT FINISH
Susana Reyes Ramirez, Ibague, Colombia, *JWD