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IJGT celebrates the NCAA’s Early Signing Period with an IJGT Photo of the Week

November 12-19, 2014, served as the NCAA’s early signing period. For many IJGT juniors, the week-long period meant the lengthy search for the college of the future was over. More than 20 juniors playing on the IJGT put on their new school colors, pulled out their finest pens and made their commitments by signing their National Letters of Intent (NLI).

“A binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution,” the NLI establishes a student-athlete’s intent to attend a particular university and to participate in a given sport.

Those IJGT members who participated in the early signing:

Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng University of Wisconsin
Connor McKay Lipscomb University
Masato Yoshitsugu Hawai’i Pacific University
TJ Kaczan California State University – Bakersfield
J.D. Moore St. Peters University
Aaron Terrazas Oklahoma University
Isidora Nilsson University of South Carolina
Min Yi “Samantha” Huang University of North Texas
Cara Basso Penn State University
Will Hicks Erskine College
Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob California State University – Northridge
Yeji Shin Georgia Southern University
Will Miles University of South Carolina
Rachel Corry University of Virginia
Kelly Whaley University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Thomas Avant Drake University
Kelly Anderson Northern Illinois University
Derrick Villarreal Charleston Southern University
Carter Ehms Cedarville University
Ryan Rose – Rutgers University
Tyler Dierwechter Stetson University
Clementina Rodriguez University of Washington
Keshav Sharma Erskine University
Kasidy Beckel Radford University
Emily Mills – Rutgers University

To celebrate our juniors, we shared photos of each junior as he or she proudly signed the National Letter of Intent. Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob and her coach, Richard Wedzik, are featured in this week’s special edition of the Photo of the Week.

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Phuchanbanchob signed to play golf with California State University – Northridge. Having played in 35 IJGT events, Phuchanbanchob carries a scoring average of 77.475, has accumulated 115 birdies and has placed in the top-10 in all but two of her events.

Check out photos from each junior’s signing on our IJGT Facebook page here.

Don’t forget – each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’
2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)
3 points – per share

IJGT ELITE

IJGT ELITE Class Announced by the IJGT

Introducing IJGT Elite Class Series

IJGT ELITE

Beginning this week, the IJGT is proud to announce the beginning of a new series of blog posts meant to highlight the ongoing success of our alumni, and continue to showcase how our alumni perform at the next levels of elite competition.

The IJGT ELITE will feature top performances by IJGT alumni in the NCAA, PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, European Tour and other elite levels of competition throughout the golf season. With alumni such as Rickie Fowler, Morgan Pressel, Paula Creamer, Annie Park, Cheyenne Woods, and other highly-successful golfers, the IJGT continues the tradition of helping to shape world-class golfers through high-level competition at the best courses in the country.

As we highlight these achievements, we hope to shed light on the immense impact that higher competition provides to junior golfers and their future in the sport, and we encourage our members to contact us about the success of our alumni.

 

To those who are already in the next levels of competition and continue to perform at a high level:

Welcome to the IJGT ELITE Class

IJGT Alumni Compete in Conference Championships

 

 

Stephanie Meadow – Alabama Crimson Tide

MeadowStephanie Meadow overcame brutal playing conditions to take home the individual title at the SEC Women’s Golf Championships April 21st. With this victory, Meadow becomes the first Alabama women’s golfer to take home medalist honors at the SEC Championships and it is her sixth individual title in her college career.

“She is just so consistent,” said Alabama Head Coach Mic Potter. “If you are going to beat her, you have to be aggressive, because she just doesn’t beat herself. She just keeps getting better all the time.”

Her 54-hole total at Greystone Golf Club in Birmingham, Ala. was an even-par 216, dominating the field with a nine-stroke victory.

“It is a pretty awesome feeling (to win as a team),” Meadow said. “We put in a lot of hard work – all of us – and obviously it is paying off. Individually, I am just happy that I could pull it out. It was a great experience.”

Full article here.


Rika Park – Miami Hurricanes

ParkRika Park competed at the 2013 ACC Championships this past weekend for the University of Miami Hurricanes. Aided by two top ten finishes, including Park’s sixth place finish, the Hurricanes placed fifth in the tournament. Park provided the team’s best performance in the final round shooting a 2-over-par 73 for a three-day total of 10-over 223.

The Hurricanes now await their NCAA postseason fate. The top five finish should be enough to secure a place in the NCAA Regionals, but they will have to wait until the NCAA Selection Show Monday, April 29 on NCAA.com to find out.

Full article here.


Laura Restrepo – Louisville Cardinals

RestrepoThe University of Louisville Cardinals finished second overall in the BIG EAST Women’s Golf Championship at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla. The Cardinals finished the tournament with a team total 11-over-par 875 while Notre Dame won the championship with a score of 861.

Former IJGT alumni Laura Restrepo finished seventh for the Cardinals, carding a three-day total of 220. Restrepo saved her best for the conference tournament, shooting a final round 73 to record her best collegiate finish.

Full article here.