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Class of 2016 College Signees

The International Junior Golf Tour would like to congratulate past and present tour players on signing their National Letter’s of Intent last week. Committing to college is a major accomplishment and the IJGT sends their best wishes to alumni as they continue their competitive golf careers.

Listed below are former alumni and the school they will be attending. Following are the pictures from signing day.

Adam Gray (Potomac, MD) – Rutgers University

Alex Butler (East Norriton, PA) – Drexel University

Alex Vegh (Gahanna, OH) – Austin Peay State

Ana Paula Valdes (Morelia , Mexico) – Clemson

Ankita Kedlaya (Bangalore , India) – East Tennessee State University

Anthony Truong (Winter Garden, FL) – Arizona State University

Austin Matz (Wexford , PA) – University of Mary Washington

Ben Reichert (East Amherst, NY) – East Tennessee State University

Benjamin Morris (Reisterstown, MD) – College of William and Mary

Bennett Buch (West Friendship, MD) – University of Maryland

Brent Ito (Ardsley, NY) – University of Michigan

Brynn Walker (St. Davids, PA) – University of North Carolina

Colin Dubnik (Rochester , NY) – University of Memphis

Connor Daly (Bronxville , NY) – Villanova University

Connor Schmidt (Philadelphia, PA) – Drexel University

David Hanes (Elma, NY) – Canisius College

Davis Lamb (Potomac , MD) – University of Notre Dame

Dylan VanderVeer (El Dorado Hills, CA) – Saint Mary’s of California

Eric Hall (Harwood, MD) – Yale University

Eun-Won Park (Tenafly, NJ) – Univrsity of Washington

Gabrielle Correia (Central Valley, NY) – Tulane University

Grace Massengill (Hickory, NC) – Wofford College

Gunnar Doyle (Pittsford , NY) – U.S. Military Academy (Army)

Gus Minkin (York, PA) – University of Minnesota

Hannah Berman (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) – University of West Florida

Hunter Wolcott (Burns, TN) – University of Tennessee

Jack Melville (Maple Glen, PA) – University of Delaware

Jasmine Chee (Hong Kong, China) – Western Michigan University

John Felitto (Mountainside, NJ) – University of Notre Dame

Kendel Hodges (Temecula, CA) – California Baptist University

Kristin Whitehead (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) – Queens University of Charlotte

Linda Wang (Fresh Meadows , NY) – St. Johns University

Luke Schaap (Potomac, MD) – University of Virginia

Madelein Herr (New Hope, PA) – Penn State University

Maren Cipolla (Lewistown, NY) – University of Texas

Maria Vesga (Bucaramenga, Columbia) – Baylor University

Mariel Galdiano (Kapolei, HI) – University of California, Los Angeles

Melany Chong (Mississauga, Canada) – Appalachian State University

Nicholas Russell (Hilton Head , SC) – Linestone College

Peter Knade (Easton , PA) – University of Maryland

Pryce Beshoory (Pearland, Texas) – The University of Houston

R.J. Wren (Morgantown, PA) – University of Delaware

Raelyn Spears (Plymouth, MN) – Elon University

Reed Winkler (Wilmington , DE) – St. Josephs University

Reid Bedell (Fair Haven, NJ) – Lafayette College

Rij Patel (Hunt Valley, MD) – Harvard University

Ryan Skae (Stony Point, NY) – Colgate University

Ryoto Furuya (West Chapel, FL) – University of Illinois

Sean Stanistreet (Camillus , NY) – University of South Carolina Upstate

Stanley Garrant (Poughkeepsie, NY) – St. Peters University

Steven Weingroff (Upper Saddle River, NJ) – Loyola University Maryland

Synclaire Kuhn (McMurray, PA) – St. Francis University (PA)

Taisei Negishi (San Diego , CA) – University of Michigan

Thomas “Jack” Simpson (Aurora , ON) – University of Iowa

Thomas Lewis (Doylestown , PA) – Purdue University

Walker Campbell (Paget, Bermuda) – College of William and Mary

William Harwood (Columbia, SC) – Elon University

Yoo Jin Kim (Centerville, VA) – George Washington University

Zhengkai Bai (Bradenton , FL) – University of Central Florida

 

Ankita Kedlaya, East Tennessee State University

Ankita Kedlaya, East Tennessee State University

Bennett Buch, University of Maryland

Bennett Buch, University of Maryland

 

Brynn Walker, University of North Carolina

Brynn Walker, University of North Carolina

 

David Hanes, Canisius College

David Hanes, Canisius College

 

Davis Lamb, University of Notre Dame

Davis Lamb, University of Notre Dame

 

Dylan VanderVeer, Saint Mary's of California

Dylan VanderVeer, Saint Mary’s of California

 

Gabrielle Correia, Tulane University

Gabrielle Correia, Tulane University

 

Grace Massengill, Wofford College

Grace Massengill, Wofford College

 

Gunnar Doyle, U.S. Military Academy (Army)

Gunnar Doyle, U.S. Military Academy (Army)

 

Gus Minkin, University of Minnesota

Gus Minkin, University of Minnesota

 

Jack Melville, University of Delaware

Jack Melville, University of Delaware

Jasmine Chee, Western Michigan University

Jasmine Chee, Western Michigan University

 

John Felitto, University of Notre Dame

John Felitto, University of Notre Dame

 

Kristin Whitehead, Queens University of Charlotte

Kristin Whitehead, Queens University of Charlotte

Linda Wang, St. Johns University

Linda Wang, St. Johns University

 

Madelein Herr, Penn State University

Madelein Herr, Penn State University

 

Maren Cipolla, University of Texas

Maren Cipolla, University of Texas

 

Mariel Galdiano, University of California, Los Angeles

Mariel Galdiano, University of California, Los Angeles

 

Melany Chong, Appalachian State

Melany Chong, Appalachian State

Peter Knade, University of Maryland

Peter Knade, University of Maryland

 

Reed Winkler, St. Joseph's University

Reed Winkler, St. Joseph’s University

 

Reid Bedell, Lafayette College

Reid Bedell, Lafayette College

 

R.J. Wren, University of Delaware

R.J. Wren, University of Delaware

 

Ryoto Furuya, University of Illinois

Ryoto Furuya, University of Illinois

 

Sean Stanistreet, University of South Carolina Upstate

Sean Stanistreet, University of South Carolina Upstate

Stanley, Garrant, St. Peter's University

Stanley, Garrant, St. Peter’s University

 

Steven Weingroff, Loyola University Maryland

Steven Weingroff, Loyola University Maryland

 

Synclaire Kuhn, St. Francis University (PA)

Synclaire Kuhn, St. Francis University (PA)

 

Taisei Negishi, University of Michigan

Taisei Negishi, University of Michigan

 

Thomas Lewis, Purdue University

Thomas Lewis, Purdue University

 

Walker Campbell,  College of William & Mary

Walker Campbell, College of William & Mary

 

YooJin Kim, George Washington University

YooJin Kim, George Washington University

IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines – Final Results (Dec. 14, 2014)

Tadokoro wins second consecutive IJGT tournament
Go shoots 3-under-par 69 in round one

The IJGT finished its fall season with one of the biggest events of the year, the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines. The two-day, 36-hole event was played on both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links on December 13-14, 2014. The field competed for Junior Heritage and Hudson Junior Invitational exemptions as well as IJGT merit points and national rankings.

A frost delay on the first day forced the junior golfers to race against the setting sun on both courses, but the entire field of over 100 golfers was able to finish round one before dark. Round two on the Ocean Course also started with a frost delay but the temperature quickly rose to create comfortable playing conditions.

Shiso Go

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, was the only golfer to finish round one under par. He finished day one with a 3-under-par 69 on the Ocean Course. Although he was nervous on the back nine at Harbour Town, he performed well enough to take home the championship with a tournament total of 2-over-par 145. Go jumped out to an early lead with the help of five birdies in round one. Moving the the arguably more difficult of the two courses for round two, Go aimed for consistency, scoring par on 11 of 18 holes to hold onto the divisional lead.

Go performed slightly better on the Ocean Course, but Harbour Town is his favorite. “I like Harbour Town,” Go said. “Harbour Town is so hard, I want to play Harbour Town again.” Go had a division-best bogey-free streak that lasted 23 consecutive holes. It started on hole No. 4 in round one and continued through hole No. 8 in round two.

Hilton Head Island, S.C., native Nicholas Russell finished second in his division with a tournament total of 3-over-par 146. Russell led his division in pars with 25. Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, and Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, tied for third with two-day totals of 147.

Russell and Luo’s second round score of even-par 72 earned them the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

Sera Tadokoro

In the Girls Division, Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, brought home an IJGT title for the second consecutive tournament. Tadokoro won the Savannah Junior at The Landings on December 6-7, 2014 . Tadokoro scored an even-par 72 in round one on the Ocean Course, giving her confidence heading into round two. “I was a little bit nervous, but I did my best,” Tadokoro said.

Tadokoro carded five birdies in round two, putting her in position to share the divisional lead at the conclusion of the round. She played her second round on Harbour Town and despite tougher holes and faster greens, par was the name of her game as she went on to card par on all but five holes.

Bluffton, S.C., native Kayla Kozak and Mind Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand, tied for second in the Girls Division, finishing with tournament totals of 153.

 

Dong Jin Park

Dong Jin Park of Seoul, South Korea, took home the crown in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a tournament total of 148. Park also kicked off his tournament on the Ocean Course, beginning his performance with par on his first six consecutive holes. Adding a birdie on both nines before he finished, Park maneuvered himself into control of the division by one stroke. Once the division moved to Harbour Town to finish out the event, Park approached the challenge with focus and determination. Park carded four birdies, the most for the division, and held on for the win.

Park enjoyed the challenge offered by Harbour Town Golf Links. “I think I like Harbour Town more because Harbour Town is harder so I had to focus more than the Ocean Course,” said Park.

Yujie Jin of Windermere, Fla., finished second with a total score of 159 and Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, finished third with a two-day total 163.

The IJGT will continue tournament play when it kicks of the spring 2015 season on January 17-18 for the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Hilton Head Island, S.C.. – Final Results of the IJGA Invitational conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour at Sea Pines Resort on December 13-14, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Ocean Course– Black Tees – 6,701 yards Par 72 (71.4/130) and Harbour Town Golf Links – Blue Tees – 6,596 yards Par 71 (72.9/141). Boys 14 & Under Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Ocean Course – Blue Tees – 6,084 yards, Par 72 (69.7/125) and Harbour Town Golf Links – White Tees – 5,881 yards (70.2/133). Girls Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Ocean Course – Green Tees – 5,856 yards Par 72 (71.1/124) and Harbour Town Golf Links – Green Tees – 5,677 yards Par 71 (73.4/130).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
December 13-14, 2014                                                                               
Boys 15-19 Division

Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Harbour Town: 6,596 yards, Par 71
Round 2 – (Black Tees) Ocean Course: 6,701 yards, Par 72 

1. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *69-76–145
2. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-72–146
3. Xue Wen Luo, Haikou, China *75-72–147
3. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico *74-73–147
5. Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, SC *77-73–150
6. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD *75-76–151
7. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *77-75–152
8. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *75-78–153
9. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *78-76–154
9. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *74-80–154
9. Evan White, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-78–154
9. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *71-83–154
13. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *82-73–155
13. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan, *78-77–155
13. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *77-78–155
16. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *83-73–156
16. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *75-81–156
18. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *83-75–158
18. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *80-78–158
18. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *79-79–158
18. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *75-83–158
22. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *83-76–159
22. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *83-76–159
24. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *85-75–160
24. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *80-80–160
24. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *79-81–160
24. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *76-84–160
28. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *84-77–161
28. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *83-78–161
28. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea *79-82–161
31. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *86-76–162
31. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *81-81–162
31. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *84-78–162
31. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *79-83–162
35. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *86-77–163
35. Dominic Wagner, Alexandria, VA *82-81–163
37. Colson Herrin, Augusta, GA *86-78–164
37. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *80-84–164
37. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *79-85–164
40. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *86-79–165
41. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *80-86–166
42. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *89-79–168
42. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *87-81–168
42. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *86-82–168
45. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *93-76–169
45. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *87-82–169
45. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *83-86–169
45. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *82-87–169
49. Karan Bhasin, New Delhi, India *81-89–170
50. Feng Chen, Baoding City, China *93-78–171
51. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *94-78–172
51. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *92-80–172
53. Trevor King, Huntington, NY *89-84–173
53. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *89-84–173
53. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *89-84–173
56. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *89-85–174
56. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *87-87–174
56. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *84-90–174
59. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *95-81–176
59. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *86-90–176
61. William Podbela, Muttontown, NY *87-91–178
62. Clifford Lindholm, Montclair, NJ *90-89–179
63. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *90-90–180
64. Jeremy McRorie, Winnipeg, Canada *92-89–181
64. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *91-90–181
66. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *96-94–190
66. Brett Riley, Jasper, GA *92-98–190
68. Liam Kent, Winnipeg Canada *89-102–191
69. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *98-106–204
70. Langston Morrison, Stamford, CT *96-124–220

DID NOT FINISH

Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *80—DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *84—DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Boys 14 & Under Division

Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Ocean Course: 6,084 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (White Tees) Harbour Town: 5,881 yards, Par 71

1. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *75-73–148
2. Yujie Jin, Windermere, FL *76-83–159
3. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *76-87–163
4. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *79-87–166
4. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-85–166
6. Luke Sample, New York, NY *88-94–182
7. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *90-94–184
8. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China*99-101–200

Girls Division

Round 1 – (Green Tees) Ocean Course: 5,856 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Green Tees) Harbour Town: 5,677 yards, Par 71

1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *72–78–150
2. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *75-78–153
2. Mind Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *72-81–153
4. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *76-78–154
5. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *79-76–155
5. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *76-79–155
5. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *77-78–155
8. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *74-82–156
9. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *77-82–159
10. Anna Chanthaphaeng, Boiling Springs, SC *79-81–160
10. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *76-84–160
12. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *82-80–162
12. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *77-85–162
14. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *81-83–164
15. Arisa Kimura, Bethesda, MD *84-83–167
16. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *84-87–171
16. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *81-90–171
18. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-90–173
19. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *91-84–175
20. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *83-103–186
21. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *96-106–202
22. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *106-110–216

DID NOT FINISH

Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *77—DQ (Rule 6-6b)

Major Championship at Dormie Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT will host the Major Championship at Dormie Club in West End, N.C., on November 8-9, 2014. This two-day event will be the second Major of the fall season and will be an 18-hole event held on Saturday and Sunday. At stake are IJGT merit points and national rankings.

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Awarded “second-best course to play in North Carolina” by GOLFWEEK in 2013, Dormie Club is built on 307 acres and located in the middle of 1,028 acres of rolling sand hills and has no sand bunkers. All traps are considered waste bunkers. There is a 110′ change of elevation across the property. Dormie Club is not a course lined with homes and is visually pleasing, making it an ideal course for walking. Lacking rough, the course is playable for golfers of all skill levels but not at the expense of delivering a challenge nonetheless.

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Dormie Club Golf Course

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, Nicholas Russell of Bluffton, S.C., and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan will be players to watch. Go currently sits in second for the IJGT Tour Rankings and in four tournaments played has posted three top-three finishes including a win at the IJGT College Series at NC State on September 20-21, 2014. Russell comes off of a tie for second at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on October 18-19, 2014. Also top-15 in the IJGT Tour Rankings, Russell will look to make a move for his first ever win in a Major. Ogawa , just behind Go in the Tour Rankings in third, has never won a Major either and will look to improve on his personal best second place at the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes in November of 2013.

In the Girls Division, the Major will be the first event of the season for Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico. Valdes has participated in five Majors and placed in the top 10 all five times, winning twice. She will look to continue with her streak. Mind Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand, will look to contend with Valdes in what will be her first Major of her IJGT career. Puangcharoen is currently top 10 in the Tour Rankings and has finished in the top 3 in two of three events this season.

To register or for more information about the Major Championship at Dormie Club, click here.

SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear Golf Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT will host its second Callaway Junior World Qualifier event on May 3-4, 2014, at the Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run in Hilton Head, S.C. The SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier is a two-day event that will include two 18-hole rounds to be played on Saturday and Sunday. Callaway Junior World Qualifiers are the largest internationally-recognized junior events known for global representation and cultural diversity. At stake are IJGT Merit Points and national rankings as well as an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

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The semi-private Nicklaus designed course features towering oaks native to South Carolina and has a significant presence of water to make the course difficult yet breathtaking. Junior will enjoy the natural setting of the course as they use finesse and strategy to navigate the winding course.

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A signature waterway at Golden Bear Golf Club

Players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division include Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head, S.C. Ogawa, currently second in the IJGT Boys 15-19 Divisional Tour Rankings, boasts three first-place victories in eight events played in the 2013-2014 season. Russell also adds a first place victory of his own in his eight top-10 finishes this season.

In the Boys 14 and Under Division, Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, will look to take home the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier title as he enters the tournament with five top-three finishes, three of which were first place victories.

Watch for Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, in the Girls Division as she looks to add a victory to her resume. Nakatani has finished in the top five in all eight events she has played including a third-place finish at the Major Championship at Kiawah Island.

To register or for more information about the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier, click here.

Maresca, Russell featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – April 13, 2014

NORTHEAST

The Northeast Tour of the IJGT traveled to Architects Golf Club to host The Architects Cup on April 12-13, 2014. Temperatures were in the 60s for both rounds. The field of 90 competitors battled for the title of champion of The Architects Cup. This week’s IJGT Photo of the Week from the Northeast Tour features Jack Maresca of Rye, N.Y.

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Maresca started off his performance at The Architect’s Cup with a bold statement as he birdied his first hole. He went on to make par or better on 19 of 36 holes for the tournament to finish with an overall tournament score of 163. Maresca has played on the IJGT for three years now and has competed in nine total events. We hope to see more of Maresca at future events and continue to wish him the best of luck!

SOUTHEAST

The Southeast Tour of the IJGT visited Oldfield Golf Club to host the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s on April 12-13, 2014. The sponsored event drew more than 75 juniors who competed for a victory as well as IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. The sunshine and temperatures in the 70s greeted the golfers for two picturesque days of golf. This week’s IJGT Photo of the Week in the southeast features Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C.

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Russell gave the “hats off” to fans as he prepared to tee off on his first hole of the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s. Russell went on to record a tournament score of 77-78 — 155 overall to tie for 17th place. His performance was highlighted by two birdies and par on 21 of 36 holes. The tie for 17th becomes Russell’s 12th top-20 finish of the 2013-2014 season. We look forward to seeing Russell again this season and wish him the best of luck.

The Photo of the Week is decided by our fans and followers so don’t forget that your feedback counts. In the week following a tournament, keep an eye on the IJGT Facebook page for photos from the Event. Each photo will received 1 point for a ‘Like’, 2 points for a ‘Comment’ and 3 points for ‘Shares’ so let us know what you think!

IJGT Photo of the Week – January 18-19, 2014

The IJGT hosted the Island Challenge at the Country Club of Hilton Head in Hilton Head Island, S.C. on January 18-19, 2014. The field featured new faces but it was tenured player Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., of the Boys 15-19 Division finishing first. Having played in numerous countries of the world, Russell has been exposed to varying weather conditions which gave him an advantage in the cold and windy weather during the tournament.

This week’s Photo of the Week features Russell, the first-place finisher.

Russell tabs his first victory in the Boys 15-19 Division at the Island Challenge

Russell tabs his first victory in the Boys 15-19 Division at the Island Challenge

The first-place win at the Island Challenge, his first tournament of the 2014 year, was a notable improvement from his final tournament of 2013 where he tied for 9th at the IJGA Invitational. Russell looks to continue to advance his performance as he heads to the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation, the site of the 2015 US Junior Amateur, on January 25-26, 2014.

The Photo of the Week is decided by our fans and followers so don’t forget – your feedback counts! In the week following a tournament, keep an eye on the IJGT Facebook page for photos from the Event. Each photo will received 1 point for a ‘Like’, 2 points for a ‘Comment’ and 3 points for ‘Shares’ so let us know what you think!

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.

Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour will be in Bluffton, S.C. on January 25-26, 2014 for the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation. The tournament will be hosted by the Pete Dye Course at Colleton River. The IJGT and Colleton River have teamed up for numerous successful tournaments in the past, including the Shootout at Colleton River Plantation on February 9-10, 2013. The field will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Pete Dye called his course at Colleton River Plantation, “The best course I have ever built,” a telling statement considering Dye also constructed prestigious courses such as TPC Sawgrass, Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course, and Whistling Straits.  It is the only links-style course of its kind in the Southeast, featuring views of the Atlantic Ocean and Port Royal Sound on 11 holes. The course has been ranked in the “Top 100” courses by GolfWeek and “Top 100 Greatest Courses in the U.S.,” by Golf Magazine. Defining the course are small, undulating greens protected by pot bunkers. In July of 2015, the Pete Dye Course at Colleton River will host the 68th U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. The course was also selected to be the location of many of the iconic and pivotal scenes of the movie, The Legend of Bagger Vance.

The 12th and 13th at Colleton River Plantation. Site of the 2015 US Junior Amateur.

The 12th and 13th at Colleton River Plantation. Site of the 2015 US Junior Amateur.

Keep an eye on Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., Tyler Pidduck of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C. All three players have multiple top-10 finishes this season but have not been able to capture an IJGT victory. They’ll look to change their luck at Dye’s masterful layout.

Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., and Cake Phuchanbanchob are part of a strong field in the Girls Division. Chee has finished top-10 in all six IJGT Events she has competed in this season. Kozak has four top-10 finishes this season, including a 2nd place finish at the IJGT Junior at Oyster Reef in July. Phuchanbanchob captured the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall on Dec. 7-8 with an impressive even-par performance for the two-day tournament.

To register for the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation, click here.

Island Challenge at the Country Club of Hilton Head – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) heads to the Country Club of Hilton Head on January 18-19, 2014 for the Island Challenge at Country Club of Hilton Head. Players will be competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Designed by Rees Jones, the Country Club of Hilton Head is a par-72 course with a rating of 75.2 and slope of 143 from the back tees. The course hosted local U.S. Open Qualifiers in 1999 and 2005. The course winds through a stately pine forest, salt-water marshes and fresh water lagoons. The Country Club of Hilton Head is defined by doglegs on 14 holes and water on 16 holes. The course’s signature hole is the par-5, 12th, featuring the highest point on Hilton Head Island. The hole offers tremendous vistas and a green that is framed by the Intracoastal Waterway.

Luxurious putting green at the Country Club of Hilton Head.

Putting green at the Country Club of Hilton Head.

Jake Kessel of Woodcliff Lake, N.J. looks to earn his first IJGT victory in the Boys 15-19 Division. Kessel finished in a tie for 2nd at the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation on September 21-22, 2013 after firing scores of 77-80-153. Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C. and Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J. hope to prevent Kessel from earning the victory, while earning their first career Tour championships.

In the Girls Division, Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand hopes to pick up her first win of the 2013-14 season. Siriko was victorious twice during the 2012-13 season, highlighted by her season-ending victory at the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions on May 25-27, 2013.

To register or for more information about this event, click here.