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College Prep at Palmetto Hall – Final Results

Cook nabs first in two-hole playoff

Arjun finishes first in a come-from-behind win

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The IJGT hosted College Prep at the local venue, Palmetto Hall Plantation Club on April 26-27, 2014. The first 54-hole event of the Southeast Tour was held on the Robert Cupp Course both days and consisted of three rounds of 18 holes. The tournament’s lineup included 51 juniors between the ages of 13 and 19. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were at stake for competitors, as well as an invite to the IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

DSC_0969Brad Cook of Jackson, Wyo., placed first after a sudden-death victory in a playoff for the Boys 15-19 Division. After regulation, Cook and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, were tied for first place. Ogawa had led the division after rounds one and two, leading Cook by five strokes going into the final round in day one. The tie forced a sudden-death playoff held on the course’s par-5 hole No. 15. Ogawa teed off first, hitting the fairway while Cook’s tee shot found its way into the rough. Ogawa rolled his approach shot long beyond the hole before putting in for par from 20 feet. Cook reached the green from a 70-yard approach shot before also putting for par. The pair finished their 55th hole still tied and moved on to the par-3 No. 16.

Ogawa teed first again, landing in a difficult bunker on the left of the green. Cook capitalized on Ogawa’s situation as he found the front-side fringe. In attempt to get out of the bunker, Ogawa’s chip found the water hazard forcing him to play a new ball. Ogawa chipped close but finished with six. Cook’s birdie putt came up just shy, but his par putt allowed him to safely secure the title.

Cook finished with score of 77-75-71 – 223. His regulation play was highlighted by six birdies, five of which came in the final round. He carded par or better on 14 of 18 holes in round three to secure a 1-under-par score of 71, a score that would earn him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award is given to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round of the event. Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, and Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, also carded scores of 71 to receive the award.

Ogawa finished in second as a result of the playoff and finished with scores of 73-74-76 – 223. Kim of finished third with scores of 74-80-71 – 225.

When asked what his thoughts were during the final hole of the playoff, Cook said, “[Tennoshin] hit his into the bunker so I was just thinking if I could just hit the green than I could have a really solid set up.

DSC_0882In a comeback performance, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, secured first place with scores of 79-74-78 – 231. Arjun trailed Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, by two strokes after round one before shaving five strokes from her score to share the divisional lead going into round three. Her Clazic Belts Low Final Round score 78 was one stroke better than Huang, putting her in first. Arjun tallied a division-high eight birdies to help secure the title.

Huang finished second behind Arjun by one stroke with scores of 77-76-79 – 232 while Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, rounded out the top three with scores of 79-76-79 – 234 overall.

“The first thing I had to focus on was not getting tired because 36 holes in one day is not easy. I’m glad because the day before, I’d planned on carrying my bag but instead I brought a push cart,” said Arjun.

DSC_0916In only his second IJGT event of his career, Dong Jun Kim of Kimhae, South Korea, took first in the Boys 14 & Under Division with scores of 79-80-87 – 246 overall. Coming off of a second-place finish at The College Classic at Duke University, Kim pulled into first in the first round. Round two gave Kim a commanding lead as he scored 10 strokes better than any other junior, allowing him to finish 10 strokes in front for the entire tournament.

Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., took second with scores of 80-96-80 – 256 while Matthew Dzialga of Greenwich, Conn., took third with scores of 91-90-87 – 268 overall.

“I was pretty tired after playing 54 holes, they’re pretty long walks,” said Kim in discussing what his first 54-hole event experience.

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will host two events on May 3-4, 2014. Both events will be Callaway Junior World Qualifiers, one to be held at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., and the other to be held at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run in Hilton Head Island, S.C. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

College Prep at Palmetto Hall – Round Two Recap

The IJGT continued College Prep at Palmetto Hall Robert Cupp Course for a second round of 18 holes on April 26, 2014. The second round followed round one with a shotgun-start at 2:00 p.m. The weather remained sunny and breezy more than 40 juniors took the course for a second time. In review, divisional leaders’ rounds in numbers are below.

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, leads the Boys 15-19 Division for the second-straight round. His round in numbers:

147 – his two-round score, the lowest overall score for two rounds in the tournament

35 – 1-under-par score on holes one through nine in round two

8 – Ogawa posted four birdies in both rounds for a total of eight

2 – he remains two strokes out in front of the competition

In the Boys 14 and Under Division, Dong Jun Kim of Kimhae, South Korea, leads for the second straight round. His round in numbers:

159 – Kim added a second-round score of 80 to his round-one 79 for an overall score of 159 for day one

17 – holds the lead by 17 strokes

8 – tallied a par or better streak for eight holes in round two

2 – this is only the second IJGT event for Kim, his first 54-hole event

After round two, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, and Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, are tied in first. Their rounds in numbers are below:

ARJUN:
74 – her round-two score, 2-over-par

5 – number of strokes she shaved from her round-one score

10– College Prep is her 10th IJGT event of the 2013-2014 season

2 – back-to-back birdies on holes 14 and 15, also the place she finished in her last tournament appearance at Palmetto Hall

HUANG:
76 – her score for round two, one stroke better than her round one score

36 – even-par score in the course’s back nine

2 – number of birdies carded in round two

1 – place she held after round one and is now sharing with Arjun after round two

Juniors will return to play for the last and final round tomorrow, April 27, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. For full results from the first round of the College Prep at Palmetto Hall Robert Cupp Course, click here. Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.

Piluso, D’Amico, & Arjun receive Photo of the Week honors – April 10, 2014

NORTHEAST

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour headed to Hartefeld National to host the second Major Championship of the 2014 season. Gusts of winds reached 35 mph in round one, but Mother Nature made up for it with ideal golf conditions during the final round with temperatures in the 60s. With a very strong field of competitors, many golfers came out to compete in this event. This week’s Photo of the Week honors for the Northeast go to Robert Piluso of Ridgewood, N.J.

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This event was Piluso’s third IJGT event this season and his best finish this season as well. Piluso finished tied for 13th in a very strong field of competitors. In round one, he shot a score of 82. Piluso made 10 pars in round one, including  a stretch of six pars in a row to close out his front nine. In the final round, he improved his score by two strokes and finished with numbers of 82-80–162 overall. Piluso made two birdies in the final round, both of them coming on the par-5 holes on his back nine. We want to congratulate Piluso on his T13 finish in the Major Championship at Hartefeld National and also winning Photo of the Week honors for this week. We hope to see more of Piluso at upcoming IJGT events this season.

SOUTHEAST

In the Southeast, the IJGT hosted The College Classic at Washington Duke Golf Club.  Favorable spring weather with temperatures in the 60s made for ideal playing conditions at a golf course rich in history. The Photo of the Week honors in the Southeast go to Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India and Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy.

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D’Amico and Arjun both earned the Clazic Beltz Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the golfer who shoots the lowest score during the final round. D’Amico’s posted a score of 76 during the final round while Arjun posted a score of 78. D’Amico had four birdies in the final round which led him to win his first IJGT event this season. Arjun made par at 12 holes and won her division by one stroke. Congratulations to D’Amico and Arjun on a great weekend and winning the Photo of the Week honors this week in the Southeast.

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!

The College Classic at Washington Duke Golf Club – Final Results

D’Amico, Halleron secure first-ever IJGT victories

Arjun comes from behind to nab first 

DURHAM, N.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled north to host The College Classic at Washington Duke Golf Club on April 5-6, 2014. Favorable spring weather with temperatures in the 60s made for ideal playing conditions for juniors ranging from 12-19 years of age. National rankings, IJGT Merit Points and an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014 were all at stake.

d'Amico, LuigiEn route to his first ever IJGT victory, Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, in the Boys 15-19 Division led a tight race in both rounds to finish with a score 77-76 – 153 overall. Round one was a close match as D’Amico battled second-place finisher, Davis Kiger of Harrisburg, N.C., for the lead. Finishing the last nine of his first round with three birdies, D’Amico nudged into first with just a one-stroke lead. D’Amico’s second-round performance was highlighted by four birdies, three of which came on his first nine for a score of one-under-par 35. Staving off a comeback by Kiger, D’Amico finished round two with a score of 4-over-par 76. The first-place victory is D’Amico’s ninth top-10 finish of the 2013-2014 season.

D’Amico’s round-two performance also awarded him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is awarded to the player(s) who shoots the lowest score during Sunday’s round.

When asked what worked well for him as he looked to maintain his lead, D’Amico said, “I tried to not waste any shots and make the most of each one.”

Kiger finished in second place with a score of 78-81 – 159 overall. Rounding out the top three was Trevor Lohman of Bellevue, Wash., finishing with a score of 80-80 – 160 overall.

Halleron, JackIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Jack Halleron of Timonium, M.D., made a standout first impression in the southeast as he took an authoritative 13-stroke lead to finish first. After round one, Halleron led Don Jun Kim of Kimhae, South Korea, by six strokes. Making par on nine of 18 holes in round one was the consistency necessary to lead but it was his round-two performance that pushed Halleron even further out in front. The division-high three birdies allowed Halleron to shave two strokes from his round-one score to finish with a 82-80 – 162 overall score.

“My putting went well today but I would say my long irons were my biggest struggle,” commented Halleron.

Matthew Dzialga of Greenwich, Conn., struggled in round one but cut an impressive 17 strokes off his round-one score to come back and tie Kim for second place. Both boys finished with an overall score of 175. Dzialga, in his first ever IJGT tournament event, also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round for his score of 6-over-par 79.

Arjun, NikitaEven though she trailed by two after round one, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, came from behind to nab first with a score of 81-78 – 159 overall. Three birdies from Phyllis Tang of Hong Kong, China, allowed her to lead after round one. Despite carding two additional birdies in round two, Tang struggled with a string of bogeys. With the lead in her reach, Arjun made par on an impressive 12 of 18 holes in round two to slide into first for the win. Arjun’s low-final-round score of 78 put her one stroke ahead of Tang who led the division for most of the two-day tournament. The victory is Arjun’s second consecutive win and ninth top-five finish for the 2013-2014 season.

“It feels awesome [to win], it’s my second win back-to-back so nerves were the hardest thing for me but consistency really helped me out in the end,” stated Arjun.

Tang’s score of 79-81 – 160 overall was enough for a second-place finish while Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, finished in third with an overall score of 172.

The IJGT Southeast Tour will continue with the Oldfield Junior at Oldfield Country Club in Okatie, S.C., on April 12-13,2014. 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, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, 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.

Durham, N.C. – Final round results of the IJGT College Classic conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 6, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,928 yards, Par 72 (73.0/136). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,278 yards, Par 72 (70.1/123). Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,971 yards, Par 72 (75.0/132).

Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 10-15 mph
Cloudy with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 15-20 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
College Classic at Washington Duke Golf Club
Durham, N.C.
April 5-6, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees) 6,928 yards, Par 72
1. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *77-76–153
2. Davis Kiger, Harrisburg, NC *78-81–159
3. Trevor Lohman, Bellevue, WA *80-80–160
4. Dylan Lukes, Chapel Hill, NC *84-77–161
5. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-81–162
6. Will Beischer, Durham, NC *79-86–165
7. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *87-81–168
7. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *82-86–168
9. Kyle Vance, Audubon, PA *85-84–169
9. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *85-84–169
9. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *79-90–169
9. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *78-91–169
13. Gary McCabe, Collegeville, PA *84-86–170
14. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *90-82–172
14. Quade Lukes, Chaple Hill, NC *86-86–172
16. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *89-84–173
17. Charles Young II, Woodstock, MD *85-89–174
17. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *83-91–174
19. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD *89-86–175
20. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *87-89–176
21. Matt Friday, Pittsburgh, PA *95-84–179
21. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *90-89–179
23. Jason Siegel, Colorado Springs, CO *91-89–180
24. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *95-88–183
25. Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, NY *104-87–191
26. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *96-97–193

DID NOT FINISH
Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *88-WD
Ben Lieberman, Potomac, MD *82-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) 6,278 yards, Par 72
1. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *82-80–162
2. Matthew Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *96-79–175
2. Dong Jun Kim, Kimhae, South Korea *88-87–175
4. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *90-91–181

Girls Division (Green tees) 5971 yards, Par 72
1. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *81-78–159
2. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *79-81–160
3. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *85-87–172
4. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *85-92–177
5. Alexandra Yarosh, East Falmouth, MA *95-88–183
6. Emma Parson, Bluffton, SC *92-98–190
7. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *105-95–200

College Prep at Palmetto Hall – Tour Preview

The IJGT will host its first 54-hole tournament of the year in the southeast region for College Prep at the Palmetto Hall Robert Cupp Course in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on April 26-27, 2014. Players will tee off in the morning on Saturday, April 26, for the first round of 18 holes and again in the afternoon for a second 18 holes. The final 18 will be played Sunday, April 27. In addition to exposure to collegiate level coaches, players will also have the opportunity to secure national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

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The Robert Cupp design is a difficult course full of strategically placed bunkers and naturally occurring slopes. Using a computer to design the course, Cupp created a layout of straight lines and hard angles that are challenging but playable.

The 18th at the Palmetto Hall Robert Cupp Course.
The 18th at the Palmetto Hall Robert Cupp Course.

As we gear up for College Prep, keep an eye on a deep Boys 15-19 Division. Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, who currently ranks second in the tour rankings will look to add another first-place will at Palmetto Hall. Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, comes off of a T4 finish at the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s and will aim to continue his momentum to contend for first.

In the Boys 14 and Under Division, stay tuned for performances by both Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., and Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, as they both come off second and third-place finishes, respectively, at the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s on April 12-13, 2014. Shimoji currently boasts four first-place victories on the 2013-2014 season.

The Girls Division will be small yet competitive, led by Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India. Currently ranked second in the tour ranking, Arjun will look to nab her third consecutive victory at Palmetto Hall.

To register or for more information about College Prep, click here.

Final results from the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club, McDowell wins in playoff – March 22-23, 2014

McDowell takes first in a playoff victory

Ogawa secures his third victory of the season

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) headed north to the Columbia Country Club to host the Palmetto Open on March 22-23, 2014. Both rounds were played in perfect golf weather with temperatures in the 70s, light breezes and abundant sunshine. Forecasted rain held out and allowed the juniors to compete in dry conditions for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. The field featured juniors between the ages of 12 and 19 years old.

Tennoshin Rd. 1 LeaderGoing into round two, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, led by two strokes after tallying three birdies and finishing with a 1-under-par score of 71. Kicking off round two with two birdies, Ogawa attempted to pull away but second place finisher Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, was not far behind. D’Amico carded four birdies in his own second-round effort to put him even with Ogawa in round two. It was Ogawa’s consistency though that allowed him to prevail. Tallying six total birdies and making par on 23 holes led Ogawa to a 71-74 – 145 overall score for a first-place finish in the 36-hole tournament. The first-place finish became his third victory of the 2013-2014 season and sixth top-ten finish in eight IJGT events played.

“I was not nervous [after round one] and felt confident since my irons ended up working well for me,” said Ogawa.

Second place in the Boys 15-19 Division went to D’Amico who improved from fourth place after round one to finish with a 74-74 – 148 overall score. Rounding out the top three was Wilson Belk of Colorado Springs, Colo., who finished one stroke behind D’Amico with a score of 73-76 – 149 overall.

The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award that goes to the player in each division with the lowest score in the final round of the tournament, went to Karan Arjun of Bangalore, India, who carded a 1-under-par-71 in round two.

Nikita ArjunIn the Girls Division, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, came from behind to secure first place. Going into round two three strokes behind, Arjun took to the course and shaved an impressive four strokes off of her first round to pass round-one leader, Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga. Though she struggled in round one with seven bogeys, Arjun added two birdies and only two bogeys in round two to ensure her place in first. Coming off of a second-place finish at Kiawah Island in February, the victory at Columbia Country Club is her first of the season and becomes her eighth top-five finish for 2013-2014. Arjun, the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award winner, finished the tournament with a score of 78-74 – 152 overall.

Ashmore finished with a score of 75-78 – 153 overall to take second place. Rounding out the Girls Division was Milleina Ohara of Meguro-Ku, Japan, who finished with a score of 82-77 – 159 overall.

“Putting was the most difficult [for me] because the greens were really fast so it was really hard to read,” commented Arjun.

Chandler McDowell 1In a competitive Boys 14 & Under Division, John Weiss of Columbia, S.C., had a three-stroke lead over both Chandler McDowell of Alberta, Canada, and Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., but consistency in round two allowed McDowell to cut four strokes off his round-one score to tie Weiss with an overall score of 158, sending it into a playoff. In his first ever IJGT event, Weiss came up short in the playoff against McDowell who benefitted from his long game to finish with par on the playoff hole for the win.

Following the playoff, Weiss finished second with a score of 78-80 – 158 overall while Ingram rounded out the Boys 14 & Under Division in third with an overall score if 161.

When asked about his approach to his first playoff scenario, McDowell said, “I hit my drive just behind the bunker and when I saw that id hit it into the bunker I just hit it in the middle of the green for an easy two putt.”

The IJGT’s next event will be The College Classic at Duke University in Durham, N.C., on April 5-6, 2014. To sign up for this Event, click here.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Dynamic Brands, Clazic Belts, Oakley, Sun Mountain, The First Tee, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

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

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Palmetto Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed March 23, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,957 yards, Par 72 (74.0/136).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,281 yards, Par 72 (70.5/132). Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,996 yards, Par 72 (71.5/122).

Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 70s, winds 3-5 mph
Cloudy with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 10-15 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club
Blythewood, S.C.
March 22-23, 2014
Course: Ridgewood/Tall Pines 

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees): 6,857 Yards, Par 72

1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *71-74–145
2. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *74-74–148
3. Wilson Belk, Colorado Springs CO *73-76–149
4. William Harwood, Columbia, SC *78-72–150
5. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *81-71–152
5. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *77-75–152
5. Salil Ghamande, Evans, GA *73-79–152
8. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *79-77–156
8. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co (NQN) *75-81–156
10. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *81-77–158
10. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *80-78–158
12. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *82-77–159
12. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *81-78–159
14. Paul Edgar, Kitchener, Canada *80-80–160
14. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *79-81–160
16. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *82-79–161
16. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *79-82–161
18. Chad Couch Jr, Bristol, TN *77-85–162
19. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN *90-73–163
20. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-84–164
20. Alec Stopperich, Venetia, PA *80-84–164
22. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *86-79–165
22. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *82-83–165
24. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *82-84–166
25. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *83-85–168
26. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *88-85–173
27. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *86-89–175
28. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China *104-109–213
Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees): 6,281 yards, Par 72

1. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *81-77—158*
2. John Weiss, Columbia, SC *78-80–158
3. Chase Ingram, Bluffton, SC *81-80–161
4. Ben Woodruff, Huntersville NC *83-79–162
5. Bronson Myers, Columbia, SC *82-87–169
6. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *92-80–172
7. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *93-83–176
8. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA *91-88–179
9. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China *98-102–200
10. Ronak Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *102-99—201

*Denotes playoff winner

Girls Division (Black Tees): 5,996 yards, Par 72

1. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India, *78-74–152
2. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA, *75-78–153
3. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan, *82-77–159
4. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *81-79–160
5. Jacquelyn Eleey, Quincy, MA *83-79–162
6. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *84-80–164
7. Legare Augenstein, Columbia SC, *90–83-173
8. Pen Naviroj, Watertown, CT *89-85–174
9. Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *99-95–194

DID NOT FINISH

Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *79-JWD

Kessel and Arjun earn Player of the Week honors – February 15-16, 2014

The IJGT traveled to Kiawah Island, S.C., for the Major Championship at Kiawah Island on February 15-16, 2014. The tournament was held on two courses at Kiawah Island Golf Resort – the first round being held at Turtle Point and the final round being played at the world famous Ocean Course. This year’s event featured a talented field of junior golfers, all having to showcase their patience and perseverance while fearlessly playing through wind gusts of 20+ mph both rounds. The Players of the Week are Jake Kessel of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., and Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India.

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KessellKessell put together two solid rounds at the challenging Kiawah Island Golf Resort – a first-round 84 on Turtle Point followed by a final-round 82 at the Ocean Course – to finish tied for 15th in the Boys 15-19 Division. His first round was composed of three pars and a birdie on the par-3 No. 3, but his biggest accomplishment came on the par-3 No. 14, as he hit a hole-in-one from 164 yards out. Kessell put forth a steady and respectable performance during the final round, carding eight more pars and two additional birdies. Kessell looks to continue strong play throughout the remainder of the season with hopes to win the IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament Of Champions, May 24-26, 2014, in Orlando, Florida.[/column]

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Arjun found herself in first place after an impressive first round at the Turtle Point course. She began her day on a good note, as she birded the par-5 hole No. 10. While most of the players in the tournament had great difficulty dealing with the stiff winds on hole Nos. 14, 15 and 16, Arjun played them perfectly, parring all three. Consistent play and two additional birdies in the first round resulted a score of one-over-par 73, the best round in the tournament across all divisions. She also played well in the second round, carding 10 pars and finishing with a score of 82. Her 73-82–155 overall score was good enough to earn second place, her seventh top-5 finish of the season. Arjun will look to continue her success at the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club, March 22-23, 2014.[/column]

For full results from the Major Championship at Kiawah Island, click here

Final results from the Major Championship at Kiawah Island Resort

Kim earns first Major Championship win

Valdes wins back-to-back at Kiawah

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) stopped at Kiawah Island Resort over the weekend to host the Major Championship. Round one was held on the Jack Nicklaus designed Turtle Point Golf Club. The final round was held on the famed Ocean Course, which has hosted events such as the 1991 Ryder Cup and 2012 PGA Championship. Round one had wind gusts ranging from 20 mph to 30 mph. The weather for the final round was ideal with winds around 10 mph and temperatures in the mid 50s. The field of competitors had a total of 99 golfers across three divisions and represented 16 different countries. At stake were double IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, and AJGA Stars for the Boys 15-19 Division and the Girls Division. Furthermore, the Champion from each division received an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

Kim TrophyIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, prevailed with a come-from-behind victory earning him his first Major Championship. Kim had two birdies in the first round, but also made two double-bogeys. Heading into the final round he was trailing the first-round leader, Yuan Li of Haikou City, China, by only one stroke. The final round was where Kim played some of his best golf and made his move. He started off shaky being 4-over-par after five holes, but he managed to battle back. He found his stride and made par on 10 consecutive holes. Kim topped off his par streak by adding a birdie on the par-5, hole No. 16. He finished the back nine with a score of even-par 36. He made par on 22 of 36 holes during the tournament. Kim has finished within the top ten in all eight of his events played with the IJGT, four of them being first-place finishes. Kim’s weekend numbers totaled to 79-76—155.

When asked about his mindset going into the final round trailing, Kim replied, “I was actually just trying to get par. I knew that over par was going to win.”

Second place ended in a tie between Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, and Chang Ju Lee of Seoul, South Korea. D’Amico shot 82-75—157 and Lee posted a score of 80-77—157. D’Amico’s score of 75 in the final round earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the player that shoots the lowest score during the final round.

Valdes TrophyThe Girls Division was won by Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, which totaled her third IJGT Championship this season. Valdes won the Major Championship at Kiawah in 2013 and came back this year to defend her title. After day one she found herself headed into the final round trailing by four strokes. Valdes remained calm and played within her game. She made par on 26 of 36 holes, including 14 pars during the final round. Both days Valdes picked up her game on the back nine. On day one, she shot a 1-over-par 37 on the back nine including one birdie. On day two, she shot a 3-over-par 39, but managed to string together seven consecutive pars. Valdes is ranked within the top ten for the Girls Division with the IJGT and has finished within the top five for every event she has played. Her final round score of 77 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division. She posted scores of 77 at Turtle Point and 77 at the Ocean Course for a two day total of 154.

When asked how she was feeling headed into the final round trailing, Valdes said, “Every time I am back from the lead, it gives me more motivation to do well and keep fighting.”

Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, nabbed second place recording scores of 73-82–155. Third place went to Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, who posted scores of 79-78—157.

Vilips TrophyIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, took home his seventh IJGT Championship this season. Coming off a first place finish in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation, Vilips looked to keep his win streak alive. During round one at Turtle Point, he totaled 11 pars and one birdie to take the division lead firing a 5-over-par 77. Vilips had a three-stroke lead in the division after his first round and never looked back. On day two, he started out strong making par at seven holes in a row to finish the front nine with a 2-over-par score of 38. On the back nine, Vilips started to struggle a bit more due to the wind picking up as five out of the nine holes were right on the Atlantic Ocean on the Ocean Course. Despite the conditions, he managed to keep it together finishing the day with a score of 81, which stretched his division lead to seven strokes and won him the Major Championship. Vilips’s numbers for the weekend were 77-81—158.

When asked about his mindset going into the final round with the lead, Vilips responded, “I didn’t want to completely blow it, so I played smart on holes with water because driver into the wind could go anywhere. I wanted to hit the greens and in safe areas.”

Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, came in second place, shooting an 80-85—165 overall. Connor Creasy of Abingdon, Va., finished in third place posting an 87-80—167.

The IJGT’s next Event will be the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor on Feb. 22-23, 2014. The club at Savannah Harbor has played host to PGA Tour events like the Champions Tour’s Legends of Golf. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Dynamic Brands, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

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

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Major Championship at Kiawah Island Resort conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Feb. 16, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division (Turtle Point): Black Tees – 6,724 yards, Par 72 (72.7/136).  Boys 14 & Under Division (Turtle Point): Silver Tees – 6,224 yards, Par 72 (69.9/125) Girls Division (Turtle Point): Blue Tees – 5,805 yards, Par 72 (73.5/132). Boys 15-19 Division (Ocean Course): Gold Tees – 6,710 yards, Par 72 (73.3/137).  Boys 14 & Under Division (Ocean Course): Silver Tees – 6,043 yards, Par 72 (70.2/130) Girls Division (Ocean Course): Blue Tees – 5,708 yards, Par 72 (74.8/128).

Weather:

Saturday: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the Low 50s, winds 20-25 mph

Sunday: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the Mid 50s, winds 10-15 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Kiawah Island Resort
Kiawah Island, S.C.
February 15-16, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division
Round 1 – (Black Tees) Turtle Point, 6,724 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Gold Tees) Ocean Course, 6,710 yards, Par 72
1. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea, *79-76–155
2. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy, *82-75–157
2. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea, *80-77–157
4. Jack Gianniny, Rochester, NY, *82-79–161
4. Joshua Goldenberg, Scarsdale, NY, *81-80–161
6. Derrick Villarreal, Bluffton, SC, *84-78–162
6. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India, *81-81–162
8. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India, *81-82–163
8. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, *80-83–163
10. Jamie Guisinger, Troy, MI, *88-76–164
10. Hector Gutierrez, Myrtle Beach, SC, *83-81–164
10. John Karcher, Novi, MI, *81-83–164
10. Yuan Li, Haikou City, *78-86–164
14. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY, *83-82–165
15. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada, *87-79–166
15. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, *84-82–166
15. Will Beischer, Durham, NC, *80-86–166
15. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY, *81-85–166
15. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY, *79-87–166
20. Pedro De La Vega, Myrtle Beach, SC, *87-80–167
20. Tom Crow, Virginia Beach, VA, *85-82–167
22. Dylan Lukes, Chapel Hill, NC, *87-81–168
23. Javier Gonzalez, Myrtle Beach, SC, *80-89–169
24. Zhengkai Bai, Shantou, China, *87-83–170
24. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India, *86-84–170
24. Simon McDonald, Kialla, Australia, *87-83–170
24. Brian Strumillo, Burr Ridge, IL, *92-78–170
24. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA, *88-82–170
29. Ivan Gomez, Myrtle Beach, SC, *87-84–171
29. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan, *84-87–171
29. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan, *90-81–171
32. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, *85-87–172
32. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan, *85-87–172
34. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy, *87-86–173
34. Quinn Dolan, Broomall, PA, *90-83–173
36. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia, *88-86–174
36. Rafael Beirana, Myrtle Beach, SC, *90-84–174
38. George Cultraro, Wyckoff, NJ, *88-87–175
38. Lucas Hechler, Myrtle Beach, SC, *82-93–175
40. Peyton Shore, Saluda, SC, *97-79–176
40. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC, *84-92–176
40. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA, *91-85–176
43. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY, *94-83–177
43. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *93-84–177
43. Saurav Bubber, Mississauga, Canada, *89-88–177
46. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC, *91-87–178
47. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan, *91-88–179
48. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *84-96–180
48. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China, *95-85–180
48. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *91-89–180
51. Jeronimo Martinez, Myrtle Beach, SC, *86-96–182
51. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand, *91-91–182
53. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *93-90–183
53. Andrej Erkelens, Pittsford, NY, *90-93–183
55. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan, *92-94–186
56. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *98-89–187
57. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH, *93-96–189
58. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland, *101-89–190
59. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY, *98-93–191
60. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan, *100-93–193
60. Chris Tohir, New Canaan, CT, *95-98–193
62. Nick Fizzano, Newtown Square, PA, *106-88–194
63. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN, *101-95–196
64. Jinsoo Yun, Hephzibah, GA, *95-103–198
65. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *95-107–202
66. Caleb Bryant, New Freedom, PA, *107-99–206
67. Cade Jarrard, Mount Airy, MD, *112-100–212
68. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China, *135-137–272

DID NOT FINISH
Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *107–DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Jack Carroll, Rye, NY, *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Jack DePerrior, Rochester, NY, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division
Round 1 – (Silver Tees) Turtle Point, 6,148 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Silver Tees) Ocean Course, 6,043 yards, Par 72
1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia, *77-81–158
2. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada, *80-85–165
3. Connor Creasy, Abingdon, VA, *87-80–167
4. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY, *89-82–171
5. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan, *89-86–175
6. Chase Ingram, Bluffton, SC, *93-88–181
7. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico, *90-92–182
7. Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA, *91-91–182
9. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA, *92-91–183
10. Jacob Morris, Hollywood, SC, *96-89–185
10. Sebastiano Bogoni, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy, *97-88–185
12. Thomas Delaney, Kingwood, TX, *98-100–198
13. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, *105-95–200
14. Zichen Zhao, Hilton Head Island, SC, *134-137–271

Girls Division
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Turtle Point, 5,805 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) Ocean Course, 5,708 yards, Par 72
1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico, *77-77–154
2. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India, *73-82–155
3. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan, *79-78–157
4. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand, *81-85–166
5. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China, *82-85–167
6. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *90-79–169
7. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua, *88-82–170
8. Gillian Alexander, Rices Landing, PA, *89-98–187
9. Danlu Cheng, Shenzhen, China, *89-100–189
10. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY, *98-92–190
11. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY, *94-101–195
12. Fiona Hebbel, Leverkusen, SC, *105-106–211
13. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *104-115–219

 

First-round highlights from the Major Championship at Kiawah Island

Round one of the Major Championship at Kiawah Island  created quite the challenge for the junior golfers at Kiawah Island’s Turtle Point Golf Club. Large gusts of winds ranging from 20 mph to 30 mph  made the already difficult course even harder. The Major Championship brought out a field of 97 competitors across three divisions and representing 16 different countries. Double IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were at stake, as well as AJGA Stars for the Boys 15-19 Division and the Girls Division. Additionally, the champion from each division will receive an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014. Despite the fierce winds, numerous golfers managed to score well.  The numbers for the division leaders are as follows.

 

Yuan Li of Haikou City, China, is the Boys 15-19 Division leader. Here are his round one numbers:

37 – score on the back nine of round one

6 – number of strokes over par

3 – number of birdies during round one

1 – this is his first IJGT Event

1 – stroke lead in his division

 

Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, leads the Girls Division after an amazing 1-over-par 73. Here are her numbers for round one:

11 – number of pars during round one

6 – number of IJGT events played this season (not including the Major Championship at Kiawah Island)

4 – number currently ranked among the tour

3 – number of birdies during round one

 

Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, is leading the Boys 14 & Under Division. Here are his round one numbers:

6 – number of first-place finishes this season

5 – number of strokes over par

2 – stroke lead in his division

1 – number of birdies during round one

 

For full results from round one of the Major Championship at Kiawah Island at Turtle Pointclick here.  

To view pairings for round two  of the Major Championship at Kiawah Island at the Ocean Course, click here.

The final round will be held at Kiawah’s Ocean Course, which has hosted events like the Ryder Cup in 1991 and PGA Championship in 2012. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live, up-to-the-minute updates of the Major Championship at Kiawah Island as the tournament continues.

 

Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be traveling to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. for the highly-anticipated Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2013. Held at one of the world’s most popular clubs, the three-day, 54-hole event will be contested on the Pete Dye-designed Valley and THE PLAYERS Stadium Courses, of which the latter is highlighted by one of the most difficult holes on the PGA TOUR — the signature par-3 17th island green. TPC Sawgrass, which plays host to THE PLAYERS Championship, is the birthplace of the TPC Network and is the backdrop of the PGA Headquarters.

At this Southeast Tour Event, over 100 junior golfers from all over the world will be competing for National Rankings, AJGA Performance Stars and IJGT Merit Points.

TPC Sawgrass2THE PLAYERS Stadium Course is highlighted by the signature par-3 17th hole which features an island green.

To register for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass, click here.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Tennoshin Ogawa from Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Nick Geiman from York, Pa., will be competing for top honors in a talent-stacked older division. Ogawa is in his third season with the IJGT, and after racking up six victories last season, he has continued his great play thus far in 2013-2014. He earned a victory at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on Oct. 19-20, and two other second place finishes, including one at the recent Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes on Oct. 9-10. Geiman, who is playing in his fourth season with the IJGT, is also a strong contender. He has placed top five in two events this season, and will be looking to continue that strong play at TPC Sawgrass.

The Boys 14 & Under Division will feature Brandon McBride from Bluffton, S.C., and Joe Parrini of York, Pa., who will be going head-to-head for a place at the top of the leaderboard. McBride is new to the IJGT this season, but he has played like a seasoned professional, garnering top five finishes in five of his six events on the year, including a fourth place finish at the Major Championship at Palmetto DunesParriniwho has played exclusively on IJGT’s Northeast Tour this season, is in his third season. After playing in seven events, he has taken home five first-place trophies, and will surely be a player to keep an eye on over the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 weekend.

The Girls Division will be highlighted by Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, and Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, who represent a very talented field of girls competing for the top trophies. Arjun has been a dangerous contender on the IJGT during her first season, grabbing top five finishes in all five of her events, including two second place finishes at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on Nov. 2-3 and the Major Championship at Palmetto DunesNakatani will also be a major force at the event. She in playing in her second season with the IJGT, winning three events last year and placing top five in all three of her events this season.