IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National – Tour Preview

The IJGT is excited to kick off its spring season with the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. The two-day, 36-hole tournament will be held on January 17-18, 2015, in Bluffton, S.C. Juniors will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

A par-71 Bobby Weed and Gary Player collaboration, Hilton Head National offers four sets of tees ranging from 5,628 yards to 6,730 yards. Player designed the course to be a straightforward test of golf free of sight-impeding hazards and visual intimidation.  The course’s signature sixth hole provides an exciting challenge with massive pot bunkers in addition to a lake along the right side. The 18th hole features a deep marsh along the right side of the narrow fairway and an elevated green.

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Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division of the IJGT Junior. Jain has notched four top-10 finishes this season and currently sits at No. 22 in the Tour Rankings. Also in the Boys 15-19 Division is Norman Hong of Shenzhen, China, looking for his first top-10 finish of the season in the division. Hong finished last year’s IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in a tie for 29th place and will look to improve on that finish this year.

In the Girls Division, Skylar Frankiewicz of Concord, Mass., is coming off a third place finish at the Savannah Junior at The Landings.

If you haven’t registered for the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National yet, you have until January 13, 2015, to do so.

To register or for more information about the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National, click here.

IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be making a return to Palmetto Hall Plantation for the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall in Hilton Head, S.C., on November 2-3, 2013.

Listed as one of the “Best Places to Play” in 2008-09, the Arthur Hills-designed course is guaranteed to feature towering pines, moss-draped oaks, lush fairways, and rolling greens edged with strategically-placed bunkers.

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18th Hole on the Palmetto Hall Arthur Hills Course

Competing for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points, the field will feature some of the tour’s best junior golfers in all divisions.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Norman Hong, the reigning Player of the Week after his performance at the Sanctuary Shootout on Sept. 28-29,will be making his fifth appearance this season. After his second straight Top-10 finish at Sanctuary, Hong of Shenzhen, China, will be competing for his first win. Also competing will be Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy. This will be D’Amico’s sixth event this season after a fourth place finish at the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield and a third place finish at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Luis Sanchez from Xalapa, Mexico, and Jackson Skeen from Johnson City, Tenn., will be players to watch. Sanchez will attempt to earn his first win after notably improving in the three events he has played so far this season, placing sixth, fourth, and second, all in succession. This will be the sixth event of the season for Skeen, after most recently cracking the Top-5 in the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation.

In an exciting battle for first place, the Girls Division will feature the likes of Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, and Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga. Both have played tremendously this season and this is sure to be a matchup to keep your eyes at the two-day event. Huang is coming off a fresh win at the Sanctuary Shootout at Cat Island, after tying for second place at the Aiken Junior Open. Ashmorewho was runner-up to Huang at Sanctuary, is playing in her fourth event and will be looking for her first win this season. She has placed Top-3 in every event so far.

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IJGT will also be hosting the second installment of the Southeast Region’s Discovery Tour series for the Fall 2013 season at Palmetto Hall on Saturday, November 2. The Discovery Tour is an event where children aged 8-12 of all skill levels are welcome to play. The single-round competition will tee off at 12:30pm on the Arthur Hills Course. Youngster Jonathan Griz of Bluffton, S.C., who won the Discovery Tour at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7, will be looking for his second straight win in the series.

The Discovery Tour is a great opportunity for young junior golfers aged 8-12 who have little or no golf tournament experience to improve upon their skills. With several events lined up each season, the tour is an incredibly fun and relaxed way for the players interact with other golfers, get tips from coaches, and most of all: have some fun!

Membership is $25 and each 9-hole tournament is $40.  To register for events or membership, please contact us at (843) 785-2444.

IJGT Players of the Week – Sept. 28-29, 2013

Northeast Tour

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) ventured to upstate New York for the Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill Country Club on Sept. 28-29, 2013. With its narrow, tree-lined fairways and small greens, Locust Hill Country Club proved to be an LPGA-caliber course. With great weather and spectacular course conditions, there were plenty of opportunities for players to score well this weekend. The Players of the Week in the Northeast Region are Sarah Godfrey-Singleton of Depew, N.Y., and Harry Jin of Palisades Park, N.J.Godfrey-Singleton

Godfrey-Singleton made her first appearance in an IJGT Event this week at Locust Hill.  After a first round 87 put her in seventh place, Godfrey-Singleton came back on day two with her sights set on posting a solid score. She did just that and improved by eight strokes on her way to carding a 79. She was also one of only three girls to break 80 in the Girls Division during the final round. This moved her up to a fourth-place finish for the tournament. After her strong finish in the final round, Godfrey-Singleton will be one to watch in future IJGT appearances.

Harry JinJin definitely made a statement this weekend in his first IJGT Event. He was able to put two great rounds together to stay in the hunt through the 36th hole. Jin was tied for the lead after firing a 1-over-par 73 on Saturday and continued to play well into Sunday where he fired a 74 to move into a tie for second place with a 3-over-par 147 total. Heading into the last hole, Jin was tied for the lead but came up a bit short on the 18th green, failing to force a playoff. He made a total of seven birdies for the weekend and with this hot start, he looks forward to the South Jersey Open at Blue Heron Pines where he will try to capture his first win in an IJGT Event.



Southeast Tour

BEAUFORT, S.C. — Meanwhile, IJGT’s Southeast Tour hosted the Sanctuary Shootout at Sanctuary Golf Club on Cat Island in Beaufort, S.C. The tournament consisted of many talented junior golfers, where contestants competed on a beautiful and challenging golf course. Norman Hong of Shenzhen, China, and Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, both have received Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Region.

Norman Hong (POTW)Hong, who competes in the Boys 15-19 Division, struggled his first day, shooting 14-over-par 85. Despite this first round performance, Hong came into Day 2 with a sheer determination to turn his play around; he did just that, hitting nearly every fairway in the final round. Hong shot a 3-over-par on the front nine and was on the green in regulation on every hole. He finished his final round with an 8-over-par 79, displaying consistence with his woods and irons throughout. Although this was his best outing thus far on the Southeast tour, Hong will continue to improve and will be looking for a win in upcoming tournaments.

Yeji Ahn (POTW)Ahn, competing in the Girls Division, showed how practice can make perfect over the weekend. Ahn played extremely well in the final round, shooting 14-over-par 85, an incredible 13 stroke improvement over her first round outing. This 85 mark sets Ahn’s best score so far this year and she continues to improve on a daily basis. The turning moment in the final round came when she birdied the par-5 fifth hole, putting it within two feet of the cup on her drive. From that point on, she continued to hit nearly every fairway with her driver. Ahn remains a tough competitor and truly shows that if you practice hard, it pays off in the end with great results.