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IJGA Invitational at Harbour Town – Final Results

Go repeats as IJGA Invitational Champion

Kozak wins Girls Division at Harbour Town

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) concluded the 2015 Fall Season with the annual International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) Invitational at Harbour Town Golf Links. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing 10 different states and 14 countries competed in the 36-hole Major Championship for double IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, and AJGA Performance Stars.

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, repeated as the Boys 15-19 Division Champion in the IJGA Invitational with a tournament score of 1-over, 143. Go started off the tournament well making four birdies and firing a 1-under, 70. This was the best round recorded in the tournament and gave him a three-stroke lead going into the final day of competition.

Shiso Go won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 15-19 Division

Shiso Go won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 15-19 Division

Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage, is a challenging test of golf, and even a player of Go’s caliber was going to have to play well to maintain a lead. Go did not get off to the start he wanted in the final round, making a double-bogey on the opening hole. He rebounded quickly though, with birdies on his next two holes to get it back to even-par. From there, Go was able to hold off his fellow competitors by making 12 pars in his last 14 holes. He finished with a round of 2-over, 73 and a seven-stroke victory. This was Go’s first IJGT victory of the 2015-2016 Season. Go was the 2014-2015 IJGT Player of the Year in the Boys 15-19 Division.

“Even though I won this tournament last year, I was just trying to do my best,” said Go.

Finishing in a tie for second place were Colton Tanner of Westport, Conn., and Brock Erwin of Muldrow, Okla., who both recorded tournament totals of 150.

Mason Williams of Bridgeport, W.Va., fired a final-round score of 1-over, 72, which earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award which goes to the boy and girl that record the lowest final round score in each IJGT tournament.

In the Girls Division, Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., recorded her second career IJGT victory with a tournament total of 147. Kozak won in wire-to-wire fashion recording an impressive five-stroke victory. In the first round, Kozak made four birdies en route to a 3-over, 74. This only gave her a one-stroke margin heading into the final round.

Kayla Kozak won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Girls Division

Kayla Kozak won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Girls Division

Kozak used a meticulous game plan during the final round to hold off her competition. At the turn, Kozak improved her lead to three strokes, but after hole No. 12, her lead was back to one stroke. The pivotal point of the tournament came at hole No. 13 where Kozak made birdie to extend her lead to three strokes. From there Kozak made five straight pars to finish up her round of 2-over, 73 and collect the Girls Division title.

Kozak’s final-round score of 2-over, 73 was the lowest score of the event in the Girls Division, and also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“It is an honor to win, because the competition was great. This tournament has given me the momentum for 2016 and the confidence to know I can play well,” commented Kozak.

Haruka Shintani of Setagaya, Japan, finished in second place with a tournament total of 152. Yuki Nakayama of Kawasaki, Japan, ended the tournament in third place after recording a score of 157.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., continued his strong performance in IJGT tournaments with his third victory of the 2015-2016 Season in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Phillips recorded a tournament total of 161 to earn a two-stroke victory over Nick Hance of Irving, Texas. Hance recorded a final-round score of 76, which was the lowest score in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Chase Phillips won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 14 & Under Division

Chase Phillips won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 14 & Under Division

Phillips made two birdies in the tournament with both of them coming on the par-3, fourth hole at Harbour Town Golf Links. This was Phillips’s first Major Championship victory.

“I liked that this course had smaller greens because it plays well too my game,” said Phillips.

The IJGT will kick off the Spring 2016 Season in Okatie, S.C., with the IJGT Junior at Oldfield Golf Club on Jan. 30-31, 2016. Players will compete for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

About the IJGA

The IJGA trains junior golfers for success in tournament golf and beyond. They are the only academy in the world that combines training, academics, and competition. Through their supportive and competitive environment, students develop the critical qualities of commitment, goal setting and a consistent work ethic to best impact their academics, golf, and future endeavors.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 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 30 states and 30 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 AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, Iconic Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final-round results of the IJGA Invitational at Harbour Town conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed December 13, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,600 yards, Par 71 (73.1/144). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,881 yards, Par 71 (69.7/131) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,675 yards, Par 71 (73.6/136).

Weather:       
Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 70’s with 5-10 mph winds
Round 2: Sunny with temperatures in the high 70’s with 5-10 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGA Invitational
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
December 12-13, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,600 yards, Par 71
1. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *70-73–143
2. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *74-76–150
2. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *74-76–150
4. Arjun Puri, New Delhi, India *76-75–151
4. Austin Fox, Delmar, NY *74-77–151
6. Mason Williams, Bridgeport, WV *80-72–152
6. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *79-73–152
6. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *73-79–152
9. Matej Malicek, Bratislava, Slovakia *79-75–154
10. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-77–155
10. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *75-80–155
10. Wil Sheppard, Mount Pleasant, SC *76-79–155
13. Saptak Talwar, New Delhi, India *78-79–157
13. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *78-79–157
13. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-79–157
13. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton, SC *78-79–157
17. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD *77-81–158
18. Shharad Arora, Bangalore, India *82-77–159
19. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *79-82–161
19. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *77-84–161
21. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *81-82–163
21. Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *74-89–163
23. Marco Oliverio, Bridgeport, WV *80-84–164
23. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *80-84–164
25. Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, DE *83-82–165
26. Feng Chen, Beijing, China *87-79–166
27. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *81-86–167
27. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *79-88–167
29. Dominic Wagner, Alexandria, VA *78-90–168
30. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *89-80–169
30. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *83-86–169
32. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *88-86–174
33. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *90-85–175
33. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *85-90–175
35. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *92-84–176
36. Matt Saraceno, Ridgewood, NJ *92-85–177
37. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *91-88–179
38. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *97-89–186
39. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *99-90–189
40. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *90-100–190
41. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *108-88–196
42. Andres Rosado, Mexico City, Mexico *110-109–219

DID NOT FINISH
Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *82-WD

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 5,881 yards, Par 71
1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-80–161
2. Nick Hance, Irving, TX *87-76–163

DID NOT FINISH
Dimitris Vasilakos, Savannah, GA *112-WD

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 5,675 yards, Par 71
1. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *74-73–147
2. Haruka Shintani, Setagaya, Japan *75-77–152
3. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasaki, Japan *81-76–157
4. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *87-74–161
4. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *78-83–161
6. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *81-81–162
7. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *82-81–163
7. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *80-83–163
9. Tiana Cruz, Kingston, Jamaica *83-81–164
9. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *78-86–164
11. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *85-81–166
12. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *84-93–177
13. Camila Burnett, Bluffton, SC *92-103–195
14. Zhenni Zhu, Chongqing, China *100-108–208
 

 

 

Belote, Foyle featured in the IJGT Photo of the Week – Oct. 2, 2014

NORTHEAST TOUR

Hosting their fourth tournament of the 2014-2015 season, the IJGT’s Northeast Tour headed to Rochester, N.Y., for The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club on September 27-28, 2014. With ideal golfing weather the juniors recorded quality scores during both days of the tournament. They competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

Photo of the Week - Brook Lea October 2, 2014

The fans have spoken and this week’s Northeast Tour Photo of the Week features Brad Belote of Lancaster, N.Y. Playing in his first IJGT event of the season, Belote rounded out the Boys 15-19 Division in a three-way tie for third place. His two-day total of 152 was highlighted by three birdies and a staggering 23 total pars. Belote’s 23 pars place him third on the list of most pars in his division, just two pars short of first.

SOUTHEAST TOUR 

As a part of the 2014 fall Southeast Tour, the IJGT hosted The Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C., on September 27-28, 2014. The course was in great shape and despite the small amount of rain in the forecast, the players proceeded to shoot low rounds throughout the weekend. The two-day 36-hole tournament featured a field of 88 juniors competing for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

Photo of the Week - Oldfield October 2, 2014

This week’s Southeast Tour Photo of the Week features Jack Foyle of Madison, Conn. Playing in his first IJGT event of the 2014-2015 season, Foyle’s two-day total of 163 was highlighted by three birdies and 17 pars. We look forward to seeing Foyle compete in more IJGT events throughout the season.

Congratulations to Belote and Foyle on being chosen for this week’s Photo of the Week!

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

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

Yarnall, Lapvisuttisin among those receiving IJGT Player of the Week honors – Sept. 30, 2014

NORTHEAST TOUR

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour was in Rochester, N.Y., for The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club. With ideal golfing weather the juniors recorded quality scores during both days of the tournament. Impressive play from Sean Stanistreet of Camillus, N.Y., and Caroline Yarnall of East Aurora, N.Y., earned the pair IJGT Player of the Week honors for the northeast this week.

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Stanistreet of the Boys 15-19 Division, began the tournament with a slower than desired start, posting a round one score of 79 but returned for round two with a fire in his belly. With birdies on four holes, including the extremely difficult par-5 No. 2, Stanistreet shaved six strokes from his round one score and recorded a 1-over 73 for the final round. A solid swing off of the tee and clutch putting were the key to his impressive final round performance. His score was good enough to put him in contention down the stretch and landed him in a three-way tie for third place.

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Yarnall of the Girls Division, maintained her consistent play throughout both rounds of the tournament. She made par on the difficult par-4 No. 8 on both days and also made par on the hazardous par-5 No. 10 on the final day. Her positive attitude carried her through her entire performance and the IJGT expects great things from her in the future.

Congratulations to both Sean Stanistreet and Caroline Yarnall with their praise-worthy performances this week. We wish them luck as they continue their golf play throughout the fall season.

For full results from The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club, click here.

SOUTHEAST TOUR

The IJGT hosted the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C., on September 27-28, 2014, as a part of the 2014 fall Southeast Tour.  The course was in great shape and despite the small amount of rain that was in the forecast, the players proceeded to shoot low rounds throughout the weekend. Following the event, Sophie Guo and Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin were named the Players of the Week in the southeast.

Sophie Guo

Guo was able to jump out to a first round lead by shooting a 1-under 71 on Saturday with back-to-back birdies on holes 13 and 14, and a streak of six consecutive pars on the front nine.  In round two had a consistent finish by carding ten pars and three birdies, boosting her to her highest finish on tour to date, a second place finish only one stroke behind the leader.

Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Lapvisuttisin nabbed Player of the Week honors thanks to yet another strong bid at a comeback on Sunday.  Lapvisuttisin’s first round score of 77 landed him in a tie for 15th, however he recovered and shot a 1-under 71 on Sunday which put him in the hunt, along with giving him a share of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the weekend.  Lapvisuttisin recorded even par on the front and finished his second round bogey-free on the back.  Lapvisuttisin’s strong final round was enough to hoist him to a tie for eighth place in the tournament.

Congratulations to both Sophie Guo and Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin on their achievements and being named Southeast Players of the Week.

For full results from IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club, click here.

Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club – Final Results (Sept. 28, 2014)

Ogawa nabs second consecutive IJGT win
Park secures first-ever win 

The IJGT returned to Oldfield Golf Club for the IJGT Lowcountry Open on September 27-28, 2014. The two-day 36-hole tournament featured a field of 88 juniors competing for IJGT merit points and national rankings. Despite rain in the forecast both days, all three divisions saw a tight race for first.

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After sharing the lead in the Boys 15-19 Division after round one, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, battled to the final hole before Ogawa endured for victory. Sitting tied at even-par 72 heading into round two, Ogawa used his 1-under front nine to pull into a two-stroke lead at the turn. Ogawa finished the back nine of round two with even-par 36 to finish 1-under on the day and one stroke in front of Byrne.

Byrne finished second with a two-day score of 144. Rounding out the Boys 15-19 Division in third was Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, who combined scores of 75 and 71 for a tournament total of 146.

“My driving was best [strength] this weekend,” said Ogawa.

With a staggering eight boys recording round two scores of 1-under 71, the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to Ogawa, Go, Hao Yang Lin of Taichung, Taiwan, Kanata Irei of Okinawa-shi, Japan, Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin of Bangkok, Thailand, Cameron Clair of Bluffton, S.C., Dong Jin Park of Seoul, and Mariano Leyva of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is the award presented to the male(s) and female(s) with the lowest score in the second round of the tournament.

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In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Dong Jin Park of Seoul, took first with a two-day score of 145. At the conclusion of round one, Park shared the divisional lead with Alan Smith of Winchendon, Mass., with matching scores of 74. Park went on to record par or better on 16 of 18 holes for a 1-under 71 round two score. In second, two strokes behind Park at 147, was Mariano Leyva of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Finishing in third was Smith with a tournament total 152.

“This is my first win of my life so it feels really good [to win]. I was just trying to do my best in the second round and not worry about other players’ scores,” said Park.

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Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, secured first in the Girls Division after combining consistent rounds of 72 for a two-day total of 144. Phuchanbanchob entered round two in second one stroke behind Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C., and Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile. With 14 pars and two birdies highlighting her second round, Phuchanbanchob also secured the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Guo finished in second with a score of 2-over 145 and Quevedo rounded out the top three in third with a tournament total 149.

“I just played my best,” said Phuchanbanchob about her game plan for round two.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 4-5, 2014, with two northeast events. The Architects Cup presented by IJGA will be held at the Architects Golf Club and the DC Shootout will be held at National Golf Club. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

International Junior Golf Tour
Lowcountry Junior at Oldfield GC
Okatie, S.C.
September 27-28, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Division) – 6,862 yards, Par 72

1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *72-71–143
2. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *72-72–144
3. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *75-71–146
4. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *76-71–147
4. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-73–147
6. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *77-71–148
6. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *77-71–148
6. Andre Scopone, Ann Arbor, MI *74-74–148
9. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *78-71–149
9. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *73-76–149
11. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *76-74–150
11. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *78-72–150
13. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *76-75–151
13. Daniel Oh, Seoul, South Korea *76-75–151
15. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *77-75–152
15. Alex Vegh, Gahanna, OH *76-76–152
15. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *79-73–152
18. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *78-75–153
18. Brett Krekorain, Andover, MA *77-76–153
18. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *80-73–153
18. Drew Smith, Decatur, GA *79-74–153
22. Masahi Yano, Aichi, Japan *77-77–154
22. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *76-78–154
22. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *80-74–154
22. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *80-74–154
26. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *77-78–155
27. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *81-75–156
27. Rowan Foxley, Arlington, WA *80-76–156
27. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *78-78–156
30. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *77-80–157
30. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *80-77–157
30. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *79-78–157
33. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *75-83–158
33. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *80-78–158
35. Aniket Sawant, New Delhi, India *75-84–159
36. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *81-79–160
37. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *78-84–162
38. Brandon McLean, Unionville, ON *78-85–163
38. Colson Herrin, Augusta, GA *77-86–163
38. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *85-78–163
38. Jack Foyle, Madison, CT *81-82–163
42. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *87-77–164
42. Marshall Clemens, Weston, MA *85-79–164
44. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *85-80–165
45. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *89-77–166
45. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *85-81–166
47. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *86-81–167
48. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *83-85–168
49. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *80-90–170
50. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *90-82–172
51. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *88-90–178
51. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *88-90–178
53. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *85-94–179
54. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *94-89–183
55. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *93-93–186
56. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *103-84–187
57. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *102-91–193

DID NOT FINISH
Logan Stefanko, Plymouth, MI *79-JWD
Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *80-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) – 6,189 yards, Par 72

1. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *74-71–145
2. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *76-71–147
3. Alan Smith, Winchendon, MA *74-78–152
4. Mikus Ming, Smiths, Bermuda *75-80–155
5. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *86-77–163
6. Caden Edwards, Hilton Head, SC *82-85–167
7. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-94–170
8. Arthur Draijer, Sandweiler, Luxembourg *89-90–179
9. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *99-94–193
10. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *107-90–197
11. Aiden McCloskey, Northboro, MA *96-108–204
Girls Division (Green Tees) – 5,891 yards, Par 72

1. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *72-72–144
2. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *71-74–145
3. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *71-78–149
4. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *76-77–153
5. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *78-76–154
5. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *73-81–154
7. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *76-79–155
7. Warissara Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *78-77–155
9. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-76–159
10. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *80-80–160
11. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid *82-79–161
12. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *85-78–163
13. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *84-86–170
14. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *86-85–171
15. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *90-85–175
16. Bella Layman, Cancun, Mexico *102-85–187
17. Stephanie Orrell, Hilton Head Island, SC *104-99–203
18. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *102-112–214

IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club – Round one recap (Sept. 27, 2014)

The IJGT Southeast Tour stayed local this week, hosting the IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club on September 27-28, 2014. The venue greeted more than 80 juniors competing for national rankings and IJGT merit points. In review, below are the rounds, in numbers, of the divisional leaders.

A tight race in round one resulted in a shared lead of the Boys 15-19 Division. Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, lead the first round with an even par 72. Below are their rounds in numbers:

TENNOSHIN OGAWA
72 – his round one score, Ogawa is one of four juniors to shoot even par or better for round one
3 – carded par or better for three straight holes
3 – total number of birdies
4 –total number of pars for all par-3s

CONOR BYRNE 
4 – Bryne recorded par or better on the 4 straight holes
4 – total number of birdies
14 –  number of holes on which Bryne carded par or better
2 – Bryne birdied the last two holes of each nine

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Dong Jin Park of Seoul, South Korea, and Alan Smith of Winchendon, Mass., are tied for the lead, shooting a 2-over-par 74. Here are their rounds in numbers:

DONG JIN PARK
5 – Park carded five consecutive pars on his final holes of the first round
14 – the number of holes Park carded par or better
2 – total number of birdies, coming on No. 11 and No. 18, both par-5s.

ALAN SMITH
2 – the number of birdies Smith made during his opening round, coming on No. 1 and No. 18
35 – Smith carded eight pars and 1 birdie on his opening nine to be 1-under-par at the turn
7- Smith carded seven consecutive birdies on the back nine

In the Girls Division, there was yet another tie for the lead at 1-under-par 71 between Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, and Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C. Here are their rounds in numbers:

ISIDORA QUEVEDO
9 – Quevedo carded nine consecutive pars after bogeying her opening hole
4 – the number of birdies Quevedo made during her back nine
34 – Quevedo carded a 2-under-par 34 on her back nine, with birdies coming from Nos. 11, 12, 14 and 16.

SOPHIE GUO
34 – Guo also carded a 2-under-par 34 on her back nine, with birdies coming from Nos. 13, 14, and 18.
6 – the longest par streak Guo had during her opening round
15 – the number of holes Guo made par or better

The final round at Oldfield Golf Club will take place tomorrow, September 28, 2014, with tee times starting at 7:30 a.m. EST. For full results from round one of the IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield GC, click here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following @IJGT on Twitter. Live scoring will also be conducted during the final round via the IJGT app.

Big weekend ahead for IJGT – Tour Preview Sept. 27-28, 2014

As the 2014 fall season continues, the IJGT is gearing up for two big events this weekend, Sept. 27-28, 2014. For those registered, we have two great tournament venues in line for you!

Heading north, the Northeast Tour will take over Brook Lea Country Club to host the IJGT Upstate Challenge. The two-day 18-hole tournament will allow juniors to compete for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

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Brook Lea Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.

Constructed in 1926, the Donald Ross designed golf course remains one of Rochester’s most challenging and enjoyable golf courses. The course offers breathtaking views, a peaceful setting and an exhilarating test that will challenge golfers of all levels. The meadows and woodlands are woven together by ponds and creeks culminating in two finishing championship par-3 holes.

Having won the Upstate Challenge in the 2013-2014 season, Danny Gianniny of Rochester, N.Y., will be a player to watch as he looks to use the local course to secure a second Upstate Challenge victory.

Heading south, the Southeast Tour will return to a fan-favorite Oldfield Golf Club to host the IJGT Lowcountry Open. Also a two-day, 18-hole event, the Lowcountry Open will offer up national rankings and IJGT merit points.

Oldfield

Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C.

Oldfield has no shortage of breathtaking scenery and was recognized by the Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for its attention to preserving the local environment. The natural environment equates to small greens and free-form bunkers. The course is located just off the Okatie River and offers a one-of-a-kind golfing experience.

Returning to the Lowcountry Open for the second consecutive year, be sure to watch for Yong Sherng Hui of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, who will look to improve upon his 10th place finish at the event in 2013. In the Girls Division, keep an eye on Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan. The recent verbal-commit to University of Central Florida will look to better her second-place finish in the 2013 Lowcountry Open this weekend with a title.

For more information about these events, click below.

IJGT Lowcountry Open

IJGT Upstate Challenge

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2014 North America Cup – Final Results

The IJGT and its Team USA hosted the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada in the 2014 North America Cup held at Oldfield Club in Okatie, S.C., on June 30-July 2, 2014. The annual event was a three-day match play event featuring 14 of both organization’s finest juniors – two girls, four boys in the 14 & under age group and eight boys in the 15-19 age group.

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Prior to the event, the Opening Ceremony was held at to announce formal pairing and to cordially welcome all those in attendance. A practice round was played by both teams immediately following the ceremony.

The spirited competition began on Monday, June 30, with fourball matches. Team Canada took an early lead as they won six of seven matches to kick start their pursuit of the cup. With a 6-1 lead over Team USA, Team Canada returned to round two with confidence. Team USA, however, was eager to make up some of the deficit in the foursome style match play of round two. In a lineup of tight matches, Team USA picked up three additional points to chip away at Team Canada’s lead. Team Canada remained in the lead after round two with a collective score of 10-4.

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The third and final round was singles matches, allowing each member of both squads to go head-to-head in a true test of skill and mental strength. Team USA came back with a fire in their bellies, rallying to win 8  1/2 points to Team Canada’s 5  1/2 points. Despite the valiant effort from Team USA, Team Canada held off their competitors to secure the first North America Cup victory since they last won in 2007.

Final Round Results

Final Round Results

Team Canada will remain in possession of the cup until they take on Team USA again in the 2015 North America Cup. Team USA still holds the all-time North America Cup record 9-3 over Canada. Congratulations to all those who competed in this prestigious event to represent the respective countries.

For a full album of photos from the event, click here.

North America Cup 2014 – Round two recap

The spirited competition continued as Team USA and Team Canada took the course again at Oldfield Golf Club for day two of North America Cup. As Team Canada celebrated Canada Day, they prepared for foursome play with a 6-1 lead over Team USA following round one. With weather creeping further into the upper 80s, golfers played with picturesque South Carolina golf weather. Round two saw tighter competition as Team Canada remained in the forefront, leading foursome play 4-3 on the day. The overall standings leave Canada with a 10-4 lead.

Inspired by an improved Team USA performance, USA’s non-playing captain, Zach Pennington, said, “We played better today and the competition from both teams was probably as competitive as I’ve ever seen in match play. We still have ground to make up but I am excited for the final round tomorrow.”

Team USA's Allyson Wentworth

Team USA’s Allyson Wentworth

Team USA secures points in the girls’ match and in two matches featuring Boys 15-19 players while Team Canada swept the Boys 14 & Under Divisional matches and took home the remaining Boys 15-19 matches. 

Team Canada’s non-playing captain, Stephen Nixon commented, “Today was a grind. Team USA gave us everything they could at the beginning of the matches, but we battled back so strong. I’m so proud of how our team  played today and it was nice to win the Foursome matches on Canada Day. Tomorrow’s matches are going to come down to the wire, it’ll be another exciting finish.”

Team Canada's Peyton Callens

Team Canada’s Peyton Callens

The 2014 North America Cup continues tomorrow with the foursomes format, and Team USA will look to rebound from the five-point deficit. Tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. Follow along with the action by following @IJGT on Twitter.

 

North America Cup 2014 – Round one recap

The IJGT welcomed their neighbors from the north today for the 2014 North America Cup between IJGT’s Team USA and the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada at Oldfield Golf Club at Okatie, S.C. The weather was pristine with early highs in the 80s and a calm breeze. Members of Team USA and Team Canada competed in a fourball match play event in the first round with Team Canada taking an early lead in the tournament with a 6-1 score after the first day.

Team Canada Captain, Mitchell McPhail

Team Canada Captain, Mitchell McPhail

After a great showing by Team Canada, Stephen Nixon, the CJGA Team Canada Non-Playing Captain, said, “Today’s competition and intensity was unbelievable. Team USA played great, but it seemed like our team couldn’t miss a putt today. I’m very happy with how our team played and am looking forward to tomorrow’s matches.”
Team USA fought throughout the course for an edge, but the IJGT Team USA Non-Playing Captain, Zach Pennington, is excited about tomorrow’s format. “Today was a tough day for us. We hit a lot of really good shots but didn’t get awarded in the end. We look to put it all together for tomorrow’s round,” said Pennington. “Looking towards tomorrow, we feel we have a good shot to make a comeback in the second round. The team left the golf course excited for the foursomes format. This, personally, is my favorite format. I think our skill, combined with our quickly-found team chemistry, will lead to success in round two.”
Team USA's Nick Russell

Team USA’s Nick Russell

The 2014 North America Cup continues tomorrow with the foursomes format, and Team USA will look to rebound from the five-point deficit. Tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. Follow along with the action by following @IJGT on Twitter.

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!