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Sample, Tadokoro among those to secure IJGT Player of the Week honors – April 13, 2014

Northeast Tour

Lopatcong, N.J. –  The IJGT returned to The Architects Golf Club to host The Architects Cup on April 12-13, 2014. The course is always a favorite of the players in the northeast and the tournament featured an excellent field, which lead to lots of great golf throughout the weekend. Other than a short rain shower and a chilly start to the final round, golfers enjoyed beautiful weather on both days with temperatures reaching into the 60s. The conditions allowed for many golfers to score well, including Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., and Linda Wang of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., who set new personal bests and earned the title of IJGT Player of the Week.

sampleSample, who competed in the Discovery Tour with success as recently as last fall, is beginning to find his game in the 14 and Under Division. At just 10 years old, distance is sometimes an issue for Sample; however, he is able to play intelligently, managing the course and allowing himself to compete with golfers up to four years older than him. In the first round, Sample got off to a hot start by scoring birdie on three of his first six holes, including No. 15, which no other player in the division birdied throughout the weekend. He would later add another birdie, to finish with a round 1 score of 78. He started off his final round with six straight pars, to set the tone for what would be his best 18-hole score with the IJGT. He parred a total of 14 holes in the final round to card a 76, for a tournament total of 154 and a fourth place finish. He shattered his previous 36-hole best by 15 strokes and earned back-to-back top-five finishes. He currently sits at No. 11 in the IJGT Tour Rankings.

wangWang, in her third year with the IJGT, also played very well at The Architect’s Cup this year. This is her second time competing at the course and she was able to use knowledge from her previous rounds to improve. At last year’s Major Championship at Architects Golf Club, Wang finished in eighth place with a 76-85–161. This year, she got off to a bit of a shaky start in round one, but was able to recover well enough to keep her in contention for the final round. She was able to par nine of her last 11 holes, en route to a first round total of 80 and sitting in eighth place. She came back in the final round determined to play well, and that she did. She made very few mistakes throughout the round and two birdies helped her to a score of 74 and the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. Wang’s strong play on the par-3s highlighted her weekend. She scored par or better on nine of the 10, finishing with a combined score of one under par on those holes. Her tournament total score of 154 is seven strokes better than her previous IJGT best and her tie for second place is tied for her best finish.

We wish Sample and Wang continued success throughout the season and hope to see them at future tournaments.

Southeast Tour

Okatie, S.C. — The IJGT headed to Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C., on April 12-13, 2014, for the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s. With its unique and challenging layout featuring numerous hazards, Oldfield Golf Club was primed for a competitive tournament. With great weather and spectacular course conditions, there were ample opportunities for players to score well. The IJGT Players of the Week from the Southeast Tour are Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan.

DSC_0218Sharma made his tenth appearance in an IJGT event this season, placing second to tie for his best finish of his career.  After finishing his first round with an even-par score of 72, just one stroke off the lead, Sharma came back on day two with his sights set on shooting another steady round. He did just that and shot a 74 in round two to finish with a 72-74–146 tournament total. After his strong and steady play, Sharma will be one to watch in his future IJGT appearances which include the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C., May 3-4, 2014.

 

 

DSC_0270Tadokoro, playing in her fourth tournament since winning at TPC Tampa Bay in early January of 2014, made a valiant start at the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s by carding a round one score of 78 which included an impressive total of 12 pars. In the second round, Tadokoro carded three birdies and ten pars and thereby improved her score by three strokes to finish with a total of 75. She finished the tournament tied for second place with a score of 78-75–153 overall becoming her fourth top-five finish for the 2013-2014 season. We look forward to seeing Sera compete in future tournaments, including the IJGT’s premier event, the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions May 24-26, 2014 at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s – Final Results

Pedro nabs second victory at Oldfield Golf Club

Rodriguez, McDowell win by ten strokes

OKATIE, S.C. – The IJGT hosted the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s at Oldfield Golf Club on April 12-13, 2014. The sponsored event was a two-day 36-hole tournament with junior participants ranging in age from 12-19 years old. Winners of the event were awarded IJGT Merit Points and also competed for national rankings and an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

DSC_0226The Boys 15-19 Division was led both days by first-place finisher Toks Pedro of Bowie, Md. Finishing with a score of 71-72 – 143, Pedro’s 1-under-par overall score became his second first-place finish at Oldfield Golf Club in IJGT events, the first being in 2012. Pedro finished with par or better on 15 of 18 holes to put him out in front after round one. Five birdies were the highlight of his second round, putting him 1-under-par for the day.

The 1-under par 72 allowed Pedro to secure the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award offered to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round. Pedro also led the division in total birdies with nine.

Pedro finished three strokes ahead of second-place finisher, Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, who posted a tournament score of 72-74 – 146 overall. The highlight of Sharma’s tournament came in his back nine of round two where he finished with par or better on all nine holes. In third place was Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, with a score of 74-74 – 147 overall that featured seven birdies and an eagle on the 12th hole.

When asked what worked well for him, Pedro said, “[I was] hitting a lot of good shots and was hitting a lot of greens and two putts.”

DSCN7115 copyChandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, was the Boys 14 and Under Divisional winner with a two-day score of 72-71 – 143 overall. Leading his division statistically, McDowell’s six birdies lifted him to a staggering 10-stroke lead for the win. The 1-under-par 71 for round two also made McDowell a Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award winner. The first-place finish becomes McDowell’s third win in five events played in the 2013-2014 season.

Finishing in second was Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., with a score of 77-76 – 153 overall. The second place finish is Ingram’s third consecutive top-10 finish this season. Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, rounded out the top three with an overall score of 157.

McDowell commented that his mindset to maintain his lead was to “play my own game and take advantage of the birdie-able holes on the course.”

 

In her first IJGT tournament of the 2014 DSCN7112 copyyear, Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, finished first in the Girls Division. Her 69-74 – 143 overall score was highlighted by six total birdies and a hole-in-one on the par-3 third hole. Both scores from rounds one and two posted by Rodriguez were divisional lows, her round-one 69 being the lowest score of the tournament.

Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, both finished 10 strokes behind Rodriguez tied for second with overall scores of 153. Both Whaley and Tadokoro posted par or better on 25 of 36 holes for the tournament. Sophie Guo (T4) of Bluffton, S.C., posted the only other hole-in-one on the par-3 13th hole.

When asked about her win, Rodriguez commented, “It feels great to be at a tournament, haven’t played an IJGT tournament yet this year so it feels great to win this tournament.”

The IJGT will head west next weekend for the Arizona Junior at Southern Dunes in Maricopa, Ariz. To sign up for this Event, click here.

Okatie, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 13, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,870 yards, Par 72 (73.6/144). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,251 yards, Par 72 (71.0/129). Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,978 yards, Par 72 (74.4/134).

Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the High 70s, winds 10-15 mph
Sunny with temperatures in the High 70s, winds 10-15 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Oldfield Junior Presented by Auntie Anne’s
Okatie, S.C
April 12-13, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees), 6,870 yards, Par 72

1. Toks Pedro, Bowie, MD *71-72–143
2. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *72-74–146
3. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *74-73–147
4. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *72-77–149
4. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *73-76–149
6. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *76-74–150
6. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *73-77–150
8. Simon McDonald, Kialla, Australia *74-77–151
8. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *75-76–151
8. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *75-76–151
11. Phil Colevas, Rockville, MD *78-74–152
11. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *75-77–152
13. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *76-77–153
14. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *76-78–154
14. Matthew Mannion, Muskoka, Canada *74-80–154
14. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *74-80–154
17. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *78-77–155
17. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *76-79–155
17. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *77-78–155
17. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *79-76–155
21. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *76-80–156
22. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *78-79–157
22. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *77-80–157
24. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co (NQN) *74-84–158
24. Keith Techasith, Bangkok, Thailand *82-76–158
24. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada *81-77–158
27. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *83-79–162
28. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *86-77–163
28. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *80-83–163
30. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *78-86–164
30. Kevin Borowicz, Grand Island, NY *84-80–164
32. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-84–165
33. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea *83-83–166
34. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *86-81–167
35. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *82-86–168
36. Rich Auld, Toronto, Canada *88-82–170
37. Rio Wong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *88-83–171
37. Gbenga Toriola, Abuja, Nigeria *87-84–171
39. Sidhartha Sharathram, Coimbatore *85-87–172
40. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *85-89–174
40. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *86-88–174
42. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *87-88–175
43. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *92-92–184
43. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN *95-89–184
45. Mauricio Troncoso, Mexico City, Mexico *88-97–185
46. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *88-98–186
Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees), 6,251 yards, Par 72

1. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *72-71–143
2. Chase Ingram, Bluffton, SC *77-76–153
3. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *79-78–157
4. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *79-83–162
5. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *84-85–169
6. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia *87-84–171
7. Alex Thaller, Hilton Head Island, SC *90-85–175
7. Thomas Delaney, Kingwood, TX *86-89–175
9. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *94-83–177
10. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA *87-91–178
11. Ronak Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *101-88–189
12. Ben Farrington, Ft McMurray, AB *93-98–191

DID NOT FINISH

Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China *DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Matthew Campbell, Beaufort, SC *DQ (Rule 6-3a) 

Girls Division (Green tees), 5,978 yards, Par 72

1. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *69-74–143
2. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *77-76–153
2. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *78-75–153
4. Milleina Ohara, Tokyo, Japan *80-79–159
4. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *76-83–159
6. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua, *79-81–160
7. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *79-82–161
8. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *85-78–163
9. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *85-80–165
10. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *83-85–168
11. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC *88-83–171
12. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *82-90–172
12. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *87-85–172
14. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *83-90–173
14. Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *86-87–173
16. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *93-90–183

Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne's at Oldfield Golf Club – Round one recap

The IJGT Southeast Tour hosted the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s at Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C. The sponsored event offered temperatures in the upper 70s, sunshine and delicious Auntie Anne’s pretzels for all those who participated. In review, divisional leaders’ rounds in numbers are below. 

Leading the 46-player Boys 15-19 Division is Toks Pedro of Bowie, Md., His round in numbers:

71 – Pedro’s round-one score

35 – his 1-under-par score on the back nine

5 – total number of birdies in the round

1 – number of strokes Pedro stands out in front

Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, leads the Boys 14 and Under Division. Here is his round in numbers:

35 – his back-nine score, putting him at even par for round one

5 – five-stroke lead over the second-place contender in his division

4 – number of birdies in round one

2 – first-place wins secured by McDowell heading into the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s

In the Girls Division, Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, leads. Her round in numbers:

69 – her round one score, the lowest round-one score of the entire tournament

16 – number of holes with par or better, including one eagle

7 – seven-stroke lead in her division after round one

1 – Rodriguez placed first the last time she played at Oldfield in 2010

Juniors will return to play for round two Sunday, April 13, 2014 for a 12:30 p.m. start. For full results from the first round of the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s at Oldfield Golf Club, click here. Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.

Oldfield Junior at Oldfield Country Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT will be in Okatie, S.C. April 12-13, 2014 for the Oldfield Junior at Oldfield Country Club. The 18-hole two-day tournament will offer National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points to top finishers.

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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.

Oldfield Golf Course along the Okatie River

Oldfield Golf Course along the Okatie River

Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, and Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, will both look to lead the Boys 15-19 Division as they both come off of a top-10 finish in their last tournament play. D’Amico finished second at the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club on March 22-23, 2014 while Hui comes off a tie for 10th in the same tournament.

In the Girls Division, we have seen Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, in 14 events this season and she will look to make the Oldfield Junior a victory for her 15th event. Tadokoro comes off of a 9th-place tie at the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor in February. Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., will be making an appearance in her first tournament of 2014 and will look to add to her three top-three finishes on the 2013-2014 season.

In the Boys 14 and Under Division, Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, brings to the table nine top-five finishes, four of which are first-place victories and he will look to add a fifth. Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., comes off of a hard-fought third-place finish at the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club and will also be in the hunt for a victory.

To register or for more information about the Oldfield Junior in April, click here.

Represent Team USA!

Represent your country … Compete for your country!

 North America Cup

North America Cup

The North America Cup features 14 of the IJGT’s best players from the 2013-2014 season up against 14 of the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) best players in a three-day match-play event. The location of the event rotates country each year, with last year’s Event being held at the Weston Golf Club in Toronto, Canada. The 2014 N.A. Cup will be held at Oldfield Golf Club located in Okatie, S.C. Team USA has won the last six years in a row and nine out eleven total competitions. The North America Cup follows the Ryder Cup format, consisting of three rounds of competitive match play events including:  fourball matches, foursome matches, and singles matches.  The event will be held on June 29 – July 2, 2014. If you are interested in applying to compete in this event, please see the North America Cup Application. All applications are due by May 5, 2014.

Team Format
4- Boys 14 & Under Fourball Matches
8- Boys 15-19 Foursome Matches
2- Girls 19 & Under Single Matches

 Juniors must meet the following requirements:

  1. Juniors must meet the age requirement outlined in the international event.
  2. Juniors must be a member of the International Junior Golf Tour.
  3. Juniors must be in good standing with the IJGT.
  4. Juniors who are selected for IJGT Team USA must be an American citizen.

 

About Oldfield Golf Club

Oldfield

Oldfield Golf Club was designed by Greg Norman to be something special. The course is set in between Hilton Head Island and the Okatie River. The course itself is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary which includes eye pleasing views from every hole. Norman added waste bunkers alongside most of the fairways for increased difficulty. The course has marshes that come into play as well as sod-walled bunkers surrounding the greens.  “We dream of getting a site like this one,” noted Greg Norman, when asked about Oldfield. “And since this is our first course in the Lowcountry, we want to make it something special.”

 

Euro Junior Cup

2006 EJGC logo

The Euro Junior Cup is held where the game of golf first began, in St. Andrews, Scotland. The IJGT will compile a team of 14 talented junior golfers to travel to golf’s birthplace and compete in a unique triangular match play event against the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) Team Canada and The FIFE Team Scotland. Competitors will battle it out on three of Scotland’s most prestine courses for the John Clark Trophy, awarded every year to the winning team. Team USA will stay at the famous St. Andrews University, located just minutes away from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience that will create memories and friendships that last a lifetime. This event will take place August 1-9th, 2014. If you are interested in applying to be a part of Team USA, please see the Euro Cup Application. Applications are due no later than June 1, 2014.

Team Format
4- Boys 14 & Under Threeball Match Play
8- Boys 15-19 Threeball Match Play
2- Girls 19 & Under Threeball Match Play

 

Juniors must meet the following requirements:

  1. Juniors must meet the age requirement outlined in the international event.
  2. Juniors must be in good standing with the IJGT.
  3. Juniors who are selected for IJGT Team USA must be an American citizen.

 

Have questions about representing Team USA? Contact the IJGT Offices at 843-384-1682.

IJGT announces the Spring 2014 Discovery Tour schedule

IMG_6240The IJGT is proud to announce the return of the Discovery Tour in 2014. The Discovery Tour allows junior golfers aged 8-12 to experience what it is like to play in a junior tournament.  The main goal for players of the Discovery Tour is to have fun! This tour allows golfers to play amazing golf courses with others of the same age group and skill set. Each stop on the tour will play a one day, 9-hole event and allow junior golfers to learn, have fun, and prepare themselves to play future competitive events.

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“We are very excited to bring back this event again this year,” said IJGT Tour Director, Kyle Wolfe. “It is a great feeling to see juniors now on the IJGT, who got their start at the Discovery Tour.”

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Dongjin Park and Marshall Clemens smile for a photo at the Discovery Tour

The Discovery Tour isn’t your normal golf tournament. As the IJGT is known for helping junior golfers with advance skills compete and dominate competitive junior golf, the Discovery Tour is a no-pressure alternative to normal IJGT events. It allows young golfers, with little or no experience, to get a feel for what it is like to play in a competitive tournament. This is a great opportunity for any child to play with their peers, sharpen their skills, and most importantly have fun.

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The 2014 schedule will not disappoint. The following Discovery Tour Events have been announced:

March 15th, 2014Discovery Tour at Westfields Golf Club

April 12th, 2014 – Discovery Tour at the Architects Golf Club

April 12th, 2014 – Discovery Tour at Oldfield Golf Club

April 26th, 2014 – Discovery Tour at Palmetto Hall

May 17th, 2014 – Discovery Tour at Greate Bay Country Club

The tour has been very successful in years past. Discovery Tour players will play from the shortest tees possible, averaging from 2,000-2,500 yards per event. A 10-stroke limit has also been implemented to keep the event enjoyable. Additionally, members of the IJGT Discovery Tour will receive a bag tag, golf balls, profile on the IJGT website, and other prizes.

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Soo Jin Lim teeing off at the Discovery Tour

This is a great opportunity for junior golfers to play at some of golf’s top venues, learn the rules of tournament play, and meet others of the same age in a fun and competitive atmosphere.

 

Rik Ujaan

Rik Ujaan sinks a putt at the Discovery Tour

For more information or questions about the Discovery Tour click here, or contact us directly at info@IJGT.com or 888-358-1267

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Players of the Week: August 31-September 2

Northeast Tour

HERSHEY, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) stopped in Hershey, Pa., on Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2013 for the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club. Hershey Country Club’s East Course has hosted numerous national events ranging from the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship to the Web.com Tour’s Reese’s Cup Classic. The firm greens on the East Course proved to be a challenge for the players on their approach shots; however there were still birdies to be made. Our Players of the week C.J. Hughes and Frida Henningsson of battled it out over the two-day event for a strong showing in the elite field.

C.J. Hughes, from Indiana, Pa., put together an impressive tournament to be named our Boys Player of the Week.  Even though Hughes came in second in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a two-day total of 155, he was able to bounce back from an 85 on the first day to fire a 1-under-par 70 on the second day in the tough East Course conditions at Hershey Country Club.  Hughes had an up and down front nine of four birdies and three bogeys and then followed with a smoother back nine of one birdie and one bogey. An improvement of 15 stokes over the two rounds made him the comeback player of the tournament.  Finishing near the top is familiar territory for Hughes and we look to his continued success in upcoming IJGT tournaments this fall.

Frida Henningsson of Rye, N.Y., made a grand entrance in her first IJGT event by posting a two-day total of 156 and finishing in second place. On the way to her first round 76, Henningsson made a spectacular par save by holing out from the drop-zone on the par-4 18th hole. Henningsson is no stranger to competition as she has won events in both Sweden and the U.S. prior to her debut with the IJGT. During the winter months you can find Henningsson on the slopes competing in alpine skiing events. One thing is for certain, she will definitely be one to watch next week as the IJGT moves to Crystal Springs Resort for the Major Championship.

 

Southeast Tour

karl vilipsThe International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Lowcountry Open this past weekend at Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C.  The tournament consisted of 47 contestants who competed upon Oldfield’s difficult course conditions, with fast greens and strategically placed bunkers. Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, both have received Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Region.

Vilips, a 12-year old in the Boys 14 & Under Division shows a lot of talent around the golf course. If you asked him how his first round went on Saturday however, he didn’t seem pleased. A 9-over-par 81 for his first round put Vilips 14 shots behind leader Takafumi Shimoji of Miyakojima-shi, Japan. Vilips made the risky change of using his old driver on Sunday and it paid off, hitting nearly every fairway during the final round. Through the first nine holes, Vilips was 3-under par and made every green in regulation. He rounded out his final round by shooting 2-under-par 70, and received the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award for the Boys 14 & Under Division. Vilips ended the tournament 7-over-par and remains a tough competitor in the upcoming events.

Sera TadokoroTadokoro finished her first round with a score of 6-over-par 78, putting her seven shots back of leader Isidora Quevedo, of Santiago, Chile. Sera started her final round off a little rocky, double bogeying No. 2.  She then went on to par the next five holes, bouncing back with a birdie on the 480-yard par 5, No. 8.  By the numbers, Tadokoro made 3 birdies and 10 pars during the final round, posting a final round score of 4-over-par 76, receiving a second place finish overall in the Girls Division. Tadokoro has finished back-to-back Events finishing in the Top 3. We look forward to witnessing more golf from her this 2013-2014 season.

 

West Coast Tour

Ordona Tee Shot1

The West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale, held Sept. 1-2, started the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) fall season out west. A new event for the IJGT, players this week competed on the famous TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course, host to the Waste Management Open earlier this year, as well as the Champions Course. With abnormal humidity, players fought off 100+ degree weather over Labor Day Weekend for merit points with the IJGT.

Coming in second in the Boys 14 & Under Division was Mikee Ordona, who is one of our two Players of the Week. Ordona’s first round featured 11 pars for an opening 9-over par 80. In the second round Ordona carded a birdie on the par-3 13th and finished just three strokes back with a score of 164 for the week.

McKay Lines Up Putt2Sam McKay is also featured as Player of the Week, after finishing in a tie for second with a 10-over par 152 in the Boys 15-19 Division. McKay’s first round featured birdies on holes Nos. 4, 8, 13 and 15 leading to a score of 1-over-par 72 and the KENTWOOL Lo-Pro Award. In the second round, McKay reeled off six consecutive pars on the front side with another birdie on No. 13.

Both McKay and Ordona are return performers out on the West Coast tour and we look forward to seeing them compete again when the IJGT returns out west.