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Summer Series at Oyster Reef – Final Results

Low rounds translates to first-IJGT victories for Lewis, Huang
Plis wins second consecutive Summer Series event

The IJGT continued the Summer Series as it hosted the Summer Series at Oyster Reef Golf Club on July 11, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole event was cut short due to severe thunderstorms and heavy rains. Winners were announced on July 12, 2014, and based on round one scores. Twenty juniors competed for national rankings and eight juniors competed in a 9-hole Discovery Tour competition.

DSC_0714IJGT newcomer Justin Lewis of High Point, N.C., was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division. Finishing with a score of 1-over-par 73, Lewis took first with a two-stroke lead. His score was the lowest score among the male competitors, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Round Award, the award provided to the boy and girl with the lowest score for the round. Lewis carded par or better on 11 straight holes, two of which were birdies, en route to his victory.

In a tie for second, Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., and Hsin-Wei Wu of Taiwan, both carded 3-over-par scores of 75 to complete the winner’s circle. The second-place finish was the first top-three finish for Vance and the first-ever IJGT event for Wu.

“I feels good to win, the course was great,” Lewis said in reference to his first experience with the IJGT.

 

DSC_0708For the second-consecutive Summer Series event, Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., won the Boys 14 & Under Division. Carding a score of 76, Plis finished six strokes ahead of his competition. The highlight of his round being the back nine, Plis tallied four pars and two birdies as he made his way to victory. Plis also finished first at the Summer Series at Ridgemont Country Club on July 1-2, 2014, where he posted scores of 78-78 – 156 overall. This is his eighth top-10 finish of the season.

Finishing in second was Thomas Lipowicz of Alexandria, Va., with a score of 82. Rounding out the top three was Mason Cord of Des Moines, Iowa, with a score of 93.

“It feels really good to win two events in a row, I am excited for Buffalo,” said Plis who will compete in the Summer Series at Glen Oak Golf Course on July 15-16, 2014.

 

DSC_0711The Girls Division was won in a tiebreaker determined by the best score on the hardest handicap hole. Yu-Lun Huang beat out fellow Taiwan native, Nicole Lu thanks to a birdie on No. 2. Both Huang and Lu posted 2-over-par scores of 74 for the round. Huang carded three birdies, the most of any junior in the tournament, while Lu added one of her own as she finished in second. Both Huang and Lu were recipients of the Clazic Belts Low Round Award. Rounding out the top three was Ling-Jie Chen of Taiwan, with a score of 76.

“I felt much more relaxed playing here than in Taiwan and I really like that,” said Huang.

 

 

 

DTOURThe Discovery Tour was held for the youngest golfers and was a nine-hole competition to introduce the boys and girls to the experience of tournament golf in a fun, enjoyable environment. Kent Hsiao of Taiwan, won the Boys Discovery Tour with a nine-hole score of 35 while Wendy Hsiao of Taiwan, won the Girls Discovery Tour with a nine-hole score of 37.

The IJGT’s Summer Series will continue on to Glen Oak Golf Course in East Amherst, N.Y., on July 15-16, 2014. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Hilton Head Island, S.C. – Final results of the Summer Series at Oyster Reef conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed July 11, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,825 yards, Par 72. Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,187 yards, Par 72. Girls Division: White Tees – 5,910 yards, Par 72. Discovery Tour: Green Tees – 5,288 yards, Par 35.

International Junior Golf Tour
Summer Series at Oyster Reef
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
July 11-12, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division – Gold Tees, 6,825 yards, Par 72 (M-73.6/132)

1. Justin Lewis, High Point, N.C., *73
2. Kyle Vance, Audubon, Pa., *75
2. Hsin-Wei Wu, Taiwan, *75
4. Liam Bryden, Port of Spain, *77
5. Taikan Nakada, White Plains, N.Y., *78
6. Andres Lopez, Monterrey, *81
7. Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., *82
8. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *84
9. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, N.Y., *85
10. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan, *93
11. Jackson Tomaszewski, Hilton Head Island, S.C., *106
12. Cullen Wood, Falls Church, Va., *180

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Thomas Pfoesti, Schenna, *

Girls Division – White Tees, 5,910 yards, Par 72 (L-74.7/128)

1. Yu-Lun Huang, Taiwan, *74
2. Nicole Lu, Taiwan, *74
3. Ling-Jie Chen, Taiwan, *76
4. Meredith Wipper, Hilton Head Island, S.C., *83

Discovery Tour Boys Division – Green Tees, 5,288 yards, Par 35 (L-71.1/120)

1. Kent Hsiao, Taiwan, *35
2. James Teng, Taiwan, *42
3. Jason Hsu, Taiwan, *45
4. Stanley Lin, Taiwan, *46
5. Yu-Chun Wu, Taiwan, *48
6. Yuan-Fu Huang, Taiwan, *49

Discovery Tour Girls Division – Green Tees, 5,288 yards, Par 35 (L-71.1/120)

1. Wendy Hsiao, Taiwan, *37
2. Maggie Chih, Taiwan, *51

Summer Series at Oyster Reef – Round one recap

The Summer Series is continuing to heat up as the IJGT continued at Oyster Reef Golf Club on July 11, 2014. Temperatures remained in the low 80s to create comfortable golf conditions. Juniors are competing for national rankings. In review, each division’s winners’ rounds in numbers are below.

Leading the Boys 15-19 is Justin Lewis, his round in numbers:

73 – his 1-over-par score for round one

11 – he carded a par or better streak in 11 straight holes

2 – number of birdie in the round, coming on No. 8 and No. 12

The Boys 14 & Under Division is led by Dylan Plis of Camilus, N.Y. His round in numbers:

76 – his round one score

2 – number of birdies, both on the back nine

1 – Plis finished first in the last Summer Series event at Ridgemont

Yu-Lun Huang and Nicole Lu of Taiwan leads the Girls Division.

Huang’s round in numbers:

74 – her 2-over-par score for round one

3 – number of birdies in round one, the most for any one player in the tournament

5 – Huang finished with par or better on all of the par-5 holes

Lu’s round in numbers:

74 – her 2-over-par score for round one, tied with Huang

6 – Lu scored par or better on six straight holes

1 – she carded one birdie on the front nine

Round two of the Summer Series at Oyster Reef will continue on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 7:30 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Follow along with updates in round two by following @IJGT on Twitter.

Players of the Week – Summer Series at Oyster Reef

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. –  The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) started off their Summer Series this week with an exciting two-round tournament at the challenging Oyster Reef Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C. This Rees Jones design course is testing enough with tough greens and narrow fairways. Go ahead and throw severe humidity and a few pop-up thunderstorms into the mix, and this surely made for an even more testing event. However, Phubodi Sirisilp of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Kayla Kozak of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., were able to battle all elements and earn themselves Player of the Week honors.

Sirisilp was participating in his first Summer Series tournament with the IJGT, concluding the first round at a 9-over-par 81, only one shot back from leader Daiki Okada of Tokyo, Japan. Even still, this is not exactly where Sirisilp wanted to be, but knew that with some extra practice on the putting green he could make a run in the final round, ultimately hoping for victory Wednesday. The extra practice helped—Sirisilp was able to string together 12 pars and an impressive birdie on No. 5 en route to a final-round score of 5-over-par 77, a 158 total tournament score, and a tie for first place with fellow competitor Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia. Although Sirisilp played exceptionally well, Hui ultimately came out victorious in the playoff. However, Sirisilp’s outstanding course performance, with the ability to withstand the different elements thrown at him is impressive. We congratulate Sirisilp on his exceptional performance in his first ever IJGT Event, and look forward to seeing him in future tournaments to come.

In the Girls Division, Kozak was also just behind leader Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan going into round two. Kozak spent quite a bit of time on the range warming up to prepare for her final round, and with good reason. Being only 14-years-old and hitting the ball well past her fellow competitors was an advantage to Kozak. Her determination and focus to get up and down around the greens, as well as her focus on putting helped. 10 pars and a fantastic birdie on No. 17 allowed Kozak to shoot a 7-over-par 79, a ten stroke improvement from Tuesday. Kozak’s performance earned her second place at Oyster Reef, with a total tournament score of 168. Kayla will be attending the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) as a freshman this fall, and will become a regular smiling face on the course for the IJGT. We look forward to seeing her at future tournaments.

Final Results from the Summer Series at Oyster Reef GC

Hui holds on during playoff

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) began its 2013 Summer Series at the beautiful Oyster Reef Golf Club, a Rees Jones design course with tough greens, narrow fairways, and spectacular views of the sound. Juniors endured numerous weather conditions throughout the weekend, with high temperatures and severe humidity during the first round, to cooler temperatures and a 30-minute weather delay due to some severe thunderstorms during the final round. This is a great event for those who regularly participate on our IJGT Southeast Tour, since Oyster Reef is a course regularly gone back to each season.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, had a tough start to the tournament on Tuesday with a triple bogey on No. 1, but managed to bounce back with six pars and one birdie on the back nine, shooting a 9-over-par 81, leaving him only one shot back from leader Daiki Okada of Tokyo, Japan. Going into the final round, Hui’s nerves from the previous day got to him again, leaving him with a bogey on the first hole. However, Hui knew confidence would help him take control of his front nine, which he did—a birdie on No. 2 and seven straight pars rounded out the nine. With two birdies and 11 pars on the day, Hui shot a 5-over-par 77 for the final round, and a 158 overall total score.
Phubodi Sirisilp of Hilton Head Island, S.C., also had a similar round to Hui, finishing the first round one shot back behind the leader with a 9-over-par 81. Sirisilp spent quite a bit of time on the putting green after the round, determined to stay consistent and fight for a comeback on Wednesday. Sirisilp’s practice paid off, making 12 pars throughout the second round, with eight of them being on the back nine. Sirisilp’s identical round of 5-over-par 77 to Hui’s, and final tournament score of 158 resulted in a playoff between Sirisilp and Hui, leaving Hui victorious after just one hole.
Rounding out the top three in the Boys 15-19 Division were Okada and Elliot Johnson of Bluffton, S.C., who recorded tournament totals of 159.
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, there was no question as to who would walk away with first and second place. Zachary Diaz of Mobile, Ala., won the tournament after outlasting fellow competitor Patrick Kridaratikorn of Lexington, Mass. This was Diaz’s first IJGT victory.
In the Girls Division, Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, had a rough start to her round, shooting a score of 8-over-par 44 on the front nine while battling the difficult heat. Tadokoro’s persistence kept her in the game, coming back and shooting seven strokes better on the back nine, rounding out her day with a 9-over-par 81. Going into the final round, Tadokoro knew she needed to stay consistent. Her strong mental game helped her stay focused during difficult shots, allowing her to get up and down around the greens to save par.
Kayla Kozak of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., also took focus going into the second round. Being eight shots back of Tadokoro with only two birdies after round one, Kozak focused her efforts on putting, which gave big results. Kozak made 10 pars throughout the round and a birdie on No. 17 allowing her to shoot a 7-over par 79, a ten stroke improvement from Tuesday. However, it just was not enough. A steady game and consistency throughout the weekend allowed Tadokoro to come out victorious. This was her first IJGT victory.
Kozak took home second place and Yuki Nakayama of Kawasakishi, Japan took third place.
The KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the players who shoot the lowest score in the first round of every IJGT Event, was won by Okada with a score of 8-over-par 80, and Tadokoro with her score of 9-over-par 81.
The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which is presented to the players who shoot the lowest score in the second round of every IJGT Event, was won by Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, with a score of 4-over-par 76, and Kozak with her score of 7-over-par 79.
The International Junior Golf Tour will travel up to the Northeast area this weekend to host its second Summer Series event at Hershey Country Club, June 21-22. For more information about our Summer Series events, please visit www.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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.– Final round results of the IJGT Summer Series conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed June 19, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,825 yards, Par 72 (73.6/132).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,187 yards, Par 72 (70.3/123). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,910 yards, Par 72 (74.7/128).
Weather:         Tuesday: Sunny and humid with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 5-10 mph
Wednesday: Sunny in the morning, scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon with temperatures in the Low 70s, winds 10-15 mph
International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Summer Series at Oyster Reef
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
June 18-19, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division – (Gold Tees) 6,825 Yards, Par 72
1. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *81-77–158**
2. Phubodi Sirisilp, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-77–158
3. Elliot Johnson, Bluffton, SC *82-77–159
3. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *80-79–159
5. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-82–163
5. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *87-76–163
5. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *83-80–163
8. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *84-88–172
8. Ty Caron, Rifle, CO *89-83–172
10. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *92-85–177
11. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan *99-99–198
Boys 14 & Under Division – (Blue Tees) 6,187 Yards, Par 72
1. Zachary Diaz, Mobile, AL *115-107–222
2. Patrick Kridaratikorn, Lexington, MA *111-123–234
Girls Division – (White Tees) 5,910 Yards, Par 72
1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *81-83–164
2. Kayla Kozak, North Myrtle Beach, SC *89-79–168
3. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *95-95–190
**Won in a playoff

IJGT announces 2013 Spring Discovery Tour Events

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.– The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) and Junior Sports Corporation  are pleased to announce the return of the Discovery Tour with the 2013 spring schedule. Following a successful inaugural season, the IJGT looks forward to continuing the fun this spring with events sprinkled throughout South Carolina and in the Northeast region.

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The spring Discovery Tour season  will begin on Hilton Head Island, S.C., at Dolphin Head Golf Club , Jan. 26, and will make its last stop before the summer season at Oyster Reef Golf Club , April 13. A total of five Discovery Tour stops have been scheduled for the spring, with a possibility of additional events to be announced as the season progresses.

Membership for the Discovery Tour will be set at $25 – a $50 value that includes a bag tag, golf balls, a profile on the IJGT website and more. Members will be eligible to participate in each of the Spring 2013 events with nine-hole event fees priced between $35-40 each.

e8d9a9ef8d1047e4df535fee4cd6fe0aIf you are looking to engage your younger children in competitive golf, the Discovery Tour is a great option for you. Not only do the juniors have the opportunity to play at some of the top golf venues available to our older IJGT members, they also have the chance to learn and practice the Rules of Golf, meet junior golfers from around the country and compete in a fun, fair and engaging event.

0d5e7c611c8d55b7cb40218908947c4dFor more information on the Discovery Tour, membership, event format, rules and policies, please visitwww.ijgt.com/discoverytour.