IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall – Tour Preview

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The IJGT Southeast Tour will return to Hilton Head Island, S.C., for the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on April 25-26, 2015. Junior golfers will play the Robert Cupp course while competing for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

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Designed by Robert Cupp, Golf World‘s former Architect of the Year, the Robert Cupp course is recognized as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. The course offers four sets of tees ranging from 5,182 yards to 7,079 yards.

The eGolf Gateway Tour‘s 2015 Palmetto Hall Championship was played on the Robert Cupp course in February.

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division as he’s had a lot of success on the Robert Cupp course. He finished second in last April’s IJGT event there and won the Boys 14 & Under Division two years ago. This is his fourth consecutive season competing in an IJGT event on the Robert Cupp course at Palmetto Hall.

Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, finished sixth in last April’s tournament. Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, is looking for his first win on the IJGT this season. He finished second in the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation in February. This is his fifth season competing on the IJGT.

In the Girls Division, keep an eye on Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, who has won back-to-back IJGT events: the
Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor in February and the IJGT Oldfield Junior earlier this month. Anna Eddy of Hilton Head, S.C., will look to improve on her fourth-place finish in the IJGT Oldfield Junior. Yuki Nakayama of Kawasakishi, Japan, is looking for her first IJGT win of the season. She finished second in the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in January.

Finally, in the Boys 14 & Under Division, Aiden McCloskey of Northborough, Mass., is coming off a first-place finish in the IJGT Oldfield Junior. Matthew Dzialga and Matthew Camel, both of Greenwich, Conn., finished third and fourth, respectively, in last April’s IJGT event on the Robert Cupp course.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or on the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.



IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall – Final Results (Nov. 2, 2014)

Koguchi nabs first IJGT win at Palmetto Hall
Tadokoro earns first victory of the season and third career IJGT win

The IJGT hosted the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on the plantation’s Arthur Hills Course on November 1-2, 2014. Cold temperatures and heavy winds greeted juniors for the opening round before conditions improved for round two. Juniors from various states and countries competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

DSC_1398cWataru Koguchi of Fotouka, Japan, finished first in the Boys 15-19 Division by combining scores of 78 and 73 for a two-day total of 151. With consistent scoring in both rounds, Koguchi carded five total birdies and 21 total pars for his tournament. Koguchi entered the final round three strokes back of then leader, Brett Krekorian of Andover, Mass. His final-round 73 tied for the lowest final-round score of the division, allowing him to move into first and win by three strokes. The second-round 73 also earned Koguchi a share of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior(s) with the lowest score in the final round of the tournament.

In second place was Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, with a two-day total of 154. Sharing third place was Krekorian and Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, both carding a tournament total 155.

Rowan Foxley of Arlington, Wash., also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award by matching Koguchi’s second-round 73.

DSC_1556cIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Mikus Ming of Smiths, Bermuda, was victorious. After posting a round-one score of 87 and sitting in second behind then leader Arthur Draijer of Sandweiler, Luxembourg, Ming posted the low final round of his division, an 89, to move into first and capture the title. Using his 5-iron to sink a hole-in-one on the 160-yard par-3 No. 6 was the highlight of Ming’s first round. He also added 13 pars and a birdie to his performance.

In second was Draijer with a total 178 and rounding out the top-three was Aiden McCloskey of Northboro, Mass., with a tournament total 183.


DSC_1591cFinishing first in the Girls Division was Sera Tadakoro of Osaka, Japan. Tadokoro carded scores of 84 and 72 for a two-round total of 156.  Tadakoro was in a tie for second after the first round behind then leader Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, before returning for round two and shaving an impressive 12 strokes from her round one score to move into first. With the help of 11 pars and four birdies, Tadokoro’s second round, even-par 72 was tied for the lowest score of the tournament. She earned one of two Clazic Belts Low Final Round Awards for the girls, the second going to Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C., who also scored an even-par 72.

In second was Huang with a total 157 and Guo finished third with a two-day total 166.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on November 8-9, 2014, with the Major Championship at Dormie Club. To sign up for these events, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit or call (800) 792-9143.

Hilton Head, S.C.. – Final Results of the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on November 1-2, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,727 yards Par 72 (72.8./134). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,250 yards, Par 72 (71.1/136). Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,978 yards, Par 72 (73.7/126).

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall
Hilton Head Island, SC
November 1-2, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees) – 6,727 yards, Par 72

1. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *78-73–151
2. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *78-76–154
3. Brett Krekorian, Andover, MA *75-80–155
3. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico *78-77–155
5. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *83-74–157
6. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *82-76–158
6. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-77–158
8. Rowan Foxley, Arlington, WA *87-73–160
8. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *79-81–160
8. Feng Chen, Baoding City *78-82–160
11. Xue Wen Luo, Haikou, China *84-77–161
12. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *84-78–162
12. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *84-78–162
12. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *82-80–162
15. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *85-78–163
16. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *86-79–165
16. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *84-81–165
16. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *80-85–165
19. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *85-81–166
20. Michael Metro, Sandy Spring, MD *84-83–167
20. Gustav Tegel, Miami Beach, FL *87-80–167
22. Yujie Jin, Windermere, FL *85-84–169
23. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *92-79–171
24. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *89-83–172
24. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *89-83–172
24. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *83-89–172
27. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *92-83–175
28. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *88-90–178
29. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *91-88–179
30. Brandon McLean, Unionville, ON *95-86–181
31. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *93-89–182
32. Mark Richardson, South Berwick, ME *92-94–186
33. Trent Dickerson, Guyton, GA *99-92–191
34. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *99-98–197
35. Spencer Eller, Phoenix, AZ *93-111–204
36. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea *115-126–241

Jack Friedman, Charleston, SC *DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *JWD
Cole Gibson, Chevy Chase, MD *86-JWD
Liam Kent, Portage, MB *88-JWD
Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *91-JWD
Jack Foyle, Fishers Island, NY *JWD
Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *109-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) – 6,250 yards, Par 72

1. Mikus Ming, Smiths, Bermuda *87-89–176
2. Arthur Draijer, Sandweiler, Luxembourg *83-95–178
3. Aiden McCloskey, Northboro, MA *90-93–183
4. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *90-94–184
5. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *93-92–185
6. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *98-103–201
7. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *105-97-202

Girls Division (Black Tees) – 5,978 yards, Par 72

1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *84-72–156
2. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *79-78–157
3. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *94-72–166
4. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *84-86–170
5. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *90-84–174
6. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *90-89–179
7. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *93-92–185
8. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *96-90–186
9. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *102-85–187
10. Rhea Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *108-96–204
11. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *107-112—219

Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *JWD

IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall – Round one recap (Nov. 1, 2014)

The IJGT returned to a local favorite, Palmetto Hall to host the IJGT Island Open on the Arthur Hills Course. With the Northeast Tour’s team settled back in South Carolina for the duration of the fall season, the Southeast Tour experienced the first true fall weather conditions during round one of the event on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Temperatures dropped into the low 40s and winds picked up to create tough conditions for the juniors seeking IJGT merit points and national rankings. In review, the round one divisional leaders’ rounds, in numbers, are below.

Brett Krekorian of Andover, Mass., took the lead of the Boys 15-19 Division at the end of round one. His round in numbers:

75 – his 3-over-par round one score

12 – Krekorian’s longest par-or-better streak which included his entire back nine

2 – total birdies

1 – Krekorian is coming off a first place finish in the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on October 18-19, 2014

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Arthur Draijer of Sandweiler, Luxemborg, leads. His round in numbers:

83 – his round one score

10 – total number of pars carded for round one

4 – Draijer leads the division by four strokes

Leading the Girls Division is Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China. Her round in numbers:

79 – her round one score, five strokes ahead of the division

36 – Huang finished her round with an even-par 36 back nine score

3 – total birdies, the most for the division

1 – in her last appearance in the IJGT Island Open, Huang took first place

The final round at Palmetto Hall will take place tomorrow, November 2, 2014, with tee times beginning at 10:30 a.m. For full results from round one of the IJGT Island Openclick here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

Nicholas, Vega voted Photo of the Week winners – May 1, 2014


HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – The IJGT traveled to Bulle Rock to host the third Major Championship of the 2014 season. The weather was prime for golf as a field of 74 competitors came out to compete. The Northeast’s Photo of the Week winner is James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y.

10273450_10154119688265026_1505647664589041784_nNicholas went on to take first place at the Major Championship at Bulle Rock presented by the First Tee of Baltimore. This was Nicholas’ second Major Championship victory, and his third first place finish of the season. He made five birdies during each round, 10 total throughout 36 holes. We look forward to seeing Nicholas compete in more IJGT events.


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. In the Southeast, Diego Vega of Mexico City, Mexico, was voted the Photo of the Week winner.


Playing in his 10th IJGT event, Vega finished tied for 19th. Throughout 54-holes he managed to total two birdies. Vega also played very well on the 17th and 18th holes every round, making a par at both each round. His photo that was voted Photo of the Week this week, received 31 total points! Congratulations on the Photo of the Week honors as we hope to see more of Vega at IJGT events in the future.

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!

College Prep at Palmetto Hall – Ogawa, Kim & Huang lead round one

The IJGT visited backyard venue Palmetto Hall to host College Prep on the Robert Cupp Course on April 26, 2014. The 54-hole event consists of 36 holes played in the first day and a final round of 18 holes on day two. Juniors took to the course for round one, the first 18 holes, under breezy, warm temperatures in the 70s. In review, divisional leaders’ rounds in numbers are below.

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

73 – his round-one score, standing at 1-over-par

5 – Ogawa posted two par-or-better streaks in the first round

4 – total number of birdies in his first 18 holes of the day

1 – number of strokes he leads by after round one

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

79 – his round-one score

38 – his score on the course’s back nine – three strokes better than his score on the front nine

2 – number of birdies, on the par-5 second hole and the par-4 18th hole

1 – number of strokes he leads by before heading into round two, the second 18 holes

From Shenzhen, China, Samantha Huang leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

77 – her round-one score, 5-over-par

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

2 – back-to-back birdies on holes five and six, also the number of strokes she is out in front of second place

1 – placed first in the last tournament hosted at Palmetto Hall, on the Arthur Hill Course, in November 2013

Juniors will return to play for round two today, April 26, 2014 on a 2:00 p.m. shotgun start. The final round of 18 holes will be played tomorrow, April 27, 2014. 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.

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.

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.


“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.


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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 or 888-358-1267


Final results from the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Kim and Vilips grab third wins of season

Huang dominates Girls Division en route to second victory

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) wrapped up the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on a weekend that was culminated by all types of weather. The Southeast Region Event took place on Nov. 2-3, 2013 on the Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Hall Plantation Club. Heavy rain on Friday night left the fairways damp and muddy, and the players experienced all but normal conditions with clouds and sharp, chilling winds at some points followed up by warm sunshine during others. Competing for National Rankings and IJGT Merits Points, the golfers did not fail to impress with their skills, determination, and professionalism. All three divisions featured repeat winners taking home champions trophies.

Geuntae Kim - Island Open Champ

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Geuntae Kim of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, came back from a two-stroke deficit after the first round to capture his third victory of the season in a near-playoff situation. His final 71-77–148 tied with Ewen Ferguson of Hilton Head Island, S.C., but Kim won the playoff by default to take sole possession of first place at 4-over-par. After a first round consisting of five birdies and nine pars, Kim came back with a similar performance in the final round. He sank nine pars, including five in a row on holes Nos. 2-6, and his two birdies of the round came back-to-back on the tough par-5 No. 9 and the par-4 No. 10.

When asked about the best parts of his performance in the event, Kim noted his close-range game. He explained that he did really well “from inside 100 yards.”

This was the third consecutive win for Kim in as many events this season. He previously won at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7-8, and the Sanctuary Shootout on Sept. 28-29. He now has etched five career victories in two seasons with the IJGT.

To round out the Boys 15-19 Division, Ewen Ferguson landed in second place with a 76-72–148. His final-round 72 also gave him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his performance. Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, and Jonathan Phillips of Hardeeville, S.C., tied for third with final scores of 149.

Karl Vilips - Island Open Champ

The Boys 14 & Under Division saw a similar face atop the final standings, with Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, grabbing his third victory of the season. His first-round 1-over-par 73 gave him a five-stroke cushion going into the final round, and despite strong play by his fellow competitors, he did not succumb to the pressure, maintaining his lead and eventually taking home the trophy. Though Vilips endured some challenges during his final round, his 8-over-par 80 performance was able to secure an eight-stroke win in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a total 153. After a front-nine 42 during the final round, Vilips came back with a steady back nine, making pars on holes Nos. 10- 13, and then Nos. 15-18.

When asked about the most difficult parts of the event, Vilips noted, “The wind was really hard both days, and there was a lot of water.” Aside from experiencing these adversities, though, Vilips was quick to say that overall the win was “perfect.”

Vilips has had a spectacular first season with the IJGT, winning three events and grabbing top-five finishes in five others. His other two victories came at the IJGT Georgia Junior at Sea Island on Aug. 24-25 and the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch on Oct. 12-13.

Finishing in second place was Bumin Choi of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, who shot a final 78-83–161. Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., came in third with a two-round score of 85-80–165.

Samantha Huang - Island Open ChampSamantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, led the way in the Girls Division from start to finish, shooting a final 9-over-par 153 to secure a satisfying six stroke win. After a strong start with a first-round 1-under-par 71, Huang had a five stroke lead.

But, like most of the tournament field, Huang experienced challenges throughout the final round. Nonetheless, she was able to maintain her focus, shooting an 82 to earn her second win of the season. Huang sank nine pars and a birdie during the round, and played the course’s par-3s in 1-under-par for the tournament.

One of the most notable aspects of Huang’s performance came with her drivers, or lack thereof. When asked about any obstacles she experienced, Huang explained that because her drivers were “really bad,” she decided to use 3-wood for the entire duration of the tournament. It turns out this did not affect the champion too adversely in the end.

This is Huang’s first season with the IJGT, playing in four events, winning two and landing top ten in all four. Her first win came at the Sanctuary Shootout on Sept. 28-29.

There was a three-way tie for the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, with Huang, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, and Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, all posting a final-round 82. 

Rounding out the top three for the Girls Division were Arjun and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who carded a score of 77-82–159 and 76-84–160, respectively.

The IJGT returns to action next weekend for the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The tournament will be contested on the George Fazio Course at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit 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, 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 or call (843) 785-2444.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Island Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 3, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,739 yards, Par 72 (73.0/133). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,265 yards, Par 72 (71.0/127). Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,975 yards, Par 72 (76.0/134).


Weather: Cloudy with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 5-10 mph
                 Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 15-20 mph


International Junior Golf Tour Island Open at Palmetto Hall
Palmetto Hall – Arthur Hills Course
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
November 2-3, 2013


Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,739 yards, Par 72

1. Geuntae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *71-77–148*
2. Ewen Ferguson, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-72–148
3. Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, SC *75-74–149
3. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *69-80–149
5. Maurizio Debono, Basiglio, Italy *78-76–154
5. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *76-78–154
7. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-76–156
7. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *77-79–156
9. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *81-77–158
9. Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador *79-79–158
9. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *79-79–158
9. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *76-82–158
13. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *82-77–159
13. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *78-81–159
13. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *76-83–159
16. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *85-77–162
16. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *79-83–162
16. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *73-89–162
19. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *85-78–163
19. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *79-84–163
21. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *80-84–164
21. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *75-89–164
23. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *80-85–165
23. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *80-85–165
25. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *84-83–167
26. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *87-81–168
27. Trevor King, Huntington, NY *87-86–173
28. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *82-92–174
28. Jake Haughom, Vienna, VA *83-91–174
30. Walker Campbell, Paget, Bermuda *81-94–175
31. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *78-98–176
32. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *86-100–186
33. Mauricio Troncoso, Mexico City, Mexico *96-101–197

*Won in a playoff

Boys 14 & Under Division, White Tees, 6,265 yards, Par 72
1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *73-80–153
2. Bumin Choi, Gyeonngi-do, South Korea *78-83–161
3. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *85-80–165
4. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *78-88–166
5. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *91-89–180
6. Cade England, Dallas, TX *93-90–183
7. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *91-95–186
8. Alexander Camberos, Kigali, Rwanda *93-97–190
9. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *110-106–216

Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *79-JWD

Girls Division, Black Tees, 5,975 yards, Par 72
1. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *71-82–153
2. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *77-82–159
3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *76-84–160
4. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *85-82–167
5. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *82-86–168
6. Dylaney Day, Toronto, Canada *97-85–182
7. Christine Scholten, Amsterdam, Netherlands *106-108–214

Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *JWD

Final results from the Discovery Tour at Palmetto Hall

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the fourth and final installment of the Fall 2013 season’s Discovery Tour at Palmetto Hall on Nov. 2, 2013. The nine-hole Event took place on the Palmetto Hall Plantation Club’s Arthur Hills Course, and the three young competitors aged 9-11 did not fail to impress with their skills and determination.

Jonathan GrizWinning the event was reigning Discovery Tour champion Jonathan Griz of Bluffton, S.C., who shot a final 3-over-par 39. His performance included a birdie on the par-4 No. 2, and was followed up by a streak of three consecutive pars on holes Nos. 3-5. Despite reaching a rough patch of bogeys shortly thereafter, Griz was able to reel in a par on the closing hole, earning himself a final one-stroke win. This was the second victory in a row for the 9-year-old, after winning the first Discovery Tour at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7. Griz is in his second season with the IJGT, and has been a lights-out veteran on the Discovery Tour, winning all but one event during the 2012-2013 season.

Aaron ElmoreComing in a close second was Aaron Elmore of Rincon, Ga., who carded a final score of 40 for the event. Elmore opened up with a par on hole No. 1 before sinking an impressive birdie on the par-4 No. 2. Before his round wrapped up, he would end up with another birdie and par on Nos. 6 and 7, respectively. This was the second Discovery Tour event of the season for Elmore, who was runner-up to Griz in the first event on Sept. 7. Competing in his second season with the IJGT, Elmore is also a veteran to the Discovery Tour series; he played in six events last season, winning one and coming in second in four others. Elmore also notably grabbed a second place finish in the Boys 14 & Under Division at Falcon’s Fire in Kissimmee, Fla., on May 11-12, 2013.

Hanru GuoLanding in third place was Hanru Guo of Bluffton, S.C., who posted a final 44 for the Event. The highlights of Guo’s round came on the course’s par-3’s and par-5’s, where he was able to par each of the four of them. This was the first event of the season for Guo, who is in his second year with the IJGT. During the 2012-2013 season, Guo competed in three Discovery Tour events, finishing in the top five in two of them.

Congratulations to all the competitors. We eagerly anticipate seeing them all compete again in upcoming IJGT Events!

For the full leaderboard of the event, click here.

First-round highlights from the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled just around the corner for the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall, taking place Nov. 2-3, 2013. What began as a cold, wet morning for the golfers turned out to be a sunny Fall day with fantastic golf temperatures. The first round of the event was held on the club’s famed Arthur Hills Course, featuring heavily wooded areas with towering pines and moss-draped oaks, along with lush fairways rolling past crystalline lakes. These are your leaders going into the final round of competition.

The Boys 15-19 Division leader is Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, who got off to a fast start shooting a cool 3-under-par 69. He currently holds a two-stroke lead going into the final round. Here is Hui’s round by the numbers:

Yong Sherng Hui:

69 – first-round score

34 – score on the front nine (2-under-par)

13 – number of pars

2 – seasons with the IJGT

-3 – score on the course’s four par-3’s

On top of the Boys 14 & Under Division is Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia. Vilips holds a comfortable five-shot lead going into the final round with a score of 73. Here is his round by the numbers:

Karl Vilips:

73 – first-round score

11 – number of pars

5 – stroke lead after round one

3 – number of birdies

-1 – score on the course’s par-3’s and par-5’s

Taking charge of the Girls Division is Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, who came out with a 1-under-par 71 after 18 holes. Her performance gives her a five-stroke lead going into the final day of competition. Here is Huang’s round by the numbers:

Samantha Huang:

71 – first-round score

35 – score on the front nine (1-under-par)

9 – number of pars

5 – number of birdies

-3 – score on the course’s par-5’s


For complete results of the first round click here. Pairings for final-round action at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall can be found here.