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IJGT members set to compete in USGA Junior Championships

On Monday, July 20,2015, the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior will commence with many IJGT members from across the country competing in the nation’s premier junior golf event conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA). The 68th U.S. Junior Amateur will be contested in the hometown of the IJGT, Bluffton, S.C., at Colleton River Plantation. Here are a list of IJGT members competing in the boys national championship.

  • Evan Brown – Chadds Ford, Pa.
  • Jack Melville – Maple Glen, Pa.
  • Joe Highsmith – Lakewood, Wash.
  • Parker Gillam – Cary, N.C.
  • Marcos Montenegro – Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Stuart Fuller – Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Allen Smith – Durham, N.C.
  • Ethan Ng – New York, N.Y.
  • Thomas “Jack” Simpson – Aurora, Ontario

The U.S. Girls’ Junior will be held at Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. Here are the list of IJGT members competing.

  • Karah Sanford – Escondido, Calif.
  • Bibilani Liu – Cupertino, Calif.
  • Megan McLean – Lebanon, N.J.
  • Jennifer Cleary – Wilmington, Del.
  • Kelly Sim – Edgewater, N.J.
  • Ami Gianchandani – Short Hills, N.J.
  • Anina Ku – Basking Ridge, N.J.
  • Sophie Guo – Bluffton, S.C.
  • Shannon Brooks – Vienna, Va.
  • Aneka Seumanutafa – Frederick, Md.

Best of luck to the 19 IJGT members competing as they look to join past IJGT alumni, I.K. Kim, Julieta Granada, Kevin Tway, Jim Liu, and Hunter Mahan, who won the U.S. Junior Amateur or U.S. Girls’ Junior.

Spring Highlights and Summer Preview

The IJGT spring season was filled with exciting highlights from low scores to playoffs to holes-in-one, all with beautiful, world-class courses as the backdrop.

 LOOKING BACK

Over Valentine’s Day weekend, February 14-15, 2015, the IJGT hosted the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island, a fan-favorite venue. Juniors had the opportunity to play both Turtle Point and the Ocean Course during the two-day, 36-hole event. Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, won the Boys 15-19 Division, Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J., won the Girls Division and Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, won the Boys 14 & Under Division. The winners’ bragging rights are extra-special as the PGA of America recently announced that Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course will host the PGA Championship in 2021. The Ocean Course has more seaside holes than any other course in North America; 10 holes sit along the Atlantic Ocean while the other eight run parallel.

SC Open at Kiawah Island Champs 2015

Another fan favorite was the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club on May 9-10, 2015. Over 100 juniors competed on Hershey’s East Course during the two-day, 36-hole event. Michael Jones of Potomac, Md., Charlotte Simpson of Towson, Md., and John Updike of Wayne, Pa., won the Boys 15-19, Girls and Boys 14 & Under Divisions, respectively. Tom McLaughlin of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Matthew Dzialga of Greewich, Conn., both carded aces during the tournament! McLaughlin’s came on the par-3 16th hole in round one and Dzialga’s came on the par-3 second hole in round two.

Betty Horaney

Betty Horaney

Betty Horaney of Longview, Texas, carded an ace the weekend before on the par-3 eighth hole at Golden Bear Golf Club during the second round of the Junior World Qualifier.

Parker Gillam

Parker Gillam of Cary, N.C., carded his first double eagle on the par-5 ninth hole on the East Course at Grand Cypress Golf Club during the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. Gillam finished fourth in the Boys 15-19 Division.

The IJGT also hosted two west coast events during the spring season, the Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco on February 7-8, 2015, and the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club in Litchfield Park, Ariz., on April 3-4, 2015.

You can read more about the spring season in the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions program. To view the program, click here.

LOOKING FORWARD

The summer series will begin with the Summer Series at Olde Stonewall Golf Club on June 30-July 1, 2015. The following week, the IJGT will travel to Toronto, Ontario, to host the always-exciting North America Cup. Hosted by The Weston Golf and Country Club, the North America Cup features four-ball and singles matches against Team Canada. After a few more stops in the Northeast, the IJGT will travel to Scotland to host the Euro Junior Cup in St. Andrews. Team USA will compete in a triangular match-play event against Team Canada and Team Scotland.

Thanks for a wonderful spring season and we look forward to a fun summer season!

Gillam, McCann earn IJGT Player of the Week honors (May 27, 2015)

The IJGT traveled to Orlando, Fla., to host the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Club on May 23-25, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and exemptions into the Players Amateur, Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, International Junior Masters, North American Junior Amateur, South Carolina Junior Golf Association Beth Daniel Junior Azalea and South Atlantic Women’s Amateur Championship during the three-day, 54-hole event.

Following the tournament, the IJGT is pleased to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Parker Gillam of Cary, N.C., and Holly McCann of Raleigh, N.C.

Parker Gillam

Gillam rebounded from an 81 in the first round on the East/North Course to shoot a 2-under 70 in round two on the New Course before firing a 3-under 69 in the final round on the East/North Course. He landed in a three-way tie for the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of an event. Gillam made par or better on holes No. 3 through 15 in the final round and carded a double-eagle, his first, on the par-5 ninth hole. He finished the tournament with a 220 three-day total, good for fourth in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Holly McCann

After shooting 82s in the first and second rounds on the New and East/North courses, respectively, McCann fired a 3-over 75 in the final round on the New Course. Her 239 tournament total landed her in third place in the Girls Division.

Congratulations to Parker Gillam and Holly McCann on their IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Final Results (May 25, 2015)

Galant birdies second playoff hole to win Boys 14 & Under Division

Montenegro comes from behind to earn Boys 15-19 Division Title 

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Orlando, Fla., to host the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions over Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and exemptions into the North American Junior Amateur, Players Amateur, Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, International Junior Masters, South Carolina Junior Golf Association Junior Azalea and South Atlantic Women’s Amateur Championship during the three-day, 54-hole event.

The Boys 15-19 Division played the East/North Course in rounds one and three and the New Course in round two while the Boys 14 & Under and Girls Divisions played the New Course in rounds one and three and the East/North Course in round two.

Tristan GalantTristan Galant of Cape Town, South Africa, shot a division-low 2-under 70 in the final round to force a playoff in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Galant and Robin Williams of Leeds, United Kingdom, both finished with 219 three-day totals. The duo played the par-4 first hole on the New Course as their first playoff hole. Both Galant and Williams hit the fairway off the tee and hit their approach shots on the green before two-putting to make par and force a second playoff hole. The pair moved on to the par-5 second hole on the New Course. Both players found the green in three giving themselves a chance for birdie, but it was Galant who made his birdie putt to win the playoff and the Boys 14 & Under Division.

“I was feeling like I was the man,” Galant said of his playoff experience. “I was coming back. I made an eight on a hole on the back nine and I told myself ‘I will succeed today,’ and I finished the job.”

Galant followed his eight on the par-4 fourth hole on the New Course with birdies on holes No. 5 through 7. “I knew that was the only way I would come back to win,” he said of the three consecutive birdies, the highlight of the tournament for him.

Galant had 13 birdies during the tournament, enough to earn him the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the juniors to card the most birdies in each division.

Robin Williams finished second in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Williams shot an even-par 72 in round three, which included four birdies. Genki Otani of Kyoto, Japan, finished third with a 226 tournament total.

Marco MontenegroMarcos Montenegro of Buenos Aires, Argentina, shot a 3-under 69 in the third round to finish with an even-par 216 tournament total, good for first place in the Boys 15-19 Division. Montenegro made par or better on holes No. 1 through 15 in the third round and had just one bogey during the round. He carded 16 birdies to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award in the Boys 15-19 Division.

When asked about his win, Montenegro said, “I feel very happy because I started so-so the first round, but I thought I could play better the next two days and I’m very happy to win the tournament.”

Montenegro’s third-round 3-under 69 landed him in a three-way tie for the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of an event. He shared the award with Parker Gillam of Cary, N.C., and Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan. Gilliam carded a double-eagle on the East Course’s par-5 ninth hole.

Although he led after the first and second rounds, Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., finished a stroke behind Montenegro with a 217 three-day total. Carlos Marrero of Valencia, Venezuela, rounded out the Boys 15-19 Divison with a 218 tournament total, just two strokes off the lead.

Karen MiyamotoKaren Miyamoto of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., the Girls Division round one leader, fired a 1-over 73 in the third round to regain control of the Girls Divison. She finished with a 228 tournament total and earned both the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award.

Miyamoto’s favorite hole was the New Course’s par-5 17th. “This hole was hard, but today I birdied it,” she said after the tournament.

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who lead the Girls Division after the second round, finished second with a 233 three-day total. Holly McCann of Raleigh, N.C., finished third with a 239 tournament total.

The Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions marked the conclusion of the IJGT’s spring season. The summer season will commence on June 30 with the Summer Series at Olde Stonewall Golf Club in Ellwood City, Pa. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, EyeLine Golf and the International Junior Golf Academy.

Orlando, FL – Final Results of the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour at Grand Cypress Resort on May 23-25, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Rounds 1 & 3 East/North Course — Blue Tees – 6,843 yards Par 72 (73.4/138), Round 2 New Course – Blue Tees – 6,745 yards Par 72 (71.8/123). Boys 14 & Under Division: Rounds 1 & 3 New Course – White Tees – 6,287 yards Par 72 (69.3/116), Round 2 East/North Course – White Tees – 6,216 yards Par 72 (70.6/132). Girls Division: Rounds 1 & 3 New Course – Red Tees – 6,046 yards Par 72 (73.9/122) Round 2 East/North Course – Red Tees – 5,959 yards Par 72 (74.8/136).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

Orlando, FL

May 22-25, 2015

 

Boys 15-19 Division-

Round 1 – (Black Tees) East/North: 6,785 yards, Par 72

Round 2 – (Black Tees) New Course:  6,843 yards, Par 72

Round 3 – (Black Tees) East/North: 6,785 yards, Par 72

 

1.  Marcos Montenegro, Buenos Aires, Argentina 75-72-69-216

2. Ryoto Furuya, Alpharetta, GA 70-71-76–217

3. Carlos Marrero, Valencia, Venezuela 71-71-76–218

4. Parker Gillam, Cary, NC 81-70-69–220

5. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan 74-79-69–222

6. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan 80-67-76–223

7. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India 75-70-81–226

8. Zaffar Sikkander, Nawala, Sri Lanka 77-79-71–227

8. Tsukasa Kimishima, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 76-79-72–227

10. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD 79-73-77–229

11. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC 74-78-78–230

12. John Foley, Los Altos Hills, CA 78-80-73–231

13. Douglas Kulikowski, Pittsford, NY 75-80-77–232

14. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT 77-76-80–233

14. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY 76-79-78–233

14. Christopher Gay, Bronxville, NY 74-80-79–233

17. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA 82-75-77–234

18. Mathias Andersen, Copenhagen, Denmark 82-79-75–236

19. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico 78-82-77–237

19. Tomohiro Ishizaka, Kanagawa, Japan 77-81-79–237

19. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan 78-76-83–237

19. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA 80-73-84–237

19. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China 75-79-83–237

24. Grant Drogosch, Windermere, FL 77-79-82–238

25. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ 83-76-80–239

25. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan 82-76-81–239

27. C.J. Hughes, Indiana, PA 82-82-76–240

27. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan 79-79-82–240

27. Jasper Lee, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 79-79-82–240

30. James Cronin, Dublin, Ireland 83-77-81–241

31. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan 85-81-76–242

31. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland 75-83-84–242

31. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea 81-77-84–242

31. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan 85-72-85–242

35. Adam Agustin, El Dorado Hills, CA 87-80-79–246

35. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX 81-85-80–246

35. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY 83-78-85–246

38. Johnny Peck, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 86-82-79–247

38. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea 80-86-81–247

40. Dante Davis, Brandon, FL 91-75-82–248

40. Jack Boulger, Walpole, MA 85-80-83–248

42. Feng Chen, Beijing, China 85-84-80-249

42. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand 80-89-80–249

42. Yuichi Murao, Tokyo, Japan 83-81-85–249

42. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China 84-79-86–249

42. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA 77-85-87–249

42. John Carr, Brookline, MA 81-78-90–249

48. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ 88-75-87–250

48. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX 78-82-90–250

50. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ 81-82-88–251

51. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand 85-85-82–252

52. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China 91-77-85–253

52. David Yang, Taipei, Taiwan 86-83-84–253

54. Philip Chen, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 82-93-80–255

55. Jaydon Pang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 87-83-87–257

56. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH 88-89-81–258

56. Derek Li, Hillsborough, NJ 87-80-91–258

58. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan 88-86-85–259

58. Chase Goff, Annapolis, MD 93-81-85–259

60. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA 84-85-91-260 +44

61. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY 91-91-81–263

61. John Milner, Odessa, FL 86-87-90–263

63. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA 97-81-86–264

63. Karan Bhasin, New Delhi, India 90-83-91–264

63. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy 84-87-93–264

66. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan 93-89-88–270

67. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy 95-99-89–283

68. Jordi Sabria, Barcelona, Spain 98-78-108–284

69. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan 102-87-105–294

70. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan 106-99-95–300

71. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan 99-97-105–301

72. William Riva, Lancaster, PA 96-94-112–302

73. Kameron Daniels, Bowie, MD 99-96-113–308

74. Evgeny Smirnov, Moscow, Russia 114-104-120–338

 

DID NOT FINISH

WD. Jose Lewis, Panama City, Panama

WD. Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA

DQ. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD (Rule 6-3a)

DQ. Gianfranco Morassutti, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL (Rule 6-6b) 

 

Boys 14 & Under Division-

Round 1 – (Blue Tees) New Course: 6,287 yards, Par 72

Round 2 – (Blue Tees) East/North Course:  6,216 yards, Par 72

Round 3 – (Blue Tees) New Course: 6,287 yards, Par 72

 

1. Tristan Galant, Cape Town, South Africa *72-77-70–219

2. Robin Williams, Leeds, United Kingdom *73-74-72–219

3. Genki Otani, Kyoto, Japan *78-75-73–226

4. Yuki Moriyama, Kanagawa, Japan *78-74-77–229

5. Gordan Brixi, Potomac, MD *80-75-82–237

6. Bronson Myers, Columbia, SC *80-78-80–238

7. Evan Greenplate, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-81-78–239

8. Marc Sabria, Barcelona, Spain *78-84-78–240

9. Tomas Molina, Manizales, Columbia *86-83-79–248

10. Johnny Wright, Orlando, FL *83-83-83–249

11. Jack Cornforth, South Hamilton, MA *80-85-85–250

12. Luke Sample, New York, NY *79-91-82–252

13. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *86-89-79–254

13. Jake Calamaro, Newtown Square, PA *85-84-85–254

15. Tj Buck, Penfield, NY *82-95-79–256

16. Yuxuan Zou, Hilton Head, SC *94-83-84–261

17. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *92-80-90–262

18. Tyler Stachkunas, Lake Worth, FL *94-82-89–265

19. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island SC, *90-88-88–266

20. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *89-100-86–275

 

Girls Division- 

Round 1 – (White Tees) New Course: 6,046 yards, Par 72

Round 2 – (White Tees) East/North Point:  5,959 yards, Par 72

Round 3 – (White Tees) New Course: 6,046 yards, Par 72

 

1. Karen Miyamoto, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *77-78-73–228

2. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *81-73-79–233

3. Holly McCann, Raleigh, NC *82-82-75–239

4. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, NJ *81-78-81–240

5. Wenyan Ma, Windermere, FL *86-80-75–241

6. Marisa Hisaki, Osaka, Japan *84-77-83–244

6. Akaansha Varma, Noida, India *84-77-83–244

8. Gillian Alexander, Carmichaels, PA *79-84-83–246

9. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *86-83-79–248

9. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *87-76-85–248

11. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *85-85-81–251

12. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *85-85-82–252

13. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *83-82-89–254

14. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *86-83-88–257

15. Bailey Plourde, Newcastle, ME *90-87-84–261

16. Haruka Shintani, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan *88-89-88–265

17. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *94-92-81–267

18. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *91-90-87–268

19. Yuna Sato, Koriyama, Fukushima, Japan *96-89-84–269

20. Mary McGuinness, Haddonfield, NJ *94-94-91–279

21. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *96-88-96–280

22. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *94-102-93–289

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

DQ. Martina Gerbel, Bratislava, Slovakia, (Rule 6-6b)

WD. Chelsea Liu, Shanghai, China

IJGT Player of the Week – January 11-12

LUTZ, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) conducted the Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Fla., on Jan. 11-12, 2014. This was the first tournament of the new year for the IJGT staff, and it kicked off the season with a bang.  The course staff was most helpful when the IJGT staff arrived at the venue, and the event could not have occurred at a better location.   Everyone was very pleased with the excellent shape of the course for the January weather at TPC Tampa Bay.  This week’s Player of the Week honors went to Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, and Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China.

The weather played a prominent role in the tournament as high winds of 15+mph ruled the first 18 holes. On the final round of the event, the rain from the night before left some standing water in the low areas of the course.

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Sharma (left) carded a score of 79 in the first round, good enough for a tie with Parker Gillam of Cary, N.C., after battling tough conditions with winds up to 25 mph. Sharma started his round off nicely with three consecutive pars, and closed in equally impressive fashion, scoring par on five of his last six holes. Sharma’s second round was highlighted by a birdie on the par-3 No. 6, one of only four birdies on the hole throughout the weekend. Despite having to fight off a bee sting late in the second round, Sharma recorded a second round score of 83 and tournament total of 162 left him in a tie with Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan. Ogawa bested Sharma in the playoff; however, it is his third top-10 finish and the best of his IJGT career.

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In the Girls Division, Chee (left), who is battling a knee injury, played through the pain Friday and Saturday. She came into the first day ready to play through any conditions and stayed very consistent throughout her round. Like many golfers, Chee has superstitions, including always using a blue Sharpie to mark her golf ball before each round.  She was up to the challenge in the final round, even with the wet conditions.  Her round got off to a slow start, but she stayed tough and completed all 36 holes for the tournament. She avoided any large numbers on her card, finishing strong with eight pars on the day.  We will see her again in her next upcoming tournament at the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation on January 25-26th.  Colleton River Plantation is the site of the 2015 US Junior Amateur.