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Zinser, Abrams battle to the winner’s circle earns them IJGT Player of the Week honors – Oct. 28, 2014

As the IJGT finished up the Northeast Tour fall events, the competition heated up at the Major Championship at Out Door Country Club on October 25-26, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole event featured more than 30 juniors competing for IJGT merit points, national rankings and the title of Major Champion. Following the event, the IJGT is proud to extend IJGT Player of the Week honors to both Teddy Zinser of Alexandria, Va., and Kendel Abrams of New Freedom, Pa.

Zinser

After the opening round of the Major Championship, Zinser sat in eighth place with a score of 82. Despite his placement in the division, Zinser proved that his struggle with bogeys would not defeat him. Returning for the second and final round, he found his groove and proceeded to shave a staggering 10 strokes from his round one score. Five final-round birdies and eight pars sparked his comeback effort as he found himself moving up the leader board to finish in third place.

His score of even-par 72 in round two was the lowest final round score in the division and earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award to celebrate his low marks. The event was Zinser’s first of his career with the IJGT.

Abrams

In her first event of the season and second with the IJGT, Abrams kicked off her performance with a par-or-better streak on holes 6 through 8 to finish with a 2-over-par front nine. Her back nine proved to be more difficult as she began to post some higher scores as she finished the day. Ready to fight back, Abrams returned for round two to make moves in her division. Two birdies and an improvement of two strokes from her round one score helped her inch her way up into third place while also nabbing the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls. Her final-round 82 was the lowest of the division.

Abrams’ third-place finish was her first top-three finish of her career after an 11th place finish at the Major Championship at Bulle Rock in April of 2014.

Congratulations to both Teddy and Kendel! We applaud your persistent efforts and will to fight for improvement. We look forward to seeing you in future events!

Puangcharoen, Gray among the IJGT Players of the Week – Oct. 21, 2014

NORTHEAST

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour made the trip to State College, Pa., on October 18-19, 2014, for the College Series at Penn State University. It was a challenging weekend for the contestants as cold weather and windy conditions made an already difficult course even tougher. After two days of competitive play and great sportsmanship, the IJGT is pleased to announce Adam Gray of Potomac, Md., and Lauren Kase of North Tonawanda, N.Y., as the Northeast Tour’s Players of the Week.

Gray

The first day of the tournament was trying for all of the competitors due to cold, rainy and windy conditions. Gray played well, shooting a 78 in the opening round to place him in a tie for eighth heading into the final round. Weather conditions were more favorable on day two of the tournament and Gray capitalized by shooting the low score of the weekend, a 1-under-par 71. He carded four birdies on the day, three of which were on the front nine to allow him to make the turn at 2-under. Consistency was key for Gray as his resilient efforts resulted in a shared piece of second place to end the tournament.

Kase

Kase led with a slow start but found her rhythm during the final round of the College Series. Totaling eight pars on the day, Kase drove the ball well and sunk some difficult putts to improve her score. She birdied the challenging, uphill par-4 No. 16 with ease, demonstrating her skill in all areas of the game. Her second round 85 solidified her fourth-place finish in her division.

SOUTHEAST

The IJGT traveled to Pooler, Ga., to host the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters Country Club.  The weather forecast included clear skies and mild temperatures leaving the course in pristine condition for low rounds.  This week’s southeast Player of the Week honors are awarded to Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, and Warrisara (Mind) Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand.

Shimoji, Takafumi

Shimoji kicked off round one with a birdie on the par-4 No. 1 but struggled with a few bogeys in the remainder of his round before adding a final birdie on the par-4 No 11. After finding himself in 31st at the conclusion of round one, Shimoji returned for round two with determination. He started with back-to-back birdies on holes No. 3 and 4, before adding two more birdies on the back nine. Shimoji’s battle back allowed him to finish the round with a 1- under-par, 71, giving him an overall score of 151 and a top-five finish.

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Puangcharoen shot 79 on Saturday and 71 on Sunday to finish with 150 for the tournament for third place. With only a brief struggle for par or better on her first round front nine, she ramped up her back nine with six pars and another birdie. Puangcharoen played well again on Sunday after starting the day hot with four-straight pars and going on to score par or better on 16 of 18 holes for the round. Her final score of 71 on Sunday earned her the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award and helped to secure third-place.

Congratulations to Gray, Kase, Puangcharoen and Shimoji on earning the Player of the Week honors and we wish you well in all of your future events!

O’Donovan nabs IJGT Player of the Week honors – Sept. 9, 2014

The IJGT returned to the Colleton River Plantation Club, official site of the 68th U.S. Junior Amateur for 2015, on September 6-7, 2014, to host the IJGT Junior. After an opening round of beautiful weather, mother nature had other plans for round two. Inclement weather halted juniors in the middle of play, requiring tournament officials to cut the tournament short.

With a first round score of 78 to finish in the top-10 of the Boys 15-19 Division, Jack O’Donovan of Pittsford, N.Y., earns IJGT Player of the Week honors.

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In his third season with the IJGT, O’Donovan entered the field for the IJGT Junior in the Boys 15-19 Division for the first time in his career. Despite the longer yardages of the new division, O’Donovan recorded his lowest 18-hole score to date (78).

The highlight of his round was two birdies on holes No. 9 and 14. The two birdies ties his record for the most birdies in a single round of IJGT tournament play. O’Donovan finished tied for 6th at Colleton River, his sixth consecutive top-10 finish.

Congratulations to Jack O’Donovan on both his Player of the Week honors as well as his performance in the IJGT Junior!

Wentworth, Bradbeer bring home IJGT Player of the Week honors – July 31, 2014

As the IJGT Summer Series continued at the beautiful Ridge at Back Brook in Ringoes, N.J., great weather and ideal course conditions made for a truly memorable tournament.  The IJGT would like to extend congratulations to Peter Bradbeer of Rosemont, Pa., of the Boys 15-19 Division, and Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., of the Girls Division for earning the honors of IJGT Players of the Week.

Wentworth showed significant improvement in the second round, cutting eight strokes from her first round score.  The New Jersey native finished 14 holes in the second round with a score of par or better, including a birdie on the difficult No. 6, which she doubled in the first round.  She came into round two composed and was able to finish with the second lowest round-two score in the Girls Division.

Bradbeer in his first IJGT event of the summer has a commendable performance. After getting off to a slow start in round one, Bradbeer kicked things up  by carding three birdies in the round. Bradbeer came into the second round determined and focused and started out hot. His front none included eight pars and a birdie on the long par-4 No. 4. His 1-under 35 on the front nine in round two propelled him to a finish with a 1-over score of 73, an extraordinary 15 stroke improvement from his first round.

Congratulations to both Wentworth and Bradbeer on their noteworthy performances! We look forward to seeing you soon at IJGT tournaments.

Campbell earns IJGT Player of the Week honors – July 25, 2014

The IJGT continued its Summer Series competition at the Country Club of Hilton Head in Hilton Head, S.C. The two day event took place on July 22-23, 2014. Both days were filled with plenty of sunshine and calm winds giving players an opportunity to post low scores. Even under almost perfect playing conditions, the Country Club of Hilton Head gave players in both divisions a challenge in both rounds of the tournament. The IJGT would like to congratulate Matthew Campbell of Beaufort, S.C., as the recipient of our Player of The Week honors.

Campbell

Playing in his second event with the IJGT and coming off a win at the Sanctuary Shootout in the fall of 2013, Campbell earned another top-three finish with a second place finish in this week’s event. He finished a mere one stroke back from Chris Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa., who won the Boys 14 & Under Division. Campbell’s abundance of birdies in the second round helped him close the distance between him and the leader. His second round score was tied for the best final round in the entire field and was decorated with birdies on No.s 3, 9, 10, 12 and 17.

Congratulations to our Player of The Week, Matthew Campbell on his stellar play in our Summer Series event at the Country Club of Hilton Head and we wish him the best in all of his upcoming competitions!

Connors, Chambers nab Player of the Week honors – July 4, 2014

The IJGT hosted the second tournament of the Summer Series at Ridgemont Country Club of Greece, N.Y.  The two-day tournament took place on July 1-2, 2014.  Players and spectators enjoyed great weather and a pristine course operated by an accommodating and friendly staff.

Great competition made for a truly special tournament. Despite challenges presented by quick and undulating greens, juniors posted many low scores.  Special congratulations are in order for Emily Connors and Scott Chambers for receiving the IJGT Player of the Week honors.

10444360_10154368309025026_4175781808527902950_nPlaying in her fourth IJGT event, Connors posted her best career finish.  After finishing round one standing in third, Connors returned looking to improve in round two. Connors shaved one stroke from her round-one score to stave of competition and take home third. Seven pars in round two were the highlight of her performance en route to her finish.

 

 

 

 

 

10341480_10154368321840026_5814354413182545007_nComing off his victory with the IJGT at Ravenwood Country Club in May, Chambers posted his third top-10 finish of the season. His four-stroke improvement from round one illustrated the drive and determination he brought to round two. Chambers’ score of 79 in round two was highlighted by 10 pars and a birdie to help him into fourth place. The birdie on the par-4 No. 8 in round two becomes his 12th birdie in just three events with the IJGT.

Congratulations to both Connors and Chambers and we are eager to see them again in tournament play!

Uengiranpaisan siblings nab IJGT Player of the Week honors – June 18, 2014

The IJGT kicked off the summer series at Crescent Pointe in Bluffton, S.C., on June 17-18, 2014. The weather was great all week and the staff at Crescent Pointe was outstanding. There were many great scores throughout the whole tournament with a few players posting career-best finishes on the IJGT. The brother-sister duo from Bangkok, Thailand, Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan and Ammy Uengiranpaisan have received IJGT Player of the Week honors.

DSC_1096Playing in his 10th IJGT event of the 2014 year, Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan carded a career-best third-place finish. He started off the first round with a score of 83 but bounced back to card a 4-over-par 75 in the second round. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan made five birdies in his second round, none more impressive than his birdie on the par-5 17th  hole. The Bangkok native showed consistency throughtout the round by going 2-under on holes five through 10. We wish Kanawut the best and look forward to seeing him again for tournament play!

 

DSC_1248Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, playing in her eighth IJGT event of the year, began her summer at Crescent Pointe by firing a career-low score of 85. She linked together a stretch of spectacular pars on holes 12 through 16 to finish the day in second place. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan has seen tremendous progress playing with IJGT thus far and we are excited to see what success comes from her in the future!