ORLANDO, Fla. – The IJGT returned to beautiful Florida for the annual end-of-the-year Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Club. Having the largest and most competitive field of the year, the tournament is a player and family favorite each year. Hot temperatures and copious sunshine made for warm but enjoyable conditions all three days.
The staff at Grand Cypress Resort worked diligently all week to ensure that the course was in top shape and the players and families had a world class experience. The players of the week following the conclusion of the spring season are Keshav Sharma, of New Delhi, India, and Samantha Huang, of Shenzhen, China.
Sharma, playing in his 11th event of the season, recorded his seventh top-ten finish of his IJGT career. Sharma started off the tournament with an impressive first-round 73 on the East/North Course. His first round included three birdies and 12 pars. Perhaps his most impressive hole of the day came on the tough par-5 ninth hole, where he carded a birdie. His second round was virtually flawless, resulting in a 2-under-par 70. The New Delhi native began his second round with birdies on the three of the first six holes. Sharma displayed grit and determination on the final day of the tournament, shooting a 1-under-par score of 71 highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 eleventh hole added to his staggering 12 total birdies. The final-round score of 71 elevated Sharma to finish second as the tournament concluded on Monday, May, 26, 2014.
Huang, playing in her eleventh event of the season, had a great showing at the Grand Cypress Resort. The China native recorded her eighth top-five finish at the Tournament of Champions. Playing the New Course for round one, Huang showed consistency throughout her entire round. With five pars and a birdie on the long par-5 sixth hole, she proceeded to shoot a first-round score of 76. Round two proved to be a little tougher on the East/North Course for Huang where she fought through the rough-laden course to post a score of 77. The highlight of the round for her was a birdie on the difficult par-4 seventh hole. The final round proved to be the best day of the tournament for Huang, recording and final round 72 and securing the girl’s Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. Her final round included 12 pars and two birdies, not scoring worse than bogey on any hole.
We congratulate all those who participated in this monumental event and we wish Sharma, Huang and all IJGT juniors the best of luck as they move forward either with the IJGT or in their post-graduate plans!