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Sharma, Huang grab Player of the Week honors – May 26, 2014

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.

DSC_0824Sharma, 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.

 

 

DSC_0094Huang, 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!

Cipolla, Ono & Littlefield among those to nab IJGT Player of the Week honors – May 4, 2014

NORTHEAST TOUR

VICTOR, N.Y.- The IJGT returned to Ravenwood Golf Club for the Rochester Open at Ravenwood on May 3-4, 2014. The course is a favorite of the players in the northeast and led to a strong field. Although round one saw light rain, the conditions were much better for scoring than on Sunday during round two. The final round saw temperatures only getting up into the mid 40’s with gusts of up to 50 mph. Despite the tough conditions, many players managed to shoot impressive rounds, including Peyton Steigerwald of Penfield, N.Y., and Maren Cipolla of Lewiston, N.Y.

 

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Steigerwald, who was playing in his first tournament of the year, secured a second-place finish in part to an impressive final round 73. Steigerwald had a solid round on Saturday, shooting a first-round 80, highlighted by 12 pars.  On day two, the Penfield, New York, native shot the low round for the tournament, firing an impressive 73. Facing tough conditions, Steigerwald managed two birdies on the front nine. His final round showed consistency again, with 13 pars and only one bogey and a double bogey.  On both days of the tournament, the 2015 graduate made par on the 10th through 16th holes. For his great round on day two, Steigerwald secured the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the boys. We wish Peyton the best of luck and hope to see him soon.

 


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Cipolla, playing in just her third IJGT tournament, had a strong finish thanks to her consistent play throughout the weekend. In her first round, she never scored higher than bogey, en route to a score of 83. Going in to the final round, she was just four strokes off the lead and in contention for her first IJGT victory. The high winds caused trouble for all of the competitors, but Cipolla was again consistent throughout the round and avoided any high numbers. While the winds caused a lot of difficulty on the par-3 holes over the weekend, Cipolla played them especially well at just three over par. She finished the weekend with a total score of 170 and her second top 3 finish. We wish Cipolla the best of luck throughout the rest of the season and into summer.

 

SOUTHEAST TOUR

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The IJGT hosted the IJGT SC Callaway Jr. World Qualifier at the challenging Golden Bear Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C., May 3-4, 2014, as the 2014 Spring Schedule nears the end. The Jack Nicklaus inspired course is true test with tough greens, narrow fairways and many shot-altering trees. Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan, and Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, were up to the challenge and earned themselves IJGT Player of the Week honors.

OnoIn his 11th tournament of the 2013-2014 IJGT season, Ono finished his first round at a 2-over-par 74, five shots behind leader, Parathakorn Suyasri of Chonburi, Thailand. Ono was not satisfied and was hoping for the coveted opportunity to play in the Callaway Junior World Championship. Ono came out firing during Sunday’s final round, beginning his second round on the front nine at 4-under par, 32, with a stretch of 3 birdies in four holes. Ono finished round two with nine pars, five birdies, and four bogeys to finish 1-under, with tournament scores of 74-71—145. His 145 tournament score left him to faceoff with Suyasri in a sudden death playoff for the chance to compete in the world’s largest junior golf tournament, the Callaway Junior World Championship. Although Ono played exceptionally well, Suyasri came out victorious in the playoff. Ono’s overcame the different obstacles to post a final round of 1-under-par to earn the Clazic Low Final Round Award. We congratulate Ono on his exceptional performance in his personal best finish of the 2013 -2014 IJGT seaso, and look forward to seeing him compete in the 2014 IJGT Bridgestone Tournament Of Champions, May 24-26, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.

CheeIn the Girls Division, Chee trailed by five strokes after round one behind leader, Yuki Nakayama, of Kawasakishi, Japan. With a round-one score of 78, Chee found herself in eighth place. With great focus, Chee prepared mentally for her final round and came back for Sunday’s final round by shaving six strokes off of her first round score, including two birdies, two bogeys and 14 pars. Chee earned herself the Clazic’s Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division, shooting an even par 72. Her determination and focus on her precision and short game elevated Chee to second place at Golden Bear, with a total tournament score of 150. Chee is scheduled to compete in the 2014 spring season finale, May 24-26 in Orlando, FL, at IJGT Bridgestone Tournament of Champions.

 

 

MIDWEST

Silvis, IL. — The IJGT traveled to the midwest May 3-4, 2014, to TPC Deere Run, in Silvis, Ill., for its second Callaway Junior World Championship Qualifier of the weekend.  Playing on a high caliber course that plays host to  the PGA’s John Deere Classic, juniors were faced with numerous tactical bunkers, complex putting greens and very windy conditions. The course was designed by an Illinois native, D.A. Weibring, and includes a stretch of holes that is set upon the Rock River, made for an exciting and challenging event. Connor Littlefield of Waukee, Iowa, and Ashley Childers of Mt. Vernon, Montana, both have received IJGT Player of the Week honors.

LittlefieldLittlefield faced tough conditions during the first round of his first ever IJGT event, shooting 12-over-par 83 in the Boys 15-19 Division. A spectacular final-round performance elevated him a tie for second place. Despite having a tough time in the early stages of the tournament, Littlefield was determined to improve in the final round in order to qualify for the Callaway Junior World Championship. In the second round, Littlefield only carded three bogeys, while also knocking in three birdies and 12 pars. He finished the round with an even-par 71, a 12-stroke improvement over his first-round score, to earn a share of second place with Matt Henderson, of Des Peres, Montana. Littlefield’s final round even-par 71 was the lowest round shot by anybody else in the boys’ division, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

 

ChildersChilders made a statement in her IJGT debut by placing second in the Girls Division. Childers displayed her skill in the first round by shooting a consistent 39-39–78, to take a one-stroke lead going into Sunday’s final round. Childers carded three birdies en route to a final round score of 86 to place second. Childers displayed talent, skill and perseverance during her first IJGT event, and we look forward to seeing her compete in future events with us!

Carr, De Bono included in IJGT Players of the Week – April 27, 2014

NORTHEAST TOUR

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – The IJGT traveled to the Baltimore area to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock April 26-27, 2014. The host of the LPGA Championship from 2005-2009, Bulle Rock Golf Course was in great shape and provided a true test for a strong field of junior golfers. While the threat of rain loomed over the first round, it held off long enough and players enjoyed fantastic weather both days. This week’s Player of the Week Honors for the Northeast Tour go to Gus Minkin, of York, Pa., and Haley Carr, of Waldorf, Md.

minkinMinkin, who competed at Bulle Rock for the fourth year in a row, had another strong showing at the tournament and his best score yet on the course. He has finished in the top 10 three times at Bulle Rock, but his score of 77-74–151 beats his previous best score by seven strokes. Much of Minkin’s success came from starting off each round strong and carrying that rhythm throughout the weekend. His combined score on the first four holes through both rounds was four under par. The highlight of his weekend came on his first hole during the final round. After a great tee shot, he holed out from roughly 100 yards away to card an eagle. His final score of 151 was good enough for 5th place. We look forward to seeing Minkin compete at the Hershey Classic Presented by IJGA

 

 

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The Player of the Week in the Girls Division goes to Haley Carr. The Waldorf, Maryland, native had two very solid rounds at Bulle Rock over the weekend. In round one, Carr shot an 84, which included 8 pars and a birdie on the long par-5 8th hole. In round two, Carr improved her score by 3 shots. She once again had 8 pars and managed a birdie on the tough par-4 11th. We want to congratulate Carr on her 2nd place finish in the Major Championship at Bulle Rock. Carr will look to continue her strong start to her IJGT career May 10-11, 2014, at the Hershey Classic Presented by IJGA.

 

SOUTHEAST TOUR

The IJGT continued the Southeast Tour with the College Prep at Palmetto Hall Plantation held on April 26-27, 2014. The 54-hole tournament featured two rounds consisting of 18 holes each played on the first day, while the final round of 18 holes was played on day two. Despite the lengthened event, the players lived up to the challenge and scored well on both days. The players of the week for the Southeast Tour are Maurizio De Bono from Basiglio, Italy, and Samantha Huang from Shenzhen, China.

De BonoDe Bono, playing in his fifth tournament of the season, played consistent golf throughout the weekend. De Bono started well by scoring an impressive 74 in round one, including 12 pars and five birdies. He maintained his first-round form by carding 75 for round two, which also featured an eagle. De Bono finished his final round with a score of 79, including a birdie and 11 pars to finish with fourth place for the tournament.

 

 

 

HuangHuang, playing in her third tournament of the season, started well with a first round score of 77 consisting of two birdies and ten pars. Her second round of 76 on the same day included an additional two birdies. Huang finished with a third round score of 79 consisting of twelve pars to place second in the tournament by one stroke. We hope to see Huang continue her form in the upcoming tournaments this season.

Kuhn, McKay included in list of IJGT Players of the Week – April 20, 2014

NORTHEAST TOUR

FARMINGTON, Pa. – The IJGT continued the Northeast Tour with the The College Prep Series at Nemacolin, contested on April 19-20, 2014. The weather for the tournament was ideal with sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s. The staff at Nemacolin worked diligently to ensure that the course was prepared for the tournament, which led to great scores both days. Andrew Reynolds of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Synclaire Kuhn of McMurray, Pa., have been selected for Players of the Week this week.

REYNOLDS Reynolds, playing in his first event of the season, played consistent golf throughout the weekend. He opened up the tournament with a score of 76 in the first round, including a birdie on the tough par-4 16th hole on the Links Course. Later that day, Reynolds shot an 83 on Mystic Rock. A resident of Pittsburg, Reynolds shot a 38 on the back nine, with a birdie on the long par-3 17th. Sunday was the best round of the weekend for Reynolds, shooting a tournament low 73. This round included three birdies on the 5th, 13th and 16th holes. Reynolds’ score of 73 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. We wish Reynolds the best of luck the rest of the season and hope to see him again soon.

 

 

 

 

 

KUHNKuhn, also playing in her first event of the season, had a strong showing at Nemacolin. After a slow start on Saturday at the Links course, shooting a 92, Kuhn improved her score by 12 shots during the second round at Mystic Rock posting a score of 80. The McMurray, Pa., native followed her first two rounds with another 80 in the final round. She shot a fantastic back nine, with two birdies on the 11th and 18th holes. Her final round score forced a playoff with the division lead. Although she fell short in the playoff, she still earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and Player of the Week honors this week. We wish her the best of luck the rest of the season and look forward to watching her again at future events.

 

 

 

SOUTHEAST TOUR

MARICOPA, Ariz. – The Southeast Tour of the IJGT headed out west for the second west coast event of the season. The Arizona Junior was hosted at first-time IJGT venue, the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club on April 18-19, 2014. Despite a small field, the competition was fierce among the field of 15 juniors. This week’s IJGT Players of the Week from the Southeast Tour are Sam McKay of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Molly Balbierz of Hamburg, N.Y.

DSC_0590McKay, the Arizona Junior fourth-place finisher, displayed the utmost perseverance and mental strength when he bounced back from a round-one score of 82 to comeback and secure the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his low score of even-par 72. The ten-stroke improvement moved him up from a tie for seventh place to fourth. After struggling in round one, McKay returned for round two with a determination that led to a round highlighted by four birdies and an eagle. The fourth-place performance becomes McKay’s fourth top-10 finish in his career with the IJGT. We wish McKay continued success!

 

 

DSC_0514Though Balbierz was the only competitor in the Girls Division at the Arizona Junior, her improvement between rounds awarded her the Player of the Week honors. In round one, Balbierz tallied a score of 85 but returned for round two ready to play. She kicked off round two with three consecutive pars before carding a birdie on the par-5 seventh hole. Consistent play allowed Balbierz to shave three strokes from her round-one score to finish the tournament with scores of 85-82–167. We look forward to seeing Balbierz again in future tournaments!

Sample, Tadokoro among those to secure IJGT Player of the Week honors – April 13, 2014

Northeast Tour

Lopatcong, N.J. –  The IJGT returned to The Architects Golf Club to host The Architects Cup on April 12-13, 2014. The course is always a favorite of the players in the northeast and the tournament featured an excellent field, which lead to lots of great golf throughout the weekend. Other than a short rain shower and a chilly start to the final round, golfers enjoyed beautiful weather on both days with temperatures reaching into the 60s. The conditions allowed for many golfers to score well, including Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., and Linda Wang of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., who set new personal bests and earned the title of IJGT Player of the Week.

sampleSample, who competed in the Discovery Tour with success as recently as last fall, is beginning to find his game in the 14 and Under Division. At just 10 years old, distance is sometimes an issue for Sample; however, he is able to play intelligently, managing the course and allowing himself to compete with golfers up to four years older than him. In the first round, Sample got off to a hot start by scoring birdie on three of his first six holes, including No. 15, which no other player in the division birdied throughout the weekend. He would later add another birdie, to finish with a round 1 score of 78. He started off his final round with six straight pars, to set the tone for what would be his best 18-hole score with the IJGT. He parred a total of 14 holes in the final round to card a 76, for a tournament total of 154 and a fourth place finish. He shattered his previous 36-hole best by 15 strokes and earned back-to-back top-five finishes. He currently sits at No. 11 in the IJGT Tour Rankings.

wangWang, in her third year with the IJGT, also played very well at The Architect’s Cup this year. This is her second time competing at the course and she was able to use knowledge from her previous rounds to improve. At last year’s Major Championship at Architects Golf Club, Wang finished in eighth place with a 76-85–161. This year, she got off to a bit of a shaky start in round one, but was able to recover well enough to keep her in contention for the final round. She was able to par nine of her last 11 holes, en route to a first round total of 80 and sitting in eighth place. She came back in the final round determined to play well, and that she did. She made very few mistakes throughout the round and two birdies helped her to a score of 74 and the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. Wang’s strong play on the par-3s highlighted her weekend. She scored par or better on nine of the 10, finishing with a combined score of one under par on those holes. Her tournament total score of 154 is seven strokes better than her previous IJGT best and her tie for second place is tied for her best finish.

We wish Sample and Wang continued success throughout the season and hope to see them at future tournaments.

Southeast Tour

Okatie, S.C. — The IJGT headed to Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C., on April 12-13, 2014, for the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s. With its unique and challenging layout featuring numerous hazards, Oldfield Golf Club was primed for a competitive tournament. With great weather and spectacular course conditions, there were ample opportunities for players to score well. The IJGT Players of the Week from the Southeast Tour are Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan.

DSC_0218Sharma made his tenth appearance in an IJGT event this season, placing second to tie for his best finish of his career.  After finishing his first round with an even-par score of 72, just one stroke off the lead, Sharma came back on day two with his sights set on shooting another steady round. He did just that and shot a 74 in round two to finish with a 72-74–146 tournament total. After his strong and steady play, Sharma will be one to watch in his future IJGT appearances which include the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C., May 3-4, 2014.

 

 

DSC_0270Tadokoro, playing in her fourth tournament since winning at TPC Tampa Bay in early January of 2014, made a valiant start at the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s by carding a round one score of 78 which included an impressive total of 12 pars. In the second round, Tadokoro carded three birdies and ten pars and thereby improved her score by three strokes to finish with a total of 75. She finished the tournament tied for second place with a score of 78-75–153 overall becoming her fourth top-five finish for the 2013-2014 season. We look forward to seeing Sera compete in future tournaments, including the IJGT’s premier event, the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions May 24-26, 2014 at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Basso, Weiss among those that earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – March 22-23, 2014

Northeast Tour

Malvern, Pa. – The IJGT continued the Northeast Tour with the Philly Challenge at White Manor March 22-23, 2014. While snow threatened the likelihood of the tournament early on in the week, sunny skies and wind helped to clear the course in time for the event. The staff at White Manor Country Club worked diligently to ensure that the course was prepared for its first golf of the season. Players enjoyed uncharacteristically warm temperatures in the mid-60s during round one but wind gusts up to 20 mph required the golfers to adjust their shots. Despite cooler temperatures, round two saw lots of great golf and many players improving on their scores, including Brendan Bacskai, of Berwyn, Pa., and Cara Basso, of Downingtown, Pa., who earned Player of the Week honors from the Northeast Tour.

bacskaiBacskai competed in his second IJGT event of the year in the Boys 15-19 Division. He played in the College Series at the University Of Maryland in early October 2014, finishing T10. During the first round at White Manor Country Club, Bacskai carded six pars and one birdie in tough conditions on his way to a 10-over-par, 81, to tie for 17th. Bacskai was determined to bounce back and move up the leader board in the final round. He did just that, playing very consistent and carding 12 pars and one birdie in less windy conditions and cutting six strokes off his first-round total for a final round of 75. Overall, Bacskai finished with an 81-75–156 overall, on his way to a tie for a 2nd place. We are all excited and looking forward to seeing what Bacskai can do the rest of the 2014 IJGT season.

 

bassoBasso, playing in her fourth season with the IJGT, added another top-five finish to her tournament resume after coming back from a tough first round. While she handled the par-3s very well in round one, scoring par or better on three of four, she had difficulty navigating the remaining holes. A great deal of resiliency allowed her to put round one behind her en route to improving her score by 14 strokes in round two. Basso matched or beat her score on all but one hole in the final round, including a birdie on the par-five No. 6, after struggling with it in round one. Her final round score of 76 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round award, along with Brynn Walker. We wish Basso the best of luck and look forward to watching her compete in future tournaments.

Southeast Tour

Columbia, S.C. – The IJGT hosted the Palmetto Open at the Columbia Country Club March 22-23, 2014. Despite forecasted rain, the weather held out for a dry two-day tournament. The weather was perfect for golf with sunny skies, tame winds, and temperatures in the mid 60s. Temperatures dropped into the mid 50s and overcast skies threatened rain on day two. This week’s Southeast Players of the Week were John Weiss of Columbia, S.C., and Milleina Ohara of Meguro-Ku, Japan.

WeissNew to the IJGT, Weiss, had an impressive showing at the course he trains regularly, finishing second in the Boys 14 and Under Division. Weiss started strong in round one shooting an impressive 78. That round included four birdies and seven pars. Facing tougher conditions on day two, Weiss shot an 80, which included 11 pars and a birdie on the tough par-4 No.6 hole. After regulation, Weiss was tied to force a playoff for first. Though his bogey on the playoff hole was not enough for a victory, Weiss made a bold introduction for himself on the tour.

 

 

 

M. OharaOhara, playing in her third tournament since winning at Country Club of Hilton Head got off to a shaky start in round one. She finished the first round with a score of 82 highlighted by nine pars. Determined to reach the winners circle, Ohara tallied two birdies and ten pars to improve her first-round score by five strokes. She finished the tournament with a total of 159 to place third. The third-place finish becomes her third top-five finish in the 2013-2014 season.

Congratulations to our Players of the Week from both the Northeast and Southeast Tours!

 

 

D’Amico, Ohara nab honors for IJGT Player of the Week- February 8-9

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The IJGT stopped at Dolphin Head Golf Club this past weekend to host the Island Open. There were scattered rain showers during round one and a 30-minute fog delay to start the final round, but it turned out to be a great weekend with temperatures in the 50s and 60s. Junior golfers ranging in age from 13-19 years old and representing 15 different countries competed for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings. The champion from each division received an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort in Florida on May 24-26, 2014. Luigi D’Amico  of Forli, Italy, earned Player of the Week honors after placing in the top three. Milleina Ohara is the Player of the Week in the Girls Division after she won the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

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DAMICO_POTWThe Island Open at Dolphin Head was D’Amico’s 10th IJGT Event this season. He finished in third place in the Boys 15-19 Division posting a score of 76-75–151. His third place finish in this event marks the sixth time that D’Amico has finished within the top-10. He finished round one on a high point, making an eagle on the par-five 18th hole. During the final round, he scored two birdies on the first and 18th holes. He finished both rounds with 13 pars and managed to par every par three hole throughout the weekend. D’Amico attends the IJGA and we look forward to seeing him at future IJGT events.[/column]

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OHARA_POTWIn only her second IJGT season, Ohara has three top-10 finishes. After recently taking first place in the Island Challenge at Country Club of Hilton, Ohara struggled a bit during round one of the Island Open, but managed to turn it around on the final day. She scored a 2-over-par 72 during the final round, which was only matched by the Girls Division Champion earning them both the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. She had 12 pars and two birdies during round two to turnaround her round-one performance. Her scores for the weekend were 88-74–162 overall. This event was Ohara’s sixth IJGT Event of the season and we look forward to seeing her again at upcoming tournaments.[/column]

For full results from the Island Open, click here. 

IJGT Players of the Week – February 1-2

San Francisco, Calif. – The IJGT traveled west to San Francisco, Calif., to host the Major Championship at the Presidio Golf Course February 1-2, 2014. The two day 36-hole tournament featured a competitive field of 38 players across three Divisions. Competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings, players battled through both rain and shine for first. Being the first of the west coast Events, the IJGT staff was thrilled to work with juniors based largely from the west. While round one brought with it beautiful California sunshine, day two brought challenging wind and rain. Despite the worsened conditions of day two, many players still posted improved round-two scores. Sasha Lobel of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Bibilani Liu of Cupertino, Ca., both earned Player of the Week honors after placing in the top three in their respective Divisions.

DSC_0850In his third year with the IJGT, Lobel has seen a significant improvement in his golf game. His second-place finish marked his first top-three finish in an IJGT Event, a significant improvement from placement in Events played in years prior. Lobel’s  81-71–152 overall performance was highlighted by seven birdies, the most in the Boys 15-19 Division. Adding in par finishes on 17 of 36 holes, he posted a nine-hole bogey-free streak in round two. Lobel is also a member of the First Tee of Pittsburgh program.

 

 

DSC_0900Liu joined the Major Championship as a fresh face competing in her first ever IJGT Event. The California native made an noteworthy first impression as she made par on 23 of 36 holes, proving consistency was key. Liu was the front-runner of both rounds in the Girls Division and tallied just one double bogey for the entire tournament, finishing with a score of 79-79–158 overall. Grateful for her membership to the First Tee program, Liu hopes that the Major Championship is the first of many IJGT Events in which she will participate.

For full results from the Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course, click here.

IJGT Player of the Week – December 21-22

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) conducted the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., on Dec. 21-22, 2013. This was the first tournament the IJGT has ever hosted in the state of Louisiana, and it could not have occurred at a better venue. TPC Louisiana has hosted the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic for eight years and is one of the best tests of golf the state has to offer. This week’s Player of the Week honors went to Nolan Lambert of Gretna, La., and Angelica Harris of Harvey, La.

The weather played a prominent role in the tournament as high winds of 25+mph ruled the first 18 holes. On the final round of the Event, rain and thunderstorms forced the competition to be shortened to just nine holes.

Lambert Tee Shot1Lambert displayed the best all-around game over the weekend as he went to post a tournament-low score of 120 over the 27 holes and win the Boys 14 & Under Division. Lambert’s first round got off to a shaky start, but he was able to bounce back after a 45 and record an even-par 36 on the back-nine to finish with an 81. During the final round, the weather again was not cooperative with the players, but Lambert found a way to post a solid 39 to secure his victory. This was Lambert’s first IJGT Event.

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In the Girls Division, Harris lead from start to finish and never looked back. Coming in as the favorite to win the tournament she built a 12-stroke lead after the first round. Things got off to a slow start, but Harris finished strong playing her last seven holes in 1-over-par including two birdies. She was up to the challenge in the final round as well even with the terrible weather. Harris avoided any large numbers on her card to take home her first IJGT title. She had played in two previous tournaments finishing third place in 2012 at Callaway Gardens.

Players of the Week – May 25-27, 2013

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) finished their season with the annual Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Resort in Orlando, Fla.  The weekend was filled with excitement as Grand Cypress’s East/North Course and New Course both created a magnificent challenge for all competitors.  Saravit Kerdsinchai of  Nonthaburi, Thailand, and Liza Freed of Alexandria, Va., found themselves able to handle the tough Grand Cypress as they earned themselves Player of the Week honors.

Kerdsinchai started off the 2012-2013 season a little slow but has been nothing but stellar as of recently.  He has had great showings in his past three events recording top-five finishes in all of them including a fourth-place finish at the 5th Annual Invitational and a first-place title at the Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island.  With this consistent play Kerdsinchai knew he was up for a test as he headed to Orlando to compete against the largest field of the IJGT season.

He started off the event a little bit differently than he envisioned by shooting an 80 and finding himself further down the leaderboard than expected.  This did not stop him down, however as he started out his second round with an impressive 37 on the front nine.  He continued this great play and finished his round with a 36 to record a 1-over-par 73 on the day.  Knowing that he still had some work to do in order to finish the event with another top 10, he came out firing on Monday with an even-par on his front nine.  With this determination he made the turn and continued his success with another even-par 36.  This finished again in the top 10 with a ninth-place finish. Kerdsinchai’s ability to battle adversity and fire two spectacular rounds after a rough start earns him Player of the Week honors.

Freed has had an impressive year on the IJGT and has even been able to stay in the top five in all four of her appearances. The most prominent of these was her first place finish at the Major Championship at Hershey presented by International Junior Golf Academy.  Coming to the event Freed has been consistent and continually battled the adverse weather in the Northeast region.  At Grand Cypress, she started her first round with an impressive birdie on the challenging second hole and cruised to an impressive 1-over-par 73.  Freed stuggled on the North/East course in her second round and found herself falling down the leaderboard. Knowing she needed to get back into the top 10 she came to the course determined on Monday morning.  She recorded three birdies on the front nine to fire a 38. She added a 40 on the back nine which was good enough to land her a ninth-place finish and a spot inside the top 10.  The IJGT looks forward to watching as Freed continues her successes next season.