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IJGT members win Sea Pines Junior Heritage

The International Junior Golf Tour’s mission is “to provide domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life.” More than 30 IJGT members found success on the course this weekend, competing in the Sea Pines Junior Heritage. The 24th edition of the annual tournament took place on February 7-8, 2015. Juniors competed at Harbour Town Golf Links for round one and the Pete Dye-designed Heron Point for round two. After two days and 36 holes, there wasn’t a decisive winner in either the Boys or Girls Divisions.

IJGT members won both divisions of the Junior Heritage in playoff fashion.

Ana Paula Valdes Junior Heritage ADefending champion and IJGT member, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, was one shot back after the first round, but tied things up in round two, recording a 1-under 35 on the back nine. Valdes two-putted to make par on the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th, to earn her second consecutive Junior Heritage championship. She is the first ever player to record back-to-back victories at the Junior Heritage.

Bluffton, S.C., native Bryson Nimmer holed out from a bunker for birdie on the 18th hole in round two to force a playoff. He then birdied the 18th hole again, this time for the playoff win.

Including Nimmer, four IJGT members finished in the top five of the Boys Division of the Junior Heritage. Virginia Beach, Va., native Tom Crow and Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, tied for second place while Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, rounded out the top five finishing in a tie for fifth. Greenwood, S.C., native Coleman Self and New Vernon, N.J., native William Voetsch also performed well finishing in a tie for ninth place.

 

Nakatani and Go pose after the Junior Heritage

Nakatani and Go pose after the Junior Heritage

In the Girls Division, IJGT members Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, and Bluffton, S.C., native Kayla Kozak finished in third and fourth place, respectively. Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, earned an eighth-place finish. Osaka, Japan, native Sera Tadokoro and Chomchana Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, finished just one stroke behind Rodriguez to tie for ninth place.

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, had a hole-in-one, which came on the par-3 16th hole in round two. Bluffton, S.C., native Alec Weary and Jason Stokes of St. Brelade, Jersey, also carded eagles during the tournament. In round one, Weary made the par-5 hole No. 5 in three strokes and Stokes needed just three strokes to complete the par-5 17th hole in round two.

Congratulations to all the IJGT members who competed in the Junior Heritage this weekend! To view the full results, click here.

 

 

 

South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island – Tour Preview

Traveling to an annual fan-favorite site, the IJGT will host the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island on February 14-15, 2015. A weekend dedicated to love will allow juniors to experience a true love for this course. The two-day, 36-hole event will be played on both the Ocean Course and Turtle Point.

Kiawah Ocean Course

The Ocean Course is one of only four courses in the U.S. to have hosted every major PGA event in the country. It hosted the 2012 PGA Championship. The par-72 course was designed by Pete and Alice Dye.

Wind provides an exciting challenge on the Ocean Course as its strength and direction is constantly changing and unpredictable; there are no prevailing winds on the course. It has more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere, 10 right along the Atlantic with the other eight running parallel. This provides players unobstructed views of Kiawah’s Atlantic coastline from every hole.

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The Ocean Course was named one of the Top 10 Courses in the U.S. and the World by the Travel Channel in 2014. In 2012, it was named the #1 Golf Course in South Carolina by Golf Digest.

The Jack Nicklaus-designed Turtle Point course gives players the opportunity to test not just their accuracy, but also their mental game.

All of Kiawah Island’s five courses are Audubon-certified Cooperative Sanctuaries. Located less than an hour outside of Charleston, Kiawah Island offers an abundance of activities for visitors.

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, tops the list of players to watch for the Boys 15-19 Division of the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island. Go is currently ranked first in his division on the IJGT Tour Rankings. He has six top-three finishes this season, including wins at the IJGT College Series at NC STATE, the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines. Other players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division include Thomas Lipowicz of Alexandria, Va., and Karan Arjun of Bangalore, India, who finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in last year’s IJGT event at Kiawah. Also keep an eye out for John Karcher of Novi, Mich., who is playing in his third IJGT event at Kiawah.

In the Girls Division, Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, finished third in last year’s Major Championship at Kiawah. This is her third IJGT event at the notoriously difficult course. Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., also played last year’s event, finishing in 11th place.

Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, is coming off a first place finish in the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. He is currently first in his division in the IJGT rankings. Pittsford, N.Y., native Daniel Schindler will look to improve on his second place finish in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, his first IJGT event. Also keep an eye out for Will Whittaker of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., who finished 13th in last year’s IJGT event at Kiawah.

Juniors will be competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points as they play the world-renowned courses at Kiawah Island. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live updates and download the IJGT app for live scoring.

Carolina Classic at Colleton River – Final Results (Jan. 25, 2015)

Diaz prevails in three-player playoff
Zeng, Pfoestl also nab top honors in 27-hole event

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted Carolina Classic at the local venue, Colleton River Plantation Club. Due to inclement weather the event was played entirely on January 25, 2015 with one round of 18 holes and one of nine utilizing a shotgun start. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were at stake for competitors.

santiSantiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico finished first after a three-player sudden-death victory in a playoff for the Boys 15-19 Division. After regulation, Diaz, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. were in a three-way tie for first place.

Wren had led the division after the first 18 holes but Diaz and Byrne closed the gap with a chip for birdie on hole 15 and seven straight par finishes respectively.

The playoff began on the course’s par-4 hole No. 16. From the tee, Byrne found the fairway while Diaz and Wren both found their way to the outer edges of the fairway. Byrne was the first to reach the green but came up short on his putt. Wren found himself in a right-side bunker forcing him to earn his putt. All three juniors fell just shy of the hole on their attempts for par, leveling the playing field. In the end, it was Diaz who handled the pressude, ending the playoff with his successful putt for bogey and for the win.

Diaz finished with scores of 72 and -38 for 27-hole a total of 110. His regulation play was highlighted by par-or-better finishes on 23 of 27 holes including three birdies in his first 18. This was Diaz’s first ever playoff and when asked how he felt during the extra hole he said, “Really nervous.” When asked his favorite hole he said “It would probably have to be 15, the one I chipped in.”

Wren finished with scores 70 and-40 for a total of 110. His first round included par-or-better finishes on all but one hole.  Wren also took home the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award which, due to the special circumstances, was awarded to the male and female player with the best nine-hole score at the event. Wren took the title home with a score of 35 on both the front and back nine in his first 18. Byrne, who finished with scores of 71 and-39 for a total of 110, finished his day with seven straight pars and four birdies.

natIn the Girls Division, Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand took home the title and the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with scores of 74 and-37 for a total of 111 on the day. Her round of 35 on the back nine was her best of the day where she earned the Low Round award and carded two birdies. When asked how she felt about the day Zeng said, “I felt really good and nervous and a bit tired.” She said her favorite hole was, “hole no. 16 because, I birdied it every time.”

Behind Zeng was Melany Chong of Mississauga, Ontario, who finished the day in second with scores of 80 and-39 for a tournament total of 119 and Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, in third with scores of 79 and-41 for a total of 120.

 

thomasThomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy won the Boys 14 & Under Division with scores of 79 and-42 for a total of 121. Coming off of a second-place finish at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National last week, Pfoestl carded a streak of nine pars to take a lead heading into the final nine holes. Daniel Schindler of Pittsford, N.Y., made his IJGT debut and took second in the division with scores of 93 and-37 for a total of 140.

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will host its next event January 31 – February 1, 2015. The Lowcountry Junior will be held at the local venue, Wexford Plantation Golf Course, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

Carolina Classic at Colleton River- Dye Course
Bluffton, SC
January 25, 2015 

Boys 15-19 Division- Back Tees, 6,707 yards, Par 72 (27 hole competition)

1. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *72-38–110
T2. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *71-39–110
T2. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *70-40–110
4. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *76-36–112
5. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *72-41–113
6. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan, *76-38–114
7. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *79-36–115
8. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River NJ, *80-37–117
9. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *76-42–118
10. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg *79-40–119
11. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *79-41–120
12. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *82-39–121
13. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *81-42–123
13. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *82-41–123
13. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *82-41–123
16. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *79-45–124
16. Alan Smith, Winchendon, MA *85-39–124
18. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *81-44–125
19. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *81-45–126
19. Brandon McLean, Unionville, ON *86-40–126
21. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *86-43–129
21. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *83-46–129
21. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *86-43–129
24. Trent Dickerson, Guyton, GA *93-44–137
25. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *102-49–151
25. Spencer Eller, Phoenix, AZ *98-53–151

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Boys 14 & Under Division- Medal Tees, 6,079 yards, Par 71 (27 hole competition)

1. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *79-42–121
2. Daniel Schindler, Pittsford, NY *93-47–140

Girls Division- Member Tees, 5,679 yards, Par 71 (27 hole competition)

1. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *74-37–111
2. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *80-39–119
3. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *79-41–120
4. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *86-47–133

Carolina Classic at Colleton River – Tour Preview

Continuing with southeast events in the early portion of the spring season, the IJGT will host the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, host of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur, on January 24-25, 2015. The two-day, 36-hole event will be played on the Pete Dye course in Bluffton, S.C. When speaking about his course at Colleton River, Dye once said, “This is the best course I have ever built.” The course offers unobstructed views of Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean from 11 of its 18 holes. Its six sets of tees stretch from 5105 yards to 7365 yards. Much of the front nine plays through thick forest before opening up to a links-type course overlooking Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean for the remaining nine holes.

Colleton River has hosted eight USGA qualifiers since 2005 including those for three U.S. Opens, four U.S. Amateurs and one U.S. Senior Open.

If you’ve ever seen the Robert Redford film The Legend of Bagger Vance, Colleton River may look familiar as many of the film’s golf scenes were shot there.

The 12th and 13th at Colleton River Plantation. Site of the 2015 US Junior Amateur.

The 12th and 13th at Colleton River Plantation. Site of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur.

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division of the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. Go has won three tournaments this season: the IJGT College Series at NC State, the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club and, most recently, the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines. He will look to build on his lead in the Tour Rankings.

The last time Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, played Colleton River in a tournament, he carded a 2-under 70 on 18 holes to win the IJGT Junior at Colleton River in September of 2014. Ogawa currently sits at No. 4 in the Tour Rankings.

Despite two top-three finishes this fall, Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J., is still looking for his first IJGT victory of the year in the Boys 15-19 Division.

In the Girls Division, Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, will look to improve on last year’s third place finish in Carolina Classic at Colleton River. Nakatani is coming off of a T5 finish at the IJGA Invitational at Harbour Town Golf Links in December of 2014.

If you  haven’t yet registered for the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, you have until January 20, 2015, to do so.

To register or for more information about the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, click here.

 

Season-end Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Tour Preview

As the 2013-2014 season comes to a close, the IJGT will host its  biggest and most exciting tournament of the season. Each tournament of the season leads to the IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions which will be held on May 24-26, 2014 at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla. The three-day, 54-hole event will offer the coveted title of champion. In addition to the championship title, juniors will compete for national rankings.

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The Jack Nicklaus-inspired courses of Grand Cypress Resort, East/North Course and New Course will play host to an extensive field of juniors seeking victory. The East/North courses offer everything from sharply ledged fairways to greens located in tricky mazes of sand and water for an entertaining challenge. The New Course pays homage to the signature courses of Scotland featuring deep pot bunkers and stone walls and bridges. 

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As the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions draws some of the IJGT’s finest juniors, watch for leaders of the tour rankings to compete for the title. Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, leads the IJGT Tour Rankings and will look to make the Tournament of Champions his fifth season win. Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, is in a close second in the tour rankings and also seeks the championship title after finishing fifth at the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear. Rounding out the top three of the Boys 15-19 Tour Rankings, James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y., will look to bring home the trophy to continue his three-tournament winning streak.

The Boys 14 & Under Division will also feature fierce competition as Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, Joe Parrini of York, Pa., and Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., battle for the title. Vilips leads the divisional tour rankings with an impressive eight first-place finishes while Parrini adds five of his own sitting in second place. Ingram is not far behind in the tour rankings in fourth, securing a valuable win at the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 3-4, 2014.

Don’t take your eyes of the Girls Division either – both Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, and Yeji Shin of Norwood, N.J., sit in the top five of the IJGT Tour Rankings. Nakatani looks to improve upon her eighth-place finish in the 2013 Tournament of Champions this year and will battle against Shin who will appear in her first Tournament of Champions.

There is still an opportunity to join the competition! If you have not yet registered to play in the biggest event of the year, click here to do so today!

SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear Golf Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT will host its second Callaway Junior World Qualifier event on May 3-4, 2014, at the Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run in Hilton Head, S.C. The SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier is a two-day event that will include two 18-hole rounds to be played on Saturday and Sunday. Callaway Junior World Qualifiers are the largest internationally-recognized junior events known for global representation and cultural diversity. At stake are IJGT Merit Points and national rankings as well as an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

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The semi-private Nicklaus designed course features towering oaks native to South Carolina and has a significant presence of water to make the course difficult yet breathtaking. Junior will enjoy the natural setting of the course as they use finesse and strategy to navigate the winding course.

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A signature waterway at Golden Bear Golf Club

Players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division include Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head, S.C. Ogawa, currently second in the IJGT Boys 15-19 Divisional Tour Rankings, boasts three first-place victories in eight events played in the 2013-2014 season. Russell also adds a first place victory of his own in his eight top-10 finishes this season.

In the Boys 14 and Under Division, Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, will look to take home the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier title as he enters the tournament with five top-three finishes, three of which were first place victories.

Watch for Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, in the Girls Division as she looks to add a victory to her resume. Nakatani has finished in the top five in all eight events she has played including a third-place finish at the Major Championship at Kiawah Island.

To register or for more information about the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier, click here.

Final results from the Major Championship at Kiawah Island Resort

Kim earns first Major Championship win

Valdes wins back-to-back at Kiawah

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) stopped at Kiawah Island Resort over the weekend to host the Major Championship. Round one was held on the Jack Nicklaus designed Turtle Point Golf Club. The final round was held on the famed Ocean Course, which has hosted events such as the 1991 Ryder Cup and 2012 PGA Championship. Round one had wind gusts ranging from 20 mph to 30 mph. The weather for the final round was ideal with winds around 10 mph and temperatures in the mid 50s. The field of competitors had a total of 99 golfers across three divisions and represented 16 different countries. At stake were double IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, and AJGA Stars for the Boys 15-19 Division and the Girls Division. Furthermore, the Champion from each division received an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

Kim TrophyIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, prevailed with a come-from-behind victory earning him his first Major Championship. Kim had two birdies in the first round, but also made two double-bogeys. Heading into the final round he was trailing the first-round leader, Yuan Li of Haikou City, China, by only one stroke. The final round was where Kim played some of his best golf and made his move. He started off shaky being 4-over-par after five holes, but he managed to battle back. He found his stride and made par on 10 consecutive holes. Kim topped off his par streak by adding a birdie on the par-5, hole No. 16. He finished the back nine with a score of even-par 36. He made par on 22 of 36 holes during the tournament. Kim has finished within the top ten in all eight of his events played with the IJGT, four of them being first-place finishes. Kim’s weekend numbers totaled to 79-76—155.

When asked about his mindset going into the final round trailing, Kim replied, “I was actually just trying to get par. I knew that over par was going to win.”

Second place ended in a tie between Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, and Chang Ju Lee of Seoul, South Korea. D’Amico shot 82-75—157 and Lee posted a score of 80-77—157. D’Amico’s score of 75 in the final round earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the player that shoots the lowest score during the final round.

Valdes TrophyThe Girls Division was won by Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, which totaled her third IJGT Championship this season. Valdes won the Major Championship at Kiawah in 2013 and came back this year to defend her title. After day one she found herself headed into the final round trailing by four strokes. Valdes remained calm and played within her game. She made par on 26 of 36 holes, including 14 pars during the final round. Both days Valdes picked up her game on the back nine. On day one, she shot a 1-over-par 37 on the back nine including one birdie. On day two, she shot a 3-over-par 39, but managed to string together seven consecutive pars. Valdes is ranked within the top ten for the Girls Division with the IJGT and has finished within the top five for every event she has played. Her final round score of 77 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division. She posted scores of 77 at Turtle Point and 77 at the Ocean Course for a two day total of 154.

When asked how she was feeling headed into the final round trailing, Valdes said, “Every time I am back from the lead, it gives me more motivation to do well and keep fighting.”

Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, nabbed second place recording scores of 73-82–155. Third place went to Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, who posted scores of 79-78—157.

Vilips TrophyIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, took home his seventh IJGT Championship this season. Coming off a first place finish in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation, Vilips looked to keep his win streak alive. During round one at Turtle Point, he totaled 11 pars and one birdie to take the division lead firing a 5-over-par 77. Vilips had a three-stroke lead in the division after his first round and never looked back. On day two, he started out strong making par at seven holes in a row to finish the front nine with a 2-over-par score of 38. On the back nine, Vilips started to struggle a bit more due to the wind picking up as five out of the nine holes were right on the Atlantic Ocean on the Ocean Course. Despite the conditions, he managed to keep it together finishing the day with a score of 81, which stretched his division lead to seven strokes and won him the Major Championship. Vilips’s numbers for the weekend were 77-81—158.

When asked about his mindset going into the final round with the lead, Vilips responded, “I didn’t want to completely blow it, so I played smart on holes with water because driver into the wind could go anywhere. I wanted to hit the greens and in safe areas.”

Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, came in second place, shooting an 80-85—165 overall. Connor Creasy of Abingdon, Va., finished in third place posting an 87-80—167.

The IJGT’s next Event will be the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor on Feb. 22-23, 2014. The club at Savannah Harbor has played host to PGA Tour events like the Champions Tour’s Legends of Golf. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com 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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Dynamic Brands, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Major Championship at Kiawah Island Resort conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Feb. 16, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division (Turtle Point): Black Tees – 6,724 yards, Par 72 (72.7/136).  Boys 14 & Under Division (Turtle Point): Silver Tees – 6,224 yards, Par 72 (69.9/125) Girls Division (Turtle Point): Blue Tees – 5,805 yards, Par 72 (73.5/132). Boys 15-19 Division (Ocean Course): Gold Tees – 6,710 yards, Par 72 (73.3/137).  Boys 14 & Under Division (Ocean Course): Silver Tees – 6,043 yards, Par 72 (70.2/130) Girls Division (Ocean Course): Blue Tees – 5,708 yards, Par 72 (74.8/128).

Weather:

Saturday: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the Low 50s, winds 20-25 mph

Sunday: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the Mid 50s, winds 10-15 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Kiawah Island Resort
Kiawah Island, S.C.
February 15-16, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division
Round 1 – (Black Tees) Turtle Point, 6,724 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Gold Tees) Ocean Course, 6,710 yards, Par 72
1. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea, *79-76–155
2. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy, *82-75–157
2. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea, *80-77–157
4. Jack Gianniny, Rochester, NY, *82-79–161
4. Joshua Goldenberg, Scarsdale, NY, *81-80–161
6. Derrick Villarreal, Bluffton, SC, *84-78–162
6. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India, *81-81–162
8. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India, *81-82–163
8. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, *80-83–163
10. Jamie Guisinger, Troy, MI, *88-76–164
10. Hector Gutierrez, Myrtle Beach, SC, *83-81–164
10. John Karcher, Novi, MI, *81-83–164
10. Yuan Li, Haikou City, *78-86–164
14. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY, *83-82–165
15. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada, *87-79–166
15. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, *84-82–166
15. Will Beischer, Durham, NC, *80-86–166
15. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY, *81-85–166
15. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY, *79-87–166
20. Pedro De La Vega, Myrtle Beach, SC, *87-80–167
20. Tom Crow, Virginia Beach, VA, *85-82–167
22. Dylan Lukes, Chapel Hill, NC, *87-81–168
23. Javier Gonzalez, Myrtle Beach, SC, *80-89–169
24. Zhengkai Bai, Shantou, China, *87-83–170
24. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India, *86-84–170
24. Simon McDonald, Kialla, Australia, *87-83–170
24. Brian Strumillo, Burr Ridge, IL, *92-78–170
24. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA, *88-82–170
29. Ivan Gomez, Myrtle Beach, SC, *87-84–171
29. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan, *84-87–171
29. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan, *90-81–171
32. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, *85-87–172
32. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan, *85-87–172
34. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy, *87-86–173
34. Quinn Dolan, Broomall, PA, *90-83–173
36. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia, *88-86–174
36. Rafael Beirana, Myrtle Beach, SC, *90-84–174
38. George Cultraro, Wyckoff, NJ, *88-87–175
38. Lucas Hechler, Myrtle Beach, SC, *82-93–175
40. Peyton Shore, Saluda, SC, *97-79–176
40. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC, *84-92–176
40. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA, *91-85–176
43. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY, *94-83–177
43. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *93-84–177
43. Saurav Bubber, Mississauga, Canada, *89-88–177
46. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC, *91-87–178
47. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan, *91-88–179
48. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *84-96–180
48. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China, *95-85–180
48. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *91-89–180
51. Jeronimo Martinez, Myrtle Beach, SC, *86-96–182
51. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand, *91-91–182
53. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *93-90–183
53. Andrej Erkelens, Pittsford, NY, *90-93–183
55. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan, *92-94–186
56. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *98-89–187
57. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH, *93-96–189
58. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland, *101-89–190
59. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY, *98-93–191
60. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan, *100-93–193
60. Chris Tohir, New Canaan, CT, *95-98–193
62. Nick Fizzano, Newtown Square, PA, *106-88–194
63. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN, *101-95–196
64. Jinsoo Yun, Hephzibah, GA, *95-103–198
65. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *95-107–202
66. Caleb Bryant, New Freedom, PA, *107-99–206
67. Cade Jarrard, Mount Airy, MD, *112-100–212
68. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China, *135-137–272

DID NOT FINISH
Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *107–DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Jack Carroll, Rye, NY, *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Jack DePerrior, Rochester, NY, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division
Round 1 – (Silver Tees) Turtle Point, 6,148 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Silver Tees) Ocean Course, 6,043 yards, Par 72
1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia, *77-81–158
2. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada, *80-85–165
3. Connor Creasy, Abingdon, VA, *87-80–167
4. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY, *89-82–171
5. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan, *89-86–175
6. Chase Ingram, Bluffton, SC, *93-88–181
7. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico, *90-92–182
7. Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA, *91-91–182
9. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA, *92-91–183
10. Jacob Morris, Hollywood, SC, *96-89–185
10. Sebastiano Bogoni, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy, *97-88–185
12. Thomas Delaney, Kingwood, TX, *98-100–198
13. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, *105-95–200
14. Zichen Zhao, Hilton Head Island, SC, *134-137–271

Girls Division
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Turtle Point, 5,805 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) Ocean Course, 5,708 yards, Par 72
1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico, *77-77–154
2. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India, *73-82–155
3. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan, *79-78–157
4. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand, *81-85–166
5. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China, *82-85–167
6. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *90-79–169
7. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua, *88-82–170
8. Gillian Alexander, Rices Landing, PA, *89-98–187
9. Danlu Cheng, Shenzhen, China, *89-100–189
10. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY, *98-92–190
11. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY, *94-101–195
12. Fiona Hebbel, Leverkusen, SC, *105-106–211
13. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *104-115–219

 

Final results from the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation Club

Cheng captures win at Carolina Classic

Vilips completes come-from-behind victory

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) visited Colleton River Plantation Club this past weekend to host the Carolina Classic. Colleton River will be the site of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in 2015. Junior golfers that competed ranged in age from 12-19 years old and represented 16 different countries. National Rankings were at stake, as well as IJGT Merit Points. Additionally, the champion from each division received an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

DSC_0820In the Boys 15-19 Division, Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, managed to come away with the victory. Going into the final round, Cheng was tied for first place with Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C. Cheng was consistent on the final day and had a four–stroke lead at hole No. 16, but Miles was not going down without a fight. Miles cut Cheng’s lead to three strokes heading into the final hole. After Cheng took a triple-bogey on hole No. 18, they finished dead even, both shooting 74-75–149 to force a playoff. Tension was high for both golfers going into the playoff as they both failed to hit the fairway on their tee shots. Cheng’s second shot fell short of the green, setting him up with a short chip shot. Cheng’s chip shot was pure and nearly holed out, leaving him with a downhill three foot putt for par and the win. With confidence, Cheng stepped up to his putt and knocked it in to seal his victory.

When asked about his mindset going into the playoff, Cheng stated, “I was kind of a bit nervous, but I had to stay confident with myself [because] I know I can play well on that hole, which I did.”

After falling short on the playoff hole versus Cheng, Miles took second place, posting a 74-75—149 tournament total score. Third place ended in a tie between Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, and Brad Cook of Jackson, Wy., who posted scores of 78-79–157 and 80-77–157 respectively.

 

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In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Karl Vilips of Melbourne,  Australia, battled back to take home the championship win. Going into the final round, Vilips trailed the leader by seven strokes. He responded and showcased his desire to win by shooting an even par 72, which earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round. It was also the low round of the tournament across all divisions. After no birdies in the first round, Vilips came back hungry. During the final round, he was determined to improve and finished with four birdies, posting a tournament score of 85-72-157.

When asked about his comeback and what he did differently on Sunday, Vilips replied, “I took more time with all of my shots…the first day I rushed a few of my shots which caused lots of errors.”

Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, came in second, shooting an 80-80—160 overall. Christian Clemence Tupamahu of Manado, Indonesia finished in third posting an 84-89—173.

 

DSC_0678The Girls Division was won by Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., earning her first IJGT championship. Kozak played very consistently throughout the weekend. She made a birdie on hole No. 9 in both round one and round two. In her final round, Kozak finished with two birdies on the day and nine pars. The windy conditions were no match for the type of golf she was playing. She continued to hit fairways and set herself up with great approach shots. Kozak shot an 80-77—157 to earn her victory.

When asked how she was feeling after winning her first IJGT event, she said, “It’s an amazing feeling, I feel honored. [The IJGT] is a great tour, the people are great and I made a lot of nice friends. I really appreciate the event.”

Second-place finisher Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, recorded an 85-75—160 tournament total, which also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division. Third place was won by Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan who posted an 85-79—164.

The IJGT Southeast Tour will take a week break before the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club in Hilton Head Island S.C., on Feb. 8-9, 2014. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com 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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links.  Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

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

 

BLUFFTON, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Carolina Classic at Colleton River conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Jan. 26, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,864 yards, Par 72 (74.4/141).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,179 yards, Par 72 (70.9/133) Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,901 yards, Par 72 (75.6/138).

 Weather:
Saturday: Partly cloudly with temperatures in the Mid 40s, winds 15-25 mph
Sunday: Partly cloudly with temperatures in the Mid 50s, winds 10-15 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Carolina Classic at Colleton River
Bluffton, S.C.
January 25-26, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees), 6,864 yards, Par 72

1. x-Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan, *74-75–149
2. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC, *74-75–149
3. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India, *78-79–157
3. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY, *80-77–157
5. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain, *78-80–158
6. Robbie Hickok, Washington, DC, *79-81–160
7. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA, *79-82–161
8. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy, *84-78–162
9. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC, *83-80–163
9. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada, *88-75–163
11. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY, *86-79–165
11. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy, *90-75–165
13. Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador, *82-85–167
14. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan, *83-86–169
14. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan, *92-77–169
16. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand, *85-86–171
16. Mike Madden, Grand Rapids, MI, *89-82–171
18. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK, *85-87–172
19. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico, *83-90–173
19. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *90-83–173
21. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA, *90-84–174
21. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico, *91-83–174
23. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *89-86–175
24. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *93-84–177
24. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia, *95-82–177
26. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA, *88-90–178
26. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY, *89-89–178
28. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX, *92-87–179
28. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *95-84–179
28. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *96-83–179
31. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH, *91-90–181
31. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA, *93-88–181
33. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan, *89-94–183
34. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH, *93-91–184
35. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China, *93-92–185
36. Jespi Huh, Sasanggu, South Korea, *98-88–186
37. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC, *103-86–189
38. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan, *98-93–191
39. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN, *96-105–201
40. Borys Shubinsky, Hilton Head Island, SC, *114-94–208

DID NOT FINISH
Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL, *84-DQ (Rule 33-7)
Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia, *JWD
Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY, *JWD.
Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, SC, *87-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees), 6,179 yards, Par 72
1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia, *85-72–157
2. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan, *80-80–160
3. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia, *84-89–173
4. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico, *91-83–174
5. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN, *89-90–179
6. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China, *108-100–208
7. Zichen Zhao, Hilton Head Island, SC, *159-119—278

DID NOT FINISH
Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada, *78-79–157 *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China, *78-DQ (Rule 33-7)
 
Girls Division (Green Tees), 5,901 yards, Par 72
1. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC, *80-77–157
2. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand, *85-75–160
3. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan, *85-79–164
4. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan, *85-83–168
5. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN, *87-83–170
6. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua, *86-85–171
7. Danlu Cheng, Shenzhen, China, *88-97–185
7. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea, *99-86–185
9. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *125-107–232

x- Won in Playoff

 

 

Final results from the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort

Meuret excels in victory at IJGA Invitational

Quevedo’s back-nine propels her to Championship

Hilton Head Island, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held their annual IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Dec. 14-15. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was competed on both Sea Pines Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links. The field consisted of 102 talented junior golfers representing 19 states and 18 countries. Players were competing for national rankings and double IJGT Merit Points.

Consistently rainy weather made scoring difficult at both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town during the first round, while a light rain, but more wind, gave the players fits during the final round. The par-72 Ocean Course played to 6,781 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division, 6,230 yards for the Boys 14 & Under, and 6,024 yards for the Girls Division. The course featured numerous water hazards, as well as one of the only two oceanfront holes on Hilton Head Island; the par-3, 15th hole. Contrary to the Ocean Course’s abundance of water, Harbour Town featured a wealth of bunkers, as well as tight fairways and small greens. The course has a par of 71. An annual stop for the PGA Tour, Harbour Town was played at 6,643 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division, 6,001 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 5,702 yards for the Girls Division.

meuretIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., came away on top of a stacked leaderboard after shooting scores of 75-71-146.

Outside of a hiccup on No. 11 during the first round (he started on the 10th tee,) Meuret excelled throughout the weekend. Playing the first round on Harbour Town, Meuret finished his back nine with a score of 2-over-par 37, being one of only two players in his division to card a birdie on the difficult par-3, 17th. As the rain became heavier, Meuret’s play improved. Following bogeys on Nos. 1 and 3, he put together a streak of six straight pars to end his round with a score of 4-over-par 75. He sat one stroke off the lead following the first round, as Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished with a 74, including an even-par 36 on the front nine. Harry Jin of Palisades Park, N.J., was the only player in the field to shoot a nine-hole score under-par during the first round, accomplishing the feat with a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine. The three players were a group of eight that sat within two strokes of the lead entering the final round.

Play moved to the Ocean Course for day two and, with less rain to deal with, scores improved. Meuret and Miles were joined by Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., in the final pairing. Russell fell off the pace, as Miles was scoring par after par and Meuret birdied hole No. 8 and followed that with an eagle at No. 9. By the turn, Meuret held a one-stroke lead over Miles and the two had separated themselves from the rest of the pack. Meuret picked up another stroke when Miles, after finishing with par on the first 11 holes, bogeyed the 12th. Meuret’s lead fell back to one after he bogeyed the par-3, 15th and Miles made par. The two exchanged pars at Nos. 16 and 17, and Meuret headed to the 18th hole with his lead intact. Miles tee shot on No. 18 found the water on the right, closing out his chances of a victory, while Meuret thrashed his drive right down the center. Having the advantage, Meuret was able to conservatively play his way to a par and the victory, finishing his round at 1-under-par 71. That score tied him with Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, for the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“I’d like to thank Harbour Town and Sea Pines Resort for being great hosts this week,” commented Meuret during his Awards Ceremony speech.

Miles and Ben Cohn of Guayaquil, Ecuador, tied for second with tournament totals of 149.

isidoraIn the Girls Division, Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, came back from a five-stroke first-round deficit to earn the Championship with final scores of 73-73-146.

The Girls Division played the first round on the Ocean Course and Quevedo was up to the challenge, shooting a 1-over-par 73, including three birdies at Nos. 11, 12, and 15. Even after her impressive round, Quevedo was five shots back of Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., who shot a staggering 4-under-par 68. Ashmore carded six birdies, including a nine-hole tournament low of 3-under-par 33.

Quevedo started her final round at Harbour Town with a birdie on the first hole and then birdied again on the fifth as part of a front-nine 39. She trailed Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, by three strokes at the turn, as Siriko held the lead at 1-over-par through 27 holes.

Quevedo began to make her move with a birdie on hole No. 11 and then made another birdie at No. 14. She bogeyed the 15th hole but finished with three straight pars to finish with a second-straight 73, and awaited the rest of her division to finish their rounds. Siriko was not able to match Quevedo down the stretch allowing Quevedo to earn the victory.

Quevedo’s final-round score of 73 won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“I knew the scoring wouldn’t be too good since it was a hard golf course. I played aggressive, but when I didn’t have to, I played smart,” noted Quevedo.

Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, finished second with scores of 73-75-148 and Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, was third with totals of 73-76-149.

McCarthyIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Ryan McCarthy of Rockville Centre, N.Y., road a first-round 73 to an 11-shot victory.

McCarthy impressed with his performance at the Ocean Course during the first round, carding a 1-over-par 37 on the front nine, and then besting that with an even-par 36 on the back nine. McCarthy did most of his damage on the course’s four par-5s, playing them at 2-under-par. He held a five-stroke lead over Will Klein of Bethesda, Md., and Yuichi Murao of Yokohama-shi, Japan, following the first round.

McCarthy did not take his foot off the pedal during the final round at Harbour Town. After opening with a bogey, he birdied hole No. 2, continuing his success with par-5s on the weekend. He carded a 3-over-par 39 on the front-nine, keeping his five-stroke lead unharmed.

He picked up two more birdies on the back nine, including finishing his round in style with a birdie at the famous 18th hole at Harbour Town Golf Links. He finished his final round with a 75, concluding his two-day tournament with a total of 148, 11 shots clear of Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia.

McCarthy’s mindset entering the final round with a comfortable lead was, “…to keep the ball in play, eliminate double-bogeys, and putt well.”

Charlie Farrell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., rounded out the top three with a tournament total of 160.

The IJGT wraps up their fall schedule with the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., on Dec. 21-22. The tournament will be contested on a PGA Tour venue for the second consecutive week. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com 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 www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGA Invitational conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Dec. 15, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division (Ocean Course): Blue Tees – 6,781 yards, Par 72 (72.9/143).  Boys 14 & Under Division (Ocean Course): White Tees – 6,230 yards, Par 72 (70.7/133) Girls Division (Ocean Course): Green Tees – 6,024 yards, Par 72 (75.0/132). Boys 15-19 Division (Harbour Town Golf Links): Blue Tees – 6,643 yards, Par 71 (73.0/141).  Boys 14 & Under Division (Harbour Town Golf Links): White Tees – 6,001 yards, Par 71 (70.2/133) Girls Division (Harbour Town Golf Links): Gold Tees – 5,702 yards, Par 71 (73.4/130).

 

Weather:       

Saturday: Heavy Rain with temperatures in the Mid 50s, winds 10-15 mph

Sunday: Rain with temperatures in the Mid 50s, winds 15-20 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
December 14-15, 2013
                                                                                         

 

Boys 15-19 Division
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Harbour Town: 6,643 yards, Par 71
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) Ocean Course: 6,781 yards, Par 72
 
1. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE, *75-71–146
2. Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador, *76-73–149
2. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC, *74-75–149
4. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan, *79-71–150
4. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *76-74–150
6. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan, *78-73–151
6. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY, *76-75–151
8. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico, *77-75–152
9. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan, *79-74–153
9. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea, *76-77–153
9. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India, *76-77–153
9. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *76-77–153
13. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA, *79-75–154
13. Luke Scealf, Knoxville, TN, *79-75–154
13. Bryce Johnson, Oakton, VA, *76-78–154
16. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea, *80-75–155
16. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, *79-76–155
18. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA, *82-75–157
19. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA, *81-77–158
19. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA, *77-81–158
19. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand, *78-80–158
19. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan, *83-75–158
23. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA, *82-77–159
23. Jake Niedosik, Lansdale, PA, *84-75–159
25. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy, *81-79–160
25. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan, *80-80–160
25. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK, *79-81–160
28. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA, *81-80–161
28. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan, *80-81–161
28. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India, *84-77–161
31. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan, *85-77–162
32. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA, *86-77–163
32. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN, *84-79–163
34. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico, *83-83–166
34. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD, *79-87–166
34. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ, *80-86–166
34. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia, *85-81–166
38. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan, *89-78–167
38. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC, *88-79–167
38. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY, *86-81–167
41. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *83-85–168
42. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India, *83-86–169
42. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH, *87-82–169
44. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan, *83-87–170
44. Bobby Firth, Jenkintown, PA, *91-79–170
44. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain, *85-85–170
47. Maurizio Debono, Basiglio, Italy, *91-80–171
47. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, *86-85–171
47. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China, *85-86–171
50. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA, *92-81–173
50. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC, *89-84–173
52. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *94-80–174
52. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA, *88-86–174
54. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, *88-89–177
55. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, *86-93–179
56. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *89-92–181
57. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO, *92-90–182
57. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan, *89-93–182
59. William Dunn III, Lancaster, PA, *91-95–186
60. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA, *96-91–187
61. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan, *91-98–189
62. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH, *94-97–191
63. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan, *96-96–192
64. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China, *102-99–201

DID NOT FINISH
Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *90–DQ(Rule 6-3a)
Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL, *81–JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division
Round 1 – (White Tees) Ocean Course: 6,230 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (White Tees) Harbour Town: 6,001 yards, Par 71
 
1. Ryan McCarthy, Rockville Centre, NY, *73-75–148
2. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia, *80-79–159
3. Charlie Farrell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *80-80–160
4. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC, *81-84–165
4. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan, *83-82–165
4. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico, *83-82–165
4. Yuichi Murao, Yokohama-shi, Japan, *78-87–165
4. Will Klein, Bethesda, MD, *78-87–165
9. Brooks Dyess, Hilton Head Island, SC, *89-89–178
10. Jacob Morris, Hollywood, SC, *92-91–183
11. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA, *88-96–184
12. Sebastiano Bogoni, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy, *89-99–188
13. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China, *95-100–195
14. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, *99-99–198
15. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China, *104-112–216

DID NOT FINISH
Grant Leppek, Rocklin, CA, *77–DQ(Rule 6-6b)

 
Girls Division
Round 1 – (Green Tees) Ocean Course: 6,024 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Gold Tees) Harbour Town: 5,702 yards, Par 71
 
1. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile, *73-73–146
2. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela, *73-75–148
3. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan, *73-76–149
4. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand, *72-78–150
5. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China, *76-78–154
5. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico, *72-82–154
7. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *76-81–157
7. Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico, *76-81–157
9. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China, *77-83–160
9. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China, *76-84–160
11. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA, *68-93–161
12. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan, *77-86–163
13. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN, *87-78–165
14. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua, *77-89–166
15. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan, *80-91–171
16. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan, *88-87–175
17. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea, *87-92–179
18. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY, *100-95–195
19. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *98-103–201
20. Joanna Keck, Springdale, AR, *106-111–217

 

 

 

Final results from the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass

Furuya dominates at TPC Sawgrass

Nakatani victorious in Girls Division 

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.   The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 29-Dec. 1, a three-round event which featured nearly 100 juniors golfers competing for National Rankings, IJGT Merit Points and AJGA Performance Stars. The first two rounds were conducted on the club’s Pete Dye Valley Course, while the third and final round was held on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course. Despite rough winds, cold weather conditions and the challenge of playing two famously difficult courses, the golfers were able to put on spectacular performances in front of many spectators and family members.

Furuya TrophyIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Ryoto Furuya of Wesley Chapel, Fla., held his ground, turning a narrow first and second round lead into a convincing 11-stroke victory. He recorded a 76-75-72–223, a 7-over-par performance which also gave him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Boys Division with an even-par 72 on the final day. During the first round, Furuya managed a 4-over-par 76 on Pete Dye’s Valley Course, making eight pars and three birdies, before posting a one-stroke improvement in his second round. His 3-over-par 75 on the second day was highlighted by a streak of six straight pars to start the round, while also making birdies on holes Nos. 8, 16, and 17.

“I focused on ball flight…and I thought, just have patience…I just stayed strong, and got ready for the final round,” commented Furuya.

Furuya did not let up, turning in an incredible even-par final round on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course on his way to his third IJGT victory. He shot a front-nine 32, including four straight birdies on holes Nos. 2-5, and posted a back-nine 40 with three more birdies on Nos. 14, 15 and 16.

Finishing in second place was Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., with a tournament total of 234. In a tie for third place were Alex Shattuck of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Rij Patel of Hunt Valley, Md., who both shot totals of 236 through three rounds.

Nakatani TrophyRei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, was crowned victor of the Girls Division after shooting a total 83-75-74–232. After a rough first round put her six shots back of then-leader Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Nakatani came out in the second and final rounds determined to improve. She made an eight-stroke improvement on Day 2, sinking six more birdies and five less bogeys, including a streak of eight straight pars on the Valley’s Nos. 10-17. On the Stadium Course during the final round, Nakatani started off strong with birdies on Nos. 2 and 3. She played the course’s par-3s in 1-under-par during the final round, which helped catapult her into a come-from-behind, 11-stroke victory.

Nakatani’s final-round, 2-over-par 74 was tied with Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, for the low round in the Girls Division, which earned each of them the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Awards for their performances.

“I was three shots behind, but it wasn’t about who I was playing with. It was about the course, and I think I did the best that I could do,” said Nakatani.

Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division were Phuchanbanchob, who finished in second place with a tournament total of 243, and Siriko who carded a final score of 245.

Vilips TrophyThe Boys 14 & Under Division saw Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, grab his fifth IJGT victory of the season, shooting a total 83-89-78–250 at the 54-hole event. After trailing by one stroke concluding the first round of action, Vilips made two momentum-swaying birdies on Nos. 5 and 12 during his second round on the Valley Course to give him a one-stroke lead going into the final round. Surrounded by warmer weather during the final round action on the Stadium Course, Vilips was able to manage an 11-stroke improvement over his previous round score, including a highlight-worthy birdie on the renowned 17th hole to seal a 10-stroke victory in the division.

“I felt confident, but I didn’t want to get arrogant because I knew some of the players had the ability to catch up… I just wanted to shoot a score that would at least have a chance to win,” commented Vilips.

Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico, sealed a second-place finish with his tournament total of 260, while Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., grabbed a third-place finish with his total score of 265.

The IJGT Southeast tour will be back in action Dec. 7-8, 201for the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall Club in Bluffton, S.C. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com 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 www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

International Junior Golf Tour
Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
November 29 – December 1, 2013
 
Round 1: Valley Course
Round 2: Valley Course
Round 3: Stadium Course

Boys 15-19 Division – (Blue Tees) Valley: 6,748 Yards, Par 72 | Stadium: 6,672 Yards, Par 72
1. Ryoto Furuya, Wesley Chapel, FL, *76-75-72–223
2. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE, *78-78-78–234
3. Alex Shattuck, Sioux Falls, SD, *77-80-79–236
3. Rij Patel, Hunt Valley, MD, *77-80-79–236
5. Blake Fiest, Huntersville, NC, *81-76-80–237
6. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *77-81-82–240
7. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia, *82-81-79–242
8. Ryan Davis, Berkeley Heights, NJ, *86-83-74–243
8. Maurizio Debono, Basiglio, Italy, *85-77-81–243
10. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India, *78-85-82–245
11. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy, *85-80-82–247
12. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY, *83-76-89–248
13. Salil Ghamande, Evans, GA, *87-84-79–250
13. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico, *85-84-81–250
13. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ, *82-80-88–250
16. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India, *76-85-90–251
17. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *85-84-83–252
18. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA, *87-86-80–253
19. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan, *83-86-85–254
19. Griffin Colvin, Media, PA, *87-80-87–254
19. Gus Minkin, York, PA, *78-85-91–254
22. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA, *91-82-83–256
22. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland, *86-87-83–256
22. Nicholas Infanti, Clarksburg, MD, *85-87-84–256
22. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ, *89-82-85–256
22. Travis Broome, Virginia Beach, VA, *87-81-88–256
22. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, *81-79-96–256
28. David Ross, Lorton, VA, *92-83-82–257
28. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *87-89-81–257
28. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA, *80-89-88–257
28. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA, *87-78-92–257
32. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand, *90-83-85–258
32. Kip Karani, Tallahassee, FL, *86-86-86–258
32. Cody White, Sweetser, IN, *98-78-82–258
35. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL, *86-84-89–259
36. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC, *89-85-86–260
36. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY, *86-86-88–260
36. Chris Cerminaro, Carbondale, PA, *83-84-93–260
39. Felipe Lewis, Panama City, Panama, *92-87-82–261
40. Juanda Morgan, Panama City, Panama, *93-82-87–262
41. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO, *92-83-88–263
41. Brent Whiting, Ponte Vedra, FL, *83-84-96–263
43. Nick Geiman, York, PA, *87-84-93–264
43. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA, *91-89-84–264
43. Eric Schissel, Port Washington, NY, *95-87-82–264
46. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India, *84-90-91–265
46. Caleb Bryant, New Freedom, PA, *94-85-86–265
48. Mitch Lamping, Liberty Twp, OH, *89-86-92–267
48. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain, *95-87-85–267
50. Kyle Kost, New Hope, PA, *96-83-89–268
51. Bobby Nixon, Port St. Lucie, FL, *94-82-93–269
51. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung. Taiwan, *96-90-83–269
53. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China, *92-91-87–270
54. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China, *86-88-97–271
55. Nico Ardito Barletta, Panama City, Panama, *93-86-93–272
56. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *84-104-85–273
57. Luis Fer Varela, Panama City, Panama, *95-90-90–275
58. Pattarapoom Pacharn, Nonthaburi, Thailand, *97-93-86–276
59. Scott Lemon, Winnipeg, Canada, *90-93-94–277
60. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, *86-90-103–279
61. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *96-91-93–280
62. Ricky Humbert, Panama City, Panama, *95-100-94–289
63. Todd Glickfield IV, Marion, IN, *101-90-99–290
64. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY, *100-88-104–292
65. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan, *100-93-102–295
66. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *116-106-97–319
67. Diego Ardito Barletta, Panama City, Panama, *109-108-105–322
68. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China, *127-129-123–379
 
DID NOT FINISH
Chad McCann, Haymarket, VA, *DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK, *DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Justin Murray, Burlington, NJ, *89-77–DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador, *85-84–DQ (Rule 33-7)
Thomas Urciuoli, Short Hills, NJ, *JWD
Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *100–JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division – (White Tees) Valley: 6,243 Yards, Par 72 | Stadium: 5,992 Yards, Par 72
1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia, *83-89-78-250
2. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico, *89-85-86-260
3. Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, DE, *91-84-90-265
4. Jacob Morris, Hollywood, SC, *88-88-90-266
4. Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA, *96-81-89-266
6. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC, *87-86-95-268
7. Alexander Camberos, Kigali, Rwanda, *101-99-107-307
8. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, *109-100-121-330
9. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala, *98-114-126-338

DID NOT FINISH
Brian Aslanian, Purchase, NY, *82-88–DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea, *DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia, *94-85–DQ (Rule 6-6b)

Girls Division – (Green Tees) Valley: 5,913 Yards, Par 72 | Stadium: 5,718 Yards, Par 72
1. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan, *83-75-74–232
2. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *77-78-88–243
3. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand, *88-83-74–245
4. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India, *81-82-84–247
5. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China, *84-83-82–249
6. Allison Herring, Skillman, NJ, *89-90-86–265
7. Kristin Whitehead, Johannesburg, South Africa, *89-87-91–267
8. Jamie Rickert, Overland Park, KS, *88-94-88–270
9. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea, *86-96-98–280
9. Sasha Glickfield, Marion, IN, *89-84-107–280
11. Taylor Clark, Red Bank, NJ, *102-101-92–295
12. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *109-108-123–340