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IJGT Players of the Week – Nov. 9-10, 2013

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted its Southeast Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes on Nov. 9-10, 2013.  The 36-hole tournament was contested on the George Fazio Course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, a course that is often described by many golfers as one of the most challenging golf courses on Hilton Head Island, S.C. With many bunkers, water hazards and towering moss-draped oak trees lining the par-70 course, the field of more than 90 junior golfers were mightily challenged throughout. Two stand-out players at the event were Austin Maher of Bracebridge, Canada, and Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, who have received Player of the Week honors for the region.

Austin MaherMaher, despite some early struggles, was able to bounce back in the final round to put on an impressive performance. Opening up with a first round score of 12-over-par 82, Maher sat in 26th place and 13 shots off the lead. Determined to play better, he came out with a vengeance in the final round, making an 11 stroke improvement over his first round score. His effort consisted of 13 pars and two notable birdies, including one on the par-4 No. 11 and another on the par-4 No. 13 to end the day with a 1-over-par 71. This spectacular turnaround catapulted Maher into a ninth place finish and has earned him Player of the Week honors for the Boys Divisions. This is Maher’s fourth season with the IJGT, and the event marks his third best finish of the 2013-2014 season, coming after a second place finish at the Sanctuary Shootout Sept. 28-29, and a third place finish at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on Oct. 19-20.

Rei NakataniIn the Girls Division, Nakatani put forth another distinguished effort, battling back on a tough course and through challenging conditions. A rough first day gave Nakatani an 8-over-par 78 and put her in fifth place going into the final round. She was able to collect herself and narrow her focus, though, coming out during the second round and improving her score by four strokes with a 4-over-par 74 performance. Nakatani sank two birdies in her final round, one on the par-3 No. 6 and another on the par-4 No. 9.  With that, she was able to climb up one notch on the leaderboard to grab a fourth place finish in the tournament. This is Nakatani’s second season with the IJGT, and the Majors marked her third event of the 2013-2014 season. She has had two second place finishes already, with one coming at the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch on Oct. 12-13, and the other coming at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on Oct. 19-20.

Congratulations to Maher and Nakatani, and we are eager to see them take these momentum-changing achievements into future events!

 

Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be traveling to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. for the highly-anticipated Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2013. Held at one of the world’s most popular clubs, the three-day, 54-hole event will be contested on the Pete Dye-designed Valley and THE PLAYERS Stadium Courses, of which the latter is highlighted by one of the most difficult holes on the PGA TOUR — the signature par-3 17th island green. TPC Sawgrass, which plays host to THE PLAYERS Championship, is the birthplace of the TPC Network and is the backdrop of the PGA Headquarters.

At this Southeast Tour Event, over 100 junior golfers from all over the world will be competing for National Rankings, AJGA Performance Stars and IJGT Merit Points.

TPC Sawgrass2THE PLAYERS Stadium Course is highlighted by the signature par-3 17th hole which features an island green.

To register for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass, click here.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Tennoshin Ogawa from Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Nick Geiman from York, Pa., will be competing for top honors in a talent-stacked older division. Ogawa is in his third season with the IJGT, and after racking up six victories last season, he has continued his great play thus far in 2013-2014. He earned a victory at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on Oct. 19-20, and two other second place finishes, including one at the recent Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes on Oct. 9-10. Geiman, who is playing in his fourth season with the IJGT, is also a strong contender. He has placed top five in two events this season, and will be looking to continue that strong play at TPC Sawgrass.

The Boys 14 & Under Division will feature Brandon McBride from Bluffton, S.C., and Joe Parrini of York, Pa., who will be going head-to-head for a place at the top of the leaderboard. McBride is new to the IJGT this season, but he has played like a seasoned professional, garnering top five finishes in five of his six events on the year, including a fourth place finish at the Major Championship at Palmetto DunesParriniwho has played exclusively on IJGT’s Northeast Tour this season, is in his third season. After playing in seven events, he has taken home five first-place trophies, and will surely be a player to keep an eye on over the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 weekend.

The Girls Division will be highlighted by Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, and Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, who represent a very talented field of girls competing for the top trophies. Arjun has been a dangerous contender on the IJGT during her first season, grabbing top five finishes in all five of her events, including two second place finishes at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on Nov. 2-3 and the Major Championship at Palmetto DunesNakatani will also be a major force at the event. She in playing in her second season with the IJGT, winning three events last year and placing top five in all three of her events this season.

 

 

 

Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will host its Southeast Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Nov. 9-10. The Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes will take place on the George Fazio Course. The Event will feature some of the best players from across the region all competing for DOUBLE IJGT Merit Points in the Boys 15-19, Boys 14 & Under, and Girls Divisions.

The George Fazio Course is a par-70 that tips out at just over 6,800 yards and will call for a variety of executed golf shots. It will serve as a great host to one of the strongest events on the IJGT calendar.

The Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes will offer AJGA Performance Stars with the Boys 15-19 and Girls Division Champions earning 4 Performance Stars. In addition, the Top-5 in the Boys 15-19 Division will also earn 1 Performance Star for their finish. If the Boys 14 & Under Division reaches 20 players then the Champion of the division will earn 1 AJGA Performance Star.

To register for the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes click here.

GFazio 15,16 aerialTo get a 3-D Animated Flyover of the golf course click here.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Austin Maher of Bracebridge, Canada, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, will be playing for keeps. Maher has played in four events this season, and after placing in the top five in his last three, including a third-place finish at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters, he will be looking to capitalize on his consistent play. Ogawa is also coming off a hot streak this season. After placing second in the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National, he persevered on his way to a victory at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters. Ogawa will be attempting his second win of the season at Palmetto Dunes.

Competing in the Boys 14 & Under Division are Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C.and John Kalavritinos of Potomac, Md. McBride has played in four events this season and is continually a strong contender. After placing sixth in his first event, he finished fourth, second and third in his last three events, respectively. This is McBride’s first season with the IJGT, and he will be aiming to break the mold and grab his first win at Palmetto Dunes. Kalavritinos, also a talented competitor, is playing in his second IJGT season. After two top ten finishes last season, Kalavritinos placed third in the College Series at the University of Maryland on Oct. 5-6.

The Girls Division will feature Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan. Nakatani is a natural-born competitor who is in her second season with the IJGT. After winning three events last season, Nakatani has secured two runner-up finishes in the two events she has played so far this year, one at the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch, and the other at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters. Another player to keep an eye on is second-year IJGT member, Tadokoro. She has placed top five in three events this year, and also won the IJGT Junior at Oyster Reef over the summer.

Final results from the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Comeback victories for Ogawa and Shimoji

Strong play and hole-in-one propels Valdes to second straight win

POOLER, Ga. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters for its Southeast Tour on Oct. 19-20, 2013, and the field of gifted junior golfers did not fail to provide spectators with exciting and nail-biting moments throughout the Event. Held on the famed Greg Norman Signature Course, the beautifully-designed course had its fair share of open fairways and strategically-placed water hazards, while also featuring an alluring par-3 island green. 77 players representing 20 countries and 18 states competed for National Rankings, AJGA Performance Stars, and IJGT Merit Points.

Ana Paula ValdesIn the Girls Division, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, built a strong lead quickly and never looked back, tallying a final 6-under-par 138 to record her victory in the Girls Division. Her final score was the best in the entire field and six strokes ahead of runner-up, Rei Nakatani, of Tokyo, Japan. Valdes shot a scorching bogey-free round of 5-under-par 67 in the first round, complete with five birdies and 2-under-par effort on the course’s par-4’s and par-5’s. Holding onto a comfortable lead going into the final round, Valdes immediately opened up with a birdie on the par-4 No. 1, and followed that up with two pars. The highlight of her performance, and arguably, the tournament, came on the par-3 No. 4, where Valdes sank a hole-in-one from 144 yards. Valdes wrapped up her round with two birdies on the back nine’s par-5’s, carding a total 1-under-par 71.

Looking back on her final round Valdes was humble, saying, “[It was] not as good as the first round, but I had an interesting day today,” playing coy to her incredible second career hole-in-one performance. 

This is Valdes’ second straight victory of the 2013-2014 season, where she most recently came out with a convincing 12-stroke win at the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch on Oct. 12-13. After winning three events in 2012-2013, Valdes is competing in her third season with the IJGT.

Rounding out the top three for the Girls Division were Nakatani, who shot a tournament total of even-par 144, and Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, who tallied a final 1-over-par 145.

Nakatani’s final-round score of 3-under-par 69 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the player who records the lowest score in the final round of every IJGT tournament.

DSC01923The Boys 15-19 Division featured one of two exciting comebacks of the Event, where Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, battled back from a five-stroke deficit to take home the trophy with a 75-68–143. In an admirable final round performance, Ogawa opened up with a front-nine score of 3-under-par 33 to put the pressure on the leaders. One of the tournament’s most notable moments came on the par-5 No. 13, where Ogawa sank a 150-yard shot from the bunker for an eagle. Matched up stroke-by-stroke with Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, on the final few holes, Ogawa prevailed. He finished the day with a birdie on No. 17 and a division-low 4-under-par 68, preventing a playoff and securing a one-stroke win over Cheng.

Despite finding himself in a hole after the first round and being caught in a close, stroke-by-stroke competition over the final few holes, Ogawa said that this win makes him “…feel really happy and I’m proud of myself.”

This was the first win of the season for Ogawa, who most recently placed second in a playoff at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7-8. Ogawa is in his third season with the IJGT and racked up six notable victories last season as a competitor in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Landing a second place finish in the division was Chengwho carded a final even-par 144. Austin Maher of Bracebridge, Canada, was two shots back of Ogawa, notching a 1-over-par 145 for the Event.

Takafumi Shimoji

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, another near-playoff created suspense as Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, was able to rally from a first-round deficit to pull off a one-stroke victory over strong competitor, Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia. Finishing round one with a 3-over-par 75, Shimoji sat two strokes off the lead and was determined to turn his performance around. Despite a slow front-nine start, Shimoji was resilient, making a birdie on the par-4 No. 11 and then carding five straight pars to catch up with the leader. With the help of his birdie on hole No. 17 and par on the last hole, he was able to seal off the victory with a final 150.

Reflecting on how this close-cut victory made him feel, Shimoji responded like any other winner would, saying, “I want to win more.”

This is Shimoji’s third win in his first season with the IJGT, coming after victories at the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield and the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation. He also tied for second place at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National.

Vilips earned his seventh top five finish with a second-place score of 151. Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., landed in third with a score of 154, giving him his third consecutive top five finish.

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will be back in action on Nov. 2-3, 2013 in Hilton Head, S.C., for the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall. 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

 

 

Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Savannah Quarters Country Club

Pooler, Ga.

October 19-20, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – (Black Tees) 6,861 yards, Par 72

1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *75-68–143

2. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *70-74–144

3. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *72-73–145

4. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *73-73–146

5. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *75-73–148

6. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada *74-76–150

7. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-75–151

8. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *78-74–152

8. Matthew Mannion, Muskoka, Canada *78-74–152

10. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *76-77–153

10. Salil Ghamande, Evans, GA *75-78–153

10. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE *76-77–153

13. Zach Seeler, Marion, IN *80-75–155

13. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *77-78–155

13. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *77-78–155

13. Chase Childers, Issue, MD *76-79–155

17. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *82-75–157

17. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *80-77–157

17. Maurizio Debono, Basiguo, Italy *79-78–157

17. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *77-80–157

21. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *80-78–158

21. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *79-79–158

23. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *81-78–159

23. Lohith Ramaraju, London, England *80-79–159

23. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *76-83–159

26. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *78-82–160

26. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-82–160

28. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *85-76–161

28. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *80-81–161

28. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *81-80–161

31. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *76-86–162

32. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung. Taiwan *81-82–163

33. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea *81-83–164

34. Nick Becker, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-79–165

35. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *85-81–166

35. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *80-86–166

37. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *89-78–167

37. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *80-87–167

39. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *91-79–170

39. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *82-88–170

41. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *88-84–172

41. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *88-84–172

43. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *91-82–173

43. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *78-95–173

45. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico *80-96–176

46. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *88-89–177

47. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *90-89–179

48. Todd Glickfield IV, Bluffton, SC *93-89–182

49. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *89-97–186

50. Jespi Huh, Sasanggu, South Korea *93-97–190

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *83-JWD

 

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – (Silver Tees) 6,294 yards, Par 72

1. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *75-75–150

2. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *73-78–151

3. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *77-77–154

4. Luis Sanchez, Xalapa, Mexico *78-84–162

5. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *85-92–177

6. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *105-98–203

7. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China *123-106–229

 

 

Girls Division – (Red Tees) 6,007 yards, Par 72

1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico *67-71–138

2. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *75-69–144

3. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *73-72–145

4. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *75-75–150

5. Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico *76-76–152

6. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *76-79–155

6. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *81-74–155

8. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *77-79–156

9. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *81-77–158

9. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *76-82–158

11. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan *80-82–162

12. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *84-79–163

12. Kayla Kozak, North Myrtle Beach, SC *81-82–163

14. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *85-79–164

15. Pendleton Bogache, Myrtle Beach, SC *82-87–169

16. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *94-90–184

17. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *96-94–190

18. Taylor Clark, Red Bank, NJ *94-97–191

 

 

 

Final results from the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch

Valdes victorious at Black Diamond

Ito earns first Boys 15-19 Division title

LECANTO, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) conducted the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch, Oct. 12-13. Held on the Quarry Course, which hosted 2012 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying, the Florida Junior featured elite junior golfers ages 9-19 representing 19 countries and 10 states competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.

Ranked by GolfDigest as the 143rd best golf course in the United States, the Quarry Course is a Tom Fazio design that provided a great backdrop for the competition and featured a stretch of five consecutive holes (Nos. 13-17) weaving up and down the quarry. Numerous challenges awaited the tournament field, but many were able to navigate the challenging course to post great rounds.

Valdes TrophyAna Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, put on the best performance of the tournament after firing a 4-under-par 140 tournament total to win the Girls Division by 12 strokes. Playing in her first IJGT Event in the 2013-2014 season, Valdes drove the golf ball well, hit precise approach shots, and most importantly, rolled the putter well propelling her to the first-place finish.

In the first round, Valdes got off to a blazing start making two birdies in her first two holes. From there she would make two more birdies and three bogeys en route to a 1-under-par 71. Going into the final round Valdes carried a six-stroke lead.

Valdes did not let up on the accelerator in the final round. Again, she started her day off with two consecutive birdies to put the pressure squarely on her fellow competitors.

Valdes was not done on the front nine though. She would birdie hole No. 7 and then eagle the ninth hole on the Quarry Course at Black Diamond Ranch to go out in 5-under-par 31.

On the more difficult back nine, Valdes would drop two shots to finish off her stellar performance with a 3-under-par 69. This was the lowest score of the tournament regardless of division and also earned Valdes the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“I wasn’t focused on my competitors. I was just trying to do better than yesterday. I was just focusing on my golf game,” said Valdes.

Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, finished in second place in the Girls Division with a tournament total of 152, while Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, took third place with a tournament total of 153.

Ito AwardsIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan, was victorious for the first time in the 2013-2014 IJGT season. He used a final-round score of even-par 72 to separate himself from the rest of field at Black Diamond Ranch. The score also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

In the first round, Ito grinded out an impressive score of 4-over-par 76 to earn a share of the lead with Ben Cohn of Guayaquil, Ecuador. Ito’s round was similar to a rollercoaster as he made as many pars as he did birdies (five). His most pivotal birdies came in the quarry on holes Nos. 15-16 which played extremely tough due to the precision required on the respective tee shots.

The final round was wide open with five other competitors within three strokes of the co-leaders. Ito got off to the start he needed after making a birdie on the first hole.

“At first I was nervous, but I made a birdie on the first hole which helped,” commented Ito.

A bogey on the second hole put Ito back at even-par for the day, but after three consecutive birdies on holes Nos. 7-9, Ito made the turn in 3-under-par 33. From there it was his to lose. A wayward tee shot on No. 15 forced him to hit his third shot from the tee, but Ito remained calmed and made an impressive bogey to avoid letting any other fellow competitors back into the title picture.

Ito finished the tournament in style making a birdie on the closing hole at the Quarry Course which is an uphill, dogleg to the left, par 5. In total, Ito made 10 birdies over the two days.

Finishing in a tie for second place were Cohn and Masato Yoshitsugu of Aichi, Japan, with tournament totals of 153.

Vilips TrophyKarl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, returned to the winner’s circle once again as he dominated the Boys 14 & Under Division at Black Diamond Ranch. The first round was crucial as Vilips opened up a large lead after firing a 2-under-par 70. This was the best score of the tournament in the first round regardless of division. Vilips played nearly flawless golf playing his last eight holes in 3-under-par.

The final round got off to a slow start for Vilips after a quadruple-bogey on the third hole on the Quarry Course. From that point on though, he was able to navigate the golf course in 1-under-par to finish with a 4-over-par 76. In that stretch, Vilips made eight consecutive pars and dominated the demanding quarry holes (Nos. 13-17) playing them in 2-under-par.

Vilips credits his preparation on the greens as the key to his success in the Florida Junior.

“If I putted how I normally played, I would have missed a lot of short putts. I’ve been spending a lot of time with my coach which has helped me this weekend,” said Vilips.

Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., finished in second place with a tournament total of 166. Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico, rounded out the top three with a tournament score of 173.

The IJGT Southeast tour will head north to Savannah, Ga., for the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters Country Club, Oct. 19-20. 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

LECANTO, Fla. – Final round results of the IJGT Florida Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Oct. 13, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,746 yards, Par 72 (72.2/131).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Gray Tees – 6,196 yards, Par 72 (69.8/127) Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,840 yards, Par 72 (74.2/137).

 

Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 10-15 m.p.h.

Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 5-10 m.p.h.

 

 

Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch

Black Diamond Ranch – Quarry Course

Lecanto, Fla.

October 12-13, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – (Black Tees) 6,746 yards, Par 72

1. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *76-72–148

2. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *80-73–153

2. Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador *76-77–153

4. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *80-74–154

5. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *83-73–156

5. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *78-78–156

7. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *79-78–157

7. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *77-80–157

9. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *79-80–159

9. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *79-80–159

11. Maurizio Debono, Basiguo, Italy *83-77–160

11. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *82-78–160

13. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung. Taiwan *79-82–161

14. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *80-83–163

15. Connor Downey, Franklin, TN *84-80–164

16. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *84-82–166

17. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *86-81–167

18. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *91-77–168

18. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *86-82–168

18. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *82-86–168

18. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *82-86–168

18. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-87–168

23. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *87-84–171

24. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *88-86–174

24. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *89-85–174

26. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *90-87–177

27. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *91-88–179

28. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *95-90–185

29. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China *116-120–236

DID NOT FINISH

Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico *JWD

Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *89-JWD

Todd Glickfield IV, Bluffton, SC *89-JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – (Gray Tees) 6,196 yards, Par 72

1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *70-76–146

2. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *84-82–166

3. Luis Sanchez, Xalapa, Mexico *85-88–173

4. Sebastiano Bogoni, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy *93-98–191

DID NOT FINISH

Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN, *DQ (Rule 6-6b)

 

Girls Division – (Green Tees) 5,840 yards, Par 72

1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico *71-69–140

2. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *77-75–152

3. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *80-73–153

4. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *81-80–161

5. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *86-83–169

6. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *84-87–171

7. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *107-98–205

8. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *109-109–218

 

IJGT Announces 2012-2013 All-IJGT Team

ORLANDO, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) announced its 2012-2013 All-IJGT Team during the Awards Banquet at the 2013 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions held at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The top-10 players in each division in the season-long IJGT Merit Points Standings were named to the All-IJGT teams. The IJGT congratulates each of these players for their hard work over the course of the 2012-2013 season.

Boys 15-19 Division

  1. Charlie Spencer-White – Bluffton, S.C.

    8,000 Points

    3 IJGT Victories; 3 Runner-Up Finishes

  2. Aaron Terrazas – Veracruz, Mexico

    7,300 Points

    4 IJGT Victories

  3. Will Miles – Hilton Head Island, S.C.

    6,775 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  4. Roland Massimino – Lumberville, Pa.

    6,500 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  5. Manuel Velez – Panama City, Panama

    5,950 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  6. Matt Cheng – Taipei, Taiwan

    5,850 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  7. Serawit Kerdsinchal – Nonthaburi, Thailand

    5,800 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  8. Alan Cooke – Vienna, W.Va.

    5,037.5 Points

    3 Runner-Up Finishes

  9. Patrick Albanesi – Avon, Conn.

    4,925 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 1 Top-3 Finish

  10. Rafael Miranda – Guayaquil, Ecuador

    4,425 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 1 Top-3 Finish

Boys 14 & Under Division

  1. William Thomson – Pittsford, N.Y.

    11,550 Points

    4 IJGT Victories; 6 Runner-Up Finishes

  2. Ryan Rybicki – Remsen, N.Y.

    8,300 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  3. Tennoshin Ogawa – Ichinomiya-shi, Japan

    8,000 Points

    6 IJGT Victories; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  4. Alejandro, Santibanez – San Luis Potosi, Mexico

    7,100 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  5. Nate Menon – Wyomissing, Pa.

    6,675 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  6. John Felitto – Mountainside, N.J.

    6,650 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  7. Evan Johnson – York, Pa.

    6,225 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  8. Mikee Ordona – Upland, Calif.

    5,900 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  9. Luke Schaap – Potomac, Md.

    5,850 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 3 Top-3 Finishes

  10. Taisuke Ono – Tokyo, Japan

    5,850 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

Girls Division

  1. Phimnipha Wongwaiwate – Chiang Mai, Thailand

    9,000 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  2. Ana Paula Valdez – Morelia, Mexico

    8,625 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  3. Clementina Rodriguez – Caracas, Venezuela

    7,700 Points

    2 IJGT Titles; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  4. Rei Nakatani – Tokyo, Japan

    7,100 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  5. Olivia Landino – Hermitage, Pa.

    7,000 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  6. Moyu Sasaki – Tokyo, Japan

    6,800 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  7. Ceha Lee – Bundang-Gu, South Korea

    6,600 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  8. Amelia McKee – Paso Robles, Calif.

    6,500 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  9. Katie Edelblut – New Hope, Pa.

    6,200 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  10. Thamonpat Siriko – Bangkok, Thailand

    5,900 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 4 Runner-Up Finishes

All players who were honored at the banquet have earned guaranteed entry into all future IJGT events that are not at full capacity including the 2013-2014 Major Series and 2014 Tournament of Champions.

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, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Golfweek, and International Junior Golf Academy.

 

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

 

IJGT Returns to Falcon's Fire for the Orlando Junior

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is set to return to Kissimmee, Fla., for the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club May 11-12. After a successful tournament at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club last September, the IJGT is excited to be back in Florida. The Event will feature elite junior golfers ages 9-19 from around the world competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.

Falcon's FireLocated just minutes from the Walt Disney World Resort, Falcon’s Fire Golf Club was ranked “Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest 2010-2011. A Rees Jones designed course, Falcon’s Fire features plenty of bunkers and fairway undulation, requiring accurate tee-shot placement and touch around the greens. Falcon’s Fire is recognized both regionally and nationally as one of the finest public golf courses in the Orlando area.

The field for this Event is filling up quickly as anticipation builds for the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions held at Grand Cypress Golf Club, in Orlando, Fla., May 25-27.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, three former IJGT champions are returning to the tour. Manuel Velez of Panama City, Panama will attempt to defend his Falcon’s Fire title at the Orlando Junior. Last September, Velez won the Florida Swing at Falcon’s Fire. Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan is coming off a more recent win at the College Classic at Duke University and will try to take the title from Velez. Luke Tetreault of Horseheads, N.Y., went home with the title in late March at the Lowcountry Junior at Oldfield Golf Club. With these three former champions already in the field the Orlando Junior is sure to be an exciting Event.

The Boys 14 Under Division will feature another former IJGT champions. Andre Becerra of Zapopan, Mexico will be competing in the Orlando Junior hoping to take home his fourth IJGT title of the 2012-2013 season.  Becerra has seven top-5 finishes already this season, including his victory at the Florida Swing at Falcon’s Fire in September. He will not be without competition, however. Paul Schumacher of Canton, Ohio, will attempt to take home his first IJGT title this season. Schumacher had an impressive second-place finish at Falcon’s Fire in September.

The Girls Division will be equally exciting. Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, is coming off a win at an American Junior Golf Association preseason event. Siriko was named champion at the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters last October, and has 10 top-5 finishes already for the 2012-2013 season. Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, already has three IJGT titles for the season and 15 top-5 finishes. Nakatani is always a player to watch during IJGT Events. Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., returns to the IJGT after an impressive second-place finish at the College Classic at Duke University. Whaley has consistently finished inside the top five at IJGT Events and will definitely be a contender for the title at the Orlando Junior.

The Orlando Junior will begin May 11, at 7:30 a.m. with groups teeing off Nos. 1 and 10. The Event will conclude with an awards ceremony recognizing the top three juniors in each division with tournament gifts and trophies immediately following the conclusion of the final group on May 12.

Falcon’s Fire will be open for optional practice rounds and IJGT tournament registration, May 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information for this event or any others, please visit www.IJGT.com  external_link.png or call (843) 785-2444.

Click here to register for the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire to reserve your spot in this highly competitive field.

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, KENTWOOL, 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.

Final Results from the Auntie Anne's Pretzels Junior at Shipyard Golf Club

 

Nimmer’s clutch birdie captures victory
Ruiz victorious in Girls Division

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Junior this weekend at Shipyard Golf Club. Possible thunderstorms threatened play on Sunday, but the weather cooperated and the juniors enjoyed beautiful weather all weekend.

Bryson NimmerBryson Nimmer of Bluffton S.C., took home the Boys 15-19 Division title with a 1-over-par 145 two-day total. The leaderboard was packed going into the final round, but ultimately the tournament came down to the final hole with two of the KENTWOOL Low Pro winners—Nimmer, and second-place finisher Charlie Spencer-White, also from Bluffton, S.C., who were tied when teeing off on No. 18.

Both players left themselves with wedges for their third shots on the par-5 finishing hole. Spencer-White hit his approach to six feet while Nimmer hit his to about 12 feet. With Nimmer putting first, he was able to roll his putt in putting the pressure squarely on Spencer-White. Unfortunately Spencer-White was unable to convert giving Nimmer his first IJGT title this season.

“That shot I hit into 18 was really good,” said Nimmer. “Set me up for a birdie to win.”

Spencer-White’s solid play was good enough to earn him second place with a 2-over-par 146 two-day total. Rounding out the top three was Francisco Contreras from Caracas, Venezuela, whose final-round even-par 72 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. His tournament total was a 3-over-par 147.

Taisuke OnoIn the Boys 14 Under Division, Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan, came from three shots down to win the division by three strokes. Ono began his round with a bogey, making his comeback all the more difficult. However, he was able to steady the ship with four straight pars. Aided by a birdie on the difficult par-3 8th hole, Ono played steady golf to charge his comeback efforts. He was able to close out his round with another four-hole par streak while everyone else faltered.

Coming in second place was Paul Schumacher of Canton, Ohio, who carded a two-day total of 161. He was able to lock up second place by playing the final six holes in even par after a shaky stretch in the middle of the round. In third place, shooting a 162 tournament total was Jan Schneider of Erlangen, Germany. Schneider tore up the par 3s on Sunday, playing the four in 2-under-par.

Ana RuizAna Ruiz of Chihuahua, Mexico, was the only player this weekend to record an under- par round, giving her the crown in the Girls Division. Ruiz’s opening-round 1-under-par 71 gave her a five-shot cushion entering the final round. After a string of eight pars in a row on the front nine, she birdied Nos.10 and 11 to get into red figures. Ruiz was able to add two more birdies on the back nine adding to her lead.

“I hit the ball really well,” Ruiz said after her round. “I hit a lot of greens and gave myself a lot of opportunities for birdies.

Ruiz continued her stellar play in the final round, recording back-to-back birdies on holes Nos.7 and 8 on her way to a 2-over-par 74 to win the division by seven strokes. A testament to her great ball striking was her play on the par 3s for the tournament, playing them in 1-under-par over the weekend.

In addition to her victory, Ruiz was awarded both KENTWOOL Low Pro and Clazic Belts Low Final Round Awards.

Phyllis Tang of Hong Kong, China and Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan tied for second place with 152 tournament totals. Although the scores were the same, the two played quite differently. Tang recorded three birdies in her final six holes to surge into the top three while Nakatani was a model of consistency all weekend.

The IJGT Southeast tour will be hosting another tournament on Hilton Head Island, S.C., the IJGT AHEAD Open at Bear Creek Golf Club, May 4-5. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

About Auntie Anne’s

Twenty-five years after Anne and Jonas Beiler stumbled across their original pretzel perfection, guests are still enjoying Auntie Anne’s Pretzel products, dipping sauces, and signature beverages in more than 1,330 locations in 46 states and 25 countries. Auntie Anne’s stands out from its competitors due to its unwavering commitment to extending the brand, successful growth, and providing continued value to customers. Auntie Anne’s has built its brand on the foundations of the people-focused philosophies established by its founder, quality products, exceptional guest service, attractive and efficient stores, and the fun activity of pretzel making. Over the years, Auntie Anne’s has rolled approximately 1.7 billion pretzels.

 

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, KENTWOOL, 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 IJGT Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 28, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,872 yards, Par 72 (74.0/133).  Boys 14 Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,258 yards, Par 72 (71.2/128) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,971 yards, Par 72 (74.7/126).

 

Weather:  Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 70s, winds 5-10 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the Mid to High 70s, winds 3-5 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Junior at Shipyard – Galleon/Clipper
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
April 27-28, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division – (Gold Tees) Yards: 6,872, Par 72
1 Bryson Nimmer, Bluffton, SC *72-73–145
2. Charlie Spencer-White, Bluffton, SC *72-74–146
3. Francisco Contreras, Caracas, Venezuela *75-72–147
4. Alan Cooke, Vienna, WV *74-74–148
5. Owen Miller, Burgettstown, PA *76-75–151
5. Manuel Velez, Panama City, Panama *73-78–151
7. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *76-77–153
7. Bryan Gagnon, Culver City, CA *77-76–153
9. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea *75-79–154
10. Konstantin Kosta Kosutic, Belgrade, Serbia *80-76–156
10. Mos Bangpetch, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-78–156
10. Matthew Mannion, Muskoka, ON *75-81–156
13. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *78-79–157
14. Nicco Gentile, Bluffton, SC *79-79–158
15. Lohith Ramaraju, London, England *76-83–159
16. Gus Uriostegui, Leon, Mexico *81-79–160
16. Connor Hogan, Monroeville, AL *79-81–160
16. Sense Chaowalit, Bangkok, Thailand *76-84–160
19. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *78-83–161
20. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *83-79–162
21. Andrew Boyer, Muskoka, ON *85-80–165
21. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *87-78–165
21. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *82-83–165
24. Nate Anderson, Billings, MT *82-84–166
24. Daniel Tello Vargas, Pachuca, Mexico *82-84–166
26. Drew Poland, Johnson City, TN *82-88–170
27. Jack Klein, Bethesda, MD *87-84–171
28. Kevin Reich, Winterthur, Switzerland *89-89–178
29. William Dunn III, Lancaster, PA *94-85–179
30. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *96-87–183
DID NOT FINISH
Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Boys 14 Under Division – (Blue Tees) Yards: 6,258 Par 72
1. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *80-78–158
2. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *80-81–161
3. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany *80-82–162
4. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *77-92–169
5. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan *94-95–189
6. Jacob Morris, Hollywood, SC *94-98–192
Girls Division – (White Tees) Yards: 5,971 Par 72
1. Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico *71-74–145
2. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *76-76–152
2. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *75-77–152
4. Ayaka Nakayama, Kanagawa, Japan *79-76–155
5. Laura Gonzalez, Bogota, Colombia *82-76–158
6. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *78-81–159
6. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *76-83–159
8. Aracelly Maria Jimenez Rios, Merida, Mexico *80-80–160
8. Susana Reyes Ramirez, Ibague, Colombia *79-81–160
10. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *82-83–165
11. Kasidy Beckel, Bluffton, SC *80-87–167
12. Sera Tadokoro, Izumisano-Shi, Japan *83-87–170
13. Ariana Dial, Clarksville, MD *88-83–171
14. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *95-97–192
 DID NOT FINISH
Ceha Lee, Bundang-Gu, South Korea *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Dylaney Day, Toronto, ON *90-JWD

Duke University Golf Course to host College Classic

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is set to return to Durham, N.C., April 6-7, for the College Classic at Duke University . Held at the Duke University Golf Club , the IJGT College Classic will feature elite junior golfers from around the world competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit points.

58358c31df2920ae6482d05299294706The University Golf Course was first envisioned in the early 1930’s and on 120 acres of unusual elevation changes and mildly rolling terrain. A Robert Trent Jones Sr. design, the University Golf Course features meandering streams and towering pines. When the course opened to the public in 1957 it quickly was labeled as one of the top university golf facilities in the nation. The attention was great enough to attract the 1962 Men’s NCAA Golf Championship.

Duke University Golf Course went through major renovations in 1993 by Rees Jones who scrutinized every shot possibility and observed and considered every angle to insure that each nuance of the golf course would be subtle, yet perfectly placed. Duke University Golf Course will challenge even the best golfers testing their shot placement and accuracy around the green.

The College Classic at Duke University will feature strong competition in all three divisions.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Lee Detmer  of Washington, D.C., returns to the tour after his victory over the field at Hershey Links last October. Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan will look to take home his first IJGT victory of the 2012-2013 season after a second-place finish at the Major Championship at Hampton Hall .

The Boys 14 & Under Division features five 2012-2013 champions battling for the title at Duke University.Andre Becerra of Zapopan, Mexico arrives with two first-place finishes from last fall and five finishes inside the top 5 for the season.  Jan Schneider of Erlandgen, Germany also has two victories this season. Taisuke Ono  of Tokyo, Japan carries a more recent victory from IJGT Family Weekend  and a third-place finish at the Shamrock Shootout at Palmetto Hall  into the Event. Alejandro Santibanez  of San Luis Potosi, Mexico had an impressive victory over the large field at the Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island Resort in Feb. Andrew Spiegler of Abingdon, Va., rounds out the long list of Boys 14 & Under Division champions in attendance at the College Classic at Duke. Spiegler won the Port Royal event last Oct.

In the Girls Division, Ceha Lee  of Bundang-Gu, South Korea returns after her second victory of the season at the Shamrock Shootout at Palmetto Hal l. Lee also took home the title at the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor  earlier this season. Rei Nakatani  of Tokyo, Japan boasts three victories this season and will try to seal her fourth at Duke University. Erin Lo  of Mount Laurel, N.J., returns after her victory at the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club in Sept.

The College Classic at Duke University will begin with tee times starting at 8 a.m. off Nos. 1 and 10 on Saturday, April 6, and will conclude with an awards ceremony recognizing the top 3 players from each division with trophies and tournament gifts immediately following the final round on Sunday, April 7.

The champion of each division will receive a set of CHAMP spikes, a set of morodZ alignment rods, a head cover courtesy of AB Golf Designs and a pair of sunglasses from new tour sponsor, Sundog Eyewear. In addition, the male and female who post the lowest opening round score will receive a pair of KENTWOOL socks and the juniors carding the lowest final round score on Sunday will receive a belt and IJGT buckle from Clazic Belts.

The top 10 juniors of each division at this Event will also receive IJGT Merit Points.Qualifications for the IJGT Major Championships, season-ending Tournament of Champions and places on the United States, North America and Euro Cup Teams are based, in part, on IJGT Merit Point standings. In addition, the top 10 IJGT Merit Point winners in each division will be named to the All-IJGT Team at the end of the season.

Duke University Golf Course will be open to competitors for optional practice rounds and player registration on April 5 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Registration for this event ends April 1. Register today!

Click here to register for the College Classic at Duke University. 

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Final Results from the IJGT Shootout at Colleton River

Spencer-White Defends Home Turf at Colleton River

Sasaki Completes Comeback to Win Girls Division

 

BLUFFTON, S.C.– The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted an exciting fourth event of the Spring 2013 season Feb. 9-10 at the beautiful Colleton River Plantation . The IJGT Shootout at Colleton River  featured 89 elite junior golfers ages 10-19 representing 18 states and 18 countries. True to the ‘Shootout’ title, the IJGT Shootout at Colleton River came down to the wire. Charlie Spencer-White  of Bluffton, S.C., and Moyu Sasaki  of Tokyo, Japan prevailed in the Boys 15-19 and Girls Divisions respectively. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Tennoshin Ogawa  of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan took home his fifth title of the 2012-2013 season after winning a playoff by default against Ben Reichert  of East Amherst, N.Y.

660570aa1f84be160b1e6a67eb7b0b42In the Boys 15-19 Division, Spencer-White was able to capture victory on his home turf. As a member of Colleton River since the age of nine, 16-year-old Spencer-White was no stranger to the fast greens and tight fairways. In the first round he carded a 2-over-par 74 to put him one stroke behind the pack of four players tied for first.

“My drives were really good off the tee,” Spencer-White said, “I hit almost all of the fairways.”

In the final round Spencer-White started off with a bogey on No. 1, but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 6 to card 1-under-par 35 on the front. Spencer-White started the back nine with a promising birdie on No. 10 but bogeyed the difficult par-5 11th. He finished the round even-par to bring his tournament total to 2-over-par 146.

“It felt great [to win]. I am really happy that I played well at my home course,” he said. “This is a great way to start the season and I hope to keep improving and keep getting better.”

Finishing just behind Spencer-White, in a tie for second, was Will Miles  of Hilton Head Island, S.C., andSense Chaowalit  of Bangkok, Thailand with 3-over-par 147. Mitchell Campbell of Paget, Bermuda andChris Magi  of Montreal, Canada tied for fourth to round out the top-5 with 4-over-par 148.

The KENTWOOL  Lo-Pro Award, which is given to players who card the lowest first round score, was given to  Shosei Inokawa  of Atamishi, Japan, Magi, Ogawa, Miles and Chaowalit for the Boys Division after carding 1-over-par 73 in the first round.

The Clazic Belts  Low Final Round Award was given to Mickey Werenski of South Hadley, Mass., who carded 1-under-par 71 in the final round.

d736f9da114d419ab99e9fe9511c63c9In the Girls Division, Sasaki took the field by surprise rebounding from her first-round 5-over-par 77. Sasaki began the final round tied for sixth, but ended the tournament receiving the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award after carding a 1-under-par 71 to win the Girls Division.

Sasaki began the final round with a bogey on No. 10 but carded back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 to propel her to 1-under-par 35. She continued her success onto her back-nine with a birdies on Nos. 1 and 7, but fell short on the difficult par-4 No. 5 with a bogey. Sasaki ended her round with a bogey on No. 9 to bring her tournament total to 4-over-par 148. This was Sasaki’s first IJGT win of the 2012-2013 season after winning IJGT Player of the Year honors in 2011-2012.

Finishing just behind Sasaki was Cake Phuchanbanchob  of Chiang Mai, Thailand who received the KENTWOOL Lo-Pro Award for the Girls Division after firing a 2-under-par 70 in the first round. Phuchanbanchob finished 7-over-par 151 for the tournament after a 9-over-par 81 in the final round. Tied for third carding 9-over-par 153 were natives of Tokyo, Japan, Ayaka Nakayama  and Rei Nakatani .

4b67e0cc5be6a19ffada9ac4bafd28ecIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Ogawa took an early lead after carding a 1-over-par 73 during the first round. Ogawa is no stranger to the leader group. In the last eight IJGT tournaments he has participated in, Ogawa has never finished outside the top-5.

Reichert rebounded from a first-round 8-over-par 80 with a 2-over-par 74 but was unable to compete in the playoff for the title landing him a second place finish. Paul Schumacher  of Canton, Ohio and Kevin Ying  of Shanghai, China both carded 17-over-par 161 to tie for third place in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

The next IJGT event will be the Carolina Major Championship  atKiawah Island Resort  Feb. 16-17. The tournament will be held at the Turtle Point and Ocean courses. The famed Ocean Course hosted the 1991 Ryder Cup and 2012 PGA Championship.

To sign up for this event, or other, or for more information on the IJGT, call (843) 785-2444 or visitwww.IJGT.com.

 

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, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, morodZ, PURE Grips, Sundog eyewear and 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 Shootout at Colleton River conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed January 10, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6897 yards, par 72 (74.6/141).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6183 (71.0/133)   Girls Division: Red Tees – 5900 yards, par 72 (74.7/134).
Weather:          Sunny with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 5-10
                        Sunny with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 15-20
International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Shootout at Colleton River
Bluffton, S.C.
February 9-10, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division- (Black Tees) 6897 Yards, Par 72
1. Charlie Spencer-White, Bluffton, SC *74-72–146
2. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *73-74–147
2. Sense Chaowalit, Bangkok, Thailand *73-74–147
4. Mitchell Campbell, Paget, Bermuda *76-72–148
4. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada *73-75–148
6. Mickey Werenski, South Hadley, MA *78-71–149
6. Wesley Long, Bluffton, SC *76-73–149
8. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *78-72–150
8. Shosei Inokawa, Atamishi, Japan *73-77–150
10. Coleman Self, Greenwood, SC *77-78–155
11. Nix Duncan, Augusta, GA *79-77–156
11. Luke Tetreault, Horseheads, NY  *78-78–156
13. Alan Cooke, Vienna, WV *74-83–157
14. Patrick Kim, Pleasanton, CA *80-78–158
14. Seung Jae Hong, Cupertino, CA *78-80–158
14. Manuel Velez, Panama City, Panama *76-82–158
17. Bryan Gagnon, Culver City, CA *80-79–159
17. Patrick Albanesi, Avon, CT *79-80–159
19. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *81-79–160
19. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-81–160
19. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *79-81–160
22. Nicco Gentile, Rosemere, Canada *82-79–161
22. Nicholas Rodriguez, East Northport, NY *81-80–161
22. Rafael Miranda, Guayaquil, Ecuador *78-83–161
25. Spencer Woolfolk, Hinsdale, IL *82-80–162
26. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *86-77–163
26. Harrison Brown, Roswell, GA *84-79–163
26. Andrew Boyer, Bracebridge, ON *84-79–163
26. Lohith Ramaraju, London, England *81-82–163
26. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea *80-83–163
26. Matt Holuta, Indiana, PA *77-86–163
32. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *84-80–164
32. Daniel Tello Vargas, Pachuca, Mexico *79-85–164
34. Charles MacCallum, Melbourne, Australia *84-82–166
34. Mos Bangpetch, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-83–166
34. Nico Gagliardi, Titusville, FL *78-88–166
37. James Cresswell, Orwigsburg, PA *89-78–167
37. Aaron Liebenthal, Sylvania, OH *82-85–167
39. Jonathon Simons, Breaux Bridge, LA *88-80–168
39. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *84-84–168
41. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *91-78–169
42. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *82-88–170
43. Connor Hogan, Monroeville, AL *88-83–171
43. John Conley, Leesburg, VA *81-90–171
45. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *86-87–173
45. Konstantin Kosta Kosutic, Belgrade, Serbia *84-89–173
47. William Dunn III, Lancaster, PA *94-80–174
47. Czech Chalermchaiwat, Bangkok, Thailand *86-88–174
47. Justin Harris, Trenton, SC *75-99–174
50. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *90-86–176
50. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *90-86–176
52. Marshall Clemens, Weston, MA *87-90–177
52. Dacotah Palcit, Windsor, Canada *87-90–177
52. Nate Anderson, Billings, MT *87-90–177
55. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *93-91–184
56. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *96-91–187
57. Henry Morgan, Mount Pleasant, SC *90-98–188
58. Jerry Sung, Newport Beach, CA *116-130–246
DID NOT FINISH
Keith Techasith, Bangkok, Thailand *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division – (Blue Tees) 6183 Yards, Par 72
1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *73-81–154
2. Ben Reichert, East Amherst, NY *80-74–154
3. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *76-85–161
3. Kevin Ying, Shanghai, China *76-85–161
5. Evan White, Greenville, SC *81-82–163
5. Walker Campbell, Paget, Bermuda *81-82–163
7. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany *76-88–164
8. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-86–169
9. Marc Holzhauer, Clarence Center, NY *85-85–170
10. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan *96-93–189
DID NOT FINISH
Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *DQ (Rule 33-7)
Tyson – Skylar Morrisseau, Couchiching First Nation, Canada *DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Tom Crow, Virginia Beach, VA * 78-JWD
Girls Division – (Red Tees) 5900 Yards, Par 72
1. Moyu Sasaki, Tokyo, Japan, *77-71-148
2. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *70-81–151
3. Ayaka Nakayama, Kanagawa, Japan *76-77–153
3. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *76-77–153
5. Stephanie Liu, Hardeeville, SC *77-77–154
5. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico *76-78–154
7. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *74-82–156
8. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *77-82–159
9. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *87-80–167
10. Kathryn Crouch, Harker Heights, TX *90-86–176
10. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *91-85–176
12. Kayla Kozak, North Myrtle Beach, SC *87-91–178
13. Emma Parson, Bluffton, SC *87-95–182
14. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *85-99–184
DID NOT FINISH
Susana Reyes Ramirez, Ibague, Colombia, *JWD