IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall – Final Results (April 26, 2015)

McCloskey wins second consecutive Boys 14 & Under title

McCann wins first IJGT event  

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) remained local to host the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on April 25-26, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Round one of the event was suspended due to lightning and torrential rain. The completion of round one and all of round two were both played on Sunday, in warm and sunny conditions.

Conor Byrne Palmetto HallConor Byrne (left) of Dublin, Ireland, shot a 2-under 70 in round one on his way to a 1-under 143 tournament total and his second IJGT title of the season in the Boys 15-19 Division. He carded back-to-back birdies three times during the tournament and finished with eight total birdies. “My favorite hole was hole No. 14,” he said after the tournament. “I had two birdies there this weekend, so that was nice.” He made par or better on 17 of 18 holes in round one. According to Byrne his driver was the best club in his bag this weekend. “I hit a lot of fairways, which put me in good position,” he said.

Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan, finished second with a 147 tournament total. He carded nine birdies to win the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the junior to card the most birdies in each division.

Rowan Foxley of Arlington, Wash., finished third with a 149 tournament total. He carded an even-par 72 in the second round to earn the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female juniors to card the lowest scores in the final round of an event.

Holly McCann Palmetto HallFor Girls Division winner Holly McCann (left) of Raleigh, N.C., the highlight of the tournament was her round one 1-under 71. “That’s my first tournament under par, so it’s really memorable,” she said after the event.

The 14-year-old McCann carded a 77 in round two to finish with a 148 tournament total and sole possession of first place. She carded three birdies in round one and two more in round two to finish with five total. She had a division-best 17-hole par-or-better streak, which began with a birdie on the par-5 tenth hole in round one and ended with the par-3 eighth in round two.

Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, carded a 150 tournament total to finish second in the Girls Division. She made par or better on every hole on the front nine in both rounds.

Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua, finished third with a 152 tournament total.

Fourth-place finisher Bunyaporn Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, carded nine birdies during the tournament to win the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for the Girls Division. Her second-round 2-over 74, which included two sets of consecutive birdies, also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Aidan McCloskeyAidan McCloskey (left) of Northborough, Mass., carded a 163 tournament total to earn his second consecutive Boys 14 & Under Division title. He won the IJGT Oldfield Junior earlier this month. The secret to McCloskey’s success this weekend was his iron game. “The best club in my bag this weekend was my 8-iron,” he said after the final round. “I hit it pretty good; this whole tournament I always seemed to have it.”

Matthew Camel of Greenwich, Conn., and Keegan Vaugh of Myrtle Beach, S.C., tied for second with 166 tournament totals. The duo had identical scores of 81 in round one and 85 in round two. Vaugh carded three birdies to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for the Boys 14 & Under Division.

The IJGT Southeast Tour will continue tournament play with the Junior World Qualifer at Golden Bear on May 2-3, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit or call (843) 686-1500.

Hilton Head Island, SC – Final Results of the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on April 25-26, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,704 yards Par 72 (73.4/138). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,184 yards, Par 72 (70.7/132). Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,745 yards, Par 72 (73.8/129).


International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Island Open

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

April 25-26, 2015


Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,704 yards, Par 72

1. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *70-73–143

2. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *73-74–147

3. Rowan Foxley, Arlington, WA *77-72–149

4. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *75-75–150

5. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *78-74–152

6. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *73-80–153

6. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg, Germany *77-76–153

8. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *80-74–154

8. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *75-79–154

10. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *79-76–155

10. Zach Seeler, Marion, IN *77-78–155

12. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *81-76–157

13. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *78-80–158

13. Nathan Parry, Chapel Hill, NC *76-82–158

13. Vince Brunet, Ottawa, Canada *79-79–158

16. Nate Tosto, Pooler, GA *85-76–161

17. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *85-77–162

18. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *82-81–163

19. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *79-85–164

19. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *76-88–164

19. Sam Myers, Colchester, VT *82-82–164

22. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *76-89–165

22. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *84-81–165

22. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *82-83–165

25. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *90-77–167

26. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *90-83–173

27. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *89-87–176

28. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *85-92–177

29. John Milner, Odessa, FL *86-93–179

29. Logan Stefanko, Plymouth, MI *85-94–179

31. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *90-90–180




DQ. Alex Vegh, Gahanna, OH

DQ. Nelson Ou, Foshan, China

JWD. Britt Walton, Steamboat Springs, CO


Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,184 yards, Par 72

1. Aiden McCloskey, Northborough, MA *78-85–163

2. Matthew Camel, Greenwich, CT *81-85–166

2. Keegan Vaugh, Myrtle Beach, SC *81-85–166

4. Matthew Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *82-85–167

5. Connor Kirkham, Paducah, KY *91-86–177

6. Dimitris Vasilakos, Savannah, GA *104-108–212



Girls Division- Black Tees, 5,745 yards, Par 72

1. Holly McCann, Raleigh, NC *71-77–148

2. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *72-78–150

3. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *76-76–152

4. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *79-74–153

5. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *80-77–157

6. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC *82-76–158

7. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *78-81–159

8. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *78-87–165

9. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *83-85–168

10. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *101-79–180

11. Katie Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *92-94–186

Foxley, Guo nab IJGT Player of the Week honors – Nov. 4, 2014

Returning to the Palmetto Hall Plantation, the IJGT’s Southeast Tour hosted the IJGT Island Open on the Arthur Hills Course on November 1-2, 2014. Cold temperatures and heavy winds greeted juniors for round one, forcing the field to utilize layered clothing and winter hats to fend off the conditions. Round two offered improved conditions thanks to the sun and juniors found it easier to post low scores. Following the event, the IJGT is proud to award this week’s Player of the Week honors to Rowan Foxley of Arlington, Wash., and Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C.

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Rowan Foxley finished finished T8 at the IJGT Island Open

Foxley started slowly in the first round but bounced back tremendously in round two. Through the tough conditions of round one, Foxley struggled with bogeys but went on to post seven pars on the day. Returning for round two with determination, he carded five birdies and seven pars to shave an impressive 14 strokes from his round one score. Foxley’s round-two 1-over 73 not only moved him into the top 10 but also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the junior with the lowest score in the final round of the event.

Foxley finished eighth which becomes his first top-10 finish on the IJGT.

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Sophie Guo finished 3rd in the IJGT Island Open

The conditions of round one also troubled Guo but much like Foxley, she came back strong in round two. Guo posted an even-par 72 for the second round, an impressive twenty-two stroke improvement from her round-one score. Her performance consisted of three birdies and ten pars, five of which came consecutively to finish her round. Guo’s Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award performance moved her from seventh to third, her second top-three finish of the season.

Congratulations to both Rowan Foxley and Sophie Guo on their Player of the Week honors!

IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall – Final Results (Nov. 2, 2014)

Koguchi nabs first IJGT win at Palmetto Hall
Tadokoro earns first victory of the season and third career IJGT win

The IJGT hosted the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on the plantation’s Arthur Hills Course on November 1-2, 2014. Cold temperatures and heavy winds greeted juniors for the opening round before conditions improved for round two. Juniors from various states and countries competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

DSC_1398cWataru Koguchi of Fotouka, Japan, finished first in the Boys 15-19 Division by combining scores of 78 and 73 for a two-day total of 151. With consistent scoring in both rounds, Koguchi carded five total birdies and 21 total pars for his tournament. Koguchi entered the final round three strokes back of then leader, Brett Krekorian of Andover, Mass. His final-round 73 tied for the lowest final-round score of the division, allowing him to move into first and win by three strokes. The second-round 73 also earned Koguchi a share of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior(s) with the lowest score in the final round of the tournament.

In second place was Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, with a two-day total of 154. Sharing third place was Krekorian and Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, both carding a tournament total 155.

Rowan Foxley of Arlington, Wash., also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award by matching Koguchi’s second-round 73.

DSC_1556cIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Mikus Ming of Smiths, Bermuda, was victorious. After posting a round-one score of 87 and sitting in second behind then leader Arthur Draijer of Sandweiler, Luxembourg, Ming posted the low final round of his division, an 89, to move into first and capture the title. Using his 5-iron to sink a hole-in-one on the 160-yard par-3 No. 6 was the highlight of Ming’s first round. He also added 13 pars and a birdie to his performance.

In second was Draijer with a total 178 and rounding out the top-three was Aiden McCloskey of Northboro, Mass., with a tournament total 183.


DSC_1591cFinishing first in the Girls Division was Sera Tadakoro of Osaka, Japan. Tadokoro carded scores of 84 and 72 for a two-round total of 156.  Tadakoro was in a tie for second after the first round behind then leader Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, before returning for round two and shaving an impressive 12 strokes from her round one score to move into first. With the help of 11 pars and four birdies, Tadokoro’s second round, even-par 72 was tied for the lowest score of the tournament. She earned one of two Clazic Belts Low Final Round Awards for the girls, the second going to Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C., who also scored an even-par 72.

In second was Huang with a total 157 and Guo finished third with a two-day total 166.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on November 8-9, 2014, with the Major Championship at Dormie Club. To sign up for these events, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.

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

Hilton Head, S.C.. – Final Results of the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on November 1-2, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,727 yards Par 72 (72.8./134). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,250 yards, Par 72 (71.1/136). Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,978 yards, Par 72 (73.7/126).

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall
Hilton Head Island, SC
November 1-2, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees) – 6,727 yards, Par 72

1. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *78-73–151
2. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *78-76–154
3. Brett Krekorian, Andover, MA *75-80–155
3. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico *78-77–155
5. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *83-74–157
6. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *82-76–158
6. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-77–158
8. Rowan Foxley, Arlington, WA *87-73–160
8. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *79-81–160
8. Feng Chen, Baoding City *78-82–160
11. Xue Wen Luo, Haikou, China *84-77–161
12. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *84-78–162
12. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *84-78–162
12. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *82-80–162
15. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *85-78–163
16. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *86-79–165
16. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *84-81–165
16. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *80-85–165
19. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *85-81–166
20. Michael Metro, Sandy Spring, MD *84-83–167
20. Gustav Tegel, Miami Beach, FL *87-80–167
22. Yujie Jin, Windermere, FL *85-84–169
23. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *92-79–171
24. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *89-83–172
24. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *89-83–172
24. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *83-89–172
27. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *92-83–175
28. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *88-90–178
29. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *91-88–179
30. Brandon McLean, Unionville, ON *95-86–181
31. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *93-89–182
32. Mark Richardson, South Berwick, ME *92-94–186
33. Trent Dickerson, Guyton, GA *99-92–191
34. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *99-98–197
35. Spencer Eller, Phoenix, AZ *93-111–204
36. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea *115-126–241

Jack Friedman, Charleston, SC *DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *JWD
Cole Gibson, Chevy Chase, MD *86-JWD
Liam Kent, Portage, MB *88-JWD
Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *91-JWD
Jack Foyle, Fishers Island, NY *JWD
Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *109-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) – 6,250 yards, Par 72

1. Mikus Ming, Smiths, Bermuda *87-89–176
2. Arthur Draijer, Sandweiler, Luxembourg *83-95–178
3. Aiden McCloskey, Northboro, MA *90-93–183
4. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *90-94–184
5. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *93-92–185
6. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *98-103–201
7. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *105-97-202

Girls Division (Black Tees) – 5,978 yards, Par 72

1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *84-72–156
2. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *79-78–157
3. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *94-72–166
4. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *84-86–170
5. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *90-84–174
6. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *90-89–179
7. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *93-92–185
8. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *96-90–186
9. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *102-85–187
10. Rhea Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *108-96–204
11. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *107-112—219

Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *JWD