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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

 

 

 

First round highlights from the IJGA Invitational

Hilton Head Island, S.C. – The first round of the International Junior Golf Tour’s IJGA Invitational on Dec. 14 was plagued by constant rain, heavy enough to force a temporary delay. The first round was held at both Harbour Town Golf Links, with the Boys 15-19 Division playing there, and Sea Pines Ocean Course hosting the Boys 14 & Under and Girls Divisions. Players will switch courses for the final round of the tournament. The field consisted of 102 players representing 19 states and 18 countries. On the line at the IJGA Invitational are national rankings and Double IJGT Merit Points.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C., leads after shooting a 3-over-par, 74. Here is Miles’s round by the numbers:

Will Miles

36 (even -par) – Score on the front-nine

9 – Number of pars (50% of his scores)

8 – There are 8 players within two strokes of Miles

3 – This is his third season with the IJGT. Also the number of birdies in his first round (16.67% of scores)

1 – Stroke lead over Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb.

-1 – Score on the course’s three par-5’s

 

Atop the leaderboard in the Boys 14 & Under Division is Ryan McCarthy of Rockville Centre, N.Y., firing a first round score of 1-over-par, 73. Here is McCarthy’s first round by the numbers:

Ryan McCarthy

36 (even -par) – Score on the back-nine

13 – Number of pars (72.2% of his scores)

7 – This is McCarthy’s seventh career appearance on the IJGT, spanning three seasons

4 – Stroke lead over Grant Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., entering the final round

3 – Number of birdies (16.67% of his scores)

2 – Number of birdies, coming at the 4th and 14th hole.

 

Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga. heads the Girls Division after carding a 4-under, 68. Here is Ashmore’s round by the numbers:

Maggie Ashmore

33 (3-under-par) – Score on the front-nine

8 – Number of top-10 finishes in her IJGT career.  She is looking for her first victory.

6 – Number of birdies (33.3% of her scores)

4 – Stroke lead over Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, and Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand

2 – This is her second year competing on the IJGT

-3 – Score on the course’s four par-5’s

Click here to see a short interview with first-round leader Ashmore.

For complete results of the first round click here. Pairings for final round action at the IJGA Invitational can be found here; Sea Pines – Ocean, Harbour Town

IJGA Invitational – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be hosting the IJGA Invitational on Dec. 14-15 at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The two-day, 36-hole tournament will consist of one round at Sea Pines Ocean Course and one round at Harbour Town Golf Links. Players will be competing for national rankings and Double IJGT Merit Points at the last Major Championship of the fall season.

The first course built on Hilton Head Island, the Ocean Course features one of only two oceanfront holes on the island. The par-72 course stretches to 6,906 yards with a rating of 73.5 and slope of 144 from the back tees. Strategically-placed bunkers and lagoons provide difficulties to players of all skill levels. The par-3, 15th is the signature hole at the Ocean Course, as elevated tees give players unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Hole 15 Ocean Course

The par-3, 15th hole at Sea Pines Ocean Course is one of only two oceanfront holes on Hilton Head Island.

Harbour Town Golf Links is the more nationally known of the courses at Sea Pines. Harbour Town has played host to the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage (formally Heritage Classic) since 1969. The course is consistently awarded billing as one of the top courses, including being rated 18th in Golf Digest’s 2013-14 “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses.” Playing as a par-71, the course features five sets of tees stretching from 5,208 yards to 7,101 yards. The 18th hole at Harbour Town is one of golf’s most well-known holes, as players overlook Calibogue Sound and features the Harbour Town Lighthouse in the background.

Harbour Town Lighthouse 18 Green

The 18th hole at Harbour Town Golf Links provides one of the most recognizable finishing holes in golf.

The IJGA Invitational consistently features one of the strongest fields of the IJGT season, and this year is no different. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, Shota Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan, William Thomson of Pittsford, N.Y., and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. highlight a strong field. Ogawa, Ozaki, and Wren have all been victorious in IJGT Events this season, while Thomson won last season’s IJGA Invitational in the Boys 14 & Under Division, narrowly edging out Ogawa. Other players to keep an eye on include Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan and Bobby Firth of Jenkintown, Pa.

Takafumi Shimoji looks to continue his impressive rookie season on the IJGT by capturing the tournament in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Shimoji has won three tournaments this fall while finishing 2nd in his other two events. Shimoji shot his low round of the season in the first round of the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club in August, carding six birdies on his way to a 5-under-par, 67. Players to also watch in the Boys 14 & Under Division include Alex Lawson of Pittsburgh, Pa., Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., Ryan McCarthy of Rockville Centre, N.Y., and Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico.

The Girls Division features a number of players who have had successful seasons so far, including Samantha Huang Shenzhen, China, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, and Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., all of whom have been victorious twice this fall. Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Clementina Rodriquez of Caracas, Venezuela, Ana Ruiz of Chihuahua, Mexico, Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, and Susana Vik of Greenwich, Conn. all placed in the top ten of last year’s IJGA Invitational.

Final results from the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes

Ferguson blows away competition to take Boys 15-19 Division

Vilips wins Boys 14 & Under in playoff, Whaley secures Girls’ championship

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) concluded the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes on a gorgeous Veteran’s Day weekend. The Southeast Region Event took place on Nov. 9-10, 2013 and was held on the intricately-designed, yet challenging, par-70 George Fazio course at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. It was a stacked field, with more than 90 players from 21 states and 18 countries competing for National Rankings and Double IJGT Merit Points. There were countless memorable shots and even a division playoff to keep the many spectators and family members entertained throughout. 

Ewen FergusonIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Ewen Ferguson of Glasgow, Scotland, became a first-time IJGT Major Champion with a spectacular performance. He posted a final score of 69-67–136 through two rounds to take home the trophy by a convincing seven strokes. He also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his 3-under-par 67 performance on the final day. After carding a first-round 1-under-par 69, Ferguson came out strong during the final round, making par on seven of his first eight holes before sinking a birdie on the par-4 No. 9. He followed an even-par 35 front nine with a bogey-free back nine, posting three birdies on Nos. 13, 17 and 18. He totaled 13 pars on the day, and turned in a scorching 3-under-par performance on the course’s par-4s. 

When asked about whether he felt any pressure holding onto his four-stroke lead going into the final round, Ferguson stated, “I think I thrive off pressure…I enjoy it. So, I just try and have fun and shoot a low score.” He did just that, securing the only under-par performance of the tournament.

This was the second event of the season for Ferguson, who recently came in second at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on Nov. 2-3, 2013. In three seasons playing on the IJGT, Ferguson has secured victories in two events, and notched second place finishes in his remaining three events.

Rounding out the top three in the Boys 15-19 Division were Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, who finished second and third, respectively. Ogawa posted a 73-70–143, while Cheng carded a 76-71–147.

Karl VilipsThe Boys 14 & Under Division saw Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, grab his second consecutive IJGT victory and first IJGT Major Event win. After a first-round 76 gave him a six-stroke lead, Vilips faced a impressive comeback effort from Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan in the final round, where a one-hole playoff was required to determine the victor. Vilips posted a final-round 79 consisting of 12 pars and one birdie, as well as an overall 1-under-par score on the course’s two difficult par-5s. After coming into the clubhouse with a final score of 155, Vilips and Shimoji headed to hole No. 1 for the sudden-victory playoff, where Vilips would par and Shimoji would bogey the hole, giving Vilips the win in a tense matchup between two friendly competitors. 

When asked how this Major victory compares to others, Vilips confirmed, “Exciting! There was a lot more competition.”

Playing in his first IJGT season, Vilips has been lights-out, making this victory his fourth of the season with his most recent coming at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on Nov. 2-3, 2013.

Shimoji finished second in the event, carding an 83-72–155. Ryan McCarthy of Rockville Centre, N.Y. landed in third place with an 80-77–157.

Kelly WhaleyKelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., emerged as champion in the Girls Division, where she was able to break past a first-round tie with Kasidy Beckel of Bluffton, S.C., to grab a five stroke victory in her first IJGT Major win. Posting a 73-70–143, Whaley had a fantastic day, sinking 15 pars including a streak of eight before carding an eagle from 130 yards out on the par-4 No. 12. Her final-round even-par 70 also gave her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for her performance.

Reflecting on any pressure she felt during the final round and how she was able to handle it, Whaley explained, “I did at first because [there’s] always pressure when you want to hold onto the lead. But once I kept it going and I had a steady round going, I just didn’t really think about it.”

This was Whaley’s second win of the year and third in two seasons with the IJGT, with her most recent win coming at the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation on Sept. 21-22, 2013.

Topping off the Girls Division leaderboard were Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, in second place with a final 77-71–148, and Phyllis Tang of Hong Kong, China, in third with a total 74-77-151.

The IJGT returns to action on Nov. 29-Dec. 1 for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 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 IJGT Major Championship conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 10, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,803 yards, Par 70 (73.2/137).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,143 yards, Par 70 (70.0/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,857 yards, Par 70 (75.8/136).

 

Weather:  Saturday: Cloudy with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 15-20 mph

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 10-15 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes – George Fazio Golf Course

Hilton Head Island, S.C.

November 9-10, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Gold Tees, 6,803 yards, Par 70

1. Ewen Ferguson, Hilton Head Island, SC *69-67–136

2. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *73-70–143

3. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *76-71–147

4. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada *73-75–148

5. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *74-76–150

5. Geuntae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *75-75–150

7. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *75-76–151

8. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *79-73–152

9. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *82-71–153

9. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung. Taiwan *78-75–153

9. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-79–153

12. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ *83-71–154

12. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-76–154

14. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *81-74–155

14. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *80-75–155

16. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *84-72–156

16. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *79-77–156

18. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *80-78–158

18. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE *78-80–158

20. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *83-76–159

20. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *83-76–159

20. Matthew Mannion, Muskoka, Canada *80-79–159

23. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *80-80–160

23. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *76-84–160

23. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *76-84–160

26. Jonathan Meissner, Wilton, CT *83-78–161

26. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *82-79–161

26. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-81–161

29. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *85-77–162

29. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA *84-78–162

29. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *81-81–162

32. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *83-80–163

33. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *84-80–164

33. Gavin Lindstrom, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-83–164

35. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs CO, *87-78–165

35. Gbenga Toriola, Abuja, Nigeria *85-80–165

35. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY *82-83–165

35. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *77-88–165

39. Eric Terminello, White Plains, NY *86-80–166

39. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *83-83–166

39. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *79-87–166

42. Maurizio Debono, Basiglio, Italy *83-84–167

42. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *83-84–167

44. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *87-81–168

45. Chase Childers, Issue, MD *83-86–169

45. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *88-81–169

47. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *88-83–171

47. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *90-81–171

49. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *89-84–173

49. Dominic Pizzurro-Gomez, White Plains, NY *83-90–173

51. Mike Madden, Grand Rapids, MI *91-83–174

52. Ben Ferris, Charlotte, NC *92-84–176

53. Drew Bernard, Charlotte, NC *91-86–177

53. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *89-88–177

55. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA *96-82–178

55. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *88-90–178

57. Borys Shubinsky, Hilton Head Island, SC *87-92–179

58. Austin Matz, Wexford, PA *96-86–182

59. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *99-85–184

60. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *86-99–185

60. Billy Rosemeyer, Gibsonia, PA *94-91–185

62. Todd Glickfield IV, Bluffton, SC *97-89–186

63. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY *96-99–195

64. Austin Smith, Roswell, GA *107-112–219

 

DID NOT FINISH

Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *81-DQ (Rule 6-6d)

Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *90-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico *81-QWD

Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *91-JWD

Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division, Blue Tees, 6,143, Par 70

1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *76-79–155*

2. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *83-72–155

3. Ryan McCarthy, Rockville Centre NY, *80-77–157

4. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *81-77–158

4. John Kalavritinos, Potomac, MD *81-77–158

6. Jacob Morris, Hollywood, SC *83-83–166

7. Sebastiano Bogoni, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy *94-88–182

8. Alexander Camberos, Kigali, Rwanda *94-99–193

 

DID NOT FINISH

Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *JWD

 

 

Girls Division, White Tees, 5,857 yards, Par 70

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *73-70–143

2. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *77-71–148

3. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *74-77–151

4. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *78-74–152

5. Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico *79-75–154

6. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *78-78–156

6. Kasidy Beckel, Bluffton, SC *73-83–156

8. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *88-74–162

9. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *86-78–164

10. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *89-77–166

10. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *87-79–166

12. Dylaney Day, Toronto, Canada *96-91–187

13. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *101-96–197

 

DID NOT FINISH

Emma Parson, Bluffton, SC *DQ (Rule 6-6b)

Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *JWD

 

*Won Playoff

 

Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island (Major) – Final Results

Valdes Victorious in First IJGT Major
Santibanez Wins First Title at Kiawah Island
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Bone chilling temperatures did not stop the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) from returning to Kiawah Island Golf Resort to host the first Major Championship of 2013. The Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island  took place Feb. 16-17 and featured 106 elite junior golfers ages 10-19 representing 20 states, Washington D.C., and 18 countries competing for national recognition and double IJGT Merit Points. Despite the sub-freezing temperatures and wind gusts up to 20 miles per hour, Saravit Kerdsinchai  of Nonthaburi, Thailand and Ana Paula Valdes  of Morelia, Mexico came away with victories in the Boys 15-19 and Girls Divisions, respectively. Alejandro Santibanez  of San Luis Potosi, Mexico took home his first IJGT victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division.
The first round of the Carolina Championship was held on the Turtle Point course. Cold temperatures, strong wind and light bursts of rain made the course a true challenge for all participants. The final round of this IJGT Major event was held at the toughest course in America – the home of the 1991 Ryder Cup and the 2012 PGA Championship – the Ocean Course. Freezing temperatures and oceanic winds paired with a course designed by golf’s most challenging course designer, Pete Dye, made for an exciting round.
0f136501ad26a7a9ac93d72521b581daIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Kerdsinchai’s consistency was the key to his overall success. Carding 6-over-par 78 at Turtle Point put him tied for fourth heading into the final round at the Ocean Course. Kerdsinchai started the final round with a double bogey on No. 10 but followed up with three pars in a row.
“I didn’t feel like I played my best,” Kerdsinchai said of his final round. “I just tried not to make any mistakes.”
Kerdsinchai finished the final round with another 6-over-par 78 to propel him to a tournament total of 12-over-par 156.
“It feels good to win,” he said. “I feel confident and I can move forward now.”
Finishing just behind Kerdsinchai was Will Miles  of Hilton Head Island, S.C., who carded 16-over-par 160. Finishing in third place was Patrick Albanesi  of Avon, Conn., with 17-over-par 161, and tied for fourth wereColeman Self  of Greenwood, S.C., and Bryson Nimmer  of Bluffton, S.C., carding 18-over-par 162.
The KENTWOOL  Lo-Pro Award was given to Nicholas Rodriguez  of East Northport, N.Y., Albanesi, andWilliam Sheedy  of Washington, D.C., who carded the low first-round score of 3-over-par 75. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to Kerdsinchai and Ryan McCarthy  of Rockville Center, N.Y., with 6-over-par 78.
c8f54416908cbfbf39d93139819aa4f1In the Girls Division, Valdes carded an impressive 1-over-par 73 at Turtle Point along with Phimnipha Wongwaiwate  of Chiang Mai, Thailand andAracelly Maria Jimenez Rios  of Merida, Mexico, to receive the KENTWOOL Lo-Pro Award and share the lead heading into the final round. Valdes carded pars on Nos. 1 and 2 but faulted with a double bogey on No. 3. A late-round birdie on the par-5 No. 16 after a handful of pars and a few bogeys on the back launched her to 5-over-par 77 for the round and 6-over-par 150 for the event.
“I’m actually really happy [about my round today] because the conditions were really tough,” Valdes said. “I hit the ball really well even with the strong wind.”
This is Valdes’s second win of the 2012-2013 season after her victory at the Florida Swing  at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Sept.
Finishing behind Valdes was Wongwaiwate with 11-over-par 155. In third place was Tokyo, Japan native and winner of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round, Moyu Sasaki  who carded 4-over-par 76 at the Ocean Course to finish 13-over-par 157.
08cacedfeebd15585e0c374806a27231For the Boys 14 & Under Division, Santibanez began the final round two shots behind the leader after carding a 5-over-par 77 at Turtle Point.
“I was really nervous for the first round,” Santibanez “I started hitting greens and fairways and I calmed down.”
Santibanez said that the transition from Turtle Point to the Ocean Course proved to be difficult and reflected in his score.
“I had to change my club selection,” Santibanez said, “I had to change the type of shot I hit because of the wind.”
In the second round, Santibanez carded eight pars for the round and birdies on Nos. 8 and 16. Santibanez had a tight final-round race to finish against Pittsford, N.Y., resident William Thomson , and both carded 7-over-par 79 in the final round. Ultimately, it was Santibanez’s first round that propelled him to his first IJGT victory with 12-over-par 156.
“I’m going to feel really confident [heading into future events], now that I have won,” he said.
Thomson finished second place for the event carding 13-over-par 157. Sheedy finished in third place for the Boys 14 & Under Division with 18-over-par 162.
The IJGT will host two events Feb. 23-24 – the Golden Gate Junior at Presidio Golf Course  in San Francisco and the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor  in Savannah, Ga.
To sign up for this event, or other, or for more information on the IJGT, call (843) 785-2444 or visit www.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.
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island (Major) conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed January 17, 2013. Round 1 Turtle Point: Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6708 yards, Par 72 (72.7/136).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Silver Tees – 6148 yards, Par 72 (68.9/122)   Girls Division: Blue Tees – 5808 yards, Par 72 (73.7/133). Round 2 Ocean Course: Boys 15-19 Division: Silver Tees – 6543 yards, Par 72 (72.4/135). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5845 yards, Par 72 (68.9/128). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5615 yards, Par 72 (72.4/130)
Weather:        Rain with temperatures in the High 40s, winds 10-15 mph
                       Sunny with temperatures in the High 30s, winds 15-20 mph
International Junior Golf Tour
Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island (Major)
Kiawah Island, S.C.
February 16-17, 2013
Round 1: Turtle Point
Round 2: Ocean Course
Boys 15-19 Division
(Gold Tees) Turtle Point: 6,708 yards, Par 72
(Silver Tees) Ocean Course: 6,543 yards, Par 72
1. Saravit Kerdsinchai, Nonthaburi, Thailand *78-78–156
2. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *79-81–160
3. Patrick Albanesi, Avon, CT *75-86–161
4. Coleman Self, Greenwood, SC *81-81–162
4. Bryson Nimmer, Bluffton, SC *77-85–162
6. James Cresswell, Orwigsburg, PA *78-85–163
7. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico *83-81–164
7. Alan Cooke, Vienna, WV *79-85–164
9. Daniel Tello Vargas, Pachuca, Mexico *80-85–165
10. Nick Schley, Brunswick, OH *78-88–166
11. Dan Eidman, Englewood, NJ *85-82–167
11. Nicco Gentile, Rosemere, Canada *80-87–167
11. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *81-86–167
14. Aaron Liebenthal, Sylvania, OH *85-84–169
15. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *81-89–170
15. Nicholas Rodriguez, East Northport, NY *75-95–170
17. Aj Correia, Bedford, NH *82-89–171
17. C.J. Zachary, Hummelstown, PA *81-90–171
17. Josh Rinehart, York, PA *80-91–171
20. Jack Gianniny, Rochester, NY *85-87–172
21. Ian Hardesty, Chardon, OH *85-88–173
21. Kevin Borowicz, Grand Island, NY *84-89–173
21. Joe Markmann, Doylestown, PA *81-92–173
24. Nico Gagliardi, Titusville, FL *85-89–174
25. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-92–175
25. Luke Tetreault, Horseheads, NY *80-95–175
27. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *87-89–176
27. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *85-91–176
29. Nicolas Paxson, Cincinnati, OH *85-92–177
30. John Karcher, Novi, MI *89-89–178
30. Kyle Finnican, New Canaan, CT *90-88–178
30. Giovanni Trione, Rome, Italy *93-85–178
30. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi , Japan *88-90–178
30. Travis Broome, Virginia Beach, VA *85-93–178
35. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *91-88–179
35. Gus Uriostegui, Leon, Mexico *89-90–179
35. Manuel Velez, Panama City, Panama *86-93–179
38. Matthew Moore, Pittsburgh, PA *88-93–181
38. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *87-94–181
38. Brandan Bree, Kennett Square, PA *81-100–181
41. Scott Solomon, Scarsdale, NY *89-93–182
41. Alex Bollington, Madison, NJ *92-90–182
41. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *83-99–182
44. Chris Williard, Blacklick, OH *93-90–183
44. Roland Massimino, Lumberville, PA *87-96–183
46. Mason Kincaid, Essex, England *91-93–184
46. Charles Kalvaria, New York, NY *90-94–184
48. Andrew Boyer, Bracebridge, ON *92-95–187
48. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *87-100–187
50. Nate Anderson, Billings, MT *94-94–188
51. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *91-98–189
52. JT Twomey, Newtown, PA *88-102–190
53. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY *107-88–195
53. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *87-108–195
55. Erik Tiitus, Tallinn, Estonia *101-102–203
56. Konstantin Kosta Kosutic, Belgrade, Serbia *104-100–204
57. Forrest Narwold, Wilmington, DE *107-98–205
58. Henry Morgan, Mount Pleasant, SC *93-114–207
DID NOT FINISH
Salil Ghamande, Evans, GA *78-DQ (Rule 6-6d)
David Rice, Pittsburgh, PA *94-DQ (Rule 20-7c)
Lohith Ramaraju, London, England *79-JWD
Rafael Miranda, Guayaquil, Ecuador *85-JWD
John Conley, Leesburg, VA *94-JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division
(Silver Tees) Turtle Point: 6,148 yards, Par 72
(Blue Tees) Ocean Course: 5,845 yards, Par 72
1. Alejandro Santibanez, San Luis Potosi, Mexico *77-79–156
2. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY *78-79–157
3. William Sheedy, Washington, DC *75-87–162
4. Ryan McCarthy, Rockville Centre, NY *86-78–164
5. Christopher Saad, Lexington, KY *79-87–166
6. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *80-88–168
7. Michael Sanders, Davidson, NC *85-85–170
8. John Felitto, Mountainside, NJ *85-86–171
9. Will Rand, Irvington, NY *91-81–172
9. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *81-91–172
11. Jay Newman, North Augusta, SC *90-84–174
12. Andrew Spiegler, Abingdon, VA *90-87–177
12. Alex Goebel, Hilton Head Island, SC *85-92–177
14. Tim Morton, Florence, AL *91-87–178
14. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-95–178
16. Kevin Ying, Shanghai, China *91-90–181
17. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY *95-98–193
18. Connor Creasy, Abingdon, VA *91-104–195
19. Alexandr Kuzmin, Almaty, Kazakhstan *93-114–207
DID NOT FINISH
Andre Becerra, Zapopan, Mexico *82-JWD
Girls Division
(Blue Tees) Turtle Point: 5,808 yards, Par 72 
(Red Tees) Ocean Course: 5,615 yards, Par 72
1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico *73-77–150
2. Phimnipha Wongwaiwate, Chiang Mai, Thailand *73-82–155
3. Moyu Sasaki, Tokyo, Japan *81-76–157
4. Ceha Lee, Bundang-Gu, South Korea *77-85–162
5. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *78-85–163
 6. Ayaka Nakayama, Kanagawa, Japan *81-83–164
7. Aracelly Maria Jimenez Rios, Meiida, Mexico *73-92–165
8. Ashley Yarbrough, Akron, OH *77-90–167
9. Mia Baringer, East Greenville, PA *85-83–168
10. Olivia Landino, Hermitage, PA *83-88–171
11. Soo Jin Lim, Seoul, South Korea *85-87–172
12. Chelsea Dantonio, Lancaster, NY *88-87–175
13. Paige Cappelli, Blue Bell, PA *89-87–176
14. Francesca Martelli, Milan, Italy *81-96–177
14. Laura Gonzalez, Bogota, Colombia *84-93–177
16. Susana Reyes Ramirez, Ibague, Colombia *86-92–178
17. Kathryn Crouch, Harker Heights, TX *90-97–187
18. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *92-99–191
19. Kels Haun, Dandridge, TN *99-97–196
19. Kali Boyer, New Ringgold, PA *88-108–196
21. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *103-125–228
DID NOT FINISH
 Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *86-JWD
 Margine Arguello, Panama City, Panama *87-JWD