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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

Final results from the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall

Cheng captures crown at Bluffton Junior

Phuchanbanchob earns first IJGT Victory

 

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour was in Bluffton, S.C. on Dec. 7-8 for the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was contested on the Pete Dye Signature Course at Hampton Hall Club. The field featured 57 players representing 15 states and 15 countries competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Hampton Hall Club’s Pete Dye course was played at 6,936 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division, 5,895 yards for the Girls Division, and 6,219 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division. Water hazards came into play on a number of holes while an abundance of bunkers gave the players even more difficulty. Weather for the first round was perfect, as temperatures hovered in the 70s with a slight breeze. The final round was drastically different, with temperatures around 50, rain, and more wind than the prior round.

Cheng HHIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, emerged with a two-stroke victory over GeunTae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, after shooting a 3-under-par 141 for the tournament.

Cheng’s played his first round bogey-free, on his way to a 4-under-par, 68. He shot a matching 34 on both the front and back nine, with birdies on Nos. 3, 9, 11, and 15. Even with the impressive score, Cheng sat in a tie for second with Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton, S.C., after the first round, two shots behind Chris Magi of Montreal, Canada. Magi caught fire on the front nine, with five birdies over a six-hole stretch on Nos. 3-8. He finished with a front-nine score of 32, the lowest nine-hole score of the tournament. Magi strung together three consecutive birdies on Nos. 11-13 and despite a bogey on the par-5, 15th, finished his round at 6-under-par 66 to capture the lead.

Cheng, Magi, and Nimmer were part of an impressive group of eight players who shot under-par during the first round. Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan shot 2-under-par 70, while Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., Lohith Ramaraju of London, England, Jan Schneider of Erlangen, Germany, and Borys Shubinsky of Hilton Head Island, S.C., all shot 1-under-par 71.

Cheng shot under-par on the front-nine again during the final round, finishing at 1-under-par 35 to move to 5-under-par for the tournament and grab the lead after 27 holes. Cheng birdied the par-5, third hole, for the second consecutive day, to go along with eight pars on the front. Ahead of Cheng, Kim was making a charge, shooting a front-nine 33 to get back into contention.

As others faltered, the tournament became a three-man race between Cheng, Kim, and Nimmer. Cheng double-bogeyed No. 13, putting Nimmer only one stroke back, but Nimmer bogeyed holes Nos. 14 and 15 to fall back. Kim had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 while scoring par at the 17th and 18th to finish with a score of 75-68-143, awaiting Cheng in the clubhouse. Cheng finished off his tournament in style, making birdie on the 18th hole to seal his victory.

“I tried to stay patient. I knew the scores would be high out there today,” Cheng mentioned when asked how he had prepared for the final round.

Kim’s final round 68 won him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and gave him his fourth top-three finish of the season. Nimmer rounded out the top three with tournament totals of 68-76-144.

PhuchanbonchobCake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, gathered her first career IJGT Victory in the Girls Division, earning the win by three strokes over Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn.  Phuchanbanchob started the first round hot, draining a birdie on the opening hole. She dropped a stroke at No. 2 but quickly regained it with a birdie at the third. She carded her third birdie of her opening nine at the ninth hole to finish with a 2-under-par 34 on the front nine. Phuchanbanchob was matched by Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand on the front nine, as Siriko put together three consecutive birdies on holes Nos. 2-4 to shoot a 34. Whaley also impressed on the front, making birdies on Nos. 7 and 9 on her way to a 35. The three continued their strong play on the back nine, with Whaley’s even-par, 36 setting the tone. Phuchanbanchob and Whaley shot matching 71s in the first round, while Siriko lurked only one stroke back.

Despite the difficult weather conditions, Phuchanbanchob thrived during the final round. She shook off a bogey on hole No. 1, going on to birdie Nos. 3, 6, and 8 to again shoot a 34 on the front. Siriko carded an even-par, 36 on the front, but still fell three shots back of Phuchanbanchob while, Whaley was unable to keep pace with the leader, falling six strokes back.

Phuchanbanchob’s lead grew to seven strokes over both Siriko and Whaley after the 11th hole, and she was able to cruise to her victory. She finished the final round with scores of 34-39-73, good for a tournament total of 144. Her 73 also won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Phuchanbanchob said her key to dealing with the final round conditions was, “hitting an extra club,” and she also noted a strong short game as her key to victory.

Whaley finished second, with a total score of 147, while Siriko placed third at 149.

ShimojiThe Boys 14 & Under Division ended in a tie, with Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, earning the victory over Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., via scorecard playoff. Both players finished the tournament with total scores of 155, but due to Shimoji finishing with a 41 to McBride’s 42 over the final nine holes, Shimoji was credited with the victory.

The two excelled during the first round, repeatedly going shot-for-shot. McBride jumped out early with a birdie at the par-5, third hole, but Shimoji answered with a birdie at the par-3, seventh hole. After the first nine, McBride held the lead by two strokes after carding a 1-over-par 37. Both performed even better on the back nine. McBride carded three more birdies on holes Nos. 13, 14, and 17, while dropping a stroke at the 10th and 11th holes to finish his day with an even-par 72. Shimoji birdied the 15th hole but bogeyed the 18th  hole to shoot even-par on the back nine, and a 3-over-par 75, giving McBride the lead after the first round.

Neither McBride nor Shimoji were able to become comfortable in the cold, wet weather during the final round. Shimoji was able to pick up two strokes on McBride on the front nine to cut the lead to one as they entered the home stretch. Shimoji grabbed his first lead of the final round with a birdie on the 11th hole coupled with a McBride par. The lead flip-flopped between the two multiple times over the next couple holes, but as they walked to the 18th tee McBride held a one-shot lead. As darkness quickly crept in, McBride and Shimoji battled for the win. McBride could not connect on a par putt while Shimoji was able to save par. McBride willed in an eight-foot par putt to force a tie after 36 holes. With insufficient sunlight, the committee ruled that Shimoji was victorious via the recommended tiebreaker prescribed by the United States Golf Association, which was the score on the last nine holes of the competition.

Shimoji noted his driving was “very good,” and helped make up for a “so-so,” short game over the weekend.

Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico, rounded out the top three with a tournament total of 80-82-162.

The International Junior Golf Tour’s next event will be the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Dec. 14-15. The two-day, 36-hole event will consist of one round on the Ocean Course at Sea Pines and one round at Harbour Town Golf Links.

IJGT Photo of the Week – Nov. 29-Dec. 1

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Trophy winners in the Boys 15-19 Division; (from left to right) Sam Meuret, Alex Shattuck, Ryoto Furuya, and Rij Patel.

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) was in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 29-Dec. 1. The three-day, 54-hole tournament featured the first two rounds being played on Pete Dye’s Valley Course, with the final round played on TPC Sawgrass’s Stadium Course. This week’s Photo of the Week is of our trophy winners in the Boys 15-19 Division. From left to right; Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., Alex Shattuck of Sioux Falls, N.D., Ryoto Furuya of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Rij Patel of Hunt Valley, Md. Furuya captured the championship firing scores of 76-75-72-223. Meuret placed second, shooting 78 in all three rounds for a total of 234, while Patel and Shattuck tied for third with a score of 236. We look forward to seeing all four players in future IJGT Events!

Final results from the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass

Furuya dominates at TPC Sawgrass

Nakatani victorious in Girls Division 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be in Bluffton, S.C. on Dec. 7-8 for the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall. Hampton Hall Club’s Pete Dye Signature Course last hosted an IJGT Event Nov. 10-11, 2012, with the Major Championship at Hampton Hall Club being contested there. The two-day tournament will consist of top junior golfers from around the world competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points over the course of 36 holes.

Dye’s course at Hampton Hall features a brilliantly open design, but requires more precision than would seem. Water hazards come into play on 15 of the courses holes, while a number of strategically placed bunkers make precision needed on every shot. . With yardage stretching anywhere from 5,329 yards to 7,503 yards and swirling winds, this links-style course embodies the original soul of golf.

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Although open, bunkers and water hazards at Hampton Hall Club require players to focus on precision with every shot.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan, Jake Kessel of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., and Sam Meuret of Brunswick, NE, highlight a number of players who look to tackle Dye’s course. Ito earned his first victory in the Boys 15-19 Division, and third career IJGT victory, earlier this year with a strong performance at the Florida Junior at Black Diamond. Ito carded 10 birdies over the two-day event, capturing a five stroke victory. Kessel will be looking to earn his first career victory. He came close earlier this year, finishing in a tie for second at the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation. Meuret, in his second year with the IJGT, has been a top-10 mainstay, finishing there in 11 of his 15 career events on tour.

In the Girls Division, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, CT, looks to continue her recent run of success on the IJGT. In her last five events, dating back to the 2012-13 season, Whaley has three victories and hasn’t finished lower than in a tie for second. She was most recently victorious at the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes after firing scores of 73-70-143 at the George Fazio Course. Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, will be one of Whaley’s biggest challengers. Huang has been victorious at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall and the Sanctuary Shootout this year and looks to add a third victory to her impressive rookie season with the IJGT.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, headlines the field. Shimoji has been stellar this season, winning three tournaments and finishing second in his other two events. The highlight of his season was a dominating performance in his first event, the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield GC, where he shot scores of 67-71-138 to finish the tournament at 6-under-par and earn a 9 stroke victory. His score of 138 was the low of any player in the field. Brandon McBride of Bluffton, SC, looks to prevent Shimoji of his fourth victory while earning his first of the season. McBride has finished in the top-3 in three events this season and has placed no lower than sixth in any event.

To register for the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall, click here.

Final results from the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

Playoffs decide both Boys Divisions

Wuensch wins third straight IJGT Event

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7-8. 55 elite junior golfers teed off on the beautiful Gary Player design, and the course more than held its own, as just two golfers finished even-par or lower.

DSC01479In the Boys 15-19 Division, GeunTae Kim of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, both played outstanding throughout 36 holes. With first-round scores of 1-under-par 70, both Kim and Ogawa won the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the players with the lowest first round score.

Kim came alive with the pressure on down the stretch in the final round, making three birdies on his final five holes to force the playoff at 2-under-par 140 with Ogawa. Kim racked up seven birdies over the two-day tournament.

On the playoff hole, both Kim and Ogawa had beautiful drives down the center of the fairway starting off on the par-4, No. 10, to leave them 50 yards out from the green. Ogawa’s second shot left him sitting 10 feet from the hole on the green, while Kim stuck it four feet from the hole. Many who were watching thought that Kim would clinch the win with his putt, but a close miss and par putts for both Ogawa and Kim pushed them on to the par-4, No. 11.

Similarly to hole No. 10, both Kim and Ogawa blasted their drives down the middle of the fairway on hole No. 11. Kim’s unbelievable second shot left him within a foot of the hole, while Ogawa had a 15 foot putt to birdie. Kim’s tap in birdie gave him first place honors for the tournament.

Coming in third place was Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, who finished with a two-day total of 2-over-par 144. Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., finished tied for fourth, and earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with his 2-under-par 69 in the final round.

DSC01475Another playoff was needed to decide the Boys 14 & Under Division, as Ben El Cohn of Guayaquil, Ecuador, Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, and Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, finished the 36 regulation holes tied with matching scores of 12-over-par 154.

The trio went into a playoff on hole No. 10, with three equally impressive drives down the fairway. The second shots resulted with Vilips and Cohn 10 feet from the hole, and Shimoji just off the green. Shimoji’s birdie chip and par putt were missed, while Cohn and Vilips both missed their birdie putts. Cohn’s par putt gave him the hole, and the victory, as Vilips had a tough lip-out for his par. Cohn was the first-round leader after a day one 5-over-par 76, following that up with a 7-over-par 78 that featured one birdie and 11 pars.

El Cohn now has a victory and a second place finish in his first two IJGT Events.

Vilips rallied from a first round 11-over-par 82 to post an impressive second-round 1-over-par 72, while Shimoji shot a second-round 5-over-par 78 to get into the playoff.

DSC01480In the Girls Division, Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, won for the third straight time on the IJGT this season with a two-round total of 1-over-par 143. Wuensch jumped out to a six-stroke lead after round one thanks to a first-day total of 2-under-par 69.

Her impressive first round earned her the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award. On day two, Wuensch carded 15 pars and overcame three bogeys to post a final round 3-over-par-74, which was more than enough to hold on for the win.

Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, used a final round 3-under-par 68 to propel herself to a second-place overall finish. Rodriguez came out firing, notching birdies on two of her first three holes.  She followed that with ten consecutive pars before tallying one more birdied on the 14th hole.  Her strong day two performance earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., finished in third place with an overall score of 8-over-par 150.

The International Junior Golf Tour will travel to Aiken, S.C., in two weeks to host the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation, Sept. 21-22. For more information about the Aiken Junior Open, please visit www.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, 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

BLUFFTON, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 8, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6697 yards, Par 71 (72.6/133).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,052 yards, Par 71 (69.5/125). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,724 yards, Par 71 (72.8/126).

 

Weather:       

Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 5-10 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 5-10 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Hilton Head National Golf Club

Bluffton, S.C.

September 7-8, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,697 yards, Par 71

 

1. GeunTae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *70-70—140*

2. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *70-70–140

3. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *71-73–144

4. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE *78-69–147

4. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *71-76–147

6. Maurizuo Debono, Basiguo, Italy *72-78–150

6. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-0–79

8. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *75–76-151

9. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *77-77–154

10. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *79-78–157

10. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi Japan, *77-80–157

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

13. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *78-81–159

14. Erwin Brock, Muldrow, OK *85-76–161

14. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *83-78–161

14. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *83-78–161

14. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *79-82–161

14. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *77-84–161

19. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *87-75–162

20. Dylan Lukes, Chapel Hill, NC *80-83–163

20. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *79-84–163

20. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *80-83–163

23. Lee Hammerschmitt, Armonk, NY *81-86–167

23. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico *79-88–167

25. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *84-84–168

26. Pattarapoom Pacharn, Nonthaburi, Thailand *88-81–169

26. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *89-80–169

26. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *83-86-169

26. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *81-88–169

30. Norman Hong, Shenzen, China *83-89–172

30. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *83-89–172

32. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *85-88–173

33. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *91-85–176

34. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *91-93—184

 

DID NOT FINISH

Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *DQ (Rule 6-6d)

Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *JWD

Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – Blue Tees, 6,052 yards, Par 71 

1.  Ben El Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador *76-78–154*

2. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *82-72–154

2. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *78-76–154

4. Luis Sanchez, Xalapa, Mexico * 80-80–160

5. Quade Lukes, Chapel Hill, NC *82-81–163


Girls Division – White Tees, 5,724 yards, Par 71

1. Jana Wuensch, Herrenberg, Germany *69-74–143

2. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *78-68–146

3. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *79-71–150

4. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *76-75–151

5. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *78-74–152

6. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *75-81–156

7. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *83-75–158

7. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *79-79–158

9. Kayla Kozak, North Myrtle Beach, SC *76-83–159

10. Lita Huber,

10. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *77-83–160

12. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan *83-79–162

13. Taylor Clark, Red Bank, NJ *97-88–185

14. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *101-102–203

14. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *104-99–203

 

*Won in a Playoff





Players of the Week – IJGT Georgia Junior at Sea Island

This past weekend, the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to St. Simons Island, Ga., for the Georgia Junior at Sea Island. Held on the famous Seaside Course, which plays host to the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic, the two-day tournament presented a tough challenge to all of the elite junior golfers in the field. Our players of the week, Sam Meuret and Jana Wuensch, battled windy conditions and quick greens en route to a pair of impressive finishes at the Event.

A native of Brunswick, Neb., Meuret finished tied for second overall in Boys 15-19 Division with a two-day total of 13-over-par 153, five strokes back of winner Chang Ju Lee of Seoul, South Korea. After shooting a first-round 8-over-par 78, Meuret came back on Sunday with a vengeance, posting the low round of the day with a 5-over-par 75. For his exploits on the tournament’s final day, he was awarded the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. In Meuret’s 12 appearances on the IJGT, he has posted four top-five finishes and five top-ten’s. He will look to add a tournament victory to his resume in the future.

Sam Meuret.

Sam Meuret.

In the Girls Division, Wuensch, a newcomer to the IJGT, made an incredible first impression en route to her first tournament win. She announced her presence to the rest of the field with a first-round score of 71, which was 1-over par. It was by far the low round of the day (and the tournament), earning her the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award. Wuensch, who hails from Herrenberg, Germany, followed that up with a second-round 7-over-par 77, clinching both the win and the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Jana Wuensch.

Jana Wuensch.

Final results from the Georgia Junior at Sea Island

 Lee captures title at Sea Island

Wuensch wins first title in Girls Division

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) conducted the Georgia Junior at Sea Island, Aug. 24-25. Held on the Seaside Course, which hosts the PGA Tour’s McGladery Classic, the Georgia Junior featured elite junior golfers ages 9-19 representing nine countries and eight states competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.

Located right on the Atlantic Ocean, the Seaside Course presented many challenges to the field over the course of the weekend. With the wind blowing consistently from 10-15 mph with gusts of over 20 mph, Sunday proved to be quite the challenge.

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In the Boys 15-19 DivisionChang Ju Lee of Seoul, South Korea, came away with the victory after an impressive two-day performance in tough playing conditions on the Seaside Course. Lee got off to a great start in Saturday’s opening round where he carded a 2-over-par 72. This was the lowest score of the tournament in the Boys 15-19 Division and also earned him the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the player that shoots the lowest score in Saturday’s first round.

The highlight of the round came on the challenging 14th hole where Lee holed out his approach shot for eagle from 165 yards. That shot allowed him to take a four-stroke lead going into the final round.

On Sunday Lee focused on playing well out of the gate. He did just that making eight pars and one bogey to fire a 36 which extended his lead over the rest of the competition. Even with a few stumbles down the stretch, Lee was able to hold on to his first IJGT victory in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Rounding out the top three of the Boys 15-19 Division were Daniel Oh of Seoul, South Korea, and Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., who tied for second place with tournament totals of 153.

Meuret was awarded the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award after carding a 5-over-par 75 in windy conditions on Sunday.

Wuensch TrophyThe Girls Division was dominated from start to finish by a newcomer on the IJGT. Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, walked away with the trophy after putting together two impressive rounds including a 1-over-par 71 which was the best score of the tournament regardless of division. Wuensch also earned the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award for her impressive first-round score.

Wuensch was able to maneuver the ball around the tricky layout at Sea Island on Saturday making 13 pars and two birdies en route to her 1-over-par 71. This gave her a six-stroke lead going into the final round.

On Sunday, Wuensch did not have her “A” game, but she was able to avoid the large mistakes en route to her victory. After the first nine holes, her fellow competitors were not able to surmount a comeback and Wuensch closed the door with a solid score of 38 on the back nine to finish the round at 7-over-par 77. Her 77 was good enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division.

“The wind was very hard and the greens were really fast so it was tough,” commented Wuensch when asked about the course conditions on Sunday on the Seaside Course.

Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., who was the lone player from Georgia in the field, finished in second place after recording a 36-hole score of 160. Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, took home third place finishing with a tournament score of 162.

Vilips Trophy1The Boys 14 & Under Division featured another first-time IJGT champion in Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia. Vilips ran away from the competition after putting together two great rounds of 80 and 77. Vilips, a 12-year-old, already has an impressive tournament record and he added to it this weekend at Sea Island. The highlight of his round came on Sunday at the difficult seventh hole, which is a tough par-5 playing over 500 yards and into the wind. He made a birdie, allowing him to shoot a 2-over-par 37 on the front nine.

“It feels great to win the first tournament of the season,” said Vilips in his post-round interview.

Finishing in second place was Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China. This was also his first IJGT tournament.

The IJGT Southeast tour will be back in action Labor Day weekend in Okatie, S.C., for the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. 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, 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

 

ST SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Final round results of the IJGT Georgia Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Aug. 25, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6702 yards, Par 70 (72.8/139).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,051 yards, Par 70 (69.8/133) Girls Division: Silver Tees – 5,747 yards, Par 70 (73.2/138).

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

Sunny with temperate in the Low 80s, winds 10-15 m.p.h.

International Junior Golf Tour

Georgia Junior at Sea Island

St. Simons Island, Ga.

August 24-25, 2013

 

Seaside Course

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,702 yards, Par 70

1. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea *72-76–148

2. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE *78-75–153

2. Daniel Oh, Seoul, South Korea *76-77–153

4. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-77–155

5. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *79-77–156

6. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *81-76–157

6. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *78-79–157

8. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *77-82–159

9. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *84-79–163

9. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *79-84–163

11. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, *83-83–166

12. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *84-92–176

13. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *97-89–186

14. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China *122-144–266

 

DID NOT FINISH

Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,051 yards, Par 70

1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *80-77–157

2. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *123-113–236

 

DID NOT FINISH

Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

 

Girls Division – Silver Tees, 5,747 yards, Par 70

1. Jana Wuensch, Herrenberg, Germany *71-77–148

2. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *79-81–160

3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *77-85–162

4. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *85-82–167

5. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *84-94–178

IJGT members at the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls Junior

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Every year the United States Golf Association (USGA) conducts our nation’s National Championship for junior golfers across the country. This year the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) was represented well with 27 total members playing. All players had to qualify for the championship and it is quite an accomplishment to make it into the tournaments.

The U.S. Junior Amateur this year is being held at Martis Camp in Truckee, Calif. The Tom Fazio design is playing over 7,600 yards and marks the longest course in championship history. Here are the IJGT members that qualified for the championship.

John Souza

Jack Gianniny

Aaron Wise

Tyler Moore

Coleman Self

Matt Holuta

Aaron Terrazas

Tennoshin Ogawa

Cole Berman

Carey Bina

Sean Carlon

Jack Fitzgerald

Daniel Hudson

Vasili Kartos

Bradley Keyer

Tiger Lee

 Sam Meuret

A special congratulations to all players that qualified for the match-play portion of the event. After two rounds of stroke-play qualifying, the top 64 were selected to move on in the tournament. The names of IJGT members in bold above advanced to match play.

Currently All-IJGT member Aaron Terrazas of Alvarado, Mexico, is still in contention for the title after two thrilling victories that both went extra holes.

To follow all the action at the U.S. Junior Amateur click here.

 

The U.S. Girls’ Junior this year is being held at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind. The Jack Nicklaus design is a championship layout featuring very difficult greens and long rough. Here are the IJGT members that qualified for the championship.

Kelly Whaley

Ana Paula Valdes

Thamonpat Siriko

Mai Dechathipat

Isabella DiLisio

Luiza Altmann

Alexis Hios

Anina Ku

Hana Ku

Annie Swords

A special congratulations to all players that qualified for the match-play portion of the event. After two rounds of stroke-play qualifying, the top 64 were selected to move on in the tournament. The names of IJGT members in bold above advanced to match play.

Mai Dechathipat of Oakton, Va., was the last IJGT competitor competing in match play. She won her first two matches before falling in the Round of 16. Dechathipat played outstanding golf all the way to the end and deserves to be recognized for an outstanding accomplishment.

To follow all the action from the U.S. Girls’ Junior click here.