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First-round highlights from the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club

Round one of the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club put junior golfers to the test as the weather was a mixture of temperatures in the 40’s and scattered rain throughout the day. Dolphin Head, a scenic and challenging course, located on Hilton Head Island,  proved to be difficult for the field of competitors. With tee times beginning at 8:00 a.m., the field of 46 golfers contested for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. The numbers for the division leaders are as follows.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Harry Jin of Palisades Park, NJ leads after round one. Here are his numbers:

4 – number of birdies on the day

4 – number of bogeys

72 – Jin’s score after round one

2 – number of strokes he leads by

4 – pars in a row to start off the back nine

 

Christian Clemence Tupamahu of Manado, Indonesia leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. Here are his numbers for round one:

2 – stroke lead in the Division

6 – number of IJGT events played this season

7 – number of holes he made par on for the day

 

In the Girls Division, there is a tie for first place between Samantha Huang and Bria’ Sanders

Huang’s round one numbers:

1 – birdie during round one

2 – first place finishes at IJGT events this season

8 – consecutive pars in a row on the back nine

Sanders‘ round one numbers:

13 – total pars during round one

1 – birdie during round one

6 – IJGT events played in this season

 

For full results from round one of the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club, click hereBe sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live, up-to-the-minute updates of the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club as the tournament continues.

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.

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.

IJGT Players of the Week – Nov. 2-3, 2013

Northeast Tour

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) made its way to Virginia Beach, Va., for the IJGT Battle at Virginia Beach National, the last Northeast Tour Event of the Fall 2013 season. The Pete Dye-designed Virginia Beach National Golf Club is a tour-caliber course which has hosted the NATIONWIDE TOUR’s Virginia Beach Open. In addition to the plentiful waste areas and various water hazards, the wind played a big part during Sunday’s final round. Our Players of the Week this week are Gordon Brixi of Potomac, Md., and Teddy Hoffman of Virginia Beach, Va.

Gordon Brixi - VA Beach NatlBrixi (left) started off hot with a birdie to open the tournament. He hit his approach shot to about five feet from the hole and rolled in the putt. After firing an even-par 36 on the front-nine, Brixi was in contention throughout the tournament, which was also impressive as he was the youngest player in the field this week at 11 years old. Brixi finished the first round with a 78, leaving him one stroke off the lead. During the final round, Brixi stayed in the hunt for the lead by firing a 40 on the front-nine with a great birdie on the par-five eighth hole. This kept him one stroke off the lead heading into the back-nine. Brixi would finish his first-ever IJGT Event in second place, an impressive start to his IJGT career.

Teddy Hoffman - VA Beach NatlHoffman (right) was tied for fifth place after the first round, leaving him seven strokes behind the leader. His first round consisted of multiple bogeys, which produced a round of 82; however, Hoffman knew he could score better and did just that on the final day. The final round brought colder temperatures and higher winds, but Hoffman was able to clinch the Clazic Belts Low Final Award with a score of 73.  Hoffman’s one-over-par final round consisted of four birdies to put him in the lead until the final group finished. Hoffman’s final round 73 was also good enough to move him into second place. This was Hoffman’s first IJGT tournament and he will look to continue this momentum in future IJGT events.

 

Southeast Tour

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted another installment for the Fall 2013’s Southeast Tour with the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall.  The event took place on Nov. 2-3, 2013, and consisted of 49 players in the field. Competing on a tour-caliber golf course with beautiful moss-draped oaks, lush fairways and clever bunkering, the players had their fair share of challenging and spectacular moments. Jonathan Phillips of Hardeeville, S.C., and Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, have received Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Region.

Jonathan Phillips - T3rd Island OpenPhillips (left), a 17-year-old in the Boys 15-19 Division played consistent golf throughout the tournament. Phillips hit nearly every fairway in both rounds. The biggest obstacle for Phillips was his putting during the first round, especially on the back-nine in which he three putted five holes. Regardless, he was able to fight back and finished his first day with a 3-over-par 75.  Phillips played better during the final round, which included three birdies and eleven pars.  He finished the challenging course with a great score of 2-over-par 74.  Phillips placed third overall, a remarkable outcome in his first IJGT Event of the season.

Lita Huber - 4th Island OpenHuber (right) played a steady brand of golf this tournament. She finished her first round with a score of 13-over-par 85, putting her 14 shots behind leader, Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China.  Despite some adversities, Huber fought back in the tough and windy conditions of the final round, shooting a 10-over-par 82, including a memorable birdie on the challenging par-3 No. 6.  She ended up going out on a score of 39 and coming in with 43.  With her final round performance, Huber was one of three players in the Girls Division to receive our Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and finished fourth overall. This was the best finish in four events this season for Huber, who is in her second year with the IJGT.

 

Final results from the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Kim and Vilips grab third wins of season

Huang dominates Girls Division en route to second victory

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) wrapped up the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on a weekend that was culminated by all types of weather. The Southeast Region Event took place on Nov. 2-3, 2013 on the Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Hall Plantation Club. Heavy rain on Friday night left the fairways damp and muddy, and the players experienced all but normal conditions with clouds and sharp, chilling winds at some points followed up by warm sunshine during others. Competing for National Rankings and IJGT Merits Points, the golfers did not fail to impress with their skills, determination, and professionalism. All three divisions featured repeat winners taking home champions trophies.

Geuntae Kim - Island Open Champ

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Geuntae Kim of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, came back from a two-stroke deficit after the first round to capture his third victory of the season in a near-playoff situation. His final 71-77–148 tied with Ewen Ferguson of Hilton Head Island, S.C., but Kim won the playoff by default to take sole possession of first place at 4-over-par. After a first round consisting of five birdies and nine pars, Kim came back with a similar performance in the final round. He sank nine pars, including five in a row on holes Nos. 2-6, and his two birdies of the round came back-to-back on the tough par-5 No. 9 and the par-4 No. 10.

When asked about the best parts of his performance in the event, Kim noted his close-range game. He explained that he did really well “from inside 100 yards.”

This was the third consecutive win for Kim in as many events this season. He previously won at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7-8, and the Sanctuary Shootout on Sept. 28-29. He now has etched five career victories in two seasons with the IJGT.

To round out the Boys 15-19 Division, Ewen Ferguson landed in second place with a 76-72–148. His final-round 72 also gave him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his performance. Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, and Jonathan Phillips of Hardeeville, S.C., tied for third with final scores of 149.

Karl Vilips - Island Open Champ

The Boys 14 & Under Division saw a similar face atop the final standings, with Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, grabbing his third victory of the season. His first-round 1-over-par 73 gave him a five-stroke cushion going into the final round, and despite strong play by his fellow competitors, he did not succumb to the pressure, maintaining his lead and eventually taking home the trophy. Though Vilips endured some challenges during his final round, his 8-over-par 80 performance was able to secure an eight-stroke win in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a total 153. After a front-nine 42 during the final round, Vilips came back with a steady back nine, making pars on holes Nos. 10- 13, and then Nos. 15-18.

When asked about the most difficult parts of the event, Vilips noted, “The wind was really hard both days, and there was a lot of water.” Aside from experiencing these adversities, though, Vilips was quick to say that overall the win was “perfect.”

Vilips has had a spectacular first season with the IJGT, winning three events and grabbing top-five finishes in five others. His other two victories came at the IJGT Georgia Junior at Sea Island on Aug. 24-25 and the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch on Oct. 12-13.

Finishing in second place was Bumin Choi of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, who shot a final 78-83–161. Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., came in third with a two-round score of 85-80–165.

Samantha Huang - Island Open ChampSamantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, led the way in the Girls Division from start to finish, shooting a final 9-over-par 153 to secure a satisfying six stroke win. After a strong start with a first-round 1-under-par 71, Huang had a five stroke lead.

But, like most of the tournament field, Huang experienced challenges throughout the final round. Nonetheless, she was able to maintain her focus, shooting an 82 to earn her second win of the season. Huang sank nine pars and a birdie during the round, and played the course’s par-3s in 1-under-par for the tournament.

One of the most notable aspects of Huang’s performance came with her drivers, or lack thereof. When asked about any obstacles she experienced, Huang explained that because her drivers were “really bad,” she decided to use 3-wood for the entire duration of the tournament. It turns out this did not affect the champion too adversely in the end.

This is Huang’s first season with the IJGT, playing in four events, winning two and landing top ten in all four. Her first win came at the Sanctuary Shootout on Sept. 28-29.

There was a three-way tie for the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, with Huang, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, and Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, all posting a final-round 82. 

Rounding out the top three for the Girls Division were Arjun and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who carded a score of 77-82–159 and 76-84–160, respectively.

The IJGT returns to action next weekend for the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The tournament will be contested on the George Fazio Course at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. 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 Island Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 3, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,739 yards, Par 72 (73.0/133). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,265 yards, Par 72 (71.0/127). Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,975 yards, Par 72 (76.0/134).

 

Weather: Cloudy with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 5-10 mph
                 Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 15-20 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour Island Open at Palmetto Hall
Palmetto Hall – Arthur Hills Course
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
November 2-3, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,739 yards, Par 72

1. Geuntae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *71-77–148*
2. Ewen Ferguson, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-72–148
3. Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, SC *75-74–149
3. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *69-80–149
5. Maurizio Debono, Basiglio, Italy *78-76–154
5. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *76-78–154
7. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-76–156
7. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *77-79–156
9. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *81-77–158
9. Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador *79-79–158
9. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *79-79–158
9. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *76-82–158
13. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *82-77–159
13. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *78-81–159
13. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *76-83–159
16. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *85-77–162
16. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *79-83–162
16. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *73-89–162
19. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *85-78–163
19. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *79-84–163
21. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *80-84–164
21. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *75-89–164
23. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *80-85–165
23. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *80-85–165
25. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *84-83–167
26. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *87-81–168
27. Trevor King, Huntington, NY *87-86–173
28. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *82-92–174
28. Jake Haughom, Vienna, VA *83-91–174
30. Walker Campbell, Paget, Bermuda *81-94–175
31. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *78-98–176
32. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *86-100–186
33. Mauricio Troncoso, Mexico City, Mexico *96-101–197

*Won in a playoff

Boys 14 & Under Division, White Tees, 6,265 yards, Par 72
1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *73-80–153
2. Bumin Choi, Gyeonngi-do, South Korea *78-83–161
3. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *85-80–165
4. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *78-88–166
5. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *91-89–180
6. Cade England, Dallas, TX *93-90–183
7. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *91-95–186
8. Alexander Camberos, Kigali, Rwanda *93-97–190
9. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *110-106–216

DID NOT FINISH
Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *79-JWD

Girls Division, Black Tees, 5,975 yards, Par 72
1. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *71-82–153
2. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *77-82–159
3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *76-84–160
4. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *85-82–167
5. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *82-86–168
6. Dylaney Day, Toronto, Canada *97-85–182
7. Christine Scholten, Amsterdam, Netherlands *106-108–214

DID NOT FINISH
Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *JWD

First-round highlights from the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled just around the corner for the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall, taking place Nov. 2-3, 2013. What began as a cold, wet morning for the golfers turned out to be a sunny Fall day with fantastic golf temperatures. The first round of the event was held on the club’s famed Arthur Hills Course, featuring heavily wooded areas with towering pines and moss-draped oaks, along with lush fairways rolling past crystalline lakes. These are your leaders going into the final round of competition.

The Boys 15-19 Division leader is Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, who got off to a fast start shooting a cool 3-under-par 69. He currently holds a two-stroke lead going into the final round. Here is Hui’s round by the numbers:

Yong Sherng Hui:

69 – first-round score

34 – score on the front nine (2-under-par)

13 – number of pars

2 – seasons with the IJGT

-3 – score on the course’s four par-3’s

On top of the Boys 14 & Under Division is Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia. Vilips holds a comfortable five-shot lead going into the final round with a score of 73. Here is his round by the numbers:

Karl Vilips:

73 – first-round score

11 – number of pars

5 – stroke lead after round one

3 – number of birdies

-1 – score on the course’s par-3’s and par-5’s

Taking charge of the Girls Division is Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, who came out with a 1-under-par 71 after 18 holes. Her performance gives her a five-stroke lead going into the final day of competition. Here is Huang’s round by the numbers:

Samantha Huang:

71 – first-round score

35 – score on the front nine (1-under-par)

9 – number of pars

5 – number of birdies

-3 – score on the course’s par-5’s

 

For complete results of the first round click here. Pairings for final-round action at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall can be found here.

IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be making a return to Palmetto Hall Plantation for the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall in Hilton Head, S.C., on November 2-3, 2013.

Listed as one of the “Best Places to Play” in 2008-09, the Arthur Hills-designed course is guaranteed to feature towering pines, moss-draped oaks, lush fairways, and rolling greens edged with strategically-placed bunkers.

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18th Hole on the Palmetto Hall Arthur Hills Course

Competing for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points, the field will feature some of the tour’s best junior golfers in all divisions.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Norman Hong, the reigning Player of the Week after his performance at the Sanctuary Shootout on Sept. 28-29,will be making his fifth appearance this season. After his second straight Top-10 finish at Sanctuary, Hong of Shenzhen, China, will be competing for his first win. Also competing will be Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy. This will be D’Amico’s sixth event this season after a fourth place finish at the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield and a third place finish at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Luis Sanchez from Xalapa, Mexico, and Jackson Skeen from Johnson City, Tenn., will be players to watch. Sanchez will attempt to earn his first win after notably improving in the three events he has played so far this season, placing sixth, fourth, and second, all in succession. This will be the sixth event of the season for Skeen, after most recently cracking the Top-5 in the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation.

In an exciting battle for first place, the Girls Division will feature the likes of Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, and Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga. Both have played tremendously this season and this is sure to be a matchup to keep your eyes at the two-day event. Huang is coming off a fresh win at the Sanctuary Shootout at Cat Island, after tying for second place at the Aiken Junior Open. Ashmorewho was runner-up to Huang at Sanctuary, is playing in her fourth event and will be looking for her first win this season. She has placed Top-3 in every event so far.

Discovery Logo with Transparency

IJGT will also be hosting the second installment of the Southeast Region’s Discovery Tour series for the Fall 2013 season at Palmetto Hall on Saturday, November 2. The Discovery Tour is an event where children aged 8-12 of all skill levels are welcome to play. The single-round competition will tee off at 12:30pm on the Arthur Hills Course. Youngster Jonathan Griz of Bluffton, S.C., who won the Discovery Tour at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7, will be looking for his second straight win in the series.

The Discovery Tour is a great opportunity for young junior golfers aged 8-12 who have little or no golf tournament experience to improve upon their skills. With several events lined up each season, the tour is an incredibly fun and relaxed way for the players interact with other golfers, get tips from coaches, and most of all: have some fun!

Membership is $25 and each 9-hole tournament is $40.  To register for events or membership, please contact us at (843) 785-2444.

Final results from the Sanctuary Shootout at Cat Island

Kim, Campbell dominate Boys Divisions
Huang captures first IJGT win

BEAUFORT, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the Sanctuary Shootout in Beaufort, S.C., on Sept. 28-29. The two-day, 36-hole event took place at the Sanctuary Golf Club on Cat Island, where the field of talented junior golfers took to the greens to fight for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

GeunTae Kim WinnerIn the Boys 15-19 Division, GeunTae Kim (left) of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, came out as victor, shooting a final 2-over-par 144. After a first round 2-over 73, Kim came out on fire in the final round, tallying a field-best even-par 71, giving him the tournament’s Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his performance. His birdie on the par-4 second hole jump-started a spectacular day, where he made 13 pars, three birdies, and just one bogey for the round.

When asked about the most memorable moment of the weekend for Kim, he mentioned his tee shot on the par-3 No. 13, which came “very close” to the flagstick, almost giving him an eagle opportunity, but settling for birdie.

This was Kim’s second win in as many events this season after taking home the trophy at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National.

Rounding out the top three were Austin Maher, of Bracebridge, Canana, who finished eight shots back with a 10-over 152, and Jack Klein of Bethesda, Md., who shot a 13-over 155.

Matthew Campbell WinnerIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Matthew Campbell (right), a local of Beaufort, S.C., dominated the field, carding a final 8-over-par 150 over two rounds. Playing on a familiar course was a clear strength to Campbell’s game this weekend, allowing him to follow up a first round 2-over-par 73 with a final round score of 6-over-par 77. He made 12 pars on the day and finished the tournament with a respectable even-par effort on the four par-3’s, as well as a 2-under-par performance on the course’s three difficult par-5’s.

Reflecting on his performance and his familiarity with Sanctuary Golf Club, Campbell expressed that it was crucial for him to “focus on the few holes on the front nine where you can score really well on,” which he was able to do.

This was Campbell’s first event with the IJGT this season, and marked a wonderful improvement over his finish in his last event at the Memorial at Parris Island on March 24-25, 2012, where he placed 10th.

Campbell finished an incredible eight strokes ahead of second place finisher, Luis Sanchez of Xalapa, Mexico, who entered the clubhouse at 158 (+16). In third place was Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, who tallied a final score of 160 for the weekend.

Huang WinnerThe Girls Division saw a new champion emerge in Samantha Huang (left), from Shenzhen, China. After completing a first round 1-over-par 72, Huang came back with another 72 in the final round. Statistically, her performance was mirrored, sinking 11 pars, three birdies, and four bogeys in each round; but regardless, her play was outstanding as she was able to fend off a near-comeback from second-place finisher, Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga. Huang’s final round of 1-over-par 72 also gave her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division.

Reflecting on what went well for her in the final round, Huang stated that the “drivers and putters” were advantageous for her.

This was just Huang’s second IJGT Event. Her first came at the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation, where she had another remarkable performance en route to a tied for second-place finish.

Ashmore finished in second place with a final tournament tally of 155 (+13). In third place was Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, who entered the clubhouse with an overall 157 (+15).

The IJGT Southeast tour will be back in action on Oct. 12-13 for the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Fla.

To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

BEAUFORT, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Sanctuary Shootout conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 29, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,585 yards, Par 71 (72.2/135).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,063 yards, Par 71 (69.4/128). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5,802 yards, Par 71 (74.1/132).

 

Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the Low 80s, winds 15-20 mph

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

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Sanctuary Golf Club

Beaufort, S.C.

September 28-29, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,585 yards, Par 71

1. GeunTae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *73-71–144

2. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *76-76–152

3. Jack Klein, Bethesda, MD *79-76–155

4. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *74-82–156

5. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *78-79–157

6. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *78-83–161

6. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *76-85–161

8. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *84-78–162

9. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *85-79–164

9. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *84-80–164

9. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *82-82–164

9. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *82-82–164

13. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *86-79–165

13. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *83-82–165

15. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *81-85–166

15. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *81-85–166

17. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *85-82–167

18. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *83-85–168

19. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *87-82–169

19. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *83-86–169

19. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *84-85–169

22. Pattarapoom Pacharn, Nonthaburi, Thailand *85-85–170

23. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *82-89–171

24. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *91-81–172

24. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *87-85–172

26. Walker Campbell, Paget, Bermuda *85-88-173

27. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *91-83–174

28. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *88-90–178

29. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *98-86–184

30. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *91-99–190

31. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan *103-100–203

DID NOT FINISH

Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *79-JWD

Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *83-JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,063 yards, Par 71

1. Matthew Campbell, Beaufort, SC *73-77–150

2. Luis Sanchez, Xalapa, Mexico *80-78–158

3. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *81-79–160

4. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *80-82–162

5. Jacob Morris, Hollywood, SC *89-82–171

6. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *85-91–176

7. Bronson Myers, Columbia, SC *90-87–177

8. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *105-100–205

9. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China *131-111–242

 

Girls Division – Red Tees, 5,802 yards, Par 71

1. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *72-72–144

2. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *80-75–155

3. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *79-78–157

4. Kayla Kozak, North Myrtle Beach, SC *90-83–173

5. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *82-93–175

6. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *98-85–183

7. Jamie Hubbard, Hardeeville, SC *96-99–195

8. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *114-112–226

DID NOT FINISH

Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *100-JWD

 

First-round highlights from the Sanctuary Shootout at Cat Island

BEAUFORT, S.C.The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) returned to the Sanctuary Golf Club in Beaufort, S.C., for the third time in as many seasons for the Sanctuary Shootout at Cat Island. A chilly morning topped with relentless winds made the first round a challenging one for the field of golfers, where no player was able to finish better than even-par.

The best round of the day came in the Girls Division, where Samantha Huang, of Shenzhen, China, was able to overcome early obstacles en route to a 1-over-par 72, good for a seven-stroke lead going into the final round on Sunday, Sept. 29. Here is Huang’s round by the numbers:

Samantha Huang by the numbers: 

36 – front- & back-nine scores

11 – number of pars

7 – stroke lead going into final round

3- number of birdies in the round

2 – place finish in Huang’s first event at the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation

-1 – score on the four par-3’s at Sanctuary Golf Club

In the Boys 15-19 Division, GeunTae Kimof SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, leads the way with a first round score of 2-over-par 73. He currently sits just one stroke ahead of the pack, and is looking for his second win of the season after taking home the trophy at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7-8. Here is Kim’s round by the numbers:

GeunTae Kim by the numbers: 

33 – back-nine score

10 – number of pars

5 – number of consecutive pars going into the turn

4 – number of birdies (all on the back-nine)

-1 – score on the four par-3’s and the three par-5’s

The Boys 14 & Under Division is headed by local Beaufort resident, Matthew Campbell, who is at 2-over-par 73 and seven strokes ahead in the division going into the final round. This is his first appearance this season, and he is hoping to capitalize on his strong first round performance on Sunday. Here is Campbell’s round by the numbers:

Matthew Campbell by the numbers:

35 – front-nine score (to lead entire field on first nine holes)

11 – number of pars

7 – stroke lead entering the last round

3 – number of birdies

-2 – score on the three par-5’s

 

Final results from the first round of the Sanctuary Shootout can be found here. Pairings for the final day of action are posted here.

IJGT Players of the Week – Aiken Junior at Woodside Plantation

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Aiken, S.C., for the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation on Sept. 21-22.  The Rees Jones-designed Wisteria course was a true test for all skill levels, with rolling hills, wooded forests, and elevation changes throughout. The weather also proved to be quite a challenge for the players as winds made it a difficult task to judge any type of shot. Our Players of the Week are Bronson Myers from Columbia, S.C., and Samantha Huang from Shenzen, China.

Bronson Myers

In the first round of the tournament, Myers (left) was grouped with two powerhouse players in the Boys 14 & Under Division, Takafumi Shimoji from Okinawa, Japan and Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia. With a First Round score of 13-over-par 85, Myers fell 11 strokes back of Shimoji, leaving him tied-for-fourth in the division going into the final round.  In the Final Round he was able to fight back, closing with four straight pars and firing a 10-over-par 82, earning him a Top-3 finish with a total of 167 in two days. Myers has a lot of promise in his game and we hope to see him in our upcoming events this season.

Samantha HuangHuang (right) had a brilliant opening round, shooting a 5-over-par 77, only two strokes behind the Girls Division leader, Kelly Whaley, of Farmington, Conn. Huang experienced some rough patches in her final round performance, but she was able to steady herself, sinking a birdie on the 350-yard, par-4 No. 10. After posting a 13-over-par 85 in her final round and a two-day total of 162, she ultimately tied for second place with Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua. Huang will carry this momentum into her next tournament at the Sanctuary Shootout on Cat Island on Sept. 28-29.