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IJGT announces All-IJGT Teams and Players of the Year

International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) announces All-IJGT Teams

Shiso Go, Jack Halleron and Victoria Parker named IJGT Players of the Year

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is pleased to announce its Players of the Year and All-IJGT Teams.

Shiso GoShiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, is the Boys 15-19 Division Player of the Year. Go placed in the top 10 in all 10 IJGT events he competed in this season, including wins at the IJGT College Series at NC State, the Major Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational. His lowest score of the season was a 3-under 69, which he carded twice.

The rest of the Boys 15-19 Division All-IJGT Team includes: Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, Mark Benevento of Somers Pt., N.J., Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., and Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India.

 

Jack HalleronJack Halleron of Timonium, Md., won five IJGT events, including three Majors, to earn IJGT Player of the Year honors for the Boys 14 & Under Division. Halleron placed in the top two in all seven events he competed in and won the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club, the Major Championship at Duke University, the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club, the Major Championship at Bulle Rock and the College Series at the University of Maryland. His lowest round was a 1-under 70 at the University of Maryland.

The rest of the Boys 14 & Under All-IJGT Team includes: Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Ayushman Jaiswal of Bangalore, India, John Updike of Wayne, Pa., Lou Baker of Timonium, Md., and TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y.

 

Victoria ParkerVictoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., is the Girls Division IJGT Player of the Year. Parker captured three IJGT titles at the College Series at Penn State University, the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club and the St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club. Her lowest round was a 1-under 71, which she carded during the first round of the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club.

The rest of the Girls Division All-IJGT Team includes: Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C., and Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C.

The IJGT Tour Rankings are based on IJGT Merit Points, which are awarded to the top 10 finishers at every IJGT event. Double merit points are awarded at Major Championships.

Boys 15-19 Division All-IJGT Team

Shiso Go
Jason Stokes
Conor Byrne
Tennoshin Ogawa
Xue Wen Luo
Santiago Diaz
Mark Benevento
Trey Wren
Kyle Vance
Ritwik Jain

Boys 14 & Under Division All-IJGT Team

Jack Halleron
Luke Sample
Ford Bennett
Evan Greenplate
Jake Calamaro
Chase Phillips
Ayushman Jaiswal
John Updike
Lou Baker
TJ Buck
 

Girls Division All-IJGT Team

Victoria Parker
Sera Tadokoro
Madison Braman
Kelly Whaley
Shannon Brooks
Ankita Kedlaya
Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng
Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob
Sophie Guo
Kayla Kozak

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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, EyeLine Golf and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Tour Preview

Bridgestone TOC feat image

The IJGT’s biggest, most exciting event of the season, the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, will be held on May 23-25, 2015, at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and bragging rights during the three-day, 54-hole event.

Additionally, the Tournament of Champions offers exemptions into a variety of first-class events. The Boys 15-19 Division champion will be invited to the Players Amateur, the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, the International Junior Masters, the North American Junior Amateur and the South Carolina Junior Golf Association Beth Daniel Junior Azalea. The runner-up in the Boys 15-19 Division will also receive an exemption to the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.

Grand Cypress 1

The top-scoring individual in the Girls Division will be invited to the North American Junior Amateur, the South Atlantic Women’s Amateur Championship and the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea. The runner-up in the Girls Division will also receive an exemption to the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.

The event will begin with a welcome reception for the players and their families. On Sunday evening, the IJGT will announce the All-IJGT Team and Player of the Year for each division during the Night of Champions. Following the final round on Monday, there will be a special TOC Awards Ceremony. Everyone who registers for the Tournament of Champions will also receive a ticket to Universal Studios, ensuring they can have fun both at the park and on the course!

During the tournament, juniors will have the opportunity to play the North & East Nines and the New Course. Unlike other Orlando courses, the North and East Nines test accuracy as opposed to strength and distance. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the North (and South) Nines were opened in 1984 and the East Nine was opened two years later in 1986.

Also designed by Nicklaus, the New Course features challenging bunkers and steep slopes. The course pays homage to the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. The links-style course features double greens, a winding creek and stone bridges. The New Course doesn’t use many bodies of water or clusters of trees to challenge golfers, but it does include 150 pot bunkers, some as deep as 12 feet!

Naturally, the Tournament of Champions features the winners from many IJGT tournament throughout the season. Below is a list of champions from the past season who are competing in this year’s event.

Boys 15-19 Division

Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland — IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National and IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan — Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear

Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico — Savannah Junior at The Landings and Carolina Classic at Colleton River

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan — IJGT College Series at NC State, Major Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational. Go was just named the IJGT Player of the Year in the Boys 15-19 Division. He tied for 11th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India — IJGT Oldfield Junior. Jain finished 10th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Michael Jones of Potomac, Md. — IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club

Douglas Kulikowski of Pittsford, N.Y. — College Series at Penn State University

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan — IJGT Junior at Colleton River and IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield. He tied for 14th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Benjamin Morris of Reisterstown, Md. — Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin

Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y. — IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay

Dominic Wagner of Alexandria, Va. — IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill Golf Club

Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. —  Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation. He tied for 25th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. He will be playing college golf at Temple University next year.

Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., won the Boys 15-19 Division of last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

Girls Division

Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa. — IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club

Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India — IJGT Junior at Colleton River, Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor and IJGT Oldfield Junior

Holly McCann of Raleigh, N.C. — IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan — IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall, Savannah Junior at The Landings and the IJGA Invitational. She finished 10th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y. — The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club and IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay

Boys 14 & Under Division

TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y. — The Architects Cup Presented by the IJGA and St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club

Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa. — Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin

Tristan Galant of Cape Town, South Africa — BGGA Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista

Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C. — College Series at Penn State University and IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes

Bronson Myers of Columbia, S.C. — Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear

Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif. — Arizona Open at Wigwam. This will be his fifth consecutive Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions; he finished 16th in last year’s event.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C. — IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

Luke Sample of New York, N.Y. — IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club and Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates. You can find tee times and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor – Final Results (Feb. 22, 2015)

Kedlaya finishes 1-under to win Girls Division

Yusabai holds on to win Boys 15-19 Division

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Savannah Harbor to host the Georgia Junior on February 21-22, 2015. In generally pleasant conditions, juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole event. Both rounds began with a shotgun start.

Print YusabaiPrint Yusabai of Pattaya, Thailand, was tied for first after round one, but shot an even-par 72 in round two to earn sole possession of first place and win the Boys 15-19 Division. Yusabai used nine birdies to finish with a 1-over 145 tournament total.

When asked how he felt during the tournament, Yusabai responded, “I didn’t feel much because I tried to focus on my game.”

He birdied the par-4 first hole and the par-5 13th hole in both rounds, but his favorite hole was his final hole in round two, hole No. 10. “I liked the last hole (hole No. 10) because I hit a long putt in for the win,” he said.

Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, also shot an even-par 72 in the second round, but finished one stroke behind Yusabai in the standings. His 146 total score earned him a second-place finish.

Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, shot a 2-under 70 in round two to finish with a tournament total of 148, good for third place. He also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

Ankita KedlayaIn the Girls Division, Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, shot a 2-under 70 in round one on the way to winning the Girls Division of the Georgia Junior. She finished with a tournament total of 1-under 143.

In round one Kedlaya made par or better on every hole but one. When asked if having the lead after round one gave her confidence heading into round two, Kedlaya said, “Yeah it did. It put a little pressure on me, but I felt good.”

In round two, she had a nine-hole par-or-better streak, which started with the par-5 seventh hole and ended with the par-3 15th hole. She carded back-to-back birdies on the par-5 13th hole and the par-4 14th hole. The 14th hole was her favorite because, “it’s challenging but it’s reachable. You can make a birdie if you play smart.”

Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls with her round two 2-under 70. Her tournament total of 144 was good for second place in the Girls Division.

Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, finished in third with a tournament total of 147.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on February 28-March 1, 2015, with the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Savannah, Ga. – Final Results of the Georgia Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour at The Club at Savannah Harbor on February 21-22, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,890 yards, Par 72 (73.4/136) Girls Division: Silver Tees– 5,866 yards Par 72 (74.4/132)

International Junior Golf Tour

Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor

Savannah, GA

February 21-22, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,890 yards, Par 72

1. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *73-72–145

2. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *74-72–146

3. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *78-70–148

4. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea *76-74–150

4. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *75-75–150

4. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *75-75–150

4. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *78-72–150

8. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *76-75–151

8. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *75-76–151

8. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *73-78–151

11. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *76-76–152

12. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *76-77–153

12. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *74-79–153

12. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *79-74–153

15. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *80-74–154

15. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *77-77–154

17. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg, Germany *80-75–155

17. Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, SC *79-76–155

17. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *78-77–155

17. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *77-78–155

21. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *81-75–156

21. Zach Seeler, Marion, IN *80-76–156

21. Martin Jensen, Bronxville, NY *80-76–156

21. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *80-76–156

21. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *78-78–156

26. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *77-80–157

26. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *83-74–157

26. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *81-76–157

26. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *80-77–157

26. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *79-78–157

26. Nate Tosto, Pooler, GA *79-78–157

32. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *76-82–158

32. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *80-78–158

32. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *75-83–158

35. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *76-83–159

35. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *77-82–159

35. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *83-76–159

38. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *85-75–160

38. James Wohler, Savannah, GA *82-78–160

38. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *81-79–160

38. Alex Vegh, Gahanna, OH *80-80–160

42. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *82-79–161

42. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *80-81–161

42. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *80-81–161

42. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *79-82–161

46. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *87-76–163

47. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *82-82–164

47. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *82-82–164

49. Michael Kessler, Getzville, NY *89-77–166

49. Feng Chen, Baoding City *86-80–166

51. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *86-81–167

52. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *84-84–168

53. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *87-82–169

53. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *81-88–169

55. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *84-86–170

56. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *91-80–171

57. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan *84-88–172

58. Jack O’Hara, Loudonville, NY *88-85–173

59. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *95-79–174

59. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *87-87–174

61. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *92-83–175

62. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *94-83–177

63. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *91-87–178

64. Alex Russell, Russia *90-95–185

65. Ivy Brandon, Fayetteville, NC *107-102–209

66. Ryan Ward, Riyadh, (Kingdom of) Saudi Arabia *119-112–231

67. Yo Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *128-113–241

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *88-0–88

Girls Division- Silver Tees, 5,866 yards, Par 72

1. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *70-73–143

2. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *74-70–144

3. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *75-72–147

4. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *75-74–149

5. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *75-75–150

6. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *78-74–152

6. Mind Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *76-76–152

8. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *77-76–153

8. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *76-77–153

10. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *76-80–156

11. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *82-77–159

12. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *79-81–160

13. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *87-78–165

14. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC *84-82–166

14. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *84-82–166

16. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *81-86–167

17. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *82-86–168

18. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *90-81–171

19. Andrea Riano, Hamburg, Germany *93-83–176

20. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *89-88–177

21. Rhea Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *93-85–178

22. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *106-96-202

23. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *110-101–211

 

 

IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes – Tour Preview

PalmettoDunes-GeorgeFazio #16

The IJGT will return to Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes on February 28-March 1, 2015.

The two-day, 36-hole event will be played on the George Fazio course, Hilton Head Island’s only par-70 public golf course. Named the 2014 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year by the SC Golf Course Owners Association, the Fazio course has just two par-5s to compliment a series of long par-4s. The challenging course features open, tree-lined fairways on the front nine, but the back nine becomes tighter and more severe.

The IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes features an exciting field of talented junior golfers. In the Girls Division, Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, is coming off back-to-back top-four finishes in the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National and the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. Also keep an eye out for Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who has three first-place finishes this season.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, is looking for his third IJGT championship of the season. He is currently ranked fifth on the International Junior Golf Tour and coming off a third-place finish in the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor.  Kanata Irei of Okinawa-shi, Japan, and Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, tied for fourth in another IJGT Junior this spring, the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National, and will look to outdo one another at Palmetto Dunes.

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, performed well in last season’s Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes: Ogawa finished second and Kim tied for fifth.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, players to watch include York, Pa., native Evan Greenplate, Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China and Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C. Greenplate hasn’t finished below second place in an IJGT event this season. Phillips is coming off a win at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National and Hu is coming off a second-place finish in the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation.

The field for the IJGT Junior includes competitors from 13 states and 16 countries. Juniors will be competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points during the tournament. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live updates and download the IJGT app for live scoring.

Carolina Classic champion Santiago Diaz featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – Jan. 29, 2015

The IJGT continued its spring season with another local tournament, the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, on January 25, 2015. Heavy rain cancelled day one of the tournament, so instead of playing 36 holes over two days, the junior golfers completed 27 holes in one day. The field competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings in windy but bright conditions. After the tournament, fans chose this shot of Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, as the IJGT Photo of the Week.

Santiago Diaz Photo of the Week

After 27 holes, Diaz, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., found themselves in a three-way tie for first in the Boys 15-19 Division with tournament totals of 110. The tie meant a playoff, which was played on the challenging par-4 18th hole.

Although he was nervous competing in his first career playoff, Diaz maintained his composure and defeated his competitors earning sole possession of first place. Byrne and Wren tied for second.

This is Diaz’s second IJGT championship win this season as he also won the Savannah Junior at The Landings in December. Congratulations to Diaz!

Don’t forget – each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’

2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)

3 points – per share

Carolina Classic at Colleton River – Final Results (Jan. 25, 2015)

Diaz prevails in three-player playoff
Zeng, Pfoestl also nab top honors in 27-hole event

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted Carolina Classic at the local venue, Colleton River Plantation Club. Due to inclement weather the event was played entirely on January 25, 2015 with one round of 18 holes and one of nine utilizing a shotgun start. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were at stake for competitors.

santiSantiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico finished first after a three-player sudden-death victory in a playoff for the Boys 15-19 Division. After regulation, Diaz, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. were in a three-way tie for first place.

Wren had led the division after the first 18 holes but Diaz and Byrne closed the gap with a chip for birdie on hole 15 and seven straight par finishes respectively.

The playoff began on the course’s par-4 hole No. 16. From the tee, Byrne found the fairway while Diaz and Wren both found their way to the outer edges of the fairway. Byrne was the first to reach the green but came up short on his putt. Wren found himself in a right-side bunker forcing him to earn his putt. All three juniors fell just shy of the hole on their attempts for par, leveling the playing field. In the end, it was Diaz who handled the pressude, ending the playoff with his successful putt for bogey and for the win.

Diaz finished with scores of 72 and -38 for 27-hole a total of 110. His regulation play was highlighted by par-or-better finishes on 23 of 27 holes including three birdies in his first 18. This was Diaz’s first ever playoff and when asked how he felt during the extra hole he said, “Really nervous.” When asked his favorite hole he said “It would probably have to be 15, the one I chipped in.”

Wren finished with scores 70 and-40 for a total of 110. His first round included par-or-better finishes on all but one hole.  Wren also took home the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award which, due to the special circumstances, was awarded to the male and female player with the best nine-hole score at the event. Wren took the title home with a score of 35 on both the front and back nine in his first 18. Byrne, who finished with scores of 71 and-39 for a total of 110, finished his day with seven straight pars and four birdies.

natIn the Girls Division, Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand took home the title and the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with scores of 74 and-37 for a total of 111 on the day. Her round of 35 on the back nine was her best of the day where she earned the Low Round award and carded two birdies. When asked how she felt about the day Zeng said, “I felt really good and nervous and a bit tired.” She said her favorite hole was, “hole no. 16 because, I birdied it every time.”

Behind Zeng was Melany Chong of Mississauga, Ontario, who finished the day in second with scores of 80 and-39 for a tournament total of 119 and Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, in third with scores of 79 and-41 for a total of 120.

 

thomasThomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy won the Boys 14 & Under Division with scores of 79 and-42 for a total of 121. Coming off of a second-place finish at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National last week, Pfoestl carded a streak of nine pars to take a lead heading into the final nine holes. Daniel Schindler of Pittsford, N.Y., made his IJGT debut and took second in the division with scores of 93 and-37 for a total of 140.

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will host its next event January 31 – February 1, 2015. The Lowcountry Junior will be held at the local venue, Wexford Plantation Golf Course, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

Carolina Classic at Colleton River- Dye Course
Bluffton, SC
January 25, 2015 

Boys 15-19 Division- Back Tees, 6,707 yards, Par 72 (27 hole competition)

1. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *72-38–110
T2. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *71-39–110
T2. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *70-40–110
4. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *76-36–112
5. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *72-41–113
6. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan, *76-38–114
7. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *79-36–115
8. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River NJ, *80-37–117
9. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *76-42–118
10. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg *79-40–119
11. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *79-41–120
12. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *82-39–121
13. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *81-42–123
13. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *82-41–123
13. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *82-41–123
16. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *79-45–124
16. Alan Smith, Winchendon, MA *85-39–124
18. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *81-44–125
19. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *81-45–126
19. Brandon McLean, Unionville, ON *86-40–126
21. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *86-43–129
21. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *83-46–129
21. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *86-43–129
24. Trent Dickerson, Guyton, GA *93-44–137
25. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *102-49–151
25. Spencer Eller, Phoenix, AZ *98-53–151

Did Not Finish
JWD Trent Hope, Savannah, GA JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division- Medal Tees, 6,079 yards, Par 71 (27 hole competition)

1. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *79-42–121
2. Daniel Schindler, Pittsford, NY *93-47–140

Girls Division- Member Tees, 5,679 yards, Par 71 (27 hole competition)

1. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *74-37–111
2. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *80-39–119
3. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *79-41–120
4. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *86-47–133

Go, Rodriguez top Players to Watch list for the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines

The last stop of the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) fall season will be the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines on Dec. 13-14, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole event will take place on two courses, the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links.

Home to the PGA TOUR’S RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links is world-renowned. It is best known for its iconic 18th hole overlooking the Calibogue Sound and the Harbour Town Lighthouse.

Hole 18 Harbour Town

Harbour Town

The Ocean Course was the first course built on Hilton Head Island and features one of only two oceanfront holes on the island. Both courses are Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries that promise to be as beautiful as they are challenging.

ocean-course

Ocean Course

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, tops the list of players to watch for the Boys 15-19 Division for this weekend’s tournament. Go has placed highly enough to earn points in all six tournaments he has played in this season, including first-place finishes at the IJGT College Series at NC STATE and the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club. Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, is another player to watch as the 16-year-old shot up 22 spots in the Tour Rankings after bringing home the title at the Savannah Junior at The Landings this past weekend, Dec. 6-7, 2014. Other players to watch include Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, who is coming off a win at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, who has two IJGT championships under his belt this season.

In the Girls Division, Caracas, Venezuela, native Clementina Rodriguez finished second in the IJGA Invitational last year and will be fighting for the championship this year. Rodriguez has finished first or second in the Invitational every year for the past four seasons. Also keep an eye out for Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who is coming off an impressive first-place finish at The Savannah Junior at The Landings and will look to continue her winning streak.

Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, will aim to take home his second IJGT championship this season in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Pfoestl has finished in the top three in five of his seven tournaments this season. Other players looking to add a second IJGT title to their resume this year include Luke Sample of New York and Seoul native Dong Jin Park.

The IJGA Invitational is known for being one of the IJGT’s biggest, most competitive events of the season and this year looks to be no exception. Juniors will be competing for national rankings and double IJGT merit points in the last Major Championship of the season. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live updates and download the IJGT app for live scoring.

Savannah Junior at The Landings – Final results (Dec. 7, 2014)

Jin wins first IJGT title by 16 strokes
Tadokoro dominates girls division

The IJGT traveled to The Landings Club to host their penultimate tournament before the new year, the Savannah Junior. The two-day competition was held on December 6-7, 2014, on the Marshwood Course. The junior golfers had to overcome foggy conditions, particularly on the holes nearest Romerly Marsh. The field competed for IJGT merit points as well as national rankings.

Santiago Diaz

Santiago Diaz

Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, built off his two-stroke lead after round one to win the Boys 15-19 Division. He led the field in birdies with seven, including back-to-back birdies on the par-4 third hole and par-3 fourth hole in round one.

“The course was in really good shape,” said Diaz. “I haven’t putted on fast greens like this in a while. I got off to a little rough start on the final round, but by the sixth hole I got rid of the nerves and played solid coming in.”

Jason Stokes of St. Brelade, Jersey, and Bruce Kozel of Annapolis, Md., tied for second with a tournament total of 152. Stokes improved on his round one score by six strokes to finish round two with a 1-over-par 73, enough to earn him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

 

 

Yujie Jin

Yujie Jin

Yujie Jin of Windermere, Fla., earned his first IJGT title in the Boys 14 & Under Division in convincing fashion, winning by 16 strokes. He scored two consecutive birdies on the back nine in round two on holes No. 16 and 17.

“I really enjoyed the greens,” Jin said. “They were really fast, especially on the downhill putts. But I was able to put pretty well even with the fast green speeds, which helped me win.”

Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China, Dazhuang Li of Bluffton, S.C., and Ayushmaan Jaiswal of Wesley Chapel, Fla., finished the tournament in a three-way tie for second.

 

 

 

Sera Tadokoro

Sera Tadokoro

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, ran away with the Girls Division, winning by 12 strokes. She was the only golfer to finish round two under par with a one-under 71. She closed out the back nine in round two with seven consecutive par-or-better.

“Today I played really well!” Sera said. “My back nine was really good. I was able to shoot 2-under par on the back nine and with only being 1-over on the front nine I knew it should be enough to win the championship.”

In second place with a tournament total of 163 was Cristina Liebana Lafita of Madrid, Spain.

Skylar Frankiewicz of Concord, Mass., was a close third finishing just one stroke behind Lafita in her first IJGT tournament.

Tadokoro’s round two score of 1-under par earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on December 13-14, 2014, for the IJGA Invitational. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Savannah, Ga.. – Final Results of the Savannah Junior at The Landings conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on December 6-7, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Championship Tees – 6,791 yards Par 72 (72.6/134). Boys 14 & Under Division: Club Tees – 6,144 yards, Par 72 (70.0/122). Girls Division: Medal Tees – 5,727 yards, Par 72 (73.4/127).

International Junior Golf Tour
Savannah Junior at The Landings
Skidaway Island, GA
Dec. 6 – Dec. 7, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division — 6,791 yards (Championship Tees) Par, 72

1. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *73-77–150
2. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *79-73–152
2. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *75-77–152
4. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD *81-75–156
4. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *77-79–156
6. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *78-79–157
7. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *80-78–158
8. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *80-79–159
9. Tanner Begin, Swansea, MA *85-78–163
9. Alex Vegh, Gahanna, OH *78-85–163
9. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu *76-87–163
12. Gray Wiley, Lynchburg, VA *84-85–169
12. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *78-91–169
14. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *79-91–170
15. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *87-84–171
16. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *96-83–179
17. Trent Dickerson, Guyton, GA *87-103–190

Boys 14 & Under Division — 6,144 yards (Club Tees) Par, 72

1. Yujie Jin, Windermere, FL *77-80–157
2. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *82-91–173
2. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *82-91–173

Girls Division — 5,727 yards (Medal Tees) Par, 72

1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *80-71–151
2. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *81-82–163
3. Skylar Frankiewicz, Concord, MA *84-80–164
4. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *85-89–174
5. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *85-94–179
6. Rhea Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *99-89–188
7. Yukino Niibe, Tokyo *109-120–229

Savannah Junior at The Landings – Round one recap (Dec. 6, 2014)

The IJGT traveled to The Landings to host the Savannah Junior. In foggy but mild conditions, juniors teed off starting at 9:30 a.m. for the first of two rounds. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

The Boys 15-19 Division is led by Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico. His round in numbers:

73 – his 1-over round one score

5 – total number of birdies on the round

5 – this is his fifth IJGT tournament this season

2 – the number of strokes he leads the division by

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Yujie Jin of Windermere, Fla., leads. His round in numbers:

77 – his round one score to carry the lead

5 – his longest par-or-better streak, coming on holes No. 6 through 10

5 – strokes he leads the division by

3 – total number of birdies on the day

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

12 – total number of pars on the round

5 – the Savannah Junior is Tadokoro’s fifth tournament of the season

3 – consecutive pars she carded to finish out the round

1 – strokes by which she leads the division

The second round at The Landings will take place tomorrow, December 7, 2014, with tee times starting at 9:30 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up to date with up-t0-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter at @IJGT.

Diaz’s opening tee shot featured in the IJGT Photo of the Week – Nov. 6, 2014

Greeted by the coldest weather of the season and gusty winds, the IJGT held the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on November 1-2, 2014, on the Arthur Hills Course. To combat the weather, juniors called upon their winter hats and multiple layers. This week’s Photo of the Week from the event features Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, during his opening tee shot in round one.

Diaz, Santiago (3)

Prior to the IJGT Island Open, Diaz had played in five IJGT events, his personal best performance coming at the IJGT Junior at Colleton River on September 6-7, 2014 (T10).  Unfazed by the weather, Diaz recorded a new career best with the IJGT by finishing second with a two-day total 154. Despite a few unwanted bogeys in round one, Diaz added three birdied in the difficult opening round to sit in a four-way tie for second. Taking advantage of the improved conditions in round two, Diaz added an additional three birdies and shaved two strokes off his round one score en route to securing full possession of second place.

Congratulations Santiago Diaz on being our IJGT Photo of the Week this week!

Don’t forget – each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’
2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)
3 points – per share