The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) finished their season with the annual Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Resort in Orlando, Fla. The weekend was filled with excitement as Grand Cypress’s East/North Course and New Course both created a magnificent challenge for all competitors. Saravit Kerdsinchai of Nonthaburi, Thailand, and Liza Freed of Alexandria, Va., found themselves able to handle the tough Grand Cypress as they earned themselves Player of the Week honors.
Kerdsinchai started off the 2012-2013 season a little slow but has been nothing but stellar as of recently. He has had great showings in his past three events recording top-five finishes in all of them including a fourth-place finish at the 5th Annual Invitational and a first-place title at the Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island. With this consistent play Kerdsinchai knew he was up for a test as he headed to Orlando to compete against the largest field of the IJGT season.
He started off the event a little bit differently than he envisioned by shooting an 80 and finding himself further down the leaderboard than expected. This did not stop him down, however as he started out his second round with an impressive 37 on the front nine. He continued this great play and finished his round with a 36 to record a 1-over-par 73 on the day. Knowing that he still had some work to do in order to finish the event with another top 10, he came out firing on Monday with an even-par on his front nine. With this determination he made the turn and continued his success with another even-par 36. This finished again in the top 10 with a ninth-place finish. Kerdsinchai’s ability to battle adversity and fire two spectacular rounds after a rough start earns him Player of the Week honors.
Freed has had an impressive year on the IJGT and has even been able to stay in the top five in all four of her appearances. The most prominent of these was her first place finish at the Major Championship at Hershey presented by International Junior Golf Academy. Coming to the event Freed has been consistent and continually battled the adverse weather in the Northeast region. At Grand Cypress, she started her first round with an impressive birdie on the challenging second hole and cruised to an impressive 1-over-par 73. Freed stuggled on the North/East course in her second round and found herself falling down the leaderboard. Knowing she needed to get back into the top 10 she came to the course determined on Monday morning. She recorded three birdies on the front nine to fire a 38. She added a 40 on the back nine which was good enough to land her a ninth-place finish and a spot inside the top 10. The IJGT looks forward to watching as Freed continues her successes next season.