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Kang Wins in Two Hole Playoff

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted its third tournament this spring at The Club at Savannah Harbor. Junior golfers ages 9-19 years old represented 23 different countries and 16 different states. They competed for AJGA Performance Stars, National Rankings and double IJGT Merit Points. The Champions of each division earned an invitation to the 2016 IJGT Tournament of Champions.

 

Tae Young Kang of Busan, South Korea, took home his second win with the IJGT, after a two hole playoff. Firing a consistent round of; 142, 71, 71, he tied for first in the Boys 15-19 Division with Kanata Irei of Okinawa-shi, Japan, after 36 holes. Kang’s first day started out rough with two bogeys on the front, but battled back with three birdies on the back nine. In his final round, Kang claimed three bogeys and four birdies.

 

Kang took the title of Boys 15- 19 Divison Champion after beating Irei on the second hole of the playoff with a birdie.

 

“My 8 iron was my favorite club this weekend, any time I played it I gave myself chances to score. When I came in to the scoring table on the final round, I didn’t think I won or would have to play in a playoff. I had a blast competing against Kanata in the playoff, it felt like a PGA Professional event,” commented Kang.

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Irei also shot a low of 142, but lost on the second hole of the playoff to Kang to finish in second place. Arjun Puri of New Delhi, India, finished even-par for the tournament at a 144; 72, 72.

 

The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the boy and girl who records the lowest score in every IJGT championship, was awarded to Luis Pons of Leon, Mexico, shooting 5-under par, 67. Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., and Haruka Shintani of Setagaya, Japan, both shot even par, 72, for the girls.

 

Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., took the Championship title in the Girls Division. Kozak played the two day tournament at even-par, a total of 144. After round one, Kozak came into the final round sitting in second place behind Yukie Sasaki of Hiroshima, Japan. Starting off on hole 10, she shot two over on her “front nine,” and finished with 2-over par on her “back nine.”

 

“I thought I played very well this weekend, I was very consistent. My favorite part about the weekend was the weather. I loved the beautiful weather we had this weekend. It was perfect both days and it’s finally starting to feel like spring. My favorite club is driver, simply because I like the way it feels and it leaves me with a shorter shot into the hole,” said Kozak.

 

Sasaki took second shooting a total of 146; 69, 77. Taking third in the Girls Division was Tiana Cruz of Kingston, Jamaica. Cruz shooting a total of 148; 75, 73.

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Collier Curd of Bowling, Ky., made his debut with the IJGT this weekend at the Georgia Junior. Curd also won the Boys 14 & Under Division shooting 14-over par, a total of 158. After shooting an 81 in round one, Curd had the lead going into the final round. Curd had one birdie, three bogeys in his last round.

 

 

“It felt amazing to win my first IJGT tournament. Today, my final round, I felt like I put it all together. I loved the atmosphere of the tournament, the staff was great, and I played against some awesome competition. I will defiantly come and play another IJGT event,” Curd remarked.

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Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished second with a 164. Coming in third from Urumqi, China, was Siyu Liao, shooting a 172.

 

The IJGT will continue the spring 2016 Season in Malvern, Pa. with the Philly Challenge at White Manor Country Club on March 19-20, 2016. Players will compete for AJGA Performance Stars, IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

 

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 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 30 states and 30 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, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, Iconic Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

 

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Final-round results of the IJGT Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed February 27-28, 2016. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,810 yards, Par 72 (73.0/135). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,232 yards, Par 72 (70.3/129) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,766 yards, Par 72 (73.8/131).

 

                                                                                                      

Weather:        Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 60’s with 5-10 mph winds

Round 2: Sunny with temperatures in the high 60’s with 10-15 mph winds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor             

Savannah, Ga.

February 27-28, 2016

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,810 Yards, Par 72

1. Tae Young Kang, Busan, South Korea *71-71–142

1. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *71-71–142

3. Arjun Puri, New Delhi, India *72-72–144

4. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *75-71–146

4. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *74-72–146

6. Jose Haces, Puebla, Mexico *73-74–147

7. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *74-74–148

7. Ian Peng, Chang Hua, Taiwan *72-76–148

9. T.J. Nolan, Rapid City, SD *76-73–149

9. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton, SC *73-76–149

9. Blaise Vanitvelt, Flint, MI *74-75–149

12. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *83-67–150

12. Paolo Wong, La Trinidad, Philippines *77-73–150

14. Sam Ohno, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *81-71–152

14. Saptak Talwar, New Delhi, India *78-74–152

16. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *74-79–153

17. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *78-76–154

17. Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *77-77–154

17. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *77-77–154

17. Johnny Peck, Ashland, OH *77-77–154

17. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *74-80–154

22. Sean Taylor, Westfield, NJ *78-77–155

22. Alejandro Guillen, Mexico City, Mexico *78-77–155

22. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *76-79–155

25. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-75–156

26. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *79-78–157

26. Jack O’Donovan, Pittsford, NY *77-80–157

26. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-79–157

29. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *82-76–158

29. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *80-78–158

29. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *80-78–158

32. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *83-76–159

32. Matthew Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *82-77–159

32. Alex Hellewell, Leeds, England *79-80–159

32. Quincy Stith, Wichita, KS *79-80–159

36. Max Castaneda, Mexico City, Mexico *80-80–160

36. Demetrius Johnson, Anchorage, AK *81-79–160

36. Matt Camel, Greenwich, CT *77-83–160

39. Julio Bello, Valencia, Venezuela *77-84–161

39. Chung Yan Leong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *75-86–161

41. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *80-82–162

41. Francisco Noguerol, Rosario, Argentina *85-77–162

41. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Managua, Nicaragua *85-77–162

41. Alexander Hollmann, Frankfurt, Germany *79-83–162

41. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *78-84–162

46. Yuhan Yan, Shanghai, China *81-82–163

46. Jasper Lee, Taipei, Taiwan *86-77–163

48. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *81-84–165

48. Alex Roman, Versoix, Switzerland *81-84–165

48. Greg Shen, Vancouver, Canada *79-86–165

51. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *84-83–167

51. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *87-80–167

53. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *83-85–168

53. Trevor Hogan, Auburn, NY *84-84–168

55. Taylor Rockwell, Boonton Township, NJ *83-86–169

55. Feng Chen, Beijing, China *85-84–169

57. Daniel Song, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *84-86–170

57. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *84-86–170

59. Gabriel Han, Beijing, China *91-80–171

59. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *87-84–171

61. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *86-89–175

61. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *85-90–175

63. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *84-92–176

63. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *87-89–176

65. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *93-87–180

66. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *89-92–181

67. Adam Miller, Silver Spring, MD *95-89–184

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *WD

Mark Richardson, South Berwick, ME *DQ (Rule 15-3)

Girls Division, White Tees, 5,766 Yards, Par 72

 

1. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *72-72–144

2. Yukie Sasaki, Hiroshima, Japan *69-77–146

3. Tiana Cruz, Kingston, Jamaica *75-73–148

4. Haruka Shintani, Setagaya, Japan *77-72–149

4. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *74-75–149

6. Holly McCann, Raleigh, NC *75-75–150

7. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *74-77–151

7. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *75-76–151

9. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *76-76–152

9. Rou Yin, Zhejiang, China *74-78–152

11. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *79-74–153

11. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *76-77–153

11. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *75-78–153

14. Tracy Lee, Seoul, South Korea *76-79–155

15. Linda Trockel, Berlin, Germany *82-74–156

16. Renata Fierro, Yucatan, Mexico *78-79–157

17. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *80-78–158

18. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasaki, Japan *82-77–159

19. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *78-82–160

20. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *77-84–161

21. Vivian Yen, Kaohsiung, Taiwan *84-79–163

22. Yeon Joo Kim, Seoul, South Korea *85-79–164

23. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *83-83–166

24. Katie Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *86-81–167

25. Ana Sofia Meneses, Bogota, Colombia *85-84–169

26. Camilla Jarvela, Espoo, Finland *90-83–173

27. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *87-87–174

28. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *90-96–186

 

 

 

 Boys 14 & Under Division, Blue Tees, 5,989 Yards, Par 72

 

1. Collier Curd, Bowling Green, KY *81-77–158

2. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-81–164

3. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *89-83–172

4. Luca Jumabhoy, Sydney, Australia *90-92–182

5. Noah Levine, Mendon, NY *101-85–186

 

 

 

Florida Junior at RedTail

SORRENTO, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour Florida Open at RedTail Golf Club was nothing short of exciting this past weekend. Though the tough wind conditions, the participants battled through and competed for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The top five players in each division earned preferred entry into any IJGT Major Championship and the Champions of each division earned an invitation to the 2016 IJGT Tournament of Champions.

All Champions Trophy

The Boys 15-19 Division had an outstanding three way tie for first place. Luke Northwood of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J., and Jose Haces of Puebla, Mexico, all shot a 3-under, 141. With a playoff between the three boys, Haces, took the win with a birdie on the first playoff hole.

“The course had really nice greens and were rolling great all weekend. I played very good over the weekend, round one was one of my best rounds of my life, and I shot 2-under par, 70. In the playoff I played great. I was able to hit a great drive and put the ball on the green with a chance for birdie and the win. I made a great read and hit the putt perfect,” said Haces.

Jose Haces Trophy (1)

 In the Girls Division, each top three were within one stroke of one another. Ximena Gonzalez of Queretaro, Mexico, shot an astonishing total of 6-over, 151.  Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, came in second by one stroke after having the first day lead. She shot a total of 151. Alyssa Mercado of Bradenton, Fla., finished the Florida Open with a total of 152.

The winner of the Girls Division, Gonzalez took some time to reflect on her round;

 

“The course was tough, the wind played a lot into my decision making but I was able to manage it and control my game. This weekend putting was the strongest part of my game. Coming into today I knew it would be a long day and I wanted to stay calm and focus on the things I could control, and not the other girl’s scores,” commented Gonzalez.

Ximena Gonzalez Trophy

 

Five boys competed in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Jason Duff of Elkton, Fla., kept it consistent shooting 74 for both days, a total of 148. AJ Cavotta of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., had a great second round shooting 77, for a total of 168. Luca Jumabhoy of Sydney, Australia, also tied Cavotta for second place with a total of 168.

“I played well. Putting was not spectacular but, I was able to recover very well with my iron play and put myself in good positions to make good scores. The wind did not affect my game to much this weekend, being from Florida, I am use to playing in windy conditions so I was mentally prepared for it. My best club this weekend was driver, I put myself in great spots off the tee,” said Duff.

 Jason Duff Trophy

The IJGT also recognize the  Clazic Belts Low Final Award Winners.
 
Luke Northwood – 68
Ximena Gonzalez – 72

The IJGT will continue the Spring 2016 Season in Savannah, Ga., with the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor on Feb. 27-28, 2016. This is one of the IJGT Major Championships. Players will compete for IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Performance Stars, and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

SORRENTO, Fla. – Final-round results of the IJGT Florida Open at RedTail Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed February 14, 2016. The weather was as followed:

Saturday – Sunny 65 degrees with 10-15 mph
Sunday – Sunny 55 degrees with 5-10 mph
 Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees- 6,700 yards, Par 72 (72.7/138). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees –5,989 yards, Par 72 (69.5/122) Girls Division: White Tees –5,734 yards, Par 72 (74.2/130).

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,700 Yards, Par 72

1. Jose Haces, Puebla, Mexico *70-71–141

2. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *70-71–141

2. Luke Northwood, Howey In The Hills, FL *73-68–141

4. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *73-69–142

5. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *69-75–144

6. Carlos Marrero, Valencia, Venezuela *74-71–145

6. Tae Young Kang, Busan, South Korea *73-72–145

8. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *72-74–146

9. Tristan Galant, Cape Town, South Africa *73-75–148

9. Ryo Harada, Tokyo, Japan *73-75–148

11. Paolo Wong, La Trinidad, Philippines *75-74–149

12. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China *76-75–151

13. Yuichi Murao, Yokohama-Shi, Japan *78-75–153

13. Philip Chen, Taiwan, Taipei *78-75–153

13. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *74-79–153

13. Jack O’Donovan, Pittsford, NY *73-80–153

17. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *79-75–154

18. Brandon Wehrle, Findlay, OH *77-78–155

19. Demetrius Johnson, Anchorage, AK *78-78–156

20. Yuhan Yan, Shanghai, China *77-80–157

20. Marc Sabria, Barcelona, Spain *76-81–157

20. Chung Yan Leong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *76-81–157

20. Simone Colozza, Rome, Italy *75-82–157

20. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *82-75–157

25. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *81-77–158

26. Blaise Vanitvelt, Flint, MI *80-79–159

26. Daniel Song, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *78-81–159

26. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *85-74–159

29. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *80-80–160

29. Juan Felix, Culiacan, Mexico *83-77–160

31. Julio Bello, Valencia, Venezuela *79-82–161

32. Antonio Miguel, Puebla, Mexico *78-84–162

33. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *85-78–163

34. Alexander Hollmann, Frankfurt, Germany *86-78–164

35. Trevor Madredejos, St. Augustine, Fl *80-85–165

35. Jaydon Pang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *81-84–165

37. Alex Hellewell, Howey in the Hills, FL *89-77–66

37. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *84-82–166

37. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *82-84–166

40. Francisco Noguerol, Rosario, Argentina *80-87–167

41. Griffin Smith, Holland, PA *88-83–171

42. Gabriel Han, Beijing, China *91-81–172

43. Greg Shen, Vancouver, Canada *81-92–173

44. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *86-94–180

45. Max Castaneda, Mexico City, Mexico *89-98–187

46. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *95-97–192

47. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *95-99–194

48. Cole Ohlrich, Findlay, OH *103-93–196

49. Preston Haugh, Alexandria, VA *114-115–229

 

Girls Division, White Tees, 5,734 Yards, Par 72

1. Ximena Gonzalez, Queretaro, Mexico *78-72–150

2. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *72-79–151

3. Alyssa Mercado, Bradenton, FL *77-75–152

4. Rou Yin, Zhejiang, China *85-75–160

5. Jenny Kim, Heathrow, FL *79-86–165

6. Ana Sofia Meneses, Bogota, Colombia *89-81–170

7. Lisa Colee, DeLand, FL *87-92–179

8. Emily Ma, Taipei, Taiwan *89-92–181

8. Kayla Li, Lake Mary, FL *87-94–181

10. Serina Li, Lake Mary, FL *104-108–212

11. Morgan Stephens, Sanford, FL *137-127–264

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

Tracy Lee, Seoul, South Korea, *WD

 
Boys 14 & Under Division, Blue Tees, 5,989 Yards, Par 72

1. Jason Duff, Elkton, FL *74-74–148

2. AJ Cavotta, Saratoga Springs, NY *91-77–168

2. Luca Jumabhoy, Sydney, Australia *78-90–168

4. Nicholas Veracruz, St. Johns, FL *87-89–176

5. Joshua Veracruz, St. Johns, FL *97-88–185

 

IJGT announces Spring 2016 Major Championships

The IJGT is excited to announce the Major Championships for the Spring 2016 Season. Competitors who compete in these Major Championships will receive DOUBLE MERIT POINTS towards the Tour Rankings, which increases opportunities to qualify for other Invitational events. At the end of the 2015-2016 season the top 10 players in the IJGT Tour Rankings will be named to the All-IJGT Team. Additionally, at these Major Championships, all players will receive a dozen golf balls AND a PUMA polo for their registration gifts. Here is a list of the Major Championships:

February 27-28Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor

March 26-27New Jersey Major Championship at Royce Brook

May 7-8Northeast Tour Championship at Hershey Country Club

The Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor is a 36-hole event featuring national rankings as well as guaranteed AJGA Performance Stars in the Boys 15-19 and Girls Divisions. The Club at Savannah Harbor was designed by Robert Cupp and Sam Snead. The Club at Savannah Harbor  is use to hosting Major Championships as it served as the host for a Senior PGA (Champions Tour) event for many years. Each hole features its own legendary story and caters to golfers of varying abilities.

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The Club at Savannah Harbor

 

The New Jersey Major Championship at Royce Brook is a 36-hole event featuring national rankings as well as guaranteed AJGA Performance Stars in the Girls Division. The tournament will be conducted on the East Course, which is rated “Four Stars” by Golf Digest’s Places to Play, and is rated as one of GolfWeek’s “Top 10 Golf Courses” among public courses in the state of New Jersey. This will be the inaugural trip to Royce Brook for the IJGT.

Royce Brook - East Course

Royce Brook – East Course

 

The Northeast Tour Championship at Hershey Country Club is a 36-hole event featuring national rankings and guaranteed AJGA Performance Stars in the Boys 15-19, Girls, and Boys 14 & Under Division. The annual Mother’s Day event is the most popular in the Northeast as players from over six states will travel to be part of the inaugural IJGT Northeast Tour Championship. The Major Championship will be conducted on the East Course at Hershey Country Club, which was designed by George Fazio. The East Course has hosted several PGA tournaments, most recently the Nationwide Tour’s Reese’s Cup Classic, an event on professional golf’s development tour.

Hershey Country Club - East Course

Hershey Country Club – East Course

Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor — Round one recap (Feb. 21, 2015)

The International Junior Golf Tour traveled to Savannah, Ga., to host the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor. Although frost dusted the course in the early morning, as the sun rose so did the temperature to create pleasant playing conditions. The tournament began with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Wataru Koguchi of Fukuoka, Japan, and Print Yusabai of Pattaya, Thailand, are tied for first in the Boys 15-19 Division. Their rounds in numbers:

KOGUCHI:

11 – Koguchi had a division-best 11-hole par-or-better streak beginning with the par-4 sixth hole and ending with a birdie on the par-4 16th hole.

4 – He carded four birdies during the round.

73 – His 1-over score to share the lead.

YUSABAI:

2 – Yusabai carded back-to-back birdies on the par-4 10th hole and the par-5 11th hole.

5 – He carded five birdies during the round.

12 – He made par or better on 12 holes.

The Girls Division is led by Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India. Her round in numbers:

17 – Kedlaya made par or better on 17 of 18 holes.

3 – She carded three birdies in round one.

70 – Her 2-under score to carry the lead.

4 – She leads the division by four strokes.

The second round of the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor will take place tomorrow, February 22, 2015, beginning with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.