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Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters – Final Results

Galdin earns second IJGT title in Boys 15-19 Division

Vesga earns dominant victory at Savannah Quarters

POOLER, Ga. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing 16 different states and 24 countries competed in the 36-hole tournament for IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, and AJGA Performance Stars.

Lino Galdin of Nesmy, France, was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division at Savannah Quarters after posting back-to-back rounds of even-par, 72. Galdin was very consistent in his opening round making 16 pars, one birdie, and one bogey. The wind was a factor all weekend and Galdin was able to navigate the slick greens at the Greg Norman designed Savannah Quarters Country Club. He trailed first-round co-leaders Tsukasa Kimishima of Fukuoka, Japan, and Matej Malicek of Bratislava, Slovakia, by one shot going into the final round.

Lino Galdin won the Boys 15-19 Division at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Lino Galdin won the Boys 15-19 Division at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Galdin won his first IJGT tournament earlier this Fall in comeback fashion so he knew he had a very good shot at winning. He made the turn in even-par, 36 to start his round taking a hold of the lead which he would not relinquish. Galdin made back-to-back birdies on holes Nos. 11 and 12 to solidify his lead, and then finished strong to clinch his second IJGT victory with a tournament total of even-par, 144.

“I knew I could win with birdies today. I made three, and it was good enough for the win,” commented Galdin.

Galdin’s final-round score of even-par, 72 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award which goes to the boy and girl that record the lowest final round score in each IJGT tournament.

Kimishima finished in second place with a tournament total of 2-over, 146. Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, earned third place after recording a tournament total of 149.

In the Girls Division, Maria Vesga of Bucaramanga, Colombia, earned her second championship in the month of October on the IJGT. Vesga was able to handle the blistering wind at Savannah Quarters Country Club to hold off a strong field of 20 girls. She started off the tournament making four birdies in her opening round of 2-over, 74. She ended round one tied with Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan.

Maria Vesga won the Girls Division at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Maria Vesga won the Girls Division at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

In the final round, Vesga got off to a slow start making a double-bogey on her second hole, but she rebounded well rattling off seven straight pars to close her opening nine holes. Vesga carded three birdies on her last nine holes to secure the crown and finish with a score of even-par, 72.

Vesga earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division with her closing score of even-par 72 in the windy conditions at Savannah Quarters Country Club.

“The wind a little factor today, but growing up in Colombia helped me with the conditions,” said Vesga.

Tadokoro finished in second place recording a tournament total of 153. There was a tie for third place between Yukie Sasaki of Hiroshima, Japan, and Ximena Gonzalez of Mexico, with a tournament score of 156.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., earned his second IJGT title of the Fall 2015 season in the Boys 14 & Under Division at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters. Phillips recorded a tournament total of 164 to clinch the victory. He did not have his “A” game this event, but like all good champions, Phillips found a way to hit the critical shots when required. He opened the tournament with an 81 highlighted by a birdie on hole No. 12. This was good enough to give him a share of the lead with Shoichiro Sakamoto of Japan, heading into the final round.

Chase Phillips wins the Boys 14 & Under Division at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Chase Phillips wins the Boys 14 & Under Division at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Phillips started strong in the final round and opened up a two-stroke lead after nine holes. That lead increased to four strokes after 13 holes. The margin was good enough for Phillips to overcome a couple of double-bogeys coming down the stretch. Despite the tough weather, he ended the day with a score of 83, which gave him the Boys 14 & Under Division title.

“Growing up on Hilton Head and playing in the wind, it was no factor for me today,” said Phillips.

Sakamoto ended the tournament in second place finishing with a tournament total of 165. Noah Levine of Mendon, N.Y., earned third place after recording a 167 tournament score.

The IJGT will travel to Scotch Plains, N.J., for the Ben Shear Junior Golf Championship at Shackamaxon Country Club on Oct. 24-25, 2015. The Major Championship will feature national rankings and double IJGT Merit Points. 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, EyeLine 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.

POOLER, Ga. – Final-round results of the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 18, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,832 yards, Par 72 (72.8/132). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,105 yards, Par 72 (69.4/124) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,893 yards, Par 72 (74.1/132)

Weather:       
Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 10-15 mph winds
Round 2: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 60’s with 10-5 mph winds
International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters
Pooler, Ga.
October 17-18, 2015 

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,832 yards, Par 72
1. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *72-72–144
2. Tsukasa Kimishima, Fukuoka, Japan *71-75–146
3. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *75-74–149
4. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *74-76–150
4. Nate Tosto, Pooler, GA *75-75–150
4. Matej Malicek, Bratislava, Slovakia *71-79–150
7. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *77-76–153
7. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *76-77–153
7. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *77-76–153
10. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *77-77–154
11. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *78-77–155
12. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *78-78–156
13. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *81-77–158
13. Saptak Talwar, New Delhi, India *79-79–158
15. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *82-77–159
15. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *78-81–159
17. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *83-77–160
17. Shharad Arora, Bangalore, India *81-79–160
17. Jasper Lee, Taipei, Taiwan *75-85–160
20. David Yang, Taipei, Taiwan *82-79–161
20. Arthur Draijer, Sandweiler, Luxembourg *82-79–161
22. T.J. Nolan, Rapid City, SD *82-80–162
22. Jack O’Donovan, Pittsford, NY *82-80–162
22. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *81-81–162
25. Christian Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *82-81–163
25. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *81-82–163
25. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *82-81–163
25. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *80-83–163
25. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *80-83–163
30. Julio Bello, Valencia, Venezuela *84-80–164
30. Alejandro Guillen, Mexico City, Mexico *81-83–164
30. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-86–164
33. Philip Chen, Taiwan, Taipei *81-84–165
33. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *80-85–165
35. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China *79-87–166
36. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China *87-80–167
36. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *80-87–167
38. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *86-82–168
39. Armand Cadieux, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *80-90–170
40. Alan Smith, Winchendon, MA *83-89–172
40. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *84-88–172
40. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *82-90–172
40. Vince Brunet, Ottawa, Canada *87-85–172
44. Feng Chen, Beijing, China *87-88–175
45. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *87-90–177
45. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *84-93–177
45. Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *89-88–177
48. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton, SC *84-94–178
48. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *89-89–178
50. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *91-88–179
51. Kiefer Surkamer, Mullett Lake, MI *96-85–181
52. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *94-88–182
53. Alex Roman, Versoix, Switzerland *99-84–183
53. Nick Kuehler, Hilton Head, SC *99-84–183
53. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan *89-94–183
56. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *92-92–184
57. Brent Lund, South Hampton, England *90-99–189
58. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *85-108–193
59. Demetrius Johnson, Anchorage, AK *104-90–194
59. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *95-99–194
61. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *98-97–195
62. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *100-98–198
63. Cordell Clouston, Gillette, WY *102-102–204

DID NOT FINISH
Nelson Ou, Foshan, China *WD
Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *WD
Mark Richardson, South Berwick, ME *WD
Arjun Puri, New Delhi, India, *WD

Boys 14 & Under Division – Grey Tees, 6,105 yards, Par 72
1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-83–164
2. Shoichiro Sakamoto, Japan *81-84–165
3. Noah Levine, Mendon, NY *85-82–167
4. Yuxuan Zou, Chongqing, China *85-84–169
5. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *82-100–182
6. Dimitris Vasilakos, Savannah, GA *89-97–186

Girls Division – Red Tees, 5,893 yards, Par 72
1. Maria Vesga, Bucaramanga, Colombia *74-72–146
2. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *74-79–153
3. Ximena Gonzalez, Mexico *82-74–156
3. Yukie Sasaki, Hiroshima, Japan *77-79–156
5. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *79-78–157
6. Tracy Lee, Seoul, South Korea *80-79–159
7. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *79-82–161
8. Haruka Shintani, Setagaya, Japan *87-76–163
8. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *80-83–163
10. Marisa Hisaki, Osaka, Japan *82-82–164
11. Tiana Cruz, Kingston, Jamaica *84-81–165
12. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *86-80–166
13. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *89-81–170
14. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *87-86–173
14. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *86-87–173
16. Betty Horaney, Longview, TX *85-94–179
17. Yuna Sato, Koriyama, Fukushima, Japan *89-91–180
18. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-99–182
19. Yiqing Gong, Allendale, NJ *89-95–184
20. Zhenni Zhu, Chongqing, China *92-99–191

DC Shootout at National Golf Club – Final Results

 Powderly fires back-to-back 74’s to earn IJGT title

Cooper claims crown in Boys 14 & Under Division

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the DC Shootout at National Golf Club. Junior golfers from the Northeast competed in the 36-hole tournament over Columbus Day Weekend for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings.

Liam Powderly of Cockeysville, Md., earned the victory in the Boys 15-19 Division after putting together back-to-back scores of 2-over, 74. This was Powderly’s second victory at National Golf Club, as he also won the 2014 DC Shootout at National Golf Club in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Liam Powderly won the Boys 15-19 Division at the DC Shootout at National Golf Club

Liam Powderly won the Boys 15-19 Division at the DC Shootout at National Golf Club

Using last year’s success as a confidence boost, Powderly was able to get off to a strong start in the windy conditions in the opening round. He carded an even-par, 36 on the opening nine and never looked back. Powderly made three birdies on the day and posted a three-stroke lead going into the final round.

Powderly knew the final round would not come easy as his fellow competitors would make a charge. Lou Baker of Timonium, Md., did just that getting to within one stroke after 11 holes. The turning point of the tournament for Powderly came on the 12th hole at National Golf Club, where he was able to make birdie after firing a great approach shot into the green. From there, Powderly played solid down the stretch to secure his second IJGT victory.

“Winning feels very good. I played very well this weekend so all the practice is paying off and it feels great,” commented Powderly.

Powderly’s final-round score of 2-over, 74 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the player who records the lowest final-round score in every IJGT tournament.

Baker finished the tournament in second place with a total score of 152. Thomas Lipowicz of Alexandria, Va., earned third place after carding a tournament total of 159.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Matt Cooper of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., came out victorious after carding a tournament total of 161. Cooper got off to a hot start in the first round playing his first 11 holes in 1-under-par including three birdies. After a few setbacks, Cooper was able to post a score of 80 to build a six-stroke lead over his competition.

Matt  Cooper won the Boys 14 & Under Division at the DC Shootout at National Golf Club.

Matt Cooper won the Boys 14 & Under Division at the DC Shootout at National Golf Club

In the final round, Cooper focused on his own game and knew that if he played well there was no one that would be able to catch him. Cooper made three more birdies in the final round, including one to open his round. He finished the day with a score of 81, which gave him his first IJGT victory.

“My mindset coming in to today was to come in and hit greens, play my game, and make pars. I wanted to make my competitor make birdie to win so I tried to hit greens and make par,” said Cooper.

Will Tormey of Bronxville, N.Y., finished in second place with a tournament total of 164, including a 78 in the final round.

The IJGT will travel to Pooler, Ga., for the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on Oct. 17-18, 2015. The tournament will feature national rankings, IJGT Merit Points, and AJGA Performance Stars. 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, EyeLine 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.

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. – Final-round results of the DC Shootout at National Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 11, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,689 yards, Par 72 (72.3/133). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,988 yards, Par 72 (68.7/126).

Weather:       
Round 1: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the mid 60’s with 10-15 mph winds
Round 2: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 0-5 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
DC Shootout at National Golf Club
Fort Washington, Md.
October 10-11, 2015 

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,689 yards, Par 72
1. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD, *74-74–148
2. Lou Baker, Timonium, MD, *77-75–152
3. Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA, *77-82–159
4. Deion Shepherd, Dayton, NJ, *80-80–160
5. Carlo Pizzano, College Park, MD, *80-81–161
6. William Sheedy, Washington, DC, *87-75–162
6. Bobby Mulreaney, Lutherville, MD, *84-78–162
8. Mike Viggiano, Haworth, NJ, *88-87–175
9. Tyler Poirier, Mclean, VA, *94-88–182
10. Adam Miller, Silver Spring, MD, *99-86–185

DID NOT FINISH
West Shaw, Alexandria, VA, *84-WD
Kameron Daniels, Bowie, MD, *86-WD

Boys 14 & Under Division – Blue Tees- 5,988 yards, Par 72
1. Matt Cooper, Dobbs Ferry, NY, *80-81–161
2. Will Tormey, Bronxville, NY, *86-78–164

Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters – Final results (Oct. 19, 2014)

Boys 14 & Under and Girls Division end in come-from-behind wins
Krekorian nabs his first victory in IJGT

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour headed to Savannah for the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on October 18-19, 2014. The two-day 36 holes tournament featured a field of more than 80 juniors from around the world competing for national rankings and IJGT merit points.

10636682_10154792846365026_7334357170016159650_o copyIn a come-from-behind effort, Brett Krekorian of Andover, Mass., broke free from a multi-person tie to move into first for the win at the Georgia Open. With a four-stroke deficit, Krekorian made up ground with the help of five second-round birdies and 10 pars. Krekorian comes off of a tie for 18th place in the IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club in his first-ever IJGT event. His final-round 2-under 70 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior with the lowest final round score of the tournament. Krekorian finished with scores of 75 and 70 to combine for a tournament total 145.

“I knew that if I could not make big numbers and make a few birdies and continue with pars, I could probably end up winning eventually,” said Krekorian.

Sharing second was Mark Goodall of Livingston, Scotland, and Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., both finishing with two-day totals of 149.

 

 

10481505_10154792845720026_444006067422180561_o copyIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., was victorious. McBride shared the divisional lead with Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, at the conclusion of round one before he turned on the heat. McBride made a run for the win with the help of 12 pars and two birdies to improve his round-one score by three. The win is the first of McBride’s career as well as his lowest tournament score (151) of his career.

“I put myself in good positions today, especially with the irons, and stayed patient all day,” said McBride.

In second was Pfoestl with a two-day total 166 while Arthur Drajer of Sandweiler, Luxembourg, finished in third with a total 180.

 

 

1617685_10154792845030026_3644729699337966755_o copyAlso in a come-from-behind fashion, Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, won the Girls Division. Trailing by three strokes at the end of round one, Quevedo used a stellar back-nine in round two to move into first. With a 12-hole par-or-better streak on holes 7 through 18, Quevedo recorded a final-round score of 74 to not only make up the deficit but also move into the lead by one.

“I did the same thing as yesterday and just tried to hit as many greens as possible. I played smart; I hit fairways, hit greens – as many greens as possible – and that was the main thing. I made some important putts for par, too,” said Quevedo.

In second was round-one leader Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezula, with a total 147. Rounding out the top three was Mind Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand, with scores of 79 and 71 to combine for a total 150. Puangcharoen’s 1-under 71 in round two earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 25-26, 2014, in the northeast with a Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Pooler, GA. – Final Results of the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters Country Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 18-19, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,851 yards, Par 72 (72.8/132). Boys 14 & Under Division: Silver Tees – 6,269 yards, Par 72 (70.2/126). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5,982 yards, Par 72 (74.6/133)

Weather:                    Sunny with temperatures in the Low 80s, winds 10-15 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the High 70s, winds 5-7 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters Country Club
Pooler, GA
October 18-19, 2014
 

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Tees) – 6,851 yards, Par 72

1. Brett Krekorian, Andover, MA *75-70–145
2. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *73-76–149
2. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-75–149
4. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *77-73–150
5. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *80-71–151
6. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *77-75–152
6. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *77-75–152
6. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *77-75–152
6. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *74-78–152
6. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *71-81–152
11. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *77-76–153
11. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *76-77–153
11. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *75-78–153
11. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *75-78–153
11. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *75-78–153
16. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *75-79–154
17. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *76-79–155
17. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *74-81–155
19. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *82-74–156
19. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *80-76–156
19. Alex Vegh, Gahanna, OH *78-78–156
22. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *81-76–157
22. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *79-78–157
22. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *79-78–157
22. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *76-81–157
22. Masahi Yano, Aichi, Japan *75-82–157
22. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *74-83–157
28. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *82-76–158
28. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *80-78–158
28. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *78-80–158
28. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *76-82–158
32. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *80-80–160
33. Rowan Foxley, Arlington, WA *83-78–161
33. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *80-81–161
35. Yunjie Jin, Windermere, FL *79-84–163
36. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *84-80–164
37. Nate Tosto, Savannah, GA *82-83–165
37. Brandon McLean, Unionville, ON *82-83–165
39. Aniket Sawant, New Delhi, India *80-86–166
40. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *86-81–167
40. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *85-82–167
40. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *84-83–167
43. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *87-81–168
43. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *86-82–168
43. Colson Herrin, Augusta, GA *83-85–168
46. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *85-84–169
47. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *88-82–170
48. Jack O’Donovan, Pittsford, NY *83-89–172
49. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *84-89–173
49. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *83-90–173
51. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *90-84–174
52. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *83-95–178
53. Spencer Eller, Phoenix, AZ *96-87–183
53. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *88-95–183
55. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *91-99–190
56. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *93-104–197
57. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea *113-96–209

DID NOT FINISH

Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *DQ (Rule 15-3b)
Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA * DQ (Rule 15-3b)
Drew Smith, Decatur, GA *76-DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *DQ (Rule 15-3b)
Logan Stefanko, Plymouth, MI *87-DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *85-JWD
Liam Kent, Portage, MB *87-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (Silver Tees) – 6,269 yards, Par 72

1. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *77-74–151
2. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *77-89–166
3. Arthur Draijer, Sandweiler, Luxembourg *92-88–180
4. Ford Berger, Statesboro, GA *96-89–185
5. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *96-95–191

Girls Division (Red Tees) – 5,982 yards, Par 72

1. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *72-74–146
2. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *69-78–147
3. Warrisara Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *79-71–150
4. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *77-74–151
4. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *75-76–151
6. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *76-79–155
7. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-80–158
8. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *81-83–164
9. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *83-84–167
10. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *82-86–168
11. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *91-93–184
12. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *96-100–196

Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters – Round one recap (Oct. 18, 2014)

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour hit the road to host the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on October 18, 2014. The opening round at Savannah Quarters Country Club featured more than 80 juniors from all over the world. In review, the rounds of each division’s leaders, in numbers, are below.

Christian Garruppo of Pottersville, N.J., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

71 – His one-under round one score

16 – Garruppo scored par or better on 16 of 18 holes, including three birdies

2 – He currently leads the division by two shots

Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, and Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., share the Boys 14 & Under Divisional lead. Their rounds in numbers:

PFOESTL:

77 – The leading round one score that Pfoestl shares with McBride – a staggering 15 strokes ahead of the division

7 – His longest par-or-better streak which came on the front nine

2 – Total birdies, one on each nine

MCBRIDE:

77 – His round one score ties his second-best score in a single round of a tournament

10 – McBride comes to the Georgia Open with 10 top-10 finishes thus far in his IJGT career

4 – Both McBride’s birdies came on par-4 holes of the back nine

In the Girls Division, Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, leads. Her round in numbers:

69 – Her 3-under-par score is the lowest score of the entire tournament.

15 – Rodriguez went on a 15-hole par-or-better streak. The streak featured five birdies, three coming back-to-back on hole Nos. 15 through 17.

3 – This is the third sub-70 score Rodriguez has recorded in tournament play since 2010.

The final round at Savannah Quarters will take place tomorrow, October, 19, 2014, with tee times beginning at 8:00 a.m. For full results from round one of the Georgia Openclick here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters– Tour Preview

The IJGT will be hosting the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters at Savannah Quarters Country Club on October 18-19, 2014. This 18-hole two day event will span the weekend to allow juniors to compete for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

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Designed by Greg Norman, Savannah Quarters Country Club is the area’s newest and most distinctive private golf course with an 18-hole masterpiece. The course welcomes golfers of all abilities for a fun and challenging opportunity and unique green complexes with Tour-quality putting surfaces challenge golfers’ putting prowess for successful scoring. Winding through this pristine golf environment, no two holes ever parallel each other, providing players a serene and pure golf experience.

savannah quarters

Savannah Quarters Country Club

Players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division include Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan. Go, currently first in the IJGT Boys 15-19 Divisional Tour Rankings, boasts three top-three victories in as many events for the 2014-2015 season. Ogawa, currently third in the IJGT Boys 15-19 Divisional Tour Rankings, looks to defend his 2013-2014 Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters first-place finish.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, will look to take home his third top-three finish finish in an IJGT event this season. Pfoestl is currently first in the IJGT Boys 14 & Under Divisional Tour Rankings.

Watch for Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, as she looks to improve on her 12th place 2013-2014 Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters finish.

To register or for more information about the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters, click here.

IJGT Photos of the Week – Oct. 19-20, 2013

Northeast Tour

Eamon MaroneEamon Marone

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to State College, Pa., on Oct. 19-20 for the College Classic at Penn State UniversityThe event was held on the Penn State Golf Courses Blue Course, and featured 71 players from seven states and two countries. This week’s Photo of the Week for the Northeast Region goes to Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J. Marone finished tied for fourth place, shooting a total 74-75–149, just one stroke behind champion, Jake Sollon. This is Marone’s second season playing for the IJGT, and it was his third event of the year, coming off a win at the Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill Country Club on Sept. 28-29. Congrats to Marone, and we look forward to seeing him compete in upcoming events!

Southeast Tour

Chase ChildersChase Childers

The IJGT concurrently hosted the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters as a part of its Southeast Tour on Oct. 19-20. Held on the famed Greg Norman Signature Course in Pooler, Ga., the event featured more than 75 players from 20 countries and 18 states. The winner of the Photo of the Week contest for the Southeast Region is Chase Childers of Issue, Md. Childers shot a 76-79–155 for the tournament, landing him in a tied for 13th place finish. This was a great start for the first-time IJGT player, and we look forward to seeing him improve upon his game in future events!

Final results from the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Comeback victories for Ogawa and Shimoji

Strong play and hole-in-one propels Valdes to second straight win

POOLER, Ga. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters for its Southeast Tour on Oct. 19-20, 2013, and the field of gifted junior golfers did not fail to provide spectators with exciting and nail-biting moments throughout the Event. Held on the famed Greg Norman Signature Course, the beautifully-designed course had its fair share of open fairways and strategically-placed water hazards, while also featuring an alluring par-3 island green. 77 players representing 20 countries and 18 states competed for National Rankings, AJGA Performance Stars, and IJGT Merit Points.

Ana Paula ValdesIn the Girls Division, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, built a strong lead quickly and never looked back, tallying a final 6-under-par 138 to record her victory in the Girls Division. Her final score was the best in the entire field and six strokes ahead of runner-up, Rei Nakatani, of Tokyo, Japan. Valdes shot a scorching bogey-free round of 5-under-par 67 in the first round, complete with five birdies and 2-under-par effort on the course’s par-4’s and par-5’s. Holding onto a comfortable lead going into the final round, Valdes immediately opened up with a birdie on the par-4 No. 1, and followed that up with two pars. The highlight of her performance, and arguably, the tournament, came on the par-3 No. 4, where Valdes sank a hole-in-one from 144 yards. Valdes wrapped up her round with two birdies on the back nine’s par-5’s, carding a total 1-under-par 71.

Looking back on her final round Valdes was humble, saying, “[It was] not as good as the first round, but I had an interesting day today,” playing coy to her incredible second career hole-in-one performance. 

This is Valdes’ second straight victory of the 2013-2014 season, where she most recently came out with a convincing 12-stroke win at the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch on Oct. 12-13. After winning three events in 2012-2013, Valdes is competing in her third season with the IJGT.

Rounding out the top three for the Girls Division were Nakatani, who shot a tournament total of even-par 144, and Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, who tallied a final 1-over-par 145.

Nakatani’s final-round score of 3-under-par 69 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the player who records the lowest score in the final round of every IJGT tournament.

DSC01923The Boys 15-19 Division featured one of two exciting comebacks of the Event, where Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, battled back from a five-stroke deficit to take home the trophy with a 75-68–143. In an admirable final round performance, Ogawa opened up with a front-nine score of 3-under-par 33 to put the pressure on the leaders. One of the tournament’s most notable moments came on the par-5 No. 13, where Ogawa sank a 150-yard shot from the bunker for an eagle. Matched up stroke-by-stroke with Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, on the final few holes, Ogawa prevailed. He finished the day with a birdie on No. 17 and a division-low 4-under-par 68, preventing a playoff and securing a one-stroke win over Cheng.

Despite finding himself in a hole after the first round and being caught in a close, stroke-by-stroke competition over the final few holes, Ogawa said that this win makes him “…feel really happy and I’m proud of myself.”

This was the first win of the season for Ogawa, who most recently placed second in a playoff at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7-8. Ogawa is in his third season with the IJGT and racked up six notable victories last season as a competitor in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Landing a second place finish in the division was Chengwho carded a final even-par 144. Austin Maher of Bracebridge, Canada, was two shots back of Ogawa, notching a 1-over-par 145 for the Event.

Takafumi Shimoji

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, another near-playoff created suspense as Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, was able to rally from a first-round deficit to pull off a one-stroke victory over strong competitor, Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia. Finishing round one with a 3-over-par 75, Shimoji sat two strokes off the lead and was determined to turn his performance around. Despite a slow front-nine start, Shimoji was resilient, making a birdie on the par-4 No. 11 and then carding five straight pars to catch up with the leader. With the help of his birdie on hole No. 17 and par on the last hole, he was able to seal off the victory with a final 150.

Reflecting on how this close-cut victory made him feel, Shimoji responded like any other winner would, saying, “I want to win more.”

This is Shimoji’s third win in his first season with the IJGT, coming after victories at the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield and the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation. He also tied for second place at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National.

Vilips earned his seventh top five finish with a second-place score of 151. Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., landed in third with a score of 154, giving him his third consecutive top five finish.

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will be back in action on Nov. 2-3, 2013 in Hilton Head, S.C., for the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall. 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

 

 

Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Savannah Quarters Country Club

Pooler, Ga.

October 19-20, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – (Black Tees) 6,861 yards, Par 72

1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *75-68–143

2. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *70-74–144

3. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *72-73–145

4. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *73-73–146

5. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *75-73–148

6. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada *74-76–150

7. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-75–151

8. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *78-74–152

8. Matthew Mannion, Muskoka, Canada *78-74–152

10. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *76-77–153

10. Salil Ghamande, Evans, GA *75-78–153

10. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE *76-77–153

13. Zach Seeler, Marion, IN *80-75–155

13. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *77-78–155

13. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *77-78–155

13. Chase Childers, Issue, MD *76-79–155

17. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *82-75–157

17. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *80-77–157

17. Maurizio Debono, Basiguo, Italy *79-78–157

17. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *77-80–157

21. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *80-78–158

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

23. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *81-78–159

23. Lohith Ramaraju, London, England *80-79–159

23. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *76-83–159

26. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *78-82–160

26. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-82–160

28. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *85-76–161

28. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *80-81–161

28. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *81-80–161

31. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *76-86–162

32. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung. Taiwan *81-82–163

33. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea *81-83–164

34. Nick Becker, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-79–165

35. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *85-81–166

35. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *80-86–166

37. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *89-78–167

37. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *80-87–167

39. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *91-79–170

39. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *82-88–170

41. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *88-84–172

41. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *88-84–172

43. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *91-82–173

43. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *78-95–173

45. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico *80-96–176

46. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *88-89–177

47. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *90-89–179

48. Todd Glickfield IV, Bluffton, SC *93-89–182

49. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *89-97–186

50. Jespi Huh, Sasanggu, South Korea *93-97–190

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *83-JWD

 

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – (Silver Tees) 6,294 yards, Par 72

1. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *75-75–150

2. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *73-78–151

3. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *77-77–154

4. Luis Sanchez, Xalapa, Mexico *78-84–162

5. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *85-92–177

6. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *105-98–203

7. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China *123-106–229

 

 

Girls Division – (Red Tees) 6,007 yards, Par 72

1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico *67-71–138

2. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *75-69–144

3. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *73-72–145

4. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *75-75–150

5. Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico *76-76–152

6. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *76-79–155

6. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *81-74–155

8. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *77-79–156

9. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *81-77–158

9. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *76-82–158

11. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan *80-82–162

12. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *84-79–163

12. Kayla Kozak, North Myrtle Beach, SC *81-82–163

14. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *85-79–164

15. Pendleton Bogache, Myrtle Beach, SC *82-87–169

16. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *94-90–184

17. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *96-94–190

18. Taylor Clark, Red Bank, NJ *94-97–191

 

 

 

First-round highlights from the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

POOLER, Ga. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) took a short trip to Pooler, Ga., for the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters, taking place from Oct. 19-20, 2013. The first round of the event, which was held on the club’s Greg Norman Signature Course, was initially threatened by early morning fog and cloudy skies, but the prompt arrival of the sun made for a gorgeous day with perfect temperatures for golf. The junior players, competing for National Rankings, AJGA Performance Stars, and IJGT Merit Points, made for an entertaining day. Here are your leaders going into the final round.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Matt Cheng from Taipei, Taiwan, leads the way with a 2-under-par 70, giving him a two-stroke cushion going into the final round on Oct. 20. Here is Cheng’s first round by the numbers:

Matt Cheng: 

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

8 – made pars

7 – number of birdies, including one on the 531-yard, par-5 No. 13 and one on the No. 15 Island Green

4 – seasons with the IJGT, as well as the number of wins in his IGJT career

-2 – score on the course’s ten par-4’s

The Boys 14 & Under Division is fronted by recent Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch champion, Karl Vilipsof Melbourne, Australia, who shot a 1-over-par 73. Here is Vilips’ first round by the numbers:

Karl Vilips: 

36 – back nine score (even-par)

13 – made pars

7 – number of appearances with the IJGT, including this weekend’s event

2 – number of birdies, including one on the No. 15 Island Green

-1 – score on the course’s four par-3’s

Paving the way in the Girls Division is Ana Paula Valdesfrom Morelia, Mexico, who carded a remarkable 5-under-par 67, which leads all golfers. Here is her first round by the numbers:

Ana Paula Valdes:

33 – score on the front nine (3-under-par)

5 – number of birdies, including two on Nos. 3 and 13, both par-5’s

4 – wins in her three seasons with the IJGT, including most recently at the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch

0 – number of bogeys

-2 – score on the course’s par-4’s and par-5’s

 

For complete results of the first round click here. Pairings for final-round action at Savannah Quarters Country Club can be found here.

 

Final results from the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch

Valdes victorious at Black Diamond

Ito earns first Boys 15-19 Division title

LECANTO, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) conducted the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch, Oct. 12-13. Held on the Quarry Course, which hosted 2012 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying, the Florida Junior featured elite junior golfers ages 9-19 representing 19 countries and 10 states competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.

Ranked by GolfDigest as the 143rd best golf course in the United States, the Quarry Course is a Tom Fazio design that provided a great backdrop for the competition and featured a stretch of five consecutive holes (Nos. 13-17) weaving up and down the quarry. Numerous challenges awaited the tournament field, but many were able to navigate the challenging course to post great rounds.

Valdes TrophyAna Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, put on the best performance of the tournament after firing a 4-under-par 140 tournament total to win the Girls Division by 12 strokes. Playing in her first IJGT Event in the 2013-2014 season, Valdes drove the golf ball well, hit precise approach shots, and most importantly, rolled the putter well propelling her to the first-place finish.

In the first round, Valdes got off to a blazing start making two birdies in her first two holes. From there she would make two more birdies and three bogeys en route to a 1-under-par 71. Going into the final round Valdes carried a six-stroke lead.

Valdes did not let up on the accelerator in the final round. Again, she started her day off with two consecutive birdies to put the pressure squarely on her fellow competitors.

Valdes was not done on the front nine though. She would birdie hole No. 7 and then eagle the ninth hole on the Quarry Course at Black Diamond Ranch to go out in 5-under-par 31.

On the more difficult back nine, Valdes would drop two shots to finish off her stellar performance with a 3-under-par 69. This was the lowest score of the tournament regardless of division and also earned Valdes the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“I wasn’t focused on my competitors. I was just trying to do better than yesterday. I was just focusing on my golf game,” said Valdes.

Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, finished in second place in the Girls Division with a tournament total of 152, while Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, took third place with a tournament total of 153.

Ito AwardsIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan, was victorious for the first time in the 2013-2014 IJGT season. He used a final-round score of even-par 72 to separate himself from the rest of field at Black Diamond Ranch. The score also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

In the first round, Ito grinded out an impressive score of 4-over-par 76 to earn a share of the lead with Ben Cohn of Guayaquil, Ecuador. Ito’s round was similar to a rollercoaster as he made as many pars as he did birdies (five). His most pivotal birdies came in the quarry on holes Nos. 15-16 which played extremely tough due to the precision required on the respective tee shots.

The final round was wide open with five other competitors within three strokes of the co-leaders. Ito got off to the start he needed after making a birdie on the first hole.

“At first I was nervous, but I made a birdie on the first hole which helped,” commented Ito.

A bogey on the second hole put Ito back at even-par for the day, but after three consecutive birdies on holes Nos. 7-9, Ito made the turn in 3-under-par 33. From there it was his to lose. A wayward tee shot on No. 15 forced him to hit his third shot from the tee, but Ito remained calmed and made an impressive bogey to avoid letting any other fellow competitors back into the title picture.

Ito finished the tournament in style making a birdie on the closing hole at the Quarry Course which is an uphill, dogleg to the left, par 5. In total, Ito made 10 birdies over the two days.

Finishing in a tie for second place were Cohn and Masato Yoshitsugu of Aichi, Japan, with tournament totals of 153.

Vilips TrophyKarl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, returned to the winner’s circle once again as he dominated the Boys 14 & Under Division at Black Diamond Ranch. The first round was crucial as Vilips opened up a large lead after firing a 2-under-par 70. This was the best score of the tournament in the first round regardless of division. Vilips played nearly flawless golf playing his last eight holes in 3-under-par.

The final round got off to a slow start for Vilips after a quadruple-bogey on the third hole on the Quarry Course. From that point on though, he was able to navigate the golf course in 1-under-par to finish with a 4-over-par 76. In that stretch, Vilips made eight consecutive pars and dominated the demanding quarry holes (Nos. 13-17) playing them in 2-under-par.

Vilips credits his preparation on the greens as the key to his success in the Florida Junior.

“If I putted how I normally played, I would have missed a lot of short putts. I’ve been spending a lot of time with my coach which has helped me this weekend,” said Vilips.

Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., finished in second place with a tournament total of 166. Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico, rounded out the top three with a tournament score of 173.

The IJGT Southeast tour will head north to Savannah, Ga., for the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters Country Club, Oct. 19-20. 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

LECANTO, Fla. – Final round results of the IJGT Florida Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Oct. 13, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,746 yards, Par 72 (72.2/131).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Gray Tees – 6,196 yards, Par 72 (69.8/127) Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,840 yards, Par 72 (74.2/137).

 

Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 10-15 m.p.h.

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

 

 

Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch

Black Diamond Ranch – Quarry Course

Lecanto, Fla.

October 12-13, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – (Black Tees) 6,746 yards, Par 72

1. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *76-72–148

2. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *80-73–153

2. Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador *76-77–153

4. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *80-74–154

5. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *83-73–156

5. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *78-78–156

7. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *79-78–157

7. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *77-80–157

9. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *79-80–159

9. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *79-80–159

11. Maurizio Debono, Basiguo, Italy *83-77–160

11. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *82-78–160

13. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung. Taiwan *79-82–161

14. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *80-83–163

15. Connor Downey, Franklin, TN *84-80–164

16. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *84-82–166

17. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *86-81–167

18. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *91-77–168

18. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *86-82–168

18. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *82-86–168

18. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *82-86–168

18. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-87–168

23. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *87-84–171

24. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *88-86–174

24. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *89-85–174

26. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *90-87–177

27. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *91-88–179

28. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *95-90–185

29. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China *116-120–236

DID NOT FINISH

Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico *JWD

Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *89-JWD

Todd Glickfield IV, Bluffton, SC *89-JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – (Gray Tees) 6,196 yards, Par 72

1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *70-76–146

2. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *84-82–166

3. Luis Sanchez, Xalapa, Mexico *85-88–173

4. Sebastiano Bogoni, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy *93-98–191

DID NOT FINISH

Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN, *DQ (Rule 6-6b)

 

Girls Division – (Green Tees) 5,840 yards, Par 72

1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico *71-69–140

2. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *77-75–152

3. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *80-73–153

4. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *81-80–161

5. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *86-83–169

6. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *84-87–171

7. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *107-98–205

8. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *109-109–218

 

Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will host the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on Oct. 19-20 in Pooler, Ga. Held on the Greg Norman Signature Course, play features vast greens, scenic ponds, and countless natural hazards, challenging golfers with a tournament-quality experience. This will be IJGT’s second event at the Savannah Quarters Country Club, with players competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Savannah Quarters

 

The Boys 15-19 Division will showcase players such as Tyler Pidduck of Thousand Oaks, Calif., who participated in last year’s event and who will be looking to grab his first win of the season after finishing in the Top-10 in two events already. Salil Ghamandefrom Evans, Ga., will be making his 2013-2014 season debut, after three Top-10 finishes last season and three wins in the Boys 14 & Under Division two seasons ago.

The Boys 14 & Under Division will see the likes of Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, who is coming off a win at the Aiken Junior at Woodside Plantation on Sept. 21-22. Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China, and Luis Sanchez of Xalapa, Mexico, are also players to watch, as both have placed in the Top-10 at two events this season.

Playing in her fourth season with the IJGT, Bria` Sanders of Cordova, Tenn., will be making her second appearance this season after coming in sixth place at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. Last season, she finished Top-10 in eight of 11 events played, and has notched more than 30 events on her resume in her IJGT career.