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Okada’s tee shot featured in the IJGT Photo of the Week – Dec. 18, 2014

The IJGT wrapped up its fall season by hosting the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines. During the two-day, 36-hole event junior golfers had the opportunity to play both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links. Although the mornings started out frosty, both days turned out to be clear and sunny.

Daiki Okada tees off at Harbour Town Golf Links

Daiki Okada tees off at Harbour Town Golf Links

A photo of Daiki Okada of Tokyo, Japan, from round one at Harbour Town was selected as this week’s IJGT Photo of the Week. This was Okada’s third consecutive IJGA Invitational; he tied for sixth place in last year’s event. He carded five birdies during this year’s tournament, three of which came on par-5’s.

Congratulations Daiki Okada on being our IJGT Photo of the 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 page 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

IJGT Player of the Week – Dec. 14-15

Southeast Tour

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour hosted the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C. on Dec. 14-15. The two-day, 36-hole Major Championship consisted of one round at the Ocean Course at Sea Pines and one round at Harbour Town Golf Links. The field featured 102 players representing 19 states and 18 countries. They were competing for national rankings and double IJGT Merit Points. This week’s Player’s of the Week for the Southeast Tour are Charlie Farrell of Hilton Head Island and Phyllis Tang of Hong Kong, China.

Will MilesCompeting in the Boys 14 & Under Division, Farrell faced off with 15 other talented junior golfers vying to capture his first IJGT victory. During the first round, Farrell battled the heavy rain and wind to put himself in a tie for fifth place. A round of 80, including a birdie on the intimidating par-3 11th at the Ocean Course, proved to be a strong score in the first round with the difficult conditions.  Playing his final round at Harbour Town, Farrell knew he needed an impressive showing to move up the leaderboard.  Playing in the second-to-last group of the day, Farrell again shot 80, which was the third lowest in his division that day, on one of the hardest golf courses in the country, and slide into third place.  With this third place finish, Farrell cracked the top-3 for the first time in his young IJGT career.  We look forward to seeing Farrell build off his accomplishments in future IJGT Events.

Phyllis TangPhyllis Tang started off the tournament at the Ocean Course in the heavy rain. Tang was looking to add another top-5 finish to her impressive career, which already includes an IJGT champion and numerous top -5 finishes.  Tang put together an impressive round of 76 during the first round but found herself in a tie for 7th.  The final day brought added drama to the scene, as the Girls Division teed off at Harbour Town.Tang knew she had to post a good score to make up ground on the leaders and get into the top-5.  She shot a final round score of 78, including four birdies, to jump into the top-5 of the final standings.  As scores rose due to the difficulty of Harbour Town, Tang played consistently smart golf to shoot in the 70s for a second straight round. This is Tang’s 13th top-5 finish in her IJGT career and will look to add another top finish at the College Classic at Duke University in April.

West Coast Tour

Joe Highsmith

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) also headed to Scottsdale, Ariz., to host the West Coast tour’s last event of the Fall season at the Scottsdale Open at Troon North on Dec. 14-15. Taking place on the club’s par-71 Pinnacle Course, the competitors experienced what it was like to play pure desert golf, with an array of natural ravines, foothills, bentgrass greens and giant granite boulders lurking at every turn. Further, the gorgeous weather, along with the beauteous backdrop of Arizona’s Pinnacle Peak mountains, were a gracious add-on for the golfers. The Player of the Week for the West Coast region is Joe Highsmith of Lakewood, Wash.

The 13-year-old played up a division at the event and kept his own — an honor in itself — while posting a respectable outing in the Boys 15-19 Division. Highsmith tallied a tournament total of 74-81–155, and landed a tied for fourth place finish in his first-ever IJGT appearance. After a remarkable first round that consisted of eight pars and four birdies, including one that was sealed with a 30 foot putt on the par-5 No. 14, Highsmith found himself in third place going into the final round. Despite a rough start to the final round, he remained consistent, sinking six straight pars on Nos. 4-9 en route to a front-nine 38. He would finish the day with an 81, but his fourth place finish is not one to overlook.

Final results from the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort

Meuret excels in victory at IJGA Invitational

Quevedo’s back-nine propels her to Championship

Hilton Head Island, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held their annual IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Dec. 14-15. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was competed on both Sea Pines Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links. The field consisted of 102 talented junior golfers representing 19 states and 18 countries. Players were competing for national rankings and double IJGT Merit Points.

Consistently rainy weather made scoring difficult at both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town during the first round, while a light rain, but more wind, gave the players fits during the final round. The par-72 Ocean Course played to 6,781 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division, 6,230 yards for the Boys 14 & Under, and 6,024 yards for the Girls Division. The course featured numerous water hazards, as well as one of the only two oceanfront holes on Hilton Head Island; the par-3, 15th hole. Contrary to the Ocean Course’s abundance of water, Harbour Town featured a wealth of bunkers, as well as tight fairways and small greens. The course has a par of 71. An annual stop for the PGA Tour, Harbour Town was played at 6,643 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division, 6,001 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 5,702 yards for the Girls Division.

meuretIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., came away on top of a stacked leaderboard after shooting scores of 75-71-146.

Outside of a hiccup on No. 11 during the first round (he started on the 10th tee,) Meuret excelled throughout the weekend. Playing the first round on Harbour Town, Meuret finished his back nine with a score of 2-over-par 37, being one of only two players in his division to card a birdie on the difficult par-3, 17th. As the rain became heavier, Meuret’s play improved. Following bogeys on Nos. 1 and 3, he put together a streak of six straight pars to end his round with a score of 4-over-par 75. He sat one stroke off the lead following the first round, as Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished with a 74, including an even-par 36 on the front nine. Harry Jin of Palisades Park, N.J., was the only player in the field to shoot a nine-hole score under-par during the first round, accomplishing the feat with a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine. The three players were a group of eight that sat within two strokes of the lead entering the final round.

Play moved to the Ocean Course for day two and, with less rain to deal with, scores improved. Meuret and Miles were joined by Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., in the final pairing. Russell fell off the pace, as Miles was scoring par after par and Meuret birdied hole No. 8 and followed that with an eagle at No. 9. By the turn, Meuret held a one-stroke lead over Miles and the two had separated themselves from the rest of the pack. Meuret picked up another stroke when Miles, after finishing with par on the first 11 holes, bogeyed the 12th. Meuret’s lead fell back to one after he bogeyed the par-3, 15th and Miles made par. The two exchanged pars at Nos. 16 and 17, and Meuret headed to the 18th hole with his lead intact. Miles tee shot on No. 18 found the water on the right, closing out his chances of a victory, while Meuret thrashed his drive right down the center. Having the advantage, Meuret was able to conservatively play his way to a par and the victory, finishing his round at 1-under-par 71. That score tied him with Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, for the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“I’d like to thank Harbour Town and Sea Pines Resort for being great hosts this week,” commented Meuret during his Awards Ceremony speech.

Miles and Ben Cohn of Guayaquil, Ecuador, tied for second with tournament totals of 149.

isidoraIn the Girls Division, Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, came back from a five-stroke first-round deficit to earn the Championship with final scores of 73-73-146.

The Girls Division played the first round on the Ocean Course and Quevedo was up to the challenge, shooting a 1-over-par 73, including three birdies at Nos. 11, 12, and 15. Even after her impressive round, Quevedo was five shots back of Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., who shot a staggering 4-under-par 68. Ashmore carded six birdies, including a nine-hole tournament low of 3-under-par 33.

Quevedo started her final round at Harbour Town with a birdie on the first hole and then birdied again on the fifth as part of a front-nine 39. She trailed Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, by three strokes at the turn, as Siriko held the lead at 1-over-par through 27 holes.

Quevedo began to make her move with a birdie on hole No. 11 and then made another birdie at No. 14. She bogeyed the 15th hole but finished with three straight pars to finish with a second-straight 73, and awaited the rest of her division to finish their rounds. Siriko was not able to match Quevedo down the stretch allowing Quevedo to earn the victory.

Quevedo’s final-round score of 73 won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“I knew the scoring wouldn’t be too good since it was a hard golf course. I played aggressive, but when I didn’t have to, I played smart,” noted Quevedo.

Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, finished second with scores of 73-75-148 and Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, was third with totals of 73-76-149.

McCarthyIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Ryan McCarthy of Rockville Centre, N.Y., road a first-round 73 to an 11-shot victory.

McCarthy impressed with his performance at the Ocean Course during the first round, carding a 1-over-par 37 on the front nine, and then besting that with an even-par 36 on the back nine. McCarthy did most of his damage on the course’s four par-5s, playing them at 2-under-par. He held a five-stroke lead over Will Klein of Bethesda, Md., and Yuichi Murao of Yokohama-shi, Japan, following the first round.

McCarthy did not take his foot off the pedal during the final round at Harbour Town. After opening with a bogey, he birdied hole No. 2, continuing his success with par-5s on the weekend. He carded a 3-over-par 39 on the front-nine, keeping his five-stroke lead unharmed.

He picked up two more birdies on the back nine, including finishing his round in style with a birdie at the famous 18th hole at Harbour Town Golf Links. He finished his final round with a 75, concluding his two-day tournament with a total of 148, 11 shots clear of Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia.

McCarthy’s mindset entering the final round with a comfortable lead was, “…to keep the ball in play, eliminate double-bogeys, and putt well.”

Charlie Farrell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., rounded out the top three with a tournament total of 160.

The IJGT wraps up their fall schedule with the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., on Dec. 21-22. The tournament will be contested on a PGA Tour venue for the second consecutive week. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGA Invitational conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Dec. 15, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division (Ocean Course): Blue Tees – 6,781 yards, Par 72 (72.9/143).  Boys 14 & Under Division (Ocean Course): White Tees – 6,230 yards, Par 72 (70.7/133) Girls Division (Ocean Course): Green Tees – 6,024 yards, Par 72 (75.0/132). Boys 15-19 Division (Harbour Town Golf Links): Blue Tees – 6,643 yards, Par 71 (73.0/141).  Boys 14 & Under Division (Harbour Town Golf Links): White Tees – 6,001 yards, Par 71 (70.2/133) Girls Division (Harbour Town Golf Links): Gold Tees – 5,702 yards, Par 71 (73.4/130).

 

Weather:       

Saturday: Heavy Rain with temperatures in the Mid 50s, winds 10-15 mph

Sunday: Rain with temperatures in the Mid 50s, winds 15-20 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
December 14-15, 2013
                                                                                         

 

Boys 15-19 Division
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Harbour Town: 6,643 yards, Par 71
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) Ocean Course: 6,781 yards, Par 72
 
1. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE, *75-71–146
2. Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador, *76-73–149
2. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC, *74-75–149
4. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan, *79-71–150
4. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *76-74–150
6. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan, *78-73–151
6. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY, *76-75–151
8. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico, *77-75–152
9. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan, *79-74–153
9. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea, *76-77–153
9. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India, *76-77–153
9. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *76-77–153
13. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA, *79-75–154
13. Luke Scealf, Knoxville, TN, *79-75–154
13. Bryce Johnson, Oakton, VA, *76-78–154
16. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea, *80-75–155
16. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, *79-76–155
18. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA, *82-75–157
19. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA, *81-77–158
19. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA, *77-81–158
19. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand, *78-80–158
19. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan, *83-75–158
23. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA, *82-77–159
23. Jake Niedosik, Lansdale, PA, *84-75–159
25. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy, *81-79–160
25. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan, *80-80–160
25. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK, *79-81–160
28. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA, *81-80–161
28. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan, *80-81–161
28. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India, *84-77–161
31. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan, *85-77–162
32. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA, *86-77–163
32. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN, *84-79–163
34. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico, *83-83–166
34. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD, *79-87–166
34. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ, *80-86–166
34. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia, *85-81–166
38. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan, *89-78–167
38. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC, *88-79–167
38. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY, *86-81–167
41. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *83-85–168
42. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India, *83-86–169
42. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH, *87-82–169
44. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan, *83-87–170
44. Bobby Firth, Jenkintown, PA, *91-79–170
44. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain, *85-85–170
47. Maurizio Debono, Basiglio, Italy, *91-80–171
47. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, *86-85–171
47. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China, *85-86–171
50. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA, *92-81–173
50. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC, *89-84–173
52. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *94-80–174
52. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA, *88-86–174
54. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, *88-89–177
55. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, *86-93–179
56. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *89-92–181
57. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO, *92-90–182
57. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan, *89-93–182
59. William Dunn III, Lancaster, PA, *91-95–186
60. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA, *96-91–187
61. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan, *91-98–189
62. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH, *94-97–191
63. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan, *96-96–192
64. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China, *102-99–201

DID NOT FINISH
Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *90–DQ(Rule 6-3a)
Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL, *81–JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division
Round 1 – (White Tees) Ocean Course: 6,230 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (White Tees) Harbour Town: 6,001 yards, Par 71
 
1. Ryan McCarthy, Rockville Centre, NY, *73-75–148
2. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia, *80-79–159
3. Charlie Farrell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *80-80–160
4. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC, *81-84–165
4. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan, *83-82–165
4. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico, *83-82–165
4. Yuichi Murao, Yokohama-shi, Japan, *78-87–165
4. Will Klein, Bethesda, MD, *78-87–165
9. Brooks Dyess, Hilton Head Island, SC, *89-89–178
10. Jacob Morris, Hollywood, SC, *92-91–183
11. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA, *88-96–184
12. Sebastiano Bogoni, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy, *89-99–188
13. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China, *95-100–195
14. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, *99-99–198
15. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China, *104-112–216

DID NOT FINISH
Grant Leppek, Rocklin, CA, *77–DQ(Rule 6-6b)

 
Girls Division
Round 1 – (Green Tees) Ocean Course: 6,024 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Gold Tees) Harbour Town: 5,702 yards, Par 71
 
1. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile, *73-73–146
2. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela, *73-75–148
3. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan, *73-76–149
4. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand, *72-78–150
5. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China, *76-78–154
5. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico, *72-82–154
7. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *76-81–157
7. Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico, *76-81–157
9. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China, *77-83–160
9. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China, *76-84–160
11. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA, *68-93–161
12. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan, *77-86–163
13. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN, *87-78–165
14. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua, *77-89–166
15. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan, *80-91–171
16. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan, *88-87–175
17. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea, *87-92–179
18. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY, *100-95–195
19. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *98-103–201
20. Joanna Keck, Springdale, AR, *106-111–217