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Fall Highlights and Spring Preview

Following a successful fall season full of low scores, beautiful courses and even holes-in-one, the IJGT is excited to kick off its spring season with the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on January 17-18, 2015.

LOOKING BACK

During the fall season junior golfers had the opportunity to play a variety of world-renowned courses.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, the IJGT hosted the Thanksgiving Day Classic at the ever-famous TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. This tournament was one of the few three-day, 54-hole events. The junior golfers performed admirably on both THE PLAYERS Stadium and Dye’s Valley courses. Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, edged out Ben Albin of Santa Fe, N.M., to win the Boys 15-19 Division. Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Sam Ohno of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., tied for third. All of the top three finishers in the Boys 15-19 Division had a round at or below par and eights golfers across the three divisions carded eagles.

The Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass saw not one but two holes-in-one! In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Charles Larcelet of Geraudot, France, had an ace on the par-3 hole No. 14 on the Valley Course. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, carded a hole in one on the par-3 hole No. 8 on the Stadium Course.

Playing the iconic par-3 17th hole on THE PLAYERS Stadium course was a highlight of the fall season for many of the young golfers.

Dormie Club, No. 43 on the 2015-2016 edition of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, played home to the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club. Despite a course that proved to be challenging for the entire field, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., carded an impressive nine birdies during the tournament. Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, both had bogey-free streaks that lasted 16 holes.

The final event of the fall, the IJGA Invitational, was held at Sea Pines Resort where junior golfers had the opportunity to play both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links. The latter ranked No. 19 on Golf Digest’s 2015-2016 list of America’s 199 Greatest Public courses and ranked in the top 50 of Golf.com’s 2014 list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S. It is also the host of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

LOOKING FORWARD

The spring season features another selection of top-ranked courses. The first three tournaments are local to the Hilton Head/Bluffton area. On January 24-25, 2015, during the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, junior golfers and their families will have a chance to explore the host of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur. The Pete Dye course, where the Carolina Classic will be played, offers unobstructed views of Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean from 11 of its 18 holes.

The IJGT will travel to the west coast for the MAJOR Championship at Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco, Calif., on February 7-8, 2015. The Presidio Golf Course is one of the oldest courses on the west coast and has been a national historic landmark since 1962. An Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, it is located within a national park.

On Valentine’s Day weekend (February 14-15, 2015), the IJGT will be traveling to Kiawah Island to host the South Carolina Open. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island is ranked No. 20 on the 2015-2016 edition of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses list and third on their America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. This course was the first designed for a specific event, the 1991 Ryder Cup. Known for its challenging and unpredictable winds and spectacular ocean views, the Ocean course is No. 25 on Golf.com’s 2014 list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S.

The Major Championship at Duke University in Durham, N.C., on March 28-29, 2015, provides an excellent opportunity for junior golfers investigating college golf programs to explore Duke as well as the nearby University of North Carolina.

The Northeast Tour of the IJGT will host the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin on April 11-12, 2015. The junior golfers will have the chance to play both the PGA Tour-tested Mystic Rock and the par-70 The Links. Mystic Rock placed No. 60 on the 2015-2016 Golf Digest America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The following weekend, the Northeast Tour will travel to The Architects Golf Course in Lopatcong, N.J., for The Architects Cup.

On April 25-26, 2015, the IJGT will host a Major Championship at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace, Md. Bulle Rock sits at No. 45 on Golf Digest’s 2015-2016 list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The spring season will culminate with the highly anticipated Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The three-day, 54-hole event will take place on May 23-25, 2015. On the evening of May 24 the IJGT will announce its All-IJGT Team and Player of the Year honors for each division at the Night of Champions.

Juniors in all divisions will be competing for AJGA Performance Stars and national rankings. In addition, the winner of the Boys 15-19 Division will receive an exemption to the 2015 International Junior Masters tournament.

Well wishes to all of our juniors as we reflect graciously on the fall and welcome the spring. Good luck to all!

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

Powderly, Kozak earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Dec. 16, 2014

The IJGT hosted its final tournament of the fall season, the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines on December 13-14, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was played on both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links. Each junior golfer had the opportunity to play both courses. Although frost delays pushed back tee times on both days, the temperature rose with the sun creating pleasant playing conditions. Following the event, the IJGT is proud to award this week’s Player of the Week honors to Liam Powderly of Cockeysville, Md., and Bluffton, S.C., native Kayla Kozak.

Liam Powderly

Competing against talented juniors from around the world, Powderly finished sixth in his third tournament of the season. The 14-year-old won the 14 & Under Division of The DC Shootout at National Golf Club in October before making the transition to the Boys 15-19 Division.

Powderly was consistent throughout the IJGA Invitational finishing 4-over-par on both days. He carded three birdies in round one at Harbour Town on holes No. 6, 8 and 10. He closed out round two shooting par-or-better on the last five holes at the Ocean Course, including birdies on holes No. 17 and 18.

Kayla Kozak

Kozak tied for second in her second tournament of the season. Aiming for consistency, Kozak scored par on 13 of 18 holes to join the race for the lead after round one. Her bogey-free streak on holes No. 13-18 on the Ocean Course allowed her to finish round one with a 3-over-par 75. In round two at Harbour Town Golf Links, arguably the tougher of two courses, Kozak carded back-to-back birdies on holes No. 4 and 5.

Congratulations to both Liam Powderly and Kayla Kozak on their Player of the Week honors!

IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines – Final Results (Dec. 14, 2014)

Tadokoro wins second consecutive IJGT tournament
Go shoots 3-under-par 69 in round one

The IJGT finished its fall season with one of the biggest events of the year, the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines. The two-day, 36-hole event was played on both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links on December 13-14, 2014. The field competed for Junior Heritage and Hudson Junior Invitational exemptions as well as IJGT merit points and national rankings.

A frost delay on the first day forced the junior golfers to race against the setting sun on both courses, but the entire field of over 100 golfers was able to finish round one before dark. Round two on the Ocean Course also started with a frost delay but the temperature quickly rose to create comfortable playing conditions.

Shiso Go

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, was the only golfer to finish round one under par. He finished day one with a 3-under-par 69 on the Ocean Course. Although he was nervous on the back nine at Harbour Town, he performed well enough to take home the championship with a tournament total of 2-over-par 145. Go jumped out to an early lead with the help of five birdies in round one. Moving the the arguably more difficult of the two courses for round two, Go aimed for consistency, scoring par on 11 of 18 holes to hold onto the divisional lead.

Go performed slightly better on the Ocean Course, but Harbour Town is his favorite. “I like Harbour Town,” Go said. “Harbour Town is so hard, I want to play Harbour Town again.” Go had a division-best bogey-free streak that lasted 23 consecutive holes. It started on hole No. 4 in round one and continued through hole No. 8 in round two.

Hilton Head Island, S.C., native Nicholas Russell finished second in his division with a tournament total of 3-over-par 146. Russell led his division in pars with 25. Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, and Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, tied for third with two-day totals of 147.

Russell and Luo’s second round score of even-par 72 earned them the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

Sera Tadokoro

In the Girls Division, Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, brought home an IJGT title for the second consecutive tournament. Tadokoro won the Savannah Junior at The Landings on December 6-7, 2014 . Tadokoro scored an even-par 72 in round one on the Ocean Course, giving her confidence heading into round two. “I was a little bit nervous, but I did my best,” Tadokoro said.

Tadokoro carded five birdies in round two, putting her in position to share the divisional lead at the conclusion of the round. She played her second round on Harbour Town and despite tougher holes and faster greens, par was the name of her game as she went on to card par on all but five holes.

Bluffton, S.C., native Kayla Kozak and Mind Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand, tied for second in the Girls Division, finishing with tournament totals of 153.

 

Dong Jin Park

Dong Jin Park of Seoul, South Korea, took home the crown in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a tournament total of 148. Park also kicked off his tournament on the Ocean Course, beginning his performance with par on his first six consecutive holes. Adding a birdie on both nines before he finished, Park maneuvered himself into control of the division by one stroke. Once the division moved to Harbour Town to finish out the event, Park approached the challenge with focus and determination. Park carded four birdies, the most for the division, and held on for the win.

Park enjoyed the challenge offered by Harbour Town Golf Links. “I think I like Harbour Town more because Harbour Town is harder so I had to focus more than the Ocean Course,” said Park.

Yujie Jin of Windermere, Fla., finished second with a total score of 159 and Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, finished third with a two-day total 163.

The IJGT will continue tournament play when it kicks of the spring 2015 season on January 17-18 for the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Hilton Head Island, S.C.. – Final Results of the IJGA Invitational conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour at Sea Pines Resort on December 13-14, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Ocean Course– Black Tees – 6,701 yards Par 72 (71.4/130) and Harbour Town Golf Links – Blue Tees – 6,596 yards Par 71 (72.9/141). Boys 14 & Under Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Ocean Course – Blue Tees – 6,084 yards, Par 72 (69.7/125) and Harbour Town Golf Links – White Tees – 5,881 yards (70.2/133). Girls Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Ocean Course – Green Tees – 5,856 yards Par 72 (71.1/124) and Harbour Town Golf Links – Green Tees – 5,677 yards Par 71 (73.4/130).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
December 13-14, 2014                                                                               
Boys 15-19 Division

Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Harbour Town: 6,596 yards, Par 71
Round 2 – (Black Tees) Ocean Course: 6,701 yards, Par 72 

1. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *69-76–145
2. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-72–146
3. Xue Wen Luo, Haikou, China *75-72–147
3. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico *74-73–147
5. Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, SC *77-73–150
6. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD *75-76–151
7. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *77-75–152
8. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *75-78–153
9. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *78-76–154
9. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *74-80–154
9. Evan White, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-78–154
9. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *71-83–154
13. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *82-73–155
13. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan, *78-77–155
13. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *77-78–155
16. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *83-73–156
16. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *75-81–156
18. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *83-75–158
18. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *80-78–158
18. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *79-79–158
18. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *75-83–158
22. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *83-76–159
22. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *83-76–159
24. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *85-75–160
24. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *80-80–160
24. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *79-81–160
24. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *76-84–160
28. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *84-77–161
28. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *83-78–161
28. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea *79-82–161
31. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *86-76–162
31. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *81-81–162
31. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *84-78–162
31. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *79-83–162
35. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *86-77–163
35. Dominic Wagner, Alexandria, VA *82-81–163
37. Colson Herrin, Augusta, GA *86-78–164
37. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *80-84–164
37. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *79-85–164
40. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *86-79–165
41. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *80-86–166
42. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *89-79–168
42. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *87-81–168
42. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *86-82–168
45. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *93-76–169
45. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *87-82–169
45. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *83-86–169
45. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *82-87–169
49. Karan Bhasin, New Delhi, India *81-89–170
50. Feng Chen, Baoding City, China *93-78–171
51. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *94-78–172
51. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *92-80–172
53. Trevor King, Huntington, NY *89-84–173
53. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *89-84–173
53. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *89-84–173
56. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *89-85–174
56. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *87-87–174
56. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *84-90–174
59. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *95-81–176
59. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *86-90–176
61. William Podbela, Muttontown, NY *87-91–178
62. Clifford Lindholm, Montclair, NJ *90-89–179
63. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *90-90–180
64. Jeremy McRorie, Winnipeg, Canada *92-89–181
64. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *91-90–181
66. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *96-94–190
66. Brett Riley, Jasper, GA *92-98–190
68. Liam Kent, Winnipeg Canada *89-102–191
69. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *98-106–204
70. Langston Morrison, Stamford, CT *96-124–220

DID NOT FINISH

Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *80—DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *84—DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Boys 14 & Under Division

Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Ocean Course: 6,084 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (White Tees) Harbour Town: 5,881 yards, Par 71

1. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *75-73–148
2. Yujie Jin, Windermere, FL *76-83–159
3. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *76-87–163
4. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *79-87–166
4. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-85–166
6. Luke Sample, New York, NY *88-94–182
7. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *90-94–184
8. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China*99-101–200

Girls Division

Round 1 – (Green Tees) Ocean Course: 5,856 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Green Tees) Harbour Town: 5,677 yards, Par 71

1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *72–78–150
2. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *75-78–153
2. Mind Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *72-81–153
4. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *76-78–154
5. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *79-76–155
5. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *76-79–155
5. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *77-78–155
8. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *74-82–156
9. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *77-82–159
10. Anna Chanthaphaeng, Boiling Springs, SC *79-81–160
10. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *76-84–160
12. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *82-80–162
12. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *77-85–162
14. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *81-83–164
15. Arisa Kimura, Bethesda, MD *84-83–167
16. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *84-87–171
16. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *81-90–171
18. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-90–173
19. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *91-84–175
20. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *83-103–186
21. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *96-106–202
22. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *106-110–216

DID NOT FINISH

Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *77—DQ (Rule 6-6b)