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Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass – Final Results

Beshoory earns first IJGT title at TPC Sawgrass

Tadokoro victorious in Girls Division

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the annual Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing 14 different states and 20 countries competed in the 54-hole tournament for IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, World Amateur Golf Rankings, and AJGA Performance Stars.

The first and final rounds were contested on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, which is home to the PGA Tour’s The PLAYERS Championship. The second round was held at Dye’s Valley Course, which is home to the PGA Tour’s Web.com Tour Championship.

Pryce Beshoory of Pearland, Texas, won the Boys 15-19 Division in dramatic fashion at the famed Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. In the first round, also contested on the Stadium Course, Beshoory carded a solid 2-over, 74 to put himself in second place. Beshoory played the back nine on the Stadium Course in 3-under, 33. The leader after round one was Sampson Zheng of Orlando, Fla., who carded a 1-over, 73.

Pryce Beshoory wins the Boys 15-19 Division at TPC Sawgrass

Pryce Beshoory wins the Boys 15-19 Division at TPC Sawgrass

The second round switched over to the Valley Course where high winds made scoring conditions very challenging. Beshoory was able to put a solid round of 3-over, 75 together to remain within one of Zheng’s lead. Zheng also fired a 3-over, 75, a round that included four birdies.

The final round on the Stadium Course was no different as Beshoory and Zheng battled back and forth all day. After nine holes, Beshoory squared up the tournament, and then took the lead after hole No. 10. Zheng would not back down as he rebounded and tied everything after 11 holes. The two juniors remained tied until hole No. 16 where Beshoory hit the par-5 green in two and two-putted for birdie to take a one-stroke lead. Both players made par on the famous island green, hole No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass. Beshoory was able to convert an up-and-down on hole No. 18 to finish with an even-par 72 and a one-stroke victory over Zheng.

This was my first IJGT Tournament and I had a blast. I love the tour and the international people. It was great to play with them,” commented Beshoory.

Beshoory’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.

Zheng claimed runner-up honors with a tournament total of 222. Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, took home third place after finishing with a tournament score of 227.

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, won the Girls Division in wire-to-wire fashion with a tournament score of 239. Tadokoro opened up the tournament with a first-round score of 82 to build a one-stroke cushion over the rest of the field. Consistent winds of 15 mph with gusts of over 20 mph made the difficult Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass even more challenging.

Sera Tadokoro won the Girls Division at TPC Sawgrass

Sera Tadokoro won the Girls Division at TPC Sawgrass

Tadokoro took control of the tournament in the second round on the Valley Course. She carded a 3-over, 75 to build a six-stroke lead. Her round of 75 was the lowest of the tournament in the Girls Division.

The final round did not get off to a good start for Tadokoro. She made the turn with a 45 on the front nine, and her lead of six strokes was gone. Caroline Hodge of Larchmont, N.Y., fought back to tie it up. Tadokoro was able to maintain her composure and she played her first four holes on the back nine in 1-under-par to reclaim her lead. Tadokoro closed with a 1-over, 37 on the back nine to claim a four-stroke victory, which was her sixth career IJGT title.

“My long game was working for me, my driver and irons. I had fun playing on the Valley Course,” said Tadokoro.

Hodge finished in second place with a tournament total of 243. Hodge’s final-round score of 80 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division. There was a tie for third place between Wint Phoo Aung of Yangon, Myanmar, and Kristin Whitehead of Johannesburg, South Africa, who finished with a tournament score of 252.

Will Whittaker of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., won the Boys 14 & Under Division in wire-to-wire fashion carding a three-day total of 244. Whittaker got off to a great start in the first round at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass carding a 78 to build a seven-stroke lead. His round of 78 was the lowest round of the tournament in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Will Whittaker won the Boys 14 & Under Division at TPC Sawgrass

Will Whittaker won the Boys 14 & Under Division at TPC Sawgrass

In the second round, Whittaker did not have his best game in the challenging weather conditions on the Valley Course. However, his fellow competitors were not able to make up much ground leaving Whittaker with a five-stroke lead going into the final round.

Whittaker knew that if he was able to play his game, he would control his own destiny. After nine holes, Whittaker still led by five shots, but after two double-bogeys his lead evaporated to nothing when Ty Vanitvelt of Grand Blanc, Mich., made birdie on hole No. 12 to square things. Whittaker was not going to back down and he responded like a true champion playing his last six holes in 2-under-par including back-to-back birdies on the famous 16th and 17th holes at TPC Sawgrass. Whittaker closed the final round with an 81 to claim the victory, which was his first IJGT tournament victory.

“I have played at this same tournament three times. From my first time playing to today, I have knocked off 50 strokes. I have been working really hard,” said Whittaker.

Vanitvelt took home second place after finishing with a tournament total of 249. Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished in third place with a tournament total of 257.

The IJGT will conclude the Fall 2015 Season in Hilton Head Island, S.C., with the IJGA Invitational on Dec. 12-13, 2015. The Major Championship will feature AJGA Performance Stars, National Rankings and double IJGT Merit Points. It will be contested at Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage. 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.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Final-round results of the IJGT Thanksgiving Day Classic conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 28, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division (Stadium): Black Tees – 6,670 yards, Par 72 (73.9/146). Boys 14 & Under Division (Stadium): Blue Tees – 6,003 yards, Par 72 (70.4/136) Girls Division (Stadium): White Tees – 5,720 yards, Par 72 (76.5/151). Boys 15-19 Division (Valley): Black Tees – 6,704 yards, Par 72 (73.1/136). Boys 14 & Under Division (Valley): Blue Tees – 5,979 yards, Par 72 (70.4/129) Girls Division (Valley): White Tees – 5,775 yards, Par 72 (75.7/144).

Weather:       
Round 1: Overcast and rain with temperatures in the high 60’s with 10-15 mph winds
Round 2: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 70’s with 10-15 mph winds
Round 3: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 70’s with 10-15 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
November 26-28, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division-
Round 1 – (Black Tees) Stadium Course: 6,670 Yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Black Tees) Dyes Valley Course: 6,704 Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Black Tees) Stadium Course: 6,670 Yards, Par 72

1. Pryce Beshoory, Pearland, TX *74-75-72–221
2. Sampson Zheng, Orlando, FL *73-75-74–222
3. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *77-74-76–227
4. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *77-77-75–229
5. Arjun Puri, New Delhi, India *81-75-75–231
5. Tsukasa Kimishima, Fukuoka, Japan *81-71-79–231
7. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *83-74-78–235
7. Sam Murphy, Decatur, AL *80-77-78–235
7. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *77-79-79–235
10. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *75-81-81–237
11. Paolo Wong, La Trinidad, Philippines *79-79-80–238
11. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *75-77-86–238
13. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *83-80-76–239
13. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *85-77-77–239
13. Sam Ohno, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *80-77-82–239
16. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *83-79-78–240
17. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *78-79-84–241
18. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *83-79-80–242
18. Saptak Talwar, New Delhi, India *83-78-81–242
20. Gustav Tegel, Miami Beach, FL *77-87-79–243
20. Daniel Song, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *83-86-74–243
22. Ben Pirro, Lake Mary, FL *84-77-83–244
23. Zaffar Sikkander, Nawala, Sri Lanka *87-79-79–245
24. Matej Malicek, Bratislava, Slovakia *86-80-80–246
24. Jack Cornforth, Summit, NJ *82-79-85–246
26. Dennis Volostnykh, Troy, MI *80-83-84–247
27. Mac Murphy, Decatur, AL *84-81-86–251
28. Julio Bello, Valencia, Venezuela *86-85-81–252
29. Blaise Vanitvelt, Flint, MI *86-82-85–253
30. William Sheedy, Washington, DC *91-80-85–256
30. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *84-83-89–256
32. Alex Whitehead, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *82-88-88–258
33. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan *88-89-82–259
34. Shharad Arora, Bangalore, India *86-90-86–262
35. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *90-87-86–263
35. Jacob Smith, Yorba Linda, CA *87-88-88–263
37. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *85-93-89–267
38. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *90-85-93–268
38. Mike Donner, Hamburg, NY *87-88-93–268
40. Alexander Hollmann, Frankfurt, Germany *90-83-96–269
41. Ryan Miles, Greenwich, CT *94-96-93–283
41. Matthew Chorches, West Hartford, CT *81-92-110–283
43. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *95-92-97–284
44. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *104-114-91–309
DID NOT FINISH
Marco Lahmar, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *79-WD
Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Armand Cadieux, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *97-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division
Round 1 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 6,003 Yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (White Tees) Dyes Valley Course: 5,979 Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 6,003 Yards, Par 72

1. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *78-85-81–244
2. Ty Vanitvelt, Grand Blanc, MI *87-81-81–249
3. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *85-84-88–257
4. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *90-85-83–258
5. Luca Jumabhoy, Sydney, Australia *89-90-90–269
6. Zachary Locke, Horseheads, NY *100-100-102–302
6. Ben Miles, Ottawa, Canada *105-91-106–302
8. Nicholas Bohac, Ottawa, Canada *109-96-102–307

Girls Division
Round 1 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 5,720 Par 72
Round 2 – (White Tees) Dyes Valley Course: 5,775 Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 5,720 Yards, Par 72

1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *82-75-82–239
2. Caroline Hodge, Larchmont, NY *83-80-80–243
3. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *83-85-84–252
3. Kristin Whitehead, Johannesburg, South Africa *83-86-83–252
5. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *93-83-82–258
6. Erin Holmes, Cumberland, ME *92-83-86–261
7. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *89-81-92–262
8. Alice Hodge, Larchmont, NY *95-83-91–269
9. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *97-88-85–270
10. Bailey Plourde, Newcastle, ME *95-87-93–275
11. Camila Burnett, Bluffton, SC *100-93-92–285
12. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *95-104-95–294

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

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Final Results (May 25, 2015)

Galant birdies second playoff hole to win Boys 14 & Under Division

Montenegro comes from behind to earn Boys 15-19 Division Title 

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Orlando, Fla., to host the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions over Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and exemptions into the North American Junior Amateur, Players Amateur, Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, International Junior Masters, South Carolina Junior Golf Association Junior Azalea and South Atlantic Women’s Amateur Championship during the three-day, 54-hole event.

The Boys 15-19 Division played the East/North Course in rounds one and three and the New Course in round two while the Boys 14 & Under and Girls Divisions played the New Course in rounds one and three and the East/North Course in round two.

Tristan GalantTristan Galant of Cape Town, South Africa, shot a division-low 2-under 70 in the final round to force a playoff in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Galant and Robin Williams of Leeds, United Kingdom, both finished with 219 three-day totals. The duo played the par-4 first hole on the New Course as their first playoff hole. Both Galant and Williams hit the fairway off the tee and hit their approach shots on the green before two-putting to make par and force a second playoff hole. The pair moved on to the par-5 second hole on the New Course. Both players found the green in three giving themselves a chance for birdie, but it was Galant who made his birdie putt to win the playoff and the Boys 14 & Under Division.

“I was feeling like I was the man,” Galant said of his playoff experience. “I was coming back. I made an eight on a hole on the back nine and I told myself ‘I will succeed today,’ and I finished the job.”

Galant followed his eight on the par-4 fourth hole on the New Course with birdies on holes No. 5 through 7. “I knew that was the only way I would come back to win,” he said of the three consecutive birdies, the highlight of the tournament for him.

Galant had 13 birdies during the tournament, enough to earn him the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the juniors to card the most birdies in each division.

Robin Williams finished second in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Williams shot an even-par 72 in round three, which included four birdies. Genki Otani of Kyoto, Japan, finished third with a 226 tournament total.

Marco MontenegroMarcos Montenegro of Buenos Aires, Argentina, shot a 3-under 69 in the third round to finish with an even-par 216 tournament total, good for first place in the Boys 15-19 Division. Montenegro made par or better on holes No. 1 through 15 in the third round and had just one bogey during the round. He carded 16 birdies to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award in the Boys 15-19 Division.

When asked about his win, Montenegro said, “I feel very happy because I started so-so the first round, but I thought I could play better the next two days and I’m very happy to win the tournament.”

Montenegro’s third-round 3-under 69 landed him in a three-way tie for 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 an event. He shared the award with Parker Gillam of Cary, N.C., and Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan. Gilliam carded a double-eagle on the East Course’s par-5 ninth hole.

Although he led after the first and second rounds, Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., finished a stroke behind Montenegro with a 217 three-day total. Carlos Marrero of Valencia, Venezuela, rounded out the Boys 15-19 Divison with a 218 tournament total, just two strokes off the lead.

Karen MiyamotoKaren Miyamoto of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., the Girls Division round one leader, fired a 1-over 73 in the third round to regain control of the Girls Divison. She finished with a 228 tournament total and earned both the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award.

Miyamoto’s favorite hole was the New Course’s par-5 17th. “This hole was hard, but today I birdied it,” she said after the tournament.

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who lead the Girls Division after the second round, finished second with a 233 three-day total. Holly McCann of Raleigh, N.C., finished third with a 239 tournament total.

The Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions marked the conclusion of the IJGT’s spring season. The summer season will commence on June 30 with the Summer Series at Olde Stonewall Golf Club in Ellwood City, Pa. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, EyeLine Golf and the International Junior Golf Academy.

Orlando, FL – Final Results of the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour at Grand Cypress Resort on May 23-25, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Rounds 1 & 3 East/North Course — Blue Tees – 6,843 yards Par 72 (73.4/138), Round 2 New Course – Blue Tees – 6,745 yards Par 72 (71.8/123). Boys 14 & Under Division: Rounds 1 & 3 New Course – White Tees – 6,287 yards Par 72 (69.3/116), Round 2 East/North Course – White Tees – 6,216 yards Par 72 (70.6/132). Girls Division: Rounds 1 & 3 New Course – Red Tees – 6,046 yards Par 72 (73.9/122) Round 2 East/North Course – Red Tees – 5,959 yards Par 72 (74.8/136).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

Orlando, FL

May 22-25, 2015

 

Boys 15-19 Division-

Round 1 – (Black Tees) East/North: 6,785 yards, Par 72

Round 2 – (Black Tees) New Course:  6,843 yards, Par 72

Round 3 – (Black Tees) East/North: 6,785 yards, Par 72

 

1.  Marcos Montenegro, Buenos Aires, Argentina 75-72-69-216

2. Ryoto Furuya, Alpharetta, GA 70-71-76–217

3. Carlos Marrero, Valencia, Venezuela 71-71-76–218

4. Parker Gillam, Cary, NC 81-70-69–220

5. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan 74-79-69–222

6. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan 80-67-76–223

7. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India 75-70-81–226

8. Zaffar Sikkander, Nawala, Sri Lanka 77-79-71–227

8. Tsukasa Kimishima, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 76-79-72–227

10. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD 79-73-77–229

11. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC 74-78-78–230

12. John Foley, Los Altos Hills, CA 78-80-73–231

13. Douglas Kulikowski, Pittsford, NY 75-80-77–232

14. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT 77-76-80–233

14. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY 76-79-78–233

14. Christopher Gay, Bronxville, NY 74-80-79–233

17. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA 82-75-77–234

18. Mathias Andersen, Copenhagen, Denmark 82-79-75–236

19. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico 78-82-77–237

19. Tomohiro Ishizaka, Kanagawa, Japan 77-81-79–237

19. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan 78-76-83–237

19. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA 80-73-84–237

19. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China 75-79-83–237

24. Grant Drogosch, Windermere, FL 77-79-82–238

25. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ 83-76-80–239

25. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan 82-76-81–239

27. C.J. Hughes, Indiana, PA 82-82-76–240

27. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan 79-79-82–240

27. Jasper Lee, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 79-79-82–240

30. James Cronin, Dublin, Ireland 83-77-81–241

31. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan 85-81-76–242

31. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland 75-83-84–242

31. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea 81-77-84–242

31. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan 85-72-85–242

35. Adam Agustin, El Dorado Hills, CA 87-80-79–246

35. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX 81-85-80–246

35. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY 83-78-85–246

38. Johnny Peck, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 86-82-79–247

38. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea 80-86-81–247

40. Dante Davis, Brandon, FL 91-75-82–248

40. Jack Boulger, Walpole, MA 85-80-83–248

42. Feng Chen, Beijing, China 85-84-80-249

42. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand 80-89-80–249

42. Yuichi Murao, Tokyo, Japan 83-81-85–249

42. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China 84-79-86–249

42. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA 77-85-87–249

42. John Carr, Brookline, MA 81-78-90–249

48. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ 88-75-87–250

48. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX 78-82-90–250

50. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ 81-82-88–251

51. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand 85-85-82–252

52. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China 91-77-85–253

52. David Yang, Taipei, Taiwan 86-83-84–253

54. Philip Chen, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 82-93-80–255

55. Jaydon Pang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 87-83-87–257

56. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH 88-89-81–258

56. Derek Li, Hillsborough, NJ 87-80-91–258

58. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan 88-86-85–259

58. Chase Goff, Annapolis, MD 93-81-85–259

60. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA 84-85-91-260 +44

61. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY 91-91-81–263

61. John Milner, Odessa, FL 86-87-90–263

63. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA 97-81-86–264

63. Karan Bhasin, New Delhi, India 90-83-91–264

63. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy 84-87-93–264

66. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan 93-89-88–270

67. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy 95-99-89–283

68. Jordi Sabria, Barcelona, Spain 98-78-108–284

69. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan 102-87-105–294

70. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan 106-99-95–300

71. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan 99-97-105–301

72. William Riva, Lancaster, PA 96-94-112–302

73. Kameron Daniels, Bowie, MD 99-96-113–308

74. Evgeny Smirnov, Moscow, Russia 114-104-120–338

 

DID NOT FINISH

WD. Jose Lewis, Panama City, Panama

WD. Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA

DQ. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD (Rule 6-3a)

DQ. Gianfranco Morassutti, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL (Rule 6-6b) 

 

Boys 14 & Under Division-

Round 1 – (Blue Tees) New Course: 6,287 yards, Par 72

Round 2 – (Blue Tees) East/North Course:  6,216 yards, Par 72

Round 3 – (Blue Tees) New Course: 6,287 yards, Par 72

 

1. Tristan Galant, Cape Town, South Africa *72-77-70–219

2. Robin Williams, Leeds, United Kingdom *73-74-72–219

3. Genki Otani, Kyoto, Japan *78-75-73–226

4. Yuki Moriyama, Kanagawa, Japan *78-74-77–229

5. Gordan Brixi, Potomac, MD *80-75-82–237

6. Bronson Myers, Columbia, SC *80-78-80–238

7. Evan Greenplate, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-81-78–239

8. Marc Sabria, Barcelona, Spain *78-84-78–240

9. Tomas Molina, Manizales, Columbia *86-83-79–248

10. Johnny Wright, Orlando, FL *83-83-83–249

11. Jack Cornforth, South Hamilton, MA *80-85-85–250

12. Luke Sample, New York, NY *79-91-82–252

13. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *86-89-79–254

13. Jake Calamaro, Newtown Square, PA *85-84-85–254

15. Tj Buck, Penfield, NY *82-95-79–256

16. Yuxuan Zou, Hilton Head, SC *94-83-84–261

17. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *92-80-90–262

18. Tyler Stachkunas, Lake Worth, FL *94-82-89–265

19. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island SC, *90-88-88–266

20. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *89-100-86–275

 

Girls Division- 

Round 1 – (White Tees) New Course: 6,046 yards, Par 72

Round 2 – (White Tees) East/North Point:  5,959 yards, Par 72

Round 3 – (White Tees) New Course: 6,046 yards, Par 72

 

1. Karen Miyamoto, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *77-78-73–228

2. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *81-73-79–233

3. Holly McCann, Raleigh, NC *82-82-75–239

4. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, NJ *81-78-81–240

5. Wenyan Ma, Windermere, FL *86-80-75–241

6. Marisa Hisaki, Osaka, Japan *84-77-83–244

6. Akaansha Varma, Noida, India *84-77-83–244

8. Gillian Alexander, Carmichaels, PA *79-84-83–246

9. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *86-83-79–248

9. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *87-76-85–248

11. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *85-85-81–251

12. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *85-85-82–252

13. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *83-82-89–254

14. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *86-83-88–257

15. Bailey Plourde, Newcastle, ME *90-87-84–261

16. Haruka Shintani, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan *88-89-88–265

17. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *94-92-81–267

18. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *91-90-87–268

19. Yuna Sato, Koriyama, Fukushima, Japan *96-89-84–269

20. Mary McGuinness, Haddonfield, NJ *94-94-91–279

21. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *96-88-96–280

22. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *94-102-93–289

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

DQ. Martina Gerbel, Bratislava, Slovakia, (Rule 6-6b)

WD. Chelsea Liu, Shanghai, China

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Round two recap (May 24, 2015)

The IJGT traveled down to Orlando, Fla., to host its biggest event of the season, the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. Juniors teed off in warm and sunny conditions beginning at 7:30 a.m. for the second round of the three-day, 54-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Ryoto Furuya

Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

141 – His 3-under two-day total to lead the division

1 – He leads by a single stroke

3 – He carded three consecutive birdies on holes No. 15 through 17

5 – He collected six birdies during the second round

Robin Williams

Robin Williams of Leeds, United Kingdom, leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

147 – His two-day total to carry the lead

2 – He leads the division by two strokes

2 – He carded back-to-back birdies on the par-3 eighth and par-5 ninth holes in round two

Sera Tadokoro A

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

154 – Her two-day total to lead the division

1 – She leads by a single stroke

8 – She knocked eight strokes off her round one score

4 – She carded four birdies during the second round

The final round of the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions will take place tomorrow, May 25, 2015, with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. The Boys 15-19 Division will play the East/North Course and the Boys 14 & Under and Girls Divisions will play the New Course. For full results from round two, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

IJGT announces All-IJGT Teams and Players of the Year

International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) announces All-IJGT Teams

Shiso Go, Jack Halleron and Victoria Parker named IJGT Players of the Year

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is pleased to announce its Players of the Year and All-IJGT Teams.

Shiso GoShiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, is the Boys 15-19 Division Player of the Year. Go placed in the top 10 in all 10 IJGT events he competed in this season, including wins at the IJGT College Series at NC State, the Major Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational. His lowest score of the season was a 3-under 69, which he carded twice.

The rest of the Boys 15-19 Division All-IJGT Team includes: Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, Mark Benevento of Somers Pt., N.J., Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., and Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India.

 

Jack HalleronJack Halleron of Timonium, Md., won five IJGT events, including three Majors, to earn IJGT Player of the Year honors for the Boys 14 & Under Division. Halleron placed in the top two in all seven events he competed in and won the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club, the Major Championship at Duke University, the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club, the Major Championship at Bulle Rock and the College Series at the University of Maryland. His lowest round was a 1-under 70 at the University of Maryland.

The rest of the Boys 14 & Under All-IJGT Team includes: Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Ayushman Jaiswal of Bangalore, India, John Updike of Wayne, Pa., Lou Baker of Timonium, Md., and TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y.

 

Victoria ParkerVictoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., is the Girls Division IJGT Player of the Year. Parker captured three IJGT titles at the College Series at Penn State University, the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club and the St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club. Her lowest round was a 1-under 71, which she carded during the first round of the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club.

The rest of the Girls Division All-IJGT Team includes: Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C., and Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C.

The IJGT Tour Rankings are based on IJGT Merit Points, which are awarded to the top 10 finishers at every IJGT event. Double merit points are awarded at Major Championships.

Boys 15-19 Division All-IJGT Team

Shiso Go
Jason Stokes
Conor Byrne
Tennoshin Ogawa
Xue Wen Luo
Santiago Diaz
Mark Benevento
Trey Wren
Kyle Vance
Ritwik Jain

Boys 14 & Under Division All-IJGT Team

Jack Halleron
Luke Sample
Ford Bennett
Evan Greenplate
Jake Calamaro
Chase Phillips
Ayushman Jaiswal
John Updike
Lou Baker
TJ Buck
 

Girls Division All-IJGT Team

Victoria Parker
Sera Tadokoro
Madison Braman
Kelly Whaley
Shannon Brooks
Ankita Kedlaya
Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng
Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob
Sophie Guo
Kayla Kozak

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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, EyeLine Golf and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Tour Preview

Bridgestone TOC feat image

The IJGT’s biggest, most exciting event of the season, the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, will be held on May 23-25, 2015, at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and bragging rights during the three-day, 54-hole event.

Additionally, the Tournament of Champions offers exemptions into a variety of first-class events. The Boys 15-19 Division champion will be invited to the Players Amateur, the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, the International Junior Masters, the North American Junior Amateur and the South Carolina Junior Golf Association Beth Daniel Junior Azalea. The runner-up in the Boys 15-19 Division will also receive an exemption to the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.

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The top-scoring individual in the Girls Division will be invited to the North American Junior Amateur, the South Atlantic Women’s Amateur Championship and the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea. The runner-up in the Girls Division will also receive an exemption to the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.

The event will begin with a welcome reception for the players and their families. On Sunday evening, the IJGT will announce the All-IJGT Team and Player of the Year for each division during the Night of Champions. Following the final round on Monday, there will be a special TOC Awards Ceremony. Everyone who registers for the Tournament of Champions will also receive a ticket to Universal Studios, ensuring they can have fun both at the park and on the course!

During the tournament, juniors will have the opportunity to play the North & East Nines and the New Course. Unlike other Orlando courses, the North and East Nines test accuracy as opposed to strength and distance. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the North (and South) Nines were opened in 1984 and the East Nine was opened two years later in 1986.

Also designed by Nicklaus, the New Course features challenging bunkers and steep slopes. The course pays homage to the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. The links-style course features double greens, a winding creek and stone bridges. The New Course doesn’t use many bodies of water or clusters of trees to challenge golfers, but it does include 150 pot bunkers, some as deep as 12 feet!

Naturally, the Tournament of Champions features the winners from many IJGT tournament throughout the season. Below is a list of champions from the past season who are competing in this year’s event.

Boys 15-19 Division

Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland — IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National and IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan — Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear

Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico — Savannah Junior at The Landings and Carolina Classic at Colleton River

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan — IJGT College Series at NC State, Major Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational. Go was just named the IJGT Player of the Year in the Boys 15-19 Division. He tied for 11th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India — IJGT Oldfield Junior. Jain finished 10th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Michael Jones of Potomac, Md. — IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club

Douglas Kulikowski of Pittsford, N.Y. — College Series at Penn State University

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan — IJGT Junior at Colleton River and IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield. He tied for 14th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Benjamin Morris of Reisterstown, Md. — Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin

Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y. — IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay

Dominic Wagner of Alexandria, Va. — IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill Golf Club

Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. —  Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation. He tied for 25th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. He will be playing college golf at Temple University next year.

Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., won the Boys 15-19 Division of last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

Girls Division

Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa. — IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club

Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India — IJGT Junior at Colleton River, Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor and IJGT Oldfield Junior

Holly McCann of Raleigh, N.C. — IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan — IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall, Savannah Junior at The Landings and the IJGA Invitational. She finished 10th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y. — The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club and IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay

Boys 14 & Under Division

TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y. — The Architects Cup Presented by the IJGA and St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club

Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa. — Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin

Tristan Galant of Cape Town, South Africa — BGGA Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista

Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C. — College Series at Penn State University and IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes

Bronson Myers of Columbia, S.C. — Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear

Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif. — Arizona Open at Wigwam. This will be his fifth consecutive Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions; he finished 16th in last year’s event.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C. — IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

Luke Sample of New York, N.Y. — IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club and Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates. You can find tee times and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

The Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista Presented by BGGA – Tour Preview

Lake Buena Vista feat image

The IJGT Southeast Tour will travel to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to host The Orlando Open at Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course presented by BGGA on May 9-10, 2015. Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

The course, designed by Joe Lee, has hosted the PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour and USGA events. It is a certified Audubon Cooperative Wildlife Sanctuary and earned a 4-star rating from Golf Digest.

The course’s most notable feature is elevated greens, which make accurate approach shots essential for low scores. The par-3 seventh hole offers a unique challenge as it features an island green.

The IJGT will host a one-day, nine-hole Discovery Tour event for juniors ages 8-12 (as of September 1, 2015) on May 9.

Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division. He is looking for his third IJGT victory of the season having won the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in January and the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall in April. Wataru Koguchi of Fukuoka, Japan, will look to add a second IJGT title to his name; he won the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall in November. Frederic Ruess of Hamburg, Germany, and Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, are coming off a tie for third in last weekend’s Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear. They will look to outdo one another at Lake Buena Vista. Rounding out the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division is Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. Wren will aim to add a second IJGT title to his resume, he won the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation in February.

In the Girls Division, keep an eye on Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn. Whaley, who will be playing college golf at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill next season, has won all three IJGT events she’s competed in this season: the IJGT College Series at NC State in September, the Major Championship at Dormie Club in November and the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation in February. Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, is also seeking her fourth IJGT win of the season. Her victories include the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall in November and the Savannah Junior at The Landings and IJGA Invitational in December. Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng are both looking for their third IJGT wins of the season. Zeng has finished in the top-four in all five IJGT tournaments she’s competed in this season. Finally, Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, and Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, are coming off a second-place and third-place finish, respectively, in last weekend’s Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates. You can find tee times and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear – Tour Preview

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The IJGT Southeast Tour will remain local for the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 2-3, 2015. Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole tournament. The event is also a qualifier for the IMG Academy Junior World Championships.

A Jack Nicklaus-designed par-72, the Golden Bear Golf Course offers five sets of tees ranging from 4,974 yards to 7,014 yards. The course’s signature fifth hole is a long par-4 dogleg with water on the left and a bunker between the water and the green.

The tournament field features a very competitive Boys 15-19 Division, which is highlighted by Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, who will look to collect his fourth IJGT title of the season. Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, is coming off a win in the IJGT Oldfield Junior. Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, has two first-place finishes this season, but they both came in September. He will look for his first win of the spring at Golden Bear. Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y., is also seeking his first win of the spring; he won the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay in October. Piyachad Yusabai will aim to collect his second win of the season after earning a victory at the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor in February. Masashi Yano and Kanata Irei are coming off third- and fourth-place finishes, respectively, in April’s IJGT Oldfield Junior.

In the Girls Division, Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, will also be competing for her fourth title of the season. Her most recent victory came against 23 competitors in December’s IJGA Invitational. Anna Eddy of Hilton Head Island, S.C., is coming off a fourth-place finish in the IJGT Oldfield Junior in April. She’ll look to break into the top three this weekend.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., is coming off a second-place finish in the Boys 14 & Under Division of the IJGT Oldfield Junior. He won the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in January.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates. You can find tee times and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes – Final Results (March 1, 2015)

Hui victorious after four-hole playoff

Greenplate wins Boys 14 & Under Division by six strokes  

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) returned to Hilton Head Island to host the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes on February 28-March 1, 2015. Despite the cold, cloudy and rainy conditions, juniors performed admirably during the two-day, 36-hole event. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

SherngAfter 36 holes, Yong Sherng Hui of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, and Jason Stokes of St. Brelade, Jersey, each had tournament totals of 150 to force a playoff. They matched each other stroke for stroke on the first playoff hole, both carding birdies on the par-5 hole No. 10. The playoff continued to hole No. 18, where both players made par. The duo returned to hole No. 10 where they stayed neck and neck by making par. The action then returned to the 18th hole, where Hui won the fourth playoff hole and locked down his victory in the Boys 15-19 Division. When asked how he remained focused during the playoff, Hui kept it simple responding, “Just hit the ball straight.”

Hui knocked 10 strokes off his round one score to card an even-par 70 in round two. He led his division in birdies with seven. He birdied the par-5 10th hole in both rounds. His second round even-par 70 earned him 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.

Stokes started the second round strong making par on the first seven holes and finished the tournament in second place. In third was Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada with a 153 tournament total.

Evan GreenplateHilton Head Island, S.C., native Evan Greenplate ran away with the Boys 14 & Under Division, winning by six strokes. Greenplate had a two-stroke lead after round one and shaved six strokes off his round one score to finish with a tournament total of 156.

The highlight of the tournament for Greenplate came in round two. “I had back-to-back birdies on the front nine and back nine so that was pretty fun,” he recalled. His birdies came on the par-3 sixth hole, par-4 seventh hole, par-4 13th hole and the par-3 14th hole.

Jackson Skeen of Johnson City, Tenn., finished in second with a tournament total of 164. Chase Phillips and Yuxuan Zou, both of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished just two strokes behind Skeen to finish in third with tournament totals of 166.

 

Cake 1In the Girls Division, Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, made par 11 times in round one on her way to victory. She enjoyed round one noting, “Everything was just kind of nice going.” She finished with a 151 tournament total. Her second round 78 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Ashni Dhruva of Katy, Texas, finished in second with a tournament total of 158. Bluffton, S.C., Sophie Guo and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, had tournament totals of 161 to tie for third.

 

 

The IJGT will continue tournament play with the first northeast event of the season, the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill on March 14-15, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Hilton Head Island, SC. – Final Results of IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes – George Fazio Course on February 28 – March 1, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,566 yards Par 70 (72.1/135). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,968 yards, Par 7 (69.8/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,613 yards, Par 70 (73.4/125).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes (George Fazio Course)

Hilton Head Island, SC

February 28 – March 1, 2015

X- Defines Playoff Victor

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Gold Tees, 6,566 yards, Par 70

1. X-Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *80-70–150

1. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *78-72–150

3. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *80-73–153

4. Matthew Pulgini, Middletown, DE *81-73–154

4. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *77-77—154

6. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *81-74–155

6. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *81-74–155

6. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea *79-76–155

6. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *76-79–155

10. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *79-77–156

10. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *78-78–156

10. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *75-81–156

13. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *83-75–158

14. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *84-75–159

14. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *80-79–159

16. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *80-80–160

16. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *81-79–160

16. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg, Germany *79-81–160

19. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *82-79–161

20. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *84-78–162

21. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *80-83–163

22. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *88-76–164

22. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *87-77–164

22. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *86-78–164

22. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *85-79–164

26. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *82-83–165

26. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *82-83–165

26. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *81-84–165

29. Nate Yackovich, Gibsonia, PA *83-85–168

29. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *78-90–168

31. Dylan Rotter, Potomac, MD *84-85–169

31. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *83-86–169

33. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *88-82–170

34. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *86-86–172

35. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *84-89–173

36. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *93-83–176

37. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *87-90–177

37. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *88-89–177

39. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *88-92–180

40. Matthew Bonadies, New Albany, OH *90-92–182

40. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *91-91–182

40. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *86-96–182

43. Billy Rosemeyer, Gibsonia, PA *89-96–185

44. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *94-98–192

45. Kyle Froisland, Blairstown, NJ *111-108–219

46. Yo Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *114-124–238

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *25-0–25

Boys 14 & Under Division, Blue Tees, 5,968, Par 70

1. Evan Greenplate, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-75–156

2. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *83-81–164

3. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-80–166

3. Yuxuan Zou, Hilton Head, SC *84-82–166

5. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *92-89–181

DID NOT FINISH

WD. Ayushman Jaiswal, Bangalore, India *88-21–109

Girls Division- White Tees, 5,613 yards, Par 70

1. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *73-78–151

2. Ashni Dhruva, Katy, TX *78-80–158

3. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *79-82–161

3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *80-81–161

5. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *86-81–167

6. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *85-83–168

7. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *87-83–170

8. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-89–175

9. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *88-89–177

9. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *89-88–177

11. Vienna Winalski, West Hartford, CT *103-102–205

DID NOT FINISH

DQ (6-6d) Mind Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *82-0–82

 

IJGT members win Sea Pines Junior Heritage

The International Junior Golf Tour’s mission is “to provide 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.” More than 30 IJGT members found success on the course this weekend, competing in the Sea Pines Junior Heritage. The 24th edition of the annual tournament took place on February 7-8, 2015. Juniors competed at Harbour Town Golf Links for round one and the Pete Dye-designed Heron Point for round two. After two days and 36 holes, there wasn’t a decisive winner in either the Boys or Girls Divisions.

IJGT members won both divisions of the Junior Heritage in playoff fashion.

Ana Paula Valdes Junior Heritage ADefending champion and IJGT member, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, was one shot back after the first round, but tied things up in round two, recording a 1-under 35 on the back nine. Valdes two-putted to make par on the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th, to earn her second consecutive Junior Heritage championship. She is the first ever player to record back-to-back victories at the Junior Heritage.

Bluffton, S.C., native Bryson Nimmer holed out from a bunker for birdie on the 18th hole in round two to force a playoff. He then birdied the 18th hole again, this time for the playoff win.

Including Nimmer, four IJGT members finished in the top five of the Boys Division of the Junior Heritage. Virginia Beach, Va., native Tom Crow and Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, tied for second place while Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, rounded out the top five finishing in a tie for fifth. Greenwood, S.C., native Coleman Self and New Vernon, N.J., native William Voetsch also performed well finishing in a tie for ninth place.

 

Nakatani and Go pose after the Junior Heritage

Nakatani and Go pose after the Junior Heritage

In the Girls Division, IJGT members Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, and Bluffton, S.C., native Kayla Kozak finished in third and fourth place, respectively. Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, earned an eighth-place finish. Osaka, Japan, native Sera Tadokoro and Chomchana Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, finished just one stroke behind Rodriguez to tie for ninth place.

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, had a hole-in-one, which came on the par-3 16th hole in round two. Bluffton, S.C., native Alec Weary and Jason Stokes of St. Brelade, Jersey, also carded eagles during the tournament. In round one, Weary made the par-5 hole No. 5 in three strokes and Stokes needed just three strokes to complete the par-5 17th hole in round two.

Congratulations to all the IJGT members who competed in the Junior Heritage this weekend! To view the full results, click here.