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IJGA Invitational at Harbour Town – Final Results

Go repeats as IJGA Invitational Champion

Kozak wins Girls Division at Harbour Town

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) concluded the 2015 Fall Season with the annual International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) Invitational at Harbour Town Golf Links. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing 10 different states and 14 countries competed in the 36-hole Major Championship for double IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, and AJGA Performance Stars.

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, repeated as the Boys 15-19 Division Champion in the IJGA Invitational with a tournament score of 1-over, 143. Go started off the tournament well making four birdies and firing a 1-under, 70. This was the best round recorded in the tournament and gave him a three-stroke lead going into the final day of competition.

Shiso Go won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 15-19 Division

Shiso Go won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 15-19 Division

Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage, is a challenging test of golf, and even a player of Go’s caliber was going to have to play well to maintain a lead. Go did not get off to the start he wanted in the final round, making a double-bogey on the opening hole. He rebounded quickly though, with birdies on his next two holes to get it back to even-par. From there, Go was able to hold off his fellow competitors by making 12 pars in his last 14 holes. He finished with a round of 2-over, 73 and a seven-stroke victory. This was Go’s first IJGT victory of the 2015-2016 Season. Go was the 2014-2015 IJGT Player of the Year in the Boys 15-19 Division.

“Even though I won this tournament last year, I was just trying to do my best,” said Go.

Finishing in a tie for second place were Colton Tanner of Westport, Conn., and Brock Erwin of Muldrow, Okla., who both recorded tournament totals of 150.

Mason Williams of Bridgeport, W.Va., fired a final-round score of 1-over, 72, which 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.

In the Girls Division, Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., recorded her second career IJGT victory with a tournament total of 147. Kozak won in wire-to-wire fashion recording an impressive five-stroke victory. In the first round, Kozak made four birdies en route to a 3-over, 74. This only gave her a one-stroke margin heading into the final round.

Kayla Kozak won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Girls Division

Kayla Kozak won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Girls Division

Kozak used a meticulous game plan during the final round to hold off her competition. At the turn, Kozak improved her lead to three strokes, but after hole No. 12, her lead was back to one stroke. The pivotal point of the tournament came at hole No. 13 where Kozak made birdie to extend her lead to three strokes. From there Kozak made five straight pars to finish up her round of 2-over, 73 and collect the Girls Division title.

Kozak’s final-round score of 2-over, 73 was the lowest score of the event in the Girls Division, and also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“It is an honor to win, because the competition was great. This tournament has given me the momentum for 2016 and the confidence to know I can play well,” commented Kozak.

Haruka Shintani of Setagaya, Japan, finished in second place with a tournament total of 152. Yuki Nakayama of Kawasaki, Japan, ended the tournament in third place after recording a score of 157.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., continued his strong performance in IJGT tournaments with his third victory of the 2015-2016 Season in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Phillips recorded a tournament total of 161 to earn a two-stroke victory over Nick Hance of Irving, Texas. Hance recorded a final-round score of 76, which was the lowest score in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Chase Phillips won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 14 & Under Division

Chase Phillips won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 14 & Under Division

Phillips made two birdies in the tournament with both of them coming on the par-3, fourth hole at Harbour Town Golf Links. This was Phillips’s first Major Championship victory.

“I liked that this course had smaller greens because it plays well too my game,” said Phillips.

The IJGT will kick off the Spring 2016 Season in Okatie, S.C., with the IJGT Junior at Oldfield Golf Club on Jan. 30-31, 2016. Players will compete for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

About the IJGA

The IJGA trains junior golfers for success in tournament golf and beyond. They are the only academy in the world that combines training, academics, and competition. Through their supportive and competitive environment, students develop the critical qualities of commitment, goal setting and a consistent work ethic to best impact their academics, golf, and future endeavors.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 30 states and 30 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, Iconic Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

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

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final-round results of the IJGA Invitational at Harbour Town conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed December 13, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,600 yards, Par 71 (73.1/144). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,881 yards, Par 71 (69.7/131) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,675 yards, Par 71 (73.6/136).

Weather:       
Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 70’s with 5-10 mph winds
Round 2: Sunny with temperatures in the high 70’s with 5-10 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGA Invitational
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
December 12-13, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,600 yards, Par 71
1. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *70-73–143
2. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *74-76–150
2. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *74-76–150
4. Arjun Puri, New Delhi, India *76-75–151
4. Austin Fox, Delmar, NY *74-77–151
6. Mason Williams, Bridgeport, WV *80-72–152
6. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *79-73–152
6. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *73-79–152
9. Matej Malicek, Bratislava, Slovakia *79-75–154
10. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-77–155
10. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *75-80–155
10. Wil Sheppard, Mount Pleasant, SC *76-79–155
13. Saptak Talwar, New Delhi, India *78-79–157
13. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *78-79–157
13. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-79–157
13. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton, SC *78-79–157
17. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD *77-81–158
18. Shharad Arora, Bangalore, India *82-77–159
19. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *79-82–161
19. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *77-84–161
21. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *81-82–163
21. Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *74-89–163
23. Marco Oliverio, Bridgeport, WV *80-84–164
23. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *80-84–164
25. Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, DE *83-82–165
26. Feng Chen, Beijing, China *87-79–166
27. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *81-86–167
27. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *79-88–167
29. Dominic Wagner, Alexandria, VA *78-90–168
30. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *89-80–169
30. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *83-86–169
32. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *88-86–174
33. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *90-85–175
33. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *85-90–175
35. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *92-84–176
36. Matt Saraceno, Ridgewood, NJ *92-85–177
37. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *91-88–179
38. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *97-89–186
39. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *99-90–189
40. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *90-100–190
41. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *108-88–196
42. Andres Rosado, Mexico City, Mexico *110-109–219

DID NOT FINISH
Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *82-WD

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 5,881 yards, Par 71
1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-80–161
2. Nick Hance, Irving, TX *87-76–163

DID NOT FINISH
Dimitris Vasilakos, Savannah, GA *112-WD

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 5,675 yards, Par 71
1. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *74-73–147
2. Haruka Shintani, Setagaya, Japan *75-77–152
3. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasaki, Japan *81-76–157
4. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *87-74–161
4. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *78-83–161
6. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *81-81–162
7. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *82-81–163
7. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *80-83–163
9. Tiana Cruz, Kingston, Jamaica *83-81–164
9. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *78-86–164
11. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *85-81–166
12. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *84-93–177
13. Camila Burnett, Bluffton, SC *92-103–195
14. Zhenni Zhu, Chongqing, China *100-108–208
 

 

 

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

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

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.

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.

South Carolina Open at Kiawah- Final Results (Feb. 15, 2015)

Gianchandani wins Girls Division by 19 strokes

Pfoestl earns second IJGT victory in a row 

The International Junior Golf Tour traveled to Kiawah Island to host the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island on February 14-15, 2015. In cold and windy conditions, juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole event. Round one was played on the Ocean Course. Round two began via shotgun start at the Turtle Point course.

Jason StokesJason Stokes of St. Brelade, Jersey, improved on his round one score by two strokes to shoot a division-best 4-over 76 in round two and win the Boys 15-19 Division.

Stokes started the tournament strong holing out from 100 yards for eagle on the first hole of the Ocean Course in round one. He carded a birdie on the par-4 15th on the Ocean Course and finished the round with a 6-over 78.

Consistency was key for Stokes in round two. “I was feeling good,” Stokes said after the tournament. “I just played steady, making pars.”

Although he scored better on Turtle Point, Stokes preferred the Ocean Course noting, “It was in good condition and I found the Ocean Course was tougher [than Turtle Point]. It was more scenic and a nice course.”

Stokes also earned 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 and finished with a tournament total 154.

Finishing in second behind Stokes was Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, with a total of 158. In third was Jack Simpson of Aurora, Ontario, with a tournament total 161.

Ami GianchandaniIn the Girls Division, Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J., built off her two-stroke lead after round one to win the division by a decisive 19 strokes. Her round two 1-over 73 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Because round two began with a shotgun start, Gianchandani started the second day on hole No. 17. The highlight of the tournament for Gianchandani came on her last hole in round two. “My favorite hole was the 16th on Turtle Point,” she said following the tournament. “It was a narrow par-3. I hit my 9-iron short and then I sunk a 50-foot putt from off the green to make a birdie.”

The birdie on 16 was one of three Gianchandani carded on the back nine. Gianchandani also carded birdies on the par-5 13th hole and the difficult par-4 15th. She improved on her round one score by 14 strokes to finish with a total score of 160.

In second with a two-day total of 179 was Leslie Ginter of Lexington, Ky., and in third was Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., with a total of 181.

Thomas PfoestlThomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, won his second IJGT tournament in a row after winning the Carolina Classic at Colleton River last month. Pfoestl led the Boys 14 & Under Division of the South Carolina Open by one stroke following round one, and won the tournament by six strokes. Pfoestl was most successful on par-5s in round two carding birdies on the par-5 10th and 13th holes.

“I was feeling good,” Pfoestl said after his victory. “It was cold, but I just tried not to give up.”

Pfoestl finished with consistent scores of 83 for a two-day total of 166. Behind him in second with a tournament total 172 was Jon Nolan Perry of Berwyn, Pa. Rounding out the top three was Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., with a total score of 176.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on February 21-22, 2015, with the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Kiawah Island SC – Final Results of South Carolina Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour at the Kiawah Island Resort. Boys 15-19 Division: Round 1: Ocean Course– Gold Tees – 6,711 yards Par 72 (73.3/137) Round 2: Turtle Point- Gold Tees- 6,624 yards Par 72 (72.5/137) Boys 14 & Under Division: Round 1: Ocean Course- Blue Tees- 5,846 yards Par 72 (68.9/128) Round 2: Turtle Point- Blue Tees- 6,091 yards Par 72 (70.6/133) Girls Division: Round 1: Ocean Course- Red Tees- 5,616 yards Par 72 (72.4/130) Round 2: Turtle Point- Red Tees- 5,738 yards Par 72 (73.1/131)

International Junior Golf Tour
South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island
Kiawah Island, SC
February 14-15, 2015 

Boys 15-19 Division-

Round 1 – (Gold Tees) Ocean Course: 6,771 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Gold Tees) Turtle Point:  6,624 yards, Par 72

1. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *78-76–154
2. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *80-78–158
3. Jack Simpson, Aurora, ON *79-82–161
4. William Meyers, Baton Rouge, LA *83-80–163
4. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *76-87–163
6. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD *80-85–165
7. Jackson Tyler, Seneca, SC *91-77–168
7. Jack Rolle, Bethesda, MD *85-83–168
7. Angelo Giantsopoulos, Richmond Hill, ON *84-84–168
7. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *82-86–168
11. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *86-83–169
12. Nick Welden, Birmingham, AL *83-88–171
13. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY *89-84–173
14. Jamie Guisinger, Troy, MI *89-85–174
14. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *89-85–174
14. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *89-85–174
17. John Karcher, Novi, MI *93-83–176
17. Mo Harb, Bloomfield Hills, MI *86-90–176
19. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *86-91–177
20. Gavin Simon, Rochester, NY *94-84–178
20. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *89-89–178
22. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *96-83–179
22. Chris Tanabe, Sewickley, PA *88-91–179
24. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *88-94–182
25. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *96-87–183
25. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *95-88–183
27. David Frank, Dunwoody, GA *97-88–185
27. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *93-92–185
29. Daniel Cozzi, Westport, CT *90-98–188
30. Matthew Campbell, Beaufort, SC *97-93–190
30. Billy Rosemeyer, Gibsonia, PA *95-95–190
30. Jake Rumfola, Dublin, OH *91-99–190
33. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *96-95–191
34. Colin Patrick, Newtown, CT *92-101–193
35. Aaron Montgomery, New York, NY *99-95–194

DID NOT FINISH
JWD. Blaise Vanitvelt, Flint, MI *96-JWD
DQ. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *95-DQ (Rule 6-6b)

Boys 14 & Under Division-
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Ocean Course: 5,846 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) Turtle Point:  6,091 yards, Par 72

1. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *83-83–166
2. Jon Nolan Perry, Berwyn, PA *84-88–172
3. Jake Calamaro, Newtown Square, PA *95-81–176
4. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *97-88–185
5. Luke Sample, New York, NY *103-83–186
6. Daniel Schindler, Pittsford, NY *90-110–200
7. Andrew Sample, New York, NY *108-108–216

DID NOT FINISH
JWD. Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA *95–JWD
Girls Division-
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Ocean Course: 5,616 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) Turtle Point:  5,738 yards, Par 72

1. Ami Gianchandani, Short Hills, NJ *87-73–160
2. Leslie Ginter, Lexington, KY *89-90–179
3. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *97-84–181
4. Olivia Traynor, Villanova, PA *104-97–201
5. Kelli Harpe, Nicholasville, KY *108-105–213
6. Rebecca Markunas, Glendale, NY *110-107–217

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.

 

 

 

South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island – Tour Preview

Traveling to an annual fan-favorite site, the IJGT will host the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island on February 14-15, 2015. A weekend dedicated to love will allow juniors to experience a true love for this course. The two-day, 36-hole event will be played on both the Ocean Course and Turtle Point.

Kiawah Ocean Course

The Ocean Course is one of only four courses in the U.S. to have hosted every major PGA event in the country. It hosted the 2012 PGA Championship. The par-72 course was designed by Pete and Alice Dye.

Wind provides an exciting challenge on the Ocean Course as its strength and direction is constantly changing and unpredictable; there are no prevailing winds on the course. It has more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere, 10 right along the Atlantic with the other eight running parallel. This provides players unobstructed views of Kiawah’s Atlantic coastline from every hole.

KiawahOcean_8th_Hole

The Ocean Course was named one of the Top 10 Courses in the U.S. and the World by the Travel Channel in 2014. In 2012, it was named the #1 Golf Course in South Carolina by Golf Digest.

The Jack Nicklaus-designed Turtle Point course gives players the opportunity to test not just their accuracy, but also their mental game.

All of Kiawah Island’s five courses are Audubon-certified Cooperative Sanctuaries. Located less than an hour outside of Charleston, Kiawah Island offers an abundance of activities for visitors.

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, tops the list of players to watch for the Boys 15-19 Division of the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island. Go is currently ranked first in his division on the IJGT Tour Rankings. He has six top-three finishes this season, including wins at the IJGT College Series at NC STATE, the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines. Other players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division include Thomas Lipowicz of Alexandria, Va., and Karan Arjun of Bangalore, India, who finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in last year’s IJGT event at Kiawah. Also keep an eye out for John Karcher of Novi, Mich., who is playing in his third IJGT event at Kiawah.

In the Girls Division, Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, finished third in last year’s Major Championship at Kiawah. This is her third IJGT event at the notoriously difficult course. Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., also played last year’s event, finishing in 11th place.

Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, is coming off a first place finish in the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. He is currently first in his division in the IJGT rankings. Pittsford, N.Y., native Daniel Schindler will look to improve on his second place finish in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, his first IJGT event. Also keep an eye out for Will Whittaker of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., who finished 13th in last year’s IJGT event at Kiawah.

Juniors will be competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points as they play the world-renowned courses at Kiawah Island. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live updates and download the IJGT app for live scoring.

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!