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South Carolina Open champion Thomas Pfoestl featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – Feb. 19, 2015

The IJGT traveled to Kiawah Island, S.C., to host the South Carolina Open on February 14-15, 2015. In exchange for beautiful ocean views on both the Ocean Course and the Turtle Point course, juniors braved cold and blustery conditions as they competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole event.

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A photo of the Boys 14 & Under Division champion Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, was selected as this week’s IJGT Photo of the Week. Pfoestl shot 83 in both rounds on the way to a division-best tournament total of 166. He carded two birdies in round two on the par-5 10th hole and the par-5 13th hole.

Pfoestl maintained his No. 1 ranking on the International Junior Golf Tour with the win. The victory was his third this season and second in a row. Pfoestl’s other first-place finishes came in the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club in November and the Carolina Classic at Colleton River in January.

Congratulations to Pfoestl on being our IJGT Photo of the Week! Don’t forget–each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook Page after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and, based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’
2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)
3 points – per share

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

South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island – Round one recap (Feb. 14, 2015)

On a windy but sunny Valentine’s Day, the IJGT traveled to Kiawah Island, S.C., for the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island. After an hour-long frost delay, juniors teed off beginning at 9 a.m. on the renowned Ocean Course for the first of two rounds. The second round will be played tomorrow at Turtle Point. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Bruce Kozel of Annapolis, Md., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

8 – Kozel made par on eight of nine holes on the front nine

38 – His division-best score on the back nine

76 – His 4-over round one score to carry the lead

2- Kozel leads the division by two strokes

The Boys 14 & Under Division is led by Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy. His round in numbers:

10 – Pfoestl made par a division-best 10 times in round one

83 – His round one score to lead the division

1 – Pfoestl leads the division by a single stroke

1- Pfoestl is coming off a first place finish in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River

Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J., leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

4 – Her longest par-or-better streak lasted from the par-5 hole No. 2 through the par-3 fifth hole

87 – Her round one score to carry the lead

2- She leads the division by 2 strokes

1 – Her lone birdie came on the par-4 third hole

The second round of the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island will take place tomorrow, February 15, 2015, beginning with a 10 a.m. shotgun start at Turtle Point. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

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!