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Puangcharoen, Gray among the IJGT Players of the Week – Oct. 21, 2014

NORTHEAST

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour made the trip to State College, Pa., on October 18-19, 2014, for the College Series at Penn State University. It was a challenging weekend for the contestants as cold weather and windy conditions made an already difficult course even tougher. After two days of competitive play and great sportsmanship, the IJGT is pleased to announce Adam Gray of Potomac, Md., and Lauren Kase of North Tonawanda, N.Y., as the Northeast Tour’s Players of the Week.

Gray

The first day of the tournament was trying for all of the competitors due to cold, rainy and windy conditions. Gray played well, shooting a 78 in the opening round to place him in a tie for eighth heading into the final round. Weather conditions were more favorable on day two of the tournament and Gray capitalized by shooting the low score of the weekend, a 1-under-par 71. He carded four birdies on the day, three of which were on the front nine to allow him to make the turn at 2-under. Consistency was key for Gray as his resilient efforts resulted in a shared piece of second place to end the tournament.

Kase

Kase led with a slow start but found her rhythm during the final round of the College Series. Totaling eight pars on the day, Kase drove the ball well and sunk some difficult putts to improve her score. She birdied the challenging, uphill par-4 No. 16 with ease, demonstrating her skill in all areas of the game. Her second round 85 solidified her fourth-place finish in her division.

SOUTHEAST

The IJGT traveled to Pooler, Ga., to host the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters Country Club.  The weather forecast included clear skies and mild temperatures leaving the course in pristine condition for low rounds.  This week’s southeast Player of the Week honors are awarded to Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, and Warrisara (Mind) Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand.

Shimoji, Takafumi

Shimoji kicked off round one with a birdie on the par-4 No. 1 but struggled with a few bogeys in the remainder of his round before adding a final birdie on the par-4 No 11. After finding himself in 31st at the conclusion of round one, Shimoji returned for round two with determination. He started with back-to-back birdies on holes No. 3 and 4, before adding two more birdies on the back nine. Shimoji’s battle back allowed him to finish the round with a 1- under-par, 71, giving him an overall score of 151 and a top-five finish.

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Puangcharoen shot 79 on Saturday and 71 on Sunday to finish with 150 for the tournament for third place. With only a brief struggle for par or better on her first round front nine, she ramped up her back nine with six pars and another birdie. Puangcharoen played well again on Sunday after starting the day hot with four-straight pars and going on to score par or better on 16 of 18 holes for the round. Her final score of 71 on Sunday earned her the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award and helped to secure third-place.

Congratulations to Gray, Kase, Puangcharoen and Shimoji on earning the Player of the Week honors and we wish you well in all of your future events!

Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s – Final Results

Pedro nabs second victory at Oldfield Golf Club

Rodriguez, McDowell win by ten strokes

OKATIE, S.C. – The IJGT hosted the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s at Oldfield Golf Club on April 12-13, 2014. The sponsored event was a two-day 36-hole tournament with junior participants ranging in age from 12-19 years old. Winners of the event were awarded IJGT Merit Points and also competed for national rankings and an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

DSC_0226The Boys 15-19 Division was led both days by first-place finisher Toks Pedro of Bowie, Md. Finishing with a score of 71-72 – 143, Pedro’s 1-under-par overall score became his second first-place finish at Oldfield Golf Club in IJGT events, the first being in 2012. Pedro finished with par or better on 15 of 18 holes to put him out in front after round one. Five birdies were the highlight of his second round, putting him 1-under-par for the day.

The 1-under par 72 allowed Pedro to secure the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award offered to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round. Pedro also led the division in total birdies with nine.

Pedro finished three strokes ahead of second-place finisher, Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, who posted a tournament score of 72-74 – 146 overall. The highlight of Sharma’s tournament came in his back nine of round two where he finished with par or better on all nine holes. In third place was Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, with a score of 74-74 – 147 overall that featured seven birdies and an eagle on the 12th hole.

When asked what worked well for him, Pedro said, “[I was] hitting a lot of good shots and was hitting a lot of greens and two putts.”

DSCN7115 copyChandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, was the Boys 14 and Under Divisional winner with a two-day score of 72-71 – 143 overall. Leading his division statistically, McDowell’s six birdies lifted him to a staggering 10-stroke lead for the win. The 1-under-par 71 for round two also made McDowell a Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award winner. The first-place finish becomes McDowell’s third win in five events played in the 2013-2014 season.

Finishing in second was Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., with a score of 77-76 – 153 overall. The second place finish is Ingram’s third consecutive top-10 finish this season. Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, rounded out the top three with an overall score of 157.

McDowell commented that his mindset to maintain his lead was to “play my own game and take advantage of the birdie-able holes on the course.”

 

In her first IJGT tournament of the 2014 DSCN7112 copyyear, Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, finished first in the Girls Division. Her 69-74 – 143 overall score was highlighted by six total birdies and a hole-in-one on the par-3 third hole. Both scores from rounds one and two posted by Rodriguez were divisional lows, her round-one 69 being the lowest score of the tournament.

Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, both finished 10 strokes behind Rodriguez tied for second with overall scores of 153. Both Whaley and Tadokoro posted par or better on 25 of 36 holes for the tournament. Sophie Guo (T4) of Bluffton, S.C., posted the only other hole-in-one on the par-3 13th hole.

When asked about her win, Rodriguez commented, “It feels great to be at a tournament, haven’t played an IJGT tournament yet this year so it feels great to win this tournament.”

The IJGT will head west next weekend for the Arizona Junior at Southern Dunes in Maricopa, Ariz. To sign up for this Event, click here.

Okatie, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 13, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,870 yards, Par 72 (73.6/144). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,251 yards, Par 72 (71.0/129). Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,978 yards, Par 72 (74.4/134).

Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the High 70s, winds 10-15 mph
Sunny with temperatures in the High 70s, winds 10-15 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Oldfield Junior Presented by Auntie Anne’s
Okatie, S.C
April 12-13, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees), 6,870 yards, Par 72

1. Toks Pedro, Bowie, MD *71-72–143
2. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *72-74–146
3. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *74-73–147
4. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *72-77–149
4. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *73-76–149
6. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *76-74–150
6. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *73-77–150
8. Simon McDonald, Kialla, Australia *74-77–151
8. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *75-76–151
8. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *75-76–151
11. Phil Colevas, Rockville, MD *78-74–152
11. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *75-77–152
13. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *76-77–153
14. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *76-78–154
14. Matthew Mannion, Muskoka, Canada *74-80–154
14. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *74-80–154
17. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *78-77–155
17. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *76-79–155
17. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *77-78–155
17. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *79-76–155
21. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *76-80–156
22. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *78-79–157
22. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *77-80–157
24. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co (NQN) *74-84–158
24. Keith Techasith, Bangkok, Thailand *82-76–158
24. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada *81-77–158
27. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *83-79–162
28. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *86-77–163
28. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *80-83–163
30. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *78-86–164
30. Kevin Borowicz, Grand Island, NY *84-80–164
32. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-84–165
33. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea *83-83–166
34. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *86-81–167
35. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *82-86–168
36. Rich Auld, Toronto, Canada *88-82–170
37. Rio Wong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *88-83–171
37. Gbenga Toriola, Abuja, Nigeria *87-84–171
39. Sidhartha Sharathram, Coimbatore *85-87–172
40. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *85-89–174
40. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *86-88–174
42. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *87-88–175
43. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *92-92–184
43. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN *95-89–184
45. Mauricio Troncoso, Mexico City, Mexico *88-97–185
46. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *88-98–186
Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees), 6,251 yards, Par 72

1. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *72-71–143
2. Chase Ingram, Bluffton, SC *77-76–153
3. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *79-78–157
4. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *79-83–162
5. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *84-85–169
6. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia *87-84–171
7. Alex Thaller, Hilton Head Island, SC *90-85–175
7. Thomas Delaney, Kingwood, TX *86-89–175
9. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *94-83–177
10. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA *87-91–178
11. Ronak Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *101-88–189
12. Ben Farrington, Ft McMurray, AB *93-98–191

DID NOT FINISH

Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China *DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Matthew Campbell, Beaufort, SC *DQ (Rule 6-3a) 

Girls Division (Green tees), 5,978 yards, Par 72

1. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *69-74–143
2. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *77-76–153
2. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *78-75–153
4. Milleina Ohara, Tokyo, Japan *80-79–159
4. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *76-83–159
6. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua, *79-81–160
7. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *79-82–161
8. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *85-78–163
9. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *85-80–165
10. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *83-85–168
11. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC *88-83–171
12. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *82-90–172
12. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *87-85–172
14. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *83-90–173
14. Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *86-87–173
16. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *93-90–183

College Prep at Palmetto Hall – Tour Preview

The IJGT will host its first 54-hole tournament of the year in the southeast region for College Prep at the Palmetto Hall Robert Cupp Course in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on April 26-27, 2014. Players will tee off in the morning on Saturday, April 26, for the first round of 18 holes and again in the afternoon for a second 18 holes. The final 18 will be played Sunday, April 27. In addition to exposure to collegiate level coaches, players will also have the opportunity to secure national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

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The Robert Cupp design is a difficult course full of strategically placed bunkers and naturally occurring slopes. Using a computer to design the course, Cupp created a layout of straight lines and hard angles that are challenging but playable.

The 18th at the Palmetto Hall Robert Cupp Course.
The 18th at the Palmetto Hall Robert Cupp Course.

As we gear up for College Prep, keep an eye on a deep Boys 15-19 Division. Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, who currently ranks second in the tour rankings will look to add another first-place will at Palmetto Hall. Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, comes off of a T4 finish at the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s and will aim to continue his momentum to contend for first.

In the Boys 14 and Under Division, stay tuned for performances by both Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., and Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, as they both come off second and third-place finishes, respectively, at the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s on April 12-13, 2014. Shimoji currently boasts four first-place victories on the 2013-2014 season.

The Girls Division will be small yet competitive, led by Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India. Currently ranked second in the tour ranking, Arjun will look to nab her third consecutive victory at Palmetto Hall.

To register or for more information about College Prep, click here.

Oldfield Junior at Oldfield Country Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT will be in Okatie, S.C. April 12-13, 2014 for the Oldfield Junior at Oldfield Country Club. The 18-hole two-day tournament will offer National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points to top finishers.

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Oldfield has no shortage of breathtaking scenery and was recognized by the Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for its attention to preserving the local environment. The natural environment equates to small greens and free-form bunkers. The course is located just off the Okatie River and offers a one-of-a-kind golfing experience.

Oldfield Golf Course along the Okatie River

Oldfield Golf Course along the Okatie River

Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, and Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, will both look to lead the Boys 15-19 Division as they both come off of a top-10 finish in their last tournament play. D’Amico finished second at the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club on March 22-23, 2014 while Hui comes off a tie for 10th in the same tournament.

In the Girls Division, we have seen Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, in 14 events this season and she will look to make the Oldfield Junior a victory for her 15th event. Tadokoro comes off of a 9th-place tie at the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor in February. Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., will be making an appearance in her first tournament of 2014 and will look to add to her three top-three finishes on the 2013-2014 season.

In the Boys 14 and Under Division, Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, brings to the table nine top-five finishes, four of which are first-place victories and he will look to add a fifth. Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., comes off of a hard-fought third-place finish at the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club and will also be in the hunt for a victory.

To register or for more information about the Oldfield Junior in April, click here.

Final results from the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation Club

Cheng captures win at Carolina Classic

Vilips completes come-from-behind victory

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) visited Colleton River Plantation Club this past weekend to host the Carolina Classic. Colleton River will be the site of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in 2015. Junior golfers that competed ranged in age from 12-19 years old and represented 16 different countries. National Rankings were at stake, as well as IJGT Merit Points. Additionally, the champion from each division received an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

DSC_0820In the Boys 15-19 Division, Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, managed to come away with the victory. Going into the final round, Cheng was tied for first place with Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C. Cheng was consistent on the final day and had a four–stroke lead at hole No. 16, but Miles was not going down without a fight. Miles cut Cheng’s lead to three strokes heading into the final hole. After Cheng took a triple-bogey on hole No. 18, they finished dead even, both shooting 74-75–149 to force a playoff. Tension was high for both golfers going into the playoff as they both failed to hit the fairway on their tee shots. Cheng’s second shot fell short of the green, setting him up with a short chip shot. Cheng’s chip shot was pure and nearly holed out, leaving him with a downhill three foot putt for par and the win. With confidence, Cheng stepped up to his putt and knocked it in to seal his victory.

When asked about his mindset going into the playoff, Cheng stated, “I was kind of a bit nervous, but I had to stay confident with myself [because] I know I can play well on that hole, which I did.”

After falling short on the playoff hole versus Cheng, Miles took second place, posting a 74-75—149 tournament total score. Third place ended in a tie between Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, and Brad Cook of Jackson, Wy., who posted scores of 78-79–157 and 80-77–157 respectively.

 

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In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Karl Vilips of Melbourne,  Australia, battled back to take home the championship win. Going into the final round, Vilips trailed the leader by seven strokes. He responded and showcased his desire to win by shooting an even par 72, which earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round. It was also the low round of the tournament across all divisions. After no birdies in the first round, Vilips came back hungry. During the final round, he was determined to improve and finished with four birdies, posting a tournament score of 85-72-157.

When asked about his comeback and what he did differently on Sunday, Vilips replied, “I took more time with all of my shots…the first day I rushed a few of my shots which caused lots of errors.”

Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, came in second, shooting an 80-80—160 overall. Christian Clemence Tupamahu of Manado, Indonesia finished in third posting an 84-89—173.

 

DSC_0678The Girls Division was won by Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., earning her first IJGT championship. Kozak played very consistently throughout the weekend. She made a birdie on hole No. 9 in both round one and round two. In her final round, Kozak finished with two birdies on the day and nine pars. The windy conditions were no match for the type of golf she was playing. She continued to hit fairways and set herself up with great approach shots. Kozak shot an 80-77—157 to earn her victory.

When asked how she was feeling after winning her first IJGT event, she said, “It’s an amazing feeling, I feel honored. [The IJGT] is a great tour, the people are great and I made a lot of nice friends. I really appreciate the event.”

Second-place finisher Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, recorded an 85-75—160 tournament total, which also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division. Third place was won by Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan who posted an 85-79—164.

The IJGT Southeast Tour will take a week break before the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club in Hilton Head Island S.C., on Feb. 8-9, 2014. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

About the IJGT

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

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

 

BLUFFTON, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Carolina Classic at Colleton River conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Jan. 26, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,864 yards, Par 72 (74.4/141).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,179 yards, Par 72 (70.9/133) Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,901 yards, Par 72 (75.6/138).

 Weather:
Saturday: Partly cloudly with temperatures in the Mid 40s, winds 15-25 mph
Sunday: Partly cloudly with temperatures in the Mid 50s, winds 10-15 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Carolina Classic at Colleton River
Bluffton, S.C.
January 25-26, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees), 6,864 yards, Par 72

1. x-Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan, *74-75–149
2. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC, *74-75–149
3. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India, *78-79–157
3. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY, *80-77–157
5. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain, *78-80–158
6. Robbie Hickok, Washington, DC, *79-81–160
7. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA, *79-82–161
8. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy, *84-78–162
9. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC, *83-80–163
9. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada, *88-75–163
11. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY, *86-79–165
11. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy, *90-75–165
13. Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador, *82-85–167
14. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan, *83-86–169
14. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan, *92-77–169
16. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand, *85-86–171
16. Mike Madden, Grand Rapids, MI, *89-82–171
18. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK, *85-87–172
19. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico, *83-90–173
19. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *90-83–173
21. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA, *90-84–174
21. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico, *91-83–174
23. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *89-86–175
24. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *93-84–177
24. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia, *95-82–177
26. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA, *88-90–178
26. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY, *89-89–178
28. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX, *92-87–179
28. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *95-84–179
28. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *96-83–179
31. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH, *91-90–181
31. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA, *93-88–181
33. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan, *89-94–183
34. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH, *93-91–184
35. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China, *93-92–185
36. Jespi Huh, Sasanggu, South Korea, *98-88–186
37. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC, *103-86–189
38. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan, *98-93–191
39. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN, *96-105–201
40. Borys Shubinsky, Hilton Head Island, SC, *114-94–208

DID NOT FINISH
Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL, *84-DQ (Rule 33-7)
Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia, *JWD
Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY, *JWD.
Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, SC, *87-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees), 6,179 yards, Par 72
1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia, *85-72–157
2. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan, *80-80–160
3. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia, *84-89–173
4. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico, *91-83–174
5. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN, *89-90–179
6. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China, *108-100–208
7. Zichen Zhao, Hilton Head Island, SC, *159-119—278

DID NOT FINISH
Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada, *78-79–157 *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China, *78-DQ (Rule 33-7)
 
Girls Division (Green Tees), 5,901 yards, Par 72
1. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC, *80-77–157
2. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand, *85-75–160
3. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan, *85-79–164
4. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan, *85-83–168
5. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN, *87-83–170
6. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua, *86-85–171
7. Danlu Cheng, Shenzhen, China, *88-97–185
7. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea, *99-86–185
9. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *125-107–232

x- Won in Playoff

 

 

Major Championship at Kiawah Island – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will head to play two of the five courses at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C. on February 15-16, 2014 for the Major Championship. Players will play the first round at Turtle Point and finish out the weekend with round two on the Ocean Course, both of which are championship courses. At stake are double IJGT Merit Points as well as national rankings.

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The first day’s 18 holes will be played at Turtle Point, a Jack Nicklaus course known for being one of the longest on the island. Turtle Point has been host of past PGA Cup Matches and proves to be challenging for even advanced players. Unpredictable winds are characteristic of this course even with towering trees along the fairway.

Day two will be 18 holes to be played at the #4 Greatest Public Golf Course in America as ranked by Golf Digest, Ocean Course. A Pete Dye creation, Ocean Course was the location for the 2012 PGA Championships. The course includes 10 holes that run right along the Atlantic Ocean, creating for beautiful scenery. Among just 17 other courses in North America, Golf Digest readers have given Ocean Course a 5-star rating for best places to play.

The 14th at Turtle Point.

The 14th at Turtle Point.

The IJGT expects the fierce competition at the #MajorChamp across all Divisions. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan and Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, and Brad Cook of Jackson, Wyo. Ogawa and Sharma finished first and second, respectively, after a playoff at the Winter Shootout in January 2014. Sharma also tied Cook for third at the Carolina Classic in late January 2014.

Look for a stand-out performances from Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, and Joe Parrini of York, Pa. After placing second in the Boys 14 & Under Division at the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation January 25-26, 2014, Shimoji has now placed in the top three in seven of eight Events played with the IJGT. In his first appearance in a southern tournament, Parrini will look to take command of the Boys 14 & Under Division. He comes into the Major Championship with five first place finishes on seven tournaments.

Rounding out our watch list, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, will look to lead the pack. Coming off of a first place finish at the Junior Heritage at Sea Pines February 1-2, 2014, Valdes will look to add to her accolades at Kiawah Island.

To register or for more information about the Major Championship at Kiawah Island, click here.

Final results from the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall

Cheng captures crown at Bluffton Junior

Phuchanbanchob earns first IJGT Victory

 

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour was in Bluffton, S.C. on Dec. 7-8 for the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was contested on the Pete Dye Signature Course at Hampton Hall Club. The field featured 57 players representing 15 states and 15 countries competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Hampton Hall Club’s Pete Dye course was played at 6,936 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division, 5,895 yards for the Girls Division, and 6,219 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division. Water hazards came into play on a number of holes while an abundance of bunkers gave the players even more difficulty. Weather for the first round was perfect, as temperatures hovered in the 70s with a slight breeze. The final round was drastically different, with temperatures around 50, rain, and more wind than the prior round.

Cheng HHIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, emerged with a two-stroke victory over GeunTae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, after shooting a 3-under-par 141 for the tournament.

Cheng’s played his first round bogey-free, on his way to a 4-under-par, 68. He shot a matching 34 on both the front and back nine, with birdies on Nos. 3, 9, 11, and 15. Even with the impressive score, Cheng sat in a tie for second with Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton, S.C., after the first round, two shots behind Chris Magi of Montreal, Canada. Magi caught fire on the front nine, with five birdies over a six-hole stretch on Nos. 3-8. He finished with a front-nine score of 32, the lowest nine-hole score of the tournament. Magi strung together three consecutive birdies on Nos. 11-13 and despite a bogey on the par-5, 15th, finished his round at 6-under-par 66 to capture the lead.

Cheng, Magi, and Nimmer were part of an impressive group of eight players who shot under-par during the first round. Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan shot 2-under-par 70, while Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., Lohith Ramaraju of London, England, Jan Schneider of Erlangen, Germany, and Borys Shubinsky of Hilton Head Island, S.C., all shot 1-under-par 71.

Cheng shot under-par on the front-nine again during the final round, finishing at 1-under-par 35 to move to 5-under-par for the tournament and grab the lead after 27 holes. Cheng birdied the par-5, third hole, for the second consecutive day, to go along with eight pars on the front. Ahead of Cheng, Kim was making a charge, shooting a front-nine 33 to get back into contention.

As others faltered, the tournament became a three-man race between Cheng, Kim, and Nimmer. Cheng double-bogeyed No. 13, putting Nimmer only one stroke back, but Nimmer bogeyed holes Nos. 14 and 15 to fall back. Kim had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 while scoring par at the 17th and 18th to finish with a score of 75-68-143, awaiting Cheng in the clubhouse. Cheng finished off his tournament in style, making birdie on the 18th hole to seal his victory.

“I tried to stay patient. I knew the scores would be high out there today,” Cheng mentioned when asked how he had prepared for the final round.

Kim’s final round 68 won him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and gave him his fourth top-three finish of the season. Nimmer rounded out the top three with tournament totals of 68-76-144.

PhuchanbonchobCake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, gathered her first career IJGT Victory in the Girls Division, earning the win by three strokes over Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn.  Phuchanbanchob started the first round hot, draining a birdie on the opening hole. She dropped a stroke at No. 2 but quickly regained it with a birdie at the third. She carded her third birdie of her opening nine at the ninth hole to finish with a 2-under-par 34 on the front nine. Phuchanbanchob was matched by Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand on the front nine, as Siriko put together three consecutive birdies on holes Nos. 2-4 to shoot a 34. Whaley also impressed on the front, making birdies on Nos. 7 and 9 on her way to a 35. The three continued their strong play on the back nine, with Whaley’s even-par, 36 setting the tone. Phuchanbanchob and Whaley shot matching 71s in the first round, while Siriko lurked only one stroke back.

Despite the difficult weather conditions, Phuchanbanchob thrived during the final round. She shook off a bogey on hole No. 1, going on to birdie Nos. 3, 6, and 8 to again shoot a 34 on the front. Siriko carded an even-par, 36 on the front, but still fell three shots back of Phuchanbanchob while, Whaley was unable to keep pace with the leader, falling six strokes back.

Phuchanbanchob’s lead grew to seven strokes over both Siriko and Whaley after the 11th hole, and she was able to cruise to her victory. She finished the final round with scores of 34-39-73, good for a tournament total of 144. Her 73 also won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Phuchanbanchob said her key to dealing with the final round conditions was, “hitting an extra club,” and she also noted a strong short game as her key to victory.

Whaley finished second, with a total score of 147, while Siriko placed third at 149.

ShimojiThe Boys 14 & Under Division ended in a tie, with Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, earning the victory over Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., via scorecard playoff. Both players finished the tournament with total scores of 155, but due to Shimoji finishing with a 41 to McBride’s 42 over the final nine holes, Shimoji was credited with the victory.

The two excelled during the first round, repeatedly going shot-for-shot. McBride jumped out early with a birdie at the par-5, third hole, but Shimoji answered with a birdie at the par-3, seventh hole. After the first nine, McBride held the lead by two strokes after carding a 1-over-par 37. Both performed even better on the back nine. McBride carded three more birdies on holes Nos. 13, 14, and 17, while dropping a stroke at the 10th and 11th holes to finish his day with an even-par 72. Shimoji birdied the 15th hole but bogeyed the 18th  hole to shoot even-par on the back nine, and a 3-over-par 75, giving McBride the lead after the first round.

Neither McBride nor Shimoji were able to become comfortable in the cold, wet weather during the final round. Shimoji was able to pick up two strokes on McBride on the front nine to cut the lead to one as they entered the home stretch. Shimoji grabbed his first lead of the final round with a birdie on the 11th hole coupled with a McBride par. The lead flip-flopped between the two multiple times over the next couple holes, but as they walked to the 18th tee McBride held a one-shot lead. As darkness quickly crept in, McBride and Shimoji battled for the win. McBride could not connect on a par putt while Shimoji was able to save par. McBride willed in an eight-foot par putt to force a tie after 36 holes. With insufficient sunlight, the committee ruled that Shimoji was victorious via the recommended tiebreaker prescribed by the United States Golf Association, which was the score on the last nine holes of the competition.

Shimoji noted his driving was “very good,” and helped make up for a “so-so,” short game over the weekend.

Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico, rounded out the top three with a tournament total of 80-82-162.

The International Junior Golf Tour’s next event will be the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Dec. 14-15. The two-day, 36-hole event will consist of one round on the Ocean Course at Sea Pines and one round at Harbour Town Golf Links.

First Round Highlights from the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall

Bluffton, S.C. – Temperatures hovering around 70 defined a perfect day for golf at the first round of the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall on Dec. 7. Being held on the Pete Dye Signature Course at Hampton Hall Club, the tournament featured 56 players from 15 states and 15 countries. Players are eagerly competing for national rankings as well as IJGT Merit Points, and with a field full of talented junior golfers, the final round looks to bring as many highlights as the first round. Here are your leaders heading into the final round of the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall on Dec. 8.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Chris Magi of Montreal, Canada leads after shooting a 6-under, 66. Here is Magi’s round by the numbers:

Chris Magi

32 (4-under-par) – Score on the front-nine

8 – Number of birdies (44.4% of his scores)

4 – This is his fourth season with the IJGT

2 – Stroke lead over Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan and Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton, S.C.

-2 – Score on the course’s four par-3’s

-5 – Played Nos. 3-8 at 5-under-par

 

Atop the leaderboard in the Boys 14 & Under Division is Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., firing a first round score of even-par, 72. Here is McBride’s first round by the numbers:

Brandon McBride

35 (1-under-par) – Score on the back-nine

10 – Number of pars (55.6% of his scores)

8 – This is the 8th IJGT Event McBride has competed in this season

4 – Number of birdies (22.2% of his scores)

3 – Stroke lead over Takafumi Shomoji of Okinawa, Japan entering the final round

1 – This is his first year on the IJGT

 

Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand and Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn. head the Girls Division after finishing with scores of 1-under, 71. Here are Punchanbanchob’s and Whaley’s round by the numbers:

Cake Phuchanbanchob

34 (2-under-par) – Score on the front-nine

10 – Number of pars (55.6% of her scores

5 – Number of birdies (27.8% of scores)

3 – This is her third season with the IJGT

2 – She finished 2nd at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 29-Dec. 1

-3 – Score on the course’s four par-5’s

Kelly Whaley

35 (1-under-par) – Score on the front-nine

12 – Number of pars (66.7% of her scores)

4 – Number of birdies (22.2% of scores)

3 – Has won three IJGT Events in her career

2 – This is her second season with the IJGT

-2 – Score on the course’s four par-5’s

 

For complete results of the first round click here. Pairings for final round action at the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall can be found here.

IJGA Invitational – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be hosting the IJGA Invitational on Dec. 14-15 at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The two-day, 36-hole tournament will consist of one round at Sea Pines Ocean Course and one round at Harbour Town Golf Links. Players will be competing for national rankings and Double IJGT Merit Points at the last Major Championship of the fall season.

The first course built on Hilton Head Island, the Ocean Course features one of only two oceanfront holes on the island. The par-72 course stretches to 6,906 yards with a rating of 73.5 and slope of 144 from the back tees. Strategically-placed bunkers and lagoons provide difficulties to players of all skill levels. The par-3, 15th is the signature hole at the Ocean Course, as elevated tees give players unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Hole 15 Ocean Course

The par-3, 15th hole at Sea Pines Ocean Course is one of only two oceanfront holes on Hilton Head Island.

Harbour Town Golf Links is the more nationally known of the courses at Sea Pines. Harbour Town has played host to the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage (formally Heritage Classic) since 1969. The course is consistently awarded billing as one of the top courses, including being rated 18th in Golf Digest’s 2013-14 “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses.” Playing as a par-71, the course features five sets of tees stretching from 5,208 yards to 7,101 yards. The 18th hole at Harbour Town is one of golf’s most well-known holes, as players overlook Calibogue Sound and features the Harbour Town Lighthouse in the background.

Harbour Town Lighthouse 18 Green

The 18th hole at Harbour Town Golf Links provides one of the most recognizable finishing holes in golf.

The IJGA Invitational consistently features one of the strongest fields of the IJGT season, and this year is no different. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, Shota Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan, William Thomson of Pittsford, N.Y., and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. highlight a strong field. Ogawa, Ozaki, and Wren have all been victorious in IJGT Events this season, while Thomson won last season’s IJGA Invitational in the Boys 14 & Under Division, narrowly edging out Ogawa. Other players to keep an eye on include Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan and Bobby Firth of Jenkintown, Pa.

Takafumi Shimoji looks to continue his impressive rookie season on the IJGT by capturing the tournament in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Shimoji has won three tournaments this fall while finishing 2nd in his other two events. Shimoji shot his low round of the season in the first round of the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club in August, carding six birdies on his way to a 5-under-par, 67. Players to also watch in the Boys 14 & Under Division include Alex Lawson of Pittsburgh, Pa., Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., Ryan McCarthy of Rockville Centre, N.Y., and Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico.

The Girls Division features a number of players who have had successful seasons so far, including Samantha Huang Shenzhen, China, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, and Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., all of whom have been victorious twice this fall. Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Clementina Rodriquez of Caracas, Venezuela, Ana Ruiz of Chihuahua, Mexico, Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, and Susana Vik of Greenwich, Conn. all placed in the top ten of last year’s IJGA Invitational.

Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be in Bluffton, S.C. on Dec. 7-8 for the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall. Hampton Hall Club’s Pete Dye Signature Course last hosted an IJGT Event Nov. 10-11, 2012, with the Major Championship at Hampton Hall Club being contested there. The two-day tournament will consist of top junior golfers from around the world competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points over the course of 36 holes.

Dye’s course at Hampton Hall features a brilliantly open design, but requires more precision than would seem. Water hazards come into play on 15 of the courses holes, while a number of strategically placed bunkers make precision needed on every shot. . With yardage stretching anywhere from 5,329 yards to 7,503 yards and swirling winds, this links-style course embodies the original soul of golf.

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Although open, bunkers and water hazards at Hampton Hall Club require players to focus on precision with every shot.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan, Jake Kessel of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., and Sam Meuret of Brunswick, NE, highlight a number of players who look to tackle Dye’s course. Ito earned his first victory in the Boys 15-19 Division, and third career IJGT victory, earlier this year with a strong performance at the Florida Junior at Black Diamond. Ito carded 10 birdies over the two-day event, capturing a five stroke victory. Kessel will be looking to earn his first career victory. He came close earlier this year, finishing in a tie for second at the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation. Meuret, in his second year with the IJGT, has been a top-10 mainstay, finishing there in 11 of his 15 career events on tour.

In the Girls Division, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, CT, looks to continue her recent run of success on the IJGT. In her last five events, dating back to the 2012-13 season, Whaley has three victories and hasn’t finished lower than in a tie for second. She was most recently victorious at the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes after firing scores of 73-70-143 at the George Fazio Course. Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, will be one of Whaley’s biggest challengers. Huang has been victorious at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall and the Sanctuary Shootout this year and looks to add a third victory to her impressive rookie season with the IJGT.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, headlines the field. Shimoji has been stellar this season, winning three tournaments and finishing second in his other two events. The highlight of his season was a dominating performance in his first event, the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield GC, where he shot scores of 67-71-138 to finish the tournament at 6-under-par and earn a 9 stroke victory. His score of 138 was the low of any player in the field. Brandon McBride of Bluffton, SC, looks to prevent Shimoji of his fourth victory while earning his first of the season. McBride has finished in the top-3 in three events this season and has placed no lower than sixth in any event.

To register for the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall, click here.