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Final results from the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes

Ferguson blows away competition to take Boys 15-19 Division

Vilips wins Boys 14 & Under in playoff, Whaley secures Girls’ championship

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) concluded the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes on a gorgeous Veteran’s Day weekend. The Southeast Region Event took place on Nov. 9-10, 2013 and was held on the intricately-designed, yet challenging, par-70 George Fazio course at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. It was a stacked field, with more than 90 players from 21 states and 18 countries competing for National Rankings and Double IJGT Merit Points. There were countless memorable shots and even a division playoff to keep the many spectators and family members entertained throughout. 

Ewen FergusonIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Ewen Ferguson of Glasgow, Scotland, became a first-time IJGT Major Champion with a spectacular performance. He posted a final score of 69-67–136 through two rounds to take home the trophy by a convincing seven strokes. He also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his 3-under-par 67 performance on the final day. After carding a first-round 1-under-par 69, Ferguson came out strong during the final round, making par on seven of his first eight holes before sinking a birdie on the par-4 No. 9. He followed an even-par 35 front nine with a bogey-free back nine, posting three birdies on Nos. 13, 17 and 18. He totaled 13 pars on the day, and turned in a scorching 3-under-par performance on the course’s par-4s. 

When asked about whether he felt any pressure holding onto his four-stroke lead going into the final round, Ferguson stated, “I think I thrive off pressure…I enjoy it. So, I just try and have fun and shoot a low score.” He did just that, securing the only under-par performance of the tournament.

This was the second event of the season for Ferguson, who recently came in second at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on Nov. 2-3, 2013. In three seasons playing on the IJGT, Ferguson has secured victories in two events, and notched second place finishes in his remaining three events.

Rounding out the top three in the Boys 15-19 Division were Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, who finished second and third, respectively. Ogawa posted a 73-70–143, while Cheng carded a 76-71–147.

Karl VilipsThe Boys 14 & Under Division saw Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, grab his second consecutive IJGT victory and first IJGT Major Event win. After a first-round 76 gave him a six-stroke lead, Vilips faced a impressive comeback effort from Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan in the final round, where a one-hole playoff was required to determine the victor. Vilips posted a final-round 79 consisting of 12 pars and one birdie, as well as an overall 1-under-par score on the course’s two difficult par-5s. After coming into the clubhouse with a final score of 155, Vilips and Shimoji headed to hole No. 1 for the sudden-victory playoff, where Vilips would par and Shimoji would bogey the hole, giving Vilips the win in a tense matchup between two friendly competitors. 

When asked how this Major victory compares to others, Vilips confirmed, “Exciting! There was a lot more competition.”

Playing in his first IJGT season, Vilips has been lights-out, making this victory his fourth of the season with his most recent coming at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on Nov. 2-3, 2013.

Shimoji finished second in the event, carding an 83-72–155. Ryan McCarthy of Rockville Centre, N.Y. landed in third place with an 80-77–157.

Kelly WhaleyKelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., emerged as champion in the Girls Division, where she was able to break past a first-round tie with Kasidy Beckel of Bluffton, S.C., to grab a five stroke victory in her first IJGT Major win. Posting a 73-70–143, Whaley had a fantastic day, sinking 15 pars including a streak of eight before carding an eagle from 130 yards out on the par-4 No. 12. Her final-round even-par 70 also gave her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for her performance.

Reflecting on any pressure she felt during the final round and how she was able to handle it, Whaley explained, “I did at first because [there’s] always pressure when you want to hold onto the lead. But once I kept it going and I had a steady round going, I just didn’t really think about it.”

This was Whaley’s second win of the year and third in two seasons with the IJGT, with her most recent win coming at the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation on Sept. 21-22, 2013.

Topping off the Girls Division leaderboard were Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, in second place with a final 77-71–148, and Phyllis Tang of Hong Kong, China, in third with a total 74-77-151.

The IJGT returns to action on Nov. 29-Dec. 1 for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Major Championship conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 10, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,803 yards, Par 70 (73.2/137).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,143 yards, Par 70 (70.0/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,857 yards, Par 70 (75.8/136).

 

Weather:  Saturday: Cloudy with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 15-20 mph

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 10-15 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes – George Fazio Golf Course

Hilton Head Island, S.C.

November 9-10, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Gold Tees, 6,803 yards, Par 70

1. Ewen Ferguson, Hilton Head Island, SC *69-67–136

2. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *73-70–143

3. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *76-71–147

4. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada *73-75–148

5. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *74-76–150

5. Geuntae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *75-75–150

7. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *75-76–151

8. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *79-73–152

9. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *82-71–153

9. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung. Taiwan *78-75–153

9. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-79–153

12. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ *83-71–154

12. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-76–154

14. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *81-74–155

14. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *80-75–155

16. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *84-72–156

16. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *79-77–156

18. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *80-78–158

18. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE *78-80–158

20. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *83-76–159

20. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *83-76–159

20. Matthew Mannion, Muskoka, Canada *80-79–159

23. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *80-80–160

23. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *76-84–160

23. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *76-84–160

26. Jonathan Meissner, Wilton, CT *83-78–161

26. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *82-79–161

26. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-81–161

29. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *85-77–162

29. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA *84-78–162

29. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *81-81–162

32. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *83-80–163

33. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *84-80–164

33. Gavin Lindstrom, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-83–164

35. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs CO, *87-78–165

35. Gbenga Toriola, Abuja, Nigeria *85-80–165

35. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY *82-83–165

35. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *77-88–165

39. Eric Terminello, White Plains, NY *86-80–166

39. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *83-83–166

39. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *79-87–166

42. Maurizio Debono, Basiglio, Italy *83-84–167

42. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *83-84–167

44. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *87-81–168

45. Chase Childers, Issue, MD *83-86–169

45. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *88-81–169

47. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *88-83–171

47. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *90-81–171

49. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *89-84–173

49. Dominic Pizzurro-Gomez, White Plains, NY *83-90–173

51. Mike Madden, Grand Rapids, MI *91-83–174

52. Ben Ferris, Charlotte, NC *92-84–176

53. Drew Bernard, Charlotte, NC *91-86–177

53. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *89-88–177

55. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA *96-82–178

55. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *88-90–178

57. Borys Shubinsky, Hilton Head Island, SC *87-92–179

58. Austin Matz, Wexford, PA *96-86–182

59. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *99-85–184

60. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *86-99–185

60. Billy Rosemeyer, Gibsonia, PA *94-91–185

62. Todd Glickfield IV, Bluffton, SC *97-89–186

63. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY *96-99–195

64. Austin Smith, Roswell, GA *107-112–219

 

DID NOT FINISH

Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *81-DQ (Rule 6-6d)

Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *90-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico *81-QWD

Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *91-JWD

Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division, Blue Tees, 6,143, Par 70

1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *76-79–155*

2. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *83-72–155

3. Ryan McCarthy, Rockville Centre NY, *80-77–157

4. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *81-77–158

4. John Kalavritinos, Potomac, MD *81-77–158

6. Jacob Morris, Hollywood, SC *83-83–166

7. Sebastiano Bogoni, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy *94-88–182

8. Alexander Camberos, Kigali, Rwanda *94-99–193

 

DID NOT FINISH

Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *JWD

 

 

Girls Division, White Tees, 5,857 yards, Par 70

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *73-70–143

2. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *77-71–148

3. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *74-77–151

4. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *78-74–152

5. Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico *79-75–154

6. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *78-78–156

6. Kasidy Beckel, Bluffton, SC *73-83–156

8. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *88-74–162

9. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *86-78–164

10. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *89-77–166

10. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *87-79–166

12. Dylaney Day, Toronto, Canada *96-91–187

13. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *101-96–197

 

DID NOT FINISH

Emma Parson, Bluffton, SC *DQ (Rule 6-6b)

Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *JWD

 

*Won Playoff

 

Final results from the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Comeback victories for Ogawa and Shimoji

Strong play and hole-in-one propels Valdes to second straight win

POOLER, Ga. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters for its Southeast Tour on Oct. 19-20, 2013, and the field of gifted junior golfers did not fail to provide spectators with exciting and nail-biting moments throughout the Event. Held on the famed Greg Norman Signature Course, the beautifully-designed course had its fair share of open fairways and strategically-placed water hazards, while also featuring an alluring par-3 island green. 77 players representing 20 countries and 18 states competed for National Rankings, AJGA Performance Stars, and IJGT Merit Points.

Ana Paula ValdesIn the Girls Division, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, built a strong lead quickly and never looked back, tallying a final 6-under-par 138 to record her victory in the Girls Division. Her final score was the best in the entire field and six strokes ahead of runner-up, Rei Nakatani, of Tokyo, Japan. Valdes shot a scorching bogey-free round of 5-under-par 67 in the first round, complete with five birdies and 2-under-par effort on the course’s par-4’s and par-5’s. Holding onto a comfortable lead going into the final round, Valdes immediately opened up with a birdie on the par-4 No. 1, and followed that up with two pars. The highlight of her performance, and arguably, the tournament, came on the par-3 No. 4, where Valdes sank a hole-in-one from 144 yards. Valdes wrapped up her round with two birdies on the back nine’s par-5’s, carding a total 1-under-par 71.

Looking back on her final round Valdes was humble, saying, “[It was] not as good as the first round, but I had an interesting day today,” playing coy to her incredible second career hole-in-one performance. 

This is Valdes’ second straight victory of the 2013-2014 season, where she most recently came out with a convincing 12-stroke win at the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch on Oct. 12-13. After winning three events in 2012-2013, Valdes is competing in her third season with the IJGT.

Rounding out the top three for the Girls Division were Nakatani, who shot a tournament total of even-par 144, and Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, who tallied a final 1-over-par 145.

Nakatani’s final-round score of 3-under-par 69 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the player who records the lowest score in the final round of every IJGT tournament.

DSC01923The Boys 15-19 Division featured one of two exciting comebacks of the Event, where Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, battled back from a five-stroke deficit to take home the trophy with a 75-68–143. In an admirable final round performance, Ogawa opened up with a front-nine score of 3-under-par 33 to put the pressure on the leaders. One of the tournament’s most notable moments came on the par-5 No. 13, where Ogawa sank a 150-yard shot from the bunker for an eagle. Matched up stroke-by-stroke with Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, on the final few holes, Ogawa prevailed. He finished the day with a birdie on No. 17 and a division-low 4-under-par 68, preventing a playoff and securing a one-stroke win over Cheng.

Despite finding himself in a hole after the first round and being caught in a close, stroke-by-stroke competition over the final few holes, Ogawa said that this win makes him “…feel really happy and I’m proud of myself.”

This was the first win of the season for Ogawa, who most recently placed second in a playoff at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7-8. Ogawa is in his third season with the IJGT and racked up six notable victories last season as a competitor in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Landing a second place finish in the division was Chengwho carded a final even-par 144. Austin Maher of Bracebridge, Canada, was two shots back of Ogawa, notching a 1-over-par 145 for the Event.

Takafumi Shimoji

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, another near-playoff created suspense as Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, was able to rally from a first-round deficit to pull off a one-stroke victory over strong competitor, Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia. Finishing round one with a 3-over-par 75, Shimoji sat two strokes off the lead and was determined to turn his performance around. Despite a slow front-nine start, Shimoji was resilient, making a birdie on the par-4 No. 11 and then carding five straight pars to catch up with the leader. With the help of his birdie on hole No. 17 and par on the last hole, he was able to seal off the victory with a final 150.

Reflecting on how this close-cut victory made him feel, Shimoji responded like any other winner would, saying, “I want to win more.”

This is Shimoji’s third win in his first season with the IJGT, coming after victories at the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield and the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation. He also tied for second place at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National.

Vilips earned his seventh top five finish with a second-place score of 151. Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., landed in third with a score of 154, giving him his third consecutive top five finish.

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will be back in action on Nov. 2-3, 2013 in Hilton Head, S.C., for the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall. 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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

 

 

Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Savannah Quarters Country Club

Pooler, Ga.

October 19-20, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – (Black Tees) 6,861 yards, Par 72

1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *75-68–143

2. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *70-74–144

3. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *72-73–145

4. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *73-73–146

5. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *75-73–148

6. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada *74-76–150

7. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-75–151

8. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *78-74–152

8. Matthew Mannion, Muskoka, Canada *78-74–152

10. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *76-77–153

10. Salil Ghamande, Evans, GA *75-78–153

10. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE *76-77–153

13. Zach Seeler, Marion, IN *80-75–155

13. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *77-78–155

13. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *77-78–155

13. Chase Childers, Issue, MD *76-79–155

17. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *82-75–157

17. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *80-77–157

17. Maurizio Debono, Basiguo, Italy *79-78–157

17. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *77-80–157

21. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *80-78–158

21. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *79-79–158

23. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *81-78–159

23. Lohith Ramaraju, London, England *80-79–159

23. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *76-83–159

26. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *78-82–160

26. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-82–160

28. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *85-76–161

28. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *80-81–161

28. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *81-80–161

31. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *76-86–162

32. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung. Taiwan *81-82–163

33. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea *81-83–164

34. Nick Becker, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-79–165

35. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *85-81–166

35. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *80-86–166

37. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *89-78–167

37. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *80-87–167

39. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *91-79–170

39. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *82-88–170

41. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *88-84–172

41. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *88-84–172

43. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *91-82–173

43. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *78-95–173

45. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico *80-96–176

46. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *88-89–177

47. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *90-89–179

48. Todd Glickfield IV, Bluffton, SC *93-89–182

49. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *89-97–186

50. Jespi Huh, Sasanggu, South Korea *93-97–190

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *83-JWD

 

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – (Silver Tees) 6,294 yards, Par 72

1. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *75-75–150

2. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *73-78–151

3. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *77-77–154

4. Luis Sanchez, Xalapa, Mexico *78-84–162

5. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *85-92–177

6. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *105-98–203

7. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China *123-106–229

 

 

Girls Division – (Red Tees) 6,007 yards, Par 72

1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico *67-71–138

2. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *75-69–144

3. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *73-72–145

4. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *75-75–150

5. Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico *76-76–152

6. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *76-79–155

6. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *81-74–155

8. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *77-79–156

9. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *81-77–158

9. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *76-82–158

11. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan *80-82–162

12. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *84-79–163

12. Kayla Kozak, North Myrtle Beach, SC *81-82–163

14. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *85-79–164

15. Pendleton Bogache, Myrtle Beach, SC *82-87–169

16. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *94-90–184

17. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *96-94–190

18. Taylor Clark, Red Bank, NJ *94-97–191

 

 

 

Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will host the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on Oct. 19-20 in Pooler, Ga. Held on the Greg Norman Signature Course, play features vast greens, scenic ponds, and countless natural hazards, challenging golfers with a tournament-quality experience. This will be IJGT’s second event at the Savannah Quarters Country Club, with players competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Savannah Quarters

 

The Boys 15-19 Division will showcase players such as Tyler Pidduck of Thousand Oaks, Calif., who participated in last year’s event and who will be looking to grab his first win of the season after finishing in the Top-10 in two events already. Salil Ghamandefrom Evans, Ga., will be making his 2013-2014 season debut, after three Top-10 finishes last season and three wins in the Boys 14 & Under Division two seasons ago.

The Boys 14 & Under Division will see the likes of Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, who is coming off a win at the Aiken Junior at Woodside Plantation on Sept. 21-22. Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China, and Luis Sanchez of Xalapa, Mexico, are also players to watch, as both have placed in the Top-10 at two events this season.

Playing in her fourth season with the IJGT, Bria` Sanders of Cordova, Tenn., will be making her second appearance this season after coming in sixth place at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. Last season, she finished Top-10 in eight of 11 events played, and has notched more than 30 events on her resume in her IJGT career.

Final Results from the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation

Terrazas wins 13th IJGT event

Shimoji and Whaley dominate, both shoot tournament-low 150’s

AIKEN, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour held the Aiken Junior Open on Sept. 21-22. Hosted by the Woodside Plantation Golf Club, the tournament was played on the Rees Jones-designed Wisteria Course, with plenty of hills, vast tree lines, and tough greens. The two-round event proved to be extremely challenging for the talented field of junior golfers, where not a single player finished better than even-par.

562857_10153307183220026_1012018580_nIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, took home the trophy with a 10-over-par 154 performance in his first 2013-2014 IJGT Event. His first-round 1-over-par 73 was a tournament low, which consisted of three impressive birdies in the final eight holes, the most notable on the steep No. 11.

Reflecting on his performance, the most challenging part of the tournament for Terrazas was the slopes, explaining, “The course was very hilly and you had to be prepared.” He managed to overcome this though, securing a solid win.

Despite having a difficult final round, he ended up beating out runners-up Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, and Jake Kessel from Woodcliff Lake, N.J., by three strokes, who tied for second place with totals of 157.

1236064_10153307182835026_880887283_nThe Boys 14 & Under Division was once again dominated by Takafumi Shimoji (74-76—150) of Okinawa, Japan. His division-low 74 in the first round consisted of three birdies and five bogeys, leaving him at two-over par going into the final round. The concentration and ability to target his game on the green propelled Shimoji to a fast start, going par-birdie-birdie on the opening three holes. He ended up carding a 4-over-par 76 in the final round which was the low score in the final round giving him the CLAZIC Belts Low Final Round Award.

Asking what he thought was hardest for him over the weekend, Shimoji stressed, “Putting was too difficult.”

This is Shimoji’s second win in three events this season, winning at the Lowcountry Open and finishing tied-for-second at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. He can next be seen at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters from Oct. 19-20.

Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, was head-to-head with Shimoji during the entire final round, carding a 5-over-par 77, one behind the leader. His energized second round play just was not enough in the end, shooting a final score of 156, six shots behind Shimoji. Landing in third place for the division was Bronson Myers, a first time IJGT member from Columbia, S.C. His 85-82–167 was a fabulous performance for his inaugural event.

1184869_10153307182060026_1083800429_nDominating the Girls Division was incumbent Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn. Her final tally of 75-75—150 was good for second best in the entire field, and a spectacular 12 strokes ahead of runners-up Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua, and Samantha Huang of Shenzen, China, who both tied with a final score of 162 through two rounds. Her final round 3-over-par 75 was also a tournament low for the Girls Division, giving her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Following up a rough patch on the front during the final round, where Whaley managed five bogeys and just one birdie, her back nine play included two birdies, one on the long 466-yard, par-5 No. 11, and another on the 368-yard, par-4 No. 18.

When asked about her most challenging aspect of the event, Whaley stated, “The greens. The speed was very hard to adjust to.”

This is Whaley’s second season with the IJGT, accumulating a remarkable eight Top-10 finishes in nine events in 2012-2013, including a win at Falcon’s Fire in Kissimmee, Fla., on May 11-12, 2013.

The IJGT Southeast tour will be back in action next weekend in Beaufort, S.C., for the Sanctuary Shootout. The tournament will be played at Sanctuary Golf Club.

To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will host the Aiken Junior Open Sept. 21-22 at Woodside Plantation in Aiken, SC. The two-day, 36-hole event will be held at the Wisteria Course, one of the four fantastic courses available at Woodside Plantation.

Opened in 1987 and designed by famous golf course architect Rees Jones, Wisteria boasts 18 challenging holes that were designed to showcase the rolling hills and wooded forests of the area.

The 11th hole of the Wisteria Course at Woodside Plantation.

The 11th hole of the Wisteria Course at Woodside Plantation.

The picturesque setting will play host to fierce competition, especially in the Boys 15-19 Division. Headlining that division is Ben El Cohn of Guayaquil, Ecuador, who is moving up a division after winning the Boys 14 & Under Division title at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. Challenging him will be a pair of Italians, Luigi D’Amico (Forli, Italy) and Maurizio Debono (Basiguo, Italy).

D’Amico has a fourth-place and third-place finish in two IJGT Events this season, while Debono has notched fifth and sixth-place finishes in his two tour appearances this year.

In the Girls Division, all eyes will be on Kelly Whaley of Farmington, CT, who will be making her first tour appearance of the season. Whaley had one win, four second-place finishes and three top-tens in nine tour Events last season.

The Boys 14 & Under Division will likely be a battle between Takafumi Shimoji (Okinawa, Japan) and Karl Vilips (Melbourne, Australia). Shimoji boasts a win and a tied for second-place in his two appearances this season, while Vilips has a a win, a tied for second and a fourth-place finish to his name so far this year.

Final results from the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

Playoffs decide both Boys Divisions

Wuensch wins third straight IJGT Event

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7-8. 55 elite junior golfers teed off on the beautiful Gary Player design, and the course more than held its own, as just two golfers finished even-par or lower.

DSC01479In the Boys 15-19 Division, GeunTae Kim of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, both played outstanding throughout 36 holes. With first-round scores of 1-under-par 70, both Kim and Ogawa won the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the players with the lowest first round score.

Kim came alive with the pressure on down the stretch in the final round, making three birdies on his final five holes to force the playoff at 2-under-par 140 with Ogawa. Kim racked up seven birdies over the two-day tournament.

On the playoff hole, both Kim and Ogawa had beautiful drives down the center of the fairway starting off on the par-4, No. 10, to leave them 50 yards out from the green. Ogawa’s second shot left him sitting 10 feet from the hole on the green, while Kim stuck it four feet from the hole. Many who were watching thought that Kim would clinch the win with his putt, but a close miss and par putts for both Ogawa and Kim pushed them on to the par-4, No. 11.

Similarly to hole No. 10, both Kim and Ogawa blasted their drives down the middle of the fairway on hole No. 11. Kim’s unbelievable second shot left him within a foot of the hole, while Ogawa had a 15 foot putt to birdie. Kim’s tap in birdie gave him first place honors for the tournament.

Coming in third place was Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, who finished with a two-day total of 2-over-par 144. Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., finished tied for fourth, and earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with his 2-under-par 69 in the final round.

DSC01475Another playoff was needed to decide the Boys 14 & Under Division, as Ben El Cohn of Guayaquil, Ecuador, Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, and Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, finished the 36 regulation holes tied with matching scores of 12-over-par 154.

The trio went into a playoff on hole No. 10, with three equally impressive drives down the fairway. The second shots resulted with Vilips and Cohn 10 feet from the hole, and Shimoji just off the green. Shimoji’s birdie chip and par putt were missed, while Cohn and Vilips both missed their birdie putts. Cohn’s par putt gave him the hole, and the victory, as Vilips had a tough lip-out for his par. Cohn was the first-round leader after a day one 5-over-par 76, following that up with a 7-over-par 78 that featured one birdie and 11 pars.

El Cohn now has a victory and a second place finish in his first two IJGT Events.

Vilips rallied from a first round 11-over-par 82 to post an impressive second-round 1-over-par 72, while Shimoji shot a second-round 5-over-par 78 to get into the playoff.

DSC01480In the Girls Division, Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, won for the third straight time on the IJGT this season with a two-round total of 1-over-par 143. Wuensch jumped out to a six-stroke lead after round one thanks to a first-day total of 2-under-par 69.

Her impressive first round earned her the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award. On day two, Wuensch carded 15 pars and overcame three bogeys to post a final round 3-over-par-74, which was more than enough to hold on for the win.

Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, used a final round 3-under-par 68 to propel herself to a second-place overall finish. Rodriguez came out firing, notching birdies on two of her first three holes.  She followed that with ten consecutive pars before tallying one more birdied on the 14th hole.  Her strong day two performance earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., finished in third place with an overall score of 8-over-par 150.

The International Junior Golf Tour will travel to Aiken, S.C., in two weeks to host the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation, Sept. 21-22. For more information about the Aiken Junior Open, please visit www.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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

BLUFFTON, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 8, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6697 yards, Par 71 (72.6/133).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,052 yards, Par 71 (69.5/125). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,724 yards, Par 71 (72.8/126).

 

Weather:       

Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 5-10 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 5-10 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Hilton Head National Golf Club

Bluffton, S.C.

September 7-8, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,697 yards, Par 71

 

1. GeunTae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *70-70—140*

2. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *70-70–140

3. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *71-73–144

4. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE *78-69–147

4. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *71-76–147

6. Maurizuo Debono, Basiguo, Italy *72-78–150

6. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-0–79

8. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *75–76-151

9. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *77-77–154

10. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *79-78–157

10. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi Japan, *77-80–157

12. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *79-79–158

13. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *78-81–159

14. Erwin Brock, Muldrow, OK *85-76–161

14. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *83-78–161

14. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *83-78–161

14. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *79-82–161

14. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *77-84–161

19. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *87-75–162

20. Dylan Lukes, Chapel Hill, NC *80-83–163

20. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *79-84–163

20. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *80-83–163

23. Lee Hammerschmitt, Armonk, NY *81-86–167

23. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico *79-88–167

25. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *84-84–168

26. Pattarapoom Pacharn, Nonthaburi, Thailand *88-81–169

26. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *89-80–169

26. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *83-86-169

26. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *81-88–169

30. Norman Hong, Shenzen, China *83-89–172

30. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *83-89–172

32. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *85-88–173

33. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *91-85–176

34. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *91-93—184

 

DID NOT FINISH

Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *DQ (Rule 6-6d)

Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *JWD

Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – Blue Tees, 6,052 yards, Par 71 

1.  Ben El Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador *76-78–154*

2. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *82-72–154

2. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *78-76–154

4. Luis Sanchez, Xalapa, Mexico * 80-80–160

5. Quade Lukes, Chapel Hill, NC *82-81–163


Girls Division – White Tees, 5,724 yards, Par 71

1. Jana Wuensch, Herrenberg, Germany *69-74–143

2. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *78-68–146

3. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *79-71–150

4. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *76-75–151

5. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *78-74–152

6. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *75-81–156

7. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *83-75–158

7. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *79-79–158

9. Kayla Kozak, North Myrtle Beach, SC *76-83–159

10. Lita Huber,

10. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *77-83–160

12. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan *83-79–162

13. Taylor Clark, Red Bank, NJ *97-88–185

14. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *101-102–203

14. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *104-99–203

 

*Won in a Playoff





First-round highlights from the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the first round of the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National Saturday at the prestigious Hilton Head National Golf Club.

While the weather and course conditions were both perfect, Hilton Head National proved to be a tough test for the elite field of junior golfers.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, the final round is set up to be a special day with two golfers tied for the lead, and two others tied for second just one stroke back. GeunTae Kim (SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea) and Tennoshin Ogawa (Ichinomiya-shi, Japan) lead the field after 18 holes with matching 1-under-par 70 scores. Right on their tails are Shota Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan, and Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, who posted first-round scores of even-par 71. Maurizuo Debono of Basiguo, Italy, shot a 1-over-par 72, and sits in fifth place.

GeunTae Kim and Tennoshin Ogawa by the numbers:

33 – Kim’s score on the back nine at Hilton Head National, which was good for 2-under par on those nine holes.

28 – Combined pars made by Kim and Ogawa in the first round. Ogawa tallied 15 of them, while Kim added 13.

6 – Wins by Ogawa last season in the Boys 14 & Under Division on the IJGT.

5- Combined birdies made by the duo. Kim racked up three, while Ogawa had two.

2 – Wins by Kim last season on the IJGT.

Yet again, Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, is running away with the Girls Division after posting a first round score of 2-under-par 69. This would be her third win in as many weeks on the IJGT. Wuensch holds a six-stroke lead over Brià Sanders of Cordova, Tenn.

Jana Wuensch by the numbers:

69 – Wuensch’s score for the round, which was the lowest score by any golfer in any of three divisions.

14 – The number of pars holed by Wuensch in the first round.

2 – The number of birdies in the first three holes for Wuensch. She jumped out to a hot start, and was able to play even-par golf the rest of the way.

2 – Consecutive wins by Wuensch on the IJGT. Another strong round in the final round would give Wuensch her third win in a row.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Ben El Cohn of Bluffton, S.C., leads the way after a 5-over-par 76 in the first round. He leads last week’s winner, Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, by two strokes. Luis Sanchez of Xalapa, Mexico, posted a 9-over-par 80, and is four strokes back of the leader in third place.

Ben El Cohn by the numbers:

35 – Cohn’s score on the front nine, good for 1-under-par.

8 – Pars by Cohn in his first 18 holes. Finding consistency will be key in Sunday’s final round.

3 – Birdies on the day for Cohn.

1 – Eagle by Cohn in the first round. He holed out from 80-yards away on his first hole, the par-4 10th.

 

The final round will begin at Hilton Head National tomorrow at 8:30am. To view tee times click here and to view complete results from the first round click here.

Players of the Week: August 31-September 2

Northeast Tour

HERSHEY, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) stopped in Hershey, Pa., on Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2013 for the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club. Hershey Country Club’s East Course has hosted numerous national events ranging from the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship to the Web.com Tour’s Reese’s Cup Classic. The firm greens on the East Course proved to be a challenge for the players on their approach shots; however there were still birdies to be made. Our Players of the week C.J. Hughes and Frida Henningsson of battled it out over the two-day event for a strong showing in the elite field.

C.J. Hughes, from Indiana, Pa., put together an impressive tournament to be named our Boys Player of the Week.  Even though Hughes came in second in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a two-day total of 155, he was able to bounce back from an 85 on the first day to fire a 1-under-par 70 on the second day in the tough East Course conditions at Hershey Country Club.  Hughes had an up and down front nine of four birdies and three bogeys and then followed with a smoother back nine of one birdie and one bogey. An improvement of 15 stokes over the two rounds made him the comeback player of the tournament.  Finishing near the top is familiar territory for Hughes and we look to his continued success in upcoming IJGT tournaments this fall.

Frida Henningsson of Rye, N.Y., made a grand entrance in her first IJGT event by posting a two-day total of 156 and finishing in second place. On the way to her first round 76, Henningsson made a spectacular par save by holing out from the drop-zone on the par-4 18th hole. Henningsson is no stranger to competition as she has won events in both Sweden and the U.S. prior to her debut with the IJGT. During the winter months you can find Henningsson on the slopes competing in alpine skiing events. One thing is for certain, she will definitely be one to watch next week as the IJGT moves to Crystal Springs Resort for the Major Championship.

 

Southeast Tour

karl vilipsThe International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Lowcountry Open this past weekend at Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C.  The tournament consisted of 47 contestants who competed upon Oldfield’s difficult course conditions, with fast greens and strategically placed bunkers. Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, both have received Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Region.

Vilips, a 12-year old in the Boys 14 & Under Division shows a lot of talent around the golf course. If you asked him how his first round went on Saturday however, he didn’t seem pleased. A 9-over-par 81 for his first round put Vilips 14 shots behind leader Takafumi Shimoji of Miyakojima-shi, Japan. Vilips made the risky change of using his old driver on Sunday and it paid off, hitting nearly every fairway during the final round. Through the first nine holes, Vilips was 3-under par and made every green in regulation. He rounded out his final round by shooting 2-under-par 70, and received the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award for the Boys 14 & Under Division. Vilips ended the tournament 7-over-par and remains a tough competitor in the upcoming events.

Sera TadokoroTadokoro finished her first round with a score of 6-over-par 78, putting her seven shots back of leader Isidora Quevedo, of Santiago, Chile. Sera started her final round off a little rocky, double bogeying No. 2.  She then went on to par the next five holes, bouncing back with a birdie on the 480-yard par 5, No. 8.  By the numbers, Tadokoro made 3 birdies and 10 pars during the final round, posting a final round score of 4-over-par 76, receiving a second place finish overall in the Girls Division. Tadokoro has finished back-to-back Events finishing in the Top 3. We look forward to witnessing more golf from her this 2013-2014 season.

 

West Coast Tour

Ordona Tee Shot1

The West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale, held Sept. 1-2, started the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) fall season out west. A new event for the IJGT, players this week competed on the famous TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course, host to the Waste Management Open earlier this year, as well as the Champions Course. With abnormal humidity, players fought off 100+ degree weather over Labor Day Weekend for merit points with the IJGT.

Coming in second in the Boys 14 & Under Division was Mikee Ordona, who is one of our two Players of the Week. Ordona’s first round featured 11 pars for an opening 9-over par 80. In the second round Ordona carded a birdie on the par-3 13th and finished just three strokes back with a score of 164 for the week.

McKay Lines Up Putt2Sam McKay is also featured as Player of the Week, after finishing in a tie for second with a 10-over par 152 in the Boys 15-19 Division. McKay’s first round featured birdies on holes Nos. 4, 8, 13 and 15 leading to a score of 1-over-par 72 and the KENTWOOL Lo-Pro Award. In the second round, McKay reeled off six consecutive pars on the front side with another birdie on No. 13.

Both McKay and Ordona are return performers out on the West Coast tour and we look forward to seeing them compete again when the IJGT returns out west.

Final results from the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club

Shimoji seals victory at 6-under-par

Ozaki wins in Boys 15-19 Division

OKATIE, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the second Southeast event of the Fall season, the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. In an exciting event on the breathtaking Oldfield Golf Club, the field of 47 junior golfers was able to showcase their skills and golf knowledge through tough holes with some particularly difficult hazards. Aside from a slight weather delay late Saturday afternoon, the beautiful playing conditions allowed the golfers to get through their rounds smoothly.

Shota OzakiTopping off the Boys 15-19 Division, Shota Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan, made his Fall debut in great fashion, shooting a 140 to end up 4-under-par for the weekend, seven shots ahead of the second-place finisher, Taiga Fujii, of Toyama-shi, Japan. Firing a 5-under-par 67 on the first day, Ozaki also captured the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the player who shoots the lowest score in Saturday’s first round. Ozaki capitalized on six made birdies through the first round, most notably with a birdie on the par-4 No. 12 – a hole which proved to be one of the most difficult on the course this weekend.

On Sunday, Ozaki kept his focus, sinking 15 solid pars and an impressive birdie on hole No. 15 to end with a 1-over 73. His concentration and strong swings were able to propel him to a large lead, never letting up and showcasing his ever-improving skills.

Toks Pedro of Bowie, Md., was not able to repeat as champion at Oldfield Golf Club; however he had a respectable third-place finish recording a tournament total of 149.

Takafumi ShimojiTakafumi Shimoji, the 12-year-old from Miyakojima-shi, Japan, played in the Boys 14 & Under Division and ended the tournament not only with the division title, but also the lowest overall tournament score of 6-under-par 138. Right out of the gate, Shimoji showed great patience and carded an impressive 5-under-par 67 for Round 1 with six birdies coming on holes Nos. 8, 10-13 and 16.

His second-round score of 71 for Sunday, which included four birdies with three on the final four holes, helped to keep him ahead of the Boys 14 & Under Division pack, giving him a final nine-shot victory over second-place finishers, Drew Weary  of Bluffton, S.C., and Ben El Cohn, of Bluffton, S.C. Shimoji’s spectacular short game and honed putting skills helped him solidify his strong finish.

Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia,  earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his spectacular 2-under-par 70 during the final round.

Jana WuenschCapturing the Girls Division title was Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, who is now two for two in first-place titles for the 2013-2014 IJGT season. After shooting a first-round 6-over-par 78 with four birdies and one bogey, Wuensch came out on Sunday with a vengeance, moving to the top of the leaderboard with a scorching 3-under-par 69. Wuensch finished at 147, and was awarded the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for her extraordinary second-round performance.

Coming in second place was Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who shot a final score of 154 for the event. Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division was Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, with a tournament total of 160. Quevedo’s round on Saturday of 1-under-par 71 earned her the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award.

The IJGT Southeast tour continues the weekend of Sept. 7-8 with the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. 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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

OKATIE, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Lowcountry Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 1, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,865 yards, Par 72 (73.6/139).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Black Tees – 6,189 yards, Par 72 (70.5/131). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,896 yards, Par 72 (73.7/132).

 

Weather:       

Mostly sunny with few rain showers, temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 0-5 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 0-5 mph

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club

Okatie, S.C.

August 31-September 1, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Gold Tees, 6,862 yards, Par 72

1. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *67-73–140

2. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *72-75–147

3. Toks Pedro, Bowie, MD *75-74–149

4. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *76-74–150

5. Maurizuo Debono, Basiguo, Italy *78-76–154

6. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany *79-76–155

6. Alec Weary, Bluffton, SC *78-77–155

8. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *74-82–156

9. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *77-80–157

10. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *85-73–158

10. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *78-80–158

12. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *79-80–159

12. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *76-83–159

14. Henrique Ferreira, Sao Paulo, Brazil *79-82–161

15. Gbenga Toriola, Abuja, Nigeria *81-82–163

15. Drew Smith, Decatur, GA *83-80–163

17. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *88-76–164

17. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *85-79–164

19. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *80-86–166

20. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *89-81–170

21. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *89-82–171

22. Pattarapoom Pacharn, Nonthaburi, Thailand *92-81–173

23. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-88–174

23. Mauricio Troncoso, Mexico City, Mexico *84-90–174

23. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *85-89–174

26. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *88-87–175

27. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *87-91–178

28. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs CO, *92-87–179

29. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan *97-90–187

30. Alfredo Moreno, Mexico City, Mexico *100-90–190

31. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China *121-118–239

 

Boys 14 & Under Division, Black Tees, 6,189 yards, Par 72

1. Takafumi Shimoji, Miyakojima-shi, Japan *67-71–138

2. Drew Weary, Bluffton, SC *74-73–147

2. Ben El Cohn, Bluffton, SC *74-73–147

4. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *81-70–151

5. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *84-81–165

6. Luis Sanchez, Xalapa, Mexico *86-80–166

7. Alex Thaller, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-84–170

8. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *96-87–183

8. Sebastiano Bogoni, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy *89-94–183

10. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *110-114–224

 

DID NOT FINISH

Bumin Choi, Gyeonngi-do, South Korea *DQ (Rule 14-3)

 

Girls Division – White Tees, 5,896 yards, Par 72

1. Jana Wuensch, Herrenberg, Germany *78-69–147

2. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *78-76–154

3. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *71-89–160

4. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *79-85–164

5. Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *88-106–194