IJGT well represented at U.S. Women’s Amateur

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23 past or current IJGT members are slated to play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur at Portland Golf Club in Portland, Ore. The national tournament conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA) begins on Monday, August 10, 2015 with a field of 156 players from across the world competing for the most prestigious amateur title in women’s golf. The championship is 36 holes of stroke play, with the top 64 players advancing to match play. Here are a list of the 23 past or current IJGT members.


Lila Barton – Dallas, Texas

Haley Bookholdt – Columbus, N.J.

Alice Chen – Princeton, N.J.

Lydia Choi – Beverly Hills, Calif.

Marissa Chow – Honolulu, Haw.

Selena Costabile – Canada

Avery French – Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Mariel Galdiano – Kapolei, Haw.

Erica Herr – New Hope, Pa.

Gurman Kaur – Elk Grove, Calif.

Esther Lee – Irvine, Calif.

Alessandra Liu – Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

Courtnery McKim – Raleigh, N.C.

Kim Mitchell – Woodbridge, Va.

Ayaka Nakayama – Kanagawa, Japan

Christina Parsells – Bernardsville, N.J.

Laura Restrepo – Panama City, Panama

Aneka Seumanutafa – Frederick, Md.

Margaret Shirley – Roswell, GA

Naranphat Siriko – Bangkok, Thailand

Taylor Totland – Tinton Falls, N.J.

Ana Paula Valdes – Morelia, Mexico

Rachel Welker – Terre Haute, Ind.


*bold indicates current IJGT member



IJGT Alum Taylor Totland ties for sixth at Lady Paladin Invitational

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Former International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) tour member and current Furman University freshman, Taylor Totland, placed tied for sixth in her school’s Lady Paladin Invitational on Sept. 20-22 on the par-72, 6,266-yard Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C.

Totland, who tallied a final 1-under-par 215 through three rounds, led her team to a tied for fifth place finish among the 16 schools competing. After carding a 1-under-par 71 in Round 1 and an even-par 72 in Round 2, Totland entered the Final Round two under on the back nine and ultimately posted five birdies on the day to end at even-par once again.

Furman head coach Kelley Hester was extremely pleased with her team’s performance, stating, “I was really proud of our team effort this weekend, specifically with freshman Taylor Totland’s sixth-place finish.”

While with the IJGT, Totland played in several events, most notably grabbing two wins at Hershey Links on Oct. 23-24, 2010, and at the Major Championships at Penn Oaks Golf Club on Oct. 30-31, 2010. She also had two other Top-5 finishes and tied for 13th place at the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions in May 2011.

Totland and Furman will next compete at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 13-15.

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