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Major Championship at Dormie Club – Final results (Nov. 9, 2014)

Whaley brings home her second Major Championship
Pfoestl’s first Major Championship also his first-ever IJGT victory 

WEST END, N.C. – The IJGT hosted the Major Championship at Dormie Club on November 8-9, 2014. The second Major Championship of the season featured a field of more than 50 juniors from across the United States and around the world. Facing cooler temperatures and a difficult course, juniors competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings as well as the honor of being named the IJGT Major Champion.

DSC06876cropShiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, captured the title of Major Champion in the Boys 15-19 Division with scores of 77 and 71 for a two-day total of 148. Go started round two in a four-way tie for second place. After posting zero birdies in round one, Go improved by adding three birdies in the second round to his 23 total pars for the weekend. Go’s strong play on Sunday allowed him to move into first place and win by two strokes.

“My putting and short game are what I did really well with and what helped me win,” said Go.

Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan, finished in second place with a two-day total of 150. Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J., and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, shared third place with a tournament totals of 151. Inserra’s round-two score of 2-under-par 69 earned him the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award, the award given to the male and female junior(s) recording the lowest score on the final day of the event.

 

DSC06885cropThe Boys 14 & Under Division Champion was Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy. Pfoestl jumped out to a ten-stroke lead over the division in round one with his opening score of 79. Despite his second day struggles, Pfoestl maintained a ten-stroke lead with a second round of 83. With the help of three total birdies and 13 total pars, Pfoestl’s tournament total 162 earned him his first career IJGT win.

“I drove the ball well and I knew if I played smart in the final round I would win,” commented Pfoestl.

Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., finished in second with a tournament total of 172 while brother, Andrew Sample placed third with a two-day total of 198.

 

 

DSC06892cropKelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., became the Major Champion of the Girls Division with an even-par 142. Opening with the only round played under par on Saturday, Whaley recorded five birdies and 10 pars en route to a 2-under-par 69. Whaley followed up her strong first round with a 2-over-par 73 in round two thanks to four additional birdies. Her second round 73 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Whaley said, “I’ve worked really hard lately on my game and it’s nice to see all of my hard work pay off.”

Finishing in second was Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua, with a tournament total of 154. Rounding out the top three was Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, with a total of 159.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on Thanksgiving weekend, November 27-29, 2014, for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

West End, N.C.. – Final Results of the Major Championship at Dormie Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on November 8-9, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,644 yards Par 71 (72.5/131). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,807 yards, Par 71 (69.3/125). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,611 yards, Par 71 (72.5/130).

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Dormie Club
West End, NC
November 8-9, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division 6,644 yards (Black Tees) Par, 71

1. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *77-71–148
2. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *77-73–150
3. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *82-69–151
3. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *81-70–151
5. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *77-75–152
6. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *76-77–153
7. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-73–154
7. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *80-74–154
9. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-76–157
9. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *80-77–157
9. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *79-78–157
12. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *77-81–158
13. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *79-80–159
14. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *85-75–160
14. Jake Trotta, Harrison, NY *83-77–160
16. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *83-78–161
16. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *80-81–161
18. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *83-79–162
18. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *78-84–162
20. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *78-85–163
21. Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, PA *79-85–164
21. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *76-88–164
23. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *86-79–165
23. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *81-84–165
25. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *85-81–166
26. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *82-85–167
27. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *84-85–169
28. Gray Wiley, Lynchburg, VA *86-84–170
29. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *87-85–172
30. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *90-84–174
31. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *95-80–175
32. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *91-86–177
33. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *87-91–178
34. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *85-94–179
35. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *90-93–183
36. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *100-84–184
37. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *104-81–185
37. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *97-88–185
37. Derek Li, Hillsborough, NJ *98-87–185

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *96-0–96 (Rule 6-8)
JWD. Alejandro Meriles Medina, La Paz, Bolivia *95-0–95
JWD. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *
JWD. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *

Boys 14 & Under Division — 5,807 Yards (Blue Tees) Par, 71

1. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *79-83–162
2. Luke Sample, New York, NY *89-83–172
3. Andrew Sample, New York, NY *101-97–198

Girls Division — 5,611 Yards (White Tees) Par, 71

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *69-73–142
2. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *75-79–154
3. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *79-80–159
4. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *84-82–166
5. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *109-101–210
6. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *120-116–236

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Mary McGuinness, Haddonfield, NJ *71

Major Championship at Dormie Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT will host the Major Championship at Dormie Club in West End, N.C., on November 8-9, 2014. This two-day event will be the second Major of the fall season and will be an 18-hole event held on Saturday and Sunday. At stake are IJGT merit points and national rankings.

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Awarded “second-best course to play in North Carolina” by GOLFWEEK in 2013, Dormie Club is built on 307 acres and located in the middle of 1,028 acres of rolling sand hills and has no sand bunkers. All traps are considered waste bunkers. There is a 110′ change of elevation across the property. Dormie Club is not a course lined with homes and is visually pleasing, making it an ideal course for walking. Lacking rough, the course is playable for golfers of all skill levels but not at the expense of delivering a challenge nonetheless.

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Dormie Club Golf Course

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, Nicholas Russell of Bluffton, S.C., and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan will be players to watch. Go currently sits in second for the IJGT Tour Rankings and in four tournaments played has posted three top-three finishes including a win at the IJGT College Series at NC State on September 20-21, 2014. Russell comes off of a tie for second at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on October 18-19, 2014. Also top-15 in the IJGT Tour Rankings, Russell will look to make a move for his first ever win in a Major. Ogawa , just behind Go in the Tour Rankings in third, has never won a Major either and will look to improve on his personal best second place at the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes in November of 2013.

In the Girls Division, the Major will be the first event of the season for Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico. Valdes has participated in five Majors and placed in the top 10 all five times, winning twice. She will look to continue with her streak. Mind Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand, will look to contend with Valdes in what will be her first Major of her IJGT career. Puangcharoen is currently top 10 in the Tour Rankings and has finished in the top 3 in two of three events this season.

To register or for more information about the Major Championship at Dormie Club, click here.

Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters– Tour Preview

The IJGT will be hosting the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters at Savannah Quarters Country Club on October 18-19, 2014. This 18-hole two day event will span the weekend to allow juniors to compete for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

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Designed by Greg Norman, Savannah Quarters Country Club is the area’s newest and most distinctive private golf course with an 18-hole masterpiece. The course welcomes golfers of all abilities for a fun and challenging opportunity and unique green complexes with Tour-quality putting surfaces challenge golfers’ putting prowess for successful scoring. Winding through this pristine golf environment, no two holes ever parallel each other, providing players a serene and pure golf experience.

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Savannah Quarters Country Club

Players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division include Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan. Go, currently first in the IJGT Boys 15-19 Divisional Tour Rankings, boasts three top-three victories in as many events for the 2014-2015 season. Ogawa, currently third in the IJGT Boys 15-19 Divisional Tour Rankings, looks to defend his 2013-2014 Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters first-place finish.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, will look to take home his third top-three finish finish in an IJGT event this season. Pfoestl is currently first in the IJGT Boys 14 & Under Divisional Tour Rankings.

Watch for Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, as she looks to improve on her 12th place 2013-2014 Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters finish.

To register or for more information about the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters, click here.

Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club – Final Results (Sept. 28, 2014)

Ogawa nabs second consecutive IJGT win
Park secures first-ever win 

The IJGT returned to Oldfield Golf Club for the IJGT Lowcountry Open on September 27-28, 2014. The two-day 36-hole tournament featured a field of 88 juniors competing for IJGT merit points and national rankings. Despite rain in the forecast both days, all three divisions saw a tight race for first.

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After sharing the lead in the Boys 15-19 Division after round one, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, battled to the final hole before Ogawa endured for victory. Sitting tied at even-par 72 heading into round two, Ogawa used his 1-under front nine to pull into a two-stroke lead at the turn. Ogawa finished the back nine of round two with even-par 36 to finish 1-under on the day and one stroke in front of Byrne.

Byrne finished second with a two-day score of 144. Rounding out the Boys 15-19 Division in third was Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, who combined scores of 75 and 71 for a tournament total of 146.

“My driving was best [strength] this weekend,” said Ogawa.

With a staggering eight boys recording round two scores of 1-under 71, the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to Ogawa, Go, Hao Yang Lin of Taichung, Taiwan, Kanata Irei of Okinawa-shi, Japan, Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin of Bangkok, Thailand, Cameron Clair of Bluffton, S.C., Dong Jin Park of Seoul, and Mariano Leyva of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is the award presented to the male(s) and female(s) with the lowest score in the second round of the tournament.

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In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Dong Jin Park of Seoul, took first with a two-day score of 145. At the conclusion of round one, Park shared the divisional lead with Alan Smith of Winchendon, Mass., with matching scores of 74. Park went on to record par or better on 16 of 18 holes for a 1-under 71 round two score. In second, two strokes behind Park at 147, was Mariano Leyva of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Finishing in third was Smith with a tournament total 152.

“This is my first win of my life so it feels really good [to win]. I was just trying to do my best in the second round and not worry about other players’ scores,” said Park.

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Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, secured first in the Girls Division after combining consistent rounds of 72 for a two-day total of 144. Phuchanbanchob entered round two in second one stroke behind Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C., and Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile. With 14 pars and two birdies highlighting her second round, Phuchanbanchob also secured the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Guo finished in second with a score of 2-over 145 and Quevedo rounded out the top three in third with a tournament total 149.

“I just played my best,” said Phuchanbanchob about her game plan for round two.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 4-5, 2014, with two northeast events. The Architects Cup presented by IJGA will be held at the Architects Golf Club and the DC Shootout will be held at National Golf Club. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

International Junior Golf Tour
Lowcountry Junior at Oldfield GC
Okatie, S.C.
September 27-28, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Division) – 6,862 yards, Par 72

1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *72-71–143
2. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *72-72–144
3. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *75-71–146
4. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *76-71–147
4. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-73–147
6. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *77-71–148
6. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *77-71–148
6. Andre Scopone, Ann Arbor, MI *74-74–148
9. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *78-71–149
9. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *73-76–149
11. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *76-74–150
11. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *78-72–150
13. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *76-75–151
13. Daniel Oh, Seoul, South Korea *76-75–151
15. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *77-75–152
15. Alex Vegh, Gahanna, OH *76-76–152
15. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *79-73–152
18. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *78-75–153
18. Brett Krekorain, Andover, MA *77-76–153
18. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *80-73–153
18. Drew Smith, Decatur, GA *79-74–153
22. Masahi Yano, Aichi, Japan *77-77–154
22. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *76-78–154
22. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *80-74–154
22. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *80-74–154
26. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *77-78–155
27. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *81-75–156
27. Rowan Foxley, Arlington, WA *80-76–156
27. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *78-78–156
30. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *77-80–157
30. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *80-77–157
30. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *79-78–157
33. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *75-83–158
33. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *80-78–158
35. Aniket Sawant, New Delhi, India *75-84–159
36. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *81-79–160
37. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *78-84–162
38. Brandon McLean, Unionville, ON *78-85–163
38. Colson Herrin, Augusta, GA *77-86–163
38. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *85-78–163
38. Jack Foyle, Madison, CT *81-82–163
42. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *87-77–164
42. Marshall Clemens, Weston, MA *85-79–164
44. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *85-80–165
45. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *89-77–166
45. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *85-81–166
47. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *86-81–167
48. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *83-85–168
49. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *80-90–170
50. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *90-82–172
51. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *88-90–178
51. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *88-90–178
53. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *85-94–179
54. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *94-89–183
55. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *93-93–186
56. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *103-84–187
57. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *102-91–193

DID NOT FINISH
Logan Stefanko, Plymouth, MI *79-JWD
Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *80-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) – 6,189 yards, Par 72

1. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *74-71–145
2. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *76-71–147
3. Alan Smith, Winchendon, MA *74-78–152
4. Mikus Ming, Smiths, Bermuda *75-80–155
5. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *86-77–163
6. Caden Edwards, Hilton Head, SC *82-85–167
7. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-94–170
8. Arthur Draijer, Sandweiler, Luxembourg *89-90–179
9. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *99-94–193
10. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *107-90–197
11. Aiden McCloskey, Northboro, MA *96-108–204
Girls Division (Green Tees) – 5,891 yards, Par 72

1. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *72-72–144
2. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *71-74–145
3. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *71-78–149
4. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *76-77–153
5. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *78-76–154
5. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *73-81–154
7. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *76-79–155
7. Warissara Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *78-77–155
9. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-76–159
10. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *80-80–160
11. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid *82-79–161
12. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *85-78–163
13. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *84-86–170
14. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *86-85–171
15. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *90-85–175
16. Bella Layman, Cancun, Mexico *102-85–187
17. Stephanie Orrell, Hilton Head Island, SC *104-99–203
18. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *102-112–214

IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club – Round one recap (Sept. 27, 2014)

The IJGT Southeast Tour stayed local this week, hosting the IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club on September 27-28, 2014. The venue greeted more than 80 juniors competing for national rankings and IJGT merit points. In review, below are the rounds, in numbers, of the divisional leaders.

A tight race in round one resulted in a shared lead of the Boys 15-19 Division. Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, lead the first round with an even par 72. Below are their rounds in numbers:

TENNOSHIN OGAWA
72 – his round one score, Ogawa is one of four juniors to shoot even par or better for round one
3 – carded par or better for three straight holes
3 – total number of birdies
4 –total number of pars for all par-3s

CONOR BYRNE 
4 – Bryne recorded par or better on the 4 straight holes
4 – total number of birdies
14 –  number of holes on which Bryne carded par or better
2 – Bryne birdied the last two holes of each nine

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Dong Jin Park of Seoul, South Korea, and Alan Smith of Winchendon, Mass., are tied for the lead, shooting a 2-over-par 74. Here are their rounds in numbers:

DONG JIN PARK
5 – Park carded five consecutive pars on his final holes of the first round
14 – the number of holes Park carded par or better
2 – total number of birdies, coming on No. 11 and No. 18, both par-5s.

ALAN SMITH
2 – the number of birdies Smith made during his opening round, coming on No. 1 and No. 18
35 – Smith carded eight pars and 1 birdie on his opening nine to be 1-under-par at the turn
7- Smith carded seven consecutive birdies on the back nine

In the Girls Division, there was yet another tie for the lead at 1-under-par 71 between Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, and Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C. Here are their rounds in numbers:

ISIDORA QUEVEDO
9 – Quevedo carded nine consecutive pars after bogeying her opening hole
4 – the number of birdies Quevedo made during her back nine
34 – Quevedo carded a 2-under-par 34 on her back nine, with birdies coming from Nos. 11, 12, 14 and 16.

SOPHIE GUO
34 – Guo also carded a 2-under-par 34 on her back nine, with birdies coming from Nos. 13, 14, and 18.
6 – the longest par streak Guo had during her opening round
15 – the number of holes Guo made par or better

The final round at Oldfield Golf Club will take place tomorrow, September 28, 2014, with tee times starting at 7:30 a.m. EST. For full results from round one of the IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield GC, click here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following @IJGT on Twitter. Live scoring will also be conducted during the final round via the IJGT app.

Juniors supporting juniors in IJGT Photo of the Week – September 11, 2014

On the IJGT, we value growth through healthy competition, along with sportsmanship and this week’s Photo of the Week from the IJGT Junior at Colleton River exhibits just that.

The IJGT returned to Colleton River Plantation Club for the first time since the Spring 2014 season. The field of 33 juniors coming from 11 different countries brought together juniors from various cultural backgrounds, all united by one thing: a passion for golf. Through the shared passion for golf, IJGT members grow to support one another, growing in the process.

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This week’s photo displays a group of juniors watching in support as their peers finish their final hole of the round. Rain unfortunately cut the tournament short but winners in each division were determined by round one scores. Winners were as follows:

Boys 15-19 Division: Tennoshin Ogawa

Boys 14 & Under: Mariano Leyva

Girls Division: Ankita Kedlaya

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

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

IJGT Junior at Colleton River – Final results (Sept. 7, 2014)

Ogawa wins first IJGT event of the season
Kedlaya & Leyva nab first wins in first IJGT appearances

The IJGT returned to Colleton River Plantation Club on September 6-7, 2014, for the IJGT Junior. Inclement weather forced round two to be called off, leaving round one scores to determine the winners of each division. Thirty-three juniors competed for national rankings and IJGT merit points at the official venue for the 68th U.S. Junior Amateur coming in July 2015.

Round two of the IJGT Junior began at 9 a.m. but as storms rolled in in the early afternoon, tournament officials were forced to cease play. With juniors having completed varying numbers of holes, the tournament was cancelled and round one scores were used to determine divisional winners.

DSC_0788 copySharing the lead for the Boys 15-19 Division at the conclusion of round one, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Shiso Go of Tokyo, Japan, went to a scorecard playoff. Based on the scores of the back nine, Ogawa came away victorious. Both Ogawa and Go were par or better on eight of nine holes on the back nine but it was Ogawa’s four birdies that led him to a 2-under 34. Finishing in second, Go carded a 1-under 35 on the back nine highlighted by two birdies on the back nine. In a tie for third, Chandler McDowell of Alberta, Canada, and Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J., finished with scores of 76.

When asked what worked well for him, Ogawa said, “Obviously ball striking, I hit 15 greens. My strategy was to hit more greens this weekend.”

Dong Jin Park of Seoul, led the Boys 14 & Under Division at the conclusion of round one. Park was declared a justified withdraw before teeing off in round two, leaving Mariano Leyva of Puerto Rico, the winner of the division. His score of 85 was highlighted by eight pars and one birdie. Finishing in second was Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy. He recorded a score of 88 in his first IJGT event of his career.

Leyva said, “My putting was great this weekend, I didn’t three-putt at all. A couple putts did lip out but I just kept focused.”

Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, won the Girls Division with a score of 81. Despite competing unopposed, Kedlaya posted eight pars and a birdie en route to her first victory in her first IJGT tournament.

As a first-year student at the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA), Kedlaya said, “I really enjoy working with my coach Tim (Vickers), he’s a really good and it has been a good transaction coming here [to the IJGA].”

The IJGT Southeast Tour will continue with the IJGT College Series at NC State in Raleigh, N.C., on September 20-21, 2014. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Bluffton, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Junior at Colleton River conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 7, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,864 yards, Par 72 (74.4/141). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,187 yards, Par 72 (70.9/133). Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,912 yards, Par 72 (75.6/138).

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Junior at Colleton River
Bluffton, S.C.
September 6-7, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees) 6,928 yards, Par 72

1.  Tennoshin Ogawa   Ichinomiya-shi, Japan                  70-0–70 -2
2.  Shiso Go          Tokyo, Japan                                            70-0–70 -2
T3.  Chandler McDowell Springbrook, Canada                 76-0–76 +4
T3.  Brett Inserra     Upper Saddle River, NJ                  76-0–76 +4
5. Aniruddah Kedlaya Bangalore                                       77-0–77 +5
T6.  Jack ODonovan     Pittsford, NY                               78-0–78 +6
T6.  Brent Rodgers     Cranberry Township, PA              78-0–78 +6
T6.  John Gooden       Myrtle Beach, SC                           78-0–78 +6
9.   Patrick McDonnell Pittsburgh, PA                              79-0–79 +7
T10. Lee Hammerschmidt Armonk, NY                           80-0–80 +8
T10. Taisuke Ono       Tokyo, Japan                                   80-0–80 +8
T10. Santiago Suner    Cutral Co, Argentina                    80-0–80 +8
T10. Colson Herrin     Augusta, GA                                   80-0–80 +8
T10. Santiago Diaz     Merida, Mexico                              80-0–80 +8
T15. Takafumi Shimoji  Okinawa, Japan                         81-0–81 +9
T15. Kanata Irei       Okinawa-shi, Japan                        81-0–81 +9
T15. Cameron Clair     Bluffton, SC                                  81-0–81 +9
T15. Samuel Cudjoe     Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago             81-0–81 +9
T15. Conor Byrne       Dublin                                  81-0–81 +9
20.  Carsen Sanchez    Bristol, VT                             82-0–82 +10
T21. Jason Stokes      St. Brelade                             83-0–83 +11
T21. Matias Nelson     Oklahoma City, OK                       83-0–83 +11
T21. Karan Bhasin      Mishref                                 83-0–83 +11
T24. Shogo Ito         Tokyo, Japan                            85-0–85 +13
T24. Daiki Okada       Tokyo, Japan                            85-0–85 +13
26. Kyle Ash          Reading, MA                             86-0–86 +14
27.  Hao Yang Lin      Taichung, Taiwan                        88-0–88 +16
28.  Ryan Pongrac      Freehold, NJ                            92-0–92 +20
29.  Mao Hirota        Hoshigaokamotomachi Chitkusa-Ku Nagoya  98-0–98 +26

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) 6,278 yards, Par 72
1.   Mariano Leyva  Lewisville, NC  85-0–85 +13
2.   Thomas Pfoestl Schenna         88-0–88 +16

DID NOT FINISH

JWD Dong Jin Park,  Seoul           82-0–82 +10

Girls Division (Green tees) 5,971 yards, Par 72

1.   Ankita Kedlaya Bangalore  81-0–81 +9

IJGT Junior at Colleton River – Round one recap (Sept. 6, 2014)

With the fall series underway, the Southeast Tour returned to the IJGT favorite Colleton River Plantation Club to host the first round of the IJGT Junior on September 6, 2014. Colleton River Plantation Club, the official site for the 68th U.S. Junior Amateur coming in July 2015, is a challenging course with breath taking views at every hole. Juniors took the course looking to earn both national rankings and IJGT merit points. In review, below are the rounds, in numbers, of the divisional leaders.

A tight race in round one resulted in a shared lead of the Boys 15-19 Division. Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Shiso Go of Tokyo, Japan, lead, their rounds in numbers:

TENNOSHIN OGAWA:

70 – his 2-under par round one score

16 – Ogawa recorded par or better on the first 16 straight holes

4 – total birdies, three of which were back-to-back on No. 14 through 16.

3 – Ogawa is 3-under par on the first round’s par-4 holes

SHISO GO:

70 – Go also shares the lead with a 2-under 70

16 – matching Ogawa, Go carded par or better for 16 straight holes, two of which were birdies

3 – total number of birdies

2 – this is Go’s second IJGT event

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Dong Jin Park of Seoul, leads. His round in numbers:

82 – his round one score, three strokes ahead of the division

39 – his front-nine score of 3-over 39 kicked started his pursuit for the lead

2 – total number of birdies, coming on No. 3 and No. 9

1 – Park’s first IJGT event

Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, leads the Girls Division, her round in numbers:

81 – her round one score

4 – Kedlaya tallied her longest streak of pars (four consecutive) on No. 13 through 16

1 – her performance included one birdie on the par-4 No. 10; this is also her first IJGT event

The final round of the IJGT Junior at Colleton River will take place tomorrow, September, 7, 2014, with tee times starting at 9 a.m. For full results from round one of the IJGT Juniorclick here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

Season-end Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Tour Preview

As the 2013-2014 season comes to a close, the IJGT will host its  biggest and most exciting tournament of the season. Each tournament of the season leads to the IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions which will be held on May 24-26, 2014 at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla. The three-day, 54-hole event will offer the coveted title of champion. In addition to the championship title, juniors will compete for national rankings.

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The Jack Nicklaus-inspired courses of Grand Cypress Resort, East/North Course and New Course will play host to an extensive field of juniors seeking victory. The East/North courses offer everything from sharply ledged fairways to greens located in tricky mazes of sand and water for an entertaining challenge. The New Course pays homage to the signature courses of Scotland featuring deep pot bunkers and stone walls and bridges. 

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As the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions draws some of the IJGT’s finest juniors, watch for leaders of the tour rankings to compete for the title. Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, leads the IJGT Tour Rankings and will look to make the Tournament of Champions his fifth season win. Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, is in a close second in the tour rankings and also seeks the championship title after finishing fifth at the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear. Rounding out the top three of the Boys 15-19 Tour Rankings, James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y., will look to bring home the trophy to continue his three-tournament winning streak.

The Boys 14 & Under Division will also feature fierce competition as Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, Joe Parrini of York, Pa., and Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., battle for the title. Vilips leads the divisional tour rankings with an impressive eight first-place finishes while Parrini adds five of his own sitting in second place. Ingram is not far behind in the tour rankings in fourth, securing a valuable win at the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 3-4, 2014.

Don’t take your eyes of the Girls Division either – both Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, and Yeji Shin of Norwood, N.J., sit in the top five of the IJGT Tour Rankings. Nakatani looks to improve upon her eighth-place finish in the 2013 Tournament of Champions this year and will battle against Shin who will appear in her first Tournament of Champions.

There is still an opportunity to join the competition! If you have not yet registered to play in the biggest event of the year, click here to do so today!

College Prep at Palmetto Hall – Final Results

Cook nabs first in two-hole playoff

Arjun finishes first in a come-from-behind win

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The IJGT hosted College Prep at the local venue, Palmetto Hall Plantation Club on April 26-27, 2014. The first 54-hole event of the Southeast Tour was held on the Robert Cupp Course both days and consisted of three rounds of 18 holes. The tournament’s lineup included 51 juniors between the ages of 13 and 19. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were at stake for competitors, as well as an invite to the IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

DSC_0969Brad Cook of Jackson, Wyo., placed first after a sudden-death victory in a playoff for the Boys 15-19 Division. After regulation, Cook and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, were tied for first place. Ogawa had led the division after rounds one and two, leading Cook by five strokes going into the final round in day one. The tie forced a sudden-death playoff held on the course’s par-5 hole No. 15. Ogawa teed off first, hitting the fairway while Cook’s tee shot found its way into the rough. Ogawa rolled his approach shot long beyond the hole before putting in for par from 20 feet. Cook reached the green from a 70-yard approach shot before also putting for par. The pair finished their 55th hole still tied and moved on to the par-3 No. 16.

Ogawa teed first again, landing in a difficult bunker on the left of the green. Cook capitalized on Ogawa’s situation as he found the front-side fringe. In attempt to get out of the bunker, Ogawa’s chip found the water hazard forcing him to play a new ball. Ogawa chipped close but finished with six. Cook’s birdie putt came up just shy, but his par putt allowed him to safely secure the title.

Cook finished with score of 77-75-71 – 223. His regulation play was highlighted by six birdies, five of which came in the final round. He carded par or better on 14 of 18 holes in round three to secure a 1-under-par score of 71, a score that would earn him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award is given to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round of the event. Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, and Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, also carded scores of 71 to receive the award.

Ogawa finished in second as a result of the playoff and finished with scores of 73-74-76 – 223. Kim of finished third with scores of 74-80-71 – 225.

When asked what his thoughts were during the final hole of the playoff, Cook said, “[Tennoshin] hit his into the bunker so I was just thinking if I could just hit the green than I could have a really solid set up.

DSC_0882In a comeback performance, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, secured first place with scores of 79-74-78 – 231. Arjun trailed Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, by two strokes after round one before shaving five strokes from her score to share the divisional lead going into round three. Her Clazic Belts Low Final Round score 78 was one stroke better than Huang, putting her in first. Arjun tallied a division-high eight birdies to help secure the title.

Huang finished second behind Arjun by one stroke with scores of 77-76-79 – 232 while Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, rounded out the top three with scores of 79-76-79 – 234 overall.

“The first thing I had to focus on was not getting tired because 36 holes in one day is not easy. I’m glad because the day before, I’d planned on carrying my bag but instead I brought a push cart,” said Arjun.

DSC_0916In only his second IJGT event of his career, Dong Jun Kim of Kimhae, South Korea, took first in the Boys 14 & Under Division with scores of 79-80-87 – 246 overall. Coming off of a second-place finish at The College Classic at Duke University, Kim pulled into first in the first round. Round two gave Kim a commanding lead as he scored 10 strokes better than any other junior, allowing him to finish 10 strokes in front for the entire tournament.

Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., took second with scores of 80-96-80 – 256 while Matthew Dzialga of Greenwich, Conn., took third with scores of 91-90-87 – 268 overall.

“I was pretty tired after playing 54 holes, they’re pretty long walks,” said Kim in discussing what his first 54-hole event experience.

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will host two events on May 3-4, 2014. Both events will be Callaway Junior World Qualifiers, one to be held at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., and the other to be held at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run in Hilton Head Island, S.C. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.