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College Prep at Palmetto Hall – Round Two Recap

The IJGT continued College Prep at Palmetto Hall Robert Cupp Course for a second round of 18 holes on April 26, 2014. The second round followed round one with a shotgun-start at 2:00 p.m. The weather remained sunny and breezy more than 40 juniors took the course for a second time. In review, divisional leaders’ rounds in numbers are below.

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, leads the Boys 15-19 Division for the second-straight round. His round in numbers:

147 – his two-round score, the lowest overall score for two rounds in the tournament

35 – 1-under-par score on holes one through nine in round two

8 – Ogawa posted four birdies in both rounds for a total of eight

2 – he remains two strokes out in front of the competition

In the Boys 14 and Under Division, Dong Jun Kim of Kimhae, South Korea, leads for the second straight round. His round in numbers:

159 – Kim added a second-round score of 80 to his round-one 79 for an overall score of 159 for day one

17 – holds the lead by 17 strokes

8 – tallied a par or better streak for eight holes in round two

2 – this is only the second IJGT event for Kim, his first 54-hole event

After round two, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, and Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, are tied in first. Their rounds in numbers are below:

ARJUN:
74 – her round-two score, 2-over-par

5 – number of strokes she shaved from her round-one score

10– College Prep is her 10th IJGT event of the 2013-2014 season

2 – back-to-back birdies on holes 14 and 15, also the place she finished in her last tournament appearance at Palmetto Hall

HUANG:
76 – her score for round two, one stroke better than her round one score

36 – even-par score in the course’s back nine

2 – number of birdies carded in round two

1 – place she held after round one and is now sharing with Arjun after round two

Juniors will return to play for the last and final round tomorrow, April 27, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. For full results from the first round of the College Prep at Palmetto Hall Robert Cupp Course, click here. Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.

College Prep at Palmetto Hall – Ogawa, Kim & Huang lead round one

The IJGT visited backyard venue Palmetto Hall to host College Prep on the Robert Cupp Course on April 26, 2014. The 54-hole event consists of 36 holes played in the first day and a final round of 18 holes on day two. Juniors took to the course for round one, the first 18 holes, under breezy, warm temperatures in the 70s. In review, divisional leaders’ rounds in numbers are below.

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

73 – his round-one score, standing at 1-over-par

5 – Ogawa posted two par-or-better streaks in the first round

4 – total number of birdies in his first 18 holes of the day

1 – number of strokes he leads by after round one

In the Boys 14 and Under Division, Dong Jun Kim of Kimhae, South Korea, leads. His round in numbers:

79 – his round-one score

38 – his score on the course’s back nine – three strokes better than his score on the front nine

2 – number of birdies, on the par-5 second hole and the par-4 18th hole

1 – number of strokes he leads by before heading into round two, the second 18 holes

From Shenzhen, China, Samantha Huang leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

77 – her round-one score, 5-over-par

10– College Prep is her 10th IJGT event of the 2013-2014 season

2 – back-to-back birdies on holes five and six, also the number of strokes she is out in front of second place

1 – placed first in the last tournament hosted at Palmetto Hall, on the Arthur Hill Course, in November 2013

Juniors will return to play for round two today, April 26, 2014 on a 2:00 p.m. shotgun start. The final round of 18 holes will be played tomorrow, April 27, 2014. For full results from the first round of the College Prep at Palmetto Hall Robert Cupp Course, click here. Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.

SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear Golf Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT will host its second Callaway Junior World Qualifier event on May 3-4, 2014, at the Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run in Hilton Head, S.C. The SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier is a two-day event that will include two 18-hole rounds to be played on Saturday and Sunday. Callaway Junior World Qualifiers are the largest internationally-recognized junior events known for global representation and cultural diversity. At stake are IJGT Merit Points and national rankings as well as an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

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The semi-private Nicklaus designed course features towering oaks native to South Carolina and has a significant presence of water to make the course difficult yet breathtaking. Junior will enjoy the natural setting of the course as they use finesse and strategy to navigate the winding course.

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A signature waterway at Golden Bear Golf Club

Players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division include Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head, S.C. Ogawa, currently second in the IJGT Boys 15-19 Divisional Tour Rankings, boasts three first-place victories in eight events played in the 2013-2014 season. Russell also adds a first place victory of his own in his eight top-10 finishes this season.

In the Boys 14 and Under Division, Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, will look to take home the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier title as he enters the tournament with five top-three finishes, three of which were first place victories.

Watch for Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, in the Girls Division as she looks to add a victory to her resume. Nakatani has finished in the top five in all eight events she has played including a third-place finish at the Major Championship at Kiawah Island.

To register or for more information about the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier, click here.

College Prep at Palmetto Hall – Tour Preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Final results from the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club, McDowell wins in playoff – March 22-23, 2014

McDowell takes first in a playoff victory

Ogawa secures his third victory of the season

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) headed north to the Columbia Country Club to host the Palmetto Open on March 22-23, 2014. Both rounds were played in perfect golf weather with temperatures in the 70s, light breezes and abundant sunshine. Forecasted rain held out and allowed the juniors to compete in dry conditions for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. The field featured juniors between the ages of 12 and 19 years old.

Tennoshin Rd. 1 LeaderGoing into round two, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, led by two strokes after tallying three birdies and finishing with a 1-under-par score of 71. Kicking off round two with two birdies, Ogawa attempted to pull away but second place finisher Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, was not far behind. D’Amico carded four birdies in his own second-round effort to put him even with Ogawa in round two. It was Ogawa’s consistency though that allowed him to prevail. Tallying six total birdies and making par on 23 holes led Ogawa to a 71-74 – 145 overall score for a first-place finish in the 36-hole tournament. The first-place finish became his third victory of the 2013-2014 season and sixth top-ten finish in eight IJGT events played.

“I was not nervous [after round one] and felt confident since my irons ended up working well for me,” said Ogawa.

Second place in the Boys 15-19 Division went to D’Amico who improved from fourth place after round one to finish with a 74-74 – 148 overall score. Rounding out the top three was Wilson Belk of Colorado Springs, Colo., who finished one stroke behind D’Amico with a score of 73-76 – 149 overall.

The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award that goes to the player in each division with the lowest score in the final round of the tournament, went to Karan Arjun of Bangalore, India, who carded a 1-under-par-71 in round two.

Nikita ArjunIn the Girls Division, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, came from behind to secure first place. Going into round two three strokes behind, Arjun took to the course and shaved an impressive four strokes off of her first round to pass round-one leader, Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga. Though she struggled in round one with seven bogeys, Arjun added two birdies and only two bogeys in round two to ensure her place in first. Coming off of a second-place finish at Kiawah Island in February, the victory at Columbia Country Club is her first of the season and becomes her eighth top-five finish for 2013-2014. Arjun, the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award winner, finished the tournament with a score of 78-74 – 152 overall.

Ashmore finished with a score of 75-78 – 153 overall to take second place. Rounding out the Girls Division was Milleina Ohara of Meguro-Ku, Japan, who finished with a score of 82-77 – 159 overall.

“Putting was the most difficult [for me] because the greens were really fast so it was really hard to read,” commented Arjun.

Chandler McDowell 1In a competitive Boys 14 & Under Division, John Weiss of Columbia, S.C., had a three-stroke lead over both Chandler McDowell of Alberta, Canada, and Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., but consistency in round two allowed McDowell to cut four strokes off his round-one score to tie Weiss with an overall score of 158, sending it into a playoff. In his first ever IJGT event, Weiss came up short in the playoff against McDowell who benefitted from his long game to finish with par on the playoff hole for the win.

Following the playoff, Weiss finished second with a score of 78-80 – 158 overall while Ingram rounded out the Boys 14 & Under Division in third with an overall score if 161.

When asked about his approach to his first playoff scenario, McDowell said, “I hit my drive just behind the bunker and when I saw that id hit it into the bunker I just hit it in the middle of the green for an easy two putt.”

The IJGT’s next event will be The College Classic at Duke University in Durham, N.C., on April 5-6, 2014. To sign up for this Event, click here.

About the IJGT

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

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

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Palmetto Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed March 23, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,957 yards, Par 72 (74.0/136).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,281 yards, Par 72 (70.5/132). Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,996 yards, Par 72 (71.5/122).

Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 70s, winds 3-5 mph
Cloudy with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 10-15 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club
Blythewood, S.C.
March 22-23, 2014
Course: Ridgewood/Tall Pines 

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees): 6,857 Yards, Par 72

1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *71-74–145
2. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *74-74–148
3. Wilson Belk, Colorado Springs CO *73-76–149
4. William Harwood, Columbia, SC *78-72–150
5. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *81-71–152
5. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *77-75–152
5. Salil Ghamande, Evans, GA *73-79–152
8. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *79-77–156
8. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co (NQN) *75-81–156
10. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *81-77–158
10. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *80-78–158
12. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *82-77–159
12. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *81-78–159
14. Paul Edgar, Kitchener, Canada *80-80–160
14. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *79-81–160
16. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *82-79–161
16. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *79-82–161
18. Chad Couch Jr, Bristol, TN *77-85–162
19. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN *90-73–163
20. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-84–164
20. Alec Stopperich, Venetia, PA *80-84–164
22. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *86-79–165
22. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *82-83–165
24. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *82-84–166
25. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *83-85–168
26. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *88-85–173
27. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *86-89–175
28. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China *104-109–213
Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees): 6,281 yards, Par 72

1. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *81-77—158*
2. John Weiss, Columbia, SC *78-80–158
3. Chase Ingram, Bluffton, SC *81-80–161
4. Ben Woodruff, Huntersville NC *83-79–162
5. Bronson Myers, Columbia, SC *82-87–169
6. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *92-80–172
7. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *93-83–176
8. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA *91-88–179
9. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China *98-102–200
10. Ronak Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *102-99—201

*Denotes playoff winner

Girls Division (Black Tees): 5,996 yards, Par 72

1. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India, *78-74–152
2. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA, *75-78–153
3. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan, *82-77–159
4. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *81-79–160
5. Jacquelyn Eleey, Quincy, MA *83-79–162
6. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *84-80–164
7. Legare Augenstein, Columbia SC, *90–83-173
8. Pen Naviroj, Watertown, CT *89-85–174
9. Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *99-95–194

DID NOT FINISH

Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *79-JWD

Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club first-round highlights – Ogawa, Weiss, Ashmore lead

The IJGT traveled to Columbia, S.C., for the Palmetto Open at the Columbia Country Club. Greeted by perfect golf weather with sunshine and temperatures in the 70s, the junior golfers took on a difficult course in round one. In review, below is each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, leads. His round in numbers:

71 – round-one score after 18 holes

8 – the Palmetto Open is his eighth IJGT event of the 2013-2014 season

3 – number of birdies

2 – strokes Ogawa leads over his competition

1 – number of strokes under par

The Columbia, S.C. native, John Weiss, leads in the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

39 – score carded on both the front and back nine

6 – strokes over par after round one

4 – number of birdies tallied

1 – first IJGT event of Weiss’s career

Rounding out the leaderboard, Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., is in the lead. Her round in numbers:

75 – her round-one score

11 – made par on 11 of 18 holes in round one

6 – Palmetto Open is Ashmore’s sixth IJGT event of 2013-2014 season

3 – stroke lead over second place

2 – number of birdies, featured back-to-back on holes No. 3 and 4

Juniors will return to play for round two Sunday, March 23, 2014 for a 8:30 am start. For full results from the first round of the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club, click here. Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.

Major Championship at Kiawah Island – Tour Preview

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

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

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

The 14th at Turtle Point.

The 14th at Turtle Point.

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

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

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

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

IJGT Player of the Week – January 11-12

LUTZ, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) conducted the Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Fla., on Jan. 11-12, 2014. This was the first tournament of the new year for the IJGT staff, and it kicked off the season with a bang.  The course staff was most helpful when the IJGT staff arrived at the venue, and the event could not have occurred at a better location.   Everyone was very pleased with the excellent shape of the course for the January weather at TPC Tampa Bay.  This week’s Player of the Week honors went to Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, and Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China.

The weather played a prominent role in the tournament as high winds of 15+mph ruled the first 18 holes. On the final round of the event, the rain from the night before left some standing water in the low areas of the course.

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Sharma (left) carded a score of 79 in the first round, good enough for a tie with Parker Gillam of Cary, N.C., after battling tough conditions with winds up to 25 mph. Sharma started his round off nicely with three consecutive pars, and closed in equally impressive fashion, scoring par on five of his last six holes. Sharma’s second round was highlighted by a birdie on the par-3 No. 6, one of only four birdies on the hole throughout the weekend. Despite having to fight off a bee sting late in the second round, Sharma recorded a second round score of 83 and tournament total of 162 left him in a tie with Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan. Ogawa bested Sharma in the playoff; however, it is his third top-10 finish and the best of his IJGT career.

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In the Girls Division, Chee (left), who is battling a knee injury, played through the pain Friday and Saturday. She came into the first day ready to play through any conditions and stayed very consistent throughout her round. Like many golfers, Chee has superstitions, including always using a blue Sharpie to mark her golf ball before each round.  She was up to the challenge in the final round, even with the wet conditions.  Her round got off to a slow start, but she stayed tough and completed all 36 holes for the tournament. She avoided any large numbers on her card, finishing strong with eight pars on the day.  We will see her again in her next upcoming tournament at the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation on January 25-26th.  Colleton River Plantation is the site of the 2015 US Junior Amateur.

 

Final results from the Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay


Ogawa battles back for victory

Tadokoro captures Girls Division

LUTZ, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) kicked off the 2014 schedule hosting a tournament in the Southeast region. Junior golfers competed in the Winter Shootout, which was held at TPC Tampa Bay. This was IJGT’s first time back to TPC Tampa Bay in over two years and it provided a tough test for the competitors. Juniors ranging from ages 10-19 came out to compete for IJGT Merit Points and an invitation to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26.

Tennoshin OgawaIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, capped an amazing comeback, trailing by eight strokes after the first round, recording an 87. Immediately following his round, Ogawa returned to the driving range to practice to prepare for the final round.

Going into the final round consistency was key, and he did just that having only four bogeys on the day, two per nine holes. Ogawa posted a 4-over-par 75, enough to tie him for the lead at a 162 tournament total, with Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India. Going into the playoff, Ogawa was focused. After taking a few moments on the par-4 No. 10 teeing ground to himself to get settled, a long drive down the fairway, an approach shot to the middle of the green, and a two-putt for par was all it took to seal Ogawa’s victory.

Ogawa’s 4-over par 75 also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round of every IJGT tournament. It was also the low round of the tournament across all divisions.

When asked how he came back after trailing by eight strokes, Ogawa replied, “I felt very confident…I actually had no strategy. I just tried to play my own golf game.”

After falling short on the playoff hole versus Ogawa, Sharma took second place, posting a 79-83—162 tournament total score. Third place went to Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan, who posted an 83-80—163 overall.

Jon Nolan PerryIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Jon Nolan Perry of Berwyn, Pa., made a comeback of his own. He scored a 92 in the first round, trailing by one stroke from first-round leader Jackson Skeen of Johnson City, Tenn. When opportunity arose in the final round, Perry seized it. He recorded four pars in a row on the front nine, leading at the turn. Things got a little shaky after recording an eight on par-4 No. 13, but Perry settled down with two pars and managed to hang on for the victory, posting a final-round 86, for a 178 tournament total.

When asked about his mindset going into Sunday, he responded, “I kind of just played [the round as if] it was like match play. I fed off of the energy I was getting from [Skeen] and it turned out well.”

Skeen came in second place, shooting a 91-92—183 overall score. Alex Camberos of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, finished in third posting a 96-107—203.

Sera TadokoroThe Girls Division also had an exciting finish. Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, was the first-round leader, scoring an 11-over-par 82. Tadokoro struggled on certain holes, but always managed to bounce back. She dropped a great putt on par-3 No. 6 for birdie, and overall was pleased with how her putting was working throughout the final round. This was one component of her game that aided in her overall victory in the Girls Division.

When asked what her favorite part about the TPC Tampa Bay course, she said, “I like the front [nine]. I played better on the front. My favorite hole was hole No. 1.”

Second place finisher Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, recorded a 86-85—171 tournament total, which also earned herself the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division.

Third place ended in a tie between Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, and Yuki Nakayama of Kawasakishi, Japan. Ahn and Nakayama both finished with a tournament total of 188.

The IJGT Southeast tour will continue next weekend with the Island Challenge at the Country Club of Hilton Head in Hilton Head Island, S.C. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

About the IJGT

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

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

 

LUTZ, Fla. – Final round results of the IJGT Winter Shootout conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed January 12, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,713 yards, Par 71 (72.6/137).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Green Tees – 6,125 yards, Par 71 (69.7/127). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,851 yards, Par 71 (74.0/127).

Weather:       

Cloudy with temperatures in the High 70s, winds 15-20 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the Low 70s, winds 10-15 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour
Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay
Lutz, Fla.
January 11-12, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees), 6,713 yards, Par 71
1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *87-75–162**
2. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *79-83–162
3. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *83-80–163
4. Parker Gillam, Cary, NC *79-87–166
5. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *84-83–167
6. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *86-90–176
7. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *88-89–177
8. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *95-83–178
9. Andrew Nappi, Glen Rock, NJ *89-95–184

DID NOT FINISH
Tyler Prater, Salt Point, NY *91-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (Green Tees), 6,125 yards, Par 71
1. Jon Nolan Perry, Berwyn, PA *92-86–178
2. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *91-92–183
3. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia *96-107–203
4. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *107-100—207

Girls Division (White Tees), 5,851 yards, Par 71
1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *82-86–168
2. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *86-85–171
3. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *87-101–188
3. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *94-94–188

DID NOT FINISH
Isabel Klatt, Garden City, NY *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

**Won in Playoff

IJGA Invitational – Tour Preview

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

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

Hole 15 Ocean Course

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

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

Harbour Town Lighthouse 18 Green

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

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

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

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