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Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be traveling to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. for the highly-anticipated Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2013. Held at one of the world’s most popular clubs, the three-day, 54-hole event will be contested on the Pete Dye-designed Valley and THE PLAYERS Stadium Courses, of which the latter is highlighted by one of the most difficult holes on the PGA TOUR — the signature par-3 17th island green. TPC Sawgrass, which plays host to THE PLAYERS Championship, is the birthplace of the TPC Network and is the backdrop of the PGA Headquarters.

At this Southeast Tour Event, over 100 junior golfers from all over the world will be competing for National Rankings, AJGA Performance Stars and IJGT Merit Points.

TPC Sawgrass2THE PLAYERS Stadium Course is highlighted by the signature par-3 17th hole which features an island green.

To register for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass, click here.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Tennoshin Ogawa from Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Nick Geiman from York, Pa., will be competing for top honors in a talent-stacked older division. Ogawa is in his third season with the IJGT, and after racking up six victories last season, he has continued his great play thus far in 2013-2014. He earned a victory at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on Oct. 19-20, and two other second place finishes, including one at the recent Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes on Oct. 9-10. Geiman, who is playing in his fourth season with the IJGT, is also a strong contender. He has placed top five in two events this season, and will be looking to continue that strong play at TPC Sawgrass.

The Boys 14 & Under Division will feature Brandon McBride from Bluffton, S.C., and Joe Parrini of York, Pa., who will be going head-to-head for a place at the top of the leaderboard. McBride is new to the IJGT this season, but he has played like a seasoned professional, garnering top five finishes in five of his six events on the year, including a fourth place finish at the Major Championship at Palmetto DunesParriniwho has played exclusively on IJGT’s Northeast Tour this season, is in his third season. After playing in seven events, he has taken home five first-place trophies, and will surely be a player to keep an eye on over the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 weekend.

The Girls Division will be highlighted by Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, and Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, who represent a very talented field of girls competing for the top trophies. Arjun has been a dangerous contender on the IJGT during her first season, grabbing top five finishes in all five of her events, including two second place finishes at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on Nov. 2-3 and the Major Championship at Palmetto DunesNakatani will also be a major force at the event. She in playing in her second season with the IJGT, winning three events last year and placing top five in all three of her events this season.

 

 

 

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

 

Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will host its Southeast Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Nov. 9-10. The Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes will take place on the George Fazio Course. The Event will feature some of the best players from across the region all competing for DOUBLE IJGT Merit Points in the Boys 15-19, Boys 14 & Under, and Girls Divisions.

The George Fazio Course is a par-70 that tips out at just over 6,800 yards and will call for a variety of executed golf shots. It will serve as a great host to one of the strongest events on the IJGT calendar.

The Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes will offer AJGA Performance Stars with the Boys 15-19 and Girls Division Champions earning 4 Performance Stars. In addition, the Top-5 in the Boys 15-19 Division will also earn 1 Performance Star for their finish. If the Boys 14 & Under Division reaches 20 players then the Champion of the division will earn 1 AJGA Performance Star.

To register for the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes click here.

GFazio 15,16 aerialTo get a 3-D Animated Flyover of the golf course click here.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Austin Maher of Bracebridge, Canada, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, will be playing for keeps. Maher has played in four events this season, and after placing in the top five in his last three, including a third-place finish at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters, he will be looking to capitalize on his consistent play. Ogawa is also coming off a hot streak this season. After placing second in the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National, he persevered on his way to a victory at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters. Ogawa will be attempting his second win of the season at Palmetto Dunes.

Competing in the Boys 14 & Under Division are Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C.and John Kalavritinos of Potomac, Md. McBride has played in four events this season and is continually a strong contender. After placing sixth in his first event, he finished fourth, second and third in his last three events, respectively. This is McBride’s first season with the IJGT, and he will be aiming to break the mold and grab his first win at Palmetto Dunes. Kalavritinos, also a talented competitor, is playing in his second IJGT season. After two top ten finishes last season, Kalavritinos placed third in the College Series at the University of Maryland on Oct. 5-6.

The Girls Division will feature Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan. Nakatani is a natural-born competitor who is in her second season with the IJGT. After winning three events last season, Nakatani has secured two runner-up finishes in the two events she has played so far this year, one at the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch, and the other at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters. Another player to keep an eye on is second-year IJGT member, Tadokoro. She has placed top five in three events this year, and also won the IJGT Junior at Oyster Reef over the summer.

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

 

 

 

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.

IJGT members at the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls Junior

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Every year the United States Golf Association (USGA) conducts our nation’s National Championship for junior golfers across the country. This year the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) was represented well with 27 total members playing. All players had to qualify for the championship and it is quite an accomplishment to make it into the tournaments.

The U.S. Junior Amateur this year is being held at Martis Camp in Truckee, Calif. The Tom Fazio design is playing over 7,600 yards and marks the longest course in championship history. Here are the IJGT members that qualified for the championship.

John Souza

Jack Gianniny

Aaron Wise

Tyler Moore

Coleman Self

Matt Holuta

Aaron Terrazas

Tennoshin Ogawa

Cole Berman

Carey Bina

Sean Carlon

Jack Fitzgerald

Daniel Hudson

Vasili Kartos

Bradley Keyer

Tiger Lee

 Sam Meuret

A special congratulations to all players that qualified for the match-play portion of the event. After two rounds of stroke-play qualifying, the top 64 were selected to move on in the tournament. The names of IJGT members in bold above advanced to match play.

Currently All-IJGT member Aaron Terrazas of Alvarado, Mexico, is still in contention for the title after two thrilling victories that both went extra holes.

To follow all the action at the U.S. Junior Amateur click here.

 

The U.S. Girls’ Junior this year is being held at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind. The Jack Nicklaus design is a championship layout featuring very difficult greens and long rough. Here are the IJGT members that qualified for the championship.

Kelly Whaley

Ana Paula Valdes

Thamonpat Siriko

Mai Dechathipat

Isabella DiLisio

Luiza Altmann

Alexis Hios

Anina Ku

Hana Ku

Annie Swords

A special congratulations to all players that qualified for the match-play portion of the event. After two rounds of stroke-play qualifying, the top 64 were selected to move on in the tournament. The names of IJGT members in bold above advanced to match play.

Mai Dechathipat of Oakton, Va., was the last IJGT competitor competing in match play. She won her first two matches before falling in the Round of 16. Dechathipat played outstanding golf all the way to the end and deserves to be recognized for an outstanding accomplishment.

To follow all the action from the U.S. Girls’ Junior click here.

 

IJGT Announces 2012-2013 All-IJGT Team

ORLANDO, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) announced its 2012-2013 All-IJGT Team during the Awards Banquet at the 2013 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions held at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The top-10 players in each division in the season-long IJGT Merit Points Standings were named to the All-IJGT teams. The IJGT congratulates each of these players for their hard work over the course of the 2012-2013 season.

Boys 15-19 Division

  1. Charlie Spencer-White – Bluffton, S.C.

    8,000 Points

    3 IJGT Victories; 3 Runner-Up Finishes

  2. Aaron Terrazas – Veracruz, Mexico

    7,300 Points

    4 IJGT Victories

  3. Will Miles – Hilton Head Island, S.C.

    6,775 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  4. Roland Massimino – Lumberville, Pa.

    6,500 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  5. Manuel Velez – Panama City, Panama

    5,950 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  6. Matt Cheng – Taipei, Taiwan

    5,850 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  7. Serawit Kerdsinchal – Nonthaburi, Thailand

    5,800 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  8. Alan Cooke – Vienna, W.Va.

    5,037.5 Points

    3 Runner-Up Finishes

  9. Patrick Albanesi – Avon, Conn.

    4,925 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 1 Top-3 Finish

  10. Rafael Miranda – Guayaquil, Ecuador

    4,425 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 1 Top-3 Finish

Boys 14 & Under Division

  1. William Thomson – Pittsford, N.Y.

    11,550 Points

    4 IJGT Victories; 6 Runner-Up Finishes

  2. Ryan Rybicki – Remsen, N.Y.

    8,300 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  3. Tennoshin Ogawa – Ichinomiya-shi, Japan

    8,000 Points

    6 IJGT Victories; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  4. Alejandro, Santibanez – San Luis Potosi, Mexico

    7,100 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  5. Nate Menon – Wyomissing, Pa.

    6,675 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  6. John Felitto – Mountainside, N.J.

    6,650 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  7. Evan Johnson – York, Pa.

    6,225 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  8. Mikee Ordona – Upland, Calif.

    5,900 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  9. Luke Schaap – Potomac, Md.

    5,850 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 3 Top-3 Finishes

  10. Taisuke Ono – Tokyo, Japan

    5,850 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

Girls Division

  1. Phimnipha Wongwaiwate – Chiang Mai, Thailand

    9,000 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  2. Ana Paula Valdez – Morelia, Mexico

    8,625 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  3. Clementina Rodriguez – Caracas, Venezuela

    7,700 Points

    2 IJGT Titles; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  4. Rei Nakatani – Tokyo, Japan

    7,100 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  5. Olivia Landino – Hermitage, Pa.

    7,000 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  6. Moyu Sasaki – Tokyo, Japan

    6,800 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  7. Ceha Lee – Bundang-Gu, South Korea

    6,600 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  8. Amelia McKee – Paso Robles, Calif.

    6,500 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  9. Katie Edelblut – New Hope, Pa.

    6,200 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  10. Thamonpat Siriko – Bangkok, Thailand

    5,900 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 4 Runner-Up Finishes

All players who were honored at the banquet have earned guaranteed entry into all future IJGT events that are not at full capacity including the 2013-2014 Major Series and 2014 Tournament of Champions.

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, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Golfweek, and International Junior Golf Academy.

 

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

 

IJGT Shamrock Shootout at Palmetto Hall – Final Results

Kim Prevails in Playoff

Lee captures second IJGT victory

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.– The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Shamrock Shootout at Palmetto Hall Plantation  March 16-17. Held on the Robert Cupp Course , the IJGT Event featured elite junior golfers representing 10 states and 16 countries competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points. The competition was tough, and the Boys 15-19 Division ended in an exciting two-hole playoff.

5f57b6e01883d80c7978e97747ebaf11Warm weather welcomed participants to the first round of the IJGT Shamrock Shootout at Palmetto Hall where GeunTae Kim  (pictured left) of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea carded a 2-over-par 74 to take the lead in the Boys 15-19 Division. Kim had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 2 and 3, as well as 8 and 9 in the first round. On the back nine he carded birdies on Nos. 11, 13 and 17 to level out some of his trouble holes.

Although he was leading the division heading into the final round, Kim was not without competition. Saravit Kerdsinchai  of Nonthaburi, Thailand finished the first round with a 3-over-par 75, one stroke back of Kim. Oliver Lehman  of Bern, Switzerland was just three strokes back of Kim with 5-over-par 77.

Luckily, weather for the final round mirrored that of the first with sunny skies, warm temperatures and only a slight increase in wind speed. Kim began the round with a bogey on No. 1 but rebounded with three straight pars before his next bogey on No. 5 to shoot 2-over-par 38 on the front.

Kerdsinchai, however, made a statement starting with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 1 and 2 to take the lead. With a bogey on No. 4 and another birdie on No. 9, Kerdsinchai took the outright lead over Kim with a 2-under-par 34 on the front nine.

Kim was not defeated.

Kerdsinchai struggled on the back nine with bogeys on four holes and a double bogey on No. 14. Meanwhile, Kim was even on the back nine through No. 13 until he doubled No. 14. With another double bogey for Kim on No. 16, no one could be sure who would come out victorious. Kim birdied Nos. 17 and 18 and Kerdsinchai also birdied No. 18 to send both players into a playoff at 6-over-par 150 for the Event.

The playoff started on the par-5 15th hole where both players got up-and-down for par. On No. 16, the champion was decided when Kerdsinchai knocked his first shot into the hazard just short of the par-3 16th green and Kim hit it within 10 feet of the hole. Kim won the playoff and the Boys 15-19 Division title at the IJGT Shamrock Shootout. This was Kim’s first IJGT win.

“I was very nervous for my playoff,” Kim said. “I was fortunate to win.”

6bbcc6630e13ba733c72535b0acc8241Finishing behind Kim and second-place finisher, Kerdsinchai, was Clazic  Belts Low Final Round Award winner, Peter Cho  of Koyang, South Korea. Cho carded a 1-over-par 73 in the final round to finish the Event at 7-over-par 151.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Tennoshin Ogawa  (pictured right) of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan took an early lead as theKENTWOOL  Lo-Pro Award Winner with a 1-over-par 73. His closest contender was Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan who carded a 6-over-par 78 in the first round.

Ogawa continued his success into the final round with a solid front-nine, 1-under-par 35. The back nine was more challenging for Ogawa who had bogeys on Nos. 10 and 14, and a double bogey on No. 13. Birdies on Nos. 11 and 17 propelled Ogawa to another 1-over-par 73, for a tournament total of 146, which won him the Event and the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This is Ogawa’s fifth victory during the 2012-2013 season.

“I played very well,” Ogawa said. “Everything felt very good and I was comfortable with my swing.”

Finishing behind Ogawa was Kevin Ying  of Shanghai, China with 18-over-par 162. Ono finished in third place with a tournament total of 165.

13f0f7dc407a329867b9ad8411f0af94 (pictured left) of Bundang-Gu, South Korea took home the title in the Girls Division after impressive rounds both days of the IJGT Shamrock Shootout. Lee led the division after winning the KENTWOOL Lo-Pro Award in the first round with a 7-over-par 79.

During the final round, Lee carded three birdies on the front nine on her way to a 2-under-par 34. She struggled on the back nine with four bogeys and three double bogeys, but luckily her front nine was strong enough to hold her lead and get her the victory with a 14-over-par 158. This is Lee’s second IJGT victory this season.

 

“I was putting really well,” Lee said. “I am looking forward to playing in the next event at Oldfield.”

Lee was awarded the Clazic Belts Low Final Round along with Moyu Sasaki  of Tokyo, Japan for carding 7-over-par 79.  Sasaki finished second with 15-over-par 159. Finishing in third place was Isidora Quevedo  of Santiago, Chile with 18-over-par 162.

The IJGT will make the next southeast tournament stop at Oldfield Golf Club  for the Low Country Junior , March 23-24. The Greg Norman design will test all aspects of the golf game and provide breathtaking views of South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

 

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 Shamrock Shootout at Palmetto Hall conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed March 17, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6621 yards, Par 72 (72.9/136).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6110 yards, Par 72 (70.5/131) Girls Division: Black Tees – 5760 yards, Par 72 (73.3/134).

 

Boys 15-19 Division – (Blue Tees): 6,621 Yards, Par 72
1. GeunTae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *74-76–150
2. Saravit Kerdsinchai, Nonthaburi, Thailand *75-75–150
3. Peter Cho, Koyang, South Korea *78-73–151
4. Oliver Lehman, Bern, Switzerland *77-76–153
5. Toks Pedro, Bowie, MD *82-75–157
5. Matthew Mannion, Muskoka, Canada *81-76–157
7. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-79–158
8. Zachary Boe, Bluffton, SC *82-80–162
8. Mos Bangpetch, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-82–162
10. Francisco Contreras, Caracas, Venezuela *84-79–163
10. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *81-82–163
10. Luke Tetreault, Horseheads, NY *82-81–163
10. Simon Velez, Bogota, Colombia *89-74–163
10. Bryson Nimmer, Bluffton, SC *79-84–163
15. Bryan Gagnon, Culver City, CA *83-82–165
16. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *82-84–166
17. Wesley Lieverlo, Eindhoven, Netherlands *86-81–167
18. Gbenga Toriola, Abuja, Nigeria *86-83–169
19. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *80-90–170
20. Garrett Stonehouse, Westport, CT *83-89–172
21. Nate Anderson, Billings, MT *92-81–173
22. Jack Foyle, Madison, CT *89-85–174
23. Mac Cavanaugh, West Newbury, MA *89-86–175
24. Jonathan Meissner, Wilton, CT *95-81–176
25. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *85-93–178
26. Andrew Boyer, Muskoka, ON *97-88–185
27. Konstantin Kosta Kosutic, Belgrade, Serbia *87-101–188
28. Henrique Ferreira, Hilton Head, SC *88-107–195
29. Sheock Hyun Shim, Seoul, South Korea *95-107–202
DID NOT FINISH
Ryan Wirthlin, Mequon, WI *107-DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Seung Jae Hong, Cupertino, CA*91-JWD
Harrison Brown, Roswell, GA *JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division – (White Tees): 6,110 Yards, Par 72
1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *73-73–146
2. Kevin Ying, Shanghai, China *85-77–162
3. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *78-87–165
4. Rio Wong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *102-98–200
5. Christopher Gaeta, Lincroft, NJ *107-103–210
DID NOT FINISH
Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *122-DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Alexandr Kuzmin, Almaty, Kazakhstan *92-JWD
Girls Division – (Black Tees): 5,760 Yards, Par 72
1. Ceha Lee, Bundang-Gu, South Korea *79-79–158
2. Moyu Sasaki, Tokyo, Japan *80-79–159
3. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *81-81–162
4. Annie Swords, Newnan, GA *83-81–164
5. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *86-82–168
6. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan *84-91–175
7. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *96-86–182
8. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *92-96–188
DID NOT FINISH
Phimnipha Wongwaiwate, Chiang Mai, Thailand *86-JWD

Final Results from the IJGT Shootout at Colleton River

Spencer-White Defends Home Turf at Colleton River

Sasaki Completes Comeback to Win Girls Division

 

BLUFFTON, S.C.– The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted an exciting fourth event of the Spring 2013 season Feb. 9-10 at the beautiful Colleton River Plantation . The IJGT Shootout at Colleton River  featured 89 elite junior golfers ages 10-19 representing 18 states and 18 countries. True to the ‘Shootout’ title, the IJGT Shootout at Colleton River came down to the wire. Charlie Spencer-White  of Bluffton, S.C., and Moyu Sasaki  of Tokyo, Japan prevailed in the Boys 15-19 and Girls Divisions respectively. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Tennoshin Ogawa  of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan took home his fifth title of the 2012-2013 season after winning a playoff by default against Ben Reichert  of East Amherst, N.Y.

660570aa1f84be160b1e6a67eb7b0b42In the Boys 15-19 Division, Spencer-White was able to capture victory on his home turf. As a member of Colleton River since the age of nine, 16-year-old Spencer-White was no stranger to the fast greens and tight fairways. In the first round he carded a 2-over-par 74 to put him one stroke behind the pack of four players tied for first.

“My drives were really good off the tee,” Spencer-White said, “I hit almost all of the fairways.”

In the final round Spencer-White started off with a bogey on No. 1, but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 6 to card 1-under-par 35 on the front. Spencer-White started the back nine with a promising birdie on No. 10 but bogeyed the difficult par-5 11th. He finished the round even-par to bring his tournament total to 2-over-par 146.

“It felt great [to win]. I am really happy that I played well at my home course,” he said. “This is a great way to start the season and I hope to keep improving and keep getting better.”

Finishing just behind Spencer-White, in a tie for second, was Will Miles  of Hilton Head Island, S.C., andSense Chaowalit  of Bangkok, Thailand with 3-over-par 147. Mitchell Campbell of Paget, Bermuda andChris Magi  of Montreal, Canada tied for fourth to round out the top-5 with 4-over-par 148.

The KENTWOOL  Lo-Pro Award, which is given to players who card the lowest first round score, was given to  Shosei Inokawa  of Atamishi, Japan, Magi, Ogawa, Miles and Chaowalit for the Boys Division after carding 1-over-par 73 in the first round.

The Clazic Belts  Low Final Round Award was given to Mickey Werenski of South Hadley, Mass., who carded 1-under-par 71 in the final round.

d736f9da114d419ab99e9fe9511c63c9In the Girls Division, Sasaki took the field by surprise rebounding from her first-round 5-over-par 77. Sasaki began the final round tied for sixth, but ended the tournament receiving the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award after carding a 1-under-par 71 to win the Girls Division.

Sasaki began the final round with a bogey on No. 10 but carded back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 to propel her to 1-under-par 35. She continued her success onto her back-nine with a birdies on Nos. 1 and 7, but fell short on the difficult par-4 No. 5 with a bogey. Sasaki ended her round with a bogey on No. 9 to bring her tournament total to 4-over-par 148. This was Sasaki’s first IJGT win of the 2012-2013 season after winning IJGT Player of the Year honors in 2011-2012.

Finishing just behind Sasaki was Cake Phuchanbanchob  of Chiang Mai, Thailand who received the KENTWOOL Lo-Pro Award for the Girls Division after firing a 2-under-par 70 in the first round. Phuchanbanchob finished 7-over-par 151 for the tournament after a 9-over-par 81 in the final round. Tied for third carding 9-over-par 153 were natives of Tokyo, Japan, Ayaka Nakayama  and Rei Nakatani .

4b67e0cc5be6a19ffada9ac4bafd28ecIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Ogawa took an early lead after carding a 1-over-par 73 during the first round. Ogawa is no stranger to the leader group. In the last eight IJGT tournaments he has participated in, Ogawa has never finished outside the top-5.

Reichert rebounded from a first-round 8-over-par 80 with a 2-over-par 74 but was unable to compete in the playoff for the title landing him a second place finish. Paul Schumacher  of Canton, Ohio and Kevin Ying  of Shanghai, China both carded 17-over-par 161 to tie for third place in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

The next IJGT event will be the Carolina Major Championship  atKiawah Island Resort  Feb. 16-17. The tournament will be held at the Turtle Point and Ocean courses. The famed Ocean Course hosted the 1991 Ryder Cup and 2012 PGA Championship.

To sign up for this event, or other, or for more information on the IJGT, call (843) 785-2444 or visitwww.IJGT.com.

 

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, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, morodZ, PURE Grips, Sundog eyewear and International Junior Golf Academy.

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

 

BLUFFTON, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Shootout at Colleton River conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed January 10, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6897 yards, par 72 (74.6/141).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6183 (71.0/133)   Girls Division: Red Tees – 5900 yards, par 72 (74.7/134).
Weather:          Sunny with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 5-10
                        Sunny with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 15-20
International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Shootout at Colleton River
Bluffton, S.C.
February 9-10, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division- (Black Tees) 6897 Yards, Par 72
1. Charlie Spencer-White, Bluffton, SC *74-72–146
2. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *73-74–147
2. Sense Chaowalit, Bangkok, Thailand *73-74–147
4. Mitchell Campbell, Paget, Bermuda *76-72–148
4. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada *73-75–148
6. Mickey Werenski, South Hadley, MA *78-71–149
6. Wesley Long, Bluffton, SC *76-73–149
8. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *78-72–150
8. Shosei Inokawa, Atamishi, Japan *73-77–150
10. Coleman Self, Greenwood, SC *77-78–155
11. Nix Duncan, Augusta, GA *79-77–156
11. Luke Tetreault, Horseheads, NY  *78-78–156
13. Alan Cooke, Vienna, WV *74-83–157
14. Patrick Kim, Pleasanton, CA *80-78–158
14. Seung Jae Hong, Cupertino, CA *78-80–158
14. Manuel Velez, Panama City, Panama *76-82–158
17. Bryan Gagnon, Culver City, CA *80-79–159
17. Patrick Albanesi, Avon, CT *79-80–159
19. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *81-79–160
19. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-81–160
19. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *79-81–160
22. Nicco Gentile, Rosemere, Canada *82-79–161
22. Nicholas Rodriguez, East Northport, NY *81-80–161
22. Rafael Miranda, Guayaquil, Ecuador *78-83–161
25. Spencer Woolfolk, Hinsdale, IL *82-80–162
26. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *86-77–163
26. Harrison Brown, Roswell, GA *84-79–163
26. Andrew Boyer, Bracebridge, ON *84-79–163
26. Lohith Ramaraju, London, England *81-82–163
26. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea *80-83–163
26. Matt Holuta, Indiana, PA *77-86–163
32. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *84-80–164
32. Daniel Tello Vargas, Pachuca, Mexico *79-85–164
34. Charles MacCallum, Melbourne, Australia *84-82–166
34. Mos Bangpetch, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-83–166
34. Nico Gagliardi, Titusville, FL *78-88–166
37. James Cresswell, Orwigsburg, PA *89-78–167
37. Aaron Liebenthal, Sylvania, OH *82-85–167
39. Jonathon Simons, Breaux Bridge, LA *88-80–168
39. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *84-84–168
41. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *91-78–169
42. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *82-88–170
43. Connor Hogan, Monroeville, AL *88-83–171
43. John Conley, Leesburg, VA *81-90–171
45. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *86-87–173
45. Konstantin Kosta Kosutic, Belgrade, Serbia *84-89–173
47. William Dunn III, Lancaster, PA *94-80–174
47. Czech Chalermchaiwat, Bangkok, Thailand *86-88–174
47. Justin Harris, Trenton, SC *75-99–174
50. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *90-86–176
50. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *90-86–176
52. Marshall Clemens, Weston, MA *87-90–177
52. Dacotah Palcit, Windsor, Canada *87-90–177
52. Nate Anderson, Billings, MT *87-90–177
55. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *93-91–184
56. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *96-91–187
57. Henry Morgan, Mount Pleasant, SC *90-98–188
58. Jerry Sung, Newport Beach, CA *116-130–246
DID NOT FINISH
Keith Techasith, Bangkok, Thailand *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division – (Blue Tees) 6183 Yards, Par 72
1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *73-81–154
2. Ben Reichert, East Amherst, NY *80-74–154
3. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *76-85–161
3. Kevin Ying, Shanghai, China *76-85–161
5. Evan White, Greenville, SC *81-82–163
5. Walker Campbell, Paget, Bermuda *81-82–163
7. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany *76-88–164
8. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-86–169
9. Marc Holzhauer, Clarence Center, NY *85-85–170
10. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan *96-93–189
DID NOT FINISH
Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *DQ (Rule 33-7)
Tyson – Skylar Morrisseau, Couchiching First Nation, Canada *DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Tom Crow, Virginia Beach, VA * 78-JWD
Girls Division – (Red Tees) 5900 Yards, Par 72
1. Moyu Sasaki, Tokyo, Japan, *77-71-148
2. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *70-81–151
3. Ayaka Nakayama, Kanagawa, Japan *76-77–153
3. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *76-77–153
5. Stephanie Liu, Hardeeville, SC *77-77–154
5. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico *76-78–154
7. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *74-82–156
8. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *77-82–159
9. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *87-80–167
10. Kathryn Crouch, Harker Heights, TX *90-86–176
10. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *91-85–176
12. Kayla Kozak, North Myrtle Beach, SC *87-91–178
13. Emma Parson, Bluffton, SC *87-95–182
14. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *85-99–184
DID NOT FINISH
Susana Reyes Ramirez, Ibague, Colombia, *JWD