Posts

IJGT Photo of the Week – January 11-12, 2014

The IJGT headed to Tampa Bay for the #WinterShootout last weekend at TPC Tampa Bay. The conditions and the competition both were tough – the Boys 15-19 Division ending in a playoff for first and second place. Despite the conditions, players remained mentally tough to finish both rounds with the best intensity and precision possible.

This week’s Photo of the Week features Boys 15-19 member, Tyler Berdy of Riverside, Calif.

6th place Boys 15-19 finisher, Tyler Berdy of Riverside, Calif.

6th place finisher, Tyler Berdy of Riverside, Calif.

After finishing 19th in his final tournament of the 2013 year, Berdy wasted no time making his mark on 2014 tournament play. Berdy’s sixth place finish at Tampa Bay became his best finish to date after shooting 86 and 90 to combine for a total score of 176. Next on the schedule for Berdy will be the Carolina Classic on Jan 25-26 at Colleton River, the site of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur.

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.

keshav1

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.

[column last_column=”true”][separator][/column]

photo 2 (1)

 

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

The Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour kicks off the Spring Season with The Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Fla. on January 11-12, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole tournament will be hosted by TPC Tampa Bay. Players will be competing for national rankings as well as IJGT Merit Points.

Built in 1991, TPC Tampa Bay plays to a par-71 and features a variety of tees stretching from 5,036 yards to 6,898 yards. The course was designed by Bobby Weed, a protégé of Pete Dye. Weed also designed TPC at River Highlands in Connecticut, TPC at Summerlin in Nevada, and TPC Las Vegas. The course weaves through natural wetlands, cypress heads and numerous ponds and lagoons, home to a variety of wildlife. The course received a four-star ranking from Golf Digest and is consistently voted the top course in Tampa Tribune’s Reader Choice Awards. In 2010, TPC Tampa Bay was ranked as the 13th Best Public Golf Facility in GolfWorld Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Poll.

TPC Tampa Bay_12-7-10_18 Sunrise

The 18th at TPC Tampa Bay

 

Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan, and Ritwik Jain New Delhi, India headline the Boys 15-19 Division. Ito already grabbed one IJGT victory this season, coming out on top at the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch. Jain has posted consecutive top-10 finishes, having placed 10th at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass, and a tie for 9th at the IJGA Invitational.

Players to follow in the Boys 14 & Under Division include Jon Nolan Perry of Berwyn, Pa. and Jackson Skeen of Johnson City, Tenn. Perry will be making his IJGT debut while Skeen has been a Tour regular in 2013-14, finishing in the top 10 in all four events he has competed in.

Isabel Klatt of Garden City, N.Y. will look to make an impact in the Girls Division. This will be the first IJGT Event Klatt has participated in.

For more information on The Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay, click here.

Final results from the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana

Meyers wins shortened IJGT Junior

Harris and Lambert take home titles at TPC Louisiana

AVONDALE, La. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana where a field of talented junior golfers competed for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The tournament was held at TPC Louisiana which hosts the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic. Weather ruled the tournament as winds of over 25 mph during the first round push scores higher and rain and thunderstorms during the final round forced the tournament to be shortened to 27 holes.

Meyers TrophyWilliam Meyers of Baton Rouge, La., was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division after carding an impressive 3-over-par 39 during the final round.  Meyers trailed Gage Primeaux of Lake Charles, La., by four strokes coming into the final round of play. Primeaux recorded a score of 43 on the front nine at TPC Louisiana to finish with a total score of 124 which was identical to Meyers. By the United States Golf Association’s Rules of Golf the tournament was decided via a scorecard-playoff because the course was unplayable. The deciding factor were the last nine holes of the event giving Meyers his first IJGT title.

“I looked at the weather this morning and I knew par was going to be my friend with the rain…try and get as many greens in regulations as possible,” commented Meyers.

Rounding out the top three in the Boys 15-19 Division was Will Dufour of Gretna, La., with a tournament total of 128.

Lambert TrophyThe Boys 14 & Under Division was not as closely contested as the older boys division with Nolan Lambert of Gretna, La., winning in convincing fashion. Lambert began the tournament with a shaky front-nine score of 45, but quickly rebounded with an even-par 36 on the back nine including seven consecutive pars to finish his round. He took a six-stroke lead going into the final round and never looked back.

“I just wanted to play my game and take it from there. I really didn’t want to think about it (the lead),” said Lambert.

Even with the rain during the final round, Lambert was able to manage his way around the front nine in 39 strokes giving him a 10-stroke victory. His total score of 120 was the lowest of the tournament regardless of division.

Finishing in a tie for second place were Wondell Smith of New Orleans, La., and Alex Thaller of Hilton Head Island, S.C., with tournament totals of 130.

Harris TrophyThe Girls Division at TPC Louisiana was won by Angelica Harris of Harvey, La., after she recorded a tournament total of 131. Harris took control in the first round as she built a 12-stroke cushion going into the final day of play. Her round was highlighted by two birdies on her back nine, and five total pars on the day. The final round looked to be a battle as fellow competitor Allison Herring of Skillman, N.J., played her first five holes in 1-under-par, but Harris played the last four holes of the front nine in 1-over-par to clinch the victory in the rain-shortened event. This was Harris’s first IJGT victory in three attempts.

“My mindset was to play steady all day and try to make par, and not try to make big mistakes…especially at a course like TPC (Louisiana),” commented Harris.

Herring finished in second place after posting a tournament total of 140 including a 41 in the final round.

Each IJGT tournament the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is given to the players that record the lowest score in the final round. Meyers, Lambert, and Herring took home the prize this weekend for their great performances.

The IJGT concluded tournament play for 2013. Action will continue in 2014 with the Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay on Jan. 11-12, 2014 in Tampa, 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

AVONDALE, La. – Final round results of the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Dec. 22, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Dye Tees – 6,952 yards, Par 72 (73.9/136). Boys 14 & Under Division: Players Tees – 6,188 yards, Par 72 (70.2/130). Girls Division: Club Tees – 5,800 yards, Par 72 (74.5/136).

Weather:       

Cloudy with temperatures in the Low 70s, winds 25-30 mph
Rain with temperatures in the Low 50s, winds 5-10 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana
Avondale, La.
December 21-22, 2013

Boys 15-19 Division – (Dye Tees) 6,952 Yards, Par 72
1. x-William Meyers, Baton Rouge, LA *85-39–124
2. Gage Primeaux, Lake Charles, LA *81-43–124
3. Will Dufour, Gretna, LA *87-41–128
4. Austin Campbell, Lake Charles, LA *90-40–130
5. Beau David, Lafayette, LA *88-47–135

DID NOT FINISH
Casey Panepinto, Hammond, LA *104-DQ(Rule 6-3a)
 

Boys 14 & Under Division – (Players Tees) 6,188 Yards, Par 72
1. Nolan Lambert, Gretna, LA *81-39–120
2. Wondell Smith, New Orleans, LA *87-43–130
2. Alex Thaller, Hilton Head Island, SC *90-40–130
4. Kyle Estay, Lockport, LA *92-47–139
5. Trey Morse, New Orleans, LA *98-44–142
Girls Division – (Club Tees) 5,800 Yards, Par 72
1. Angelica Harris, Harvey, LA *87-44–131
2. Allison Herring, Skillman, NJ *99-41–140

x-Won in Playoff