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Spring Highlights and Summer Preview

The IJGT spring season was filled with exciting highlights from low scores to playoffs to holes-in-one, all with beautiful, world-class courses as the backdrop.

 LOOKING BACK

Over Valentine’s Day weekend, February 14-15, 2015, the IJGT hosted the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island, a fan-favorite venue. Juniors had the opportunity to play both Turtle Point and the Ocean Course during the two-day, 36-hole event. Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, won the Boys 15-19 Division, Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J., won the Girls Division and Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, won the Boys 14 & Under Division. The winners’ bragging rights are extra-special as the PGA of America recently announced that Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course will host the PGA Championship in 2021. The Ocean Course has more seaside holes than any other course in North America; 10 holes sit along the Atlantic Ocean while the other eight run parallel.

SC Open at Kiawah Island Champs 2015

Another fan favorite was the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club on May 9-10, 2015. Over 100 juniors competed on Hershey’s East Course during the two-day, 36-hole event. Michael Jones of Potomac, Md., Charlotte Simpson of Towson, Md., and John Updike of Wayne, Pa., won the Boys 15-19, Girls and Boys 14 & Under Divisions, respectively. Tom McLaughlin of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Matthew Dzialga of Greewich, Conn., both carded aces during the tournament! McLaughlin’s came on the par-3 16th hole in round one and Dzialga’s came on the par-3 second hole in round two.

Betty Horaney

Betty Horaney

Betty Horaney of Longview, Texas, carded an ace the weekend before on the par-3 eighth hole at Golden Bear Golf Club during the second round of the Junior World Qualifier.

Parker Gillam

Parker Gillam of Cary, N.C., carded his first double eagle on the par-5 ninth hole on the East Course at Grand Cypress Golf Club during the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. Gillam finished fourth in the Boys 15-19 Division.

The IJGT also hosted two west coast events during the spring season, the Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco on February 7-8, 2015, and the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club in Litchfield Park, Ariz., on April 3-4, 2015.

You can read more about the spring season in the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions program. To view the program, click here.

LOOKING FORWARD

The summer series will begin with the Summer Series at Olde Stonewall Golf Club on June 30-July 1, 2015. The following week, the IJGT will travel to Toronto, Ontario, to host the always-exciting North America Cup. Hosted by The Weston Golf and Country Club, the North America Cup features four-ball and singles matches against Team Canada. After a few more stops in the Northeast, the IJGT will travel to Scotland to host the Euro Junior Cup in St. Andrews. Team USA will compete in a triangular match-play event against Team Canada and Team Scotland.

Thanks for a wonderful spring season and we look forward to a fun summer season!

Major Championship at Duke University – Tour Preview

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will travel to Durham, N.C., to host the Major Championship at Duke University on March 28-29. The two-day, 36-hole event is the second Major Championship of the spring season.

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Opened in 1957, the Duke University Golf Course is the only Robert Trent Jones-designed course in the region. It was redesigned by Jones’ son, Rees, in 1994 and hosted the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship in 2001.

Links Magazine rated the Duke University Golf Course No. 12 on its list of the Top 25 College Courses. The Major Championship at Duke University provides the perfect opportunity for aspiring college golfers to play one of the best college courses in the country and visit Duke University and nearby colleges like the University of North Carolina while they’re in the area.

Yong Sherng Hui of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division. Hui is coming off a dramatic four-hole playoff victory in the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes earlier this month. He just edged out St. Brelade, Jersey, native Jason Stokes, who will also be competing in the Major Championship at Duke. Also keep an eye out for Anthony Cordaro of Pittsburgh, Pa., who tied for ninth in last year’s IJGT event at Duke.

Timonium, Md., native Jack Halleron won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the IJGT event at Duke last season and will look to repeat this year. He finished first in his last IJGT event this season, the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club. Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, is seeking his fourth IJGT victory this season and is coming off back-to-back wins in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River and the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island. Elmsford, N.Y., native Matthew Minerva Jr. and Ayushman Jaiswal of Bangalore, India, are both looking for their second IJGT victories of the season in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

In the Girls Division, Farmington, Conn., native Kelly Whaley has been victorious in all three IJGT events she’s played this season and will look to continue her winning streak at Duke. The UNC commit finished second in the IJGT event at Duke two years ago. Martina Gerbelova of Bratislava, Slovakia, has to top-five finishes this season and will look to break into the winner’s circle at Duke.

For more information, or to register for the Major Championship at Duke University, click here.

South Carolina Open champion Thomas Pfoestl featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – Feb. 19, 2015

The IJGT traveled to Kiawah Island, S.C., to host the South Carolina Open on February 14-15, 2015. In exchange for beautiful ocean views on both the Ocean Course and the Turtle Point course, juniors braved cold and blustery conditions as they competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Photo of the Week 2 19 15

A photo of the Boys 14 & Under Division champion Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, was selected as this week’s IJGT Photo of the Week. Pfoestl shot 83 in both rounds on the way to a division-best tournament total of 166. He carded two birdies in round two on the par-5 10th hole and the par-5 13th hole.

Pfoestl maintained his No. 1 ranking on the International Junior Golf Tour with the win. The victory was his third this season and second in a row. Pfoestl’s other first-place finishes came in the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club in November and the Carolina Classic at Colleton River in January.

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

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

South Carolina Open at Kiawah- Final Results (Feb. 15, 2015)

Gianchandani wins Girls Division by 19 strokes

Pfoestl earns second IJGT victory in a row 

The International Junior Golf Tour traveled to Kiawah Island to host the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island on February 14-15, 2015. In cold and windy conditions, juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole event. Round one was played on the Ocean Course. Round two began via shotgun start at the Turtle Point course.

Jason StokesJason Stokes of St. Brelade, Jersey, improved on his round one score by two strokes to shoot a division-best 4-over 76 in round two and win the Boys 15-19 Division.

Stokes started the tournament strong holing out from 100 yards for eagle on the first hole of the Ocean Course in round one. He carded a birdie on the par-4 15th on the Ocean Course and finished the round with a 6-over 78.

Consistency was key for Stokes in round two. “I was feeling good,” Stokes said after the tournament. “I just played steady, making pars.”

Although he scored better on Turtle Point, Stokes preferred the Ocean Course noting, “It was in good condition and I found the Ocean Course was tougher [than Turtle Point]. It was more scenic and a nice course.”

Stokes also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event and finished with a tournament total 154.

Finishing in second behind Stokes was Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, with a total of 158. In third was Jack Simpson of Aurora, Ontario, with a tournament total 161.

Ami GianchandaniIn the Girls Division, Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J., built off her two-stroke lead after round one to win the division by a decisive 19 strokes. Her round two 1-over 73 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Because round two began with a shotgun start, Gianchandani started the second day on hole No. 17. The highlight of the tournament for Gianchandani came on her last hole in round two. “My favorite hole was the 16th on Turtle Point,” she said following the tournament. “It was a narrow par-3. I hit my 9-iron short and then I sunk a 50-foot putt from off the green to make a birdie.”

The birdie on 16 was one of three Gianchandani carded on the back nine. Gianchandani also carded birdies on the par-5 13th hole and the difficult par-4 15th. She improved on her round one score by 14 strokes to finish with a total score of 160.

In second with a two-day total of 179 was Leslie Ginter of Lexington, Ky., and in third was Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., with a total of 181.

Thomas PfoestlThomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, won his second IJGT tournament in a row after winning the Carolina Classic at Colleton River last month. Pfoestl led the Boys 14 & Under Division of the South Carolina Open by one stroke following round one, and won the tournament by six strokes. Pfoestl was most successful on par-5s in round two carding birdies on the par-5 10th and 13th holes.

“I was feeling good,” Pfoestl said after his victory. “It was cold, but I just tried not to give up.”

Pfoestl finished with consistent scores of 83 for a two-day total of 166. Behind him in second with a tournament total 172 was Jon Nolan Perry of Berwyn, Pa. Rounding out the top three was Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., with a total score of 176.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on February 21-22, 2015, with the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Kiawah Island SC – Final Results of South Carolina Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour at the Kiawah Island Resort. Boys 15-19 Division: Round 1: Ocean Course– Gold Tees – 6,711 yards Par 72 (73.3/137) Round 2: Turtle Point- Gold Tees- 6,624 yards Par 72 (72.5/137) Boys 14 & Under Division: Round 1: Ocean Course- Blue Tees- 5,846 yards Par 72 (68.9/128) Round 2: Turtle Point- Blue Tees- 6,091 yards Par 72 (70.6/133) Girls Division: Round 1: Ocean Course- Red Tees- 5,616 yards Par 72 (72.4/130) Round 2: Turtle Point- Red Tees- 5,738 yards Par 72 (73.1/131)

International Junior Golf Tour
South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island
Kiawah Island, SC
February 14-15, 2015 

Boys 15-19 Division-

Round 1 – (Gold Tees) Ocean Course: 6,771 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Gold Tees) Turtle Point:  6,624 yards, Par 72

1. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *78-76–154
2. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *80-78–158
3. Jack Simpson, Aurora, ON *79-82–161
4. William Meyers, Baton Rouge, LA *83-80–163
4. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *76-87–163
6. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD *80-85–165
7. Jackson Tyler, Seneca, SC *91-77–168
7. Jack Rolle, Bethesda, MD *85-83–168
7. Angelo Giantsopoulos, Richmond Hill, ON *84-84–168
7. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *82-86–168
11. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *86-83–169
12. Nick Welden, Birmingham, AL *83-88–171
13. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY *89-84–173
14. Jamie Guisinger, Troy, MI *89-85–174
14. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *89-85–174
14. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *89-85–174
17. John Karcher, Novi, MI *93-83–176
17. Mo Harb, Bloomfield Hills, MI *86-90–176
19. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *86-91–177
20. Gavin Simon, Rochester, NY *94-84–178
20. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *89-89–178
22. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *96-83–179
22. Chris Tanabe, Sewickley, PA *88-91–179
24. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *88-94–182
25. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *96-87–183
25. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *95-88–183
27. David Frank, Dunwoody, GA *97-88–185
27. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *93-92–185
29. Daniel Cozzi, Westport, CT *90-98–188
30. Matthew Campbell, Beaufort, SC *97-93–190
30. Billy Rosemeyer, Gibsonia, PA *95-95–190
30. Jake Rumfola, Dublin, OH *91-99–190
33. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *96-95–191
34. Colin Patrick, Newtown, CT *92-101–193
35. Aaron Montgomery, New York, NY *99-95–194

DID NOT FINISH
JWD. Blaise Vanitvelt, Flint, MI *96-JWD
DQ. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *95-DQ (Rule 6-6b)

Boys 14 & Under Division-
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Ocean Course: 5,846 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) Turtle Point:  6,091 yards, Par 72

1. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *83-83–166
2. Jon Nolan Perry, Berwyn, PA *84-88–172
3. Jake Calamaro, Newtown Square, PA *95-81–176
4. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *97-88–185
5. Luke Sample, New York, NY *103-83–186
6. Daniel Schindler, Pittsford, NY *90-110–200
7. Andrew Sample, New York, NY *108-108–216

DID NOT FINISH
JWD. Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA *95–JWD
Girls Division-
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Ocean Course: 5,616 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) Turtle Point:  5,738 yards, Par 72

1. Ami Gianchandani, Short Hills, NJ *87-73–160
2. Leslie Ginter, Lexington, KY *89-90–179
3. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *97-84–181
4. Olivia Traynor, Villanova, PA *104-97–201
5. Kelli Harpe, Nicholasville, KY *108-105–213
6. Rebecca Markunas, Glendale, NY *110-107–217

South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island – Tour Preview

Traveling to an annual fan-favorite site, the IJGT will host the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island on February 14-15, 2015. A weekend dedicated to love will allow juniors to experience a true love for this course. The two-day, 36-hole event will be played on both the Ocean Course and Turtle Point.

Kiawah Ocean Course

The Ocean Course is one of only four courses in the U.S. to have hosted every major PGA event in the country. It hosted the 2012 PGA Championship. The par-72 course was designed by Pete and Alice Dye.

Wind provides an exciting challenge on the Ocean Course as its strength and direction is constantly changing and unpredictable; there are no prevailing winds on the course. It has more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere, 10 right along the Atlantic with the other eight running parallel. This provides players unobstructed views of Kiawah’s Atlantic coastline from every hole.

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The Ocean Course was named one of the Top 10 Courses in the U.S. and the World by the Travel Channel in 2014. In 2012, it was named the #1 Golf Course in South Carolina by Golf Digest.

The Jack Nicklaus-designed Turtle Point course gives players the opportunity to test not just their accuracy, but also their mental game.

All of Kiawah Island’s five courses are Audubon-certified Cooperative Sanctuaries. Located less than an hour outside of Charleston, Kiawah Island offers an abundance of activities for visitors.

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, tops the list of players to watch for the Boys 15-19 Division of the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island. Go is currently ranked first in his division on the IJGT Tour Rankings. He has six top-three finishes this season, including wins at the IJGT College Series at NC STATE, the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines. Other players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division include Thomas Lipowicz of Alexandria, Va., and Karan Arjun of Bangalore, India, who finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in last year’s IJGT event at Kiawah. Also keep an eye out for John Karcher of Novi, Mich., who is playing in his third IJGT event at Kiawah.

In the Girls Division, Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, finished third in last year’s Major Championship at Kiawah. This is her third IJGT event at the notoriously difficult course. Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., also played last year’s event, finishing in 11th place.

Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, is coming off a first place finish in the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. He is currently first in his division in the IJGT rankings. Pittsford, N.Y., native Daniel Schindler will look to improve on his second place finish in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, his first IJGT event. Also keep an eye out for Will Whittaker of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., who finished 13th in last year’s IJGT event at Kiawah.

Juniors will be competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points as they play the world-renowned courses at Kiawah Island. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live updates and download the IJGT app for live scoring.

Carolina Classic at Colleton River – Final Results (Jan. 25, 2015)

Diaz prevails in three-player playoff
Zeng, Pfoestl also nab top honors in 27-hole event

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted Carolina Classic at the local venue, Colleton River Plantation Club. Due to inclement weather the event was played entirely on January 25, 2015 with one round of 18 holes and one of nine utilizing a shotgun start. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were at stake for competitors.

santiSantiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico finished first after a three-player sudden-death victory in a playoff for the Boys 15-19 Division. After regulation, Diaz, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. were in a three-way tie for first place.

Wren had led the division after the first 18 holes but Diaz and Byrne closed the gap with a chip for birdie on hole 15 and seven straight par finishes respectively.

The playoff began on the course’s par-4 hole No. 16. From the tee, Byrne found the fairway while Diaz and Wren both found their way to the outer edges of the fairway. Byrne was the first to reach the green but came up short on his putt. Wren found himself in a right-side bunker forcing him to earn his putt. All three juniors fell just shy of the hole on their attempts for par, leveling the playing field. In the end, it was Diaz who handled the pressude, ending the playoff with his successful putt for bogey and for the win.

Diaz finished with scores of 72 and -38 for 27-hole a total of 110. His regulation play was highlighted by par-or-better finishes on 23 of 27 holes including three birdies in his first 18. This was Diaz’s first ever playoff and when asked how he felt during the extra hole he said, “Really nervous.” When asked his favorite hole he said “It would probably have to be 15, the one I chipped in.”

Wren finished with scores 70 and-40 for a total of 110. His first round included par-or-better finishes on all but one hole.  Wren also took home the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award which, due to the special circumstances, was awarded to the male and female player with the best nine-hole score at the event. Wren took the title home with a score of 35 on both the front and back nine in his first 18. Byrne, who finished with scores of 71 and-39 for a total of 110, finished his day with seven straight pars and four birdies.

natIn the Girls Division, Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand took home the title and the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with scores of 74 and-37 for a total of 111 on the day. Her round of 35 on the back nine was her best of the day where she earned the Low Round award and carded two birdies. When asked how she felt about the day Zeng said, “I felt really good and nervous and a bit tired.” She said her favorite hole was, “hole no. 16 because, I birdied it every time.”

Behind Zeng was Melany Chong of Mississauga, Ontario, who finished the day in second with scores of 80 and-39 for a tournament total of 119 and Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, in third with scores of 79 and-41 for a total of 120.

 

thomasThomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy won the Boys 14 & Under Division with scores of 79 and-42 for a total of 121. Coming off of a second-place finish at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National last week, Pfoestl carded a streak of nine pars to take a lead heading into the final nine holes. Daniel Schindler of Pittsford, N.Y., made his IJGT debut and took second in the division with scores of 93 and-37 for a total of 140.

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will host its next event January 31 – February 1, 2015. The Lowcountry Junior will be held at the local venue, Wexford Plantation Golf Course, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

Carolina Classic at Colleton River- Dye Course
Bluffton, SC
January 25, 2015 

Boys 15-19 Division- Back Tees, 6,707 yards, Par 72 (27 hole competition)

1. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *72-38–110
T2. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *71-39–110
T2. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *70-40–110
4. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *76-36–112
5. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *72-41–113
6. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan, *76-38–114
7. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *79-36–115
8. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River NJ, *80-37–117
9. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *76-42–118
10. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg *79-40–119
11. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *79-41–120
12. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *82-39–121
13. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *81-42–123
13. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *82-41–123
13. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *82-41–123
16. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *79-45–124
16. Alan Smith, Winchendon, MA *85-39–124
18. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *81-44–125
19. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *81-45–126
19. Brandon McLean, Unionville, ON *86-40–126
21. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *86-43–129
21. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *83-46–129
21. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *86-43–129
24. Trent Dickerson, Guyton, GA *93-44–137
25. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *102-49–151
25. Spencer Eller, Phoenix, AZ *98-53–151

Did Not Finish
JWD Trent Hope, Savannah, GA JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division- Medal Tees, 6,079 yards, Par 71 (27 hole competition)

1. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *79-42–121
2. Daniel Schindler, Pittsford, NY *93-47–140

Girls Division- Member Tees, 5,679 yards, Par 71 (27 hole competition)

1. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *74-37–111
2. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *80-39–119
3. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *79-41–120
4. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *86-47–133

IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National – Final Results (Jan. 18, 2015)

Byrne comes from behind to force playoff

Phillips and Frankiewicz capture first IJGT victories 

The IJGT hosted the first tournament of the spring season, the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National, on January 17-18, 2015. The field for the two-day, 36-hole tournament included junior golfers from eight U.S. states and 10 countries. Juniors competed in chilly but bright conditions for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Conor Byrne

Conor Byrne

After finishing round one in fourth place, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, came from behind to tie Ryan Skae of Old Tappan, N.J., for first with a tournament total of 146 after 36 holes. Byrne won the Boys 15-19 Division in a playoff by sinking a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-4 9th hole to edge out Skae for the title.

The victory was Byrne’s first on the International Junior Golf Tour. Byrne’s round two even-par 71 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

“I was surprised to shoot the low final round, especially how I started by three-putting the first hole,” said Byrne after his win. “I knew Ryan [Skae] had an eight-footer left for par, so all I was trying to do was get it close. I knew it had good speed and it just so happened to fall. It was pretty cool to win on a birdie.”

Skae, who finished in second, led the field with a 14-hole bogey-free run stretching from hole No. 16 in round one to hole No. 11 in round two. His impressive par-or-better streak on Nos. 1 through 11  included back-to-back birdies on holes No. 6 and 7 in round two.

Jack O’Donovan of Pittsford, N.Y., finished in third in the Boys 15-19 Division with a tournament total of 149. O’Donovan led the field in birdies with eight including back-to-back birdies on holes No. 4 and 5 in round two.

Wataru Koguchi of Fukuoka, Japan, was the only junior to card an eagle. He needed only three strokes to complete the par-5 hole No. 3 in round one.

Skylar Frankiewicz

Skylar Frankiewicz

The Girls Division also saw a playoff in which Skylar Frankiewicz of Concord, Mass., came out victorious. Frankiewicz and Yuki Nakayama of Kawasakishi, Japan, finished with tournament totals of 159, but Frankiewicz defeated Nakayama by one stroke in the one-hole playoff leading to her first IJGT victory.

“I felt a little pressure throughout the day, but I knew where I stood in relation to Yuki [Nakayama],” Frankiewicz said after her win. “I had a bad hole on 17, but I knew if I could beat her by one on the last hole I would be able to send it to a playoff, I did. The win in a playoff made the entire trip from Massachusetts worth it!”

Nakayama’s round two score of 79 was good enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, finished third in the Girls Division with a tournament total of 174.

Chase Phillips

Chase Phillips

 

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head, S.C., built off a two-stroke lead in round one to capture his first IJGT victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division. He knocked two strokes off his round one score to finish with a tournament total of 158. Phillips carded six birdies during the tournament including back-to-back birdies on holes No. 7 and 8 in round two.

“I knew coming into the final round all I had to do was play the way I played the first day to win,” Phillips said after the tournament. “I hit it great and made a few putts. It was nice to improve and finish strong with a 78.”

Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, finished second in the Boys 14 & Under Division defeating third-place finisher Ford Berger of Statesboro, Ga., by two strokes.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on January 24-15, 2015 with the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Bluffton, S.C. – Final Results of IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on January 17-18, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,655 yards Par 71 (72.5/125). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,016 yards, Par 71 (79.3/124). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,627 yards, Par 71 (71.7/123).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

Bluffton, S.C.

January 17-18, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6655 yards, Par 71

1. x-Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *75-71--146 
2. Ryan Skae, Old Tappan, NJ *74-72--146
3. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *74-75--149
4. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *77-74--151
4. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *74-77--151
6. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *78-74--152
7. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *80-81--161
8. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *86-77--163
9. Cole Sutherland, Charlotte, NC *78-86--164
9. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *79-85--164
11. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *84-82--166
11. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *83-83--166
13. Jake Rumfola, Dublin, OH *83-84--167
14. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *83-85--168
14. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *81-87--168
16. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *83-86--169
17. Alexander Zahn, Saddle River, NJ *83-88--171
18. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *83-89--172
19. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *85-89--174
20. Deion Shepherd, Dayton, NJ *88-88--176
21. Karan Bhasin, Mishref *90-93--183

Boys 14 & Under Division- Blue Tees, 6016 yards, Par 71

1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-78--158
2. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *82-84--166
3. Ford Berger, Statesboro, GA *87-81--168

Girls Division- White Tees, 5627 yards, Par 71

1. x-Skylar Frankiewicz, Concord, MA *79-80--159
2. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *80-79--159
3. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *87-87--174
4. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *89-94--183
5. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *96-96--192

 

IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines – Final Results (Dec. 14, 2014)

Tadokoro wins second consecutive IJGT tournament
Go shoots 3-under-par 69 in round one

The IJGT finished its fall season with one of the biggest events of the year, the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines. The two-day, 36-hole event was played on both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links on December 13-14, 2014. The field competed for Junior Heritage and Hudson Junior Invitational exemptions as well as IJGT merit points and national rankings.

A frost delay on the first day forced the junior golfers to race against the setting sun on both courses, but the entire field of over 100 golfers was able to finish round one before dark. Round two on the Ocean Course also started with a frost delay but the temperature quickly rose to create comfortable playing conditions.

Shiso Go

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, was the only golfer to finish round one under par. He finished day one with a 3-under-par 69 on the Ocean Course. Although he was nervous on the back nine at Harbour Town, he performed well enough to take home the championship with a tournament total of 2-over-par 145. Go jumped out to an early lead with the help of five birdies in round one. Moving the the arguably more difficult of the two courses for round two, Go aimed for consistency, scoring par on 11 of 18 holes to hold onto the divisional lead.

Go performed slightly better on the Ocean Course, but Harbour Town is his favorite. “I like Harbour Town,” Go said. “Harbour Town is so hard, I want to play Harbour Town again.” Go had a division-best bogey-free streak that lasted 23 consecutive holes. It started on hole No. 4 in round one and continued through hole No. 8 in round two.

Hilton Head Island, S.C., native Nicholas Russell finished second in his division with a tournament total of 3-over-par 146. Russell led his division in pars with 25. Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, and Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, tied for third with two-day totals of 147.

Russell and Luo’s second round score of even-par 72 earned them the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

Sera Tadokoro

In the Girls Division, Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, brought home an IJGT title for the second consecutive tournament. Tadokoro won the Savannah Junior at The Landings on December 6-7, 2014 . Tadokoro scored an even-par 72 in round one on the Ocean Course, giving her confidence heading into round two. “I was a little bit nervous, but I did my best,” Tadokoro said.

Tadokoro carded five birdies in round two, putting her in position to share the divisional lead at the conclusion of the round. She played her second round on Harbour Town and despite tougher holes and faster greens, par was the name of her game as she went on to card par on all but five holes.

Bluffton, S.C., native Kayla Kozak and Mind Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand, tied for second in the Girls Division, finishing with tournament totals of 153.

 

Dong Jin Park

Dong Jin Park of Seoul, South Korea, took home the crown in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a tournament total of 148. Park also kicked off his tournament on the Ocean Course, beginning his performance with par on his first six consecutive holes. Adding a birdie on both nines before he finished, Park maneuvered himself into control of the division by one stroke. Once the division moved to Harbour Town to finish out the event, Park approached the challenge with focus and determination. Park carded four birdies, the most for the division, and held on for the win.

Park enjoyed the challenge offered by Harbour Town Golf Links. “I think I like Harbour Town more because Harbour Town is harder so I had to focus more than the Ocean Course,” said Park.

Yujie Jin of Windermere, Fla., finished second with a total score of 159 and Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, finished third with a two-day total 163.

The IJGT will continue tournament play when it kicks of the spring 2015 season on January 17-18 for the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Hilton Head Island, S.C.. – Final Results of the IJGA Invitational conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour at Sea Pines Resort on December 13-14, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Ocean Course– Black Tees – 6,701 yards Par 72 (71.4/130) and Harbour Town Golf Links – Blue Tees – 6,596 yards Par 71 (72.9/141). Boys 14 & Under Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Ocean Course – Blue Tees – 6,084 yards, Par 72 (69.7/125) and Harbour Town Golf Links – White Tees – 5,881 yards (70.2/133). Girls Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Ocean Course – Green Tees – 5,856 yards Par 72 (71.1/124) and Harbour Town Golf Links – Green Tees – 5,677 yards Par 71 (73.4/130).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
December 13-14, 2014                                                                               
Boys 15-19 Division

Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Harbour Town: 6,596 yards, Par 71
Round 2 – (Black Tees) Ocean Course: 6,701 yards, Par 72 

1. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *69-76–145
2. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-72–146
3. Xue Wen Luo, Haikou, China *75-72–147
3. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico *74-73–147
5. Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, SC *77-73–150
6. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD *75-76–151
7. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *77-75–152
8. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *75-78–153
9. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *78-76–154
9. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *74-80–154
9. Evan White, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-78–154
9. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *71-83–154
13. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *82-73–155
13. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan, *78-77–155
13. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *77-78–155
16. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *83-73–156
16. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *75-81–156
18. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *83-75–158
18. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *80-78–158
18. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *79-79–158
18. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *75-83–158
22. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *83-76–159
22. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *83-76–159
24. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *85-75–160
24. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *80-80–160
24. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *79-81–160
24. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *76-84–160
28. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *84-77–161
28. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *83-78–161
28. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea *79-82–161
31. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *86-76–162
31. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *81-81–162
31. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *84-78–162
31. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *79-83–162
35. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *86-77–163
35. Dominic Wagner, Alexandria, VA *82-81–163
37. Colson Herrin, Augusta, GA *86-78–164
37. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *80-84–164
37. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *79-85–164
40. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *86-79–165
41. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *80-86–166
42. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *89-79–168
42. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *87-81–168
42. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *86-82–168
45. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *93-76–169
45. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *87-82–169
45. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *83-86–169
45. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *82-87–169
49. Karan Bhasin, New Delhi, India *81-89–170
50. Feng Chen, Baoding City, China *93-78–171
51. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *94-78–172
51. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *92-80–172
53. Trevor King, Huntington, NY *89-84–173
53. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *89-84–173
53. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *89-84–173
56. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *89-85–174
56. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *87-87–174
56. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *84-90–174
59. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *95-81–176
59. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *86-90–176
61. William Podbela, Muttontown, NY *87-91–178
62. Clifford Lindholm, Montclair, NJ *90-89–179
63. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *90-90–180
64. Jeremy McRorie, Winnipeg, Canada *92-89–181
64. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *91-90–181
66. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *96-94–190
66. Brett Riley, Jasper, GA *92-98–190
68. Liam Kent, Winnipeg Canada *89-102–191
69. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *98-106–204
70. Langston Morrison, Stamford, CT *96-124–220

DID NOT FINISH

Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *80—DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *84—DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Boys 14 & Under Division

Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Ocean Course: 6,084 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (White Tees) Harbour Town: 5,881 yards, Par 71

1. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *75-73–148
2. Yujie Jin, Windermere, FL *76-83–159
3. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *76-87–163
4. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *79-87–166
4. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-85–166
6. Luke Sample, New York, NY *88-94–182
7. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *90-94–184
8. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China*99-101–200

Girls Division

Round 1 – (Green Tees) Ocean Course: 5,856 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Green Tees) Harbour Town: 5,677 yards, Par 71

1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *72–78–150
2. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *75-78–153
2. Mind Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *72-81–153
4. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *76-78–154
5. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *79-76–155
5. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *76-79–155
5. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *77-78–155
8. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *74-82–156
9. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *77-82–159
10. Anna Chanthaphaeng, Boiling Springs, SC *79-81–160
10. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *76-84–160
12. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *82-80–162
12. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *77-85–162
14. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *81-83–164
15. Arisa Kimura, Bethesda, MD *84-83–167
16. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *84-87–171
16. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *81-90–171
18. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-90–173
19. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *91-84–175
20. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *83-103–186
21. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *96-106–202
22. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *106-110–216

DID NOT FINISH

Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *77—DQ (Rule 6-6b)

Go, Rodriguez top Players to Watch list for the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines

The last stop of the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) fall season will be the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines on Dec. 13-14, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole event will take place on two courses, the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links.

Home to the PGA TOUR’S RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links is world-renowned. It is best known for its iconic 18th hole overlooking the Calibogue Sound and the Harbour Town Lighthouse.

Hole 18 Harbour Town

Harbour Town

The Ocean Course was the first course built on Hilton Head Island and features one of only two oceanfront holes on the island. Both courses are Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries that promise to be as beautiful as they are challenging.

ocean-course

Ocean Course

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, tops the list of players to watch for the Boys 15-19 Division for this weekend’s tournament. Go has placed highly enough to earn points in all six tournaments he has played in this season, including first-place finishes at the IJGT College Series at NC STATE and the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club. Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, is another player to watch as the 16-year-old shot up 22 spots in the Tour Rankings after bringing home the title at the Savannah Junior at The Landings this past weekend, Dec. 6-7, 2014. Other players to watch include Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, who is coming off a win at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, who has two IJGT championships under his belt this season.

In the Girls Division, Caracas, Venezuela, native Clementina Rodriguez finished second in the IJGA Invitational last year and will be fighting for the championship this year. Rodriguez has finished first or second in the Invitational every year for the past four seasons. Also keep an eye out for Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who is coming off an impressive first-place finish at The Savannah Junior at The Landings and will look to continue her winning streak.

Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, will aim to take home his second IJGT championship this season in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Pfoestl has finished in the top three in five of his seven tournaments this season. Other players looking to add a second IJGT title to their resume this year include Luke Sample of New York and Seoul native Dong Jin Park.

The IJGA Invitational is known for being one of the IJGT’s biggest, most competitive events of the season and this year looks to be no exception. Juniors will be competing for national rankings and double IJGT merit points in the last Major Championship of the season. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live updates and download the IJGT app for live scoring.

Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass – Tour Preview

The IJGT will be traveling to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., for the highly-anticipated Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on November 27-29, 2014. 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 stake will be IJGT merit points and national rankings.

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TPC Sawgrass Golf Course

With a still-growing field of more than 80 juniors from across the nation and around the world, be sure to keep an eye on Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, in the Boys 15-19 Division. Both ranking in the top-three of the IJGT Tour Rankings, the two will look to take home hardware from the Thanksgiving Day Classic. Go is coming off of a first-place Major Championship victory at Dormie Club while Ogawa boasts two wins thus far this season.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, will look to hold on to his first-place ranking in the divisional IJGT Tour Rankings with another win. Pfoestl is coming off of his first IJGT win in the Major Championship at Dormie Club, his first win in a Major and first on the IJGT.

Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., will look to defend her second-place ranking in the IJGT Tour Rankings with her first southeast event of the season. Parker carries a two tournament winning streak, the most recent coming at the Major Championship at Out Door CC on Ocober 25-26, 2014. Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, will also look to contend in the Girls Division. Tadokoro has three IJGT wins and has finished in the top five in 16 of her 25 career events.

If you have not registered for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass, there is still time! Do not wait to join in on some of the best competition of the year!

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