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Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn – Final Results

Galdin earns third title in Boys 15-19 Division

Kuchakulla collects first victory at Mission Inn

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing 20 countries and seven different states competed in the 36-hole Major Championship for double IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings.

Lino Galdin of Nesmy, France, was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division at Mission Inn Resort after he carded a tournament total of 3-over, 147. Galdin put himself in good position after 18 holes, firing a 2-over, 74 in the opening round. This left Galdin only one stroke back of first-round leader Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan.

Lino Galdin wins the Boys 15-19 Division of the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn

Lino Galdin wins the Boys 15-19 Division in the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn

During the final round on the El Campeon Course at Mission Inn Resort, weather conditions became challenging with the wind picking up with gusts of over 20 mph. Galdin was able to get off to a steady start and turn in 1-over, par 36 to maintain a one-stroke lead heading into the back nine. After a double-bogey on hole No. 11, Galdin temporarily gave up the lead, but bounced back with birdies on holes Nos. 13 and 17 to finish one stroke ahead of the field and claim the title. This was Galdin’s first Major Championship and third victory of the Fall 2015 Season.

“I was striking the ball well this tournament,” commented Galdin.

Finishing in second place at the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn was Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, with a tournament total of 148. Ogawa fired an even-par, 72 in the final round earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes the boy and girl who record the lowest final-round score in every IJGT tournament. This was also the lowest score of the tournament regardless of division.

There was a three-way tie for third place with a tournament score of 152 between Ono, Takahiro Nojima of Shibuya-Ku, Japan, and HaoHua Zhang of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

In the Girls Division, newcomer Navika Kuchakulla of Orlando, Fla., earned the Laurel Springs School Major Championship crown with a tournament score of 5-over, 151. Kuchakulla earned the victory in comeback fashion with a final-round score of even-par, 73. Her final-round score also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, and it represented the lowest score of the tournament in the Girls Division.

Navika Kuchakulla wins the Girls Division at the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn

Navika Kuchakulla wins the Girls Division in the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn

Kuchakulla started the day trailing first-round leader Ximena Gonzalez of Queretaro, Mexico, by only stroke. Kuchakalla’s deficit actually widened to three strokes after the front nine in the final round. She put on a clinic to close out the tournament making three birdies and six pars to finish with a 3-under, 34 on the back nine. This outstanding performance vaulted her into first place and gave Kuchakalla the Girls Division title.

“It feels very good to play my first event and play well enough to win. The first day the conditions were tough, but today I adapted well to the course,” said Kuchakalla.

Gonzalez finished in second place with a tournament score of 154. Tracy Lee of Seoul, South Korea, ended the event in third place with a tournament total of 155.

Shoichiro Sakamoto of Japan, was crowned the Laurel Springs School Major Champion in the Boys 14 & Under Division after finishing with a tournament total of 171. This was the first IJGT title for Sakamoto, who had previously finished runner-up in the 2015 Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters.

Shoichiro Sakamoto wins the Boys 14 & Under Division in the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn

Shoichiro Sakamoto wins the Boys 14 & Under Division in the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn

Sakamoto build a four-stroke lead going into the final round. He was able to increase his lead and finished with a 12-stroke victory. His final round was highlighted by a birdie on hole No. 14.

“I enjoyed playing in the nice weather. I’m glad it did not rain. I thought I was hitting the ball well,” commented Sakamoto.

Tiger Tao of Shanghai, China, finished in second place with a tournament total of 183. Luca Jumabhoy of Sydney, Australia, took home third place after recording a tournament score of 187.

The IJGT will be back in action at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 26-28, 2015. This annual event features 54 holes of golf on PGA Tour tested courses along with AJGA Performance Stars, National Rankings, and IJGT Merit Points. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

About Laurel Springs School
Laurel Springs School is a fully accredited, private online school for students K-12. Founded in 1991, Laurel Springs School offers challenging and flexible programs for students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. With college prep academics, they have a 91% college acceptance rate. Laurel Spring’s graduates enter the most selective colleges and universities of their choice in the U.S. and throughout the world.

About the IJGT
The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 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 30 states and 30 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 AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, EyeLine Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – Final-round results of the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 15, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,617 yards, Par 72 (72.1/135). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,029 yards, Par 73 (69.2/125). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,853 yards, Par 73 (75.0/138).

Weather:       
Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the high 70’s with 15-20 mph winds
Round 2: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 70’s with 15-20 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn
Howey-in-the-Hills Fla.
November 14-15, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,617 yards, Par 72
1. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *74-73–147
2. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *76-72–148
3. HaoHua Zhang, Howey in the Hills, FL *76-76–152
3. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *76-76–152
3. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *73-79–152
6. Julio Bello, Valencia, Venezuela *77-76–153
6. Zaffar Sikkander, Nawala, Sri Lanka *76-77–153
8. Ren Morishita, Orlando, FL *80-75–155
8. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China *77-78–155
10. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *77-79–156
11. Jack O’Donovan, Pittsford, NY *78-79–157
11. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *76-81–157
13. Tsukasa Kimishima, Fukuoka, Japan *80-78–158
13. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *79-79–158
15. Jasper Lee, Taipei, Taiwan *84-75–159
15. Connor Downey, Franklin, TN *78-81–159
15. Jose Haces, Puebla, Mexico *76-83–159
18. Tianyu Wu, Beijing, China *80-80–160
18. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *76-84–160
20. Juan Felix, Culiacan, Mexico *81-80–161
20. Jaydon Pang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *80-81–161
20. Philip Chen, Taiwan, Taipei *77-84–161
23. Paolo Wong, La Trinidad, Philippines *84-78–162
24. Yuhan Yan, Shanghai, China *80-84–164
25. Alejandro Guillen, Mexico City, Mexico *84-82–166
25. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *78-88–166
27. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China *79-89–168
28. David Yang, Taipei, Taiwan *87-82–169
29. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *86-84–170
30. Antonio Miguel, Puebla, Mexico *86-85–171
31. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *89-84–173
32. Daniel Song, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *93-82–175
33. Wenyao Zhang, China *83-93–176
34. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *85-92–177
35. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *92-89–181
36. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Managua, Nicaragua *91-91–182
36. Alexander Hollmann, Frankfurt, Germany *89-93–182
38. Greg Shen, Vancouver, Canada *90-95–185
39. Max Castaneda, Mexico City, Mexico *91-97–188
39. Gabriel Han, Beijing, China *87-101–188
41. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *103-114–217

DID NOT FINISH
Matej Malicek, Bratislava, Slovakia, *78-WD

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,029 yards, Par 73
1. Shoichiro Sakamoto, Japan *85-86–171
2. Tiger Tao, Shanghai, China *89-94–183
3. Luca Jumabhoy, Sydney, Australia *96-91–187

Girls Division – Gold Tees, 5,853 yards, Par 73
1. Navika Kuchakulla, Orlando, FL *78-73–151
2. Ximena Gonzalez, Queretaro, Mexico *77-77–154
3. Tracy Lee, Seoul, South Korea *80-75–155
4. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *81-78–159
5. Yukie Sasaki, Hiroshima, Japan *82-78–160
6. Betty Horaney, Longview, TX *89-92–181
7. Kaitlyn Lee, Scarsdale, NY *99-83–182
8. Emily Ma, Changzhi, Taiwan *95-89–184

DID NOT FINISH
Ana Sofia Meneses, Bogota, Colombia *WD

 

Florida Junior at Disney Resort – Final Results

Marrero dominates in Boys 15-19 Division at Disney

Vesga shoots 2-under-par to win Girls Division

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the IJGT Florida Junior at Disney Resort. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing 9 different states and 26 countries competed in the 36-hole tournament for IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, and AJGA Performance Stars.

Carlos Marrero of Valencia, Venezuela, won the Boys 15-19 Division after firing a 7-under, 134 tournament score. Marrero got off to a great start in the first round carding a 4-under, 68 to build a three-stroke lead. Marrero’s 4-under, 68, which included seven birdies on the Lake Buena Vista Course, was the lowest score of the tournament in any division.

Carlos Marrero shot 7-under, 137 to win the Boys 15-19 Division title at Disney Resort.

Carlos Marrero shot 7-under, 137 to win the Boys 15-19 Division title at Disney Resort.

Marrero was in the driver’s seat for the final round and he helped his cause by getting off to a great start making birdie on the par-5, first hole. He would make the turn in 2-under, 34 to take a six-stroke lead into the back nine. Marrero played steady on the back nine and then ended the tournament with a bang making birdies on his 35th and 36th holes of the tournament to record his first IJGT victory. Marrero finished the final round with a 3-under, 69, which earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award along with Kanata Irei of Okinawa-shi, Japan, who matched Marrero with a 69.

“It feels great getting to achieve something after hard work,” said Marrero.

Irei’s final-round 69 and tournament total of even-par 144 earned him a solo second-place finish. There was a tie in third place between Tsukasa Kimishima of Fukuoka, Japan, and Takahiro Nojima of Shibuya-Ku, Japan, who both recorded tournament scores of 1-over, 145.

In the Girls Division, Maria Vesga of Bucaramanga, Colombia, earned her first IJGT title after carding a 2-under, 142 on the Lake Buena Vista Course at Disney Resort. The Baylor University commit, built her lead with an impressive 2-under, 70 in the opening round. This was the lowest score in the Girls Division for the tournament. Vesga made four birdies in her opening round helping her build a three-stroke lead.

Maria Vesga shot 2-under, 142 to win the Girls Division title at Disney Resort.

Maria Vesga shot 2-under, 142 to win the Girls Division title at Disney Resort.

Vesga started the final round with five straight pars, and then added one bogey and three more pars to turn at 1-over, 37. She became more comfortable as the round went on and make two birdies on her last nine to finish the round at even-par 72.

“I was a little bit nervous starting, but then my putting was very good,” commented Vesga.

Vesga and Yuki Nakayama of Kawasaki, Japan, earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division for their closing scores of even-par 72.

Finishing in second place in the Girls Division for the second time this season was Linda Trockel of Berlin, Germany, with a tournament total of 149. Yukie Sasaki of Hiroshima, Japan, finished in third place with a tournament score of 150.

Yuxuan Zou of Chongqing, China, won the Boys 14 & Under in dominant fashion with a tournament score of 149. Zou played outstanding golf in the opening round making one birdie and 13 pars on his way to carding a 3-over, 75.

Yuxuan Zou shot 75-74 to win the Boys 14 & Under Division title at Disney Resort.

Yuxuan Zou shot 75-74 to win the Boys 14 & Under Division title at Disney Resort.

In the final round, Zou started off very strong making two birdies on his first nine holes and shooting an even-par 36. He would finish the day on a strong note closing the tournament with six straight pars for a 2-over, 74. This was Zou’s first IJGT victory and his two best competitive rounds in his short IJGT career.

“I wanted to win because the last tournament I got second place,” said Zou.

Tiger Tao of Shanghai, China, finished in second place with a tournament total of 171. Noah Levine of Mendon, N.Y., earned third place with a tournament score of 176.

The IJGT will travel to Fort Washington, Md., for the DC Shootout at National Golf Club on Oct. 10-11, 2015. The tournament will feature national rankings, and IJGT Merit Points. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 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 30 states and 30 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 AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, EyeLine Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Final-round results of the IJGT Florida Junior at Disney Resort conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 4, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,714 yards, Par 72 (72.2/133). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,081 yards, Par 72 (69.3/127) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,899 yards, Par 72 (73.7/127).

Weather:       
Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 80’s with 10-15 mph winds
Round 2: Partly cloudy and rain with temperatures in the low 70’s with 5-10 mph winds
International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Florida Junior at Disney Resort
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
October 3-4, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees – 6,714 yards, Par 72
1. Carlos Marrero, Valencia, Venezuela *68-69–137
2. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *75-69–144
3. Tsukasa Kimishima, Fukuoka, Japan *73-72–145
3. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *71-74–145
5. David Yang, Taipei, Taiwan *75-71–146
5. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *73-73–146
5. Yuichi Murao, Yokohama-Shi, Japan *73-73–146
5. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *72-74–146
5. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *72-74–146
10. Julio Bello, Valencia, Venezuela *75-73–148
10. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *75-73–148
10. Tristan Galant, Cape Town, South Africa *72-76–148
13. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *76-73–149
13. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China *70-79–149
15. Tianyu Wu, Beijing, China *77-73–150
16. Matej Malicek, Bratislava, Slovakia *76-75–151
17. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *80-73–153
17. Philip Chen, Taipei, Taiwan *78-75–153
17. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China *78-75–153
17. Jasper Lee, Taipei, Taiwan *74-79–153
21. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *76-78–154
22. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *80-75–155
22. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *78-77–155
22. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *77-78–155
25. Jose Haces, Puebla, Mexico *79-77–156
25. Shharad Arora, Bangalore, India *77-79–156
27. Yuhan Yan, Shanghai, China *81-76–157
27. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *80-77–157
27. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *79-78–157
27. Alejandro Guillen, Mexico City, Mexico *79-78–157
31. Blaise Vanitvelt, Flint, MI *82-76–158
31. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *83-75–158
33. Alexander Hollmann, Frankfurt, Germany *83-76–159
33. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *78-81–159
35. Christian Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *82-78–160
35. Antonio Miguel, Puebla, Mexico *80-80–160
35. Demetrius Johnson, Anchorage, AK *82-78–160
38. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *82-79–161
38. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *81-80–161
38. Zaffar Sikkander, Nawala, Sri Lanka *88-73–161
38. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *86-75–161
42. Gabriel Han, Beijing, China *82-81–163
42. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *80-83–163
42. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Managua, Nicaragua *78-85–163
42. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *78-85–163
46. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan *85-79–164
47. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *87-82–169
48. Jaydon Pang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *81-90–171
48. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *94-77–171
50. Matt Barkann, Newtown Square, PA *89-83–172
51. Greg Shen, Vancouver, Canada *92-81–173
51. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *86-87–173
51. Max Castaneda, Mexico City, Mexico *82-91–173
54. Brent Lund, South Hampton, England *87-91–178
55. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *88-99–187
56. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *95-95–190
57. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *95-99–194

DID NOT FINISH
Liam Kent, Portage, MB *102-WD
Juan Felix, Culiacan, Mexico *76-DQ (Rule 6-6b)

Boys 14 & Under Division – Gold Tees – 6,081 yards, Par 72
1. Yuxuan Zou, Chongqing, China *75-74–149
2. Tiger Tao, Shanghai, China *90-81–171
3. Noah Levine, Mendon, NY *89-87–176
4. Luca Jumabhoy, Sydney, Australia *90-88–178

Girls Division – Red Tees – 5,899 yards, Par 72
1. Maria Vesga, Bucaramanga, Colombia *70-72–142
2. Linda Trockel, Berlin, Germany *73-76–149
3. Yukie Sasaki, Hiroshima, Japan *74-76–150
4. Tracy Lee, Seoul, South Korea *77-74–151
5. Tiana Cruz, Kingston, Jamaica *76-79–155
6. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasaki, Japan *87-72–159
7. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-83–161
8. Rou Yin, Zhejiang, China *83-79–162
8. Marisa Hisaki, Osaka, Japan *84-78–162
10. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *86-77–163
11. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *84-80–164
12. Ana Sofia Meneses, Bogota, Colombia *86-84–170
13. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *83-93–176
14. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *92-92–184
15. Yiqing Gong, Allendale, NJ *96-94–190
16. Emily Ma, Changzhi, Taiwan *95-98–193