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Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass – Final Results

Beshoory earns first IJGT title at TPC Sawgrass

Tadokoro victorious in Girls Division

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the annual Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing 14 different states and 20 countries competed in the 54-hole tournament for IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, World Amateur Golf Rankings, and AJGA Performance Stars.

The first and final rounds were contested on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, which is home to the PGA Tour’s The PLAYERS Championship. The second round was held at Dye’s Valley Course, which is home to the PGA Tour’s Web.com Tour Championship.

Pryce Beshoory of Pearland, Texas, won the Boys 15-19 Division in dramatic fashion at the famed Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. In the first round, also contested on the Stadium Course, Beshoory carded a solid 2-over, 74 to put himself in second place. Beshoory played the back nine on the Stadium Course in 3-under, 33. The leader after round one was Sampson Zheng of Orlando, Fla., who carded a 1-over, 73.

Pryce Beshoory wins the Boys 15-19 Division at TPC Sawgrass

Pryce Beshoory wins the Boys 15-19 Division at TPC Sawgrass

The second round switched over to the Valley Course where high winds made scoring conditions very challenging. Beshoory was able to put a solid round of 3-over, 75 together to remain within one of Zheng’s lead. Zheng also fired a 3-over, 75, a round that included four birdies.

The final round on the Stadium Course was no different as Beshoory and Zheng battled back and forth all day. After nine holes, Beshoory squared up the tournament, and then took the lead after hole No. 10. Zheng would not back down as he rebounded and tied everything after 11 holes. The two juniors remained tied until hole No. 16 where Beshoory hit the par-5 green in two and two-putted for birdie to take a one-stroke lead. Both players made par on the famous island green, hole No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass. Beshoory was able to convert an up-and-down on hole No. 18 to finish with an even-par 72 and a one-stroke victory over Zheng.

This was my first IJGT Tournament and I had a blast. I love the tour and the international people. It was great to play with them,” commented Beshoory.

Beshoory’s final-round score of even-par, 72 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award which goes to the boy and girl that record the lowest final round score in each IJGT tournament.

Zheng claimed runner-up honors with a tournament total of 222. Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, took home third place after finishing with a tournament score of 227.

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, won the Girls Division in wire-to-wire fashion with a tournament score of 239. Tadokoro opened up the tournament with a first-round score of 82 to build a one-stroke cushion over the rest of the field. Consistent winds of 15 mph with gusts of over 20 mph made the difficult Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass even more challenging.

Sera Tadokoro won the Girls Division at TPC Sawgrass

Sera Tadokoro won the Girls Division at TPC Sawgrass

Tadokoro took control of the tournament in the second round on the Valley Course. She carded a 3-over, 75 to build a six-stroke lead. Her round of 75 was the lowest of the tournament in the Girls Division.

The final round did not get off to a good start for Tadokoro. She made the turn with a 45 on the front nine, and her lead of six strokes was gone. Caroline Hodge of Larchmont, N.Y., fought back to tie it up. Tadokoro was able to maintain her composure and she played her first four holes on the back nine in 1-under-par to reclaim her lead. Tadokoro closed with a 1-over, 37 on the back nine to claim a four-stroke victory, which was her sixth career IJGT title.

“My long game was working for me, my driver and irons. I had fun playing on the Valley Course,” said Tadokoro.

Hodge finished in second place with a tournament total of 243. Hodge’s final-round score of 80 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division. There was a tie for third place between Wint Phoo Aung of Yangon, Myanmar, and Kristin Whitehead of Johannesburg, South Africa, who finished with a tournament score of 252.

Will Whittaker of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., won the Boys 14 & Under Division in wire-to-wire fashion carding a three-day total of 244. Whittaker got off to a great start in the first round at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass carding a 78 to build a seven-stroke lead. His round of 78 was the lowest round of the tournament in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Will Whittaker won the Boys 14 & Under Division at TPC Sawgrass

Will Whittaker won the Boys 14 & Under Division at TPC Sawgrass

In the second round, Whittaker did not have his best game in the challenging weather conditions on the Valley Course. However, his fellow competitors were not able to make up much ground leaving Whittaker with a five-stroke lead going into the final round.

Whittaker knew that if he was able to play his game, he would control his own destiny. After nine holes, Whittaker still led by five shots, but after two double-bogeys his lead evaporated to nothing when Ty Vanitvelt of Grand Blanc, Mich., made birdie on hole No. 12 to square things. Whittaker was not going to back down and he responded like a true champion playing his last six holes in 2-under-par including back-to-back birdies on the famous 16th and 17th holes at TPC Sawgrass. Whittaker closed the final round with an 81 to claim the victory, which was his first IJGT tournament victory.

“I have played at this same tournament three times. From my first time playing to today, I have knocked off 50 strokes. I have been working really hard,” said Whittaker.

Vanitvelt took home second place after finishing with a tournament total of 249. Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished in third place with a tournament total of 257.

The IJGT will conclude the Fall 2015 Season in Hilton Head Island, S.C., with the IJGA Invitational on Dec. 12-13, 2015. The Major Championship will feature AJGA Performance Stars, National Rankings and double IJGT Merit Points. It will be contested at Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage. 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.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Final-round results of the IJGT Thanksgiving Day Classic conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 28, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division (Stadium): Black Tees – 6,670 yards, Par 72 (73.9/146). Boys 14 & Under Division (Stadium): Blue Tees – 6,003 yards, Par 72 (70.4/136) Girls Division (Stadium): White Tees – 5,720 yards, Par 72 (76.5/151). Boys 15-19 Division (Valley): Black Tees – 6,704 yards, Par 72 (73.1/136). Boys 14 & Under Division (Valley): Blue Tees – 5,979 yards, Par 72 (70.4/129) Girls Division (Valley): White Tees – 5,775 yards, Par 72 (75.7/144).

Weather:       
Round 1: Overcast and rain with temperatures in the high 60’s with 10-15 mph winds
Round 2: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 70’s with 10-15 mph winds
Round 3: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 70’s with 10-15 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
November 26-28, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division-
Round 1 – (Black Tees) Stadium Course: 6,670 Yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Black Tees) Dyes Valley Course: 6,704 Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Black Tees) Stadium Course: 6,670 Yards, Par 72

1. Pryce Beshoory, Pearland, TX *74-75-72–221
2. Sampson Zheng, Orlando, FL *73-75-74–222
3. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *77-74-76–227
4. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *77-77-75–229
5. Arjun Puri, New Delhi, India *81-75-75–231
5. Tsukasa Kimishima, Fukuoka, Japan *81-71-79–231
7. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *83-74-78–235
7. Sam Murphy, Decatur, AL *80-77-78–235
7. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *77-79-79–235
10. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *75-81-81–237
11. Paolo Wong, La Trinidad, Philippines *79-79-80–238
11. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *75-77-86–238
13. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *83-80-76–239
13. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *85-77-77–239
13. Sam Ohno, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *80-77-82–239
16. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *83-79-78–240
17. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *78-79-84–241
18. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *83-79-80–242
18. Saptak Talwar, New Delhi, India *83-78-81–242
20. Gustav Tegel, Miami Beach, FL *77-87-79–243
20. Daniel Song, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *83-86-74–243
22. Ben Pirro, Lake Mary, FL *84-77-83–244
23. Zaffar Sikkander, Nawala, Sri Lanka *87-79-79–245
24. Matej Malicek, Bratislava, Slovakia *86-80-80–246
24. Jack Cornforth, Summit, NJ *82-79-85–246
26. Dennis Volostnykh, Troy, MI *80-83-84–247
27. Mac Murphy, Decatur, AL *84-81-86–251
28. Julio Bello, Valencia, Venezuela *86-85-81–252
29. Blaise Vanitvelt, Flint, MI *86-82-85–253
30. William Sheedy, Washington, DC *91-80-85–256
30. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *84-83-89–256
32. Alex Whitehead, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *82-88-88–258
33. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan *88-89-82–259
34. Shharad Arora, Bangalore, India *86-90-86–262
35. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *90-87-86–263
35. Jacob Smith, Yorba Linda, CA *87-88-88–263
37. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *85-93-89–267
38. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *90-85-93–268
38. Mike Donner, Hamburg, NY *87-88-93–268
40. Alexander Hollmann, Frankfurt, Germany *90-83-96–269
41. Ryan Miles, Greenwich, CT *94-96-93–283
41. Matthew Chorches, West Hartford, CT *81-92-110–283
43. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *95-92-97–284
44. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *104-114-91–309
DID NOT FINISH
Marco Lahmar, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *79-WD
Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Armand Cadieux, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *97-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division
Round 1 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 6,003 Yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (White Tees) Dyes Valley Course: 5,979 Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 6,003 Yards, Par 72

1. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *78-85-81–244
2. Ty Vanitvelt, Grand Blanc, MI *87-81-81–249
3. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *85-84-88–257
4. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *90-85-83–258
5. Luca Jumabhoy, Sydney, Australia *89-90-90–269
6. Zachary Locke, Horseheads, NY *100-100-102–302
6. Ben Miles, Ottawa, Canada *105-91-106–302
8. Nicholas Bohac, Ottawa, Canada *109-96-102–307

Girls Division
Round 1 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 5,720 Par 72
Round 2 – (White Tees) Dyes Valley Course: 5,775 Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 5,720 Yards, Par 72

1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *82-75-82–239
2. Caroline Hodge, Larchmont, NY *83-80-80–243
3. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *83-85-84–252
3. Kristin Whitehead, Johannesburg, South Africa *83-86-83–252
5. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *93-83-82–258
6. Erin Holmes, Cumberland, ME *92-83-86–261
7. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *89-81-92–262
8. Alice Hodge, Larchmont, NY *95-83-91–269
9. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *97-88-85–270
10. Bailey Plourde, Newcastle, ME *95-87-93–275
11. Camila Burnett, Bluffton, SC *100-93-92–285
12. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *95-104-95–294

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

 

Fall Highlights and Spring Preview

Following a successful fall season full of low scores, beautiful courses and even holes-in-one, the IJGT is excited to kick off its spring season with the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on January 17-18, 2015.

LOOKING BACK

During the fall season junior golfers had the opportunity to play a variety of world-renowned courses.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, the IJGT hosted the Thanksgiving Day Classic at the ever-famous TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. This tournament was one of the few three-day, 54-hole events. The junior golfers performed admirably on both THE PLAYERS Stadium and Dye’s Valley courses. Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, edged out Ben Albin of Santa Fe, N.M., to win the Boys 15-19 Division. Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Sam Ohno of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., tied for third. All of the top three finishers in the Boys 15-19 Division had a round at or below par and eights golfers across the three divisions carded eagles.

The Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass saw not one but two holes-in-one! In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Charles Larcelet of Geraudot, France, had an ace on the par-3 hole No. 14 on the Valley Course. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, carded a hole in one on the par-3 hole No. 8 on the Stadium Course.

Playing the iconic par-3 17th hole on THE PLAYERS Stadium course was a highlight of the fall season for many of the young golfers.

Dormie Club, No. 43 on the 2015-2016 edition of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, played home to the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club. Despite a course that proved to be challenging for the entire field, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., carded an impressive nine birdies during the tournament. Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, both had bogey-free streaks that lasted 16 holes.

The final event of the fall, the IJGA Invitational, was held at Sea Pines Resort where junior golfers had the opportunity to play both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links. The latter ranked No. 19 on Golf Digest’s 2015-2016 list of America’s 199 Greatest Public courses and ranked in the top 50 of Golf.com’s 2014 list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S. It is also the host of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

LOOKING FORWARD

The spring season features another selection of top-ranked courses. The first three tournaments are local to the Hilton Head/Bluffton area. On January 24-25, 2015, during the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, junior golfers and their families will have a chance to explore the host of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur. The Pete Dye course, where the Carolina Classic will be played, offers unobstructed views of Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean from 11 of its 18 holes.

The IJGT will travel to the west coast for the MAJOR Championship at Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco, Calif., on February 7-8, 2015. The Presidio Golf Course is one of the oldest courses on the west coast and has been a national historic landmark since 1962. An Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, it is located within a national park.

On Valentine’s Day weekend (February 14-15, 2015), the IJGT will be traveling to Kiawah Island to host the South Carolina Open. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island is ranked No. 20 on the 2015-2016 edition of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses list and third on their America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. This course was the first designed for a specific event, the 1991 Ryder Cup. Known for its challenging and unpredictable winds and spectacular ocean views, the Ocean course is No. 25 on Golf.com’s 2014 list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S.

The Major Championship at Duke University in Durham, N.C., on March 28-29, 2015, provides an excellent opportunity for junior golfers investigating college golf programs to explore Duke as well as the nearby University of North Carolina.

The Northeast Tour of the IJGT will host the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin on April 11-12, 2015. The junior golfers will have the chance to play both the PGA Tour-tested Mystic Rock and the par-70 The Links. Mystic Rock placed No. 60 on the 2015-2016 Golf Digest America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The following weekend, the Northeast Tour will travel to The Architects Golf Course in Lopatcong, N.J., for The Architects Cup.

On April 25-26, 2015, the IJGT will host a Major Championship at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace, Md. Bulle Rock sits at No. 45 on Golf Digest’s 2015-2016 list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The spring season will culminate with the highly anticipated Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The three-day, 54-hole event will take place on May 23-25, 2015. On the evening of May 24 the IJGT will announce its All-IJGT Team and Player of the Year honors for each division at the Night of Champions.

Juniors in all divisions will be competing for AJGA Performance Stars and national rankings. In addition, the winner of the Boys 15-19 Division will receive an exemption to the 2015 International Junior Masters tournament.

Well wishes to all of our juniors as we reflect graciously on the fall and welcome the spring. Good luck to all!

Lee’s swing featured in the IJGT Photo of the Week

The IJGT traveled to world-renowned TPC Sawgrass to host the Thanksgiving Day Classic. Junior golfers had the opportunity to play on both the Dye’s Valley and THE PLAYERS Stadium courses. After the tournament, fans chose this action shot of Christopher “Poppy” Lee of Loxahatchee, Fla., as the IJGT Photo of the Week.

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Christopher “Poppy” Lee

The Thanksgiving Day Classic was Lee’s first tournament of the season and despite being one of the youngest competitors in the field, the 11-year-old finished fifth in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Using his first round to warm up, Lee improved both his second and final rounds by at least two strokes. His second and third round both featured a birdie. The fifth place finish was Lee’s first top-five finish of his IJGT career. Congratulations to Lee!

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Go, Zeng earn IJGT Player of the Week honors (Dec. 2, 2014)

The IJGT traveled to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on November 27-29, for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass. The course, rated the top course to play in the state of Florida by Golfweek, did not disappoint, however the weather was a bit of a surprise for the “Sunshine State.” With cold mornings and windy afternoons, the juniors from all over the world were forced to plan each shot accordingly. Following the event, the IJGT is proud to award this week’s Player of the Week honors to Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Bunyaporn Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand.

Shiso Go

Shiso Go

Go, who was the Boys 15-19 Champion at the Major Championship at Dormie Club, started out slowly in round one on the Dye’s Valley Course with bogies on three of his first four holes. He finished the round by shooting a score of 82, which put him in a tie for 27th place.

Go rallied in the second round starting the day with an even-par score of 36 on the front nine with birdies on the par-5 No. 1 and the par-4 No. 6 on the back nine, Go was able to birdie three of the last five holes to give him some confidence moving into round three on Saturday. His round two score of 2-under par, 70, was enough to boost him into the top 10.

Round three was played on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course, home of THE PLAYERS Championship, and the course was in pristine condition. In round three Go once again played the front nine holes at even par, 36, carding birdies on holes No. 3, 6, and 9.  The back nine proved to be tough for the entire field but Go was still able to card three birdies on holes No. 12, 15, and 16, on his way to a final round total of 3-over par, 75. His 227 tournament total was good enough for a share of third place.

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Bunyaporn Zeng

Despite the cold weather, Bunyaporn Zeng started the weekend strong scoring par-or-better on 14 holes in the first round including a run of six pars in a row on the back nine. Her opening round score of 76 put her in third heading into the second round.

Although she struggled with bogeys in the second round, Zeng managed to finish the day at 79, good for fourth overall.

Zeng was hot in round three shooting one-under on the front nine with birdies on holes No. 5 and 9. She finished the day with an even-par 72, earning her the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award.

Congratulations to Shiso Go and Bunyaporn Zeng on earning IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass – Final results (Nov. 29, 2014)

Luo wins the Thanksgiving Day Classic in a come-from-behind effort
A hole-in-one highlights Larcelet’s first-ever IJGT win 

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The IJGT hosted the annual Thanksgiving Day Classic over the holiday weekend at TPC Sawgrass, the home of the PLAYERS Championship. The three-day event was held on November 27-29, 2014, and took place on both the Dye’s Valley and THE PLAYERS Stadium courses. More than 85 juniors competed for national rankings and IJGT merit points.

Luo-cropXue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, won the Boys 15-19 Division in a come-from-behind effort. Luo’s 74 and 75 in the first two rounds had him trailing divisional leaders but still in the hunt. In his best performance of the weekend, Luo improved on his round-two score to close the tournament with an even-par 72 and moved into first with a three-day total 221. Luo began the tournament with momentum, stringing together seven consecutive pars before carding an eagle on the par-5 No. 8 of the Valley Course. Despite seeing a few bogeys in round two, Luo countered with three birdies to keep him in the running. Finishing strong, Luo aimed for consistency and used three birdies to finish the tournament with a 2-under back nine.

“My focus coming into today was to stay calm and play my own game,” said Luo.

Luo’s score of 72 in the final round earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female juniors to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

In second was Ben Albin of Santa Fe, N.M., with scores of 77-70-78 to finish with a tournament total 225. Sharing third was Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Sam Ohno of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The pair finished with tournament totals of 227.

Charles Larcelet copyIn his first IJGT event of his career, Charles Larcelet of Geraudot, France, controlled the Boys 14 & Under all the way to victory. Combining scores of 77-73-80 for a total of 230, Larcelet finished a staggering 16 strokes ahead of the division. He opened with consistency by carding 13 pars. Moving on to his best round of the tournament, Larcelet birdied the par-5 No. 1 before going on to record the first hole-in-one of the tournament on the par-3 No. 14 for eagle. Thanks to the lead he generated in the first two rounds, a struggle with bogeys was not enough to derail Larcelet’s route to victory.

“I was stressed going into today but happy overall with my performance,” said Larcelet.

Rounding out the top three for the Boys 14 & Under Division was Dong Jin Park of Seoul, in second and Alex Whitehead of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., in third. Park finished with a total 246 and Whitehead finished with a total of 250.

 

 

Yunjie Zhang copyYunjie Zhang of Haikou City, China, was victorious in the Girls Division. After round one, she shared the lead but consistent performances in rounds two and three allowed her to pull ahead and take a commanding eight-stroke lead for the win. Three birdies in round one helped Zhang to a 3-over 75 to share the lead with Chomachana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Zhang improved by three strokes in round two after scoring par or better on 17 of 18 holes and took control of the division with her second round score of even-par 72. Four more birdies highlighted a second even-par performance to keep Zhang in first with a three-day total of 219.

“I was nervous on the range but birdies three of the first four holes and that calmed me down,” said Zhang.

The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls went to both Zhang and Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, for their even-par scores of 72 in the third and final round.

Zeng finished in second with a tournament-total 227 while Phuchanbanchob finished third with a total 231.

Chandler McDowell of Alberta, Canada, also recorded a hole-in-one on the par-3 No. 8 of the Stadium Course.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on December 6-7, 2014, for the Savannah Junior at The Landings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.. – Final Results of the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on November 27-29, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Dye’s Valley Course – Blue Tees – 6,668 yards Par 72; Round 3 Stadium Course – Blue Tees – 6, 669 yards Par 72 (Round 1 & 2: 72.6/131; Round 3: 74.0/146). Boys 14 & Under Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Dye’s Valley Course – White Tees – 6,227 yards, Par 72; Round 3 Stadium Course – White Tees – 6,079 yards Par 72 (Round 1 & 2: 70.6/130; Round 3: 70.8/137). Girls Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Dye’s Valley Course – Green Tees – 5,895 yards Par 72; Round 3 Stadium Course – Green Tees – 5, 718 yards Par 72 (Round 1 & 2: 77.2/146; Round 3: 76.5/151).

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Dormie Club
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
November 27-29, 2014 

Boys 15-19 Division
Rounds 1 & 2 – (Blue Tees) Dye’s Valley Course: 6,668 Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Blue Tees) Stadium Course: 6,669 Yards, Par 72

1. Xue Wen Luo, Haikou, China *74-75-72–221
2. Ben Albin, Santa Fe, NM *77-70-78–225
3. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *82-70-75–227
3. Sam Ohno, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *71-77-79–227
5. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA *78-76-75–229
6. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *76-76-78–230
6. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *79-72-79–230
8. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *77-81-74–232
8. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico *76-79-77–232
10. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *77-77-83–237
11. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *79-81-79–239
11. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *81-79-79–239
13. Devin Deogun, Orchard Lake, MI *80-83-77–240
13. Graydon Kent, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *76-83-81–240
13. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *82-76-82–240
16. Eric Costa, Largo, FL *78-79-84–241
17. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *83-81-78–242
17. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *79-78-85–242
19. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *80-84-81–245
19. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *82-82-81–245
19. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *77-84-84–245
22. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *78-83-85–246
22. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *80-79-87–246
24. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *81-84-82–247
24. James Murphy, New York, NY *86-79-82–247
26. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *81-86-81–248
27. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *85-81-83–249
27. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *82-85-82–249
29. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *86-86-78–250
29. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *83-82-85–250
29. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *80-83-87–250
32. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *88-82-81–251
32. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *86-79-86–251
34. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *79-89-84–252
35. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *83-88-82–253
35. Connor Downey, Franklin, TN *84-81-88–253
35. Clifford Lindholm, Montclair, NJ *81-79-93–253
38. David Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA *88-81-85–254
39. Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA *85-86-86–257
39. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *85-82-90–257
41. Michael Guay, Chelmsford, MA *100-75-84–259
41. Gustav Tegel, Miami Beach, FL *87-82-90–259
43. Rohit Sirosh, Bellevue, WA *89-83-88–260
43. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *78-90-92–260
45. Titus Sung, Roslyn Heights, NY *90-87-88–265
46. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *91-83-92–266
46. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *84-88-94–266
48. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *88-90-89–267
49. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *88-91-90–269
50. Karan Bhasin, Mishref *95-84-91–270
50. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *78-92-100–270
52. Rich Streicher, Bluffton, OH *87-95-94–276
53. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *88-100-97–285
54. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *98-93-99–290
54. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *93-96-101–290
56. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *103-91-100–294
57. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *97-93-108–298

DID NOT FINISH

WD. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, *
DQ. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA * (Rule 6-3a)
JWD. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea *105-111-0–216
JWD. Prescott Butler, Old Westbury, NY *

Boys 14 & Under Division
Rounds 1 & 2 – (White Tees) Dye’s Valley Course: 6,227Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 6,079 Yards, Par 72

1. Charles Larcelet, Geraudot, France *77-73-80–230
2. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *82-83-81–246
3. Alex Whitehead, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *84-82-84–250
4. Yujie Jin, Windermere, FL *88-90-83–261
5. Poppy Lee, Loxahatchee, FL *91-88-89–268
6. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *97-95-86–278
7. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-100-93–279
8. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *96-101-101–298
9. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *113-111-113–337

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Brett Schell, St Augustine, FL *80-78-85—243 (Rule 6-6b)

Girls Division
Rounds 1 & 2 – (Green Tees) Dye’s Valley Course: 5,895 Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Green Tees) Stadium Course: 5,718 Yards, Par 72

1. Yunjie Zhang, Haikou City, China *75-72-72–219
2. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *76-79-72–227
3. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *75-77-79–231
4. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *78-84-80–242
5. Kristin Whitehead, Johannesburg, South Africa *83-86-76–245
5. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *82-82-81–245
7. Mind Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *82-82-82–246
7. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *82-80-84–246
9. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *84-87-76–247
10. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *81-81-86–248
11. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *85-77-87–249
11. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-84-82–249
13. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *87-82-83–252
14. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *88-86-82–256
15. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *90-85-85–260
16. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *85-85-94–264
17. Dylaney Day, Toronto, ON *93-84-92–269
18. Allison Herring, Skillman, NJ *91-98-90–279
19. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *99-95-86–280
20. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *91-94-99–284
21. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *87-105-100–292

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Hannah Berman, Ponte Vedra, FL *88-87-0–175

Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass – Round two recap (Nov. 28, 2014)

Early morning frost made an attempt to deter the second round of the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass but within the hour delay, the sun prevailed, allowing juniors to return to the tee. The Boys 15-19 Division kicked off day two at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Girls and the Boys 14 & Under. With one final round still unplayed, we see both stamina from divisional leaders as well as lead changes. In review, each division’s leader’s round, in numbers, are below.

After a standout performance, Ben Albin of Santa Fe, N.M., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

70 – his 2-under-par round-two score

17 – he recorded par or better on 17 of 18 holes

7 – he improved his opening round’s  score by seven strokes to move into first

3 – total number of birdies on his round

Holding on to the lead of the Boys 14 & Under Division is Charles Larcelet of Geraudot, France. His round in numbers:

73 – his 1-over-par round two score

8 – he increased his lead to eight strokes

1 – he carded a hole-in-one for eagle on the par-3 No. 14 (his second hole-in-one this week)

Gaining full ownership of the lead after round two is Yunjie Zhang of Haikou City, China. Her round in numbers:

72 – her even-par score for round two

17 – she was par-or-better on 17 of 18 holes, including a birdie on the par-5 No. 17

5 – she now leads the division by five strokes

The third and final round at TPC Sawgrass will take place tomorrow, November 29, 2014, with tee times starting at 8:30 a.m. For full results from round two, click here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass – Round one recap (Nov. 27, 2014)

After a two week hiatus from tournament play, the IJGT was eager to hit the road to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass. Before consuming any turkey for the U.S. holiday, juniors teed off on the Dye Course beginning at 8:30 a.m. for the first of three rounds. The No. 9-ranked resort golf course in the United States and a top-ranked golf course in Florida, by Golfweek magazine, TPC Sawgrass is one of the most anticipated venues of the IJGT schedule. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

The Boys 15-19 Division is led by Ponte Vedra Beach local, Sam Ohno. His round in numbers:

71 – his 1-under-par round one score

11 – his longest par-or-better streak including three consecutive birdies to finish his round

3 – the number of strokes he leads the division by

1 – the Thanksgiving Day Classic is Ohno’s first IJGT event

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Charles Larcelet of Geraudot, France, leads. His round in numbers:

77 – his round one score to carry the lead

13 – total number of pars on the round

3 – Larcelet leads the division by three

1 – Larcelet leads in his first IJGT event

Yunjie Zhang of Haikou City, China, and Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, share the lead of the Girls Division. Their rounds in numbers:

ZHANG:

75 – the leading round one score of the division posted by both Zhang and Phuchanbanchob

6 – her longest par-or-better streak coming on holes No. 6 through 11

3 – total number of birdies on the day

PHUCHANBANCHOB:

37 – her best nine of the day came with a 1-over front-nine

2 – she finished second in last year’s Thanksgiving Day Classic

1 – she and Zhang lead the division by just one stroke after the opening round. Phuchanbanchob also has a single eagle on the par-5 No. 16

The second round at TPC Sawgrass will take place tomorrow, November 28, 2014, with tee times starting at 8:30 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

IJGT Top Venues found in Golf Digests 100 Greatest Public Courses

2013-14 Ranking: America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses

 

Golf Digest’s recent release of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses featured 6 IJGT host venues – yet another way that IJGT provides Top Venues in its incredible lineup!

Check out the host venues that are in the top 100 below.  Which of the other courses on that list would you like to see host an IJGT Event in the future?

 

On the opposite coast from Pacific Dunes and far different. Some might call The Ocean Course a links, but water comes into play with annoying frequency and only some of the greens accept low, running approach shots, on Paspalum turf that is not conducive to bump-and-run. The Ocean Course is simply another example of the ingenuity and versatility of designer Pete Dye. Anyone who finds a resemblance to Dye’s Whistling Straits in this course is pulling your leg.

 

When TPC Sawgrass first opened, most tour pros hated it. (Remember Jack Nicklaus’s description of those original greens? Like hitting a 5-iron onto the hood of a Volkswagen, he said.) So Pete Dye ripped up 10 greens to make them fairer. No need for average players to dread this fantasy come to life. Dye insists he designed the course so high handicappers can shoot their handicap if they’ll simply use the appropriate tees and tack their way around the course, ignoring the heroic carries where real disaster awaits.

 

The 16th at Harbour Town has contributed a term to golf. Back when Pete Dye was building the course, he was asked to dispose of a huge quantity of sewer sludge from housing developments on Hilton Head, so he dug a big pit to the left of the par-4 16th, had it dumped in there, then covered it with acres of sand. The late golf writer Charlie Price, who lived on the island, took one look at it and dubbed it a “waste bunker.” Actually, that’s the sanitized version of what he called it. But “waste bunker” is the term that stuck.

 

The resort continues to credit H.S. Colt for its Seaside design, but in truth the present Seaside Course is purely Tom Fazio, who incorporated an original Colt-designed nine (called Seaside) along with the Marshland 9 designed by Joe Lee in 1974 to create a new 18 hole course. But in keeping with the resort’s heritage, Fazio styled his new course in the manner of Colt, with big clamshell bunkers as well as exposed sand dunes off most of the windswept fairways.

 

Mystic Rock is one of the more curious courses Pete Dye ever designed, with mostly oval greens and rectangular bunkers. Because many holes were blasted from rock, some holes have fields of boulders in the rough and all water hazards are bulkheaded with stacked stone. The course concludes with Dye’s favorite finish, a gambling par-5 16th, a 17th over water (in this case, 205 yards over water) and a now-strong par-4 18th. Mystic Rock’s 18th was rebuilt and lengthened before the course first hosted a PGA Tour event, the 84 Lumber Classic from 2003 to 2006.

 

Another great course built from a farm, this one the old Blenheim Farm that had been the home of many thoroughbred race horses. Indeed, Bulle Rock is named for a direct descendant of the very first thoroughbred stud brought to America. Dye’s bold design spreads over 275 acres, with no homesites or amenities other than golf. Besides being named America’s Best New Upscale Public Course of 1998, Bulle Rock hosted the LPGA Championship from 2005 through 2009.

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IJGT Players of the Week – Nov. 29-Dec. 1

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Ponte Vedra, Fla.  The three-day, 54-hole tournament was held over Thanksgiving weekend and featured 105 players. The tournament consisted of two rounds on Pete Dye’s Valley Course, with the final round being played at TPC Sawgrass’s renowned Stadium Course. The IJGT Player of the Week honors for Nov. 29-Dec. 1 go to Ryan Davis of Berkeley Heights, NJ and Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Cake PPhuchanbanchob, a 16 year old in the Girls Division, played very consistent throughout the weekend.  She shot the best score in the Girls Division on the Valley Course. She finished her first round with a score of 5-over-par 77. For the second round Phuchanbanchob managed to shoot 6-over-par, 78 with 20 mph winds and difficult weather conditions.  Phuchanbanchob was battling Rei Nakatani this whole weekend. Nakatani outlasted Phuchanbanchob on the last day to take home the victory, with Phuchanbanchob finishing second. Her second place finish her best finish this year on the IJGT. Phuchanbanchob finished with a tournament total of 27-over-par, 243. Phuchanbanchob will use her second place finish as a momentum builder for upcoming events.

photo (16)Ryan Davis found himself in a tie for 18th place after the first two rounds on the Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass.  Davis battled the high winds and shot scores of 89 on Friday and 83 on Saturday.  The final round brought less winds and warmer temperatures and Davis took advantage.  Playing in the fourth group off No. 1, Davis was able to make an early charge at the leaders.  A front nine score of 39, with three bogeys and six pars, put him at 3-over heading to the back nine.  During the back nine, Davis shot 1-under, highlighted by two birdies.  With a final round of 74, Davis cracked the top 10 for the first time in his IJGT career.  His 74 was the second-lowest final round score in the Boys 15-19 Division.  Davis will look to get off to a hot start in the 2014 season after his top 10 finish over the weekend.