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IJGT announces All-IJGT Teams and Players of the Year

International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) announces All-IJGT Teams

Shiso Go, Jack Halleron and Victoria Parker named IJGT Players of the Year

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is pleased to announce its Players of the Year and All-IJGT Teams.

Shiso GoShiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, is the Boys 15-19 Division Player of the Year. Go placed in the top 10 in all 10 IJGT events he competed in this season, including wins at the IJGT College Series at NC State, the Major Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational. His lowest score of the season was a 3-under 69, which he carded twice.

The rest of the Boys 15-19 Division All-IJGT Team includes: Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, Mark Benevento of Somers Pt., N.J., Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., and Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India.

 

Jack HalleronJack Halleron of Timonium, Md., won five IJGT events, including three Majors, to earn IJGT Player of the Year honors for the Boys 14 & Under Division. Halleron placed in the top two in all seven events he competed in and won the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club, the Major Championship at Duke University, the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club, the Major Championship at Bulle Rock and the College Series at the University of Maryland. His lowest round was a 1-under 70 at the University of Maryland.

The rest of the Boys 14 & Under All-IJGT Team includes: Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Ayushman Jaiswal of Bangalore, India, John Updike of Wayne, Pa., Lou Baker of Timonium, Md., and TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y.

 

Victoria ParkerVictoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., is the Girls Division IJGT Player of the Year. Parker captured three IJGT titles at the College Series at Penn State University, the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club and the St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club. Her lowest round was a 1-under 71, which she carded during the first round of the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club.

The rest of the Girls Division All-IJGT Team includes: Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C., and Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C.

The IJGT Tour Rankings are based on IJGT Merit Points, which are awarded to the top 10 finishers at every IJGT event. Double merit points are awarded at Major Championships.

Boys 15-19 Division All-IJGT Team

Shiso Go
Jason Stokes
Conor Byrne
Tennoshin Ogawa
Xue Wen Luo
Santiago Diaz
Mark Benevento
Trey Wren
Kyle Vance
Ritwik Jain

Boys 14 & Under Division All-IJGT Team

Jack Halleron
Luke Sample
Ford Bennett
Evan Greenplate
Jake Calamaro
Chase Phillips
Ayushman Jaiswal
John Updike
Lou Baker
TJ Buck
 

Girls Division All-IJGT Team

Victoria Parker
Sera Tadokoro
Madison Braman
Kelly Whaley
Shannon Brooks
Ankita Kedlaya
Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng
Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob
Sophie Guo
Kayla Kozak

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, EyeLine Golf and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

Decahthipat, Wren among IJGT Players of the Week

Southeast Tour

The IJGT Southeast Tour traveled to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to host the BGGA Orlando Open on May 9-10, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Southeast Tour is pleased to name Mai Decahthipat of Bangkok, Thailand, and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., as IJGT Players of the Week.

Mai Decahthipat

Decahthipat knocked eight strokes off her round one 80 to card an even-par 72 in round two. She had five birdies in the second round including back-to-back birdies on the par-4 11th and par-3 12th holes. Her 152 tournament total was good for ninth in the Girls Division.

Trey Wren

Wren bounced back from his first round 80 to shoot a 2-under 70 in the second round. Wren started round two on the 10th hole and finished his front nine with a 2-over 38. He started his front nine strong with birdies on the par-5 first and par-3 second holes. He made par or better on holes No. 1 through 9 including an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole. He finished his back nine with a 4-under 32. His 150 tournament total landed him in a tie for 10th in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Northeast Tour

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Hershey, Pa., to host the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club on May 9-10, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Northeast Tour is proud to name Peter Bradbeer of Philadelphia, Pa., and Christine Shao of Green Brook, N.J., as IJGT Players of the Week.

Peter Bradbeer

Bradbeer shaved 17 strokes off his round one 87 to card a 1-under 70 in round two, good enough to earn the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. All of Bradbeer’s three birdies came in the second round. He birdied the par-5 first, par-4 fifth and par-4 15th holes. His 157 tournament total landed him in sixth place in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Chrisine Shao

Shao improved on her round one 90 by 11 strokes to shoot 79 in round two. She finished the tournament in a tie for fourth in the Girls Division with a 169 two-day total. She birdied the par-4 fifth hole in both rounds.

Congratulations to Mai Decahthipat, Trey Wren, Peter Bradbeer and Christine Shao on being named the IJGT Players of the Week!

 

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Tour Preview

Bridgestone TOC feat image

The IJGT’s biggest, most exciting event of the season, the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, will be held on May 23-25, 2015, at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and bragging rights during the three-day, 54-hole event.

Additionally, the Tournament of Champions offers exemptions into a variety of first-class events. The Boys 15-19 Division champion will be invited to the Players Amateur, the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, the International Junior Masters, the North American Junior Amateur and the South Carolina Junior Golf Association Beth Daniel Junior Azalea. The runner-up in the Boys 15-19 Division will also receive an exemption to the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.

Grand Cypress 1

The top-scoring individual in the Girls Division will be invited to the North American Junior Amateur, the South Atlantic Women’s Amateur Championship and the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea. The runner-up in the Girls Division will also receive an exemption to the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.

The event will begin with a welcome reception for the players and their families. On Sunday evening, the IJGT will announce the All-IJGT Team and Player of the Year for each division during the Night of Champions. Following the final round on Monday, there will be a special TOC Awards Ceremony. Everyone who registers for the Tournament of Champions will also receive a ticket to Universal Studios, ensuring they can have fun both at the park and on the course!

During the tournament, juniors will have the opportunity to play the North & East Nines and the New Course. Unlike other Orlando courses, the North and East Nines test accuracy as opposed to strength and distance. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the North (and South) Nines were opened in 1984 and the East Nine was opened two years later in 1986.

Also designed by Nicklaus, the New Course features challenging bunkers and steep slopes. The course pays homage to the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. The links-style course features double greens, a winding creek and stone bridges. The New Course doesn’t use many bodies of water or clusters of trees to challenge golfers, but it does include 150 pot bunkers, some as deep as 12 feet!

Naturally, the Tournament of Champions features the winners from many IJGT tournament throughout the season. Below is a list of champions from the past season who are competing in this year’s event.

Boys 15-19 Division

Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland — IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National and IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan — Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear

Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico — Savannah Junior at The Landings and Carolina Classic at Colleton River

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan — IJGT College Series at NC State, Major Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational. Go was just named the IJGT Player of the Year in the Boys 15-19 Division. He tied for 11th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India — IJGT Oldfield Junior. Jain finished 10th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Michael Jones of Potomac, Md. — IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club

Douglas Kulikowski of Pittsford, N.Y. — College Series at Penn State University

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan — IJGT Junior at Colleton River and IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield. He tied for 14th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Benjamin Morris of Reisterstown, Md. — Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin

Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y. — IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay

Dominic Wagner of Alexandria, Va. — IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill Golf Club

Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. —  Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation. He tied for 25th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. He will be playing college golf at Temple University next year.

Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., won the Boys 15-19 Division of last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

Girls Division

Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa. — IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club

Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India — IJGT Junior at Colleton River, Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor and IJGT Oldfield Junior

Holly McCann of Raleigh, N.C. — IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan — IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall, Savannah Junior at The Landings and the IJGA Invitational. She finished 10th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y. — The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club and IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay

Boys 14 & Under Division

TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y. — The Architects Cup Presented by the IJGA and St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club

Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa. — Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin

Tristan Galant of Cape Town, South Africa — BGGA Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista

Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C. — College Series at Penn State University and IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes

Bronson Myers of Columbia, S.C. — Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear

Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif. — Arizona Open at Wigwam. This will be his fifth consecutive Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions; he finished 16th in last year’s event.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C. — IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

Luke Sample of New York, N.Y. — IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club and Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates. You can find tee times and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear – Round One Recap (May 2, 2015)

The IJGT Southeast Tour remained in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear. Juniors teed off in warm and sunny conditions beginning at 8 a.m. for round one of the two-day, 36-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Colton Tanner of Westport, Conn., and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., are tied for the lead in the Boys 15-19 Division. Their rounds in numbers:

TANNER

72 – His even-par round one score to share the lead

5 – He and Wren each carded a division-high five birdies

4.0 – His average on par-4s

WREN

3 – He carded a division-best three consecutive birdies on holes No. 2 through 4

5 – He carded five birdies on the front nine

33 – His 3-under score on the front nine

Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, and Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C., share the lead in the Girls Division. Their rounds in numbers:

CHEE

72 – Her even-par score to share the lead

10 – Her division-high 10-hole par-or-better streak came on holes No. 8 through 17

4.8 – Her average on par-5s

GUO

35 – She carded a 1-under 35 on the front nine

5 – She carded a division-best five birdies in round one

2.8 – Her average on par-3s

Bronson Myers of Columbia, S.C., leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

76 – His round one score to carry the lead

2 – His two birdies came on the par-3 fourth and par-5 18th holes

2.8 – His division-best average on par-3s

The second round of the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear will take place tomorrow, May 3, 2015, with tee times beginning at 8 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 the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

The Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista Presented by BGGA – Tour Preview

Lake Buena Vista feat image

The IJGT Southeast Tour will travel to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to host The Orlando Open at Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course presented by BGGA on May 9-10, 2015. Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

The course, designed by Joe Lee, has hosted the PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour and USGA events. It is a certified Audubon Cooperative Wildlife Sanctuary and earned a 4-star rating from Golf Digest.

The course’s most notable feature is elevated greens, which make accurate approach shots essential for low scores. The par-3 seventh hole offers a unique challenge as it features an island green.

The IJGT will host a one-day, nine-hole Discovery Tour event for juniors ages 8-12 (as of September 1, 2015) on May 9.

Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division. He is looking for his third IJGT victory of the season having won the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in January and the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall in April. Wataru Koguchi of Fukuoka, Japan, will look to add a second IJGT title to his name; he won the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall in November. Frederic Ruess of Hamburg, Germany, and Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, are coming off a tie for third in last weekend’s Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear. They will look to outdo one another at Lake Buena Vista. Rounding out the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division is Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. Wren will aim to add a second IJGT title to his resume, he won the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation in February.

In the Girls Division, keep an eye on Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn. Whaley, who will be playing college golf at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill next season, has won all three IJGT events she’s competed in this season: the IJGT College Series at NC State in September, the Major Championship at Dormie Club in November and the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation in February. Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, is also seeking her fourth IJGT win of the season. Her victories include the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall in November and the Savannah Junior at The Landings and IJGA Invitational in December. Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng are both looking for their third IJGT wins of the season. Zeng has finished in the top-four in all five IJGT tournaments she’s competed in this season. Finally, Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, and Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, are coming off a second-place and third-place finish, respectively, in last weekend’s Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates. You can find tee times and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

Wren, Phuchanbanchob earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Feb. 24, 2015

The IJGT traveled to Savannah, Ga., on February 21-22, 2015, to host the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor. Although frost and sun showers threatened the fun on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, both days turned out to be pleasant. Both rounds of the two-day, 36-hole event began with a shotgun start. Following the event, the IJGT is pleased to award Player of the Week honors to Suffolk, Va., native Trey Wren  and Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Trey Wren...Photo by Kira E. Jones

Wren made par or better on every hole but one on the front nine in round two. He carded four birdies in the second round, and six total. He finished round two with an even-par 72 giving him a tournament total of 150 and tying him for fourth in his division. Wren is currently ranked seventh in the Boys 15-19 Division of the International Junior Golf Tour.

Cake Phuchanbanchob...Photo by Kira E. Jones

Phuchanbanchob also made par or better on every hole but one on the front nine in round two, including a birdie on the par-4 ninth hole. She knocked four strokes off her round one 6-over 78 to shoot a 2-over 74 in round two. Her tournament total of 152 landed her in a tie for sixth place in the Girls Division. Phuchanbanchob currently ranks eighth in the Girls Division of the International Junior Golf Tour.

Congratulations to both Trey Wren and Cake Phuchanbanchob on their IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation – Final Results (Feb. 1, 2015)

Wren takes title in come-from-behind win
Whaley and Jaiswal best their fields

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The IJGT hosted Lowcountry Junior at the local venue, Wexford Plantation Golf Club on January, 1 – February, 2, 2015. The 36-hole event marked the third event in the IJGT’s Southeast Tour this spring and the line-up included 35 junior golfers between the ages of 10 and 19. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were at stake for competitors.

trey

Trey Wren, of Suffolk, Va., came from behind and took home the win at the Lowcountry Junior. Coming off of a solid performance last weekend in a three-player playoff at the Carolina Classic, he carded an 86 in the first round with only one birdie. Then, in the final round he carded four birdies on the front nine alone and added one more on the back. His score for the final round was 71 making his scores for the weekend 86 and 71 for a total of 157.

Wren’s 1-under final round also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the second weekend in a row. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award goes to the boy and girl each week with the lowest final round scores.

Second place in the Boys 15-19 Division went to Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, with scores of 77 and 81 for a total of 158. Cheng, who had led after day one of competition, was bested by Wren’s birdie-laden final round. Third place was a tie between Matthew Cesare of Milford, Conn., and Lee Hammerschmidt of Armonk, N.Y., with scores of 85-75—160 and 78-82—160, respectively. 

Kelly

In the Girls Division, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., took home the title and the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with scores of 82 and 70 for a tournament total of 152. The senior IJGA student who recently signed to play NCAA DI golf at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill credited her success today to her putting, “I made 29 putts today so my putting really helped.”

Whaley’s performance in the final round started out with a bang as she carded an eagle on her very first hole of the day. She added three more birdies and 11 pars to her scorecard and posted the lowest score of the entire tournament.

Behind Whaley was Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, who finished the day in second with scores of 87 and 82 for a total of 169 while Bluffton, S.C., native Sophia Burnett took third place with scores of 82 and 90 for a tournament total of 172 in her IJGT debut.

ayushmaan

Ayushmaan Jaiswal of New Dehli, India, took home top honors in the Boys 14 & Under Division with scores of 92 and 90 for a tournament total of 182. Second place went to Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China.

For full results, click here.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course on February 7-8, 2015. The Major Championship will be held at the famous Presidio Golf Course in San Fransisco, Ca. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Final Results of the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on January 31- February 1, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,669 yards Par 72 (73.0/144). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,110 yards, Par 72 (70.6/128). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5,724 yards, Par 72 (74.1/130).

International Junior Golf Tour
Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation
Hilton Head Island, SC
January 31 – February 1, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,669 yards, Par 72

1. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *86-71–157
2. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *77-81–158
3. Matthew Cesare, Milford, CT *85-75–160
3. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *78-82–160
5. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *84-77–161
5. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *85-76–161
7. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *87-78–165
7. Feng Chen, Baoding City *83-82–165
9. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *86-81–167
9. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *87-80–167
9. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *86-81–167
9. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *82-85–167
13. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *90-78–168
14. Teddy Zinsner, Alexandria, VA *82-87–169
15. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *85-85–170
16. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *87-85–172
17. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *94-84–178
18. Trent Dickerson, Guyton, GA *95-85–180
19. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *92-89–181
20. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *91-91–182
21. Logan Stefanko, Plymouth, MI *100-91–191
21. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *86-105–191

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *97 (Rule 6-3a)
JWD. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *84

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,110 yards, Par 72

1. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *92-90–182
2. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *106-94–200

Girls Division- Red Tees, 5,724 yards, Par 72

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *82-70–152
2. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *87-82–169
3. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *82-90–172
4. Katelyn Martin, North Prairie, WI *91-93–184
5. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *105-96–201
5. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *99-102–201
7. Camila Burnett, Bluffton, SC *103-110–213

Kedlaya, Benevento among junior to earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Oct. 14, 2014

SOUTHEAST

The IJGT traveled to Orlando, Fla., on October 11-12, 2014, to host the Florida Junior at The Palm Course at Walt Disney Resort. The hot and humid climate did not affect the 51 juniors as they produced low rounds on both days.

The Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Tour go to Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., and Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India.

wren

On day one, Wren got off to a hot start by posting a birdie on his first hole and stringing together pars on six of his following seven holes before finishing the front nine with a score of 1-over-par.  His back nine went just as well, with pars on seven of the nine holes giving him a total round one score of 3-over 75.  Wren returned in round two with similar momentum and added par on the first seven consecutive holes leading up to a birdie on No. 8.  Wren’s final nine holes were played at one under par, including three birdies and four pars.  Wren took home the second place trophy with his final round score of 71 and an overall score of 146.

kedlaya

Kedlaya opened her first round with par on four front-nine holes before really heating up and carding par on eight of her back-nine holes to finish the day at 78. She continued sharp play in round two with six pars on the front nine, four of which were consecutive, before adding a birdie on No. 8. Kedlaya’s scores of 78 and 74 were her lowest scores to date on the IJGT with her round two 74 earning her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round for the girls. Kedlaya’s overall score of 152 helped her to finish second.

Thanks to outstanding play and their second place finishes, both Wren and Kedlaya qualified for the North American Junior Amateur Championship to be held in Arizona on December 31, 2014 – January 3, 2015. The Florida Junior at Disney Resort was a qualifying tournament, granting and invitation to  the top two boys and top two girls.

NORTHEAST

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to Bronx, N.Y., for the first-ever tournament at Pelham Bay Golf Club, to host The IJGT Junior Open. Despite some rain during round one and cold and windy conditions on both days, there was great golf performances the entire weekend. The IJGT is proud to award the Northeast Player of the Week honors to Mark Benevento of Somers Point, N.J., and Soona Lee-Tolley of New York, N.Y.

Benevento

Benevento, having placed second in The Architects Cup on October 4-5, 2014, looked to come out and shoot for an even greater performance.  Benevento’s round one score of 75 left him two shots off of the lead.  Knowing he needed to play great golf in round two to assume the lead, Benevento improved his round by three strokes for a even-par 71. Despite missing the title by two strokes, Benevento said, “My goal for each round is make great shots and improve from the day before. I am happy with how round two went today.” His second-place finish at the IJGT Junior Open becomes his fourth top-five finish in as many events.

Lee-Tolley

After round one, Lee-Tolley sat in third place but was eager for more. Returning for round two with a fire in her belly, Lee-Tolley used consistent putting for par to cut five strokes from her round one score. Her round two 78 also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls. This allowed her to move up the leader board and into second place. With just one less par than winner Madison Braman, Lee-Tolley used 20 total pars to prove her determination and consistency, helping her to earn this week’s Player of the Week honors.

Congratulations to Wren, Kedlaya, Benevento and Lee-Tolley on earning the IJGT Player of the Week honors this week!

Florida Junior at Disney Resort – Final results (Oct. 12, 2014)

Luo comes from behind to win the Boys 15-19 Division
Zeng nabs her first win of the season 

The IJGT’s fall season saw weather resembling summer as the Southeast Tour headed south to host the Florida Junior at Disney Resort on October 11-12, 2014. A field of 53 juniors competed in the two-day 36-hole tournament on the Palm Course for IJGT merit points and national rankings. The tournament was a qualifier for the North American Junior Amateur Championship to be held in Litchfield Park, Ariz., at the Wigwam Resort on December 30, 2014 – January 3, 2015. The top two juniors in the Boys 15-19 Division and top two in the Girls Divisions will qualify for the international event.

DSC06760 copyIn a come-from-behind effort, Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division. Following a round one performance that featured some trouble with bogeys, Luo bounced back in round two to shave seven strokes from his score. Three strokes stood between Luo and then leader Cameron Clair of Bluffton, S.C., but a staggering seven birdies led him to card a 3-under 69 and move into first. He combined scores of 76 and 69 for a tournament total 145. Luo’s second round 69 also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior with the lowest score of the final round of tournament play.

Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., scored par or better on 15 of 18 holes in his fight for first but finished one stroke shy in second place with a two-day total 146. In third was Maurizio De Bono of Basiglio, Italy, with a score of 151. Both Luo and Wren qualified for the North American Junior Amateur Championship with their performances.

“I had seven birdies because I was putting really well,” said Luo about the key to his performance in round two.

 

DSC06757 copyFrancis Li of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., won the Boys 14 & Under Division after leading in both rounds. A 1-over-par 73 in round one put Li in the lead by seven strokes. Despite some struggles in round two, Li went on to add a round two score of 78 to hold onto the lead. Li finished seven strokes ahead of second place finisher Mariano Leyva of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Leyva shot a two-day total 158. Rounding out the top three was Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, with a total 161.

“My mental game was a big improvement. I felt good and kept calm the whole time,” said Li.

 

 

DSC06754 copyBunyaporn Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, carded a tournament total 149 to win the Girls Division. Scoring par or better on 12 of 18 holes in round one, including four birdies, Zeng gained the divisional lead.  Twelve additional pars and an eagle on the par-5 No. 14 in round two allowed her to come out on top, three strokes ahead of second-place finisher Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India. Kedlaya carded scores of 78 and 74 for a two-day total 152. Third-place finisher Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, scored a total 154. A second-round 2-over 74 for both Kedlaya and Tadokoro earned the pair the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Zeng and Kedlaya also qualified for the North American Junior Amateur Championship.

“I focused on my putting [in round two] and it saved me a lot. I was in a bogey streak but was able to come out of it with par and an eagle,” said Zeng.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 18-19, 2014. The Southeast Tour will host the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters and the Northeast Tour will host the College Series at Penn State University. To sign up for these events, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – Final Results of the Florida Junior at Walt Disney World Resort conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 11-12, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,816 yards, Par 72 (73.1/130). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,198 yards, Par 72 (71.2/125). Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,855 yards, Par 72 (74.1/134)

Weather:                    Sunny with temperatures in the Low 90s, winds 5-7 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 3-5 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Florida Junior at Walt Disney World Resort – Palm
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
October 11-12, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees) – 6,816 yards, Par 72

1. Xue Wen Luo, Haikou, China *76-69–145
2. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *75-71–146
3. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *76-75–151
4. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *80-72–152
4. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *73-79–152
6. Masahi Yano, Aichi, Japan *77-76–153
7. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *81-75–156
7. Tsukasa Kimishima, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *78-78–156
7. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *75-81–156
10. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *83-74–157
10. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *77-80–157
10. Dante Davis, Brandon, FL *78-79–157
10. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *75-82–157
14. Jasper Lee, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *84-74–158
14. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-79–158
14. Kase Diehl, Charlotte, NC *80-78–158
17. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *81-78–159
18. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *78-82–160
19. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *84-77–161
19. Rohit Sirosh, Bellevue, WA *81-80–161
19. Derrick Villarreal, Bluffton, SC *81-80–161
19. Gustav Tegel, Miami Beach, FL *82-79–161
23. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *83-80–163
24. Philip Chen, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *86-78–164
25. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *82-86–168
26. John Peck, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *84-88–172
27. Alejandro Meriles Medina, La Paz, Bolivia *84-89–173
28. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *86-88–174
29. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *95-83–178
29. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *88-90–178
31. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *89-95–184
32. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *91-94–185
33. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *89-97–186
34. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *96-97–193

DID NOT FINISH

Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *74-JWD
Gray Wiley, Lynchburg, VA *89-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) – 6,198 yards, Par 72

1. Francis Li, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *73-78–151
2. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *80-78–158
3. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *82-79–161
4. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *86-87–173
5. Dazhuang Li, Bluffton, SC *105-99–204

Girls Division (Gold Tees) – 5,855 yards, Par 72

1. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *74-75–149
2. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *78-74–152
3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *80-74–154
4. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *82-82–164
5. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *82-85–167
6. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *95-86–181
7. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *102-96–198
8. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *100-104–204
9. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *97-112–209
10. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *118-115–233

IJGT College Series at NC State – Round one recap (Sept. 20, 2014)

With the fall series underway, the Southeast Tour traveled to Loonie Poole Golf Course to host the IJGT College Series at NC State on September 20-21, 2014. The venue greeted more than 30 juniors competing for national rankings and IJGT merit points. In review, below are the rounds, in numbers, of the divisional leaders.

A tight race in round one resulted in a shared lead of the Boys 15-19 Division. Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., lead the first round with an even par 72. Below are their rounds in numbers:

SHISO GO 
72 – his round one score , Go is one of three juniors to shoot an even par 72
7 – Go carded par or better for 7 straight holes
1 – total number of eagles
1 – total number of birdies

TREY WREN 
11 – Wren recorded par or better on the 11 straight holes
2 – total number of birdies
16 – Wren carded par or better

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Mac Webster of Baltimore, Md., leads. His round in numbers:
78 – his round one score, three strokes ahead of the division
9 – the number of pars recorded in his first round
2 – total number of birdies, coming on No. 7 and No. 15

Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., leads the Girls Division, her round in numbers:
72 – her round one score, Whaley is one of three juniors to shoot an even par 72
15 – Whaley recorded par or better on the 15 straight holes, one of which was a birdie
1 – total number of birdies
17 – Wren carded par or better

The final round at Loonie Poole Golf Course will take place tomorrow, September 21, 2014, with tee times starting at 8:30 a.m EST. For full results from round one of the IJGT College Series at NC State, click here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.