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Team USA Roster for 2014 North America Cup Announced

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The applications are in and among a highly competitive field of applicants, the IJGT is proud to announce this year’s IJGT Team USA roster for the 2014 North America Cup! Hosted this year by the Oldfield Golf Club, the North America Cup will take place from June 28-July 2, 2014, between the IGJT’s Team USA and the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada. With the USA on a six-year winning streak, this year’s Team USA has the task of continuing the success built by previous teams. With five repeat Team USA members on the squad this year, Team USA is primed and ready to take on the best that Canada has to offer! With that said, it is the IJGT’s pleasure to announce the following members of this year’s Team USA for the North America Cup:

2014 North America Cup – Team USA

Boys 15-19 Division:


Boys 14 & Under Division:


Girls Division:

 

Join us in congratulating these outstanding competitors on their selection, and wish them luck against our neighbors to the North! Go Team USA!

IJGT Photo of the Week – January 25-26, 2014

The IJGT hosted the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation Club in Bluffton, S.C. on January 25-26, 2014. Junior golfers ranging in age from 12-19 years old and representing 16 different countries participated in this event. Temperatures were in the 40’s and 50’s with gusts of wind ranging from 15-25 miles per hour.

This week’s Photo of the Week features Boys 15-19 member,Tyler Pidduck from Thousand Oaks, CA

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Tyler Pidduck of Thousand Oaks, CA finished tied for 26th in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation Club

Pidduck’s best finish of 2014 was at the Island Challenge at Country Club of Hilton Head where he finished in 15th place. We look forward to seeing him compete in more events this season including the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor on February 22-23rd,2014 and also at The College Classic at Duke University on April 5-6th, 2014. To view the complete 2014 schedule click here.

The Photo of the Week is decided by our fans and followers so don’t forget – your feedback counts! In the week following a tournament, keep an eye on the IJGT Facebook page for photos from the Event. Each photo will received 1 point for a ‘Like’, 2 points for a ‘Comment’ and 3 points for ‘Shares’ so let us know what you think!

Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour will be in Bluffton, S.C. on January 25-26, 2014 for the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation. The tournament will be hosted by the Pete Dye Course at Colleton River. The IJGT and Colleton River have teamed up for numerous successful tournaments in the past, including the Shootout at Colleton River Plantation on February 9-10, 2013. The field will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Pete Dye called his course at Colleton River Plantation, “The best course I have ever built,” a telling statement considering Dye also constructed prestigious courses such as TPC Sawgrass, Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course, and Whistling Straits.  It is the only links-style course of its kind in the Southeast, featuring views of the Atlantic Ocean and Port Royal Sound on 11 holes. The course has been ranked in the “Top 100” courses by GolfWeek and “Top 100 Greatest Courses in the U.S.,” by Golf Magazine. Defining the course are small, undulating greens protected by pot bunkers. In July of 2015, the Pete Dye Course at Colleton River will host the 68th U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. The course was also selected to be the location of many of the iconic and pivotal scenes of the movie, The Legend of Bagger Vance.

The 12th and 13th at Colleton River Plantation. Site of the 2015 US Junior Amateur.

The 12th and 13th at Colleton River Plantation. Site of the 2015 US Junior Amateur.

Keep an eye on Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., Tyler Pidduck of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C. All three players have multiple top-10 finishes this season but have not been able to capture an IJGT victory. They’ll look to change their luck at Dye’s masterful layout.

Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., and Cake Phuchanbanchob are part of a strong field in the Girls Division. Chee has finished top-10 in all six IJGT Events she has competed in this season. Kozak has four top-10 finishes this season, including a 2nd place finish at the IJGT Junior at Oyster Reef in July. Phuchanbanchob captured the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall on Dec. 7-8 with an impressive even-par performance for the two-day tournament.

To register for the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation, click here.

Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will host the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on Oct. 19-20 in Pooler, Ga. Held on the Greg Norman Signature Course, play features vast greens, scenic ponds, and countless natural hazards, challenging golfers with a tournament-quality experience. This will be IJGT’s second event at the Savannah Quarters Country Club, with players competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Savannah Quarters

 

The Boys 15-19 Division will showcase players such as Tyler Pidduck of Thousand Oaks, Calif., who participated in last year’s event and who will be looking to grab his first win of the season after finishing in the Top-10 in two events already. Salil Ghamandefrom Evans, Ga., will be making his 2013-2014 season debut, after three Top-10 finishes last season and three wins in the Boys 14 & Under Division two seasons ago.

The Boys 14 & Under Division will see the likes of Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, who is coming off a win at the Aiken Junior at Woodside Plantation on Sept. 21-22. Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China, and Luis Sanchez of Xalapa, Mexico, are also players to watch, as both have placed in the Top-10 at two events this season.

Playing in her fourth season with the IJGT, Bria` Sanders of Cordova, Tenn., will be making her second appearance this season after coming in sixth place at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. Last season, she finished Top-10 in eight of 11 events played, and has notched more than 30 events on her resume in her IJGT career.

Team USA competes in CIJC

COLLINGWOOD, Ont. – The Canadian International Junior Challenge (CIJC) started on Sept. 10 at OslerBrook Golf & Country Club with seven different countries (Canada, Costa Rica, Colombia, England, Mexico, Norway, United States) competing for the title in the 54-hole team stroke-play event. Team USA is represented by three outstanding junior members of the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT).

 

Tyler Pidduck of Thousand Oak, Calif.

Tyler Pidduck of Thousand Oak, Calif.

Cameron Clair of Biddeford, Maine

Cameron Clair of Biddeford, Maine

 

Brandan Bree of Kennett Square, Pa.

Brandan Bree of Kennett Square, Pa.

 

ROUND 1 – Tuesday, Sept. 10

Each round, the top-three scores are counted for each country with the lowest 54-hole total determining a champion. Team USA is looking to improve upon their best ever finish in the event (fifth place in 2010). After play in round one Team USA currently sits in sixth place after scores of 80 from Pidduck, 81 from Bree, and 83 from Clair.

The second round of competition will begin Sept. 11 with tee times starting at 8:30am off the No. 1 tee at OslerBrook Golf & Country Club. To view final results from round one please click here.

 

ROUND 2 – Wednesday, Sept. 11

What an honor to compete for Team USA on a day that is so important to our country! Conditions at OslerBrook Golf & Country Club were tough again as the wind played a major factor in the competition. Pidduck lead the way for Team USA with an 8-over-par 80. Bree (85) and Clair (87) rounded out the scoring for Team USA in the second round of competition.

Heading into the final round of competition on Thursday, Sept. 12, Team USA will look to improve on the previous rounds and climb up the leaderboard. Currently, Team USA is in seventh place in the CJIC. Team Canada leads the competition with a team score of 4-over-par through two rounds.

The final round of competition will begin Sept. 12 with tee times starting at 8:30am off the No. 1 tee at OslerBrook Golf & Country Club. To view final results from round two please click here.

 

ROUND 3 – Thursday, Sept. 12

The final round was a little bit of a struggle for Team USA as the wind picked back up at OslerBrook Golf & Country Club. Team USA collected a seventh-place finish after rounds of 86 from Brandan Bree and 87 from both Cameron Clair and Tyler Pidduck.

Team Canada won the event with a +10 tournament score. They won by nine strokes over the second-place England squad. Canada’s Tony Gil of Vaughan, Ont., won the individual title finishing at 2-under-par 214.

Final round results can be found here.

 

About the IJGT

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