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

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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.

Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor — Round one recap (Feb. 21, 2015)

The International Junior Golf Tour traveled to Savannah, Ga., to host the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor. Although frost dusted the course in the early morning, as the sun rose so did the temperature to create pleasant playing conditions. The tournament began with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Wataru Koguchi of Fukuoka, Japan, and Print Yusabai of Pattaya, Thailand, are tied for first in the Boys 15-19 Division. Their rounds in numbers:


11 – Koguchi had a division-best 11-hole par-or-better streak beginning with the par-4 sixth hole and ending with a birdie on the par-4 16th hole.

4 – He carded four birdies during the round.

73 – His 1-over score to share the lead.


2 – Yusabai carded back-to-back birdies on the par-4 10th hole and the par-5 11th hole.

5 – He carded five birdies during the round.

12 – He made par or better on 12 holes.

The Girls Division is led by Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India. Her round in numbers:

17 – Kedlaya made par or better on 17 of 18 holes.

3 – She carded three birdies in round one.

70 – Her 2-under score to carry the lead.

4 – She leads the division by four strokes.

The second round of the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor will take place tomorrow, February 22, 2015, beginning with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. 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.



IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall – Final Results (Nov. 2, 2014)

Koguchi nabs first IJGT win at Palmetto Hall
Tadokoro earns first victory of the season and third career IJGT win

The IJGT hosted the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on the plantation’s Arthur Hills Course on November 1-2, 2014. Cold temperatures and heavy winds greeted juniors for the opening round before conditions improved for round two. Juniors from various states and countries competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

DSC_1398cWataru Koguchi of Fotouka, Japan, finished first in the Boys 15-19 Division by combining scores of 78 and 73 for a two-day total of 151. With consistent scoring in both rounds, Koguchi carded five total birdies and 21 total pars for his tournament. Koguchi entered the final round three strokes back of then leader, Brett Krekorian of Andover, Mass. His final-round 73 tied for the lowest final-round score of the division, allowing him to move into first and win by three strokes. The second-round 73 also earned Koguchi a share of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior(s) with the lowest score in the final round of the tournament.

In second place was Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, with a two-day total of 154. Sharing third place was Krekorian and Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, both carding a tournament total 155.

Rowan Foxley of Arlington, Wash., also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award by matching Koguchi’s second-round 73.

DSC_1556cIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Mikus Ming of Smiths, Bermuda, was victorious. After posting a round-one score of 87 and sitting in second behind then leader Arthur Draijer of Sandweiler, Luxembourg, Ming posted the low final round of his division, an 89, to move into first and capture the title. Using his 5-iron to sink a hole-in-one on the 160-yard par-3 No. 6 was the highlight of Ming’s first round. He also added 13 pars and a birdie to his performance.

In second was Draijer with a total 178 and rounding out the top-three was Aiden McCloskey of Northboro, Mass., with a tournament total 183.


DSC_1591cFinishing first in the Girls Division was Sera Tadakoro of Osaka, Japan. Tadokoro carded scores of 84 and 72 for a two-round total of 156.  Tadakoro was in a tie for second after the first round behind then leader Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, before returning for round two and shaving an impressive 12 strokes from her round one score to move into first. With the help of 11 pars and four birdies, Tadokoro’s second round, even-par 72 was tied for the lowest score of the tournament. She earned one of two Clazic Belts Low Final Round Awards for the girls, the second going to Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C., who also scored an even-par 72.

In second was Huang with a total 157 and Guo finished third with a two-day total 166.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on November 8-9, 2014, with the Major Championship at Dormie Club. To sign up for these events, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.

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Hilton Head, S.C.. – Final Results of the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on November 1-2, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,727 yards Par 72 (72.8./134). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,250 yards, Par 72 (71.1/136). Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,978 yards, Par 72 (73.7/126).

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall
Hilton Head Island, SC
November 1-2, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees) – 6,727 yards, Par 72

1. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *78-73–151
2. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *78-76–154
3. Brett Krekorian, Andover, MA *75-80–155
3. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico *78-77–155
5. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *83-74–157
6. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *82-76–158
6. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-77–158
8. Rowan Foxley, Arlington, WA *87-73–160
8. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *79-81–160
8. Feng Chen, Baoding City *78-82–160
11. Xue Wen Luo, Haikou, China *84-77–161
12. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *84-78–162
12. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *84-78–162
12. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *82-80–162
15. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *85-78–163
16. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *86-79–165
16. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *84-81–165
16. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *80-85–165
19. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *85-81–166
20. Michael Metro, Sandy Spring, MD *84-83–167
20. Gustav Tegel, Miami Beach, FL *87-80–167
22. Yujie Jin, Windermere, FL *85-84–169
23. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *92-79–171
24. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *89-83–172
24. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *89-83–172
24. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *83-89–172
27. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *92-83–175
28. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *88-90–178
29. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *91-88–179
30. Brandon McLean, Unionville, ON *95-86–181
31. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *93-89–182
32. Mark Richardson, South Berwick, ME *92-94–186
33. Trent Dickerson, Guyton, GA *99-92–191
34. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *99-98–197
35. Spencer Eller, Phoenix, AZ *93-111–204
36. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea *115-126–241

Jack Friedman, Charleston, SC *DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *JWD
Cole Gibson, Chevy Chase, MD *86-JWD
Liam Kent, Portage, MB *88-JWD
Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *91-JWD
Jack Foyle, Fishers Island, NY *JWD
Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *109-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) – 6,250 yards, Par 72

1. Mikus Ming, Smiths, Bermuda *87-89–176
2. Arthur Draijer, Sandweiler, Luxembourg *83-95–178
3. Aiden McCloskey, Northboro, MA *90-93–183
4. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *90-94–184
5. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *93-92–185
6. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *98-103–201
7. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *105-97-202

Girls Division (Black Tees) – 5,978 yards, Par 72

1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *84-72–156
2. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *79-78–157
3. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *94-72–166
4. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *84-86–170
5. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *90-84–174
6. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *90-89–179
7. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *93-92–185
8. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *96-90–186
9. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *102-85–187
10. Rhea Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *108-96–204
11. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *107-112—219

Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *JWD