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Lowest round in the IJGT 2015-2016 Season in the Boys Division. Phillips fights hard to take the title of the Boys 14 & Under Division

Hardeeville, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour continued their tour in Hardeeville, S.C., with the IMG Junior World Qualifier at Hilton Head Lakes. The winners in each division will have an exemption into the IMG Junior World in San Diego, C.A., this summer. With the weather finally cooperating, players competed for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The top five players in each division earned preferred entry into any IJGT Major Championship and the Champions of each division earned an invitation to the 2016 IJGT Tournament of Champions.

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In the Girls Division, there was a close run for the championship title. After shooting (-3) in her first round, Yukie Sasaki held onto the number one spot, carding a 74 today. Sasaki, from Hiroshima, Japan, had a total of 143 just two strokes in front of the second place finisher. Ximena Gonzalez, of Queretaro, Mexico, kept both her rounds consistent. Gonzalez finished with a total of 145, (+1). Kayla Kozak finished third with a final round at even par.

In the Boys 14 and Under Division Chase Phillips came from third place after round one, to take the championship. Phillips, from Hilton Head Island, S.C., fired an impressive (+1) in his final round for a total of 154. Coming in second place was Luca Jumabhoy. Jumabhoy, from Sydney, Australia, signed for a total of 161. Rounding out the 14 & Under Division was Theo Chronos, shooting a total of 163.

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 In the Boys 15-19 Division, we had a player shoot the lowest round this year in the IJGT. In the second round of the IMG Junior World Qualifier, Ian Peng shot a 66. Peng, of Chang Hau, Taiwan, had a total of 137, (-7) for the tournament to claim the Championship. Behind Peng was Arjun Puri, who also had an impressive weekend. Puri, of New Delhi, India, had a total of 138, (-6). Coming in third was Mark Goodall. Goodall of Livingston, Scotland, shot a total of 144.

Each player attributed their success to their coaches and the support of their friends and family.

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Each tournament the IJGT recognizes the low final round, presented by Clazic Belts. This tournament the Girls Division had four girls tie at 72. In the Boys Division the award was given to the player shooting 66.

 Kayla Kozak- 72

Jasmine Chee- 72

Wint Phoo Aung- 72

Marisa Hisaki- 72

Ian Peng- 66

 

The IJGT will continue the Spring 2016 Season with the MET Junior Championship at Flanders Valley in Flanders, N.J. Players will compete for IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Performance Stars, and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

Final Results of the IMG Junior World Qualifier at Hilton Head Lakes GC conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on April 23-24, 2016. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,823 yards Par 72 (72.8/128). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,997 yards, Par 72 (69.5/118). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,797 yards, Par 72 (73.5/128).​

 

Saturday – Sunny 75 degrees with 5-10 mph winds.

Sunday – Sunny 79 degrees with 10-15 mph winds.

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

IMG Junior World Qualifier at Hilton Head Lakes

Hardeeville, S.C.

April 23-24, 2016

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,823 Yards, Par 72

 

1. Ian Peng, Chang Hua, Taiwan *71-66–137

2. Arjun Puri, New Delhi, India *70-68–138

3. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *72-72–144

4. T.J. Nolan, Rapid City, SD *71-74–145

5. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *74-73–147

6. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *73-76–149

7. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *73-77–150

7. Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *73-77–150

9. Feng Chen, Beijing, China *76-76–152

10. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *76-77–153

11. Jasper Lee, Taipei, Taiwan *79-75–154

12. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *80-75–155

13. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *79-77–156

13. Mark Laken, Kenosha, WI *74-82–156

15. Nick Gioffre, Waxhaw, NC *75-82–157

16. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton, SC *78-80–158

17. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China *79-80–159

18. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *77-83–160

19. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *78-83–161

19. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *78-83–161

21. Max Castaneda, Mexico City, Mexico *84-80–164

21. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *84-80–164

21. Alejandro Guillen, Mexico City, Mexico *82-82–164

21. Marc Sabria, Barcelona, Spain *79-85–164

21. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *80-84–164

26. Taylor Rockwell, Boonton Township, NJ *84-84–168

26. Yash Vardhan Sarda, Calcutta, India *82-86–168

28. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Managua, Nicaragua *88-81–169

28. Christian Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *84-85–169

28. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *83-86–169

28. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *91-78–169

32. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *82-90–172

33. Ted Hsiao, Taipei City, Taiwan *86-87–173

34. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *89-85–174

35. Mark Richardson, South Berwick, ME *89-86–175

36. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *93-84–177

37. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *97-86–183

38. Demetrius Johnson, Anchorage, AK *92-92–184

39. Greg Shen, Vancouver, Canada *90-95–185

40. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *92-94–186

 

Girls Division, White Tees, 5,797 Yards, Par 72

 

1. Yukie Sasaki, Hiroshima, Japan *69-74–143

2. Ximena Gonzalez, Queretaro, Mexico *72-73–145

3. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *74-72–146

4. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *75-72–147

5. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *76-72–148

6. Haruka Shintani, Setagaya, Japan *79-73–152

6. Marisa Hisaki, Osaka, Japan *80-72–152

8. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *75-78–153

8. Linda Trockel, Berlin, Germany *75-78–153

10. Yuna Sato, Koriyama, Fukushima, Japan *81-73–154

11. Renata Fierro, Yucatan, Mexico *79-76–155

11. Vivian Yen, Kaohsiung, Taiwan *78-77–155

11. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *77-78–155

14. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *83-73–156

14. Hanna Kiefer, Kronberg, Germany *78-78–156

16. Tiana Cruz, Kingston, Jamaica *78-81–159

17. Katie James, Pittsburgh, PA *79-81–160

18. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *81-80–161

19. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-82–163

20. Yeon Joo Kim, Seoul, South Korea *87-80–167

21. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *82-90–172

 

 

Boys 14 & Under Division, Blue Tees, 5,997 Yards, Par 72

 

1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-73–154

2. Luca Jumabhoy, Sydney, Australia *75-86–161

3. Theo Chronos, Winterville, GA *78-85–163

4. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *85-85–170

 

 

Curd Claims his third straight victory with the IJGT. Trockel breaks from the tie to win the Girls Division.

International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Presents Hilton Head Open at Palmetto Hall Golf Club Hilton Head Island, SC

Sunday, April 10, 2016

 

Hilton Head Island, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour continued their tour in Hilton Head Island, SC to the Palmetto Hall Golf Club. Brutal winds played a huge factor this weekend, along with the uncharacteristic cold temperatures. The Hilton Head Open had players competing for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The top five players in each division earned preferred entry into any IJGT Major Championship and the Champions of each division earned an invitation to the 2016 IJGT Tournament of Champions.

 

 The Boys 15-19 Division started out with 42 competitors and ended with 30 players. Even though the course played long, with the help of the wind, HaoHua Zhang took first Place. Zhang, of Howey-in-the-Hills, F.L., shooting a total of 154. He finished with 6 birdies, and one stroke within second place. Philip Chen of Taiwan, Taipei, and Jacob Lampe of Zionsville, IN, both tied for second place. Chen and Lampe both shot a total of 155.

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           “I was nine strokes behind after the 8th hole but I never gave up. I knew that I needed to make some birdies to make something happen. My best shot was on hole nine, I hit one really close with my 9 Iron and made a birdie, which ended up being a three shot swing and allowing me to get back in it.I really liked the course. It was very difficult but fair, the wind was a big factor,” remarked Zhang

Collier Curd of Bowling Green, KY, won the Boys 14 Division with a total of 166. This is Collier’s third win with the IJGT this Spring. Battling the wind, like all competitors, he kept a 15 stroke difference between him and second place. Reed Sweigart of Roswell, G.A., took second with a total of 181. Siyu Liao of Urmqi, China, came in third with a total of 191.

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             “I thought that I would play well coming into the weekend, especially coming off of a win at Royce Brook. The course was really tough and the wind made it even harder. My best shot was on hole 12 when I chipped in from a downhill lie next to the bunker. I really liked the course, hole 18 was my favorite tee shot. I hit a stinger there both days,” commented Collier.

 The Girls Division Champion carded a 152, and was awarded to Linda Trockel of Berlin, Germany. After being tied with Kayla Kozak from day one, Trockel pushed through the conditions to secure her first place title. Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., came in second shooting a 154. Third place in the Girls Division was claimed by Wint Phoo Aung. Aung of Yangon, Myanmar, shot a total of 156.

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              “Coming in to today, I was very confident that I could win. I was in a similar situation last weekend at Innisbrook with the AJGA. My ball striking was really good this weekend. I didn’t hit many bad shots and I really liked hole 16. I played it one under for the weekend,” said Trockel.

 

The IJGT also recognizes the Clazic Belts Low Final Award Winners.

Linda Trockel- 77

Wint Phoo Aung-77

Marc Groenhuysen-76

Jacob Lampe-76

 

 The IJGT will continue the Spring 2016 Season with The Spring Architects Cup in Lopatcong, N.J. Players will compete for IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Performance Stars, and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

 

Final Results of the The Hilton Head Open at Palmetto Hall Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on April 9-10, 2016. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,704 yards Par 72 (73.4/138). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,110 yards, Par 72 (70.5/131). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,760 yards, Par 72 (73.3/134).

 

Saturday – Sunny 57 degrees with 20-25 mph winds. Sunday – Sunny 60 degrees with 15-20 mph winds.

International Junior Golf Tour Hilton Head Open at Palmetto Hall Hilton Head, SC

April 9-10, 2016

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,704 yards, Par 72

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,704 yards, Par 72

 

  1. HaoHua Zhang, Howey in the Hills, FL *74-80–154
  2. Philip Chen, Taiwan, Taipei *76-79–155

2. Jacob Lampe, Zionsville, IN *79-76–155

4. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *84-79–163

4. Jasper Lee, Taipei, Taiwan *79-84–163

4. Julio Bello, Valencia, Venezuela *74-89–163

  1. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton, SC *82-82–164
  2. T.J. Nolan, Rapid City, SD *83-82–165
  3. Nelson Ou, Foshan, China *79-88–167
    1. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *93-76–169
    2. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *83-88–171

11. Nick Mayfield, Rock Hill, SC *83-88–171

  1. Christian Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *91-81–172
  2. James Walton, Duluth, GA *87-87–174

14. Dennis Volostnykh, Troy, MI *80-94–174

  1. Feng Chen, Beijing, China *88-87–175
  2. Ted Hsiao, Taipei City, Taiwan *94-82–176

17. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *93-83–176

  1. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *91-86–177
  2. Chung Yan Leong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *89-90–179
  3. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *94-87–181
  4. Daniel Song, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *100-87–187
  5. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *99-91–190

23. Yash Vardhan Sarda, Calcutta, India *94-96–190

25. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *98-96–194

25. Matthew Chorches, West Hartford, CT *93-101–194

  1. Mark Richardson, South Berwick, ME *94-102–196
  2. Andres Rosado, Mexico City, Mexico *109-93–202

28. Taylor Rockwell, Boonton Township, NJ *98-104–202

30. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *118-89–207

 

DID NOT FINISH

Tianyu Wu, Beijing, China, *WD

Ryo Harada, Tokyo, Japan, *WD

Matthew Dzialga, Greenwich, CT, *WD

Bu Min Choi, Anyang, South Korea, *78 (Rule 6-6b)

Luigi Wong, Baguio City, Philippines, *79 (Rule 6-6d)

Quincy Stith, Wichita, KS, *81 (Rule 6-6b)

Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea, *72(Rule 6-6d)

David Fu, Zhengzhou, China, *84 (Rule 6-6b)

Gabriel Han, Beijing, China, *96 (Rule 6-6b)

Trent Hope, Savannah, GA, * DQ (Rule 6-6b)

Girls Division – Blue Tees, 5,760 yards, Par 72

 

  1. Linda Trockel, Berlin, Germany *75-77–152
  2. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *75-79–154
    1. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *79-77–156
    2. Haruka Shintani, Setagaya, Japan *80-82–162
    3. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *81-85–166
    4. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *86-81–167
    5. Tiana Cruz, Kingston, Jamaica *89-83–172

7. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *86-86–172

7. Madison Elliott, Little River, SC *87-85–172

  1. Vivian Yen, Kaohsiung, Taiwan *92-82–174
  2. Emily Song, Waxhaw, NC *95-86–181
  3. Olivia Traynor, Villanova, PA *88-95–183
  4. Cindy Song, Waxhaw, NC *90-95–185
  5. Emily Ma, Taipei, Taiwan *94-96–190
  6. Yiqing Gong, Upper Saddle River, NJ *90-103–193

 

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

 

  1. Collier Curd, Bowling Green, KY *82-84–166
  2. Reed Sweigart, Roswell, GA *88-93–181
  3. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *101-90–191

 

Final Results-IJGT Junior at Oldfield Golf Club

Kang wins first IJGT Title

Chong wins Girls Division in Playoff

 

Okatie, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) had a fantastic kick off to their 2016 Spring Season with the IJGT Junior at Oldfield Golf Club. Junior golfers ages 9-19 years old represented 20 different countries and 14 different states. They competed for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The top five players in each division earned preferred entry into any IJGT Major Championship and the Champions of each division earned an invitation to the 2016 IJGT Tournament of Champions.

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Tae Young Kang of Busan, South Korea took home his first win with the IJGT. Shooting an impressive 74-70 for a total of 144, claiming the Boys 15-19 Division by four strokes. Kang only had one birdie on the first day but battled back with a total of four birdies on the second day. In the final round on the back nine at Oldfield Golf Club, Kang started out bogey, birdie, and then made six consecutive pars. He ended the tournament with a notable birdie finish to complete his victory.

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“I played well. I did not hit it in hazards or out of bounds. I’m trying to get my game better to compete on Korea’s National team,” commented Kang.

 

There was a tie for second place with a tournament total of 148 between Mark Goodall of Livingston, Scotland, and Luis Pons of Leon, Mexico.

 

The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the boy and girl who records the lowest score in every IJGT championship, was awarded to Kang, T.J. Nolan of Rapid City, S.D., and Juan Ignacio De Giocomi of Buenos Aires, Argentina, all shooting 2-under, 70.

 

Melany Chong of Mississauga, Canada, took home the Girls Division trophy after a playoff hole battle. Over the 36-hole tournament, Chong claimed nine birdies, and had a two-stroke lead going into Round 2 after firing a 1-over, 73 in the first round. Chong recorded a 2-over, 74 to end the day tied with Wint Phoo Aung of Yangon, Myanmar. Aung recorded an even-par 72 to force a playoff. This round also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division.

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In the playoff, Chong was able to make par on the par-3, 13th hole at Oldfield to secure the victory.

 

“My mind set coming in to round two was just to play my own game. I knew I had a two shot lead but I prepared for it to be close. I was very nervous going into the playoff because I know Wint Phoo (Aung) is an awesome player. My tee shots were great, and it helped my game,” said Chong.

 

Aung claimed second after losing the playoff hole finishing with a tournament total of 147. Yukie Sasaki of Hiroshima, Japan, took third shooting a 150.

 

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., took his fourth win of the IJGT 2015-2016 season at Oldfield Golf Club. In the first round, Phillips did not have his best game, but recorded a score of 80. He went into day two facing a five-shot deficit to Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., who recorded a 3-over, 75. Phillips was able to overcome the deficit with a phenomenal round of 2-over, 74 to record his victory.

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“My driving was working really well, off the tee I couldn’t complain. My mental game was really strong, I knew it would be tough to come from behind to win. The course was in great shape and the greens were working well for me,” Phillips remarked.

 

Sample finished second with a 157. Coming in third from Mendon, N.Y., was Noah Levine, shooting a 180.

 

The IJGT will continue the spring 2016 Season in Sorrento, Fla., with the Florida Junior at RedTail Golf Club on Feb. 13-14, 2016. Players will compete for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings. 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, Iconic 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.

 

Okatie, S.C. – Final-round results of the IJGT Invitational at Oldfield Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed January 31, 2016. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,825 yards, Par 72 (73.9/137). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,976 yards, Par 72 (70.6/128) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,799 yards, Par 72 (73.7/132).

 

                                                                                                      

Weather:        Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 60’s with 5-10 mph winds

Round 2: Partly Cloudy with temperatures in the high 50’s with 5-10 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Junior Open at Oldfield

Okatie, S.C.

January 30th-31st, 2016

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,825 yards, Par 72

 

1. Tae Young Kang, Busan, South Korea *74-70–144

2. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *76-72–148

2. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *75-73–148

4. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton SC, *77-72–149

4. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *74-75–149

6. Juan Ignacio De Giocomi, Buenos Aires, Argentina *80-70–150

6. T.J. Nolan, Rapid City, SD *80-70–150

6. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China *75-75–150

6. Jose Haces, Puebla, Mexico *75-75–150

10. Quincy Stith, Wichita, KS *78-75–153

10. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *77-76–153

10. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *76-77–153

10. David Yang, Taipei, Taiwan *76-77–153

14. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Managua, Nicaragua *81-74–155

14. Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *80-75–155

14. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-77–155

17. Jasper Lee, Taipei, Taiwan *77-79–156

17. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *76-80–156

19. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *82-75–157

19. Alan Smith, Winchendon, MA *76-81–157

19. Vince Brunet, Ottawa, Canada *75-82–157

22. Ryo Harada, Tokyo, Japan *82-76–158

23. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *83-79–162

24. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *88-76–164

24. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *82-82–164

26. Philip Chen, Taiwan, Taipei *86-79–165

26. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China *80-85–165

28. Nick Gioffre, Waxhaw, NC *76-90–166

29. Mark Richardson, South Berwick, ME *81-87–168

29. Alex Roman, Versoix, Switzerland *79-89–168

31. Michael Crogan, Palm Coast, FL *86-83–169

32. Max Castaneda, Mexico City, Mexico *95-76–171

33. Taylor Rockwell, Boonton Township, NJ *88-88–176

33. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *87-89–176

35. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *92-85–177

35. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *88-89–177

37. Alexander Hollmann, Frankfurt, Germany *90-88–178

38. Demetrius Johnson, Anchorage, AK *92-87–179

39. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *87-94–181

40. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *82-100–182

41. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *96-92–188

42. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *90-100–190

43. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *89-107–196

 

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Jack Friedman, Charleston, SC

Boys 14 & Under Division-Blue Tees- 5,976 yards, Par 72

 

1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-74–154

2. Luke Sample, New York, NY *75-82–157

3. Noah Levine, Mendon, NY *90-90–180

 

Girls Division- White Tees- 5,799 yards, Par 72

 

1. x-Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *73-74–147

2. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *75-72–147

3. Yukie Sasaki, Hiroshima, Japan *77-73–150

4. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India*79-75–154

4. Marisa Hisaki, Osaka, Japan *77-77–154

6. Vivian Yen, Kaohsiung, Taiwan *84-78–162

7. Lexi Clark, Fairfax, VA *80-85–165

8. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *89-81–170

8. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *85-85–170

10. Renata Fierro, Yucatan, Mexico *85-89–174

11. Emily Ma, Taipei, Taiwan *89-89–178

 

x – Won in playoff

 

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