IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes – Tour Preview

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The IJGT will return to Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes on February 28-March 1, 2015.

The two-day, 36-hole event will be played on the George Fazio course, Hilton Head Island’s only par-70 public golf course. Named the 2014 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year by the SC Golf Course Owners Association, the Fazio course has just two par-5s to compliment a series of long par-4s. The challenging course features open, tree-lined fairways on the front nine, but the back nine becomes tighter and more severe.

The IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes features an exciting field of talented junior golfers. In the Girls Division, Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, is coming off back-to-back top-four finishes in the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National and the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. Also keep an eye out for Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who has three first-place finishes this season.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, is looking for his third IJGT championship of the season. He is currently ranked fifth on the International Junior Golf Tour and coming off a third-place finish in the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor.  Kanata Irei of Okinawa-shi, Japan, and Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, tied for fourth in another IJGT Junior this spring, the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National, and will look to outdo one another at Palmetto Dunes.

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, performed well in last season’s Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes: Ogawa finished second and Kim tied for fifth.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, players to watch include York, Pa., native Evan Greenplate, Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China and Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C. Greenplate hasn’t finished below second place in an IJGT event this season. Phillips is coming off a win at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National and Hu is coming off a second-place finish in the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation.

The field for the IJGT Junior includes competitors from 13 states and 16 countries. Juniors will be competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points during the tournament. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live updates and download the IJGT app for live scoring.

Savannah Junior at The Landings – Final results (Dec. 7, 2014)

Jin wins first IJGT title by 16 strokes
Tadokoro dominates girls division

The IJGT traveled to The Landings Club to host their penultimate tournament before the new year, the Savannah Junior. The two-day competition was held on December 6-7, 2014, on the Marshwood Course. The junior golfers had to overcome foggy conditions, particularly on the holes nearest Romerly Marsh. The field competed for IJGT merit points as well as national rankings.

Santiago Diaz

Santiago Diaz

Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, built off his two-stroke lead after round one to win the Boys 15-19 Division. He led the field in birdies with seven, including back-to-back birdies on the par-4 third hole and par-3 fourth hole in round one.

“The course was in really good shape,” said Diaz. “I haven’t putted on fast greens like this in a while. I got off to a little rough start on the final round, but by the sixth hole I got rid of the nerves and played solid coming in.”

Jason Stokes of St. Brelade, Jersey, and Bruce Kozel of Annapolis, Md., tied for second with a tournament total of 152. Stokes improved on his round one score by six strokes to finish round two with a 1-over-par 73, enough to earn him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.



Yujie Jin

Yujie Jin

Yujie Jin of Windermere, Fla., earned his first IJGT title in the Boys 14 & Under Division in convincing fashion, winning by 16 strokes. He scored two consecutive birdies on the back nine in round two on holes No. 16 and 17.

“I really enjoyed the greens,” Jin said. “They were really fast, especially on the downhill putts. But I was able to put pretty well even with the fast green speeds, which helped me win.”

Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China, Dazhuang Li of Bluffton, S.C., and Ayushmaan Jaiswal of Wesley Chapel, Fla., finished the tournament in a three-way tie for second.




Sera Tadokoro

Sera Tadokoro

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, ran away with the Girls Division, winning by 12 strokes. She was the only golfer to finish round two under par with a one-under 71. She closed out the back nine in round two with seven consecutive par-or-better.

“Today I played really well!” Sera said. “My back nine was really good. I was able to shoot 2-under par on the back nine and with only being 1-over on the front nine I knew it should be enough to win the championship.”

In second place with a tournament total of 163 was Cristina Liebana Lafita of Madrid, Spain.

Skylar Frankiewicz of Concord, Mass., was a close third finishing just one stroke behind Lafita in her first IJGT tournament.

Tadokoro’s round two score of 1-under par earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on December 13-14, 2014, for the IJGA Invitational. To sign up for this event, or others, visit or call (843) 686-1500.

Savannah, Ga.. – Final Results of the Savannah Junior at The Landings conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on December 6-7, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Championship Tees – 6,791 yards Par 72 (72.6/134). Boys 14 & Under Division: Club Tees – 6,144 yards, Par 72 (70.0/122). Girls Division: Medal Tees – 5,727 yards, Par 72 (73.4/127).

International Junior Golf Tour
Savannah Junior at The Landings
Skidaway Island, GA
Dec. 6 – Dec. 7, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division — 6,791 yards (Championship Tees) Par, 72

1. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *73-77–150
2. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *79-73–152
2. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *75-77–152
4. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD *81-75–156
4. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *77-79–156
6. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *78-79–157
7. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *80-78–158
8. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *80-79–159
9. Tanner Begin, Swansea, MA *85-78–163
9. Alex Vegh, Gahanna, OH *78-85–163
9. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu *76-87–163
12. Gray Wiley, Lynchburg, VA *84-85–169
12. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *78-91–169
14. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *79-91–170
15. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *87-84–171
16. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *96-83–179
17. Trent Dickerson, Guyton, GA *87-103–190

Boys 14 & Under Division — 6,144 yards (Club Tees) Par, 72

1. Yujie Jin, Windermere, FL *77-80–157
2. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *82-91–173
2. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *82-91–173

Girls Division — 5,727 yards (Medal Tees) Par, 72

1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *80-71–151
2. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *81-82–163
3. Skylar Frankiewicz, Concord, MA *84-80–164
4. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *85-89–174
5. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *85-94–179
6. Rhea Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *99-89–188
7. Yukino Niibe, Tokyo *109-120–229

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.

Final results from the Georgia Junior at Sea Island

 Lee captures title at Sea Island

Wuensch wins first title in Girls Division

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) conducted the Georgia Junior at Sea Island, Aug. 24-25. Held on the Seaside Course, which hosts the PGA Tour’s McGladery Classic, the Georgia Junior featured elite junior golfers ages 9-19 representing nine countries and eight states competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.

Located right on the Atlantic Ocean, the Seaside Course presented many challenges to the field over the course of the weekend. With the wind blowing consistently from 10-15 mph with gusts of over 20 mph, Sunday proved to be quite the challenge.

Lee Tee Shot1

In the Boys 15-19 DivisionChang Ju Lee of Seoul, South Korea, came away with the victory after an impressive two-day performance in tough playing conditions on the Seaside Course. Lee got off to a great start in Saturday’s opening round where he carded a 2-over-par 72. This was the lowest score of the tournament in the Boys 15-19 Division and also earned him the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the player that shoots the lowest score in Saturday’s first round.

The highlight of the round came on the challenging 14th hole where Lee holed out his approach shot for eagle from 165 yards. That shot allowed him to take a four-stroke lead going into the final round.

On Sunday Lee focused on playing well out of the gate. He did just that making eight pars and one bogey to fire a 36 which extended his lead over the rest of the competition. Even with a few stumbles down the stretch, Lee was able to hold on to his first IJGT victory in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Rounding out the top three of the Boys 15-19 Division were Daniel Oh of Seoul, South Korea, and Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., who tied for second place with tournament totals of 153.

Meuret was awarded the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award after carding a 5-over-par 75 in windy conditions on Sunday.

Wuensch TrophyThe Girls Division was dominated from start to finish by a newcomer on the IJGT. Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, walked away with the trophy after putting together two impressive rounds including a 1-over-par 71 which was the best score of the tournament regardless of division. Wuensch also earned the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award for her impressive first-round score.

Wuensch was able to maneuver the ball around the tricky layout at Sea Island on Saturday making 13 pars and two birdies en route to her 1-over-par 71. This gave her a six-stroke lead going into the final round.

On Sunday, Wuensch did not have her “A” game, but she was able to avoid the large mistakes en route to her victory. After the first nine holes, her fellow competitors were not able to surmount a comeback and Wuensch closed the door with a solid score of 38 on the back nine to finish the round at 7-over-par 77. Her 77 was good enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division.

“The wind was very hard and the greens were really fast so it was tough,” commented Wuensch when asked about the course conditions on Sunday on the Seaside Course.

Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., who was the lone player from Georgia in the field, finished in second place after recording a 36-hole score of 160. Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, took home third place finishing with a tournament score of 162.

Vilips Trophy1The Boys 14 & Under Division featured another first-time IJGT champion in Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia. Vilips ran away from the competition after putting together two great rounds of 80 and 77. Vilips, a 12-year-old, already has an impressive tournament record and he added to it this weekend at Sea Island. The highlight of his round came on Sunday at the difficult seventh hole, which is a tough par-5 playing over 500 yards and into the wind. He made a birdie, allowing him to shoot a 2-over-par 37 on the front nine.

“It feels great to win the first tournament of the season,” said Vilips in his post-round interview.

Finishing in second place was Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China. This was also his first IJGT tournament.

The IJGT Southeast tour will be back in action Labor Day weekend in Okatie, S.C., for the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.


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.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit or call (843) 785-2444


ST SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Final round results of the IJGT Georgia Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Aug. 25, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6702 yards, Par 70 (72.8/139).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,051 yards, Par 70 (69.8/133) Girls Division: Silver Tees – 5,747 yards, Par 70 (73.2/138).

 Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 5-10 m.p.h.

Sunny with temperate in the Low 80s, winds 10-15 m.p.h.

International Junior Golf Tour

Georgia Junior at Sea Island

St. Simons Island, Ga.

August 24-25, 2013


Seaside Course


Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,702 yards, Par 70

1. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea *72-76–148

2. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE *78-75–153

2. Daniel Oh, Seoul, South Korea *76-77–153

4. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-77–155

5. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *79-77–156

6. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *81-76–157

6. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *78-79–157

8. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *77-82–159

9. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *84-79–163

9. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *79-84–163

11. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, *83-83–166

12. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *84-92–176

13. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *97-89–186

14. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China *122-144–266



Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-JWD


Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,051 yards, Par 70

1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *80-77–157

2. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *123-113–236



Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA *DQ (Rule 6-3a)


Girls Division – Silver Tees, 5,747 yards, Par 70

1. Jana Wuensch, Herrenberg, Germany *71-77–148

2. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *79-81–160

3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *77-85–162

4. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *85-82–167

5. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *84-94–178