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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.

 

Fall Highlights and Spring Preview

Following a successful fall season full of low scores, beautiful courses and even holes-in-one, the IJGT is excited to kick off its spring season with the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on January 17-18, 2015.

LOOKING BACK

During the fall season junior golfers had the opportunity to play a variety of world-renowned courses.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, the IJGT hosted the Thanksgiving Day Classic at the ever-famous TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. This tournament was one of the few three-day, 54-hole events. The junior golfers performed admirably on both THE PLAYERS Stadium and Dye’s Valley courses. Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, edged out Ben Albin of Santa Fe, N.M., to win the Boys 15-19 Division. Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Sam Ohno of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., tied for third. All of the top three finishers in the Boys 15-19 Division had a round at or below par and eights golfers across the three divisions carded eagles.

The Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass saw not one but two holes-in-one! In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Charles Larcelet of Geraudot, France, had an ace on the par-3 hole No. 14 on the Valley Course. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, carded a hole in one on the par-3 hole No. 8 on the Stadium Course.

Playing the iconic par-3 17th hole on THE PLAYERS Stadium course was a highlight of the fall season for many of the young golfers.

Dormie Club, No. 43 on the 2015-2016 edition of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, played home to the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club. Despite a course that proved to be challenging for the entire field, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., carded an impressive nine birdies during the tournament. Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, both had bogey-free streaks that lasted 16 holes.

The final event of the fall, the IJGA Invitational, was held at Sea Pines Resort where junior golfers had the opportunity to play both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links. The latter ranked No. 19 on Golf Digest’s 2015-2016 list of America’s 199 Greatest Public courses and ranked in the top 50 of Golf.com’s 2014 list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S. It is also the host of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

LOOKING FORWARD

The spring season features another selection of top-ranked courses. The first three tournaments are local to the Hilton Head/Bluffton area. On January 24-25, 2015, during the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, junior golfers and their families will have a chance to explore the host of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur. The Pete Dye course, where the Carolina Classic will be played, offers unobstructed views of Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean from 11 of its 18 holes.

The IJGT will travel to the west coast for the MAJOR Championship at Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco, Calif., on February 7-8, 2015. The Presidio Golf Course is one of the oldest courses on the west coast and has been a national historic landmark since 1962. An Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, it is located within a national park.

On Valentine’s Day weekend (February 14-15, 2015), the IJGT will be traveling to Kiawah Island to host the South Carolina Open. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island is ranked No. 20 on the 2015-2016 edition of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses list and third on their America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. This course was the first designed for a specific event, the 1991 Ryder Cup. Known for its challenging and unpredictable winds and spectacular ocean views, the Ocean course is No. 25 on Golf.com’s 2014 list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S.

The Major Championship at Duke University in Durham, N.C., on March 28-29, 2015, provides an excellent opportunity for junior golfers investigating college golf programs to explore Duke as well as the nearby University of North Carolina.

The Northeast Tour of the IJGT will host the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin on April 11-12, 2015. The junior golfers will have the chance to play both the PGA Tour-tested Mystic Rock and the par-70 The Links. Mystic Rock placed No. 60 on the 2015-2016 Golf Digest America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The following weekend, the Northeast Tour will travel to The Architects Golf Course in Lopatcong, N.J., for The Architects Cup.

On April 25-26, 2015, the IJGT will host a Major Championship at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace, Md. Bulle Rock sits at No. 45 on Golf Digest’s 2015-2016 list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The spring season will culminate with the highly anticipated Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The three-day, 54-hole event will take place on May 23-25, 2015. On the evening of May 24 the IJGT will announce its All-IJGT Team and Player of the Year honors for each division at the Night of Champions.

Juniors in all divisions will be competing for AJGA Performance Stars and national rankings. In addition, the winner of the Boys 15-19 Division will receive an exemption to the 2015 International Junior Masters tournament.

Well wishes to all of our juniors as we reflect graciously on the fall and welcome the spring. Good luck to all!

IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines – Final Results (Dec. 14, 2014)

Tadokoro wins second consecutive IJGT tournament
Go shoots 3-under-par 69 in round one

The IJGT finished its fall season with one of the biggest events of the year, the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines. The two-day, 36-hole event was played on both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links on December 13-14, 2014. The field competed for Junior Heritage and Hudson Junior Invitational exemptions as well as IJGT merit points and national rankings.

A frost delay on the first day forced the junior golfers to race against the setting sun on both courses, but the entire field of over 100 golfers was able to finish round one before dark. Round two on the Ocean Course also started with a frost delay but the temperature quickly rose to create comfortable playing conditions.

Shiso Go

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, was the only golfer to finish round one under par. He finished day one with a 3-under-par 69 on the Ocean Course. Although he was nervous on the back nine at Harbour Town, he performed well enough to take home the championship with a tournament total of 2-over-par 145. Go jumped out to an early lead with the help of five birdies in round one. Moving the the arguably more difficult of the two courses for round two, Go aimed for consistency, scoring par on 11 of 18 holes to hold onto the divisional lead.

Go performed slightly better on the Ocean Course, but Harbour Town is his favorite. “I like Harbour Town,” Go said. “Harbour Town is so hard, I want to play Harbour Town again.” Go had a division-best bogey-free streak that lasted 23 consecutive holes. It started on hole No. 4 in round one and continued through hole No. 8 in round two.

Hilton Head Island, S.C., native Nicholas Russell finished second in his division with a tournament total of 3-over-par 146. Russell led his division in pars with 25. Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, and Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, tied for third with two-day totals of 147.

Russell and Luo’s second round score of even-par 72 earned them 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.

Sera Tadokoro

In the Girls Division, Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, brought home an IJGT title for the second consecutive tournament. Tadokoro won the Savannah Junior at The Landings on December 6-7, 2014 . Tadokoro scored an even-par 72 in round one on the Ocean Course, giving her confidence heading into round two. “I was a little bit nervous, but I did my best,” Tadokoro said.

Tadokoro carded five birdies in round two, putting her in position to share the divisional lead at the conclusion of the round. She played her second round on Harbour Town and despite tougher holes and faster greens, par was the name of her game as she went on to card par on all but five holes.

Bluffton, S.C., native Kayla Kozak and Mind Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand, tied for second in the Girls Division, finishing with tournament totals of 153.

 

Dong Jin Park

Dong Jin Park of Seoul, South Korea, took home the crown in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a tournament total of 148. Park also kicked off his tournament on the Ocean Course, beginning his performance with par on his first six consecutive holes. Adding a birdie on both nines before he finished, Park maneuvered himself into control of the division by one stroke. Once the division moved to Harbour Town to finish out the event, Park approached the challenge with focus and determination. Park carded four birdies, the most for the division, and held on for the win.

Park enjoyed the challenge offered by Harbour Town Golf Links. “I think I like Harbour Town more because Harbour Town is harder so I had to focus more than the Ocean Course,” said Park.

Yujie Jin of Windermere, Fla., finished second with a total score of 159 and Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, finished third with a two-day total 163.

The IJGT will continue tournament play when it kicks of the spring 2015 season on January 17-18 for the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Hilton Head Island, S.C.. – Final Results of the IJGA Invitational conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour at Sea Pines Resort on December 13-14, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Ocean Course– Black Tees – 6,701 yards Par 72 (71.4/130) and Harbour Town Golf Links – Blue Tees – 6,596 yards Par 71 (72.9/141). Boys 14 & Under Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Ocean Course – Blue Tees – 6,084 yards, Par 72 (69.7/125) and Harbour Town Golf Links – White Tees – 5,881 yards (70.2/133). Girls Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Ocean Course – Green Tees – 5,856 yards Par 72 (71.1/124) and Harbour Town Golf Links – Green Tees – 5,677 yards Par 71 (73.4/130).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
December 13-14, 2014                                                                               
Boys 15-19 Division

Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Harbour Town: 6,596 yards, Par 71
Round 2 – (Black Tees) Ocean Course: 6,701 yards, Par 72 

1. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *69-76–145
2. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-72–146
3. Xue Wen Luo, Haikou, China *75-72–147
3. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico *74-73–147
5. Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, SC *77-73–150
6. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD *75-76–151
7. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *77-75–152
8. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *75-78–153
9. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *78-76–154
9. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *74-80–154
9. Evan White, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-78–154
9. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *71-83–154
13. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *82-73–155
13. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan, *78-77–155
13. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *77-78–155
16. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *83-73–156
16. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *75-81–156
18. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *83-75–158
18. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *80-78–158
18. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *79-79–158
18. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *75-83–158
22. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *83-76–159
22. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *83-76–159
24. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *85-75–160
24. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *80-80–160
24. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *79-81–160
24. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *76-84–160
28. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *84-77–161
28. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *83-78–161
28. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea *79-82–161
31. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *86-76–162
31. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *81-81–162
31. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *84-78–162
31. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *79-83–162
35. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *86-77–163
35. Dominic Wagner, Alexandria, VA *82-81–163
37. Colson Herrin, Augusta, GA *86-78–164
37. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *80-84–164
37. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *79-85–164
40. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *86-79–165
41. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *80-86–166
42. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *89-79–168
42. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *87-81–168
42. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *86-82–168
45. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *93-76–169
45. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *87-82–169
45. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *83-86–169
45. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *82-87–169
49. Karan Bhasin, New Delhi, India *81-89–170
50. Feng Chen, Baoding City, China *93-78–171
51. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *94-78–172
51. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *92-80–172
53. Trevor King, Huntington, NY *89-84–173
53. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *89-84–173
53. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *89-84–173
56. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *89-85–174
56. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *87-87–174
56. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *84-90–174
59. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *95-81–176
59. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *86-90–176
61. William Podbela, Muttontown, NY *87-91–178
62. Clifford Lindholm, Montclair, NJ *90-89–179
63. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *90-90–180
64. Jeremy McRorie, Winnipeg, Canada *92-89–181
64. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *91-90–181
66. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *96-94–190
66. Brett Riley, Jasper, GA *92-98–190
68. Liam Kent, Winnipeg Canada *89-102–191
69. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *98-106–204
70. Langston Morrison, Stamford, CT *96-124–220

DID NOT FINISH

Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *80—DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *84—DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Boys 14 & Under Division

Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Ocean Course: 6,084 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (White Tees) Harbour Town: 5,881 yards, Par 71

1. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *75-73–148
2. Yujie Jin, Windermere, FL *76-83–159
3. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *76-87–163
4. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *79-87–166
4. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-85–166
6. Luke Sample, New York, NY *88-94–182
7. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *90-94–184
8. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China*99-101–200

Girls Division

Round 1 – (Green Tees) Ocean Course: 5,856 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Green Tees) Harbour Town: 5,677 yards, Par 71

1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *72–78–150
2. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *75-78–153
2. Mind Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *72-81–153
4. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *76-78–154
5. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *79-76–155
5. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *76-79–155
5. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *77-78–155
8. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *74-82–156
9. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *77-82–159
10. Anna Chanthaphaeng, Boiling Springs, SC *79-81–160
10. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *76-84–160
12. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *82-80–162
12. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *77-85–162
14. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *81-83–164
15. Arisa Kimura, Bethesda, MD *84-83–167
16. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *84-87–171
16. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *81-90–171
18. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-90–173
19. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *91-84–175
20. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *83-103–186
21. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *96-106–202
22. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *106-110–216

DID NOT FINISH

Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *77—DQ (Rule 6-6b)

Go, Rodriguez top Players to Watch list for the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines

The last stop of the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) fall season will be the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines on Dec. 13-14, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole event will take place on two courses, the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links.

Home to the PGA TOUR’S RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links is world-renowned. It is best known for its iconic 18th hole overlooking the Calibogue Sound and the Harbour Town Lighthouse.

Hole 18 Harbour Town

Harbour Town

The Ocean Course was the first course built on Hilton Head Island and features one of only two oceanfront holes on the island. Both courses are Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries that promise to be as beautiful as they are challenging.

ocean-course

Ocean Course

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, tops the list of players to watch for the Boys 15-19 Division for this weekend’s tournament. Go has placed highly enough to earn points in all six tournaments he has played in this season, including first-place finishes at the IJGT College Series at NC STATE and the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club. Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, is another player to watch as the 16-year-old shot up 22 spots in the Tour Rankings after bringing home the title at the Savannah Junior at The Landings this past weekend, Dec. 6-7, 2014. Other players to watch include Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, who is coming off a win at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, who has two IJGT championships under his belt this season.

In the Girls Division, Caracas, Venezuela, native Clementina Rodriguez finished second in the IJGA Invitational last year and will be fighting for the championship this year. Rodriguez has finished first or second in the Invitational every year for the past four seasons. Also keep an eye out for Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who is coming off an impressive first-place finish at The Savannah Junior at The Landings and will look to continue her winning streak.

Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, will aim to take home his second IJGT championship this season in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Pfoestl has finished in the top three in five of his seven tournaments this season. Other players looking to add a second IJGT title to their resume this year include Luke Sample of New York and Seoul native Dong Jin Park.

The IJGA Invitational is known for being one of the IJGT’s biggest, most competitive events of the season and this year looks to be no exception. Juniors will be competing for national rankings and double IJGT merit points in the last Major Championship of the season. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live updates and download the IJGT app for live scoring.

Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass – Final results (Nov. 29, 2014)

Luo wins the Thanksgiving Day Classic in a come-from-behind effort
A hole-in-one highlights Larcelet’s first-ever IJGT win 

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The IJGT hosted the annual Thanksgiving Day Classic over the holiday weekend at TPC Sawgrass, the home of the PLAYERS Championship. The three-day event was held on November 27-29, 2014, and took place on both the Dye’s Valley and THE PLAYERS Stadium courses. More than 85 juniors competed for national rankings and IJGT merit points.

Luo-cropXue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, won the Boys 15-19 Division in a come-from-behind effort. Luo’s 74 and 75 in the first two rounds had him trailing divisional leaders but still in the hunt. In his best performance of the weekend, Luo improved on his round-two score to close the tournament with an even-par 72 and moved into first with a three-day total 221. Luo began the tournament with momentum, stringing together seven consecutive pars before carding an eagle on the par-5 No. 8 of the Valley Course. Despite seeing a few bogeys in round two, Luo countered with three birdies to keep him in the running. Finishing strong, Luo aimed for consistency and used three birdies to finish the tournament with a 2-under back nine.

“My focus coming into today was to stay calm and play my own game,” said Luo.

Luo’s score of 72 in the final round earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female juniors to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

In second was Ben Albin of Santa Fe, N.M., with scores of 77-70-78 to finish with a tournament total 225. Sharing third was Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Sam Ohno of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The pair finished with tournament totals of 227.

Charles Larcelet copyIn his first IJGT event of his career, Charles Larcelet of Geraudot, France, controlled the Boys 14 & Under all the way to victory. Combining scores of 77-73-80 for a total of 230, Larcelet finished a staggering 16 strokes ahead of the division. He opened with consistency by carding 13 pars. Moving on to his best round of the tournament, Larcelet birdied the par-5 No. 1 before going on to record the first hole-in-one of the tournament on the par-3 No. 14 for eagle. Thanks to the lead he generated in the first two rounds, a struggle with bogeys was not enough to derail Larcelet’s route to victory.

“I was stressed going into today but happy overall with my performance,” said Larcelet.

Rounding out the top three for the Boys 14 & Under Division was Dong Jin Park of Seoul, in second and Alex Whitehead of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., in third. Park finished with a total 246 and Whitehead finished with a total of 250.

 

 

Yunjie Zhang copyYunjie Zhang of Haikou City, China, was victorious in the Girls Division. After round one, she shared the lead but consistent performances in rounds two and three allowed her to pull ahead and take a commanding eight-stroke lead for the win. Three birdies in round one helped Zhang to a 3-over 75 to share the lead with Chomachana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Zhang improved by three strokes in round two after scoring par or better on 17 of 18 holes and took control of the division with her second round score of even-par 72. Four more birdies highlighted a second even-par performance to keep Zhang in first with a three-day total of 219.

“I was nervous on the range but birdies three of the first four holes and that calmed me down,” said Zhang.

The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls went to both Zhang and Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, for their even-par scores of 72 in the third and final round.

Zeng finished in second with a tournament-total 227 while Phuchanbanchob finished third with a total 231.

Chandler McDowell of Alberta, Canada, also recorded a hole-in-one on the par-3 No. 8 of the Stadium Course.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on December 6-7, 2014, for the Savannah Junior at The Landings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.. – Final Results of the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on November 27-29, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Dye’s Valley Course – Blue Tees – 6,668 yards Par 72; Round 3 Stadium Course – Blue Tees – 6, 669 yards Par 72 (Round 1 & 2: 72.6/131; Round 3: 74.0/146). Boys 14 & Under Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Dye’s Valley Course – White Tees – 6,227 yards, Par 72; Round 3 Stadium Course – White Tees – 6,079 yards Par 72 (Round 1 & 2: 70.6/130; Round 3: 70.8/137). Girls Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Dye’s Valley Course – Green Tees – 5,895 yards Par 72; Round 3 Stadium Course – Green Tees – 5, 718 yards Par 72 (Round 1 & 2: 77.2/146; Round 3: 76.5/151).

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Dormie Club
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
November 27-29, 2014 

Boys 15-19 Division
Rounds 1 & 2 – (Blue Tees) Dye’s Valley Course: 6,668 Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Blue Tees) Stadium Course: 6,669 Yards, Par 72

1. Xue Wen Luo, Haikou, China *74-75-72–221
2. Ben Albin, Santa Fe, NM *77-70-78–225
3. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *82-70-75–227
3. Sam Ohno, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *71-77-79–227
5. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA *78-76-75–229
6. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *76-76-78–230
6. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *79-72-79–230
8. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *77-81-74–232
8. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico *76-79-77–232
10. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *77-77-83–237
11. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *79-81-79–239
11. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *81-79-79–239
13. Devin Deogun, Orchard Lake, MI *80-83-77–240
13. Graydon Kent, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *76-83-81–240
13. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *82-76-82–240
16. Eric Costa, Largo, FL *78-79-84–241
17. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *83-81-78–242
17. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *79-78-85–242
19. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *80-84-81–245
19. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *82-82-81–245
19. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *77-84-84–245
22. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *78-83-85–246
22. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *80-79-87–246
24. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *81-84-82–247
24. James Murphy, New York, NY *86-79-82–247
26. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *81-86-81–248
27. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *85-81-83–249
27. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *82-85-82–249
29. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *86-86-78–250
29. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *83-82-85–250
29. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *80-83-87–250
32. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *88-82-81–251
32. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *86-79-86–251
34. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *79-89-84–252
35. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *83-88-82–253
35. Connor Downey, Franklin, TN *84-81-88–253
35. Clifford Lindholm, Montclair, NJ *81-79-93–253
38. David Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA *88-81-85–254
39. Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA *85-86-86–257
39. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *85-82-90–257
41. Michael Guay, Chelmsford, MA *100-75-84–259
41. Gustav Tegel, Miami Beach, FL *87-82-90–259
43. Rohit Sirosh, Bellevue, WA *89-83-88–260
43. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *78-90-92–260
45. Titus Sung, Roslyn Heights, NY *90-87-88–265
46. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *91-83-92–266
46. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *84-88-94–266
48. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *88-90-89–267
49. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *88-91-90–269
50. Karan Bhasin, Mishref *95-84-91–270
50. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *78-92-100–270
52. Rich Streicher, Bluffton, OH *87-95-94–276
53. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *88-100-97–285
54. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *98-93-99–290
54. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *93-96-101–290
56. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *103-91-100–294
57. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *97-93-108–298

DID NOT FINISH

WD. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, *
DQ. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA * (Rule 6-3a)
JWD. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea *105-111-0–216
JWD. Prescott Butler, Old Westbury, NY *

Boys 14 & Under Division
Rounds 1 & 2 – (White Tees) Dye’s Valley Course: 6,227Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 6,079 Yards, Par 72

1. Charles Larcelet, Geraudot, France *77-73-80–230
2. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *82-83-81–246
3. Alex Whitehead, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *84-82-84–250
4. Yujie Jin, Windermere, FL *88-90-83–261
5. Poppy Lee, Loxahatchee, FL *91-88-89–268
6. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *97-95-86–278
7. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-100-93–279
8. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *96-101-101–298
9. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *113-111-113–337

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Brett Schell, St Augustine, FL *80-78-85—243 (Rule 6-6b)

Girls Division
Rounds 1 & 2 – (Green Tees) Dye’s Valley Course: 5,895 Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Green Tees) Stadium Course: 5,718 Yards, Par 72

1. Yunjie Zhang, Haikou City, China *75-72-72–219
2. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *76-79-72–227
3. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *75-77-79–231
4. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *78-84-80–242
5. Kristin Whitehead, Johannesburg, South Africa *83-86-76–245
5. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *82-82-81–245
7. Mind Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *82-82-82–246
7. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *82-80-84–246
9. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *84-87-76–247
10. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *81-81-86–248
11. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *85-77-87–249
11. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-84-82–249
13. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *87-82-83–252
14. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *88-86-82–256
15. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *90-85-85–260
16. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *85-85-94–264
17. Dylaney Day, Toronto, ON *93-84-92–269
18. Allison Herring, Skillman, NJ *91-98-90–279
19. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *99-95-86–280
20. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *91-94-99–284
21. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *87-105-100–292

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Hannah Berman, Ponte Vedra, FL *88-87-0–175

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