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IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes – Final Results (March 1, 2015)

Hui victorious after four-hole playoff

Greenplate wins Boys 14 & Under Division by six strokes  

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) returned to Hilton Head Island to host the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes on February 28-March 1, 2015. Despite the cold, cloudy and rainy conditions, juniors performed admirably during the two-day, 36-hole event. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

SherngAfter 36 holes, Yong Sherng Hui of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, and Jason Stokes of St. Brelade, Jersey, each had tournament totals of 150 to force a playoff. They matched each other stroke for stroke on the first playoff hole, both carding birdies on the par-5 hole No. 10. The playoff continued to hole No. 18, where both players made par. The duo returned to hole No. 10 where they stayed neck and neck by making par. The action then returned to the 18th hole, where Hui won the fourth playoff hole and locked down his victory in the Boys 15-19 Division. When asked how he remained focused during the playoff, Hui kept it simple responding, “Just hit the ball straight.”

Hui knocked 10 strokes off his round one score to card an even-par 70 in round two. He led his division in birdies with seven. He birdied the par-5 10th hole in both rounds. His second round even-par 70 earned 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.

Stokes started the second round strong making par on the first seven holes and finished the tournament in second place. In third was Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada with a 153 tournament total.

Evan GreenplateHilton Head Island, S.C., native Evan Greenplate ran away with the Boys 14 & Under Division, winning by six strokes. Greenplate had a two-stroke lead after round one and shaved six strokes off his round one score to finish with a tournament total of 156.

The highlight of the tournament for Greenplate came in round two. “I had back-to-back birdies on the front nine and back nine so that was pretty fun,” he recalled. His birdies came on the par-3 sixth hole, par-4 seventh hole, par-4 13th hole and the par-3 14th hole.

Jackson Skeen of Johnson City, Tenn., finished in second with a tournament total of 164. Chase Phillips and Yuxuan Zou, both of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished just two strokes behind Skeen to finish in third with tournament totals of 166.

 

Cake 1In the Girls Division, Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, made par 11 times in round one on her way to victory. She enjoyed round one noting, “Everything was just kind of nice going.” She finished with a 151 tournament total. Her second round 78 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Ashni Dhruva of Katy, Texas, finished in second with a tournament total of 158. Bluffton, S.C., Sophie Guo and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, had tournament totals of 161 to tie for third.

 

 

The IJGT will continue tournament play with the first northeast event of the season, the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill on March 14-15, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Hilton Head Island, SC. – Final Results of IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes – George Fazio Course on February 28 – March 1, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,566 yards Par 70 (72.1/135). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,968 yards, Par 7 (69.8/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,613 yards, Par 70 (73.4/125).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes (George Fazio Course)

Hilton Head Island, SC

February 28 – March 1, 2015

X- Defines Playoff Victor

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Gold Tees, 6,566 yards, Par 70

1. X-Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *80-70–150

1. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *78-72–150

3. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *80-73–153

4. Matthew Pulgini, Middletown, DE *81-73–154

4. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *77-77—154

6. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *81-74–155

6. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *81-74–155

6. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea *79-76–155

6. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *76-79–155

10. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *79-77–156

10. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *78-78–156

10. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *75-81–156

13. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *83-75–158

14. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *84-75–159

14. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *80-79–159

16. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *80-80–160

16. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *81-79–160

16. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg, Germany *79-81–160

19. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *82-79–161

20. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *84-78–162

21. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *80-83–163

22. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *88-76–164

22. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *87-77–164

22. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *86-78–164

22. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *85-79–164

26. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *82-83–165

26. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *82-83–165

26. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *81-84–165

29. Nate Yackovich, Gibsonia, PA *83-85–168

29. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *78-90–168

31. Dylan Rotter, Potomac, MD *84-85–169

31. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *83-86–169

33. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *88-82–170

34. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *86-86–172

35. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *84-89–173

36. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *93-83–176

37. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *87-90–177

37. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *88-89–177

39. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *88-92–180

40. Matthew Bonadies, New Albany, OH *90-92–182

40. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *91-91–182

40. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *86-96–182

43. Billy Rosemeyer, Gibsonia, PA *89-96–185

44. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *94-98–192

45. Kyle Froisland, Blairstown, NJ *111-108–219

46. Yo Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *114-124–238

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *25-0–25

Boys 14 & Under Division, Blue Tees, 5,968, Par 70

1. Evan Greenplate, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-75–156

2. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *83-81–164

3. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-80–166

3. Yuxuan Zou, Hilton Head, SC *84-82–166

5. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *92-89–181

DID NOT FINISH

WD. Ayushman Jaiswal, Bangalore, India *88-21–109

Girls Division- White Tees, 5,613 yards, Par 70

1. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *73-78–151

2. Ashni Dhruva, Katy, TX *78-80–158

3. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *79-82–161

3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *80-81–161

5. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *86-81–167

6. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *85-83–168

7. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *87-83–170

8. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-89–175

9. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *88-89–177

9. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *89-88–177

11. Vienna Winalski, West Hartford, CT *103-102–205

DID NOT FINISH

DQ (6-6d) Mind Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *82-0–82

 

Major Championship at Duke University – Tour Preview

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will travel to Durham, N.C., to host the Major Championship at Duke University on March 28-29. The two-day, 36-hole event is the second Major Championship of the spring season.

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Opened in 1957, the Duke University Golf Course is the only Robert Trent Jones-designed course in the region. It was redesigned by Jones’ son, Rees, in 1994 and hosted the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship in 2001.

Links Magazine rated the Duke University Golf Course No. 12 on its list of the Top 25 College Courses. The Major Championship at Duke University provides the perfect opportunity for aspiring college golfers to play one of the best college courses in the country and visit Duke University and nearby colleges like the University of North Carolina while they’re in the area.

Yong Sherng Hui of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division. Hui is coming off a dramatic four-hole playoff victory in the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes earlier this month. He just edged out St. Brelade, Jersey, native Jason Stokes, who will also be competing in the Major Championship at Duke. Also keep an eye out for Anthony Cordaro of Pittsburgh, Pa., who tied for ninth in last year’s IJGT event at Duke.

Timonium, Md., native Jack Halleron won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the IJGT event at Duke last season and will look to repeat this year. He finished first in his last IJGT event this season, the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club. Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, is seeking his fourth IJGT victory this season and is coming off back-to-back wins in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River and the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island. Elmsford, N.Y., native Matthew Minerva Jr. and Ayushman Jaiswal of Bangalore, India, are both looking for their second IJGT victories of the season in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

In the Girls Division, Farmington, Conn., native Kelly Whaley has been victorious in all three IJGT events she’s played this season and will look to continue her winning streak at Duke. The UNC commit finished second in the IJGT event at Duke two years ago. Martina Gerbelova of Bratislava, Slovakia, has to top-five finishes this season and will look to break into the winner’s circle at Duke.

For more information, or to register for the Major Championship at Duke University, click here.

Big weekend ahead for IJGT – Tour Preview Sept. 27-28, 2014

As the 2014 fall season continues, the IJGT is gearing up for two big events this weekend, Sept. 27-28, 2014. For those registered, we have two great tournament venues in line for you!

Heading north, the Northeast Tour will take over Brook Lea Country Club to host the IJGT Upstate Challenge. The two-day 18-hole tournament will allow juniors to compete for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

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Brook Lea Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.

Constructed in 1926, the Donald Ross designed golf course remains one of Rochester’s most challenging and enjoyable golf courses. The course offers breathtaking views, a peaceful setting and an exhilarating test that will challenge golfers of all levels. The meadows and woodlands are woven together by ponds and creeks culminating in two finishing championship par-3 holes.

Having won the Upstate Challenge in the 2013-2014 season, Danny Gianniny of Rochester, N.Y., will be a player to watch as he looks to use the local course to secure a second Upstate Challenge victory.

Heading south, the Southeast Tour will return to a fan-favorite Oldfield Golf Club to host the IJGT Lowcountry Open. Also a two-day, 18-hole event, the Lowcountry Open will offer up national rankings and IJGT merit points.

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Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C.

Oldfield has no shortage of breathtaking scenery and was recognized by the Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for its attention to preserving the local environment. The natural environment equates to small greens and free-form bunkers. The course is located just off the Okatie River and offers a one-of-a-kind golfing experience.

Returning to the Lowcountry Open for the second consecutive year, be sure to watch for Yong Sherng Hui of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, who will look to improve upon his 10th place finish at the event in 2013. In the Girls Division, keep an eye on Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan. The recent verbal-commit to University of Central Florida will look to better her second-place finish in the 2013 Lowcountry Open this weekend with a title.

For more information about these events, click below.

IJGT Lowcountry Open

IJGT Upstate Challenge

To register for other upcoming events, click here or call (843) 686-1508.

Lin, Nicholas earn Photo of the Week honors – May 15th, 2014

NORTHEAST

HERSHEY, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Hershey Classic on May 10-11, 2014 on the East Course at Hershey Country Club. Weather in round one included rain showers and a 30-minute delay, eventually forcing some golfers to be postponed until 8:00 a.m. the next morning. The weather for the final round made up for it however, with temperatures reaching into the high 70s. Out of the 112 golfers that came out to play in this event, James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y. earned Photo of the Week.

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Nicholas played extremely well during the Hershey Classic, which earned him his fourth IJGT Championship the season. After sinking a 20-foot putt to force a playoff, Nicholas pulled out the victory after four playoff holes. With this victory, Nicholas moved himself to the #1 ranking on tour. Congratulations on your victory and Photo of the Week honors. We look forward to seeing Nicholas at the  Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

SOUTHEAST

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The IJGT traveled south to host The Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club on May 10-11, 2014. The final event of the regular Southeast Tour schedule featured a field of 61 juniors ranging in age from 11-19 years old for the two-day, 36-hole event. Jamie Lin of Taichung, Taiwan won this week’s Photo of the Week honors in the Southeast.

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Lin (left) and Yong Sherng Hui(right) of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia are seen here smiling for the camera at the Orlando Junior. Both are regular competitors in the IJGT as this was Lin’s 13th event and Hui’s 20th event. Lin finished tied for 17th while Hui finished tied for seventh.  Congratulations on winning Photo of the Week honors. We look forward to seeing both Lin and Hui at the  Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear Golf Club – Final Results

Suyasri wins in a playoff

Ashmore secures first-ever IJGT title 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The IJGT hosted the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on May 3-4, 2014. The event was the first Callaway Junior World Qualifier of the Southeast Tour for the 2013-2014 season. The winner of the Boys 15-19 Division and the winner of the Girls Division received an exemption into the prestigious Callaway Junior World Golf Championships. In addition, juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

DSC_0892At the end of regulation, Parathakorn Suyasri of Chonburi, Thailand, and Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan, remained tied with scores of 145 overall. The tie forced a playoff held on the par-4 hole No. one. Ono teed off first, hooking left to land in the rough while Suyasri followed to find himself in the center of the fairway. Suyasri’s second shot from the fairway hit the green while Ono’s came up short. Ono’s chip shot landed within three feet from the hole where his putt for par came up shy. After Ono tapped in for bogey, Suyasri use his par putt to secure the win.

Suyasri’s victory came in his first-ever IJGT event where he led after round one with a low score of 69. Despite struggling with a few bogeys in round two, scoring par on 14 of 18 holes kept him among the leaders. He finished with scores of 69-76 – 145 overall.

Ono’s round-two one-under-par score of 71 was highlighted by five birdies. The low score awarded Ono the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award offered to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round. Ono finished with scores of 74-71 – 145.

Yong Sherng Hui of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, rounded out the top three carding scores of 74-72 – 146.

When asked what worked well for him, Suyasri commented, “My short game worked best for me today.”

DSC_0879Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., was the winner of the Boys 14 & Under Division with scores of 77-73 – 150 overall. Trailing by two strokes after round one, Ingram tallied three birdies in round two to move into first. The victory is the first for Ingram in his time with the IJGT.

Brooks Dyess of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished in second with scores of 75-76 – 151 while Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., finished third with scores of 79-80 – 159.

“It feels good, I’ve been coming in a lot of second places so it finally feels good to pull it all together,” said Ingram on his win.

 

DSC_0831In the Girls Division, Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., secured her first ever IJGT win as she carded scores of 74-74 – 148. Coming off a second-place finish at the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club, Ashmore carded a career best six birdies in two rounds to help her to her victory.

Ashmore finished two strokes ahead of second-place finisher, Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, who boasted scores of 78-72 – 150. Chee’s even-par score of 72 in round two earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. In third, Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, tied with overall scores of 152.

When asked how her first victory feels, Ashmore commented, “It feels great, it will just give me a lot of confidence in my next event especially with the summer coming up.”

The IJGT will head south next weekend for the Orlando Junior at Flacon’s Fire in Orlando, Fla. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Tees) 6,911 yards, Par 72

1. Parathakorn Suyasri, Chonburi, Thailand *69-76–145
2. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *74-71–145
3. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *74-72–146
4. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ *74-73–147
5. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *75-73–148
6. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *75-74–149
6. Steve Cerbara, Langhorne, PA *75-74–149
8. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *75-77–152
8. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-76–152
8. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *77-75–152
11. Christopher Saad, Lexington, KY *81-72–153
11. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *74-79–153
11. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *74-79–153
14. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *82-74–156
14. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *77-79–156
16. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *80-77–157
16. Keith Techasith, Bangkok, Thailand *79-78–157
18. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *82-77–159
19. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *79-81–160
20. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *84-78–162
20. Sidhartha Sharathram, Coimbatore, India *79-83–162
20. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *80-82–162
23. Nattapol Udomrat, Bangkok, Thailand *82-81–163
24. Borys Shubinsky, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-82–165
24. Rio Wong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *84-81–165
24. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *81-84–165
24. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *80-85–165
24. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *80-85-165
24. Drew Smith, Decatur, GA *77-88–165
30. Saurav Bubber, Mississauga, Canada *90-78–168
30. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *86-82–168
32. Walker Campbell, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-88–169
33. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *84-88–172
34. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *91-82–173
35. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *93-85–178
36. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *90-90–180
37. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *95-97–192

Boys 14 & Under Division (Gold Tees) 6,213 yards, Par 72

1. Chase Ingram, Bluffton, SC *77-73–150
2. Brooks Dyess, Hilton Head Island, SC *75-76–151
3. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *79-80–159
4. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA *87-85–172
5. Ronak Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *93-86–179
6. Dazhuang Li, Sheyang, China *103-107–210

DID NOT FINISH

Mo Balaji, Johns Creek, GA *DQ (Rule 3-2)

Girls Division (White Tees) 5,894 yards, Par 72

1. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *74-74–148
2. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *78-72–150
3. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *75-77–152
3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *77-75–152
5. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *75-78–153
6. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *73-81–154
7. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *77-78–155
7. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *77-78–155
9. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *80-83–163
9. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *80-83–163
11. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *83-82–165
11. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *78-87–165
13. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC *89-82–171
14. Dylaney Day, Toronto, Canada *81-91–172
15. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *95-98–193

Oldfield Junior at Oldfield Country Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT will be in Okatie, S.C. April 12-13, 2014 for the Oldfield Junior at Oldfield Country Club. The 18-hole two-day tournament will offer National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points to top finishers.

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Oldfield has no shortage of breathtaking scenery and was recognized by the Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for its attention to preserving the local environment. The natural environment equates to small greens and free-form bunkers. The course is located just off the Okatie River and offers a one-of-a-kind golfing experience.

Oldfield Golf Course along the Okatie River

Oldfield Golf Course along the Okatie River

Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, and Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, will both look to lead the Boys 15-19 Division as they both come off of a top-10 finish in their last tournament play. D’Amico finished second at the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club on March 22-23, 2014 while Hui comes off a tie for 10th in the same tournament.

In the Girls Division, we have seen Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, in 14 events this season and she will look to make the Oldfield Junior a victory for her 15th event. Tadokoro comes off of a 9th-place tie at the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor in February. Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., will be making an appearance in her first tournament of 2014 and will look to add to her three top-three finishes on the 2013-2014 season.

In the Boys 14 and Under Division, Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, brings to the table nine top-five finishes, four of which are first-place victories and he will look to add a fifth. Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., comes off of a hard-fought third-place finish at the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club and will also be in the hunt for a victory.

To register or for more information about the Oldfield Junior in April, click here.

Island Open at Dolphin Head – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will return to Hilton Head, S.C. for the #IslandOpen at Dolphin Head Golf Club on February 8-9, 2014. Playing 36-holes over two days, players will compete for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings.

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Designed by Gary Player, the course was the first to be built on the Hilton Head Plantation. The course combines tree lined fairways with wetland surrounded holes to make the course a true picture of Hilton Head. The now private Dolphin Head Golf Club was described by Celebrate Hilton Head Magazine as the “Hidden Gem” and best-kept secret on the island. Players will have a memorable experience playing a unique course with a picturesque backdrop.

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The 1st at Dolphin Head in Hilton Head, S.C.

The Boys 15-19 Division will feature familiar face Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia as he begins 2014 play at the #IslandOpen following a first place finish at the IJGT Junior at Oyster Reef last summer.

New to the tour this year, Boys 14 & Under members Zichen Zhao of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Ronak Bhagia of Charlotte, N.C., will both look to make a statement at Dolphin Head. The Island Open will be only the second ever Event for both Zhao and Bhagia.

Stay tuned as Milleina Ohara of Meguro-Ku, Japan, in the Girls Division returns to competition after securing her first ever IJGT tournament victory January 18-19, 2014 in the Island Challenge at the Country Club of Hilton Head.

To register or for more information on the #IslandOpen, click here.

Final results from the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Kim and Vilips grab third wins of season

Huang dominates Girls Division en route to second victory

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) wrapped up the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on a weekend that was culminated by all types of weather. The Southeast Region Event took place on Nov. 2-3, 2013 on the Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Hall Plantation Club. Heavy rain on Friday night left the fairways damp and muddy, and the players experienced all but normal conditions with clouds and sharp, chilling winds at some points followed up by warm sunshine during others. Competing for National Rankings and IJGT Merits Points, the golfers did not fail to impress with their skills, determination, and professionalism. All three divisions featured repeat winners taking home champions trophies.

Geuntae Kim - Island Open Champ

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Geuntae Kim of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, came back from a two-stroke deficit after the first round to capture his third victory of the season in a near-playoff situation. His final 71-77–148 tied with Ewen Ferguson of Hilton Head Island, S.C., but Kim won the playoff by default to take sole possession of first place at 4-over-par. After a first round consisting of five birdies and nine pars, Kim came back with a similar performance in the final round. He sank nine pars, including five in a row on holes Nos. 2-6, and his two birdies of the round came back-to-back on the tough par-5 No. 9 and the par-4 No. 10.

When asked about the best parts of his performance in the event, Kim noted his close-range game. He explained that he did really well “from inside 100 yards.”

This was the third consecutive win for Kim in as many events this season. He previously won at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7-8, and the Sanctuary Shootout on Sept. 28-29. He now has etched five career victories in two seasons with the IJGT.

To round out the Boys 15-19 Division, Ewen Ferguson landed in second place with a 76-72–148. His final-round 72 also gave him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his performance. Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, and Jonathan Phillips of Hardeeville, S.C., tied for third with final scores of 149.

Karl Vilips - Island Open Champ

The Boys 14 & Under Division saw a similar face atop the final standings, with Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, grabbing his third victory of the season. His first-round 1-over-par 73 gave him a five-stroke cushion going into the final round, and despite strong play by his fellow competitors, he did not succumb to the pressure, maintaining his lead and eventually taking home the trophy. Though Vilips endured some challenges during his final round, his 8-over-par 80 performance was able to secure an eight-stroke win in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a total 153. After a front-nine 42 during the final round, Vilips came back with a steady back nine, making pars on holes Nos. 10- 13, and then Nos. 15-18.

When asked about the most difficult parts of the event, Vilips noted, “The wind was really hard both days, and there was a lot of water.” Aside from experiencing these adversities, though, Vilips was quick to say that overall the win was “perfect.”

Vilips has had a spectacular first season with the IJGT, winning three events and grabbing top-five finishes in five others. His other two victories came at the IJGT Georgia Junior at Sea Island on Aug. 24-25 and the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch on Oct. 12-13.

Finishing in second place was Bumin Choi of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, who shot a final 78-83–161. Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., came in third with a two-round score of 85-80–165.

Samantha Huang - Island Open ChampSamantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, led the way in the Girls Division from start to finish, shooting a final 9-over-par 153 to secure a satisfying six stroke win. After a strong start with a first-round 1-under-par 71, Huang had a five stroke lead.

But, like most of the tournament field, Huang experienced challenges throughout the final round. Nonetheless, she was able to maintain her focus, shooting an 82 to earn her second win of the season. Huang sank nine pars and a birdie during the round, and played the course’s par-3s in 1-under-par for the tournament.

One of the most notable aspects of Huang’s performance came with her drivers, or lack thereof. When asked about any obstacles she experienced, Huang explained that because her drivers were “really bad,” she decided to use 3-wood for the entire duration of the tournament. It turns out this did not affect the champion too adversely in the end.

This is Huang’s first season with the IJGT, playing in four events, winning two and landing top ten in all four. Her first win came at the Sanctuary Shootout on Sept. 28-29.

There was a three-way tie for the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, with Huang, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, and Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, all posting a final-round 82. 

Rounding out the top three for the Girls Division were Arjun and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who carded a score of 77-82–159 and 76-84–160, respectively.

The IJGT returns to action next weekend for the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The tournament will be contested on the George Fazio Course at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com 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, 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 www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Island Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 3, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,739 yards, Par 72 (73.0/133). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,265 yards, Par 72 (71.0/127). Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,975 yards, Par 72 (76.0/134).

 

Weather: Cloudy with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 5-10 mph
                 Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 15-20 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour Island Open at Palmetto Hall
Palmetto Hall – Arthur Hills Course
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
November 2-3, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,739 yards, Par 72

1. Geuntae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *71-77–148*
2. Ewen Ferguson, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-72–148
3. Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, SC *75-74–149
3. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *69-80–149
5. Maurizio Debono, Basiglio, Italy *78-76–154
5. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *76-78–154
7. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-76–156
7. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *77-79–156
9. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *81-77–158
9. Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador *79-79–158
9. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *79-79–158
9. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *76-82–158
13. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *82-77–159
13. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *78-81–159
13. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *76-83–159
16. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *85-77–162
16. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *79-83–162
16. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *73-89–162
19. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *85-78–163
19. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *79-84–163
21. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *80-84–164
21. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *75-89–164
23. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *80-85–165
23. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *80-85–165
25. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *84-83–167
26. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *87-81–168
27. Trevor King, Huntington, NY *87-86–173
28. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *82-92–174
28. Jake Haughom, Vienna, VA *83-91–174
30. Walker Campbell, Paget, Bermuda *81-94–175
31. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *78-98–176
32. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *86-100–186
33. Mauricio Troncoso, Mexico City, Mexico *96-101–197

*Won in a playoff

Boys 14 & Under Division, White Tees, 6,265 yards, Par 72
1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *73-80–153
2. Bumin Choi, Gyeonngi-do, South Korea *78-83–161
3. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *85-80–165
4. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *78-88–166
5. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *91-89–180
6. Cade England, Dallas, TX *93-90–183
7. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *91-95–186
8. Alexander Camberos, Kigali, Rwanda *93-97–190
9. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *110-106–216

DID NOT FINISH
Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *79-JWD

Girls Division, Black Tees, 5,975 yards, Par 72
1. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *71-82–153
2. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *77-82–159
3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *76-84–160
4. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *85-82–167
5. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *82-86–168
6. Dylaney Day, Toronto, Canada *97-85–182
7. Christine Scholten, Amsterdam, Netherlands *106-108–214

DID NOT FINISH
Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *JWD

First-round highlights from the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled just around the corner for the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall, taking place Nov. 2-3, 2013. What began as a cold, wet morning for the golfers turned out to be a sunny Fall day with fantastic golf temperatures. The first round of the event was held on the club’s famed Arthur Hills Course, featuring heavily wooded areas with towering pines and moss-draped oaks, along with lush fairways rolling past crystalline lakes. These are your leaders going into the final round of competition.

The Boys 15-19 Division leader is Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, who got off to a fast start shooting a cool 3-under-par 69. He currently holds a two-stroke lead going into the final round. Here is Hui’s round by the numbers:

Yong Sherng Hui:

69 – first-round score

34 – score on the front nine (2-under-par)

13 – number of pars

2 – seasons with the IJGT

-3 – score on the course’s four par-3’s

On top of the Boys 14 & Under Division is Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia. Vilips holds a comfortable five-shot lead going into the final round with a score of 73. Here is his round by the numbers:

Karl Vilips:

73 – first-round score

11 – number of pars

5 – stroke lead after round one

3 – number of birdies

-1 – score on the course’s par-3’s and par-5’s

Taking charge of the Girls Division is Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, who came out with a 1-under-par 71 after 18 holes. Her performance gives her a five-stroke lead going into the final day of competition. Here is Huang’s round by the numbers:

Samantha Huang:

71 – first-round score

35 – score on the front nine (1-under-par)

9 – number of pars

5 – number of birdies

-3 – score on the course’s par-5’s

 

For complete results of the first round click here. Pairings for final-round action at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall can be found here.

Players of the Week – Summer Series at Oyster Reef

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. –  The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) started off their Summer Series this week with an exciting two-round tournament at the challenging Oyster Reef Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C. This Rees Jones design course is testing enough with tough greens and narrow fairways. Go ahead and throw severe humidity and a few pop-up thunderstorms into the mix, and this surely made for an even more testing event. However, Phubodi Sirisilp of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Kayla Kozak of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., were able to battle all elements and earn themselves Player of the Week honors.

Sirisilp was participating in his first Summer Series tournament with the IJGT, concluding the first round at a 9-over-par 81, only one shot back from leader Daiki Okada of Tokyo, Japan. Even still, this is not exactly where Sirisilp wanted to be, but knew that with some extra practice on the putting green he could make a run in the final round, ultimately hoping for victory Wednesday. The extra practice helped—Sirisilp was able to string together 12 pars and an impressive birdie on No. 5 en route to a final-round score of 5-over-par 77, a 158 total tournament score, and a tie for first place with fellow competitor Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia. Although Sirisilp played exceptionally well, Hui ultimately came out victorious in the playoff. However, Sirisilp’s outstanding course performance, with the ability to withstand the different elements thrown at him is impressive. We congratulate Sirisilp on his exceptional performance in his first ever IJGT Event, and look forward to seeing him in future tournaments to come.

In the Girls Division, Kozak was also just behind leader Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan going into round two. Kozak spent quite a bit of time on the range warming up to prepare for her final round, and with good reason. Being only 14-years-old and hitting the ball well past her fellow competitors was an advantage to Kozak. Her determination and focus to get up and down around the greens, as well as her focus on putting helped. 10 pars and a fantastic birdie on No. 17 allowed Kozak to shoot a 7-over-par 79, a ten stroke improvement from Tuesday. Kozak’s performance earned her second place at Oyster Reef, with a total tournament score of 168. Kayla will be attending the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) as a freshman this fall, and will become a regular smiling face on the course for the IJGT. We look forward to seeing her at future tournaments.