Miles captures first victory at Savannah Harbor
Schneider Takes Home Georgia Junior Title
SAVANNAH, GA. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Georgia Junior Feb. 23-24 at The Club at Savannah Harbor. The IJGT Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor featured 78 elite junior golfers from all over the world. Friday’s heavy rain and frigid temperatures made the course extra challenging for all of the competitors over the weekend. Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C. and Ceha Lee of Bundang-Gu, South Korea battled the rain to prevail in the Boys 15-19 and Girls Divisions respectively, while Jan Schneiderof Erlangen, Germany took home his second title of the year by outlasting Will Thomson of Pittsford, N.Y. by a single stroke in the Boys 14 & Under Division.
The Boys 15-19 Division was the most competitive division of the tournament with the top 3 spots being separated by the smallest of margins, as Austin McCulloch of Alexandria, Minn. and Ewen Ferguson of Hilton Head Island, S.C. both posted an even-par 144 on the weekend, which put them tied for second place. The biggest surprise of all was Miles, who shocked the field after being down four strokes when the final round began. Miles, who was four strokes behind first round leader Chris Magi of Montreal, Canada, overcame all odds and took home his first championship victory in dramatic fashion.
“I knew it was going to take under par to win, so I played aggressive, but smart aggressive,” said Miles. “I didn’t go at all the flags, but I picked the right spots to go for it.”
Miles, who has never won a title, really wanted to bring home a first place finish at the Georgia Junior. “After finishing second in the past two tournaments it feels so good to finally bring home a first place finish,” said Miles.
With his 2-under-par 70 on Saturday, Magi earned himself the Lo-ProKENTWOOL Socks Award which goes to the player who has the lowest first round score at every IJGT tournament.
In addition to his second place finish, McCulloch’s final round score of 4-under-par 68 was the best score on Sunday earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.
In the Boys 14 & Under Division , Schneider took home his second division victory in only his third event on U.S. soil. The rain never affected Schneider’s play after posting an even-par 72 on Saturday in the soaking wet conditions. His impressive opening round was good enough to give him the lead heading into Sunday.
“It’s always good to have the lead after the first round, but I knew the second round was going to be tough,” said Schneider.
Schneider’s second round was one of the most exciting to watch with second place finisher Thomson nipping at his heels all day long. Thomson was able to equal Schneider’s Sunday total, but his one shot deficit from Saturday turned out to be the final margin, leaving him with his second straight runner-up finish by one stroke in as many weeks. James Wohler of Savannah, Ga. rounded out the top three in the division with a 151 total on the weekend.
“It was a hard second round for me with Will [Thomson] being paired up with me,” said Schneider. “Will is such a good player, so I knew the second round was going to be tough.”
In the Girls Division , Lee fought off stiff competition to take home her first IJGT title of the season by posting a 1-over-par 145 total on the weekend. Lee, who was being pursued by second place finisher Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, and third place finisherMaggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., began the weekend with a three stroke lead, and never looked back, as she took home the division title by two strokes.
“I just tried to stay calm going into Sunday,” said Lee. “I acted like I wasn’t in the lead, because knowing I was leading would make me feel more nervous.”
Lee’s 1-under-par 71 on Saturday, earned her the Lo-Pro KENTWOOL Socks Award which goes to the player who has the lowest first round score at every IJGT tournament.
For the Girls Division, the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to Phuchanbanchob and Ayaka Nakayama of Kanagawa, Japan who both shot even-par 72 on Sunday at Savannah Harbor.
The next IJGT event will be Family Weekend at Port Royal Mar. 2-3 on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The IJGT’s Family Weekend is always a hit with the parents, and this year will be no different as families will be traveling in from all over the globe to participate.
To sign up for this event, or other, or for more information on the IJGT, call (843) 785-2444 or visit www.IJGT.com.
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 Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear morodZ, PURE Grips, and International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Final round results of the IJGT Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed February 24, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6822 yards, Par 72 (72.7/135). Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6282 yards, Par 72 (70.6/130) Girls Division: Silver Tees – 5843 yards, Par 72 (73.6/131).
Weather: Rainy with temperatures in the High 50s, winds 5-10 m.p.h.
Cloudy with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 5-10 m.p.h.
International Junior Golf Tour
Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor
February 23-24, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division – (Black Tees) 6,822 Yards, Par 72
1. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC, *74-69–143
2. Austin McCulloch, Alexandria, MN, *76-68–144
2. Ewen Ferguson, Hilton Head Island, SC, *73-71–144
4. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada, *70-75–145
4. James Cresswell, Orwigsburg, PA, *72-73–145
6. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE, *71-75–146
7. Simon Velez, Bogota, Colombia, *71-76–147
8. Ben Dietrich, Bluffton, SC, *74-74–148
9. GeunTae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, *75-75–150
10. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada, *77-74–151
10. Jonathan Meissner, Wilton, CT, *76-75–151
12. Matthew Mannion, Hilton Head Island, SC, *76-76–152
13. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA, *74-79–153
14. AJ Correia, Bedford, NH, *76-78–154
14. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC, *75-79–154
16. Charlie Spencer-White, Bluffton, SC, *78-77–155
16. Kameron Sallee, Savannah, GA, *77-78–155
16. Andrew Boyer, Muskoka, ON, *74-81–155
19. Sun Kim, L’ile-perrot, Canada, *82-74–156
20. Mac Cavanaugh, West Newbury, MA, *76-81–157
21. Kevin Reich, Winterthur, Switzerland, *79-79–158
22. Seung Jae Hong, Cupertino, CA, *83-76–159
22. John Conley, Leesburg, VA, *81-78–159
22. Mos Bangpetch, Hilton Head Island, SC, *81-78–159
22. Daniel Tello Vargas, Pachuca, Mexico, *77-82–159
26. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea, *85-75–160
26. Peter Cho, Koyang, South Korea, *82-78–160
26. Aaron Liebenthal, Sylvania, OH, *79-81–160
26. Nicholas Rodriguez, East Northport, NY, *81-79–160
26. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan, *78-82–160
31. Gbenga Toriola, Abuja, Nigeria, *79-82–161
31. Nicco Gentile, Rosemere, Canada, *78-83–161
33. Austin Green, Fayetteville, PA, *81-81–162
34. William Dunn III, Lancaster, PA, *84-79–163
34. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan, *83-80–163
36. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA, *87-77–164
37. Tyler Balkema, North Haledon, NJ, *81-84–165
38. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China, *82-84–166
39. Dacotah Palcit, Windsor, Canada, *83-85–168
40. Peter Alberti, Madison, CT, *87-87–174
41. Marshall Clemens, Weston, MA, *86-92–178
42. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *92-87–179
43. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA, *87-100–187
44. Jerry Sung, Newport Beach, CA, *126-128–254
DID NOT FINISH
Young-Hwa Jung, Hilton Head Island, SC *82-DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Tyler Prater, Salt Point, NY *90-DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Bryan Gagnon, Culver City, CA *78-JWD
Nate Anderson, Billings, MT *90-JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division – (Gold Tees) 6,282 Yards, Par 72
1. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany, *72-76–148
2. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY, *73-76–149
3. James Wohler, Savannah, GA, *74-77–151
4. Ben Reichert, East Amherst, NY, *75-80–155
5. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH, *75-83–158
6. Tyson – Skylar Morrisseau, Couchiching First Nation, Canada, *80-84–164
7. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ, *78-87–165
8. Evan White, Greenville, SC, *86-81–167
Girls Division – (Silver Tees) 5,843 Yards, Par 72
1. Ceha Lee, Bundang-Gu, South Korea, *71-74–145
2. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *75-72–147
3. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA, *74-76–150
4. Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico, *74-77–151
5. Ayaka Nakayama, Kanagawa, Japan, *81-72–153
6. Stephanie Liu, Hardeeville, SC, *76-79–155
6. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT, *79-76–155
8. Mia Baringer, East Greenville, PA, *81-80–161
9. Paige Cappelli, Blue Bell, PA, *84-79–163
10. Margine Arguello, Panama City, Panama, *89-75–164
11. Kali Boyer, New Ringgold, PA, *82-85–167
12. Kathryn Crouch, Harker Heights, TX, *84-84–168
13. Marah Penn, Hamburg, NY, *87-82–169
14. Dorsey Addicks, Atlanta, GA, *87-83–170
15. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China, *88-83–171
15. Carla Loyola, Queretaro, Mexico, *86-85–171
17. Lizzie Hammel, Wexford, PA, *87-86–173
17. Taylor Howerton, Evansville, IN, *83-90–173
19. Ariana Dial, Clarksville, MD, *88-86–174
20. Vica Paulsen, Ridgewood, NJ, *106-104–210
21. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY, *107-107–21
DID NOT FINISH
Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *81-DQ (Rule 6-6d)