Winter Park, FL- The International Junior Golf Tour continued along its Spring tour over the weekend, making a stop at the popular Orange County National in Winter Garden, FL. A new regular stop along the tour, the juniors participating in the event experienced both of nationally reviewed courses OCN offers; Crooked Cat and Panther Lake. The weekend was played in beautiful conditions for both rounds, with low winds, high temperatures made for a great weekend for scoring as the players competed for AJGA Performance Stars, national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.
For those participating and following the Boys 15-19 Division, the scoreboard was a very popular place to be at the end of round one. Entering the final round on Sunday, six players had shot under par, and numerous players starting the final round with scores in the low 70’s. Alone at the top of both rounds, was Sungjin Noh of nearby Kissimmee, FL that was able to claim victory for the weekend. Noh was simply sensational, putting together scores of 64 and 71, finishing the weekend with a 135 total and nine-under par.
While Noh was nearly unstoppable for the first round played on the Crooked Cat course, the final round on Panther lake was filled with competitors chasing down the leader. Placing second after Noh, is Woojin Jung, also from Kissimmee, FL. Jung was also a standout performer for the weekend, shooting scores of 68 and 69 for a 137 total. Rounding out the Top-3 is another competitor from the Sunshine State, Connor Campbell. Campbell, who hails from Bellair Bluff was another star during the final round shooting a 69 after a round one score of 73 for a 142 finish.
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, John Daly II once again found himself at the top of the leaderboard for back-to-back events. After an impressive opening round of 77 that placed him second entering Sunday, Daly II charged up the leaderboard with a score of 75 for a 152 finish. “Putting was the best part of my game”, Daly II added after the round. “I made six birdies over the two rounds, but today I had even more par putts which was the big reason for the win”.Although entering the final round two-shots off the lead, Daly II attributed entering the day with the same energy and routine crucial to claim victory.
Finishing closely in second place is Oscar De la Fuente of Queretaro, Mexico, tallying scores of 80 and 78 for a two-day total of 156. Finishing out the top-3 is Julian Sanchez-Garcia, of Merida, Mexico. Sanchez-Garcia finishes off the weekend with scores of 80 and 78, totaling 158.With the theme of the weekend clearly being competition, the theme would also be the story of the Girls Division. Claiming victory is Yukie Sasaki of Hiroshima, Japan. Sasaki showed very consistent play throughout the weekend on both tournament courses, putting together scores of 71 and 77 for a 148 finish.
“Putting was the best part of my game all weekend” Sasaki added after the round. “While the pin positions were easier for round one, I made a lot of par putts on the second day”. Sasaki also continued raving about the conditions both tournament courses were in for the weekend. This is Sasaki’s first win of the Spring season and second Top-3 finish of the IJGT Season (Central Florida Open at RedTail).
Securing second-place for the weekend is Taylor Miano of Dobbs Ferry, NY. Miano, tied for the lead entering the day with a round one score of 71, concluded her weekend with a 79 for a 150 total. Landing in third-place is Wendy Chen of Guangdong, China, who was able to place scores of 78 and a low Girls overall final round of 76, for a 154 finish.
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The IJGT Tournament Season will continue February 25-26 at Savannah Harbor. While this event is full, you can still register for the 10 other tournaments in the IJGT Spring Schedule by clicking here.