Alex Lamarca and Fiona Khaing take home top honors at South Carolina Championship; earn invitation to U.S. Grand Final
Hilton Head Island, SC: The International Junior Golf Tour returned to its “home-base” that is the beautiful area of the Lowcountry as Palmetto Hall was the site of the Faldo Series South Carolina Championship over the weekend. A heavy international field, sprinkled in with some of the best local talent was on full display on the Arthur Hills design course for a 36-hole stroke play event. Invitations to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final were on the line for a second-consecutive weekend, giving the field a special opportunity to compete in the annual event.
This being one of the eight qualifiers the IJGT has scheduled for the 2018 calendar year, 2 of the top Boys U-18 and U-16 finishers earn an invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final, along with the top Girls U-18 and top U-16 finisher as well. The U.S. Grand Final is scheduled to take place at Bella Collina Golf Club (Florida) in October of 2018.
In our Boys 15-19 Division, the bar was set high with an impressive opening round from Aryaman Mohan after an even-par 72 on Saturday. The lead group would feature Mohan, Alex Lamarca and John Del Priore as the lead was only within 3-shots of the following competitors.
Lamarca was able to remain consistent again on Sunday morning, firing a 75 (3-over par) to finish out the weekend and eventually land him in first place on the leaderboard. Lamarca, a student attending the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) from Westwood, NJ also shot a 75 on Saturday’s opening round to finish his weekend with a total score of 150. This is Lamarca’s first win of the IJGT season and grants him invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.
Aryaman Mohan finishes the weekend with a brilliant effort earning him second-place honors after a final round of 81 on Sunday, earning him a total score of 153. Mohan, formerly of Lusaka, Zambia is also a current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA) in Florida. Tying for second after a valiant effort on Sunday is Kotaro Murata. Murata, of Matsuyania City, Japan and current student at IJGA, continues his impressive play of this IJGT season. Murata finished the weekend with scores of 78 and 75, to earn a total of 153 for the weekend.
After Saturday’s round, two players shared the lead atop the Girls Division but only one would be able to walk away as the champion at Palmetto Hall. Fiona Khaing battled the elements from start to finish and was able to secure victory after a stellar final round Sunday of 79. The current student at IJGA by way of Yangon, Myanmar, paired her 79 with her 83 from Saturday to earn her a finish of 162.
Following in nearby second-place is Maria Fedorowycz of Kyiv, Ukraine. Fedorowycz played consistently all weekend and earned herself scores of 84 and 84 to total 168. Rounding out the top-three for the Girls Division is savannah Weyrauch. The Bloomington, IN native bounced back strongly on Sunday shooting an 81 to pair with her 89 from round one. Weyrauch finished the weekend with a total score of 170.
The most impressive performance of the weekend had to be from the Boys 14 and Under Division on Sunday, where Zaid Khan put on a remarkable performance of 3-under par for the final round, and earned himself another victory with the IJGT.
Khan, of El Dorado Hills, CA who currently is a student at IJGA, opened his weekend with an 85 before his record-low round Sunday to finish the weekend at a total of 154. Khan now has two IJGT wins in consecutive weeks as he continues his impressive Spring campaign.
Finishing in second-place is Eugene Kang of Seongnam, South Korea. Kang, who is also a student at IJGA, finished the weekend with scores of 87 and 85 for a total of 172. Rounding out the top-three is Muhamad Izwan Zaini. The youngster from Seri Kembangan, Malaysia finishes out his weekend with scores of 82 and 91 for a 173 finish.
The IJGT will continue its string of Faldo Series Qualifying events again next weekend as the Florida Championship will be played at Falcons Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee, FL. A bi-annual stop for the IJGT, the Orlando area course will play as a perfect host-site to an event with invitations on the line for the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.
Following the Faldo Series Florida Championship, there will be two more opportunities to qualify for the U.S. Grand Final. The Northeast Championship is scheduled to be played at Hershey Country Club on May 5-6, and then later on this Summer the New York Championship will be competed for at Bristol Harbour Golf Club.
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