Ogawa battles back for victory
Tadokoro captures Girls Division
LUTZ, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) kicked off the 2014 schedule hosting a tournament in the Southeast region. Junior golfers competed in the Winter Shootout, which was held at TPC Tampa Bay. This was IJGT’s first time back to TPC Tampa Bay in over two years and it provided a tough test for the competitors. Juniors ranging from ages 10-19 came out to compete for IJGT Merit Points and an invitation to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, capped an amazing comeback, trailing by eight strokes after the first round, recording an 87. Immediately following his round, Ogawa returned to the driving range to practice to prepare for the final round.
Going into the final round consistency was key, and he did just that having only four bogeys on the day, two per nine holes. Ogawa posted a 4-over-par 75, enough to tie him for the lead at a 162 tournament total, with Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India. Going into the playoff, Ogawa was focused. After taking a few moments on the par-4 No. 10 teeing ground to himself to get settled, a long drive down the fairway, an approach shot to the middle of the green, and a two-putt for par was all it took to seal Ogawa’s victory.
Ogawa’s 4-over par 75 also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round of every IJGT tournament. It was also the low round of the tournament across all divisions.
When asked how he came back after trailing by eight strokes, Ogawa replied, “I felt very confident…I actually had no strategy. I just tried to play my own golf game.”
After falling short on the playoff hole versus Ogawa, Sharma took second place, posting a 79-83—162 tournament total score. Third place went to Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan, who posted an 83-80—163 overall.
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Jon Nolan Perry of Berwyn, Pa., made a comeback of his own. He scored a 92 in the first round, trailing by one stroke from first-round leader Jackson Skeen of Johnson City, Tenn. When opportunity arose in the final round, Perry seized it. He recorded four pars in a row on the front nine, leading at the turn. Things got a little shaky after recording an eight on par-4 No. 13, but Perry settled down with two pars and managed to hang on for the victory, posting a final-round 86, for a 178 tournament total.
When asked about his mindset going into Sunday, he responded, “I kind of just played [the round as if] it was like match play. I fed off of the energy I was getting from [Skeen] and it turned out well.”
Skeen came in second place, shooting a 91-92—183 overall score. Alex Camberos of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, finished in third posting a 96-107—203.
The Girls Division also had an exciting finish. Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, was the first-round leader, scoring an 11-over-par 82. Tadokoro struggled on certain holes, but always managed to bounce back. She dropped a great putt on par-3 No. 6 for birdie, and overall was pleased with how her putting was working throughout the final round. This was one component of her game that aided in her overall victory in the Girls Division.
When asked what her favorite part about the TPC Tampa Bay course, she said, “I like the front [nine]. I played better on the front. My favorite hole was hole No. 1.”
The IJGT Southeast tour will continue next weekend with the Island Challenge at the Country Club of Hilton Head in Hilton Head Island, S.C. 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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.
LUTZ, Fla. – Final round results of the IJGT Winter Shootout conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed January 12, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,713 yards, Par 71 (72.6/137). Boys 14 & Under Division: Green Tees – 6,125 yards, Par 71 (69.7/127). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,851 yards, Par 71 (74.0/127).
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International Junior Golf Tour
Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay
January 11-12, 2014
Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees), 6,713 yards, Par 71
1. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *87-75–162**
2. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *79-83–162
3. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *83-80–163
4. Parker Gillam, Cary, NC *79-87–166
5. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *84-83–167
6. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *86-90–176
7. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *88-89–177
8. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *95-83–178
9. Andrew Nappi, Glen Rock, NJ *89-95–184
DID NOT FINISH
Tyler Prater, Salt Point, NY *91-JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division (Green Tees), 6,125 yards, Par 71
1. Jon Nolan Perry, Berwyn, PA *92-86–178
2. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *91-92–183
3. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia *96-107–203
4. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *107-100—207
Girls Division (White Tees), 5,851 yards, Par 71
1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *82-86–168
2. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *86-85–171
3. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *87-101–188
3. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *94-94–188
DID NOT FINISH
Isabel Klatt, Garden City, NY *DQ (Rule 6-3a)
**Won in Playoff