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We challenge you, as leaders of this generation, to use the influence of your time at IJGA BG toward something greater. We encourage you to create an identity outside of sport. Go out in the world, find out what you are passionate about, and use your influence to inspire and create change, not only in the game you play, but also in the world.
Congratulations Class of 2019!
Congratulations IJGA Class of 2019!
Wishing our graduates all the best in their pursuit of happiness and fulfilling their dreams, whether they are focusing on their studies, playing golf at the collegiate level or pursuing other avenues.
Felix van Kleef: UNLV, NCAA D1(Golf)
Drew Maiorca: Chestnut Hill College, NCAA D2 (Golf)
Beng Keat Lim: Ottawa AZ University, NAIA (Golf)
Kotaro Murata: University of Hawaii, NCAA D1 (Golf)
Hoshi Yadav: Holy Names University, NCAA D2 (Golf)
Chase Phillips: George Mason University, NCAA D1(Golf)
Steven Strasheim: New Mexico State University, NCAA D1 (Golf)
James Doxey: Chestnut Hill College, NCAA D2 (Golf)
Erik Fogel: Lincoln Memorial University, NCAA D2 (Golf)
Cade Kilkenny: University of Jamestown, NAIA (Golf)
Ray Ahn: College of Canyons, CCCAA (Golf)
Navyug Rungta: Penn State (Finance/Professional Golf Management)
Kevin Jang: UNLV (Professional Golf Management)
Matthew Pilgrim: New Mexico State University (Professional Golf Management)
Rekgabile Nyhonyha: Arizona State University (Academics)
Kiet Trieu: George Mason (Academics-Economics)
Shuya Hagiwara: Spartanburg Methodist (Golf) or College of Canyons (Golf)
Alessandro Lamarca: Golf Training
IJGA student-athlete Sai (Aaron) Pha of Yangon, Myanmar and rising senior at Heritage Academy of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, qualified for the 44th National Junior PGA Championship, shooting seven under par during the two-day qualifying event contested at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, North Carolina, June 18 -19.
Pha shot one under par during the opening round. “After the first round, I had several bogies on the Par 3s. I was putting well, but felt like I could play better, said Aaron Pha. “The leader was six under after the first round. I just wanted to try my best and focus on improving my score on the Par 3s during the second round. I didn’t realize that I was in contention. However, I was able to sink several 40′ putts and felt like I was playing well,” said Pha.
Following the second round, Pha finished six under, firing a 65 to co-medal with Zach Brown of Bermuda Run, NC. Pha lead the field of 144 players with 13 birdies enabling him to securing one of two spots to the National Junior Championship. “It feels great to qualify and I look forward to playing in the Nationals,” remarked Pha.
The tournament site of the 2019 National Junior PGA Championship will be held at Connecticut’s Keney Park Golf Course in Windsor, July 30 – August 2. The golf course was recently ranked by Golfweek as the No. 2 place to play in Connecticut, as well as tied for first on Golf Inc.’s 2016 Public Renovation list.
PGA and LPGA players including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Justin Thomas, Jordan Speech, Inbee Park, Ariya Jutanugarn and Lexi Thompson have all played in the Junior PGA Championship tournament, serving as a springboard to their professional career.
As this past college golf season has come to a close, some fantastic accolades have begun to be announced, specifically for Converse College golfer and IJGA alumnus Kendel Abrams as she has been named to the 2018-19 Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar Team! As published by the WCGA, a total of 1,097 women’s collegiate golfers across the nation were recognized with this prestigious honor, with the criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team including some of the most competitive in all of college athletics.
To be considered, the student-athlete must have played in 50% of the college’s regularly scheduled competitive rounds throughout the year – for Division I and II programs. To top it all off, the student-athlete must have maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 throughout the academic year, which is arguably the most impressive feat of this rigorous selection.
As a former student at IJGA, Kendel excelled both on the course and in the classroom, and her time spent at the academy has surely paid off now that Miss Abrams is performing at the peak of DII collegiate women’s golf.
During her Freshman year at Converse College (located in Spartanburg, SC) Kendel cemented herself as one of the top players on the team. She participated in eight events, playing a total of 17 rounds during her rookie campaign. She shot a low-18 of 76 during the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate tournament back in October of 2018 and scored an impressive low-36 of 153. Now a rising Sophomore, Kendel will hope to continue her success as a top performer for the Converse Valkyries.
We are all extremely proud of Kendel for both her academic and athletic accomplishments and hope this is only the beginning of her prosperous young career.
From all of us here at your IJGA family, Congratulations Kendel!
The IJGA World Stars Junior Championship returns for its 11th year at the renowned Paiute Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada. Set to take place from July 15th – 18th, this exclusive tournament boasts some of the most talented junior golfers from across the world, attracting over 2,000 players from 50 different countries. Due to the International field, the strength and skill of the participating players, and the quality of the course itself in glamorous Las Vegas, the World Stars Junior Championship has quickly become one of the most prestigious junior golf tournaments in the nation.
Our mission is to provide junior boys and girls of all ages with the most accomplished player field and ultimate tournament experience. This professionally operated event by PGA golf pros and volunteers makes this a must play for all junior golfers looking to make their mark over in the United States. This Championship is nationally ranked by NJGS, Golfweek, Scratch Player World Ranking, and WAGR, and provides these young athletes with a platform to truly demonstrate their abilities among their peers, in a highly competitive atmosphere.
This year, the International Junior Golf Academy will be sending 15 of our finest youngsters to compete in the event, with an eye on coming out on top in the dry heat of the Nevada desert.
Our IJGA participants will be:
- Boyoung Chang
- Monisha Chowdary
- Merlin Dohm
- Nolan Donze
- William Hage
- Shuya Hagiwara
- Peerapol Huangching
- One Kashima
- Ryoma Kumazawa
- Kevin Li
- Sae Saito
- Aaryan Singh
- David Wu
- Kazuki Yamauchi
History of the Paiute Golf Club
Not only does the tournament boats some incredible junior talent, but the host course itself is well-respected in the state of Nevada, and in the United States. World Golf Hall of Fame Inductee and Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Pete Dye, is the design force behind the three distinctive layouts found at this unique golf club just 25 minutes northwest of the world famous Las Vegas Strip.
According to the Paiute Golf Club website, their history reads as:
“Opened in 1996, Sun Mountain – the second course and still reigning staff favorite – offers a total of 7,112 yards with a par 72 layout. Golfers discover its charm and challenge equally in the sheer length of its daunting par 5s and crisp finish in specifically hole #4 – the best par 3 on the property. Known for Mother Nature at her purest, the spectacular views of sky-scraping mountain ranges and vivid wildflower blooms flank this deceptive design of narrower fairways, strategic bunker placement, and fast-rolling greens. The most requested course for events and by large groups, Sun Mountain has received plenty of top-ranking awards, including Golf Digest’s 4½ stars each year since its opening and also chosen as part of Golf Magazine’s top 15 courses in Nevada in the “Best Public Golf Courses” listing to name just a few.”
Toronto, ON: The major event of the 2019 calendar year for the International Junior Golf Tour will take center stage this week, as the playing of the prestigious North America Cup shall be contested at TPC Toronto, specifically on the Heathlands Course. 24 of the best junior golfers from across both the United States and Canada will gather together from Wednesday, July 24th until Friday, July 26th to face off in the historic rivalry between these neighboring nations. After snatching away the Cup on American soil in 2018, the Canadians will feel confident heading into 2019 with the tournament right in their back-yard. However, as current all-time leaders in the event by a score of 11-5 in the NAC, the United States will travel with an extremely skilled and talented roster, who will be sure to put the pressure on Team Canada.
The North America Cup is unique to both Canada and the USA as it was the first international junior event to take on a Ryder Cup format, generally consisting of a team match-play including a Fourball, Alternate Shot, and Singles Matches. Each match won is equivalent to one point, with all points earned being totaled-up, even in the occurrence of ties. Eight Junior Boys (U19), Two Bantam Boys (U14), and Two Junior Girls (U19) will be selected to represent both countries.
In 2003 the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) & the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) developed a partnership to enhance the international opportunities for junior golfers in both countries, and has seen a tremendous amount of success in return for both its young players, and for the continued growth of the junior golf tournament platform. Hence, the creation of this tradition.
Most recently, in 2018, the two sides met at the Dolphin Head Golf Club in Hilton Head, South Carolina, where Canada emerged victorious over the historically-dominant USA by a score of 13 ½ to 10 ½.
As the Cup now travels back north of the border this year, the USA squad will hope to retrieve a title which they have predominantly held in the past for the seventeenth playing of the NAC.
Team USA will be comprised of players selected by the IJGT, primarily who compete throughout the season throughout the United States and demonstrate world-class abilities and skills both on and off the course. On the other hand, Team Canada will be selected by the CJGA Team Canada Selection Committee, who will determine the 12 juniors to represent CJGA Team Canada by a national point-ranking system.
After spending the last few alternating years hosted at the Weston Golf Club in Canada, the North America Cup travels not-too-far down the road to TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley, which has quite a resume in itself.
A classic links-style layout, with an irregular par of 71, the TPC Toronto ranks 51st on the ScoreGolf Top-100 courses of Canada. Originally opened in 1992, the Heathlands Course harkens back to golf’s beginnings and the dune-swept hills of traditional Scottish links. Once the carefully-guarded secret of local aficionados, the course has become a favorite of those seeking a traditional golf experience and a stirring challenge that pays homage to the simple-yet-brilliant creativity of classic golf design.
Known above its Osprey Valley sister courses as one of the truest tests of golf in Ontario, the Heathlands course employs an array of feeder slopes, pot bunkers, backstops and winding fairways, rewarding shots that employ the features of what many consider to be one of architect Doug Carrick’s finest designs.
Though this year’s host course may be a challenge, The United States has traveled extremely well to these tournaments in the past. Gracing the various golf courses throughout the years have been Rickie Fowler (2003) and Morgan Hoffmann (2005), both of whom have become incredible professional golfers, kickstarted by their successes in this international junior tournament, and in the promise they showed as talented youngsters.
The talents levels to this day have remained the same, as both IJGA and CJGA boast some of the most skilled junior golf players in their respective countries. Headlining Team USA are 2019 Playing Captain Jaden Wiseman (Malvern, PA), 2018 Playing Captain Mikee Ordona (Upland, CA), and IJGA-representing Chase Phillips (Hilton Head Island, SC), all of whom have competed in the event at least three occasions in the past, and will look to continue to make their mark this year up in Canada.
Also among the three aforementioned veteran junior golfers of the tournament, three additional players will be returning to challenge for the Cup for the second consecutive year, namely Chandler Brewer (Tybee Island, GA), Alex Burnett (Owings Mills, MD), and Jeep Patrick (Hilton Head Island, SC).
To round off the rest of this year’s team, there will be six “rookies” competing for Team USA. Joining the Boys U19 division will be two IJGA Bishops Gate students in Matthew Hicks (Delray Beach, FL) and Tyden Wilson (Concord, MA), paired with IJGA South Carolina student Stephen Strasheim (Bluffton, SC). Meanwhile, the Boys U14 Division will be represented Nick Ciocca (Berwyn, PA), while the Girls Division (U19) will be represented by Kayleigh Zeman (Silver Spring, MD), and Teagan Devoe (Dallas, TX).
This tournament is sure to be one of the most highly competitive events for players on both sides this season, as the passion that burns within both teams will be put to the test as the junior players are tasked with the pride of representing their home countries on one of the biggest stages in Junior Golf.
Will Canada hold on for a second consecutive year, or will the United States snatch away what they believe to be rightfully theirs. Keep an eye out for this season’s North America Cup, set to take place this week, because it is sure to be a classic.
The next stop for the IJGT will be with the playing of the Florida Open at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club (Orlando, FL). To view the full upcoming schedule for the IJGT, follow the link here.
The final results of the North America Cup at TPC Toronto will be recorded and announced later this week upon the completion of the event.
As this tournament begins, be sure to follow all of the action from the IJGT by following us on social media! For live videos, pictures, scoring updates and much more, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
This prestigious tournament attracted top junior golfers from across the world, hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Paiute Golf Club and Resort
Las Vegas, NV: Just last week, one of the major events on the calendar for junior golfers across the globe, the WorldStars of Junior Golf, took place in glorious Las Vegas, Nevada. Hosted at the Paiute Golf Club, just outside of the city, boys and girls from different age divisions gathered to take on top opponents among an extremely talented pool of players.
Among the participants in the highly-competitive Boys 15-18 age division was Kazuki Yamauchi, a rising senior at the Heritage Academy in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and a student-athlete at the International Junior Golf Academy. Kazuki came into the tournament as a hopeful to challenge for the top trophy in his division, as one of the highly regarded players of his age group.
During his first round of the tournament, Kazuki put together one of the best rounds of his young golfing career, shooting an impressive 71, one-under-par for the day, which placed the IJGA representing Yamauchi in the first place of the leaderboard. After birdies on the 5th and 10th, Kazuki played solid golf and closed out the round with 15 pars among his two birdies and one unfortunate bogey. After day one, everything was running smoothly.
Heading into the second round, Kazuki continued to show his pedigree among the rest of his division, this time posting a 75 for his round. Though his score may not have reflected the dominance he had the day before, due to his success during his first round, Kazuki and the rest of the tournament’s leaders teed off later in the morning. By getting a later start to their round, the infamous Las Vegas desert wind began to play a major factor throughout the afternoon, as the wind either destroyed some players and their hopes at the trophy or further cemented them among the leaders of the division. For Kazuki, a 75 for the round scored as one of the best among his peers, which enabled him to stay first place heading into the final round atop the leaderboard at +2, even with tough gusts of wind making themselves felt throughout every hole of the links-style Paiute golf course.
In the morning of the third and final day of the tournament, just before his potential championship round, we had the chance to speak with Kazuki and ask how he was feeling going into one of the biggest rounds of his young career.
“I definitely feel a lot of pressure. I will remain focused on my golf and what I have to do to play well, but the wind is difficult. I have played well the last two days, and I am excited to play today”, said Yamauchi.
The wind calmed down during his final round, and after posting a front-nine score of 37, Kazuki looked to be in a strong state-of-mind going into the back-nine. However, the pressure behind him was mounting as Tunyapat Sukkoed, from Thailand, began to sneak up on Kazuki at the top of the leaderboard.
Heading into the back-nine, Kazuki started off strong with a birdie on the 11th hole, and finished off with a solid 37, compiling in a 74 for the round, which bettered the score of his second round and its difficult playing conditions.
However, though Kazuki put together a brilliant performance all-around at the WorldStars tournament, Thailand’s Sukkoed managed to put together an extraordinary 33 on the back-nine of his third and final round, and went on to win the tournament after shooting a -2 on the day, and +2 for the tournament, bettering Kazuki by two shots.
Kazuki finished the WorldStars tournament in second place with a score of +4 for the event, easily handling the remaining players of the division. Though Kazuki did not win the tournament, he put together three incredible rounds of golf and truly displayed his talent among a pool of 60 of the top junior boys across the world, and recorded the best finish in a tournament of his career.
Days later, while reflecting on the tournament, Kazuki mentioned that not only did he play well throughout the event due to his confidence and talent, but also due to the support from his fellow IJGA student-athletes.
“When I played the back nine, every IJGA student was following me and watching – which I really enjoyed. My golf was very good too which I enjoyed, knowing that my friends were watching”, said Yamauchi.
After completing their respective final rounds, the 12 other traveling IJGA student-athletes quickly made way to the last group of the day to watch Kazuki and the rest of the leaders play, which was a picture-perfect moment in our eyes here at the academy.
Now, as a rising high school senior at the Heritage Academy, Kazuki will hope to build on this result out in the desert and put together a successful fall season with college golf looming on the horizon for this incredibly talented individual.
For more information regarding this year’s WorldStars of Junior Golf tournament, including its history, the host-course, our IJGA participants, as well as view a slideshow of the best pictures from this incredible week of golf, please click the link here.
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