Trailing 3-shots off the leader before the final round, BGGA’s standout John Daly II goes low for his second IJGT victory of the season!
Over 85 juniors both national and international gathered to compete at Falcons Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee, Florida for IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, and first-and second place finishers earning an automatic invite to the 2019 Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.
Taking full advantage of the perfect conditions was BGGA’s John Daly II. Following up a first round 71 with an incredible final round 66, Daly was able to overcome a three-shot deficit. After winning the Metrowest Classic earlier in the season, Daly was able to win tournaments in back to back appearances. Daly was also crowned the 2019 Faldo Series Florida Champion, firing a two-day total of 137.
In one of the closest finishes of the weekend, the Boys U16 Division came down to the final holes. The course was setup allowing for low scores and an exciting finish that had spectators on the edge of their seats. Coming through victorious was BGGA’s Joshua Lavely. Lavely was able to secure victory in his first IJGT event and punch his ticket the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final. Consistency was key to victory for the long hitter, firing back to back rounds of 70.
Finishing one stroke back to Lavely was Austria native and current student at the Loretto School in Scotland, Maximilian Feistmantl. After shooting an impressive round of 69 on day one, Feistmantl put together another solid showing on day two, shooting an even par 72. The Loretto School has been training at BGGA this month.
The Girls U19 Division saw a commanding performance from BGGA student Sophia Tejeda, who secured her spot in the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final by finishing second. Tejada was locked in on day one, finishing tied for the lead, putting together a great round of 74.
The Girls U16 division saw the return of the 2018 Faldo U.S. Grand Final winner Sophia Bae. The Norwood, NJ native picked up right where she left off, by securing her spot in the U.S. Grand Final once again, winning the division. Right from the first tee, she showed command of her game and was in control the whole weekend. After posting a first round 3 under 69, Bae finished with an even par 72, winning the division by four strokes.
The Girls U16 saw BGGA student Maria Fedorowycz secure her place in the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final by finishing in second place for the second time this season. Starting the final round six shots behind, Maria fought her way back and closed the gap to four shots, by putting together an impressive second round 70.
The IJGT ramps up the Spring schedule over the coming weeks, including opportunities for Faldo Qualifying. The next event on the schedule is the playing of the Faldo Series South Carolina Championship at Dolphin Head Golf Club. To view this event or any other future event, be sure to visit to visit the schedules tab on IJGT.com.
April 6-7, 2019
Boys 19U Division- Gold Tees, 6,792 Yards, Par 72
- John Daly II, Clearwater, FL *71-66-137
- Steven Strasheim, Bluffton, SC *73-66-139
- Jantai Malataev, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan *72-67-139
- Brad Riley, Olney, MD *68-72-140
- Cameron Gray, Muscleburg, UK *73-69-142
- Callum McKay, Orlando, FL *71-71-142
- Ian Davis, Howey in the Hills, FL *74-69-143
- Niels Schmidlin, Zug, Switzerland *72-73-145
- Esteban Monge, San Jose, Costa Rica *73-73-146
- Michael Walsh, Shelburne, VT *72-74-146
- JeongJoo Kim, Yongin, South Korea *75-72-147
- Luke Bigelow, Orlando, FL *74-73-147
- Jay Sachdev, Chandigarh, India *74-74-148
- Michael Boer, Utrecht, Netherlands *75-73-148
- Ryan Sabo, Winter Garden, FL *75-74-149
- Tyler Ryan, Orlando, FL *76-74-150
- Jonas Gebhardt, Muscleburg, UK *76-74-150
- Kazuki Yamauchi, Osaka, Japan *74-76-150
- Drago Zhao, Shenzhen, China *78-74-152
- Jose Pons, Mexico *74-79-153
- David Xu, Shanghai, China *73-80-153
- Cheng-Yu Hsu, Taipei City, Taiwan *77-77-154
- Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *73-81-154
- Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *79-76-155
- Cole Chastain, Orlando, FL *76-80-156
- Trent Miller, Murfreesboro, TN *75-81-156
- Sam Duan, Bangkok, Thailand *79-79-158
- Zau Lahpai, Kamayut, Myanmar *79-80-159
- Marc DeJulio, Waltham, MA *81-79-160
- Will Tormey, Bronxville, NY *81-80-161
- Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *79-82-161
- Zaid Khan, El Dorado Hills, CA *80-82-162
- Bu Min Choi, Anyang, South Korea *80-82-162
- Ev Demetrios, Muscleburg, UK *84-80-164
- Shuya Hagiwara, Tokyo, Japan *83-85-168
- BK Kim, Ocoee, FL *79-89-168
- Cameron Sword, Muscleburg, UK *86-84-170
- Tim Winter, Holland *91-83-174
- Jian Liu, Macau, China *92-85-177