Thirteen IJGA students participated in two AJGA events on March 28-30, 2014 including the AJGA Preseason at Pine Island in Charlotte, N.C., and the AJGA Junior at Spring Valley in Columbia, S.C. Among the thirteen students competing, five finished in the top 10 while representing the IJGA.
In the Boys Division, Maurizio De Bono of Basiglio, Italy, Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, and Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, all placed in the top 10 at the Preseason Junior at Pine Island. De Bono tallied three birdies and made par on 24 of 36 holes en route to tying for sixth place with a score of 75-75–150 overall. Tied for eighth place was Jain and Sharma who both finished the 36-hole event with overall scores of 151. Jain tallied four birdies of his own to add to making par on 21 of 36 holes in his effort. Despite struggling with bogeys in round one, Sharma’s five birdies kept him positioned in the top 10.
Harry Jin of Palisades Park, N.J., Daiki Okada of Tokyo, Japan, and Saurav Bubber of Mississauga, Canada, rounded out the IJGA students in the boys division in 17th, 37th and 44th places, respectively.
Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, Yuki Nakayama of Kawasakishi, Japan, and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, represented the IJGA in the Girls Division at the Preseason Junior at Pine Island. Making par on 16 holes and adding a birdie contributed to Chee’s 79-84–163 overall score to tie for fourth place. Tadokoro tied for 12th with a score of 171 overall while Nakayama’s two-day score of 173 put her in 14th place.
Competing in a field of 24 girls, the IJGA had representation from Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, ThamonpatSiriko of Bangkok, Thailand, Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan and Ana Ruiz of Chihuahua, Mexico, at the AJGA Junior at Spring Valley. Despite struggling in round two, Valdes finished by making par on five consecutive holes to be part of a four-way tie for second place. Ruiz’s two-day score of 161 put her in 16th place while Nakatani’s two-day score of 162 put her right behind Ruiz in 17th. In 22nd place, Siriko tallied a score of 165 overall.
Congratulations to all the participants, the IJGA is proud to have such great representation!