IJGA student Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, opted out of taking a break as the 2014-15 school year wrapped up and the summer kicked off. Hungry to improve his game, Go traveled to the Columbia Country Club in Blythewood, S.C., on June 12-14, 2015, to compete in the PGA Junior Series. With an exemption into the Junior PGA Championship at Miramont Country Club at stake, Go improved in each of his three rounds to finish with scores of 77, 71 and 70. His tournament total 218 was just two strokes shy of the win.
Battling through a string of back-to-back bogeys in round one, Go was aiming for a smoother second round. Despite adding five more bogeys in round two, Go still found his way to shaving six strokes from his score with the help of two birdies and two par-5 eagles. Hitting stride to finish the event, Go played his best round of the weekend in round three by coming out of the gates with a 1-under 35 on the front nine. Consistency was the name of the game as he scored par or better on all nine holes, including a birdie on the par-4 No. 2. Go added three more birdies on his back-nine for a personal tournament high of four on the weekend.
Finishing in a tie for fifth was fellow IJGA student Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan. Ogawa combined scores of 73-75-73 for a tournament total of 221. His performance in each round never featured less than two birdies and he finished with ten in total.
Go finished one stroke behind runner-up Jordan Warnock of Roebuck, S.C., and two strokes behind divisional winner Walker Simas of Charlotte, N.C. The field featured more than 40 juniors in the Boys 15-18 Division from nine states and four countries.
The 20th annual PGA Junior Series is a lineup of nationally ranked events that offer an exemption (one for the Boys 15-18 Division and one for the Girl’s overall champion) into the Junior PGA Championship at Miramont Country Club in Bryan/College Station, Texas, on August 3-6, 2015.
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The Junior PGA Series is a great opportunity for IJGA students to compete against quality competition while gaining national exposure. For more information about the PGA Junior Series events, click here.