Six International Junior Golf Academy alumnae will return to South Carolina as their teams face off in the 2015 Cougar Classic. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will be held at Yeamans Hall Club in Charleston, S.C., on September 13-15.
Senior Regina Plasencia helped lead the University of Arkansas women’s golf team to victory in last year’s event tying for fifth with an 8-under 208 tournament total. Plasencia had a 74.09 stroke average last season and helped lead the Razorbacks to a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. She had an exciting summer leading up to her senior year, which included competing in the U.S. Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club in July.
Ayaka Nakayama, a junior at the University of Central Florida and Naranphat “Pear” Siriko, a sophomore at Indiana University, will be facing off against each other for the second time in as many months. The two both competed in the U.S. Women’s Amateur at Portland Golf Club last month.
Fellow sophomore Milleina Ohara is a member of Charleston Southern University’s women’s golf team, who will look to improve on their 15th-place finish in last year’s Cougar Classic.
Two members of IJGA’s Class of 2015 will also be in attendance. Kelly Whaley is a freshman on the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s women’s golf team and will be competing in her first tournament as a Tar Heel! Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng is in her freshman season at the University of Wisconsin.
Fellow alumna Marta Silva ’08 posted two of the lowest tournament totals in Cougar Classic history while competing for the University of Georgia. She carded a 210 tournament total in 2008 and followed it with a 208 in 2009.
A group of IJGA students will be traveling to Charleston on Sunday to watch the first round of the tournament. Best of luck to all of the alumnae competing in this exciting event!