IJGA students end season strong at Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

Competing against some of the world’s most competitive junior golfers, many IJGA students from all corners of the globe teed off on the illustrious Grand Cypress Golf Course’s North-East and New Courses. As part of the IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions held on May 23-25, 2015, the students had two days of practice rounds, the “Night of Champions” banquet that honored players  for their accomplishments throughout the season, and three days of tournament play.

The IJGA was represented well. Highlighted by Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who took home second place in the Girls Division with a three-day 54-hole total of 233. In the second round, Tadokoro set the pace for the entire division. With her 1-over 73, the IJGA sophomore shot the lowest round in the division. Her mark would be matched the following day by eventual winner Karen Miyamoto but would not be bested. Tadokoro also shot the most birdies in the Girls Division in any one round with four in round two.

Also finishing in the top ten were academy students Holly McCann of Raleigh, N.C., and Yuki Nakayama of Kawaskishi, Japan. The pair finished third and tied for ninth, respectively.

In the Boys 15-19 Division three students set new personal bests while one matched his season low. Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, set a personal best and carded the lowest round of the tournament with his 5-under 67 on the New Course during the second round of play. For Ogawa, it was his first under-par round on the International Junior Golf Tour since November and his first round under 70 in competition. Ogawa also carded an eagle in the round, finishing the par-5 hole No. 2 in just three strokes.

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, matched his season low on the tour with a 69. Aniruddh Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, shot his lowest round this tour season with a 2-under 70 in round two. This marked the first time this season he finished under par in competition in any round. Guodong “Jim” Ji of Quing Dao, China, had two career bests in competition as well. The IJGA junior shot his lowest competitive round with a 3-over 75 in round one thanks to the help of seven birdies. That was also the most birdies Ji has ever made in one competition round on tour.

Go, Ogawa, and Kedlaya finished fifth, sixth, and seventh in the Boys 15-19 Division, respectively.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division,  Xiaofeng “Sean” Hu of Quing Dao, China, had his lowest round this season on the tough north-east course during round two. One of the Academy’s youngest pupils, Hu also carded three birdies in one round, another personal best.

Congratulations to all IJGA competitors on their performance in the IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions! For full results from the event, click here.

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