OKATIE, S.C. – The IJGT hosted the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s at Oldfield Golf Club on April 12-13, 2014. The sponsored event was a two-day 36-hole tournament with junior participants ranging in age from 12-19 years old. Winners of the event were awarded IJGT Merit Points and also competed for national rankings and an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.
In the Boys 15 & Up Division, Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, was the second-place finisher and posted a tournament score of 72-74 – 146 overall. The highlight of Sharma’s tournament came in his back nine of round two where he finished with par or better on all nine holes. In third place was Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, with a score of 74-74 – 147 overall that featured seven birdies and an eagle on the 12th hole.
Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, was the Boys 14 and Under Divisional winner with a two-day score of 72-71 – 143 overall. Leading his division statistically, McDowell’s six birdies lifted him to a staggering 10-stroke lead for the win. The 1-under-par 71 for round two also made McDowell a Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award winner. The first-place finish becomes McDowell’s third win in five events played in the 2013-2014 season.
Finishing in second was Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., with a score of 77-76 – 153 overall. The second place finish is Ingram’s third consecutive top-10 finish this season. Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, rounded out the top three with an overall score of 157.
McDowell commented that his mindset to maintain his lead was to “play my own game and take advantage of the birdie-able holes on the course.”
In her first IJGT tournament of the 2014 year, Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, finished first in the Girls Division. Her 69-74 – 143 overall score was highlighted by six total birdies and a hole-in-one on the par-3 third hole. Both scores from rounds one and two posted by Rodriguez were divisional lows, her round-one 69 being the lowest score of the tournament.
Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, finished 10 strokes behind Rodriguez and tied for second with an overall score of 153. Tadokoro posted par or better on 25 of 36 holes for the tournament. Sophie Guo (T4) of Bluffton, S.C., posted the only other hole-in-one on the par-3 13th hole.
When asked about her win, Rodriguez commented, “It feels great to be at a tournament, haven’t played an IJGT tournament yet this year so it feels great to win this tournament.”