During the summer, IJGA students have the opportunity to compete in tournaments both locally and nationally. Over the past week, our full-time and summer students participated in tournaments across the Carolinas.
Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., and many of her classmates traveled to Orangeburg, S.C., to compete in the Trusted Choice Big I South Carolina Championship at Orangeburg Country Club on June 29-30. Kozak made eagle on the par-5 18th hole in the second round to card a 2-under 70 final round score. She finished the tournament with a 147 two-day total to win the Girls Division by eight strokes! With the win, Kozak earned a spot in the Trusted Choice Big I National Championship, to be held in Hutchinson, Kansas, on August 3-6, 2015.
Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, recorded a 158 tournament total to finish third. Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, tied for fifth with a 162 two-day total. Haruka Shintani also earned a top-10 finish, landing in ninth with a total score of 170.
Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and a handful of other IJGA students competed in the U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier at Berkeley Hall Golf Club in Okatie, S.C., on June 29. Go posted an even-par 144 in the 36-hole event, good for third place and the first alternate spot. The U.S. Junior Amateur is scheduled for July 20-25, 2015, at Colleton River Plantation Club in Bluffton, S.C. Go will be in attendance in the hopes of gaining a spot in the prestigious event.
Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, carded a 149 tournament total to finish in eighth place.
Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, earned a sixth-place finish in the Precision Junior Girls Championship with a 160 tournament total. The 36-hole, Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour event was held on June 24-25 at Deep Springs Country Club in Stoneville, N.C.
Next week our students will be competing in the Junior North & South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N.C., the Hurricane Tour’s Carolina Summer Classic at Rocky River Golf Club in Concord, N.C., and the AJGA Junior All-Star at Spring Valley in Columbia, S.C.