This past weekend, April 25-26, 2015, IJGA sophomore Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland, brought home his second IJGT tournament win from the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall. Though the conditions on the first day weren’t ideal, rain and lightning forced a suspension and the first round was completed just before the second on Sunday, Byrne still carded a career-low with a 2-under 70 on the plantation’s Cupp course.
The highlight of Byrne’s career-low round was certainly the 17 holes of par-or-better play and four birdies the Ireland native recorded. This also included two sets of back-to-back birdies and a birdie on the challenging par-3 hole No. 8. In the second round, Byrne shot a 1-over 73 bringing his tournament total to 1-under 143. The 1-under also marked Byrne’s first ever under-par tournament finish in his short IJGA career. This win was also his fourth consecutive the top-10 finish and his fifth top-3 finish of the season. With his win, Byrne jumped to second in the IJGT Tour Rankings in the Boys 15-19 Division.
In his first season with the IJGA, Byrne’s play has gotten stronger with every tournament, most noticeably in short game. His putting has improved as his most recent win illustrates and his command of both his golf swing and mental game are a true testament to his hard work on and off the course.
Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan, came in second, four strokes behind Byrne, tying his personal best finish of the season. He also matched his season-low in the first round where he carded a 1-over 73. Rounding out the top ten were six more IJGA students including freshmen Frederic Reuss, Hamburg, Germany, and Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea.
In the girls Division, Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India, continued her strong play coming in second. This marks Kedlaya’s third straight top-3 finish. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua, rounded out the top-3 with her best finish of the spring semester. IJGA girls also took eight of the top 10 positions on the leaderboard for the Palmetto Hall event.