IJGA students traveled to Okatie, S.C., on September 27-28, 2014, for the two-day IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club. Despite rain in the forecast both days, all three divisions saw a close race for first.
IJGA student, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, won the Boys 15-19 Division with a tournament total of one under-par 143. In a tight race to the finish, Ogawa battled until the final hole in round two with fellow IJGA student and second place winner Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland. Sitting tied at even-par 72 heading into round two, Ogawa used his 1-under front nine to pull into a two-stroke lead at the turn. He finished 1-under on the day and one stroke in front of Byrne who finished with a tournament total of even-par 144. Rounding out the Boys 15-19 Division in third was IJGA student Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, who combined scores of 75 and 71 for a tournament total of 146.
In the Girls Division, IJGA student Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, secured first place after entering round two second one stroke behind IJGA custom student Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C. With 14 pars and two birdies highlighting her second round, Phuchanbanchob made her way into first while also securing the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls. Guo finished in second with a score of 1-over-par 145.
The IJGA was well represented in the Boys 14-U Division as well. Dong Jin Park of Seoul, South Korea, finished in first place with a tournament total of 1-over-par 145. His win was highlighted by 25 pars and five birdies over the course of the two day tournament. In second, two strokes behind Park at 147, was fellow IJGA student Mariano Leyva of San Juan, Puerto Rico. His tournament total 147 was highlighted by seven birdies.
For complete results of the IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club, click here.
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