Go, Kozak & Phillips Victorious at IJGA Invitational

This weekend, International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) students had the exciting opportunity to play Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage, during the International Junior Golf Tour’s IJGA Invitational. Juniors competed in three divisions–Boys 15-19, Girls and Boys 14 & Under–during the two-day, 36-hole event. IJGA students won each of the three categories with 17 IJGA students recording top-10 finishes!

IJGA Invitational Champions

IJGA Invitational Champions

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, defended his IJGA Invitational title in the Boys 15-19 Division. He fired a 1-under 70 in the first round and a 2-over 73 in the second round to finish with a 1-over 143 tournament total. Go led his division in birdies with seven over 36 holes.

Shiso Go

Shiso Go

Colton Tanner of Westport, Conn., and Brock Erwin of Muldrow, Okla., tied for second with 150 tournament totals. Arjun Puri, Jim Ji, Kanata Irei, Matej Malicek and Ryan Pongrac also recorded top-10 finishes in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., carded a 3-over 74 followed by a 2-over 73 to earn the Girls Division title. She led her division in birdies with five.

Kayla Kozak

Kayla Kozak

Haruka Shintani of Setagaya, Japan, finished second in the Girls Division and Yuki Nakayama of Kawasaki, Japan, finished third.

Angela Aung, Ankita Kedlaya, Sera Tadokoro, Tiana Cruz and Ammy Uenghiranpaisan all finished in the top 10 in the Girls Division.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., earned his third IJGT title of the season, winning the Boys 14 & Under Division by two strokes. Phillips found the most success on the par-3 fourth hole, which he birdied in both rounds. He was the IJGA’s sole competitor in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Congratulations to all the competitors on a great weekend!

To view more photos from the event, click here.

To watch a video of students’ tee shots on Harbour Town’s iconic 18th hole, click here.

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