Twelve IJGA students traveled to Pawleys Island, S.C., on September 6, 2014, for the 36-hole Golfweek Southeast Junior Invitational. The event was conducted like a college event with all 36 holes being played in one day. Two weather delays made the 36-hole day even longer for all of the competitors.
IJGA student, Bunyaporn Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, won the Girls Division with a tournament total of even-par 144. She started off slow, playing her first nine holes in 2-over-par, but quickly rebounded with seven pars and two birdies in her last nine holes to finish with a even-par 72. Zeng was tied with fellow IJGA student Warissara Puangcharoen after the first 18 holes.
After a short break for lunch all competitors returned to the course for the final round. Zeng recorded four birdies en route to another score of even-par 72 and a five-stroke victory. This was her first competitive event in the United States.
Puangcharoen finished in a tie for second place with a tournament total of 149. Fellow IJGA students Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, Yuki Nakayama of Kanagawa, Japan, and Chomchana Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, all finished in a tie for fourth place with tournament totals of 151. In the Girls Division five IJGA students finished fourth place or better.
The IJGA was well represented in the Boys Division too. Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, and Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished in sixth place each with a tournament total of 2-over-par 146. The champion finished with a score of even-par 144.
The Golfweek Southeast Invitational was conducted minutes away from the Golfweek Program Challenge, a college tournament featuring 12 Men’s and Women’s Division I programs. Five IJGA students (Phuchanbanchob, Russell, Maurizio De Bono, Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, and Brock Erwin) stayed an extra day and took advantage of this great opportunity to watch a college golf tournament in person.
For complete results of the Golfweek Southeast Junior Invitational, click here.