Ono captures first title at Port Royal

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT), held the annual Family Weekend Tournament at the Barony Course at Port Royal Golf Club March 2-3. Frigid temperatures made this weekend a challenge for the talented junior participants. Family members traveled from all over to watch their juniors compete for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.

 The Boys 15-19 Division came down to the final nine with Charlie Spencer-White of Bluffton, S.C., taking home his third title of the 2012-2013 season after carding a 2-over-par 74 in the final round. Spencer-White began the final round tied for the lead after an opening-round 3-over-par 75. He battled the cold conditions and held on to Saturday’s lead to edge out Chris Magi of Montreal, Canada by just three strokes.

 “I really played well the first round, and I just wanted to play the same in the second,” said Spencer-White. “I knew I had to make my putts, and keep my hands warm.”

Earlier this season, Spencer-White won the Shootout at Colleton River and the Major Championship at Hampton Hall Club. Adding another win to his impressive resume, Spencer-White also earned the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award at Port Royal for his first-round 3-over-par 75.

“It feels great [to win the tournament]” said Spencer-White. “The course was in great condition and I really enjoyed myself this weekend.”

Magi finished the tournament at 8-over-par 152 taking second place. Rounding out the Boys 15-19 Division top 3 was Nicholas Rodriguez of East Northport, N.Y., shooting a 10-over-par 154.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan made an improbable comeback giving him his first IJGT title. Ono, who was behind Saturday’s leader Jan Schneider of Erlangen, Germany by four strokes, carded an even-par 72 in the final round to win the event with 11-over-par 155. Ono also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award on Sunday for carding the lowest round of the entire event.

“It feels good to win and to finally get a trophy,” said Ono. “I was really hitting my drives and putts well.”

Greenville, S.C. native, Evan White, rounded out the Boys 14 & Under Division with a tournament total of 176 to finish in third place.

Phyllis Tang of Hong Kong, China prevailed in the Girls Division carding 11-over-par 155 for the tournament. Tang, who was trailing Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan by two strokes after the first round, shot an impressive 4-over-par 76 in the final round to put her two strokes ahead of Nakatani.

Nakatani earned herself the KENTWOOL Lo-Pro Award for the lowest first round score in the Girls Division. Tang’s impressive second-round comeback was just what she needed to win her first IJGT victory of the season.

“I wasn't worried about the score,” said Tang. “I just wanted to have fun with my playing partners and do my best.”

Trailing right behind Nakatani was third-place finisher Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela. Rodriguez earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award carding 3-over-par 75 during Sunday’s round at the Barony Course at Port Royal.

The IJGT will host two events March 16-17 – the Shamrock Shootout at Palmetto Hall on Hilton Head Island S.C., and the Clifton Classic at Westfields Golf Club in Clifton, Va. Both events will feature top players from across the country competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.

Final round results of the IJGT Family Weekend at Port Royal Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed March 3, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6466 yards, Par 72 (71.8/136).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6167 yards, Par 72 (70.4/123) Girls Division: Black Tees – 5913 yards, Par 72 (74.4/131).

Family Weekend at Port Royal Golf Club – Barony Course
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
March 2-3, 2013

Boys 15-19 Division – (Blue Tees) – 6466 Yards, Par 72

1. Charlie Spencer-White, Bluffton, SC, *75-74--149

2. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada *77-75—152

3. Nicholas Rodriguez, East Northport, NY *75-79—154

4. Gus Uriostegui, Leon, Mexico *77-78--155

5. James Cresswell, Orwigsburg, PA *80-77—157

6. Manuel Velez, Panama City, Panama *78-80—158

7. Johnson Ko, Manhasset, NY *83-78--161

8. Matthew Mannion, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-79—162

9. Salil Ghamande, Evans, GA *80-84--164

10. Arthur Griffin, Lake Placid, NY *80-85—165

11. Austin Green, Fayetteville, PA *83-84—167

12. Aaron Liebenthal, Sylvania, OH *89-82—171

13. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *85-88—173

14. John Conley, Leesburg, VA *84-90--174

14. Borys Shubinsky, Hilton Head Island, SC *90-84—174

16. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *89-88--177

17. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *97-85—182

18. David Rice, Pittsburgh, PA *101-90--191

19. Sheock Hyun Shim, Seoul, South Korea *100-97--197


Daniel Tello Vargas, Pachuca, Mexico *82-DQ (Rule 6-6d)


Boys 14 & Under Division – (White Tees) – 6167 Yards, Par 72

1. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *83-72--155

2. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany *79-85—164

3. Evan White, Greenville, SC *92-84--176

4. Luke Sample, New York, NY *94-92--186

Girls Division – (Black Tees) – 5913 Yards, Par 72

1. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *79-76--155

2. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *77-80--157

3. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *83-75--158

4. Ceha Lee, Bundang-Gu, South Korea *83-76--159

5. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *80-80—160

6. Kasidy Beckel, Bluffton, SC *80-84--164

6. Kathryn Crouch, Harker Heights, TX *81-83—164

8. Margine Arguello, Panama City, Panama *86-80—166

8. Aracelly Maria Jimenez Rios, Merida, Mexico *83-83--166

10. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *85-84--169

11. Raphaella Kang, Bayside, NY *85-85--170

12. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *87-85--172

13. Laura Gonzalez, Bogota, Colombia *89-89--178



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