Spencer-White protects home turf at Colleton River

The International Junior Golf Tour held its fourth event of the Spring 2013 season at the beautiful Colleton River Plantation, the site of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur. The IJGT Shootout at Colleton River featured 89 elite junior golfers ages 10-19 representing 18 states and 18 countries. True to the 'Shootout' title, the IJGT Shootout at Colleton River came down to the wire.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Spencer-White was able to capture victory on his home turf. As a member of Colleton River since the age of nine, 16-year-old Spencer-White was no stranger to the fast greens and tight fairways. In the first round he carded a 2-over-par 74 to put him one stroke behind the pack of four players tied for first.

"My drives were really good off the tee," Spencer-White said, "I hit almost all of the fairways."

In the final round Spencer-White started off with a bogey on No. 1, but rebounded with birdies on holes. 4 and 6 to card 1-under-par 35 on the front. Spencer-White started the back nine with a promising birdie on No. 10 but bogeyed the difficult par-5 11th. He finished the round even-par to bring his tournament total to 2-over-par 146.

"It felt great [to win]. I am really happy that I played well at my home course," Spencer-White said. "This is a great way to start the season and I hope to keep improving and keep getting better."

Finishing just behind Spencer-White, in a tie for second, were Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Sense Chaowalit of Bangkok, Thailand, both with 3-over-par 147. Mitchell Campbell of Paget, Bermuda and Chris Magi of Montreal, Canada tied for fourth to round out the top-5 with 4-over-par 148.

The KENTWOOL Lo-Pro Award, which is given to players who card the lowest first round score, was given to Shosei Inokawa  of Atamishi, Japan, Magi, Ogawa, Miles and Chaowalit for the Boys Division after carding 1-over-par 73 in the first round.

The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award was given to Mickey Werenski of South Hadley, Mass., who carded 1-under-par 71 in the final round.

In the Girls Division, Sasaki took the field by surprise by rebounding from her first-round 5-over-par 77. Sasaki began the final round tied for sixth, but ended the tournament receiving the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award after carding a 1-under-par 71 to win the Girls Division.

Sasaki began the final round with a bogey on No. 10 but carded back-to-back birdies on holes 15 and 16 to propel her to 1-under-par 35. She continued her success onto her back-nine with birdies on holes 1 and 7, but fell short on the difficult par-4 No. 5 with a bogey. Sasaki ended her round with a bogey on No. 9 to bring her tournament total to 4-over-par 148. This was Sasaki's first IJGT win of the 2012-2013 season after winning IJGT Player of the Year honors in 2011-2012.

Finishing just behind Sasaki was Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand who received the KENTWOOL Lo-Pro Award for the Girls Division after firing a 2-under-par 70 in the first round. Phuchanbanchob finished 7-over-par 151 for the tournament after a 9-over-par 81 in the final round. Tied for third carding 9-over-par 153 were natives of Tokyo, Japan, Ayaka Nakayama and Rei Nakatani.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Ogawa took an early lead after carding a 1-over-par 73 during the first round. Ogawa is no stranger to the leader group. In his last eight IJGT tournaments, Ogawa has not finished outside the top-5.

Reichert rebounded from a first-round 8-over-par 80 with a 2-over-par 74 but conceded the playoff for the title, giving him the second place finish. Paul Schumacher of Canton, Ohio and Kevin Ying of Shanghai, China both carded 17-over-par 161 to tie for third place in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

The next IJGT event will be the Carolina Major Championship at Kiawah Island Resort Feb. 16-17. The tournament will be held at the Turtle Point and Ocean courses. The famed Ocean Course hosted the 1991 Ryder Cup and 2012 PGA Championship.

To sign up for this event, or other, or for more information on the IJGT, call 888.936.5327 or visit www.IJGT.com/info.


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