The 10th annual FCG International Junior Golf Championship kicked off what we like to call “International Junior Tournament Month”, with three consecutive fantastic events starting with this one, followed by the prestigious IMG Junior World Championship, and finally the FCG World Championship presented by Callaway Golf. Founded in 2008, the FCG International Junior Golf Championship Formerly the San Diego Junior Masters, has grown to over 600 Annual Participants from more than 30 Countries and has become the largest OPEN event in Junior Golf! Playing on five different courses, over the course of five days, with over 600 participants from 30 different countries we are officially 10 years strong and only plan on getting bigger and better!
The first leg of our event were the older divisions out at Sycuan Golf Resort. The boys 15-18 division played the blue tees at a par 70 on the Willow Glen course. They delivered a full field with morning & afternoon waves, split starting tee and a cut of the top 25% plus ties which topped out at 42 players for the third and final day. There was a 6-way tie for 5th place (even par, 210) between: Zihao Jin representing China (69-70-71), Jimmy Zheng from New Zealand (72-67-71), Nattapol Udomrat from Thailand (69-70-71), Rohan Dalal from the United States (70-70-70), Jess Scheller from the United States (74-69-67) and Sutthinun Sinsuntites from Thailand (72-71-67). Card-offs are determined by final day low and if final day low still has a tie, then it goes to the back nine of that round. Winning that card-off and taking home the 5th place award was Sinsuntites. Taking home 4th place was Runchanapong Youprayong from Thailand at 1 under, 209 (74-66-69). Another tie, at 2nd place (-2, 208) between Akedanani Ponghathaikul from Thailand (68-70-70) and Bo Jin representing China (65-72-71). Jin took home 3rd and Ponghathaikul won the card-off taking home 2nd. 1st place was earned by Yuki Moriyama, representing Japan with scores of 67, 68 & 69 for a final 6 under par, 204.
The girls 15-18 division played the white tees at a par 72 on the Oak Glen course. A full morning wave and split starting tee for these ladies with a cut after the second round of the top 50% plus ties which topped out at 44 players for the third and final day. There was a 4-way tie at 5th place (-2, 214) between: Shiao-Yun Liu from Taiwan (69-69-76), Francesca Berenice Olivarez-Ilas from the Philippines (70-69-75), Han Hsuan Yu from Taiwan (72-70-72) and Tunrada Piddon from Thailand who won the card-off with scores of 73, 75 and 66. Coming in 4th place was Hsin Yu Lu from Taiwan at 4-under 212 (70-71-71) and 3rd went to Gabriela Ruffels from Australia at 5-under 211 (71-71-69). First place (-7, 209) commanded a four hole sudden death play-off between Tze Han Lin (71-70-68) and Yu-Ping Huang (70-72-67) both from Taiwan, with Lin taking home second and Huang taking home first.
The boys 13-14 division played the white tees on the Oaks course at a par 72, over the course of two days. There was a 4-way tie for fourth place at 1-under 143 with a card-off determined by the second day low. Taking home the 5th place trophy was Go Nakatsukasa from the United States (72-71) & wining that card-off was Kentaro Nanayama from Indonesia (73-70). Taking home 3rd place was Ryder Henares from the United States at 2-under 142 (71-71), 2nd place was Robert Keilch from the United States at 3-under 141 (70-71) and 1st place was earned by Ian Maspat from the United States at 9-under 135 with scores of 68 & 67.
The girls 13-14 division played red red tees on the Oaks course at a par 72, over the course of two days. Coming in 5th place was Annyka Chanel Cayabyab from the Philippines at even par 144. There was a three-way tie at 2nd place, 1-under 143 with Chia-Yu Hsieh from Taiwan (69-74) taking home 4th, Sophia Ysabel Blanco from the Philippines taking home 3rd (72-71) and winning that card-off taking home 2nd place was Jiayi Wang from China (74-69). 1st place was earned by Ho Yu An from Taiwan with scores of 68 & 72 for a total 4-under 140.
The second leg of the tournament took us up to the city of San Marcos. St. Mark Golf Club is a semi-private 18-hole golf course winding through the coastal foothills of North San Diego County. The Harry Rainville design boasts a links-style experience with stunning backdrops. Its executive course down the street provides gorgeous par 3 holes for your liking.
The boys 11-12 division played the gold tees at a par 71 at the St Mark Golf Club. There was a three-way tie for 3rd place at 1-under 141: taking home the 5th place trophy was Ethan Posthumus from Canada (69-72), 4th place went to Joshua Chung from the United States (70-71), and winning that card-off taking home the 3rd place trophy was Jay Leng Jr (70-71). There was another tie for 1st place at 5-under 137! Thus, a sudden death play-off between Allan Kournikova from the United States with scores of 70 & 67 and You Seong Choi representing the Republic of Korea with scores of 69 & 68. Choi won the play-off taking home the champion spot.
The girls 11-12 division played the red tees at a par 71 at the St Mark Golf Club. There was a tie for 4th place at 11-over 153 with Ting-Hsuan Huang from Taiwan (76-77) taking home 5th and winning the card-off was Hsin-Chung Liao from Taiwan (76-77). Coming in 3rd place at 10-over 152 was Yunxang Zhang from China (75-77), 2nd was earned by a score of 8-0ver 150 of Yufei Dai from China (73-77) and 1st place went to Samantha Marie Dizon from the Philippines at 7-over 149 with scores of 72 & 77.
The boys 9-10 division played the red tees at a par 71 at the St Mark Golf Club. There was a three-way tie for 5th place at 9-over 151 between Santino Alfonso Pineda from the Philippines (69-82), Ryan Liang from Canada (74-77) and Montprach Tunwannarux from Thailand (77-74) with Tunwannarux winning that card-off. Coming in 4th place was Miko Granada from the Philippines at 8-over 150 (73-77) and in 3rd place was Supapon Amorchaichan from Thailand at 5-over 147 (72-75). Taking home 2nd place was Robby Turnbull from New Zealand at 4-over 146 (72-74) and earning 1st place was Alex Long from Canada at even par 142 with scores of 73 & 69.
The girls 9-10 division played the white tees down the street from there at the St Mark Executive course, at a par 58. Coming in 5th place at 131 was Yushan Ye from China (64-67), and a tie for 3rd place at 130 with Rianne Mikhaele Malixi from the Philippines taking home the 4th place trophy (64-66) and Ya Xuan Zheng from China winning the card off for 3rd place (67-63). Coming in 2nd place was Mariana Rodriguez from Colombia at 125 (62-63) and earning 1st place was Arianna Lau from Hong Kong at 121 with scores of 60 & 60.
The boys 7-8 division played the white tees down the street as well with Luis Anton Ballerteros from the Philippines in 5th place at 135 (68-67). There was a tie for 3rd place at 132 with Michael Jorski from the United States taking home 4th (66-66) and Connor Szczech0wickz from the United States wining that card-off (66-66) to take home 3rd. Taking home 2nd place at 130 (64-66) was RattanabodinTassaneetipagorn from Thailand and earning 1st place, also from Thailand was Ajalawich Anantasethakul at 126 with scores of 65 & 61.
The girls 7-8 division played the red tees out there with Janette Dunn from the United States at 196 (99-97) in 5th, and in 4th was Karina Jadhav from the United States at 144 (76-68). Coming in 3rd place was Zoe Salinas from the United States at 141 (64-77), in 2nd was Yuk Athena Chan from Hong Kong at 133 (64-69) and 1st place went to Arisa Bintachitt from Thailand at 130 with scores of 62 & 68.
The boys 6-under division played the red tees with Ryan Ng from Hong Kong at 185 with scores of 95-90 in 2nd and coming in 1st was Carlos Andres Dugarte Hurt from Venezuela at 160 with scores of 82 & 78.
The girls 6-under division also played the red tees at that course with Krisana Fenton from the United States at 186 with scores of 91 & 95 and coming in 1st place was Miroku Soto from Japan at 148 with consecutive 74’s.
Big thank you and congratulations to all participants, parents caddies and staff at the courses for making our event a huge success! Our team cannot wait for you to play in the 11th annual event next year!