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Final Results - IJGT College Classic at Duke University

Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy's Cheng Clinches Crown

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the College Classic at Duke University Golf Club, April 6-7. Held on the host course of the 2001 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship, the College Classic featured elite junior golfers ages 9-19 representing 14 countries, 17 states and Washington D.C., competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.

Despite crisp mornings, beautiful weather graced Duke University Golf Club for the College Classic. Held after a few consecutive days of rain, the course played long with damp grounds impeding bounces. Fast greens challenged juniors' short-game abilities.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan took a comfortable lead after the first round. Receiving the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award for his first-round 1-over-par 73, Cheng was ahead of the field by six strokes heading into the final round. It was Cheng's six birdies during his opening round that made the difference.

He continued his momentum into the final round starting his round with seven pars in a row. He hit trouble with a double bogey on the difficult par-3 No. 8, but recovered with a par on No. 9 before making the turn at 2-over-par 38. Cheng's back nine was rocky, but not enough to take away his title. Cheng finished with a 7-over-par 79 to take home the trophy with a tournament total of 8-over-par 152. This was Cheng's first win of the IJGT 2012-2013 season.

"I putted really well the first day. [Sunday] my putting was not as good but I kept focusing on hitting greens. It feels great [to win]," Cheng said of the College Classic. "It feels good to be back on top."

Rounding out the top three of the Boys 15-19 Division were Smart Kittirattanapaiboon of Chiang Mai, Thailand and Rafael Miranda of Guayaquil, Ecuador, who tied for second place carding 15-over-par 159.

The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award was given to Lee Detmer of Washington, D.C., and Jan Schneider of Erlangen, Germany for their Sunday scores of 5-over-par 77.

Also notable from the final round was a hole-in-one by Ben Lieberman of Potomac, Md., on the difficult par-3 fourth hole.
The Boys 14 & Under Division went down to the wire Sunday. Andre Becerra of Zapopan, Mexico, began the round with a mere one-stroke lead over Will Clark of Virginia Beach, Va. Carding a 5-over-par 77 in the first round, Becerra knew he would need a strong final round score to take home the title.

"I worked on putting heading into the final round," Becerra said.
Becerra began his round with back-to-back pars, but had a bogey streak that lasted four holes. He came back on Nos. 7 through 9 with pars to bring him to 4-over-par 40 for the front nine.

"I hit my approaches very well, but I need to work on my short game," Becerra said.

Becerra carded three pars as well as a birdie on No. 14 on the back nine to level out a few other holes where he came up short. Becerra finished the back with another 4-over-par 40 to bring his tournament total to 13-over-par 157. Luckily, his first round was strong enough to seal his victory - his first IJGT victory since the Florida Swing at Falcon's Fire in Sept.

Finishing just behind Becerra was Andrew Spiegler of Abingdon, Va., who also carded an 8-over-par 80 in the final round, but came up short after his first round for a total of 15-over-par 159. Finishing in third place was Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan with a 16-over-par 160.

The Girls Division featured an exciting race for the title, with two players beginning the final round tied for first. Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico and Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., were tied after carding an impressive 2-over-par 74 in the first round. Receiving the KENTWOOL Lo-Pro Award for the Girls, Valdes and Whaley were set to face off Sunday looking for the title.

"I kept calm and I was breathing right," Valdes said of heading into the final round with as a co-leader. "I kept telling myself I could win."

Starting her round with a birdie on the difficult par-4 No. 1, Valdes showed the field, and Whaley, she was hungry for the title.
Valdes carded another birdie on No. 4 to bring her to two under heading to six. She missed a putt on No. 6 to card a bogey, but rebounded quickly with an eagle on the par-5 No. 7. An eagle was not enough for Valdes - she drained a putt for birdie on the par-3 No. 8 to finish the front nine 4-under-par.

"I played really well the first nine," Valdes said Sunday. "I made an eagle on No. 7 and that was definitely my best hole. I did not play so well on the back nine."

Valdes carded five straight birdies on the back nine before she had back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16. Finishing with a bogey on No. 18, Valdes headed into the clubhouse with a 1-under-par 71 to claim her victory and the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. Valdes finished 1-over-par 145 for the Event.

Finishing behind Valdes was first-round co-leader, Whaley with a tournament total of 8-over-par 78. Rounding out the Girls Division top three was Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan with a 15-over-par 159.

The IJGT Southeast tour will be back on Hilton Head Island, S.C., for the IJGT Classic at Oyster Reef Golf Club on April 13-14. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit or call 888.936.5327.

About the IJGT
The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit or call 888.936.5327.

DURHAM, N.C. - Final round results of the IJGT College Classic conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 7, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees - 6928 yards, Par 72 (72.8/136). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees - 6,259 yards, Par 72 (70.2/123) Girls Division: White Tees -5,949 yards, Par 72 (76.0/134).

Weather: Cloudy with temperatures in the High 50s, winds 10-15 m.p.h.
Sunny with temperate in the Mid to High 60s, winds 5-10 m.p.h.

International Junior Golf Tour
The College Classic at Duke University
Durham, N.C.
April 6-7, 2013

Duke University Course

Boys 15-19 Division - (Black Tees) Yards: 6,928, Par 72
1. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *73-79--152
2. Smart Kittirattanapaiboon, Chiang Mai, Thailand *79-80--159
2. Rafael Miranda, Guayaquil, Ecuador *79-80--159
4. Bank Chantrakantanond, Bangkok, Thailand, *79-81--160
5. Colin Dubnik, Rochester, NY *81-80--161
6. Lee Detmer, Washington, DC *85-77--162
6. David Rabil, Fairfax Station, VA *83-79--162
8. Shosei Inokawa, Atamishi, Japan *80-83--163
9. Charles MacCallum, Melbourne, Australia *83-81--164
10. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *83-82--165
10. Kevin Conners, Downingtown, PA *82-83-1-65
10. Sense Chaowalit, Bangkok, Thailand *81-84--165
13. Connor Rinoski, Yorktown, VA *87-79--166
14. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *85-82--167
14. Andrew MacMillan, Scottsdale, AZ *84-83--167
14. Wade Hayes, Richmond, VA *81-86--167
17. Luke Tetreault, Horseheads, NY *85-83--168
18. Alec Miller, Pittsford, NY *88-81--169
19. Nicco Gentile, Bluffton, SC *84-86--170
19. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *89-81--170
21. Bryan Morris, Beltsville, MD *83-88--171
21. Jeremy Ball, Bloomfield Hills, MI *91-80--171
23. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *91-81--172
24. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *90-85--175
25. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *83-93--176
26. Charles Musto, Sterling, VA *93-84--177
27. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *97-82--179
28. Christopher Troy, Greenwich, CT *88-92--180
29. Aaron Liebenthal, Sylvania, OH *96-86--182
29. Thomas Dunleavy, Darien, CT *90-92--182
29. Brantley Phillips, Greensboro, NC *90-92--182
32. Ben Lieberman, Potomac, MD *96-90--186
32. Alec Kunzwiler, Oswego, NY *96-90--186
32. Joey Goryeb, Morristown, NJ *95-91--186
35. William Dunn III, Lancaster, PA *97-91--188
35. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *91-97--188
37. Andrew Boyer, Muskoka, Canada *103-87--190
37. Nate Anderson, Billings, MT *95-95--190
39. Liam Driscoll, Bayport, NY *101-96--197
40. Alex Hepburn, Corning, NY *108-98--206

Tyler Sokolis, Doylestown, PA *JWD

Boys U-14 Division - (Blue Tees) Yards: 6,259, Par 72
1. Andre Becerra, Zapopan, Mexico *77-80--157
2. Andrew Spiegler, Abingdon, VA,*79-80--159
3. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *81-79--160
4. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany *86-77--163
5. Aj Beechler, Pinehurst, NC *83-81--164
6. Alejandro Santibanez, San Luis Potosi, Mexico *80-86--166
6. Kevin Ying, Shanghai, China *81-85--166
8. Will Clark, Virginia Beach, VA *78-91--169
9. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *87-83--170
10. Ryan McCarthy, Rockville Centre, NY *87-88--175
11. Grant Brongo, Spencerport, NY *90-87--177
11. Adam Hooker, Lebanon, VA *85-92--177
13. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *93-86--179
14. Connor Creasy, Abingdon, VA *103-94--197
15. Matt Larson, Eden Prairie, MN *100-98--198

Evan Katz, Washington, DC *JWD

Girls Division - (White Tees) Yards: 5,949, Par 72
1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico *74-71--145
2. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *74-78--152
3. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *81-78--159
4. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *82-78--160
4. Ceha Lee, Bundang-Gu, South Korea *86-74--160
6. Laura Gonzalez, Bogota, Colombia *83-86--169
7. Mint Chimsuti, Bangkok, Thailand *87-83--170
8. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *84-87--171
9. Larissa Carter, Auburn, NY *92-80--172
9. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *87-85--172
11. Peerada Piddon, Bangkok, Thailand *92-83--175
12. Emily Doyle, Horseheads, NY *84-92--176
12. Christina Parsells, Bernardsville, NY *86-90--176
14. Erin Lo, Mount Laurel, NJ *88-90--178
15. Laura Burke, Princeton, NJ *88-91--179
16. Margine Arguello, Panama City, Panama *90-90--180
17. Ariana Dial, Clarksville, MD *94-87--181
18. May Chimsuti, Bangkok, Thailand *90-96--186
19. Zora Moore, Milford, NJ *97-92--189
19. Dylaney Day, Toronto, Canada *98-91--189
21. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *101-89--190
22. Riley Smyth, Old Tappan, NJ *93-99--192
22. Stephanie Bosdosh, Clarksburg, MD *93-99--192
24. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ *90-103--193
25. Jaclyn Fanola, Monroe, MI *98-98--196
26. Maren Cipolla, Lewiston,, NY *99-98--197
27. Kathryn Crouch, Harker Heights, TX *101-98--199
28. Emma Parson, Bluffton, SC *107-96--203
29. Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *115-107--222


News Source: Buffalo Communications

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