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The United States Finished Fourth at the TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2015 Supported by JAL
TOYOTA CITY, Japan –The United States shot 4-under in the final round of the TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2015 Supported by JAL in Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan to get to -13, which was good for fourth place and one stroke outside of the podium. Japan fired a tournament-best 200 (-13) in Friday’s final round to win the boys’ division.ÂÂ The Japanese team finished the tournament at 25-under – four strokes clear of second place finisher and third round leader Sweden (-21).
“We got off to a good start on the front nine, but stumbled early in back nine and made a furious push at the end, but it was too little too late,” stated U.S. coach Jimmy Stobs about the final round. “Japan had an exceptional round and they deserved to win. While we are disappointed that we did not win, we had a great experience in Japan. It was a great honor to represent the United States of America.”
Korea (-14) finished in third place, a single stroke ahead of the United States (-13). Norway (-12) checked in fifth, two shots ahead of Canada (-10).ÂÂ Mexico used a final round 202 to move into seventh at 8-under and South Africa was the final team to finish below par, coming in eighth at minus-1.Â Chile finished at 1-over to claim ninth place, ahead of New Zealand (+9) and Scotland (+13). Zimbabwe – stuck in 15thÂ place for the entirety of the tournament – shot a final round 212 (-1) to jump to 12th at plus-16. Brazil and Italy (+17) tied for 13th while China (+21) rounded out the boys’ field.
Japan’s Ren Okazaki (-13) shot a final round 65 to claim the boys’ individual title. Joaquin Niemann of Chile – the leader since day one – finished two strokes back at 11-under. Japan’s Takumi Kanaya, Chandler Phillips of the United States and Sweden’s Marcus Svensson (-9) tied for third – one stroke ahead of Luis Garza of Mexico (-8).
Nathan Jeansonne of the United States and Korea’s Jang Taehyeong (-6) tied for seventh, just ahead of Kristoffer Reitan of Norway (-5). Three players – Canadian teammates Tony Gil and Etienne Papineau and Sweden’s Tim Widing – finished in a tie for 10th at minus-4. Rounding out the Americans, Mason Overstreet finished tied for 32nd (+5), while Tyler Bakich finished tied for 44th (+10).
In the girls’ division, Team Japan (-12) – thanks to a massive lead at the midway point of the tournament – held off Korea for the second consecutive year to take home the trophy.
“We obviously played well and finished very well,” Japanese coach Miyuki Kikuchi said.Â “We played with patience and were proud to represent our country. I’d like to thank all of the other teams, the tournament officials and committee.”
Korea’s final round-best 138 moved them to within four strokes of the Japanese at 8-under. Mexico checked in third at plus-4, followed by the United States (+8) and France (+9). Colombia and South Africa (+15) finished tied for sixth while New Zealand came in eighth at 17-over.
Japan’s Yumi Matsubara – the individual leader since the first round – shot her second straight 74, opening the door for Jo Hyunkyung of Korea to mount a comeback and claim a tie as the girls’ individual medalist at 5-under. Japan’s Minami Hiruta was the only other golfer under par and finished in third place at minus-3. Heo Hyeonju of Korea and Mexico’s Maria Fassi tied for fourth at even par.
The TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2015 Supported by JAL is the world’s only junior golf championship in which 15 national teams – winners of regional qualifiers held across six continents and participated in by nearly 70 national teams – compete for the world championship.
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BOYS TEAM STANDINGS
The United States Remains in Sixth Place at the TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2015 Supported by JAL
TOYOTA CITY, Japan – The United States sits in sixth place after the third round of play at the TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2015 Supported by JAL in Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan. The team is seven strokes behind leader Sweden. Nathan Jeansonne shot a 6-under 65, which was the low round of the day and tied for the low round of the tournament to help the team shoot 4-under for the day and go to 9-under for the tournament.
"We had a chance to shoot a low number with Nathan shooting 65, but unfortunately we did not get a third score,” stated U.S. coach Jimmy Stobs on today’s round. “However, we are only seven strokes behind and if we can shoot a low number tomorrow, we still have a chance because the pressure is on the leaders."
Sweden shot a third round 206 (-7) to move to 16-under for the tournament and take a four-stroke lead over Japan and defending champion Norway (-12).Canada fired the low round of the day – a 204 – to pull into a tie for fourth with Korea at 11-under. The United States sits in sixth at minus-9, ahead of Chile (-2) and South Africa (-1). Mexico is ninth at 3-over, followed by New Zealand (+5), China (+6) and Scotland (+6). Italy (+9), Brazil (+14) and Zimbabwe (+17) finished out the boys’ field.
Despite shooting his first round above par, Chile’s Joaquin Niemann (-8) continues to hold onto the boys’ individual lead – now by one shot over Ren Okazaki of Japan and Sweden’s Marcus Svensson (-7). Four players – Canada’s Etienne Papineau, Chandler Phillips of the United States, Norway’s Kirstoffer Reitan and Tim Widing of Sweden – are tied for fourth at 6-under. Korea’s Jan Taehyeong is in eighth place at minus-5, a stroke ahead of Jin Cheng of China and Japan’s Takumi Kanaya (-4). After his 65, Nathan Jeansonne is tied for eleventh place at 3-under. Rounding out the U.S. players, Mason Overstreet is tied for 27th at 2-over and Tyler Bakich is tied for 46th at 8-over.
Despite shooting its first round of the tournament above par, defending champion Japan (-13) will carry an 11-stroke lead into the final round of the girls’ division. The Japanese girls are followed by Korea (-2) – the only other team below par – and hold a 22-shot lead over a three-way tie for third between France, Mexico and the United States (+9). Colombia (+12), New Zealand (+14) and South Africa (+17) round out the girls’ field.
Unsurprisingly, the six players from Japan and Korea hold the top six spots on the girls’ individual leaderboard. Despite shooting a 2-over 74, Japan’s Yumi Matsubara (-7) continues to lead, followed by teammate Minami Hiruta (-2). Jo Hyunkyung of Korea sits in third place and is also below par at minus-1. The final member of Team Japan – Hina Arakaki – is in fourth place at even par, ahead of Korea’s Lee Subin (+1) and Heo Hyeonju (+2).
The final round of the TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2015 Supported by JAL tees off Friday at 8AM. For more information – including live video coverage of Friday’s final round – please visit www.wjgtc.org.
BOYS TEAM STANDINGS
1. Joaquin Niemann, Chile 67-66-72 = 205 (-8)
U.S. Falls to Sixth at Midway Point of TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2015 Supported by JALÂÂ Japan opens large lead in girls’ event
TOYOTA CITY, Japan – The U.S. fell to sixth after shooting even-par during the second round of the TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2015 Supported by JAL in Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan. The team remains at five-under for the event. Norway used a second-round 202 to take a three-stroke lead over Japan (-10) halfway through the event at 13-under. First round co-leader Sweden (-9) goes into Thursday’s third round in third place, ahead of four other teams – Korea (-7), Chile (-6), the United States (-5) and Canada (-2) – who find themselves under par at the midway point.
"It was a frustrating day," stated U.S. coach Jimmy Stobs, "We could not get our putts to fall. We will get after them tomorrow."
Mexico shot a 3-under 210 to move into a tie for eighth with South Africa at 1-over. New Zealand (+3) is 10th– one shot ahead of China and Italy – who are tied for 11th at plus-6. Scotland (+8), Brazil (+11) and Zimbabwe (+12) finish out the boys’ field.
Joaquin Niemann of Chile shot a 5-under 66 and currently sits atop the boys’ individual leaderboard at minus-9 – two strokes ahead of Japan’s Ren Okazaki (-7). Im Sungjae of Korea is in third at 5-under
Four players – Chandler Phillips of the United States, Norway’s Kristoffer Reitan, Jang Taehyeong of Korea and Sweden’s Tim Widing – are tied for fourth at 4-under. Four more players – Viktor Hovland of Norway, Japan’s Takumi Kanaya, Etienne Papineau of Canada and Sweden’s Marcus Svensson – are one stroke back at minus-3. Mason Overstreet of the United States is tied for twelfth at 2-under. Tyler Bakich and Nathan Jeansonne are tied for 33rd at 3-over and round out the American results.
Host and defending champion Japan (-14) shot a 10-under 134 to widen its lead to 14 strokes after day two in the girls’ division.
“Today, each player was very patient and played well," Japanese captain Miyuki Kikuchi said of her team. “Physically and mentally we hope to play better every day.”
Korea remained in second place at even par, two strokes ahead of the United States (+2) – the only team other than Japan to score below par on Wednesday. Colombia and France are tied for fourth at 4-over while New Zealand and South Africa (+9) are tied for sixth. Mexico rounds out the girls' field one shot back at plus-10.
Japan’s Yumi Matsubara (-9) continued her dominant play – opening her lead in the individual competition to seven strokes. Japanese teammate Minami Hiruta (-2) is in second place, one shot ahead of the final member of team Japan – Hina Arakaki and Colombia’s Isabella Cardenas at 1-under. Jo Hyunkyung of Korea sits in fifth place at even par.
The third round of the TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2015 Supported by JAL tees off Thursday at 8AM. For more information – including live video coverage of Friday’s final round – please visit www.wjgtc.org.
BOYS TEAM STANDINGS
1. Joaquin Niemann, Chile 67-66 = 133 (-9)
U.S in Third After First Round of TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2015 Supported by JAL
TOYOTA CITY, Japan – Japan and Sweden each fired an opening-round 7-under 206 to tie for the lead after the first day of the TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2015 Supported by JAL in Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan. The United States (-5) sits two strokes back in third place while Canada, Korea and South Africa (-3) are tied for fourth.
"I was pleased with what I saw today, especially Mason and Chandler's 68s,” stated U.S. coach Jimmy Stobs of his team. “I thought there were some tricky pin placements out there, but we put ourselves in a good position for the rest of the tournament. I thought we left some shots on the course at the end of the round, but we did a lot of good things. We are in position and we have to keep grinding. There is a long way to go."
Defending champion Norway checks in seventh at 2-under, a single stroke ahead of Chile (-1). China and Italy (+2) finished tied for ninth, one shot ahead of New Zealand (+3). Mexico and Scotland each carded a four-over 217 to tie for 12th while Brazil (+5) and Zimbabwe (+7) round out the field.
The opening round ended in a four-way tie for first place on the boys’ individual leaderboard at 4-under between Italy’s Zenjiro Matsui, Joaquin Niemann of Chile, Japan’s Ren Okazaki and Tim Widing of Sweden. The logjam continued one stroke back as five more players – Japan’s Takumi Kanaya, Mason Overstreet and Chandler Phillips of the United States, Sweden’s Marcus Svensson and Jang Taehyeong of Korea – are tied for fifth at minus-3. Keegan de Lange of South Africa and Korea’s Im Sungjae are two shots off the lead at 2-under.
Paced by a 4-under 68 from Yumi Matsubara, defending champion Japan (-4) jumped to a three-shot opening-round lead in the Girls’ Division. Korea sits in second place at 1-under, three strokes ahead of a three-way tie for third between Colombia, France and South Africa at two-over. The United States (+3), New Zealand (+5) and Mexico (+8) round of the girls’ field.
“We played well today,” Japanese captain Miyuki Kikuchi said. “But we hope and expect to play even better in the upcoming days.”
On the girls’ individual leaderboard, Korea’s Jo Hyunkyung and Lauren Stephenson of the United States (-1) are tied for second – three shots behind Matsubara. Four players – Colombia’s Isabella Cardenas, Minami Hiruta of Japan, Korea’s Heo Hyeonju and Kaleigh Telfer of South Africa – find themselves in a tie for fourth at even par.
The second round of the TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2015 Supported by JAL tees off Wednesday at 8AM. For more information, please visit www.wjgtc.org.
BOYS TEAM STANDINGS
T1. Zenjiro Matsui, Italy 35-32 = 67 (-4)
TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2015 Supported by JAL Tees Off June 16
TOYOTA CITY, Japan – Eighty-four of the world’s best junior golfers will descend upon Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan, to represent their countries when the TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2015 Supported by JAL tees off on June 16.
The Chukyo Golf Club’s Ishino Course will once again play host to the 23rd annual event – the second in which a girls’ competition is included.
“The tournament committee is enthused to once again host the world’s premier junior golf international team championship,” Chairman William Kerdyk said. “It’s great to see the worldwide participation and excitement by the players to represent their countries.”
The TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2015 Supported by JAL is the world’s only junior golf championship in which 15 national teams – winners of regional qualifiers held across six continents and participated in by more than 70 national teams – compete for the world championship.
Defending champion Norway leads the boys’ field of 15 countries – Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, the United States and Zimbabwe.
The TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2015 Supported by JAL – which follows a four-players-count-three scores format in the boys’ competition and a three-players-count-two scores format in the girls’ competition – will consist of four rounds played June 16-19.
Host Japan – winner of the inaugural girls’ TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup title – will be accompanied by Colombia, France, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States as the 2015 girls’ field expands to eight teams.
“We are excited for the continued emphasis upon the girls’ competition and expansion of the girls’ field,” tournament committee Vice Chairman Eiji Tagashira said. “That, combined with the talented players set to participate in both the boys’ and girls’ events, should make this one of the most competitive tournaments in our 23-year history.”
For more information, please visit www.wjgtc.org or www.facebook.com/ToyotaJuniorGolfWorldCup.
NORMAN, Okla. – Golfers Tyler Bakich, Nathan Jeansonne, Mason Overstreet and Chandler Phillips and head coach Jimmy Stobs of Barry will represent the United States at the TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup supported by JAL at Chukyo Golf Club’s Ishino Course. Team USA - which is sponsored by Nike Golf - has won the tournament five times since its inception in 1992 but has failed to claim the team title since 2005. The United States finished tied for second last year.
Stobs has coached Barry to three NCAA Division II Championships in his 12 seasons as head coach (2007, 2013, 2014). He was named the Dave Williams National Coach of the Year presented by Golf Pride in 2007 and 2013. In 2014, his team won a school-record eight tournaments, including the Sunshine State Conference Championships and NCAA Super Regional Stobs is the only coach in college golf to have won a national title in both the stroke play-only and match play formats. Stobs was named the SSC Coach of the Year in 2014, in addition to the South Region Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career. He has coached 24 PING All-America selections and 15 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars. His teams also have been recognized as GCAA All-Academic for five straight years.
“It is an honor and privilege to be selected by my peers as Coach of the USA Team,” said Stobs. “It means a tremendous amount to me to be able to represent my country in one of the biggest junior events in the world. I look forward to working with Mason, Nathan, Tyler, and Chandler. They are all outstanding players who are hungry and determined to bring the gold medal back to the United States.”
Bakich won the 2012 Florida Junior Match Play Championship and at Lakewood Ranch in 2013. Bakich finished in the top five of four of the five AJGA events he competed in 2013-14. He participated in the 2014 US Junior. Bakich was named the 2014 Alvin A. Casey Most Outstanding High School Golfer of the Year after winning the state championship. He also claimed three district and regional titles and was named the 2013 Tampa Tribune Player of the Year.
Jeansonne is a two-time AJGA Rolex Second-Team All-America selection. A member of the 2014 Wyndham Cup West Team, Jeansonne is currently ranked 140 in the WAGR. He is a two-time winner on the AJGA tour. Jeansonne has advanced as deep as the round of 16 at the US Junior. He has member of four high school state championship teams.
Overstreet has claimed back-to-back Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament titles. He was medalist at the 2014 Oklahoma Junior Boys Championship before advancing to the match play final. Overstreet has tallied six wins on the Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour over the past two years and claimed the 2013 Oklahoma Class 2A State High School Championship. He helped lead Oklahoma to back-to-back championsips at the Southern States Junior Cup.
Phillips won both the LJT HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship and the AJGA Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship in 2014. He has finished first in both high school district and regional championships in back-to-back years. Phillips recently finished third at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club.
The Junior Golf World Cup, which follows a four-players-count-three scores format, will consist of four rounds played June 16-19. The TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2015 Supported by JAL is the world’s only junior golf championship in which national teams, winners of regional qualifiers held across 6 continents and participated by more than 60 national teams, compete for the world champion trophy.