The new season of the IMG Junior Golf Tour started this weekend in Sarasota, Florida. IMG Academy' students fared well on the girl's side of the tournament. The winner, Kelly Tan, and the runner up, Hadas Libman, are both students at IMG Academy.
BRADENTON, Fla. (September 26, 2011) - Today the IMG Junior Golf Tour announced the winners of its season-opening event at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club in Sarasota, Florida. The course, which also hosted last year's season-ending Power Balance Tour Championship, provided the perfect challenge amidst a rainy backdrop for its 84 competitors.
Malaysia's top amateur, Kelly Tan, took home the Girls 15-18 title, posting a 70-69=139 (-5). She also won the Tour Championship at this same course last May, proving the Tom Fazio-designed course is amenable to her style of play. Runner-up Hadas Libman shot a 74-72=146 (+2).
Argentina's BJ Chung (-5) took the Boys 15-18 title, though the event was shortened to 18 holes following an initial suspension of play that lasted more than an hour, and a second attempt to complete play as thunderstorms rolled into the area. Chung managed to post the second lowest round in the Tour's history (67). Runner-up Mario Beltran shot a 70 (-2).
Both Tan and Chung earned Performance Based Entry exemptions from the AJGA for their wins. The top five finishers in the Boys 15-18 each also earned a Performance Based Entry star.
Terrence Zhang of Orlando won the Boys 11-14, posting a 73-69 (-2) and winning by seven strokes.
For complete results, visit: www.imgjuniorgolftour.com.
The Tour will resume in two weeks at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero, Fla., October 7-9. Registration remains open for both Tour membership and individual events. Tournaments are open to boys and girls ages 11-18 (11-14 & 15-18 age divisions for both boys and girls).
About the IMG Junior Golf Tour
Developed to fill a key niche in junior golf, the IMG Junior Golf Tour provides an elite setting for junior golfers to compete and gain exposure to college golf, professional golf, national junior rankings and athletic excellence. Participants have access to championship-rated courses and are provided with unique resources that enable them to grow and develop not only as an athlete but as an individual. Interactive educational events provide players and their families with an opportunity at each event to meet and receive advice from experts and professionals on topics such as fitness and nutrition, mental performance, media training, and college recruiting. Under Armour is the Tour's official apparel sponsor. Additional sponsors include Gatorade, Power Balance and the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA). Find us at: www.imgjuniorgolftour.com and on Facebook.
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Kim Berard, IMG Junior Golf Tour, firstname.lastname@example.org, 941-752-2621