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Colombian players rule the field at IMG Junior Golf Tour event in Naples

All three division winners in this weeks IMG Junior Golf Tour event are from Colombia and current IMG Academy Leadbetter golf program students.

Esteban Castro

BRADENTON, Fla. (October 10, 2011) - Despite the rainy conditions, the IMG Junior Golf Tour played on during its second event of the season at Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero, Fla. Play was suspended on day one due to heavy rains and lightning. Sunday provided overcast skies, but players were able to complete rounds one and two on the Jack Nicklaus-designed championship course.

All three division winners this week hail from Colombia. Esteban Castro, a 17-year-old from Bogotá, took home the Boys 15-18 title, posting a 78-76=154 (+10), while fellow Colombian Silvia Garces took home the Girls 15-18 title with a 75-76=151 (+7). Said Castro of his performance, “The first day I found the course tough, especially in the rainy, windy conditions. I tried to be patient and play conservatively. By the second day, I tried to play as well as possible early on in case the rains came back. I started on hole ten and managed to stay one under all the way to hole five.”

Each earned Performance Based Entry exemptions from the AJGA for their wins. The top five finishers in the Boys 15-18 division each also earned a Performance Based Entry star.

Martín Jamarillo, also from Colombia, emerged at the top of the pack in the Boys 11-14 division. For complete results, visit: www.imgjuniorgolftour.com.

The Tour will resume in two weeks at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Fla., October 22-23, for the ArmourBite Open. Each week, ArmourBite awards the two players (boy and girl) who improve the most between rounds one and two with an ArmourBite performance mouthpiece. This week's winners are Kenny Sujieanto (-18 strokes) and Sara Simons (-11 strokes).

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). A new lower pricing option ($184, excluding meals, practice round) is now available for members.

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, BiteTech and the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA). Find us at: www.imgjuniorgolftour.com and on Facebook.

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Contact:

Kim Berard, IMG Junior Golf Tour, kim.berard@imgworld.com, 941-752-2621

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