The IMG Junior Golf Tour made its eighth slated stop of the year at the World Golf Village in Jacksonville this past weekend. Players took to the Slammer and Squire Golf Course for competition, but that wasn't the only thing the IMG Academy golf program students did while they were there.
As part of the tournament activities students also got to experience the World Golf Hall of Fame, located at the World Golf Village. Part of this experience was stepping onto an indoor putting green that simulated the conditions and equipment from when golf was a young game (pictured below). It was a unique experience, one that doesn't apprise itself to most junior golf participants.
When it came time for the tournament, though, the IMG Academy golf program students used their modern day clubs contribute to a strong showing. For the Boys 15-18 division Mario Beltran of Valencia, Spain and Rodrigo Munoz of Bradenton, Florida, finished the tournament in second and third, respectively, shooting 73-70=143 (-1) and 75-69=144(E).
In the Girls 15-18 division Silvia Garces of Colombia and Hadas Libman of Israel finished the tournament in second and third as well, respectively. Garces shot a 74-74=148 (+4) and Libman finished with a 74-76=150 (+6). Additionally, IMG Academy Leadbetter golf program Academy student Brett Beazant of England, won the Boys 11-14 division scoring a 71-74=145(+1).
14-year-old Andy Zhang of Reunion, Florida won the Boys 15-18 division shooting 70-65=135(-9) and August Kim of St. Augustine, Florida, who is committed to play at Purdue, won the Girls 15-18 division shooting a 73-69=142(-2). Zhang set an IMG Junior Golf Tour record with the 9-under-par finish.
The next stop on the IMG Junior Golf Tour will be February 18-19 at The Club at Savannah Harbor located in Savannah, Georgia. The tournament will serve as a qualifier for the Callaway Junior World Championships July 10-13 in San Diego, California. See this post for more details.