IMG Academy's golf program saw two of its players record impressive finishes at major events over the holiday break.
Junior Claudio Correa (pictured left), a native of Chile, has been busy on the links. Last weekend, Correa participated in the first Chilean summer tournament, the 2013 Cachagua Open for Professionals and Amateurs players. Claudio had an outstanding performance, winning the general amateur division in three days with scores of -4, -2 and -1, for a total -7. In the general division, which included professional players, Correa finished 4th, behind first place finisher and European TOUR pro Felipe Aguilar.
However, prior to competing in Chile, Correa turned in a strong third-place finish at the Doral-Publix Junior Golf Classic, held at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, Fla., Dec. 20-23. Correa ended the first day of the event tied at 10th place, but made a surge on the second day to climb into the top five. By the end of the event, Correa tallied a three day total 75+73+71–219.
The strong finish at Doral marked the conclusion of an impressive fall semester for Correa. Just one month earlier, he led the Chilean National Team to a big win at the Copa Los Andes, held at the Lagunita Country Club in Caracas, Venezuela, Nov. 20-24. In the match play event, Correa, the youngest member of the team, won the most points for Chile after winning all but one of his matches. The Chilean team won in a tiebreaker over Argentina. The event was part of the 67th annual South American Andes Cup. Jose has been at IMG Academy for three years and works with coach Stuart Clayton.
Correa was in good company with his classmate, Bolivia's Jose Montano (pictured right), who finished in fourth place overall at the Junior Orange Bowl, held in Miami, Fla., Dec. 26-30th, 2012. Montano finished with a score of 68+69+75+68=280. The field featured 61 of the top boys from more than 30 countries around the world. Jose is in his second year at the academy and is coached by Scott Bettger.