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JUNIOR ORANGE BOWL INTERNATIONAL GOLF – Day 4 – FINAL

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CORAL GABLES, FL. 30TH Dec:  The 52nd edition of the Junior Orange Bowl International belongs to Norway’s Kristoffer Reitan and Switzerland’s Albane Valenzuela.

Reitan posted a four-day total of 279, 5-under par with a final-round 70, resilient play for a tournament featuring stiff wind all week.

Valenzuela finished 3-under par (281) to take the Girls Division by three strokes from France’s Agathe Laisne and South Korea’s Euikyung Shin, while frontrunner for most of the event, North Carolina’s Emilia Migliaccio, finished 5th.

Defending champion Joaquin Niemann from Chile and Belgium’s Adrien Dumont de Chassart both birdied the 72nd hole to tie second place on even par. Niemann’s attempt to become the first Boy player to repeat the title was thwarted by a balky putter, his ball striking as immaculate as ever. “It’s the way golf goes, but obviously frustrating,” he said.

Will Dickson from Providence RI was the low USA boy, tied 7th on 288.

“It feels amazing,” Reitan, 17, said afterwards. “That was the hardest round of golf I’ve ever played, mentally really exhausting, having to keep my emotions in check for the entire day. I was particularly pleased to avoid doing anything stupid, especially toward the end. To feel all these emotions on a golf course was a really good experience and hopefully will be useful in the future.”

Asked at what stage he began to believe he could win, the charismatic young Norwegian confessed “It was never easy. After the first nine, when I led by five strokes, I was still thinking there was a long way to go. Then I bogeyed three in a row and the lead was down to two. Luckily I was able to birdie the 13th and from there on I got more comfortable. But it was only when I hit the 17th green that I felt I had compete control.”

Valenzuela came into the week full of confidence, having won at the Doral Junior the week pre-Christmas and competing in the JOBI for the third time.

“The golf course suits my game,” she said. “After last year (when she finished third) I knew that if I played my style of golf, I would have a chance. To actually achieve my ambition of winning this event, well it still has to sink in.”  A solid final round of 70 sealed the championship. “I enjoy attacking pins and that’s how I played today, and it worked.”

Now she’s off to challenge for the Mexican Amateur in Guadalajara, a tournament where her father was runner-up four times. “I’d love to win there for family honor, but honestly, to win the Junior Orange Bowl is truly fantastic.”

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JUNIOR ORANGE BOWL INTERNATIONAL GOLF – Day 3

CORAL GABLES, 29TH Dec: With eighteen defining holes to play, Norway’s Kristoffer Reitan leads Trinidad’s Sachin Kumar by a stroke in the Boys Division, Chile’s defending champion Joaquin Niemann three off the lead.  

The Girls title is also closely contested, Switzerland’s Albane Valenzuela overtaking second round leader Emilia Migliaccio to lead by a single stroke, their closest challenger France’s Mathilda Cappeliez.

In yet another windy day in South Florida, the evolving story was as complex as the weather. After nine holes, by reeling off three birdies in the first four holes, Reitan led by six.

“It was all going well, then suddenly it wasn’t,” he explained. “I missed an easy chip and putt par save at 11, then hit my tee shot in the water at the par-3 12th and took a double-bogey. I thought I’d steadied up with a birdie at the 14th but poor shots on 16 and 17 cost a couple more shots.

“Obviously I’m pleased still to have the lead. In fact, I’m glad it is just one shot, rather than three, because I think I’ll learn much more from the experience.”    

Kumar wasn’t watching his co-competitor struggles; he was fighting his own demons. “My iron game was off but fortunately my wedge game was really sharp. I had seven, maybe eight, up-and-down par saves.” Two birdies on the back-nine par fives and his day added up to 70, two better than Reitan.

Niemann, suffering from a sore throat, also carded 70 without the aid of his putter. “I didn’t make a thing all day,” he said.

In the Girls Division, the story was similar. Migliaccio pushed her overnight lead to four at the halfway point but she too was put on tilt by a double-bogey at the 13th, a greenside chip caught clean followed by a horrid lie. “I wasn’t hitting my irons well, and I couldn’t fix it out on the course,” she said.

Migliaccio’s bogey at the 16th presented Valenzuela a tied lead and when the 17-year old from Geneva birdied the closing hole, she was in front for the first time. Neither girls believe in pressure of their situations. “I didn’t feel any pressure,” said North Carolina’s Migliaccio, “I just could not hit the shots as I wanted.”

“I’m not a nervous person,” said New York born Valenzuela, whose parents moved to Switzerland when she was five. “I just go and play, try my best and see what happens.”         

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JUNIOR ORANGE BOWL INTERNATIONAL GOLF – Day 2

CORAL GABLES, 28TH Dec: Norway’s Kristoffer Reitan vaulted to a 3-stroke lead in the Boys championship with a bogey-free 67 and a halfway total of 137.  Trinidad’s Sachin Kumar also posted 68 for outright second (140) with defending champion Joaquin Niemann, 73 (142) tied for third with Belgium’s Adrien Dumont de Chassart.

In the Girls Division, USA’s Emilia Migliaccio (68, 70) shares the lead with South Korea’s Euikyung Shin (69, 69) two strokes ahead of Switzerland’s Albane Valenzuela (70, 70). France’s Agathe Laisne took Girls low round of the day, a 68 lifting her to a tie for 5th place.

A second day of gusty conditions challenged low scoring and most players admitted to playing conservatively on a tough layout where short-sided misses can be costly.

“This was a day I had fun,” Reitan said, explaining that for him that means playing with complete confidence rather than those rounds when he has to struggle to keep things under control. That confidence reflected in fifteen greens in regulation and only two fairways missed. “I hit a lot of really good shots and the few I didn’t get perfectly finished in good position,” he explained. “And my putting was sound, so combined it all made for a fun day.”  

 Kumar, from Trinidad and Tobago currently at school in Florida, credited a red-hot putting streak for his 68, which contained four birdies and an eagle. “I holed a 15 footer at the 18th (his 9th) for eagle and birdied four of the next five holes, most with putts from about 15 -18 feet. Unfortunately it cooled off a bit toward the end.”

Niemann, the Chilean defending champion seeking to become the first Boy Division repeat winner in 52 years, admitted to playing “horrible” but vowed to put the day behind him. “There’s plenty of golf to be played over the next two days,” he said, “and tomorrow I’ll be ready.”   

Emilia Migliaccio two rounds have been remarkably dissimilar but her attitude, that’s always high-positive. She opened the championship with a seven birdie, three bogey helter-skelter, round two a demure and steady 1-under par 70 with just one error.

“Yes, it was very different. Today was much steadier, I went a long stretch just missing birdies by inches but never got into any real trouble.” Confessing she enjoys playing in windy conditions, Emilia also feels comfortable on these superfast Bermuda-grass greens. “My course in North Carolina recently changed to this type of grass, so I’m felling right at home.”       

Euikyung Shin has so far carded nine birdies in 36 holes. “I like the course and I’m playing, very steady,” she said.

JUNIOR ORANGE BOWL INTERNATIONAL GOLF – Day 1

CORAL GABLES, Dec 27: Defending champion Chile’s Joaquin Niemann posted a 2-under par 69 for a share of the lead with Belgium’s Giovanni Tadiotti.   

 A windy day at this famed Biltmore golf venue produced little separation at the top of the leaderboard, 21 players within four strokes of the lead, Norway’s Kristoffer Reitan alone in third place on 70.

In the Girls Division USA’s Emigliaccio claimed the outright lead with a 3-under par 68, after a scintillating back-nine (her opening side) during which she carded five birdies.

South Korea’s Euikyung Shin lies solo second with a 69, a single stroke ahead of a three-way tie for third place between Paraguay’s Sofia Garcia, France’s Mathilda Cappeliez and Switzerland’s Albane Valenzuela, Cappeliez’s round particularly notable for fifteen steady pars.  

Niemann, 17, has already had a sterling year with three international wins and a future place at the University of South Florida, but his greatest ambition is to repeat his Orange Bowl victory. ”It would be so cool,” he said, talking softly about a feat nobody has achieved in the history of the event.

“I played well today, but I can play better,” he said of a four birdie-two bogeys round, noting that for the main the gusty conditions didn’t affect his ball striking. “I didn’t miss fairways but I’d like to putt a bit better tomorrow.”

In Niemann’s favor is the Biltmore Club’s super-fast greens. “I love Bermuda-grass, it’s my favorite putting surface,” he said. “I really enjoy the challenge.”  

Tadiotti, also 17, son of a golf professional and similarly professional in his approach to this championship, credits his previous Junior Orange Bowl experience for the game plan he’s now pursuing. “Last year I made some mistakes because I did not know the course, how it plays, how to avoid the worst trouble. This year I have a strategy and I’m sticking to it.”

His five-birdie round was a full of solid golf, he said, and he easily shook off a couple of front-nine errors. “I missed the green at the 6th in a bunker where it was virtually impossible to get up-and-down and found water at the 7th, but I was able to put that behind me quickly. I’m very comfortable with my game right now.”                   

17-year old Will Dickson, from Providence, RI, playing in his 4th consecutive Junior Orange Bowl championship, posted 71 for a share of 4th place, is leads the US contenders.

JUNIOR ORANGE BOWL INTERNATIONAL GOLF – DEC 27-30, 2015

Welcome to the 52nd edition of the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf tournament, once again to be played over the famed Donald Ross layout at the Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida.

For more than half a century this 72-hole stroke play event has hosted the best age 18-and-under golfers from around the world and is recognized as one of the most prestigious junior golf tournaments. Our notable past-winner roster includes major champions Tiger Woods, José María Olazábal, Andy North, Craig Stadler, Mark Calcavecchia and Bob Tway

Equally impressive the list of teenagers who, after testing themselves at the JOBI, went on to sterling PGA Tour careers, such as three-time major champion Nick Price, Hal Sutton, Gary Koch, Willie Wood, Dudley Hart, Billy Mayfair, Ryuji Imada, Matt Kuchar and Camilo Villegas, to name but a few

And since the introduction of the Girls division in 1977 more than half our winners have become LPGA members, including such notable past-champions as Michelle McGann, Christie Kerr, Grace Park, Christina Kim, Julieta Granada, Lexi Thompson and Brooke Henderson.

This year’s truly international field promises to fulfil the usual high expectations, with Europe, Asia, Africa and South America competing against the some of the best homeland juniors.

Chile’s Joaquin Niemann, 17, returns to defend his title, a feat so far not achieved in the Boys Division. Niemann, from Santiago, has had an impressive 2015, with wins at the Canadian Junior Challenge, the Junior World IMG (Torrey Pines) and the Chilean Junior Open.

He faces a multitude of top-level challengers, including Jakub Hrinda, a 15-year old from Doha, Qatar, whose handicap at +3.4, is an indication of why he was an amateur invitee at this year’s European Tour Qatar Masters.

Others to look out for include Takumi Kanaya, the Japan Amateur Champion, Kristoffer Reitan, the Norwegian National Junior Champion, Italy’s Guido Migliossi who challenged strongly last year, Belgium’s Giovanni Tadiotto and South Africa’s Keegan McLachlan.      

The Girls Division contenders are spearheaded by Japan’s Hina Arakaki, a 17-year old from Uruma, Okinawa, whose handicap is a stunning +6.1. In 2015 her record shows she played in five ladies professional events and finished top amateur in all five.

Among others with high hopes are Emilia Migliaccio from Cary, NC, a 16-year old with a +4.3 handicap, whose list of 2015 wins includes the Women’s Western Junior Championship, and Mika Liu, 17, handicap +5.3, member of the victorious USA team’s Junior Solheim Cup.

The 52nd JOBI starts Dec 27.

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The Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship is celebrating its 52nd anniversary in 2015. The championship is an International invitational for boys and girls amateur golfers. The top amateur golfers from around the world are invited to compete in one of the most competitive amateur tournaments in the world. The International Golf Championship boasts an impressive alumni list including current professional players Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, and Lexi Thompson.

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