11 IJGA students post top-10 finishes

International Junior Golf Academy students took 11 Top 10 finishes in the International Junior Golf Tour’s Florida Junior tournament, held Sept. 15-16 at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee, Florida.

“We made up less than 25 percent of the field but recorded a slew of top- 3s and a win,” said IJGA director of golf Jonathan Yarwood.

IJGA student-athlete Sae Saito of Japan, a junior at Heritage Academy, took first place in the Girls Under 19 Division, shooting rounds of 79 and 71. Saito finished 6-over with four birdies during the two-day event for her first win of the season.

“So nice to see Sae win her first event, as she has been working so hard with our team on her game,” Yarwood said.

In the Boys Under 19 Division, IJGA student Brad Riley of Santa Clara, California, placed third with the scores of 69 and 74, while Hoshi Yadav of United Arab Emirates tied for fifth place with scores of 75 and 70 and Kotara Murata of Japan tied for seventh with a 69-77.

Merlin Dohm of Germany tied for second in the Boys Under 16 Division with Heritage Academy classmate Gautam Potduhke of India. Dohm shot 75-71 with an eagle on the fourth hole during his second round. Potduhke shot a 73 in both rounds. Zaid Khan of Eldorado Hills, California, tied for eighth with Heritage Academy classmate Jantai Malataev of Kyrgyzstan. Khan shot 75-73 and Malataev posted 72-76.

In the Girls Under 16 Division, IJGA students finished in third, fourth and fifth place. Emma Kim of South Korea had scores of 76-79, Vsundhara Thiara of the Bahamas shot 78-79, and One Kashima of Japan finished 77-81.