BGGA students claim wins at IJGT and HJGT events

(L to R) John Daly II, Dongjin Park, Philipp Krahmer, Florian Blatti and Georgy Voronov

BGGA students participated in IJGT and HGJT events and claimed multiple wins.

At the IJGT Georgia Open, John Daly II captured his third IJGT title in as many events In the Boys 14 and under Division. Daly carded a 6-over 150 with rounds of 78 and 72.

“John has great tournament craft around the golf course and no fear,” said BGGA Coach Drake Edmond. “He was having fun, really enjoying tournament play and just getting around the course the way he needs to. I’m really proud of him.”

Philipp Krahmer won the Boys 15-19 Division with a 2-under 142. Krahmer birdied the final hole to capture his first IJGT title.

BGGA Coach Zach Parker commented that Krahmer was able to manage his emotions and focus on what he could control.

Krahmer’s first-round 72 included three birdies and three bogeys, and he followed that up with a second-round 70 to hold off fellow BGGA student Florian Blatti by one stroke.

“I think the great thing about Philipp’s win is it shows how much he’s grown as a player,” said Kevin Smeltz, BGGA Director of Golf. “He shot even par the first day and probably didn’t hit it ball-striking wise as good as he would have liked to. Typically, he would have gone to the range to try and fix his swing and probably confused himself, but he’s figured out it’s not only about how his swing looks, it’s about the person he is. He dug deep inside and found something in his heart that created some confidence and he ended up winning. He ended up birdieing the final hole. In the past, I don’t think he would have done that. He would have become outcome focused as opposed to focusing on the things he can control.”

Dongjin Park finished in third, while Carson Barbe and Taisuke Ono finished T4.

In the Girls Division, Yukie Sasaki took third place and Ying-Ting Hsieh finished fifth.

Meanwhile at the HJGT Mission Inn Junior Classic, Georgy Voronov claimed his first win in the U.S. in the Boys 14-15 Division. Voronov carded a pair of 78s to finish 12 over and two strokes ahead of second place.

“Georgy has been playing really good golf and hitting the ball really well lately,” said Coach Nick Duffy. “It was only a matter of time before he had a great tournament. He wasn’t feeling well going into it which plays into the ‘beware of the sick golfer’. I think being sick slowed him down a little bit so he didn’t get ahead of himself out there playing golf.”

BGGA students continue to take their games to the next level as evidenced by this past weekend’s stellar performances.