3rd Annual Future Champions Golf World Championship
July 17-19, 2011
PGA West @ La Quinta Resort
2011 TOURNAMENT RECAP
The FCG World Championship is the final event in our amazing lineup of CALLAWAY WORLD SERIES EVENTS!
We held 6 Major Championships this year featuring over 1700 participants. The series kicked off with the San Diego Junior Amateur during Winter Break, followed by the FCG Western States Championship at Meniffee Lakes in February, then the FCG Texas Championship March 12-13th, the FCG Las Vegas Championship was awesome on April 2-3, then the always anticipated San Diego Junior Masters July 5-8th, and finally the FCG World Championship at PGA West!
No other series in junior golf features such global participation over so many incredible tournament courses.
THIS FCG World's is an 'over the top' awesome event. You guys at FCG just continue to-out do yourselves. The course, staff at the course (of course the boys at PGA West know how to manage a large event, and it showed), rules officials, pace of play, being able to caddie and share the moment with my boys, the photographer's, can't forget them (and photos available on the website, wow) and everything else in between. We play at tourney's all over the country and this was truly the best event so far. I seriously can not think of one single point to criticize. I don't know what else to say but thanks guys, for helping make this summer truly one to put in the memory books. As long as my kids are kids, we'll look forward to the FCG events. See you at the SD Junior Amateur!!!
The 2011 FCG World Championship kicked off with a fantastic Parent-Junior Championship on the La Quinta Dunes Course on Friday July 15th. 24 teams competed in the event in a better ball format between parent and child. Claiming first place was Ryan McCoy and his father who put up an impressive 65 to win the Championship. Alexandra Fosterling from Germany hit a Hole in One on the Par 3 8th hole and the La Quinta Resort Course gave her a Flag to take home for her achievement. We had a closest to the pin contest on all the par 3's and the girls swept all of them.
Way to go girls!
Leaderboard / Interviews / Photos to Come
Next up was the Check-In Party in the Eisenhower Suite at La Quinta Resort. The resort's staff, led by Dave Aiken helped us put on an incredible afternoon of fun and welcomed all participants and families to the 2011 Championship. Callaway Golf donated great tee prizes including a dozen logo IZ Balls and a signature towel and hat. Players then competed in 2 challenges including the "Birdie Ball" pitch over the pool and into the Spa!
The players also got to take part in a putting contest on one of the putting greens located at the resort.
Next we had round 1 of competition where 232 of the world's best golfers age 7-18 competed in 3 days of intense competition on some of the world's best golf courses. We are so privileged to now host our World Championship at PGA West and look forward to a long relationship building the very best worldwide championship for kids. We had 103 boys age 13-14 and 15-18 compete on the famed PGA West Stadium Course that hosts PGA Tour Q-School and the Prestige at PGA West Intercollegiate Championship. In fact we decided to use the same pins that the Prestige Event does to give the players a little early test of what they will see when they get to college someday. On the PGA West Nicklaus Course we had the Girls 13-14 and 15-18 divisions compete along with the Boys 11-12 and Boys 9-10. All players in the field were allowed to use a caddy for the competition. In the 12 and under divisions players and caddies were given carts to ride and this made it a great environment for fun and staying hydrated in the dry desert heat. On the La Quinta Mountain Course we had the Girls 11-12, Girls 9-10, and 7-8 Boys and Girls Divisions compete. All players in this Championship played 18-holes each day, with the excemption fo the 7-8 divisions that played 9 holes each day.
Each round of competition would be a 7:30am shotgun at each course.
After Round 1 we had a really special treat for all players and familes as "Golfsmith Palm Desert" hosted everyone to pizza and contests at their retail store. The store was packed with families and all were given $10 gift cards to shop with. There was a Long Drive Contest and Putting Contest and everyone had a great time. In fact the store had to kick people out as they wanted to stay so late. We thank Golfsmith for closing their doors to all others and creating this special event for our players and families.
Golf was then played again Monday morning and highlighted by some great 2nd Round Scores. After Round 2 players enjoyed the Resorts 40 plus pools that were packed with kids and familes. FCG organized two movie showings for players to hang out and enjoy some off the links fun. Descpicable Me and The Greatest Game Ever Played were shown and friends and families gathered to watch on the giant bean bag chairs in the Theatre Room at the Resort. During all this fun the CEO of Sportsforce delivered a great seminar on College Golf and Recruiting Timelines for players and parents in the Fiesta Ballroom. Over 100 parents and players attended the 90-Minute Seminar with a long follow up question and answer session.
Kassidy Teare and Min Lee embrace after finishing the playoff on Hole 18.
Final Round Action was Sweet! We had a close race in every division and many divisions came down to the final hole or playoffs. A special treat for the leaders of the Boys 13-14 and 15-18 as they teed off on Hole 1 and had to complete their round on the difficult home stretch at PGA West Stadium Course. The final stretch of holes starting with 16, a long par 5 with the deepest bunker running the whole left side of the hole. The 17th hole is one of the most famous holes in golf - "Alcatraz" is an island par 3 guarded by water and rocks that stick out all around the lake. The final hole is a long dogleg left par 4 with water and rocks all down the left hand side. No worries the right hand side is guarded with deep rough and a plethora of bunkers. If you do find the fairway you are still challenged with a green guarded with water all down the left and bunkers right. Playing 420 yards, the final hole definitely created some drama for our players all week.
The Awards Ceremony concluded play in the Legends Ballroom at PGA West Stadium Clubhouse. Players and parents gathered as the Top 5 finishers in each age division received their awards. Each division Champion also received a fresh pair of Oakley Sunglasses, a Kikkor Shoes Gift Certificate, and a Flag as World Champion. This year we also gave out the "Underclassmen Award" to the Top Finisher in the bottom half of each age division.
Final Full Field Results
Kassidy Teare, from Vista is the 2011 FCG World Champion for Girls 15-18. Kassidy put on a great performance winning in a sudden death playoff with a birdie on the difficult 18th Hole on the Nicklaus Course over Min Lee from Taiwan. Both players finished regulation play at +2 (218) to tie. Coming in 3rd place was Xiaio Jiyai from China at 224.
Girls 15-18 Awards Presentation / Interview with Kassidy our 2011 Champion
Gordon Neale is the 2011 FCG World Champion for the Boys 15-18 Division at PGA West Stadium Course!
No stranger to Future Champions Golf Competition Gordon has risen to be quite a Champion as he won the event last year in the 13-14 Division at Pala Mesa. Gordon shot rounds of 73-71-71 on the difficult par 72 layout for a 1 under par total and a 2 shot victory over 3 international players - Clyde Mondilla from the Phillipines, Nicholas Smits from Australia, and Zander Lombard from South Africa who all shot +1 - 217 for 3 days. Way to go Boys 15-18 Division!
Ssu Cha Cheng from Taiwan is the 2011 FCG World Champion for the Girls 13-14 Division at PGA West Nicklaus Course.
Ssu Cha shot rounds of 71-70-71 for one of the lowest scores in the entire tournament. A very steady player Ssu Cha won over 2nd place finisher Fabiana Yu from Argentina who scored rounds of 76-73-72. Our 3rd place finisher is Jessica Mangrobang from Chula Vista, CA. Jessica plays regularly on the Callaway World Series and FCG National Tour.
Girls 13-14 Awards Ceremony
Brian Humphreys from Washington is the 2011 FCG World Champion for Boys 13-14 Division. This was a very exciting division and a very strong field. Brian scored rounds of 70-71-72 for a 3 under par finish and the only one in this division to finish under par. Those are some incredible scores on the tough Stadium layout. Coming in 2nd place is Patrick Murphy from Canada, 69-71-77 - who earlier this year won our San Diego Junior Amateur Championship which is a very prestigious event held in San Diego during the Winter Break. Our 3rd place finisher is Feroz Singh Garewal all the way from India. He had a great event too by shooting rounds of 75-70-74. Derek Castillo was tied for 3rd with Garewal with rounds of 74-73-72.
Interview with Brian Humphreys or 2011 Champion / Boys 13-14 Awards Ceremony
Sumire Noda from Tokyo, Japan is the 2011 FCG World Champion for the Girls 11-12 Division! Sumire had a great week with rounds of 79-73-75 to win the Championship. Coming in 2nd place is Maddy Vergura of Concord with rounds of 76-79-75. Our 3rd place finisher is the 2010 San Diego Junior Masters Champion Cecelia DeMatteo who scored rounds of 87-71-78. Way to go 11-12 Girls!
Nicholas Kumamoto from Irvine is the 2011 FCG World Champion for Boys 11-12 Division. It wasn't easy; it took a sudden death playoff to earn his World Championship Flag and Trophy. He won on the 1st sudden death playoff hole over 2nd place finisher Jack Trent from Australia. These two played outstanding rounds of golf and finished the event 1 under par for the 3 days of play on the Nicklaus Tournament Course.
Coming in 3rd place is Andrew Chin from Honolulu, Hawaii.
Article Written by Spectator on Final Round play by our Top Finishers / Boys 11-12 Awards Ceremony
Francesca Bernice Olivarez from the Philippines is the 2011 FCG World Champion for the Girls 9-10 Division! Samantha played a great event scoring rounds of 78-73-70 to win the Championship over 2nd place finisher Samantha Bruce also from the Philippines. 3rd place finisher is Kailie Vongsaga from Moreno Valley who is always improving her skills and collecting awards at FCG Events!
Wo Cheng Ye from China is the 2011 FCG World Champion in the Boys 9-10 Division. Wo has a "WOW" performance this week as he destroyed the Nicklaus Tournament Course Layout with an 11 under par performance. Its a good thing he played so well because on his tail was last week's Callaway Junior World Champion - Ricky Castillo who shot an impressive 8 under for 3 rounds of play. Coming in 3rd place is Bryan Teoh Wiyang all the way from Malaysia.
Ricky Castillo Boys Runner Up Interview / Boys 9-10 Awards Ceremony
Lucy Li, Redwood Shores-CA - 105 (3 Under Par)
Officially Our First FCG World Champion at PGA WEST! Girls 8 and Under Division - Her Division was the first to be complete. Coming in close 2nd place by just one stroke is Angela Kim from Los Angeles. In 3rd place this year is Jessica Green all the way from New Zealand!
Eric Doyle, San Diego, CA
Boys 8 and Under
FCG World Champion!
Eric is no stranger to FCG Events and has a great record in all of our World Series events. Coming in 2nd place is Jed Dy from the Philippines who scored 122 for 3 days. Our 3rd place finisher is Torrin Dezzani from Hawaii!
THE FCG WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IS TRULY A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BRINGING TOGETHER PLAYERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO COMPETE AT ONE OF THE WORLD'S BEST COURSES. PLAYERS AND FAMILIES ARE TREATED TO 5-STAR ACCOMODATIONS AT THE LA QUINTA RESORT FOR A NOMINAL NIGHTLY ROOM CHARGE. WE LOOK FORWARD TO BUILDING THIS EVENT INTO ONE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST SOUGHT AFTER EVENTS IN JUNIOR GOLF!
OH YEAH AND ANOTHER SPECIAL TREAT FOR OUR 2011 FCG WORLD CHAMPIONS!
They will have their Names listed on the Jumbotron at the
2011 Holiday Bowl Football Game as FCG WORLD CHAMPIONS FOR 2011!!!
What was your favorite part?
Chipping over the Pool?
Playing PGA West and La Quinta Mountain?
Swimming in the 40 plus Pools?
Sportsforce College Night?
Golfsmith Pizza and Contest Night?
Movies with Friends on the Huge Bean Bags?
The Competition? Field is Strong with Multiple Junior World Champions in the Field
and Top Players from around the World and local Southern California Players
Some Photos Have Now Been Uploaded - Stay tuned for hundreds or thousands more...
Interviews - Patrick Murphy Boys 13-14 36-Hole Leader
Mike Koeneke looking for a good final round
Courses to be Used for the 2011 FCG World Championship
* Subject to Change prior to June 27, 2011
TPC Stadium Course
Boys 15-18: Championship Tees (6739 yards)
Boys 13-14: Regular Tees (6166 yards)
Nicklaus Tournament Course
Girls 15-18: Regular Tees (6061 yards)
Girls 13-14: Gold Tees (5627 yards)
Boys 11-12: Gold Tees (5627 yards)
Boys 9-10: Red Tees (5023 yards)
La Quinta Mountian Course
Girls 11-12: Gold Tees (5330 yards)
Girls 9-10: Red Tees (4875 yards)
Boys 7-8: FCG Tees (1900 yards)
Girls 7-8: FCG Tees (1500 yards)
JUNIOR GOLFERS GET TO PLAY WHERE THE PRO'S PLAY! - Ages 7-18
An Elite Field of Worldwide Junior Golfers will come together to play where the Pros Play.
Players will be treated like professionals with Callaway and FCG Tee Prizes, phenomenal courses for competition, use of caddies will be allowed, spectators welcome. Stay at the world renowned La Quinta Resort.
The World is Invited! Players will be paired round 1 by Tournament Resume! All passionate, competitive, and elite junior golfers are welcome to join us for an amazing event. Field size is limited so register early.
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