The IJGT’s Director of Tour Operations, Kyle Wolfe chats with Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia after winning the Boys 14 years & under division at the IJGT Major at Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
15th February: Turtle Point, Kiawah Island (a Jack Nicklaus design)
Yardage: 6148, Par 72
Weather: Saturday: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the Low 50s, winds 20-25 mph
16th February: The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island (a Pete Dye design)
Yardage: 6043, Par 72
Conditions: Sunday: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the Mid 50s, winds 10-15 mph
Official IJGT report;
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, took home his seventh IJGT Championship this season. Coming off a first place finish in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation, Vilips looked to keep his win streak alive. During round one at Turtle Point, he totaled 11 pars and one birdie to take the division lead firing a 5-over-par 77. Vilips had a three-stroke lead in the division after his first round and never looked back. On day two, he started out strong making par at seven holes in a row to finish the front nine with a 2-over-par score of 38. On the back nine, Vilips started to struggle a bit more due to the wind picking up as five out of the nine holes were right on the Atlantic Ocean on the Ocean Course. Despite the conditions, he managed to keep it together finishing the day with a score of 81, which stretched his division lead to seven strokes and won him the Major Championship. Vilips’s numbers for the weekend were 77-81—158.
When asked about his mindset going into the final round with the lead, Vilips responded, “I didn’t want to completely blow it, so I played smart on holes with water because driver into the wind could go anywhere. I wanted to hit the greens and in safe areas.”
Karl’s website: www.karlgolf.info