Kulikowski, Byrne featured in IJGT Photos of the Week – Oct. 23, 2014

As we near the conclusion of October and gear up for November, the IJGT traveled both south and north for events on October 18-19, 2014. The IJGT’s Southeast Tour visited Savannah Quarters Country Club to host the Georgia Openan event that featured a field of more than 80 juniors. Weather began with a fall crispness before the sun warmed things up. This week’s IJGT Photo of the Week from the Georgia Open, as decided by the fans, features Conor Bryne of Dublin, Ireland.

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Playing in his third IJGT event of his career, Bryne used scores of 76 and 79 to earn him his third consecutive top-20 finish. The highlight of Bryne’s performance at the Georgia Open was four birdies, two of which were on long par-5 holes, and 20 pars. In just three events, Bryne has racked up 11 total birdies and carries a scoring average of 76. This is the second consecutive week that Bryne has been selected for our Photo of the Week. Congratulations Conor!

While the IJGT’s Southeast Tour took over Savannah Quarters Country Club, the Northeast Tour visited Penn State University to host the College Series at Penn State on the campus’ Blue Course. The northern weather has begun to create an added challenge for juniors on already difficult courses. This week’s IJGT Photo of the Week from the northeast features College Series Champion, Douglas Kulikowski of Pittsford, N.Y.

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Kulikowski is featured with a Penn State representative as he receives his trophy

In his fourth event, Kulikowski nabbed his second IJGT victory by two shots. Kulikowski combined scores of 73 and 74 for a tournament total 147 with a performance highlighted by seven total birdies and 19 pars. His 147 ties his IJGT career best two-day score and the win is his third top-five finish. Congratulations Douglas!

Don’t forget – each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

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Puangcharoen, Gray among the IJGT Players of the Week – Oct. 21, 2014

NORTHEAST

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour made the trip to State College, Pa., on October 18-19, 2014, for the College Series at Penn State University. It was a challenging weekend for the contestants as cold weather and windy conditions made an already difficult course even tougher. After two days of competitive play and great sportsmanship, the IJGT is pleased to announce Adam Gray of Potomac, Md., and Lauren Kase of North Tonawanda, N.Y., as the Northeast Tour’s Players of the Week.

Gray

The first day of the tournament was trying for all of the competitors due to cold, rainy and windy conditions. Gray played well, shooting a 78 in the opening round to place him in a tie for eighth heading into the final round. Weather conditions were more favorable on day two of the tournament and Gray capitalized by shooting the low score of the weekend, a 1-under-par 71. He carded four birdies on the day, three of which were on the front nine to allow him to make the turn at 2-under. Consistency was key for Gray as his resilient efforts resulted in a shared piece of second place to end the tournament.

Kase

Kase led with a slow start but found her rhythm during the final round of the College Series. Totaling eight pars on the day, Kase drove the ball well and sunk some difficult putts to improve her score. She birdied the challenging, uphill par-4 No. 16 with ease, demonstrating her skill in all areas of the game. Her second round 85 solidified her fourth-place finish in her division.

SOUTHEAST

The IJGT traveled to Pooler, Ga., to host the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters Country Club.  The weather forecast included clear skies and mild temperatures leaving the course in pristine condition for low rounds.  This week’s southeast Player of the Week honors are awarded to Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, and Warrisara (Mind) Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand.

Shimoji, Takafumi

Shimoji kicked off round one with a birdie on the par-4 No. 1 but struggled with a few bogeys in the remainder of his round before adding a final birdie on the par-4 No 11. After finding himself in 31st at the conclusion of round one, Shimoji returned for round two with determination. He started with back-to-back birdies on holes No. 3 and 4, before adding two more birdies on the back nine. Shimoji’s battle back allowed him to finish the round with a 1- under-par, 71, giving him an overall score of 151 and a top-five finish.

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Puangcharoen shot 79 on Saturday and 71 on Sunday to finish with 150 for the tournament for third place. With only a brief struggle for par or better on her first round front nine, she ramped up her back nine with six pars and another birdie. Puangcharoen played well again on Sunday after starting the day hot with four-straight pars and going on to score par or better on 16 of 18 holes for the round. Her final score of 71 on Sunday earned her the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award and helped to secure third-place.

Congratulations to Gray, Kase, Puangcharoen and Shimoji on earning the Player of the Week honors and we wish you well in all of your future events!

Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters – Final results (Oct. 19, 2014)

Boys 14 & Under and Girls Division end in come-from-behind wins
Krekorian nabs his first victory in IJGT

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour headed to Savannah for the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on October 18-19, 2014. The two-day 36 holes tournament featured a field of more than 80 juniors from around the world competing for national rankings and IJGT merit points.

10636682_10154792846365026_7334357170016159650_o copyIn a come-from-behind effort, Brett Krekorian of Andover, Mass., broke free from a multi-person tie to move into first for the win at the Georgia Open. With a four-stroke deficit, Krekorian made up ground with the help of five second-round birdies and 10 pars. Krekorian comes off of a tie for 18th place in the IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club in his first-ever IJGT event. His final-round 2-under 70 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior with the lowest final round score of the tournament. Krekorian finished with scores of 75 and 70 to combine for a tournament total 145.

“I knew that if I could not make big numbers and make a few birdies and continue with pars, I could probably end up winning eventually,” said Krekorian.

Sharing second was Mark Goodall of Livingston, Scotland, and Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., both finishing with two-day totals of 149.

 

 

10481505_10154792845720026_444006067422180561_o copyIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., was victorious. McBride shared the divisional lead with Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, at the conclusion of round one before he turned on the heat. McBride made a run for the win with the help of 12 pars and two birdies to improve his round-one score by three. The win is the first of McBride’s career as well as his lowest tournament score (151) of his career.

“I put myself in good positions today, especially with the irons, and stayed patient all day,” said McBride.

In second was Pfoestl with a two-day total 166 while Arthur Drajer of Sandweiler, Luxembourg, finished in third with a total 180.

 

 

1617685_10154792845030026_3644729699337966755_o copyAlso in a come-from-behind fashion, Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, won the Girls Division. Trailing by three strokes at the end of round one, Quevedo used a stellar back-nine in round two to move into first. With a 12-hole par-or-better streak on holes 7 through 18, Quevedo recorded a final-round score of 74 to not only make up the deficit but also move into the lead by one.

“I did the same thing as yesterday and just tried to hit as many greens as possible. I played smart; I hit fairways, hit greens – as many greens as possible – and that was the main thing. I made some important putts for par, too,” said Quevedo.

In second was round-one leader Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezula, with a total 147. Rounding out the top three was Mind Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand, with scores of 79 and 71 to combine for a total 150. Puangcharoen’s 1-under 71 in round two earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 25-26, 2014, in the northeast with a Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Pooler, GA. – Final Results of the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters Country Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 18-19, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,851 yards, Par 72 (72.8/132). Boys 14 & Under Division: Silver Tees – 6,269 yards, Par 72 (70.2/126). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5,982 yards, Par 72 (74.6/133)

Weather:                    Sunny with temperatures in the Low 80s, winds 10-15 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the High 70s, winds 5-7 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters Country Club
Pooler, GA
October 18-19, 2014
 

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Tees) – 6,851 yards, Par 72

1. Brett Krekorian, Andover, MA *75-70–145
2. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *73-76–149
2. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-75–149
4. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *77-73–150
5. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *80-71–151
6. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *77-75–152
6. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *77-75–152
6. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *77-75–152
6. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *74-78–152
6. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *71-81–152
11. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *77-76–153
11. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *76-77–153
11. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *75-78–153
11. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *75-78–153
11. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *75-78–153
16. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *75-79–154
17. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *76-79–155
17. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *74-81–155
19. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *82-74–156
19. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *80-76–156
19. Alex Vegh, Gahanna, OH *78-78–156
22. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *81-76–157
22. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *79-78–157
22. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *79-78–157
22. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *76-81–157
22. Masahi Yano, Aichi, Japan *75-82–157
22. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *74-83–157
28. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *82-76–158
28. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *80-78–158
28. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *78-80–158
28. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *76-82–158
32. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *80-80–160
33. Rowan Foxley, Arlington, WA *83-78–161
33. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *80-81–161
35. Yunjie Jin, Windermere, FL *79-84–163
36. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *84-80–164
37. Nate Tosto, Savannah, GA *82-83–165
37. Brandon McLean, Unionville, ON *82-83–165
39. Aniket Sawant, New Delhi, India *80-86–166
40. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *86-81–167
40. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *85-82–167
40. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *84-83–167
43. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *87-81–168
43. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *86-82–168
43. Colson Herrin, Augusta, GA *83-85–168
46. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *85-84–169
47. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *88-82–170
48. Jack O’Donovan, Pittsford, NY *83-89–172
49. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *84-89–173
49. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *83-90–173
51. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *90-84–174
52. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *83-95–178
53. Spencer Eller, Phoenix, AZ *96-87–183
53. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *88-95–183
55. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *91-99–190
56. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *93-104–197
57. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea *113-96–209

DID NOT FINISH

Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *DQ (Rule 15-3b)
Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA * DQ (Rule 15-3b)
Drew Smith, Decatur, GA *76-DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *DQ (Rule 15-3b)
Logan Stefanko, Plymouth, MI *87-DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *85-JWD
Liam Kent, Portage, MB *87-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (Silver Tees) – 6,269 yards, Par 72

1. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *77-74–151
2. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *77-89–166
3. Arthur Draijer, Sandweiler, Luxembourg *92-88–180
4. Ford Berger, Statesboro, GA *96-89–185
5. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *96-95–191

Girls Division (Red Tees) – 5,982 yards, Par 72

1. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *72-74–146
2. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *69-78–147
3. Warrisara Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *79-71–150
4. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *77-74–151
4. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *75-76–151
6. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *76-79–155
7. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-80–158
8. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *81-83–164
9. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *83-84–167
10. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *82-86–168
11. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *91-93–184
12. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *96-100–196

IJGT College Series at Penn State University – Final results (Oct. 19, 2014)

Kulikowski gets the victory at Penn State, winning by two strokes
Greenplate brings home first for Boys 14 & Under

The IJGT hosted the College Series at Penn State University at the university’s Blue Golf Course on October 18-19, 2014. This was the first of the final three tournaments for the Northeast Tour this fall 2014 season. Each junior competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

KulikowskiDouglas Kulikowski of Pittsford, N.Y., carried over his round-one lead in through to the finish in the Boys 15-19 Division. Combining scores of 73 and 74 for a tournament total 147, Kulikowski finished two strokes ahead of his competition. With the help of nine pars and four birdies, he held off comebacks by second-place winners Adam Gray of Potomac, Md., and Dylan Plis of Camilius N.Y. Kulikowski led by five heading into round two and despite a struggle with bogeys in his final round, he maintained a three-stroke lead over the division for the win. Gray and Plis shared second place with a two-day total of 149.

“My iron game was the strongest part [of my game] and I was able to roll in some putts on top of that,” said Kulikowski.

Gray’s second-round 1-under-par 71 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior with the lowest final round of tournament play.

Greenplate copyWinning by large margin was Evan Greenplate of York, Pa., in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Greenplate led round one by seven strokes before kicking off his round-two effort. He birdied the par-4 hole No. 1 before going on to add nine pars and a second birdie for a final-round score of 78.

“All I was trying to do was sink putts and not get ahead of myself,” said Greenplate. He finished a tournament-total 157 highlighted by 19 total pars and three birdies.

In second was Jeremy Summerson of Victor, N.Y., with a total 166 and Garrett Engle of Harrisburg, Pa., rounded out the top-three with a total 168.

 

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In the Girls Division, Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., finished in first place. Parker shared the divisional lead with Haley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., after round one but pulled ahead in round two for the win. Both Parker and Bookholdt carded two birdies on their second rounds but it was the consistency of Parker’s game that allowed her to finish on top. Parker added nine pars to Bookholdt’s four, putting her in a two-stroke lead for the win. Parker finished with a two-day total 159. Parker’s final-round 78 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

“My short game is the best part of my game and anything within 100 yards I can stick close,” said Parker.

Bookholdt finished in second with scores of 81 and 80 for a tournament total 161. Rounding out the top three was Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., with a total 165.

The IJGT will head to Outdoor Country Club in York, Pa., on October 25-26, 2014, for the Major Championship. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

State College, Pa. – Final results of the College Series at Penn State conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 18-19, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,760 yards Par 72 (73.5./133). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,259 yards, Par 72 (70.1/127). Girls Division: Gold – 6,025 yards, Par 72 (75.0/137).

International Junior Golf Tour
College Series at Penn State University
State College, PA.
October 18-19, 2014 

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,760 yards, Par 72
1. Douglas Kulikowski, Pittsford, NY *73-74–147
2. Adam Gray, Potomac, MD *78-71–149
2. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *76-73–149
4. David Ross, Lorton, VA *76-75–151
5. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY *78-76–154
6. Sean Dain, Oswego, NY *76-80–156
7. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA *80-77–157
7. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *75-82–157
9. Alec Kunzwiler, Oswego, NY *78-80–158
10. Nick Rencis, Long Valley, NJ *83-76–159
10. David Powers, Glen Spey, NY *77-82–159
12. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *85-76–161
13. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *77-87–164
14. Jack Katarincic, Pittsburgh, PA *85-80–165
15. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *84-82–166
16. Jack Riordan, Oshawa, Canada *87-83–170
16. Drew Harris, Oakdale, PA *85-85–170
16. Noah Lee, Oswego, NY *82-88–170
19. Casey O’Korn, Canonsburg, PA *88-83–171
20. Will Lusk, Venetia, PA *91-82–173
20. Sanghyeon Park, Oakland Gardens, NY *89-84–173
22. Jack Martinides, Newtown, PA *89-85–174
23. Christian Evanchec, Saxenburg, PA *89-87–176
24. Tyler Olson, Hagerstown, MD *89-99–188

Did Not Finish
NC- Dominic Wagner, Alexandria, VA *84

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,259 yards, Par 72
1. Evan Greenplate, York, PA *79-78–157
2. Jeremy Summerson, Victor, NY *86-80–166
3. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *84-84–168

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 6,025 yards, Par 72

1. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *81-78–159
2. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, NJ *81-80–161
3. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ *83-82–165
4. Lauren Kase, North Tonawanda, NY *88-85–173
5. Lauren Freyvogel, Gibsonia, PA *87-87–174
6. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ *91-86–177
7. Taylor Waller, Canonsburg, PA *92-86–178
8. Emily Kase, North Tonawanda, NY *102-93–195
9. Cecelia Neally, Corning, NY *102-99–201
10. Caroline Yarnall, East Aurora, NY *102-101–203

Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters – Round one recap (Oct. 18, 2014)

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour hit the road to host the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on October 18, 2014. The opening round at Savannah Quarters Country Club featured more than 80 juniors from all over the world. In review, the rounds of each division’s leaders, in numbers, are below.

Christian Garruppo of Pottersville, N.J., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

71 – His one-under round one score

16 – Garruppo scored par or better on 16 of 18 holes, including three birdies

2 – He currently leads the division by two shots

Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, and Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., share the Boys 14 & Under Divisional lead. Their rounds in numbers:

PFOESTL:

77 – The leading round one score that Pfoestl shares with McBride – a staggering 15 strokes ahead of the division

7 – His longest par-or-better streak which came on the front nine

2 – Total birdies, one on each nine

MCBRIDE:

77 – His round one score ties his second-best score in a single round of a tournament

10 – McBride comes to the Georgia Open with 10 top-10 finishes thus far in his IJGT career

4 – Both McBride’s birdies came on par-4 holes of the back nine

In the Girls Division, Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, leads. Her round in numbers:

69 – Her 3-under-par score is the lowest score of the entire tournament.

15 – Rodriguez went on a 15-hole par-or-better streak. The streak featured five birdies, three coming back-to-back on hole Nos. 15 through 17.

3 – This is the third sub-70 score Rodriguez has recorded in tournament play since 2010.

The final round at Savannah Quarters will take place tomorrow, October, 19, 2014, with tee times beginning at 8:00 a.m. For full results from round one of the Georgia Openclick here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

IJGT College Series at Penn State University – Round one recap (Oct. 18, 2014)

Kicking off the first College Series event of the 2014-2015 season, the IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to Penn State University to host the IJGT College Series. Tee times on the Blue Course in State College, Pa., began at 9 a.m. on October 18, 2014. In review of round one, each division’s leader’s round, in numbers, is below.

The Boys 15-19 Division is led by Douglas Kulikowski of Pittsford, N.Y. His round in numbers:

73– His one-over-par opening round of the tournament, two strokes ahead of second place 7 – His longest par-or-better streak which came on hole Nos. 8 through 14

4 – Total number of birdies, the most among all three divisions

The Boys 14 & Under Division is led by Evan Greenplate of York, Pa. His round in numbers:

79 – Greenplate’s first-round score that put him five strokes in the lead

11– Total number of holes he carded par or better on in his opening round

2 – This is his second IJGT tournament, his most recent event being a second-place finish in the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run CC in September

Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., and Haley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., share the lead of the Girls Division. Their round in numbers:

PARKER:

81 – Parker’s opening-round score, identical to Bookholdt

10 – Total number of pars

2 – Number of first-place wins Parker has coming into this College Series event

BOOKHOLDT:

81 – The opening-round score to help her share the lead, highlighted by a birdie on the par-5 No. 5

2 – Bookholdt also has two first-place IJGT trophies coming into today

1 – Her first event of the 2014-2015 season

The final round at Penn State Blue Course will take place tomorrow, October, 19, 2014, with tee times beginning at 9:00 a.m. For full results from round one of the College Series, click here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

Braman, Byrne featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – Oct. 16, 2014

The IJGT hosted both northeast and southeast events on October 11-12, 2014, for juniors from all over the world. The Northeast Tour headed to Bronx, N.Y., for the first time in IJGT history. Held at Pelham Bay Golf Course, the tour hosted the IJGT Junior Open. Rain crept into the forecast briefly and despite the conditions remaining cool and windy, juniors competed with intensity for IJGT merit points and national rankings. This week’s IJGT Photo of the Week for the north features IJGT Junior Open Girls Champion Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y.

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Braman opened the tournament with a first-round score of 1-over 72, her best round of the weekend. She kicked off with back-to-back birdies before adding a third to finish nine strokes ahead of the division. Despite some struggle against the windy conditions in round two, Braman aimed for consistency, adding 10 pars. Her second-round score of 80 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award going to the junior with the lowest score in the final round.

Photo of the Week 10.16.14

In the southeast, the IJGT headed to the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to host the Florida JuniorWith weather resembling summer conditions, juniors competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings as well as an invite to the North American Junior Amateur Championship to be held in Arizona on December 30-January 3, 2015. This week’s IJGT Photo of the Week for the southeast features junior, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland. Bryne is in his first season as an IJGT member and has been a part of three events now. Most recently, Bryne took home the second-place trophy at the IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield GC. He combined consistent rounds of 72 for a tournament total of even-par 144.

Congratulations to both Braman and Byrne and we look forward to seeing them again in IJGT events!

Major Championship at Out Door Country Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT will be hosting the Major Championship at Out Door Country Club on October 25-26, 2014. This two-day event will include 18-holes to be played on Saturday and Sunday. Juniors will compete for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

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Located in York, Pa., Out Door Country Club has been home to York families for more than 100 years. Designed by Ault & Associates, the course features six ponds, over sixty bunkers and an extensive practice facility which includes a driving range, chipping area and a putting green. Although the country club has grown and evolved over the years, it has remained true to the dream of its founding members: to provide its members with an entertainment, recreational, and sporting facility unlike any other in the area.

Outdoor CC

Out Door Country Club

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Gus Minkin, a native of York, Pa., will look to use his hometown advantage in his fifth IJGT Major Championship. In his four past Majors, Minkin has placed in the top-10 each time and will return for his fifth Major looking for a victory. 

Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., is coming off of a third-place finish at the DC Shootout at National Golf Club on October 4-5, 2014, and will look to take the Boys 14 & Under Major Championship title.

Keep an eye on Lauren Kase of North Tonawanda, N.Y. Kase’s finished her 2013-2014 season with a victory in the Summer Series at Glen Oak Golf Course and will look to kick off her 2014-2015 season with another win.

To register or for more information about the Major Championship at Out Door Country Club click here.

Kedlaya, Benevento among junior to earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Oct. 14, 2014

SOUTHEAST

The IJGT traveled to Orlando, Fla., on October 11-12, 2014, to host the Florida Junior at The Palm Course at Walt Disney Resort. The hot and humid climate did not affect the 51 juniors as they produced low rounds on both days.

The Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Tour go to Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., and Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India.

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On day one, Wren got off to a hot start by posting a birdie on his first hole and stringing together pars on six of his following seven holes before finishing the front nine with a score of 1-over-par.  His back nine went just as well, with pars on seven of the nine holes giving him a total round one score of 3-over 75.  Wren returned in round two with similar momentum and added par on the first seven consecutive holes leading up to a birdie on No. 8.  Wren’s final nine holes were played at one under par, including three birdies and four pars.  Wren took home the second place trophy with his final round score of 71 and an overall score of 146.

kedlaya

Kedlaya opened her first round with par on four front-nine holes before really heating up and carding par on eight of her back-nine holes to finish the day at 78. She continued sharp play in round two with six pars on the front nine, four of which were consecutive, before adding a birdie on No. 8. Kedlaya’s scores of 78 and 74 were her lowest scores to date on the IJGT with her round two 74 earning her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round for the girls. Kedlaya’s overall score of 152 helped her to finish second.

Thanks to outstanding play and their second place finishes, both Wren and Kedlaya qualified for the North American Junior Amateur Championship to be held in Arizona on December 31, 2014 – January 3, 2015. The Florida Junior at Disney Resort was a qualifying tournament, granting and invitation to  the top two boys and top two girls.

NORTHEAST

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to Bronx, N.Y., for the first-ever tournament at Pelham Bay Golf Club, to host The IJGT Junior Open. Despite some rain during round one and cold and windy conditions on both days, there was great golf performances the entire weekend. The IJGT is proud to award the Northeast Player of the Week honors to Mark Benevento of Somers Point, N.J., and Soona Lee-Tolley of New York, N.Y.

Benevento

Benevento, having placed second in The Architects Cup on October 4-5, 2014, looked to come out and shoot for an even greater performance.  Benevento’s round one score of 75 left him two shots off of the lead.  Knowing he needed to play great golf in round two to assume the lead, Benevento improved his round by three strokes for a even-par 71. Despite missing the title by two strokes, Benevento said, “My goal for each round is make great shots and improve from the day before. I am happy with how round two went today.” His second-place finish at the IJGT Junior Open becomes his fourth top-five finish in as many events.

Lee-Tolley

After round one, Lee-Tolley sat in third place but was eager for more. Returning for round two with a fire in her belly, Lee-Tolley used consistent putting for par to cut five strokes from her round one score. Her round two 78 also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls. This allowed her to move up the leader board and into second place. With just one less par than winner Madison Braman, Lee-Tolley used 20 total pars to prove her determination and consistency, helping her to earn this week’s Player of the Week honors.

Congratulations to Wren, Kedlaya, Benevento and Lee-Tolley on earning the IJGT Player of the Week honors this week!

Florida Junior at Disney Resort – Final results (Oct. 12, 2014)

Luo comes from behind to win the Boys 15-19 Division
Zeng nabs her first win of the season 

The IJGT’s fall season saw weather resembling summer as the Southeast Tour headed south to host the Florida Junior at Disney Resort on October 11-12, 2014. A field of 53 juniors competed in the two-day 36-hole tournament on the Palm Course for IJGT merit points and national rankings. The tournament was a qualifier for the North American Junior Amateur Championship to be held in Litchfield Park, Ariz., at the Wigwam Resort on December 30, 2014 – January 3, 2015. The top two juniors in the Boys 15-19 Division and top two in the Girls Divisions will qualify for the international event.

DSC06760 copyIn a come-from-behind effort, Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division. Following a round one performance that featured some trouble with bogeys, Luo bounced back in round two to shave seven strokes from his score. Three strokes stood between Luo and then leader Cameron Clair of Bluffton, S.C., but a staggering seven birdies led him to card a 3-under 69 and move into first. He combined scores of 76 and 69 for a tournament total 145. Luo’s second round 69 also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior with the lowest score of the final round of tournament play.

Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., scored par or better on 15 of 18 holes in his fight for first but finished one stroke shy in second place with a two-day total 146. In third was Maurizio De Bono of Basiglio, Italy, with a score of 151. Both Luo and Wren qualified for the North American Junior Amateur Championship with their performances.

“I had seven birdies because I was putting really well,” said Luo about the key to his performance in round two.

 

DSC06757 copyFrancis Li of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., won the Boys 14 & Under Division after leading in both rounds. A 1-over-par 73 in round one put Li in the lead by seven strokes. Despite some struggles in round two, Li went on to add a round two score of 78 to hold onto the lead. Li finished seven strokes ahead of second place finisher Mariano Leyva of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Leyva shot a two-day total 158. Rounding out the top three was Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, with a total 161.

“My mental game was a big improvement. I felt good and kept calm the whole time,” said Li.

 

 

DSC06754 copyBunyaporn Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, carded a tournament total 149 to win the Girls Division. Scoring par or better on 12 of 18 holes in round one, including four birdies, Zeng gained the divisional lead.  Twelve additional pars and an eagle on the par-5 No. 14 in round two allowed her to come out on top, three strokes ahead of second-place finisher Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India. Kedlaya carded scores of 78 and 74 for a two-day total 152. Third-place finisher Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, scored a total 154. A second-round 2-over 74 for both Kedlaya and Tadokoro earned the pair the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Zeng and Kedlaya also qualified for the North American Junior Amateur Championship.

“I focused on my putting [in round two] and it saved me a lot. I was in a bogey streak but was able to come out of it with par and an eagle,” said Zeng.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 18-19, 2014. The Southeast Tour will host the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters and the Northeast Tour will host the College Series at Penn State University. To sign up for these events, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – Final Results of the Florida Junior at Walt Disney World Resort conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 11-12, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,816 yards, Par 72 (73.1/130). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,198 yards, Par 72 (71.2/125). Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,855 yards, Par 72 (74.1/134)

Weather:                    Sunny with temperatures in the Low 90s, winds 5-7 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 3-5 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Florida Junior at Walt Disney World Resort – Palm
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
October 11-12, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees) – 6,816 yards, Par 72

1. Xue Wen Luo, Haikou, China *76-69–145
2. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *75-71–146
3. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *76-75–151
4. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *80-72–152
4. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *73-79–152
6. Masahi Yano, Aichi, Japan *77-76–153
7. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *81-75–156
7. Tsukasa Kimishima, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *78-78–156
7. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *75-81–156
10. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *83-74–157
10. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *77-80–157
10. Dante Davis, Brandon, FL *78-79–157
10. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *75-82–157
14. Jasper Lee, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *84-74–158
14. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-79–158
14. Kase Diehl, Charlotte, NC *80-78–158
17. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *81-78–159
18. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *78-82–160
19. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *84-77–161
19. Rohit Sirosh, Bellevue, WA *81-80–161
19. Derrick Villarreal, Bluffton, SC *81-80–161
19. Gustav Tegel, Miami Beach, FL *82-79–161
23. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *83-80–163
24. Philip Chen, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *86-78–164
25. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *82-86–168
26. John Peck, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *84-88–172
27. Alejandro Meriles Medina, La Paz, Bolivia *84-89–173
28. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *86-88–174
29. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *95-83–178
29. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *88-90–178
31. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *89-95–184
32. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *91-94–185
33. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *89-97–186
34. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *96-97–193

DID NOT FINISH

Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *74-JWD
Gray Wiley, Lynchburg, VA *89-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) – 6,198 yards, Par 72

1. Francis Li, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *73-78–151
2. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *80-78–158
3. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *82-79–161
4. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *86-87–173
5. Dazhuang Li, Bluffton, SC *105-99–204

Girls Division (Gold Tees) – 5,855 yards, Par 72

1. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *74-75–149
2. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *78-74–152
3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *80-74–154
4. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *82-82–164
5. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *82-85–167
6. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *95-86–181
7. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *102-96–198
8. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *100-104–204
9. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *97-112–209
10. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *118-115–233