IJGT Alumni Power USC to East Lake Cup

Three IJGT Alumni powered No. 3 ranked University of Southern California to a victory at the East Lake Cup, held at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga. Robyn Ree, Karen Chung, and Kyung Kim all helped in leading the Trojans to victory.

Day two featured match play between the Trojans and the Duke Bluedevils. Karen Chung beat Celine Boutier 4&2, winning four of the final five holes to clinch the point for the Trojans. Kyung Kim and Gurbani Singh were all square making the turn, but Kim was able to win 3 straight holes and held on to win 2 up on 17. Robyn Ree fell to Duke’s Virginia Elena Carter 2&1. Ree was 3 down on 14 and go it to 1 down after 16 but lost 17 to lose the match.

Karen Chung, University of Southern California

Karen Chung, University of Southern California

East Lake Cup Finals Results—USC 4, Duke 1

Virginia Elena Carta (Duke) def. Robyn Ree (USC), 2&1

Karen Chung (USC) def. Celine Boutier (Duke), 4&2

Kyung Kim (USC) def. Gurbani Singh (Duke), 3&1

Gabriella Then (USC) def. Leona Maguire (Duke), 1up

Tiffany Chan(USC) def. Sandy Choi (Duke), 3&2

 

In addition to the strong finish of the Trojan woman, two other collegiate IJGT Alumni also had strong performances in their respective tournaments:

Jonathon Garrick of UCLA finished 4 at the Gifford Collegiate held at La Costa Golf Course (November 2 -4)

Jonathon Hardee of Alabama finished T4 at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational held at Makai Golf Club at Princeville (November 2-4)

Photos and stats for this article are from usctrojans.com

IJGT Alumni Shine at Western Refining College All-American

The International Junior Golf Tour had three alumni shine at the Western Refining College All-American which took place November 7-8, at El Paso Country Club.

Zach Jaworski, a current senior at Vanderbilt University, earned the victory after putting together a solid 3 day performance of 71-69-67 for a 6 under 207 total. Jaworski won the event by shooting the best final day score, 67, and holding off Vanderbilt teammate Matthias Schwab, who finished in a three way tie for second place.

Zach Jaworski, Vanderbilt

Zach Jaworski, Vanderbilt

Jaworski struggled in the middle of his round with bogeys on 7 and 8. He recovered strongly over the last ten holes, where he carded 4 birdies and 6 pars. This is what Jaworski told Golfstat.com following his round, “Off the tee I wasn’t as solid as I would have liked, but around the greens I got the putter going and got hot. I made a lot of birdies coming in and a 32 on the back nine really did it.”

Two other IJGT Alumni had successful showing in the tournament. Zach Wright of LSU finished in three way tie for second and Beau Hossler finished tied for fifth. Hossler started the in 11th place but was able to card his eighth round under par for the season which helped move him into a tie for 5th.

 

Stats, quotes, and photoes courtesy of vucommodores.com, golfstat.com, and hookem.com

IJGT Alumni Update – November 4, 2015

IJGT alumni competing in college golf have been finishing their Fall 2015 season strongly. Here are top 10 IJGT alumni finishers from the last week of collegiate competition:

The PGA Tour’s stop this week was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Five IJGT alumni competed in the CIMB Classic held at Kuala Lumpur G&CC (October 29 – November 1). Here is how they finished:

  • Daniel Summerhays – T14
  • Kevin Chappel – T29
  • Zac Blair – T43
  • Jon Curran – T53
  • Matt Every – 72nd

Congrats to all of the IJGT alumni that performed well last week.

Pennsylvania Junior at Out Door Country Club – Final Results

Bennett fires 1-under, 71 to win title

Simpson collects first victory in Girls Division

YORK, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the Pennsylvania Junior at Out Door Country Club. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing four different states competed in the 36-hole tournament for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings.

Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., earned the Boys 15-19 Division title with a superb final round of competition. Heading into the final round only one stroke back of first-round leader, MJ Bricker of York, Pa., Bennett knew that victory was well within his reach if he played to his capabilities.

Ford Bennett won the Boys 15-19 Division at the Pennsylvania Junior at Out Door CC

Ford Bennett won the Boys 15-19 Division at the Pennsylvania Junior at Out Door CC

In the final round, both players got off to solid starts with Bricker making the turn in 1-over, 37 and Bennett in 2-over, 38. Bennett, who trailed by two strokes heading into the last nine holes, got hot very quickly making four birdies on the back nine, including three in a row from holes Nos. 12-14. Bennett wound up shooting a 1-under, par 71 in the final round and finished with a tournament total of 148 which gave him a five-stroke victory.

Bennett’s final-round score of 1-under, 71 was the lowest round of the tournament in any division, and also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the boy and girl who record the lowest final-round score at every IJGT tournament.

“I was one shot behind and I wanted to come out and shoot a low number. If I didn’t win it’s ok. I just wanted to have fun,” said Bennett.

Bricker finished in second place with a tournament total of 153. There was a tie for third place between Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., and Jairus Gaines of Baltimore, Md., who recorded tournament scores of 155.

In the Girls Division, Charlotte Simpson of Towson, Md., was victorious after carding a tournament score of 164. Simpson built a large lead in the first round after she carded an 82 in cold and challenging conditions at Out Door Country Club. Simpson did not get off to a great start in the final round, but she rebounded quickly and saved her best for last carding a 39 on her back nine including a birdie on hole No. 14. Simpson ended the day with another 82 and the victory was her first of the 2015-2016 season equaling her total number of victories from the 2014-2015 season.

Charlotte Simpson won the Girls Division at the Pennsylvania Junior at Out Door CC

Charlotte Simpson won the Girls Division at the Pennsylvania Junior at Out Door CC

“I’m pretty happy with how I played, especially with the weather conditions,” commented Simpson.

Kendel Abrams of New Freedom, Pa., earned second place after carding a tournament score of 170. Finishing in third place was Cailey Roman of York, Pa., with a total score of 218.

Abrams and Simpson both earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division with their scores of 82 on the final day.

The IJGT will take a week off before traveling to Howey in the Hills, Fla.., for the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn Resort on Nov. 14-15, 2015. The second Major Championship of the Fall 2015 Season will feature national rankings and IJGT Merit Points. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

About the IJGT
The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 30 states and 30 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, EyeLine Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

YORK, Pa. – Final-round results of the Pennsylvania Junior at Out Door Country Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 1, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,862 yards, Par 72 (72.8/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,804 yards, Par 72 (72.6/126).

Weather:       
Round 1: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 50’s with 5-10 mph winds
Round 2: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the high 50’s with 10-15 mph winds

  

International Junior Golf Tour
Pennsylvania Junior Open
York, PA
October 31 – November 1, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,862 yards, Par 72
1. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *77-71–148
2. MJ Bricker, York, PA *76-77–153
3. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *81-74–155
3. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *78-77–155
5. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *77-79–156
6. Kevin Scherr, Nazareth, PA *77-82–159
7. Austin Steckler, Glen Arm, MD *79-81–160
8. Luke Fayocavitz, Clarks Summit, PA *81-81–162
8. Charles Young II, Woodstock, MD *79-83–162
10. Trevor Hogan, Auburn, NY *85-79–164
11. Hunter Marshall, Pittsburgh, PA *84-82–166
12. Jack Martinides, Newtown, PA *86-83–169
12. Matt Pawlak, North Tonawanda, NY *85-84–169
12. Davis Rosato, Villanova, PA *84-85–169
15. Ryan Miles, Greenwich, CT *85-85–170
15. Jonathan Giambalvo, York, PA *82-88–170
17. Chrales Blount, Baltimore, MD *89-96–185
18. Ryan Brennan, Media, PA *104-85–189

Girls Division- Green Tees, 5,804 yards, Par 72
1. Charlotte Simpson, Towson, MD *82-82–164
2. Kendel Abrams, New Freedom, PA *88-82–170
3. Cailey Roman, York, PA *116-102–218

 

IJGT Alumni Update – NCAA

IJGT Alumni have finished the month of October strong, with 26 top 10 finishes during the last week and a half. Here are our IJGT alumni top-10 finishers for the end of October!

Ben Shear Junior Golf Championship – Final Results

Perrine earns title in Boys 15-19 Division

Lee collects first victory at Shackamaxon

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the Ben Shear Junior Golf Championship powered by BenShearGolf Junior Golf & Fitness Academy. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing three different states competed in the 36-hole Major Championship for double IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings.

Bennett Perrine of West Windsor, N.J., earned the title in the Boys 15-19 Division at the Ben Shear Junior Golf Championship powered by BenShearGolf Junior Golf & Fitness Academy. He carded rounds of 73-78 at Shackamaxon Country Club, which was designed by famed course architect A.W. Tillinghast. Perrine’s first-round score of 3-over, 73 was the best round of the tournament in any division, and featured three birdies and 10 pars. Perrine took a four-stroke lead into the final round.

Bennett Perrine won the Ben Shear Junior Golf Championship Boys 15-19 Division title

Bennett Perrine won the Ben Shear Junior Golf Championship Boys 15-19 Division title

Perrine knew that the title was in his control provided that he played the type of golf he was capable of playing. Even without his best game, Perrine was able to make 14 pars on the day to secure his first IJGT victory.

“I wanted to come into today and play the same way I did yesterday. I wanted to be loose and relaxed and not worry about the scoreboard,” commented Perrine.

Finishing in second place was Daniel Berkson of Scarsdale, N.Y., with a tournament total of 153. Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., took home third place with a tournament score of 157.

In the Girls Division there was another first-time winner with Kaitlyn Lee of Scarsdale, N.Y., winning the Ben Shear Junior Golf Championship powered by BenShearGolf Junior Golf & Fitness Academy title. Lee recorded a tournament total of 161. In the first round, Lee made one birdie on her front nine en route to an 84, which gave her a very comfortable lead going into the final round.

Kaitlyn Lee won the Ben Shear Junior Golf Championship title in the Girls Division

Kaitlyn Lee won the Ben Shear Junior Golf Championship title in the Girls Division

Lee was determined to improve the next day, and she did just that carding a 77 including two birdies and 10 pars. Lee recorded her first IJGT tournament victory and also posted her first competitive round in the 70s.

“I think I played well and this was the first time I broke 80 in a tournament,” said Lee.

Lee’s final-round score of 77 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award which goes to the boy and girl that record the lowest final round score in each IJGT tournament.

Finishing in second place was Anna Bowman of Westfield, N.J., with a tournament total of 175. Katherine Vieser of Bernardsville, N.J., collected third place after carding a tournament score of 183.

Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., continued his winning ways in the Boys 14 & Under Division claiming victory in the first Major Championship of the 2015-2016 Season. Sample carded rounds of 76 and 75 to earn a five-shot victory. Sample created some space between him and the rest of the field following his opening round of 76, which included 10 pars and one birdie.

Luke Sample won the Ben Shear Junior Golf Championship title in the Boys 14 & Under Division

Luke Sample won the Ben Shear Junior Golf Championship title in the Boys 14 & Under Division

Sample got off to a great start in the final round making eight straight pars to begin the day. From there, Sample overcame two double-bogeys with seven pars in his last 10 holes to earn the Ben Shear Junior Golf Championship powered by BenShearGolf Junior Golf & Fitness Academy crown. This was Sample’s second victory of the Fall 2015 Season, with the first coming at the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club.

“This fall I have been playing well and I am very excited about the rest of the IJGT season,” said Sample.

Sample and Carter Nunez of South Orange, N.J., earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with their final-round scores of 75.

Nunez was able to vault his way into second place with his great final round finishing with a tournament total of 156. Will Tormey of Bronxville, N.Y., ended the day in third place after carding a tournament score of 165.

The IJGT will travel to York, Pa., for the Pennsylvania Junior at Out Door Country Club on Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, 2015. The last tournament of the Fall 2015 Season in the Northeast will feature national rankings and IJGT Merit Points. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

About BenShearGolf Junior Golf & Fitness Academy
Since its inception, the BenShearGolf Junior Golf & Fitness Academy has become one of the foremost golf development institutes for committed young athletes in the United States. Spearheaded by Ben Shear, the strength and fitness coach for several PGA Touring Professional golfers, this state-of-the-art program marries proven advancements in athletic science with the latest, cutting-edge golf technology to bring out the very best in young athletes aged 12 to 19 years old. Based in Scotch Plains, N.J., the BenShearGolf Junior Golf & Fitness Academy offers off-season and pre-season programs for aspiring junior golfers from September to March. It is a great avenue for those junior golfers who are looking to take their game to the next level.

About the IJGT
The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 30 states and 30 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, EyeLine Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.Y. – Final-round results of the Ben Shear Junior Golf Championship powered by BenShearGolf Junior Golf & Fitness Academy conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 25, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,566 yards, Par 70 (68.7/122). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,897 yards, Par 70 (69.4/124) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,507 yards, Par 70 (73.7/134)

Weather:       
Round 1: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the high 50’s with 10-15 mph winds
Round 2: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 60’s with 10-15 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Ben Shear Junior Golf Championship
Scotch Plains, N.J.
October 24-25, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division – Gold Tees, 6,566 Yards, Par 70
1. Bennett Perrine, West Windsor, NJ *73-78–151
2. Daniel Berkson, Scarsdale, NY *77-76–153
3. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *78-77–155
4. Chris Lee, West Nyack, NY *78-79–157
5. Sean Taylor, Westfield, NJ *78-81–159
6. Jack Cornforth, Summit, NJ *81-79–160
7. Trevor Hogan, Auburn, NY *80-81–161
7. Johnny Bush, Cranford, NJ *80-81–161
9. Luke Fayocavitz, Clarks Summit, PA *83-79–162
10. Creighton Hendrix, Westfield, NJ *81-83–164
11. Adam Bernstein, New York, NY *86-79–165
11. Matt Saraceno, Ridgewood, NJ *83-82–165
13. Jay Kim, Holmdel, NJ *87-79–166
13. Liam Bishop, Bronxville, NY *85-81–166
15. Logan Carter, Montclair, NJ *83-84–167
15. Christopher Chan, New York, NY *80-87–167
15. Deion Shepherd, Dayton, NJ *80-87–167
18. Kevin Scherr, Nazareth, PA *86-82–168
18. Lewis Raboy, White Plains, NY *85-83–168
18. Liam Seston, Ridgewood, NJ *83-85–168
21. Mike Viggiano, Haworth, NJ *87-82–169
21. Campbell Wolf, Enola, PA *86-83–169
23. John Del Priore, Yorktown, NY *84-88–172
24. Andrew Perry, Basking Ridge, NJ *87-87–174
25. Jack Martinides, Newtown, PA *86-92–178

DID NOT FINISH
Brendan Hansen, Spring Lake, NJ *86-WD
Mike Nelson, Jackson, NJ *WD

Boys 14 & Under Division – Bronze Tees, 5,897 Yards, Par 70
1. Luke Sample, New York, NY *76-75–151
2. Carter Nunez, South Orange, NJ *81-75–156
3. Will Tormey, Bronxville, NY *83-82–165
4. Maxwell Sorger, Montclair, NJ *86-81–167
5. AJ Cavotta, Saratoga Springs, NY *87-81–168
6. Steven Lee, Scarsdale, NY *88-82–170
7. James Bagdonas, Scotch Plains, NJ *82-90–172
8. Douglas Beney, Rye, NY *86-90–176
9. Jack Nevins, Montclair, NJ *90-102–192

Girls Division – White Tees, 5,507 Yards, Par 70
1. Kaitlyn Lee, Scarsdale, NY *84-77–161
2. Anna Bowman, Westfield, NJ *95-80–175
3. Katherine Vieser, Bernardsville, NJ *96-87–183

IJGT alumni shine in collegiate play

Throughout the month of September and thus far in October, IJGT alumni have been successful in their college golf tournaments. Here are some top-alumni finishers for the month of September and the first two weeks of October in their respective tournaments. In total there were 96 top-10 finishes and 11 tournament champions!

  • AJ McInerney (University of Nevada – Las Vegas) finished in 2nd place at the 2015 William H Tucker held at UNM Championship Course on Sept. 25-26, 2015.
  • Alberto Sanchez of Arizona State finished T8 at the The Jackrabbit held at Prarier Club Sept. 26-28.
  • Alessandra Liu (William & Mary) finished in 1st place at the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate held at Brook Valley CC Sept. 28-29.
  • Alessandra Ricigliano (Merrimack College) finished in 1st place at the Northeast-10 Conference Champ held at The Village Club of Sands Point Sept. 25-26.
  • Alex Andrews of Wittenberg finished T5 at the Tournament Town Champ Preview held at Grandover Resort & Conference Center Sept. 21-22.
  • Alex Chiarella of San Diego finished T3 at the 2016 William H Tucker held at UNM Championship Course Sept. 25-26.
  • Alex Chiarella (San Diego) finished in 2nd place at the Nick Watney Invitational held at Fort Washington CC Oct. 5-7.
  • Alex Franklin of Oregon State finished T9 at the Golfweek Conference Challenge held at Spirit Hollow Course Sept. 14-16.
  • Andrew Levitt of USC finished T5 at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational held at Pumpkin Ridge Oct. 4-6.
  • Andrew Whalen of Northwestern finished T9 at the Windon Memorial held at Lake Shore CC Sept. 27-29.
  • Beau Hossler (Texas) finished in 1st place at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational held at Pumpkin Ridge Oct. 4-6.
  • Brandon Dalinka of North Carolina finished T10 at the Carpet Capital Collegiate held at The Farm Golf Club Sept. 5-7.
  • Brendan Polsin of Canisius College finished T9 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Chomchana Phuchanbanchob of CSU – Northridge finished T6 at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Inter. held at Classic Club Sept. 26-27.
  • Christian Nizamis of Niagara University finished T9 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Christopher Nolte of NYU finished T7 at the NYU Invitational held at Forest Hill Field Club October 10-11.
  • Colin Gunstream (Carroll College MT) finished in 5th place at the Montana Tech Invitational held at Butte Country Club Sept. 8-9.
  • Corey Long of St. Bonaventure finished T7 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Cory Cullen (Canisius College) finished in 4th place at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Danny Walker of Virginia finished T4 at the Bank of Tennessee @ Blackthorn held at Blackthorn Club at the Ridges Oct. 9-11.
  • Danny Weimer (Niagara University) finished in 2nd place at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • David Burken of Canisius College finished T5 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Derek Bard of Virginia finished T4 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup held at Golf Club of Tennessee Sept. 19-20.
  • Derek Bard of Virginia finished T5 at the Dicks Sporting Goods Challenge Cup held at Golf Club of Tennessee Sept. 25-26.
  • Dylan Healey (CSU – San Marcos) finished in 1st place at the InterWest Wildcat Classic held at Butte Creek Country Club Oct. 5-6.
  • Eimi Koga (Hawaii) finished in 1st place at the Hobble Creek Fall Classic held at Hobble Creek GC Sept. 14-15.
  • Elliott Azoulay of St. Edwards finished T5 at the WNMU Fall Intercollegiate held at University Golf Course Sept. 28-30.
  • Eric Peng of Army finished T9 at the Colgate Invitational held at Seven Oaks GC Sept. 6-9.
  • Eric Sugimoto of USC finished T9 at the Southwestern Intercollegiate Presented held at North Ranch CC Sept. 8-9.
  • Esther Lee (Colorado) finished in 4th place at the Minnesota Invitational held at The Minikahda Club Sept. 14-15.
  • Esther Lee (Colorado) finished in 1st place at the East and West Match held at University Ridge GC Sept. 20.
  • Esther Lee of Colorado finished T9 at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational held at Sahalee CC Oct. 6-7.
  • Frank Szucs (Stevens Inst. of Technology) finished in 6th place at the NYU Invitational held at Forest Hill Field Club October 10-11.
  • Gabby Weiss (James Madison) finished in 4th place at the UNCG Forest Oaks Fall Classic held at Forest Oaks CC Oct. 2-4.
  • George Cunningham of Arizona finished T6 at the Southwestern Intercollegiate held at North Ranch CC Sept. 8-9.
  • Hannah Kim of Northwestern finished T6 at the Windy City Collegiate Championship held at Westmoreland CC Oct. 5-6.
  • Hunter Nizamis of Niagara University finished T9 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Isaiah Logue of Liberty finished T8 at the David Toms Intercollegiate held at The University Club David Toms Course October 10-11.
  • Jacob Garstecki (Missouri – Kansas City ) finished in 5th place at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invite held at Boulder CC Sept. 28-29.
  • Jacquie Faldetta of Hofstra finished T8 at the Tignanelli Towson Invitational held at Eagles Nest CC Sept. 13-14.
  • Jeff Wells (Methodist ) finished in 2nd place at the Tournament Town Champ Preview held at Grandover Resort & Conference Center Sept. 21-22.
  • Jessica Madsen of UNCG finished T5 at the UNCG Forest Oaks Fall Classic held at Forest Oaks CC Oct. 2-4.
  • Jim Liu of Stanford finished T2 at the Southwestern Intercollegiate Presented held at North Ranch CC Sept. 8-9.
  • Joe Tigani (Hamilton) finished in 1st place at the NYU Invitational held at Forest Hill Field Club October 10-11.
  • Joel Thelen of Texas Wesleyan finished T2 at the NAIA Fall Preview held at Creekside Golf Club Oct. 3-4.
  • Joey Lane of Virginia Tech finished T4 at the Bank of Tennessee @ Blackthorn held at Blackthorn Club at the Ridges Oct. 9-12.
  • John Grimes (Greensboro) finished in 1st place at the Royal Lakes/Oglethorpe Fall In held at Royal Lakes Oct. 5-6.
  • Jonathan Garrick (UCLA) finished in 1st place at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate held at Erin Hill Golf Course Oct. 4-6.
  • Jordan Meltzer of Johnson & Wales (Fla.) finished T9 at the NAIA Fall Preview held at Creekside Golf Club Oct. 3-4.
  • Josh Goldenberg (Pennsylvania) finished in 7th place at the David Toms Intercollegiate held at The University Club David Toms Course October 10-11.
  • Joshua Martin of North Carolina finished T7 at the Primland Collegiate Invite held at Primland Resort Sept. 28-30.
  • JT Poston of Western Carolina finished T3 at the The Invitational at The Ocean Course held at The Ocean Course Sept. 12 -14.
  • Justin Pagila (Army) finished in 4th place at the Colgate Invitational held at Seven Oaks GC Sept. 6-7.
  • Justin Shluker of Sonoma State finished T10 at the WNMU Fall Intercollegiate held at University Golf Course Sept. 28-31.
  • Karen Chung (Southern Cal) finished in 1st place at the Annika Intercollegiate held at Reunion Watson Course Sept. 27-29.
  • Karen Chung of Southern Cal finished T2 at the Windy City Collegiate Champ held at Westmoreland CC Oct. 5-6.
  • Kate Weiss of Amherst College finished T8 at the NYU Fall Invitational held at Spook Rock Golf Course Sept. 19-20.
  • Kevin DeHuff of Pepperdine finished T2 at the Southwestern Intercollegiate Presented held at North Ranch CC Sept. 8-9.
  • Kyle Mueller (Michigan) finished in 1st place at the Wolverine Intercollegiate held at U-M Golf Course Sept. 6-7.
  • Kyle Mueller of Michigan finished T3 at the Windon Memorial held at Lake Shore CC Sept. 27-28.
  • Kyle Sterbinsky (Wake Forest) finished in 6th place at the Primland Collegiate Invite held at Primland Resort Sept. 28-29.
  • Marcus Plunkett (Army) finished in 3rd place at the Colgate Invitational held at Seven Oaks GC Sept. 6-7.
  • Marissa Chow of Pepperdine finished T5 at the Golfweek Conference Challenge held at Red Sky GC Sept. 21-23.
  • Marissa Uradomo of Indiana State finished T10 at the Ball State Cardinal Classic held at The Players Club Sept. 21-22.
  • Matt DiSalvo of Christopher Newport finished T10 at the Tournament Town Champ Preview held at Grandover Resort & Conference Center Sept. 21-23.
  • Matt Disalvo of Christopher Newport finished T4 at the Royal Lakes/Oglethorpe Fall In held at Royal Lakes Oct. 5-7.
  • Olivia Bowling of Randolph-Macon College finished T3 at the NYU Fall Invitational held at Spook Rock Golf Course Sept. 19-20.
  • Olivia Bowling (Randolph-Macon College) finished in 8th place at the Golfweek Fall Invitational DIII held at Baytowne Golf Club Oct. 10-13.
  • Patrick Fishburn (BYU) finished in 3rd place at the Nick Watney Invitational held at Fort Washington CC Oct. 5-8.
  • Patrick Milkovich of St. Bonaventure finished T9 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Patrick Sheerer (St. Bonaventure) finished in 3rd place at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept 30.
  • Peerada Piddon (Barton CC) finished in 2nd place at the Central Kansas Classic held at Turkey Creek Golf Course Sept. 14.
  • Peter Kim (Army) finished in 5th place at the Colgate Invitational held at Seven Oaks GC Sept 6-8
  • Phoebe Mattana (Williams College) finished in 2nd place at the NYU Fall Invitational held at Spook Rock Golf Course Sept. 19-20.
  • Phyllis Tang of Boston Univ. finished T8 at the UNCG Forest Oaks Fall Classic held at Forest Oaks CC Oct. 2-4.
  • Rachel Morris of University of St. Thomas finished T1 at the Division III Classic held at The Jewel Sept. 19-20.
  • Rachel Morris (University of St. Thomas) finished in 5th place at the MIAC Women’s Championship held at Bunker Hills GC Oct. 3-5
  • Regina Plasencia of Arkansas finished T3 at the Powerade Cougar Classic held at Yeamans Hall Sept. 13-15.
  • Rigel Fernandes of South Florida finished T6 at the The Invitational at The Ocean Course held at The Ocean Course Sept. 12 -14.
  • Ryan Siegler of Towson finished T9 at the Patriot Intercollegiate held at Laurel Hill Golf Club Sept. 27-28.
  • Sadie Martinez of University of the Cumberlands finished T7 at the Bill Sergent Invitational held at Crooked Creek Golf Community Sept. 10-11.
  • Scott Malo of British Columbia finished T2 at the NAIA Fall Preview held at Creekside Golf Club Oct. 3-4.
  • Scott Sessions (Farmingdale State) finished in 3rd place at the NYU Invitational held at Forest Hill Field Club October 10-11.
  • Shannon Brooks of Tennessee finished T9 at the Cardinal Fall Kickoff held at Atlanta Athletic Club Sept. 8.
  • Shannon Brooks of Tennessee finished T9 at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships held at Cherokee CC Sept. 21-22.
  • Shannon Brooks of Tennessee finished T7 at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational held at UNC Finley Course Oct. 9-11.
  • Sophie Kitchen (Williams College) finished in 1st place at the NYU Fall Invitational held at Spook Rock Golf Course Sept. 19-20.
  • Theo Humphrey of Vanderbilt finished T9 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup held at Golf Club of Tennessee Sept. 19-21.
  • Trey Valentine (South Florida) finished in 10th place at the The Invitational at The Ocean Course held at The Ocean Course Sept. 12 -15.
  • Ty Macias of Dominican (CA) finished T4 at the WNMU Fall Intercollegiate held at University Golf Course Sept. 28-29.
  • Ty Macias (Dominican (CA)) finished in 2nd place at the InterWest Wildcat Classic held at Butte Creek Country Club Oct. 5-7.
  • Tyler Pertson (Santa Clara) finished in 2nd place at the Cabo del Sol Intercollegiate held at Cabo del Sol Ocean Oct. 4-6.
  • Victor Fox of Maryland finished T9 at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate held at UNC Finley Course Sept. 12-14.
  • Victor Fox of Maryland finished T7 at the Janney VCU Shootout held at Hermitage Golf Club Sept. 22-23.
  • Vincent Martino of Houston finished T10 at the OGIO Utah Invitational held at The Jeremy G&CC Oct. 5-6.
  • Zach Wright of LSU finished T8 at the David Toms Intercollegiate held at The University Club David Toms Course October 10-11.

IJGT alumna, Annie Park, wins Symetra Tour Player of the Year

The Symetra Tour handed out ten LPGA Tour cards for the 2016 season, following the conclusion of the Symetra Tour Championship. International Junior Golf Tour alumna Annie Park, of Levittown, N.Y., finished first on the money list and earned her LPGA Tour card for the 2016 season. For finishing first in the Volvik Race for the Card, Park earned Symetra Tour Player of the Year honors, and she collected Rookie of the Year honors as well.

“It means a lot to earn my card. It has been a lifelong dream to play on Tour and to finally get status is unbelievable. I still can’t believe that I got my card, but I’m going ot have to believe it next year.”

Annie Park wins the 2015 Symetra Tour Money title

Annie Park wins the 2015 Symetra Tour Money title (photo credit: LPGA)

After joining in mid-June after her junior year at the University of Southern California, Park had a very successful year on the Symetra Tour. In her first professional event, The Four Winds Invitational, Park finished T19. The following month she captured her first win on tour at the Toyota Danielle Downey Classic. Two weeks later Park was at it again capturing the PHC Classic in a playoff victory of Lee Lopez. Her third win of the season came in early September when she won the Prairie Band Casino & Resort Charity Classic. Park is the only player in the top 10 that played in fewer than 15 events.

In her time on the International Junior Golf Tour, Annie Park was a very accomplished player. From 2005 – 2007 Park had 9 starts on the IJGT. In that time she racked up 8 top 10 finishes with wins at Duke University Golf Club, Crystal Springs Resort, and Architects Golf Club.

Park was not the only IJGT alumna to finish in the Top 10.  Brianna Do of Lakewood, Calif., finished third in the Volvik Race for the Card to earn her 2016 LPGA card.

International Junior Golf Academy to sponsor IJGA Invitational at Harbour Town

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is excited to announce the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) as the tournament title sponsor for the IJGA Invitational. The IJGA Invitational  will be held at Harbour Town Golf Links on December 12-13, in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The last of the Fall IJGT Major Championships, the IJGA Invitational, will take place December 12th and 13th at Harbour Town Golf Links located on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The PGA Tour has made Harbour Town a staple of their schedule since 1969, with the RBC Heritage taking place on the course. The par-4, 18th is regularly voted one of America’s top 50 golf holes and the famous candy-cane striped lighthouse has become one of golf’s most iconic images.

The IJGA trains junior golfers for success in tournament golf and beyond. The IJGA is the only academy in the world that combines training, academics, and competition. Through their supportive and competitive environment, students develop the critical qualities of commitment, goal setting and a consistent work ethic to best impact their academics, golf, and future endeavors.

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The IJGA offers an array of different programs. Available programs are the full time program, post grad & gap year programs, summer camps, weekend programs, holiday programs, and custom programs. The full time program offers nine months of combined training and schooling for junior golfers ready to reach the next level while the weekend program offers junior golfers two days of individualized instruction, daily meals, and housing. The IJGA has a program that will fit your junior golfer’s needs or will be able to create a custom plan to help them achieve their goals.

To register for the event please click here.

Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters – Final Results

Galdin earns second IJGT title in Boys 15-19 Division

Vesga earns dominant victory at Savannah Quarters

POOLER, Ga. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing 16 different states and 24 countries competed in the 36-hole tournament for IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, and AJGA Performance Stars.

Lino Galdin of Nesmy, France, was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division at Savannah Quarters after posting back-to-back rounds of even-par, 72. Galdin was very consistent in his opening round making 16 pars, one birdie, and one bogey. The wind was a factor all weekend and Galdin was able to navigate the slick greens at the Greg Norman designed Savannah Quarters Country Club. He trailed first-round co-leaders Tsukasa Kimishima of Fukuoka, Japan, and Matej Malicek of Bratislava, Slovakia, by one shot going into the final round.

Lino Galdin won the Boys 15-19 Division at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Lino Galdin won the Boys 15-19 Division at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Galdin won his first IJGT tournament earlier this Fall in comeback fashion so he knew he had a very good shot at winning. He made the turn in even-par, 36 to start his round taking a hold of the lead which he would not relinquish. Galdin made back-to-back birdies on holes Nos. 11 and 12 to solidify his lead, and then finished strong to clinch his second IJGT victory with a tournament total of even-par, 144.

“I knew I could win with birdies today. I made three, and it was good enough for the win,” commented Galdin.

Galdin’s final-round score of even-par, 72 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award which goes to the boy and girl that record the lowest final round score in each IJGT tournament.

Kimishima finished in second place with a tournament total of 2-over, 146. Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, earned third place after recording a tournament total of 149.

In the Girls Division, Maria Vesga of Bucaramanga, Colombia, earned her second championship in the month of October on the IJGT. Vesga was able to handle the blistering wind at Savannah Quarters Country Club to hold off a strong field of 20 girls. She started off the tournament making four birdies in her opening round of 2-over, 74. She ended round one tied with Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan.

Maria Vesga won the Girls Division at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Maria Vesga won the Girls Division at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

In the final round, Vesga got off to a slow start making a double-bogey on her second hole, but she rebounded well rattling off seven straight pars to close her opening nine holes. Vesga carded three birdies on her last nine holes to secure the crown and finish with a score of even-par, 72.

Vesga earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division with her closing score of even-par 72 in the windy conditions at Savannah Quarters Country Club.

“The wind a little factor today, but growing up in Colombia helped me with the conditions,” said Vesga.

Tadokoro finished in second place recording a tournament total of 153. There was a tie for third place between Yukie Sasaki of Hiroshima, Japan, and Ximena Gonzalez of Mexico, with a tournament score of 156.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., earned his second IJGT title of the Fall 2015 season in the Boys 14 & Under Division at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters. Phillips recorded a tournament total of 164 to clinch the victory. He did not have his “A” game this event, but like all good champions, Phillips found a way to hit the critical shots when required. He opened the tournament with an 81 highlighted by a birdie on hole No. 12. This was good enough to give him a share of the lead with Shoichiro Sakamoto of Japan, heading into the final round.

Chase Phillips wins the Boys 14 & Under Division at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Chase Phillips wins the Boys 14 & Under Division at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters

Phillips started strong in the final round and opened up a two-stroke lead after nine holes. That lead increased to four strokes after 13 holes. The margin was good enough for Phillips to overcome a couple of double-bogeys coming down the stretch. Despite the tough weather, he ended the day with a score of 83, which gave him the Boys 14 & Under Division title.

“Growing up on Hilton Head and playing in the wind, it was no factor for me today,” said Phillips.

Sakamoto ended the tournament in second place finishing with a tournament total of 165. Noah Levine of Mendon, N.Y., earned third place after recording a 167 tournament score.

The IJGT will travel to Scotch Plains, N.J., for the Ben Shear Junior Golf Championship at Shackamaxon Country Club on Oct. 24-25, 2015. The Major Championship will feature national rankings and double IJGT Merit Points. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

About the IJGT
The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 30 states and 30 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, EyeLine Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

POOLER, Ga. – Final-round results of the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 18, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,832 yards, Par 72 (72.8/132). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,105 yards, Par 72 (69.4/124) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,893 yards, Par 72 (74.1/132)

Weather:       
Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 10-15 mph winds
Round 2: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 60’s with 10-5 mph winds
International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters
Pooler, Ga.
October 17-18, 2015 

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,832 yards, Par 72
1. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *72-72–144
2. Tsukasa Kimishima, Fukuoka, Japan *71-75–146
3. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *75-74–149
4. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *74-76–150
4. Nate Tosto, Pooler, GA *75-75–150
4. Matej Malicek, Bratislava, Slovakia *71-79–150
7. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *77-76–153
7. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *76-77–153
7. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *77-76–153
10. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *77-77–154
11. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *78-77–155
12. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *78-78–156
13. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *81-77–158
13. Saptak Talwar, New Delhi, India *79-79–158
15. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *82-77–159
15. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *78-81–159
17. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *83-77–160
17. Shharad Arora, Bangalore, India *81-79–160
17. Jasper Lee, Taipei, Taiwan *75-85–160
20. David Yang, Taipei, Taiwan *82-79–161
20. Arthur Draijer, Sandweiler, Luxembourg *82-79–161
22. T.J. Nolan, Rapid City, SD *82-80–162
22. Jack O’Donovan, Pittsford, NY *82-80–162
22. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *81-81–162
25. Christian Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *82-81–163
25. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *81-82–163
25. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *82-81–163
25. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *80-83–163
25. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *80-83–163
30. Julio Bello, Valencia, Venezuela *84-80–164
30. Alejandro Guillen, Mexico City, Mexico *81-83–164
30. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-86–164
33. Philip Chen, Taiwan, Taipei *81-84–165
33. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *80-85–165
35. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China *79-87–166
36. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China *87-80–167
36. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *80-87–167
38. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *86-82–168
39. Armand Cadieux, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *80-90–170
40. Alan Smith, Winchendon, MA *83-89–172
40. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *84-88–172
40. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *82-90–172
40. Vince Brunet, Ottawa, Canada *87-85–172
44. Feng Chen, Beijing, China *87-88–175
45. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *87-90–177
45. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *84-93–177
45. Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *89-88–177
48. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton, SC *84-94–178
48. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *89-89–178
50. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *91-88–179
51. Kiefer Surkamer, Mullett Lake, MI *96-85–181
52. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *94-88–182
53. Alex Roman, Versoix, Switzerland *99-84–183
53. Nick Kuehler, Hilton Head, SC *99-84–183
53. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan *89-94–183
56. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *92-92–184
57. Brent Lund, South Hampton, England *90-99–189
58. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *85-108–193
59. Demetrius Johnson, Anchorage, AK *104-90–194
59. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *95-99–194
61. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *98-97–195
62. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *100-98–198
63. Cordell Clouston, Gillette, WY *102-102–204

DID NOT FINISH
Nelson Ou, Foshan, China *WD
Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *WD
Mark Richardson, South Berwick, ME *WD
Arjun Puri, New Delhi, India, *WD

Boys 14 & Under Division – Grey Tees, 6,105 yards, Par 72
1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-83–164
2. Shoichiro Sakamoto, Japan *81-84–165
3. Noah Levine, Mendon, NY *85-82–167
4. Yuxuan Zou, Chongqing, China *85-84–169
5. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *82-100–182
6. Dimitris Vasilakos, Savannah, GA *89-97–186

Girls Division – Red Tees, 5,893 yards, Par 72
1. Maria Vesga, Bucaramanga, Colombia *74-72–146
2. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *74-79–153
3. Ximena Gonzalez, Mexico *82-74–156
3. Yukie Sasaki, Hiroshima, Japan *77-79–156
5. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *79-78–157
6. Tracy Lee, Seoul, South Korea *80-79–159
7. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *79-82–161
8. Haruka Shintani, Setagaya, Japan *87-76–163
8. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *80-83–163
10. Marisa Hisaki, Osaka, Japan *82-82–164
11. Tiana Cruz, Kingston, Jamaica *84-81–165
12. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *86-80–166
13. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *89-81–170
14. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *87-86–173
14. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *86-87–173
16. Betty Horaney, Longview, TX *85-94–179
17. Yuna Sato, Koriyama, Fukushima, Japan *89-91–180
18. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-99–182
19. Yiqing Gong, Allendale, NJ *89-95–184
20. Zhenni Zhu, Chongqing, China *92-99–191