IJGT alumnus, Rickie Fowler, wins Deutsche Bank Championship

IJGT alumnus, Rickie Fowler of Murrieta, Calif., won the PGA Tour’s Deutsche Bank Championship with a score of 15-under, 269. The Deutsche Bank Championship is the second leg of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup, which crowns the season long champion on the PGA Tour. Fowler earned the title in comeback fashion after jumping ahead of 54-hole leader Henrik Stenson with a final-round score of 3-under, 68. Fowler, who has made a reputation of being clutch in the most important moments, was able to close with a 2-under 33 on his back nine to earn his third PGA Tour victory, and his second of the 2014-2015 season.

Rickie Fowler won the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston (photo credit - Yahoo Sports)

Rickie Fowler won the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston (photo credit – Yahoo Sports)

Fowler moved into third place in the FedEx Cup Standings with his win and will look to end the year on top and collect the $10 million first prize. In addition, Fowler moved to No. 5 in the Official World Golf Rankings after the victory at TPC Boston.

In Fowler’s junior days he excelled on the course as well. He won six IJGT tournaments from 2003-2006 and collected many other junior titles before moving on to play college golf at powerhouse Oklahoma State University.

Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club – Final Results

Minkin goes wire-to-wire at Hershey

Lee wins Girls Division in playoff

HERSHEY, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) kicked off the 2015 Fall Season with the Labor Day Classic on the East Course at Hershey Country Club. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old and representing seven different states competed in the 36-hole tournament for IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Performance Stars, and National Rankings.

Gus Minkin of York, Pa., earned his first IJGT title with a stellar performance firing a tournament total of 145 to win the Boys 15-19 Division by four strokes. Minkin started off the tournament on a poor note, making double bogey on his opening hole, however, Minkin did not get rattled and kept his composure closing with a 2-over, 37 on his opening nine. He would remain 2-over-par the rest of the day finishing with a 73, and taking the first-round lead in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Gus Minkin won the Boys 15-19 Division at Hershey Country Club

Gus Minkin won the Boys 15-19 Division at Hershey Country Club

Minkin was mentally prepared for the final round and came out aggressive making seven pars and two birdies on the front nine. His 2-under, 34 gave him a four-stroke cushion going into the back nine. None of his fellow competitors were able to surmount a comeback, and Minkin ended the day with a 1-over, 72 to earn the title. His final round of 72 was the lowest in the tournament and earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the boy and girl that record the lowest score in the final round of every IJGT tournament.

“My mindset was to come out and shoot even-par. I played solid. I did not make a lot of mistakes this week,” said Minkin.

Finishing in second place was Chris Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa., with a tournament total of 149. Jason Li, also of Sewickley, Pa., earned third place honors with a total score of 150.

36 holes were not enough to decide a champion in the Girls Division. After regulation, Julianne Lee of York, Pa., and Charlotte Simpson of Towson, Md., finished tied with tournament scores of 156. The playoff started on hole No. 16 at Hershey Country Club, where Lee and Simpson tied with bogeys. On the second playoff hole, Lee was able to get up and down for par to secure the victory, the first of her IJGT career.

Julianne Lee Trophy

Julianne Lee won the Girls Division at Hershey Country Club

Lee started the final round only one stroke back of Simpson after an opening round of 78. Lee put some pressure on Simpson early making two birdies in her front nine. At the turn Lee and Simpson were tied. Simpson grabbed control of the lead with a birdie on hole No. 14, but Lee was resilient and stayed calm making a par on her last hole to send it to the playoff.

The greens at Hershey Country Club were rolling very fast and troubled many of the competitors including Lee.

“My putting was not very good this week, but my iron play and driver made up for it,” said Lee.

Finishing in third place in the Girls Division was Samantha Fritzinger of Allentown, Pa., with a tournament total of 157 including a 76 in the final round which earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

The Boys 14 & Under Division did not disappoint either with an exciting finish as well. Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., pulled ahead in the last two holes to claim the title finishing with a score of 153. Sample started off the Labor Day Classic with six straight pars and a 37 in his opening nine. The back nine was not his best showing, but Sample limited the damage finishing the day with a score of 80 to grab a share of the lead along with Junyoung Lee of York, Pa.

Luke Sample won the Boys 14 & Under Division at Hershey Country Club

Luke Sample won the Boys 14 & Under Division at Hershey Country Club

Sample was ready to go in the final round, starting his round off with a birdie on the opening hole. He would finish with a 37 on the front nine to take a two-stroke lead going into the final nine holes. Jake Roach of East Aurora, N.Y., was only two strokes back and after making birdie on hole No. 13, he momentarily tied Sample for the lead. Sample stayed composed and was able to finish with two pars and a great score of 2-over, 73 for the final round. This was Sample’s third win in the Boys 14 & Under Division and the first of the 2015-2016 season.

“I wanted to come out and shoot a good number and see what the rest of the field did, and it worked for me,” commented Sample.

Roach ended the tournament in second place with a tournament total of 156. Lee finished in third place with a tournament score of 167.

The IJGT will make the short trip over to West Chester, Pa., on September 12-13, 2015, at Radley Run Country Club for the IJGT Philly Open. The tournament will feature national rankings as well as 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 exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. 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.

HERSHEY, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 6, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,769 yards, Par 71 (73.8/136), Boys 14 & Under Division: Black Tees – 6,102 yards, Par 71 (70.0/130). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,874 yards, Par 71 (74.9/131)

September 5: Sunny with temperatures in the low 80’s with 0-5 mph winds
September 6: Partly cloudly with temperatures in the low 80’s with 0-5 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Labor Day Classic at Hershey
Hershey, Pa.
September 5-6, 2015
Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,769 yards, Par 71

1. Gus Minkin, York, PA *73-72–145
2. Chris Tanabe, Sewickley, PA *74-75–149
3. Jason Li, Sewickley, PA *75-75–150
4. James Meyers, Wexford, PA *78-74–152
5. David Powers, Glen Spey, NY *79-76–155
6. Bobby Mulreaney, Lutherville, MD *82-74–156
6. Ethan Murphy, Mechanicsburg, PA *80-76–156
8. Andrew Lombardo, Lansdale, PA *81-77–158
8. Sanghyeon Park, Oakland Gardens, NY *77-81–158
10. Kevin Scherr, Nazareth, PA *80-79–159
11. Quinn Guzman, Souderton, PA *81-79–160
11. Andrew Forjan, York, PA *80-80–160
13. Devin Sanders, Camden, DE *79-82–161
14. Campbell Wolf, Enola, PA *82-80–162
14. Jordy Shaffer, Fayetteville, PA *80-82–162
16. Matthew Marino, Malvern, PA *82-81–163
16. Patrick Boles, Basking Ridge, NJ *86-77–163
18. Matthew Civitella, Paoli, PA *80-84–164
18. Charles Young II, Woodstock, MD *84-80–164
20. Jason Koshinski, Mechanicsburg, PA *85-80–165
21. Noah (David) Lee, Oswego, NY *83-83–166
22. Noah Schwartz, Cherry Hill, NJ *86-81–167
22. Garrett Ganley, Leesburg, VA *83-84–167
24. Deion Shepherd, Dayton, NJ *81-87–168
25. Max Finkel, Rockville, MD *88-81–169
25. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *86-83–169
27. Austen Schmidt, Goshen, IN *83-87–170
27. Simon Levy, New York, NY *83-87–170
29. Danny Goetze, Cornwall on Hudson, NY *92-79–171
30. Kyle Jones, Frederick, MD *91-81–172
31. Peter Riverso, Scarsdale, NY *89-84–173
31. David Colleran, Radnor, PA *87-86–173
33. Tyler Wassell, Lancaster, PA *84-90–174
33. Evan Diebus, Gainesville, VA *83-91–174
35. Andrew Perry, Basking Ridge, NJ *85-90–175
36. Matt Barkann, Newtown Square, PA *87-92–179
37. Adam Miller, Silver Spring, MD *96-84–180
38. Jack Murphy, Garden City, NY *97-88–185
39. Archie Filshill, Huntingdon Valley, PA *85-101–186
Theo Nick, Sands Point, NY *102—DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,102 yards, par 71
1. Luke Sample, New York, NY *80-73–153
2. Jake Roach, East Aurora, NY *82-74–156
3. Junyoung Lee, York, PA *80-87–167
4. Robbie Herzig, New York, NY *86-86–172
5. Matthew Bald, Towson, MD *95-93–188

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 5,874 yards, par 71
1. x-Julianne Lee, York, PA *78-78–156
2. Charlotte Simpson, Towson, MD *77-79–156
3. Samantha Fritzinger, Allentown, PA *81-76–157
4. Katie Lee, Ringoes, NJ *82-78–160
5. Sophia Bae, Norwood, NJ *84-81–165
6. Rebecca Markunas, Glendale, NY *85-82–167
6. Meher Mankikar, Bridgewater, NJ *83-84–167
8. Skylar Sload, Ashburn, VA *84-84–168
9. Gabrielle Herzig, New York, NY *90-79–169
10. Alexis Kim, Clarence, NY *89-84–173
11. Marlene Tartaro, Warren, NJ *87-95–182
12. Jessica Meyers, Wexford, PA *107-102–209

X-Won in playoff

IJGT alumnus, Derek Bard, finishes runner-up at U.S. Amateur

Derek Bard of New Hartford, N.Y., a former IJGT player, shined at Olympia Fields Country Club in the 2015 U.S. Amateur. Playing in one of the most prestigious amateur tournaments in world in a field of 312 players, Bard was able to put himself in elite company and finished runner-up in the national amateur championship conducted by the United States Golf Association.

Derek Bard was runner-up at the 2015 U.S. Amateur (photo credit - Golfweek)

Derek Bard was runner-up at the 2015 U.S. Amateur (photo credit – Golfweek)

After 36 holes of stroke play, the field was cut to 64 players for the match play portion of the competition. Bard drew Davis Riley of Hattiesburg, Miss., in the first round and won the match 4 & 3. In the Round of 32, Bard played Sepp Straka of Valdosta, Ga., and won the match 6 & 5. During the Round of 16, Bard played with U.S. Walker Cup team member, Hunter Stewart of Lexington, Ky., winning a tough match 2 up.

The University of Virginia Cavalier junior had his quarterfinal match against Jon Rahm of Spain, who led 3-up after the first ten holes, but Bard was able to complete the comeback and win the match 1 up advancing to the semifinals. To make it into the final round, Bard was victorious 3 up over Kenta Konishi of Japan.

Heading into the finals match of the U.S Amateur, Bard went head-to-head against Southern Methodist University senior Bryson DeChambeau. DeChambeau, the 2015 NCAA Champion, defeated Derek Bard 7 & 6 in the 36-hole final.  With their performances, DeChambeau and Bard earned spots in the 2016 Masters and U.S. Open.

Derek Bard was a star when playing on the International Junior Golf Tour. Bard carded six top-five finishes and won three tournaments in his three seasons with the tour. His titles include: 2009 Hank Haney Invitational at Sea Pines Resort, 2009 at Gillette Ridge, and 2010 at Bulle Rock.

St. John Golf and Fitness to sponsor event at Penfield CC

BLUFFTON, S.C. The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is excited to announce St. John Golf and Fitness as the tournament title sponsor for the event outside of Rochester, N.Y.  The St. John Golf and Fitness Open at Penfield CC will be held on Sept. 19-20, 2015 in Penfield, N.Y.

Located in Rochester, N.Y., St. John Golf and Tennis’ mission statement believes that every individual should be able to reach their full potential as an athlete, unbiased to their abilities. Their unique approach helps engaged student-athletes not only on a golf level, but they take an interest in their player’s personal life as well.

Jeffrey St. John, Director of Instruction at St. John Golf and Fitness is a Rochester native who is a Class-A PGA professional and currently serves as the Junior Golf Academy Director at the Country Club of Rochester. Jeffery’s certifications include: Titleist Performance Institute certified, K-VEST certified, US Kids certified and Positive Coaching Alliance certified.

St John’s Golf and Fitness center offers two state-of-the-art golf simulators that allow athletes to view accurate ball flight and play golf indoors. Courses are displayed in three dimensions, using the latest in 3D graphics advancement. A key exceptional feature of St John Golf and Fitness is the K-Vest system. It offers precise measurements of swing efficiency and movement patterns.

The IJGT is excited to continue the partnership with St. John Golf and Fitness in order to bring top-tier tournaments to the junior golfers in Upstate New York. Combined with the outstanding training at St. John Golf and Fitness, these junior golfers are given all the tools they need to be successful on the course and continue their golf careers in college.

48 IJGT alumni competing at the U.S. Amateur

US Am Blog

48 past or current IJGT members are slated to play in the U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Ill. The national tournament conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA) begins on Monday, August 17, 2015 with a field of 312 players from across the world competing for the most prestigious amateur title in men’s golf. The championship is 36 holes of stroke play, with the top 64 players advancing to match play. Here are a list of the 48 past or current IJGT members.

Erick Alonso – Haworth, N.J.

Roman Aragon – Mission Viejo, Calif.

Derek Bard – New Hartford, N.Y.

Sam Bernstein – New York, N.Y.

Alec Bone – Phoenix, Ariz.

Garrett Browning – Imperial, Pa.

George Cunningham – Tucson, Ariz.

Nick Eberhardt – Lake Wylie, S.C.

Jacob Fendt – Suwanee, Ga.

Ewen Ferguson – Scotland

Rigel Fernandes – Tampa, Fla.

Alex Franklin – San Rafael, Calif.

Jonathan Garrick – Atherton, Calif.

Max Greyserman – Short Hills, N.J.

Stewart Hagestad – Newport Beach, Calif.

Beau Hossler – Mission Viejo, Calif.

Daniel Hudson – Western Springs, Ill.

John Jackopsic – West Hartford, Conn.

Broc Johnson – Auburn, Wash.

Evan Katz – Washington, D.C.

Sean Kelly – Staten Island, N.Y.

Billy Kennerly – Alpharetta, Ga.

Doug Kleeschulte – Kingston, N.Y.

Arthur Kim – Tigard, Ore.

Jake Knapp – Costa Mesa, Calif.

Conner Koberg – Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Ross Kronberg – Norwalk, Conn.

Conner Kumpula – Albany, Ore.

Andrew Levitt – Ladera Ranch, Calif.

Jordan Lewis – Murphysboro, Ill.

Kyle Mueller – Watkinsville, GA

Nicolas Paxson – Cincinnati, Ohio

Christopher Petefish – Danville, Calif.

Kieran Purcell – Nutley, N.J.

Vinay Ramesh – Newtown, Pa.

Ryann Ree – Redondo Beach, Calif.

Maximilian Rottluff – Germany

Jack Sparling – Dublin, Ohio

Jake Staiano – Cherry Hills, Colo.

Harrison Shih – Saddle River, N.J.

Will Thomson – Pittsford, N.Y.

David Weisfeld – New York, N.Y.

Jordan Wetsch – St. Charles, Ill.

Jake Yount – Danville, Calif.

Aaron Whalen – Ephrata, Wash.

Aaron Wise – Lake Elsinore, Calif.

Matthew Yun – Flushing, N.Y.

Robbie Ziegler – Madison, Wis.

IJGT alumnus, Martin Piller wins Web.com Tour’s Digital Ally Open

IJGT alumnus, Martin Piller of Dallas, Texas, collected his second title of the year on the Web.com Tour after winning the Digital Ally Open on August 9, 2015 in Overland Park, Kan. He finished the tournament at 26-under and earned a four-stroke victory, his second Web.com Tour victory in three starts. Piller had the 54-hole lead going into the final round where he carded a bogey-free 5-under 66 to claim the victory. With the title, Piller moved into second position on the Web.com Tour’s Money List, where the Top 25 finishers will automatically earn their PGA Tour for the 2015-2016 season.

IJGT alumnus, Martin Piller, wins the Web.com Tour's Digital Ally Open (photo credit - pgatour.com)

IJGT alumnus, Martin Piller, wins the Web.com Tour’s Digital Ally Open (photo credit – pgatour.com)

To read more about Piller’s victory click here and here.

On the IJGT, Martin Piller won the IJGT at ChampionsGate in October of 2002 with scores of 70-72-69.

Other IJGT alumni with notable finishes were Sebastian Vazquez of Mexico City, Mexico, and Michael Kim of Del Mar, Calif., who finished in a tie for third place with scores of 20-under, 264. Vazquez was a Monday qualifier at the Digital Ally Open.


IJGT well represented at U.S. Women’s Amateur

Photo credit (USGA)

Photo credit (USGA)

23 past or current IJGT members are slated to play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur at Portland Golf Club in Portland, Ore. The national tournament conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA) begins on Monday, August 10, 2015 with a field of 156 players from across the world competing for the most prestigious amateur title in women’s golf. The championship is 36 holes of stroke play, with the top 64 players advancing to match play. Here are a list of the 23 past or current IJGT members.


Lila Barton – Dallas, Texas

Haley Bookholdt – Columbus, N.J.

Alice Chen – Princeton, N.J.

Lydia Choi – Beverly Hills, Calif.

Marissa Chow – Honolulu, Haw.

Selena Costabile – Canada

Avery French – Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Mariel Galdiano – Kapolei, Haw.

Erica Herr – New Hope, Pa.

Gurman Kaur – Elk Grove, Calif.

Esther Lee – Irvine, Calif.

Alessandra Liu – Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

Courtnery McKim – Raleigh, N.C.

Kim Mitchell – Woodbridge, Va.

Ayaka Nakayama – Kanagawa, Japan

Christina Parsells – Bernardsville, N.J.

Laura Restrepo – Panama City, Panama

Aneka Seumanutafa – Frederick, Md.

Margaret Shirley – Roswell, GA

Naranphat Siriko – Bangkok, Thailand

Taylor Totland – Tinton Falls, N.J.

Ana Paula Valdes – Morelia, Mexico

Rachel Welker – Terre Haute, Ind.


*bold indicates current IJGT member



Andersen, Groenhuysen earn Player of the Week honors

The IJGT traveled to Avondale, Pa., to host The Summer Series at Hartefeld National on July 28-29, 2015 at Hartefeld National. Juniors competed in sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Following the tournament, the IJGT is pleased to award Player of the Week honors to Marc Groenhuysen of West Chester, Pa., and Kelli Andersen of Staten Island, N.Y.

Groenhuysen made a comeback from his first round of 86, to improving his score by 13 strokes by carding a 1-over 73 for his final round.  He did this by making an early birdie on hole No. 2 and then back-to-back birdies at holes Nos. 7 and 8.  Making the turn at 2-under, Groenhuysen battled the back and had a par streak from hole Nos. 13-17.  This great round moved him up in the ranks to ninth place with a two-day total of 159 for the Boys 15-19 Division.

Marc Groenhuysen earned Player of the Week honors at Hartefeld National

Marc Groenhuysen earned Player of the Week honors at Hartefeld National

Andersen came into the final round in second place.  With only a four stroke cushion she needed to hold off the girls behind her.  She battled throughout the day and carded a 97 to finish her round.  Andersen held off her competitors, securing second place by three strokes.  Andersen had a two day total of 189 for the Girls Division.

Kelli Andersen earned Player of the Week honors at Hartefeld National

Kelli Andersen earned Player of the Week honors at Hartefeld National

Sarah Perine is featured in the IJGT Photo of the Week

The IJGT made its way to Avondale, Pa., for the Summer Series at Hartefeld National. Juniors battled hot and humid weather conditions both days of the competition while competing for national rankings. Following the tournament, a photo of Sarah Perine of Staten Island, N.Y., was selected as the IJGT Photo of the Week.

Sarah Perine, the Girls Division winner, earned Photo of the Week honors

Sarah Perine, the Girls Division winner, earned Photo of the Week honors

Sarah Perine had a great start the first day of the tournament as she shot 7-over, 79. She held onto the lead throughout the second day of competition, where she eventually won first place in the Girls Division. She was awarded the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division by shooting an 80. This award goes to the boy and girl who record the lowest final-round score in every IJGT tournament.

Congratulations to Sarah Perine on being our IJGT Photo of the Week! Don’t forget – each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook Page 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 be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’

2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive)

3 points – per share

AJGA Performance Stars in IJGT tournaments

The 2015 Fall Schedule will provide many opportunities for IJGT members to earn American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Performance Based Entry. This Fall there will be at a minimum 70 AJGA Performance Based Stars available for top finishers in IJGT tournaments. Navigating the junior golf scene can be challenging with the many different tours, entry qualifications, and ranking systems. As a company, we value honesty and transparency with our members and their families. Below is a breakdown of how to understand the AJGA Performance Based Entry system in relation to IJGT events.

What are AJGA Performance Stars?

AJGA Performance Stars are a mechanism by which the AJGA determines its tournament fields. You can earn AJGA Performance Stars in many different ways, one of which is through the IJGT tournaments.

Who is eligible to earn AJGA Performance Stars in IJGT tournaments?

Top finishers in select tournaments will be granted AJGA Performance Stars.

How do I determine what AJGA Performance Stars are guaranteed in IJGT tournaments?

On each IJGT tournament page there is a section title “AJGA Performance Based Entry.” We will list all guaranteed AJGA Performance Stars here, as well as which specific top finishers will earn them.

Are there any other opportunities to earn AJGA Performance Stars on the IJGT?

Yes, all IJGT events have the capacity to earn more AJGA Performance Stars either through the Top 10% rule (listed below) or by retroactively receiving AJGA Performance Stars from the AJGA. This may occur when the field size reaches 40 players in the Boys 15-19 Division and 12 players in the Girls Division.

*Top 10% Rule – For stroke play events in which the Champion earns 4 Performance Stars, the AJGA will also recognize the top 10% of the corresponding field provided that event has 55+ boys or 30+ girls.


Have more questions or still don’t quite understand? Don’t worry, you can contact the IJGT staff at any time to discuss. We also provide a limited number of tournament schedule consultations to families that want assistance in putting together the best possible tournament schedule for their son or daughter. Contact IJGT, Chief Executive Officer, Kyle Wolfe for more information at kyle.wolfe@ijgt.com or 843-384-1682.