This past weekend, Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee, FL hosted the IJGT’s Florida Junior. Luis Martinez, a member of the International Junior Golf Academy’s Class of 2018 from Caracus, Venezuela, took home 1st place in the Boys Division after a 3-way sudden death playoff. Coming in behind Martinez, were Greg Shen and Diego Cordova. All three players shot +1 over par over two days to make it into the play off.
In the Girls Division, the IJGT 2016-2017 Play of the Year, Ying-Ting Hsieh, a junior at Bishops Gate Golf Academy from Taiwan, shot 75-74 (+4) to remain dominant in the division as she returned to the field to launch her fall season. Coming in second, Chiara Arya, another BGGA student, shot 75-77, followed by third place winner Yoko Tai who shot 79-75.
IJGT returns to the Lowcountry for the first time this fall next weekend, hosting the Faldo Series South Carolina Championship at The Legends Golf Course at Parris Island this coming weekend, September 30-October 1. This weekend, the top-5 players in the Boys and Girls Divisions in the relative U16 and U18 Categories will qualify for the first ever Faldo Series US Grand Final at Bella Collina, November 23-25.
To learn more about the Faldo Series South Carolina Championship, click here.
Note: You must be a Birdie or Eagle Member to be eligible to qualify for the Faldo Series US Grand Final. The Faldo Series US Grand Final Age Division subcategories are divided by Boys and Girls Division, and based on junior golfer’s age as of January 1, 2017.
This past weekend, the International Junior Golf Tour began another season at the Hershey Country Club for the Faldo Series Pennsylvania Championship. The recent partnership between the International Junior Golf Tour and the Faldo Series marks the first ever Faldo Series U.S. Qualifier, where the winners earn an invitation to the U.S. Final to be held during Thanksgiving weekend at Bella Collina Golf Resort. Hershey Country Club once again proved to be a great venue for the holiday weekend, as juniors also competed for AJGA Performance Stars, National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points.
The Boys 15-19 Division with loaded with superb, young talent including the reigning tour Player of the Year for the International Junior Golf Tour, Luke Sample. Headed into the final round Sunday, the leader only had a one stroke advantage on the second-place competitor which made for an exciting Sunday morning.
However, after two consistent, solid rounds, Jairus Gaines held his lead and went wire-to-wire to earn to first-place finish. Gaines, of nearby Baltimore, M.D., put together scores of 73 and 70 to net a 143 finish. After earning his big victory, Gaines attributed his consistent and steady play to claiming victory.
“Being able to persevere and stay steady was the key,” Gaines stated following the tournament. “I just wanted to keep the same tactic and strategy, taking it one shot at a time and not try to overthink anything and just one shot after the other.”
Gaines becomes the winner of the first Faldo Series U.S. Qualifier and will receive and invitation to the U.S. Final, Thanksgiving Weekend. Coming in second-place is Jeremy Summerson of Victory, NY. Summerson put together a solid weekend with two scores of 74 to total 148. Rounding out the top three is reigning Player of the Year, Luke Sample. Sample, of New York, N.Y., finished his weekend after scores of 81 and 72, giving him a total of 153.
Earning herself a victory in the Girls Division, and invitation into the Faldo Series U.S. Final is Mary Kate Norcross. The native of nearby Chambersburg, P.A. finished her weekend after shooting scores of 91 and 84 for a 175 finish.
Then in the Boys 14 & Under Division, Zach Locke claimed the top prize in the division, after shooting scores of 82 and 74, for a total finish of 156 for the native of Horseheads, N.Y.
The IJGT will resume play again next weekend, on September 9th at Radley Run Country Club for the IJGT Philly Open. To sign up for this event, or view any of our upcoming events for the Fall, click here or call (844) 779-3374.
Guest Post Contributed By Casey Shomo of Casey Shomo Law
The law and golf intersect surprisingly often; not only do many lawsuits arise from negligent players and bad course conditions, but what it takes to be a good golfer in many ways also applies to being a fine lawyer.
Playing by the Rules
Just as the law is all about hard rules and regulations, golf has multiple parameters that must be met, or the player faces penalties. For instance, In the rules of golf, there are a lot of infractions that can lead to two-stroke penalties: grounding a club in the bunker, playing the wrong ball, and interfering with a moving ball are some of the no-nos. If the golfer fails to fix any of these errors before teeing off on the next hole, disqualification results. To a college golf coach, this would be a considerable red flag.
Trying to up one’s game and break par is a measurable goal, and sacrifices must be made to get there. Just as it takes an incredible amount of studying to pass the bar exam—and for some, multiple attempts—without constant practice and “stick-to-it-ness,” there would be no professional circuit. Those who don’t put in the time and dedication won’t get very far, whether on the golf course or in the courtroom.
The calm judgment it takes to win in court also applies to the golf course. According to pro golfer Jim Furyk, when hitting a shot out of a bad spot, golfers need to relax. “Most amateurs get intimidated by tough shots . . . you tense up and forget about the keys to escaping the situation you’re in,” he says. Furyk also urges golfers to keep their expectations realistic. Indeed, trying to showboat and be too risky can cost you strokes that stop you from making par.
Likewise, if you can’t stay focused at the negotiating table or in front of a jury, it can lead to a costly mistake that could blow your client’s case.
Never Giving Up
Perseverance is key to both practicing law and playing golf. Hitting in the rough, losing a ball in the water, finding evidence, proving guilt, these are all roadblocks to success for those who don’t realize that when there’s a will, there’s a way.
Staying Above the Law
In making the transition from golfer to lawyer, keep an eye on the news. A surprising number of lawsuits originate on the golf course. Anything from poor conditions to enraged or negligent golfers result in litigation. Not only are slip-and-fall accidents very common, costing courses millions for improper maintenance, so are claims that inaccurate course markers can result in players hitting people in the fairway.
Another common issue is lawsuits between friends who head out to blow off steam and end up injuring each other by not taking proper precautions. In one case, a golfer destroyed the vision in his friend’s eye. Other golfing mishaps have caused head trauma. Court defenses often contend something golfers know all too well: that the balls often do what they want to against our will. There is no saying where a stray ball will end up, but we all can take reasonable care that the potential area is clear.
Even Costco faced a lawsuit for its Kirkland golf balls. It was sued by the Titleist golf ball maker, Acushnet, for patent infringement and for false advertising.
In the end, as all lawyers know, where there are people, there are potential lawsuits. And where there are junior golfers, there are potential lawyers—some of whom could find work representing golfers in personal injury cases.
Memorial Day is a special weekend for us at The International Junior Golf Tour; it’s time for the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions! Each year, Grand Cypress Golf Resort in Orlando, FL hosts the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – a 3-day, 54-hole challenge for the best of the best junior golfers we have seen compete all year. It’s the one with the most AJGA Stars, the fiercest competition, and is the great test of our year round season.
As soon as you drive into the Grand Cypress Resort, you know you’re in for something special. The course is pristine, and for these junior golfers will be a great place to go low or be punished by the various challenges out there. We’ll be playing the Jack Nicklaus designed New Course, and here is what the Grand Cypress website has to say about it:
“The New Course adds another dimension of play to the Orlando golf course scene with steeper and more challenging bunkers and slopes. Set in the midst of an open meadow, the New Course is Jack Nicklaus’ tribute and homage to the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. This Scottish links masterpiece is complete with double greens, stone bridges and walls, gorse mounds, burns and pot bunkers as deep as 12 feet—all in the spirit of the true Scottish original. Very little water comes into play on the New Course, but when it does it will challenge you. Very few trees are located within the interior of the course, creating generous landing areas. However, an errant tee shot could find its way into one of our 150 pot bunkers.”
Last Year’s Stats:
Girls Division: -2
Boys 15-19 Division: -8
Boys 14 & Under Division: E
Girls Division: 5880
Boys 15-19 Division: 6698
Boys 14 & Under Division: 6205
After suffering through stormy weather earlier in the week, the sun has officially come out in Orlando and it looks like it is here to stay through Memorial Day. Typical of Central Florida in late May, it is going to be hot this weekend.
There are 79 players in the field this weekend- 52 Boys 15-19, 21 Girls, and 6 Boys 14 & Under. This field includes all three of the IJGT Players of the Year, who ranked first in the order of merit for the 2016-2017 season.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, Luke Sample of New York, who happens to only be 13 years old, will be facing a field a-typical of his previous IJGT appearances with the Southeastern players dominating the field. Sample has 2 wins this season in our Northeastern events. Also in the Boys 15-19 field is Southeastern Tour Championship winner, Ian Peng. Peng fired a 68-66 to win at Falcon’s Fire two weekends ago to win by 4-strokes. If he can show up in the same form this weekend, there is a definite possibility for contention.
Girls Division Player of the Year, Ying-Ting Hsieh, has shown nothing but outstanding performances this season. In her last 5 IJGT Events, she has yet to place outside of the top-5, with 2 Second Place finishes and one win. Manhua Chen and Chiara Arya are also in the field this weekend, and have consistently posted phenomenal scores this season.
Although the Boys 14 & Under Division is our smallest field, this could be some of the fiercest competition. 5 of the 6 players have been named to the All-Tournament Team (top-10 order of merit), and they are all consistently firing low number that would be impressive in any division. John Daly II just fired his fired under-par round for 18 holes in the second round of the Southeast Tour Championship to win; we will see if he can add another to his collection of 5 wins this season.
LEADERBOARD, CONTENT, & LIVESTREAMS
This weekend, we will be updating Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with results and updates from the course. Make sure you are following IJGT on all platforms so you don’t miss any of the action. The best way to get access to our livestreams will be on Facebook, where we will share the link as soon as the action starts Saturday morning.
This weekend, the International Junior Golf Tour held The Northeast Tour Championship May 6-7, 2017 at the Hershey Country Club – East Course in Hershey, PA. Competition was a 2-round, 36-hole event with fields divided into Boys 15-19, Girls, and Boys 14 & Under Divisions.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, Austin Schreffler, a current junior from Dillsburg, PA, took first place shooting 80-75 for a two-day total of 155, 13-over par. Schreffler won by two strokes, followed by Carter Nunez, a sophomore from South Orange, NJ, who shot 79-78, for a two day total of 157 (+17) in the tough conditions at Hershey. There was a third place tie between Brandon Wilson (2019, Perry Hall, MD), Richie Kline, III (2019, Kennett Square, PA) and Jairus Gaines (2018, Baltimore, MD) at 17-over par.
Katherine Lu of Plainsboro, NJ took the championship in the Girls Division. The 14-year-old shot an impressive two rounds of 82-79 for a 19-over par finish, winning by 4. Trailing Lu by 4, Julianne Lee (2018) of York, PA shot 85-80 for a two day total of 23-over par. In third place, Katie James, a senior from Pittsburgh, PA shot 82-84, finishing at 24-over par for the weekend.
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Ryan D’Ariano (West Chester, PA) took home his fourth win of the IJGT season. After shooting 84 in the first round, D’Ariano was able to come out strong in Round 2, shooting 77 (+6) to win and finish at 19-over par for the weekend. In second place at 29-over par was Zach Locke (Horseheads, NY) who finished at 29-over par, followed by John Bradbeer (Philadelphia, PA) who finished at 30-over par.
The IJGT will return next weekend at Falcon’s Fire Golf Course in Kissimmee, FL for the Southeast Tour Championship. Click here to register for the event.
Did you know the winner of IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Championship gets TWELVE AJGA Stars? Learn more.
This weekend, the IJGT is in Hershey, PA for the Northeast Tour Championship – our final northeast event for Spring 2017. This season in the Northeast has had a bit of weather drama with 2 of our 4 events being rescheduled due to snow, and this weekend will be no exception with a bit of rain coming down at the moment here in chocolate country. Check out some things to expect in the coming two days:
This weekend, we are returning to Hershey Country Club’s East Course. Hershey CC is one of the IJGT’s favorite stops with consistently great conditions and a friendly, helpful and welcoming staff. Click here for more information on the East Course at Hershey Country Club.
The most recent visit to Hershey came last fall for the Fall Classic, October 29-30. Proving to be one of the tougher events of the season, winning scores were a bit higher than what we normally see. The following stats are from the Fall Classic and could serve as an indicator of what we can expect, however with the wet conditions you can expect the course to be playing a bit shorter.
Back Tees – 7061
Boys 15-19 – 6671
Girls Division – 5831
Boys 14 & Under – 6088
Boys 15-19 – +9
Girls Division – +27
Boys 14 & Under – +11
As mentioned above, the rain could definitely play a factor in scoring this weekend. Not only is it going to be a bit wet, according to this AccuWeather article, temperatures are about 15-25 degrees below normal for this time of year. Here are the official forecasts (according to a “Hershey, PA Weather” Google search).
We have seen a lot of talent coming out of the Northeast this season, and expect nothing less this weekend with some very strong players in the field across all divisions. Here are a couple of players to keep your eyes on as you check out the BlueGolf leaderboard this weekend:
Boys 15-19 Division
In the Boys 15-19 Division, Evan Owan (2019, Germantown, MD) is returning to Hershey after placing second in The Fall Classic, coming back with a one-under par 70 after shooting 85 in the first round. Owan’s most recent IJGT appearance at White Manor, where he shot 78-76 to come in 4th proves that he is out and ready to content this Spring. James Meyers (2019, Wexford, PA) is another player to watch, tying Owan for 2nd in the Fall Classic.
Jessica Meyers (2019, Wexford, PA) is the reigning champion of the Fall Classic where she shot 83-86 and is the sister of James Meyers (see above). You’re going to want to keep an eye on both of the Meyers siblings this weekend and see if the clutch gene runs in the family. We also have Brianna Marmorstein (2018, Haverstown, PA) in the field who won the Labor Day Classic at Philmont CC last fall. As Marmorstein gears up for summer before her senior year, it will be fun to see how she performs. One of the younger players in the Girls Division, Emma Shen (13 years old, Tenafly, NJ) came out strong for The Jersey Tee Off Classic at Greate Bay, shooting 79-81 to win. Shen has proven that she can hang with the older girls, and there are definitely exciting years ahead which we are excited to watch this weekend.
Boys 14 & Under
Ryan D’Ariano (13 years old, West Chester, PA) came out strong this spring, winning all 3 of his first IJGT appearances, boasting a scoring average of 80. It will be exciting to see if D’Ariano can continue the streak at Hershey. We also have Zach Locke (13 years old, Horseheads, NY) in the field who came in 7th at Hershey in the fall and has gained experience playing The Thanksgiving Day at TPC Sawgrass. Taking the experience away from a tough field and a tough course could prove valuable as Locke goes up against the rest of the field this weekend.
LEADERBOARD, CONTENT, AND LIVESTREAM(S)
This weekend, we will be updating Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with results and updates from the course. Make sure you are following IJGT on all platforms so you don’t miss any of the action. We have also teamed up with Bluegolf for some more live stream action from Youtube. The best way to get access to our livestreams will be on Facebook, where we will share the link as soon as the action starts Saturday morning.
We are looking forward to a great Northeast Championship this weekend! Good luck to all of our participants!
The International Junior Golf Tour resumed play this weekend in Orlando for the playing of the Florida Open at Rio Pinar Country Club. The former host of the Citrus Open, the course played favorably to the juniors, who enjoyed their weekend conditions under clear skies and high to moderate temperatures. Each division came down to the final holes, creating an exciting Sunday. The juniors played for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.
Play in the Boys 15-19 Division was simply spectacular, and was a close match heading into the final round Sunday morning. After trailing two strokes off the lead heading into the final round, Samsona Lu found himself alone at the top of the leaderboard after 36 holes. Lu, of New Taipei City, Taiwan, played very consistent with rounds of 72 each for a 144 total.
“Feels great to get the win at this course,” Lu stated after the round. “It was pretty windy this weekend, if anything I had to keep my ball-flight lower and that helped a lot.”
Although conditions proved to be tough at moments during the weekend, Lu was able to stay on top of his game and capture his first IJGT victory of the season. Claiming second-place closely behind Lu is Florian Blatti of Epalinges, Switzerland. Blatti played well all weekend, shooting scores of 72 and 73 for a 145 finish. In third-place is Hanson Chiu of Chiayi, Taiwan, shooting scores of 74 and 72 for a 146 total.
Following the theme of competition, the Girls Division was more of the same for the weekend. After an impressive final round, Pin Wen Lu secured the weekend championship coming back from four strokes off the lead. Lu, who hails from New Taipei City, Taiwan, capped off her weekend with a 144 total with scores of 74 and a low final round of 70.
“It feels really good to win and get my confidence back,” Lu said after the round. “Today there was a lot of wind, so I aimed for the center of the green and that gave myself chances to make putts.”
Being able to make putts obviously played a major factor for Lu, as she made 4-Birdies during the final round and gave her just enough space to earn the victory.
Following closely behind in second-place is Ying-Ting Hsieh of Huantan Township, Taiwan. Hsieh was impressive for the weekend with scores of 70 and 75 for a 145 finish. Rounding out the top-3 is Chiara Arya of Jakarta, Indonesia, who finished her weekend with scores of 77 and 79 for a 156 total.
Lastly, for the Boys 14 & Under Division, Drago Zhao went wire-to-wire to claim first-place on the weekend. Zhao, a native of Shenzhen, China, continued his strong play that has been demonstrated in the past few events. Zhao put together solid scores of 78 and 75 for 153 total to earn his first IJGT victory.
Rounding out top-3 behind Zhao is a two-way tie for second-place. Sharing the spot is John Daly II of Clearwater, F.L., and Matthew Pilgrim of West Vancouver, Canada. Daly finishes with rounds of 79 and 78, while Pilgrim put together scores of 80 and 77, both totaling a 157 finish.
The IJGT will resume play again next weekend, with the playing of The Northeast Tour Championship at Hershey Country Club. To sign up for this event, or view the rest of our upcoming events, click here, or call us at (844) 779-3374.
This weekend, IJGT returns to The Architects Golf Club for the 2017 Architects Cup. We are looking forward to a great tournament, and are so glad to be making this event happen after the original date was snowed out. The event will be a 36-hole stroke play event over two days, with junior golfers competing in Girls, Boys 14 & Under, and Boys 15-19 Divisions.
The Architects Golf Club is a 6863-yard par 71 course that honors golf greats at each hole, including such names as A.W. Tillinghast, Donald Ross and Alister MacKenzie. Today, The Architects Golf Club holds a stellar reputation among the golf industry and receives recognition from such prestigious publications as (Golf Course News, Golf Magazine, Links Magazine, Golf Digest and Sports Illustrated.) Click here to go to the website.
Similar to last weekend at White Manor, it is looking like Sunday will be offering more favorable conditions than Saturday. With chances of rain today and tomorrow, hopefully the course will drain well, making for easier scoring conditions on Sunday. However, if the rain does hold off and the course stays dry, it should be a great weekend for golf with mild temperatures. Click here for the full forecast.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The stats below were taken from Spring 2016 when The Architects hosted IJGT for a tournament. By looking at these stats, you can get a good idea of how the course could play across the different divisions this weekend.
Tee times will start at 8:00AM on both Saturday and Sunday. Make sure to check out our leaderboard by clicking here.
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“The IJGT has helped me to improve my golf game through top-notch competition. Over the years, I have made life-long relationships with friends I have made through competition. The IJGT has helped me position myself on the national scene and prepared myself for the best opportunities to receive a college golf scholarship.”Andrew Bieber, Shaker Heights, OH12 wins on the IJGT including 47 top 10 finishes
“The IJGT is a wonderful tour that has given me the experience to compete at a high level. The IJGT has also given me my first experience of match play at the North America Cup, which helped me learn the match play format.”Jim Liu, Smithtown, New York2010 U.S. Junior Amateur Champion, 2010 Verizon Junior Heritage Champion, and 18 wins on the IJGT
“Hands down, the IJGT is the best junior golf tour, especially in the Northeast. The staff is super friendly, the tournaments professionally run, and the courses are spectacular! Thanks for being the “playground” to help me develop my competitive game for the past 5 years! I am looking forward to competing on the IJGT for the next few years against the best junior golfers from around the world.”Frank Szucs, Brookside, New Jersey11 wins on the IJGT including 29 top 10 finishes
“Playing on the IJGT has been a great experience for me. The staff is always very helpful and courteous. Competing in IJGT events allowed me to make many new friends. I am impressed on how well the tournaments are organized.”Gabrielle Weiss, Macungie, Pennsylvania6 wins on the IJGT including 20 top 10 finishes
“The IJGT tournament courses are first-class and many are ones that have hosted PGA Tour events. Playing the IJGT has prepared me for competing at the next level. The strength of the fields promotes a great learning environment and lets you know how your game stacks up against the rest. The tournament awards are always something to strive for, whether it is IJGT merit points, AJGA exemptions, or other amateur tournament invitations.”Kyle Nakazaki, Manhattan Beach, California2 wins on the IJGT including 10 top 10 finishes