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