Class of 2016 College Signees

The International Junior Golf Tour would like to congratulate past and present tour players on signing their National Letter’s of Intent last week. Committing to college is a major accomplishment and the IJGT sends their best wishes to alumni as they continue their competitive golf careers.

Listed below are former alumni and the school they will be attending. Following are the pictures from signing day.

Adam Gray (Potomac, MD) – Rutgers University

Alex Butler (East Norriton, PA) – Drexel University

Alex Vegh (Gahanna, OH) – Austin Peay State

Ana Paula Valdes (Morelia , Mexico) – Clemson

Ankita Kedlaya (Bangalore , India) – East Tennessee State University

Anthony Truong (Winter Garden, FL) – Arizona State University

Austin Matz (Wexford , PA) – University of Mary Washington

Ben Reichert (East Amherst, NY) – East Tennessee State University

Benjamin Morris (Reisterstown, MD) – College of William and Mary

Bennett Buch (West Friendship, MD) – University of Maryland

Brent Ito (Ardsley, NY) – University of Michigan

Brynn Walker (St. Davids, PA) – University of North Carolina

Colin Dubnik (Rochester , NY) – University of Memphis

Connor Daly (Bronxville , NY) – Villanova University

Connor Schmidt (Philadelphia, PA) – Drexel University

David Hanes (Elma, NY) – Canisius College

Davis Lamb (Potomac , MD) – University of Notre Dame

Dylan VanderVeer (El Dorado Hills, CA) – Saint Mary’s of California

Eric Hall (Harwood, MD) – Yale University

Eun-Won Park (Tenafly, NJ) – Univrsity of Washington

Gabrielle Correia (Central Valley, NY) – Tulane University

Grace Massengill (Hickory, NC) – Wofford College

Gunnar Doyle (Pittsford , NY) – U.S. Military Academy (Army)

Gus Minkin (York, PA) – University of Minnesota

Hannah Berman (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) – University of West Florida

Hunter Wolcott (Burns, TN) – University of Tennessee

Jack Melville (Maple Glen, PA) – University of Delaware

Jasmine Chee (Hong Kong, China) – Western Michigan University

John Felitto (Mountainside, NJ) – University of Notre Dame

Kendel Hodges (Temecula, CA) – California Baptist University

Kristin Whitehead (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) – Queens University of Charlotte

Linda Wang (Fresh Meadows , NY) – St. Johns University

Luke Schaap (Potomac, MD) – University of Virginia

Madelein Herr (New Hope, PA) – Penn State University

Maren Cipolla (Lewistown, NY) – University of Texas

Maria Vesga (Bucaramenga, Columbia) – Baylor University

Mariel Galdiano (Kapolei, HI) – University of California, Los Angeles

Melany Chong (Mississauga, Canada) – Appalachian State University

Nicholas Russell (Hilton Head , SC) – Linestone College

Peter Knade (Easton , PA) – University of Maryland

Pryce Beshoory (Pearland, Texas) – The University of Houston

R.J. Wren (Morgantown, PA) – University of Delaware

Raelyn Spears (Plymouth, MN) – Elon University

Reed Winkler (Wilmington , DE) – St. Josephs University

Reid Bedell (Fair Haven, NJ) – Lafayette College

Rij Patel (Hunt Valley, MD) – Harvard University

Ryan Skae (Stony Point, NY) – Colgate University

Ryoto Furuya (West Chapel, FL) – University of Illinois

Sean Stanistreet (Camillus , NY) – University of South Carolina Upstate

Stanley Garrant (Poughkeepsie, NY) – St. Peters University

Steven Weingroff (Upper Saddle River, NJ) – Loyola University Maryland

Synclaire Kuhn (McMurray, PA) – St. Francis University (PA)

Taisei Negishi (San Diego , CA) – University of Michigan

Thomas “Jack” Simpson (Aurora , ON) – University of Iowa

Thomas Lewis (Doylestown , PA) – Purdue University

Walker Campbell (Paget, Bermuda) – College of William and Mary

William Harwood (Columbia, SC) – Elon University

Yoo Jin Kim (Centerville, VA) – George Washington University

Zhengkai Bai (Bradenton , FL) – University of Central Florida

 

Ankita Kedlaya, East Tennessee State University

Ankita Kedlaya, East Tennessee State University

Bennett Buch, University of Maryland

Bennett Buch, University of Maryland

 

Brynn Walker, University of North Carolina

Brynn Walker, University of North Carolina

 

David Hanes, Canisius College

David Hanes, Canisius College

 

Davis Lamb, University of Notre Dame

Davis Lamb, University of Notre Dame

 

Dylan VanderVeer, Saint Mary's of California

Dylan VanderVeer, Saint Mary’s of California

 

Gabrielle Correia, Tulane University

Gabrielle Correia, Tulane University

 

Grace Massengill, Wofford College

Grace Massengill, Wofford College

 

Gunnar Doyle, U.S. Military Academy (Army)

Gunnar Doyle, U.S. Military Academy (Army)

 

Gus Minkin, University of Minnesota

Gus Minkin, University of Minnesota

 

Jack Melville, University of Delaware

Jack Melville, University of Delaware

Jasmine Chee, Western Michigan University

Jasmine Chee, Western Michigan University

 

John Felitto, University of Notre Dame

John Felitto, University of Notre Dame

 

Kristin Whitehead, Queens University of Charlotte

Kristin Whitehead, Queens University of Charlotte

Linda Wang, St. Johns University

Linda Wang, St. Johns University

 

Madelein Herr, Penn State University

Madelein Herr, Penn State University

 

Maren Cipolla, University of Texas

Maren Cipolla, University of Texas

 

Mariel Galdiano, University of California, Los Angeles

Mariel Galdiano, University of California, Los Angeles

 

Melany Chong, Appalachian State

Melany Chong, Appalachian State

Peter Knade, University of Maryland

Peter Knade, University of Maryland

 

Reed Winkler, St. Joseph's University

Reed Winkler, St. Joseph’s University

 

Reid Bedell, Lafayette College

Reid Bedell, Lafayette College

 

R.J. Wren, University of Delaware

R.J. Wren, University of Delaware

 

Ryoto Furuya, University of Illinois

Ryoto Furuya, University of Illinois

 

Sean Stanistreet, University of South Carolina Upstate

Sean Stanistreet, University of South Carolina Upstate

Stanley, Garrant, St. Peter's University

Stanley, Garrant, St. Peter’s University

 

Steven Weingroff, Loyola University Maryland

Steven Weingroff, Loyola University Maryland

 

Synclaire Kuhn, St. Francis University (PA)

Synclaire Kuhn, St. Francis University (PA)

 

Taisei Negishi, University of Michigan

Taisei Negishi, University of Michigan

 

Thomas Lewis, Purdue University

Thomas Lewis, Purdue University

 

Walker Campbell,  College of William & Mary

Walker Campbell, College of William & Mary

 

YooJin Kim, George Washington University

YooJin Kim, George Washington University

IJGT celebrates the NCAA’s Early Signing Period with an IJGT Photo of the Week

November 12-19, 2014, served as the NCAA’s early signing period. For many IJGT juniors, the week-long period meant the lengthy search for the college of the future was over. More than 20 juniors playing on the IJGT put on their new school colors, pulled out their finest pens and made their commitments by signing their National Letters of Intent (NLI).

“A binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution,” the NLI establishes a student-athlete’s intent to attend a particular university and to participate in a given sport.

Those IJGT members who participated in the early signing:

Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng University of Wisconsin
Connor McKay Lipscomb University
Masato Yoshitsugu Hawai’i Pacific University
TJ Kaczan California State University – Bakersfield
J.D. Moore St. Peters University
Aaron Terrazas Oklahoma University
Isidora Nilsson University of South Carolina
Min Yi “Samantha” Huang University of North Texas
Cara Basso Penn State University
Will Hicks Erskine College
Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob California State University – Northridge
Yeji Shin Georgia Southern University
Will Miles University of South Carolina
Rachel Corry University of Virginia
Kelly Whaley University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Thomas Avant Drake University
Kelly Anderson Northern Illinois University
Derrick Villarreal Charleston Southern University
Carter Ehms Cedarville University
Ryan Rose – Rutgers University
Tyler Dierwechter Stetson University
Clementina Rodriguez University of Washington
Keshav Sharma Erskine University
Kasidy Beckel Radford University
Emily Mills – Rutgers University

To celebrate our juniors, we shared photos of each junior as he or she proudly signed the National Letter of Intent. Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob and her coach, Richard Wedzik, are featured in this week’s special edition of the Photo of the Week.

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Phuchanbanchob signed to play golf with California State University – Northridge. Having played in 35 IJGT events, Phuchanbanchob carries a scoring average of 77.475, has accumulated 115 birdies and has placed in the top-10 in all but two of her events.

Check out photos from each junior’s signing on our IJGT Facebook page here.

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

1 point – per ‘Like’
2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)
3 points – per share

Tips for Parents

Helping Your Child with the Recruiting Process

 

  • Be a support system. Let your child assume most of the responsibility, they are the ones who have to live with the choice. Be there to help discuss the pros and cons of various choices, e.g. urban vs. rural, large vs. small, public vs. private.
  • Help your child research the schools. Check on academic requirements, facts about the program, cost, etc. Don’t do all the work for them, but be the supportive parent and have key points to discuss with them.
  • Follow-up. Make sure that all of the applications have been filled out completely and sent in on time. This is imperative weather they receive golf scholarship aid or not, making sure the admissions process is complete is first….remember you are a student before athlete!
  • Monitor. If your child is continually receiving phone calls from coaches and concerned others, you may want to step in here. Young players may find it very disrupting and difficult to handle. Some coaches are notorious for frequent calling while others are extremely laid back. Big Suggestion: be there with your child when they are on the phone with the Coach. This will sometimes help ease their nerves and you can help answer questions as well. Coaches will not mind being on speaker phone to talk to the whole family.
  • Finances. You need to decide what sacrifices, if any, you are willing to make. Don’t pressure your child to go just for a scholarship if it is not necessary. Find out exactly what the scholarship will cover. Making sure this is known before the process really gets in gear, will ease an decision later in the process.
  • Interviews. Help your child prepare a list of questions, but let him/her ask questions during interviews. If there is a lull in the conversation you may want to help it along with questions that concern you. Don’t appear overconfident regarding academic or athletic ability.
  • Don’t panic. If by mid-April your child has not signed a National Letter of Intent, don’t worry. Most coaches are waiting to see which players will sign. There are schools with scholarships available sometimes through the summer.
  • Remember your key words: SUPPORT AND FOLLOW-UP.

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AnnDirector of College Placement, Ann Maness, has years of experience with the college athletics recruiting process. Ann is the second sibling in her family to join the elite college golf ranks and played for Coastal Carolina University, where she took no time to capture her first collegiate victory.

During her freshman year, Ann came from 6 shots behind in the final round of the Big South Conference Championship, firing a 68 to claim the individual conference title. To date, that 68 remains the single-round record for the Women’s Golf Big South Championship. Ann went on to capture two more singles titles at CCU.

She also participated in the 2009 NCAA Regionals, was a 4-Time Big South All-Conference Team Member, and was an 8-Time Big South Player of the Week.

You can contact Ann at Ann.Maness@juniorsports.com and follow her on Twitter at @DCP1AManess .

A Day in the Life of a Student-Athlete — Part 1

Rika Park, International Junior Golf Tour alum and current sophomore on the golf team at the University of Miami, has some very important things for students who are looking to participate in athletics in college.

  • It is important to meet with each professor every week. When we travel for tournaments, we miss multiple classes. It is very important for us to meet with the professor so that we do not get behind in our studies.

 

  • Freshman students will also have a mandatory 8 hours of study hall each week. These study hall times will be in the evenings after dinner. This study hall is not required for sophomores only if their GPA is high enough.

 

  • Utilize the resources around you to avoid getting bogged down with stress. The universities have programs for time management as well as tutors that you can use so you don’t get too far behind. Time management is the key to being a successful student athlete in college. You must have time management in order to succeed.

Rika Park

The hardest thing for many students is adjusting to new time constraints. Many students feel pressured as freshman because they have not prepared themselves to manage their time to meet deadlines that college classes and coaches request. Here are a few tips for students to begin to learn time management:

  • Make a routine and stick to it. Many students never learn this and end up struggling trying to do everything in one day. By creating a routine that you stick to each and every day you will be more productive, less stressed, and overall a more balanced student. One way to learn how to create and stick to a routine is to be specific. Make specific times and time frames that things must be accomplished in. This will not only help your routine, but will also help with setting goals for each day.
  • Set Priorities. By making a list of the things that must be accomplished in order of importance. This way you will not forget or leave off an important task that needs to be completed. Make a list of priorities at the beginning of the week and work on getting through that list by the end of the week.
  • Get organized! Many students do not get their classes, homework, dorm room or schedules organized. By making sure everything is in its place every day, you give yourself the best chance at not losing important documents or things that you need for the day. One of the best organization tools to use is a calendar. Mark down all the important dates (test dates, meetings, projects, golf tournaments) on one calendar. This will help keep all dates organized.
  • Avoid procrastinating. Many times, we use procrastination on big projects or tasks because they seem overwhelming or boring. Break the project into multiple, small, achievable goals or steps. This will help keep the mind focused on the task at hand instead of worrying about the project as a whole. Also try to reward yourself for completing each small step.
  • Avoid multitasking if possible. When you multitask, you lose focus on the projects that you working on. Confusion will ensue and organization will be thrown out the window. Instead, focus on only one task at a time. This will ensure that each and every project is completed correctly the first time instead of getting lost in the confusion of trying to complete multiple projects.
  • Remember, even people who have become time management experts have days where they cannot catch up and their schedules get messed up. Do not give up on learning how to manage your time because this is one of the essential skills in life that you will use every single day.

AnnDirector of College Placement, Ann Maness, has years of experience with the college athletics recruiting process. Ann is the second sibling in her family to join the elite college golf ranks and played for Coastal Carolina University, where she took no time to capture her first collegiate victory.

During her freshman year, Ann came from 6 shots behind in the final round of the Big South Conference Championship, firing a 68 to claim the individual conference title. To date, that 68 remains the single-round record for the Women’s Golf Big South Championship. Ann went on to capture two more singles titles at CCU.

She also participated in the 2009 NCAA Regionals, was a 4-Time Big South All-Conference Team Member, and was an 8-Time Big South Player of the Week.

You can contact Ann at Ann.Maness@juniorsports.com and follow her on Twitter at @DCP1AManess.

Getting Recruited

 

Three Easy Steps to Getting Recruited

Step 1: Commitment – The recruiting process isn’t something you just breeze through. If you are seriously interested in finding a scholarship opportunity to play college golf, you have to commit yourself to this goal. Athletes are working towards goals all the time, and there are hundreds of other high school athletes, just like you, who are out there trying to get recruited to the next level. That means you have to fully dedicate yourself to reaching this goal by getting organized, staying on top of communication with coaches, studying for the SAT/ACT and much more. If you are willing to pledge yourself to the recruiting process, you will be able to reach your ultimate goal and a place that fits you!

Step 2: Attitude – If you are going to get the attention of college coaches, you need to have the right attitude. Firstly, you must be proactive. No one else is going to get you recruited and if coaches aren’t recruiting you, then you need to take control! Take control of your recruiting and be responsible for accepting how the process works.

You can get help and support from services through our Director of College Placement, Ann Maness, but remember all the components that go into being recruited. You need to be mature and professional throughout the entire process. There’s a chance that not every coach you contact will be interested in you, actually…there’s a BIG chance. Guess what…that’s OK! It’s always important to be respectful and mature about their decision, and then move on to the next one. It will not do you any good to get upset at the coach and say things that might get you in trouble. Adopting a positive attitude will help you and your family through the process, and it will become a project, rather than a chore.

Step 3: Be Open – When it comes to the recruiting process, quantity is key. The more schools you consider, the more coaches you contact, and the more effort you put into it will all help generate better results. In order to have success in getting recruited, you need to leave your options open. If you are too specific in your school preference (example: only DI schools when you are not that caliber of a player) you will have fewer options that will be successful for you. While it is a great idea to know what you want in your school, you also have to make sure that you are not limiting yourself on possible opportunities. For example, if you know you want to major in accounting, you should definitely research each school’s accounting programs in order to make sure it would be a good fit with you and your academic goals. But the key is to make sure you explore schools in all division levels, as well as in several regions of the country. You never know what school may turn out to be a perfect fit if you don’t expand your horizons to see what’s out there!

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AnnDirector of College Placement, Ann Maness, has years of experience with the college athletics recruiting process. Ann is the second sibling in her family to join the elite college golf ranks and played for Coastal Carolina University, where she took no time to capture her first collegiate victory.

During her freshman year, Ann came from 6 shots behind in the final round of the Big South Conference Championship, firing a 68 to claim the individual conference title. To date, that 68 remains the single-round record for the Women’s Golf Big South Championship. Ann went on to capture two more singles titles at CCU.

She also participated in the 2009 NCAA Regionals, was a 4-Time Big South All-Conference Team Member, and was an 8-Time Big South Player of the Week.

You can contact Ann at Ann.Maness@juniorsports.com and follow her on Twitter at @DCP1AManess.

Narrowing Your Search

Can’t Decide Which Colleges to Contact?

A good way to narrow your search when beginning the college placement process is to make a list of potential Universities that interest you. This will help you eliminate schools that may not fit the characteristics that will help you achieve the goals for your golf career.

Here are some questions to ask when compiling this list:
Does the school offer the course work I want to take as a major in college?

  • Can I get a quality education there?
  • Is the college close enough or far enough away from home?
  • Can my athletic goals be achieved there?
  • If sports were not a factor, would I still want to get my education there?

Choosing a college requires plenty of preparation and investigation. These are just a few questions to ask when starting the process.  There is no such thing as being over prepared – after all, you are choosing the next four years of your life!

If you would like further help in researching college golf programs, contact IJGT Director of College Placement, Ann Maness.

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AnnDirector of College Placement, Ann Maness, has years of experience with the college athletics recruiting process. Ann is the second sibling in her family to join the elite college golf ranks and played for Coastal Carolina University, where she took no time to capture her first collegiate victory.

During her freshman year, Ann came from 6 shots behind in the final round of the Big South Conference Championship, firing a 68 to claim the individual conference title. To date, that 68 remains the single-round record for the Women’s Golf Big South Championship. Ann went on to capture two more singles titles at CCU.

She also participated in the 2009 NCAA Regionals, was a 4-Time Big South All-Conference Team Member, and was an 8-Time Big South Player of the Week.

You can contact Ann at Ann.Maness@juniorsports.com and follow her on Twitter at @DCP1AManess.

Contacting Coaches

Back to the Basics

Sending a letter or email to a college coach is a great way to get conversations and introductions started. There are a few basic things you should always check and recheck when you are contacting college coaches and schools:
Grammar
When you’re contacting college programs and coaches, it is extremely important to use proper grammar.  You should always check your spelling and punctuation before sending any correspondence.
Title/Name
Another important thing to check is that you have written the correct Coach’s name and school.  This will be the most important segment when sending that introductory e-mail.  If you have a mistake in the first paragraph or you’ve misspelled the coach’s name (or, worse, addressed to the wrong person), then you are starting with a very negative impression.
Updated Resume
One last important point is to make sure all your information is up to date on your resume.  Review your tournament information to make sure it is up-to-date: correct scores, right tournament name and location, etc.  This will help the Coach so he or she won’t have to search for information on you.  The more you present them, the better!
These points are simple, but KEY! Take time to look over the e-mail and even have someone else, like a parent, teacher, coach, guidance counselor, or whomever you know that has a firm grasp on proper grammar, to look them over before sending out.  This will prevent that embarrassment of finding mistakes after pressing send.
Do you need someone to review your information before pressing that send button, or just need help with your resume? Contact our Director of College Placement to help make that next step a success for you!

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Director of College Placement, Ann Maness, has years of experience with the college athletics recruiting process. Ann is the second sibling in her family to join the elite college golf ranks and played for Coastal Carolina University, where she took no time to capture her first collegiate victory.
During her freshman year, Ann came from 6 shots behind in the final round of the Big South Conference Championship, firing a 68 to claim the individual conference title. To date, that 68 remains the single-round record for the Women’s Golf Big South Championship. Ann went on to capture two more singles titles at CCU. She also participated in the 2009 NCAA Regionals, was a 4-Time Big South All-Conference Team Member, and was an 8-Time Big South Player of the Week.
You can contact Ann at Ann.Maness@juniorsports.com  and follow her on Twitter at @DCP1AManess external_link.png.

Finding Value in Junior Golf

Finding Value in Junior Golf

 

“Why should a serious junior golfer compete on a national tour such as the IJGT? What makes your tour any different than the others?”

International Junior Golf Tour Mission Statement:

Provide 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.


  All serious junior golfers can expect all of the following premium perks with an IJGT membership:

  • Industry Success and Tournament Experience: Now in its 18th season, the IJGT has conducted more than 800 National Championships
    • Tour Caliber Events – New venue each week, but same championship feel!
    • Professional Staff – Knowledgeable tournament staff traveling to each event with minimal volunteers
    • Course Marking / Competition Set up – IJGT prides itself on professionally-run tournaments and tournament staff will arrive at the venue one week before competition. During the preparation time we will set up and mark each golf course accurately by USGA standards.
    • Playing Options – All IJGT members may choose from over 160 open golf tournaments in North America during their membership, per the Canadian Junior Golf Association and IJGT member partnership. 10 events will be filled by performance based entry, the rest are open to all members.
  • Diverse Membership
    • Local, National, and Global Fields – 40 States and 41 Countries are represented on tour
    • 1,500 Members – averaging 5 tournaments per season
    • Outstanding Competition – all skill levels of junior golfers ranging between 9-19 years old
    • Tournament Series: College SeriesBridgestone SeriesMajor Championships
    • Player Service representative available 7 days a week to consult tournament schedule
  • IJGT College Placement
    • Experienced Full-time staff member dedicated to guide and answer questions about the college recruiting process
    • History of Alumni – College SigneesAmateur and Professional Success
    • Online Golf Resume – Auto updated scorecards and stats after IJGT events
    • Swing Videos – Produced and Uploaded straight to player profile
    • 1,400+ College Golf Programs receive tournament results and access all member profiles
  • Tournament Results, Scorecards, Statistics and Media Relations:
  • National Rankings and Amateur Exemptions
  • Technology and User Friendly Website external_link.png:
    • Interactive Communication – Contact us via phone, email, Live WebChat and Social Networks
    • Tournament Information – Email updates and up-to–the minute news and info
    • Blog Series:College Placement, and Player of the Week
    • Online Registration and Tournament Management
    • Live Leaderboards, Statistics, and Rankings
  • Partnerships and Resources that Benefit All IJGT Members
    • The First Tee – Exemption Program
    • IJGT Asian Circuit external_link.png –  7 tournaments in 6 different countries including South Korea, Philippines, India, Thailand, Japan and China. With over 2000 participants in the 2012 season.
    •  International Junior Golf Academy external_link.png – the only academy in the world that combines training, academics, and competition.
      • College Placement Program
      • Mental Training and Course Management
      • Fitness Training Consultation
      • Summer Camp/Special Program Discounts