IJGT ELITE record five top-10 NCAA finishes

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IJGT ELITE News

February 14-17, 2015

While the east coast may be experiencing below-freezing temperatures and snow, it’s warm enough to play golf in other parts of the country. Over the past week, the IJGT ELITE competed in collegiate tournaments in California, Texas and Florida. The following IJGT ELITE members recorded top-10 finishes in NCAA tournaments last week:

Peg Barnard Invitational — Stanford, CA — February 14-15, 2015

Cassy Isagawa (Oregon), the 2008 IJGT Champion at Temecula Creek, shot a 1-under 141 to tie for fourth and contribute to the Ducks’ win.

Folino Invitational — City of Industry, CA — February 16-17, 2015

Mariano Rossi (Grand Canyon), a fourth-place finisher in the 2011 IJGT Major Championship at World Golf Village, finished fifth with a tournament total of 3-over 219.

Nico Mendoza (Cal State Fullerton), the 2011 IJGT Major Championship at Temecula Creek Inn champion, tied for sixth with a 4-over 220 tournament total. Mendoza shot a 4-under 68 in round one.

Delta Gamma Invitational — New Braunfels, Texas — February 15-16, 2015

Wenny Chang (Lamar), who had two top-10 finishes on the IJGT, tied for ninth with a 1-over 143. She carded a 1-under 70 in round two.

Spring Kickoff Intercollegiate — Orange Park, Florida — February 16-17, 2015

Charlie Durman (West Georgia), who tallied five top-10 finishes on the IJGT, tied for 10th with a tournament total of 10-over 226 to contribute to the Wolves’ win.

 

IJGT alum Brandon Hagy making PGA Tour debut at Humana Challenge

Brandon Hagy, who had three Top-10 finishes on the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT), is participating in his first PGA TOUR event this week. Hagy, 23, is chasing the title at the Humana Challenge, which began January 22 and will conclude on Jan. 25, 2015, in La Quinta, Calif.

After a successful amateur career, the Westlake Village, Calif., native played college golf at the University of California, Berkeley. While at Cal, he competed in four NCAA Championships. Following his senior season, Hagy earned consensus first-team All-American honors and was ranked No. 6 in the final 2013-2014 collegiate rankings according to both Golfstat and Golfweek. Hagy graduated from the prestigious Haas School of Business in May of 2014.

Last season Hagy competed in three Web.com Tour events and one PGA Tour Canada tournament.

The 2015 Humana Challenge features a field of 156 professional players. The format is Pro-Am play for the first 54 holes; each of the pros will switch amateur partners and courses over the first three days. On Sunday, the final day of the tournament, the low 70 professionals and ties will play the final round of the 72-hole event.

The Humana Challenge defending champion, Patrick Reed, is also an IJGT alum.

Reed will tee off today, Saturday Jan. 24, at 10:20 a.m. and Hagy will tee off immediately after at 10:30 a.m. at the Arnold Palmer Private at PGA WEST. Stay tuned to the leaderboard here.

Best of luck to Brandon Hagy and Patrick Reed!

Two IJGT alumni to compete on Golf Channel's Big Break

If you tune into Golf Channel’s Big Break this season, you just might see a familiar face. Or two.

IJGT alumni Richy Werenski of South Hadley, Mass., and Justin Martinson of Avondale, Pa., will both be competing on Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL. Throughout the 11-episode season, contestants will compete against each other in a variety of challenges that test both their physical skills and mental toughness. Each week, one golfer will be eliminated until a champion is crowned.

This season, the contestants will be competing for an exemption into the 2015 Barbasol Championship as well as cash and other prizes.

The diverse, all-male cast includes collegiate All-Americans, mini tour champions and a pair of trick shot experts. At 23, Werenski, a 2010 International Junior Golf Academy graduate, is the youngest golfer in the competition. He will be competing against 11 other talented individuals including his former roommate and teammate at Georgia Tech, Kyle Scott.

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In December, Werenski earned playing status in the first eight events on the Web.com Tour schedule at the Web.com Tour Qualifying School. Werenski has qualified for the U.S. Amateur four times, but lists winning the 2012 Porter Cup, and consequently having his name engraved on the same trophy as Phil Mickelson, as his greatest golf accomplishment thus far.

Justin Martinson

Before he became one of the most successful amateur golfers in University of Delaware history, Martinson was one of the top players on the International Junior Golf Tour. Multiple wins during his final year on the IJGT caught the attention of several college golf coaches. He accepted a scholarship from Charleston Southern University, but transferred to the University of Delaware after his freshman year. Martinson turned pro immediately after graduating from the University of Delaware in 2011. His 10-under-par 278 earned him fifth place in the four-day, 72-hole eGolf Tour Championship in December.

Although the Big Break season premiere doesn’t air until next month, it was taped in September at PGA National Resort and Spa, home to the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic. The contestants competed on four courses: The Champion, The Palmer, The Fazio and The Squire.

Be sure to tune in for the season premiere at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, February 2 on Golf Channel. A special “Meet the Players” show will air Monday, January 26 at 10 p.m. ET.

Good luck to both Richy and Justin!

IJGT ELITE

IJGT ELITE – Conference Championships Showcase 63 Alumni

IJGT ELITE

IJGT ELITE
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION

It’s that time of year! Conference championships were in full swing the last few weeks, and they displayed just how successful the IJGT ELITE is in NCAA competition. With 63 players finishing in the top-10 of a multitude of conference championships, the end of the season is really beginning to showcase just how well our alumni compete at the next level of competition.

In addition to the vast amount of top-10 finishes, seven conference championships were won by our alumni, with wins coming in the following conferences: the SEC Women’s, SoCon Men’s, Atlantic Sun Men’s, Ohio Valley Men’s, Patriot League Men’s, Big West Men’s, and the Mid-American Women’s!

Congrats to all of our alumni, and with the NCAA Championships coming up soon, the IJGT ELITE positioned themselves well to continue their season-long success!

IJGT ELITE – Conference Championship Edition
(alphabetical by conference)

ACC Women’s Championship – Greensboro, N.C. – April 17-19, 2014
2nd)  Laetitia Beck (Duke), +2–215
Second Place at 2005 IJGT at Harbourtown Golf Links

ACC Men’s Championship – New London, N.C. – April 25-27, 2014
T7th) Seth Reeves (Georgia Tech), -4–212
Third Place at 2004 IJGT at Sea Pines

T9th) Bryce Chalkley (Virginia Tech), -3–213
2007 IJGT Champion at TPC Virginia Beach

American Athletic Conference (AAC) Women’s Championship – Palm Coast, Fla. – April 20-22, 2014
T7th) Laura Restrepo (Louisville), +13–229
Five-time IJGT Champion

T10th) Monifa Sealy (Central Floria), +15–231
Three-time IJGT Champion

American Athletic Conference Men’s Championship – Innisbrook, Fla. – April 27-29, 2014
T4th) Brandon Matthews (Temple), E–213
2010 IJGT Champion at Ravens Claw

T9th) Rigel Fernandes (South Florida), +3–216
Top-10 Finish at 2006 IJGT at Championsgate

Atlantic Sun Men’s Conference Championship – Braselton, Ga. – April 20-22, 2014
CHAMPION – Trey Rule (Mercer), -1–215
Two IJGT top-10 Finishes

Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Championship – Lutz, Fla. – April 25-27, 2014
2nd) Rocky Khara (Virginia Commonwealth), +2–215
Three IJGT top-10 Finishes

8th) Jack Wilkes (Richmond), +11–224
Two IJGT top-20 Finishes

Big 12 Conference Men’s Championship – Trinity, Texas – April 25-27, 2014
T3rd) Beau Hossler (Texas), E–288
2007 IJGT Champion at PGA Southern California

Big East Conference Men’s Championship – Okatie, S.C. – April 27-29, 2014
T4th) Ed McCrossen (Georgetown), +5–221
Top-20 Finish at 2009 IJGT at Seaview

6th) Pat Sanchez (Marquette), +6–222
Top-10 Finish at 2010 IJGT 59 Belts Tournament Series

T7th) C.J. Swift (Marquette), +7–223
Five IJGT top-3 Finishes

Big South Conference Men’s Championship – Ninety Six, S.C. – April 21-23, 2014
6th) Mattieu Fenasse (Liberty), +1–217
Third Place at 2010 IJGT at Saddlebrook

T9th) Austin James (Charleston Southern), +5–221
Fourth Place at 2010 IJGT Penn State Classic

Big West Conference Men’s Championship – San Jacinto, Calif. – April 27-29, 2014
CHAMPION – Matt Hansen (UC-Davis), -8–136
2009 IJGT Champion at Sandpiper

T5th) Ryan Knapp (UC-Irvine), -2–142
Two IJGT top-10 Finishes

T5th) Kevin Lee (Long Beach St.), -2–142
Top-10 Finish at 2007 IJGT at Twin Oaks

T7th) Jordan Epstein (UC-Santa Barbara), -1–143
Three IJGT top-5 Finishes

Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Conference Women’s Championship – Southport, N.C. – April 18-20, 2014
4th) Amanda Terzian (Delaware), +11–155
2009 IJGT Champion at Penn Oaks

T5th) Shabril Brewer (James Madison Univ.), +12–156
2010 IJGT Champion at Bulle Rock

Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men’s Conference Championship – Southport, N.C. – April 25-27, 2014
5th) Stefan Brewer (UNC-Wilmington), +3–219
Third Place at 2002 IJGT at Grandover

6th) Joe Gunerman (Towson), +4–220
2009 IJGT Champion at Penn Oaks

7th) Charlie Kern (William & Mary), +5–221
Two-time IJGT Champion

T8th) Christopher Crawford (Drexel), +7–223
Top-10 finish at 2010 IJGT at Seaview

Conference USA Men’s Championship – Edmond, Okla. – April 27-29, 2014
2nd) Logan McCracken (Tulsa), +1–211
21st at 2007 IJGT at TPC Virginia Beach

3rd) Tommy Economou (Rice), +2–212
2003 IJGT Champion at Bayonet & Black Horse

T6th) Brian Anaria (Marshall), +5–215
Top-10 Finish at 2009 IJGT at Greenbrier

Ivy League Conference Women’s Championship – Springfield, N.J. – April 25-27, 2014
2nd) Kelly Shon (Princeton), +6–222
Eight IJGT top-10 Finishes

6th) Marika Liu (Yale), +12–228
Fifth Place at 2005 IJGT at Doubletree Golf Resort

T7th) Erin Lo (Penn), +14–230
2012 IJGT Labor Day Classic Champion

Ivy League Conference Men’s Championship – Springfield, N.J. – April 25-27, 2014
T5th) Harrison Shih (Columbia), +10–220
2010 IJGT Champion at Blue Heron Pines

7th) Ben Cooley (Penn), +11–221
Three-time IJGT Champion

8th) Scott Jaster (Dartmouth), +12–222
Four-time IJGT Champion

T9th) Sam Bernstein (Yale), +13–223
2008 IJGT Champion at Crystal Springs Resort

T9th) Greg James (Princeton), +13–223
Fourth Place at 2008 IJGT at Wyncote

Mid-American Conference Women’s Championship – Fishers, Ind. – April 25-27, 2014
CHAMPION – Jennifer Ha (Kent State), +6–222
Second Place at 2009 IJGT at Wigwam Resort

Mid-American Conference Men’s Championship – Caramel, Ind. – May 2-4, 2014
4th) Ryan Harris (Akron), E–288
Four IJGT top-10 Finishes

5th) Brett Rinker (Bowling Green State), +1–289
Third Place at 2009 IJGT at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Women’s Championship – Springfield, Ill. – April 20-22, 2014
T4th) McCall Christopher (Indiana St.), +4–220
11th Place at 2009 IJGT at Bent Tree CC

Mountain West Conference Women’s Championship – Rancho Mirage, Calif. – April 24-26, 2014
10th) Paige Spiranac (San Diego St.), +9–225
2008 IJGT Champion at Arizona State University

Mountain West Conference Men’s Championship – Tucson, Ariz. – April 25-27, 2014
3rd) Carl Jonson (UNLV), -3–210
Fourth Place at 2005 IJGT Nike Series Championship

9th) Nicholas Maruri (UNLV), +1–214
Fifth Place at 2009 IJGT at Saddlebrook

Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Women’s Championship – Muscle Shoals, Ala. – April 21-23, 2014
10th) Katie Rice (Morehead St.), +16–232
Two IJGT top-10 Finishes

Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Men’s Championship – Muscle Shoals, Ala. – April 25-27, 2014
CHAMPION – Marco Iten (Austin Peay St.), -8–136
Fourth Place at 2010 IJGT at Saddlebrook

Pac-12 Conference Women’s Championship – Corvallis, Ore. – April 25-27, 2014
T7th) Kyung Kim (Southern Cal), +2–218
One IJGT top-10 Finish

T7th) Annie Park (Southern Cal), +2–218
Three-time IJGT Champion

T9th) Erynne Lee (UCLA), +3–219
Second Place at 2005 IJGT at Sandpiper

Pac-12 Conference Men’s Championship – Marana, Ariz. – April 25-27, 2014
T4th) Eric Sugimoto (Southern Cal), -1–287
Two-time IJGT Champion

Patriot League Conference Men’s Championship – West Point, N.Y. – April 26-27, 2014
CHAMPION – Peter Kim (Army), -1–209
Six IJGT top-10 Finishes

T3rd) Jimmy Dengler (Loyola Univ.-Maryland), +5–215
Top-20 Finish at 2010 IJGT at Seaview

5th) Brendan Lemp (Loyola Univ.-Maryland), +6–216
2009 IJGT Champion at Wintonbury Hills

7th) Dustin Pagila (Army), +9–219
Third Place at 2005 IJGT at Sandpiper

T8th) Jared Mactas (Lafayette College), +11–221
2012 IJGT Major Champion at Architects

T8th) Marcus Plunkett (Army), +11–221
Second Place at 2006 IJGT at Championsgate

SEC Women’s Golf Championship – Birmingham, Ala. – April 18-20, 2014
CHAMPION – Simin Feng (Vanderbilt), -7–209
Three IJGT top-10 Finishes

T5th) Stephanie Meadow (Alabama), +3–219
Nine-time IJGT Champion

T5th) Maria Torres (Florida), +3–219
Second Place at 2006 IJGT at The Legends

8th) Marta Sanz (Auburn), +4–220
Seven IJGT top-3 Finishes

Southern Conference (SoCon) Men’s Championship – Pinehurst, N.C. – April 20-22, 2014
CHAMPION – J.T. Poston (Western Carolina), -10–206
2009 IJGT Champion at Ballantyne Resort

T6th) Cory Taylor (Wofford College), +2–218
Seventh Place at 2007 IJGT at Harbourtown Golf Links

Sun Belt Men’s Conference Championship – Saucier, Miss. – April 21-23, 2014
T5th) Thomas Strandemo (Louisiana), -3–213
Six IJGT top-10 Finishes

IJGT ELITE Karen Chung

IJGT ELITE records 26 top-10 NCAA finishes

IJGT ELITE

IJGT ELITE News
March 22 – April 4, 2014

The IJGT ELITE continues their strong showings in the NCAA, with 26 members earning top-10 finishes in the last two weeks. With several repeat players, as well as some newcomers to the IJGT ELITE, the last two weeks have been exceptional for the IJGT alumni in the collegiate ranks. One tournament in particular, the Wildcat Invitational, showcased six IJGT ELITE members in the top-5! Three players also won individual medalist honors, with Christina Vosters (Penn State), Chris Crawford (Drexel), and Karen Chung (Southern Cal) all claiming victory in the last few weeks.

Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate – March 23-25, 2014 – Williamsburg, Va.

Poom Pattaropong (James Madison), who recorded eight top-3 finishes on the IJGT, finished tied for tenth with a 6-over, 216.

Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate – March 23-25, 2014 – Awendaw, S.C.

Danny Guise (Wake Forest), the 2010 IJGT Champion at Long Island Golf Club, shot a 3-under, 213 to tie for eighth place.

Valspar Collegiate Invitational at Floridian – March 24-25, 2014 – Palm City, Fla.

Kevin Dougherty (Oklahoma State), the 2009 IJGT Champion at Temecula Creek, finished the tournament in a tie for tenth place after shooting a 3-under, 210.

UTSA – Lone Star Invitational – March 24-25, 2014 – San Antonio, Texas

Owen Taylor (Sacramento State), a top-10 finisher in 2010 on the IJGT at the 59 Belt at Pala Mesa Resort, recorded a second-place finish with a 6-under, 210.

The Duck Invitational – March 24-25, 2014 – Creswell, Ore.

Tyler Torano (Loyola Marymount), who earned a second-place finish in 2008 on the IJGT at Twin Oaks, shot a 2-over, 218 to tie for sixth place.

Briar’s Creek Invitational – March 24-25, 2014 – John’s Island, S.C.

CHAMPION: Christina Vosters (Penn State), the 2008 IJGT Champion at Wyncote Golf Club, took the victory with her 1-under, 215 total for the tournament.

Lauren Salazar (Clemson), the 2008 IJGT Western Mid-Season Champion, tied for seventh place with a 4-over, 220.

The Goodwin – March 28-30, 2014 – Stanford, Calif.

Anton Arboleda (UCLA), the 2005 IJGT Champion at Rancho Bernardo, finished in a tie for seventh after posting a 3-under, 207 for the tournament.

Furman Intercollegiate – March 28-30, 2014 – Greenville, S.C.

Brandon Matthews (Temple), the 2010 IJGT Champion at Ravens Claw, tied for fourth place with a 4-under, 212.

Florida Atlantic University Slomin Autism Invitational – March 28-30, 2014 – Lake Worth, Fla.

Lucas Armstrong (Middle Tennessee State), a top-5 finisher in 2009 on the IJGT at Port Royal, finished in third place with a 6-under, 207.

Bryan National Collegiate – March 28-30, 2014 – Browns Summit, N.C.

Laetitia Beck (Duke), who placed in second in 2005 on the IJGT at Harbour Town, tied for third place with a 4-over, 220.

Sierra Sims (Wake Forest), a 2006 top-15 finisher on the IJGT at Colonial Williamsburg, also tied for third place with a 4-over, 220.

Whiting-Turner Towson Invitational – March 30 – April 1, 2014 – Grasenville, M.D. (weather shortened)

Matt Fry (Towson), who finished in second at the 2010 IJGT Mid-Season Championship, tied for sixth place with a 6-over, 150.

Joe Gunerman (Towson), the 2009 IJGT Champion at Penn Oaks, also shot a 6-over, 150 to tie for sixth place.

Will Smittle (Sacred Heart), who played several IJGT events in his junior years, also tied for sixth place with a score of 6-over, 150.

John Kirk-Panther Invitational – March 30-April 1, 2014 – Stockbridge, Ga.

Gemma Fuster (Old Dominion), a 2006 top-10 finisher on the IJGT at Saddlebrook, finished in a tie for tenth with a 7-over, 223.

Wildcat Invitational – March 31-April 1, 2014 – Malvern, Pa.

CHAMPION: Chris Crawford (Drexel), a 2010 top-10 finisher on the IJGT at Seaview, took home individual medalist honors with a 1-under, 212.

Peter Kim (Army), who had two top-3 finishes on the IJGT, finished in second place with a 3-over, 216.

Harrison Shih (Columbia), the 2010 IJGT Champion at Blue Heron Pines, finished in a tie for third place with a 6-over, 219.

Kyle Wambold (Binghamton), who tied for second in 2012 at The IJGT Jersey Championship at Architects, also tied for third place with a 6-over, 219 score.

Dan Costenbader (Delaware), the 2009 IJGT Champion at Seaview, finished in a tie for fifth place with a 7-over, 220.

Mike Johnson (LaSalle University), who finished in the top-20 in 2009 on the IJGT at Hershey, also tied for fifth place with a 7-over, 220.

Memphis Intercollegiate – March 31-April 1, 2014 – Memphis, Tenn.

Marco Iten (Austin Peay), a 2010 top-5 finisher at Saddlebrook, took second place with a 1-over, 217 for the tournament.

Butler Spring Tournament – March 24-25, 2014 – Avon, Ind. (snow shortened)

Halley Morell (Robert Morris), a 2011 top-10 finisher on the IJGT at Fowlers Mill, finished in a tie for fourth place with a 5-over, 76.

2014 SDSU Farms Invitational – March 24-26, 2014 – San Diego, Calif.

CHAMPION: Karen Chung (Southern Cal), a 9-time top-5 finisher on the IJGT, won the individual medalist honors with an 8-under, 208.

Erynne Lee (UCLA), who took second in 2005 at the IJGT’s event at the Sandpiper, tied for fifth place with her score of 1-over, 217.

Trey Valentine

IJGT ELITE dominate NCAA tournaments with 41 Top-10 finishes

IJGT ELITE

IJGT ELITE News
March 8 – 21, 2014

It has been a busy past two weeks for the IJGT ELITE, earning an astounding 41 Top-10 finishes and three individual victories in NCAA tournaments. Taking individual medalist honors in the past week are Jordan Epstein (UC-Santa Barbara) at the Fresno State Golf Classic, Trey Valentine (South Florida) at the Seminole Intercollegiate, and Marco Iten (Austin Peay), who took co-champion honors at the Talis Park Challenge. With so many fantastic finishes these past two weeks, the IJGT community is thrilled to present you with this full list of Top-10 finishers:

Darius Rucker Intercollegiate – March 7-9, 2014 – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Simin Feng (Vanderbilt), a three-time Top-10 finisher on the IJGT, tied for third place, shooting a 1-under-par 212.

Stephanie Meadow (Alabama), the Girls 15-19 Champion at the 2009 IJGT Tournament of Champions, also tied for third with a 1-under-par 212.

Marta Sanz (Auburn), who had a fourth-place IJGT finish at Palmetto Hall in 2008, tied for ninth place with a 4-over-par 217.

Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters – March 8-9, 2014 – Las Vegas, Nevada

Jonathan Garrick (UCLA), a two-time IJGT Top-10 finisher, tied for second place, shooting a 3-over-par 219.

Carl Jonson (UNLV), a Top-5 finisher on the IJGT, tied for eighth place with a 4-over-par 220 total.

Rio Verde Invitational – March 8-9, 2014 – Rio Verde, Arizona

Jacquie LeMarr (Northern Arizona), a seventh-place finisher at the 2010 IJGT event at Wigwam, finished with a 9-over-par 222, tying her for third place.

Alexa Schendelman (Montana), who earned a fifth-place IJGT finish in 2012 at Wigwam, tied for ninth with a 12-over-par 225.

Bandon Dunes Championship – March 9-11, 2014 – Bandon, Oregon

Matt Hansen (UC-Davis), the 2009 IJGT Champion at Sandpiper GC, placed second with a 2-under-par 211.

Tommy Economou (Rice Univ.), who placed second in 2005 on the IJGT at Bayonet & Black Horse, finished in a tie for seventh place, shooting a 4-over-par 217.

Tiger Invitational – March 10-11, 2014 – Opelika, Alabama

J.T. Poston (Western Carolina), the 2009 IJGT Champion at Ballantyne Resort, tied for fifth place with a 5-under-par 211.

Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic – March 10-11, 2014 – Chula Vista, California

Danny Guise (Wake Forest), the 201o IJGT Champion at Long Island National, finished tied for third place with a 6-under-par 210.

Eric Sugimoto (Southern Cal), the 2008 IJGT Champion at Terra Lago, tied for sixth place, finishing with a 2-under-par 214.

Noori Hyun (Michigan), the 2009 IJGT Champion at Hershey Links GC, tied for eighth place, shooting a 1-under-par 215.

Fresno State Golf Classic – March 10-11, 2014 – Fresno, California

CHAMPION: Jordan Epstein (UC-Santa Barbara), the second-place finisher on the IJGT at La Costa Resort, claimed the victory with a 1-over-par 214.

Univ. of North Florida Intercollegiate – March 10-11, 2014 – Jacksonville, Florida

Olivia Landino (Western Carolina), the 2011 IJGT Major Champion at the World Golf Village, tied for seventh place with a 14-over-par 230.

Southeastern Collegiate – March 10-11, 2014 – Valdosta, Georgia

Bryan Fox (Georgia College), a 2009 Top-10 finisher on the IJGT at Reynolds Plantation, finished in second place with a 5-under-par 211.

Ernesto Vitienes (Lynn University), the 2010 IJGT Mid-Season Champion at the World Golf Village, finished with a 2-under-par 214 score to take third place.

Border Olympics – March 13-15, 2014 – Laredo, Texas

Jerry Ruiz (Baylor), the 2007 IJGT Champion at Palmetto Hall Plantation, finished the tournament with a 5-under-par 211 to take second place.

Eduardo Castiello (Oklahoma),  a Top-3 finisher on the IJGT at Kiawah Island, finished tied for tenth place with a 2-over-par 218.

3M Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate – March 14-15, 2014 – Augusta Georgia

Simin Feng (Vanderbilt), a Top-10 finisher at the 2006 IJGT Tour Championship, earned a third-place finish with a 6-over-par 222.

SunTrust Gator Women’s Invitational – March 14-16, 2014 – Gainesville, Florida

Jennifer Ha (Kent State), who placed second on the IJGT in 2009 at Wigwam Resort, tied for fifth place with a 6-over-par 216.

Seminole Intercollegiate – March 14-16, 2014 – Tallahassee, Florida

CHAMPION: Trey Valentine (South Florida), who had a second-place finish in 2004 on the IJGT at Sea Pines, won with a 6-under-par 210.

Hans Reimers (Mercer), a second-place finisher in 2007 on the IJGT at Sunriver Resort, finished in second place with a 5-under-par 211.

Rigel Fernandes (South Florida), a Top-10 finisher in 2006 on the IJGT at Championsgate, tied for third place with a 3-under-par 213.

Bailey Patrick (North Carolina), a Top-20 finisher in 2008 on the IJGT at Pinecrest, finished in a tie for eighth place with a 2-under-par 214.

James Madison Univ.-Eagle Landing Invitational – March 14-16, 2014 – Orange Park, Florida

Andi Slane (Delaware), who had four Top-10 finishes on the IJGT, tied for fourth place with a 4-over-par 220 total.

Jekyll Island Women’s Collegiate – March 14-16, 2014 – Jekyll Island, Georgia

Elizabeth Cheng (Hollins Univ.), a Top-5 finisher in 2009 on the IJGT at Greenbrier Resort, finished in a tie for eighth place with fellow IJGT ELITE member, Elizabeth Kim (Oglethorpe Univ.), who had a Top-10 IJGT finish in 2007 at Savannah Harbor. Cheng and Kim finished with an 18-over-par 234.

Jekyll Island Men’s Collegiate Invitational – March 14-16, 2014 – Jekyll Island, Georgia

Jeff Wells (Methodist Univ.), who finished in third in 2008 on the IJGT at Twin Oaks GC, finished with a 1-under-par 215 to take fifth place.

Schenkel Invitational – March 15-16, 2014 – Statesboro, Georgia

Beau Hossler (Texas), a 2007 IJGT Champion at the PGA of Southern California, tied for tenth place with a 1-under-par 215.

National Invitational Tournament – March 15-16, 2014 – Tucson, Arizona

Brandon Hagy (California), who had three Top-10 finishes on the IJGT, shot a 7-under-par 209 to take fifth place.

Carl Jonson (UNLV), who earned a fourth-place finish in 2005 on the IJGT at the Nike Series Championship, finished tied for sixth place with a 6-under-par 210.

A.J. McInerney (UNLV), who had seven Top-3 finishes on the IJGT, recorded a 4-under-par 212 to finish in a tie for tenth place.

Talis Park Challenge – March 16-17, 2014 – Naples, Florida

CO-CHAMPION: Marco Iten (Austin Peay), a fourth-place finisher in 2010 on the IJGT at Saddlebrook Resort, tied for individual medalist honors with a 1-under-par 215.

Niall Platt (Notre Dame), a two-time Top-5 finisher on the IJGT, finished in a tie for third place with a score of 1-over-par 217.

David Mills (Indiana), who finished in the Top-10 at Colleton River on the IJGT, tied for ninth place after finishing with a 5-over-par 221.

Jackrabbit Invitational – March 17-18, 2014 – Primm, Nevada

Carl Jonson (UNLV), who earned a fourth-place finish in 2005 on the IJGT at the Nike Series Championship, finished in fourth place with a 3-under-par 213 total.

A.J. McInerney (UNLV), the 2006 IJGT Champion at Rancho Bernardo, finished in sixth place, shooting a 1-under-par 215.

Matt Every

Matt Every cards his first victory at the Arnold Palmer Invite – IJGT ELITE

Matt Every

Matt Every crowned Champion at Arnold Palmer Invite
Photo Credit: GolfDigest

Matt Every played in 91 PGA Tour events, and never had the pleasure of holding the trophy at the end. That all changed this past weekend on March 23rd, when Every won the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill by two strokes, shooting a 13-under 275 for the win. Every, an IJGT Champion, had a long road ahead of him going into the final round, down by nine strokes to eventual third-place finisher Adam Scott. Scott had a monumental collapse in the final round, and Every’s 2-under 70 on the final day was enough to pull him ahead of Scott and Keegan Bradley. Every had to watch anxiously as Bradley charged in the final holes, including a 30-foot birdie putt to send the tournament into a potential playoff between Every and Bradley. Bradley sent the putt left of the hole, sealing Every’s first PGA Tour victory.

Every played on the IJGT for several years, carding two top-10 finishes at the IJGT Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla. He was consistently in the top-10 in his tournaments, including his 1998 victory on the IJGT at Palm Coast Resort. Every also competed on the Golf Channel’s Big Break in 2007 after finishing his NCAA career at the University of Florida. The IJGT community has followed Every’s career from the very beginning, and we continue to enjoy seeing the success that has followed him all of these years after our events. We are proud to call him an alumni, and are thrilled with his well-earned initial PGA Tour victory. Congrats Matt, and good luck at the Masters!

Katia Joo

Katia Joo Ties for Win at Kiawah Island Classic – IJGT ELITE

Katia Joo

Katia Joo
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Katia Joo (Boston College) took home a share of the individual title at the Kiawah Island Classic on March 5, 2014, shooting a 4-over-par 220 to help lead Boston College to a 15th place out of 36 teams. Joo had consistent scores across the three-day tournament, shooting a 72, 73 and 75 on the tournament to tie with Kent State University’s Wad Phaewchimplee.

Katia Joo had six top-10 finishes on the IJGT, including a second-place finish in 2009 at Sandpiper Golf Club where she shot the low round on the final day of competition. Joo’s excellent accomplishment is a source of pride for the IJGT ELITE community and we are excited to watch her achievements this season! Congratulations Katia!

Lawrence Ree

Lawrence Ree is Co-Champion at Sacramento State Invite – IJGT ELITE

Lawrence Ree

Lawrence Ree wins the 2014 Sacramento State Invite
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Lawrence Ree (Loyola Marymount), in his freshman year, competed as an individual at the recent Sacramento State Invitational where he made the most of his opportunity. With a 4-under-par 212, Ree tied for the individual medalist honors on March 4, 2014, in Elk Grove, Calif. With a final-round even-par 72, Ree held on to the lead until Ben Kreuger of the University of Northern Colorado caught up with him in the final round to tie for first place. Ree’s consistently low rounds of 70, 70 and 72 put him in the lead early on in the tournament.

Ree was a consistent top-10 finisher on the IJGT, with four top-10 finishes in his IJGT career. The IJGT is proud to see him successful in just his first collegiate year and his consistent play is a testament to the type of competitor Ree truly is. We wish him luck in the rest of the season, and look forward to following his collegiate career! Congratulations Lawrence!

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee Roars Back for Win at Del Walker Intercollegiate – IJGT ELITE

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee wins the 18th Del Walker Intercollegiate
Photo Credit: John Fajardo/LBSU

Kevin Lee (Long Beach State), a sophomore, began the final day tied for 10th, and with a lot of ground to cover on the leaderboard. His 7-under-par 63 on the day was just enough to make up all of that ground, giving him the one-stroke lead for the win at the 18th Del Walker Intercollegiate on March 4, 2014 in Long Beach, Calif. Beginning the day at 1-under-par, Lee fired the low round for the day, and the tournament, making four birdies in a row on the back nine to finish with seven birdies and not a single bogey. He finished the tournament with an 8-under-par 202. His low-round 63 was also a course record, and helped Lee to win his first collegiate title.

Kevin Lee competed on the IJGT in 2007, recording a Top-10 finish at Twin Oaks. Kevin’s first collegiate win is a major milestone, and the IJGT is thrilled to celebrate Kevin’s achievement and immense final round. We will be following Kevin’s career closely, like we do all of our IJGT ELITE members, and cannot wait to see what is next in his collegiate career! Congrats Kevin!