British Open Proves Challenging for IJGT Alums

This weekend one of the most prestigious events of the year, the British Open hosted by Royal Troon Golf Course, came to a historic end. Royal Troon Golf Course is a links style course which requires accurate shots to be made throughout the round. The front nine is easier than the back, as a strong wind comes into play. The IJGT was well represented during the British Open, as six alumnus took part in the event.

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Webb Simpson, courtesy of http://4.bp.blogspot.com/

 

 

Scotland, the land of golf, was the perfect venue for such a significant event. IJGT junior golfers are eligible to earn points to play in the land of golf and experience the status of European courses. The Race to Scotland features courses like the Old Course at St. Andrews, North Berwick GC, Archerfield Links, Gullane GC, and Muirfield GC. These courses will challenge the junior golfers, much like the Royal Troon challenged the professionals. For each tournament played in, points will be awarded to the top golfers in each division, and then will be redeemable for the trip.

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IJGT Race to Scotland 2016

 

The field was composed of the best players in the world, and among them were IJGT Alum. Webb Simpson was not a stranger to this tournament, this was his fourth appearance in the British Open. He finished with a 4-over total which earned him a tie for 39th. In 2011, Simpson had his best finish at the British Open, finishing tied for 16th at Royal St. George’s after being on tour for just three years. During his time playing in IJGT tournaments, he placed 7th in the tournament at Pinehurst Course No. 5 in February of 1999.

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Rickie Fowler, courtesy of http://blog.golfballs.com/

Rickie Fowler, who made his 6th British Open appearance, had a difficult third round, finishing 5-over, to score a 6-over total, tied for 46th. Fowler was arguably the most well-known IJGT alum, he won the IJGT tournament at Westin Keirland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona in April 2003. His best finish was at Royal Liverpool in 2014, where he carded a 15-under earning him a second place finish.

Kevin Chappell, Daniel Summerhays, and Jamie Lovemark all made their debut at the 2016 British Open and as rookies, and had fantastic finishes. Chappell carded a 7-over total finishing tied for 53rd while Summerhays shot a 9-over total, ultimately tying for 59th place. Jamie Lovemark had a great first round finishing 3 over, but the Royal Troon proved to be too difficult as his second round (81) put him outside of the cut line.

The IJGT is very excited to continue following their alums and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors!

IJGT alumna, Erynne Lee, wins Symetra Tour's IOA Championship

IJGT alumna, Erynne Lee of Silverdale, Wash., won the Symetra Tour’s IOA Championship Presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa with a tournament total of 11-under, 205. This was the opening tournament of the 2016 Symetra Tour season and was Lee’s debut performance on the Symetra Tour.

Erynne Lee wins the Symetra Tour's IOA Championship (photo credit - Symetra Tour)

Erynne Lee wins the Symetra Tour’s IOA Championship (photo credit – Symetra Tour)

Lee was trailing by four strokes heading into the final round, but she had all cylinders firing en route to a 7-under, 65 in the final round. Her round included six birdies and one eagle, and Lee needed everyone of them to outlast Jessica Wallace of Langley, British Columbia, for the title.

“I worked really hard during the winter time and hard work is paying off,” commented Lee.

With victory Lee guarantees herself full status on the Symetra Tour for the rest of the 2016 season. She also sits in the top position on the Volvik Race to the Card Standings. At the conclusion of the 2016 season, the top 10 players will earn their 2017 LPGA cards.

Erynee Lee (photo credit - Symetra Tour)

Erynee Lee (photo credit – Symetra Tour)

As a junior on the IJGT, Lee finished in second place at the 2005 IJGT at Sandpiper.

IJGT Alumni shine on PGA and LPGA Tour

It was a very strong week for IJGT Alumni on the major professional tours. The PGA Tour stop this week was at Sea Island Resort in Sea Island, Ga., for The RSM Classic. The top ten saw four IJGT Alumni finishers with the highest finishing in second place. Kevin Chappell finished in second place (-16), Jon Curran finished in fourth (-13), Scott Stallings finished T9 (-10), and Jamie Lovemark finished T9 (-10). For Kevin Chappell, this was his fourth event of the season and his first top 10 finish.

Kevin Chappell, PGA Tour

Kevin Chappell, PGA Tour

The LPGA Tour was in Naples, Fla., this past weekend for The CME Group Championship hosted at the Tiburon Golf Club. IJGT Alumni Sydnee Michaels finished T7 in the event. For Michaels this is her second top 20 finish in as many weeks. This was the final tournament for the LPGA Tour this calendar year. The ladies will return to action in 2016 at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.

Sydnee Michaels, LPGA Tour

Sydnee Michaels, LPGA Tour

Three professional IJGT Alumni place in Top 20

Mariajo Uribe finished T-6 at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational Presented by Banamex and JTBC. The tournament was held at Club de Golf Mexico, located in Mexico City, Mexico.

Mariajo Uribe, LPGA Tour

Mariajo Uribe, LPGA Tour

Mariajo has been playing on the LPGA Tour professionally since 2009. During that time she has put together a successful career on tour with nine top 10 finishes with her best finish prior to this past weekend being a T-7 finish at the 2010 LPGA Tour Championship.

Before turning pro, Mariajo Uribe played her collegiate golf at UCLA. In two years Mariajo played in 21 tournaments for the Bruins in which she won three tournaments and finished top 10 11 times.

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Sydnee Michaels finished T-16 at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational Prestented by Banamex and JTBC.

Sydnee Michaels, LPGA Tour

Sydnee Michaels, LPGA Tour

Before turning pro in 2012, Sydnee Michaels played college at UCLA. In her four years at UCLA she competed in 41 tournaments. In those 41 tournaments she had 13 top 10 finishes and had two victories.

Sydnee Michaels has been on the LPGA Tour since 2012. While she is yet to have a victory on the LPGA Tour, she has had a successful career, carding three top 10 finishes. Michaels best finish to date was at the 2015 Yokahama Tire LPGA Classic where she finished T-4.

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Zac Blair of Ogden, Utah, finished in a tie for 10th on the PGA Tour this past weekend. The OHL Classic at Mayakoba was held at El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

Zac Blair, PGA Tour

Zac Blair, PGA Tour

Blair was a four-year standout for the BYU Cougars. Throughout his four-year career he played in 49 tournaments. Out of those 49 tournaments Blair had 31 Top 20 finishes and had an average strokes per round of 71.44.

Blair turned pro after his college career ended in 2014. In his first full year on the PGA Tour, 2015, Blair played in 34 events. Out of those 34 events, he made 20 cuts, had eight top 25’s, and two top 10 finishes.

IJGT Alumni Power USC to East Lake Cup

Three IJGT Alumni powered No. 3 ranked University of Southern California to a victory at the East Lake Cup, held at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga. Robyn Ree, Karen Chung, and Kyung Kim all helped in leading the Trojans to victory.

Day two featured match play between the Trojans and the Duke Bluedevils. Karen Chung beat Celine Boutier 4&2, winning four of the final five holes to clinch the point for the Trojans. Kyung Kim and Gurbani Singh were all square making the turn, but Kim was able to win 3 straight holes and held on to win 2 up on 17. Robyn Ree fell to Duke’s Virginia Elena Carter 2&1. Ree was 3 down on 14 and go it to 1 down after 16 but lost 17 to lose the match.

Karen Chung, University of Southern California

Karen Chung, University of Southern California

East Lake Cup Finals Results—USC 4, Duke 1

Virginia Elena Carta (Duke) def. Robyn Ree (USC), 2&1

Karen Chung (USC) def. Celine Boutier (Duke), 4&2

Kyung Kim (USC) def. Gurbani Singh (Duke), 3&1

Gabriella Then (USC) def. Leona Maguire (Duke), 1up

Tiffany Chan(USC) def. Sandy Choi (Duke), 3&2

 

In addition to the strong finish of the Trojan woman, two other collegiate IJGT Alumni also had strong performances in their respective tournaments:

Jonathon Garrick of UCLA finished 4 at the Gifford Collegiate held at La Costa Golf Course (November 2 -4)

Jonathon Hardee of Alabama finished T4 at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational held at Makai Golf Club at Princeville (November 2-4)

Photos and stats for this article are from usctrojans.com

IJGT Alumni Shine at Western Refining College All-American

The International Junior Golf Tour had three alumni shine at the Western Refining College All-American which took place November 7-8, at El Paso Country Club.

Zach Jaworski, a current senior at Vanderbilt University, earned the victory after putting together a solid 3 day performance of 71-69-67 for a 6 under 207 total. Jaworski won the event by shooting the best final day score, 67, and holding off Vanderbilt teammate Matthias Schwab, who finished in a three way tie for second place.

Zach Jaworski, Vanderbilt

Zach Jaworski, Vanderbilt

Jaworski struggled in the middle of his round with bogeys on 7 and 8. He recovered strongly over the last ten holes, where he carded 4 birdies and 6 pars. This is what Jaworski told Golfstat.com following his round, “Off the tee I wasn’t as solid as I would have liked, but around the greens I got the putter going and got hot. I made a lot of birdies coming in and a 32 on the back nine really did it.”

Two other IJGT Alumni had successful showing in the tournament. Zach Wright of LSU finished in three way tie for second and Beau Hossler finished tied for fifth. Hossler started the in 11th place but was able to card his eighth round under par for the season which helped move him into a tie for 5th.

 

Stats, quotes, and photoes courtesy of vucommodores.com, golfstat.com, and hookem.com

IJGT Alumni Update – November 4, 2015

IJGT alumni competing in college golf have been finishing their Fall 2015 season strongly. Here are top 10 IJGT alumni finishers from the last week of collegiate competition:

The PGA Tour’s stop this week was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Five IJGT alumni competed in the CIMB Classic held at Kuala Lumpur G&CC (October 29 – November 1). Here is how they finished:

  • Daniel Summerhays – T14
  • Kevin Chappel – T29
  • Zac Blair – T43
  • Jon Curran – T53
  • Matt Every – 72nd

Congrats to all of the IJGT alumni that performed well last week.

IJGT alumnus, Rickie Fowler, wins Deutsche Bank Championship

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

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

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

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

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

IJGT alumna, Annie Park, wins Symetra Tour’s Toyota Danielle Downey Classic

IJGT alumna, Annie Park of Levittown, N.Y., was victorious at the Symetra Tour’s Toyota Danielle Downey Classic on July 19, 2015 in Rochester, N.Y. This was the former University of Southern California standout’s first professional victory. Park finished with a tournament total of 16-under 272 to win by one stroke of Vicky Hurst. Park was the only player to record four rounds in the 60s, and opened and closed the tournament with identical scores of 4-under 68.

Annie Park wins the Symetra Tour's Toyota Danielle Downing Classic (photo credit - www.newsday.com)

Annie Park wins the Symetra Tour’s Toyota Danielle Downing Classic (photo credit – www.newsday.com)

Park is in her rookie year on the Symetra Tour after earning status in 2014 LPGA Qualifying School. She currently sits 15th in the Volvik Race for the Card, where the top-10 players will earn their 2016 LPGA Cards. With a few more solid finishes on tour, Park will be in position to grab one of the coveted spots.

In her junior days, Park played many IJGT events across the country winning three tournaments in 2006. She won at Duke University Golf Club, Crystal Springs Resort, and Architects Golf Club.

IJGT alumnus, Martin Piller, wins Web.com's Albertsons Boise Open

Martin Piller, a native of Dallas, Texas, won the Web.com Tour’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco with a tournament score of 28-under 256. This was the second lowest score in the history of the Web.com Tour, and it gave his a six-stroke victory, which propelled him to fourth on the Web.com Tour money list. This is a significant victory for Piller, as it guarantees him his PGA Tour card for the 2015-2016 season. It will be his first permanent status on the PGA Tour since 2011. This is Piller’s fourth career Web.com Tour victory.

Fellow IJGT alumnus, Michael Kim finished in a tie for fifth place at the tournament.

To read more about Piller’s victory click here.

Martin Piller wins Web.com Tour's Boise Open (photo credit - Golfweek)

Martin Piller wins Web.com Tour’s Boise Open (photo credit – Golfweek)

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