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

AJGA Performance Stars in IJGT tournaments – Spring 2016

The 2016 Spring Schedule will provide many opportunities for IJGT members to earn American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Performance Based Entry. This Spring there will be at a minimum 207 AJGA Performance Based Stars available for top finishers in IJGT tournaments. Navigating the junior golf scene can be challenging with the many different tours, entry qualifications, and ranking systems. As a company, we value honesty and transparency with our members and their families. Below is a breakdown of how to understand the AJGA Performance Based Entry system in relation to IJGT events.

What are AJGA Performance Stars?

AJGA Performance Stars are a mechanism by which the AJGA determines its tournament fields. You can earn AJGA Performance Stars in many different ways, one of which is through the IJGT tournaments.

Who is eligible to earn AJGA Performance Stars in IJGT tournaments?

Top finishers in select tournaments will be granted AJGA Performance Stars.

How do I determine what AJGA Performance Stars are guaranteed in IJGT tournaments?

On each IJGT tournament page there is a section title “AJGA Performance Based Entry.” We will list all guaranteed AJGA Performance Stars here, as well as which specific top finishers will earn them.

Are there any other opportunities to earn AJGA Performance Stars on the IJGT?

Yes, all IJGT events have the capacity to earn more AJGA Performance Stars either through the Top 10% rule (listed below) or by retroactively receiving AJGA Performance Stars from the AJGA. This may occur when the field size reaches 40 players in the Boys 15-19 Division and 12 players in the Girls Division.

*Top 10% Rule – For stroke play events in which the Champion earns 4 Performance Stars, the AJGA will also recognize the top 10% of the corresponding field provided that event has 55+ boys or 30+ girls.

 

Have more questions or still don’t quite understand? Don’t worry, you can contact the IJGT staff at any time to discuss. We also provide a limited number of tournament schedule consultations to families that want assistance in putting together the best possible tournament schedule for their son or daughter. Contact IJGT, Chief Executive Officer, Kyle Wolfe for more information at kyle.wolfe@ijgt.com or 843-384-1682.

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

Tournament Exemption – Sea Pines Junior Heritage

Sea Pines Junior Heritage Exemption Banner

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is committed to providing its members with the finest playing opportunities in the world. Again this year, the IJGT will be awarding an exemption into the Sea Pines Junior Heritage. Here are the details:

Who: Boys 15 – 19 Division and Girls Division

What: 2016 Sea Pines Junior Heritage

When: February 6-7, 2016

Where: Heron Point and Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines Resort

How: The Boys 15-19 Division and Girls Division IJGA Invitational Champions will receive exemptions to the 2016 Sea Pines Junior Heritage

 

About the Sea Pines Junior Heritage
The Sea Pines Junior Heritage is one of the most prestigious and competitive two day 36 hole events held annually at the Sea Pines Resort on the Pete Dye designed Heron Point and Harbour Town Golf Links.  The tournament crowned it’s first individual champion in 1989 when Hans Albertson took the boys title with a 36-hole score of 144. Vicki Goetze had the low score for the girls with a 148, even though an official girl’s champion was not crowned until 1990.  Past champions include current and past PGA and LPGA Tour players like; Kyle Stanley, Ty Tryon and Paula Creamer.

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.

Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn – Final Results

Galdin earns third title in Boys 15-19 Division

Kuchakulla collects first victory at Mission Inn

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing 20 countries and seven different states competed in the 36-hole Major Championship for double IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings.

Lino Galdin of Nesmy, France, was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division at Mission Inn Resort after he carded a tournament total of 3-over, 147. Galdin put himself in good position after 18 holes, firing a 2-over, 74 in the opening round. This left Galdin only one stroke back of first-round leader Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan.

Lino Galdin wins the Boys 15-19 Division of the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn

Lino Galdin wins the Boys 15-19 Division in the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn

During the final round on the El Campeon Course at Mission Inn Resort, weather conditions became challenging with the wind picking up with gusts of over 20 mph. Galdin was able to get off to a steady start and turn in 1-over, par 36 to maintain a one-stroke lead heading into the back nine. After a double-bogey on hole No. 11, Galdin temporarily gave up the lead, but bounced back with birdies on holes Nos. 13 and 17 to finish one stroke ahead of the field and claim the title. This was Galdin’s first Major Championship and third victory of the Fall 2015 Season.

“I was striking the ball well this tournament,” commented Galdin.

Finishing in second place at the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn was Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, with a tournament total of 148. Ogawa fired an even-par, 72 in the final round earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes the boy and girl who record the lowest final-round score in every IJGT tournament. This was also the lowest score of the tournament regardless of division.

There was a three-way tie for third place with a tournament score of 152 between Ono, Takahiro Nojima of Shibuya-Ku, Japan, and HaoHua Zhang of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

In the Girls Division, newcomer Navika Kuchakulla of Orlando, Fla., earned the Laurel Springs School Major Championship crown with a tournament score of 5-over, 151. Kuchakulla earned the victory in comeback fashion with a final-round score of even-par, 73. Her final-round score also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, and it represented the lowest score of the tournament in the Girls Division.

Navika Kuchakulla wins the Girls Division at the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn

Navika Kuchakulla wins the Girls Division in the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn

Kuchakulla started the day trailing first-round leader Ximena Gonzalez of Queretaro, Mexico, by only stroke. Kuchakalla’s deficit actually widened to three strokes after the front nine in the final round. She put on a clinic to close out the tournament making three birdies and six pars to finish with a 3-under, 34 on the back nine. This outstanding performance vaulted her into first place and gave Kuchakalla the Girls Division title.

“It feels very good to play my first event and play well enough to win. The first day the conditions were tough, but today I adapted well to the course,” said Kuchakalla.

Gonzalez finished in second place with a tournament score of 154. Tracy Lee of Seoul, South Korea, ended the event in third place with a tournament total of 155.

Shoichiro Sakamoto of Japan, was crowned the Laurel Springs School Major Champion in the Boys 14 & Under Division after finishing with a tournament total of 171. This was the first IJGT title for Sakamoto, who had previously finished runner-up in the 2015 Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters.

Shoichiro Sakamoto wins the Boys 14 & Under Division in the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn

Shoichiro Sakamoto wins the Boys 14 & Under Division in the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn

Sakamoto build a four-stroke lead going into the final round. He was able to increase his lead and finished with a 12-stroke victory. His final round was highlighted by a birdie on hole No. 14.

“I enjoyed playing in the nice weather. I’m glad it did not rain. I thought I was hitting the ball well,” commented Sakamoto.

Tiger Tao of Shanghai, China, finished in second place with a tournament total of 183. Luca Jumabhoy of Sydney, Australia, took home third place after recording a tournament score of 187.

The IJGT will be back in action at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 26-28, 2015. This annual event features 54 holes of golf on PGA Tour tested courses along with AJGA Performance Stars, National Rankings, and IJGT Merit Points. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

About Laurel Springs School
Laurel Springs School is a fully accredited, private online school for students K-12. Founded in 1991, Laurel Springs School offers challenging and flexible programs for students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. With college prep academics, they have a 91% college acceptance rate. Laurel Spring’s graduates enter the most selective colleges and universities of their choice in the U.S. and throughout the world.

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.

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – Final-round results of the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 15, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,617 yards, Par 72 (72.1/135). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,029 yards, Par 73 (69.2/125). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,853 yards, Par 73 (75.0/138).

Weather:       
Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the high 70’s with 15-20 mph winds
Round 2: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 70’s with 15-20 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn
Howey-in-the-Hills Fla.
November 14-15, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,617 yards, Par 72
1. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *74-73–147
2. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *76-72–148
3. HaoHua Zhang, Howey in the Hills, FL *76-76–152
3. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *76-76–152
3. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *73-79–152
6. Julio Bello, Valencia, Venezuela *77-76–153
6. Zaffar Sikkander, Nawala, Sri Lanka *76-77–153
8. Ren Morishita, Orlando, FL *80-75–155
8. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China *77-78–155
10. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *77-79–156
11. Jack O’Donovan, Pittsford, NY *78-79–157
11. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *76-81–157
13. Tsukasa Kimishima, Fukuoka, Japan *80-78–158
13. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *79-79–158
15. Jasper Lee, Taipei, Taiwan *84-75–159
15. Connor Downey, Franklin, TN *78-81–159
15. Jose Haces, Puebla, Mexico *76-83–159
18. Tianyu Wu, Beijing, China *80-80–160
18. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *76-84–160
20. Juan Felix, Culiacan, Mexico *81-80–161
20. Jaydon Pang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *80-81–161
20. Philip Chen, Taiwan, Taipei *77-84–161
23. Paolo Wong, La Trinidad, Philippines *84-78–162
24. Yuhan Yan, Shanghai, China *80-84–164
25. Alejandro Guillen, Mexico City, Mexico *84-82–166
25. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *78-88–166
27. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China *79-89–168
28. David Yang, Taipei, Taiwan *87-82–169
29. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *86-84–170
30. Antonio Miguel, Puebla, Mexico *86-85–171
31. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *89-84–173
32. Daniel Song, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *93-82–175
33. Wenyao Zhang, China *83-93–176
34. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *85-92–177
35. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *92-89–181
36. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Managua, Nicaragua *91-91–182
36. Alexander Hollmann, Frankfurt, Germany *89-93–182
38. Greg Shen, Vancouver, Canada *90-95–185
39. Max Castaneda, Mexico City, Mexico *91-97–188
39. Gabriel Han, Beijing, China *87-101–188
41. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *103-114–217

DID NOT FINISH
Matej Malicek, Bratislava, Slovakia, *78-WD

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,029 yards, Par 73
1. Shoichiro Sakamoto, Japan *85-86–171
2. Tiger Tao, Shanghai, China *89-94–183
3. Luca Jumabhoy, Sydney, Australia *96-91–187

Girls Division – Gold Tees, 5,853 yards, Par 73
1. Navika Kuchakulla, Orlando, FL *78-73–151
2. Ximena Gonzalez, Queretaro, Mexico *77-77–154
3. Tracy Lee, Seoul, South Korea *80-75–155
4. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *81-78–159
5. Yukie Sasaki, Hiroshima, Japan *82-78–160
6. Betty Horaney, Longview, TX *89-92–181
7. Kaitlyn Lee, Scarsdale, NY *99-83–182
8. Emily Ma, Changzhi, Taiwan *95-89–184

DID NOT FINISH
Ana Sofia Meneses, Bogota, Colombia *WD

 

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.

Pennsylvania Junior at Out Door Country Club – Final Results

Bennett fires 1-under, 71 to win title

Simpson collects first victory in Girls Division

YORK, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the Pennsylvania Junior at Out Door Country Club. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing four different states competed in the 36-hole tournament for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings.

Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., earned the Boys 15-19 Division title with a superb final round of competition. Heading into the final round only one stroke back of first-round leader, MJ Bricker of York, Pa., Bennett knew that victory was well within his reach if he played to his capabilities.

Ford Bennett won the Boys 15-19 Division at the Pennsylvania Junior at Out Door CC

Ford Bennett won the Boys 15-19 Division at the Pennsylvania Junior at Out Door CC

In the final round, both players got off to solid starts with Bricker making the turn in 1-over, 37 and Bennett in 2-over, 38. Bennett, who trailed by two strokes heading into the last nine holes, got hot very quickly making four birdies on the back nine, including three in a row from holes Nos. 12-14. Bennett wound up shooting a 1-under, par 71 in the final round and finished with a tournament total of 148 which gave him a five-stroke victory.

Bennett’s final-round score of 1-under, 71 was the lowest round of the tournament in any division, and also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the boy and girl who record the lowest final-round score at every IJGT tournament.

“I was one shot behind and I wanted to come out and shoot a low number. If I didn’t win it’s ok. I just wanted to have fun,” said Bennett.

Bricker finished in second place with a tournament total of 153. There was a tie for third place between Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., and Jairus Gaines of Baltimore, Md., who recorded tournament scores of 155.

In the Girls Division, Charlotte Simpson of Towson, Md., was victorious after carding a tournament score of 164. Simpson built a large lead in the first round after she carded an 82 in cold and challenging conditions at Out Door Country Club. Simpson did not get off to a great start in the final round, but she rebounded quickly and saved her best for last carding a 39 on her back nine including a birdie on hole No. 14. Simpson ended the day with another 82 and the victory was her first of the 2015-2016 season equaling her total number of victories from the 2014-2015 season.

Charlotte Simpson won the Girls Division at the Pennsylvania Junior at Out Door CC

Charlotte Simpson won the Girls Division at the Pennsylvania Junior at Out Door CC

“I’m pretty happy with how I played, especially with the weather conditions,” commented Simpson.

Kendel Abrams of New Freedom, Pa., earned second place after carding a tournament score of 170. Finishing in third place was Cailey Roman of York, Pa., with a total score of 218.

Abrams and Simpson both earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division with their scores of 82 on the final day.

The IJGT will take a week off before traveling to Howey in the Hills, Fla.., for the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn Resort on Nov. 14-15, 2015. The second Major Championship of the Fall 2015 Season 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 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.

YORK, Pa. – Final-round results of the Pennsylvania Junior at Out Door Country Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 1, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,862 yards, Par 72 (72.8/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,804 yards, Par 72 (72.6/126).

Weather:       
Round 1: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 50’s with 5-10 mph winds
Round 2: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the high 50’s with 10-15 mph winds

  

International Junior Golf Tour
Pennsylvania Junior Open
York, PA
October 31 – November 1, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,862 yards, Par 72
1. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *77-71–148
2. MJ Bricker, York, PA *76-77–153
3. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *81-74–155
3. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *78-77–155
5. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *77-79–156
6. Kevin Scherr, Nazareth, PA *77-82–159
7. Austin Steckler, Glen Arm, MD *79-81–160
8. Luke Fayocavitz, Clarks Summit, PA *81-81–162
8. Charles Young II, Woodstock, MD *79-83–162
10. Trevor Hogan, Auburn, NY *85-79–164
11. Hunter Marshall, Pittsburgh, PA *84-82–166
12. Jack Martinides, Newtown, PA *86-83–169
12. Matt Pawlak, North Tonawanda, NY *85-84–169
12. Davis Rosato, Villanova, PA *84-85–169
15. Ryan Miles, Greenwich, CT *85-85–170
15. Jonathan Giambalvo, York, PA *82-88–170
17. Chrales Blount, Baltimore, MD *89-96–185
18. Ryan Brennan, Media, PA *104-85–189

Girls Division- Green Tees, 5,804 yards, Par 72
1. Charlotte Simpson, Towson, MD *82-82–164
2. Kendel Abrams, New Freedom, PA *88-82–170
3. Cailey Roman, York, PA *116-102–218