68 Low Number in First Round of Faldo Series US Grand Final

Click here to see all the photos from Round 1 of the Faldo Series US Grand Final.

Yesterday, the first of three rounds of the Faldo Series US Grand Final presented by the International Junior Golf Tour had players from over 22 countries battling it out to earn their spot in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in 2018. Players from the four competitive divisions ended the day with a tight leaderboard heading into the final two rounds.

In the Boys U18 Division, Jairus Gaines and Ian Davis both shot 68 to be tied for the lead at 4-under-par. Gaines, a member of the Class of 2018 from Baltimore, MD, will be fighting for his 3rd IJGT win of the season – the previous two wins coming in his only two tournament starts at both Faldo Series Pennsylvania and New Jersey Championships. Gaines has been playing IJGT events since 2014 and has progressed from a scoring average of 87.5 in his first season to a scoring average of 71 this year.

Davis, who is only 14 years old playing in the older division, will be playing for his second win, after shooting 68, 73 to win the Disney Classic earlier in November.

Following close behind Gaines and Davis, Simone Collozza (Italy, 2019), Dongjin Park (South Korea, 2019) and Teddy Tetak (Slovakia, 2018) all shot 69 (-3) to be one stroke back going into the second round.

In the Boys U16 Division, Evan Owan, a member of the Class of 2019 from Germantown, MD shot 68 (-4) and holds a 1-stroke lead. Shooting 69 (-3) and in sole second place is Niels Schmidlin (Switzerland, 2019).

Annie Kim leads the Girls U18 Division after shooting 70 (-2). Kim is from South Korea and is a member of the Class of 2018. She has signed to play golf at Vanderbilt University next year.

2017 Girls Division Player of the Year, Ying-Ting Hsieh shot even-par 72 yesterday to lead the Girls U16 Division and will be playing for her 3rd win of the year.

Coverage of the Faldo Series US Grand Final will be available across International Junior Golf Tour social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For live leaderboard updates, visit bluegolf.ijgt.com or click here.

How Becoming a Role Model Begins with Junior Golf

Guest Post Contributed by Michael Weinhaus of Haus Rules Golf Engagement 

A role model is looked up to and revered by everyone else.  That should be the goal of every junior golfer, but what does it take besides knowing the rules? Check out how your junior golf experience can translate into becoming a role model.

Etiquette                                                                                                 

All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manor, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times.  To be specific, control your temper by not throwing clubs or using foul language.  It ruins your game and your fellow competitors or opponents game too.  In stroke-play it is your duty to protect the field.  Be aware of possible penalty situations.  If one occurs, find a rules official to handle it to prevent arguments.  Always report all rules situations at the scorer’s table before signing your scorecard.

Along that note, if you see a fellow competitor or opponent about to commit a rules violation, stop them as you would want them to do the same for you.   Make sure to say thank you to the tournament administrators, rules officials, teachers, and most of all your parents.

Become a Golf Rules Expert

Learn the rules and use them to your advantage.  You will be admired by rules officials, fellow competitors, and opponents. They are difficult to learn, but the reward might make the difference between winning a tournament or finishing in second place.  Know your options as you may receive more relief than you think from hazards, immovable obstructions, and so many other situations.

Never be afraid to ask questions to make sure you know how to do the right thing.

Integrity 

Integrity means doing the right thing when no one is watching.  It’s a personality trait that we admire by doing the right thing.  Not too long-ago Ernie Els thought his ball was embedded behind a green.  He followed the proper procedure to see if it was.  It was determined his ball was not embedded.    He replaced his ball and chipped in.  Ernie called a two-stroke penalty on himself for playing from a wrong place.  He said, “the ball came out too good, so I felt I didn’t quite probably put it back exactly where it should have.”  When asked why he called the penalty, he responded by saying “I know deep down the ball wasn’t quite where it should be and I wouldn’t be able to live with myself.” This exemplifies how Ernie Els is a role model, just by always doing the right thing.

Leadership

Inspire others to achieve their goals by example. Be passionate, it is contagious and the fastest way to earn respect.    Raise your hand first to volunteer.  If your schedule permits, be the first one to practice and the last to leave.  Take charge to help others in need by becoming their mentor.  You will make a difference in people’s lives, and there is nothing more rewarding in life.  As a leader, others will come to you for advice and help.  The comradery you create will lead to life-long friendships.  The doors you open as a leader are endless, and so are the opportunities you create to accomplish your goals.

Reputation

Reputation is what others think of you based on your character and actions.  A positive reputation is everything, you earn it and no one can take it away.  It will last a lifetime.   However, if you damage it, you can never get it back.  That too will last a lifetime.  Do not put yourself in a position where someone can question if you violate a rule on the golf course.  Off the golf course, be courteous.  Treat others the same way as you wish to be treated.  Do not take anything for granted, rather be grateful for the opportunities you have in front of you.  Always think ahead and the consequences of your actions to maintain the positive reputation you worked so hard to achieve.

If you already follow these principles you are a role model, if not become one.  Knowing the rules, Etiquette, Integrity, Leadership and Reputation, are the key ingredients to a life of success on and off the golf course.

Post-Event Recap – Island Open at Dolphin Head

Murata Makes his Mark; Wins Island Open
Murata goes wire-to-wire for 1st place, and first victory of season

Hilton Head Island, SC: The International Junior Golf Tour hosted the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club over the weekend. Coming out on top of the 36-hole competition is Kotaro Murata, who is a native of Matsuyama, Japan put together a stellar weekend on the course with scores of 69 and 71 for a 140 total. Marc Groenhuysen captures second place after a solid weekend with a 143 total. Sharing a tie for third place is Luis Martinez and Felix Van Kleef. Both finished with a total score of 146, Martinez shot scores of 77 and 69, while Van Kleef ended the weekend with scores of 74 and 72.

For the Girls Division, Sissi Wang captured her first victory of the Fall campaign after a weekend with scores of 80 and 77. Following her in second-place is One Kashima, who finished the weekend shooting an 82 and 84 respectively. Tying in third place is Stephania Vargas and Maria Fedorowycz. Vargas ended the weekend with scores of 89 and 83, while Fedorowycz tallied scores of 84 and 88, a total score of 172.

Click here to see all the photos from this weekend on our Facebook page.

The IJGT will return to action next weekend with hosting the Disney Classic at the Disney Resort-Palm Course on November 11-12. Players wishing to register for this event can do so before this Wednesday at 5:00 PM EST, click here to sign up.

Post Event Recap – Faldo Series New Jersey Championship

Gaines Continues Winning Ways; Takes First Place at The Architects


Jairus Gaines (Baltimore, MD) clinches his second win of the season and is looking forward to the  Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

Lopatcang, NJ: The International Junior Golf Tour continued its Fall campaign and concluded its final qualifier for the upcoming Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final, with the New Jersey Championship at The Architects Golf Club. Jairus Gaines, a 2018 grad from Baltimore, MD clinched first-place after the 36-hole tournament; his second win of the Fall season. Gaines put together scores of 71 and 73, for a 144 total, 2-over Par.


In second-place for the weekend is Luke Sample. The New York native stormed back Sunday with a low round of 69, going with his opening round of 76 for a total of 145. In a two-way tie for third-place are Jeremy Summerson and Andrew Perry. Summerson, of Victor, NY finished the weekend with scores of 75 and 74, while Perry put together rounds of 73 and 76, totaling their scores for 149, 7-over Par.


Over in the Girls Division, Inseo Huh, a 2020 graduate put together a solid weekend earning herself both the weekend victory, and qualifying for the Faldo Series Grand Final. Huh, a resident of Closter, NJ finished with a total score of 161, with scores of 79 and 82 for the weekend. Coming in second-place is Maya Torpey of Malvern, PA. The 2019 graduate opened the weekend with an 84, followed by a score of 80 for the final round. Finishing in third-place is Amisha Kalra, of Short Hills, NJ. Kalra finished the weekend with scores of 90 and 92, for a total of 182.

 

Click here for the full leaderboard from the weekend.

While the Faldo Series US Grand Final will take place Thanksgiving weekend, the IJGT continues its string of events next weekend in Hilton Head, SC, with the playing of the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club. To register for this event, or learn more about the IJGT and Faldo Series, please visit IJGT.com

College Placement Seminar at The Architects

This weekend, IJGT is hosting the Faldo Series New Jersey Championship at The Architects in Lopatcong, NJ. Along with the 2-day tournament, we are going to have a short presentation on College Golf and the recruiting process, where players can get valuable information on the recruiting process and have their questions answered on how to get a college golf scholarship.

Our speaker, John Brown, is a New Jersey native who for over 30 years has been a mover and shaker in the golf industry. John was a collegiate head coach for 12 years at Dickinson and Lafayette College, and is now working to help junior golfers find their college homes with the International Junior Golf Tour and the International Junior Golf Academy. As a head coach, he won the NCAA Eastern Region Coach of the Year.

John Brown is also a PGA Master Professional, two-time PGA Section Junior Golf Leader of the Year, and serves on the PGA’s Strategic Direction Planning Symposium. He has been featured in PGA Magazine and was on the cover of Golf Business Magazine.

This is a great opportunity to gain insight into the recruiting process and the steps it takes to earn a college golf scholarship by presenting yourself to coaches in the right way.

John will be speaking immediately following Round 1 of the event. You can register here:

https://bluegolf.ijgt.com/bluegolf/ijgt18/event/ijgt189/index.htm

This is also the final qualifying event for the first ever Faldo Series US Grand Final at Bella Collina. The top five players in Boys and Girls U16 & U18 Age Divisions will earn their spot at the 3-day event in Montverde, FL. Not only is this an historic event (the first Faldo Series Grand Final opportunity for domestic junior golfers) but winners of the event will qualify for the 2018 Faldo Series Asia Grand Final. The event will kick off Wednesday night with a banquet hosted by Sir Nick Faldo including a Question & Answer for players and the major champion himself.

Click here to learn more about the Faldo Series US Grand Final.

If you have any questions or issues registering, email info@ijgt.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Post Event Recap – New Jersey Shootout at The Ridge

O’Neill Leads Start to Finish; Wins New Jersey Shootout

New Jersey native claims First-Place at The Ridge at Back Brook

Ringoes, NJ: The International Junior Golf Tour returned to The Ridge at Back Brook for the New Jersey Shootout this past weekend. William O’Neill, the resident of nearby Morristown, NJ, earned 1st with his total finish of 153, 9-over par. The 2018 graduate finished with an opening round of 77, followed by a 76 during his final round to claim victory.

Coming in 2nd place is Matt Karrat of Chatham, NJ. Karrat put together a total score of 157, 13-over par after his rounds of 78 and 79. Finishing in 3rd place is Patrick Laushell of Morrisville, PA who tallied a final score of 158. He opened with an 80 during the first round, followed by a 78 on Sunday afternoon.

Click here for the Boys Division leaderboard.

For the Girls Division, Marlene Tartaro put together a final round of 78 and surged her way to victory on Sunday. Tartaro, from Warren, NJ, trailed by four strokes off the lead coming into Sunday after an 88 for her opening-round. Her impressive round Sunday gave her a total score of 166. Finishing in 2nd place is Hartley Zook of Flemington, NJ. Zook finished the weekend with scores of 84 and 88, a total of 172.

The IJGT will return to the Northeast on October 28-29, with the playing of the Faldo Series New Jersey Championship at The Architects Golf Club. This will be the final qualifier for the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final in November. Click here to learn more about IJGT’s partnership with the Faldo Series, or click here to register for the New Jersey qualifier.

Post Event Recap – Faldo Series South Carolina Championship

PARRIS ISLAND, SC: After two days of competition at The Legends Golf Course at Parris Island, Will Parker, Kotara Murata and Jack Tucker were tied at 2-under-par. On the second hole of sudden death play-off between the tree, Parker made a birdie putt to win the tournament. Murata made par to clinch second place, and Tucker took third in the Boys Division.

Click here for the full leaderboard for the Boys Division.

Over the two days at Parris Island, Parker beat the course and the conditions he was facing. He came in as the clubhouse leader after Round 1, shooting a nice little 4-under-par 68 to lead by two strokes. By the time the final group of boys came in it was all tied up and the entire field came out to watch the three battle it out in extra holes.

Check out Will Parker’s interview after Round 1:

In the Girls Division, Fabienne van Kleef (Starnberg, Germany) took home the championship after shooting 73-78-151. In a tight leaderboard situation, Ying-Ting Hsieh took second place shooting a two-day total of 152, followed by Haruka Shintani who shot a two-day total of 153. van Kleef made her first IJGT appearance at Parris Island this weekend, and is one of our younger players, a member of the graduating class of 2020.

This was Fabienne’s first event on the International Junior Golf Tour and she truly shined throughout the event. After she shot a one-over-par score of 73 in Round 1, she came off the course just glowing from having so much fun on the course. In her speech she gave after winning, she thanked not only her coaches and all the usual people winners thank, but also the girls she played with reiterating how much fun she had.

Click here for the full leaderboard for the Girls Division.

Through this event, 5 players from each of the Faldo Series’ U16 and U18 Divisions in both Boys and Girls qualified for the Faldo Series US Grand Final that will be held November 23-25 at Bella Collina in Monteverde, FL. Click here for more information on the event.

Golfers born in 1999 or later wishing to enter a 2017 Faldo Series North American event, visit here or email hope.arent@ijgt.com.  We will have one more qualifying championship, The Faldo Series New Jersey Championship, October 28-29 at The Architects in Lopatcong, NJ. Click here to register now.

For more information on the IJGT Faldo Series North America Series, please visit www.ijgt.com/faldoseries.

The IJGT will host the Central Florida Classic at Disney’s Lake Buena Vista next weekend, October 7-8. Players wishing to register can do so before this Wednesday at 5:00 PM EST by clicking here. Through this event, the winners from each of the Boys and Girls Divisions will qualify for the US Grand Final at Bella Collina.

 

Post Tournament Recap – Florida Junior at Falcon’s Fire

This past weekend, Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee, FL hosted the IJGT’s Florida Junior. Luis Martinez, a member of the International Junior Golf Academy’s Class of 2018 from Caracus, Venezuela, took home 1st place in the Boys Division after a 3-way sudden death playoff. Coming in behind Martinez, were Greg Shen and Diego Cordova. All three players shot +1 over par over two days to make it into the play off.

Click here to see the final leaderboard for the Boys Division.

In the Girls Division, the IJGT 2016-2017 Play of the Year, Ying-Ting Hsieh, a junior at Bishops Gate Golf Academy from Taiwan, shot 75-74 (+4) to remain dominant in the division as she returned to the field to launch her fall season. Coming in second, Chiara Arya, another BGGA student, shot 75-77, followed by third place winner Yoko Tai who shot 79-75.

Click here to see the final leaderboard for the Girls Division.

IJGT returns to the Lowcountry for the first time this fall next weekend, hosting the Faldo Series South Carolina Championship at The Legends Golf Course at Parris Island this coming weekend, September 30-October 1. This weekend, the top-5 players in the Boys and Girls Divisions in the relative U16 and U18 Categories will qualify for the first ever Faldo Series US Grand Final at Bella Collina, November 23-25.

To learn more about the Faldo Series South Carolina Championship, click here.

Note: You must be a Birdie or Eagle Member to be eligible to qualify for the Faldo Series US Grand Final. The Faldo Series US Grand Final Age Division subcategories are divided by Boys and Girls Division, and based on junior golfer’s age as of January 1, 2017.

Faldo Series Pennsylvania Championship Recap

This past weekend, the International Junior Golf Tour began another season at the Hershey Country Club for the Faldo Series Pennsylvania Championship. The recent partnership between the International Junior Golf Tour and the Faldo Series marks the first ever Faldo Series U.S. Qualifier, where the winners earn an invitation to the U.S. Final to be held during Thanksgiving weekend at Bella Collina Golf Resort. Hershey Country Club once again proved to be a great venue for the holiday weekend, as juniors also competed for AJGA Performance Stars, National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

The Boys 15-19 Division with loaded with superb, young talent including the reigning tour Player of the Year for the International Junior Golf Tour, Luke Sample. Headed into the final round Sunday, the leader only had a one stroke advantage on the second-place competitor which made for an exciting Sunday morning.

However, after two consistent, solid rounds, Jairus Gaines held his lead and went wire-to-wire to earn to first-place finish. Gaines, of nearby Baltimore, M.D., put together scores of 73 and 70 to net a 143 finish. After earning his big victory, Gaines attributed his consistent and steady play to claiming victory.

 

“Being able to persevere and stay steady was the key,” Gaines stated following the tournament. “I just wanted to keep the same tactic and strategy, taking it one shot at a time and not try to overthink anything and just one shot after the other.”

Gaines becomes the winner of the first Faldo Series U.S. Qualifier and will receive and invitation to the U.S. Final, Thanksgiving Weekend. Coming in second-place is Jeremy Summerson of Victory, NY. Summerson put together a solid weekend with two scores of 74 to total 148. Rounding out the top three is reigning Player of the Year, Luke Sample. Sample, of New York, N.Y., finished his weekend after scores of 81 and 72, giving him a total of 153.

Earning herself a victory in the Girls Division, and invitation into the Faldo Series U.S. Final is Mary Kate Norcross. The native of nearby Chambersburg, P.A. finished her weekend after shooting scores of 91 and 84 for a 175 finish.

Then in the Boys 14 & Under Division, Zach Locke claimed the top prize in the division, after shooting scores of 82 and 74, for a total finish of 156 for the native of Horseheads, N.Y.

Click here for the full results from this weekend.

The IJGT will resume play again next weekend, on September 9th at Radley Run Country Club for the IJGT Philly Open. To sign up for this event, or view any of our upcoming events for the Fall, click here or call (844) 779-3374.

Why Junior Golfers Make Good Lawyers

Guest Post Contributed By Casey Shomo of Casey Shomo Law

The law and golf intersect surprisingly often; not only do many lawsuits arise from negligent players and bad course conditions, but what it takes to be a good golfer in many ways also applies to being a fine lawyer.

Playing by the Rules

Just as the law is all about hard rules and regulations, golf has multiple parameters that must be met, or the player faces penalties. For instance, In the rules of golf, there are a lot of infractions that can lead to two-stroke penalties: grounding a club in the bunker, playing the wrong ball, and interfering with a moving ball are some of the no-nos. If the golfer fails to fix any of these errors before teeing off on the next hole, disqualification results. To a college golf coach, this would be a considerable red flag.

Staying Focused

Trying to up one’s game and break par is a measurable goal, and sacrifices must be made to get there. Just as it takes an incredible amount of studying to pass the bar exam—and for some, multiple attempts—without constant practice and “stick-to-it-ness,” there would be no professional circuit. Those who don’t put in the time and dedication won’t get very far, whether on the golf course or in the courtroom.

Thinking Clearly

The calm judgment it takes to win in court also applies to the golf course. According to pro golfer Jim Furyk, when hitting a shot out of a bad spot, golfers need to relax. “Most amateurs get intimidated by tough shots . . . you tense up and forget about the keys to escaping the situation you’re in,” he says. Furyk also urges golfers to keep their expectations realistic. Indeed, trying to showboat and be too risky can cost you strokes that stop you from making par.

Likewise, if you can’t stay focused at the negotiating table or in front of a jury, it can lead to a costly mistake that could blow your client’s case.

Never Giving Up

Perseverance is key to both practicing law and playing golf. Hitting in the rough, losing a ball in the water, finding evidence, proving guilt, these are all roadblocks to success for those who don’t realize that when there’s a will, there’s a way.

Staying Above the Law

In making the transition from golfer to lawyer, keep an eye on the news. A surprising number of lawsuits originate on the golf course. Anything from poor conditions to enraged or negligent golfers result in litigation. Not only are slip-and-fall accidents very common, costing courses millions for improper maintenance, so are claims that inaccurate course markers can result in players hitting people in the fairway.

Another common issue is lawsuits between friends who head out to blow off steam and end up injuring each other by not taking proper precautions. In one case, a golfer destroyed the vision in his friend’s eye. Other golfing mishaps have caused head trauma. Court defenses often contend something golfers know all too well: that the balls often do what they want to against our will. There is no saying where a stray ball will end up, but we all can take reasonable care that the potential area is clear.

Even Costco faced a lawsuit for its Kirkland golf balls. It was sued by the Titleist golf ball maker, Acushnet, for patent infringement and for false advertising.

In the end, as all lawyers know, where there are people, there are potential lawsuits. And where there are junior golfers, there are potential lawyers—some of whom could find work representing golfers in personal injury cases.