Tournament Preview: 2018 Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final

2nd Annual Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final Set to Begin at Bella Collina Golf Club

80 Juniors from Around the World Gathering for a Chance to Compete on the World Stage

 

Montverde, FL: The International Junior Golf Tour in partnership with the Faldo Series is eager to begin play of the 2nd Annual Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final. The 3-day event will take place at Bella Collina Golf Club in Montverde, FL and hosted by Sir Nick Faldo. Winners of the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final earn an invitation to participate in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, taking place in the Spring of 2019.

 

80 Junior golfers from around the world, representing 22 different countries and 15 different states will make up the stellar tournament field. The tournament field consist of players that have earned an invitation into the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final based on qualifying at one of eight Faldo Qualifiers from the 2018 season with the IJGT, or by winning an IJGT event over the past year.

 

A number of players were also a part of the Inaugural Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final in 2017, including winners Ying-Ting Hsieh (Huantan Township, Taiwan) and Egor Zotov (Moscow, Russia). During last year’s Grand Final, the tournament saw a number of great performances, most notably the winner of the Boys U-19 Division Teddy Tetak finishing the event at 15-Under Par.

 

Before the week gets started, we wanted to showcase what players can expect during the 3-day event including stats, information about the course, and projected weather for the weekend.

 

The Course

Bella Collina Golf Club in Montverde, FL will play host for the second-consecutive year of the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final. A Sir Nick Faldo design, this is not the typical Central Florida course, as the 18-hole championship venue features dramatic elevation changes, open fairways and sweeping dunes.

Last year at the Inaugural Grand Final, players had great success at Bella Collina as players in the Boys U-19 Division had an overall scoring average for the weekend of  73.02, with 284 Birdies made during the championship event.

Thanks to our friends over at Bluegolf, we compiled stats from last year’s U.S. Grand Final for a preview at what players can expect and take advantage of this coming weekend:

Boys U-19 Division (2017)

  • Scoring Average: 73.02
  • Total Birdies Made over the 3-day event: 284
  • Best chance at Birdie or Better: 9th hole (Par 5)
  • Hardest Hole: 12th hole (Par 5)

 

Girls U-19 Division (2017)

  • Scoring Average: 75.68
  • Total Birdies made over 3-day event: 28
  • Best chance at Birdie or Better: 6th Hole (Par 4)
  • Hardest Hole: 12th Hole (Par 5)

 

Boys U-16 Division (2017)

  • Scoring Average: 74.89
  • Total Birdies made over 3-day event: 190
  • Best chance at Birdie or Better: 15th Hole (Par 5)
  • Hardest Hole: 12th Hole (Par 5)

 

Girls U-16 Division (2017)

  • Scoring Average: 78.76
  • Total Birdies made over 3-day event: 53
  • Best chance at Birdie or Better: 2nd and 6th Hole (Par 5 and Par 4)
  • Hardest Hole: 12th Hole (Par 5)

 

As said, there are many great scoring opportunities available on the course, and some short Par 5’s that give players the chance to be aggressive and aim for the green in two. The hardest hole as it can be seen is the 12th hole, an uphill Par 5 with very tough bunkers surrounding the green.

 

For a complete look at the course stats and more information from last year’s Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final, follow the link listed here.

 

Weather

Friday Forecast

  • Partly Sunny
  • High of 75 Degrees
  • Winds from 5 to 10 mph

 

Saturday Forecast

  • Cloudy with a chance of showers later in the day
  • Precipitation percentage: 50 %
  • High of 77 Degrees

 

Sunday Forecast

  • Light clouds and mostly sunny throughout the day
  • Chance of rain: 30%
  • High of 83 Degrees

 

Weather for the weekend is turning out very nicely in favor of some great conditions for the tournament field. Any updates on weather delays or threats will be addressed immediately and passed along to our tournament field and spectators. To follow along and be first to hear about updates, make sure to follow IJGT.com, and all of our social media accounts that will be listed below.

 

Tee-Times for Round 1 will be announced and published November 29th at 10 a.m. and will be available on the tournament information page. There are a full-list of activities apart of this year’s Grand Final so now is the time to follow along on social media!

 

Follow along for videos, pictures, and live updates all weekend long at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram from the 2018 Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

Weekend Recap: Palmetto Classic at Hilton Head Lakes

SULLIVAN SOARS TO FIRST-PLACE AT THE PALMETTO CLASSIC

Toronto Native Wins Second IJGT Event of the Season

 

Hardeeville, SC: The International Junior Golf Tour kicked off the month of November by hosting The Palmetto Classic at The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes on November 3-4. Over 60 junior golfers from the Lowcountry and abroad gathered at the beautiful Tommy Fazio design course for two-rounds of stroke play competition.

Toronto, CA Native and current student at the Junior Players Golf Academy (JPGA) Ty Sullivan was able to secure first-place over the weekend. Sullivan fought his way up the leaderboard Sunday shooting a 73 to pair with his opening round of 73, good for a 146 (4-over Par) total finish. Sullivan, who won his first IJGT event of the season at the Lowcountry Shootout, has committed to play college golf at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).

Claiming second-place at The Palmetto Classic is Hoshi Yadav of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Yadav, a current student at the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) led after round-one with a 1-under 71, followed by a 76 on Sunday afternoon. The Holy Names University commitment finished the weekend with a total score of 147 (5-over Par). Rounding out the top-three for the weekend is Kotaro Murata. A native of Matsuyania City, Ehime, Japan and current Senior at IJGA, Murata had the low final round for the field carding a 1-under Par 71, to pair with his opening round score of 77.

For the Boys Under 16 Division, David Xu of Shanghai, China was able to secure his first victory of the IJGT season at Hilton Head Lakes. The current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA), Xu concluded his weekend with scores of 76 and 77 to earn the first-place finish.

Finishing in second-place is Muhamad Zaini, of Seri Kembangan, Malaysia after shooting scores of 77 and 77 again on Sunday. The IJGA student finishes the weekend with a total of 154. Coming in third-place for the Boys U-16 Division is Patrick Sun. Sun, who is also an IJGA student by way of Dalian, China, earned weekend scores of 73 and 82.

 

Sophia Burnett was crowned champion in the Girls Under 19 division over the weekend at Hilton Head Lakes. The local star of Bluffton, SC had a big finish on Sunday shooting an even-Par 72 to pair with her opening round 75. Burnett ends the weekend with at 147 total score.

Claiming second-place is Katharina Hesse of Bremen, Germany. Hesse, who is also a current student at the JPGA ended the weekend after consecutive rounds of 75 for a 150 total score. Rounding out the top-three is a two-way tie with Hannah Conroy and Sae Saito sharing the honors. Conroy, a JPGA student formerly of Cheswick, PA put together rounds of 81 and 78, while Saito, a current IJGA student from Tokyo, Japan ended with rounds of 79 and 80.

In the final competing division for The Palmetto Classic, One Kashima earned top honors for her weekend performance after rounds of 74 and 77. Kashima, who is a current student at IJGA and formerly of Tochigi, Japan, finished with a total score of 151 for the two-day competition.

Securing a second-place finish for the weekend is Vasundhara Singh Thiara of Chandigarh, India. Thiara, who is now a current student at IJGA, concluded her weekend with scores of 79 and 74, ends the competition with a final tally of 153. Rounding out the top-three for the weekend is local standout Camila Burnett. Burnett had a solid weekend with scores of 79 and 81 for a 160 total score.

 

The next scheduled event for the International Junior Golf Tour will be the long awaited Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final. The event is scheduled for November 30-December 2 and will be held at Bella Collina Golf Club in Montverde, FL.

For more information on this event, or for a look at the newly published Spring Schedule for 2019, follow the link here.

Final Results of The Palmetto Classic at Hilton Head Lakes were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on November 4, 2018.

Be sure to follow all of the action by following us on social media for live updates, pictures, videos and much more! Follow us on Twitter @IJGT, on Instagram @IJGT_ and on Facebook at International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT).

For full results from The Palmetto Classic, follow the link here.

 

 

Weekend Recap: Philly Open at Radley Run CC

LAUSHELL SOARS TO VICTORY AT RADLEY RUN

Morrisville Native Puts Up Red Numbers on Sunday for a Wire-to-Wire Victory

 

West Chester, PA: The International Junior Golf Tour returned to the Northeast part of its Fall Schedule as it hosted the annual Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club. The West Chester course has been a great host to the IJGT for a number of years now, as juniors from around the Northeast competed for IJGT Merit Points, and many National Rankings.

 

In the Boys Under 19 Division, Patrick Laushell was able to walk away as weekend champion after consecutive low rounds in a wire-to-wire victory. Laushell, a native of nearby Morrisville, PA, put together weekend scores of 76 and a one-under 71 on Sunday. Laushell finished the weekend with a total score of 147 (3-over Par).

 

Finishing in second place for the weekend is Benny Hagerty of Manasquan, NJ. Hagerty had a stellar showing on Sunday afternoon shooting a 76 for a sole finish in second-place. Hagerty paired his round-two score with an opening 85 for a 161 finish. Rounding out the top-three for the Boys U-19 Division is Conrad Benford of Parker Ford, PA. Benford had a solid weekend with scores of 85 and 81 for a 166 finish.

 

For the Boys Under 16 Division, it was Philadelphia’s own John Bradbeer taking first place after solid play over both rounds. Bradbeer opened up the weekend with of score of 79 then followed with a 73 on Sunday, including a walk-off Birdie on the 18th hole. Bradbeer finished the weekend with a score of 152.

 

In second-place is Peter Meehan of Fairfield, CT. Meehan finished the weekend after rounds of 83 and 84 for a total score of 167. Rounding out the top-three is Jackson Debusschere. A resident of nearby Wallingford, PA, Debusschere finished the weekend with rounds of 86 and 83, finishing with a score of 169.

 

In the final competition of the weekend, Sarah Hendrickson was able to step back into the winners circle with a solid showing at Radley Run. Hendrickson, a native of Bel Air, MD shot scores of 94 and 99 over the weekend competition. In second-place for the weekend is Rebecca Maude of Scarsdale, NY. Maude put together finishes the weekend competition with rounds of 107 and 93.

 

The IJGT will be returning to action again when it resumes play with the Palmetto Classic at the Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes on November 3-4. To view this event, and the rest of the upcoming tour schedule, follow the link here.

Be sure to follow all of the action by following us on social media for live updates, pictures, videos and much more! Follow us on Twitter @IJGT, on Instagram @IJGT_ and on Facebook at International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT).

 

Final Results of the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 7, 2018.

 

Boys Under 19 Division: Blue Tees, 6,494 Yards, 72.3/126. Boys Under 16 Division: White Tees, 6,159 Yards, 70.0/132. Girls Division: Gold Tees, 5,814 Yards, 73.9/130.

 

To view the full results from the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run, follow the link here.

Weekend Recap: Lowcountry Shootout at The Legends at Parris Island

SULLIVAN EDGES OUT THE FIELD FOR VICTORY AT PARRIS ISLAND

Lowcountry Shootout winners include First-Time Winner and Returning Winners in highly competitive field

 

Parris Island, SC: The International Junior Golf Tour returned to its own “back-yard” as it hosted its first local event of the Fall calendar with the playing of the Lowcountry Shootout at The Legends of Parris Island.

Over 60 juniors from the region and internationally gathered on the unique and challenging layout at The Legends. Play was unfortunately cut short during Saturday’s round with lengthy weather delay. The severe weather forced the event to be observed as a 27-hole finish for the juniors competing for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

With play being shortened to a 27-hole tournament, competition among the leaderboard was very tight, and even a small slip would be costly with the number of great players in the field.

In the Boys U-19 Division, Ty Sullivan was able to withstand a number of solid efforts and ended the weekend atop the leaderboard as the winner at Parris Island. Sullivan, a native of Toronto, Canada and a current student at the Junior Players Golf Academy in Hilton Head, ended the weekend with a 74 on Sunday to pair with his opening 9-hole score of 34, good for a 108 total finish (1-Over Par).

Following closely in second-place for the weekend is Steven Strasheim of Lincoln, NE. Strasheim, who is now a current student at nearby International Junior Golf Academy, had a solid weekend as well shooting a 74 on Sunday to go with his opening 35 on Saturday. Strasheim ended the weekend with a total of 109 (2-Over Par).

Rounding out the top-three is Aaron Pha of Yangon, Myanmar. Also a student of the International Junior Golf Academy, Pha put together scores of 35 and 76 for the weekend, for a grand total of 111 (4-Over Par).

In the Girls U-19 Division, a familiar face ended the weekend at the top of the leaderboard. Sae Saito took home top honors for the second-consecutive event, as she started off here season with a win at Falcons Fire. Saito, who is formerly of Tokyo, Japan but is now enrolled at the International Junior Golf Academy, had great showing again at Parris Island, shooting scores of 77 and 36 for a 113 total score (6-Over Par).

Finishing nearby in second-place for the Girls U-19 Division is Hannah Conroy of Cheswick, PA. Conroy, who is now a student at the Junior Players Golf Academy in Hilton Head, concluded her weekend with scores of 81 and 36, good for a total score of 117 (9-Over Par).

Rounding out our top-three is Katharina Hesse of Bremen, Germany. Hesse, who also is a current student at the Junior Players Golf Academy, ends the weekend with scores of 82 and 36 for a finishing score of 118.

 

For the Boys U-16 Division, a local talent of the Lowcountry took fool advantage over the weekend and climbed up the leaderboard during the Final Round at Parris Island.

Andrew Swanson climbed four spots up the leaderboard during Sunday’s final round that ended with a victory at the Lowcountry Shootout. A resident of nearby Bluffton, SC, Swanson started the weekend with a 38 on Saturday then a 75 on Sunday. The 113 total score (6-Over Par) was just enough to secure a well-earned victory at The Legends at Parris Island.

Tying for a second-place finish is Jantai Malataev of Bishek, Kyrgyzstan. Malataev, who is also a student at the International Junior Golf Academy, finishes out the weekend with scores of 36 and 79, good for a total score of 115.

Also tying for second-place is Kevin Li, who ends his weekend with scores of 36 and 79 as well. Li, who is currently a student at the International Junior Golf Academy is formerly of Chong Ching, China.

 

For the final competitive division of the weekend, a new winner stepped into the winner’s circle after an impressive Sunday Performance.

Vasundhara Thiara earns her first victory of the 2018-2019 campaign after scores of 37 and 77 for the weekend. Thiara, a former resident of Chandigarh, India and now student at the International Junior Golf Academy, finishes with a total score of 114 (5-Over Par).

Finishing second for the weekend is Maria Fedorowycz of Kyiv, Ukraine. Fedorowycz, a current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy ended the weekend shooting scores of 36 and then 82 on Sunday.

Tying for third-place over the weekend are One Kashima of Tochigi, Japan and Emma Kim of Ulsan, South Korea. Both ended the weekend with total scores of 119.

The IJGT team returns to the Northeast next weekend, with the annual playing of the Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club in West Chester, PA.

To view this event and the remainder of the upcoming Fall Schedule, follow the link here.

Be sure to follow all of the action from the IJGT by following all of our social media accounts for live updates, pictures, videos and much more! Follow us on Twitter @IJGT, on Instagram @IJGT_ and on Facebook at International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT).

 

Final Results of the IJGT Lowcountry Shootout at The Legends at Parris Island were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on September 30, 2018.

 

Boys Under 19 Division: Black Tees, 6,861 Yards, 72.8/130. Boys Under 16 Division: Blue Tees, 6,190 Yards, 69.7/121. Girls Under 19 Division: White Tees, 5,751 Yards, 72.9/127. Girls Under 16 Division: White Tees, 5,751 Yards, 72.9/127.

Weekend Recap: Florida Junior at Falcon’s Fire

Park Leads The Pack for New Group of Winners at Florida Junior

Dongjin Park returns to the Winners Cirlce at Falcon’ Fire, along with First-Time Winners in first Southeast event in 2018-2019

 

Kissimmee, FL: The International Junior Golf Tour returned to the Southeast part of the United States as it continued the stretch of Fall events with the playing of the Florida Junior at Falon’s Fire. Over 80 juniors from Central Florida and beyond gathered at the very popular Rees Jones design layout for the 36-hole, nationally ranked competition.

 

Players would be competing in four separate age divisions, Boys Under 19 and Boys Under 16, while Girls competed in divisions of Girls Under 19 and Under 16 as well. This new alignment was designed to more reflect the partnership with the Faldo Series and players looking to qualify for the Faldo Series Grand Final later this year.

In the Boys Under 19 Division, a familiar face returned to the winner’s circle, as Dongjin Park (Seoul, South Korea) claimed his first victory of the 2018-2019 season. Park, a member of the 2019 graduation class and student at nearby Bishops Gate Golf Academy had a very successful weekend at Falcon’s Fire, with rounds of 69 and 70 for his 139 total finish (5-under Par).

Finishing in second-place for the weekend is Alex Liu (France) after a weekend with scores of 74 and an impressive 68 during Sunday’s Final Round. Liu finished with a total of 142 (2-Under Par) for the weekend. Rounding out the top-three for the Boys Under 19 division is Brad Riley (Olney, MD), who put together scores of 69 and 74 over the weekend for a finish of 143 (2-Over Par).

For the Boys Under 16 category, a lot of eyes were on the leaderboard on Sunday as five players saw themselves within 2-shots of the lead. After some great competition and scores, only one player could leave Falcon’s Fire as champion.

Alex Song(Windermere,FL) was able to make an impressive comeback over Sunday’s round and come away as champion of the first Southeast event of the season. Song ended the weekend with scores of 73 and 70 for a 143 total finish (2-Under Par).

Four different players found themselves in a tie for second after the two rounds of competition. Benjamin Cai (Shanghai, China) tied for second after scores of 74 and 72 at Falcon’s Fire. Merlin Dohm (Berlin, Germany) had quite the impressive Sunday as well, with a 71 during the final round to pair with his opening 75 for a 146 total finish. Brian Park also shared honors for second-place, earning scores of 72 and 74 for the weekend. The final player to tie for second-place is Gautam Potdukhe (India) who shot consecutive rounds of 73 to round out to a 146 total score.

In the Girls Under 19 competition, it was another impressive display from a group of talented junior golfers, led by eventual champion Sae Saito. Saito (Tokyo, Japan) earns her first career victory along with her first of the 2018-2019 season after scores of 79 and 71 for a score of 150. Saito, a member of the 2020 graduation class is a student at the International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, SC.

 

Earning a second-place finish in the Girls Under 19 Division is Emily Luu (Mullicahill, NJ). Luu had a solid weekend with scores of 77 an 76 for a 153 total to claim second-place honors. Rounding out the top-three is Miriam Ayora (Barcelona, Spain). Ayora had an impressive weekend as well, and ends it with scores of 83 and 78 for a 161 total.

 

In the final competition of the weekend, Yoko Tai was able to take home the top honors in the Girls Under 16 division after an impressive opening weekend. Tai (Singapore, Singapore) put together a weekend with scores of 77 and 73 for a 150 total score (6-Over Par). Tai, the student at nearby Bishops Gate Golf Academy, earns herself the first victory of the 2018-2019 season at Falcons’ Fire.

 

In second-place is Emma Kim (Uslan, South Korea) after finishing the weekend with scores of 76 and 79. Vsundhara Thiara (Freeport, Bahamas) earns third-place after a weekend shooting scores of 78 and 79 for a 157 total finish.

 

The IJGT will resume play once again in two weeks, with the playing of the Lowcountry Shootout at Parris Island. This event begins a string of consecutive events for the IJGT, so be sure to view the rest of the upcoming schedule by following the link here.

 

Be sure to follow all of the action from the IJGT by following all of our social media accounts for live updates, pictures, videos and much more! Follow us on Twitter @IJGT, on Instagram @IJGT_ and on Facebook at International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT).

 

Click here for the full results of the IJGT Florida Junior at Falcon’s Fire.

Course Preview: Florida Junior at Falcon’s Fire

Kissimmee, FL: The International Junior Golf Tour returns to action this weekend as it kick-starts another exciting season by returning to one of the favorite stops of junior golfers, Falcon’s Fire Golf Club. The Orlando area course has been a consistent stop now for the tour for multiple seasons, as players enjoy lighting up the scoreboard during competition at the Rees Jones design.

Falcon’s Fire has been recognized both Regionally and Nationally as one of the top public courses in all of the Orlando area. Falcon’s Fire has been honored with the prestigious Apex Award, and has been voted as one of the “Top 10 Golf Tournament Facilities” in North America by the National Association of Golf Tournament Directors.

Falcon’s Fire has been a favorite for players from the IJGT for years now, and this years event is now different as players from all over Florida and Internationally will gather during the 36-hole, nationally ranked event.

Before we begin with all of the excitement this weekend, we wanted to give a preview of what players can expect at this years Florida Junior at Falcon’s Fire.

 

The Course

 

 

Thanks to our friends at Bluegolf, we are able to go check out past events and get all the hole-by-hole stats to see what we can expect this weekend. We went back to our last event played at Falcon’s Fire (Faldo Series Florida Championship) and compiled some awesome stats to take note of before we kickoff the weekend:

Boys Division

  • Scoring Average: 77.47
  • Best Chance at Birdie or Better: Hole 4
  • Toughest Hole: Hole 8

Girls Division

  • Scoring Average: 81.14
  • Best Chance at Birdie or Better: Hole 4
  • Toughest Hole: Hole 18

 

Weather

 

Sunday Forecast

  • Scattered Showers in Afternoon
  • Precipitation 60%
  • Temperature 91 Degrees
  • Projected Temperature at First Tee-Time: 76 Degrees

Weather for competition this weekend should be ideal for both rounds, as the temperature and humidity will surely rise towards the end of our rounds. Any updates if there are any delays, be sure to follow us along at IJGT.com, or any of our social media accounts listed below.

Tee Times begin at 7:30 AM for both Saturday and Sunday. To have a look at the pairings for the opening round, click here.

Be sure to follow the IJGT across all of our social media accounts as well. You can receive live updates all weekend from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram from Falcon’s Fire.

TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT: Age Divisions Changes and Updates

Age-Division Changes and Updates Announced; Effective Immediately

 

Hilton Head, SC: The International Junior Golf Tour announced Wednesday a realignment in their age divisions, effective immediately. This new adjustment to tournaments will reflect the partnership with the Faldo Series and other International partners, such as Global Junior Golf.

Age divisions will now be broken into four total divisions, two separate categories per gender. Boys 19 & Under competing division and a Boys 16 & Under division. Along with a Girls 19 & Under division, and then a Girls 16 & Under age division.

If a players is born BEFORE September 1, 2002, he/she will be competiting in the 19 and Under age divisions at IJGT events. Any birthday on or after September 1, 2002, will be competiting in the 16 and Under division.

If you wish to compete in the higher age division, please contact an IJGT staff member during registration at Info@IJGT.com or by calling (844) 779-3374. Most importantly, once you compete in the higher age division, you must remain in that category for the remainder of the season for National Rankings purposes.

These changes will go into effect immediately, starting with the next event on the schedule with the playing of the Florida Junior at Falcons Fire on September 15-16.

In its first year of operation beginning in 1995, the IJGT held eight regional events. Three years later, the IJGT had expanded to 23 events nationwide. Now in its 23rd year, the IJGT is open to all junior golfers, and the 2018-2019 season features 40 events at some of golf’s finest venues.

The IJGT gives junior golfers a true opportunity to compete on the international stage as well, with the announcement of the partnership with the Faldo Series beginning in 2017. The Faldo Series hosts 35 annual events in 30 countries worldwide, and has set the stage for junior golfers internationally to compete in high stakes competition against some of the best juniors in the world. Through this partnership, IJGT and the Faldo Series are giving North American junior golfers the opportunity to put themselves on the map with the best players in the world.

Winners of the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final in 2017 were invited by Sir Nick Faldo himself to compete in the 2018 Faldo Series Asia grand Final.

The second annual Faldo US Grand Final will be hosted November 29 – December 2, 2018 at the Sir Nick Faldo designed Bella Collina Golf Club in Central Florida. The event will be 54 holes and the winners for each age category qualifying to represent the U.S. at the Faldo Series World Final. The North American Grand Final will be a meeting of the best junior golfers in the world, looking to compete and win to prepare for the next level.

 

For any questions, please contact an IJGT staff member today at Info@IJGT.com or by calling (844) 779-3374.

 

To view the upcoming schedule with IJGT, follow the link here.

Weekend Recap: Labor Day Classic at Hershey

Ryan Leaves Hershey in Familiar Fashion; Wins to Kickoff 2018-2019 Season

 

Lauren Jones, and Colin Vineberg take First-Place in respective divisions of Labor Day Classic at Hershey CC

 

 

Hershey, PA: The International Junior Golf Tour began the 2018-2019 season in familiar territory, with the annual playing of the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club. The “Sweetest Place on Earth” has been a great host for many years to players of the IJGT, and was once again a fantastic host for the 36-hole, nationally ranked, stroke-play event. Players in the three separate age divisions competed for IJGT Merit Points, along with national rankings such as Junior Golf Scoreboard, Golfweek, and Global Junior Golf Rankings.

 

After 36-holes in the Boys 15-19 Division, Joshua Ryan and Evan Owan battled it out during the Final Round and found themselves tying on the scoreboard. The competition would then go to a Sudden-Death Playoff to determine the winner on the opening weekend of the 2018-2019 season.

 

Joshua Ryan was able to secure victory on the first playoff hole, dropping a 6-foot Par putt and earn the first victory of the Fall season. Ryan finishes the weekend with a total score of 147 on the East Course at Hershey CC, shooting scores of 74 and 73 over the weekend.

Ryan, of Norristown, PA is no stranger to the winners circle at Hershey CC, having won in May in the playing of the Faldo Series Northeast Championship and punching his ticket to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

 

Evan Owan, a resident of Germantown, MD, secures sole possession of second-place after rounds of 73 and 74. Rounding out the top-three of the weekend is Ian Rivers of East Syracuse, NY. Rivers finishes the weekend with a score of 149 after putting together rounds of 78 and an opening-round and weekend low, 71.

 

In the Girls Division, Lauren Jones of Newtown Square, PA was able to go wire-to-wire for the weekend victory at Hershey. Jones begins her Fall campaign in impressive fashion after a great performance over the weekend, shooting scores of 74 and 75 for a total of 149.

Following nearby in second-place is Mary Kate Norcross of Chambersburg, PA. Norcorss ends her weekend after rounds of 79 and 77 for a total score of 156. Earning third-place for the Girls Division is Riley Quartermain. The native of Bryn Mawr, PA put together a solid weekend as well, shooting scores of 76 and 82 for a total of 158.

 

In the final competition of the weekend, Colin Vineberg earns his first victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Vineber, of Sparks, MD earned scores of 82 and 85 to earn his weekend victory at Hershey CC.

 

Earning second-place honors is Davis Perry of Basking Ridge, NJ. Perry finished the weekend with scores of 89 in each of his rounds during the Holiday weekend. Rounding out the top-three is Griffin Walizer. The nearby resident of Mill Hall, PA finishes the weekend after scores of 98 and 93.

 

The conclusion of the Labor Day Classic at Hershey begins a busy Fall campaign for the IJGT. The next event on the schedule will be the Florida Junior at Falcons Fire in Kissimmee, FL. To view this event, or the rest of the upcoming Fall schedule for the IJGT, follow the link here.

 

 

Be sure to follow all of the action from the IJGT, by following us on all of our social media accounts! Follow on Twitter @IJGT, on Instagram @IJGT_ and on Facebook at International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT).

 

Final Results of the Labor Day Classic at Hershey CC were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on September 2, 2018.

Course Preview: Labor Day Classic at Hershey CC

IJGT Set to Begin 2018-2019 Season at Hershey Country Club

The IJGT returns to the “Sweetest Place on Earth” for the beginning of another exciting season

 

Hershey, PA: The International Junior Golf Tour is set to begin yet another busy season as it returns for tournament play and the beginning of the 2018-2019 season. The IJGT will once again begin its string of events with the annual playing of the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club.

 

The Official “Sweetest Place on Earth” has played host to IJGT events now for more than a decade, with players from all over the state of Pennsylvania and the Northeast gathering at the famous George Fazio design. The Hershey CC has hosted numerous national events over the years, including the 1940 PGA Championship, the Reese’s Cup Classic for seven years consecutively and an NCAA Division II National Championship.

 

Hershey CC has received numerous awards and accolades over the years, most notably from the annual Distinguished Clubs award program. It has also received honors multiple times as one of the best Golf Resorts in the country, as recognized by Golf Digest.

 

Players at Hershey this season will be competing for a number of different National Golf Rankings, including Junior Golf Scoreboard (JGS), GolfWeek, and Global Junior Golf Rankings. Players will also have the opportunity to qualify for the newly formed Global Junior Golf Championships later on this year. There are three separate opportunities and tournaments players can earn invitation for, with those events being held at Crescent Pointe Golf Club (Bluffton, SC), The Club at Savannah Harbor (Savannah, GA) and Eagle Ridge Golf Club (Summerfield, FL).

 

To learn more about the new events added to the schedule with Global Junior Golf, follow the link here.

 

Players who also earn first-place will be placed on priority for the upcoming Second-Annual Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final later this year, taking place at Bella Collina Golf Club (Montverde, FL).

 

To learn more about the Faldo Series and the partnership with IJGT, follow the link here.

 

To view Tee-Times for Round one at Hershey and other important information for the weekend, click here.

 

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North America Cup 2018 Recap

North America Cup 2018 Concludes as Team Canada Takes the Cup at Dolphin Head

An epic-comeback from Team USA on Final Day falls just short, falling 13 ½ to 10 ½

 

Hilton Head, SC: The International Junior Golf Tour and the Canadian Junior Golf Association came together once again for the playing of the annual North America Cup over the week of July 4th. The 16th edition of the prestigious event, the event is played in a Ryder Cup format with three days of competition. The matches are competed in Fourball, Alternate Shot and Match play as 12 of the best players and representatives come together for the week-long event.

 

After three grueling days of competition in the South Carolina heat, Team Canada representing the CJGA was able to take the Cup and hold bragging rights for 2018. This is the first victory by Team Canada since the 2015 North America Cup at Weston Golf Club in Toronto, ON.

 

Team Canada was led by strong play all week by Trent Zorgdrager and Romi Dilawri. Dilawri, a veteran of the event as this was his second-time representing Team Canada, was able to obtain a point for his team each round of competition. Zorgdrager, the Team Playing Captain for Canada, also had a phenomenal week at Dolphin Head being a part of 2-points secured for Team Canada.

 

Heading into the Match Play for the final round of competition, Team Canada held a commanding lead of 8 ½ to 3 ½ over Team USA. The 12 great juniors representing Team USA and the IJGT knew it would take a massive effort for the final round of competition, and that is certainly what happened as USA charged back into the conversation.

 

A.J. Cavotta (Saratoga Springs, NY) obtained the first point of the day during Match Play, closing out his match 6&5 to get USA on the board early. After that, momentum was slowly starting to shift towards Team USA as they would win 2 more matches. Kaleb Palm (Orlando, FL) and Chase Phillips (Hilton Head, SC) were able to secure a point each for USA, each winning 2 Up.

 

Team Canada secured their first points in Match Play from Romi Dilawari, as he took a thrilling match against Team USA Playing Captain Mikee Ordona (Upland, CA). Shortly after, Jaden Weisman (Malvern, PA) put another point on the board for Team USA winning 2&1 in his match.

 

As the gap tightened on the scoreboard, the rumblings could be heard throughout the golf course and momentum had all shifted to the USA side. The energy felt from both teams during the final day was exciting to watch for golf fans of all ages, as players were rising to the occasion of this prestigious international event.

 

In what possibly was the Match of the day on Friday, Jeep Patrick (Hilton Head, SC) of Team USA put on a performance like no other against Team Canada’s Ben Maclean. Patrick held an early lead on the front-nine, but Maclean was steady and charged back in the final stretch. But, just like his USA teammates, Jeep Patrick was not going out without a battle.

 

Patrick dropped a 20-foot plus Birdie putt on Hole 17 to force the Match to go to Hole 18 before Maclean closed out the match 1 Up. After the match, both teams and spectators were able to congratulate the two juniors one a phenomenal round of golf at Dolphin Head.

 

Another player with an outstanding performance during the final day and all week of North America Cup was Blake Kopke (Bluffton, SC). Kopke continued to improve each and every day at Dolphin Head, including during his final Match against Team Canada’s Justin Matthews. Matthews was able to win the match 3&2, but both players showed a great amount of respect and sportsmanship for each other at the conlusion.

 

Representing the Team USA Girls Division were two phenomenal young juniors in Jessica Meyers and Sonia Mistry. Meyers (Wexford, PA) had a great week at Dolphin Head, as she was a part of two points secured in the Ryder Cup style event, including winning her match 9&7. Mistry (Winter Garden, FL) , a two-time NA Cup participant, was also heavily counted on during the week continuously putting the pressure on Team Canada with her accurate play.

 

Team USA also had big help throughout the week from Leo Hernandez (Bluffton, SC) and Chandler Brewer (Tybee Island, SC). The pair played together for the opening round of competition in Fourball matches, securing a point for Team USA winning 2Up. During the final round of play, both players secured big points for Team USA as Hernandez won 1Up, and Brewer closed his match against Team Canada winning 4&2.

 

Alex Burnett (Owing Mills, MD) also contributed in a big way to the success of Team USA over the week. Burnett improved constantly over the week, dropping big putt one after another and taking some of Team Canada’s best to the brink in each round of play.

 

With the win from Team Canada in the 16th year of North America Cup, this brings the overall series with USA still currently leading 11-5. The playing of the 2019 North America Cup will take place on Canadian soil, as CJGA will host the event at the prestigious Weston Golf Club in Toronto.

 

Players looking to learn more about the North American Cup, can visit the Marquee events tab at IJGT.com.

 

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