Weekend Recap: Local Standout Steps Into Winners Circle Again at Dolphin Head

Local Standout Steps Into Winners Circle Again at Dolphin Head

Jonathan Griz continues his big Spring with a victory at Lowcountry Championship

 

Hilton Head Island, SC: The International Junior Golf Tour returned to its official “home-base” over the weekend with the playing of the Lowcountry Championship at Dolphin Head Golf Club. The Gary Player design is a favorite amongst local players and players from area golf academies as players from 20 different countries represented the tournament field. Players this weekend had the opportunity to compete for national golf rankings, as well as IJGT Merit Points as a final tune-up event before the annual end of season celebration at Grand Cypress, with the playing of the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Championship.

 

For competition in the Boys 15-19 Division, local standout Jonathan Griz was able to complete the wire-to-wire victory over the weekend with a remarkable final round on Sunday. The Hilton Head native shot a 4-under par (68) on Sunday to pair with his opening round score of 1-under par (71) to complete his weekend with a score of 139.

 

This is the second victory of the Spring season for Griz, as he took home top honors of the South Carolina Open at Crescent Pointe GC.

 

Following closely in second-place is Alex Lamarca of Westwood, NJ. Lamarca, a current student at the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA), played well all weekend with scores of 72 and 71 rounding out to a 143 total score. Finishing in a tie for third-place is J.D. Patterson and Leo Hernandez. Patterson, another local product from nearby Bluffton, SC, put together rounds of 75 and 74 for a total of 149. Hernandez, a current student at IJGA finished the weekend with rounds of 73 and 76 for 149 as well. Hernandez has signed a letter-of-intent to play college golf at Newberry College in the Fall.

 

In the Girls Division, Maria Fernanda Sosa was able to make a remarkable comeback to earn herself top honors as winner of the weekend at Dolphin Head. Sosa, a resident of Monterrey, Mexico and current student of the Junior Players Golf Academy (JPGA) put together an impressive final round of 74 to go with her opening round of 83. Sosa finished with a total score of 157.

 

Claiming second-place for the weekend is Ally Buchanan of Athens, GA. Buchanan, who is also a current student at JPGA, put together solid rounds of 78 and 88 for her weekend total of 166. Rounding out the top three is Sae Saito. Saito is currently a student at IJGA by way of Tokyo, Japan and ended her weekends shooting scores of 83 and 84.

 

Claiming his first victory in the Boys 14 & Under category is Muhamad Izwan Zaini of Seri Kembangan, Malaysia. The current student of IJGA has been very consistent all spring with multiple top-three finishes, and gets his first IJGT victory at Dolphin Head after scores of 88 and an impressive 75 on Sunday. Izwan Zaini finished with a total score of 163.

 

Finishing in second-place is Zaid Khan of El Dorado Hills, CA. Khan continues his impressive Spring season play after consecutive rounds of 82 for a 164 finish. Rounding out the top three is Harrison Freeze, of Plano, TX. Freeze, a current student of Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA) finished the weekend with scores of 82 and 83 for his 165 total finish.

 

 

The IJGT will resume play once again during Memorial Day weekend with its annual end of season celebration at Grand Cypress for the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. The event will include the awards for Players of the Year in each division, along with recognizing the best moments of the 2017-2018 season.

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Weekend Recap: Victory is Sweet for Winners at Faldo Series Northeast Championship

 

 

Faldo Series Northeast Championship at Hershey CC Full Recap


Joshua Ryan and Mary Kate Norcross take home top-honors at Hershey; earn Invitation into Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final

 

Hershey, PA: The International Junior Golf Tour returned to a familiar venue over the weekend, as players gathered at Herhsey Country Club as playing of the Faldo Series Northeast Championship took center stage. Players from all over the Northeast region of the United States gathered at the “Sweetest Place on Earth” to earn a guaranteed spot into the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final. Players were also competing for national rankings such as AJGA Performance Stars, Junior Golf Scoreboard and Golfweek rankings.

 

 

This being the sixth of eight qualifiers the IJGT has on schedule for 2018,  2 of the top Boys U-18 and U-16 finishers would earn an guaranteed spot in the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final. The Faldo Series also extends invitation to two of the top Girls U-18 and U-16 finishers as well. The Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final will take place again at Bella Collina Golf Club in Central Florida.

 

After an exciting opening round, a number of players found themselves within striking distance in the Boys 15-19 Division. Players were well aware of the high stakes entering Sunday and that ultimately there could be only one winner. Taking full advantage of that opportunity was Pennsylvania native, Joshua Ryan.

 

Ryan, who resides in nearby Norristown, PA put together quite the show for Sunday’s final round, shooting a 69 (2-under Par) and earning himself a first-place finish at Hershey CC. Ryan paired his spectacular round two score with his opening score of 77 to earn a 146 total score finish. By earning top honors for the first time in an IJGT event, Ryan also punched his ticket for the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final and will be competiting in the Boys U-16 Division.

 

Following behind Ryan in a two-way tie for second are Will Knauth and Alec Ryden. Knauth, who is from Williamsport, PA, had a very consistent weekend with scores of 78 and 78 for a 156 total finish. Alec Ryden, of Moorestown, NJ, had a solid weekend as well with scores of 77 and 79 for a 156 total finish as well.

 

For the Girls Division, it was another impressive display over the weekend as Mary Kate Norcross was able to take home top honors once again at Hershey. Norcross is a nearby resident of Chambersburg, and takes home first-place as well as a guaranteed spot in the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final later this year.

 

Norcross played well throughout the weekend as she put together scores of 78 and 86 for a 164 total score.

 

Following her in second-place is Kayleigh Zeman of Silver Spring, MD. Zeman, who earned her invitation to the U.S. Grand Final at the Pennsylvania Championship at White Manor, put together a weekend with scores of 89 and 88 for a 177 total score. Rounding out the top-three and sharing the honor are Julianne Lee and Jessica McClellan. Lee, who resides in nearby York, PA, earned scores of 95 and 89 for the weekend event. McClellan, who also hails from Pennsylvania in the town of Freeland, also finished off the weekend with scores of 95 and 89 as well.

 

The drama was indeed saved best for last at Hershey over the weekend, as a sudden-death playoff was forced in the Boys 14 & Under division between two great young players, Derek Mcglaughlin and Lorenzo Sanz. After each finishing with scores of Par on the first two playoff holes, Mcglaughlin was able to hang on and secure the victory for the weekend by making Par again.

 

Mcglaughlin, who resides locally in Elizabethtown, PA, had a solid weekend of scores shooting 84 each round to earn himself a total score of 168.

 

Lorenzo Sanz takes home second-place for the weekend after also shooting scores of 84 each round at Hershey CC. Sanz, of Glen Arm, MD, has now earned himself consecutive top-three finishes in his first two IJGT events of 2018.

 

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The full list of Faldo Series Qualifiers will be made available at IJGT.com on May 8th, 2018.

 

The IJGT returns to action again next weekend as it plays host to the Lowcountry Championship at Dolphin Head Golf Club. Following that event, the IJGT will be set to host its annual Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, taking place at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, FL.

 

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Weekend Recap: Faldo Series Florida Championship

Familiar Faces Return to Winner’s Circle at Faldo Series Florida Championship

Dongjin Park and Ying-Ting Hsieh earn top prize at Falcons Fire; Sumaer Dhalla earns first IJGT Victory

 

Kissimmee, FL: The International Junior Golf Tour continued to heat up its Spring Schedule as it returned to sunny Central Florida for its fourth-consecutive Faldo Series Qualifying opportunity as Falcons Fire played host to the Florida Championship. Falcons Fire is a favorite amongst the players with ideal course conditions perfect for low-scoring opportunities.

Players from over 20 countries gathered at the Orlando area course, competing to earn a spot in the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final, along with earning national golf rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

This is one of eight qualifiers IJGT has scheduled for the 2018 calendar year, with 2 of the top Boys U-18 and U-16 finishers earning an invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final. The Faldo Series also extends invitation to the top Girls U-18 and top U-16 finisher as well. The U.S. Grand Final is scheduled to take place at Bella Collina Golf Club (Florida) in October of 2018.

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For the Boys 15-19 Division crown, a heavy leaderboard was seen at the conclusion of round one and winning this event would take a valiant effort for Sunday’s final round. Two players rose to that challenge with both Dongjin Park and Erik Fogel each putting a 66 on their scorecard, but as previously seen there could only be one winner over the weekend. And after a solid opening round performance, Dongjin Park found himself in the winner’s circle once again.

 

 

Park, a native of Seoul, South Korea who is a current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA), notches his third victory of the Spring season and has already earned himself a spot to the Faldo Series Grand Final with his record-setting performance at Savannah Harbor. Park finishes the weekend shooting scores of 71 and 66 earning himself a finshing score of 137, good for 7-under par.

 

Jack Hughes claims his first top-three finish of the season by earning second-place for the weekend. The former resident of Snowmass Village, CO by way of BGGA had a very impressive weekend with scores of 69 and 71 for his finish of 140. As previously stated, Erik Fogel had quite the Sunday round putting a 66 on the leaderboard and leaping into third-place for the weekend. Fogel, a native of Sweden who is currently a student at the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) opened the weekend with a 76 for a 142 total finish.

 

In the Girls Division, 36-holes was simply not enough to decide our weekend winner as two well-deserving players; Ying-Ting Hsieh and One Kashima, earned their way into a sudden-death playoff. Each player made Par on the first two playoff holes, and on the third playoff hole, Ying-Ting Hsieh was able to knock down a 10-foot Birdie putt to earn herself winning honors at Falcons Fire.

 

 

Hsieh continues her impressive 2017-2018 campaign with IJGT, as this is her fourth victory of the season and second-consecutive win at Falcons Fire. The former resident of Huantan Township, Taiwan who is currently a student at BGGA, finished off the weekend with scores of 76 and 72 for a 148 total score.

 

One Kashima finishes off the weekend earning second-place honors at Falcons Fire. Kashima has also had quite an impressive stretch lately, as this is her third top three finish of the IJGT season. Kashima, who hails from Tochigi, Japan and currently resides at IJGA, finished off her weekend with consecutive scores of 74 earning a total of 148 as well.

 

Multiple players finished their weekend tying for third, as Chiara Arya, Tracy Lee, and Katya King all share the honor for the top-three finish. Arya, of Jakarta, Indonesia and current student at BGGA finishes with scores of 77 and 75 for a total finish of 152. Tracy Lee follows that as well with scores of 77 and 75 as well, earning the Seoul, South Korea native another top-three finish for the IJGT season. Katya King earns herself her first top-three of the IJGT season, as the nearby resident of Celebration, FL finishes with rounds of 75 and 77.

 

Earning himself his first IJGT victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division is Sumaer Dhalla. The Princeton, NJ native had an excellent weekend as he earns scores of 77 and 82 for a total score of 159. Rounding out the top-three are Muhamad Izwan Zaini and Harrison Freeze, as Izwan Zaini takes home second-place honors for the weekend. The former resident of Seri Kembangan, Malaysia who is a current student at IJGA earned scores of 85 and then division low of 75 on Sunday. Freeze earns himself his first top-three finish of the year with rounds of 79 and 84 for a 163 total finish.

 

A number of players also punched their ticket to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final, earning top qualifying spots that were up for grabs. The top qualifiers for the Boys U-18 division were Erik Fogel and Andreas Huber. The top qualifiers for the Boys U-16 category are Jack Hughes and Kaleb Palm.

 

Earning spots in the Girls competitive divisions are Katya King and Tracy Lee for the Girls U-18 division. For the U-16 division, One Kashima and Yukiko Takasato.

 

The full list of Faldo Series Qualifiers will be made available at IJGT.com on May 1st, 2018.

 

 

The IJGT will host a fifth-consecutive Faldo Series Qualifier next week, as they return to the “Sweetest Place on Earth” as Hershey Country Club plays host to the Northeast Championship. There will be another Faldo Series Qualifying opportunity later on this Summer for the New York Championship at Bristol Harbour Golf Club.

 

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Weekend Recap: Tickets Punched to Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final with Big Final Rounds

Alex Lamarca and Fiona Khaing take home top honors at South Carolina Championship; earn invitation to U.S. Grand Final

 

Hilton Head Island, SC: The International Junior Golf Tour returned to its “home-base” that is the beautiful area of the Lowcountry as Palmetto Hall was the site of the Faldo Series South Carolina Championship over the weekend. A heavy international field, sprinkled in with some of the best local talent was on full display on the Arthur Hills design course for a 36-hole stroke play event. Invitations to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final were on the line for a second-consecutive weekend, giving the field a special opportunity to compete in the annual event.

 

This being one of the eight qualifiers the IJGT has scheduled for the 2018 calendar year, 2 of the top Boys U-18 and U-16 finishers earn an invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final, along with the top Girls U-18 and top U-16 finisher as well. The U.S. Grand Final is scheduled to take place at Bella Collina Golf Club (Florida) in October of 2018.

 

In our Boys 15-19 Division, the bar was set high with an impressive opening round from Aryaman Mohan after an even-par 72 on Saturday. The lead group would feature Mohan, Alex Lamarca and John Del Priore as the lead was only within 3-shots of the following competitors.

 

Lamarca was able to remain consistent again on Sunday morning, firing a 75 (3-over par) to finish out the weekend and eventually land him in first place on the leaderboard. Lamarca, a student attending the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) from Westwood, NJ also shot a 75 on Saturday’s opening round to finish his weekend with a total score of 150. This is Lamarca’s first win of the IJGT season and grants him invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

 

Aryaman Mohan finishes the weekend with a brilliant effort earning him second-place honors after a final round of 81 on Sunday, earning him a total score of 153. Mohan, formerly of Lusaka, Zambia is also a current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA) in Florida. Tying for second after a valiant effort on Sunday is Kotaro Murata. Murata, of Matsuyania City, Japan and current student at IJGA, continues his impressive play of this IJGT season. Murata finished the weekend with scores of 78 and 75, to earn a total of 153 for the weekend.

 

After Saturday’s round, two players shared the lead atop the Girls Division but only one would be able to walk away as the champion at Palmetto Hall. Fiona Khaing battled the elements from start to finish and was able to secure victory after a stellar final round Sunday of 79. The current student at IJGA by way of Yangon, Myanmar, paired her 79 with her 83 from Saturday to earn her a finish of 162.

 

Following in nearby second-place is Maria Fedorowycz of Kyiv, Ukraine. Fedorowycz played consistently all weekend and earned herself scores of 84 and 84 to total 168. Rounding out the top-three for the Girls Division is savannah Weyrauch. The Bloomington, IN native bounced back strongly on Sunday shooting an 81 to pair with her 89 from round one. Weyrauch finished the weekend with a total score of 170.

 

The most impressive performance of the weekend had to be from the Boys 14 and Under Division on Sunday, where Zaid Khan put on a remarkable performance of 3-under par for the final round, and earned himself another victory with the IJGT.

 

Khan, of El Dorado Hills, CA who currently is a student at IJGA, opened his weekend with an 85 before his record-low round Sunday to finish the weekend at a total of 154. Khan now has two IJGT wins in consecutive weeks as he continues his impressive Spring campaign.

 

Finishing in second-place is Eugene Kang of Seongnam, South Korea. Kang, who is also a student at IJGA, finished the weekend with scores of 87 and 85 for a total of 172. Rounding out the top-three is Muhamad Izwan Zaini. The youngster from Seri Kembangan, Malaysia finishes out his weekend with scores of 82 and 91 for a 173 finish.

 

 

The IJGT will continue its string of Faldo Series Qualifying events again next weekend as the Florida Championship will be played at Falcons Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee, FL. A bi-annual stop for the IJGT, the Orlando area course will play as a perfect host-site to an event with invitations on the line for the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

 

Following the Faldo Series Florida Championship, there will be two more opportunities to qualify for the U.S. Grand Final. The Northeast Championship is scheduled to be played at Hershey Country Club on May 5-6, and then later on this Summer the New York Championship will be competed for at Bristol Harbour Golf Club.

 

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Golf Legend Nick Faldo Presides over IJGA Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Bluffton, SC. April 16, 2018. Six-time Major Champion Sir Nick Faldo presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony for IJGA’s stunning Performance Training Center at the IJGA headquarters in Bluffton, SC. IJGA recently underwent a $2 million building renovation turning an iconic 20,000 sq. ft. horse barn into a state-of-the-art indoor training facility for junior golfers.

Under the direction of British PGA Master Professional and IJGA Director of Golf, Jonathan Yarwood oversees golf instruction for IJGA’s international juniors. The new facility includes indoor hitting bays, short game area and a Performance Studio, which houses the Swing Catalyst Force Plate equipment. Golf-centric technical equipment such as TrackMan, BodiTrak, K-Vest and SAM PuttLab provide players with immediate feedback on swing analytics.

Outdoors, construction has recently begun on an 18-hole, 9-green, par-3 “Challenge Course” and St. Andrews Links style “Himalayas” putting green located on the grounds of IJGA’s Old Carolina campus.

Sir Faldo hosted a special golf clinic for IJGA student-athletes and the general public prior to the Grand Opening. The three-time Masters champion, RBC Heritage title winner, CBS and Golf Channel Announcer demonstrated a variety of distance shots and short-game techniques which helped him achieve legendary success throughout his victorious career.

About Sir Nick Faldo: A former World Number 1 in the Official Golf Ranking for a total of 98 weeks and winner of six major Championships with more than 40 tournament victories in total, Faldo is regarded as the most successful golfer Britain has ever produced. Nick Faldo received knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in November of 2009 for his lifetime contribution to the game golf. Sir Nick Faldo is the only living golfer to receive such an honor.

 

Weekend Recap: Higher Stakes and Bigger Rewards for Winners of IJGT Faldo Series Championships

High Stakes and Bigger Rewards for Winners at IJGT Faldo Series Championships

New Jersey and Pennsylvania Faldo Series Championships Live up to the Hype as new winners are crowned and top finishers earn U.S Grand Final Invites

 

Hilton Head Island, SC: The International Junior Golf Tour held one of their biggest weekends of the year thus far for 2018, as two Faldo Series Championships were held with invitations on the line for the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final. The two host sites for the events, Architects Golf Club (New Jersey) and White Manor Country Club (Pennsylvania) were the perfect stage for juniors from all over the United States to gather for these prestigious events. The juniors also were competing for national junior golf rankings, such as Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings and Golfweek Rankings as well.

 

Debuting the partnership in the early Fall of 2017, the IJGT and Faldo Series are joining together to give domestic golfers a chance to compete on the world stage. The Faldo Series hosts 35 annual tournaments in 30 countries worldwide, and has set the stage for junior golfers internationally to compete in these high stakes competitions against some of the best players in the world.

 

Through the eight qualifiers the IJGT has scheduled for 2018, 2 of the top Boys U-18 and U-16 finishers earn an invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final, along with the top Girls U-18 and top U-16 finisher as well. The U.S. Grand Final is scheduled to take place at Bella Collina Golf Club (Florida) in October of 2018.

 

From our Pennsylvania Championship at White Manor, the star-studded field was going to be a true battle of skill and determination for the 36-hole stroke play event. And even after 36-holes took place, a winner was still not decided. A four-way playoff including Alex Kyriacou, David Hurly, Jaden Weisman and Patrick Sheehan was then arranged in sudden-death format.

 

After each scoring Par on the opening playoff hole, Alex Kyriacou and Jaden Weisman were able to extend the tournament that then moved on to a the second playoff hole to decide the weekend winner. After making Par again on the second-playoff hole and 38-holes of competition, Alex Kyriacou stood alone as the weekend winner.

 

Kyriacou, a native of Suffern, NY stormed back Sunday to earn his way into the playoff with a final round of 75 to pair with his Saturday of 78. Kyriacou finished his weekend with a total score of 153 on the Par-71 course. This win gives Kyriacou his first victory of his 2018 season and the IJGT season, along with earning an invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

 

Jaden Weisman, Patrick Sheehan and David Hurly all hold the honors together finishing tied for second-place at the Pennsylvania Championship. Weisman, a local standout right from Malvern, PA earned scores of 75 and 78 over the weekend and also earns an invitation to the Faldo Series Grand Final later this year. Patrick Sheehan of Doylestown, PA put together an impressive weekend with rounds of 74 and 79 to finish tied for second. Rounding out our top finishers, David Hurly of Newtown Square, PA earned rounds of 74 and 79 as well.

For our Girls Division competition, Lauren Peter started out strong, and finished that way as well earning her first IJGT victory of the season. The Ohio State University Golf commit from Carmel, NY has had put together a number of accolades during her junior golf career, and now she adds in a Faldo Series invitation to the list as well. Peter put together scores of 73 and 78 for a 151 total finish.

 

Following Peter in the Girls Division is Kayleigh Zeman of Silver Spring, MD with scores of 79 and 84 for a 163 total finish. Zeman also earns herself an invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final later on in October of 2018. Rounding out the top three is Megan Meng of Pennington, NJ. Meng earned rounds of 77 and 88 to finish her weekend.

 

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Lorenzo Sanz picks up his first ever victory with the IJGT after scores of 80 and 95 during the weekend. Sanz, who is from Glen Arm, MD earned a total score of 175 at White Manor. Finishing in second-place is Chase Stephano of Radnor, PA after earning scores of 82 and 99. Then rounding out the top three is Ryan Rearden of Yardley, PA. Rearden put together scores of 89 and 96 for the weekend.

 

 

At our second location for a Faldo Series Championship over the weekend, players gathered at Architects Golf Club in Lopatcong, NJ. The bi-annual stop for the IJGT is a favorite amongst the players every season, and was a perfect setting for a Faldo Series Qualifying event to the U.S. Grand Final.

As with every event, it is always important to start fast and make a good mark on the leaderboard heading into the final round. With Sunday’s weather below forty degrees and wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour, it became even more important to accomplish on Saturday’s opening round.

 

For both Brandon Valvano and Angela Lee, these superb juniors seized that opportunity at hand on Saturday’s opening round with impressive opening scores. Valvano put on the performance of the weekend with a 69 on Saturday, while Lee put on an impressive display herself in the Girls Division earning themselves victories for the Faldo Series New Jersey Championship.

 

Valvano, who hails from nearby Franklin Lakes, NJ now earns himself an invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final after following with a 76 on Sunday to earn himself a 145 total finish.

 

Making a charge up the leaderboard on Sunday was Tyler Galantini, and with his impressive performance earned himself second-place for the event. Galantini, from West Orange, NJ shot scores of 75 and 74 over the weekend to eventually land himself a spot in the Faldo Series U.S. Final later this year. Rounding out the top three is Brian Li of Warren, NJ. Li had an impressive weekend with scores of 72 and 78 for a 150 total score.

 

As previously stated, Angela also made quite the statement in her opening round, and followed it again Sunday with a score of 81 in the brutal conditions in. New Jersey. Lee, of Hillsdale, NJ finished off the weekend with a score of 151 and her first IJGT victory of the season.

 

In second-place, Katie Li takes home the honors after scores of 77 and 77 during the weekend rounds. This is Li’s second top three finish in an IJGT event this season, and now earns an invitation to the Faldo Series Grand Final as well in the U-16 competing division. Rounding out the top three is Maya Torpey of Malvern, PA. Torpey, who also competed in the inaugural U.S. Grand Final at Bella Collina, now earns a trip back after a weekend with scores of 78 and 89.

 

For the Boys 14 & Under Division, Andrew Liu took home his first career victory and first IJGT win of his young but sure to be promising junior career. Liu, of Clinton, NJ finished the weekend shooting scores of 94 and 96.

 

The IJGT has three remaining Faldo Series Qualifiers on the schedule for the Spring of 2018, including three consecutively starting again this weekend. The Faldo Series South Carolina Championship will be held at nearby Palmetto Hall Golf and Country Club.

 

Following the playing of the South Carolina Championship, Faldo Qualifiers will be held at Falcons Fire (Florida), Hershey Country Club (Pennsylvania) and later on this summer at Bristol Harbour GC (New York).

 

The full list of Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final qualifiers will be posted on Tuesday April 17th on IJGT.com.

 

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Weekend Preview: Two Faldo Series Qualifiers in One Weekend!

IJGT Set for Big Weekend of Faldo Qualifiers

Architects and White Manor will be site of Qualifiers for Golfers earning an invitation to the U.S. Grand Final in the Fall

 

Hilton Head Island, SC: The Spring weather has finally arrived and with that comes time to turn up the dial on the Spring golf season for juniors all over the country. With that, the International Junior Golf Tour is set to host two Faldo Series Qualifiers over the weekend; one at the Architects Golf Club in Lopatcong, NJ for the New Jersey Qualifier, while in Malvern, PA White Manor Country Club is ready to open for the Pennsylvania Qualifier.

 

The Faldo Series and IJGT announced their partnership in the Fall of 2017, offering junior golfers in the United States an opportunity to compete on the world stage. The Faldo Series hosts 35 annual tournaments in 30 countries worldwide, and has set the stage for junior golfers internationally to compete in high stakes competition against the best players in the world.

 

By way of qualifiers, the top two finishing players from the Faldo Series Boys U-18 and Boys U-16 divisions will earn invitations to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final to be held at Bella Collina Golf Club in Montverde, FL. Additionally, the highest finishing Girls players in the U-18 and U-16 divisions earn an invitation to the U.S. Grand Final.

 

Set to host the New Jersey Qualifier, Architects Golf Club is a bi-annual stop for the IJGT, as it is one of the favorite venues on the schedule for junior golfers. Rated as one of the top three public courses in the state of New Jersey, The Architects Golf Club is a course takes you on a memorable adventure as you play holes designed to pay tribute to the best golf course designers in the history of the game.

 

In the Fall of 2017, Architects hosted a Faldo Qualifier for the 2017 edition of the Faldo Series U.S. final. Jairus Gaines of Baltimore, MD was the winner of the event in the Boys Division and went on to play in the star-studded U.S. Final, while the Girls champion was Inseo Huh of Closter, NJ.

 

White Manor Country Club is set to host its first Faldo Qualifier for the Pennsylvania Championship portion of the events. The fantastic Bobby Weed redesigned course is home to the Villanova University Men’s golf team and hosts a number of top junior and collegiate tournaments every year. Golf Week Magazine ranks White Manor as the number three modern design golf course and fourteen overall in the state of Pennsylvania.

 

Past champions of IJGT events at White Manor include Neal Shipley of Pittsburgh, PA and Rylie Heflin of Avondale, PA. This year, players will be playing for more with a chance to earn an invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

 

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Weekend Recap: Orange Lake Open Results; Looking ahead to Faldo Qualifiers this Weekend

 

 

Murata Puts on a Clinic Earning First-Place at Orange Lake Open

Murata earns second victory of IJGT Season; goes wire-to-wire for first victory in 2018

 

Kissimmee, FL: The International Junior Golf Tour returned to the sun-filled skies and warm temperatures of Central Florida this past weekend, as the playing of the Orange Lake Open took place at The Reserve Course at Orange Lake Resort. A heavy internationally based field gathered outside of Orlando for the event as players competed for national junior golf rankings, while the winners of the respective divisions earned invitations to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final in the Fall of 2018.

 

For the Boys 15-19 Division, Kotaro Murata started fast and never looked back on the competition. Holding a 3-stroke lead headed into the final round, Murata flashed his brilliant play yet again shooting a 72 during Sunday’s round, to go with his opening round of 71.

 

Murata, a native of Matsuyania City, Ehime, Japan and a current student at the International Junior Golf Academy, earns himself his second victory of the IJGT season and first of the new year here in 2018.

 

Following out the top three and finishing in second-place is Simone Colozza of Italy. Colozza, a current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, put together weekend scores of 75 and 76 for a total of 151. Rounding out the top-three is Jack Hughes. The Snowmass Village, Colorado native by way of Bishops Gate, played consistently throughout the weekend with scores of 76 each, to total 152.

 

In the Girls Division, Chiara Arya earned herself her first IJGT victory of the season with scores of 75 and 78 Sunday afternoon. Arya, who hails from Jakarta, Indonesia and is also a Bishops Gate academy student, has committed to play golf next fall at Wichita State University.

 

Following her closely in second-place is Maria Fedorowycz, who had a stellar Sunday round of 77 to go with her opening round 80. Fedorowycz is a native of Kyiv, Ukraine and student of nearby Bishops Gate Golf Academy. Rounding out the top-three is Alexandra Cornell of Poole, England. Cornell had a superb weekend as well, putting together scores of 80 and 79 for a 159 total finish.

 

And lastly, in the competition for the Boys 14 & Under crown, Zaid Khan lit up the leaderboard Sunday afternoon with a score of 70 (1-under Par) to fully complete his first victory of his IJGT career. Khan opened the weekend with an 85 to go with his 70 on Sunday, earning himself a total finish of 155. Khan is currently a student of the International Junior Golf Academy from El Dorado Hills, CA.

 

Earning second-place for the weekend is Muhamad Izwan Zaini of Seri Kembangan, Malaysia. Zaini earns himself yet another top-three finish, after earning scores of 84 and 79 over the weekend at Orange Lake. Rounding out the top-three is Jimmy Wei of Windermere, FL. Wei finished his weekend at a total score of 173, after scores of 88 and 85.

 

The IJGT returns to the Northeast part of the United States next weekend as two Faldo Series Qualifiers will take place. Playing of the Faldo Series New Jersey Championship will be held at the popular Architects Golf Club in Lopatcong, NJ. The Faldo Series Pennsylvania Championship will also be taking place outside of Philadelphia at White Manor Country Club.

 

The Faldo Series Grand Final will take place later on this year in 2018, at Bella Collina Golf Club in Montverde, FL.

 

To view either of these events, or view the rest of the upcoming IJGT schedule, be sure to view the Schedules tab on IJGT.com.

 

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Weekend Recap: Morganti and Li Hop into First Place at Jersey Tee Off Classic

 

 

 

Despite cold and windy conditions at Greate Bay, Morganti and Li earn their first victories of IJGT Season.

 

Somers Point, NJ: Despite the unseasonal Spring weather and longing cold, the International Junior Golf Tour resumed play in the Northeast this holiday weekend, with the annual playing of the Jersey Tee Off Classic at Greate Bay Country Club. The former host site of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, juniors truly battled the elements over the weekend with high winds and low temperatures. The first Northeast event of the year had a number of national junior golf rankings on the line, along with the winner earning an invitation to the Faldo Series US Grand Final (Fall of 2018).

 

In the Boys 15-19 Division, play was very competitive from the opening tee shot with a number of talented players from the Garden state and beyond. However, the play of Pennsylvania native, Joseph Morganti led the from the beginning and to the final putt.

 

Morganti, a native of Havertown, PA, earned the first-place finish after shooting scores of 79 and 80, for a total score of 159. The victory is Morganti’s first of the IJGT season, earning himself an invitation to the Faldo Series Grand Final at Bella Collina.

 

Making a charge up the leaderboard Sunday to earn the second-place finish is Jeffrey Li. The resident of Basking Ridge, NJ, Li shot the low final round total of 76 Sunday afternoon, before scoring an opening-round 84 to total 160.

 

In third-place is Andrzej Wierzba of Warsaw, Poland. Wierzba also had a fantastic final round to crowd the leaderboard, earning a score of 80 to go with his opening round 82.

 

For the Girls Division, play was most impressive as well with a crowded leaderboard heading into Sunday’s final round. Katie Li was able to persevere to the top of the leaderboard after entering the day only 4-strokes off the lead. A resident of Basking Ridge, NJ, Li paired her 79 with a round one score of 81 to earn her first victory of the IJGT season.

 

Tying in second-place behind Li are Emma Shen and Angela Lee. Shen, who was the leader after round one with a score of 77, put together a final round of 87 to finish her weekend. The resident of Tenafly, NJ finished with a total of 164. Lee, who hails from nearby Hillsdale, NJ, finished her weekend with scores of 79 and 85 to also total 164.

 

In our final contest of the weekend, Jaden Han takes home first-place in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Han, a resident of Mahwah, NJ, finished his weekend with scores of 101 and 98 to earn his first victory of the IJGT season. Following closely in second-place is Andrew Liu. The Clinton, NJ native ended the weekend with scores of 112 and 103.

 

 

The IJGT resumes play again next weekend as we return to the Southeast section of the United States. The playing of the Orange Lake Open will take place at the Orange Lake Reserve outside of Orlando, FL.

 

The IJGT returns to the Northeast again in two weeks, as two Faldo Series Qualifiers will be taking place at White Manor and Architects Golf Club.

 

To view these events and see more of the upcoming schedule, visit the schedules tab at IJGT.com.

 

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Weekend Recap: Local Stars Shine Bright in South Carolina Open

 

Bluffton, SC: The International Junior Golf Tour resumed play over the weekend as they returned to the Lowcountry, as play of the South Carolina Open was held at Crescent Pointe Golf Club. A strong contingent of local junior golfers, along with a number of international players gathered at the Arnold Palmer Signature course competing for National Junior Golf Rankings.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, play was spectacular as a number of players at one point held the top-spot of the leaderboard. However, on this weekend there could be only one weekend as conditions proved tough during both rounds of play. Local star Johnathan Griz was shined bright on Sunday as he surged up the leaderboard earning himself his first IJGT victory of the season.

Griz, a 2022 graduate who resides in nearby Hilton Head Island, also earned himself the low final round firing a one-under par 70, to go with his 74 earning him a total score of 144.

Finishing closely in second-place is Yannick Artigolle, who had a very impressive weekend after scores of 75 and 71. The resident of Hong Kong earned a final score of 146. Tying in third-place are Ronan Cowhey and Lou Tan. Cowhey, a former resident of Dublin, Ireland and student of the nearby International Junior Golf Academy, put together solid rounds of 76 and 74. Lou Tan finished his weekend with rounds of 76 and 74 as well, both totaling at a final score of 150.

For the Girls Division, local-standout Sophia Burnett was able to go wire-to-wire for her second victory of the IJGT season. Burnett was able to hold onto the lead despite the windy gusts provided at Crescent Pointe, shooting scores of 75 and 76 for her final score of 151.

Rounding at the top three and tying for second-place are Maria Fernanda Sosa and Katherine Hesse. Sosa, formerly of Monterrey, Mexico, had a solid final round of 75 to go with her opening-round of 82. Hesse, who hails from Bremen, Germany, earned scores of 77 and 80 to earn her 157 total finish.

Taking first-place in the Boys 14 & Under Division is Eduard Tor Clemente of Spain. Tor Clemente had a solid weekend with scores of 85 and 84. In second-place is Tomas Junquera of Spain. Junquera earned himself scores of 85 and 88 over the weekend. Rounding out the top three is Muhamad Izwan Zaini. A former resident of Malaysia, Zaini finished the weekend with scores of 91 and 89.

The IJGT will make its way back to the Northeast part of the United States for Easter Weekend, as play of the Jersey Tee Off Classic at Greate Bay will take place. To view more about this event, or an upcoming event near you be sure to visit the schedules tab on IJGT.com.

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