Final Results from the IJGT Reno Junior

 

Holetz triumphs at ArrowCreek
Duan delivers in the Girls Division

RENO, Nev. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Reno Junior at ArrowCreek Country Club on May 4-5. Breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada mountain range greeted the competitors on the Legend Course at ArrowCreek Country Club during the 36-hole competition. High winds made scoring difficult challenging the mental toughness of the entire field.


Harrison HoletzHarrison Holetz of Incline Village, Nev., took home his first IJGT title after putting together two great rounds on the weekend. Saturday, he began his round with a bogey on the first hole, but quickly responded with two birdies in his next five holes. After struggling for two holes, Holetz hit the best shot of the tournament on No. 9, which lead to an eagle on the 593 yard par-5. Holetz carried the momentum to the back nine giving him a 1-over-par 73 on the day. This was the lowest score of the day, giving him the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award.

Going into Sunday’s final round, Holetz had a three-stroke lead over David Hinitz of Reno, Nev. It quickly tightened up as Holetz made a few costly mistakes in the first 11 holes. After Hinitz made birdie on No. 14 on the Legend Course at ArrowCreek Country Club, the Boys 15-19 Division was tied. This is when Holetz turned it up a notch. He finished par-eagle-birdie-par to capture the title and finish his day with a 5-over-par 77.

“Today, I had a funky front nine and then on the back, I started really bad, but came back at the end with par-eagle-birdie-par,” commented Holetz. “So that was helpful.”

The key to Holetz’s success was his dominance on the par 5s. He played them in 5-under-par over the course of the weekend.

Hinitz could not match Holetz’s finish, but was still able to secure second place with a solid tournament total of 153. Finishing in third place was Patrick Phelps of Reno, Nev., who recorded a tournament score of 164. Phelps’s final-round score of 2-over-par 74 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.


Alice DuanAlice Duan of Reno, Nev., took home the crown in the Girls Division after putting together two solid rounds at ArrowCreek Country Club. Duan’s 5-over-par 77 on Saturday was very impressive and the best score in the Girls Division in the tournament. Her round was highlighted by three birdies and 10 pars. Duan played her last seven holes in 1-under-par.

On Sunday, the rain and wind caused issues for many players including Duan. She was not able to replicate her success from Saturday missing many putts by mere inches. However, because she built herself a sizeable lead she cruised to victory with an 85 on Sunday. Her final-round score earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This was Duan’s first IJGT title and

“Well the first day was really nice for me,” said Duan. “I made a few crucial putts and my irons were great…they put me in a good position to score.”

Finishing in second place in the Girls Division was Carly Farthing of Reno, Nev., with a tournament score of 175. Michelle Duan of Reno, Nev., took home third place after her tournament total of 179.
Griffin CooperIn the Boys 14 Under Division, Griffin Cooper of Yerington, Nev., finally came out on top earning his first IJGT victory in comeback fashion on Sunday at ArrowCreek. After a sub-standard 84 in the first round, Cooper responded with a solid 5-over-par 77 on Sunday to win the tournament by seven strokes. Trailing by one stroke going into the final round, Cooper knew he was going to have to avoid some of the large numbers he had on his scorecard from the previous day. Sunday’s round included two birdies and not a single score on his card worse than bogey.

“This week I felt confident in my putting,” said Cooper. “It really saved me in a lot of areas, even when I made dumb mistakes and missed opportunities.”

Finishing in second place in the Boys 14 Under Division was Presley Mackelburg of Reno, Nev., who carded a tournament total of 168 over the weekend. Taking third place was Cole Skach of Reno, Nev., finishing with a tournament score of 189.

The IJGT West Coast tour will be hosting the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North in Scottsdale, Ariz., on May 11-12. The Monument Course at Troon North is ranked the fifth “Best Course You Can Play” in the state of Arizona by Golfweek. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

RENO, Nev. – Final round results of the IJGT Reno Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 5, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Steel Tees – 6,793 yards, Par 72 (72.5/137).  Boys 14 Under Division: Rust Tees – 6,049 yards, Par 72 (67.9/129) Girls Division: Sage Tees – 5,733 yards, Par 72 (71.4/135).

Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the Low 70s, winds 10-15 mph
           Rainy with temperatures in the High 50s, winds 10-15 mph
International Junior Golf Tour
Reno Junior at ArrowCreek Country Club
Reno, Nev.
May 4-5, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division – (Steel Tees) Legend: 6,793 Yards, Par 72
1. Harrison Holetz, Incline Village, NV *73-77–150
2. David Hinitz, Reno, NV *75-78–153
3. Patrick Phelps, Reno, NV *90-74–164
4. Connor Motherway, Reno, NV *87-80–167
5. Ryan Hicks, Santa Monica, CA *88-80–168
6. Carl Beidle, Reno, NV *79-90–169
7. Ethan Gray, Winnemucca, NV *90-81–171
8. Kolby Loflin, Janesville, CA *91-82–173
9. David Larragueta, Reno, NV *89-97–186
10. Andy Demetras, Reno, NV *96-95–191
Boys 14 Under Division – (Rust Tees) Legend: 6.049 Yards, Par 72
1. Griffin Cooper, Yerington, NV *84-77–161
2. Presley Mackelburg, Reno, NV *83-85–168
3. Cole Skach, Reno, NV *96-93–189
Girls Division – (Sage Tees) Legend: 5,733 Yards, Par 72
1. Alice Duan, Reno, NV *77-85–162
2. Carly Farthing, Reno, NV *87-88–175
3. Michelle Duan, Reno, NV *93-86–179
4. Rachel Miles, Carson City, NV *101-106–207

Final Results from the AB Golf Designs Junior at Ravenwood

 Van Niekerk takes home first IJGT Title

Notaro earns comeback victory 

 

VICTOR, N.Y. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) played host to the AB Golf Designs Junior at the beautiful Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor, N.Y. 46 elite junior golfers representing five states competed for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points. Players and spectators were greeted with sunny skies and warm weather during this two day, 36-hole tournament.

 

Matthew Van NiekerkThe Boys 15-19 Division came down to the back nine, where Matthew Van Niekerk of Rochester, N.Y., took home the title. Van Niekerk had a solid first round carding a 6-over-par 78, but found himself trailing first-round leader Alec Miller of Pittsford, N.Y., by four strokes.

“I missed a lot of putts {in the first round},” said Van Niekerk. “I just took it easy when I got home, and told myself I have nothing to lose in the second round.”

Van Niekerk started his second round off strong,with two birdies and a spectacular eagle on the par-5 sixth hole carding a front-nine 4-under-par 32. He found himself tied with Miller at the turn, which made for an exciting finish on the back nine. Van Niekerk shot even-par on the back nine putting him in the clubhouse at 2-over-par 146. Miller needed to birdie the tough par-5 closing hole at Ravenwood to force a playoff. With the Van Niekerk watching, Miller stuck his approach shot six feet from the hole. Miller’s birdie putt fell just short, giving Van Niekerk his first IJGT Title.

“I have known Alec {Miller} for awhile, and I really wanted him to make that putt,” said Van Niekerk. “It feels really great to finally put a win under my belt, and I am really excited for the future.”

Van Niekerk’s final-round score of 4-under-par 68 earned him Clazic Belts Low Final Round honors.

Finishing second was Miller carding a weekend 3-over-par 147. Rounding out the top three in the Boys 15-19 Division was Ezekiel Zhao of Annapolis, Md., with a total score of 151.

Mike May

In the Boys 14 Under Division, Mike May of Auburn, N.Y., had a four-stroke lead heading into Sunday, after an impressive first round. Carding a 1-under-par 71 on Saturday, May earned KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro honors.

“I was pretty nervous on Sunday, but I knew I just needed to concentrate on my shots and make putts,” said May.

On Sunday, May started his final round off strong with three consecutive birdies carding a 3-under-par 33 on the front nine. With a comfortable lead after the turn, May just needed a consistent back nine to take home the AB Golf Designs Junior Title. May did just that, shooting even-par on the back nine and carding a tournament total 4-under-par 140.

“It feels great to win this weekend, and I played very well both days,” said May. “I played well both days, and I cannot complain.”

William Thomson of Pittsford, N.Y., finished second carding a weekend 7-over-par 151. Rounding out the top three in Boys 14 Under Division was Marc Holzhauer of Clarence Center, N.Y., with a final score of 152.

Sarah Notaro

Sarah Notaro of Williamsville, N.Y., had a spectacular comeback this weekend. After carding a 16-over-par 88 in the first round, Notaro trailed first-round leader and KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro winner Kristin Bromley of Pittsford, N.Y., by 10 strokes.

Putting Saturday’s round behind her, Notaro started her final round off strong with a 3-over-par 39 on the front nine. Even after her solid front nine, Notaro still trailed Bromley by four strokes after the turn. Notaro started her back nine off with four consecutive pars, and cut into Bromley’s lead. Notaro made par on No. 18, which was just enough to earn herself her first IJGT title after carding a tournament total of 166.

Notaro’s fantastic final round earned her Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award honors.

“It feels incredible to win my first IJGT Title,” said Notaro. “I have been working on my putting and it definitely paid off this weekend.”

Finishing just behind Notaro, was Bromley and Molly Balbierz of Hamburg, N.Y., both finishing with a tournament score of 167.

The IJGT Northeast Tour will travel Hershey, Pa., to host the Major Championship at Hershey Country Club presented by the  International Junior Golf Academy May 11-12. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear morodZ, PURE Grips, and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

 

VICTOR, N.Y. – Final round results of the IJGT AB Golf Designs Junior at Ravenwood conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 5, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Burgandy Tees – 6729 yards, Par 72 (73.0/136) Boys 14 Under Division: Black Tees – 6288 yards, Par 72 (70.6/126) Girls Division: Blue Tees – 6049 yards, Par 72 (74.5/133).

Weather: Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 5-10 mph winds
                 Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 60’s with 0-5 mph winds
International Junior Golf Tour
AB Golf Designs Junior at Ravenwood Golf Club
Victor, N.Y.
May 4-5, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division-(Bergundy Tees) 6,729 Yards, Par 72
1. Matthew Van Niekerk, Rochester, NY *78-68–146
2. Alec Miller, Pittsford, NY *74-73–147
3. Ezekiel Zhao, Annapolis, MD *75-76–151
4. Douglas Kulikowski, Pittsford, NY *76-76–152
5. Colin Dubnik, Rochester, NY *81-74–155
5. Connor Raeman, Canandaigua, NY *77-78–155
7. Danny Lapp, Trumansburg, NY *75-81–156
8. Christian Nizamis, Baldwinsville, NY *82-75–157
9. Michael McIntosh, Chittenango, NY *78-80–158
10. Chris Salone, Geneva, NY *87-72–159
11. Tyler Sands, New Canaan, CT *81-79–160
12. David Berkun, Getzville, NY *79-82–161
12. John Sandlas V, Seneca Falls, NY *78-83–161
14. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY *86-76–162
15. Daniel Thomas, Fayetteville, NY *81-82–163
16. Lee Hammerschmitt, Armonk, NY *85-79–164
17. Drew Derrenbacker, Fayetteville, NY *83-83–166
17. Alex Hepburn, Corning, NY *83-83–166
19. Kyle Bromley, Pittsford, NY *84-87–171
20. Alec Kunzwiler, Oswego, NY *86-88–174
21. Ben Brason, East Aurora, NY *89-86–175
22. Nick Santaro, Manlius, NY *90-88–178
23. Kevin Herlihy, Genneseo, NY *95-98—193
DID NOT FINISH
Gregory Sibick, Williamsville, NY *DQ (Rule 33-7)
Charlie Holt, Meadville, PA *-JWD
Boys 14 Under Division-(Black Tees) 6,223 Yards, Par 72
1. Mike May, Auburn, NY *71-69–140
2. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY *75-76–151
3. Marc Holzhauer, Clarence Center, NY *72-80–152
4. C.J. Hughes, Indiana, PA *78-77–155
5. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *77-80–157
6. Ben Reichert, East Amherst, NY *78-83–161
7. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *85-77–162
8. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *85-78–163
9. Ryan Rybicki, Remsen, NY *85-80–165
10. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY *82-84–166
11. Andy Bronstein, Pittsford, NY *83-92–175
11. Justin Rockwell, New Hartford, NY *82-93–175
13. John Michael Sullivan, Camillus, NY *88-89–177
13. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *93-84–177
15. Teddy Trosset, Cooperstown, NY *93-98—191
Girls Division-(Blue Tees) 5,956 Yards, Par 72
1. Sarah Notaro, Williamsville, NY *88-78–166
2. Kristen Bromley, Pittsford, NY *78-89–167
2. Molly Balbierz, Hamburg, NY *86-81–167
4. Emily Doyle, Horseheads, NY *92-85–177
5. Natalie Squillace, Slingerlands, NY *88-95–183
6. Lauren Kase, North Tonawanda, NY *101-89–190

 

Notes from the First Round – Reno Junior at ArrowCreek

 

RENO, Nev. – Located 4,505 feet above sea level, ArrowCreek Country Club provided a scenic setting for the first round of the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Reno Junior. With many demanding tee shots, the Legend Course, proved very difficult for many of the golfers competing in the Event.

Harrison Holetz

The first round was highlighted by Harrison Holetz of nearby Incline Village, Nev., with his opening round 1-over-par 73. Holetz holds the clubhouse lead going into Sunday and earned the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award after his impressive showing on Saturday.

Holetz by the Number

2015 – Grad Year
73 – lowest round of the day
35 – back-nine score
4 – birdies
1 – eagle (made a 1 foot putt on the 593 yard, par-5 ninth hole)

Alice DuanIn the Girls Division, Alice Duan of Reno, Nev., displayed great shots from tee to green on the way to her 5-over-par 77. She has the lead and will look to pick up her first IJGT Title tomorrow at the Legend Course at ArrowCreek Country Club.

Duan by the Number

2016 – Grad Year
39 – front-nine score
38 – back-nine score
10 – pars
3 – birides including one on No. 18

Presley MackelburgPlaying in his first ever IJGT tournament, Presley Mackelburg of Reno, Nev., ended atop of the leaderboard in the Boys 14 Under Division after an opening score of 83. He was deadly with his short irons almost holing out on No. 14 from 120 yards.

Mackelburg by the Number

2018 – Grad Year
8 – pars
5 – consecutive pars on the back nine
1 – birdie

The final round of the IJGT Reno Junior will begin tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on the Legend Course at ArrowCreek Country Club. For tee times please click here.

Pace of Play – IJGT Educational Series

 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Held April 11-14, 2013, the Masters was one of the most talked about in history for several different reasons: Adam Scott took home the Green Jacket to Australia for the first time in history; Tiger Woods was nearly disqualified after an improper drop in the second round; and Tianlang Guan made the cut as the youngest player to ever qualify for the Masters.

That is not where the Guan conversation ends.

During the second round, Guan and his playing partners were told that they were out of position on the 10th tee and Guan received his first personal warning on No. 13. The official reportedly told Guan four times that he was playing slowly before the penalty was assessed after Guan exceeded the 40-second time limit hitting his second shot on No. 17.

Tianlang GuanThe 14-year-old, China native was given a one stroke penalty on the 17th green during the second round for slow play. Instead of carding a 2-over-par 74, Guan suddenly was 4-over- par for the tournament and sitting right on the cut line. As the rest of the field finished their round, the world watched waiting to see Guan’s fate.

Social media lit up with fans, players, analysts and avid sports fans weighing in on the situation. Many argued that Guan was being targeted as a player that many young people were watching. Others believed that it was right for him to receive a penalty after continued warnings.

Slow play is nothing new to the PGA TOUR. Plagued with a history of slow play, the PGA TOUR has often been criticized for being loose on the pace of play issue that is overwhelming the golf industry. Was the Masters the right this time to lay down the law? It is believed that this is the first slow-play penalty ever issued during the Masters. The last slow-play penalty handed down on the PGA TOUR was against Glenn Day in the third round of the 1995 Honda Classic.

Regardless of whether or not Guan should have been given the penalty, most agree that something needs to be done about slow play. The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) has a pace of play policy for tournaments to help junior golfers prepare for the fast play required in college tournaments, and, apparently, the Masters.

How can we speed up play?

All scorecards handed out at IJGT Events include the pace of play hole-by-hole times on the cards. Juniors can easily monitor their own pace by looking at their time or also by looking for the group in front of them. Many golfers believe that they are in position if they cannot see the group behind them. Your position on the golf course has nothing to do with the group behind you, but only the group ahead.

Be sure to start checking yardage books and using range finders while other players are hitting. Be respectful, but be ready to hit by the time it is your turn. Playing ‘ready golf’ cuts out a lot of unnecessary time on the course.

Place your bag nearer to the next tee box when you are on the green. As seen in Guan’s situation, every second counts. Placing your bag between the green and the next tee box will help get you to the next hole faster and out of the way of the group behind you.

The IJGT has implemented the walk ahead policy to assist with pace of play. When playing in a group of three, the first player to hole out should gather their things and walk to the next hole and get ready to tee off. The second player to hole out will grab the flagstick while the third finishes the hole. As simple as it may seem, this method is extremely effective and can cut off over 25 minutes on a round.

Guan played exceptionally at the Masters. Even with the pace of play stroke penalty he was able to make the cut and play all four rounds at Augusta. Though the situation was one for the history books, it is one that junior golfers around the world will remember as they continue to hear more about pace of play in the future.

Photo of the Week – April 27-28, 2013

Northeast Tour

The International Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful Architects Golf Club last weekend for the Architects Cup. Jack Panagos of Hillsborough, N.J., took home the title in the Boys 15-19 Division, and was also selected as this week’s Photo of the Week with his strong following on Facebook. Panagos had two spectacular rounds last weekend including a second round 2-under-par 69. This was Panagos’s first IJGT Title, and we look forward to seeing him out on the course in the future!

Jack Panagos

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Southeast Tour

This week’s Photo of the Week in in the Southeast region goes to Paul Schumacher of Canton, Ohio. Schumacher had a solid tournament at the Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Junior at Shipyard, finishing second in the Boys 14 Under Division. In the picture he can be seen holding his second place trophy. This is Schumacher’s third top-three finish this season, and we expect even more in the future.

Paul Schumacher

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The Performance Cycle

Performance Cycle: The following training model is the ultimate key to continuous improvement and the opportunity to reach your full potential.

Mental Training Cycle

This training model will assist your development by…

-Creating a personalized training plan

-Building confidence

-Promoting self-evaluation

-Establishing ownership for personal growth

-Preventing burnout

-Assisting planning/communication between players, parents, coaches

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Matt CuccaroMatt Cuccaro is the Director of Mental Training at Junior Sports Corporation (JSC) on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Since joining JSC in 2006, Matt has trained numerous junior All-Americans, college players, and professional athletes from around the world. He received his Masters of Education in Counseling/Sport Psychology from Boston University and is an active member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Follow him on twitter @MentalCoachMatt

IJGT Returns to Hershey CC for Major Championship

LOPATCONG, N.J .The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is set to return to Hershey, Pa., for the Major Championship at Hershey Country Club presented by the IJGA May 11-12. This two-day, 36-hole event will be the final Major Championship of the season, and will take place on the PGA TOUR tested East Course at Hershey Country Club. This highly anticipated event will showcase some of the top junior golfers from around the world all competing for national recognition and double IJGT Merit Points.

Hershey Country ClubOpened in 1969, the par-71 East Course at Hershey Country Club is a golf enthusiast’s dream, featuring elevated greens, three sparkling lakes, and more than 100 bunkers. Designer George Fazio captured the natural beauty of central Pennsylvania’s countryside with views that golfers can appreciate on every hole. The course boasts numerous natural hazards, rolling fairways, and daunting greens, stretching 7,061 yards with a course rating of 74.5 and a slope rating of 136. The East Course has hosted several PGA tournaments, most recently the Nationwide Tour’s Reese’s Cup Classic, an event on professional golf’s development tour.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Roland Massimino of Lumberville, Pa., is coming of a second-place finish at the Architects Cup last weekend, and looks to capture his second IJGT Title of the season. Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., is seeking his first IJGT Title of his career after an impressive third-place finish last weekend. Marone has three top-three finishes this season, and looks to make breakthrough in a major way at Hershey Country Club.

Nate Menon of Wyomissing, Pa., will attempt to add to his impressive winning streak in the Boys 14 Under Division. Menon is coming off back-to-back first-place finishes after a very impressive finish at the Architects Cup carding a 5-under-par 137. Gus Minkin of York, Pa., is no stranger to success this season. Minkin finished first at the College Classic at Penn State University and has seven top-three finishes, which will make him a player to keep an eye on in the Boys 14 Under Division.

In the Girls Division, Katie Edelblut of New Hope, Pa., returns to the IJGT after two first-place finishes at the Colonial Open at Golden Horseshoe and the Bridgestone Series at Westfields. Sarah Kokotajlo of Ewing, N.J., is looking for her first IJGT Title after three top-five finishes this season. The Girls Division is filled with tons of talent, and will be an exciting division to watch.

Hershey Country Club will be open to optional practice rounds and IJGT registration, Friday, May 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Event will begin May 10 with tee times beginning at 8:00 a.m., and will end with an awards ceremony recognizing the top-three finishers in each division with trophies and tournament gifts immediately following the round Sunday, May 11.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

IJGT Returns to Troon North for PURE Grips Shootout

 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will return to Arizona for the fourth and final West Coast Event of the 2013 Spring Season. Held in Scottsdale, Ariz., the PURE Grips Shootout  at Troon North – Monument Course, will take place May 11-12, and will feature elite junior golfers ages 9-19 from around the world competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.

Pure GripsTroon North is a Tom Weiskopf design nestled in the heart of the Arizona desert with no shortage of scenic views and challenging holes. The Event will take place on the Monument Course, a course that gives true meaning to “desert course.” The Monument Course features narrow fairways and guarded greens. As one of the top ranked golf courses in the country, Troon North will challenge IJGT participants and provide a great atmosphere for what is sure to be an exciting event.

Troon NorthIn addition to the excellent course, tournament gifts and challenging competition, the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North is happy to announce that PURE Grips representatives will on-site offering free installation and merchandise during the Event weekend. PURE Grips offers a unique combination of performance, feel, durability and value unmatched in the golf industry. As part of their innovative technological advancements, PURE Grips are installed using a patent-pending quick-connecting tool that requires no adhesive tapes or solvents. All PURE Grips are guaranteed to remain supple and tacky and to perform in all conditions for 12 months. The representatives at the PURE Grips Shootout will also be available to answer questions about their services and product lines.

With a lot at stake, this tournament is quickly filling up with talented junior golfers. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Thomas Avant of Chandler, Ariz., returns to Troon North after an impressive performance there last December. He carded rounds of 76-75 during the PURE Grips Junior Open to finish tied for sixth place. Avant also had a great final-round performance at the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Resort, where he carded a 1-over-par 73. Avant will definitely be a player to watch as he attempts to take home his first IJGT title in his home state.

Troon North – Monument Course will be open for optional practice rounds and registration May 10 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The PURE Grips Shootout will begin with opening round tee times May 11 at 7 a.m. and will end with an awards ceremony recognizing the top-3 juniors in each division with tournament gifts and trophies.

This two-day, 36-hole Event is filling up quickly. Be sure to register today to reserve your spot in the field.

Click here to register for the PURE Grips Shootout.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

IJGT Returns to Falcon's Fire for the Orlando Junior

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is set to return to Kissimmee, Fla., for the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club May 11-12. After a successful tournament at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club last September, the IJGT is excited to be back in Florida. The Event will feature elite junior golfers ages 9-19 from around the world competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.

Falcon's FireLocated just minutes from the Walt Disney World Resort, Falcon’s Fire Golf Club was ranked “Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest 2010-2011. A Rees Jones designed course, Falcon’s Fire features plenty of bunkers and fairway undulation, requiring accurate tee-shot placement and touch around the greens. Falcon’s Fire is recognized both regionally and nationally as one of the finest public golf courses in the Orlando area.

The field for this Event is filling up quickly as anticipation builds for the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions held at Grand Cypress Golf Club, in Orlando, Fla., May 25-27.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, three former IJGT champions are returning to the tour. Manuel Velez of Panama City, Panama will attempt to defend his Falcon’s Fire title at the Orlando Junior. Last September, Velez won the Florida Swing at Falcon’s Fire. Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan is coming off a more recent win at the College Classic at Duke University and will try to take the title from Velez. Luke Tetreault of Horseheads, N.Y., went home with the title in late March at the Lowcountry Junior at Oldfield Golf Club. With these three former champions already in the field the Orlando Junior is sure to be an exciting Event.

The Boys 14 Under Division will feature another former IJGT champions. Andre Becerra of Zapopan, Mexico will be competing in the Orlando Junior hoping to take home his fourth IJGT title of the 2012-2013 season.  Becerra has seven top-5 finishes already this season, including his victory at the Florida Swing at Falcon’s Fire in September. He will not be without competition, however. Paul Schumacher of Canton, Ohio, will attempt to take home his first IJGT title this season. Schumacher had an impressive second-place finish at Falcon’s Fire in September.

The Girls Division will be equally exciting. Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, is coming off a win at an American Junior Golf Association preseason event. Siriko was named champion at the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters last October, and has 10 top-5 finishes already for the 2012-2013 season. Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, already has three IJGT titles for the season and 15 top-5 finishes. Nakatani is always a player to watch during IJGT Events. Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., returns to the IJGT after an impressive second-place finish at the College Classic at Duke University. Whaley has consistently finished inside the top five at IJGT Events and will definitely be a contender for the title at the Orlando Junior.

The Orlando Junior will begin May 11, at 7:30 a.m. with groups teeing off Nos. 1 and 10. The Event will conclude with an awards ceremony recognizing the top three juniors in each division with tournament gifts and trophies immediately following the conclusion of the final group on May 12.

Falcon’s Fire will be open for optional practice rounds and IJGT tournament registration, May 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information for this event or any others, please visit www.IJGT.com  external_link.png or call (843) 785-2444.

Click here to register for the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire to reserve your spot in this highly competitive field.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Final Results from the Architects Cup

 

Panagos takes home the Architects Cup
Menon wins back-to-back IJGT Titles

LOPATCONG, N.J. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) returned to beautiful Architects Golf Club in Lopatcong, N.J., April 27-28 for the 2013 IJGT Architects Cup. 111 junior golfers ages 9-19 representing seven states and two countries were treated with amazing weather and scenic views during this two day, 36-hole competition.

Jack PanagosIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Jack Panagos of Hillsborough, N.J., took home the Architects Cup first-place trophy after two great rounds of golf this weekend. Panagos played a very impressive first round with five birdies carding a 1-under-par 70, but Architects Golf Club employee, Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., had the lead heading into Sunday after carding a 2-under-par 69 on Saturday. Marone earned KENTWOOL Lo-Pro honors on his home course with his spectacular first-round play.

Panagos started his final round off with a bang with four consecutive birdies on the front nine, and lead the Boys 15-19 Division by two stokes at the turn. Second-place finisher Roland Massimino of Lumberville, Pa., birdied his first two holes on the back nine, making it an exciting back nine. Panagos carried his momentum into the back nine by carding two birdies and five pars to earn himself his first IJGT Title with a 3-under-par 139 final score.

“It feels awesome to win the title,” said Panagos. “I knew it would be tough to win this weekend with all of the great competition, and I feel really happy.”

Massimino finished in second right behind Panagos with a weekend 1-under-par 141. Rounding out the Boys 15-19 Division top three was Marone, Armando Olivieri of Greenwich, Conn., and Jake van Arkell of Haverford, Pa., all carding a weekend even-par 142.

Nate MenonComing off a first-place finish in the Boys 14 Under Division at the Western Pa. Major at Nemacolin, Nate Menon of Wyomissing, Pa., wanted to carry last weekend’s success into the Architects Cup. Menon started his weekend with a first-round 1-over-par 72, and found himself in a three-way tie with Sam Goldenring of Florham Park, N.J., and John Felitto of Mountainside, N.J. The Boys 14 Under Division was filled with low scores heading into Sunday, and Menon needed a spectacular final round to repeat last weekend’s success.

Menon started his second round off with a bang making birdies on his first two holes, giving him an early two-stroke lead. With two more birdies on the front nine, Menon had the championship title in his sights after the turn. After an impressive eagle on No. 1 (his 10th hole), Menon never looked back and carded a spectacular 6-under-par 65 in his final round, earning him Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award honors. With his great play over the weekend, Menon carded a weekend 5-under-par 137 tournament total.

“It feels really good to win this week,” said Menon. “I knew I had to shoot under-par in the second round to win this weekend, and thankfully I was able to do that.”

Goldenring finished in second place right behind Menon with a weekend 2-over-par 144. Rounding out the top three in the Boys 14 Under Division was Drew Tomback of New York City, N.Y., carding a final score of 147.

Brynn WalkerIn the Girls Division, Brynn Walker of St. Davids, Pa., carried a three stroke lead heading into Sunday’s final round. Her first-round 3-over-par 74 consisted of three birdies and nine pars, which earned her KENTWOOL Lo-Pro honors. With a talented field in the Girls Division, Walker had to bring her best game into Sunday’s final round.

Walker’s first round lead dwindled after a shaky front nine, giving Camilla Vik of Greenwich, Conn., a chance at a comeback. Vik’s front-nine score of 1-under-par 34 put the pressure back on Walker, who responded with birdies on No. 10 and No. 14. Walker was now in the driver’s seat and had the IJGT Title in her sights. Her first round lead was just too much for Vik, and Walker took home her first IJGT Title by carding a weekend 9-over-par 151.

“I’ve been chasing an IJGT Title for awhile,” said Walker. “After playing in three events this year it feels very good to win one.”

Finishing right behind Walker was Vik with a weekend 12-over-par 154. Vik’s final-round score of 3-over-par 74 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division was Cara Basso of Downington, Pa., carding a tournament total 13-over-par 155.

The IJGT Northeast Tour will travel to Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor, N.Y., to host the AB Golf Desgins Junior May 4-5. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear morodZ, PURE Grips, and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

 

LOPATCONG, N.J. – Final round results of the IJGT Architects Cup conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 28, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6724 yards, Par 71 (71.9/132) Boys 14 Under Division: Gold Tees – 6288 yards, Par 71 (70.1/124) Girls Division – 6049 yards, Par 71 (76.0/136)

Weather:

Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 60’s with 0-5 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 60’s with 5-10 mph winds

 

International Junior Golf Tour
The Architects Cup
Lopatcong, N.J.
April 27-28, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division-(Black Tees) 6,724 Yards, Par 71
1. Jack Panagos, Hillsborough, NJ *70-69–139
2. Roland Massimino, Lumberville, PA *72-69–141
3. Armando Olivieri, Greenwich, CT *73-69–142
3. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ *69-73–142
3. Jake van Arkel, Haverford, PA *70-72–142
6. Mike Hanrahan, Ossining, NY *72-73–145
7. James Nicholas, Scarsdale, NY *74-72–146
7. Tyler Sokolis, Doylestown, PA *73-73–146
7. Jared Mactas, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *72-74–146
7. Chad Hess II, Orefield, PA *72-74–146
7. Michael Rojas, Cliffside Park, NJ *71-75–146
12. Ryan Davis, Berkeley Heights, NJ *77-70–147
12. Nicholas Johnson, Moosic, PA *75-72–147
12. Brock Kovach, Wyomissing, PA *74-73–147
12. William Voetsch, New Vernon, NJ *74-73–147
12. Kwanwoo Kim, Tenafly, NJ *72-75–147
17. Kevin Kunkle, Walnutport, PA *78-70–148
17. John Foley, Limerick, PA *78-70–148
19. Kieran Purcell, Nutley, NJ *77-72–149
19. Justin Clark, New Canaan, CT *76-73–149
19. John Pak, Scotch Plains, NJ *73-76–149
22. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *77-73–150
22. Brandon Raihl, Wernersville, PA *75-75–150
24. Zachary Melnick, Blue Bell, PA *78-73–151
24. Rob Newhouse, New York, NY *77-74–151
24. C.J. Zachary, Hummelstown, PA *77-74–151
24. Michael Lamond, West Chester, PA *75-76–151
24. Kevin Godart, Ridgewood, NJ *74-77–151
24. Brendan Gutzler, Tinton Falls, NJ *74-77–151
30. Thomas Dunleavy, Darien, CT *77-75–152
30. Grant Schumaker, Macungie, PA *76-76–152
30. Steve Cerbara, Langhorne, PA *76-76–152
30. Bobby Firth, Jenkintown, PA *74-78–152
34. Zackary Potten, Wharton, NJ *80-73–153
35. Joe Markmann, Doylestown, PA *79-75–154
35. Griffin Colvin, Media, PA *78-76–154
35. Bret Howey, Nazareth, PA *80-74–154
35. Phillip Colevas, Rockville, MD *76-78–154
39. Tommy Hussong, Princeton Junction, NJ *78-77–155
39. Blake DiPaola, Long Valley, NJ *78-77–155
39. Robbie Seebold, Danville, PA *77-78–155
42. Bobby Piluso, Ridgewood, NJ *79-77–156
42. Andrew Bowyer, Summit, NJ *75-81–156
44. Spencer Shepperly, New Vernon, NJ *82-75–157
44. James Mongey, Morristown, NJ *77-80–157
46. Dan Eidman, Englewood, NJ *78-80–158
46. Sam Gallen, Reading, PA *78-80–158
46. Max Catucci, Weston, CT *78-80–158
46. Forrest Swisher, Hopewell, NJ *73-85–158
50. Brendan Bacskai, Berwyn, PA *80-79–159
50. Oliver Wade, New York, NY *79-80–159
50. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA *78-81–159
50. Gary McCabe, Collegeville, PA *80-79–159
50. Andrew DeMarco, Huntington, NY *81-78–159
50. Jonny Emmerman, Scarsdale, NY *80-79–159
56. Connor Miller, New Canaan, CT *79-81–160
56. Michael McIntosh, Chittenango, NY *79-81–160
56. Ty Zebrowski, Verona, NJ *78-82–160
56. Andrew Bove, Doylestown, PA *80-80–160
56. JeVon Bell, Marlton, NJ *76-84–160
61. Nick Shoup, Allentown, PA *79-82–161
61. Lee Hammerschmitt, Armonk, NY *85-76–161
61. Daniel Melcher, New York, NY *86-75–161
61. Ross Rabin, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *82-79–161
65. Nick Hallowell, Montvale, NJ *82-80–162
65. Tyler Smith, Bath, PA *80-82–162
67. Kenny Dorian, Riverside, CT *83-80–163
68. Austin Bailey, Pennington, NJ *84-81–165
69. Andrew Nappi, Glen Rock, NJ *79-87–166
69. Alex Bollington, Madison, NJ *84-82–166
69. Michael Braunstein, Roslyn Heights, NY *82-84–166
72. Parth Ahuja, Monmouth Junction, NJ *85-84–169
73. Jack Maresca, Rye, NY *86-84–170
73. Brad Holzer, Rye, NY *84-86–170
75. Ben Litt, Moorestown, NJ *90-81–171
76. Gregory Rothman, Moorestown, NJ *86-88–174
77. Callum McCaslin, Milford, PA *86-89–175
78. Ryan Conner, Newtown, PA *92-85–177
79. Cristian Cerza, Greenwich, CT *83-98–181
DID NOT FINISH
Jake Gurock, West Windsor, NJ *85-JWD
Boys 14 Under Division-(Gold Tees) 6,288 Yards, Par 71
1. Nate Menon, Wyomissing, PA *72-65–137
2. Sam Goldenring, Florham Park, NJ *72-72–144
3. Drew Tomback, New York City, NY *74-73–147
4. John Felitto, Mountainside, NJ *72-78–150
5. Ryan Skae, Old Tappan, NJ *79-72–151
6. Mike May, Auburn, NY *78-74–152
6. Isaac Gorenstein, Nyack, NY *74-78–152
8. Chris Chiminski, Penns Park, PA *79-77–156
9. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *87-78–165
10. Kyle Tillinghast, Manorville, NY *81-88–169
11. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY *90-86–176
12. Luke Sample, New York, NY *88-92–180
13. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *94-88–182
14. Peter Keane, Essex Fells, NJ *87-101–188
15. Sean Bacskai, Berwyn, PA *103-89–192
Girls Division-(Blue Tees) 6,049 Yards, Par 71
1. Brynn Walker, St. Davids, PA *74-77–151
2. Camilla Vik, Greenwich, CT *80-74–154
3. Cara Basso, Downingtown, PA *77-78–155
4. Sarah Kokotajlo, Ewing, NJ *77-79–156
5. Macky Fouse, Aliquippa, PA *79-79–158
6. Alexis Hios, Rye, NY *78-84–162
7. Emily Doyle, Horseheads, NY *83-81–164
8. Allyson Wentworth, Stewarstville, NJ *83-83–166
9. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ *85-85–170
10. Jess Wild, Stockton, NJ *91-82–173
10. Dawn Turner, Ottawa, Canada *87-86–173
12. Caroline Zhao, Greenwich, CT *84-90–174
13. Riley Smyth, Old Tappan, NJ *86-89–175
14. Julia Tonnessen, Flemington, NJ *89-88–177
15. Shannon Haselton, Sayville, NY *92-94–186
DID NOT FINISH
Christina Parsells, Bernardsville, NY *DQ (Rule 6-3a)