IJGT alum – Stephanie Meadow

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) alum Stephanie Meadow, who currently is a junior at the University of Alabama, has taken the women’s college Stephanie Meadowgolf scene by storm. Over the 2012-2013 season her accomplishments have been many including back-to-back wins at the Southeastern Conference Championship and the NCAA Regional Championship at Auburn University. Her biggest college tournament of the year is still to come when Meadow and her Alabama teammates travel to the University of Georgia Golf Course for the 2013 NCAA Championships May 21-24.

Alabama will be one of the favorties going into the National Championship as they will look to defend their title. Meadow is also in the running for the National Player of the Year. Currently she is ranked No. 2 by Golfweek and  No. 1 by Golfstat in all of college golf. The numbers do not lie. Meadow has the lowest scoring average in the entire nation and has performed her best in the most important tournaments. To read more about the NCAA Player of the Year battle click here for Golfweek’s Beth Ann Baldry’s take on the race.

While playing on the IJGT, Meadow collected many championships including the 2009 IJGT Tournament of Champions. Playing in highly competitive tournaments as a junior golfer has allowed Meadow to exceed at such a high level at the University of Alabama.

 

IJGT Announces 2012-2013 All-IJGT Team

ORLANDO, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) announced its 2012-2013 All-IJGT Team during the Awards Banquet at the 2013 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions held at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The top-10 players in each division in the season-long IJGT Merit Points Standings were named to the All-IJGT teams. The IJGT congratulates each of these players for their hard work over the course of the 2012-2013 season.

Boys 15-19 Division

  1. Charlie Spencer-White – Bluffton, S.C.

    8,000 Points

    3 IJGT Victories; 3 Runner-Up Finishes

  2. Aaron Terrazas – Veracruz, Mexico

    7,300 Points

    4 IJGT Victories

  3. Will Miles – Hilton Head Island, S.C.

    6,775 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  4. Roland Massimino – Lumberville, Pa.

    6,500 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  5. Manuel Velez – Panama City, Panama

    5,950 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  6. Matt Cheng – Taipei, Taiwan

    5,850 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  7. Serawit Kerdsinchal – Nonthaburi, Thailand

    5,800 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  8. Alan Cooke – Vienna, W.Va.

    5,037.5 Points

    3 Runner-Up Finishes

  9. Patrick Albanesi – Avon, Conn.

    4,925 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 1 Top-3 Finish

  10. Rafael Miranda – Guayaquil, Ecuador

    4,425 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 1 Top-3 Finish

Boys 14 & Under Division

  1. William Thomson – Pittsford, N.Y.

    11,550 Points

    4 IJGT Victories; 6 Runner-Up Finishes

  2. Ryan Rybicki – Remsen, N.Y.

    8,300 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  3. Tennoshin Ogawa – Ichinomiya-shi, Japan

    8,000 Points

    6 IJGT Victories; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  4. Alejandro, Santibanez – San Luis Potosi, Mexico

    7,100 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  5. Nate Menon – Wyomissing, Pa.

    6,675 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  6. John Felitto – Mountainside, N.J.

    6,650 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  7. Evan Johnson – York, Pa.

    6,225 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  8. Mikee Ordona – Upland, Calif.

    5,900 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  9. Luke Schaap – Potomac, Md.

    5,850 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 3 Top-3 Finishes

  10. Taisuke Ono – Tokyo, Japan

    5,850 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

Girls Division

  1. Phimnipha Wongwaiwate – Chiang Mai, Thailand

    9,000 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  2. Ana Paula Valdez – Morelia, Mexico

    8,625 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  3. Clementina Rodriguez – Caracas, Venezuela

    7,700 Points

    2 IJGT Titles; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  4. Rei Nakatani – Tokyo, Japan

    7,100 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  5. Olivia Landino – Hermitage, Pa.

    7,000 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  6. Moyu Sasaki – Tokyo, Japan

    6,800 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  7. Ceha Lee – Bundang-Gu, South Korea

    6,600 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  8. Amelia McKee – Paso Robles, Calif.

    6,500 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  9. Katie Edelblut – New Hope, Pa.

    6,200 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  10. Thamonpat Siriko – Bangkok, Thailand

    5,900 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 4 Runner-Up Finishes

All players who were honored at the banquet have earned guaranteed entry into all future IJGT events that are not at full capacity including the 2013-2014 Major Series and 2014 Tournament of Champions.

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, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Golfweek, and International Junior Golf Academy.

 

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

 

2013 Bridgestone Series – Final Weekend

 

NASHPORT, Ohio – The International Junior Golf Tour external_link.png (IJGT) will host its final Bridgestone Series Event this weekend.  This last tournament, The Bridgestone Series at Longaberger external_link.png, is held on the No. 1 ranked course you can play by Golfweek in the state of Ohio.  For more information on this Event please check out our website at IJGT.com.  Here are the current standings for The Bridgestone Series leading into the final event:

 

Boys 15-19 Division    Finish   Points
Johnson Ko

T1

    110
Nick Musshafen

T1

    110
Ezekiel Zhao

2

     95
Hunter Lee

T3

    87.5
Ethan Means

T3

    87.5
Andrew Britton

4

     80
Mike Hanrahan

5

     70
James Nabial

6

     60
Boys 14 Under Division     Finish    Points
Leo Hernandez        T1

110

Jake Sollon

 T1

110

Brett Levenstein

 T2

       95
George Ward        T2

 95

Girls Division      Finish     Points
Raphaella Kang

   T1

  110

Katie Edelblut

   T1

  110

Mia Baringer

   T2

   95

Erin DiDonato         T2

   95

Allyson Wentworth

   T3

   80

Sarah Kokotajlo

   T3

   80

Linda Wang

    4

    70

 

 

Points will be awarded to the top 10 players in the Boys 15-19, Boys 14 Under and Girls Divisions in each of the denoted events in the Bridgestone Tournament Series. The following is the breakdown for points per event:

1st – 110 points                                6th – 50 points

2nd – 95 points                                7th – 40 points

3rd – 80 points                                 8th – 30 points

4th – 70 points                                 9th – 20 points

  5th – 60 points                                 10th – 10 points

 

If there are ties for a specific place, the points will be split evenly. For example, a three player tie for 2nd Place would result in each player receiving 81.67 points (245 total points for 2nd (95), 3rd (80) and 4th (70), divided evenly among three players). In order to receive points toward the Bridgestone Tournament Series players must play a Bridgestone Ball.  

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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

 

Suzy Whaley to Speak at Night of Champions Banquet

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is proud to announce Suzy Whaley, the first woman since Babe Zaharias to qualify and participate in a PGA Tour event, will be speaking at the annual Night of Champions Banquet, part of the IJGT’s end-of-year Tournament of Champions.

Suzy Whaley

Whaley has been named to Golf Digest’s top 50 teachers and top 5 national female instructors. She has also been named the Northeast Teacher of the Year twice and a two-time PGA Teacher of the Year honoree in the Connecticut PGA Section. LPGA She serves as a board member for the following golf associations:

  • National PGA Growth of the Game – Co-Chair
  • National PGA of America
  • Connecticut PGA Section
  • The First Tee of Connecticut

Suzy WhaleyWhaley earned her LPGA Tour status immediately after college where she competed for two years before starting a family. She currently works at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. where she gives private instruction, oversees the Suzy Whaley Junior Golf Academy and manages PE2Tee. PE2Tee is a pending non-profit organization and its mission is to grow the game by involving Physical Education teachers to bring golf into their classrooms. To learn more about Suzy Whaley and her career in golf, please visit her website at www.suzywhaleygolf.com.

 

 


 

How Do I Qualify for the 2013 Bridgestone Tournament of Champions?

  • All IJGT members are eligible to register for TOC
  • 200 spots available
  • Wait-list priority to:
    • 2011-2012 All-IJGT Team
    • Top Finishers at 2012 TOC  5th Annual Invitational
    • Top Finishers at all 2012-13 IJGT Major Championships
    • Top Finishers at all Open Events during 2012-13 season
      • with considerations made based on outside ranking systems

Why Should I Play in the 2013 Bridgestone Tournament of Champions?

  • Begin your summer with one of the top junior tournaments in the country
  • Compete against the best competition in the world
  • Add to your golf resume by competing for the 188 AJGA Performance Stars that will be handed out at TOC
  • Receive brand new golf gear from head to toe courtesy of the IJGT and its sponsors
  • Top 20 finishers in each division will automatically qualify for all IJGT Major Championships for the 2013-14 season
  • Start summer break with a family vacation to beautiful Orlando, Fla.

Bridgestone

Year End Celebration

Since 1999, the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) has hosted the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions (TOC) as the final Event of the IJGT season. The Event, which is hosted each year at the prestigious Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla., is not only the largest field of the season, but also it is increasing in national and international prestige each year.

Bridgeststone TOC Logo.VECTORED3X5The 2013 Bridgestone Tournament of Champions on May 25-27 will feature 200 IJGT members competing for final bragging rights until next season. We invite all IJGT members to register early in order to ensure you get your spot in the field before they fill up for this exciting Event!

The three-day event, which is to be played over Memorial Day Weekend, is the Season-Ending Event for the IJGT and a great way to kick-off your summer season at one of the top junior events in the country. The IJGT is proud to offer to its members a full schedule of events to ensure all competitors not only have the opportunity to compete in a championship atmosphere, but also enjoy a fun family vacation over the holiday weekend. The schedule of events will include the champions banquet, parents wine tasting/silent auction, minute-to-win-it games and so much more! The full schedule of events for the weekend will be announced by the end of March.

Tournament of Champions

Highlighted Players of the Week – May 11-12, 2013

 

Northeast Tour

C.J. HughesThe International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) made its second to last trip of the Northeast Tour at Hershey Country Club  for the IJGT Major Championship Presented by IJGA this past weekend.  This Event is one of many golfers’ favorites and most importantly was our second Major Championship of the Northeast Tour.  The course was in spectacular shape all weekend and a true test to all golfers.  However, the weather did not help the players with scattered showers on Saturday and wind gust of nearly 20 mph on Sunday.  Through the tough conditions, C.J. Hughes of Indiana, Pa., and Zora Moore of Milford, N.J., overcame the adverse conditions and earned Player of the Week honors.

Hughes is no stranger to IJGT tournaments.  He has played in six events this season and had four top-10 finishes including back-to-back top-five finishes in the Boys 14 Under Division.  This weekend Hughes was determined to finish strong for the final Major of the 2012-2013 IJGT Northeast Season.  He got off to a good start on the first day with all pars and three bogeys on the front nine and some confidence going into the back nine.  Hughes kept the momentum going after the turn starting with a birdie and finishing with all pars and one bogey carding an impressive 3-over-par 74 and even-par on the back nine.

This great showing put Hughes in second place going into the final round, only one stroke back of the leader Evan Katz of Washington, D.C..  On Sunday the weather conditions were even worse.  Battling the winds, Hughes once again showed poise and consistency.  He started off the second round a little slow, but bounced back with impressive back-to-back birdies on holes Nos. 5 and 6.  Hughes battled Katz all weekend, but ultimately fell short of the title.  Although he fell short of a title, he did tie for a second-place finish and his first of the 2012-2013 IJGT Season.  We would like to congratulate C.J. Hughes on a great weekend and look forward to seeing him in Orlando, Fla., for the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Zora MooreIn the Girls Division, Moore earned herself a well-deserved Player of the Week honor.  This was Moore’s third IJGT tournament of the Northeast Tour, where she placed second with an 81-80—161 final score.  Moore was very consistent with her game all weekend, which was not easy to do considering the brutal weather conditions.  Seeking her first IJGT title, Moore received her second, second-place finish this past weekend.  Moore was down three strokes going into Sunday’s round so she knew she would have to go low on Sunday’s round.  Moore went on to par 10 holes on her final day, carding a 9-over-par 80 and a second-place finish.  We would like to congratulate Zora Moore on a great tournament, and we wish her the best of luck at the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

 


Southeast Tour

Aaron ElmoreLast weekend, the International Junior Golf Tour traveled to Orlando, Fla., for the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club. Players were introduced to both a magnificent Rees Jones designed course in the peak of its condition as well as the unpredictable weather of central Florida. While known for sunshine, Orlando delivered a nasty dose of rain that bogged the course down for Sunday and added a new dimension of difficulty for the final round. What could have been a disastrous day for most, a few players managed to step up to the challenge and take the course head on.

Aaron Elmore has been a regular player on the IJGT Discovery Tour since his debut in November at Oyster Reef where he finished in first place. Aaron has performed well on the Discovery Tour, finishing first, second, or third in six of seven tournaments. Elmore made an exciting leap into the Boys 14 Under Division over the weekend, and finished in an astonishing second place. It is quite an achievement when his graduation year, 2020, is taken into consideration. Elmore did not let a lack of experience stand in his way, and showed great poise and course management en route to carding a day-to-day score of 88-81. He also managed to lead the division in par-3 performance with a 3.38 average. The IJGT wishes Aaron the best, and is very excited to watch this young player develop in future tournaments.

Wei-Wei ZhangWei-Wei Zhang, playing in her first IJGT event as part of the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, finished in an impressive third place. Zhang carded a final-round score of 1-under-par 71, a noteworthy achievement considering the increased difficulty of the course from Saturday to Sunday. Besides going 1-under-par on Sunday, Zhang also scored an incredible 28 pars on the weekend, which placed her second in the division in that category. Zhang showed great maturity, poise, and confidence en route to her third-place finish and the IJGT looks forward to seeing her in the future.

 


West Coast Tour

Thomas AvantTroon North, an exquisite golf course carved out of the High Sonoran Desert in Scottsdale, Ariz., was host to an exciting weekend of competition at the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North. The moments of awe and wonder at the incredible beauty of the desert course are short lived, as it certainly burned more than a few players over the weekend. Temperatures hovered in the 90’s both days and turned the Monument course into a test of stamina, precision and practical course management.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Thomas Avant finished with a final score of 78-80 and finished in second place. Avant was able to card three well-executed birdies over the weekend while also keeping small mistakes to a minimum. Highlights for Avant include leading the division with a 4.15 par-4 average while also managing to card 19 pars over the course of the weekend. Avant has a lot to be proud of after his performance on the daunting Monument Course.

Moibhi TyndallMoibhi Tyndall, playing in his third IJGT West Coast event, was ready for the challenges of desert golf. Tyndall made smart decisions throughout the weekend that set him up for an impressive second-place finish in the Boys 14 Under Division. Tyndall’s positive attitude and head-on approach to the difficult course earn him Player of the Week honors, and the IJGT hopes to see Tyndall in action again soon.

Final Results from the IJGT Major Championship presented by IJGA

HERSHEY, Pa. – Heavy rain and wind did not halt the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) from hosting the Major Championship at Hershey presented by the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) in Hershey, Pa. Competitors were not stopped by the conditions either, as they proved capable of battling every factor this weekend. Representing eight states, 120 of the tours’ elite junior golfers competed for national recognition and double IJGT Merit Points on the PGA TOUR tested East Course at Hershey Country Club during this two day, 36-hole event.

Roland MassiminoIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Roland Massimino of Lumberville, Pa., battled the elements and took home his second IJGT title of the season. Massimino earned KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro honors after carding a first-round even-par 71 on Saturday. With Brock Kovach of Wyomissing, Pa., only three strokes behind heading into Sunday, Massimino knew the final round was going to be a test.

“I did not want to think of my score on Saturday,” said Massimino. “I just wanted to take it shot by shot.”

Massimino got off to a rocky start on Sunday, but quickly turned it around with a birdie on No. 2, a tough par 3. After paring six more holes on the front nine, he took a lead of one stroke to the back nine over Kovach. Massimino only made one bogey on the back nine, and carded a final round 4-over-par 75. His steady play on Sunday was exactly what he needed to take home the Major title.

“I have been playing well and working hard the past couple of weeks,” said Massimino. “It feels really good to take a Major title.”

Finishing in second place just behind Massimino was Kovach, carding a 6-over-par 148 final score. Kovach also earned Clazic Belts Low Final Round honors, battling the conditions to post a 3-over-par 74. Rounding out the top three in the Boys 15-19 Division was William Voetsch of New Vernon, N.J. Voetsch finished his weekend with a 10-over-par 152 final score.

Matt Holuta of Indiana, Pa., also earned Clazic Belts Low Final Round Honors with his 3-over-par 74 final-round score.

Evan KatzEvan Katz of Washington, D.C., took home the title in the Boys 14 Under Division in dramatic fashion. Katz carded a 3-over-par 74 during his first round, and led the competition by just one stroke. With a very talented field behind him, Katz needed to carry his momentum into Sunday’s final round.

“I knew it was going to be windy {in the final round},” said Katz. “I just had to hit the ball solid and avoid large numbers.”

Katz started his second round off strong with a quick birdie on the par-3 second hole, but C.J. Hughes of Indiana, Pa., lead at the turn with a 1-over-par 37 on the front nine. After many lead changes on the back nine, Katz and Hughes found themselves tied on the par-5 18th hole at Hershey Country Club. Hughes was forced to lay up after his tee shot and found an unfortunate lie, while Katz hit the green in regulation. Katz made par on No. 18 and took home his first IJGT title after carding a weekend 8-over-par 150.

“I have been playing very well lately,” said Katz. “It feels so good to finally win my first IJGT Title!”

Finishing just behind and rounding out the Boys 14 Under Division was Hughes and Evan Johnson of Rye, N.Y., both carding a total score of 10-over-par 152.

Liza FreedIn the Girls Division, Liza Freed of Alexandria, Va., played an impressive final round on Sunday in the windy elements to take home her first IJGT Title. Freed carded an 8-over-par 79 in her first round, and trailed KENTWOOL Lo-Pro Award winner Alessandra Ricigliano of Scarsdale, N.Y., by one stroke heading into Sunday.

“Going into Sunday I was not thinking about being down a stroke,” said Freed. “I just wanted to focus on each one of my shots.”

Freed did not start her final round of competition the way she intended, but quickly turned it around on her fourth hole by paring four consecutive holes. After carding a 5-over-par 41 on the front nine, Freed was still one stroke out of the lead heading to the back nine. Freed took a commanding lead on the back nine after paring the first four holes. This consistent play never let up, leading to her first IJGT title. Freed carded a weekend 17-over-par 159. Freed also earned Clazic Belt Low Final Round Honors after carding a 9-over-par 80 during her final round.

“It feels so good to win my first IJGT Title” said Freed. “I really was not focusing on my scores, but I am very happy that I won!”

Finishing in second in the Girls Division was Zora Moore of Milford, N.J., who carded a tournament 19-over-par 161. Moore also earned Clazic Belts Low Final Round honors carding a 9-over-par 80. Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division were Ashley Yarbrough of Akron, Ohio, and Ricigliano, who both carded a final score of 164.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be hosting the Bridgestone Series at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio on May 18-19. This will be the final event in the Northeast and there are still limited spots available. 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, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

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

HERSHEY, Pa. – Final round results of the IJGT Major Championship at Hershey presented by the IJGA conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 12, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,801 yards, Par 71 (73.9/136) Boys 14 Under Division: White Tees – 6,227 yards, Par 71 (70.4/132) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,918 yards, Par 71 (75.1/131). 

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

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 60’s with 15-20 mph winds

 

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Major Championship at Hershey
Presented by the IJGA
Hershey, Pa.
May 11-12, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division-(Blue Tees) East Course: 6,801 Yards, Par 71
1. Roland Massimino, Lumberville, PA *71-75–146
2. Brock Kovach, Wyomissing, PA *74-74–148
3. William Voetsch, New Vernon, NJ *77-75–152
4. Matt Holuta, Indiana, PA *79-74–153
4. Carey Bina, Villanova, PA *78-75–153
4. Lee Detmer, Washington, DC *76-77–153
4. Ezekiel Zhao, Annapolis, MD *75-78–153
8. Max Bell, Chambersburg, PA *80-76–156
8. Matt Barto, Leechburg, PA *76-80–156
10. Mariano Medico, Shavertown, PA *81-76–157
10. Mike Hanrahan, Ossining, NY *80-77–157
10. Brendan Bacskai, Berwyn, PA *76-81–157
13. Jake Reilly, Hershey, PA *80-78–158
13. Kevin Godart, Ridgewood, NJ *79-79–158
13. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA *78-80–158
13. Michael Lamond, West Chester, PA *77-81–158
17. Sean Ebert, Furlong, PA *81-78–159
17. Chris Cerminaro, Carbondale, PA *81-78–159
17. Kevin Kunkle, Walnutport, PA *79-80–159
20. Nicholas Johnson, Moosic, PA *79-81–160
21. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ *80-81–161
21. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *79-82–161
21. Austin Renz, Danville, PA *78-83–161
24. James Nicholas, Scarsdale, NY *77-85–162
24. Kwanwoo Kim, Tenafly, NJ *77-85–162
26. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD *82-81–163
26. Keenan Hickton, Pittsburgh, PA *81-82–163
26. Walter Egloff, Chevy Chase, MD *84-79–163
26. Kevin Kramarski, Moorestown, NJ *79-84–163
30. John Abbott, Hummelstown, PA *83-81–164
30. Michael Rojas, Cliffside Park, NJ *81-83–164
30. Evan Thornton, Wyomissing, PA *85-79–164
30. Nicholas Geiman, York, PA *80-84–164
34. Spencer Shepperly, New Vernon, NJ *84-81–165
34. Eddie Zhang, Murrysville, PA *80-85–165
34. C.J. Zachary, Hummelstown, PA *81-84–165
34. Michael Szipszky, Newtown Square, PA *84-81–165
34. Mike Dobbs, Moorestown, NJ *80-85–165
34. David Rabil, Fairfax Station, VA *79-86–165
40. Chad Hess II, Orefield, PA *84-82–166
40. Brandon Raihl, Wernersville, PA *82-84–166
40. Josh Verner, Venetia, PA *85-81–166
43. Owen Miller, Burgettstown, PA *83-84–167
43. Tyler Pollack, Venetia, PA *81-86–167
43. Matt McCord, Titusville, PA *80-87–167
43. Kenny Dorian, Riverside, CT *85-82–167
47. Bobby Firth, Jenkintown, PA *84-84–168
47. Sam Gallen, Reading, PA *84-84–168
47. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ *82-86–168
47. Brandon Greenplate, York, PA *86-82–168
47. Joseph Dorsch, West Friendship, MD *79-89–168
47. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ *78-90–168
53. DJ Quinn, Marlton, NJ *83-86–169
53. Davis Diethrich, Allison Park, PA *80-89–169
55. Jesse Kovacs, St James, NY *88-82–170
55. Tyler Sokolis, Doylestown, PA *85-85–170
55. Nick Shoup, Allentown, PA *84-86–170
58. Trey Croney, Haverford, PA *81-90–171
59. Andrew DeMarco, Huntington, NY *84-88–172
59. Christopher Nolte, Arnold, MD *89-83–172
59. Michael Barychewsky, Richboro, PA *86-86–172
62. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *84-89–173
62. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *97-76–173
62. Bret Howey, Nazareth, PA *88-85–173
62. Bobby Hapanowicz, Presto, PA *85-88–173
66. Ian Notkin, North Caldwell, NJ *83-91–174
67. Alejandro Velez, Harleysville, PA *86-89–175
68. Michael Esworthy, Harrisburg, PA *87-89–176
69. Joey Rueter, Rydal, PA *88-89–177
69. Alex Hepburn, Corning, NY *89-88–177
71. Nat Gallen, Reading, PA *86-92–178
72. Jared Faust, Pottstown, PA *94-85–179
72. Jack Maresca, Rye, NY *88-91–179
74. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA *93-88–181
75. Ben Lieberman, Potomac, MD *98-90–188
76. Eric Faust, Pottstown, PA *100-96–196
77. Heath Woodruff, Carlisle, PA *98-106–204
DID NOT FINISH
Carter Rajtik, Chambersburg, PA *94-JWD
Boys 14 Under Division-(White Tees) East Course: 6,227 Yards, Par 71
1. Evan Katz, Washington, DC *73-77–150
2. Evan Johnson, York, PA *76-76–152
2. C.J. Hughes, Indiana, PA *74-78–152
4. Gus Minkin, York, PA *77-76–153
5. James McHugh, Rye, NY *77-79–156
6. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY *79-79–158
6. John Kalavritinos, Potomac, MD *75-83–158
8. Sam Goldenring, Florham Park, NJ *76-83–159
9. Nate Menon, Wyomissing, PA *74-86–160
10. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *75-86–161
11. Ryan McCarthy, Rockville Centre, NY *78-84–162
12. Cole Gibson, Chevy Chase, MD *79-85–164
13. Mike May, Auburn, NY *81-85–166
14. David Ross, Alexandria, VA *83-84–167
15. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA *86-82–168
16. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *84-85–169
17. Peter Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *82-89–171
18. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *86-87–173
19. Chase Goff, Annapolis, MD *86-90–176
20. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *92-89–181
21. Brett Levenstein, Olney, MD *91-95–186
22. Thomas Corrigan, Irvington, NY *97-94–191
23. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY *100-92–192
24. Sean Bacskai, Berwyn, PA *108-97–205
Girls Division-(Gold Tees) East Course: 5,918 Yards, Par 71
1. Liza Freed, Alexandria, VA *79-80–159
2. Zora Moore, Milford, NJ *81-80–161
3. Ashley Yarbrough, Akron, OH *81-83–164
3. Alessandra Ricigliano, Scarsdale, NY *78-86–164
5. Katie Edelblut, New Hope, PA *80-86–166
6. Mia Kness, Venetia, PA *79-92–171
7. Sarah Kokotajlo, Ewing, NJ *84-88–172
8. Shannon Weber, Kutztown, PA *89-85–174
8. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ *82-92–174
10. Audrey Clawson, Sarver, PA *87-88–175
11. Jacqueline Oggero, Hershey, PA *89-89–178
12. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ *92-90–182
12. Emily Corrigan, Irvington, NY *90-92–182
12. Riley Smyth, Old Tappan, NJ *85-97–182
15. Lindsay May, Auburn, NY *91-94–185
16. Marissa Balish, Allison Park, PA *90-98–188
17. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *92-99–191
18. Tatiana Reali, Searingtown, NY *94-98–192

 

Final Results from the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire

Velez defends Falcon’s Fire title

Whaley holds on as Girls Division Champion

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee, Fla., May 11-12. Juniors endured very warm temperatures with moderate humidity at the Rees Jones designed golf course. The tournament acts as a great tune-up for IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Manual VelezManuel Velez of Panama City, Panama, winner of the IJGT’s 2012 Florida Swing at Falcon’s Fire, defended his title to win the Boys 15-19 Division, shooting 1-under-par for a two-day total of 143. Velez took fire at the hole locations, recording nine birdies and one eagle over two rounds. His best play came on the par 5s where he played them in 5-under-par.

Velez did not go unchallenged however, as Yan Peng of Beijing, China kept pace the entire tournament. Over two days, Peng played the front nine in a bogey-free 3-under-par.

With Velez holding onto a one shot lead heading into No. 18, both he and Peng striped drives down the middle of the fairway. As both players were in great position, Peng was the one who took advantage and hit the green, while Velez short-sided himself in the greenside bunker.

Velez was able to make a difficult up-and-down seem ordinary, blasting out of the bunker to only a few feet. Peng had a birdie opportunity from about 25 feet to force a tie, but it was not meant to be. Velez converted his par putt to win by one stroke.

Coming in third place was Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, who carded an even-par 72 on the final day.

Payton Olsen of Winter Park, Fla., received the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his 3-under-par 69.

Alan XuAlan Xu of Hilton Head Island, S.C., shot 81 on both days to take home the Boys 14 Under Division title. Xu said he played “awesome” during the final round, which showed, recording a score no higher than a five for the entire day. He played consistently for the day with nine pars and nine bogeys.

Aaron Elmore of Rincon, Ga., took home second place honors in the division shooting a solid 81 in the final round. This was Elmore’s first event in the division, but he had played a number of previous events in the IJGT’s Discovery Tour.  Third place in the Boys 14 Under Division was Kotaro Nishimura of Ota-Ku, Japan.

Kelly WhaleyIn the Girls Division, Kelly Whaley of Farmington Conn., came out victorious with an impressive 1-under-par 143 two-day total. Whaley stayed patient and played consistently en route to her victory. She recorded five birdies and 27 pars over the weekend, including 15 pars during the final round.

“I told myself there were a lot of holes left to birdie,” Whaley said. “If it gets close, you know you still have holes left. I had a one-shot lead on the last hole and had to be confident I would par it.”

Whaley stumbled early as she recorded a 2-over-par 38 on her first nine holes, including a bogey on the opening hole. It was different after the turn however, making birdie on her 10th hole then paring the rest of her remaining holes.

Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, made it difficult for Whaley during the final round, always hanging within one or two strokes of the lead. Siriko put on her own impressive final round, recording two birdies and 15 pars to shoot a 1-under-par 71 which was good enough to earn her second place. Wei-Wei Zhang of Howey in the Hills, Fla., took home third-place honors after also shooting a 1-under-par 71. Both Siriko and Zhang earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for their performances.

The KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the players who shoot the lowest score in the first round of every IJGT Event, was won by Velez with a score of 1-under-par 71 and Whaley with a score of 2-under-par 70.

The International Junior Golf Tour will travel back to the Orlando, Fla. area in two weeks to host its annual Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Resort May 25-27. For more information about the Tournament of Champions and its corresponding events, please visit www.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

KISSIMMEE, FLA. – Final round results of the IJGT Orlando Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 12, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,839 yards, Par 72 (73.2/136).  Boys 14 Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,239 yards, Par 72 (70.1/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,991 yards, Par 72 (74.4/130).

Weather:  Sunny with temperatures in the Low 80s, winds 5-10 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 5-10 mph

International Junior Golf Tour

The Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club

Kissimmee, Fla.

May 11-12, 2013

Boys 15-19 Division – (Gold Tees) Yards: 6,839, Par 72

 

1. Manuel Velez, Panama City, Panama *71-72–143

2. Yan Peng, Beijing, China *73-71–144

3. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *76-72–148

4. Matthew Rushton, Cape Town, South Africa *77-72–149

4. Luke Tetreault, Horseheads, NY *76-73–149

4. Rafael Miranda, Guayaquil, Ecuador *75-74–149

7. Payton Olsen, Winter Park, FL *81-69–150

7. Mos Bangpetch, Hilton Head Island, SC *72-78–150

7. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *73-77–150

10. Sense Chaowalit, Bangkok, Thailand *73-78–151

11. Keith Techasith, Bangkok, Thailand *77-75–152

11. Austin McCulloch, Alexandria, MN *78-74–152

11. André Hammer, Scania, Sweden *77-75–152

11. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *76-76–152

11. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *75-77–152

16. Daniel Tello Vargas, Pachuca, Mexico *80-74–154

16. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *77-77–154

18. Takakazu Furukawa, Shiga, Japan *73-82–155

19. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-76–156

20. Andre Becerra, Zapopan, Mexico *79-79–158

21. Gus Uriostegui, Leon, Mexico *82-77–159

22. Konstantin Kosta Kosutic, Belgrade, Serbia, *79-81–160

23. Tyler Hughes, Howey in the Hills, FL *81-80–161

24. Nicco Gentile, Bluffton, SC *77-85–162

25. Connor Hogan, Monroeville, AL *76-87–163

26. Czech Chalermchaiwat, Bangkok, Thailand *85-79–164

26. Matthew McDonald, Celebration, FL *82-82–164

26. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *82-82–164

26. Andrea Bacchi, Milan, Italy *82-82–164

26. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *82-82–164

31. Marshall Clemens, Weston, MA *84-82–166

32. Andrew Boyer, Muskoka, ON *80-87–167

33. Davis Keough, Cole Harbour, NS *85-84–169

34. David Rice, Pittsburgh, PA *93-82–175

35. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *98-86–184

36. Sheock Hyun Shim, Seoul, South Korea *90-107–197

DID NOT FINISH

Nate Anderson, Billings, MT *JWD

Boys 14 Under Division – (Blue Tees) Yards: 6,239 Par 72

1. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-81–162

2. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA *88-81–169

3. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan *92-89–181

DID NOT FINISH

Kevin Ying, Shanghai, China *DQ (Rule 15-3b)

Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *DQ (Rule 6-6d)

Girls Division – (White Tees) Yards: 5,991 Par 72

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *70-73–143

2. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *73-71–144

3. Wei-Wei Zhang, Howey in the Hills, FL *75-71–146

4. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *74-75–149

4. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *73-76–149

6. Luiza Altmann, Sao Paulo, Brazil *76-74–150

6. Veronica Vetesnik, Winnipeg, Canada *74-76–150

8. Yunjie Zhang, Howey in the Hills, FL *75-76–151

9. Yuka Kajiki, Howey in the Hills, FL *79-74–153

10. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *80-76–156

11. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *83-78–161

11. Jessica Danford, Longwood, FL *80-81–161

11. Mallory Etcheberry, Wesley Chapel, FL *79-82–161

14. Aracelly Maria Jimenez Rios, Merida, Mexico *80-82–162

15. Grace Kim, Sao Paulo, Brazil *81-82–163

16. Carla Loyola, Queretaro, Mexico *78-86–164

17. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *82-83–165

17. Kathryn Crouch, Harker Heights, TX *81-84–165

19. Ariana Dial, Clarksville, MD *84-82–166

20. Lizzie Hammel, Wexford, PA *83-85–168

21. Paige Cappelli, Blue Bell, PA *85-85–170

22. Kali Boyer, New Ringgold, PA *88-90–178

23. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *90-92–182

24. Haley Danford, Longwood, FL *96-91–187

25. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *100-97–197

DID NOT FINISH

Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *81-JWD

Final Results from the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North

 

Christifulli captures crown at Troon North
Nam earns first IJGT title in Boys 14 Under Division

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North Golf Club on May 11-12. The Scottsdale heat played a factor as the competitors trudged up and down the hills on the Monument Course at Troon North. Two champions were crowned giving their mothers an unforgettable Mother’s Day present.


Michael ChristifulliMichael Christifulli of Paradise Valley, Ariz., earned his first IJGT title of the season after putting together a gritty final-round score of 5-over-par 77.  On Saturday, Christfulli got off to a hot start going 1-under-par in his first eight holes. After an even-par 36 on the front nine, he ran into a few obstacles on the difficult back nine to finish with a score of 3-over-par 75.

Christifulli was not alone atop the leaderboard after Saturday’s round. TJ Kathrineberg of Mesa, Ariz., had a share of the lead with a 3-over-par 75. Both players earned KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award honors with their first-round score.

Sunday was a tough day for scoring conditions as the round from Saturday physically drained many of the competitors. The Monument Course tests your playing ability as well as your physical ability. Christifulli was determined to come up with the victory because he wanted redemption after not being able to play in the PURE Grips Junior Open back on Dec 8-9, 2012 at Troon North – Pinnacle Course. Down the stretch, Christifulli made two key birdies on the back nine that gave him the cushion he needed to secure the victory.

“My plan was to put the ball in play,” said Christifulli. “I knew that approach would give me a chance, but I also tried to make some good putts.”

Coming in second place was Thomas Avant of Chandler, Ariz., finishing with a tournament total of 158. Finishing in a tie for third place were Jackson Whisenhunt of Phoenix, Ariz., and Kathrineberg carding a 159 tournament score over the weekend.
Mason NamIn the Boys 14 Under Division, Mason Nam of Scottsdale, Ariz., ran away with his first IJGT title after putting together a solid final-round score of 5-over-par 77. Nam got off to a slow start on Saturday carding a front-nine score of 5-over-par 41. Things turned around quickly on the back nine where Nam made three birdies en route to a 2-under-par 34. His score of 3-over-par 75 earned him KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award honors.

On Sunday, Nam got off to a great start playing his first 12 holes in 1-over-par. His fellow competitors could not match his great start giving Nam a clear path to victory. Although he did not finish as strong as he would like, Nam was still very pleased with his victory.

“Definitely one of the hardest courses I have played in a tournament,” said Nam. “It was in really good condition.”

Finishing in a tie for second place were Cole Shintaku of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Moibhi Tyndall of Mountain View, Calif., with scores of 162.

The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to the champions Christifulli and Nam for their scores of 5-over-par 77.

The IJGT West Coast tour has completed for the 2012-2013 season. The IJGT will be closing out the season with the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions on May 25-27 at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla. This is the marquee event on the IJGT schedule and will feature the best competitors on the IJGT from across the country. 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

 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Final round results of the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 12, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,846 yards, Par 72 (72.2/138).  Boys 14 Under Division: Silver Tees – 6,037 yards, Par 72 (68.4/128).

Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 90s, winds 10-15 mph
           Sunny with temperatures in the Low 90s, winds 5-10 mph
International Junior Golf Tour
PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North
Scottsdale, Ariz.
May 11-12, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division – (Gold Tees) Monument Course: 6,846 Yards, Par 72
1. Michael Christifulli, Paradise Valley, AZ *75-77–152
2. Thomas Avant, Chandler, AZ *78-80–158
3. TJ Kathrineberg, Mesa, AZ *75-84–159
3. Jackson Whisenhunt, Phoenix, AZ *77-82–159
5. Michael Marreel, Chandler, AZ *83-80–163
6. Zachary Wagner, San Diego, CA *84-82–166
6. Ryan Tanner, Tucson, AZ *81-85–166
8. Ryan Sullivan, Cottonwood, AZ *85-83–168
9. Gary Baker, Cornviile, AZ *92-83–175
10. Josh Nadler, Chandler, AZ *87-96–183
Boys 14 Under Division – (Silver Tees) Monument Course: 6,037 Yards, Par 72
1. Mason Nam, Scottsdale, AZ *75-77–152
2. Cole Shintaku, Honolulu, HI *77-85–162
2. Moibhi Tyndall, Mountain View, CA *81-81–162
4. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *93-84–177
5. Adam Quandt, Lahaina, HI *87-95–182

Notes from the First Round – PURE Grips Shootout

 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Warm temperatures and an abnormal breeze made scoring conditions very difficult at the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North Golf Club. The Event was contested on the Monument Course, which is ranked the No. 5 “Best Course You Can Play” in Arizona by Golfweek.
ba38170f12f0eaed899e55f5b323cf58In the Boys 15-19 Division, Michael Christifulli of Paradise Valley, Ariz., and TJ Kathrineberg of Mesa, Ariz., both finished the day with solid scores of 3-over-par 75. The Monument Course was not yielding many low scores and they were able to card the lowest round of the day by avoiding big numbers which are common because of the desert areas located so close to the fairways. Tomorrow’s final round will be a great battle between these two players and the other couple competitors that are within striking distance of the lead.

Christifulli by the Number

2014 – Grad Year
75 – lowest round of the day
36 – front-nine score
3 – birdies

Kathrineberg by the Number

2014 – Grad Year
75 – lowest round of the day
34 – back-nine score
3 – birdies

Mason Nam of Scottsdale, Ariz., stole the show in the Boys 14 Under Division after recording a 3-over-par 75 to take a two-stroke lead going into Sunday’s final round.

Nam by the Number

2018 – Grad Year
75 – lowest round of the day
34 – back-nine score
3 – birdies

PURE Grips, the title sponsor for the event, was onsite today offering their products to our players. Pictured below is Adam Quandt of Lahaina, Hawaii, waiting for his putter to get regripped before the round.

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The final round of the IJGT PURE Grips Shootout will begin tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on the Monument Course at Troon North Golf Club. For tee times please click here.

Aaron Terrazas shines at Mexican Junior National Championship

 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C – On May 4-6, the Mexican Golf Federation held the Mexican Junior National Championship at El Tigre Golf Club in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. The tournament field was loaded with the best talent Mexico has to offer, and IJGT member Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, won the tournament with a score of 5-under-par 211.

Terrazas started off the tournament well carding a tournament best 4-under-par 68 to grab an early lead, but he only held a one-stroke lead going into the second round. After an even-par 72 in round two, Terrazas increased his lead to five strokes on a day that saw scores increase due to tougher playing conditions and course setup.
Aaron TerrazasTerrazas has proven in International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) tournaments that he is a closer with his four victories in the 2012-2013 season including one at the AB Golf Designs Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass. It was no different in the final round at the Mexican Junior National Championship where Terrazas fired a 1-under-par 71 to complete his wire-to-wire victory.

Terrazas does not get many opportunities to compete in Mexico because of his rigorous tournament schedule in the United States when training at the International Junior Golf Academy in Bluffton, S.C.

“It feels awesome to win after three years without playing tournaments in my country,” said Terrazas.

With the victory Terrazas earned an invitation to the International Junior Championship in Colombia. He also earned an exemption to the American Junior Golf Association’s Junior Players Championship which is held at the site of this week’s PGA TOUR The Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass.

(Photo Credit to Mexican Golf Federation)