KENTWOOL Socks named Title Sponsor at Bulle Rock

HITLON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is pleased to continue its partnership with KENTWOOL , one of the nation’s longest-running, family-owned textile companies. In continuation with their partnership with the IJGT, KENTWOOL has been named the official title sponsor of the IJGT Event at Bulle Rock Golf Club, April 13-14.

Founded in 1843, KENTWOOL is the only company in the western hemisphere — and one of 50 in the world — to receive the Usterized Quality Certification indicating the highest level of quality assurance in yarn production. Based in Greenville, S.C., all KENTWOOL products are made in the USA.

KentwoolAn avid golfer, KENTWOOL CEO, Mark Kent had the idea to produce the “World’s Best Golf Sock” after standing in the 18th fairway of the BMW Nationwide Tour Pro-Am tending to blistered, bleeding feet instead of concentrating on the eagle opportunity guaranteeing him a spot in the final round. Born from that moment was golf’s leading, premium merino wool golf sock. KENTWOOL Socks enable golfers of all abilities to play their best while benefiting from abrasion, fatigue resistance, KENTWOOL Blister-Free Guarantee. KENTWOOL utilizes its nearly two-century-old heritage of superiority in textiles to create socks which draw upon wool’s natural and cool performance fibers for moisture management, sheer comfort and other performance-enhancing benefits.

The #RocktheSocks Open at Bulle Rock will feature elite junior golfers from around the world competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit points. All event participants will receive a pair of KENTWOOL Socks in addition to the tournament gifts provided by our other sponsors.

This event is filling up quickly! Be sure to sign up for the #RocktheSocks Open at Bulle Rock  today to reserve your spot in the field.

To purchase a pair of KENTWOOL socks from the IJGT Pro Shop click here .

2013 Bridgestone Tournament of Champions

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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.

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.

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IJGT Tournament Exemptions: International Junior Masters

Who: IJGT Boys 15-19 Division 

What: 2013 International Junior Masters 

When: June 24-28, 2013

Where: East Aurora Country Club in Aurora, N.Y. 

How: The top-2 finishers in the Boys 15-19 Division of the AB Golf Designs  Junior at Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor, N.Y., will receive exemptions to the International Junior Masters!

About the International Junior Masters

The International Junior Masters is a junior golf tournament for boys 14 to 18 years old.  We are the oldest international junior invitational in North America.  Started in 1953, we are proud of notable participants list, many of whom went on to have successful careers on the PGA Tour. The tournament week consists of a Member-Junior 18 hole team event on Monday. After registration and opening ceremonies on Monday, the field of 80 plays 18 holes of Stroke Play on Tuesday. Wednesday morning the second round of Stroke Play determines the following Match Play pairings. Wednesday afternoon the low 32 players start the Championship bracket of Match Play. Matches are contested over 18 holes. The 16 losers of these opening matches will continue in the Championship Consolation bracket. The next 48 qualifiers will be flighted in 16 man brackets: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Thursday morning and afternoon will have 18 hole matches in all flights. These results will set up the semi-final matches Friday morning and the finals for Friday afternoon.

 

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.

Withdrawing from a Tournament – Educational Series

Withdrawing from a Tournament

Learning from McIlroy’s ‘Mistake’

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.– Last weekend on the PGA TOUR, Rory McIlroy withdrew from the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., on No. 18 without finishing the hole. McIlroy was 7-over par for the round and heading for another missed cut when his second shot landed in the water and he walked off the course – the rest is history.

Any golfer, professional and junior alike, that has participated in a competitive golf round has experienced frustration and disappointment in their own abilities. Withdrawing from a tournament might seem like the best option in a moment of aggravation. In the world of junior golf, having a bad score on a tournament résumé may seem like the worst possible option when looking to play college golf. In reality, withdrawing from a tournament can be a much bigger problem than a bad score.
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Withdrawing from an event due to injury or illness is one thing, but withdrawing because of a bad round is an entirely different issue. College coaches look at a wide variety of statistics when they are recruiting. The number of tournaments that a player has withdrawn from can call to question the player’s mental toughness as well as their character.

Coaches do not want a player that quits. Coaches want to see a player who tries their hardest on every shot regardless of their overall score. Golf is a game of ups and downs and college coaches understand that disappointing rounds happen. It is easier to explain a bad round to a coach than it is to explain walking off the course.

McIlroy came back on Tuesday after the completion of the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic and apologized for his withdrawal. He was quoted saying that he regretted his decision to withdraw.

“It was a reactive decision,” McIlroy said in an interview. “What I should have done is take my drop, chip it on, try to make a five and play my hardest on the back nine, even if I shot 85. What I did was not good for the tournament, not good for the kids and the fans who were out there watching me — it was not the right thing to do.”

What every competitive golfer can learn from McIlroy’s mistake is that the important thing on the course is to play through the tough rounds. Keep calm and focus on each individual shot. Be sure to take a break after the round and assess what changes need to be made before the next competition.

 

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Care for the Course – IJGT Educational Series

Caring for the Course: Why It Matters

International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) players are certainly not the only golfers that are asked to care for the course. Nearly every tour, junior and professional alike, requires players to repair ball marks, rake bunkers, fix divots and be aware of their surroundings and respectful of the course. While it may seem tedious and insignificant, caring for the course absolutely matters.

7aec1b74d9e471d8196e0fc9676a523bThe IJGT plays on some of the most prestigious courses in the nation. Courses give up days full of tee times to let our juniors compete. One thing that courses worry about when they allow tour events is how their course will fair during the two-day event with up to 100 players hitting around 72-80 shots each day. Caring for the course shows Superintendents, Members, and Course Staff a level of professionalism and consideration that encourages them to invite the IJGT back year after year.

Fixing ball marks, throwing away trash, raking bunkers and repairing divots properly is also a direct reflection of a player. Each day maintenance crews wake up early and put effort into making the course challenging as well as beautiful. Choosing to walk away after taking a divot shows disrespect for that hard work. Make sure that you stop and fill divots with sand or replace divots based on the type of turf at the course and the course’s preference. This goes for the driving range as well. College coaches on site take note of these behaviors and take them into consideration during the recruiting process.

Lastly, imagine hitting a perfect tee shot that lands in the middle of the fairway, that lands into a divot. If players do not take time to care for the course, this would happen more often than not. Make sure to always take the time to care for the course at IJGT events and practice rounds. It pays off in the long run.

 

IJGT 2013 Spring Schedule

 

IJGT Announces 2013 Spring Schedule

Top Venues. Elite Fields. Great Opportunities.

 

SPRING MEMBERSHIP IS NOW ONLY $99! 

Call today to take advantage of this incredible savings!

 

Where will YOU be Noticed?

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is excited to announce its 2013 Spring schedule. After a fantastic Fall, The IJGT hopes to continue its success well into the Spring season.  With 13 events scheduled at venues across the East and West coasts (with more on the way), including two new venues, The IJGT Spring schedule is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Kiawah Ocean CourseThe IJGT Spring Season will kick-off in Florida at the Harmony Golf Preserve, January 19-20. The IJGT has taken a two year absence from Harmony, but is more than excited to return with a new class of elite junior golfers. The Southeast leg of the Tour will make stops at three incredible venues: Colleton River, which will be the host of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, host of the 2012 PGA Championship and the 1991 Ryder Cup (nicknamed the “War by the Shore”) and The Club at Savannah Harbor , which will host another Champions Tour Event in April.

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The Northeast leg of the tour will return to Greate Bay CC in Somers Point, N.J. as well as to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, located in Farmington, Pa. In conjunction with the SE and NE tours, the IJGT will make several stops along the west coast, including its first appearance at Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco, Calif.

To top-off the Spring 2013 season, the IJGT will host its Annual Tournament of Champions over Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27.

It’s no doubt that the IJGT has Top Venues, Elite Fields, and Great Opportunities!  Our players have gone on to be some of the best golfers in the world. IJGT alumni include Morgan Hoffmann, Rickie Fowler, Webb Simpson, and Hunter Mahan, Song Hee Kim and Paula Creamer; and college standouts, Stephanie Meadow, Marta Silva Zamora and much more!

 

For registration info and updates on added tournament locations call 843-686-1500 or click HERE.  

Sign up today and get noticed!