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)

 

 

Keys to Success

 

This Week in Mental Training: Keys to Success

Last week’s installment of “this week in mental training” spoke about the jump from high school to college. The first year of this transition can be a difficult yet enjoyable experience. We are pleased about the excitement our post-graduates and seniors are showing in making this next step toward a life in the professional world.

The final weeks of the semester will serve as an opportunity to review some of the key principles we are hoping our student-athletes will carry with them throughout the summer and beyond. These keys to development include:

1)     Challenge is required to build skill throughout the learning and development process of life and sport.

2)     By embracing challenge a mindset is created that seeks out challenge while also appreciating that growth and development is a difficult process that requires acceptance of mistakes.

3)     Consistently challenging oneself can be a drain on the limited resource of effort and attention required to build skills. Our student-athletes should also be aware of the importance recovery plays in the development process to assist with resiliency and the prevention of burnout.

It’s been a pleasure working with the student-athletes of Junior Sports Corporation again this year! We hope they carry these messages with them and continue to build effective habits wherever the journey of life takes them moving forward.

Please reach out to us for further information regarding individualized training to maximize the performance of your student-athlete as we continue to pursue our mission: “to assist the long-term development of our student-athletes by creating a mindset of continuous improvement through preparation, competition, and self-evaluation … resulting in a community of excellence!”

All the best,

Matt Cuccaro, Ed.M. (matt.cuccaro@juniorsports.com)

and

Scott Swainston, M.S. (scott.swainston@juniorsports.com)


 

Matt Cuccaro, Ed.M.Matt 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 American Junior Golf Association Junior All-Americans, IJGT champions, as well as PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour Players 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 Matt on Twitter at @MentalCoachMatt external_link.png

 

 

 

Scott SwainstonScott Swainston is in his third year at Junior Sports Corporation as the Assistant Director of Mental Training.  His experience started at Georgia Southern University where he received his Master’s degree in Sport Psychology.  While at Southern he worked with collegiate student-athletes on the mental aspect of high performance in a variety of sports.  His experience has continued since joining JSC, working with athletes who compete at the junior, amateur, and professional level.  In addition to his responsibilities at the Academies Scott works closely with the International Junior Golf Tour; traveling to tournaments to work with players from all over the world on their mental approach to the game.  Scott continues to be an active member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.  You can Follow Scott Swainston on Twitter at @ScottSwainston external_link.png

Highlighted Players of the Week – May 4-5, 2013


Northeast Tour

VICTOR, N.Y. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted their eighth event of the Northeast tour May 4-5 at Ravenwood Golf Club.  The weather could not have been better this weekend.  There was not a cloud in the sky and temperatures soared into the mid 70s.  Ravenwood Golf Club was in top notch condition.  The greens rolled true, providing an opportunity for the players to card low scores.  Two players stood out this weekend and came ready to play.  This week’s Highlighted Players of the Week winners are Ezekiel Zhao of Annapolis, Md., and Molly Balbierz of Hamburg, N.Y.
Ezekiel ZhaoZhao competed in just his fourth tournament with the IJGT this past weekend in the Boys 15-19 Division.  Zhao fired a 3-over-par 75 on Saturday, trailing the leader by one stroke heading into Sunday’s round.  Zhao knew he has to go low on Sunday’s round to have a chance in placing in the top three.  He did just that.  Zhao had three birdies on the front nine and a birdie on the back nine.  He went on to shoot a 4-over-par 76 for a combined total of 151.  This was Zhao’s first top-three finish with the IJGT, earning him this week’s Highlighted Player of the Week honors.  Congratulations Ezekiel on a great performance at Ravenwood Golf Club, and hope to see you in future tournaments with the IJGT.

In the Girls Division, Balbierz of Hamburg, N.Y., earned player of the week honors.  Balbierz has played in two tournaments with us this season, finishing in the top 10 in each event.  On Saturday, she showed consistency in her round making nine pars and carding 14-over-par 86. Balbierz was down 8 strokes going into the final round, but was determined to make a run at the title.

Molly Balbierz

The conditions were even better on Sunday and Balbierz got off to a fast start.  She made par on the first three of five holes and felt she had a chance for a top-three finish.  Balbierz stayed very consistent throughout the day with nine pars and nine bogeys.  Although she came up short of an IJGT title, her outstanding play and no double-bogeys or worse on the final day helped her in carding a 9-over-par 81.  Her final score of 86-81—167 earned her a tie for second place with Kristen Bromley of Pittsford, N.Y.  We would like to congratulate Molly Balbierz on a great weekend and wish her nothing but the best in her future in golf.

 

Southeast Tour

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the AHEAD Open at Bear Creek on May 4-5, 2013. Bear Creek Golf Club offered juniors a test with the fast greens and narrow fairways. Along with a demanding course, golfers were challenged by rain during their final round. Play was suspended for two hours due to a heavy downpour in the morning. After the delay, players still were faced with on-and-off rain throughout the afternoon. Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan, and Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, were both able to stay focused with the difficult conditions earning them Player of the Week honors.

Shogo Ito

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Ito got off to a great start during his first round by making birdie on the first hole. He carded an 81 on Saturday and was nine strokes behind the lead in a tie for seventh place. During his final round, Ito made a run of three birdies on holes three through five. He carded a front-nine 35, en route to shooting 1-over-par 73. His score on Sunday earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. Ito moved into third place for the AHEAD Open at Bear Creek after his impressive final round. His finish this past weekend was his fourth top 10 of the Spring Season. The IJGT Staff looks forward to seeing Ito at the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions on May 25-27.

 
Isidora QuevedoIn the Girls Division, Quevedo came into the event looking for another strong finish after earning third place in the Shamrock Shootout at Palmetto Hall. Quevedo spent her 17th birthday competing in the first round of the event.  Her round was highlighted by birdies on holes one and three. After carding a first-round 79, Quevedo was in third place, four strokes behind the leader. On Sunday, Quevedo made birdies on the holes Nos. 5 and 12 and shot another round of 79. Her consistency over the weekend earned her third place. Her finish at the AHEAD Open at Bear Creek was her fifth top-five of the year. The IJGT Staff looks forward to seeing more great play from Quevedo in the future.

 

 

West Coast Tour

During last weekend’s IJGT Reno Junior at ArrowCreek Country Club, players were forced to take on the difficult Legend Course in the midst of weather conditions found in all four seasons. First-round scores were higher mostly due to the howling winds that added an extra bite to the challenging Arnold Palmer designed Legend Course. But as much as ArrowCreek showed it’s teeth over the weekend, Patrick Phelps and Alice Duan of Reno, Nev., were up for the challenge.
Patrick PhelpsPhelps carded a first-round score of 90 and could have easily chalked up the performance to the windy conditions and difficult course management situations. Instead, he came back in the final round to score an outstanding 2-over-par 74. Phelps’s score on Sunday is even more remarkable due in part to the bitter cold, gusting winds, and brief moments of rain that were present throughout the day. Phelps’s Sunday scorecard included birdies on three of five par 5s, and nine-hole scores of 37-37 after going 49-41 on Saturday.

Phelps’s ability to come back after a disappointing first round and improve a whopping 16 strokes earned him a third-place finish and Player of the Week honors at the IJGT Reno Junior.

 
Alice DuanDuan, playing in her second IJGT event, showed great course management, maturity, and poise on her way to a first-place finish at the Reno Junior at ArrowCreek Country Club. Duan’s first round score of 5-over-par 77 put her atop the leaderboard, and helped secure the victory despite a difficult final round. Duan carded three birdies in that round and handled the par 3s with confidence. This is Duan’s first tour victory this season, after taking eighth place at the IJGT Golden Gate Junior back in February. The IJGT hopes to see Duan at more events in the future.

IJGT travels to Ohio for Bridgestone Series at Longaberger May 18-19, 2013

 

NASHPORT, Ohio.- The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is excited to host its first event at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio May 18-19, 2013 for the Bridgestone Series at Longaberger. This event will feature elite junior golfers from around the world competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.
Longaberger Golf ClubLongaberger Golf Club, which opened in 1999 and was designed by renowned golf course architect Arthur Hills, ranks # 56 in the U.S. (out of roughly 13,500 public access courses) in GOLF Magazine’s 2010 “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” list. Golfweek Magazine rated Longaberger Golf Club # 1 in Ohio in its recent 2010 state-by-state rankings. Don’t miss out on playing one of the best courses in the Country offering one of the nation’s most superb golfing experiences. Longaberger Golf Club was recently Rated #4 Public Course in the country by Golf World’s, 2008 Readers Choice Award.

The Boys 14 Under Division will feature former champion William Sheedy of Washington, D.C. Sheedy took home the title at the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Resort earlier this season, and has three more top-10 finishes under his belt.

In the Girls Division, Emily Doyle of Horseheads, N.Y., will be a player to keep an eye on at the event. Doyle has five top-10 finishes this season, including an impressive third-place finish at the Western Pa. Major at Nemacolin. Doyle looks to build on her past success, and take home her first IJGT Title.

Longaberger Golf Club will be open for optional practice rounds and registration May 17 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Bridgestone Series at Longaberger will begin with opening round tee times May 18 at 12 p.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 Bridgestone Series at Longaberger.

Longaberger

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 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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