Gianelos featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – April 9, 2015

The IJGT Northeast Tour spent Easter weekend in Somers Point, N.J., where they hosted the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club on April 4-5, 2015. During the two-day, 36-hole event, juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. The tournament also offered exemptions into the North American Junior Amateur and was a qualifier for the IMG Academy Junior World Championships. Following the tournament, a photo of Nicholas Gianelos was selected as the IJGT Photo of the Week.

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Gianelos carded a 167 tournament total to finish ninth in the Boys 15-19 Division of the Jersey Shootout. He made par on both par-5s in both rounds.

Congratulations to Nicholas Gianelos on being our IJGT Photo of the Week! Don’t forget–each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook Page after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and, based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

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Brown, Chowdary and Shaffer featured in IJGT Photos of the Week – April 2, 2015

The IJGT hosted two tournaments on March 28-29, 2015. The Northeast Tour traveled to Monroe Township, N.J., to host the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club. The Southeast Tour journeyed up to Durham, N.C., to host the Major Championship at Duke University. Juniors in both tournaments braved cold weather while competing for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole events.

Tiya Chowdary

This week’s IJGT Photo of the Week for the north features Tiya Chowdary (above) of Montgomery, N.J. Chowdary knocked 11 strokes off her round one score of 92 to fire an 81 in round two. Competing in her first IJGT event, the 12-year-old carded a 173 tournament total, which landed her in a tie for fifth place in the Girls Division of the Metropolitan Junior.

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There was a two-way tie for the Southeast Photo of the Week. Chadds Ford, Pa., native Evan Brown (left), a regular on the International Junior Golf Tour, carded two birdies in the second round of the Major Championship at Duke University on the par-5 ninth and par-4 16th holes. He finished with a 177 tournament total, good for a piece of 17th place.

Fayetteville, Pa., native Jordan Shaffer (right) finished just one stroke behind Brown with a 178 tournament total, which tied him for 19th. Shaffer birdied the par-4 sixth hole in round one and the par-5 ninth hole in round two. He knocked 18 strokes off his round one 98 to card an 80 in the second round.

Congratulations to Chowdary, Brown and Shaffer on being featured in the IJGT Photos of the Week! Don’t forget–each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook Page after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and, based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

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Dominic Wagner featured in IJGT Photo of the Week –March 19, 2015

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to Lorton, Va., to host the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill on March 14-15, 2015. Juniors braved rain and wind while competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole event.

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After the tournament, a photo of the Boys 15-19 Division champion, Dominic Wagner of Alexandria, Va., was selected as the IJGT Photo of the Week. Wagner birdied the final hole in round two to win his division by a single stroke. His round two score of 78 also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event. To read more about Wagner’s exciting victory click here.

Congratulations to Wagner on being our IJGT Photo of the Week! Don’t forget–each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook Page after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and, based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

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Lee Hammerschmidt featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – Feb. 26, 2015

The IJGT traveled to Savannah, Ga., to host the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor on February 21-22, 2015. The two-day, 36-hole event was filled with action as both rounds began with a shotgun start.

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After the event, a photo of Lee Hammerschmidt was chosen as this week’s IJGT Photo of the Week. Hammerschmidt started round one on the 12th hole and round two on the 13th hole. He made par on holes No. 1 through 5 in round one and carded two birdies in each round. His tournament total of 155 landed him in a tie for 17th place.

Congratulations to Hammerschmidt on being our IJGT Photo of the Week! Don’t forget–each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook Page after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and, based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

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South Carolina Open champion Thomas Pfoestl featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – Feb. 19, 2015

The IJGT traveled to Kiawah Island, S.C., to host the South Carolina Open on February 14-15, 2015. In exchange for beautiful ocean views on both the Ocean Course and the Turtle Point course, juniors braved cold and blustery conditions as they competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole event.

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A photo of the Boys 14 & Under Division champion Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, was selected as this week’s IJGT Photo of the Week. Pfoestl shot 83 in both rounds on the way to a division-best tournament total of 166. He carded two birdies in round two on the par-5 10th hole and the par-5 13th hole.

Pfoestl maintained his No. 1 ranking on the International Junior Golf Tour with the win. The victory was his third this season and second in a row. Pfoestl’s other first-place finishes came in the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club in November and the Carolina Classic at Colleton River in January.

Congratulations to Pfoestl on being our IJGT Photo of the Week! Don’t forget–each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook Page after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and, based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

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Devin Gregg featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – Feb. 12, 2015

Last weekend, the IJGT traveled west to host its MAJOR Championship at Presidio Golf Club on February 7, 2015. Due to inclement weather, the tournament was shortened to an 18-hole one-day event where juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

The weather may have shortened the tournament, but did not dampen the focus of junior Devin Gregg of San Anselmo, Calif., who is featured in this week’s IJGT Photo of the Week.

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Gregg used his laser-like focus to his advantage, making birdie on both the par-4 fifth and 16th holes to finish in second in the Boys 15 – 19 Division, just one stroke behind winner Drew Karren of Orinda, Calif. Two birdies tied for the most in the round for his division. The Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course was Gregg’s first ever IJGT tournament appearance.

Don’t forget–each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook page after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and, based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

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Tupamahu, Hijazi and Hammerschmidt featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – Feb. 5, 2015

The IJGT hosted its third local tournament of the spring season, the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation on January 31-February 1, 2015. The two-day, 36-hole event featured juniors from around the world competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Although it was unseasonably cold during round one, the chilly weather didn’t stop the competitors from having a good time on the course. San Antionio, Texas native Jason Hijazi, and Lee Hammerschmidt of Armonk, N.Y., decided to have some fun by posing in the background while Christian Clemence Tupamahu of Manado, Indonesia, teed off on the 14th hole. The threesome all attend the International Junior Golf Academy together.

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Hammerschmidt finished round one a single stroke behind the division leader. He closed out round two by making par on the final four holes and finished the tournament in a tie for third.

Tupamahu birdied the par-4 hole No. 2 in round one to begin a six-hole par-or-better streak.

Hijazi struggled in the first round, but recovered in the second knocking 10 strokes off his round one score.

Congratulations to Tupamahu, Hijazi and Hammerschmidt on being our IJGT Photo of the Week! Don’t forget–each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook Page after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and, based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

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Carolina Classic champion Santiago Diaz featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – Jan. 29, 2015

The IJGT continued its spring season with another local tournament, the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, on January 25, 2015. Heavy rain cancelled day one of the tournament, so instead of playing 36 holes over two days, the junior golfers completed 27 holes in one day. The field competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings in windy but bright conditions. After the tournament, fans chose this shot of Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, as the IJGT Photo of the Week.

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After 27 holes, Diaz, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., found themselves in a three-way tie for first in the Boys 15-19 Division with tournament totals of 110. The tie meant a playoff, which was played on the challenging par-4 18th hole.

Although he was nervous competing in his first career playoff, Diaz maintained his composure and defeated his competitors earning sole possession of first place. Byrne and Wren tied for second.

This is Diaz’s second IJGT championship win this season as he also won the Savannah Junior at The Landings in December. Congratulations to Diaz!

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Ahn, Nakayama featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – Jan. 22, 2015

The IJGT kicked off its spring season locally, hosting the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. Conditions were chilly but sunny during the two-day, 36-hole event. The field, which included participants from eight states and 10 countries, competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

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A photo of Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, and Yuki Nakayama of Kawasakishi, Japan, was selected as this week’s IJGT Photo of the Week. Ahn and Nakayama, both students at the International Junior Golf Academy, decided to match outfits for round one of the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. In addition to being paired with each other on both days, Ahn and Nakayama also finished next to each other in the standings.

Nakayama used a division-best three birdies to tie Concord, Mass., native Skylar Frankiewicz for first after 36 holes. Frankiewicz won the playoff leaving Nakayama in second. The second-place finish was Nakayama’s best of the season and propelled her into the top 20 in the IJGT Rankings.

Ahn’s third-place finish boosted her 23 spots in the IJGT Rankings.

Congratulations to Yeji Ahn and Yuki Nakayama on being our IJGT Photo of the Week!

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Okada’s tee shot featured in the IJGT Photo of the Week – Dec. 18, 2014

The IJGT wrapped up its fall season by hosting the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines. During the two-day, 36-hole event junior golfers had the opportunity to play both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links. Although the mornings started out frosty, both days turned out to be clear and sunny.

Daiki Okada tees off at Harbour Town Golf Links

Daiki Okada tees off at Harbour Town Golf Links

A photo of Daiki Okada of Tokyo, Japan, from round one at Harbour Town was selected as this week’s IJGT Photo of the Week. This was Okada’s third consecutive IJGA Invitational; he tied for sixth place in last year’s event. He carded five birdies during this year’s tournament, three of which came on par-5’s.

Congratulations Daiki Okada on being our IJGT Photo of the Week!

Don’t forget–each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook page after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and, based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

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