Go, Zeng earn IJGT Player of the Week honors (Dec. 2, 2014)

The IJGT traveled to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on November 27-29, for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass. The course, rated the top course to play in the state of Florida by Golfweek, did not disappoint, however the weather was a bit of a surprise for the “Sunshine State.” With cold mornings and windy afternoons, the juniors from all over the world were forced to plan each shot accordingly. Following the event, the IJGT is proud to award this week’s Player of the Week honors to Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Bunyaporn Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand.

Shiso Go

Shiso Go

Go, who was the Boys 15-19 Champion at the Major Championship at Dormie Club, started out slowly in round one on the Dye’s Valley Course with bogies on three of his first four holes. He finished the round by shooting a score of 82, which put him in a tie for 27th place.

Go rallied in the second round starting the day with an even-par score of 36 on the front nine with birdies on the par-5 No. 1 and the par-4 No. 6 on the back nine, Go was able to birdie three of the last five holes to give him some confidence moving into round three on Saturday. His round two score of 2-under par, 70, was enough to boost him into the top 10.

Round three was played on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course, home of THE PLAYERS Championship, and the course was in pristine condition. In round three Go once again played the front nine holes at even par, 36, carding birdies on holes No. 3, 6, and 9.  The back nine proved to be tough for the entire field but Go was still able to card three birdies on holes No. 12, 15, and 16, on his way to a final round total of 3-over par, 75. His 227 tournament total was good enough for a share of third place.

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Bunyaporn Zeng

Despite the cold weather, Bunyaporn Zeng started the weekend strong scoring par-or-better on 14 holes in the first round including a run of six pars in a row on the back nine. Her opening round score of 76 put her in third heading into the second round.

Although she struggled with bogeys in the second round, Zeng managed to finish the day at 79, good for fourth overall.

Zeng was hot in round three shooting one-under on the front nine with birdies on holes No. 5 and 9. She finished the day with an even-par 72, earning her the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award.

Congratulations to Shiso Go and Bunyaporn Zeng on earning IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Inserra, Teran nab IJGT Player of the Week honors (Nov. 11, 2014)

The IJGT traveled to West End, N.C., on November 8-9, 2014, to host the Major Championship at Dormie Club. Rated the No. 2 course to play in the state of North Carolina by Golfweek, the course offered an entertaining challenge to each junior.  The course was in pristine shape and despite the greens being firm and fast, the juniors rose to the occasion and posted admirable scores both days. This week’s IJGT Player of the Week honors following the Major Championship go to Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J., and Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua.

Brett Inserra

Brett Inserra

Inserra’s first round score of 82 put him in a tie for 19th place in a field full of strong players.  In his opening round Inserra started off slowly, struggling with a few bogeys. Never fully embracing a momentum, he finished the round with a four-hole par-or-better streak which included his single birdie of the day. With the determination to make up ground, Inserra returned for round two by carding par-or-better on the entire front nine. Four round-two birdies combined with 12 pars allowed Inserra to improve by a staggering 13 strokes and move him up the leaderboard into the top three. Inserra shared third place with Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, with a two-day total of 151 and brought home the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for shooting the lowest final round across both boys’ divisions.

In three appearances in a Major Championship, this is Inserra’s first top-three finish.

Gabriela Teran

Gabriela Teran

Teran’s first round started off hot with a birdie on the par-4 No. 2.  Seven pars on her front nine had her at even-par at the turn. On the back nine, she carded another birdie the par-4 No. 14, bringing her first round score to75. Within reach of divisional leader Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., and looking to advance, Teran’s began her second round with consistent play. Scoring par on 12 of 18 holes, Teran finished shy of moving into first but remained in control of second place with a total 154.

The second-place finish is Teran’s third top-five finish this season and the seventh of her IJGT career.

Congratulations to Brett Inserra and Gabriela Teran on earning this week’s Player of the Week honors!

Foxley, Guo nab IJGT Player of the Week honors – Nov. 4, 2014

Returning to the Palmetto Hall Plantation, the IJGT’s Southeast Tour hosted the IJGT Island Open on the Arthur Hills Course on November 1-2, 2014. Cold temperatures and heavy winds greeted juniors for round one, forcing the field to utilize layered clothing and winter hats to fend off the conditions. Round two offered improved conditions thanks to the sun and juniors found it easier to post low scores. Following the event, the IJGT is proud to award this week’s Player of the Week honors to Rowan Foxley of Arlington, Wash., and Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C.

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Rowan Foxley finished finished T8 at the IJGT Island Open

Foxley started slowly in the first round but bounced back tremendously in round two. Through the tough conditions of round one, Foxley struggled with bogeys but went on to post seven pars on the day. Returning for round two with determination, he carded five birdies and seven pars to shave an impressive 14 strokes from his round one score. Foxley’s round-two 1-over 73 not only moved him into the top 10 but also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the junior with the lowest score in the final round of the event.

Foxley finished eighth which becomes his first top-10 finish on the IJGT.

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Sophie Guo finished 3rd in the IJGT Island Open

The conditions of round one also troubled Guo but much like Foxley, she came back strong in round two. Guo posted an even-par 72 for the second round, an impressive twenty-two stroke improvement from her round-one score. Her performance consisted of three birdies and ten pars, five of which came consecutively to finish her round. Guo’s Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award performance moved her from seventh to third, her second top-three finish of the season.

Congratulations to both Rowan Foxley and Sophie Guo on their Player of the Week honors!

Zinser, Abrams battle to the winner’s circle earns them IJGT Player of the Week honors – Oct. 28, 2014

As the IJGT finished up the Northeast Tour fall events, the competition heated up at the Major Championship at Out Door Country Club on October 25-26, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole event featured more than 30 juniors competing for IJGT merit points, national rankings and the title of Major Champion. Following the event, the IJGT is proud to extend IJGT Player of the Week honors to both Teddy Zinser of Alexandria, Va., and Kendel Abrams of New Freedom, Pa.

Zinser

After the opening round of the Major Championship, Zinser sat in eighth place with a score of 82. Despite his placement in the division, Zinser proved that his struggle with bogeys would not defeat him. Returning for the second and final round, he found his groove and proceeded to shave a staggering 10 strokes from his round one score. Five final-round birdies and eight pars sparked his comeback effort as he found himself moving up the leader board to finish in third place.

His score of even-par 72 in round two was the lowest final round score in the division and earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award to celebrate his low marks. The event was Zinser’s first of his career with the IJGT.

Abrams

In her first event of the season and second with the IJGT, Abrams kicked off her performance with a par-or-better streak on holes 6 through 8 to finish with a 2-over-par front nine. Her back nine proved to be more difficult as she began to post some higher scores as she finished the day. Ready to fight back, Abrams returned for round two to make moves in her division. Two birdies and an improvement of two strokes from her round one score helped her inch her way up into third place while also nabbing the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls. Her final-round 82 was the lowest of the division.

Abrams’ third-place finish was her first top-three finish of her career after an 11th place finish at the Major Championship at Bulle Rock in April of 2014.

Congratulations to both Teddy and Kendel! We applaud your persistent efforts and will to fight for improvement. We look forward to seeing you in future events!

Puangcharoen, Gray among the IJGT Players of the Week – Oct. 21, 2014

NORTHEAST

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour made the trip to State College, Pa., on October 18-19, 2014, for the College Series at Penn State University. It was a challenging weekend for the contestants as cold weather and windy conditions made an already difficult course even tougher. After two days of competitive play and great sportsmanship, the IJGT is pleased to announce Adam Gray of Potomac, Md., and Lauren Kase of North Tonawanda, N.Y., as the Northeast Tour’s Players of the Week.

Gray

The first day of the tournament was trying for all of the competitors due to cold, rainy and windy conditions. Gray played well, shooting a 78 in the opening round to place him in a tie for eighth heading into the final round. Weather conditions were more favorable on day two of the tournament and Gray capitalized by shooting the low score of the weekend, a 1-under-par 71. He carded four birdies on the day, three of which were on the front nine to allow him to make the turn at 2-under. Consistency was key for Gray as his resilient efforts resulted in a shared piece of second place to end the tournament.

Kase

Kase led with a slow start but found her rhythm during the final round of the College Series. Totaling eight pars on the day, Kase drove the ball well and sunk some difficult putts to improve her score. She birdied the challenging, uphill par-4 No. 16 with ease, demonstrating her skill in all areas of the game. Her second round 85 solidified her fourth-place finish in her division.

SOUTHEAST

The IJGT traveled to Pooler, Ga., to host the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters Country Club.  The weather forecast included clear skies and mild temperatures leaving the course in pristine condition for low rounds.  This week’s southeast Player of the Week honors are awarded to Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, and Warrisara (Mind) Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand.

Shimoji, Takafumi

Shimoji kicked off round one with a birdie on the par-4 No. 1 but struggled with a few bogeys in the remainder of his round before adding a final birdie on the par-4 No 11. After finding himself in 31st at the conclusion of round one, Shimoji returned for round two with determination. He started with back-to-back birdies on holes No. 3 and 4, before adding two more birdies on the back nine. Shimoji’s battle back allowed him to finish the round with a 1- under-par, 71, giving him an overall score of 151 and a top-five finish.

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Puangcharoen shot 79 on Saturday and 71 on Sunday to finish with 150 for the tournament for third place. With only a brief struggle for par or better on her first round front nine, she ramped up her back nine with six pars and another birdie. Puangcharoen played well again on Sunday after starting the day hot with four-straight pars and going on to score par or better on 16 of 18 holes for the round. Her final score of 71 on Sunday earned her the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award and helped to secure third-place.

Congratulations to Gray, Kase, Puangcharoen and Shimoji on earning the Player of the Week honors and we wish you well in all of your future events!

Kedlaya, Benevento among junior to earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Oct. 14, 2014

SOUTHEAST

The IJGT traveled to Orlando, Fla., on October 11-12, 2014, to host the Florida Junior at The Palm Course at Walt Disney Resort. The hot and humid climate did not affect the 51 juniors as they produced low rounds on both days.

The Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Tour go to Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., and Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India.

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On day one, Wren got off to a hot start by posting a birdie on his first hole and stringing together pars on six of his following seven holes before finishing the front nine with a score of 1-over-par.  His back nine went just as well, with pars on seven of the nine holes giving him a total round one score of 3-over 75.  Wren returned in round two with similar momentum and added par on the first seven consecutive holes leading up to a birdie on No. 8.  Wren’s final nine holes were played at one under par, including three birdies and four pars.  Wren took home the second place trophy with his final round score of 71 and an overall score of 146.

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Kedlaya opened her first round with par on four front-nine holes before really heating up and carding par on eight of her back-nine holes to finish the day at 78. She continued sharp play in round two with six pars on the front nine, four of which were consecutive, before adding a birdie on No. 8. Kedlaya’s scores of 78 and 74 were her lowest scores to date on the IJGT with her round two 74 earning her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round for the girls. Kedlaya’s overall score of 152 helped her to finish second.

Thanks to outstanding play and their second place finishes, both Wren and Kedlaya qualified for the North American Junior Amateur Championship to be held in Arizona on December 31, 2014 – January 3, 2015. The Florida Junior at Disney Resort was a qualifying tournament, granting and invitation to  the top two boys and top two girls.

NORTHEAST

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to Bronx, N.Y., for the first-ever tournament at Pelham Bay Golf Club, to host The IJGT Junior Open. Despite some rain during round one and cold and windy conditions on both days, there was great golf performances the entire weekend. The IJGT is proud to award the Northeast Player of the Week honors to Mark Benevento of Somers Point, N.J., and Soona Lee-Tolley of New York, N.Y.

Benevento

Benevento, having placed second in The Architects Cup on October 4-5, 2014, looked to come out and shoot for an even greater performance.  Benevento’s round one score of 75 left him two shots off of the lead.  Knowing he needed to play great golf in round two to assume the lead, Benevento improved his round by three strokes for a even-par 71. Despite missing the title by two strokes, Benevento said, “My goal for each round is make great shots and improve from the day before. I am happy with how round two went today.” His second-place finish at the IJGT Junior Open becomes his fourth top-five finish in as many events.

Lee-Tolley

After round one, Lee-Tolley sat in third place but was eager for more. Returning for round two with a fire in her belly, Lee-Tolley used consistent putting for par to cut five strokes from her round one score. Her round two 78 also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls. This allowed her to move up the leader board and into second place. With just one less par than winner Madison Braman, Lee-Tolley used 20 total pars to prove her determination and consistency, helping her to earn this week’s Player of the Week honors.

Congratulations to Wren, Kedlaya, Benevento and Lee-Tolley on earning the IJGT Player of the Week honors this week!

Hernandez, Halleron among those receiving IJGT Player of the Week honors – Oct. 7, 2014

NORTHEAST TOUR 

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to the fan-favorite Architects Golf Club in Lopatcong, N.J., to host The Architects Cup. Heavy rains the night and morning before the first round on October 4, 2014, made for soft conditions on the golf course. Along with early tee times in the final round came cold temperatures. Architects Golf Club was in prime shape and players that were able to get the ball rolling on the challenging greens were able to grab a handful of birdies and post some competitive scores. The IJGT is proud to award this week’s Northeast Player of the Week honors to Leo Hernandez of Stewartsville, N.J., and Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J.

Leo

Hernandez began the tournament with a slow start in his first round, but he bounced back in round two. He posted a 75 in the second round, improving on his first round by ten strokes. Hernandez carded his 75 with the help of 12 pars and a rare birdie on the uphill par-3 No. 8. Hernandez’s 75 was tied for the third best round of the day in the Boys 15-19 Division. His impressive play in the final round drove him up the leaderboard to finish in a tie for 20th place.

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Gianchandani’s first round play had her in pursuit of a comeback on then leaders Megan McClean of Lebanon N.J., and Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J. Gianchandani came out firing at pins and sinking putts for birdie early in her second round to put some pressure on the leaders. Birdies on the second, fifth and sixth holes allowed her to make the turn at 3-under-par. Wentworth’s steady play in the final round kept Gianchandani just out of reach, but Gianchandani fought until the end which helped her earn the Northeast’s Girls’ Player of the Week honors as well as the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with an even-par 71. Along with her three birdies on the opening nine, Gianchandani added 12 pars on the day. Her impressive second round gave her second place honors, finishing only three strokes back of champion, Wentworth.

SOUTHEAST TOUR

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour headed north for a change to host the DC Shootout at National Golf Club at Tantallon in Ft. Washington, Md., on October 4-5, 2014. The course was in great shape and although tough, the 18 juniors enjoyed the challenge presented. MacKenzie Martin of Rye, N.Y., and Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., were named the Southeast’s Players of the Week honors.

Jack

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Halleron played extremely well in round one shooting the low round for the tournament, an even par, 72 with 12 pars and three birdies, on a day that did not see very many low scores.  His three birdies came at a time that proved to be crucial: holes 13, 15 and 18.  In round two, Halleron started off strong with birdies on the first two holes and finished the round shooting a 78 to earn second place.

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In the Girls Division, Martin’s tournament was one that was a story of two rounds. Martin, after shooting a 100 on the first day, returned to round two and bettered her first round score by a total nine strokes. She carded four pars in round two en route to victory and a total score for the tournament of 191. The DC Shootout was Martin’s first-ever IJGT event.

Congratulations to the players of the week Leo Hernandez, Ami Gianchandani, MacKenzie Martin and Jack Halleron for their outstanding performances in a challenging competition. We wish them best of luck in the rest of their fall golf schedule and are excited to see what lies ahead for them!

Yarnall, Lapvisuttisin among those receiving IJGT Player of the Week honors – Sept. 30, 2014

NORTHEAST TOUR

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour was in Rochester, N.Y., for The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club. With ideal golfing weather the juniors recorded quality scores during both days of the tournament. Impressive play from Sean Stanistreet of Camillus, N.Y., and Caroline Yarnall of East Aurora, N.Y., earned the pair IJGT Player of the Week honors for the northeast this week.

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Stanistreet of the Boys 15-19 Division, began the tournament with a slower than desired start, posting a round one score of 79 but returned for round two with a fire in his belly. With birdies on four holes, including the extremely difficult par-5 No. 2, Stanistreet shaved six strokes from his round one score and recorded a 1-over 73 for the final round. A solid swing off of the tee and clutch putting were the key to his impressive final round performance. His score was good enough to put him in contention down the stretch and landed him in a three-way tie for third place.

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Yarnall of the Girls Division, maintained her consistent play throughout both rounds of the tournament. She made par on the difficult par-4 No. 8 on both days and also made par on the hazardous par-5 No. 10 on the final day. Her positive attitude carried her through her entire performance and the IJGT expects great things from her in the future.

Congratulations to both Sean Stanistreet and Caroline Yarnall with their praise-worthy performances this week. We wish them luck as they continue their golf play throughout the fall season.

For full results from The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club, click here.

SOUTHEAST TOUR

The IJGT hosted the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C., on September 27-28, 2014, as a part of the 2014 fall Southeast Tour.  The course was in great shape and despite the small amount of rain that was in the forecast, the players proceeded to shoot low rounds throughout the weekend. Following the event, Sophie Guo and Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin were named the Players of the Week in the southeast.

Sophie Guo

Guo was able to jump out to a first round lead by shooting a 1-under 71 on Saturday with back-to-back birdies on holes 13 and 14, and a streak of six consecutive pars on the front nine.  In round two had a consistent finish by carding ten pars and three birdies, boosting her to her highest finish on tour to date, a second place finish only one stroke behind the leader.

Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Lapvisuttisin nabbed Player of the Week honors thanks to yet another strong bid at a comeback on Sunday.  Lapvisuttisin’s first round score of 77 landed him in a tie for 15th, however he recovered and shot a 1-under 71 on Sunday which put him in the hunt, along with giving him a share of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the weekend.  Lapvisuttisin recorded even par on the front and finished his second round bogey-free on the back.  Lapvisuttisin’s strong final round was enough to hoist him to a tie for eighth place in the tournament.

Congratulations to both Sophie Guo and Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin on their achievements and being named Southeast Players of the Week.

For full results from IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club, click here.

Phuchanbanchob, Gai among those receiving IJGT Player of the Week honors – Sept. 21, 2014

NORTHEAST TOUR

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to the Buena Vista Country Club in Buena, N.J., to host the IJGT Jersey Open. Weather for the event was ideal with temperatures in the high 70s and calm winds. Despite near-perfect playing conditions, the golf course was challenging nonetheless with unforgiving bunkers and many dog-legs. The IJGT is proud to award this week’s Northeast Player of the Week honors to Stephen Gai of Westport, Conn., and Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y.

gaiGai may not have opened the tournament with his best round, but he bounced back in round two. He posted a 78 in the second round, improving on his first round by nine strokes. Gai carded his 78 with the help of 10 pars and two birdies on holes No. 7 and 15. Gai’s 78 was the third best round of the day in the Boys 15-19 Division. His impressive play in the final round drove him up the leaderboard to finish in a tie for fifth with Marshall Clemens from Weston, Mass.

 

 

braman, madisonBraman’s first round play had her in pursuit of a comeback on divisional leader Linda Wang. Wang’s steady play in the final round kept Braman just out of reach, but Braman fought until the end which helped her earn the Northeast’s Girls’ Player of the Week honors. In the second round, Braman began with a birdie on her first hole of the day. She added two more birdies on her back nine on holes No. 12 and 14, and posted par on eight additional holes. Her spectacular play resulted in a final round 77, which also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round award in the division.

SOUTHEAST TOUR

The IJGT held its first College Series Tournament of the 2014-15 season at Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State University the weekend of September 21-22, 2014, as part of the Southeast Tour.  The Golfweek No. 27 ranked campus course in 2014, played tough during round one but allowed juniors to shine most in round two. Following the event, Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., and Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, earned the Southeast’s Player of the Week honors.

pongrac - CopyAfter shooting a final round score of 3-under 69, Pongrac earns this week’s Southeast Player of the Week honors in the boys divisions. Pongrac got off to a slow start in round one, but bounced back by shooting an 85 in round two including four birdies on his front nine and two more on the back.  Pongrac’s second round 69 gave him a share of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and a top-10 finish.

 

 

 

10264779_10154171553715026_2741195399204324369_nPhuchanbanchob nabbed Player of the Week in the Girls Division.  She got off to a hot start on day two, making a run at the championship with three birdies and an eagle to finish her round with a 2-under 70 which was also the low round for the tournament in the Girls Division.

Phuchanbanchob’s stellar final round was enough to force a sudden death playoff with Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., starting on par-5, No. 1.  The two played hole No. 1 and Phuchanbanchob’s unfavorable drive off the tee landed her left of the fairway, while Whaley bombed her drive down the right side landing it in the rough just off of the fairway.  Phuchanbanchob was forced to lay up to the 150-yard mark just on top of the hill giving her a desirable angle into the green. Whaley played her second through two tall trees landing her just short of the greenside bunker.  Whaley chipped up onto the green within ten feet of the flagstick, while Phuchanbanchob’s chip was not enough to rally for the win. Nonetheless, Phuchanbanchob’s effort was enough for second and Player of the Week honors.

The IJGT wishes our four outstanding juniors the best of luck in their future competitions and we look forward to seeing them soon!

IJGT Player of the Week honors awarded to Rush and Muhlbauer – Sept. 16, 2014

West Chester, Pa. – The IJGT hosted the fourth tournament of the fall season at Radley Run Country Club on September 13-14, 2014, for the IJGT Philly Open. The originally planned two-day, 36-hole tournament was limited to one day and 18 holes due to inclement weather in round one. The IJGT is proud to award the Player of the Week honors to Karsen Rush of Chambersburg, Pa., of the Boys 15-19 Division and Lauren Muhlbauer of Newton, Pa., of the Girls Division.

Karsen

Playing in his second event of the season with the IJGT, Rush posted his best career finish. His score of 75 was highlighted by carding par or better on 15 holes which included a streak of seven straight pars on holes No. 2 through 8. He also recorded, a back nine score of even par-36, including two birdies.

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 Muhlbauer in her first IJGT event of the season had a commendable performance, finishing tied for second in the Girls Division with a score of 87. She recorded a score of par on five holes. Her share of second place is her personal best finish in an IJGT event and her first top-three finish.

Congratulations to Rush and Muhlbauer on their accomplishments. The IJGT looks forward to seeing these kinds of performances continue as we move on with the rest of our fall tour!

For full results from the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club, click here.