Former IJGT player, Richy Werenski, wins first PGA Tour event

TRUCKEE, Calif.Richy Werenski holed a wedge from the fairway on the par-4 16th and birdied the last hole for a one-point victory over Troy Merritt in the Barracuda Championship on August 2nd. It was his first career PGA Tour victory.

Werenski started the final round 7 points behind leader Troy Merritt in the only Tour event that utilizes modified Stableford scoring. He was still well off the pace with just three holes to go but surged into contention with a 5-point eagle on No. 16, to get within a point of Merritt.

After hitting his drive on No. 18 into the trees, Werenski hit a wedge to 15 feet and calmly rolled in the birdie putt to reach 39 points, with 13 accrued during his final round. When Merritt left his birdie putt on No. 18 just short, Werenski had a one-point win and his first Tour title in his 100th career start.

“I wasn’t really expecting to make an eagle on No. 16,” Werenski said. “After we just barely missed our eagle on No. 12, I was like, ‘Well, at least we’ve got some birdie opportunities and we’ll kind of just do what we can.’ It just all happened really quick.”

With the win Werenski is now fully exempt through the 2022 season and has clinched spots in the U.S. Open, Players and Sentry Tournament of Champions. He also earned the final spot in next week’s PGA Championship.

“It’s huge,” said Werenski, making his 100th tour start. “I’ve been playing well for the last couple of months, but to get a win, I mean, that’s huge. I got a couple seconds and everything, so it just helps my confidence a lot. Now I know I’m good enough, and now we’re going to go make a move for the FedExCup Playoffs.”

4th of July Classic

There was no reason to look to the sky this 4th of July because IJGT’s brightest stars were on full display at Bishops Gate, FL. The 3-day tournament delivered explosive golf.

The winner of the Boys Division, Tristan Galant, birdied six of his last seven holes in round one and carded 17 birdies overall. Jantai Malatev had two eagles over the weekend, and Jason Hsu went 21 holes without a bogey. Hot stuff!

Not to be outdone, the Girls Division saw the winner, One Kashima, also go 21 holes without a bogey. She became WAGR ranked with her victory. Hibiki Adachi had two eagles and Dilyara Bulambayeva carved out 40 pars over her three rounds. As Katy Perry would say, “Boom, Boom, Boom…”

The 3rd Annual Faldo Series Concludes with IJGA Dominance

The 3rd Annual Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final concluded with amazing results from the IJGA students. Joon Jang, current student at IJGA Old Carolina, swept the entire field with a stellar performance and a final score of -13 to claim the overall title. Wanxi “Alex” Sun (IJGA BG) had a great comeback in the final round, shooting -3 on the last 9 holes for a final round of 72 and a +4 total, winning the Boys U18 division by scorecard playoff. Aaron Lin (IJGA BG) was second after a final score of +4. On the boys U16 Division, Kenny Leseur from IJGA Bishops Gate was the winner with a total score of -1, claiming the first place by 19 shots. Felix Feres (IJGA BG) was second with a total score of +18.

Canada Re-Captures the North America Cup on its Home-Soil

Tournament Results

Day 1: Canada 5 – USA 1

Day 2: Canada 8.5 – USA 3.5

Day 3: Canada 6 – USA 6

After snatching away the cup from Team USA in 2018, Canada managed to defend their home ground at TPC Toronto to re-capture the North America Cup with a final score of 14.5 – 9.5.

Congratulations to all the participating junior golfers, and we look forward to next year – when the Cup returns south of the border to Hilton Head, South Carolina.

International Junior Golf Tour Thanksgiving Day Classic

International Junior Golf Tour Thanksgiving Day Classic

TPC Sawgrass Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.- The International Junior Golf Tour returned to an annual stop on their tour this week with the playing of the Thanksgiving Classic at TPC Sawgrass. The juniors were challenged throughout the weekend on both courses, with Pete Dye’s Valley Course and TPC Stadium Course, home of the PGA Players Championship. The players enjoyed spectacular weather for the late November event, all while competing for AJGA Performance Stars, national rankings, and IJGT merit points.

 

After three rounds of great competition, the Boys 15-19 Division would ultimately be decided in a two-way playoff. After one playoff hole, Gordan Brixi of Potomac, MD came away victorious after a stellar final round.

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“It feels good to get the win”, Brixi said after the round. “I did not change much today, just needed to play my game because I did not

know how the leaders were playing. I was happy to go to a playoff because I wanted to keep playing on this great course.”

 

Brixi tallied scores of 74 and 80 for the first two rounds on the Valley course. Then on Saturday, he finished with an impressive round of 74 on the Stadium course, ultimately creating the playoff. Brixi concluded after the round that winning the playoff on the famous 17th hole was great, but the 16th hole was the favorite for him on Saturday.

 

“That is where I started to turn it around for me”, Brixi added. “After that hole I knew there was a good chance some good would follow, and clearly it did.”

Finishing in second place for the week is Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, SC. Phillips was impressive all weekend, putting together scores of 79, 70 and 79 for 228 finish. Then, finishing out the top three is Jaden Weisman of Malvern, PA, putting together rounds of 77, 74, and 80 for a 231 finish.

 

 

For the Boys 14 & Under Division, Julian Sanchez- Garcia went wire-to-wire earning the top prize. Sanchez- Garcia showed great consistency throughout the weekend, tallying scores of 79, 77, and 79 for a total of

  1. Sanchez-Garcia said there was no additional pressure or challenge and focused on playing his best in earning the victory.

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“After the first day I had a comfortable lead and felt great where I placed myself”, Sanchez-Garcia added. “You do not get to play at a course like this every day so just enjoying everything and playing my best was the biggest reason for the win”.

 

Finishing in the top three for the weekend are Seung Jae Mo of South Korea, who had rounds of 93, 80 and 89. Rounding out top three is Matthew Pilgrim of Canada, finishing with rounds of 90, 84 and 92.

 

Then, in the Girls Division, Sophia Burnett continued her impressive play as of late adding a victory over the

weekend. Battling some minor setbacks during the first round, Burnett found her comfort zone during the second round ultimately finishing the week off with a victory.

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“Feels pretty cool to win, because it is TPC Sawgrass and I am grateful to win here”, Burnett said after the round. “I had some hiccups on a few holes during the first round that I was able to overcome, but the

second round I was much more comfortable on those holes”.

 

Burnett, like the majority of the field, spoke highly of the new renovations made to the TPC Stadium course. Those changes luckily played to the strength of her game.

 

Burnett added “They are great changes, some of the holes I did not recognize at first but the course here is simply amazing”.

 

The IJGT will conclude its Fall season in a few weeks, with the playing of the IJGA Invitational at Harbourtown Golf Links in Hilton Head, SC. Players will be competing for national rankings, and the chance to earn IJGT Merit points as well as AJGA Performance Stars. To sign up for this event, or view future events, visit IJGT.com, or call (844) 779-3374.

 

Final results of the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on November 26, 2016.

 

Boys 15-19 Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Dye’s Valley Course- Black Tees 6,684 Yards, 71.9/129. Round 3 Stadium Course- Black Tees 6,650 Yards, 74.0/146. Boys 14& Under Division: Rounds 1& 2 Dye’s Valley Course- Blue Tees 5,972 Yards, 69.4/131. Round 3 Stadium Course- Blue Tees 5,992 Yards, 70.3/136. Girls Division: Rounds 1 &2 Dye’s Valley Course- White Tees 5,765 Yards, 65.0/115. Round 3 Stadium Course- White Tees 5,720 Yards, 76.0/151.

 

International Junior Golf Tour Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

November 24-26, 2016

 

Boys 15-19 Division-

Round 1 – (Black Tees) Dyes Valley Course 6,684 Yards, Par 72 Round 2 – (Black Tees) Dyes Valley Course: 6,684 Yards, Par 72 Round 3 – (Black Tees) Stadium Course: 6,650 Yards, Par 72

 

1-x. Gordan Brixi, Potomac, MD *74-80-74–228

  1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *79-70-79–228
  2. Jaden Weisman, Malvern, PA *77-74-80–231
  3. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *76-78-80–234
  4. Noah Schwartz, Cherry Hill, NJ *78-74-83–235
  5. PJ ORourke, Ho Ho Kus *73-79-84–236
  6. Sean Niles, Northville, MI *79-75-82–236
  7. Elliot Wright, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *78-77-81–236
  8. Alex Whitehead, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *79-79-81–239
  9. Mike Donner, Hamburg, NY *76-77-87–240
  10. Frank Parisi, Schenectady, NY *83-81-79–243
  11. Chun Yan Leong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *78-85-83–246
  12. Philipp Katich, St.Leon-Rot *82-81-87–250
  13. Will Englander, Cohasset, MA *84-84-83–251
  14. Michael Katsman, Howey-In-The-HIlls, FL *80-81-91–252
  15. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *84-79-89–252
  16. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *91-82-80–253
  17. Jamie Murray, Ontario, Canada *79-89-87–255
  18. Oreo Prommart, Thung Khonkaen, Thailand *84-81-92–257
  19. Matthew Chorches, West Hartford, CT *77-85-97–259
  20. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *89-82-88–259
  21. Adam Miller, Silver Spring, MD *84-83-96–263
  22. Mike Tomczak, Lake View, NY *87-83-93–263
  23. Ethan Dawson, Edmond, OK *90-93-91–274
  24. Adam DeSorbo, Amsterdam, NY *89-95-93–277
  25. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *91-90-99–280
  26. Zack Jiang, Guangdong, China *96-88-96–280

 

Boys 14 & Under Division-

Round 1 – (Black Tees) Dyes Valley Course 5,972 Yards, Par 72 Round 2 – (Black Tees) Dyes Valley Course: 5,972 Yards, Par 72 Round 3 – (Black Tees) Stadium Course: 5,992 Yards, Par 72

 

  1. Julian Sanchez-Garcia, Xalapa, Mexico *79-77-79–235
  2. Seung Jae Mo, Goyang, South Korea *93-80-89–262
  3. Matthew Pilgrim, West Vancouver, BC *90-84-92–266
  4. Zach Locke, Horseheads, NY *95-88-93–276
  5. Finn ORourke, HoHoKus, NJ *96-90-98–284
  6. David Murigi, Nairobi, Kenya *90-96-102–288

 

Girls Division-

Round 1 – (Black Tees) Dyes Valley Course 5,765 Yards, Par 72 Round 2 – (Black Tees) Dyes Valley Course: 5,765 Yards, Par 72 Round 3 – (Black Tees) Stadium Course: 5,720 Yards, Par 72

 

  1. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *86-74-83-243
  2. Gabriella Gilrowski, Westfield, IN *85-81-88–254
  3. Camila Burnett, Bluffton, SC *89-92-96–277
  4. Erica Boyd, Charlotte, NC *95-95-92–282
  5. Megan Donahue, Lafayette, IN *101-87-101–289
  6. Sabrina Reyes, Leon Guanajuato, Mexico *102-97-102–301

Inaugural Juniors FORE Warriors Charity Invitational.

International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Presents

Juniors FORE Warriors Invitational

 

Parris Island, SC – The International Junior Golf Tour took a step out of their comfort zone this weekend. Juniors FORE Warriors was the Inaugural Invitational that benefited two Non-profit Organizations; Hope for the Warriors and Junior Champions Foundation. The weekend started off with a private tour of the Parris Island Marine Base on Friday September, 23. The tournament was played Saturday and Sunday with hot and sunny conditions.

The Boys 15-19 Division Champion winner, Jeremy Sisson, took the title for the second weekend in a row with the IJGT. Sisson won the Island Invitational at Dolphin Head CC, he kept his momentum up by shooting a total of three-under for the two days. Sisson, from Skaneatles, N.Y., had the low final round of 69. Samuel Cudjoe, from Trinidad and Tobago, had an impressive second round of two-under par. Cudjoe, who was tied with three people after round one, had five birdies to move up in the pack. Rounding our third was Leo Hernandez, shooting three-over par, with a total of 147.

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“Winning twice in a row feels really good. It doesn’t happen often, so I’m pretty happy. This place, Parris Island, is special. It’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced. The wildlife and the course is special, and it being on a Marine base makes it truly unique,” remarked Sisson.

AJ Gilpin, of Norwell, M.A., was the Boys 14 & Under Division Champ for the Juniors FORE Warriors Invitational. Gilpin kept his lead after day one, shooting 76, 76. Coming up five strokes behind Gilpin was Matthew Pilgrim. Pilgrim, from West Vancouver, shot three stokes better in his second round. He carded 80, 77, for a total of 157. In third place of the Boys 14 & Under Division was Bryan Kim, signing for a total of 161.

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“I played great, I hit a lot of greens and fairways this weekend. This was my first time playing at Parris Island. I loved the course and these are the fastest tournament greens I have ever played on,” said Gilpin.

The Girls Division Champion carded a 156, and was awarded to Vivian Yen of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Keeping her first place secured from round one, she fought through the heat and ended up with a round two score of 81. Maria Aslanis, of Hinckley, O.H., came in second with a total of 184.

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“I played well, even though my putting was not the greatest. The course was incredible, the greens were fast and in fantastic shape. My best club in my bag this weekend was my 8 iron. I always practice with it and it payed off,” Yen explained

The IJGT will continue the Fall 2016 Season in Orlando, Fla., at Orange County National. The Orange County National Junior will be October 1-2, 20016. Players will compete for IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Performance Stars, and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

 

Final Results of the Juniors FORE Warriors Invitational at Parris Island conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on September 24-25,2016.

Boys 15-19 Division: 6,588 Yards, 71.5/126. Boys 14 & Under Division: 6,092 Yards, 69.3/128. Girls Division: 5,825 Yards, 73.3/128.

International Junior Golf Tour

Juniors FORE Warriors Invitational

Parris Island, SC

September 24-25, 2016

 Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,588 yards, Par 72

 

  1. Jeremy Sisson, Skaneatles, NY *72-69–141
  2. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *75-70–145
  3. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton, SC *73-74–147
  4. Dan Byrne, Cork, Ireland *76-73–149
  5. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *75-76–151
  6. Luis Martinez, Caracus, Venezuela *75-76–151
  7. Alejandro Guillen, Mexico City, Mexico *77-77–154
  8. Nick Gioffre, Waxhaw, NC *76-83–159
  9. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *85-79–164
  10. Tucker Etro, Eliot, ME *87-81–168
  11. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *85-85–170
  12. Jorge Castaneda Luna, DF, Mexico *82-93–175
  13. Ryan Touzeau, Center Valley, PA *98-85–183

 

Girls Division – White Tees, 5,825 yards, Par 72

 

  1. Vivian Yen, Kaohsiung, Taiwan *75-81–156
  2. Maria Aslanis, Hinckley, OH *92-92–184

 

Boys 14 & Under Division- Blue Tees, 6,092 yards, Par 72

 

  1. Aj Gilpin, Norwell, MA *76-76–152
  2. Matthew Pilgrim, West Vancouver, BC *80-77–157
  3. Bryan Kim, Evans, GA *81-80–161

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Sisson takes the title after leading Day 1, Lee credits her chipping to a stellar finish.

International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Presents

Island Invitational at Dolphin Head Golf Club

September 17-18, 2016

Hilton Head Island, SC

 

Jeremy Sisson takes the title after leading Day 1

Lee credits her chipping to a stellar finish.

 

 

Hilton Head Island, SC – The International Junior Golf Tour dodged tropical storm Julie and had scorching temps this weekend at the Island Invitational. The tournament had 50 participants that battled this weekend. The top five players in each division earned preferred entry into any IJGT Major Championship and the Champions of each division earned an invitation to the 2016 IJGT Tournament of Champions. AJGA Stars were also award in the Boys 15-19 Division

 

The Boys 15-19 Division Champion winner, Jeremy Sisson, claimed first place with a total of 145 for the tournament. Sisson, from Skaneatles, N.Y., competed in his first IJGT tournament over the weekend and kept his first place lead both days. Sisson, after just having his appendix taken out, carded three birides. Conor Bryne, claimed second place, after having a comeback second round shooting 71. Bryne, from Dublin, Ireland, had a total of 147 for the tournament. Rounding out the Boys 15-19 Division was Lino Galdin, shooting 76, 73, for a total of 149.

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“It’s my first IJGT event, I enjoyed it! On day one I was inside twenty feet for every putt and was making pars. Today I was chunking my irons, my chipping saved me, getting inside three feet and making the putt.  The course was short, which hitting it straight gave you great reward. I just had my appendix taken out and just started playing two weeks ago, it felt great to get back out there,” remarked Sisson.

 

In the Girls Division, there were two that finished the tournament. Tracy Lee, of Seoul, South Korea, had a strong weekend shooting 74, 76, for a total of 150. Lee, coming off from a win from a previous tournament, showed strong iron play with 2 birides for her rounds. Taking second place was Yuna Sato of Fukushima, Japan. Sato was able to battle back after her round one score of 85, to shoot an impressive 74 on the last day.

 

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“My round went good. My short game was pretty strong, anything under 30 yards I was able to get it up and down. On hole eight I stuck it less than a foot and had a tap in for birdie, my only birdie in the final round, I was very excited. The course was challenging because you had to be straight off the tee. I feel great going into this season, I can tell I’m improving.,” said Lee.

 

 

There were six players in the Boys 14 and Under Divison. Round one, Julian Sanchez-Garcia and Bryan Kim were tied; ultimately it came down to the last hole where Garcia beat Kim by one stroke. Garcia, from Xalapa, Mexico, had a consistent round of 77, 77. Kim shot one stroke better in his final round for a total of 155. Taking third place was AJ Gilpin, shooting 157.

 

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The IJGT also recognizes the Clazic Belts Low Final Award Winners.

 

Conor Bryne- 71.

Yuna Sato- 74.

 

 

 

 

 

The IJGT will continue the Fall 2016 Season in Parris Island, S.C at the Inaugural Juniors FORE Warriors Invitational. This tournament will be September 24-25, 2016. Players will compete for IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Performance Stars, and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

 

Final Results of the Island Invitational at Dolphin Head GC conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on September 17-18, 2016.
Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees-6,505 yards par 72 (72.7/140). Boys 14 &Under Division: Blue Tees-6,025 (70.5/129). Girls Division: White Tees-5,611 (68.5/124).

Saturday – Sunny 89 degrees with 5 mph winds.

Sunday – Sunny 91 degrees with 5 mph winds.

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Island Invitational at Dolphin Head

Hilton Head Island, SC

September 17-18, 2016

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees- 6,505 yards- Par 72

 

  1. Jeremy Sisson, Skaneatles, NY *71-74–145
  2. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *76-71–147
  3. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton, SC *72-78–150
  4. Drew Mullen, Pawleys Island, SC *75-76–151
  5. Erik MacDonald, Braintree, MA *74-77–151
  6. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *80-72–152
  7. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *76-76–152
  8. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *72-80–152
  9. Mark Laken, Kenosha, WI *77-76–153
  10. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *76-77–153
  11. Aidan McCloskey, Northborough, MA *76-77–153
  12. Alan Smith, Winchendon, MA *74-79–153
  13. Tyden Wilson, Concord, MA *78-77–155
  14. Mikus Ming, Smiths, Bermuda *78-77–155
  15. Charlie Farrell, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-77–155
  16. Luis Martinez, Caracus, Venezuela *75-80–155
  17. Jorge Castaneda, Bluffton, SC *0-83–83
  18. Carson Barbe, Beckville, TX *76-80–156
  19. Kameron Daniels, Bowie, MD *82-75–157
  20. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *77-80–157
  21. Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *75-82–157
  22. Alejandro Guillen, Mexico City, Mexico *74-83–157
  23. Feng Chen, Beijing, China *76-83–159
  24. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *81-79–160
  25. Luigi Oddera, Genova, Italy *79-81–160
  26. Dan Byrne, Cork, Ireland *87-74–161
  27. Andrew Choi, Hilton Head Island, SC *79-82–161
  28. Adam Miller, Silver Spring, MD *81-80–161
  29. Oreo Prommart, Thung Khonkaen, Thailand *83-80–163
  30. Victor Sanchez, Atizapan De Zaragoza, Mexico *77-86–163
  31. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *78-87–165
  32. Frank Parisi, Schenectady, NY *82-85–167
  33. Ian Arnold, Allentown, PA *87-82–169
  34. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo Japan, *84-85–169
  35. Jorge Casteneda Luna, DF, Mexico *90-83–173
  36. Ryan Touzeau, Center Valley, PA *87-87–174
  37. Kiet Trieu, Hanoi, Vietnam *86-89–175
  38. Zhuole Lin, Shenzen, China *94-87–181

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

  1. Nick Gioffre, Waxhaw, NC

 

 

Boys U-14 Division- Blue Tees- 6,025 yards- Par 72

 

  1. Julian Sanchez-Garcia, Xalapa, Mexico *77-77–154
  2. Bryan Kim, Evans, GA *78-77–155
  3. Aj Gilpin, Norwell, MA *82-75–157
  4. Matthew Pilgrim, West Vancouver, BC *84-80–164
  5. David Murigi, Nairobi, Kenya *92-76–168
  6. Seung Jae Mo, Goyang, South Korea *90-81–171

 

 

 

Girls Division- White Tees- 5,611 yards- Par 72

 

  1. Tracy Lee, Seoul, South Korea *74-76–150
  2. Yuna Sato, Koriyama, Fukushima, Japan *85-74–159

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

  1. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada

 

 

 

 

TEAM USA Brings the Trophy Home

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Okatie, South Carolina- The International Junior Golf Tour met the Canadian Junior Golf Association at the North America Cup for the fourteenth consecutive year. The teams were hand selected based on their performance in recent competitions and their exceptional demeanor on and off the course. The North America Cup traditionally begins with opening ceremonies followed by an official practice round.  The squads then play three different matches in Ryder Cup format. The teams play a four-ball match, followed by an alternate shot match, and rounding out the tournament with singles matches. Each match won is equivalent to one point, and this year every point counted.

IMG_3335On July 4, it was only fitting that the United States hit the ground running. With an impressive start, the momentum carried the team for days to come. In the Girls’ Division, Sophia Burnett and Sarah Perine, had a competitive day ending in a squared match against Canada’s Lucy Liu and Esther Subin. The teams were never up by one hole at any given time throughout the round.

 

“We needed each other throughout the match, and we could not have had better team work,” said Perine.

 

In the 15-and-Under Division, Chase Phillips and Deion Shepherd, scored a point for Team USA finishing one match ahead of Gu and Krauss. That match, just like the girls’, continued to be back and forth throughout the round. In the Boys’ 15-19 Division, two out three points favored the United States. Reid Bedell and Cole Berger scored a point in their match while never losing confidence against Beckstead and White. RJ Wren and Sean Stanistreet battled from behind all the way to the final hole, where they ended victorious, adding another point for Team USA. Trevor Hogan and Patrick Sheehan played red-hot Brunet and Simpson, but ultimately lost. The United States finished Day One with a 3.5 to 1.5 lead.

After a great first day, Team USA went into the second day with perfect chemistry, and a strong desire to win. One match short of a clean sweep, the team continued to battle across all levels.

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“Being comfortable on and off the course with each other helped to secure four victories on Day Two,” said RJ Wren.

 

The Girls’ Division, the 15-and-Under, and two of the three 15-19 Boys’ collected a point. Deion Shepherd and Sean Stanistreet battled for the clean sweep, but ultimately fell short after fighting through eighteen holes. After Day Two, Team USA led Team Canada 7.5 to 2.5.

 

On the final day of North America Cup, the teams contended for ten obtainable points. Every match was important, and team USA needed three points to secure the final victory. Players had their ups and downs throughout the challenging day, but collected all the points needed to win. Cole Berger, Reid Bedell, and RJ Wren each scored a point in their single matches.

 

Bedell said, “I thought the team effort was incredible and the comradery was phenomenal! Each of us played our hearts out and did not leave anything on the course.”

 

Sean Stanistreet battled for a square match against Canada’s Thiessen. Mikee Ordona birdied the final four holes of his match to regain the lead and secure a point for the team. Sophia Burnett added an additional point for the team by finishing with a 45-foot putt, while Team USA lined the green to cheer her on.

 

“It was a great way to end, a long putt like that, it was a perfect ending to a great tournament,” Burnett said.

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Team USA secured a 13 to 7 victory during the final round of the tournament. The North America Cup will continue next year, on Canadian soil.

 

Captain Nick Walker said, “I am so proud to be apart of this victory for Team USA. All credit goes to the players. The difference, I believe, was how tight knit our team was, both on and off the course. The love they showed one another was something amazing to watch and it was truly humbling to be a part of and witness.”

 

North America Cup 2016 has come to a close, and the hardware has been returned to the United States. The IJGT would like to thank Oldfield GC, CJGA, players, coaches, and parents for a great event. We are looking forward to North America Cup 2017 already!

 

 

Final Results of the North America Cup at Oldfield CC were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on July 4-6.

Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees- 6,726 par 72 (73.4/136). Boys 15 &Under Division: White Course Tees-5,976 (70.6/128). Girls Division: Blue Tees-5,924 (68.8/124).

Round One, July 4, 2016: Four-ballBoys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6726 yards, Par 721.     USA, Trevor Hogan and Patrick Sheehan vs. CAN, Vincet Brunet and Shayne Simpson: 6&4 CAN2.     USA, Reid Bedell and Cole Berger vs. CAN, Taylor Beckstead and Braydon White: 3&2 USA3.     USA, Sean Stanistreet and RJ Wren vs. CAN, Michael Ikejiani and Mitchell Thiessen: 1up USA Boys 15U Division- Blue Tees, 6976 yards, Par 721.     USA, Chase Phillips and Deion Shepherd vs. CAN, Vick Gu and Mathias Krauss: 1up USA Girls Division – White Tees, 5924 yards, Par 721.     USA, Sophia Burnett and Sarah Perine vs. CAN, Lucy Liu and Esther Subin: All Square

Round Two, July 5, 2016: FoursomeBoys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6726 yards, Par 721.     USA, Deion Shepherd and Sean Stanistreet vs. CAN, Micheal Ikejiani and Mitchell Thiessen, 1up CAN2.     USA, Cole Berger and Trevor Hogan vs. CAN, Braydon White and Taylor Beckstead: 4&3 USA3.     USA, Reid Bedell and RJ Wren vs. CAN, Shayne Simpson and Vincent Brunet: 4&2 USA Boys 15U Division- Blue Tees, 6976 yards, Par 721.     USA, Patrick Sheehan and Mikee Ordona vs. CAN, Vick Gu and Mathias Krauss: 4&3 USA Girls Division – White Tees, 5924 yards, Par 721.     USA, Sophia Burnett and Sarah Perine vs. CAN, Lucy Liu and Esther Subin: 3&2 USA

Round Three, July 6, 2016: Singles MatchesBoys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6726 yards, Par 721.     USA, Cole Berger vs. CAN, Vincent Brunet: 1up USA2.     USA, Trevor Hogan vs. CAN, Braydon White: 3&2 CAN3.     USA, Patrick Sheehan vs. CAN, Taylor Beckstead: 5&4 CAN4.     USA, Reid Bedell vs. CAN Mitchell Thiessen: 2&1 USA5.     USA, Sean Stanistreet vs. CAN, Michael Ikejiani: Square6.     USA, RJ Wren vs. CAN, Shayne Simpson: 2up USA Boys 15U Division- Blue Tees, 6976 yards, Par 721.     USA, Chase Phillips vs. CAN, Michael Krauss: 2&1 CAN2.     USA, Mikee Ordona vs. CAN, Vick Gu: 3&1 USA Girls Division – White Tees, 5924 yards, Par 721.     USA, Sarah Perine vs. CAN, Esther Subin: 2&1 CAN2.     USA, Sophia Burnett vs. CAN Lucy Liu: 3&1 USA

 

109 Players at the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

 

 Orlando, Fla..– The International Junior Golf Tour ended their 2015-2016 season in Orlando, Fla. with the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. This weekend the tour also celebrated the All IJGT Team, top ten players in each division, at The Groove at Universal City Walk. The IJGT had 24 countries and 18 states represent this weekend at Grand Cypress Resort. The three-day tournament had sunny skies and humid temperatures. Each player competed for AJGA Stars, and National Rankings.

 

 

In the Boys 15-19 Division, the Tournament of Champions had 7 boys under-par for tournament. Louis-Francois Charpentier, from Winter Garden, Fla., took the championship by one stroke. Charpentier had 12 birdies over the past three days, and carded a total of 208, (69, 66, 73). There was a tie for second place between Ryoto Furuya and Carlos Marrero. Marrero and Furuya shot a total of 209, one stroke behind the champion. Furuya, from Alpharetta, G.A., carded 67, 69, 73, for the three days with 15 birdies and an eagle. Marrero carded 70, 69, 70, with 11 birdies and also an eagle.

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“It feels awesome to win my last junior tournament. I chose the IJGT as my last tournament because of the top venues and strong fields. The tournament this weekend was very well ran and the course was in great shape. I’m not surprised on how I played, I stayed patient and was pleased with the outcome. This summer I will be getting ready to play college golf at Rollins College and qualifying for the RBC Candian Open,” commented Charpentier.

 

The Boys 14 and Under Division had 12 players compete this weekend. Kaito Kitazoe, of Nara, Japan, shot even for tournament; a total of 216. He carded 73, 68, 75, with 10 birdies and an eagle. Behind Kitazoe was Grant Gobezie. Gobezie, from Hunting Valley, O.H., who shot a total of 221; 73, 77, 71. Coming in third was Alec Nachmann who shot a total of 224.

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“I played really well, I played as best as I could this weekend. I liked how my 8 iron was working, I hit it far and it goes really high. The course was amazing, simply beautiful. The fairways were well manicured and the greens were challenging. I loved everything about this course,” said Kitazoe.

 

 

In the Girls Division, 29 girls competed for the Championship. Kayla Kozak, of Bluffton, S.C., kept the first place title for all three days, and she was also the IJGT Player of the Year. Kozak carded a total of 214 with 7 birdies and 3 eagles. Over the three days Kozak kept her scores under par by shooting 71, 72, 71. Behind Kozak was Ximena Gonzalez of Queretaro, Mexico. Gonzalez shot 72, 73, 75, a total of 220 Yukie Sasaki of Hiroshima, Japan, battled back to take the third place title this weekend. Sasaki carded a total of 221 with 13 birdies.

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“I stayed with my process this weekend, I focused on not getting ahead of myself. The three-day tournament was very tiring, I was feeling really dehydrated. I made sure I drank a lot of water and got to bed early. The three day tournament was great preparation for college golf. This summer I’m going to focus on my process. I will take it one shot at a time and keep playing tournaments, I just will stay driven,” Kozak said.

 

 

Each tournament the IJGT recognizes the low final round, presented by Clazic Belts. For the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions two players received the award.

Kayla Kozak: 71

Ryan Daughtery: 69

 

Final Results of the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on May 28-30.

Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees- 6,698 par 72 (71.2/119). Boys 14 &Under Division: Blue Tees-6,205 (69.4/115). Girls Division: White Tees-5,880 (72.3/120).

 

Boys 15-19 Division

1. Louis-Francois Charpentier, Winter Garden, FL *69-66-73–208

2. Ryoto Furuya, Alpharetta, GA, *67-69-73–209

2. Carlos Marrero, Valencia, Venezuela, *70-69-70–209

4. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *71-70-70–211

5. Sampson Zheng, Kissimmee, FL *70-72-70-212

6. Ian Peng, Chang Hua, Taiwan *71-72-71–214

7. HaoHua Zhang, Howey in the Hills, FL *75-70-70–215

8. Saptak Talwar, New Delhi, India *73-73-70–216

9. Kosuke Suzuki, Noda *72-70-75–217

9. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *70-72-75–217

11. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *72-73-73–218

11. Connor Creasy, Abingdon, VA *76-70-72–218

11. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *78-70-70–218

14. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *73-68-78–219

14. Lukas Clark, Holland, PA *74-71-74–219

14. Arjun Puri, New Delhi, India *76-70-73–219

17. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China *75-71-74–220

17. Blaise Vanitvelt, Flint, MI *72-74-74–220

19. Colin Caporal, Gainesville, VA *75-72-74–221

20. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *75-77-70–222

20. Luigi Wong, Baguio City, Philippines *74-78-70–222

20. Gray Johnston, Saint Simons Island, GA *73-79-70–222

20. Tianyu Wu, Beijing, China *73-74-75–222

24. Colton Tanner, Park City, UT *75-72-76–223

25. Tristan Galant, Cape Town, South Africa *75-72-77–224

25. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China *75-72-77–224

27. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *76-75-74–225

28. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *79-68-79–226

28. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *76-74-76–226

30. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *75-80-72–227

30. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *77-77-73–227

32. Ryan Dougherty, Wexford, PA *82-77-69–228

32. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *80-75-73–228

32. Jose Haces, Puebla, Mexico *75-78-75–228

32. Chun Yan Leong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *78-72-78–228

36. Gordan Brixi, Potomac, MD *80-75-74–229

36. Alejandro Guillen, Mexico City, Mexico *76-76-77–229

38. Feng Chen, Beijing, China *81-73-77–231

39. Jack O’Donovan, Pittsford, NY *76-79-77–232

39. Antonio Miguel, Puebla, Mexico *73-79-80–232

41. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *75-79-79–233

42. Chase Goff, Annapolis, MD *79-74-81–234

43. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *82-79-74–235

44. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *82-77-77–236

44. Marc Sabria, Barcelona, Spain *82-75-79–236

44. Demetrius Johnson, Anchorage, AK *79-79-78–236

47. Luke Fayocavitz, Clarks Summit, PA *82-77-79–238

48. Philip Chen, Taiwan, Taipei *80-78-81–239

49. Daniel Song, Beijing, China *81-79-80–240

50. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *79-83-79–241

50. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *78-84-79–241

52. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *88-80-74–242

52. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *84-79-79–242

52. Max Castaneda, Mexico City, Mexico *85-75-82–242

52. Connor Downey, Franklin, TN *83-77-82–242

56. Connor McArdle, Oviedo, FL*90-78-77–245

57. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *75-92-81-248

57. Jaydon Pang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *83-83-82–248

57. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *81-88-79–248

60. Will Klein, Bethesda, MD *84-83-83–250

61. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *84-85-84–253

62. William Riva, Lancaster, PA *85-81-88–254

63. Adam Shilling, North Palm Beach, FL *85-87-83–255

64. Holden Neeves, Bradenton, FL *85-84-87–256

65. Greg Shen, Vancouver, Canada *92-82-86–260

66. Estevan Valdes, Wellington, FL *87-91-85–263

67. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *89-87-88–264

68. John McCallum, Saint Simons Island, GA *90-87-89–266

 

Girls Division

 

1. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *71-72-71–214

2. Ximena Gonzalez, Queretaro, Mexico *72-73-75–220

3. Yukie Sasaki, Hiroshima, Japan *73-76-72–221

4. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *72-79-73–224

5. Claire Albrecht, Ormond Beach, FL *75-72-79–226

6. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *74-76-77–227

6. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *76-74-77–227

8. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *77-76-75–228

8. Tracy Lee, Seoul, South Korea *74-76-78–228

10. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *79-79-73–231

11. Rou Yin, Zhejiang, China *77-74-81–232

12. Tiana Cruz, Kingston, Jamaica *76-77-80–233

12. Ananya Datar, Bluffton, SC *77-82-74–233

14. Renata Fierro, Yucatan, Mexico *79-76-80–235

15. Greer Valaquenta, Bradenton, FL *77-74-85–236

16. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *78-76-84–238

17. Sarah Perine, Staten Island, NY *83-81-76–240

18. Julia Kashimura, Orlando, FL *85-77-81–243

18. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *82-84-77-243

20. Ananya Barthakur, Bluffton, SC *84-81-80-245 +29

21. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-85-81–249

22. Katya King, Celebration, FL *81-90-79–250

23. Angela Rivera, El Conchal, Alvarado *83-85-83–251

24. Haley Danford, Longwood, FL *83-86-91–260

25. Alle Galla, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *90-87-94–271

26. Camila Burnett, Bluffton, SC *94-94-85–273

27. Yiqing Gong, Upper Saddle River, NJ *88-94-92–274

28. Ava Marano, Jupiter, FL *96-90-91–277

29. Izzy Galla, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *103-91-87–281

 

Boys 14 and Under Division

 

1. Kaito Kitazoe, Nara, Japan *73-68-75–216

2. Grant Gobezie, Hunting Valley, OH *73-77-71–221

3. Alec Nachmann, Boca Raton, FL *75-71-78–224

4. Collier Curd, Bowling Green, KY *74-77-74–225

5. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *74-75-77–226

6. Alex Gu, Darien, CT *78-77-75–230

7. Johnny Wright, Orlando, FL *82-71-79–232

8. AJ Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *82-79-78–239

9. Luke Sample, New York, NY *85-79-76–240

10. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens *79-77-85–241

11. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-81-78–242

12. Amal Jha, Noida, India *92-87-84–263

 

Hisaki shoots an impressive 6-under par, Ryo Harada claims Boys 15-19 Division Championship

 

Winter Garden, Fla.– The International Junior Golf Tour traveled down to central Florida to host the Orlando Open at Orange County National. Fifty four participants competed for AJGA Stars, National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The top five players in each division earned preferred entry into any IJGT Major Championship and the Champions of each division earned an invitation to the 2016 IJGT Tournament of Champions.

In the Girls Division, Marisa Hisaki kept her lead from round one to take the Girls Division Championship. Hisaki, from Osaka, Japan, shot an impress total of 6- under par (138). Over the two days, Hisaki carded 9 birdies. For second place there was a tie between Ximena Gonzalex and Emily Felix. Both girls shot a total of 6-over par (150). Gonzalez, of Queretaro, Mexico had a steady tournament shooting 75 both days. Felix, of Lake Mary, Fla., came back from round one and shot two strokes better in the final round, 76, 74.

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“My Best clubs were anything around the green. I was able to save par a lot of times from that area. I played well. I was able to save myself a bunch this weekend, which helped me score well,” said Hisaki.

In the Boys 14 and Under Division, there was one competitor this weekend. Joro Estepa traveled from his home country of the Philippines to play this weekend. Joro carded a total of 227.

 

“If I had to rate the course, I would give Orange County National 5 stars. My driver helped me get great lies for my second shot,” remarked Estepa.

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In the Boys 15-19 Division, 39 players competed for the title. Ryo Harada, of Tokyo, Japan, battled back from round one to shoot a stellar 68 in round two. Round two aided Harada to take the championship to card a total of 4-under par (140). Taking second place was Ian Peng of Chang Hau, Taiwan. Peng shot a total of 3-under par (141). There was a tie for third place between Don Jin Park and Tristan Galant. Both boys shot 2-under par (142).

 

“I wasn’t thinking about winning, I just wanted to control the things I could. I was happy with how I played, but there are things I can always improve on. My best clubs were my short to middle irons,” said Harada.

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Each tournament the IJGT recognizes the low final round, presented by Clazic Belts. For the Orlando Open 3 belts were given to the following players:
Marissa Hisaki- 68
Ryo Harada- 68
HaoHua Zhang- 68

The IJGT will continue the Spring 2016 at the Long Island Championship at Eisenhower. They will compete for IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Performance Stars, and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

Final Results of the Orlando Open at Orange County National conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on May 14-15, 2016.
Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees-6,836 yards par 72 (73.3/131). Boys 14 &Under Division: Blue Tees-6,033 (68.9/122). Girls Division: White Tees-5,740 (72.9/130).
Saturday mid 80’s and sunny. 10 mph winds
Sunday mid 80’s and sunny. 10 mph winds

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Orlando Open at Orange County

Orlando, F.l.

May 14-15, 2016

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,836 yards, Par 72

1. Ryo Harada, Tokyo, Japan *72-68–140
2. Ian Peng, Chang Hua, Taiwan *71-70–141
3. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *70-72–142
3. Tristan Galant, Cape Town, South Africa *70-72–142
5. HaoHua Zhang, Howey in the Hills, FL *75-68–143
6. James Meyers, Wexford, PA *75-69–144
6. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *73-71–144
8. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *74-71–145
9. Jose Haces, Puebla, Mexico *76-70–146
9. Tieliang Yang, Windermere, FL *75-71–146
11. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *76-71–147
11. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *69-78–147
13. Jasper Lee, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *74-74–148
14. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Managua, Nicaragua *76-73–149
14. Kevin Aung, Taiwan *76-73–149
16. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *73-77–150
17. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy, *75-76–151
18. Luigi Wong, Baguio City, Philippines *76-76–152
19. Marc Sabria, Barcelona, Spain *78-75–153
19. Atrem Yalovenko, Moscow, Russia *76-77–153
21. Juan Felix, Culiacan, Mexico *78-76–154
21. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China, *76-78–154
23. Yuichi Muaro, Tokyo, Japan *83-72–155
24. Greg Shen, Vancouver, Canada *81-75–156
24. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China, *79-77–156
24. Drew Twillman, New Market, MD *75-81–156
24. Chun Yan Leong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *75-81–156
28. Daniel Song, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *78-79–157
29. Zaffar Sikkander, Nawala, Sri Lanka *80-78–158
30. Philip Chen, Taiwan, Taipei *78-81–159
31. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *80-80–160
31. Antonio Miguel, Puebla, Mexico *83-77–160
33. Christian Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *82-80–162
34. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *90-77–167
35. Demetrius Johnson, Anchorage, AK *88-80–168
36. Max Castaneda, Mexico City, Mexico *88-88–176
36. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *86-90–176
38. Anirudh Mysore, Port Saint Lucie, FL *84-96–180
39. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *94-96–190

DID NOT FINISH
WD. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *87-WD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – Black Tees, 6,033 yards, Par 72

1. Joro Estepa, Quezon City *117-110–227

Girls Division – Black Tees, 5,740 yards, Par 72

1. Marisa Hisaki, Osaka, Japan *70-68–138
2. Ximena Gonzalez, Queretaro, Mexico *75-75–150
2. Emily Felix, Lake Mary, FL *76-74–150
4. Claire Albrecht, Ormond Beach, FL *77-76–153
5. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *77-79–156
6. Holly Davenport, Palm City, FL *84-73–157
7. Haruka Shintani, Setagaya, Japan *78-80–158
8. Yuna Sato, Koriyama, Fukushima, Japan *85-76–161

9. Emily Ma, Taipei, Taiwan *84-85–169
10. Jessica Meyers, Wexford, PA *87-84–171
11. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *89-88–177

DID NOT FINISH
WD. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *78-WD