Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear – Tour Preview

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The IJGT Southeast Tour will remain local for the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 2-3, 2015. Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole tournament. The event is also a qualifier for the IMG Academy Junior World Championships.

A Jack Nicklaus-designed par-72, the Golden Bear Golf Course offers five sets of tees ranging from 4,974 yards to 7,014 yards. The course’s signature fifth hole is a long par-4 dogleg with water on the left and a bunker between the water and the green.

The tournament field features a very competitive Boys 15-19 Division, which is highlighted by Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, who will look to collect his fourth IJGT title of the season. Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, is coming off a win in the IJGT Oldfield Junior. Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, has two first-place finishes this season, but they both came in September. He will look for his first win of the spring at Golden Bear. Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y., is also seeking his first win of the spring; he won the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay in October. Piyachad Yusabai will aim to collect his second win of the season after earning a victory at the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor in February. Masashi Yano and Kanata Irei are coming off third- and fourth-place finishes, respectively, in April’s IJGT Oldfield Junior.

In the Girls Division, Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, will also be competing for her fourth title of the season. Her most recent victory came against 23 competitors in December’s IJGA Invitational. Anna Eddy of Hilton Head Island, S.C., is coming off a fourth-place finish in the IJGT Oldfield Junior in April. She’ll look to break into the top three this weekend.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., is coming off a second-place finish in the Boys 14 & Under Division of the IJGT Oldfield Junior. He won the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in January.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates. You can find tee times and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

MAJOR Championship at Bulle Rock – Tour Preview

The IJGT Northeast Tour will travel to Havre de Grace, Md., to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock on April 25-26, 2015.

Named for the first thoroughbred horse brought to North America, Bulle Rock is known as the premier golf destination in Maryland and was designed by the legendary Pete Dye. It is the only 5-star golf facility in the Mid-Atlantic and has been ranked by Zagat readers as one of the nation’s Top 50 golf courses. Voted as one of America’s toughest courses by Golf Digest in 2012, Bulle Rock played host to the LPGA Championships from 2005-2009.

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Opened in 1998, the Bulle Rock course is known for its unique 18 holes. It was named to Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses in February.

The par-72 golf course has a slope rating of 148 and a course rating of 76.6. Because it’s a Major Championship, competitors will have the opportunity to earn twice as many IJGT Merit Points. Juniors in the Boys 15-19 Division and Girls Division will also be competing for AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions. This year’s field looks to be extremely competitive.

Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., has won three consecutive IJGT events, including two Major Championships. He finished seventh in last year’s Major Championship at Bulle Rock. He will face some stiff competition in the Boys 14 & Under Division of this year’s tournament. Lou Baker, also of Timonium, Md., finished second behind Halleron in the Major Championship at Duke University at the end of last month and will aim to take the title this weekend. Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., has finished in the top-five in all four IJGT events he’s competed in this season. He is very familiar with the course as this will be his third IJGT event at Bulle Rock. Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., will aim to earn another title after winning the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin earlier this month. Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., will be competing for his third IJGT victory of the season; he won the IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista in September and the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate in March. Finally, John Updike of Wayne, Pa., is coming off a first-place finish in The Architects Cup last weekend.

Taso Scilaris of Bethesda, Md., and Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y., top the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division as they both have one IJGT win this season. Scilaris won the only other IJGT event he’s played in this season, the DC Shootout at National Golf Club in October. Terminello’s victory also came in October at the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay. Anthony Barr of Harleysville, Pa., and Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., competed in the Boys 14 & Under Division of last year’s Major Championship at Bulle Rock, but will be competing in the Boys 15-19 Division this year. Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., and Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., finished eighth and 18th, respectively, in the Boys 15-19 Division of last year’s event.

In the Girls Division, Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., has finished in the top-two in both IJGT tournaments she’s competed in this season. She’ll look to add another win to her resume after earning the title in the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill in March. Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa., will also be fighting for her second IJGT win of the season having won the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club in September.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or on the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall – Tour Preview

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The IJGT Southeast Tour will return to Hilton Head Island, S.C., for the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on April 25-26, 2015. Junior golfers will play the Robert Cupp course while competing for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

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Designed by Robert Cupp, Golf World‘s former Architect of the Year, the Robert Cupp course is recognized as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. The course offers four sets of tees ranging from 5,182 yards to 7,079 yards.

The eGolf Gateway Tour‘s 2015 Palmetto Hall Championship was played on the Robert Cupp course in February.

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division as he’s had a lot of success on the Robert Cupp course. He finished second in last April’s IJGT event there and won the Boys 14 & Under Division two years ago. This is his fourth consecutive season competing in an IJGT event on the Robert Cupp course at Palmetto Hall.

Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, finished sixth in last April’s tournament. Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, is looking for his first win on the IJGT this season. He finished second in the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation in February. This is his fifth season competing on the IJGT.

In the Girls Division, keep an eye on Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, who has won back-to-back IJGT events: the
Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor in February and the IJGT Oldfield Junior earlier this month. Anna Eddy of Hilton Head, S.C., will look to improve on her fourth-place finish in the IJGT Oldfield Junior. Yuki Nakayama of Kawasakishi, Japan, is looking for her first IJGT win of the season. She finished second in the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in January.

Finally, in the Boys 14 & Under Division, Aiden McCloskey of Northborough, Mass., is coming off a first-place finish in the IJGT Oldfield Junior. Matthew Dzialga and Matthew Camel, both of Greenwich, Conn., finished third and fourth, respectively, in last April’s IJGT event on the Robert Cupp course.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or on the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

 

 

The Architects Cup – Tour Preview

The IJGT Northeast Tour will pay homage to the beginnings of golf while hosting The Architects Cup at The Architects Golf Club in Lopatcong, N.J., on April 18-19, 2015.

The unique style of the 6,863 yard par-71 course at The Architects Golf Club reflects back on the history of golf and will offer IJGT members the chance to play 18 different course styles in one location. It boasts a 131 slope, 72.5 rating and the facility includes a practice putting green and driving range.

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Each hole aims to emulate a different golf architect’s style without simply copying one of their famous holes. The result is more creative than simple reproduction and offers a fun style that both challenges and excites golfers.

This course is recognized as one of the most challenging and historically significant courses in the Northeast. During the two-day, 36-hole event, juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. Competitors in the Boys 15-19 Division and Girls Division will also be competing for AJGA performance stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions.

Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., tops the list of players to watch in the Girls Division as she’ll be playing her home course. She won The Architects Cup Presented by the IJGA in October and tied for second in last April’s Architects Cup. This is her fourth consecutive season competing in an IJGT event at Architects Golf Club. Other players to watch in the Girls Division include Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J., and Lauren Muhlbauer of Newtown, Pa. Gianchandani has one first-place finish and two second-place finishes this season. Muhlbauer has one second-place finish this season.

Also keep an eye on 12-year-olds Tiya Chowdary of Montgomery, N.J., and Yoona Kim of Oradell, N.J. They may be young, but they can play. The pair tied for fifth in the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club at the end of March and will look to outdo one another in the Architects Cup.

Brian Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., will try to earn his first title in the Boys 15-19 Division; he won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club in August. Isztwan will be facing a tough field in the Boys 15-19 Division. Other players to watch include Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., who won the Major Championship at Duke University at the end of March and Sanghyeon Park of Oakland Gardens, N.Y., who finished second in the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club, also at the end of March. West Chester, Pa., native Nicholas Gianelos finished a single stroke behind Park to tie for third in the Metropolitan Junior, and will look to defeat him in the Architects Cup.

TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y., won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Architects Cup Presented by the IJGA in October and will look to add a second Architects title to his resume. Also in the Boys 14 & Under Division, Wayne, Pa., native John Updike and James Meyers of Wexford, Pa., have one second-place finish apiece this season and will aim to earn their first title of the season.

For more information about the event, or to register, click here.

IJGT Oldfield Junior – Tour Preview

The IJGT will travel to Okatie, S.C., on April 11-12, 2015, to host the IJGT Oldfield Junior at Oldfield Country Club.

oldfield-2Situated along the banks of the Okatie River, the golf course at Oldfield plays through canopies of moss-draped live oaks, broad savannahs and soaring pines. It was the first Greg Norman design in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

Wildlife enthusiasts are sure to enjoy this course, which is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Be on the lookout for red foxes who live near the fourteenth hole. If you happen to play hole No. 16 at low tide, take a moment to look at the tide pools as they often contain a variety of coastal life including blue crabs, minnows, mullet, striped bass and flounder.

Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, and Melany Chong of Mississauga, Canada, will look to improve on their 10th and 12th place finishes, respectively, in the Girls Division of last year’s Oldfield Junior.

Christian Tupamahu of Manado, Indonesia, finished fourth in the Boys 14 & Under Division of last year’s Oldfield Junior and will aim to repeat his success in the Boys 15-19 Division this year. Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, will look to improve on his fourth place finish in last year’s Oldfield Junior.

Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., has already experienced some success at Oldfield. He won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Lowcountry Junior at Oldfield two years ago and tied for fourth in the Boys 15-19 Division of the same event earlier this season.

Also keep an eye out for Jason Stokes of St. Brelade, Jersey, and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., who are both looking for their second IJGT victories of the season.

Be sure to follow the IJGT on Twitter (@IJGT) for updates throughout the tournament! You can check the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin – Tour Preview

Mystic RockThe IJGT Northeast Tour will travel to Farmington, Pa., to host the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin on April 11-12, 2015.

During the two-day, 36-hole event, junior golfers will have the opportunity to play both The Links and the Mystic Rock courses at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.

Nemacolin has hosted many high-profile golf events including the Pennsylvania Open Championship (2006, 2012), the Pennsylvania Amateur Championship (2010), qualifiers for USGA Senior Amateur Championship (2008) and the PGA Tour’s 84 Lumber Classic (2003-2006).

Mystic Rock made Golfweek’s 2013 Best Courses You Can Play in Pennsylvania list and Golf Digest’s 2013-14 America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses list.  

Juniors will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings while taking in the natural beauty of the Laurel Highlands. This event also offers North American Junior Amateur exemptions in the Boys 15-19 and Girls Divisions.

Defending champion Benjamin Morris of Reisterstown, Md., tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division.  Anthony Cordaro of Pittsburgh, Pa., Will Lusk of Venetia, Pa., Richard Riva of Lancaster, Pa., and David Ross of Lorton, Va., will look to improve on their finishes in last year’s IJGT event at Nemacolin.

Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., finished third in the Boys 14 & Under Division of last year’s Nemacolin event, but will be competing in the Boys 15-19 Division this year.

Be sure to follow the IJGT on Twitter (@IJGT) for updates throughout the tournament! You can check the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

Arizona Open at Wigwam GC – Tour Preview

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The IJGT will travel to Litchfield, Ariz., to host the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club on April 3-4, 2015. Junior golfers will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings while playing the Gold Course.

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Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., the Gold Course’s fourth hole, also known as the “Firestone,” is a 645-yard par-5. The eighth hole, known as the “Yellowstone,” is a long par-4 to a green situated above a canal. The course is known for its tough finish as the final three holes, a par-3 followed by two par-4s, on the back nine are all challenging.

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The long and winding par-72 course hosted the 2011 U.S. Open Qualifier and is the home of The Patriot All-America, a 54-hole amateur event. Its five sets of tees range from 5,885 yards to 7,430 yards.

Players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division include Joey Goryeb of Mendham, N.J., and Drew Karren of Orinda, Calif. Goryeb will be competing in his fourth consecutive IJGT event in Arizona. He tied for 32nd in the 2013 Arizona Open at Wigwam. Karren won the only other IJGT event he’s competed in, the Major Championship at Presidio, in February.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, keep an eye out for Upland, Calif., native Mikee Ordona. Ordona finished second in the Major Championship at Presidio in February and fourth in the 2013 Arizona Open at Wigwam. This is his fifth season competing on the International Junior Golf Tour.

For more information, or to register for the event, click here.

Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club – Tour Preview

Greate Bay (2)The IJGT Northeast Tour will host the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point, N.J., on April 4-5, 2015. The 18-hole course played host to the Shoprite LPGA Classic for nearly a decade. Designed by Scotsman Willie Park Jr., a two-time Open Championship winner and a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, the course was opened in 1923.

Greate Bay has three sets of tees measuring 6,705 yards at its longest. There’s a little bit of everything from bunkers to windswept greens to water hazards on this par-70 course that boasts plenty of practice space for driving, pitching, chipping and putting.

Greate Bay (3) At the Jersey Shootout, boys and girls can qualify for the IMG World Junior Championship in the following age divisions: 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings are also up for grabs at this event. Girls can also earn performance-based AJGA stars.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, players to watch include Blake Reifsnyder of Sinking Spring, Pa., and Daniel Rieger of Collegeville, Pa. Both players competed in last year’s Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club earning sixth and 13th-place finishes, respectively. Also keep an eye out for New York, N.Y., native Nicholas Ng, who is competing in his fifth season on the International Junior Golf Tour. Cockeysville, Md. native Liam Powderly will be looking for his first IJGT win in the Boys 15-19 Division; he won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the DC Shootout at National Golf Club in October.

In the Girls Division, Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa., will look to earn her second first-place finish this season. She won the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club in September. Bridgewater, N.J., native Meher Mankikar will look to improve on her fifth-place finish in last year’s Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club.

Players to watch in the Boys 14 & Under Division include Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., and Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md. Bennett has earned IJGT Merit Points in both events he’s competed in this season. This is his fourth season competing on the International Junior Golf Tour. Halleron will look to earn his second victory of the season; he won the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club in October.

For more information, or to register for this event, click here.

 

Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT Northeast tour will continue with the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, New Jersey on March 28-29, 2015.

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The Forsgate Country Club boasts two distinctly different 18-hole championship courses. IJGT golfers will get the chance to tackle the deep, rich greens of the Banks Course during this event.

The par-71 Banks Course at Forsgate measures 6,844 yards. Juniors will enjoy the challenge of playing the “buried elephants” of the horseshoe-shaped par-3 12th hole modeled after commonly elevated short holes in Scotland.

The site of a rare feat, consecutive hole-in-ones in 2002, Forsgate is the ideal backdrop for IJGT golfers to make a little bit of history themselves. At stake are IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and AJGA performance stars for Boys (15-19) and Girls.

A handful of juniors competing in the Boys 15-19 Division have valuable experience under their belts. Scarsdale, N.Y., native Jonny Emmerman, Spring Lake, N.J., native Kellen Jordan, Westwood N.J., native Christopher Lee and New York, N.Y. native Nicholas Ng all competed in last year’s Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club, also held on the Banks course, and will look to earn a spot atop the leaderboard in this year’s event.

Also keep an eye on York, Pa., native Joe Parrini in the Boys 15-19 Division. Parrini won the only other IJGT event he’s competed in this season, the Major Championship at Outdoor Club in October.

Jack Cornforth of South Hamilton, Mass., tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 14 & Under Division as he’s looking for his second IJGT victory of the season. Cornforth won the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run in September.

 To register for the event or for more information, please click here.

Major Championship at Duke University – Tour Preview

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will travel to Durham, N.C., to host the Major Championship at Duke University on March 28-29. The two-day, 36-hole event is the second Major Championship of the spring season.

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Opened in 1957, the Duke University Golf Course is the only Robert Trent Jones-designed course in the region. It was redesigned by Jones’ son, Rees, in 1994 and hosted the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship in 2001.

Links Magazine rated the Duke University Golf Course No. 12 on its list of the Top 25 College Courses. The Major Championship at Duke University provides the perfect opportunity for aspiring college golfers to play one of the best college courses in the country and visit Duke University and nearby colleges like the University of North Carolina while they’re in the area.

Yong Sherng Hui of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division. Hui is coming off a dramatic four-hole playoff victory in the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes earlier this month. He just edged out St. Brelade, Jersey, native Jason Stokes, who will also be competing in the Major Championship at Duke. Also keep an eye out for Anthony Cordaro of Pittsburgh, Pa., who tied for ninth in last year’s IJGT event at Duke.

Timonium, Md., native Jack Halleron won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the IJGT event at Duke last season and will look to repeat this year. He finished first in his last IJGT event this season, the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club. Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, is seeking his fourth IJGT victory this season and is coming off back-to-back wins in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River and the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island. Elmsford, N.Y., native Matthew Minerva Jr. and Ayushman Jaiswal of Bangalore, India, are both looking for their second IJGT victories of the season in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

In the Girls Division, Farmington, Conn., native Kelly Whaley has been victorious in all three IJGT events she’s played this season and will look to continue her winning streak at Duke. The UNC commit finished second in the IJGT event at Duke two years ago. Martina Gerbelova of Bratislava, Slovakia, has to top-five finishes this season and will look to break into the winner’s circle at Duke.

For more information, or to register for the Major Championship at Duke University, click here.