Final Results from the IJGT Major Championship presented by IJGA

HERSHEY, Pa. – Heavy rain and wind did not halt the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) from hosting the Major Championship at Hershey presented by the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) in Hershey, Pa. Competitors were not stopped by the conditions either, as they proved capable of battling every factor this weekend. Representing eight states, 120 of the tours’ elite junior golfers competed for national recognition and double IJGT Merit Points on the PGA TOUR tested East Course at Hershey Country Club during this two day, 36-hole event.

Roland MassiminoIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Roland Massimino of Lumberville, Pa., battled the elements and took home his second IJGT title of the season. Massimino earned KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro honors after carding a first-round even-par 71 on Saturday. With Brock Kovach of Wyomissing, Pa., only three strokes behind heading into Sunday, Massimino knew the final round was going to be a test.

“I did not want to think of my score on Saturday,” said Massimino. “I just wanted to take it shot by shot.”

Massimino got off to a rocky start on Sunday, but quickly turned it around with a birdie on No. 2, a tough par 3. After paring six more holes on the front nine, he took a lead of one stroke to the back nine over Kovach. Massimino only made one bogey on the back nine, and carded a final round 4-over-par 75. His steady play on Sunday was exactly what he needed to take home the Major title.

“I have been playing well and working hard the past couple of weeks,” said Massimino. “It feels really good to take a Major title.”

Finishing in second place just behind Massimino was Kovach, carding a 6-over-par 148 final score. Kovach also earned Clazic Belts Low Final Round honors, battling the conditions to post a 3-over-par 74. Rounding out the top three in the Boys 15-19 Division was William Voetsch of New Vernon, N.J. Voetsch finished his weekend with a 10-over-par 152 final score.

Matt Holuta of Indiana, Pa., also earned Clazic Belts Low Final Round Honors with his 3-over-par 74 final-round score.

Evan KatzEvan Katz of Washington, D.C., took home the title in the Boys 14 Under Division in dramatic fashion. Katz carded a 3-over-par 74 during his first round, and led the competition by just one stroke. With a very talented field behind him, Katz needed to carry his momentum into Sunday’s final round.

“I knew it was going to be windy {in the final round},” said Katz. “I just had to hit the ball solid and avoid large numbers.”

Katz started his second round off strong with a quick birdie on the par-3 second hole, but C.J. Hughes of Indiana, Pa., lead at the turn with a 1-over-par 37 on the front nine. After many lead changes on the back nine, Katz and Hughes found themselves tied on the par-5 18th hole at Hershey Country Club. Hughes was forced to lay up after his tee shot and found an unfortunate lie, while Katz hit the green in regulation. Katz made par on No. 18 and took home his first IJGT title after carding a weekend 8-over-par 150.

“I have been playing very well lately,” said Katz. “It feels so good to finally win my first IJGT Title!”

Finishing just behind and rounding out the Boys 14 Under Division was Hughes and Evan Johnson of Rye, N.Y., both carding a total score of 10-over-par 152.

Liza FreedIn the Girls Division, Liza Freed of Alexandria, Va., played an impressive final round on Sunday in the windy elements to take home her first IJGT Title. Freed carded an 8-over-par 79 in her first round, and trailed KENTWOOL Lo-Pro Award winner Alessandra Ricigliano of Scarsdale, N.Y., by one stroke heading into Sunday.

“Going into Sunday I was not thinking about being down a stroke,” said Freed. “I just wanted to focus on each one of my shots.”

Freed did not start her final round of competition the way she intended, but quickly turned it around on her fourth hole by paring four consecutive holes. After carding a 5-over-par 41 on the front nine, Freed was still one stroke out of the lead heading to the back nine. Freed took a commanding lead on the back nine after paring the first four holes. This consistent play never let up, leading to her first IJGT title. Freed carded a weekend 17-over-par 159. Freed also earned Clazic Belt Low Final Round Honors after carding a 9-over-par 80 during her final round.

“It feels so good to win my first IJGT Title” said Freed. “I really was not focusing on my scores, but I am very happy that I won!”

Finishing in second in the Girls Division was Zora Moore of Milford, N.J., who carded a tournament 19-over-par 161. Moore also earned Clazic Belts Low Final Round honors carding a 9-over-par 80. Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division were Ashley Yarbrough of Akron, Ohio, and Ricigliano, who both carded a final score of 164.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be hosting the Bridgestone Series at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio on May 18-19. This will be the final event in the Northeast and there are still limited spots available. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear morodZ, PURE Grips, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

HERSHEY, Pa. – Final round results of the IJGT Major Championship at Hershey presented by the IJGA conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 12, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,801 yards, Par 71 (73.9/136) Boys 14 Under Division: White Tees – 6,227 yards, Par 71 (70.4/132) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,918 yards, Par 71 (75.1/131). 

Weather: Saturday: Raining with temperatures in the high 60’s with 0-5 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 60’s with 15-20 mph winds

 

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Major Championship at Hershey
Presented by the IJGA
Hershey, Pa.
May 11-12, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division-(Blue Tees) East Course: 6,801 Yards, Par 71
1. Roland Massimino, Lumberville, PA *71-75–146
2. Brock Kovach, Wyomissing, PA *74-74–148
3. William Voetsch, New Vernon, NJ *77-75–152
4. Matt Holuta, Indiana, PA *79-74–153
4. Carey Bina, Villanova, PA *78-75–153
4. Lee Detmer, Washington, DC *76-77–153
4. Ezekiel Zhao, Annapolis, MD *75-78–153
8. Max Bell, Chambersburg, PA *80-76–156
8. Matt Barto, Leechburg, PA *76-80–156
10. Mariano Medico, Shavertown, PA *81-76–157
10. Mike Hanrahan, Ossining, NY *80-77–157
10. Brendan Bacskai, Berwyn, PA *76-81–157
13. Jake Reilly, Hershey, PA *80-78–158
13. Kevin Godart, Ridgewood, NJ *79-79–158
13. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA *78-80–158
13. Michael Lamond, West Chester, PA *77-81–158
17. Sean Ebert, Furlong, PA *81-78–159
17. Chris Cerminaro, Carbondale, PA *81-78–159
17. Kevin Kunkle, Walnutport, PA *79-80–159
20. Nicholas Johnson, Moosic, PA *79-81–160
21. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ *80-81–161
21. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *79-82–161
21. Austin Renz, Danville, PA *78-83–161
24. James Nicholas, Scarsdale, NY *77-85–162
24. Kwanwoo Kim, Tenafly, NJ *77-85–162
26. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD *82-81–163
26. Keenan Hickton, Pittsburgh, PA *81-82–163
26. Walter Egloff, Chevy Chase, MD *84-79–163
26. Kevin Kramarski, Moorestown, NJ *79-84–163
30. John Abbott, Hummelstown, PA *83-81–164
30. Michael Rojas, Cliffside Park, NJ *81-83–164
30. Evan Thornton, Wyomissing, PA *85-79–164
30. Nicholas Geiman, York, PA *80-84–164
34. Spencer Shepperly, New Vernon, NJ *84-81–165
34. Eddie Zhang, Murrysville, PA *80-85–165
34. C.J. Zachary, Hummelstown, PA *81-84–165
34. Michael Szipszky, Newtown Square, PA *84-81–165
34. Mike Dobbs, Moorestown, NJ *80-85–165
34. David Rabil, Fairfax Station, VA *79-86–165
40. Chad Hess II, Orefield, PA *84-82–166
40. Brandon Raihl, Wernersville, PA *82-84–166
40. Josh Verner, Venetia, PA *85-81–166
43. Owen Miller, Burgettstown, PA *83-84–167
43. Tyler Pollack, Venetia, PA *81-86–167
43. Matt McCord, Titusville, PA *80-87–167
43. Kenny Dorian, Riverside, CT *85-82–167
47. Bobby Firth, Jenkintown, PA *84-84–168
47. Sam Gallen, Reading, PA *84-84–168
47. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ *82-86–168
47. Brandon Greenplate, York, PA *86-82–168
47. Joseph Dorsch, West Friendship, MD *79-89–168
47. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ *78-90–168
53. DJ Quinn, Marlton, NJ *83-86–169
53. Davis Diethrich, Allison Park, PA *80-89–169
55. Jesse Kovacs, St James, NY *88-82–170
55. Tyler Sokolis, Doylestown, PA *85-85–170
55. Nick Shoup, Allentown, PA *84-86–170
58. Trey Croney, Haverford, PA *81-90–171
59. Andrew DeMarco, Huntington, NY *84-88–172
59. Christopher Nolte, Arnold, MD *89-83–172
59. Michael Barychewsky, Richboro, PA *86-86–172
62. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *84-89–173
62. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *97-76–173
62. Bret Howey, Nazareth, PA *88-85–173
62. Bobby Hapanowicz, Presto, PA *85-88–173
66. Ian Notkin, North Caldwell, NJ *83-91–174
67. Alejandro Velez, Harleysville, PA *86-89–175
68. Michael Esworthy, Harrisburg, PA *87-89–176
69. Joey Rueter, Rydal, PA *88-89–177
69. Alex Hepburn, Corning, NY *89-88–177
71. Nat Gallen, Reading, PA *86-92–178
72. Jared Faust, Pottstown, PA *94-85–179
72. Jack Maresca, Rye, NY *88-91–179
74. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA *93-88–181
75. Ben Lieberman, Potomac, MD *98-90–188
76. Eric Faust, Pottstown, PA *100-96–196
77. Heath Woodruff, Carlisle, PA *98-106–204
DID NOT FINISH
Carter Rajtik, Chambersburg, PA *94-JWD
Boys 14 Under Division-(White Tees) East Course: 6,227 Yards, Par 71
1. Evan Katz, Washington, DC *73-77–150
2. Evan Johnson, York, PA *76-76–152
2. C.J. Hughes, Indiana, PA *74-78–152
4. Gus Minkin, York, PA *77-76–153
5. James McHugh, Rye, NY *77-79–156
6. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY *79-79–158
6. John Kalavritinos, Potomac, MD *75-83–158
8. Sam Goldenring, Florham Park, NJ *76-83–159
9. Nate Menon, Wyomissing, PA *74-86–160
10. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *75-86–161
11. Ryan McCarthy, Rockville Centre, NY *78-84–162
12. Cole Gibson, Chevy Chase, MD *79-85–164
13. Mike May, Auburn, NY *81-85–166
14. David Ross, Alexandria, VA *83-84–167
15. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA *86-82–168
16. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *84-85–169
17. Peter Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *82-89–171
18. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *86-87–173
19. Chase Goff, Annapolis, MD *86-90–176
20. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *92-89–181
21. Brett Levenstein, Olney, MD *91-95–186
22. Thomas Corrigan, Irvington, NY *97-94–191
23. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY *100-92–192
24. Sean Bacskai, Berwyn, PA *108-97–205
Girls Division-(Gold Tees) East Course: 5,918 Yards, Par 71
1. Liza Freed, Alexandria, VA *79-80–159
2. Zora Moore, Milford, NJ *81-80–161
3. Ashley Yarbrough, Akron, OH *81-83–164
3. Alessandra Ricigliano, Scarsdale, NY *78-86–164
5. Katie Edelblut, New Hope, PA *80-86–166
6. Mia Kness, Venetia, PA *79-92–171
7. Sarah Kokotajlo, Ewing, NJ *84-88–172
8. Shannon Weber, Kutztown, PA *89-85–174
8. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ *82-92–174
10. Audrey Clawson, Sarver, PA *87-88–175
11. Jacqueline Oggero, Hershey, PA *89-89–178
12. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ *92-90–182
12. Emily Corrigan, Irvington, NY *90-92–182
12. Riley Smyth, Old Tappan, NJ *85-97–182
15. Lindsay May, Auburn, NY *91-94–185
16. Marissa Balish, Allison Park, PA *90-98–188
17. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *92-99–191
18. Tatiana Reali, Searingtown, NY *94-98–192