RENO, Nev. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Reno Junior at ArrowCreek Country Club on May 4-5. Breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada mountain range greeted the competitors on the Legend Course at ArrowCreek Country Club during the 36-hole competition. High winds made scoring difficult challenging the mental toughness of the entire field.
Harrison Holetz of Incline Village, Nev., took home his first IJGT title after putting together two great rounds on the weekend. Saturday, he began his round with a bogey on the first hole, but quickly responded with two birdies in his next five holes. After struggling for two holes, Holetz hit the best shot of the tournament on No. 9, which lead to an eagle on the 593 yard par-5. Holetz carried the momentum to the back nine giving him a 1-over-par 73 on the day. This was the lowest score of the day, giving him the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award.
Going into Sunday’s final round, Holetz had a three-stroke lead over David Hinitz of Reno, Nev. It quickly tightened up as Holetz made a few costly mistakes in the first 11 holes. After Hinitz made birdie on No. 14 on the Legend Course at ArrowCreek Country Club, the Boys 15-19 Division was tied. This is when Holetz turned it up a notch. He finished par-eagle-birdie-par to capture the title and finish his day with a 5-over-par 77.
“Today, I had a funky front nine and then on the back, I started really bad, but came back at the end with par-eagle-birdie-par,” commented Holetz. “So that was helpful.”
The key to Holetz’s success was his dominance on the par 5s. He played them in 5-under-par over the course of the weekend.
Hinitz could not match Holetz’s finish, but was still able to secure second place with a solid tournament total of 153. Finishing in third place was Patrick Phelps of Reno, Nev., who recorded a tournament score of 164. Phelps’s final-round score of 2-over-par 74 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.
Alice Duan of Reno, Nev., took home the crown in the Girls Division after putting together two solid rounds at ArrowCreek Country Club. Duan’s 5-over-par 77 on Saturday was very impressive and the best score in the Girls Division in the tournament. Her round was highlighted by three birdies and 10 pars. Duan played her last seven holes in 1-under-par.
On Sunday, the rain and wind caused issues for many players including Duan. She was not able to replicate her success from Saturday missing many putts by mere inches. However, because she built herself a sizeable lead she cruised to victory with an 85 on Sunday. Her final-round score earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This was Duan’s first IJGT title and
“Well the first day was really nice for me,” said Duan. “I made a few crucial putts and my irons were great…they put me in a good position to score.”
Finishing in second place in the Girls Division was Carly Farthing of Reno, Nev., with a tournament score of 175. Michelle Duan of Reno, Nev., took home third place after her tournament total of 179.
In the Boys 14 Under Division, Griffin Cooper of Yerington, Nev., finally came out on top earning his first IJGT victory in comeback fashion on Sunday at ArrowCreek. After a sub-standard 84 in the first round, Cooper responded with a solid 5-over-par 77 on Sunday to win the tournament by seven strokes. Trailing by one stroke going into the final round, Cooper knew he was going to have to avoid some of the large numbers he had on his scorecard from the previous day. Sunday’s round included two birdies and not a single score on his card worse than bogey.
“This week I felt confident in my putting,” said Cooper. “It really saved me in a lot of areas, even when I made dumb mistakes and missed opportunities.”
Finishing in second place in the Boys 14 Under Division was Presley Mackelburg of Reno, Nev., who carded a tournament total of 168 over the weekend. Taking third place was Cole Skach of Reno, Nev., finishing with a tournament score of 189.
The IJGT West Coast tour will be hosting the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North in Scottsdale, Ariz., on May 11-12. The Monument Course at Troon North is ranked the fifth “Best Course You Can Play” in the state of Arizona by Golfweek. 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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444
RENO, Nev. – Final round results of the IJGT Reno Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 5, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Steel Tees – 6,793 yards, Par 72 (72.5/137). Boys 14 Under Division: Rust Tees – 6,049 yards, Par 72 (67.9/129) Girls Division: Sage Tees – 5,733 yards, Par 72 (71.4/135).