Berry wins the College Series at the University of Maryland
Freed rides hot start to victory
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour was in College Park, Md., on Oct. 5-6 for the College Series at the University of Maryland. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was contested at the University of Maryland Golf Course, with players competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The field consisted of 62 players, ages 10-19, representing five states and two countries.
The University of Maryland Golf Course sits directly across the street from the school’s campus and 10 miles from Washington D.C. Opened in 1959, the par-71 course is a George W. Cobb design. Cobb also designed the par-3 course at Augusta and Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C. His design at the University of Maryland features tree-lined fairways, a number of long par-4s and par-3s, and great views of the Maryland campus. The course, which tips out at over 7,000 yards, was played from 5,875 yards for the Girls Division, 6,162 for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,694 for the Boys 15-19 Division. The players were greeted by unusually warm October weather, as temperatures reached the mid 80s on both days.
The Boys 15-19 Division came down to the wire for the second consecutive week. Brandon Berry of Great Falls, Va., came out victorious with a one-stroke victory over Walter Egloff of Chevy Chase, Md., and Luke Schaap of Potomac, Md. Berry finished with a 3-over-par 145 for the two-day tournament.
The first round was filled with lots of great golf and low scores. Berry had a tough time with the front nine, as he shot a 3-over-par 38. He recovered on the back, carding two birdies and one bogey on his way to a 1-under 35 to finish the day with a 73.
Blake Micholas of Potomac, Md., was the leader after day one, shooting a 1-over-par 72. Micholas’s round was highlighted by birdies on holes Nos. 1, 7, and 14. Micholas and Berry were part of a group of nine players within two strokes of the lead after the first round. Joining the two were Brendan Bacskai (73) of Berwyn, Pa., Jordan Bobb (74) of Rockville, Md., Will Byrne (74) of McLean, Va., Nicholas Infanti (74) of Clarksburg, Md., Rij Patel (74) of Hunt Valley, Md., David Ross (74) of Lorton Va., and Schaap (74), setting up for an entertaining final round.
The front nine proved to be the tougher nine for the second straight day, as no player was able to separate themselves at the top. Only Gary McCabe of Collegeville, Pa., was able to break par, as he finished with a 1-under-par 34, to join Ross, who did it during the first round, as the only players to accomplish the feat.
Berry held a share of the lead through seven with Micholas and Schaap, but his shot on the par-3 eighth hole found a hazard, and after a drop, he finished with a double bogey. Berry finished his front nine at 38, and sat two strokes back of Micholas, who finished with a 37, and Schaap, who shot an even-par 35. Infanti, Patel and Bobb struggled to get anything going and fell out of contention after nine holes.
Only nine holes separated the cluster of players from a championship. A few groups ahead of the leaders, Egloff was putting himself back into contention with a very strong back nine. He birdied the 13th hole, and then carded another on the 17th hole, shooting a 2-under-par 34 on the back nine, to finish the day at even-par 71. Egloff was the leader in the clubhouse with a 75-71-146, awaiting the rest of the groups.
Behind Egloff, the list of contenders was shrinking. Micholas had his first rough stretch of the weekend, bogeying four of the last seven holes to fall behind. Byrne also carded four bogeys on the back, while Ross had three.
After bogeying holes Nos. 11 and 14, Schaap birdied the par-5 16th hole to get back to 4-over-par for the tournament. He finished with back-to-back pars on 17 and 18 to join Egloff in the clubhouse at 146.
Unaware of the scores in groups ahead of him, Berry entered the 16th hole tied with Schaap and Egloff at 4-over-par. He recovered from his front nine and was 1-under-par on the back nine as he teed off on No. 17. A wayward drive left him in a tough spot but Berry stuck his next shot to within five feet of the cup. He sank his birdie putt and entered No. 18 with a one-stroke lead.
Showing no nerves, Berry attacked the par-4 18th hole, but missed the green with his approach shot. He almost holed out for birdie on his chip, instead leaving himself a three-foot putt for par and the victory. He sank the putt to earn the one-stroke victory.
“Everything was ok. Pretty solid, pretty consistent,” Berry described his game after the round.
In the Girls Division, Liza Freed of Alexandria, Va., got off to a quick start and never looked back, on the way to her second career victory in an IJGT Event. Freed’s final score of 75-73-148 put her nine shots clear of her closest competitor.
Teeing off on hole No. 10, Freed began the first round with consecutive birdies. Following a bogey on No. 12, she scored another birdie on hole No. 14 and finished her first nine at 2-over-par 38. Even with the birdie barrage, Freed was one shot back of Ashley Dingman of Lorton, Va., through nine holes.
Dingman struggled on holes Nos. 2-5, playing them at a combined 5-over-par, while Freed played the same stretch at even-par to gain control. Freed finished the front nine at 37, while Dingman shot a 40. After the first round, Freed held a two-stroke lead over Dingman.
Freed did not start as hot in the final round, bogeying the 10th hole, but Dingman also struggled on the hole, carding a double bogey. Freed quickly got her game together, playing the next seven holes in 1-under-par. A bogey on No. 18 gave her a 1-over-par 37 for her first nine holes, while Dingman could not get anything going on her way to a 42.
With confidence and a comfortable lead, Freed put together one of the best rounds on the front nine of any player in the field. She carded par on the first seven holes. That streak ended with a bogey on hole No. 8, but she came back to par No. 9, and shoot a front-nine 36, to finish at 73 for the day. Her final-round 73 won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.
“I hit an ok drive. Then I hit a 5-iron to about 10 feet from the hole. I was just really happy, that’s one of my hardest clubs to hit. Then on the second hole I also made a birdie,” Freed said about her hot start during the first round.
Dingman finished second with scores of 77-80-157, and Amanda Myers of North Potomac, Md., was third at 87-75-162.
Like the older boys, the Boys 14 & Under Division came down to the final hole, with William Sheedy of Washington D.C., holding off Joe Parrini of York, Pa., by two strokes. Sheedy finished at 149 for the two-day event.
After the first round, neither Sheedy nor Parrini held the lead. That honor was held by Cole Gibson of Chevy Chase, Md., who fired a 76. Gibson shot a 40 on his opening nine, then improved his score by four strokes on the front side, including a birdie on the par-3 4th hole, the only birdie on that hole from any player in his division.
Parrini sat two strokes back of Gibson after 18 holes. His first round was highlighted by a birdie on the long, par-4 18th hole. Sheedy was three back of the leader, with a triple-bogey on No. 16 being his only big mistake. John Kalavritinos of Potomac, Md., matched Sheedy with a 79 to put himself in contention entering the final round.
Teeing off on hole No.10, Sheedy and Parrini quickly separated themselves from Gibson and Kalavritinos. Kalavritinos got off to a rocky start, playing the first three holes at 5-over-par, and Gibson double-bogeyed the 11th hole.
Both Sheedy and Parrini were on the game from the start. Sheedy started with three consecutive pars before a birdie on hole No. 13 got him into red numbers. He added another birdie on No. 16 and finished his first nine at 2-under-par 34. Parrini started with six pars and matched Sheedy’s birdie on No. 16, as he fired a 1-under-par 35 through nine holes, leaving them tied after 27 holes.
Sheedy took the lead on hole No. 1 with a par, as Parrini made his first bogey of the day. That lead remained the same through the eighth hole as they carded identical scores, a bogey on No. 4 mixed in with six pars.
It looked like Parrini might even the score on hole No. 8, as he hit his tee shot inside 15 feet and Sheedy was left with 45 feet on his putt. Sheedy lagged his putt perfectly, leaving himself two feet for par, and made the putt. Parrini’s birdie burned the right edge but did not fall.
With his one-stroke lead intact, Sheedy hit what was perhaps his best drive of the tournament on hole No. 9, striking the ball right down the middle on the par-5, with just outside 200 yards to the uphill green. Parrini’s drive landed in the rough, leaving him without a chance to reach the green in two. Both players hit their approach shots to 60 yards, with Parrini needing some magic to potentially force a playoff. He hit his approach a little thick, coming up short of the green, while Sheedy’s ball went 20 feet past the hole.
Parrini chipped the ball to 10 feet, but Sheedy’s birdie putt came to within two feet, tapping in for par to seal his victory. Parrini could not make the putt, bogeying only his third hole of the day.
Sheedy finished the day at 1-under-par 70, the lowest round of the tournament of any player, winning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.
“Yesterday, on the ninth hole, I had about a 40 foot putt for par and I saved it,” Sheedy noted as his most memorable shot of the tournament.
Parrini had been victorious in his last three IJGT Events, including a one-stroke victory over Sheedy at the Baltimore Junior three weeks prior.
Kalavritinos rounded out the top three with scores of 79-77-156.
The IJGT Northeast tour will be in Cologne, N.J., the weekend of Oct. 12-13 for the South Jersey Open at Blue Heron Pines. The tournament will be played at Blue Heron Pines Golf Club. 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, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Final-round results of the IJGT College Series at University of Maryland conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 6, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,694 yards, Par 71 (72.2/133) Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,162 yards, Par 71 (69.2/128) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,875 yards, Par 71 (73.2/126)
Weather: Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 80’s with 5-10 mph winds
Sunday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 80’s with 10-15 mph winds
International Junior Golf Tour
University of Maryland Golf Course
College Park, Md.
October 5-6, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,694 yards, Par 71
1. Brandon Berry, Great Falls, VA, *73-72–145
2. Walter Egloff, Chevy Chase, MD, *75-71–146
2. Luke Schaap, Potomac, MD, *74-72–146
4. Blake Micholas, Potomac, MD, *72-77–149
5. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD, *75-75–150
5. Garrett Bastardi, Boalsburg, PA, *76-74–150
5. Rij Patel, Hunt Valley, MD, *74-76–150
5. Evan Katz, Washington, DC, *75-75–150
5. David Ross, Lorton, VA, *74-76–150
10. Will Byrne, McLean, VA, *74-77–151
10. Brendan Bacskai, Berwyn, PA, *73-78–151
10. Nicholas Infanti, Clarksburg, MD, *74-77–151
13. Kyle Cunningham, Sayville, NY, *78-77–155
14. Gary McCabe, Collegeville, PA, *81-75–156
14. Patrick McDonald, Herndon, VA, *82-74–156
14. Mike Blasey, Potomac, MD, *80-76–156
14. David Rabil, Fairfax Station, VA, *80-76–156
18. Lennard Long, Washington, D.C., *81-76–157
18. Ben Lieberman, Potomac, MD, *79-78–157
18. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA, *80-77–157
21. Michael Lamond, West Chester, PA, *81-77–158
21. Jack Peden, Vienna, VA, *75-83–158
23. Kyle Grube, Indiana, PA, *80-79–159
23. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *80-79–159
23. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *76-83–159
26. Tyler Olmsted, Boyds, MD, *77-83–160
27. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD, *78-83–161
27. Bryan Morris, Beltsville, MD, *76-85–161
29. Andrew Hudencial, Markham, ON, *80-83–163
30. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY, *85-79–164
31. Austin Matz, Wexford, PA, *83-83–166
31. Jordan Bobb, Rockville, MD, *74-92–166
33. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA, *81-86–167
33. Davis Lamb, Potomac, MD, *87-80–167
33. Adam Bacon, Fairfax Station, VA, *87-80–167
36. Andrew Nappi, Glen Rock, NJ, *80-88–168
37. Michael Magnarelli, Chevy Chase, MD, *84-85–169
38. Connor Jaenke, Arnold, MD, *86-86–172
39. Jake Oliver, New Hartford, NY, *89-85–174
39. Nick Stottlemyer, Port Tobacco, MD, *85-89–174
41. Billy Rosemeyer, Gibsonia, PA, *87-91–178
42. Zachary Sculler, Morganville, NJ, *88-91–179
43. Alex Pfeiff, Huntingtown, MD, *101-91–192
44. Tyler Poirier, Mclean, VA, *103-102–205
DID NOT FINISH
Blake Weltmann, Potomac, MD, *89–DQ (Rule 15-3b)
Andrew Neal, Chevy Chase, MD, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Demitri Keopradit, Springfield, VA, *82–JWD
William Voetsch, New Vernon, NJ, *JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division – Gold Tees, 6,162 yards, Par 71
1. William Sheedy, Washington, DC, *79-70–149
2. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *78-73–151
3. John Kalavritinos, Potomac, MD, *79-77–156
4. Cole Gibson, Chevy Chase, MD, *76-81–157
5. Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA, *84-84–168
6. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD, *82-87–169
7. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA, *89-94–183
8. Aj Aivazoglou, Glen Mills, PA, *94-98–192
9. Nate Taylor, Fredericksburg, VA, *109-110–219
DID NOT FINISH
Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA, *JWD
Girls Division – Yellow Tees, 5,875 yards, Par 71
1. Liza Freed, Alexandria, VA, *75-73–148
2. Ashley Dingman, Lorton, VA, *77-80–157
3. Amanda Meyers, North Potomac, MD, *87-75–162
4. Alessandra Ricigliano, Scarsdale, NY, *87-83–170