McCabe victorious at Jeffersonville Golf Club
Hopton defeats Yao in three-hole playoff
NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the IJGT Philly Open on Sept. 14-15. Held at Jeffersonville Golf Club, a field of 44 players ages 10-19 took on the course over the two-day, 36-hole event. The field was represented by junior golfers from four states competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.
Jeffersonville Golf Club, a Donald Ross designed course, is a par-70. Although not the longest course, playing 5,740 yards for the Girls Division, 5,956 for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,434 for the Boys 15-19 Division, there is plenty of trouble to be found in the layout. Featuring hazards on a handful of holes, combined with winds gusting up to 20 miles per hour and temperatures falling into the 50s on Saturday, what the course lacked in length was made up for. Adding to the difficulties were sloped greens, a staple of Ross’s designs.
Gary McCabe of Collegeville, Pa., won the Boys 15-19 Division, turning a one-stroke deficit to begin the final round into a four-shot victory by the end.
Entering final round of competition, the division was wide open. Quinn Dolan of Broomall, Pa., held the lead when the day began after shooting a first-round 75. Chasing him was a pack of 10 players all within five strokes.
Dolan was joined by McCabe, Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., and Chris Binet of Oreland, Pa., in the final group for the last round. Dolan quickly realized he was not as sharp as a day prior en route to playing the first 10 holes at 11-over-par. He was not the only player in the group struggling, though. Binet got himself into trouble on No. 11 and carded a triple-bogey to dash his chances of victory. Bastian carded three double-bogeys on the back nine to take himself out of contention.
McCabe kept plugging away at a course he used to call home, playing the first 11 holes in 1-over-par as he separated himself from the pack. A stretch of three straight bogeys made things interesting but he responded with three consecutive pars.
McCabe’s closest challengers came from Nick Geiman of York, Pa., and Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., who finished in second place. Geiman shot a 3-over-par 73 on in the final round, winning the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, to finish at 155. Marone finished strong, playing the last six holes at 2-under-par to also finish at 155.
Both waited for McCabe to finish his round, in hopes of having a shot at the championship.
But McCabe never faltered and carded a final-round 5-over-par 75, totaling 151 for the tournament.
“I used the knowledge [of the course] to my advantage, and it’s good to be back,” McCabe said of his return trip to Jeffersonville Golf Club.
The Girls Division provided the best finish on the day as extra holes were needed to decide a winner. Carley Hopton of Madison, N.J., defeated Samantha Yao of Berwyn, Pa., on the third sudden-victory playoff hole to earn her first IJGT victory of the season and of her career.
Hopton trailed Yao, the leader after round one, by three strokes entering the final day, as Hopton shot an opening-round 87. Hopton had evened the score by the 27th hole, but fell behind after carding three straight double-bogeys.
Hopton carded par on the hole while Yao bogeyed to cut the lead to two. Hopton was able to par again on No. 17, tying the score as Yao double-bogeyed. On No. 18, Yao blasted her drive down the middle of the fairway, as Hopton found the rough. A par-5, unreachable in two, Yao laid up and Hopton was forced to punch out of a tough lie. Neither reached the green in three, but both had chances to make par. Both missed and they went to a sudden-victory playoff.
On hole No. 1, Hopton again found the rough with Yao sitting in the fairway. Hopton punched out from the trees and Yao’s shot missed the green to the right. Hopton saved her championship dreams with an approach shot from just outside 100 yards that settled within two feet of the hole. Yao’s chip from the rough stopped the same distance from the cup as Hopton’s ball and they both tapped in for par.
The second playoff hole told the same story, with Yao in the fairway and Hopton in the rough. Yao’s approach shot landed on the front of the green, but Hopton hit another great approach to leave herself under 10 feet for birdie. Yao missed her birdie putt and Hopton had a chance for victory but she missed her putt wide and they went to a third playoff hole.
Both players found the middle of the fairway off the tee, as their shots came to a stop within feet of each other. They were left inside 100 yards om the uphill par-4. Yao’s shot landed in the right rough but kicked to the edge of the green and she had another opportunity for birdie. Hopton continued her fine approach shots and landed within 15 feet of the flagstick. Yao’s long distance putt sped by the hole and she left herself six feet for par. Hopton could not convert on the birdie, as her ball slid by the hole. The pressure was on Yao to make her comebacker for par, but she was unable to convert. Hopton tapped her ball in for par and the 39-hole victory.
“I made a few really long putts,” Hopton noted as the key to her victory.
Hopton’s 82 on Sunday was also enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Joe Parrini of York, Pa., continued his hot streak. Victorious at the Major Championship at Crystal Springs, Parrini followed up that performance by earning his second-consecutive IJGT Championship with this one coming at Jeffersonville Golf Club.
Parrini fired a 4-over-par 74 in the first round to give himself a comfortable lead entering the final round. He followed up his first-round performance with a 76 to finish with a total of 150, the lowest score in any division, and earn the win. Over his 36 holes, Parrini carded three birdies and 21 pars.
“I really found my driver. I was consistently hitting fairways,” Parrini said following his round on the final day.
The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it the weekend of Sept. 21-22 in Urban, Md., for the Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor. The tournament will be played at Worthington Manor 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.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.
Norristown, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 15, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,434 yards, Par 70 (71.0/136) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 5,956 yards, Par 70 (68.5/132) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,740 yards, Par 70 (73.5/129)
Weather: Saturday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 60’s with 10-15 mph winds
Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 5-10 mph winds
International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville Golf Club
September 14-15, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,434 yards, Par 70
1. Gary McCabe, Collegeville, PA, *76-75–151
2. Nick Geiman, York, PA, *82-73–155
2. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ, *80-75–155
4. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA, *80-76–156
5. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA, *80-77–157
5. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *78-79–157
7. Perry Litwin, Rumson, NJ, *81-77–158
7. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA, *79-79–158
9. Quinn Dolan, Broomall, PA, *75-84–159
9. Chris Binet, Oreland, PA, *79-80–159
11. Ryan Cleary, Wilmington, DE, *85-77–162
12. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA, *82-81–163
12. John Warden, Ridgewood, NJ, *82-81–163
12. Nick Calabrese, Newtown Square, PA, *84-79–163
15. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA, *82-82–164
15. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *81-83–164
15. John Foley, Limerick, PA, *80-84–164
18. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ, *83-82–165
18. Peter Bradbeer, Philidelphia, PA, *86-79–165
18. Griffin Colvin, Media, PA, *80-85–165
21. Michael Barychewsky, Richboro, PA, *83-83–166
22. Zachary Sculler, Morganville, NJ, *90-78–168
22. Kyle Cunningham, Sayville, NY, *84-84–168
24. Ryan Conner, Newtown, PA, *86-83–169
25. David Cox, Lower Gwynedd, PA, *80-90–170
26. Matthew Cleary, Wilmington, DE, *80-91–171
27. Nolan Dirienzi, Media, PA, *81-91–172
28. Nick Fizzano, Newtown Square, PA, *94-81–175
29. Joe Rochelle, Quakertown, PA, *88-89–177
30. Robert Shaner, Fort Lee, NJ, *87-91-178
31. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY, *90-89–179
32. Holden Harris, New York, NY, *101-98–199
DID NOT FINISH
Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, PA, *83-JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 5,956 yards, Par 70
1. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *74-76–150
2. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA, *84-88–172
3. Luke Sample, New York, NY, *92-82–174
4. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA, *90-91–181
Girls Division – Gold Tees, 5,740 yards, Par 70
1. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ, *87-82–169*
2. Samantha Yao, Berwyn, PA, *84-85–169
3. Esther Park, Wilmington, DE, *89-85–174
4. Victoria Ross, Spring Grove, PA, *91-84–175
5. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY, *92-90–182
6. Meghan Fahey, Villanova, PA, *104-102–206
7. Kimmy Sanna, Swarthmore, PA, *116-107—223