The International Junior began their month of April with the playing of the Spring Kickoff at White Manor Country Club in Malvern, P.A. this past weekend. A familiar stop for the tour, the Philadelphia area course is always a favorite of the players, for its unique design and high risk-reward approach that players apply at the venue. Weather conditions for the weekend may have affected the opening round, as cold temperatures and high winds were consistent throughout the day. For the final round, players enjoyed clear skies and moderate temperatures all while competing for AJGA Performance Stars, national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, the competition was very tight and made for lots of excitement heading into the final round at White Manor. Going into Sunday, three players shared the lead score, with numerous players only one stroke off the lead group. Two of the top performers at the at the end of Sunday’s round were Jack Cornforth of Summit, N.J., and Neal Shipley of Pittsburgh, P.A., each shooting 73 respectively. The champion would then be decided by a sudden death playoff between the two players. In the end, Shipley captured the victory after one playoff hole.
“I played well, the course was playing really tough”, Shipley said after the round. “To come out here and shoot the scores I did, I was very happy to shoot the scores I did”.
Shipley, who shot a 78 in the opening round following with a 73 Sunday, attributed his strong play to hitting well off the tee and being able to hit into fairways. But the highlight of the day for him came on the playoff hole, the shot that would eventually allow him to secure the win.
Shipley spoke of the shot, “Off the 10th tee, I actually hit it into 18th fairway so I could get a better angle at the flag. I went with a sandwedge that put me within 5 feet”.
Cornforth, claims the second-place finish after an impressive weekend of play shooting a 78 and 73 respectively. Coming in third-place is New York City native Luke Sample. Sample put together a strong weekend, shooting 77 and 76 for a 153 finish.
For the Girls Division, Rylie Hefflin stole the spotlight by going wire-to-wire for the weekend victory. Hefflin, a native of nearby Avondale, P.A., played impressive golf all weekend, by shooting 74 for both rounds for a total of 148. Hefflin showed great discipline throughout the weekend as well, keeping big numbers away, and being solid around the green.
Finishing in second-place is Phoebe Brinker. The Wilmington, D.E. native put together scores of 81 and 76 for 157 total. Rounding out the top three is Alice Hodge of Larchmont, N.Y. who tallied a 161 finish after shooting 80 and 81 respectively.
Following the theme of great competition for the weekend, the same could be same for the play in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Coming out on top was Ryan D’Ariano, who tallied scores of 80 and 83 for a total of 163. Hailing from nearby West Chester, D’Ariano persevere through the tough conditions by starting strong each round and never looking back.
Right behind D’Ariano securing second-place is Andrew Sample of New York. Sample put together two solid rounds shooting 90 and 84 for a 174 total. Then in third-place, is Alex Burnett of Owing Mills, M.D., who finished with rounds of 95 each totaling 190.
The IJGT continues its Spring season next weekend with two events taking place. In New Jersey, the annual Architects Cup will be competed for at Architects Golf Club, as well as the playing of the South Carolina open at Hilton Head Lakes Golf Club. To sign up for this event, or view the rest of our upcoming events, click here, or call (844) 779-3374.