Petrin claims title at Penfield Country Club
Roach earns first title in Boys 14 & Under Division
PENFIELD, N.Y. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the St. John Golf and Fitness Open at Penfield Country Club. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old competed in the 36-hole tournament for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings.
Jon Petrin of Cicero, N.Y., was crowned the Boys 15-19 Champion after completing a comeback win at Penfield Country Club. Petrin started off the tournament with a solid 76 including a 1-under, 35 on his last nine holes. This great finish gave him some momentum going into the final round.
Petrin began the day two strokes back of first-round leader Michael Kessler of Getzville, N.Y., but was able to take the lead after making 11 consecutive pars on holes Nos. 2-12. From there Petrin never looked back and finished with a 3-over, 74 to earn the victory.
“My mindset coming into the day behind was to make some birdies and shoot a good number, making the other competitors play some good golf coming down the stretch,” commented Petrin.
Petrin’s final-round 74 also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award which goes to the boy and girl who shoot the lowest score in the final round of every IJGT event.
Finishing in a tie for second place were Kessler and Sean Stanistreet of Camillus, N.Y., with tournament totals of 152.
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Jake Roach of East Aurora, N.Y., earned his first IJGT title after putting together a tournament score of 155. Roach used his recent runner-up finish at the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club to propel him to this victory. In the first round, Roach got off to a great start shooting 37 on the front nine, and finishing with a 77 to take a three-stroke lead going into the final round.
Roach knew he was in the driver’s seat for the final round, and if he played his game he would come out on top. He made one birdie and three pars on his first nine holes and extended his lead by one stroke. On the back nine, Roach played solid golf making seven pars, and most importantly, avoiding any large numbers on his card. His finished the round with a 78 to claim a four-stroke victory.
“My mindset coming in to the day today was to extend the lead. I went home and watched Golf Channel and heard Jason Day say that he did not want to defend the lead but extend it and that’s what I tried to do today,” said Roach.
Finishing in second place in the Boys 14 & Under Division was Jake Costa of Rochester, N.Y., who recorded a tournament total of 159. Jack Murphy of Penfield, N.Y., took home third place with a tournament score of 183.
The IJGT will travel to Lopatcong, N.J., for The Architects Cup on Sept. 26-27, 2015. The tournament will feature national rankings, AJGA Performance Stars as well as IJGT Merit Points. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.
About the IJGT
The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 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 30 states and 30 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 AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, EyeLine Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.
PENFIELD, N.Y. – Final-round results of the St. John Golf and Fitness Open at Penfield Country Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 20, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,559 yards, Par 71 (71.4/129). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,030 yards, Par 71 (68.9/126).
Round 1: Rain with temperatures in the low 80’s with 0-5 mph winds
Round 2: Sunny with temperatures in the high 60’s with 0-5 mph winds
International Junior Golf Tour
St. John Golf and Fitness Open at Penfield Country Club
September 19-20, 2015
Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,559 yards, Par 71
1. Jon Petrin, Cicero, NY *76-74–150
2. Michael Kessler, Getzville, NY *74-78–152
2. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *75-77–152
4. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *84-80–164
4. Ryan Zogby, New Hartford, NY *81-83–164
4. T.J. Buck, Penfield, NY *82-82–164
7. Teddy Trosset, Cooperstown, NY *88-79–167
8. Jamie McCarthy, Pittsford, NY *78-94–172
9. William Fisher, Sodus, NY *87-88–175
10. Keelan Sinha, Williamsville, NY *93-86–179
Boys 14 & Under Division -White Tees, 6,030 yards, Par 71
1. Jake Roach, East Aurora, NY *77-78–155
2. Jake Costa, Rochester, NY *80-79–159
3. Jack Murphy, Penfield, NY *89-94–183
4. Zachary Locke, Horseheads, NY *98-96–194