Kase wins Girls Division in a playoff
Plis wins third consecutive Summer Series event
The IJGT continued the Summer Series as it hosted the Summer Series at Glen Oak Golf Course on July 15-16, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole tournament featured a field of 12 juniors from all over the nation competing for national rankings.
Connor Mathers of Brigden, Ontario, carried his round-one momentum into round two where he finished in first place in the Boys 15-19 Division. Following round one, Mathers was tied with Brad Belote of Lancaster, N.Y., but 11 pars and one birdie in round two led him to his victory. Mathers finished three strokes ahead of second place finisher with scores of 77-77 – 154 overall. His five total birdies was the most of the tournament and his second round score of 77 earned Mathers the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award given to juniors who score the lowest in the second round of the tournament.
“Practicing with my swing coach really has helped and I had been putting a lot of time in on the driving range to prepare for this tournament,” said Mathers.
In an exciting race for first in the Girls Division, Lauren Kase of North Tonawanda, N.Y., won in a playoff against Kenaida Mills of Tewksbury Township, N.J. Kase led the division after round one, sitting three strokes in front of Mills, but an improved second round performance by Mills left the pair tied at the end of 36 holes. The par-4 No. 10 was used as the first playoff hole.
Kase teed off first, getting her approach shot to land within 40 feet of the hole. Mills followed and her approach shot missed just short of the green, landing her in the bunker. Despite getting out of the bunker and within 20 feet of the hole, Mills was unable to sink her par putt. Kase, sat just two feet from the hole following her first putt before sinking her putt for par and a victory.
Kase carded scores of 80-83 – 163 overall. “My putting kept me in the round but today was much harder than yesterday,” Kase commented.
Mills finished in second with scores of 83-80 – 163 and earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division.
For the third straight Summer Series event, Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., has won the Boys 14 & Under Division. Coming off a victory at the Summer Series at Oyster Reef on July 11-12, 2014, Plis came from behind to secure his third consecutive first-place finish. Plis trailed by one stroke at the end of round but two opening birdies on No. 1 and 2 kicked off his second round performance. He carded three total birdies and 19 total pars en route to his victory. Plis finished with scores of 81-77 – 158 while James Meyers of Wexford, Pa., finished in second with scores of 80-85 – 165.
The second round score of 77 earned Plis the Boys 14 & Under Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. “Hitting the fairways both days was key for me and gave me a lot of confidence,” Plis said.
The IJGT’s Summer Series will continue on to the Country Club of Hilton Head in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on July 22-23, 2014. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.
East Amherst, N.Y. – Final results of the Summer Series at Glen Oak Golf Course conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed July 15-16, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,702 yards, Par 72. Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,227 yards, Par 72. Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,867 yards, Par 72.
International Junior Golf Tour
Summer Series at Glen Oak
East Amherst, N.Y.
July 15-16, 2014
Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,702 yards, Par 72
1. Connor Mathers, Brigden, Canada *77-77–154
2. John Dantonio, Lancaster, N.Y. *78-79–157
3. Jack Boulger, Walpole, Mass. *83-79–162
3. Brad Belote, Lancaster, N.Y. *77-85–162
5. Dustin Cook, Westport, Conn. *80-84–164
6. Joe Marszalek, Hamburg, N.Y. *81-91–172
7. Keelan Sinha, Williamsville, N.Y. *93-90–183
DID NOT FINISH
DQ. Taikan Nakada, White Plains, N.Y. *
Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,227 yards, Par 72
1. Dylan Plis, Camillus, N.Y. *81-77–158
2. James Meyers, Wexford, Pa. *80-85–165
Girls Division – Gold Tees, 5,867 yards, Par 72
1. Lauren Kase, North Tonawanda, N.Y. *80-83–163
2. Kenaida Mills, Tewksbury Township, N.J. *83-80–163