Barney wins first IJGT title in Boys 15-19 Division
Penn captures Girls Division crown in last IJGT event
STAFFORD, N.Y. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued its summer tournament schedule in Stafford, N.Y., on July 9-10, 2015, with the Summer Series at Stafford Country Club. It was a tale of two days with the weather conditions during the event. The first round featured a consistent rain, while the final round featured near perfect temperatures and sunshine. Junior golfers ranging in age from 14-18 years old and representing 3 different states competed for IJGT Merit Points along with National Rankings.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, Nick Barney, of Apalachin, N.Y., earned his first IJGT title after carding two consistent rounds of 4-over 76 and 3-over 75. The weather was very challenging on the first day with constant rain coming down during the duration of the round. Barney was able to keep his mental composure as he managed his way around the golf course. Finishing the day with a 4-over 76, Barney found himself tied in first place with David Hanes of Elma, N.Y. The highlight of Barney’s round came on hole No. 15, where he was able to make an eagle.
The final round got off to a slow start as Barney made bogey on the opening three holes at Stafford Country Club. However, he quickly bounced back with a string of five pars and one birdie to close out the front nine with a 2-over 38. He continued his hot play on the first six holes on the back nine, playing them in 1-under. Barney would finish his round of 3-over 75 en route to his three-stroke victory.
“I just wanted to go out and post a good score and it ended up working for me,” commented Barney when asked about his mindset going into the final round with the lead.
There was a tie for second place with Ian Brotherton of Attica, N.Y., and Ryan Zogby of New Hartford, N.Y., who finished with tournament totals of 154. Zogby’s final-round 2-over 74 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the boy and girl who records the lowest final-round score in every IJGT tournament.
The Girls Division was won in wire-to-wire fashion by Marah Penn of Hamburg, N.Y., who recorded tournament scores of 77 and 3-over 75 for her victory. Penn, a 2015 graduate and incoming freshmen on the Elon University Women’s Golf team, battled the conditions in the first round building herself a four-stroke lead going into the final round.
The final round was more of the same for Penn, who carded two birdies on the day to record a 3-over 75 giving her a nine-stroke victory in the Girls Division. This was Penn’s first IJGT victory, which comes in her last IJGT event before she heads off to college in August. Penn’s final-round score of 3-over 75 during the final round earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.
Playing in her last IJGT round, Penn noted, “I just went into today wanting to have fun and I got to play with a really good friend.”
Marissa Del Monaco of Little Valley, N.Y., recorded a tournament total of 161 to earn herself second place. Third place was won by Sarah Godfrey-Singleton of Depew, N.Y. who posted a tournament total of 162.
The IJGT will continue the Summer Series on July 21-22, 2015, at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, N.J. The tournament will feature national rankings as well as AJGA Performance Stars. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (888) 358-1267.
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 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 (888) 358-1267.
STAFFORD, N.Y. – Final-round results of the IJGT Summer Series at Stafford Country Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed July 10, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,608 yards, Par 72 (72.0/131), Girls Division: White Tees – 5,748 yards, Par 72 (73.5/130)
Weather: Saturday: Rainy with temperatures in the low 60’s with 5-10 mph winds
Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 80’s with 10-15 mph winds
International Junior Golf Tour
Summer Series at Stafford Country Club
July 9-10, 2015
Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees – 6,608 yards, Par 72
1. Nick Barney, Apalachin, NY *76-75–151
2. Ian Brotherton, Attica, NY *79-75–154
2. Ryan Zogby, New Hartford, NY *80-74–154
4. Matthew Genaway, Darien Center, NY *79-77–156
5. Matthew Santora, Depew, NY *80-77–157
6. Chase Miller, Bernville, PA *81-78–159
6. David Hanes, Elma, NY *76-83–159
8. Matt Dreimiller, New Hartford, NY *85-76–161
8. Brad Belote, Lancaster, NY *78-83–161
10. Noah Andriatch, Brockport, NY *83-79–162
10. Andrew Crean, Victor, NY *84-78–162
12. Stephen Hetterich, Rochester, NY *83-80–163
13. William Li, Boston, MA *83-85–168
14. Mike Donner, Hamburg, NY *84-88–172
15. Mike Tomczak, Lake View, NY *88-86–174
DID NOT FINISH
Joey Rinaldi, Clarence, NY *84-DQ
Michael Kessler, Getzville, NY *90-DQ
Ben Brason, East Aurora, NY *DQ
Eric Demidowicz, Oswego, NY *83-WD
Girls Division – White Tees – 5,748 yards, Par 72
1. Marah Penn, Hamburg, NY *77-75–152
2. Marissa Del Monaco, Little Valley, NY *84-77–161
3. Sarah Godfrey-Singleton, Depew, NY *83-79–162
4. Alexis Kim, Clarence, NY *83-81–164
5. Lizzy Karsten, Macedon, NY *86-81–167
5. Sarah Beckwith, Lakeview, NY, *81-86–167
7. Lauren Kase, North Tonawanda, NY *90-86–176
8. Caroline Yarnall, East Aurora, NY *96-90–186
9. Victoria Ortiz, Rochester, NY *95-100–195