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IJGT alumni shine in collegiate play

Throughout the month of September and thus far in October, IJGT alumni have been successful in their college golf tournaments. Here are some top-alumni finishers for the month of September and the first two weeks of October in their respective tournaments. In total there were 96 top-10 finishes and 11 tournament champions!

  • AJ McInerney (University of Nevada – Las Vegas) finished in 2nd place at the 2015 William H Tucker held at UNM Championship Course on Sept. 25-26, 2015.
  • Alberto Sanchez of Arizona State finished T8 at the The Jackrabbit held at Prarier Club Sept. 26-28.
  • Alessandra Liu (William & Mary) finished in 1st place at the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate held at Brook Valley CC Sept. 28-29.
  • Alessandra Ricigliano (Merrimack College) finished in 1st place at the Northeast-10 Conference Champ held at The Village Club of Sands Point Sept. 25-26.
  • Alex Andrews of Wittenberg finished T5 at the Tournament Town Champ Preview held at Grandover Resort & Conference Center Sept. 21-22.
  • Alex Chiarella of San Diego finished T3 at the 2016 William H Tucker held at UNM Championship Course Sept. 25-26.
  • Alex Chiarella (San Diego) finished in 2nd place at the Nick Watney Invitational held at Fort Washington CC Oct. 5-7.
  • Alex Franklin of Oregon State finished T9 at the Golfweek Conference Challenge held at Spirit Hollow Course Sept. 14-16.
  • Andrew Levitt of USC finished T5 at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational held at Pumpkin Ridge Oct. 4-6.
  • Andrew Whalen of Northwestern finished T9 at the Windon Memorial held at Lake Shore CC Sept. 27-29.
  • Beau Hossler (Texas) finished in 1st place at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational held at Pumpkin Ridge Oct. 4-6.
  • Brandon Dalinka of North Carolina finished T10 at the Carpet Capital Collegiate held at The Farm Golf Club Sept. 5-7.
  • Brendan Polsin of Canisius College finished T9 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Chomchana Phuchanbanchob of CSU – Northridge finished T6 at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Inter. held at Classic Club Sept. 26-27.
  • Christian Nizamis of Niagara University finished T9 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Christopher Nolte of NYU finished T7 at the NYU Invitational held at Forest Hill Field Club October 10-11.
  • Colin Gunstream (Carroll College MT) finished in 5th place at the Montana Tech Invitational held at Butte Country Club Sept. 8-9.
  • Corey Long of St. Bonaventure finished T7 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Cory Cullen (Canisius College) finished in 4th place at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Danny Walker of Virginia finished T4 at the Bank of Tennessee @ Blackthorn held at Blackthorn Club at the Ridges Oct. 9-11.
  • Danny Weimer (Niagara University) finished in 2nd place at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • David Burken of Canisius College finished T5 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Derek Bard of Virginia finished T4 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup held at Golf Club of Tennessee Sept. 19-20.
  • Derek Bard of Virginia finished T5 at the Dicks Sporting Goods Challenge Cup held at Golf Club of Tennessee Sept. 25-26.
  • Dylan Healey (CSU – San Marcos) finished in 1st place at the InterWest Wildcat Classic held at Butte Creek Country Club Oct. 5-6.
  • Eimi Koga (Hawaii) finished in 1st place at the Hobble Creek Fall Classic held at Hobble Creek GC Sept. 14-15.
  • Elliott Azoulay of St. Edwards finished T5 at the WNMU Fall Intercollegiate held at University Golf Course Sept. 28-30.
  • Eric Peng of Army finished T9 at the Colgate Invitational held at Seven Oaks GC Sept. 6-9.
  • Eric Sugimoto of USC finished T9 at the Southwestern Intercollegiate Presented held at North Ranch CC Sept. 8-9.
  • Esther Lee (Colorado) finished in 4th place at the Minnesota Invitational held at The Minikahda Club Sept. 14-15.
  • Esther Lee (Colorado) finished in 1st place at the East and West Match held at University Ridge GC Sept. 20.
  • Esther Lee of Colorado finished T9 at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational held at Sahalee CC Oct. 6-7.
  • Frank Szucs (Stevens Inst. of Technology) finished in 6th place at the NYU Invitational held at Forest Hill Field Club October 10-11.
  • Gabby Weiss (James Madison) finished in 4th place at the UNCG Forest Oaks Fall Classic held at Forest Oaks CC Oct. 2-4.
  • George Cunningham of Arizona finished T6 at the Southwestern Intercollegiate held at North Ranch CC Sept. 8-9.
  • Hannah Kim of Northwestern finished T6 at the Windy City Collegiate Championship held at Westmoreland CC Oct. 5-6.
  • Hunter Nizamis of Niagara University finished T9 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Isaiah Logue of Liberty finished T8 at the David Toms Intercollegiate held at The University Club David Toms Course October 10-11.
  • Jacob Garstecki (Missouri – Kansas City ) finished in 5th place at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invite held at Boulder CC Sept. 28-29.
  • Jacquie Faldetta of Hofstra finished T8 at the Tignanelli Towson Invitational held at Eagles Nest CC Sept. 13-14.
  • Jeff Wells (Methodist ) finished in 2nd place at the Tournament Town Champ Preview held at Grandover Resort & Conference Center Sept. 21-22.
  • Jessica Madsen of UNCG finished T5 at the UNCG Forest Oaks Fall Classic held at Forest Oaks CC Oct. 2-4.
  • Jim Liu of Stanford finished T2 at the Southwestern Intercollegiate Presented held at North Ranch CC Sept. 8-9.
  • Joe Tigani (Hamilton) finished in 1st place at the NYU Invitational held at Forest Hill Field Club October 10-11.
  • Joel Thelen of Texas Wesleyan finished T2 at the NAIA Fall Preview held at Creekside Golf Club Oct. 3-4.
  • Joey Lane of Virginia Tech finished T4 at the Bank of Tennessee @ Blackthorn held at Blackthorn Club at the Ridges Oct. 9-12.
  • John Grimes (Greensboro) finished in 1st place at the Royal Lakes/Oglethorpe Fall In held at Royal Lakes Oct. 5-6.
  • Jonathan Garrick (UCLA) finished in 1st place at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate held at Erin Hill Golf Course Oct. 4-6.
  • Jordan Meltzer of Johnson & Wales (Fla.) finished T9 at the NAIA Fall Preview held at Creekside Golf Club Oct. 3-4.
  • Josh Goldenberg (Pennsylvania) finished in 7th place at the David Toms Intercollegiate held at The University Club David Toms Course October 10-11.
  • Joshua Martin of North Carolina finished T7 at the Primland Collegiate Invite held at Primland Resort Sept. 28-30.
  • JT Poston of Western Carolina finished T3 at the The Invitational at The Ocean Course held at The Ocean Course Sept. 12 -14.
  • Justin Pagila (Army) finished in 4th place at the Colgate Invitational held at Seven Oaks GC Sept. 6-7.
  • Justin Shluker of Sonoma State finished T10 at the WNMU Fall Intercollegiate held at University Golf Course Sept. 28-31.
  • Karen Chung (Southern Cal) finished in 1st place at the Annika Intercollegiate held at Reunion Watson Course Sept. 27-29.
  • Karen Chung of Southern Cal finished T2 at the Windy City Collegiate Champ held at Westmoreland CC Oct. 5-6.
  • Kate Weiss of Amherst College finished T8 at the NYU Fall Invitational held at Spook Rock Golf Course Sept. 19-20.
  • Kevin DeHuff of Pepperdine finished T2 at the Southwestern Intercollegiate Presented held at North Ranch CC Sept. 8-9.
  • Kyle Mueller (Michigan) finished in 1st place at the Wolverine Intercollegiate held at U-M Golf Course Sept. 6-7.
  • Kyle Mueller of Michigan finished T3 at the Windon Memorial held at Lake Shore CC Sept. 27-28.
  • Kyle Sterbinsky (Wake Forest) finished in 6th place at the Primland Collegiate Invite held at Primland Resort Sept. 28-29.
  • Marcus Plunkett (Army) finished in 3rd place at the Colgate Invitational held at Seven Oaks GC Sept. 6-7.
  • Marissa Chow of Pepperdine finished T5 at the Golfweek Conference Challenge held at Red Sky GC Sept. 21-23.
  • Marissa Uradomo of Indiana State finished T10 at the Ball State Cardinal Classic held at The Players Club Sept. 21-22.
  • Matt DiSalvo of Christopher Newport finished T10 at the Tournament Town Champ Preview held at Grandover Resort & Conference Center Sept. 21-23.
  • Matt Disalvo of Christopher Newport finished T4 at the Royal Lakes/Oglethorpe Fall In held at Royal Lakes Oct. 5-7.
  • Olivia Bowling of Randolph-Macon College finished T3 at the NYU Fall Invitational held at Spook Rock Golf Course Sept. 19-20.
  • Olivia Bowling (Randolph-Macon College) finished in 8th place at the Golfweek Fall Invitational DIII held at Baytowne Golf Club Oct. 10-13.
  • Patrick Fishburn (BYU) finished in 3rd place at the Nick Watney Invitational held at Fort Washington CC Oct. 5-8.
  • Patrick Milkovich of St. Bonaventure finished T9 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Patrick Sheerer (St. Bonaventure) finished in 3rd place at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept 30.
  • Peerada Piddon (Barton CC) finished in 2nd place at the Central Kansas Classic held at Turkey Creek Golf Course Sept. 14.
  • Peter Kim (Army) finished in 5th place at the Colgate Invitational held at Seven Oaks GC Sept 6-8
  • Phoebe Mattana (Williams College) finished in 2nd place at the NYU Fall Invitational held at Spook Rock Golf Course Sept. 19-20.
  • Phyllis Tang of Boston Univ. finished T8 at the UNCG Forest Oaks Fall Classic held at Forest Oaks CC Oct. 2-4.
  • Rachel Morris of University of St. Thomas finished T1 at the Division III Classic held at The Jewel Sept. 19-20.
  • Rachel Morris (University of St. Thomas) finished in 5th place at the MIAC Women’s Championship held at Bunker Hills GC Oct. 3-5
  • Regina Plasencia of Arkansas finished T3 at the Powerade Cougar Classic held at Yeamans Hall Sept. 13-15.
  • Rigel Fernandes of South Florida finished T6 at the The Invitational at The Ocean Course held at The Ocean Course Sept. 12 -14.
  • Ryan Siegler of Towson finished T9 at the Patriot Intercollegiate held at Laurel Hill Golf Club Sept. 27-28.
  • Sadie Martinez of University of the Cumberlands finished T7 at the Bill Sergent Invitational held at Crooked Creek Golf Community Sept. 10-11.
  • Scott Malo of British Columbia finished T2 at the NAIA Fall Preview held at Creekside Golf Club Oct. 3-4.
  • Scott Sessions (Farmingdale State) finished in 3rd place at the NYU Invitational held at Forest Hill Field Club October 10-11.
  • Shannon Brooks of Tennessee finished T9 at the Cardinal Fall Kickoff held at Atlanta Athletic Club Sept. 8.
  • Shannon Brooks of Tennessee finished T9 at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships held at Cherokee CC Sept. 21-22.
  • Shannon Brooks of Tennessee finished T7 at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational held at UNC Finley Course Oct. 9-11.
  • Sophie Kitchen (Williams College) finished in 1st place at the NYU Fall Invitational held at Spook Rock Golf Course Sept. 19-20.
  • Theo Humphrey of Vanderbilt finished T9 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup held at Golf Club of Tennessee Sept. 19-21.
  • Trey Valentine (South Florida) finished in 10th place at the The Invitational at The Ocean Course held at The Ocean Course Sept. 12 -15.
  • Ty Macias of Dominican (CA) finished T4 at the WNMU Fall Intercollegiate held at University Golf Course Sept. 28-29.
  • Ty Macias (Dominican (CA)) finished in 2nd place at the InterWest Wildcat Classic held at Butte Creek Country Club Oct. 5-7.
  • Tyler Pertson (Santa Clara) finished in 2nd place at the Cabo del Sol Intercollegiate held at Cabo del Sol Ocean Oct. 4-6.
  • Victor Fox of Maryland finished T9 at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate held at UNC Finley Course Sept. 12-14.
  • Victor Fox of Maryland finished T7 at the Janney VCU Shootout held at Hermitage Golf Club Sept. 22-23.
  • Vincent Martino of Houston finished T10 at the OGIO Utah Invitational held at The Jeremy G&CC Oct. 5-6.
  • Zach Wright of LSU finished T8 at the David Toms Intercollegiate held at The University Club David Toms Course October 10-11.

Boys 14 & Under trio featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – August 4, 2014

In the BlueGolf Featured Tournament last week, the IJGT hosted the Summer Series at the Ridge at Back Brook in Ringoes, N.J., on July 29-30, 2014. The field was full and capped at 53 players who eagerly competed for national rankings in addition to the title as champion of the event. The fans have spoken and this week’s Photo of the Week honors goes to Boys 14 & Under trio, Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., Spencer Weiner of Short Hills, N.J., and Logan Snyder of Pottersville, N.J.

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The three juniors played their final round together at the Ridge at Back Brook. Pongrac finished the tournament in second carding scores of 80-83–163 overall. The highlight of his performance came in round one where he posted birdies on three of the tough par-4s. The second place finish for Pongrac was his fourth top-three finish of the 2013-2014 season.

Weiner ended up the champion of the Boys 14 & Under Division after shaving an impressive six strokes from his round one score to assume his position in first. Two second-round birdies and 11 pars aided in his come-from-behind win. The win came in Weiner’s first appearance in an IJGT event.

Snyder finished fourth at the Ridge at Back Brook after carding a two-day total of 189. Snyder’s birdie on the par-4 No. 9 in round two kick started his three stroke improvement from round one. Weiner also won the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award after recording the lowest second-round score in the division.

Congratulations to all three young gentleman, we are eager to see you again in future tournaments!

Remember, IJGT Photo of the Week is determined by you – our fans and followers! Immediately following an event, we will post photos on our Facebook page. Be sure to like, share and comment on your favorites and you may see yourself in our next Photo of the Week! 1 point for ‘Likes’, 2 points for ‘Comments’ and 3 for a ‘Share’.

Major Championship at Bulle Rock presented by the First Tee of Baltimore – Final Results

  Nicholas takes third IJGT title

Clark captures championship

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled up to Bulle Rock to host the third Major Championship of the 2014 season. The weather was prime for golf as a field of 74 competitors came out to compete. At stake were double IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Stars, and national rankings, as well as an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

JAMESNICIn the Boys 15-19 Division, James Nicholas, of Scarsdale, N.Y., took home his third IJGT title. Nicholas earned his third championship by playing great golf on both days. He finished round one with a 1-over-par score of 73. His first round featured five birdies including a streak of eight holes where he made par or better. In the final round, he added five more birdies and 11 pars to finish with a final round score of 3-under-par 69. Nicholas’ 69 won the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the player that shoots the lowest score during the final round of the tournament. His final numbers for the weekend were 73-69—142.

When asked how it feels to win his third IJGT event this season, Nicholas replied, “It’s amazing. Just to win one is awesome but three in a row is kind of cool…I am very thankful right now.”

Walter Egloff of Chevy Chase, Md., finished in second place with score of 74-75—149. Tom Crow of Virginia Beach, Va., and Ryan Podufal of Erie, Pa., finished tied for third place. Crow posted scores of 77-73—150, while Podufal posted scores of 76-74—150.

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BRYANA2In the Girls Division, Bryana Nguyen of Columbia, Md., finished in first place marking her first IJGT championship. Nguyen had three birdies throughout the weekend, two of which came during her final round. Her numbers of 82-77—159 were good enough to win her division by six strokes. Nguyen’s final round score of 77 was the best in her division, earning her the Clazic Low Belts Final Round Award.

When asked what helped her score so well during the final round, Nguyen stated, “Keeping it in the fairway. The rough here is pretty thick and I kept to my plan of hitting fairways and greens which worked out today.”

Haley Carr of Waldorf, Md., took second place with scores of 84-81–165. Finishing in third place was Alessandra Ricigliano of Scarsdale, N.Y., who shot 82-85—167.

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LUKASIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Lukas Clark of Holland, Pa., captured his first IJGT championship. In round one, Clark made par on 15 of 18 holes. During the final round, he totaled three birdies, including one on the par-4 hole No. five, the course’s No. one handicapped hole. Clark adds a first place finish to his resume to go along with two other top-10 finishes this season. His numbers for the weekend were 76-75—151.

When asked about his mindset during the final round, Clark noted, “I was just trying to have fun out there, if I had fun, it would probably work out. And it did, so I’m happy with that.”

Evan Brown of Chadds Ford, Pa., finished in second place with scores of 81-78—159. There was a tie for third place between Will Klein of Bethesda, Md., and Joe Parrini of York, Pa. Klein posted scores of 83-78—161, while Parrini posted scores of 84-77—161.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Rochester Open at Ravenwood Golf Club on May 3-4, 2014. 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, Dynamic Brands, Clazic Belts, Oakley, Sun Mountain, The First Tee, Golfweek, College Golf Camps, 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.

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – Final-round results of the IJGT Major Championship at Bulle Rock Presented by the First Tee of Baltimore conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 27, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,766 yards, Par 72 (73.8/141) Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,155 yards, Par 72 (71.2/136) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,931 yards, Par 72 (74.6/131)

Weather: Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 15-20 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 60’s with 15-20 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Bulle Rock Presented by the First Tee of Baltimore
Havre de Grace, Md.
April 26-27, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold tees) 6,766 yards: par 72
1. James Nicholas, Scarsdale, NY *73-69–142
2. Walter Egloff, Chevy Chase, MD *74-75–149
3. Tom Crow, Virginia Beach, VA *77-73–150
3. Ryan Podufal, Erie, PA *76-74–150
5. Gus Minkin, York, PA *77-74–151
6. Connor Daly, Bronxville, NY *78-75–153
6. Brendan Bacskai, Berwyn, PA *76-77–153
8. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *79-75–154
9. Nick Calabrese, Newtown Square, PA *77-79–156
10. Bryce Johnson, Oakton, VA *77-80–157
10. Jake Gurock, West Windsor, NJ *76-81–157
12. Joshua Goldenberg, Scarsdale, NY *78-80–158
13. Nick Geiman, York, PA *79-80–159
13. Lee Detmer, Washington, DC *78-81–159
15. Adam Gray, Potomac, MD *80-80–160
16. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD *79-83–162
16. Luke Schaap, Potomac, MD *76-86–162
18. Hunter Lee, Great Neck, NY *85-78–163
18. Michael Cook, Berwyn, PA *80-83–163
18. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD *79-84–163
18. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *78-85–163
18. Benjamin Morgret, Venetia, PA *76-87–163
23. Matthew Pulgini, Middletown, DE *82-82–164
24. Kevin May, Baltimore, MD *83-82–165
25. Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, PA *80-86–166
26. Sean Coleman, Potomac, MD *83-84–167
26. Jack Peden, Vienna, VA *77-90–167
28. Wynn Geis, Lutherville, MD *81-87–168
29. Dom Wagner, Alexandria, VA *87-82–169
30. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *87-83–170
30. Will Haller, Gaithersburg, MD *88-82–170
32. Justin Donawa, Baltimore, MD *86-85–171
33. Mike Burns, Blue Bell, PA *83-89–172
33. Jack Maresca, Rye, NY *82-90–172
35. Ben Litt, Moorestown, NJ *84-89–173
36. Charles Carter II, Baltimore, MD *89-86–175
37. Trip Smith, Phoenix, MD *84-92–176
38. Charles Young II, Woodstock, MD *83-94–177
39. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA *88-90–178
40. Blake Weltmann, Potomac, MD *85-94–179
41. Dylan Cline, Hagerstown, MD *98-90–188

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. David Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA *92-DQ (Rule 6-3a)
DQ. Robbie Hickok, Washington, DC, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division (Blue tees) 6,155 yards: par 72
1. Lukas Clark, Holland, PA *76-75–151
2. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford PA *81-78–159
3. Will Klein, Bethesda, MD *83-78–161
3. Joe Parrini, York, PA *84-77–161
5. Dylan Rotter, Potomac, MD *79-83–162
6. Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, DE *85-81–166
7. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *85-85–170
8. Mac Webster, Baltimore, MD *85-88–173
9. Chase Goff, Annapolis, MD *86-88–174
10. Cole Gibson, Chevy Chase, MD *92-83–175
10. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *84-91–175
12. Will Long, Towson, MD *84-92–176
13. Keegan Shreves, Potomac, MD *94-84–178
13. Griffin Smith, Holland, PA *92-86–178
15. Brett Levenstein, Olney, MD *92-90–182
15. Anthony Barr, Lititz, PA *87-95–182
17. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA *97-96–193

Girls Division (White tees) 5,904 yards: par 72
1. Bryana Nguyen, Columbia, MD, *82-77–159
2. Haley Carr, Waldorf, MD, *84-81–165
3. Alessandra Ricigliano, Scarsdale, NY *82-85–167
4. Cara Basso, Downingtown, PA *84-85–169
5. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *87-86–173
6. Alison Snakard, Collegeville, PA *88-87–175
7. Jane Moon, Lutherville, MD *87-90–177
7. Amanda Meyers, North Potomac, MD *87-90–177
9. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ *90-90–180
9. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, NJ *89-91–180
11. Kendel Abrams, New Freedom, PA *100-94–194
12. Gracie Stillman, Lititz, PA *105-104–209

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Khyranton Beggs, Baltimore, MD *JWD

Major Championship at Bulle Rock Presented by the First Tee of Baltimore – Nicholas & Clark lead, Nguyen & Ricigliano tied for first

The IJGT traveled to Havre De Grace, Maryland to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock Presented by the First Tee of Baltimore. The strong field of 74 competitors took to the course competing for National Rankings and Double IJGT Merit Points.  In review, divisional leaders’ round in numbers are below.

James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y. is the current leader in the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

73 – his round-one score, standing at 1-over-par

5 –  total number of birdies in round one

2 – two IJGT championships this season

6 – number of players within two strokes of the  division lead

In the Girls Division, Bryana Nguyen of Columbia, Md. and Alessandra Ricigliano of Scarsdale, N.Y. are both tied for first place.

Nguyen’s round in numbers:

82 – her round-one score

1 – one birdie in round one

1 – this is Nguyen’s first IJGT event this season

3 – 3-over-par on the back nine

Ricigliano’s round in numbers:

82 – her round-one score

4 – 4-over-par on the back nine

1 – one birdie in round one

3 – Ricigliano’s third IJGT event this season

Lucas Clark of Holland, Pa. leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

76 – his round-one score

15 – total number of pars in round one

6 – Clark made six consecutive pars headed into the turn

3 – his third IJGT event this season

 

The final round of 18 holes will be played tomorrow, April 27, 2014.

For full results from the first round of the Major Championship at Bulle Rock Presented by the First Tee of Baltimoreclick here.

For Round Two Pairings, click here.

Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.

 

Final results from the South Jersey Open at Blue Heron Pines

Mody captures South Jersey Open in playoff

Kang cruises to victory

  

COLOGNE, N.J. – The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour was in Cologne, N.J., on Oct. 12-13, 2013 for the South Jersey Open at Blue Heron Pines. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was hosted by Blue Heron Pines Golf Club, with players competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The field consisted of 61 players, ages 10-19, representing five Mid-Atlantic states.

Blue Heron Pines Golf Club opened in 1993 and has been recognized as one of the best golf courses on the Jersey Shore. With a par of 72, the course played at 6,708 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division, 6,150 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 5,829 yards for the Girls Division. Situated within 20 miles of the Atlantic Ocean, wind and rain played a huge role over the weekend. The first round was played mostly in the rain with wind gusts of 30 mph. While the rain cleared out for the final round, the swirling wind remained, making no hole an easy hole. Adding to the difficulty the weather presented, Stephen Kay’s course design featured multiple bunkers on every hole and four ponds

ModyIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Curren Mody of Monmouth Junction, N.J., needed more than 36 holes to claim his first IJGT victory, defeating Quinn Dolan of Broomall, Pa., on the first hole of a playoff.

Mody paced the leaderboard in the first round, firing a 1-over-par 73, highlighted by a birdie on the par-5 18th hole. Even with the inclement weather, Mody only bogeyed two holes, to go along with his birdie. He started his round with pars on the first five holes before bogeying the tough sixth hole.

Dolan also was able to succeed in the wind and rain, shooting a 74. Like Mody, he started with five consecutive pars, only to drop a stroke at the sixth hole. Dolan birdied holes Nos. 11 and 14 on his way to an even-par back nine and finish second after the first round.

Joshua Goldenberg of Scarsdale, N.Y., went 1-under-par on his opening nine and was even-par until a quadruple-bogey on hole No. 14 set him back. Goldenberg recovered to birdie the 18th hole for a first-round total of 75, putting himself right in contention.

Mody, Dolan, and Goldenberg all held shares of the lead early on in the final round. Dolan birdied the second hole to grab a share of the lead with Mody. Following a triple-bogey by Mody on No. 3, Dolan had his first outright lead. It did not last very long, though, as consecutive bogeys by Dolan, coupled with four pars by Goldenberg, put them atop the leaderboard.

Dolan held the lead after 27 holes, as he shot a front-nine 38 along with Goldenberg, while Mody sat three strokes back after carding a 42.

Mody began his comeback with three pars to start the back nine to tie Goldenberg and get within two shots of Dolan. Mody’s birdie coupled with a bogey by Dolan on No. 13 put the two back in a tie for first. Goldenberg slowly fell back from the pack, playing holes Nos. 14-17 at 5-over-par.

While Mody and Dolan were matching scores from holes Nos.14-17, Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., was making his move a group ahead of them. Bastian birdied the 17th hole to get within two strokes with only the par-5 18th hole remaining. But Bastian could not keep up the momentum, double-bogeying the hole to finish his day at 78 and 154 for the tournament, hoping that both Mody and Dolan would also find trouble on the last hole.

They did not. Both players found the fairway off the tee and then laid up with their second shots. With each having the opportunity to win the tournament right in front of them, Dolan hit his third shot to 25 feet while Mody was 50 feet away.

Mody’s long-distance putt came up short and he was left with a tough par putt. Dolan was also off with his birdie putt but he was able to tap in for his par. With the pressure on, Mody sank his par putt to send it to a playoff.

Playing the 10th hole, Mody found the middle of the fairway and Dolan’s ball rolled to the edge of the rough. Mody then hit the green with his approach, as the ball came to rest within 12 feet of the cup. Dolan also found the green but left himself a downhill putt from 15 feet for birdie.

Dolan was first up. His putt came off the hill and missed, rolling a foot past the cup. That left Mody with the chance to win and he came through in the clutch. His putt rolled slowly towards the hole and was able to sneak in the side for the victory.

“I tried to keep the ball low and focus on my short game,” said Mody when asked about his keys to victory.

Bastian finished third, two strokes off Mody and Dolan’s 152 totals. Michael McIntosh of Chittenango, N.Y., shot a final-round 77 to win the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

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In the Girls Division, Raphaella Kang of Bayside, N.Y., built a comfortable lead early and cruised to victory. A double-bogey on hole No. 5 during the first round was her only mistake, as Kang fired a 77. She birdied the 10th hole as part of a 1-over-par back nine. After the first round, she carried a five stroke lead over Alexis Hios of Rye, N.Y., and six strokes over Eun Won Park of Tenafly, N.J., and Christina Parsells of Bernardsville, N.J.

Playing with the lead, Kang never committed any real big mistakes during the final round. A front-nine score of 42 kept her five-stroke lead intact, as only Parsells’s 41 was better.

With the wind again playing a huge factor, no one was able to make a move. Kang finished her round strong, with three pars to shoot an 83. Her total of 160 was seven strokes better than Hios, Park, and Sarah Kokotajlo of Ewing, N.J., who all tied for second.

“I hit my irons perfectly straight all weekend. The wind never affected me,” mentioned Kang following her round

Kokotajlo and Alessandra Ricigliano of Scarsdale, N.Y., both shot 82 to win the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award

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In the Boys 14 & Under Division, C.J. Hughes of Indiana, Pa., won his first IJGT Event of the season, after coming so close at the Labor Day Classic at Hershey.

Hughes struggled on the front nine during the first round, as he shot a 43 in the wind and rain. He started the back nine with a birdie, then a bogey, followed by four pars. Hughes finished his round with another birdie, good for a total of 81. Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., paced the division with a first-round score of 80, highlighted by birdies at holes No. 1 and 12

Hughes started the final round hot, with a birdie at the opening hole. He struggled again on the front nine, carding a 42. It was enough to give him the lead after 27 holes, as Pongrac’s 44 put him one stroke behind. Pongrac took the lead back on hole No. 10, as Hughes put up an eight on the par-4, while Pongrac bogeyed. Pongrac could not make the most of his lead, unable to get comfortable on the remaining holes. A string of bogeys gave the lead back to Hughes.

Hughes entered the 18th hole with a three-stroke lead over Pongrac. Even though he double-bogeyed the hole, Pongrac only made up one stroke, giving Hughes the victory. Hughes finished with final totals of 81-86-167 to Pongrac’s 80-89-169.

“I had trouble getting off the tee the first day but I got that straightened out in day two,” noted Hughes as a key to victory.

Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., finished third with scores of 86-85-171.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be in State College, Pa., the weekend of Oct. 19-20, 2013 for the College Classic at Penn State. The tournament will be played on the Blue Course at Penn State. 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.

COLOGNE, N.J. – Final-round results of the IJGT South Jersey Open at Blue Heron Pines conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 13, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,708 yards, Par 72 (72.5/135) Boys 14 & Under Division: Black Tees – 6,150 yards, Par 72 (69.4/133) Girls Division: Blue Tees – 5,829 yards, Par 72 (73.5/129)

 

Weather:        Saturday: Rainy with temperatures in the low 60’s with 30-35 mph winds

Sunday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 60’s with 30-35 mph winds

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Blue Heron Pines

Cologne, N.J.

October 12-13, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Gold Tees, 6,708 yards, Par 72

1. x-Curren Mody, Monmouth Junction, NJ, *73-79–152

2. Quinn Dolan, Broomall, PA, *74-78–152

3. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *76-78–154

4. Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, NY, *77-78–155

5. Eric Terminello, White Plains, NY, *77-79–156

5. Joshua Goldenberg, Scarsdale, NY, *75-81–156

7. Michael McIntosh, Chittenango, NY, *81-77–158

7. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ, *79-79–158

7. Sam Sawyers, New York, NY, *78-80–158

7. Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, PA, *77-81–158

7. Brian LeBlanc, Newtown, CT, *77-81–158

12. Blake Vodges, Wildwood Crest, NJ, *79-81–160

13. Justin Murray, Burlington, NJ, *80-81–161

14. Jonny Emmerman, Scarsdale, NY, *84-78–162

14. Thomas Urciuoli, Short Hills, NJ, *81-81–162

14. Jake Mayer, Scotch Plains, NJ, *81-81–162

14. Vince Palazzolo, Colts Neck, NJ, *81-81–162

18. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ, *82-82–164

19. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA, *83-82–165

19. Andrew DeMarco, Huntington, NY, *82-83–165

19. Jonathan Solimano, Montvale, NJ, *79-86–165

22. Brandan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *87-80–167

23. Chris Binet, Oreland, PA, *77-92–169

24. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA, *89-81–170

24. Mike Hanrahan, Ossining, NY, *86-84–170

24. Gregory Szrom, Egg Harbor Township, NJ, *81-89–170

27. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *90-81–171

28. Michael Barychewsky, Richboro, PA, *85-87–172

28. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA, *83-89–172

30. Perry Litwin, Rumson, NJ, *89-84–173

30. Cristian Cerza, Greenwich, CT, *88-85–173

30. Evan Santa, Edgewater, MD, *82-91–173

33. Ben Litt, Moorestown, NJ, *88-87–175

34. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *89-87–176

35. Benjamin Kotler, Penn Valley, PA, *85-94–179

36. Bobby Moriarty, Summit, NJ, *93-93–186

37. Peter Bradbeer, Philidelphia, PA, *98-89–187

38. Jesse Bevilacqua, Rumson, NJ, *97-93–190

39. Ryan Conway, Bryn Mawr, PA, *104-89–193

 

 

DID NOT FINISH

Leonard Lee, Wyckoff, NJ, *86–JWD

Nicholas Infanti, Clarksburg, MD, *87–JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – Black Tees, 6,150 yards, Par 72

1. C.J. Hughes, Indiana, PA, *81-86–167

2. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ, *80-89–169

3. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD, *86-85–171

4. Thomas Corrigan, Irvington, NY, *83-90–173

5. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD, *90-90–180

5. Michael Paduano, Shrewsbury, NJ, *91-89–180

7. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA, *91-94–185

8. Aj Aivazoglou, Glen Mills, PA, *95-106–201

 

Girls Division – Blue Tees, 5,829 yards, Par 72

1. Raphaella Kang, Bayside, NY, *77-83–160

2. Sarah Kokotajlo, Ewing, NJ, *85-82–167

2. Alexis Hios, Rye, NY, *82-85–167

2. Eun Won Park, Tenafly, NJ, *83-84–167

5. Christina Parsells, Bernardsville, NJ, *83-85–168

6. Alessandra Ricigliano, Scarsdale, NY, *88-82–170

7. Katie Edelblut, New Hope, PA, *91-83–174

8. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ, *85-90–175

8. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ, *88-87–175

10. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY, *91-91–182

11. Emily Corrigan, Irvington, NY, *99-91–190

12. Alexis Harris, Piscataway, NJ, *101-104–205

IJGT South Jersey Open at Blue Heron Pines

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be headed back to the shores of New Jersey on Oct. 12-13 for the South Jersey Open at Blue Heron Pines. The two-day, 36-hole event will be played at Blue Heron Pines Golf Club in Cologne, N.J. Junior golfers ages 10-19 will be competing for national rankings, as well as IJGT Merit Points.

Situated less than 20 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, Blue Heron Pines opened in 1993 and was quickly recognized as one of the best golf courses along the New Jersey shore. With five sets of tees ranging from 5,053 yards to 6,810 yards, the course presents a challenging, yet visually appeasing experience. The course has received numerous awards and acknowledgements from well regarded golf publications. Golf Digest rated Blue Heron Pines as one of the “Top 100 Public Golf Courses” in 2010 and gave it four-stars. The course was designed by Stephen Kay.

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The Boys 15-19 Division is highlighted by a handful of players who have come close, but have yet to be victorious this season. Thomas Dzwonczyk of North Abington Township, Pa., finished fourth at the IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville Golf Club, Thomas Urciuoli of Short Hills, N.J., placed in a tie for eighth at the Major Championship at Crystal Springs, and Trey Croney of Bryn Mawr, Pa., also finished in a tie for eighth at the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club.

Christina Parsells of Bernardsville, N.J., will be looking to repeat her performance from the Major Championship at Crystal Springs. Parsells followed up a first-round 79 with a 1-over-par 72 in the final round to win her first IJGT Major. Katie Edelblut of New Hope, Pa., has yet to compete in an IJGT Event this season, but was victorious twice during the 2012-13 season. Alessandra Ricigliano of Scarsdale, N.Y., is another player to keep an eye on in the Girls Division.

In the Boys 14 & Under division, Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., Thomas Corrigan of Irvington, N.Y., and Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., all look to win their first tournaments of the season. For Bennett, Blue Heron Pines will be his third IJGT Event of the season. Both Corrigan and Pongrac will be in competition for the first time in the 2013-14 season.

College Series at University of Maryland

The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour will be in Maryland the weekend of Oct. 5-6 for the College Series at University of Maryland. The tournament will be played at the University of Maryland Golf Course, marking the first time an IJGT Event has been held at the course. Top junior golfers, ages 10-19, will be playing two-day, 36-hole event competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Opened in 1959, the University of Maryland Golf Course is a par-71 with four sets of tees ranging from 5,209 yards to 7,015 yards. Originally planned to provide membership to students, faculty, staff and alumni, the University of Maryland brought in George W. Cobb to design the course. Along with the University of Maryland Golf Course, Cobb’s other notable designs include the par-3 course at Augusta and Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of their opening, the course went through renovations in 2008-2009 including a change from a par-72 to the current par-71 from the women’s tees, enlarging the tee boxes for more variety, and adding or rebuilding a number of sand bunkers. The course is home to the University of Maryland Men’s and Women’s Golf teams, competing at the Division 1 level in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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The Boys 15-19 Division will feature two players who have already been victorious on Tour this season. Gary McCabe of Collegeville, Pa., was victorious at the Philly Open hosted by Jeffersonville Golf Club on Sept. 14-15, while Will Byrne of McLean, Va., won the Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor on Sept. 21-22. McCabe and Byrne were impressive in their victories, as both were able to overcome difficult weather conditions in the first round of their respective tournaments. Joining McCabe and Byrne in the field is Luke Schaap of Potomac, Md. Schaap finished runner-up to Byrne at the Baltimore Junior after firing a 4-over-par for the 36-hole event. Other players to keep an eye on include Evan Katz of Washington D.C,. and Brendan Bacskai of Berwyn, Pa.

Joe Parrini of York, Pa., highlights the Boys 14 & Under Division. Parrini has been one of the most impressive players on tour this season, winning consecutively at the Major Championship at Crystal Springs, Philly Open at Jeffersonville, and Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor. Parrini will look for his fourth straight victory at the University of Maryland but he’ll have to compete with the likes of William Sheedy of Washington D.C., and John Kalavritinos of Potomac, Md. Sheedy came within one stroke of ending Parrini’s streak at the Baltimore Junior, and will be looking for his first victory of the 2013-14 season. Kalavritinos will be making his IJGT season debut after finishing in the top-10 of both tournaments he competed in last season.

In the Girls Division, Liza Freed of Alexandria, Va., will be in search of her second career IJGT victory. Freed captured the IJGT Major Championship at Hershey CC in May and has been a top-10 mainstay in her time with the Tour. Freed will be challenged by the likes of Amanda Meyers of North Potomac, Md., and Alessandra Ricigliano of Scarsdale, N.Y., Both Meyers and Ricigliano will look to win their first IJGT Event, with each coming close in past events. Meyers finished 3rd at last season’s Colonial Open at Golden Horseshoe, while Ricigliano’s highest finish was 2nd at The Battle of Bulle Rock in April of 2012. Joining them is Ashley Dingman of Lorton, Va. Dingman will be competing in an IJGT Event for the first time.