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BenShearGolf Junior Golf & Fitness Academy to sponsor MET Championship

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The BenShearGolf Junior Golf & Fitness Academy has agreed to become the tournament title sponsor for the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) event at Shackamaxon Country Club on Oct. 24-25, 2015. The Ben Shear Junior Golf Championship powered by BenShearGolf Junior Golf & Fitness Academy will feature a strong field of competitors from the Northeast. The tournament will also be a Major Championship for the 2015-2016 IJGT season giving double Merit Points to the top-10 finishers in each division.

Since its inception, the BenShearGolf Junior Golf & Fitness Academy has become one of the foremost golf development institutes for committed young athletes in the United States. Spearheaded by Ben Shear, the strength and fitness coach for several PGA Touring Professional golfers, this state-of-the-art program marries proven advancements in athletic science with the latest, cutting-edge golf technology to bring out the very best in young athletes aged 12 to 19 years old.

Based in Scotch Plains, N.J., the BenShearGolf Junior Golf & Fitness Academy offers off-season and pre-season programs for aspiring junior golfers from September to March. It is a great avenue for those junior golfers who are looking to take their game to the next level. Current and past participants in BenShearGolf Junior Golf & Fitness Academy include IJGT champions John Felitto, Kelly Sim, Allyson Wentworth, and Ami Gianchandani.

The IJGT is excited to partner with a strong and reputable organization like BenShearGolf Junior Golf & Fitness Academy and bring great training opportunities to our members and their families.

IJGT members set to compete in USGA Junior Championships

On Monday, July 20,2015, the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior will commence with many IJGT members from across the country competing in the nation’s premier junior golf event conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA). The 68th U.S. Junior Amateur will be contested in the hometown of the IJGT, Bluffton, S.C., at Colleton River Plantation. Here are a list of IJGT members competing in the boys national championship.

  • Evan Brown – Chadds Ford, Pa.
  • Jack Melville – Maple Glen, Pa.
  • Joe Highsmith – Lakewood, Wash.
  • Parker Gillam – Cary, N.C.
  • Marcos Montenegro – Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Stuart Fuller – Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Allen Smith – Durham, N.C.
  • Ethan Ng – New York, N.Y.
  • Thomas “Jack” Simpson – Aurora, Ontario

The U.S. Girls’ Junior will be held at Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. Here are the list of IJGT members competing.

  • Karah Sanford – Escondido, Calif.
  • Bibilani Liu – Cupertino, Calif.
  • Megan McLean – Lebanon, N.J.
  • Jennifer Cleary – Wilmington, Del.
  • Kelly Sim – Edgewater, N.J.
  • Ami Gianchandani – Short Hills, N.J.
  • Anina Ku – Basking Ridge, N.J.
  • Sophie Guo – Bluffton, S.C.
  • Shannon Brooks – Vienna, Va.
  • Aneka Seumanutafa – Frederick, Md.

Best of luck to the 19 IJGT members competing as they look to join past IJGT alumni, I.K. Kim, Julieta Granada, Kevin Tway, Jim Liu, and Hunter Mahan, who won the U.S. Junior Amateur or U.S. Girls’ Junior.

Spring Highlights and Summer Preview

The IJGT spring season was filled with exciting highlights from low scores to playoffs to holes-in-one, all with beautiful, world-class courses as the backdrop.

 LOOKING BACK

Over Valentine’s Day weekend, February 14-15, 2015, the IJGT hosted the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island, a fan-favorite venue. Juniors had the opportunity to play both Turtle Point and the Ocean Course during the two-day, 36-hole event. Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, won the Boys 15-19 Division, Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J., won the Girls Division and Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, won the Boys 14 & Under Division. The winners’ bragging rights are extra-special as the PGA of America recently announced that Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course will host the PGA Championship in 2021. The Ocean Course has more seaside holes than any other course in North America; 10 holes sit along the Atlantic Ocean while the other eight run parallel.

SC Open at Kiawah Island Champs 2015

Another fan favorite was the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club on May 9-10, 2015. Over 100 juniors competed on Hershey’s East Course during the two-day, 36-hole event. Michael Jones of Potomac, Md., Charlotte Simpson of Towson, Md., and John Updike of Wayne, Pa., won the Boys 15-19, Girls and Boys 14 & Under Divisions, respectively. Tom McLaughlin of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Matthew Dzialga of Greewich, Conn., both carded aces during the tournament! McLaughlin’s came on the par-3 16th hole in round one and Dzialga’s came on the par-3 second hole in round two.

Betty Horaney

Betty Horaney

Betty Horaney of Longview, Texas, carded an ace the weekend before on the par-3 eighth hole at Golden Bear Golf Club during the second round of the Junior World Qualifier.

Parker Gillam

Parker Gillam of Cary, N.C., carded his first double eagle on the par-5 ninth hole on the East Course at Grand Cypress Golf Club during the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. Gillam finished fourth in the Boys 15-19 Division.

The IJGT also hosted two west coast events during the spring season, the Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco on February 7-8, 2015, and the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club in Litchfield Park, Ariz., on April 3-4, 2015.

You can read more about the spring season in the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions program. To view the program, click here.

LOOKING FORWARD

The summer series will begin with the Summer Series at Olde Stonewall Golf Club on June 30-July 1, 2015. The following week, the IJGT will travel to Toronto, Ontario, to host the always-exciting North America Cup. Hosted by The Weston Golf and Country Club, the North America Cup features four-ball and singles matches against Team Canada. After a few more stops in the Northeast, the IJGT will travel to Scotland to host the Euro Junior Cup in St. Andrews. Team USA will compete in a triangular match-play event against Team Canada and Team Scotland.

Thanks for a wonderful spring season and we look forward to a fun summer season!

Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay – Final Results (April 5, 2015)

Skae comes from behind to win Boys 15-19 Division

Ku wins Girls Division by 11 strokes 

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Somers Point, N.J., to host the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club on April 4-5, 2015. Strong wind gusts on Saturday created challenging but manageable playing conditions. Juniors for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Skae ARyan Skae (left) of Old Tappan, N.J., shaved 11 strokes off his round one score of 85 to card a 4-over 74 in round two, good for a 159 tournament total and a 2-stroke victory in the Boys 15-19 Division. Skae’s impressive second round also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

Skae started the front nine strong in round two making par on the first four holes. He then opened the back nine by making par or better on the first four holes. He birdied the par-4 12th and par-5 15th holes in the second round to finish with an even-par 35 on the back nine.

Max Ting of Atherton, Calif., finished in second with a 161 tournament total. Yonkers, N.Y., native Sebastian Naibaho, who led the division after the first round, finished in third with a 163 tournament total.

Anina Ku AAnina Ku (left) of Basking Ridge, N.J. fired a 79 in the first round to lead the Girls Division by nine strokes. She carded an 83 in the second round to earn a 162 tournament total and a decisive 11-stroke victory. She also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Ku carded back-to-back birdies on the par-3 16th and par-4 17th holes in round one.

Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J., finished in second with a 173 tournament total. Newcastle, Maine, native Bailey Plourde finished just one stroke behind Gianchandani with a 174 tournament total, good for third place.

Halleron AJack Halleron (left) of Timonium, Md., won the Boys 14 & Under Division by a single stroke finishing with a 171 tournament total. Halleron carded an 85 to lead the division by two strokes after the first round, but second-place finisher Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., gave Halleron a run for his money. Bennett shot an 85 in the second round, one stroke away from forcing a playoff.

Bennett ended up finishing in second with a 172 tournament total. Yorktown, N.Y. native John Del Priore rounded out the Boys 14 & Under Division finishing third with a 179 tournament total.

The IJGT Northeast Tour will continue tournament play with the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin on April 11-12, 2015.

Somers Point, NJ – Final Results of the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club on April 4-5, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,682 yards Par 70 (70.8/128). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,015 yards, Par 70 (67.8/124). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,789 yards, Par 70 (66.5/122).

International Junior Golf Tour

Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay CC

Somers Point, NJ

April 4th-5th, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees- 6,682 yards- Par 70

1. Ryan Skae, Old Tappan, NJ *85-74–159

2. Max Ting, Atherton, CA *83-78–161

3. Sebastian Naibaho, Yonkers, NY *81-82–163

4. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ *86-78–164

4. Brant Wolff, Perth Amboy, NJ *86-78–164

4. Blake DiPaola, Long Valley, NJ *84-80–164

7. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *82-84–166

7. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *82-84–166

9. Nicholas Gianelos, West Chester, PA *83-84–167

10. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD *85-86–171

11. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ *85-87–172

12. Blake Reifsnyder, Sinking Spring, PA *88-85–173

13. Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley, PA *91-84–175

13. Robby Coene, Fair Haven, NJ *88-87–175

13. Aidan McDermott, Pleasantville, NY *88-87–175

16. Drew Petri, New Hope, PA *93-83–176

16. William Sheedy, Washington, DC *92-84–176

16. Tommy Lewis, Doylestown, PA *89-87–176

19. George Ward, Owings Mills, MD *85-92–177

20. Nicholas Sidor, Upper Saddle River, NJ *90-88–178

21. Sanghyeon Park, Oakland Gardens, NY *93-87–180

22. Nicholas Ng, New York, NY *91-91–182

22. Dylan Karofsky, Purchase, NY *89-93–182

24. Griffin Smith, Holland, PA *95-91–186

25. Devin Sanders, Camden, DE *110-88–198

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Alexander Halprin, Saddle River, NJ *116– (Rule 6-2)

DQ .Kyle Vance, Audubon, PA *–(Rule 6-6B)

JWD. Quinn Guzman, Souderton, PA *

JWD. Jonny Emmerman, Scarsdale, NY *

Boys 14 & Under Division- Blue Tees-6,015 Yards- Par 70

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

2. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *87-85–172

3. John Del Priore, Yorktown, NY *94-85–179

4. Neil Zhu, Novi, MI *95-88–183

Girls Division- White Tees- 5,789 Yards- Par 70

1. Anina Ku, Basking Ridge, NJ *79-83–162

2. Ami Gianchandani, Short Hills, NJ *89-84–173

3. Bailey Plourde, Newcastle, ME *90-84–174

4. Jessie Kweon, Little Neck, NY *90-85–175

5. Madeline Sager, Kimberton, PA *88-89–177

6. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *95-87–182

7. Lauren Muhlbauer, Newtown, PA *95-90–185

8. Meher Mankikar, Bridgewater, NJ *103-91–194

9. Kendel Abrams, New Freedom, PA *105-93–198

9. Cass Gavaghan, Ambler, PA *101-97–198

11. Gianna Ward, Collegeville, PA *112-127–239

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Georgia Naples, West Chester, PA, *

The Architects Cup – Tour Preview

The IJGT Northeast Tour will pay homage to the beginnings of golf while hosting The Architects Cup at The Architects Golf Club in Lopatcong, N.J., on April 18-19, 2015.

The unique style of the 6,863 yard par-71 course at The Architects Golf Club reflects back on the history of golf and will offer IJGT members the chance to play 18 different course styles in one location. It boasts a 131 slope, 72.5 rating and the facility includes a practice putting green and driving range.

Architects Club

Each hole aims to emulate a different golf architect’s style without simply copying one of their famous holes. The result is more creative than simple reproduction and offers a fun style that both challenges and excites golfers.

This course is recognized as one of the most challenging and historically significant courses in the Northeast. During the two-day, 36-hole event, juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. Competitors in the Boys 15-19 Division and Girls Division will also be competing for AJGA performance stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions.

Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., tops the list of players to watch in the Girls Division as she’ll be playing her home course. She won The Architects Cup Presented by the IJGA in October and tied for second in last April’s Architects Cup. This is her fourth consecutive season competing in an IJGT event at Architects Golf Club. Other players to watch in the Girls Division include Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J., and Lauren Muhlbauer of Newtown, Pa. Gianchandani has one first-place finish and two second-place finishes this season. Muhlbauer has one second-place finish this season.

Also keep an eye on 12-year-olds Tiya Chowdary of Montgomery, N.J., and Yoona Kim of Oradell, N.J. They may be young, but they can play. The pair tied for fifth in the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club at the end of March and will look to outdo one another in the Architects Cup.

Brian Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., will try to earn his first title in the Boys 15-19 Division; he won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club in August. Isztwan will be facing a tough field in the Boys 15-19 Division. Other players to watch include Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., who won the Major Championship at Duke University at the end of March and Sanghyeon Park of Oakland Gardens, N.Y., who finished second in the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club, also at the end of March. West Chester, Pa., native Nicholas Gianelos finished a single stroke behind Park to tie for third in the Metropolitan Junior, and will look to defeat him in the Architects Cup.

TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y., won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Architects Cup Presented by the IJGA in October and will look to add a second Architects title to his resume. Also in the Boys 14 & Under Division, Wayne, Pa., native John Updike and James Meyers of Wexford, Pa., have one second-place finish apiece this season and will aim to earn their first title of the season.

For more information about the event, or to register, click here.

South Carolina Open at Kiawah- Final Results (Feb. 15, 2015)

Gianchandani wins Girls Division by 19 strokes

Pfoestl earns second IJGT victory in a row 

The International Junior Golf Tour traveled to Kiawah Island to host the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island on February 14-15, 2015. In cold and windy conditions, juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole event. Round one was played on the Ocean Course. Round two began via shotgun start at the Turtle Point course.

Jason StokesJason Stokes of St. Brelade, Jersey, improved on his round one score by two strokes to shoot a division-best 4-over 76 in round two and win the Boys 15-19 Division.

Stokes started the tournament strong holing out from 100 yards for eagle on the first hole of the Ocean Course in round one. He carded a birdie on the par-4 15th on the Ocean Course and finished the round with a 6-over 78.

Consistency was key for Stokes in round two. “I was feeling good,” Stokes said after the tournament. “I just played steady, making pars.”

Although he scored better on Turtle Point, Stokes preferred the Ocean Course noting, “It was in good condition and I found the Ocean Course was tougher [than Turtle Point]. It was more scenic and a nice course.”

Stokes also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event and finished with a tournament total 154.

Finishing in second behind Stokes was Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, with a total of 158. In third was Jack Simpson of Aurora, Ontario, with a tournament total 161.

Ami GianchandaniIn the Girls Division, Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J., built off her two-stroke lead after round one to win the division by a decisive 19 strokes. Her round two 1-over 73 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Because round two began with a shotgun start, Gianchandani started the second day on hole No. 17. The highlight of the tournament for Gianchandani came on her last hole in round two. “My favorite hole was the 16th on Turtle Point,” she said following the tournament. “It was a narrow par-3. I hit my 9-iron short and then I sunk a 50-foot putt from off the green to make a birdie.”

The birdie on 16 was one of three Gianchandani carded on the back nine. Gianchandani also carded birdies on the par-5 13th hole and the difficult par-4 15th. She improved on her round one score by 14 strokes to finish with a total score of 160.

In second with a two-day total of 179 was Leslie Ginter of Lexington, Ky., and in third was Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., with a total of 181.

Thomas PfoestlThomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, won his second IJGT tournament in a row after winning the Carolina Classic at Colleton River last month. Pfoestl led the Boys 14 & Under Division of the South Carolina Open by one stroke following round one, and won the tournament by six strokes. Pfoestl was most successful on par-5s in round two carding birdies on the par-5 10th and 13th holes.

“I was feeling good,” Pfoestl said after his victory. “It was cold, but I just tried not to give up.”

Pfoestl finished with consistent scores of 83 for a two-day total of 166. Behind him in second with a tournament total 172 was Jon Nolan Perry of Berwyn, Pa. Rounding out the top three was Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., with a total score of 176.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on February 21-22, 2015, with the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Kiawah Island SC – Final Results of South Carolina Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour at the Kiawah Island Resort. Boys 15-19 Division: Round 1: Ocean Course– Gold Tees – 6,711 yards Par 72 (73.3/137) Round 2: Turtle Point- Gold Tees- 6,624 yards Par 72 (72.5/137) Boys 14 & Under Division: Round 1: Ocean Course- Blue Tees- 5,846 yards Par 72 (68.9/128) Round 2: Turtle Point- Blue Tees- 6,091 yards Par 72 (70.6/133) Girls Division: Round 1: Ocean Course- Red Tees- 5,616 yards Par 72 (72.4/130) Round 2: Turtle Point- Red Tees- 5,738 yards Par 72 (73.1/131)

International Junior Golf Tour
South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island
Kiawah Island, SC
February 14-15, 2015 

Boys 15-19 Division-

Round 1 – (Gold Tees) Ocean Course: 6,771 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Gold Tees) Turtle Point:  6,624 yards, Par 72

1. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *78-76–154
2. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *80-78–158
3. Jack Simpson, Aurora, ON *79-82–161
4. William Meyers, Baton Rouge, LA *83-80–163
4. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *76-87–163
6. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD *80-85–165
7. Jackson Tyler, Seneca, SC *91-77–168
7. Jack Rolle, Bethesda, MD *85-83–168
7. Angelo Giantsopoulos, Richmond Hill, ON *84-84–168
7. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *82-86–168
11. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *86-83–169
12. Nick Welden, Birmingham, AL *83-88–171
13. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY *89-84–173
14. Jamie Guisinger, Troy, MI *89-85–174
14. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *89-85–174
14. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *89-85–174
17. John Karcher, Novi, MI *93-83–176
17. Mo Harb, Bloomfield Hills, MI *86-90–176
19. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *86-91–177
20. Gavin Simon, Rochester, NY *94-84–178
20. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *89-89–178
22. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *96-83–179
22. Chris Tanabe, Sewickley, PA *88-91–179
24. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *88-94–182
25. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *96-87–183
25. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *95-88–183
27. David Frank, Dunwoody, GA *97-88–185
27. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *93-92–185
29. Daniel Cozzi, Westport, CT *90-98–188
30. Matthew Campbell, Beaufort, SC *97-93–190
30. Billy Rosemeyer, Gibsonia, PA *95-95–190
30. Jake Rumfola, Dublin, OH *91-99–190
33. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *96-95–191
34. Colin Patrick, Newtown, CT *92-101–193
35. Aaron Montgomery, New York, NY *99-95–194

DID NOT FINISH
JWD. Blaise Vanitvelt, Flint, MI *96-JWD
DQ. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *95-DQ (Rule 6-6b)

Boys 14 & Under Division-
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Ocean Course: 5,846 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) Turtle Point:  6,091 yards, Par 72

1. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *83-83–166
2. Jon Nolan Perry, Berwyn, PA *84-88–172
3. Jake Calamaro, Newtown Square, PA *95-81–176
4. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *97-88–185
5. Luke Sample, New York, NY *103-83–186
6. Daniel Schindler, Pittsford, NY *90-110–200
7. Andrew Sample, New York, NY *108-108–216

DID NOT FINISH
JWD. Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA *95–JWD
Girls Division-
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Ocean Course: 5,616 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) Turtle Point:  5,738 yards, Par 72

1. Ami Gianchandani, Short Hills, NJ *87-73–160
2. Leslie Ginter, Lexington, KY *89-90–179
3. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *97-84–181
4. Olivia Traynor, Villanova, PA *104-97–201
5. Kelli Harpe, Nicholasville, KY *108-105–213
6. Rebecca Markunas, Glendale, NY *110-107–217

Hernandez, Halleron among those receiving IJGT Player of the Week honors – Oct. 7, 2014

NORTHEAST TOUR 

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to the fan-favorite Architects Golf Club in Lopatcong, N.J., to host The Architects Cup. Heavy rains the night and morning before the first round on October 4, 2014, made for soft conditions on the golf course. Along with early tee times in the final round came cold temperatures. Architects Golf Club was in prime shape and players that were able to get the ball rolling on the challenging greens were able to grab a handful of birdies and post some competitive scores. The IJGT is proud to award this week’s Northeast Player of the Week honors to Leo Hernandez of Stewartsville, N.J., and Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J.

Leo

Hernandez began the tournament with a slow start in his first round, but he bounced back in round two. He posted a 75 in the second round, improving on his first round by ten strokes. Hernandez carded his 75 with the help of 12 pars and a rare birdie on the uphill par-3 No. 8. Hernandez’s 75 was tied for the third best round of the day in the Boys 15-19 Division. His impressive play in the final round drove him up the leaderboard to finish in a tie for 20th place.

Ami

Gianchandani’s first round play had her in pursuit of a comeback on then leaders Megan McClean of Lebanon N.J., and Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J. Gianchandani came out firing at pins and sinking putts for birdie early in her second round to put some pressure on the leaders. Birdies on the second, fifth and sixth holes allowed her to make the turn at 3-under-par. Wentworth’s steady play in the final round kept Gianchandani just out of reach, but Gianchandani fought until the end which helped her earn the Northeast’s Girls’ Player of the Week honors as well as the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with an even-par 71. Along with her three birdies on the opening nine, Gianchandani added 12 pars on the day. Her impressive second round gave her second place honors, finishing only three strokes back of champion, Wentworth.

SOUTHEAST TOUR

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour headed north for a change to host the DC Shootout at National Golf Club at Tantallon in Ft. Washington, Md., on October 4-5, 2014. The course was in great shape and although tough, the 18 juniors enjoyed the challenge presented. MacKenzie Martin of Rye, N.Y., and Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., were named the Southeast’s Players of the Week honors.

Jack

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Halleron played extremely well in round one shooting the low round for the tournament, an even par, 72 with 12 pars and three birdies, on a day that did not see very many low scores.  His three birdies came at a time that proved to be crucial: holes 13, 15 and 18.  In round two, Halleron started off strong with birdies on the first two holes and finished the round shooting a 78 to earn second place.

MacKenzie

In the Girls Division, Martin’s tournament was one that was a story of two rounds. Martin, after shooting a 100 on the first day, returned to round two and bettered her first round score by a total nine strokes. She carded four pars in round two en route to victory and a total score for the tournament of 191. The DC Shootout was Martin’s first-ever IJGT event.

Congratulations to the players of the week Leo Hernandez, Ami Gianchandani, MacKenzie Martin and Jack Halleron for their outstanding performances in a challenging competition. We wish them best of luck in the rest of their fall golf schedule and are excited to see what lies ahead for them!

Architects Cup presented by IJGA – Final results (Oct. 5, 2014)

Wentworth earns her first Architects Cup title
Lamond cards the only sub-70 score en route to his victory 

The IJGT’s fall season continued at Architects Golf Club with The Architects Cup presented by International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) on October 4-5, 2014. The two-day 36-hole tournament saw a field of more than 50 juniors competing for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

lamondWith the only sub-70 score of the opening round, Michael Lamond of West Chester, Pa., carried his lead over the Boys 15-19 Division through round two for the win. Lamond began his opening round with an eagle on the par-5 first hole, going on to add three birdies and 11 pars to finish round one with a 2-under 69. With a four-stroke lead over the division, Lamond added four additional birdies in round two to hold off a comeback bid by Mark Benevento of Somers Point, N.J.

Lamond finished with a two-day total of 144, three strokes ahead of Benevento who finished second with a tournament total 147. Benevento’s second round score of 73 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior with the lowest score in the final round of the tournament. Rounding out the Boys 15-19 Division was tie between Nick Rencis of Long Valley, N.J., and Liam McGrath of Huntington Valley, Pa., with matching scores of 149.

buckT.J. Buck of Penfield, N.Y., took the first place trophy in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Buck’s opening round of 84 put him in the lead heading into round two and his final round 89 secured his lead for the divisional victory. He added a birdie to each round en route to his win by a margin of more than 20 strokes.

“My coach wanted me to go in with a game plan and I think that has helped me with my rounds,” said Buck.

Logan Snyder of Pottersville, N.J., finished in second in his first ever IJGT event with a two-day total of 200. The highlight of Snyder’s round was a birdie on the par-3 No. 6.

 

 

 

wentworthAllyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., broke free from a tie with Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., in round two to secure her first ever Architects Cup title. The pair shared the lead following round one with matching scores of 1-over 72. Wentworth went on to card par or better on eight of nine holes on her front nine and added a final birdie on her back nine for a second score of 72. Wentworth’s tournament total 144 awarded her her first title in three Architects Cup appearances.

“I played really well this weekend. I let a couple shots get away from me, but overall I was very happy with how I played,” said Wentworth.

In second was Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J., with a two-day total of 147. Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., and McLean shared third, both recording scores of 150. Gianchandani’s second round even-par score of 71 earned her the girl’s Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 11-12, 2014. The Southeast Tour will host the Florida Junior at Disney Resort and the Northeast Tour will host the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay. To sign up for these events, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Lopatcong, NJ. – Final Results of the Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on September 27-28, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,724 yards Par 71 (72.8./129). Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,121 yards, Par 71 (71.4/136). Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,701 yards, Par 71 (75.3/133).

International Junior Golf Tour
Architects Cup Presented by the IJGT
Lopatcong, New Jersey
October 4-5, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,724 yards, Par 71

1. Michael Lamond, West Chester, PA *69-75–144
2. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ *74-73–147
3. Nick Rencis, Long Valley, NJ *75-74–149
3. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA *73-76–149
5. Will Rand, New York, NY *73-78–151
6. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY *77-75–152
7. Matthew Cocorikis, Monroe township, NJ *75-78–153
8. Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley, PA *78-76–154
9. Zackary Potten, Wharton, NJ *78-77–155
9. Matthew Galindo, Smithtown, NY *74-81–155
11. Brendon Kim, Rivervale, NJ *79-77–156
11. Justin Murray, Burlington, NJ *77-79–156
13. Blake DiPaola, Long Valley, NJ *81-76–157
13. Tommy Hayes, Long Valley, NJ *78-79–157
13. Ryan Skae, Old Tappan, NJ *77-80–157
16. Park Sanghyeon, Oakland Gardens, NY *79-79–158
16. Brendan Haselton, Sayville, NY *75-83–158
18. Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, PA *83-76–159
18. Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, PA *78-81–159
20. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *85-75–160
20. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ *82-78–160
20. Andrew Nappi, Glen Rock, NJ *77-83–160
23. Clifford Lindholm, Montclair, NJ *84-77–161
23. Ryan Zogby, New Hartford, NY *81-80–161
23. Jack Cornforth, South Hamilton, MA *78-83–161
26. Matt Gentile, Chatham, NJ *82-83–165
26. William Podbela, Muttontown, NY *82-83–165
28. Griffin Carroll, Chatham, NJ *85-81–166
29. Kyle Macklin, Skillman, NJ *84-83–167
30. Cole Tavani, Tuxedo Park, NY *89-79–168
30. Daniel Cozzi, Westport, CT *81-87–168
32. Garrett Mooney, Westfield, NJ *88-83–171
33. Bennett Perrine, West Windsor, NJ *84-88–172
34. Sean Taylor, Westfield, NJ *86-88–174

Did Not Finish
David McDaniel, New York, NY *DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Trevor King, Huntington, NY * (Rule 6-3a)
Peter Walter, Westfield, NJ *86-JWD
Jay Kim, Holmdel, NJ *88-DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Chris Tohir, New Canaan, CT *85-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division- Gold Tees, 6,121 yards, Par 71

1. TJ Buck, Penfield, NY *84-89–173
2. Logan Snyder, Pottersville, NJ *92-108–200

Girls Division- Blue Tees, 5,701 yards, Par 71

1. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ *72-72–144
2. Ami Gianchandani, Short Hills, NJ *76-71–147
3. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *78-72–150
3. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ *72-78–150
5. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *79-80–159
6. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ *82-79–161
7. Isabel Gonzalez, Bloomfield, NJ *77-85–162
8. Sarah Perine, Staten Island, NY *80-83–163
9. Sayaka Carpenter, East Brunswick, NJ *87-86–173
10. Samantha Cytron, Montclair, NJ *110-108–218