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Kuhn, McKay included in list of IJGT Players of the Week – April 20, 2014

NORTHEAST TOUR

FARMINGTON, Pa. – The IJGT continued the Northeast Tour with the The College Prep Series at Nemacolin, contested on April 19-20, 2014. The weather for the tournament was ideal with sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s. The staff at Nemacolin worked diligently to ensure that the course was prepared for the tournament, which led to great scores both days. Andrew Reynolds of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Synclaire Kuhn of McMurray, Pa., have been selected for Players of the Week this week.

REYNOLDS Reynolds, playing in his first event of the season, played consistent golf throughout the weekend. He opened up the tournament with a score of 76 in the first round, including a birdie on the tough par-4 16th hole on the Links Course. Later that day, Reynolds shot an 83 on Mystic Rock. A resident of Pittsburg, Reynolds shot a 38 on the back nine, with a birdie on the long par-3 17th. Sunday was the best round of the weekend for Reynolds, shooting a tournament low 73. This round included three birdies on the 5th, 13th and 16th holes. Reynolds’ score of 73 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. We wish Reynolds the best of luck the rest of the season and hope to see him again soon.

 

 

 

 

 

KUHNKuhn, also playing in her first event of the season, had a strong showing at Nemacolin. After a slow start on Saturday at the Links course, shooting a 92, Kuhn improved her score by 12 shots during the second round at Mystic Rock posting a score of 80. The McMurray, Pa., native followed her first two rounds with another 80 in the final round. She shot a fantastic back nine, with two birdies on the 11th and 18th holes. Her final round score forced a playoff with the division lead. Although she fell short in the playoff, she still earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and Player of the Week honors this week. We wish her the best of luck the rest of the season and look forward to watching her again at future events.

 

 

 

SOUTHEAST TOUR

MARICOPA, Ariz. – The Southeast Tour of the IJGT headed out west for the second west coast event of the season. The Arizona Junior was hosted at first-time IJGT venue, the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club on April 18-19, 2014. Despite a small field, the competition was fierce among the field of 15 juniors. This week’s IJGT Players of the Week from the Southeast Tour are Sam McKay of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Molly Balbierz of Hamburg, N.Y.

DSC_0590McKay, the Arizona Junior fourth-place finisher, displayed the utmost perseverance and mental strength when he bounced back from a round-one score of 82 to comeback and secure the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his low score of even-par 72. The ten-stroke improvement moved him up from a tie for seventh place to fourth. After struggling in round one, McKay returned for round two with a determination that led to a round highlighted by four birdies and an eagle. The fourth-place performance becomes McKay’s fourth top-10 finish in his career with the IJGT. We wish McKay continued success!

 

 

DSC_0514Though Balbierz was the only competitor in the Girls Division at the Arizona Junior, her improvement between rounds awarded her the Player of the Week honors. In round one, Balbierz tallied a score of 85 but returned for round two ready to play. She kicked off round two with three consecutive pars before carding a birdie on the par-5 seventh hole. Consistent play allowed Balbierz to shave three strokes from her round-one score to finish the tournament with scores of 85-82–167. We look forward to seeing Balbierz again in future tournaments!

College Prep Series at Nemacolin – Final Results

Morris makes moves in final round

Parker wins in playoff

FARMINGTON, Pa. – The IJGT traveled to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort to host the College Prep Series. The College Prep Series tournaments are 54-hole contests designed to prepare juniors for future college tournaments. Day one consisted of 18 holes played on the Links Course followed by 18 holes on the Mystic Rock Course. The final round of 18 holes was held on the Mystic Rock Course as well. The field of 43 competitors battled for IJGT Merit Points 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.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Benjamin Morris of Reistertown, Md., took first place with an impressive comeback. Headed into the final round Morris trailed the division leader by three strokes. His play in the final round was consistent, making par on 10 holes. With only nine holes to play, Morris trailed the leader by two strokes. Morris’ move came when he made it to hole 14. He would go on to make birdie on three of his final five holes. This stretch proved to be the difference maker as Morris won his respective division by two strokes. Through 54 holes, Morris totaled seven birdies and 29 pars. Morris posted scores of 76-77-74–227.

When asked his performance on his final five holes, Morris replied, “I knew that I would probably need to make some birdies because I was trailing. I just hit some good shots and made some putts and it felt pretty good coming down the stretch.”

Paul Edgar of Kitchener, Canada, finished in second place with 77-73-79—229. Connor Schmidt of Venetia, Pa., took third place. Schmidt’s numbers for the weekend were 79-74-77—230. Andrew Reynolds, of Pittsburgh, Pa., final round score of 73 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.

In the Girls Division, Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., won the division in a 1-hole playoff. Parker came into the final round with a 10-stroke lead in the division. Parker finished day one with four total birdies. She totaled no birdies and six pars during her final round. Synclaire Kuhn of McMurray, Pa., battled back and forth with Parker. Kuhn finished with a birdie on hole number 18 to force a playoff. Parker brought her best in the playoff hole. Her drive went right down the middle and split the fairway. She stuck her next shot within one foot. Parker stepped up and made the putt for birdie to win her first IJGT event this season Her numbers for the weekend were 82-80-90–252.

When asked what was working well for her today, Parker said, “My putting. It saved me a lot from doubling or even more.”

Kuhn finished in second place with scores of 92-80-80—252. Kuhn’s final round score of 80 won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Marc Groenhuysen of West Chester, Pa., took the division lead early and never looked back. His distance allowed him to score well on both the Links and Mystic Rock courses. Groenhuysen played very well during the first 36-holes. He made five birdies on day one and headed into the final round with a commanding lead. On the final day, he struggled a bit, but managed to hang on to his lead in the division. He made seven pars and added one more birdie in the final round. Groenhuysen took home his first IJGT championship with his win. He posted scores of 78-75-84–237.

When asked about his favorite part about the two courses at Nemacolin, Groenhuysen said, “I preferred the Mystic Rock [course] because it suited my game better and I made a few more birdies on Mystic Rock.”

William Riva of Lancaster, Pa., finished in second place with scores of 88-87-83—258. Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., took third place posting scores of 88-84-88–260.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Major Championship at Bulle Rock on April 26-27, 2014. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

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FARMINGTON, Pa. – Final round results of the IJGT College Prep at Nemacolin conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 20, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Links Course – Blue Tees – 6,691 yards, Par 70 (72.7/134), Mystic Rock Course – Blue Tees – 6,835 yards, Par 72 (73.7/139).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Links Course – White Tees – 5,971 yards, Par 70 (69.7/128), Mystic Rock Course – White Tees – 6,118 yards, Par 72 (70.3/134) Girls Division: Links Course – Gold Tees – 5,614 yards, Par 70 (72.7/129), Mystic Rock Course – Gold Tees – 5,816 yards, Par 72 (74.5/136).

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

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

International Junior Golf Tour
College Prep at Nemacolin
Farmington, Pa.
April 19-20, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) The Links: 6,691 yards, Par 70
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) Mystic Rock: 6,835, Par 72
Round 3 – (Blue Tees) Mystic Rock: 6,835, Par 72

1. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD *76-77-74-227
2. Paul Edgar, Kitchener, Canada *77-73-79–229
3. Connor Schmidt, Venetia, PA *79-74-77–230
4. Ryan Podufal, Erie, PA *81-73-77–231
4. Alec Stopperich, Venetia, PA *77-76-78–231
6. Andrew Reynolds, Pittsburgh, PA *76-83-73–232
6. Matt Holuta, Indiana, PA *76-78-78–232
6. Adam Gray, Potomac, MD *76-76-80–232
9. Ben Reichert, East Amherst, NY *83-74-76–233
10. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *77-77-80–234
11. Declan Hickton, Pittsburgh, PA *74-82-79–235
11. Sasha Lobel, Pittsburgh, PA *75-82-78–235
13. David Ross, Lorton, VA *80-79-78–237
13. Kyle Grube, Indiana, PA *81-79-77–237
15. Keenan Hickton, Pittsburgh, PA *81-76-81–238
16. Cale Wheeler, Morgantown, WV *80-78-81–239
17. Andrej Erkelens, Pittsford, NY *76-76-88–240
18. Rij Patel, Hunt Valley, MD *84-81-77–242
18. Will Robinson, Pittsburgh, PA *78-83-81–242
20. Anthony Muscato, Gibsonia, PA *84-81-80–245
21. Colin Dubnik, Rochester, NY *77-87-82–246
21. Josh Madarang, Chester Springs, PA *78-83-85–246
23. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD *82-84-81–247
23. Frank Pantano, Gibsonia, PA *78-85-84–247
25. Max Pollack, Pittsburgh, PA *77-80-91–248
26. Davis Diethrich, Allison Park, PA *87-81-83–251
27. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *89-85-80–254
28. Will Lusk, Venetia, PA *84-87-86–257
29. Adam Sprenger, Perry, NY *82-86-90–258 29. Matt McCord, Titusville, PA *87-77-94–258
31. Jerome Landry, Jr., Duncansville, PA *87-85-87–259
32. Eddie Zhang, Murrysville, PA *90-82-92–264
33. Steve DePasquale, Massapequa, NY *82-93-91–266
34. Billy Rosemeyer, Gibsonia, PA *84-90-93–267
35. Benjamin Kotler, Penn Valley, PA *100-84-87–271
36. Greg Zahour, Schnecksville, PA *95-96-81–272
37. Adam Miller, Silver Spring, MD *102-109-103–314

Boys 14 & Under Division
Round 1 – (White Tees) The Links: 5,971 yards, Par 70
Round 2 – (White Tees) Mystic Rock: 6,118 yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (White Tees) Mystic Rock: 6,118 yards, Par 72

1. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-75-84–237
2. William Riva, Lancaster, PA *88-87-83–258
3. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *88-84-88–260

Girls Division
Round 1 – (Gold Tees) The Links: 5,614 yards, Par 70
Round 2 – (Gold Tees) Mystic Rock: 5,816 yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Gold Tees) Mystic Rock: 5,816 yards, Par 72

1. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *82-80-90–252
2. Synclaire Kuhn, McMurray, PA *92-80-80–252