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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.

Ku, Zinman earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – April 21, 2015

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Lopatcong, N.J., to host The Architects Cup on April 18-19, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT is pleased to award Player of the Week honors to Anina Ku of Basking Ridge, N.J., and Brian Zinman of Center Valley, Pa.

anina ku     Brian Sunshine Zinman

Ku shaved six strokes off her round one 6-over 77 to card an even-par 71 in round two. Her 148 tournament total was good for third place in the Girls Division. She had a 16-hole par-or-better streak, which came on holes No. 2 through 17 in round two. Her second-round 71 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round award, which she shared with St. Davids, Pa., native and second-place finisher Brynn Walker. Two of Ku’s four birdies came on par-5s, leading to a 4.9 average on par-5s. This is Ku’s fourth season competing on the IJGT. She won the only other IJGT event she’s competed in this season, the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club, earlier this month.

Zinman carded a 78 in round one and a 79 in round two to finish with a 157 tournament total. He birdied the par-5 first hole in both rounds. Competing in his first IJGT event, Zinman tied for 26th place in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Congratulations to both Anina Ku and Brian Zinman on their IJGT Player of the Week honors!

 

The Architects Cup – Final Results (April 19, 2015)

Massimino comes from behind to secure Boys 15-19 Division title

Sim wins Girls Division against elite competition.

 The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Lopatcong, N.J., to host the The Architects Cup on April 18-19, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Massimino websiteRoland Massimino of Lumberville, Pa., carded an even-par 71 to win the Boys 15-19 Division. The Kansas State commit started out with three birdies through his first four holes. When asked about his play today, Massimino said,

“I played scrappy today,” Massimino said after his victory. “It was a grind-it-out kind of day today.”

When asked about going to play at Kansas State, he stated, “I’m really excited to be playing in the Big-12 against great competition.”

In a tie for second, Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., and Daniel Reiger of Collegeville, Md., both carded a two-day total of 3-over 145.

The Clazic Belts Low Final Round award went to James McHugh of Rye, N.Y., and Matt Graeff of Blue Bell, Pa. Both players shot a final round 70 to secure the award. The Eyeline Golf Golden Putter award went to Vance, who carded seven birdies during the competition.

Sim websiteIn the Girls Division, Kelly Sim of Edgewater, N.J., held on to her day one lead to win her second IJGT event in three weeks. Sim shot a first round 69, and followed up her 2-under first round with a gritty second round 73. During her final round, the New Jersey native shot an even-par 35 on the front nine.

In second place in the Girls Division, Brynn Walker of St. Davids, Pa., shot a two-day total of 144. The University of North Carolina commit managed to secure a Clazic Belts Low Final Round award in the Girls Division and the Eyeline Golf Golden Putter award for the girls. Third place went to Anina Ku of Basking Ridge, N.J. Ku shot a two-day total of 144 to secure third place, including a final round 71 to receive a Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Updike websiteIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, John Updike of Wayne, Pa., came from behind during the final round to secure his first IJGT victory of the season. The Pennsylvania native started out strong, shooting an even-par 36 on his first nine holes. When asked about his strong start, he said, “I played really consistent. I had all pars to start out, which helped.”

There was a tie for second place in the Boys 14 & Under Division. With a two-day total of 151, Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., and Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., both came within one shot of the victory.

The Eyeline Golf Golden Putter award for the Boys 14 & Under Division went to a par-4 tie breaker, and the award went to Calamaro, with four birdies.

The IJGT Northeast Tour will continue tournament play with the Major Championship at Bulle Rock on April 25-26, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Lopatcong, NJ – Final Results of the IJGT Architects Cup at The Architects Golf Club on April 18-19, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,611 yards Par 71 (71.6/127). Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,040 yards, Par 71 (68.8/122). Girls Division: Blue Tees – 5,693 yards, Par 71 (73.8/131).

International Junior Golf Tour

Architects Open at The Architects Golf Club

Lopatcong, NJ

April 18-19, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,611 yards, Par 71

1. Roland Massimino, Lumberville, PA *70-71–141

2. Daniel Rieger, Collegeville, PA *74-71–145

2. Kyle Vance, Audubon, PA *68-77–145

4. James McHugh, Rye, NY *76-70–146

5. Jack Melville, Maple Glen, PA *73-74–147

6. Matt Graeff, Blue Bell, PA *78-70–148

6. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *76-72–148

6. Marco Nieto, Eynon, PA *76-72–148

9. DJ Griffiths, Binghamton, NY *77-72–149

9. Brant Wolff, Perth Amboy, NJ *75-74–149

11. Will Rand, New York, NY *72-78–150

12. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *79-72–151

12. Nicholas Sidor, Upper Saddle River, NJ *75-76–151

14. Toby DiPaolo, Tuxedo Park, NY *78-74–152

14. William Sheedy, Washington, DC *76-76–152

16. Sanghyeon Park, Oakland Gardens, NY *78-75–153

16. Jon Petrin, Cicero, NY *78-75–153

16. Jordan Shaffer, Fayetteville, PA *77-76–153

19. Alec Kerr, Broomall, PA *77-77–154

20. Blake DiPaola, Long Valley, NJ *81-74–155

20. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *79-76–155

20. Nicholas Gianelos, West Chester, PA *78-77–155

23. George Cultraro, Wyckoff, NJ *81-75–156

23. Christopher Lee, Westwood, NJ *80-76–156

23. Dustin Cook, Westport, CT *79-77–156

26. Andrew Lombardo, Lansdale, PA *83-74–157

26. Cory Haldeman, Center Valley, PA *79-78–157

26. Kevin Johnson, Glen Gardner, NJ *79-78–157

26. Brian Zinman, Center Valley, PA *78-79–157

26. Justin Murray, Burlington, NJ *76-81–157

31. Griffin Smith, Holland, PA *81-78–159

32. Cole Berger, Malvern, PA *82-78–160

33. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *83-78–161

33. Aaron Montgomery, New York, NY *83-78–161

33. Jack Martinides, Newtown, PA *77-84–161

36. Spencer Weiner, Short Hills, NJ *84-79–163

36. Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley, PA *82-81–163

36. Alec Cwienkala, Allentown, PA *80-83–163

39. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *84-80–164

39. Titus Sung, Roslyn Heights, NY *81-83–164

41. Pauly Fedele, Easton, PA *84-81–165

42. Derek Li, Hillsborough, NJ *89-80–169

43. Devin Sanders, Camden, DE *91-80–171

43. Jay Kim, Holmdel, NJ *87-84–171

43. Danny Goetze, Cornwall on Hudson, NY *85-86–171

46. Charlie Kovalcik, Yardley, PA *86-86–172

47. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *90-83–173

48. Nicholas Ng, New York, NY *90-94–184

49. Kyle Froisland, Blairstown, NJ *100-86–186

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Dylan Karofsky, Purchase, NY, *90 DQ (Rule 6-3)

JWD. Matthew Lee-Tolley, New York, NY, *77

Boys 14 & Under Division-Gold Tees- 6,040 yards, Par 71

1. John Updike, Wayne, PA *78-72–150

2. Jake Calamaro, Newtown Square, PA *77-74–151

2. Luke Sample, New York, NY *75-76–151

4. Billy Civitella, Jr., Berwyn, PA *78-79–157

5. Jack Cornforth, South Hamilton, MA *79-79–158

6. James Meyers, Wexford, PA *83-77–160

7. Tj Buck, Penfield, NY *86-76–162

7. Matthew Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *82-80–162

7. John Del Priore, Yorktown, NY *83-79–162

10. Kyle Gardner, Rye, NY *81-82–163

11. Jude Cummings, Pittsford, NY, *89-79–168

12. Archie Filshill, Huntingdon Valley, PA *88-87–175

13. Michael DeRienzo, Southbury, CT *97-95–192

Girls Division- Blue Tees- 5,693 yards, Par 71

1. Kelly Sim, Edgewater, NJ *69-73–142

2. Brynn Walker, St. Davids, PA *73-71–144

3. Anina Ku, Basking Ridge, NJ *77-71–148

4. Ami Gianchandani, Short Hills, NJ *73-77–150

5. Christina Parsells, Bernardsville, NJ *78-75–153

6. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ *82-73–155

7. Tiya Chowdary, Montgomery, NJ *80-77–157

8. Linda Wang, Fresh Meadows, NY *80-78–158

9. Jessie Kweon, Little Neck, NY *78-82–160

10. Soona Lee-Tolley, New York, NY *85-77–162

10. Rebecca Markunas, Glendale, NY *86-76–162

10. Yoona Kim, Oradell, NJ *86-76–162

10. Sarah Perine, Staten Island, NY *83-79–162

14. Caroline Hodge, Larchmont, NY *84-82–166

15. Lauren Muhlbauer, Newtown, PA *87-80–167

16. Anna Bowman, Westfield, NJ *84-85–169

17. Meher Mankikar, Bridgewater, NJ *87-85–172

18. Erin Holmes, Cumberland, ME *94-82–176

19. Brianna Marmorstein, Havertown, PA *90-89–179

20. Hannah Fireman, Ambler, PA *95-85–180

21. Grace Cuttone, Bernardsville, NJ *94-88–182

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Rachel Corry, Ridgefield, CT, *79

JWD. Lauren Kingsly, Morristown, NJ, *127

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, *

Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay – Round one recap (April 4, 2015)

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Somers Point, N.J., to host the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club. Juniors teed off in windy conditions beginning at 12 p.m. for round one of the two-day, 36-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Anina Ku of Basking Ridge, N.J., leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

9 – She leads the division by nine strokes

3 – Her three birdies in the first round pace the division

2 – She carded back-to-back birdies on the par-3 16th and par-4 17th holes

79 – Her opening round 79 was the best score in the field

Sebastian Naibaho of Yonkers, N.Y., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

1 – He leads the division by a single stroke

81 – His round one score to earn the lead

1 – His lone birdie came on the par-4 eighth hole

Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

2 – He leads the division by two strokes

1 – He carded the division’s sole birdie on the par-5 sixth hole

4.5 – His average on par-5s

The second round of the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay will take place tomorrow, April 5, 2015, with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. View the updated leaderboard here on IJGT.com or in the IJGT app.  Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

IJGT members at the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls Junior

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Every year the United States Golf Association (USGA) conducts our nation’s National Championship for junior golfers across the country. This year the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) was represented well with 27 total members playing. All players had to qualify for the championship and it is quite an accomplishment to make it into the tournaments.

The U.S. Junior Amateur this year is being held at Martis Camp in Truckee, Calif. The Tom Fazio design is playing over 7,600 yards and marks the longest course in championship history. Here are the IJGT members that qualified for the championship.

John Souza

Jack Gianniny

Aaron Wise

Tyler Moore

Coleman Self

Matt Holuta

Aaron Terrazas

Tennoshin Ogawa

Cole Berman

Carey Bina

Sean Carlon

Jack Fitzgerald

Daniel Hudson

Vasili Kartos

Bradley Keyer

Tiger Lee

 Sam Meuret

A special congratulations to all players that qualified for the match-play portion of the event. After two rounds of stroke-play qualifying, the top 64 were selected to move on in the tournament. The names of IJGT members in bold above advanced to match play.

Currently All-IJGT member Aaron Terrazas of Alvarado, Mexico, is still in contention for the title after two thrilling victories that both went extra holes.

To follow all the action at the U.S. Junior Amateur click here.

 

The U.S. Girls’ Junior this year is being held at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind. The Jack Nicklaus design is a championship layout featuring very difficult greens and long rough. Here are the IJGT members that qualified for the championship.

Kelly Whaley

Ana Paula Valdes

Thamonpat Siriko

Mai Dechathipat

Isabella DiLisio

Luiza Altmann

Alexis Hios

Anina Ku

Hana Ku

Annie Swords

A special congratulations to all players that qualified for the match-play portion of the event. After two rounds of stroke-play qualifying, the top 64 were selected to move on in the tournament. The names of IJGT members in bold above advanced to match play.

Mai Dechathipat of Oakton, Va., was the last IJGT competitor competing in match play. She won her first two matches before falling in the Round of 16. Dechathipat played outstanding golf all the way to the end and deserves to be recognized for an outstanding accomplishment.

To follow all the action from the U.S. Girls’ Junior click here.