Braunstein, Morris chosen for Photo of the Week – April 24, 2014


The Northeast Tour of the IJGT traveled to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort to host the College Prep Series on April 19-20th, 2014. The College Prep Series tournaments are 54-hole contests designed to prepare juniors for future college tournaments. The field of 43 competitors played on the Links and Mystic Rock Courses at Nemacolin hoping to earn IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. This week’s IJGT Photo of the Week from the Northeast Tour features Benjamin Morris of Reistertown, Md.

BENMORRISIn just his second IJGT event this season, Morris earned first place in event at Nemacolin. During the final round, he totaled four birdies, three of which came in the final five holes. Morris won his respective division by a difference of two strokes. His numbers for the weekend were 76-77-74–227. We congratulate Morris on his victory at Nemacolin and for being selected Photo of the Week this week. We hope to see more of him this season at upcoming IJGT events.


The Southeast IJGT team headed west to host the Arizona Junior at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club on April 18-19, 2014. The two-day 36-hole event featured a field of 15 juniors ranging in age from 13-17 years old. The warm Arizona sun provided warm temperatures for this two-day event. This week’s IJGT Photo of the Week in the southeast features Michael Braunstein, of Roslyn Heights, N.Y.


Braunstein posted scores of 77-80–157 to finish in seventh place in the Arizona Junior. Braunstein totaled 20 pars throughout 36 holes and added a birdie to his round on each day. This is his fourth season playing in IJGT events and we look forward to seeing more of him this year!

The Photo of the Week is decided by our fans and followers so don’t forget that your feedback counts. In the week following a tournament, keep an eye on the IJGT Facebook page for photos from the Event. Each photo will received 1 point for a ‘Like’, 2 points for a ‘Comment’ and 3 points for ‘Shares’ so let us know what you think!

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


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.





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!

Arizona Junior at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club Final Results – April 19, 2014

Hicks comes from behind to secure first IJGT win

Aragon wins big in first event with IJGT

MARICOPA, Ariz. – The IJGT headed west to host the Arizona Junior at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club on April 18-19, 2014. The two-day 36-hole event featured a field of 15 juniors ranging in age from 13-17 years old. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were at stake for competitors as well as an invite to the IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

DSC_0605Ryan Hicks of Santa Monica, Calif., came from behind to secure his first-ever IJGT victory. Sitting just one stroke behind Hayden Plewe of Cortez, Colo., Hicks finished round one with a 3-over-par score of 75 tied for second place in the division. Posting a consistent second-round score of 75 on day two, Hicks’ performance was highlighted by three birdies. His birdies in round two matched the three he carded in round one, tying for the most birdies across all three divisions. Finishing with a tournament score of 75-75–150 overall, Hicks’ victory becomes his first IJGT win and seventh top-10 win in his IJGT career.

Markopolo Fullepp of San Diego, Calif., finished in second with a score of 78-74–152 overall. Plewe, the round one leader of the Boys 15-19 Division, rounded out the top three with a score of 74-79–153 overall.

Sam McKay of Scottsdale, Ariz., earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with his round-two even-par score of 72. The award is offered to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round of the event.

“Today and yesterday, just hitting the ball straight off the tee was great, it puts you in a great position to start holes,” noted Hicks.

DSC_0513In his first-ever IJGT event, Roman Aragon of La Palma, Calif., won the Boys 14 and Under Division. Though he competed unopposed in his age group, Aragon recorded a score of 83-87–170 overall that included an impressive birdie on the par-5 hole No. 16 in round two. He made par or better on 18 of 36 holes in his first IJGT appearance.

“My favorite part of this tournament was meeting new people and having fun,” said Aragon.




Also competing alone in the Girls Division, Molly Balbierz of Hamburg, N.Y., captures her first IJGT win. Her 85-82–167 overall score included a birdie on the par-5 seventh hole and a par or better streak for three holes at the start of round two. Her tournament score of 167 ties her career best score, previously recorded at the AB Golf Designs Junior at Ravenwood Golf Club.

“Definitely my driving, I could keep it in the fairway the whole entire time and my putting and my chipping kept me going,” said Balbierz when asked about what worked well for her.

The IJGT will host the first 54-hole College Prep event of the Southeast Tour for the 2013-2014 season on April 26-27, 2014 at the Palmetto Hall Robert Cupp Course. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.

Maricopa, Ariz. – Final round results of the IJGT Arizona Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 19, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,900 yards, Par 72 (72.7/131). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,287 yards, Par 72 (69.7/124). Girls Division:  Tees – 6,012 yards, Par 72 (77.1/135).

Weather:        Cloudy with temperatures in the Low 80s, winds 10-15 mph
Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 15-20 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Arizona Junior at Southern Dunes GC
Maricopa, Ariz.
April 18-19, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees), 6,900 yards, Par 72
1. Ryan Hicks, Santa Monica, CA *75-75–150
2. Markopolo Fullepp, San Diego, CA *78-74–152
3. Hayden Plewe, Cortez, CO *74-79–153
4. Sam McKay, Scottsdale, AZ *82-72–154
5. Ryan Rybicki, Maricopa, AZ *79-77–156
5. Aleksandar Mikalacki, Scottsdale, AZ *80-76–156
7. Michael Braunstein, Roslyn Heights, NY *77-80–157
8. Cole Anderson, Colorado Springs, CO *82-76–158
9. Paul Gunness-Bendetti, Calabasas, CA *78-81–159
10. Devon Horne, Albuquerque, NM *75-85–160
11. Alex Elizondo, Thousand Oaks, CA *85-77–162
12. Joey Goryeb, Morristown, NJ *92-82–174
13. Cole Skach, Reno, NV *91-89—180

Boys 14 & Under Division (Blue Tees), 6,287 yards, Par 72
1. Roman Aragon, La Palma, CA *83-87–170

Girls Division (White Tees), 6,012 yards, Par 72
1. Molly Balbierz, Hamburg, NY *85-82–167

Arizona Junior at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club – Round one recap


The IJGT headed out west for the second time this 2013-2014 season to host the Arizona Junior at the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, a first-time venue for the tour. With an uncommonly cool and overcast day in the low 80s, juniors took the course to compete. In review, divisional leaders’ rounds in numbers are below.

Hayden Plewe of Cortez, Colo., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

74 – his round-one score, standing at 2-over-par

20 – Plewe finished in 20th in his last appearance in an IJGT event

15 – number of holes he posted par or better

1 – number of strokes he leads by after round one

In the Boys 14 and Under Division, Roman Aragon of La Palma, Calif., leads. His round in numbers:

83 – his round-one score

4 – longest streak of posting par

41 – his best nine-hole score, posted on the front nine

1 – Arizona Junior is Aragon’s first-ever IJGT event

From Hamburg, N.Y., Molly Balbierz leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

85 – her round-one score

8 – number of holes she cardied par

5 – Balbierz finished with par on all par-5 holes

2 – she finished tied for second in her last appearance at an IJGT event

Juniors will return to play for round two Saturday, April 19, 2014 for a 9:30 a.m. start. For full results from the first round of the Arizona Junior at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, click here. Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.

Arizona Junior at Southern Dunes – Tour Preview

The IJGT will head out west to the Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz., on April 18-19, 2014 for the Arizona Junior event. Players will look to secure both national rankings and IJGT Merit Points in this event.

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Located in the Arizona dessert, Southern Dunes is a world-class course that is impeccably maintained. Recipient of Golfweek’s 2013 Best Casino Course, Best Course You Can Play and Resort Course awards, Southern Dunes is the epitome of great golf. The course challenges even the most advanced players with the inclusion of flashed-up bunkers and long fairways. Southern Dunes will be add a southwestern taste to the Southeastern tour.

Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, AZ

Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz.

Heading into this tournament, be sure to watch for Sam McKay of Scottsdale, Ariz., in the Boys 15-19 Division. The Arizona native has placed in the top 10 in three of four west coast IJGT events he has played including his most recent T4 finish at the Scottsdale Open at Troon North in December of 2013.

The Boys 14 and Under Division will feature Roman Aragon of La Palma, Calif., and Markopolo Fullepp of San Diego, Calif., who both look to battle for first in what will be their first-ever IJGT event.

The Girls Division will also include fresh faces as Molly Balbierz of Hamburg, N.Y., and Mary Shin of Irvine, Calif., both take the course as newcomers to the IJGT.

To register or for more information on the Arizona Junior in April, click here.