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Hagen, Plourde and Ting earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – April 7, 2015

Southeast Tour

The IJGT Southeast Tour traveled west to Litchfield Park, Ariz., to host the Arizona Open at Wigwam on April 3-4, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Southeast Tour is pleased to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Eric Hagen of Averdeen, Wash.

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Hagen started off the tournament strong, finishing the front nine 1-under par in round one. But, he struggled on the back nine and found himself in a three-way tie for third after finishing the first round with a 5-over 77. He bounced back in the second round, carding four birdies on his way to a 2-over 74. His six birdies led the division and earned him the Eyeline Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the junior to card the most birdies in each division of an event. Hagen finished with a 151 tournament total, landing him in a two-way tie for second place.

Northeast Tour

The IJGT Northeast Tour hosted the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club over Easter weekend, April 4-5, 2015. Juniors braved strong wind gusts while competing for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Northeast Tour is proud to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Max Ting of Atherton, Calif., and Bailey Plourde of Newcastle, Maine.

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Ting shaved five strokes off his round one 83 to card a 78 in round two. His 161 tournament total was good for second place in the Boys 15-19 Division in his first IJGT event.

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After finding herself tied for fourth with a round one 90, Plourde buckled down in round two, knocking six strokes off her round one score to record an 84 in round two. She finished with a 174 tournament total, good for third place in the Girls Division. Plourde tied for fifth in the previous weekend’s Northeast Tour event, the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club.

Congratulations to Hagen, Plourde and Ting on earning IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club – Final Results (April 4, 2015)

Krantz wins Boys 15-19 Division by five strokes

Ordona wins Boys 14 & Under Division 

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled west to Litchfield Park to host the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club on April 3-4, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Brett Krantz 1ABrett Krantz (left) of Windsor, Colo., jumped out to an early lead by firing a 1-under 71 in round one. He made par or better on holes No. 4 through 17 in the first round. Krantz matched his three birdies in the first round with three more in the second on the way to a 3-over 75 second round score. His 146 tournament total was good for first place in the Boys 15-19 Division.

“I was able to build a comfortable lead in round one to give myself some room for error in round two, although Drew [Karren] had me on the ropes there at the end and made it a little closer than I liked,” said Krantz after his win.

Eric Hagen of Averdeen, Wash., and Drew Karren of Orinda, Calif., carded 151 tournament totals to tie for second. Hagen’s second round 2-over 74 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

Mikee Ordona AMikee Ordona (left) of Upland, Calif., recorded a 157 tournament total to cruise to an uncontested first-place finish in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Ordona shaved seven strokes off his round one 82 to card a 3-over 75 in round two. “The course was in great shape and the greens were very firm and tough to putt on during the first round, but I rolled the ball a lot better in round two, which allowed me to shoot 75,” Ordona said after the final round.

Ordona birdied three holes during the tournament and made par or better on holes No. 7 through 15 in the second round.

The IJGT Southeast Tour will continue tournament play with the IJGT Oldfield Junior on April 11-12, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Litchfield Park, AZ – Final Results of the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club on April 3-4, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,875 yards Par 72 (72.4/131). Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,108 yards, Par 72 (68.9/122).

International Junior Golf Tour

Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club

Litchfield Park, AZ

April 3 – April 4, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division — 6,875 yards (Blue Tees), Par 72

1. Brett Krantz, Windsor, CO *71-75–146

2. Eric Hagen, Averdeen, WA *77-74–151

2. Drew Karren, Orinda, CA *76-75–151

4. Ryan Rybicki, Maricopa, AZ *77-78–155

5. Ryan Vaughan, San Jose, CA *77-79–156

6. Connor Downey, Franklin, TN *83-79–162

6. Michael Reed-Price, Dresher, PA *78-84–162

8. Michael Kessler, Getzville, NY *82-81–163

9. Kobe Rhodes, Glenwood, IA *86-85–171

10. Christopher Horton, Calgary, AB *82-90–172

11. Jacob Smith, Yorba Linda, CA, *88-85–173

12. Jerzee Houston, Tooele, UT, *85-89—174

Boys 14 & Under Division — 6,108 yards (Gold Tees), Par 72

1. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA, *82-75–157

Arizona Open at Wigwam – Round one recap (April 3, 3015)

The IJGT Southeast Tour headed west to Litchfield Park, Ariz., host the Arizona Open at Wigwam. Juniors teed off in warm and sunny conditions beginning at 8 a.m. for round one of the two-day, 36-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Brett Krantz of Windsor, Colo., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

71 – His 1-under score to carry the lead

5 – He leads the division by five strokes

3 – His three birdies in the first round came on the par-5 fourth hole, par-3 sixth hole and par-4 13th hole

14- His division-best 14-hole par-or-better streak came on holes No. 4 through 17

Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif., leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

82 – His score after one round of play

1 – His lone birdie came on the par-5 14th hole

3 – He closed out the round by making par on the final three holes on the back nine

The second round of the Arizona Open at Wigwam will take place tomorrow, April 4, 2015, with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

Arizona Open at Wigwam GC – Tour Preview

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The IJGT will travel to Litchfield, Ariz., to host the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club on April 3-4, 2015. Junior golfers will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings while playing the Gold Course.

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Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., the Gold Course’s fourth hole, also known as the “Firestone,” is a 645-yard par-5. The eighth hole, known as the “Yellowstone,” is a long par-4 to a green situated above a canal. The course is known for its tough finish as the final three holes, a par-3 followed by two par-4s, on the back nine are all challenging.

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The long and winding par-72 course hosted the 2011 U.S. Open Qualifier and is the home of The Patriot All-America, a 54-hole amateur event. Its five sets of tees range from 5,885 yards to 7,430 yards.

Players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division include Joey Goryeb of Mendham, N.J., and Drew Karren of Orinda, Calif. Goryeb will be competing in his fourth consecutive IJGT event in Arizona. He tied for 32nd in the 2013 Arizona Open at Wigwam. Karren won the only other IJGT event he’s competed in, the Major Championship at Presidio, in February.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, keep an eye out for Upland, Calif., native Mikee Ordona. Ordona finished second in the Major Championship at Presidio in February and fourth in the 2013 Arizona Open at Wigwam. This is his fifth season competing on the International Junior Golf Tour.

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