Cipolla, Ono & Littlefield among those to nab IJGT Player of the Week honors – May 4, 2014


VICTOR, N.Y.- The IJGT returned to Ravenwood Golf Club for the Rochester Open at Ravenwood on May 3-4, 2014. The course is a favorite of the players in the northeast and led to a strong field. Although round one saw light rain, the conditions were much better for scoring than on Sunday during round two. The final round saw temperatures only getting up into the mid 40’s with gusts of up to 50 mph. Despite the tough conditions, many players managed to shoot impressive rounds, including Peyton Steigerwald of Penfield, N.Y., and Maren Cipolla of Lewiston, N.Y.



Steigerwald, who was playing in his first tournament of the year, secured a second-place finish in part to an impressive final round 73. Steigerwald had a solid round on Saturday, shooting a first-round 80, highlighted by 12 pars.  On day two, the Penfield, New York, native shot the low round for the tournament, firing an impressive 73. Facing tough conditions, Steigerwald managed two birdies on the front nine. His final round showed consistency again, with 13 pars and only one bogey and a double bogey.  On both days of the tournament, the 2015 graduate made par on the 10th through 16th holes. For his great round on day two, Steigerwald secured the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the boys. We wish Peyton the best of luck and hope to see him soon.



Cipolla, playing in just her third IJGT tournament, had a strong finish thanks to her consistent play throughout the weekend. In her first round, she never scored higher than bogey, en route to a score of 83. Going in to the final round, she was just four strokes off the lead and in contention for her first IJGT victory. The high winds caused trouble for all of the competitors, but Cipolla was again consistent throughout the round and avoided any high numbers. While the winds caused a lot of difficulty on the par-3 holes over the weekend, Cipolla played them especially well at just three over par. She finished the weekend with a total score of 170 and her second top 3 finish. We wish Cipolla the best of luck throughout the rest of the season and into summer.



HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The IJGT hosted the IJGT SC Callaway Jr. World Qualifier at the challenging Golden Bear Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C., May 3-4, 2014, as the 2014 Spring Schedule nears the end. The Jack Nicklaus inspired course is true test with tough greens, narrow fairways and many shot-altering trees. Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan, and Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, were up to the challenge and earned themselves IJGT Player of the Week honors.

OnoIn his 11th tournament of the 2013-2014 IJGT season, Ono finished his first round at a 2-over-par 74, five shots behind leader, Parathakorn Suyasri of Chonburi, Thailand. Ono was not satisfied and was hoping for the coveted opportunity to play in the Callaway Junior World Championship. Ono came out firing during Sunday’s final round, beginning his second round on the front nine at 4-under par, 32, with a stretch of 3 birdies in four holes. Ono finished round two with nine pars, five birdies, and four bogeys to finish 1-under, with tournament scores of 74-71—145. His 145 tournament score left him to faceoff with Suyasri in a sudden death playoff for the chance to compete in the world’s largest junior golf tournament, the Callaway Junior World Championship. Although Ono played exceptionally well, Suyasri came out victorious in the playoff. Ono’s overcame the different obstacles to post a final round of 1-under-par to earn the Clazic Low Final Round Award. We congratulate Ono on his exceptional performance in his personal best finish of the 2013 -2014 IJGT seaso, and look forward to seeing him compete in the 2014 IJGT Bridgestone Tournament Of Champions, May 24-26, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.

CheeIn the Girls Division, Chee trailed by five strokes after round one behind leader, Yuki Nakayama, of Kawasakishi, Japan. With a round-one score of 78, Chee found herself in eighth place. With great focus, Chee prepared mentally for her final round and came back for Sunday’s final round by shaving six strokes off of her first round score, including two birdies, two bogeys and 14 pars. Chee earned herself the Clazic’s Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division, shooting an even par 72. Her determination and focus on her precision and short game elevated Chee to second place at Golden Bear, with a total tournament score of 150. Chee is scheduled to compete in the 2014 spring season finale, May 24-26 in Orlando, FL, at IJGT Bridgestone Tournament of Champions.




Silvis, IL. — The IJGT traveled to the midwest May 3-4, 2014, to TPC Deere Run, in Silvis, Ill., for its second Callaway Junior World Championship Qualifier of the weekend.  Playing on a high caliber course that plays host to  the PGA’s John Deere Classic, juniors were faced with numerous tactical bunkers, complex putting greens and very windy conditions. The course was designed by an Illinois native, D.A. Weibring, and includes a stretch of holes that is set upon the Rock River, made for an exciting and challenging event. Connor Littlefield of Waukee, Iowa, and Ashley Childers of Mt. Vernon, Montana, both have received IJGT Player of the Week honors.

LittlefieldLittlefield faced tough conditions during the first round of his first ever IJGT event, shooting 12-over-par 83 in the Boys 15-19 Division. A spectacular final-round performance elevated him a tie for second place. Despite having a tough time in the early stages of the tournament, Littlefield was determined to improve in the final round in order to qualify for the Callaway Junior World Championship. In the second round, Littlefield only carded three bogeys, while also knocking in three birdies and 12 pars. He finished the round with an even-par 71, a 12-stroke improvement over his first-round score, to earn a share of second place with Matt Henderson, of Des Peres, Montana. Littlefield’s final round even-par 71 was the lowest round shot by anybody else in the boys’ division, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.


ChildersChilders made a statement in her IJGT debut by placing second in the Girls Division. Childers displayed her skill in the first round by shooting a consistent 39-39–78, to take a one-stroke lead going into Sunday’s final round. Childers carded three birdies en route to a final round score of 86 to place second. Childers displayed talent, skill and perseverance during her first IJGT event, and we look forward to seeing her compete in future events with us!

Callaway Junior World Qualifier at TPC Deere Run – Final Results

Koberg wins in his first IJGT appearance

Anderson nabs a come-from-behind win

SILVIS, Ill. – The IJGT headed to the Midwest to host the Callaway Junior World Qualifier at TPC Deere Run on May 3-4, 2014. The winner of the Boys 15-19 Division and the winner of the Girls Division received an exemption into the prestigious Callaway Junior World Golf Championships. In addition, juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

Connor Koberg TrophyAt the end of round one, Conner Koberg of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, trailed by five strokes in the Boys 15-19 Division. Troubled by strong winds in round one, Koberg posted ten bogeys but improved conditions in translated to an eight-stroke improvement in round two. Koberg tallied a single birdie and made par on the entire back nine en route to his victory. He finished with scores of 80-72 – 152 overall. The victory comes on Koberg’s first IJGT appearance and has awarded him an exemption to the Callaway Junior World Championship.

Connor Littlefield of Waukee, Iowa, and Matt Henderson of Des Peres, Mo., tied for second to round out the division. Littlefield posted scores of 83-71 – 154 while Henderson posted scores of 79-75 – 154.

Littlefield’s round two even-par score of 71 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award offered to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round.

“It feels unreal to win,” said Koberg. “Yesterday I didn’t even think I had a chance, but today I tried to do the best I could and I guess everything worked out.”

Matt Neumeyer TrophyIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Matt Neumeyer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, finished first. Sitting tied for second after round one, Neumeyer shaved nine strokes from his round one score to slide into first. Neumeyer posted scores of 95-86 – 181 overall, highlighted by two birdies and a streak of par or better on four holes in round two.

Jack Bartuch of Clarendon, Ill., finished two strokes behind in second place with scores of 94-89 – 183 while Ian Johnston of Swisher, Iowa, rounded out the top three with scores of 95-89 – 184.

When asked what worked well for him, Neumeyer said, “Definitely the par-3s, I played them safe all weekend just hoping for pars on those.”

Kelly Anderson TrophyIn the Girls Division, Kelly Anderson of Wheaton, Ill., came from behind to turn her first IJGT appearance into a victory. Anderson trailed by one after round one. She tallied one birdie and made par on eight holes in round two to finish with the low round of 82. Her score of 82 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. In addition to her first-place finish and Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, Anderson has earned an exemption from the Callaway Junior World Championship as well.

Second-place finisher, Ashley Childers of Mt. Vernon, Mo., also posted a round-two score of 82 to win a Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. Childers finished the tournament with scores of 78-86 – 164 while Anika Hitt of Mequon, Wis., finished with scores of 83-82 – 165 in third place.

“This was my first win of the season, so I’m glad that I got to start things off on a high note. I am so excited to go to California this summer,” said Anderson.

The IJGT will head south next weekend for the Orlando Junior at Flacon’s Fire in Orlando, Fla. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.

Weather:                    Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 25-30 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 15-20 mph


International Junior Golf Tour

TPC Deere Run
Silvis, Ill.
May 3-4, 2014
Boys 15-19 Division (Black Tees) 6,889 yards, Par 71

1. Conner Koberg, Cedar Rapids, IA *80-72–152
2. Connor Littlefield, Waukee, IA *83-71–154
2. Matt Henderson, Des Peres, MO *79-75–154
4. Jack Ramsett, Algonquin, IL *75-80–155
4. Parker Howe, Clive, IA *77-78–155
6. Scott Dunsire, Naperville, IL *80-76–156
7. Aaron DeNucci, Clive, IA *82-77–159
8. Salil Ghamande, Evans, GA *82-79–161
9. Ryan Martin, Fenton, MO *79-84–163
10. Max Bartuch, Clarendon, IL *87-78–165
11. Christian Thornton, Chicago, IL *87-79–166
11. Nick Carlson, Inverness, IL *82-84–166
11. Will McCabe, Mokena, IL *86-80–166
14. Mickey Brick, Frankfort, IL *87-83–170
15. John Walsh, Des Moines, IA *85-86–171
16. Christopher Boyle, Hampshire, IL *91-81–172
17. Hank Weresh, Clive, IA *87-87–174
18. Jordan Proehl, Urbandale, IA *87-88–175
19. Ryan Wick, Marengo, IL *94-83–177
19. Tom McLaughlin, West Des Moines, IA *91-86–177
21. John Stroud, West Des Moines, IA *93-85–178
22. Ryan Johnston, West Des Moins, IA *92-88–180
23. Jordan Weiss, Cedar Rapids, IA *91-94–185
24. Sean Fernholz, Cedar Falls, IA *95-93–188

Boys 14 & Under Division (Blue Tees) 6,287 yards, Par 71

1. Matt Neumeyer, Cedar Rapids, IA *95-86–181
2. Jack Bartuch, Clarendon, IL *94-89–183
3. Ian Johnston, Swisher, IA *95-89–184

Girls Division (White Tees) 5,837 yards, Par 71

1. Kelly Anderson, Wheaton, IL *79-82–161
2. Ashley Childers, Mt. Vernon, MO *78-86–164
3. Anika Hitt, Mequon, WI *83-82–165
4. Rachele Miller, Bettendorf, IA *80-90–170
5. Rae Spears, Plymouth, MN *84-89–173
6. Jessica Staed, Green Bay, WI *87-87–174

Callaway Junior World Qualifier at TPC Deere Run – Round one recap

The IJGT headed to the midwest to host the Callaway Junior World Qualifier at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. on May 3-4, 2014. Hefty winds and temperatures in the upper 60s challenged the field of 33 juniors during round one. The round-one leaders and their rounds in numbers are below:

Jack Ramsett of Algonquin, Ill., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

75 – his 4-over-par score for round one

6 – his largest par or better streak coming on holes 13 through 18

2 – the number of strokes by which he the division

1 – this is Ramsett’s first ever IJGT event

The Boys 14 & Under Division is led by Jack Bartuch of Clarendon, Ill. His round in numbers:

94 – his round-one score

5 – number of holes he made par, including three par-4s

1 – Bartuch leads the division by one stroke

In the Girls Division, Ashley Childers of Mt. Vernon, Mo., leads. Her round in numbers:

78 – her round-one score, one stroke ahead of the rest of the division

39 – score carded on both the front and back nine

1 – number of birdies for the round; this is also her first ever IJGT event

Juniors will return to play for round two Sunday, May 4, 2014 for an 12:30 p.m. start. For full results from the first round of the Callaway Junior World Qualifier at TPC Deere Run, click here. Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.