Riva wins in playoff, Lees plays consistent to win the Girls Division.




Hershey, P.A.– The International Junior Golf Tour stayed up in the Northeast this past weekend for the Northeast Tour Championship at Hershey CC. This tournament had over 91 players in the field. The participants competed for AJGA Stars, National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The top five players in each division earned preferred entry into any IJGT Major Championship and the Champions of each division earned an invitation to the 2016 IJGT Tournament of Champions.


In the Girls Division, Kaitlyn Lees kept the first place lead. Lees, of Bryn Mawr, P.A., played very consistent this weekend shooting 81, 81, for a total of 162. Right behind Lees was Samantha Fritzinger. Fritzinger, of Allentown, P.A., also had a consistent weekend shooting 82,82 for a total of 164. Rounding out the Girls Division was Katie James, shooting a total of 166.


“I didn’t have my best game this weekend, I just tried to keep it together. The course here at Hershey is wonderful. A lot of my success came from my favorite club; my driver. I can always depend on it,” commented Lees.

 Kaitlyn Lees


In the Boys 14 and Under Division there were 11 players that competed. Taking the championship was Garrett Engle. Engle, from Harrisburg, P.A., had three birdies this weekend and came from behind to take the title. Engle shot a total of 159. Alex Gu and Brice Delaney tied in the Boys 14 and Under Division carding a total of 162.



“I played ok. I played much better on the back and had some clutch putts. The conditions were very tough. They had undulating greens and the wind was hard to play in,” said Engle.

Garrett Engle



In the Boys 15-19 Division, Richard Riva III finally prevailed after winning the playoff. Riva, of Lancaster, P.A., shot a total of 154, was tied for first after round one, and had to go up against Ben Pochet to claim the title. Ben Pochet, of Royersford, P.A., also shot a total of 154 but lost in the one-hole playoff when Riva made a par on the 10th hole. Wills Montgomery and Thomas McAuliffe tied for third place each shooting a total of 155.


“Conditions were tough this weekend. The winds were swirling which made it difficult. I had a new putter in the bag this week and it made a huge difference. It was my best club and I made a lot of putts,” remarked Riva. *Richard just committed to St. Joes in Philly

Richard Riva III




Each tournament the IJGT recognizes the low final round, presented by Clazic Belts. At the Northeast Tour Championship at Hershey 4 belts were given out,

Palmer Jackson- 74

Kaitlyn Lees-81

Taylor Miano-81

Samantha Yao-81



The IJGT will continue the Spring 2016 at the Orlando Open at Orange County National. They will compete for IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Performance Stars, and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit or call (844) 779-3374.


Final Results of the IJGT Northeast Tour Championship conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on May 7-8, 2016.

Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,671 yards Par 71 (73.5/136/130). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,088 yards, Par 71 (70.4/132/125). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,831 yards, Par 71 (74.8/130).




Saturday and low 50’s and overcast.

Sunday was High 60’s and sunny with 20-25 mph winds



International Junior Golf Tour

Northeast Tour Championship at Hershey CC

Hershey, PA

May 7-8, 2016



Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,671 yards, Par 71


1. x-Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *75-79–154

2. Ben Pochet, Royersford, PA *79-75–154

3. Wills Montgomery, Exton, PA *77-78–155

3. Thomas McAuliffe, Reisterstown, MD *75-80–155

5. Palmer Jackson, Murrysville, PA *82-74–156

5. Chase Goff, Annapolis, MD *77-79–156

7. Tyler Caballero, Timonium, MD *78-79–157

8. Nicholas Gianelos, West Chester, PA *81-77–158

8. Lukas Clark, Holland, PA *81-77–158

8. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *77-81–158

8. Kohltin Bartlow, Montgomery, PA *79-79–158

8. Matthew Pulgini, Middletown, DE *77-81–158

13. Hayden Rousselle, Doylestown, PA *80-79–159

13. Jack Boulger, Walpole, MA *77-82–159

15. Lou Baker, Timonium, MD *80-80–160

15. Jacob Macinanti, Lancaster, PA *79-81–160

17. Patrick Sheehan, Doylestown, PA *83-78–161

17. Carter Nunez, South Orange, NJ *82-79–161

17. Phil James, Blue Bell, PA *82-79–161

17. Matthew Bricker, York, PA *80-81–161

21. Matthew Davis, Newtown Square, PA *84-78–162

21. Trent Geritz, Towson, MD *81-81–162

23. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *77-86–163

23. Cory Haldeman, Center Valley, PA *79-84–163

25. Davis Rosato, Villanova, PA *81-83–164

25. Matthew Kreider, Ephrata, PA *79-85–164

25. Alec Ryden, Moorestown, NJ *80-84–164

25. Trip Smith, Phoenix, MD *79-85–164

29. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *82-83–165

29. Mac Webster, Baltimore, MD *83-82–165

29. Drew Nicholas, Owings Mills, MD *81-84–165

29. Noah Harrington, Ambler, PA *81-84–165

29. Jordan Bessalel, Bethesda, MD *79-86–165

34. Andrew Forjan, York, PA *85-81–166

34. James Meyers, Wexford, PA *85-81–166

34. Matt Graeff, Blue Bell, PA *83-83–166

34. Austin Steckler, Glen Arm, MD *83-83–166

34. Rourke Dillon, West Chester, PA *81-85–166

39. Ryan Tall, Collegeville, PA *87-80–167

39. Griffin Smith, Holland, PA *84-83–167

39. Caleb Ryan, Norristown, PA *81-86–167

39. Dylan Rotter, Potomac, MD *79-88–167

43. Thomas Bird, Lititz, PA *85-83–168

43. Ward McHenry, Spring City, PA *85-83–168

43. Trey Kuntz, Lancaster, PA *83-85–168

46. Nick Wert, Bryn Mawr, PA *87-82–169

46. Andrew Friend, Pittsburgh, PA *86-83–169

46. David Colleran, Radnor, PA *81-88–169

46. Jake Roach, East Aurora, NY *79-90–169

50. Colin McQueen, Hellertown, PA *81-89–170

51. Richard Buonocore, Newtown Square, PA *87-84–171

51. Sam Walker, Radnor, PA *85-86–171

51. Andrew Curran, Media, PA *83-88–171

51. CJ Augustin, West Harrison, NY *81-90–171

55. Matthew Becker, Doylestown, PA *88-85–173

55. Noah Schwartz, Cherry Hill, NJ *86-87–173

55. Mac Costin, Bryn Mawr, PA *85-88–173

58. Joseph Gaulin, Crownsville, Md *86-88–174

59. Alec Cwienkala, Allentown, PA *90-91–181

60. Jack McKnight, Bryn Mawr, PA *87-98–185

61. Charles Blount, Baltimore, MD *93-95–188

62. Liam Bourke, Chatham, NJ *96-93–189

63. James Bagdonas, Scotch Plains, NJ *98-92–190

63. Aidan Denning, Bronxville, NY *96-94–190

65. Jack Murphy, Garden City, NY *98-96–194




DQ. Andrew Tjahjadi, Pennsburg, PA *93 DQ (Rule 6-3a)




Girls Division – White Tees, 5,831 yards, Par 71


1. Kaitlyn Lees, Bryn Mawr, PA *81-81–162

2. Samantha Fritzinger, Allentown, PA *82-82–164

3. Katie James, Pittsburgh, PA *82-84–166

4. Taylor Miano, Dobbs Ferry, NY *89-81–170

4. Kendel Abrams, New Freedom, Pennsylvania*84-86–170

6. Meher Mankikar, Bridgewater, NJ *84-87–171

7. Alice Hodge, Larchmont, NY *87-85–172

8. Eunice Kim, Edgewater, NJ *89-84–173

9. Jessica Meyers, Wexford, PA *95-80–175

10. Samantha Yao, Berwyn, PA *95-81–176

11. Olivia Traynor, Villanova, PA *88-89–177

12. Alexandra Muracca, Pittsburgh, PA *90-94–184

13. Gracie Stillman, Lancaster, PA *94-91–185

14. Olivia Raihl, Wernersville, PA *94-102–196

15. Amanda Steier, Greencastle, PA *105-92–197


Boys 14 & Under Division- Blue Tees, 6,088 yards, Par 71


1. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *79-80–159

2. Alex Gu, Darien, CT *77-85–162

2. Brice Delaney, Pittsburgh, PA *81-81–162

4. Collier Curd, Bowling Green, KY *82-85–167

5. Douglas Beney, Rye, NY *85-90–175

6. Justin Hand, Ellwood City, PA *90-86–176

7. Martin Cryan, Forty Fort, PA *89-88–177

8. Aidan Oehrle, Pittsburgh, PA *99-88–187

9. Zach Locke, Horseheads, NY *96-94–190

10. Alex Burnett, Owings Mills, MD *97-108–205

11. Ben Galko, Roaring Brook Twp, PA *105-101–206


IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club – Final Results

Gianelos earns victory in playoff at Radley Run Country Club

Lees wins third IJGT title in Girls Division

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old and representing five different states competed in the 36-hole tournament for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings.

36 holes was not enough to crown a champion in the Boys 15-19 Division. Nicholas Gianelos of West Chester, Pa., earned the victory in playoff fashion with a par on the first playoff hole. Gianelos, a member of Radley Run Country Club, used his knowledge of the course to pull out the victory over Thomas Moran of Marietta, Pa. Both Gianelos and Moran ended the tournament with a score of 154.

Nicholas Gianelos won the Boys 15-19 Division at the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club

Nicholas Gianelos won the Boys 15-19 Division at the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club

Gianelos started off the tournament with a solid opening front nine with a 1-over, 37. He ended the first round with a 77, which put him in a tie for second place behind first-round leader Anthony Cordaro of Pittsburgh, Pa., who recorded a 3-over, 75.

In the final round, Gianelos was in the penultimate pairing so getting off to a good start would be crucial in putting together a comeback. He did just that starting off the final round with a 38 on his opening nine. Gianelos added a birdie on the par-5, 12th hole at Radley Run Country Club to put himself in position. He finished with another 77, which earned him a spot in the aforementioned playoff for the Boys 15-19 Division title.

“I went into the playoff treating it like match play. Whatever he did I had to beat,” commented Gianelos.

There was a tie for third place in the Boys 15-19 Division between Cordaro and Ben Pochet of Royersford, Pa., who finished with a tournament total of 156.

Jack Cornforth of Summit, N.J., fired a 2-over, 74 in the final round to earn the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to one boy and one girl who record the lowest final-round score in every IJGT tournament.

In the Girls Division, Kaitlyn Lees of Byrn Mawr, Pa., earned the victory with a tournament total of 151. Lees put together the best two rounds of the tournament in the division to claim a 16-stroke victory. During her first round, Lees was 1-under-par through 13 holes, but gave a few strokes back as she started off the tournament with a 3-over, 75 to build a six-stroke lead going into the final round. Lees started the final round with a 40 on her opening nine, but quickly bounced back with birdies on holes Nos. 10-11 to end all doubts of a comeback. Lees closed with a solid even-par 36 on her last nine holes to earn her third career IJGT title.

“I came into today with the same mentality as yesterday. I did not want the lead to get to my head,” said Lees.

Kaitlyn Lees won the Girls Division at the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club

Kaitlyn Lees won the Girls Division at the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club

With her final-round score of 76, Lees earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division.

Finishing in second place in the Girls Division was Mary McGuinness of Haddonfield, N.J., with a tournament total of 167. Olivia Traynor of Villanova, Pa., took third place with a tournament total of 173.

The IJGT will conduct two national tournaments on September 19-20, 2015, with the St. John Golf and Fitness Open at Penfield Country Club and the Southeast Kickoff at Crescent Pointe Golf Club. The tournaments will feature national rankings, AJGA Performance Stars as well as IJGT Merit Points. To sign up for this event, or others, visit or call (844) 779-3374.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 30 states and 30 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, EyeLine Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit or call (844) 779-3374.

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 13, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,766 yards, Par 72 (73.2/137). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,776 yards, Par 72 (74.2/132)


Saturday: Rain with temperatures in the mid 70’s with 5-10 mph winds
Sunday: Partly cloudly with temperatures in the low 70’s with 5-10 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club
West Chester, Pa.
September 12-13, 2015
Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,766 yards, Par 72

1. x-Nicholas Gianelos, West Chester, PA *77-77–154
2. Thomas Moran, Marietta, PA *77-77–154
3. Ben Pochet, Royersford, PA *80-76–156
3. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *75-81–156
5. Hunter Mickatavage, Ashland, PA *78-79–157
6. Jack Cornforth, Summit, NJ *84-74–158
6. Matthew Davis, Newtown Square, PA *79-79–158
6. Andrew Kotler, Skillman, NJ *77-81–158
9. Kevin Scherr, Nazareth, PA *81-78–159
9. William Riva, Lancaster, PA *79-80–159
11. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *84-77–161
11. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *83-78–161
13. Ryan McHugh, Yorklyn, DE *84-78–162
14. Carlo Pizzano, College Park, MD *83-81–164
14. Rourke Dillon, West Chester, PA *83-81–164
16. Devin Sanders, Camden, DE *78-87–165
16. Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, DE *77-88–165
18. Brian Zinman, Center Valley, PA *88-79–167
19. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *93-75–168
19. Gunnar Gale, Trooper, PA *80-88–168
21. Jake Reed, Eldersburg, MD *88-81–169
21. Ronnie Robinson Jr., Hatfield, PA *85-84–169
21. Gregory Welsh, Ambler, PA *87-82–169
21. Matthew Marino, Malvern, PA *84-85–169
25. Reed Winkler, Wilmington, DE *88-82–170
25. Brent Schoeller, Jenkintown, PA *85-85–170
27. Adam Bernstein, New York, NY *82-92–174
28. Buddy Hansen, IV, Blue Bell, PA *92-83–175
29. Simon Levy, New York, NY *83-94–177
30. Matt Barkann, Newtown Square, PA *88-90–178
31. Jake McCloskey, West Chester, PA *94-89–183
32. RD Moore, West Chester, PA *101-89–190
33. Jack Murphy, Garden City, NY *102-103–205
Ethan Murphy, Mechanicsburg, PA, *98-DQ (Rule 6-6b)

X-Won in playoff

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 5,776 yards, Par 72
1. Kaitlyn Lees, Bryn Mawr, PA *75-76–151
2. Mary McGuinness, Haddonfield, NJ *81-86–167
3. Olivia Traynor, Villanova, PA *88-85–173
4. Sofia Amoroso, West Chester, PA *87-89–176
5. Maddy Kingsley, Manlius, NY *97-93–190
6. Georgia Naples, West Chester, PA *101-96–197