Belote, Foyle featured in the IJGT Photo of the Week – Oct. 2, 2014


Hosting their fourth tournament of the 2014-2015 season, the IJGT’s Northeast Tour headed to Rochester, N.Y., for The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club on September 27-28, 2014. With ideal golfing weather the juniors recorded quality scores during both days of the tournament. They competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

Photo of the Week - Brook Lea October 2, 2014

The fans have spoken and this week’s Northeast Tour Photo of the Week features Brad Belote of Lancaster, N.Y. Playing in his first IJGT event of the season, Belote rounded out the Boys 15-19 Division in a three-way tie for third place. His two-day total of 152 was highlighted by three birdies and a staggering 23 total pars. Belote’s 23 pars place him third on the list of most pars in his division, just two pars short of first.


As a part of the 2014 fall Southeast Tour, the IJGT hosted The Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C., on September 27-28, 2014. The course was in great shape and despite the small amount of rain in the forecast, the players proceeded to shoot low rounds throughout the weekend. The two-day 36-hole tournament featured a field of 88 juniors competing for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

Photo of the Week - Oldfield October 2, 2014

This week’s Southeast Tour Photo of the Week features Jack Foyle of Madison, Conn. Playing in his first IJGT event of the 2014-2015 season, Foyle’s two-day total of 163 was highlighted by three birdies and 17 pars. We look forward to seeing Foyle compete in more IJGT events throughout the season.

Congratulations to Belote and Foyle on being chosen for this week’s Photo of the Week!

Don’t forget – each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’
2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)
3 points – per share

Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club – Final Results (Sept. 28, 2014)

Reichert shoots even par for the tournament win
Braman nabs second consecutive top-three finish

The IJGT hosted the Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club on September 27-28, 2014. The event was the fourth tournament of the Northeast Tour with juniors competing for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

ReichertBen Reichert of East Amherst, N.Y., shot even-par 144 to win the tournament in the Boys 15-19 Division. Reichert shot one-under-par on the front nine of the opening round, including a chip in eagle on the par-5 No. 7.  He carded 25 total pars to set the pace for his even par for the tournament, closing out with four straight.

Reichert had a game plan to close out the final round, “My mindset was to hit good shots all days and I knew if I did that I would put myself in a good place”, said the champion.

Colin Dubnik from Rochester, N.Y., also recorded an even-par second round as he battled to close the gap on Reichert. Dubnik gained on Reichert’s lead by shooting 2-under-par on his second round front nine but struggled with a few bogeys preventing him from moving into the lead. Rounding out the top-three in the division was a three-way tie between Sean Stanistreet of Camillus, N.Y., David Hanes of Elma, N.Y., and Brad Belote of Lancaster, N.Y. The trio scored two-day totals of 152.

kellyPatrick Kelly of Erie, Pa., took the first place trophy home in the Boys 14 & Under Division.  His opening round of 80 led the group, and he carried his lead through the end after scoring 78 in round two. Kelly recorded three birdies and seven pars in both rounds.

When asked what the keys to his success were, Kelly said, “My ball striking and hitting a lot of fairways.”

TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y., finished in second with a two-day total of 161 and Jeremy Summerson of Victor, N.Y., took third with a tournament total 166.



braman1In the Girls Divison, Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., finished in first place with a total of 158. Braman led from the start and carried her momenutm through the finish. The first place finish becomes her second consecutive top-three finish. Her performance was highlighted by a total of six birdies and 16 pars.

“I play on an all boys team for high school and that competition has helped me improved my game and helped me play well in these tournaments,” said Braman. In second place, was Caroline Yarnall from East Aurora, N.Y., with a tournament total 158.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 4-5, 2014, with two northeast events. The Architects Cup presented by IJGA will be held at the Architects Golf Club and the DC Shootout will be held at National Golf Club. To sign up for this event, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.

Summer Series at Glen Oak Golf Course – Final results

Kase wins Girls Division in a playoff
Plis wins third consecutive Summer Series event

The IJGT continued the Summer Series as it hosted the Summer Series at Glen Oak Golf Course on July 15-16, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole tournament featured a field of 12 juniors from all over the nation competing for national rankings.

mathersConnor Mathers of Brigden, Ontario, carried his round-one momentum into round two where he finished in first place in the Boys 15-19 Division. Following round one, Mathers was tied with Brad Belote of Lancaster, N.Y., but 11 pars and one birdie in round two led him to his victory. Mathers finished three strokes ahead of second place finisher with scores of 77-77 – 154 overall. His five total birdies was the most of the tournament and his second round score of 77 earned Mathers the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award given to juniors who score the lowest in the second round of the tournament.

John Dantanio of Lancaster, Pa., finished in second and recorded scores of 78-79 – 157. Third place was a tie between Jack Boulger of Wapole, Mass., and Belote, who both carded overall scores of 162.

“Practicing with my swing coach really has helped and I had been putting a lot of time in on the driving range to prepare for this tournament,” said Mathers.


KaseIn an exciting race for first in the Girls Division, Lauren Kase of North Tonawanda, N.Y., won in a playoff against Kenaida Mills of Tewksbury Township, N.J. Kase led the division after round one, sitting three strokes in front of Mills, but an improved second round performance by Mills left the pair tied at the end of 36 holes. The par-4 No. 10 was used as the first playoff hole.

Kase teed off first, getting her approach shot to land within 40 feet of the hole. Mills followed and her approach shot missed just short of the green, landing her in the bunker. Despite getting out of the bunker and within 20 feet of the hole, Mills was unable to sink her par putt. Kase, sat just two feet from the hole following her first putt before sinking her putt for par and a victory.

Kase carded scores of 80-83 – 163 overall. “My putting kept me in the round but today was much harder than yesterday,” Kase commented.

Mills finished in second with scores of 83-80 – 163 and earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division.


plisFor the third straight Summer Series event, Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., has won the Boys 14 & Under Division. Coming off a victory at the Summer Series at Oyster Reef on July 11-12, 2014, Plis came from behind to secure his third consecutive first-place finish. Plis trailed by one stroke at the end of round but two opening birdies on No. 1 and 2 kicked off his second round performance. He carded three total birdies and 19 total pars en route to his victory. Plis finished with scores of 81-77 – 158 while James Meyers of Wexford, Pa., finished in second with scores of 80-85 – 165.

The second round score of 77 earned Plis the Boys 14 & Under Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. “Hitting the fairways both days was key for me and gave me a lot of confidence,” Plis said.

The IJGT’s Summer Series will continue on to the Country Club of Hilton Head in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on July 22-23, 2014. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.

East Amherst, N.Y. – Final results of the Summer Series at Glen Oak Golf Course conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed July 15-16, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,702 yards, Par 72. Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,227 yards, Par 72. Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,867 yards, Par 72.

International Junior Golf Tour
Summer Series at Glen Oak
East Amherst, N.Y.
July 15-16, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,702 yards, Par 72

1. Connor Mathers, Brigden, Canada *77-77–154
2. John Dantonio, Lancaster, N.Y. *78-79–157
3. Jack Boulger, Walpole, Mass. *83-79–162
3. Brad Belote, Lancaster, N.Y. *77-85–162
5. Dustin Cook, Westport, Conn. *80-84–164
6. Joe Marszalek, Hamburg, N.Y. *81-91–172
7. Keelan Sinha, Williamsville, N.Y. *93-90–183


DQ. Taikan Nakada, White Plains, N.Y. *

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,227 yards, Par 72

1. Dylan Plis, Camillus, N.Y. *81-77–158
2. James Meyers, Wexford, Pa. *80-85–165

Girls Division – Gold Tees, 5,867 yards, Par 72

1. Lauren Kase, North Tonawanda, N.Y. *80-83–163
2. Kenaida Mills, Tewksbury Township, N.J. *83-80–163

Summer Series at Glen Oak – Round one recap

The IJGT Summer Series continued in East Amherst, N.Y., at Glen Oak Golf Course on July 15, 2014. Temperatures sat around 80 but winds proved to be a challenge. At the conclusion of the first round’s 18 holes, we have leaders in each division. Their round in numbers are below.

In a tight race in the Boys 15-19 Division, Connor Mathers and Brad Belote will enter round two in a tie for the lead. Their round in numbers:


77 – the 18-hole score following round one

7 – his longest streak of par or better

4 – total birdies in his round


38 – his back-nine score when he cut his deficit and created the tie between himself and Mathers

3 – Belote made par on three of four par-3 holes

2 – number of birdies he carded

James Meyers leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

80 – his round one score

11 – Meyers placed 11th in his last event, the Summer Series at Ridgemont Country Club. Also the number of pars he carded in his round.

1 – he leads the division by one stroke

The Girls Division is led by Lauren Kase. Her round in numbers:

80 – her round one score, three strokes ahead of her competition

10 – Kase’s score in the first round is 10 strokes better than her first round score in the Summer Series at Ridgemont Country Club

4 – her back-nine score was four strokes better than her front-nine score

Juniors will return to competition for the second and final round at 11 a.m. For full results from round one of the Summer Series at Glen Oak, click here. Be sure to following along with up-to-the-minute updates by following @IJGT on Twitter.