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IJGT alum Brandon Hagy making PGA Tour debut at Humana Challenge

Brandon Hagy, who had three Top-10 finishes on the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT), is participating in his first PGA TOUR event this week. Hagy, 23, is chasing the title at the Humana Challenge, which began January 22 and will conclude on Jan. 25, 2015, in La Quinta, Calif.

After a successful amateur career, the Westlake Village, Calif., native played college golf at the University of California, Berkeley. While at Cal, he competed in four NCAA Championships. Following his senior season, Hagy earned consensus first-team All-American honors and was ranked No. 6 in the final 2013-2014 collegiate rankings according to both Golfstat and Golfweek. Hagy graduated from the prestigious Haas School of Business in May of 2014.

Last season Hagy competed in three Web.com Tour events and one PGA Tour Canada tournament.

The 2015 Humana Challenge features a field of 156 professional players. The format is Pro-Am play for the first 54 holes; each of the pros will switch amateur partners and courses over the first three days. On Sunday, the final day of the tournament, the low 70 professionals and ties will play the final round of the 72-hole event.

The Humana Challenge defending champion, Patrick Reed, is also an IJGT alum.

Reed will tee off today, Saturday Jan. 24, at 10:20 a.m. and Hagy will tee off immediately after at 10:30 a.m. at the Arnold Palmer Private at PGA WEST. Stay tuned to the leaderboard here.

Best of luck to Brandon Hagy and Patrick Reed!

Trey Valentine

IJGT ELITE dominate NCAA tournaments with 41 Top-10 finishes

IJGT ELITE

IJGT ELITE News
March 8 – 21, 2014

It has been a busy past two weeks for the IJGT ELITE, earning an astounding 41 Top-10 finishes and three individual victories in NCAA tournaments. Taking individual medalist honors in the past week are Jordan Epstein (UC-Santa Barbara) at the Fresno State Golf Classic, Trey Valentine (South Florida) at the Seminole Intercollegiate, and Marco Iten (Austin Peay), who took co-champion honors at the Talis Park Challenge. With so many fantastic finishes these past two weeks, the IJGT community is thrilled to present you with this full list of Top-10 finishers:

Darius Rucker Intercollegiate – March 7-9, 2014 – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Simin Feng (Vanderbilt), a three-time Top-10 finisher on the IJGT, tied for third place, shooting a 1-under-par 212.

Stephanie Meadow (Alabama), the Girls 15-19 Champion at the 2009 IJGT Tournament of Champions, also tied for third with a 1-under-par 212.

Marta Sanz (Auburn), who had a fourth-place IJGT finish at Palmetto Hall in 2008, tied for ninth place with a 4-over-par 217.

Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters – March 8-9, 2014 – Las Vegas, Nevada

Jonathan Garrick (UCLA), a two-time IJGT Top-10 finisher, tied for second place, shooting a 3-over-par 219.

Carl Jonson (UNLV), a Top-5 finisher on the IJGT, tied for eighth place with a 4-over-par 220 total.

Rio Verde Invitational – March 8-9, 2014 – Rio Verde, Arizona

Jacquie LeMarr (Northern Arizona), a seventh-place finisher at the 2010 IJGT event at Wigwam, finished with a 9-over-par 222, tying her for third place.

Alexa Schendelman (Montana), who earned a fifth-place IJGT finish in 2012 at Wigwam, tied for ninth with a 12-over-par 225.

Bandon Dunes Championship – March 9-11, 2014 – Bandon, Oregon

Matt Hansen (UC-Davis), the 2009 IJGT Champion at Sandpiper GC, placed second with a 2-under-par 211.

Tommy Economou (Rice Univ.), who placed second in 2005 on the IJGT at Bayonet & Black Horse, finished in a tie for seventh place, shooting a 4-over-par 217.

Tiger Invitational – March 10-11, 2014 – Opelika, Alabama

J.T. Poston (Western Carolina), the 2009 IJGT Champion at Ballantyne Resort, tied for fifth place with a 5-under-par 211.

Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic – March 10-11, 2014 – Chula Vista, California

Danny Guise (Wake Forest), the 201o IJGT Champion at Long Island National, finished tied for third place with a 6-under-par 210.

Eric Sugimoto (Southern Cal), the 2008 IJGT Champion at Terra Lago, tied for sixth place, finishing with a 2-under-par 214.

Noori Hyun (Michigan), the 2009 IJGT Champion at Hershey Links GC, tied for eighth place, shooting a 1-under-par 215.

Fresno State Golf Classic – March 10-11, 2014 – Fresno, California

CHAMPION: Jordan Epstein (UC-Santa Barbara), the second-place finisher on the IJGT at La Costa Resort, claimed the victory with a 1-over-par 214.

Univ. of North Florida Intercollegiate – March 10-11, 2014 – Jacksonville, Florida

Olivia Landino (Western Carolina), the 2011 IJGT Major Champion at the World Golf Village, tied for seventh place with a 14-over-par 230.

Southeastern Collegiate – March 10-11, 2014 – Valdosta, Georgia

Bryan Fox (Georgia College), a 2009 Top-10 finisher on the IJGT at Reynolds Plantation, finished in second place with a 5-under-par 211.

Ernesto Vitienes (Lynn University), the 2010 IJGT Mid-Season Champion at the World Golf Village, finished with a 2-under-par 214 score to take third place.

Border Olympics – March 13-15, 2014 – Laredo, Texas

Jerry Ruiz (Baylor), the 2007 IJGT Champion at Palmetto Hall Plantation, finished the tournament with a 5-under-par 211 to take second place.

Eduardo Castiello (Oklahoma),  a Top-3 finisher on the IJGT at Kiawah Island, finished tied for tenth place with a 2-over-par 218.

3M Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate – March 14-15, 2014 – Augusta Georgia

Simin Feng (Vanderbilt), a Top-10 finisher at the 2006 IJGT Tour Championship, earned a third-place finish with a 6-over-par 222.

SunTrust Gator Women’s Invitational – March 14-16, 2014 – Gainesville, Florida

Jennifer Ha (Kent State), who placed second on the IJGT in 2009 at Wigwam Resort, tied for fifth place with a 6-over-par 216.

Seminole Intercollegiate – March 14-16, 2014 – Tallahassee, Florida

CHAMPION: Trey Valentine (South Florida), who had a second-place finish in 2004 on the IJGT at Sea Pines, won with a 6-under-par 210.

Hans Reimers (Mercer), a second-place finisher in 2007 on the IJGT at Sunriver Resort, finished in second place with a 5-under-par 211.

Rigel Fernandes (South Florida), a Top-10 finisher in 2006 on the IJGT at Championsgate, tied for third place with a 3-under-par 213.

Bailey Patrick (North Carolina), a Top-20 finisher in 2008 on the IJGT at Pinecrest, finished in a tie for eighth place with a 2-under-par 214.

James Madison Univ.-Eagle Landing Invitational – March 14-16, 2014 – Orange Park, Florida

Andi Slane (Delaware), who had four Top-10 finishes on the IJGT, tied for fourth place with a 4-over-par 220 total.

Jekyll Island Women’s Collegiate – March 14-16, 2014 – Jekyll Island, Georgia

Elizabeth Cheng (Hollins Univ.), a Top-5 finisher in 2009 on the IJGT at Greenbrier Resort, finished in a tie for eighth place with fellow IJGT ELITE member, Elizabeth Kim (Oglethorpe Univ.), who had a Top-10 IJGT finish in 2007 at Savannah Harbor. Cheng and Kim finished with an 18-over-par 234.

Jekyll Island Men’s Collegiate Invitational – March 14-16, 2014 – Jekyll Island, Georgia

Jeff Wells (Methodist Univ.), who finished in third in 2008 on the IJGT at Twin Oaks GC, finished with a 1-under-par 215 to take fifth place.

Schenkel Invitational – March 15-16, 2014 – Statesboro, Georgia

Beau Hossler (Texas), a 2007 IJGT Champion at the PGA of Southern California, tied for tenth place with a 1-under-par 215.

National Invitational Tournament – March 15-16, 2014 – Tucson, Arizona

Brandon Hagy (California), who had three Top-10 finishes on the IJGT, shot a 7-under-par 209 to take fifth place.

Carl Jonson (UNLV), who earned a fourth-place finish in 2005 on the IJGT at the Nike Series Championship, finished tied for sixth place with a 6-under-par 210.

A.J. McInerney (UNLV), who had seven Top-3 finishes on the IJGT, recorded a 4-under-par 212 to finish in a tie for tenth place.

Talis Park Challenge – March 16-17, 2014 – Naples, Florida

CO-CHAMPION: Marco Iten (Austin Peay), a fourth-place finisher in 2010 on the IJGT at Saddlebrook Resort, tied for individual medalist honors with a 1-under-par 215.

Niall Platt (Notre Dame), a two-time Top-5 finisher on the IJGT, finished in a tie for third place with a score of 1-over-par 217.

David Mills (Indiana), who finished in the Top-10 at Colleton River on the IJGT, tied for ninth place after finishing with a 5-over-par 221.

Jackrabbit Invitational – March 17-18, 2014 – Primm, Nevada

Carl Jonson (UNLV), who earned a fourth-place finish in 2005 on the IJGT at the Nike Series Championship, finished in fourth place with a 3-under-par 213 total.

A.J. McInerney (UNLV), the 2006 IJGT Champion at Rancho Bernardo, finished in sixth place, shooting a 1-under-par 215.