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Capitol Challenge at Westfields Golf Club – Final Results

 

Lamb earns first IJGT Championship with 1-under-par 70

Shaw’s solid play wins Boys 14 & Under Division

CLIFTON, Va. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) kicked off the Northeast tour at Westfields Golf Club by hosting the Capitol Challenge. The weather reached into the mid 60s in the first round and dropped into the low 40s for the final round. The talented field competed for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings, as well as an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

LAMBIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Davis Lamb of Potomac, Md., came from behind to win his first IJGT Championship. Lamb played well during round one. He had eight pars and three birdies in his first round, finishing with a score of 77 after 18 holes, only four strokes behind the division leader. The final round was where Lamb caught his stride and put together an amazing round. Despite temperatures dropping into the low 40s, he managed to hit every single fairway
and shoot a 1-under-par score of 70. He had two birdies and two bogeys to shoot an even-par score of 35 on the front nine. On the back nine, Lamb hit eight of nine greens, setting himself up to score well. As some light snow flurries started to fall, Lamb was unaffected. He closed out the final five holes with five pars. Lamb’s numbers for the weekend were 77-70—147.

Lamb’s final-round score of 1-under-par 70 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round.

When asked his mindset coming into the final round trailing, Lamb replied, “I knew today was going to play a lot more difficult than it was yesterday. So I figured if I come in and shoot a good low round, it would be good enough [to win].”

Finishing in second place was Gunnar Doyle, of Pittsford, N.Y., who posted scores of 77-74—151. Rounding out the Boys 15-19 Division was Walter Egloff of Chevy Chase, Md., in third place. Egloff shot a 76-76—152.

WESTIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, West Shaw from Alexandria, Va., won the division by three strokes. Shaw played very consistently throughout the Capitol Challenge. He carded eight pars during round one including four consecutive pars on holes Nos. 11-14. Shaw also added an impressive birdie on the par-4 16th in his first round. Headed into the final round with a two-stroke lead, Shaw played steady golf. The weather conditions made the course a bit tougher for the division, but Shaw persevered by making two birdies in his final round. His numbers
at the Capitol Challenge earned him his first IJGT Championship. Shaw’s scores for the weekend were 80-83—163.

When asked about what worked well for him during the final round, Shaw stated, “My chipping was pretty good today. And when my putting is bad, I usually have to fall back on my chipping.”

Coming in second place, was Will Klein of Bethesda, Md., who posted scores of 82-84—166. Finishing in third place, was Brett Levenstein of Olney, Md., who shot 93-79—172.

The IJGT’s next Event will be the Philly Challenge at White Manor Country Club on March 22-23, 2014. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 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 45 states and 43 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 Bridgestone Golf, Dynamic Brands, Clazic Belts, Oakley, Sun Mountain, The First Tee, Golfweek,
College Golf Camps, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

CLIFTON, Va. – Final-round results of the IJGT Capitol Challenge at Westfields conducted by the
International Junior Golf Tour completed March 16, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,694 yards,
Par 71 (72.4/137) Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,027 yards, Par 71 (69.1/129)

Weather: Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 60’s with 10-15 mph winds
Sunday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 40’s with 5-10 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Capitol Challenge at Westfields
Clifton, Va.
March 15-16, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees), 6,694 yards, Par 71
1. Davis Lamb, Potomac, MD, *77-70–147
2. Gunnar Doyle, Pittsford, NY, *77-74–151
3. Walter Egloff, Chevy Chase, MD, *76-76–152
4. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY, *73-80–153
4. Blake Micholas, Potomac, MD, *75-78–153
6. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD, *76-79–155
6. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD, *73-82–155
8. Luke Schaap, Potomac, MD, *77-80–157
9. Tyler Olmsted, Boyds, MD, *76-83–159
10. Tom Crow, Virginia Beach, VA, *80-80–160
11. Dylan Stein, Flemington, NJ, *85-76–161
11. Evan Katz, Washington, DC, *80-81–161
13. Adam Gray, Potomac, MD, *79-83–162
14. Sasha Lobel, Pittsburgh, PA, *78-85–163
15. Will Haller, Gaithersburg, MD, *83-82–165
15. Leonard Lee, Wyckoff, NJ, *79-86–165
15. Chris Lane, Great Falls, VA, *78-87–165
18. Davis Diethrich, Allison Park, PA, *86-82–168
18. Jack Peden, Vienna, VA, *86-82–168
18. John Kalavritinos, Potomac, MD, *80-88–168
21. Sam Hecht, Oakton, VA, *86-84–170
22. Jason Guintu, Potomac Falls, VA, *89-82–171
23. Charles Young II, Woodstock, MD, *90-83–173
23. Travis Broome, Virginia Beach, VA, *85-88–173
25. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD, *86-88–174
26. Blake Weltmann, Potomac, MD, *92-83–175
27. Dom Wagner, Alexandria, VA, *84-93–177
28. Andrew Sherrill, Winston-Salem, NC, *88-90–178
28. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ, *86-92–178
30. Will Ennis, Montgomery Village, MD, *96-93–189
31. Tyler Poirier, Mclean, VA, *96-99–195
32. Carter Morris, Potomac, MD, *101-98–199

Boys 14 & Under Division (Blue Tees), 6,027 yards, Par 71
1. West Shaw, Alexandria, VA, *80-83–163
2. Will Klein, Bethesda, MD, *82-84–166
3. Brett Levenstein, Olney, MD, *93-79–172

DID NOT FINISH
Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA *JWD

Players to watch at the Capital Challenge at Westfields

The IJGT will kick off the 2014 North East tour in Clifton, Va. with the #CapitalChallenge on March 15-16, 2014 at Westfields Golf Club. Golfers will play 36-holes over two days and compete for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings.

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Westfields is Virginia’s only signature course designed by Fred Couples. The course is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary making it a one-of-a-kind golfing experience that protects both the environment and the heritage of the game. Located in scenic Clifton, Va., Westfields has no surrounding residences which brings out it’s natural beauty. Westfields golf course boasts tree-lined fairways, well-placed hazards, and challenging greens. This is an amazing venue for the IJGT to kick off the North East Tour at. Be sure to secure your spot today!

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The famous par three at Westfields

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Sasha Lobel of Pittsburgh, PA will be a player to watch. Lobel is coming off a second place finish at the Major Championship at Presidio Golf Club. He hopes to continue his momentum in his second IJGT Event this season. Luke Schaap of Potomac, MD will be looking to make a statement and win his first IJGT Event at the Capital Challenge. Schaap has finished within the top five for every event he has entered. In the 2012-2013 season, he recorded five second place finishes. Rounding out our players to watch in the 15-19 Division, Evan Katz of Washington, DC will make his return to Westfields Golf Club. In the 2013 Event at Westfields, Katz finished round one with a 20-over-par score of 91. During the final round, Katz carded five birdies and finished with score of 3-under-par 68. Katz’ 68 was the low final round score, and forced a playoff. Katz ended up taking second place and looks to compete for first again this year.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, the field has a couple of notable competitors. Thomas Lipowicz of Alexandria, VA is coming off a seventh place finish in the Major Championship at Kiawah Island and a fourth place finish in the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC SawgrassAnother player to watch, is Brett Levenstein of Olney, MD. Levenstein finished within the top 10 at Westfields last season and will hope to do so again. Will Klein of Bethesda, MD  will also be fighting for first place. Most recently, Klein finished in fourth place in the IJGA Invitational held at Sea Pines on the famous  Harbour Town course.

This field of competitors will be exciting to watch. There are still spots available to compete in the Capital Challenge at Westfields. Reserve yours today!

To register or for more information on the #CapitalChallenge in March,  click here.

IJGT Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor – Final Results

Byrne captures Baltimore Junior

Testa wins in first IJGT Event

URBANA, Md. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) was in Urbana, Md., on Sept. 21-22 for the Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor. The two-day, 36-hole event was hosted by Worthington Manor Golf Club. A talented field with players ages 10-19, and representing three states took on the course, competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Situated in the rolling hills of Maryland, Worthington Manor is an Ault-Clark Signature Design. A par-72, the course totaled 6,836 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division, 6,247 for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 5,767 for the Girls Division. Narrow, twisting fairways, three ponds, and a multitude of bunkers and hazards showed why the course had frequently been selected as a U.S. Open qualifying site. Add in wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour and consistent rain on the first day, and it made for a difficult weekend for many at Worthington Manor, a course ranked as one of the “Best Courses You Can Play in Maryland,” by Golfweek.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Will Byrne of McLean, Va., was able to earn the victory, narrowly beating out Luke Schaap of Potomac, Md.

Byrne (1)Byrne got off to hot start in round one and never let up. He carded birdies on Nos. 9,11,13, and 18 on his way to a first-round 73, putting him in a tie for the lead with Bryan Morris of Beltsville, Md., going into the final round. Byrne and Morris would be joined by Mike Blasey of Potomac, Md., who fired a first-round 76, in the last group on the final day.

Picking up where he left off after the first day, Byrne began his round with three pars in four holes. A birdie on the ninth hole put him at 1-over-par 37, for the front nine. Morris and Blasey each dropped a couple of strokes to Byrne on the front side.

Byrne’s biggest challenger was playing in the group ahead. After tallying a 76 on Saturday, Schaap matched Byrne’s front-nine 37 and sat only three back with nine holes to play. Schaap birdied hole No. 11, before dropping two strokes with bogeys on holes Nos. 13 and 16. He made things interesting with birdies on holes Nos. 17 and 18 to finish at even-par 72 for the day and awaited Byrne’s finish.

But it would not be enough, as Byrne also put up three birdies against two bogeys on the back to shoot even-par 72 for the day and 145 for the two-day tournament, three clear of Schaap at 148.

“I was striking my driver well all week, hit my irons pretty well and made a lot of birdies,” Byrne noted as a key to his victory.

At even-par 72, Byrne and Schaap tied for the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Blasey rounded out the top three at 153 for 36-holes, recording a 77 in the final round to go with his first-round 76.

In the Girls Division, Brittany Testa of Potomac, Md., was able to come out victorious in her first IJGT Event. PlayingTesta (1) in the wind and rain, Testa struggled to get a rhythm early on during her first round. She was able to make up six strokes on her back nine and finished the day firing a 98.

Sunday was more of the same story for Testa, as the difficult opening hole got the best of her. Following a rough second hole, she found her game, highlighted by a par on the seventh. For the second straight day Testa improved her score on the back-nine. She scored par on the 10th, 13th and 14th holes on her way to a 47. Testa finished with a score of 195 for the event.

“My driving was key all week,” Testa noted. “With a lot of wind, I focused on keeping the ball low.”

As close as the Boys 15-19 Division was, the Boys 14 & Under Division was even closer. Joe Parrini of York, Pa., came away with his third-consecutive IJGT victory. He was able to top William Sheedy of Washington D.C., by one stroke.

Parrini shot an 80 in the first round and held a five-stroke lead over Sheedy as they entered the last day. Brett Levenstein of Olney, Md., also was in the mix, sitting six shots back, joining Parrini and Sheedy in the last group.

Parrini started the round with three pars and opened up an even larger lead. But he found trouble on holes Nos. 7, 8 and 9 while Sheedy closed the gap. After 27 holes, the lead was down to four strokes.

Parrini Worth (1)Sheedy got within three, but a triple-bogey on hole No. 12 appeared like it would end any chance of victory. Following the 12th hole, Sheedy went on a tear, carding a par on five consecutive holes and a birdie on hole No.18 to finish at 78 for the day and get right back in it.

Parrini was not ready to see his winning streak come to an end, though. With Sheedy breathing down his back, Parrini kept focus and was able to do just enough to win. Parrini finished the day with an 82, good for a two-round total of 162, one clear of Sheedy’s 163.

Even with the victory, Parrini noted the course was not the easiest. “The slopes in the greens were tough. If you hadn’t played the course before it can be tricky. Lots of blind shots,” he said.

Levenstein rounded out the top three with a final score of 86-84-170.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it the weekend of Sept. 28-29 in Pittsford, N.Y., for The Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill. The tournament will be played at Locust Hill Country Club which hosted the 2013 Wegman’s LPGA Championship. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.