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IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club – Tour Preview

Hershey CC 2009 (10)The IJGT Northeast Tour will host the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa., on May 9-10, 2015. The event will take place on Hershey’s renowned par-71 East Course.

 Opened in 1969, the course was designed by George Fazio to highlight Pennsylvania’s natural beauty. This course has hosted numerous PGA Tour events and most recently hosted the Nationwide Tour’s Reese’s Cup Classic.

Hershey Country Club

A Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, the East Course benefits the environment and local ecosystems.

IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and AJGA stars are at stake in this event. Participants can also compete for North American Junior Amateur exemptions in Boys 15-19 and Girls divisions.

Just minutes away from the town chocolate built, Hershey Country Club offers vibrant and fun activities for the whole family. Check out Hershey’s Chocolate World, ZooAmerica, or spend time after the tournament at Hersheypark.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Cole Berger of Malvern, Pa., is coming off a win the Major Championship at Bulle Rock and Benjamin Morris of Reisterstown, Md., is coming off a win in the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin, both in April. Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., will also look to add a second IJGT victory to his resume; he won the Major Championship at Duke University in March. Peter Bradbeer of Philadelphia, Pa., and Brian Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., have both found success on the course. Bradbeer finished second in the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club in August and Isztwan won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the same event.

In the Girls Division, Skylar Frankiewicz of Concord, Mass., and Synclaire Kuhn of McMurray, Pa., will both be seeking their second IJGT wins of the season. Frankiewicz won the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in January and Kuhn won the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin in April. Audrey Clawson of Sarver, Pa., has an advantage in that she’s familiar with the course; she finished second in the Labor Day Classic at Hershey last year.

As for the Boys 14 & Under Division, Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., has won four consecutive IJGT events from October-April. Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C., will aim to add a third IJGT title to his resume after winning the College Series at Penn State University in October and the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes in March. Jon Nolan Perry of Berwyn, Pa., and Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., both have multiple top-three finishes in IJGT events, but a victory still eludes them. S. Dean Satouri of Chantilly, Va., won the only other IJGT event he’s competed in this season, the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill in March. John Updike of Wayne, Pa., is coming off a win in last month’s Architect’s Cup.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates. You can find tee times and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

The Architects Cup – Tour Preview

The IJGT Northeast Tour will pay homage to the beginnings of golf while hosting The Architects Cup at The Architects Golf Club in Lopatcong, N.J., on April 18-19, 2015.

The unique style of the 6,863 yard par-71 course at The Architects Golf Club reflects back on the history of golf and will offer IJGT members the chance to play 18 different course styles in one location. It boasts a 131 slope, 72.5 rating and the facility includes a practice putting green and driving range.

Architects Club

Each hole aims to emulate a different golf architect’s style without simply copying one of their famous holes. The result is more creative than simple reproduction and offers a fun style that both challenges and excites golfers.

This course is recognized as one of the most challenging and historically significant courses in the Northeast. During the two-day, 36-hole event, juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. Competitors in the Boys 15-19 Division and Girls Division will also be competing for AJGA performance stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions.

Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., tops the list of players to watch in the Girls Division as she’ll be playing her home course. She won The Architects Cup Presented by the IJGA in October and tied for second in last April’s Architects Cup. This is her fourth consecutive season competing in an IJGT event at Architects Golf Club. Other players to watch in the Girls Division include Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J., and Lauren Muhlbauer of Newtown, Pa. Gianchandani has one first-place finish and two second-place finishes this season. Muhlbauer has one second-place finish this season.

Also keep an eye on 12-year-olds Tiya Chowdary of Montgomery, N.J., and Yoona Kim of Oradell, N.J. They may be young, but they can play. The pair tied for fifth in the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club at the end of March and will look to outdo one another in the Architects Cup.

Brian Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., will try to earn his first title in the Boys 15-19 Division; he won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club in August. Isztwan will be facing a tough field in the Boys 15-19 Division. Other players to watch include Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., who won the Major Championship at Duke University at the end of March and Sanghyeon Park of Oakland Gardens, N.Y., who finished second in the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club, also at the end of March. West Chester, Pa., native Nicholas Gianelos finished a single stroke behind Park to tie for third in the Metropolitan Junior, and will look to defeat him in the Architects Cup.

TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y., won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Architects Cup Presented by the IJGA in October and will look to add a second Architects title to his resume. Also in the Boys 14 & Under Division, Wayne, Pa., native John Updike and James Meyers of Wexford, Pa., have one second-place finish apiece this season and will aim to earn their first title of the season.

For more information about the event, or to register, click here.

Labor Day Classic of Hershey Country Club – Final Results – August 31, 2014

Geiman wins in a playoff
IJGT opens the fall season at Hershey Country Club

The IJGT opened the 2014 fall season on August 30-31, 2014, with the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club. The two-day 36-hole tournament was played on the East Course and featured 40 juniors across three divisions competing for national rankings and IJGT merit points.

hershey1When 36 holes was not enough, the Boys 15-19 Division went to sudden-death playoff between Peter Bradbeer of Philadelphia, Pa., and Nick Geiman of York, Pa. Beginning on the par-4 No. 18, both juniors recorded par to continue the playoff to a second hole on the par-4 No. 17.  From the fairway, both juniors sought the green with their approach shots but it was Geiman who landed closest, within feet of the hole. The successful birdie putt from Geiman ended the playoff with a victory for the Pennsylvania native. Geiman recorded scores of 74 and 73 to finish with a tournament total of 147.

Though Bradbeer did not prevail, his second round performance of 1-under-par 70 was the lowest round of the day, across all divisions, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the division, the award given to the junior with the lowest final round score in each division. Bradbeer finished in second after with a tournament total of 147. Rounding out the division in third was Nick Rencis of Long Valley, N.J., with a two-day total of 148.

“It feels good to finally win on the IJGT. I know I have placed second and third once so it feels good to finally get a win against a good field,” commented Geiman.

 

hershey2In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Brian Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., used nine pars and two birdies in round two to carry his round-one lead into his victory. His two-day score of 155 translated to victory, his second of his IJGT career. A seven-hole streak of par or better was the highlight of Isztwan’s performance as he finished two strokes ahead of second-place finisher James Meyers of Wexford, Pa., who carded a tournament total of 157.

“My mindset was to stay calm. I knew my competitors were good so I knew I had to stay calm if I wanted to play well,” said Isztwan.

Second round scores of 77 for both Meyers and Isztwan earned the duo the Clazic Belts Low Final Round for the Boys 14 & Under Division. In third was Jack Bailey of Pittsford, N.Y., who finished with a tournament total 178.

 

 

 

hershey 3Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., was victorious in the Girls Division after holding off Audrey Clawson of Server, Pa. The one-stroke win becomes McLean’s second win with the IJGT. Two rounds of 77 combined for a tournament total of 154 for McLean, highlighted by 24 total pars and a birdie on the par-4 No. 5.

“My driving kept me alive today. I feel like I hit it well off of the tee,” said McLean.

After shredding 11 strokes from her round one score, Clawson finished in second, posting rounds of 83 and 72 to finish with 155 overall. Her 1-over-par second round score of 72 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division. Rounding out the division was Linda Wang of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., with a two-day score of 156.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on September 6-7, 2014 for the IJGT Junior at Colleton River in Bluffton, S.C. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,772 yards, Par 71

1. Peter Bradbeer, Philidelphia, PA *77-70–147
1. Nick Geiman, York, PA *74-73–147
3. Nick Rencis, Long Valley, NJ *71-77–148
4. Max Redetzke, Lakeville, MN *74-75–149
5. Michael Lamond, West Chester, PA *79-74–153
5. Blake DiPaola, Long Valley, NJ *78-75–153
7. Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, PA *79-75–154
8. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *80-75–155
8. Luke McKeogh, Warminster, PA *77-78–155
10. Michael Reed-Price, Dresher, PA *84-73–157
10. Jason Li, Cranberry Twp, PA *81-76–157
12. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *81-77–158
12. Jack Melville, Maple Glen, PA *78-80–158
12. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ *76-82–158
15. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA *87-76–163
15. Dominic Leoni, Hockessin, DE *83-80–163
15. Cory Meyer, Bordentown, NJ *83-80–163
18. Chris Chiminski, Penns Park, PA *85-79–164
19. David Powers, Glen Spey, NY *86-79–165
20. David Kim, Dresher, PA *88-78–166
21. Spencer Weiner, Short Hills, NJ *84-85–169
22. Campbell Wolf, Enola, PA *82-89–171
23. David Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA *91-83–174

DID NOT FINISH
Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division- Blue Tees, 6,238 yards, Par 71

1. Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley, PA *78-77–155
2. James Meyers, Wexford, PA *80-77–157
3. Jack Bailey, Pittsford, NY *88-90–178
4. Steven Lee, Scarsdale, NY *89-95–184

Girls Division- White Tees, 5,922 yards, Par 71

1. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ *77-77–154
2. Audrey Clawson, Sarver, PA *83-72–155
3. Linda Wang, Fresh Meadows, NY *80-76–156
4. Charlotte Simpson, Towson, MD *82-81–163
5. Danielle Greene, East Setauket, NY *84-81–165
6. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *84-82–166
7. Morgan Mugnolo, Gainesville, VA *89-83–172
8. Kaitlyn Lee, Scarsdale, NY *91-82–173
9. Emily Cohen, Darien, CT *91-84–175
10. Vienna Winalski, West Hartford, CT *97-83–180
11. Samantha Yao, Berwyn, PA *92-89–181
12. Rebecca Markunas, Glendale, NY *95-91–186

DID NOT FINISH
Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *JWD

Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club – Round one recap (August 30, 2014)

In the inaugural tournament of the Fall Series, the IJGT hosted round one of the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa., on August 30, 2014. The fan-favorite venue greeted more than 40 juniors competing for national rankings and IJGT merit points. In review, below are the rounds, in numbers, of the divisional leaders.

The Boys 15-19 Division is led by Nick Rencis of Long Valley, N.J. His round in numbers:

71 – his even par score of 71 in the opening round

34 – His one-under-par score on the back nine which included a birdie on the par-5 No. 14

3 – total birdies tallied in round one

The Boys 14 & Under Division, Brian Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., leads after round one. His round in numbers:

78 – Isztwan’s round one score after 18 holes

6 – he recorded a six-hole par or better streak, including a birdie on the par-3 No. 13

9 – the number of pars recorded in his first round

Megan McLean of Lebanon N.J., leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

77 – her round one score, three strokes ahead of the division

38 – McLean recorded a 2-over-par 38 on the front nine

12 – the number of pars in her first round, including six straight on holes No. 3 through 8

The final round at Hershey Country Club will take place tomorrow, August, 31, 2014, with tee times starting at 8 a.m. For full results from round one of the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Clubclick here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

The Architects Cup at Architects Golf Club – Final Results

  Davis’ red numbers win Architects Cup

Corry completes comeback

Lopatcong, N.J. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Architects Golf Club to host The Architects Cup on April 12-13, 2014. Temperatures were in the 60s for both rounds. The field of 90 competitors battled for IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Stars, 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.

 

DAVIS

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Ryan Davis, of Berkeley Heights, N.J., took first place by scoring under par in both rounds. Davis was coming into this event off a tie for eighth place at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC SawgrassHe made four birdies and 11 pars in round one. He also added a streak of 10 consecutive holes where he made par or better, including two of his four total birdies. He finished the day at 1-under-par and a lead in the division. Davis was just as consistent during the final round. He added three birdies and an impressive eagle on the 532-yard par-5.  He played extremely well on the back nine. Davis carded a 3-under-par score of 33 on the back nine to close out his final round. His 2-under-par total score of 140 won his division by three strokes. Davis’ weekend numbers were 70-70-140 overall.

When asked what was working well for him, Davis replied, “My driving was the key. I hit a lot of fairways and that set me up for good approach shots.”

Curren Mody of Monmouth Junction, N.J., and John Felitto of Mountainside, N.J., finished tied for second place. Mody posted scores of 71-72—143, while Felitto posted scores of 74-69—143. Felitto’s 2-under-par score of 69 won the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the player that shoots the lowest score during the final round of the tournament.

Corry

In the Girls Division, Rachel Corry of Ridgefield, Conn., came from behind to win the Architects Cup. In round one, Corry totaled 12 pars. Her back nine score of 1-under-par 35 gave her momentum to make a comeback in the final round. She had no bogeys during her back nine and added a birdie on the par-3 hole number two. Corry headed into the final round trailing the division leader by two strokes. In the final round she made 13 pars. She played very well on her back nine once again to close out her round. She went 1-under-par on her last seven holes with a birdie on hole number eight. Corry won her division by a total of three strokes. Her numbers for the weekend were 75-76—151.

When asked about how she was able to score on the front nine both day, Corry said, “I liked the setup of the front nine, my back nine, it really played to my shot better. I just tried to stay calm and stay hydrated which led to a good round.”

There was a four-way tie for second place between  Linda Wang of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., and Yeji Shin of Norwood, N.J.. Wang’s numbers for the weekend were 80-74–154. Wentworth posted scores of 77-77—154. McLean’s numbers were 78-76—154 and Shin’s numbers were75-79—154. Wang’s final round score of 74 won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

IsztwanIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Brian Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., won his respective division by a total of six strokes. In round one, Isztwan made three birdies, all of which came on the par-5 holes. He added 10 pars to finish day one with a 2-over-par score of 73. Headed into the final round, Isztwan held a one stroke lead in the division. He started out shaky with four bogeys on his front nine, but turned it around on the back nine. Isztwan went on to shoot a 2-under-par score of 33 on his final nine holes. During that stretch, he made two birdies, again coming on both of the par-5 holes. He closed out the final round by making par at the final six holes. Isztwan posted scores of 73-72—145.

When asked about what was working well for him, Isztwan said, “I hit a ton of greens and my short game was much better it normally is so that just put it over the top for me.”

Leo Hernandez of Stewartsville, N.J., finished in second place with scores of 74-77—151. Griffin Smith of Holland, Pa., took third place. His numbers for the weekend were 74-79—153.

The IJGT’s next event will be the College Series at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort on April 19-20, 2014. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.  

International Junior Golf Tour
Architects Cup at The Architects Golf Club
Lopatcong, N.J.
April 12-13, 2014
 

Boys 15-19 Division
Architects GC: 6,711, par71
1. Ryan Davis, Berkeley Heights, NJ *70-70–140
2. John Felitto, Mountainside, NJ *74-69–143
2. Curren Mody, Monmouth Junction, NJ *71-72–143
4. Ryan Skae, Old Tappan, NJ *74-71–145
5. Dylan Stein, Flemington, NJ *76-70–146
6. Brendon Kim, Rivervale, NJ *77-71–148
7. Andrew Bowyer, Summit, NJ *72-77–149
8. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ *78-72–150
8. Sam Goldenring, Florham Park, NJ *75-75–150
10. Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, PA *76-75–151
11. Brandon Raihl, Wernersville, PA *77-76–153
11. Tommy Hayes, Long Valley, NJ *74-79–153
11. Luke McKeogh, Warminster, PA *75-78–153
11. J.T. Barker, Bethlehem, PA *73-80–153
15. Jonathan Solimano, Montvale, NJ *77-77–154
16. Kwanwoo Kim, Tenafly, NJ *81-74–155
16. Drew Tomback, New York City, NY *76-79–155
18. Kellen Jordan, Spring Lake, NJ *78-78–156
18. Jimmy Criscione, Paramus, NJ *75-81–156
20. Sam Sawyers, New York, NY *78-79–157
21. Logan Fuglestad, Newtown, PA *79-79–158
21. Ross Rabin, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *78-80–158
21. Michael Szipszky, Newtown Square, PA *76-82–158
24. Justin Murray, Burlington, NJ *81-78–159
24. Michael  Cook, Berwyn, PA *79-80–159
24. Matt Johnson, Hopkinton, MA *77-82–159
24. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ *77-82–159
28. Daniel Rieger, Collegeville, PA *82-78–160
29. John Foley, Limerick, PA *83-78–161
29. Leonard Lee, Wyckoff, NJ *84-77–161
29. Brian Weaver, Sinking Spring, PA *77-84–161
32. Laurent Span, Cresskill, NJ *84-78–162
32. Griffin Carroll, Chatham, NJ *81-81–162
32. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA *78-84–162
35. Mike Hanrahan, Ossining, NY *82-81–163
35. Peter Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *82-81–163
35. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *82-81–163
35. Bobby Moriarty, Summit, NJ *83-80–163
35. Carter Test, Danielsville, PA *81-82–163
35. James Wolfangel, Flemington, NJ *79-84–163
35. Jack Maresca, Rye, NY *81-82–163
35. George Cultraro, Wyckoff, NJ *77-86–163
43. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY *84-80–164
43. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *85-79–164
43. Chris Tohir, New Canaan, CT *81-83–164
43. Jonny Emmerman, Scarsdale, NY *79-85–164
47. Eric Schissel, Port Washington, NY *81-84–165
48. Mark Miller, Downingtown, PA *83-84–167
48. Joe Rochelle, Quakertown, PA *83-84–167
50. Robert Shaner, Fort Lee, NJ *84-85–169
51. Peter Walter, Westfield, NJ *86-86–172
52. Nicholas Taskalos, Montvale, NJ *89-91–180
Boys 14 & Under Division
Architects GC: 6,288 yards, par 71

1. Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley, PA *73-72–145
2. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *74-77–151
3. Griffin Smith, Holland, PA *74-79-153
4. Luke Sample, New York, NY *78-76–154
5. Lukas Clark, Holland, PA *74-81–155
6. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *82-80–162
7. Matt Lashinger, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *85-78–163
8. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *83-86–169
9. Tj Buck, Penfield, NY *92-87–179
10. Jude Cummings, Pittsford, NY *94-98–192

Girls Division
Architects GC: 5,723 yards, par 71
1. Rachel Corry, Ridgefield, CT *75-76–151
2. Linda Wang, Fresh Meadows, NY *80-74–154
2. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ *77-77–154
2. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ *78-76–154
2. Yeji Shin, Norwood, NJ *75-79–154
6. Christina Parsells, Bernardsville, NJ *73-82–155
7. Sophie Morrill, Hanover, MA *80-76–156
8. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ *80-77–157
8. Susana Vik, Greenwich, CT *77-80–157
8. Zora Moore, Milford, NJ *76-81–157
11. Riley Smyth, Old Tappan, NJ *82-77–159
12. Cara Basso, Downingtown, PA *79-81–160
13. Gabriela Kim, Wayne, PA *88-80–168
14. Samantha Fritzinger, Zionsville, PA *82-87–169
14. Sandrine Yesilian, Edgewater, NJ *84-85–169
14. Aine Filler, Moorestown, NJ *84-85–169
17. Isabel Gonzalez, Bloomfield, NJ *83-88–171
18. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ *89-83–172
19. Kaley Bohling, Princeton Junction, NJ *87-89–176
20. Faith Francioso, Wantagh, NY *90-87–177
21. Taylor Miano, Dobbs Ferry, NY *89-89–178
22. Jasmine Kitahara, Greenwich, CT *92-88–180
23. Nicole Eager, South Plainfield, NJ *92-99–191
23. Alana McAndrews, Garden City, NY *100-91–191

DID NOT FINISH
DQ. Jessie Kweon, Little Neck, NY *

Architects Cup at Architects Golf Club – Round one recap

The IJGT headed to Architects Golf Club to host The Architects Cup. The weather was picture perfect with temperatures in the 60s. The field of 90 competitors battled for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were at stake, as well as an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014. The numbers for the division leaders are as follows.

In the Boys 15-19 Division Ryan Davis of Berkeley Heights, N.J. leads his division. Here are his Round One numbers:

3 – IJGT events played at Architects Golf Club

1 – Top 10 finish this season at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass

4 – Birdies made in the first round

1 – Number of strokes under par on the back nine

 

In the Girls Division, Christina Parsells of Bernardsville, N.J. leads her division. Here are her numbers from round one:

1 – Number of IJGT wins this season (Major Championship at Crystal Springs)

5 – Number of IJGT events played in her career

4 – Number of birdies made in first round

4 – Pars made in a row in round one

 

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Brian Isztawn of Huntingdon Valley, Pa. leads his division. Here are his numbers from round one:

1 – First IJGT event

3 – Birdies made in round one

1 – Number over par on each nine

10 – Number of pars made in round one

 

For full round one results of the Architects Cup at Architects Golf Club, click here.

For pairings for the final round of the Architects Cup at Architects Golf Club, click here.

 

Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live, up-to-the-minute updates of the Architects Cup at Architects Golf Club as the tournament continues.