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Fall 2015 Major Championships

The International Junior Golf Tour is pleased to announce our Fall Major Championship series. In addition to having national rankings, the Major Championships will feature double IJGT Merit points. At the end of the 2015-2016 season the top 10 players in the IJGT Merit Standings will be named to the All-IJGT Team. Here is a list of the Major Championships:

Ben Shear Junior Golf Championship: October 24-25

Major Championship at Mission Inn: November 14 – 15

IJGA Invitational: December 12 – 13

The IJGT has teamed with Ben Shear Golf Premier Junior Golf Academy to present the Ben Shear Junior Golf Championship at Shackamaxon Country Club. The tournament will take place October 24th and 25th at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains, N.J., which was built by A.W. Tillinghast, who is world renowned for designing Bethpage Black and Winged Foot. The course boasts Tillinghast’s first ever island green.

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Shackamaxon Country Club

Located in Scotch Plains, N.J., the Ben Shear Premier Junior Golf Academy is a one-of-a-kind performance institute, which allows male and female junior golfers to customize their own program to meet their specific goals and demands of their schedules. Using some of the latest technology on the market such as Trackman Launch Monitor, the BodiTrak Pressure Plate system, the Redcord Fitness System and ultra-high-speed video cameras the academy is well-equipped to help junior golfers meet their goals.

The Major Championship at Mission Inn presented by Laurel Springs School will take place November 14th and 15th at Mission Inn Resort and Club on the El Campeon Course. The El Campeon course was built in 1917, which is known as the “golden age” of golf course architecture by George O’Neil with further enhancements in 1926 by Charles E. Clarke. The El Campeon course features rolling fairways and undulating greens, with the double dogleg 17th taking the spotlight as El Campeon’s signature hole.

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Mission Inn El Campeon

Laurel Springs School is an accredited, private online school featuring K-12 education.  Founded in 1991, we have the expertise to ensure your child receives an excellent college prep education. LSS students are fully supported by qualified, caring teachers and staff, and are connected to a global community of learners. Their online school honors the talents, learning styles, and interests of all our students. Laurel Springs is accredited by AdvancED, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). 91% of Laurel Springs School graduates enter the college of their choice.

The last of the Fall IJGT Major Championships, the IJGA Invitational, will take place December 12th and 13th at Harbour Town Golf Links located on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The PGA Tour has made Harbour Town a staple of their schedule since 1969, with the RBC Heritage taking place on the course. The par-4, 18th is regularly voted one of America’s top 50 golf holes and the famous candy cane striped lighthouse has become one of golfs most iconic images.

Harbour Town Golf Links

Harbour Town Golf Links

The International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) trains junior golfers for success in tournament golf and beyond. The IJGA is the only academy in the world that combines training, academics, and competition. Through their supportive and competitive environment, students develop the critical qualities of commitment, goal setting and a consistent work ethic to best impact their academics, golf, and future endeavors.

Each competitor will receive a dozen Bridgestone golf balls and an IJGT PUMA polo along with their registration to play in the Major Tournaments.

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Some Bridgestone Tournament of Champions best moments featured in IJGT Photos of the Week – May 26, 2014

As the IJGT rounded out a spectacular spring season, it was no wonder why the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions was a success. Held over the holiday weekend on May 24-26, 2014, at the Grand Cypress Golf Club & Resort, the tournament featured over 130 of the IJGT’s finest juniors battling not only for national rankings but also for the prestigious title.

With temperatures feeling more like summer, the sunny and hot weather still yielded high-quality golf in each division. To accompany the three rounds of tournament play, the event offered family-friendly activities such as a welcome reception, the Bridgestone Longest Drive Competition, a thrilling evening at Universal parks and a “Night of Champions” banquet to honor the All-IJGT Team.

This week’s Photo of the Week includes five photos from each event of the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions.

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ReMax Long Drive Champion, Tim Burke, had his trainer, Trevor Anderson, visit with our juniors before the Bridgestone Longest Drive Competition

On Friday, May, 23, Trevor Anderson, the trainer of ReMax’s Long Drive Champion, Tim Burke, visited the Bridgestone Longest Drive Competition to speak to the participants about the importance of stability, fitness and proper care of one’s body when training as a golfer. He discussed how critical it is to hydrate, eat to fuel and train like a champion day in and day out.

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Christopher “Poppy” Lee tees off on the New Course at Grand Cypress

Christopher “Poppy” Lee of Loxahatchee, Fla., participated in the Boys 14 & Under Division where he finished in the top 30. Posting scores of 97-96-89–282, Lee’s performance was highlighted by two impressive birdies both coming on the New Course. The Tournament of Champions was the first ever-IJGT event for Lee and we are eager to see him again in the future!

Ritwik Jain tees off No. 10 at the New Course

Ritwik Jain tees off No. 10 at the New Course

Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, appeared in his 13th event of the 2013-2014 season at the Tournament of Champions and took home a 10th-place finish. His performance at the Tournament of Champions was his 10th top-ten finish of the season and featured an impressive nine birdies, three of which were consecutive in round three. Jain posted sores of 77-73-74–224 overall. Congratulations goes out to Jain and we look forward to another season!

James Nicholas, IJGT Boys 15-19 Player of the Year

James Nicholas, IJGT Boys 15-19 Player of the Year

James Nicholas of Scardale, N.Y., had a lot to be proud of at the Tournament of Champions, his honor of being named the Boys 15-19 Player of the Year topping that list. On the evening of the “Night of Champions” banquet, Nicholas took the stage to thank his friends, competitors, family and coaches for their support of his journey through golf. Despite struggling with a back injury, Nicholas still placed in the top-30 of the tournament and gracefully embraced the role of Player of the Year. We wish Nicholas continued luck as he enters his senior year this fall!

Chase Ingram swings for the fairway at Grand Cypress

Chase Ingram swings for the fairway at Grand Cypress

Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., took the course in his sixth IJGT event at the Tournament of Champions. Using his final round as a driving force, Ingram shaved eight strokes from his rounds one and two scores to post a 1-under-par 71 for round three. Nine total birdies helped to lift Ingram to seventh place but it was his 16 holes of par or better that truly made his performance elite. Congratulations to Ingram on his continued success this season and we eagerly await seeing him next.

Thank you once again to all those who were a part of the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions. Family, friends, juniors and community alike made this event not only a success but an enjoyable way to wrap up another fantastic season! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Sharma, Huang grab Player of the Week honors – May 26, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. – The IJGT returned to beautiful Florida for the annual end-of-the-year Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Club.  Having the largest and most competitive field of the year, the tournament is a player and family favorite each year. Hot temperatures and copious sunshine made for warm but enjoyable conditions all three days.

The staff at Grand Cypress Resort worked diligently all week to ensure that the course was in top shape and the players and families had a world class experience. The players of the week following the conclusion of the spring season are Keshav Sharma, of New Delhi, India, and Samantha Huang, of Shenzhen, China.

DSC_0824Sharma, playing in his 11th event of the season, recorded his seventh top-ten finish of his IJGT career. Sharma started off the tournament with an impressive first-round 73 on the East/North Course. His first round included three birdies and 12 pars. Perhaps his most impressive hole of the day came on the tough par-5 ninth hole, where he carded a birdie. His second round was virtually flawless, resulting in a 2-under-par 70. The New Delhi native began his second round with birdies on the three of the first six holes. Sharma displayed grit and determination on the final day of the tournament, shooting a 1-under-par score of 71 highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 eleventh hole added to his staggering 12 total birdies. The final-round score of 71 elevated Sharma to finish second as the tournament concluded on Monday, May, 26, 2014.

 

 

DSC_0094Huang, playing in her eleventh event of the season, had a great showing at the Grand Cypress Resort. The China native recorded her eighth top-five finish at the Tournament of Champions. Playing the New Course for round one, Huang showed consistency throughout her entire round. With five pars and a birdie on the long par-5 sixth hole, she proceeded to shoot a first-round score of 76. Round two proved to be a little tougher on the East/North Course for Huang where she fought through the rough-laden course to post a score of 77. The highlight of the round for her was a birdie on the difficult par-4 seventh hole. The final round proved to be the best day of the tournament for Huang, recording and final round 72 and securing the girl’s Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. Her final round included 12 pars and two birdies, not scoring worse than bogey on any hole.

We congratulate all those who participated in this monumental event and we wish Sharma, Huang and all IJGT juniors the best of luck as they move forward either with the IJGT or in their post-graduate plans!

2014 Bridgestone Tournament of Champions – Final results

Furuya wins his first Tournament of Champions appearance

Oishi and Sukaree victorious in their first-ever IJGT event

ORLANDO, Fla. – The IJGT hosted the 2014 Bridgestone Tournament of Champions on May 24-26, 2014 at Grand Cypress Golf Club. The season-ending tournament was sponsored by Bridgestone Golf and featured a field of 129 juniors representing 17 states and 15 countries. Juniors competed in humid weather with temperatures in the 90s for AJGA stars, national rankings and special tournament exemptions.

DSC_0832Ryoto Furuya of Wesley Chapel, Fla., led the Boys 15-19 Division all three rounds en route to his championship title. In his first Tournament of Champions appearance, Furuya began competition play by carding par or better on 17 of 18 holes in his opening round. Using the 4-under-par score in round one as momentum, Furuya returned for round two to post his lowest score of the tournament, a 5-under-par score of 67. He carried his lead into the final round and despite carding his highest score of the three-day tournament, he went on to secure the title of champion with score of 68-67-75 – 210 overall. A staggering 13 total birdies and a scoring average of 70, the lowest average of the tournament, highlighted Fuyura’s victory.

Finishing in second place was Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, helped by 12 birdies and one eagle to tally scores of 73-70-71 – 214 overall. Rounding out the Boys 15-19 Division was Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, with scores of 71-75-70 – 216 overall. Kim’s final-round score of 70 was the lowest in both boys divisions, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award is given to the boy and girl who shoot the lowest score in the final tournament round.

“The first few holes I was very nervous. On the first hole, unfortunately I hit it right and went on to make a double bogey but after the front nine, I still had a lead. I didn’t worry about it, stayed strong and hung in there and managed to come out with a victory,” said Furuya.

DSC_0030Atsuya Oishi of Hiroshima, Japan, turned his first IJGT appearance into a lasting impression as he turned his three-day lead into a victory. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Oishi began the tournament with his best round where he compiled five birdies and an eagle for a round-one score of 67. The 5-under-par score gave him a four-stroke lead going into round two where three birdies were the highlight of his score of 76. After adding two additional birdies in the final round, Oishi totaled 10 birdies to tie for the most birdies in the Boys 14 & Under Division. He finished the tournament with scores of 67-76-74 – 217.

Just two strokes behind him in second was Ryota Furuhashi of Shizuoka, Japan, who carded scores of 73-76-70 – 219 overall. Furuhashi’s 2-under-par score of 70 also made him a Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award winner. In third was Sampson Zheng of Kissimmee, Fla., finishing with scores of 71-75-74 – 220 overall.

When he compared the New Course to the East/North combination he played each of the three days, Oishi said, “The East/North Courses had too much rough which was tricky. That’s why I liked the New Course better.”

DSC_0101In a tight race in the Girls Division, Kornkamol Sukaree of Bangkok, Thailand, edged out second-place finisher Cara Basso of Downingtown, Pa., for first in in her first-ever IJGT event. Basso came out strong to lead the division after round one, posting a 1-under-par score of 71. In a close second, Sukaree posted back-to-back scores of 73 in rounds one and two to position herself tied for the lead with Basso heading into the final round. With the championship in reach for both, Sukaree tallied her tournament-best four birdies and 10 pars in round three to secure the victory. Sukaree finished the tournament with scores of 73-73-72 – 218 overall. Her round-three even-par score of 72 earned her the girl’s Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Carding just one less birdie than Sukaree in round three, Basso finished in second by one stroke with scores of 71-75-73 – 219 overall. Rounding out the Girls Division in third was Yunjie Zhang of Haikou City, China, with scores of 76-73-73 – 222.

“I just tried to play the best I could each day. My approach shots were really good,” said Sukaree.

In addition to the three-round tournament, the weekend included additional events for family and friends. Following registration and the practice rounds, juniors participated in the Bridgestone Longest Drive Competition and enjoyed a welcome reception at Grand Cypress Golf Club. On  Saturday, May 25, 2014, it was an evening of fun and thrills at two Universal parks. Sunday, May 26, 2014, offered the “Night of Champions” banquet to honor the All-IJGT Teams and celebrate a fabulous season. For photos to each of the events, be sure to check out our IJGT Facebook page by clicking here!

The IJGT will begin its Summer Series on June 17-18, 2014 at Crescent Pointe Golf Club. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444. 

ORLANDO, Fla. – Final-round results of the IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 26, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division (East/North Course): Blue Tees – 6,838 yards, Par 72 (73.4/138) Boys 14 & Under Division (East/North Course): White Tees – 6,228 yards, Par 72 (70.6/132) Girls Division (East/North Course): Red Tees – 5,962 yards, Par 72 (74.8/136). Boys 15-19 Division (New Course): Blue Tees – 6,746 yards, Par 72 (71.8/123) Boys 14 & Under Division (New Course): White Tees – 6,253 yards, Par 72 (69.3/116) Girls Division (New Course): Red Tees – 5,949 yards, Par 72 (74.9/118).

Weather:

Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 90’s with 5-10 mph winds
Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 90’s with 5-10 mph winds
Monday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 80’s with 5-10 mph winds

Boys 15-19 Division
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) North/East Course: 6,838 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) New Course: 6,746 yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Blue Tees) North/East Course: 6,838 yards, Par 72

1. Ryoto Furuya, Wesley Chapel, FL, *68-67-75—210
2. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India, *73-70-71–214
3. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea, *71-75-70–216
4. Xuewen Luo, Lougkou City, China, *69-73-75–217
5. Jack Tianyi Cen, Bradenton, FL, *72-71-75–218
5. Matthew Plunkett, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, *74-66-78–218
7. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, *74-69-76–219
8. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan, *72-71-78–221
9. Ryan Davis, Berkeley Heights, NJ, *76-71-76–223
10. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India, *77-73-74–224
11. Roland Massimino, Lumberville, PA, *83-68-74–225
11. Bebe Bouahom, Vientiane, Laos, *73-74-78–225
11. Shiso Go, Tokyo, Japan, *73-72-80–225
14. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan, *77-75-74–226
14. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, *76-76-74–226
14. Nicholas Infanti, Clarksburg, MD, *79-72-75–226
17. Nate Menon, Wyomissing, PA, *76-73-78–227
18. Gus Minkin, York, PA, *82-75-72–229
18. Piyush Sangwan, Gurgaon, India, *76-75-78–229
18. Davis Lamb, Potomac, MD, *78-72-79–229
21. Sidhartha Sharathram, Coimbatore, India, *78-76-76–230
22. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ, *74-82-75–231
22. Ryan Hicks, Santa Monica, CA, *81-74-76–231
22. Sam Goldenring, Florham Park, NJ, *80-74-77–231
25. Anthony Muscato, Gibsonia, PA, *84-73-76–233
25. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina, *83-71-79–233
25. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA, *77-81-75–233
28. Jairaj Singh Sandhu, Punjab, India, *82-72-81–235
28. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan, *80-74-81–235
28. James Nicholas, Scarsdale, NY, *75-72-88–235
28. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ, *81-78-76–235
32. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea, *82-75-79–236
32. Nick Geiman, York, PA, *80-75-81–236
32. Jake Niedosik, Lansdale, PA, *76-83-77–236
32. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan, *81-77-78–236
36. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC, *79-77-82–238
37. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *77-81-81–239
37. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD, *78-79-82–239
37. Tyler Olmsted, Boyds, MD, *79-80-80–239
40. Teddy Hoffmann, Virginia Beach, VA, *81-77-82–240
41. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA, *79-73-89–241
42. Yuan Li, Haikou City, China, *85-76-81–242
43. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand, *76-80-87–243
44. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan, *82-83-79–244
44. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *81-81-82–244
44. Gerry Mackedon, Port Jefferson, NY, *81-79-84–244
47. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain, *83-83-79–245
47. David Hanes, Elma, NY, *82-83-80–245
47. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA, *84-77-84–245
47. Isaac Gorenstein, Nyack, NY, *76-82-87–245
51. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA, *83-83-81–247
52. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan, *85-76-87–248
53. Griffin Colvin, Media, PA, *82-81-86–249
54. Dom Wagner, Alexandria, VA, *85-81-85–251
55. Gurdev Chimni, Gurgaon, India, *81-86-89–256
56. Joe Rochelle, Quakertown, PA, *89-83-85–257
57. Caleb Bryant, New Freedom, PA, *90-87-83–260
57. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH, *88-90-82–260
57. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *81-90-89–260
60. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan, *86-87-88–261
61. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA, *91-83-89–263
61. Sam Schroeder, Sherborn, MA, *93-81-89–263
63. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *85-88-91–264
64. Rohit Talluri, Bellevue, WA, *89-82-95–266
65. J.P. Beall, Pittsburgh, PA, *94-90-93–277
65. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN, *88-91-98–277
67. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan, *100-90-96–286

DID NOT FINISH
Trent Hope, Savannah, GA, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Bobby Nixon, Port St. Lucie, FL, * DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK, *81-82–JWD
Ryan Conner, Newtown, PA, *JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division
Round 1 – (White Tees) New Course: 6,253 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (White Tees) East/ North Course: 6,228 yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (White Tees) New Course: 6,253 yards, Par 72

1. Atsuya Oishi, Hiroshima, Japan, *67-76-74–217
2. Ryota Furuhashi, Shizuoka, Japan, *73-76-70–219
3. Sampson Zheng, Kissimmee, FL, *71-75-74–220
4. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada, *72-75-75–222
5. Ray Navis, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, *74-76-73–223
6. Yujie Jin, Windermere, FL, *71-79-75–225
7. Chase Ingram, Bluffton, SC, *78-78-71–227
8. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia, *78-79-71–228
8. C.J. Hughes, Indiana, PA, *77-73-78–228
10. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *78-80-72–230
10. Thammalack Bouahom, Vientiane, Laos, *78-74-78–230
12. Jack Whisler, Scottsdale, AZ, *81-80-73–234
12. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago, *76-80-78–234
14. Grant Drogosch, Windermere, FL, *82-77-77–236
15. Lukas Clark, Holland, PA, *82-82-74–238
16. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA, *79-79-82–240
17. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC, *80-81-81–242
17. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA, *84-77-81–242
19. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ, *86-79-80–245
19. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan, *83-85-77–245
21. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA, *81-86-80–247
22. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY, *84-86-81–251
23. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA, *82-90-83–255
24. William Riva, Lancaster, PA, *96-89-89–274
25. Aryan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL, *99-86-95–280
26. Poppy Lee, Loxahatchee, FL, *97-96-89–282
27. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, *95-100-96–291
27. Alex Beall, Pittsburgh, PA, *102-96-93–291
29. Francis Gregor, North Wales, PA, *93-101-99–293

DID NOT FINISH
Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA, * DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA, *86-92–JWD

Girls Division

Round 1 – (Red Tees) New Course: 5,949 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Red Tees) East/North Course: 5,962 yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Red Tees) New Course: 5,949 yards, Par 72

1. Kornkamol Sukaree, Bangkok, Thailand, *73-73-72–218
2. Cara Basso, Downingtown, PA, *71-75-73–219
3. Yunjie Zhang, Haikou City, China, *76-73-73–222
4. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China, *76-77-72–225
5. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *79-72-76–227
5. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China, *77-74-76–227
5. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, NJ, *79-74-74–227
8. Mino Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand, *79-75-75–229
9. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan, *80-78-74–232
10. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan, *79-79-77–235
11. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ, *78-79-79–236
12. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China, *78-82-77–237
13. Dylaney Day, Toronto, ON, *81-78-80–239
14. Liza Freed, Alexandria, VA, *76-84-81–241
14. Yeji Shin, Norwood, NJ, *80-78-83–241
16. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand, *82-85-79–246
16. Marissa Balish, Allison Park, PA, *80-88-78–246
16. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada, *82-84-80–246
19. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan, *84-82-82–248
20. Haley Goodling, Manheim, PA, *90-83-79–252
21. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan, *86-87-83–256
22. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea, *86-79-93–258
23. Allison Herring, Skillman, NJ, *89-94-88–271
24. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ, *94-91-87–272
25. Frida Henningsson, Rye, NY, *88-88-97–273
26. Ananya Barthakur, New Delhi, India, *91-94-90–275
27. Amani Narang, Bhopal, India, *105-114-103–322

Bookholdt and Goldenberg earn IJGT Player of the Week Honors – May 17-18, 2014

SOMERS POINT, NJ – The IJGT returned to Somers Point, N.J., for the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club. With beautiful weather all weekend, the conditions were ideal for scoring.  Greate Bay serves as a fan-favorite stop on the tour.  This weeks Players of the Week are Joshua Goldenberg, of Scarsdale, N.Y., and Haley Bookholdt, of Columbus, N.J.

goldenberg maybeGoldenberg, playing in his second event of the season, had a great two days of golf.  In round one, Goldenberg had a steady round, shooting an 80 and never scoring higher than bogey on any hole. His second round was considerably better as he carded a 73. The New York native showed determination by shooting a 37 on the front nine. That score included a birdie on the long par-5 sixth hole. His back nine was virtually flawless with eight pars in nine holes. We congratulate Joshua on his great play and hope to see him soon!

 

 

 

bookholdtBookholdt, also playing in just her second event of the season, had a very strong outing this weekend, especially during the final round. She finished her first round with a score of 86, which included two birdies on No. 15 and No. 17. Though she entered the final round in a tie for fifth place, she was just six strokes off the lead and still in contention. Bookholdt came prepared in the final round and put together an exceptional score of 37 on her first nine holes. She, again, birdied the par-5, No. 15, which was statistically the most difficult hole in the Girls Division. She was also carded birdies on No. 15 and No. 17 during the weekend, the only two birdies on those holes in the division. She finished the final round with a score of 79, for a tournament total of 165. Her 79 won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and her 165 earned her a tie for second place. Bookholdt will look to continue her success next week at the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions.

Stein and Clair earn career-best finishes to be named among IJGT Player of the Week – May 10-11, 2014

HERSHEY, Pa. – The IJGT returned to Hershey Country Club to conduct the Hershey Classic. Presented by the International Junior Golf Academy, one of the most popular events each year, on May 10-11, 2014. A full field of highly competitive junior golfers from six different states caught the attention of a number of college coaches who came out to the tournament. While the first round included intermittent rain, including a 30 minute delay and eventual postponement of the round, golfers were welcomed with ideal conditions for the final round. Dylan Stein, of Flemington, NJ, and Alyssa Schiera, of West Windsor, NJ, stood out and earned Player of the Week honors.

steinStein, playing in his third tournament of the year, had another impressive showing. Facing less than ideal scoring conditions on Saturday, Stein managed to shoot an impressive 73. The Flemington, New Jersey native’s Saturday round included four birdies, two on the front nine and two on the back, including one on the tough par 3 8th hole.  On Sunday, Stein picked up right where he left off by carding a birdie on the par-5 first hole. His consistent play in round two led him to shoot a 78. His round one and round two scores forced a playoff with James Nicholas. During the playoff, Stein had many impressive shots, perhaps none more impressive than the up-and-down from off the green on the first playoff hole. Although it was not enough to secure the victory, it did secure his best finish of the year for him. We wish Stein the best and hope to see him soon.

 

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Schiera, an IJGT regular, having played six out of nine events this spring, had her best finish of the season. She started the weekend out nicely by parring her first hole and finished her front nine at 3-over-par 38. The highlight of her round was a birdie on the difficult par three, No. 16. She was the only girl to score under par on the hole and one of only five players to birdie the hole through the whole tournament. She finished round one with an 84 and in a six-way tie for fifth place. Schiera also played well throughout the final round, including another birdie on the par three, No. 2. She again finished with an 84, for an overall score of 168. Her third place finish is her best of the season and she improved on her previous best score of 2014 by four strokes. We wish Schiera the best of luck during her upcoming competitions at the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club this weekend and the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, May 24-26, at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando.

 

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The IJGT traveled south to host The Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club on May 10-11, 2014. The final event of the regular Southeast Tour schedule featured a field of 61 juniors ranging in age from 11-19 years old for the two-day, 36-hole event. The IJGT Players of the Week from the Southeast Tour are Cameron Clair of Bluffton, S.C., and Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

15111_10154171568985026_267358251173121412_nClair made his 14th appearance in an IJGT event this season with his IJGT career-best finish of third place in the Boys 15 & Up Division. After finishing his first round with a four-over par 76, Clair found himself three strokes off the lead. Clair started his final round ready to close the gap, making a birdie on his opening hole. He posted an even-par 72 for the final round, to finish with a 76-72–148. After his strong play at Falcon’s Fire, Clair will be one to watch at the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions.

 

 

 

 

10264779_10154171553715026_2741195399204324369_nPhuchanbanchob, the Girls Division second-place finisher, carded nine pars and three birdies to finish with an impressive first round score of 75. After starting the final round three strokes behind the lead with a one-under 35 on the front nine, Phuchanbanchob held strong with seven pars on the back nine, finishing with a 74 in the final round. She carded an overall score of 75-74—149, making her runner-up honors her fifth top-5 finish for the 2013-14 season. Phuchanbanchob will make her debut appearance in a  Bridgestone Tournament of Champions May 24-26, 2014, and look to excel with her momentum from this week’s notable performance.

Niedosik, May nab Player of the Week honors – March 29-30, 2014

Monroe Township, N.J. – For the third Northeast event of the Spring season, the IJGT travelled to New Jersey to conduct the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate March 29-30, 2014. Forsgate Country Club is a new venue to the IJGT, and the staff there could not have been more helpful and welcoming. The tournament participants were excited to take on the challenging Banks Course, which is characterized by deep recessed bunkers and unique green complexes. Players had to battle a persistent rain from start to finish of their rounds, that eventually lead to the final round of the tournament being cancelled. Undeterred by the poor conditions, Jake Niedosik, of Lansdale, Pa., and Lindsay May, of Auburn, N.Y., played outstanding golf, earning themselves Player of the Week honors.

Jake NiedosikNiedosik, who is in his first year with the IJGT, adds a second top three finish after four tournaments with a strong showing at Forsgate Country Club; he had previously finished in third place at his first IJGT tournament at Virginia Beach National in November. Niedosik got off to a hot start during his round, carding nine pars over his first ten holes. He was able to manage the steady wind and rains, avoiding any scores over bogey. Scoring 37 on the front nine and 39 on the back nine, Niedosik’s consistent play and overall score of 76 landed him in second place, his best career IJGT finish thus far. He will look to continue his impressive start at the Major Championship at Hartefeld National April 5-6 and at the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions May 24-26, 2014.

 

 

Lindsay MayMay continued her Spring season, after also playing in the Philly Challenge at White Manor last weekend, by setting two new personal bests, despite tough conditions. She bested her previous low score by four strokes and her second place finish is the highest of her career. A highlight of her round came on the 134 yard par-3 at hole number 12, which she birdied. There was only one other birdie on that hole and only two other birdies in the Girls Division during the tournament. Her final score of 83 left her in second place after a scorecard playoff with Yeji Shin. We wish May continued success throughout the rest of the season and hope to see her again soon.

 

 

For full results from the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgateclick here.

 

 

2014 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) has released its 2014 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions for open registration. The Event held May 24-26, 2014 at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla., is the marquee event on the IJGT calendar featuring the largest and strongest field of the year. Contested on the New and East/North Courses at Grand Cypress Golf Club, the 54-hole event will be an event you will not want to miss.

Registration is open for ALL IJGT members today and for signing up early you will receive a discount of $100. This price is available only for a limited amount of time so do not hesitate to reserve your spot in the Tournament of Champions.

Past Champions of the Tournament of Champions include NCAA First-Team All-American, Stephanie Meadow, University of Louisville standout, Laura Restrepo, University of Southern California grad, Stewart Hagestad, and Texas A&M freshmen, Mickey Werenski.

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2013 Bridgestone Series – Final Weekend

 

NASHPORT, Ohio – The International Junior Golf Tour external_link.png (IJGT) will host its final Bridgestone Series Event this weekend.  This last tournament, The Bridgestone Series at Longaberger external_link.png, is held on the No. 1 ranked course you can play by Golfweek in the state of Ohio.  For more information on this Event please check out our website at IJGT.com.  Here are the current standings for The Bridgestone Series leading into the final event:

 

Boys 15-19 Division    Finish   Points
Johnson Ko

T1

    110
Nick Musshafen

T1

    110
Ezekiel Zhao

2

     95
Hunter Lee

T3

    87.5
Ethan Means

T3

    87.5
Andrew Britton

4

     80
Mike Hanrahan

5

     70
James Nabial

6

     60
Boys 14 Under Division     Finish    Points
Leo Hernandez        T1

110

Jake Sollon

 T1

110

Brett Levenstein

 T2

       95
George Ward        T2

 95

Girls Division      Finish     Points
Raphaella Kang

   T1

  110

Katie Edelblut

   T1

  110

Mia Baringer

   T2

   95

Erin DiDonato         T2

   95

Allyson Wentworth

   T3

   80

Sarah Kokotajlo

   T3

   80

Linda Wang

    4

    70

 

 

Points will be awarded to the top 10 players in the Boys 15-19, Boys 14 Under and Girls Divisions in each of the denoted events in the Bridgestone Tournament Series. The following is the breakdown for points per event:

1st – 110 points                                6th – 50 points

2nd – 95 points                                7th – 40 points

3rd – 80 points                                 8th – 30 points

4th – 70 points                                 9th – 20 points

  5th – 60 points                                 10th – 10 points

 

If there are ties for a specific place, the points will be split evenly. For example, a three player tie for 2nd Place would result in each player receiving 81.67 points (245 total points for 2nd (95), 3rd (80) and 4th (70), divided evenly among three players). In order to receive points toward the Bridgestone Tournament Series players must play a Bridgestone Ball.  

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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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

 

IJGT Announces Spring 2013 Bridgestone Tournament Series

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is excited to announce the 2013 Spring Bridgestone  Tournament Series. After a successful series in 2012, the IJGT Bridgestone Tournament Series offers extra incentive to juniors who participate in specific events using a Bridgestone ball during competition. This season the tournament series is as follows:

Bridgestone Tournament Series at Westfields – March 16-17 – Clifton, Va. 

Bridgestone Tournament Series at Greate Bay – March 30-31 – Somers Point, N.J. 

Bridgestone Tournament Series at Longaberger – May 18-19 – Nashport, Ohio 

The Bridgestone Series will be open to any registered participants in the previously listed tournaments. Juniors who choose to participate will earn points for their finish in their respective divisions (Boys 15-19, Boys 14 & Under, and Girls) based on the following points scale.

1st – 110 points
2nd – 95 points
3rd – 80 points
4th – 70 points
5th – 60 points
6th – 50 points
7th – 40 points
8th – 30 points
9th – 20 points
10th – 10 points

Here is the kicker: in order to be eligible to earn points you must play a Bridgestone Golf ball. The IJGT hands out a dozen top of line Bridgestone B-330 Series golf balls to each participant at every tournament. Some prominent players on the PGA TOUR and LPGA who play Bridgestone include Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, and Paula Creamer. Starting this year, Bridgestone Golf will also give a hat to every player that chooses to participate in the challenge.

At the conclusion of these three events, the grand prize will be awarded to the overall point leader in each division. The winners will get to choose from one of the following prizes:

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12 dozen Bridgestone Golf balls of their choice
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The Bridgestone Tournament Series events will fill up quickly! Sign up today to reserve your chance to win the grand prize!

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