Kim comes from behind to secure first IJGT title. Walker goes wire to wire to secure Girls Division Championship



Malvern, PA. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Malvern, PA., to host the Philly Challenge at White Manor. Juniors competed in cold and overcast conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars, during the two day, 36 hole event.


Chris Lee, of West Nyak, NY came from behind to lock up first in the Boys 15-19 Division with scores of 78- 73 for a two day total of 151. Lee started out the final day six shots off the lead, but started hot on the cold and windy final day, with a birdie on the opening hole. His steady play continued throughout the day, shooting an even-par 35 on the front nine, and a two over 38 on the back.


When asked what his mindset was going into the final round chasing the leader, Lee said “my mindset was to go into today and go low, and take everything shot by shot.” Lee was also awarded the Clazic Belts low final around award, along with Hayden Rousselle, firing a final round 73. Brynn Walker took home the Clazic Belt award for the Girls Division carding a 76 on day two. The award given to the boy and girl junior(s) that shoots the lowest score on the final day of the event.


There was a three way tie for second place in the Boys 15-19 Division. In second place, with a two day total of 152 was Brendan Hansen, of Spring Lake, NJ, Hayden Rousselle, of New Hope PA and the first round leader, Patrick Sheehan, of Doylestown, NJ


Brynn Walker, of St. David, PA won the Girls Division with a two day total of eight over, 150. Walker started out the tournament with an impressive, three-over 74 on day one. The PA native carded two birdies on the day, along with a fantastic eagle on the long par 5, 11th hole. When asked about the tough conditions this week, Walker said “With the weather conditions this week, it was a grind and my putting was the strongest part of my game this week.” Walker followed up her strong first round, with a 76. For the tournament, Walker finished with an impressive 4 birdies and an eagle.


Class of 2016 College Signees

The International Junior Golf Tour would like to congratulate past and present tour players on signing their National Letter’s of Intent last week. Committing to college is a major accomplishment and the IJGT sends their best wishes to alumni as they continue their competitive golf careers.

Listed below are former alumni and the school they will be attending. Following are the pictures from signing day.

Adam Gray (Potomac, MD) – Rutgers University

Alex Butler (East Norriton, PA) – Drexel University

Alex Vegh (Gahanna, OH) – Austin Peay State

Ana Paula Valdes (Morelia , Mexico) – Clemson

Ankita Kedlaya (Bangalore , India) – East Tennessee State University

Anthony Truong (Winter Garden, FL) – Arizona State University

Austin Matz (Wexford , PA) – University of Mary Washington

Ben Reichert (East Amherst, NY) – East Tennessee State University

Benjamin Morris (Reisterstown, MD) – College of William and Mary

Bennett Buch (West Friendship, MD) – University of Maryland

Brent Ito (Ardsley, NY) – University of Michigan

Brynn Walker (St. Davids, PA) – University of North Carolina

Colin Dubnik (Rochester , NY) – University of Memphis

Connor Daly (Bronxville , NY) – Villanova University

Connor Schmidt (Philadelphia, PA) – Drexel University

David Hanes (Elma, NY) – Canisius College

Davis Lamb (Potomac , MD) – University of Notre Dame

Dylan VanderVeer (El Dorado Hills, CA) – Saint Mary’s of California

Eric Hall (Harwood, MD) – Yale University

Eun-Won Park (Tenafly, NJ) – Univrsity of Washington

Gabrielle Correia (Central Valley, NY) – Tulane University

Grace Massengill (Hickory, NC) – Wofford College

Gunnar Doyle (Pittsford , NY) – U.S. Military Academy (Army)

Gus Minkin (York, PA) – University of Minnesota

Hannah Berman (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) – University of West Florida

Hunter Wolcott (Burns, TN) – University of Tennessee

Jack Melville (Maple Glen, PA) – University of Delaware

Jasmine Chee (Hong Kong, China) – Western Michigan University

John Felitto (Mountainside, NJ) – University of Notre Dame

Kendel Hodges (Temecula, CA) – California Baptist University

Kristin Whitehead (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) – Queens University of Charlotte

Linda Wang (Fresh Meadows , NY) – St. Johns University

Luke Schaap (Potomac, MD) – University of Virginia

Madelein Herr (New Hope, PA) – Penn State University

Maren Cipolla (Lewistown, NY) – University of Texas

Maria Vesga (Bucaramenga, Columbia) – Baylor University

Mariel Galdiano (Kapolei, HI) – University of California, Los Angeles

Melany Chong (Mississauga, Canada) – Appalachian State University

Nicholas Russell (Hilton Head , SC) – Linestone College

Peter Knade (Easton , PA) – University of Maryland

Pryce Beshoory (Pearland, Texas) – The University of Houston

R.J. Wren (Morgantown, PA) – University of Delaware

Raelyn Spears (Plymouth, MN) – Elon University

Reed Winkler (Wilmington , DE) – St. Josephs University

Reid Bedell (Fair Haven, NJ) – Lafayette College

Rij Patel (Hunt Valley, MD) – Harvard University

Ryan Skae (Stony Point, NY) – Colgate University

Ryoto Furuya (West Chapel, FL) – University of Illinois

Sean Stanistreet (Camillus , NY) – University of South Carolina Upstate

Stanley Garrant (Poughkeepsie, NY) – St. Peters University

Steven Weingroff (Upper Saddle River, NJ) – Loyola University Maryland

Synclaire Kuhn (McMurray, PA) – St. Francis University (PA)

Taisei Negishi (San Diego , CA) – University of Michigan

Thomas “Jack” Simpson (Aurora , ON) – University of Iowa

Thomas Lewis (Doylestown , PA) – Purdue University

Walker Campbell (Paget, Bermuda) – College of William and Mary

William Harwood (Columbia, SC) – Elon University

Yoo Jin Kim (Centerville, VA) – George Washington University

Zhengkai Bai (Bradenton , FL) – University of Central Florida


Ankita Kedlaya, East Tennessee State University

Ankita Kedlaya, East Tennessee State University

Bennett Buch, University of Maryland

Bennett Buch, University of Maryland


Brynn Walker, University of North Carolina

Brynn Walker, University of North Carolina


David Hanes, Canisius College

David Hanes, Canisius College


Davis Lamb, University of Notre Dame

Davis Lamb, University of Notre Dame


Dylan VanderVeer, Saint Mary's of California

Dylan VanderVeer, Saint Mary’s of California


Gabrielle Correia, Tulane University

Gabrielle Correia, Tulane University


Grace Massengill, Wofford College

Grace Massengill, Wofford College


Gunnar Doyle, U.S. Military Academy (Army)

Gunnar Doyle, U.S. Military Academy (Army)


Gus Minkin, University of Minnesota

Gus Minkin, University of Minnesota


Jack Melville, University of Delaware

Jack Melville, University of Delaware

Jasmine Chee, Western Michigan University

Jasmine Chee, Western Michigan University


John Felitto, University of Notre Dame

John Felitto, University of Notre Dame


Kristin Whitehead, Queens University of Charlotte

Kristin Whitehead, Queens University of Charlotte

Linda Wang, St. Johns University

Linda Wang, St. Johns University


Madelein Herr, Penn State University

Madelein Herr, Penn State University


Maren Cipolla, University of Texas

Maren Cipolla, University of Texas


Mariel Galdiano, University of California, Los Angeles

Mariel Galdiano, University of California, Los Angeles


Melany Chong, Appalachian State

Melany Chong, Appalachian State

Peter Knade, University of Maryland

Peter Knade, University of Maryland


Reed Winkler, St. Joseph's University

Reed Winkler, St. Joseph’s University


Reid Bedell, Lafayette College

Reid Bedell, Lafayette College


R.J. Wren, University of Delaware

R.J. Wren, University of Delaware


Ryoto Furuya, University of Illinois

Ryoto Furuya, University of Illinois


Sean Stanistreet, University of South Carolina Upstate

Sean Stanistreet, University of South Carolina Upstate

Stanley, Garrant, St. Peter's University

Stanley, Garrant, St. Peter’s University


Steven Weingroff, Loyola University Maryland

Steven Weingroff, Loyola University Maryland


Synclaire Kuhn, St. Francis University (PA)

Synclaire Kuhn, St. Francis University (PA)


Taisei Negishi, University of Michigan

Taisei Negishi, University of Michigan


Thomas Lewis, Purdue University

Thomas Lewis, Purdue University


Walker Campbell,  College of William & Mary

Walker Campbell, College of William & Mary


YooJin Kim, George Washington University

YooJin Kim, George Washington University

IJGT ELITE: Fowler wins The Players Championship

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May 6-12, 2015

IJGT alum Rickie Fowler has been the talk of the golf world since winning The Players Championship via sudden-death playoff on Sunday. Fowler was 1-over through 12 holes in the final round before shooting 6-under on the final six holes. He became the first player ever to shoot 5-under (he made three birdies and an eagle) on the final four holes at The Players. Seven players have finished the stretch 4-under. Fowler also became the first player to birdie hole No. 17 three times in one day. Fowler’s mom, sister and girlfriend were all in attendance to watch his Mother’s Day win. Read more about it here.

Shanshan Feng won the Ladies European Tour’s Buick Championship in Shanghai, posting a 17-under 271 tournament total at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club. Read more about her victory here.

Derek Bard (Virginia) was named to the All-ACC team. He won the U.S. Collegiate title in October and ranks eighth in the ACC in stroke average (70.91).

Brynn Walker, who finished second in April’s Architects Cup, and Madelein Herr advanced to the USGA Women’s Four-Ball semifinals.

Matt Barto (Gannon) will be competing as an individual in the NCAA DII Men’s Golf Championships. He will play in the Atlantic/East regional at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio, hosted by the Mountain East Conference.

Brandon Matthews (Temple) was featured in a story on the local news in Philadelphia. You can watch the segment here.

Four IJGT members carded holes-in-one over the past two weeks, three in IJGT tournaments! Tom McLaughlin and Matthew Dzialga both had aces during last weekend’s IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club. McLaughlin’s came on the par-3 16th hole and Dzialga’s came on the par-3 second hole. Betty Horaney carded a hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth hole at Golden Bear during the previous weekend’s Junior World Qualifier. Earlier this week, Peter Bradbeer made a hole-in-one during practice while preparing for the Friends School League Championship.

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The Architects Cup – Final Results (April 19, 2015)

Massimino comes from behind to secure Boys 15-19 Division title

Sim wins Girls Division against elite competition.

 The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Lopatcong, N.J., to host the The Architects Cup on April 18-19, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Massimino websiteRoland Massimino of Lumberville, Pa., carded an even-par 71 to win the Boys 15-19 Division. The Kansas State commit started out with three birdies through his first four holes. When asked about his play today, Massimino said,

“I played scrappy today,” Massimino said after his victory. “It was a grind-it-out kind of day today.”

When asked about going to play at Kansas State, he stated, “I’m really excited to be playing in the Big-12 against great competition.”

In a tie for second, Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., and Daniel Reiger of Collegeville, Md., both carded a two-day total of 3-over 145.

The Clazic Belts Low Final Round award went to James McHugh of Rye, N.Y., and Matt Graeff of Blue Bell, Pa. Both players shot a final round 70 to secure the award. The Eyeline Golf Golden Putter award went to Vance, who carded seven birdies during the competition.

Sim websiteIn the Girls Division, Kelly Sim of Edgewater, N.J., held on to her day one lead to win her second IJGT event in three weeks. Sim shot a first round 69, and followed up her 2-under first round with a gritty second round 73. During her final round, the New Jersey native shot an even-par 35 on the front nine.

In second place in the Girls Division, Brynn Walker of St. Davids, Pa., shot a two-day total of 144. The University of North Carolina commit managed to secure a Clazic Belts Low Final Round award in the Girls Division and the Eyeline Golf Golden Putter award for the girls. Third place went to Anina Ku of Basking Ridge, N.J. Ku shot a two-day total of 144 to secure third place, including a final round 71 to receive a Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Updike websiteIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, John Updike of Wayne, Pa., came from behind during the final round to secure his first IJGT victory of the season. The Pennsylvania native started out strong, shooting an even-par 36 on his first nine holes. When asked about his strong start, he said, “I played really consistent. I had all pars to start out, which helped.”

There was a tie for second place in the Boys 14 & Under Division. With a two-day total of 151, Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., and Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., both came within one shot of the victory.

The Eyeline Golf Golden Putter award for the Boys 14 & Under Division went to a par-4 tie breaker, and the award went to Calamaro, with four birdies.

The IJGT Northeast Tour will continue tournament play with the Major Championship at Bulle Rock on April 25-26, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit or call (843) 686-1500.

Lopatcong, NJ – Final Results of the IJGT Architects Cup at The Architects Golf Club on April 18-19, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,611 yards Par 71 (71.6/127). Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,040 yards, Par 71 (68.8/122). Girls Division: Blue Tees – 5,693 yards, Par 71 (73.8/131).

International Junior Golf Tour

Architects Open at The Architects Golf Club

Lopatcong, NJ

April 18-19, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,611 yards, Par 71

1. Roland Massimino, Lumberville, PA *70-71–141

2. Daniel Rieger, Collegeville, PA *74-71–145

2. Kyle Vance, Audubon, PA *68-77–145

4. James McHugh, Rye, NY *76-70–146

5. Jack Melville, Maple Glen, PA *73-74–147

6. Matt Graeff, Blue Bell, PA *78-70–148

6. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *76-72–148

6. Marco Nieto, Eynon, PA *76-72–148

9. DJ Griffiths, Binghamton, NY *77-72–149

9. Brant Wolff, Perth Amboy, NJ *75-74–149

11. Will Rand, New York, NY *72-78–150

12. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *79-72–151

12. Nicholas Sidor, Upper Saddle River, NJ *75-76–151

14. Toby DiPaolo, Tuxedo Park, NY *78-74–152

14. William Sheedy, Washington, DC *76-76–152

16. Sanghyeon Park, Oakland Gardens, NY *78-75–153

16. Jon Petrin, Cicero, NY *78-75–153

16. Jordan Shaffer, Fayetteville, PA *77-76–153

19. Alec Kerr, Broomall, PA *77-77–154

20. Blake DiPaola, Long Valley, NJ *81-74–155

20. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *79-76–155

20. Nicholas Gianelos, West Chester, PA *78-77–155

23. George Cultraro, Wyckoff, NJ *81-75–156

23. Christopher Lee, Westwood, NJ *80-76–156

23. Dustin Cook, Westport, CT *79-77–156

26. Andrew Lombardo, Lansdale, PA *83-74–157

26. Cory Haldeman, Center Valley, PA *79-78–157

26. Kevin Johnson, Glen Gardner, NJ *79-78–157

26. Brian Zinman, Center Valley, PA *78-79–157

26. Justin Murray, Burlington, NJ *76-81–157

31. Griffin Smith, Holland, PA *81-78–159

32. Cole Berger, Malvern, PA *82-78–160

33. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *83-78–161

33. Aaron Montgomery, New York, NY *83-78–161

33. Jack Martinides, Newtown, PA *77-84–161

36. Spencer Weiner, Short Hills, NJ *84-79–163

36. Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley, PA *82-81–163

36. Alec Cwienkala, Allentown, PA *80-83–163

39. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *84-80–164

39. Titus Sung, Roslyn Heights, NY *81-83–164

41. Pauly Fedele, Easton, PA *84-81–165

42. Derek Li, Hillsborough, NJ *89-80–169

43. Devin Sanders, Camden, DE *91-80–171

43. Jay Kim, Holmdel, NJ *87-84–171

43. Danny Goetze, Cornwall on Hudson, NY *85-86–171

46. Charlie Kovalcik, Yardley, PA *86-86–172

47. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *90-83–173

48. Nicholas Ng, New York, NY *90-94–184

49. Kyle Froisland, Blairstown, NJ *100-86–186


DQ. Dylan Karofsky, Purchase, NY, *90 DQ (Rule 6-3)

JWD. Matthew Lee-Tolley, New York, NY, *77

Boys 14 & Under Division-Gold Tees- 6,040 yards, Par 71

1. John Updike, Wayne, PA *78-72–150

2. Jake Calamaro, Newtown Square, PA *77-74–151

2. Luke Sample, New York, NY *75-76–151

4. Billy Civitella, Jr., Berwyn, PA *78-79–157

5. Jack Cornforth, South Hamilton, MA *79-79–158

6. James Meyers, Wexford, PA *83-77–160

7. Tj Buck, Penfield, NY *86-76–162

7. Matthew Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *82-80–162

7. John Del Priore, Yorktown, NY *83-79–162

10. Kyle Gardner, Rye, NY *81-82–163

11. Jude Cummings, Pittsford, NY, *89-79–168

12. Archie Filshill, Huntingdon Valley, PA *88-87–175

13. Michael DeRienzo, Southbury, CT *97-95–192

Girls Division- Blue Tees- 5,693 yards, Par 71

1. Kelly Sim, Edgewater, NJ *69-73–142

2. Brynn Walker, St. Davids, PA *73-71–144

3. Anina Ku, Basking Ridge, NJ *77-71–148

4. Ami Gianchandani, Short Hills, NJ *73-77–150

5. Christina Parsells, Bernardsville, NJ *78-75–153

6. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ *82-73–155

7. Tiya Chowdary, Montgomery, NJ *80-77–157

8. Linda Wang, Fresh Meadows, NY *80-78–158

9. Jessie Kweon, Little Neck, NY *78-82–160

10. Soona Lee-Tolley, New York, NY *85-77–162

10. Rebecca Markunas, Glendale, NY *86-76–162

10. Yoona Kim, Oradell, NJ *86-76–162

10. Sarah Perine, Staten Island, NY *83-79–162

14. Caroline Hodge, Larchmont, NY *84-82–166

15. Lauren Muhlbauer, Newtown, PA *87-80–167

16. Anna Bowman, Westfield, NJ *84-85–169

17. Meher Mankikar, Bridgewater, NJ *87-85–172

18. Erin Holmes, Cumberland, ME *94-82–176

19. Brianna Marmorstein, Havertown, PA *90-89–179

20. Hannah Fireman, Ambler, PA *95-85–180

21. Grace Cuttone, Bernardsville, NJ *94-88–182


JWD. Rachel Corry, Ridgefield, CT, *79

JWD. Lauren Kingsly, Morristown, NJ, *127

junior championship

12 IJGT members advance to match-play competition at U.S. Junior Championships

Junior Amateur

After two rounds of competition at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, 12 IJGT members have advanced to the match-play competition! The first two rounds were filled with low scores from juniors from around the world, and the IJGT continued to represent well in these illustrious competitions. The top 64 golfers in the stroke-play competition advance on to the single-elimination, match-play competition.

In the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, Davis Shore (Knoxville, Tenn.) led the six advancing IJGT members with a 71-72–143 overall score to finish in a tie for 18th place at the conclusion of the stroke play competition. He finished only six strokes off the leader, Sean Crocker (Zimbabwe), who finished at 7-under-par. Rounding out the IJGT field was John Pak (T24th), Keenan Huskey (T31), Bryson Nimmer (T37), Aaron Denucci (T50) and Austen Sandoval (T50).

In the U.S. Girls Junior Championship, Mariel Galdiano (Pearl City, Hawaii) took finalist honors in the stroke-play competition, finishing in third place! Her scores of 69-72–141 overall put her in sole possession of third place. Rounding out the IJGT membership in the field were Ana Paula Valdes (T17), Brynn Walker (T26), Samantha Wagner (T31), Julie Luo (T57) and Robynn Ree (T57).

Good luck to our advancing members, and the IJGT community looks forward to seeing your progress in the upcoming match-play competition!

Junior Amateur

2014 U.S. Junior Amateur and Girls' Junior Championships filled with IJGT talent

Junior Amateur

This year’s U.S. Junior Amateur, held at The Club at Carlton Woods in Woodlands, Texas, and U.S. Girls’ Junior, held at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz., kicked off this week. With over 200 junior golfers competing for their respective crowns, the fields contain 32 junior golfers with IJGT experience!

The U.S. Junior Amateur field contains 13 IJGT junior golfers from all over the country and includes five IJGT Champions, including Ryoto Furuya, the 2014 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions Boys 15-19 Division Champion.

The U.S. Girls’ Junior field contains 19 IJGT junior golfers from all over the world, including Mexico, Norway, Brazil and Nigeria. Nine of the 19 IJGT golfers are past IJGT Champions, and even more are top-3 finalists in IJGT tournaments.

The U.S. Junior Amateur and Girls’ Junior Championships feature a two-round stroke play competition, which reduces the field down to 64 golfers. Those 64 golfers then compete in a single elimination, match-play tournament competition over the course of the remaining days to determine an overall champion.

Check out the list of IJGT golfers in the U.S. Junior Amateur and Girls’ Junior Championships, and follow their progress with the links below!

2014 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship – The Club at Carlton Woods – The Woodlands, Texas
Aaron Denucci – Clive, Iowa
John Felitto* – Mountainside, New Jersey
Ryoto Furuya* – Wesley Chapel, Florida
Evan Grenus – Glastonbury, Connecticut
Keenan Huskey – Greenville, South Carolina
Connor Littlefield – Waukee, Iowa
Chris Meyers – Oro Valley, Arizona
Bryson Nimmer* – Bluffton, South Carolina
John Pak – Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Ashton Poole – Charlotte, North Carolina
Austen Sandoval – Sacramento, California
Davis Shore* – Knoxville, Tennessee

2014 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship – Forest Highlands Golf Club – Flagstaff, Ariz.
Luisa Altmann
– Windermere, Florida
Haley Bookholdt* – Columbus, New Jersey
Larissa Carter* – Auburn, New York
Minjou Chen – Chinese Taipei
Emily Corrigan – Irvington, New York
Isabella DiLisio* – Hatfield, Pennsylvania
Nicolette Donovan – Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Mariel Galdiano* – Pearl City, Hawaii
Stephanie Lau – Fullerton, California
Julie Luo* – Centreville, Virginia
Christina Parsells* – Bernardsville, New Jersey
Robynn Ree – Redondo Beach, California
Yeji Shin – Norwood, New Jersey
Annie Swords – Newnan, Georgia
Anita Uwadia – Lagos, Nigeria
Ana Paula Valdes* – Morelia, Mexico
Susana Vik* – Oslo, Norway
Samantha Wagner – Windermere, Florida
Brynn Walker* – St. Davids, Pennsylvania

* Denotes IJGT Champion

Basso, Weiss among those that earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – March 22-23, 2014

Northeast Tour

Malvern, Pa. – The IJGT continued the Northeast Tour with the Philly Challenge at White Manor March 22-23, 2014. While snow threatened the likelihood of the tournament early on in the week, sunny skies and wind helped to clear the course in time for the event. The staff at White Manor Country Club worked diligently to ensure that the course was prepared for its first golf of the season. Players enjoyed uncharacteristically warm temperatures in the mid-60s during round one but wind gusts up to 20 mph required the golfers to adjust their shots. Despite cooler temperatures, round two saw lots of great golf and many players improving on their scores, including Brendan Bacskai, of Berwyn, Pa., and Cara Basso, of Downingtown, Pa., who earned Player of the Week honors from the Northeast Tour.

bacskaiBacskai competed in his second IJGT event of the year in the Boys 15-19 Division. He played in the College Series at the University Of Maryland in early October 2014, finishing T10. During the first round at White Manor Country Club, Bacskai carded six pars and one birdie in tough conditions on his way to a 10-over-par, 81, to tie for 17th. Bacskai was determined to bounce back and move up the leader board in the final round. He did just that, playing very consistent and carding 12 pars and one birdie in less windy conditions and cutting six strokes off his first-round total for a final round of 75. Overall, Bacskai finished with an 81-75–156 overall, on his way to a tie for a 2nd place. We are all excited and looking forward to seeing what Bacskai can do the rest of the 2014 IJGT season.


bassoBasso, playing in her fourth season with the IJGT, added another top-five finish to her tournament resume after coming back from a tough first round. While she handled the par-3s very well in round one, scoring par or better on three of four, she had difficulty navigating the remaining holes. A great deal of resiliency allowed her to put round one behind her en route to improving her score by 14 strokes in round two. Basso matched or beat her score on all but one hole in the final round, including a birdie on the par-five No. 6, after struggling with it in round one. Her final round score of 76 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round award, along with Brynn Walker. We wish Basso the best of luck and look forward to watching her compete in future tournaments.

Southeast Tour

Columbia, S.C. – The IJGT hosted the Palmetto Open at the Columbia Country Club March 22-23, 2014. Despite forecasted rain, the weather held out for a dry two-day tournament. The weather was perfect for golf with sunny skies, tame winds, and temperatures in the mid 60s. Temperatures dropped into the mid 50s and overcast skies threatened rain on day two. This week’s Southeast Players of the Week were John Weiss of Columbia, S.C., and Milleina Ohara of Meguro-Ku, Japan.

WeissNew to the IJGT, Weiss, had an impressive showing at the course he trains regularly, finishing second in the Boys 14 and Under Division. Weiss started strong in round one shooting an impressive 78. That round included four birdies and seven pars. Facing tougher conditions on day two, Weiss shot an 80, which included 11 pars and a birdie on the tough par-4 No.6 hole. After regulation, Weiss was tied to force a playoff for first. Though his bogey on the playoff hole was not enough for a victory, Weiss made a bold introduction for himself on the tour.




M. OharaOhara, playing in her third tournament since winning at Country Club of Hilton Head got off to a shaky start in round one. She finished the first round with a score of 82 highlighted by nine pars. Determined to reach the winners circle, Ohara tallied two birdies and ten pars to improve her first-round score by five strokes. She finished the tournament with a total of 159 to place third. The third-place finish becomes her third top-five finish in the 2013-2014 season.

Congratulations to our Players of the Week from both the Northeast and Southeast Tours!



Philly Challenge at White Manor – Final Results

Goldenring grabs first IJGT championship
Walker gets redemption at White Manor

MALVERN, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to White Manor Country Club for their second stop of the Northeast Tour to host the Philly Challenge. Temperatures reached into the mid-60s in the first round and dropped into the low 40s for the final round. The field of 87 golfers competed 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.

SAMIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Sam Goldenring, of Florham Park, N.J., played consistently throughout the weekend, coming from behind to win his first IJGT championship. He managed to make par or better on 12 of 18 holes during round one. Goldenring played the front nine well both days, totaling 3-over-par, including a birdie on the par-5, hole No. 6 in round one. His score of 76 put him just two strokes behind the leader headed into the final round. While many other golfers were affected by the temperature drop, Goldenring did not let it bother him. During the final round, he made par or better on 13 of 18 holes. At the turn on day two, he narrowed the gap to trail the leader by just one stroke. His concentration and consistency led him to win his first ever IJGT championship. Goldenring posted scores of 76-76—152 overall for the weekend and won his division by four strokes.

When asked his mindset coming into the final round trailing, Goldenring replied, “I just tried to take it one
shot at a time. Don’t force the birdies and if it happened, great, but if not then I would be happy [too].”

Quinn Dolan of Broomall, Pa., and Brendan Bacskai of Berwyn, Pa., tied for second place in the Boys 15-19 Division. Dolan posted scores of 80-76—156 overall and Bacskai posted scores of 81-75—156 overall. Bacskai’s score of 75 during the final round earned him 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.

BRYNNIn the Girls Division, Brynn Walker of St. Davids, Pa., took the lead early and never looked back. After taking second place at White Manor last season, Walker came back this year in hopes of redemption. On day one, she started off solid and was 1-under-par after three holes. She closed out the first nine with six consecutive pars. Walker finished the first round with a score of 1-over-par 72, the lowest score in all divisions. The weather proved troublesome during the final round but she managed to extend her lead. Walker totaled three birdies in the final round, two of which came on par-3s. Walker’s dominant play won her division by 10 strokes, posting scores of 72-76-148. Her final round score of 76 tied with Cara Basso, of Downingtown, Pa., for the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

When asked what she did differently this year and what changes she made to her game, Walker said, “over the winter, it was tough because of the weather to work on different things, but I worked on my mindset and getting my mental game down. I think that really paid off. I was just mentally strong this week.”

Isabella DiLisio of Hatfield, Pa., took second place with scores of 79-79—158 overall. Finishing in third place, was Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., who shot 83-78—161 overall.

LEOIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Leo Hernandez of Stewartsville, N.J., won his first IJGT championship. Hernandez has had various competitive finishes this season, including a third- place finish at The Final Challenge at Hershey Links. At the Philly Challenge, Hernandez was able merge every aspect of his game together for a win. He was striking the ball well, picking up distance on his first and second shots and also making putts when they mattered most. In round one, he was a little shaky but battled to tally one birdie and six pars. In round two he closed out the tournament shooting a 2-over-par score of 37 on his last nine holes. Hernandez finished the final round with a score of 77. His numbers for the weekend were 84-77—161 overall.

“My ball striking was working really well. Even when I didn’t manage to hit the fairway, I was still finding greens and two putting for par,” said Hernandez.

Coming in second place, was Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., who posted scores of 82-80—162 overall. Finishing in third place, was Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., who shot 83-86—169 overall.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club on March 29-30, 2014. To sign up for this event, or others, visit 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 or call (800) 792-9143.

Philly Challenge at White Manor first-round highlights – Walker, Rucinski & Dougherty lead their divisions

The IJGT’s second stop of the Northeast Tour took place at White Manor Country Club as they hosted the Philly Challenge. The course was in great condition and temperatures reached up into the 60’s for Round One. The field of 87 golfers took to the course to compete for IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Performance Stars and national rankings, 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 Girls Division, Brynn Walker of St. Davids, Pa., is leading after the first round with a score of 72. Here are her numbers for Round One:

23 – current ranking in the Tour Standings

11 – total pars made on the day

3 – number of birdies on the day

1 – number of strokes over par


In the Boys 15-19 Division, Ryan Rucinski of Wilmington, Del., is leading his division finishing Round One with a score of 74. Here are his numbers from Round One:

4 – number of players within three strokes of Rucinski’s score

3 – number of strokes over par

3 – number of birdies on the day

1 – first IJGT event this season


In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., is leading his division with a score of 82. His Round One numbers were:

9 – total pars made on the day

3 – his third IJGT event this season

2 – his number of Top-3 finishes through two events this season

1 – stroke lead in the division after Round One


For full round one results of the Philly Challenge at White Manor Country Club, click here.

For pairings for the final round of the Philly Challenge at White Manor Country Club, click here.

Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live, up-to-the-minute updates of the Philly Challenge at White Manor Country Club as the tournament continues.

Players to watch at the Philly Challenge at White Manor CC

The IJGT will host the #PhillyChallenge at White Manor Country Club on March 22-23, 2014 in Malvern, Pa. This event will be two days long and golfers will play a total of 36-holes. IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings will go to the top finishers in each division.

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White Manor Country Club is a world-class golf course. It is currently the #3 ranked “Modern Design” golf course and #14 overall in Pennsylvania, by Golfweek Magazine. Bobby Weed Design of Pointe Vedra Beach, Fla., redesigned and completely renovated the whole course in 2003. The following year in August 2003, White Manor CC won an award for U.S. Course Renovation of the Year by Golf Inc. Magazine.

White Manor Country Club

White Manor Country Club was named #3 Modern Designed Golf Course in Pennsylvania by Golfweek

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Brendan Bacskai of Berwyn, Pa., will be returning this year to compete for the championship. Bacskai finished tied for fourth last season at White Manor with scores of 77-78–155 and looks to improve his numbers this year. David Ross from Lorton, Va., and Nick Geiman of York, Pa., will also be players to watch. Ross had two top five finishes in the 2012-2013 season while Geiman has two top-five finishes in the current 2013-2014 season.

In the Girls Division,  Isabella DiLisio of Hatfield, Pa., is coming back to defend her title. DiLisio took first place last season at White Manor with a score of 75-78–153 and she will be put to the test again this year at her first IJGT Event of the 2013-2014 season. Brynn Walker of St. Davids, Pa., will also be returning to White Manor. Walker finished in second place at last year’s Event, finishing only two strokes behind DeLisio. Allison Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., will be trying for her second first-place finish this season. Wentworth took first at the Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill Country Club. The Girls Division will be an exciting competition between some great skilled junior golfers.

In the Boys 14 & Under, Jon Nolan Perry of Berwyn, Pa., will be a player to watch. He is coming off a first-place finish at the Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay and hopes to continue his momentum.  Another golfer to keep an eye on is Leo Hernandez from Stewartsville, N.J. Hernandez has two top-five finishes this season, most recently taking third place at The Final Challenge at Hershey Links

The field is filling up quick. Be sure to register early to secure your spot!

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