MAJOR Championship at Bulle Rock – Tour Preview

The IJGT Northeast Tour will travel to Havre de Grace, Md., to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock on April 25-26, 2015.

Named for the first thoroughbred horse brought to North America, Bulle Rock is known as the premier golf destination in Maryland and was designed by the legendary Pete Dye. It is the only 5-star golf facility in the Mid-Atlantic and has been ranked by Zagat readers as one of the nation’s Top 50 golf courses. Voted as one of America’s toughest courses by Golf Digest in 2012, Bulle Rock played host to the LPGA Championships from 2005-2009.


Opened in 1998, the Bulle Rock course is known for its unique 18 holes. It was named to Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses in February.

The par-72 golf course has a slope rating of 148 and a course rating of 76.6. Because it’s a Major Championship, competitors will have the opportunity to earn twice as many IJGT Merit Points. Juniors in the Boys 15-19 Division and Girls Division will also be competing for AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions. This year’s field looks to be extremely competitive.

Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., has won three consecutive IJGT events, including two Major Championships. He finished seventh in last year’s Major Championship at Bulle Rock. He will face some stiff competition in the Boys 14 & Under Division of this year’s tournament. Lou Baker, also of Timonium, Md., finished second behind Halleron in the Major Championship at Duke University at the end of last month and will aim to take the title this weekend. Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., has finished in the top-five in all four IJGT events he’s competed in this season. He is very familiar with the course as this will be his third IJGT event at Bulle Rock. Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., will aim to earn another title after winning the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin earlier this month. Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., will be competing for his third IJGT victory of the season; he won the IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista in September and the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate in March. Finally, John Updike of Wayne, Pa., is coming off a first-place finish in The Architects Cup last weekend.

Taso Scilaris of Bethesda, Md., and Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y., top the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division as they both have one IJGT win this season. Scilaris won the only other IJGT event he’s played in this season, the DC Shootout at National Golf Club in October. Terminello’s victory also came in October at the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay. Anthony Barr of Harleysville, Pa., and Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., competed in the Boys 14 & Under Division of last year’s Major Championship at Bulle Rock, but will be competing in the Boys 15-19 Division this year. Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., and Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., finished eighth and 18th, respectively, in the Boys 15-19 Division of last year’s event.

In the Girls Division, Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., has finished in the top-two in both IJGT tournaments she’s competed in this season. She’ll look to add another win to her resume after earning the title in the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill in March. Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa., will also be fighting for her second IJGT win of the season having won the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club in September.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or on the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

Fall Highlights and Spring Preview

Following a successful fall season full of low scores, beautiful courses and even holes-in-one, the IJGT is excited to kick off its spring season with the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on January 17-18, 2015.


During the fall season junior golfers had the opportunity to play a variety of world-renowned courses.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, the IJGT hosted the Thanksgiving Day Classic at the ever-famous TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. This tournament was one of the few three-day, 54-hole events. The junior golfers performed admirably on both THE PLAYERS Stadium and Dye’s Valley courses. Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, edged out Ben Albin of Santa Fe, N.M., to win the Boys 15-19 Division. Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Sam Ohno of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., tied for third. All of the top three finishers in the Boys 15-19 Division had a round at or below par and eights golfers across the three divisions carded eagles.

The Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass saw not one but two holes-in-one! In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Charles Larcelet of Geraudot, France, had an ace on the par-3 hole No. 14 on the Valley Course. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, carded a hole in one on the par-3 hole No. 8 on the Stadium Course.

Playing the iconic par-3 17th hole on THE PLAYERS Stadium course was a highlight of the fall season for many of the young golfers.

Dormie Club, No. 43 on the 2015-2016 edition of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, played home to the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club. Despite a course that proved to be challenging for the entire field, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., carded an impressive nine birdies during the tournament. Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, both had bogey-free streaks that lasted 16 holes.

The final event of the fall, the IJGA Invitational, was held at Sea Pines Resort where junior golfers had the opportunity to play both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links. The latter ranked No. 19 on Golf Digest’s 2015-2016 list of America’s 199 Greatest Public courses and ranked in the top 50 of’s 2014 list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S. It is also the host of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.


The spring season features another selection of top-ranked courses. The first three tournaments are local to the Hilton Head/Bluffton area. On January 24-25, 2015, during the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, junior golfers and their families will have a chance to explore the host of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur. The Pete Dye course, where the Carolina Classic will be played, offers unobstructed views of Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean from 11 of its 18 holes.

The IJGT will travel to the west coast for the MAJOR Championship at Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco, Calif., on February 7-8, 2015. The Presidio Golf Course is one of the oldest courses on the west coast and has been a national historic landmark since 1962. An Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, it is located within a national park.

On Valentine’s Day weekend (February 14-15, 2015), the IJGT will be traveling to Kiawah Island to host the South Carolina Open. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island is ranked No. 20 on the 2015-2016 edition of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses list and third on their America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. This course was the first designed for a specific event, the 1991 Ryder Cup. Known for its challenging and unpredictable winds and spectacular ocean views, the Ocean course is No. 25 on’s 2014 list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S.

The Major Championship at Duke University in Durham, N.C., on March 28-29, 2015, provides an excellent opportunity for junior golfers investigating college golf programs to explore Duke as well as the nearby University of North Carolina.

The Northeast Tour of the IJGT will host the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin on April 11-12, 2015. The junior golfers will have the chance to play both the PGA Tour-tested Mystic Rock and the par-70 The Links. Mystic Rock placed No. 60 on the 2015-2016 Golf Digest America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The following weekend, the Northeast Tour will travel to The Architects Golf Course in Lopatcong, N.J., for The Architects Cup.

On April 25-26, 2015, the IJGT will host a Major Championship at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace, Md. Bulle Rock sits at No. 45 on Golf Digest’s 2015-2016 list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The spring season will culminate with the highly anticipated Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The three-day, 54-hole event will take place on May 23-25, 2015. On the evening of May 24 the IJGT will announce its All-IJGT Team and Player of the Year honors for each division at the Night of Champions.

Juniors in all divisions will be competing for AJGA Performance Stars and national rankings. In addition, the winner of the Boys 15-19 Division will receive an exemption to the 2015 International Junior Masters tournament.

Well wishes to all of our juniors as we reflect graciously on the fall and welcome the spring. Good luck to all!

Nicholas, Vega voted Photo of the Week winners – May 1, 2014


HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – The IJGT traveled to Bulle Rock to host the third Major Championship of the 2014 season. The weather was prime for golf as a field of 74 competitors came out to compete. The Northeast’s Photo of the Week winner is James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y.

10273450_10154119688265026_1505647664589041784_nNicholas went on to take first place at the Major Championship at Bulle Rock presented by the First Tee of Baltimore. This was Nicholas’ second Major Championship victory, and his third first place finish of the season. He made five birdies during each round, 10 total throughout 36 holes. We look forward to seeing Nicholas compete in more IJGT events.


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The IJGT hosted College Prep at the local venue, Palmetto Hall Plantation Club on April 26-27, 2014. The first 54-hole event of the Southeast Tour was held on the Robert Cupp Course both days and consisted of three rounds of 18 holes. The tournament’s lineup included 51 juniors between the ages of 13 and 19. In the Southeast, Diego Vega of Mexico City, Mexico, was voted the Photo of the Week winner.


Playing in his 10th IJGT event, Vega finished tied for 19th. Throughout 54-holes he managed to total two birdies. Vega also played very well on the 17th and 18th holes every round, making a par at both each round. His photo that was voted Photo of the Week this week, received 31 total points! Congratulations on the Photo of the Week honors as we hope to see more of Vega at IJGT events in the future.

The Photo of the Week is decided by our fans and followers so don’t forget that your feedback counts. In the week following a tournament, keep an eye on the IJGT Facebook page for photos from the Event. Each photo will received 1 point for a ‘Like’, 2 points for a ‘Comment’ and 3 points for ‘Shares’ so let us know what you think!

Carr, De Bono included in IJGT Players of the Week – April 27, 2014


HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – The IJGT traveled to the Baltimore area to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock April 26-27, 2014. The host of the LPGA Championship from 2005-2009, Bulle Rock Golf Course was in great shape and provided a true test for a strong field of junior golfers. While the threat of rain loomed over the first round, it held off long enough and players enjoyed fantastic weather both days. This week’s Player of the Week Honors for the Northeast Tour go to Gus Minkin, of York, Pa., and Haley Carr, of Waldorf, Md.

minkinMinkin, who competed at Bulle Rock for the fourth year in a row, had another strong showing at the tournament and his best score yet on the course. He has finished in the top 10 three times at Bulle Rock, but his score of 77-74–151 beats his previous best score by seven strokes. Much of Minkin’s success came from starting off each round strong and carrying that rhythm throughout the weekend. His combined score on the first four holes through both rounds was four under par. The highlight of his weekend came on his first hole during the final round. After a great tee shot, he holed out from roughly 100 yards away to card an eagle. His final score of 151 was good enough for 5th place. We look forward to seeing Minkin compete at the Hershey Classic Presented by IJGA




The Player of the Week in the Girls Division goes to Haley Carr. The Waldorf, Maryland, native had two very solid rounds at Bulle Rock over the weekend. In round one, Carr shot an 84, which included 8 pars and a birdie on the long par-5 8th hole. In round two, Carr improved her score by 3 shots. She once again had 8 pars and managed a birdie on the tough par-4 11th. We want to congratulate Carr on her 2nd place finish in the Major Championship at Bulle Rock. Carr will look to continue her strong start to her IJGT career May 10-11, 2014, at the Hershey Classic Presented by IJGA.



The IJGT continued the Southeast Tour with the College Prep at Palmetto Hall Plantation held on April 26-27, 2014. The 54-hole tournament featured two rounds consisting of 18 holes each played on the first day, while the final round of 18 holes was played on day two. Despite the lengthened event, the players lived up to the challenge and scored well on both days. The players of the week for the Southeast Tour are Maurizio De Bono from Basiglio, Italy, and Samantha Huang from Shenzhen, China.

De BonoDe Bono, playing in his fifth tournament of the season, played consistent golf throughout the weekend. De Bono started well by scoring an impressive 74 in round one, including 12 pars and five birdies. He maintained his first-round form by carding 75 for round two, which also featured an eagle. De Bono finished his final round with a score of 79, including a birdie and 11 pars to finish with fourth place for the tournament.




HuangHuang, playing in her third tournament of the season, started well with a first round score of 77 consisting of two birdies and ten pars. Her second round of 76 on the same day included an additional two birdies. Huang finished with a third round score of 79 consisting of twelve pars to place second in the tournament by one stroke. We hope to see Huang continue her form in the upcoming tournaments this season.

Major Championship at Bulle Rock Presented by the First Tee of Baltimore – Nicholas & Clark lead, Nguyen & Ricigliano tied for first

The IJGT traveled to Havre De Grace, Maryland to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock Presented by the First Tee of Baltimore. The strong field of 74 competitors took to the course competing for National Rankings and Double IJGT Merit Points.  In review, divisional leaders’ round in numbers are below.

James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y. is the current leader in the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

73 – his round-one score, standing at 1-over-par

5 –  total number of birdies in round one

2 – two IJGT championships this season

6 – number of players within two strokes of the  division lead

In the Girls Division, Bryana Nguyen of Columbia, Md. and Alessandra Ricigliano of Scarsdale, N.Y. are both tied for first place.

Nguyen’s round in numbers:

82 – her round-one score

1 – one birdie in round one

1 – this is Nguyen’s first IJGT event this season

3 – 3-over-par on the back nine

Ricigliano’s round in numbers:

82 – her round-one score

4 – 4-over-par on the back nine

1 – one birdie in round one

3 – Ricigliano’s third IJGT event this season

Lucas Clark of Holland, Pa. leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

76 – his round-one score

15 – total number of pars in round one

6 – Clark made six consecutive pars headed into the turn

3 – his third IJGT event this season


The final round of 18 holes will be played tomorrow, April 27, 2014.

For full results from the first round of the Major Championship at Bulle Rock Presented by the First Tee of Baltimoreclick here.

For Round Two Pairings, click here.

Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.


Tiger-like Focus – IJGT Educational Series

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.– Last weekend Tiger Woods captured his 17th World Golf Championships (WGC) title at the Cadillac Championship  in Doral, Fla., after beginning the final round with a four-stroke lead. Woods has never lost on tour when holding at least a four-shot lead entering the final round. In total, Woods has converted 40 of 42 outright 54-hole leads into wins on the PGA TOUR and is now 8-8 converting 54-hole leads into wins at WGC events. Nothing short of impressive – but what can the average or aspiring amateur golfer learn from Woods’s success?

Any golfer, professional and junior alike, that has played in a competitive golf event has felt the pressure of the final round. Whether attempting to break 80, shatter a personal record or trying to win the event, the final round provides psychological challenges not found in any other round.

1a1f476989e50cf55fa7ab6613317d0fThoughts during the final round are absolutely related to the outcome of the tournament. The body does not move or react without thoughts. Being aware of the way thoughts, feelings and actions work together will change the outcome of a round. Director of Mental Training, Matt Cuccaro explains how self-talk (or the voice inside your head) controls attitude, emotions and, when used effectively, is a helpful tool to focus attention in competition.

When beginning the final round in the lead, it is tempting to use “Perfect” phrases during self-talk. “Perfect” phrases include things like ‘I have to’ and ‘I must.’ These phrases add stress to rounds and demand exact precision. Players like Woods have found a way to balance the natural tendency of these thoughts with “Neutral” phrases like ‘focus on the target’ and ‘one shot at a time.’

Woods is the epitome of what strong mental training can do for a competitive golfer in a final round pinch. If you need help navigating self-talk during competitive rounds, set up a consultation with Cuccaro or assistant Director of Mental Training, Scott Swainston. Swainston will be on-site at three IJGT Events during the Spring season: #RocktheSocks Open at Bulle Rock presented by KENTWOOL Socks , the Chocolate Challenge at Hershey  and the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions. 

(PHOTO CREDIT: Joe Skipper, )