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Team USA Roster for 2014 North America Cup Announced

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The applications are in and among a highly competitive field of applicants, the IJGT is proud to announce this year’s IJGT Team USA roster for the 2014 North America Cup! Hosted this year by the Oldfield Golf Club, the North America Cup will take place from June 28-July 2, 2014, between the IGJT’s Team USA and the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada. With the USA on a six-year winning streak, this year’s Team USA has the task of continuing the success built by previous teams. With five repeat Team USA members on the squad this year, Team USA is primed and ready to take on the best that Canada has to offer! With that said, it is the IJGT’s pleasure to announce the following members of this year’s Team USA for the North America Cup:

2014 North America Cup – Team USA

Boys 15-19 Division:


Boys 14 & Under Division:


Girls Division:

 

Join us in congratulating these outstanding competitors on their selection, and wish them luck against our neighbors to the North! Go Team USA!

Final results from the South Jersey Open at Blue Heron Pines

Mody captures South Jersey Open in playoff

Kang cruises to victory

  

COLOGNE, N.J. – The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour was in Cologne, N.J., on Oct. 12-13, 2013 for the South Jersey Open at Blue Heron Pines. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was hosted by Blue Heron Pines Golf Club, with players competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The field consisted of 61 players, ages 10-19, representing five Mid-Atlantic states.

Blue Heron Pines Golf Club opened in 1993 and has been recognized as one of the best golf courses on the Jersey Shore. With a par of 72, the course played at 6,708 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division, 6,150 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 5,829 yards for the Girls Division. Situated within 20 miles of the Atlantic Ocean, wind and rain played a huge role over the weekend. The first round was played mostly in the rain with wind gusts of 30 mph. While the rain cleared out for the final round, the swirling wind remained, making no hole an easy hole. Adding to the difficulty the weather presented, Stephen Kay’s course design featured multiple bunkers on every hole and four ponds

ModyIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Curren Mody of Monmouth Junction, N.J., needed more than 36 holes to claim his first IJGT victory, defeating Quinn Dolan of Broomall, Pa., on the first hole of a playoff.

Mody paced the leaderboard in the first round, firing a 1-over-par 73, highlighted by a birdie on the par-5 18th hole. Even with the inclement weather, Mody only bogeyed two holes, to go along with his birdie. He started his round with pars on the first five holes before bogeying the tough sixth hole.

Dolan also was able to succeed in the wind and rain, shooting a 74. Like Mody, he started with five consecutive pars, only to drop a stroke at the sixth hole. Dolan birdied holes Nos. 11 and 14 on his way to an even-par back nine and finish second after the first round.

Joshua Goldenberg of Scarsdale, N.Y., went 1-under-par on his opening nine and was even-par until a quadruple-bogey on hole No. 14 set him back. Goldenberg recovered to birdie the 18th hole for a first-round total of 75, putting himself right in contention.

Mody, Dolan, and Goldenberg all held shares of the lead early on in the final round. Dolan birdied the second hole to grab a share of the lead with Mody. Following a triple-bogey by Mody on No. 3, Dolan had his first outright lead. It did not last very long, though, as consecutive bogeys by Dolan, coupled with four pars by Goldenberg, put them atop the leaderboard.

Dolan held the lead after 27 holes, as he shot a front-nine 38 along with Goldenberg, while Mody sat three strokes back after carding a 42.

Mody began his comeback with three pars to start the back nine to tie Goldenberg and get within two shots of Dolan. Mody’s birdie coupled with a bogey by Dolan on No. 13 put the two back in a tie for first. Goldenberg slowly fell back from the pack, playing holes Nos. 14-17 at 5-over-par.

While Mody and Dolan were matching scores from holes Nos.14-17, Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., was making his move a group ahead of them. Bastian birdied the 17th hole to get within two strokes with only the par-5 18th hole remaining. But Bastian could not keep up the momentum, double-bogeying the hole to finish his day at 78 and 154 for the tournament, hoping that both Mody and Dolan would also find trouble on the last hole.

They did not. Both players found the fairway off the tee and then laid up with their second shots. With each having the opportunity to win the tournament right in front of them, Dolan hit his third shot to 25 feet while Mody was 50 feet away.

Mody’s long-distance putt came up short and he was left with a tough par putt. Dolan was also off with his birdie putt but he was able to tap in for his par. With the pressure on, Mody sank his par putt to send it to a playoff.

Playing the 10th hole, Mody found the middle of the fairway and Dolan’s ball rolled to the edge of the rough. Mody then hit the green with his approach, as the ball came to rest within 12 feet of the cup. Dolan also found the green but left himself a downhill putt from 15 feet for birdie.

Dolan was first up. His putt came off the hill and missed, rolling a foot past the cup. That left Mody with the chance to win and he came through in the clutch. His putt rolled slowly towards the hole and was able to sneak in the side for the victory.

“I tried to keep the ball low and focus on my short game,” said Mody when asked about his keys to victory.

Bastian finished third, two strokes off Mody and Dolan’s 152 totals. Michael McIntosh of Chittenango, N.Y., shot a final-round 77 to win the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

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In the Girls Division, Raphaella Kang of Bayside, N.Y., built a comfortable lead early and cruised to victory. A double-bogey on hole No. 5 during the first round was her only mistake, as Kang fired a 77. She birdied the 10th hole as part of a 1-over-par back nine. After the first round, she carried a five stroke lead over Alexis Hios of Rye, N.Y., and six strokes over Eun Won Park of Tenafly, N.J., and Christina Parsells of Bernardsville, N.J.

Playing with the lead, Kang never committed any real big mistakes during the final round. A front-nine score of 42 kept her five-stroke lead intact, as only Parsells’s 41 was better.

With the wind again playing a huge factor, no one was able to make a move. Kang finished her round strong, with three pars to shoot an 83. Her total of 160 was seven strokes better than Hios, Park, and Sarah Kokotajlo of Ewing, N.J., who all tied for second.

“I hit my irons perfectly straight all weekend. The wind never affected me,” mentioned Kang following her round

Kokotajlo and Alessandra Ricigliano of Scarsdale, N.Y., both shot 82 to win the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award

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In the Boys 14 & Under Division, C.J. Hughes of Indiana, Pa., won his first IJGT Event of the season, after coming so close at the Labor Day Classic at Hershey.

Hughes struggled on the front nine during the first round, as he shot a 43 in the wind and rain. He started the back nine with a birdie, then a bogey, followed by four pars. Hughes finished his round with another birdie, good for a total of 81. Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., paced the division with a first-round score of 80, highlighted by birdies at holes No. 1 and 12

Hughes started the final round hot, with a birdie at the opening hole. He struggled again on the front nine, carding a 42. It was enough to give him the lead after 27 holes, as Pongrac’s 44 put him one stroke behind. Pongrac took the lead back on hole No. 10, as Hughes put up an eight on the par-4, while Pongrac bogeyed. Pongrac could not make the most of his lead, unable to get comfortable on the remaining holes. A string of bogeys gave the lead back to Hughes.

Hughes entered the 18th hole with a three-stroke lead over Pongrac. Even though he double-bogeyed the hole, Pongrac only made up one stroke, giving Hughes the victory. Hughes finished with final totals of 81-86-167 to Pongrac’s 80-89-169.

“I had trouble getting off the tee the first day but I got that straightened out in day two,” noted Hughes as a key to victory.

Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., finished third with scores of 86-85-171.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be in State College, Pa., the weekend of Oct. 19-20, 2013 for the College Classic at Penn State. The tournament will be played on the Blue Course at Penn State. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events.   Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19.  Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links.  Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

COLOGNE, N.J. – Final-round results of the IJGT South Jersey Open at Blue Heron Pines conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 13, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,708 yards, Par 72 (72.5/135) Boys 14 & Under Division: Black Tees – 6,150 yards, Par 72 (69.4/133) Girls Division: Blue Tees – 5,829 yards, Par 72 (73.5/129)

 

Weather:        Saturday: Rainy with temperatures in the low 60’s with 30-35 mph winds

Sunday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 60’s with 30-35 mph winds

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Blue Heron Pines

Cologne, N.J.

October 12-13, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Gold Tees, 6,708 yards, Par 72

1. x-Curren Mody, Monmouth Junction, NJ, *73-79–152

2. Quinn Dolan, Broomall, PA, *74-78–152

3. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *76-78–154

4. Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, NY, *77-78–155

5. Eric Terminello, White Plains, NY, *77-79–156

5. Joshua Goldenberg, Scarsdale, NY, *75-81–156

7. Michael McIntosh, Chittenango, NY, *81-77–158

7. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ, *79-79–158

7. Sam Sawyers, New York, NY, *78-80–158

7. Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, PA, *77-81–158

7. Brian LeBlanc, Newtown, CT, *77-81–158

12. Blake Vodges, Wildwood Crest, NJ, *79-81–160

13. Justin Murray, Burlington, NJ, *80-81–161

14. Jonny Emmerman, Scarsdale, NY, *84-78–162

14. Thomas Urciuoli, Short Hills, NJ, *81-81–162

14. Jake Mayer, Scotch Plains, NJ, *81-81–162

14. Vince Palazzolo, Colts Neck, NJ, *81-81–162

18. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ, *82-82–164

19. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA, *83-82–165

19. Andrew DeMarco, Huntington, NY, *82-83–165

19. Jonathan Solimano, Montvale, NJ, *79-86–165

22. Brandan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *87-80–167

23. Chris Binet, Oreland, PA, *77-92–169

24. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA, *89-81–170

24. Mike Hanrahan, Ossining, NY, *86-84–170

24. Gregory Szrom, Egg Harbor Township, NJ, *81-89–170

27. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *90-81–171

28. Michael Barychewsky, Richboro, PA, *85-87–172

28. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA, *83-89–172

30. Perry Litwin, Rumson, NJ, *89-84–173

30. Cristian Cerza, Greenwich, CT, *88-85–173

30. Evan Santa, Edgewater, MD, *82-91–173

33. Ben Litt, Moorestown, NJ, *88-87–175

34. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *89-87–176

35. Benjamin Kotler, Penn Valley, PA, *85-94–179

36. Bobby Moriarty, Summit, NJ, *93-93–186

37. Peter Bradbeer, Philidelphia, PA, *98-89–187

38. Jesse Bevilacqua, Rumson, NJ, *97-93–190

39. Ryan Conway, Bryn Mawr, PA, *104-89–193

 

 

DID NOT FINISH

Leonard Lee, Wyckoff, NJ, *86–JWD

Nicholas Infanti, Clarksburg, MD, *87–JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – Black Tees, 6,150 yards, Par 72

1. C.J. Hughes, Indiana, PA, *81-86–167

2. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ, *80-89–169

3. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD, *86-85–171

4. Thomas Corrigan, Irvington, NY, *83-90–173

5. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD, *90-90–180

5. Michael Paduano, Shrewsbury, NJ, *91-89–180

7. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA, *91-94–185

8. Aj Aivazoglou, Glen Mills, PA, *95-106–201

 

Girls Division – Blue Tees, 5,829 yards, Par 72

1. Raphaella Kang, Bayside, NY, *77-83–160

2. Sarah Kokotajlo, Ewing, NJ, *85-82–167

2. Alexis Hios, Rye, NY, *82-85–167

2. Eun Won Park, Tenafly, NJ, *83-84–167

5. Christina Parsells, Bernardsville, NJ, *83-85–168

6. Alessandra Ricigliano, Scarsdale, NY, *88-82–170

7. Katie Edelblut, New Hope, PA, *91-83–174

8. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ, *85-90–175

8. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ, *88-87–175

10. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY, *91-91–182

11. Emily Corrigan, Irvington, NY, *99-91–190

12. Alexis Harris, Piscataway, NJ, *101-104–205

Final results from the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club

Mackedon wins in first IJGT appearance

Shin makes big comeback in Girls Division

HERSHEY, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held their first tournament in the Northeast region this weekend, as the Labor Day Classic teed off at Hershey Country Club’s East Course. Always having one of the largest fields, this year’s tournament did not disappoint, as 89 of the region’s best golfers took aim at the championship. The field was represented by juniors ages 9-19 from seven states and three countries competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Playing 5,885 yards for the Girls Division, 6,248 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,838 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division competitors, the East Course was not to be taken lightly. Although boasting only three water hazards, thick rough, the 100 plus bunkers presented the biggest challenge to this year’s participants. Adding to the course’s difficulties were elevated greens on all but three holes. The Fazio designed course has hosted numerous PGA events in the past and most recently held the Web.com Tour’s Reese’s Cup Classic.

MackedonIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Gerry Mackedon of Port Jefferson, N.Y., came out on top of the field. Mackedon shot an even-par 71 on Saturday to sleep on a two-stroke lead. He also was awarded the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award.

Playing in the final group on Sunday with Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., Kwanwoo Kim of Tenafly, N.J., and Gus Minkin of York, Pa., the road to victory was not easy for the 15-year-old Mackedon. After saving par on the first, Mackedon double-bogeyed the second hole. He regained his composure and birdied Nos. 4, 5, and 7 on his way to a front-nine score of 35.

As the group made the turn, it was Minkin and Vinay Ramesh of Newtown, Pa., playing in the group ahead, who presented the largest challenge to Mackedon. On No. 16, Ramesh birdied, Minkin made par, and Mackedon bogeyed. The three were separated by only two strokes with two holes to play. Ramesh could not muster up better than par on the difficult 17th and 18th holes and needed a miracle. A birdie on No. 17 got Minkin within one, while Mackedon made par on the hole, which provided an exciting ending to the tournament as the group came down the 18th fairway. But that was as close as Minkin or Ramesh would get. Another par on No. 18 for Mackedon, coupled with a bogey by Minkin, closed the deal, as Mackedon finished the day the same way he started it; with a two-stroke lead and now with the championship. He finished with a tournament total of 1-over-par 143.

“I was glad my short game came through this week,” stated Mackedon.

Minkin and Ramesh finished the tournament in a tie for second place with a tournament total of 3-over-par 145.

Max Redetzke of Lakeville, Minn., shot the low round of the tournament Sunday, with a 3-under-par 68, to win the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

The Boys 15-19 Division was not the only division that had some drama. The Boys 14 & Under Division also gave the crowd something to talk Butlerabout. Like Mackedon, Prescott Butler of Old Westbury, N.Y., came into Sunday with a two-shot lead on the field. Paired with Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., Joe Parrini of York, Pa., and Chris Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa., Butler handled the pressure well beyond his years.

Dougherty and C.J. Hughes of Indiana, Pa., pushed Butler to the end. Hughes made a big move on the day, going 1-under par with a 70 to get back in contention. He was already in the clubhouse as Dougherty and Butler finished their rounds.

The lead belonged to Dougherty with three holes to play, who was one up on Butler. But three consecutive bogeys for Dougherty coupled with three consecutive pars for Butler turned the tide and gave Butler the title. Hughes, like Dougherty, was two shots behind the Old Westbury, N.Y., native Butler.

“The greens were a lot firmer yesterday and made the course a challenge,” commented Butler.

ShinThe Girls Division was the only one to have its winner not come from the final group, as Yeji Shin of Norwood, N.J., came back from three strokes down to capture the trophy. After shooting an 8-over-par 79, on Saturday, Shin responded with a 76 on Sunday. She birdied her final hole, and then waited as the final group, consisting of first-round co-leaders and KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Awards recipients Frida Henningsson of Rye, N.Y., and Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., completed their rounds.

McLean and Henningsson both found trouble on the ninth hole, their final hole of the day. McLean’s tee-shot settled under a pine tree and she was forced to take an unplayable resulting in a one-stroke penalty. After her drop, she was forced to chip out of the deep fescue. By the time her hole was finished, a triple-bogey had dropped her out of championship contention. Henningsson also hit a tree off the tee, but got a fortunate bounce. Her second shot was a punch-out into the fairway, leaving her with an uphill shot from just outside 100 yards. That shot sped across the green and rolled into the rough. A tricky downhill chip got the best of her, as she carded a double-bogey on the hole, to finish one shot back of Shin.

“I did not think I had a chance [to win],” said Shin. “My putting saved me.”

Shin’s final-round score of 76 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Henningsson finished in second place with a tournament total of 156. McLean rounded out the top three with a score of 158.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it next weekend in Hamburg, N.J. for the Major Championship at Crystal Springs. The tournament will be played at Crystal Springs’s Great Gorge Course. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

 

HERSHEY, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 1, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,838 yards, Par 71 (73.9/137) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,248 yards, Par 71 (70.5/132) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,885 yards, Par 71 (74.9/131)

 

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Weather:       

Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 70’s with 0-5 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 70’s with 0-5 mph winds

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club

Hershey, Pa.

August 31-September 1, 2013

 

East Course

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,838 yards, Par 71

1. Gerry Mackedon, Port Jefferson, NY, *71-72–143

2. Vinay Ramesh, Newtown, PA, *76-69–145

2. Gus Minkin, York, PA, *74-71–145

4. Max Redetzke, Lakeville, MN, *78-68–146

5. Kwanwoo Kim, Tenafly, NJ, *73-74–147

5. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *74-73–147

7. Matt Starobin, Davidsonville, MD, *77-71–148

8. C.J. Zachary, Hummelstown, PA, *77-73–150

8. Tyler Sokolis, Doylestown, PA, *77-73–150

8. Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, PA, *76-74–150

8. James Mongey, Morristown, NJ, *76-74–150

12. Jason Guintu, Potomac Falls, VA, *78-73–151

12. Ryan Conner, Newtown, PA, *77-74–151

14. Kevin Borowicz, Grand Island, NY, *80-72–152

15. Hunter Lee, Great Neck, NY, *79-74–153

15. Rij Patel, Hunt Valley, MD, *77-76–153

15. J.T. Barker, Bethlehem, PA, *76-77–153

18. Eric Terminello, White Plains, NY, *79-75–154

19. Bobby Piluso, Ridgewood, NJ, *79-76–155

19. Nick Geiman, York, PA, *78-77–155

21. Bobby Firth, Jenkintown, PA, *82-74–156

21. Patrick Sheerer, Gibsonia, PA, *79-77–156

21. Mike May, Auburn, NY, *80-76–156

21. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD, *80-76–156

21. Evan Johnson, York, PA, *78-78–156

26. Leonard Lee, Wyckoff, NJ, *79-78–157

27. Christopher Nolte, Arnold, MD, *79-79–158

27. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *78-80–158

29. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA, *84-75–159

29. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada, *82-77–159

29. Bobby Hapanowicz, Presto, PA, *80-79–159

32. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA, *83-77–160

33. Spencer Shepperly, New Vernon, NJ, *84-77–161

33. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA, *80-81–161

33. Will Haller, Gaithersburg, MD, *81-80–161

36. Kyle Kost, New Hope, PA, *83-79–162

36. Brandan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *84-78–162

36. Michael Richards, Cobourg, Canada, *85-77–162

36. Sam Hecht, Oakton, VA, *83-79–162

36. Andrew Bowyer, Summit, NJ, *87-75–162

36. Dominick Mancinelli, Moosic, PA, *79-83–162

42. Alex Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *82-81–163

43. Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, NY, *86-78–164

43. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY, *81-83–164

43. Evan Katz, Washington, DC, *78-86–164

46. Ben Lieberman, Potomac, MD, *85-80–165

46. Matthew Moore, Pittsburgh, PA, *82-83–165

46. Chris Tohir, New Canaan, CT, *90-75–165

49. Grant Brongo, Spencerport, NY, *84-85–169

50. Andrej Erkelens, Pittsford, NY, *84-86–170

51. Matt Ferriero, Long Valley, NJ, *87-84–171

52. Jesse Bevilacqua, Rumson, NJ, *90-82–172

53. David A. Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA, *83-91–174

53. Peter Bradbeer, Philidelphia, PA, *92-82–174

55. Angelo Mancinelli, Moosic, PA, *88-89–177

56. Emerson Maher, Bracebridge, Canada, *96-82–178

57. Zachary Sculler, Morganville, NJ, *94-92–186

 

DID NOT FINISH

Joe Blando, Jr, Manhasset, NY, *DQ (Rule 6-6b)

DJ Quinn, Marlton, NJ, *84-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Dominic Pizzurro-Gomez, White Plains, NY, *85-JWD

  

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,248 yards, Par 71

1. Prescott Butler, Old Westbury, NY, *76-77–153

2. C.J. Hughes, Indiana, PA, *85-70–155

2. Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, DE, *78-77–155

4. Chris Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *79-78–157

5. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *79-79–158

6. Jacob Richards, Cobourg, Canada, *82-79–161

7. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA, *90-89–179

 

DID NOT FINISH

John Kalavritinos, Potomac, MD *JWD

 

Girls Division – Gold Tees, 5,885 yards, Par 71

1. Yeji Shin, Norwood, NJ, *79-76–155

2. Frida Henningsson, Rye, NY, *76-80–156

3. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ, *76-82–158

4. Chelsea DAntonio, Lancaster, NY, *77-83–160

5. Sarah Bothner, Rochester, NY, *77-84–161

6. Raphaella Kang, Bayside, NY, *82-81–163

7. Samantha Yao, Berwyn, PA, *83-82–165

8. Emily Connors, Lancaster, NY, *83-83–166

9. Julianne Lee, York, PA, *88-82–170

9. Audrey Clawson, Sarver, PA, *88-82–170

11. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ, *92-79–171

11. Summer Kitahara, Greenwich, CT, *86-85–171

13. Lacey Bensing, Ephrata, PA, *88-85–173

14. Kate Weiss, Greenwich, CT, *90-84–174

14. Caroline Zhao, Greenwich, CT, *89-85–174

16. Amanda Meyers, North Potomac, MD, *85-90–175

17. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY, *89-87–176

18. Adelyn Deery, Lancaster, PA, *94-84–178

19. Jasmine Kitahara, Greenwich, CT, *93-87–180

 

DID NOT FINISH

Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ, *82-DQ (Rule 6-6d)

Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY, *JWD

 

IJGT hosts three Labor Day Weekend Events

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is set to host three tournament events over the Labor Day Weekend.  The first of those events is the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club in scenic Okatie, South Carolina.

The home of the Lowcountry’s first Greg Norman designed golf course, Oldfield is known for its towering pine and oak trees as well as being a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

In the Boys 15-19 division, Germany’s Jan Schnieder takes a step up in competition while hoping to continue his success after winning two events along with four additional top- five finishes in the Boys 14 & Under Division last season. He will be challenged by Japan’s Shota Ozaki, who tasted victory at last year’s Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters.

In the Girls division, Japan’s Sera Tadokoro looks to build upon her win at last season’s IJGT Junior at Oyster Reef.

Oldfield Golf Course

Oldfield Golf Course.

The IJGT returns to Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pennsylvania for the Labor Day Classic at the East Course. Designed by George Fazio, the East Course is known for its elevated greens and vast number of bunkers that total over 100 in all.

The competition at the Labor Day Classic will be fierce, especially in the Boys 15-19 division. The division is highlighted by two golfers moving up from the Boys 14 & Under level in Thomas Dzwoncyzk and Gus Minkin.

Dzwoncyzk hopes to finally come out on top after four top-five finishes in his seven tour appearances last season, while Minkin won the College Classic at Penn State during the 2012-2013 season. He also accumulated six additional top-five finishes during the season.

In the Boys 14 & Under division, C.J. Hughes plans on continuing his success after recording a win at the Bridgestone Series at Longaberger event last season.  Hughes also tallied two top-five finishes and three top-ten finishes last season. Battling Hughes will be Evan Katz, who won last year’s IJGT Major Championship at Hershey.

The Girls division features a number of golfers who had success on the tour last season. Madison Braman posted two top-fives and two top tens, while Audrey Clawson had one top-five and two-top ten finishes in her three tour events. Allyson Wentworth also will be in the mix after posting one top-five and four top-ten finishes last season.

Lacey Bensing returns after posting a fourth-place finish in last season’s Labor Day Classic at Hershey.

18th hole at Hershey Country Club East Course.

Hershey Country Club East Course.

The final IJGT event of the weekend is the West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona on September 1-2.

TPC Scottsdale plays host to the PGA TOUR’S Waste Management Phoenix Open, and features two fantastic courses that are open to the public year round. The Stadium Course is maintained at a PGA TOUR level year round, and is best known for “the Coliseum” at the 16th hole during the Waste Management Open.

The Champions Course is the newer of the two, having been built it in 2007. It is known for its rugged terrain, and a multitude of ravines and picturesque foothills throughout the course.

In the Boys 15-19 division, Phoenix native Jackson Whisenhunt looks to impress in his hometown after a top-five finish at last season’s PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North.

In the Boys 14 & Under division, Hawaii’s Adam Quant will try and repeat his tour success from last season, where he had a top-five finish in his lone tour appearance at the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North.

The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course.

The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course.

Euro Cup – Day 1 Matches

ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND – The matches for Day 1 among Team USA, Team Canada, and Team Fife will be played in a three-ball format. For each of the 14 matches there will be two points at stake. The team with the most points at the end of the three days will win the John Clark trophy. In all the years of competition, Team USA has never been victorious, but the 12 young gentlemen and two young ladies on the 2013 Team USA will look to change that in just a few days time. Here are you matches for Wednesday, July 31.

 RECAP:

The weather was very good for Scotland standards as the first day of the Euro Junior Golf  Cup unfolded at Scotscraig Golf Club. Many great matches were played by Team USA, Team Canada, and Team Fife. At the end of day Canada won the most points (19) and is currently holding a six-point lead in the matches.

Team USA got off to a hot start with Conner Kumpula of Albany, Ore., winning his match against Team Fife and then halving his match against Team Canada. The next two matches went the way of Team Canada and Scotland putting Team USA down for the first time in the matches.

Tyler Dierwechter of Oldsmar, Fla., played exceptionally well today winning both of his matches. He did it in convincing fashion as well and did not have to play the 17th or 18th holes in either match.

Grant Burton of Fallston, Md., won a half-point for Team USA after a gutsy comeback including a birdie on No. 18 to square the match.

Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., continued his dominance in match play winning both of his matches. He got off to a hot start to his round making four birdies in his first six holes. Russell will look to continue his hot play in tomorrow’s matches.

Team USA ended the day in third place with 10 total points. Team Fife is in second with 13 points and Team Canada leads the matches with an impressive 19 points.

The second day of the Euro Junior Golf Cup will take place at Leven Links Golf Club on Thursday, August 1st with the first match starting at 10:00am local time.

 

Game 1 = Conner Kumpula (USA) | Brad Curren (Canada) | Ryan Walsh (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Halved | USA vs. Scotland: USA 5 & 4

 

Game 2 = Ethan Heller (USA) | Mike Flegel (Canada) | Andrew Davidson (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Canada 1 Up | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 2 Up

 

Game 3 = Jonathon Simons (USA) | Chris Walton (Canada) | Andrew Fernie (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Canada 4 & 3 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 3 & 2

 

Game 4 = Tyler Dierwechter (USA) | Adam Schoettler (Canada) | David Paterson (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: USA 3 & 2 | USA vs. Scotland: USA 5 & 4

 

Game 5 = Grant Burton (USA) | Mitchell McPhail (Canada) | Ryan Thompson (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Halved | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 5 & 4

 

Game 6 = Michael Bliss (USA) | Scott Kerr (Canada) | Alistair McDougal (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Canada 3 & 1 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 3 & 1

 

Game 7 = Nicholas Russell (USA) | Ryan Rody (Canada) | Niall McMullan (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: USA 2 & 1 | USA vs. Scotland: USA 1 Up

 

Game 8 = Scott Lemon (USA) | Alex Corrigan (Canada) | Ewan Diston (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: USA 6 & 5 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 2 Up

 

Game 9 = C.J. Hughes (USA) | Nathan Wright (Canada) | Tom Watson (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Scotland 1 Up | USA vs. Scotland: Halved

 

Game 10 = Prescott Butler (USA) | Chris Horton (Canada) | Greg Cessford (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Canada 4 & 2| USA vs. Scotland: USA 5 & 3

 

Game 11 = Mikee Ordona (USA) | Michael Lavorato (Canada) | Keith Bowman (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Halved | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 1 Up

 

Game 12 = William Sheedy (USA) | Max Sekulic (Canada) | John Paterson (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Canada 2 Up | USA vs. Scotland: USA 4 & 3

 

Game 13 = Desiree Anderson (USA) | Sophie Liu (Canada) | Lori Gilfillan (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Canada 5 & 4 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 2 Up

 

Game 14 = Yuki Nakayama (USA) | Susan Wang (Canada) | Brogan Clarke (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Canada 9 & 8 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 1 Up

 

Total Score

Canada = 19

Scotland = 13

USA = 10

IJGT Euro Cup – Meet Team USA

ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) has selected its Team USA for the annual Euro Junior Golf Cup contested in Scotland. Every year, the IJGT compiles a team of 14 talented junior golfers to travel and compete in a unique triangular match play event against Team Canada and Team FIFE (Scotland). Teams play for the John Clark Trophy, awarded every year to the winning team.

This year’s roster is comprised of players from 10 states across the country and multiple IJGT tournament champions.

Boys 15-19 Division

Michael Bliss – Newtown, Pa.

Grant Burton – Fallston, Md.

Tyler Dierwechter – Oldsmar, Fla.

Ethan Heller – Media, Pa.

Conner Kumpula – Albany, Ore.

Scott Lemon – Amarillo, Texas

Nicholas Russell – Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Jonathon Simons – Breaux Bridge, La.

 

Boys 14 & Under Division

Prescott Butler – Old Westbury, N.Y.

C.J. Hughes – Indiana, Pa.

Mikee Ordona – Upland, Calif.

William Sheedy – Washington D.C.

Girls Division

Desiree Anderson – Napa, Calif.

Yuki Nakayama – Bluffton, S.C.

The competition is held over three days on Drumoig Golf Course, Leven Links Golf Club, and Scotscraig Golf Club. Two of these courses are among the 13 oldest golf clubs in the world. The Euro Junior Golf Cup starts on Wednesday, July 30th on Scotscraig Golf Club.

 

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

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

North America Cup headed back with TEAM USA

The 11th annual North America Cup action completed with a round of singles matches with 14 heavily heated pairings fighting to bring the cup back to their country.  Below are the final round results from the event.

Round 3 – Singles Matches

                                                                                                                                                  Score

8:04 AM – Rhys Davies            Def.         Jake Leppek                                                4 & 2

8:12 AM – Mike May Jr.           Def.         Mitchell McPhail                                       2 Up

8:20 AM – Nick Russell            Def.          Conaire Kehoe                                           4 & 2

8:28 AM – Nolan Windsor         Def.         Evan Katz                                                    AS

8:36 AM – Trent Abraham         Def.          Mark Benevento                                       3 & 1

8:44 AM – Eamon Marone        Def.          John McKiernan                                      4 & 2

8:52 AM – Matt Cholod              Def.         Matthew Cleary                                          4 & 2

9:00 AM – Matt Barto                Def.         Mike Flegel                                                   1 Up

9:08 AM – Emily Doyle              Def.         Jany Martin                                                 5 & 3

9:16 AM – Marie Donnici            Def.         Allyson Wentworth                                  6 & 4

9:24 AM – Kahn Lee                   Def.         Grant Leppek                                                4 & 3

9:32 AM – Jason Chung             Def.         C.J. Hughes                                                 5 & 4

9:40 AM – Tristan Vandette        Def.         Will Thomson                                           3 & 2

9:48 AM – Nate Menon               Def.         Michael Lavorato                                       8 & 6

 

TOTAL SCORE: USA – 16     CANADA – 12

 

Top 3 Highlights:

3. Though the focus was on the 14 players that represented TEAM USA, the IJGT wanted to take a second to recognize the parents and families of the players that showed their support all week.  If it was not the patriotic attire many mothers had on, it was the proud fathers cheering on their sons and daughters, or the little sisters constantly supporting their brothers down the fairways.  As said by many parents this weekend, this was more than just another golf tournament. It was an event the whole family would never forget. Although the matches were close, stressful, and competitive, TEAM USA always had smiling faces along the way. Once again, the IJGT wants to thank the parents of TEAM USA for making this experience one of the best it has ever seen.

2. If you want to play as much golf as you can, as well as not lose a match in this Ryder Cup style format, just ask Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., how to do it.  Russell played fabulous in all three of the rounds starting with the dramatic finish on No. 18 of the fourball format of the first round.  Russell and Mike May Jr. of Auburn N.Y., managed to face a good bit of odds and May chipped in to halve the match on the 18th.  In the second round, Russell was paired with Jake Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., and the two found themselves down four in the first four holes.  Again, Russell and his partner battled back to halve the match.  In the third round, Russell took it into his own hands during singles matches.  Very competitive all day, Russell decided to cut this just a little bit short and win the match 3 & 1 on the 17th hole.  In the three-day match, no one else managed to play as many holes, as well as not lose a match like Russell did.

1.  To be named playing captain of IJGT TEAM USA was quite an honor for Matt Barto of Leechburg, Pa.  Barto more than lived up to the title that was given to him, on and off the course.  Barto’s attitude and determination were a key to the success of TEAM USA.  This was put on display in his third round which was singles matches.  Barto found himself down early and a few people counted him out.  At No. 11 teeing ground he was asked how he was doing and gave a hand signal that he was four down.  The difference however was that when most players are four down, they are not smiling and carrying on a conversation with their opponent.  Barto also had no idea how important his score could have been seeing he had known that some matches had been lost, with TEAM CANADA narrowing the gap.  Barto’s calm attitude led to him finding his swing late.  He won four of the next five holes and was all square heading to the 17th tee.  Barto did not look back from here as he showed his true leadership by battling adversity and won his match 1-Up playing all 18 holes.

North America Cup – Round 2 Results

The 11th annual North America Cup action resumed play this morning with the always challenging foursome matches.  Below are the second round results accompanied by the top-three highlights from the second round.

Round 2 – Foursomes

8:04 AM – Marie Donnici & Jany Martin                 Def.         Emily Doyle & Allyson Wentworth              1 Up

8:12 AM – Will Thomson & Nate Menon               Def.         Khan Lee & Michael Lavorato                     5 & 4

8:20 AM – C.J. Hughes & Grant Leppek               Def.          Jason Chung & Tristan Vandette               4 & 2

8:28 AM – Jake Leppek & Nick Russell              Halved         Nolan Windsor & Mike Flegel                      AS

8:36 AM –Trent Abraham & Matt Cholod              Def.          Evan Katz & Mike May Jr.                         3 & 1

8:44 AM – Matthew Cleary & Mark Benevento     Def.          Conaire Kehoe & Mitchell McPhail              4 & 2

8:52 AM – Eamon Marone & Matt Barto               Def.         Rhys Davies & John McKiernan                 4 & 2

 

Total (two-day)  SCORE: USA – 10          CANADA – 4

 

Top-Three Highlights:

3. Starting off of the first tee is never easy at the North America Cup as a large crowd always accompanies you on the tee.  This did not seem to phase Matthew Cleary of Greenville, Del., and Mark Benevento of Somers Point, N.J.  Benevento hit first telling Cleary he would leave him 150 yards in on the second shot if everything went to plan.  Joking, Cleary responded, “How about 137 yards, I have the club for that.”  Benevento shrugged it off and proceeded to blast his drive down the center of the fairway.  As they both approached the ball they took a look at their range finder to find that it had actually landed 137 yards from the flagstick.  Cleary now under pressure from the remark he made on the first tee took the opportunity and hit a fantastic shot inside 10 feet.  Benevento proceeded to finish the story by draining the putt which left the pairing 1-up after the first hole.

2.  The Girls pairing made up of Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., and Emily Doyle of Horseheads, N.Y., did not start their day off as they had planned.  They found themselves 3-down after No. 5 and proceeded to fall into a little struggle as they made it to No. 11 now down by six with seven holes to play.  At this point the two young ladies decided it was time to go back to what they knew best and that was enjoying the game they love.  You quickly saw the smiles come to their faces and the shots get better.  After winning the 12th hole they halved the 13th hole and many spectators felt the match would quickly be over.  The American girls had other plans.  They tore through the next four holes winning every single one of them and the whole golf course was buzzing of the miraculous change of events.  Ultimately the Canadians won the match on No. 18, but not enough can be said about the Americans determination and will to never give up.

1.  The worst thing you can do in match play is dig yourself into a deep hole early in which most will ever get out of.  Jake Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., and Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., sure did this by losing the first four holes of the day.  Give up? These young men never gave up and stormed back fighting off some great play by their Canadian counterparts.  They got an opportunity on No. 9 and ran with it.  They won holes Nos. 9-11 and were suddenly back in the match with the momentum behind them.  The Americans found themselves yet again with an unlucky break on the 16th and went down one.  As always there was no negative attitude and Russell was in the heat of it for the second day in a row.  They forced the play to 18 where they took advantage of an errant Canadian shot that found the left bunker.  The Americans found a way to come back and halve the hole when to most of the people watching thought they were down and out after losing the first four holes.

North America Cup – First Round Results

The 11th annual North America Cup kicked off this morning with an exciting round of fourball play at the exquisite Weston Golf & Country Club.  Below are the first round results accompanied by the top-three highlights from the first round.

Round 1 – Fourball

8:04 AM – Emily Doyle & Allyson Wentworth     Def.          Marie Donnici & Jany Martin                       2 & 1

8:12 AM – Will Thomson & C.J. Hughes             Def.         Tristan Vandette & Michael Lavorato            5 & 4

8:20 AM – Nate Menon & Grant Leppek             Def.         Jason Chung & Khan Lee                            2 & 1

8:28 AM – Trent Abraham & Matt Cholod           Def.         Jake Leppek & Matthew Cleary                    3 & 2

8:36 AM – Nick Russell & Mike May Jr.            Halved      Rhys Davies & John McKiernan                       AS

8:44 AM – Eamon Marone & Evan Katz              Def.          Nolan Windsor & Conaire Kehoe                 4 & 2

8:52 AM – Mark Benevento & Matt Barto            Def.         Mike Flegel & Mitchell McPhail                    5 & 4

 

FINAL ROUND 1 SCORE: USA – 5.5    CANADA – 1.5

 

Top 3 Highlights:

3. The Girls Division may have played as the toughest match all day.  TEAM USA made up of Emily Doyle of Horseheads, N.Y., and Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., found themselves down by two early in the round but fought back to give themselves a chance to win.  They got it back to all square at the turn with some spectacular shots.  TEAM CANADA battled all day but the girls were finally able to pull out a 2 & 1 victory.

2. Hole No. 3 at Weston is a very tough par-5 dogleg that turns directly up the hill to a very elevated green.  Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., found himself in the deep rough with a terrible lie after his tee shot, but this didn’t stop Marone from going for the green in two.  180 yards from the flagstick does not seem easy from high rough and up a treacherous hill, but Marone made it look simple banking the ball off of the flagstick to leave him a tap in eagle and easy win for the hole.

1.  As all of the players except Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., & Mike May Jr. of Auburn, N.Y., had finished their round, this pairing never gave up.  After hole No. 16 they were down two with two holes to play and things were not looking great for the Americans.  They managed to push the event to the final hole by winning the 17th.  The 18th tee was not what they expected as they both fired their shots down the left side and towards the trees.  May had no line at the hole but got the ball out to just in front of the green.  Russell made a miraculous shot and landed the ball within 15 feet of the flagstick which left everyone with the thought that his putt was going to be the difference.  With both teams, parents, and Weston members watching, May played his ball up towards the hole.  In fact, as the ball kept rolling, the crowd started getting excited when they realized it could go in. Finally the ball fell to the bottom of the cup to complete the fantastic comeback and to halve the match.  As TEAM USA stormed to jump on May, everyone in attendance felt a sense of unity for the 14 outstanding young men and women that make up IJGT TEAM USA.

Bridgestone Series at Longaberger – May 18-19, 2013 – Final Results

Hoshor takes home first IJGT title

Hughes captures crown at Longaberger

NASHPORT, Ohio – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the final event in the Bridgestone Series at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio May 18-19. With beautiful conditions, 22 elite junior golfers representing five states competed for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points in this two-day 36-hole competition.

Cory HoshorIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Cory Hoshor of Buffalo, W.Va., had a three-stroke lead heading into Sunday. Hoshor had a quick start on Saturday with a birdie and an eagle on the front nine, and carded a 4-over-par 76 in his first round. Hoshor also earned KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro honors for his impressive first-round play. With fellow competitor Jack Ford of Springboro, Ohio, close behind, Hoshor needed to bring his “A” game on Sunday.

Hoshor’s final round did not start off the way he intended, but he quickly turned it around by making par on five consecutive holes to end his front nine. Ford was trailing by two strokes after the turn, which made for an exciting back nine. Hoshor made par on the first three holes on the back nine, which gave him the momentum to take home his first IJGT title. The par 3s were the difference maker for Hoshor, as he made par on every one carding a tournament total of 158.

“It feels so cool to win on this level with the IJGT being such a big tour,” said Hoshor. “My iron game was on this weekend, and I was able to hit great approach shots that turned into birdies.”

Finishing just behind Hosher was Ford, with a weekend score of 159. Rounding out the top three in the Boys 15-19 Division was Eddie Zhang of Murrysville, Pa., carding a weekend total of 163.

C.J. HughesC.J. Hughes of Indiana, Pa., took home the title in the Boys 14 & Under Division carding a first round 4-over-par 76. On Saturday, Hughes shot a 38 on the front nine, which included an impressive birdie on the tough par-3 ninth hole at Longaberger Golf Club. He also earned KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro honors for his first-round score. Hughes had a five-stroke lead over the competition going into the final round of play on Sunday.

“I just wanted to put the first round behind me and just have a clean slate for the second 18,” said Hughes.

On Sunday, Hughes got off to a hot start with four birdies and no bogeys which put him at 4-under-par after the turn. He continued his great play by making birdie on the tough par-5 No. 10. Hughes’s finished with a 2-under-par 70 to round out a fantastic weekend. Hughes’s spectacular second-round play earned him Clazic Belts Low Final Round honors and most importantly, his first IJGT Title.

“It feels really good to take home my first IJGT title.” said Hughes. “It is going to help me heading into future tournaments.”

Coming in second place was Jake Sollon of Venetia, Pa., with a final score of 155. Rounding out the top three in the Boys 14 & Under Division was Angelo Mancinelli of Moosic, Pa., with a tournament total of 174.

Gillian AlexanderIn the Girls Division, Gillian Alexander of Rices Landing, Pa., took home the title in dramatic fashion. Alexander, who carded a first-round 83, earned KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro honors and had a one-stroke lead heading into Sunday. Emily Doyle of Horseheads, N.Y., trailed Alexander by one stroke and Audrey Clawson of Sarver, Pa., was close behind trailing by two strokes, which made for an exciting final round.

After a shaky start in her final round, Alexander found herself trailing Doyle by two strokes after the turn. After a strong first couple of holes on the back nine, Alexander and Doyle were even after 14 holes. Doyle made par on No. 16 and No. 17, which gave her a one-stroke lead heading into the final hole. Alexander saved her best shots for No. 18 as she stuck her approach shot 15 feet from the hole. She made par on No. 18, which was just enough to put her in first place at the Bridgestone Series at Longaberger.

“It feels really good to win,” Alexander said. “It is definitely going to be a big confidence booster heading into my future tournaments.”

The IJGT will be heading to Orlando, Fla. next weekend to host its annual Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Club May 25-27. For more information on the Tournament of Champions or any other IJGT event visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear morodZ, PURE Grips, and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

 

NASHPORT, Ohio – Final round results of the IJGT Bridgestone Series at Longaberger conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 19, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6866 yards, Par 72 (73.0/137) Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6367 yards, Par 72 (70.8/131) Girls Division: White Tees – 6071 yards, Par 72 (74.5/128).

Weather: Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 5-10 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 5-10 mph winds

 

International Junior Golf Tour
The Bridgestone Series at Longaberger
Nashport, Ohio
May 18-19, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division-(Gold Tees) 6,866 Yards, Par 72
1. Cory Hoshor, Buffalo, WV *76-82–158
2. Jack Ford, Springboro, OH *79-80–159
3. Eddie Zhang, Murrysville, PA *82-81–163
4.Patrick Sheerer, Pittsburgh, PA *86-79–165
4. Kellen Bohn, Bettendorf, IA *83-82–165
6. Aaron Liebenthal, Sylvania, OH *83-85–168
7. Ben Mullins, Valencia, PA *85-91–176
8. Bobby Hapanowicz, Presto, PA *90-87–177
9. Frank Pantano, Gibsonia, PA *90-89–179
9. Collin Davis, Pittsburgh, PA *89-90–179
11. Dominick Mancinelli, Moosic, PA *87-93–180
DID NOT FINISH
Skyler Roederer, Cambridge, OH *92-DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Nick Lowry, Mars, PA *DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Boys 14 & Under Division-(Blue Tees) 6,387 Yards, Par 72
1. C.J. Hughes, Indiana, PA *76-700–146
2. Jake Sollon, Venetia, PA *81-74–155
3. Angelo Mancinelli, Moosic, PA *87-87–174
4. Matthew Bonadies, New Albany, OH *88-88–176
5. Paul Mastros, Wintersville, OH *95-97–192
6. Alexander Giatras, Charleston, WV *102-111–213
Girls Division-(White Tees) 6,071 Yards, Par 72
1. Gillian Alexander, Rices Landing, PA *83-82–165
2. Emily Doyle, Horseheads, NY *84-83–167
3. Audrey Clawson, Sarver, PA *85-93–178
4. Anna Schatschneider, Avon, OH *111-99–210
5. Erica Mawhorr, Zanesville, OH *119-103–222
DID NOT FINISH
Jaclyn Fanola, Monroe, MI *DQ (Rule 6-3a)