Yarnall, Lapvisuttisin among those receiving IJGT Player of the Week honors – Sept. 30, 2014


The IJGT’s Northeast Tour was in Rochester, N.Y., for The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club. With ideal golfing weather the juniors recorded quality scores during both days of the tournament. Impressive play from Sean Stanistreet of Camillus, N.Y., and Caroline Yarnall of East Aurora, N.Y., earned the pair IJGT Player of the Week honors for the northeast this week.


Stanistreet of the Boys 15-19 Division, began the tournament with a slower than desired start, posting a round one score of 79 but returned for round two with a fire in his belly. With birdies on four holes, including the extremely difficult par-5 No. 2, Stanistreet shaved six strokes from his round one score and recorded a 1-over 73 for the final round. A solid swing off of the tee and clutch putting were the key to his impressive final round performance. His score was good enough to put him in contention down the stretch and landed him in a three-way tie for third place.


Yarnall of the Girls Division, maintained her consistent play throughout both rounds of the tournament. She made par on the difficult par-4 No. 8 on both days and also made par on the hazardous par-5 No. 10 on the final day. Her positive attitude carried her through her entire performance and the IJGT expects great things from her in the future.

Congratulations to both Sean Stanistreet and Caroline Yarnall with their praise-worthy performances this week. We wish them luck as they continue their golf play throughout the fall season.

For full results from The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club, click here.


The IJGT hosted the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C., on September 27-28, 2014, as a part of the 2014 fall Southeast Tour.  The course was in great shape and despite the small amount of rain that was in the forecast, the players proceeded to shoot low rounds throughout the weekend. Following the event, Sophie Guo and Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin were named the Players of the Week in the southeast.

Sophie Guo

Guo was able to jump out to a first round lead by shooting a 1-under 71 on Saturday with back-to-back birdies on holes 13 and 14, and a streak of six consecutive pars on the front nine.  In round two had a consistent finish by carding ten pars and three birdies, boosting her to her highest finish on tour to date, a second place finish only one stroke behind the leader.

Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Lapvisuttisin nabbed Player of the Week honors thanks to yet another strong bid at a comeback on Sunday.  Lapvisuttisin’s first round score of 77 landed him in a tie for 15th, however he recovered and shot a 1-under 71 on Sunday which put him in the hunt, along with giving him a share of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the weekend.  Lapvisuttisin recorded even par on the front and finished his second round bogey-free on the back.  Lapvisuttisin’s strong final round was enough to hoist him to a tie for eighth place in the tournament.

Congratulations to both Sophie Guo and Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin on their achievements and being named Southeast Players of the Week.

For full results from IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club, click here.

Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club – Final Results (Sept. 28, 2014)

Reichert shoots even par for the tournament win
Braman nabs second consecutive top-three finish

The IJGT hosted the Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club on September 27-28, 2014. The event was the fourth tournament of the Northeast Tour with juniors competing for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

ReichertBen Reichert of East Amherst, N.Y., shot even-par 144 to win the tournament in the Boys 15-19 Division. Reichert shot one-under-par on the front nine of the opening round, including a chip in eagle on the par-5 No. 7.  He carded 25 total pars to set the pace for his even par for the tournament, closing out with four straight.

Reichert had a game plan to close out the final round, “My mindset was to hit good shots all days and I knew if I did that I would put myself in a good place”, said the champion.

Colin Dubnik from Rochester, N.Y., also recorded an even-par second round as he battled to close the gap on Reichert. Dubnik gained on Reichert’s lead by shooting 2-under-par on his second round front nine but struggled with a few bogeys preventing him from moving into the lead. Rounding out the top-three in the division was a three-way tie between Sean Stanistreet of Camillus, N.Y., David Hanes of Elma, N.Y., and Brad Belote of Lancaster, N.Y. The trio scored two-day totals of 152.

kellyPatrick Kelly of Erie, Pa., took the first place trophy home in the Boys 14 & Under Division.  His opening round of 80 led the group, and he carried his lead through the end after scoring 78 in round two. Kelly recorded three birdies and seven pars in both rounds.

When asked what the keys to his success were, Kelly said, “My ball striking and hitting a lot of fairways.”

TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y., finished in second with a two-day total of 161 and Jeremy Summerson of Victor, N.Y., took third with a tournament total 166.



braman1In the Girls Divison, Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., finished in first place with a total of 158. Braman led from the start and carried her momenutm through the finish. The first place finish becomes her second consecutive top-three finish. Her performance was highlighted by a total of six birdies and 16 pars.

“I play on an all boys team for high school and that competition has helped me improved my game and helped me play well in these tournaments,” said Braman. In second place, was Caroline Yarnall from East Aurora, N.Y., with a tournament total 158.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 4-5, 2014, with two northeast events. The Architects Cup presented by IJGA will be held at the Architects Golf Club and the DC Shootout will be held at National Golf Club. To sign up for this event, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.