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Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club – Final Results

Minkin goes wire-to-wire at Hershey

Lee wins Girls Division in playoff

HERSHEY, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) kicked off the 2015 Fall Season with the Labor Day Classic on the East Course at Hershey Country Club. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old and representing seven different states competed in the 36-hole tournament for IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Performance Stars, and National Rankings.

Gus Minkin of York, Pa., earned his first IJGT title with a stellar performance firing a tournament total of 145 to win the Boys 15-19 Division by four strokes. Minkin started off the tournament on a poor note, making double bogey on his opening hole, however, Minkin did not get rattled and kept his composure closing with a 2-over, 37 on his opening nine. He would remain 2-over-par the rest of the day finishing with a 73, and taking the first-round lead in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Gus Minkin won the Boys 15-19 Division at Hershey Country Club

Gus Minkin won the Boys 15-19 Division at Hershey Country Club

Minkin was mentally prepared for the final round and came out aggressive making seven pars and two birdies on the front nine. His 2-under, 34 gave him a four-stroke cushion going into the back nine. None of his fellow competitors were able to surmount a comeback, and Minkin ended the day with a 1-over, 72 to earn the title. His final round of 72 was the lowest in the tournament and earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the boy and girl that record the lowest score in the final round of every IJGT tournament.

“My mindset was to come out and shoot even-par. I played solid. I did not make a lot of mistakes this week,” said Minkin.

Finishing in second place was Chris Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa., with a tournament total of 149. Jason Li, also of Sewickley, Pa., earned third place honors with a total score of 150.

36 holes were not enough to decide a champion in the Girls Division. After regulation, Julianne Lee of York, Pa., and Charlotte Simpson of Towson, Md., finished tied with tournament scores of 156. The playoff started on hole No. 16 at Hershey Country Club, where Lee and Simpson tied with bogeys. On the second playoff hole, Lee was able to get up and down for par to secure the victory, the first of her IJGT career.

Julianne Lee Trophy

Julianne Lee won the Girls Division at Hershey Country Club

Lee started the final round only one stroke back of Simpson after an opening round of 78. Lee put some pressure on Simpson early making two birdies in her front nine. At the turn Lee and Simpson were tied. Simpson grabbed control of the lead with a birdie on hole No. 14, but Lee was resilient and stayed calm making a par on her last hole to send it to the playoff.

The greens at Hershey Country Club were rolling very fast and troubled many of the competitors including Lee.

“My putting was not very good this week, but my iron play and driver made up for it,” said Lee.

Finishing in third place in the Girls Division was Samantha Fritzinger of Allentown, Pa., with a tournament total of 157 including a 76 in the final round which earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

The Boys 14 & Under Division did not disappoint either with an exciting finish as well. Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., pulled ahead in the last two holes to claim the title finishing with a score of 153. Sample started off the Labor Day Classic with six straight pars and a 37 in his opening nine. The back nine was not his best showing, but Sample limited the damage finishing the day with a score of 80 to grab a share of the lead along with Junyoung Lee of York, Pa.

Luke Sample won the Boys 14 & Under Division at Hershey Country Club

Luke Sample won the Boys 14 & Under Division at Hershey Country Club

Sample was ready to go in the final round, starting his round off with a birdie on the opening hole. He would finish with a 37 on the front nine to take a two-stroke lead going into the final nine holes. Jake Roach of East Aurora, N.Y., was only two strokes back and after making birdie on hole No. 13, he momentarily tied Sample for the lead. Sample stayed composed and was able to finish with two pars and a great score of 2-over, 73 for the final round. This was Sample’s third win in the Boys 14 & Under Division and the first of the 2015-2016 season.

“I wanted to come out and shoot a good number and see what the rest of the field did, and it worked for me,” commented Sample.

Roach ended the tournament in second place with a tournament total of 156. Lee finished in third place with a tournament score of 167.

The IJGT will make the short trip over to West Chester, Pa., on September 12-13, 2015, at Radley Run Country Club for the IJGT Philly Open. The tournament will feature national rankings as well as IJGT Merit Points. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

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 40 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 30 states and 30 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 AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, EyeLine Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

HERSHEY, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 6, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,769 yards, Par 71 (73.8/136), Boys 14 & Under Division: Black Tees – 6,102 yards, Par 71 (70.0/130). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,874 yards, Par 71 (74.9/131)

Weather:       
September 5: Sunny with temperatures in the low 80’s with 0-5 mph winds
September 6: Partly cloudly with temperatures in the low 80’s with 0-5 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Labor Day Classic at Hershey
Hershey, Pa.
September 5-6, 2015
 
Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,769 yards, Par 71

1. Gus Minkin, York, PA *73-72–145
2. Chris Tanabe, Sewickley, PA *74-75–149
3. Jason Li, Sewickley, PA *75-75–150
4. James Meyers, Wexford, PA *78-74–152
5. David Powers, Glen Spey, NY *79-76–155
6. Bobby Mulreaney, Lutherville, MD *82-74–156
6. Ethan Murphy, Mechanicsburg, PA *80-76–156
8. Andrew Lombardo, Lansdale, PA *81-77–158
8. Sanghyeon Park, Oakland Gardens, NY *77-81–158
10. Kevin Scherr, Nazareth, PA *80-79–159
11. Quinn Guzman, Souderton, PA *81-79–160
11. Andrew Forjan, York, PA *80-80–160
13. Devin Sanders, Camden, DE *79-82–161
14. Campbell Wolf, Enola, PA *82-80–162
14. Jordy Shaffer, Fayetteville, PA *80-82–162
16. Matthew Marino, Malvern, PA *82-81–163
16. Patrick Boles, Basking Ridge, NJ *86-77–163
18. Matthew Civitella, Paoli, PA *80-84–164
18. Charles Young II, Woodstock, MD *84-80–164
20. Jason Koshinski, Mechanicsburg, PA *85-80–165
21. Noah (David) Lee, Oswego, NY *83-83–166
22. Noah Schwartz, Cherry Hill, NJ *86-81–167
22. Garrett Ganley, Leesburg, VA *83-84–167
24. Deion Shepherd, Dayton, NJ *81-87–168
25. Max Finkel, Rockville, MD *88-81–169
25. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *86-83–169
27. Austen Schmidt, Goshen, IN *83-87–170
27. Simon Levy, New York, NY *83-87–170
29. Danny Goetze, Cornwall on Hudson, NY *92-79–171
30. Kyle Jones, Frederick, MD *91-81–172
31. Peter Riverso, Scarsdale, NY *89-84–173
31. David Colleran, Radnor, PA *87-86–173
33. Tyler Wassell, Lancaster, PA *84-90–174
33. Evan Diebus, Gainesville, VA *83-91–174
35. Andrew Perry, Basking Ridge, NJ *85-90–175
36. Matt Barkann, Newtown Square, PA *87-92–179
37. Adam Miller, Silver Spring, MD *96-84–180
38. Jack Murphy, Garden City, NY *97-88–185
39. Archie Filshill, Huntingdon Valley, PA *85-101–186
 
DID NOT FINISH
Theo Nick, Sands Point, NY *102—DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,102 yards, par 71
1. Luke Sample, New York, NY *80-73–153
2. Jake Roach, East Aurora, NY *82-74–156
3. Junyoung Lee, York, PA *80-87–167
4. Robbie Herzig, New York, NY *86-86–172
5. Matthew Bald, Towson, MD *95-93–188

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 5,874 yards, par 71
1. x-Julianne Lee, York, PA *78-78–156
2. Charlotte Simpson, Towson, MD *77-79–156
3. Samantha Fritzinger, Allentown, PA *81-76–157
4. Katie Lee, Ringoes, NJ *82-78–160
5. Sophia Bae, Norwood, NJ *84-81–165
6. Rebecca Markunas, Glendale, NY *85-82–167
6. Meher Mankikar, Bridgewater, NJ *83-84–167
8. Skylar Sload, Ashburn, VA *84-84–168
9. Gabrielle Herzig, New York, NY *90-79–169
10. Alexis Kim, Clarence, NY *89-84–173
11. Marlene Tartaro, Warren, NJ *87-95–182
12. Jessica Meyers, Wexford, PA *107-102–209

X-Won in playoff

Summer Series at Country Club of Hilton Head – Final Results

Faraci secures first IJGT victory
Chris Tanabe wins in a come-from-behind performance

The IJGT continued the Summer Series at the Country Club of Hilton Head on July 22-23, 2014. The two-day 36-hole tournament featured a field of 15 players from all over the U.S. as well as international players from four countries, all competing for national rankings.

Jack FaraciJack Faraci of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., capitalized on his lead after the opening round with strong play in round two to capture the championship title for the Boys 15-19 Division with scores of 78-76 – 154. Faraci headed into the final round with a two-stroke lead over Plug Booranakunamanee of Samutprakran, Thailand.

Faraci’s second round score of 76 was helped him in capturing the championship by one stroke. Booranakunamanee shot an 80-75 for a two-round total of 155, just one stroke behind Faraci. His front-nine 1-under score of 35 highlighted Faraci’s second round. Faraci made two birdies throughout his round, but his most impressive play occurred on the par-5 eighth hole where he holed out for an eagle.

Booranakunamanee finished in second place earning the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, an award given to the juniors who score the lowest in the second round of the tournament. Third place was awarded to Alex Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa., who carded an overall score of 167.

“Through the first nine, I was playing great and I knew I had the lead. My putting was the key factor that helped me capture the championship down the stretch,” said Faraci.

tanabeChris Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa., who carded scores of 79-75 – 154 won the Boys 14 & Under Division. His impressive round two score of 75 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his division. Tanabe entered the final round one stroke behind then leader Marc Groenhuysen of West Chester, Pa. Through nine holes of the final round, the Hilton Head Island, S.C., native, Brook Dyess, lead Tanabe by four strokes, but Tanabe’s strong back nine performance elevated him into the lead to secure the victory.

In second place was Matthew Campbell of Beaufort, S.C., with scores of 80-75 – 155. Campbell earned a share of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with his tying round two score of 75. Rounding out the division’s top three was Dyess who finished with scores of 79-78=157. Dyess’ front nine featured the lone hole-in-one of the tournament, the second of his career.

“My putting is definitely what helped me win. I knew if I could come into the final round with my mind set on making pars and holing a few putts, I had a chance to win,” said Tanabe.

The IJGT’s Summer Series will continue its competition next week at The Ridge at Back Brook in Ringoes, N.J., on July 28-29, 2014. To sign up for this event, or others, click here or call (843) 785-2444.

Hilton Head Island, S.C. – Final Results of the Summer Series at the Country Club of Hilton Head conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on July 22-23, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,704 yards, Par 72 (74.4/141). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,086 yards, Par 72 (70.6/133).

Weather:                   

Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 3-5 mph
Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 5-7 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Summer Series at Country Club of Hilton Head
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
July 22-23, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees) 6,740 yards, Par 72

1. Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, NY *78-76–154
2. Plug Booranakunamanee, Samutprakran, Thailand *80-75–155
3. Alex Tanabe, Sewickley, PA *86-81–167
4. Jake Haughom, Vienna, VA *89-80–169
4. Andres Lopez, Monterrey *83-86–169
6. Zhong Xuan Yang, Hong Kong, China *84-90–174

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) 6,086 yards, Par 72

1. Chris Tanabe, Sewickley, PA *79-75–154
2. Matthew Campbell, Beaufort, SC *80-75–155
3. Brooks Dyess, Hilton Head Island, SC *79-78–157
4. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-82–160
5. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *82-81–163
6. Matteo Posa, Milan, Italy *87-79–166
7. Michael Tanabe, Sewickley, PA *82-87–169
8. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *93-86–179
9. Ryan Gresham, Binghamton, NY *92-93–185

Summer Series at Country Club of Hilton Head – Round one recap

The IJGT Summer Series continued in Hilton Head Island, S.C., at Country Club of Hilton Head on July 22, 2014. As juniors took the field for round one, low scores and impressive play made for a great day of golf. In review, the division’s leaders’ rounds in numbers are below.

Jack Faraci of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

78 – his first round score, standing at 6-over-par

37 – the lowest nine-hole score of the day

12 – number of holes he posted par or better

1 – number of strokes he leads by after round one

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Marc Groenhuysen of West Chester, Pa., leads. His round in numbers:

78 – his first round score, standing at 6-over-par

14 – number of holes he carded par or better

8 – the number of consecutive holes where he carded par (No. 11-18)

1 – number of strokes he leads after round one

The IJGT would like to extend special congratulations to Brooks Dyess of Hilton Head Island, S.C., who posted his second career hole-in-one.  Dyess hit a 6-iron to ace to 158 yard par-3 No.11 and currently shares second with Chris Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa., in the Boys 15-19 Division. Congrats!

Juniors will return to competition for the second and final round at 1 p.m. For full results from round one of the Summer Series at Country Club of Hilton Head, click here. Be sure to following along with up-to-the-minute updates by following @IJGT on Twitter.

Summer Series at Olde Stonewall – Final Results

Barto, Walsh win with large margin
Tanabe secures first IJGT victory

The IJGT continued its Summer Series at Olde Stonewall just outside of Pittsburgh, Pa., on July 7-8, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole event featured a field of 50 juniors competing for national rankings.

BartoIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Matt Barto of Leechburg, Pa. won the division convincingly by eight strokes. Finishing his first round front nine with a birdie on the par-5 No. 9, Barto carded a 1-under-par 35 score to kick off his round. He finished round one with an even-par score of 71 to assume the lead before heading into round two. Barto carded par or better on 13 of 18 holes in round two, including two birdies en route to his victory.

“I wanted to try and shoot under par today,” said Barto and despite finishing 3-over-par, he remained victorious.

Barto finished with scores of 71-74 – 145. Barto’s round two score of 74 tied for the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award given to the male and female with the lowest score of the final round. Benjamin Morgret of Venetia, Pa., was also a Clazic Belts winner.

Second place was a three-way-tie between Pennsylvania natives Nicklaus Cuny of Cranberry Township, Michael Reed-Price of Dresher and Carter Ehms of Cranberry Township. The trio finished with overall scores of 153.

TanabeThe Boys 14 & Under Division was won by Chris Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa., who finished with scores of 84-82 – 166. Tanabe took first by a staggering 14 strokes to secure his first IJGT victory. Ten second round pars helped Tanabe to shave two strokes from his first round score and led him to card a total of 16 pars for the tournament.

“My driver has really been working for me and I have been hitting a lot of fairways,” said Tanabe on his performance.

In second place, Palmer Cuny of Cranberry Township, Pa., who carded consistent 90s in rounds one and two to finish with a two-day score of 180. Rounding out the top three for the division was Alex Beall of Pittsburgh, Pa., who recorded an overall score of 211.

 

WalshIn the Girls Division, a come-from-behind performance by Katie Walsh of Baldwinsville, N.Y., led to victory. Walsh used 12 pars to cut three strokes from her round one score of 81 to slide into first. The win comes as Walsh’s first IJGT victory. After trailing in at the conclusion of round one, Walsh made up ground to finish eight strokes ahead of her competition.

“I am a really good putter and was hitting putts both day. I can strike the ball but putting is my strength,” said Walsh. Her round-two score of 79 was the lowest score of the Girls Division, awarding her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Finishing in a tie for second was round-one leader Synclaire Kuhn of McMurray, Pa., and Marah Penn of Hamburg, N.Y., who both finished with a two-day score of 168.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Summer Series at Oyster Reef Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on July 11-12, 2014. To sign up for events, visit ijgt.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Ellwood City, Pa. – Final round results of the Summer Series at Olde Stonewall conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed July 9, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,875 yards, Par 70. Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,200 yards, Par 710. Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,708 yards, Par 70.

International Junior Golf Tour
Summer Series at Olde Stonewall
Cranberry Township, P.A.
July 8-9, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,875 yards, Par 70

1. Matt Barto, Leechburg, PA *71-74–145
2. Nicklaus Cuny, Cranberry Township, PA *73-80–153
2. Michael Reed-Price, Dresher, PA *76-77–153
2. Carter Ehms, Cranberry Twp, PA *78-75–153
5. Andrew Reynolds, Pittsburgh, PA *78-76–154
6. Anthony Muscato, Gibsonia, PA *80-75–155
6. Benjamin Morgret, Venetia, PA *81-74–155
8. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *80-77–157
9. Evan Long, New castle, PA *82-76–158
10. Max Hoffman, Pittsburgh, PA *81-79–
11. Ross Bondo, Cranberry Township, PA *80-82–162
12. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA *78-85–163
13. Connor Schmidt, Venetia, PA *83-81–164
14. Jake Smithco, Cranberry Township, PA *87-78–165
15. Alex Tanabe, Sewickley, PA *82-84–166
16. Declan Hickton, Pittsburgh, PA *84-83–167
16. Chris Rust, Wexford, PA *86-81–167
18. Mark Goetz, Irwin, PA *81-88–169
19. Ryan Koenig, Cranberry Township, PA *89-81–170
19. Ryan Senka, Cranberry Township, PA *87-83–170
19. Jerome Landry, Jr., Duncansville, PA *80-90-170
22. Billy Rosemeyer, Gibsonia, PA *82-89–171
22. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *85-86–171
22. Connor White, Gibsonia, PA *80-91–171
25. Will Lusk, Venetia, PA *94-79–173
26. Thomas Foglia, North Braddock, PA *88-86–174
26. Dustin Cook, Westport, CT *88-86–174
28. Jack Katarincic, Pittsburgh, PA *87-88–175
29. Zach Barone, Pittsburgh, PA *87-90–177
30. Eddie Zhang, Murrysville, PA *99-79–178
30. Nate Yackovich, Gibsonia, PA *89-89–178
30. Casey O’Korn, Canonsburg, PA *92-86–178
33. Joe Deegan, McMurray, PA *88-92–180
34. Eric Macadangdang, Mckees Rocks, PA *93-89–182
35. Stephen McInerney, Pittsburgh, PA *93-90–183
36. Frank Pantano, Gibsonia, PA *88-96–184
37. J.P. Beall, Pittsburgh, PA *99-90–189
38. John Staley, Pittsburgh, PA *99-108–207

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Grant Muir, Allison Park PA *
JWD. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh PA *

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,200 yards, Par 70

1. Chris Tanabe, Sewickley, PA *84-82–166
2. Palmer Cuny, Cranberry Twp, PA *90-90–180
3. Alex Beall, Pittsburgh, PA *101-110–211

Girls Division – Yellow Tees, 5,708 yards, Par 70

1. Katie Walsh, Baldwinsville, NY *81-79–160
2. Synclaire Kuhn, McMurray, PA *77-91–168
2. Marah Penn, Hamburg, NY *84-84–168
4. Samantha Shumaker, Verona, PA *92-91–183
5. Alexandra Muracca, Pittsburgh, PA *98-92–190
6. Christina Lewis, Wexford, PA *97-98–195
7. Shelby Shumaker, Verona, PA *109-113–222

Summer Series at Olde Stonewall – Round one recap

Continuing with the Summer Series, the IJGT traveled to  in Ellwood City, Pa., to host round one at Olde Stonewall Golf Club. Overcast skies and mild temperatures made for golf-friendly conditions, translating to some low scoring. In review, divisional leaders’ rounds in numbers are below.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Matt Barto of Leechburg, Pa., leads. His round in numbers:

71- his 1-over-par score 71 to put himself in first place

35- front nine score, even par to help him en route to his lead

2- number of birdies throughout his round

13- number of pars carded

In the Girls Division, Synclaire Kuhn of McMurray, Pa., is leading the pack. Her round in numbers:

77- her round-one score, enough to sit in the lead

3- Kuhn played the par-3s of the course at an impressive 1-under for round one

4- number of birdies she carded in her first round

Chris Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa., leads the Boys 14 & Under Division after shooting a first round 84. His round in numbers:

3- number of back-nine birdies he tallied

2- Tanabe was an impressive 2-under on the course’s par-3 holes

6 – total pars that aided in his first-round lead over the division

Juniors will return to play for round two Wednesday, July 9, 2014, for an 8:00 a.m. start. For full results from the first round of the Summer Series at Olde Stonewallclick here. Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.

IJGT College Classic at Penn State University

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) returns to Central Pennsylvania for the College Classic at Penn State University Oct. 19-20. The two-day, 36-hole tournament will be held at Penn State’s Blue Course in State College, Pa. Junior golfers ages 10-19 will be competing for national rankings as well as IJGT Merit Points.

Home to Penn State University’s Men’s and Women’s golf teams, the Blue Course has been vastly improved since it underwent renovations in 2007. During renovations, 640 yards were added to the Blue Course and it became a par-72. With five sets of tees, the course plays anywhere from 5,075 yards to 7,228 yards. The Blue Course hosted its first major amateur event in 2009 when the Big Ten Championships were played there.

PSU Fairway

A group of players who already have top-10 finishes this season headline the Boys 15-19 Division. Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., placed third at the Major Championship of Crystal Springs, while Anthony DeNapoli of Catonsville, Md., Will Haller of Gaithersburg, Md., and Bryan Morris of Beltsville, Md., each finished in the top-10 at the Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor. Morris was fifth, DeNapoli sixth, and Haller placed in a tie for 10th.

In the Girls Division, Carley Hopton of Madison, N.J., will look to carry on the momentum of her victory at the Philly Open at Jeffersonville. Hopton came back from down three strokes on Sunday to force a playoff, which she eventually won in three holes. Mary Bryan Owen of Baltimore, Md., Alyssa Schiera of West Windsor, N.J., and Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., look to deny Hopton of her second victory of the season.

Alex Lawson of Pittsburgh, Pa., Ryan Pongrac Freehold, N.J., and Chris Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa., will be in search of their first victories of the 2013-14 IJGT season in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Lawson placed eighth at last season’s College Classic at Penn State, while Pognac is in his first season in the Boys 14 & Under after winning twice on the Discovery Tour last season, including at Penn State. Tanabe will be trying to improve off a fourth place finish at the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club.

Final Results from the Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill CC

Marone emerges victorious at Locust Hill

Wentworth earns first IJGT victory 

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour was in Pittsford, N.Y., on Sept. 28-29 for the Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill. Over the course of two days and 36 holes at Locust Hill Country Club, junior golfers ages 10-19 competed for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The field consisted of 45 players representing three states and two countries.

Located only minutes from the city of Rochester, Locust Hill Country Club was designed by Scottish Architect Seymour Dunn. The private club played 6,000 yards for the Girls Division, 6,197 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,575 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division. The weather could not have been any better for the golfers, as both days featured clear skies and temperatures in the 70s. Trees lined narrow fairways and small greens made every shot take the players’ full concentration. Also, ponds and creeks come into play on nine holes. For those reasons, Locust Hill has hosted an LPGA tournament every year since 1977 and the Wegman’s LPGA Championship from 2010-2013.

The Boys 15-19 Division came down to the wire as a number of players were in contention entering the final round. Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., eventually emerged victorious, winning by one stroke over four other players. Marone finished the tournament with a score of 146, while Jack Gianniny of Rochester, N.Y., Harry Jin of Palisades Park, N.J., Joe Petrin of Cicero, N.Y., and Nick Musshafen of Fairport, N.Y., all finished at 147.

Marone carded 14 pars and a birdie as part of a first-round 2-over-par 74. He was one stroke off the leaders, Jin and MaronePetrin, entering the final day. Jin birdied five holes and Petrin two, as both shot 1-over-par, 73 for the first round. Musshafen also shot an opening-round 74.

Gianniny made the biggest move on the final day after shooting 78 in round one. He sat five strokes off the lead entering the day, but shot a final-round 3-under-par 69 to put himself back in contention. The  round of 69, which was enough to win him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, was highlighted by six birdies as part of a 5-under-par 32 on the back nine.

As Gianniny watched from behind the 18th green, the rest of the leaders finished up. Musshafen birdied No. 17 to get to 2-over-par for the tournament but a bogey on No. 18 dropped him to 3-over-par, and put him in a tie with Gianniny. Marone, Jin and Petrin all stepped to the 18th tee at 2-over-par and with an opportunity to win.

Both Jin and Petrin found the fairway off the tee, but Marone missed right, leaving himself under the trees. Even with the difficult approach, Marone reached the green in two, while Jin left his approach short and Petrin missed the green to the right. Petrin and Jin chipped to within 10 feet and Marone’s putt came up a few feet short, as Gianniny and Musshafen looked on.

Petrin was first up to putt and he missed his putt to the right, tapping in for bogey. Next up was Jin. His putt burned the left edge but would not fall, as he also dropped a stroke with a bogey. That left Marone with a three-foot putt for par and the championship. He stood over his uphill putt with a large group of spectators watching. Marone made the putt to earn the victory at the Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill.

“It’s challenging. It’s a tight course, you can’t just bomb it all over the place, I made a lot of putts within 10 feet and that was key for me,” said Marone.

In the Girls Division, Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., won her first IJGT Event. Wentworth finished with a total score of 152 to earn the six-stroke victory.

Wentworth used 10 pars and two birdies to card a first-round 77 to take the outright lead heading into the final round. WentworthShe sat two strokes clear of Chelsea Dantonio of Lancaster, N.Y., and four strokes ahead of Christine Schmitt of Pittsford, N.Y., as the three made up final group.

Dantonio closed the game to one after the first three holes on during the final round but never got any closer. After nine holes, Wentworth’s lead was up to four, as she shot a 2-over-par, 39, while Dantonio carded a 41, and Schmitt, a 40.

Schmitt started the back nine off with three consecutive pars and sat three off the lead with six holes to play. Wentworth caught the hot hand at the right moment, though, putting together a streak of five pars on holes Nos. 4-8. Entering the final hole, a par-3, Wentworth’s lead sat at five strokes.

Even with the lead, Wentworth played the final hole aggressively, putting her tee shot within 15 feet. She finished in style, sinking the birdie putt to finish the round with a 3-over-par 75, and earning the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Wentworth noted that the key to her victory was, “…definitely putting. Anything within 10 feet I made this weekend.”

Schmitt finished second with scores of 81-77-158 while Dantonio placed third with a 79-81-160.

Danny Gianniny of Rochester, N.Y., earned his first victory of the season in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Danny Gianniny got off to a strong start in the first round, carding two birdies and six pars on his way to an 81, carrying a five-stroke lead into the final round.

Danny Gianniny continued his strong play during the last round. Paired with Chris Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa. and Dylan Plis Camillus, N.Y., Danny Gianniny shot a 42 on the front nine, to open up a six-stroke lead. Plis fired a 40 on the Gianninyfront to get within eight of the lead, heading into the back nine.

Danny Gianniny started his back nine with another birdie, and was on his way to the victory. He matched his front-nine score on the back to finish at 84 for the day and 165 for the tournament.

When asked about any key shots he made, Danny Gianniny was quick to note, “On my 10th hole today, I stuck a shot to about a foot.” He made the putt for a birdie on his way to the victory.

Tanabe carded three birdies on in the final round as part of an 88, putting him in a tie for second with Plis. Both finished with scores of 174 over the two days.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it the weekend of Oct. 5-6 in College Park, Md., for the College Series at University of Maryland. The tournament will be played at the University of Maryland Golf Course, home to the University of Maryland’s Men’s and Women’s Division 1 golf teams.

To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Final-round results of the IJGT Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 29, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Green Tees – 6,575 yards, Par 72 (75.5/137) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,197 yards, Par 72 (71.2/132) Girls Division: Blue Tees – 6,000 yards, Par 72 (76.2/139)

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

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

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Locust Hill Country Club

Pittsford, N.Y.

September 28-29, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Green Tees, 6,575 yards, Par 72

1. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ, *74-72–146

2. Jack Gianniny, Rochester, NY, *78-69–147

2. Nick Musshafen, Fairport, NY, *74-73–147

2. Joe Petrin, Cicero, NY, *73-74–147

2. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *73-74–147

6. James Pelcher, Baldwinsville, NY, *74–79-153

6. Mike May, Auburn, NY, *75-78–153

8. Scott Chambers, Pittsford, NY, *79-75–154

8. Sean Dain, Oswego, NY, *77-77–154

10. Phil Leahy, Waterloo, Canada, *81-74–155

11. Alex Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *76-80–156

11. Jack DePerrior, Rochester, NY, *77-79–156

13. Matt Monaco, Baldwinsville, NY, *83-74–157

13. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY, *78-79–157

13. Christian Nizamis, Baldwinsville, NY, *83-74–157

16. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY, *82-78–160

16. David Hanes, Elma, NY, *84-76–160

18. Michael McIntosh, Chittenango, NY, *82-79–161

18. Nicklaus Cuny, Cranberry Township, PA, *80-81–161

18. Evan Gaesser, Kendall, NY, *85-76–161

18. Brad Belote, Lancaster, NY, *83-78–161

22. Andrew Fedele, Rochester, NY, *76-90–166

23. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY, *86-81–167

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

25. Grant Brongo, Spencerport, NY, *83-91–174

26. Alex Hepburn, Corning, NY, *91-86–177

27. Noah Andriatch, Brockport, NY, *89-91–180

28. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY, *97-84–181

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,197 yards, Par 72

1. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY, *81-84–165

2. Chris Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *86-88–174

2. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY, *91-83–174

4. Tj Buck, Penfield, NY, *95-97–192

5. Chang Hyun Park, Pittsford, NY, *107-117–224

 

Girls Division – Blue Tees, 6,000 yards, Par 72

1. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ, *77-75–152

2. Christine Schmitt, Pittsford, NY, *81-77–158

3. Chelsea Dantonio, Lancaster, NY, *79-81–160

4. Sarah Godfrey-Singleton, Depew, NY, *87-79–166

5. Sarah Bothner, Rochester, NY, *86-82–168

6. Emily Connors, Lancaster, NY, *84-85–169

7. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY, *86-87–173

8. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY, *88-87–175

9. Katie Walsh, Baldwinsville, NY, *88-91–179

10. Sarah Notaro, Lancaster, NY, *96-84–180

DID NOT FINISH

Meredith Glenning, Rochester, NY, *93–JWD

Lindsay May, Auburn, NY, *JWD

 

 

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