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IJGT Alumni Update – NCAA

IJGT Alumni have finished the month of October strong, with 26 top 10 finishes during the last week and a half. Here are our IJGT alumni top-10 finishers for the end of October!

IJGT well represented at U.S. Women’s Amateur

Photo credit (USGA)

Photo credit (USGA)

23 past or current IJGT members are slated to play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur at Portland Golf Club in Portland, Ore. The national tournament conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA) begins on Monday, August 10, 2015 with a field of 156 players from across the world competing for the most prestigious amateur title in women’s golf. The championship is 36 holes of stroke play, with the top 64 players advancing to match play. Here are a list of the 23 past or current IJGT members.

 

Lila Barton – Dallas, Texas

Haley Bookholdt – Columbus, N.J.

Alice Chen – Princeton, N.J.

Lydia Choi – Beverly Hills, Calif.

Marissa Chow – Honolulu, Haw.

Selena Costabile – Canada

Avery French – Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Mariel Galdiano – Kapolei, Haw.

Erica Herr – New Hope, Pa.

Gurman Kaur – Elk Grove, Calif.

Esther Lee – Irvine, Calif.

Alessandra Liu – Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

Courtnery McKim – Raleigh, N.C.

Kim Mitchell – Woodbridge, Va.

Ayaka Nakayama – Kanagawa, Japan

Christina Parsells – Bernardsville, N.J.

Laura Restrepo – Panama City, Panama

Aneka Seumanutafa – Frederick, Md.

Margaret Shirley – Roswell, GA

Naranphat Siriko – Bangkok, Thailand

Taylor Totland – Tinton Falls, N.J.

Ana Paula Valdes – Morelia, Mexico

Rachel Welker – Terre Haute, Ind.

 

*bold indicates current IJGT member

 

 

Junior Amateur

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

Junior Amateur

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Denotes IJGT Champion

Architects Cup at Architects Golf Club – Round one recap

The IJGT headed to Architects Golf Club to host The Architects Cup. The weather was picture perfect with temperatures in the 60s. The field of 90 competitors battled for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were at stake, as well as an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014. The numbers for the division leaders are as follows.

In the Boys 15-19 Division Ryan Davis of Berkeley Heights, N.J. leads his division. Here are his Round One numbers:

3 – IJGT events played at Architects Golf Club

1 – Top 10 finish this season at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass

4 – Birdies made in the first round

1 – Number of strokes under par on the back nine

 

In the Girls Division, Christina Parsells of Bernardsville, N.J. leads her division. Here are her numbers from round one:

1 – Number of IJGT wins this season (Major Championship at Crystal Springs)

5 – Number of IJGT events played in her career

4 – Number of birdies made in first round

4 – Pars made in a row in round one

 

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Brian Isztawn of Huntingdon Valley, Pa. leads his division. Here are his numbers from round one:

1 – First IJGT event

3 – Birdies made in round one

1 – Number over par on each nine

10 – Number of pars made in round one

 

For full round one results of the Architects Cup at Architects Golf Club, click here.

For pairings for the final round of the Architects Cup at Architects Golf Club, click here.

 

Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live, up-to-the-minute updates of the Architects Cup at Architects Golf Club as the tournament continues.

IJGT Photos of the Week – Oct. 12-13, 2013

Northeast Tour

Christina ParsellsChristina Parcells at the South Jersey Open at Blue Heron Pines

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the South Jersey Open at Blue Heron Pines in Cologne, N.J. on Oct. 12-13, where persistent wind and rain made for a challenging playing field for the junior golfers. Nonetheless, this week’s Photo of the Week contest was close, with the winning picture going to Christina Parsells of Bernardsville, N.J. Playing in her second season with the IJGT, Parsells placed fifth in the tournament with an 83-85–168 (+13), just two shots behind winner, Raphaella Kang. Parsells, coming off a recent win at the Major Championship at Crystal Springs in Hamburg, N.J. on Sept. 7-8, kept up her strong play en route to her second consecutive top five effort. We look forward to seeing her tenacity in upcoming events!

 

Southeast Tour

Tyler BerdyTyler Berdy at the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour made its way down to the sunny Lecanto, Fla. for the Florida Junior Open at Black Diamond Ranch on Oct. 12-13, where this shot of Tyler Berdy has emerged as the winner of the Photo of the Week contest for the Southeast region. Berdy, from Riverside, Calif., placed 28th in the event, tallying a final 185 through two rounds. This was just the second IJGT Event for Berdy, who also competed in the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7-8. We look forward to seeing more in upcoming events this season!

 

West Coast Tour

Zach GomezZach Gomez at the College Series at Colorado National Golf Club

The IJGT’s West Coast Tour made a pit-stop in the mountainous region of Erie, Colo., for the College Series at Colorado National Golf Club on Oct. 12-13. Dominating the Boys 14 & Under Division with his first-ever IJGT win was Zach Gomez, of Westminster, Colo., who is also the Photo of the Week winner for the West Coast region. Gomez shot a final 81-75–156, coming back from a three-stroke deficit in the first round to finish with a four-stroke win. The win came in Gomez’s first IJGT appearance, and we hope to see him back in action again soon!

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

IJGT South Jersey Open at Blue Heron Pines

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be headed back to the shores of New Jersey on Oct. 12-13 for the South Jersey Open at Blue Heron Pines. The two-day, 36-hole event will be played at Blue Heron Pines Golf Club in Cologne, N.J. Junior golfers ages 10-19 will be competing for national rankings, as well as IJGT Merit Points.

Situated less than 20 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, Blue Heron Pines opened in 1993 and was quickly recognized as one of the best golf courses along the New Jersey shore. With five sets of tees ranging from 5,053 yards to 6,810 yards, the course presents a challenging, yet visually appeasing experience. The course has received numerous awards and acknowledgements from well regarded golf publications. Golf Digest rated Blue Heron Pines as one of the “Top 100 Public Golf Courses” in 2010 and gave it four-stars. The course was designed by Stephen Kay.

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The Boys 15-19 Division is highlighted by a handful of players who have come close, but have yet to be victorious this season. Thomas Dzwonczyk of North Abington Township, Pa., finished fourth at the IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville Golf Club, Thomas Urciuoli of Short Hills, N.J., placed in a tie for eighth at the Major Championship at Crystal Springs, and Trey Croney of Bryn Mawr, Pa., also finished in a tie for eighth at the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club.

Christina Parsells of Bernardsville, N.J., will be looking to repeat her performance from the Major Championship at Crystal Springs. Parsells followed up a first-round 79 with a 1-over-par 72 in the final round to win her first IJGT Major. Katie Edelblut of New Hope, Pa., has yet to compete in an IJGT Event this season, but was victorious twice during the 2012-13 season. Alessandra Ricigliano of Scarsdale, N.Y., is another player to keep an eye on in the Girls Division.

In the Boys 14 & Under division, Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., Thomas Corrigan of Irvington, N.Y., and Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., all look to win their first tournaments of the season. For Bennett, Blue Heron Pines will be his third IJGT Event of the season. Both Corrigan and Pongrac will be in competition for the first time in the 2013-14 season.

Photos of the Week – Sept. 7-8

Southeast Tour

Taylor ClarkTaylor Clark

After an exciting weekend for IJGT, this week’s Photo of the Week contest for the Southeast Tour goes to Taylor Clark of Red Bank, N.J. The above photo of her teeing off during the first round of the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National Golf Club on Sept. 7-8 proved to be a favorite among our Facebook fans. Clark finished in 14th place, a remarkable result for her first ever IJGT event. Congratulations to Taylor, and we look forward to seeing her in upcoming tournaments this Fall!

Northeast Tour

Major at Crystal - Girls Div WinnersLeft to right: Eun Won Park, Christina Parsells, Yeji Shin

Meanwhile, the Photo of the Week contest for our Northeast Tour goes to the above shot of the Top-3 Girls Division winners of the Major Championship at Crystal Springs, held on Sept. 7-8.  Christina Parsells of Bernardsville, N.J. (middle) placed first with a final 151, two shots ahead of second-place finisher Yeji Shin (right) of Norwood, N.J., and eight shots ahead of third-place finisher Eun Won Park (left) of Tenafly, N.J.  This was the second IJGT event for both Parsells and Shin, and the third for Park. We are eagerly anticipating seeing these talented golfers compete in upcoming events!

Final results from the Major Championship at Crystal Springs

Kim wins first Major at Crystal Springs

Parsells holds on in Girls Division

MCAFEE, N.J. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the first Major Event of their season the weekend of Sept. 7-8. Hosted by Crystal Springs’s Great Gorge Country Club, a field of 56 players representing six states and three countries took their best stabs at the course. The tournament featured junior players ages 10-19 competing for national rankings, as well as double IJGT Merit Points.

Played on Great Gorge’s nine-hole Quarryside and Railside Courses, the two combined to play as a par 70, from 5,709 yards for the Girls Division, 6,049 for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,590 for the Boys 15-19 Division. Each nine-hole course featured its own unique layout. Carved into the remnants of an old quarry, the Quarryside course marked the tighter of the two, while Railside, featuring artifacts of an old rail line, was more open but also more hilly. Located on a mountainside, swirling winds added an extra element of difficulty for the field.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Kwanwoo Kim of Tenafly, N.J., was victorious, taking home his first IJGT Major Championship. Kim entered the final round two strokes back of first round leader, and KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award winner, Bobby Firth of Jenkintown, N.J., after carding an opening round 77.

Entering the final round, Kim was part of a group of 10 players all within four strokes of the lead. As part of the final group Sunday, Kim played alongside Firth, Thomas Kaczan of Clark, N.J., and Gerry Mackedon of Port Jefferson, N.Y. Unlike his partners, Kim was able to avoid any big mistakes.

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Kwanwoo Kim was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division.

While Kim made pars, and two birdies on holes Nos. 13 and 15, his opponents fell victim to Great Gorge’s elements. Firth was the first to succumb, posting a nine on the fifth hole. Mackedon came next, as triple-bogeys on holes Nos. 7 and 9 pushed him too far back. Kaczan bogeyed holes Nos. 6 and 7 and never regained his confidence, while struggling on Railside (playing as the back nine.)

Kim continued with his pars on the difficult course and by the 16th hole held a comfortable lead. He managed a par-save from the sand on the par-5 16th, and then drained a 10-footer for par on hole No. 17. With one hole separating Kim for a Major victory, he did not let the pressure get to him, instead blasting a 300-plus yard drive right down the middle of the fairway on the closing hole. His approach stopped 20 feet from the cup, and he was able to comfortably two-putt to take home the championship. He finished the day with a 5-over-par, 75, to shoot 152 over the two days and was four strokes clear of Isaac Gorenstein of Nyack, N.Y., who finished second. Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., finished third with a tournament total of 157.

Kim said the hardest part of the course was, “The 7th, 8th and 9th,” but noted his, “putting,” allowed him to stay in the lead.

Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y., shot the low round in the final round to win the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with a 1-over, 71. It was also the lowest round of the tournament by any age group.

Like the Boys, the Girls Division featured a handful of players clustered at the top. After Saturday, Frida Henningsson, from Rye, N.Y., Christina Parsells, from Bernardsville, N.J., and Linda Wang, from Fresh Meadows, N.Y., were tied at the top of the leaderboard with 79. Yeji Shin of Norwood, N.J., and Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., lurked within striking distance.

Henningsson, Parsells, and Wang all earned the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award for their performance in the first round.

Wang was the first to find trouble. Her tee shot on the par-3 12th (Girls Division teed off on hole No.10) landed unluckily in the middle of a bunker containing the stands of an old train rail, which played as an integral part of the course. She was forced to chip sideways in the bunker, before chipping out Wang finished with a double-bogey on the hole and lost all momentum.

With their fellow competitors faltering, Henningsson and Parsells were neck-and-neck, with each golfer playing their first nine at 2-over-par.

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Christina Parsells; winner of the Girls Division.

In the group ahead of them, Shin was putting together her own impressive round, trying to make a comeback victory for the second week in a row. With many sloped greens, making birdie was no easy task, and she had to settle for multiple pars on her way to a 2-over-par 72 and 153 tournament total. That could have been good enough to lead her to victory, but Parsells did not give her the chance.

While Henningsson struggled on the second nine, Parsells shot an even-par to match Shin with a 2-over-par 72 and finished at 151 for the tournament to earn the championship and double Merit Points.

When asked what the key to victory for her, Parsells quickly noted her driver, mentioning, “I only missed two fairways all week.”

Eun Won Park of Tenafly, N.J., quietly put together a 4-over-par, 74 on Sunday to crawl back into contention. Her strong showing in the final round was enough to finish in third place with a 156.

Parsells and Shin tied for the low round in the Girls Division with their 72s on the final day to win the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

The Boys 14 & Under Division could not match the drama of the other divisions, but still featured strong play. Joe Parrini of York, Pa., jumped out to a comfortable lead after firing a 79 in the first round. Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., was Parrini’s closest competitor at 11 strokes back.

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Joe Parrini became a Major Champion at Crystal Springs.

Parrini was not as strong on Sunday, but the lead he built the day before allowed him to play more relaxed. He shot a round of 87, which included eight pars and a birdie to finish at 166 for the tournament en route to his Major Championship.

Parrini said he, “Plans to play at Jeffersonville,” as his next tournament and build off the confidence from a Major victory.

Sample shot an 88 on Sunday to finish at 178 for the championship, and earned second place. Daniel Bastian of Media, Pa. rounded out the top three.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it the weekend of Sept. 14-15 in Jeffersonville, Pa., for the IJGT Philly Open. The tournament will be played at Jeffersonville Golf Club. 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.

 

MCAFEE, N.J. – Final-round results of the IJGT Major Championship at Crystal Springs conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 8, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,590 yards, Par 70 (72.5/135) Boys 14 & Under Division: Green Tees – 6,049 yards, Par 70 (69.6/130) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,709 yards, Par 70 (74.1/133)

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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

Major Championship at Crystal Springs

McAfee, N.J.

September 7-8, 2013

 

Great Gorge Golf Club (Quarry/Rail)

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,590 yards, Par 70

1. Kwanwoo Kim, Tenafly, NJ *77-75–152

2. Isaac Gorenstein, Nyack, NY *79-77–156

3. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *79-78–157

4. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *85-73–158

5. Ryan Skae, Old Tappan, NJ *84-75–159

5. Eric Terminello, White Plains, NY *79-80–159

5. Bobby Firth, Jenkintown, PA *75-84–159

8. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY *89-71–160

8. Thomas Urciuoli, Short Hills, NJ *85-75–160

10. Dominic Pizzurro-Gomez, White Plains, NY *89-72–161

10. Vinay Ramesh, Newtown, PA *79-82–161

10. Nicholas Infanti, Clarksburg, MD *80-81–161

10. Dominick Mancinelli, Moosic, PA *78-83–161

10. Nate Menon, Wyomissing, PA *79-82–161

15. Sam Goldenring, Florham Park, NJ *82-80–162

15. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ *76-86–162

15. Gerry Mackedon, Port Jefferson, NY *77-85–162

18. Nick Geiman, York, PA *81-82–163

18. Daniel Melcher, New York, NY *82-81–163

18. Bobby Piluso, Ridgewood, NJ *79-84–163

21. Jonny Slater, Old Tappan, NJ *84-81–165

21. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA *82-83–165

23. Justin Murray, Burlington, NJ *85-81–166

23. Asher Greenberg, Weston, CT *82-84–166

25. Brendon Kim, Rivervale, NJ *84-83–167

26. Jonny Emmerman, Scarsdale, NY *84-85–169

27. Hunter Lee, Great Neck, NY *87-83–170

28. Ross Rabin, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *85-88–173

29. Leonard Lee, Wyckoff, NJ *85-90–175

30. Angelo Mancinelli, Moosic, PA *85-93–178

31. Robert Shaner, Fort Lee, NJ *92-87–179

32. Matthew Quigley, West Milford, NJ *93-88–181

33. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY *93-89–182

34. Cristian Cerza, Greenwich, CT *98-90–188

35. Peter Beckwermert, Wayne, NJ *101-93–194

36. Daniel Makarevich, Great Meadows, NJ *107-92–199

 

DID NOT FINISH

Zackary Potten, Wharton, NJ *90-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, NY *86-JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – Green Tees, 6,049 yards, Par 70

1. Joe Parrini, York, PA *79-87–166

2. Luke Sample, New York, NY *90-88–178

3. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA *92-89–181

 

Girls Division – White Tees, 5,709 yards, Par 70

1. Christina Parsells, Bernardsville, NY *79-72–151

2. Yeji Shin, Norwood, NJ *81-72–153

3. Eun Won Park, Tenafly, NJ *85-74–159

4. Frida Henningsson, Rye, NY *79-81–160

5. Linda Wang, Fresh Meadows, NY *79-86–165

6. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ *84-82–166

7. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ *81-86–167

8. Katie Lee, Ringoes, NJ *85-83–168

9. Riley Smyth, Old Tappan, NJ *85-84–169

10. Raphaella Kang, Bayside, NY *84-86–170

11. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *86-86–172

12. Summer Kitahara, Greenwich, CT *87-87–174

13. Jasmine Kitahara, Greenwich, CT *96-95–191

14. Kate Weiss, Greenwich, CT *97-96–193

 

DID NOT FINISH

Zora Moore, Milford, NJ *JWD