Team Canada takes home the John Clark Trophy in 2014 Euro Junior Cup

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – IJGT’s Team USA took to Drumoig Golf Club today, August 8, 2014, for the final round of the 2014 Euro Junior Golf Cup in St. Andrews, Scotland.  The weather was perfect when the teams took to the course but changed very quickly as the teams rounded the turn.  The inclement weather lead to a cancellation of the round in which only one complete group had finished.  At the conclusion of tournament, Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada finished with 43.5 points and took home the John Clark Trophy.  Following in second was FIFE’s Team Scotland with 41.5 Points in third was Team USA with 32 points.

Team USA played well again in the incomplete final round but could not come away with the points needed.  Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., continued his hot streak winning both points and making his final total five and a half points to lead Team USA.  Also playing well and grabbing two points for Team USA in round three were playing captain, Cara Basso of Downingtown, Pa., John Kalavritinos of Potomac, Md., and Christopher Chiminski of Penns Park, Pa.  Ryan Hicks of Santa Monica, Calif., once again exhibited a strong performance adding a point and a half.   Also contributing to Team USA’s points were Jack O’Donovan of Pittsford, N.Y., and Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., who each carded a point of their own.  Rounding out the scoring was Michael Ordona of Upland, Calif., who secured a half-point for Team USA.

After the event, non-playing co-captain, Zach Pennington stated, “I am very impressed with not only how our team played today but how we represented the red, white and blue.   We are truly honored to wear these colors in match play against two great teams.  The Canadians and Scots were great competitors and they played well all week.  I am proud of what we did here in Scotland as we arrive home with our head held high.”

Team USA in beautiful Scotland Photo by Team USA parent Ms. Elder

Team USA in beautiful Scotland
Photo by Team USA parent Ms. Elder

Miller, Notaro, & Gianniny top the Players to Watch list at the Rochester Open at Ravenwood GC

The next stop on the IJGT Northeast Tour will be the Rochester Open held at Ravenwood Golf Club on May 3-4, 2014. This event will consist of two 18-hole rounds to be played on Saturday and Sunday. Golfers will be competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

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Located in Victor, N.Y.,  Ravenwood Golf Club is Rochester’s Premier public golf facility. It boasts many awards including being named fifth “Best New” public course to open in 2003 by Golf Digest. Ravenwood has played host to USGA and PGA qualifiers and also was the home of the 2003 & 2009 New York Men’s Amatuer Golf Championships. The course features challenging bunker placements, sloping greens, and is committed to protecting natural habitats native to the course.

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Ravenwood Golf Club is an award winning 18-hole course located just minutes south of Rochester, New York

In the Boys 15-19 Division, watch out for Alec Miller. Miller took second place in the event at Ravenwood last season falling to the leader by only one stroke. Miller is hoping to take home first place this season in his first IJGT event of the year. Another player to watch in this division is Christopher ChiminskiChiminski has played a total of seven IJGT events this season, his best finish was tied for fifth at the IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville Golf Club

In the Girls Division, there looks to be a rematch of last year’s event for the top spot. Sarah Notaro will be returning to defend her title. Notaro took first place at Ravenwood last year and will hope to do the same again this year. Notaro won her respective division by one stroke. Finishing in second place in last year’s event, was Molly BalbierzBalbierz will be back again this season in hopes to earn the championship in the Rochester Open. Also look out for Allyson Wentworth in this event. Wentworth is coming off of top-3 finishes in her last three events played.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Danny Gianniny will be a player to watch. Gianniny has finished top-5 in both events he has played in this season. His best finish was first place at The Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill Country ClubKeep an eye out for Gianniny as he looks to add another first place finish to his resume. Another player to watch in this division is Dylan PlisPlis is a great competitor and has three top-5 finishes this season. His most recent finish being third place at the Philly Challenge at White Manor CC.

The field of competitors is shaping up to be a good one. Make sure you sign up for this event before it is too late!

To register or for more information on the Rochester Open at Ravenwood Golf Club, click here.

IJGT Battle at Virginia Beach National

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will conclude their Northeast Tour on Nov. 2-3 at Virginia Beach National GC in Virginia Beach, Va. The course will be hosting an IJGT Event for the first time. Top junior golfers from the Mid-Atlantic will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Virginia Beach National opened in 1999 and was considered to be the premier public golf course in the Tidewater Area. The par-72 course was designed by famous architect Pete Dye, who was also assisted by PGA Tour Hall of Famer Curtis Strange. Five sets of tees allow golfers to play anywhere from 5,261 yards to 7,197 yards. Located within miles of the Atlantic Ocean, water comes into play on 11 of the course’s holes. Formerly known as TPC Virginia Beach, the course played host to the Nationwide Tour’s Virginia Beach Open from 2000-2006.


Christopher Chiminski of Penns Park, Pa., will look to earn his first win in his fourth career IJGT Event in the Boys 15-19 Division. Chiminski finished fifth at the Philly Open at Jeffersonville Golf Club, finishing with scores of 80-77-157. Like Chiminski, Sam Hecht of Oakton, Va., and Connor Jaenke of Arnold, Md., are in their first year of play with the IJGT, while Travis Broome of Virginia Beach, Va., will be making his season debut in his hometown.

In the Girls Division, Katie Edelblut of New Hope, Pa., looks to add to her IJGT victory total. In 2012-13, Edelblut won the Colonial Open at Golden Horseshoe and The Bridgestone Series at Westfields Golf Club, while also finishing in the top five on three other occasions. Alexis Harris of Piscataway, N.J., and Madeline Sager of Kimberton, Pa., are both in their first year of play with the IJGT and look to upend Edelblut.

The Boys 14 & Under Division features three players making their IJGT debuts, with a fourth playing in his first season in that division. Garyk Brixi and Gordon Brixi, both of Potomac, Md., and Mac Webster of Baltimore, Md., are all preparing to tee off for the first time in an IJGT event. Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., is in his second season with the IJGT, having won twice last season while playing on the Discovery Tour.

To register for this event or others, please contact the IJGT at (843) 785-2444.