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Puangcharoen, Gray among the IJGT Players of the Week – Oct. 21, 2014

NORTHEAST

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour made the trip to State College, Pa., on October 18-19, 2014, for the College Series at Penn State University. It was a challenging weekend for the contestants as cold weather and windy conditions made an already difficult course even tougher. After two days of competitive play and great sportsmanship, the IJGT is pleased to announce Adam Gray of Potomac, Md., and Lauren Kase of North Tonawanda, N.Y., as the Northeast Tour’s Players of the Week.

Gray

The first day of the tournament was trying for all of the competitors due to cold, rainy and windy conditions. Gray played well, shooting a 78 in the opening round to place him in a tie for eighth heading into the final round. Weather conditions were more favorable on day two of the tournament and Gray capitalized by shooting the low score of the weekend, a 1-under-par 71. He carded four birdies on the day, three of which were on the front nine to allow him to make the turn at 2-under. Consistency was key for Gray as his resilient efforts resulted in a shared piece of second place to end the tournament.

Kase

Kase led with a slow start but found her rhythm during the final round of the College Series. Totaling eight pars on the day, Kase drove the ball well and sunk some difficult putts to improve her score. She birdied the challenging, uphill par-4 No. 16 with ease, demonstrating her skill in all areas of the game. Her second round 85 solidified her fourth-place finish in her division.

SOUTHEAST

The IJGT traveled to Pooler, Ga., to host the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters Country Club.  The weather forecast included clear skies and mild temperatures leaving the course in pristine condition for low rounds.  This week’s southeast Player of the Week honors are awarded to Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, and Warrisara (Mind) Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand.

Shimoji, Takafumi

Shimoji kicked off round one with a birdie on the par-4 No. 1 but struggled with a few bogeys in the remainder of his round before adding a final birdie on the par-4 No 11. After finding himself in 31st at the conclusion of round one, Shimoji returned for round two with determination. He started with back-to-back birdies on holes No. 3 and 4, before adding two more birdies on the back nine. Shimoji’s battle back allowed him to finish the round with a 1- under-par, 71, giving him an overall score of 151 and a top-five finish.

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Puangcharoen shot 79 on Saturday and 71 on Sunday to finish with 150 for the tournament for third place. With only a brief struggle for par or better on her first round front nine, she ramped up her back nine with six pars and another birdie. Puangcharoen played well again on Sunday after starting the day hot with four-straight pars and going on to score par or better on 16 of 18 holes for the round. Her final score of 71 on Sunday earned her the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award and helped to secure third-place.

Congratulations to Gray, Kase, Puangcharoen and Shimoji on earning the Player of the Week honors and we wish you well in all of your future events!

IJGT College Series at Penn State University – Final results (Oct. 19, 2014)

Kulikowski gets the victory at Penn State, winning by two strokes
Greenplate brings home first for Boys 14 & Under

The IJGT hosted the College Series at Penn State University at the university’s Blue Golf Course on October 18-19, 2014. This was the first of the final three tournaments for the Northeast Tour this fall 2014 season. Each junior competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

KulikowskiDouglas Kulikowski of Pittsford, N.Y., carried over his round-one lead in through to the finish in the Boys 15-19 Division. Combining scores of 73 and 74 for a tournament total 147, Kulikowski finished two strokes ahead of his competition. With the help of nine pars and four birdies, he held off comebacks by second-place winners Adam Gray of Potomac, Md., and Dylan Plis of Camilius N.Y. Kulikowski led by five heading into round two and despite a struggle with bogeys in his final round, he maintained a three-stroke lead over the division for the win. Gray and Plis shared second place with a two-day total of 149.

“My iron game was the strongest part [of my game] and I was able to roll in some putts on top of that,” said Kulikowski.

Gray’s second-round 1-under-par 71 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior with the lowest final round of tournament play.

Greenplate copyWinning by large margin was Evan Greenplate of York, Pa., in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Greenplate led round one by seven strokes before kicking off his round-two effort. He birdied the par-4 hole No. 1 before going on to add nine pars and a second birdie for a final-round score of 78.

“All I was trying to do was sink putts and not get ahead of myself,” said Greenplate. He finished a tournament-total 157 highlighted by 19 total pars and three birdies.

In second was Jeremy Summerson of Victor, N.Y., with a total 166 and Garrett Engle of Harrisburg, Pa., rounded out the top-three with a total 168.

 

Parker 1

In the Girls Division, Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., finished in first place. Parker shared the divisional lead with Haley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., after round one but pulled ahead in round two for the win. Both Parker and Bookholdt carded two birdies on their second rounds but it was the consistency of Parker’s game that allowed her to finish on top. Parker added nine pars to Bookholdt’s four, putting her in a two-stroke lead for the win. Parker finished with a two-day total 159. Parker’s final-round 78 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

“My short game is the best part of my game and anything within 100 yards I can stick close,” said Parker.

Bookholdt finished in second with scores of 81 and 80 for a tournament total 161. Rounding out the top three was Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., with a total 165.

The IJGT will head to Outdoor Country Club in York, Pa., on October 25-26, 2014, for the Major Championship. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

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

State College, Pa. – Final results of the College Series at Penn State conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 18-19, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,760 yards Par 72 (73.5./133). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,259 yards, Par 72 (70.1/127). Girls Division: Gold – 6,025 yards, Par 72 (75.0/137).

International Junior Golf Tour
College Series at Penn State University
State College, PA.
October 18-19, 2014 

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,760 yards, Par 72
1. Douglas Kulikowski, Pittsford, NY *73-74–147
2. Adam Gray, Potomac, MD *78-71–149
2. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *76-73–149
4. David Ross, Lorton, VA *76-75–151
5. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY *78-76–154
6. Sean Dain, Oswego, NY *76-80–156
7. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA *80-77–157
7. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *75-82–157
9. Alec Kunzwiler, Oswego, NY *78-80–158
10. Nick Rencis, Long Valley, NJ *83-76–159
10. David Powers, Glen Spey, NY *77-82–159
12. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *85-76–161
13. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *77-87–164
14. Jack Katarincic, Pittsburgh, PA *85-80–165
15. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *84-82–166
16. Jack Riordan, Oshawa, Canada *87-83–170
16. Drew Harris, Oakdale, PA *85-85–170
16. Noah Lee, Oswego, NY *82-88–170
19. Casey O’Korn, Canonsburg, PA *88-83–171
20. Will Lusk, Venetia, PA *91-82–173
20. Sanghyeon Park, Oakland Gardens, NY *89-84–173
22. Jack Martinides, Newtown, PA *89-85–174
23. Christian Evanchec, Saxenburg, PA *89-87–176
24. Tyler Olson, Hagerstown, MD *89-99–188

Did Not Finish
NC- Dominic Wagner, Alexandria, VA *84

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,259 yards, Par 72
1. Evan Greenplate, York, PA *79-78–157
2. Jeremy Summerson, Victor, NY *86-80–166
3. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *84-84–168

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 6,025 yards, Par 72

1. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *81-78–159
2. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, NJ *81-80–161
3. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ *83-82–165
4. Lauren Kase, North Tonawanda, NY *88-85–173
5. Lauren Freyvogel, Gibsonia, PA *87-87–174
6. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ *91-86–177
7. Taylor Waller, Canonsburg, PA *92-86–178
8. Emily Kase, North Tonawanda, NY *102-93–195
9. Cecelia Neally, Corning, NY *102-99–201
10. Caroline Yarnall, East Aurora, NY *102-101–203

IJGT College Series at Penn State University – Round one recap (Oct. 18, 2014)

Kicking off the first College Series event of the 2014-2015 season, the IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to Penn State University to host the IJGT College Series. Tee times on the Blue Course in State College, Pa., began at 9 a.m. on October 18, 2014. In review of round one, each division’s leader’s round, in numbers, is below.

The Boys 15-19 Division is led by Douglas Kulikowski of Pittsford, N.Y. His round in numbers:

73– His one-over-par opening round of the tournament, two strokes ahead of second place 7 – His longest par-or-better streak which came on hole Nos. 8 through 14

4 – Total number of birdies, the most among all three divisions

The Boys 14 & Under Division is led by Evan Greenplate of York, Pa. His round in numbers:

79 – Greenplate’s first-round score that put him five strokes in the lead

11– Total number of holes he carded par or better on in his opening round

2 – This is his second IJGT tournament, his most recent event being a second-place finish in the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run CC in September

Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., and Haley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., share the lead of the Girls Division. Their round in numbers:

PARKER:

81 – Parker’s opening-round score, identical to Bookholdt

10 – Total number of pars

2 – Number of first-place wins Parker has coming into this College Series event

BOOKHOLDT:

81 – The opening-round score to help her share the lead, highlighted by a birdie on the par-5 No. 5

2 – Bookholdt also has two first-place IJGT trophies coming into today

1 – Her first event of the 2014-2015 season

The final round at Penn State Blue Course will take place tomorrow, October, 19, 2014, with tee times beginning at 9:00 a.m. For full results from round one of the College Series, click here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

IJGT Photos of the Week – Oct. 19-20, 2013

Northeast Tour

Eamon MaroneEamon Marone

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to State College, Pa., on Oct. 19-20 for the College Classic at Penn State UniversityThe event was held on the Penn State Golf Courses Blue Course, and featured 71 players from seven states and two countries. This week’s Photo of the Week for the Northeast Region goes to Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J. Marone finished tied for fourth place, shooting a total 74-75–149, just one stroke behind champion, Jake Sollon. This is Marone’s second season playing for the IJGT, and it was his third event of the year, coming off a win at the Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill Country Club on Sept. 28-29. Congrats to Marone, and we look forward to seeing him compete in upcoming events!

Southeast Tour

Chase ChildersChase Childers

The IJGT concurrently hosted the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters as a part of its Southeast Tour on Oct. 19-20. Held on the famed Greg Norman Signature Course in Pooler, Ga., the event featured more than 75 players from 20 countries and 18 states. The winner of the Photo of the Week contest for the Southeast Region is Chase Childers of Issue, Md. Childers shot a 76-79–155 for the tournament, landing him in a tied for 13th place finish. This was a great start for the first-time IJGT player, and we look forward to seeing him improve upon his game in future events!

IJGT Players of the Week – Oct. 19-20, 2013

Northeast Tour

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the College Classic at Penn State University on Oct. 19-20, 2013 in State College, Pa., as a part of the season’s Northeast Tour. The Blue Course at Penn State was in great condition and its tree lined fairways put accuracy at a premium in order to score well. Both rounds proved to be a tough test for the field with high winds and cold temperatures. Our Northeast Region Players of the Week are Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., and Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J.

Mike BlissBliss (left) put together an impressive round on the final day of the tournament to move into the top five in the Boys 15-19 Division.  Bliss found himself in 13th place after the first round but battled back during the final round to fire an even-par 72 and claim the lead in the clubhouse. Despite his finish in a tie for fourth place, Bliss’ 72 was a tournament low and gave him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his performance. One of the defining moments of his final round was highlighted by a fifty foot eagle putt drained from just off the green on the par-5 No. 5. This was the third event of the season for Bliss, and he will carry this momentum into his next event at the Final Challenge at Hershey Links and then at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass.

Megan McLeanMcLean (right) compiled two consistent rounds this weekend on her way to a tie for second place in the Girls Division. Her first round featured birdies on the par-4 Nos. 11 and 16 on her way to a score of 82. During the final round, she made one birdie on the par-5 No. 18 along with a string of four pars to close out her front nine. McLean’s second place finish was her second top three finish in her three IJGT Events this season, along with her third place finish at the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club. With her consistent play, McLean has proven herself to be a definite contender in each event she enters.

 

 

 

 

Southeast Tour

POOLER, Ga. – The IJGT’s Southeast Tour also made a short trip to Pooler, Ga., for the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on Oct. 19-20. Playing on the club’s Greg Norman Signature Course, the tournament consisted of many talented junior golfers, with the more than 75 contestants competing on a scenic yet challenging golf course. Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., and Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile,  both have received Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Region.

Brandon McBrideMcBride (left), competing in the Boys 14 & Under Division, stayed consistent both days, shooting a 5-over-par 77 through each round and finishing just four strokes behind eventual champion, Takafumi Shimoji. Starting his first round, McBride birdied two holes early on the front nine, and hit nearly every green in regulation. McBride sank a total of four birdies throughout the tournament and was at ease with every shot. McBride’s third place finish was his second-best in four events this season, after coming in second at the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch. We look forward to seeing McBride improve his game in IJGT’s next two events, the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall, and the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes.

Isidora QuevedoQuevedo (right) showed strong and determined play once again at Savannah Quarters, playing extremely well in the final round and shooting an even-par 72. Hitting almost every green in regulation, Quevedo was also able to birdie three of the course’s four long par-5’s on the last day to stay in close contention with leader, Ana Paula Valdes. Quevedo was very consistent throughout, bogeying just four holes the entire tournament and finishing at 1-over-par 145, good for third place. Quevedo is playing in her second season with the IJGT, and after another third place finish at the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield, she is sure to use her great skills and tough mindset as a threat in upcoming IJGT Events.

Final results from the College Classic at Penn State University

Sollon captures three-man playoff

Hernandez repeats in Girls Division

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour was in State College, Pa., on Oct. 19-20 for the College Classic at Penn State University. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was hosted by Penn State Golf Courses Blue Course, with players competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The field consisted of 71 players, ages 10-19, representing seven states and two countries.

Penn State’s Blue Course is home to the Pennsylvania State University’s Men’s and Women’s Division 1 Golf teams. Following renovations in 2007, the course became 640 yards longer and a par-72. The course was home to the Big Ten Championships in 2009. The course played 6,043 yards for the Girls Division, 6,239 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,793 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division. The tournament was played in rough weather during the first round, as wind and rain led temperatures to fall into the 40s. The final round was completed with sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Jake Sollon of Venetia, Pa., came away on top in a three-man playoff with Harry Jin of Palisades Park, N.J., and Nick Musshafen of Fairport, N.Y.

The top of the leaderboard was jammed after the first round, with Curren Mody of Monmouth Junction, N.J., being on top with a score of 1-over-par 73. Sollon, Jin, Musshafen, and Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., were all just one stroke behind.

SollonThe leaderboard did not get any clearer during the final round. Mody fell off the pace, unable to repeat his performance from the prior day, but the others remained in the hunt, while Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., and Nick Rencis of Long Valley, N.J., entered serious contention.

Teeing off on the front nine, many of the players took the turn in red numbers, headlined by Bliss who shot a 2-under-par 34. The tournament came down to the 18th hole, with all six players having a great shot at victory.

Bliss made par to finish the tournament with a total score of 149 and waited as the rest of the groups completed the round. Musshafen entered No. 18 with a share of the lead with Jin, but he hit his tee shot into a hazard and was forced to take a drop. He bogeyed the hole to finish with a 148 and eliminate Bliss. Rencis had a shot at birdie to match Musshafen, but he could not connect. Sollon was able to make his par to tie with Musshafen. The clubhouse leaders awaited Jin and Marone, hoping for a playoff.

Unaware he was holding a one-shot lead; Jin went for the green in two and hit a tree. His wedge shot from the rough came up short of the green, and after a chip, he left himself a long putt for par and the victory. Jin could not connect and bogeyed the hole, to complete the 36 holes also at 148, ensuring at least a three-man playoff. Marone had an opportunity to join the three but he could not connect on his birdie putt, finishing one shot back.

With Jin, Musshafen, and Sollon all tied, they headed to the 18th hole, an uphill par-5, for a sudden-victory playoff.

All three found the fairway off the tee in the playoff. With wind in their face, the players were forced to layup. Sollon’s approach from 130 yards came to a rest 10 feet from the cup, giving him a good look for birdie. Jin’s shot came next and he landed on the front of the green, giving himself a long putt for birdie. Musshafen was the last to hit his shot into the green, and he had the best of the three. Musshafen’s wedge shot stopped six feet from the cup, and he appeared to have the upper hand.

As a crowd formed around the green, Jin lined up his 30-foot putt. His putt did not have enough speed, stopping two feet short of the cup, but giving him what seemed to be an easy par. Second to putt was Sollon. His downhill putt slid quickly to the left and missed the cup, but he tapped in for a par.

Seeing both Jin and Sollon miss, Musshafen knew he had a putt for the victory. Like Sollon, though, Musshafen under-read the green’s break, and his putt rolled two feet past the hole. Musshafen and Jin, putting from almost identical spots, needed to sink their putts to keep the playoff going.

Neither was able to convert which cemented Sollon’s victory.

“I planned on getting the ball on and two-putting [for par],” Sollon noted.

It worked out for him, winning in his first event in the Boys 15-19 Division. All three players in the playoffs finished with scores of 74-74-148 for the weekend.

Bliss was the recipient of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, as he shot an even-par, 72, highlighted by draining a 50 foot putt for eagle on the fifth hole.

In the Girls Division, Claire Hernandez of Palgrave, Canada, followed up her victory at Penn State last season with a repeat performance.

HernandezHernandez was on top of her game from the opening hole, which she birdied. Dealing with the wind and rain, she shot an impressive 38 on her opening nine, carding five pars along with her birdie. She had a rare rough stretch on holes Nos 2-4, putting up three consecutive bogeys. She responded with a birdie at the sixth hole and after one more bogey at No. 9, finished the day with a leading score of 77.

Alyssa Schiera of West Windsor, N.J., put together a strong first round, shooting a 78 to sit one stroke behind Hernandez. Schiera’s first round was highlighted by birdies on the par-5, fifth hole and the par-3 17th hole. Mary Bryan Owen of Baltimore, Md., shot an opening-round 80 to join Hernandez and Schiera in the last group during the final round.

It did not take Hernandez long to increase her lead. Over the first three holes, she picked up two strokes on Schiera and four strokes on Owen. Hernandez played her best golf of the tournament over the next six holes, carding five pars and a chip-in birdie on No. 17, to shoot a 1-over-par 37, on her opening nine, making the turn with a seven-stroke lead.

That was the slimmest her lead got the rest of the day. Hernandez finished with seven pars and two bogeys on her final nine, and finished the final round with a 3-over-par 75, winning the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for her efforts. Her final score of 77-75-152 was 11 shots clear of second place.

Hernandez said the conditions caused her to change her game around, saying, “It was tough. My irons usually are high so I had to focus on keeping the ball low.”

Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., and Schiera tied for second with total scores of 163.

The Boys 14 & Under Division had a familiar name atop the leaderboard. Joe Parrini of York, Pa., was victorious for the fourth time this season, fueled by a final-round comeback.

Parrini psuParrini struggled with the conditions during the first round and started with bogeys on four of the first five holes after teeing off on No. 10. Parrini scored an opening-nine 41. Two double-bogeys and a bogey on the first five holes on the front side looked like it may be disastrous, but he recovered by playing the next four holes at 1-under-par to finish the day at 41-40-81.

The star of the first round in the division was Will Klein of Bethesda, Md. Klein only bogeyed seven holes, while finishing with par on 10 others, and a birdie on No. 5 to shoot a low-round 78. He had matching nine-hole scores of 39. Leo Hernandez of Stewartsville, N.J., sat four strokes off Klein’s lead.

From the start, the final round was not to be for Klein. Again teeing off on the back nine, by hole No. 11, his lead was gone, as Parrini and Hernandez surged. Parrini started his round with four consecutive pars, while Hernandez had five straight, to put them in a tie for first. A birdie on the 18th hole gave Parrini a one-stroke lead over Hernandez entering their final nine holes. Klein finished the back nine with a 43, two strokes back.

Parrini’s lead was up to three strokes after the first two holes on the front side and remained that way until the final hole. Hernandez could not get anything going until a birdie on the final hole, by which time he was out of contention. Parrini completed his day with a bogey at No. 9, finishing the tournament with scores of 81-80-161, putting him two shots ahead of Klein and Alex Lawson of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Parrini had many notable shots during the round, but the most memorable was on hole No. 18.

“On 18, I had about 210 to the green and I hit a cut with my hybrid and reached the green,” said Parrini

He went on to birdie that hole.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it the weekend of Oct. 26-27 at Hershey Links in Hummelstown, Pa. Hershey Links will be hosting their final IJGT Event, as the course is closing at the end of the season. 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.

 

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT College Classic at Penn State conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 20, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,793 yards, Par 72 (72.8/135) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,239 yards, Par 72 (70.1/127) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 6,043 yards, Par 72 (75.1/137).

 

Weather: Saturday: Rainy with temperatures in the low 50’s with 15-20 mph winds

Sunday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 50’s with 15-20 mph winds

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

College Classic at Penn State University

State College, Pa.

October 19-20, 2013

 

Penn State Golf Courses – Blue Course

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,793 yards, Par 72

1. Jake Sollon, Venetia, PA, *74-74–148**

2. Nick Musshafen, Fairport, NY, *74-74–148

2. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *74-74–148

4. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA, *77-72–149

4. Nick Rencis, Long Valley, NJ, *75-74–149

4. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ, *74-75–149

7. Eric Terminello, White Plains, NY, *75-76–151

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

9. J.T. Barker, Bethlehem, PA, *80-73–153

10. Griffin Colvin, Media, PA, *78-76–154

11. Cody White, Sweetser, IN, *78-77–155

11. Garrett Bastardi, Boalsburg, PA, *75-80–155

13. David Ross, Lorton, VA, *78-78–156

13. Peter Skynner, Oakville, Canada, *79-77–156

13. Colin Dubnik, Rochester, NY, *76-80–156

13. Eddie Zhang, Murrysville, PA, *76-80–156

13. Jesse Kovacs, St James, NY, *75-81–156

18. Anthony DeNapoli, Catonsville, MD, *82-75–157

18. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY, *76-81–157

20. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA, *80-78–158

20. Will Snyder, Clifton, VA, *81-77–158

22. Nick Stottlemyer, Port Tobacco, MD, *81-78–159

22. Bryan Morris, Beltsville, MD, *80-79–159

24. Jared Swick, Gaithersburg, MD, *82-78–160

24. Spencer Shepperly, New Vernon, NJ, *78-82–160

26. Paul Edgar, Kitchener, Canada, *86-75–161

27. Justin Ayanian, McLean, VA, *84-78–162

27. Davis Diethrich, Allison Park, PA, *80-82–162

27. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY, *78-84–162

30. Grant Brongo, Spencerport, NY, *82-81–163

30. David Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA, *85-78–163

30. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY, *80-83–163

30. Edward Owen, Baltimore, MD, *78-85–163

34. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA, *83-81–164

34. Andrew Hudencial, Markham, Canada, *85-79–164

36. Will Haller, Gaithersburg, MD, *83-82–165

37. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA, *82-84–166

38. Josh Huhn, Wexford, PA, *83-84–167

38. Victor Adamson, Silver Spring, MD, *85-82–167

40. Alex Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *87-81–168

40. Hunter Lee, Great Neck, NY, *82-86–168

42. Jamie Agnew, Fairfax, VA, *82-88–170

42. James Pelcher, Baldwinsville, NY, *88-82–170

42. Bobby Hapanowicz, Presto, PA, *85-85–170

45. Cristian Cerza, Greenwich, CT, *82-90–172

46. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ, *91-82–173

47. Phillip Held, Lafayette Hill, PA, *89-85–174

47. Michael Duffy, Nazareth, PA, *86-88–174

49. Alex Hepburn, Corning, NY, *82-94–176

49. Connor Jaenke, Arnold, MD, *87-89–176

51. Will Dolin, Oakton, VA, *90-88–178

52. Will Lusk, Venetia, PA, *89-92–181

DID NOT FINISH

Andrew Neal, Chevy Chase, MD, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,239 yards, Par 72

1. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *81-80–161

2. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA, *83-80–163

2. Will Klein, Bethesda, MD, *78-85–163

4. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY, *83-83–166

4. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ, *82-84–166

6. West Shaw, Alexandria, VA, *83-84–167

7. Chris Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *84-84–168

8. Teddy Trosset, Cooperstown, NY, *88-81–169

9. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ, *87-92–179

 

Girls Division – Gold Tees, 6,043 yards, Par 72

1. Claire Hernandez, Palgrave, Canada, *77-75–152

2. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ, *82-81–163

2. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ, *78-85–163

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

4. Yeji Shin, Norwood, NJ, *86-80–166

4. Raphaella Kang, Bayside, NY, *81-85–166

4. Mary Bryan Owen, Baltimore, MD, *80-86–166

8. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ, *82-92–174

9. Anessa Amin, Easton, PA, *90-95–185

10. Annie Caputo, Manlius, NY, *100-95–195

 

**Won Playoff

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.

kang

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

hughes

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 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.