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Nicholas, Vega voted Photo of the Week winners – May 1, 2014

NORTHEAST

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – The IJGT traveled to Bulle Rock to host the third Major Championship of the 2014 season. The weather was prime for golf as a field of 74 competitors came out to compete. The Northeast’s Photo of the Week winner is James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y.

10273450_10154119688265026_1505647664589041784_nNicholas went on to take first place at the Major Championship at Bulle Rock presented by the First Tee of Baltimore. This was Nicholas’ second Major Championship victory, and his third first place finish of the season. He made five birdies during each round, 10 total throughout 36 holes. We look forward to seeing Nicholas compete in more IJGT events.

SOUTHEAST

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The IJGT hosted College Prep at the local venue, Palmetto Hall Plantation Club on April 26-27, 2014. The first 54-hole event of the Southeast Tour was held on the Robert Cupp Course both days and consisted of three rounds of 18 holes. The tournament’s lineup included 51 juniors between the ages of 13 and 19. In the Southeast, Diego Vega of Mexico City, Mexico, was voted the Photo of the Week winner.

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Playing in his 10th IJGT event, Vega finished tied for 19th. Throughout 54-holes he managed to total two birdies. Vega also played very well on the 17th and 18th holes every round, making a par at both each round. His photo that was voted Photo of the Week this week, received 31 total points! Congratulations on the Photo of the Week honors as we hope to see more of Vega at IJGT events in the future.

The Photo of the Week is decided by our fans and followers so don’t forget that your feedback counts. In the week following a tournament, keep an eye on the IJGT Facebook page for photos from the Event. Each photo will received 1 point for a ‘Like’, 2 points for a ‘Comment’ and 3 points for ‘Shares’ so let us know what you think!

Braunstein, Morris chosen for Photo of the Week – April 24, 2014

NORTHEAST

The Northeast Tour of the IJGT traveled to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort to host the College Prep Series on April 19-20th, 2014. The College Prep Series tournaments are 54-hole contests designed to prepare juniors for future college tournaments. The field of 43 competitors played on the Links and Mystic Rock Courses at Nemacolin hoping to earn IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. This week’s IJGT Photo of the Week from the Northeast Tour features Benjamin Morris of Reistertown, Md.

BENMORRISIn just his second IJGT event this season, Morris earned first place in event at Nemacolin. During the final round, he totaled four birdies, three of which came in the final five holes. Morris won his respective division by a difference of two strokes. His numbers for the weekend were 76-77-74–227. We congratulate Morris on his victory at Nemacolin and for being selected Photo of the Week this week. We hope to see more of him this season at upcoming IJGT events.

SOUTHEAST

The Southeast IJGT team headed west to host the Arizona Junior at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club on April 18-19, 2014. The two-day 36-hole event featured a field of 15 juniors ranging in age from 13-17 years old. The warm Arizona sun provided warm temperatures for this two-day event. This week’s IJGT Photo of the Week in the southeast features Michael Braunstein, of Roslyn Heights, N.Y.

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Braunstein posted scores of 77-80–157 to finish in seventh place in the Arizona Junior. Braunstein totaled 20 pars throughout 36 holes and added a birdie to his round on each day. This is his fourth season playing in IJGT events and we look forward to seeing more of him this year!

The Photo of the Week is decided by our fans and followers so don’t forget that your feedback counts. In the week following a tournament, keep an eye on the IJGT Facebook page for photos from the Event. Each photo will received 1 point for a ‘Like’, 2 points for a ‘Comment’ and 3 points for ‘Shares’ so let us know what you think!

Lee, Kuhn & Plis among the players to watch at the College Prep series at Nemacolin

The IJGT is hosting the #CollegePrep tournament at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort on April 19-20, 2014. This 54-hole event is designed to simulate college golf. For the first round of competition, competitors will play 18-holes on the Links Course in the morning and 18-holes on the Mystic Rock Course in the afternoon. The final 18 holes will be played on the following day on the Mystic Rock Course. This is the format used at the majority of college events and will help juniors prepare for the physical and mental rigors of college golf.

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The Links Course sculpted through the Laurel Highlands where rocks and water naturally come into play on several holes. It includes deep woods, unforgiving rough and lakes that surround the fairways. At 6,658 yards from the tips, reaching most of the holes is not a problem. The problematic greens are what creates big challenges for every golfer.

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Hole No. 11 on the Links Course at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

The Mystic Rock Course provides even more of a challenge. Designed by Pete Dye,  Mystic Rock has played host to the top professional players in the world, including Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh, as well as the 84 Lumber Classic, a PGA Tour event. Some of it’s accolades include: “#1 Public Course in Pennsylvania” by Golfweek, “#1 Best Courses You Can Play in Pennsylvania” by Golfweek, and “#14 Public Course in Pennsylvania by Golf Digest.

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Hole No. 2 on the Mystic Rock Course at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

In the Boys 15-19 Division, watch out for Leonard Lee, from Wyckoff, N.J. Lee has played five IJGT events so far this season. His most recent event was the Philly Challenge at White Manor CC where he finished within the top-10. Lee shot a 79 in the final round, only 3-strokes behind the champion’s final round score. Benjamin Morris of Reistertown, Md., will also try to compete for first. Morris recently finished tied for sixth place in the Capitol Challenge at WestfieldsAnother player to watch at Nemacolin is David Ross of Lorton, Va. Ross has two top-5 finishes in his last five events. His best being a second place finish at The Final Challenge at Hershey Links

In the Girls Division, Synclaire Kuhn of McMurray, Pa., will be a player to watch. In the 2010-2011, Kuhn in the top-3 in all three of her events played. That year she took first place at the event at Olde Stonewall (Pittsburgh) – Ellwood City, Pa. Victoria Parker of Lewistown, N.Y. will also be another player to watch in this division. Parker has played four IJGT events this season. Her best was a seventh place finish in The Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill Country Club

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Dylan Plis from Camillus, N.Y., will attempt to win his first IJGT event. Plis is ranked in the top-20 for the 14 & Under Division. He has some very impressive finishes including tied for second place at The Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill Country Club and most recently a third place finish at the Philly Challenge at White Manor. Also watch out for Marc Groenhuysen from West Chester, Pa., as he plays in his first IJGT event this season.

There are still spots available in the field for this event! Sign up today and guarantee your spot at Nemacolin!

To register or for more information on the CollegePrep at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in March, click here.

College Prep at Palmetto Hall – Tour Preview

The IJGT will host its first 54-hole tournament of the year in the southeast region for College Prep at the Palmetto Hall Robert Cupp Course in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on April 26-27, 2014. Players will tee off in the morning on Saturday, April 26, for the first round of 18 holes and again in the afternoon for a second 18 holes. The final 18 will be played Sunday, April 27. In addition to exposure to collegiate level coaches, players will also have the opportunity to secure national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

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The Robert Cupp design is a difficult course full of strategically placed bunkers and naturally occurring slopes. Using a computer to design the course, Cupp created a layout of straight lines and hard angles that are challenging but playable.

The 18th at the Palmetto Hall Robert Cupp Course.
The 18th at the Palmetto Hall Robert Cupp Course.

As we gear up for College Prep, keep an eye on a deep Boys 15-19 Division. Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, who currently ranks second in the tour rankings will look to add another first-place will at Palmetto Hall. Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, comes off of a T4 finish at the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s and will aim to continue his momentum to contend for first.

In the Boys 14 and Under Division, stay tuned for performances by both Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., and Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, as they both come off second and third-place finishes, respectively, at the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s on April 12-13, 2014. Shimoji currently boasts four first-place victories on the 2013-2014 season.

The Girls Division will be small yet competitive, led by Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India. Currently ranked second in the tour ranking, Arjun will look to nab her third consecutive victory at Palmetto Hall.

To register or for more information about College Prep, click here.