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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.

Final results from the College Series at Colorado National Golf Club

Chen takes champion title in Boys 15-19 Division

Gomez finds victory after low final round

ERIE, Colo. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the College Series at Colorado National Golf Club for the third installment of the season’s West Coast Tour from Oct. 12-13. With the breathtaking Flatirons as a backdrop on the long Colorado National course, the junior golfers were able to overcome stretching fairways, rolling greens and moderate winds to finish off a great, but chilly, weekend.

Li ChenIn the Boys 15-19 Division, a three-way battle for first was cut down to two when Zach Wagner of San Diego, Calif., unfortunately had to withdraw midway through the final round due to injury. Coming out on top was Li Chen (left) of Westminster, Colo., who narrowly beat out young phenom, William Thomson of Pittsford, N.Y., with a final 1-under-par 143. Chen was just one stroke behind Thomson and Wagner after the first round, shooting a 1-over-par 73, but did not succumb to the pressure. Chen came into the final round with a vengeance, surpassing Thomson over the last four holes to finish with a field-best 2-under-par 70.  After carding an even-par 36 on the front nine, Chen parred five and birdied three holes to finish his last nine with a 2-under par 34.

When asked about the most difficult part of the course through the two rounds, Chen was quick to say “the greens.” With tough hole locations, Chen was able to confirm what many saw as the biggest obstacle of the event. This ultimately did not hold him back, as he was able to capture his first-ever IJGT win.

Landing in a close second place was 13-year-old William Thomson, who shot a final total of 72-74—146 (+2). There was a three-way tie for third, with Cole Anderson of Colorado Springs, Colo., Alex Gorman of Broomfield, Colo., and Cameron Berndt of Elizabeth, Colo., all carding a final score of 5-over-par 149.

Zach GomezThe Boys 14 & Under Division saw some great competition as well, with Zach Gomez (right) of Westminster, Colo., and Jaxon Franklin of Broomfield, Colo., battling back-and-forth for first place. Gomez, who trailed Franklin by three shots with a 9-over-par 81 after Round 1, persevered in the final round, sinking eleven pars and two birdies to finish with a final score of 81-75—156.

Reflecting on how he was able to handle any pressure going into the final round, Gomez replied, “I knew what I had to do. I was keeping track of all our scores throughout…and I was trying to keep up with [Franklin].”

This proved to be a smart tactic for Gomez, who was able to snatch a win in his first-ever IJGT appearance.

Franklin finished the tournament just four shots behind, carding a 78-82—160. Rounding out the top three for the Boys 14 & Under Division was Ben Shepherd of Highlands Ranch, Colo., who tallied a 91-78—169.

Jaclyn MurrayThe Girls Division was dominated by first-time IJGT player, Jaclyn Murray of Aurora, Colo., who shot an 80-84—164, eight shots ahead of the rest of the field. Despite a non-ideal final round, Murray was able to secure a large lead with her solid play, including a notable par on the hardest hole, the par-4 No. 6, as well as a birdie on the par-4 No. 13.

Though she held a solid lead throughout, Murray, like any other player, had some difficulties. When asked about her biggest obstacles on the course, Murray stated, “Mainly the greens were the toughest part. It was a difficult course.”

Rounding out the top three were Amelia Lee of Castle Pines North, Colo., and Hailey Schalk of Erie, Colo., who carded final scores of 172 and 188, respectively.

The IJGT’s West Coast Tour will be back in action on Nov. 16-17, 2013 in Half Moon Bay, Calif., for the Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon Bay. 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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

ERIE, Colo. – Final round results of the IJGT College Series conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 13, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6, 819 yards, Par 72 (71.5/131). Boys 14 & Under Division: Copper Tees – 6,200 yards, Par 72 (68.6/118). Girls Division: Silver Tees – 5,826 yards, Par 72 (72.2/131).
Weather: Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the High 50s, winds 15-20 mph
Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 15-20 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Colorado National Golf Club

Erie, Colo.

October 12-13, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division, Black Tees, 6,819 yards, Par 72

1. Li Chen, Westminster, CO *73-70–143

2. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY *72-74–146

3. Cole Anderson, Colorado Springs, CO *77-72–149

3. Alex Gorman, Broomfield, CO *74-75–149

3. Cameron Berndt, Elizabeth, CO *77-72–149

6. Cole Krantz, Windsor, CO *79-71–150

7. Kobe Padilla, Centennial, CO *74-78–152

8. Pierce Aichinger, Englewood, CO *76-78–154

9. Trey Lambrecht, Sterrling, CO *83-75–158

10. Brett Krantz, Windsor, CO *78-82–160

11. Gary Schlatter, Cherry Hills Village, CO *83-78–161

12. Robbie Harding, Laramie, WY *78-85–163

13. Jason Siegel, Colorado Springs, CO *82-84–166

14. Clayton Malone, Lincoln, NE *82-85–167

15. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *82-86–168

16. Jake Larson, Cottonwood Heights, UT *94-79–173

17. Scott Robb, Middleton, CO *90-91–181

18. Joe Diaz, Brighton, CO *101-103–204

 

DID NOT FINISH

Zachary Wagner, San Diego, CA *72-JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division, Copper Tees, 6,200 yards, Par 72

1. Zach Gomez, Westminster, CO *81-75–156

2. Jaxon Franklin, Broomfield, CO *78-82–160

3. Ben Shepherd, Highlands Ranch, CO *91-78–169

4. Billy Howenstein, Boulder, CO *98-97–195

 

Girls Division, Silver Tees, 5,826 yards, Par 72

1. Jaclyn Murray, Aurora, CO *80-84–164

2. Amelia Lee, Castle Pines North, CO *88-84–172

3. Hailey Schalk, Erie, CO *94-94–188

4. Jamie Banghart, Fort Collins, CO *114-131–245

First-round highlights from the College Series at Colorado National

ERIE, Colo. — On a chilly October Saturday with slight winds and gray skies, the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the first round of the College Series at Colorado National Golf Club in the breathtaking town of Erie, Colorado (Oct. 12-13). The young golfers’ skills were mightily tested through long fairways and deceiving greens, where bunkers and water hazards took no mercy. Regardless, the players were able to put together an impressive first round, with two IJGT newcomers leading the way in two age divisions. Here are your leaders going into the final round, which takes place on Sunday, Oct. 13.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, William Thomson from Pittsford, N.Y., and Zachary Wagner from San Diego, Calif., are head-to-head at even-par 72 going into the final round. Here are their rounds by the numbers:

William Thomson:

72 – first round score (tied for lowest in the field)

33 – back nine score (3-under-par)

13 – number of pars

7 – consecutive pars to start the round

5 – wins on the IJGT

-1 – score on the 10 par-4’s at Colorado National Golf Club

Zachary Wagner

72 – first round score (tied for lowest in the field)

35 – back nine score (1-under-par)

14 – number of pars

6 – consecutive pars to finish the round

2 – number of birdies

-1 – score on the four par-3’s and the four par-4’s

The Boys 14 & Under Division leader through Round 1 is Jaxon Franklin of Broomfield, Colo., who is in the clubhouse at 78 (6-over-par). Here is Franklin’s round by the numbers:

Jaxon Franklin

38 – back nine score (2-over-par)

14 – number of pars

6 – consecutive pars to finish the front nine

3 – stroke lead going into final round

+1 – score on the four par-3’s

1 – this is Franklin’s first appearance with the IJGT

Sitting atop the leaderboard for the Girls Division is Jaclyn Murray of Aurora, Colo. She carded a first round 80 (+8). Here is Murray’s round by the numbers:

Jaclyn Murray:

39 – front nine score (3-over-par)

8 – stroke lead going into the final round

7 – number of pars

4 – score on the long 469-yard, par-5 No. 15 (birdie)

+1 – score on the four par-5’s

1 – this is Murray’s first appearance with the IJGT

 

For complete results of the first round click here. Pairings for final-round action at Colorado National Golf Club can be found here.

IJGT Players of the Week – Oct. 5-6, 2013

Northeast Tour

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the College Series at the University of Maryland on October 5-6, 2013. The University of Maryland Golf Course provided a challenging venue for the players with a variety of well-placed bunkers and tree-lined fairways. The weekend offered unseasonably warm weather; however, Sunday’s final round challenged the players with higher winds, leaving some longer approach shots into a few of the par-4’s. Our Players of the Week for the Northeast Region are Walter Egloff of Chevy Chase, Md., and Amanda Meyers of North Potomac, Md.

Walter EgloffIn his second season with the IJGT, Egloff (left) posted two solid rounds in the 70’s to move into contention during the final round. After a first-round 75 left Egloff three strokes off the lead, he came back during the final day to end with an even-par 71. Playing in the 3rd-to-last group during the final round, Egloff’s solid play put him in a great position as the leader in the clubhouse as the final two groups came down the stretch. On his way to improving by four strokes from the first round, Egloff fired a 2-under-par 34 on the back-nine during the final round. Egloff also shot the lowest final round in the Boys 15-19 Division, which moved him into a tie for second place.

MeyersMeyers (right) started the weekend off with a tough opening nine at 9-over-par.  However, the rough start did not faze Meyers as she played the remaining 27 holes of competition at 11-over-par.  After an opening round 87, Meyers was able to record a solid round of 75 on the final day. With the greens firming up and speeds increasing due to high winds in the final round, Meyers was able to make an improvement of 12 strokes over the course of the tournament. Meyers captured a third place finish and clinched her second Top-3 finish in her two years as an IJGT member.