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Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin – Tour Preview

Mystic RockThe IJGT Northeast Tour will travel to Farmington, Pa., to host the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin on April 11-12, 2015.

During the two-day, 36-hole event, junior golfers will have the opportunity to play both The Links and the Mystic Rock courses at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.

Nemacolin has hosted many high-profile golf events including the Pennsylvania Open Championship (2006, 2012), the Pennsylvania Amateur Championship (2010), qualifiers for USGA Senior Amateur Championship (2008) and the PGA Tour’s 84 Lumber Classic (2003-2006).

Mystic Rock made Golfweek’s 2013 Best Courses You Can Play in Pennsylvania list and Golf Digest’s 2013-14 America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses list.  

Juniors will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings while taking in the natural beauty of the Laurel Highlands. This event also offers North American Junior Amateur exemptions in the Boys 15-19 and Girls Divisions.

Defending champion Benjamin Morris of Reisterstown, Md., tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division.  Anthony Cordaro of Pittsburgh, Pa., Will Lusk of Venetia, Pa., Richard Riva of Lancaster, Pa., and David Ross of Lorton, Va., will look to improve on their finishes in last year’s IJGT event at Nemacolin.

Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., finished third in the Boys 14 & Under Division of last year’s Nemacolin event, but will be competing in the Boys 15-19 Division this year.

Be sure to follow the IJGT on Twitter (@IJGT) for updates throughout the tournament! You can check the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill Golf Course – Tour Preview

To kick off the IJGT Northeast Tour, the IJGT will travel north to host the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill Golf Course in Lorton, Va., on March 14-15, 2015.

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This exciting event will take place on one of Northern Virginia’s newest premier courses, Laurel Hill Golf Course. The 18-hole municipal course was designed by Bill Love following traditional ideals where the natural beauty of the area is allowed to dictate the course’s character.

Opened in 2005, Laurel Hill Golf Course has joined the likes of Torrey Pines as one of the premier municipal courses in the nation. With wide-open, windswept greens difficult more due to length than trees or water hazards, this course boasts six sets of tees. Complete with a driving range with grass and mat stations and target greens as well as a short-game practice area, the visually stunning course measures over 7,000 yards with a par of 71.

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The course was ranked multiple times (2009, 2011, 2013, 2014) in Golfweek’s Best of List for Municipal Courses. In 2013 the USGA chose the course as its host for the 2013 Amateur Public Links Championship. Juniors will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, David Ross of Lorton, Va., will look to add a second win to his IJGT resume at Laurel Hill. Ross’ first win came at the IJGT Junior at Hershey Links in 2013. Since, Ross has notched two top-10 finishes, one at the College Series at Penn State University and the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club.

Chris Brugge of Vienna, Va., Jordan Stein of Lagrangeville, N.Y., and Will Swirski of Fairfax, Va. will all be in the hunt for a win in their inaugural IJGT event.

In the Girls Division, Ashni Dhruva of Katy, Texas, will appear in just her second IJGT event. Dhruva finished second in the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes earlier this month.

Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live updates and download the IJGT app for live scoring.

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.

Players to watch at the Philly Challenge at White Manor CC

The IJGT will host the #PhillyChallenge at White Manor Country Club on March 22-23, 2014 in Malvern, Pa. This event will be two days long and golfers will play a total of 36-holes. IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings will go to the top finishers in each division.

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White Manor Country Club is a world-class golf course. It is currently the #3 ranked “Modern Design” golf course and #14 overall in Pennsylvania, by Golfweek Magazine. Bobby Weed Design of Pointe Vedra Beach, Fla., redesigned and completely renovated the whole course in 2003. The following year in August 2003, White Manor CC won an award for U.S. Course Renovation of the Year by Golf Inc. Magazine.

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White Manor Country Club was named #3 Modern Designed Golf Course in Pennsylvania by Golfweek

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Brendan Bacskai of Berwyn, Pa., will be returning this year to compete for the championship. Bacskai finished tied for fourth last season at White Manor with scores of 77-78–155 and looks to improve his numbers this year. David Ross from Lorton, Va., and Nick Geiman of York, Pa., will also be players to watch. Ross had two top five finishes in the 2012-2013 season while Geiman has two top-five finishes in the current 2013-2014 season.

In the Girls Division,  Isabella DiLisio of Hatfield, Pa., is coming back to defend her title. DiLisio took first place last season at White Manor with a score of 75-78–153 and she will be put to the test again this year at her first IJGT Event of the 2013-2014 season. Brynn Walker of St. Davids, Pa., will also be returning to White Manor. Walker finished in second place at last year’s Event, finishing only two strokes behind DeLisio. Allison Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., will be trying for her second first-place finish this season. Wentworth took first at the Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill Country Club. The Girls Division will be an exciting competition between some great skilled junior golfers.

In the Boys 14 & Under, Jon Nolan Perry of Berwyn, Pa., will be a player to watch. He is coming off a first-place finish at the Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay and hopes to continue his momentum.  Another golfer to keep an eye on is Leo Hernandez from Stewartsville, N.J. Hernandez has two top-five finishes this season, most recently taking third place at The Final Challenge at Hershey Links

The field is filling up quick. Be sure to register early to secure your spot!

To register or for more information on the #PhillyChallenge in March, click here.

 

The Final Challenge at Hershey Links – Final Results

Marone earns second win of the season

Basso holds on for victory 

HUMMELSTOWN, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour was in Hummelstown, Pa. on Oct 26-27 for The Final Challenge at Hershey Links. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was hosted by Hershey Links, with players competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The field consisted of 78 players, ages 10-19, representing seven states.

With Hershey Links set to close for good in early November, the course played host to its final IJGT Event. A common stop on the IJGT schedule, Hershey Links is situated on 175 acres of what used to be farmland. The course, a former host of a Division III National Championship, features a wide ravine that comes into play on seven holes, as well as numerous ponds, bunkers, and tall fescue throughout the course. For the Boys 15-19 Division, the event was competed at 6,658 yards, with the Boys 14 & Under Division playing at 5,919 yards, and the Girls Division at 5,648 yards. Due to the course’s location, wind played a huge factor all weekend, with gusts up to 30 miles per hour and temperatures in the 40s.

The Boys 15-19 Division came down to the final hole, and for a second time this season, Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., came out on top.

marone hlMarone opened his tournament by shooting a 40 on the front nine. He turned things around quickly, shooting an even-par 36 on the back, including a birdie on No. 10. His score of 76 put him one back of Nick Geiman of York, Pa., who shot a first-round 75 to take the lead. David Ross of Lorton, Va., also shot a 76, and joined Geiman and Marone in the final pairing during the final round. Brandon Berry of Great Falls, Va., Jack Peden of Vienna, Va., and Ethan Bunzel of Scarsdale, N.Y., all fired a 77 to sit two strokes back.

Marone got off to a blistering start during the final round. He birdied the opening hole, a dogleg right par-5, and then drove the green at the third hole. Marone could not sink the eagle putt, but picked up another birdie to sit at 2-under-par through three holes. Both Ross and Geiman opened their rounds with three pars, and followed it up with another par at the fourth hole, while Marone bogeyed. The three flip-flopped the lead throughout the front nine, but Marone’s finished with a 37 and opened up a two-stroke lead on both of his partners entering the back nine.

In front of the group, things were not going as smoothly for most players. The wind became stronger and the likes of Berry, Peden, and Bunzel slowly faded from the lead. Rij Patel of Hunt Valley, Md., turned his game up a notch while most of the field struggled. Patel carded a first round 80, but responded with a final-round 74, including birdies at No. 11 and No. 17 as part of a 1-under-par 35 on the back nine to shoot a 74. Already in the clubhouse with a final total of 154, Patel waited as Marone, Geiman, and Ross finished their rounds.

The lead continued to switch hands, and after a birdie for Ross, a par for Geiman, and a double-bogey for Marone at the 15th, the three were tied at 8-over-par for the tournament. Marone jumped back ahead with a par on the long par-5 16th, picking up a stroke on Geiman and two strokes on Ross. Marone had another par on hole No. 17, but Ross birdied to get within one, while Geiman fell two strokes back with a bogey.

The tournament came down to the 18th hole, an uphill par-5 back to the clubhouse. None of the three found the fairway with their drives, but each hit great shots out of the rough and were inside 100 yards for their approach shots. Geiman’s shot landed on the front of the green, and he had a long uphill putt to a back hole location. Ross also landed on the front, with Marone’s shot to the middle of the green giving him the best look at birdie. After both Geiman and Ross were unable to connect from long distance, Marone was left with a two-putt from 20 feet to seal the victory. He came close to finishing in fashion, as his birdie putt burned the left edge of the cup, before tapping in for par and the victory with a final score of 76-76-152.

Marone noted the turning point of his victory was when, “I got up-and-down at Nos. 16 and 17 which was big in moment and in the scale of things.”

Ross finished second with scores of 76-77-153, and Geiman and Patel tied for third place with tournament totals of 154. Patel’s 74 won him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

For the fifth time this season, Joe Parrini of York, Pa., won the Boys 14 & Under Division.

parrini hlParrini’s card was filled with birdies during the first round, as he scored five of them, including four on the front nine. He finished his first round with a score of 79.

Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., did not have nearly as many birdies as Parrini, but he avoided any big mistakes en route to taking the lead after the first round. Halleron carded 11 pars to go along with his lone birdie at No. 12 to shoot a 77. Teddy Trosset of Cooperstown, N.Y., fired an 82, highlighted by a birdie at hole No. 5, one of the toughest holes on the course, to join the final group with Halleron and Parrini in the final round.

Things did not go as smoothly for the group, as the three struggled on their opening nines in the final round. With the greens becoming firm from the cold weather, it was difficult to stick any shots close to the hole. Trosset shot the low nine-hole score of the three, finishing with a 41. Halleron’s two-stroke lead remained intact, as both he and Parrini shot 43s.

Trosset fell back from the group after a rough start to his final nine. Halleron also had his first bad hole of the week, leaving Parrini alone on top. To Halleron’s credit, he responded on the par-4, second hole with a birdie at the third hole. Parrini also made birdie at the third hole, to maintain his one-stroke advantage.

The tires came off the tracks for Halleron after that, and Parrini played it safe the rest of the way in, shooting a front-nine 39 to finish with a score of 82 for the day. At a total of 161 for the tournament. Parrini earned the four-stroke victory over Trosset, whose final totals were 82-83-165, with Leo Hernandez of Stewartsville, N.J., finishing third with scores of 82-84-166.

“You just had to hit the low punch shots and take the wind out of play,” Parrini pointed out as the biggest key to his victory.

In the Girls Division, Cara Basso of Downingtown, Pa., rode a sizzling start during the first round on her way to victory.

bassoStarting on the back nine, Basso quickly got into red numbers with a birdie on the par-3, 11th. She added another birdie at No. 13, navigating the conditions to perfection. A couple setbacks at holes Nos. 15-16 brought her back to even-par, but Basso responded with a birdie on No. 18 to finish her opening nine at 1-under-par.

The winds picked up as the day went on, and Basso was unable to match her brilliant start after making the turn. She did, however, avoid making any big mistakes after a double-bogey on No. 1. Basso, like many in the field, could not solve the tough fifth and sixth holes, bogeying each on her way to a front-nine 40. Her final score of 40-34-74 was the low round of any division and put her seven shots ahead of Katie Walsh of Baldwinsville, N.Y., and Haley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., entering the final round.

Basso started strong again during the final round with four pars. Her only blemishes on her opening nine were a bogey at No. 14 and a double-bogey at No. 17, on her way to a 39. Basso ran into some troubles on the front side with double-bogeys on Nos. 4, 5, and 7.

While Basso was struggling, a few groups ahead of her, Liza Freed of Alexandria, Va., was making a run. Freed had been 10 shots back of Basso entering the final round and was 11 back at the turn, but she only bogeyed twice on her final nine of the weekend, finishing with scores of 84-78-162 for the tournament.

Basso was able to hold on, though, as she carded a par at the eighth hole and a bogey at the ninth hole to earn the three-stroke victory. Basso’s final scores were 74-85-159. Bookholdt and Carley Hopton of Madison, N.J., tied for third with a final total of 164.

Freed’s 78 was good enough to win her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be hosting their final Event of the fall season on Nov. 2-3 at Virginia Beach National Golf Club in Virginia Beach, Va. It will be the first time the course has hosted an IJGT Event. 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.

 

HUMMELSTOWN, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT Final Challenge at Hershey Links conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 27, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,658 yards, Par 72 (72.0/133) Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,919 yards, Par 71 (68.6/124) Girls Division: White Tees – Round 1 – 5,648 yards, Par 71 (74.0/132) – Round 2 – 5,843 yards, Par 72 (75.1/135)

 

Weather:

Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 40’s with 35-40 mph winds

Sunday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 40’s with 30-35 mph winds

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

The Final Challenge at Hershey Links

Hummelstown, Pa.

October 26-27, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,658 yards, Par 72

1. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ, *76-76–152

2. David Ross, Lorton, VA, *76-77–153

3. Rij Patel, Hunt Valley, MD, *80-74–154

3. Nick Geiman, York, PA, *75-79–154

5. Jack Peden, Vienna, VA, *77-79–156

6. Brandon Berry, Great Falls, VA, *77-80–157

7. Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, NY, *78-81–159

8. Patrick Sheerer, Gibsonia, PA, *81-80–161

8. Gus Minkin, York, PA, *78-83–161

10. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA, *81-81–162

10. Brandan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *78-84–162

12. Nick Rencis, Long Valley, NJ, *85-78–163

12. Ethan Bunzel, Scarsdale, NY, *77-86–163

14. Joe Tigani, Hockessin, DE, *85-79–164

14. Jack DePerrior, Rochester, NY, *80-84–164

16. Edward Owen, Baltimore, MD, *85-80–165

16. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *81-84–165

18. Kyle Grube, Indiana, PA, *87-79–166

18. Benjamin Kotler, Penn Valley, PA, *80-86–166

18. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *77-89–166

21. Austin Green, Fayetteville, PA, *80-87–167

22. Andrew Nappi, Glen Rock, NJ, *89-81–170

22. Kellen Jordan, Spring Lake, NJ, *86-84–170

22. Caleb Bryant, New Freedom, PA, *85-85–170

25. Garrett Bastardi, Boalsburg, PA, *81-90–171

26. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ, *88-84–172

27. Blake Reifsnyder, Sinking Spring, PA, *86-87–173

28. Jonathan Solimano, Montvale, NJ, *91-83–174

28. George Cultraro, Wyckoff, NJ, *88-86–174

28. Matthew Singer, New York, NY, *86-88–174

28. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA, *85-89–174

32. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD, *87-89–176

33. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY, *91-86–177

34. Nick Fizzano, Newtown Square, PA, *95-83–178

35. Kyle Finnican, New Canaan, CT, *92-90–182

36. David Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA, *96-87–183

37. Mike McCormick, Stewartsville, NJ, *92-92–184

37. Daniel Melcher, New York, NY, *91-93–184

39. Bobby Hapanowicz, Presto, PA, *95-90–185

40. Colin Patrick, Newtown, CT, *97-89–186

41. Jack Walter, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, *91-96–187

 

DID NOT FINISH

Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA, *89–DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Brad Holzer, Rye, NY, *94–JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – Blue Tees, 5,919 yards, Par 71

1. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *79-82–161

2. Teddy Trosset, Cooperstown, NY, *82-83–165

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

4. Griffin Smith, Holland, PA, *83-84–167

5. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD, *77-92–169

6. Lukas Clark, Holland, PA, *90-80–170

7. West Shaw, Alexandria, VA, *83-88–171

8. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD, *86-86–172

9. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA, *88-87–175

10. Mac Webster, Baltimore, MD, *92-86–178

11. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA, *87-97–184

 

Girls Division – White Tees, Round 1 – 5,648 yards, Par 71 | Round 2 – 5,843 yards, Par 72

1. Cara Basso, Downingtown, PA, *74-85-159

2. Liza Freed, Alexandria, VA, *84-78-162

3. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ, *84-80-164

3. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, NJ, *81-83-164

5. Linda Wang, Fresh Meadows, NY, *87-80-167

6. Danielle Greene, East Setauket, NY, *85-85-170

7. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ, *85-87-172

8. Emily Connors, Lancaster, NY, *86-88-174

9. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY, *85-91-176

10. Lacey Bensing, Ephrata, PA, *91-86-177

11. Katie Walsh, Baldwinsville, NY, *81-98-179

12. Anessa Amin, Easton, PA, *90-90-180

13. Frida Henningsson, Rye, NY, *93-88-181

14. Synclaire Kuhn, McMurray, PA, *90-92-182

15. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY, *97-86-183

15. Junghye Kim, Jamesville, NY, *91-92-183

15. Jenni York, Great Neck, NY, *89-94-183

18. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA, *94-95-189

19. Samantha Yao, Berwyn, PA, *99-93-192

20. Meghan Fahey, Villanova, PA, *104-91-195

21. Julia Hyman, Allentown, PA, *110-88-198

22. Annie Caputo, Manlius, NY, *101-103-204

23. Gracie Stillman, Lititz, PA, *127-114-241

 

DID NOT FINISH

Scout Hammond, Skillman, NJ, *JWD 

IJGT College Series at University of Maryland – Final Results

Berry wins the College Series at the University of Maryland

Freed rides hot start to victory

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour was in College Park, Md., on Oct. 5-6 for the College Series at the University of Maryland. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was contested at the University of Maryland Golf Course, with players competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The field consisted of 62 players, ages 10-19, representing five states and two countries.

The University of Maryland Golf Course sits directly across the street from the school’s campus and 10 miles from Washington D.C. Opened in 1959, the par-71 course is a George W. Cobb design. Cobb also designed the par-3 course at Augusta and Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C. His design at the University of Maryland features tree-lined fairways, a number of long par-4s and par-3s, and great views of the Maryland campus. The course, which tips out at over 7,000 yards, was played from 5,875 yards for the Girls Division, 6,162 for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,694 for the Boys 15-19 Division. The players were greeted by unusually warm October weather, as temperatures reached the mid 80s on both days.

The Boys 15-19 Division came down to the wire for the second consecutive week. Brandon Berry of Great Falls, Va., came out victorious with a one-stroke victory over Walter Egloff of Chevy Chase, Md., and Luke Schaap of Potomac, Md. Berry finished with a 3-over-par 145 for the two-day tournament.

berryThe first round was filled with lots of great golf and low scores. Berry had a tough time with the front nine, as he shot a 3-over-par 38. He recovered on the back, carding two birdies and one bogey on his way to a 1-under 35 to finish the day with a 73.

Blake Micholas of Potomac, Md., was the leader after day one, shooting a 1-over-par 72. Micholas’s round was highlighted by birdies on holes Nos. 1, 7, and 14. Micholas and Berry were part of a group of nine players within two strokes of the lead after the first round. Joining the two were Brendan Bacskai (73) of Berwyn, Pa., Jordan Bobb (74) of Rockville, Md., Will Byrne (74) of McLean, Va., Nicholas Infanti (74) of Clarksburg, Md., Rij Patel (74) of Hunt Valley, Md., David Ross (74) of Lorton Va., and Schaap (74), setting up for an entertaining final round.

The front nine proved to be the tougher nine for the second straight day, as no player was able to separate themselves at the top. Only Gary McCabe of Collegeville, Pa., was able to break par, as he finished with a 1-under-par 34, to join Ross, who did it during the first round, as the only players to accomplish the feat.

Berry held a share of the lead through seven with Micholas and Schaap, but his shot on the par-3 eighth hole found a hazard, and after a drop, he finished with a double bogey. Berry finished his front nine at 38, and sat two strokes back of Micholas, who finished with a 37, and Schaap, who shot an even-par 35. Infanti, Patel and Bobb struggled to get anything going and fell out of contention after nine holes.

Only nine holes separated the cluster of players from a championship. A few groups ahead of the leaders, Egloff was putting himself back into contention with a very strong back nine. He birdied the 13th hole, and then carded another on the 17th hole, shooting a 2-under-par 34 on the back nine, to finish the day at even-par 71. Egloff was the leader in the clubhouse with a 75-71-146, awaiting the rest of the groups.

Behind Egloff, the list of contenders was shrinking. Micholas had his first rough stretch of the weekend, bogeying four of the last seven holes to fall behind. Byrne also carded four bogeys on the back, while Ross had three.

After bogeying holes Nos. 11 and 14, Schaap birdied the par-5 16th hole to get back to 4-over-par for the tournament. He finished with back-to-back pars on 17 and 18 to join Egloff in the clubhouse at 146.

Unaware of the scores in groups ahead of him, Berry entered the 16th hole tied with Schaap and Egloff at 4-over-par. He recovered from his front nine and was 1-under-par on the back nine as he teed off on No. 17. A wayward drive left him in a tough spot but Berry stuck his next shot to within five feet of the cup. He sank his birdie putt and entered No. 18 with a one-stroke lead.

Showing no nerves, Berry attacked the par-4 18th hole, but missed the green with his approach shot. He almost holed out for birdie on his chip, instead leaving himself a three-foot putt for par and the victory. He sank the putt to earn the one-stroke victory.

“Everything was ok. Pretty solid, pretty consistent,” Berry described his game after the round.

In the Girls Division, Liza Freed of Alexandria, Va., got off to a quick start and never looked back, on the way to her second career victory in an IJGT Event. Freed’s final score of 75-73-148 put her nine shots clear of her closest competitor.

freed UMDTeeing off on hole No. 10, Freed began the first round with consecutive birdies. Following a bogey on No. 12, she scored another birdie on hole No. 14 and finished her first nine at 2-over-par 38. Even with the birdie barrage, Freed was one shot back of Ashley Dingman of Lorton, Va., through nine holes.

Dingman struggled on holes Nos. 2-5, playing them at a combined 5-over-par, while Freed played the same stretch at even-par to gain control. Freed finished the front nine at 37, while Dingman shot a 40. After the first round, Freed held a two-stroke lead over Dingman.

Freed did not start as hot in the final round, bogeying the 10th hole, but Dingman also struggled on the hole, carding a double bogey. Freed quickly got her game together, playing the next seven holes in 1-under-par. A bogey on No. 18 gave her a 1-over-par 37 for her first nine holes, while Dingman could not get anything going on her way to a 42.

With confidence and a comfortable lead, Freed put together one of the best rounds on the front nine of any player in the field. She carded par on the first seven holes. That streak ended with a bogey on hole No. 8, but she came back to par No. 9, and shoot a front-nine 36, to finish at 73 for the day. Her final-round 73 won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“I hit an ok drive. Then I hit a 5-iron to about 10 feet from the hole. I was just really happy, that’s one of my hardest clubs to hit. Then on the second hole I also made a birdie,” Freed said about her hot start during the first round.

Dingman finished second with scores of 77-80-157, and Amanda Myers of North Potomac, Md., was third at 87-75-162.

Like the older boys, the Boys 14 & Under Division came down to the final hole, with William Sheedy of Washington D.C., holding off Joe Parrini of York, Pa., by two strokes. Sheedy finished at 149 for the two-day event.

After the first round, neither Sheedy nor Parrini held the lead. That honor was held by Cole Gibson of Chevy Chase, Md., who fired a 76. Gibson shot a 40 on his opening nine, then improved his score by four strokes on the front side, including a birdie on the par-3 4th hole, the only birdie on that hole from any player in his division.

photo (15)Parrini sat two strokes back of Gibson after 18 holes. His first round was highlighted by a birdie on the long, par-4 18th hole. Sheedy was three back of the leader, with a triple-bogey on No. 16 being his only big mistake. John Kalavritinos of Potomac, Md., matched Sheedy with a 79 to put himself in contention entering the final round.

Teeing off on hole No.10, Sheedy and Parrini quickly separated themselves from Gibson and Kalavritinos. Kalavritinos got off to a rocky start, playing the first three holes at 5-over-par, and Gibson double-bogeyed the 11th hole.

Both Sheedy and Parrini were on the game from the start. Sheedy started with three consecutive pars before a birdie on hole No. 13 got him into red numbers. He added another birdie on No. 16 and finished his first nine at 2-under-par 34. Parrini started with six pars and matched Sheedy’s birdie on No. 16, as he fired a 1-under-par 35 through nine holes, leaving them tied after 27 holes.

Sheedy took the lead on hole No. 1 with a par, as Parrini made his first bogey of the day. That lead remained the same through the eighth hole as they carded identical scores, a bogey on No. 4 mixed in with six pars.

It looked like Parrini might even the score on hole No. 8, as he hit his tee shot inside 15 feet and Sheedy was left with 45 feet on his putt. Sheedy lagged his putt perfectly, leaving himself two feet for par, and made the putt. Parrini’s birdie burned the right edge but did not fall.

With his one-stroke lead intact, Sheedy hit what was perhaps his best drive of the tournament on hole No. 9, striking the ball right down the middle on the par-5, with just outside 200 yards to the uphill green. Parrini’s drive landed in the rough, leaving him without a chance to reach the green in two. Both players hit their approach shots to 60 yards, with Parrini needing some magic to potentially force a playoff. He hit his approach a little thick, coming up short of the green, while Sheedy’s ball went 20 feet past the hole.

Parrini chipped the ball to 10 feet, but Sheedy’s birdie putt came to within two feet, tapping in for par to seal his victory. Parrini could not make the putt, bogeying only his third hole of the day.

Sheedy finished the day at 1-under-par 70, the lowest round of the tournament of any player, winning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“Yesterday, on the ninth hole, I had about a 40 foot putt for par and I saved it,” Sheedy noted as his most memorable shot of the tournament.

Parrini had been victorious in his last three IJGT Events, including a one-stroke victory over Sheedy at the Baltimore Junior three weeks prior.

Kalavritinos rounded out the top three with scores of 79-77-156.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be in Cologne, N.J., the weekend of Oct. 12-13 for the South Jersey Open at Blue Heron Pines. The tournament will be played at Blue Heron Pines 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, 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.

 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Final-round results of the IJGT College Series at University of Maryland conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 6, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,694 yards, Par 71 (72.2/133) Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,162 yards, Par 71 (69.2/128) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,875 yards, Par 71 (73.2/126)

 

Weather:        Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 80’s with 5-10 mph winds

Sunday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 80’s with 10-15 mph winds

 

 

 International Junior Golf Tour

University of Maryland Golf Course

College Park, Md.

October 5-6, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,694 yards, Par 71

1. Brandon Berry, Great Falls, VA, *73-72–145

2. Walter Egloff, Chevy Chase, MD, *75-71–146

2. Luke Schaap, Potomac, MD, *74-72–146

4. Blake Micholas, Potomac, MD, *72-77–149

5. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD, *75-75–150

5. Garrett Bastardi, Boalsburg, PA, *76-74–150

5. Rij Patel, Hunt Valley, MD, *74-76–150

5. Evan Katz, Washington, DC, *75-75–150

5. David Ross, Lorton, VA, *74-76–150

10. Will Byrne, McLean, VA, *74-77–151

10. Brendan Bacskai, Berwyn, PA, *73-78–151

10. Nicholas Infanti, Clarksburg, MD, *74-77–151

13. Kyle Cunningham, Sayville, NY, *78-77–155

14. Gary McCabe, Collegeville, PA, *81-75–156

14. Patrick McDonald, Herndon, VA, *82-74–156

14. Mike Blasey, Potomac, MD, *80-76–156

14. David Rabil, Fairfax Station, VA, *80-76–156

18. Lennard Long, Washington, D.C., *81-76–157

18. Ben Lieberman, Potomac, MD, *79-78–157

18. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA, *80-77–157

21. Michael Lamond, West Chester, PA, *81-77–158

21. Jack Peden, Vienna, VA, *75-83–158

23. Kyle Grube, Indiana, PA, *80-79–159

23. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *80-79–159

23. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *76-83–159

26. Tyler Olmsted, Boyds, MD, *77-83–160

27. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD, *78-83–161

27. Bryan Morris, Beltsville, MD, *76-85–161

29. Andrew Hudencial, Markham, ON, *80-83–163

30. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY, *85-79–164

31. Austin Matz, Wexford, PA, *83-83–166

31. Jordan Bobb, Rockville, MD, *74-92–166

33. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA, *81-86–167

33. Davis Lamb, Potomac, MD, *87-80–167

33. Adam Bacon, Fairfax Station, VA, *87-80–167

36. Andrew Nappi, Glen Rock, NJ, *80-88–168

37. Michael Magnarelli, Chevy Chase, MD, *84-85–169

38. Connor Jaenke, Arnold, MD, *86-86–172

39. Jake Oliver, New Hartford, NY, *89-85–174

39. Nick Stottlemyer, Port Tobacco, MD, *85-89–174

41. Billy Rosemeyer, Gibsonia, PA, *87-91–178

42. Zachary Sculler, Morganville, NJ, *88-91–179

43. Alex Pfeiff, Huntingtown, MD, *101-91–192

44. Tyler Poirier, Mclean, VA, *103-102–205

DID NOT FINISH

Blake Weltmann, Potomac, MD, *89–DQ (Rule 15-3b)

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

Demitri Keopradit, Springfield, VA, *82–JWD

William Voetsch, New Vernon, NJ, *JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – Gold Tees, 6,162 yards, Par 71

1. William Sheedy, Washington, DC, *79-70–149

2. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *78-73–151

3. John Kalavritinos, Potomac, MD, *79-77–156

4. Cole Gibson, Chevy Chase, MD, *76-81–157

5. Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA, *84-84–168

6. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD, *82-87–169

7. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA, *89-94–183

8. Aj Aivazoglou, Glen Mills, PA, *94-98–192

9. Nate Taylor, Fredericksburg, VA, *109-110–219

DID NOT FINISH

Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA, *JWD

 

Girls Division – Yellow Tees, 5,875 yards, Par 71

1. Liza Freed, Alexandria, VA, *75-73–148

2. Ashley Dingman, Lorton, VA, *77-80–157

3. Amanda Meyers, North Potomac, MD, *87-75–162

4. Alessandra Ricigliano, Scarsdale, NY, *87-83–170