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Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Tour Preview

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The IJGT’s biggest, most exciting event of the season, the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, will be held on May 23-25, 2015, at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and bragging rights during the three-day, 54-hole event.

Additionally, the Tournament of Champions offers exemptions into a variety of first-class events. The Boys 15-19 Division champion will be invited to the Players Amateur, the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, the International Junior Masters, the North American Junior Amateur and the South Carolina Junior Golf Association Beth Daniel Junior Azalea. The runner-up in the Boys 15-19 Division will also receive an exemption to the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.

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The top-scoring individual in the Girls Division will be invited to the North American Junior Amateur, the South Atlantic Women’s Amateur Championship and the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea. The runner-up in the Girls Division will also receive an exemption to the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.

The event will begin with a welcome reception for the players and their families. On Sunday evening, the IJGT will announce the All-IJGT Team and Player of the Year for each division during the Night of Champions. Following the final round on Monday, there will be a special TOC Awards Ceremony. Everyone who registers for the Tournament of Champions will also receive a ticket to Universal Studios, ensuring they can have fun both at the park and on the course!

During the tournament, juniors will have the opportunity to play the North & East Nines and the New Course. Unlike other Orlando courses, the North and East Nines test accuracy as opposed to strength and distance. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the North (and South) Nines were opened in 1984 and the East Nine was opened two years later in 1986.

Also designed by Nicklaus, the New Course features challenging bunkers and steep slopes. The course pays homage to the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. The links-style course features double greens, a winding creek and stone bridges. The New Course doesn’t use many bodies of water or clusters of trees to challenge golfers, but it does include 150 pot bunkers, some as deep as 12 feet!

Naturally, the Tournament of Champions features the winners from many IJGT tournament throughout the season. Below is a list of champions from the past season who are competing in this year’s event.

Boys 15-19 Division

Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland — IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National and IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan — Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear

Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico — Savannah Junior at The Landings and Carolina Classic at Colleton River

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan — IJGT College Series at NC State, Major Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational. Go was just named the IJGT Player of the Year in the Boys 15-19 Division. He tied for 11th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India — IJGT Oldfield Junior. Jain finished 10th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Michael Jones of Potomac, Md. — IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club

Douglas Kulikowski of Pittsford, N.Y. — College Series at Penn State University

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan — IJGT Junior at Colleton River and IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield. He tied for 14th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Benjamin Morris of Reisterstown, Md. — Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin

Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y. — IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay

Dominic Wagner of Alexandria, Va. — IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill Golf Club

Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. —  Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation. He tied for 25th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. He will be playing college golf at Temple University next year.

Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., won the Boys 15-19 Division of last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

Girls Division

Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa. — IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club

Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India — IJGT Junior at Colleton River, Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor and IJGT Oldfield Junior

Holly McCann of Raleigh, N.C. — IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan — IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall, Savannah Junior at The Landings and the IJGA Invitational. She finished 10th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y. — The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club and IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay

Boys 14 & Under Division

TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y. — The Architects Cup Presented by the IJGA and St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club

Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa. — Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin

Tristan Galant of Cape Town, South Africa — BGGA Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista

Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C. — College Series at Penn State University and IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes

Bronson Myers of Columbia, S.C. — Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear

Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif. — Arizona Open at Wigwam. This will be his fifth consecutive Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions; he finished 16th in last year’s event.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C. — IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

Luke Sample of New York, N.Y. — IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club and Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates. You can find tee times and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

Kulikowski, Byrne featured in IJGT Photos of the Week – Oct. 23, 2014

As we near the conclusion of October and gear up for November, the IJGT traveled both south and north for events on October 18-19, 2014. The IJGT’s Southeast Tour visited Savannah Quarters Country Club to host the Georgia Openan event that featured a field of more than 80 juniors. Weather began with a fall crispness before the sun warmed things up. This week’s IJGT Photo of the Week from the Georgia Open, as decided by the fans, features Conor Bryne of Dublin, Ireland.

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Playing in his third IJGT event of his career, Bryne used scores of 76 and 79 to earn him his third consecutive top-20 finish. The highlight of Bryne’s performance at the Georgia Open was four birdies, two of which were on long par-5 holes, and 20 pars. In just three events, Bryne has racked up 11 total birdies and carries a scoring average of 76. This is the second consecutive week that Bryne has been selected for our Photo of the Week. Congratulations Conor!

While the IJGT’s Southeast Tour took over Savannah Quarters Country Club, the Northeast Tour visited Penn State University to host the College Series at Penn State on the campus’ Blue Course. The northern weather has begun to create an added challenge for juniors on already difficult courses. This week’s IJGT Photo of the Week from the northeast features College Series Champion, Douglas Kulikowski of Pittsford, N.Y.

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Kulikowski is featured with a Penn State representative as he receives his trophy

In his fourth event, Kulikowski nabbed his second IJGT victory by two shots. Kulikowski combined scores of 73 and 74 for a tournament total 147 with a performance highlighted by seven total birdies and 19 pars. His 147 ties his IJGT career best two-day score and the win is his third top-five finish. Congratulations Douglas!

Don’t forget – each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’
2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)
3 points – per share

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.

 

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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.