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Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club – Final Results (April 4, 2015)

Krantz wins Boys 15-19 Division by five strokes

Ordona wins Boys 14 & Under Division 

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled west to Litchfield Park to host the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club on April 3-4, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Brett Krantz 1ABrett Krantz (left) of Windsor, Colo., jumped out to an early lead by firing a 1-under 71 in round one. He made par or better on holes No. 4 through 17 in the first round. Krantz matched his three birdies in the first round with three more in the second on the way to a 3-over 75 second round score. His 146 tournament total was good for first place in the Boys 15-19 Division.

“I was able to build a comfortable lead in round one to give myself some room for error in round two, although Drew [Karren] had me on the ropes there at the end and made it a little closer than I liked,” said Krantz after his win.

Eric Hagen of Averdeen, Wash., and Drew Karren of Orinda, Calif., carded 151 tournament totals to tie for second. Hagen’s second round 2-over 74 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

Mikee Ordona AMikee Ordona (left) of Upland, Calif., recorded a 157 tournament total to cruise to an uncontested first-place finish in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Ordona shaved seven strokes off his round one 82 to card a 3-over 75 in round two. “The course was in great shape and the greens were very firm and tough to putt on during the first round, but I rolled the ball a lot better in round two, which allowed me to shoot 75,” Ordona said after the final round.

Ordona birdied three holes during the tournament and made par or better on holes No. 7 through 15 in the second round.

The IJGT Southeast Tour will continue tournament play with the IJGT Oldfield Junior on April 11-12, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Litchfield Park, AZ – Final Results of the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club on April 3-4, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,875 yards Par 72 (72.4/131). Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,108 yards, Par 72 (68.9/122).

International Junior Golf Tour

Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club

Litchfield Park, AZ

April 3 – April 4, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division — 6,875 yards (Blue Tees), Par 72

1. Brett Krantz, Windsor, CO *71-75–146

2. Eric Hagen, Averdeen, WA *77-74–151

2. Drew Karren, Orinda, CA *76-75–151

4. Ryan Rybicki, Maricopa, AZ *77-78–155

5. Ryan Vaughan, San Jose, CA *77-79–156

6. Connor Downey, Franklin, TN *83-79–162

6. Michael Reed-Price, Dresher, PA *78-84–162

8. Michael Kessler, Getzville, NY *82-81–163

9. Kobe Rhodes, Glenwood, IA *86-85–171

10. Christopher Horton, Calgary, AB *82-90–172

11. Jacob Smith, Yorba Linda, CA, *88-85–173

12. Jerzee Houston, Tooele, UT, *85-89—174

Boys 14 & Under Division — 6,108 yards (Gold Tees), Par 72

1. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA, *82-75–157

Arizona Open at Wigwam GC – Tour Preview

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The IJGT will travel to Litchfield, Ariz., to host the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club on April 3-4, 2015. Junior golfers will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings while playing the Gold Course.

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Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., the Gold Course’s fourth hole, also known as the “Firestone,” is a 645-yard par-5. The eighth hole, known as the “Yellowstone,” is a long par-4 to a green situated above a canal. The course is known for its tough finish as the final three holes, a par-3 followed by two par-4s, on the back nine are all challenging.

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The long and winding par-72 course hosted the 2011 U.S. Open Qualifier and is the home of The Patriot All-America, a 54-hole amateur event. Its five sets of tees range from 5,885 yards to 7,430 yards.

Players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division include Joey Goryeb of Mendham, N.J., and Drew Karren of Orinda, Calif. Goryeb will be competing in his fourth consecutive IJGT event in Arizona. He tied for 32nd in the 2013 Arizona Open at Wigwam. Karren won the only other IJGT event he’s competed in, the Major Championship at Presidio, in February.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, keep an eye out for Upland, Calif., native Mikee Ordona. Ordona finished second in the Major Championship at Presidio in February and fourth in the 2013 Arizona Open at Wigwam. This is his fifth season competing on the International Junior Golf Tour.

For more information, or to register for the event, click here.

Major Championship at Presidio – Final Results (Feb. 8, 2015)

Ma wins Boys 14 & Under Division by seven strokes

Karren earns first IJGT victory

The International Junior Golf Tour  hosted the first west coast tournament of the spring season, the Major Championship at Presidio, on February 7-8, 2015. The second round of the event was cancelled due to inclement weather resulting in a shortened one-day, 18-hole event. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Drew KarrenDrew Karren of Orinda, Calif., made par on the entire back nine to finish with a 3-over 75, good enough to win the Boys 15-19 Division. The victory was Karren’s first on the International Junior Golf Tour.

In the win Karren also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

“My first nine holes were a little iffy, but I was able to par every hole on the back to round out a solid score,” Karren said after the win. “I would have liked to play more golf, but I’m definitely satisfied with the win”

Devin Gregg of San Anselmo, Calif., and Louie Euer of Loomis, Calif., finished one stroke behind Karren with tournament totals of 76 to tie for second place.

Gregg found particular success on the par-4s; he birdied the par-4 fifth and 16th holes.

Euer made par or better on all of the par-3s including a birdie on the par-3 15th hole.

Brian Ma 1AMilpitas, Calif., native Brian Ma used three birdies on the back nine to cruise to victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Ma opened the tournament by making par on the first three holes and never looked back. His tournament total of 76 paced the division by seven strokes.

“I played pretty well and it was nice playing with Angela [Bagabas], who shot a 74,” said Ma. “She pushed me to play better.”

Upland, Calif., native Mikee Ordona finished second in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a tournament total of 83. His lone birdie came on the par-4 eighth hole.

 

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Angela Bagabas recorded the lowest score in the field, a 2-over 74 to win the Girls Division. She also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls. Bagabas had an eight-hole par-or-better streak that lasted from the eighth hole through the 15th. She carded three birdies in the tournament on the par-4 first hole, the par-5 ninth and the par-5 18th.

“Yesterday’s round (round one) was really good with conditions, so I was able to play pretty well,” Bagabas said. “I think I could have scored lower but I’ll take a 74.”

The IJGT will continue tournament play on February 14-15, 2015 with the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

 

San Francisco, CA – Final Results of the IJGT Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on February 7, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,401 yards Par 72 (71.5./136). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 5,921 yards, Par 72 (69.9/127). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5,652 yards, Par 71 (75.4/129).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course

San Francisco, CA

February 7, 2015 (18 hole event due to inclement weather)

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6401 yards, Par 72

1. Drew Karren, Orinda, CA *39-36–75

2. Devin Gregg, San Anselmo, CA *37-39–76

2. Louie Euer, Loomis, CA *39-37–76

4. Austin Fischer, Orinda, CA *39-40–79

5. Grant Fairbairn, Orinda, CA *38-42–80

5. Will Lagomarsino, Orinda, CA *39-41–80

5. Lane Cadell, Escalln, CA *43-37–80

8. Hayden Rodriguez, San Francisco, CA *45-40–85

8. PRES Sanassarian, Rocklin, CA *43-42–85

10. Richie Simons, Newport Beach, CA *43-48–91

 

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 5921 yards, Par 72

1. Brian Ma, Milpitas, CA *39-37–76

2. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *41-42–83

 

Girls Division- Red Tees, 5652 yards, Par 72

1. Angela Bagasbas, San Ramon, CA *38-36–74

 

Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course – Round one recap (Feb. 7, 2015)

The International Junior Golf Tour traveled to San Francisco, Calif., for the first west coast event of the year, the Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course. Juniors teed off in the Golden State beginning at 9:40 a.m. PST for the first of two rounds. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Drew Karren of Orinda, Calif., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

75 – His round one score for the lead is a 3-over 75

9 – Karren made par on the entire back nine

2 – His two birdies came on the par-5 hole No. 2 and the par-4 hole No. 8

1 – Karren leads the Boys 15-19 Division by a single stroke

The Boys 14 & Under Division is led by Brian Ma of Milpitas, Calif. His round in numbers:

76 – His opening round 76 to move ahead of the division with a five-stroke lead

3 – Ma carded a division-best three birdies in round one

1 – This is Ma’s first IJGT event

Angela Bagabas of San Ramon, Calif., leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

3 – Bagabas’ three birdies came on the par-4 first hole, the par-5 ninth and the par-5 18th

8 – Her eight-hole par-or-better streak came on holes No. 8 through 15

4.5 – Her average on par-5s

74 – Her round one score to carry the lead

The second round of the Major Championship at Presidio will take place tomorrow, February 8, 2015, with tee times beginning at 9:40 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.