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Summer Series at Oyster Reef – Round one recap

The Summer Series is continuing to heat up as the IJGT continued at Oyster Reef Golf Club on July 11, 2014. Temperatures remained in the low 80s to create comfortable golf conditions. Juniors are competing for national rankings. In review, each division’s winners’ rounds in numbers are below.

Leading the Boys 15-19 is Justin Lewis, his round in numbers:

73 – his 1-over-par score for round one

11 – he carded a par or better streak in 11 straight holes

2 – number of birdie in the round, coming on No. 8 and No. 12

The Boys 14 & Under Division is led by Dylan Plis of Camilus, N.Y. His round in numbers:

76 – his round one score

2 – number of birdies, both on the back nine

1 – Plis finished first in the last Summer Series event at Ridgemont

Yu-Lun Huang and Nicole Lu of Taiwan leads the Girls Division.

Huang’s round in numbers:

74 – her 2-over-par score for round one

3 – number of birdies in round one, the most for any one player in the tournament

5 – Huang finished with par or better on all of the par-5 holes

Lu’s round in numbers:

74 – her 2-over-par score for round one, tied with Huang

6 – Lu scored par or better on six straight holes

1 – she carded one birdie on the front nine

Round two of the Summer Series at Oyster Reef will continue on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 7:30 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Follow along with updates in round two by following @IJGT on Twitter.

Summer Series at Ridgemont Country Club – Final Results

The IJGT hosted its second event of the Summer Series at Ridgemont Country Club in Greece N.Y. Weather in round one was warm with abundant sunshine and gusts of wind reaching 40 mph. The second round saw considerable cloud covering in the morning but the afternoon yielded plenty of sunshine with temperatures rising into the mid 80s.

10483112_10154368324725026_6561189008539393097_nIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Evan Gaesser of Kendall N.Y., won the division in impressive fashion. Gaesser started off well during round one, scoring 37 on the front nine which included a birdie on the long par-3 No. 7.  Gaesser finished his first round with a 5-over score of 77. Gaesser kicked off his second round by landing his approach shot within inches before tapping in for birdie on the par-4 first hole. Showing consistency throughout his round, the New York native had 11 pars and two birdies en route to a second-round score of 75.

There was a tie for second place between Ryan Kelly of Annapolis, Md., and Alec Miller of Pittsford, N.Y. Both juniors shot a two-day total of 156. Kelly and Miller battled throughout both rounds to finish within four strokes of Gaesser. Kelly found himself out in front of Miller by three strokes following round one but Miller shaved four strokes from his round-one score to regain his standing.

“I putted really well. my short game really saved me today,” said Gaesser.

The Boys 14 & Under Division was won by Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., the first-ever IJGT victory for the junior. Consistency was the key of his game as he posted an identical score of 78 in both rounds. His first round was highlighted by two birdies in the first three holes. His front-nine even-par score of 36 was a tournament best for Plis. Round two featured 10 pars, including a streak of five on the back nine. Plis finished with scores of 78-78 —  156.

Saddy Sadokierski of Richmond Hill, Ontario, finished second with scores of 83-85 — 168 after tallying nine pars and a birdie to start out the tournament. Despite struggling with a few bogeys, Sadokierski bounced back with another nine pars in round two. Jack O’Donovan rounded out the top three with scores of 84-85 –169.

Plis said, “My mindset today was to shoot in the 70’s and keep the ball in front of me.”

image (4)The Girls Division was won by Sydney Shaw of Orchard Park, N.Y. Following numerous lead changes in the race for first, used three second-round birdies to gain the advantage. Tallying scores of 86-76 — 162, Shaw shaved a staggering 10 strokes from her round-one score en route to taking first.

Sarah Godfrey-Singleton of Depew, N.Y., finished in second place. Godfrey- Singleton added two birdies of her own in round two to secure second with scores of 83-85 — 165. Rounding out the top three for the Girls Division was Emily Connors with a two-day score of 175.

When asked, Shaw said, “I just wanted to play consistently and putt better than I did yesterday. I wanted to limit my three putts.”

The IJGT will continue with its Summer Series at Olde Stonewall in Ellwood City, Pa., on July 8-9, 2014. For more information, or to register, click here.

Greece N.Y. – Final results of the IJGT Summer Series at Ridgemont Country Club completed July 2, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black tees- 6,634 yards par 72 (72.7/137). Girls Division: White tees- 5,976 yards par 72 (72.4/137). Boys 15-19 Division: Blue tees- 6,302 yards (72.4/137)

Weather: Overcast with temperatures in the mid 80s

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Tees) 6,634 yards, par 72

1. Evan Gaesser, Kendall, NY *77-75–152
2. Alec Miller, Pittsford, NY *80-76–156
2. Ryan Kelly, Annapolis, MD *77-79–156
4. Scott Chambers, Pittsford, NY *83-79–162
5. Grant Brongo, Spencerport, NY *81-82–163
6. James Pelcher, Baldwinsville, NY *88-76–164
7. Andy Bronstein, Pittsford, NY *82-83–165
8. Tyler Hockenberger, Rochester, NY *88-81–169
9. Noah Andriatch, Brockport, NY *87-83–170
10. Adam Sprenger, Perry, NY *93-80–173
10. David Lefebre, Rochester, NY *88-85–173
12. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *94-84–178
13. Stephen Hetterich, Rochester, NY *96-85–181
14. Hunter Burdick, Hilton, NY *95-90–185

Boys 14& Under Division (Blue Tees) 6,302 yards, par 72

1. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *78-78–156
2. Saddy Sadokierski, Richmond Hill, ON *83-85–168
3. Jack O’Donovan, Pittsford, NY *84-85–169
4. Matt Jackson, Williamsville, NY *87-85–172
5. Jake Costa, Rochester, NY *88-86–174
6. Tj Buck, Penfield, NY *91-86–177
7. Gavin Simon, Rochester, NY *87-92–179
8. Aiden Shaw, Orchard Park, NY *97-83–180
9. Jack Bailey, Pittsford, NY *94-89–183
10. Jude Cummings, Pittsford, NY *96-97–193
11. James Meyers, Wexford, PA *95-99–194

Girls Division (White tees) 5,976 yards, par 72

1. Sydney Shaw, Orchard Park, NY *86-76–162
2. Sarah Godfrey-Singleton, Depew, NY *83-82–165
3. Emily Connors, Lancaster, NY *88-87–175
4. Lauren Kase, North Tonawanda, NY *90-86–176
5. Junghye Kim, Jamesville, NY *91-87–178
6. Sarah Beckwith, Lakeview, NY *95-89–184
7. Alexis Kim, Clarence, NY *98-87–185
8. Lizzy Karsten, Macedon, NY *103-91–194
9. Victoria Ortiz, Rochester, NY *115-101–216

Summer Series at Ridgemont Country Club – Round one recap

The IJGT kicked off the northeast 2014 Summer Series at Ridgemont Country Club in Greece, N.Y., on July 1, 2014. Temperatures were hot and humid, with the heat index hovering around 100. Despite the hot temperatures, great golf was played throughout the round.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Evan Gaessar of Kendall N.Y., and Ryan Kelly of Annapolis M.D., are tied for the lead. Their round in numbers:

3 – number of birdies combined during round one

37 – Gaessar’s 1-over-par score on the back nine

11 –  Kelly’s number of pars during round one

77 – their 5-over-par score after round one

In the Girls Division, leading the group of nine competitors is Sarah Godfrey-Singleton of Depew, N.Y. Her round in numbers:

12 – number of pars during her first round

40 – Godfrey- Singleton’s front nine score

3 – this is her third IJGT event

83 – 11-over-par is her score after the first day

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y. is leading. His round in numbers:

2 – number of birdies during round one

36 – Plis shot even par on the front nine

9 – Plis is playing in his ninth IJGT event of the season

78 – 6-over-par is his score after round one

Juniors will resume play tomorrow, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at 8 a.m. For full results from the first round of the Summer Series at Ridgemont Country Club click here. Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.

Rochester Open at Ravenwood – Final Results

VICTOR, N.Y. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) made its eighth stop on the Northeast Tour to host the Rochester Open at Ravenwood Golf Club on May 3-4, 2014. Gusts of wind 40 mph made this already difficult golf course even more challenging. Juniors came out to compete for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings, as well as an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champoins to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

ChambersIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Scott Chambers of Pittsford, N.Y., finished in first place with scores of 74-78—152. After making four birdies in his first round, Chambers headed into the final round tied for the division lead. Despite the windy conditions, Chambers managed to play consistently in the final round by making three birdies. He added six pars to finish in first place, winning the division by one stroke. This was Chambers’ second IJGT event this  season and his first IJGT Championship.

Peyton Steigerwald of Penfield, N.Y., finished in second place with scores of 80-73—153. Steigerwald’s score of 73 during the final round earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the player that shoots the lowest score during the final round of the tournament. Danny Lapp of Trumansburg, N.Y., took third place posting scores of 76-78—154.

When asked about the weather conditions and how they affected his play, Chambers replied, “It was real tough to say the least… putting was definitely the toughest with the wind. It definitely played a big part.”

ParkerIn the Girls Division, Victoria Parker of Lewistown, N.Y., came from behind to take her second IJGT Championship this season. Parker trailed the division leader by four strokes as she headed into the final round. Determined to come back, Parker improved her score by two strokes and managed to come away victorious. She made two birdies on her final nine holes to win her division by one stroke. Parker’s final round score of 81 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. Her numbers for the weekend were 83-81—164.

When asked about how she came from behind to pull out the victory, Parker stated, “I was just thinking
less putts, no 3-putts, and [try to] par it up and see how I do.”

Finishing in second place was Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., who posted scores of 79-86—
165. In third place was Maren Cipolla of Lewiston, N.Y., who finished with scores of 83-87—170.

LEOIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Leo Hernandez of Stewartsville, N.J., won his division posting scores of 75-84—159. Hernandez played very well during the first round by making nine pars and adding three birdies. His score of 75 set him up with a two-stroke lead in the division going into the final round. After a slow start, Hernandez responded with two birdies, one of which was a chip-in on the par-4 hole number 15. With his victory at the Rochester Open, Hernandez earned his second IJGT Championship and is currently ranked third in the IJGT Tour Rankings.

When asked what worked well for him, Hernandez commented, “My mentality. My mindset. I was just trying to stay positive after my first nine holes. It was a rough first nine, but I just tried to stay positive and play well my next nine and see if I could get back in it.”

Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., and Craig Eichas of Hilton, N.Y., finished tied for second place in the division. Plis posted scores of 77-83—160 while Eichas’ weekend numbers were 78-82—160.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Hershey Classic presented by IJGA on May 10-11, 2014. 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.

VICTOR, N.Y. – Final-round results of the IJGT Rochester Open at Ravenwood conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 4, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,689 yards, Par 72 (72.4/148) Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,080 yards, Par 72 (69.2/125) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,770 yards, Par 72 (71.7/128)

Weather: Saturday: Rainy with temperatures in the low 50’s with 15-20 mph winds
Sunday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 50’s with 30-35 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Rochester Open at Ravenwood
Victor, N.Y.
May 3-4, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Black tees) 6,689 yards, par 72
1. Scott Chambers, Pittsford, NY *74-78–152
2. Peyton Steigerwald, Penfield, NY *80-73–153
3. Danny Lapp, Trumansburg, NY *76-78–154
4. Marc Holzhauer, Clarence Center, NY *74-81–155
5. Andrew Fedele, Rochester, NY *80-77–157
5. Mike May, Auburn, NY *79-78–157
5. Colin Dubnik, Rochester, NY *76-81–157
8. Evan Gaesser, Kendall, NY *77-82–159
9. Alec Miller, Pittsford, NY *78-82–160
10. David Hanes, Elma, NY *80-81–161
10. Kevin Borowicz, Grand Island, NY *77-84–161
12. Matthew Santora, Clarence Center, NY *78-85–163
13. Andrew Massa, Fayetteville, NY *78-86–164
14. Michael McIntosh, Chittenango, NY *77-88–165
15. Jack Riley, Pittsford, NY *80-86–166
16. Ryan Gibbons, Amherst, NY *81-86–167
17. Matt Monaco, Baldwinsville, NY *82-86–168
17. Brad Belote, Lancaster, NY *84-84–168
17. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *80-88–168
20. Jeremy Paton, London, England *81-88–169
20. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA *80-89–169
22. James Pelcher, Baldwinsville, NY *85-85–170
23. Andrej Erkelens, Pittsford, NY *81-92–173
24. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *82-95–177
25. Tyler Mazut, Fairfield, CT *89-89–178
26. Stephen Hetterich, Rochester, NY *88-92–180
27. Grant Brongo, Spencerport, NY *85-97–182
28. Jake Oliver, New Hartford, NY *94-89–183
29. John Michael Sullivan, Camillus, NY *88-96–184

Boys 14& Under Division (Blue tees) 6,080 yards, par 72
1. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *75-84–159
2. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *77-83–160
2. Craig Eichas, Hilton, NY *78-82–160
4. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY *77-84–161
5. Teddy Trosset, Cooperstown, NY *81-87–168
6. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *87-88–175
7. Luke Sample, New York, NY *91-91–182
8. Jude Cummings, Pittsford, NY *92-97–189
9. Tj Buck, Penfield, NY *96-95–191
9. Chang Hyun Park, Pittsford, NY *92-99–191
11. Hunter Phillips, Pittsford, NY *92-100–192
12. Jack Bailey, Pittsford, NY *99-94–193

13. Jake Costa, Rochester, NY *91-104–195

14. Joseph Shanhan, Rochester, NY *110-116–226

Girls Division (White tees) 5,770 yards, par 72
1. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *83-81–164
2. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ *79-86–165
3. Maren Cipolla, Lewiston, NY *83-87–170
4. Sarah Godfrey-Singleton, Depew, NY *84-92–176
5. Marissa Del Monaco, Little Valley, NY *91-87–178
6. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *92-91–183
7. Lizzy Karsten, Macedon, NY *101-102–203

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Sarah Notaro, Lancaster, NY, *96-JWD

College Prep Series at Nemacolin – Final Results

Morris makes moves in final round

Parker wins in playoff

FARMINGTON, Pa. – The IJGT traveled to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort to host the College Prep Series. The College Prep Series tournaments are 54-hole contests designed to prepare juniors for future college tournaments. Day one consisted of 18 holes played on the Links Course followed by 18 holes on the Mystic Rock Course. The final round of 18 holes was held on the Mystic Rock Course as well. The field of 43 competitors battled for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings as well as an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Benjamin Morris of Reistertown, Md., took first place with an impressive comeback. Headed into the final round Morris trailed the division leader by three strokes. His play in the final round was consistent, making par on 10 holes. With only nine holes to play, Morris trailed the leader by two strokes. Morris’ move came when he made it to hole 14. He would go on to make birdie on three of his final five holes. This stretch proved to be the difference maker as Morris won his respective division by two strokes. Through 54 holes, Morris totaled seven birdies and 29 pars. Morris posted scores of 76-77-74–227.

When asked his performance on his final five holes, Morris replied, “I knew that I would probably need to make some birdies because I was trailing. I just hit some good shots and made some putts and it felt pretty good coming down the stretch.”

Paul Edgar of Kitchener, Canada, finished in second place with 77-73-79—229. Connor Schmidt of Venetia, Pa., took third place. Schmidt’s numbers for the weekend were 79-74-77—230. Andrew Reynolds, of Pittsburgh, Pa., final round score of 73 won the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the player that shoots the lowest score during the final round of the tournament.

In the Girls Division, Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., won the division in a 1-hole playoff. Parker came into the final round with a 10-stroke lead in the division. Parker finished day one with four total birdies. She totaled no birdies and six pars during her final round. Synclaire Kuhn of McMurray, Pa., battled back and forth with Parker. Kuhn finished with a birdie on hole number 18 to force a playoff. Parker brought her best in the playoff hole. Her drive went right down the middle and split the fairway. She stuck her next shot within one foot. Parker stepped up and made the putt for birdie to win her first IJGT event this season Her numbers for the weekend were 82-80-90–252.

When asked what was working well for her today, Parker said, “My putting. It saved me a lot from doubling or even more.”

Kuhn finished in second place with scores of 92-80-80—252. Kuhn’s final round score of 80 won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Marc Groenhuysen of West Chester, Pa., took the division lead early and never looked back. His distance allowed him to score well on both the Links and Mystic Rock courses. Groenhuysen played very well during the first 36-holes. He made five birdies on day one and headed into the final round with a commanding lead. On the final day, he struggled a bit, but managed to hang on to his lead in the division. He made seven pars and added one more birdie in the final round. Groenhuysen took home his first IJGT championship with his win. He posted scores of 78-75-84–237.

When asked about his favorite part about the two courses at Nemacolin, Groenhuysen said, “I preferred the Mystic Rock [course] because it suited my game better and I made a few more birdies on Mystic Rock.”

William Riva of Lancaster, Pa., finished in second place with scores of 88-87-83—258. Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., took third place posting scores of 88-84-88–260.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Major Championship at Bulle Rock on April 26-27, 2014. 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.

FARMINGTON, Pa. – Final round results of the IJGT College Prep at Nemacolin conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 20, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Links Course – Blue Tees – 6,691 yards, Par 70 (72.7/134), Mystic Rock Course – Blue Tees – 6,835 yards, Par 72 (73.7/139).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Links Course – White Tees – 5,971 yards, Par 70 (69.7/128), Mystic Rock Course – White Tees – 6,118 yards, Par 72 (70.3/134) Girls Division: Links Course – Gold Tees – 5,614 yards, Par 70 (72.7/129), Mystic Rock Course – Gold Tees – 5,816 yards, Par 72 (74.5/136).

Weather:        Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 60’s with 15-20 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 60’s with 15-20 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
College Prep at Nemacolin
Farmington, Pa.
April 19-20, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) The Links: 6,691 yards, Par 70
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) Mystic Rock: 6,835, Par 72
Round 3 – (Blue Tees) Mystic Rock: 6,835, Par 72

1. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD *76-77-74-227
2. Paul Edgar, Kitchener, Canada *77-73-79–229
3. Connor Schmidt, Venetia, PA *79-74-77–230
4. Ryan Podufal, Erie, PA *81-73-77–231
4. Alec Stopperich, Venetia, PA *77-76-78–231
6. Andrew Reynolds, Pittsburgh, PA *76-83-73–232
6. Matt Holuta, Indiana, PA *76-78-78–232
6. Adam Gray, Potomac, MD *76-76-80–232
9. Ben Reichert, East Amherst, NY *83-74-76–233
10. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *77-77-80–234
11. Declan Hickton, Pittsburgh, PA *74-82-79–235
11. Sasha Lobel, Pittsburgh, PA *75-82-78–235
13. David Ross, Lorton, VA *80-79-78–237
13. Kyle Grube, Indiana, PA *81-79-77–237
15. Keenan Hickton, Pittsburgh, PA *81-76-81–238
16. Cale Wheeler, Morgantown, WV *80-78-81–239
17. Andrej Erkelens, Pittsford, NY *76-76-88–240
18. Rij Patel, Hunt Valley, MD *84-81-77–242
18. Will Robinson, Pittsburgh, PA *78-83-81–242
20. Anthony Muscato, Gibsonia, PA *84-81-80–245
21. Colin Dubnik, Rochester, NY *77-87-82–246
21. Josh Madarang, Chester Springs, PA *78-83-85–246
23. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD *82-84-81–247
23. Frank Pantano, Gibsonia, PA *78-85-84–247
25. Max Pollack, Pittsburgh, PA *77-80-91–248
26. Davis Diethrich, Allison Park, PA *87-81-83–251
27. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *89-85-80–254
28. Will Lusk, Venetia, PA *84-87-86–257
29. Adam Sprenger, Perry, NY *82-86-90–258 29. Matt McCord, Titusville, PA *87-77-94–258
31. Jerome Landry, Jr., Duncansville, PA *87-85-87–259
32. Eddie Zhang, Murrysville, PA *90-82-92–264
33. Steve DePasquale, Massapequa, NY *82-93-91–266
34. Billy Rosemeyer, Gibsonia, PA *84-90-93–267
35. Benjamin Kotler, Penn Valley, PA *100-84-87–271
36. Greg Zahour, Schnecksville, PA *95-96-81–272
37. Adam Miller, Silver Spring, MD *102-109-103–314

Boys 14 & Under Division
Round 1 – (White Tees) The Links: 5,971 yards, Par 70
Round 2 – (White Tees) Mystic Rock: 6,118 yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (White Tees) Mystic Rock: 6,118 yards, Par 72

1. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-75-84–237
2. William Riva, Lancaster, PA *88-87-83–258
3. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *88-84-88–260

Girls Division
Round 1 – (Gold Tees) The Links: 5,614 yards, Par 70
Round 2 – (Gold Tees) Mystic Rock: 5,816 yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Gold Tees) Mystic Rock: 5,816 yards, Par 72

1. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *82-80-90–252
2. Synclaire Kuhn, McMurray, PA *92-80-80–252

Miller, Notaro, & Gianniny top the Players to Watch list at the Rochester Open at Ravenwood GC

The next stop on the IJGT Northeast Tour will be the Rochester Open held at Ravenwood Golf Club on May 3-4, 2014. This event will consist of two 18-hole rounds to be played on Saturday and Sunday. Golfers will be competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

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Located in Victor, N.Y.,  Ravenwood Golf Club is Rochester’s Premier public golf facility. It boasts many awards including being named fifth “Best New” public course to open in 2003 by Golf Digest. Ravenwood has played host to USGA and PGA qualifiers and also was the home of the 2003 & 2009 New York Men’s Amatuer Golf Championships. The course features challenging bunker placements, sloping greens, and is committed to protecting natural habitats native to the course.

Hole 6

Ravenwood Golf Club is an award winning 18-hole course located just minutes south of Rochester, New York

In the Boys 15-19 Division, watch out for Alec Miller. Miller took second place in the event at Ravenwood last season falling to the leader by only one stroke. Miller is hoping to take home first place this season in his first IJGT event of the year. Another player to watch in this division is Christopher ChiminskiChiminski has played a total of seven IJGT events this season, his best finish was tied for fifth at the IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville Golf Club

In the Girls Division, there looks to be a rematch of last year’s event for the top spot. Sarah Notaro will be returning to defend her title. Notaro took first place at Ravenwood last year and will hope to do the same again this year. Notaro won her respective division by one stroke. Finishing in second place in last year’s event, was Molly BalbierzBalbierz will be back again this season in hopes to earn the championship in the Rochester Open. Also look out for Allyson Wentworth in this event. Wentworth is coming off of top-3 finishes in her last three events played.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Danny Gianniny will be a player to watch. Gianniny has finished top-5 in both events he has played in this season. His best finish was first place at The Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill Country ClubKeep an eye out for Gianniny as he looks to add another first place finish to his resume. Another player to watch in this division is Dylan PlisPlis is a great competitor and has three top-5 finishes this season. His most recent finish being third place at the Philly Challenge at White Manor CC.

The field of competitors is shaping up to be a good one. Make sure you sign up for this event before it is too late!

To register or for more information on the Rochester Open at Ravenwood Golf Club, click here.

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.

Links Course - Hole 11

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.

Mystic Rock - Hole 2

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.

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Philly Challenge at White Manor – Final Results

Goldenring grabs first IJGT championship
Walker gets redemption at White Manor

MALVERN, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to White Manor Country Club for their second stop of the Northeast Tour to host the Philly Challenge. Temperatures reached into the mid-60s in the first round and dropped into the low 40s for the final round. The field of 87 golfers competed for IJGT Merit Points, AJGA stars, and National Rankings, as well as an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

SAMIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Sam Goldenring, of Florham Park, N.J., played consistently throughout the weekend, coming from behind to win his first IJGT championship. He managed to make par or better on 12 of 18 holes during round one. Goldenring played the front nine well both days, totaling 3-over-par, including a birdie on the par-5, hole No. 6 in round one. His score of 76 put him just two strokes behind the leader headed into the final round. While many other golfers were affected by the temperature drop, Goldenring did not let it bother him. During the final round, he made par or better on 13 of 18 holes. At the turn on day two, he narrowed the gap to trail the leader by just one stroke. His concentration and consistency led him to win his first ever IJGT championship. Goldenring posted scores of 76-76—152 overall for the weekend and won his division by four strokes.

When asked his mindset coming into the final round trailing, Goldenring replied, “I just tried to take it one
shot at a time. Don’t force the birdies and if it happened, great, but if not then I would be happy [too].”

Quinn Dolan of Broomall, Pa., and Brendan Bacskai of Berwyn, Pa., tied for second place in the Boys 15-19 Division. Dolan posted scores of 80-76—156 overall and Bacskai posted scores of 81-75—156 overall. Bacskai’s score of 75 during the final round earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the player that shoots the lowest score during the final round of the tournament.

BRYNNIn the Girls Division, Brynn Walker of St. Davids, Pa., took the lead early and never looked back. After taking second place at White Manor last season, Walker came back this year in hopes of redemption. On day one, she started off solid and was 1-under-par after three holes. She closed out the first nine with six consecutive pars. Walker finished the first round with a score of 1-over-par 72, the lowest score in all divisions. The weather proved troublesome during the final round but she managed to extend her lead. Walker totaled three birdies in the final round, two of which came on par-3s. Walker’s dominant play won her division by 10 strokes, posting scores of 72-76-148. Her final round score of 76 tied with Cara Basso, of Downingtown, Pa., for the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

When asked what she did differently this year and what changes she made to her game, Walker said, “over the winter, it was tough because of the weather to work on different things, but I worked on my mindset and getting my mental game down. I think that really paid off. I was just mentally strong this week.”

Isabella DiLisio of Hatfield, Pa., took second place with scores of 79-79—158 overall. Finishing in third place, was Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., who shot 83-78—161 overall.

LEOIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Leo Hernandez of Stewartsville, N.J., won his first IJGT championship. Hernandez has had various competitive finishes this season, including a third- place finish at The Final Challenge at Hershey Links. At the Philly Challenge, Hernandez was able merge every aspect of his game together for a win. He was striking the ball well, picking up distance on his first and second shots and also making putts when they mattered most. In round one, he was a little shaky but battled to tally one birdie and six pars. In round two he closed out the tournament shooting a 2-over-par score of 37 on his last nine holes. Hernandez finished the final round with a score of 77. His numbers for the weekend were 84-77—161 overall.

“My ball striking was working really well. Even when I didn’t manage to hit the fairway, I was still finding greens and two putting for par,” said Hernandez.

Coming in second place, was Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., who posted scores of 82-80—162 overall. Finishing in third place, was Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., who shot 83-86—169 overall.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club on March 29-30, 2014. 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, Dynamic Brands, Clazic Belts, Oakley, Sun Mountain, The First Tee, Golfweek,
College Golf Camps, 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.

Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be in Savannah, Ga. for the Georgia Junior on February 22-23, 2014 at The Club at Savannah Harbor. The 36-hole tournament will span both days while players compete for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. 

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 Ranked in Golfweek’s top-15 list of best places to play in Georgia, The Club at Savannah Harbor was designed by Robert Cupp and Sam Snead. Each hole features its own legendary story and caters to golfers of varying abilities. The course’s lengthy fairways are hilly and laced with bunkers to add to the challenge of the course.

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The Club at Savannah Harbor will play host to the 2014 Georgia Junior.

The Boys 15-19 Division will feature competitive golfers including Hyun Woong “Harry” Jin of Palisades Park, N.J., and Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C. Miles has not placed outside of the top-10 since September of 2012 and comes off a recent second-place playoff finish after at the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation on January 25-26, 2014. Jin concluded 2013 play with a 4th-place finish at the IJGT Invitational in December and tied for fifth at the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club on February 8-9, 2014.

Though small, the Boys 14 & Under Division will feature both tenured players and newcomers alike. Joseph Tammaro of West Islip, N.Y., will makes his first tournament appearance while Alexander Camberos of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, will look to continue to boost his resume after two consecutive third-place finishes in 2014 play.

Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., will look to lead the Girls Division and add another victory to her first-place finish at the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation Golf Club on January 25-26, 2014. Kozak’s 12th place finish in the 2013 Georgia Junior was her only finish outside of the top-10 for her 2013-2014 season thus far.

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Final Results from the Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill CC

Marone emerges victorious at Locust Hill

Wentworth earns first IJGT victory 

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour was in Pittsford, N.Y., on Sept. 28-29 for the Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill. Over the course of two days and 36 holes at Locust Hill Country Club, junior golfers ages 10-19 competed for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The field consisted of 45 players representing three states and two countries.

Located only minutes from the city of Rochester, Locust Hill Country Club was designed by Scottish Architect Seymour Dunn. The private club played 6,000 yards for the Girls Division, 6,197 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,575 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division. The weather could not have been any better for the golfers, as both days featured clear skies and temperatures in the 70s. Trees lined narrow fairways and small greens made every shot take the players’ full concentration. Also, ponds and creeks come into play on nine holes. For those reasons, Locust Hill has hosted an LPGA tournament every year since 1977 and the Wegman’s LPGA Championship from 2010-2013.

The Boys 15-19 Division came down to the wire as a number of players were in contention entering the final round. Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., eventually emerged victorious, winning by one stroke over four other players. Marone finished the tournament with a score of 146, while Jack Gianniny of Rochester, N.Y., Harry Jin of Palisades Park, N.J., Joe Petrin of Cicero, N.Y., and Nick Musshafen of Fairport, N.Y., all finished at 147.

Marone carded 14 pars and a birdie as part of a first-round 2-over-par 74. He was one stroke off the leaders, Jin and MaronePetrin, entering the final day. Jin birdied five holes and Petrin two, as both shot 1-over-par, 73 for the first round. Musshafen also shot an opening-round 74.

Gianniny made the biggest move on the final day after shooting 78 in round one. He sat five strokes off the lead entering the day, but shot a final-round 3-under-par 69 to put himself back in contention. The  round of 69, which was enough to win him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, was highlighted by six birdies as part of a 5-under-par 32 on the back nine.

As Gianniny watched from behind the 18th green, the rest of the leaders finished up. Musshafen birdied No. 17 to get to 2-over-par for the tournament but a bogey on No. 18 dropped him to 3-over-par, and put him in a tie with Gianniny. Marone, Jin and Petrin all stepped to the 18th tee at 2-over-par and with an opportunity to win.

Both Jin and Petrin found the fairway off the tee, but Marone missed right, leaving himself under the trees. Even with the difficult approach, Marone reached the green in two, while Jin left his approach short and Petrin missed the green to the right. Petrin and Jin chipped to within 10 feet and Marone’s putt came up a few feet short, as Gianniny and Musshafen looked on.

Petrin was first up to putt and he missed his putt to the right, tapping in for bogey. Next up was Jin. His putt burned the left edge but would not fall, as he also dropped a stroke with a bogey. That left Marone with a three-foot putt for par and the championship. He stood over his uphill putt with a large group of spectators watching. Marone made the putt to earn the victory at the Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill.

“It’s challenging. It’s a tight course, you can’t just bomb it all over the place, I made a lot of putts within 10 feet and that was key for me,” said Marone.

In the Girls Division, Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., won her first IJGT Event. Wentworth finished with a total score of 152 to earn the six-stroke victory.

Wentworth used 10 pars and two birdies to card a first-round 77 to take the outright lead heading into the final round. WentworthShe sat two strokes clear of Chelsea Dantonio of Lancaster, N.Y., and four strokes ahead of Christine Schmitt of Pittsford, N.Y., as the three made up final group.

Dantonio closed the game to one after the first three holes on during the final round but never got any closer. After nine holes, Wentworth’s lead was up to four, as she shot a 2-over-par, 39, while Dantonio carded a 41, and Schmitt, a 40.

Schmitt started the back nine off with three consecutive pars and sat three off the lead with six holes to play. Wentworth caught the hot hand at the right moment, though, putting together a streak of five pars on holes Nos. 4-8. Entering the final hole, a par-3, Wentworth’s lead sat at five strokes.

Even with the lead, Wentworth played the final hole aggressively, putting her tee shot within 15 feet. She finished in style, sinking the birdie putt to finish the round with a 3-over-par 75, and earning the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Wentworth noted that the key to her victory was, “…definitely putting. Anything within 10 feet I made this weekend.”

Schmitt finished second with scores of 81-77-158 while Dantonio placed third with a 79-81-160.

Danny Gianniny of Rochester, N.Y., earned his first victory of the season in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Danny Gianniny got off to a strong start in the first round, carding two birdies and six pars on his way to an 81, carrying a five-stroke lead into the final round.

Danny Gianniny continued his strong play during the last round. Paired with Chris Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa. and Dylan Plis Camillus, N.Y., Danny Gianniny shot a 42 on the front nine, to open up a six-stroke lead. Plis fired a 40 on the Gianninyfront to get within eight of the lead, heading into the back nine.

Danny Gianniny started his back nine with another birdie, and was on his way to the victory. He matched his front-nine score on the back to finish at 84 for the day and 165 for the tournament.

When asked about any key shots he made, Danny Gianniny was quick to note, “On my 10th hole today, I stuck a shot to about a foot.” He made the putt for a birdie on his way to the victory.

Tanabe carded three birdies on in the final round as part of an 88, putting him in a tie for second with Plis. Both finished with scores of 174 over the two days.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it the weekend of Oct. 5-6 in College Park, Md., for the College Series at University of Maryland. The tournament will be played at the University of Maryland Golf Course, home to the University of Maryland’s Men’s and Women’s Division 1 golf teams.

To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Final-round results of the IJGT Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 29, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Green Tees – 6,575 yards, Par 72 (75.5/137) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,197 yards, Par 72 (71.2/132) Girls Division: Blue Tees – 6,000 yards, Par 72 (76.2/139)

Weather:        Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 0-5 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 0-5 mph winds

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Locust Hill Country Club

Pittsford, N.Y.

September 28-29, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Green Tees, 6,575 yards, Par 72

1. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ, *74-72–146

2. Jack Gianniny, Rochester, NY, *78-69–147

2. Nick Musshafen, Fairport, NY, *74-73–147

2. Joe Petrin, Cicero, NY, *73-74–147

2. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *73-74–147

6. James Pelcher, Baldwinsville, NY, *74–79-153

6. Mike May, Auburn, NY, *75-78–153

8. Scott Chambers, Pittsford, NY, *79-75–154

8. Sean Dain, Oswego, NY, *77-77–154

10. Phil Leahy, Waterloo, Canada, *81-74–155

11. Alex Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *76-80–156

11. Jack DePerrior, Rochester, NY, *77-79–156

13. Matt Monaco, Baldwinsville, NY, *83-74–157

13. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY, *78-79–157

13. Christian Nizamis, Baldwinsville, NY, *83-74–157

16. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY, *82-78–160

16. David Hanes, Elma, NY, *84-76–160

18. Michael McIntosh, Chittenango, NY, *82-79–161

18. Nicklaus Cuny, Cranberry Township, PA, *80-81–161

18. Evan Gaesser, Kendall, NY, *85-76–161

18. Brad Belote, Lancaster, NY, *83-78–161

22. Andrew Fedele, Rochester, NY, *76-90–166

23. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY, *86-81–167

24. Andrej Erkelens, Pittsford, NY, *84-86–170

25. Grant Brongo, Spencerport, NY, *83-91–174

26. Alex Hepburn, Corning, NY, *91-86–177

27. Noah Andriatch, Brockport, NY, *89-91–180

28. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY, *97-84–181

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,197 yards, Par 72

1. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY, *81-84–165

2. Chris Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *86-88–174

2. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY, *91-83–174

4. Tj Buck, Penfield, NY, *95-97–192

5. Chang Hyun Park, Pittsford, NY, *107-117–224

 

Girls Division – Blue Tees, 6,000 yards, Par 72

1. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ, *77-75–152

2. Christine Schmitt, Pittsford, NY, *81-77–158

3. Chelsea Dantonio, Lancaster, NY, *79-81–160

4. Sarah Godfrey-Singleton, Depew, NY, *87-79–166

5. Sarah Bothner, Rochester, NY, *86-82–168

6. Emily Connors, Lancaster, NY, *84-85–169

7. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY, *86-87–173

8. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY, *88-87–175

9. Katie Walsh, Baldwinsville, NY, *88-91–179

10. Sarah Notaro, Lancaster, NY, *96-84–180

DID NOT FINISH

Meredith Glenning, Rochester, NY, *93–JWD

Lindsay May, Auburn, NY, *JWD