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Photo of the Week – May 22nd, 2014

SOMERS POINT, N.J. – The IJGT traveled to Greate Bay Country Club to host the Jersey Shootout on May 17-18, 2014. The weather for the contest reached into the 70s creating ideal golf conditions during both rounds of the tournament. This week’s Photo of the Week features (left to right) Evan Brown, Jonathan Solimano, Haley Goodling, & Dylan Stein.

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While Solimano took third place in the Boys 15-19 Division, Brown, Goodling, & Stein all finished in first place of their respective divisions. Stein won in dramatic fashion winning in a one hole playoff. Stein’s numbers for the weekend were 76-72—148. Goodling took home her first IJGT championship in her first IJGT event of the season. She totaled 14 pars and one birdie throughout the weekend. Goodling posted scores of 80-84–164 to win her division. In the Boys 14 & Under division, Brown took home his second IJGT championship of the season. Brown grabbed the lead early in this event and never looked back. He carded 12 pars during both round one and two. His weekend numbers were 77-79–156.

The Photo of the Week is decided by our fans and followers so don’t forget that your feedback counts. In the week following a tournament, keep an eye on the IJGT Facebook page for photos from the Event. Each photo will received 1 point for a ‘Like’, 2 points for a ‘Comment’ and 3 points for ‘Shares’ so let us know what you think!

Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay CC – Final results

Stein’s experience pays off in playoff

Brown earns second win of the season 

SOMERS POINT, N.J. – The IJG) traveled to Greate Bay Country Club to host the Jersey Shootout on May 17-18, 2014. The weather for the contest reached into the 70s creating ideal golf conditions during both rounds of the tournament. Representing four different states, the field of junior golfers came out to compete 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.

SteinIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Dylan Stein of Flemington, N.J., won his division in a one-hole playoff. Stein headed into the final round trailing the leader by three strokes. Determined, Stein shot a 2-over-par score of 72 in the final round to force a playoff with Michael Lamond, of West Chester, Pa. Stein’s score of 72 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. Stein made two birdies and added three pars in his final five holes. After taking second place in a playoff at the Hershey Classic, Stein used his experience to his advantage. His par during the playoff hole earned him his first IJGT championship of the season. His numbers for the weekend were 76-72—148.

Stein described what was going through his mind, Stein stated, “Going into the playoff I just felt if I played as well as I could then I’d come away with the win”

Lamond finished in second place after the playoff with scores of 73-75—148. Jonathan Solimano, of Montvale, N.J., took third place with scores of 76-76—152.

 

GoodlingIn the Girls Division, Haley Goodling of Manheim, Pa., won her first IJGT Championship this season with scores of 80-84–164. She made an impressive birdie on the par-4 hole number 12, the number two handicapped hole, in round one. Throughout 36 holes, Goodling totaled 14 pars and 17 bogeys. The fast greens at Greate Bay Country Club played to her advantage, allowing her to score well. This was Goodling’s first IJGT event of the season as well as her first IJGT Championship.

When asked about her mindset headed into the final round with the division lead, Goodling replied, “I just wanted to play well. I wasn’t really worried about anyone else. I just wanted to focus on my own game and myself, and do as well as I could.”

There was a tie for second place between Haley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., and Jessie Kweon of Little Neck, N.Y. Bookholdt posted scores of 86-79—165. Her score of 79 won the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division. Kweon posted scores of 81-84—165.

 

BrownIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Evan Brown of Chadds Ford, Pa., won his division with scores of 77-79–156. With this win, Brown earns his second IJGT Championship this season. Brown made no birdies all weekend, but made up for it with the amount of pars made. He made 12 pars in round one. With the division lead in hand, headed into the final round, Brown added 12 pars during the final round, including a streak of par on holes 8-12. Brown won his division by seven strokes.

When asked about how it  feels to win multiple events this season, Brown commented, “It feels great. It is my first two-win season ever. I’m looking forward to [Tournament of Champions] next week, this is a great confidence booster going into next week.”

Will Klein of Bethesda, Md., finished in second place posting scores of 79-84–163. In third place, was Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., who posted scores of 85-83—168.

 

The IJGT’s next event will be the IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

SOMERS POINT, N.J. – Final-round results of the IJGT Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 18, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,682 yards, Par 70 (70.8/128) Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,114 yards, Par 70 (68.5/123) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,802 yards, Par 70 (69.9/128)

Weather:

Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 60’s with 10-15 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 60’s with 10-15 mph winds

Stein and Clair earn career-best finishes to be named among IJGT Player of the Week – May 10-11, 2014

HERSHEY, Pa. – The IJGT returned to Hershey Country Club to conduct the Hershey Classic. Presented by the International Junior Golf Academy, one of the most popular events each year, on May 10-11, 2014. A full field of highly competitive junior golfers from six different states caught the attention of a number of college coaches who came out to the tournament. While the first round included intermittent rain, including a 30 minute delay and eventual postponement of the round, golfers were welcomed with ideal conditions for the final round. Dylan Stein, of Flemington, NJ, and Alyssa Schiera, of West Windsor, NJ, stood out and earned Player of the Week honors.

steinStein, playing in his third tournament of the year, had another impressive showing. Facing less than ideal scoring conditions on Saturday, Stein managed to shoot an impressive 73. The Flemington, New Jersey native’s Saturday round included four birdies, two on the front nine and two on the back, including one on the tough par 3 8th hole.  On Sunday, Stein picked up right where he left off by carding a birdie on the par-5 first hole. His consistent play in round two led him to shoot a 78. His round one and round two scores forced a playoff with James Nicholas. During the playoff, Stein had many impressive shots, perhaps none more impressive than the up-and-down from off the green on the first playoff hole. Although it was not enough to secure the victory, it did secure his best finish of the year for him. We wish Stein the best and hope to see him soon.

 

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Schiera, an IJGT regular, having played six out of nine events this spring, had her best finish of the season. She started the weekend out nicely by parring her first hole and finished her front nine at 3-over-par 38. The highlight of her round was a birdie on the difficult par three, No. 16. She was the only girl to score under par on the hole and one of only five players to birdie the hole through the whole tournament. She finished round one with an 84 and in a six-way tie for fifth place. Schiera also played well throughout the final round, including another birdie on the par three, No. 2. She again finished with an 84, for an overall score of 168. Her third place finish is her best of the season and she improved on her previous best score of 2014 by four strokes. We wish Schiera the best of luck during her upcoming competitions at the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club this weekend and the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, May 24-26, at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando.

 

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The IJGT traveled south to host The Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club on May 10-11, 2014. The final event of the regular Southeast Tour schedule featured a field of 61 juniors ranging in age from 11-19 years old for the two-day, 36-hole event. The IJGT Players of the Week from the Southeast Tour are Cameron Clair of Bluffton, S.C., and Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

15111_10154171568985026_267358251173121412_nClair made his 14th appearance in an IJGT event this season with his IJGT career-best finish of third place in the Boys 15 & Up Division. After finishing his first round with a four-over par 76, Clair found himself three strokes off the lead. Clair started his final round ready to close the gap, making a birdie on his opening hole. He posted an even-par 72 for the final round, to finish with a 76-72–148. After his strong play at Falcon’s Fire, Clair will be one to watch at the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions.

 

 

 

 

10264779_10154171553715026_2741195399204324369_nPhuchanbanchob, the Girls Division second-place finisher, carded nine pars and three birdies to finish with an impressive first round score of 75. After starting the final round three strokes behind the lead with a one-under 35 on the front nine, Phuchanbanchob held strong with seven pars on the back nine, finishing with a 74 in the final round. She carded an overall score of 75-74—149, making her runner-up honors her fifth top-5 finish for the 2013-14 season. Phuchanbanchob will make her debut appearance in a  Bridgestone Tournament of Champions May 24-26, 2014, and look to excel with her momentum from this week’s notable performance.

The Hershey Classic presented by IJGA – Final results

Nicholas Performs in Playoff

Clark and Lees capture back to back victories 

HERSHEY, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Hershey Classic on May 10-11, 2014 on the East Course at Hershey Country Club. Weather in round one included rain showers and a 30-minute delay, eventually forcing some golfers to be postponed until 8:00 a.m. the next morning. The weather for the final round made up for it however, with temperatures reaching into the high 70s. The field of 112 juniors came out to compete 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.

NICHOLASIn the Boys 15-19 Division, James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y., won the division in a four-hole playoff. In the final round, on hole no. nine, Nicholas’ final hole, he sank a 20-foot putt to force a playoff with Dylan Stein of Flemington, N.J. The tension was high during the playoff as both players refused to go down without a fight. Stein got up-and-down for par on the first playoff hole, hole no. 10. Then, Nicholas got up-and-down on the next hole to save par. On hole 12, Nicholas sunk a lengthy par putt to tie Stein again. The battle came to an end on the 183 yard par-3, when Nicholas made a par. Nicholas’ performance in the four-hole playoff earned him his fourth IJGT Championship of the season. His numbers for the weekend were 76-75—151.

When asked about his 20-foot putt to head into a playoff, Nicholas described the shot by saying, “ Coming down the final stretch, I knew I had to make [a putt], I had a little downhill slider. I put a good pace on it and it just kind of trickled in.”

Stein finished in second place after the playoff with scores of 73-78—151. There was a tie for third place between William Voetsch of New Vernon, N.J., and Matthew Pulgini of Middletown, Del. Voetsch posted scores of 79-74—153 while Pulgini posted scores of 75-78—153. Voetsch’s score of 74 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. Also earning the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award was Jake Reilly of Hershey, Pa., who posted scores of 82-74—156.

LeesIn the Girls Division, Kaitlyn Lees of Bryn Mawr, Pa., took home her second IJGT Championship this season by carding scores of 84-78–162.  Lees improved her score from round one to round two by a total of six strokes. In the final round, Lees made par on 10 different holes and added a birdie on the par-3 hole no. eight. Every time Lees made bogey in round two, she always answered back with a par. This marks her third top-10 finish this season, and her second IJGT Championship. Lees’ score of 78 won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

When asked what worked well for her during the final round, Lees said, “My short game was a lot better today, and I was able to make the short putts for par.”

Finishing in second place was Carley Hopton of Madison, N.J., who posted scores of 83-82—165. In third place was Alyssa Schiera of West Windsor, N.J., who finished with scores of 84-84—168.

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CLARKIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Lukas Clark of Holland, Pa., won the division, posting scores of 78-77—155.  Clark’s victory earned him back-to-back wins at his last two IJGT events. He played consistently all weekend carding one birdie through 36-holes . He made par at 13 holes during his final round, including a streak of five in a row to close out his round. Throughout the two rounds, Clark totaled 24 pars through 36-holes. His numbers of 78-77—155 won the division by a total of five strokes.

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When asked about how the course played to his advantage, Clark commented, “Greens were rolling really nice. I was just getting close and tapping it in. I wasn’t really going for birdies, just pars and that worked out for me.”

Cole Gibson of Chevy Chase, Md., finished in second place posting scores of 83-77—160. In third place, was West Shaw of Alexandria, Va., who put up scores of 79-82—161.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Jersey Shootout on May 17-18, 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.

 

 

HERSHEY, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT Hershey Classic presented by the IJGA conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 11, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,748 yards, Par 71 (73.5/136) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,188 yards, Par 71 (70.2/131) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,901 yards, Par 71 (75.0/131)

 

Weather:          Saturday: Raining with temperatures in the low 70’s with 15-20 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 70’s with 10-15 mph winds

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Hershey Classic presented by the IJGA

Hershey, Pa.

May 10-11, 2014

 

Boys 15- 19 Division (Blue tees) East Course: 6,748 yards, par 71

1. x-James Nicholas, Scarsdale, NY *76-75–151

2. Dylan Stein, Flemington, NJ *73-78–151

3. William Voetsch, New Vernon, NJ *79-74–153

3. Matthew Pulgini, Middletown, DE *75-78–153

5. Nick Geiman, York, PA *72-82–154

6. Andrew Reynolds, Pittsburgh, PA *79-76–155

6. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ *78-77–155

8. Jake Reilly, Hershey, PA *82-74–156

9. Jake Trotta, Harrison, NY *78-80–158

9. Benjamin Morgret, Venetia, PA *77-81–158

9. Luke Barnard, Ridgewood, NJ *82-76–158

9. Connor Schmidt, Venetia, PA *80-78–158

13. Chris Cerminaro, Carbondale, PA *81-78–159

13. Jake Niedosik, Lansdale, PA *78-81–159

13. Will Robinson, Pittsburgh, PA *81-78–159

16. Ben Lieberman, Potomac, MD *80-81–161

17. Mark Goetz, Irwin, PA *82-80–162

17. Austin Green, Fayetteville, PA *79-83–162

19. Benjamin Kotler, Penn Valley, PA *86-77–163

19. Colin Patrick, Newtown, CT *87-76–163

19. Brandon Raihl, Wernersville, PA *82-81–163

22. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *80-84–164

23. Kevin May, Baltimore, MD *83-82–165

23. Will Lusk, Venetia, PA *85-80–165

25. Tommy Hayes, Long Valley, NJ *80-86–166

26. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA *89-78–167

26. Connor Daly, Bronxville, NY *86-81–167

26. Kyle Grube, Indiana, PA *86-81–167

26. Matt Friday, Pittsburgh, PA *88-79–167

26. Luke McKeogh, Warminster, PA *83-84–167

26. Wynn Geis, Lutherville, MD *82-85–167

32. Peter Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *85-83–168

32. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA *83-85–168

34. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *82-87–169

34. John Abbott, Hummelstown, PA *88-81–169

36. Josh Huhn, Wexford, PA *86-84–170

36. Max Pollack, Pittsburgh, PA *84-86–170

36. Christopher Nolte, Arnold, MD *85-85–170

36. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *84-86–170

40. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD *90-81–171

40. Adam Gray, Potomac, MD *85-86–171

40. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *83-88–171

40. Martin Jensen, Bronxville, NY *88-83–171

40. James Wolfangel, Flemington, NJ *84-87–171

45. David Rice, Pittsburgh, PA *83-89–172

46. Matt McCord, Titusville, PA *86-87–173

46. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD *84-89–173

46. Nate Yackovich, Gibsonia, PA *84-89–173

49. Troy Thierolf, Doylestown, PA *86-88–174

49. Matthew Marino, Malvern, PA *85-89–174

51. James Pelcher, Baldwinsville, NY *84-91–175

51. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA *87-88–175

53. Ryan Koenig, Cranberry Twp., PA *92-85–177

53. Peter Kissinger, Elizabethtown, PA *86-91–177

55. Steve DePasquale, Massapequa, NY *88-90–178

55. Richard Vanni, Philadelphia, PA *93-85–178

55. Trip Smith, Phoenix, MD *90-88–178

58. David Mrazik, Wexford, PA *90-89–179

58. Robert Shaner, Fort Lee, NJ *88-91–179

60. Max Siegfried, Villanova, PA *92-88–180

61. Hunter Duriez, Northern Cambria, PA *90-94–184

61. Isaac Wood, Hollidaysburg, PA *94-90–184

63. John Geppert, Mendham, NJ *92-99–191

64. Tyler Derr, Camp Hill, PA *92-101–193

65. Adam Miller, Silver Spring, MD *103-108–211

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

Kyle Detling, Sparks, MD *DQ(Rule 6-3a)

Caleb Bryant, New Freedom, PA *JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division (White tees) East Course: 6,188 yards, par 71

1. Lukas Clark, Holland, PA *78-77--155
2. Cole Gibson, Chevy Chase, MD *83-77--160
3. West Shaw, Alexandria, VA *79-82--161
4. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA, *80-83--163
4. Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley, PA *79-84--163
6. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *84-80--164
6. Mac Webster, Baltimore, MD *79-85--164
8. Matthew Davis, Newtown Square, PA *79-86--165
8. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *83-82--165
10. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *86-81--167
10. Matthew Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *85-82--167
12. Jon Nolan Perry, Berwyn, PA *90-78--168
13. Joshua Pfaff, Harrisburg, PA *86-84--170
13. David Goldstein, Roslyn Heights, NY *84-86--170
15. Campbell Wolf, Enola, PA *89-83--172
16. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *86-88--174
17. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *91-84--175
17. Luke Sample, New York, NY *87-88--175
19. Jude Cummings, Pittsford, NY *90-94--184
20. Jack Merrill, Old Greenwich, CT *98-102--200
21. Matthew Hird, Hunt Valley, MD *102-101--203

 

Girls Division (Gold tees) East Course: 5,901 yards, par 71

1. Kaitlyn Lees, Bryn Mawr, PA *84-78--162
2. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ *83-82--165
3. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ *84-84--168
4. Haley Carr, Waldorf, MD *84-85--169
5. Julianne Lee, York, PA *84-86--170
6. Marah Penn, Hamburg, NY *83-88--171
7. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *84-89--173
7. Jessie Kweon, Little Neck, NY *82-91--173
9. Samantha Fritzinger, Zionsville, PA *81-93--174
10. Anessa Amin, Easton, PA *87-88--175
10. Charlotte Simpson, Towson, MD *84-91--175
12. Madeline Sager, Kimberton, PA *89-87--176
12. Danielle Greene, East Setauket, NY *92-84--176
14. Synclaire Kuhn, McMurray, PA *87-90--177
15. Emily Gilbert, Gilbertsville, PA *91-87--178
16. Katie Walsh, Baldwinsville, NY *92-88--180
17. Rebecca Markunas, Glendale, NY *90-97--187
18. Sabrina Reilly, Hershey, PA *89-102--191
19. Katie Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *99-97--196
20. Maddie Noonan, Myerstown, PA *114-118--232

 

 

Stein, Bookholdt, & Pongrac highlighted in Players to Watch at the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club

The final stop of IJGT’s northeast tour will be the #JerseyShootout at Greate Bay Country Club in New Jersey. This event will be held on May 17-18, 2014 and consist of two 18-hole rounds on Saturday and Sunday. Junior golfers will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

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Located in Somers Point, N.J., Greate Bay was designed by the legendary Scotsman, Willie Park, Jr., in 1932. The course features a traditional links-style layout and is a sight to be seen. Breezes coming from the bay, a variety of hazards, small greens, and elevation changes provide a challenge for even the best golfers. It remains true to it’s Scottish character and is very difficult, but rewarding at the same time. This IJGT Event will not disappoint.

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Greate Bay Country Club is located on 169 acres overlooking Great Egg Harbor Bay in Somers Point

On the Players to Watch list for this event, look for Dylan Stein of Flemington, N.J., in the Boys 15-19 Division. Stein is a strong competitor and hopes to take home his first IJGT championship. His best finish this season was fifth place in the The Architects Cup at Architects Golf Club. Other players to watch include Somers Pointe, N.J. native Mark Benevento, Leonard Lee of Wycoff, N.J. and Tommy Hayes of Long Valley, N.J.

In the Girls Division, Haley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., will attend Greate Bay to compete for first place. Bookholdt has two top-10 finishes this season, her best being a tied for third finish at The Final Challenge at Hershey LinksEmily Gilbert of Gilbertsville,Pa., Rylie Heflin of Avondale, Pa., and Aine Filler of Moorsetown, N.J. round out the players to watch in the Girls Division.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., will be in attendance looking to take home his second IJGT championship of the season. Pongrac has four top-10 finishes in all four of his events. His best finish to date was first place at the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate CC. The other players to watch at Greate Bay include Kenny Nixon of Rye, N.Y., and Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md.

To register or for more information on the #JerseyShootout at Greate Bay CC, click here.