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Team USA Roster for 2014 North America Cup Announced

Team USATeam USA

The applications are in and among a highly competitive field of applicants, the IJGT is proud to announce this year’s IJGT Team USA roster for the 2014 North America Cup! Hosted this year by the Oldfield Golf Club, the North America Cup will take place from June 28-July 2, 2014, between the IGJT’s Team USA and the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada. With the USA on a six-year winning streak, this year’s Team USA has the task of continuing the success built by previous teams. With five repeat Team USA members on the squad this year, Team USA is primed and ready to take on the best that Canada has to offer! With that said, it is the IJGT’s pleasure to announce the following members of this year’s Team USA for the North America Cup:

2014 North America Cup – Team USA

Boys 15-19 Division:


Boys 14 & Under Division:


Girls Division:

 

Join us in congratulating these outstanding competitors on their selection, and wish them luck against our neighbors to the North! Go Team USA!

The Final Challenge at Hershey Links – Final Results

Marone earns second win of the season

Basso holds on for victory 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The IJGT Northeast tour will be hosting their final Event of the fall season on Nov. 2-3 at Virginia Beach National Golf Club in Virginia Beach, Va. It will be the first time the course has hosted an IJGT Event. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events.   Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19.  Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links.  Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

 

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

 

Weather:

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

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

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

The Final Challenge at Hershey Links

Hummelstown, Pa.

October 26-27, 2013

 

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

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

2. David Ross, Lorton, VA, *76-77–153

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

3. Nick Geiman, York, PA, *75-79–154

5. Jack Peden, Vienna, VA, *77-79–156

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

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

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

8. Gus Minkin, York, PA, *78-83–161

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DID NOT FINISH

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

Brad Holzer, Rye, NY, *94–JWD

 

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

1. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *79-82–161

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DID NOT FINISH

Scout Hammond, Skillman, NJ, *JWD 

IJGT Photos of the Week – Oct. 19-20, 2013

Northeast Tour

Eamon MaroneEamon Marone

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to State College, Pa., on Oct. 19-20 for the College Classic at Penn State UniversityThe event was held on the Penn State Golf Courses Blue Course, and featured 71 players from seven states and two countries. This week’s Photo of the Week for the Northeast Region goes to Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J. Marone finished tied for fourth place, shooting a total 74-75–149, just one stroke behind champion, Jake Sollon. This is Marone’s second season playing for the IJGT, and it was his third event of the year, coming off a win at the Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill Country Club on Sept. 28-29. Congrats to Marone, and we look forward to seeing him compete in upcoming events!

Southeast Tour

Chase ChildersChase Childers

The IJGT concurrently hosted the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters as a part of its Southeast Tour on Oct. 19-20. Held on the famed Greg Norman Signature Course in Pooler, Ga., the event featured more than 75 players from 20 countries and 18 states. The winner of the Photo of the Week contest for the Southeast Region is Chase Childers of Issue, Md. Childers shot a 76-79–155 for the tournament, landing him in a tied for 13th place finish. This was a great start for the first-time IJGT player, and we look forward to seeing him improve upon his game in future events!

Final results from the College Classic at Penn State University

Sollon captures three-man playoff

Hernandez repeats in Girls Division

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour was in State College, Pa., on Oct. 19-20 for the College Classic at Penn State University. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was hosted by Penn State Golf Courses Blue Course, with players competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The field consisted of 71 players, ages 10-19, representing seven states and two countries.

Penn State’s Blue Course is home to the Pennsylvania State University’s Men’s and Women’s Division 1 Golf teams. Following renovations in 2007, the course became 640 yards longer and a par-72. The course was home to the Big Ten Championships in 2009. The course played 6,043 yards for the Girls Division, 6,239 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,793 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division. The tournament was played in rough weather during the first round, as wind and rain led temperatures to fall into the 40s. The final round was completed with sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Jake Sollon of Venetia, Pa., came away on top in a three-man playoff with Harry Jin of Palisades Park, N.J., and Nick Musshafen of Fairport, N.Y.

The top of the leaderboard was jammed after the first round, with Curren Mody of Monmouth Junction, N.J., being on top with a score of 1-over-par 73. Sollon, Jin, Musshafen, and Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., were all just one stroke behind.

SollonThe leaderboard did not get any clearer during the final round. Mody fell off the pace, unable to repeat his performance from the prior day, but the others remained in the hunt, while Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., and Nick Rencis of Long Valley, N.J., entered serious contention.

Teeing off on the front nine, many of the players took the turn in red numbers, headlined by Bliss who shot a 2-under-par 34. The tournament came down to the 18th hole, with all six players having a great shot at victory.

Bliss made par to finish the tournament with a total score of 149 and waited as the rest of the groups completed the round. Musshafen entered No. 18 with a share of the lead with Jin, but he hit his tee shot into a hazard and was forced to take a drop. He bogeyed the hole to finish with a 148 and eliminate Bliss. Rencis had a shot at birdie to match Musshafen, but he could not connect. Sollon was able to make his par to tie with Musshafen. The clubhouse leaders awaited Jin and Marone, hoping for a playoff.

Unaware he was holding a one-shot lead; Jin went for the green in two and hit a tree. His wedge shot from the rough came up short of the green, and after a chip, he left himself a long putt for par and the victory. Jin could not connect and bogeyed the hole, to complete the 36 holes also at 148, ensuring at least a three-man playoff. Marone had an opportunity to join the three but he could not connect on his birdie putt, finishing one shot back.

With Jin, Musshafen, and Sollon all tied, they headed to the 18th hole, an uphill par-5, for a sudden-victory playoff.

All three found the fairway off the tee in the playoff. With wind in their face, the players were forced to layup. Sollon’s approach from 130 yards came to a rest 10 feet from the cup, giving him a good look for birdie. Jin’s shot came next and he landed on the front of the green, giving himself a long putt for birdie. Musshafen was the last to hit his shot into the green, and he had the best of the three. Musshafen’s wedge shot stopped six feet from the cup, and he appeared to have the upper hand.

As a crowd formed around the green, Jin lined up his 30-foot putt. His putt did not have enough speed, stopping two feet short of the cup, but giving him what seemed to be an easy par. Second to putt was Sollon. His downhill putt slid quickly to the left and missed the cup, but he tapped in for a par.

Seeing both Jin and Sollon miss, Musshafen knew he had a putt for the victory. Like Sollon, though, Musshafen under-read the green’s break, and his putt rolled two feet past the hole. Musshafen and Jin, putting from almost identical spots, needed to sink their putts to keep the playoff going.

Neither was able to convert which cemented Sollon’s victory.

“I planned on getting the ball on and two-putting [for par],” Sollon noted.

It worked out for him, winning in his first event in the Boys 15-19 Division. All three players in the playoffs finished with scores of 74-74-148 for the weekend.

Bliss was the recipient of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, as he shot an even-par, 72, highlighted by draining a 50 foot putt for eagle on the fifth hole.

In the Girls Division, Claire Hernandez of Palgrave, Canada, followed up her victory at Penn State last season with a repeat performance.

HernandezHernandez was on top of her game from the opening hole, which she birdied. Dealing with the wind and rain, she shot an impressive 38 on her opening nine, carding five pars along with her birdie. She had a rare rough stretch on holes Nos 2-4, putting up three consecutive bogeys. She responded with a birdie at the sixth hole and after one more bogey at No. 9, finished the day with a leading score of 77.

Alyssa Schiera of West Windsor, N.J., put together a strong first round, shooting a 78 to sit one stroke behind Hernandez. Schiera’s first round was highlighted by birdies on the par-5, fifth hole and the par-3 17th hole. Mary Bryan Owen of Baltimore, Md., shot an opening-round 80 to join Hernandez and Schiera in the last group during the final round.

It did not take Hernandez long to increase her lead. Over the first three holes, she picked up two strokes on Schiera and four strokes on Owen. Hernandez played her best golf of the tournament over the next six holes, carding five pars and a chip-in birdie on No. 17, to shoot a 1-over-par 37, on her opening nine, making the turn with a seven-stroke lead.

That was the slimmest her lead got the rest of the day. Hernandez finished with seven pars and two bogeys on her final nine, and finished the final round with a 3-over-par 75, winning the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for her efforts. Her final score of 77-75-152 was 11 shots clear of second place.

Hernandez said the conditions caused her to change her game around, saying, “It was tough. My irons usually are high so I had to focus on keeping the ball low.”

Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., and Schiera tied for second with total scores of 163.

The Boys 14 & Under Division had a familiar name atop the leaderboard. Joe Parrini of York, Pa., was victorious for the fourth time this season, fueled by a final-round comeback.

Parrini psuParrini struggled with the conditions during the first round and started with bogeys on four of the first five holes after teeing off on No. 10. Parrini scored an opening-nine 41. Two double-bogeys and a bogey on the first five holes on the front side looked like it may be disastrous, but he recovered by playing the next four holes at 1-under-par to finish the day at 41-40-81.

The star of the first round in the division was Will Klein of Bethesda, Md. Klein only bogeyed seven holes, while finishing with par on 10 others, and a birdie on No. 5 to shoot a low-round 78. He had matching nine-hole scores of 39. Leo Hernandez of Stewartsville, N.J., sat four strokes off Klein’s lead.

From the start, the final round was not to be for Klein. Again teeing off on the back nine, by hole No. 11, his lead was gone, as Parrini and Hernandez surged. Parrini started his round with four consecutive pars, while Hernandez had five straight, to put them in a tie for first. A birdie on the 18th hole gave Parrini a one-stroke lead over Hernandez entering their final nine holes. Klein finished the back nine with a 43, two strokes back.

Parrini’s lead was up to three strokes after the first two holes on the front side and remained that way until the final hole. Hernandez could not get anything going until a birdie on the final hole, by which time he was out of contention. Parrini completed his day with a bogey at No. 9, finishing the tournament with scores of 81-80-161, putting him two shots ahead of Klein and Alex Lawson of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Parrini had many notable shots during the round, but the most memorable was on hole No. 18.

“On 18, I had about 210 to the green and I hit a cut with my hybrid and reached the green,” said Parrini

He went on to birdie that hole.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it the weekend of Oct. 26-27 at Hershey Links in Hummelstown, Pa. Hershey Links will be hosting their final IJGT Event, as the course is closing at the end of the season. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events.   Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19.  Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links.  Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

 

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT College Classic at Penn State conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 20, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,793 yards, Par 72 (72.8/135) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,239 yards, Par 72 (70.1/127) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 6,043 yards, Par 72 (75.1/137).

 

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 15-20 mph winds

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

College Classic at Penn State University

State College, Pa.

October 19-20, 2013

 

Penn State Golf Courses – Blue Course

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,793 yards, Par 72

1. Jake Sollon, Venetia, PA, *74-74–148**

2. Nick Musshafen, Fairport, NY, *74-74–148

2. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *74-74–148

4. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA, *77-72–149

4. Nick Rencis, Long Valley, NJ, *75-74–149

4. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ, *74-75–149

7. Eric Terminello, White Plains, NY, *75-76–151

8. Curren Mody, Monmouth Junction, NJ, *73-79–152

9. J.T. Barker, Bethlehem, PA, *80-73–153

10. Griffin Colvin, Media, PA, *78-76–154

11. Cody White, Sweetser, IN, *78-77–155

11. Garrett Bastardi, Boalsburg, PA, *75-80–155

13. David Ross, Lorton, VA, *78-78–156

13. Peter Skynner, Oakville, Canada, *79-77–156

13. Colin Dubnik, Rochester, NY, *76-80–156

13. Eddie Zhang, Murrysville, PA, *76-80–156

13. Jesse Kovacs, St James, NY, *75-81–156

18. Anthony DeNapoli, Catonsville, MD, *82-75–157

18. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY, *76-81–157

20. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA, *80-78–158

20. Will Snyder, Clifton, VA, *81-77–158

22. Nick Stottlemyer, Port Tobacco, MD, *81-78–159

22. Bryan Morris, Beltsville, MD, *80-79–159

24. Jared Swick, Gaithersburg, MD, *82-78–160

24. Spencer Shepperly, New Vernon, NJ, *78-82–160

26. Paul Edgar, Kitchener, Canada, *86-75–161

27. Justin Ayanian, McLean, VA, *84-78–162

27. Davis Diethrich, Allison Park, PA, *80-82–162

27. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY, *78-84–162

30. Grant Brongo, Spencerport, NY, *82-81–163

30. David Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA, *85-78–163

30. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY, *80-83–163

30. Edward Owen, Baltimore, MD, *78-85–163

34. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA, *83-81–164

34. Andrew Hudencial, Markham, Canada, *85-79–164

36. Will Haller, Gaithersburg, MD, *83-82–165

37. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA, *82-84–166

38. Josh Huhn, Wexford, PA, *83-84–167

38. Victor Adamson, Silver Spring, MD, *85-82–167

40. Alex Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *87-81–168

40. Hunter Lee, Great Neck, NY, *82-86–168

42. Jamie Agnew, Fairfax, VA, *82-88–170

42. James Pelcher, Baldwinsville, NY, *88-82–170

42. Bobby Hapanowicz, Presto, PA, *85-85–170

45. Cristian Cerza, Greenwich, CT, *82-90–172

46. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ, *91-82–173

47. Phillip Held, Lafayette Hill, PA, *89-85–174

47. Michael Duffy, Nazareth, PA, *86-88–174

49. Alex Hepburn, Corning, NY, *82-94–176

49. Connor Jaenke, Arnold, MD, *87-89–176

51. Will Dolin, Oakton, VA, *90-88–178

52. Will Lusk, Venetia, PA, *89-92–181

DID NOT FINISH

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

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,239 yards, Par 72

1. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *81-80–161

2. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA, *83-80–163

2. Will Klein, Bethesda, MD, *78-85–163

4. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY, *83-83–166

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

6. West Shaw, Alexandria, VA, *83-84–167

7. Chris Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *84-84–168

8. Teddy Trosset, Cooperstown, NY, *88-81–169

9. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ, *87-92–179

 

Girls Division – Gold Tees, 6,043 yards, Par 72

1. Claire Hernandez, Palgrave, Canada, *77-75–152

2. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ, *82-81–163

2. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ, *78-85–163

4. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ, *84-82–166

4. Yeji Shin, Norwood, NJ, *86-80–166

4. Raphaella Kang, Bayside, NY, *81-85–166

4. Mary Bryan Owen, Baltimore, MD, *80-86–166

8. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ, *82-92–174

9. Anessa Amin, Easton, PA, *90-95–185

10. Annie Caputo, Manlius, NY, *100-95–195

 

**Won Playoff

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

 

 

Final results from the IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville GC

McCabe victorious at Jeffersonville Golf Club

Hopton defeats Yao in three-hole playoff

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the IJGT Philly Open on Sept. 14-15. Held at Jeffersonville Golf Club, a field of 44 players ages 10-19 took on the course over the two-day, 36-hole event. The field was represented by junior golfers from four states competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Jeffersonville Golf Club, a Donald Ross designed course, is a par-70. Although not the longest course, playing 5,740 yards for the Girls Division, 5,956 for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,434 for the Boys 15-19 Division, there is plenty of trouble to be found in the layout. Featuring hazards on a handful of holes, combined with winds gusting up to 20 miles per hour and temperatures falling into the 50s on Saturday, what the course lacked in length was made up for. Adding to the difficulties were sloped greens, a staple of Ross’s designs.

Gary McCabe of Collegeville, Pa., won the Boys 15-19 Division, turning a one-stroke deficit to begin the final round into a four-shot victory by the end.

Entering final round of competition, the division was wide open. Quinn Dolan of Broomall, Pa., held the lead when the day began after shooting a first-round 75. Chasing him was a pack of 10 players all within five strokes.

Dolan was joined by McCabe, Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., and Chris Binet of Oreland, Pa., in the final group for the last round. Dolan quickly realized he was not as sharp as a day prior en route to playing the first 10 holes at 11-over-par. He was not the only player in the group struggling, though. Binet got himself into trouble on No. 11 and carded a triple-bogey to dash his chances of victory. Bastian carded three double-bogeys on the back nine to take himself out of contention.

McCabeMcCabe kept plugging away at a course he used to call home, playing the first 11 holes in 1-over-par as he separated himself from the pack. A stretch of three straight bogeys made things interesting but he responded with three consecutive pars.

McCabe’s closest challengers came from Nick Geiman of York, Pa., and Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., who finished in second place. Geiman shot a 3-over-par 73 on in the final round, winning the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, to finish at 155. Marone finished strong, playing the last six holes at 2-under-par to also finish at 155.

Both waited for McCabe to finish his round, in hopes of having a shot at the championship.

But McCabe never faltered and carded a final-round 5-over-par 75, totaling 151 for the tournament.

“I used the knowledge [of the course] to my advantage, and it’s good to be back,” McCabe said of his return trip to Jeffersonville Golf Club.

The Girls Division provided the best finish on the day as extra holes were needed to decide a winner. Carley Hopton of Madison, N.J., defeated Samantha Yao of Berwyn, Pa., on the third sudden-victory playoff hole to earn her first IJGT victory of the season and of her career.

Hopton trailed Yao, the leader after round one, by three strokes entering the final day, as Hopton shot an opening-round 87. Hopton had evened the score by the 27th hole, but fell behind after carding three straight double-bogeys.

Yao carried a three-stroke lead as the final group of her, Hopton, Victoria Ross of Spring Grove, Pa., and Esther Park of Wilmington, Del., headed to the 16th tee box.

Hopton carded par on the hole while Yao bogeyed to cut the lead to two. Hopton was able to par again on No. 17, tying the score as Yao double-bogeyed. On No. 18, Yao blasted her drive down the middle of the fairway, as Hopton found the rough. A par-5, unreachable in two, Yao laid up and Hopton was forced to punch out of a tough lie. Neither reached the green in three, but both had chances to make par. Both missed and they went to a sudden-victory playoff.

On hole No. 1, Hopton again found the rough with Yao sitting in the fairway. Hopton punched out from the trees and Yao’s shot missed the greenHopton to the right. Hopton saved her championship dreams with an approach shot from just outside 100 yards that settled within two feet of the hole. Yao’s chip from the rough stopped the same distance from the cup as Hopton’s ball and they both tapped in for par.

The second playoff hole told the same story, with Yao in the fairway and Hopton in the rough. Yao’s approach shot landed on the front of the green, but Hopton hit another great approach to leave herself under 10 feet for birdie. Yao missed her birdie putt and Hopton had a chance for victory but she missed her putt wide and they went to a third playoff hole.

Both players found the middle of the fairway off the tee, as their shots came to a stop within feet of each other. They were left inside 100 yards om the uphill par-4. Yao’s shot landed in the right rough but kicked to the edge of the green and she had another opportunity for birdie. Hopton continued her fine approach shots and landed within 15 feet of the flagstick. Yao’s long distance putt sped by the hole and she left herself six feet for par. Hopton could not convert on the birdie, as her ball slid by the hole. The pressure was on Yao to make her comebacker for par, but she was unable to convert. Hopton tapped her ball in for par and the 39-hole victory.

“I made a few really long putts,” Hopton noted as the key to her victory.

Hopton’s 82 on Sunday was also enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Joe Parrini of York, Pa., continued his hot streak. Victorious at the Major Championship at Crystal Springs, Parrini followed up that performance by earning his second-consecutive IJGT Championship with this one coming at Jeffersonville Golf Club.

Parrini JeffParrini fired a 4-over-par 74 in the first round to give himself a comfortable lead entering the final round. He followed up his first-round performance with a 76 to finish with a total of 150, the lowest score in any division, and earn the win. Over his 36 holes, Parrini carded three birdies and 21 pars.

“I really found my driver. I was consistently hitting fairways,” Parrini said following his round on the final day.

Garrett Engle of Harrisburg, Pa., finished second with a tournament total of 172, and Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., rounded out the top three carding a 174.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it the weekend of Sept. 21-22 in Urban, Md., for the Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor. The tournament will be played at Worthington Manor Golf Club. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events.   Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19.  Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links.  Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

 

Norristown, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 15, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,434 yards, Par 70 (71.0/136) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 5,956 yards, Par 70 (68.5/132) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,740 yards, Par 70 (73.5/129)

 

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Weather:        Saturday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 60’s with 10-15 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 5-10 mph winds

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville Golf Club

Norristown, Pa.

September 14-15, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,434 yards, Par 70

1. Gary McCabe, Collegeville, PA, *76-75–151

2. Nick Geiman, York, PA, *82-73–155

2. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ, *80-75–155

4. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA, *80-76–156

5. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA, *80-77–157

5. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *78-79–157

7. Perry Litwin, Rumson, NJ, *81-77–158

7. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA, *79-79–158

9. Quinn Dolan, Broomall, PA, *75-84–159

9. Chris Binet, Oreland, PA, *79-80–159

11. Ryan Cleary, Wilmington, DE, *85-77–162

12. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA, *82-81–163

12. John Warden, Ridgewood, NJ, *82-81–163

12. Nick Calabrese, Newtown Square, PA, *84-79–163

15. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA, *82-82–164

15. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *81-83–164

15. John Foley, Limerick, PA, *80-84–164

18. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ, *83-82–165

18. Peter Bradbeer, Philidelphia, PA, *86-79–165

18. Griffin Colvin, Media, PA, *80-85–165

21. Michael Barychewsky, Richboro, PA, *83-83–166

22. Zachary Sculler, Morganville, NJ, *90-78–168

22. Kyle Cunningham, Sayville, NY, *84-84–168

24. Ryan Conner, Newtown, PA, *86-83–169

25. David Cox, Lower Gwynedd, PA, *80-90–170

26. Matthew Cleary, Wilmington, DE, *80-91–171

27. Nolan Dirienzi, Media, PA, *81-91–172

28. Nick Fizzano, Newtown Square, PA, *94-81–175

29. Joe Rochelle, Quakertown, PA, *88-89–177

30. Robert Shaner, Fort Lee, NJ, *87-91-178

31. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY, *90-89–179

32. Holden Harris, New York, NY, *101-98–199

DID NOT FINISH

Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, PA, *83-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 5,956 yards, Par 70

1. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *74-76–150

2. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA, *84-88–172

3. Luke Sample, New York, NY, *92-82–174

4. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA, *90-91–181

 

 Girls Division – Gold Tees, 5,740 yards, Par 70

1. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ, *87-82–169*

2. Samantha Yao, Berwyn, PA, *84-85–169

3. Esther Park, Wilmington, DE, *89-85–174

4. Victoria Ross, Spring Grove, PA, *91-84–175

5. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY, *92-90–182

6. Meghan Fahey, Villanova, PA, *104-102–206

7. Kimmy Sanna, Swarthmore, PA, *116-107—223

 

*Won Playoff

North America Cup headed back with TEAM USA

The 11th annual North America Cup action completed with a round of singles matches with 14 heavily heated pairings fighting to bring the cup back to their country.  Below are the final round results from the event.

Round 3 – Singles Matches

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8:04 AM – Rhys Davies            Def.         Jake Leppek                                                4 & 2

8:12 AM – Mike May Jr.           Def.         Mitchell McPhail                                       2 Up

8:20 AM – Nick Russell            Def.          Conaire Kehoe                                           4 & 2

8:28 AM – Nolan Windsor         Def.         Evan Katz                                                    AS

8:36 AM – Trent Abraham         Def.          Mark Benevento                                       3 & 1

8:44 AM – Eamon Marone        Def.          John McKiernan                                      4 & 2

8:52 AM – Matt Cholod              Def.         Matthew Cleary                                          4 & 2

9:00 AM – Matt Barto                Def.         Mike Flegel                                                   1 Up

9:08 AM – Emily Doyle              Def.         Jany Martin                                                 5 & 3

9:16 AM – Marie Donnici            Def.         Allyson Wentworth                                  6 & 4

9:24 AM – Kahn Lee                   Def.         Grant Leppek                                                4 & 3

9:32 AM – Jason Chung             Def.         C.J. Hughes                                                 5 & 4

9:40 AM – Tristan Vandette        Def.         Will Thomson                                           3 & 2

9:48 AM – Nate Menon               Def.         Michael Lavorato                                       8 & 6

 

TOTAL SCORE: USA – 16     CANADA – 12

 

Top 3 Highlights:

3. Though the focus was on the 14 players that represented TEAM USA, the IJGT wanted to take a second to recognize the parents and families of the players that showed their support all week.  If it was not the patriotic attire many mothers had on, it was the proud fathers cheering on their sons and daughters, or the little sisters constantly supporting their brothers down the fairways.  As said by many parents this weekend, this was more than just another golf tournament. It was an event the whole family would never forget. Although the matches were close, stressful, and competitive, TEAM USA always had smiling faces along the way. Once again, the IJGT wants to thank the parents of TEAM USA for making this experience one of the best it has ever seen.

2. If you want to play as much golf as you can, as well as not lose a match in this Ryder Cup style format, just ask Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., how to do it.  Russell played fabulous in all three of the rounds starting with the dramatic finish on No. 18 of the fourball format of the first round.  Russell and Mike May Jr. of Auburn N.Y., managed to face a good bit of odds and May chipped in to halve the match on the 18th.  In the second round, Russell was paired with Jake Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., and the two found themselves down four in the first four holes.  Again, Russell and his partner battled back to halve the match.  In the third round, Russell took it into his own hands during singles matches.  Very competitive all day, Russell decided to cut this just a little bit short and win the match 3 & 1 on the 17th hole.  In the three-day match, no one else managed to play as many holes, as well as not lose a match like Russell did.

1.  To be named playing captain of IJGT TEAM USA was quite an honor for Matt Barto of Leechburg, Pa.  Barto more than lived up to the title that was given to him, on and off the course.  Barto’s attitude and determination were a key to the success of TEAM USA.  This was put on display in his third round which was singles matches.  Barto found himself down early and a few people counted him out.  At No. 11 teeing ground he was asked how he was doing and gave a hand signal that he was four down.  The difference however was that when most players are four down, they are not smiling and carrying on a conversation with their opponent.  Barto also had no idea how important his score could have been seeing he had known that some matches had been lost, with TEAM CANADA narrowing the gap.  Barto’s calm attitude led to him finding his swing late.  He won four of the next five holes and was all square heading to the 17th tee.  Barto did not look back from here as he showed his true leadership by battling adversity and won his match 1-Up playing all 18 holes.

North America Cup – Round 2 Results

The 11th annual North America Cup action resumed play this morning with the always challenging foursome matches.  Below are the second round results accompanied by the top-three highlights from the second round.

Round 2 – Foursomes

8:04 AM – Marie Donnici & Jany Martin                 Def.         Emily Doyle & Allyson Wentworth              1 Up

8:12 AM – Will Thomson & Nate Menon               Def.         Khan Lee & Michael Lavorato                     5 & 4

8:20 AM – C.J. Hughes & Grant Leppek               Def.          Jason Chung & Tristan Vandette               4 & 2

8:28 AM – Jake Leppek & Nick Russell              Halved         Nolan Windsor & Mike Flegel                      AS

8:36 AM –Trent Abraham & Matt Cholod              Def.          Evan Katz & Mike May Jr.                         3 & 1

8:44 AM – Matthew Cleary & Mark Benevento     Def.          Conaire Kehoe & Mitchell McPhail              4 & 2

8:52 AM – Eamon Marone & Matt Barto               Def.         Rhys Davies & John McKiernan                 4 & 2

 

Total (two-day)  SCORE: USA – 10          CANADA – 4

 

Top-Three Highlights:

3. Starting off of the first tee is never easy at the North America Cup as a large crowd always accompanies you on the tee.  This did not seem to phase Matthew Cleary of Greenville, Del., and Mark Benevento of Somers Point, N.J.  Benevento hit first telling Cleary he would leave him 150 yards in on the second shot if everything went to plan.  Joking, Cleary responded, “How about 137 yards, I have the club for that.”  Benevento shrugged it off and proceeded to blast his drive down the center of the fairway.  As they both approached the ball they took a look at their range finder to find that it had actually landed 137 yards from the flagstick.  Cleary now under pressure from the remark he made on the first tee took the opportunity and hit a fantastic shot inside 10 feet.  Benevento proceeded to finish the story by draining the putt which left the pairing 1-up after the first hole.

2.  The Girls pairing made up of Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., and Emily Doyle of Horseheads, N.Y., did not start their day off as they had planned.  They found themselves 3-down after No. 5 and proceeded to fall into a little struggle as they made it to No. 11 now down by six with seven holes to play.  At this point the two young ladies decided it was time to go back to what they knew best and that was enjoying the game they love.  You quickly saw the smiles come to their faces and the shots get better.  After winning the 12th hole they halved the 13th hole and many spectators felt the match would quickly be over.  The American girls had other plans.  They tore through the next four holes winning every single one of them and the whole golf course was buzzing of the miraculous change of events.  Ultimately the Canadians won the match on No. 18, but not enough can be said about the Americans determination and will to never give up.

1.  The worst thing you can do in match play is dig yourself into a deep hole early in which most will ever get out of.  Jake Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., and Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., sure did this by losing the first four holes of the day.  Give up? These young men never gave up and stormed back fighting off some great play by their Canadian counterparts.  They got an opportunity on No. 9 and ran with it.  They won holes Nos. 9-11 and were suddenly back in the match with the momentum behind them.  The Americans found themselves yet again with an unlucky break on the 16th and went down one.  As always there was no negative attitude and Russell was in the heat of it for the second day in a row.  They forced the play to 18 where they took advantage of an errant Canadian shot that found the left bunker.  The Americans found a way to come back and halve the hole when to most of the people watching thought they were down and out after losing the first four holes.

North America Cup – First Round Results

The 11th annual North America Cup kicked off this morning with an exciting round of fourball play at the exquisite Weston Golf & Country Club.  Below are the first round results accompanied by the top-three highlights from the first round.

Round 1 – Fourball

8:04 AM – Emily Doyle & Allyson Wentworth     Def.          Marie Donnici & Jany Martin                       2 & 1

8:12 AM – Will Thomson & C.J. Hughes             Def.         Tristan Vandette & Michael Lavorato            5 & 4

8:20 AM – Nate Menon & Grant Leppek             Def.         Jason Chung & Khan Lee                            2 & 1

8:28 AM – Trent Abraham & Matt Cholod           Def.         Jake Leppek & Matthew Cleary                    3 & 2

8:36 AM – Nick Russell & Mike May Jr.            Halved      Rhys Davies & John McKiernan                       AS

8:44 AM – Eamon Marone & Evan Katz              Def.          Nolan Windsor & Conaire Kehoe                 4 & 2

8:52 AM – Mark Benevento & Matt Barto            Def.         Mike Flegel & Mitchell McPhail                    5 & 4

 

FINAL ROUND 1 SCORE: USA – 5.5    CANADA – 1.5

 

Top 3 Highlights:

3. The Girls Division may have played as the toughest match all day.  TEAM USA made up of Emily Doyle of Horseheads, N.Y., and Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., found themselves down by two early in the round but fought back to give themselves a chance to win.  They got it back to all square at the turn with some spectacular shots.  TEAM CANADA battled all day but the girls were finally able to pull out a 2 & 1 victory.

2. Hole No. 3 at Weston is a very tough par-5 dogleg that turns directly up the hill to a very elevated green.  Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., found himself in the deep rough with a terrible lie after his tee shot, but this didn’t stop Marone from going for the green in two.  180 yards from the flagstick does not seem easy from high rough and up a treacherous hill, but Marone made it look simple banking the ball off of the flagstick to leave him a tap in eagle and easy win for the hole.

1.  As all of the players except Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., & Mike May Jr. of Auburn, N.Y., had finished their round, this pairing never gave up.  After hole No. 16 they were down two with two holes to play and things were not looking great for the Americans.  They managed to push the event to the final hole by winning the 17th.  The 18th tee was not what they expected as they both fired their shots down the left side and towards the trees.  May had no line at the hole but got the ball out to just in front of the green.  Russell made a miraculous shot and landed the ball within 15 feet of the flagstick which left everyone with the thought that his putt was going to be the difference.  With both teams, parents, and Weston members watching, May played his ball up towards the hole.  In fact, as the ball kept rolling, the crowd started getting excited when they realized it could go in. Finally the ball fell to the bottom of the cup to complete the fantastic comeback and to halve the match.  As TEAM USA stormed to jump on May, everyone in attendance felt a sense of unity for the 14 outstanding young men and women that make up IJGT TEAM USA.

IJGT Returns to Hershey CC for Major Championship

LOPATCONG, N.J .The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is set to return to Hershey, Pa., for the Major Championship at Hershey Country Club presented by the IJGA May 11-12. This two-day, 36-hole event will be the final Major Championship of the season, and will take place on the PGA TOUR tested East Course at Hershey Country Club. This highly anticipated event will showcase some of the top junior golfers from around the world all competing for national recognition and double IJGT Merit Points.

Hershey Country ClubOpened in 1969, the par-71 East Course at Hershey Country Club is a golf enthusiast’s dream, featuring elevated greens, three sparkling lakes, and more than 100 bunkers. Designer George Fazio captured the natural beauty of central Pennsylvania’s countryside with views that golfers can appreciate on every hole. The course boasts numerous natural hazards, rolling fairways, and daunting greens, stretching 7,061 yards with a course rating of 74.5 and a slope rating of 136. The East Course has hosted several PGA tournaments, most recently the Nationwide Tour’s Reese’s Cup Classic, an event on professional golf’s development tour.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Roland Massimino of Lumberville, Pa., is coming of a second-place finish at the Architects Cup last weekend, and looks to capture his second IJGT Title of the season. Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., is seeking his first IJGT Title of his career after an impressive third-place finish last weekend. Marone has three top-three finishes this season, and looks to make breakthrough in a major way at Hershey Country Club.

Nate Menon of Wyomissing, Pa., will attempt to add to his impressive winning streak in the Boys 14 Under Division. Menon is coming off back-to-back first-place finishes after a very impressive finish at the Architects Cup carding a 5-under-par 137. Gus Minkin of York, Pa., is no stranger to success this season. Minkin finished first at the College Classic at Penn State University and has seven top-three finishes, which will make him a player to keep an eye on in the Boys 14 Under Division.

In the Girls Division, Katie Edelblut of New Hope, Pa., returns to the IJGT after two first-place finishes at the Colonial Open at Golden Horseshoe and the Bridgestone Series at Westfields. Sarah Kokotajlo of Ewing, N.J., is looking for her first IJGT Title after three top-five finishes this season. The Girls Division is filled with tons of talent, and will be an exciting division to watch.

Hershey Country Club will be open to optional practice rounds and IJGT registration, Friday, May 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Event will begin May 10 with tee times beginning at 8:00 a.m., and will end with an awards ceremony recognizing the top-three finishers in each division with trophies and tournament gifts immediately following the round Sunday, May 11.

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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.