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IJGT announces All-IJGT Teams and Players of the Year

International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) announces All-IJGT Teams

Shiso Go, Jack Halleron and Victoria Parker named IJGT Players of the Year

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is pleased to announce its Players of the Year and All-IJGT Teams.

Shiso GoShiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, is the Boys 15-19 Division Player of the Year. Go placed in the top 10 in all 10 IJGT events he competed in this season, including wins at the IJGT College Series at NC State, the Major Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational. His lowest score of the season was a 3-under 69, which he carded twice.

The rest of the Boys 15-19 Division All-IJGT Team includes: Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, Mark Benevento of Somers Pt., N.J., Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., and Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India.

 

Jack HalleronJack Halleron of Timonium, Md., won five IJGT events, including three Majors, to earn IJGT Player of the Year honors for the Boys 14 & Under Division. Halleron placed in the top two in all seven events he competed in and won the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club, the Major Championship at Duke University, the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club, the Major Championship at Bulle Rock and the College Series at the University of Maryland. His lowest round was a 1-under 70 at the University of Maryland.

The rest of the Boys 14 & Under All-IJGT Team includes: Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Ayushman Jaiswal of Bangalore, India, John Updike of Wayne, Pa., Lou Baker of Timonium, Md., and TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y.

 

Victoria ParkerVictoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., is the Girls Division IJGT Player of the Year. Parker captured three IJGT titles at the College Series at Penn State University, the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club and the St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club. Her lowest round was a 1-under 71, which she carded during the first round of the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club.

The rest of the Girls Division All-IJGT Team includes: Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C., and Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C.

The IJGT Tour Rankings are based on IJGT Merit Points, which are awarded to the top 10 finishers at every IJGT event. Double merit points are awarded at Major Championships.

Boys 15-19 Division All-IJGT Team

Shiso Go
Jason Stokes
Conor Byrne
Tennoshin Ogawa
Xue Wen Luo
Santiago Diaz
Mark Benevento
Trey Wren
Kyle Vance
Ritwik Jain

Boys 14 & Under Division All-IJGT Team

Jack Halleron
Luke Sample
Ford Bennett
Evan Greenplate
Jake Calamaro
Chase Phillips
Ayushman Jaiswal
John Updike
Lou Baker
TJ Buck
 

Girls Division All-IJGT Team

Victoria Parker
Sera Tadokoro
Madison Braman
Kelly Whaley
Shannon Brooks
Ankita Kedlaya
Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng
Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob
Sophie Guo
Kayla Kozak

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 AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, EyeLine Golf and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Tour Preview

Bridgestone TOC feat image

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

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

Grand Cypress 1

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

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

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

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

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

Boys 15-19 Division

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Girls Division

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

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

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

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

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

Boys 14 & Under Division

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club – Tour Preview

Hershey CC 2009 (10)The IJGT Northeast Tour will host the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa., on May 9-10, 2015. The event will take place on Hershey’s renowned par-71 East Course.

 Opened in 1969, the course was designed by George Fazio to highlight Pennsylvania’s natural beauty. This course has hosted numerous PGA Tour events and most recently hosted the Nationwide Tour’s Reese’s Cup Classic.

Hershey Country Club

A Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, the East Course benefits the environment and local ecosystems.

IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and AJGA stars are at stake in this event. Participants can also compete for North American Junior Amateur exemptions in Boys 15-19 and Girls divisions.

Just minutes away from the town chocolate built, Hershey Country Club offers vibrant and fun activities for the whole family. Check out Hershey’s Chocolate World, ZooAmerica, or spend time after the tournament at Hersheypark.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Cole Berger of Malvern, Pa., is coming off a win the Major Championship at Bulle Rock and Benjamin Morris of Reisterstown, Md., is coming off a win in the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin, both in April. Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., will also look to add a second IJGT victory to his resume; he won the Major Championship at Duke University in March. Peter Bradbeer of Philadelphia, Pa., and Brian Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., have both found success on the course. Bradbeer finished second in the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club in August and Isztwan won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the same event.

In the Girls Division, Skylar Frankiewicz of Concord, Mass., and Synclaire Kuhn of McMurray, Pa., will both be seeking their second IJGT wins of the season. Frankiewicz won the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in January and Kuhn won the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin in April. Audrey Clawson of Sarver, Pa., has an advantage in that she’s familiar with the course; she finished second in the Labor Day Classic at Hershey last year.

As for the Boys 14 & Under Division, Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., has won four consecutive IJGT events from October-April. Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C., will aim to add a third IJGT title to his resume after winning the College Series at Penn State University in October and the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes in March. Jon Nolan Perry of Berwyn, Pa., and Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., both have multiple top-three finishes in IJGT events, but a victory still eludes them. S. Dean Satouri of Chantilly, Va., won the only other IJGT event he’s competed in this season, the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill in March. John Updike of Wayne, Pa., is coming off a win in last month’s Architect’s Cup.

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

IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes – Final Results (March 1, 2015)

Hui victorious after four-hole playoff

Greenplate wins Boys 14 & Under Division by six strokes  

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) returned to Hilton Head Island to host the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes on February 28-March 1, 2015. Despite the cold, cloudy and rainy conditions, juniors performed admirably during the two-day, 36-hole event. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

SherngAfter 36 holes, Yong Sherng Hui of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, and Jason Stokes of St. Brelade, Jersey, each had tournament totals of 150 to force a playoff. They matched each other stroke for stroke on the first playoff hole, both carding birdies on the par-5 hole No. 10. The playoff continued to hole No. 18, where both players made par. The duo returned to hole No. 10 where they stayed neck and neck by making par. The action then returned to the 18th hole, where Hui won the fourth playoff hole and locked down his victory in the Boys 15-19 Division. When asked how he remained focused during the playoff, Hui kept it simple responding, “Just hit the ball straight.”

Hui knocked 10 strokes off his round one score to card an even-par 70 in round two. He led his division in birdies with seven. He birdied the par-5 10th hole in both rounds. His second round even-par 70 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

Stokes started the second round strong making par on the first seven holes and finished the tournament in second place. In third was Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada with a 153 tournament total.

Evan GreenplateHilton Head Island, S.C., native Evan Greenplate ran away with the Boys 14 & Under Division, winning by six strokes. Greenplate had a two-stroke lead after round one and shaved six strokes off his round one score to finish with a tournament total of 156.

The highlight of the tournament for Greenplate came in round two. “I had back-to-back birdies on the front nine and back nine so that was pretty fun,” he recalled. His birdies came on the par-3 sixth hole, par-4 seventh hole, par-4 13th hole and the par-3 14th hole.

Jackson Skeen of Johnson City, Tenn., finished in second with a tournament total of 164. Chase Phillips and Yuxuan Zou, both of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished just two strokes behind Skeen to finish in third with tournament totals of 166.

 

Cake 1In the Girls Division, Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, made par 11 times in round one on her way to victory. She enjoyed round one noting, “Everything was just kind of nice going.” She finished with a 151 tournament total. Her second round 78 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Ashni Dhruva of Katy, Texas, finished in second with a tournament total of 158. Bluffton, S.C., Sophie Guo and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, had tournament totals of 161 to tie for third.

 

 

The IJGT will continue tournament play with the first northeast event of the season, the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill on March 14-15, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Hilton Head Island, SC. – Final Results of IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes – George Fazio Course on February 28 – March 1, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,566 yards Par 70 (72.1/135). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,968 yards, Par 7 (69.8/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,613 yards, Par 70 (73.4/125).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes (George Fazio Course)

Hilton Head Island, SC

February 28 – March 1, 2015

X- Defines Playoff Victor

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Gold Tees, 6,566 yards, Par 70

1. X-Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *80-70–150

1. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *78-72–150

3. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *80-73–153

4. Matthew Pulgini, Middletown, DE *81-73–154

4. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *77-77—154

6. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *81-74–155

6. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *81-74–155

6. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea *79-76–155

6. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *76-79–155

10. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *79-77–156

10. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *78-78–156

10. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *75-81–156

13. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *83-75–158

14. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *84-75–159

14. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *80-79–159

16. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *80-80–160

16. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *81-79–160

16. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg, Germany *79-81–160

19. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *82-79–161

20. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *84-78–162

21. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *80-83–163

22. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *88-76–164

22. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *87-77–164

22. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *86-78–164

22. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *85-79–164

26. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *82-83–165

26. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *82-83–165

26. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *81-84–165

29. Nate Yackovich, Gibsonia, PA *83-85–168

29. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *78-90–168

31. Dylan Rotter, Potomac, MD *84-85–169

31. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *83-86–169

33. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *88-82–170

34. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *86-86–172

35. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *84-89–173

36. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *93-83–176

37. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *87-90–177

37. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *88-89–177

39. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *88-92–180

40. Matthew Bonadies, New Albany, OH *90-92–182

40. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *91-91–182

40. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *86-96–182

43. Billy Rosemeyer, Gibsonia, PA *89-96–185

44. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *94-98–192

45. Kyle Froisland, Blairstown, NJ *111-108–219

46. Yo Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *114-124–238

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *25-0–25

Boys 14 & Under Division, Blue Tees, 5,968, Par 70

1. Evan Greenplate, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-75–156

2. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *83-81–164

3. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-80–166

3. Yuxuan Zou, Hilton Head, SC *84-82–166

5. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *92-89–181

DID NOT FINISH

WD. Ayushman Jaiswal, Bangalore, India *88-21–109

Girls Division- White Tees, 5,613 yards, Par 70

1. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *73-78–151

2. Ashni Dhruva, Katy, TX *78-80–158

3. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *79-82–161

3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *80-81–161

5. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *86-81–167

6. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *85-83–168

7. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *87-83–170

8. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-89–175

9. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *88-89–177

9. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *89-88–177

11. Vienna Winalski, West Hartford, CT *103-102–205

DID NOT FINISH

DQ (6-6d) Mind Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *82-0–82

 

IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes – Round one recap (Feb. 28, 2015)

The International Junior Golf Tour returned to Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes.  In cold and windy conditions, juniors teed off on holes No. 1 and 10 beginning at 8:32 a.m. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Ritwik JainRitwik Jain of New Delhi, India, leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

8 – Jain made par on eight of nine holes on the back nine.

1 – His lone birdie came on the par-3 fourth hole.

75 – His round one score to carry the lead.

1- Jain leads the division by a single stroke.

 

CakeThe Girls Division is led by Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Her round in numbers:

2 – Her two birdies came on the par-3 sixth hole and the par-4 15th hole.

8 – Phuchanbanchob’s division-best eight-hole par-or-better streak came on holes. No. 4 through 11.

73- Her 3-over round one score to lead the division.

5 – She leads the division by five strokes.

 

Evan GreenplateEvan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C., leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

8 – Greenplate made par eight times in round one.

2 – He leads the division by two strokes.

81 – His division-best round one score.

 

 

The second round of the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes will take place tomorrow, March 1, 2015, with tee times beginning at 9:04 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

 

IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes – Tour Preview

PalmettoDunes-GeorgeFazio #16

The IJGT will return to Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes on February 28-March 1, 2015.

The two-day, 36-hole event will be played on the George Fazio course, Hilton Head Island’s only par-70 public golf course. Named the 2014 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year by the SC Golf Course Owners Association, the Fazio course has just two par-5s to compliment a series of long par-4s. The challenging course features open, tree-lined fairways on the front nine, but the back nine becomes tighter and more severe.

The IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes features an exciting field of talented junior golfers. In the Girls Division, Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, is coming off back-to-back top-four finishes in the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National and the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. Also keep an eye out for Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who has three first-place finishes this season.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, is looking for his third IJGT championship of the season. He is currently ranked fifth on the International Junior Golf Tour and coming off a third-place finish in the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor.  Kanata Irei of Okinawa-shi, Japan, and Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, tied for fourth in another IJGT Junior this spring, the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National, and will look to outdo one another at Palmetto Dunes.

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, performed well in last season’s Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes: Ogawa finished second and Kim tied for fifth.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, players to watch include York, Pa., native Evan Greenplate, Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China and Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C. Greenplate hasn’t finished below second place in an IJGT event this season. Phillips is coming off a win at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National and Hu is coming off a second-place finish in the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation.

The field for the IJGT Junior includes competitors from 13 states and 16 countries. Juniors will be competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points during the tournament. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live updates and download the IJGT app for live scoring.

Major Championship at Out Door CC – Final results (Oct. 26, 2014)

Parrini wins at his hometown course
Parker nabs second consecutive IJGT title 

The IJGT hosted the Major Championship at Out Door Country Club on October 25-26, 2014. The Major Championship was the first Major of the season and the final tournament of the Northeast Tour. Juniors competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

Joe ParriniJoe Parrini of York, Pa., of the Boys 15-19 Division combined scores of 73 and 74 to win with a two-day total of 147. With consistent scoring in both rounds, Parrini carded five total birdies and 24 total pars for his tournament. The York native had familiarity with the course and took advantage of his course knowledge to finish five shots ahead of his competition. The Major Championship title is the first for Parrini after his graduation from the Boys 14 & Under Division.

In second was Gus Minkin of York, Pa., with a tournament total 152 and rounding out the top three was Teddy Zinser of Alexandria, Va., finishing with a total 154. Zinser’s round-two score of even-par 72 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female player with the lowest final-round score.

 

 

Jack HalleroncroppedIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., was victorious. After posting a round-one score of 78 and sitting in second behind then leader, MJ Bricker of York, Pa., Halleron used nine-hole par-or-better streak to ignite his comeback effort for the win. Halleron’s performance was highlighted by five total birdies. Sharing second was Bricker and Evan Greenplate of York, Pa. The duo both posted tournament totals of 154.

 

 

 

 

DSCN9345croppedIn the Girls Divison, Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., finished in first place for her first-ever Major Championship title.  Parker led the division at the conclusion of round one after she posted a 1-under-par score of 71, the only score under par in the entire field. The victory becomes Parker’s second-consecutive IJGT victory after her win in the College Series at Penn State University on October 18-19, 2014.

In second was Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., with a tournament total 165. In third was Kendel Abrams of New Freedom, Pa., finishing with a total 166.

The IJGT will continue the fall season with southeast play at Palmetto Hall for the IJGT Island Open on November 1-2, 2014, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Out Door Country Club
York, PA
October 25-26, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,888 yards, Par 72

1. Joe Parrini, York, PA *73-74–147
2. Gus Minkin, York, PA *78-74–152
3. Teddy Zinsner, Alexandria, VA *82-72–154
4. Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, PA *77-79–156
5. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ *74-84–158
6. Nick Geiman, York, PA *85-75–160
7. David Ross, Lorton, VA *79-82–161
8. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *79-83–162
9. Evan Brown, Chads Ford, PA *83-83–166
10. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *82-85–167
11. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *84-85–169
12. Andrew Forjan, York, PA *85-85–170
13. Derek Li, Hillsborough, NJ *79-94–173
14. Hunter Duriez, Northern Cambria, PA *86-92–178
14. Trip Smith, Phoenix, MD *87-91–178

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,085 yards, Par 72

1. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *78-74–152
2. Mj Bricker, York, PA *76-78–154
2. Evan Greenplate, York, PA *79-75–154
4. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *84-79–163
4. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *80-83–163
6. Jonathan Giambalvo, York, PA *90-83–173
7. Luke Sample, New York, NY *91-92–183
8. Andrew Sample, New York, NY *104-95–199

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 5,820 yards, Par 72

1. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *71-75–146
2. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *81-84–165
3. Kendel Abrams, New Freedom, PA *84-82–166
4. Lauren Kase, North Tonawanda, NY *81-87–168
5. Sofia Amoroso, West Chester, PA *89-92–181
6. Emily Kase, North Tonawanda, NY *91-96–187
7. Rosa Jones, Moriches, NY *102-87–189
8. Olivia Raihl, Wernersville, PA *94-100–194

IJGT College Series at Penn State University – Final results (Oct. 19, 2014)

Kulikowski gets the victory at Penn State, winning by two strokes
Greenplate brings home first for Boys 14 & Under

The IJGT hosted the College Series at Penn State University at the university’s Blue Golf Course on October 18-19, 2014. This was the first of the final three tournaments for the Northeast Tour this fall 2014 season. Each junior competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

KulikowskiDouglas Kulikowski of Pittsford, N.Y., carried over his round-one lead in through to the finish in the Boys 15-19 Division. Combining scores of 73 and 74 for a tournament total 147, Kulikowski finished two strokes ahead of his competition. With the help of nine pars and four birdies, he held off comebacks by second-place winners Adam Gray of Potomac, Md., and Dylan Plis of Camilius N.Y. Kulikowski led by five heading into round two and despite a struggle with bogeys in his final round, he maintained a three-stroke lead over the division for the win. Gray and Plis shared second place with a two-day total of 149.

“My iron game was the strongest part [of my game] and I was able to roll in some putts on top of that,” said Kulikowski.

Gray’s second-round 1-under-par 71 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior with the lowest final round of tournament play.

Greenplate copyWinning by large margin was Evan Greenplate of York, Pa., in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Greenplate led round one by seven strokes before kicking off his round-two effort. He birdied the par-4 hole No. 1 before going on to add nine pars and a second birdie for a final-round score of 78.

“All I was trying to do was sink putts and not get ahead of myself,” said Greenplate. He finished a tournament-total 157 highlighted by 19 total pars and three birdies.

In second was Jeremy Summerson of Victor, N.Y., with a total 166 and Garrett Engle of Harrisburg, Pa., rounded out the top-three with a total 168.

 

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In the Girls Division, Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., finished in first place. Parker shared the divisional lead with Haley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., after round one but pulled ahead in round two for the win. Both Parker and Bookholdt carded two birdies on their second rounds but it was the consistency of Parker’s game that allowed her to finish on top. Parker added nine pars to Bookholdt’s four, putting her in a two-stroke lead for the win. Parker finished with a two-day total 159. Parker’s final-round 78 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

“My short game is the best part of my game and anything within 100 yards I can stick close,” said Parker.

Bookholdt finished in second with scores of 81 and 80 for a tournament total 161. Rounding out the top three was Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., with a total 165.

The IJGT will head to Outdoor Country Club in York, Pa., on October 25-26, 2014, for the Major Championship. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

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State College, Pa. – Final results of the College Series at Penn State conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 18-19, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,760 yards Par 72 (73.5./133). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,259 yards, Par 72 (70.1/127). Girls Division: Gold – 6,025 yards, Par 72 (75.0/137).

International Junior Golf Tour
College Series at Penn State University
State College, PA.
October 18-19, 2014 

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,760 yards, Par 72
1. Douglas Kulikowski, Pittsford, NY *73-74–147
2. Adam Gray, Potomac, MD *78-71–149
2. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *76-73–149
4. David Ross, Lorton, VA *76-75–151
5. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY *78-76–154
6. Sean Dain, Oswego, NY *76-80–156
7. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA *80-77–157
7. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *75-82–157
9. Alec Kunzwiler, Oswego, NY *78-80–158
10. Nick Rencis, Long Valley, NJ *83-76–159
10. David Powers, Glen Spey, NY *77-82–159
12. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *85-76–161
13. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *77-87–164
14. Jack Katarincic, Pittsburgh, PA *85-80–165
15. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *84-82–166
16. Jack Riordan, Oshawa, Canada *87-83–170
16. Drew Harris, Oakdale, PA *85-85–170
16. Noah Lee, Oswego, NY *82-88–170
19. Casey O’Korn, Canonsburg, PA *88-83–171
20. Will Lusk, Venetia, PA *91-82–173
20. Sanghyeon Park, Oakland Gardens, NY *89-84–173
22. Jack Martinides, Newtown, PA *89-85–174
23. Christian Evanchec, Saxenburg, PA *89-87–176
24. Tyler Olson, Hagerstown, MD *89-99–188

Did Not Finish
NC- Dominic Wagner, Alexandria, VA *84

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,259 yards, Par 72
1. Evan Greenplate, York, PA *79-78–157
2. Jeremy Summerson, Victor, NY *86-80–166
3. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *84-84–168

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 6,025 yards, Par 72

1. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *81-78–159
2. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, NJ *81-80–161
3. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ *83-82–165
4. Lauren Kase, North Tonawanda, NY *88-85–173
5. Lauren Freyvogel, Gibsonia, PA *87-87–174
6. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ *91-86–177
7. Taylor Waller, Canonsburg, PA *92-86–178
8. Emily Kase, North Tonawanda, NY *102-93–195
9. Cecelia Neally, Corning, NY *102-99–201
10. Caroline Yarnall, East Aurora, NY *102-101–203

IJGT College Series at Penn State University – Round one recap (Oct. 18, 2014)

Kicking off the first College Series event of the 2014-2015 season, the IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to Penn State University to host the IJGT College Series. Tee times on the Blue Course in State College, Pa., began at 9 a.m. on October 18, 2014. In review of round one, each division’s leader’s round, in numbers, is below.

The Boys 15-19 Division is led by Douglas Kulikowski of Pittsford, N.Y. His round in numbers:

73– His one-over-par opening round of the tournament, two strokes ahead of second place 7 – His longest par-or-better streak which came on hole Nos. 8 through 14

4 – Total number of birdies, the most among all three divisions

The Boys 14 & Under Division is led by Evan Greenplate of York, Pa. His round in numbers:

79 – Greenplate’s first-round score that put him five strokes in the lead

11– Total number of holes he carded par or better on in his opening round

2 – This is his second IJGT tournament, his most recent event being a second-place finish in the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run CC in September

Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., and Haley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., share the lead of the Girls Division. Their round in numbers:

PARKER:

81 – Parker’s opening-round score, identical to Bookholdt

10 – Total number of pars

2 – Number of first-place wins Parker has coming into this College Series event

BOOKHOLDT:

81 – The opening-round score to help her share the lead, highlighted by a birdie on the par-5 No. 5

2 – Bookholdt also has two first-place IJGT trophies coming into today

1 – Her first event of the 2014-2015 season

The final round at Penn State Blue Course will take place tomorrow, October, 19, 2014, with tee times beginning at 9:00 a.m. For full results from round one of the College Series, click here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

The Philly Open at Radley Run – Final Results (Sept. 14, 2014)

Murphy nabs first career IJGT title
Cornforth’s first IJGT tournament a win 

The IJGT traveled north to host the Philly Open at Radley Run on September 13-14, 2014. The originally planned two-day, 36-hole tournament was limited to one day and 18 holes due to inclement weather in round one. The field of 38 juniors were unable to complete a full round on day one due to heavy rains, leaving winners of each division to be determined by round two’s scores. Juniors competed for national rankings and IJGT merit points.

Murphy, LiamIn his fourth IJGT tournament, Liam Murphy of Hockessin, Del., won the Boys 15-19 Division. Murphy began slow, carding a 2-over-par score of 38 on his opening nine but used five pars and two birdies for an even-par final nine. His score of 74 was one stroke ahead of the tie for second place between Karsen Rush of Chambersburg, Pa., and David Kim of Dresher, Pa. The pair tallied two birdies each in their performances of 3-over 75 to share second.

“I was feeling sick all week so I wanted to come out here and push through and do the best I could,” said Murphy following his win.

Murphy’s score of 74 was the lowest of the male divisions, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female with the lowest score in the second round of the tournament.

 

 

Cornforth, Jack copyJack Cornforth of South Hamilton, Mass., secured first in the Boys 14 & Under Division in his first appearance in an IJGT tournament. A 10-hole streak of par or better, featuring two birdies, was the highlight of Cornforth’s performance. He finished with a score of 76, one stroke ahead of second place finisher Evan Greenplate of York, Pa. Rounding out the top three was Jon Nolan Perry of Berwyn, Pa. with a score of 79.

“I improved a lot over the summer and I wanted to come out here and keep improving,” said Cornforth.

 

 

 

Evanko, Kate copyLeading the Girls Division by four strokes, the largest margin of the tournament, Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa., won with a score of 83. Seven pars and a single birdie allowed Evanko to take a commanding lead over Rebecca Chiger of Elkins Park, Pa., and Lauren Muhlbauer of Newtown, Pa., who tied for second with scores of 87. The share of second place was the best finish for both Mulbauer and Chiger who was in her first IJGT tournament.

“Being at my home course really helped. I knew where to miss and it helped me all throughout the day,” commented Evanko.

Evanko took home the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on September 20-21, 2014, in both the northeast and southeast regions. The Northeast Tour will host the IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club in Buena, N.J., and the Southeast Tour will host the IJGT College Series at NC State in Raleigh, N.C. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

International Junior Golf Tour
Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club
West Chester, Pa.
September 13-14, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,844 yards, Par 72
1. Liam Murphy, Hockessin, DE *74
2. Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, PA *75
2. David Kim, Dresher, PA *75
4. Blake Hinckley, Kennett Square, PA *76
4. Jake Trotta, Harrison, NY *76
4. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ *76
7. Quinn Dolan, Broomall, PA *77
7. Michael Cook, Berwyn, PA *77
7. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA *77
10. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *80
11. Luke McKeogh, Warminster, PA *81
12. Peter Bradbeer, Philidelphia, PA *82
12. Jack Melville, Maple Glen, PA *82
14. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *83
14. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *83
16. Nick Calabrese, Newtown Square, PA *84
17. Trip Smith, Phoenix, MD *87
18. Brian Kilroy, Drexel Hill, PA *88
18. Mark Goetz, Irwin, PA *88
20. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *89
21. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *91
22. Matt Elander, Basking Ridge, NJ *94
22. Matthew Haddon, Cinnaminson, NJ *94
24. Dominic Leoni, Hockessin, DE *95

DID NOT FINISH

Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY *JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,311 yards, Par 72

1. Jack Cornforth, South Hamilton, MA *76
2. Evan Greenplate, York, PA *77
3. Jon Nolan Perry, Berwyn, PA *79
4. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *82
5. Case Hummer, Glen Mills, PA *85
6. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA *98

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 5,951 yards, Par 72

1. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *83
2. Rebecca Chiger, Elkins Park, PA *87
2. Lauren Muhlbauer, Newtown, PA *87
4. Samantha Yao, Berwyn, PA *89
4. Olivia Traynor, Villanova, PA *89
4. Meghan Fahey, Villanova, PA *89
7. Katie Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *98
8. Sofia Amoroso, West Chester, PA *101