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Pennsylvania Junior at Out Door Country Club – Final Results

Bennett fires 1-under, 71 to win title

Simpson collects first victory in Girls Division

YORK, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the Pennsylvania Junior at Out Door Country Club. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing four different states competed in the 36-hole tournament for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings.

Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., earned the Boys 15-19 Division title with a superb final round of competition. Heading into the final round only one stroke back of first-round leader, MJ Bricker of York, Pa., Bennett knew that victory was well within his reach if he played to his capabilities.

Ford Bennett won the Boys 15-19 Division at the Pennsylvania Junior at Out Door CC

Ford Bennett won the Boys 15-19 Division at the Pennsylvania Junior at Out Door CC

In the final round, both players got off to solid starts with Bricker making the turn in 1-over, 37 and Bennett in 2-over, 38. Bennett, who trailed by two strokes heading into the last nine holes, got hot very quickly making four birdies on the back nine, including three in a row from holes Nos. 12-14. Bennett wound up shooting a 1-under, par 71 in the final round and finished with a tournament total of 148 which gave him a five-stroke victory.

Bennett’s final-round score of 1-under, 71 was the lowest round of the tournament in any division, and also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the boy and girl who record the lowest final-round score at every IJGT tournament.

“I was one shot behind and I wanted to come out and shoot a low number. If I didn’t win it’s ok. I just wanted to have fun,” said Bennett.

Bricker finished in second place with a tournament total of 153. There was a tie for third place between Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., and Jairus Gaines of Baltimore, Md., who recorded tournament scores of 155.

In the Girls Division, Charlotte Simpson of Towson, Md., was victorious after carding a tournament score of 164. Simpson built a large lead in the first round after she carded an 82 in cold and challenging conditions at Out Door Country Club. Simpson did not get off to a great start in the final round, but she rebounded quickly and saved her best for last carding a 39 on her back nine including a birdie on hole No. 14. Simpson ended the day with another 82 and the victory was her first of the 2015-2016 season equaling her total number of victories from the 2014-2015 season.

Charlotte Simpson won the Girls Division at the Pennsylvania Junior at Out Door CC

Charlotte Simpson won the Girls Division at the Pennsylvania Junior at Out Door CC

“I’m pretty happy with how I played, especially with the weather conditions,” commented Simpson.

Kendel Abrams of New Freedom, Pa., earned second place after carding a tournament score of 170. Finishing in third place was Cailey Roman of York, Pa., with a total score of 218.

Abrams and Simpson both earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division with their scores of 82 on the final day.

The IJGT will take a week off before traveling to Howey in the Hills, Fla.., for the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn Resort on Nov. 14-15, 2015. The second Major Championship of the Fall 2015 Season will feature national rankings and IJGT Merit Points. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

About the IJGT
The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 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 30 states and 30 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, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, EyeLine Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

YORK, Pa. – Final-round results of the Pennsylvania Junior at Out Door Country Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 1, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,862 yards, Par 72 (72.8/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,804 yards, Par 72 (72.6/126).

Weather:       
Round 1: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 50’s with 5-10 mph winds
Round 2: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the high 50’s with 10-15 mph winds

  

International Junior Golf Tour
Pennsylvania Junior Open
York, PA
October 31 – November 1, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,862 yards, Par 72
1. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *77-71–148
2. MJ Bricker, York, PA *76-77–153
3. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *81-74–155
3. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *78-77–155
5. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *77-79–156
6. Kevin Scherr, Nazareth, PA *77-82–159
7. Austin Steckler, Glen Arm, MD *79-81–160
8. Luke Fayocavitz, Clarks Summit, PA *81-81–162
8. Charles Young II, Woodstock, MD *79-83–162
10. Trevor Hogan, Auburn, NY *85-79–164
11. Hunter Marshall, Pittsburgh, PA *84-82–166
12. Jack Martinides, Newtown, PA *86-83–169
12. Matt Pawlak, North Tonawanda, NY *85-84–169
12. Davis Rosato, Villanova, PA *84-85–169
15. Ryan Miles, Greenwich, CT *85-85–170
15. Jonathan Giambalvo, York, PA *82-88–170
17. Chrales Blount, Baltimore, MD *89-96–185
18. Ryan Brennan, Media, PA *104-85–189

Girls Division- Green Tees, 5,804 yards, Par 72
1. Charlotte Simpson, Towson, MD *82-82–164
2. Kendel Abrams, New Freedom, PA *88-82–170
3. Cailey Roman, York, PA *116-102–218

 

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.

 

Major Championship at Bulle Rock – Final Results (April 26, 2015)

Halleron wins fourth consecutive IJGT tournament

Brooks dominates Girls Division

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Northeast Tour traveled to Maryland to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock on April 25-26, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., followed his round one 78 with a 79 in round two to finish with a 157 tournament total and a victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Halleron recorded the division’s longest par-or-better streak, which came on holes No. 9 through 15 in round one. The win was Halleron’s fourth consecutive IJGT victory.

“It was exciting to win against such a strong field,” Halleron said after the tournament. “This win feels really good.”

Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., carded a 159 tournament total to finish second. Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., and Lou Baker of Timonium, Md., finished just one stroke behind Bennett with 160 tournament totals, good for a share of third place.

Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., made par or better on the entire front nine, including a birdie on the par-4 fifth hole, to finish the first round with a 1-over 73. She built off her round one lead to card a 5-over 77 in round two, good for a 150 tournament total and the Girls Division title. “I came out today wanting to play the same as I did yesterday,” she said after her win.

Brooks made par a division-best 25 times during the tournament. She led the division in scoring average on both par-4s and par-5s to win by an impressive eight strokes. “I am excited to be playing golf for the University of Tennessee next year,” Brooks said when asked about her future plans. “I know a lot of the girls on the team and it is a good group of golfers. I am excited to be playing in a great conference.”

Sirena Walsh of Chantilly, Va., finished second with a 158 tournament total. She carded back-to-back birdies on the par-4 sixth and par-3 seventh holes in round two. She also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female golfers to card the lowest scores in the final round of an event.

Wilmington, Del., native Phoebe Brinker and Towson Md., native Charlotte Simpson tied for third with 168 tournament totals. Simpson birdied the par-4 first hole in both rounds.

Brinker carded five birdies during the tournament to win the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the junior to card the most birdies in each division.

Cole Berger of Malvern, Pa., made par on the 18th hole in round two to win the Boys 15-19 Division by a single stroke. He shaved two strokes off his round one 78 to card a 4-over 76 in round two, good for a 154 tournament total. He made five birdies during the tournament including back-to-back birdies on the par-3 third and par-4 fourth holes in round two.

When asked about his victory, Berger said, “It was awesome winning on a great course against great competition.”

Luke Schaap of Potomac, Md., finished in second with a 155 tournament total, one stroke off the lead. Schaap and Berger both earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Will Koras of Lutherville, Md., and Jairus Gaines of Baltimore, Md., tied for third with 156 tournament totals, just two strokes off the lead.

Sixth-place finisher Andrew Warfield of Southborough, Mass., carded six birdies during the tournament to win the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award.

The IJGT Northeast Tour will continue tournament play with the Rochester Open at Mendon Golf Club on May 2-3, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Havre de Grace, MD – Final Results of the Major Championship at Bulle Rock on April 25-26, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,765 yards Par 72 (73.8/141). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,098 yards, Par 72 (71.2/136). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,903 yards, Par 72 (74.6/131).

International Junior Golf Tour

Major Championship at Bulle Rock

Havre De Grace, MD

April 25-26, 2015 

Boys 15-19 Division- Gold Tees, 6,765 yards, Par 72

1. Cole Berger, Malvern, PA *78-76–154

2. Luke Schaap, Potomac, MD *79-76–155

3. Will Koras, Lutherville, MD *76-80–156

3. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *77-79–156

5. Jack Rolle, Bethesda, MD *81-78–159

6. Andrew Warfield, Southborough, MA, *82-78–160

7. Will Ford, Reisterstown, MD *79-82–161

8. Jack Melville, Maple Glen, PA *86-76–162

8. Nicholas Mejia, Woodstock, MD *80-82–162

10. Trip Smith, Phoenix, MD *83-80–163

10. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY *79-84–163

10. Teddy Zinsner, Alexandria, VA *82-81–163

10. Will Haller, Gaithersburg, MD *77-86–163

14. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA,*83-82–165

15. Drew Petri, New Hope, PA *77-89–166

16. Campbell Wolf, Enola, PA *82-85–167

17. Keegan Shreves, Potomac, MD *87-81–168

17. Reed Winkler, Wilmington, DE *86-82–168

17. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *85-83–168

17. Connor Schmidt, Venetia, PA *82-86–168

21. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *85-84–169

21. Charles Young II, Woodstock, MD *83-86–169

23. Taso Scilaris, Bethesda, MD *83-87–170

23. Anthony Barr, Harleysville, PA *83-87–170

25. Kevin May, Baltimore, MD *83-88–171

26. William Riva, Lancaster, PA *87-86–173

26. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *84-89–173

26. Tyler Caballero, Timonium, MD *84-89–173

29. Michael Burns, Blue Bell, PA *85-89–174

30. Dylan Cline, Hagerstown, MD *89-86–175

30. Mj Bricker, York, PA *86-89–175

32. Justin Donawa, Baltimore, MD *86-90–176

33. Clark Thomas, Oakton, VA, *89-88–177

34. Jake Geis, Lutherville, MD *89-91–180

35. Brett Levenstein, Olney, MD *88-94–182

36. Will Ennis, Montgomery Village, MD *92-92–184

37. Will Long, Towson, MD *87-100–187

38. Jake Reed, Eldersburg, MD *93-104–197

 

DID NOT FINISH


JWD. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *81

JWD. Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, DE *84

Boys 14 & Under Division-Blue Tees- 6,098 yards, Par 72

1. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *78-79–157

2. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *82-77–159

3. Luke Sample, New York, NY *78-82–160

3. Lou Baker, Timonium, MD *80-80–160

5. Jake Calamaro, Newtown Square, PA *81-84–165

6. Trent Geritz, Towson, MD *81-87–168

7. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *83-86–169

8. Andrew Wallace, Narberth, PA *88-87–175

9. Austin Steckler, Glen Arm, MD *91-85–176

10. Ty Brinker, Wilmington, DE *97-87–184

11. Steven Walsh, Chantilly, VA *92-95–187

11. Aj Aivazoglou, Glen Mills, PA *90-97–187

13. Alex Mulrooney, Wilmington, DE *99-90–189

Girls Division- White Tees- 5,903 yards, Par 72

1. Shannon Brooks, Vienna, VA *73-77–150

2. Sirena Walsh, Chantilly, VA *82-76–158

3. Phoebe Brinker, Wilmington, DE *83-85–168

3. Charlotte Simpson, Towson, MD *79-89–168

5. Jennifer Cleary, Wilmington, DC *87-85–172

6. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *85-90–175

7. Hannah Fireman, Ambler, PA *92-96–188

8. Sofia Amoroso, West Chester, PA *98-98–196

College Series at The University of Maryland – Tour Preview

Golf-Course-September-2009-B-014In the penultimate weekend of the spring season, the IJGT Northeast Tour will host the College Series at The University of Maryland in College Park, Md., on May 16-17, 2015.

This event will give IJGT members the chance to play at an NCAA Division I facility, the University of Maryland Golf Course.

Opened on the University of Maryland’s campus in 1959, the par-71 golf course underwent extensive renovation for the first time in 2009. To read more about the course’s history, click here.

In 2003, the course was named a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International. The approximately 150 acres of wooded and rolling terrain is home to multiple species of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles as well as dozens of varieties of trees.

Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

The Boys 14 & Under Division is particularly strong. Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., tops the list of players to watch as he’s seeking his fifth title of the season. John Updike of Wayne, Pa., is coming off back-to-back wins on the IJGT in The Architects Cup in April and last weekend’s IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country ClubFord Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., has four top-three finishes this season, but will look to earn his first victory this weekend. S. Dean Satouri of Chantilly, Va., won the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill GC in March and will look to add a second IJGT win to his resume. Lou Baker of Timonium, Md., and James Meyers of Wexford, Pa., both have two top-three finishes this season, but have yet to win an event.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Michael Jones of Potomac, Md., is coming off a victory in last weekend’s IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club and will look to extend his winning streak. Justin Ayanian of McLean, Va., tied for fourth in the last IJGT event he competed in, the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill GC in March, and will try to break into the top-three this weekend.

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.

Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay – Final Results (April 5, 2015)

Skae comes from behind to win Boys 15-19 Division

Ku wins Girls Division by 11 strokes 

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Somers Point, N.J., to host the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club on April 4-5, 2015. Strong wind gusts on Saturday created challenging but manageable playing conditions. Juniors for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Skae ARyan Skae (left) of Old Tappan, N.J., shaved 11 strokes off his round one score of 85 to card a 4-over 74 in round two, good for a 159 tournament total and a 2-stroke victory in the Boys 15-19 Division. Skae’s impressive second round also 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.

Skae started the front nine strong in round two making par on the first four holes. He then opened the back nine by making par or better on the first four holes. He birdied the par-4 12th and par-5 15th holes in the second round to finish with an even-par 35 on the back nine.

Max Ting of Atherton, Calif., finished in second with a 161 tournament total. Yonkers, N.Y., native Sebastian Naibaho, who led the division after the first round, finished in third with a 163 tournament total.

Anina Ku AAnina Ku (left) of Basking Ridge, N.J. fired a 79 in the first round to lead the Girls Division by nine strokes. She carded an 83 in the second round to earn a 162 tournament total and a decisive 11-stroke victory. She also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Ku carded back-to-back birdies on the par-3 16th and par-4 17th holes in round one.

Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J., finished in second with a 173 tournament total. Newcastle, Maine, native Bailey Plourde finished just one stroke behind Gianchandani with a 174 tournament total, good for third place.

Halleron AJack Halleron (left) of Timonium, Md., won the Boys 14 & Under Division by a single stroke finishing with a 171 tournament total. Halleron carded an 85 to lead the division by two strokes after the first round, but second-place finisher Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., gave Halleron a run for his money. Bennett shot an 85 in the second round, one stroke away from forcing a playoff.

Bennett ended up finishing in second with a 172 tournament total. Yorktown, N.Y. native John Del Priore rounded out the Boys 14 & Under Division finishing third with a 179 tournament total.

The IJGT Northeast Tour will continue tournament play with the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin on April 11-12, 2015.

Somers Point, NJ – Final Results of the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club on April 4-5, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,682 yards Par 70 (70.8/128). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,015 yards, Par 70 (67.8/124). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,789 yards, Par 70 (66.5/122).

International Junior Golf Tour

Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay CC

Somers Point, NJ

April 4th-5th, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees- 6,682 yards- Par 70

1. Ryan Skae, Old Tappan, NJ *85-74–159

2. Max Ting, Atherton, CA *83-78–161

3. Sebastian Naibaho, Yonkers, NY *81-82–163

4. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ *86-78–164

4. Brant Wolff, Perth Amboy, NJ *86-78–164

4. Blake DiPaola, Long Valley, NJ *84-80–164

7. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *82-84–166

7. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *82-84–166

9. Nicholas Gianelos, West Chester, PA *83-84–167

10. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD *85-86–171

11. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ *85-87–172

12. Blake Reifsnyder, Sinking Spring, PA *88-85–173

13. Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley, PA *91-84–175

13. Robby Coene, Fair Haven, NJ *88-87–175

13. Aidan McDermott, Pleasantville, NY *88-87–175

16. Drew Petri, New Hope, PA *93-83–176

16. William Sheedy, Washington, DC *92-84–176

16. Tommy Lewis, Doylestown, PA *89-87–176

19. George Ward, Owings Mills, MD *85-92–177

20. Nicholas Sidor, Upper Saddle River, NJ *90-88–178

21. Sanghyeon Park, Oakland Gardens, NY *93-87–180

22. Nicholas Ng, New York, NY *91-91–182

22. Dylan Karofsky, Purchase, NY *89-93–182

24. Griffin Smith, Holland, PA *95-91–186

25. Devin Sanders, Camden, DE *110-88–198

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Alexander Halprin, Saddle River, NJ *116– (Rule 6-2)

DQ .Kyle Vance, Audubon, PA *–(Rule 6-6B)

JWD. Quinn Guzman, Souderton, PA *

JWD. Jonny Emmerman, Scarsdale, NY *

Boys 14 & Under Division- Blue Tees-6,015 Yards- Par 70

1. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *85-86–171

2. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *87-85–172

3. John Del Priore, Yorktown, NY *94-85–179

4. Neil Zhu, Novi, MI *95-88–183

Girls Division- White Tees- 5,789 Yards- Par 70

1. Anina Ku, Basking Ridge, NJ *79-83–162

2. Ami Gianchandani, Short Hills, NJ *89-84–173

3. Bailey Plourde, Newcastle, ME *90-84–174

4. Jessie Kweon, Little Neck, NY *90-85–175

5. Madeline Sager, Kimberton, PA *88-89–177

6. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *95-87–182

7. Lauren Muhlbauer, Newtown, PA *95-90–185

8. Meher Mankikar, Bridgewater, NJ *103-91–194

9. Kendel Abrams, New Freedom, PA *105-93–198

9. Cass Gavaghan, Ambler, PA *101-97–198

11. Gianna Ward, Collegeville, PA *112-127–239

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Georgia Naples, West Chester, PA, *

MAJOR Championship at Bulle Rock – Tour Preview

The IJGT Northeast Tour will travel to Havre de Grace, Md., to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock on April 25-26, 2015.

Named for the first thoroughbred horse brought to North America, Bulle Rock is known as the premier golf destination in Maryland and was designed by the legendary Pete Dye. It is the only 5-star golf facility in the Mid-Atlantic and has been ranked by Zagat readers as one of the nation’s Top 50 golf courses. Voted as one of America’s toughest courses by Golf Digest in 2012, Bulle Rock played host to the LPGA Championships from 2005-2009.

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Opened in 1998, the Bulle Rock course is known for its unique 18 holes. It was named to Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses in February.

The par-72 golf course has a slope rating of 148 and a course rating of 76.6. Because it’s a Major Championship, competitors will have the opportunity to earn twice as many IJGT Merit Points. Juniors in the Boys 15-19 Division and Girls Division will also be competing for AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions. This year’s field looks to be extremely competitive.

Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., has won three consecutive IJGT events, including two Major Championships. He finished seventh in last year’s Major Championship at Bulle Rock. He will face some stiff competition in the Boys 14 & Under Division of this year’s tournament. Lou Baker, also of Timonium, Md., finished second behind Halleron in the Major Championship at Duke University at the end of last month and will aim to take the title this weekend. Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., has finished in the top-five in all four IJGT events he’s competed in this season. He is very familiar with the course as this will be his third IJGT event at Bulle Rock. Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., will aim to earn another title after winning the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin earlier this month. Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., will be competing for his third IJGT victory of the season; he won the IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista in September and the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate in March. Finally, John Updike of Wayne, Pa., is coming off a first-place finish in The Architects Cup last weekend.

Taso Scilaris of Bethesda, Md., and Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y., top the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division as they both have one IJGT win this season. Scilaris won the only other IJGT event he’s played in this season, the DC Shootout at National Golf Club in October. Terminello’s victory also came in October at the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay. Anthony Barr of Harleysville, Pa., and Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., competed in the Boys 14 & Under Division of last year’s Major Championship at Bulle Rock, but will be competing in the Boys 15-19 Division this year. Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., and Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., finished eighth and 18th, respectively, in the Boys 15-19 Division of last year’s event.

In the Girls Division, Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., has finished in the top-two in both IJGT tournaments she’s competed in this season. She’ll look to add another win to her resume after earning the title in the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill in March. Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa., will also be fighting for her second IJGT win of the season having won the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club in September.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or on the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

Major Championship at Duke University – Final Results (March 29, 2015)

Vance wins Boys 15-19 Division by four strokes

Halleron wins Boys 14 & Under Division by four strokes 

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Durham to host the Major Championship at Duke University on March 28-29, 2015. Despite cold temperatures and sporadic wind gusts, the players performed admirably during the two-day, 36-hole event. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions.

Kyle Vance Photo by Kira E. JonesKyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., led the Boys 15-19 Division by just a single stroke after round one, but carded a 4-over 76 in round two to win by four strokes. His 3-over 75 in round one gave him a tournament total of 151. He tied for ninth in last year’s IJGT tournament at Duke.

Vance started the second round off strong this year, making par on the first five holes. When asked what the highlight of the tournament was for him, he responded, “Today on [hole No.] 11 I hit driver, 4-iron to about a foot and tapped in for eagle, which was my best shot of the day.”

Vance was playing with a new driver, which turned out to be the best club in his bag. “I didn’t miss many fairways and hit the ball pretty long and straight,” he said.

Teddy Zinsner of Alexandria, Va., finished in second with a tournament total of 155. Mansfield, Ohio, native Kaleb Smith finished two strokes behind Zinsner with a tournament total of 157, good for third in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Jack Halleron...Photo by Kira E. JonesJack Halleron of Timonium, Md., built off his round one lead to win the Boys 14 & Under Division by four strokes. “I tried to hit all the same clubs off the tee and not change anything up since I played pretty well the first round,” Halleron said after his win.

Halleron carded back-to-back birdies on the par-3 eighth hole and the par-5 ninth hole in round one. He carded an eagle on the par-5 11th hole, which was the highlight of the tournament for him.

Fellow Timonium, Md., native Lou Baker finished second with a tournament total of 156. His second round 2-over 74 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.

Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., rounded out the Boys 14 & Under Division with a tournament total of 164.

 

Linda Trockel...Photo by Kira E. JonesLinda Trockel of Berlin, Germany won the Girls Division. She led by four strokes after round one with a 4-over 76. She carded three consecutive birdies on holes No. 6 through 8 in round two on the way to a 3-over 75 and a tournament total of 151.

Vienna, Va., native Shannon Brooks finished second with a 154 tournament total. She carded a 2-over 74 in round two to win the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls. Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., finished with a 159 tournament total, good for third in the Girls Division.

The IJGT will continue tournament play with the Arizona Open at Wigwam on April 3-4, 2015 and the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay on April 4-5, 2015. To sign up for these events, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Durham, NC – Final Results of the Major Championship at Duke University on March 28-29, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,938 yards Par 72 (72.8/136). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,278 yards, Par 72 (70.2/123). Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,882 yards, Par 72 (74.4/140).

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Major Championship at Duke University

Durham, NC

March 28 – 29, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Gold Tees, 6,759 yards, Par 72

1. Kyle Vance, Audubon, PA *75-76–151

2. Teddy Zinsner, Alexandria, VA *76-79–155

3. Kaleb Smith, Mansfield, OH *80-77–157

4. James McHugh, Rye, NY *83-75–158

4. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *81-77–158

6. Jason Li, Cranberry Township, PA *80-81–161

7. Allen Smith, Durham, NC *86-76–162

7. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *81-81–162

9. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-85–163

10. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *80-85–165

11. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *83-83–166

12. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *84-83–167

13. Will Lusk, Venetia, PA *83-87–170

14. Keegan Shreves, Potomac, MD *88-83–171

14. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *88-83–171

16. Nathan Parry, Chapel Hill, NC *94-81–175

17. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *94-83–177

17. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *87-90–177

19. Jordan Shaffer, Fayetteville, PA *98-80–178

19. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *88-90–178

21. Matt Bettino, Bronxville, NY *87-92–179

22. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *98-85–183

23. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *96-88–184

24. Charlie Schneider, Lone Tree, CO *96-91–187

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *44-0–44

Boys 14 & Under Division, White Tees, 6,206, Par 72

1. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *76-76–152

2. Lou Baker, Timonium, MD *82-74–156

3. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *82-82–164

4. Matthew Minerva Jr, Elmsford, NY *84-84–168

5. Jake Calamaro, Newtown Square, PA *87-90–177

6. Matt Epstein, Hopkinton, MA *95-84–179

7. Ayushman Jaiswal, Bangalore, India *91-92–183

8. Steven Walsh, Chantilly, VA *99-86–185

Girls Division- Green Tees, 5,882 yards, Par 72

1. Linda Trockel, Berlin, Germany *76-75–151

2. Shannon Brooks, Vienna, VA *80-74–154

3. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *82-77–159

4. Sirena Walsh, Chantilly, VA *82-85–167

5. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *80-88–168

6. Emma Parson, Chapel Hill, NC *100-91–191

7. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *106-95–201

8. Ally Steffen, Armonk, NY *106-102–208

9. Kelli Harpe, Nicholasville, KY *110-101–211

10. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *115-101–216

 

Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club – Tour Preview

Greate Bay (2)The IJGT Northeast Tour will host the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point, N.J., on April 4-5, 2015. The 18-hole course played host to the Shoprite LPGA Classic for nearly a decade. Designed by Scotsman Willie Park Jr., a two-time Open Championship winner and a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, the course was opened in 1923.

Greate Bay has three sets of tees measuring 6,705 yards at its longest. There’s a little bit of everything from bunkers to windswept greens to water hazards on this par-70 course that boasts plenty of practice space for driving, pitching, chipping and putting.

Greate Bay (3) At the Jersey Shootout, boys and girls can qualify for the IMG World Junior Championship in the following age divisions: 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings are also up for grabs at this event. Girls can also earn performance-based AJGA stars.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, players to watch include Blake Reifsnyder of Sinking Spring, Pa., and Daniel Rieger of Collegeville, Pa. Both players competed in last year’s Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club earning sixth and 13th-place finishes, respectively. Also keep an eye out for New York, N.Y., native Nicholas Ng, who is competing in his fifth season on the International Junior Golf Tour. Cockeysville, Md. native Liam Powderly will be looking for his first IJGT win in the Boys 15-19 Division; he won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the DC Shootout at National Golf Club in October.

In the Girls Division, Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa., will look to earn her second first-place finish this season. She won the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club in September. Bridgewater, N.J., native Meher Mankikar will look to improve on her fifth-place finish in last year’s Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club.

Players to watch in the Boys 14 & Under Division include Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., and Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md. Bennett has earned IJGT Merit Points in both events he’s competed in this season. This is his fourth season competing on the International Junior Golf Tour. Halleron will look to earn his second victory of the season; he won the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club in October.

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

 

Major Championship at Out Door Country Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT will be hosting the Major Championship at Out Door Country Club on October 25-26, 2014. This two-day event will include 18-holes to be played on Saturday and Sunday. Juniors will compete for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

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Located in York, Pa., Out Door Country Club has been home to York families for more than 100 years. Designed by Ault & Associates, the course features six ponds, over sixty bunkers and an extensive practice facility which includes a driving range, chipping area and a putting green. Although the country club has grown and evolved over the years, it has remained true to the dream of its founding members: to provide its members with an entertainment, recreational, and sporting facility unlike any other in the area.

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Out Door Country Club

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Gus Minkin, a native of York, Pa., will look to use his hometown advantage in his fifth IJGT Major Championship. In his four past Majors, Minkin has placed in the top-10 each time and will return for his fifth Major looking for a victory. 

Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., is coming off of a third-place finish at the DC Shootout at National Golf Club on October 4-5, 2014, and will look to take the Boys 14 & Under Major Championship title.

Keep an eye on Lauren Kase of North Tonawanda, N.Y. Kase’s finished her 2013-2014 season with a victory in the Summer Series at Glen Oak Golf Course and will look to kick off her 2014-2015 season with another win.

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