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