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College Series at University of Maryland

The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour will be in Maryland the weekend of Oct. 5-6 for the College Series at University of Maryland. The tournament will be played at the University of Maryland Golf Course, marking the first time an IJGT Event has been held at the course. Top junior golfers, ages 10-19, will be playing two-day, 36-hole event competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Opened in 1959, the University of Maryland Golf Course is a par-71 with four sets of tees ranging from 5,209 yards to 7,015 yards. Originally planned to provide membership to students, faculty, staff and alumni, the University of Maryland brought in George W. Cobb to design the course. Along with the University of Maryland Golf Course, Cobb’s other notable designs include the par-3 course at Augusta and Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of their opening, the course went through renovations in 2008-2009 including a change from a par-72 to the current par-71 from the women’s tees, enlarging the tee boxes for more variety, and adding or rebuilding a number of sand bunkers. The course is home to the University of Maryland Men’s and Women’s Golf teams, competing at the Division 1 level in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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The Boys 15-19 Division will feature two players who have already been victorious on Tour this season. Gary McCabe of Collegeville, Pa., was victorious at the Philly Open hosted by Jeffersonville Golf Club on Sept. 14-15, while Will Byrne of McLean, Va., won the Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor on Sept. 21-22. McCabe and Byrne were impressive in their victories, as both were able to overcome difficult weather conditions in the first round of their respective tournaments. Joining McCabe and Byrne in the field is Luke Schaap of Potomac, Md. Schaap finished runner-up to Byrne at the Baltimore Junior after firing a 4-over-par for the 36-hole event. Other players to keep an eye on include Evan Katz of Washington D.C,. and Brendan Bacskai of Berwyn, Pa.

Joe Parrini of York, Pa., highlights the Boys 14 & Under Division. Parrini has been one of the most impressive players on tour this season, winning consecutively at the Major Championship at Crystal Springs, Philly Open at Jeffersonville, and Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor. Parrini will look for his fourth straight victory at the University of Maryland but he’ll have to compete with the likes of William Sheedy of Washington D.C., and John Kalavritinos of Potomac, Md. Sheedy came within one stroke of ending Parrini’s streak at the Baltimore Junior, and will be looking for his first victory of the 2013-14 season. Kalavritinos will be making his IJGT season debut after finishing in the top-10 of both tournaments he competed in last season.

In the Girls Division, Liza Freed of Alexandria, Va., will be in search of her second career IJGT victory. Freed captured the IJGT Major Championship at Hershey CC in May and has been a top-10 mainstay in her time with the Tour. Freed will be challenged by the likes of Amanda Meyers of North Potomac, Md., and Alessandra Ricigliano of Scarsdale, N.Y., Both Meyers and Ricigliano will look to win their first IJGT Event, with each coming close in past events. Meyers finished 3rd at last season’s Colonial Open at Golden Horseshoe, while Ricigliano’s highest finish was 2nd at The Battle of Bulle Rock in April of 2012. Joining them is Ashley Dingman of Lorton, Va. Dingman will be competing in an IJGT Event for the first time.

Photo of the week: Sept. 14-15

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Not only did Gary McCabe (left), Carley Hopton (middle), and Joe Parrini (right) come out victorious at the IJGT Philly Open, but they also are the winners of the IJGT “Photo of the week” contest.

McCabe secured his first win in the Boys 15-19 Division by shooting a two-round score of 11-over-par 151, four strokes ahead of the second place finisher. For Hopton, her victory at the Philly Open was the first of her career on the IJGT. She bested Samantha Yao on the third playoff hole to clinch the win.

Parrini claimed his second victory in a row in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a 10-over-par 150 for the tournament. Congratulations to all three golfers!

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

IJGT Philly Open to make debut at Jeffersonville Golf Club

The International Junior Golf Tour will be headed to Jeffersonville, PA on September 14-15 for the Philly Open at Jeffersonville Golf Club. This will be the first time the course has played host to an IJGT event, and hopes to play as tough as many of Philadelphia’s other great courses.

Jeffersonville Golf Club is a Donald Ross design and opened in 1931. The par-70 course plays 6,443 yards from the back tees with a rating of 71 and slope of 136.

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Jeffersonville Golf Club is set to host this season’s IJGT Philly Open.

In 2000, Ron Pritchard, a locally based architect, restored and modernized the course. Included in the restoration were re-addition of over 40 of the original bunkers, rebuilding of the tee boxes on every hole, instillation of a modern underground irrigation system, and a re-routing plan that led to stronger finishing holes.

Jeffersonville has played host to the USGA’s U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifier on two occasions as well as multiple Philadelphia Public Links Championships. The course was purchased by West Norriton Township in 1972.

Gary McCabe finished 5th at last season’s Philly Junior and looks to, again, have a strong showing, while Mike Bliss, coming off an appearance as part of Team USA in this summer’s Euro Junior Golf Cup, is another player to keep an eye on.

Prior to becoming a golf club, the land was used for steeplechase horse racing on a ½ mile oval track on which the 11th and 16th holes now sit. Jeffersonville GC is only minutes away from historic Merion Golf Club, which recently hosted the U.S. Open.