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Team USA Roster for 2014 North America Cup Announced

Team USATeam USA

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

2014 North America Cup – Team USA

Boys 15-19 Division:


Boys 14 & Under Division:


Girls Division:

 

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

Final results from the Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course

 Holetz wins first IJGT Major Championship title

Hunt and Liu finish first in their first IJGT Event

SAN FRANCISCO – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held its first west coast Event of the season in San Francisco, Calif., at the Presidio Golf Course. The Major Championship had both National Rankings and IJGT Merit points at stake. The participating golfers ranged in age from 9-19 and were in pursuit of an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

DSC_0939The weekend presented both rain and sunshine, but not even poor conditions deterred the junior golfers. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Harrison Holetz of Incline Village, Nev., finished first to secure his first ever IJGT Major Championship win. Holetz’s first-round four-stroke lead benefitted him as a second round of wind and rain equated to slightly higher scores. Despite the wet conditions, Sasha Lobel of Pittsburgh, Pa., recorded an impressive six birdies in round two to put him within three strokes of Holetz. In the end, it was Holetz’s first-round performance of 2-under-par 70, which included four birdies and an eagle, that kept him out in front for the win.

“I tried not to think about it [the weather]. I had a couple rough holes but I picked myself up and had a good finish,” commented Holetz.

The winner of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to Lobel who finished round two with a score of 1-under-par 71. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is awarded to the player(s) who shoot the lowest score during the final round of every IJGT tournament.

Second place went to Lobel who finished with an 81-71 – 152 overall score. Rounding out the top three was Justin Goh of San Francisco, Calif., finishing with an overall score of 156.

DSC_0886In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Cooper Hunt of El Dorado Hills, Calif., made a notable first impression as he finished each day with the best score in the division, finishing with a score of 76-73 – 149 overall. The Major Championship was the first IJGT Event in which he participated. With three birdies on the tournament, Hunt’s arguably most impressive golf came in the back nine of round two where he made par on all but one hole. Hunt’s second-round score of 1-over-par 73 secured him the four-stroke victory ahead of second-place finisher Ian Scarborough of Half Moon Bay, Calif.

As Hunt’s scores indicated, the rain and winds that came with round two had little to no effect on his game.

“It doesn’t really change me, I am used to the wind and rain because where I live it rains a lot so I am used to it,” said Hunt.

Scarborough finished second, shooting a 78-75 – 153 overall score. Grant Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., ended in third place posting a 78-76 – 154 overall.

DSC_0951The Girls Division also had a first-time participant secure a first-place win. Bibilani Liu of Cupertino, Calif., led round one with a score of 7-over-par 79. Her second round featured seven bogeys but making par on the remaining 11 holes kept Liu in command of the lead resulting in another 7-over par 79. Runner-up Samantha Gong of San Francisco, Calif., looked to rally with round-two play as she posted a notable five birdies. Even though Gong’s second-round performance was not enough to move into first, her score of 4-over –par 76 was enough to nab the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division.

In discussing her approach to the tournament, Liu stated, “If I focus on each shot, it helps me get better instead of thinking about it overall so that’s how I played both days.”

Gong came in second shooting an 85-76 – 161 overall score while Gurman Kaur of Elk Grove, Calif., rounded out the Girls Division in third with a score of 84-84 – 168 overall.

The IJGT will return to the West Coast over Easter Weekend with the Arizona Junior at Southern Dunes in Maricopa, Ariz., on April 18-19, 2014. Southern Dunes Golf Club hosts many prestigious championships and is ranked the sixth Best Course You Can Play in the state of Arizona by Golfweek. 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, Dynamic Brands, 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.

SAN FRANCISCO – Final round results of the IJGT Major Championship conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed February 1, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,391 yards, Par 72 (71.0/136).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 5,986 yards, Par 72 (70.2/128). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5,783 yards, Par 72 (74.7/126).

Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 10-15 mph

Rainy with temperatures in the Low 50s, winds 10-15 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course
San Francisco, Calif.
February 1-2, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division – (Blue Tees) 6,391 yards, Par 72

1. Harrison Holetz, Incline Village, NV *70-79–149
2. Sasha Lobel, Pittsburgh, PA *81-71–152
3. Justin Goh, San Francisco, CA *76-77–153
4. William Choi, Dublin, CA *81-75–156
5. Karl Beidle, Reno, NV *74-85–159
6. Ryan Rybicki, Maricopa, AZ *80-81–161
7. Kent Kao, Pinole, CA *85-78–163
8. Will Lagomarsino, Orinda, CA *80-86–166
9. Hayden Rodriguez, San Francisco, CA *83-84–167
10. Nicholas Turner, Reno, NV *81-87–168
11. Michael Bove, Truckee, CA *85-86–171
12. Austin Fischer, Orinda, CA *90-82–172
12. Mitchell Diraimondo, Lafayette, CA *86-86–172
14. Griffin Colvin, Media, PA *87-86–173
15. Adam Agustin, El Dorado Hills, CA *83-91–174
16. Jack Jaffe, Palo Alto, CA *93-85–178
17. Jake Leppek, Rocklin, CA *94-91–185
17. Henry Loos, Carson City, NV *89-96–185
19. Brandon Folke, Sherman Oaks, CA *95-91–186
20. Tyler Humphreys, Sparks, NV *101-102–203

DID NOT FINISH

Michael Mendelsohn, San Francisco, CA *102-DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Ryan Garfield, Petaluma, CA *90-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division – (White Tees) 5,986 yards, Par 72

1. Cooper Hunt, El Dorado Hills, CA *76-73–149
2. Ian Scarborough, Half Moon Bay, CA *78-75–153
3. Grant Leppek, Rocklin, CA *78-76–154
4. Griffin Cooper, Yerington, NV *81-81–162
5. Scott Rescigno, Reno, NV *81-84–165
6. Caleb Shetler, Saratoga, CA *86-81–167
6. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *81-86–167
8. Sahil Kapur, San Jose, CA *94-87—181

Girls Division – (Red Tees) 5,783 yards, Par 72

1. Bibilani Liu, Cupertino, CA *79-79–158
2. Samantha Gong, San Francisco, CA *85-76–161
3. Gurman Kaur, Elk Grove, CA *84-84–168
4. Kylie Fong, Elk Grove, CA *83-91–174
5. Zaria Thompson, Casto Valley, CA *96-85–181
6. Addie Hemming, Rocklin, CA *99-95–194
7. Jacqueline Sohl, Reno, NV *96-99–195
8. Kristen Eissmann, Reno, NV *100-96–196

Major Championship at Presidio Golf Club – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) heads to the west coast for the Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco, Calif., on Feb. 1-2, 2014. Players will play 36 holes over the two-day tournament to compete for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Expanded to 18-holes in 1910, Presidio Golf Course is a notably “hilly” course featuring many bunkers and narrow fairways. The course was named a historic landmark in 1962 and has been open for public play since 1995. The par-72 course is located just a short distance from downtown San Francisco and features Eucalyptus and Monterey Pine trees characteristic of the area.

Aerial view of Presidio Golf Club and its winding fairways.

Aerial view of Presidio Golf Club and its winding fairways.

William Choi of Dublin, Calif., who placed first in the Boys 15-19 Division at the Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon Bay last November will look to contend again this year at Presidio.

Turning to the Boys 14 & Under Division, keep your eye on Grant Leppek of Rocklin, Calif. Having placed first in both the NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club last September and the Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon Bay in November, Leppek will look to garner another first-place finish to kick off 2014 play.

While most of the players in the Girls Division will look to make an impression with their first tournament play, the San Francisco native Samantha Gong will look to lead the pact after placing first in her last tournament in the Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon Bay.

To register or for more information on this event, click here.

First round highlights from the IJGA Invitational

Hilton Head Island, S.C. – The first round of the International Junior Golf Tour’s IJGA Invitational on Dec. 14 was plagued by constant rain, heavy enough to force a temporary delay. The first round was held at both Harbour Town Golf Links, with the Boys 15-19 Division playing there, and Sea Pines Ocean Course hosting the Boys 14 & Under and Girls Divisions. Players will switch courses for the final round of the tournament. The field consisted of 102 players representing 19 states and 18 countries. On the line at the IJGA Invitational are national rankings and Double IJGT Merit Points.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C., leads after shooting a 3-over-par, 74. Here is Miles’s round by the numbers:

Will Miles

36 (even -par) – Score on the front-nine

9 – Number of pars (50% of his scores)

8 – There are 8 players within two strokes of Miles

3 – This is his third season with the IJGT. Also the number of birdies in his first round (16.67% of scores)

1 – Stroke lead over Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb.

-1 – Score on the course’s three par-5’s

 

Atop the leaderboard in the Boys 14 & Under Division is Ryan McCarthy of Rockville Centre, N.Y., firing a first round score of 1-over-par, 73. Here is McCarthy’s first round by the numbers:

Ryan McCarthy

36 (even -par) – Score on the back-nine

13 – Number of pars (72.2% of his scores)

7 – This is McCarthy’s seventh career appearance on the IJGT, spanning three seasons

4 – Stroke lead over Grant Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., entering the final round

3 – Number of birdies (16.67% of his scores)

2 – Number of birdies, coming at the 4th and 14th hole.

 

Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga. heads the Girls Division after carding a 4-under, 68. Here is Ashmore’s round by the numbers:

Maggie Ashmore

33 (3-under-par) – Score on the front-nine

8 – Number of top-10 finishes in her IJGT career.  She is looking for her first victory.

6 – Number of birdies (33.3% of her scores)

4 – Stroke lead over Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, and Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand

2 – This is her second year competing on the IJGT

-3 – Score on the course’s four par-5’s

Click here to see a short interview with first-round leader Ashmore.

For complete results of the first round click here. Pairings for final round action at the IJGA Invitational can be found here; Sea Pines – Ocean, Harbour Town

Final results from the Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon Bay

Choi clinches first victory at Half Moon Bay

Gong wins Girls Division title

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) conducted the Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon Bay Golf Links which featured talented junior golfers ages 9-19 representing four states competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.

The Old Course at Half Moon Bay played very difficult over the weekend due to high winds and imperfect greens. Club selection was challenging for the junior golfers with the elevation changes on the Arnold Palmer – Francis Duane design. With all that being said, many junior golfers braved the conditions and delivered outstanding performances.

Choi TrophyIn the Boys 15-19 Division, an IJGT newcomer, William Choi of Dublin, Calif., earned the victory after two great rounds on the weekend. Choi started off the tournament well posting a 4-over-par 76 to take a one-stroke lead going into the final round. His round of 4-over-par 76 was the lowest round of the tournament regardless of division.

The final round did not start as Choi envisioned as he hit his opening tee shot out of bounds. After making a double-bogey on the first hole, he quickly calmed down and made three birdies on the front nine to make the turn with a 38. From there, the tournament was Choi’s to lose and he finished strong playing his last five holes in 1-over-par to close with a score of 80. The tournament total of 156 was good enough for a two-stroke victory, which was his first on the IJGT.

The Old Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links had out of bounds on every hole which made accuracy off the tee very important to success.

“My strategy was keeping the ball down the middle on this course…take advantage of the short par-4s and play safe on the par-5s,” commented Choi.

Finishing in a tie for second place were J.T. Bloomer of Boise, Idaho, and Ethan Gray of Winnemucca, Nev., with scores of 158. Bloomer’s final-round score of 5-over-par 77 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the player that shoots the lowest score in the final round of every IJGT tournament.

Gong TrophySamantha Gong of San Francisco, Calif., was victorious in the Girls Division after firing rounds of 82 and 80. Her tournament did not start as she had planned as she struggled on her first nine holes. She regrouped and displayed a strong mental game on the back nine, where she went on to shoot an even-par 36. Her performance gave her a six-stroke lead going into the final round.

It was important for Gong to play solid on the final day and avoid any large numbers on her scorecard. The front nine went well as she recorded six pars and three bogeys for a score of 39. From there it was smooth sailing as Gong added two birdies on the back nine to clinch her first IJGT victory.

“My goal was to get as many pars and birdies as possible,” said Gong.

Kylie Fong of Elk Grove, Calif., finished in second place after carding a tournament total of 167. Her final-round score of 6-over-par 78 was the lowest score in the Girls Division and also earned Fong the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. Gurman Kaur of Elk Grove, Calif., rounded out the top three with a score of 173.

Leppek TrophyThe Boys 14 & Under Division saw a familiar face atop the leaderboard as Grant Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., won his second IJGT title in the Fall 2013 Season. This one did not come easy for Leppek after an inconsistent round of 85 to start the tournament. He did not let it affect his approach on the final round, which ultimately lead to his victory.

The final-round comeback put together by Leppek included eight pars and two birdies en route to an 80. His tournament total of 165 gave him a two-stroke victory.

All weekend the competitors had nothing but great compliments for the closing two holes on the Old Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links, which have great views of the Pacific Ocean.

“It’s a great way to end and probably the best finishing hole I have ever played. It ‘s just a great hole to end on,” commented Leppek.

Finishing in second place with a tournament score of 167 was Moibhi Tyndall of Mountain View, Calif. Half Moon Bay resident, Ian Scarborough, took home third place with a tournament total of 168.

The IJGT West Coast tour will be back in action Dec. 7-8, 2013 at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, Calif., for the West Coast Major Championship. Players will compete on the Legends Course for national rankings and double IJGT Merit Points. 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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

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

 

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. – Final round results of the IJGT Pacific Coast Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Nov. 17, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,819 yards, Par 72 (74.5/133).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,225 yards, Par 72 (71.6/129) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,923 yards, Par 72 (75.2/132).

 Weather:        Saturday: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the Mid 50s, winds 15-20 mph
Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the High 50s, winds 10-15 mph

 

Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay Golf Links – Old Course
Half Moon Bay, Calif.
November 16-17, 2013

 
Boys 15-19 Division – (Black Tees) 6,819 yards, Par 72
1. William Choi, Dublin, CA *76-80–156
2. Ethan Gray, Winnemucca, NV *77-81–158
2. J.T. Bloomer, Boise, ID *81-77–158
4. Dylan Vanderveer, El Dorado Hills, CA *81-81–162
5. Austin Fischer, Orinda, CA *80-83–163
6. Mitchell Diraimondo, Lafayette CA, *87-81–168
7. Will Lagomarsino, Orinda, CA *87-85–172
8. Karl Beidle, Reno, NV *90-88–178
9. Connor Alexander, Castle Rock, CO *102-88–190
10. Brandon Folke, Sherman Oaks, CA *96-95–191
11. Jake Leppek, Rocklin, CA *98-100–198
12. Michael Mendelsohn, San Francisco CA, *129-113–242

DID NOT FINISH
Trevor Hernstadt, Woddside, CA *JWD
Hayden Rodriguez, San Francisco, CA *94-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division – (White Tees) 6,225 yards, Par 72
1. Grant Leppek, Rocklin, CA *85-80–165
2. Moibhi Tyndall, Mountain View, CA *84-83–167
3. Ian Scarborough, Half Moon Bay, CA *83-85–168
4. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *91-78–169
4. Cole Skach, Reno, NV *91-78–169
6. Michael Tan, Carmichael, CA *92-82–174

Girls Division – (Gold Tees) 5,923 yards, Par 72
1. Samantha Gong, San Francisco, CA *82-80–162
2. Kylie Fong, Elk Grove, CA *89-78–167
3. Gurman Kaur, Elk Grove, CA *88-85–173

Final results from the NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club

Lowe wins in first IJGT Event

Leppek victorious at Darkhorse

 

AUBURN, Calif. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club in Auburn, Calif., on Sept. 21-22. The two-day, 36-hole event was contested at Darkhorse Golf Club, which is ranked the eighth best course you can play according to Golfweek Magazine. A talented field with players ages 10-19 took on the course, competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Lowe TrophyLogan Lowe of Grass Valley, Calif., won the Boys 15-19 Division in his first appearance in an IJGT Event. The first round was key to his success in the tournament as he built himself a large cushion after an impressive 1-over-par 73. Darkhorse Golf Club was not playing easy that day, as consistent rain was falling for the entire back-nine. Lowe made two birdies on his round, but the highlight of his round came on the par-4, eighth hole where he holed out from 135 yards for eagle.

“I hit a wedge and I started walking because I thought it was going to be good. And then my grandparents and parents started screaming so I knew it went into the hole,” commented Lowe.

Going into the final round, Lowe did not change his approach. He was consistent and avoided any large numbers that would have allowed his fellow competitors a chance to take the lead from him. After 10 pars and two birdies he finished his round with a 7-over-par 79 which was good enough to secure a 10-stroke victory.

“I really didn’t think any differently out there. I just tried to take it one shot at a time,” said Lowe.

Finishing in a tie for second place were Karl Beidle of Reno, Nev., and Michael Bove of Truckee, Calif., who finished with a tournament total of 162.

Leppek TrophyIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Grant Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., was once again victorious in an IJGT Event. Leppek played solid both days en route to a 152 tournament total. He was able to navigate the difficult golf course and make the key putts when he needed. In the first round, Leppek battled the worst of the rain as he played 10 holes after the weather delay.

“The front nine (in the first round) had great conditions, but on the back nine it changed severely,” said Leppek.

Leppek saved his best game for the last day of the NorCal Junior where he posted a 2-over-par 74 which was the low round of the day. It also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. During his round, Leppek was able to convert 14 pars including six consecutive ones to start his round. His lone birdie on the day came on the 15th hole where he dropped a 40-foot putt to his own disbelief.

“It was pretty much just hit it and hope,” commented Leppek.

This was Leppek’s second IJGT victory with the first coming at the NorCal Open at Eagle Ridge last November.

Finishing in second place was Michael Tan of Carmichael, Calif., with a tournament total of 170. Rounding out the top three was Cole Skach of Reno, Nev., with a tournament total of 190.

Jones Trophy

The Girls Division played out the same as the other divisions where the first-round leaders held onto their leads to secure victories. Trae Jones of Sparks, Nev., put together a solid final round of 83 to fend off the competition at Darkhorse Golf Club.

In the first round, Jones had a little trouble prior to the weather delay. She made two double-bogeys on the front nine but quickly regrouped on the back nine where she played her last two holes in 1-under-par to shoot an opening-round 86 giving her a four-stroke advantage going into the last round.

The last day was much smoother for Jones as she started off very well making a birdie and four pars en route to a 40 on the front nine. She was able to stay steady on the back nine to finish off her tournament with an 83 which also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This was Jones’s first career IJGT title.

“Today (final round) I was just playing for par. I was playing against the course and taking it one shot at a time,” said Jones.

Finishing in second place was Gurman Kaur of Elk Grove, Calif., who recorded a tournament score of 176 for the Event.

The IJGT West Coast tour will be back in action on Nov. 16-17 in Half Moon Bay, Calif., for Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon Bay. The scenic golf course is located on the Pacific Ocean and is featured in many publications as a top golf destination in all of California.

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.

 

AUBURN, Calif. – Final-round results of the IJGT NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 22, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Copper Tees – 6,765 yards, Par 72 (73.3/136) Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,219 yards, Par 72 (70.8/129) Girls Division: Whtie Tees – 5,714 yards, Par 72 (77.9/142)

 

Weather:        Saturday: Rainy with temperatures in the low 60’s with 5-10 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 60’s with 0-5 mph winds

 

International Junior Golf Tour

NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club

Auburn, Calif.

September 21-22, 2013

 

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

1. Logan Lowe, Grass Valley, CA, *73-79–152

2. Karl Beidle, Reno, NV, *81-81–162

2. Michael Bove, Truckee, CA, *79-83–162

4. Louie Euer, Loomis, CA, *84-87–171

5. Jake Leppek, Rocklin, CA, *90-94–184

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – Blue Tees, 6,219 yards, Par 72

1. Grant Leppek, Rocklin, CA, *78-74—152

2. Michael Tan, Carmichael, CA, *81-89–170

3. Cole Skach, Reno, NV, *89-101–190

 

Girls Division – White Tees, 5,714 yards, Par 72

1. Trae Jones, Sparks, NV, *86-83—169

2. Gurman Kaur, Elk Grove, CA, *90-86–176

 

 

 

 

 

First-round highlights from the NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club

AUBURN, Calif. – Players at the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club experienced a true fall experience on the official first day of Fall. A lengthy weather delay dampened the round; however there were still many highlights from the first day of action at Darkhorse Golf Club, which is the eighth best course you can play in the state of California according to Golfweek Magazine.

The best round of the day came from Logan Lowe of Grass Valley, Calif., who leads the Boys 15-19 Division after a solid 1-over-par 73. Lowe’s round was kick-started by an eagle on the par-4 eighth hole at Darkhorse Golf where he holed out from the middle of the fairway. Here is Lowe’s round by the numbers.

Lowe Tee Shot1Logan Lowe by the numbers:

73 – lowest round of the day in the NorCal Junior

35 – front-nine score

11 – number of pars  in his round

2 – score he made on the par-4 eighth hole

1 – appearance on the IJGT

 

 

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, a familiar face sits atop the leaderboard after a stellar round in tough weather conditions. Grant Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., shot a 6-over-par 78 to take a small lead headed into the final round. Here is Leppek’s round by the numbers.

Leppek, G Tee Shot1Grant Leppek by the numbers:

38 – back-nine score

6 – number of consecutive pars to start his round

3 – stroke lead going into tomorrow’s final round

2 – number of birdies in his round (both on the back nine)

-1 – score on the four par 3’s at Darkhorse Golf Club

 

 

Trae Jones of Sparks, Nev., has the lead in the Girls Division after a first-round score of 86. The course proved to be very difficult with many long shots into elevated greens. Here is Jones’s round by the numbers.

Jones Tee Shot1Trae Jones by the numbers:

142 – Slope Rating of the Girls tees for the NorCal Junior

77.9 – Course Rating of the Girls tees for the NorCal Junior

8 – number of pars in her round

4 – stroke lead going into the final round

1 – number of birdies in her round

 

Final results from the first round of the NorCal Junior can be found here. Pairings for the final day of action are posted here.

NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is traveling west for the NorCal Junior Sept. 21-22 at Darkhorse Golf Club in Auburn, CA.

Designed by well-renowned course architect Keith Foster, Darkhorse sits in the Sierra Nevada foothills on what used to be an 1,100-acre cattle ranch. The course is known for its many elevation changes, along with strategically placed bunkers and a course layout that presents a variety of shot making opportunities.

The 6th hole at Darkhorse Golf Club.

The 6th hole at Darkhorse Golf Club.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Karl Beidle of Reno, NV., and Michael Bove of Truckee, CA., should be two of the top golfers in the division. Beidle will make his first tour appearance of the season after posting sixth-place and tied for tenth finishes in his two tour Events last season. Bove, who moving up from the Boys 14 & Under Division, finished tied for third at last season’s Golden Gate Junior at Presidio Golf Course.

Gurman Kaur (Elk Grove, CA.) and Trae Jones (Sparks, NV.) will battle things out in the Girls Division. Kaur tallied a ninth-place finish at last season’s Golden Gate Junior, while Jones finished right behind her in tenth-place.

The Boys 14 & Under Division could prove to be the most competitive, with three golfers all having posted high finishes in previous IJGT Events. Grant Leppek of Rocklin, CA., posted a win and two second-place finishes in four tour appearances last season, while Michael Tan of Carmichael, CA., won the Golden Gate Junior last season.

Cole Skach of Reno, NV., earned a third-place finish at last season’s Reno Junior at ArrowCreek.

 

North America Cup headed back with TEAM USA

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

Round 3 – Singles Matches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

TOTAL SCORE: USA – 16     CANADA – 12

 

Top 3 Highlights:

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

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

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

North America Cup – Round 2 Results

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

Round 2 – Foursomes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Top-Three Highlights:

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

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

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