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.


Bookholdt and Goldenberg earn IJGT Player of the Week Honors – May 17-18, 2014

SOMERS POINT, NJ – The IJGT returned to Somers Point, N.J., for the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club. With beautiful weather all weekend, the conditions were ideal for scoring.  Greate Bay serves as a fan-favorite stop on the tour.  This weeks Players of the Week are Joshua Goldenberg, of Scarsdale, N.Y., and Haley Bookholdt, of Columbus, N.J.

goldenberg maybeGoldenberg, playing in his second event of the season, had a great two days of golf.  In round one, Goldenberg had a steady round, shooting an 80 and never scoring higher than bogey on any hole. His second round was considerably better as he carded a 73. The New York native showed determination by shooting a 37 on the front nine. That score included a birdie on the long par-5 sixth hole. His back nine was virtually flawless with eight pars in nine holes. We congratulate Joshua on his great play and hope to see him soon!




bookholdtBookholdt, also playing in just her second event of the season, had a very strong outing this weekend, especially during the final round. She finished her first round with a score of 86, which included two birdies on No. 15 and No. 17. Though she entered the final round in a tie for fifth place, she was just six strokes off the lead and still in contention. Bookholdt came prepared in the final round and put together an exceptional score of 37 on her first nine holes. She, again, birdied the par-5, No. 15, which was statistically the most difficult hole in the Girls Division. She was also carded birdies on No. 15 and No. 17 during the weekend, the only two birdies on those holes in the division. She finished the final round with a score of 79, for a tournament total of 165. Her 79 won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and her 165 earned her a tie for second place. Bookholdt will look to continue her success next week at the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions.

Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay CC – Round one recap

It was a great day at Greate Bay CC as round one of the Jersey Shootout took place. Temperatures were in the high 60s making it a perfect day to be on the golf course. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were at stake, as well as an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.  In review, divisional leaders’ rounds in numbers are below.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Michael Lamond of West Chester, Pa., is leading. His round in numbers:

2 – total number of birdies during round one

34 – Lamond’s 1-under-par score on the back nine

3 – his third IJGT event this season

73 – his 3-over-par score after round one

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Evan Brown of Chadds Ford, Pa., currently leads the division. His round in numbers:

12 – total number of pars during round one

E – even on all for of the par-3 holes

2 – two stroke lead in the division

1 – Brown has one first place finish this season at the Major Championship at Hartefeld National 

Haley Goodling of Manheim, Pa., is the Girls Division leader after round one. Her round in numbers:

10 – 10-over-par score of 80 after round one

1 – one birdie on the par-4 hole number 12

1 – first IJGT event this season

2 – two players are within one stroke of Goodling’s lead


For full round one results of the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay CCclick here.

For round two pairings of the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay CCclick here.

Round two will be on Sunday, May 18, 2014 with tee times starting at 8:00 a.m. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live, up-to-the-minute updates of the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay CC as the tournament continues.


Stein and Clair earn career-best finishes to be named among IJGT Player of the Week – May 10-11, 2014

HERSHEY, Pa. – The IJGT returned to Hershey Country Club to conduct the Hershey Classic. Presented by the International Junior Golf Academy, one of the most popular events each year, on May 10-11, 2014. A full field of highly competitive junior golfers from six different states caught the attention of a number of college coaches who came out to the tournament. While the first round included intermittent rain, including a 30 minute delay and eventual postponement of the round, golfers were welcomed with ideal conditions for the final round. Dylan Stein, of Flemington, NJ, and Alyssa Schiera, of West Windsor, NJ, stood out and earned Player of the Week honors.

steinStein, playing in his third tournament of the year, had another impressive showing. Facing less than ideal scoring conditions on Saturday, Stein managed to shoot an impressive 73. The Flemington, New Jersey native’s Saturday round included four birdies, two on the front nine and two on the back, including one on the tough par 3 8th hole.  On Sunday, Stein picked up right where he left off by carding a birdie on the par-5 first hole. His consistent play in round two led him to shoot a 78. His round one and round two scores forced a playoff with James Nicholas. During the playoff, Stein had many impressive shots, perhaps none more impressive than the up-and-down from off the green on the first playoff hole. Although it was not enough to secure the victory, it did secure his best finish of the year for him. We wish Stein the best and hope to see him soon.



Schiera, an IJGT regular, having played six out of nine events this spring, had her best finish of the season. She started the weekend out nicely by parring her first hole and finished her front nine at 3-over-par 38. The highlight of her round was a birdie on the difficult par three, No. 16. She was the only girl to score under par on the hole and one of only five players to birdie the hole through the whole tournament. She finished round one with an 84 and in a six-way tie for fifth place. Schiera also played well throughout the final round, including another birdie on the par three, No. 2. She again finished with an 84, for an overall score of 168. Her third place finish is her best of the season and she improved on her previous best score of 2014 by four strokes. We wish Schiera the best of luck during her upcoming competitions at the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club this weekend and the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, May 24-26, at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando.


KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The IJGT traveled south to host The Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club on May 10-11, 2014. The final event of the regular Southeast Tour schedule featured a field of 61 juniors ranging in age from 11-19 years old for the two-day, 36-hole event. The IJGT Players of the Week from the Southeast Tour are Cameron Clair of Bluffton, S.C., and Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

15111_10154171568985026_267358251173121412_nClair made his 14th appearance in an IJGT event this season with his IJGT career-best finish of third place in the Boys 15 & Up Division. After finishing his first round with a four-over par 76, Clair found himself three strokes off the lead. Clair started his final round ready to close the gap, making a birdie on his opening hole. He posted an even-par 72 for the final round, to finish with a 76-72–148. After his strong play at Falcon’s Fire, Clair will be one to watch at the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions.





10264779_10154171553715026_2741195399204324369_nPhuchanbanchob, the Girls Division second-place finisher, carded nine pars and three birdies to finish with an impressive first round score of 75. After starting the final round three strokes behind the lead with a one-under 35 on the front nine, Phuchanbanchob held strong with seven pars on the back nine, finishing with a 74 in the final round. She carded an overall score of 75-74—149, making her runner-up honors her fifth top-5 finish for the 2013-14 season. Phuchanbanchob will make her debut appearance in a  Bridgestone Tournament of Champions May 24-26, 2014, and look to excel with her momentum from this week’s notable performance.

Stein, Bookholdt, & Pongrac highlighted in Players to Watch at the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club

The final stop of IJGT’s northeast tour will be the #JerseyShootout at Greate Bay Country Club in New Jersey. This event will be held on May 17-18, 2014 and consist of two 18-hole rounds on Saturday and Sunday. Junior golfers will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

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Located in Somers Point, N.J., Greate Bay was designed by the legendary Scotsman, Willie Park, Jr., in 1932. The course features a traditional links-style layout and is a sight to be seen. Breezes coming from the bay, a variety of hazards, small greens, and elevation changes provide a challenge for even the best golfers. It remains true to it’s Scottish character and is very difficult, but rewarding at the same time. This IJGT Event will not disappoint.

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Greate Bay Country Club is located on 169 acres overlooking Great Egg Harbor Bay in Somers Point

On the Players to Watch list for this event, look for Dylan Stein of Flemington, N.J., in the Boys 15-19 Division. Stein is a strong competitor and hopes to take home his first IJGT championship. His best finish this season was fifth place in the The Architects Cup at Architects Golf Club. Other players to watch include Somers Pointe, N.J. native Mark Benevento, Leonard Lee of Wycoff, N.J. and Tommy Hayes of Long Valley, N.J.

In the Girls Division, Haley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., will attend Greate Bay to compete for first place. Bookholdt has two top-10 finishes this season, her best being a tied for third finish at The Final Challenge at Hershey LinksEmily Gilbert of Gilbertsville,Pa., Rylie Heflin of Avondale, Pa., and Aine Filler of Moorsetown, N.J. round out the players to watch in the Girls Division.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., will be in attendance looking to take home his second IJGT championship of the season. Pongrac has four top-10 finishes in all four of his events. His best finish to date was first place at the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate CC. The other players to watch at Greate Bay include Kenny Nixon of Rye, N.Y., and Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md.

To register or for more information on the #JerseyShootout at Greate Bay CC, click here.

IJGT announces the Spring 2014 Discovery Tour schedule

IMG_6240The IJGT is proud to announce the return of the Discovery Tour in 2014. The Discovery Tour allows junior golfers aged 8-12 to experience what it is like to play in a junior tournament.  The main goal for players of the Discovery Tour is to have fun! This tour allows golfers to play amazing golf courses with others of the same age group and skill set. Each stop on the tour will play a one day, 9-hole event and allow junior golfers to learn, have fun, and prepare themselves to play future competitive events.


“We are very excited to bring back this event again this year,” said IJGT Tour Director, Kyle Wolfe. “It is a great feeling to see juniors now on the IJGT, who got their start at the Discovery Tour.”

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Dongjin Park and Marshall Clemens smile for a photo at the Discovery Tour

The Discovery Tour isn’t your normal golf tournament. As the IJGT is known for helping junior golfers with advance skills compete and dominate competitive junior golf, the Discovery Tour is a no-pressure alternative to normal IJGT events. It allows young golfers, with little or no experience, to get a feel for what it is like to play in a competitive tournament. This is a great opportunity for any child to play with their peers, sharpen their skills, and most importantly have fun.

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The 2014 schedule will not disappoint. The following Discovery Tour Events have been announced:

March 15th, 2014Discovery Tour at Westfields Golf Club

April 12th, 2014 – Discovery Tour at the Architects Golf Club

April 12th, 2014 – Discovery Tour at Oldfield Golf Club

April 26th, 2014 – Discovery Tour at Palmetto Hall

May 17th, 2014 – Discovery Tour at Greate Bay Country Club

The tour has been very successful in years past. Discovery Tour players will play from the shortest tees possible, averaging from 2,000-2,500 yards per event. A 10-stroke limit has also been implemented to keep the event enjoyable. Additionally, members of the IJGT Discovery Tour will receive a bag tag, golf balls, profile on the IJGT website, and other prizes.

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Soo Jin Lim teeing off at the Discovery Tour

This is a great opportunity for junior golfers to play at some of golf’s top venues, learn the rules of tournament play, and meet others of the same age in a fun and competitive atmosphere.


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Rik Ujaan sinks a putt at the Discovery Tour

For more information or questions about the Discovery Tour click here, or contact us directly at or 888-358-1267