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Class of 2016 College Signees

The International Junior Golf Tour would like to congratulate past and present tour players on signing their National Letter’s of Intent last week. Committing to college is a major accomplishment and the IJGT sends their best wishes to alumni as they continue their competitive golf careers.

Listed below are former alumni and the school they will be attending. Following are the pictures from signing day.

Adam Gray (Potomac, MD) – Rutgers University

Alex Butler (East Norriton, PA) – Drexel University

Alex Vegh (Gahanna, OH) – Austin Peay State

Ana Paula Valdes (Morelia , Mexico) – Clemson

Ankita Kedlaya (Bangalore , India) – East Tennessee State University

Anthony Truong (Winter Garden, FL) – Arizona State University

Austin Matz (Wexford , PA) – University of Mary Washington

Ben Reichert (East Amherst, NY) – East Tennessee State University

Benjamin Morris (Reisterstown, MD) – College of William and Mary

Bennett Buch (West Friendship, MD) – University of Maryland

Brent Ito (Ardsley, NY) – University of Michigan

Brynn Walker (St. Davids, PA) – University of North Carolina

Colin Dubnik (Rochester , NY) – University of Memphis

Connor Daly (Bronxville , NY) – Villanova University

Connor Schmidt (Philadelphia, PA) – Drexel University

David Hanes (Elma, NY) – Canisius College

Davis Lamb (Potomac , MD) – University of Notre Dame

Dylan VanderVeer (El Dorado Hills, CA) – Saint Mary’s of California

Eric Hall (Harwood, MD) – Yale University

Eun-Won Park (Tenafly, NJ) – Univrsity of Washington

Gabrielle Correia (Central Valley, NY) – Tulane University

Grace Massengill (Hickory, NC) – Wofford College

Gunnar Doyle (Pittsford , NY) – U.S. Military Academy (Army)

Gus Minkin (York, PA) – University of Minnesota

Hannah Berman (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) – University of West Florida

Hunter Wolcott (Burns, TN) – University of Tennessee

Jack Melville (Maple Glen, PA) – University of Delaware

Jasmine Chee (Hong Kong, China) – Western Michigan University

John Felitto (Mountainside, NJ) – University of Notre Dame

Kendel Hodges (Temecula, CA) – California Baptist University

Kristin Whitehead (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) – Queens University of Charlotte

Linda Wang (Fresh Meadows , NY) – St. Johns University

Luke Schaap (Potomac, MD) – University of Virginia

Madelein Herr (New Hope, PA) – Penn State University

Maren Cipolla (Lewistown, NY) – University of Texas

Maria Vesga (Bucaramenga, Columbia) – Baylor University

Mariel Galdiano (Kapolei, HI) – University of California, Los Angeles

Melany Chong (Mississauga, Canada) – Appalachian State University

Nicholas Russell (Hilton Head , SC) – Linestone College

Peter Knade (Easton , PA) – University of Maryland

Pryce Beshoory (Pearland, Texas) – The University of Houston

R.J. Wren (Morgantown, PA) – University of Delaware

Raelyn Spears (Plymouth, MN) – Elon University

Reed Winkler (Wilmington , DE) – St. Josephs University

Reid Bedell (Fair Haven, NJ) – Lafayette College

Rij Patel (Hunt Valley, MD) – Harvard University

Ryan Skae (Stony Point, NY) – Colgate University

Ryoto Furuya (West Chapel, FL) – University of Illinois

Sean Stanistreet (Camillus , NY) – University of South Carolina Upstate

Stanley Garrant (Poughkeepsie, NY) – St. Peters University

Steven Weingroff (Upper Saddle River, NJ) – Loyola University Maryland

Synclaire Kuhn (McMurray, PA) – St. Francis University (PA)

Taisei Negishi (San Diego , CA) – University of Michigan

Thomas “Jack” Simpson (Aurora , ON) – University of Iowa

Thomas Lewis (Doylestown , PA) – Purdue University

Walker Campbell (Paget, Bermuda) – College of William and Mary

William Harwood (Columbia, SC) – Elon University

Yoo Jin Kim (Centerville, VA) – George Washington University

Zhengkai Bai (Bradenton , FL) – University of Central Florida

 

Ankita Kedlaya, East Tennessee State University

Ankita Kedlaya, East Tennessee State University

Bennett Buch, University of Maryland

Bennett Buch, University of Maryland

 

Brynn Walker, University of North Carolina

Brynn Walker, University of North Carolina

 

David Hanes, Canisius College

David Hanes, Canisius College

 

Davis Lamb, University of Notre Dame

Davis Lamb, University of Notre Dame

 

Dylan VanderVeer, Saint Mary's of California

Dylan VanderVeer, Saint Mary’s of California

 

Gabrielle Correia, Tulane University

Gabrielle Correia, Tulane University

 

Grace Massengill, Wofford College

Grace Massengill, Wofford College

 

Gunnar Doyle, U.S. Military Academy (Army)

Gunnar Doyle, U.S. Military Academy (Army)

 

Gus Minkin, University of Minnesota

Gus Minkin, University of Minnesota

 

Jack Melville, University of Delaware

Jack Melville, University of Delaware

Jasmine Chee, Western Michigan University

Jasmine Chee, Western Michigan University

 

John Felitto, University of Notre Dame

John Felitto, University of Notre Dame

 

Kristin Whitehead, Queens University of Charlotte

Kristin Whitehead, Queens University of Charlotte

Linda Wang, St. Johns University

Linda Wang, St. Johns University

 

Madelein Herr, Penn State University

Madelein Herr, Penn State University

 

Maren Cipolla, University of Texas

Maren Cipolla, University of Texas

 

Mariel Galdiano, University of California, Los Angeles

Mariel Galdiano, University of California, Los Angeles

 

Melany Chong, Appalachian State

Melany Chong, Appalachian State

Peter Knade, University of Maryland

Peter Knade, University of Maryland

 

Reed Winkler, St. Joseph's University

Reed Winkler, St. Joseph’s University

 

Reid Bedell, Lafayette College

Reid Bedell, Lafayette College

 

R.J. Wren, University of Delaware

R.J. Wren, University of Delaware

 

Ryoto Furuya, University of Illinois

Ryoto Furuya, University of Illinois

 

Sean Stanistreet, University of South Carolina Upstate

Sean Stanistreet, University of South Carolina Upstate

Stanley, Garrant, St. Peter's University

Stanley, Garrant, St. Peter’s University

 

Steven Weingroff, Loyola University Maryland

Steven Weingroff, Loyola University Maryland

 

Synclaire Kuhn, St. Francis University (PA)

Synclaire Kuhn, St. Francis University (PA)

 

Taisei Negishi, University of Michigan

Taisei Negishi, University of Michigan

 

Thomas Lewis, Purdue University

Thomas Lewis, Purdue University

 

Walker Campbell,  College of William & Mary

Walker Campbell, College of William & Mary

 

YooJin Kim, George Washington University

YooJin Kim, George Washington University

Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club – Final Results

Minkin goes wire-to-wire at Hershey

Lee wins Girls Division in playoff

HERSHEY, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) kicked off the 2015 Fall Season with the Labor Day Classic on the East Course at Hershey Country Club. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old and representing seven different states competed in the 36-hole tournament for IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Performance Stars, and National Rankings.

Gus Minkin of York, Pa., earned his first IJGT title with a stellar performance firing a tournament total of 145 to win the Boys 15-19 Division by four strokes. Minkin started off the tournament on a poor note, making double bogey on his opening hole, however, Minkin did not get rattled and kept his composure closing with a 2-over, 37 on his opening nine. He would remain 2-over-par the rest of the day finishing with a 73, and taking the first-round lead in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Gus Minkin won the Boys 15-19 Division at Hershey Country Club

Gus Minkin won the Boys 15-19 Division at Hershey Country Club

Minkin was mentally prepared for the final round and came out aggressive making seven pars and two birdies on the front nine. His 2-under, 34 gave him a four-stroke cushion going into the back nine. None of his fellow competitors were able to surmount a comeback, and Minkin ended the day with a 1-over, 72 to earn the title. His final round of 72 was the lowest in the tournament and earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the boy and girl that record the lowest score in the final round of every IJGT tournament.

“My mindset was to come out and shoot even-par. I played solid. I did not make a lot of mistakes this week,” said Minkin.

Finishing in second place was Chris Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa., with a tournament total of 149. Jason Li, also of Sewickley, Pa., earned third place honors with a total score of 150.

36 holes were not enough to decide a champion in the Girls Division. After regulation, Julianne Lee of York, Pa., and Charlotte Simpson of Towson, Md., finished tied with tournament scores of 156. The playoff started on hole No. 16 at Hershey Country Club, where Lee and Simpson tied with bogeys. On the second playoff hole, Lee was able to get up and down for par to secure the victory, the first of her IJGT career.

Julianne Lee Trophy

Julianne Lee won the Girls Division at Hershey Country Club

Lee started the final round only one stroke back of Simpson after an opening round of 78. Lee put some pressure on Simpson early making two birdies in her front nine. At the turn Lee and Simpson were tied. Simpson grabbed control of the lead with a birdie on hole No. 14, but Lee was resilient and stayed calm making a par on her last hole to send it to the playoff.

The greens at Hershey Country Club were rolling very fast and troubled many of the competitors including Lee.

“My putting was not very good this week, but my iron play and driver made up for it,” said Lee.

Finishing in third place in the Girls Division was Samantha Fritzinger of Allentown, Pa., with a tournament total of 157 including a 76 in the final round which earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

The Boys 14 & Under Division did not disappoint either with an exciting finish as well. Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., pulled ahead in the last two holes to claim the title finishing with a score of 153. Sample started off the Labor Day Classic with six straight pars and a 37 in his opening nine. The back nine was not his best showing, but Sample limited the damage finishing the day with a score of 80 to grab a share of the lead along with Junyoung Lee of York, Pa.

Luke Sample won the Boys 14 & Under Division at Hershey Country Club

Luke Sample won the Boys 14 & Under Division at Hershey Country Club

Sample was ready to go in the final round, starting his round off with a birdie on the opening hole. He would finish with a 37 on the front nine to take a two-stroke lead going into the final nine holes. Jake Roach of East Aurora, N.Y., was only two strokes back and after making birdie on hole No. 13, he momentarily tied Sample for the lead. Sample stayed composed and was able to finish with two pars and a great score of 2-over, 73 for the final round. This was Sample’s third win in the Boys 14 & Under Division and the first of the 2015-2016 season.

“I wanted to come out and shoot a good number and see what the rest of the field did, and it worked for me,” commented Sample.

Roach ended the tournament in second place with a tournament total of 156. Lee finished in third place with a tournament score of 167.

The IJGT will make the short trip over to West Chester, Pa., on September 12-13, 2015, at Radley Run Country Club for the IJGT Philly Open. The tournament will feature national rankings as well as 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 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 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.

HERSHEY, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 6, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,769 yards, Par 71 (73.8/136), Boys 14 & Under Division: Black Tees – 6,102 yards, Par 71 (70.0/130). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,874 yards, Par 71 (74.9/131)

Weather:       
September 5: Sunny with temperatures in the low 80’s with 0-5 mph winds
September 6: Partly cloudly with temperatures in the low 80’s with 0-5 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Labor Day Classic at Hershey
Hershey, Pa.
September 5-6, 2015
 
Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,769 yards, Par 71

1. Gus Minkin, York, PA *73-72–145
2. Chris Tanabe, Sewickley, PA *74-75–149
3. Jason Li, Sewickley, PA *75-75–150
4. James Meyers, Wexford, PA *78-74–152
5. David Powers, Glen Spey, NY *79-76–155
6. Bobby Mulreaney, Lutherville, MD *82-74–156
6. Ethan Murphy, Mechanicsburg, PA *80-76–156
8. Andrew Lombardo, Lansdale, PA *81-77–158
8. Sanghyeon Park, Oakland Gardens, NY *77-81–158
10. Kevin Scherr, Nazareth, PA *80-79–159
11. Quinn Guzman, Souderton, PA *81-79–160
11. Andrew Forjan, York, PA *80-80–160
13. Devin Sanders, Camden, DE *79-82–161
14. Campbell Wolf, Enola, PA *82-80–162
14. Jordy Shaffer, Fayetteville, PA *80-82–162
16. Matthew Marino, Malvern, PA *82-81–163
16. Patrick Boles, Basking Ridge, NJ *86-77–163
18. Matthew Civitella, Paoli, PA *80-84–164
18. Charles Young II, Woodstock, MD *84-80–164
20. Jason Koshinski, Mechanicsburg, PA *85-80–165
21. Noah (David) Lee, Oswego, NY *83-83–166
22. Noah Schwartz, Cherry Hill, NJ *86-81–167
22. Garrett Ganley, Leesburg, VA *83-84–167
24. Deion Shepherd, Dayton, NJ *81-87–168
25. Max Finkel, Rockville, MD *88-81–169
25. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *86-83–169
27. Austen Schmidt, Goshen, IN *83-87–170
27. Simon Levy, New York, NY *83-87–170
29. Danny Goetze, Cornwall on Hudson, NY *92-79–171
30. Kyle Jones, Frederick, MD *91-81–172
31. Peter Riverso, Scarsdale, NY *89-84–173
31. David Colleran, Radnor, PA *87-86–173
33. Tyler Wassell, Lancaster, PA *84-90–174
33. Evan Diebus, Gainesville, VA *83-91–174
35. Andrew Perry, Basking Ridge, NJ *85-90–175
36. Matt Barkann, Newtown Square, PA *87-92–179
37. Adam Miller, Silver Spring, MD *96-84–180
38. Jack Murphy, Garden City, NY *97-88–185
39. Archie Filshill, Huntingdon Valley, PA *85-101–186
 
DID NOT FINISH
Theo Nick, Sands Point, NY *102—DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,102 yards, par 71
1. Luke Sample, New York, NY *80-73–153
2. Jake Roach, East Aurora, NY *82-74–156
3. Junyoung Lee, York, PA *80-87–167
4. Robbie Herzig, New York, NY *86-86–172
5. Matthew Bald, Towson, MD *95-93–188

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 5,874 yards, par 71
1. x-Julianne Lee, York, PA *78-78–156
2. Charlotte Simpson, Towson, MD *77-79–156
3. Samantha Fritzinger, Allentown, PA *81-76–157
4. Katie Lee, Ringoes, NJ *82-78–160
5. Sophia Bae, Norwood, NJ *84-81–165
6. Rebecca Markunas, Glendale, NY *85-82–167
6. Meher Mankikar, Bridgewater, NJ *83-84–167
8. Skylar Sload, Ashburn, VA *84-84–168
9. Gabrielle Herzig, New York, NY *90-79–169
10. Alexis Kim, Clarence, NY *89-84–173
11. Marlene Tartaro, Warren, NJ *87-95–182
12. Jessica Meyers, Wexford, PA *107-102–209

X-Won in playoff

Major Championship at Out Door CC – Final results (Oct. 26, 2014)

Parrini wins at his hometown course
Parker nabs second consecutive IJGT title 

The IJGT hosted the Major Championship at Out Door Country Club on October 25-26, 2014. The Major Championship was the first Major of the season and the final tournament of the Northeast Tour. Juniors competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

Joe ParriniJoe Parrini of York, Pa., of the Boys 15-19 Division combined scores of 73 and 74 to win with a two-day total of 147. With consistent scoring in both rounds, Parrini carded five total birdies and 24 total pars for his tournament. The York native had familiarity with the course and took advantage of his course knowledge to finish five shots ahead of his competition. The Major Championship title is the first for Parrini after his graduation from the Boys 14 & Under Division.

In second was Gus Minkin of York, Pa., with a tournament total 152 and rounding out the top three was Teddy Zinser of Alexandria, Va., finishing with a total 154. Zinser’s round-two score of even-par 72 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female player with the lowest final-round score.

 

 

Jack HalleroncroppedIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., was victorious. After posting a round-one score of 78 and sitting in second behind then leader, MJ Bricker of York, Pa., Halleron used nine-hole par-or-better streak to ignite his comeback effort for the win. Halleron’s performance was highlighted by five total birdies. Sharing second was Bricker and Evan Greenplate of York, Pa. The duo both posted tournament totals of 154.

 

 

 

 

DSCN9345croppedIn the Girls Divison, Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., finished in first place for her first-ever Major Championship title.  Parker led the division at the conclusion of round one after she posted a 1-under-par score of 71, the only score under par in the entire field. The victory becomes Parker’s second-consecutive IJGT victory after her win in the College Series at Penn State University on October 18-19, 2014.

In second was Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., with a tournament total 165. In third was Kendel Abrams of New Freedom, Pa., finishing with a total 166.

The IJGT will continue the fall season with southeast play at Palmetto Hall for the IJGT Island Open on November 1-2, 2014, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Out Door Country Club
York, PA
October 25-26, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,888 yards, Par 72

1. Joe Parrini, York, PA *73-74–147
2. Gus Minkin, York, PA *78-74–152
3. Teddy Zinsner, Alexandria, VA *82-72–154
4. Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, PA *77-79–156
5. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ *74-84–158
6. Nick Geiman, York, PA *85-75–160
7. David Ross, Lorton, VA *79-82–161
8. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *79-83–162
9. Evan Brown, Chads Ford, PA *83-83–166
10. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *82-85–167
11. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *84-85–169
12. Andrew Forjan, York, PA *85-85–170
13. Derek Li, Hillsborough, NJ *79-94–173
14. Hunter Duriez, Northern Cambria, PA *86-92–178
14. Trip Smith, Phoenix, MD *87-91–178

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,085 yards, Par 72

1. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *78-74–152
2. Mj Bricker, York, PA *76-78–154
2. Evan Greenplate, York, PA *79-75–154
4. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *84-79–163
4. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *80-83–163
6. Jonathan Giambalvo, York, PA *90-83–173
7. Luke Sample, New York, NY *91-92–183
8. Andrew Sample, New York, NY *104-95–199

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 5,820 yards, Par 72

1. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *71-75–146
2. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *81-84–165
3. Kendel Abrams, New Freedom, PA *84-82–166
4. Lauren Kase, North Tonawanda, NY *81-87–168
5. Sofia Amoroso, West Chester, PA *89-92–181
6. Emily Kase, North Tonawanda, NY *91-96–187
7. Rosa Jones, Moriches, NY *102-87–189
8. Olivia Raihl, Wernersville, PA *94-100–194

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.

Outdoor CC

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.

To register or for more information about the Major Championship at Out Door Country Club click here.

Carr, De Bono included in IJGT Players of the Week – April 27, 2014

NORTHEAST TOUR

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – The IJGT traveled to the Baltimore area to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock April 26-27, 2014. The host of the LPGA Championship from 2005-2009, Bulle Rock Golf Course was in great shape and provided a true test for a strong field of junior golfers. While the threat of rain loomed over the first round, it held off long enough and players enjoyed fantastic weather both days. This week’s Player of the Week Honors for the Northeast Tour go to Gus Minkin, of York, Pa., and Haley Carr, of Waldorf, Md.

minkinMinkin, who competed at Bulle Rock for the fourth year in a row, had another strong showing at the tournament and his best score yet on the course. He has finished in the top 10 three times at Bulle Rock, but his score of 77-74–151 beats his previous best score by seven strokes. Much of Minkin’s success came from starting off each round strong and carrying that rhythm throughout the weekend. His combined score on the first four holes through both rounds was four under par. The highlight of his weekend came on his first hole during the final round. After a great tee shot, he holed out from roughly 100 yards away to card an eagle. His final score of 151 was good enough for 5th place. We look forward to seeing Minkin compete at the Hershey Classic Presented by IJGA

 

 

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The Player of the Week in the Girls Division goes to Haley Carr. The Waldorf, Maryland, native had two very solid rounds at Bulle Rock over the weekend. In round one, Carr shot an 84, which included 8 pars and a birdie on the long par-5 8th hole. In round two, Carr improved her score by 3 shots. She once again had 8 pars and managed a birdie on the tough par-4 11th. We want to congratulate Carr on her 2nd place finish in the Major Championship at Bulle Rock. Carr will look to continue her strong start to her IJGT career May 10-11, 2014, at the Hershey Classic Presented by IJGA.

 

SOUTHEAST TOUR

The IJGT continued the Southeast Tour with the College Prep at Palmetto Hall Plantation held on April 26-27, 2014. The 54-hole tournament featured two rounds consisting of 18 holes each played on the first day, while the final round of 18 holes was played on day two. Despite the lengthened event, the players lived up to the challenge and scored well on both days. The players of the week for the Southeast Tour are Maurizio De Bono from Basiglio, Italy, and Samantha Huang from Shenzhen, China.

De BonoDe Bono, playing in his fifth tournament of the season, played consistent golf throughout the weekend. De Bono started well by scoring an impressive 74 in round one, including 12 pars and five birdies. He maintained his first-round form by carding 75 for round two, which also featured an eagle. De Bono finished his final round with a score of 79, including a birdie and 11 pars to finish with fourth place for the tournament.

 

 

 

HuangHuang, playing in her third tournament of the season, started well with a first round score of 77 consisting of two birdies and ten pars. Her second round of 76 on the same day included an additional two birdies. Huang finished with a third round score of 79 consisting of twelve pars to place second in the tournament by one stroke. We hope to see Huang continue her form in the upcoming tournaments this season.

The Final Challenge at Hershey Links

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be in central Pennsylvania on October 26-27 for The Final Challenge at Hershey Links. Located in Hummelstown, Hershey Links will be hosting its final IJGT Event, as the club is closing at the end of this season. Top junior golfers from around the Northeast will be competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Opened in 2003, the course was originally known as Wren Dale Golf Club before being purchased by the Hershey Trust Company two years later. The course stretches over 175 acres of what used to be farmland and includes numerous ponds and creeks, pot bunkers, wide fairways and natural habitat. With five sets of tees, the links-style course can play anywhere from 4,764 yards to 7,009. The course has been included in Golfweek’s “Top Courses You Can Play” in Pa., Zagat Survey’s “America’s Top Golf Courses” and GolfStyles Philadelphia’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play.” Hershey Links has played host to an NCAA Division III National Championship, U.S. Open Qualifiers, and a number of IJGT Events over the years.

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A few players to keep an eye on at Hershey Links include Matthew Bastian of New Media, Pa., Thomas Kaczan of Clark, N.J., and Gus Minkin of York, Pa., in the Boys 15-19 Division, Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., Liza Freed of Alexandria, Va., and Frida Henningsson of Rye, N.Y., in the Girls Division, and Garrett Engle of Harrisburg, Pa., and Joe Parrini of York, Pa., in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Neither Bastian, Kaczan nor Minkin have been victorious on tour this season, but all three have come close. When the IJGT hosted the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club, Bastian and Minkin finished in the top five, at a tie for fifth and a tie for second respectively. For Bastian, it was one of three top-five finishes this season. Kaczan played in the final group during the final round of the Major Championship at Crystal Springs but was unable to take home the victory.

Freed captured a championship this season, as she shot 75-73-148 to win the College Series at University of Maryland by nine strokes. It was her third career win in an IJGT Event. Braman and Henningsson will both be in search of their first career victories. For the season, Braman’s highest finish was fifth in the Philly Open at Jeffersonville, while Henningsson was second at the Labor Day Classic at Hershey and fourth at the Major Championship at Crystal Springs.

Parrini has been on quite the roll in the Boys 14 & Under Division. In five events this season, he has finished no lower than fifth place, and picked up three victories in a three week stretch, including a Major Championship. Engle played in the final group with Parrini at the Philly Open, finishing runner-up to Parrini in his only IJGT Event so far this season. For his IJGT career, Engle has three victories on the Discovery Tour.

To register for this event, please contact the IJGT at (843) 785-2444.

Photos of the Week – Aug. 31-Sept. 2

Southeast Tour

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Capping off an exciting weekend at the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club, we are proud to announce that this week’s Photo of the Week for the Southeast tour goes to Henrique Ferreira of Sao Paulo, Brazil. After garnering a strong following of Likes, Comments, and Shares on our Facebook page, Ferreira has earned the privilege of appearing in this week’s newsletter with this great shot of him teeing off on the second hole at Oldfield during the Aug. 31-Sept. 1 tournament, where he finished in 14th place in just his second IJGT event. Congratulations to Ferreira, and we look forward to seeing him in upcoming events!

Northeast Tour

Boys 15-19 Hershey

The Photo of the Week from the Northeast tour’s Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club goes to the Boys’ 15-19 Division winners, Vinay RameshGerry Mackedon, and Gus Minkin (from left to right). This photo proved to be the most popular of the weekend, and with good reason. Mackedon (middle) of Port Jefferson, N.Y., took home the division title, carding a final 143, two shots ahead of second place winners, Ramesh of Newtown, Pa., and Minkin of York, Pa. On a weekend with nearly perfect weather conditions, these boys were able to sink tough putts and overcome nagging hazards. We definitely look forward to seeing them in action again soon!

West Coast Tour

Mikee Ordona - TPC Scottsdale

The West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale, held on the Stadium and Champions Courses of the famed club, featured some of IJGT’s brightest and most-skilled young golfers. The field of eight players were able to overcome excessive humidity and wind over the Labor Day weekend — particularly Mikee Ordona (pictured above), who had a fabulous tee shot during the second round of the event, making him the winner of our Photo of the Week contest. His second-place finish in the Boys’ 14 & Under division after shooting a final 164 capped off a great opening weekend for our West Coast tour. We are looking forward to seeing Ordona compete again in the coming weeks!

Final results from the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club

Mackedon wins in first IJGT appearance

Shin makes big comeback in Girls Division

HERSHEY, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held their first tournament in the Northeast region this weekend, as the Labor Day Classic teed off at Hershey Country Club’s East Course. Always having one of the largest fields, this year’s tournament did not disappoint, as 89 of the region’s best golfers took aim at the championship. The field was represented by juniors ages 9-19 from seven states and three countries competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Playing 5,885 yards for the Girls Division, 6,248 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,838 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division competitors, the East Course was not to be taken lightly. Although boasting only three water hazards, thick rough, the 100 plus bunkers presented the biggest challenge to this year’s participants. Adding to the course’s difficulties were elevated greens on all but three holes. The Fazio designed course has hosted numerous PGA events in the past and most recently held the Web.com Tour’s Reese’s Cup Classic.

MackedonIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Gerry Mackedon of Port Jefferson, N.Y., came out on top of the field. Mackedon shot an even-par 71 on Saturday to sleep on a two-stroke lead. He also was awarded the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award.

Playing in the final group on Sunday with Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., Kwanwoo Kim of Tenafly, N.J., and Gus Minkin of York, Pa., the road to victory was not easy for the 15-year-old Mackedon. After saving par on the first, Mackedon double-bogeyed the second hole. He regained his composure and birdied Nos. 4, 5, and 7 on his way to a front-nine score of 35.

As the group made the turn, it was Minkin and Vinay Ramesh of Newtown, Pa., playing in the group ahead, who presented the largest challenge to Mackedon. On No. 16, Ramesh birdied, Minkin made par, and Mackedon bogeyed. The three were separated by only two strokes with two holes to play. Ramesh could not muster up better than par on the difficult 17th and 18th holes and needed a miracle. A birdie on No. 17 got Minkin within one, while Mackedon made par on the hole, which provided an exciting ending to the tournament as the group came down the 18th fairway. But that was as close as Minkin or Ramesh would get. Another par on No. 18 for Mackedon, coupled with a bogey by Minkin, closed the deal, as Mackedon finished the day the same way he started it; with a two-stroke lead and now with the championship. He finished with a tournament total of 1-over-par 143.

“I was glad my short game came through this week,” stated Mackedon.

Minkin and Ramesh finished the tournament in a tie for second place with a tournament total of 3-over-par 145.

Max Redetzke of Lakeville, Minn., shot the low round of the tournament Sunday, with a 3-under-par 68, to win the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

The Boys 15-19 Division was not the only division that had some drama. The Boys 14 & Under Division also gave the crowd something to talk Butlerabout. Like Mackedon, Prescott Butler of Old Westbury, N.Y., came into Sunday with a two-shot lead on the field. Paired with Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., Joe Parrini of York, Pa., and Chris Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa., Butler handled the pressure well beyond his years.

Dougherty and C.J. Hughes of Indiana, Pa., pushed Butler to the end. Hughes made a big move on the day, going 1-under par with a 70 to get back in contention. He was already in the clubhouse as Dougherty and Butler finished their rounds.

The lead belonged to Dougherty with three holes to play, who was one up on Butler. But three consecutive bogeys for Dougherty coupled with three consecutive pars for Butler turned the tide and gave Butler the title. Hughes, like Dougherty, was two shots behind the Old Westbury, N.Y., native Butler.

“The greens were a lot firmer yesterday and made the course a challenge,” commented Butler.

ShinThe Girls Division was the only one to have its winner not come from the final group, as Yeji Shin of Norwood, N.J., came back from three strokes down to capture the trophy. After shooting an 8-over-par 79, on Saturday, Shin responded with a 76 on Sunday. She birdied her final hole, and then waited as the final group, consisting of first-round co-leaders and KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Awards recipients Frida Henningsson of Rye, N.Y., and Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., completed their rounds.

McLean and Henningsson both found trouble on the ninth hole, their final hole of the day. McLean’s tee-shot settled under a pine tree and she was forced to take an unplayable resulting in a one-stroke penalty. After her drop, she was forced to chip out of the deep fescue. By the time her hole was finished, a triple-bogey had dropped her out of championship contention. Henningsson also hit a tree off the tee, but got a fortunate bounce. Her second shot was a punch-out into the fairway, leaving her with an uphill shot from just outside 100 yards. That shot sped across the green and rolled into the rough. A tricky downhill chip got the best of her, as she carded a double-bogey on the hole, to finish one shot back of Shin.

“I did not think I had a chance [to win],” said Shin. “My putting saved me.”

Shin’s final-round score of 76 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Henningsson finished in second place with a tournament total of 156. McLean rounded out the top three with a score of 158.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it next weekend in Hamburg, N.J. for the Major Championship at Crystal Springs. The tournament will be played at Crystal Springs’s Great Gorge Course. 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, KENTWOOL, 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.

 

HERSHEY, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 1, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,838 yards, Par 71 (73.9/137) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,248 yards, Par 71 (70.5/132) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,885 yards, Par 71 (74.9/131)

 

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Weather:       

Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 70’s with 0-5 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 70’s with 0-5 mph winds

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club

Hershey, Pa.

August 31-September 1, 2013

 

East Course

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,838 yards, Par 71

1. Gerry Mackedon, Port Jefferson, NY, *71-72–143

2. Vinay Ramesh, Newtown, PA, *76-69–145

2. Gus Minkin, York, PA, *74-71–145

4. Max Redetzke, Lakeville, MN, *78-68–146

5. Kwanwoo Kim, Tenafly, NJ, *73-74–147

5. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *74-73–147

7. Matt Starobin, Davidsonville, MD, *77-71–148

8. C.J. Zachary, Hummelstown, PA, *77-73–150

8. Tyler Sokolis, Doylestown, PA, *77-73–150

8. Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, PA, *76-74–150

8. James Mongey, Morristown, NJ, *76-74–150

12. Jason Guintu, Potomac Falls, VA, *78-73–151

12. Ryan Conner, Newtown, PA, *77-74–151

14. Kevin Borowicz, Grand Island, NY, *80-72–152

15. Hunter Lee, Great Neck, NY, *79-74–153

15. Rij Patel, Hunt Valley, MD, *77-76–153

15. J.T. Barker, Bethlehem, PA, *76-77–153

18. Eric Terminello, White Plains, NY, *79-75–154

19. Bobby Piluso, Ridgewood, NJ, *79-76–155

19. Nick Geiman, York, PA, *78-77–155

21. Bobby Firth, Jenkintown, PA, *82-74–156

21. Patrick Sheerer, Gibsonia, PA, *79-77–156

21. Mike May, Auburn, NY, *80-76–156

21. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD, *80-76–156

21. Evan Johnson, York, PA, *78-78–156

26. Leonard Lee, Wyckoff, NJ, *79-78–157

27. Christopher Nolte, Arnold, MD, *79-79–158

27. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *78-80–158

29. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA, *84-75–159

29. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada, *82-77–159

29. Bobby Hapanowicz, Presto, PA, *80-79–159

32. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA, *83-77–160

33. Spencer Shepperly, New Vernon, NJ, *84-77–161

33. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA, *80-81–161

33. Will Haller, Gaithersburg, MD, *81-80–161

36. Kyle Kost, New Hope, PA, *83-79–162

36. Brandan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *84-78–162

36. Michael Richards, Cobourg, Canada, *85-77–162

36. Sam Hecht, Oakton, VA, *83-79–162

36. Andrew Bowyer, Summit, NJ, *87-75–162

36. Dominick Mancinelli, Moosic, PA, *79-83–162

42. Alex Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *82-81–163

43. Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, NY, *86-78–164

43. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY, *81-83–164

43. Evan Katz, Washington, DC, *78-86–164

46. Ben Lieberman, Potomac, MD, *85-80–165

46. Matthew Moore, Pittsburgh, PA, *82-83–165

46. Chris Tohir, New Canaan, CT, *90-75–165

49. Grant Brongo, Spencerport, NY, *84-85–169

50. Andrej Erkelens, Pittsford, NY, *84-86–170

51. Matt Ferriero, Long Valley, NJ, *87-84–171

52. Jesse Bevilacqua, Rumson, NJ, *90-82–172

53. David A. Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA, *83-91–174

53. Peter Bradbeer, Philidelphia, PA, *92-82–174

55. Angelo Mancinelli, Moosic, PA, *88-89–177

56. Emerson Maher, Bracebridge, Canada, *96-82–178

57. Zachary Sculler, Morganville, NJ, *94-92–186

 

DID NOT FINISH

Joe Blando, Jr, Manhasset, NY, *DQ (Rule 6-6b)

DJ Quinn, Marlton, NJ, *84-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Dominic Pizzurro-Gomez, White Plains, NY, *85-JWD

  

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,248 yards, Par 71

1. Prescott Butler, Old Westbury, NY, *76-77–153

2. C.J. Hughes, Indiana, PA, *85-70–155

2. Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, DE, *78-77–155

4. Chris Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *79-78–157

5. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *79-79–158

6. Jacob Richards, Cobourg, Canada, *82-79–161

7. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA, *90-89–179

 

DID NOT FINISH

John Kalavritinos, Potomac, MD *JWD

 

Girls Division – Gold Tees, 5,885 yards, Par 71

1. Yeji Shin, Norwood, NJ, *79-76–155

2. Frida Henningsson, Rye, NY, *76-80–156

3. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ, *76-82–158

4. Chelsea DAntonio, Lancaster, NY, *77-83–160

5. Sarah Bothner, Rochester, NY, *77-84–161

6. Raphaella Kang, Bayside, NY, *82-81–163

7. Samantha Yao, Berwyn, PA, *83-82–165

8. Emily Connors, Lancaster, NY, *83-83–166

9. Julianne Lee, York, PA, *88-82–170

9. Audrey Clawson, Sarver, PA, *88-82–170

11. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ, *92-79–171

11. Summer Kitahara, Greenwich, CT, *86-85–171

13. Lacey Bensing, Ephrata, PA, *88-85–173

14. Kate Weiss, Greenwich, CT, *90-84–174

14. Caroline Zhao, Greenwich, CT, *89-85–174

16. Amanda Meyers, North Potomac, MD, *85-90–175

17. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY, *89-87–176

18. Adelyn Deery, Lancaster, PA, *94-84–178

19. Jasmine Kitahara, Greenwich, CT, *93-87–180

 

DID NOT FINISH

Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ, *82-DQ (Rule 6-6d)

Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY, *JWD

 

IJGT hosts three Labor Day Weekend Events

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is set to host three tournament events over the Labor Day Weekend.  The first of those events is the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club in scenic Okatie, South Carolina.

The home of the Lowcountry’s first Greg Norman designed golf course, Oldfield is known for its towering pine and oak trees as well as being a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

In the Boys 15-19 division, Germany’s Jan Schnieder takes a step up in competition while hoping to continue his success after winning two events along with four additional top- five finishes in the Boys 14 & Under Division last season. He will be challenged by Japan’s Shota Ozaki, who tasted victory at last year’s Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters.

In the Girls division, Japan’s Sera Tadokoro looks to build upon her win at last season’s IJGT Junior at Oyster Reef.

Oldfield Golf Course

Oldfield Golf Course.

The IJGT returns to Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pennsylvania for the Labor Day Classic at the East Course. Designed by George Fazio, the East Course is known for its elevated greens and vast number of bunkers that total over 100 in all.

The competition at the Labor Day Classic will be fierce, especially in the Boys 15-19 division. The division is highlighted by two golfers moving up from the Boys 14 & Under level in Thomas Dzwoncyzk and Gus Minkin.

Dzwoncyzk hopes to finally come out on top after four top-five finishes in his seven tour appearances last season, while Minkin won the College Classic at Penn State during the 2012-2013 season. He also accumulated six additional top-five finishes during the season.

In the Boys 14 & Under division, C.J. Hughes plans on continuing his success after recording a win at the Bridgestone Series at Longaberger event last season.  Hughes also tallied two top-five finishes and three top-ten finishes last season. Battling Hughes will be Evan Katz, who won last year’s IJGT Major Championship at Hershey.

The Girls division features a number of golfers who had success on the tour last season. Madison Braman posted two top-fives and two top tens, while Audrey Clawson had one top-five and two-top ten finishes in her three tour events. Allyson Wentworth also will be in the mix after posting one top-five and four top-ten finishes last season.

Lacey Bensing returns after posting a fourth-place finish in last season’s Labor Day Classic at Hershey.

18th hole at Hershey Country Club East Course.

Hershey Country Club East Course.

The final IJGT event of the weekend is the West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona on September 1-2.

TPC Scottsdale plays host to the PGA TOUR’S Waste Management Phoenix Open, and features two fantastic courses that are open to the public year round. The Stadium Course is maintained at a PGA TOUR level year round, and is best known for “the Coliseum” at the 16th hole during the Waste Management Open.

The Champions Course is the newer of the two, having been built it in 2007. It is known for its rugged terrain, and a multitude of ravines and picturesque foothills throughout the course.

In the Boys 15-19 division, Phoenix native Jackson Whisenhunt looks to impress in his hometown after a top-five finish at last season’s PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North.

In the Boys 14 & Under division, Hawaii’s Adam Quant will try and repeat his tour success from last season, where he had a top-five finish in his lone tour appearance at the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North.

The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course.

The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course.

IJGT Returns to Hershey CC for Major Championship

LOPATCONG, N.J .The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is set to return to Hershey, Pa., for the Major Championship at Hershey Country Club presented by the IJGA May 11-12. This two-day, 36-hole event will be the final Major Championship of the season, and will take place on the PGA TOUR tested East Course at Hershey Country Club. This highly anticipated event will showcase some of the top junior golfers from around the world all competing for national recognition and double IJGT Merit Points.

Hershey Country ClubOpened in 1969, the par-71 East Course at Hershey Country Club is a golf enthusiast’s dream, featuring elevated greens, three sparkling lakes, and more than 100 bunkers. Designer George Fazio captured the natural beauty of central Pennsylvania’s countryside with views that golfers can appreciate on every hole. The course boasts numerous natural hazards, rolling fairways, and daunting greens, stretching 7,061 yards with a course rating of 74.5 and a slope rating of 136. The East Course has hosted several PGA tournaments, most recently the Nationwide Tour’s Reese’s Cup Classic, an event on professional golf’s development tour.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Roland Massimino of Lumberville, Pa., is coming of a second-place finish at the Architects Cup last weekend, and looks to capture his second IJGT Title of the season. Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., is seeking his first IJGT Title of his career after an impressive third-place finish last weekend. Marone has three top-three finishes this season, and looks to make breakthrough in a major way at Hershey Country Club.

Nate Menon of Wyomissing, Pa., will attempt to add to his impressive winning streak in the Boys 14 Under Division. Menon is coming off back-to-back first-place finishes after a very impressive finish at the Architects Cup carding a 5-under-par 137. Gus Minkin of York, Pa., is no stranger to success this season. Minkin finished first at the College Classic at Penn State University and has seven top-three finishes, which will make him a player to keep an eye on in the Boys 14 Under Division.

In the Girls Division, Katie Edelblut of New Hope, Pa., returns to the IJGT after two first-place finishes at the Colonial Open at Golden Horseshoe and the Bridgestone Series at Westfields. Sarah Kokotajlo of Ewing, N.J., is looking for her first IJGT Title after three top-five finishes this season. The Girls Division is filled with tons of talent, and will be an exciting division to watch.

Hershey Country Club will be open to optional practice rounds and IJGT registration, Friday, May 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Event will begin May 10 with tee times beginning at 8:00 a.m., and will end with an awards ceremony recognizing the top-three finishers in each division with trophies and tournament gifts immediately following the round Sunday, May 11.

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, KENTWOOL, 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.