IJGT Photos of the Week – Oct. 26-27, 2013

Northeast Tour

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held two events at the Hershey Links Golf Club in Hummelstown, Pa., on Oct. 26-27 as a part of its penultimate Northeast Tour stop for the Fall 2013 season.

Paying homage to a course that is set to be closed on Nov. 2, 2013, The Final Challenge at Hershey Links and the Discovery Tour at Hershey Links were two spectacular events to wrap up was has become a common venue for past IJGT outings.

Mike BlissMike Bliss in action at the Final Challenge at Hershey Links (Oct. 26-27)

The Photo of the Week for the Final Challenge at Hershey Links goes to Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., who finished the tournament tied for tenth place. Competing in his third season with the IJGT and second as a member of the Boys 15-19 Division, this was his fourth top ten performance in the past two seasons.

DTour Hershey Links Top BoysThe top five finishers of the Boys Division at the Discovery Tour at Hershey Links (Oct. 26-27)

Our second Photo of the Week for the Northeast Tour goes to the top five boys finishers of the Discovery Tour at Hershey LinksFrom left to right are: Derek Mcglaughlin of Elizabethtown, Pa.; Logan Paczewski of Dallas, Pa.; Dustin Stocksdale of Ellicott City, Md.; Jay Colella of Marcellus, N.Y.; and Ben Galko of Roaring Brook Township, Pa.

Paczewski won the event by 7 strokes for his first victory in three tries at the same event. He placed fourth in his first visit last year on Oct. 27, 2012, and came in second in his most recent visit on April 6, 2013. Mcglaughlin finished in second place to improve upon his sixth place finish at the last Discovery Tour at Hershey Links on April 6.

There was a three-way tie for third place, with StocksdaleColella and Galko all shooting a final 48, just two strokes behind Mcglaughlin. This was the first career event for Galko, the second for Stocksdale and the third for Colella.

IJGT Players of the Week – Oct. 26-27, 2013

Northeast Tour

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) made it back to Hummelstown, Pa., on Oct. 26-27, 2013 for The Final Challenge at Hershey Links. The tall fescue grass and undulating greens at the Hershey Links Golf Course were tough enough as is; however, Mother Nature threw in a healthy dose of wind for the tournament as well. The players were exposed to a true links course experience as they battled wind gusts of 30-40 miles per hour during the first round. Our Players of the Week for the Northeast Region are Liza Freed of Alexandria, Va., and Rij Patel of Hunt Valley, Md.


Freed had a tough start to the tournament with just one birdie on her way to a score of 84 during the first round. This left her in a tie for fourth place after battling the windy conditions. During the final round, Freed came back with consistent play, including 13 pars, five of them in succession from holes 7-11. With her resilient final round, Freed’s 78 was good enough to move her up to second place and take the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for her performance. She was also the only player in the Girls Division to break 80 during the second round, and one of only two girls to break 80 over both days. With her impressive round of 78 during the tough conditions, as well as her recent win at the College Series at University of Maryland, Freed has proven herself as a great all-around player through three seasons on the IJGT.

Rij PatelPatel found himself tied for 11th place after the first round. Entering the final round, Patel teed off just before the winds picked up, which proved to be an advantage as he fired a 3-over-par 39 on the front nine to put himself in position to make a charge for the leaders. After a 1-under-par 35 on the back nine with two birdies, Patel was the leader in the clubhouse with the low round of the tournament at 2-over-par 74. The 74 Patel put together was also good enough to clinch the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Boys Divisions. In addition, Patel’s low final round moved him into a tie for third place, which was his first top three finish this season, and eighth over his four seasons on the IJGT. Patel will carry this momentum into the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 29-Dec. 1.

The Final Challenge at Hershey Links – Final Results

Marone earns second win of the season

Basso holds on for victory 

HUMMELSTOWN, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour was in Hummelstown, Pa. on Oct 26-27 for The Final Challenge at Hershey Links. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was hosted by Hershey Links, with players competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The field consisted of 78 players, ages 10-19, representing seven states.

With Hershey Links set to close for good in early November, the course played host to its final IJGT Event. A common stop on the IJGT schedule, Hershey Links is situated on 175 acres of what used to be farmland. The course, a former host of a Division III National Championship, features a wide ravine that comes into play on seven holes, as well as numerous ponds, bunkers, and tall fescue throughout the course. For the Boys 15-19 Division, the event was competed at 6,658 yards, with the Boys 14 & Under Division playing at 5,919 yards, and the Girls Division at 5,648 yards. Due to the course’s location, wind played a huge factor all weekend, with gusts up to 30 miles per hour and temperatures in the 40s.

The Boys 15-19 Division came down to the final hole, and for a second time this season, Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., came out on top.

marone hlMarone opened his tournament by shooting a 40 on the front nine. He turned things around quickly, shooting an even-par 36 on the back, including a birdie on No. 10. His score of 76 put him one back of Nick Geiman of York, Pa., who shot a first-round 75 to take the lead. David Ross of Lorton, Va., also shot a 76, and joined Geiman and Marone in the final pairing during the final round. Brandon Berry of Great Falls, Va., Jack Peden of Vienna, Va., and Ethan Bunzel of Scarsdale, N.Y., all fired a 77 to sit two strokes back.

Marone got off to a blistering start during the final round. He birdied the opening hole, a dogleg right par-5, and then drove the green at the third hole. Marone could not sink the eagle putt, but picked up another birdie to sit at 2-under-par through three holes. Both Ross and Geiman opened their rounds with three pars, and followed it up with another par at the fourth hole, while Marone bogeyed. The three flip-flopped the lead throughout the front nine, but Marone’s finished with a 37 and opened up a two-stroke lead on both of his partners entering the back nine.

In front of the group, things were not going as smoothly for most players. The wind became stronger and the likes of Berry, Peden, and Bunzel slowly faded from the lead. Rij Patel of Hunt Valley, Md., turned his game up a notch while most of the field struggled. Patel carded a first round 80, but responded with a final-round 74, including birdies at No. 11 and No. 17 as part of a 1-under-par 35 on the back nine to shoot a 74. Already in the clubhouse with a final total of 154, Patel waited as Marone, Geiman, and Ross finished their rounds.

The lead continued to switch hands, and after a birdie for Ross, a par for Geiman, and a double-bogey for Marone at the 15th, the three were tied at 8-over-par for the tournament. Marone jumped back ahead with a par on the long par-5 16th, picking up a stroke on Geiman and two strokes on Ross. Marone had another par on hole No. 17, but Ross birdied to get within one, while Geiman fell two strokes back with a bogey.

The tournament came down to the 18th hole, an uphill par-5 back to the clubhouse. None of the three found the fairway with their drives, but each hit great shots out of the rough and were inside 100 yards for their approach shots. Geiman’s shot landed on the front of the green, and he had a long uphill putt to a back hole location. Ross also landed on the front, with Marone’s shot to the middle of the green giving him the best look at birdie. After both Geiman and Ross were unable to connect from long distance, Marone was left with a two-putt from 20 feet to seal the victory. He came close to finishing in fashion, as his birdie putt burned the left edge of the cup, before tapping in for par and the victory with a final score of 76-76-152.

Marone noted the turning point of his victory was when, “I got up-and-down at Nos. 16 and 17 which was big in moment and in the scale of things.”

Ross finished second with scores of 76-77-153, and Geiman and Patel tied for third place with tournament totals of 154. Patel’s 74 won him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

For the fifth time this season, Joe Parrini of York, Pa., won the Boys 14 & Under Division.

parrini hlParrini’s card was filled with birdies during the first round, as he scored five of them, including four on the front nine. He finished his first round with a score of 79.

Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., did not have nearly as many birdies as Parrini, but he avoided any big mistakes en route to taking the lead after the first round. Halleron carded 11 pars to go along with his lone birdie at No. 12 to shoot a 77. Teddy Trosset of Cooperstown, N.Y., fired an 82, highlighted by a birdie at hole No. 5, one of the toughest holes on the course, to join the final group with Halleron and Parrini in the final round.

Things did not go as smoothly for the group, as the three struggled on their opening nines in the final round. With the greens becoming firm from the cold weather, it was difficult to stick any shots close to the hole. Trosset shot the low nine-hole score of the three, finishing with a 41. Halleron’s two-stroke lead remained intact, as both he and Parrini shot 43s.

Trosset fell back from the group after a rough start to his final nine. Halleron also had his first bad hole of the week, leaving Parrini alone on top. To Halleron’s credit, he responded on the par-4, second hole with a birdie at the third hole. Parrini also made birdie at the third hole, to maintain his one-stroke advantage.

The tires came off the tracks for Halleron after that, and Parrini played it safe the rest of the way in, shooting a front-nine 39 to finish with a score of 82 for the day. At a total of 161 for the tournament. Parrini earned the four-stroke victory over Trosset, whose final totals were 82-83-165, with Leo Hernandez of Stewartsville, N.J., finishing third with scores of 82-84-166.

“You just had to hit the low punch shots and take the wind out of play,” Parrini pointed out as the biggest key to his victory.

In the Girls Division, Cara Basso of Downingtown, Pa., rode a sizzling start during the first round on her way to victory.

bassoStarting on the back nine, Basso quickly got into red numbers with a birdie on the par-3, 11th. She added another birdie at No. 13, navigating the conditions to perfection. A couple setbacks at holes Nos. 15-16 brought her back to even-par, but Basso responded with a birdie on No. 18 to finish her opening nine at 1-under-par.

The winds picked up as the day went on, and Basso was unable to match her brilliant start after making the turn. She did, however, avoid making any big mistakes after a double-bogey on No. 1. Basso, like many in the field, could not solve the tough fifth and sixth holes, bogeying each on her way to a front-nine 40. Her final score of 40-34-74 was the low round of any division and put her seven shots ahead of Katie Walsh of Baldwinsville, N.Y., and Haley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., entering the final round.

Basso started strong again during the final round with four pars. Her only blemishes on her opening nine were a bogey at No. 14 and a double-bogey at No. 17, on her way to a 39. Basso ran into some troubles on the front side with double-bogeys on Nos. 4, 5, and 7.

While Basso was struggling, a few groups ahead of her, Liza Freed of Alexandria, Va., was making a run. Freed had been 10 shots back of Basso entering the final round and was 11 back at the turn, but she only bogeyed twice on her final nine of the weekend, finishing with scores of 84-78-162 for the tournament.

Basso was able to hold on, though, as she carded a par at the eighth hole and a bogey at the ninth hole to earn the three-stroke victory. Basso’s final scores were 74-85-159. Bookholdt and Carley Hopton of Madison, N.J., tied for third with a final total of 164.

Freed’s 78 was good enough to win her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be hosting their final Event of the fall season on Nov. 2-3 at Virginia Beach National Golf Club in Virginia Beach, Va. It will be the first time the course has hosted an IJGT Event. To sign up for this event, or others, visit 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 or call (800) 792-9143.


HUMMELSTOWN, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT Final Challenge at Hershey Links conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 27, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,658 yards, Par 72 (72.0/133) Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,919 yards, Par 71 (68.6/124) Girls Division: White Tees – Round 1 – 5,648 yards, Par 71 (74.0/132) – Round 2 – 5,843 yards, Par 72 (75.1/135)



Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 40’s with 35-40 mph winds

Sunday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 40’s with 30-35 mph winds



International Junior Golf Tour

The Final Challenge at Hershey Links

Hummelstown, Pa.

October 26-27, 2013


Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,658 yards, Par 72

1. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ, *76-76–152

2. David Ross, Lorton, VA, *76-77–153

3. Rij Patel, Hunt Valley, MD, *80-74–154

3. Nick Geiman, York, PA, *75-79–154

5. Jack Peden, Vienna, VA, *77-79–156

6. Brandon Berry, Great Falls, VA, *77-80–157

7. Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, NY, *78-81–159

8. Patrick Sheerer, Gibsonia, PA, *81-80–161

8. Gus Minkin, York, PA, *78-83–161

10. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA, *81-81–162

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

12. Nick Rencis, Long Valley, NJ, *85-78–163

12. Ethan Bunzel, Scarsdale, NY, *77-86–163

14. Joe Tigani, Hockessin, DE, *85-79–164

14. Jack DePerrior, Rochester, NY, *80-84–164

16. Edward Owen, Baltimore, MD, *85-80–165

16. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *81-84–165

18. Kyle Grube, Indiana, PA, *87-79–166

18. Benjamin Kotler, Penn Valley, PA, *80-86–166

18. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *77-89–166

21. Austin Green, Fayetteville, PA, *80-87–167

22. Andrew Nappi, Glen Rock, NJ, *89-81–170

22. Kellen Jordan, Spring Lake, NJ, *86-84–170

22. Caleb Bryant, New Freedom, PA, *85-85–170

25. Garrett Bastardi, Boalsburg, PA, *81-90–171

26. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ, *88-84–172

27. Blake Reifsnyder, Sinking Spring, PA, *86-87–173

28. Jonathan Solimano, Montvale, NJ, *91-83–174

28. George Cultraro, Wyckoff, NJ, *88-86–174

28. Matthew Singer, New York, NY, *86-88–174

28. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA, *85-89–174

32. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD, *87-89–176

33. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY, *91-86–177

34. Nick Fizzano, Newtown Square, PA, *95-83–178

35. Kyle Finnican, New Canaan, CT, *92-90–182

36. David Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA, *96-87–183

37. Mike McCormick, Stewartsville, NJ, *92-92–184

37. Daniel Melcher, New York, NY, *91-93–184

39. Bobby Hapanowicz, Presto, PA, *95-90–185

40. Colin Patrick, Newtown, CT, *97-89–186

41. Jack Walter, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, *91-96–187



Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA, *89–DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Brad Holzer, Rye, NY, *94–JWD


Boys 14 & Under Division – Blue Tees, 5,919 yards, Par 71

1. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *79-82–161

2. Teddy Trosset, Cooperstown, NY, *82-83–165

3. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ, *82-84–166

4. Griffin Smith, Holland, PA, *83-84–167

5. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD, *77-92–169

6. Lukas Clark, Holland, PA, *90-80–170

7. West Shaw, Alexandria, VA, *83-88–171

8. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD, *86-86–172

9. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA, *88-87–175

10. Mac Webster, Baltimore, MD, *92-86–178

11. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA, *87-97–184


Girls Division – White Tees, Round 1 – 5,648 yards, Par 71 | Round 2 – 5,843 yards, Par 72

1. Cara Basso, Downingtown, PA, *74-85-159

2. Liza Freed, Alexandria, VA, *84-78-162

3. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ, *84-80-164

3. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, NJ, *81-83-164

5. Linda Wang, Fresh Meadows, NY, *87-80-167

6. Danielle Greene, East Setauket, NY, *85-85-170

7. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ, *85-87-172

8. Emily Connors, Lancaster, NY, *86-88-174

9. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY, *85-91-176

10. Lacey Bensing, Ephrata, PA, *91-86-177

11. Katie Walsh, Baldwinsville, NY, *81-98-179

12. Anessa Amin, Easton, PA, *90-90-180

13. Frida Henningsson, Rye, NY, *93-88-181

14. Synclaire Kuhn, McMurray, PA, *90-92-182

15. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY, *97-86-183

15. Junghye Kim, Jamesville, NY, *91-92-183

15. Jenni York, Great Neck, NY, *89-94-183

18. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA, *94-95-189

19. Samantha Yao, Berwyn, PA, *99-93-192

20. Meghan Fahey, Villanova, PA, *104-91-195

21. Julia Hyman, Allentown, PA, *110-88-198

22. Annie Caputo, Manlius, NY, *101-103-204

23. Gracie Stillman, Lititz, PA, *127-114-241



Scout Hammond, Skillman, NJ, *JWD 

Discovery Tour at Hershey Links – Final Results

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted its second Discovery Tour Event of the season in the Northeast on Oct. 26. The tournament was hosted by Hershey Links in Hummelstown, Pa. The nine-hole Event featured players ages 8-11. Throughout the day, cold and windy conditions were present.

Discovery Tour at Hershey Links 004In the Boys Division, Logan Paczewski of Dallas Pa., was victorious after firing a 3-over-par 39. Paczewski got off to a rough start with a bogey on No. 10 and a double-bogey on No. 11 to sit at 3-over-par through two holes. He found his groove after the double-bogey, stringing together seven consecutive pars to finish his round. Derek Mcglaughlin of Elizabethtown, Pa., finished second with a score of 46. Mcglaughlin’s round was highlighted by two pars to start the day. Dustin Stocksdale of Ellicott City, Md., Ben Galko of Roaring Brook Township, Pa., and Jay Colella of Marcellus, N.Y., all finished in a tie for third with a score of 48.

Discovery Tour at Hershey Links 001In the Girls Division, Elizabeth Beek of Blue Bell, Pa., won her second Discovery Tour Event of the season following up her victory at the Discovery Tour at Blue Heron Pines. Beek carded a 43, including a birdie on the par-3 13th. Along with her birdie, Beek made pars on holes Nos. 11, 14, 15 and 18. Rylie Heflin of Avondale, Pa., finished second, two strokes behind Beek. Heflin’s round was highlighted by a birdie on the 13th, coming only feet away from a hole-in-one.

For full results of the Discovery Tour at Hershey Links click here.

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.


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.

Players of the Week – IJGT Summer Series at Hershey

HERSHEY, Pa.- The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) spent this past weekend in beautiful Hershey, Pa., to host their second tournament of their IJGT Summer Series. The IJGT Summer Series at Hershey was a two-round tournament, taking place June 21-22 and was played on the magnificent East Course at the Hershey Country Club and the fiercely tricky Hershey Links Golf Course. Players faced challenges around every corner of the courses during their two rounds of play, but IJGT veteran Ezekiel Zhao was able to withstand all the tests that were given to him and walk away with this weeks Player of the Week honors. An honor that is exceptionally gratifying to him, as this was his last IJGT Event.

Zhao came out of the first round with confidence, shooting a solid round of 82 and making par on half of his holes. Being two strokes out from the lead after the first round, Zhao knew that he had to stay poised and keep making pars like he did in his previous performance. As he started off the second round, he went through the front nine with two birdies, three pars, and no double bogeys, showing an excellent display of golf. He finished the second round with a final score of 81 and a combined score of 163, which moved him to the top of the leader board where he shared the No. 1 spot with Zackary Potten. Zhao and Potten competed in a playoff showdown that only lasted one hole as Zhao left his approach shot a little left and Potten took advantage and came away with a par and a victory. However, Zhao’s exciting performance throughout the challenging two-rounds was fun for all who watched. We congratulate him on earning Player of the Week honors and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

Player of the week honors were given to Carly Hopton in the Girls Division. Hopton finished the first round with a score of 83, three shots behind the leader. Carly came out to the second round ready to play. After a double bogey on No. 5, she had her eyes on the top of the leader board. She shot a second round best with a score of 77 and a 34 on the back nine holes. On the last 13 holes of the round, Hopton scored six pars and three birdies to force a playoff with Raphaella Kang. She battled Kang through the second round all the way until the playoff when she took an unlucky shot and landed her ball in a hazard. Kang was able to place her ball on the green and one putt her way to victory. Hopton’s total score of 160 was her best performance of her IJGT career. 14 shots better than last tournament, just over a month ago, at the IJGT Major Chamionship at Hershey.


Hershey Links Golf Club to Host IJGT Junior

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is set to host the IJGT Junior at the Hershey Links Golf Club  April 6-7. Located in scenic Hummelstown, Pa., the Hershey Links Golf Club has been a favorite stop among competitors with its challenging holes and great competition. This year will be no different with some of the top junior players from around the world competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit points in this two day 36-hole event.

Overlooking the Hershey cityscape, Hershey Links stretches along 175 acres of natural bluffs and ravines that create a peaceful setting, while providing ample shot-making challenges. The layout, which plays to a par-72, features links-style golf with tall, flowing fescue grasses and bentgrass greens. Five sets of tees accommodate every level of golfer.

Hershey Links

In the Girls Division, Raphaella Kang , of Bayside, N.Y., looks to capture her first IJGT title. Kang has three second-place finsihes, and is very eager to take home her first championship title.

The first round of the Bridgestone Series at Greate Bay will begin April 6 at 8:00 a.m., and the Event will conclude with an awards ceremony recognizing the top 3 juniors in each division with trophies and tournament gifts immediately following the final round on April 7.

The champion of each division will receive a set of CHAMP spikes , a set of morodZ alignment rods , a head cover courtesy of AB Golf Designs  and a pair of sunglasses from new tour sponsor, Sundog Eyewear . In addition, the male and female who post the lowest opening round score will receive a pair of KENTWOOL Socks  and the juniors carding the lowest final round score on Sunday will receive a belt and IJGT buckle from Clazic Belts .

The top 10 juniors of each division at this IJGT event will also receive IJGT Merit Points to be accumulated at the end of the IJGT season recognizing the top juniors on tour. Qualifications for the IJGT Major Championships, season-ending Tournament of Champions and places on the United States, North America and Euro Cup Teams are based, in part, on IJGT Merit Point standings. In addition, the top 10 IJGT Merit Point winners in each division will be named to the All-IJGT Team at the end of the season.

Hershey Links Golf Club will be open at 8 a.m., March 15 for an optional practice rounds and pre-tournament registration.


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, Golf Digest/Golf World and International Junior Golf Academy.

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

IJGT announces 2013 Spring Discovery Tour Events

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.– The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) and Junior Sports Corporation  are pleased to announce the return of the Discovery Tour with the 2013 spring schedule. Following a successful inaugural season, the IJGT looks forward to continuing the fun this spring with events sprinkled throughout South Carolina and in the Northeast region.


The spring Discovery Tour season  will begin on Hilton Head Island, S.C., at Dolphin Head Golf Club , Jan. 26, and will make its last stop before the summer season at Oyster Reef Golf Club , April 13. A total of five Discovery Tour stops have been scheduled for the spring, with a possibility of additional events to be announced as the season progresses.

Membership for the Discovery Tour will be set at $25 – a $50 value that includes a bag tag, golf balls, a profile on the IJGT website and more. Members will be eligible to participate in each of the Spring 2013 events with nine-hole event fees priced between $35-40 each.

e8d9a9ef8d1047e4df535fee4cd6fe0aIf you are looking to engage your younger children in competitive golf, the Discovery Tour is a great option for you. Not only do the juniors have the opportunity to play at some of the top golf venues available to our older IJGT members, they also have the chance to learn and practice the Rules of Golf, meet junior golfers from around the country and compete in a fun, fair and engaging event.

0d5e7c611c8d55b7cb40218908947c4dFor more information on the Discovery Tour, membership, event format, rules and policies, please