Lawrence Ree

Lawrence Ree is Co-Champion at Sacramento State Invite – IJGT ELITE

Lawrence Ree

Lawrence Ree wins the 2014 Sacramento State Invite
Photo Credit: Loyola Marymount Athletics

Lawrence Ree (Loyola Marymount), in his freshman year, competed as an individual at the recent Sacramento State Invitational where he made the most of his opportunity. With a 4-under-par 212, Ree tied for the individual medalist honors on March 4, 2014, in Elk Grove, Calif. With a final-round even-par 72, Ree held on to the lead until Ben Kreuger of the University of Northern Colorado caught up with him in the final round to tie for first place. Ree’s consistently low rounds of 70, 70 and 72 put him in the lead early on in the tournament.

Ree was a consistent top-10 finisher on the IJGT, with four top-10 finishes in his IJGT career. The IJGT is proud to see him successful in just his first collegiate year and his consistent play is a testament to the type of competitor Ree truly is. We wish him luck in the rest of the season, and look forward to following his collegiate career! Congratulations Lawrence!

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee Roars Back for Win at Del Walker Intercollegiate – IJGT ELITE

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee wins the 18th Del Walker Intercollegiate
Photo Credit: John Fajardo/LBSU

Kevin Lee (Long Beach State), a sophomore, began the final day tied for 10th, and with a lot of ground to cover on the leaderboard. His 7-under-par 63 on the day was just enough to make up all of that ground, giving him the one-stroke lead for the win at the 18th Del Walker Intercollegiate on March 4, 2014 in Long Beach, Calif. Beginning the day at 1-under-par, Lee fired the low round for the day, and the tournament, making four birdies in a row on the back nine to finish with seven birdies and not a single bogey. He finished the tournament with an 8-under-par 202. His low-round 63 was also a course record, and helped Lee to win his first collegiate title.

Kevin Lee competed on the IJGT in 2007, recording a Top-10 finish at Twin Oaks. Kevin’s first collegiate win is a major milestone, and the IJGT is thrilled to celebrate Kevin’s achievement and immense final round. We will be following Kevin’s career closely, like we do all of our IJGT ELITE members, and cannot wait to see what is next in his collegiate career! Congrats Kevin!

Kyung Kim

Kyung Kim Wins Bruin Wave Invite – IJGT ELITE

Kim Kyung

Kyung Kim won the 2014 Bruin Wave Invitational
Photo Credit: Golfweek

Kyung Kim (Southern Cal) won her third career collegiate title last week, winning the Bruin Wave Invitational by one stroke over teammates Doris Chen and fellow IJGT ELITE member, Annie Park. The three-day tournament in Tarzana, California at the El Caballero Country Club was dominated by Southern Cal, who took over the lead by five strokes on Monday, only to build that lead to 13 strokes at the end of the final day. Kim led Southern Cal with rounds of 70, 70 and 73, shooting a 3-under-par 213 for the tournament, to hold off Park and Chen for the win.

Kyung Kim was a consistent Top-10 finisher on the IJGT, including a Top-10 finish at Rancho Bernardo in 2006. Kyung’s second win this season continues to show her prowess in the collegiate ranks, and the IJGT ELITE is proud to see her achievements! Congrats, again, Kyung!


IJGT ELITE Continue to Excel in NCAA Competition


February 28 – March 7, 2014

It has been another week of NCAA competitions, and another week of the IJGT ELITE dominating at the collegiate level. 18 golfers posted Top-10 finishes this week in NCAA competition, with four ELITE members hoisting individual trophies this week at the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate, the Sacramento State Invitational, the Bruin Wave Invitational, and the 18th Del Walker Intercollegiate Golf Classic.

At the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate, Katia Joo (Boston College) scored a 4-over 220 to tie for first, roaring back from starting in ninth place on the final day of competition. Over at the Sacramento State Invitational, Lawrence Ree (Loyola Marymount) competed as an individual and scored a 4-under-par 212 to tie for the individual win.  The Bruin Wave Invitational, where the IJGT ELITE was extraordinarily represented, was won by Kyung Kim (Southern Cal) after she shot a 3-under-par 213 for the tournament. And at the 18th Del Walker Intercollegiate Golf Classic, Kevin Lee (Long Beach State) fired an 8-under-par 202 to take the individual crown.

The following golfers placed in the Top-10 in their respective NCAA tournaments or received other accolades the week of February 28 through March 7:

University of South Florida Invitiational – Dade City, FL – March 2-4, 2014

Brian Campbell (Illinois), the 2009 IJGT West Mid-Season Champion at PGA West, posted a 15-under 201 to place second. He was also named the Big 10 Co-Golfer of the Week!

Kiawah Island Intercollegiate – Kiawah Island, SC – March 2-4, 2014

INDIVIDUAL CO-CHAMPION: Katia Joo (Boston College), Six Top-10 Finishes on IJGT

 Colleton River Collegiate – Bluffton, SC – March 2-3, 2014

Jacob Stockl (Rutgers), the 2010 IJGT Champion at Hershey Country Club, finished in ninth, shooting a 5-over 221.

 Harmony Golf Preserve Intercollegiate – Harmony FL – March 3-5, 2014

Ted Brennan (Villanova), who had 11 Top-10 finishes on the IJGT, shot a 3-over 219 to tie for tenth.

 Callaway Gardens Intercollegiate – Pine Mountain, GA – March 1-2, 2014

Jeff Wells (Methodist Univ.), a third-place finisher in 2008 on the IJGT at Twin Oaks,  tied for third place with an even-par 144.

Cory Howard (LaGrange College), who had a Top-25 finish in 2009 on the IJGT at TPC Sawgrass, tied for ninth with a 5-over 149.

Tommy McCloskey (Berry College), a Top-20 finisher in 2011 on the IJGT at Oyster Reef, tied for ninth with a 5-over 149.

 Sacramento State Invitational – Elk Grove, CA – March 3-4, 2014

INDIVIDUAL CO-CHAMPION: Lawrence Ree (Loyola Marymount, competing as individual). 4 Top-10 IJGT Finishes

Tyler Torano (Loyola Marymount), a 2007 IJGT Tournament of Champions Top-20 finisher, fired a 2-under 214 to finish tied for third.

 Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational – San Jose, CA – March 3-4, 2014

Annie Freman (Santa Clara), who finished second on the IJGT in 2009 at Sycuan Resort, tied for fifth with an even-par 216.

Cassy Isagawa (Oregon), the 2008 IJGT Champion at Temecula Creek, also tied for fifth with an even-par 216.

 Davidson College Invitational – March 3-4, 2014

Chris Crawford (Drexel), who had a Top-10 finish on the IJGT in 2009 at Seaview, earned a fifth place finish with his 3-over 147.

Jack Smith (Tennessee), the 2011 IJGT Major Champion at Greenbrier, finished in sixth with a 4-over 148.

Bruin Wave Invitational – Tarzana, CA – March 3-4, 2014

INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION: Kyung Kim (Southern Cal), IJGT Top-10 at 2006 Rancho Bernardo

Annie Park (Southern Cal), the 2006 IJGT Champion at the Architect’s Club, finished tied for second place with a 2-under 214.

Marissa Chow (Pepperdine), the 2008 IJGT Champion at The Tribute Golf Club, tied for fourth place, shooting an even-par 216. 

Notable Mention: Erynne Lee (UCLA), who finished in second place in 2005 on the IJGT at The Sandpiper, scored a HOLE-IN-ONE on the the par 3, 6th hole at the host course, El Caballero Country Club!

Argent Financial Classic – Choudrant, LA – March 3-4, 2014

Jason Roets (North Texas), the 2007 IJGT Champion at TPC Sawgrass, shot a 3-over 147 to tie for ninth place.

18th Del Walker Intercollegiate Golf Classic – Long Beach, CA – March 3-4, 2014

INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONKevin Lee (Long Beach State), IJGT Top-10 Finish at Twin Oaks in 2007

Hurricane Invitational – Coral Gables, FL – March 3-5, 2014

Amanda Steinhagen (Longwood Univ.), who finished second in 2007 on the IJGT at Hershey Country Club, finished tied for seventh after posting a 2-over 215.

Patrick Reed

Patrick Reed wins PGA WGC-Cadillac Championship – IJGT ELITE

Patrick Reed

Patrick Reed celebrates his 3rd PGA Tour Win at the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship
Photo Credit: Marta Lavandier/AP

Patrick Reed, who competed on the IJGT at an early age, won his third PGA Tour event in seven months with a win at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on Sunday. He became the youngest to ever win a World Golf Championship at the age of 23.

Finishing with a 4-under-par 284, Reed was able to hold off a star-studded field that included Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Phil Mickelson. Coming into the final hole, Reed held a two-shot lead over Jamie Donaldson and Bubba Watson. With this small lead in mind, Reed chose to play a conservative last hole, which he bogeyed, to end the tournament with a one-shot victory.

Reed, who earned a Top-20 finish in the 2001 IJGT Tournament of Champions, played in several IJGT events in the Boys 11-12 Division. Reed cited his successful junior career in the post-tournament interviews as a benefit to his current success. The IJGT is incredibly proud of the success that Patrick has had in both the collegiate ranks and now in his PGA Tour career. We cannot wait to see what’s next for Patrick’s career, and wish him the best of luck in the rest of the PGA Tour! Congrats Patrick!

Paula Creamer

Paula Creamer wins at HSBC Womens Championship – IJGT ELITE


Paula Creamer

Paula Creamer wins the 2014 HSBC Women’s Championship
Photo Credit: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Paula Creamer could have had that putt all day long and never made it. But when it counted, she drained a 75-foot eagle putt to win the 2014 HSBC Women’s Championship in a two-hole playoff in Singapore last Sunday, March 2, 2014. Creamer, who had not won on the LPGA Tour since her 2010 U.S. Women’s Open victory, went into a playoff with Azahara Munoz after both women tied with a 10-under 278. Paula, a 2000 IJGT Champion at Port Ludlow and Top-5 finisher at the 2000 IJGT Tour Championship, began her career in her early teenage years with the IJGT. The IJGT celebrates Paula’s most recent victory (including her incredble putt!), and looks forward to seeing her continue to excel on the LPGA Tour! Congrats again, Paula!

IJGT ELITE Has 14 Members Score Top-10 Finishes in NCAA


February 21-28, 2014

The IJGT ELITE Class continues to shine in the NCAA ranks, with 14 alumni scoring in the top 10 of NCAA tournaments, including an impressive win by Marta Sanz (Auburn) at the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl Invitational.

The following are IJGT ELITE members who recorded great finishes in the week of February 21-28, 2014:

Blake Cannon (Arizona State), the fourth-place finisher at the 2010 IJGT Tournament of Champions, recorded a third place finish, with a 10-under-par 206, at the Snowman Getaway Invitational on February 25, 2014 in Goodyear, Arizona.

Annie Freman (Santa Clara), a repeat Top-three finisher on the IJGT, tied for sixth with a 13-over-par 229 at the Grand Canyon Women’s Spring Invitational on February 25, 2014 in Litchfield Park, Arizona.

Beau Hossler (Texas), who was a third-place finisher at the 2007 IJGT Tournament of Champions, shot a 4-under-par 212 to tie for seventh at the Bayou City Collegiate Championship on February 23, 2014 in Houston, Texas.

Cassy Isagawa (Oregon), the 2008 IJGT Champion at Temecula Creek, tied for second at the Westbrook Spring Invitational, finishing with a 9-under-par 207 on February 24, 2014 in Peoria, Arizona.

Broc Johnson (Arizona State), a Top-three finisher in two IJGT tournaments, shot a 9-under-par 207 to tie for fourth at the Snowman Getaway Invitational on February 25, 2014 in Goodyear, Arizona.

Kyung Kim (Southern Cal), who had a top-10 finish on the IJGT at Rancho Bernardo in 2006, tied for eighth with a 4-under-par 212 at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Invitational on February 25, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Erynne Lee (UCLA), the IJGT second-place finisher at Sandpiper in 2005, recorded a 5-under 211 to tie for sixth at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Invitational,  on February 25, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Brendan Lemp (Loyola Univ. – Maryland), the 2009 IJGT Champion at Wintonbury Hills, shot an eight-under 208 to tie for seventh at the Snowman Getaway Invitational on February 25, 2014 in Goodyear, Arizona.

Annie Park (Southern Cal), the 2006 IJGT Champion at Duke University, tied for eighth at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Invitational on February 25, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana, shooting a four-under 212.

Jordan Rodgers (BYU), who scored a third place finish at the 2008 IJGT tournament at Temecula Creek,  tied for sixth with a six-over 222 at the Jones Sports Invitational on February 25, 2014 in Somis, California.

Jason Roets (North Texas), who had 20 Top-5 finishes on the IJGT, tied for sixth at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational on February 25, 2014 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, recording a three-under 213 for the tournament.

Jerry Ruiz (Baylor), a top-three finisher in IJGT merit points in 2007, tied for fifth at the Bayou City Collegiate Championship, shooting a six-under 210 for the tournament, on February 23, 2014 in Houston, Texas.

Marta Sanz, a Top-three finisher in six IJGT tournaments, won the Allstate Sugar Bowl Invitational with an eight-under 208 on February 25, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Rachel Welker (Eastern Kentucky), a Top-10 finisher on the IJGT in several tournaments, tied for seventh, shooting a nine-over 225, at the 12th Annual USA Women’s Invitational on February 25, 2014 in Mobile, Alabama.

Congrats to our ELITE Members, and the IJGT community looks forward to seeing the continued success of our alumni in NCAA competition!

Marta Sanz Allstate Sugar Bowl Invitational

Marta Sanz, IJGT ELITE Member, Wins 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl Invite

Marta Sanz

Marta Sanz won the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl Invitational
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Marta Sanz (Auburn) earned her second career individual victory on Feb. 25, 2014, winning the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl Invitiational in New Orleans. Sanz, who came into the last day in a tie for third and four strokes out of the lead, carded a 4-under 68 to take home the victory. With her victory, Auburn was able to secure a ninth place finish for the three-day tournament.

Sanz was a consistent figure on the IJGT in 2008, carding six Top-3 finishes, including a second-place finish on the IJGT at the University of Georgia. Sanz’s status as a repeat winner in the NCAA is a fantastic accomplishment, and one that the IJGT community takes pride in celebrating! Congrats Marta, and good luck in the remainder of your season!


IJGT ELITE Class Announced by the IJGT

Introducing IJGT Elite Class Series


Beginning this week, the IJGT is proud to announce the beginning of a new series of blog posts meant to highlight the ongoing success of our alumni, and continue to showcase how our alumni perform at the next levels of elite competition.

The IJGT ELITE will feature top performances by IJGT alumni in the NCAA, PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, European Tour and other elite levels of competition throughout the golf season. With alumni such as Rickie Fowler, Morgan Pressel, Paula Creamer, Annie Park, Cheyenne Woods, and other highly-successful golfers, the IJGT continues the tradition of helping to shape world-class golfers through high-level competition at the best courses in the country.

As we highlight these achievements, we hope to shed light on the immense impact that higher competition provides to junior golfers and their future in the sport, and we encourage our members to contact us about the success of our alumni.


To those who are already in the next levels of competition and continue to perform at a high level:

Welcome to the IJGT ELITE Class