Kedlaya, Benevento among junior to earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Oct. 14, 2014


The IJGT traveled to Orlando, Fla., on October 11-12, 2014, to host the Florida Junior at The Palm Course at Walt Disney Resort. The hot and humid climate did not affect the 51 juniors as they produced low rounds on both days.

The Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Tour go to Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., and Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India.


On day one, Wren got off to a hot start by posting a birdie on his first hole and stringing together pars on six of his following seven holes before finishing the front nine with a score of 1-over-par.  His back nine went just as well, with pars on seven of the nine holes giving him a total round one score of 3-over 75.  Wren returned in round two with similar momentum and added par on the first seven consecutive holes leading up to a birdie on No. 8.  Wren’s final nine holes were played at one under par, including three birdies and four pars.  Wren took home the second place trophy with his final round score of 71 and an overall score of 146.


Kedlaya opened her first round with par on four front-nine holes before really heating up and carding par on eight of her back-nine holes to finish the day at 78. She continued sharp play in round two with six pars on the front nine, four of which were consecutive, before adding a birdie on No. 8. Kedlaya’s scores of 78 and 74 were her lowest scores to date on the IJGT with her round two 74 earning her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round for the girls. Kedlaya’s overall score of 152 helped her to finish second.

Thanks to outstanding play and their second place finishes, both Wren and Kedlaya qualified for the North American Junior Amateur Championship to be held in Arizona on December 31, 2014 – January 3, 2015. The Florida Junior at Disney Resort was a qualifying tournament, granting and invitation to  the top two boys and top two girls.


The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to Bronx, N.Y., for the first-ever tournament at Pelham Bay Golf Club, to host The IJGT Junior Open. Despite some rain during round one and cold and windy conditions on both days, there was great golf performances the entire weekend. The IJGT is proud to award the Northeast Player of the Week honors to Mark Benevento of Somers Point, N.J., and Soona Lee-Tolley of New York, N.Y.


Benevento, having placed second in The Architects Cup on October 4-5, 2014, looked to come out and shoot for an even greater performance.  Benevento’s round one score of 75 left him two shots off of the lead.  Knowing he needed to play great golf in round two to assume the lead, Benevento improved his round by three strokes for a even-par 71. Despite missing the title by two strokes, Benevento said, “My goal for each round is make great shots and improve from the day before. I am happy with how round two went today.” His second-place finish at the IJGT Junior Open becomes his fourth top-five finish in as many events.


After round one, Lee-Tolley sat in third place but was eager for more. Returning for round two with a fire in her belly, Lee-Tolley used consistent putting for par to cut five strokes from her round one score. Her round two 78 also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls. This allowed her to move up the leader board and into second place. With just one less par than winner Madison Braman, Lee-Tolley used 20 total pars to prove her determination and consistency, helping her to earn this week’s Player of the Week honors.

Congratulations to Wren, Kedlaya, Benevento and Lee-Tolley on earning the IJGT Player of the Week honors this week!

IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay – Final results (Oct. 12, 2014)

Terminello wins his first IJGT event by two strokes
Braman takes home the Girls Division title for the second time this season 

The IJGT hosted the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay as part of the Northeast Tour on October 11-12, 2014. With only three tournaments left in the fall season for the Northeast Tour, juniors competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

DSCN9133Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y., the winner of the Boys 15-19 Division, shot a 2-over 144 for the tournament. Terminello led round one and carried his lead through round two to finish nine strokes in front. His performance was highlighted by 14 pars and 10 total birdies, the most birdies for the round across all three divisions.

Finishing in second was Mark Benevento of Somers Point, N.J. Benevento trailed Terminello at the end of round one and despite shaving four strokes from his round one score, he remained two strokes shy of Terminello, finishing with a two day total 146. Both Terminello and Benevento’s even-par scores of 71 earned them the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male(s) and female(s) with the lowest score in the final round of tournament play. Rounding out the top three was Dominic Pizzurro-Gomez of White Plains, N.Y., with a total 150.

DSCN9142Matthew Minerva Jr. of Elmsford, N.Y., took the first place trophy in the Boys 14 & Under Division.  His opening round of 76 led the group and he returned in round two to add a score of 75. Twenty total pars and a pair of birdies in both rounds highlighted his two-day total of 151. Chaim Yi of Rye, N.Y., finished in second place with a total 172 and Rich Jones of Moriches, N.Y., rounded out the winners’ circle in third with a score of 180.




DSCN9111In the Girls Divison, Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., finished in first place with rounds of 74 and 78 for a 152 total. Playing in her fifth event of the season, the New York  native took home the first place trophy for the second time. Braman used 21 pars and three birdies to help her to victory.

Soona Lee-Tolley of New York, N.Y., posted the best score of round two (78) to earn the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in addition to second place. Lee-Tolley finished with a total 161 while third place finisher Caroline Hodge of Larchmont, N.Y., recorded a total of 165.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 18-19, 2014. The Southeast Tour will host the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters and the Northeast Tour will host the College Series at Penn State University. To sign up for these events, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.

Bronx, NY. – Final Results of the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 11-12, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,572 yards Par 71 (71.2./119). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,177 yards, Par 71 (69.0/113). Girls Division: Silver Tees – 5,812 yards, Par 71 (72.3/116).

International Junior Golf Tour
Junior Open at Pelham Bay
New York, N.Y.
October 11-12, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,572 yards, Par 71

1. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY *73-71–144
2. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ *75-71–146
3. Dominic Pizzurro-Gomez, White Plains, NY *76-74–150
4. Daniel Cozzi, Westport, CT *82-76–158
5. Park Sanghyeon, Oakland Gardens, NY *83-76–159
5. Trevor King, Huntington, NY *78-81–159
7. Bk Browne, Westport, CT *87-76–163
7. Stephen Gai, Westport, CT *82-81–163

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,177 yards, Par 71

1. Matthew Minerva Jr, Elmsford, NY *76-75–151
2. Chaim Yi, Rye, NY *88-84–172
3. Rich Jones, Moriches, NY *91-89–180
4. Ryder Henry, New York, NY *95-93–188

Girls Division- Silver Tees, 5,812 yards, Par 71

1. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *72-80–152
2. Soona Lee-Tolley, New York, NY *83-78–161
3. Caroline Hodge, Larchmont, NY *82-83–165
4. Alice Hodge, Larchmont, NY *85-93–178
4. Lucy Lamb, Stony Brook, NY *88-90–178
6. Rosa Jones, Moriches, NY *98-93–191

IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay – Round one recap (Oct. 11, 2014)

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to Bronx, N.Y., for the first time in history for the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay. The event was held at Pelham Bay Golf Course featuring tee times beginning at 12 noon for round one on October 11, 2014. In review of round one, below is each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

73 – his first round opening score of 2-over-par 73

4 – total birdies Terminello recorded, tied for the most across all three divisions

2 – he had a streak of par or better for four holes twice in his round, one on both the front and back nine

The Boys 14 & Under Division is led by Matthew Minerva Jr. of Elmsford, N.Y. His round in numbers:

76 – his round one score

2 – Minerva, the only member of the Boys 14 & Under to card a birdie, had two in total

1 – this is his first IJGT event of his career

Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

72 – she shot an opening round of 1-over-par

10 – Braman carries a 10-stroke lead over the division

5 – Braman played the round’s par-5 holes at par or better, including birdies on No. 2 and No. 9. Braman also finished fifth at The Architects Cup on October 4-5, 2014, in Loptacong, N.J.

The final round at of the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay will take place tomorrow, October, 12, 2014, with tee times beginning at 11:00 a.m. For full results from round one of the IJGT Junior Openclick here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.