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IJGT announces Spring 2016 Major Championships

The IJGT is excited to announce the Major Championships for the Spring 2016 Season. Competitors who compete in these Major Championships will receive DOUBLE MERIT POINTS towards the Tour Rankings, which increases opportunities to qualify for other Invitational events. At the end of the 2015-2016 season the top 10 players in the IJGT Tour Rankings will be named to the All-IJGT Team. Additionally, at these Major Championships, all players will receive a dozen golf balls AND a PUMA polo for their registration gifts. Here is a list of the Major Championships:

February 27-28Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor

March 26-27New Jersey Major Championship at Royce Brook

May 7-8Northeast Tour Championship at Hershey Country Club

The Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor is a 36-hole event featuring national rankings as well as guaranteed AJGA Performance Stars in the Boys 15-19 and Girls Divisions. The Club at Savannah Harbor was designed by Robert Cupp and Sam Snead. The Club at Savannah Harbor  is use to hosting Major Championships as it served as the host for a Senior PGA (Champions Tour) event for many years. Each hole features its own legendary story and caters to golfers of varying abilities.

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The Club at Savannah Harbor

 

The New Jersey Major Championship at Royce Brook is a 36-hole event featuring national rankings as well as guaranteed AJGA Performance Stars in the Girls Division. The tournament will be conducted on the East Course, which is rated “Four Stars” by Golf Digest’s Places to Play, and is rated as one of GolfWeek’s “Top 10 Golf Courses” among public courses in the state of New Jersey. This will be the inaugural trip to Royce Brook for the IJGT.

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Royce Brook – East Course

 

The Northeast Tour Championship at Hershey Country Club is a 36-hole event featuring national rankings and guaranteed AJGA Performance Stars in the Boys 15-19, Girls, and Boys 14 & Under Division. The annual Mother’s Day event is the most popular in the Northeast as players from over six states will travel to be part of the inaugural IJGT Northeast Tour Championship. The Major Championship will be conducted on the East Course at Hershey Country Club, which was designed by George Fazio. 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.

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Hershey Country Club – East Course

Laurel Springs School Major Championship

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is excited to announce Laurel Springs School as the tournament sponsor for the Major Championship at Mission Inn. The Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn will be held on Nov. 14-15, 2015, in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

 The Laurel Springs School Major Championship will be held on the El Campeon Course at Mission Inn Resort and Club. The El Campeon course features rolling fairways. undulating greens, and elevation change of over 85 feet, with the par 5 double dog leg taking center stage. As is for all IJGT Major Championships this tournament will feature double IJGT Merit points. At the end of the 2015-2016 season the top 10 players in the IJGT Merit Standings will be named to the All-IJGT Team.

 Laurel Springs School is an accredited, private, online high school that offers a complete selection of core academic and elective courses required for graduation and admission to college. To prepare students for the rigor of college academic, Laurel Springs emphasizes critical thinking in the high school classes. Laurel Springs students have an above average national SAT score and 91 percent go on to college, helping give Laurel Springs an outstanding track record of helping students fulfill their academic and career ambitions.

 Laurel Springs School teachers and staff use knowledge about a student’s individual learning style, goals, and needs to enhance their curriculum and instruction. Students benefit from individual academic plans which surpass the typical homeschool or online options. The teachers add to the experience with Laurel Springs School as they possess exceptional credentials, subjects of expertise, and a passion for teaching. At the core, all Laurel Springs teachers embody the understanding of teaching as a collaborative process, rather than just the delivery of instruction and assessment of student work.

 The IJGT is excited to begin this partnership with the Laurel Springs School in order to aid in the education process to help junior golfers. Combined with the outstanding educational environment at Laurel Springs School, these junior golfers are given the necessary tools to be successful in the classroom, on the golf course, and continuing their golf careers in college.

Fall 2015 Major Championships

The International Junior Golf Tour is pleased to announce our Fall Major Championship series. In addition to having national rankings, the Major Championships will feature double IJGT Merit points. At the end of the 2015-2016 season the top 10 players in the IJGT Merit Standings will be named to the All-IJGT Team. Here is a list of the Major Championships:

Ben Shear Junior Golf Championship: October 24-25

Major Championship at Mission Inn: November 14 – 15

IJGA Invitational: December 12 – 13

The IJGT has teamed with Ben Shear Golf Premier Junior Golf Academy to present the Ben Shear Junior Golf Championship at Shackamaxon Country Club. The tournament will take place October 24th and 25th at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains, N.J., which was built by A.W. Tillinghast, who is world renowned for designing Bethpage Black and Winged Foot. The course boasts Tillinghast’s first ever island green.

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Shackamaxon Country Club

Located in Scotch Plains, N.J., the Ben Shear Premier Junior Golf Academy is a one-of-a-kind performance institute, which allows male and female junior golfers to customize their own program to meet their specific goals and demands of their schedules. Using some of the latest technology on the market such as Trackman Launch Monitor, the BodiTrak Pressure Plate system, the Redcord Fitness System and ultra-high-speed video cameras the academy is well-equipped to help junior golfers meet their goals.

The Major Championship at Mission Inn presented by Laurel Springs School will take place November 14th and 15th at Mission Inn Resort and Club on the El Campeon Course. The El Campeon course was built in 1917, which is known as the “golden age” of golf course architecture by George O’Neil with further enhancements in 1926 by Charles E. Clarke. The El Campeon course features rolling fairways and undulating greens, with the double dogleg 17th taking the spotlight as El Campeon’s signature hole.

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Mission Inn El Campeon

Laurel Springs School is an accredited, private online school featuring K-12 education.  Founded in 1991, we have the expertise to ensure your child receives an excellent college prep education. LSS students are fully supported by qualified, caring teachers and staff, and are connected to a global community of learners. Their online school honors the talents, learning styles, and interests of all our students. Laurel Springs is accredited by AdvancED, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). 91% of Laurel Springs School graduates enter the college of their choice.

The last of the Fall IJGT Major Championships, the IJGA Invitational, will take place December 12th and 13th at Harbour Town Golf Links located on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The PGA Tour has made Harbour Town a staple of their schedule since 1969, with the RBC Heritage taking place on the course. The par-4, 18th is regularly voted one of America’s top 50 golf holes and the famous candy cane striped lighthouse has become one of golfs most iconic images.

Harbour Town Golf Links

Harbour Town Golf Links

The International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) trains junior golfers for success in tournament golf and beyond. The IJGA is the only academy in the world that combines training, academics, and competition. Through their supportive and competitive environment, students develop the critical qualities of commitment, goal setting and a consistent work ethic to best impact their academics, golf, and future endeavors.

Each competitor will receive a dozen Bridgestone golf balls and an IJGT PUMA polo along with their registration to play in the Major Tournaments.

You can follow the IJGT on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter by clicking the attached links.

 

Major Championship at Bulle Rock – Round one recap (April 25, 2015)

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Havre de Grace, Md., to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock. Juniors teed off beginning at 12 p.m. for round one of the two-day, 36-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Will Koras of Lutherville, Md., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

76 – His 4-over round one score to carry the lead

1 – He leads the division by a single stroke

2 – His two birdies came on the par-4 sixth and par-5 11th holes

3 – He started his round at 1-under through three holes, making par or better on holes No. 10 through 12

Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

73 – Her 1-over round one score was the best in the field

6 – She leads the Girls Division by six strokes

9 – She made par or better on the entire front nine

35 – Her 1-under score on the front nine

Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., and Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., lead the Boys 14 & Under Division. Their rounds in numbers:

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7 – His division-best seven-hole par-or-better streak came on holes No. 9 through 15

1 – His lone birdie came on the par-5 11th hole

37 – His 1-over score on the back nine

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78 – His round one score to share the lead

2- He birdied the par-5 11th and par-4 16th holes

5 – He had a five-hole bogey-free streak on holes No.  7 through 11

The second round of the Major Championship at Bulle Rock will take place tomorrow, April 25, 2015, with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

MAJOR Championship at Bulle Rock – Tour Preview

The IJGT Northeast Tour will travel to Havre de Grace, Md., to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock on April 25-26, 2015.

Named for the first thoroughbred horse brought to North America, Bulle Rock is known as the premier golf destination in Maryland and was designed by the legendary Pete Dye. It is the only 5-star golf facility in the Mid-Atlantic and has been ranked by Zagat readers as one of the nation’s Top 50 golf courses. Voted as one of America’s toughest courses by Golf Digest in 2012, Bulle Rock played host to the LPGA Championships from 2005-2009.

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Opened in 1998, the Bulle Rock course is known for its unique 18 holes. It was named to Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses in February.

The par-72 golf course has a slope rating of 148 and a course rating of 76.6. Because it’s a Major Championship, competitors will have the opportunity to earn twice as many IJGT Merit Points. Juniors in the Boys 15-19 Division and Girls Division will also be competing for AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions. This year’s field looks to be extremely competitive.

Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., has won three consecutive IJGT events, including two Major Championships. He finished seventh in last year’s Major Championship at Bulle Rock. He will face some stiff competition in the Boys 14 & Under Division of this year’s tournament. Lou Baker, also of Timonium, Md., finished second behind Halleron in the Major Championship at Duke University at the end of last month and will aim to take the title this weekend. Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., has finished in the top-five in all four IJGT events he’s competed in this season. He is very familiar with the course as this will be his third IJGT event at Bulle Rock. Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., will aim to earn another title after winning the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin earlier this month. Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., will be competing for his third IJGT victory of the season; he won the IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista in September and the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate in March. Finally, John Updike of Wayne, Pa., is coming off a first-place finish in The Architects Cup last weekend.

Taso Scilaris of Bethesda, Md., and Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y., top the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division as they both have one IJGT win this season. Scilaris won the only other IJGT event he’s played in this season, the DC Shootout at National Golf Club in October. Terminello’s victory also came in October at the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay. Anthony Barr of Harleysville, Pa., and Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., competed in the Boys 14 & Under Division of last year’s Major Championship at Bulle Rock, but will be competing in the Boys 15-19 Division this year. Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., and Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., finished eighth and 18th, respectively, in the Boys 15-19 Division of last year’s event.

In the Girls Division, Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., has finished in the top-two in both IJGT tournaments she’s competed in this season. She’ll look to add another win to her resume after earning the title in the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill in March. Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa., will also be fighting for her second IJGT win of the season having won the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club in September.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or on the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

Major Championship at Duke University – Tour Preview

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will travel to Durham, N.C., to host the Major Championship at Duke University on March 28-29. The two-day, 36-hole event is the second Major Championship of the spring season.

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Opened in 1957, the Duke University Golf Course is the only Robert Trent Jones-designed course in the region. It was redesigned by Jones’ son, Rees, in 1994 and hosted the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship in 2001.

Links Magazine rated the Duke University Golf Course No. 12 on its list of the Top 25 College Courses. The Major Championship at Duke University provides the perfect opportunity for aspiring college golfers to play one of the best college courses in the country and visit Duke University and nearby colleges like the University of North Carolina while they’re in the area.

Yong Sherng Hui of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division. Hui is coming off a dramatic four-hole playoff victory in the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes earlier this month. He just edged out St. Brelade, Jersey, native Jason Stokes, who will also be competing in the Major Championship at Duke. Also keep an eye out for Anthony Cordaro of Pittsburgh, Pa., who tied for ninth in last year’s IJGT event at Duke.

Timonium, Md., native Jack Halleron won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the IJGT event at Duke last season and will look to repeat this year. He finished first in his last IJGT event this season, the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club. Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, is seeking his fourth IJGT victory this season and is coming off back-to-back wins in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River and the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island. Elmsford, N.Y., native Matthew Minerva Jr. and Ayushman Jaiswal of Bangalore, India, are both looking for their second IJGT victories of the season in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

In the Girls Division, Farmington, Conn., native Kelly Whaley has been victorious in all three IJGT events she’s played this season and will look to continue her winning streak at Duke. The UNC commit finished second in the IJGT event at Duke two years ago. Martina Gerbelova of Bratislava, Slovakia, has to top-five finishes this season and will look to break into the winner’s circle at Duke.

For more information, or to register for the Major Championship at Duke University, click here.