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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

Muhlbauer featured in the IJGT Photo of the Week – Sept. 18, 2014

In the fourth tournament of the 2014 fall season, the IJGT traveled to Radley Run Country Club to host the IJGT Philly Open on September 13-14. Due to inclement weather in round one, the originally planned two-day, 36-hole tournament was limited to one day and 18 holes. Juniors competed for national rankings and IJGT merit points.

Photo of the Week - Lauren Muhlbauer

The results are in and this week’s Photo of the Week features Lauren Muhlbauer of Newton, Pa. Her tie for second place at Radley Run becomes her first top-three finish in her IJGT career. Her score of 87 was highlighted by five pars.

Congratulations to Muhlbauer on being chosen for this week’s Photo of the Week!

Don’t forget – each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’
2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)
3 points – per share

The Philly Open at Radley Run – Final Results (Sept. 14, 2014)

Murphy nabs first career IJGT title
Cornforth’s first IJGT tournament a win 

The IJGT traveled north to host the Philly Open at Radley Run on September 13-14, 2014. The originally planned two-day, 36-hole tournament was limited to one day and 18 holes due to inclement weather in round one. The field of 38 juniors were unable to complete a full round on day one due to heavy rains, leaving winners of each division to be determined by round two’s scores. Juniors competed for national rankings and IJGT merit points.

Murphy, LiamIn his fourth IJGT tournament, Liam Murphy of Hockessin, Del., won the Boys 15-19 Division. Murphy began slow, carding a 2-over-par score of 38 on his opening nine but used five pars and two birdies for an even-par final nine. His score of 74 was one stroke ahead of the tie for second place between Karsen Rush of Chambersburg, Pa., and David Kim of Dresher, Pa. The pair tallied two birdies each in their performances of 3-over 75 to share second.

“I was feeling sick all week so I wanted to come out here and push through and do the best I could,” said Murphy following his win.

Murphy’s score of 74 was the lowest of the male divisions, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female with the lowest score in the second round of the tournament.

 

 

Cornforth, Jack copyJack Cornforth of South Hamilton, Mass., secured first in the Boys 14 & Under Division in his first appearance in an IJGT tournament. A 10-hole streak of par or better, featuring two birdies, was the highlight of Cornforth’s performance. He finished with a score of 76, one stroke ahead of second place finisher Evan Greenplate of York, Pa. Rounding out the top three was Jon Nolan Perry of Berwyn, Pa. with a score of 79.

“I improved a lot over the summer and I wanted to come out here and keep improving,” said Cornforth.

 

 

 

Evanko, Kate copyLeading the Girls Division by four strokes, the largest margin of the tournament, Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa., won with a score of 83. Seven pars and a single birdie allowed Evanko to take a commanding lead over Rebecca Chiger of Elkins Park, Pa., and Lauren Muhlbauer of Newtown, Pa., who tied for second with scores of 87. The share of second place was the best finish for both Mulbauer and Chiger who was in her first IJGT tournament.

“Being at my home course really helped. I knew where to miss and it helped me all throughout the day,” commented Evanko.

Evanko took home the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on September 20-21, 2014, in both the northeast and southeast regions. The Northeast Tour will host the IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club in Buena, N.J., and the Southeast Tour will host the IJGT College Series at NC State in Raleigh, N.C. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

International Junior Golf Tour
Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club
West Chester, Pa.
September 13-14, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,844 yards, Par 72
1. Liam Murphy, Hockessin, DE *74
2. Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, PA *75
2. David Kim, Dresher, PA *75
4. Blake Hinckley, Kennett Square, PA *76
4. Jake Trotta, Harrison, NY *76
4. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ *76
7. Quinn Dolan, Broomall, PA *77
7. Michael Cook, Berwyn, PA *77
7. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA *77
10. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *80
11. Luke McKeogh, Warminster, PA *81
12. Peter Bradbeer, Philidelphia, PA *82
12. Jack Melville, Maple Glen, PA *82
14. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *83
14. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *83
16. Nick Calabrese, Newtown Square, PA *84
17. Trip Smith, Phoenix, MD *87
18. Brian Kilroy, Drexel Hill, PA *88
18. Mark Goetz, Irwin, PA *88
20. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *89
21. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *91
22. Matt Elander, Basking Ridge, NJ *94
22. Matthew Haddon, Cinnaminson, NJ *94
24. Dominic Leoni, Hockessin, DE *95

DID NOT FINISH

Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY *JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,311 yards, Par 72

1. Jack Cornforth, South Hamilton, MA *76
2. Evan Greenplate, York, PA *77
3. Jon Nolan Perry, Berwyn, PA *79
4. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *82
5. Case Hummer, Glen Mills, PA *85
6. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA *98

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 5,951 yards, Par 72

1. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *83
2. Rebecca Chiger, Elkins Park, PA *87
2. Lauren Muhlbauer, Newtown, PA *87
4. Samantha Yao, Berwyn, PA *89
4. Olivia Traynor, Villanova, PA *89
4. Meghan Fahey, Villanova, PA *89
7. Katie Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *98
8. Sofia Amoroso, West Chester, PA *101

Photo of the week: Sept. 14-15

Northeast Tour

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Not only did Gary McCabe (left), Carley Hopton (middle), and Joe Parrini (right) come out victorious at the IJGT Philly Open, but they also are the winners of the IJGT “Photo of the week” contest.

McCabe secured his first win in the Boys 15-19 Division by shooting a two-round score of 11-over-par 151, four strokes ahead of the second place finisher. For Hopton, her victory at the Philly Open was the first of her career on the IJGT. She bested Samantha Yao on the third playoff hole to clinch the win.

Parrini claimed his second victory in a row in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a 10-over-par 150 for the tournament. Congratulations to all three golfers!

Players of the Week – IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) stopped outside Philadelphia on Sept. 14-15, 2013 for the IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville Golf Club. The weather posed quite a challenge for the players during the first round as the wind made for some difficult approach shots. Though the weather was more cooperative during the final round, the Donald Ross designed Jeffersonville Golf Club still challenged the players with its small greens and well-positioned bunkers. Our Players of the Week for this week are Samantha Yao of Berwyn, Pa. and Nick Geiman of York, Pa.Samantha Yao

Competing in her second IJGT Event of the season, Yao finished in second place this week after an exciting three-hole playoff. Coming off a seventh-place finish at the IJGT Labor Day Classic at Hershey, Yao battled the elements during the first round of the event to shoot an 84 and take a three-stroke lead in the Girls Division. During the final round, Yao fired an 85 to leave her tied for first place. After making a great up-and-down on the first hole of the playoff Yao went on to par the second playoff hole and then lipped out her par putt on the third hole. At just 12-years-old, Yao will be one to watch out for as she continues to fine-tune her game in the coming years.

GeimanIt has been almost two years since Geiman was able to crack the top three at an IJGT Event.  This past weekend Geiman posted an impressive final-round number to put him near the top of the leaderboard.  The Donald Ross design proved to be a tough test for the entire field but Geiman put together a round of 73 in the final day to jump ahead of the pack and into a tie for second place.  A 3-over-par round of five bogeys and two birdies was the low round of the tournament and claimed the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.  With his first top three finish of the season, Geiman will take this momentum into his next tournament and hope to make another run for top three.

Final results from the IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville GC

McCabe victorious at Jeffersonville Golf Club

Hopton defeats Yao in three-hole playoff

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the IJGT Philly Open on Sept. 14-15. Held at Jeffersonville Golf Club, a field of 44 players ages 10-19 took on the course over the two-day, 36-hole event. The field was represented by junior golfers from four states competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Jeffersonville Golf Club, a Donald Ross designed course, is a par-70. Although not the longest course, playing 5,740 yards for the Girls Division, 5,956 for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,434 for the Boys 15-19 Division, there is plenty of trouble to be found in the layout. Featuring hazards on a handful of holes, combined with winds gusting up to 20 miles per hour and temperatures falling into the 50s on Saturday, what the course lacked in length was made up for. Adding to the difficulties were sloped greens, a staple of Ross’s designs.

Gary McCabe of Collegeville, Pa., won the Boys 15-19 Division, turning a one-stroke deficit to begin the final round into a four-shot victory by the end.

Entering final round of competition, the division was wide open. Quinn Dolan of Broomall, Pa., held the lead when the day began after shooting a first-round 75. Chasing him was a pack of 10 players all within five strokes.

Dolan was joined by McCabe, Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., and Chris Binet of Oreland, Pa., in the final group for the last round. Dolan quickly realized he was not as sharp as a day prior en route to playing the first 10 holes at 11-over-par. He was not the only player in the group struggling, though. Binet got himself into trouble on No. 11 and carded a triple-bogey to dash his chances of victory. Bastian carded three double-bogeys on the back nine to take himself out of contention.

McCabeMcCabe kept plugging away at a course he used to call home, playing the first 11 holes in 1-over-par as he separated himself from the pack. A stretch of three straight bogeys made things interesting but he responded with three consecutive pars.

McCabe’s closest challengers came from Nick Geiman of York, Pa., and Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., who finished in second place. Geiman shot a 3-over-par 73 on in the final round, winning the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, to finish at 155. Marone finished strong, playing the last six holes at 2-under-par to also finish at 155.

Both waited for McCabe to finish his round, in hopes of having a shot at the championship.

But McCabe never faltered and carded a final-round 5-over-par 75, totaling 151 for the tournament.

“I used the knowledge [of the course] to my advantage, and it’s good to be back,” McCabe said of his return trip to Jeffersonville Golf Club.

The Girls Division provided the best finish on the day as extra holes were needed to decide a winner. Carley Hopton of Madison, N.J., defeated Samantha Yao of Berwyn, Pa., on the third sudden-victory playoff hole to earn her first IJGT victory of the season and of her career.

Hopton trailed Yao, the leader after round one, by three strokes entering the final day, as Hopton shot an opening-round 87. Hopton had evened the score by the 27th hole, but fell behind after carding three straight double-bogeys.

Yao carried a three-stroke lead as the final group of her, Hopton, Victoria Ross of Spring Grove, Pa., and Esther Park of Wilmington, Del., headed to the 16th tee box.

Hopton carded par on the hole while Yao bogeyed to cut the lead to two. Hopton was able to par again on No. 17, tying the score as Yao double-bogeyed. On No. 18, Yao blasted her drive down the middle of the fairway, as Hopton found the rough. A par-5, unreachable in two, Yao laid up and Hopton was forced to punch out of a tough lie. Neither reached the green in three, but both had chances to make par. Both missed and they went to a sudden-victory playoff.

On hole No. 1, Hopton again found the rough with Yao sitting in the fairway. Hopton punched out from the trees and Yao’s shot missed the greenHopton to the right. Hopton saved her championship dreams with an approach shot from just outside 100 yards that settled within two feet of the hole. Yao’s chip from the rough stopped the same distance from the cup as Hopton’s ball and they both tapped in for par.

The second playoff hole told the same story, with Yao in the fairway and Hopton in the rough. Yao’s approach shot landed on the front of the green, but Hopton hit another great approach to leave herself under 10 feet for birdie. Yao missed her birdie putt and Hopton had a chance for victory but she missed her putt wide and they went to a third playoff hole.

Both players found the middle of the fairway off the tee, as their shots came to a stop within feet of each other. They were left inside 100 yards om the uphill par-4. Yao’s shot landed in the right rough but kicked to the edge of the green and she had another opportunity for birdie. Hopton continued her fine approach shots and landed within 15 feet of the flagstick. Yao’s long distance putt sped by the hole and she left herself six feet for par. Hopton could not convert on the birdie, as her ball slid by the hole. The pressure was on Yao to make her comebacker for par, but she was unable to convert. Hopton tapped her ball in for par and the 39-hole victory.

“I made a few really long putts,” Hopton noted as the key to her victory.

Hopton’s 82 on Sunday was also enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Joe Parrini of York, Pa., continued his hot streak. Victorious at the Major Championship at Crystal Springs, Parrini followed up that performance by earning his second-consecutive IJGT Championship with this one coming at Jeffersonville Golf Club.

Parrini JeffParrini fired a 4-over-par 74 in the first round to give himself a comfortable lead entering the final round. He followed up his first-round performance with a 76 to finish with a total of 150, the lowest score in any division, and earn the win. Over his 36 holes, Parrini carded three birdies and 21 pars.

“I really found my driver. I was consistently hitting fairways,” Parrini said following his round on the final day.

Garrett Engle of Harrisburg, Pa., finished second with a tournament total of 172, and Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., rounded out the top three carding a 174.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it the weekend of Sept. 21-22 in Urban, Md., for the Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor. The tournament will be played at Worthington Manor Golf Club. 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, 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.

 

Norristown, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 15, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,434 yards, Par 70 (71.0/136) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 5,956 yards, Par 70 (68.5/132) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,740 yards, Par 70 (73.5/129)

 

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Weather:        Saturday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 60’s with 10-15 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 5-10 mph winds

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville Golf Club

Norristown, Pa.

September 14-15, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,434 yards, Par 70

1. Gary McCabe, Collegeville, PA, *76-75–151

2. Nick Geiman, York, PA, *82-73–155

2. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ, *80-75–155

4. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA, *80-76–156

5. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA, *80-77–157

5. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *78-79–157

7. Perry Litwin, Rumson, NJ, *81-77–158

7. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA, *79-79–158

9. Quinn Dolan, Broomall, PA, *75-84–159

9. Chris Binet, Oreland, PA, *79-80–159

11. Ryan Cleary, Wilmington, DE, *85-77–162

12. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA, *82-81–163

12. John Warden, Ridgewood, NJ, *82-81–163

12. Nick Calabrese, Newtown Square, PA, *84-79–163

15. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA, *82-82–164

15. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *81-83–164

15. John Foley, Limerick, PA, *80-84–164

18. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ, *83-82–165

18. Peter Bradbeer, Philidelphia, PA, *86-79–165

18. Griffin Colvin, Media, PA, *80-85–165

21. Michael Barychewsky, Richboro, PA, *83-83–166

22. Zachary Sculler, Morganville, NJ, *90-78–168

22. Kyle Cunningham, Sayville, NY, *84-84–168

24. Ryan Conner, Newtown, PA, *86-83–169

25. David Cox, Lower Gwynedd, PA, *80-90–170

26. Matthew Cleary, Wilmington, DE, *80-91–171

27. Nolan Dirienzi, Media, PA, *81-91–172

28. Nick Fizzano, Newtown Square, PA, *94-81–175

29. Joe Rochelle, Quakertown, PA, *88-89–177

30. Robert Shaner, Fort Lee, NJ, *87-91-178

31. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY, *90-89–179

32. Holden Harris, New York, NY, *101-98–199

DID NOT FINISH

Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, PA, *83-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 5,956 yards, Par 70

1. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *74-76–150

2. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA, *84-88–172

3. Luke Sample, New York, NY, *92-82–174

4. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA, *90-91–181

 

 Girls Division – Gold Tees, 5,740 yards, Par 70

1. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ, *87-82–169*

2. Samantha Yao, Berwyn, PA, *84-85–169

3. Esther Park, Wilmington, DE, *89-85–174

4. Victoria Ross, Spring Grove, PA, *91-84–175

5. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY, *92-90–182

6. Meghan Fahey, Villanova, PA, *104-102–206

7. Kimmy Sanna, Swarthmore, PA, *116-107—223

 

*Won Playoff

Final results from the Major Championship at Crystal Springs

Kim wins first Major at Crystal Springs

Parsells holds on in Girls Division

MCAFEE, N.J. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the first Major Event of their season the weekend of Sept. 7-8. Hosted by Crystal Springs’s Great Gorge Country Club, a field of 56 players representing six states and three countries took their best stabs at the course. The tournament featured junior players ages 10-19 competing for national rankings, as well as double IJGT Merit Points.

Played on Great Gorge’s nine-hole Quarryside and Railside Courses, the two combined to play as a par 70, from 5,709 yards for the Girls Division, 6,049 for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,590 for the Boys 15-19 Division. Each nine-hole course featured its own unique layout. Carved into the remnants of an old quarry, the Quarryside course marked the tighter of the two, while Railside, featuring artifacts of an old rail line, was more open but also more hilly. Located on a mountainside, swirling winds added an extra element of difficulty for the field.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Kwanwoo Kim of Tenafly, N.J., was victorious, taking home his first IJGT Major Championship. Kim entered the final round two strokes back of first round leader, and KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award winner, Bobby Firth of Jenkintown, N.J., after carding an opening round 77.

Entering the final round, Kim was part of a group of 10 players all within four strokes of the lead. As part of the final group Sunday, Kim played alongside Firth, Thomas Kaczan of Clark, N.J., and Gerry Mackedon of Port Jefferson, N.Y. Unlike his partners, Kim was able to avoid any big mistakes.

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Kwanwoo Kim was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division.

While Kim made pars, and two birdies on holes Nos. 13 and 15, his opponents fell victim to Great Gorge’s elements. Firth was the first to succumb, posting a nine on the fifth hole. Mackedon came next, as triple-bogeys on holes Nos. 7 and 9 pushed him too far back. Kaczan bogeyed holes Nos. 6 and 7 and never regained his confidence, while struggling on Railside (playing as the back nine.)

Kim continued with his pars on the difficult course and by the 16th hole held a comfortable lead. He managed a par-save from the sand on the par-5 16th, and then drained a 10-footer for par on hole No. 17. With one hole separating Kim for a Major victory, he did not let the pressure get to him, instead blasting a 300-plus yard drive right down the middle of the fairway on the closing hole. His approach stopped 20 feet from the cup, and he was able to comfortably two-putt to take home the championship. He finished the day with a 5-over-par, 75, to shoot 152 over the two days and was four strokes clear of Isaac Gorenstein of Nyack, N.Y., who finished second. Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., finished third with a tournament total of 157.

Kim said the hardest part of the course was, “The 7th, 8th and 9th,” but noted his, “putting,” allowed him to stay in the lead.

Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y., shot the low round in the final round to win the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with a 1-over, 71. It was also the lowest round of the tournament by any age group.

Like the Boys, the Girls Division featured a handful of players clustered at the top. After Saturday, Frida Henningsson, from Rye, N.Y., Christina Parsells, from Bernardsville, N.J., and Linda Wang, from Fresh Meadows, N.Y., were tied at the top of the leaderboard with 79. Yeji Shin of Norwood, N.J., and Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., lurked within striking distance.

Henningsson, Parsells, and Wang all earned the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award for their performance in the first round.

Wang was the first to find trouble. Her tee shot on the par-3 12th (Girls Division teed off on hole No.10) landed unluckily in the middle of a bunker containing the stands of an old train rail, which played as an integral part of the course. She was forced to chip sideways in the bunker, before chipping out Wang finished with a double-bogey on the hole and lost all momentum.

With their fellow competitors faltering, Henningsson and Parsells were neck-and-neck, with each golfer playing their first nine at 2-over-par.

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Christina Parsells; winner of the Girls Division.

In the group ahead of them, Shin was putting together her own impressive round, trying to make a comeback victory for the second week in a row. With many sloped greens, making birdie was no easy task, and she had to settle for multiple pars on her way to a 2-over-par 72 and 153 tournament total. That could have been good enough to lead her to victory, but Parsells did not give her the chance.

While Henningsson struggled on the second nine, Parsells shot an even-par to match Shin with a 2-over-par 72 and finished at 151 for the tournament to earn the championship and double Merit Points.

When asked what the key to victory for her, Parsells quickly noted her driver, mentioning, “I only missed two fairways all week.”

Eun Won Park of Tenafly, N.J., quietly put together a 4-over-par, 74 on Sunday to crawl back into contention. Her strong showing in the final round was enough to finish in third place with a 156.

Parsells and Shin tied for the low round in the Girls Division with their 72s on the final day to win the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

The Boys 14 & Under Division could not match the drama of the other divisions, but still featured strong play. Joe Parrini of York, Pa., jumped out to a comfortable lead after firing a 79 in the first round. Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., was Parrini’s closest competitor at 11 strokes back.

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Joe Parrini became a Major Champion at Crystal Springs.

Parrini was not as strong on Sunday, but the lead he built the day before allowed him to play more relaxed. He shot a round of 87, which included eight pars and a birdie to finish at 166 for the tournament en route to his Major Championship.

Parrini said he, “Plans to play at Jeffersonville,” as his next tournament and build off the confidence from a Major victory.

Sample shot an 88 on Sunday to finish at 178 for the championship, and earned second place. Daniel Bastian of Media, Pa. rounded out the top three.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it the weekend of Sept. 14-15 in Jeffersonville, Pa., for the IJGT Philly Open. The tournament will be played at Jeffersonville Golf Club. 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.

 

MCAFEE, N.J. – Final-round results of the IJGT Major Championship at Crystal Springs conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 8, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,590 yards, Par 70 (72.5/135) Boys 14 & Under Division: Green Tees – 6,049 yards, Par 70 (69.6/130) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,709 yards, Par 70 (74.1/133)

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Weather:        Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 5-10 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 5-10 mph winds

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Major Championship at Crystal Springs

McAfee, N.J.

September 7-8, 2013

 

Great Gorge Golf Club (Quarry/Rail)

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,590 yards, Par 70

1. Kwanwoo Kim, Tenafly, NJ *77-75–152

2. Isaac Gorenstein, Nyack, NY *79-77–156

3. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *79-78–157

4. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *85-73–158

5. Ryan Skae, Old Tappan, NJ *84-75–159

5. Eric Terminello, White Plains, NY *79-80–159

5. Bobby Firth, Jenkintown, PA *75-84–159

8. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY *89-71–160

8. Thomas Urciuoli, Short Hills, NJ *85-75–160

10. Dominic Pizzurro-Gomez, White Plains, NY *89-72–161

10. Vinay Ramesh, Newtown, PA *79-82–161

10. Nicholas Infanti, Clarksburg, MD *80-81–161

10. Dominick Mancinelli, Moosic, PA *78-83–161

10. Nate Menon, Wyomissing, PA *79-82–161

15. Sam Goldenring, Florham Park, NJ *82-80–162

15. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ *76-86–162

15. Gerry Mackedon, Port Jefferson, NY *77-85–162

18. Nick Geiman, York, PA *81-82–163

18. Daniel Melcher, New York, NY *82-81–163

18. Bobby Piluso, Ridgewood, NJ *79-84–163

21. Jonny Slater, Old Tappan, NJ *84-81–165

21. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA *82-83–165

23. Justin Murray, Burlington, NJ *85-81–166

23. Asher Greenberg, Weston, CT *82-84–166

25. Brendon Kim, Rivervale, NJ *84-83–167

26. Jonny Emmerman, Scarsdale, NY *84-85–169

27. Hunter Lee, Great Neck, NY *87-83–170

28. Ross Rabin, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *85-88–173

29. Leonard Lee, Wyckoff, NJ *85-90–175

30. Angelo Mancinelli, Moosic, PA *85-93–178

31. Robert Shaner, Fort Lee, NJ *92-87–179

32. Matthew Quigley, West Milford, NJ *93-88–181

33. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY *93-89–182

34. Cristian Cerza, Greenwich, CT *98-90–188

35. Peter Beckwermert, Wayne, NJ *101-93–194

36. Daniel Makarevich, Great Meadows, NJ *107-92–199

 

DID NOT FINISH

Zackary Potten, Wharton, NJ *90-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, NY *86-JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – Green Tees, 6,049 yards, Par 70

1. Joe Parrini, York, PA *79-87–166

2. Luke Sample, New York, NY *90-88–178

3. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA *92-89–181

 

Girls Division – White Tees, 5,709 yards, Par 70

1. Christina Parsells, Bernardsville, NY *79-72–151

2. Yeji Shin, Norwood, NJ *81-72–153

3. Eun Won Park, Tenafly, NJ *85-74–159

4. Frida Henningsson, Rye, NY *79-81–160

5. Linda Wang, Fresh Meadows, NY *79-86–165

6. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ *84-82–166

7. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ *81-86–167

8. Katie Lee, Ringoes, NJ *85-83–168

9. Riley Smyth, Old Tappan, NJ *85-84–169

10. Raphaella Kang, Bayside, NY *84-86–170

11. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *86-86–172

12. Summer Kitahara, Greenwich, CT *87-87–174

13. Jasmine Kitahara, Greenwich, CT *96-95–191

14. Kate Weiss, Greenwich, CT *97-96–193

 

DID NOT FINISH

Zora Moore, Milford, NJ *JWD

IJGT Philly Open to make debut at Jeffersonville Golf Club

The International Junior Golf Tour will be headed to Jeffersonville, PA on September 14-15 for the Philly Open at Jeffersonville Golf Club. This will be the first time the course has played host to an IJGT event, and hopes to play as tough as many of Philadelphia’s other great courses.

Jeffersonville Golf Club is a Donald Ross design and opened in 1931. The par-70 course plays 6,443 yards from the back tees with a rating of 71 and slope of 136.

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Jeffersonville Golf Club is set to host this season’s IJGT Philly Open.

In 2000, Ron Pritchard, a locally based architect, restored and modernized the course. Included in the restoration were re-addition of over 40 of the original bunkers, rebuilding of the tee boxes on every hole, instillation of a modern underground irrigation system, and a re-routing plan that led to stronger finishing holes.

Jeffersonville has played host to the USGA’s U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifier on two occasions as well as multiple Philadelphia Public Links Championships. The course was purchased by West Norriton Township in 1972.

Gary McCabe finished 5th at last season’s Philly Junior and looks to, again, have a strong showing, while Mike Bliss, coming off an appearance as part of Team USA in this summer’s Euro Junior Golf Cup, is another player to keep an eye on.

Prior to becoming a golf club, the land was used for steeplechase horse racing on a ½ mile oval track on which the 11th and 16th holes now sit. Jeffersonville GC is only minutes away from historic Merion Golf Club, which recently hosted the U.S. Open.