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Friend, Petrone earn IJGT Player of the Week honors (July 6, 2015)

The IJGT traveled to Ellwood, Pa., to host the Summer Series at Olde Stonewall GC at Olde Stonewall Golf Club on June 30-July 1, 2015. Juniors competed in wet conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, and AJGA Performance Stars during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Following the tournament, the IJGT is pleased to award Player of the Week honors to Andrew Friend and Bella Petrone both of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Friend bounced back from his first round of 83 to shooting a 5-over 75, improving his score by eight strokes.  He carded only pars and bogeys during his steady final round.  Friend had a great par streak as he came made the turn to his second nine making par on holes Nos. 8-12 to keep his round going.  By doing this he earned a three-way tie for sixth place.  He finished the tournament with a two-day total of 158 for the Boys 15-19 Division, even in the wet conditions.

Andrew Friend of Pittsburgh, Pa., earned Player of the Week honors

Andrew Friend of Pittsburgh, Pa., earned Player of the Week honors

In the Girls Division, Petrone rebounded from a first round of 92 to improving her second day score by 9 strokes, shooting an 83.  Pounding the ball far down the fairway, she was able have a fantastic par streak as she made par on holes Nos. 6-10.  This helped Petrone secure her second-place finish as she carded a total of 175 for the two-day tournament.

Bella Petrone of Pittsburgh, Pa., earned Player of the Week honors

Bella Petrone of Pittsburgh, Pa., earned Player of the Week honors

 

Gillam, McCann earn IJGT Player of the Week honors (May 27, 2015)

The IJGT traveled to Orlando, Fla., to host the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Club on May 23-25, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and exemptions into the Players Amateur, Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, International Junior Masters, North American Junior Amateur, South Carolina Junior Golf Association Beth Daniel Junior Azalea and South Atlantic Women’s Amateur Championship during the three-day, 54-hole event.

Following the tournament, the IJGT is pleased to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Parker Gillam of Cary, N.C., and Holly McCann of Raleigh, N.C.

Parker Gillam

Gillam rebounded from an 81 in the first round on the East/North Course to shoot a 2-under 70 in round two on the New Course before firing a 3-under 69 in the final round on the East/North Course. He landed in a three-way tie for the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of an event. Gillam made par or better on holes No. 3 through 15 in the final round and carded a double-eagle, his first, on the par-5 ninth hole. He finished the tournament with a 220 three-day total, good for fourth in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Holly McCann

After shooting 82s in the first and second rounds on the New and East/North courses, respectively, McCann fired a 3-over 75 in the final round on the New Course. Her 239 tournament total landed her in third place in the Girls Division.

Congratulations to Parker Gillam and Holly McCann on their IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Shreves, Sload earn IJGT Player of the Week honors (May 19, 2015)

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to College Park, Md., to host the College Series at the University of Maryland on May 16-17, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Northeast Tour is pleased to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Keegan Shreves of Potomac, Md., and Skylar Sload of Ashburn, Va.

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Shreves recovered from a round one 81 to shoot a 1-over 72 in round two. His 153 tournament total landed him in a tie for ninth place in the Boys 15-19 Division. He made par or better on the entire front nine in round two, including birdies on the par-4 second and par-5 ninth holes.

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Sload knocked eight strokes off her round one 90 to card an 82 in round two. Her 172 two-day total was good for third place in the Girls Division. She carded two birdies during the tournament on the par-4 17th hole in round one and the par-4 sixth hole in round two.

Congratulations to Keegan Shreves and Skylar Sload on their IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Decahthipat, Wren among IJGT Players of the Week

Southeast Tour

The IJGT Southeast Tour traveled to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to host the BGGA Orlando Open on May 9-10, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Southeast Tour is pleased to name Mai Decahthipat of Bangkok, Thailand, and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., as IJGT Players of the Week.

Mai Decahthipat

Decahthipat knocked eight strokes off her round one 80 to card an even-par 72 in round two. She had five birdies in the second round including back-to-back birdies on the par-4 11th and par-3 12th holes. Her 152 tournament total was good for ninth in the Girls Division.

Trey Wren

Wren bounced back from his first round 80 to shoot a 2-under 70 in the second round. Wren started round two on the 10th hole and finished his front nine with a 2-over 38. He started his front nine strong with birdies on the par-5 first and par-3 second holes. He made par or better on holes No. 1 through 9 including an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole. He finished his back nine with a 4-under 32. His 150 tournament total landed him in a tie for 10th in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Northeast Tour

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Hershey, Pa., to host the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club on May 9-10, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Northeast Tour is proud to name Peter Bradbeer of Philadelphia, Pa., and Christine Shao of Green Brook, N.J., as IJGT Players of the Week.

Peter Bradbeer

Bradbeer shaved 17 strokes off his round one 87 to card a 1-under 70 in round two, good enough to earn the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. All of Bradbeer’s three birdies came in the second round. He birdied the par-5 first, par-4 fifth and par-4 15th holes. His 157 tournament total landed him in sixth place in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Chrisine Shao

Shao improved on her round one 90 by 11 strokes to shoot 79 in round two. She finished the tournament in a tie for fourth in the Girls Division with a 169 two-day total. She birdied the par-4 fifth hole in both rounds.

Congratulations to Mai Decahthipat, Trey Wren, Peter Bradbeer and Christine Shao on being named the IJGT Players of the Week!

 

Horaney cards first ace to earn IJGT Player of the Week honors (May 5, 2015)

Southeast Tour

The IJGT Southeast Tour remained in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 2-3, 2015. Juniors competed in picture-perfect, warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and exemptions into the North American Junior Amateur and IMG Academy Junior World Championships during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Southeast Tour is proud to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Betty Horaney of Longview, Texas, and Feng Chen of Beijing, China.

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Horaney carded her first career hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth hole during the second round of the Junior World Qualifier. She was the only junior in the Girls Division to card an eagle. She knocked 12 strokes off her round one 96 to record an 84 in the second round, good for a 180 two-day total.

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Chen shaved nine strokes off his first-round 84 to card a 3-over 75 in the second round and a 159 tournament total. He began the second round on the 10th hole and started out strong, making par on his first seven holes. His two birdies came on the par-4 first and par-5 ninth holes in the second round.

Northeast Tour

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Mendon, N.Y., to host the St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club on May 2-3, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and exemptions into the North American Junior Amateur and International Junior Masters during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Northeast Tour is pleased to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Matt Dreimiller and Brynn Lohr.

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Dreimiller shaved four strokes off his round one 78 to card a 3-over 74 in round two, good for a 152 tournament total. He finished the tournament in a three-way tie for second place. His six birdies were tied for a division-high. Dreimiller was most successful on the par-5 sixth hole, which he birdied in both rounds. He carded an even-par 35 on the front nine in the second round.

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Lohr knocked 19 strokes off her round one 128 to card a 109 in the second round. Her biggest improvement came on the front nine; she shaved 12 strokes off her front nine score between the first and second rounds. She finished with a 237 tournament total, good for eighth place in the Girls Division.

Congratulations to Betty Horaney, Feng Chen, Matt Dreimiller and Brynn Lohr on earning IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Chen, Tosto among IJGT Players of the Week (April 28, 2015)

Southeast Tour

The IJGT Southeast Tour remained in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on April 25-26, 2015. Round one was suspended due to unsafe playing conditions and was completed on Sunday before round two. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Southeast Tour is proud to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Siyan Chen of Hanzhou City, China, and Nate Tosto of Pooler, Ga.

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Chen knocked 22 strokes off her round one 101 to card a 79 in round two. She finished the second round by making par or better on the final five holes, including birdies on the par-3 16th and par-4 18th holes. Her second round 79 was the 13-year-old’s best score in an IJGT event.

Tosto shaved nine strokes off his round one 85 to shoot a 4-over 76 in round two. Beginning with a birdie on the par-4 seventh hole, Tosto made par or better on holes No. 7 through 16 in the second round. He closed out the tournament with a 1-over 37 on the back nine in round two.

Northeast Tour

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Havre de Grace, Md., to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock on April 25-26, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Northeast Tour is pleased to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Jairus Gaines of Baltimore, Md., and Sirena Walsh of Chantilly, Va.

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Gaines shot a 77 in round one followed by a 79 in round two to finish with a 156 tournament total, good for third in the Boys 15-19 Division. He carded four birdies during the event, including two on the final four holes in round two. He recorded 1-over 37s on the back nine in both rounds.

Walsh knocked six strokes off her round one 82 to card a 4-over 76 in round two. She earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round award, the award presented to the male and female juniors to card the lowest scores in the final round of an event. She birdied three holes in round two: the par-5 second hole, the par-4 sixth hole and the par-3 seventh hole. She finished second in the Girls Division, her highest finish on the IJGT.

Congratulations to Nate Tosto, Siyan Chen, Jairus Gaines and Sirena Walsh on earning IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Ku, Zinman earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – April 21, 2015

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Lopatcong, N.J., to host The Architects Cup on April 18-19, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT is pleased to award Player of the Week honors to Anina Ku of Basking Ridge, N.J., and Brian Zinman of Center Valley, Pa.

anina ku     Brian Sunshine Zinman

Ku shaved six strokes off her round one 6-over 77 to card an even-par 71 in round two. Her 148 tournament total was good for third place in the Girls Division. She had a 16-hole par-or-better streak, which came on holes No. 2 through 17 in round two. Her second-round 71 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round award, which she shared with St. Davids, Pa., native and second-place finisher Brynn Walker. Two of Ku’s four birdies came on par-5s, leading to a 4.9 average on par-5s. This is Ku’s fourth season competing on the IJGT. She won the only other IJGT event she’s competed in this season, the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club, earlier this month.

Zinman carded a 78 in round one and a 79 in round two to finish with a 157 tournament total. He birdied the par-5 first hole in both rounds. Competing in his first IJGT event, Zinman tied for 26th place in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Congratulations to both Anina Ku and Brian Zinman on their IJGT Player of the Week honors!

 

Irei, Langs among those to earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – April 14, 2015

Southeast Tour

The IJGT Southeast Tour traveled to Okatie, S.C., to host the IJGT Oldfield Junior at the Oldfield Club on April 11-12, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the Southeast Tour is proud to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Kanata Irei of Okinawa-shi, Japan, and Meredith Langs of Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Kanata Irei A                                              Meredith Langs

 

After carding a 5-over 77 in round one, Irei bounced back to record a 1-under 71 in round two. Irei used four birdies to finish under par in the second round. He earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of an event.

Irei found particular success on the four par-5s. He birdied the par-5 fourth, eighth and 11th holes in both rounds and made par on the par-5 18th in both rounds. After knocking six strokes off his round one score, Irei finished with a 148 tournament total to tie for fourth place in the Boys 15-19 Division of the IJGT Oldfield Junior.

Langs shaved an impressive eight strokes off her round one 83 to card a 4-over 75 in round two. She finished with a 158 tournament total, good for sixth place in the Girls Division. Langs made par or better on seven holes to finish with a 1-over 37 on the back nine in round two.

Northeast Tour

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The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Farmington, Pa., to host the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin on April 11-12, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the Northeast Tour is pleased to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Richard Riva of Lancaster, Pa., and Brooke Hilden of Venetia, Pa.

Riva made par or better on holes No. 9 through 17 in the first round on the Links course. This nine-hole bogey-free streak was tied for the longest in the Boys 15-19 Division. Riva finished in a tie for fourth in his division with a 154 tournament total.

Hilden’s 180 tournament total earned her second place in the Girls Division.

Congratulations to Irei, Langs, Riva and Hilden on earning IJGT Player of the Week honors!

 

Hagen, Plourde and Ting earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – April 7, 2015

Southeast Tour

The IJGT Southeast Tour traveled west to Litchfield Park, Ariz., to host the Arizona Open at Wigwam on April 3-4, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Southeast Tour is pleased to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Eric Hagen of Averdeen, Wash.

Eric Hagen

Hagen started off the tournament strong, finishing the front nine 1-under par in round one. But, he struggled on the back nine and found himself in a three-way tie for third after finishing the first round with a 5-over 77. He bounced back in the second round, carding four birdies on his way to a 2-over 74. His six birdies led the division and earned him the Eyeline Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the junior to card the most birdies in each division of an event. Hagen finished with a 151 tournament total, landing him in a two-way tie for second place.

Northeast Tour

The IJGT Northeast Tour hosted the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club over Easter weekend, April 4-5, 2015. Juniors braved strong wind gusts while competing for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Northeast Tour is proud to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Max Ting of Atherton, Calif., and Bailey Plourde of Newcastle, Maine.

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Ting shaved five strokes off his round one 83 to card a 78 in round two. His 161 tournament total was good for second place in the Boys 15-19 Division in his first IJGT event.

Bailey Plourde A

After finding herself tied for fourth with a round one 90, Plourde buckled down in round two, knocking six strokes off her round one score to record an 84 in round two. She finished with a 174 tournament total, good for third place in the Girls Division. Plourde tied for fifth in the previous weekend’s Northeast Tour event, the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club.

Congratulations to Hagen, Plourde and Ting on earning IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Smith, Brooks among those to earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – March 31, 2015

Northeast Tour

The IJGT traveled to Monroe Township, N.J., to host the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club on March 28-Reid Bedell29, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Northeast Tour is proud to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Reid Bedell of Fair Haven, N.J., and Esther Park of Wilmington, Del.

 

Bedell made par or better on all three par-5s in both rounds leading to a 4.5 average on par-5s. He carded back-to-back birdies in both rounds. In the first round he birdied the par-3 12th hole and the par-5 13th hole. In the second round he birdied the par-4 fourth hole before carding back-to-back birdies on the par-5 eighth and ninth holes. His 153 tournament total landed him in a tie for third place in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Esther Park Park knocked five strokes off her round one 81 to card a 5-over 76 in round two and a tournament total of 157. She finished second in the Girls Division. She, too, made par or better on all three par-5s in both rounds good for a 4.8 average on par-5s. She made par or better on holes No. 5 through 9 in round two.

Southeast Tour

The IJGT traveled to Durham, N.C., to host the Major Championship at Duke University on March 28-29, 2015. Allen SmithJuniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Southeast Tour is proud to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Allen Smith of Durham, N.C., and Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va.

Smith was impressive in his first IJGT event. After shooting an 86 in round one, he knocked 10 strokes off his score to card a 4-over 76 in round two. His tournament total of 162 landed him in a tie for seventh place in the Boys 15-19 Division. Smith had the longest par-or-better streak in his division. His second round 10-hole bogey-free streak began with the par-4 third hole and lasted through the par-3 12th hole.

 

Shannon Brooks 1 Brooks also showed improvement in the second round. She followed her first round 80 with a 2-over 74 in round two, good enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the junior to card the lowest score in the final round of an event. Brooks made par or better on every hole but one on holes No. 5 through 18. She closed out the second round strong carding birdies on three of the final four holes. The Major Championship at Duke University was Brooks’ second IJGT event; she won the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill earlier this month.

Congratulations to Bedell, Park, Smith and Brooks on earning IJGT Player of the Week honors!