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Sneak preview: Upcoming IJGT Summer Series events & venues

Summer is here and it’s time to play! The IJGT has put together a lineup of incredible venues for the IJGT Summer Series, a schedule of events for junior golfers everywhere to join for fun and competitive tournament golf.

From New York to South Carolina and places in between, we have events for everyone. Take a peek at the schedule of events coming up and what each course has in store!

Summer Series at University of Maryland
August 19-20, 2014
College Park, Md.

Photo credit: University of Maryland Business Golf Club

Photo credit: University of Maryland Business Golf Club

What began as a proposed study for a golf course to serve the University community at Maryland, the University Golf Course carries significant history. The course began with just nine holes open for play in 1958 before the full 18-holes was opened for play the following spring. The layout is atypical in that you never encounter houses as you wind through tree-lined scenery.

For more information on each event or to register, click here or call (843) 686-1500.

Summer Series at Olde Stonewall – Round one recap

Continuing with the Summer Series, the IJGT traveled to  in Ellwood City, Pa., to host round one at Olde Stonewall Golf Club. Overcast skies and mild temperatures made for golf-friendly conditions, translating to some low scoring. In review, divisional leaders’ rounds in numbers are below.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Matt Barto of Leechburg, Pa., leads. His round in numbers:

71- his 1-over-par score 71 to put himself in first place

35- front nine score, even par to help him en route to his lead

2- number of birdies throughout his round

13- number of pars carded

In the Girls Division, Synclaire Kuhn of McMurray, Pa., is leading the pack. Her round in numbers:

77- her round-one score, enough to sit in the lead

3- Kuhn played the par-3s of the course at an impressive 1-under for round one

4- number of birdies she carded in her first round

Chris Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa., leads the Boys 14 & Under Division after shooting a first round 84. His round in numbers:

3- number of back-nine birdies he tallied

2- Tanabe was an impressive 2-under on the course’s par-3 holes

6 – total pars that aided in his first-round lead over the division

Juniors will return to play for round two Wednesday, July 9, 2014, for an 8:00 a.m. start. For full results from the first round of the Summer Series at Olde Stonewallclick here. Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.

Godfrey-Singleton featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – July 7, 2014

The IJGT hosted the Summer Series at Ridgemont Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., on July 1-2, 2014. While abundant sunshine translated to warm temperatures, the hefty winds made for difficult playing conditions for the juniors. This week’s Photo of the Week from the event features Sarah Godfrey-Singleton of Depew, N.Y.

PHOTOWEEK 7.7.14

The second-place finisher in the Girls Division posted scores of 83-82 — 165 overall, her best scores to date with the IJGT. Godfrey-Singleton’s second place is her third top-five finish and her performance was highlighted by 19 total pars and two second-round birdies.

Congratulations to Sarah and we look forward to seeing her again soon in tournament play!

Connors, Chambers nab Player of the Week honors – July 4, 2014

The IJGT hosted the second tournament of the Summer Series at Ridgemont Country Club of Greece, N.Y.  The two-day tournament took place on July 1-2, 2014.  Players and spectators enjoyed great weather and a pristine course operated by an accommodating and friendly staff.

Great competition made for a truly special tournament. Despite challenges presented by quick and undulating greens, juniors posted many low scores.  Special congratulations are in order for Emily Connors and Scott Chambers for receiving the IJGT Player of the Week honors.

10444360_10154368309025026_4175781808527902950_nPlaying in her fourth IJGT event, Connors posted her best career finish.  After finishing round one standing in third, Connors returned looking to improve in round two. Connors shaved one stroke from her round-one score to stave of competition and take home third. Seven pars in round two were the highlight of her performance en route to her finish.

 

 

 

 

 

10341480_10154368321840026_5814354413182545007_nComing off his victory with the IJGT at Ravenwood Country Club in May, Chambers posted his third top-10 finish of the season. His four-stroke improvement from round one illustrated the drive and determination he brought to round two. Chambers’ score of 79 in round two was highlighted by 10 pars and a birdie to help him into fourth place. The birdie on the par-4 No. 8 in round two becomes his 12th birdie in just three events with the IJGT.

Congratulations to both Connors and Chambers and we are eager to see them again in tournament play!

Summer Series at Ridgemont Country Club – Final Results

The IJGT hosted its second event of the Summer Series at Ridgemont Country Club in Greece N.Y. Weather in round one was warm with abundant sunshine and gusts of wind reaching 40 mph. The second round saw considerable cloud covering in the morning but the afternoon yielded plenty of sunshine with temperatures rising into the mid 80s.

10483112_10154368324725026_6561189008539393097_nIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Evan Gaesser of Kendall N.Y., won the division in impressive fashion. Gaesser started off well during round one, scoring 37 on the front nine which included a birdie on the long par-3 No. 7.  Gaesser finished his first round with a 5-over score of 77. Gaesser kicked off his second round by landing his approach shot within inches before tapping in for birdie on the par-4 first hole. Showing consistency throughout his round, the New York native had 11 pars and two birdies en route to a second-round score of 75.

There was a tie for second place between Ryan Kelly of Annapolis, Md., and Alec Miller of Pittsford, N.Y. Both juniors shot a two-day total of 156. Kelly and Miller battled throughout both rounds to finish within four strokes of Gaesser. Kelly found himself out in front of Miller by three strokes following round one but Miller shaved four strokes from his round-one score to regain his standing.

“I putted really well. my short game really saved me today,” said Gaesser.

The Boys 14 & Under Division was won by Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., the first-ever IJGT victory for the junior. Consistency was the key of his game as he posted an identical score of 78 in both rounds. His first round was highlighted by two birdies in the first three holes. His front-nine even-par score of 36 was a tournament best for Plis. Round two featured 10 pars, including a streak of five on the back nine. Plis finished with scores of 78-78 —  156.

Saddy Sadokierski of Richmond Hill, Ontario, finished second with scores of 83-85 — 168 after tallying nine pars and a birdie to start out the tournament. Despite struggling with a few bogeys, Sadokierski bounced back with another nine pars in round two. Jack O’Donovan rounded out the top three with scores of 84-85 –169.

Plis said, “My mindset today was to shoot in the 70’s and keep the ball in front of me.”

image (4)The Girls Division was won by Sydney Shaw of Orchard Park, N.Y. Following numerous lead changes in the race for first, used three second-round birdies to gain the advantage. Tallying scores of 86-76 — 162, Shaw shaved a staggering 10 strokes from her round-one score en route to taking first.

Sarah Godfrey-Singleton of Depew, N.Y., finished in second place. Godfrey- Singleton added two birdies of her own in round two to secure second with scores of 83-85 — 165. Rounding out the top three for the Girls Division was Emily Connors with a two-day score of 175.

When asked, Shaw said, “I just wanted to play consistently and putt better than I did yesterday. I wanted to limit my three putts.”

The IJGT will continue with its Summer Series at Olde Stonewall in Ellwood City, Pa., on July 8-9, 2014. For more information, or to register, click here.

Greece N.Y. – Final results of the IJGT Summer Series at Ridgemont Country Club completed July 2, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black tees- 6,634 yards par 72 (72.7/137). Girls Division: White tees- 5,976 yards par 72 (72.4/137). Boys 15-19 Division: Blue tees- 6,302 yards (72.4/137)

Weather: Overcast with temperatures in the mid 80s

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Tees) 6,634 yards, par 72

1. Evan Gaesser, Kendall, NY *77-75–152
2. Alec Miller, Pittsford, NY *80-76–156
2. Ryan Kelly, Annapolis, MD *77-79–156
4. Scott Chambers, Pittsford, NY *83-79–162
5. Grant Brongo, Spencerport, NY *81-82–163
6. James Pelcher, Baldwinsville, NY *88-76–164
7. Andy Bronstein, Pittsford, NY *82-83–165
8. Tyler Hockenberger, Rochester, NY *88-81–169
9. Noah Andriatch, Brockport, NY *87-83–170
10. Adam Sprenger, Perry, NY *93-80–173
10. David Lefebre, Rochester, NY *88-85–173
12. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *94-84–178
13. Stephen Hetterich, Rochester, NY *96-85–181
14. Hunter Burdick, Hilton, NY *95-90–185

Boys 14& Under Division (Blue Tees) 6,302 yards, par 72

1. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *78-78–156
2. Saddy Sadokierski, Richmond Hill, ON *83-85–168
3. Jack O’Donovan, Pittsford, NY *84-85–169
4. Matt Jackson, Williamsville, NY *87-85–172
5. Jake Costa, Rochester, NY *88-86–174
6. Tj Buck, Penfield, NY *91-86–177
7. Gavin Simon, Rochester, NY *87-92–179
8. Aiden Shaw, Orchard Park, NY *97-83–180
9. Jack Bailey, Pittsford, NY *94-89–183
10. Jude Cummings, Pittsford, NY *96-97–193
11. James Meyers, Wexford, PA *95-99–194

Girls Division (White tees) 5,976 yards, par 72

1. Sydney Shaw, Orchard Park, NY *86-76–162
2. Sarah Godfrey-Singleton, Depew, NY *83-82–165
3. Emily Connors, Lancaster, NY *88-87–175
4. Lauren Kase, North Tonawanda, NY *90-86–176
5. Junghye Kim, Jamesville, NY *91-87–178
6. Sarah Beckwith, Lakeview, NY *95-89–184
7. Alexis Kim, Clarence, NY *98-87–185
8. Lizzy Karsten, Macedon, NY *103-91–194
9. Victoria Ortiz, Rochester, NY *115-101–216

Uengiranpaisan siblings nab IJGT Player of the Week honors – June 18, 2014

The IJGT kicked off the summer series at Crescent Pointe in Bluffton, S.C., on June 17-18, 2014. The weather was great all week and the staff at Crescent Pointe was outstanding. There were many great scores throughout the whole tournament with a few players posting career-best finishes on the IJGT. The brother-sister duo from Bangkok, Thailand, Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan and Ammy Uengiranpaisan have received IJGT Player of the Week honors.

DSC_1096Playing in his 10th IJGT event of the 2014 year, Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan carded a career-best third-place finish. He started off the first round with a score of 83 but bounced back to card a 4-over-par 75 in the second round. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan made five birdies in his second round, none more impressive than his birdie on the par-5 17th  hole. The Bangkok native showed consistency throughtout the round by going 2-under on holes five through 10. We wish Kanawut the best and look forward to seeing him again for tournament play!

 

DSC_1248Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, playing in her eighth IJGT event of the year, began her summer at Crescent Pointe by firing a career-low score of 85. She linked together a stretch of spectacular pars on holes 12 through 16 to finish the day in second place. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan has seen tremendous progress playing with IJGT thus far and we are excited to see what success comes from her in the future!

Summer Series at Crescent Pointe – Final Results

Consistency translates to a victory for Puangcharoen
Bunthanawong becomes first-time winner at Crescent Pointe

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The IJGT kicked off the Summer Series in the southeast at Crescent Pointe Golf Club on June 17-18, 2014. The first event of the summer schedule featured a field of 11 juniors ranging in age from 15-18 years old for the two-day, 36-hole event, competing for national rankings.

DSC_0790The Boys 15-19 Division was won by Kanoon Bunthanawong of Chonburi, Thailand. Finishing with scores of 74-78–152, Bunthanawong lead the tournament field throughout the weekend, looking confident around the golf course. His first win of his IJGT career was highlighted by a nine-hole par streak, making 14 total pars during his final round to accompany a birdie on his opening hole, par-4 No. 1.

Sidhartha Sharathram of Coimbatore, India, finished in second place with scores of 79-78—157, carding six consecutive pars on his back-nine during the final round. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan of Bangkok, Thailand, finished in third place with scores of 83-75—158. Uenghiranpaisan improved on his round-one scores on 11 of 18 holes during his final round. With five birdies and seven pars, Uenghiranpaisan earned him the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award, the award offered to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round.

DSC_0620The word of the tournament was consistency for Mind Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand, who took home the first place finish in the Girls Division, as well as her first IJGT victory. With a tournament total of 75-75—150, Puangcharoen carded her best ever nine-hole score, posting a 35 on her first round front-nine. She also finished par or better on 13 holes during her final round. Her final round 4-over-par 75 earned her the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division.

Ammy Uenghiranpaisan of Bangkok, Thailand, finished second with scores of 85-100—185, carding her best tournament round in an IJGT event with a score of 85. Rounding out the Girls Division was Stephanie Orrell of Ontario, Canada, who tallied scores of 117-101–218.

The IJGT’s next Summer Series event will continue on to the northeast at Ridgemont Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., on July 1-2, 2014. To sign up for this Event, or others, click here.

Bluffton, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Summer Series conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed June 18, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,610 yards, Par 71 (72.9/140). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,867 yards, Par 71 (74.9/140).

Weather:           Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 5-7 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 5-7 mph

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees) 6,610 yards, Par 71

1. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *74-78–152
2. Sidhartha Sharathram, Coimbatore, India *79-78–157
3. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *83-75–158
4. JP Halpin, Cincinnati, OH *79-83–162
5. Arjun Chandnani, Noida, India *78-85–163
6. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *85-82–167
7. Jackson Tomaszewski, Hilton Head Island, SC *96-96–192
8. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *99-97–196

Girls Division (White Tees) 5,867 yards, Par 71

1. Mind Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *75-75–150
2. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *85-100–185
3. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *117-101–218

IJGT announces Summer Series at Palmetto Hall

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is announcing its final tournament for IJGT Summer Series. This tournament will take place July 23-24 at the Palmetto Hall Plantation in Hilton Head Island, S.C. During this two day tournament junior golfers ages 9-19 will compete on theRobert Cupp Course which continually brings high praise from golfers all over.

Designed by Robert E. Cupp, the Robert Cupp course opened it’s doors in 1993. This course is known for its unusual shapes and sharp angles that provide every golfer with a unique and challenging experience. During the Shamrock Shootout at Palmetto Hall in March, GeunTae Kim seemed to master all the challenges the course presented to him. He won the Boys 15-19 Division by finishing the two round with 10 birdies and 15 pars.  The leader in the Girls Division faired in a similar way. Ceha Lee , also from South Korea, finished in first place with 19 pars and 4 birdies.

 

Final Results from the Summer Series at Hershey

Potten and Kang take first titles in playoff

 

HERSHEY, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) headed back to the northeast and combined two of their top venues for the Summer Series at Hershey.  The first round was played on the championship design Hershey Country Club – East Course.  The final round moved the players to the Hershey Links Golf Club boosting high fescue grass creating a challenge on every hole.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, Zachary Potten of Wharton, N.J., battled back after a rough start in first round to take the hardware home in a playoff.  He started off his Event with a first-round 85, which put him five strokes back of the leader Matt Garza of Cheltenham, Pa.  After the first round there were five players within five strokes of the leader which would make for an exciting finish when the table turned to Hershey Links Golf Club.
“I knew if I stayed patient and put a good round together I would have a chance,” said Potten when asked how he felt after being down five strokes after the first round.
Perfect weather for the second straight day in Hershey made for an exciting finish and Potten did nothing but satisfy all watching.  He was paired with Ezekiel Zhao of Annapolis, Md., and neither competitor knew until after scoring that they had finished tied atop the leaderboard.  Potten made one birdie in the entire event and it happened to be at the most important. On the last hole of regulation, Potten drained a 30-foot putt for birdie that ultimately forced extra holes.
When the committee decided that the playoff would start on hole No. 10, Potten cringed as he had four-putted this green earlier in the day.  However, he split the fairway with his drive leaving only 130 yards to the flagstick.  He watched as Zhao left his second a little left and fell into the rough.  Potten elected to play to the middle of the large green.  From there he two-putted for his par which was good enough to walk away with his first IJGT title.
Rounding out the top three was Garza, playing in his first IJGT event who finished the event with a 164.
The Girls Division was also very competitive but Raphaella Kang of Bayside, N.Y., managed to outlast the field of fierce competitors.  Kang had five runner-up finishes in the 2012-2013 Season with the IJGT and was more than deserving of her first victory.  She played consistent all weekend as she fired an 80 in both of her rounds.
Leading after the first round left Kang a little uncomfortable.
“I was very nervous,” remarked Kang.
She seemed to handle her nerves well by starting her round with two impressive pars on the tough starting holes at Hershey Links.  She fell into a small slump on the front but bounced right back on the back nine making four straight pars.  Kang’s round was highlighted by an eagle on the back nine.
“It was on hole No. 16, where I hit a 7-iron and holed it for an eagle,” said an excited Kang.
This really put the pressure on her fellow competitors as she was battling Carley Hopton of Madison, N.J., who was putting together a great round herself.  Hopton managed to put together a round of 6-over-par 77 to push the event to a playoff.
Kang went into the playoff with the attitude that she was not going to lose, and she split the fairway almost perfectly on her drive.  She had a chance to win it on the first hole but lipped out on a challenging putt which pushed the match to the challenging par-3 11th hole.  Here she stuck it to about 15 feet and secured her victory by holing the putt.
Rounding out the top three was Audrey Clawson of Sarver, Pa., finishing the event with a total of 162 after firing an event-low 6-over-par 77 in the final round.
Clawson and Hopton both earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division for their score of 6-over-par 77 on Saturday. In the Boys Division, Potten took home the honor after his 6-over-par 78 in the final round.
Garza and Kang earned the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the player that shoots the lowest first-round score in every IJGT Event, after their impressive opening rounds on the East Course at Hershey Country Club.
The IJGT will be heading to Weston Golf & Country Club in Toronto, Canada next week to take on Team Canada in the North America Cup. 14 of the top players from the IJGT have been selected to compete in this prestigious team competition.
To sign up for future events or for more information on the IJGT, call (843) 785-2444 or visit www.IJGT.com.
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 morodZ, PURE Grips, and International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com  or call (800) 792-9143.
HERSHEY, Pa. – Final round results of the IJGT Summer Series at Hershey conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed June 22, 2013. Hershey Country Club East Course: Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6800 yards, Par 71 (73.9/136). Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5921 yards, Par 71 (75.1/131).  Hershey Links: Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6722 yards, Par 72 (72.3/133) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5762 yards, Par 71 (74.6/134)
Weather:        Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 80’s with 5-10 mph winds
                       Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 80’s with 5-10 mph winds
International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Summer Series at Hershey
Hershey, Pa.
June 21-22, 2013
Round 1: Hershey Country Club – East Course
Round 2: Hershey Links Golf Club
Boys 15-19 Division – (Blue Tees) Hershey CC East Course: 6,800 Yards, Par 71
Boys 15-19 Division – (Blue Tees) Hershey Links GC: 6,722 Yards, Par 72
1. Zachary Potten, Wharton, NJ *85-78–163**
2. Ezekiel Zhao, Annapolis, MD *82-81–163
3. Matt Garza, Cheltenham, PA *80-84–164
4. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *81-84–165
5. Hunter Lee, Great Neck, NY *85-88–173
6. William McEvoy, Saint James, NY *91-88–179
Girls Division – (Gold Tees) Hershey CC East Course: 5,921 Yards, Par 71
Girls Division – (Gold Tees) Hershey Links GC: 5,762 Yards, Par 71
1. Raphaella Kang, Bayside, NY *80-80–160**
2. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ *83-77–160
3. Audrey Clawson, Sarver, PA *85-77–162
4. Lacey Bensing, Ephrata, PA *81-82–163
5. Macky Fouse, Aliquippa, PA *84-90–174
** Won in Playoff

IJGT Summer Series at Hershey

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is excited to announce The IJGT Summer Series at Hershey as its second tournament of the summer. It will take place June 21-22 in Hershey, Pa. On Friday, the junior golfers will compete at the Hershey Country Club – East Course followed by the Hershey Links Golf Course on Saturday. These golfers range in age from 9-19 and are coming to compete for national recognition.

The East Course at the Hershey Country Club shows the beauty of Central Pennsylvania’s countryside while challenging golfers with over 100 bunkers. Designer George Fazio laid the course out so you can enjoy picturesque moments while teeing off at every hole.The East Course has hosted several PGA tournaments and is ranked in Golf Magazines “Top Courses of Pennsylvania”.

The Hershey Links Golf Course has only been in existence since 2005, but is consistently ranked as one of “Top Courses of Pennsylvania by Golf Magazine.” This course is built on a 175-acre farm, and just like the East Course, provides a very peaceful natural setting while challenging every golfer. This course plays to a par 72 and is known for its tall flowing fescue grasses and bentgrass greens.

The IJGT held the Major Championship at Hershey earlier this year in May and had an exciting performance from a local Pennsylvania player Roland Massimino of Lumberville, Pa., in the Boys 15-19 Division. He bogeyed the first hole in the final round, but came back with a birdie on the second hole. Massimino was very consistent the rest of the day and made pars on 14 out of the following 16 holes to win by four strokes.

To register for this event click here. You do not need to be a member to sign up for the event, but we are offering a $100 discount for the 2013-2014 IJGT Membership if you would like to play in a Summer Series event. The 2013-2014 IJGT membership will give you access to all IJGT events held during the calendar year – over 60 tournaments!

 

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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.