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IJGT alumni shine in collegiate play

Throughout the month of September and thus far in October, IJGT alumni have been successful in their college golf tournaments. Here are some top-alumni finishers for the month of September and the first two weeks of October in their respective tournaments. In total there were 96 top-10 finishes and 11 tournament champions!

  • AJ McInerney (University of Nevada – Las Vegas) finished in 2nd place at the 2015 William H Tucker held at UNM Championship Course on Sept. 25-26, 2015.
  • Alberto Sanchez of Arizona State finished T8 at the The Jackrabbit held at Prarier Club Sept. 26-28.
  • Alessandra Liu (William & Mary) finished in 1st place at the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate held at Brook Valley CC Sept. 28-29.
  • Alessandra Ricigliano (Merrimack College) finished in 1st place at the Northeast-10 Conference Champ held at The Village Club of Sands Point Sept. 25-26.
  • Alex Andrews of Wittenberg finished T5 at the Tournament Town Champ Preview held at Grandover Resort & Conference Center Sept. 21-22.
  • Alex Chiarella of San Diego finished T3 at the 2016 William H Tucker held at UNM Championship Course Sept. 25-26.
  • Alex Chiarella (San Diego) finished in 2nd place at the Nick Watney Invitational held at Fort Washington CC Oct. 5-7.
  • Alex Franklin of Oregon State finished T9 at the Golfweek Conference Challenge held at Spirit Hollow Course Sept. 14-16.
  • Andrew Levitt of USC finished T5 at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational held at Pumpkin Ridge Oct. 4-6.
  • Andrew Whalen of Northwestern finished T9 at the Windon Memorial held at Lake Shore CC Sept. 27-29.
  • Beau Hossler (Texas) finished in 1st place at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational held at Pumpkin Ridge Oct. 4-6.
  • Brandon Dalinka of North Carolina finished T10 at the Carpet Capital Collegiate held at The Farm Golf Club Sept. 5-7.
  • Brendan Polsin of Canisius College finished T9 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Chomchana Phuchanbanchob of CSU – Northridge finished T6 at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Inter. held at Classic Club Sept. 26-27.
  • Christian Nizamis of Niagara University finished T9 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Christopher Nolte of NYU finished T7 at the NYU Invitational held at Forest Hill Field Club October 10-11.
  • Colin Gunstream (Carroll College MT) finished in 5th place at the Montana Tech Invitational held at Butte Country Club Sept. 8-9.
  • Corey Long of St. Bonaventure finished T7 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Cory Cullen (Canisius College) finished in 4th place at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Danny Walker of Virginia finished T4 at the Bank of Tennessee @ Blackthorn held at Blackthorn Club at the Ridges Oct. 9-11.
  • Danny Weimer (Niagara University) finished in 2nd place at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • David Burken of Canisius College finished T5 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Derek Bard of Virginia finished T4 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup held at Golf Club of Tennessee Sept. 19-20.
  • Derek Bard of Virginia finished T5 at the Dicks Sporting Goods Challenge Cup held at Golf Club of Tennessee Sept. 25-26.
  • Dylan Healey (CSU – San Marcos) finished in 1st place at the InterWest Wildcat Classic held at Butte Creek Country Club Oct. 5-6.
  • Eimi Koga (Hawaii) finished in 1st place at the Hobble Creek Fall Classic held at Hobble Creek GC Sept. 14-15.
  • Elliott Azoulay of St. Edwards finished T5 at the WNMU Fall Intercollegiate held at University Golf Course Sept. 28-30.
  • Eric Peng of Army finished T9 at the Colgate Invitational held at Seven Oaks GC Sept. 6-9.
  • Eric Sugimoto of USC finished T9 at the Southwestern Intercollegiate Presented held at North Ranch CC Sept. 8-9.
  • Esther Lee (Colorado) finished in 4th place at the Minnesota Invitational held at The Minikahda Club Sept. 14-15.
  • Esther Lee (Colorado) finished in 1st place at the East and West Match held at University Ridge GC Sept. 20.
  • Esther Lee of Colorado finished T9 at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational held at Sahalee CC Oct. 6-7.
  • Frank Szucs (Stevens Inst. of Technology) finished in 6th place at the NYU Invitational held at Forest Hill Field Club October 10-11.
  • Gabby Weiss (James Madison) finished in 4th place at the UNCG Forest Oaks Fall Classic held at Forest Oaks CC Oct. 2-4.
  • George Cunningham of Arizona finished T6 at the Southwestern Intercollegiate held at North Ranch CC Sept. 8-9.
  • Hannah Kim of Northwestern finished T6 at the Windy City Collegiate Championship held at Westmoreland CC Oct. 5-6.
  • Hunter Nizamis of Niagara University finished T9 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Isaiah Logue of Liberty finished T8 at the David Toms Intercollegiate held at The University Club David Toms Course October 10-11.
  • Jacob Garstecki (Missouri – Kansas City ) finished in 5th place at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invite held at Boulder CC Sept. 28-29.
  • Jacquie Faldetta of Hofstra finished T8 at the Tignanelli Towson Invitational held at Eagles Nest CC Sept. 13-14.
  • Jeff Wells (Methodist ) finished in 2nd place at the Tournament Town Champ Preview held at Grandover Resort & Conference Center Sept. 21-22.
  • Jessica Madsen of UNCG finished T5 at the UNCG Forest Oaks Fall Classic held at Forest Oaks CC Oct. 2-4.
  • Jim Liu of Stanford finished T2 at the Southwestern Intercollegiate Presented held at North Ranch CC Sept. 8-9.
  • Joe Tigani (Hamilton) finished in 1st place at the NYU Invitational held at Forest Hill Field Club October 10-11.
  • Joel Thelen of Texas Wesleyan finished T2 at the NAIA Fall Preview held at Creekside Golf Club Oct. 3-4.
  • Joey Lane of Virginia Tech finished T4 at the Bank of Tennessee @ Blackthorn held at Blackthorn Club at the Ridges Oct. 9-12.
  • John Grimes (Greensboro) finished in 1st place at the Royal Lakes/Oglethorpe Fall In held at Royal Lakes Oct. 5-6.
  • Jonathan Garrick (UCLA) finished in 1st place at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate held at Erin Hill Golf Course Oct. 4-6.
  • Jordan Meltzer of Johnson & Wales (Fla.) finished T9 at the NAIA Fall Preview held at Creekside Golf Club Oct. 3-4.
  • Josh Goldenberg (Pennsylvania) finished in 7th place at the David Toms Intercollegiate held at The University Club David Toms Course October 10-11.
  • Joshua Martin of North Carolina finished T7 at the Primland Collegiate Invite held at Primland Resort Sept. 28-30.
  • JT Poston of Western Carolina finished T3 at the The Invitational at The Ocean Course held at The Ocean Course Sept. 12 -14.
  • Justin Pagila (Army) finished in 4th place at the Colgate Invitational held at Seven Oaks GC Sept. 6-7.
  • Justin Shluker of Sonoma State finished T10 at the WNMU Fall Intercollegiate held at University Golf Course Sept. 28-31.
  • Karen Chung (Southern Cal) finished in 1st place at the Annika Intercollegiate held at Reunion Watson Course Sept. 27-29.
  • Karen Chung of Southern Cal finished T2 at the Windy City Collegiate Champ held at Westmoreland CC Oct. 5-6.
  • Kate Weiss of Amherst College finished T8 at the NYU Fall Invitational held at Spook Rock Golf Course Sept. 19-20.
  • Kevin DeHuff of Pepperdine finished T2 at the Southwestern Intercollegiate Presented held at North Ranch CC Sept. 8-9.
  • Kyle Mueller (Michigan) finished in 1st place at the Wolverine Intercollegiate held at U-M Golf Course Sept. 6-7.
  • Kyle Mueller of Michigan finished T3 at the Windon Memorial held at Lake Shore CC Sept. 27-28.
  • Kyle Sterbinsky (Wake Forest) finished in 6th place at the Primland Collegiate Invite held at Primland Resort Sept. 28-29.
  • Marcus Plunkett (Army) finished in 3rd place at the Colgate Invitational held at Seven Oaks GC Sept. 6-7.
  • Marissa Chow of Pepperdine finished T5 at the Golfweek Conference Challenge held at Red Sky GC Sept. 21-23.
  • Marissa Uradomo of Indiana State finished T10 at the Ball State Cardinal Classic held at The Players Club Sept. 21-22.
  • Matt DiSalvo of Christopher Newport finished T10 at the Tournament Town Champ Preview held at Grandover Resort & Conference Center Sept. 21-23.
  • Matt Disalvo of Christopher Newport finished T4 at the Royal Lakes/Oglethorpe Fall In held at Royal Lakes Oct. 5-7.
  • Olivia Bowling of Randolph-Macon College finished T3 at the NYU Fall Invitational held at Spook Rock Golf Course Sept. 19-20.
  • Olivia Bowling (Randolph-Macon College) finished in 8th place at the Golfweek Fall Invitational DIII held at Baytowne Golf Club Oct. 10-13.
  • Patrick Fishburn (BYU) finished in 3rd place at the Nick Watney Invitational held at Fort Washington CC Oct. 5-8.
  • Patrick Milkovich of St. Bonaventure finished T9 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Patrick Sheerer (St. Bonaventure) finished in 3rd place at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept 30.
  • Peerada Piddon (Barton CC) finished in 2nd place at the Central Kansas Classic held at Turkey Creek Golf Course Sept. 14.
  • Peter Kim (Army) finished in 5th place at the Colgate Invitational held at Seven Oaks GC Sept 6-8
  • Phoebe Mattana (Williams College) finished in 2nd place at the NYU Fall Invitational held at Spook Rock Golf Course Sept. 19-20.
  • Phyllis Tang of Boston Univ. finished T8 at the UNCG Forest Oaks Fall Classic held at Forest Oaks CC Oct. 2-4.
  • Rachel Morris of University of St. Thomas finished T1 at the Division III Classic held at The Jewel Sept. 19-20.
  • Rachel Morris (University of St. Thomas) finished in 5th place at the MIAC Women’s Championship held at Bunker Hills GC Oct. 3-5
  • Regina Plasencia of Arkansas finished T3 at the Powerade Cougar Classic held at Yeamans Hall Sept. 13-15.
  • Rigel Fernandes of South Florida finished T6 at the The Invitational at The Ocean Course held at The Ocean Course Sept. 12 -14.
  • Ryan Siegler of Towson finished T9 at the Patriot Intercollegiate held at Laurel Hill Golf Club Sept. 27-28.
  • Sadie Martinez of University of the Cumberlands finished T7 at the Bill Sergent Invitational held at Crooked Creek Golf Community Sept. 10-11.
  • Scott Malo of British Columbia finished T2 at the NAIA Fall Preview held at Creekside Golf Club Oct. 3-4.
  • Scott Sessions (Farmingdale State) finished in 3rd place at the NYU Invitational held at Forest Hill Field Club October 10-11.
  • Shannon Brooks of Tennessee finished T9 at the Cardinal Fall Kickoff held at Atlanta Athletic Club Sept. 8.
  • Shannon Brooks of Tennessee finished T9 at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships held at Cherokee CC Sept. 21-22.
  • Shannon Brooks of Tennessee finished T7 at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational held at UNC Finley Course Oct. 9-11.
  • Sophie Kitchen (Williams College) finished in 1st place at the NYU Fall Invitational held at Spook Rock Golf Course Sept. 19-20.
  • Theo Humphrey of Vanderbilt finished T9 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup held at Golf Club of Tennessee Sept. 19-21.
  • Trey Valentine (South Florida) finished in 10th place at the The Invitational at The Ocean Course held at The Ocean Course Sept. 12 -15.
  • Ty Macias of Dominican (CA) finished T4 at the WNMU Fall Intercollegiate held at University Golf Course Sept. 28-29.
  • Ty Macias (Dominican (CA)) finished in 2nd place at the InterWest Wildcat Classic held at Butte Creek Country Club Oct. 5-7.
  • Tyler Pertson (Santa Clara) finished in 2nd place at the Cabo del Sol Intercollegiate held at Cabo del Sol Ocean Oct. 4-6.
  • Victor Fox of Maryland finished T9 at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate held at UNC Finley Course Sept. 12-14.
  • Victor Fox of Maryland finished T7 at the Janney VCU Shootout held at Hermitage Golf Club Sept. 22-23.
  • Vincent Martino of Houston finished T10 at the OGIO Utah Invitational held at The Jeremy G&CC Oct. 5-6.
  • Zach Wright of LSU finished T8 at the David Toms Intercollegiate held at The University Club David Toms Course October 10-11.

International Junior Golf Academy to sponsor IJGA Invitational at Harbour Town

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is excited to announce the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) as the tournament title sponsor for the IJGA Invitational. The IJGA Invitational  will be held at Harbour Town Golf Links on December 12-13, in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

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 golf’s most iconic images.

The 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.

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The IJGA offers an array of different programs. Available programs are the full time program, post grad & gap year programs, summer camps, weekend programs, holiday programs, and custom programs. The full time program offers nine months of combined training and schooling for junior golfers ready to reach the next level while the weekend program offers junior golfers two days of individualized instruction, daily meals, and housing. The IJGA has a program that will fit your junior golfer’s needs or will be able to create a custom plan to help them achieve their goals.

To register for the event please click here.

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.

IJGT announces partnership with Laurel Springs School

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is excited to announce a new partnership with Laurel Springs School for the 2015-2016 season.

Laurel Springs School is a fully accredited, private online school for students K-12. Founded in 1991, Laurel Springs School offers challenging and flexible programs for students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. With college prep academics, they have a 91% college acceptance rate. Laurel Spring’s graduates enter the most selective colleges and universities of their choice in the U.S. and throughout the world. Please click on the following link to view a sample of Laurel Springs School college acceptance list. http://laurelsprings.com/admissions/college-acceptance/

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Laurel Springs School will be the title sponsor for three tournaments during the 2015-2016 schedule. At the tournaments, representatives from Laurel Springs School will be onsite to talk about the great programs they have to offer for elite-level athletes.

Laurel Spring’s education program is designed for the college prep student who wishes to grow and excel academically and personally, while maintaining a schedule which provides the elite junior athlete with the flexibility necessary to adequately train and compete at the highest levels in their desired sport. Laurel Springs offers more than 240 courses, including Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors options. The majority of our high school courses have been approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the University of California (UC).

NCAA approved courses are an important factor when evaluating online high schools for athletes. Most college athletic programs are regulated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), an organization with rules and regulations on eligibility, recruiting, and financial aid. Colleges and universities are members of a division according to the size and scope of their athletic programs. Laurel Springs can help with academic planning for students who wish to pursue athletics at Division I or II colleges, as most of our courses are NCAA approved. Not all online high schools have NCAA approved courses, due to the high academic expectations associated with NCAA approval. Laurel Springs has a variety of resources to educate students about NCAA procedures. Their School Counseling Department has NCAA specialists on staff to help answer questions about the eligibility process.

Laurel Springs teachers possess exceptional credentials, strong subject area expertise, and a passion for teaching. Additionally, Laurel Springs teachers are well-versed in 21st century communication skills and computer competency. 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.

Laurel Springs School is a valued partner of over 100 elite junior sports academies across the United States and internationally. Having the unique ability to deliver a strong, challenging curriculum yet also provide the elite junior athlete with the flexibility needed to excel in their sport of choice is why the most reputable sports academies in the country select Laurel Springs School as their online education partner.

Spring Highlights and Summer Preview

The IJGT spring season was filled with exciting highlights from low scores to playoffs to holes-in-one, all with beautiful, world-class courses as the backdrop.

 LOOKING BACK

Over Valentine’s Day weekend, February 14-15, 2015, the IJGT hosted the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island, a fan-favorite venue. Juniors had the opportunity to play both Turtle Point and the Ocean Course during the two-day, 36-hole event. Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, won the Boys 15-19 Division, Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J., won the Girls Division and Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, won the Boys 14 & Under Division. The winners’ bragging rights are extra-special as the PGA of America recently announced that Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course will host the PGA Championship in 2021. The Ocean Course has more seaside holes than any other course in North America; 10 holes sit along the Atlantic Ocean while the other eight run parallel.

SC Open at Kiawah Island Champs 2015

Another fan favorite was the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club on May 9-10, 2015. Over 100 juniors competed on Hershey’s East Course during the two-day, 36-hole event. Michael Jones of Potomac, Md., Charlotte Simpson of Towson, Md., and John Updike of Wayne, Pa., won the Boys 15-19, Girls and Boys 14 & Under Divisions, respectively. Tom McLaughlin of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Matthew Dzialga of Greewich, Conn., both carded aces during the tournament! McLaughlin’s came on the par-3 16th hole in round one and Dzialga’s came on the par-3 second hole in round two.

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Betty Horaney

Betty Horaney of Longview, Texas, carded an ace the weekend before on the par-3 eighth hole at Golden Bear Golf Club during the second round of the Junior World Qualifier.

Parker Gillam

Parker Gillam of Cary, N.C., carded his first double eagle on the par-5 ninth hole on the East Course at Grand Cypress Golf Club during the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. Gillam finished fourth in the Boys 15-19 Division.

The IJGT also hosted two west coast events during the spring season, the Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco on February 7-8, 2015, and the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club in Litchfield Park, Ariz., on April 3-4, 2015.

You can read more about the spring season in the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions program. To view the program, click here.

LOOKING FORWARD

The summer series will begin with the Summer Series at Olde Stonewall Golf Club on June 30-July 1, 2015. The following week, the IJGT will travel to Toronto, Ontario, to host the always-exciting North America Cup. Hosted by The Weston Golf and Country Club, the North America Cup features four-ball and singles matches against Team Canada. After a few more stops in the Northeast, the IJGT will travel to Scotland to host the Euro Junior Cup in St. Andrews. Team USA will compete in a triangular match-play event against Team Canada and Team Scotland.

Thanks for a wonderful spring season and we look forward to a fun summer season!

Cronin featured in IJGT Photo of the Week

The IJGT traveled to Orlando, Fla., to host the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions on May 23-25, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and exemptions into a variety of exciting tournaments during the three-day, 54-hole event. Following the tournament, a photo of James Cronin of Dublin, Ireland, was selected as the IJGT Photo of the Week.

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Cronin played the East/North Course in rounds one and three and the New Course in round two. He shot a 5-over 77 in the second round. Cronin carded back-to-back birdies in the third round on the par-4 10th and par-5 11th holes. He finished the tournament with a 241 three-day total, landing him in a tie for 30th in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Congratulations to Cronin for being our IJGT Photo of the Week! Don’t forget–after every tournament we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook Page 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

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.

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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!

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Final Results (May 25, 2015)

Galant birdies second playoff hole to win Boys 14 & Under Division

Montenegro comes from behind to earn Boys 15-19 Division Title 

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

The Boys 15-19 Division played the East/North Course in rounds one and three and the New Course in round two while the Boys 14 & Under and Girls Divisions played the New Course in rounds one and three and the East/North Course in round two.

Tristan GalantTristan Galant of Cape Town, South Africa, shot a division-low 2-under 70 in the final round to force a playoff in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Galant and Robin Williams of Leeds, United Kingdom, both finished with 219 three-day totals. The duo played the par-4 first hole on the New Course as their first playoff hole. Both Galant and Williams hit the fairway off the tee and hit their approach shots on the green before two-putting to make par and force a second playoff hole. The pair moved on to the par-5 second hole on the New Course. Both players found the green in three giving themselves a chance for birdie, but it was Galant who made his birdie putt to win the playoff and the Boys 14 & Under Division.

“I was feeling like I was the man,” Galant said of his playoff experience. “I was coming back. I made an eight on a hole on the back nine and I told myself ‘I will succeed today,’ and I finished the job.”

Galant followed his eight on the par-4 fourth hole on the New Course with birdies on holes No. 5 through 7. “I knew that was the only way I would come back to win,” he said of the three consecutive birdies, the highlight of the tournament for him.

Galant had 13 birdies during the tournament, enough to earn him the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the juniors to card the most birdies in each division.

Robin Williams finished second in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Williams shot an even-par 72 in round three, which included four birdies. Genki Otani of Kyoto, Japan, finished third with a 226 tournament total.

Marco MontenegroMarcos Montenegro of Buenos Aires, Argentina, shot a 3-under 69 in the third round to finish with an even-par 216 tournament total, good for first place in the Boys 15-19 Division. Montenegro made par or better on holes No. 1 through 15 in the third round and had just one bogey during the round. He carded 16 birdies to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award in the Boys 15-19 Division.

When asked about his win, Montenegro said, “I feel very happy because I started so-so the first round, but I thought I could play better the next two days and I’m very happy to win the tournament.”

Montenegro’s third-round 3-under 69 landed him 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. He shared the award with Parker Gillam of Cary, N.C., and Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan. Gilliam carded a double-eagle on the East Course’s par-5 ninth hole.

Although he led after the first and second rounds, Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., finished a stroke behind Montenegro with a 217 three-day total. Carlos Marrero of Valencia, Venezuela, rounded out the Boys 15-19 Divison with a 218 tournament total, just two strokes off the lead.

Karen MiyamotoKaren Miyamoto of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., the Girls Division round one leader, fired a 1-over 73 in the third round to regain control of the Girls Divison. She finished with a 228 tournament total and earned both the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award.

Miyamoto’s favorite hole was the New Course’s par-5 17th. “This hole was hard, but today I birdied it,” she said after the tournament.

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who lead the Girls Division after the second round, finished second with a 233 three-day total. Holly McCann of Raleigh, N.C., finished third with a 239 tournament total.

The Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions marked the conclusion of the IJGT’s spring season. The summer season will commence on June 30 with the Summer Series at Olde Stonewall Golf Club in Ellwood City, Pa. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

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 AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, EyeLine Golf and the International Junior Golf Academy.

Orlando, FL – Final Results of the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour at Grand Cypress Resort on May 23-25, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Rounds 1 & 3 East/North Course — Blue Tees – 6,843 yards Par 72 (73.4/138), Round 2 New Course – Blue Tees – 6,745 yards Par 72 (71.8/123). Boys 14 & Under Division: Rounds 1 & 3 New Course – White Tees – 6,287 yards Par 72 (69.3/116), Round 2 East/North Course – White Tees – 6,216 yards Par 72 (70.6/132). Girls Division: Rounds 1 & 3 New Course – Red Tees – 6,046 yards Par 72 (73.9/122) Round 2 East/North Course – Red Tees – 5,959 yards Par 72 (74.8/136).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

Orlando, FL

May 22-25, 2015

 

Boys 15-19 Division-

Round 1 – (Black Tees) East/North: 6,785 yards, Par 72

Round 2 – (Black Tees) New Course:  6,843 yards, Par 72

Round 3 – (Black Tees) East/North: 6,785 yards, Par 72

 

1.  Marcos Montenegro, Buenos Aires, Argentina 75-72-69-216

2. Ryoto Furuya, Alpharetta, GA 70-71-76–217

3. Carlos Marrero, Valencia, Venezuela 71-71-76–218

4. Parker Gillam, Cary, NC 81-70-69–220

5. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan 74-79-69–222

6. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan 80-67-76–223

7. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India 75-70-81–226

8. Zaffar Sikkander, Nawala, Sri Lanka 77-79-71–227

8. Tsukasa Kimishima, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 76-79-72–227

10. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD 79-73-77–229

11. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC 74-78-78–230

12. John Foley, Los Altos Hills, CA 78-80-73–231

13. Douglas Kulikowski, Pittsford, NY 75-80-77–232

14. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT 77-76-80–233

14. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY 76-79-78–233

14. Christopher Gay, Bronxville, NY 74-80-79–233

17. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA 82-75-77–234

18. Mathias Andersen, Copenhagen, Denmark 82-79-75–236

19. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico 78-82-77–237

19. Tomohiro Ishizaka, Kanagawa, Japan 77-81-79–237

19. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan 78-76-83–237

19. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA 80-73-84–237

19. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China 75-79-83–237

24. Grant Drogosch, Windermere, FL 77-79-82–238

25. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ 83-76-80–239

25. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan 82-76-81–239

27. C.J. Hughes, Indiana, PA 82-82-76–240

27. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan 79-79-82–240

27. Jasper Lee, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 79-79-82–240

30. James Cronin, Dublin, Ireland 83-77-81–241

31. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan 85-81-76–242

31. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland 75-83-84–242

31. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea 81-77-84–242

31. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan 85-72-85–242

35. Adam Agustin, El Dorado Hills, CA 87-80-79–246

35. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX 81-85-80–246

35. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY 83-78-85–246

38. Johnny Peck, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 86-82-79–247

38. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea 80-86-81–247

40. Dante Davis, Brandon, FL 91-75-82–248

40. Jack Boulger, Walpole, MA 85-80-83–248

42. Feng Chen, Beijing, China 85-84-80-249

42. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand 80-89-80–249

42. Yuichi Murao, Tokyo, Japan 83-81-85–249

42. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China 84-79-86–249

42. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA 77-85-87–249

42. John Carr, Brookline, MA 81-78-90–249

48. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ 88-75-87–250

48. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX 78-82-90–250

50. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ 81-82-88–251

51. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand 85-85-82–252

52. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China 91-77-85–253

52. David Yang, Taipei, Taiwan 86-83-84–253

54. Philip Chen, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 82-93-80–255

55. Jaydon Pang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 87-83-87–257

56. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH 88-89-81–258

56. Derek Li, Hillsborough, NJ 87-80-91–258

58. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan 88-86-85–259

58. Chase Goff, Annapolis, MD 93-81-85–259

60. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA 84-85-91-260 +44

61. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY 91-91-81–263

61. John Milner, Odessa, FL 86-87-90–263

63. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA 97-81-86–264

63. Karan Bhasin, New Delhi, India 90-83-91–264

63. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy 84-87-93–264

66. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan 93-89-88–270

67. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy 95-99-89–283

68. Jordi Sabria, Barcelona, Spain 98-78-108–284

69. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan 102-87-105–294

70. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan 106-99-95–300

71. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan 99-97-105–301

72. William Riva, Lancaster, PA 96-94-112–302

73. Kameron Daniels, Bowie, MD 99-96-113–308

74. Evgeny Smirnov, Moscow, Russia 114-104-120–338

 

DID NOT FINISH

WD. Jose Lewis, Panama City, Panama

WD. Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA

DQ. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD (Rule 6-3a)

DQ. Gianfranco Morassutti, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL (Rule 6-6b) 

 

Boys 14 & Under Division-

Round 1 – (Blue Tees) New Course: 6,287 yards, Par 72

Round 2 – (Blue Tees) East/North Course:  6,216 yards, Par 72

Round 3 – (Blue Tees) New Course: 6,287 yards, Par 72

 

1. Tristan Galant, Cape Town, South Africa *72-77-70–219

2. Robin Williams, Leeds, United Kingdom *73-74-72–219

3. Genki Otani, Kyoto, Japan *78-75-73–226

4. Yuki Moriyama, Kanagawa, Japan *78-74-77–229

5. Gordan Brixi, Potomac, MD *80-75-82–237

6. Bronson Myers, Columbia, SC *80-78-80–238

7. Evan Greenplate, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-81-78–239

8. Marc Sabria, Barcelona, Spain *78-84-78–240

9. Tomas Molina, Manizales, Columbia *86-83-79–248

10. Johnny Wright, Orlando, FL *83-83-83–249

11. Jack Cornforth, South Hamilton, MA *80-85-85–250

12. Luke Sample, New York, NY *79-91-82–252

13. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *86-89-79–254

13. Jake Calamaro, Newtown Square, PA *85-84-85–254

15. Tj Buck, Penfield, NY *82-95-79–256

16. Yuxuan Zou, Hilton Head, SC *94-83-84–261

17. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *92-80-90–262

18. Tyler Stachkunas, Lake Worth, FL *94-82-89–265

19. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island SC, *90-88-88–266

20. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *89-100-86–275

 

Girls Division- 

Round 1 – (White Tees) New Course: 6,046 yards, Par 72

Round 2 – (White Tees) East/North Point:  5,959 yards, Par 72

Round 3 – (White Tees) New Course: 6,046 yards, Par 72

 

1. Karen Miyamoto, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *77-78-73–228

2. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *81-73-79–233

3. Holly McCann, Raleigh, NC *82-82-75–239

4. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, NJ *81-78-81–240

5. Wenyan Ma, Windermere, FL *86-80-75–241

6. Marisa Hisaki, Osaka, Japan *84-77-83–244

6. Akaansha Varma, Noida, India *84-77-83–244

8. Gillian Alexander, Carmichaels, PA *79-84-83–246

9. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *86-83-79–248

9. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *87-76-85–248

11. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *85-85-81–251

12. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *85-85-82–252

13. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *83-82-89–254

14. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *86-83-88–257

15. Bailey Plourde, Newcastle, ME *90-87-84–261

16. Haruka Shintani, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan *88-89-88–265

17. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *94-92-81–267

18. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *91-90-87–268

19. Yuna Sato, Koriyama, Fukushima, Japan *96-89-84–269

20. Mary McGuinness, Haddonfield, NJ *94-94-91–279

21. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *96-88-96–280

22. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *94-102-93–289

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

DQ. Martina Gerbel, Bratislava, Slovakia, (Rule 6-6b)

WD. Chelsea Liu, Shanghai, China

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Round two recap (May 24, 2015)

The IJGT traveled down to Orlando, Fla., to host its biggest event of the season, the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. Juniors teed off in warm and sunny conditions beginning at 7:30 a.m. for the second round of the three-day, 54-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Ryoto Furuya

Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

141 – His 3-under two-day total to lead the division

1 – He leads by a single stroke

3 – He carded three consecutive birdies on holes No. 15 through 17

5 – He collected six birdies during the second round

Robin Williams

Robin Williams of Leeds, United Kingdom, leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

147 – His two-day total to carry the lead

2 – He leads the division by two strokes

2 – He carded back-to-back birdies on the par-3 eighth and par-5 ninth holes in round two

Sera Tadokoro A

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

154 – Her two-day total to lead the division

1 – She leads by a single stroke

8 – She knocked eight strokes off her round one score

4 – She carded four birdies during the second round

The final round of the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions will take place tomorrow, May 25, 2015, with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. The Boys 15-19 Division will play the East/North Course and the Boys 14 & Under and Girls Divisions will play the New Course. For full results from round two, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Round one recap (May 23, 2015)

The IJGT traveled down to Orlando, Fla., to host its biggest event of the season, the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. Juniors teed off in warm and sunny conditions beginning at 7:30 a.m. for round one of the three-day, 54-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

70 – His 2-under round one score on the East/North course to lead the division

1 – He carries just a one-stroke lead

2 – He carded back-to-back birdies twice on the par-5 third and par-4 fourth holes and the par-4 16th and par-3 17th holes

9 – He made par or better on the entire back nine

Tristan Galant of Cape Town, South Africa, leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

72 – His even-par score on the New Course to carry the lead

1 – He leads by a single stroke

3 – He carded three consecutive birdies on holes No. 4 through 6

5 – His five first-round birdies were the most in his division

Karen Miyamoto of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

77 – Her round one score on the New Course to lead the division

2 – She carries a two-stroke lead

1 – Her lone birdie came on the par-4 13th hole

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

The second round of the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions will take place tomorrow, May 24, 2015, with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. The Boys 15-19 Division will play the New Course and the Boys 14 & Under and Girls Divisions will play the East/North Course. 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.