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St. John Golf and Fitness Open at Mendon – Final results (May 3, 2015)

Parker wins Girls Division by 13 strokes

Reichert wins Boys 15-19 Division by nine strokes 

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Northeast Tour traveled to Mendon, N.Y., to host the St. John Golf and Fitness Open at Mendon on May 2-3, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and exemptions into the International Junior Masters and North American Junior Amateur during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Parker 1Victoria Parker knocked eight strokes off her round one 80 to card a 1-over 72 in the second round and finish with a 152 tournament total. Although she was in second place after the first round, she breezed to victory in the Girls Division, winning by 13 strokes. “I wanted to come out here and make a few errors as I could,” Parker said after the tournament. “My chipping is the strongest part of my game and it helped me this weekend.”

Parker’s second-round 72 earned her 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. Third-place finisher Madison Braman carded three birdies to earn the  EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the junior to card the most birdies in each division. Braman recorded a 166 tournament total to finish a single stroke behind second-place finisher Sarah Godfrey-Singleton.

Reichert 1Ben Reichert carded a 1-over 72 in the first round and an even-par 71 in the second round to win the Boys 15-19 Division by nine strokes with a 143 tournament total. His round two 71 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the boys. Reichert birdied the par-5 sixth hole in both rounds and finished the tournament with five total birdies. He used three birdies to card a 2-under 33 on the front nine in the second round.

“I am happy I played well this weekend,” Reichert said after his victory. “I was a little rusty this winter so it was nice to come out here and play well.”

There was a three-way tie for second in the Boys 15-19 Division: Matt Dreimiller, Sean Dain and Danny Gianniny all finished with 152 tournament totals. William Gladstone carded six birdies to win the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award.

Buck 1In the Boys 14 & Under Division, TJ Buck walked away with a victory after carding a 155 tournament total.

“I wanted to come out here and stay positive and aggressive,” Buck said after the tournament. “I could have made a few more birdies, but I am happy with how I played this weekend.”

Jude Cummings finished second with a 159 tournament total. Jason Lohwater rounded out the Boys 14 & Under Division finishing third with a 162 tournament total.

The IJGT Northeast Tour will continue tournament play with the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey on May 9-10, 2015. 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.

Mendon, NY – Final Results of the St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon on May 2-3, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,599 yards Par 71 (72.6/129). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,348 yards, Par 71 (71.1/126). Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,818 yards, Par 71 (74.4/134).

International Junior Golf Tour

Rochester Open at Mendon presented by St. John Golf and Fitness Club

Mendon, NY

May 2-3, 2015

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,599 yards, Par 71


1. Ben Reichert, East Amherst, NY *72-71–143

2. Matt Dreimiller, New Hartford, NY *78-74–152

2. Sean Dain, Oswego, NY *77-75–152

2. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY *78-74–152

5. Blake Reifsnyder, Sinking Spring, PA *74-80–154

6. Thomas Davis, Binghamton, NY *79-80–159

7. Brad Belote, Lancaster, NY *79-81–160

8. Christopher Mahar, Rochester, NY *82-79–161

8. David Hanes, Elma, NY *78-83–161

10. Mike Donner, Hamburg, NY *84-78–162

10. Joe Morgan, Syracuse, NY *82-80–162

10. Jordan Stein, Lagrangeville, NY *80-82–162

10. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *77-85–162

10. William Gladstone, Rye, NY *77-85–162

15. Gavin Simon, Rochester, NY *81-82–163

16. Andy Bronstein, Pittsford, NY *87-77–164

17. Michael Kessler, Getzville, NY *85-82–167

18. Chris Trifoso, Corning, NY *83-86–169

19. Matt Monaco, Baldwinsville, NY *86-84–170

20. Jimmy Ellis, Butler, PA *86-86–172

21. William Fisher, Sodus, NY *86-88–174

22. Chase Cavanaugh, Phoenix, NY *88-87–175

23. Matt Morris, Corning, NY *82-94–176

24. Hunter Phillips, Pittsford, NY *95-95–190


Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees- 6,348 yards, Par 71


1. Tj Buck, Penfield, NY *76-79–155

2. Jude Cummings, Pittsford, NY *77-82–159

3. Jason Lohwater, Rochester, NY *83-79–162

4. James Meyers, Wexford, PA *82-81–163

5. Jake Costa, Rochester, NY *81-84–165

6. Daniel Schindler, Pittsford, NY *84-82–166

7. Michael Mandel, New Hartford, NY *84-87–171

8. Noah Levine, Mendon, NY *88-89–177

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

WD. Devon Goodbody, Pittsford, NY *128

 

Girls Division- Gold Tees- 5,818 yards, Par 71


1. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *80-72–152

2. Sarah Godfrey-Singleton, Depew, NY *78-87–165

3. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *84-82–166

4. Caroline Yarnall, East Aurora, NY *90-92–182

5. Morgan Bronstein, Pittsford, NY *94-91–185

6. Elena Lopez, Clarence, NY *92-95–187

7. Emily Cunningham, Big Flats, NY *97-107–204

8. Brynn Lohr, Fairport, NY *128-109–237

Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear – Final results (May 3, 2015)

Cheng wins Boys 15-19 Division in playoff fashion

Myers captures first IJGT title 

The International Junior Golf Tour (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 warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, and exemptions into the IMG Academy Junior World Championship and North American Junior Amateur during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Matt ChengMatt Cheng (left) of Taipei, Taiwan, and Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., were tied for first in the Boys 15-19 Division with 147 tournament totals after 36 holes. The pair faced off in a playoff on the par-5 18th hole. Cheng sent both of his approach shots into the middle of the fairway and reached the green in three to set himself up nicely for birdie. He ended up making par to win the playoff and the Boys 15-19 Division.

“Amazing,” Cheng said when asked how it felt to win this weekend. “I haven’t won a tournament in a while so it’s good to be back.”

Cheng carded a 2-over 74 in the first round to put himself in contention for the title. He then carded six birdies in round two on the way to a 1-over 73 second-round score. He carded 10 birdies during the tournament to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the junior to card the most birdies in each division. Cheng’s 2-iron was the best club in his bag this weekend. “My 2-iron saved me a lot on this course since it’s so narrow.”

Cheng was particularly successful on par-5s, which he had a division-best 4.5 average on for the weekend.

Second-place finisher Furuya carded a 1-over 73 in round one and a 74 in round two to finish with a 147 tournament total.

There was a three-way tie for third in the Boys 15-19 Division. Dong Jin Park of Seoul, South Korea, Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, and Frederic Ruess of Hamburg, Germany, finished with 148 tournament totals. Park carded a 3-under 69 in the second round to earn 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.

Sophie GuoSophie Guo (left) of Bluffton, S.C., edged out second-place finisher Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, to win the Girls Division by two strokes. Guo earned both the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for her second-round 2-over 74 and the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for her eight birdies.

“I’m glad I won because this is the first win I have in the whole year so I’m happy,” Guo said after her victory.

Guo carded back-to-back birdies three times during the tournament.

Chee matched Guo’s round one even-par 72 to share the lead after round one, but carded a 4-over 76 in the second round to finish with a 148 tournament total, good for second place in the Girls Division.

Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, finished third with a 153 tournament total.

Betty Horaney of Longview, Texas, carded her first-ever hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth hole.

Bronson MyersBronson Myers (left) of Columbia, S.C., earned his first IJGT victory, winning the Boys 14 & Under Division by four strokes. He knocked one stroke off his round one 4-over 76 to card a 3-over 75 in round two, good for a 151 tournament total.

The highlight of the tournament for Myers came in round one. “Yesterday on [hole No.] 18 I was like 100 yards out and I put it to a foot-and-a-half and made birdie, so that was pretty cool,” he explained after the tournament. The 18th hole was Myers favorite and he birdied it both days. He finished with six birdies to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Brett Schell of St. Augustine, Fla., finished second with a 155 two-day total. Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., rounded out the Boys 14 & Under Division finishing third with a 164 tournament total.

The IJGT Southeast Tour will continue tournament play with the BGGA Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista on May 9-10, 2015. 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.

Hilton Head Island, SC – Final Results of the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 2-3, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,739 yards Par 72 (73.0/137). Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,217 yards, Par 72 (70.7/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,706 yards, Par 72 (77.1/130).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear Golf Club

Hilton Head Island, SC

May 2-3, 2015

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6739 yards, Par 72

1. x-Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *74-73–147

2. Ryoto Furuya, Alpharetta, GA *73-74–147

3. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *79-69–148

3. Jason Stokes, Channel Islands, Jersey *77-71–148

3. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg, Germany *75-73–148

6. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea *76–73–149

6. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *72-77–149

8. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *76-74–150

8. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *76-74–150

10. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *79-72–151

10. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *73-78–151

12. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *78-74–152

12. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *76-76–152

12. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *75-77–152

12. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *72-80–152

16. Walker Campbell, Hilton Head Island, SC *82-71–153

16. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *77-76–153

18. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *77-77–154

19. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *80-76–156

19. Piyachad Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *79-77–156

19. Nate Tosto, Pooler, GA *79-77–156

22. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *80-77–157

22. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *80-77–157

24. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *81-77–158

25. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *82-77–159

25. Feng Chen, Beijing,China *84-75–159

25. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *80-79–159

25. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *78-81–159

29. Kelly Sun, Bradenton, FL *85-75–160

29. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *80-80–160

31. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan *81-80–161

31. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Managua, Nicaragua, *81-80–161

33. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *84-79–163

33. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *79-84–163

35. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *83-83–166

35. Karan Bhasin, New Delhi, India *85-81–166

37. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *84-83–167

38. Matthew Stewart, Austin, TX *83-85–168

39. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *85-84–169

39. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *84-85–169

41. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *86-84–170

41. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *86-84–170

43. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *84-87–171

44. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *89-85–174

44. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *86-88–174

44. Derrick Villarreal, Bluffton, SC *80-94–174

47. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea *98-116–214

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

JWD. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY

JWD. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB

 

Boys 14 & Under Division- Gold Tees, 6217 yards, Par 72

1. Bronson Myers, Columbia, SC*76-75–151

2. Brett Schell, St Augustine, FL *79-76–155

3. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *87-77–164

4. Dimitris Vasilakos, Savannah, GA *93-87–180

5. JT Herman, Hilton Head Island, SC *104-100–204

 

Girls Division- White Tees, 5706 yards, Par 72

1. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *72-74–146

2. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *72-76–148

3. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *74-79–153

4. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-83–157

5. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *79-79–158

6. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *78-81–159

7. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *82-79–161

7. Warissara Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *81-80–161

9. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *81-81–162

9. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *79-83–162

11. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *84-83–167

12. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *87-82–169

13. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *88-83–171

14. Vienna Winalski, West Hartford, CT *88-90–178

15. Betty Horaney, Longview, TX *96-84–180

16. Martina Gerbel, Bratislava, Slovakia *104-99–203

St. John Golf and Fitness Open at Mendon – Round One Recap (May 2, 2015)

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Mendon, N.Y., to host the St. John Golf & Fitness Open. Juniors teed off holes No. 1 and 10 beginning at 1 p.m. for the first round of the two-day, 36-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Ben Reichert leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

8 – He made par or better on eight holes on the front nine

72 – His 1-over round one score to carry the lead

4.3 – His division-best average on par-5s

2 – His two birdies came on the par-5 sixth and 10th holes

Sarah Godfrey-Singleton leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

78 – Her division-best round one score

5 – Her five-hole par-or-better streak came on holes No. 3 through 7

2 – She leads the division by two strokes

TJ Buck leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

76 – His round one score to lead the division

2 – He made back-to-back birdies on holes No. 15 and 16

1 – He leads the division by a single strokes

The second round of the St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon will take place tomorrow, May 3, 2015, with tee times beginning at 1 p.m. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

 

Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear – Round One Recap (May 2, 2015)

The IJGT Southeast Tour remained in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear. Juniors teed off in warm and sunny conditions beginning at 8 a.m. for round one of the two-day, 36-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Colton Tanner of Westport, Conn., and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., are tied for the lead in the Boys 15-19 Division. Their rounds in numbers:

TANNER

72 – His even-par round one score to share the lead

5 – He and Wren each carded a division-high five birdies

4.0 – His average on par-4s

WREN

3 – He carded a division-best three consecutive birdies on holes No. 2 through 4

5 – He carded five birdies on the front nine

33 – His 3-under score on the front nine

Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, and Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C., share the lead in the Girls Division. Their rounds in numbers:

CHEE

72 – Her even-par score to share the lead

10 – Her division-high 10-hole par-or-better streak came on holes No. 8 through 17

4.8 – Her average on par-5s

GUO

35 – She carded a 1-under 35 on the front nine

5 – She carded a division-best five birdies in round one

2.8 – Her average on par-3s

Bronson Myers of Columbia, S.C., leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

76 – His round one score to carry the lead

2 – His two birdies came on the par-3 fourth and par-5 18th holes

2.8 – His division-best average on par-3s

The second round of the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear will take place tomorrow, May 3, 2015, with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

Tournament Exemptions – Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is committed to providing its members with the finest playing opportunities in the world. Again this year, the IJGT will be awarding an exemption into the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational. Here are the details:

Who: IJGT Boys 15-19 Division

What: 2015 Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational

When: September 19-20, 2015

Where: Country Club of Spartanburg – Spartanburg, S.C.

How: The Champion in the Boys 15-19 Division of the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla., will receive an exemption to the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational!

To register for the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, please click here.

About the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational

The Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational (BCJI) has become one of the nation’s premier junior championships. Golfweek ranks the BCJI as a top 10 tournament and awards points towards its national rankings. The National Junior Golf Scoreboard ranks it as a top 20 event as well. The AJGA also lists the BCJI as a top-tiered and POLO ranked event in regards to their performance based exemptions.

Notable past-participants include Bubba Watson (2012 Masters Champion), Lucas Glover (2009 US Open Champion), Bill Haas (2011 Fedex Cup Champion), William McGirt, Dustin Johnson, Jonathan Byrd, Carl Pettersson, Steve Marino, Sean O’Hair, D.J. Trahan, Kevin Kisner, Brian Harmon and Kyle Thompson.

We honor and remember Robert H. “Bobby” Chapman, Jr. through this tournament as a gentleman who loved golf and never forgot that the integrity of the game was more important than the score.  Additionally, Mr. Chapman is remembered as an outstanding junior and senior golfer.

About the IJGT

The IJGT  provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 10-19. Players representing 40 states and 40 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Kiawah Island Resort, Hershey Country Club, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, EyeLine Golf, Oakley, AHEAD Headwear, BagBoy, The First Tee, Golfweek, Bishops Gate Golf Academy, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

IJGT Photos of the Week – April 30, 2015

Last weekend, April 25-26, 2015, the IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Havre de Grace, Md., to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock while the IJGT Southeast Tour remained in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole events.

Following the tournaments, a photo of Aidan McCloskey of Northborough, Mass., and a photo of Jennifer Cleary of Wilmington, Del., were selected as the IJGT Photos of the Week.

The Boys 14 & Under Division champion at Palmetto Hall, McCloskey carded a 78 in round one and an 85 in round two to finish with a 163 tournament total. His division-best six-hole par-or-better streak lasted from holes No. 3 through 8 in round one. The victory was McCloskey’s second consecutive IJGT win; he finished first in the IJGT Oldfield Junior earlier this month.

Aidan McCloskey trophy edited

Cleary carded five birdies during the Major Championship at Bulle Rock to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter award for the Girls Division. Her 172 tournament total landed her in fifth place. She found the most success on the par-5 second hole and the par-4 14th hole, both of which she birdied in both rounds.

Bulle Rock Jennifer Cleary edited

Congratulations to Aidan McCloskey and Jennifer Cleary on being our IJGT Photos 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 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

IJGT ELITE: April 29, 2015

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April 21-28, 2015

This week was filled with NCAA conference championships, dramatic playoffs and exciting accolades for members of the IJGT ELITE.

Senior Trey Valentine and sophomore Rigel Fernandes helped the University of South Florida Bulls capture the 2015 American Athletic Conference crown. Valentine tied for third with a 7-under 209 tournament total. It was the team’s second conference championship in the past three seasons.

Freshman Chris Petefish counted in all three rounds of the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf Championship, helping the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets win their 16th ACC golf crown.

The NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Regional Championships selections were announced live via the Golf Channel on Monday. Ana Ruiz (Oklahoma) and Erynne Lee (UCLA) found out their teams will be competing in the San Antonio regional in Texas. Karen Chung, Kyung Kim and Annie Park (all of USC) found out the Trojans will be competing in the St. George Regional in Utah. To view all of the selections, click here. Best of luck to all the IJGT alums competing in the four regional tournaments on May 7-9. These tournaments will determine the championship field. The NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Regional Championships selections will be announced live on the Golf Channel on Monday, May 4 at 10 a.m. ET.

Junior Pat Sanchez (Marquette) earned medalist honors at the Big East Men’s Golf Championship by carding a 1-under 215 tournament total. He fired a 3-under 69 in the final round of the event.

Temple University junior Brandon Matthews was named a PNC Bank Student-Athlete of the Year.

Sophomore Katie Rice and the women’s golf team earned the Team Academic Award at Morehead State for compiling a 3.72 team GPA in the fall.

And, on the LPGA Tour, Morgan Pressel carded an 8-under 280 tournament total to force a playoff in the Swinging Skirts Classic. She ended up finishing second. “I had plenty of chances out there today, so I can’t be too disappointed. I gave it my all,” Pressel said after the tournament.

Have a news tip about an IJGT alum? Let us know by sending an email to kira.jones@juniorsports.com!

Getting to Know: St. John Golf and Fitness

This weekend’s Rochester Open at Mendon Golf Club is presented by St. John Golf and Fitness. Many former St. John students have won IJGT events. In fact, a few years ago their Membership Services representative, Matthew Van Niekerk, won the IJGT’s AB Golf Designs Junior at Ravenwood Golf Club.

St. John’s Director of Instruction Jeffrey St. John is a Rochester native and currently serves as the Junior Golf Academy Director at the Country Club of Rochester. He is a Class-A PGA professional who is TPI certified, K-VEST certified, US Kids certified and Positive Coaching Alliance certified.

Located in Rochester, N.Y., St. John Golf and Fitness is the premier indoor golf facility in upstate New York. Their 3,000 square foot indoor facility features all of the latest golf technologies. Two state-of-the-art golf simulators allow athletes to view accurate ball flight and play golf indoors. Courses are displayed in three dimensions, using the latest in 3D graphics advancement.

For biomechanics, they use K-VEST’s cutting edge technology at St. John Golf and Fitness. 3D biofeedback allows golfers to feel different positions in their swings. A short game area and putting green are also available for golfers to work on touch.

This is the first year of the partnership between the IJGT and St. John Golf and Fitness and we look forward to a long and productive relationship!

Tournament Exemptions – International Junior Masters

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is committed to providing its members with the finest playing opportunities in the world. Again this year, the IJGT will be awarding exemptions into the International Junior Masters. Here are the details:

Who: IJGT Boys 15-19 Division

What: 2015 International Junior Masters

When: June 22-26, 2015

Where: East Aurora Country Club in Aurora, N.Y. 

How: The top finisher in the Boys 15-19 Division of the  St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club  in Rochester, N.Y., and the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla., will receive exemptions to the International Junior Masters!

About the International Junior Masters

The International Junior Masters is a junior golf tournament for boys 14 to 18 years old.  We are the oldest international junior invitational in North America.  Started in 1953, we are proud of notable participants list, many of whom went on to have successful careers on the PGA Tour. The tournament week consists of a Member-Junior 18 hole team event on Monday. After registration and opening ceremonies on Monday, the field of 80 plays 18 holes of Stroke Play on Tuesday. Wednesday morning the second round of Stroke Play determines the following Match Play pairings. Wednesday afternoon the low 32 players start the Championship bracket of Match Play. Matches are contested over 18 holes. The 16 losers of these opening matches will continue in the Championship Consolation bracket. The next 48 qualifiers will be flighted in 16 man brackets: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Thursday morning and afternoon will have 18 hole matches in all flights. These results will set up the semi-final matches Friday morning and the finals for Friday afternoon.

About the IJGT

The IJGT  provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 10-19. Players representing 40 states and 40 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Kiawah Island Resort, Hershey Country Club, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, EyeLine Golf, Oakley, AHEAD Headwear, BagBoy, The First Tee, Golfweek, Bishops Gate Golf Academy, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

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.

Siyan Chen edited                    Nate Tosto edited

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.

Jairus Gaines edited                    Sirena Walsh edited

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!