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.

Will Thomson

Will Thomson, 13-year-old IJGT member, becomes youngest golfer to ever qualify for U.S. Amateur

Will Thomson

Fresh off becoming the youngest winner ever at the 2014 International Junior Masters, IJGT-member, Will Thomson, made history by becoming the youngest golfer to ever qualify for the USGA’s U.S. Amateur Championship. The qualifier for the 114th U.S. Amateur Championship was held at Mendon Golf Club in Rochester, N.Y. on July 7,2014.  At 13 years old, Thomson held the lead throughout the two rounds, beating out 56 amateurs to win the qualifier.

He held off Gavin Hall, a rising sophomore on the University of Texas golf team, Jack Gianniny, a repeat finalist on the IJGT, and Nick McLaughlin, an IJGT alum and junior member of the University of Virginia golf team. Hall also qualified for the 2014 U.S. Amateur and looks to return to improve his finish from his 2013 lose in the Round of 16. Gianniny and McLaughlin’s performances earned the first and second alternate spots, respectively.

Thomson finished the quailifer with scores of 68-66–134 overall to qualify, saying it was “probably the most fun I’ve ever had on a golf course. I had my dad (Tom) on the bag and he definitely helped me through.”

“At first, I was just trying to go out and have fun, but after the front nine of the first 18, I knew I was playing well. I made a bunch of putts and a lot of birdies and it just kind of happened.”

Thomson will compete at the Atlanta Athletics Club’s Highland Course in Johns Creek, Ga., on August 11-17, 2014, for the 114th U.S. Amateur Championship. Congrats from the IJGT community on making history, and we look forward to seeing you compete, Will!