IJGT Alumni Update – NCAA

IJGT Alumni have finished the month of October strong, with 26 top 10 finishes during the last week and a half. Here are our IJGT alumni top-10 finishers for the end of October!

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!

Final Results from the Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill CC

Marone emerges victorious at Locust Hill

Wentworth earns first IJGT victory 

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour was in Pittsford, N.Y., on Sept. 28-29 for the Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill. Over the course of two days and 36 holes at Locust Hill Country Club, junior golfers ages 10-19 competed for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The field consisted of 45 players representing three states and two countries.

Located only minutes from the city of Rochester, Locust Hill Country Club was designed by Scottish Architect Seymour Dunn. The private club played 6,000 yards for the Girls Division, 6,197 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,575 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division. The weather could not have been any better for the golfers, as both days featured clear skies and temperatures in the 70s. Trees lined narrow fairways and small greens made every shot take the players’ full concentration. Also, ponds and creeks come into play on nine holes. For those reasons, Locust Hill has hosted an LPGA tournament every year since 1977 and the Wegman’s LPGA Championship from 2010-2013.

The Boys 15-19 Division came down to the wire as a number of players were in contention entering the final round. Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., eventually emerged victorious, winning by one stroke over four other players. Marone finished the tournament with a score of 146, while Jack Gianniny of Rochester, N.Y., Harry Jin of Palisades Park, N.J., Joe Petrin of Cicero, N.Y., and Nick Musshafen of Fairport, N.Y., all finished at 147.

Marone carded 14 pars and a birdie as part of a first-round 2-over-par 74. He was one stroke off the leaders, Jin and MaronePetrin, entering the final day. Jin birdied five holes and Petrin two, as both shot 1-over-par, 73 for the first round. Musshafen also shot an opening-round 74.

Gianniny made the biggest move on the final day after shooting 78 in round one. He sat five strokes off the lead entering the day, but shot a final-round 3-under-par 69 to put himself back in contention. The  round of 69, which was enough to win him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, was highlighted by six birdies as part of a 5-under-par 32 on the back nine.

As Gianniny watched from behind the 18th green, the rest of the leaders finished up. Musshafen birdied No. 17 to get to 2-over-par for the tournament but a bogey on No. 18 dropped him to 3-over-par, and put him in a tie with Gianniny. Marone, Jin and Petrin all stepped to the 18th tee at 2-over-par and with an opportunity to win.

Both Jin and Petrin found the fairway off the tee, but Marone missed right, leaving himself under the trees. Even with the difficult approach, Marone reached the green in two, while Jin left his approach short and Petrin missed the green to the right. Petrin and Jin chipped to within 10 feet and Marone’s putt came up a few feet short, as Gianniny and Musshafen looked on.

Petrin was first up to putt and he missed his putt to the right, tapping in for bogey. Next up was Jin. His putt burned the left edge but would not fall, as he also dropped a stroke with a bogey. That left Marone with a three-foot putt for par and the championship. He stood over his uphill putt with a large group of spectators watching. Marone made the putt to earn the victory at the Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill.

“It’s challenging. It’s a tight course, you can’t just bomb it all over the place, I made a lot of putts within 10 feet and that was key for me,” said Marone.

In the Girls Division, Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., won her first IJGT Event. Wentworth finished with a total score of 152 to earn the six-stroke victory.

Wentworth used 10 pars and two birdies to card a first-round 77 to take the outright lead heading into the final round. WentworthShe sat two strokes clear of Chelsea Dantonio of Lancaster, N.Y., and four strokes ahead of Christine Schmitt of Pittsford, N.Y., as the three made up final group.

Dantonio closed the game to one after the first three holes on during the final round but never got any closer. After nine holes, Wentworth’s lead was up to four, as she shot a 2-over-par, 39, while Dantonio carded a 41, and Schmitt, a 40.

Schmitt started the back nine off with three consecutive pars and sat three off the lead with six holes to play. Wentworth caught the hot hand at the right moment, though, putting together a streak of five pars on holes Nos. 4-8. Entering the final hole, a par-3, Wentworth’s lead sat at five strokes.

Even with the lead, Wentworth played the final hole aggressively, putting her tee shot within 15 feet. She finished in style, sinking the birdie putt to finish the round with a 3-over-par 75, and earning the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Wentworth noted that the key to her victory was, “…definitely putting. Anything within 10 feet I made this weekend.”

Schmitt finished second with scores of 81-77-158 while Dantonio placed third with a 79-81-160.

Danny Gianniny of Rochester, N.Y., earned his first victory of the season in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Danny Gianniny got off to a strong start in the first round, carding two birdies and six pars on his way to an 81, carrying a five-stroke lead into the final round.

Danny Gianniny continued his strong play during the last round. Paired with Chris Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa. and Dylan Plis Camillus, N.Y., Danny Gianniny shot a 42 on the front nine, to open up a six-stroke lead. Plis fired a 40 on the Gianninyfront to get within eight of the lead, heading into the back nine.

Danny Gianniny started his back nine with another birdie, and was on his way to the victory. He matched his front-nine score on the back to finish at 84 for the day and 165 for the tournament.

When asked about any key shots he made, Danny Gianniny was quick to note, “On my 10th hole today, I stuck a shot to about a foot.” He made the putt for a birdie on his way to the victory.

Tanabe carded three birdies on in the final round as part of an 88, putting him in a tie for second with Plis. Both finished with scores of 174 over the two days.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it the weekend of Oct. 5-6 in College Park, Md., for the College Series at University of Maryland. The tournament will be played at the University of Maryland Golf Course, home to the University of Maryland’s Men’s and Women’s Division 1 golf teams.

To sign up for this Event, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.


PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Final-round results of the IJGT Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 29, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Green Tees – 6,575 yards, Par 72 (75.5/137) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,197 yards, Par 72 (71.2/132) Girls Division: Blue Tees – 6,000 yards, Par 72 (76.2/139)

Weather:        Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 0-5 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 0-5 mph winds


International Junior Golf Tour

Locust Hill Country Club

Pittsford, N.Y.

September 28-29, 2013


Boys 15-19 Division – Green Tees, 6,575 yards, Par 72

1. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ, *74-72–146

2. Jack Gianniny, Rochester, NY, *78-69–147

2. Nick Musshafen, Fairport, NY, *74-73–147

2. Joe Petrin, Cicero, NY, *73-74–147

2. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *73-74–147

6. James Pelcher, Baldwinsville, NY, *74–79-153

6. Mike May, Auburn, NY, *75-78–153

8. Scott Chambers, Pittsford, NY, *79-75–154

8. Sean Dain, Oswego, NY, *77-77–154

10. Phil Leahy, Waterloo, Canada, *81-74–155

11. Alex Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *76-80–156

11. Jack DePerrior, Rochester, NY, *77-79–156

13. Matt Monaco, Baldwinsville, NY, *83-74–157

13. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY, *78-79–157

13. Christian Nizamis, Baldwinsville, NY, *83-74–157

16. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY, *82-78–160

16. David Hanes, Elma, NY, *84-76–160

18. Michael McIntosh, Chittenango, NY, *82-79–161

18. Nicklaus Cuny, Cranberry Township, PA, *80-81–161

18. Evan Gaesser, Kendall, NY, *85-76–161

18. Brad Belote, Lancaster, NY, *83-78–161

22. Andrew Fedele, Rochester, NY, *76-90–166

23. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY, *86-81–167

24. Andrej Erkelens, Pittsford, NY, *84-86–170

25. Grant Brongo, Spencerport, NY, *83-91–174

26. Alex Hepburn, Corning, NY, *91-86–177

27. Noah Andriatch, Brockport, NY, *89-91–180

28. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY, *97-84–181


Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,197 yards, Par 72

1. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY, *81-84–165

2. Chris Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *86-88–174

2. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY, *91-83–174

4. Tj Buck, Penfield, NY, *95-97–192

5. Chang Hyun Park, Pittsford, NY, *107-117–224


Girls Division – Blue Tees, 6,000 yards, Par 72

1. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ, *77-75–152

2. Christine Schmitt, Pittsford, NY, *81-77–158

3. Chelsea Dantonio, Lancaster, NY, *79-81–160

4. Sarah Godfrey-Singleton, Depew, NY, *87-79–166

5. Sarah Bothner, Rochester, NY, *86-82–168

6. Emily Connors, Lancaster, NY, *84-85–169

7. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY, *86-87–173

8. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY, *88-87–175

9. Katie Walsh, Baldwinsville, NY, *88-91–179

10. Sarah Notaro, Lancaster, NY, *96-84–180


Meredith Glenning, Rochester, NY, *93–JWD

Lindsay May, Auburn, NY, *JWD



The Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be headed to upstate New York for The Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill Country Club on September 28-29. Located in Pittsford, Locust Hill will be hosting its first IJGT Event. Top junior golfers from around the Northeast will be competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Locust Hill is a private country club only five miles southeast from the city of Rochester. Seymour Dunn designed the course and it has been open since 1927. Locust Hill is an annual stop on the LPGA Tour, as they have hosted an event every year since 1977. From 2010-2013, Locust Hill was the site of the LPGA Championship, one of five major championships on the LPGA Tour. The 18-hole championship course plays as a par 72, with four sets of tees ranging from 5,628 yards to 6,615 yards.


In the Boys 15-19 Division, William Thomson hopes to earn the victory in his home town. Thomson starred in the 2012-13 season, winning four events and finishing no lower than a tie for 9th in 14 events in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Thomson was the IJGT Boys 14 & Under National Player of the Year last season and has elected to move up to the 15-19 Division. This will be Thomson’s first IJGT Event of the 2013-14 season. Kevin Borowicz of Grand Island, N.Y., had a strong showing at The Upstate Challenge at Timber Banks last season, finishing 5th. Borowicz played in The Labor Day Classic at Hershey CC, finishing 14th. Jack Gianniny of Rochester, N.Y., was able to qualify for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship this season and hopes to build off that performance. A number of players will be playing in their first IJGT Event including Nicklaus Curry of Cranberry Township, Pa., Evan Gaesser of Kendall, N.Y., and Colin Patrick of Newtown, Conn.

Sarah Bothner of Rochester, N.Y., won The Upstate Challenge last season, carding a final round 76 on her way to victory. Bothner played at Hershey CC earlier this season, finishing 5th, and she’ll be looking to defend her championship at Locust Hill. Bothner will face a number of challengers including Madison Braman of Loudonville, Pa., Chelsea Dantonio of Lancaster, N.Y., and Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J. Braman is coming off a 5th place finish at the IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville, while Dantonio placed 4th at Hershey, and Wentworth was 6th at the Major Championship at Crystal Springs.

Danny Gianniny of Rochester, N.Y., and Chang Hyun Park of Pittsford, N.Y., highlight the Boys 14 & Under Division. Gianniny had two top-10 finishes last season, including a 4th place finish at the IJGT Junior at Wintonbury Hills. Gianniny has yet to play in an IJGT Event this season. Park will be making his IJGT debut and looks to make his trip to Locust Hill memorable.

IJGT members at the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls Junior

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Every year the United States Golf Association (USGA) conducts our nation’s National Championship for junior golfers across the country. This year the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) was represented well with 27 total members playing. All players had to qualify for the championship and it is quite an accomplishment to make it into the tournaments.

The U.S. Junior Amateur this year is being held at Martis Camp in Truckee, Calif. The Tom Fazio design is playing over 7,600 yards and marks the longest course in championship history. Here are the IJGT members that qualified for the championship.

John Souza

Jack Gianniny

Aaron Wise

Tyler Moore

Coleman Self

Matt Holuta

Aaron Terrazas

Tennoshin Ogawa

Cole Berman

Carey Bina

Sean Carlon

Jack Fitzgerald

Daniel Hudson

Vasili Kartos

Bradley Keyer

Tiger Lee

 Sam Meuret

A special congratulations to all players that qualified for the match-play portion of the event. After two rounds of stroke-play qualifying, the top 64 were selected to move on in the tournament. The names of IJGT members in bold above advanced to match play.

Currently All-IJGT member Aaron Terrazas of Alvarado, Mexico, is still in contention for the title after two thrilling victories that both went extra holes.

To follow all the action at the U.S. Junior Amateur click here.


The U.S. Girls’ Junior this year is being held at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind. The Jack Nicklaus design is a championship layout featuring very difficult greens and long rough. Here are the IJGT members that qualified for the championship.

Kelly Whaley

Ana Paula Valdes

Thamonpat Siriko

Mai Dechathipat

Isabella DiLisio

Luiza Altmann

Alexis Hios

Anina Ku

Hana Ku

Annie Swords

A special congratulations to all players that qualified for the match-play portion of the event. After two rounds of stroke-play qualifying, the top 64 were selected to move on in the tournament. The names of IJGT members in bold above advanced to match play.

Mai Dechathipat of Oakton, Va., was the last IJGT competitor competing in match play. She won her first two matches before falling in the Round of 16. Dechathipat played outstanding golf all the way to the end and deserves to be recognized for an outstanding accomplishment.

To follow all the action from the U.S. Girls’ Junior click here.