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MAJOR Championship at Bulle Rock – Tour Preview

The IJGT Northeast Tour will travel to Havre de Grace, Md., to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock on April 25-26, 2015.

Named for the first thoroughbred horse brought to North America, Bulle Rock is known as the premier golf destination in Maryland and was designed by the legendary Pete Dye. It is the only 5-star golf facility in the Mid-Atlantic and has been ranked by Zagat readers as one of the nation’s Top 50 golf courses. Voted as one of America’s toughest courses by Golf Digest in 2012, Bulle Rock played host to the LPGA Championships from 2005-2009.

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Opened in 1998, the Bulle Rock course is known for its unique 18 holes. It was named to Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses in February.

The par-72 golf course has a slope rating of 148 and a course rating of 76.6. Because it’s a Major Championship, competitors will have the opportunity to earn twice as many IJGT Merit Points. Juniors in the Boys 15-19 Division and Girls Division will also be competing for AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions. This year’s field looks to be extremely competitive.

Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., has won three consecutive IJGT events, including two Major Championships. He finished seventh in last year’s Major Championship at Bulle Rock. He will face some stiff competition in the Boys 14 & Under Division of this year’s tournament. Lou Baker, also of Timonium, Md., finished second behind Halleron in the Major Championship at Duke University at the end of last month and will aim to take the title this weekend. Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., has finished in the top-five in all four IJGT events he’s competed in this season. He is very familiar with the course as this will be his third IJGT event at Bulle Rock. Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., will aim to earn another title after winning the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin earlier this month. Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., will be competing for his third IJGT victory of the season; he won the IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista in September and the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate in March. Finally, John Updike of Wayne, Pa., is coming off a first-place finish in The Architects Cup last weekend.

Taso Scilaris of Bethesda, Md., and Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y., top the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division as they both have one IJGT win this season. Scilaris won the only other IJGT event he’s played in this season, the DC Shootout at National Golf Club in October. Terminello’s victory also came in October at the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay. Anthony Barr of Harleysville, Pa., and Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., competed in the Boys 14 & Under Division of last year’s Major Championship at Bulle Rock, but will be competing in the Boys 15-19 Division this year. Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., and Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., finished eighth and 18th, respectively, in the Boys 15-19 Division of last year’s event.

In the Girls Division, Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., has finished in the top-two in both IJGT tournaments she’s competed in this season. She’ll look to add another win to her resume after earning the title in the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill in March. Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa., will also be fighting for her second IJGT win of the season having won the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club in September.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or on the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

Major Championship at Duke University – Final Results (March 29, 2015)

Vance wins Boys 15-19 Division by four strokes

Halleron wins Boys 14 & Under Division by four strokes 

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Durham to host the Major Championship at Duke University on March 28-29, 2015. Despite cold temperatures and sporadic wind gusts, the players performed admirably during the two-day, 36-hole event. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions.

Kyle Vance Photo by Kira E. JonesKyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., led the Boys 15-19 Division by just a single stroke after round one, but carded a 4-over 76 in round two to win by four strokes. His 3-over 75 in round one gave him a tournament total of 151. He tied for ninth in last year’s IJGT tournament at Duke.

Vance started the second round off strong this year, making par on the first five holes. When asked what the highlight of the tournament was for him, he responded, “Today on [hole No.] 11 I hit driver, 4-iron to about a foot and tapped in for eagle, which was my best shot of the day.”

Vance was playing with a new driver, which turned out to be the best club in his bag. “I didn’t miss many fairways and hit the ball pretty long and straight,” he said.

Teddy Zinsner of Alexandria, Va., finished in second with a tournament total of 155. Mansfield, Ohio, native Kaleb Smith finished two strokes behind Zinsner with a tournament total of 157, good for third in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Jack Halleron...Photo by Kira E. JonesJack Halleron of Timonium, Md., built off his round one lead to win the Boys 14 & Under Division by four strokes. “I tried to hit all the same clubs off the tee and not change anything up since I played pretty well the first round,” Halleron said after his win.

Halleron carded back-to-back birdies on the par-3 eighth hole and the par-5 ninth hole in round one. He carded an eagle on the par-5 11th hole, which was the highlight of the tournament for him.

Fellow Timonium, Md., native Lou Baker finished second with a tournament total of 156. His second round 2-over 74 earned him 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 the event.

Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., rounded out the Boys 14 & Under Division with a tournament total of 164.

 

Linda Trockel...Photo by Kira E. JonesLinda Trockel of Berlin, Germany won the Girls Division. She led by four strokes after round one with a 4-over 76. She carded three consecutive birdies on holes No. 6 through 8 in round two on the way to a 3-over 75 and a tournament total of 151.

Vienna, Va., native Shannon Brooks finished second with a 154 tournament total. She carded a 2-over 74 in round two to win the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls. Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., finished with a 159 tournament total, good for third in the Girls Division.

The IJGT will continue tournament play with the Arizona Open at Wigwam on April 3-4, 2015 and the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay on April 4-5, 2015. To sign up for these events, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Durham, NC – Final Results of the Major Championship at Duke University on March 28-29, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,938 yards Par 72 (72.8/136). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,278 yards, Par 72 (70.2/123). Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,882 yards, Par 72 (74.4/140).

International Junior Golf Tour

Major Championship at Duke University

Durham, NC

March 28 – 29, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Gold Tees, 6,759 yards, Par 72

1. Kyle Vance, Audubon, PA *75-76–151

2. Teddy Zinsner, Alexandria, VA *76-79–155

3. Kaleb Smith, Mansfield, OH *80-77–157

4. James McHugh, Rye, NY *83-75–158

4. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *81-77–158

6. Jason Li, Cranberry Township, PA *80-81–161

7. Allen Smith, Durham, NC *86-76–162

7. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *81-81–162

9. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-85–163

10. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *80-85–165

11. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *83-83–166

12. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *84-83–167

13. Will Lusk, Venetia, PA *83-87–170

14. Keegan Shreves, Potomac, MD *88-83–171

14. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *88-83–171

16. Nathan Parry, Chapel Hill, NC *94-81–175

17. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *94-83–177

17. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *87-90–177

19. Jordan Shaffer, Fayetteville, PA *98-80–178

19. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *88-90–178

21. Matt Bettino, Bronxville, NY *87-92–179

22. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *98-85–183

23. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *96-88–184

24. Charlie Schneider, Lone Tree, CO *96-91–187

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *44-0–44

Boys 14 & Under Division, White Tees, 6,206, Par 72

1. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *76-76–152

2. Lou Baker, Timonium, MD *82-74–156

3. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *82-82–164

4. Matthew Minerva Jr, Elmsford, NY *84-84–168

5. Jake Calamaro, Newtown Square, PA *87-90–177

6. Matt Epstein, Hopkinton, MA *95-84–179

7. Ayushman Jaiswal, Bangalore, India *91-92–183

8. Steven Walsh, Chantilly, VA *99-86–185

Girls Division- Green Tees, 5,882 yards, Par 72

1. Linda Trockel, Berlin, Germany *76-75–151

2. Shannon Brooks, Vienna, VA *80-74–154

3. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *82-77–159

4. Sirena Walsh, Chantilly, VA *82-85–167

5. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *80-88–168

6. Emma Parson, Chapel Hill, NC *100-91–191

7. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *106-95–201

8. Ally Steffen, Armonk, NY *106-102–208

9. Kelli Harpe, Nicholasville, KY *110-101–211

10. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *115-101–216

 

Major Championship at Duke University- Round one recap (March 28, 2015)

The IJGT Southeast Tour headed north to Durham, N.C., to host the Major Championship at Duke University. Juniors teed off in cold and blustery 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.

Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

1- He leads the division by a single stroke

2 – His two birdies came on the par-5 fifth hole and the par-4 16th hole

6 – He had a six-hole par-or-better streak on holes No. 9 through 14

75 – His round one score to carry the lead

Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

1 – He carded an eagle on the par-5 11th hole

4 – He carded four birdies in the first round, the most in his division

76 – His round one score to lead the division

4 – His average on par-5s

Linda Trockel of Berlin, Germany, leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

2 – She birdied the par-5 seventh hole and the par-4 18th hole

76 – Her division-leading round one score

38 – Her score on both the front and back nines

4 – She leads the division by four strokes

The second round of the Major Championship at Duke University will take place tomorrow, March 29, 2015, with tee times beginning at 9 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.

 

Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club – Tour Preview

Greate Bay (2)The IJGT Northeast Tour will host the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point, N.J., on April 4-5, 2015. The 18-hole course played host to the Shoprite LPGA Classic for nearly a decade. Designed by Scotsman Willie Park Jr., a two-time Open Championship winner and a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, the course was opened in 1923.

Greate Bay has three sets of tees measuring 6,705 yards at its longest. There’s a little bit of everything from bunkers to windswept greens to water hazards on this par-70 course that boasts plenty of practice space for driving, pitching, chipping and putting.

Greate Bay (3) At the Jersey Shootout, boys and girls can qualify for the IMG World Junior Championship in the following age divisions: 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings are also up for grabs at this event. Girls can also earn performance-based AJGA stars.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, players to watch include Blake Reifsnyder of Sinking Spring, Pa., and Daniel Rieger of Collegeville, Pa. Both players competed in last year’s Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club earning sixth and 13th-place finishes, respectively. Also keep an eye out for New York, N.Y., native Nicholas Ng, who is competing in his fifth season on the International Junior Golf Tour. Cockeysville, Md. native Liam Powderly will be looking for his first IJGT win in the Boys 15-19 Division; he won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the DC Shootout at National Golf Club in October.

In the Girls Division, Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa., will look to earn her second first-place finish this season. She won the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club in September. Bridgewater, N.J., native Meher Mankikar will look to improve on her fifth-place finish in last year’s Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club.

Players to watch in the Boys 14 & Under Division include Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., and Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md. Bennett has earned IJGT Merit Points in both events he’s competed in this season. This is his fourth season competing on the International Junior Golf Tour. Halleron will look to earn his second victory of the season; he won the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club in October.

For more information, or to register for this event, click here.

 

Major Championship at Duke University – Tour Preview

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will travel to Durham, N.C., to host the Major Championship at Duke University on March 28-29. The two-day, 36-hole event is the second Major Championship of the spring season.

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Opened in 1957, the Duke University Golf Course is the only Robert Trent Jones-designed course in the region. It was redesigned by Jones’ son, Rees, in 1994 and hosted the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship in 2001.

Links Magazine rated the Duke University Golf Course No. 12 on its list of the Top 25 College Courses. The Major Championship at Duke University provides the perfect opportunity for aspiring college golfers to play one of the best college courses in the country and visit Duke University and nearby colleges like the University of North Carolina while they’re in the area.

Yong Sherng Hui of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division. Hui is coming off a dramatic four-hole playoff victory in the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes earlier this month. He just edged out St. Brelade, Jersey, native Jason Stokes, who will also be competing in the Major Championship at Duke. Also keep an eye out for Anthony Cordaro of Pittsburgh, Pa., who tied for ninth in last year’s IJGT event at Duke.

Timonium, Md., native Jack Halleron won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the IJGT event at Duke last season and will look to repeat this year. He finished first in his last IJGT event this season, the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club. Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, is seeking his fourth IJGT victory this season and is coming off back-to-back wins in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River and the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island. Elmsford, N.Y., native Matthew Minerva Jr. and Ayushman Jaiswal of Bangalore, India, are both looking for their second IJGT victories of the season in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

In the Girls Division, Farmington, Conn., native Kelly Whaley has been victorious in all three IJGT events she’s played this season and will look to continue her winning streak at Duke. The UNC commit finished second in the IJGT event at Duke two years ago. Martina Gerbelova of Bratislava, Slovakia, has to top-five finishes this season and will look to break into the winner’s circle at Duke.

For more information, or to register for the Major Championship at Duke University, click here.

Major Championship at Out Door CC – Final results (Oct. 26, 2014)

Parrini wins at his hometown course
Parker nabs second consecutive IJGT title 

The IJGT hosted the Major Championship at Out Door Country Club on October 25-26, 2014. The Major Championship was the first Major of the season and the final tournament of the Northeast Tour. Juniors competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

Joe ParriniJoe Parrini of York, Pa., of the Boys 15-19 Division combined scores of 73 and 74 to win with a two-day total of 147. With consistent scoring in both rounds, Parrini carded five total birdies and 24 total pars for his tournament. The York native had familiarity with the course and took advantage of his course knowledge to finish five shots ahead of his competition. The Major Championship title is the first for Parrini after his graduation from the Boys 14 & Under Division.

In second was Gus Minkin of York, Pa., with a tournament total 152 and rounding out the top three was Teddy Zinser of Alexandria, Va., finishing with a total 154. Zinser’s round-two score of even-par 72 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female player with the lowest final-round score.

 

 

Jack HalleroncroppedIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., was victorious. After posting a round-one score of 78 and sitting in second behind then leader, MJ Bricker of York, Pa., Halleron used nine-hole par-or-better streak to ignite his comeback effort for the win. Halleron’s performance was highlighted by five total birdies. Sharing second was Bricker and Evan Greenplate of York, Pa. The duo both posted tournament totals of 154.

 

 

 

 

DSCN9345croppedIn the Girls Divison, Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., finished in first place for her first-ever Major Championship title.  Parker led the division at the conclusion of round one after she posted a 1-under-par score of 71, the only score under par in the entire field. The victory becomes Parker’s second-consecutive IJGT victory after her win in the College Series at Penn State University on October 18-19, 2014.

In second was Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., with a tournament total 165. In third was Kendel Abrams of New Freedom, Pa., finishing with a total 166.

The IJGT will continue the fall season with southeast play at Palmetto Hall for the IJGT Island Open on November 1-2, 2014, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Out Door Country Club
York, PA
October 25-26, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,888 yards, Par 72

1. Joe Parrini, York, PA *73-74–147
2. Gus Minkin, York, PA *78-74–152
3. Teddy Zinsner, Alexandria, VA *82-72–154
4. Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, PA *77-79–156
5. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ *74-84–158
6. Nick Geiman, York, PA *85-75–160
7. David Ross, Lorton, VA *79-82–161
8. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *79-83–162
9. Evan Brown, Chads Ford, PA *83-83–166
10. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *82-85–167
11. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *84-85–169
12. Andrew Forjan, York, PA *85-85–170
13. Derek Li, Hillsborough, NJ *79-94–173
14. Hunter Duriez, Northern Cambria, PA *86-92–178
14. Trip Smith, Phoenix, MD *87-91–178

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,085 yards, Par 72

1. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *78-74–152
2. Mj Bricker, York, PA *76-78–154
2. Evan Greenplate, York, PA *79-75–154
4. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *84-79–163
4. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *80-83–163
6. Jonathan Giambalvo, York, PA *90-83–173
7. Luke Sample, New York, NY *91-92–183
8. Andrew Sample, New York, NY *104-95–199

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 5,820 yards, Par 72

1. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *71-75–146
2. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *81-84–165
3. Kendel Abrams, New Freedom, PA *84-82–166
4. Lauren Kase, North Tonawanda, NY *81-87–168
5. Sofia Amoroso, West Chester, PA *89-92–181
6. Emily Kase, North Tonawanda, NY *91-96–187
7. Rosa Jones, Moriches, NY *102-87–189
8. Olivia Raihl, Wernersville, PA *94-100–194

Hernandez, Halleron among those receiving IJGT Player of the Week honors – Oct. 7, 2014

NORTHEAST TOUR 

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to the fan-favorite Architects Golf Club in Lopatcong, N.J., to host The Architects Cup. Heavy rains the night and morning before the first round on October 4, 2014, made for soft conditions on the golf course. Along with early tee times in the final round came cold temperatures. Architects Golf Club was in prime shape and players that were able to get the ball rolling on the challenging greens were able to grab a handful of birdies and post some competitive scores. The IJGT is proud to award this week’s Northeast Player of the Week honors to Leo Hernandez of Stewartsville, N.J., and Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J.

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Hernandez began the tournament with a slow start in his first round, but he bounced back in round two. He posted a 75 in the second round, improving on his first round by ten strokes. Hernandez carded his 75 with the help of 12 pars and a rare birdie on the uphill par-3 No. 8. Hernandez’s 75 was tied for the third best round of the day in the Boys 15-19 Division. His impressive play in the final round drove him up the leaderboard to finish in a tie for 20th place.

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Gianchandani’s first round play had her in pursuit of a comeback on then leaders Megan McClean of Lebanon N.J., and Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J. Gianchandani came out firing at pins and sinking putts for birdie early in her second round to put some pressure on the leaders. Birdies on the second, fifth and sixth holes allowed her to make the turn at 3-under-par. Wentworth’s steady play in the final round kept Gianchandani just out of reach, but Gianchandani fought until the end which helped her earn the Northeast’s Girls’ Player of the Week honors as well as the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with an even-par 71. Along with her three birdies on the opening nine, Gianchandani added 12 pars on the day. Her impressive second round gave her second place honors, finishing only three strokes back of champion, Wentworth.

SOUTHEAST TOUR

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour headed north for a change to host the DC Shootout at National Golf Club at Tantallon in Ft. Washington, Md., on October 4-5, 2014. The course was in great shape and although tough, the 18 juniors enjoyed the challenge presented. MacKenzie Martin of Rye, N.Y., and Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., were named the Southeast’s Players of the Week honors.

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In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Halleron played extremely well in round one shooting the low round for the tournament, an even par, 72 with 12 pars and three birdies, on a day that did not see very many low scores.  His three birdies came at a time that proved to be crucial: holes 13, 15 and 18.  In round two, Halleron started off strong with birdies on the first two holes and finished the round shooting a 78 to earn second place.

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In the Girls Division, Martin’s tournament was one that was a story of two rounds. Martin, after shooting a 100 on the first day, returned to round two and bettered her first round score by a total nine strokes. She carded four pars in round two en route to victory and a total score for the tournament of 191. The DC Shootout was Martin’s first-ever IJGT event.

Congratulations to the players of the week Leo Hernandez, Ami Gianchandani, MacKenzie Martin and Jack Halleron for their outstanding performances in a challenging competition. We wish them best of luck in the rest of their fall golf schedule and are excited to see what lies ahead for them!

DC Shootout at National Golf Club – Final results (Oct. 5, 2014)

Scilaris holds on for two rounds for a victory
Powderly captures a commanding victory

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued its fall season hosting the DC Shootout at National Golf Club at National Golf Club at Tantallon. The two-day 36-hole tournament featured more than 15 juniors competing for National Rankings and IJGT merit points. Despite strong winds throughout the tournament, juniors braved the elements to finish strong.

DSC06698In the Boys 15-19 Division, Taso Scilaris of Bethesda, Md., held on for two rounds to capture first place. Going into round two, Scilaris led the division sitting one stroke ahead of second place finisher Kent Kamenicky of Waldorf, Md.. Scilaris’ strong finish on the back nine was the key factor to maintaining the lead. He recorded par or better on 12 holes en route to a final-round score of 75 to capture the title.

When asked about his victory, Scilaris stated, “Today’s win felt very good because Tantallon is a tough golf course and I had to play my best game to win. Although nervous, I knew if I just played my game I would do well.”

Second place went to Kamenicky, who finished with a 78-82 – 160 overall score. Rounding out the top three was Michael Jones of Potomac, Md., finishing with a score of 78-83 – 161 overall.

 

The winner of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to Scilaris and Liam Powderly of Cockeysville, Md., who both finished round two with a low score of 75. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is awarded to the player(s) who shoot the lowest score during the final round.

DSC06696Playing in his first IJGT event of the 2014-2015 season, Powderly took first place in the Boys 14 & Under Division with scores of 74-75 – 149. Going into round two, Powderly sat two strokes behind then leader Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md. His strong start on the front nine allowed him to take a commanding lead. He recorded par or better on his first nine holes.

In discussing his victory, Powderly stated, “Going into round two, my strategy was to keep my ball on the fairways and greens. Although I drove the ball much further today, I need to improve on my putting.”

Halleron took second with scores of 72-78 – 150 while Ford Bennett of Owing Mills, Md., took third with scores of 86-78 – 164 overall.

 

 

 

 

DSC06693In the Girls Division, MacKenzie Martin of Rye, N.Y., took first place. Playing in her first IJGT event of the 2014-2015 season, Martin finished with a score of 100-91 – 191 overall.

When asked about her win, Martin stated, “My drives were very good, but I need to work on my putting and chipping. Going into the second round, I focused on keeping the ball in front of me and on the fairway which helped to improve my second round score.”

 

 

 

 

 

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 11-12, 2014. The Southeast Tour will host the Florida Junior at Disney Resort and the Northeast Tour will host the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay. To sign up for these events, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Fort Washington, Md. – Final Results of the DC Shootout at National Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 4-5, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,733 yards, Par 72 (72.6/134). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,233 yards, Par 72 (70.2/129). Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,893 yards, Par 72 (74.2/146)

Weather:                    Cloudy with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 15-20 mph
Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 10-15 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
DC Shootout at National Golf Club
Fort Washington, MD
October 4-5, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees) – 6,733 yards, Par 72
1. Taso Scilaris, Bethesda, MD *77-75–152
2. Kent Kamenicky, Waldorf, MD *78-82–160
3. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD *78-83–161
4. William Sheedy, Washington, DC *80-83–163
5. Jack Peden, Vienna, VA *84-82–166
6. Jack Rolle, Bethesda, MD *82-87–169
7. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD *85-85–170
7. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *87-83–170
9. Ryan Dougherty, Wexford, PA *81-94–175
10. Charlie Hitch, Wellesley, MA *93-83–176
10. Jack Hoel, Vienna, VA *89-87–176
12. Bryan Bowser, Dunkirk, MD *92-87–179
13. Kameron Daniels, Bowie, MD *100-101–201

DID NOT FINISH
Blake Hinckley, Kennett Square, PA *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) – 6,233 yards, Par 72
1. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD *74-75–149
2. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *72-78–150
3. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *86-78–164

Girls Division (Gold Tees) – 5,893 yards, Par 72
1. MacKenzie Martin, Rye, NY *100-91–191

DC Shootout at National Golf Club – Round one recap (Oct. 4, 2014)

As the IJGT hosted the first round of the DC Shootout at National Golf Club in Washington, D.C., the wind became a strong factor with gusts over 20 mph.  The juniors braved the elements and fought to score any way they could.  In review, divisional leaders and their rounds in numbers are below.

Taso Scileras of Bethesda, Md., leads the Boys 15-19 Division.  His round in numbers:
13- number of holes Scileras finished par or better
1- Scileras leads by one stroke after round one
1- number of birdies made during round one, coming on the difficult par-5 No. 5

Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., leads the Boys 14 & Under Division.  His round in numbers:
72- his first round total holding him at even par and also low round for all divisions
6- number of pars in a row on Nos. 4-9
3- number of birdies in round one
2- number of strokes he leads by after round one

MacKenzie Martin of Rye, N.Y., leads the Girls Division.  Her round in numbers:
1- number of pars Martin made on the day
2- number of strokes she scored better on the back nine over the front nine
4- number over par on par-3’s in round one

Play will resume tomorrow, October 5, 2014, with the second and final round of the DC Shootout at National Golf Club at 12 p.m. EST. For full results from the first round, click here. Be sure to follow @IJGT on twitter for final round updates.

The College Classic at Washington Duke Golf Club – Final Results

D’Amico, Halleron secure first-ever IJGT victories

Arjun comes from behind to nab first 

DURHAM, N.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled north to host The College Classic at Washington Duke Golf Club on April 5-6, 2014. Favorable spring weather with temperatures in the 60s made for ideal playing conditions for juniors ranging from 12-19 years of age. National rankings, IJGT Merit Points and an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014 were all at stake.

d'Amico, LuigiEn route to his first ever IJGT victory, Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, in the Boys 15-19 Division led a tight race in both rounds to finish with a score 77-76 – 153 overall. Round one was a close match as D’Amico battled second-place finisher, Davis Kiger of Harrisburg, N.C., for the lead. Finishing the last nine of his first round with three birdies, D’Amico nudged into first with just a one-stroke lead. D’Amico’s second-round performance was highlighted by four birdies, three of which came on his first nine for a score of one-under-par 35. Staving off a comeback by Kiger, D’Amico finished round two with a score of 4-over-par 76. The first-place victory is D’Amico’s ninth top-10 finish of the 2013-2014 season.

D’Amico’s round-two performance also awarded him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is awarded to the player(s) who shoots the lowest score during Sunday’s round.

When asked what worked well for him as he looked to maintain his lead, D’Amico said, “I tried to not waste any shots and make the most of each one.”

Kiger finished in second place with a score of 78-81 – 159 overall. Rounding out the top three was Trevor Lohman of Bellevue, Wash., finishing with a score of 80-80 – 160 overall.

Halleron, JackIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Jack Halleron of Timonium, M.D., made a standout first impression in the southeast as he took an authoritative 13-stroke lead to finish first. After round one, Halleron led Don Jun Kim of Kimhae, South Korea, by six strokes. Making par on nine of 18 holes in round one was the consistency necessary to lead but it was his round-two performance that pushed Halleron even further out in front. The division-high three birdies allowed Halleron to shave two strokes from his round-one score to finish with a 82-80 – 162 overall score.

“My putting went well today but I would say my long irons were my biggest struggle,” commented Halleron.

Matthew Dzialga of Greenwich, Conn., struggled in round one but cut an impressive 17 strokes off his round-one score to come back and tie Kim for second place. Both boys finished with an overall score of 175. Dzialga, in his first ever IJGT tournament event, also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round for his score of 6-over-par 79.

Arjun, NikitaEven though she trailed by two after round one, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, came from behind to nab first with a score of 81-78 – 159 overall. Three birdies from Phyllis Tang of Hong Kong, China, allowed her to lead after round one. Despite carding two additional birdies in round two, Tang struggled with a string of bogeys. With the lead in her reach, Arjun made par on an impressive 12 of 18 holes in round two to slide into first for the win. Arjun’s low-final-round score of 78 put her one stroke ahead of Tang who led the division for most of the two-day tournament. The victory is Arjun’s second consecutive win and ninth top-five finish for the 2013-2014 season.

“It feels awesome [to win], it’s my second win back-to-back so nerves were the hardest thing for me but consistency really helped me out in the end,” stated Arjun.

Tang’s score of 79-81 – 160 overall was enough for a second-place finish while Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, finished in third with an overall score of 172.

The IJGT Southeast Tour will continue with the Oldfield Junior at Oldfield Country Club in Okatie, S.C., on April 12-13,2014. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events.   Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19.  Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links.  Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

Durham, N.C. – Final round results of the IJGT College Classic conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 6, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,928 yards, Par 72 (73.0/136). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,278 yards, Par 72 (70.1/123). Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,971 yards, Par 72 (75.0/132).

Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 10-15 mph
Cloudy with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 15-20 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
College Classic at Washington Duke Golf Club
Durham, N.C.
April 5-6, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees) 6,928 yards, Par 72
1. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *77-76–153
2. Davis Kiger, Harrisburg, NC *78-81–159
3. Trevor Lohman, Bellevue, WA *80-80–160
4. Dylan Lukes, Chapel Hill, NC *84-77–161
5. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-81–162
6. Will Beischer, Durham, NC *79-86–165
7. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *87-81–168
7. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *82-86–168
9. Kyle Vance, Audubon, PA *85-84–169
9. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *85-84–169
9. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *79-90–169
9. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *78-91–169
13. Gary McCabe, Collegeville, PA *84-86–170
14. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *90-82–172
14. Quade Lukes, Chaple Hill, NC *86-86–172
16. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *89-84–173
17. Charles Young II, Woodstock, MD *85-89–174
17. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *83-91–174
19. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD *89-86–175
20. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *87-89–176
21. Matt Friday, Pittsburgh, PA *95-84–179
21. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *90-89–179
23. Jason Siegel, Colorado Springs, CO *91-89–180
24. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *95-88–183
25. Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, NY *104-87–191
26. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *96-97–193

DID NOT FINISH
Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *88-WD
Ben Lieberman, Potomac, MD *82-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) 6,278 yards, Par 72
1. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *82-80–162
2. Matthew Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *96-79–175
2. Dong Jun Kim, Kimhae, South Korea *88-87–175
4. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *90-91–181

Girls Division (Green tees) 5971 yards, Par 72
1. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *81-78–159
2. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *79-81–160
3. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *85-87–172
4. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *85-92–177
5. Alexandra Yarosh, East Falmouth, MA *95-88–183
6. Emma Parson, Bluffton, SC *92-98–190
7. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *105-95–200