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IJGT Photos of the Week – Dec 14-15

Will Miles stares down his target during the IJGA Invitational. Miles finished tied for 2nd in the Boys 15-19 Division.

 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour hosted the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C. on Dec. 14-15. The two-day, 36-hole Major Championship consisted of one round at the Ocean Course at Sea Pines and one round at Harbour Town Golf Links. The field featured 102 players representing 19 states and 18 countries. They were competing for national rankings and double IJGT Merit Points.  This week’s photo of the week features Will Miles, whose consistent play garnered him a tied-for-second finish in the Boys 15-19 Division.

The top finishers from the Boys 15-19 and Boys U-14 Divisions at the IJGT Scottsdale Open

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) also headed to Scottsdale, Ariz., to host the West Coast tour’s last event of the Fall season at the Scottsdale Open at Troon North on Dec. 14-15. Taking place on the club’s par-71 Pinnacle Course, the competitors experienced what it was like to play pure desert golf, with an array of natural ravines, foothills, bentgrass greens and giant granite boulders lurking at every turn.  This week’s photo of the week features the top finishers at the tournament: the Boys 15-19 Division’s Samuel Foust, Jackson Whisenhunt, and Thomas Avant and the Boys U-14 Division’s Jack Whisler and Reese Phillips.

Final results from the Scottsdale Open at Troon North

Foust wins Boys 15-19 Division
Whisler captures second win of season

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the Scottsdale Open at Troon North on Dec. 14-15, 2013. The two-day, 36-hole event provided the players with a pure desert golf experience on the club’s Pinnacle Course, where an array of natural ravines, foothills, bentgrass greens and giant granite boulders made for challenging, yet memorable play. The backdrop of Arizona’s Pinnacle Peak mountains at every turn, topped off with gorgeous weather, were a gracious add-on for the golfers, who competed for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Sam FoustIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Samuel Foust of Edina, Minn., was crowned victor with his dominating play. After a tournament-low, 2-under-par 69 in the first round put him atop the leaderboard with a four stroke cushion, Foust came out on the second day poised and determined to keep his momentum going. He ended his final round with an even-par 71, which put him at a tournament total of 2-under-par 140. This secured a nine-stroke victory for Foust, who also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, along with Thomas Avant of Chandler, Ariz., for their even-par rounds. Foust sank 11 pars and four birdies on the day to cap off a spectacular outing.

When asked about the strongest part of his game over the weekend, as well as his mindset going into the final round, Foust explained, “Driving the ball was probably the strongest part of my game… I was just trying to expand my lead and stay ahead.”

This was Foust’s first appearance and win with the IJGT.

Rounding out the top three in the Boys 15-19 Division were Jackson Whisenhunt of Phoenix, Ariz., and Avant, who carded tournament totals of 149 and 150, respectively.

Jack WhislerThe Boys 14 & Under Division was spearheaded by Jack Whisler of Scottsdale, Ariz., who finished the two-day event with a tournament total of 166. Whisler carded respectable back-to-back 83’s on the unforgiving Pinnacle Course, and was able to extend a 14-stroke lead after the first round to an ultimate 22-stroke victory. He tallied four pars and a birdie on the par-5 number No. 5, while also playing the course’s three par-5s in even-par for his final round.

When considering any pressure on the final day to hold onto his first-round lead, Whisler stated, “I didn’t really think about that. It was just me against the course, trying to improve my score from yesterday.”

This is Whisler’s second win in as many events for the IJGT. His first win also came in his hometown, at the West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale on Sept. 1-2.

Reese Phillips of Murrieta, Calif., landed in second place with a total score of 188.

This was the Fall finale for IJGT’s West Coast Tour, which will be in action next on Feb. 1-2, 2014, for the Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco, Calif. To register 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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Final round results of the IJGT Scottsdale Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed December 15, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,751 yards, Par 71 (73.5/150).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Silver Tees – 6,134 yards, Par 71 (68.9/129).

Weather:        Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 5-10 mph
Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 5-10 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Scottsdale Open at Troon North GC
Scottsdale, Ariz.
December 14-15, 2013
 
Course: Pinnacle Course
 
Boys 15-19 Division – (Gold Tees) 6751 yards, Par 71
1. Samuel Foust, Edina, MN *69-71–140
2. Jackson Whisenhunt, Phoenix, AZ *75-74–149
3. Thomas Avant, Chandler, AZ *79-71–150
4. Sam McKay, Scottsdale, AZ *79-76–155
4. Brian Rogers, Trophy Club, TX *76-79–155
4. Ryan Rybicki, Maricopa, AZ *73-82–155
4. Joe Highsmith, Lakewood, WA *74-81–155
8. Riley Schank, Anthem, AZ *77-80–157
9. J.T. Barker, Bethlehem, PA *79-79–158
10. Colton Gage, Vail, AZ *88-78–166
11. Carson Bock, Phoenix, AZ *84-98–182

Boys 14 & Under Division – (Silver Tees) 6134 yards, Par 71
1. Jack Whisler, Scottsdale, AZ *83-83—166
2. Reese Phillips, Murrieta, CA *97-91–188

 

First round highlights from the Scottsdale Open at Troon North

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the first round of the Scottsdale Open at Troon North on Dec. 14, 2013. The two-day, 36-hole event is taking place on the club’s breathtaking, par-71 Pinnacle Course, where views of Arizona’s Pinnacle Peak mountains line each hole, and where giant granite boulders and towering cacti challenge the players for a true desert golf experience.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Samuel Foust of Edina, Minn., leads the way with a 2-under-par 69 going into the final round of play. Here is Foust’s first round by the numbers:

Samuel Foust:

31 – score on the front nine (4-under-par)

9 – number of pars (50% of his scores)

6 – number of birdies (33.3% of his scores)

4 – stroke lead going into the final round

1 – this is Foust’s first appearance with the IJGT

-1 – score on the course’s par-3s and par-4s

The Boys 14 & Under Division has a first-round leader in Jack Whisler of Scottsdale, Ariz., who shot an 83 through 18 holes. Here is Whisler’s round by the numbers:

Jack Whisler:

38 – score on the front nine (3-over-par)

14 – stroke lead going into the final round

10 – number of pars (55.6% of his scores)

4 – his longest streak of pars on the days (on Nos. 4-7)

+2 – score on the course’s par-3s and par-5s

2 – this is Whisler’s second event with the IJGT (after a win at the West Coast Kickoff at TPC

 

For complete results of the first round click here. Pairings for final-round action at the Scottsdale Open at Troon North can be found here.

Final results from the West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale

Rybicki captures crown on final hole

Whisler wins first IJGT title

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the first West Coast event of the 2013-2014 season at TPC Scottsdale, Sept. 1-2. The West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale, a 36-hole event, was contested on the Stadium Course and the Champions Course. Abnormal humidity and wind made scoring conditions tough in the desert throughout the weekend.

Rybicki Tee Shot2The Boys 15-19 Division came down to the wire on Monday at the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale. Ryan Rybicki of Maricopa, Ariz., was able to hold off Jackson Whisenhunt of Phoenix, Ariz., and Sam McKay of Scottsdale, Ariz., to earn his first IJGT title in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Going into the last hole Whisenhunt held a one-stroke lead over both Rybicki and McKay, but a double-bogey created an opportunity for his fellow competitors to seize the top spot. Rybicki was able to execute his shots and recorded a par on the closing hole, while McKay managed a bogey. Rybicki’s final-round score of 7-over-par 78 gave him a tournament total of 151 and a one-stroke victory.

McKay and Whisenhunt finished in a tie for second place with a tournament score of 152. McKay’s first-round score of 1-over-par 72 on the Stadium Course earned him the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the player that has the lowest score in the first round of every IJGT Event. Whisenhunt carded a 6-over-par 77 on Monday claiming the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Whisler TrophyPlaying in a nationally-ranked tournament is usually a pretty nervous experience; however Jack Whisler of Scottsdale, Ariz., handled himself well en route to a victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Whisler started the tournament off with a birdie on the opening hole and never looked back. He would make two more birdies on his way to a score of 7-over-par 78 on Sunday. This score earned him the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award and also gave him a two-stroke leading going into the final round on Monday on the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale.

The final round was a battle until the very end as Whisler and Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif.,  exchanged spurts of great golf on the first 14 holes. The turning point of the tournament came on No. 15 where Whisler converted a birdie on the short par-4 and Ordona made bogey. From there it was smooth sailing for Whisler who finished with a final-round score of 83 which earned him the title and also the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Ordona took second place in the tournament finishing with a tournament total of 164.

The IJGT West Coast tour will head to Auburn, Calif.,  the weekend of Sept. 21-22 for the NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club. 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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

First-round highlights from the West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The first round of the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale featured many stellar performances. Today’s round was contested on the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale, which hosts the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Open. The par-71 course was setup up at nearly 6,800 yards with a tough set of hole locations. This combined with scorching temperatures in the high 90s with over 50% humidity gave the competitors all they could handle.

In the Boys 15-19 Division,  Sam McKay of Scottsdale, Ariz., was able to navigate the Stadium Course in 1-over-par 72. He will look for his first IJGT victory on Monday at the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale.

ScottsdaleStadium-sigMcKay by the numbers:

6,795 – yardage for the Boys 15-19 Division

35 – front-nine score of even-par

9 – number of pars in Sunday’s round

4 – number of birdies in Sunday’s round

1 – stroke lead going into Monday’s final round

 

Jack Whisler of Scottsdale, Ariz., was the story of the day in the Boys 14 & Under Division. In just his first IJGT event, Whisler is looking to become a champion at the same facility Phil Mickelson earned a victory at in February.

Whisler Tee Shot1

Whisler by the number:

78 – lowest score in the Boys 14 & Under Division

38 – back-nine score

8 – holes until he made a par in Sunday’s round

3 – number of birdies in Sunday’s round

1 – first ever round in an IJGT tournament

 

Tomorrow’s final round will be contested on the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale which will host Q-School for the Champions Tour. Tee times begin at 8:30 and full results from today’s round can be found here.