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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

 

Scottsdale Open at Troon North – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be in Scottsdale, Arizona on December 14-15 for the Scottsdale Open at Troon North Golf Club. The two-day, 36-hole tournament will be competed on Troon North’s Pinnacle Course. This will be the third time the IJGT and Troon North have teamed up for an event, as the club hosted two events during the 2012-13 IJGT season.

Located in the desert areas of northern Scottsdale, Troon North’s Pinnacle course plays as a par-71 with a course rating of 73 and slope of 149 from the back tees. The Pinnacle course features five sets of tees ranging from 7,025 yards to 4,883 yards. The course has received a number of local and national accolades for its excellence including #1 on “The Best Courses You Can Play” for Arizona and #20 on “The Best Courses You Can Play” in the United States by Golf Magazine in 2012, while Troon North was awarded the top-billing on Golf Channel’s 2011, “Top 10 Arizona Resort Courses.”

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Troon North’s Pinnacle Course will play host to the Scottsdale Open on Dec. 14-15.

Players to keep an eye on in the Boys 15-19 Division include Thomas Avant of Chandler, Ariz., Sam McKay of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jackson Whisenhunt of Phoenix, Ariz. Avant has had success in past IJGT Events at Troon North finishing 2nd at the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North’s Monument Course and a tie for 6th at the PURE Grips Jr. Open on the Pinnacle Course last season. McKay had an 11th place finish at the Pure Grips Jr. Open last season and then placed in a tie for 2nd in September of this season at the West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale. Whisenhunt tied with McKay at the West Coast Kickoff, with both players firing a tournament total of 152. Whisenhunt shot scores of 76-81-157 at the Pinnacle Course last season to finish in a tie for 16th. Samuel Foust of Edina, Minn., and Joe Highsmith of Lakewood, Wash. will be making their IJGT debuts at Troon North.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Reese Phillips Murrieta, Calif., and Cole Skach of Reno, Nev. are both in search of their first career IJGT victories. Phillips has finished in the top-10 of all four IJGT Events he has competed in. Like Phillips, Skach has also finished in the top-10 in every IJGT event he has competed in. Phillips will be making his 2013-14 season debut, while Skach is competing in his third event of the season, having placed 3rd at the NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club in September and in a tie for 4th at the Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon Bay in November.

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.

IJGT hosts three Labor Day Weekend Events

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is set to host three tournament events over the Labor Day Weekend.  The first of those events is the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club in scenic Okatie, South Carolina.

The home of the Lowcountry’s first Greg Norman designed golf course, Oldfield is known for its towering pine and oak trees as well as being a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

In the Boys 15-19 division, Germany’s Jan Schnieder takes a step up in competition while hoping to continue his success after winning two events along with four additional top- five finishes in the Boys 14 & Under Division last season. He will be challenged by Japan’s Shota Ozaki, who tasted victory at last year’s Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters.

In the Girls division, Japan’s Sera Tadokoro looks to build upon her win at last season’s IJGT Junior at Oyster Reef.

Oldfield Golf Course

Oldfield Golf Course.

The IJGT returns to Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pennsylvania for the Labor Day Classic at the East Course. Designed by George Fazio, the East Course is known for its elevated greens and vast number of bunkers that total over 100 in all.

The competition at the Labor Day Classic will be fierce, especially in the Boys 15-19 division. The division is highlighted by two golfers moving up from the Boys 14 & Under level in Thomas Dzwoncyzk and Gus Minkin.

Dzwoncyzk hopes to finally come out on top after four top-five finishes in his seven tour appearances last season, while Minkin won the College Classic at Penn State during the 2012-2013 season. He also accumulated six additional top-five finishes during the season.

In the Boys 14 & Under division, C.J. Hughes plans on continuing his success after recording a win at the Bridgestone Series at Longaberger event last season.  Hughes also tallied two top-five finishes and three top-ten finishes last season. Battling Hughes will be Evan Katz, who won last year’s IJGT Major Championship at Hershey.

The Girls division features a number of golfers who had success on the tour last season. Madison Braman posted two top-fives and two top tens, while Audrey Clawson had one top-five and two-top ten finishes in her three tour events. Allyson Wentworth also will be in the mix after posting one top-five and four top-ten finishes last season.

Lacey Bensing returns after posting a fourth-place finish in last season’s Labor Day Classic at Hershey.

18th hole at Hershey Country Club East Course.

Hershey Country Club East Course.

The final IJGT event of the weekend is the West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona on September 1-2.

TPC Scottsdale plays host to the PGA TOUR’S Waste Management Phoenix Open, and features two fantastic courses that are open to the public year round. The Stadium Course is maintained at a PGA TOUR level year round, and is best known for “the Coliseum” at the 16th hole during the Waste Management Open.

The Champions Course is the newer of the two, having been built it in 2007. It is known for its rugged terrain, and a multitude of ravines and picturesque foothills throughout the course.

In the Boys 15-19 division, Phoenix native Jackson Whisenhunt looks to impress in his hometown after a top-five finish at last season’s PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North.

In the Boys 14 & Under division, Hawaii’s Adam Quant will try and repeat his tour success from last season, where he had a top-five finish in his lone tour appearance at the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North.

The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course.

The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course.


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