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Some Bridgestone Tournament of Champions best moments featured in IJGT Photos of the Week – May 26, 2014

As the IJGT rounded out a spectacular spring season, it was no wonder why the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions was a success. Held over the holiday weekend on May 24-26, 2014, at the Grand Cypress Golf Club & Resort, the tournament featured over 130 of the IJGT’s finest juniors battling not only for national rankings but also for the prestigious title.

With temperatures feeling more like summer, the sunny and hot weather still yielded high-quality golf in each division. To accompany the three rounds of tournament play, the event offered family-friendly activities such as a welcome reception, the Bridgestone Longest Drive Competition, a thrilling evening at Universal parks and a “Night of Champions” banquet to honor the All-IJGT Team.

This week’s Photo of the Week includes five photos from each event of the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions.

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ReMax Long Drive Champion, Tim Burke, had his trainer, Trevor Anderson, visit with our juniors before the Bridgestone Longest Drive Competition

On Friday, May, 23, Trevor Anderson, the trainer of ReMax’s Long Drive Champion, Tim Burke, visited the Bridgestone Longest Drive Competition to speak to the participants about the importance of stability, fitness and proper care of one’s body when training as a golfer. He discussed how critical it is to hydrate, eat to fuel and train like a champion day in and day out.

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Christopher “Poppy” Lee tees off on the New Course at Grand Cypress

Christopher “Poppy” Lee of Loxahatchee, Fla., participated in the Boys 14 & Under Division where he finished in the top 30. Posting scores of 97-96-89–282, Lee’s performance was highlighted by two impressive birdies both coming on the New Course. The Tournament of Champions was the first ever-IJGT event for Lee and we are eager to see him again in the future!

Ritwik Jain tees off No. 10 at the New Course

Ritwik Jain tees off No. 10 at the New Course

Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, appeared in his 13th event of the 2013-2014 season at the Tournament of Champions and took home a 10th-place finish. His performance at the Tournament of Champions was his 10th top-ten finish of the season and featured an impressive nine birdies, three of which were consecutive in round three. Jain posted sores of 77-73-74–224 overall. Congratulations goes out to Jain and we look forward to another season!

James Nicholas, IJGT Boys 15-19 Player of the Year

James Nicholas, IJGT Boys 15-19 Player of the Year

James Nicholas of Scardale, N.Y., had a lot to be proud of at the Tournament of Champions, his honor of being named the Boys 15-19 Player of the Year topping that list. On the evening of the “Night of Champions” banquet, Nicholas took the stage to thank his friends, competitors, family and coaches for their support of his journey through golf. Despite struggling with a back injury, Nicholas still placed in the top-30 of the tournament and gracefully embraced the role of Player of the Year. We wish Nicholas continued luck as he enters his senior year this fall!

Chase Ingram swings for the fairway at Grand Cypress

Chase Ingram swings for the fairway at Grand Cypress

Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., took the course in his sixth IJGT event at the Tournament of Champions. Using his final round as a driving force, Ingram shaved eight strokes from his rounds one and two scores to post a 1-under-par 71 for round three. Nine total birdies helped to lift Ingram to seventh place but it was his 16 holes of par or better that truly made his performance elite. Congratulations to Ingram on his continued success this season and we eagerly await seeing him next.

Thank you once again to all those who were a part of the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions. Family, friends, juniors and community alike made this event not only a success but an enjoyable way to wrap up another fantastic season! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Lin, Nicholas earn Photo of the Week honors – May 15th, 2014

NORTHEAST

HERSHEY, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Hershey Classic on May 10-11, 2014 on the East Course at Hershey Country Club. Weather in round one included rain showers and a 30-minute delay, eventually forcing some golfers to be postponed until 8:00 a.m. the next morning. The weather for the final round made up for it however, with temperatures reaching into the high 70s. Out of the 112 golfers that came out to play in this event, James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y. earned Photo of the Week.

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Nicholas played extremely well during the Hershey Classic, which earned him his fourth IJGT Championship the season. After sinking a 20-foot putt to force a playoff, Nicholas pulled out the victory after four playoff holes. With this victory, Nicholas moved himself to the #1 ranking on tour. Congratulations on your victory and Photo of the Week honors. We look forward to seeing Nicholas at the  Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

SOUTHEAST

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The IJGT traveled south to host The Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club on May 10-11, 2014. The final event of the regular Southeast Tour schedule featured a field of 61 juniors ranging in age from 11-19 years old for the two-day, 36-hole event. Jamie Lin of Taichung, Taiwan won this week’s Photo of the Week honors in the Southeast.

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Lin (left) and Yong Sherng Hui(right) of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia are seen here smiling for the camera at the Orlando Junior. Both are regular competitors in the IJGT as this was Lin’s 13th event and Hui’s 20th event. Lin finished tied for 17th while Hui finished tied for seventh.  Congratulations on winning Photo of the Week honors. We look forward to seeing both Lin and Hui at the  Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

Stein and Clair earn career-best finishes to be named among IJGT Player of the Week – May 10-11, 2014

HERSHEY, Pa. – The IJGT returned to Hershey Country Club to conduct the Hershey Classic. Presented by the International Junior Golf Academy, one of the most popular events each year, on May 10-11, 2014. A full field of highly competitive junior golfers from six different states caught the attention of a number of college coaches who came out to the tournament. While the first round included intermittent rain, including a 30 minute delay and eventual postponement of the round, golfers were welcomed with ideal conditions for the final round. Dylan Stein, of Flemington, NJ, and Alyssa Schiera, of West Windsor, NJ, stood out and earned Player of the Week honors.

steinStein, playing in his third tournament of the year, had another impressive showing. Facing less than ideal scoring conditions on Saturday, Stein managed to shoot an impressive 73. The Flemington, New Jersey native’s Saturday round included four birdies, two on the front nine and two on the back, including one on the tough par 3 8th hole.  On Sunday, Stein picked up right where he left off by carding a birdie on the par-5 first hole. His consistent play in round two led him to shoot a 78. His round one and round two scores forced a playoff with James Nicholas. During the playoff, Stein had many impressive shots, perhaps none more impressive than the up-and-down from off the green on the first playoff hole. Although it was not enough to secure the victory, it did secure his best finish of the year for him. We wish Stein the best and hope to see him soon.

 

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Schiera, an IJGT regular, having played six out of nine events this spring, had her best finish of the season. She started the weekend out nicely by parring her first hole and finished her front nine at 3-over-par 38. The highlight of her round was a birdie on the difficult par three, No. 16. She was the only girl to score under par on the hole and one of only five players to birdie the hole through the whole tournament. She finished round one with an 84 and in a six-way tie for fifth place. Schiera also played well throughout the final round, including another birdie on the par three, No. 2. She again finished with an 84, for an overall score of 168. Her third place finish is her best of the season and she improved on her previous best score of 2014 by four strokes. We wish Schiera the best of luck during her upcoming competitions at the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club this weekend and the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, May 24-26, at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando.

 

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The IJGT traveled south to host The Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club on May 10-11, 2014. The final event of the regular Southeast Tour schedule featured a field of 61 juniors ranging in age from 11-19 years old for the two-day, 36-hole event. The IJGT Players of the Week from the Southeast Tour are Cameron Clair of Bluffton, S.C., and Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

15111_10154171568985026_267358251173121412_nClair made his 14th appearance in an IJGT event this season with his IJGT career-best finish of third place in the Boys 15 & Up Division. After finishing his first round with a four-over par 76, Clair found himself three strokes off the lead. Clair started his final round ready to close the gap, making a birdie on his opening hole. He posted an even-par 72 for the final round, to finish with a 76-72–148. After his strong play at Falcon’s Fire, Clair will be one to watch at the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions.

 

 

 

 

10264779_10154171553715026_2741195399204324369_nPhuchanbanchob, the Girls Division second-place finisher, carded nine pars and three birdies to finish with an impressive first round score of 75. After starting the final round three strokes behind the lead with a one-under 35 on the front nine, Phuchanbanchob held strong with seven pars on the back nine, finishing with a 74 in the final round. She carded an overall score of 75-74—149, making her runner-up honors her fifth top-5 finish for the 2013-14 season. Phuchanbanchob will make her debut appearance in a  Bridgestone Tournament of Champions May 24-26, 2014, and look to excel with her momentum from this week’s notable performance.

The Hershey Classic presented by IJGA – Final results

Nicholas Performs in Playoff

Clark and Lees capture back to back victories 

HERSHEY, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Hershey Classic on May 10-11, 2014 on the East Course at Hershey Country Club. Weather in round one included rain showers and a 30-minute delay, eventually forcing some golfers to be postponed until 8:00 a.m. the next morning. The weather for the final round made up for it however, with temperatures reaching into the high 70s. The field of 112 juniors came out to compete for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings, as well as an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

NICHOLASIn the Boys 15-19 Division, James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y., won the division in a four-hole playoff. In the final round, on hole no. nine, Nicholas’ final hole, he sank a 20-foot putt to force a playoff with Dylan Stein of Flemington, N.J. The tension was high during the playoff as both players refused to go down without a fight. Stein got up-and-down for par on the first playoff hole, hole no. 10. Then, Nicholas got up-and-down on the next hole to save par. On hole 12, Nicholas sunk a lengthy par putt to tie Stein again. The battle came to an end on the 183 yard par-3, when Nicholas made a par. Nicholas’ performance in the four-hole playoff earned him his fourth IJGT Championship of the season. His numbers for the weekend were 76-75—151.

When asked about his 20-foot putt to head into a playoff, Nicholas described the shot by saying, “ Coming down the final stretch, I knew I had to make [a putt], I had a little downhill slider. I put a good pace on it and it just kind of trickled in.”

Stein finished in second place after the playoff with scores of 73-78—151. There was a tie for third place between William Voetsch of New Vernon, N.J., and Matthew Pulgini of Middletown, Del. Voetsch posted scores of 79-74—153 while Pulgini posted scores of 75-78—153. Voetsch’s score of 74 during the final round earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the player that shoots the lowest score during the final round of the tournament. Also earning the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award was Jake Reilly of Hershey, Pa., who posted scores of 82-74—156.

LeesIn the Girls Division, Kaitlyn Lees of Bryn Mawr, Pa., took home her second IJGT Championship this season by carding scores of 84-78–162.  Lees improved her score from round one to round two by a total of six strokes. In the final round, Lees made par on 10 different holes and added a birdie on the par-3 hole no. eight. Every time Lees made bogey in round two, she always answered back with a par. This marks her third top-10 finish this season, and her second IJGT Championship. Lees’ score of 78 won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

When asked what worked well for her during the final round, Lees said, “My short game was a lot better today, and I was able to make the short putts for par.”

Finishing in second place was Carley Hopton of Madison, N.J., who posted scores of 83-82—165. In third place was Alyssa Schiera of West Windsor, N.J., who finished with scores of 84-84—168.

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CLARKIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Lukas Clark of Holland, Pa., won the division, posting scores of 78-77—155.  Clark’s victory earned him back-to-back wins at his last two IJGT events. He played consistently all weekend carding one birdie through 36-holes . He made par at 13 holes during his final round, including a streak of five in a row to close out his round. Throughout the two rounds, Clark totaled 24 pars through 36-holes. His numbers of 78-77—155 won the division by a total of five strokes.

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When asked about how the course played to his advantage, Clark commented, “Greens were rolling really nice. I was just getting close and tapping it in. I wasn’t really going for birdies, just pars and that worked out for me.”

Cole Gibson of Chevy Chase, Md., finished in second place posting scores of 83-77—160. In third place, was West Shaw of Alexandria, Va., who put up scores of 79-82—161.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Jersey Shootout on May 17-18, 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, Dynamic Brands, Clazic Belts, Oakley, Sun Mountain, The First Tee, Golfweek, College Golf Camps, 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.

 

 

HERSHEY, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT Hershey Classic presented by the IJGA conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 11, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,748 yards, Par 71 (73.5/136) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,188 yards, Par 71 (70.2/131) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,901 yards, Par 71 (75.0/131)

 

Weather:          Saturday: Raining with temperatures in the low 70’s with 15-20 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 70’s with 10-15 mph winds

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Hershey Classic presented by the IJGA

Hershey, Pa.

May 10-11, 2014

 

Boys 15- 19 Division (Blue tees) East Course: 6,748 yards, par 71

1. x-James Nicholas, Scarsdale, NY *76-75–151

2. Dylan Stein, Flemington, NJ *73-78–151

3. William Voetsch, New Vernon, NJ *79-74–153

3. Matthew Pulgini, Middletown, DE *75-78–153

5. Nick Geiman, York, PA *72-82–154

6. Andrew Reynolds, Pittsburgh, PA *79-76–155

6. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ *78-77–155

8. Jake Reilly, Hershey, PA *82-74–156

9. Jake Trotta, Harrison, NY *78-80–158

9. Benjamin Morgret, Venetia, PA *77-81–158

9. Luke Barnard, Ridgewood, NJ *82-76–158

9. Connor Schmidt, Venetia, PA *80-78–158

13. Chris Cerminaro, Carbondale, PA *81-78–159

13. Jake Niedosik, Lansdale, PA *78-81–159

13. Will Robinson, Pittsburgh, PA *81-78–159

16. Ben Lieberman, Potomac, MD *80-81–161

17. Mark Goetz, Irwin, PA *82-80–162

17. Austin Green, Fayetteville, PA *79-83–162

19. Benjamin Kotler, Penn Valley, PA *86-77–163

19. Colin Patrick, Newtown, CT *87-76–163

19. Brandon Raihl, Wernersville, PA *82-81–163

22. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *80-84–164

23. Kevin May, Baltimore, MD *83-82–165

23. Will Lusk, Venetia, PA *85-80–165

25. Tommy Hayes, Long Valley, NJ *80-86–166

26. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA *89-78–167

26. Connor Daly, Bronxville, NY *86-81–167

26. Kyle Grube, Indiana, PA *86-81–167

26. Matt Friday, Pittsburgh, PA *88-79–167

26. Luke McKeogh, Warminster, PA *83-84–167

26. Wynn Geis, Lutherville, MD *82-85–167

32. Peter Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *85-83–168

32. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA *83-85–168

34. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *82-87–169

34. John Abbott, Hummelstown, PA *88-81–169

36. Josh Huhn, Wexford, PA *86-84–170

36. Max Pollack, Pittsburgh, PA *84-86–170

36. Christopher Nolte, Arnold, MD *85-85–170

36. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *84-86–170

40. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD *90-81–171

40. Adam Gray, Potomac, MD *85-86–171

40. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *83-88–171

40. Martin Jensen, Bronxville, NY *88-83–171

40. James Wolfangel, Flemington, NJ *84-87–171

45. David Rice, Pittsburgh, PA *83-89–172

46. Matt McCord, Titusville, PA *86-87–173

46. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD *84-89–173

46. Nate Yackovich, Gibsonia, PA *84-89–173

49. Troy Thierolf, Doylestown, PA *86-88–174

49. Matthew Marino, Malvern, PA *85-89–174

51. James Pelcher, Baldwinsville, NY *84-91–175

51. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA *87-88–175

53. Ryan Koenig, Cranberry Twp., PA *92-85–177

53. Peter Kissinger, Elizabethtown, PA *86-91–177

55. Steve DePasquale, Massapequa, NY *88-90–178

55. Richard Vanni, Philadelphia, PA *93-85–178

55. Trip Smith, Phoenix, MD *90-88–178

58. David Mrazik, Wexford, PA *90-89–179

58. Robert Shaner, Fort Lee, NJ *88-91–179

60. Max Siegfried, Villanova, PA *92-88–180

61. Hunter Duriez, Northern Cambria, PA *90-94–184

61. Isaac Wood, Hollidaysburg, PA *94-90–184

63. John Geppert, Mendham, NJ *92-99–191

64. Tyler Derr, Camp Hill, PA *92-101–193

65. Adam Miller, Silver Spring, MD *103-108–211

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

Kyle Detling, Sparks, MD *DQ(Rule 6-3a)

Caleb Bryant, New Freedom, PA *JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division (White tees) East Course: 6,188 yards, par 71

1. Lukas Clark, Holland, PA *78-77--155
2. Cole Gibson, Chevy Chase, MD *83-77--160
3. West Shaw, Alexandria, VA *79-82--161
4. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA, *80-83--163
4. Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley, PA *79-84--163
6. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *84-80--164
6. Mac Webster, Baltimore, MD *79-85--164
8. Matthew Davis, Newtown Square, PA *79-86--165
8. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *83-82--165
10. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *86-81--167
10. Matthew Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *85-82--167
12. Jon Nolan Perry, Berwyn, PA *90-78--168
13. Joshua Pfaff, Harrisburg, PA *86-84--170
13. David Goldstein, Roslyn Heights, NY *84-86--170
15. Campbell Wolf, Enola, PA *89-83--172
16. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *86-88--174
17. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *91-84--175
17. Luke Sample, New York, NY *87-88--175
19. Jude Cummings, Pittsford, NY *90-94--184
20. Jack Merrill, Old Greenwich, CT *98-102--200
21. Matthew Hird, Hunt Valley, MD *102-101--203

 

Girls Division (Gold tees) East Course: 5,901 yards, par 71

1. Kaitlyn Lees, Bryn Mawr, PA *84-78--162
2. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ *83-82--165
3. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ *84-84--168
4. Haley Carr, Waldorf, MD *84-85--169
5. Julianne Lee, York, PA *84-86--170
6. Marah Penn, Hamburg, NY *83-88--171
7. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *84-89--173
7. Jessie Kweon, Little Neck, NY *82-91--173
9. Samantha Fritzinger, Zionsville, PA *81-93--174
10. Anessa Amin, Easton, PA *87-88--175
10. Charlotte Simpson, Towson, MD *84-91--175
12. Madeline Sager, Kimberton, PA *89-87--176
12. Danielle Greene, East Setauket, NY *92-84--176
14. Synclaire Kuhn, McMurray, PA *87-90--177
15. Emily Gilbert, Gilbertsville, PA *91-87--178
16. Katie Walsh, Baldwinsville, NY *92-88--180
17. Rebecca Markunas, Glendale, NY *90-97--187
18. Sabrina Reilly, Hershey, PA *89-102--191
19. Katie Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *99-97--196
20. Maddie Noonan, Myerstown, PA *114-118--232

 

 

Season-end Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Tour Preview

As the 2013-2014 season comes to a close, the IJGT will host its  biggest and most exciting tournament of the season. Each tournament of the season leads to the IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions which will be held on May 24-26, 2014 at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla. The three-day, 54-hole event will offer the coveted title of champion. In addition to the championship title, juniors will compete for national rankings.

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The Jack Nicklaus-inspired courses of Grand Cypress Resort, East/North Course and New Course will play host to an extensive field of juniors seeking victory. The East/North courses offer everything from sharply ledged fairways to greens located in tricky mazes of sand and water for an entertaining challenge. The New Course pays homage to the signature courses of Scotland featuring deep pot bunkers and stone walls and bridges. 

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As the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions draws some of the IJGT’s finest juniors, watch for leaders of the tour rankings to compete for the title. Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, leads the IJGT Tour Rankings and will look to make the Tournament of Champions his fifth season win. Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, is in a close second in the tour rankings and also seeks the championship title after finishing fifth at the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear. Rounding out the top three of the Boys 15-19 Tour Rankings, James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y., will look to bring home the trophy to continue his three-tournament winning streak.

The Boys 14 & Under Division will also feature fierce competition as Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, Joe Parrini of York, Pa., and Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., battle for the title. Vilips leads the divisional tour rankings with an impressive eight first-place finishes while Parrini adds five of his own sitting in second place. Ingram is not far behind in the tour rankings in fourth, securing a valuable win at the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 3-4, 2014.

Don’t take your eyes of the Girls Division either – both Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, and Yeji Shin of Norwood, N.J., sit in the top five of the IJGT Tour Rankings. Nakatani looks to improve upon her eighth-place finish in the 2013 Tournament of Champions this year and will battle against Shin who will appear in her first Tournament of Champions.

There is still an opportunity to join the competition! If you have not yet registered to play in the biggest event of the year, click here to do so today!

Nicholas, Vega voted Photo of the Week winners – May 1, 2014

NORTHEAST

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – The IJGT traveled to Bulle Rock to host the third Major Championship of the 2014 season. The weather was prime for golf as a field of 74 competitors came out to compete. The Northeast’s Photo of the Week winner is James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y.

10273450_10154119688265026_1505647664589041784_nNicholas went on to take first place at the Major Championship at Bulle Rock presented by the First Tee of Baltimore. This was Nicholas’ second Major Championship victory, and his third first place finish of the season. He made five birdies during each round, 10 total throughout 36 holes. We look forward to seeing Nicholas compete in more IJGT events.

SOUTHEAST

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The IJGT hosted College Prep at the local venue, Palmetto Hall Plantation Club on April 26-27, 2014. The first 54-hole event of the Southeast Tour was held on the Robert Cupp Course both days and consisted of three rounds of 18 holes. The tournament’s lineup included 51 juniors between the ages of 13 and 19. In the Southeast, Diego Vega of Mexico City, Mexico, was voted the Photo of the Week winner.

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Playing in his 10th IJGT event, Vega finished tied for 19th. Throughout 54-holes he managed to total two birdies. Vega also played very well on the 17th and 18th holes every round, making a par at both each round. His photo that was voted Photo of the Week this week, received 31 total points! Congratulations on the Photo of the Week honors as we hope to see more of Vega at IJGT events in the future.

The Photo of the Week is decided by our fans and followers so don’t forget that your feedback counts. In the week following a tournament, keep an eye on the IJGT Facebook page for photos from the Event. Each photo will received 1 point for a ‘Like’, 2 points for a ‘Comment’ and 3 points for ‘Shares’ so let us know what you think!

Major Championship at Bulle Rock presented by the First Tee of Baltimore – Final Results

  Nicholas takes third IJGT title

Clark captures championship

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled up to Bulle Rock to host the third Major Championship of the 2014 season. The weather was prime for golf as a field of 74 competitors came out to compete. At stake were double IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Stars, and national rankings, as well as an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

JAMESNICIn the Boys 15-19 Division, James Nicholas, of Scarsdale, N.Y., took home his third IJGT title. Nicholas earned his third championship by playing great golf on both days. He finished round one with a 1-over-par score of 73. His first round featured five birdies including a streak of eight holes where he made par or better. In the final round, he added five more birdies and 11 pars to finish with a final round score of 3-under-par 69. Nicholas’ 69 won the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the player that shoots the lowest score during the final round of the tournament. His final numbers for the weekend were 73-69—142.

When asked how it feels to win his third IJGT event this season, Nicholas replied, “It’s amazing. Just to win one is awesome but three in a row is kind of cool…I am very thankful right now.”

Walter Egloff of Chevy Chase, Md., finished in second place with score of 74-75—149. Tom Crow of Virginia Beach, Va., and Ryan Podufal of Erie, Pa., finished tied for third place. Crow posted scores of 77-73—150, while Podufal posted scores of 76-74—150.

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BRYANA2In the Girls Division, Bryana Nguyen of Columbia, Md., finished in first place marking her first IJGT championship. Nguyen had three birdies throughout the weekend, two of which came during her final round. Her numbers of 82-77—159 were good enough to win her division by six strokes. Nguyen’s final round score of 77 was the best in her division, earning her the Clazic Low Belts Final Round Award.

When asked what helped her score so well during the final round, Nguyen stated, “Keeping it in the fairway. The rough here is pretty thick and I kept to my plan of hitting fairways and greens which worked out today.”

Haley Carr of Waldorf, Md., took second place with scores of 84-81–165. Finishing in third place was Alessandra Ricigliano of Scarsdale, N.Y., who shot 82-85—167.

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LUKASIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Lukas Clark of Holland, Pa., captured his first IJGT championship. In round one, Clark made par on 15 of 18 holes. During the final round, he totaled three birdies, including one on the par-4 hole No. five, the course’s No. one handicapped hole. Clark adds a first place finish to his resume to go along with two other top-10 finishes this season. His numbers for the weekend were 76-75—151.

When asked about his mindset during the final round, Clark noted, “I was just trying to have fun out there, if I had fun, it would probably work out. And it did, so I’m happy with that.”

Evan Brown of Chadds Ford, Pa., finished in second place with scores of 81-78—159. There was a tie for third place between Will Klein of Bethesda, Md., and Joe Parrini of York, Pa. Klein posted scores of 83-78—161, while Parrini posted scores of 84-77—161.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Rochester Open at Ravenwood Golf Club on May 3-4, 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, Dynamic Brands, Clazic Belts, Oakley, Sun Mountain, The First Tee, Golfweek, College Golf Camps, 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.

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – Final-round results of the IJGT Major Championship at Bulle Rock Presented by the First Tee of Baltimore conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 27, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,766 yards, Par 72 (73.8/141) Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,155 yards, Par 72 (71.2/136) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,931 yards, Par 72 (74.6/131)

Weather: Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 15-20 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 60’s with 15-20 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Bulle Rock Presented by the First Tee of Baltimore
Havre de Grace, Md.
April 26-27, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold tees) 6,766 yards: par 72
1. James Nicholas, Scarsdale, NY *73-69–142
2. Walter Egloff, Chevy Chase, MD *74-75–149
3. Tom Crow, Virginia Beach, VA *77-73–150
3. Ryan Podufal, Erie, PA *76-74–150
5. Gus Minkin, York, PA *77-74–151
6. Connor Daly, Bronxville, NY *78-75–153
6. Brendan Bacskai, Berwyn, PA *76-77–153
8. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *79-75–154
9. Nick Calabrese, Newtown Square, PA *77-79–156
10. Bryce Johnson, Oakton, VA *77-80–157
10. Jake Gurock, West Windsor, NJ *76-81–157
12. Joshua Goldenberg, Scarsdale, NY *78-80–158
13. Nick Geiman, York, PA *79-80–159
13. Lee Detmer, Washington, DC *78-81–159
15. Adam Gray, Potomac, MD *80-80–160
16. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD *79-83–162
16. Luke Schaap, Potomac, MD *76-86–162
18. Hunter Lee, Great Neck, NY *85-78–163
18. Michael Cook, Berwyn, PA *80-83–163
18. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD *79-84–163
18. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *78-85–163
18. Benjamin Morgret, Venetia, PA *76-87–163
23. Matthew Pulgini, Middletown, DE *82-82–164
24. Kevin May, Baltimore, MD *83-82–165
25. Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, PA *80-86–166
26. Sean Coleman, Potomac, MD *83-84–167
26. Jack Peden, Vienna, VA *77-90–167
28. Wynn Geis, Lutherville, MD *81-87–168
29. Dom Wagner, Alexandria, VA *87-82–169
30. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *87-83–170
30. Will Haller, Gaithersburg, MD *88-82–170
32. Justin Donawa, Baltimore, MD *86-85–171
33. Mike Burns, Blue Bell, PA *83-89–172
33. Jack Maresca, Rye, NY *82-90–172
35. Ben Litt, Moorestown, NJ *84-89–173
36. Charles Carter II, Baltimore, MD *89-86–175
37. Trip Smith, Phoenix, MD *84-92–176
38. Charles Young II, Woodstock, MD *83-94–177
39. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA *88-90–178
40. Blake Weltmann, Potomac, MD *85-94–179
41. Dylan Cline, Hagerstown, MD *98-90–188

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. David Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA *92-DQ (Rule 6-3a)
DQ. Robbie Hickok, Washington, DC, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division (Blue tees) 6,155 yards: par 72
1. Lukas Clark, Holland, PA *76-75–151
2. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford PA *81-78–159
3. Will Klein, Bethesda, MD *83-78–161
3. Joe Parrini, York, PA *84-77–161
5. Dylan Rotter, Potomac, MD *79-83–162
6. Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, DE *85-81–166
7. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *85-85–170
8. Mac Webster, Baltimore, MD *85-88–173
9. Chase Goff, Annapolis, MD *86-88–174
10. Cole Gibson, Chevy Chase, MD *92-83–175
10. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *84-91–175
12. Will Long, Towson, MD *84-92–176
13. Keegan Shreves, Potomac, MD *94-84–178
13. Griffin Smith, Holland, PA *92-86–178
15. Brett Levenstein, Olney, MD *92-90–182
15. Anthony Barr, Lititz, PA *87-95–182
17. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA *97-96–193

Girls Division (White tees) 5,904 yards: par 72
1. Bryana Nguyen, Columbia, MD, *82-77–159
2. Haley Carr, Waldorf, MD, *84-81–165
3. Alessandra Ricigliano, Scarsdale, NY *82-85–167
4. Cara Basso, Downingtown, PA *84-85–169
5. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *87-86–173
6. Alison Snakard, Collegeville, PA *88-87–175
7. Jane Moon, Lutherville, MD *87-90–177
7. Amanda Meyers, North Potomac, MD *87-90–177
9. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ *90-90–180
9. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, NJ *89-91–180
11. Kendel Abrams, New Freedom, PA *100-94–194
12. Gracie Stillman, Lititz, PA *105-104–209

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Khyranton Beggs, Baltimore, MD *JWD

Major Championship at Bulle Rock Presented by the First Tee of Baltimore – Nicholas & Clark lead, Nguyen & Ricigliano tied for first

The IJGT traveled to Havre De Grace, Maryland to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock Presented by the First Tee of Baltimore. The strong field of 74 competitors took to the course competing for National Rankings and Double IJGT Merit Points.  In review, divisional leaders’ round in numbers are below.

James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y. is the current leader in the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

73 – his round-one score, standing at 1-over-par

5 –  total number of birdies in round one

2 – two IJGT championships this season

6 – number of players within two strokes of the  division lead

In the Girls Division, Bryana Nguyen of Columbia, Md. and Alessandra Ricigliano of Scarsdale, N.Y. are both tied for first place.

Nguyen’s round in numbers:

82 – her round-one score

1 – one birdie in round one

1 – this is Nguyen’s first IJGT event this season

3 – 3-over-par on the back nine

Ricigliano’s round in numbers:

82 – her round-one score

4 – 4-over-par on the back nine

1 – one birdie in round one

3 – Ricigliano’s third IJGT event this season

Lucas Clark of Holland, Pa. leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

76 – his round-one score

15 – total number of pars in round one

6 – Clark made six consecutive pars headed into the turn

3 – his third IJGT event this season

 

The final round of 18 holes will be played tomorrow, April 27, 2014.

For full results from the first round of the Major Championship at Bulle Rock Presented by the First Tee of Baltimoreclick here.

For Round Two Pairings, click here.

Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.

 

Wolfangel, Lees, and Sample make the Players to Watch list at the Hershey Classic presented by IJGA

The IJGT is set to return to Hershey Country Club on May 10-11, 2014 to host the #HersheyClassic presented by IJGA. This event will consist of two 18-hole rounds to be played on Saturday and Sunday on the East Course at Hershey CC. National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points will be at stake for this event.

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Opening in 1969, Hershey CC is rich in history. Designed by George Fazio, this course is located in the Pennsylvania countryside and features wonderful views, natural hazards, and rolling greens. The East Course was named a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International in 2010. It has also hosted several PGA tournaments, most recently the Nationwide Tour’s Reese’s Cup Classic, an event on professional golf’s development tour. Other accolades include being mentioned America’s Top Golf Courses guide by Zagat Survey and named one of the “Top Courses You Can Play/Best Course Near You” for the State of Pennsylvania by Golf Magazine in 2007.

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In the Boys 15-19 Division, James WolfAngel tops the players to watch list at Hershey. WolfAngel’s best finish to date is a Top-3 finish at the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate CC Jb Bradbeer of Rosemont, Pa., will be looking to earn his first IJGT Championship. Bradbeer has played in five events this season so far, his best finish was tied for second at the Major Championship at Hartefeld National. His numbers in that event were 77-75–152. James Nicholas will look add his third IJGT Championship this season at Hershey. It will be a very strong field of competitors and exciting to watch!

Watch out for Kaitlyn Lees of Bryn Mawr, Pa., in the Girls Division. Lees has finished in the top-10 in both of her events played this season. She is coming off of a first place finish in the  Major Championship at Hartefeld National. Synclaire Kuhn will be another competitor to watch. Kuhn is coming off of a second place finish at the College Prep at NemacolinIn the final round of the event at Nemacolin, Kuhn shot the low final round of 80 to head to a playoff where she eventually finished second. Madeline Sager of Kimberton, Pa. and Alyssa Schiera of West Windsor, N.J., round out the players to watch for this event.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., will be at Hershey competing for the top spot. In his five events played this season, Sample has finished within the top-5 at four of five events. His most recent was a fourth place finish at The Architects Cup where he posted scores of  78-76–154. Evan Brown of Chadds Ford, Pa., will also be competing for the top spot. Brown’s most recent finish was first place at the Major Championship at Hartefeld National.  Other players to watch include Garret Engle of Harrisburg, Pa., and Jack ODonavan of Pittsford, N.Y.

The Hershey Classic boosts one of the largest and most competitive fields of the year. We are looking forward to this event presented by the International Junior Golf Academy.

To register or for more information on the #HersheyClassic presented by IJGA at Hershey CC in May, click here.

Park, Lukes among IJGT Players of the Week – April 5-6, 2014

Northeast Tour

Avondale, Pa. – The IJGT continued the Northeast Tour with the Major Championship at Hartefeld National held onApril 5-6, 2014. With chilly but sunny skies, the weather for the tournament was beautiful. The staff at Hartefeld National Golf Club worked diligently to ensure that the course was prepared for its first golf of the season. Players had to battle windy conditions during round one with wind gusts up to 30 mph, requiring them to adjust their shots. Round two featured improved scoring and had a lot of great golf. Many players improved on their scores, including Ryan Rybicki, of Maricopa, Ariz., and Esther Park, of Wilmington, Del., who earned Player of the Week honors for the Northeast Tour.

rybickiiiRybicki, in his fourth season with the IJGT, adds his performance at the Major Championship at Hartefeld National to an already impressive tournament resume. Battling winds in excess of 30 mph during round one, Rybicki struggled to find a rhythm but never allowed it to take him out of his game. He avoided any scores higher than bogey throughout the entire weekend, but entered the final round eight strokes behind the leader, James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y., and tied for 16th place.

After bogeying his first hole, Rybicki found rhythm and carried it through to the rest of the round. During the middle of his round, he scored par or better on six consecutive and 11 of his final 13 holes, highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole. He ended the final round with a tournament low one-over-par 73, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. His tournament total 157 landed him in fifth place overall, and into fifth place in the IJGT Tour Rankings for the Boys 15-19 Division. We wish Rybicki the best of luck the rest of the season and hope to see him again soon.

esther parkPark, playing in her second event of the season with the IJGT, added another top-five finish to her tournament resume after battling back from a tough first round. While she handled the par-5 holes well in round one, scoring par on three of the four holes, she had some difficulty with the remaining holes in round one. Showing great fortitude allowed her to put round one behind her en route to improving her score by 3 strokes in round two, including a birdie on the tough par-4 12th hole. Park took advantage of the par-3s in round two, scoring par on all but one the par 3-s. Her final round score of 82 was the second lowest round on Sunday for the Girls Division. We wish Park the best of luck and look forward to watching her compete in future tournaments.

Southeast Tour

Durham, N.C. — The IJGT hosted the College Series at Duke University on April 5-6, 2014. The Washington Duke Golf Club provided a challenging venue for the players with recently renovated greens and a variety of elevation changes throughout the course. The weekend offered dry conditions with warm weather for round one while stronger winds and colder temperatures made round two more difficult. Our Players of the Week for the Southeast Tour are Dylan Lukes of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Phyllis Tang of Hong Kong, China.

Dylan LukesIn just his third event with the IJGT, Lukes demonstrated perseverance after bouncing back from a tough first round. His first-round score of 84 left Lukes seven strokes out of the lead but he came back during round two determined to climb up the leader board. Lukes played with consistency, carding three birdies as he cut seven strokes off his round one score en route to a score of 77 for round two. Lukes finished tied for fourth place with an 84-77–161 overall. Congratulations to Dylan and we look forward to seeing him compete in more IJGT tournaments in the near future!

 

 

 

 

tangTang, the Girls Division second-place finisher, carded a total of six pars and three birdies to finish with an impressive round-one score of 79 and in the lead. Greeted by tough weather conditions in round two, Tang posted a round-two score of 81 highlighted by two birdies and six pars. She finished the tournament with an overall score of 79-81–160 and her second top-five finish for the 2013-2014 season. Best of luck to Phyllis the rest of the 2014 season!