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IJGT Alumni shine in Hawaii on the PGA Tour

It was a great weekend for IJGT alumni on the PGA Tour. Five IJGT alumni finished in the top 13 at the PGA Tour’s Sony Open on January 14-17, 2016. Leading the pack was Zac Blair of Salt Lake City, Utah, who recorded a third-place finish with a tournament total of 19-under, 261. Blair, who is only in his second full season on the PGA Tour, nearly won the event, but was not able to make his eagle putt on the closing hole to join a playoff with Brandt Snedeker and eventual champion, Fabian Gomez. It was a valiant effort, and helped him record his best finish ever on the PGA Tour.

Zac Blair at the Sony Open (photo credit GolfDigest)

Zac Blair at the Sony Open (photo credit GolfDigest)

 

Finishing in a tie for seventh place was IJGT alumnus, Jamie Lovemark of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., with a tournament score of 14-under, 266. This was Lovemark’s second top 10 on the PGA Tour in the 2015-2016 season, with the other coming at The RSM Classic at Sea Island Resort.

Webb Simpson of Raleigh, N.C., Morgan Hoffmann of Franklin Lakes, N.J., and Daniel Summerhays of Farmington, Utah, all finished in a tie for 13th place ending the tournament at 12-under-par.

 

IJGT Alumni shine on PGA and LPGA Tour

It was a very strong week for IJGT Alumni on the major professional tours. The PGA Tour stop this week was at Sea Island Resort in Sea Island, Ga., for The RSM Classic. The top ten saw four IJGT Alumni finishers with the highest finishing in second place. Kevin Chappell finished in second place (-16), Jon Curran finished in fourth (-13), Scott Stallings finished T9 (-10), and Jamie Lovemark finished T9 (-10). For Kevin Chappell, this was his fourth event of the season and his first top 10 finish.

Kevin Chappell, PGA Tour

Kevin Chappell, PGA Tour

The LPGA Tour was in Naples, Fla., this past weekend for The CME Group Championship hosted at the Tiburon Golf Club. IJGT Alumni Sydnee Michaels finished T7 in the event. For Michaels this is her second top 20 finish in as many weeks. This was the final tournament for the LPGA Tour this calendar year. The ladies will return to action in 2016 at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.

Sydnee Michaels, LPGA Tour

Sydnee Michaels, LPGA Tour

Weekend Update – IJGT ELITE

IJGT alumni from all across the country played well the last week in the professional tours, as well as some top -level amateur events. In the professional ranks on the LPGA, Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., finished in a tie for fifth place at the inaugural KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Pressel has moved up to 20th in the Rolex Rankings and has recorded four top-10 finishes on the LPGA this season. Another IJGT alumna, Shanshan Feng of Guangzhou, China, also finished in a tie for 13th place.

On the Web.com Tour, two IJGT alumni finished in the top 10 with Michael Kim finishing in a tie for third place, and Jamie Lovemark finishing in a tie for eighth place at the Rust-Oleum Championship in Westlake, Ohio. This was Kim’s best finish on the Web.com Tour this season, and Lovemark’s third top-10 finish of the season. Both players are currently inside the top 25 on the Web.com Tour’s Money List, which is significant because the top 25 earn their PGA Tour cards for the 2015-2016 season.

In the rain-shortened, Symetra Tour Decatur-Forsyth Classic, IJGT alumni Maude-Aimee Leblanc  of Sherbooke, Quebec, and Shannon Fish of Houston, Texas, finished inside the top 10 recording second place and fourth place finishes respectively.

Ben Schlottman of Advance, N.C., won the 2015 Palmetto Amateur with an 8-under 272. Held at the prestigious Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, S.C., the Palmetto Amateur featured some of the strongest amateurs in the country. Schlottman took the second-round lead, after a 6-under 64, but after a 73 in the third round, he would have to come from behind. Schlottman did just that closing with a 4-under 66 including a 3-under 33 back-nine score to secure the victory for the rising sophomore at Auburn University.

Dylan Healey of Franklin, Tenn., won the Southwestern Amateur in Scottsdale, Ariz. Healey, who recently completed his junior season at Cal State-San Marcos (NAIA), birdied his last three holes of regulation to shoot a closing 4-under 275 at Desert Mountain Club. He finished 72 holes at 5-under 275. To read more click on the Golfweek article here.

 

IJGT ELITE: Pro Edition (March 23, 2015)

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March 23, 2015

It was an exciting weekend for IJGT alums competing professionally. In fact, on Thursday night IJGT alums sat atop the leaderboard in both the PGA TOUR’s Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Web.com Tour’s Chile Classic. Here are some of the highlights from the past week:

PGA TOUR: Arnold Palmer Invitational – Orlando, FL – March 19-22, 2015

The big news in pro golf this weekend was Matt Every defending his Arnold Palmer Invitational title. He made a 17-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole of the tournament to earn the win with a 19-under 269 tournament total. Every was the first player to win at Bay Hill with all four rounds in the 60s since Payne Stewart did it in 1987. He also became just the third player—after Tiger Woods and Loren Roberts—to earn repeat victories at Bay Hill. You can read more about Every’s victory and watch his winning putt by clicking here.

Morgan Hoffmann was leading by three shots after 36 holes, but ended up finishing in fourth with a 15-under 273 tournament total. He made par or better on every hole in round one, including an eagle on the par-5 sixth hole, on the way to a 6-under 66 to start the tournament. He improved on his round one score by one stroke to card a 7-under 65 in round two.

Web.com Tour: Chile Classic – Santiago, Chile – March 19-22, 2015

Jamie Lovemark finished seventh with a 16-under 268 tournament total. He shot in the 60s in all four rounds and made par or better on every hole in round two on the way to a 7-under 64.

Tain Lee carded an 8-under 63 in round one to lead after 18 holes, but ended up finishing in a tie for 30th with a 10-under 274 tournament total.

eGolf Gateway Tour: Nova Tax Group Open – Huntersville, NC – March 17-20, 2015

Christian Brand carded an 11-under 273 tournament total to finish second. He carded four consecutive birdies on holes No. 6 through 9 in round three.

Garland Green tied for fifth with a 7-under 277 tournament total.

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IJGT ELITE: Pro Edition (March 10, 2015)

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IJGT ELITE News: Pro Edition

March 10, 2015

The IJGT ELITE competed in tournaments all over the world last week. The following IJGT ELITE members recorded top-15 finishes on the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour last week.

World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship –Miami, Florida — March 5-8, 2015

Webb Simpson tied for seventh with a 2-under 286. He carded an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole in the first round.

Rickie Fowler tied for 12th with an even-par 288. He recorded a 4-under 68 in round one and carded an eagle on the par-4 11th hole in round three.

Puerto Rico Open — Rio Grande, Puerto Rico — March 5-8, 2015

Jon Curran participated in a five-man playoff for the championship after finishing 72 holes with a 7-under 281. He ended up in a four-way tie for second. Curran shot under par in all four rounds.

Scott Pinckney tied for sixth with a 6-under 282 tournament total. Pinckney also shot under par in all four rounds.

Cartagena de Indias at Karibana Championship — Cartagena, Colombia — March 5-8, 2015

Kevin Tway recorded a 4-under 284 tournament total to tie for fourth. He started the tournament off strong, shooting a 5-under 67 in round one.

Jamie Lovemark tied for 13th with a 1-under 287 tournament total. He shot in the 60s in the first two rounds and was tied for the lead during the second round.

Roberto Diaz tied for 15th with an even-par 288. He carded a 4-under 68 in round two.

The IJGT would also like to wish the best of luck to the 13 IJGT alums competing in the SwingThought Tour’s Cardinal Classic at Diamondhead this week. These players include: Jarrod Barsamian, Sean Bosdosh, Thomas Bradshaw, James Erkenbeck, Shun Yat Hak, Joseph Harrison, CD Hockersmith, Patrick Lundy, Justin Martinson, Andrew Mason, Seth Reeves, Luis Thiele and Cole Willcox.

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IJGT ELITE: Beau Hossler earns first collegiate win

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IJGT ELITE News

February 25-March 3, 2015

The IJGT would like to congratulate Beau Hossler of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., on recording his first collegiate win this past weekend! Hossler, a sophomore at the University of Texas, carded a 4-under 212 tournament total during the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational to lead the Longhorns to their second win of the season. He was the only competitor to finish under par and won by five strokes. After the win, Hossler earned Golfweek men’s college golf Player of the Week honors. Fellow IJGT alum Jonathan Garrick (UCLA) tied for fourth with a tournament total of 3-over 219.

The following IJGT ELITE members also recorded top-10 finishes in NCAA tournaments last week:

Bruin Wave Invitational — Los Angeles, CA — March 2-3, 2015

Erynne Lee (UCLA), who finished second in the 2005 IJGT event at The Sandpiper, captured the individual title with an even-par 216 tournament total. She won by a decisive five strokes. The victory marks the fourth of Lee’s career; she’s won one tournament in each of her four seasons.

Eimi Koga (Washington), who finished second in the 2010 IJGT event at Wigwam Resort, tied for eighth with an 8-over 224 tournament total helping lead her team to victory.

2015 National Invitational Tournament — Tucson, AZ — February 28-March 2, 2015

George Cunningham (Arizona), who finished third in the 2010 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, tied for second with a 4-under 212 tournament total.

Patrick Winther (Colorado State), who finished in the top three in 17 of 18 IJGT starts, tied for sixth with a 1-under 215.

Querencia Cabo Collegiate — Los Cabos, Mexico — March 1-3, 2015

Rigel Fernandes (South Florida), who recorded a top-10 finish at the 2006 IJGT event at Championsgate, tied for fourth with a 6-under 207 tournament total. He shot a 7-under 64 in round one.

IJGT alum Zach Wright (Louisiana State) tied for 10th with a tournament total of 1-under 212.

Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Spring Classic –Kiawah Island, SC — March 1-3, 2015

Andrea Slane (Delaware), who finished second in the 2009 IJGT event at Westin Mission Hills, tied for third with an even-par 216 tournament total. She shot a 3-under 69 in round two on the Oak Point course.

30th Annual Louisiana Classics — Lafayette, LA — March 2-3, 2015

Brian Campbell (Illinois), the 2009 IJGT West Mid-Season champion at PGA West, tied for fifth with a 3-under 213 tournament total to help lead his team to victory.

Daniel Hudson, (Kansas), the 2013 IJGT Florida Swing at Harmony Golf Preserve champion, tied for eighth with a 1-under 215 tournament total. He carded a 5-under 67 in round one.

The IJGT would also like to wish good luck to the 16 IJGT alums who are competing in the Cartagena de Indias at Karibana Championship on March 5-8, 2015. These players include Rodolfo Cazaubon, Roberto Diaz, Andres Echavarria, Kevin Foley, Chris Gilman, Hunter Hamrick, Tain Lee, Jamie Lovemark, Timothy Madigan, Martin Piller, Steve Saunders, Trevor Simsby, Kevin Tway, Aaron Watkins, Richy Werenski and Andrew Yun.

Finally, congratulations to IJGT alum Chris Epperson, who claimed his first eGolf Gateway Tour win at Palmetto Hall last week! Click here to read more about Epperson’s victory.

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