Gianelos featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – April 9, 2015

The IJGT Northeast Tour spent Easter weekend in Somers Point, N.J., where they hosted the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club on April 4-5, 2015. During the two-day, 36-hole event, juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. The tournament also offered exemptions into the North American Junior Amateur and was a qualifier for the IMG Academy Junior World Championships. Following the tournament, a photo of Nicholas Gianelos was selected as the IJGT Photo of the Week.

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Gianelos carded a 167 tournament total to finish ninth in the Boys 15-19 Division of the Jersey Shootout. He made par on both par-5s in both rounds.

Congratulations to Nicholas Gianelos on being our IJGT Photo of the Week! Don’t forget–each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook Page after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and, based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’

2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)

3 points – per share

Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay – Round one recap (April 4, 2015)

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Somers Point, N.J., to host the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club. Juniors teed off in windy conditions beginning at 12 p.m. for round one of the two-day, 36-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Anina Ku of Basking Ridge, N.J., leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

9 – She leads the division by nine strokes

3 – Her three birdies in the first round pace the division

2 – She carded back-to-back birdies on the par-3 16th and par-4 17th holes

79 – Her opening round 79 was the best score in the field

Sebastian Naibaho of Yonkers, N.Y., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

1 – He leads the division by a single stroke

81 – His round one score to earn the lead

1 – His lone birdie came on the par-4 eighth hole

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

2 – He leads the division by two strokes

1 – He carded the division’s sole birdie on the par-5 sixth hole

4.5 – His average on par-5s

The second round of the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay will take place tomorrow, April 5, 2015, with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. View the updated leaderboard here on or in the IJGT app.  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.


Bookholdt and Goldenberg earn IJGT Player of the Week Honors – May 17-18, 2014

SOMERS POINT, NJ – The IJGT returned to Somers Point, N.J., for the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club. With beautiful weather all weekend, the conditions were ideal for scoring.  Greate Bay serves as a fan-favorite stop on the tour.  This weeks Players of the Week are Joshua Goldenberg, of Scarsdale, N.Y., and Haley Bookholdt, of Columbus, N.J.

goldenberg maybeGoldenberg, playing in his second event of the season, had a great two days of golf.  In round one, Goldenberg had a steady round, shooting an 80 and never scoring higher than bogey on any hole. His second round was considerably better as he carded a 73. The New York native showed determination by shooting a 37 on the front nine. That score included a birdie on the long par-5 sixth hole. His back nine was virtually flawless with eight pars in nine holes. We congratulate Joshua on his great play and hope to see him soon!




bookholdtBookholdt, also playing in just her second event of the season, had a very strong outing this weekend, especially during the final round. She finished her first round with a score of 86, which included two birdies on No. 15 and No. 17. Though she entered the final round in a tie for fifth place, she was just six strokes off the lead and still in contention. Bookholdt came prepared in the final round and put together an exceptional score of 37 on her first nine holes. She, again, birdied the par-5, No. 15, which was statistically the most difficult hole in the Girls Division. She was also carded birdies on No. 15 and No. 17 during the weekend, the only two birdies on those holes in the division. She finished the final round with a score of 79, for a tournament total of 165. Her 79 won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and her 165 earned her a tie for second place. Bookholdt will look to continue her success next week at the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions.

Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay CC – Final results

Stein’s experience pays off in playoff

Brown earns second win of the season 

SOMERS POINT, N.J. – The IJG) traveled to Greate Bay Country Club to host the Jersey Shootout on May 17-18, 2014. The weather for the contest reached into the 70s creating ideal golf conditions during both rounds of the tournament. Representing four different states, the field of junior golfers 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.

SteinIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Dylan Stein of Flemington, N.J., won his division in a one-hole playoff. Stein headed into the final round trailing the leader by three strokes. Determined, Stein shot a 2-over-par score of 72 in the final round to force a playoff with Michael Lamond, of West Chester, Pa. Stein’s score of 72 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. Stein made two birdies and added three pars in his final five holes. After taking second place in a playoff at the Hershey Classic, Stein used his experience to his advantage. His par during the playoff hole earned him his first IJGT championship of the season. His numbers for the weekend were 76-72—148.

Stein described what was going through his mind, Stein stated, “Going into the playoff I just felt if I played as well as I could then I’d come away with the win”

Lamond finished in second place after the playoff with scores of 73-75—148. Jonathan Solimano, of Montvale, N.J., took third place with scores of 76-76—152.


GoodlingIn the Girls Division, Haley Goodling of Manheim, Pa., won her first IJGT Championship this season with scores of 80-84–164. She made an impressive birdie on the par-4 hole number 12, the number two handicapped hole, in round one. Throughout 36 holes, Goodling totaled 14 pars and 17 bogeys. The fast greens at Greate Bay Country Club played to her advantage, allowing her to score well. This was Goodling’s first IJGT event of the season as well as her first IJGT Championship.

When asked about her mindset headed into the final round with the division lead, Goodling replied, “I just wanted to play well. I wasn’t really worried about anyone else. I just wanted to focus on my own game and myself, and do as well as I could.”

There was a tie for second place between Haley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., and Jessie Kweon of Little Neck, N.Y. Bookholdt posted scores of 86-79—165. Her score of 79 won the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division. Kweon posted scores of 81-84—165.


BrownIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Evan Brown of Chadds Ford, Pa., won his division with scores of 77-79–156. With this win, Brown earns his second IJGT Championship this season. Brown made no birdies all weekend, but made up for it with the amount of pars made. He made 12 pars in round one. With the division lead in hand, headed into the final round, Brown added 12 pars during the final round, including a streak of par on holes 8-12. Brown won his division by seven strokes.

When asked about how it  feels to win multiple events this season, Brown commented, “It feels great. It is my first two-win season ever. I’m looking forward to [Tournament of Champions] next week, this is a great confidence booster going into next week.”

Will Klein of Bethesda, Md., finished in second place posting scores of 79-84–163. In third place, was Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., who posted scores of 85-83—168.


The IJGT’s next event will be the IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014. To sign up for this event, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.

SOMERS POINT, N.J. – Final-round results of the IJGT Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 18, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,682 yards, Par 70 (70.8/128) Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,114 yards, Par 70 (68.5/123) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,802 yards, Par 70 (69.9/128)


Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 60’s with 10-15 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 60’s with 10-15 mph winds