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Team Canada takes home the John Clark Trophy in 2014 Euro Junior Cup

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – IJGT’s Team USA took to Drumoig Golf Club today, August 8, 2014, for the final round of the 2014 Euro Junior Golf Cup in St. Andrews, Scotland.  The weather was perfect when the teams took to the course but changed very quickly as the teams rounded the turn.  The inclement weather lead to a cancellation of the round in which only one complete group had finished.  At the conclusion of tournament, Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada finished with 43.5 points and took home the John Clark Trophy.  Following in second was FIFE’s Team Scotland with 41.5 Points in third was Team USA with 32 points.

Team USA played well again in the incomplete final round but could not come away with the points needed.  Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., continued his hot streak winning both points and making his final total five and a half points to lead Team USA.  Also playing well and grabbing two points for Team USA in round three were playing captain, Cara Basso of Downingtown, Pa., John Kalavritinos of Potomac, Md., and Christopher Chiminski of Penns Park, Pa.  Ryan Hicks of Santa Monica, Calif., once again exhibited a strong performance adding a point and a half.   Also contributing to Team USA’s points were Jack O’Donovan of Pittsford, N.Y., and Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., who each carded a point of their own.  Rounding out the scoring was Michael Ordona of Upland, Calif., who secured a half-point for Team USA.

After the event, non-playing co-captain, Zach Pennington stated, “I am very impressed with not only how our team played today but how we represented the red, white and blue.   We are truly honored to wear these colors in match play against two great teams.  The Canadians and Scots were great competitors and they played well all week.  I am proud of what we did here in Scotland as we arrive home with our head held high.”

Team USA in beautiful Scotland Photo by Team USA parent Ms. Elder

Team USA in beautiful Scotland
Photo by Team USA parent Ms. Elder

Euro Junior Cup Round Two: Strong performance by Basso keeps Team USA close

 

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – IJGT’s Team USA took to Leven Links for the second round of the 2014 Euro Junior Golf Cup on August 7, 2014.  Weather was beautiful and the course was in fabulous condition.  Leven Links sits right off of the sea bringing in strong winds that changed throughout the round.  This proved as a true test for Team USA as they fell back in points, now trailing the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada by nine points and FIFE Team Scotland by seven and a half points.  After two rounds, the standings have Team Canada with 29.5 points, Team Scotland with 28 points and Team USA with 20.5 points.

The Americans were led by team captain, Cara Basso of Downingtown, Pa., who dominated the entire round and won each of her matches.  Basso’s round was followed by the match featuring Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., who once played well for the second consecutive round and won one and a half points.  Each winning a point of his own for the USA was Christopher Chiminski of Penns Park, Pa., John Kalavritinos of Potomac, Md., Ryan Hicks of Santa Monica, Calif., Tanner Elder of Jefferson City, Mo., and Jack O’ Donovan of Pittsford, N.Y.   The remaining half-point for Team USA was earned by Michael Ordona of Upland, Calif.

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After round two, non-playing co-captain, Molly Moore stated, “The results may show that we are behind but I am proud of this team and know that they played tough today. There were a lot of close matches that really could have gone either way. The bus ride home was energetic and Team USA is ready to battle back tomorrow. This will be an interesting finish from an exciting three days of matchplay.”

Team USA finishes its time in Scotland with the final round of play at Drumoig Golf Club in St. Andrews.  Tee times begin promptly at noon local time.

Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will host its Southeast Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Nov. 9-10. The Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes will take place on the George Fazio Course. The Event will feature some of the best players from across the region all competing for DOUBLE IJGT Merit Points in the Boys 15-19, Boys 14 & Under, and Girls Divisions.

The George Fazio Course is a par-70 that tips out at just over 6,800 yards and will call for a variety of executed golf shots. It will serve as a great host to one of the strongest events on the IJGT calendar.

The Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes will offer AJGA Performance Stars with the Boys 15-19 and Girls Division Champions earning 4 Performance Stars. In addition, the Top-5 in the Boys 15-19 Division will also earn 1 Performance Star for their finish. If the Boys 14 & Under Division reaches 20 players then the Champion of the division will earn 1 AJGA Performance Star.

To register for the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes click here.

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In the Boys 15-19 Division, Austin Maher of Bracebridge, Canada, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, will be playing for keeps. Maher has played in four events this season, and after placing in the top five in his last three, including a third-place finish at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters, he will be looking to capitalize on his consistent play. Ogawa is also coming off a hot streak this season. After placing second in the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National, he persevered on his way to a victory at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters. Ogawa will be attempting his second win of the season at Palmetto Dunes.

Competing in the Boys 14 & Under Division are Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C.and John Kalavritinos of Potomac, Md. McBride has played in four events this season and is continually a strong contender. After placing sixth in his first event, he finished fourth, second and third in his last three events, respectively. This is McBride’s first season with the IJGT, and he will be aiming to break the mold and grab his first win at Palmetto Dunes. Kalavritinos, also a talented competitor, is playing in his second IJGT season. After two top ten finishes last season, Kalavritinos placed third in the College Series at the University of Maryland on Oct. 5-6.

The Girls Division will feature Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan. Nakatani is a natural-born competitor who is in her second season with the IJGT. After winning three events last season, Nakatani has secured two runner-up finishes in the two events she has played so far this year, one at the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch, and the other at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters. Another player to keep an eye on is second-year IJGT member, Tadokoro. She has placed top five in three events this year, and also won the IJGT Junior at Oyster Reef over the summer.

IJGT College Series at University of Maryland – Final Results

Berry wins the College Series at the University of Maryland

Freed rides hot start to victory

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour was in College Park, Md., on Oct. 5-6 for the College Series at the University of Maryland. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was contested at the University of Maryland Golf Course, with players competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The field consisted of 62 players, ages 10-19, representing five states and two countries.

The University of Maryland Golf Course sits directly across the street from the school’s campus and 10 miles from Washington D.C. Opened in 1959, the par-71 course is a George W. Cobb design. Cobb also designed the par-3 course at Augusta and Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C. His design at the University of Maryland features tree-lined fairways, a number of long par-4s and par-3s, and great views of the Maryland campus. The course, which tips out at over 7,000 yards, was played from 5,875 yards for the Girls Division, 6,162 for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,694 for the Boys 15-19 Division. The players were greeted by unusually warm October weather, as temperatures reached the mid 80s on both days.

The Boys 15-19 Division came down to the wire for the second consecutive week. Brandon Berry of Great Falls, Va., came out victorious with a one-stroke victory over Walter Egloff of Chevy Chase, Md., and Luke Schaap of Potomac, Md. Berry finished with a 3-over-par 145 for the two-day tournament.

berryThe first round was filled with lots of great golf and low scores. Berry had a tough time with the front nine, as he shot a 3-over-par 38. He recovered on the back, carding two birdies and one bogey on his way to a 1-under 35 to finish the day with a 73.

Blake Micholas of Potomac, Md., was the leader after day one, shooting a 1-over-par 72. Micholas’s round was highlighted by birdies on holes Nos. 1, 7, and 14. Micholas and Berry were part of a group of nine players within two strokes of the lead after the first round. Joining the two were Brendan Bacskai (73) of Berwyn, Pa., Jordan Bobb (74) of Rockville, Md., Will Byrne (74) of McLean, Va., Nicholas Infanti (74) of Clarksburg, Md., Rij Patel (74) of Hunt Valley, Md., David Ross (74) of Lorton Va., and Schaap (74), setting up for an entertaining final round.

The front nine proved to be the tougher nine for the second straight day, as no player was able to separate themselves at the top. Only Gary McCabe of Collegeville, Pa., was able to break par, as he finished with a 1-under-par 34, to join Ross, who did it during the first round, as the only players to accomplish the feat.

Berry held a share of the lead through seven with Micholas and Schaap, but his shot on the par-3 eighth hole found a hazard, and after a drop, he finished with a double bogey. Berry finished his front nine at 38, and sat two strokes back of Micholas, who finished with a 37, and Schaap, who shot an even-par 35. Infanti, Patel and Bobb struggled to get anything going and fell out of contention after nine holes.

Only nine holes separated the cluster of players from a championship. A few groups ahead of the leaders, Egloff was putting himself back into contention with a very strong back nine. He birdied the 13th hole, and then carded another on the 17th hole, shooting a 2-under-par 34 on the back nine, to finish the day at even-par 71. Egloff was the leader in the clubhouse with a 75-71-146, awaiting the rest of the groups.

Behind Egloff, the list of contenders was shrinking. Micholas had his first rough stretch of the weekend, bogeying four of the last seven holes to fall behind. Byrne also carded four bogeys on the back, while Ross had three.

After bogeying holes Nos. 11 and 14, Schaap birdied the par-5 16th hole to get back to 4-over-par for the tournament. He finished with back-to-back pars on 17 and 18 to join Egloff in the clubhouse at 146.

Unaware of the scores in groups ahead of him, Berry entered the 16th hole tied with Schaap and Egloff at 4-over-par. He recovered from his front nine and was 1-under-par on the back nine as he teed off on No. 17. A wayward drive left him in a tough spot but Berry stuck his next shot to within five feet of the cup. He sank his birdie putt and entered No. 18 with a one-stroke lead.

Showing no nerves, Berry attacked the par-4 18th hole, but missed the green with his approach shot. He almost holed out for birdie on his chip, instead leaving himself a three-foot putt for par and the victory. He sank the putt to earn the one-stroke victory.

“Everything was ok. Pretty solid, pretty consistent,” Berry described his game after the round.

In the Girls Division, Liza Freed of Alexandria, Va., got off to a quick start and never looked back, on the way to her second career victory in an IJGT Event. Freed’s final score of 75-73-148 put her nine shots clear of her closest competitor.

freed UMDTeeing off on hole No. 10, Freed began the first round with consecutive birdies. Following a bogey on No. 12, she scored another birdie on hole No. 14 and finished her first nine at 2-over-par 38. Even with the birdie barrage, Freed was one shot back of Ashley Dingman of Lorton, Va., through nine holes.

Dingman struggled on holes Nos. 2-5, playing them at a combined 5-over-par, while Freed played the same stretch at even-par to gain control. Freed finished the front nine at 37, while Dingman shot a 40. After the first round, Freed held a two-stroke lead over Dingman.

Freed did not start as hot in the final round, bogeying the 10th hole, but Dingman also struggled on the hole, carding a double bogey. Freed quickly got her game together, playing the next seven holes in 1-under-par. A bogey on No. 18 gave her a 1-over-par 37 for her first nine holes, while Dingman could not get anything going on her way to a 42.

With confidence and a comfortable lead, Freed put together one of the best rounds on the front nine of any player in the field. She carded par on the first seven holes. That streak ended with a bogey on hole No. 8, but she came back to par No. 9, and shoot a front-nine 36, to finish at 73 for the day. Her final-round 73 won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“I hit an ok drive. Then I hit a 5-iron to about 10 feet from the hole. I was just really happy, that’s one of my hardest clubs to hit. Then on the second hole I also made a birdie,” Freed said about her hot start during the first round.

Dingman finished second with scores of 77-80-157, and Amanda Myers of North Potomac, Md., was third at 87-75-162.

Like the older boys, the Boys 14 & Under Division came down to the final hole, with William Sheedy of Washington D.C., holding off Joe Parrini of York, Pa., by two strokes. Sheedy finished at 149 for the two-day event.

After the first round, neither Sheedy nor Parrini held the lead. That honor was held by Cole Gibson of Chevy Chase, Md., who fired a 76. Gibson shot a 40 on his opening nine, then improved his score by four strokes on the front side, including a birdie on the par-3 4th hole, the only birdie on that hole from any player in his division.

photo (15)Parrini sat two strokes back of Gibson after 18 holes. His first round was highlighted by a birdie on the long, par-4 18th hole. Sheedy was three back of the leader, with a triple-bogey on No. 16 being his only big mistake. John Kalavritinos of Potomac, Md., matched Sheedy with a 79 to put himself in contention entering the final round.

Teeing off on hole No.10, Sheedy and Parrini quickly separated themselves from Gibson and Kalavritinos. Kalavritinos got off to a rocky start, playing the first three holes at 5-over-par, and Gibson double-bogeyed the 11th hole.

Both Sheedy and Parrini were on the game from the start. Sheedy started with three consecutive pars before a birdie on hole No. 13 got him into red numbers. He added another birdie on No. 16 and finished his first nine at 2-under-par 34. Parrini started with six pars and matched Sheedy’s birdie on No. 16, as he fired a 1-under-par 35 through nine holes, leaving them tied after 27 holes.

Sheedy took the lead on hole No. 1 with a par, as Parrini made his first bogey of the day. That lead remained the same through the eighth hole as they carded identical scores, a bogey on No. 4 mixed in with six pars.

It looked like Parrini might even the score on hole No. 8, as he hit his tee shot inside 15 feet and Sheedy was left with 45 feet on his putt. Sheedy lagged his putt perfectly, leaving himself two feet for par, and made the putt. Parrini’s birdie burned the right edge but did not fall.

With his one-stroke lead intact, Sheedy hit what was perhaps his best drive of the tournament on hole No. 9, striking the ball right down the middle on the par-5, with just outside 200 yards to the uphill green. Parrini’s drive landed in the rough, leaving him without a chance to reach the green in two. Both players hit their approach shots to 60 yards, with Parrini needing some magic to potentially force a playoff. He hit his approach a little thick, coming up short of the green, while Sheedy’s ball went 20 feet past the hole.

Parrini chipped the ball to 10 feet, but Sheedy’s birdie putt came to within two feet, tapping in for par to seal his victory. Parrini could not make the putt, bogeying only his third hole of the day.

Sheedy finished the day at 1-under-par 70, the lowest round of the tournament of any player, winning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“Yesterday, on the ninth hole, I had about a 40 foot putt for par and I saved it,” Sheedy noted as his most memorable shot of the tournament.

Parrini had been victorious in his last three IJGT Events, including a one-stroke victory over Sheedy at the Baltimore Junior three weeks prior.

Kalavritinos rounded out the top three with scores of 79-77-156.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be in Cologne, N.J., the weekend of Oct. 12-13 for the South Jersey Open at Blue Heron Pines. The tournament will be played at Blue Heron Pines 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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links.  Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek morodZ, 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.

 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Final-round results of the IJGT College Series at University of Maryland conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 6, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,694 yards, Par 71 (72.2/133) Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,162 yards, Par 71 (69.2/128) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,875 yards, Par 71 (73.2/126)

 

Weather:        Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 80’s with 5-10 mph winds

Sunday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 80’s with 10-15 mph winds

 

 

 International Junior Golf Tour

University of Maryland Golf Course

College Park, Md.

October 5-6, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,694 yards, Par 71

1. Brandon Berry, Great Falls, VA, *73-72–145

2. Walter Egloff, Chevy Chase, MD, *75-71–146

2. Luke Schaap, Potomac, MD, *74-72–146

4. Blake Micholas, Potomac, MD, *72-77–149

5. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD, *75-75–150

5. Garrett Bastardi, Boalsburg, PA, *76-74–150

5. Rij Patel, Hunt Valley, MD, *74-76–150

5. Evan Katz, Washington, DC, *75-75–150

5. David Ross, Lorton, VA, *74-76–150

10. Will Byrne, McLean, VA, *74-77–151

10. Brendan Bacskai, Berwyn, PA, *73-78–151

10. Nicholas Infanti, Clarksburg, MD, *74-77–151

13. Kyle Cunningham, Sayville, NY, *78-77–155

14. Gary McCabe, Collegeville, PA, *81-75–156

14. Patrick McDonald, Herndon, VA, *82-74–156

14. Mike Blasey, Potomac, MD, *80-76–156

14. David Rabil, Fairfax Station, VA, *80-76–156

18. Lennard Long, Washington, D.C., *81-76–157

18. Ben Lieberman, Potomac, MD, *79-78–157

18. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA, *80-77–157

21. Michael Lamond, West Chester, PA, *81-77–158

21. Jack Peden, Vienna, VA, *75-83–158

23. Kyle Grube, Indiana, PA, *80-79–159

23. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *80-79–159

23. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *76-83–159

26. Tyler Olmsted, Boyds, MD, *77-83–160

27. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD, *78-83–161

27. Bryan Morris, Beltsville, MD, *76-85–161

29. Andrew Hudencial, Markham, ON, *80-83–163

30. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY, *85-79–164

31. Austin Matz, Wexford, PA, *83-83–166

31. Jordan Bobb, Rockville, MD, *74-92–166

33. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA, *81-86–167

33. Davis Lamb, Potomac, MD, *87-80–167

33. Adam Bacon, Fairfax Station, VA, *87-80–167

36. Andrew Nappi, Glen Rock, NJ, *80-88–168

37. Michael Magnarelli, Chevy Chase, MD, *84-85–169

38. Connor Jaenke, Arnold, MD, *86-86–172

39. Jake Oliver, New Hartford, NY, *89-85–174

39. Nick Stottlemyer, Port Tobacco, MD, *85-89–174

41. Billy Rosemeyer, Gibsonia, PA, *87-91–178

42. Zachary Sculler, Morganville, NJ, *88-91–179

43. Alex Pfeiff, Huntingtown, MD, *101-91–192

44. Tyler Poirier, Mclean, VA, *103-102–205

DID NOT FINISH

Blake Weltmann, Potomac, MD, *89–DQ (Rule 15-3b)

Andrew Neal, Chevy Chase, MD, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Demitri Keopradit, Springfield, VA, *82–JWD

William Voetsch, New Vernon, NJ, *JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – Gold Tees, 6,162 yards, Par 71

1. William Sheedy, Washington, DC, *79-70–149

2. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *78-73–151

3. John Kalavritinos, Potomac, MD, *79-77–156

4. Cole Gibson, Chevy Chase, MD, *76-81–157

5. Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA, *84-84–168

6. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD, *82-87–169

7. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA, *89-94–183

8. Aj Aivazoglou, Glen Mills, PA, *94-98–192

9. Nate Taylor, Fredericksburg, VA, *109-110–219

DID NOT FINISH

Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA, *JWD

 

Girls Division – Yellow Tees, 5,875 yards, Par 71

1. Liza Freed, Alexandria, VA, *75-73–148

2. Ashley Dingman, Lorton, VA, *77-80–157

3. Amanda Meyers, North Potomac, MD, *87-75–162

4. Alessandra Ricigliano, Scarsdale, NY, *87-83–170

College Series at University of Maryland

The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour will be in Maryland the weekend of Oct. 5-6 for the College Series at University of Maryland. The tournament will be played at the University of Maryland Golf Course, marking the first time an IJGT Event has been held at the course. Top junior golfers, ages 10-19, will be playing two-day, 36-hole event competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Opened in 1959, the University of Maryland Golf Course is a par-71 with four sets of tees ranging from 5,209 yards to 7,015 yards. Originally planned to provide membership to students, faculty, staff and alumni, the University of Maryland brought in George W. Cobb to design the course. Along with the University of Maryland Golf Course, Cobb’s other notable designs include the par-3 course at Augusta and Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of their opening, the course went through renovations in 2008-2009 including a change from a par-72 to the current par-71 from the women’s tees, enlarging the tee boxes for more variety, and adding or rebuilding a number of sand bunkers. The course is home to the University of Maryland Men’s and Women’s Golf teams, competing at the Division 1 level in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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The Boys 15-19 Division will feature two players who have already been victorious on Tour this season. Gary McCabe of Collegeville, Pa., was victorious at the Philly Open hosted by Jeffersonville Golf Club on Sept. 14-15, while Will Byrne of McLean, Va., won the Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor on Sept. 21-22. McCabe and Byrne were impressive in their victories, as both were able to overcome difficult weather conditions in the first round of their respective tournaments. Joining McCabe and Byrne in the field is Luke Schaap of Potomac, Md. Schaap finished runner-up to Byrne at the Baltimore Junior after firing a 4-over-par for the 36-hole event. Other players to keep an eye on include Evan Katz of Washington D.C,. and Brendan Bacskai of Berwyn, Pa.

Joe Parrini of York, Pa., highlights the Boys 14 & Under Division. Parrini has been one of the most impressive players on tour this season, winning consecutively at the Major Championship at Crystal Springs, Philly Open at Jeffersonville, and Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor. Parrini will look for his fourth straight victory at the University of Maryland but he’ll have to compete with the likes of William Sheedy of Washington D.C., and John Kalavritinos of Potomac, Md. Sheedy came within one stroke of ending Parrini’s streak at the Baltimore Junior, and will be looking for his first victory of the 2013-14 season. Kalavritinos will be making his IJGT season debut after finishing in the top-10 of both tournaments he competed in last season.

In the Girls Division, Liza Freed of Alexandria, Va., will be in search of her second career IJGT victory. Freed captured the IJGT Major Championship at Hershey CC in May and has been a top-10 mainstay in her time with the Tour. Freed will be challenged by the likes of Amanda Meyers of North Potomac, Md., and Alessandra Ricigliano of Scarsdale, N.Y., Both Meyers and Ricigliano will look to win their first IJGT Event, with each coming close in past events. Meyers finished 3rd at last season’s Colonial Open at Golden Horseshoe, while Ricigliano’s highest finish was 2nd at The Battle of Bulle Rock in April of 2012. Joining them is Ashley Dingman of Lorton, Va. Dingman will be competing in an IJGT Event for the first time.