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Decahthipat, Wren among IJGT Players of the Week

Southeast Tour

The IJGT Southeast Tour traveled to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to host the BGGA Orlando Open on May 9-10, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Southeast Tour is pleased to name Mai Decahthipat of Bangkok, Thailand, and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., as IJGT Players of the Week.

Mai Decahthipat

Decahthipat knocked eight strokes off her round one 80 to card an even-par 72 in round two. She had five birdies in the second round including back-to-back birdies on the par-4 11th and par-3 12th holes. Her 152 tournament total was good for ninth in the Girls Division.

Trey Wren

Wren bounced back from his first round 80 to shoot a 2-under 70 in the second round. Wren started round two on the 10th hole and finished his front nine with a 2-over 38. He started his front nine strong with birdies on the par-5 first and par-3 second holes. He made par or better on holes No. 1 through 9 including an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole. He finished his back nine with a 4-under 32. His 150 tournament total landed him in a tie for 10th in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Northeast Tour

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Hershey, Pa., to host the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club on May 9-10, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Northeast Tour is proud to name Peter Bradbeer of Philadelphia, Pa., and Christine Shao of Green Brook, N.J., as IJGT Players of the Week.

Peter Bradbeer

Bradbeer shaved 17 strokes off his round one 87 to card a 1-under 70 in round two, good enough to earn the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. All of Bradbeer’s three birdies came in the second round. He birdied the par-5 first, par-4 fifth and par-4 15th holes. His 157 tournament total landed him in sixth place in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Chrisine Shao

Shao improved on her round one 90 by 11 strokes to shoot 79 in round two. She finished the tournament in a tie for fourth in the Girls Division with a 169 two-day total. She birdied the par-4 fifth hole in both rounds.

Congratulations to Mai Decahthipat, Trey Wren, Peter Bradbeer and Christine Shao on being named the IJGT Players of the Week!

 

IJGA Junior Open at Hershey CC – Final Results (May 10, 2015)

Jones wins three-hole playoff

Simpson wins Girls Division

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Northeast Tour traveled to Hershey, Pa., to host the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club on May 9-10, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.  

Michael Jones of Potomac, Md., and Quinn Dolan of Broomall, Pa., were tied for the lead in the Boys 15-19 Division with scores of 151 after 36 holes. The duo both made par on the first two playoff holes. Finally, on the third playoff hole, Jones got up-and-down from the rough to save par and win the tournament.

“I’m very excited to win,” Jones said after the tournament. “I think I played well this weekend.”

Dolan finished in second and Mark Goetz of Irwin, Pa., finished third with a 153 tournament total. Dolan’s second round even-par 71 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of an event.

Kaleb Smith of Mansfield, Ohio, earned the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the junior to card the most birdies in each division, with six birdies.

In the Girls Division, Charlotte Simpson of Towson, Md., walked away with the title. She shot 82 on both days to finish with a 164 tournament total.

“It was awesome to come out here for my fourth tournament and get a win,” she said after her victory. “I’m very excited.”

Audrey Clawson of Sarver, Pa., carded a 166 tournament total to finish second. East Setauket, N.Y., native Danielle Green finished one stroke behind Clawson with a 167 two-day total, good for third in the Girls Division.

Christine Shao of Green Brook, N.J., who tied for fourth, earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls with a second-round 79. Rebecca Markunas carded three birdies to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for the Girls Division.

John Updike of Wayne, Pa., earned his second consecutive victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division after winning The Architects Cup last month. His 153 tournament total gave him a three-stroke lead in his division. He carded three birdies and one eagle during the event. “The course was in great shape and it was a great weekend,” Updike said after his victory.

Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., finished second with a 156 two-day total. Berwyn, Pa., native Billy Civitella, Jr. finished a single stroke behind Halleron carding a 157 tournament total to finish third.

Newtown Square, Pa., native Jake Calamaro, who finished in a tie for fifth, won the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award by carding a division-high four birdies during the tournament.

NOTES: Tom McLaughlin of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Matthew Dzialga of Greenwich, Conn., both carded holes-in-one during the tournament! McLaughlin’s came on the par-3 16th hole in round one and Dzialga’s came on the par-3 second hole in round two.

The IJGT will conclude its spring season with the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Club on May 24-26, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

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 AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, EyeLine Golf and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

Hershey, PA – Final Results of the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey CC on May 9-10, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,782 yards Par 71 (71.9/132). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,239 yards, Par 71 (70.1/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,880 yards, Par 71 (74.0/129).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGA Junior Open

Hershey, PA

May 9-10, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,782 yards, Par 12

1. x-Michael Jones, Potomac, MD *76-75–151

2. Quinn Dolan, Broomall, PA *80-71–151

3. Mark Goetz, Irwin, PA *79-74–153

4. Kyle Vance, Audubon, PA *79-76–155

4. Matthew Pulgini, Middletown, DE *73-82–155

6. Peter Bradbeer, Philidelphia, PA *87-70–157

7. Kaleb Smith, Mansfield, OH *80-78–158

7. Jack Melville, Maple Glen, PA *80-78–158

9. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *81-78–159

9. Sanghyeon Park, Oakland Gardens, NY *81-78–159

11. Jason Li, Sewickley, PA *81-79–160

11. Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley, PA *81-79–160

11. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *78-82–160

14. Jack Katarincic, Pittsburgh, PA *84-77–161

14. Declan Hickton, Pittsburgh, PA *80-81–161

16. Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, PA *82-80–162

16. Will Ford, Reisterstown, MD *81-81–162

16. Brendan Haselton, Sayville, NY *80-82–162

16. Andrew Lombardo, Lansdale, PA *80-82–162

20. Zachary Ford, Cochranton, PA *77-86–163

21. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD *83-81–164

21. Tom McLaughlin, West Des Moines, IA *81-83–164

21. Max Harrington, Emmaus, PA *81-83–164

24. Jack Rolle, Bethesda, MD *83-82–165

24. Matt Smith, Yorklyn, DE *85-80–165

26. Eric Carlidge, Ambler, PA *84-82–166

26. George Cultraro, Wyckoff, NJ *82-84–166

26. David Goldstein, Roslyn Heights, NY *88-78–166

26. Alex Butler, East Norriton, PA *78-88–166

30. Daniel Rieger, Collegeville, PA *87-80–167

30. C.J. Hughes, Indiana, PA *87-80–167

32. David Kim, Dresher, PA *82-86–168

32. J.T. Kuchnicki, Pittsburgh, PA *89-79–168

32. Nick Franki, Waynesboro, PA *87-81–168

32. Alec Kerr, Broomall, PA *88-80–168

32. Teddy Lewis, Old Westbury, NY *86-82–168

32. Nick Rentsch, Leesburg, VA *86-82–168

32. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *87-81–168

32. Alexander Baracchini, San Diego, CA *85-83–168

40. Cole Berger, Malvern, PA *84-85–169

40. Patrick McCall, Elizabeth, PA *82-87–169

42. Will Swirski, Fairfax, VA *83-87–170

42. Andrew Friend, Pittsburgh, PA *83-87–170

44. Robert Falconer, Mechanicsburg, PA *87-84–171

44. Cory Haldeman, Center Valley, PA *86-85–171

44. Peter King, Bethesda, MD *86-85–171

47. David Mrazik, Wexford, PA *84-88–172

47. Drew Harris, Oakdale, PA *88-84–172

49. Cory Meyer, Bordentown, NJ *89-84–173

50. Jon Petrin, Cicero, NY *88-86–174

50. Alec Cwienkala, Allentown, PA *85-89–174

52. Derek Li, Hillsborough, NJ *92-83–175

52. Troy Thierolf, Doylestown, PA *92-83–175

52. Mj Bricker, York, PA *88-87–175

52. Keegan Shreves, Potomac, MD *87-88–175

56. Will Lusk, Venetia, PA *89-87–176

57. Ethan Murphy, Mechanicsburg, PA *94-83–177

58. Dylan Karofsky, Purchase, NY *92-86–178

58. Connor Wasson, Presto, PA *88-90–178

60. Dylan Cline, Hagerstown, MD *94-85–179

61. Cole Wasson, Presto, PA *97-83–180

62. Kyle Jones, Frederick, MD *95-86–181

62. Phillip Held, Lafayette Hill, PA *91-90–181

64. Thomas Lakata, Fogelsville, PA *99-83–182

65. Jack Martinides, Newtown, PA *93-90–183

65. Casey Lyons, Medford Lakes, NJ *93-90–183

65. Danny Goetze, Cornwall on Hudson, NY *93-90–183

68. Matt McCord, Titusville, PA *95-89–184

69. Devin Sanders, Camden, DE *98-89–187

70. Nick Wert, Bryn Mawr, PA *98-91–189

71. Jake Reed, Eldersburg, MD *99-94–193

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

DQ. Anthony Barr, Harleysville, PA (Rule 15-3b)

JWD. Michael Kessler, Getzville, NY

 

Boys 14 & Under Division- Blue Tees, 6,239 yards, Par 71

 

1. John Updike, Wayne, PA *76-77–153

2. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *81-75–156

3. Billy Civitella, Jr., Berwyn, PA *80-77–157

4. Evan Greenplate, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-78–158

5. Simon Markowitz, New York, NY *85-78–163

5. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *81-82–163

5. Jake Calamaro, Newtown Square, PA *82-81–163

8. Matthew Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *87-78–165

8. Max Kenney, Rye, NY *82-83–165

8. Jon Nolan Perry, Berwyn, PA *77-88–165

11. Jude Cummings, Pittsford, NY *83-84–167

11. Kyle Gardner, Rye, NY *84-83–167

13. Luke Tercek, Johnstown, PA *86-86–172

13. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *91-81–172

15. S. Dean Satouri, Chantilly, VA *85-88–173

16. Francis Gregor, North Wales, PA *91-87–178

17. Archie Filshill, Huntingdon Valley, PA *90-94–184

17. Steven Lee, Scarsdale, NY *94-90–184

19. Junyoung Lee, York, PA *97-91–188

19. Matthew Lucy, North Andover, MA *92-96–188

21. Chaim Yi, Rye, NY *100-91–191

 

Girls Division- White Tees, 5,880 yards, Par 71

 

1. Charlotte Simpson, Towson, MD *82-82–164

2. Audrey Clawson, Sarver, PA *84-82–166

3. Danielle Greene, East Setauket, NY *86-81–167

4. Christine Shao, Green Brook, NJ *90-79–169

4. Sarah Perine, Staten Island, NY *85-84–169

6. Skylar Frankiewicz, Concord, MA *88-82–170

7. Julianne Lee, York, PA *87-84–171

8. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, NJ *86-86–172

9. Olivia Traynor, Villanova, PA *89-84–173

10. Rebecca Markunas, Glendale, NY *88-87–175

11. Siena Ferrick, Vienna, VA *91-85–176

11. Rylie Heflin, Avondale, PA *91-85–176

13. Meghan Fahey, Villanova, PA *84-93–177

14. Meher Mankikar, Bridgewater, NJ *85-93–178

15. Kaitlyn Lee, Scarsdale, NY *89-90–179

15. Caroline Wrigley, Wexford, PA *88-91–179

15. Samantha Yao, Berwyn, PA *91-88–179

18. Emily Gilbert, Gilbertsville, PA *96-84–180

19. Caroline DeLoach, Fairfax, VA *89-93–182

19. Skylar Sload, Ashburn, VA *98-84–182

21. Synclaire Kuhn, McMurray, PA *92-94–186

22. Micaela Crines, Wall, NJ *96-91–187

23. Kendel Abrams, Pennsylvania, USA *93-95–188

24. Brooke Hilden, Venetia, PA *95-95–190

25. Katie Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *100-91–191

26. Cass Gavaghan, Ambler, PA *94-100–194

27. Olivia Raihl, Wernersville, PA *102-97–199

28. Gianna Ward, Collegeville, PA *103-109–212

29. Lilly Yang, West Chester, PA *104-111–215

30. Emmy Sammons, Rye, NY *118-102–220

31. Caitie Valmas, Allenwood, NJ *113-116–229

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

JWD. Brynn Lohr, Fairport, NY

 

IJGA Junior Open at Hershey CC – Round one recap (May 9, 2015)

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Hershey, Pa., to host the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey CC. Juniors teed off beginning at 1:30 p.m. for round one of the two-day, 36-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers:

Matthew Pulgini of Middletown, Del., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

73- His 2-over score to lead the division

3 – He currently has a three stroke lead

4 – He carded four birdies during the first round

8 – He made par or better on eight holes on the front nine

John Updike of Wayne, Pa., leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

76 – His 5-over score to carry the lead

1 – He leads by a single stroke

1 – He carded the division’s only eagle, which came on the par-5 sixth hole

Charlotte Simpson of Towson, Md., leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

82 – Her round one score to lead the division

2 – She currently has a two-stroke lead

1 – Her lone birdie came on the par-4 seventh hole

The second round of the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey will take place tomorrow, May 10, 2015, with tee times beginning at 8:15 a.m. You can view tomorrow’s tee times here on IJGT.com or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

BGGA Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista – Round one recap (May 9, 2015)

The IJGT Southeast Tour traveled to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to host the BGGA Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista. Juniors teed off in warm and sunny conditions beginning at 11:30 a.m. for round one of the two-day, 36-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

67 – His 5-under round one score to carry the lead

18 – He made par or better on all 18 holes

2 – He leads the division by two strokes

5 – He carded five birdies during the round

Mami Yamamoto of Tokyo, Japan, leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

70 – Her 2-under score to lead the division

9 – She made par or better on every hole on the back nine

3 – She currently has a three-stroke lead

4.5 – Her average on par-5s

Marc Sabria of Barcelona, Spain leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

74 – His 2-over round one score

3 – He leads the division by three strokes

2 – His two birdies came on the par-4 third and 11th holes

The second round of the BGGA Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista will take place tomorrow, May 10, 2015, with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. You can view tomorrow’s tee times here on IJGT.com or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

IJGT Photos of the Week – May 7, 2015

Northeast Tour

Last weekend, May 2-3, 2015, the IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Mendon, N.Y., to host the St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and exemptions into the International Junior Masters and North American Junior Amateur during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Mendon Photo of the Week 5 6 15

Following the tournament, a photo of all of the winners was selected as the IJGT Photo of the Week for the Northeast Tour.

Southeast Tour

The IJGT Southeast Tour remained local to host the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 2-3, 2015. Juniors played in warm and sunny, picture-perfect conditions during the two-day, 36-hole event. They were competing for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and exemptions into the IMG Academy Junior World Championships and the North American Junior Amateur.

Jasmine Chee Photo of the Week 5 7 15

Following the tournament, a photo of Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, was selected as the IJGT Photo of the Week for the Southeast Tour. Chee carded an even-par 72 in the first round to tie for the early lead. She recorded a 4-over 76 in round two to finish with a 148 tournament total, good for second place in the Girls Division. Chee made par or better on every hole but one on the back nine in the first round. She had three birdies in round one on the par-5 second and ninth holes and par-4 10th hole.

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

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Tour Preview

Bridgestone TOC feat image

The IJGT’s biggest, most exciting event of the season, the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, will be held on May 23-25, 2015, at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and bragging rights during the three-day, 54-hole event.

Additionally, the Tournament of Champions offers exemptions into a variety of first-class events. The Boys 15-19 Division champion will be invited to the Players Amateur, the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, the International Junior Masters, the North American Junior Amateur and the South Carolina Junior Golf Association Beth Daniel Junior Azalea. The runner-up in the Boys 15-19 Division will also receive an exemption to the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.

Grand Cypress 1

The top-scoring individual in the Girls Division will be invited to the North American Junior Amateur, the South Atlantic Women’s Amateur Championship and the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea. The runner-up in the Girls Division will also receive an exemption to the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.

The event will begin with a welcome reception for the players and their families. On Sunday evening, the IJGT will announce the All-IJGT Team and Player of the Year for each division during the Night of Champions. Following the final round on Monday, there will be a special TOC Awards Ceremony. Everyone who registers for the Tournament of Champions will also receive a ticket to Universal Studios, ensuring they can have fun both at the park and on the course!

During the tournament, juniors will have the opportunity to play the North & East Nines and the New Course. Unlike other Orlando courses, the North and East Nines test accuracy as opposed to strength and distance. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the North (and South) Nines were opened in 1984 and the East Nine was opened two years later in 1986.

Also designed by Nicklaus, the New Course features challenging bunkers and steep slopes. The course pays homage to the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. The links-style course features double greens, a winding creek and stone bridges. The New Course doesn’t use many bodies of water or clusters of trees to challenge golfers, but it does include 150 pot bunkers, some as deep as 12 feet!

Naturally, the Tournament of Champions features the winners from many IJGT tournament throughout the season. Below is a list of champions from the past season who are competing in this year’s event.

Boys 15-19 Division

Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland — IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National and IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan — Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear

Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico — Savannah Junior at The Landings and Carolina Classic at Colleton River

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan — IJGT College Series at NC State, Major Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational. Go was just named the IJGT Player of the Year in the Boys 15-19 Division. He tied for 11th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India — IJGT Oldfield Junior. Jain finished 10th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Michael Jones of Potomac, Md. — IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club

Douglas Kulikowski of Pittsford, N.Y. — College Series at Penn State University

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan — IJGT Junior at Colleton River and IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield. He tied for 14th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Benjamin Morris of Reisterstown, Md. — Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin

Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y. — IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay

Dominic Wagner of Alexandria, Va. — IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill Golf Club

Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. —  Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation. He tied for 25th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. He will be playing college golf at Temple University next year.

Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., won the Boys 15-19 Division of last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

Girls Division

Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa. — IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club

Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India — IJGT Junior at Colleton River, Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor and IJGT Oldfield Junior

Holly McCann of Raleigh, N.C. — IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan — IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall, Savannah Junior at The Landings and the IJGA Invitational. She finished 10th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y. — The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club and IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay

Boys 14 & Under Division

TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y. — The Architects Cup Presented by the IJGA and St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club

Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa. — Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin

Tristan Galant of Cape Town, South Africa — BGGA Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista

Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C. — College Series at Penn State University and IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes

Bronson Myers of Columbia, S.C. — Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear

Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif. — Arizona Open at Wigwam. This will be his fifth consecutive Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions; he finished 16th in last year’s event.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C. — IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

Luke Sample of New York, N.Y. — IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club and Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates. You can find tee times and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

Horaney cards first ace to earn IJGT Player of the Week honors (May 5, 2015)

Southeast Tour

The IJGT Southeast Tour remained in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 2-3, 2015. Juniors competed in picture-perfect, warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and exemptions into the North American Junior Amateur and IMG Academy Junior World Championships during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Southeast Tour is proud to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Betty Horaney of Longview, Texas, and Feng Chen of Beijing, China.

Betty Horaney edited

Horaney carded her first career hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth hole during the second round of the Junior World Qualifier. She was the only junior in the Girls Division to card an eagle. She knocked 12 strokes off her round one 96 to record an 84 in the second round, good for a 180 two-day total.

Feng Chen edited

Chen shaved nine strokes off his first-round 84 to card a 3-over 75 in the second round and a 159 tournament total. He began the second round on the 10th hole and started out strong, making par on his first seven holes. His two birdies came on the par-4 first and par-5 ninth holes in the second round.

Northeast Tour

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Mendon, N.Y., to host the St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club on May 2-3, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and exemptions into the North American Junior Amateur and International Junior Masters during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Northeast Tour is pleased to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Matt Dreimiller and Brynn Lohr.

Matt Dreimiller edited

Dreimiller shaved four strokes off his round one 78 to card a 3-over 74 in round two, good for a 152 tournament total. He finished the tournament in a three-way tie for second place. His six birdies were tied for a division-high. Dreimiller was most successful on the par-5 sixth hole, which he birdied in both rounds. He carded an even-par 35 on the front nine in the second round.

Brynn Lohr edited

Lohr knocked 19 strokes off her round one 128 to card a 109 in the second round. Her biggest improvement came on the front nine; she shaved 12 strokes off her front nine score between the first and second rounds. She finished with a 237 tournament total, good for eighth place in the Girls Division.

Congratulations to Betty Horaney, Feng Chen, Matt Dreimiller and Brynn Lohr on earning IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear – Final results (May 3, 2015)

Cheng wins Boys 15-19 Division in playoff fashion

Myers captures first IJGT title 

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Southeast Tour remained in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 2-3, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, and exemptions into the IMG Academy Junior World Championship and North American Junior Amateur during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Matt ChengMatt Cheng (left) of Taipei, Taiwan, and Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., were tied for first in the Boys 15-19 Division with 147 tournament totals after 36 holes. The pair faced off in a playoff on the par-5 18th hole. Cheng sent both of his approach shots into the middle of the fairway and reached the green in three to set himself up nicely for birdie. He ended up making par to win the playoff and the Boys 15-19 Division.

“Amazing,” Cheng said when asked how it felt to win this weekend. “I haven’t won a tournament in a while so it’s good to be back.”

Cheng carded a 2-over 74 in the first round to put himself in contention for the title. He then carded six birdies in round two on the way to a 1-over 73 second-round score. He carded 10 birdies during the tournament to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the junior to card the most birdies in each division. Cheng’s 2-iron was the best club in his bag this weekend. “My 2-iron saved me a lot on this course since it’s so narrow.”

Cheng was particularly successful on par-5s, which he had a division-best 4.5 average on for the weekend.

Second-place finisher Furuya carded a 1-over 73 in round one and a 74 in round two to finish with a 147 tournament total.

There was a three-way tie for third in the Boys 15-19 Division. Dong Jin Park of Seoul, South Korea, Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, and Frederic Ruess of Hamburg, Germany, finished with 148 tournament totals. Park carded a 3-under 69 in the second round to earn the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female juniors to card the lowest scores in the final round of an event.

Sophie GuoSophie Guo (left) of Bluffton, S.C., edged out second-place finisher Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, to win the Girls Division by two strokes. Guo earned both the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for her second-round 2-over 74 and the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for her eight birdies.

“I’m glad I won because this is the first win I have in the whole year so I’m happy,” Guo said after her victory.

Guo carded back-to-back birdies three times during the tournament.

Chee matched Guo’s round one even-par 72 to share the lead after round one, but carded a 4-over 76 in the second round to finish with a 148 tournament total, good for second place in the Girls Division.

Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, finished third with a 153 tournament total.

Betty Horaney of Longview, Texas, carded her first-ever hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth hole.

Bronson MyersBronson Myers (left) of Columbia, S.C., earned his first IJGT victory, winning the Boys 14 & Under Division by four strokes. He knocked one stroke off his round one 4-over 76 to card a 3-over 75 in round two, good for a 151 tournament total.

The highlight of the tournament for Myers came in round one. “Yesterday on [hole No.] 18 I was like 100 yards out and I put it to a foot-and-a-half and made birdie, so that was pretty cool,” he explained after the tournament. The 18th hole was Myers favorite and he birdied it both days. He finished with six birdies to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Brett Schell of St. Augustine, Fla., finished second with a 155 two-day total. Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., rounded out the Boys 14 & Under Division finishing third with a 164 tournament total.

The IJGT Southeast Tour will continue tournament play with the BGGA Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista on May 9-10, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

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 AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, EyeLine Golf and the International Junior Golf Academy.

Hilton Head Island, SC – Final Results of the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 2-3, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,739 yards Par 72 (73.0/137). Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,217 yards, Par 72 (70.7/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,706 yards, Par 72 (77.1/130).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear Golf Club

Hilton Head Island, SC

May 2-3, 2015

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6739 yards, Par 72

1. x-Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *74-73–147

2. Ryoto Furuya, Alpharetta, GA *73-74–147

3. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *79-69–148

3. Jason Stokes, Channel Islands, Jersey *77-71–148

3. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg, Germany *75-73–148

6. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea *76–73–149

6. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *72-77–149

8. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *76-74–150

8. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *76-74–150

10. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *79-72–151

10. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *73-78–151

12. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *78-74–152

12. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *76-76–152

12. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *75-77–152

12. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *72-80–152

16. Walker Campbell, Hilton Head Island, SC *82-71–153

16. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *77-76–153

18. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *77-77–154

19. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *80-76–156

19. Piyachad Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *79-77–156

19. Nate Tosto, Pooler, GA *79-77–156

22. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *80-77–157

22. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *80-77–157

24. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *81-77–158

25. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *82-77–159

25. Feng Chen, Beijing,China *84-75–159

25. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *80-79–159

25. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *78-81–159

29. Kelly Sun, Bradenton, FL *85-75–160

29. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *80-80–160

31. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan *81-80–161

31. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Managua, Nicaragua, *81-80–161

33. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *84-79–163

33. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *79-84–163

35. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *83-83–166

35. Karan Bhasin, New Delhi, India *85-81–166

37. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *84-83–167

38. Matthew Stewart, Austin, TX *83-85–168

39. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *85-84–169

39. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *84-85–169

41. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *86-84–170

41. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *86-84–170

43. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *84-87–171

44. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *89-85–174

44. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *86-88–174

44. Derrick Villarreal, Bluffton, SC *80-94–174

47. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea *98-116–214

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

JWD. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY

JWD. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB

 

Boys 14 & Under Division- Gold Tees, 6217 yards, Par 72

1. Bronson Myers, Columbia, SC*76-75–151

2. Brett Schell, St Augustine, FL *79-76–155

3. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *87-77–164

4. Dimitris Vasilakos, Savannah, GA *93-87–180

5. JT Herman, Hilton Head Island, SC *104-100–204

 

Girls Division- White Tees, 5706 yards, Par 72

1. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *72-74–146

2. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *72-76–148

3. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *74-79–153

4. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-83–157

5. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *79-79–158

6. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *78-81–159

7. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *82-79–161

7. Warissara Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *81-80–161

9. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *81-81–162

9. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *79-83–162

11. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *84-83–167

12. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *87-82–169

13. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *88-83–171

14. Vienna Winalski, West Hartford, CT *88-90–178

15. Betty Horaney, Longview, TX *96-84–180

16. Martina Gerbel, Bratislava, Slovakia *104-99–203

St. John Golf and Fitness Open at Mendon – Round One Recap (May 2, 2015)

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Mendon, N.Y., to host the St. John Golf & Fitness Open. Juniors teed off holes No. 1 and 10 beginning at 1 p.m. for the first round of the two-day, 36-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Ben Reichert leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

8 – He made par or better on eight holes on the front nine

72 – His 1-over round one score to carry the lead

4.3 – His division-best average on par-5s

2 – His two birdies came on the par-5 sixth and 10th holes

Sarah Godfrey-Singleton leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

78 – Her division-best round one score

5 – Her five-hole par-or-better streak came on holes No. 3 through 7

2 – She leads the division by two strokes

TJ Buck leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

76 – His round one score to lead the division

2 – He made back-to-back birdies on holes No. 15 and 16

1 – He leads the division by a single strokes

The second round of the St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon will take place tomorrow, May 3, 2015, with tee times beginning at 1 p.m. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

 

Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear – Round One Recap (May 2, 2015)

The IJGT Southeast Tour remained in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear. Juniors teed off in warm and sunny conditions beginning at 8 a.m. for round one of the two-day, 36-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Colton Tanner of Westport, Conn., and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., are tied for the lead in the Boys 15-19 Division. Their rounds in numbers:

TANNER

72 – His even-par round one score to share the lead

5 – He and Wren each carded a division-high five birdies

4.0 – His average on par-4s

WREN

3 – He carded a division-best three consecutive birdies on holes No. 2 through 4

5 – He carded five birdies on the front nine

33 – His 3-under score on the front nine

Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, and Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C., share the lead in the Girls Division. Their rounds in numbers:

CHEE

72 – Her even-par score to share the lead

10 – Her division-high 10-hole par-or-better streak came on holes No. 8 through 17

4.8 – Her average on par-5s

GUO

35 – She carded a 1-under 35 on the front nine

5 – She carded a division-best five birdies in round one

2.8 – Her average on par-3s

Bronson Myers of Columbia, S.C., leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

76 – His round one score to carry the lead

2 – His two birdies came on the par-3 fourth and par-5 18th holes

2.8 – His division-best average on par-3s

The second round of the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear will take place tomorrow, May 3, 2015, with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.