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Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club – Final Results (April 4, 2015)

Krantz wins Boys 15-19 Division by five strokes

Ordona wins Boys 14 & Under Division 

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled west to Litchfield Park to host the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club on April 3-4, 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.

Brett Krantz 1ABrett Krantz (left) of Windsor, Colo., jumped out to an early lead by firing a 1-under 71 in round one. He made par or better on holes No. 4 through 17 in the first round. Krantz matched his three birdies in the first round with three more in the second on the way to a 3-over 75 second round score. His 146 tournament total was good for first place in the Boys 15-19 Division.

“I was able to build a comfortable lead in round one to give myself some room for error in round two, although Drew [Karren] had me on the ropes there at the end and made it a little closer than I liked,” said Krantz after his win.

Eric Hagen of Averdeen, Wash., and Drew Karren of Orinda, Calif., carded 151 tournament totals to tie for second. Hagen’s second round 2-over 74 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

Mikee Ordona AMikee Ordona (left) of Upland, Calif., recorded a 157 tournament total to cruise to an uncontested first-place finish in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Ordona shaved seven strokes off his round one 82 to card a 3-over 75 in round two. “The course was in great shape and the greens were very firm and tough to putt on during the first round, but I rolled the ball a lot better in round two, which allowed me to shoot 75,” Ordona said after the final round.

Ordona birdied three holes during the tournament and made par or better on holes No. 7 through 15 in the second round.

The IJGT Southeast Tour will continue tournament play with the IJGT Oldfield Junior on April 11-12, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Litchfield Park, AZ – Final Results of the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club on April 3-4, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,875 yards Par 72 (72.4/131). Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,108 yards, Par 72 (68.9/122).

International Junior Golf Tour

Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club

Litchfield Park, AZ

April 3 – April 4, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division — 6,875 yards (Blue Tees), Par 72

1. Brett Krantz, Windsor, CO *71-75–146

2. Eric Hagen, Averdeen, WA *77-74–151

2. Drew Karren, Orinda, CA *76-75–151

4. Ryan Rybicki, Maricopa, AZ *77-78–155

5. Ryan Vaughan, San Jose, CA *77-79–156

6. Connor Downey, Franklin, TN *83-79–162

6. Michael Reed-Price, Dresher, PA *78-84–162

8. Michael Kessler, Getzville, NY *82-81–163

9. Kobe Rhodes, Glenwood, IA *86-85–171

10. Christopher Horton, Calgary, AB *82-90–172

11. Jacob Smith, Yorba Linda, CA, *88-85–173

12. Jerzee Houston, Tooele, UT, *85-89—174

Boys 14 & Under Division — 6,108 yards (Gold Tees), Par 72

1. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA, *82-75–157

Major Championship at Duke University – Final Results (March 29, 2015)

Vance wins Boys 15-19 Division by four strokes

Halleron wins Boys 14 & Under Division by four strokes 

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Durham to host the Major Championship at Duke University on March 28-29, 2015. Despite cold temperatures and sporadic wind gusts, the players performed admirably during the two-day, 36-hole event. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions.

Kyle Vance Photo by Kira E. JonesKyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., led the Boys 15-19 Division by just a single stroke after round one, but carded a 4-over 76 in round two to win by four strokes. His 3-over 75 in round one gave him a tournament total of 151. He tied for ninth in last year’s IJGT tournament at Duke.

Vance started the second round off strong this year, making par on the first five holes. When asked what the highlight of the tournament was for him, he responded, “Today on [hole No.] 11 I hit driver, 4-iron to about a foot and tapped in for eagle, which was my best shot of the day.”

Vance was playing with a new driver, which turned out to be the best club in his bag. “I didn’t miss many fairways and hit the ball pretty long and straight,” he said.

Teddy Zinsner of Alexandria, Va., finished in second with a tournament total of 155. Mansfield, Ohio, native Kaleb Smith finished two strokes behind Zinsner with a tournament total of 157, good for third in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Jack Halleron...Photo by Kira E. JonesJack Halleron of Timonium, Md., built off his round one lead to win the Boys 14 & Under Division by four strokes. “I tried to hit all the same clubs off the tee and not change anything up since I played pretty well the first round,” Halleron said after his win.

Halleron carded back-to-back birdies on the par-3 eighth hole and the par-5 ninth hole in round one. He carded an eagle on the par-5 11th hole, which was the highlight of the tournament for him.

Fellow Timonium, Md., native Lou Baker finished second with a tournament total of 156. His second round 2-over 74 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 the event.

Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., rounded out the Boys 14 & Under Division with a tournament total of 164.

 

Linda Trockel...Photo by Kira E. JonesLinda Trockel of Berlin, Germany won the Girls Division. She led by four strokes after round one with a 4-over 76. She carded three consecutive birdies on holes No. 6 through 8 in round two on the way to a 3-over 75 and a tournament total of 151.

Vienna, Va., native Shannon Brooks finished second with a 154 tournament total. She carded a 2-over 74 in round two to win the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls. Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., finished with a 159 tournament total, good for third in the Girls Division.

The IJGT will continue tournament play with the Arizona Open at Wigwam on April 3-4, 2015 and the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay on April 4-5, 2015. To sign up for these events, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Durham, NC – Final Results of the Major Championship at Duke University on March 28-29, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,938 yards Par 72 (72.8/136). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,278 yards, Par 72 (70.2/123). Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,882 yards, Par 72 (74.4/140).

International Junior Golf Tour

Major Championship at Duke University

Durham, NC

March 28 – 29, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Gold Tees, 6,759 yards, Par 72

1. Kyle Vance, Audubon, PA *75-76–151

2. Teddy Zinsner, Alexandria, VA *76-79–155

3. Kaleb Smith, Mansfield, OH *80-77–157

4. James McHugh, Rye, NY *83-75–158

4. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *81-77–158

6. Jason Li, Cranberry Township, PA *80-81–161

7. Allen Smith, Durham, NC *86-76–162

7. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *81-81–162

9. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-85–163

10. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *80-85–165

11. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *83-83–166

12. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *84-83–167

13. Will Lusk, Venetia, PA *83-87–170

14. Keegan Shreves, Potomac, MD *88-83–171

14. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *88-83–171

16. Nathan Parry, Chapel Hill, NC *94-81–175

17. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *94-83–177

17. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *87-90–177

19. Jordan Shaffer, Fayetteville, PA *98-80–178

19. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *88-90–178

21. Matt Bettino, Bronxville, NY *87-92–179

22. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *98-85–183

23. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *96-88–184

24. Charlie Schneider, Lone Tree, CO *96-91–187

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *44-0–44

Boys 14 & Under Division, White Tees, 6,206, Par 72

1. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *76-76–152

2. Lou Baker, Timonium, MD *82-74–156

3. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *82-82–164

4. Matthew Minerva Jr, Elmsford, NY *84-84–168

5. Jake Calamaro, Newtown Square, PA *87-90–177

6. Matt Epstein, Hopkinton, MA *95-84–179

7. Ayushman Jaiswal, Bangalore, India *91-92–183

8. Steven Walsh, Chantilly, VA *99-86–185

Girls Division- Green Tees, 5,882 yards, Par 72

1. Linda Trockel, Berlin, Germany *76-75–151

2. Shannon Brooks, Vienna, VA *80-74–154

3. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *82-77–159

4. Sirena Walsh, Chantilly, VA *82-85–167

5. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *80-88–168

6. Emma Parson, Chapel Hill, NC *100-91–191

7. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *106-95–201

8. Ally Steffen, Armonk, NY *106-102–208

9. Kelli Harpe, Nicholasville, KY *110-101–211

10. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *115-101–216

 

Dhruva, Cordaro earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – March 17, 2015

The IJGT traveled to Lorton, Va., to host the first northeast event of the spring season, the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill, on March 14-15, 2015. Juniors played through rain in round one and wind in round two of the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT is proud to award Player of the Week honors to Katy, Texas native Ashni Dhruva and Anthony Cordaro of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Ashni Dhruva putt     Anthony Cordaro

Dhruva recorded the lowest score in the entire field in round one, an even-par 71. She carded a division-best five birdies on Saturday including back-to-back birdies on holes No. 4 and 5. Dhruva finished second in the Girls Division with a tournament total of 155. The IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill was Dhruva’s second IJGT event, she also finished second in the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes earlier this month.

Cordaro knocked five strokes off his round one 84 to card a 79 in round two, good for a two-day total of 163 and a share of fourth place in the Boys 15-19 Division. He made par a division-best 20 times and his longest par-or-better streak came on holes No. 7 through 11 in round two.

Congratulations to both Ashni Dhruva and Anthony Cordaro on their IJGT Player of the Week honors!

IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill – Final Results (March 15, 2015)

Wagner wins Boys 15-19 Division by a single stroke

Brooks comes from behind to win Girls Division  

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Laurel Hill Golf Club to host the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill on March 14-15, 2015. The competitors played through rainy conditions in round one and had to navigate 20 mph winds, with gusts up to 40 mph, in round two. Despite challenging conditions, the juniors performed admirably while competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Dominic WagnerDominic Wagner (left) of Alexandria, Va., birdied the final hole in round two to edge out Chantilly, Va., native Vishal Giri and win the Boys 15-19 Division by a single stroke. The birdie on hole No. 18 was Wagner’s second of the tournament; his first came on the par-4 sixth hole in round one. He knocked one stroke off his round one score of 79 to card a 78 in round two, good for a tournament total of 157 and his first IJGT victory.

After shooting an 80 in round one, second-place finisher Giri matched Wagner’s 78 in round two. The pair shared 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 the event.

Giri finished with a two-day total of 158. Fairfax Station, Va., native David Rabil rounded out the Boys 15-19 Division with a tournament total of 160.

Shannon BrooksVienna, Va., native Shannon Brooks (left) came from behind to win the Girls Division by two strokes. Brooks, who has committed to play golf at the University of Tennessee next season, carded back-to-back birdies on the par-3 fourth hole and the par-5 fifth hole in round one. She finished the first round with a 5-over 76, five strokes behind the round one leader, Ashni Dhruva of Katy, Texas. In round two, Brooks made par on holes No. 4 through 11 and birdied hole No. 18 to finish with a 6-over 77, earning her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls. Brooks finished with a tournament total of 153.

Dhruva led the field in round one with an even-par 71. She carded five birdies in the first round including back-to-back birdies on holes No. 4 and 5. She finished the tournament with a two-day total of 155, good for second place in the Girls Division.

 

SatouriS. Dean Satouri (left) of Chantilly, Va., built off his round one lead to win the Boys 14 & Under Division. His division-best 83 in round one combined with his round two 92 earned him a 175 tournament total and the Boys 14 & Under Division title.

New Market, Md., native Christopher Lee carded an 89 in both rounds good for a tournament total of 178 and second place in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on March 21-22, 2015, with the Philly Challenge at White Manor. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

 

Lorton, Va. – Final Results of the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour at Laurel Hill Golf Club on March 14-15, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,513 yards, Par 71 (71.9/140) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees—5,912 yards, Par 71 (69.2/133) Girls Division: Gold Tees– 5,698 yards, Par 71 (73.3/139)

 International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill

Lorton, VA

March 14-15th, 2015

 

Boys 15-19 Division-Blue Tees, 6513 yards, Par 71

1. Dominic Wagner, Alexandria, VA *79-78–157

2. Vishal Giri, Chantilly, VA *80-78–158

3. David Rabil, Fairfax Station, VA *75-85–160

4. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *84-79–163

4. Justin Ayanian, McLean, VA *79-84–163

4. Will Swirski, Fairfax, VA *78-85–163

7. Jack Rolle, Bethesda, MD *78-86–164

8. Teddy Zinsner, Alexandria, VA *83-84–167

8. Will Ennis, Montgomery Village, MD *81-86–167

10. West Shaw, Alexandria, VA *87-81–168

10. David Ross, Lorton, VA *82-86–168

12. Justin Gorton, Bethesda, MD *80-89–169

13. Joe Miller, Chantilly, VA *85-88–173

14. Peter King, Bethesda, MD *91-88–179

15. James Moore, Fairfax, VA *90-93–183

15. Jordan Stein, Lagrangeville, NY *82-101–183

 

Did Not Finish

JWD Chris Brugge, Vienna, VA *–JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division- White, 5912 yards, Par 71

1. S. Dean Satouri, Chantilly, VA *83-92–175

2. Christopher Lee, New Market, MD *89-89–178

 

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 5698 yards, Par 71

1. Shannon Brooks, Vienna, VA *76-77–153

2. Ashni Dhruva, Katy, TX *71-84–155

 

Lee Hammerschmidt featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – Feb. 26, 2015

The IJGT traveled to Savannah, Ga., to host the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor on February 21-22, 2015. The two-day, 36-hole event was filled with action as both rounds began with a shotgun start.

Photo of the Week 2 26 15 B

After the event, a photo of Lee Hammerschmidt was chosen as this week’s IJGT Photo of the Week. Hammerschmidt started round one on the 12th hole and round two on the 13th hole. He made par on holes No. 1 through 5 in round one and carded two birdies in each round. His tournament total of 155 landed him in a tie for 17th place.

Congratulations to Hammerschmidt 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

Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT Northeast tour will continue with the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, New Jersey on March 28-29, 2015.

Hole 15 - Banks Course

The Forsgate Country Club boasts two distinctly different 18-hole championship courses. IJGT golfers will get the chance to tackle the deep, rich greens of the Banks Course during this event.

The par-71 Banks Course at Forsgate measures 6,844 yards. Juniors will enjoy the challenge of playing the “buried elephants” of the horseshoe-shaped par-3 12th hole modeled after commonly elevated short holes in Scotland.

The site of a rare feat, consecutive hole-in-ones in 2002, Forsgate is the ideal backdrop for IJGT golfers to make a little bit of history themselves. At stake are IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and AJGA performance stars for Boys (15-19) and Girls.

A handful of juniors competing in the Boys 15-19 Division have valuable experience under their belts. Scarsdale, N.Y., native Jonny Emmerman, Spring Lake, N.J., native Kellen Jordan, Westwood N.J., native Christopher Lee and New York, N.Y. native Nicholas Ng all competed in last year’s Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club, also held on the Banks course, and will look to earn a spot atop the leaderboard in this year’s event.

Also keep an eye on York, Pa., native Joe Parrini in the Boys 15-19 Division. Parrini won the only other IJGT event he’s competed in this season, the Major Championship at Outdoor Club in October.

Jack Cornforth of South Hamilton, Mass., tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 14 & Under Division as he’s looking for his second IJGT victory of the season. Cornforth won the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run in September.

 To register for the event or for more information, please click here.

Powderly, Kozak earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Dec. 16, 2014

The IJGT hosted its final tournament of the fall season, the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines on December 13-14, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was played on both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links. Each junior golfer had the opportunity to play both courses. Although frost delays pushed back tee times on both days, the temperature rose with the sun creating pleasant playing conditions. Following the event, the IJGT is proud to award this week’s Player of the Week honors to Liam Powderly of Cockeysville, Md., and Bluffton, S.C., native Kayla Kozak.

Liam Powderly

Competing against talented juniors from around the world, Powderly finished sixth in his third tournament of the season. The 14-year-old won the 14 & Under Division of The DC Shootout at National Golf Club in October before making the transition to the Boys 15-19 Division.

Powderly was consistent throughout the IJGA Invitational finishing 4-over-par on both days. He carded three birdies in round one at Harbour Town on holes No. 6, 8 and 10. He closed out round two shooting par-or-better on the last five holes at the Ocean Course, including birdies on holes No. 17 and 18.

Kayla Kozak

Kozak tied for second in her second tournament of the season. Aiming for consistency, Kozak scored par on 13 of 18 holes to join the race for the lead after round one. Her bogey-free streak on holes No. 13-18 on the Ocean Course allowed her to finish round one with a 3-over-par 75. In round two at Harbour Town Golf Links, arguably the tougher of two courses, Kozak carded back-to-back birdies on holes No. 4 and 5.

Congratulations to both Liam Powderly and Kayla Kozak on their Player of the Week honors!