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Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Tour Preview

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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.

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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.

MAJOR Championship at Bulle Rock – Tour Preview

The IJGT Northeast Tour will travel to Havre de Grace, Md., to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock on April 25-26, 2015.

Named for the first thoroughbred horse brought to North America, Bulle Rock is known as the premier golf destination in Maryland and was designed by the legendary Pete Dye. It is the only 5-star golf facility in the Mid-Atlantic and has been ranked by Zagat readers as one of the nation’s Top 50 golf courses. Voted as one of America’s toughest courses by Golf Digest in 2012, Bulle Rock played host to the LPGA Championships from 2005-2009.

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Opened in 1998, the Bulle Rock course is known for its unique 18 holes. It was named to Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses in February.

The par-72 golf course has a slope rating of 148 and a course rating of 76.6. Because it’s a Major Championship, competitors will have the opportunity to earn twice as many IJGT Merit Points. Juniors in the Boys 15-19 Division and Girls Division will also be competing for AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions. This year’s field looks to be extremely competitive.

Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., has won three consecutive IJGT events, including two Major Championships. He finished seventh in last year’s Major Championship at Bulle Rock. He will face some stiff competition in the Boys 14 & Under Division of this year’s tournament. Lou Baker, also of Timonium, Md., finished second behind Halleron in the Major Championship at Duke University at the end of last month and will aim to take the title this weekend. Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., has finished in the top-five in all four IJGT events he’s competed in this season. He is very familiar with the course as this will be his third IJGT event at Bulle Rock. Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., will aim to earn another title after winning the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin earlier this month. Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., will be competing for his third IJGT victory of the season; he won the IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista in September and the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate in March. Finally, John Updike of Wayne, Pa., is coming off a first-place finish in The Architects Cup last weekend.

Taso Scilaris of Bethesda, Md., and Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y., top the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division as they both have one IJGT win this season. Scilaris won the only other IJGT event he’s played in this season, the DC Shootout at National Golf Club in October. Terminello’s victory also came in October at the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay. Anthony Barr of Harleysville, Pa., and Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., competed in the Boys 14 & Under Division of last year’s Major Championship at Bulle Rock, but will be competing in the Boys 15-19 Division this year. Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., and Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., finished eighth and 18th, respectively, in the Boys 15-19 Division of last year’s event.

In the Girls Division, Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., has finished in the top-two in both IJGT tournaments she’s competed in this season. She’ll look to add another win to her resume after earning the title in the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill in March. Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa., will also be fighting for her second IJGT win of the season having won the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club in September.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or on the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

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.

 

The Philly Open at Radley Run – Final Results (Sept. 14, 2014)

Murphy nabs first career IJGT title
Cornforth’s first IJGT tournament a win 

The IJGT traveled north to host the Philly Open at Radley Run on September 13-14, 2014. The originally planned two-day, 36-hole tournament was limited to one day and 18 holes due to inclement weather in round one. The field of 38 juniors were unable to complete a full round on day one due to heavy rains, leaving winners of each division to be determined by round two’s scores. Juniors competed for national rankings and IJGT merit points.

Murphy, LiamIn his fourth IJGT tournament, Liam Murphy of Hockessin, Del., won the Boys 15-19 Division. Murphy began slow, carding a 2-over-par score of 38 on his opening nine but used five pars and two birdies for an even-par final nine. His score of 74 was one stroke ahead of the tie for second place between Karsen Rush of Chambersburg, Pa., and David Kim of Dresher, Pa. The pair tallied two birdies each in their performances of 3-over 75 to share second.

“I was feeling sick all week so I wanted to come out here and push through and do the best I could,” said Murphy following his win.

Murphy’s score of 74 was the lowest of the male divisions, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female with the lowest score in the second round of the tournament.

 

 

Cornforth, Jack copyJack Cornforth of South Hamilton, Mass., secured first in the Boys 14 & Under Division in his first appearance in an IJGT tournament. A 10-hole streak of par or better, featuring two birdies, was the highlight of Cornforth’s performance. He finished with a score of 76, one stroke ahead of second place finisher Evan Greenplate of York, Pa. Rounding out the top three was Jon Nolan Perry of Berwyn, Pa. with a score of 79.

“I improved a lot over the summer and I wanted to come out here and keep improving,” said Cornforth.

 

 

 

Evanko, Kate copyLeading the Girls Division by four strokes, the largest margin of the tournament, Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa., won with a score of 83. Seven pars and a single birdie allowed Evanko to take a commanding lead over Rebecca Chiger of Elkins Park, Pa., and Lauren Muhlbauer of Newtown, Pa., who tied for second with scores of 87. The share of second place was the best finish for both Mulbauer and Chiger who was in her first IJGT tournament.

“Being at my home course really helped. I knew where to miss and it helped me all throughout the day,” commented Evanko.

Evanko took home the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on September 20-21, 2014, in both the northeast and southeast regions. The Northeast Tour will host the IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club in Buena, N.J., and the Southeast Tour will host the IJGT College Series at NC State in Raleigh, N.C. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

International Junior Golf Tour
Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club
West Chester, Pa.
September 13-14, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,844 yards, Par 72
1. Liam Murphy, Hockessin, DE *74
2. Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, PA *75
2. David Kim, Dresher, PA *75
4. Blake Hinckley, Kennett Square, PA *76
4. Jake Trotta, Harrison, NY *76
4. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ *76
7. Quinn Dolan, Broomall, PA *77
7. Michael Cook, Berwyn, PA *77
7. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA *77
10. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *80
11. Luke McKeogh, Warminster, PA *81
12. Peter Bradbeer, Philidelphia, PA *82
12. Jack Melville, Maple Glen, PA *82
14. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *83
14. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *83
16. Nick Calabrese, Newtown Square, PA *84
17. Trip Smith, Phoenix, MD *87
18. Brian Kilroy, Drexel Hill, PA *88
18. Mark Goetz, Irwin, PA *88
20. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *89
21. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *91
22. Matt Elander, Basking Ridge, NJ *94
22. Matthew Haddon, Cinnaminson, NJ *94
24. Dominic Leoni, Hockessin, DE *95

DID NOT FINISH

Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY *JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,311 yards, Par 72

1. Jack Cornforth, South Hamilton, MA *76
2. Evan Greenplate, York, PA *77
3. Jon Nolan Perry, Berwyn, PA *79
4. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *82
5. Case Hummer, Glen Mills, PA *85
6. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA *98

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 5,951 yards, Par 72

1. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *83
2. Rebecca Chiger, Elkins Park, PA *87
2. Lauren Muhlbauer, Newtown, PA *87
4. Samantha Yao, Berwyn, PA *89
4. Olivia Traynor, Villanova, PA *89
4. Meghan Fahey, Villanova, PA *89
7. Katie Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *98
8. Sofia Amoroso, West Chester, PA *101