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Final Results from the Summer Series at Hershey

Potten and Kang take first titles in playoff

 

HERSHEY, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) headed back to the northeast and combined two of their top venues for the Summer Series at Hershey.  The first round was played on the championship design Hershey Country Club – East Course.  The final round moved the players to the Hershey Links Golf Club boosting high fescue grass creating a challenge on every hole.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, Zachary Potten of Wharton, N.J., battled back after a rough start in first round to take the hardware home in a playoff.  He started off his Event with a first-round 85, which put him five strokes back of the leader Matt Garza of Cheltenham, Pa.  After the first round there were five players within five strokes of the leader which would make for an exciting finish when the table turned to Hershey Links Golf Club.
“I knew if I stayed patient and put a good round together I would have a chance,” said Potten when asked how he felt after being down five strokes after the first round.
Perfect weather for the second straight day in Hershey made for an exciting finish and Potten did nothing but satisfy all watching.  He was paired with Ezekiel Zhao of Annapolis, Md., and neither competitor knew until after scoring that they had finished tied atop the leaderboard.  Potten made one birdie in the entire event and it happened to be at the most important. On the last hole of regulation, Potten drained a 30-foot putt for birdie that ultimately forced extra holes.
When the committee decided that the playoff would start on hole No. 10, Potten cringed as he had four-putted this green earlier in the day.  However, he split the fairway with his drive leaving only 130 yards to the flagstick.  He watched as Zhao left his second a little left and fell into the rough.  Potten elected to play to the middle of the large green.  From there he two-putted for his par which was good enough to walk away with his first IJGT title.
Rounding out the top three was Garza, playing in his first IJGT event who finished the event with a 164.
The Girls Division was also very competitive but Raphaella Kang of Bayside, N.Y., managed to outlast the field of fierce competitors.  Kang had five runner-up finishes in the 2012-2013 Season with the IJGT and was more than deserving of her first victory.  She played consistent all weekend as she fired an 80 in both of her rounds.
Leading after the first round left Kang a little uncomfortable.
“I was very nervous,” remarked Kang.
She seemed to handle her nerves well by starting her round with two impressive pars on the tough starting holes at Hershey Links.  She fell into a small slump on the front but bounced right back on the back nine making four straight pars.  Kang’s round was highlighted by an eagle on the back nine.
“It was on hole No. 16, where I hit a 7-iron and holed it for an eagle,” said an excited Kang.
This really put the pressure on her fellow competitors as she was battling Carley Hopton of Madison, N.J., who was putting together a great round herself.  Hopton managed to put together a round of 6-over-par 77 to push the event to a playoff.
Kang went into the playoff with the attitude that she was not going to lose, and she split the fairway almost perfectly on her drive.  She had a chance to win it on the first hole but lipped out on a challenging putt which pushed the match to the challenging par-3 11th hole.  Here she stuck it to about 15 feet and secured her victory by holing the putt.
Rounding out the top three was Audrey Clawson of Sarver, Pa., finishing the event with a total of 162 after firing an event-low 6-over-par 77 in the final round.
Clawson and Hopton both earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division for their score of 6-over-par 77 on Saturday. In the Boys Division, Potten took home the honor after his 6-over-par 78 in the final round.
Garza and Kang earned the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the player that shoots the lowest first-round score in every IJGT Event, after their impressive opening rounds on the East Course at Hershey Country Club.
The IJGT will be heading to Weston Golf & Country Club in Toronto, Canada next week to take on Team Canada in the North America Cup. 14 of the top players from the IJGT have been selected to compete in this prestigious team competition.
To sign up for future events or for more information on the IJGT, call (843) 785-2444 or visit www.IJGT.com.
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, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear morodZ, PURE Grips, and International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com  or call (800) 792-9143.
HERSHEY, Pa. – Final round results of the IJGT Summer Series at Hershey conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed June 22, 2013. Hershey Country Club East Course: Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6800 yards, Par 71 (73.9/136). Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5921 yards, Par 71 (75.1/131).  Hershey Links: Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6722 yards, Par 72 (72.3/133) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5762 yards, Par 71 (74.6/134)
Weather:        Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 80’s with 5-10 mph winds
                       Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 80’s with 5-10 mph winds
International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Summer Series at Hershey
Hershey, Pa.
June 21-22, 2013
Round 1: Hershey Country Club – East Course
Round 2: Hershey Links Golf Club
Boys 15-19 Division – (Blue Tees) Hershey CC East Course: 6,800 Yards, Par 71
Boys 15-19 Division – (Blue Tees) Hershey Links GC: 6,722 Yards, Par 72
1. Zachary Potten, Wharton, NJ *85-78–163**
2. Ezekiel Zhao, Annapolis, MD *82-81–163
3. Matt Garza, Cheltenham, PA *80-84–164
4. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *81-84–165
5. Hunter Lee, Great Neck, NY *85-88–173
6. William McEvoy, Saint James, NY *91-88–179
Girls Division – (Gold Tees) Hershey CC East Course: 5,921 Yards, Par 71
Girls Division – (Gold Tees) Hershey Links GC: 5,762 Yards, Par 71
1. Raphaella Kang, Bayside, NY *80-80–160**
2. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ *83-77–160
3. Audrey Clawson, Sarver, PA *85-77–162
4. Lacey Bensing, Ephrata, PA *81-82–163
5. Macky Fouse, Aliquippa, PA *84-90–174
** Won in Playoff

Final Results from the Summer Series at Oyster Reef GC

Hui holds on during playoff

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) began its 2013 Summer Series at the beautiful Oyster Reef Golf Club, a Rees Jones design course with tough greens, narrow fairways, and spectacular views of the sound. Juniors endured numerous weather conditions throughout the weekend, with high temperatures and severe humidity during the first round, to cooler temperatures and a 30-minute weather delay due to some severe thunderstorms during the final round. This is a great event for those who regularly participate on our IJGT Southeast Tour, since Oyster Reef is a course regularly gone back to each season.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, had a tough start to the tournament on Tuesday with a triple bogey on No. 1, but managed to bounce back with six pars and one birdie on the back nine, shooting a 9-over-par 81, leaving him only one shot back from leader Daiki Okada of Tokyo, Japan. Going into the final round, Hui’s nerves from the previous day got to him again, leaving him with a bogey on the first hole. However, Hui knew confidence would help him take control of his front nine, which he did—a birdie on No. 2 and seven straight pars rounded out the nine. With two birdies and 11 pars on the day, Hui shot a 5-over-par 77 for the final round, and a 158 overall total score.
Phubodi Sirisilp of Hilton Head Island, S.C., also had a similar round to Hui, finishing the first round one shot back behind the leader with a 9-over-par 81. Sirisilp spent quite a bit of time on the putting green after the round, determined to stay consistent and fight for a comeback on Wednesday. Sirisilp’s practice paid off, making 12 pars throughout the second round, with eight of them being on the back nine. Sirisilp’s identical round of 5-over-par 77 to Hui’s, and final tournament score of 158 resulted in a playoff between Sirisilp and Hui, leaving Hui victorious after just one hole.
Rounding out the top three in the Boys 15-19 Division were Okada and Elliot Johnson of Bluffton, S.C., who recorded tournament totals of 159.
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, there was no question as to who would walk away with first and second place. Zachary Diaz of Mobile, Ala., won the tournament after outlasting fellow competitor Patrick Kridaratikorn of Lexington, Mass. This was Diaz’s first IJGT victory.
In the Girls Division, Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, had a rough start to her round, shooting a score of 8-over-par 44 on the front nine while battling the difficult heat. Tadokoro’s persistence kept her in the game, coming back and shooting seven strokes better on the back nine, rounding out her day with a 9-over-par 81. Going into the final round, Tadokoro knew she needed to stay consistent. Her strong mental game helped her stay focused during difficult shots, allowing her to get up and down around the greens to save par.
Kayla Kozak of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., also took focus going into the second round. Being eight shots back of Tadokoro with only two birdies after round one, Kozak focused her efforts on putting, which gave big results. Kozak made 10 pars throughout the round and a birdie on No. 17 allowing her to shoot a 7-over par 79, a ten stroke improvement from Tuesday. However, it just was not enough. A steady game and consistency throughout the weekend allowed Tadokoro to come out victorious. This was her first IJGT victory.
Kozak took home second place and Yuki Nakayama of Kawasakishi, Japan took third place.
The KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the players who shoot the lowest score in the first round of every IJGT Event, was won by Okada with a score of 8-over-par 80, and Tadokoro with her score of 9-over-par 81.
The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which is presented to the players who shoot the lowest score in the second round of every IJGT Event, was won by Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, with a score of 4-over-par 76, and Kozak with her score of 7-over-par 79.
The International Junior Golf Tour will travel up to the Northeast area this weekend to host its second Summer Series event at Hershey Country Club, June 21-22. For more information about our Summer Series events, please visit www.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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.– Final round results of the IJGT Summer Series conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed June 19, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,825 yards, Par 72 (73.6/132).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,187 yards, Par 72 (70.3/123). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,910 yards, Par 72 (74.7/128).
Weather:         Tuesday: Sunny and humid with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 5-10 mph
Wednesday: Sunny in the morning, scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon with temperatures in the Low 70s, winds 10-15 mph
International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Summer Series at Oyster Reef
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
June 18-19, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division – (Gold Tees) 6,825 Yards, Par 72
1. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *81-77–158**
2. Phubodi Sirisilp, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-77–158
3. Elliot Johnson, Bluffton, SC *82-77–159
3. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *80-79–159
5. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-82–163
5. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *87-76–163
5. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *83-80–163
8. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *84-88–172
8. Ty Caron, Rifle, CO *89-83–172
10. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *92-85–177
11. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan *99-99–198
Boys 14 & Under Division – (Blue Tees) 6,187 Yards, Par 72
1. Zachary Diaz, Mobile, AL *115-107–222
2. Patrick Kridaratikorn, Lexington, MA *111-123–234
Girls Division – (White Tees) 5,910 Yards, Par 72
1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *81-83–164
2. Kayla Kozak, North Myrtle Beach, SC *89-79–168
3. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *95-95–190
**Won in a playoff

Bridgestone Series at Longaberger – May 18-19, 2013 – Final Results

Hoshor takes home first IJGT title

Hughes captures crown at Longaberger

NASHPORT, Ohio – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the final event in the Bridgestone Series at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio May 18-19. With beautiful conditions, 22 elite junior golfers representing five states competed for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points in this two-day 36-hole competition.

Cory HoshorIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Cory Hoshor of Buffalo, W.Va., had a three-stroke lead heading into Sunday. Hoshor had a quick start on Saturday with a birdie and an eagle on the front nine, and carded a 4-over-par 76 in his first round. Hoshor also earned KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro honors for his impressive first-round play. With fellow competitor Jack Ford of Springboro, Ohio, close behind, Hoshor needed to bring his “A” game on Sunday.

Hoshor’s final round did not start off the way he intended, but he quickly turned it around by making par on five consecutive holes to end his front nine. Ford was trailing by two strokes after the turn, which made for an exciting back nine. Hoshor made par on the first three holes on the back nine, which gave him the momentum to take home his first IJGT title. The par 3s were the difference maker for Hoshor, as he made par on every one carding a tournament total of 158.

“It feels so cool to win on this level with the IJGT being such a big tour,” said Hoshor. “My iron game was on this weekend, and I was able to hit great approach shots that turned into birdies.”

Finishing just behind Hosher was Ford, with a weekend score of 159. Rounding out the top three in the Boys 15-19 Division was Eddie Zhang of Murrysville, Pa., carding a weekend total of 163.

C.J. HughesC.J. Hughes of Indiana, Pa., took home the title in the Boys 14 & Under Division carding a first round 4-over-par 76. On Saturday, Hughes shot a 38 on the front nine, which included an impressive birdie on the tough par-3 ninth hole at Longaberger Golf Club. He also earned KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro honors for his first-round score. Hughes had a five-stroke lead over the competition going into the final round of play on Sunday.

“I just wanted to put the first round behind me and just have a clean slate for the second 18,” said Hughes.

On Sunday, Hughes got off to a hot start with four birdies and no bogeys which put him at 4-under-par after the turn. He continued his great play by making birdie on the tough par-5 No. 10. Hughes’s finished with a 2-under-par 70 to round out a fantastic weekend. Hughes’s spectacular second-round play earned him Clazic Belts Low Final Round honors and most importantly, his first IJGT Title.

“It feels really good to take home my first IJGT title.” said Hughes. “It is going to help me heading into future tournaments.”

Coming in second place was Jake Sollon of Venetia, Pa., with a final score of 155. Rounding out the top three in the Boys 14 & Under Division was Angelo Mancinelli of Moosic, Pa., with a tournament total of 174.

Gillian AlexanderIn the Girls Division, Gillian Alexander of Rices Landing, Pa., took home the title in dramatic fashion. Alexander, who carded a first-round 83, earned KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro honors and had a one-stroke lead heading into Sunday. Emily Doyle of Horseheads, N.Y., trailed Alexander by one stroke and Audrey Clawson of Sarver, Pa., was close behind trailing by two strokes, which made for an exciting final round.

After a shaky start in her final round, Alexander found herself trailing Doyle by two strokes after the turn. After a strong first couple of holes on the back nine, Alexander and Doyle were even after 14 holes. Doyle made par on No. 16 and No. 17, which gave her a one-stroke lead heading into the final hole. Alexander saved her best shots for No. 18 as she stuck her approach shot 15 feet from the hole. She made par on No. 18, which was just enough to put her in first place at the Bridgestone Series at Longaberger.

“It feels really good to win,” Alexander said. “It is definitely going to be a big confidence booster heading into my future tournaments.”

The IJGT will be heading to Orlando, Fla. next weekend to host its annual Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Club May 25-27. For more information on the Tournament of Champions or any other IJGT event 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, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear morodZ, PURE Grips, and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

 

NASHPORT, Ohio – Final round results of the IJGT Bridgestone Series at Longaberger conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 19, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6866 yards, Par 72 (73.0/137) Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6367 yards, Par 72 (70.8/131) Girls Division: White Tees – 6071 yards, Par 72 (74.5/128).

Weather: Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 5-10 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 5-10 mph winds

 

International Junior Golf Tour
The Bridgestone Series at Longaberger
Nashport, Ohio
May 18-19, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division-(Gold Tees) 6,866 Yards, Par 72
1. Cory Hoshor, Buffalo, WV *76-82–158
2. Jack Ford, Springboro, OH *79-80–159
3. Eddie Zhang, Murrysville, PA *82-81–163
4.Patrick Sheerer, Pittsburgh, PA *86-79–165
4. Kellen Bohn, Bettendorf, IA *83-82–165
6. Aaron Liebenthal, Sylvania, OH *83-85–168
7. Ben Mullins, Valencia, PA *85-91–176
8. Bobby Hapanowicz, Presto, PA *90-87–177
9. Frank Pantano, Gibsonia, PA *90-89–179
9. Collin Davis, Pittsburgh, PA *89-90–179
11. Dominick Mancinelli, Moosic, PA *87-93–180
DID NOT FINISH
Skyler Roederer, Cambridge, OH *92-DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Nick Lowry, Mars, PA *DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Boys 14 & Under Division-(Blue Tees) 6,387 Yards, Par 72
1. C.J. Hughes, Indiana, PA *76-700–146
2. Jake Sollon, Venetia, PA *81-74–155
3. Angelo Mancinelli, Moosic, PA *87-87–174
4. Matthew Bonadies, New Albany, OH *88-88–176
5. Paul Mastros, Wintersville, OH *95-97–192
6. Alexander Giatras, Charleston, WV *102-111–213
Girls Division-(White Tees) 6,071 Yards, Par 72
1. Gillian Alexander, Rices Landing, PA *83-82–165
2. Emily Doyle, Horseheads, NY *84-83–167
3. Audrey Clawson, Sarver, PA *85-93–178
4. Anna Schatschneider, Avon, OH *111-99–210
5. Erica Mawhorr, Zanesville, OH *119-103–222
DID NOT FINISH
Jaclyn Fanola, Monroe, MI *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

 

Final Results from the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire

Velez defends Falcon’s Fire title

Whaley holds on as Girls Division Champion

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee, Fla., May 11-12. Juniors endured very warm temperatures with moderate humidity at the Rees Jones designed golf course. The tournament acts as a great tune-up for IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Manual VelezManuel Velez of Panama City, Panama, winner of the IJGT’s 2012 Florida Swing at Falcon’s Fire, defended his title to win the Boys 15-19 Division, shooting 1-under-par for a two-day total of 143. Velez took fire at the hole locations, recording nine birdies and one eagle over two rounds. His best play came on the par 5s where he played them in 5-under-par.

Velez did not go unchallenged however, as Yan Peng of Beijing, China kept pace the entire tournament. Over two days, Peng played the front nine in a bogey-free 3-under-par.

With Velez holding onto a one shot lead heading into No. 18, both he and Peng striped drives down the middle of the fairway. As both players were in great position, Peng was the one who took advantage and hit the green, while Velez short-sided himself in the greenside bunker.

Velez was able to make a difficult up-and-down seem ordinary, blasting out of the bunker to only a few feet. Peng had a birdie opportunity from about 25 feet to force a tie, but it was not meant to be. Velez converted his par putt to win by one stroke.

Coming in third place was Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, who carded an even-par 72 on the final day.

Payton Olsen of Winter Park, Fla., received the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his 3-under-par 69.

Alan XuAlan Xu of Hilton Head Island, S.C., shot 81 on both days to take home the Boys 14 Under Division title. Xu said he played “awesome” during the final round, which showed, recording a score no higher than a five for the entire day. He played consistently for the day with nine pars and nine bogeys.

Aaron Elmore of Rincon, Ga., took home second place honors in the division shooting a solid 81 in the final round. This was Elmore’s first event in the division, but he had played a number of previous events in the IJGT’s Discovery Tour.  Third place in the Boys 14 Under Division was Kotaro Nishimura of Ota-Ku, Japan.

Kelly WhaleyIn the Girls Division, Kelly Whaley of Farmington Conn., came out victorious with an impressive 1-under-par 143 two-day total. Whaley stayed patient and played consistently en route to her victory. She recorded five birdies and 27 pars over the weekend, including 15 pars during the final round.

“I told myself there were a lot of holes left to birdie,” Whaley said. “If it gets close, you know you still have holes left. I had a one-shot lead on the last hole and had to be confident I would par it.”

Whaley stumbled early as she recorded a 2-over-par 38 on her first nine holes, including a bogey on the opening hole. It was different after the turn however, making birdie on her 10th hole then paring the rest of her remaining holes.

Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, made it difficult for Whaley during the final round, always hanging within one or two strokes of the lead. Siriko put on her own impressive final round, recording two birdies and 15 pars to shoot a 1-under-par 71 which was good enough to earn her second place. Wei-Wei Zhang of Howey in the Hills, Fla., took home third-place honors after also shooting a 1-under-par 71. Both Siriko and Zhang earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for their performances.

The KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the players who shoot the lowest score in the first round of every IJGT Event, was won by Velez with a score of 1-under-par 71 and Whaley with a score of 2-under-par 70.

The International Junior Golf Tour will travel back to the Orlando, Fla. area in two weeks to host its annual Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Resort May 25-27. For more information about the Tournament of Champions and its corresponding events, please visit www.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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

KISSIMMEE, FLA. – Final round results of the IJGT Orlando Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 12, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,839 yards, Par 72 (73.2/136).  Boys 14 Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,239 yards, Par 72 (70.1/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,991 yards, Par 72 (74.4/130).

Weather:  Sunny with temperatures in the Low 80s, winds 5-10 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 5-10 mph

International Junior Golf Tour

The Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club

Kissimmee, Fla.

May 11-12, 2013

Boys 15-19 Division – (Gold Tees) Yards: 6,839, Par 72

 

1. Manuel Velez, Panama City, Panama *71-72–143

2. Yan Peng, Beijing, China *73-71–144

3. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *76-72–148

4. Matthew Rushton, Cape Town, South Africa *77-72–149

4. Luke Tetreault, Horseheads, NY *76-73–149

4. Rafael Miranda, Guayaquil, Ecuador *75-74–149

7. Payton Olsen, Winter Park, FL *81-69–150

7. Mos Bangpetch, Hilton Head Island, SC *72-78–150

7. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *73-77–150

10. Sense Chaowalit, Bangkok, Thailand *73-78–151

11. Keith Techasith, Bangkok, Thailand *77-75–152

11. Austin McCulloch, Alexandria, MN *78-74–152

11. André Hammer, Scania, Sweden *77-75–152

11. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *76-76–152

11. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *75-77–152

16. Daniel Tello Vargas, Pachuca, Mexico *80-74–154

16. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *77-77–154

18. Takakazu Furukawa, Shiga, Japan *73-82–155

19. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-76–156

20. Andre Becerra, Zapopan, Mexico *79-79–158

21. Gus Uriostegui, Leon, Mexico *82-77–159

22. Konstantin Kosta Kosutic, Belgrade, Serbia, *79-81–160

23. Tyler Hughes, Howey in the Hills, FL *81-80–161

24. Nicco Gentile, Bluffton, SC *77-85–162

25. Connor Hogan, Monroeville, AL *76-87–163

26. Czech Chalermchaiwat, Bangkok, Thailand *85-79–164

26. Matthew McDonald, Celebration, FL *82-82–164

26. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *82-82–164

26. Andrea Bacchi, Milan, Italy *82-82–164

26. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *82-82–164

31. Marshall Clemens, Weston, MA *84-82–166

32. Andrew Boyer, Muskoka, ON *80-87–167

33. Davis Keough, Cole Harbour, NS *85-84–169

34. David Rice, Pittsburgh, PA *93-82–175

35. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *98-86–184

36. Sheock Hyun Shim, Seoul, South Korea *90-107–197

DID NOT FINISH

Nate Anderson, Billings, MT *JWD

Boys 14 Under Division – (Blue Tees) Yards: 6,239 Par 72

1. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-81–162

2. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA *88-81–169

3. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan *92-89–181

DID NOT FINISH

Kevin Ying, Shanghai, China *DQ (Rule 15-3b)

Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *DQ (Rule 6-6d)

Girls Division – (White Tees) Yards: 5,991 Par 72

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *70-73–143

2. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *73-71–144

3. Wei-Wei Zhang, Howey in the Hills, FL *75-71–146

4. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *74-75–149

4. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *73-76–149

6. Luiza Altmann, Sao Paulo, Brazil *76-74–150

6. Veronica Vetesnik, Winnipeg, Canada *74-76–150

8. Yunjie Zhang, Howey in the Hills, FL *75-76–151

9. Yuka Kajiki, Howey in the Hills, FL *79-74–153

10. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *80-76–156

11. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *83-78–161

11. Jessica Danford, Longwood, FL *80-81–161

11. Mallory Etcheberry, Wesley Chapel, FL *79-82–161

14. Aracelly Maria Jimenez Rios, Merida, Mexico *80-82–162

15. Grace Kim, Sao Paulo, Brazil *81-82–163

16. Carla Loyola, Queretaro, Mexico *78-86–164

17. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *82-83–165

17. Kathryn Crouch, Harker Heights, TX *81-84–165

19. Ariana Dial, Clarksville, MD *84-82–166

20. Lizzie Hammel, Wexford, PA *83-85–168

21. Paige Cappelli, Blue Bell, PA *85-85–170

22. Kali Boyer, New Ringgold, PA *88-90–178

23. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *90-92–182

24. Haley Danford, Longwood, FL *96-91–187

25. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *100-97–197

DID NOT FINISH

Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *81-JWD

Final Results from the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North

 

Christifulli captures crown at Troon North
Nam earns first IJGT title in Boys 14 Under Division

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North Golf Club on May 11-12. The Scottsdale heat played a factor as the competitors trudged up and down the hills on the Monument Course at Troon North. Two champions were crowned giving their mothers an unforgettable Mother’s Day present.


Michael ChristifulliMichael Christifulli of Paradise Valley, Ariz., earned his first IJGT title of the season after putting together a gritty final-round score of 5-over-par 77.  On Saturday, Christfulli got off to a hot start going 1-under-par in his first eight holes. After an even-par 36 on the front nine, he ran into a few obstacles on the difficult back nine to finish with a score of 3-over-par 75.

Christifulli was not alone atop the leaderboard after Saturday’s round. TJ Kathrineberg of Mesa, Ariz., had a share of the lead with a 3-over-par 75. Both players earned KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award honors with their first-round score.

Sunday was a tough day for scoring conditions as the round from Saturday physically drained many of the competitors. The Monument Course tests your playing ability as well as your physical ability. Christifulli was determined to come up with the victory because he wanted redemption after not being able to play in the PURE Grips Junior Open back on Dec 8-9, 2012 at Troon North – Pinnacle Course. Down the stretch, Christifulli made two key birdies on the back nine that gave him the cushion he needed to secure the victory.

“My plan was to put the ball in play,” said Christifulli. “I knew that approach would give me a chance, but I also tried to make some good putts.”

Coming in second place was Thomas Avant of Chandler, Ariz., finishing with a tournament total of 158. Finishing in a tie for third place were Jackson Whisenhunt of Phoenix, Ariz., and Kathrineberg carding a 159 tournament score over the weekend.
Mason NamIn the Boys 14 Under Division, Mason Nam of Scottsdale, Ariz., ran away with his first IJGT title after putting together a solid final-round score of 5-over-par 77. Nam got off to a slow start on Saturday carding a front-nine score of 5-over-par 41. Things turned around quickly on the back nine where Nam made three birdies en route to a 2-under-par 34. His score of 3-over-par 75 earned him KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award honors.

On Sunday, Nam got off to a great start playing his first 12 holes in 1-over-par. His fellow competitors could not match his great start giving Nam a clear path to victory. Although he did not finish as strong as he would like, Nam was still very pleased with his victory.

“Definitely one of the hardest courses I have played in a tournament,” said Nam. “It was in really good condition.”

Finishing in a tie for second place were Cole Shintaku of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Moibhi Tyndall of Mountain View, Calif., with scores of 162.

The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to the champions Christifulli and Nam for their scores of 5-over-par 77.

The IJGT West Coast tour has completed for the 2012-2013 season. The IJGT will be closing out the season with the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions on May 25-27 at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla. This is the marquee event on the IJGT schedule and will feature the best competitors on the IJGT from across the country. 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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Final round results of the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 12, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,846 yards, Par 72 (72.2/138).  Boys 14 Under Division: Silver Tees – 6,037 yards, Par 72 (68.4/128).

Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 90s, winds 10-15 mph
           Sunny with temperatures in the Low 90s, winds 5-10 mph
International Junior Golf Tour
PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North
Scottsdale, Ariz.
May 11-12, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division – (Gold Tees) Monument Course: 6,846 Yards, Par 72
1. Michael Christifulli, Paradise Valley, AZ *75-77–152
2. Thomas Avant, Chandler, AZ *78-80–158
3. TJ Kathrineberg, Mesa, AZ *75-84–159
3. Jackson Whisenhunt, Phoenix, AZ *77-82–159
5. Michael Marreel, Chandler, AZ *83-80–163
6. Zachary Wagner, San Diego, CA *84-82–166
6. Ryan Tanner, Tucson, AZ *81-85–166
8. Ryan Sullivan, Cottonwood, AZ *85-83–168
9. Gary Baker, Cornviile, AZ *92-83–175
10. Josh Nadler, Chandler, AZ *87-96–183
Boys 14 Under Division – (Silver Tees) Monument Course: 6,037 Yards, Par 72
1. Mason Nam, Scottsdale, AZ *75-77–152
2. Cole Shintaku, Honolulu, HI *77-85–162
2. Moibhi Tyndall, Mountain View, CA *81-81–162
4. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *93-84–177
5. Adam Quandt, Lahaina, HI *87-95–182

Final Results from the Auntie Anne's Pretzels Junior at Shipyard Golf Club

 

Nimmer’s clutch birdie captures victory
Ruiz victorious in Girls Division

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Junior this weekend at Shipyard Golf Club. Possible thunderstorms threatened play on Sunday, but the weather cooperated and the juniors enjoyed beautiful weather all weekend.

Bryson NimmerBryson Nimmer of Bluffton S.C., took home the Boys 15-19 Division title with a 1-over-par 145 two-day total. The leaderboard was packed going into the final round, but ultimately the tournament came down to the final hole with two of the KENTWOOL Low Pro winners—Nimmer, and second-place finisher Charlie Spencer-White, also from Bluffton, S.C., who were tied when teeing off on No. 18.

Both players left themselves with wedges for their third shots on the par-5 finishing hole. Spencer-White hit his approach to six feet while Nimmer hit his to about 12 feet. With Nimmer putting first, he was able to roll his putt in putting the pressure squarely on Spencer-White. Unfortunately Spencer-White was unable to convert giving Nimmer his first IJGT title this season.

“That shot I hit into 18 was really good,” said Nimmer. “Set me up for a birdie to win.”

Spencer-White’s solid play was good enough to earn him second place with a 2-over-par 146 two-day total. Rounding out the top three was Francisco Contreras from Caracas, Venezuela, whose final-round even-par 72 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. His tournament total was a 3-over-par 147.

Taisuke OnoIn the Boys 14 Under Division, Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan, came from three shots down to win the division by three strokes. Ono began his round with a bogey, making his comeback all the more difficult. However, he was able to steady the ship with four straight pars. Aided by a birdie on the difficult par-3 8th hole, Ono played steady golf to charge his comeback efforts. He was able to close out his round with another four-hole par streak while everyone else faltered.

Coming in second place was Paul Schumacher of Canton, Ohio, who carded a two-day total of 161. He was able to lock up second place by playing the final six holes in even par after a shaky stretch in the middle of the round. In third place, shooting a 162 tournament total was Jan Schneider of Erlangen, Germany. Schneider tore up the par 3s on Sunday, playing the four in 2-under-par.

Ana RuizAna Ruiz of Chihuahua, Mexico, was the only player this weekend to record an under- par round, giving her the crown in the Girls Division. Ruiz’s opening-round 1-under-par 71 gave her a five-shot cushion entering the final round. After a string of eight pars in a row on the front nine, she birdied Nos.10 and 11 to get into red figures. Ruiz was able to add two more birdies on the back nine adding to her lead.

“I hit the ball really well,” Ruiz said after her round. “I hit a lot of greens and gave myself a lot of opportunities for birdies.

Ruiz continued her stellar play in the final round, recording back-to-back birdies on holes Nos.7 and 8 on her way to a 2-over-par 74 to win the division by seven strokes. A testament to her great ball striking was her play on the par 3s for the tournament, playing them in 1-under-par over the weekend.

In addition to her victory, Ruiz was awarded both KENTWOOL Low Pro and Clazic Belts Low Final Round Awards.

Phyllis Tang of Hong Kong, China and Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan tied for second place with 152 tournament totals. Although the scores were the same, the two played quite differently. Tang recorded three birdies in her final six holes to surge into the top three while Nakatani was a model of consistency all weekend.

The IJGT Southeast tour will be hosting another tournament on Hilton Head Island, S.C., the IJGT AHEAD Open at Bear Creek Golf Club, May 4-5. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

About Auntie Anne’s

Twenty-five years after Anne and Jonas Beiler stumbled across their original pretzel perfection, guests are still enjoying Auntie Anne’s Pretzel products, dipping sauces, and signature beverages in more than 1,330 locations in 46 states and 25 countries. Auntie Anne’s stands out from its competitors due to its unwavering commitment to extending the brand, successful growth, and providing continued value to customers. Auntie Anne’s has built its brand on the foundations of the people-focused philosophies established by its founder, quality products, exceptional guest service, attractive and efficient stores, and the fun activity of pretzel making. Over the years, Auntie Anne’s has rolled approximately 1.7 billion pretzels.

 

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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and  International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 28, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,872 yards, Par 72 (74.0/133).  Boys 14 Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,258 yards, Par 72 (71.2/128) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,971 yards, Par 72 (74.7/126).

 

Weather:  Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 70s, winds 5-10 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the Mid to High 70s, winds 3-5 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Junior at Shipyard – Galleon/Clipper
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
April 27-28, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division – (Gold Tees) Yards: 6,872, Par 72
1 Bryson Nimmer, Bluffton, SC *72-73–145
2. Charlie Spencer-White, Bluffton, SC *72-74–146
3. Francisco Contreras, Caracas, Venezuela *75-72–147
4. Alan Cooke, Vienna, WV *74-74–148
5. Owen Miller, Burgettstown, PA *76-75–151
5. Manuel Velez, Panama City, Panama *73-78–151
7. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *76-77–153
7. Bryan Gagnon, Culver City, CA *77-76–153
9. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea *75-79–154
10. Konstantin Kosta Kosutic, Belgrade, Serbia *80-76–156
10. Mos Bangpetch, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-78–156
10. Matthew Mannion, Muskoka, ON *75-81–156
13. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *78-79–157
14. Nicco Gentile, Bluffton, SC *79-79–158
15. Lohith Ramaraju, London, England *76-83–159
16. Gus Uriostegui, Leon, Mexico *81-79–160
16. Connor Hogan, Monroeville, AL *79-81–160
16. Sense Chaowalit, Bangkok, Thailand *76-84–160
19. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *78-83–161
20. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *83-79–162
21. Andrew Boyer, Muskoka, ON *85-80–165
21. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *87-78–165
21. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *82-83–165
24. Nate Anderson, Billings, MT *82-84–166
24. Daniel Tello Vargas, Pachuca, Mexico *82-84–166
26. Drew Poland, Johnson City, TN *82-88–170
27. Jack Klein, Bethesda, MD *87-84–171
28. Kevin Reich, Winterthur, Switzerland *89-89–178
29. William Dunn III, Lancaster, PA *94-85–179
30. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *96-87–183
DID NOT FINISH
Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Boys 14 Under Division – (Blue Tees) Yards: 6,258 Par 72
1. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *80-78–158
2. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *80-81–161
3. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany *80-82–162
4. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *77-92–169
5. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan *94-95–189
6. Jacob Morris, Hollywood, SC *94-98–192
Girls Division – (White Tees) Yards: 5,971 Par 72
1. Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico *71-74–145
2. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *76-76–152
2. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *75-77–152
4. Ayaka Nakayama, Kanagawa, Japan *79-76–155
5. Laura Gonzalez, Bogota, Colombia *82-76–158
6. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *78-81–159
6. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *76-83–159
8. Aracelly Maria Jimenez Rios, Merida, Mexico *80-80–160
8. Susana Reyes Ramirez, Ibague, Colombia *79-81–160
10. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *82-83–165
11. Kasidy Beckel, Bluffton, SC *80-87–167
12. Sera Tadokoro, Izumisano-Shi, Japan *83-87–170
13. Ariana Dial, Clarksville, MD *88-83–171
14. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *95-97–192
 DID NOT FINISH
Ceha Lee, Bundang-Gu, South Korea *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Dylaney Day, Toronto, ON *90-JWD

Hershey Links Golf Club to Host IJGT Junior

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is set to host the IJGT Junior at the Hershey Links Golf Club  April 6-7. Located in scenic Hummelstown, Pa., the Hershey Links Golf Club has been a favorite stop among competitors with its challenging holes and great competition. This year will be no different with some of the top junior players from around the world competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit points in this two day 36-hole event.

Overlooking the Hershey cityscape, Hershey Links stretches along 175 acres of natural bluffs and ravines that create a peaceful setting, while providing ample shot-making challenges. The layout, which plays to a par-72, features links-style golf with tall, flowing fescue grasses and bentgrass greens. Five sets of tees accommodate every level of golfer.

Hershey Links

In the Girls Division, Raphaella Kang , of Bayside, N.Y., looks to capture her first IJGT title. Kang has three second-place finsihes, and is very eager to take home her first championship title.

The first round of the Bridgestone Series at Greate Bay will begin April 6 at 8:00 a.m., and the Event will conclude with an awards ceremony recognizing the top 3 juniors in each division with trophies and tournament gifts immediately following the final round on April 7.

The champion of each division will receive a set of CHAMP spikes , a set of morodZ alignment rods , a head cover courtesy of AB Golf Designs  and a pair of sunglasses from new tour sponsor, Sundog Eyewear . In addition, the male and female who post the lowest opening round score will receive a pair of KENTWOOL Socks  and the juniors carding the lowest final round score on Sunday will receive a belt and IJGT buckle from Clazic Belts .

The top 10 juniors of each division at this IJGT event will also receive IJGT Merit Points to be accumulated at the end of the IJGT season recognizing the top juniors on tour. Qualifications for the IJGT Major Championships, season-ending Tournament of Champions and places on the United States, North America and Euro Cup Teams are based, in part, on IJGT Merit Point standings. In addition, the top 10 IJGT Merit Point winners in each division will be named to the All-IJGT Team at the end of the season.

Hershey Links Golf Club will be open at 8 a.m., March 15 for an optional practice rounds and pre-tournament registration.

 

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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golf Digest/Golf World and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

IJGT Philly Challenge at White Manor CC- Final Results

Barto Captures First IJGT Title

DiLisio Holds off Competition at White Manor

MALVERN, PA. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to the beautiful White Manor Country Club  in Malvern, Pa., March 23-24 to host the 2013 IJGT Philly Challenge . Bitter cold and blistering winds made this two-day 36-hole tournament a challenge for the 90 competitors who teed off this past weekend.

Matt BartoMatt Barto of Leechburg, Pa., claimed first place in the Boys 15-19 Division after putting together two great rounds on the difficult White Manor Country Club. After round one of the tournament, Barto led the pack by four strokes after carding a division-leading 1-over-par 72. His impressive first round also earned him KENTWOOL Socks  Lo-Pro Award honors, which is given to the player who earns the lowest score during Saturday’s first round. The second round came down to the back nine with Kevin Kramarski  of Moorestown, N.J., chipping away at Barto’s first round lead. Kramarski was 1-under par at the turn, and was dead even with Barto going into hole No. 15. Barto’s two birdies and one par to close out the tournament were just enough to earn him his first IJGT Champion trophy. On the day, Barto finished with a 1-over-par 72 giving him a three-shot victory.

“I felt really comfortable {going into the second round},” said Barto. “My ball striking was good, and I just stayed patient and made my putts.”

Kramarski finished second after shooting a tournament total of 5-over-par 147. Kramarski’s second-round even-par 71 earned him the Clazic BeltsLow Final Round Award, which is given to the player who cards the lowest final round score. Rounding out the top 3 in the Boys 15-19 Division was Vinay Ramesh of Newtown, Pa., who carded a tournament score of 151.

Evan JohnsonTaking home the trophy in the Boys 14 & Under Division was Evan Johnson  of York, Pa. Johnson carried a four stroke lead going into the second round after recording a 4-over-par 75 in the first round. He managed to maintain his lead on Sunday by carding four birdies and six pars, which earned him his second IJGT title of the season, with the first coming at the Philly Junior at Turtle Creek last September. Johnson finished his weekend with a total score of 152.

”My putting was the best part of my game this weekend,” said Johnson. “I felt like I could make anything that was within 10 feet.”

James McHugh  of Rye, N.Y., and Gus Minkin  of York, Pa., tied for second in the Boys 14 & Under Division after they both finished the weekend with a score of 155.

Isabella DiLisioIsabella DiLisio of Hatfield, Pa., took home the title in the very competitive Girls Division after carding a 153 over the weekend. DiLisio, who carried a one-stroke lead going into the final round, found herself neck and neck on the back nine with second-place finisher Brynn Walker  of St. Davids, Pa. Walker holed out for birdie after a fantastic chip on hole No.2, which brought her in contention for the title. DiLisio was just too strong on the back nine making five pars and one birdie, which earned her a second career IJGT title. DiLisio also earned the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award after she shot a 4-over-par 75 in the first round.

“I just took it one shot at a time {during the final holes},” DiLisio said. “I did not focus on the players that were close to me. I focused on my play.”

Erin Lo of Mount Laurel, N.J., took third place after finishing with a 162 over the course of the tournament.

Jackie Rogowicz of Yardley, Pa., earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award honors after she carded a 4-over-par 75 on Sunday.

The IJGT will travel to Somers Point, N.J., on March 30-31 for the Bridgestone Series at Greate Bay Country Club This Event will feature top players from across the northeast competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.
To sign up for this event, or other, or for more information on the IJGT, call (843) 785-2444 or visit www.IJGT.com.

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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.ijgt.com or call 843-785-2444.

Malvern, Pa. – Final round results of the IJGT Philly Challenge at White Manor conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed March 24, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Bronze Tees – 6727 yards, Par 71 (72.9/134). Boys 14 & Under Division: Black Tees – 6126 yards, Par 71 (69.7/129) Girls Division: Green Tees – 5852 yards, Par 71 (74.6/132).
Weather: Saturday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 40’s with 15-20 mph winds
Sunday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 40’s with 10-15 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Philly Challenge at White Manor
Malvern, Pa.
March 23-24, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division-(Bronze Tees) White Manor CC: 6,751 Yards, Par 71
1. Matt Barto, Leechburg, PA *72-72–144
2. Kevin Kramarski, Moorestown, NJ *76-71–147
3. Vinay Ramesh, Newtown, PA *77-74–151
4. Matt Holuta, Indiana, PA *80-75–155
4. Tyler Sokolis, Doylestown, PA *80-75–155
4. Brendan Bacskai, Berwyn, PA *77-78–155
7. Carey Bina, Villanova, PA *80-76–156
7. C.J. Zachary, Hummelstown, PA *77-79–156
9. Kieran Purcell, Nutley, NJ *81-76–157
9. Anthony Sebastianelli, Clarks Summit, PA *80-77–157
9. Charles Musto, Sterling, VA *76-81–157
12. Joshua Goldenberg, Scarsdale, NY *83-75–158
12. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD *81-77–158
12. Ryan Rucinski, Wilmington, DE *80-78–158
12. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ *78-80–158
16. Joseph Tigani, Hockessin, DE *79-80–159
16. Kevin Conners, Downingtown, PA *77-82–159
18. Gary McCabe, Collegeville, PA *84-76–160
18. Spencer Shepperly, New Vernon, NJ *81-79–160
20. Sam Gallen, Reading, PA *80-81–161
20. Matthew Ade, Delran, NJ *76-85–161
22. Andrew Neal, Chevy Chase, MD *79-83–162
23. Robbie Hickok, Washington, DC *82-81–163
23. Brandan Bree, Kennett Square, PA *81-82–163
23. Michael Lamond, West Chester, PA *78-85–163
26. Hunter Lee, Great Neck, NY *80-84–164
26. Alex Velez, Harleysville, PA *80-84–164
28. Yousaf Razvi, Somerset, NJ *85-80–165
28. Jackson Zepf, Thornwood, NY *84-81–165
30. Chris Burns, Kennett Square, PA *89-77–166
31. Roland Massimino, Lumberville, PA *88-79–167
32. Alex Bollington, Madison, NJ *86-82–168
32. Mariano Medico, Shavertown, PA *84-84–168
34. Jake Gray, Glenmoore, PA *88-81–169
34. Justin Murray, Burlington, NJ *81-88–169
34. Liam Murphy, Hockessin, DE *81-88–169
37. John Abbott, Hummelstown, PA *91-80–171
37. Jonny Emmerman, Scarsdale, NY *83-88–171
37. Jared Faust, Pottstown, PA *83-88–171
40. Jack Faraci, Port Jeferson Station, NY *88-84–172
41. Sean Ebert, Furlong, PA *85-88–173
42. Brandon Raihl, Wernersville, PA *88-86–174
42. Anthony Scarcella, Scarsdale, NY *88-86–174
42. Bobby Firth, Jenkintown, PA *88-86–174
42. Austin Bailey, Pennington, NJ *87-87–174
42. Michael Szipszky, Newtown Square, PA *90-84–174
47. Frank Pantano, Gibsonia, PA *86-89–175
48. Chris Binet, Oreland, PA *83-93–176
49. Joseph Visalli, Dover, DE *88-89–177
49. Lee Hammerschmitt, Armonk, NY *85-92–177
51. Brendan Hallinan, West Chester, PA *93-85–178
51. Andrew Bove, Doylestown, PA *92-86–178
53. Kyle Kost, New Hope, PA *90-89–179
54. Ryan Flynn, Stony Point, NY *93-87–180
55. Ryan Conner, Newtown, PA *93-90–183
56. Brendan Papariello, Villanova, PA *93-91–184
57. Griffin Colvin, Media, PA *95-90–185
58. Robert Shaner, Fort Lee, NJ *108-90–198
59. Zachary Sculler, Morganville, NJ *109-91–200
60. Eric Faust, Pottstown, PA *96-110–206
DID NOT FINISH
DQ. Nicholas Johnson, Moosic, PA –DQ (Rule 20-7c)
DQ. Kellen Jordan, Spring Lake, NJ –DQ (Rule 20-7c)
JWD. Gregory Rothman, Moorestown, NJ -*93 – JWD
JWD. Nathan Tenpas, Chevy Chase, MD -JWD
JWD. Callum McCaslin, Milford, PA –JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division-(Black Tees) White Manor CC: 6,176 Yards, Par 71
1. Evan Johnson, York, PA *75-77–152
2. James McHugh, Rye, NY *79-76–155
2. Gus Minkin, York, PA *81-74–155
4. Peter Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *85-80–165

 

Girls Division-(Green Tees) White Manor CC: 5,893 Yards, Par 71
1. Isabella DiLisio, Hatfield, PA *75-78–153
2. Brynn Walker, St. Davids, PA *76-79–155
3. Erin Lo, Mount Laurel, NJ *83-79–162
4. Raphaella Kang, Bayside, NY *84-79–163
5. Katie Edelblut, New Hope, PA *84-80–164
6. Zora Moore, Milford, NJ *82-83–165
7. Sam Leite, Camden, DE *84-84–168
7. Caroline Zhao, Greenwich, CT *84-84–168
9. Jackie Rogowicz, Yardley, PA *94-75–169
10. Jane Hopkinson-Wood, Pottstown, PA *91-84–175
11. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ *92-84–176
12. Cara Basso, Downingtown, PA *94-84–178
13. Emily Doyle, Horseheads, NY *93-88–181
14. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ *96-89–185
15. Summer Kitahara, Greenwich, CT *100-94–194
16. Kate Weiss, Greenwich, CT *102-101–203

IJGT Lowcountry Junior at Oldfield GC – Final Results

Tetreault Wins Rain-soaked Lowcountry Junior
Lee Captures Back-to-Back IJGT Victories

OKATIE, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour hosted the Lowcountry Junior  at Oldfield Golf Club March 23-24, represented by an elite field of competitors from 14 states and 15 countries. Conditions were not ideal, with heavy rains and lightning forcing play to be cancelled for the final round.

Luke TetreaultThe weather on Saturday featured many different types of elements. Whether it was cloudy and cold, raining or beautiful sunshine, Luke Tetreault  of Horseheads, N.Y., found a way to piece together a solid even-par 72 to lead the Boys 15-19 Division. Tetreault made a move early in his round, quickly getting to 2-under par through his first eight holes. From that point, he was able to play steady golf aided by a clutch up-and-down par on the par-3 13th hole at Oldfield Golf Club.

“The up-and-down on No. 13 really kept my round going,” Tetreault said. “That was kind of a turning point where I figured I could grind it out with the weather coming in.”

Unfortunately for those trailing Tetreault, the weather would not cooperate for the final round. Shortly after tee-times began, thunder and lightning rolled in and play could not resume.

Finishing just one stroke behind in second place was Matt Cheng  of Taipei, Taiwan, who carded three birdies en route to a 1-over-par 73.  Garrett Johnson  of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished in third place with an opening round of 5-over-par 77.

To go along with his victory, Tetreault was awarded the KENTWOOL  Socks Lo-Pro Award for his low score in the opening round.

Nicholas RussellIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Nicholas Russell  of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished Saturday with a two-stroke lead over his fellow competitors with an opening round 83. Russell was able to play holes Nos. 3 to 10 in only 1-over par, which steadied a shaky start. The bad weather made it difficult for everyone out there, but he was able to distance himself from the field by hitting almost every fairway.

“I was not able to play all that well today, but I was able to hit most fairways, so I was happy with that,” Russell said. “My chipping was also really good today.”
Close behind Russell was Kevin Ying  of Shanghai, China, who earned a second-place finish with his round of 85. Jan Schneider  of Erlangen, Germany, shot 86 to take third place honors.

Ceha LeeIn the Girls Division, Ceha Lee  was able to follow up her victory at the IJGT Shamrock Shootout  at Palmetto Hall  with another one this weekend. Lee was tied with Margine Arguello  of Panama City, Panama, and Thamonpat Siriko  of Bangkok, Thailand, after shooting opening-round 80s. The final round looked like it was going to be a battle, with seven girls within four shots of the lead. The weather would not allow though, forcing a scorecard playoff decided by the total back-nine score to determine the Girls Division Champion.

Lee carded the lowest back-nine score with a 4-over-par 40, aided by a birdie on No. 12. Arguello was barely edged out, shooting a 5-over-par 41 while Siriko carded a 6-over-par 42.
“I was just trying to stay dry out there,” Lee said. “I did not want to wet my grips.”
Lee, Arguello and Siriko were all awarded the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award for having the lowest opening round scores.
The IJGT will make the next southeast tournament stop at Duke University Golf Club  for the College Classic  on April 6-7. Consistently ranked as one of the best college courses, Duke University Golf Club has hosted many prestigious tournaments including the 2001 Men’s NCAA Championship.

To sign up for this event or others please contact the IJGT at 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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.ijgt.com or call 843-785-2444.

OKATIE, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Lowcountry Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed March 24, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6865 yards, Par 72 (73.6/139).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Black Tees – 6188 yards, Par 72 (70.5/131) Girls Division: White Tees – 5853 yards, Par 72 (74.8/132).

Weather:        Cloudy and rainy with temperatures in the High 50s, winds 10-15 m.p.h.

International Junior Golf Tour
Lowcountry Junior at Oldfield Golf Club
Okatie, S.C.
March 23-24, 2013

Boys 15-19 Division – (Gold Tees) Yards: 6,865Par 72
1. Luke Tetreault, Horseheads, NY *72
2. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *73
3. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *77
4. Bryan Gagnon, Culver City, CA *78
4. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *78
6. André Hammer, Scania, Sweden *79
7. Giovanni Trione, Rome, Italy *80
7. Sense Chaowalit, Bangkok, Thailand *80
7. Nicholas Rodriguez, East Northport, NY *80
7. Zach Stark, Livingston, NJ *80

11. Connor Hogan, Monroeville, AL *81

11. Alan Cooke, Vienna, WV *81
11. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi , Japan *81
14. Nico Gagliardi, Titusville, FL *82
14. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *82
16. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *83
16. AJ Correia, Bedford, NH *83
18. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *84
19. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *85
19. Trevor Harris, Whitehorse *85
19. Scott Lemon, Winnipeg, Canada *85
19. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *85
19. Elliott Johnson, Bluffton, SC *85
24. Aaron Liebenthal, Sylvania, OH *86
24. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *86
26. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *87
26. Nicco Gentile, Bluffton, SC *87
26. Cody White, Sweetser, IN *87
29. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *88
30. Austin McCulloch, Alexandria, MN *89
31. Sheock Hyun Shim, Seoul, South Korea *90
31. Patrick Albanesi, Avon, CT *90
33. Spencer Woolfolk, Hinsdale, IL *91
33. Peter Alberti, Madison, CT *91
35. Lohith Ramaraju, London, England *93
35. Matt Garza, Cheltenham, PA *93
35. Dacotah Palcit, Windsor, Canada *93
35. Mos Bangpetch, Hilton Head Island, SC *93
39. Erik Tiitus, Tallinn, Estonia *94
39. Czech Chalermchaiwat, Bangkok, Thailand *94
41. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *100
42. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *103
42. Konstantin Kosta Kosutic, Belgrade *103
44. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *109
DID NOT FINISH
Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan * WD
Boys 14 & Under Division – (Black Tees) Yards: 6,188 Par 72
1. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head, SC *83
2. Kevin Ying, Shanghai, China *85
3. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany *86
4. Evan White, Greenville, SC *87
4. Tim Morton, Florence, AL *87
Girls Division – (White Tees) Yards: 5,853 Par 72
1. Ceha Lee, Bundang-Gu, South Korea *80
2. Margine Arguello, Panama City, Panama *80
2. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *80
4. Kasidy Beckel, Bluffton, SC *81
5. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *83
5. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *83
7. Susana Reyes Ramirez, Ibague, Colombia *84
8. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *87
9. Aracelly Maria Jimenez Rios, Meiida, Mexico *89
10. Sybil Robinson, Dublin, OH *90
10. Paige Cappelli, Blue Bell, PA *90
12. Lizzie Hammel, Wexford, PA *94
13. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *105

KENTWOOL Socks named Title Sponsor at Bulle Rock

HITLON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is pleased to continue its partnership with KENTWOOL , one of the nation’s longest-running, family-owned textile companies. In continuation with their partnership with the IJGT, KENTWOOL has been named the official title sponsor of the IJGT Event at Bulle Rock Golf Club, April 13-14.

Founded in 1843, KENTWOOL is the only company in the western hemisphere — and one of 50 in the world — to receive the Usterized Quality Certification indicating the highest level of quality assurance in yarn production. Based in Greenville, S.C., all KENTWOOL products are made in the USA.

KentwoolAn avid golfer, KENTWOOL CEO, Mark Kent had the idea to produce the “World’s Best Golf Sock” after standing in the 18th fairway of the BMW Nationwide Tour Pro-Am tending to blistered, bleeding feet instead of concentrating on the eagle opportunity guaranteeing him a spot in the final round. Born from that moment was golf’s leading, premium merino wool golf sock. KENTWOOL Socks enable golfers of all abilities to play their best while benefiting from abrasion, fatigue resistance, KENTWOOL Blister-Free Guarantee. KENTWOOL utilizes its nearly two-century-old heritage of superiority in textiles to create socks which draw upon wool’s natural and cool performance fibers for moisture management, sheer comfort and other performance-enhancing benefits.

The #RocktheSocks Open at Bulle Rock will feature elite junior golfers from around the world competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit points. All event participants will receive a pair of KENTWOOL Socks in addition to the tournament gifts provided by our other sponsors.

This event is filling up quickly! Be sure to sign up for the #RocktheSocks Open at Bulle Rock  today to reserve your spot in the field.

To purchase a pair of KENTWOOL socks from the IJGT Pro Shop click here .