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IJGT announces All-IJGT Teams and Players of the Year

International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) announces All-IJGT Teams

Shiso Go, Jack Halleron and Victoria Parker named IJGT Players of the Year

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is pleased to announce its Players of the Year and All-IJGT Teams.

Shiso GoShiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, is the Boys 15-19 Division Player of the Year. Go placed in the top 10 in all 10 IJGT events he competed in this season, including wins at the IJGT College Series at NC State, the Major Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational. His lowest score of the season was a 3-under 69, which he carded twice.

The rest of the Boys 15-19 Division All-IJGT Team includes: Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, Mark Benevento of Somers Pt., N.J., Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., and Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India.

 

Jack HalleronJack Halleron of Timonium, Md., won five IJGT events, including three Majors, to earn IJGT Player of the Year honors for the Boys 14 & Under Division. Halleron placed in the top two in all seven events he competed in and won the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club, the Major Championship at Duke University, the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club, the Major Championship at Bulle Rock and the College Series at the University of Maryland. His lowest round was a 1-under 70 at the University of Maryland.

The rest of the Boys 14 & Under All-IJGT Team includes: Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Ayushman Jaiswal of Bangalore, India, John Updike of Wayne, Pa., Lou Baker of Timonium, Md., and TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y.

 

Victoria ParkerVictoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., is the Girls Division IJGT Player of the Year. Parker captured three IJGT titles at the College Series at Penn State University, the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club and the St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club. Her lowest round was a 1-under 71, which she carded during the first round of the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club.

The rest of the Girls Division All-IJGT Team includes: Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C., and Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C.

The IJGT Tour Rankings are based on IJGT Merit Points, which are awarded to the top 10 finishers at every IJGT event. Double merit points are awarded at Major Championships.

Boys 15-19 Division All-IJGT Team

Shiso Go
Jason Stokes
Conor Byrne
Tennoshin Ogawa
Xue Wen Luo
Santiago Diaz
Mark Benevento
Trey Wren
Kyle Vance
Ritwik Jain

Boys 14 & Under Division All-IJGT Team

Jack Halleron
Luke Sample
Ford Bennett
Evan Greenplate
Jake Calamaro
Chase Phillips
Ayushman Jaiswal
John Updike
Lou Baker
TJ Buck
 

Girls Division All-IJGT Team

Victoria Parker
Sera Tadokoro
Madison Braman
Kelly Whaley
Shannon Brooks
Ankita Kedlaya
Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng
Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob
Sophie Guo
Kayla Kozak

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, EyeLine Golf and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club – Tour Preview

Hershey CC 2009 (10)The IJGT Northeast Tour will host the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa., on May 9-10, 2015. The event will take place on Hershey’s renowned par-71 East Course.

 Opened in 1969, the course was designed by George Fazio to highlight Pennsylvania’s natural beauty. This course has hosted numerous PGA Tour events and most recently hosted the Nationwide Tour’s Reese’s Cup Classic.

Hershey Country Club

A Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, the East Course benefits the environment and local ecosystems.

IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and AJGA stars are at stake in this event. Participants can also compete for North American Junior Amateur exemptions in Boys 15-19 and Girls divisions.

Just minutes away from the town chocolate built, Hershey Country Club offers vibrant and fun activities for the whole family. Check out Hershey’s Chocolate World, ZooAmerica, or spend time after the tournament at Hersheypark.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Cole Berger of Malvern, Pa., is coming off a win the Major Championship at Bulle Rock and Benjamin Morris of Reisterstown, Md., is coming off a win in the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin, both in April. Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., will also look to add a second IJGT victory to his resume; he won the Major Championship at Duke University in March. Peter Bradbeer of Philadelphia, Pa., and Brian Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., have both found success on the course. Bradbeer finished second in the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club in August and Isztwan won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the same event.

In the Girls Division, Skylar Frankiewicz of Concord, Mass., and Synclaire Kuhn of McMurray, Pa., will both be seeking their second IJGT wins of the season. Frankiewicz won the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in January and Kuhn won the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin in April. Audrey Clawson of Sarver, Pa., has an advantage in that she’s familiar with the course; she finished second in the Labor Day Classic at Hershey last year.

As for the Boys 14 & Under Division, Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., has won four consecutive IJGT events from October-April. Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C., will aim to add a third IJGT title to his resume after winning the College Series at Penn State University in October and the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes in March. Jon Nolan Perry of Berwyn, Pa., and Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., both have multiple top-three finishes in IJGT events, but a victory still eludes them. S. Dean Satouri of Chantilly, Va., won the only other IJGT event he’s competed in this season, the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill in March. John Updike of Wayne, Pa., is coming off a win in last month’s Architect’s Cup.

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.

The Architects Cup – Final Results (April 19, 2015)

Massimino comes from behind to secure Boys 15-19 Division title

Sim wins Girls Division against elite competition.

 The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Lopatcong, N.J., to host the The Architects Cup on April 18-19, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Massimino websiteRoland Massimino of Lumberville, Pa., carded an even-par 71 to win the Boys 15-19 Division. The Kansas State commit started out with three birdies through his first four holes. When asked about his play today, Massimino said,

“I played scrappy today,” Massimino said after his victory. “It was a grind-it-out kind of day today.”

When asked about going to play at Kansas State, he stated, “I’m really excited to be playing in the Big-12 against great competition.”

In a tie for second, Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., and Daniel Reiger of Collegeville, Md., both carded a two-day total of 3-over 145.

The Clazic Belts Low Final Round award went to James McHugh of Rye, N.Y., and Matt Graeff of Blue Bell, Pa. Both players shot a final round 70 to secure the award. The Eyeline Golf Golden Putter award went to Vance, who carded seven birdies during the competition.

Sim websiteIn the Girls Division, Kelly Sim of Edgewater, N.J., held on to her day one lead to win her second IJGT event in three weeks. Sim shot a first round 69, and followed up her 2-under first round with a gritty second round 73. During her final round, the New Jersey native shot an even-par 35 on the front nine.

In second place in the Girls Division, Brynn Walker of St. Davids, Pa., shot a two-day total of 144. The University of North Carolina commit managed to secure a Clazic Belts Low Final Round award in the Girls Division and the Eyeline Golf Golden Putter award for the girls. Third place went to Anina Ku of Basking Ridge, N.J. Ku shot a two-day total of 144 to secure third place, including a final round 71 to receive a Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Updike websiteIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, John Updike of Wayne, Pa., came from behind during the final round to secure his first IJGT victory of the season. The Pennsylvania native started out strong, shooting an even-par 36 on his first nine holes. When asked about his strong start, he said, “I played really consistent. I had all pars to start out, which helped.”

There was a tie for second place in the Boys 14 & Under Division. With a two-day total of 151, Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., and Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., both came within one shot of the victory.

The Eyeline Golf Golden Putter award for the Boys 14 & Under Division went to a par-4 tie breaker, and the award went to Calamaro, with four birdies.

The IJGT Northeast Tour will continue tournament play with the Major Championship at Bulle Rock on April 25-26, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Lopatcong, NJ – Final Results of the IJGT Architects Cup at The Architects Golf Club on April 18-19, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,611 yards Par 71 (71.6/127). Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,040 yards, Par 71 (68.8/122). Girls Division: Blue Tees – 5,693 yards, Par 71 (73.8/131).

International Junior Golf Tour

Architects Open at The Architects Golf Club

Lopatcong, NJ

April 18-19, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,611 yards, Par 71

1. Roland Massimino, Lumberville, PA *70-71–141

2. Daniel Rieger, Collegeville, PA *74-71–145

2. Kyle Vance, Audubon, PA *68-77–145

4. James McHugh, Rye, NY *76-70–146

5. Jack Melville, Maple Glen, PA *73-74–147

6. Matt Graeff, Blue Bell, PA *78-70–148

6. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *76-72–148

6. Marco Nieto, Eynon, PA *76-72–148

9. DJ Griffiths, Binghamton, NY *77-72–149

9. Brant Wolff, Perth Amboy, NJ *75-74–149

11. Will Rand, New York, NY *72-78–150

12. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *79-72–151

12. Nicholas Sidor, Upper Saddle River, NJ *75-76–151

14. Toby DiPaolo, Tuxedo Park, NY *78-74–152

14. William Sheedy, Washington, DC *76-76–152

16. Sanghyeon Park, Oakland Gardens, NY *78-75–153

16. Jon Petrin, Cicero, NY *78-75–153

16. Jordan Shaffer, Fayetteville, PA *77-76–153

19. Alec Kerr, Broomall, PA *77-77–154

20. Blake DiPaola, Long Valley, NJ *81-74–155

20. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *79-76–155

20. Nicholas Gianelos, West Chester, PA *78-77–155

23. George Cultraro, Wyckoff, NJ *81-75–156

23. Christopher Lee, Westwood, NJ *80-76–156

23. Dustin Cook, Westport, CT *79-77–156

26. Andrew Lombardo, Lansdale, PA *83-74–157

26. Cory Haldeman, Center Valley, PA *79-78–157

26. Kevin Johnson, Glen Gardner, NJ *79-78–157

26. Brian Zinman, Center Valley, PA *78-79–157

26. Justin Murray, Burlington, NJ *76-81–157

31. Griffin Smith, Holland, PA *81-78–159

32. Cole Berger, Malvern, PA *82-78–160

33. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *83-78–161

33. Aaron Montgomery, New York, NY *83-78–161

33. Jack Martinides, Newtown, PA *77-84–161

36. Spencer Weiner, Short Hills, NJ *84-79–163

36. Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley, PA *82-81–163

36. Alec Cwienkala, Allentown, PA *80-83–163

39. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *84-80–164

39. Titus Sung, Roslyn Heights, NY *81-83–164

41. Pauly Fedele, Easton, PA *84-81–165

42. Derek Li, Hillsborough, NJ *89-80–169

43. Devin Sanders, Camden, DE *91-80–171

43. Jay Kim, Holmdel, NJ *87-84–171

43. Danny Goetze, Cornwall on Hudson, NY *85-86–171

46. Charlie Kovalcik, Yardley, PA *86-86–172

47. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *90-83–173

48. Nicholas Ng, New York, NY *90-94–184

49. Kyle Froisland, Blairstown, NJ *100-86–186

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Dylan Karofsky, Purchase, NY, *90 DQ (Rule 6-3)

JWD. Matthew Lee-Tolley, New York, NY, *77

Boys 14 & Under Division-Gold Tees- 6,040 yards, Par 71

1. John Updike, Wayne, PA *78-72–150

2. Jake Calamaro, Newtown Square, PA *77-74–151

2. Luke Sample, New York, NY *75-76–151

4. Billy Civitella, Jr., Berwyn, PA *78-79–157

5. Jack Cornforth, South Hamilton, MA *79-79–158

6. James Meyers, Wexford, PA *83-77–160

7. Tj Buck, Penfield, NY *86-76–162

7. Matthew Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *82-80–162

7. John Del Priore, Yorktown, NY *83-79–162

10. Kyle Gardner, Rye, NY *81-82–163

11. Jude Cummings, Pittsford, NY, *89-79–168

12. Archie Filshill, Huntingdon Valley, PA *88-87–175

13. Michael DeRienzo, Southbury, CT *97-95–192

Girls Division- Blue Tees- 5,693 yards, Par 71

1. Kelly Sim, Edgewater, NJ *69-73–142

2. Brynn Walker, St. Davids, PA *73-71–144

3. Anina Ku, Basking Ridge, NJ *77-71–148

4. Ami Gianchandani, Short Hills, NJ *73-77–150

5. Christina Parsells, Bernardsville, NJ *78-75–153

6. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ *82-73–155

7. Tiya Chowdary, Montgomery, NJ *80-77–157

8. Linda Wang, Fresh Meadows, NY *80-78–158

9. Jessie Kweon, Little Neck, NY *78-82–160

10. Soona Lee-Tolley, New York, NY *85-77–162

10. Rebecca Markunas, Glendale, NY *86-76–162

10. Yoona Kim, Oradell, NJ *86-76–162

10. Sarah Perine, Staten Island, NY *83-79–162

14. Caroline Hodge, Larchmont, NY *84-82–166

15. Lauren Muhlbauer, Newtown, PA *87-80–167

16. Anna Bowman, Westfield, NJ *84-85–169

17. Meher Mankikar, Bridgewater, NJ *87-85–172

18. Erin Holmes, Cumberland, ME *94-82–176

19. Brianna Marmorstein, Havertown, PA *90-89–179

20. Hannah Fireman, Ambler, PA *95-85–180

21. Grace Cuttone, Bernardsville, NJ *94-88–182

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Rachel Corry, Ridgefield, CT, *79

JWD. Lauren Kingsly, Morristown, NJ, *127

The Architects Cup – Round one recap (April 18, 2015)

The IJGT Northeast Tour returned to its bi-annual stop in Lopatcong, N.J., the Architects Golf Club, to host The Architects Cup. Juniors teed off beginning at noon for round one of the two-day, 36 hole event. In review, below are each division’s leader’s rounds in numbers.

Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

68- Vance shot a 3-under 68 in the first round

6- Vance carded a division-best six birdies

33- His 3-under score on the back nine

Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

75- Sample shot a 4 over in the first round

13- Number of pars Sample carded

6- His longest par-or-better streak came on holes No. 1 through 6

Kelly Sim of Edgewater, N.J., is the leader of the Girls Division after round one. Her round in numbers

69- Sim shot a 2-under 69 in the first round

3- She carded three birdies

34- Her 2-under back nine total

The second round of The Architects Cup will take place tomorrow, April 19, 2015, with tee times beginning at 8:06 am. For full round one results, click here.  View the updated leaderboard here at IJGT.com or in the IJGT app. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

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

 

Major Championship at Duke University- Round one recap (March 28, 2015)

The IJGT Southeast Tour headed north to Durham, N.C., to host the Major Championship at Duke University. Juniors teed off in cold and blustery conditions beginning at 8 a.m. for round one of the two-day, 36-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

1- He leads the division by a single stroke

2 – His two birdies came on the par-5 fifth hole and the par-4 16th hole

6 – He had a six-hole par-or-better streak on holes No. 9 through 14

75 – His round one score to carry the lead

Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

1 – He carded an eagle on the par-5 11th hole

4 – He carded four birdies in the first round, the most in his division

76 – His round one score to lead the division

4 – His average on par-5s

Linda Trockel of Berlin, Germany, leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

2 – She birdied the par-5 seventh hole and the par-4 18th hole

76 – Her division-leading round one score

38 – Her score on both the front and back nines

4 – She leads the division by four strokes

The second round of the Major Championship at Duke University will take place tomorrow, March 29, 2015, with tee times beginning at 9 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

 

The Architects Cup – Tour Preview

The IJGT Northeast Tour will pay homage to the beginnings of golf while hosting The Architects Cup at The Architects Golf Club in Lopatcong, N.J., on April 18-19, 2015.

The unique style of the 6,863 yard par-71 course at The Architects Golf Club reflects back on the history of golf and will offer IJGT members the chance to play 18 different course styles in one location. It boasts a 131 slope, 72.5 rating and the facility includes a practice putting green and driving range.

Architects Club

Each hole aims to emulate a different golf architect’s style without simply copying one of their famous holes. The result is more creative than simple reproduction and offers a fun style that both challenges and excites golfers.

This course is recognized as one of the most challenging and historically significant courses in the Northeast. During the two-day, 36-hole event, juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. Competitors in the Boys 15-19 Division and Girls Division will also be competing for AJGA performance stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions.

Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., tops the list of players to watch in the Girls Division as she’ll be playing her home course. She won The Architects Cup Presented by the IJGA in October and tied for second in last April’s Architects Cup. This is her fourth consecutive season competing in an IJGT event at Architects Golf Club. Other players to watch in the Girls Division include Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J., and Lauren Muhlbauer of Newtown, Pa. Gianchandani has one first-place finish and two second-place finishes this season. Muhlbauer has one second-place finish this season.

Also keep an eye on 12-year-olds Tiya Chowdary of Montgomery, N.J., and Yoona Kim of Oradell, N.J. They may be young, but they can play. The pair tied for fifth in the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club at the end of March and will look to outdo one another in the Architects Cup.

Brian Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., will try to earn his first title in the Boys 15-19 Division; he won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club in August. Isztwan will be facing a tough field in the Boys 15-19 Division. Other players to watch include Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., who won the Major Championship at Duke University at the end of March and Sanghyeon Park of Oakland Gardens, N.Y., who finished second in the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club, also at the end of March. West Chester, Pa., native Nicholas Gianelos finished a single stroke behind Park to tie for third in the Metropolitan Junior, and will look to defeat him in the Architects Cup.

TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y., won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Architects Cup Presented by the IJGA in October and will look to add a second Architects title to his resume. Also in the Boys 14 & Under Division, Wayne, Pa., native John Updike and James Meyers of Wexford, Pa., have one second-place finish apiece this season and will aim to earn their first title of the season.

For more information about the event, or to register, click here.

Summer Series at the Ridge at Back Brook – Final results

Cook’s low first-round translates to victory
Come-from-behind win for Weiner

The IJGT continued the Summer Series at the Ridge at Back Brook on July 29-30, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole tournament featured a full field of 53 juniors from all over North America competing for national rankings. The event was the BlueGolf Featured Tournament.

cookMichael Cook of Berwyn, Pa., was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division. Recording scores of 68-75 – 143, Cook was the only junior to score under par in a round of the tournament. Cook created a six-stroke lead with his round one performance, tallying seven birdies, three of which came consecutively on holes 16 through 18. In round two, Cook added two more birdies and an eagle to secure his win.

“I tried to put my first round [68] out of my mind and keep calm and let it fly,” said Cook.

Charlie Watson of Toronto, Ontario, added two birdies and an eagle of his own in round two to shave five strokes from his round one score en route to his second place finish. Watson carded scores of 77-72 – 149. Rounding out the division was a three-way tie for third between Luke McKeogh of Warminster, Pa., Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., and Cody Dazen of Shamong, N.J. The trio carded tournament totals of 154.

 

WeinerIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Spencer Weiner of Short Hills, N.J., used a come-from-behind performance to nab first. At the conclusion of round one, Weiner sat two strokes off of then leader Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., but two second-round birdies and 11 pars allowed him to shave six strokes from his round one score and capture first. The round two score of 76 for Weiner was enough to earn him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the division, the award presented to the junior who tallies the lowest score in the second round of the tournament.

Second place went to Pongrac with scores of 80-83 – 163. Rounding out the Boys 14 & Under Division was Alex Cook of Berwyn, Pa., with a tournament total of 186.

“I kept my composure through consistency and trusting my game,” said Weiner.

 

bookholdtHaley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., won the Girls Division with scores of 77-73 – 150. Eleven pars and three birdies in her second round led her to secure her victory, earning her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division. Her victory is the first since her win in at The Battle at Bulle Rock in April of the 2011-2012 season.

“I played safe, didn’t go for too many pins. It was tempting but had to go around them and two-putt,” said Bookholdt.

In second was Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J, who finished with scores of 78-77 – 155 while Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., rounded out the division in third. Wentworth posted a two-day score of 158.

The IJGT’s Summer Series will continue on to the Pine Ridge Golf Club in Coram, N.Y., on August 5-6, 2014. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444. 

Boys 15-19 Division – Gold Tees: 6,893 yards, Par 72

1. Michael Cook, Berwyn, Pa. *68-75–143
2. Charlie Watson, Toronto, Ontario *77-72–149
3. Luke McKeogh, Warminster, Pa. *82-72–154
3. Kyle Vance, Audubon, Pa. *80-74–154
3. Cody Dazen, Shamong, N.J. *74-80–154
6. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, N.J. *82-73–155
6. Griffin Smith, Holland, Pa. *80-75–155
8. James Wolfangel, Flemington, N.J. *77-79–156
9. Jack Boulger, Walpole, Mass. *81-77—158
10. Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, Pa. *78-82–160
10. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, Pa. *76-84–160
12. Peter Bradbeer, Rosemont, Pa. *88-73–161
12. Ben Litt, Moorestown, N.J. *83-78–161
12. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, Pa. *77-84–161
15. Jake Gurock, West Windsor, N.J. *84-78–162
15. David Gall, Cinnaninson, N.J. *79-83–162
17. Bobby Nixon, Port St. Lucie, Fl. *86-77–163
17. Andrew Willner, Paoli, Pa. *76-87–163
19. Christopher Gay, Bronxville, N.Y. *86-78–164
19. Bennett Perrine, West Windsor, N.J. *82-82–164
21. Dustin Cook, Westport, Conn. *85-80-165
21. Mike Bliss, Newtown, Pa. *80-85–165
23. Leonard Lee, Wyckoff, N.J. *84-83–167
23. Luke Sliwowski, Sewell, N.J. *84-83–167
25. Chris DeVito, Warren, N.J. *91-80–171
25. Taikan Nakada, White Plains, N.Y. *85-86–171
27. Matt Ferriero, Long Valley, N.J. *89-83–172
28. Jake Lustig, Somers, N.Y. *84-91–175
29. Joey Goryeb, Mendham, N.J. *93-84-177
30. Max Johnson, Flemington, N.J. *98-83–181
31. Ian Lee, Wyckoff, N.J. *96-88–184
32. Luke Nichols, Bryn Mawr, Pa. *94-91–185
33. John MacGillivray Jr, Greenwich, Conn. *99-101–200

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Robert Newhouse, New York, N.Y.
JWD. Cristian Cerza, Greenwich, Conn.

Boys 14 & Under Division – Red Tees: 6,282 yards, Par 72

1. Spencer Weiner, Short Hills, N.J. *82-76–158
2. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, N.J. *80-83–163
3. Alex Cook, Berwyn, Pa. *101-85–186
4. Logan Snyder, Pottersville, N.J. *96-93–189
5. Cole Staisil, New York, N.Y. *100-101–201

Girls Division – Silver Tees: 6,025 yards, Par 72

1. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, N.J. *77-73–150
2. Megan McLean, Lebanon, N.J. *78-77–155
3. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, N.J. *83-75–158
4. Julia Hyman, Allentown, Pa. *85-79–164
5. Esther Park, Wilmington, Del. *84-82–166
6. Kenaida Mills, Califon, N.J. *90-82–172
7. Lauren Muhlbauer, Newtown, Pa. *89-84–173
8. Emily Gilbert, Gilbertsville, Pa. *95-86–181
9. Summer Kitahara, Greenwich, Conn. *95-87–182
10. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, N.J. *93-94–187
11. Jasmine Kitahara, Greenwich, Conn. *96-93–189
12. Meghan Foos, Rumson, N.J. *97-100–197

Summer Series at Oyster Reef – Final Results

Low rounds translates to first-IJGT victories for Lewis, Huang
Plis wins second consecutive Summer Series event

The IJGT continued the Summer Series as it hosted the Summer Series at Oyster Reef Golf Club on July 11, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole event was cut short due to severe thunderstorms and heavy rains. Winners were announced on July 12, 2014, and based on round one scores. Twenty juniors competed for national rankings and eight juniors competed in a 9-hole Discovery Tour competition.

DSC_0714IJGT newcomer Justin Lewis of High Point, N.C., was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division. Finishing with a score of 1-over-par 73, Lewis took first with a two-stroke lead. His score was the lowest score among the male competitors, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Round Award, the award provided to the boy and girl with the lowest score for the round. Lewis carded par or better on 11 straight holes, two of which were birdies, en route to his victory.

In a tie for second, Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., and Hsin-Wei Wu of Taiwan, both carded 3-over-par scores of 75 to complete the winner’s circle. The second-place finish was the first top-three finish for Vance and the first-ever IJGT event for Wu.

“I feels good to win, the course was great,” Lewis said in reference to his first experience with the IJGT.

 

DSC_0708For the second-consecutive Summer Series event, Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., won the Boys 14 & Under Division. Carding a score of 76, Plis finished six strokes ahead of his competition. The highlight of his round being the back nine, Plis tallied four pars and two birdies as he made his way to victory. Plis also finished first at the Summer Series at Ridgemont Country Club on July 1-2, 2014, where he posted scores of 78-78 – 156 overall. This is his eighth top-10 finish of the season.

Finishing in second was Thomas Lipowicz of Alexandria, Va., with a score of 82. Rounding out the top three was Mason Cord of Des Moines, Iowa, with a score of 93.

“It feels really good to win two events in a row, I am excited for Buffalo,” said Plis who will compete in the Summer Series at Glen Oak Golf Course on July 15-16, 2014.

 

DSC_0711The Girls Division was won in a tiebreaker determined by the best score on the hardest handicap hole. Yu-Lun Huang beat out fellow Taiwan native, Nicole Lu thanks to a birdie on No. 2. Both Huang and Lu posted 2-over-par scores of 74 for the round. Huang carded three birdies, the most of any junior in the tournament, while Lu added one of her own as she finished in second. Both Huang and Lu were recipients of the Clazic Belts Low Round Award. Rounding out the top three was Ling-Jie Chen of Taiwan, with a score of 76.

“I felt much more relaxed playing here than in Taiwan and I really like that,” said Huang.

 

 

 

DTOURThe Discovery Tour was held for the youngest golfers and was a nine-hole competition to introduce the boys and girls to the experience of tournament golf in a fun, enjoyable environment. Kent Hsiao of Taiwan, won the Boys Discovery Tour with a nine-hole score of 35 while Wendy Hsiao of Taiwan, won the Girls Discovery Tour with a nine-hole score of 37.

The IJGT’s Summer Series will continue on to Glen Oak Golf Course in East Amherst, N.Y., on July 15-16, 2014. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Hilton Head Island, S.C. – Final results of the Summer Series at Oyster Reef conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed July 11, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,825 yards, Par 72. Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,187 yards, Par 72. Girls Division: White Tees – 5,910 yards, Par 72. Discovery Tour: Green Tees – 5,288 yards, Par 35.

International Junior Golf Tour
Summer Series at Oyster Reef
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
July 11-12, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division – Gold Tees, 6,825 yards, Par 72 (M-73.6/132)

1. Justin Lewis, High Point, N.C., *73
2. Kyle Vance, Audubon, Pa., *75
2. Hsin-Wei Wu, Taiwan, *75
4. Liam Bryden, Port of Spain, *77
5. Taikan Nakada, White Plains, N.Y., *78
6. Andres Lopez, Monterrey, *81
7. Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., *82
8. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *84
9. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, N.Y., *85
10. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan, *93
11. Jackson Tomaszewski, Hilton Head Island, S.C., *106
12. Cullen Wood, Falls Church, Va., *180

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Thomas Pfoesti, Schenna, *

Girls Division – White Tees, 5,910 yards, Par 72 (L-74.7/128)

1. Yu-Lun Huang, Taiwan, *74
2. Nicole Lu, Taiwan, *74
3. Ling-Jie Chen, Taiwan, *76
4. Meredith Wipper, Hilton Head Island, S.C., *83

Discovery Tour Boys Division – Green Tees, 5,288 yards, Par 35 (L-71.1/120)

1. Kent Hsiao, Taiwan, *35
2. James Teng, Taiwan, *42
3. Jason Hsu, Taiwan, *45
4. Stanley Lin, Taiwan, *46
5. Yu-Chun Wu, Taiwan, *48
6. Yuan-Fu Huang, Taiwan, *49

Discovery Tour Girls Division – Green Tees, 5,288 yards, Par 35 (L-71.1/120)

1. Wendy Hsiao, Taiwan, *37
2. Maggie Chih, Taiwan, *51