Puangcharoen, Gray among the IJGT Players of the Week – Oct. 21, 2014


The IJGT’s Northeast Tour made the trip to State College, Pa., on October 18-19, 2014, for the College Series at Penn State University. It was a challenging weekend for the contestants as cold weather and windy conditions made an already difficult course even tougher. After two days of competitive play and great sportsmanship, the IJGT is pleased to announce Adam Gray of Potomac, Md., and Lauren Kase of North Tonawanda, N.Y., as the Northeast Tour’s Players of the Week.


The first day of the tournament was trying for all of the competitors due to cold, rainy and windy conditions. Gray played well, shooting a 78 in the opening round to place him in a tie for eighth heading into the final round. Weather conditions were more favorable on day two of the tournament and Gray capitalized by shooting the low score of the weekend, a 1-under-par 71. He carded four birdies on the day, three of which were on the front nine to allow him to make the turn at 2-under. Consistency was key for Gray as his resilient efforts resulted in a shared piece of second place to end the tournament.


Kase led with a slow start but found her rhythm during the final round of the College Series. Totaling eight pars on the day, Kase drove the ball well and sunk some difficult putts to improve her score. She birdied the challenging, uphill par-4 No. 16 with ease, demonstrating her skill in all areas of the game. Her second round 85 solidified her fourth-place finish in her division.


The IJGT traveled to Pooler, Ga., to host the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters Country Club.  The weather forecast included clear skies and mild temperatures leaving the course in pristine condition for low rounds.  This week’s southeast Player of the Week honors are awarded to Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, and Warrisara (Mind) Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand.

Shimoji, Takafumi

Shimoji kicked off round one with a birdie on the par-4 No. 1 but struggled with a few bogeys in the remainder of his round before adding a final birdie on the par-4 No 11. After finding himself in 31st at the conclusion of round one, Shimoji returned for round two with determination. He started with back-to-back birdies on holes No. 3 and 4, before adding two more birdies on the back nine. Shimoji’s battle back allowed him to finish the round with a 1- under-par, 71, giving him an overall score of 151 and a top-five finish.


Puangcharoen shot 79 on Saturday and 71 on Sunday to finish with 150 for the tournament for third place. With only a brief struggle for par or better on her first round front nine, she ramped up her back nine with six pars and another birdie. Puangcharoen played well again on Sunday after starting the day hot with four-straight pars and going on to score par or better on 16 of 18 holes for the round. Her final score of 71 on Sunday earned her the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award and helped to secure third-place.

Congratulations to Gray, Kase, Puangcharoen and Shimoji on earning the Player of the Week honors and we wish you well in all of your future events!

Major Championship at Out Door Country Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT will be hosting the Major Championship at Out Door Country Club on October 25-26, 2014. This two-day event will include 18-holes to be played on Saturday and Sunday. Juniors will compete for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

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Located in York, Pa., Out Door Country Club has been home to York families for more than 100 years. Designed by Ault & Associates, the course features six ponds, over sixty bunkers and an extensive practice facility which includes a driving range, chipping area and a putting green. Although the country club has grown and evolved over the years, it has remained true to the dream of its founding members: to provide its members with an entertainment, recreational, and sporting facility unlike any other in the area.

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Out Door Country Club

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Gus Minkin, a native of York, Pa., will look to use his hometown advantage in his fifth IJGT Major Championship. In his four past Majors, Minkin has placed in the top-10 each time and will return for his fifth Major looking for a victory. 

Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., is coming off of a third-place finish at the DC Shootout at National Golf Club on October 4-5, 2014, and will look to take the Boys 14 & Under Major Championship title.

Keep an eye on Lauren Kase of North Tonawanda, N.Y. Kase’s finished her 2013-2014 season with a victory in the Summer Series at Glen Oak Golf Course and will look to kick off her 2014-2015 season with another win.

To register or for more information about the Major Championship at Out Door Country Club click here.

Summer Series at Glen Oak Golf Course – Final results

Kase wins Girls Division in a playoff
Plis wins third consecutive Summer Series event

The IJGT continued the Summer Series as it hosted the Summer Series at Glen Oak Golf Course on July 15-16, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole tournament featured a field of 12 juniors from all over the nation competing for national rankings.

mathersConnor Mathers of Brigden, Ontario, carried his round-one momentum into round two where he finished in first place in the Boys 15-19 Division. Following round one, Mathers was tied with Brad Belote of Lancaster, N.Y., but 11 pars and one birdie in round two led him to his victory. Mathers finished three strokes ahead of second place finisher with scores of 77-77 – 154 overall. His five total birdies was the most of the tournament and his second round score of 77 earned Mathers the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award given to juniors who score the lowest in the second round of the tournament.

John Dantanio of Lancaster, Pa., finished in second and recorded scores of 78-79 – 157. Third place was a tie between Jack Boulger of Wapole, Mass., and Belote, who both carded overall scores of 162.

“Practicing with my swing coach really has helped and I had been putting a lot of time in on the driving range to prepare for this tournament,” said Mathers.


KaseIn an exciting race for first in the Girls Division, Lauren Kase of North Tonawanda, N.Y., won in a playoff against Kenaida Mills of Tewksbury Township, N.J. Kase led the division after round one, sitting three strokes in front of Mills, but an improved second round performance by Mills left the pair tied at the end of 36 holes. The par-4 No. 10 was used as the first playoff hole.

Kase teed off first, getting her approach shot to land within 40 feet of the hole. Mills followed and her approach shot missed just short of the green, landing her in the bunker. Despite getting out of the bunker and within 20 feet of the hole, Mills was unable to sink her par putt. Kase, sat just two feet from the hole following her first putt before sinking her putt for par and a victory.

Kase carded scores of 80-83 – 163 overall. “My putting kept me in the round but today was much harder than yesterday,” Kase commented.

Mills finished in second with scores of 83-80 – 163 and earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division.


plisFor the third straight Summer Series event, Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., has won the Boys 14 & Under Division. Coming off a victory at the Summer Series at Oyster Reef on July 11-12, 2014, Plis came from behind to secure his third consecutive first-place finish. Plis trailed by one stroke at the end of round but two opening birdies on No. 1 and 2 kicked off his second round performance. He carded three total birdies and 19 total pars en route to his victory. Plis finished with scores of 81-77 – 158 while James Meyers of Wexford, Pa., finished in second with scores of 80-85 – 165.

The second round score of 77 earned Plis the Boys 14 & Under Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. “Hitting the fairways both days was key for me and gave me a lot of confidence,” Plis said.

The IJGT’s Summer Series will continue on to the Country Club of Hilton Head in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on July 22-23, 2014. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.

East Amherst, N.Y. – Final results of the Summer Series at Glen Oak Golf Course conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed July 15-16, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,702 yards, Par 72. Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,227 yards, Par 72. Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,867 yards, Par 72.

International Junior Golf Tour
Summer Series at Glen Oak
East Amherst, N.Y.
July 15-16, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,702 yards, Par 72

1. Connor Mathers, Brigden, Canada *77-77–154
2. John Dantonio, Lancaster, N.Y. *78-79–157
3. Jack Boulger, Walpole, Mass. *83-79–162
3. Brad Belote, Lancaster, N.Y. *77-85–162
5. Dustin Cook, Westport, Conn. *80-84–164
6. Joe Marszalek, Hamburg, N.Y. *81-91–172
7. Keelan Sinha, Williamsville, N.Y. *93-90–183


DQ. Taikan Nakada, White Plains, N.Y. *

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,227 yards, Par 72

1. Dylan Plis, Camillus, N.Y. *81-77–158
2. James Meyers, Wexford, Pa. *80-85–165

Girls Division – Gold Tees, 5,867 yards, Par 72

1. Lauren Kase, North Tonawanda, N.Y. *80-83–163
2. Kenaida Mills, Tewksbury Township, N.J. *83-80–163

Summer Series at Glen Oak – Round one recap

The IJGT Summer Series continued in East Amherst, N.Y., at Glen Oak Golf Course on July 15, 2014. Temperatures sat around 80 but winds proved to be a challenge. At the conclusion of the first round’s 18 holes, we have leaders in each division. Their round in numbers are below.

In a tight race in the Boys 15-19 Division, Connor Mathers and Brad Belote will enter round two in a tie for the lead. Their round in numbers:


77 – the 18-hole score following round one

7 – his longest streak of par or better

4 – total birdies in his round


38 – his back-nine score when he cut his deficit and created the tie between himself and Mathers

3 – Belote made par on three of four par-3 holes

2 – number of birdies he carded

James Meyers leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

80 – his round one score

11 – Meyers placed 11th in his last event, the Summer Series at Ridgemont Country Club. Also the number of pars he carded in his round.

1 – he leads the division by one stroke

The Girls Division is led by Lauren Kase. Her round in numbers:

80 – her round one score, three strokes ahead of her competition

10 – Kase’s score in the first round is 10 strokes better than her first round score in the Summer Series at Ridgemont Country Club

4 – her back-nine score was four strokes better than her front-nine score

Juniors will return to competition for the second and final round at 11 a.m. For full results from round one of the Summer Series at Glen Oak, click here. Be sure to following along with up-to-the-minute updates by following @IJGT on Twitter.