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DC Shootout at National Golf Club – Final Results

 Powderly fires back-to-back 74’s to earn IJGT title

Cooper claims crown in Boys 14 & Under Division

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the DC Shootout at National Golf Club. Junior golfers from the Northeast competed in the 36-hole tournament over Columbus Day Weekend for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings.

Liam Powderly of Cockeysville, Md., earned the victory in the Boys 15-19 Division after putting together back-to-back scores of 2-over, 74. This was Powderly’s second victory at National Golf Club, as he also won the 2014 DC Shootout at National Golf Club in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Liam Powderly won the Boys 15-19 Division at the DC Shootout at National Golf Club

Liam Powderly won the Boys 15-19 Division at the DC Shootout at National Golf Club

Using last year’s success as a confidence boost, Powderly was able to get off to a strong start in the windy conditions in the opening round. He carded an even-par, 36 on the opening nine and never looked back. Powderly made three birdies on the day and posted a three-stroke lead going into the final round.

Powderly knew the final round would not come easy as his fellow competitors would make a charge. Lou Baker of Timonium, Md., did just that getting to within one stroke after 11 holes. The turning point of the tournament for Powderly came on the 12th hole at National Golf Club, where he was able to make birdie after firing a great approach shot into the green. From there, Powderly played solid down the stretch to secure his second IJGT victory.

“Winning feels very good. I played very well this weekend so all the practice is paying off and it feels great,” commented Powderly.

Powderly’s final-round score of 2-over, 74 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the player who records the lowest final-round score in every IJGT tournament.

Baker finished the tournament in second place with a total score of 152. Thomas Lipowicz of Alexandria, Va., earned third place after carding a tournament total of 159.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Matt Cooper of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., came out victorious after carding a tournament total of 161. Cooper got off to a hot start in the first round playing his first 11 holes in 1-under-par including three birdies. After a few setbacks, Cooper was able to post a score of 80 to build a six-stroke lead over his competition.

Matt  Cooper won the Boys 14 & Under Division at the DC Shootout at National Golf Club.

Matt Cooper won the Boys 14 & Under Division at the DC Shootout at National Golf Club

In the final round, Cooper focused on his own game and knew that if he played well there was no one that would be able to catch him. Cooper made three more birdies in the final round, including one to open his round. He finished the day with a score of 81, which gave him his first IJGT victory.

“My mindset coming in to today was to come in and hit greens, play my game, and make pars. I wanted to make my competitor make birdie to win so I tried to hit greens and make par,” said Cooper.

Will Tormey of Bronxville, N.Y., finished in second place with a tournament total of 164, including a 78 in the final round.

The IJGT will travel to Pooler, Ga., for the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on Oct. 17-18, 2015. The tournament will feature national rankings, IJGT Merit Points, and AJGA Performance Stars. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

About the IJGT
The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 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 30 states and 30 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, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, EyeLine Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. – Final-round results of the DC Shootout at National Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 11, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,689 yards, Par 72 (72.3/133). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,988 yards, Par 72 (68.7/126).

Weather:       
Round 1: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the mid 60’s with 10-15 mph winds
Round 2: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 0-5 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
DC Shootout at National Golf Club
Fort Washington, Md.
October 10-11, 2015 

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,689 yards, Par 72
1. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD, *74-74–148
2. Lou Baker, Timonium, MD, *77-75–152
3. Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA, *77-82–159
4. Deion Shepherd, Dayton, NJ, *80-80–160
5. Carlo Pizzano, College Park, MD, *80-81–161
6. William Sheedy, Washington, DC, *87-75–162
6. Bobby Mulreaney, Lutherville, MD, *84-78–162
8. Mike Viggiano, Haworth, NJ, *88-87–175
9. Tyler Poirier, Mclean, VA, *94-88–182
10. Adam Miller, Silver Spring, MD, *99-86–185

DID NOT FINISH
West Shaw, Alexandria, VA, *84-WD
Kameron Daniels, Bowie, MD, *86-WD

Boys 14 & Under Division – Blue Tees- 5,988 yards, Par 72
1. Matt Cooper, Dobbs Ferry, NY, *80-81–161
2. Will Tormey, Bronxville, NY, *86-78–164

Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club – Tour Preview

Greate Bay (2)The IJGT Northeast Tour will host the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point, N.J., on April 4-5, 2015. The 18-hole course played host to the Shoprite LPGA Classic for nearly a decade. Designed by Scotsman Willie Park Jr., a two-time Open Championship winner and a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, the course was opened in 1923.

Greate Bay has three sets of tees measuring 6,705 yards at its longest. There’s a little bit of everything from bunkers to windswept greens to water hazards on this par-70 course that boasts plenty of practice space for driving, pitching, chipping and putting.

Greate Bay (3) At the Jersey Shootout, boys and girls can qualify for the IMG World Junior Championship in the following age divisions: 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings are also up for grabs at this event. Girls can also earn performance-based AJGA stars.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, players to watch include Blake Reifsnyder of Sinking Spring, Pa., and Daniel Rieger of Collegeville, Pa. Both players competed in last year’s Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club earning sixth and 13th-place finishes, respectively. Also keep an eye out for New York, N.Y., native Nicholas Ng, who is competing in his fifth season on the International Junior Golf Tour. Cockeysville, Md. native Liam Powderly will be looking for his first IJGT win in the Boys 15-19 Division; he won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the DC Shootout at National Golf Club in October.

In the Girls Division, Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa., will look to earn her second first-place finish this season. She won the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club in September. Bridgewater, N.J., native Meher Mankikar will look to improve on her fifth-place finish in last year’s Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club.

Players to watch in the Boys 14 & Under Division include Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., and Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md. Bennett has earned IJGT Merit Points in both events he’s competed in this season. This is his fourth season competing on the International Junior Golf Tour. Halleron will look to earn his second victory of the season; he won the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club in October.

For more information, or to register for this event, click here.

 

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

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

Liam Powderly

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

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

Kayla Kozak

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

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

Juniors prepare for competition in the IJGT Photo of the Week – Oct. 9, 2014

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour continued its fall season at the fan-favorite Architects Golf Club with The Architects Cup presented by International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) on October 4-5, 2014. The two-day 36-hole tournament saw a field of more than 50 juniors competing for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

Photo of the Week - October 9 2014

This week’s Photo of the Week features a group of juniors at Architects Golf Club on the putting green warming up before the start of the tournament. Early tee times at 7:30 a.m. did not deter IJGT Juniors as they rose with the sun to gain their competitive advantages through practice. Despite the heavy rains and cold temperatures, Architects Golf Club was in prime condition for play. Juniors were able to get the ball rolling on the challenging greens to grab a handful of birdies and post some competitive scores. Winners were as follows:

Boys 15-19 Division: Michael Lamond
Boys 14 & Under: T.J. Buck
Girls Division: Allyson Wentworth

In addition to the The Architects Cup presented by International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA), the IJGT hosted the DC Shootout at National Golf Club at National Golf Club at Tantallon on October 4-5, 2014. The two-day 36-hole tournament featured more than 15 juniors competing for national rankings and IJGT merit points. Despite strong winds throughout the tournament, juniors braved the elements to finish strong. Winners were as follows:

Boys 15-19 Division: Taso Scilaris
Boys 14 & Under: Liam Powderly
Girls Division: MacKenzie Martin

Don’t forget – each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’
2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)
3 points – per share

DC Shootout at National Golf Club – Final results (Oct. 5, 2014)

Scilaris holds on for two rounds for a victory
Powderly captures a commanding victory

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued its fall season hosting the DC Shootout at National Golf Club at National Golf Club at Tantallon. The two-day 36-hole tournament featured more than 15 juniors competing for National Rankings and IJGT merit points. Despite strong winds throughout the tournament, juniors braved the elements to finish strong.

DSC06698In the Boys 15-19 Division, Taso Scilaris of Bethesda, Md., held on for two rounds to capture first place. Going into round two, Scilaris led the division sitting one stroke ahead of second place finisher Kent Kamenicky of Waldorf, Md.. Scilaris’ strong finish on the back nine was the key factor to maintaining the lead. He recorded par or better on 12 holes en route to a final-round score of 75 to capture the title.

When asked about his victory, Scilaris stated, “Today’s win felt very good because Tantallon is a tough golf course and I had to play my best game to win. Although nervous, I knew if I just played my game I would do well.”

Second place went to Kamenicky, who finished with a 78-82 – 160 overall score. Rounding out the top three was Michael Jones of Potomac, Md., finishing with a score of 78-83 – 161 overall.

 

The winner of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to Scilaris and Liam Powderly of Cockeysville, Md., who both finished round two with a low score of 75. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is awarded to the player(s) who shoot the lowest score during the final round.

DSC06696Playing in his first IJGT event of the 2014-2015 season, Powderly took first place in the Boys 14 & Under Division with scores of 74-75 – 149. Going into round two, Powderly sat two strokes behind then leader Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md. His strong start on the front nine allowed him to take a commanding lead. He recorded par or better on his first nine holes.

In discussing his victory, Powderly stated, “Going into round two, my strategy was to keep my ball on the fairways and greens. Although I drove the ball much further today, I need to improve on my putting.”

Halleron took second with scores of 72-78 – 150 while Ford Bennett of Owing Mills, Md., took third with scores of 86-78 – 164 overall.

 

 

 

 

DSC06693In the Girls Division, MacKenzie Martin of Rye, N.Y., took first place. Playing in her first IJGT event of the 2014-2015 season, Martin finished with a score of 100-91 – 191 overall.

When asked about her win, Martin stated, “My drives were very good, but I need to work on my putting and chipping. Going into the second round, I focused on keeping the ball in front of me and on the fairway which helped to improve my second round score.”

 

 

 

 

 

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 11-12, 2014. The Southeast Tour will host the Florida Junior at Disney Resort and the Northeast Tour will host the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay. To sign up for these events, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Fort Washington, Md. – Final Results of the DC Shootout at National Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 4-5, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,733 yards, Par 72 (72.6/134). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,233 yards, Par 72 (70.2/129). Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,893 yards, Par 72 (74.2/146)

Weather:                    Cloudy with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 15-20 mph
Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 10-15 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
DC Shootout at National Golf Club
Fort Washington, MD
October 4-5, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees) – 6,733 yards, Par 72
1. Taso Scilaris, Bethesda, MD *77-75–152
2. Kent Kamenicky, Waldorf, MD *78-82–160
3. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD *78-83–161
4. William Sheedy, Washington, DC *80-83–163
5. Jack Peden, Vienna, VA *84-82–166
6. Jack Rolle, Bethesda, MD *82-87–169
7. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD *85-85–170
7. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *87-83–170
9. Ryan Dougherty, Wexford, PA *81-94–175
10. Charlie Hitch, Wellesley, MA *93-83–176
10. Jack Hoel, Vienna, VA *89-87–176
12. Bryan Bowser, Dunkirk, MD *92-87–179
13. Kameron Daniels, Bowie, MD *100-101–201

DID NOT FINISH
Blake Hinckley, Kennett Square, PA *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) – 6,233 yards, Par 72
1. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD *74-75–149
2. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *72-78–150
3. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *86-78–164

Girls Division (Gold Tees) – 5,893 yards, Par 72
1. MacKenzie Martin, Rye, NY *100-91–191