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Class of 2016 College Signees

The International Junior Golf Tour would like to congratulate past and present tour players on signing their National Letter’s of Intent last week. Committing to college is a major accomplishment and the IJGT sends their best wishes to alumni as they continue their competitive golf careers.

Listed below are former alumni and the school they will be attending. Following are the pictures from signing day.

Adam Gray (Potomac, MD) – Rutgers University

Alex Butler (East Norriton, PA) – Drexel University

Alex Vegh (Gahanna, OH) – Austin Peay State

Ana Paula Valdes (Morelia , Mexico) – Clemson

Ankita Kedlaya (Bangalore , India) – East Tennessee State University

Anthony Truong (Winter Garden, FL) – Arizona State University

Austin Matz (Wexford , PA) – University of Mary Washington

Ben Reichert (East Amherst, NY) – East Tennessee State University

Benjamin Morris (Reisterstown, MD) – College of William and Mary

Bennett Buch (West Friendship, MD) – University of Maryland

Brent Ito (Ardsley, NY) – University of Michigan

Brynn Walker (St. Davids, PA) – University of North Carolina

Colin Dubnik (Rochester , NY) – University of Memphis

Connor Daly (Bronxville , NY) – Villanova University

Connor Schmidt (Philadelphia, PA) – Drexel University

David Hanes (Elma, NY) – Canisius College

Davis Lamb (Potomac , MD) – University of Notre Dame

Dylan VanderVeer (El Dorado Hills, CA) – Saint Mary’s of California

Eric Hall (Harwood, MD) – Yale University

Eun-Won Park (Tenafly, NJ) – Univrsity of Washington

Gabrielle Correia (Central Valley, NY) – Tulane University

Grace Massengill (Hickory, NC) – Wofford College

Gunnar Doyle (Pittsford , NY) – U.S. Military Academy (Army)

Gus Minkin (York, PA) – University of Minnesota

Hannah Berman (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) – University of West Florida

Hunter Wolcott (Burns, TN) – University of Tennessee

Jack Melville (Maple Glen, PA) – University of Delaware

Jasmine Chee (Hong Kong, China) – Western Michigan University

John Felitto (Mountainside, NJ) – University of Notre Dame

Kendel Hodges (Temecula, CA) – California Baptist University

Kristin Whitehead (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) – Queens University of Charlotte

Linda Wang (Fresh Meadows , NY) – St. Johns University

Luke Schaap (Potomac, MD) – University of Virginia

Madelein Herr (New Hope, PA) – Penn State University

Maren Cipolla (Lewistown, NY) – University of Texas

Maria Vesga (Bucaramenga, Columbia) – Baylor University

Mariel Galdiano (Kapolei, HI) – University of California, Los Angeles

Melany Chong (Mississauga, Canada) – Appalachian State University

Nicholas Russell (Hilton Head , SC) – Linestone College

Peter Knade (Easton , PA) – University of Maryland

Pryce Beshoory (Pearland, Texas) – The University of Houston

R.J. Wren (Morgantown, PA) – University of Delaware

Raelyn Spears (Plymouth, MN) – Elon University

Reed Winkler (Wilmington , DE) – St. Josephs University

Reid Bedell (Fair Haven, NJ) – Lafayette College

Rij Patel (Hunt Valley, MD) – Harvard University

Ryan Skae (Stony Point, NY) – Colgate University

Ryoto Furuya (West Chapel, FL) – University of Illinois

Sean Stanistreet (Camillus , NY) – University of South Carolina Upstate

Stanley Garrant (Poughkeepsie, NY) – St. Peters University

Steven Weingroff (Upper Saddle River, NJ) – Loyola University Maryland

Synclaire Kuhn (McMurray, PA) – St. Francis University (PA)

Taisei Negishi (San Diego , CA) – University of Michigan

Thomas “Jack” Simpson (Aurora , ON) – University of Iowa

Thomas Lewis (Doylestown , PA) – Purdue University

Walker Campbell (Paget, Bermuda) – College of William and Mary

William Harwood (Columbia, SC) – Elon University

Yoo Jin Kim (Centerville, VA) – George Washington University

Zhengkai Bai (Bradenton , FL) – University of Central Florida

 

Ankita Kedlaya, East Tennessee State University

Ankita Kedlaya, East Tennessee State University

Bennett Buch, University of Maryland

Bennett Buch, University of Maryland

 

Brynn Walker, University of North Carolina

Brynn Walker, University of North Carolina

 

David Hanes, Canisius College

David Hanes, Canisius College

 

Davis Lamb, University of Notre Dame

Davis Lamb, University of Notre Dame

 

Dylan VanderVeer, Saint Mary's of California

Dylan VanderVeer, Saint Mary’s of California

 

Gabrielle Correia, Tulane University

Gabrielle Correia, Tulane University

 

Grace Massengill, Wofford College

Grace Massengill, Wofford College

 

Gunnar Doyle, U.S. Military Academy (Army)

Gunnar Doyle, U.S. Military Academy (Army)

 

Gus Minkin, University of Minnesota

Gus Minkin, University of Minnesota

 

Jack Melville, University of Delaware

Jack Melville, University of Delaware

Jasmine Chee, Western Michigan University

Jasmine Chee, Western Michigan University

 

John Felitto, University of Notre Dame

John Felitto, University of Notre Dame

 

Kristin Whitehead, Queens University of Charlotte

Kristin Whitehead, Queens University of Charlotte

Linda Wang, St. Johns University

Linda Wang, St. Johns University

 

Madelein Herr, Penn State University

Madelein Herr, Penn State University

 

Maren Cipolla, University of Texas

Maren Cipolla, University of Texas

 

Mariel Galdiano, University of California, Los Angeles

Mariel Galdiano, University of California, Los Angeles

 

Melany Chong, Appalachian State

Melany Chong, Appalachian State

Peter Knade, University of Maryland

Peter Knade, University of Maryland

 

Reed Winkler, St. Joseph's University

Reed Winkler, St. Joseph’s University

 

Reid Bedell, Lafayette College

Reid Bedell, Lafayette College

 

R.J. Wren, University of Delaware

R.J. Wren, University of Delaware

 

Ryoto Furuya, University of Illinois

Ryoto Furuya, University of Illinois

 

Sean Stanistreet, University of South Carolina Upstate

Sean Stanistreet, University of South Carolina Upstate

Stanley, Garrant, St. Peter's University

Stanley, Garrant, St. Peter’s University

 

Steven Weingroff, Loyola University Maryland

Steven Weingroff, Loyola University Maryland

 

Synclaire Kuhn, St. Francis University (PA)

Synclaire Kuhn, St. Francis University (PA)

 

Taisei Negishi, University of Michigan

Taisei Negishi, University of Michigan

 

Thomas Lewis, Purdue University

Thomas Lewis, Purdue University

 

Walker Campbell,  College of William & Mary

Walker Campbell, College of William & Mary

 

YooJin Kim, George Washington University

YooJin Kim, George Washington University

Phuchanbanchob, Gai among those receiving IJGT Player of the Week honors – Sept. 21, 2014

NORTHEAST TOUR

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to the Buena Vista Country Club in Buena, N.J., to host the IJGT Jersey Open. Weather for the event was ideal with temperatures in the high 70s and calm winds. Despite near-perfect playing conditions, the golf course was challenging nonetheless with unforgiving bunkers and many dog-legs. The IJGT is proud to award this week’s Northeast Player of the Week honors to Stephen Gai of Westport, Conn., and Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y.

gaiGai may not have opened the tournament with his best round, but he bounced back in round two. He posted a 78 in the second round, improving on his first round by nine strokes. Gai carded his 78 with the help of 10 pars and two birdies on holes No. 7 and 15. Gai’s 78 was the third best round of the day in the Boys 15-19 Division. His impressive play in the final round drove him up the leaderboard to finish in a tie for fifth with Marshall Clemens from Weston, Mass.

 

 

braman, madisonBraman’s first round play had her in pursuit of a comeback on divisional leader Linda Wang. Wang’s steady play in the final round kept Braman just out of reach, but Braman fought until the end which helped her earn the Northeast’s Girls’ Player of the Week honors. In the second round, Braman began with a birdie on her first hole of the day. She added two more birdies on her back nine on holes No. 12 and 14, and posted par on eight additional holes. Her spectacular play resulted in a final round 77, which also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round award in the division.

SOUTHEAST TOUR

The IJGT held its first College Series Tournament of the 2014-15 season at Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State University the weekend of September 21-22, 2014, as part of the Southeast Tour.  The Golfweek No. 27 ranked campus course in 2014, played tough during round one but allowed juniors to shine most in round two. Following the event, Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., and Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, earned the Southeast’s Player of the Week honors.

pongrac - CopyAfter shooting a final round score of 3-under 69, Pongrac earns this week’s Southeast Player of the Week honors in the boys divisions. Pongrac got off to a slow start in round one, but bounced back by shooting an 85 in round two including four birdies on his front nine and two more on the back.  Pongrac’s second round 69 gave him a share of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and a top-10 finish.

 

 

 

10264779_10154171553715026_2741195399204324369_nPhuchanbanchob nabbed Player of the Week in the Girls Division.  She got off to a hot start on day two, making a run at the championship with three birdies and an eagle to finish her round with a 2-under 70 which was also the low round for the tournament in the Girls Division.

Phuchanbanchob’s stellar final round was enough to force a sudden death playoff with Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., starting on par-5, No. 1.  The two played hole No. 1 and Phuchanbanchob’s unfavorable drive off the tee landed her left of the fairway, while Whaley bombed her drive down the right side landing it in the rough just off of the fairway.  Phuchanbanchob was forced to lay up to the 150-yard mark just on top of the hill giving her a desirable angle into the green. Whaley played her second through two tall trees landing her just short of the greenside bunker.  Whaley chipped up onto the green within ten feet of the flagstick, while Phuchanbanchob’s chip was not enough to rally for the win. Nonetheless, Phuchanbanchob’s effort was enough for second and Player of the Week honors.

The IJGT wishes our four outstanding juniors the best of luck in their future competitions and we look forward to seeing them soon!

Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club – Final results

Benevento is on the mark as he wins the Jersey Open

Wang earns first career victory in Girls Division

 
BUENA, N.J. –The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club on September 20-21, 2014. The event was the third tournament of the Northeast Tour and the first of two in New Jersey for the 2014-2015 season. Each junior competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 23-25, 2014.

Benevento Buena VistaMark Benevento from Somers Pt., N.J., the winner of the Boys 15-19 Division, led from the start. His opening round of 77 set the pace from the beginning and he never looked back.  He set the tone right away in the final round as he birdied the first hole of the day. Over the course of the tournament, Benevento made six birdies and 20 pars.

The New Jersey native stated, “Coming into today I just wanted to hit fairways and keep it in play.”

Benevento had to be on his game, because Nick Rencis of Long Valley, N.J., shot a very impressive round on a difficult golf course.  For his second round, Rencis shot a 75, two off the pace from Benevento.  Overall, Rencis shot a 157, to finish in second place.  He made his charge on round two with four birdies to lead the division for the day. Liam McGrath of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., took third place with a tournament total of 160.

Sample Buena VistaLuke Sample from New York, N.Y., took the first-place trophy home in the Boys 14 & Under Division after shooting a two-day total of 167.  His opening round of 82 led the Boys 14 & Under Division, and Sample closed it out with a score of 85 on the last day.  Sample had 17 pars which was the most in the division.

“The course was in great shape,” commented Sample in his post-round interview.

Simon Asadoorian resident of Richboro, Pa., finished in second place.  He improved on his opening round score by two strokes to shoot a tournament total of 178. Third place went to Rich Jones of Moriches, N.Y., who finished with a tournament total of 197.

In the Girls Divison, Linda Wang of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., shot the best round out of any player in the tournament by shooting an opening-round even-par 72.  Wang had 26 pars and four birdies for the tournament to give her the win at Buena Vista Country Club.

Wang Buena VistaWang attributed her solid play to her putting.

“I wanted to come out here today and make putts,” said Wang.

The best round on day two, went to Madison Braman from Loudonville, N.Y.  She shot a second-round score of 77, which earned her second place. Braman had three birdies on the day, including a span of two birdies in three holes.  Wang opening round par was too much for Braman to overcome as she won the tournament by seven strokes. Micaela Crines of Wall, N.J., finished in third place with a tournament total of 178.
All three players wanted to thank the staff and the competetors after the round was over.

“Without the other competitors this tournamnet would not happen and I want to thank them, I really enjoyed playing this course,” said a happy Wang after the tournament was over.

The IJGT Northeast Tour will head to Brook Lea Country Club for the IJGT Upstate Challenge. 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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links.  Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Bagboy, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

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

Buena, N.J. – Final Results of the Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on September 20-21, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,970 yards, Par 72 (74.3/133). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,290 yards, Par 72 (70.3/127). Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,979 yards, Par 72 (74.4/129).

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club
Buena, N.J.
September 20-21, 2014
 
Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,970 yards, Par 72
1. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ *77-73–150
2. Nick Rencis, Long Valley, NJ *82-75–157
3. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA *78-82–160
4. Gregory Szrom, Egg Harbor Township, NJ *79-83–162
5. Stephen Gai, Westport, CT *87-78–165
5. Marshall Clemens, Weston, MA *85-80–165
7. Ryan Zinsky, Voorhees, NJ *83-83–166
8. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA *89-86–175
9. Luke Sliwowski, Sewell, NJ *89-87–176
10. Jake Ferry, Wildwood Crest, NJ *91-89–180
11. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *97-89–186
12. Adam Asadoorian, Richboro, PA *118-97–215

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,290 yards, Par 72
1. Luke Sample, New York, NY *82-85–167
2. Simon Asadoorian, Richboro, PA *90-88–178
3. Rich Jones, Moriches, NY *94-103–197
4. Mason Asadoorian, Richboro, PA *109–107–216

Girls Division- Green Tees, 5,979 yards, Par 72
1. Linda Wang, Fresh Meadows, NY *72-80–152
2. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *82-77–159
3. Micaela Crines, Wall, NJ *89-89–178
4. Michelle Krameisen, Spring Lake, NJ *102-99–201


 

Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club – Round one recap

The IJGT kicked off the third tournament of the Fall Series with the IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club in Buena, N.J. The tournament teed off in the midday on Saturday September 20, 2014. In review, below are the division leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

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

82 – His round-one score

40– Luke carded a 4-over-par back-nine score, the best back nine in the age group

9– The number of pars in his first round, including a par streak of three in a row on holes Nos. 12-14

 

Linda Wang of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

72 – first-round score of even-par

34– score of 2-under-par on the back nine

15 – The number of pars and birdies in the first round

 

The Boys 15-19 Division is led by Mark Benevento of Somers Pt., N.J., His round in numbers:

77 – Mark shot a 77 in his opening round

37– His 1-over-par score on the back nine, including birdies on Nos. 10, 13, and 17

7 – The number of pars in his opening round

 

The final round at Buena Vista Country Club will take place, September, 21, 2014, with tee times starting at 11:57 a.m. For full results from round one of the Fall Series at Buena Vista Country Club, click here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

Labor Day Classic of Hershey Country Club – Final Results – August 31, 2014

Geiman wins in a playoff
IJGT opens the fall season at Hershey Country Club

The IJGT opened the 2014 fall season on August 30-31, 2014, with the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club. The two-day 36-hole tournament was played on the East Course and featured 40 juniors across three divisions competing for national rankings and IJGT merit points.

hershey1When 36 holes was not enough, the Boys 15-19 Division went to sudden-death playoff between Peter Bradbeer of Philadelphia, Pa., and Nick Geiman of York, Pa. Beginning on the par-4 No. 18, both juniors recorded par to continue the playoff to a second hole on the par-4 No. 17.  From the fairway, both juniors sought the green with their approach shots but it was Geiman who landed closest, within feet of the hole. The successful birdie putt from Geiman ended the playoff with a victory for the Pennsylvania native. Geiman recorded scores of 74 and 73 to finish with a tournament total of 147.

Though Bradbeer did not prevail, his second round performance of 1-under-par 70 was the lowest round of the day, across all divisions, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the division, the award given to the junior with the lowest final round score in each division. Bradbeer finished in second after with a tournament total of 147. Rounding out the division in third was Nick Rencis of Long Valley, N.J., with a two-day total of 148.

“It feels good to finally win on the IJGT. I know I have placed second and third once so it feels good to finally get a win against a good field,” commented Geiman.

 

hershey2In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Brian Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., used nine pars and two birdies in round two to carry his round-one lead into his victory. His two-day score of 155 translated to victory, his second of his IJGT career. A seven-hole streak of par or better was the highlight of Isztwan’s performance as he finished two strokes ahead of second-place finisher James Meyers of Wexford, Pa., who carded a tournament total of 157.

“My mindset was to stay calm. I knew my competitors were good so I knew I had to stay calm if I wanted to play well,” said Isztwan.

Second round scores of 77 for both Meyers and Isztwan earned the duo the Clazic Belts Low Final Round for the Boys 14 & Under Division. In third was Jack Bailey of Pittsford, N.Y., who finished with a tournament total 178.

 

 

 

hershey 3Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., was victorious in the Girls Division after holding off Audrey Clawson of Server, Pa. The one-stroke win becomes McLean’s second win with the IJGT. Two rounds of 77 combined for a tournament total of 154 for McLean, highlighted by 24 total pars and a birdie on the par-4 No. 5.

“My driving kept me alive today. I feel like I hit it well off of the tee,” said McLean.

After shredding 11 strokes from her round one score, Clawson finished in second, posting rounds of 83 and 72 to finish with 155 overall. Her 1-over-par second round score of 72 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division. Rounding out the division was Linda Wang of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., with a two-day score of 156.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on September 6-7, 2014 for the IJGT Junior at Colleton River in Bluffton, S.C. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,772 yards, Par 71

1. Peter Bradbeer, Philidelphia, PA *77-70–147
1. Nick Geiman, York, PA *74-73–147
3. Nick Rencis, Long Valley, NJ *71-77–148
4. Max Redetzke, Lakeville, MN *74-75–149
5. Michael Lamond, West Chester, PA *79-74–153
5. Blake DiPaola, Long Valley, NJ *78-75–153
7. Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, PA *79-75–154
8. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *80-75–155
8. Luke McKeogh, Warminster, PA *77-78–155
10. Michael Reed-Price, Dresher, PA *84-73–157
10. Jason Li, Cranberry Twp, PA *81-76–157
12. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *81-77–158
12. Jack Melville, Maple Glen, PA *78-80–158
12. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ *76-82–158
15. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA *87-76–163
15. Dominic Leoni, Hockessin, DE *83-80–163
15. Cory Meyer, Bordentown, NJ *83-80–163
18. Chris Chiminski, Penns Park, PA *85-79–164
19. David Powers, Glen Spey, NY *86-79–165
20. David Kim, Dresher, PA *88-78–166
21. Spencer Weiner, Short Hills, NJ *84-85–169
22. Campbell Wolf, Enola, PA *82-89–171
23. David Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA *91-83–174

DID NOT FINISH
Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division- Blue Tees, 6,238 yards, Par 71

1. Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley, PA *78-77–155
2. James Meyers, Wexford, PA *80-77–157
3. Jack Bailey, Pittsford, NY *88-90–178
4. Steven Lee, Scarsdale, NY *89-95–184

Girls Division- White Tees, 5,922 yards, Par 71

1. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ *77-77–154
2. Audrey Clawson, Sarver, PA *83-72–155
3. Linda Wang, Fresh Meadows, NY *80-76–156
4. Charlotte Simpson, Towson, MD *82-81–163
5. Danielle Greene, East Setauket, NY *84-81–165
6. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *84-82–166
7. Morgan Mugnolo, Gainesville, VA *89-83–172
8. Kaitlyn Lee, Scarsdale, NY *91-82–173
9. Emily Cohen, Darien, CT *91-84–175
10. Vienna Winalski, West Hartford, CT *97-83–180
11. Samantha Yao, Berwyn, PA *92-89–181
12. Rebecca Markunas, Glendale, NY *95-91–186

DID NOT FINISH
Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *JWD

Sample, Tadokoro among those to secure IJGT Player of the Week honors – April 13, 2014

Northeast Tour

Lopatcong, N.J. –  The IJGT returned to The Architects Golf Club to host The Architects Cup on April 12-13, 2014. The course is always a favorite of the players in the northeast and the tournament featured an excellent field, which lead to lots of great golf throughout the weekend. Other than a short rain shower and a chilly start to the final round, golfers enjoyed beautiful weather on both days with temperatures reaching into the 60s. The conditions allowed for many golfers to score well, including Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., and Linda Wang of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., who set new personal bests and earned the title of IJGT Player of the Week.

sampleSample, who competed in the Discovery Tour with success as recently as last fall, is beginning to find his game in the 14 and Under Division. At just 10 years old, distance is sometimes an issue for Sample; however, he is able to play intelligently, managing the course and allowing himself to compete with golfers up to four years older than him. In the first round, Sample got off to a hot start by scoring birdie on three of his first six holes, including No. 15, which no other player in the division birdied throughout the weekend. He would later add another birdie, to finish with a round 1 score of 78. He started off his final round with six straight pars, to set the tone for what would be his best 18-hole score with the IJGT. He parred a total of 14 holes in the final round to card a 76, for a tournament total of 154 and a fourth place finish. He shattered his previous 36-hole best by 15 strokes and earned back-to-back top-five finishes. He currently sits at No. 11 in the IJGT Tour Rankings.

wangWang, in her third year with the IJGT, also played very well at The Architect’s Cup this year. This is her second time competing at the course and she was able to use knowledge from her previous rounds to improve. At last year’s Major Championship at Architects Golf Club, Wang finished in eighth place with a 76-85–161. This year, she got off to a bit of a shaky start in round one, but was able to recover well enough to keep her in contention for the final round. She was able to par nine of her last 11 holes, en route to a first round total of 80 and sitting in eighth place. She came back in the final round determined to play well, and that she did. She made very few mistakes throughout the round and two birdies helped her to a score of 74 and the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. Wang’s strong play on the par-3s highlighted her weekend. She scored par or better on nine of the 10, finishing with a combined score of one under par on those holes. Her tournament total score of 154 is seven strokes better than her previous IJGT best and her tie for second place is tied for her best finish.

We wish Sample and Wang continued success throughout the season and hope to see them at future tournaments.

Southeast Tour

Okatie, S.C. — The IJGT headed to Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C., on April 12-13, 2014, for the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s. With its unique and challenging layout featuring numerous hazards, Oldfield Golf Club was primed for a competitive tournament. With great weather and spectacular course conditions, there were ample opportunities for players to score well. The IJGT Players of the Week from the Southeast Tour are Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan.

DSC_0218Sharma made his tenth appearance in an IJGT event this season, placing second to tie for his best finish of his career.  After finishing his first round with an even-par score of 72, just one stroke off the lead, Sharma came back on day two with his sights set on shooting another steady round. He did just that and shot a 74 in round two to finish with a 72-74–146 tournament total. After his strong and steady play, Sharma will be one to watch in his future IJGT appearances which include the SC Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C., May 3-4, 2014.

 

 

DSC_0270Tadokoro, playing in her fourth tournament since winning at TPC Tampa Bay in early January of 2014, made a valiant start at the Oldfield Junior presented by Auntie Anne’s by carding a round one score of 78 which included an impressive total of 12 pars. In the second round, Tadokoro carded three birdies and ten pars and thereby improved her score by three strokes to finish with a total of 75. She finished the tournament tied for second place with a score of 78-75–153 overall becoming her fourth top-five finish for the 2013-2014 season. We look forward to seeing Sera compete in future tournaments, including the IJGT’s premier event, the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions May 24-26, 2014 at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Florida.

The Architects Cup at Architects Golf Club – Final Results

  Davis’ red numbers win Architects Cup

Corry completes comeback

Lopatcong, N.J. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Architects Golf Club to host The Architects Cup on April 12-13, 2014. Temperatures were in the 60s for both rounds. The field of 90 competitors battled for IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Stars, and national rankings as well as an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

 

DAVIS

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Ryan Davis, of Berkeley Heights, N.J., took first place by scoring under par in both rounds. Davis was coming into this event off a tie for eighth place at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC SawgrassHe made four birdies and 11 pars in round one. He also added a streak of 10 consecutive holes where he made par or better, including two of his four total birdies. He finished the day at 1-under-par and a lead in the division. Davis was just as consistent during the final round. He added three birdies and an impressive eagle on the 532-yard par-5.  He played extremely well on the back nine. Davis carded a 3-under-par score of 33 on the back nine to close out his final round. His 2-under-par total score of 140 won his division by three strokes. Davis’ weekend numbers were 70-70-140 overall.

When asked what was working well for him, Davis replied, “My driving was the key. I hit a lot of fairways and that set me up for good approach shots.”

Curren Mody of Monmouth Junction, N.J., and John Felitto of Mountainside, N.J., finished tied for second place. Mody posted scores of 71-72—143, while Felitto posted scores of 74-69—143. Felitto’s 2-under-par score of 69 won the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the player that shoots the lowest score during the final round of the tournament.

Corry

In the Girls Division, Rachel Corry of Ridgefield, Conn., came from behind to win the Architects Cup. In round one, Corry totaled 12 pars. Her back nine score of 1-under-par 35 gave her momentum to make a comeback in the final round. She had no bogeys during her back nine and added a birdie on the par-3 hole number two. Corry headed into the final round trailing the division leader by two strokes. In the final round she made 13 pars. She played very well on her back nine once again to close out her round. She went 1-under-par on her last seven holes with a birdie on hole number eight. Corry won her division by a total of three strokes. Her numbers for the weekend were 75-76—151.

When asked about how she was able to score on the front nine both day, Corry said, “I liked the setup of the front nine, my back nine, it really played to my shot better. I just tried to stay calm and stay hydrated which led to a good round.”

There was a four-way tie for second place between  Linda Wang of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., and Yeji Shin of Norwood, N.J.. Wang’s numbers for the weekend were 80-74–154. Wentworth posted scores of 77-77—154. McLean’s numbers were 78-76—154 and Shin’s numbers were75-79—154. Wang’s final round score of 74 won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

IsztwanIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Brian Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., won his respective division by a total of six strokes. In round one, Isztwan made three birdies, all of which came on the par-5 holes. He added 10 pars to finish day one with a 2-over-par score of 73. Headed into the final round, Isztwan held a one stroke lead in the division. He started out shaky with four bogeys on his front nine, but turned it around on the back nine. Isztwan went on to shoot a 2-under-par score of 33 on his final nine holes. During that stretch, he made two birdies, again coming on both of the par-5 holes. He closed out the final round by making par at the final six holes. Isztwan posted scores of 73-72—145.

When asked about what was working well for him, Isztwan said, “I hit a ton of greens and my short game was much better it normally is so that just put it over the top for me.”

Leo Hernandez of Stewartsville, N.J., finished in second place with scores of 74-77—151. Griffin Smith of Holland, Pa., took third place. His numbers for the weekend were 74-79—153.

The IJGT’s next event will be the College Series at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort on April 19-20, 2014. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.  

International Junior Golf Tour
Architects Cup at The Architects Golf Club
Lopatcong, N.J.
April 12-13, 2014
 

Boys 15-19 Division
Architects GC: 6,711, par71
1. Ryan Davis, Berkeley Heights, NJ *70-70–140
2. John Felitto, Mountainside, NJ *74-69–143
2. Curren Mody, Monmouth Junction, NJ *71-72–143
4. Ryan Skae, Old Tappan, NJ *74-71–145
5. Dylan Stein, Flemington, NJ *76-70–146
6. Brendon Kim, Rivervale, NJ *77-71–148
7. Andrew Bowyer, Summit, NJ *72-77–149
8. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ *78-72–150
8. Sam Goldenring, Florham Park, NJ *75-75–150
10. Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, PA *76-75–151
11. Brandon Raihl, Wernersville, PA *77-76–153
11. Tommy Hayes, Long Valley, NJ *74-79–153
11. Luke McKeogh, Warminster, PA *75-78–153
11. J.T. Barker, Bethlehem, PA *73-80–153
15. Jonathan Solimano, Montvale, NJ *77-77–154
16. Kwanwoo Kim, Tenafly, NJ *81-74–155
16. Drew Tomback, New York City, NY *76-79–155
18. Kellen Jordan, Spring Lake, NJ *78-78–156
18. Jimmy Criscione, Paramus, NJ *75-81–156
20. Sam Sawyers, New York, NY *78-79–157
21. Logan Fuglestad, Newtown, PA *79-79–158
21. Ross Rabin, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *78-80–158
21. Michael Szipszky, Newtown Square, PA *76-82–158
24. Justin Murray, Burlington, NJ *81-78–159
24. Michael  Cook, Berwyn, PA *79-80–159
24. Matt Johnson, Hopkinton, MA *77-82–159
24. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ *77-82–159
28. Daniel Rieger, Collegeville, PA *82-78–160
29. John Foley, Limerick, PA *83-78–161
29. Leonard Lee, Wyckoff, NJ *84-77–161
29. Brian Weaver, Sinking Spring, PA *77-84–161
32. Laurent Span, Cresskill, NJ *84-78–162
32. Griffin Carroll, Chatham, NJ *81-81–162
32. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA *78-84–162
35. Mike Hanrahan, Ossining, NY *82-81–163
35. Peter Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *82-81–163
35. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *82-81–163
35. Bobby Moriarty, Summit, NJ *83-80–163
35. Carter Test, Danielsville, PA *81-82–163
35. James Wolfangel, Flemington, NJ *79-84–163
35. Jack Maresca, Rye, NY *81-82–163
35. George Cultraro, Wyckoff, NJ *77-86–163
43. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY *84-80–164
43. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *85-79–164
43. Chris Tohir, New Canaan, CT *81-83–164
43. Jonny Emmerman, Scarsdale, NY *79-85–164
47. Eric Schissel, Port Washington, NY *81-84–165
48. Mark Miller, Downingtown, PA *83-84–167
48. Joe Rochelle, Quakertown, PA *83-84–167
50. Robert Shaner, Fort Lee, NJ *84-85–169
51. Peter Walter, Westfield, NJ *86-86–172
52. Nicholas Taskalos, Montvale, NJ *89-91–180
Boys 14 & Under Division
Architects GC: 6,288 yards, par 71

1. Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley, PA *73-72–145
2. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *74-77–151
3. Griffin Smith, Holland, PA *74-79-153
4. Luke Sample, New York, NY *78-76–154
5. Lukas Clark, Holland, PA *74-81–155
6. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *82-80–162
7. Matt Lashinger, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *85-78–163
8. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *83-86–169
9. Tj Buck, Penfield, NY *92-87–179
10. Jude Cummings, Pittsford, NY *94-98–192

Girls Division
Architects GC: 5,723 yards, par 71
1. Rachel Corry, Ridgefield, CT *75-76–151
2. Linda Wang, Fresh Meadows, NY *80-74–154
2. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ *77-77–154
2. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ *78-76–154
2. Yeji Shin, Norwood, NJ *75-79–154
6. Christina Parsells, Bernardsville, NJ *73-82–155
7. Sophie Morrill, Hanover, MA *80-76–156
8. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ *80-77–157
8. Susana Vik, Greenwich, CT *77-80–157
8. Zora Moore, Milford, NJ *76-81–157
11. Riley Smyth, Old Tappan, NJ *82-77–159
12. Cara Basso, Downingtown, PA *79-81–160
13. Gabriela Kim, Wayne, PA *88-80–168
14. Samantha Fritzinger, Zionsville, PA *82-87–169
14. Sandrine Yesilian, Edgewater, NJ *84-85–169
14. Aine Filler, Moorestown, NJ *84-85–169
17. Isabel Gonzalez, Bloomfield, NJ *83-88–171
18. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ *89-83–172
19. Kaley Bohling, Princeton Junction, NJ *87-89–176
20. Faith Francioso, Wantagh, NY *90-87–177
21. Taylor Miano, Dobbs Ferry, NY *89-89–178
22. Jasmine Kitahara, Greenwich, CT *92-88–180
23. Nicole Eager, South Plainfield, NJ *92-99–191
23. Alana McAndrews, Garden City, NY *100-91–191

DID NOT FINISH
DQ. Jessie Kweon, Little Neck, NY *

Final results from the Major Championship at Crystal Springs

Kim wins first Major at Crystal Springs

Parsells holds on in Girls Division

MCAFEE, N.J. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the first Major Event of their season the weekend of Sept. 7-8. Hosted by Crystal Springs’s Great Gorge Country Club, a field of 56 players representing six states and three countries took their best stabs at the course. The tournament featured junior players ages 10-19 competing for national rankings, as well as double IJGT Merit Points.

Played on Great Gorge’s nine-hole Quarryside and Railside Courses, the two combined to play as a par 70, from 5,709 yards for the Girls Division, 6,049 for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,590 for the Boys 15-19 Division. Each nine-hole course featured its own unique layout. Carved into the remnants of an old quarry, the Quarryside course marked the tighter of the two, while Railside, featuring artifacts of an old rail line, was more open but also more hilly. Located on a mountainside, swirling winds added an extra element of difficulty for the field.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Kwanwoo Kim of Tenafly, N.J., was victorious, taking home his first IJGT Major Championship. Kim entered the final round two strokes back of first round leader, and KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award winner, Bobby Firth of Jenkintown, N.J., after carding an opening round 77.

Entering the final round, Kim was part of a group of 10 players all within four strokes of the lead. As part of the final group Sunday, Kim played alongside Firth, Thomas Kaczan of Clark, N.J., and Gerry Mackedon of Port Jefferson, N.Y. Unlike his partners, Kim was able to avoid any big mistakes.

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Kwanwoo Kim was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division.

While Kim made pars, and two birdies on holes Nos. 13 and 15, his opponents fell victim to Great Gorge’s elements. Firth was the first to succumb, posting a nine on the fifth hole. Mackedon came next, as triple-bogeys on holes Nos. 7 and 9 pushed him too far back. Kaczan bogeyed holes Nos. 6 and 7 and never regained his confidence, while struggling on Railside (playing as the back nine.)

Kim continued with his pars on the difficult course and by the 16th hole held a comfortable lead. He managed a par-save from the sand on the par-5 16th, and then drained a 10-footer for par on hole No. 17. With one hole separating Kim for a Major victory, he did not let the pressure get to him, instead blasting a 300-plus yard drive right down the middle of the fairway on the closing hole. His approach stopped 20 feet from the cup, and he was able to comfortably two-putt to take home the championship. He finished the day with a 5-over-par, 75, to shoot 152 over the two days and was four strokes clear of Isaac Gorenstein of Nyack, N.Y., who finished second. Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., finished third with a tournament total of 157.

Kim said the hardest part of the course was, “The 7th, 8th and 9th,” but noted his, “putting,” allowed him to stay in the lead.

Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y., shot the low round in the final round to win the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with a 1-over, 71. It was also the lowest round of the tournament by any age group.

Like the Boys, the Girls Division featured a handful of players clustered at the top. After Saturday, Frida Henningsson, from Rye, N.Y., Christina Parsells, from Bernardsville, N.J., and Linda Wang, from Fresh Meadows, N.Y., were tied at the top of the leaderboard with 79. Yeji Shin of Norwood, N.J., and Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., lurked within striking distance.

Henningsson, Parsells, and Wang all earned the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award for their performance in the first round.

Wang was the first to find trouble. Her tee shot on the par-3 12th (Girls Division teed off on hole No.10) landed unluckily in the middle of a bunker containing the stands of an old train rail, which played as an integral part of the course. She was forced to chip sideways in the bunker, before chipping out Wang finished with a double-bogey on the hole and lost all momentum.

With their fellow competitors faltering, Henningsson and Parsells were neck-and-neck, with each golfer playing their first nine at 2-over-par.

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Christina Parsells; winner of the Girls Division.

In the group ahead of them, Shin was putting together her own impressive round, trying to make a comeback victory for the second week in a row. With many sloped greens, making birdie was no easy task, and she had to settle for multiple pars on her way to a 2-over-par 72 and 153 tournament total. That could have been good enough to lead her to victory, but Parsells did not give her the chance.

While Henningsson struggled on the second nine, Parsells shot an even-par to match Shin with a 2-over-par 72 and finished at 151 for the tournament to earn the championship and double Merit Points.

When asked what the key to victory for her, Parsells quickly noted her driver, mentioning, “I only missed two fairways all week.”

Eun Won Park of Tenafly, N.J., quietly put together a 4-over-par, 74 on Sunday to crawl back into contention. Her strong showing in the final round was enough to finish in third place with a 156.

Parsells and Shin tied for the low round in the Girls Division with their 72s on the final day to win the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

The Boys 14 & Under Division could not match the drama of the other divisions, but still featured strong play. Joe Parrini of York, Pa., jumped out to a comfortable lead after firing a 79 in the first round. Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., was Parrini’s closest competitor at 11 strokes back.

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Joe Parrini became a Major Champion at Crystal Springs.

Parrini was not as strong on Sunday, but the lead he built the day before allowed him to play more relaxed. He shot a round of 87, which included eight pars and a birdie to finish at 166 for the tournament en route to his Major Championship.

Parrini said he, “Plans to play at Jeffersonville,” as his next tournament and build off the confidence from a Major victory.

Sample shot an 88 on Sunday to finish at 178 for the championship, and earned second place. Daniel Bastian of Media, Pa. rounded out the top three.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it the weekend of Sept. 14-15 in Jeffersonville, Pa., for the IJGT Philly Open. The tournament will be played at Jeffersonville Golf Club. 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, 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, Golfweek morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

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

 

MCAFEE, N.J. – Final-round results of the IJGT Major Championship at Crystal Springs conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 8, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,590 yards, Par 70 (72.5/135) Boys 14 & Under Division: Green Tees – 6,049 yards, Par 70 (69.6/130) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,709 yards, Par 70 (74.1/133)

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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

Major Championship at Crystal Springs

McAfee, N.J.

September 7-8, 2013

 

Great Gorge Golf Club (Quarry/Rail)

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,590 yards, Par 70

1. Kwanwoo Kim, Tenafly, NJ *77-75–152

2. Isaac Gorenstein, Nyack, NY *79-77–156

3. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *79-78–157

4. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *85-73–158

5. Ryan Skae, Old Tappan, NJ *84-75–159

5. Eric Terminello, White Plains, NY *79-80–159

5. Bobby Firth, Jenkintown, PA *75-84–159

8. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY *89-71–160

8. Thomas Urciuoli, Short Hills, NJ *85-75–160

10. Dominic Pizzurro-Gomez, White Plains, NY *89-72–161

10. Vinay Ramesh, Newtown, PA *79-82–161

10. Nicholas Infanti, Clarksburg, MD *80-81–161

10. Dominick Mancinelli, Moosic, PA *78-83–161

10. Nate Menon, Wyomissing, PA *79-82–161

15. Sam Goldenring, Florham Park, NJ *82-80–162

15. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ *76-86–162

15. Gerry Mackedon, Port Jefferson, NY *77-85–162

18. Nick Geiman, York, PA *81-82–163

18. Daniel Melcher, New York, NY *82-81–163

18. Bobby Piluso, Ridgewood, NJ *79-84–163

21. Jonny Slater, Old Tappan, NJ *84-81–165

21. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA *82-83–165

23. Justin Murray, Burlington, NJ *85-81–166

23. Asher Greenberg, Weston, CT *82-84–166

25. Brendon Kim, Rivervale, NJ *84-83–167

26. Jonny Emmerman, Scarsdale, NY *84-85–169

27. Hunter Lee, Great Neck, NY *87-83–170

28. Ross Rabin, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *85-88–173

29. Leonard Lee, Wyckoff, NJ *85-90–175

30. Angelo Mancinelli, Moosic, PA *85-93–178

31. Robert Shaner, Fort Lee, NJ *92-87–179

32. Matthew Quigley, West Milford, NJ *93-88–181

33. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY *93-89–182

34. Cristian Cerza, Greenwich, CT *98-90–188

35. Peter Beckwermert, Wayne, NJ *101-93–194

36. Daniel Makarevich, Great Meadows, NJ *107-92–199

 

DID NOT FINISH

Zackary Potten, Wharton, NJ *90-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, NY *86-JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – Green Tees, 6,049 yards, Par 70

1. Joe Parrini, York, PA *79-87–166

2. Luke Sample, New York, NY *90-88–178

3. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA *92-89–181

 

Girls Division – White Tees, 5,709 yards, Par 70

1. Christina Parsells, Bernardsville, NY *79-72–151

2. Yeji Shin, Norwood, NJ *81-72–153

3. Eun Won Park, Tenafly, NJ *85-74–159

4. Frida Henningsson, Rye, NY *79-81–160

5. Linda Wang, Fresh Meadows, NY *79-86–165

6. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ *84-82–166

7. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ *81-86–167

8. Katie Lee, Ringoes, NJ *85-83–168

9. Riley Smyth, Old Tappan, NJ *85-84–169

10. Raphaella Kang, Bayside, NY *84-86–170

11. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *86-86–172

12. Summer Kitahara, Greenwich, CT *87-87–174

13. Jasmine Kitahara, Greenwich, CT *96-95–191

14. Kate Weiss, Greenwich, CT *97-96–193

 

DID NOT FINISH

Zora Moore, Milford, NJ *JWD