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MAJOR Championship at Bulle Rock – Tour Preview

The IJGT Northeast Tour will travel to Havre de Grace, Md., to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock on April 25-26, 2015.

Named for the first thoroughbred horse brought to North America, Bulle Rock is known as the premier golf destination in Maryland and was designed by the legendary Pete Dye. It is the only 5-star golf facility in the Mid-Atlantic and has been ranked by Zagat readers as one of the nation’s Top 50 golf courses. Voted as one of America’s toughest courses by Golf Digest in 2012, Bulle Rock played host to the LPGA Championships from 2005-2009.

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Opened in 1998, the Bulle Rock course is known for its unique 18 holes. It was named to Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses in February.

The par-72 golf course has a slope rating of 148 and a course rating of 76.6. Because it’s a Major Championship, competitors will have the opportunity to earn twice as many IJGT Merit Points. Juniors in the Boys 15-19 Division and Girls Division will also be competing for AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions. This year’s field looks to be extremely competitive.

Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., has won three consecutive IJGT events, including two Major Championships. He finished seventh in last year’s Major Championship at Bulle Rock. He will face some stiff competition in the Boys 14 & Under Division of this year’s tournament. Lou Baker, also of Timonium, Md., finished second behind Halleron in the Major Championship at Duke University at the end of last month and will aim to take the title this weekend. Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., has finished in the top-five in all four IJGT events he’s competed in this season. He is very familiar with the course as this will be his third IJGT event at Bulle Rock. Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., will aim to earn another title after winning the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin earlier this month. Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., will be competing for his third IJGT victory of the season; he won the IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista in September and the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate in March. Finally, John Updike of Wayne, Pa., is coming off a first-place finish in The Architects Cup last weekend.

Taso Scilaris of Bethesda, Md., and Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y., top the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division as they both have one IJGT win this season. Scilaris won the only other IJGT event he’s played in this season, the DC Shootout at National Golf Club in October. Terminello’s victory also came in October at the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay. Anthony Barr of Harleysville, Pa., and Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., competed in the Boys 14 & Under Division of last year’s Major Championship at Bulle Rock, but will be competing in the Boys 15-19 Division this year. Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., and Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., finished eighth and 18th, respectively, in the Boys 15-19 Division of last year’s event.

In the Girls Division, Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., has finished in the top-two in both IJGT tournaments she’s competed in this season. She’ll look to add another win to her resume after earning the title in the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill in March. Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa., will also be fighting for her second IJGT win of the season having won the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club in September.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or on the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate – Final Results (March 29, 2015)

Ng cards seven birdies to win Boys 15-19 Division

Sim wins Girls Division by three strokes 

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Northeast Tour traveled to Forsgate Country Club to host the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate on March 28-29, 2015. Competitors battled cold weather while competing for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Ethan NgNew York, N.Y., native Ethan Ng carded a division-best seven birdies to win the Boys 15-19 Division. He shot 3-over 74s in both rounds to finish with a tournament total of 148.

Ng shared 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, with West Nyack, N.Y., native and ninth-place finisher Chris Lee.

Sanghyeon Park of Oakland Gardens, N.Y., finished second with a 152 tournament total. Fair Haven, N.J., native Reid Bedell and West Chester, Pa., native Nicholas Gianelos finished one stroke behind Park with tournament totals of 153, good for a share of third place.

Kelly Sim AKelly Sim of Edgewater, N.J., maintained her round one lead to win the Girls Division by three strokes. She carded two birdies during the tournament on the par-4 sixth hole in round one and the par-5 eighth hole in round two. She closed out the back nine strong, making par on the last five holes.

Wilmington, Del., native Esther Park knocked five strokes off her round one score to finish in second with a 157 tournament total. Her second round 5-over 76 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round award for the girls, which she shared with Sim. Park made par or better on holes No. 5 through 9 in both rounds. Jessie Kweon of Little Neck, N.Y., finished third with a tournament total of 162.

Luke Sample AIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, New York, N.Y., native Luke Sample built off his round one lead to win by two strokes. He made par on holes No. 4 through 6 in both rounds.

Wayne, Pa., native John Updike recorded a tournament total of 170 to finish in second. Jack Cornforth of South Hamilton, Mass., rounded out the division with a 173 tournament total.

 

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.

Monroe Township, N.J. – Final Results of the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour at Forsgate Country Club on March 28-29, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,611 yards, Par 71 (71.9/135) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees—6,012 yards, Par 71 (69.4/129) Girls Division: Red Tees– 5,797 yards, Par 71 (74.6/131)

International Junior Golf Tour

Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club-Banks Course

Monroe Township, NJ

March 28th -29th, 2015 

Boys 15-19 Division-Blue Tees, 6611 yards, Par 71

1. Ethan Ng, New York, NY, *74-74–148

2. Sanghyeon Park, Oakland Gardens, NY *75-77–152

3. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ *78-75–153

3. Nicholas Gianelos, West Chester, PA *78-75–153

5. Jack Wall, Brielle, NJ *78-76–154

6. David Kim, Dresher, PA *80-75–155

6. Ryan Skae, Old Tappan, NJ *77-78–155

6. Aidan McDermott, Pleasantville, NY *76-79–155

9. Chris Lee, West Nyack, NY *82-74–156

10. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ *79-78–157

11. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *80-79–159

12. Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, DE *86-75–161

13. R.J. Wren, Morgantown, PA *82-80–162

13. Alexander Zahn, Saddle River, NJ *81-81–162

13. Aaron Montgomery, New York, NY *80-82–162

16. Jonny Emmerman, Scarsdale, NY *83-80–163

16. Christopher Lee, Westwood, NJ *81-82–163

18. Brendan Hansen, Spring Lake, NJ *83-81–164

18. Marco Nieto, Eynon, PA *82-82–164

18. Byron Chin, Princeton Junction, NJ *80-84–164

21. Mike Winter, Hamilton Square, NJ *90-75–165

22. Riley Toolen, Waldwick, NJ *84-83–167

22. Luke Dougherty, Sea girt, NJ *82-85–167

24. Ronnie Robinson Jr., Hatfield, PA *80-88–168

25. Kellen Jordan, Spring Lake, NJ *87-82–169

26. Cory Haldeman, Center Valley, PA *85-85–170

26. Benjamin Steenland, Spring Lake, NJ *82-88–170

28. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *86-85–171

29. Joseph Okunak, Franklin Lakes, NJ *87-87–174

29. Mark Murray, Syracuse, NY *82-92–174

31. Jay Kim, Holmdel, NJ *86-89–175

32. Sean Taylor, Westfield, NJ *87-92–179

33. Deion Shepherd, Dayton, NJ *89-92–181

34. William Fisher, Sodus, NY *96-94–190

35. Nicholas Ng, New York, NY *100-91–191

36. Sean McDonnell, Brooklyn, NY *119-117–236

Did Not Finish

Cory Meyer, Bordentown, NJ *89—DQ Rule 6-3a

Titus Sung, Roslyn Heights, NY *92–JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division- White, 6012 yards, Par 71

1. Luke Sample, New York, NY *82-86–168

2. John Updike, Wayne, PA *89-81–170

3. Jack Cornforth, South Hamilton, MA *83-90–173

4. Jimmy Bagdonas, Scotch Plains, NJ *95-85–180

5. John Del Priore, Yorktown, NY *84-97–181

6. Waheed Zafar, Monroe Township, NJ *99-93–192

7. Aidan Denning, Bronxville, NY *96-100–196

8. Maxwell Sorger, Montclair, PA *94-103–197

Girls Division- Red Tees, 5797 yards, Par 71

1. Kelly Sim, Edgewater, NJ *78-76–154

2. Esther Park, Wilmington, DE *81-76–157

3. Jessie Kweon, Little Neck, NY *84-78–162

4. Katie Lee, Ringoes, NJ *84-85–169

5. Tiya Chowdary, Montgomery, NJ *92-81–173

5. Bailey Plourde, Newcastle, ME *85-88–173

5. Yoona Kim, Oradell, NJ *86-87–173

8. Brianna Marmorstein, Havertown, PA *89-98–187

9. Anna Bowman, Westfield, NJ *99-89–188

10. Sayaka Carpenter, East Brunswick, NJ *94-96–190

11. Hannah Fireman, Ambler, PA *99-97–196

12. Amisha Kalra, Short Hills, NJ *107-98–205

13. Devyani Kalra, Short Hills, NJ *108-98–206

14. Joanie Gannon, Lansdale, PA *116-104–220

Go, Rodriguez top Players to Watch list for the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines

The last stop of the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) fall season will be the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines on Dec. 13-14, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole event will take place on two courses, the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links.

Home to the PGA TOUR’S RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links is world-renowned. It is best known for its iconic 18th hole overlooking the Calibogue Sound and the Harbour Town Lighthouse.

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Harbour Town

The Ocean Course was the first course built on Hilton Head Island and features one of only two oceanfront holes on the island. Both courses are Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries that promise to be as beautiful as they are challenging.

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Ocean Course

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, tops the list of players to watch for the Boys 15-19 Division for this weekend’s tournament. Go has placed highly enough to earn points in all six tournaments he has played in this season, including first-place finishes at the IJGT College Series at NC STATE and the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club. Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, is another player to watch as the 16-year-old shot up 22 spots in the Tour Rankings after bringing home the title at the Savannah Junior at The Landings this past weekend, Dec. 6-7, 2014. Other players to watch include Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, who is coming off a win at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, who has two IJGT championships under his belt this season.

In the Girls Division, Caracas, Venezuela, native Clementina Rodriguez finished second in the IJGA Invitational last year and will be fighting for the championship this year. Rodriguez has finished first or second in the Invitational every year for the past four seasons. Also keep an eye out for Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who is coming off an impressive first-place finish at The Savannah Junior at The Landings and will look to continue her winning streak.

Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, will aim to take home his second IJGT championship this season in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Pfoestl has finished in the top three in five of his seven tournaments this season. Other players looking to add a second IJGT title to their resume this year include Luke Sample of New York and Seoul native Dong Jin Park.

The IJGA Invitational is known for being one of the IJGT’s biggest, most competitive events of the season and this year looks to be no exception. Juniors will be competing for national rankings and double IJGT merit points in the last Major Championship of the season. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live updates and download the IJGT app for live scoring.

Major Championship at Dormie Club – Final results (Nov. 9, 2014)

Whaley brings home her second Major Championship
Pfoestl’s first Major Championship also his first-ever IJGT victory 

WEST END, N.C. – The IJGT hosted the Major Championship at Dormie Club on November 8-9, 2014. The second Major Championship of the season featured a field of more than 50 juniors from across the United States and around the world. Facing cooler temperatures and a difficult course, juniors competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings as well as the honor of being named the IJGT Major Champion.

DSC06876cropShiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, captured the title of Major Champion in the Boys 15-19 Division with scores of 77 and 71 for a two-day total of 148. Go started round two in a four-way tie for second place. After posting zero birdies in round one, Go improved by adding three birdies in the second round to his 23 total pars for the weekend. Go’s strong play on Sunday allowed him to move into first place and win by two strokes.

“My putting and short game are what I did really well with and what helped me win,” said Go.

Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan, finished in second place with a two-day total of 150. Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J., and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, shared third place with a tournament totals of 151. Inserra’s round-two score of 2-under-par 69 earned him the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award, the award given to the male and female junior(s) recording the lowest score on the final day of the event.

 

DSC06885cropThe Boys 14 & Under Division Champion was Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy. Pfoestl jumped out to a ten-stroke lead over the division in round one with his opening score of 79. Despite his second day struggles, Pfoestl maintained a ten-stroke lead with a second round of 83. With the help of three total birdies and 13 total pars, Pfoestl’s tournament total 162 earned him his first career IJGT win.

“I drove the ball well and I knew if I played smart in the final round I would win,” commented Pfoestl.

Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., finished in second with a tournament total of 172 while brother, Andrew Sample placed third with a two-day total of 198.

 

 

DSC06892cropKelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., became the Major Champion of the Girls Division with an even-par 142. Opening with the only round played under par on Saturday, Whaley recorded five birdies and 10 pars en route to a 2-under-par 69. Whaley followed up her strong first round with a 2-over-par 73 in round two thanks to four additional birdies. Her second round 73 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Whaley said, “I’ve worked really hard lately on my game and it’s nice to see all of my hard work pay off.”

Finishing in second was Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua, with a tournament total of 154. Rounding out the top three was Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, with a total of 159.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on Thanksgiving weekend, November 27-29, 2014, for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

West End, N.C.. – Final Results of the Major Championship at Dormie Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on November 8-9, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,644 yards Par 71 (72.5/131). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,807 yards, Par 71 (69.3/125). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,611 yards, Par 71 (72.5/130).

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Dormie Club
West End, NC
November 8-9, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division 6,644 yards (Black Tees) Par, 71

1. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *77-71–148
2. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *77-73–150
3. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *82-69–151
3. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *81-70–151
5. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *77-75–152
6. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *76-77–153
7. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-73–154
7. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *80-74–154
9. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-76–157
9. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *80-77–157
9. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *79-78–157
12. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *77-81–158
13. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *79-80–159
14. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *85-75–160
14. Jake Trotta, Harrison, NY *83-77–160
16. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *83-78–161
16. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *80-81–161
18. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *83-79–162
18. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *78-84–162
20. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *78-85–163
21. Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, PA *79-85–164
21. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *76-88–164
23. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *86-79–165
23. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *81-84–165
25. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *85-81–166
26. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *82-85–167
27. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *84-85–169
28. Gray Wiley, Lynchburg, VA *86-84–170
29. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *87-85–172
30. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *90-84–174
31. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *95-80–175
32. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *91-86–177
33. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *87-91–178
34. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *85-94–179
35. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *90-93–183
36. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *100-84–184
37. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *104-81–185
37. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *97-88–185
37. Derek Li, Hillsborough, NJ *98-87–185

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *96-0–96 (Rule 6-8)
JWD. Alejandro Meriles Medina, La Paz, Bolivia *95-0–95
JWD. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *
JWD. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *

Boys 14 & Under Division — 5,807 Yards (Blue Tees) Par, 71

1. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *79-83–162
2. Luke Sample, New York, NY *89-83–172
3. Andrew Sample, New York, NY *101-97–198

Girls Division — 5,611 Yards (White Tees) Par, 71

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *69-73–142
2. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *75-79–154
3. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *79-80–159
4. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *84-82–166
5. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *109-101–210
6. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *120-116–236

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Mary McGuinness, Haddonfield, NJ *71

Sample, Merrell and Puchales featured in the IJGT Photo of the Week – Sept. 25, 2014

NORTHEAST TOUR 

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to Buena, N.J., to host the IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista on September 21-22, 2014. Despite ideal temperatures in the high 70s and calm winds, the golf course proved to be challenging with unforgiving bunkers and many dog-legs. Juniors competed for national rankings and IJGT merit points.

Photo of the Week (Buena Vista) September 25, 2014

The fans have spoken and this week’s Northeast Tour Photo of the Week features Luke Sample of New York, N.Y. Playing in his first IJGT event of the season, Sample took the first-place trophy home in the Boys 14 & Under Division. His two-day total of 167 was highlighted by 17 pars, which was the most in the division, and one birdie.

SOUTHEAST TOUR

In the first College Series Tournament of the 2014-2015 season, the IJGT Southeast Tour headed to Raleigh, N.C., to host the IJGT College Series at NC State held at Lonnie Poole Golf Course on September 21-22, 2014. Ranked No. 27 on the list of best campus courses by Golfweek, Lonnie Poole proved to challenge juniors during round one, but allowed them to shine most and finish strong in round two. Juniors competed for national rankings and IJGT merit points.

Photo of the Week (NC State) September 25, 2014

The results are in and this week’s Southeast Tour Photo of the Week features International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) Golf Instructors Dan Merrell of Marlton, N.J., and Alex Puchales of Caguas, Puerto Rico. Merrell joined IJGA in 2011. Since that time, he has had students compete in Player’s Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior tournaments. Puchales joined IJGA in 2010 and has had students win in State Junior Championships, as well as having students qualify and appear in USGA Junior Championships. Both Merrell and Puchales are avid supporters of the IJGT and enjoy seeing their students and all other juniors compete and grow at these events.

Congratulations to Sample, Merrell and Puchales on being chosen for this week’s Photo of the Week!

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

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.

Wolfangel, Lees, and Sample make the Players to Watch list at the Hershey Classic presented by IJGA

The IJGT is set to return to Hershey Country Club on May 10-11, 2014 to host the #HersheyClassic presented by IJGA. This event will consist of two 18-hole rounds to be played on Saturday and Sunday on the East Course at Hershey CC. National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points will be at stake for this event.

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Opening in 1969, Hershey CC is rich in history. Designed by George Fazio, this course is located in the Pennsylvania countryside and features wonderful views, natural hazards, and rolling greens. The East Course was named a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International in 2010. It has also hosted several PGA tournaments, most recently the Nationwide Tour’s Reese’s Cup Classic, an event on professional golf’s development tour. Other accolades include being mentioned America’s Top Golf Courses guide by Zagat Survey and named one of the “Top Courses You Can Play/Best Course Near You” for the State of Pennsylvania by Golf Magazine in 2007.

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In the Boys 15-19 Division, James WolfAngel tops the players to watch list at Hershey. WolfAngel’s best finish to date is a Top-3 finish at the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate CC Jb Bradbeer of Rosemont, Pa., will be looking to earn his first IJGT Championship. Bradbeer has played in five events this season so far, his best finish was tied for second at the Major Championship at Hartefeld National. His numbers in that event were 77-75–152. James Nicholas will look add his third IJGT Championship this season at Hershey. It will be a very strong field of competitors and exciting to watch!

Watch out for Kaitlyn Lees of Bryn Mawr, Pa., in the Girls Division. Lees has finished in the top-10 in both of her events played this season. She is coming off of a first place finish in the  Major Championship at Hartefeld National. Synclaire Kuhn will be another competitor to watch. Kuhn is coming off of a second place finish at the College Prep at NemacolinIn the final round of the event at Nemacolin, Kuhn shot the low final round of 80 to head to a playoff where she eventually finished second. Madeline Sager of Kimberton, Pa. and Alyssa Schiera of West Windsor, N.J., round out the players to watch for this event.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., will be at Hershey competing for the top spot. In his five events played this season, Sample has finished within the top-5 at four of five events. His most recent was a fourth place finish at The Architects Cup where he posted scores of  78-76–154. Evan Brown of Chadds Ford, Pa., will also be competing for the top spot. Brown’s most recent finish was first place at the Major Championship at Hartefeld National.  Other players to watch include Garret Engle of Harrisburg, Pa., and Jack ODonavan of Pittsford, N.Y.

The Hershey Classic boosts one of the largest and most competitive fields of the year. We are looking forward to this event presented by the International Junior Golf Academy.

To register or for more information on the #HersheyClassic presented by IJGA at Hershey CC in May, click here.

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.

Final results from the IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville GC

McCabe victorious at Jeffersonville Golf Club

Hopton defeats Yao in three-hole playoff

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the IJGT Philly Open on Sept. 14-15. Held at Jeffersonville Golf Club, a field of 44 players ages 10-19 took on the course over the two-day, 36-hole event. The field was represented by junior golfers from four states competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Jeffersonville Golf Club, a Donald Ross designed course, is a par-70. Although not the longest course, playing 5,740 yards for the Girls Division, 5,956 for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,434 for the Boys 15-19 Division, there is plenty of trouble to be found in the layout. Featuring hazards on a handful of holes, combined with winds gusting up to 20 miles per hour and temperatures falling into the 50s on Saturday, what the course lacked in length was made up for. Adding to the difficulties were sloped greens, a staple of Ross’s designs.

Gary McCabe of Collegeville, Pa., won the Boys 15-19 Division, turning a one-stroke deficit to begin the final round into a four-shot victory by the end.

Entering final round of competition, the division was wide open. Quinn Dolan of Broomall, Pa., held the lead when the day began after shooting a first-round 75. Chasing him was a pack of 10 players all within five strokes.

Dolan was joined by McCabe, Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., and Chris Binet of Oreland, Pa., in the final group for the last round. Dolan quickly realized he was not as sharp as a day prior en route to playing the first 10 holes at 11-over-par. He was not the only player in the group struggling, though. Binet got himself into trouble on No. 11 and carded a triple-bogey to dash his chances of victory. Bastian carded three double-bogeys on the back nine to take himself out of contention.

McCabeMcCabe kept plugging away at a course he used to call home, playing the first 11 holes in 1-over-par as he separated himself from the pack. A stretch of three straight bogeys made things interesting but he responded with three consecutive pars.

McCabe’s closest challengers came from Nick Geiman of York, Pa., and Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., who finished in second place. Geiman shot a 3-over-par 73 on in the final round, winning the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, to finish at 155. Marone finished strong, playing the last six holes at 2-under-par to also finish at 155.

Both waited for McCabe to finish his round, in hopes of having a shot at the championship.

But McCabe never faltered and carded a final-round 5-over-par 75, totaling 151 for the tournament.

“I used the knowledge [of the course] to my advantage, and it’s good to be back,” McCabe said of his return trip to Jeffersonville Golf Club.

The Girls Division provided the best finish on the day as extra holes were needed to decide a winner. Carley Hopton of Madison, N.J., defeated Samantha Yao of Berwyn, Pa., on the third sudden-victory playoff hole to earn her first IJGT victory of the season and of her career.

Hopton trailed Yao, the leader after round one, by three strokes entering the final day, as Hopton shot an opening-round 87. Hopton had evened the score by the 27th hole, but fell behind after carding three straight double-bogeys.

Yao carried a three-stroke lead as the final group of her, Hopton, Victoria Ross of Spring Grove, Pa., and Esther Park of Wilmington, Del., headed to the 16th tee box.

Hopton carded par on the hole while Yao bogeyed to cut the lead to two. Hopton was able to par again on No. 17, tying the score as Yao double-bogeyed. On No. 18, Yao blasted her drive down the middle of the fairway, as Hopton found the rough. A par-5, unreachable in two, Yao laid up and Hopton was forced to punch out of a tough lie. Neither reached the green in three, but both had chances to make par. Both missed and they went to a sudden-victory playoff.

On hole No. 1, Hopton again found the rough with Yao sitting in the fairway. Hopton punched out from the trees and Yao’s shot missed the greenHopton to the right. Hopton saved her championship dreams with an approach shot from just outside 100 yards that settled within two feet of the hole. Yao’s chip from the rough stopped the same distance from the cup as Hopton’s ball and they both tapped in for par.

The second playoff hole told the same story, with Yao in the fairway and Hopton in the rough. Yao’s approach shot landed on the front of the green, but Hopton hit another great approach to leave herself under 10 feet for birdie. Yao missed her birdie putt and Hopton had a chance for victory but she missed her putt wide and they went to a third playoff hole.

Both players found the middle of the fairway off the tee, as their shots came to a stop within feet of each other. They were left inside 100 yards om the uphill par-4. Yao’s shot landed in the right rough but kicked to the edge of the green and she had another opportunity for birdie. Hopton continued her fine approach shots and landed within 15 feet of the flagstick. Yao’s long distance putt sped by the hole and she left herself six feet for par. Hopton could not convert on the birdie, as her ball slid by the hole. The pressure was on Yao to make her comebacker for par, but she was unable to convert. Hopton tapped her ball in for par and the 39-hole victory.

“I made a few really long putts,” Hopton noted as the key to her victory.

Hopton’s 82 on Sunday was also enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Joe Parrini of York, Pa., continued his hot streak. Victorious at the Major Championship at Crystal Springs, Parrini followed up that performance by earning his second-consecutive IJGT Championship with this one coming at Jeffersonville Golf Club.

Parrini JeffParrini fired a 4-over-par 74 in the first round to give himself a comfortable lead entering the final round. He followed up his first-round performance with a 76 to finish with a total of 150, the lowest score in any division, and earn the win. Over his 36 holes, Parrini carded three birdies and 21 pars.

“I really found my driver. I was consistently hitting fairways,” Parrini said following his round on the final day.

Garrett Engle of Harrisburg, Pa., finished second with a tournament total of 172, and Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., rounded out the top three carding a 174.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it the weekend of Sept. 21-22 in Urban, Md., for the Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor. The tournament will be played at Worthington Manor 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, 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.

 

Norristown, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 15, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,434 yards, Par 70 (71.0/136) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 5,956 yards, Par 70 (68.5/132) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,740 yards, Par 70 (73.5/129)

 

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Weather:        Saturday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 60’s with 10-15 mph winds

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

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville Golf Club

Norristown, Pa.

September 14-15, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,434 yards, Par 70

1. Gary McCabe, Collegeville, PA, *76-75–151

2. Nick Geiman, York, PA, *82-73–155

2. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ, *80-75–155

4. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA, *80-76–156

5. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA, *80-77–157

5. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *78-79–157

7. Perry Litwin, Rumson, NJ, *81-77–158

7. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA, *79-79–158

9. Quinn Dolan, Broomall, PA, *75-84–159

9. Chris Binet, Oreland, PA, *79-80–159

11. Ryan Cleary, Wilmington, DE, *85-77–162

12. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA, *82-81–163

12. John Warden, Ridgewood, NJ, *82-81–163

12. Nick Calabrese, Newtown Square, PA, *84-79–163

15. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA, *82-82–164

15. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *81-83–164

15. John Foley, Limerick, PA, *80-84–164

18. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ, *83-82–165

18. Peter Bradbeer, Philidelphia, PA, *86-79–165

18. Griffin Colvin, Media, PA, *80-85–165

21. Michael Barychewsky, Richboro, PA, *83-83–166

22. Zachary Sculler, Morganville, NJ, *90-78–168

22. Kyle Cunningham, Sayville, NY, *84-84–168

24. Ryan Conner, Newtown, PA, *86-83–169

25. David Cox, Lower Gwynedd, PA, *80-90–170

26. Matthew Cleary, Wilmington, DE, *80-91–171

27. Nolan Dirienzi, Media, PA, *81-91–172

28. Nick Fizzano, Newtown Square, PA, *94-81–175

29. Joe Rochelle, Quakertown, PA, *88-89–177

30. Robert Shaner, Fort Lee, NJ, *87-91-178

31. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY, *90-89–179

32. Holden Harris, New York, NY, *101-98–199

DID NOT FINISH

Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, PA, *83-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 5,956 yards, Par 70

1. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *74-76–150

2. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA, *84-88–172

3. Luke Sample, New York, NY, *92-82–174

4. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA, *90-91–181

 

 Girls Division – Gold Tees, 5,740 yards, Par 70

1. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ, *87-82–169*

2. Samantha Yao, Berwyn, PA, *84-85–169

3. Esther Park, Wilmington, DE, *89-85–174

4. Victoria Ross, Spring Grove, PA, *91-84–175

5. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY, *92-90–182

6. Meghan Fahey, Villanova, PA, *104-102–206

7. Kimmy Sanna, Swarthmore, PA, *116-107—223

 

*Won Playoff