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IJGT announces All-IJGT Teams and Players of the Year

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

Boys 15-19 Division All-IJGT Team

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

Boys 14 & Under Division All-IJGT Team

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

Girls Division All-IJGT Team

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

About the IJGT

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

 

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Tour Preview

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The IJGT’s biggest, most exciting event of the season, the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, will be held on May 23-25, 2015, at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and bragging rights during the three-day, 54-hole event.

Additionally, the Tournament of Champions offers exemptions into a variety of first-class events. The Boys 15-19 Division champion will be invited to the Players Amateur, the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, the International Junior Masters, the North American Junior Amateur and the South Carolina Junior Golf Association Beth Daniel Junior Azalea. The runner-up in the Boys 15-19 Division will also receive an exemption to the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.

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The top-scoring individual in the Girls Division will be invited to the North American Junior Amateur, the South Atlantic Women’s Amateur Championship and the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea. The runner-up in the Girls Division will also receive an exemption to the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.

The event will begin with a welcome reception for the players and their families. On Sunday evening, the IJGT will announce the All-IJGT Team and Player of the Year for each division during the Night of Champions. Following the final round on Monday, there will be a special TOC Awards Ceremony. Everyone who registers for the Tournament of Champions will also receive a ticket to Universal Studios, ensuring they can have fun both at the park and on the course!

During the tournament, juniors will have the opportunity to play the North & East Nines and the New Course. Unlike other Orlando courses, the North and East Nines test accuracy as opposed to strength and distance. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the North (and South) Nines were opened in 1984 and the East Nine was opened two years later in 1986.

Also designed by Nicklaus, the New Course features challenging bunkers and steep slopes. The course pays homage to the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. The links-style course features double greens, a winding creek and stone bridges. The New Course doesn’t use many bodies of water or clusters of trees to challenge golfers, but it does include 150 pot bunkers, some as deep as 12 feet!

Naturally, the Tournament of Champions features the winners from many IJGT tournament throughout the season. Below is a list of champions from the past season who are competing in this year’s event.

Boys 15-19 Division

Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland — IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National and IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan — Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear

Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico — Savannah Junior at The Landings and Carolina Classic at Colleton River

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan — IJGT College Series at NC State, Major Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational. Go was just named the IJGT Player of the Year in the Boys 15-19 Division. He tied for 11th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India — IJGT Oldfield Junior. Jain finished 10th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Michael Jones of Potomac, Md. — IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club

Douglas Kulikowski of Pittsford, N.Y. — College Series at Penn State University

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan — IJGT Junior at Colleton River and IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield. He tied for 14th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Benjamin Morris of Reisterstown, Md. — Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin

Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y. — IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay

Dominic Wagner of Alexandria, Va. — IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill Golf Club

Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. —  Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation. He tied for 25th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. He will be playing college golf at Temple University next year.

Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., won the Boys 15-19 Division of last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

Girls Division

Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa. — IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club

Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India — IJGT Junior at Colleton River, Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor and IJGT Oldfield Junior

Holly McCann of Raleigh, N.C. — IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan — IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall, Savannah Junior at The Landings and the IJGA Invitational. She finished 10th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y. — The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club and IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay

Boys 14 & Under Division

TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y. — The Architects Cup Presented by the IJGA and St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club

Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa. — Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin

Tristan Galant of Cape Town, South Africa — BGGA Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista

Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C. — College Series at Penn State University and IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes

Bronson Myers of Columbia, S.C. — Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear

Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif. — Arizona Open at Wigwam. This will be his fifth consecutive Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions; he finished 16th in last year’s event.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C. — IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

Luke Sample of New York, N.Y. — IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club and Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates. You can find tee times and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

St. John Golf and Fitness Open at Mendon – Final results (May 3, 2015)

Parker wins Girls Division by 13 strokes

Reichert wins Boys 15-19 Division by nine strokes 

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Northeast Tour traveled to Mendon, N.Y., to host the St. John Golf and Fitness Open at Mendon on May 2-3, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and exemptions into the International Junior Masters and North American Junior Amateur during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Parker 1Victoria Parker knocked eight strokes off her round one 80 to card a 1-over 72 in the second round and finish with a 152 tournament total. Although she was in second place after the first round, she breezed to victory in the Girls Division, winning by 13 strokes. “I wanted to come out here and make a few errors as I could,” Parker said after the tournament. “My chipping is the strongest part of my game and it helped me this weekend.”

Parker’s second-round 72 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female juniors to card the lowest scores in the final round of an event. Third-place finisher Madison Braman carded three birdies to earn the  EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the junior to card the most birdies in each division. Braman recorded a 166 tournament total to finish a single stroke behind second-place finisher Sarah Godfrey-Singleton.

Reichert 1Ben Reichert carded a 1-over 72 in the first round and an even-par 71 in the second round to win the Boys 15-19 Division by nine strokes with a 143 tournament total. His round two 71 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the boys. Reichert birdied the par-5 sixth hole in both rounds and finished the tournament with five total birdies. He used three birdies to card a 2-under 33 on the front nine in the second round.

“I am happy I played well this weekend,” Reichert said after his victory. “I was a little rusty this winter so it was nice to come out here and play well.”

There was a three-way tie for second in the Boys 15-19 Division: Matt Dreimiller, Sean Dain and Danny Gianniny all finished with 152 tournament totals. William Gladstone carded six birdies to win the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award.

Buck 1In the Boys 14 & Under Division, TJ Buck walked away with a victory after carding a 155 tournament total.

“I wanted to come out here and stay positive and aggressive,” Buck said after the tournament. “I could have made a few more birdies, but I am happy with how I played this weekend.”

Jude Cummings finished second with a 159 tournament total. Jason Lohwater rounded out the Boys 14 & Under Division finishing third with a 162 tournament total.

The IJGT Northeast Tour will continue tournament play with the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey on May 9-10, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

About the IJGT 

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

Mendon, NY – Final Results of the St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon on May 2-3, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,599 yards Par 71 (72.6/129). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,348 yards, Par 71 (71.1/126). Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,818 yards, Par 71 (74.4/134).

International Junior Golf Tour

Rochester Open at Mendon presented by St. John Golf and Fitness Club

Mendon, NY

May 2-3, 2015

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,599 yards, Par 71


1. Ben Reichert, East Amherst, NY *72-71–143

2. Matt Dreimiller, New Hartford, NY *78-74–152

2. Sean Dain, Oswego, NY *77-75–152

2. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY *78-74–152

5. Blake Reifsnyder, Sinking Spring, PA *74-80–154

6. Thomas Davis, Binghamton, NY *79-80–159

7. Brad Belote, Lancaster, NY *79-81–160

8. Christopher Mahar, Rochester, NY *82-79–161

8. David Hanes, Elma, NY *78-83–161

10. Mike Donner, Hamburg, NY *84-78–162

10. Joe Morgan, Syracuse, NY *82-80–162

10. Jordan Stein, Lagrangeville, NY *80-82–162

10. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *77-85–162

10. William Gladstone, Rye, NY *77-85–162

15. Gavin Simon, Rochester, NY *81-82–163

16. Andy Bronstein, Pittsford, NY *87-77–164

17. Michael Kessler, Getzville, NY *85-82–167

18. Chris Trifoso, Corning, NY *83-86–169

19. Matt Monaco, Baldwinsville, NY *86-84–170

20. Jimmy Ellis, Butler, PA *86-86–172

21. William Fisher, Sodus, NY *86-88–174

22. Chase Cavanaugh, Phoenix, NY *88-87–175

23. Matt Morris, Corning, NY *82-94–176

24. Hunter Phillips, Pittsford, NY *95-95–190


Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees- 6,348 yards, Par 71


1. Tj Buck, Penfield, NY *76-79–155

2. Jude Cummings, Pittsford, NY *77-82–159

3. Jason Lohwater, Rochester, NY *83-79–162

4. James Meyers, Wexford, PA *82-81–163

5. Jake Costa, Rochester, NY *81-84–165

6. Daniel Schindler, Pittsford, NY *84-82–166

7. Michael Mandel, New Hartford, NY *84-87–171

8. Noah Levine, Mendon, NY *88-89–177

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

WD. Devon Goodbody, Pittsford, NY *128

 

Girls Division- Gold Tees- 5,818 yards, Par 71


1. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *80-72–152

2. Sarah Godfrey-Singleton, Depew, NY *78-87–165

3. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *84-82–166

4. Caroline Yarnall, East Aurora, NY *90-92–182

5. Morgan Bronstein, Pittsford, NY *94-91–185

6. Elena Lopez, Clarence, NY *92-95–187

7. Emily Cunningham, Big Flats, NY *97-107–204

8. Brynn Lohr, Fairport, NY *128-109–237

Major Championship at Out Door CC – Final results (Oct. 26, 2014)

Parrini wins at his hometown course
Parker nabs second consecutive IJGT title 

The IJGT hosted the Major Championship at Out Door Country Club on October 25-26, 2014. The Major Championship was the first Major of the season and the final tournament of the Northeast Tour. Juniors competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

Joe ParriniJoe Parrini of York, Pa., of the Boys 15-19 Division combined scores of 73 and 74 to win with a two-day total of 147. With consistent scoring in both rounds, Parrini carded five total birdies and 24 total pars for his tournament. The York native had familiarity with the course and took advantage of his course knowledge to finish five shots ahead of his competition. The Major Championship title is the first for Parrini after his graduation from the Boys 14 & Under Division.

In second was Gus Minkin of York, Pa., with a tournament total 152 and rounding out the top three was Teddy Zinser of Alexandria, Va., finishing with a total 154. Zinser’s round-two score of even-par 72 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female player with the lowest final-round score.

 

 

Jack HalleroncroppedIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., was victorious. After posting a round-one score of 78 and sitting in second behind then leader, MJ Bricker of York, Pa., Halleron used nine-hole par-or-better streak to ignite his comeback effort for the win. Halleron’s performance was highlighted by five total birdies. Sharing second was Bricker and Evan Greenplate of York, Pa. The duo both posted tournament totals of 154.

 

 

 

 

DSCN9345croppedIn the Girls Divison, Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., finished in first place for her first-ever Major Championship title.  Parker led the division at the conclusion of round one after she posted a 1-under-par score of 71, the only score under par in the entire field. The victory becomes Parker’s second-consecutive IJGT victory after her win in the College Series at Penn State University on October 18-19, 2014.

In second was Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., with a tournament total 165. In third was Kendel Abrams of New Freedom, Pa., finishing with a total 166.

The IJGT will continue the fall season with southeast play at Palmetto Hall for the IJGT Island Open on November 1-2, 2014, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Out Door Country Club
York, PA
October 25-26, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,888 yards, Par 72

1. Joe Parrini, York, PA *73-74–147
2. Gus Minkin, York, PA *78-74–152
3. Teddy Zinsner, Alexandria, VA *82-72–154
4. Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, PA *77-79–156
5. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ *74-84–158
6. Nick Geiman, York, PA *85-75–160
7. David Ross, Lorton, VA *79-82–161
8. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *79-83–162
9. Evan Brown, Chads Ford, PA *83-83–166
10. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *82-85–167
11. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *84-85–169
12. Andrew Forjan, York, PA *85-85–170
13. Derek Li, Hillsborough, NJ *79-94–173
14. Hunter Duriez, Northern Cambria, PA *86-92–178
14. Trip Smith, Phoenix, MD *87-91–178

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,085 yards, Par 72

1. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *78-74–152
2. Mj Bricker, York, PA *76-78–154
2. Evan Greenplate, York, PA *79-75–154
4. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *84-79–163
4. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *80-83–163
6. Jonathan Giambalvo, York, PA *90-83–173
7. Luke Sample, New York, NY *91-92–183
8. Andrew Sample, New York, NY *104-95–199

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 5,820 yards, Par 72

1. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *71-75–146
2. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *81-84–165
3. Kendel Abrams, New Freedom, PA *84-82–166
4. Lauren Kase, North Tonawanda, NY *81-87–168
5. Sofia Amoroso, West Chester, PA *89-92–181
6. Emily Kase, North Tonawanda, NY *91-96–187
7. Rosa Jones, Moriches, NY *102-87–189
8. Olivia Raihl, Wernersville, PA *94-100–194

Braman, Byrne featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – Oct. 16, 2014

The IJGT hosted both northeast and southeast events on October 11-12, 2014, for juniors from all over the world. The Northeast Tour headed to Bronx, N.Y., for the first time in IJGT history. Held at Pelham Bay Golf Course, the tour hosted the IJGT Junior Open. Rain crept into the forecast briefly and despite the conditions remaining cool and windy, juniors competed with intensity for IJGT merit points and national rankings. This week’s IJGT Photo of the Week for the north features IJGT Junior Open Girls Champion Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y.

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Braman opened the tournament with a first-round score of 1-over 72, her best round of the weekend. She kicked off with back-to-back birdies before adding a third to finish nine strokes ahead of the division. Despite some struggle against the windy conditions in round two, Braman aimed for consistency, adding 10 pars. Her second-round score of 80 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award going to the junior with the lowest score in the final round.

Photo of the Week 10.16.14

In the southeast, the IJGT headed to the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to host the Florida JuniorWith weather resembling summer conditions, juniors competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings as well as an invite to the North American Junior Amateur Championship to be held in Arizona on December 30-January 3, 2015. This week’s IJGT Photo of the Week for the southeast features junior, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland. Bryne is in his first season as an IJGT member and has been a part of three events now. Most recently, Bryne took home the second-place trophy at the IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield GC. He combined consistent rounds of 72 for a tournament total of even-par 144.

Congratulations to both Braman and Byrne and we look forward to seeing them again in IJGT events!

Kedlaya, Benevento among junior to earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Oct. 14, 2014

SOUTHEAST

The IJGT traveled to Orlando, Fla., on October 11-12, 2014, to host the Florida Junior at The Palm Course at Walt Disney Resort. The hot and humid climate did not affect the 51 juniors as they produced low rounds on both days.

The Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Tour go to Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., and Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India.

wren

On day one, Wren got off to a hot start by posting a birdie on his first hole and stringing together pars on six of his following seven holes before finishing the front nine with a score of 1-over-par.  His back nine went just as well, with pars on seven of the nine holes giving him a total round one score of 3-over 75.  Wren returned in round two with similar momentum and added par on the first seven consecutive holes leading up to a birdie on No. 8.  Wren’s final nine holes were played at one under par, including three birdies and four pars.  Wren took home the second place trophy with his final round score of 71 and an overall score of 146.

kedlaya

Kedlaya opened her first round with par on four front-nine holes before really heating up and carding par on eight of her back-nine holes to finish the day at 78. She continued sharp play in round two with six pars on the front nine, four of which were consecutive, before adding a birdie on No. 8. Kedlaya’s scores of 78 and 74 were her lowest scores to date on the IJGT with her round two 74 earning her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round for the girls. Kedlaya’s overall score of 152 helped her to finish second.

Thanks to outstanding play and their second place finishes, both Wren and Kedlaya qualified for the North American Junior Amateur Championship to be held in Arizona on December 31, 2014 – January 3, 2015. The Florida Junior at Disney Resort was a qualifying tournament, granting and invitation to  the top two boys and top two girls.

NORTHEAST

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to Bronx, N.Y., for the first-ever tournament at Pelham Bay Golf Club, to host The IJGT Junior Open. Despite some rain during round one and cold and windy conditions on both days, there was great golf performances the entire weekend. The IJGT is proud to award the Northeast Player of the Week honors to Mark Benevento of Somers Point, N.J., and Soona Lee-Tolley of New York, N.Y.

Benevento

Benevento, having placed second in The Architects Cup on October 4-5, 2014, looked to come out and shoot for an even greater performance.  Benevento’s round one score of 75 left him two shots off of the lead.  Knowing he needed to play great golf in round two to assume the lead, Benevento improved his round by three strokes for a even-par 71. Despite missing the title by two strokes, Benevento said, “My goal for each round is make great shots and improve from the day before. I am happy with how round two went today.” His second-place finish at the IJGT Junior Open becomes his fourth top-five finish in as many events.

Lee-Tolley

After round one, Lee-Tolley sat in third place but was eager for more. Returning for round two with a fire in her belly, Lee-Tolley used consistent putting for par to cut five strokes from her round one score. Her round two 78 also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls. This allowed her to move up the leader board and into second place. With just one less par than winner Madison Braman, Lee-Tolley used 20 total pars to prove her determination and consistency, helping her to earn this week’s Player of the Week honors.

Congratulations to Wren, Kedlaya, Benevento and Lee-Tolley on earning the IJGT Player of the Week honors this week!

IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay – Final results (Oct. 12, 2014)

Terminello wins his first IJGT event by two strokes
Braman takes home the Girls Division title for the second time this season 

The IJGT hosted the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay as part of the Northeast Tour on October 11-12, 2014. With only three tournaments left in the fall season for the Northeast Tour, juniors competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

DSCN9133Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y., the winner of the Boys 15-19 Division, shot a 2-over 144 for the tournament. Terminello led round one and carried his lead through round two to finish nine strokes in front. His performance was highlighted by 14 pars and 10 total birdies, the most birdies for the round across all three divisions.

Finishing in second was Mark Benevento of Somers Point, N.J. Benevento trailed Terminello at the end of round one and despite shaving four strokes from his round one score, he remained two strokes shy of Terminello, finishing with a two day total 146. Both Terminello and Benevento’s even-par scores of 71 earned them the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male(s) and female(s) with the lowest score in the final round of tournament play. Rounding out the top three was Dominic Pizzurro-Gomez of White Plains, N.Y., with a total 150.

DSCN9142Matthew Minerva Jr. of Elmsford, N.Y., took the first place trophy in the Boys 14 & Under Division.  His opening round of 76 led the group and he returned in round two to add a score of 75. Twenty total pars and a pair of birdies in both rounds highlighted his two-day total of 151. Chaim Yi of Rye, N.Y., finished in second place with a total 172 and Rich Jones of Moriches, N.Y., rounded out the winners’ circle in third with a score of 180.

 

 

 

DSCN9111In the Girls Divison, Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., finished in first place with rounds of 74 and 78 for a 152 total. Playing in her fifth event of the season, the New York  native took home the first place trophy for the second time. Braman used 21 pars and three birdies to help her to victory.

Soona Lee-Tolley of New York, N.Y., posted the best score of round two (78) to earn the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in addition to second place. Lee-Tolley finished with a total 161 while third place finisher Caroline Hodge of Larchmont, N.Y., recorded a total of 165.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 18-19, 2014. The Southeast Tour will host the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters and the Northeast Tour will host the College Series at Penn State University. To sign up for these events, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Bronx, NY. – Final Results of the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 11-12, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,572 yards Par 71 (71.2./119). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,177 yards, Par 71 (69.0/113). Girls Division: Silver Tees – 5,812 yards, Par 71 (72.3/116).

International Junior Golf Tour
Junior Open at Pelham Bay
New York, N.Y.
October 11-12, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,572 yards, Par 71

1. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY *73-71–144
2. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ *75-71–146
3. Dominic Pizzurro-Gomez, White Plains, NY *76-74–150
4. Daniel Cozzi, Westport, CT *82-76–158
5. Park Sanghyeon, Oakland Gardens, NY *83-76–159
5. Trevor King, Huntington, NY *78-81–159
7. Bk Browne, Westport, CT *87-76–163
7. Stephen Gai, Westport, CT *82-81–163

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,177 yards, Par 71

1. Matthew Minerva Jr, Elmsford, NY *76-75–151
2. Chaim Yi, Rye, NY *88-84–172
3. Rich Jones, Moriches, NY *91-89–180
4. Ryder Henry, New York, NY *95-93–188

Girls Division- Silver Tees, 5,812 yards, Par 71

1. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *72-80–152
2. Soona Lee-Tolley, New York, NY *83-78–161
3. Caroline Hodge, Larchmont, NY *82-83–165
4. Alice Hodge, Larchmont, NY *85-93–178
4. Lucy Lamb, Stony Brook, NY *88-90–178
6. Rosa Jones, Moriches, NY *98-93–191

IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay – Round one recap (Oct. 11, 2014)

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to Bronx, N.Y., for the first time in history for the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay. The event was held at Pelham Bay Golf Course featuring tee times beginning at 12 noon for round one on October 11, 2014. In review of round one, below is each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

73 – his first round opening score of 2-over-par 73

4 – total birdies Terminello recorded, tied for the most across all three divisions

2 – he had a streak of par or better for four holes twice in his round, one on both the front and back nine

The Boys 14 & Under Division is led by Matthew Minerva Jr. of Elmsford, N.Y. His round in numbers:

76 – his round one score

2 – Minerva, the only member of the Boys 14 & Under to card a birdie, had two in total

1 – this is his first IJGT event of his career

Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

72 – she shot an opening round of 1-over-par

10 – Braman carries a 10-stroke lead over the division

5 – Braman played the round’s par-5 holes at par or better, including birdies on No. 2 and No. 9. Braman also finished fifth at The Architects Cup on October 4-5, 2014, in Loptacong, N.J.

The final round at of the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay will take place tomorrow, October, 12, 2014, with tee times beginning at 11:00 a.m. For full results from round one of the IJGT Junior Openclick here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club – Final Results (Sept. 28, 2014)

Reichert shoots even par for the tournament win
Braman nabs second consecutive top-three finish

The IJGT hosted the Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club on September 27-28, 2014. The event was the fourth tournament of the Northeast Tour with juniors competing for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

ReichertBen Reichert of East Amherst, N.Y., shot even-par 144 to win the tournament in the Boys 15-19 Division. Reichert shot one-under-par on the front nine of the opening round, including a chip in eagle on the par-5 No. 7.  He carded 25 total pars to set the pace for his even par for the tournament, closing out with four straight.

Reichert had a game plan to close out the final round, “My mindset was to hit good shots all days and I knew if I did that I would put myself in a good place”, said the champion.

Colin Dubnik from Rochester, N.Y., also recorded an even-par second round as he battled to close the gap on Reichert. Dubnik gained on Reichert’s lead by shooting 2-under-par on his second round front nine but struggled with a few bogeys preventing him from moving into the lead. Rounding out the top-three in the division was a three-way tie between Sean Stanistreet of Camillus, N.Y., David Hanes of Elma, N.Y., and Brad Belote of Lancaster, N.Y. The trio scored two-day totals of 152.

kellyPatrick Kelly of Erie, Pa., took the first place trophy home in the Boys 14 & Under Division.  His opening round of 80 led the group, and he carried his lead through the end after scoring 78 in round two. Kelly recorded three birdies and seven pars in both rounds.

When asked what the keys to his success were, Kelly said, “My ball striking and hitting a lot of fairways.”

TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y., finished in second with a two-day total of 161 and Jeremy Summerson of Victor, N.Y., took third with a tournament total 166.

 

 

braman1In the Girls Divison, Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., finished in first place with a total of 158. Braman led from the start and carried her momenutm through the finish. The first place finish becomes her second consecutive top-three finish. Her performance was highlighted by a total of six birdies and 16 pars.

“I play on an all boys team for high school and that competition has helped me improved my game and helped me play well in these tournaments,” said Braman. In second place, was Caroline Yarnall from East Aurora, N.Y., with a tournament total 158.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 4-5, 2014, with two northeast events. The Architects Cup presented by IJGA will be held at the Architects Golf Club and the DC Shootout will be held at National Golf Club. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

IJGT Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club – Round one recap (Sept. 27, 2014)

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled north for its fourth tournament of the fall season. Held at Brook Lea CC in Rochester, N.Y., the IJGT hosted the IJGT Upstate Challenge, teeing off at noon on Saturday, September 27, 2014. In review, below is each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

The Boys 15-19 Division is led by Ben Reichert of East Amherst, N.Y., His round in numbers:

35 – Reichert shot a 1-under-par on the front nine
72 – he shot an even-par 72 for his opening round
1 – the number of eagles he carded

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Patrick Kelly of Erie, Pa., leads after round one. His round in numbers:

80 – his round one score after the opening 18 holes
4 – Kelly’s longest par or better streak, coming on hole No. 12-15
1 – this is Kelly’s first IJGT event

Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

77 – Braman’s round one score
37– she recorded a 1-over-par 37 on the back nine
12 – the number of holes she carded par or better

The final round at Brook Lea Country Club will take place tomorrow, September 28, 2014, with tee times beginning at 11:00 a.m. EST. For full results from round one of the Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Clubclick here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.