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Chen, Tosto among IJGT Players of the Week (April 28, 2015)

Southeast Tour

The IJGT Southeast Tour remained in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on April 25-26, 2015. Round one was suspended due to unsafe playing conditions and was completed on Sunday before round two. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Southeast Tour is proud to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Siyan Chen of Hanzhou City, China, and Nate Tosto of Pooler, Ga.

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Chen knocked 22 strokes off her round one 101 to card a 79 in round two. She finished the second round by making par or better on the final five holes, including birdies on the par-3 16th and par-4 18th holes. Her second round 79 was the 13-year-old’s best score in an IJGT event.

Tosto shaved nine strokes off his round one 85 to shoot a 4-over 76 in round two. Beginning with a birdie on the par-4 seventh hole, Tosto made par or better on holes No. 7 through 16 in the second round. He closed out the tournament with a 1-over 37 on the back nine in round two.

Northeast Tour

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Havre de Grace, Md., to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock on April 25-26, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Northeast Tour is pleased to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Jairus Gaines of Baltimore, Md., and Sirena Walsh of Chantilly, Va.

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Gaines shot a 77 in round one followed by a 79 in round two to finish with a 156 tournament total, good for third in the Boys 15-19 Division. He carded four birdies during the event, including two on the final four holes in round two. He recorded 1-over 37s on the back nine in both rounds.

Walsh knocked six strokes off her round one 82 to card a 4-over 76 in round two. She earned 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. She birdied three holes in round two: the par-5 second hole, the par-4 sixth hole and the par-3 seventh hole. She finished second in the Girls Division, her highest finish on the IJGT.

Congratulations to Nate Tosto, Siyan Chen, Jairus Gaines and Sirena Walsh on earning IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Major Championship at Bulle Rock – Final Results (April 26, 2015)

Halleron wins fourth consecutive IJGT tournament

Brooks dominates Girls Division

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Northeast Tour traveled to Maryland to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock on April 25-26, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., followed his round one 78 with a 79 in round two to finish with a 157 tournament total and a victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Halleron recorded the division’s longest par-or-better streak, which came on holes No. 9 through 15 in round one. The win was Halleron’s fourth consecutive IJGT victory.

“It was exciting to win against such a strong field,” Halleron said after the tournament. “This win feels really good.”

Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., carded a 159 tournament total to finish second. Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., and Lou Baker of Timonium, Md., finished just one stroke behind Bennett with 160 tournament totals, good for a share of third place.

Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., made par or better on the entire front nine, including a birdie on the par-4 fifth hole, to finish the first round with a 1-over 73. She built off her round one lead to card a 5-over 77 in round two, good for a 150 tournament total and the Girls Division title. “I came out today wanting to play the same as I did yesterday,” she said after her win.

Brooks made par a division-best 25 times during the tournament. She led the division in scoring average on both par-4s and par-5s to win by an impressive eight strokes. “I am excited to be playing golf for the University of Tennessee next year,” Brooks said when asked about her future plans. “I know a lot of the girls on the team and it is a good group of golfers. I am excited to be playing in a great conference.”

Sirena Walsh of Chantilly, Va., finished second with a 158 tournament total. She carded back-to-back birdies on the par-4 sixth and par-3 seventh holes in round two. She also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female golfers to card the lowest scores in the final round of an event.

Wilmington, Del., native Phoebe Brinker and Towson Md., native Charlotte Simpson tied for third with 168 tournament totals. Simpson birdied the par-4 first hole in both rounds.

Brinker carded five birdies during the tournament to win the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the junior to card the most birdies in each division.

Cole Berger of Malvern, Pa., made par on the 18th hole in round two to win the Boys 15-19 Division by a single stroke. He shaved two strokes off his round one 78 to card a 4-over 76 in round two, good for a 154 tournament total. He made five birdies during the tournament including back-to-back birdies on the par-3 third and par-4 fourth holes in round two.

When asked about his victory, Berger said, “It was awesome winning on a great course against great competition.”

Luke Schaap of Potomac, Md., finished in second with a 155 tournament total, one stroke off the lead. Schaap and Berger both earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Will Koras of Lutherville, Md., and Jairus Gaines of Baltimore, Md., tied for third with 156 tournament totals, just two strokes off the lead.

Sixth-place finisher Andrew Warfield of Southborough, Mass., carded six birdies during the tournament to win the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award.

The IJGT Northeast Tour will continue tournament play with the Rochester Open at Mendon Golf Club on May 2-3, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Havre de Grace, MD – Final Results of the Major Championship at Bulle Rock on April 25-26, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,765 yards Par 72 (73.8/141). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,098 yards, Par 72 (71.2/136). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,903 yards, Par 72 (74.6/131).

International Junior Golf Tour

Major Championship at Bulle Rock

Havre De Grace, MD

April 25-26, 2015 

Boys 15-19 Division- Gold Tees, 6,765 yards, Par 72

1. Cole Berger, Malvern, PA *78-76–154

2. Luke Schaap, Potomac, MD *79-76–155

3. Will Koras, Lutherville, MD *76-80–156

3. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *77-79–156

5. Jack Rolle, Bethesda, MD *81-78–159

6. Andrew Warfield, Southborough, MA, *82-78–160

7. Will Ford, Reisterstown, MD *79-82–161

8. Jack Melville, Maple Glen, PA *86-76–162

8. Nicholas Mejia, Woodstock, MD *80-82–162

10. Trip Smith, Phoenix, MD *83-80–163

10. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY *79-84–163

10. Teddy Zinsner, Alexandria, VA *82-81–163

10. Will Haller, Gaithersburg, MD *77-86–163

14. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA,*83-82–165

15. Drew Petri, New Hope, PA *77-89–166

16. Campbell Wolf, Enola, PA *82-85–167

17. Keegan Shreves, Potomac, MD *87-81–168

17. Reed Winkler, Wilmington, DE *86-82–168

17. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *85-83–168

17. Connor Schmidt, Venetia, PA *82-86–168

21. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *85-84–169

21. Charles Young II, Woodstock, MD *83-86–169

23. Taso Scilaris, Bethesda, MD *83-87–170

23. Anthony Barr, Harleysville, PA *83-87–170

25. Kevin May, Baltimore, MD *83-88–171

26. William Riva, Lancaster, PA *87-86–173

26. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *84-89–173

26. Tyler Caballero, Timonium, MD *84-89–173

29. Michael Burns, Blue Bell, PA *85-89–174

30. Dylan Cline, Hagerstown, MD *89-86–175

30. Mj Bricker, York, PA *86-89–175

32. Justin Donawa, Baltimore, MD *86-90–176

33. Clark Thomas, Oakton, VA, *89-88–177

34. Jake Geis, Lutherville, MD *89-91–180

35. Brett Levenstein, Olney, MD *88-94–182

36. Will Ennis, Montgomery Village, MD *92-92–184

37. Will Long, Towson, MD *87-100–187

38. Jake Reed, Eldersburg, MD *93-104–197

 

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JWD. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *81

JWD. Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, DE *84

Boys 14 & Under Division-Blue Tees- 6,098 yards, Par 72

1. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *78-79–157

2. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *82-77–159

3. Luke Sample, New York, NY *78-82–160

3. Lou Baker, Timonium, MD *80-80–160

5. Jake Calamaro, Newtown Square, PA *81-84–165

6. Trent Geritz, Towson, MD *81-87–168

7. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *83-86–169

8. Andrew Wallace, Narberth, PA *88-87–175

9. Austin Steckler, Glen Arm, MD *91-85–176

10. Ty Brinker, Wilmington, DE *97-87–184

11. Steven Walsh, Chantilly, VA *92-95–187

11. Aj Aivazoglou, Glen Mills, PA *90-97–187

13. Alex Mulrooney, Wilmington, DE *99-90–189

Girls Division- White Tees- 5,903 yards, Par 72

1. Shannon Brooks, Vienna, VA *73-77–150

2. Sirena Walsh, Chantilly, VA *82-76–158

3. Phoebe Brinker, Wilmington, DE *83-85–168

3. Charlotte Simpson, Towson, MD *79-89–168

5. Jennifer Cleary, Wilmington, DC *87-85–172

6. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *85-90–175

7. Hannah Fireman, Ambler, PA *92-96–188

8. Sofia Amoroso, West Chester, PA *98-98–196

Major Championship at Bulle Rock – Round one recap (April 25, 2015)

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Havre de Grace, Md., to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock. Juniors teed off beginning at 12 p.m. for round one of the two-day, 36-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Will Koras of Lutherville, Md., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

76 – His 4-over round one score to carry the lead

1 – He leads the division by a single stroke

2 – His two birdies came on the par-4 sixth and par-5 11th holes

3 – He started his round at 1-under through three holes, making par or better on holes No. 10 through 12

Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

73 – Her 1-over round one score was the best in the field

6 – She leads the Girls Division by six strokes

9 – She made par or better on the entire front nine

35 – Her 1-under score on the front nine

Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., and Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., lead the Boys 14 & Under Division. Their rounds in numbers:

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7 – His division-best seven-hole par-or-better streak came on holes No. 9 through 15

1 – His lone birdie came on the par-5 11th hole

37 – His 1-over score on the back nine

SAMPLE

78 – His round one score to share the lead

2- He birdied the par-5 11th and par-4 16th holes

5 – He had a five-hole bogey-free streak on holes No.  7 through 11

The second round of the Major Championship at Bulle Rock will take place tomorrow, April 25, 2015, with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

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.

Fall Highlights and Spring Preview

Following a successful fall season full of low scores, beautiful courses and even holes-in-one, the IJGT is excited to kick off its spring season with the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on January 17-18, 2015.

LOOKING BACK

During the fall season junior golfers had the opportunity to play a variety of world-renowned courses.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, the IJGT hosted the Thanksgiving Day Classic at the ever-famous TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. This tournament was one of the few three-day, 54-hole events. The junior golfers performed admirably on both THE PLAYERS Stadium and Dye’s Valley courses. Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, edged out Ben Albin of Santa Fe, N.M., to win the Boys 15-19 Division. Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Sam Ohno of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., tied for third. All of the top three finishers in the Boys 15-19 Division had a round at or below par and eights golfers across the three divisions carded eagles.

The Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass saw not one but two holes-in-one! In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Charles Larcelet of Geraudot, France, had an ace on the par-3 hole No. 14 on the Valley Course. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, carded a hole in one on the par-3 hole No. 8 on the Stadium Course.

Playing the iconic par-3 17th hole on THE PLAYERS Stadium course was a highlight of the fall season for many of the young golfers.

Dormie Club, No. 43 on the 2015-2016 edition of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, played home to the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club. Despite a course that proved to be challenging for the entire field, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., carded an impressive nine birdies during the tournament. Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, both had bogey-free streaks that lasted 16 holes.

The final event of the fall, the IJGA Invitational, was held at Sea Pines Resort where junior golfers had the opportunity to play both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links. The latter ranked No. 19 on Golf Digest’s 2015-2016 list of America’s 199 Greatest Public courses and ranked in the top 50 of Golf.com’s 2014 list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S. It is also the host of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

LOOKING FORWARD

The spring season features another selection of top-ranked courses. The first three tournaments are local to the Hilton Head/Bluffton area. On January 24-25, 2015, during the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, junior golfers and their families will have a chance to explore the host of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur. The Pete Dye course, where the Carolina Classic will be played, offers unobstructed views of Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean from 11 of its 18 holes.

The IJGT will travel to the west coast for the MAJOR Championship at Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco, Calif., on February 7-8, 2015. The Presidio Golf Course is one of the oldest courses on the west coast and has been a national historic landmark since 1962. An Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, it is located within a national park.

On Valentine’s Day weekend (February 14-15, 2015), the IJGT will be traveling to Kiawah Island to host the South Carolina Open. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island is ranked No. 20 on the 2015-2016 edition of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses list and third on their America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. This course was the first designed for a specific event, the 1991 Ryder Cup. Known for its challenging and unpredictable winds and spectacular ocean views, the Ocean course is No. 25 on Golf.com’s 2014 list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S.

The Major Championship at Duke University in Durham, N.C., on March 28-29, 2015, provides an excellent opportunity for junior golfers investigating college golf programs to explore Duke as well as the nearby University of North Carolina.

The Northeast Tour of the IJGT will host the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin on April 11-12, 2015. The junior golfers will have the chance to play both the PGA Tour-tested Mystic Rock and the par-70 The Links. Mystic Rock placed No. 60 on the 2015-2016 Golf Digest America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The following weekend, the Northeast Tour will travel to The Architects Golf Course in Lopatcong, N.J., for The Architects Cup.

On April 25-26, 2015, the IJGT will host a Major Championship at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace, Md. Bulle Rock sits at No. 45 on Golf Digest’s 2015-2016 list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The spring season will culminate with the highly anticipated Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The three-day, 54-hole event will take place on May 23-25, 2015. On the evening of May 24 the IJGT will announce its All-IJGT Team and Player of the Year honors for each division at the Night of Champions.

Juniors in all divisions will be competing for AJGA Performance Stars and national rankings. In addition, the winner of the Boys 15-19 Division will receive an exemption to the 2015 International Junior Masters tournament.

Well wishes to all of our juniors as we reflect graciously on the fall and welcome the spring. Good luck to all!

Nicholas, Vega voted Photo of the Week winners – May 1, 2014

NORTHEAST

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – The IJGT traveled to Bulle Rock to host the third Major Championship of the 2014 season. The weather was prime for golf as a field of 74 competitors came out to compete. The Northeast’s Photo of the Week winner is James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y.

10273450_10154119688265026_1505647664589041784_nNicholas went on to take first place at the Major Championship at Bulle Rock presented by the First Tee of Baltimore. This was Nicholas’ second Major Championship victory, and his third first place finish of the season. He made five birdies during each round, 10 total throughout 36 holes. We look forward to seeing Nicholas compete in more IJGT events.

SOUTHEAST

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The IJGT hosted College Prep at the local venue, Palmetto Hall Plantation Club on April 26-27, 2014. The first 54-hole event of the Southeast Tour was held on the Robert Cupp Course both days and consisted of three rounds of 18 holes. The tournament’s lineup included 51 juniors between the ages of 13 and 19. In the Southeast, Diego Vega of Mexico City, Mexico, was voted the Photo of the Week winner.

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Playing in his 10th IJGT event, Vega finished tied for 19th. Throughout 54-holes he managed to total two birdies. Vega also played very well on the 17th and 18th holes every round, making a par at both each round. His photo that was voted Photo of the Week this week, received 31 total points! Congratulations on the Photo of the Week honors as we hope to see more of Vega at IJGT events in the future.

The Photo of the Week is decided by our fans and followers so don’t forget that your feedback counts. In the week following a tournament, keep an eye on the IJGT Facebook page for photos from the Event. Each photo will received 1 point for a ‘Like’, 2 points for a ‘Comment’ and 3 points for ‘Shares’ so let us know what you think!

Carr, De Bono included in IJGT Players of the Week – April 27, 2014

NORTHEAST TOUR

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – The IJGT traveled to the Baltimore area to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock April 26-27, 2014. The host of the LPGA Championship from 2005-2009, Bulle Rock Golf Course was in great shape and provided a true test for a strong field of junior golfers. While the threat of rain loomed over the first round, it held off long enough and players enjoyed fantastic weather both days. This week’s Player of the Week Honors for the Northeast Tour go to Gus Minkin, of York, Pa., and Haley Carr, of Waldorf, Md.

minkinMinkin, who competed at Bulle Rock for the fourth year in a row, had another strong showing at the tournament and his best score yet on the course. He has finished in the top 10 three times at Bulle Rock, but his score of 77-74–151 beats his previous best score by seven strokes. Much of Minkin’s success came from starting off each round strong and carrying that rhythm throughout the weekend. His combined score on the first four holes through both rounds was four under par. The highlight of his weekend came on his first hole during the final round. After a great tee shot, he holed out from roughly 100 yards away to card an eagle. His final score of 151 was good enough for 5th place. We look forward to seeing Minkin compete at the Hershey Classic Presented by IJGA

 

 

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The Player of the Week in the Girls Division goes to Haley Carr. The Waldorf, Maryland, native had two very solid rounds at Bulle Rock over the weekend. In round one, Carr shot an 84, which included 8 pars and a birdie on the long par-5 8th hole. In round two, Carr improved her score by 3 shots. She once again had 8 pars and managed a birdie on the tough par-4 11th. We want to congratulate Carr on her 2nd place finish in the Major Championship at Bulle Rock. Carr will look to continue her strong start to her IJGT career May 10-11, 2014, at the Hershey Classic Presented by IJGA.

 

SOUTHEAST TOUR

The IJGT continued the Southeast Tour with the College Prep at Palmetto Hall Plantation held on April 26-27, 2014. The 54-hole tournament featured two rounds consisting of 18 holes each played on the first day, while the final round of 18 holes was played on day two. Despite the lengthened event, the players lived up to the challenge and scored well on both days. The players of the week for the Southeast Tour are Maurizio De Bono from Basiglio, Italy, and Samantha Huang from Shenzhen, China.

De BonoDe Bono, playing in his fifth tournament of the season, played consistent golf throughout the weekend. De Bono started well by scoring an impressive 74 in round one, including 12 pars and five birdies. He maintained his first-round form by carding 75 for round two, which also featured an eagle. De Bono finished his final round with a score of 79, including a birdie and 11 pars to finish with fourth place for the tournament.

 

 

 

HuangHuang, playing in her third tournament of the season, started well with a first round score of 77 consisting of two birdies and ten pars. Her second round of 76 on the same day included an additional two birdies. Huang finished with a third round score of 79 consisting of twelve pars to place second in the tournament by one stroke. We hope to see Huang continue her form in the upcoming tournaments this season.

Major Championship at Bulle Rock presented by the First Tee of Baltimore – Final Results

  Nicholas takes third IJGT title

Clark captures championship

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled up to Bulle Rock to host the third Major Championship of the 2014 season. The weather was prime for golf as a field of 74 competitors came out to compete. At stake were double 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.

JAMESNICIn the Boys 15-19 Division, James Nicholas, of Scarsdale, N.Y., took home his third IJGT title. Nicholas earned his third championship by playing great golf on both days. He finished round one with a 1-over-par score of 73. His first round featured five birdies including a streak of eight holes where he made par or better. In the final round, he added five more birdies and 11 pars to finish with a final round score of 3-under-par 69. Nicholas’ 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. His final numbers for the weekend were 73-69—142.

When asked how it feels to win his third IJGT event this season, Nicholas replied, “It’s amazing. Just to win one is awesome but three in a row is kind of cool…I am very thankful right now.”

Walter Egloff of Chevy Chase, Md., finished in second place with score of 74-75—149. Tom Crow of Virginia Beach, Va., and Ryan Podufal of Erie, Pa., finished tied for third place. Crow posted scores of 77-73—150, while Podufal posted scores of 76-74—150.

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BRYANA2In the Girls Division, Bryana Nguyen of Columbia, Md., finished in first place marking her first IJGT championship. Nguyen had three birdies throughout the weekend, two of which came during her final round. Her numbers of 82-77—159 were good enough to win her division by six strokes. Nguyen’s final round score of 77 was the best in her division, earning her the Clazic Low Belts Final Round Award.

When asked what helped her score so well during the final round, Nguyen stated, “Keeping it in the fairway. The rough here is pretty thick and I kept to my plan of hitting fairways and greens which worked out today.”

Haley Carr of Waldorf, Md., took second place with scores of 84-81–165. Finishing in third place was Alessandra Ricigliano of Scarsdale, N.Y., who shot 82-85—167.

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LUKASIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Lukas Clark of Holland, Pa., captured his first IJGT championship. In round one, Clark made par on 15 of 18 holes. During the final round, he totaled three birdies, including one on the par-4 hole No. five, the course’s No. one handicapped hole. Clark adds a first place finish to his resume to go along with two other top-10 finishes this season. His numbers for the weekend were 76-75—151.

When asked about his mindset during the final round, Clark noted, “I was just trying to have fun out there, if I had fun, it would probably work out. And it did, so I’m happy with that.”

Evan Brown of Chadds Ford, Pa., finished in second place with scores of 81-78—159. There was a tie for third place between Will Klein of Bethesda, Md., and Joe Parrini of York, Pa. Klein posted scores of 83-78—161, while Parrini posted scores of 84-77—161.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Rochester Open at Ravenwood Golf Club on May 3-4, 2014. 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, Dynamic Brands, Clazic Belts, Oakley, Sun Mountain, The First Tee, Golfweek, College Golf Camps, 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.

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – Final-round results of the IJGT Major Championship at Bulle Rock Presented by the First Tee of Baltimore conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 27, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,766 yards, Par 72 (73.8/141) Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,155 yards, Par 72 (71.2/136) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,931 yards, Par 72 (74.6/131)

Weather: Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 15-20 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 60’s with 15-20 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Bulle Rock Presented by the First Tee of Baltimore
Havre de Grace, Md.
April 26-27, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold tees) 6,766 yards: par 72
1. James Nicholas, Scarsdale, NY *73-69–142
2. Walter Egloff, Chevy Chase, MD *74-75–149
3. Tom Crow, Virginia Beach, VA *77-73–150
3. Ryan Podufal, Erie, PA *76-74–150
5. Gus Minkin, York, PA *77-74–151
6. Connor Daly, Bronxville, NY *78-75–153
6. Brendan Bacskai, Berwyn, PA *76-77–153
8. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *79-75–154
9. Nick Calabrese, Newtown Square, PA *77-79–156
10. Bryce Johnson, Oakton, VA *77-80–157
10. Jake Gurock, West Windsor, NJ *76-81–157
12. Joshua Goldenberg, Scarsdale, NY *78-80–158
13. Nick Geiman, York, PA *79-80–159
13. Lee Detmer, Washington, DC *78-81–159
15. Adam Gray, Potomac, MD *80-80–160
16. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD *79-83–162
16. Luke Schaap, Potomac, MD *76-86–162
18. Hunter Lee, Great Neck, NY *85-78–163
18. Michael Cook, Berwyn, PA *80-83–163
18. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD *79-84–163
18. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *78-85–163
18. Benjamin Morgret, Venetia, PA *76-87–163
23. Matthew Pulgini, Middletown, DE *82-82–164
24. Kevin May, Baltimore, MD *83-82–165
25. Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, PA *80-86–166
26. Sean Coleman, Potomac, MD *83-84–167
26. Jack Peden, Vienna, VA *77-90–167
28. Wynn Geis, Lutherville, MD *81-87–168
29. Dom Wagner, Alexandria, VA *87-82–169
30. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *87-83–170
30. Will Haller, Gaithersburg, MD *88-82–170
32. Justin Donawa, Baltimore, MD *86-85–171
33. Mike Burns, Blue Bell, PA *83-89–172
33. Jack Maresca, Rye, NY *82-90–172
35. Ben Litt, Moorestown, NJ *84-89–173
36. Charles Carter II, Baltimore, MD *89-86–175
37. Trip Smith, Phoenix, MD *84-92–176
38. Charles Young II, Woodstock, MD *83-94–177
39. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA *88-90–178
40. Blake Weltmann, Potomac, MD *85-94–179
41. Dylan Cline, Hagerstown, MD *98-90–188

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. David Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA *92-DQ (Rule 6-3a)
DQ. Robbie Hickok, Washington, DC, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division (Blue tees) 6,155 yards: par 72
1. Lukas Clark, Holland, PA *76-75–151
2. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford PA *81-78–159
3. Will Klein, Bethesda, MD *83-78–161
3. Joe Parrini, York, PA *84-77–161
5. Dylan Rotter, Potomac, MD *79-83–162
6. Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, DE *85-81–166
7. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *85-85–170
8. Mac Webster, Baltimore, MD *85-88–173
9. Chase Goff, Annapolis, MD *86-88–174
10. Cole Gibson, Chevy Chase, MD *92-83–175
10. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *84-91–175
12. Will Long, Towson, MD *84-92–176
13. Keegan Shreves, Potomac, MD *94-84–178
13. Griffin Smith, Holland, PA *92-86–178
15. Brett Levenstein, Olney, MD *92-90–182
15. Anthony Barr, Lititz, PA *87-95–182
17. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA *97-96–193

Girls Division (White tees) 5,904 yards: par 72
1. Bryana Nguyen, Columbia, MD, *82-77–159
2. Haley Carr, Waldorf, MD, *84-81–165
3. Alessandra Ricigliano, Scarsdale, NY *82-85–167
4. Cara Basso, Downingtown, PA *84-85–169
5. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *87-86–173
6. Alison Snakard, Collegeville, PA *88-87–175
7. Jane Moon, Lutherville, MD *87-90–177
7. Amanda Meyers, North Potomac, MD *87-90–177
9. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ *90-90–180
9. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, NJ *89-91–180
11. Kendel Abrams, New Freedom, PA *100-94–194
12. Gracie Stillman, Lititz, PA *105-104–209

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Khyranton Beggs, Baltimore, MD *JWD

Major Championship at Bulle Rock Presented by the First Tee of Baltimore – Nicholas & Clark lead, Nguyen & Ricigliano tied for first

The IJGT traveled to Havre De Grace, Maryland to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock Presented by the First Tee of Baltimore. The strong field of 74 competitors took to the course competing for National Rankings and Double IJGT Merit Points.  In review, divisional leaders’ round in numbers are below.

James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y. is the current leader in the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

73 – his round-one score, standing at 1-over-par

5 –  total number of birdies in round one

2 – two IJGT championships this season

6 – number of players within two strokes of the  division lead

In the Girls Division, Bryana Nguyen of Columbia, Md. and Alessandra Ricigliano of Scarsdale, N.Y. are both tied for first place.

Nguyen’s round in numbers:

82 – her round-one score

1 – one birdie in round one

1 – this is Nguyen’s first IJGT event this season

3 – 3-over-par on the back nine

Ricigliano’s round in numbers:

82 – her round-one score

4 – 4-over-par on the back nine

1 – one birdie in round one

3 – Ricigliano’s third IJGT event this season

Lucas Clark of Holland, Pa. leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

76 – his round-one score

15 – total number of pars in round one

6 – Clark made six consecutive pars headed into the turn

3 – his third IJGT event this season

 

The final round of 18 holes will be played tomorrow, April 27, 2014.

For full results from the first round of the Major Championship at Bulle Rock Presented by the First Tee of Baltimoreclick here.

For Round Two Pairings, click here.

Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.

 

Nicholas, Bookholdt, and Brown top the Players to Watch List at the Major Championship at Bulle Rock presented by the First Tee of Baltimore

The IJGT will host the #MajorChampionship at Bulle Rock presented by the First Tee of Baltimore on April 26-27, 2014. This two-day 36 hole event gives junior golfers the chance to compete for DOUBLE IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings. Additionally, the champion for each division will earn an invitation to the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. Matt Cuccaro, the Director of Mental Training, will be giving presentation on: Environment Matters: A Parent’s Guide to Maximizing Success.

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Located in Harve de Grace, Bulle Rock is known as the region’s best player’s course and also the top ranking golf course in the state of Maryland. The name “Bulle Rock” comes from the first thoroughbred racehorse brought to America. With a number of different awards, Bulle Rock is known for it’s breathtaking views, excellent conditions, challenging greens, and wonderful design by Pete Dye. It has been ranked in the Nations Top 50 Golf Courses by Zagat Readers. Other awards include a No. 59 rank on Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses 2011-2012” and a No. 26 rank on Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play in 2011”. This IJGT North East Tour stop will be one to remember. 

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Bulle Rock Golf Course was designed by Pete Dye and opened in 1998

The Major Championship always brings out a strong field of competitors. In the Boys 15-19 Division, James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y., will be a player to watch during this event. Nicholas is coming off back-to-back first place finishes in his last two IJGT events. He took first place at the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate CC, his first IJGT event of the season. He followed that up with another first place finish in the Major Championship at Hartefeld NationalWalter Egloff of Chevy Chase, Md., will be seeking his first IJGT championship at Bulle Rock. Egloff has finished within the top-3 for every event he has played in this season. His most recent being a third place finish at the Capitol Challenge at WestfieldsOther Players like Gus Minkin of York, Pa., and Connor Daly of Bronxville, N.Y., round out the players to watch list in the Boys 15-19 Division.

In the Girls Division, Haley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., hopes to take first at Bulle Rock once again. In the 2011-2012 season, Bookholdt took first place at Bulle Rock, after winning in a playoff versus Scarsdale, N.Y. native Allesandra Ricigliano. Ricigliano will also be returning to Bulle Rock in an attempt to earn redemption versus Bulle Rock and Bookholdt. This rematch should be exciting to watch. Other players to watch include Amanda Meyers of North Potomac, Md., and Allyssa Schiera of West Windsor, N.J.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, keep an eye out for Evan Brown of Chadds Ford, Pa. Brown will be seeking his second Major Championship win this season at Bulle Rock. He won the Major Championship at Hartefeld National by a total of seven strokes. William Sheedy Washington, D.C., is another player to watch in this division. Sheedy has finished within the top-5 in every event played in this season, his best being a first place finish at the College Series at the University of MarylandDanny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del. and Joe Parrini of York, Pa. round out the players to watch list at Bulle Rock in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

The Major Championships boast one of the strongest fields of the season. You do not want to miss this event at Bulle Rock, sign up now to secure your spot in the field!

To register or for more information on the #MajorChamp at Bulle Rock in April, click here.