Piluso, D’Amico, & Arjun receive Photo of the Week honors – April 10, 2014


The IJGT’s Northeast Tour headed to Hartefeld National to host the second Major Championship of the 2014 season. Gusts of winds reached 35 mph in round one, but Mother Nature made up for it with ideal golf conditions during the final round with temperatures in the 60s. With a very strong field of competitors, many golfers came out to compete in this event. This week’s Photo of the Week honors for the Northeast go to Robert Piluso of Ridgewood, N.J.


This event was Piluso’s third IJGT event this season and his best finish this season as well. Piluso finished tied for 13th in a very strong field of competitors. In round one, he shot a score of 82. Piluso made 10 pars in round one, including  a stretch of six pars in a row to close out his front nine. In the final round, he improved his score by two strokes and finished with numbers of 82-80–162 overall. Piluso made two birdies in the final round, both of them coming on the par-5 holes on his back nine. We want to congratulate Piluso on his T13 finish in the Major Championship at Hartefeld National and also winning Photo of the Week honors for this week. We hope to see more of Piluso at upcoming IJGT events this season.


In the Southeast, the IJGT hosted The College Classic at Washington Duke Golf Club.  Favorable spring weather with temperatures in the 60s made for ideal playing conditions at a golf course rich in history. The Photo of the Week honors in the Southeast go to Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India and Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy.


D’Amico and Arjun both earned the Clazic Beltz Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the golfer who shoots the lowest score during the final round. D’Amico’s posted a score of 76 during the final round while Arjun posted a score of 78. D’Amico had four birdies in the final round which led him to win his first IJGT event this season. Arjun made par at 12 holes and won her division by one stroke. Congratulations to D’Amico and Arjun on a great weekend and winning the Photo of the Week honors this week in the Southeast.

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!

Park, Lukes among IJGT Players of the Week – April 5-6, 2014

Northeast Tour

Avondale, Pa. – The IJGT continued the Northeast Tour with the Major Championship at Hartefeld National held onApril 5-6, 2014. With chilly but sunny skies, the weather for the tournament was beautiful. The staff at Hartefeld National Golf Club worked diligently to ensure that the course was prepared for its first golf of the season. Players had to battle windy conditions during round one with wind gusts up to 30 mph, requiring them to adjust their shots. Round two featured improved scoring and had a lot of great golf. Many players improved on their scores, including Ryan Rybicki, of Maricopa, Ariz., and Esther Park, of Wilmington, Del., who earned Player of the Week honors for the Northeast Tour.

rybickiiiRybicki, in his fourth season with the IJGT, adds his performance at the Major Championship at Hartefeld National to an already impressive tournament resume. Battling winds in excess of 30 mph during round one, Rybicki struggled to find a rhythm but never allowed it to take him out of his game. He avoided any scores higher than bogey throughout the entire weekend, but entered the final round eight strokes behind the leader, James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y., and tied for 16th place.

After bogeying his first hole, Rybicki found rhythm and carried it through to the rest of the round. During the middle of his round, he scored par or better on six consecutive and 11 of his final 13 holes, highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole. He ended the final round with a tournament low one-over-par 73, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. His tournament total 157 landed him in fifth place overall, and into fifth place in the IJGT Tour Rankings for the Boys 15-19 Division. We wish Rybicki the best of luck the rest of the season and hope to see him again soon.

esther parkPark, playing in her second event of the season with the IJGT, added another top-five finish to her tournament resume after battling back from a tough first round. While she handled the par-5 holes well in round one, scoring par on three of the four holes, she had some difficulty with the remaining holes in round one. Showing great fortitude allowed her to put round one behind her en route to improving her score by 3 strokes in round two, including a birdie on the tough par-4 12th hole. Park took advantage of the par-3s in round two, scoring par on all but one the par 3-s. Her final round score of 82 was the second lowest round on Sunday for the Girls Division. We wish Park the best of luck and look forward to watching her compete in future tournaments.

Southeast Tour

Durham, N.C. — The IJGT hosted the College Series at Duke University on April 5-6, 2014. The Washington Duke Golf Club provided a challenging venue for the players with recently renovated greens and a variety of elevation changes throughout the course. The weekend offered dry conditions with warm weather for round one while stronger winds and colder temperatures made round two more difficult. Our Players of the Week for the Southeast Tour are Dylan Lukes of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Phyllis Tang of Hong Kong, China.

Dylan LukesIn just his third event with the IJGT, Lukes demonstrated perseverance after bouncing back from a tough first round. His first-round score of 84 left Lukes seven strokes out of the lead but he came back during round two determined to climb up the leader board. Lukes played with consistency, carding three birdies as he cut seven strokes off his round one score en route to a score of 77 for round two. Lukes finished tied for fourth place with an 84-77–161 overall. Congratulations to Dylan and we look forward to seeing him compete in more IJGT tournaments in the near future!





tangTang, the Girls Division second-place finisher, carded a total of six pars and three birdies to finish with an impressive round-one score of 79 and in the lead. Greeted by tough weather conditions in round two, Tang posted a round-two score of 81 highlighted by two birdies and six pars. She finished the tournament with an overall score of 79-81–160 and her second top-five finish for the 2013-2014 season. Best of luck to Phyllis the rest of the 2014 season!

Major Championship at Hartefeld National – Final Results

Nicholas victorious at back-to-back IJGT events
Brown defends home course

AVONDALE, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) headed to Hartefeld National to host the second Major Championship of the 2014 season. Gusts of winds reached 35 mph in round one, but Mother Nature made up for it with ideal golf conditions during the final round with temperatures in the 60s. With one of the strongest fields of competitors at an IJGT event, junior golfers competed for 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.

NicholasIn the Boys 15-19 Division, James Nicholas, of Scarsdale, N.Y., won the Major Championship, his second IJGT title in two weeks’ time. With multiple lead changes throughout the final round, Nicholas managed to keep his composure and win on the 18th green. He played solid during round one posting a score of 76, just two strokes behind the leader. In round one, he shot a 1-under-par score of 35 on the front nine. He had two birdies during that stretch, including one on hole number nine to gain momentum headed into the back nine, but struggled on the back to finish round one 4-over-par. During the final round, Nicholas was determined to make a comeback. After a shaky start bogeying the first three holes, he turned it around. He followed with three pars and a birdie. On hole eight, he made an impressive eagle on the 469 yard par-5. After making a birdie on hole 10, Nicholas was involved in a three-way tie with Ryan Rucinski of Wilmington, Del., and Jb Bradbeer of Rosemont, Pa., for first place. With multiple lead changes throughout the final holes, Nicholas found himself tied for second as he headed into the 18th hole. On 18, Nicholas hit his drive right landing into the rough. He was forced to punch out and landed short of the green. Nicholas put his third shot close to the hole leaving him with a five-foot putt for par. Nicholas made the five-foot putt to win the Major Championship at Hartefeld National. His final numbers for the weekend were 76-75—151 overall.

When asked about the final round, Nicholas replied, “It was a battle the whole way, both of my opponents were great and I just hit the ball, got the ball on the green and just rolled it in sometimes. I made a lot of two-putts and that was the basic key today.”

Rucinski and Bradbeer finished tied for second place. Rucinski posted scores of 75-77—152 overall. Bradbeer posted scores of 77-75—152 overall. Ryan Rybicki of Maricopa, Ariz., won the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award by shooting a 73 during the final round. This award goes to the player that shoots the lowest score during the final round of the tournament.

LeesIn the Girls Division, Kaitlyn Lees of Bryn Mawr, Pa., battled back to win her first IJGT event. In round one, Lees struggled a bit due to the windy conditions. She put up a score of 82, only making six pars. With first place on her mind, Lees headed into the final round trailing by four strokes. She started out nearly perfect making par at eight of her first nine holes. After making a birdie on the par-4 hole number one, Lees was tied for the division lead. She continued to hit fairways and made every par putt count. With just four holes left to play, Lees was still tied for the lead. She stayed focused and made par on each of her final four holes to secure her victory. She totaled par or better on 16 of 18 holes during the final round. Lees’ final round score of 74 was the best in her division earning her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. Her numbers for the weekend were 82-74—156 overall.

When asked her mindset on the back nine of the final round and what she did to keep her focus, Lees said, “I just tried to stay positive and keep in the present and try not to think about my score too much.”

Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., took second place with score of 78-83—161 overall. Finishing in third place was Esther Park of Wilmington, Del., who shot 85-82—167 overall.

BrownIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Evan Brown of Chadds Ford, Pa., defended his home course to win the Major Championship. Brown played very consistently to stay ahead of his competition. In round one, he had a total of four birdies, two of them coming on both of the par-5’s on the front nine. He finished round one with a 4-over-par score of 76. Brown’s 76 gave him a four-stroke lead in the division as he headed into the final round. After taking the lead, Brown never looked back. On day two, he started his front nine with six pars and added one birdie on the par-3 hole number 14. He headed into the final nine holes 1-over-par with the division lead in hand. He added two more birdies during his final nine holes on holes number six and eight. Brown made birdie at both of these holes during both rounds of the tournament. He improved his final round score by two strokes to finish with a 74. His numbers for the weekend were 76-74—150 overall.

When asked what he thought about playing at Hartefeld National, he replied, “The course was in great condition, it’s my home course I play here all the time. The front nine is great; it is a fantastic front nine. It can be challenging at times, but it all works out in the end.”

Marc Groenhuysen of West Chester, Pa., finished in second place with a score of 83-74—157 overall. There was a tie for third place between Leo Hernandez of Stewartsville, N.J., and Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del. Hernandez posted scores of 80-81—161 overall, while Dougherty posted scores of 81-80—161 overall.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Architects Cup at Architects Golf Club on April 12-13, 2014. To sign up for this event, or others, visit 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
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College Golf Camps, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

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AVONDALE, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT Major Championship at Hartefeld National
conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 6, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black
Tees – 6,687 yards, Par 72 (72.8/137) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,102 yards, Par 72
(670.0/131) Girls Division: Red Tees – 5,825 yards, Par 72 (71.8/128)

Weather: Saturday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 50’s with 30-35 mph winds
Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 50’s with 10-15 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Hartefeld National
Avondale, Pa.
April 5-6, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Tees), 6,687 yards, Par 72

1. James Nicholas, Scarsdale, NY *76-75–151
2. Ryan Rucinski, Wilmington, DE *75-77–152
2. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *77-75–152
4. Connor Daly, Bronxville, NY *81-74–155
5. Ryan Rybicki, Maricopa, AZ *84-73–157
5. Nate Menon, Wyomissing, PA *78-79–157
7. Paul Edgar, Kitchener, Canada *81-78–159
8. Brandan Bree, Kennett Square, PA *82-78–160
8. Martin Jensen, Bronxville, NY *81-79–160
8. Jack Quirk, Glenside, PA *80-80–160
11. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA *83-78–161
11. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD *83-78–161
13. Colin Dubnik, Rochester, NY *85-77–162
13. Quinn Dolan, Broomall, PA *84-78–162
13. Robert Piluso, Ridgewood, NJ *82-80–162
16. John Warden, Ridgewood, NJ *81-85–166
17. Luke Schaap, Potomac, MD *92-75–167
17. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *87-80–167
17. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA *83-84–167

17. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *82-85–167

21. Liam Murphy, Hockessin, DE *87-82–169
22. Michael Szipszky, Newtown Square, PA *86-84–170
22. Bennett Perrine, West Windsor, NJ *84-86–170
24. Joe Tigani, Hockessin, DE *92-79–171
24. Matthew Cleary, Wilmington, DE *82-89–171
26. Austin Fuglestad, Newtown, PA *89-83–172
26. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *88-84–172
26. Chris Binet, Oreland, PA *86-86–172
26. Kevin Levitsky, Avondale, PA *91-81–172
26. Frank Pantano, Gibsonia, PA *84-88–172
31. Ryan Bowman, Newtown Square PA *90-83–173
31. Christopher Gay, Bronxville NY *89-84–173
33. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA *92-82–174
33. Ryan Podufal, Erie, PA *91-83–174
35. Josh Madarang, Chester Springs, PA, *90-85–175
35. Reed Winkler, Wilmington, DE *91-84–175
37. Ryan Cleary, Wilmington, DE *95-81–176
37. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA *88-88–176
39. Will Moyer III, Malvern, PA *93-84–177
40. Gonzalo Arrangoiz, North Bethesda, MD *96-87–183
40. Jake Gray, Glenmoore, PA *90-93–183
42. Tyler Olson, Hagerstown, MD *92-92–184
43. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *90-95–185
44. Daniel Rieger, Collegeville, PA *96-91–187
45. Alex Patellis, Landenberg, PA *96-94–190

Asher Greenberg, Weston, CT* DQ (Rule 6-3a),

Boys 14& Under Division (White Tees), 6,102 yards, Par 72
1. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *76-74–150
2. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *83-74–157
3. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *80-81–161
3. Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, DE *81-80–161
5. William Sheedy, Washington, DC *85-80–165
6. Joe Parrini, York, PA *85-81–166
7. Joe Tammaro, West Islip, NY *87-85–172
8. Jon Nolan Perry, Berwyn, PA *89-84–173
9. C.J. Hughes, Indiana, PA *92-88–180
10. Will Long, Towson, MD *99-83–182
11. Aj Aivazoglou, Glen Mills, PA *102-96–198
12. Noah Schwartz, Cherry Hill, NJ *107-103–210

Girls Division (Red Tees), 5,825 yards, Par 72
1. Kaitlyn Lees, Bryn Mawr, PA *82-74–156
2. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ *78-83–161

3. Esther Park, Wilmington, DE *85-82–167
4. Delaney Iacona, Berlin, MD *91-84–175
5. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *93-83–176
6. Madeline Sager, Kimberton, PA *93-85–178
7. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ *96-86–182
8. Rylie Heflin, Avondale, PA *101-91–192

The Major Championship at Hartefeld National round one recap – Rucinski, Brown & Wentworth lead their divisions

The IJGT Northeast Tour headed to Avondale, Pa., to host the Major Championship at Hartefeld National. The conditions were tough with gusts of wind reaching 35 mph. Each division’s leader’s round is below broken down into numbers.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Ryan Rucinski of Wilmington, Del., is leading his division. Here are his round one numbers:

3 – number of birdies in his first round

2 – two strokes under par on the four par-5 holes in the first round

3 – three strokes over par

1 – one stroke ahead in his respective division

Evan Brown of Chadds Ford, Pa., leads the Boys 14 and Under divisions, his round one numbers:

7 – number of pars made in his first round

3 – number of birdies made on the front nine (four total)

1 – first IJGT event this season

76 – Brown’s score for round one

In the Girls Division, Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J,. is leading the division. Here are her numbers for round one:

10 – ten pars made during round one

3 – third place at her last IJGT event, the Philly Challenge at White Manor CC

2 – number of birdies during round one

4 – four stroke lead in the division

For full round one results of the Major Championship at Hartefeld Nationalclick here.

For pairings for the final round of the Major Championship at Hartefeld Nationalclick here.

Tee times for the final round will begin at 12pm on April 6th.  Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live, up-to-the-minute updates of the Major Championship at Hartefeld National as the tournament continues.

Niedosik, May nab Player of the Week honors – March 29-30, 2014

Monroe Township, N.J. – For the third Northeast event of the Spring season, the IJGT travelled to New Jersey to conduct the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate March 29-30, 2014. Forsgate Country Club is a new venue to the IJGT, and the staff there could not have been more helpful and welcoming. The tournament participants were excited to take on the challenging Banks Course, which is characterized by deep recessed bunkers and unique green complexes. Players had to battle a persistent rain from start to finish of their rounds, that eventually lead to the final round of the tournament being cancelled. Undeterred by the poor conditions, Jake Niedosik, of Lansdale, Pa., and Lindsay May, of Auburn, N.Y., played outstanding golf, earning themselves Player of the Week honors.

Jake NiedosikNiedosik, who is in his first year with the IJGT, adds a second top three finish after four tournaments with a strong showing at Forsgate Country Club; he had previously finished in third place at his first IJGT tournament at Virginia Beach National in November. Niedosik got off to a hot start during his round, carding nine pars over his first ten holes. He was able to manage the steady wind and rains, avoiding any scores over bogey. Scoring 37 on the front nine and 39 on the back nine, Niedosik’s consistent play and overall score of 76 landed him in second place, his best career IJGT finish thus far. He will look to continue his impressive start at the Major Championship at Hartefeld National April 5-6 and at the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions May 24-26, 2014.



Lindsay MayMay continued her Spring season, after also playing in the Philly Challenge at White Manor last weekend, by setting two new personal bests, despite tough conditions. She bested her previous low score by four strokes and her second place finish is the highest of her career. A highlight of her round came on the 134 yard par-3 at hole number 12, which she birdied. There was only one other birdie on that hole and only two other birdies in the Girls Division during the tournament. Her final score of 83 left her in second place after a scorecard playoff with Yeji Shin. We wish May continued success throughout the rest of the season and hope to see her again soon.



For full results from the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgateclick here.