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Class of 2016 College Signees

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

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

Adam Gray (Potomac, MD) – Rutgers University

Alex Butler (East Norriton, PA) – Drexel University

Alex Vegh (Gahanna, OH) – Austin Peay State

Ana Paula Valdes (Morelia , Mexico) – Clemson

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brent Ito (Ardsley, NY) – University of Michigan

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

Colin Dubnik (Rochester , NY) – University of Memphis

Connor Daly (Bronxville , NY) – Villanova University

Connor Schmidt (Philadelphia, PA) – Drexel University

David Hanes (Elma, NY) – Canisius College

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

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

Eric Hall (Harwood, MD) – Yale University

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

Gabrielle Correia (Central Valley, NY) – Tulane University

Grace Massengill (Hickory, NC) – Wofford College

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

Gus Minkin (York, PA) – University of Minnesota

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

Hunter Wolcott (Burns, TN) – University of Tennessee

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

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

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

Kendel Hodges (Temecula, CA) – California Baptist University

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

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

Luke Schaap (Potomac, MD) – University of Virginia

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

Maren Cipolla (Lewistown, NY) – University of Texas

Maria Vesga (Bucaramenga, Columbia) – Baylor University

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

Melany Chong (Mississauga, Canada) – Appalachian State University

Nicholas Russell (Hilton Head , SC) – Linestone College

Peter Knade (Easton , PA) – University of Maryland

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

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

Raelyn Spears (Plymouth, MN) – Elon University

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

Reid Bedell (Fair Haven, NJ) – Lafayette College

Rij Patel (Hunt Valley, MD) – Harvard University

Ryan Skae (Stony Point, NY) – Colgate University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thomas Lewis (Doylestown , PA) – Purdue University

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

William Harwood (Columbia, SC) – Elon University

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

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

 

Ankita Kedlaya, East Tennessee State University

Ankita Kedlaya, East Tennessee State University

Bennett Buch, University of Maryland

Bennett Buch, University of Maryland

 

Brynn Walker, University of North Carolina

Brynn Walker, University of North Carolina

 

David Hanes, Canisius College

David Hanes, Canisius College

 

Davis Lamb, University of Notre Dame

Davis Lamb, University of Notre Dame

 

Dylan VanderVeer, Saint Mary's of California

Dylan VanderVeer, Saint Mary’s of California

 

Gabrielle Correia, Tulane University

Gabrielle Correia, Tulane University

 

Grace Massengill, Wofford College

Grace Massengill, Wofford College

 

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

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

 

Gus Minkin, University of Minnesota

Gus Minkin, University of Minnesota

 

Jack Melville, University of Delaware

Jack Melville, University of Delaware

Jasmine Chee, Western Michigan University

Jasmine Chee, Western Michigan University

 

John Felitto, University of Notre Dame

John Felitto, University of Notre Dame

 

Kristin Whitehead, Queens University of Charlotte

Kristin Whitehead, Queens University of Charlotte

Linda Wang, St. Johns University

Linda Wang, St. Johns University

 

Madelein Herr, Penn State University

Madelein Herr, Penn State University

 

Maren Cipolla, University of Texas

Maren Cipolla, University of Texas

 

Mariel Galdiano, University of California, Los Angeles

Mariel Galdiano, University of California, Los Angeles

 

Melany Chong, Appalachian State

Melany Chong, Appalachian State

Peter Knade, University of Maryland

Peter Knade, University of Maryland

 

Reed Winkler, St. Joseph's University

Reed Winkler, St. Joseph’s University

 

Reid Bedell, Lafayette College

Reid Bedell, Lafayette College

 

R.J. Wren, University of Delaware

R.J. Wren, University of Delaware

 

Ryoto Furuya, University of Illinois

Ryoto Furuya, University of Illinois

 

Sean Stanistreet, University of South Carolina Upstate

Sean Stanistreet, University of South Carolina Upstate

Stanley, Garrant, St. Peter's University

Stanley, Garrant, St. Peter’s University

 

Steven Weingroff, Loyola University Maryland

Steven Weingroff, Loyola University Maryland

 

Synclaire Kuhn, St. Francis University (PA)

Synclaire Kuhn, St. Francis University (PA)

 

Taisei Negishi, University of Michigan

Taisei Negishi, University of Michigan

 

Thomas Lewis, Purdue University

Thomas Lewis, Purdue University

 

Walker Campbell,  College of William & Mary

Walker Campbell, College of William & Mary

 

YooJin Kim, George Washington University

YooJin Kim, George Washington University

Cipolla, Ono & Littlefield among those to nab IJGT Player of the Week honors – May 4, 2014

NORTHEAST TOUR

VICTOR, N.Y.- The IJGT returned to Ravenwood Golf Club for the Rochester Open at Ravenwood on May 3-4, 2014. The course is a favorite of the players in the northeast and led to a strong field. Although round one saw light rain, the conditions were much better for scoring than on Sunday during round two. The final round saw temperatures only getting up into the mid 40’s with gusts of up to 50 mph. Despite the tough conditions, many players managed to shoot impressive rounds, including Peyton Steigerwald of Penfield, N.Y., and Maren Cipolla of Lewiston, N.Y.

 

PEYTON

Steigerwald, who was playing in his first tournament of the year, secured a second-place finish in part to an impressive final round 73. Steigerwald had a solid round on Saturday, shooting a first-round 80, highlighted by 12 pars.  On day two, the Penfield, New York, native shot the low round for the tournament, firing an impressive 73. Facing tough conditions, Steigerwald managed two birdies on the front nine. His final round showed consistency again, with 13 pars and only one bogey and a double bogey.  On both days of the tournament, the 2015 graduate made par on the 10th through 16th holes. For his great round on day two, Steigerwald secured the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the boys. We wish Peyton the best of luck and hope to see him soon.

 


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Cipolla, playing in just her third IJGT tournament, had a strong finish thanks to her consistent play throughout the weekend. In her first round, she never scored higher than bogey, en route to a score of 83. Going in to the final round, she was just four strokes off the lead and in contention for her first IJGT victory. The high winds caused trouble for all of the competitors, but Cipolla was again consistent throughout the round and avoided any high numbers. While the winds caused a lot of difficulty on the par-3 holes over the weekend, Cipolla played them especially well at just three over par. She finished the weekend with a total score of 170 and her second top 3 finish. We wish Cipolla the best of luck throughout the rest of the season and into summer.

 

SOUTHEAST TOUR

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The IJGT hosted the IJGT SC Callaway Jr. World Qualifier at the challenging Golden Bear Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C., May 3-4, 2014, as the 2014 Spring Schedule nears the end. The Jack Nicklaus inspired course is true test with tough greens, narrow fairways and many shot-altering trees. Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan, and Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, were up to the challenge and earned themselves IJGT Player of the Week honors.

OnoIn his 11th tournament of the 2013-2014 IJGT season, Ono finished his first round at a 2-over-par 74, five shots behind leader, Parathakorn Suyasri of Chonburi, Thailand. Ono was not satisfied and was hoping for the coveted opportunity to play in the Callaway Junior World Championship. Ono came out firing during Sunday’s final round, beginning his second round on the front nine at 4-under par, 32, with a stretch of 3 birdies in four holes. Ono finished round two with nine pars, five birdies, and four bogeys to finish 1-under, with tournament scores of 74-71—145. His 145 tournament score left him to faceoff with Suyasri in a sudden death playoff for the chance to compete in the world’s largest junior golf tournament, the Callaway Junior World Championship. Although Ono played exceptionally well, Suyasri came out victorious in the playoff. Ono’s overcame the different obstacles to post a final round of 1-under-par to earn the Clazic Low Final Round Award. We congratulate Ono on his exceptional performance in his personal best finish of the 2013 -2014 IJGT seaso, and look forward to seeing him compete in the 2014 IJGT Bridgestone Tournament Of Champions, May 24-26, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.

CheeIn the Girls Division, Chee trailed by five strokes after round one behind leader, Yuki Nakayama, of Kawasakishi, Japan. With a round-one score of 78, Chee found herself in eighth place. With great focus, Chee prepared mentally for her final round and came back for Sunday’s final round by shaving six strokes off of her first round score, including two birdies, two bogeys and 14 pars. Chee earned herself the Clazic’s Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division, shooting an even par 72. Her determination and focus on her precision and short game elevated Chee to second place at Golden Bear, with a total tournament score of 150. Chee is scheduled to compete in the 2014 spring season finale, May 24-26 in Orlando, FL, at IJGT Bridgestone Tournament of Champions.

 

 

MIDWEST

Silvis, IL. — The IJGT traveled to the midwest May 3-4, 2014, to TPC Deere Run, in Silvis, Ill., for its second Callaway Junior World Championship Qualifier of the weekend.  Playing on a high caliber course that plays host to  the PGA’s John Deere Classic, juniors were faced with numerous tactical bunkers, complex putting greens and very windy conditions. The course was designed by an Illinois native, D.A. Weibring, and includes a stretch of holes that is set upon the Rock River, made for an exciting and challenging event. Connor Littlefield of Waukee, Iowa, and Ashley Childers of Mt. Vernon, Montana, both have received IJGT Player of the Week honors.

LittlefieldLittlefield faced tough conditions during the first round of his first ever IJGT event, shooting 12-over-par 83 in the Boys 15-19 Division. A spectacular final-round performance elevated him a tie for second place. Despite having a tough time in the early stages of the tournament, Littlefield was determined to improve in the final round in order to qualify for the Callaway Junior World Championship. In the second round, Littlefield only carded three bogeys, while also knocking in three birdies and 12 pars. He finished the round with an even-par 71, a 12-stroke improvement over his first-round score, to earn a share of second place with Matt Henderson, of Des Peres, Montana. Littlefield’s final round even-par 71 was the lowest round shot by anybody else in the boys’ division, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

 

ChildersChilders made a statement in her IJGT debut by placing second in the Girls Division. Childers displayed her skill in the first round by shooting a consistent 39-39–78, to take a one-stroke lead going into Sunday’s final round. Childers carded three birdies en route to a final round score of 86 to place second. Childers displayed talent, skill and perseverance during her first IJGT event, and we look forward to seeing her compete in future events with us!

Rochester Open at Ravenwood – Final Results

VICTOR, N.Y. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) made its eighth stop on the Northeast Tour to host the Rochester Open at Ravenwood Golf Club on May 3-4, 2014. Gusts of wind 40 mph made this already difficult golf course even more challenging. Juniors came out to compete for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings, as well as an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champoins to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

ChambersIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Scott Chambers of Pittsford, N.Y., finished in first place with scores of 74-78—152. After making four birdies in his first round, Chambers headed into the final round tied for the division lead. Despite the windy conditions, Chambers managed to play consistently in the final round by making three birdies. He added six pars to finish in first place, winning the division by one stroke. This was Chambers’ second IJGT event this  season and his first IJGT Championship.

Peyton Steigerwald of Penfield, N.Y., finished in second place with scores of 80-73—153. Steigerwald’s score of 73 during the final round earned him 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. Danny Lapp of Trumansburg, N.Y., took third place posting scores of 76-78—154.

When asked about the weather conditions and how they affected his play, Chambers replied, “It was real tough to say the least… putting was definitely the toughest with the wind. It definitely played a big part.”

ParkerIn the Girls Division, Victoria Parker of Lewistown, N.Y., came from behind to take her second IJGT Championship this season. Parker trailed the division leader by four strokes as she headed into the final round. Determined to come back, Parker improved her score by two strokes and managed to come away victorious. She made two birdies on her final nine holes to win her division by one stroke. Parker’s final round score of 81 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. Her numbers for the weekend were 83-81—164.

When asked about how she came from behind to pull out the victory, Parker stated, “I was just thinking
less putts, no 3-putts, and [try to] par it up and see how I do.”

Finishing in second place was Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., who posted scores of 79-86—
165. In third place was Maren Cipolla of Lewiston, N.Y., who finished with scores of 83-87—170.

LEOIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Leo Hernandez of Stewartsville, N.J., won his division posting scores of 75-84—159. Hernandez played very well during the first round by making nine pars and adding three birdies. His score of 75 set him up with a two-stroke lead in the division going into the final round. After a slow start, Hernandez responded with two birdies, one of which was a chip-in on the par-4 hole number 15. With his victory at the Rochester Open, Hernandez earned his second IJGT Championship and is currently ranked third in the IJGT Tour Rankings.

When asked what worked well for him, Hernandez commented, “My mentality. My mindset. I was just trying to stay positive after my first nine holes. It was a rough first nine, but I just tried to stay positive and play well my next nine and see if I could get back in it.”

Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., and Craig Eichas of Hilton, N.Y., finished tied for second place in the division. Plis posted scores of 77-83—160 while Eichas’ weekend numbers were 78-82—160.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Hershey Classic presented by IJGA on May 10-11, 2014. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

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

VICTOR, N.Y. – Final-round results of the IJGT Rochester Open at Ravenwood conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 4, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,689 yards, Par 72 (72.4/148) Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,080 yards, Par 72 (69.2/125) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,770 yards, Par 72 (71.7/128)

Weather: Saturday: Rainy with temperatures in the low 50’s with 15-20 mph winds
Sunday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 50’s with 30-35 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Rochester Open at Ravenwood
Victor, N.Y.
May 3-4, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Black tees) 6,689 yards, par 72
1. Scott Chambers, Pittsford, NY *74-78–152
2. Peyton Steigerwald, Penfield, NY *80-73–153
3. Danny Lapp, Trumansburg, NY *76-78–154
4. Marc Holzhauer, Clarence Center, NY *74-81–155
5. Andrew Fedele, Rochester, NY *80-77–157
5. Mike May, Auburn, NY *79-78–157
5. Colin Dubnik, Rochester, NY *76-81–157
8. Evan Gaesser, Kendall, NY *77-82–159
9. Alec Miller, Pittsford, NY *78-82–160
10. David Hanes, Elma, NY *80-81–161
10. Kevin Borowicz, Grand Island, NY *77-84–161
12. Matthew Santora, Clarence Center, NY *78-85–163
13. Andrew Massa, Fayetteville, NY *78-86–164
14. Michael McIntosh, Chittenango, NY *77-88–165
15. Jack Riley, Pittsford, NY *80-86–166
16. Ryan Gibbons, Amherst, NY *81-86–167
17. Matt Monaco, Baldwinsville, NY *82-86–168
17. Brad Belote, Lancaster, NY *84-84–168
17. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *80-88–168
20. Jeremy Paton, London, England *81-88–169
20. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA *80-89–169
22. James Pelcher, Baldwinsville, NY *85-85–170
23. Andrej Erkelens, Pittsford, NY *81-92–173
24. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *82-95–177
25. Tyler Mazut, Fairfield, CT *89-89–178
26. Stephen Hetterich, Rochester, NY *88-92–180
27. Grant Brongo, Spencerport, NY *85-97–182
28. Jake Oliver, New Hartford, NY *94-89–183
29. John Michael Sullivan, Camillus, NY *88-96–184

Boys 14& Under Division (Blue tees) 6,080 yards, par 72
1. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *75-84–159
2. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *77-83–160
2. Craig Eichas, Hilton, NY *78-82–160
4. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY *77-84–161
5. Teddy Trosset, Cooperstown, NY *81-87–168
6. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *87-88–175
7. Luke Sample, New York, NY *91-91–182
8. Jude Cummings, Pittsford, NY *92-97–189
9. Tj Buck, Penfield, NY *96-95–191
9. Chang Hyun Park, Pittsford, NY *92-99–191
11. Hunter Phillips, Pittsford, NY *92-100–192
12. Jack Bailey, Pittsford, NY *99-94–193

13. Jake Costa, Rochester, NY *91-104–195

14. Joseph Shanhan, Rochester, NY *110-116–226

Girls Division (White tees) 5,770 yards, par 72
1. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *83-81–164
2. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ *79-86–165
3. Maren Cipolla, Lewiston, NY *83-87–170
4. Sarah Godfrey-Singleton, Depew, NY *84-92–176
5. Marissa Del Monaco, Little Valley, NY *91-87–178
6. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *92-91–183
7. Lizzy Karsten, Macedon, NY *101-102–203

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Sarah Notaro, Lancaster, NY, *96-JWD