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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.

 

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

Architects Cup presented by IJGA – Final results (Oct. 5, 2014)

Wentworth earns her first Architects Cup title
Lamond cards the only sub-70 score en route to his victory 

The IJGT’s fall season continued at Architects Golf Club with The Architects Cup presented by International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) on October 4-5, 2014. The two-day 36-hole tournament saw a field of more than 50 juniors competing for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

lamondWith the only sub-70 score of the opening round, Michael Lamond of West Chester, Pa., carried his lead over the Boys 15-19 Division through round two for the win. Lamond began his opening round with an eagle on the par-5 first hole, going on to add three birdies and 11 pars to finish round one with a 2-under 69. With a four-stroke lead over the division, Lamond added four additional birdies in round two to hold off a comeback bid by Mark Benevento of Somers Point, N.J.

Lamond finished with a two-day total of 144, three strokes ahead of Benevento who finished second with a tournament total 147. Benevento’s second round score of 73 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior with the lowest score in the final round of the tournament. Rounding out the Boys 15-19 Division was tie between Nick Rencis of Long Valley, N.J., and Liam McGrath of Huntington Valley, Pa., with matching scores of 149.

buckT.J. Buck of Penfield, N.Y., took the first place trophy in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Buck’s opening round of 84 put him in the lead heading into round two and his final round 89 secured his lead for the divisional victory. He added a birdie to each round en route to his win by a margin of more than 20 strokes.

“My coach wanted me to go in with a game plan and I think that has helped me with my rounds,” said Buck.

Logan Snyder of Pottersville, N.J., finished in second in his first ever IJGT event with a two-day total of 200. The highlight of Snyder’s round was a birdie on the par-3 No. 6.

 

 

 

wentworthAllyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., broke free from a tie with Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., in round two to secure her first ever Architects Cup title. The pair shared the lead following round one with matching scores of 1-over 72. Wentworth went on to card par or better on eight of nine holes on her front nine and added a final birdie on her back nine for a second score of 72. Wentworth’s tournament total 144 awarded her her first title in three Architects Cup appearances.

“I played really well this weekend. I let a couple shots get away from me, but overall I was very happy with how I played,” said Wentworth.

In second was Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J., with a two-day total of 147. Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., and McLean shared third, both recording scores of 150. Gianchandani’s second round even-par score of 71 earned her the girl’s Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 11-12, 2014. The Southeast Tour will host the Florida Junior at Disney Resort and the Northeast Tour will host the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay. To sign up for these events, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Lopatcong, NJ. – Final Results of the Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on September 27-28, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,724 yards Par 71 (72.8./129). Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,121 yards, Par 71 (71.4/136). Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,701 yards, Par 71 (75.3/133).

International Junior Golf Tour
Architects Cup Presented by the IJGT
Lopatcong, New Jersey
October 4-5, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,724 yards, Par 71

1. Michael Lamond, West Chester, PA *69-75–144
2. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ *74-73–147
3. Nick Rencis, Long Valley, NJ *75-74–149
3. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA *73-76–149
5. Will Rand, New York, NY *73-78–151
6. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY *77-75–152
7. Matthew Cocorikis, Monroe township, NJ *75-78–153
8. Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley, PA *78-76–154
9. Zackary Potten, Wharton, NJ *78-77–155
9. Matthew Galindo, Smithtown, NY *74-81–155
11. Brendon Kim, Rivervale, NJ *79-77–156
11. Justin Murray, Burlington, NJ *77-79–156
13. Blake DiPaola, Long Valley, NJ *81-76–157
13. Tommy Hayes, Long Valley, NJ *78-79–157
13. Ryan Skae, Old Tappan, NJ *77-80–157
16. Park Sanghyeon, Oakland Gardens, NY *79-79–158
16. Brendan Haselton, Sayville, NY *75-83–158
18. Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, PA *83-76–159
18. Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, PA *78-81–159
20. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *85-75–160
20. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ *82-78–160
20. Andrew Nappi, Glen Rock, NJ *77-83–160
23. Clifford Lindholm, Montclair, NJ *84-77–161
23. Ryan Zogby, New Hartford, NY *81-80–161
23. Jack Cornforth, South Hamilton, MA *78-83–161
26. Matt Gentile, Chatham, NJ *82-83–165
26. William Podbela, Muttontown, NY *82-83–165
28. Griffin Carroll, Chatham, NJ *85-81–166
29. Kyle Macklin, Skillman, NJ *84-83–167
30. Cole Tavani, Tuxedo Park, NY *89-79–168
30. Daniel Cozzi, Westport, CT *81-87–168
32. Garrett Mooney, Westfield, NJ *88-83–171
33. Bennett Perrine, West Windsor, NJ *84-88–172
34. Sean Taylor, Westfield, NJ *86-88–174

Did Not Finish
David McDaniel, New York, NY *DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Trevor King, Huntington, NY * (Rule 6-3a)
Peter Walter, Westfield, NJ *86-JWD
Jay Kim, Holmdel, NJ *88-DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Chris Tohir, New Canaan, CT *85-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division- Gold Tees, 6,121 yards, Par 71

1. TJ Buck, Penfield, NY *84-89–173
2. Logan Snyder, Pottersville, NJ *92-108–200

Girls Division- Blue Tees, 5,701 yards, Par 71

1. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ *72-72–144
2. Ami Gianchandani, Short Hills, NJ *76-71–147
3. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *78-72–150
3. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ *72-78–150
5. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *79-80–159
6. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ *82-79–161
7. Isabel Gonzalez, Bloomfield, NJ *77-85–162
8. Sarah Perine, Staten Island, NY *80-83–163
9. Sayaka Carpenter, East Brunswick, NJ *87-86–173
10. Samantha Cytron, Montclair, NJ *110-108–218

Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club – Final results

Benevento is on the mark as he wins the Jersey Open

Wang earns first career victory in Girls Division

 
BUENA, N.J. –The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club on September 20-21, 2014. The event was the third tournament of the Northeast Tour and the first of two in New Jersey for the 2014-2015 season. Each junior competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 23-25, 2014.

Benevento Buena VistaMark Benevento from Somers Pt., N.J., the winner of the Boys 15-19 Division, led from the start. His opening round of 77 set the pace from the beginning and he never looked back.  He set the tone right away in the final round as he birdied the first hole of the day. Over the course of the tournament, Benevento made six birdies and 20 pars.

The New Jersey native stated, “Coming into today I just wanted to hit fairways and keep it in play.”

Benevento had to be on his game, because Nick Rencis of Long Valley, N.J., shot a very impressive round on a difficult golf course.  For his second round, Rencis shot a 75, two off the pace from Benevento.  Overall, Rencis shot a 157, to finish in second place.  He made his charge on round two with four birdies to lead the division for the day. Liam McGrath of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., took third place with a tournament total of 160.

Sample Buena VistaLuke Sample from New York, N.Y., took the first-place trophy home in the Boys 14 & Under Division after shooting a two-day total of 167.  His opening round of 82 led the Boys 14 & Under Division, and Sample closed it out with a score of 85 on the last day.  Sample had 17 pars which was the most in the division.

“The course was in great shape,” commented Sample in his post-round interview.

Simon Asadoorian resident of Richboro, Pa., finished in second place.  He improved on his opening round score by two strokes to shoot a tournament total of 178. Third place went to Rich Jones of Moriches, N.Y., who finished with a tournament total of 197.

In the Girls Divison, Linda Wang of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., shot the best round out of any player in the tournament by shooting an opening-round even-par 72.  Wang had 26 pars and four birdies for the tournament to give her the win at Buena Vista Country Club.

Wang Buena VistaWang attributed her solid play to her putting.

“I wanted to come out here today and make putts,” said Wang.

The best round on day two, went to Madison Braman from Loudonville, N.Y.  She shot a second-round score of 77, which earned her second place. Braman had three birdies on the day, including a span of two birdies in three holes.  Wang opening round par was too much for Braman to overcome as she won the tournament by seven strokes. Micaela Crines of Wall, N.J., finished in third place with a tournament total of 178.
All three players wanted to thank the staff and the competetors after the round was over.

“Without the other competitors this tournamnet would not happen and I want to thank them, I really enjoyed playing this course,” said a happy Wang after the tournament was over.

The IJGT Northeast Tour will head to Brook Lea Country Club for the IJGT Upstate Challenge. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

About the IJGT

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

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

Buena, N.J. – Final Results of the Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on September 20-21, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,970 yards, Par 72 (74.3/133). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,290 yards, Par 72 (70.3/127). Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,979 yards, Par 72 (74.4/129).

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club
Buena, N.J.
September 20-21, 2014
 
Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,970 yards, Par 72
1. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ *77-73–150
2. Nick Rencis, Long Valley, NJ *82-75–157
3. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA *78-82–160
4. Gregory Szrom, Egg Harbor Township, NJ *79-83–162
5. Stephen Gai, Westport, CT *87-78–165
5. Marshall Clemens, Weston, MA *85-80–165
7. Ryan Zinsky, Voorhees, NJ *83-83–166
8. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA *89-86–175
9. Luke Sliwowski, Sewell, NJ *89-87–176
10. Jake Ferry, Wildwood Crest, NJ *91-89–180
11. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *97-89–186
12. Adam Asadoorian, Richboro, PA *118-97–215

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,290 yards, Par 72
1. Luke Sample, New York, NY *82-85–167
2. Simon Asadoorian, Richboro, PA *90-88–178
3. Rich Jones, Moriches, NY *94-103–197
4. Mason Asadoorian, Richboro, PA *109–107–216

Girls Division- Green Tees, 5,979 yards, Par 72
1. Linda Wang, Fresh Meadows, NY *72-80–152
2. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *82-77–159
3. Micaela Crines, Wall, NJ *89-89–178
4. Michelle Krameisen, Spring Lake, NJ *102-99–201


 

Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club – Round one recap

The IJGT kicked off the third tournament of the Fall Series with the IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club in Buena, N.J. The tournament teed off in the midday on Saturday September 20, 2014. In review, below are the division leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

The Boys 14 & Under Division, Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., leads after round one. His round in numbers:

82 – His round-one score

40– Luke carded a 4-over-par back-nine score, the best back nine in the age group

9– The number of pars in his first round, including a par streak of three in a row on holes Nos. 12-14

 

Linda Wang of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

72 – first-round score of even-par

34– score of 2-under-par on the back nine

15 – The number of pars and birdies in the first round

 

The Boys 15-19 Division is led by Mark Benevento of Somers Pt., N.J., His round in numbers:

77 – Mark shot a 77 in his opening round

37– His 1-over-par score on the back nine, including birdies on Nos. 10, 13, and 17

7 – The number of pars in his opening round

 

The final round at Buena Vista Country Club will take place, September, 21, 2014, with tee times starting at 11:57 a.m. For full results from round one of the Fall Series at Buena Vista Country Club, click here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

Stein, Bookholdt, & Pongrac highlighted in Players to Watch at the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club

The final stop of IJGT’s northeast tour will be the #JerseyShootout at Greate Bay Country Club in New Jersey. This event will be held on May 17-18, 2014 and consist of two 18-hole rounds on Saturday and Sunday. Junior golfers will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

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Located in Somers Point, N.J., Greate Bay was designed by the legendary Scotsman, Willie Park, Jr., in 1932. The course features a traditional links-style layout and is a sight to be seen. Breezes coming from the bay, a variety of hazards, small greens, and elevation changes provide a challenge for even the best golfers. It remains true to it’s Scottish character and is very difficult, but rewarding at the same time. This IJGT Event will not disappoint.

Greate Bay

Greate Bay Country Club is located on 169 acres overlooking Great Egg Harbor Bay in Somers Point

On the Players to Watch list for this event, look for Dylan Stein of Flemington, N.J., in the Boys 15-19 Division. Stein is a strong competitor and hopes to take home his first IJGT championship. His best finish this season was fifth place in the The Architects Cup at Architects Golf Club. Other players to watch include Somers Pointe, N.J. native Mark Benevento, Leonard Lee of Wycoff, N.J. and Tommy Hayes of Long Valley, N.J.

In the Girls Division, Haley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., will attend Greate Bay to compete for first place. Bookholdt has two top-10 finishes this season, her best being a tied for third finish at The Final Challenge at Hershey LinksEmily Gilbert of Gilbertsville,Pa., Rylie Heflin of Avondale, Pa., and Aine Filler of Moorsetown, N.J. round out the players to watch in the Girls Division.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., will be in attendance looking to take home his second IJGT championship of the season. Pongrac has four top-10 finishes in all four of his events. His best finish to date was first place at the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate CC. The other players to watch at Greate Bay include Kenny Nixon of Rye, N.Y., and Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md.

To register or for more information on the #JerseyShootout at Greate Bay CC, click here.

North America Cup headed back with TEAM USA

The 11th annual North America Cup action completed with a round of singles matches with 14 heavily heated pairings fighting to bring the cup back to their country.  Below are the final round results from the event.

Round 3 – Singles Matches

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8:04 AM – Rhys Davies            Def.         Jake Leppek                                                4 & 2

8:12 AM – Mike May Jr.           Def.         Mitchell McPhail                                       2 Up

8:20 AM – Nick Russell            Def.          Conaire Kehoe                                           4 & 2

8:28 AM – Nolan Windsor         Def.         Evan Katz                                                    AS

8:36 AM – Trent Abraham         Def.          Mark Benevento                                       3 & 1

8:44 AM – Eamon Marone        Def.          John McKiernan                                      4 & 2

8:52 AM – Matt Cholod              Def.         Matthew Cleary                                          4 & 2

9:00 AM – Matt Barto                Def.         Mike Flegel                                                   1 Up

9:08 AM – Emily Doyle              Def.         Jany Martin                                                 5 & 3

9:16 AM – Marie Donnici            Def.         Allyson Wentworth                                  6 & 4

9:24 AM – Kahn Lee                   Def.         Grant Leppek                                                4 & 3

9:32 AM – Jason Chung             Def.         C.J. Hughes                                                 5 & 4

9:40 AM – Tristan Vandette        Def.         Will Thomson                                           3 & 2

9:48 AM – Nate Menon               Def.         Michael Lavorato                                       8 & 6

 

TOTAL SCORE: USA – 16     CANADA – 12

 

Top 3 Highlights:

3. Though the focus was on the 14 players that represented TEAM USA, the IJGT wanted to take a second to recognize the parents and families of the players that showed their support all week.  If it was not the patriotic attire many mothers had on, it was the proud fathers cheering on their sons and daughters, or the little sisters constantly supporting their brothers down the fairways.  As said by many parents this weekend, this was more than just another golf tournament. It was an event the whole family would never forget. Although the matches were close, stressful, and competitive, TEAM USA always had smiling faces along the way. Once again, the IJGT wants to thank the parents of TEAM USA for making this experience one of the best it has ever seen.

2. If you want to play as much golf as you can, as well as not lose a match in this Ryder Cup style format, just ask Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., how to do it.  Russell played fabulous in all three of the rounds starting with the dramatic finish on No. 18 of the fourball format of the first round.  Russell and Mike May Jr. of Auburn N.Y., managed to face a good bit of odds and May chipped in to halve the match on the 18th.  In the second round, Russell was paired with Jake Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., and the two found themselves down four in the first four holes.  Again, Russell and his partner battled back to halve the match.  In the third round, Russell took it into his own hands during singles matches.  Very competitive all day, Russell decided to cut this just a little bit short and win the match 3 & 1 on the 17th hole.  In the three-day match, no one else managed to play as many holes, as well as not lose a match like Russell did.

1.  To be named playing captain of IJGT TEAM USA was quite an honor for Matt Barto of Leechburg, Pa.  Barto more than lived up to the title that was given to him, on and off the course.  Barto’s attitude and determination were a key to the success of TEAM USA.  This was put on display in his third round which was singles matches.  Barto found himself down early and a few people counted him out.  At No. 11 teeing ground he was asked how he was doing and gave a hand signal that he was four down.  The difference however was that when most players are four down, they are not smiling and carrying on a conversation with their opponent.  Barto also had no idea how important his score could have been seeing he had known that some matches had been lost, with TEAM CANADA narrowing the gap.  Barto’s calm attitude led to him finding his swing late.  He won four of the next five holes and was all square heading to the 17th tee.  Barto did not look back from here as he showed his true leadership by battling adversity and won his match 1-Up playing all 18 holes.

North America Cup – Round 2 Results

The 11th annual North America Cup action resumed play this morning with the always challenging foursome matches.  Below are the second round results accompanied by the top-three highlights from the second round.

Round 2 – Foursomes

8:04 AM – Marie Donnici & Jany Martin                 Def.         Emily Doyle & Allyson Wentworth              1 Up

8:12 AM – Will Thomson & Nate Menon               Def.         Khan Lee & Michael Lavorato                     5 & 4

8:20 AM – C.J. Hughes & Grant Leppek               Def.          Jason Chung & Tristan Vandette               4 & 2

8:28 AM – Jake Leppek & Nick Russell              Halved         Nolan Windsor & Mike Flegel                      AS

8:36 AM –Trent Abraham & Matt Cholod              Def.          Evan Katz & Mike May Jr.                         3 & 1

8:44 AM – Matthew Cleary & Mark Benevento     Def.          Conaire Kehoe & Mitchell McPhail              4 & 2

8:52 AM – Eamon Marone & Matt Barto               Def.         Rhys Davies & John McKiernan                 4 & 2

 

Total (two-day)  SCORE: USA – 10          CANADA – 4

 

Top-Three Highlights:

3. Starting off of the first tee is never easy at the North America Cup as a large crowd always accompanies you on the tee.  This did not seem to phase Matthew Cleary of Greenville, Del., and Mark Benevento of Somers Point, N.J.  Benevento hit first telling Cleary he would leave him 150 yards in on the second shot if everything went to plan.  Joking, Cleary responded, “How about 137 yards, I have the club for that.”  Benevento shrugged it off and proceeded to blast his drive down the center of the fairway.  As they both approached the ball they took a look at their range finder to find that it had actually landed 137 yards from the flagstick.  Cleary now under pressure from the remark he made on the first tee took the opportunity and hit a fantastic shot inside 10 feet.  Benevento proceeded to finish the story by draining the putt which left the pairing 1-up after the first hole.

2.  The Girls pairing made up of Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., and Emily Doyle of Horseheads, N.Y., did not start their day off as they had planned.  They found themselves 3-down after No. 5 and proceeded to fall into a little struggle as they made it to No. 11 now down by six with seven holes to play.  At this point the two young ladies decided it was time to go back to what they knew best and that was enjoying the game they love.  You quickly saw the smiles come to their faces and the shots get better.  After winning the 12th hole they halved the 13th hole and many spectators felt the match would quickly be over.  The American girls had other plans.  They tore through the next four holes winning every single one of them and the whole golf course was buzzing of the miraculous change of events.  Ultimately the Canadians won the match on No. 18, but not enough can be said about the Americans determination and will to never give up.

1.  The worst thing you can do in match play is dig yourself into a deep hole early in which most will ever get out of.  Jake Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., and Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., sure did this by losing the first four holes of the day.  Give up? These young men never gave up and stormed back fighting off some great play by their Canadian counterparts.  They got an opportunity on No. 9 and ran with it.  They won holes Nos. 9-11 and were suddenly back in the match with the momentum behind them.  The Americans found themselves yet again with an unlucky break on the 16th and went down one.  As always there was no negative attitude and Russell was in the heat of it for the second day in a row.  They forced the play to 18 where they took advantage of an errant Canadian shot that found the left bunker.  The Americans found a way to come back and halve the hole when to most of the people watching thought they were down and out after losing the first four holes.

North America Cup – First Round Results

The 11th annual North America Cup kicked off this morning with an exciting round of fourball play at the exquisite Weston Golf & Country Club.  Below are the first round results accompanied by the top-three highlights from the first round.

Round 1 – Fourball

8:04 AM – Emily Doyle & Allyson Wentworth     Def.          Marie Donnici & Jany Martin                       2 & 1

8:12 AM – Will Thomson & C.J. Hughes             Def.         Tristan Vandette & Michael Lavorato            5 & 4

8:20 AM – Nate Menon & Grant Leppek             Def.         Jason Chung & Khan Lee                            2 & 1

8:28 AM – Trent Abraham & Matt Cholod           Def.         Jake Leppek & Matthew Cleary                    3 & 2

8:36 AM – Nick Russell & Mike May Jr.            Halved      Rhys Davies & John McKiernan                       AS

8:44 AM – Eamon Marone & Evan Katz              Def.          Nolan Windsor & Conaire Kehoe                 4 & 2

8:52 AM – Mark Benevento & Matt Barto            Def.         Mike Flegel & Mitchell McPhail                    5 & 4

 

FINAL ROUND 1 SCORE: USA – 5.5    CANADA – 1.5

 

Top 3 Highlights:

3. The Girls Division may have played as the toughest match all day.  TEAM USA made up of Emily Doyle of Horseheads, N.Y., and Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., found themselves down by two early in the round but fought back to give themselves a chance to win.  They got it back to all square at the turn with some spectacular shots.  TEAM CANADA battled all day but the girls were finally able to pull out a 2 & 1 victory.

2. Hole No. 3 at Weston is a very tough par-5 dogleg that turns directly up the hill to a very elevated green.  Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., found himself in the deep rough with a terrible lie after his tee shot, but this didn’t stop Marone from going for the green in two.  180 yards from the flagstick does not seem easy from high rough and up a treacherous hill, but Marone made it look simple banking the ball off of the flagstick to leave him a tap in eagle and easy win for the hole.

1.  As all of the players except Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., & Mike May Jr. of Auburn, N.Y., had finished their round, this pairing never gave up.  After hole No. 16 they were down two with two holes to play and things were not looking great for the Americans.  They managed to push the event to the final hole by winning the 17th.  The 18th tee was not what they expected as they both fired their shots down the left side and towards the trees.  May had no line at the hole but got the ball out to just in front of the green.  Russell made a miraculous shot and landed the ball within 15 feet of the flagstick which left everyone with the thought that his putt was going to be the difference.  With both teams, parents, and Weston members watching, May played his ball up towards the hole.  In fact, as the ball kept rolling, the crowd started getting excited when they realized it could go in. Finally the ball fell to the bottom of the cup to complete the fantastic comeback and to halve the match.  As TEAM USA stormed to jump on May, everyone in attendance felt a sense of unity for the 14 outstanding young men and women that make up IJGT TEAM USA.