IJGT ELITE: Fowler wins The Players Championship

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May 6-12, 2015

IJGT alum Rickie Fowler has been the talk of the golf world since winning The Players Championship via sudden-death playoff on Sunday. Fowler was 1-over through 12 holes in the final round before shooting 6-under on the final six holes. He became the first player ever to shoot 5-under (he made three birdies and an eagle) on the final four holes at The Players. Seven players have finished the stretch 4-under. Fowler also became the first player to birdie hole No. 17 three times in one day. Fowler’s mom, sister and girlfriend were all in attendance to watch his Mother’s Day win. Read more about it here.

Shanshan Feng won the Ladies European Tour’s Buick Championship in Shanghai, posting a 17-under 271 tournament total at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club. Read more about her victory here.

Derek Bard (Virginia) was named to the All-ACC team. He won the U.S. Collegiate title in October and ranks eighth in the ACC in stroke average (70.91).

Brynn Walker, who finished second in April’s Architects Cup, and Madelein Herr advanced to the USGA Women’s Four-Ball semifinals.

Matt Barto (Gannon) will be competing as an individual in the NCAA DII Men’s Golf Championships. He will play in the Atlantic/East regional at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio, hosted by the Mountain East Conference.

Brandon Matthews (Temple) was featured in a story on the local news in Philadelphia. You can watch the segment here.

Four IJGT members carded holes-in-one over the past two weeks, three in IJGT tournaments! Tom McLaughlin and Matthew Dzialga both had aces during last weekend’s IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club. McLaughlin’s came on the par-3 16th hole and Dzialga’s came on the par-3 second hole. Betty Horaney carded a hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth hole at Golden Bear during the previous weekend’s Junior World Qualifier. Earlier this week, Peter Bradbeer made a hole-in-one during practice while preparing for the Friends School League Championship.

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IJGT ELITE: April 22, 2015



April 8-21, 2015

Big Break 2The IJGT ELITE has been performing well at all levels over the past two weeks. First of all, the IJGT would like to congratulate Richy Werenski and Justin Martinson making it to the final round of Golf Channel’s Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL. In the end, Werenski took home the crown (and an exemption to the 2015 Barbasol Championship!), but it was a win-win for us as both competitors are IJGT alums!

Also at the professional level, five IJGT alums–Zac Blair, Matt Every, Morgan Hoffmann, Webb Simpson and Daniel Summerhays–made the cut in the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage last week! Hoffmann had the best finish of the group, tying for ninth. It was especially exciting to see the IJGT ELITE perform so well in the Heritage because many current IJGT members acted as standard bearers during the tournament.

IJGT ELITE members racked up a variety of awards at the collegiate level. Freshman Matt Barto was named the Gannon University Men’s Student-Athlete of the Month for the second time this season. Mercer University senior Trey Rule finished fourth overall at the Southern Conference Championship and earned All-Conference honors. Auburn freshman Ben Schlottman‘s 8-under runner-up finish at the SEC Championship was the best in Tigers history for a freshman. Schlottman’s team-low 69.66 stroke average is ranked fourth in the SEC. He had four top-five finishes in six tournaments this season. USF sophomore Rigel Fernandes was named the American Men’s Golf Player of the Week after earning his first individual championship of the year at the Irish Creek Collegiate in Kannapolis, N.C.

And finally, at the high school level, Phillipsburg High School junior Allyson Wentworth won her second consecutive Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Girls Golf Tournament. She won with a par on the first sudden-death playoff hole. Wentworth has accepted a full golf scholarship offer from the University of Akron.

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IJGT ELITE: March 18, 2015



March 10-17, 2015

Members of the IJGT ELITE competed in tournaments across the country over the past week. Three IJGT alums–Karen Chung, Kyung Kim and Annie Park–who are now members of the University of Southern California’s women’s golf team, helped lead the Trojans to victory in the Arizona Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. Chung made par or better on every hole in round one on her way to a 5-under 67. Meanwhile, in Primm, Nev., Carl Jonson carded a 15-under 201 in the Jackrabbit Invitational, good for third place. And, in Southport, N.C., Matt Barto came out of the gate hot winning his first tournament of the spring season, the St. James Plantation Invite. Below are some highlights from the IJGT ELITE’s performances this past week:

Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters — Las Vegas, NV — March 9-11, 2015

Beau Hossler (Texas) tied for second with a 9-under 207 tournament total. He carded 4-under 68s in the second and third rounds.

Chaminade Spring Tri Match — Wahiawa, HI — March 12, 2015

James Coon (Hawaii at Hilo) finished second with an even-par 144 tournament total to help lead his team to victory.

Coastal GA vs. Swarthmore — St. Simons Island, GA — March 12, 2015

Andrew Park (Swarthmore) finished sixth with an 8-over 152 tournament total.

Bandon Dunes Championship — Bandon, OR — March 13-14, 2015

David Kostyal II (UNCW) tied for third with a 3-under 141 tournament total.

St. James Plantation Invite — Southport, NC — March 13-14, 2015

Matt Barto (Gannon) won with a 5-over 149 tournament total. Shot the lowest score of the day on Saturday, a 1-under 71.

Ryan Fogel (West Chester) finished second with a 9-over 153 tournament total.

Kenneth Sames (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) tied third with a 10-over 154.

Conor Gilbert (Millersville) tied for third with a 10-over 154.

Joe Petrin (Le Moyne) tied for eighth with a 13-over 157.

Seminole Intercollegiate — Tallahassee, FL — March 13-15, 2015

Anthony Alex (Florida State) tied for fourth with a 9-under 207.

Derek Bard (Virginia) finished seventh with a 7-under 209.

Trey Rule (Mercer) tied for ninth with a 5-under 211.

Chris Petefish (Georgia Tech) tied for ninth with a 5-under 211.

University of Notre Dame Clover Cup — Mesa, AZ — March 13-15, 2015

Jordan Chael (Nebraska) tied for fifth with a 5-over 221 tournament total.

Cape Fear National Men’s Intercollegiate — Leland, NC — March 15-16, 2015

Matthew Yun (Nyack College) tied for second with a 3-over 219 tournament total. He carded three consecutive birdies on holes No. 10-12 in round three.

Kieran Purcell (Delaware) tied for sixth with a 5-over 221 tournament total. He made par or better on the entire front nine in round two.

Talis Park Challenge — Naples, FL — March 15-16, 2015

Theo Humphrey (Vanderbilt) tied for 10th with a 2-under 211. He carded back-to-back birdies in all three rounds.

Sacramento State Invitational — Roseville, CA — March 16-17, 2015

Astha Madan (Sacramento State) tied for fourth with a 12-over 228 tournament total. She made par or better on holes No. 8 through 18 in round three.

Alexa Schendelman (Montana) tied for fourth with a 12-over 228 tournament total.

Jackrabbit Invitational (Women’s) — Primm, NV — March 16-17, 2015

Sydney MacDonald (South Dakota State) tied for seventh with a 3-over 219 tournament total. She made par or better on holes No. 1 through 15 in round one and carded back-to-back birdies twice in round two.

Jackrabbit Invitational (Men’s) — Primm, NV — March 16-17, 2015

Carl Jonson (UNLV) finished third with a 15-under 201 tournament total. He shot in the 60s in all three rounds including two 6-under 66s. Jonson finished round one with three consecutive birdies on holes No. 16 through 18. He made par or better on holes No. 8 through 18 in round two and holes No. 1 through 14 in round three.

Arizona Wildcat Invitational — Tucson, AZ — March 16-17, 2015

Karen Chung (Southern California) won with an 11-under 205 tournament total to lead the Trojans to victory. She made par or better on every hole in round one on her way to a 5-under 67 and carded back-to-back birdies in all three rounds.

Kyung Kim (Southern California) finished fourth with an 8-under 208. She made par or better one holes No. 1 through 11 in round two.

Annie Park (Southern California) tied for fifth with a 6-under 210. She made par or better on holes No. 1 through 10 in round two.

The IJGT would also like to wish the best of luck to the 10 IJGT alums competing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational beginning tomorrow: Webb Simpson, Daniel Summerhays, Zac Blair, Kevin Chappell, Morgan Hoffmann, Rickie Fowler, Scott Stallings, Hunter Mahan, Matt Every and Brandon Hagy!


Summer Series at Olde Stonewall – Final Results

Barto, Walsh win with large margin
Tanabe secures first IJGT victory

The IJGT continued its Summer Series at Olde Stonewall just outside of Pittsburgh, Pa., on July 7-8, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole event featured a field of 50 juniors competing for national rankings.

BartoIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Matt Barto of Leechburg, Pa. won the division convincingly by eight strokes. Finishing his first round front nine with a birdie on the par-5 No. 9, Barto carded a 1-under-par 35 score to kick off his round. He finished round one with an even-par score of 71 to assume the lead before heading into round two. Barto carded par or better on 13 of 18 holes in round two, including two birdies en route to his victory.

“I wanted to try and shoot under par today,” said Barto and despite finishing 3-over-par, he remained victorious.

Barto finished with scores of 71-74 – 145. Barto’s round two score of 74 tied for the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award given to the male and female with the lowest score of the final round. Benjamin Morgret of Venetia, Pa., was also a Clazic Belts winner.

Second place was a three-way-tie between Pennsylvania natives Nicklaus Cuny of Cranberry Township, Michael Reed-Price of Dresher and Carter Ehms of Cranberry Township. The trio finished with overall scores of 153.

TanabeThe Boys 14 & Under Division was won by Chris Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa., who finished with scores of 84-82 – 166. Tanabe took first by a staggering 14 strokes to secure his first IJGT victory. Ten second round pars helped Tanabe to shave two strokes from his first round score and led him to card a total of 16 pars for the tournament.

“My driver has really been working for me and I have been hitting a lot of fairways,” said Tanabe on his performance.

In second place, Palmer Cuny of Cranberry Township, Pa., who carded consistent 90s in rounds one and two to finish with a two-day score of 180. Rounding out the top three for the division was Alex Beall of Pittsburgh, Pa., who recorded an overall score of 211.


WalshIn the Girls Division, a come-from-behind performance by Katie Walsh of Baldwinsville, N.Y., led to victory. Walsh used 12 pars to cut three strokes from her round one score of 81 to slide into first. The win comes as Walsh’s first IJGT victory. After trailing in at the conclusion of round one, Walsh made up ground to finish eight strokes ahead of her competition.

“I am a really good putter and was hitting putts both day. I can strike the ball but putting is my strength,” said Walsh. Her round-two score of 79 was the lowest score of the Girls Division, awarding her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Finishing in a tie for second was round-one leader Synclaire Kuhn of McMurray, Pa., and Marah Penn of Hamburg, N.Y., who both finished with a two-day score of 168.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Summer Series at Oyster Reef Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on July 11-12, 2014. To sign up for events, visit or call (843) 785-2444.

Ellwood City, Pa. – Final round results of the Summer Series at Olde Stonewall conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed July 9, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,875 yards, Par 70. Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,200 yards, Par 710. Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,708 yards, Par 70.

International Junior Golf Tour
Summer Series at Olde Stonewall
Cranberry Township, P.A.
July 8-9, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,875 yards, Par 70

1. Matt Barto, Leechburg, PA *71-74–145
2. Nicklaus Cuny, Cranberry Township, PA *73-80–153
2. Michael Reed-Price, Dresher, PA *76-77–153
2. Carter Ehms, Cranberry Twp, PA *78-75–153
5. Andrew Reynolds, Pittsburgh, PA *78-76–154
6. Anthony Muscato, Gibsonia, PA *80-75–155
6. Benjamin Morgret, Venetia, PA *81-74–155
8. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *80-77–157
9. Evan Long, New castle, PA *82-76–158
10. Max Hoffman, Pittsburgh, PA *81-79–
11. Ross Bondo, Cranberry Township, PA *80-82–162
12. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA *78-85–163
13. Connor Schmidt, Venetia, PA *83-81–164
14. Jake Smithco, Cranberry Township, PA *87-78–165
15. Alex Tanabe, Sewickley, PA *82-84–166
16. Declan Hickton, Pittsburgh, PA *84-83–167
16. Chris Rust, Wexford, PA *86-81–167
18. Mark Goetz, Irwin, PA *81-88–169
19. Ryan Koenig, Cranberry Township, PA *89-81–170
19. Ryan Senka, Cranberry Township, PA *87-83–170
19. Jerome Landry, Jr., Duncansville, PA *80-90-170
22. Billy Rosemeyer, Gibsonia, PA *82-89–171
22. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *85-86–171
22. Connor White, Gibsonia, PA *80-91–171
25. Will Lusk, Venetia, PA *94-79–173
26. Thomas Foglia, North Braddock, PA *88-86–174
26. Dustin Cook, Westport, CT *88-86–174
28. Jack Katarincic, Pittsburgh, PA *87-88–175
29. Zach Barone, Pittsburgh, PA *87-90–177
30. Eddie Zhang, Murrysville, PA *99-79–178
30. Nate Yackovich, Gibsonia, PA *89-89–178
30. Casey O’Korn, Canonsburg, PA *92-86–178
33. Joe Deegan, McMurray, PA *88-92–180
34. Eric Macadangdang, Mckees Rocks, PA *93-89–182
35. Stephen McInerney, Pittsburgh, PA *93-90–183
36. Frank Pantano, Gibsonia, PA *88-96–184
37. J.P. Beall, Pittsburgh, PA *99-90–189
38. John Staley, Pittsburgh, PA *99-108–207


DQ. Grant Muir, Allison Park PA *
JWD. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh PA *

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,200 yards, Par 70

1. Chris Tanabe, Sewickley, PA *84-82–166
2. Palmer Cuny, Cranberry Twp, PA *90-90–180
3. Alex Beall, Pittsburgh, PA *101-110–211

Girls Division – Yellow Tees, 5,708 yards, Par 70

1. Katie Walsh, Baldwinsville, NY *81-79–160
2. Synclaire Kuhn, McMurray, PA *77-91–168
2. Marah Penn, Hamburg, NY *84-84–168
4. Samantha Shumaker, Verona, PA *92-91–183
5. Alexandra Muracca, Pittsburgh, PA *98-92–190
6. Christina Lewis, Wexford, PA *97-98–195
7. Shelby Shumaker, Verona, PA *109-113–222

Summer Series at Olde Stonewall – Round one recap

Continuing with the Summer Series, the IJGT traveled to  in Ellwood City, Pa., to host round one at Olde Stonewall Golf Club. Overcast skies and mild temperatures made for golf-friendly conditions, translating to some low scoring. In review, divisional leaders’ rounds in numbers are below.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Matt Barto of Leechburg, Pa., leads. His round in numbers:

71- his 1-over-par score 71 to put himself in first place

35- front nine score, even par to help him en route to his lead

2- number of birdies throughout his round

13- number of pars carded

In the Girls Division, Synclaire Kuhn of McMurray, Pa., is leading the pack. Her round in numbers:

77- her round-one score, enough to sit in the lead

3- Kuhn played the par-3s of the course at an impressive 1-under for round one

4- number of birdies she carded in her first round

Chris Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa., leads the Boys 14 & Under Division after shooting a first round 84. His round in numbers:

3- number of back-nine birdies he tallied

2- Tanabe was an impressive 2-under on the course’s par-3 holes

6 – total pars that aided in his first-round lead over the division

Juniors will return to play for round two Wednesday, July 9, 2014, for an 8:00 a.m. start. For full results from the first round of the Summer Series at Olde Stonewallclick here. Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.

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


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




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




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.

IJGT Philly Challenge at White Manor CC- Final Results

Barto Captures First IJGT Title

DiLisio Holds off Competition at White Manor

MALVERN, PA. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to the beautiful White Manor Country Club  in Malvern, Pa., March 23-24 to host the 2013 IJGT Philly Challenge . Bitter cold and blistering winds made this two-day 36-hole tournament a challenge for the 90 competitors who teed off this past weekend.

Matt BartoMatt Barto of Leechburg, Pa., claimed first place in the Boys 15-19 Division after putting together two great rounds on the difficult White Manor Country Club. After round one of the tournament, Barto led the pack by four strokes after carding a division-leading 1-over-par 72. His impressive first round also earned him KENTWOOL Socks  Lo-Pro Award honors, which is given to the player who earns the lowest score during Saturday’s first round. The second round came down to the back nine with Kevin Kramarski  of Moorestown, N.J., chipping away at Barto’s first round lead. Kramarski was 1-under par at the turn, and was dead even with Barto going into hole No. 15. Barto’s two birdies and one par to close out the tournament were just enough to earn him his first IJGT Champion trophy. On the day, Barto finished with a 1-over-par 72 giving him a three-shot victory.

“I felt really comfortable {going into the second round},” said Barto. “My ball striking was good, and I just stayed patient and made my putts.”

Kramarski finished second after shooting a tournament total of 5-over-par 147. Kramarski’s second-round even-par 71 earned him the Clazic BeltsLow Final Round Award, which is given to the player who cards the lowest final round score. Rounding out the top 3 in the Boys 15-19 Division was Vinay Ramesh of Newtown, Pa., who carded a tournament score of 151.

Evan JohnsonTaking home the trophy in the Boys 14 & Under Division was Evan Johnson  of York, Pa. Johnson carried a four stroke lead going into the second round after recording a 4-over-par 75 in the first round. He managed to maintain his lead on Sunday by carding four birdies and six pars, which earned him his second IJGT title of the season, with the first coming at the Philly Junior at Turtle Creek last September. Johnson finished his weekend with a total score of 152.

”My putting was the best part of my game this weekend,” said Johnson. “I felt like I could make anything that was within 10 feet.”

James McHugh  of Rye, N.Y., and Gus Minkin  of York, Pa., tied for second in the Boys 14 & Under Division after they both finished the weekend with a score of 155.

Isabella DiLisioIsabella DiLisio of Hatfield, Pa., took home the title in the very competitive Girls Division after carding a 153 over the weekend. DiLisio, who carried a one-stroke lead going into the final round, found herself neck and neck on the back nine with second-place finisher Brynn Walker  of St. Davids, Pa. Walker holed out for birdie after a fantastic chip on hole No.2, which brought her in contention for the title. DiLisio was just too strong on the back nine making five pars and one birdie, which earned her a second career IJGT title. DiLisio also earned the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award after she shot a 4-over-par 75 in the first round.

“I just took it one shot at a time {during the final holes},” DiLisio said. “I did not focus on the players that were close to me. I focused on my play.”

Erin Lo of Mount Laurel, N.J., took third place after finishing with a 162 over the course of the tournament.

Jackie Rogowicz of Yardley, Pa., earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award honors after she carded a 4-over-par 75 on Sunday.

The IJGT will travel to Somers Point, N.J., on March 30-31 for the Bridgestone Series at Greate Bay Country Club This Event will feature top players from across the northeast competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.
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Malvern, Pa. – Final round results of the IJGT Philly Challenge at White Manor conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed March 24, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Bronze Tees – 6727 yards, Par 71 (72.9/134). Boys 14 & Under Division: Black Tees – 6126 yards, Par 71 (69.7/129) Girls Division: Green Tees – 5852 yards, Par 71 (74.6/132).
Weather: Saturday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 40’s with 15-20 mph winds
Sunday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 40’s with 10-15 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Philly Challenge at White Manor
Malvern, Pa.
March 23-24, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division-(Bronze Tees) White Manor CC: 6,751 Yards, Par 71
1. Matt Barto, Leechburg, PA *72-72–144
2. Kevin Kramarski, Moorestown, NJ *76-71–147
3. Vinay Ramesh, Newtown, PA *77-74–151
4. Matt Holuta, Indiana, PA *80-75–155
4. Tyler Sokolis, Doylestown, PA *80-75–155
4. Brendan Bacskai, Berwyn, PA *77-78–155
7. Carey Bina, Villanova, PA *80-76–156
7. C.J. Zachary, Hummelstown, PA *77-79–156
9. Kieran Purcell, Nutley, NJ *81-76–157
9. Anthony Sebastianelli, Clarks Summit, PA *80-77–157
9. Charles Musto, Sterling, VA *76-81–157
12. Joshua Goldenberg, Scarsdale, NY *83-75–158
12. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD *81-77–158
12. Ryan Rucinski, Wilmington, DE *80-78–158
12. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ *78-80–158
16. Joseph Tigani, Hockessin, DE *79-80–159
16. Kevin Conners, Downingtown, PA *77-82–159
18. Gary McCabe, Collegeville, PA *84-76–160
18. Spencer Shepperly, New Vernon, NJ *81-79–160
20. Sam Gallen, Reading, PA *80-81–161
20. Matthew Ade, Delran, NJ *76-85–161
22. Andrew Neal, Chevy Chase, MD *79-83–162
23. Robbie Hickok, Washington, DC *82-81–163
23. Brandan Bree, Kennett Square, PA *81-82–163
23. Michael Lamond, West Chester, PA *78-85–163
26. Hunter Lee, Great Neck, NY *80-84–164
26. Alex Velez, Harleysville, PA *80-84–164
28. Yousaf Razvi, Somerset, NJ *85-80–165
28. Jackson Zepf, Thornwood, NY *84-81–165
30. Chris Burns, Kennett Square, PA *89-77–166
31. Roland Massimino, Lumberville, PA *88-79–167
32. Alex Bollington, Madison, NJ *86-82–168
32. Mariano Medico, Shavertown, PA *84-84–168
34. Jake Gray, Glenmoore, PA *88-81–169
34. Justin Murray, Burlington, NJ *81-88–169
34. Liam Murphy, Hockessin, DE *81-88–169
37. John Abbott, Hummelstown, PA *91-80–171
37. Jonny Emmerman, Scarsdale, NY *83-88–171
37. Jared Faust, Pottstown, PA *83-88–171
40. Jack Faraci, Port Jeferson Station, NY *88-84–172
41. Sean Ebert, Furlong, PA *85-88–173
42. Brandon Raihl, Wernersville, PA *88-86–174
42. Anthony Scarcella, Scarsdale, NY *88-86–174
42. Bobby Firth, Jenkintown, PA *88-86–174
42. Austin Bailey, Pennington, NJ *87-87–174
42. Michael Szipszky, Newtown Square, PA *90-84–174
47. Frank Pantano, Gibsonia, PA *86-89–175
48. Chris Binet, Oreland, PA *83-93–176
49. Joseph Visalli, Dover, DE *88-89–177
49. Lee Hammerschmitt, Armonk, NY *85-92–177
51. Brendan Hallinan, West Chester, PA *93-85–178
51. Andrew Bove, Doylestown, PA *92-86–178
53. Kyle Kost, New Hope, PA *90-89–179
54. Ryan Flynn, Stony Point, NY *93-87–180
55. Ryan Conner, Newtown, PA *93-90–183
56. Brendan Papariello, Villanova, PA *93-91–184
57. Griffin Colvin, Media, PA *95-90–185
58. Robert Shaner, Fort Lee, NJ *108-90–198
59. Zachary Sculler, Morganville, NJ *109-91–200
60. Eric Faust, Pottstown, PA *96-110–206
DQ. Nicholas Johnson, Moosic, PA –DQ (Rule 20-7c)
DQ. Kellen Jordan, Spring Lake, NJ –DQ (Rule 20-7c)
JWD. Gregory Rothman, Moorestown, NJ -*93 – JWD
JWD. Nathan Tenpas, Chevy Chase, MD -JWD
JWD. Callum McCaslin, Milford, PA –JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division-(Black Tees) White Manor CC: 6,176 Yards, Par 71
1. Evan Johnson, York, PA *75-77–152
2. James McHugh, Rye, NY *79-76–155
2. Gus Minkin, York, PA *81-74–155
4. Peter Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *85-80–165


Girls Division-(Green Tees) White Manor CC: 5,893 Yards, Par 71
1. Isabella DiLisio, Hatfield, PA *75-78–153
2. Brynn Walker, St. Davids, PA *76-79–155
3. Erin Lo, Mount Laurel, NJ *83-79–162
4. Raphaella Kang, Bayside, NY *84-79–163
5. Katie Edelblut, New Hope, PA *84-80–164
6. Zora Moore, Milford, NJ *82-83–165
7. Sam Leite, Camden, DE *84-84–168
7. Caroline Zhao, Greenwich, CT *84-84–168
9. Jackie Rogowicz, Yardley, PA *94-75–169
10. Jane Hopkinson-Wood, Pottstown, PA *91-84–175
11. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ *92-84–176
12. Cara Basso, Downingtown, PA *94-84–178
13. Emily Doyle, Horseheads, NY *93-88–181
14. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ *96-89–185
15. Summer Kitahara, Greenwich, CT *100-94–194
16. Kate Weiss, Greenwich, CT *102-101–203