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IJGT Alumni, Fowler and Werenski record runner-up finishes on the PGA Tour

This past weekend saw some great finishes on the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour. IJGT alumni, Rickie Fowler of Murrieta, Calif., and Richy Werenski of South Hadley, Mass., recorded runner-up finishes in their respective tournaments.

Rickie Fowler (left) and Richy Werenski (right) finished runner-up on the PGA Tour this past weekend

Rickie Fowler (left) and Richy Werenski (right) finished runner-up on the PGA Tour this past weekend

At the Waste Management Phoenix Open at the famed TPC Scottsdale, Fowler earned his way into a playoff with Hideki Matsuyama after making a nine-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole of the tournament. Fowler has proven himself to be calm, cool, and collected time and time again on the PGA Tour. The playoff went back and forth between Fowler and Matsuyama. Both made par on the first playoff hole. Then they matched birdies on the second playoff hole. The third playoff hole was halved with pars. On the fourth playoff hole, Matsuyama was able to make par and earn the victory.

Fowler put forth great effort and in a post-round press conference showcased to the world what a great role model he is for junior golfers on the IJGT.

Fellow IJGT alumni, Webb Simpson (T-14), Matt Every (T-24), Zac Blair (T-33), Michael Kim (T-45) also recorded top 50 finishes in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

On the Web.com Tour at the Club Colombia Championship presented by Claro, Werenski fired a final-round 3-under, 68 to finish in a tie for second place. He ended the tournament with a score of 11-under, 273. This was his best finish on the Web.com Tour in his career and Werenski currently sits fifth in the Money Standings. At the conclusion of the season, the Top 25 in the Web.com Money Standings earn their PGA Tour card for the 2016-2017 season.

Fellow IJGT alumnus, Andrew Putnam finished at 8-under, 276 and tied for seventh place.

IJGT Alumni Update – November 4, 2015

IJGT alumni competing in college golf have been finishing their Fall 2015 season strongly. Here are top 10 IJGT alumni finishers from the last week of collegiate competition:

The PGA Tour’s stop this week was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Five IJGT alumni competed in the CIMB Classic held at Kuala Lumpur G&CC (October 29 – November 1). Here is how they finished:

  • Daniel Summerhays – T14
  • Kevin Chappel – T29
  • Zac Blair – T43
  • Jon Curran – T53
  • Matt Every – 72nd

Congrats to all of the IJGT alumni that performed well last week.

IJGT ELITE: April 22, 2015

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IJGT ELITE News

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.

 Have a news tip about an IJGT alum? Let us know by sending an email to kira.jones@juniorsports.com!

 

IJGT ELITE: Pro Edition (March 23, 2015)

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March 23, 2015

It was an exciting weekend for IJGT alums competing professionally. In fact, on Thursday night IJGT alums sat atop the leaderboard in both the PGA TOUR’s Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Web.com Tour’s Chile Classic. Here are some of the highlights from the past week:

PGA TOUR: Arnold Palmer Invitational – Orlando, FL – March 19-22, 2015

The big news in pro golf this weekend was Matt Every defending his Arnold Palmer Invitational title. He made a 17-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole of the tournament to earn the win with a 19-under 269 tournament total. Every was the first player to win at Bay Hill with all four rounds in the 60s since Payne Stewart did it in 1987. He also became just the third player—after Tiger Woods and Loren Roberts—to earn repeat victories at Bay Hill. You can read more about Every’s victory and watch his winning putt by clicking here.

Morgan Hoffmann was leading by three shots after 36 holes, but ended up finishing in fourth with a 15-under 273 tournament total. He made par or better on every hole in round one, including an eagle on the par-5 sixth hole, on the way to a 6-under 66 to start the tournament. He improved on his round one score by one stroke to card a 7-under 65 in round two.

Web.com Tour: Chile Classic – Santiago, Chile – March 19-22, 2015

Jamie Lovemark finished seventh with a 16-under 268 tournament total. He shot in the 60s in all four rounds and made par or better on every hole in round two on the way to a 7-under 64.

Tain Lee carded an 8-under 63 in round one to lead after 18 holes, but ended up finishing in a tie for 30th with a 10-under 274 tournament total.

eGolf Gateway Tour: Nova Tax Group Open – Huntersville, NC – March 17-20, 2015

Christian Brand carded an 11-under 273 tournament total to finish second. He carded four consecutive birdies on holes No. 6 through 9 in round three.

Garland Green tied for fifth with a 7-under 277 tournament total.

Have a news tip about an IJGT alum? Let us know by sending an email to kira.jones@juniorsports.com!

Matt Every

Matt Every cards his first victory at the Arnold Palmer Invite – IJGT ELITE

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Matt Every crowned Champion at Arnold Palmer Invite
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Matt Every played in 91 PGA Tour events, and never had the pleasure of holding the trophy at the end. That all changed this past weekend on March 23rd, when Every won the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill by two strokes, shooting a 13-under 275 for the win. Every, an IJGT Champion, had a long road ahead of him going into the final round, down by nine strokes to eventual third-place finisher Adam Scott. Scott had a monumental collapse in the final round, and Every’s 2-under 70 on the final day was enough to pull him ahead of Scott and Keegan Bradley. Every had to watch anxiously as Bradley charged in the final holes, including a 30-foot birdie putt to send the tournament into a potential playoff between Every and Bradley. Bradley sent the putt left of the hole, sealing Every’s first PGA Tour victory.

Every played on the IJGT for several years, carding two top-10 finishes at the IJGT Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla. He was consistently in the top-10 in his tournaments, including his 1998 victory on the IJGT at Palm Coast Resort. Every also competed on the Golf Channel’s Big Break in 2007 after finishing his NCAA career at the University of Florida. The IJGT community has followed Every’s career from the very beginning, and we continue to enjoy seeing the success that has followed him all of these years after our events. We are proud to call him an alumni, and are thrilled with his well-earned initial PGA Tour victory. Congrats Matt, and good luck at the Masters!