Major Championship at Duke University – Tour Preview

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will travel to Durham, N.C., to host the Major Championship at Duke University on March 28-29. The two-day, 36-hole event is the second Major Championship of the spring season.


Opened in 1957, the Duke University Golf Course is the only Robert Trent Jones-designed course in the region. It was redesigned by Jones’ son, Rees, in 1994 and hosted the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship in 2001.

Links Magazine rated the Duke University Golf Course No. 12 on its list of the Top 25 College Courses. The Major Championship at Duke University provides the perfect opportunity for aspiring college golfers to play one of the best college courses in the country and visit Duke University and nearby colleges like the University of North Carolina while they’re in the area.

Yong Sherng Hui of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division. Hui is coming off a dramatic four-hole playoff victory in the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes earlier this month. He just edged out St. Brelade, Jersey, native Jason Stokes, who will also be competing in the Major Championship at Duke. Also keep an eye out for Anthony Cordaro of Pittsburgh, Pa., who tied for ninth in last year’s IJGT event at Duke.

Timonium, Md., native Jack Halleron won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the IJGT event at Duke last season and will look to repeat this year. He finished first in his last IJGT event this season, the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club. Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, is seeking his fourth IJGT victory this season and is coming off back-to-back wins in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River and the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island. Elmsford, N.Y., native Matthew Minerva Jr. and Ayushman Jaiswal of Bangalore, India, are both looking for their second IJGT victories of the season in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

In the Girls Division, Farmington, Conn., native Kelly Whaley has been victorious in all three IJGT events she’s played this season and will look to continue her winning streak at Duke. The UNC commit finished second in the IJGT event at Duke two years ago. Martina Gerbelova of Bratislava, Slovakia, has to top-five finishes this season and will look to break into the winner’s circle at Duke.

For more information, or to register for the Major Championship at Duke University, click here.

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 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

IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay – Round one recap (Oct. 11, 2014)

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to Bronx, N.Y., for the first time in history for the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay. The event was held at Pelham Bay Golf Course featuring tee times beginning at 12 noon for round one on October 11, 2014. In review of round one, below is each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

73 – his first round opening score of 2-over-par 73

4 – total birdies Terminello recorded, tied for the most across all three divisions

2 – he had a streak of par or better for four holes twice in his round, one on both the front and back nine

The Boys 14 & Under Division is led by Matthew Minerva Jr. of Elmsford, N.Y. His round in numbers:

76 – his round one score

2 – Minerva, the only member of the Boys 14 & Under to card a birdie, had two in total

1 – this is his first IJGT event of his career

Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

72 – she shot an opening round of 1-over-par

10 – Braman carries a 10-stroke lead over the division

5 – Braman played the round’s par-5 holes at par or better, including birdies on No. 2 and No. 9. Braman also finished fifth at The Architects Cup on October 4-5, 2014, in Loptacong, N.J.

The final round at of the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay will take place tomorrow, October, 12, 2014, with tee times beginning at 11:00 a.m. For full results from round one of the IJGT Junior Openclick here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.