IJGA Junior Open at Hershey CC – Round one recap (May 9, 2015)

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Hershey, Pa., to host the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey CC. Juniors teed off beginning at 1:30 p.m. for round one of the two-day, 36-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers:

Matthew Pulgini of Middletown, Del., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

73- His 2-over score to lead the division

3 – He currently has a three stroke lead

4 – He carded four birdies during the first round

8 – He made par or better on eight holes on the front nine

John Updike of Wayne, Pa., leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

76 – His 5-over score to carry the lead

1 – He leads by a single stroke

1 – He carded the division’s only eagle, which came on the par-5 sixth hole

Charlotte Simpson of Towson, Md., leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

82 – Her round one score to lead the division

2 – She currently has a two-stroke lead

1 – Her lone birdie came on the par-4 seventh hole

The second round of the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey will take place tomorrow, May 10, 2015, with tee times beginning at 8:15 a.m. You can view tomorrow’s tee times here on or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

Pulgini, Nakayama earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – March 3, 2015

The IJGT returned to Hilton Head Island, S.C., on February 28-March 1, 2015, to host the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes. Juniors played through cold, rainy and windy conditions during the two-day, 36-hole event. The field competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings while playing the par-70 George Fazio Course. Following the event, the IJGT is pleased to award Player of the Week honors to Middletown, Del., native Matthew Pulgini and Yuki Nakayama of Kawasakishi, Japan.

DSCN1373 Matthew Pulgini A

Pulgini made par on twice as many holes in round two as in round one to knock eight strokes off his round one score. He carded back-to-back birdies on the par-3 hole No. 6 and the par-4 hole No. 7 on his way to a 3-over 73 in round two. His 154 tournament total landed him in a tie for fourth place in his first IJGT event.

DSCN1442 Yuki Nakayama A

Nakayama improved on her round one score of 87 by four strokes to shoot an 83 in round two. Her two birdies came on the par-5 10th hole in round one and the par-4 ninth hole in round two.

Congratulations to both Matthew Pulgini and Yuki Nakayama on their IJGT Player of the Week honors!


The Hershey Classic presented by IJGA – Final results

Nicholas Performs in Playoff

Clark and Lees capture back to back victories 

HERSHEY, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Hershey Classic on May 10-11, 2014 on the East Course at Hershey Country Club. Weather in round one included rain showers and a 30-minute delay, eventually forcing some golfers to be postponed until 8:00 a.m. the next morning. The weather for the final round made up for it however, with temperatures reaching into the high 70s. The field of 112 juniors came out to compete for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings, as well as an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

NICHOLASIn the Boys 15-19 Division, James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y., won the division in a four-hole playoff. In the final round, on hole no. nine, Nicholas’ final hole, he sank a 20-foot putt to force a playoff with Dylan Stein of Flemington, N.J. The tension was high during the playoff as both players refused to go down without a fight. Stein got up-and-down for par on the first playoff hole, hole no. 10. Then, Nicholas got up-and-down on the next hole to save par. On hole 12, Nicholas sunk a lengthy par putt to tie Stein again. The battle came to an end on the 183 yard par-3, when Nicholas made a par. Nicholas’ performance in the four-hole playoff earned him his fourth IJGT Championship of the season. His numbers for the weekend were 76-75—151.

When asked about his 20-foot putt to head into a playoff, Nicholas described the shot by saying, “ Coming down the final stretch, I knew I had to make [a putt], I had a little downhill slider. I put a good pace on it and it just kind of trickled in.”

Stein finished in second place after the playoff with scores of 73-78—151. There was a tie for third place between William Voetsch of New Vernon, N.J., and Matthew Pulgini of Middletown, Del. Voetsch posted scores of 79-74—153 while Pulgini posted scores of 75-78—153. Voetsch’s score of 74 during the final round earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the player that shoots the lowest score during the final round of the tournament. Also earning the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award was Jake Reilly of Hershey, Pa., who posted scores of 82-74—156.

LeesIn the Girls Division, Kaitlyn Lees of Bryn Mawr, Pa., took home her second IJGT Championship this season by carding scores of 84-78–162.  Lees improved her score from round one to round two by a total of six strokes. In the final round, Lees made par on 10 different holes and added a birdie on the par-3 hole no. eight. Every time Lees made bogey in round two, she always answered back with a par. This marks her third top-10 finish this season, and her second IJGT Championship. Lees’ score of 78 won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

When asked what worked well for her during the final round, Lees said, “My short game was a lot better today, and I was able to make the short putts for par.”

Finishing in second place was Carley Hopton of Madison, N.J., who posted scores of 83-82—165. In third place was Alyssa Schiera of West Windsor, N.J., who finished with scores of 84-84—168.


CLARKIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Lukas Clark of Holland, Pa., won the division, posting scores of 78-77—155.  Clark’s victory earned him back-to-back wins at his last two IJGT events. He played consistently all weekend carding one birdie through 36-holes . He made par at 13 holes during his final round, including a streak of five in a row to close out his round. Throughout the two rounds, Clark totaled 24 pars through 36-holes. His numbers of 78-77—155 won the division by a total of five strokes.

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When asked about how the course played to his advantage, Clark commented, “Greens were rolling really nice. I was just getting close and tapping it in. I wasn’t really going for birdies, just pars and that worked out for me.”

Cole Gibson of Chevy Chase, Md., finished in second place posting scores of 83-77—160. In third place, was West Shaw of Alexandria, Va., who put up scores of 79-82—161.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Jersey Shootout on May 17-18, 2014. To sign up for this event, or others, visit 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, Dynamic Brands, Clazic Belts, Oakley, Sun Mountain, The First Tee, Golfweek, College Golf Camps, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.


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



HERSHEY, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT Hershey Classic presented by the IJGA conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 11, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,748 yards, Par 71 (73.5/136) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,188 yards, Par 71 (70.2/131) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,901 yards, Par 71 (75.0/131)


Weather:          Saturday: Raining with temperatures in the low 70’s with 15-20 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 70’s with 10-15 mph winds


International Junior Golf Tour

Hershey Classic presented by the IJGA

Hershey, Pa.

May 10-11, 2014


Boys 15- 19 Division (Blue tees) East Course: 6,748 yards, par 71

1. x-James Nicholas, Scarsdale, NY *76-75–151

2. Dylan Stein, Flemington, NJ *73-78–151

3. William Voetsch, New Vernon, NJ *79-74–153

3. Matthew Pulgini, Middletown, DE *75-78–153

5. Nick Geiman, York, PA *72-82–154

6. Andrew Reynolds, Pittsburgh, PA *79-76–155

6. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ *78-77–155

8. Jake Reilly, Hershey, PA *82-74–156

9. Jake Trotta, Harrison, NY *78-80–158

9. Benjamin Morgret, Venetia, PA *77-81–158

9. Luke Barnard, Ridgewood, NJ *82-76–158

9. Connor Schmidt, Venetia, PA *80-78–158

13. Chris Cerminaro, Carbondale, PA *81-78–159

13. Jake Niedosik, Lansdale, PA *78-81–159

13. Will Robinson, Pittsburgh, PA *81-78–159

16. Ben Lieberman, Potomac, MD *80-81–161

17. Mark Goetz, Irwin, PA *82-80–162

17. Austin Green, Fayetteville, PA *79-83–162

19. Benjamin Kotler, Penn Valley, PA *86-77–163

19. Colin Patrick, Newtown, CT *87-76–163

19. Brandon Raihl, Wernersville, PA *82-81–163

22. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *80-84–164

23. Kevin May, Baltimore, MD *83-82–165

23. Will Lusk, Venetia, PA *85-80–165

25. Tommy Hayes, Long Valley, NJ *80-86–166

26. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA *89-78–167

26. Connor Daly, Bronxville, NY *86-81–167

26. Kyle Grube, Indiana, PA *86-81–167

26. Matt Friday, Pittsburgh, PA *88-79–167

26. Luke McKeogh, Warminster, PA *83-84–167

26. Wynn Geis, Lutherville, MD *82-85–167

32. Peter Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *85-83–168

32. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA *83-85–168

34. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *82-87–169

34. John Abbott, Hummelstown, PA *88-81–169

36. Josh Huhn, Wexford, PA *86-84–170

36. Max Pollack, Pittsburgh, PA *84-86–170

36. Christopher Nolte, Arnold, MD *85-85–170

36. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *84-86–170

40. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD *90-81–171

40. Adam Gray, Potomac, MD *85-86–171

40. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *83-88–171

40. Martin Jensen, Bronxville, NY *88-83–171

40. James Wolfangel, Flemington, NJ *84-87–171

45. David Rice, Pittsburgh, PA *83-89–172

46. Matt McCord, Titusville, PA *86-87–173

46. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD *84-89–173

46. Nate Yackovich, Gibsonia, PA *84-89–173

49. Troy Thierolf, Doylestown, PA *86-88–174

49. Matthew Marino, Malvern, PA *85-89–174

51. James Pelcher, Baldwinsville, NY *84-91–175

51. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA *87-88–175

53. Ryan Koenig, Cranberry Twp., PA *92-85–177

53. Peter Kissinger, Elizabethtown, PA *86-91–177

55. Steve DePasquale, Massapequa, NY *88-90–178

55. Richard Vanni, Philadelphia, PA *93-85–178

55. Trip Smith, Phoenix, MD *90-88–178

58. David Mrazik, Wexford, PA *90-89–179

58. Robert Shaner, Fort Lee, NJ *88-91–179

60. Max Siegfried, Villanova, PA *92-88–180

61. Hunter Duriez, Northern Cambria, PA *90-94–184

61. Isaac Wood, Hollidaysburg, PA *94-90–184

63. John Geppert, Mendham, NJ *92-99–191

64. Tyler Derr, Camp Hill, PA *92-101–193

65. Adam Miller, Silver Spring, MD *103-108–211




Kyle Detling, Sparks, MD *DQ(Rule 6-3a)

Caleb Bryant, New Freedom, PA *JWD


Boys 14 & Under Division (White tees) East Course: 6,188 yards, par 71

1. Lukas Clark, Holland, PA *78-77--155
2. Cole Gibson, Chevy Chase, MD *83-77--160
3. West Shaw, Alexandria, VA *79-82--161
4. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA, *80-83--163
4. Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley, PA *79-84--163
6. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *84-80--164
6. Mac Webster, Baltimore, MD *79-85--164
8. Matthew Davis, Newtown Square, PA *79-86--165
8. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *83-82--165
10. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *86-81--167
10. Matthew Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *85-82--167
12. Jon Nolan Perry, Berwyn, PA *90-78--168
13. Joshua Pfaff, Harrisburg, PA *86-84--170
13. David Goldstein, Roslyn Heights, NY *84-86--170
15. Campbell Wolf, Enola, PA *89-83--172
16. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *86-88--174
17. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *91-84--175
17. Luke Sample, New York, NY *87-88--175
19. Jude Cummings, Pittsford, NY *90-94--184
20. Jack Merrill, Old Greenwich, CT *98-102--200
21. Matthew Hird, Hunt Valley, MD *102-101--203


Girls Division (Gold tees) East Course: 5,901 yards, par 71

1. Kaitlyn Lees, Bryn Mawr, PA *84-78--162
2. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ *83-82--165
3. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ *84-84--168
4. Haley Carr, Waldorf, MD *84-85--169
5. Julianne Lee, York, PA *84-86--170
6. Marah Penn, Hamburg, NY *83-88--171
7. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *84-89--173
7. Jessie Kweon, Little Neck, NY *82-91--173
9. Samantha Fritzinger, Zionsville, PA *81-93--174
10. Anessa Amin, Easton, PA *87-88--175
10. Charlotte Simpson, Towson, MD *84-91--175
12. Madeline Sager, Kimberton, PA *89-87--176
12. Danielle Greene, East Setauket, NY *92-84--176
14. Synclaire Kuhn, McMurray, PA *87-90--177
15. Emily Gilbert, Gilbertsville, PA *91-87--178
16. Katie Walsh, Baldwinsville, NY *92-88--180
17. Rebecca Markunas, Glendale, NY *90-97--187
18. Sabrina Reilly, Hershey, PA *89-102--191
19. Katie Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *99-97--196
20. Maddie Noonan, Myerstown, PA *114-118--232