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IJGT ELITE to compete in NCAA National Championship

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May 12-19, 2015

After competing in the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Regionals last week, many members of the IJGT ELITE have advanced to the Championship! The top five teams and individual from each of the six regional sites will compete in the finals, which will be held at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., on May 29-June 3, 2015. The IJGT ELITE who secured playoff berths are listed below.

The Sagamore Club — Noblesville, Indiana — Hosted by Ball State University

Brian Campbell (Illinois) earned medalist honors at the Noblesville Regional to lead the Illini to their eighth consecutive NCAA National Championship. He shot a 7-under 65 in the third round to finish with a 10-under tournament total. To read more about the win, click here.

Jonathan Garrick (UCLA) finished third in the Noblesville Regional with a 6-under tournament total to help lead the Bruins to a fourth-place finish and secure their 13th straight NCAA Championship berth.

University of North Carolina Finley Golf Course — Chapel Hill, North Carolina — Hosted by UNC

Billy Kennerly (Clemson) finished ninth in the Chapel Hill Regional with a 213 tournament total to help the Tigers advance. Fun Fact: All five Clemson players shot par or better on Saturday. The last time a Clemson team did that in a regional was May 17, 2001. To read more, click here.

J.T. Poston (Western Carolina) advanced as an individual.

The Farms Golf Club — Rancho Santa Fe, California — Hosted by University of San Diego

Max Rottluff and Alberto Sanchez, both of Arizona State, helped the Sun Devils capture an NCAA Championship berth with a second-place finish.

Derek Bard (Virginia) and the Cavaliers eked out a fifth-place finish at the Rancho Sante Fe Regional to head to the championship.

The Rawls Course — Lubbock, Texas — Hosted by Texas Tech University

Beau Hossler (Texas) and the Longhorns won the Lubbock Regional to punch their ticket to the championship. Hossler tied for fourth with a 5-under 208 tournament total. He hasn’t finished outside the top 20 this year.

Ben Schlottman (Auburn) and the Tigers finished fourth in the Lubbock Regional to advance to the championship.

The Course at Yale — New Haven, Connecticut — Hosted by Yale University

The University of South Florida Bulls were the only team to finish under par in the New Haven Regional, recording a 14-under tournament total. Rigel Fernandes carded a team-low 6-under 64 in round one on the way to a tie for 11th. Trey Valentine shot under par in the second and third rounds to land in a tie for 25th. To read more, click here.

Ryann Ree (San Diego State) carded a 3-under 67 in the final round of the New Haven Regional to help the Aztecs finish second and earn their third NCAA Championship berth in five years.

Theo Humphrey (Vanderbilt) and the Commodores punched their second consecutive ticket to the NCAA Championship with a fourth-place finish in the New Haven Regional.

Zach Wright (Louisiana State) and the Tigers came from behind to finish fifth in the New Haven Regional and earn a spot in the NCAA Championship. Wright shot a 1-under 69 in the final round helping his team to card a tournament-low team score of 12-under 268.

You can view all of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship participants here.

Hosted by the University of South Florida, the 2015 Division I Men’s Golf Championships will use a 72-hole, individual stroke-play format on Friday-Monday. Then, the top eight teams will compete in a team match-play tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday. Golf Channel will have live coverage of the event on June 1-3.

Congratulations and best of luck to the IJGT ELITE competing in the championship next weekend!

IJGT ELITE – April 8, 2015

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April 1-7, 2015

It was another exciting week for the IJGT ELITE, who were all over the news for their various accomplishments. Read on to find a collection of some of our favorite articles about IJGT alums from the past week.

Brandon Matthews (Temple) was featured in the Pittston Sunday Dispatch after winning the Furman Intercollegiate. You can find the article here. Matthews went on to win his second consecutive tournament, the Met Intercollegiate, this past weekend. After the win, Temple head coach Brian Quinn said that he feels Matthews is the best player in the country. Read more about Matthews’ most recent victory here.

Beau Hossler (Texas) won the Southern Golf Association’s National Amateur of the Month award. To read more about the award, click here.

Fun Fact: Max Rottluff (Arizona State) has a 68.97 stroke average in 10 events this year. He currently sits at third on the Sun Devil Season Scoring list, just above Phil Mickelson. Learn more here.

Moving onto the LPGA Tour, Morgan Pressel finished third in the ANA Inspiration. During the tournament Golfweek wrote an article about Pressel that said she was “showing the familiar fans of Missions Hills some of the spark that made her the youngest major champion in LPGA history eight years ago.” You can read the rest of the article here.

Golfweek’s Beth Ann Nichols also wrote a great piece about Stephanie Meadow. You can read the article here.

Finally, on the PGA TOUR, IJGT alums Morgan Hoffmann and Rickie Fowler are both in the Top 25 Masters rankings according to ESPN’s Michael Collins. Read what Collins had to say about Hoffmann and Fowler, and view the rest of the list, here. Fun Fact: Hoffmann and Fowler played college golf together at Oklahoma State University.

Speaking of the Masters, here’s an insightful article from NJ.com about why Hoffmann thinks he can win it.

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

Eagles galore for IJGT ELITE in NCAA competition

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March 18-24, 2015

The IJGT ELITE had plenty to celebrate this weekend including multiple players carding multiple eagles in NCAA tournaments. The IJGT would like to wish a special congratulations to Texas’ Beau Hossler, who carded three eagles during the Linger Longer Invitational, including two in the first nine holes of the tournament. Below are some additional highlights from the past week’s play:

Schenkel Invitational – Statesboro, GA – March 20-21, 2015

Ben Schlottman (Auburn) tied for second with an 11-under 205 tournament total. He recorded a 6-under 66 in round one. Schlottman carded two eagles during the tournament on the par-5 seventh hole in round one and the par-5 18th hole in round two.

Theo Humphrey (Vanderbilt) also recorded an 11-under 205 tournament total to tie for second. He found particular success on the par-5 seventh hole, which he eagled in rounds one and two and birdied in the third round.

Linger Longer Invitational – Greensboro, GA – March 21-22, 2015

Beau Hossler (Texas) finished second with a 12-under 2014 tournament total to lead the Longhorns to their third consecutive victory. It was Hossler’s third consecutive top-two finish. He had three eagles during the tournament coming on the par-5 holes No. 2 and 6 in round one and the par-5 18th hole in round three.

Trey Rule (Mercer) tied for fourth with an 8-under 208 tournament total. He finished the tournament strong carding an eagle on the par-5 18th hole in round three.

Desert Shootout – Goodyear, AZ – March 19-21, 2015

Brock Drogosch (Kansas) tied for second with a 10-under 206 tournament total to lead the Jayhawks to victory. He carded an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole in round one.

Chris Korte (Denver) tied for sixth with a 9-under 207 tournament total. He carded two eagles in round two on the par-5 fifth and 11th holes.

Low Country Intercollegiate – Hilton Head Island, SC – March 21-22, 2015

Jordan Lippetz (Princeton) tied for first with a 2-over 146 tournament total to lead the Tigers to victory.

Larissa Carter (Radford) tied for sixth with a 9-over 153 tournament total.

Joe Duncan Rhodes Invitational – Germantown, TN – March 22-23, 2015

Jane Hopkinson-Wood (Wittenberg) carded a 2-over 146 tournament total to win and lead her team to victory. She recorded low round scores in both rounds.

Valspar Collegiate – Tallahassee, FL – March 23-24, 2015

Rigel Fernandes (South Florida) tied for sixth with a 3-under 210 tournament total. He carded a 5-under 66 in the first round and had three consecutive birdies in both the first and second rounds.

Briar’s Creek Invitational – John’s Island, SC –March 23-24, 2015

Ellen Ceresko (Penn State) tied for sixth with a 1-over 217 tournament total. She made par or better on every hole but one in the third round. She carded three consecutive birdies on holes No. 9 through 11 in round three.

The Duck Invitational – Eugene, OR – March 23-24, 2015

Max Rottluff (Arizona State) carded a 3-under 213 to finish second and help lead the Sun Devils to their fourth title of the season. He recorded an eagle on the par-5 13th hole in round one.

Alberto Sanchez (Arizona State) tied for fifth with a 1-over 217 tournament total.

Ryann Ree (San Diego State) finished 10th with a 2-over 218 tournament total. He made par or better on every hole in the third round.

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

IJGT ELITE record 13 top-10 NCAA finishes

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February 18-24, 2015

The IJGT ELITE competed in tournaments all over the country and in Puerto Rico last week. The following IJGT ELITE members recorded top-10 finishes in NCAA tournaments last week:

The Prestige at PGA West — La Quinta, CA — February 16-18, 2015

IJGT alum Max Rottluff (Arizona State) carded a 10-under 206 to tie for fourth and help lead his team to their third consecutive victory. The last time the Sun Devils won three straight titles was in the spring of 1999. Rottluff finished second in the Prestige at PGA West last year.

Puerto Rico Classic — Rio Grande, Puerto Rico — February 22-24, 2015

Billy Kennerly (Clemson), the second-place winner in the 2009 IJGT event at Reynolds Plantation, shot 2-under 70s in all three rounds to finish with a tournament total of 6-under 210, good for third.

Puerto Rico Individual — Rio Grande, Puerto Rico — February 22-24, 2015

Chris Petefish (Georgia Tech), the 2012 PURE Grips Jr. Open at Troon North champion, tied for first with a tournament total of even-par 213.

IJGT alum Alex Ehlert (UNC Greensboro) finished third with a tournament total of 6-over 219. He carded seven birdies in round three.

Philippe Schweizer (Purdue), the 2008 IJGT at Bent Tree Boys 12 & Under Division champion, finished eighth.

All-State Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate — New Orleans, LA — February 22-24, 2015

Maria Torres (Florida), who earned a second-place finish in the 2006 IJGT event at The Legends, tied for seventh with a 5-over 221 tournament total. Her team tied for second.

Erynne Lee (UCLA), who finished second in the 2005 IJGT event at The Sandpiper, finished third with a 1-under 215 tournament. Her team finished in a tie for second.

The Loyola Golf Invite — Goodyear, AZ — February 22-24, 2015

IJGT alum Brandon Kida (Utah)’s 2-under 214 tournament total landed him in a tie for fifth place.

The Loyola Golf Invite Individual –Goodyear, AZ — February 22-24, 2015

Broc Johnson (Arizona State), a top-three finisher in two IJGT tournaments, won with a 9-under 207 tournament total.

Jones Invitational — Valencia, CA — February 23-24, 2015

Jordan Rodgers (Brigham Young), who recorded a third-place finish at the 2008 IJGT tournament at Temecula Creek, carded a 1-under 71 in the first and third rounds. He finished with a 1-under 215 tournament total to tie for sixth place.

Michael Pugh (Fresno State), the 2011 champion in the IJGT event at The Legends Golf Club, carded an 8-under 64 in round two. He finished in a tie for sixth with a 1-under 215 tournament total.

Lady Cougar Classic — Columbus, GA — February 23-24, 2015

Ceha Lee (Lander), a three-time IJGT champion, finished third to help lead her team to victory.

Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate — Hilton Head Island, SC — February 23-24, 2015

J.T. Poston (Western Carolina), the 2009 IJGT champion at Ballantyne Resort, finished first with a 2-under 142 tournament total.

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IJGT ELITE dominate NCAA tournaments with 41 Top-10 finishes

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IJGT ELITE News
March 8 – 21, 2014

It has been a busy past two weeks for the IJGT ELITE, earning an astounding 41 Top-10 finishes and three individual victories in NCAA tournaments. Taking individual medalist honors in the past week are Jordan Epstein (UC-Santa Barbara) at the Fresno State Golf Classic, Trey Valentine (South Florida) at the Seminole Intercollegiate, and Marco Iten (Austin Peay), who took co-champion honors at the Talis Park Challenge. With so many fantastic finishes these past two weeks, the IJGT community is thrilled to present you with this full list of Top-10 finishers:

Darius Rucker Intercollegiate – March 7-9, 2014 – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Simin Feng (Vanderbilt), a three-time Top-10 finisher on the IJGT, tied for third place, shooting a 1-under-par 212.

Stephanie Meadow (Alabama), the Girls 15-19 Champion at the 2009 IJGT Tournament of Champions, also tied for third with a 1-under-par 212.

Marta Sanz (Auburn), who had a fourth-place IJGT finish at Palmetto Hall in 2008, tied for ninth place with a 4-over-par 217.

Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters – March 8-9, 2014 – Las Vegas, Nevada

Jonathan Garrick (UCLA), a two-time IJGT Top-10 finisher, tied for second place, shooting a 3-over-par 219.

Carl Jonson (UNLV), a Top-5 finisher on the IJGT, tied for eighth place with a 4-over-par 220 total.

Rio Verde Invitational – March 8-9, 2014 – Rio Verde, Arizona

Jacquie LeMarr (Northern Arizona), a seventh-place finisher at the 2010 IJGT event at Wigwam, finished with a 9-over-par 222, tying her for third place.

Alexa Schendelman (Montana), who earned a fifth-place IJGT finish in 2012 at Wigwam, tied for ninth with a 12-over-par 225.

Bandon Dunes Championship – March 9-11, 2014 – Bandon, Oregon

Matt Hansen (UC-Davis), the 2009 IJGT Champion at Sandpiper GC, placed second with a 2-under-par 211.

Tommy Economou (Rice Univ.), who placed second in 2005 on the IJGT at Bayonet & Black Horse, finished in a tie for seventh place, shooting a 4-over-par 217.

Tiger Invitational – March 10-11, 2014 – Opelika, Alabama

J.T. Poston (Western Carolina), the 2009 IJGT Champion at Ballantyne Resort, tied for fifth place with a 5-under-par 211.

Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic – March 10-11, 2014 – Chula Vista, California

Danny Guise (Wake Forest), the 201o IJGT Champion at Long Island National, finished tied for third place with a 6-under-par 210.

Eric Sugimoto (Southern Cal), the 2008 IJGT Champion at Terra Lago, tied for sixth place, finishing with a 2-under-par 214.

Noori Hyun (Michigan), the 2009 IJGT Champion at Hershey Links GC, tied for eighth place, shooting a 1-under-par 215.

Fresno State Golf Classic – March 10-11, 2014 – Fresno, California

CHAMPION: Jordan Epstein (UC-Santa Barbara), the second-place finisher on the IJGT at La Costa Resort, claimed the victory with a 1-over-par 214.

Univ. of North Florida Intercollegiate – March 10-11, 2014 – Jacksonville, Florida

Olivia Landino (Western Carolina), the 2011 IJGT Major Champion at the World Golf Village, tied for seventh place with a 14-over-par 230.

Southeastern Collegiate – March 10-11, 2014 – Valdosta, Georgia

Bryan Fox (Georgia College), a 2009 Top-10 finisher on the IJGT at Reynolds Plantation, finished in second place with a 5-under-par 211.

Ernesto Vitienes (Lynn University), the 2010 IJGT Mid-Season Champion at the World Golf Village, finished with a 2-under-par 214 score to take third place.

Border Olympics – March 13-15, 2014 – Laredo, Texas

Jerry Ruiz (Baylor), the 2007 IJGT Champion at Palmetto Hall Plantation, finished the tournament with a 5-under-par 211 to take second place.

Eduardo Castiello (Oklahoma),  a Top-3 finisher on the IJGT at Kiawah Island, finished tied for tenth place with a 2-over-par 218.

3M Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate – March 14-15, 2014 – Augusta Georgia

Simin Feng (Vanderbilt), a Top-10 finisher at the 2006 IJGT Tour Championship, earned a third-place finish with a 6-over-par 222.

SunTrust Gator Women’s Invitational – March 14-16, 2014 – Gainesville, Florida

Jennifer Ha (Kent State), who placed second on the IJGT in 2009 at Wigwam Resort, tied for fifth place with a 6-over-par 216.

Seminole Intercollegiate – March 14-16, 2014 – Tallahassee, Florida

CHAMPION: Trey Valentine (South Florida), who had a second-place finish in 2004 on the IJGT at Sea Pines, won with a 6-under-par 210.

Hans Reimers (Mercer), a second-place finisher in 2007 on the IJGT at Sunriver Resort, finished in second place with a 5-under-par 211.

Rigel Fernandes (South Florida), a Top-10 finisher in 2006 on the IJGT at Championsgate, tied for third place with a 3-under-par 213.

Bailey Patrick (North Carolina), a Top-20 finisher in 2008 on the IJGT at Pinecrest, finished in a tie for eighth place with a 2-under-par 214.

James Madison Univ.-Eagle Landing Invitational – March 14-16, 2014 – Orange Park, Florida

Andi Slane (Delaware), who had four Top-10 finishes on the IJGT, tied for fourth place with a 4-over-par 220 total.

Jekyll Island Women’s Collegiate – March 14-16, 2014 – Jekyll Island, Georgia

Elizabeth Cheng (Hollins Univ.), a Top-5 finisher in 2009 on the IJGT at Greenbrier Resort, finished in a tie for eighth place with fellow IJGT ELITE member, Elizabeth Kim (Oglethorpe Univ.), who had a Top-10 IJGT finish in 2007 at Savannah Harbor. Cheng and Kim finished with an 18-over-par 234.

Jekyll Island Men’s Collegiate Invitational – March 14-16, 2014 – Jekyll Island, Georgia

Jeff Wells (Methodist Univ.), who finished in third in 2008 on the IJGT at Twin Oaks GC, finished with a 1-under-par 215 to take fifth place.

Schenkel Invitational – March 15-16, 2014 – Statesboro, Georgia

Beau Hossler (Texas), a 2007 IJGT Champion at the PGA of Southern California, tied for tenth place with a 1-under-par 215.

National Invitational Tournament – March 15-16, 2014 – Tucson, Arizona

Brandon Hagy (California), who had three Top-10 finishes on the IJGT, shot a 7-under-par 209 to take fifth place.

Carl Jonson (UNLV), who earned a fourth-place finish in 2005 on the IJGT at the Nike Series Championship, finished tied for sixth place with a 6-under-par 210.

A.J. McInerney (UNLV), who had seven Top-3 finishes on the IJGT, recorded a 4-under-par 212 to finish in a tie for tenth place.

Talis Park Challenge – March 16-17, 2014 – Naples, Florida

CO-CHAMPION: Marco Iten (Austin Peay), a fourth-place finisher in 2010 on the IJGT at Saddlebrook Resort, tied for individual medalist honors with a 1-under-par 215.

Niall Platt (Notre Dame), a two-time Top-5 finisher on the IJGT, finished in a tie for third place with a score of 1-over-par 217.

David Mills (Indiana), who finished in the Top-10 at Colleton River on the IJGT, tied for ninth place after finishing with a 5-over-par 221.

Jackrabbit Invitational – March 17-18, 2014 – Primm, Nevada

Carl Jonson (UNLV), who earned a fourth-place finish in 2005 on the IJGT at the Nike Series Championship, finished in fourth place with a 3-under-par 213 total.

A.J. McInerney (UNLV), the 2006 IJGT Champion at Rancho Bernardo, finished in sixth place, shooting a 1-under-par 215.

13 NCAA Top-10 finishes for IJGT Alumni

Alumni Update for Feb. 8-19, 2014

Alumni Update for Feb. 8-21, 2014

13 IJGT alumni recorded top-10 finishes in the previous weeks in various NCAA golf tournaments, with Simin Feng (Vanderbilt), Justin Keiley (BYU), Stephanie Meadow (Alabama), and Trey Rule (Mercer) earning individual victories.

Simin Feng, who had an eighth place finish at the 2006 IJGT Tournament of Champions, won the Central District Invitational in a scorecard playoff on February 18, 2014.

Jonathan Garrick (UCLA), an IJGT top-five finisher at Pinehurst in 2005, tied for seventh at The Prestige at PGA West on February 19, 2014.

Justin Keiley, an IJGT top-10 finisher at Temecula Creek in 2008, won the John Burns Invitational on February 21, 2014.

Jim Liu (Stanford), who won 13 times on the IJGT and won the U.S. Amateur at age 14, finished tied for seventh at The Prestige at PGA West on February 19, 2014.

Stephanie Meadow, the Girls 15-19 Champion at the 2009 IJGT Tournament of Champions, tied for the win at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on February 18, 2014.

Katie Petrino (Louisville), a top-15 finisher at the 2010 Bridgestone Tournament of Champions, tied for sixth at the Central District Invitational on February 18, 2014.

Laura Restrepo (Louisville), the champion in the girls 15-19 division at the 2011 Bridgestone Tournament of Champions, tied with Petrino for sixth place at the Central District Invitational on February 18, 2014.

Andres Rodas (St. Edwards Univ.), who played in several IJGT events, finished tied for sixth place at the San Antonio Shootout on February 18, 2014.

Jason Roets (North Texas), who had five victories on the IJGT, tied for fifth at the UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational on February 11, 2014.

Trey Rule, who finished in the top-25 at the 2008 IJGT Tournament of Champions, won the SunTrust Gator Invitational on February 16, 2014.

Max Rottluff (Arizona State), an IJGT alum, finished second at the Prestige at PGA West on February 18, 2014. Rottluff also tied for ninth at the Ameri Ari Invitational on February 8, 2014.

Trevor Simsby (Washington), an IJGT Champion at Pala Mesa in 2007, tied for fourth at The Prestige at PGA West on February 19, 2014.

Ryan Werre (Univ. of Texas – San Antonio), who had a top-20 finish in 2009 at the IJGT at Wigwam, finished tied for third at the Rice Intercollegiate Tournament on February 18, 2014.

Motin Yeung (Duke), who finished in second place at the 2009 IJGT Tournament of Champions, earned a third-place finish at the Farms Collegiate Invitational on February 11, 2014.

The IJGT community wishes all of these great competitors luck in their upcoming contests, and looks forward to seeing the continued success of  our IJGT alumni!