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IJGT members set to compete in USGA Junior Championships

On Monday, July 20,2015, the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior will commence with many IJGT members from across the country competing in the nation’s premier junior golf event conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA). The 68th U.S. Junior Amateur will be contested in the hometown of the IJGT, Bluffton, S.C., at Colleton River Plantation. Here are a list of IJGT members competing in the boys national championship.

  • Evan Brown – Chadds Ford, Pa.
  • Jack Melville – Maple Glen, Pa.
  • Joe Highsmith – Lakewood, Wash.
  • Parker Gillam – Cary, N.C.
  • Marcos Montenegro – Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Stuart Fuller – Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Allen Smith – Durham, N.C.
  • Ethan Ng – New York, N.Y.
  • Thomas “Jack” Simpson – Aurora, Ontario

The U.S. Girls’ Junior will be held at Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. Here are the list of IJGT members competing.

  • Karah Sanford – Escondido, Calif.
  • Bibilani Liu – Cupertino, Calif.
  • Megan McLean – Lebanon, N.J.
  • Jennifer Cleary – Wilmington, Del.
  • Kelly Sim – Edgewater, N.J.
  • Ami Gianchandani – Short Hills, N.J.
  • Anina Ku – Basking Ridge, N.J.
  • Sophie Guo – Bluffton, S.C.
  • Shannon Brooks – Vienna, Va.
  • Aneka Seumanutafa – Frederick, Md.

Best of luck to the 19 IJGT members competing as they look to join past IJGT alumni, I.K. Kim, Julieta Granada, Kevin Tway, Jim Liu, and Hunter Mahan, who won the U.S. Junior Amateur or U.S. Girls’ Junior.

IJGT College Series at Penn State University – Final results (Oct. 19, 2014)

Kulikowski gets the victory at Penn State, winning by two strokes
Greenplate brings home first for Boys 14 & Under

The IJGT hosted the College Series at Penn State University at the university’s Blue Golf Course on October 18-19, 2014. This was the first of the final three tournaments for the Northeast Tour this fall 2014 season. Each junior competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

KulikowskiDouglas Kulikowski of Pittsford, N.Y., carried over his round-one lead in through to the finish in the Boys 15-19 Division. Combining scores of 73 and 74 for a tournament total 147, Kulikowski finished two strokes ahead of his competition. With the help of nine pars and four birdies, he held off comebacks by second-place winners Adam Gray of Potomac, Md., and Dylan Plis of Camilius N.Y. Kulikowski led by five heading into round two and despite a struggle with bogeys in his final round, he maintained a three-stroke lead over the division for the win. Gray and Plis shared second place with a two-day total of 149.

“My iron game was the strongest part [of my game] and I was able to roll in some putts on top of that,” said Kulikowski.

Gray’s second-round 1-under-par 71 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior with the lowest final round of tournament play.

Greenplate copyWinning by large margin was Evan Greenplate of York, Pa., in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Greenplate led round one by seven strokes before kicking off his round-two effort. He birdied the par-4 hole No. 1 before going on to add nine pars and a second birdie for a final-round score of 78.

“All I was trying to do was sink putts and not get ahead of myself,” said Greenplate. He finished a tournament-total 157 highlighted by 19 total pars and three birdies.

In second was Jeremy Summerson of Victor, N.Y., with a total 166 and Garrett Engle of Harrisburg, Pa., rounded out the top-three with a total 168.

 

Parker 1

In the Girls Division, Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., finished in first place. Parker shared the divisional lead with Haley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., after round one but pulled ahead in round two for the win. Both Parker and Bookholdt carded two birdies on their second rounds but it was the consistency of Parker’s game that allowed her to finish on top. Parker added nine pars to Bookholdt’s four, putting her in a two-stroke lead for the win. Parker finished with a two-day total 159. Parker’s final-round 78 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

“My short game is the best part of my game and anything within 100 yards I can stick close,” said Parker.

Bookholdt finished in second with scores of 81 and 80 for a tournament total 161. Rounding out the top three was Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., with a total 165.

The IJGT will head to Outdoor Country Club in York, Pa., on October 25-26, 2014, for the Major Championship. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

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

State College, Pa. – Final results of the College Series at Penn State conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 18-19, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,760 yards Par 72 (73.5./133). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,259 yards, Par 72 (70.1/127). Girls Division: Gold – 6,025 yards, Par 72 (75.0/137).

International Junior Golf Tour
College Series at Penn State University
State College, PA.
October 18-19, 2014 

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,760 yards, Par 72
1. Douglas Kulikowski, Pittsford, NY *73-74–147
2. Adam Gray, Potomac, MD *78-71–149
2. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *76-73–149
4. David Ross, Lorton, VA *76-75–151
5. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY *78-76–154
6. Sean Dain, Oswego, NY *76-80–156
7. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA *80-77–157
7. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *75-82–157
9. Alec Kunzwiler, Oswego, NY *78-80–158
10. Nick Rencis, Long Valley, NJ *83-76–159
10. David Powers, Glen Spey, NY *77-82–159
12. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *85-76–161
13. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *77-87–164
14. Jack Katarincic, Pittsburgh, PA *85-80–165
15. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *84-82–166
16. Jack Riordan, Oshawa, Canada *87-83–170
16. Drew Harris, Oakdale, PA *85-85–170
16. Noah Lee, Oswego, NY *82-88–170
19. Casey O’Korn, Canonsburg, PA *88-83–171
20. Will Lusk, Venetia, PA *91-82–173
20. Sanghyeon Park, Oakland Gardens, NY *89-84–173
22. Jack Martinides, Newtown, PA *89-85–174
23. Christian Evanchec, Saxenburg, PA *89-87–176
24. Tyler Olson, Hagerstown, MD *89-99–188

Did Not Finish
NC- Dominic Wagner, Alexandria, VA *84

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,259 yards, Par 72
1. Evan Greenplate, York, PA *79-78–157
2. Jeremy Summerson, Victor, NY *86-80–166
3. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *84-84–168

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 6,025 yards, Par 72

1. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *81-78–159
2. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, NJ *81-80–161
3. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ *83-82–165
4. Lauren Kase, North Tonawanda, NY *88-85–173
5. Lauren Freyvogel, Gibsonia, PA *87-87–174
6. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ *91-86–177
7. Taylor Waller, Canonsburg, PA *92-86–178
8. Emily Kase, North Tonawanda, NY *102-93–195
9. Cecelia Neally, Corning, NY *102-99–201
10. Caroline Yarnall, East Aurora, NY *102-101–203

Architects Cup presented by IJGA – Final results (Oct. 5, 2014)

Wentworth earns her first Architects Cup title
Lamond cards the only sub-70 score en route to his victory 

The IJGT’s fall season continued at Architects Golf Club with The Architects Cup presented by International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) on October 4-5, 2014. The two-day 36-hole tournament saw a field of more than 50 juniors competing for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

lamondWith the only sub-70 score of the opening round, Michael Lamond of West Chester, Pa., carried his lead over the Boys 15-19 Division through round two for the win. Lamond began his opening round with an eagle on the par-5 first hole, going on to add three birdies and 11 pars to finish round one with a 2-under 69. With a four-stroke lead over the division, Lamond added four additional birdies in round two to hold off a comeback bid by Mark Benevento of Somers Point, N.J.

Lamond finished with a two-day total of 144, three strokes ahead of Benevento who finished second with a tournament total 147. Benevento’s second round score of 73 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior with the lowest score in the final round of the tournament. Rounding out the Boys 15-19 Division was tie between Nick Rencis of Long Valley, N.J., and Liam McGrath of Huntington Valley, Pa., with matching scores of 149.

buckT.J. Buck of Penfield, N.Y., took the first place trophy in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Buck’s opening round of 84 put him in the lead heading into round two and his final round 89 secured his lead for the divisional victory. He added a birdie to each round en route to his win by a margin of more than 20 strokes.

“My coach wanted me to go in with a game plan and I think that has helped me with my rounds,” said Buck.

Logan Snyder of Pottersville, N.J., finished in second in his first ever IJGT event with a two-day total of 200. The highlight of Snyder’s round was a birdie on the par-3 No. 6.

 

 

 

wentworthAllyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., broke free from a tie with Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., in round two to secure her first ever Architects Cup title. The pair shared the lead following round one with matching scores of 1-over 72. Wentworth went on to card par or better on eight of nine holes on her front nine and added a final birdie on her back nine for a second score of 72. Wentworth’s tournament total 144 awarded her her first title in three Architects Cup appearances.

“I played really well this weekend. I let a couple shots get away from me, but overall I was very happy with how I played,” said Wentworth.

In second was Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J., with a two-day total of 147. Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., and McLean shared third, both recording scores of 150. Gianchandani’s second round even-par score of 71 earned her the girl’s Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 11-12, 2014. The Southeast Tour will host the Florida Junior at Disney Resort and the Northeast Tour will host the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay. To sign up for these events, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Lopatcong, NJ. – Final Results of the Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on September 27-28, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,724 yards Par 71 (72.8./129). Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,121 yards, Par 71 (71.4/136). Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,701 yards, Par 71 (75.3/133).

International Junior Golf Tour
Architects Cup Presented by the IJGT
Lopatcong, New Jersey
October 4-5, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,724 yards, Par 71

1. Michael Lamond, West Chester, PA *69-75–144
2. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ *74-73–147
3. Nick Rencis, Long Valley, NJ *75-74–149
3. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA *73-76–149
5. Will Rand, New York, NY *73-78–151
6. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY *77-75–152
7. Matthew Cocorikis, Monroe township, NJ *75-78–153
8. Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley, PA *78-76–154
9. Zackary Potten, Wharton, NJ *78-77–155
9. Matthew Galindo, Smithtown, NY *74-81–155
11. Brendon Kim, Rivervale, NJ *79-77–156
11. Justin Murray, Burlington, NJ *77-79–156
13. Blake DiPaola, Long Valley, NJ *81-76–157
13. Tommy Hayes, Long Valley, NJ *78-79–157
13. Ryan Skae, Old Tappan, NJ *77-80–157
16. Park Sanghyeon, Oakland Gardens, NY *79-79–158
16. Brendan Haselton, Sayville, NY *75-83–158
18. Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, PA *83-76–159
18. Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, PA *78-81–159
20. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *85-75–160
20. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ *82-78–160
20. Andrew Nappi, Glen Rock, NJ *77-83–160
23. Clifford Lindholm, Montclair, NJ *84-77–161
23. Ryan Zogby, New Hartford, NY *81-80–161
23. Jack Cornforth, South Hamilton, MA *78-83–161
26. Matt Gentile, Chatham, NJ *82-83–165
26. William Podbela, Muttontown, NY *82-83–165
28. Griffin Carroll, Chatham, NJ *85-81–166
29. Kyle Macklin, Skillman, NJ *84-83–167
30. Cole Tavani, Tuxedo Park, NY *89-79–168
30. Daniel Cozzi, Westport, CT *81-87–168
32. Garrett Mooney, Westfield, NJ *88-83–171
33. Bennett Perrine, West Windsor, NJ *84-88–172
34. Sean Taylor, Westfield, NJ *86-88–174

Did Not Finish
David McDaniel, New York, NY *DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Trevor King, Huntington, NY * (Rule 6-3a)
Peter Walter, Westfield, NJ *86-JWD
Jay Kim, Holmdel, NJ *88-DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Chris Tohir, New Canaan, CT *85-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division- Gold Tees, 6,121 yards, Par 71

1. TJ Buck, Penfield, NY *84-89–173
2. Logan Snyder, Pottersville, NJ *92-108–200

Girls Division- Blue Tees, 5,701 yards, Par 71

1. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ *72-72–144
2. Ami Gianchandani, Short Hills, NJ *76-71–147
3. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *78-72–150
3. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ *72-78–150
5. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *79-80–159
6. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ *82-79–161
7. Isabel Gonzalez, Bloomfield, NJ *77-85–162
8. Sarah Perine, Staten Island, NY *80-83–163
9. Sayaka Carpenter, East Brunswick, NJ *87-86–173
10. Samantha Cytron, Montclair, NJ *110-108–218

The Architects Cup presented by IJGA at The Architects Golf Club – Round one recap

The IJGT traveled to New Jersey for the second time this fall season to host The Architects Cup presented by the IJGA at Architects Golf Club in Lopatcong, N.J. The tournament teed off at noon on Saturday, October 4, 2014. In review, below is each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

The Boys 15-19 Division is led by Michael Lamond of West Chester, Pa., His round in numbers:

33 – Lamond shot a 2-under-par on the front nine

69– His opening round score of 69 was two-under-par, four strokes ahead of the division

1 – Lamond recorded a single eagle on the par-5 No. 1

The Boys 14 & under Division, T.J. Buck of Penfield, N.Y., leads after round one. His round in numbers:

84 – His round one score, eight strokes ahead of the competition

9– He placed ninth in The Architects Cup appearance in April 12-13, 2013

6– Buck’s total number of holes he carded par or better in his opening round

Megan McLean from Lebanon, N.J., and Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., are tied in the Girls Division. Their rounds in numbers:

McLEAN:

72 – Her 1-over score for the opening round

4 – Total number of pars, two of which were difficult par-4 holes

2 – McLean tied Wentworth for second at The Architects Cup on April 12-13, 2014

WENTWORTH:

72 – She also recorded a 1-over score to share first at the end of round one

8 – Consecutive number of holes she went par or better

3 – Total number of birdies on her round

4 – This is Wentworth’s fourth consecutive appearance in the IJGT’s Architects Cup event

The second and final round of The Architects Cup will take place tomorrow, October, 5, 2014, with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. For full results from round one of The Architects Cup Presented by the IJGAclick here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

Labor Day Classic of Hershey Country Club – Final Results – August 31, 2014

Geiman wins in a playoff
IJGT opens the fall season at Hershey Country Club

The IJGT opened the 2014 fall season on August 30-31, 2014, with the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club. The two-day 36-hole tournament was played on the East Course and featured 40 juniors across three divisions competing for national rankings and IJGT merit points.

hershey1When 36 holes was not enough, the Boys 15-19 Division went to sudden-death playoff between Peter Bradbeer of Philadelphia, Pa., and Nick Geiman of York, Pa. Beginning on the par-4 No. 18, both juniors recorded par to continue the playoff to a second hole on the par-4 No. 17.  From the fairway, both juniors sought the green with their approach shots but it was Geiman who landed closest, within feet of the hole. The successful birdie putt from Geiman ended the playoff with a victory for the Pennsylvania native. Geiman recorded scores of 74 and 73 to finish with a tournament total of 147.

Though Bradbeer did not prevail, his second round performance of 1-under-par 70 was the lowest round of the day, across all divisions, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the division, the award given to the junior with the lowest final round score in each division. Bradbeer finished in second after with a tournament total of 147. Rounding out the division in third was Nick Rencis of Long Valley, N.J., with a two-day total of 148.

“It feels good to finally win on the IJGT. I know I have placed second and third once so it feels good to finally get a win against a good field,” commented Geiman.

 

hershey2In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Brian Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., used nine pars and two birdies in round two to carry his round-one lead into his victory. His two-day score of 155 translated to victory, his second of his IJGT career. A seven-hole streak of par or better was the highlight of Isztwan’s performance as he finished two strokes ahead of second-place finisher James Meyers of Wexford, Pa., who carded a tournament total of 157.

“My mindset was to stay calm. I knew my competitors were good so I knew I had to stay calm if I wanted to play well,” said Isztwan.

Second round scores of 77 for both Meyers and Isztwan earned the duo the Clazic Belts Low Final Round for the Boys 14 & Under Division. In third was Jack Bailey of Pittsford, N.Y., who finished with a tournament total 178.

 

 

 

hershey 3Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., was victorious in the Girls Division after holding off Audrey Clawson of Server, Pa. The one-stroke win becomes McLean’s second win with the IJGT. Two rounds of 77 combined for a tournament total of 154 for McLean, highlighted by 24 total pars and a birdie on the par-4 No. 5.

“My driving kept me alive today. I feel like I hit it well off of the tee,” said McLean.

After shredding 11 strokes from her round one score, Clawson finished in second, posting rounds of 83 and 72 to finish with 155 overall. Her 1-over-par second round score of 72 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division. Rounding out the division was Linda Wang of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., with a two-day score of 156.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on September 6-7, 2014 for the IJGT Junior at Colleton River in Bluffton, S.C. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,772 yards, Par 71

1. Peter Bradbeer, Philidelphia, PA *77-70–147
1. Nick Geiman, York, PA *74-73–147
3. Nick Rencis, Long Valley, NJ *71-77–148
4. Max Redetzke, Lakeville, MN *74-75–149
5. Michael Lamond, West Chester, PA *79-74–153
5. Blake DiPaola, Long Valley, NJ *78-75–153
7. Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, PA *79-75–154
8. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *80-75–155
8. Luke McKeogh, Warminster, PA *77-78–155
10. Michael Reed-Price, Dresher, PA *84-73–157
10. Jason Li, Cranberry Twp, PA *81-76–157
12. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *81-77–158
12. Jack Melville, Maple Glen, PA *78-80–158
12. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ *76-82–158
15. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA *87-76–163
15. Dominic Leoni, Hockessin, DE *83-80–163
15. Cory Meyer, Bordentown, NJ *83-80–163
18. Chris Chiminski, Penns Park, PA *85-79–164
19. David Powers, Glen Spey, NY *86-79–165
20. David Kim, Dresher, PA *88-78–166
21. Spencer Weiner, Short Hills, NJ *84-85–169
22. Campbell Wolf, Enola, PA *82-89–171
23. David Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA *91-83–174

DID NOT FINISH
Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division- Blue Tees, 6,238 yards, Par 71

1. Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley, PA *78-77–155
2. James Meyers, Wexford, PA *80-77–157
3. Jack Bailey, Pittsford, NY *88-90–178
4. Steven Lee, Scarsdale, NY *89-95–184

Girls Division- White Tees, 5,922 yards, Par 71

1. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ *77-77–154
2. Audrey Clawson, Sarver, PA *83-72–155
3. Linda Wang, Fresh Meadows, NY *80-76–156
4. Charlotte Simpson, Towson, MD *82-81–163
5. Danielle Greene, East Setauket, NY *84-81–165
6. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *84-82–166
7. Morgan Mugnolo, Gainesville, VA *89-83–172
8. Kaitlyn Lee, Scarsdale, NY *91-82–173
9. Emily Cohen, Darien, CT *91-84–175
10. Vienna Winalski, West Hartford, CT *97-83–180
11. Samantha Yao, Berwyn, PA *92-89–181
12. Rebecca Markunas, Glendale, NY *95-91–186

DID NOT FINISH
Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *JWD

Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club – Round one recap (August 30, 2014)

In the inaugural tournament of the Fall Series, the IJGT hosted round one of the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa., on August 30, 2014. The fan-favorite venue greeted more than 40 juniors competing for national rankings and IJGT merit points. In review, below are the rounds, in numbers, of the divisional leaders.

The Boys 15-19 Division is led by Nick Rencis of Long Valley, N.J. His round in numbers:

71 – his even par score of 71 in the opening round

34 – His one-under-par score on the back nine which included a birdie on the par-5 No. 14

3 – total birdies tallied in round one

The Boys 14 & Under Division, Brian Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., leads after round one. His round in numbers:

78 – Isztwan’s round one score after 18 holes

6 – he recorded a six-hole par or better streak, including a birdie on the par-3 No. 13

9 – the number of pars recorded in his first round

Megan McLean of Lebanon N.J., leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

77 – her round one score, three strokes ahead of the division

38 – McLean recorded a 2-over-par 38 on the front nine

12 – the number of pars in her first round, including six straight on holes No. 3 through 8

The final round at Hershey Country Club will take place tomorrow, August, 31, 2014, with tee times starting at 8 a.m. For full results from round one of the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Clubclick here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

Summer Series at the Ridge at Back Brook – Final results

Cook’s low first-round translates to victory
Come-from-behind win for Weiner

The IJGT continued the Summer Series at the Ridge at Back Brook on July 29-30, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole tournament featured a full field of 53 juniors from all over North America competing for national rankings. The event was the BlueGolf Featured Tournament.

cookMichael Cook of Berwyn, Pa., was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division. Recording scores of 68-75 – 143, Cook was the only junior to score under par in a round of the tournament. Cook created a six-stroke lead with his round one performance, tallying seven birdies, three of which came consecutively on holes 16 through 18. In round two, Cook added two more birdies and an eagle to secure his win.

“I tried to put my first round [68] out of my mind and keep calm and let it fly,” said Cook.

Charlie Watson of Toronto, Ontario, added two birdies and an eagle of his own in round two to shave five strokes from his round one score en route to his second place finish. Watson carded scores of 77-72 – 149. Rounding out the division was a three-way tie for third between Luke McKeogh of Warminster, Pa., Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., and Cody Dazen of Shamong, N.J. The trio carded tournament totals of 154.

 

WeinerIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Spencer Weiner of Short Hills, N.J., used a come-from-behind performance to nab first. At the conclusion of round one, Weiner sat two strokes off of then leader Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., but two second-round birdies and 11 pars allowed him to shave six strokes from his round one score and capture first. The round two score of 76 for Weiner was enough to earn him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the division, the award presented to the junior who tallies the lowest score in the second round of the tournament.

Second place went to Pongrac with scores of 80-83 – 163. Rounding out the Boys 14 & Under Division was Alex Cook of Berwyn, Pa., with a tournament total of 186.

“I kept my composure through consistency and trusting my game,” said Weiner.

 

bookholdtHaley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., won the Girls Division with scores of 77-73 – 150. Eleven pars and three birdies in her second round led her to secure her victory, earning her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division. Her victory is the first since her win in at The Battle at Bulle Rock in April of the 2011-2012 season.

“I played safe, didn’t go for too many pins. It was tempting but had to go around them and two-putt,” said Bookholdt.

In second was Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J, who finished with scores of 78-77 – 155 while Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., rounded out the division in third. Wentworth posted a two-day score of 158.

The IJGT’s Summer Series will continue on to the Pine Ridge Golf Club in Coram, N.Y., on August 5-6, 2014. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444. 

Boys 15-19 Division – Gold Tees: 6,893 yards, Par 72

1. Michael Cook, Berwyn, Pa. *68-75–143
2. Charlie Watson, Toronto, Ontario *77-72–149
3. Luke McKeogh, Warminster, Pa. *82-72–154
3. Kyle Vance, Audubon, Pa. *80-74–154
3. Cody Dazen, Shamong, N.J. *74-80–154
6. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, N.J. *82-73–155
6. Griffin Smith, Holland, Pa. *80-75–155
8. James Wolfangel, Flemington, N.J. *77-79–156
9. Jack Boulger, Walpole, Mass. *81-77—158
10. Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, Pa. *78-82–160
10. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, Pa. *76-84–160
12. Peter Bradbeer, Rosemont, Pa. *88-73–161
12. Ben Litt, Moorestown, N.J. *83-78–161
12. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, Pa. *77-84–161
15. Jake Gurock, West Windsor, N.J. *84-78–162
15. David Gall, Cinnaninson, N.J. *79-83–162
17. Bobby Nixon, Port St. Lucie, Fl. *86-77–163
17. Andrew Willner, Paoli, Pa. *76-87–163
19. Christopher Gay, Bronxville, N.Y. *86-78–164
19. Bennett Perrine, West Windsor, N.J. *82-82–164
21. Dustin Cook, Westport, Conn. *85-80-165
21. Mike Bliss, Newtown, Pa. *80-85–165
23. Leonard Lee, Wyckoff, N.J. *84-83–167
23. Luke Sliwowski, Sewell, N.J. *84-83–167
25. Chris DeVito, Warren, N.J. *91-80–171
25. Taikan Nakada, White Plains, N.Y. *85-86–171
27. Matt Ferriero, Long Valley, N.J. *89-83–172
28. Jake Lustig, Somers, N.Y. *84-91–175
29. Joey Goryeb, Mendham, N.J. *93-84-177
30. Max Johnson, Flemington, N.J. *98-83–181
31. Ian Lee, Wyckoff, N.J. *96-88–184
32. Luke Nichols, Bryn Mawr, Pa. *94-91–185
33. John MacGillivray Jr, Greenwich, Conn. *99-101–200

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Robert Newhouse, New York, N.Y.
JWD. Cristian Cerza, Greenwich, Conn.

Boys 14 & Under Division – Red Tees: 6,282 yards, Par 72

1. Spencer Weiner, Short Hills, N.J. *82-76–158
2. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, N.J. *80-83–163
3. Alex Cook, Berwyn, Pa. *101-85–186
4. Logan Snyder, Pottersville, N.J. *96-93–189
5. Cole Staisil, New York, N.Y. *100-101–201

Girls Division – Silver Tees: 6,025 yards, Par 72

1. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, N.J. *77-73–150
2. Megan McLean, Lebanon, N.J. *78-77–155
3. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, N.J. *83-75–158
4. Julia Hyman, Allentown, Pa. *85-79–164
5. Esther Park, Wilmington, Del. *84-82–166
6. Kenaida Mills, Califon, N.J. *90-82–172
7. Lauren Muhlbauer, Newtown, Pa. *89-84–173
8. Emily Gilbert, Gilbertsville, Pa. *95-86–181
9. Summer Kitahara, Greenwich, Conn. *95-87–182
10. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, N.J. *93-94–187
11. Jasmine Kitahara, Greenwich, Conn. *96-93–189
12. Meghan Foos, Rumson, N.J. *97-100–197

IJGT Players of the Week – Oct. 19-20, 2013

Northeast Tour

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the College Classic at Penn State University on Oct. 19-20, 2013 in State College, Pa., as a part of the season’s Northeast Tour. The Blue Course at Penn State was in great condition and its tree lined fairways put accuracy at a premium in order to score well. Both rounds proved to be a tough test for the field with high winds and cold temperatures. Our Northeast Region Players of the Week are Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., and Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J.

Mike BlissBliss (left) put together an impressive round on the final day of the tournament to move into the top five in the Boys 15-19 Division.  Bliss found himself in 13th place after the first round but battled back during the final round to fire an even-par 72 and claim the lead in the clubhouse. Despite his finish in a tie for fourth place, Bliss’ 72 was a tournament low and gave him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his performance. One of the defining moments of his final round was highlighted by a fifty foot eagle putt drained from just off the green on the par-5 No. 5. This was the third event of the season for Bliss, and he will carry this momentum into his next event at the Final Challenge at Hershey Links and then at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass.

Megan McLeanMcLean (right) compiled two consistent rounds this weekend on her way to a tie for second place in the Girls Division. Her first round featured birdies on the par-4 Nos. 11 and 16 on her way to a score of 82. During the final round, she made one birdie on the par-5 No. 18 along with a string of four pars to close out her front nine. McLean’s second place finish was her second top three finish in her three IJGT Events this season, along with her third place finish at the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club. With her consistent play, McLean has proven herself to be a definite contender in each event she enters.

 

 

 

 

Southeast Tour

POOLER, Ga. – The IJGT’s Southeast Tour also made a short trip to Pooler, Ga., for the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on Oct. 19-20. Playing on the club’s Greg Norman Signature Course, the tournament consisted of many talented junior golfers, with the more than 75 contestants competing on a scenic yet challenging golf course. Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., and Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile,  both have received Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Region.

Brandon McBrideMcBride (left), competing in the Boys 14 & Under Division, stayed consistent both days, shooting a 5-over-par 77 through each round and finishing just four strokes behind eventual champion, Takafumi Shimoji. Starting his first round, McBride birdied two holes early on the front nine, and hit nearly every green in regulation. McBride sank a total of four birdies throughout the tournament and was at ease with every shot. McBride’s third place finish was his second-best in four events this season, after coming in second at the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch. We look forward to seeing McBride improve his game in IJGT’s next two events, the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall, and the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes.

Isidora QuevedoQuevedo (right) showed strong and determined play once again at Savannah Quarters, playing extremely well in the final round and shooting an even-par 72. Hitting almost every green in regulation, Quevedo was also able to birdie three of the course’s four long par-5’s on the last day to stay in close contention with leader, Ana Paula Valdes. Quevedo was very consistent throughout, bogeying just four holes the entire tournament and finishing at 1-over-par 145, good for third place. Quevedo is playing in her second season with the IJGT, and after another third place finish at the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield, she is sure to use her great skills and tough mindset as a threat in upcoming IJGT Events.

Final results from the College Classic at Penn State University

Sollon captures three-man playoff

Hernandez repeats in Girls Division

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour was in State College, Pa., on Oct. 19-20 for the College Classic at Penn State University. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was hosted by Penn State Golf Courses Blue Course, with players competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The field consisted of 71 players, ages 10-19, representing seven states and two countries.

Penn State’s Blue Course is home to the Pennsylvania State University’s Men’s and Women’s Division 1 Golf teams. Following renovations in 2007, the course became 640 yards longer and a par-72. The course was home to the Big Ten Championships in 2009. The course played 6,043 yards for the Girls Division, 6,239 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,793 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division. The tournament was played in rough weather during the first round, as wind and rain led temperatures to fall into the 40s. The final round was completed with sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Jake Sollon of Venetia, Pa., came away on top in a three-man playoff with Harry Jin of Palisades Park, N.J., and Nick Musshafen of Fairport, N.Y.

The top of the leaderboard was jammed after the first round, with Curren Mody of Monmouth Junction, N.J., being on top with a score of 1-over-par 73. Sollon, Jin, Musshafen, and Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., were all just one stroke behind.

SollonThe leaderboard did not get any clearer during the final round. Mody fell off the pace, unable to repeat his performance from the prior day, but the others remained in the hunt, while Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., and Nick Rencis of Long Valley, N.J., entered serious contention.

Teeing off on the front nine, many of the players took the turn in red numbers, headlined by Bliss who shot a 2-under-par 34. The tournament came down to the 18th hole, with all six players having a great shot at victory.

Bliss made par to finish the tournament with a total score of 149 and waited as the rest of the groups completed the round. Musshafen entered No. 18 with a share of the lead with Jin, but he hit his tee shot into a hazard and was forced to take a drop. He bogeyed the hole to finish with a 148 and eliminate Bliss. Rencis had a shot at birdie to match Musshafen, but he could not connect. Sollon was able to make his par to tie with Musshafen. The clubhouse leaders awaited Jin and Marone, hoping for a playoff.

Unaware he was holding a one-shot lead; Jin went for the green in two and hit a tree. His wedge shot from the rough came up short of the green, and after a chip, he left himself a long putt for par and the victory. Jin could not connect and bogeyed the hole, to complete the 36 holes also at 148, ensuring at least a three-man playoff. Marone had an opportunity to join the three but he could not connect on his birdie putt, finishing one shot back.

With Jin, Musshafen, and Sollon all tied, they headed to the 18th hole, an uphill par-5, for a sudden-victory playoff.

All three found the fairway off the tee in the playoff. With wind in their face, the players were forced to layup. Sollon’s approach from 130 yards came to a rest 10 feet from the cup, giving him a good look for birdie. Jin’s shot came next and he landed on the front of the green, giving himself a long putt for birdie. Musshafen was the last to hit his shot into the green, and he had the best of the three. Musshafen’s wedge shot stopped six feet from the cup, and he appeared to have the upper hand.

As a crowd formed around the green, Jin lined up his 30-foot putt. His putt did not have enough speed, stopping two feet short of the cup, but giving him what seemed to be an easy par. Second to putt was Sollon. His downhill putt slid quickly to the left and missed the cup, but he tapped in for a par.

Seeing both Jin and Sollon miss, Musshafen knew he had a putt for the victory. Like Sollon, though, Musshafen under-read the green’s break, and his putt rolled two feet past the hole. Musshafen and Jin, putting from almost identical spots, needed to sink their putts to keep the playoff going.

Neither was able to convert which cemented Sollon’s victory.

“I planned on getting the ball on and two-putting [for par],” Sollon noted.

It worked out for him, winning in his first event in the Boys 15-19 Division. All three players in the playoffs finished with scores of 74-74-148 for the weekend.

Bliss was the recipient of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, as he shot an even-par, 72, highlighted by draining a 50 foot putt for eagle on the fifth hole.

In the Girls Division, Claire Hernandez of Palgrave, Canada, followed up her victory at Penn State last season with a repeat performance.

HernandezHernandez was on top of her game from the opening hole, which she birdied. Dealing with the wind and rain, she shot an impressive 38 on her opening nine, carding five pars along with her birdie. She had a rare rough stretch on holes Nos 2-4, putting up three consecutive bogeys. She responded with a birdie at the sixth hole and after one more bogey at No. 9, finished the day with a leading score of 77.

Alyssa Schiera of West Windsor, N.J., put together a strong first round, shooting a 78 to sit one stroke behind Hernandez. Schiera’s first round was highlighted by birdies on the par-5, fifth hole and the par-3 17th hole. Mary Bryan Owen of Baltimore, Md., shot an opening-round 80 to join Hernandez and Schiera in the last group during the final round.

It did not take Hernandez long to increase her lead. Over the first three holes, she picked up two strokes on Schiera and four strokes on Owen. Hernandez played her best golf of the tournament over the next six holes, carding five pars and a chip-in birdie on No. 17, to shoot a 1-over-par 37, on her opening nine, making the turn with a seven-stroke lead.

That was the slimmest her lead got the rest of the day. Hernandez finished with seven pars and two bogeys on her final nine, and finished the final round with a 3-over-par 75, winning the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for her efforts. Her final score of 77-75-152 was 11 shots clear of second place.

Hernandez said the conditions caused her to change her game around, saying, “It was tough. My irons usually are high so I had to focus on keeping the ball low.”

Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., and Schiera tied for second with total scores of 163.

The Boys 14 & Under Division had a familiar name atop the leaderboard. Joe Parrini of York, Pa., was victorious for the fourth time this season, fueled by a final-round comeback.

Parrini psuParrini struggled with the conditions during the first round and started with bogeys on four of the first five holes after teeing off on No. 10. Parrini scored an opening-nine 41. Two double-bogeys and a bogey on the first five holes on the front side looked like it may be disastrous, but he recovered by playing the next four holes at 1-under-par to finish the day at 41-40-81.

The star of the first round in the division was Will Klein of Bethesda, Md. Klein only bogeyed seven holes, while finishing with par on 10 others, and a birdie on No. 5 to shoot a low-round 78. He had matching nine-hole scores of 39. Leo Hernandez of Stewartsville, N.J., sat four strokes off Klein’s lead.

From the start, the final round was not to be for Klein. Again teeing off on the back nine, by hole No. 11, his lead was gone, as Parrini and Hernandez surged. Parrini started his round with four consecutive pars, while Hernandez had five straight, to put them in a tie for first. A birdie on the 18th hole gave Parrini a one-stroke lead over Hernandez entering their final nine holes. Klein finished the back nine with a 43, two strokes back.

Parrini’s lead was up to three strokes after the first two holes on the front side and remained that way until the final hole. Hernandez could not get anything going until a birdie on the final hole, by which time he was out of contention. Parrini completed his day with a bogey at No. 9, finishing the tournament with scores of 81-80-161, putting him two shots ahead of Klein and Alex Lawson of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Parrini had many notable shots during the round, but the most memorable was on hole No. 18.

“On 18, I had about 210 to the green and I hit a cut with my hybrid and reached the green,” said Parrini

He went on to birdie that hole.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it the weekend of Oct. 26-27 at Hershey Links in Hummelstown, Pa. Hershey Links will be hosting their final IJGT Event, as the course is closing at the end of the season. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com 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, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

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

 

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT College Classic at Penn State conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 20, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,793 yards, Par 72 (72.8/135) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,239 yards, Par 72 (70.1/127) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 6,043 yards, Par 72 (75.1/137).

 

Weather: Saturday: Rainy with temperatures in the low 50’s with 15-20 mph winds

Sunday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 50’s with 15-20 mph winds

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

College Classic at Penn State University

State College, Pa.

October 19-20, 2013

 

Penn State Golf Courses – Blue Course

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,793 yards, Par 72

1. Jake Sollon, Venetia, PA, *74-74–148**

2. Nick Musshafen, Fairport, NY, *74-74–148

2. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *74-74–148

4. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA, *77-72–149

4. Nick Rencis, Long Valley, NJ, *75-74–149

4. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ, *74-75–149

7. Eric Terminello, White Plains, NY, *75-76–151

8. Curren Mody, Monmouth Junction, NJ, *73-79–152

9. J.T. Barker, Bethlehem, PA, *80-73–153

10. Griffin Colvin, Media, PA, *78-76–154

11. Cody White, Sweetser, IN, *78-77–155

11. Garrett Bastardi, Boalsburg, PA, *75-80–155

13. David Ross, Lorton, VA, *78-78–156

13. Peter Skynner, Oakville, Canada, *79-77–156

13. Colin Dubnik, Rochester, NY, *76-80–156

13. Eddie Zhang, Murrysville, PA, *76-80–156

13. Jesse Kovacs, St James, NY, *75-81–156

18. Anthony DeNapoli, Catonsville, MD, *82-75–157

18. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY, *76-81–157

20. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA, *80-78–158

20. Will Snyder, Clifton, VA, *81-77–158

22. Nick Stottlemyer, Port Tobacco, MD, *81-78–159

22. Bryan Morris, Beltsville, MD, *80-79–159

24. Jared Swick, Gaithersburg, MD, *82-78–160

24. Spencer Shepperly, New Vernon, NJ, *78-82–160

26. Paul Edgar, Kitchener, Canada, *86-75–161

27. Justin Ayanian, McLean, VA, *84-78–162

27. Davis Diethrich, Allison Park, PA, *80-82–162

27. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY, *78-84–162

30. Grant Brongo, Spencerport, NY, *82-81–163

30. David Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA, *85-78–163

30. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY, *80-83–163

30. Edward Owen, Baltimore, MD, *78-85–163

34. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA, *83-81–164

34. Andrew Hudencial, Markham, Canada, *85-79–164

36. Will Haller, Gaithersburg, MD, *83-82–165

37. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA, *82-84–166

38. Josh Huhn, Wexford, PA, *83-84–167

38. Victor Adamson, Silver Spring, MD, *85-82–167

40. Alex Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *87-81–168

40. Hunter Lee, Great Neck, NY, *82-86–168

42. Jamie Agnew, Fairfax, VA, *82-88–170

42. James Pelcher, Baldwinsville, NY, *88-82–170

42. Bobby Hapanowicz, Presto, PA, *85-85–170

45. Cristian Cerza, Greenwich, CT, *82-90–172

46. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ, *91-82–173

47. Phillip Held, Lafayette Hill, PA, *89-85–174

47. Michael Duffy, Nazareth, PA, *86-88–174

49. Alex Hepburn, Corning, NY, *82-94–176

49. Connor Jaenke, Arnold, MD, *87-89–176

51. Will Dolin, Oakton, VA, *90-88–178

52. Will Lusk, Venetia, PA, *89-92–181

DID NOT FINISH

Andrew Neal, Chevy Chase, MD, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,239 yards, Par 72

1. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *81-80–161

2. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA, *83-80–163

2. Will Klein, Bethesda, MD, *78-85–163

4. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY, *83-83–166

4. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ, *82-84–166

6. West Shaw, Alexandria, VA, *83-84–167

7. Chris Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *84-84–168

8. Teddy Trosset, Cooperstown, NY, *88-81–169

9. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ, *87-92–179

 

Girls Division – Gold Tees, 6,043 yards, Par 72

1. Claire Hernandez, Palgrave, Canada, *77-75–152

2. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ, *82-81–163

2. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ, *78-85–163

4. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ, *84-82–166

4. Yeji Shin, Norwood, NJ, *86-80–166

4. Raphaella Kang, Bayside, NY, *81-85–166

4. Mary Bryan Owen, Baltimore, MD, *80-86–166

8. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ, *82-92–174

9. Anessa Amin, Easton, PA, *90-95–185

10. Annie Caputo, Manlius, NY, *100-95–195

 

**Won Playoff

Final results from the Major Championship at Crystal Springs

Kim wins first Major at Crystal Springs

Parsells holds on in Girls Division

MCAFEE, N.J. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the first Major Event of their season the weekend of Sept. 7-8. Hosted by Crystal Springs’s Great Gorge Country Club, a field of 56 players representing six states and three countries took their best stabs at the course. The tournament featured junior players ages 10-19 competing for national rankings, as well as double IJGT Merit Points.

Played on Great Gorge’s nine-hole Quarryside and Railside Courses, the two combined to play as a par 70, from 5,709 yards for the Girls Division, 6,049 for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,590 for the Boys 15-19 Division. Each nine-hole course featured its own unique layout. Carved into the remnants of an old quarry, the Quarryside course marked the tighter of the two, while Railside, featuring artifacts of an old rail line, was more open but also more hilly. Located on a mountainside, swirling winds added an extra element of difficulty for the field.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Kwanwoo Kim of Tenafly, N.J., was victorious, taking home his first IJGT Major Championship. Kim entered the final round two strokes back of first round leader, and KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award winner, Bobby Firth of Jenkintown, N.J., after carding an opening round 77.

Entering the final round, Kim was part of a group of 10 players all within four strokes of the lead. As part of the final group Sunday, Kim played alongside Firth, Thomas Kaczan of Clark, N.J., and Gerry Mackedon of Port Jefferson, N.Y. Unlike his partners, Kim was able to avoid any big mistakes.

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Kwanwoo Kim was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division.

While Kim made pars, and two birdies on holes Nos. 13 and 15, his opponents fell victim to Great Gorge’s elements. Firth was the first to succumb, posting a nine on the fifth hole. Mackedon came next, as triple-bogeys on holes Nos. 7 and 9 pushed him too far back. Kaczan bogeyed holes Nos. 6 and 7 and never regained his confidence, while struggling on Railside (playing as the back nine.)

Kim continued with his pars on the difficult course and by the 16th hole held a comfortable lead. He managed a par-save from the sand on the par-5 16th, and then drained a 10-footer for par on hole No. 17. With one hole separating Kim for a Major victory, he did not let the pressure get to him, instead blasting a 300-plus yard drive right down the middle of the fairway on the closing hole. His approach stopped 20 feet from the cup, and he was able to comfortably two-putt to take home the championship. He finished the day with a 5-over-par, 75, to shoot 152 over the two days and was four strokes clear of Isaac Gorenstein of Nyack, N.Y., who finished second. Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., finished third with a tournament total of 157.

Kim said the hardest part of the course was, “The 7th, 8th and 9th,” but noted his, “putting,” allowed him to stay in the lead.

Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y., shot the low round in the final round to win the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with a 1-over, 71. It was also the lowest round of the tournament by any age group.

Like the Boys, the Girls Division featured a handful of players clustered at the top. After Saturday, Frida Henningsson, from Rye, N.Y., Christina Parsells, from Bernardsville, N.J., and Linda Wang, from Fresh Meadows, N.Y., were tied at the top of the leaderboard with 79. Yeji Shin of Norwood, N.J., and Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., lurked within striking distance.

Henningsson, Parsells, and Wang all earned the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award for their performance in the first round.

Wang was the first to find trouble. Her tee shot on the par-3 12th (Girls Division teed off on hole No.10) landed unluckily in the middle of a bunker containing the stands of an old train rail, which played as an integral part of the course. She was forced to chip sideways in the bunker, before chipping out Wang finished with a double-bogey on the hole and lost all momentum.

With their fellow competitors faltering, Henningsson and Parsells were neck-and-neck, with each golfer playing their first nine at 2-over-par.

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Christina Parsells; winner of the Girls Division.

In the group ahead of them, Shin was putting together her own impressive round, trying to make a comeback victory for the second week in a row. With many sloped greens, making birdie was no easy task, and she had to settle for multiple pars on her way to a 2-over-par 72 and 153 tournament total. That could have been good enough to lead her to victory, but Parsells did not give her the chance.

While Henningsson struggled on the second nine, Parsells shot an even-par to match Shin with a 2-over-par 72 and finished at 151 for the tournament to earn the championship and double Merit Points.

When asked what the key to victory for her, Parsells quickly noted her driver, mentioning, “I only missed two fairways all week.”

Eun Won Park of Tenafly, N.J., quietly put together a 4-over-par, 74 on Sunday to crawl back into contention. Her strong showing in the final round was enough to finish in third place with a 156.

Parsells and Shin tied for the low round in the Girls Division with their 72s on the final day to win the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

The Boys 14 & Under Division could not match the drama of the other divisions, but still featured strong play. Joe Parrini of York, Pa., jumped out to a comfortable lead after firing a 79 in the first round. Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., was Parrini’s closest competitor at 11 strokes back.

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Joe Parrini became a Major Champion at Crystal Springs.

Parrini was not as strong on Sunday, but the lead he built the day before allowed him to play more relaxed. He shot a round of 87, which included eight pars and a birdie to finish at 166 for the tournament en route to his Major Championship.

Parrini said he, “Plans to play at Jeffersonville,” as his next tournament and build off the confidence from a Major victory.

Sample shot an 88 on Sunday to finish at 178 for the championship, and earned second place. Daniel Bastian of Media, Pa. rounded out the top three.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it the weekend of Sept. 14-15 in Jeffersonville, Pa., for the IJGT Philly Open. The tournament will be played at Jeffersonville Golf Club. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com 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, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

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

 

MCAFEE, N.J. – Final-round results of the IJGT Major Championship at Crystal Springs conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 8, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,590 yards, Par 70 (72.5/135) Boys 14 & Under Division: Green Tees – 6,049 yards, Par 70 (69.6/130) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,709 yards, Par 70 (74.1/133)

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Weather:        Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 5-10 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 5-10 mph winds

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Major Championship at Crystal Springs

McAfee, N.J.

September 7-8, 2013

 

Great Gorge Golf Club (Quarry/Rail)

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,590 yards, Par 70

1. Kwanwoo Kim, Tenafly, NJ *77-75–152

2. Isaac Gorenstein, Nyack, NY *79-77–156

3. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *79-78–157

4. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *85-73–158

5. Ryan Skae, Old Tappan, NJ *84-75–159

5. Eric Terminello, White Plains, NY *79-80–159

5. Bobby Firth, Jenkintown, PA *75-84–159

8. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY *89-71–160

8. Thomas Urciuoli, Short Hills, NJ *85-75–160

10. Dominic Pizzurro-Gomez, White Plains, NY *89-72–161

10. Vinay Ramesh, Newtown, PA *79-82–161

10. Nicholas Infanti, Clarksburg, MD *80-81–161

10. Dominick Mancinelli, Moosic, PA *78-83–161

10. Nate Menon, Wyomissing, PA *79-82–161

15. Sam Goldenring, Florham Park, NJ *82-80–162

15. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ *76-86–162

15. Gerry Mackedon, Port Jefferson, NY *77-85–162

18. Nick Geiman, York, PA *81-82–163

18. Daniel Melcher, New York, NY *82-81–163

18. Bobby Piluso, Ridgewood, NJ *79-84–163

21. Jonny Slater, Old Tappan, NJ *84-81–165

21. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA *82-83–165

23. Justin Murray, Burlington, NJ *85-81–166

23. Asher Greenberg, Weston, CT *82-84–166

25. Brendon Kim, Rivervale, NJ *84-83–167

26. Jonny Emmerman, Scarsdale, NY *84-85–169

27. Hunter Lee, Great Neck, NY *87-83–170

28. Ross Rabin, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *85-88–173

29. Leonard Lee, Wyckoff, NJ *85-90–175

30. Angelo Mancinelli, Moosic, PA *85-93–178

31. Robert Shaner, Fort Lee, NJ *92-87–179

32. Matthew Quigley, West Milford, NJ *93-88–181

33. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY *93-89–182

34. Cristian Cerza, Greenwich, CT *98-90–188

35. Peter Beckwermert, Wayne, NJ *101-93–194

36. Daniel Makarevich, Great Meadows, NJ *107-92–199

 

DID NOT FINISH

Zackary Potten, Wharton, NJ *90-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, NY *86-JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – Green Tees, 6,049 yards, Par 70

1. Joe Parrini, York, PA *79-87–166

2. Luke Sample, New York, NY *90-88–178

3. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA *92-89–181

 

Girls Division – White Tees, 5,709 yards, Par 70

1. Christina Parsells, Bernardsville, NY *79-72–151

2. Yeji Shin, Norwood, NJ *81-72–153

3. Eun Won Park, Tenafly, NJ *85-74–159

4. Frida Henningsson, Rye, NY *79-81–160

5. Linda Wang, Fresh Meadows, NY *79-86–165

6. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ *84-82–166

7. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ *81-86–167

8. Katie Lee, Ringoes, NJ *85-83–168

9. Riley Smyth, Old Tappan, NJ *85-84–169

10. Raphaella Kang, Bayside, NY *84-86–170

11. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *86-86–172

12. Summer Kitahara, Greenwich, CT *87-87–174

13. Jasmine Kitahara, Greenwich, CT *96-95–191

14. Kate Weiss, Greenwich, CT *97-96–193

 

DID NOT FINISH

Zora Moore, Milford, NJ *JWD