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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IJGT alumnus, Martin Piller wins Tour’s Digital Ally Open

IJGT alumnus, Martin Piller of Dallas, Texas, collected his second title of the year on the Tour after winning the Digital Ally Open on August 9, 2015 in Overland Park, Kan. He finished the tournament at 26-under and earned a four-stroke victory, his second Tour victory in three starts. Piller had the 54-hole lead going into the final round where he carded a bogey-free 5-under 66 to claim the victory. With the title, Piller moved into second position on the Tour’s Money List, where the Top 25 finishers will automatically earn their PGA Tour for the 2015-2016 season.

IJGT alumnus, Martin Piller, wins the Tour's Digital Ally Open (photo credit -

IJGT alumnus, Martin Piller, wins the Tour’s Digital Ally Open (photo credit –

To read more about Piller’s victory click here and here.

On the IJGT, Martin Piller won the IJGT at ChampionsGate in October of 2002 with scores of 70-72-69.

Other IJGT alumni with notable finishes were Sebastian Vazquez of Mexico City, Mexico, and Michael Kim of Del Mar, Calif., who finished in a tie for third place with scores of 20-under, 264. Vazquez was a Monday qualifier at the Digital Ally Open.


Weekend Update – IJGT ELITE

IJGT alumni from all across the country played well the last week in the professional tours, as well as some top -level amateur events. In the professional ranks on the LPGA, Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., finished in a tie for fifth place at the inaugural KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Pressel has moved up to 20th in the Rolex Rankings and has recorded four top-10 finishes on the LPGA this season. Another IJGT alumna, Shanshan Feng of Guangzhou, China, also finished in a tie for 13th place.

On the Tour, two IJGT alumni finished in the top 10 with Michael Kim finishing in a tie for third place, and Jamie Lovemark finishing in a tie for eighth place at the Rust-Oleum Championship in Westlake, Ohio. This was Kim’s best finish on the Tour this season, and Lovemark’s third top-10 finish of the season. Both players are currently inside the top 25 on the Tour’s Money List, which is significant because the top 25 earn their PGA Tour cards for the 2015-2016 season.

In the rain-shortened, Symetra Tour Decatur-Forsyth Classic, IJGT alumni Maude-Aimee Leblanc  of Sherbooke, Quebec, and Shannon Fish of Houston, Texas, finished inside the top 10 recording second place and fourth place finishes respectively.

Ben Schlottman of Advance, N.C., won the 2015 Palmetto Amateur with an 8-under 272. Held at the prestigious Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, S.C., the Palmetto Amateur featured some of the strongest amateurs in the country. Schlottman took the second-round lead, after a 6-under 64, but after a 73 in the third round, he would have to come from behind. Schlottman did just that closing with a 4-under 66 including a 3-under 33 back-nine score to secure the victory for the rising sophomore at Auburn University.

Dylan Healey of Franklin, Tenn., won the Southwestern Amateur in Scottsdale, Ariz. Healey, who recently completed his junior season at Cal State-San Marcos (NAIA), birdied his last three holes of regulation to shoot a closing 4-under 275 at Desert Mountain Club. He finished 72 holes at 5-under 275. To read more click on the Golfweek article here.