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North America Cup begins in Canada

For the past 13 years, the IJGT and the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) have competed in the North America Cup. The annual match-play event features 14 players from Team Canada against 14 players selected to represent IJGT Team USA. After the Opening Ceremonies and the official practice round on July 6, 2015, the squads are ready to face off in the first day of competition. The teams will play fourball matches. Here are the pairings for today.

First Round Pairings – Fourball Matches

2015 North America Cup

Tuesday July 7, 2015

Weston Golf & Country Club

                                                Team Canada                                 Team USA

 

8:00AM                Katelyn McMahon                         vs                          Gillian Alexander

                               Emilie Tyndall  

 

8:10AM                Andrew Russ                                    vs                          Sean Stanistreet

                              Angelo Giantsopolous                                                  Dylan Plis

 

8:20AM                Tyler Erb                                            vs                          Richard Riva III

                               Ryan Trapp                                                                     RJ Wren

 

8:30AM                Ty Celone                                          vs                          Reid Bedell

                               Fritz Lo                                                                           West Shaw

 

8:40AM                Matthew Vihant                             vs                          Jake Sitzler

                               Aidan Gavey                                                                 Cole Berger

 

8:50AM                Jean-Philippe Denicourt vs                          TJ Buck

                              Max Wang                                                        James Meyers                  

 

9:00AM                Robbie Latter                                   vs                          Mikee Ordona

                               Parker Lee                                        vs                          Jack Cornforth

 

IJGT tournament directors Chris Schramm and Brandon Nettles are there with the team serving as captains for the event. Best of luck to all the players and Go USA!

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Tour Preview

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The IJGT’s biggest, most exciting event of the season, the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, will be held on May 23-25, 2015, at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and bragging rights during the three-day, 54-hole event.

Additionally, the Tournament of Champions offers exemptions into a variety of first-class events. The Boys 15-19 Division champion will be invited to the Players Amateur, the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, the International Junior Masters, the North American Junior Amateur and the South Carolina Junior Golf Association Beth Daniel Junior Azalea. The runner-up in the Boys 15-19 Division will also receive an exemption to the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.

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The top-scoring individual in the Girls Division will be invited to the North American Junior Amateur, the South Atlantic Women’s Amateur Championship and the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea. The runner-up in the Girls Division will also receive an exemption to the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.

The event will begin with a welcome reception for the players and their families. On Sunday evening, the IJGT will announce the All-IJGT Team and Player of the Year for each division during the Night of Champions. Following the final round on Monday, there will be a special TOC Awards Ceremony. Everyone who registers for the Tournament of Champions will also receive a ticket to Universal Studios, ensuring they can have fun both at the park and on the course!

During the tournament, juniors will have the opportunity to play the North & East Nines and the New Course. Unlike other Orlando courses, the North and East Nines test accuracy as opposed to strength and distance. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the North (and South) Nines were opened in 1984 and the East Nine was opened two years later in 1986.

Also designed by Nicklaus, the New Course features challenging bunkers and steep slopes. The course pays homage to the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. The links-style course features double greens, a winding creek and stone bridges. The New Course doesn’t use many bodies of water or clusters of trees to challenge golfers, but it does include 150 pot bunkers, some as deep as 12 feet!

Naturally, the Tournament of Champions features the winners from many IJGT tournament throughout the season. Below is a list of champions from the past season who are competing in this year’s event.

Boys 15-19 Division

Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland — IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National and IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan — Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear

Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico — Savannah Junior at The Landings and Carolina Classic at Colleton River

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan — IJGT College Series at NC State, Major Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational. Go was just named the IJGT Player of the Year in the Boys 15-19 Division. He tied for 11th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India — IJGT Oldfield Junior. Jain finished 10th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Michael Jones of Potomac, Md. — IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club

Douglas Kulikowski of Pittsford, N.Y. — College Series at Penn State University

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan — IJGT Junior at Colleton River and IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield. He tied for 14th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Benjamin Morris of Reisterstown, Md. — Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin

Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y. — IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay

Dominic Wagner of Alexandria, Va. — IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill Golf Club

Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. —  Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation. He tied for 25th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. He will be playing college golf at Temple University next year.

Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., won the Boys 15-19 Division of last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

Girls Division

Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa. — IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club

Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India — IJGT Junior at Colleton River, Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor and IJGT Oldfield Junior

Holly McCann of Raleigh, N.C. — IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan — IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall, Savannah Junior at The Landings and the IJGA Invitational. She finished 10th in last year’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y. — The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club and IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay

Boys 14 & Under Division

TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y. — The Architects Cup Presented by the IJGA and St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club

Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa. — Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin

Tristan Galant of Cape Town, South Africa — BGGA Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista

Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C. — College Series at Penn State University and IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes

Bronson Myers of Columbia, S.C. — Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear

Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif. — Arizona Open at Wigwam. This will be his fifth consecutive Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions; he finished 16th in last year’s event.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C. — IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

Luke Sample of New York, N.Y. — IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista Country Club and Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates. You can find tee times and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club – Final Results (April 4, 2015)

Krantz wins Boys 15-19 Division by five strokes

Ordona wins Boys 14 & Under Division 

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled west to Litchfield Park to host the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club on April 3-4, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Brett Krantz 1ABrett Krantz (left) of Windsor, Colo., jumped out to an early lead by firing a 1-under 71 in round one. He made par or better on holes No. 4 through 17 in the first round. Krantz matched his three birdies in the first round with three more in the second on the way to a 3-over 75 second round score. His 146 tournament total was good for first place in the Boys 15-19 Division.

“I was able to build a comfortable lead in round one to give myself some room for error in round two, although Drew [Karren] had me on the ropes there at the end and made it a little closer than I liked,” said Krantz after his win.

Eric Hagen of Averdeen, Wash., and Drew Karren of Orinda, Calif., carded 151 tournament totals to tie for second. Hagen’s second round 2-over 74 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

Mikee Ordona AMikee Ordona (left) of Upland, Calif., recorded a 157 tournament total to cruise to an uncontested first-place finish in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Ordona shaved seven strokes off his round one 82 to card a 3-over 75 in round two. “The course was in great shape and the greens were very firm and tough to putt on during the first round, but I rolled the ball a lot better in round two, which allowed me to shoot 75,” Ordona said after the final round.

Ordona birdied three holes during the tournament and made par or better on holes No. 7 through 15 in the second round.

The IJGT Southeast Tour will continue tournament play with the IJGT Oldfield Junior on April 11-12, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Litchfield Park, AZ – Final Results of the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club on April 3-4, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,875 yards Par 72 (72.4/131). Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,108 yards, Par 72 (68.9/122).

International Junior Golf Tour

Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club

Litchfield Park, AZ

April 3 – April 4, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division — 6,875 yards (Blue Tees), Par 72

1. Brett Krantz, Windsor, CO *71-75–146

2. Eric Hagen, Averdeen, WA *77-74–151

2. Drew Karren, Orinda, CA *76-75–151

4. Ryan Rybicki, Maricopa, AZ *77-78–155

5. Ryan Vaughan, San Jose, CA *77-79–156

6. Connor Downey, Franklin, TN *83-79–162

6. Michael Reed-Price, Dresher, PA *78-84–162

8. Michael Kessler, Getzville, NY *82-81–163

9. Kobe Rhodes, Glenwood, IA *86-85–171

10. Christopher Horton, Calgary, AB *82-90–172

11. Jacob Smith, Yorba Linda, CA, *88-85–173

12. Jerzee Houston, Tooele, UT, *85-89—174

Boys 14 & Under Division — 6,108 yards (Gold Tees), Par 72

1. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA, *82-75–157

Arizona Open at Wigwam – Round one recap (April 3, 3015)

The IJGT Southeast Tour headed west to Litchfield Park, Ariz., host the Arizona Open at Wigwam. Juniors teed off in warm and sunny conditions beginning at 8 a.m. for round one of the two-day, 36-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Brett Krantz of Windsor, Colo., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

71 – His 1-under score to carry the lead

5 – He leads the division by five strokes

3 – His three birdies in the first round came on the par-5 fourth hole, par-3 sixth hole and par-4 13th hole

14- His division-best 14-hole par-or-better streak came on holes No. 4 through 17

Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif., leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

82 – His score after one round of play

1 – His lone birdie came on the par-5 14th hole

3 – He closed out the round by making par on the final three holes on the back nine

The second round of the Arizona Open at Wigwam will take place tomorrow, April 4, 2015, with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. 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.

Arizona Open at Wigwam GC – Tour Preview

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The IJGT will travel to Litchfield, Ariz., to host the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club on April 3-4, 2015. Junior golfers will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings while playing the Gold Course.

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Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., the Gold Course’s fourth hole, also known as the “Firestone,” is a 645-yard par-5. The eighth hole, known as the “Yellowstone,” is a long par-4 to a green situated above a canal. The course is known for its tough finish as the final three holes, a par-3 followed by two par-4s, on the back nine are all challenging.

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The long and winding par-72 course hosted the 2011 U.S. Open Qualifier and is the home of The Patriot All-America, a 54-hole amateur event. Its five sets of tees range from 5,885 yards to 7,430 yards.

Players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division include Joey Goryeb of Mendham, N.J., and Drew Karren of Orinda, Calif. Goryeb will be competing in his fourth consecutive IJGT event in Arizona. He tied for 32nd in the 2013 Arizona Open at Wigwam. Karren won the only other IJGT event he’s competed in, the Major Championship at Presidio, in February.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, keep an eye out for Upland, Calif., native Mikee Ordona. Ordona finished second in the Major Championship at Presidio in February and fourth in the 2013 Arizona Open at Wigwam. This is his fifth season competing on the International Junior Golf Tour.

For more information, or to register for the event, click here.

Major Championship at Presidio – Final Results (Feb. 8, 2015)

Ma wins Boys 14 & Under Division by seven strokes

Karren earns first IJGT victory

The International Junior Golf Tour  hosted the first west coast tournament of the spring season, the Major Championship at Presidio, on February 7-8, 2015. The second round of the event was cancelled due to inclement weather resulting in a shortened one-day, 18-hole event. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Drew KarrenDrew Karren of Orinda, Calif., made par on the entire back nine to finish with a 3-over 75, good enough to win the Boys 15-19 Division. The victory was Karren’s first on the International Junior Golf Tour.

In the win Karren also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

“My first nine holes were a little iffy, but I was able to par every hole on the back to round out a solid score,” Karren said after the win. “I would have liked to play more golf, but I’m definitely satisfied with the win”

Devin Gregg of San Anselmo, Calif., and Louie Euer of Loomis, Calif., finished one stroke behind Karren with tournament totals of 76 to tie for second place.

Gregg found particular success on the par-4s; he birdied the par-4 fifth and 16th holes.

Euer made par or better on all of the par-3s including a birdie on the par-3 15th hole.

Brian Ma 1AMilpitas, Calif., native Brian Ma used three birdies on the back nine to cruise to victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Ma opened the tournament by making par on the first three holes and never looked back. His tournament total of 76 paced the division by seven strokes.

“I played pretty well and it was nice playing with Angela [Bagabas], who shot a 74,” said Ma. “She pushed me to play better.”

Upland, Calif., native Mikee Ordona finished second in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a tournament total of 83. His lone birdie came on the par-4 eighth hole.

 

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Angela Bagabas recorded the lowest score in the field, a 2-over 74 to win the Girls Division. She also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls. Bagabas had an eight-hole par-or-better streak that lasted from the eighth hole through the 15th. She carded three birdies in the tournament on the par-4 first hole, the par-5 ninth and the par-5 18th.

“Yesterday’s round (round one) was really good with conditions, so I was able to play pretty well,” Bagabas said. “I think I could have scored lower but I’ll take a 74.”

The IJGT will continue tournament play on February 14-15, 2015 with the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

 

San Francisco, CA – Final Results of the IJGT Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on February 7, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,401 yards Par 72 (71.5./136). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 5,921 yards, Par 72 (69.9/127). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5,652 yards, Par 71 (75.4/129).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course

San Francisco, CA

February 7, 2015 (18 hole event due to inclement weather)

Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6401 yards, Par 72

1. Drew Karren, Orinda, CA *39-36–75

2. Devin Gregg, San Anselmo, CA *37-39–76

2. Louie Euer, Loomis, CA *39-37–76

4. Austin Fischer, Orinda, CA *39-40–79

5. Grant Fairbairn, Orinda, CA *38-42–80

5. Will Lagomarsino, Orinda, CA *39-41–80

5. Lane Cadell, Escalln, CA *43-37–80

8. Hayden Rodriguez, San Francisco, CA *45-40–85

8. PRES Sanassarian, Rocklin, CA *43-42–85

10. Richie Simons, Newport Beach, CA *43-48–91

 

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 5921 yards, Par 72

1. Brian Ma, Milpitas, CA *39-37–76

2. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *41-42–83

 

Girls Division- Red Tees, 5652 yards, Par 72

1. Angela Bagasbas, San Ramon, CA *38-36–74

 

Final results from the Major Championship at La Costa

Bloomer dominates Boys 15-19 Division

Ordona and Garay capture first Major victories

CARLSBAD, Calif. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the Major Championship at La Costa on Dec. 7-8, 2013 in Carlsbad, Calif. Contested on the recently re-vamped Legends Course at the gorgeous La Costa Resort & Spa, the competitors took to the greens to fight for double IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings in IJGT’s pen-ultimate West Coast Tour Event of the 2013 calendar year.

J.T. BloomerIn the Boys 15-19 Division, J.T. Bloomer of Boise, Idaho, put on a commanding performance throughout the event, turning a first-round five-stroke lead into a convincing 11-stroke victory. He shot back-to-back 79s to card a tournament total of 158, of which the latter earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his low score among all male competitors. Bloomer sank 12 pars during the final round, including a streak of five on holes Nos. 6-10. His one birdie on the day came on the par-4 No. 16, and he played the course’s difficult par-5s in even-par.

“I think my wedge game from 95 [yards] and in was really good this week…I was sticking it pretty close, so that’s good,” said Bloomer.

This was Bloomer’s third appearance and first win with the IJGT.

Ryan Rybicki of Maricopa, Ariz., finished in second place with a tournament total of 169, and Ryan Hicks of Santa Monica, Calif., landed in third with a final score of 172.

DSC03409 (2)The Boys 14 & Under Division saw Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif., grab his first Major victory after shooting a 90-83–173. Entering the final round with a narrow five-stroke lead over runner-up Chandler Fanticola of Newport Beach, Calif., Ordona handled the pressure well, improving his score by seven strokes and stretching his lead to a 21-stroke victory. Ordona carded six pars and one birdie on the par-4 No. 15.

When asked about his mindset going into the final round, Ordona replied, “I just tried my best, and tried to keep my place.”

Ordona has won four events in his four seasons playing for the IJGT, with this Major Championship marking his first victory of the 2013-2014 season.

Fanticola rounded out the division with a tournament total of 194.

Madeleine GarayMadeleine Garay of La Jolla, Calif., took home the trophy in the Girls Division, shooting a 93-88–181 through 36 holes. Her five-stroke improvement on the second day was also good enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round award for her impressive performance on a tough course. She sank six pars on each of the two days, and scored four strokes better on the back-nine during the final round.

When reflecting on the highlights of her performance, Garay stated, “I think my driver was the best part [of my game]. I was hitting it long.”

This was Garay’s first appearance with the IJGT.

The IJGT West Coast tour will be back in action Dec. 14-15, 201for the Scottsdale Open at Troon North in Scottsdale, Ariz. 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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Final round results of the IJGT Major Championship conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed December 8, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,781 yards, Par 72 (73.3/130).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,184 yards, Par 72 (70.4/124). Girls Division: Red Tees – 6,991 yards, Par 72 (75.9/141).

Weather:      Saturday: Rainy with temperatures in the High 50s, winds 5-10 mph
Sunday:  Sunny with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 3-5 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at La Costa Resort & Spa
Carlsbad, Calif.
December 7-8, 2013
 
Legends Course

Boys 15-19 Division – (Blue Tees) 6,781 yards, Par 72
1. J.T. Bloomer, Boise, ID *79-79–158
2. Ryan Rybicki, Maricopa, AZ *84-85–169
3. Ryan Hicks, Santa Monica, CA *84-88–172
4. Don Luvsan, Temecula, CA *89-86–175
5. Brandon Folke, Sherman Oaks, CA *115-105–220

DID NOT FINISH
Trevor Hernstadt, Woodside, CA, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division – (White Tees) 6,184 yards, Par 72
1. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *90-83—173
2. Chandler Fanticola, Newport Beach, CA *95-99—194

Girls Division – (Red Tees) 5,991 yards, Par 72
1. Madeleine Garay, La Jolla, CA *93-88–181

First round highlights from the Major Championship at La Costa

CARLSBAD, Calif. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the first round of the Major Championship at La Costa on Dec. 7, 2013 in Carlsbad, Calif. Taking place on the completely re-designed Legends Course at the phenomenal La Costa Resort & Spa, the first round featured a field of junior golfers who are eagerly competing for DOUBLE IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings in IJGT’s pen-ultimate West Coast Tour Event of 2013.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, J.T. Bloomer of Boise, Idaho, had a strong first round while shooting a 7-over-par 79 to lead his age group. Here is Bloomer’s round by the numbers:

J.T. Bloomer:

38 – score on the back-nine (2-over-par)

10 – number of pars (55.6% of his scores)

5 – stroke lead going into the final round

2 – this is his second IJGT Event of the season, after tying for second at the Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon Bay on Nov. 16-17.

1 – number of birdies

Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif., leads the way in the Boys 14 & Under Division after shooting a first-round 90. Here is Ordona’s round by the numbers:

Mikee Ordona:

42 – score on the front-nine (6-over-par)

5 – stroke lead going into the final round

4 – number of pars (22.2% of his scores)

3 – this is his third IJGT Event of the season

1 – number of birdies

Madeleine Garay of La Jolla, Calif., is the leader of the Girls Division after a first-round score of 93. Here is her round by the numbers:

Madeleine Garay:

46 – score on the front-nine

6 – number of pars (33.3% of her scores)

+3 – score on the course’s four par-5s

1 – this is her first appearance with the IJGT

 

For complete results of the first round click here. Pairings for final-round action at the Major Championship at La Costa can be found here.

Major Championship at La Costa

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will travel to Carlsbad, Calif., to conduct the Major Championship at La Costa on Dec. 7-8, 2013. Held at the only Gold Medal Golf Resort in Southern California, this two-day, 36-hole Major Event will take place on the recently-renovated Legends Course where the junior golfers will be eagerly competing for DOUBLE IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings throughout the event.

To register for the Major Championship at La Costa, click here.

La Costa Legends CourseThe Legends Course at La Costa has undergone a complete renovation before reopening in the Fall 2013.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, J.T. Bloomer of Boise, Idaho, and Ryan Hicks of Santa Monica, Calif., will be two of the players going head-to-head. Bloomer is competing in his second season on the IJGT, and will look to continue his streak of hot play after tying for second at the Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon Bay on Nov. 16-17. Hicks will be making the first appearance of his third season with the IJGT after placing a remarkable top ten in all three of his events during the 2012-2013 season.

The Boys 14 & Under Division will feature Cole Skach of Reno, Nev., Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif., and Chandler Fanticola of Newport Beach, Calif. Skach is in his second season with the IJGT, and this will be his third event of the season after playing in the NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club and the Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon Bay, where he placed third and tied for fourth, respectively. Ordona, a four-season veteran with the IJGT, will be looking for his first win of the season after coming in second place at the West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale, and landing in a tie for fourth place at the Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon BayFanticola is a newcomer to the IJGT, and will be looking to make a strong start in his first-ever IJGT Event.

The Girls Division will also see a fresh face in Madeleine Garay. The La Jolla, Calif., native will be eager to make a great first impression on the tour and grab a respectable finish in her initial IJGT Event!

Photos of the Week – Aug. 31-Sept. 2

Southeast Tour

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Capping off an exciting weekend at the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club, we are proud to announce that this week’s Photo of the Week for the Southeast tour goes to Henrique Ferreira of Sao Paulo, Brazil. After garnering a strong following of Likes, Comments, and Shares on our Facebook page, Ferreira has earned the privilege of appearing in this week’s newsletter with this great shot of him teeing off on the second hole at Oldfield during the Aug. 31-Sept. 1 tournament, where he finished in 14th place in just his second IJGT event. Congratulations to Ferreira, and we look forward to seeing him in upcoming events!

Northeast Tour

Boys 15-19 Hershey

The Photo of the Week from the Northeast tour’s Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club goes to the Boys’ 15-19 Division winners, Vinay RameshGerry Mackedon, and Gus Minkin (from left to right). This photo proved to be the most popular of the weekend, and with good reason. Mackedon (middle) of Port Jefferson, N.Y., took home the division title, carding a final 143, two shots ahead of second place winners, Ramesh of Newtown, Pa., and Minkin of York, Pa. On a weekend with nearly perfect weather conditions, these boys were able to sink tough putts and overcome nagging hazards. We definitely look forward to seeing them in action again soon!

West Coast Tour

Mikee Ordona - TPC Scottsdale

The West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale, held on the Stadium and Champions Courses of the famed club, featured some of IJGT’s brightest and most-skilled young golfers. The field of eight players were able to overcome excessive humidity and wind over the Labor Day weekend — particularly Mikee Ordona (pictured above), who had a fabulous tee shot during the second round of the event, making him the winner of our Photo of the Week contest. His second-place finish in the Boys’ 14 & Under division after shooting a final 164 capped off a great opening weekend for our West Coast tour. We are looking forward to seeing Ordona compete again in the coming weeks!