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Final results from the West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale

Rybicki captures crown on final hole

Whisler wins first IJGT title

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the first West Coast event of the 2013-2014 season at TPC Scottsdale, Sept. 1-2. The West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale, a 36-hole event, was contested on the Stadium Course and the Champions Course. Abnormal humidity and wind made scoring conditions tough in the desert throughout the weekend.

Rybicki Tee Shot2The Boys 15-19 Division came down to the wire on Monday at the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale. Ryan Rybicki of Maricopa, Ariz., was able to hold off Jackson Whisenhunt of Phoenix, Ariz., and Sam McKay of Scottsdale, Ariz., to earn his first IJGT title in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Going into the last hole Whisenhunt held a one-stroke lead over both Rybicki and McKay, but a double-bogey created an opportunity for his fellow competitors to seize the top spot. Rybicki was able to execute his shots and recorded a par on the closing hole, while McKay managed a bogey. Rybicki’s final-round score of 7-over-par 78 gave him a tournament total of 151 and a one-stroke victory.

McKay and Whisenhunt finished in a tie for second place with a tournament score of 152. McKay’s first-round score of 1-over-par 72 on the Stadium Course earned him the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the player that has the lowest score in the first round of every IJGT Event. Whisenhunt carded a 6-over-par 77 on Monday claiming the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Whisler TrophyPlaying in a nationally-ranked tournament is usually a pretty nervous experience; however Jack Whisler of Scottsdale, Ariz., handled himself well en route to a victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Whisler started the tournament off with a birdie on the opening hole and never looked back. He would make two more birdies on his way to a score of 7-over-par 78 on Sunday. This score earned him the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award and also gave him a two-stroke leading going into the final round on Monday on the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale.

The final round was a battle until the very end as Whisler and Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif.,  exchanged spurts of great golf on the first 14 holes. The turning point of the tournament came on No. 15 where Whisler converted a birdie on the short par-4 and Ordona made bogey. From there it was smooth sailing for Whisler who finished with a final-round score of 83 which earned him the title and also the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Ordona took second place in the tournament finishing with a tournament total of 164.

The IJGT West Coast tour will head to Auburn, Calif.,  the weekend of Sept. 21-22 for the NorCal Junior at Darkhorse 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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, 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.

Euro Cup – Day 1 Matches

ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND – The matches for Day 1 among Team USA, Team Canada, and Team Fife will be played in a three-ball format. For each of the 14 matches there will be two points at stake. The team with the most points at the end of the three days will win the John Clark trophy. In all the years of competition, Team USA has never been victorious, but the 12 young gentlemen and two young ladies on the 2013 Team USA will look to change that in just a few days time. Here are you matches for Wednesday, July 31.

 RECAP:

The weather was very good for Scotland standards as the first day of the Euro Junior Golf  Cup unfolded at Scotscraig Golf Club. Many great matches were played by Team USA, Team Canada, and Team Fife. At the end of day Canada won the most points (19) and is currently holding a six-point lead in the matches.

Team USA got off to a hot start with Conner Kumpula of Albany, Ore., winning his match against Team Fife and then halving his match against Team Canada. The next two matches went the way of Team Canada and Scotland putting Team USA down for the first time in the matches.

Tyler Dierwechter of Oldsmar, Fla., played exceptionally well today winning both of his matches. He did it in convincing fashion as well and did not have to play the 17th or 18th holes in either match.

Grant Burton of Fallston, Md., won a half-point for Team USA after a gutsy comeback including a birdie on No. 18 to square the match.

Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., continued his dominance in match play winning both of his matches. He got off to a hot start to his round making four birdies in his first six holes. Russell will look to continue his hot play in tomorrow’s matches.

Team USA ended the day in third place with 10 total points. Team Fife is in second with 13 points and Team Canada leads the matches with an impressive 19 points.

The second day of the Euro Junior Golf Cup will take place at Leven Links Golf Club on Thursday, August 1st with the first match starting at 10:00am local time.

 

Game 1 = Conner Kumpula (USA) | Brad Curren (Canada) | Ryan Walsh (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Halved | USA vs. Scotland: USA 5 & 4

 

Game 2 = Ethan Heller (USA) | Mike Flegel (Canada) | Andrew Davidson (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Canada 1 Up | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 2 Up

 

Game 3 = Jonathon Simons (USA) | Chris Walton (Canada) | Andrew Fernie (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Canada 4 & 3 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 3 & 2

 

Game 4 = Tyler Dierwechter (USA) | Adam Schoettler (Canada) | David Paterson (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: USA 3 & 2 | USA vs. Scotland: USA 5 & 4

 

Game 5 = Grant Burton (USA) | Mitchell McPhail (Canada) | Ryan Thompson (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Halved | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 5 & 4

 

Game 6 = Michael Bliss (USA) | Scott Kerr (Canada) | Alistair McDougal (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Canada 3 & 1 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 3 & 1

 

Game 7 = Nicholas Russell (USA) | Ryan Rody (Canada) | Niall McMullan (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: USA 2 & 1 | USA vs. Scotland: USA 1 Up

 

Game 8 = Scott Lemon (USA) | Alex Corrigan (Canada) | Ewan Diston (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: USA 6 & 5 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 2 Up

 

Game 9 = C.J. Hughes (USA) | Nathan Wright (Canada) | Tom Watson (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Scotland 1 Up | USA vs. Scotland: Halved

 

Game 10 = Prescott Butler (USA) | Chris Horton (Canada) | Greg Cessford (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Canada 4 & 2| USA vs. Scotland: USA 5 & 3

 

Game 11 = Mikee Ordona (USA) | Michael Lavorato (Canada) | Keith Bowman (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Halved | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 1 Up

 

Game 12 = William Sheedy (USA) | Max Sekulic (Canada) | John Paterson (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Canada 2 Up | USA vs. Scotland: USA 4 & 3

 

Game 13 = Desiree Anderson (USA) | Sophie Liu (Canada) | Lori Gilfillan (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Canada 5 & 4 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 2 Up

 

Game 14 = Yuki Nakayama (USA) | Susan Wang (Canada) | Brogan Clarke (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Canada 9 & 8 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 1 Up

 

Total Score

Canada = 19

Scotland = 13

USA = 10

IJGT Euro Cup – Meet Team USA

ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) has selected its Team USA for the annual Euro Junior Golf Cup contested in Scotland. Every year, the IJGT compiles a team of 14 talented junior golfers to travel and compete in a unique triangular match play event against Team Canada and Team FIFE (Scotland). Teams play for the John Clark Trophy, awarded every year to the winning team.

This year’s roster is comprised of players from 10 states across the country and multiple IJGT tournament champions.

Boys 15-19 Division

Michael Bliss – Newtown, Pa.

Grant Burton – Fallston, Md.

Tyler Dierwechter – Oldsmar, Fla.

Ethan Heller – Media, Pa.

Conner Kumpula – Albany, Ore.

Scott Lemon – Amarillo, Texas

Nicholas Russell – Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Jonathon Simons – Breaux Bridge, La.

 

Boys 14 & Under Division

Prescott Butler – Old Westbury, N.Y.

C.J. Hughes – Indiana, Pa.

Mikee Ordona – Upland, Calif.

William Sheedy – Washington D.C.

Girls Division

Desiree Anderson – Napa, Calif.

Yuki Nakayama – Bluffton, S.C.

The competition is held over three days on Drumoig Golf Course, Leven Links Golf Club, and Scotscraig Golf Club. Two of these courses are among the 13 oldest golf clubs in the world. The Euro Junior Golf Cup starts on Wednesday, July 30th on Scotscraig Golf Club.

 

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, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, morodZ, PURE Grips, Golfweek, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

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

IJGT Announces 2012-2013 All-IJGT Team

ORLANDO, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) announced its 2012-2013 All-IJGT Team during the Awards Banquet at the 2013 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions held at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The top-10 players in each division in the season-long IJGT Merit Points Standings were named to the All-IJGT teams. The IJGT congratulates each of these players for their hard work over the course of the 2012-2013 season.

Boys 15-19 Division

  1. Charlie Spencer-White – Bluffton, S.C.

    8,000 Points

    3 IJGT Victories; 3 Runner-Up Finishes

  2. Aaron Terrazas – Veracruz, Mexico

    7,300 Points

    4 IJGT Victories

  3. Will Miles – Hilton Head Island, S.C.

    6,775 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  4. Roland Massimino – Lumberville, Pa.

    6,500 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  5. Manuel Velez – Panama City, Panama

    5,950 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  6. Matt Cheng – Taipei, Taiwan

    5,850 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  7. Serawit Kerdsinchal – Nonthaburi, Thailand

    5,800 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  8. Alan Cooke – Vienna, W.Va.

    5,037.5 Points

    3 Runner-Up Finishes

  9. Patrick Albanesi – Avon, Conn.

    4,925 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 1 Top-3 Finish

  10. Rafael Miranda – Guayaquil, Ecuador

    4,425 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 1 Top-3 Finish

Boys 14 & Under Division

  1. William Thomson – Pittsford, N.Y.

    11,550 Points

    4 IJGT Victories; 6 Runner-Up Finishes

  2. Ryan Rybicki – Remsen, N.Y.

    8,300 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  3. Tennoshin Ogawa – Ichinomiya-shi, Japan

    8,000 Points

    6 IJGT Victories; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  4. Alejandro, Santibanez – San Luis Potosi, Mexico

    7,100 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  5. Nate Menon – Wyomissing, Pa.

    6,675 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  6. John Felitto – Mountainside, N.J.

    6,650 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  7. Evan Johnson – York, Pa.

    6,225 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  8. Mikee Ordona – Upland, Calif.

    5,900 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  9. Luke Schaap – Potomac, Md.

    5,850 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 3 Top-3 Finishes

  10. Taisuke Ono – Tokyo, Japan

    5,850 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

Girls Division

  1. Phimnipha Wongwaiwate – Chiang Mai, Thailand

    9,000 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  2. Ana Paula Valdez – Morelia, Mexico

    8,625 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  3. Clementina Rodriguez – Caracas, Venezuela

    7,700 Points

    2 IJGT Titles; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  4. Rei Nakatani – Tokyo, Japan

    7,100 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  5. Olivia Landino – Hermitage, Pa.

    7,000 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  6. Moyu Sasaki – Tokyo, Japan

    6,800 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  7. Ceha Lee – Bundang-Gu, South Korea

    6,600 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  8. Amelia McKee – Paso Robles, Calif.

    6,500 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  9. Katie Edelblut – New Hope, Pa.

    6,200 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  10. Thamonpat Siriko – Bangkok, Thailand

    5,900 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 4 Runner-Up Finishes

All players who were honored at the banquet have earned guaranteed entry into all future IJGT events that are not at full capacity including the 2013-2014 Major Series and 2014 Tournament of Champions.

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, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Golfweek, and International Junior Golf Academy.

 

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