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.


IJGT ELITE fair well in the professional ranks



May 20-31, 2015


Many of the IJGT ELITE playing in the professional ranks had a solid showing last weekend on tour. IJGT alumna, Kelly Shon of Port Washington, N.Y., finished in a tie for third place at the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer. The tournament was held on the Bay Course at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club. As a junior, Shon competed in an IJGT event in 2006 on the Pines Course at Seaview finishing in a tie for eighth place. Shon finished the tournament at 5-under and collected her best finish in an LPGA event during her rookie year on tour. Finishing in a tie with Shon was fellow IJGT alumna, Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla. Pressel had the lead going into the final round, but after a 2-over 73, she settled for a respectful third-place finish.

Kelly Shon Seaview LPGA

Kelly Shon finished in a tie for third place at the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer.

On the Tour,  Richy Werenski of South Hadley, Mass., finished in 11th place at the Rex Hospital Open at TPC Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh, N.C. This was Werenski’s best finish on the Tour this season, which is his first as a professional.

Richy Werenski finishes 11th place in the Rex Hospital Open.

Richy Werenski finishes 11th place in the Rex Hospital Open.

IJGT ELITE – April 8, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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IJGT ELITE Class Announced by the IJGT

Introducing IJGT Elite Class Series


Beginning this week, the IJGT is proud to announce the beginning of a new series of blog posts meant to highlight the ongoing success of our alumni, and continue to showcase how our alumni perform at the next levels of elite competition.

The IJGT ELITE will feature top performances by IJGT alumni in the NCAA, PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, European Tour and other elite levels of competition throughout the golf season. With alumni such as Rickie Fowler, Morgan Pressel, Paula Creamer, Annie Park, Cheyenne Woods, and other highly-successful golfers, the IJGT continues the tradition of helping to shape world-class golfers through high-level competition at the best courses in the country.

As we highlight these achievements, we hope to shed light on the immense impact that higher competition provides to junior golfers and their future in the sport, and we encourage our members to contact us about the success of our alumni.


To those who are already in the next levels of competition and continue to perform at a high level:

Welcome to the IJGT ELITE Class