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Juniors prepare for competition in the IJGT Photo of the Week – Oct. 9, 2014

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour continued its fall season at the fan-favorite 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.

Photo of the Week - October 9 2014

This week’s Photo of the Week features a group of juniors at Architects Golf Club on the putting green warming up before the start of the tournament. Early tee times at 7:30 a.m. did not deter IJGT Juniors as they rose with the sun to gain their competitive advantages through practice. Despite the heavy rains and cold temperatures, Architects Golf Club was in prime condition for play. Juniors were able to get the ball rolling on the challenging greens to grab a handful of birdies and post some competitive scores. Winners were as follows:

Boys 15-19 Division: Michael Lamond
Boys 14 & Under: T.J. Buck
Girls Division: Allyson Wentworth

In addition to the The Architects Cup presented by International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA), the IJGT hosted the DC Shootout at National Golf Club at National Golf Club at Tantallon on October 4-5, 2014. The two-day 36-hole tournament featured more than 15 juniors competing for national rankings and IJGT merit points. Despite strong winds throughout the tournament, juniors braved the elements to finish strong. Winners were as follows:

Boys 15-19 Division: Taso Scilaris
Boys 14 & Under: Liam Powderly
Girls Division: MacKenzie Martin

Don’t forget – each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’
2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)
3 points – per share

Hernandez, Halleron among those receiving IJGT Player of the Week honors – Oct. 7, 2014

NORTHEAST TOUR 

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to the fan-favorite Architects Golf Club in Lopatcong, N.J., to host The Architects Cup. Heavy rains the night and morning before the first round on October 4, 2014, made for soft conditions on the golf course. Along with early tee times in the final round came cold temperatures. Architects Golf Club was in prime shape and players that were able to get the ball rolling on the challenging greens were able to grab a handful of birdies and post some competitive scores. The IJGT is proud to award this week’s Northeast Player of the Week honors to Leo Hernandez of Stewartsville, N.J., and Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J.

Leo

Hernandez began the tournament with a slow start in his first round, but he bounced back in round two. He posted a 75 in the second round, improving on his first round by ten strokes. Hernandez carded his 75 with the help of 12 pars and a rare birdie on the uphill par-3 No. 8. Hernandez’s 75 was tied for the third best round of the day in the Boys 15-19 Division. His impressive play in the final round drove him up the leaderboard to finish in a tie for 20th place.

Ami

Gianchandani’s first round play had her in pursuit of a comeback on then leaders Megan McClean of Lebanon N.J., and Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J. Gianchandani came out firing at pins and sinking putts for birdie early in her second round to put some pressure on the leaders. Birdies on the second, fifth and sixth holes allowed her to make the turn at 3-under-par. Wentworth’s steady play in the final round kept Gianchandani just out of reach, but Gianchandani fought until the end which helped her earn the Northeast’s Girls’ Player of the Week honors as well as the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with an even-par 71. Along with her three birdies on the opening nine, Gianchandani added 12 pars on the day. Her impressive second round gave her second place honors, finishing only three strokes back of champion, Wentworth.

SOUTHEAST TOUR

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour headed north for a change to host the DC Shootout at National Golf Club at Tantallon in Ft. Washington, Md., on October 4-5, 2014. The course was in great shape and although tough, the 18 juniors enjoyed the challenge presented. MacKenzie Martin of Rye, N.Y., and Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., were named the Southeast’s Players of the Week honors.

Jack

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Halleron played extremely well in round one shooting the low round for the tournament, an even par, 72 with 12 pars and three birdies, on a day that did not see very many low scores.  His three birdies came at a time that proved to be crucial: holes 13, 15 and 18.  In round two, Halleron started off strong with birdies on the first two holes and finished the round shooting a 78 to earn second place.

MacKenzie

In the Girls Division, Martin’s tournament was one that was a story of two rounds. Martin, after shooting a 100 on the first day, returned to round two and bettered her first round score by a total nine strokes. She carded four pars in round two en route to victory and a total score for the tournament of 191. The DC Shootout was Martin’s first-ever IJGT event.

Congratulations to the players of the week Leo Hernandez, Ami Gianchandani, MacKenzie Martin and Jack Halleron for their outstanding performances in a challenging competition. We wish them best of luck in the rest of their fall golf schedule and are excited to see what lies ahead for them!

DC Shootout at National Golf Club – Final results (Oct. 5, 2014)

Scilaris holds on for two rounds for a victory
Powderly captures a commanding victory

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued its fall season hosting the DC Shootout at National Golf Club at National Golf Club at Tantallon. The two-day 36-hole tournament featured more than 15 juniors competing for National Rankings and IJGT merit points. Despite strong winds throughout the tournament, juniors braved the elements to finish strong.

DSC06698In the Boys 15-19 Division, Taso Scilaris of Bethesda, Md., held on for two rounds to capture first place. Going into round two, Scilaris led the division sitting one stroke ahead of second place finisher Kent Kamenicky of Waldorf, Md.. Scilaris’ strong finish on the back nine was the key factor to maintaining the lead. He recorded par or better on 12 holes en route to a final-round score of 75 to capture the title.

When asked about his victory, Scilaris stated, “Today’s win felt very good because Tantallon is a tough golf course and I had to play my best game to win. Although nervous, I knew if I just played my game I would do well.”

Second place went to Kamenicky, who finished with a 78-82 – 160 overall score. Rounding out the top three was Michael Jones of Potomac, Md., finishing with a score of 78-83 – 161 overall.

 

The winner of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to Scilaris and Liam Powderly of Cockeysville, Md., who both finished round two with a low score of 75. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is awarded to the player(s) who shoot the lowest score during the final round.

DSC06696Playing in his first IJGT event of the 2014-2015 season, Powderly took first place in the Boys 14 & Under Division with scores of 74-75 – 149. Going into round two, Powderly sat two strokes behind then leader Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md. His strong start on the front nine allowed him to take a commanding lead. He recorded par or better on his first nine holes.

In discussing his victory, Powderly stated, “Going into round two, my strategy was to keep my ball on the fairways and greens. Although I drove the ball much further today, I need to improve on my putting.”

Halleron took second with scores of 72-78 – 150 while Ford Bennett of Owing Mills, Md., took third with scores of 86-78 – 164 overall.

 

 

 

 

DSC06693In the Girls Division, MacKenzie Martin of Rye, N.Y., took first place. Playing in her first IJGT event of the 2014-2015 season, Martin finished with a score of 100-91 – 191 overall.

When asked about her win, Martin stated, “My drives were very good, but I need to work on my putting and chipping. Going into the second round, I focused on keeping the ball in front of me and on the fairway which helped to improve my second round score.”

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Fort Washington, Md. – Final Results of the DC Shootout at National Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 4-5, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,733 yards, Par 72 (72.6/134). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,233 yards, Par 72 (70.2/129). Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,893 yards, Par 72 (74.2/146)

Weather:                    Cloudy with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 15-20 mph
Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 10-15 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
DC Shootout at National Golf Club
Fort Washington, MD
October 4-5, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees) – 6,733 yards, Par 72
1. Taso Scilaris, Bethesda, MD *77-75–152
2. Kent Kamenicky, Waldorf, MD *78-82–160
3. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD *78-83–161
4. William Sheedy, Washington, DC *80-83–163
5. Jack Peden, Vienna, VA *84-82–166
6. Jack Rolle, Bethesda, MD *82-87–169
7. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD *85-85–170
7. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *87-83–170
9. Ryan Dougherty, Wexford, PA *81-94–175
10. Charlie Hitch, Wellesley, MA *93-83–176
10. Jack Hoel, Vienna, VA *89-87–176
12. Bryan Bowser, Dunkirk, MD *92-87–179
13. Kameron Daniels, Bowie, MD *100-101–201

DID NOT FINISH
Blake Hinckley, Kennett Square, PA *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) – 6,233 yards, Par 72
1. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD *74-75–149
2. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *72-78–150
3. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *86-78–164

Girls Division (Gold Tees) – 5,893 yards, Par 72
1. MacKenzie Martin, Rye, NY *100-91–191