IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club – Tour Preview

Hershey CC 2009 (10)The IJGT Northeast Tour will host the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa., on May 9-10, 2015. The event will take place on Hershey’s renowned par-71 East Course.

 Opened in 1969, the course was designed by George Fazio to highlight Pennsylvania’s natural beauty. This course has hosted numerous PGA Tour events and most recently hosted the Nationwide Tour’s Reese’s Cup Classic.

Hershey Country Club

A Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, the East Course benefits the environment and local ecosystems.

IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and AJGA stars are at stake in this event. Participants can also compete for North American Junior Amateur exemptions in Boys 15-19 and Girls divisions.

Just minutes away from the town chocolate built, Hershey Country Club offers vibrant and fun activities for the whole family. Check out Hershey’s Chocolate World, ZooAmerica, or spend time after the tournament at Hersheypark.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Cole Berger of Malvern, Pa., is coming off a win the Major Championship at Bulle Rock and Benjamin Morris of Reisterstown, Md., is coming off a win in the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin, both in April. Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., will also look to add a second IJGT victory to his resume; he won the Major Championship at Duke University in March. Peter Bradbeer of Philadelphia, Pa., and Brian Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., have both found success on the course. Bradbeer finished second in the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club in August and Isztwan won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the same event.

In the Girls Division, Skylar Frankiewicz of Concord, Mass., and Synclaire Kuhn of McMurray, Pa., will both be seeking their second IJGT wins of the season. Frankiewicz won the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in January and Kuhn won the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin in April. Audrey Clawson of Sarver, Pa., has an advantage in that she’s familiar with the course; she finished second in the Labor Day Classic at Hershey last year.

As for the Boys 14 & Under Division, Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., has won four consecutive IJGT events from October-April. Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C., will aim to add a third IJGT title to his resume after winning the College Series at Penn State University in October and the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes in March. Jon Nolan Perry of Berwyn, Pa., and Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., both have multiple top-three finishes in IJGT events, but a victory still eludes them. S. Dean Satouri of Chantilly, Va., won the only other IJGT event he’s competed in this season, the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill in March. John Updike of Wayne, Pa., is coming off a win in last month’s Architect’s Cup.

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.

IJGT Players of the Week – Nov. 2-3, 2013

Northeast Tour

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) made its way to Virginia Beach, Va., for the IJGT Battle at Virginia Beach National, the last Northeast Tour Event of the Fall 2013 season. The Pete Dye-designed Virginia Beach National Golf Club is a tour-caliber course which has hosted the NATIONWIDE TOUR’s Virginia Beach Open. In addition to the plentiful waste areas and various water hazards, the wind played a big part during Sunday’s final round. Our Players of the Week this week are Gordon Brixi of Potomac, Md., and Teddy Hoffman of Virginia Beach, Va.

Gordon Brixi - VA Beach NatlBrixi (left) started off hot with a birdie to open the tournament. He hit his approach shot to about five feet from the hole and rolled in the putt. After firing an even-par 36 on the front-nine, Brixi was in contention throughout the tournament, which was also impressive as he was the youngest player in the field this week at 11 years old. Brixi finished the first round with a 78, leaving him one stroke off the lead. During the final round, Brixi stayed in the hunt for the lead by firing a 40 on the front-nine with a great birdie on the par-five eighth hole. This kept him one stroke off the lead heading into the back-nine. Brixi would finish his first-ever IJGT Event in second place, an impressive start to his IJGT career.

Teddy Hoffman - VA Beach NatlHoffman (right) was tied for fifth place after the first round, leaving him seven strokes behind the leader. His first round consisted of multiple bogeys, which produced a round of 82; however, Hoffman knew he could score better and did just that on the final day. The final round brought colder temperatures and higher winds, but Hoffman was able to clinch the Clazic Belts Low Final Award with a score of 73.  Hoffman’s one-over-par final round consisted of four birdies to put him in the lead until the final group finished. Hoffman’s final round 73 was also good enough to move him into second place. This was Hoffman’s first IJGT tournament and he will look to continue this momentum in future IJGT events.


Southeast Tour

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted another installment for the Fall 2013’s Southeast Tour with the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall.  The event took place on Nov. 2-3, 2013, and consisted of 49 players in the field. Competing on a tour-caliber golf course with beautiful moss-draped oaks, lush fairways and clever bunkering, the players had their fair share of challenging and spectacular moments. Jonathan Phillips of Hardeeville, S.C., and Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, have received Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Region.

Jonathan Phillips - T3rd Island OpenPhillips (left), a 17-year-old in the Boys 15-19 Division played consistent golf throughout the tournament. Phillips hit nearly every fairway in both rounds. The biggest obstacle for Phillips was his putting during the first round, especially on the back-nine in which he three putted five holes. Regardless, he was able to fight back and finished his first day with a 3-over-par 75.  Phillips played better during the final round, which included three birdies and eleven pars.  He finished the challenging course with a great score of 2-over-par 74.  Phillips placed third overall, a remarkable outcome in his first IJGT Event of the season.

Lita Huber - 4th Island OpenHuber (right) played a steady brand of golf this tournament. She finished her first round with a score of 13-over-par 85, putting her 14 shots behind leader, Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China.  Despite some adversities, Huber fought back in the tough and windy conditions of the final round, shooting a 10-over-par 82, including a memorable birdie on the challenging par-3 No. 6.  She ended up going out on a score of 39 and coming in with 43.  With her final round performance, Huber was one of three players in the Girls Division to receive our Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and finished fourth overall. This was the best finish in four events this season for Huber, who is in her second year with the IJGT.