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IJGT ELITE: April 29, 2015

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April 21-28, 2015

This week was filled with NCAA conference championships, dramatic playoffs and exciting accolades for members of the IJGT ELITE.

Senior Trey Valentine and sophomore Rigel Fernandes helped the University of South Florida Bulls capture the 2015 American Athletic Conference crown. Valentine tied for third with a 7-under 209 tournament total. It was the team’s second conference championship in the past three seasons.

Freshman Chris Petefish counted in all three rounds of the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf Championship, helping the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets win their 16th ACC golf crown.

The NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Regional Championships selections were announced live via the Golf Channel on Monday. Ana Ruiz (Oklahoma) and Erynne Lee (UCLA) found out their teams will be competing in the San Antonio regional in Texas. Karen Chung, Kyung Kim and Annie Park (all of USC) found out the Trojans will be competing in the St. George Regional in Utah. To view all of the selections, click here. Best of luck to all the IJGT alums competing in the four regional tournaments on May 7-9. These tournaments will determine the championship field. The NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Regional Championships selections will be announced live on the Golf Channel on Monday, May 4 at 10 a.m. ET.

Junior Pat Sanchez (Marquette) earned medalist honors at the Big East Men’s Golf Championship by carding a 1-under 215 tournament total. He fired a 3-under 69 in the final round of the event.

Temple University junior Brandon Matthews was named a PNC Bank Student-Athlete of the Year.

Sophomore Katie Rice and the women’s golf team earned the Team Academic Award at Morehead State for compiling a 3.72 team GPA in the fall.

And, on the LPGA Tour, Morgan Pressel carded an 8-under 280 tournament total to force a playoff in the Swinging Skirts Classic. She ended up finishing second. “I had plenty of chances out there today, so I can’t be too disappointed. I gave it my all,” Pressel said after the tournament.

Have a news tip about an IJGT alum? Let us know by sending an email to kira.jones@juniorsports.com!

College Series at The University of Maryland – Tour Preview

Golf-Course-September-2009-B-014In the penultimate weekend of the spring season, the IJGT Northeast Tour will host the College Series at The University of Maryland in College Park, Md., on May 16-17, 2015.

This event will give IJGT members the chance to play at an NCAA Division I facility, the University of Maryland Golf Course.

Opened on the University of Maryland’s campus in 1959, the par-71 golf course underwent extensive renovation for the first time in 2009. To read more about the course’s history, click here.

In 2003, the course was named a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International. The approximately 150 acres of wooded and rolling terrain is home to multiple species of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles as well as dozens of varieties of trees.

Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

The Boys 14 & Under Division is particularly strong. Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., tops the list of players to watch as he’s seeking his fifth title of the season. John Updike of Wayne, Pa., is coming off back-to-back wins on the IJGT in The Architects Cup in April and last weekend’s IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country ClubFord Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., has four top-three finishes this season, but will look to earn his first victory this weekend. S. Dean Satouri of Chantilly, Va., won the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill GC in March and will look to add a second IJGT win to his resume. Lou Baker of Timonium, Md., and James Meyers of Wexford, Pa., both have two top-three finishes this season, but have yet to win an event.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Michael Jones of Potomac, Md., is coming off a victory in last weekend’s IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club and will look to extend his winning streak. Justin Ayanian of McLean, Va., tied for fourth in the last IJGT event he competed in, the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill GC in March, and will try to break into the top-three this weekend.

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.

 

St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT Northeast Tour will host the St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club in Rochester, N.Y., on May 2-3, 2015. Juniors will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings as well as exemptions into the North American Junior Amateur and International Junior Masters.

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In addition to the two-day, 36-hole event for juniors ages 9-19, there were also be a one-day, 9-hole tournament for juniors ages 8-12 as part of the IJGT Discovery Tour. The latter event will take place on Saturday, May 2.

This tournament offers the chance for juniors to play the same course as professional golfers and NCAA athletes; the Mendon Golf Club is regularly a qualifying site for the U.S. Open and will host the 2016 Division III NCAA Men’s Golf Championships.

Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., tops the list of players to watch in the Girls Division. She is seeking her third IJGT victory of the season after winning back-to-back events (the College Series at Penn State University and the MAJOR Championship at Outdoor CC) in October. Caroline Yarnall of East Aurora, N.Y., is looking for her first IJGT victory after finishing second in The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club in September.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, keep an eye out for Ben Reichert of East Amherst, N.Y., and TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y., who are each looking for their second IJGT wins of the season. Reichert won The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club in September and Buck won The Architects Cup presented by the IJGA in October. Brad Belote of Lancaster, N.Y., competed against Reichert in The Upstate Challenge and finished third.

Daniel Schindler of Pittsford, N.Y., finished second in the Boys 14 & Under Division of January’s Carolina Classic at Colleton River, but is still looking for his first IJGT victory. James Meyers of Wexford, Pa., has two top-three finishes this season, but also has yet to win an event. He will look for his first victory at the Rochester Open.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or on the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

IJGT ELITE earn 15 top-10 NCAA finishes

 

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March 4-10, 2015

As the temperature rises, so does the number of collegiate golf competitions held each week. Over the past week, IJGT alums competed in tournaments across the country. The following IJGT ELITE recorded top-10 finishes in NCAA tournaments last week:

Darius Rucker Intercollegiate — Hilton Head Island, SC — March 6-8, 2015

Gurbani Singh (Duke), who tied for fifth in the 2011 IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, carded a 4-over 217 tournament total to tie for seventh and help lead her team to victory. The Blue Devils finished with a 6-over 858 to defeat second-place finishers Louisiana State and Southern California by nine strokes.

Fellow IJGT alum Kyung Kim (Southern California) also tied for seventh. She made par on the entire front nine in round two.

Tiger Invitational — Opelika, AL — March 8-10, 2015

Ben Schlottman (Auburn), who has two first-place finishes on the IJGT, tied for third with a 6-under 210 tournament total.

Colleton River Collegiate — Bluffton, SC — March 9-10, 2015

John Jackopsic (Boston College) earned co-medalist honors tying for first with a 2-under 214 tournament total. He carded a 4-under 68 in round two on the Nicklaus course.

Jack Smith (Tennessee), who won two IJGT championships, helped lead the Volunteers to the title landing in a tie for fourth with a 2-over 218. Smith carded a 4-under 68 in the first round on the Nicklaus course.

Jack Sparling (Miami OH) tied for ninth with a 5-over 221 tournament total.

TaylorMade Adidas Intercollegiate (Men) –Beaufort, SC — March 9-10, 2015

John Chaney (Wittenberg), who tied for fourth in the 2010 IJGT Tournament of Champions, finished fourth with an 8-over 224 tournament total.

TaylorMade Adidas Intercollegiate (Women) –Beaufort, SC — March 9-10, 2015

Liza Freed (Washington & Lee), who has two first-place finishes on the IJGT, finished third with a 14-over 158 tournament total.

Jane Hopkinson-Wood (Wittenberg), who competed on the IJGT for three seasons, tied for sixth with a 165 tournament total.

Bash at the Beach — North Myrtle Beach, SC — March 9-10, 2015

Poom Pattaropong (James Madison), who competed on the IJGT for three seasons, tied for eighth with a 3-under 210 tournament total.

UNF Collegiate — Jacksonville, FL — March 9-10, 2015

Megan Wilshire (North Florida), the 2011 Major Championship at Greenbrier champion, and Alessandra Liu (William & Mary), the 2011 IJGT Architects Club champion, tied for ninth with 9-over 225 tournament totals. Wilshire was extremely consistent shooting 75 in all three rounds.

Yuka Kajiki (Houston) finished eighth with an 8-over 224 tournament total.

Sacramento State Intercollegiate — Sacramento, CA — March 9-10, 2015

Mariano Rossi (Grand Canyon), a fourth-place finisher in the 2011 IJGT Major Championship at World Golf Village, finished sixth with a 1-over 217 tournament total. He carded a 4-under 68 in the third round.

St. Edward’s Invitational — Austin, TX — March 9-10, 2015

Paul Drinkwater (St. Edward’s), a third-place finisher in the 2009 IJGT event at Port Royal Golf Club, tied for sixth with a 2-under 138 tournament total.

Have a news tip about an IJGT alum? Let us know by sending an email to kira.jones@juniorsports.com!

IJGT ELITE record 13 top-10 NCAA finishes

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February 18-24, 2015

The IJGT ELITE competed in tournaments all over the country and in Puerto Rico last week. The following IJGT ELITE members recorded top-10 finishes in NCAA tournaments last week:

The Prestige at PGA West — La Quinta, CA — February 16-18, 2015

IJGT alum Max Rottluff (Arizona State) carded a 10-under 206 to tie for fourth and help lead his team to their third consecutive victory. The last time the Sun Devils won three straight titles was in the spring of 1999. Rottluff finished second in the Prestige at PGA West last year.

Puerto Rico Classic — Rio Grande, Puerto Rico — February 22-24, 2015

Billy Kennerly (Clemson), the second-place winner in the 2009 IJGT event at Reynolds Plantation, shot 2-under 70s in all three rounds to finish with a tournament total of 6-under 210, good for third.

Puerto Rico Individual — Rio Grande, Puerto Rico — February 22-24, 2015

Chris Petefish (Georgia Tech), the 2012 PURE Grips Jr. Open at Troon North champion, tied for first with a tournament total of even-par 213.

IJGT alum Alex Ehlert (UNC Greensboro) finished third with a tournament total of 6-over 219. He carded seven birdies in round three.

Philippe Schweizer (Purdue), the 2008 IJGT at Bent Tree Boys 12 & Under Division champion, finished eighth.

All-State Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate — New Orleans, LA — February 22-24, 2015

Maria Torres (Florida), who earned a second-place finish in the 2006 IJGT event at The Legends, tied for seventh with a 5-over 221 tournament total. Her team tied for second.

Erynne Lee (UCLA), who finished second in the 2005 IJGT event at The Sandpiper, finished third with a 1-under 215 tournament. Her team finished in a tie for second.

The Loyola Golf Invite — Goodyear, AZ — February 22-24, 2015

IJGT alum Brandon Kida (Utah)’s 2-under 214 tournament total landed him in a tie for fifth place.

The Loyola Golf Invite Individual –Goodyear, AZ — February 22-24, 2015

Broc Johnson (Arizona State), a top-three finisher in two IJGT tournaments, won with a 9-under 207 tournament total.

Jones Invitational — Valencia, CA — February 23-24, 2015

Jordan Rodgers (Brigham Young), who recorded a third-place finish at the 2008 IJGT tournament at Temecula Creek, carded a 1-under 71 in the first and third rounds. He finished with a 1-under 215 tournament total to tie for sixth place.

Michael Pugh (Fresno State), the 2011 champion in the IJGT event at The Legends Golf Club, carded an 8-under 64 in round two. He finished in a tie for sixth with a 1-under 215 tournament total.

Lady Cougar Classic — Columbus, GA — February 23-24, 2015

Ceha Lee (Lander), a three-time IJGT champion, finished third to help lead her team to victory.

Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate — Hilton Head Island, SC — February 23-24, 2015

J.T. Poston (Western Carolina), the 2009 IJGT champion at Ballantyne Resort, finished first with a 2-under 142 tournament total.

Philly Challenge at White Manor Country Club – Tour Preview

White Manor Country ClubThe IJGT Northeast Tour will host the Philly Challenge at White Manor Country Club Presented by the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) in Malvern, Pa., on March 21-22, 2015. The White Manor Country Club serves as the home course of the Villanova University Men’s Golf Team, offering junior golfers a glimpse at an NCAA facility.

The par-72 course features 6,920 yards of golf and has a 73.9 rating with a slope rating of 139. There is also an all-weather driving range with seven target greens ranging from 70 to 240 yards.

Opened in 1964 and designed by William and David Gordon, the 18-hole course at White Manor Country Club was completely renovated in 2002 by Bobby Weed and re-opened in 2003. In 2003, it was named the Course Renovation of the Year.

Juniors will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole event. In addition, AJGA performance stars are up for grabs in the Boys 15-19 Division and the Girls Division.

This event features an interesting field because many of the competitors participated in last year’s edition of the Philly Challenge at White Manor, but there are also plenty of juniors competing in their first IJGT event.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, look out for Middletown, Del., native Matthew Pulgini, who is coming off a fourth place tie in the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes. Also keep an eye on Dresher, Pa., native David Kim, who tied for second in his last IJGT event, the Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club in September. Other players to watch include Ryan Skae of Old Tappan, N.J., who is coming off a second place finish in the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in January and Wilmington, Del., native Ryan Nolan Rucinski, who will look to improve on his fourth place finish in last year’s Philly Challenge.

Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., and Dylan Plis of Camilus, N.Y., finished second and third, respectively, in the Boys 14 & Under Division of last year’s Philly Challenge and will be competing in the Boys 15-19 Division of this year’s event.

In the Girls Division, keep an eye out for Kaitlyn Lees of Bryn Mawr, Pa., who will look to improve on her sixth place finish in last year’s Philly Challenge. She finished first in the two other IJGT events she competed in last season.

The field currently includes junior golfers from 10 states. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live updates and download the IJGT app for live scoring.