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Braunstein, Morris chosen for Photo of the Week – April 24, 2014

NORTHEAST

The Northeast Tour of the IJGT traveled to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort to host the College Prep Series on April 19-20th, 2014. The College Prep Series tournaments are 54-hole contests designed to prepare juniors for future college tournaments. The field of 43 competitors played on the Links and Mystic Rock Courses at Nemacolin hoping to earn IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. This week’s IJGT Photo of the Week from the Northeast Tour features Benjamin Morris of Reistertown, Md.

BENMORRISIn just his second IJGT event this season, Morris earned first place in event at Nemacolin. During the final round, he totaled four birdies, three of which came in the final five holes. Morris won his respective division by a difference of two strokes. His numbers for the weekend were 76-77-74–227. We congratulate Morris on his victory at Nemacolin and for being selected Photo of the Week this week. We hope to see more of him this season at upcoming IJGT events.

SOUTHEAST

The Southeast IJGT team headed west to host the Arizona Junior at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club on April 18-19, 2014. The two-day 36-hole event featured a field of 15 juniors ranging in age from 13-17 years old. The warm Arizona sun provided warm temperatures for this two-day event. This week’s IJGT Photo of the Week in the southeast features Michael Braunstein, of Roslyn Heights, N.Y.

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Braunstein posted scores of 77-80–157 to finish in seventh place in the Arizona Junior. Braunstein totaled 20 pars throughout 36 holes and added a birdie to his round on each day. This is his fourth season playing in IJGT events and we look forward to seeing more of him this year!

The Photo of the Week is decided by our fans and followers so don’t forget that your feedback counts. In the week following a tournament, keep an eye on the IJGT Facebook page for photos from the Event. Each photo will received 1 point for a ‘Like’, 2 points for a ‘Comment’ and 3 points for ‘Shares’ so let us know what you think!

College Prep Series at Nemacolin – Final Results

Morris makes moves in final round

Parker wins in playoff

FARMINGTON, Pa. – The IJGT traveled to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort to host the College Prep Series. The College Prep Series tournaments are 54-hole contests designed to prepare juniors for future college tournaments. Day one consisted of 18 holes played on the Links Course followed by 18 holes on the Mystic Rock Course. The final round of 18 holes was held on the Mystic Rock Course as well. The field of 43 competitors battled for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings as well as an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Benjamin Morris of Reistertown, Md., took first place with an impressive comeback. Headed into the final round Morris trailed the division leader by three strokes. His play in the final round was consistent, making par on 10 holes. With only nine holes to play, Morris trailed the leader by two strokes. Morris’ move came when he made it to hole 14. He would go on to make birdie on three of his final five holes. This stretch proved to be the difference maker as Morris won his respective division by two strokes. Through 54 holes, Morris totaled seven birdies and 29 pars. Morris posted scores of 76-77-74–227.

When asked his performance on his final five holes, Morris replied, “I knew that I would probably need to make some birdies because I was trailing. I just hit some good shots and made some putts and it felt pretty good coming down the stretch.”

Paul Edgar of Kitchener, Canada, finished in second place with 77-73-79—229. Connor Schmidt of Venetia, Pa., took third place. Schmidt’s numbers for the weekend were 79-74-77—230. Andrew Reynolds, of Pittsburgh, Pa., final round score of 73 won the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the player that shoots the lowest score during the final round of the tournament.

In the Girls Division, Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., won the division in a 1-hole playoff. Parker came into the final round with a 10-stroke lead in the division. Parker finished day one with four total birdies. She totaled no birdies and six pars during her final round. Synclaire Kuhn of McMurray, Pa., battled back and forth with Parker. Kuhn finished with a birdie on hole number 18 to force a playoff. Parker brought her best in the playoff hole. Her drive went right down the middle and split the fairway. She stuck her next shot within one foot. Parker stepped up and made the putt for birdie to win her first IJGT event this season Her numbers for the weekend were 82-80-90–252.

When asked what was working well for her today, Parker said, “My putting. It saved me a lot from doubling or even more.”

Kuhn finished in second place with scores of 92-80-80—252. Kuhn’s final round score of 80 won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Marc Groenhuysen of West Chester, Pa., took the division lead early and never looked back. His distance allowed him to score well on both the Links and Mystic Rock courses. Groenhuysen played very well during the first 36-holes. He made five birdies on day one and headed into the final round with a commanding lead. On the final day, he struggled a bit, but managed to hang on to his lead in the division. He made seven pars and added one more birdie in the final round. Groenhuysen took home his first IJGT championship with his win. He posted scores of 78-75-84–237.

When asked about his favorite part about the two courses at Nemacolin, Groenhuysen said, “I preferred the Mystic Rock [course] because it suited my game better and I made a few more birdies on Mystic Rock.”

William Riva of Lancaster, Pa., finished in second place with scores of 88-87-83—258. Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., took third place posting scores of 88-84-88–260.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Major Championship at Bulle Rock on April 26-27, 2014. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

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

FARMINGTON, Pa. – Final round results of the IJGT College Prep at Nemacolin conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 20, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Links Course – Blue Tees – 6,691 yards, Par 70 (72.7/134), Mystic Rock Course – Blue Tees – 6,835 yards, Par 72 (73.7/139).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Links Course – White Tees – 5,971 yards, Par 70 (69.7/128), Mystic Rock Course – White Tees – 6,118 yards, Par 72 (70.3/134) Girls Division: Links Course – Gold Tees – 5,614 yards, Par 70 (72.7/129), Mystic Rock Course – Gold Tees – 5,816 yards, Par 72 (74.5/136).

Weather:        Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 60’s with 15-20 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 60’s with 15-20 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
College Prep at Nemacolin
Farmington, Pa.
April 19-20, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) The Links: 6,691 yards, Par 70
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) Mystic Rock: 6,835, Par 72
Round 3 – (Blue Tees) Mystic Rock: 6,835, Par 72

1. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD *76-77-74-227
2. Paul Edgar, Kitchener, Canada *77-73-79–229
3. Connor Schmidt, Venetia, PA *79-74-77–230
4. Ryan Podufal, Erie, PA *81-73-77–231
4. Alec Stopperich, Venetia, PA *77-76-78–231
6. Andrew Reynolds, Pittsburgh, PA *76-83-73–232
6. Matt Holuta, Indiana, PA *76-78-78–232
6. Adam Gray, Potomac, MD *76-76-80–232
9. Ben Reichert, East Amherst, NY *83-74-76–233
10. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *77-77-80–234
11. Declan Hickton, Pittsburgh, PA *74-82-79–235
11. Sasha Lobel, Pittsburgh, PA *75-82-78–235
13. David Ross, Lorton, VA *80-79-78–237
13. Kyle Grube, Indiana, PA *81-79-77–237
15. Keenan Hickton, Pittsburgh, PA *81-76-81–238
16. Cale Wheeler, Morgantown, WV *80-78-81–239
17. Andrej Erkelens, Pittsford, NY *76-76-88–240
18. Rij Patel, Hunt Valley, MD *84-81-77–242
18. Will Robinson, Pittsburgh, PA *78-83-81–242
20. Anthony Muscato, Gibsonia, PA *84-81-80–245
21. Colin Dubnik, Rochester, NY *77-87-82–246
21. Josh Madarang, Chester Springs, PA *78-83-85–246
23. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD *82-84-81–247
23. Frank Pantano, Gibsonia, PA *78-85-84–247
25. Max Pollack, Pittsburgh, PA *77-80-91–248
26. Davis Diethrich, Allison Park, PA *87-81-83–251
27. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *89-85-80–254
28. Will Lusk, Venetia, PA *84-87-86–257
29. Adam Sprenger, Perry, NY *82-86-90–258 29. Matt McCord, Titusville, PA *87-77-94–258
31. Jerome Landry, Jr., Duncansville, PA *87-85-87–259
32. Eddie Zhang, Murrysville, PA *90-82-92–264
33. Steve DePasquale, Massapequa, NY *82-93-91–266
34. Billy Rosemeyer, Gibsonia, PA *84-90-93–267
35. Benjamin Kotler, Penn Valley, PA *100-84-87–271
36. Greg Zahour, Schnecksville, PA *95-96-81–272
37. Adam Miller, Silver Spring, MD *102-109-103–314

Boys 14 & Under Division
Round 1 – (White Tees) The Links: 5,971 yards, Par 70
Round 2 – (White Tees) Mystic Rock: 6,118 yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (White Tees) Mystic Rock: 6,118 yards, Par 72

1. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-75-84–237
2. William Riva, Lancaster, PA *88-87-83–258
3. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *88-84-88–260

Girls Division
Round 1 – (Gold Tees) The Links: 5,614 yards, Par 70
Round 2 – (Gold Tees) Mystic Rock: 5,816 yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Gold Tees) Mystic Rock: 5,816 yards, Par 72

1. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *82-80-90–252
2. Synclaire Kuhn, McMurray, PA *92-80-80–252

College Prep at Nemacolin – Day One Recap

The IJGT headed to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort to host the College Prep Series. The College Prep series feature a 54-hole contest. The first 18 holes were played on the Links Course followed by 18 more holes on the Mystic Rock Course, designed by Pete Dye. The numbers for the division leaders are as follows.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Paul Edgar of Kitchener, Canada is currently leading his division. Here are Edgar’s day one numbers:

4 – total number of birdies, 2 at Links Course & 2 at Mystic Rock

35 – Edgar’s score on his first nine holes at Mystic Rock

1 – 1-under-par combined score for the par-3 holes in rounds 1 &2

5 – five players within three strokes of Edgar

In the Girls Division, Victoria Parker of Lewistown, NY is leading her division. Here are her numbers from day one:

4 – total birdies on the day, 2 at Links Course & 2 at Mystic Rock

12 – total pars

6 – sixth IJGT event this season

5 – fifth place finish at her last IJGT event, the Major Championship at Hartefeld National 

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Marc Groenhuysen of West Chester, Pa. is leading the divsion. Here are his round one numbers:

5 – total birdies on the day, 2 at Links Course & 3 at Mystic Rock

11 – 11-over-par after day one, +8 at Links Course & +3 at Mystic Rock

6 – six holes in a row making par or better on the Mystic Rock Course

2 – coming off of a second place finish at the Major Championship at Hartefeld National

 

For full round one results of the College Prep at Nemacolin, click here.

For pairings for the final round of the College Prep at Nemacolin, click here.

 

Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live, up-to-the-minute updates of the College Prep at Nemacolin as the tournament continues.

 

Lee, Kuhn & Plis among the players to watch at the College Prep series at Nemacolin

The IJGT is hosting the #CollegePrep tournament at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort on April 19-20, 2014. This 54-hole event is designed to simulate college golf. For the first round of competition, competitors will play 18-holes on the Links Course in the morning and 18-holes on the Mystic Rock Course in the afternoon. The final 18 holes will be played on the following day on the Mystic Rock Course. This is the format used at the majority of college events and will help juniors prepare for the physical and mental rigors of college golf.

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The Links Course sculpted through the Laurel Highlands where rocks and water naturally come into play on several holes. It includes deep woods, unforgiving rough and lakes that surround the fairways. At 6,658 yards from the tips, reaching most of the holes is not a problem. The problematic greens are what creates big challenges for every golfer.

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Hole No. 11 on the Links Course at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

The Mystic Rock Course provides even more of a challenge. Designed by Pete Dye,  Mystic Rock has played host to the top professional players in the world, including Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh, as well as the 84 Lumber Classic, a PGA Tour event. Some of it’s accolades include: “#1 Public Course in Pennsylvania” by Golfweek, “#1 Best Courses You Can Play in Pennsylvania” by Golfweek, and “#14 Public Course in Pennsylvania by Golf Digest.

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Hole No. 2 on the Mystic Rock Course at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

In the Boys 15-19 Division, watch out for Leonard Lee, from Wyckoff, N.J. Lee has played five IJGT events so far this season. His most recent event was the Philly Challenge at White Manor CC where he finished within the top-10. Lee shot a 79 in the final round, only 3-strokes behind the champion’s final round score. Benjamin Morris of Reistertown, Md., will also try to compete for first. Morris recently finished tied for sixth place in the Capitol Challenge at WestfieldsAnother player to watch at Nemacolin is David Ross of Lorton, Va. Ross has two top-5 finishes in his last five events. His best being a second place finish at The Final Challenge at Hershey Links

In the Girls Division, Synclaire Kuhn of McMurray, Pa., will be a player to watch. In the 2010-2011, Kuhn in the top-3 in all three of her events played. That year she took first place at the event at Olde Stonewall (Pittsburgh) – Ellwood City, Pa. Victoria Parker of Lewistown, N.Y. will also be another player to watch in this division. Parker has played four IJGT events this season. Her best was a seventh place finish in The Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill Country Club

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Dylan Plis from Camillus, N.Y., will attempt to win his first IJGT event. Plis is ranked in the top-20 for the 14 & Under Division. He has some very impressive finishes including tied for second place at The Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill Country Club and most recently a third place finish at the Philly Challenge at White Manor. Also watch out for Marc Groenhuysen from West Chester, Pa., as he plays in his first IJGT event this season.

There are still spots available in the field for this event! Sign up today and guarantee your spot at Nemacolin!

To register or for more information on the CollegePrep at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in March, click here.

IJGT Top Venues found in Golf Digests 100 Greatest Public Courses

2013-14 Ranking: America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses

 

Golf Digest’s recent release of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses featured 6 IJGT host venues – yet another way that IJGT provides Top Venues in its incredible lineup!

Check out the host venues that are in the top 100 below.  Which of the other courses on that list would you like to see host an IJGT Event in the future?

 

On the opposite coast from Pacific Dunes and far different. Some might call The Ocean Course a links, but water comes into play with annoying frequency and only some of the greens accept low, running approach shots, on Paspalum turf that is not conducive to bump-and-run. The Ocean Course is simply another example of the ingenuity and versatility of designer Pete Dye. Anyone who finds a resemblance to Dye’s Whistling Straits in this course is pulling your leg.

 

When TPC Sawgrass first opened, most tour pros hated it. (Remember Jack Nicklaus’s description of those original greens? Like hitting a 5-iron onto the hood of a Volkswagen, he said.) So Pete Dye ripped up 10 greens to make them fairer. No need for average players to dread this fantasy come to life. Dye insists he designed the course so high handicappers can shoot their handicap if they’ll simply use the appropriate tees and tack their way around the course, ignoring the heroic carries where real disaster awaits.

 

The 16th at Harbour Town has contributed a term to golf. Back when Pete Dye was building the course, he was asked to dispose of a huge quantity of sewer sludge from housing developments on Hilton Head, so he dug a big pit to the left of the par-4 16th, had it dumped in there, then covered it with acres of sand. The late golf writer Charlie Price, who lived on the island, took one look at it and dubbed it a “waste bunker.” Actually, that’s the sanitized version of what he called it. But “waste bunker” is the term that stuck.

 

The resort continues to credit H.S. Colt for its Seaside design, but in truth the present Seaside Course is purely Tom Fazio, who incorporated an original Colt-designed nine (called Seaside) along with the Marshland 9 designed by Joe Lee in 1974 to create a new 18 hole course. But in keeping with the resort’s heritage, Fazio styled his new course in the manner of Colt, with big clamshell bunkers as well as exposed sand dunes off most of the windswept fairways.

 

Mystic Rock is one of the more curious courses Pete Dye ever designed, with mostly oval greens and rectangular bunkers. Because many holes were blasted from rock, some holes have fields of boulders in the rough and all water hazards are bulkheaded with stacked stone. The course concludes with Dye’s favorite finish, a gambling par-5 16th, a 17th over water (in this case, 205 yards over water) and a now-strong par-4 18th. Mystic Rock’s 18th was rebuilt and lengthened before the course first hosted a PGA Tour event, the 84 Lumber Classic from 2003 to 2006.

 

Another great course built from a farm, this one the old Blenheim Farm that had been the home of many thoroughbred race horses. Indeed, Bulle Rock is named for a direct descendant of the very first thoroughbred stud brought to America. Dye’s bold design spreads over 275 acres, with no homesites or amenities other than golf. Besides being named America’s Best New Upscale Public Course of 1998, Bulle Rock hosted the LPGA Championship from 2005 through 2009.

Click Here to see the Spring 2014 Schedule and to register for any events on these courses and others.

 

2014 Spring Schedule

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) has released its Spring 2014 Schedule featuring some of the best golf courses in the country. With tournaments in 11 states there are many options for junior golfers across the country.

 

Introducing Tiered Pricing:

The Spring 2014 Season will feature a different pricing system for registration. In an effort to encourage early registration and preparation for tournaments, there will be three prices based on the date registration occurs. All registrations that take place more than 60 days prior to the start of competition will have a $60 price discount. Between 60 and 31 days prior to the start of competition the entry fee will discounted by $30. At 30 days or less prior to the start of competition all prices will be at the regular price.

**All prices on BlueGolf will automatically reflect the discounts stated above.

 

Highlighted Events

Southeast:

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Colleton River Plantation – Host of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur

The Southeast tournament schedule is highlighted by two spectacular Pete Dye designs. The IJGT will return to the Dye Course at Colleton River Plantation for another Event on Jan. 25-26, 2014. The course, which will host the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur conducted by the USGA, was described by Pete Dye as the “best course I have ever built.” He also designed such courses at TPC Sawgrass and the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. The IJGT has tournaments at both of these venues as well. The Major Championship at Kiawah Island on Feb. 15-16, 2014 will feature an elite field with players from all over the country competing for National Rankings and double IJGT Merit Points.

 

 

Northeast:

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Bulle Rock Golf Club

The Northeast tour will return to many outstanding venues that have hosted tournaments in the past. Westfields Golf Club, Architects Golf Club, Bulle Rock Golf Club, and Hershey Country Club will all be welcoming IJGT competitors back on their courses in 2014. A great new addition to the rotation will be the Major Championship at Hartefeld National on April 5-6, 2014. The Tom Fazio design has hosted both a PGA Tour and Champions Tour event.

 

 

 

 

West Coast:

Presidio Aerial

Presidio Golf Course

The IJGT will return to Presidio Golf Course for the Spring West Coast Major Championship on Feb. 15-16, 2014. The course is situated in downtown San Francisco and is a one-of-a-kind venue that cannot be matched outside of Northern California. Managed by Arnold Palmer, this venue is gaining national attention as it will host the prestigious City Championship weeks after the IJGT is in town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TPC Connection:

In addition to the three tournaments at TPC facilities in the Fall, the IJGT will have two additional tournaments for the Spring. On Jan. 11-12, 2014, the IJGT will be at TPC Tampa Bay, which hosts a Champions Tour event. On April 26-27, 2014, TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., will host an IJGT tournament for the first time. The PGA Tour’s 2013 John Deere Classic was held at this prestigious venue where then 19-year-old, Jordan Spieth won his first PGA Tour event.

 

College Prep:

Mystic Rock Aerial

Nemacolin Woodlands – Mystic Rock

New to the schedule for 2014 are the College Prep Series Events which will be 54-hole competitions that simulate college golf. Competitors will compete 36 holes on Saturday followed by 18 holes on Sunday. This is the format used at the majority of college events and will help juniors prepare for the physical and mental rigors of junior golf.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort – April 19-20, 2014

Palmetto Hall Cupp Course – April 26-27, 2014

 

 

 

 

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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links.  Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

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