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Labor Day Classic of Hershey Country Club – Final Results – August 31, 2014

Geiman wins in a playoff
IJGT opens the fall season at Hershey Country Club

The IJGT opened the 2014 fall season on August 30-31, 2014, with the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club. The two-day 36-hole tournament was played on the East Course and featured 40 juniors across three divisions competing for national rankings and IJGT merit points.

hershey1When 36 holes was not enough, the Boys 15-19 Division went to sudden-death playoff between Peter Bradbeer of Philadelphia, Pa., and Nick Geiman of York, Pa. Beginning on the par-4 No. 18, both juniors recorded par to continue the playoff to a second hole on the par-4 No. 17.  From the fairway, both juniors sought the green with their approach shots but it was Geiman who landed closest, within feet of the hole. The successful birdie putt from Geiman ended the playoff with a victory for the Pennsylvania native. Geiman recorded scores of 74 and 73 to finish with a tournament total of 147.

Though Bradbeer did not prevail, his second round performance of 1-under-par 70 was the lowest round of the day, across all divisions, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the division, the award given to the junior with the lowest final round score in each division. Bradbeer finished in second after with a tournament total of 147. Rounding out the division in third was Nick Rencis of Long Valley, N.J., with a two-day total of 148.

“It feels good to finally win on the IJGT. I know I have placed second and third once so it feels good to finally get a win against a good field,” commented Geiman.

 

hershey2In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Brian Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., used nine pars and two birdies in round two to carry his round-one lead into his victory. His two-day score of 155 translated to victory, his second of his IJGT career. A seven-hole streak of par or better was the highlight of Isztwan’s performance as he finished two strokes ahead of second-place finisher James Meyers of Wexford, Pa., who carded a tournament total of 157.

“My mindset was to stay calm. I knew my competitors were good so I knew I had to stay calm if I wanted to play well,” said Isztwan.

Second round scores of 77 for both Meyers and Isztwan earned the duo the Clazic Belts Low Final Round for the Boys 14 & Under Division. In third was Jack Bailey of Pittsford, N.Y., who finished with a tournament total 178.

 

 

 

hershey 3Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., was victorious in the Girls Division after holding off Audrey Clawson of Server, Pa. The one-stroke win becomes McLean’s second win with the IJGT. Two rounds of 77 combined for a tournament total of 154 for McLean, highlighted by 24 total pars and a birdie on the par-4 No. 5.

“My driving kept me alive today. I feel like I hit it well off of the tee,” said McLean.

After shredding 11 strokes from her round one score, Clawson finished in second, posting rounds of 83 and 72 to finish with 155 overall. Her 1-over-par second round score of 72 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division. Rounding out the division was Linda Wang of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., with a two-day score of 156.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on September 6-7, 2014 for the IJGT Junior at Colleton River in Bluffton, S.C. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,772 yards, Par 71

1. Peter Bradbeer, Philidelphia, PA *77-70–147
1. Nick Geiman, York, PA *74-73–147
3. Nick Rencis, Long Valley, NJ *71-77–148
4. Max Redetzke, Lakeville, MN *74-75–149
5. Michael Lamond, West Chester, PA *79-74–153
5. Blake DiPaola, Long Valley, NJ *78-75–153
7. Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, PA *79-75–154
8. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *80-75–155
8. Luke McKeogh, Warminster, PA *77-78–155
10. Michael Reed-Price, Dresher, PA *84-73–157
10. Jason Li, Cranberry Twp, PA *81-76–157
12. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *81-77–158
12. Jack Melville, Maple Glen, PA *78-80–158
12. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ *76-82–158
15. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA *87-76–163
15. Dominic Leoni, Hockessin, DE *83-80–163
15. Cory Meyer, Bordentown, NJ *83-80–163
18. Chris Chiminski, Penns Park, PA *85-79–164
19. David Powers, Glen Spey, NY *86-79–165
20. David Kim, Dresher, PA *88-78–166
21. Spencer Weiner, Short Hills, NJ *84-85–169
22. Campbell Wolf, Enola, PA *82-89–171
23. David Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA *91-83–174

DID NOT FINISH
Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division- Blue Tees, 6,238 yards, Par 71

1. Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley, PA *78-77–155
2. James Meyers, Wexford, PA *80-77–157
3. Jack Bailey, Pittsford, NY *88-90–178
4. Steven Lee, Scarsdale, NY *89-95–184

Girls Division- White Tees, 5,922 yards, Par 71

1. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ *77-77–154
2. Audrey Clawson, Sarver, PA *83-72–155
3. Linda Wang, Fresh Meadows, NY *80-76–156
4. Charlotte Simpson, Towson, MD *82-81–163
5. Danielle Greene, East Setauket, NY *84-81–165
6. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *84-82–166
7. Morgan Mugnolo, Gainesville, VA *89-83–172
8. Kaitlyn Lee, Scarsdale, NY *91-82–173
9. Emily Cohen, Darien, CT *91-84–175
10. Vienna Winalski, West Hartford, CT *97-83–180
11. Samantha Yao, Berwyn, PA *92-89–181
12. Rebecca Markunas, Glendale, NY *95-91–186

DID NOT FINISH
Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *JWD

Players to watch at the Philly Challenge at White Manor CC

The IJGT will host the #PhillyChallenge at White Manor Country Club on March 22-23, 2014 in Malvern, Pa. This event will be two days long and golfers will play a total of 36-holes. IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings will go to the top finishers in each division.

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White Manor Country Club is a world-class golf course. It is currently the #3 ranked “Modern Design” golf course and #14 overall in Pennsylvania, by Golfweek Magazine. Bobby Weed Design of Pointe Vedra Beach, Fla., redesigned and completely renovated the whole course in 2003. The following year in August 2003, White Manor CC won an award for U.S. Course Renovation of the Year by Golf Inc. Magazine.

White Manor Country Club

White Manor Country Club was named #3 Modern Designed Golf Course in Pennsylvania by Golfweek

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Brendan Bacskai of Berwyn, Pa., will be returning this year to compete for the championship. Bacskai finished tied for fourth last season at White Manor with scores of 77-78–155 and looks to improve his numbers this year. David Ross from Lorton, Va., and Nick Geiman of York, Pa., will also be players to watch. Ross had two top five finishes in the 2012-2013 season while Geiman has two top-five finishes in the current 2013-2014 season.

In the Girls Division,  Isabella DiLisio of Hatfield, Pa., is coming back to defend her title. DiLisio took first place last season at White Manor with a score of 75-78–153 and she will be put to the test again this year at her first IJGT Event of the 2013-2014 season. Brynn Walker of St. Davids, Pa., will also be returning to White Manor. Walker finished in second place at last year’s Event, finishing only two strokes behind DeLisio. Allison Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., will be trying for her second first-place finish this season. Wentworth took first at the Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill Country Club. The Girls Division will be an exciting competition between some great skilled junior golfers.

In the Boys 14 & Under, Jon Nolan Perry of Berwyn, Pa., will be a player to watch. He is coming off a first-place finish at the Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay and hopes to continue his momentum.  Another golfer to keep an eye on is Leo Hernandez from Stewartsville, N.J. Hernandez has two top-five finishes this season, most recently taking third place at The Final Challenge at Hershey Links

The field is filling up quick. Be sure to register early to secure your spot!

To register or for more information on the #PhillyChallenge in March, click here.

 

Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be traveling to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. for the highly-anticipated Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2013. Held at one of the world’s most popular clubs, the three-day, 54-hole event will be contested on the Pete Dye-designed Valley and THE PLAYERS Stadium Courses, of which the latter is highlighted by one of the most difficult holes on the PGA TOUR — the signature par-3 17th island green. TPC Sawgrass, which plays host to THE PLAYERS Championship, is the birthplace of the TPC Network and is the backdrop of the PGA Headquarters.

At this Southeast Tour Event, over 100 junior golfers from all over the world will be competing for National Rankings, AJGA Performance Stars and IJGT Merit Points.

TPC Sawgrass2THE PLAYERS Stadium Course is highlighted by the signature par-3 17th hole which features an island green.

To register for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass, click here.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Tennoshin Ogawa from Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Nick Geiman from York, Pa., will be competing for top honors in a talent-stacked older division. Ogawa is in his third season with the IJGT, and after racking up six victories last season, he has continued his great play thus far in 2013-2014. He earned a victory at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on Oct. 19-20, and two other second place finishes, including one at the recent Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes on Oct. 9-10. Geiman, who is playing in his fourth season with the IJGT, is also a strong contender. He has placed top five in two events this season, and will be looking to continue that strong play at TPC Sawgrass.

The Boys 14 & Under Division will feature Brandon McBride from Bluffton, S.C., and Joe Parrini of York, Pa., who will be going head-to-head for a place at the top of the leaderboard. McBride is new to the IJGT this season, but he has played like a seasoned professional, garnering top five finishes in five of his six events on the year, including a fourth place finish at the Major Championship at Palmetto DunesParriniwho has played exclusively on IJGT’s Northeast Tour this season, is in his third season. After playing in seven events, he has taken home five first-place trophies, and will surely be a player to keep an eye on over the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 weekend.

The Girls Division will be highlighted by Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, and Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, who represent a very talented field of girls competing for the top trophies. Arjun has been a dangerous contender on the IJGT during her first season, grabbing top five finishes in all five of her events, including two second place finishes at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on Nov. 2-3 and the Major Championship at Palmetto DunesNakatani will also be a major force at the event. She in playing in her second season with the IJGT, winning three events last year and placing top five in all three of her events this season.

 

 

 

The Final Challenge at Hershey Links – Final Results

Marone earns second win of the season

Basso holds on for victory 

HUMMELSTOWN, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour was in Hummelstown, Pa. on Oct 26-27 for The Final Challenge at Hershey Links. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was hosted by Hershey Links, with players competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The field consisted of 78 players, ages 10-19, representing seven states.

With Hershey Links set to close for good in early November, the course played host to its final IJGT Event. A common stop on the IJGT schedule, Hershey Links is situated on 175 acres of what used to be farmland. The course, a former host of a Division III National Championship, features a wide ravine that comes into play on seven holes, as well as numerous ponds, bunkers, and tall fescue throughout the course. For the Boys 15-19 Division, the event was competed at 6,658 yards, with the Boys 14 & Under Division playing at 5,919 yards, and the Girls Division at 5,648 yards. Due to the course’s location, wind played a huge factor all weekend, with gusts up to 30 miles per hour and temperatures in the 40s.

The Boys 15-19 Division came down to the final hole, and for a second time this season, Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., came out on top.

marone hlMarone opened his tournament by shooting a 40 on the front nine. He turned things around quickly, shooting an even-par 36 on the back, including a birdie on No. 10. His score of 76 put him one back of Nick Geiman of York, Pa., who shot a first-round 75 to take the lead. David Ross of Lorton, Va., also shot a 76, and joined Geiman and Marone in the final pairing during the final round. Brandon Berry of Great Falls, Va., Jack Peden of Vienna, Va., and Ethan Bunzel of Scarsdale, N.Y., all fired a 77 to sit two strokes back.

Marone got off to a blistering start during the final round. He birdied the opening hole, a dogleg right par-5, and then drove the green at the third hole. Marone could not sink the eagle putt, but picked up another birdie to sit at 2-under-par through three holes. Both Ross and Geiman opened their rounds with three pars, and followed it up with another par at the fourth hole, while Marone bogeyed. The three flip-flopped the lead throughout the front nine, but Marone’s finished with a 37 and opened up a two-stroke lead on both of his partners entering the back nine.

In front of the group, things were not going as smoothly for most players. The wind became stronger and the likes of Berry, Peden, and Bunzel slowly faded from the lead. Rij Patel of Hunt Valley, Md., turned his game up a notch while most of the field struggled. Patel carded a first round 80, but responded with a final-round 74, including birdies at No. 11 and No. 17 as part of a 1-under-par 35 on the back nine to shoot a 74. Already in the clubhouse with a final total of 154, Patel waited as Marone, Geiman, and Ross finished their rounds.

The lead continued to switch hands, and after a birdie for Ross, a par for Geiman, and a double-bogey for Marone at the 15th, the three were tied at 8-over-par for the tournament. Marone jumped back ahead with a par on the long par-5 16th, picking up a stroke on Geiman and two strokes on Ross. Marone had another par on hole No. 17, but Ross birdied to get within one, while Geiman fell two strokes back with a bogey.

The tournament came down to the 18th hole, an uphill par-5 back to the clubhouse. None of the three found the fairway with their drives, but each hit great shots out of the rough and were inside 100 yards for their approach shots. Geiman’s shot landed on the front of the green, and he had a long uphill putt to a back hole location. Ross also landed on the front, with Marone’s shot to the middle of the green giving him the best look at birdie. After both Geiman and Ross were unable to connect from long distance, Marone was left with a two-putt from 20 feet to seal the victory. He came close to finishing in fashion, as his birdie putt burned the left edge of the cup, before tapping in for par and the victory with a final score of 76-76-152.

Marone noted the turning point of his victory was when, “I got up-and-down at Nos. 16 and 17 which was big in moment and in the scale of things.”

Ross finished second with scores of 76-77-153, and Geiman and Patel tied for third place with tournament totals of 154. Patel’s 74 won him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

For the fifth time this season, Joe Parrini of York, Pa., won the Boys 14 & Under Division.

parrini hlParrini’s card was filled with birdies during the first round, as he scored five of them, including four on the front nine. He finished his first round with a score of 79.

Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., did not have nearly as many birdies as Parrini, but he avoided any big mistakes en route to taking the lead after the first round. Halleron carded 11 pars to go along with his lone birdie at No. 12 to shoot a 77. Teddy Trosset of Cooperstown, N.Y., fired an 82, highlighted by a birdie at hole No. 5, one of the toughest holes on the course, to join the final group with Halleron and Parrini in the final round.

Things did not go as smoothly for the group, as the three struggled on their opening nines in the final round. With the greens becoming firm from the cold weather, it was difficult to stick any shots close to the hole. Trosset shot the low nine-hole score of the three, finishing with a 41. Halleron’s two-stroke lead remained intact, as both he and Parrini shot 43s.

Trosset fell back from the group after a rough start to his final nine. Halleron also had his first bad hole of the week, leaving Parrini alone on top. To Halleron’s credit, he responded on the par-4, second hole with a birdie at the third hole. Parrini also made birdie at the third hole, to maintain his one-stroke advantage.

The tires came off the tracks for Halleron after that, and Parrini played it safe the rest of the way in, shooting a front-nine 39 to finish with a score of 82 for the day. At a total of 161 for the tournament. Parrini earned the four-stroke victory over Trosset, whose final totals were 82-83-165, with Leo Hernandez of Stewartsville, N.J., finishing third with scores of 82-84-166.

“You just had to hit the low punch shots and take the wind out of play,” Parrini pointed out as the biggest key to his victory.

In the Girls Division, Cara Basso of Downingtown, Pa., rode a sizzling start during the first round on her way to victory.

bassoStarting on the back nine, Basso quickly got into red numbers with a birdie on the par-3, 11th. She added another birdie at No. 13, navigating the conditions to perfection. A couple setbacks at holes Nos. 15-16 brought her back to even-par, but Basso responded with a birdie on No. 18 to finish her opening nine at 1-under-par.

The winds picked up as the day went on, and Basso was unable to match her brilliant start after making the turn. She did, however, avoid making any big mistakes after a double-bogey on No. 1. Basso, like many in the field, could not solve the tough fifth and sixth holes, bogeying each on her way to a front-nine 40. Her final score of 40-34-74 was the low round of any division and put her seven shots ahead of Katie Walsh of Baldwinsville, N.Y., and Haley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., entering the final round.

Basso started strong again during the final round with four pars. Her only blemishes on her opening nine were a bogey at No. 14 and a double-bogey at No. 17, on her way to a 39. Basso ran into some troubles on the front side with double-bogeys on Nos. 4, 5, and 7.

While Basso was struggling, a few groups ahead of her, Liza Freed of Alexandria, Va., was making a run. Freed had been 10 shots back of Basso entering the final round and was 11 back at the turn, but she only bogeyed twice on her final nine of the weekend, finishing with scores of 84-78-162 for the tournament.

Basso was able to hold on, though, as she carded a par at the eighth hole and a bogey at the ninth hole to earn the three-stroke victory. Basso’s final scores were 74-85-159. Bookholdt and Carley Hopton of Madison, N.J., tied for third with a final total of 164.

Freed’s 78 was good enough to win her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be hosting their final Event of the fall season on Nov. 2-3 at Virginia Beach National Golf Club in Virginia Beach, Va. It will be the first time the course has hosted an IJGT Event. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

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.

 

HUMMELSTOWN, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT Final Challenge at Hershey Links conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 27, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,658 yards, Par 72 (72.0/133) Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,919 yards, Par 71 (68.6/124) Girls Division: White Tees – Round 1 – 5,648 yards, Par 71 (74.0/132) – Round 2 – 5,843 yards, Par 72 (75.1/135)

 

Weather:

Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 40’s with 35-40 mph winds

Sunday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 40’s with 30-35 mph winds

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

The Final Challenge at Hershey Links

Hummelstown, Pa.

October 26-27, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,658 yards, Par 72

1. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ, *76-76–152

2. David Ross, Lorton, VA, *76-77–153

3. Rij Patel, Hunt Valley, MD, *80-74–154

3. Nick Geiman, York, PA, *75-79–154

5. Jack Peden, Vienna, VA, *77-79–156

6. Brandon Berry, Great Falls, VA, *77-80–157

7. Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, NY, *78-81–159

8. Patrick Sheerer, Gibsonia, PA, *81-80–161

8. Gus Minkin, York, PA, *78-83–161

10. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA, *81-81–162

10. Brandan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *78-84–162

12. Nick Rencis, Long Valley, NJ, *85-78–163

12. Ethan Bunzel, Scarsdale, NY, *77-86–163

14. Joe Tigani, Hockessin, DE, *85-79–164

14. Jack DePerrior, Rochester, NY, *80-84–164

16. Edward Owen, Baltimore, MD, *85-80–165

16. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *81-84–165

18. Kyle Grube, Indiana, PA, *87-79–166

18. Benjamin Kotler, Penn Valley, PA, *80-86–166

18. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *77-89–166

21. Austin Green, Fayetteville, PA, *80-87–167

22. Andrew Nappi, Glen Rock, NJ, *89-81–170

22. Kellen Jordan, Spring Lake, NJ, *86-84–170

22. Caleb Bryant, New Freedom, PA, *85-85–170

25. Garrett Bastardi, Boalsburg, PA, *81-90–171

26. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ, *88-84–172

27. Blake Reifsnyder, Sinking Spring, PA, *86-87–173

28. Jonathan Solimano, Montvale, NJ, *91-83–174

28. George Cultraro, Wyckoff, NJ, *88-86–174

28. Matthew Singer, New York, NY, *86-88–174

28. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA, *85-89–174

32. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD, *87-89–176

33. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY, *91-86–177

34. Nick Fizzano, Newtown Square, PA, *95-83–178

35. Kyle Finnican, New Canaan, CT, *92-90–182

36. David Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA, *96-87–183

37. Mike McCormick, Stewartsville, NJ, *92-92–184

37. Daniel Melcher, New York, NY, *91-93–184

39. Bobby Hapanowicz, Presto, PA, *95-90–185

40. Colin Patrick, Newtown, CT, *97-89–186

41. Jack Walter, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, *91-96–187

 

DID NOT FINISH

Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA, *89–DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Brad Holzer, Rye, NY, *94–JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – Blue Tees, 5,919 yards, Par 71

1. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *79-82–161

2. Teddy Trosset, Cooperstown, NY, *82-83–165

3. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ, *82-84–166

4. Griffin Smith, Holland, PA, *83-84–167

5. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD, *77-92–169

6. Lukas Clark, Holland, PA, *90-80–170

7. West Shaw, Alexandria, VA, *83-88–171

8. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD, *86-86–172

9. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA, *88-87–175

10. Mac Webster, Baltimore, MD, *92-86–178

11. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA, *87-97–184

 

Girls Division – White Tees, Round 1 – 5,648 yards, Par 71 | Round 2 – 5,843 yards, Par 72

1. Cara Basso, Downingtown, PA, *74-85-159

2. Liza Freed, Alexandria, VA, *84-78-162

3. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ, *84-80-164

3. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, NJ, *81-83-164

5. Linda Wang, Fresh Meadows, NY, *87-80-167

6. Danielle Greene, East Setauket, NY, *85-85-170

7. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ, *85-87-172

8. Emily Connors, Lancaster, NY, *86-88-174

9. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY, *85-91-176

10. Lacey Bensing, Ephrata, PA, *91-86-177

11. Katie Walsh, Baldwinsville, NY, *81-98-179

12. Anessa Amin, Easton, PA, *90-90-180

13. Frida Henningsson, Rye, NY, *93-88-181

14. Synclaire Kuhn, McMurray, PA, *90-92-182

15. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY, *97-86-183

15. Junghye Kim, Jamesville, NY, *91-92-183

15. Jenni York, Great Neck, NY, *89-94-183

18. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA, *94-95-189

19. Samantha Yao, Berwyn, PA, *99-93-192

20. Meghan Fahey, Villanova, PA, *104-91-195

21. Julia Hyman, Allentown, PA, *110-88-198

22. Annie Caputo, Manlius, NY, *101-103-204

23. Gracie Stillman, Lititz, PA, *127-114-241

 

DID NOT FINISH

Scout Hammond, Skillman, NJ, *JWD 

Players of the Week – IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) stopped outside Philadelphia on Sept. 14-15, 2013 for the IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville Golf Club. The weather posed quite a challenge for the players during the first round as the wind made for some difficult approach shots. Though the weather was more cooperative during the final round, the Donald Ross designed Jeffersonville Golf Club still challenged the players with its small greens and well-positioned bunkers. Our Players of the Week for this week are Samantha Yao of Berwyn, Pa. and Nick Geiman of York, Pa.Samantha Yao

Competing in her second IJGT Event of the season, Yao finished in second place this week after an exciting three-hole playoff. Coming off a seventh-place finish at the IJGT Labor Day Classic at Hershey, Yao battled the elements during the first round of the event to shoot an 84 and take a three-stroke lead in the Girls Division. During the final round, Yao fired an 85 to leave her tied for first place. After making a great up-and-down on the first hole of the playoff Yao went on to par the second playoff hole and then lipped out her par putt on the third hole. At just 12-years-old, Yao will be one to watch out for as she continues to fine-tune her game in the coming years.

GeimanIt has been almost two years since Geiman was able to crack the top three at an IJGT Event.  This past weekend Geiman posted an impressive final-round number to put him near the top of the leaderboard.  The Donald Ross design proved to be a tough test for the entire field but Geiman put together a round of 73 in the final day to jump ahead of the pack and into a tie for second place.  A 3-over-par round of five bogeys and two birdies was the low round of the tournament and claimed the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.  With his first top three finish of the season, Geiman will take this momentum into his next tournament and hope to make another run for top three.

Final results from the IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville GC

McCabe victorious at Jeffersonville Golf Club

Hopton defeats Yao in three-hole playoff

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the IJGT Philly Open on Sept. 14-15. Held at Jeffersonville Golf Club, a field of 44 players ages 10-19 took on the course over the two-day, 36-hole event. The field was represented by junior golfers from four states competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Jeffersonville Golf Club, a Donald Ross designed course, is a par-70. Although not the longest course, playing 5,740 yards for the Girls Division, 5,956 for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,434 for the Boys 15-19 Division, there is plenty of trouble to be found in the layout. Featuring hazards on a handful of holes, combined with winds gusting up to 20 miles per hour and temperatures falling into the 50s on Saturday, what the course lacked in length was made up for. Adding to the difficulties were sloped greens, a staple of Ross’s designs.

Gary McCabe of Collegeville, Pa., won the Boys 15-19 Division, turning a one-stroke deficit to begin the final round into a four-shot victory by the end.

Entering final round of competition, the division was wide open. Quinn Dolan of Broomall, Pa., held the lead when the day began after shooting a first-round 75. Chasing him was a pack of 10 players all within five strokes.

Dolan was joined by McCabe, Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., and Chris Binet of Oreland, Pa., in the final group for the last round. Dolan quickly realized he was not as sharp as a day prior en route to playing the first 10 holes at 11-over-par. He was not the only player in the group struggling, though. Binet got himself into trouble on No. 11 and carded a triple-bogey to dash his chances of victory. Bastian carded three double-bogeys on the back nine to take himself out of contention.

McCabeMcCabe kept plugging away at a course he used to call home, playing the first 11 holes in 1-over-par as he separated himself from the pack. A stretch of three straight bogeys made things interesting but he responded with three consecutive pars.

McCabe’s closest challengers came from Nick Geiman of York, Pa., and Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., who finished in second place. Geiman shot a 3-over-par 73 on in the final round, winning the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, to finish at 155. Marone finished strong, playing the last six holes at 2-under-par to also finish at 155.

Both waited for McCabe to finish his round, in hopes of having a shot at the championship.

But McCabe never faltered and carded a final-round 5-over-par 75, totaling 151 for the tournament.

“I used the knowledge [of the course] to my advantage, and it’s good to be back,” McCabe said of his return trip to Jeffersonville Golf Club.

The Girls Division provided the best finish on the day as extra holes were needed to decide a winner. Carley Hopton of Madison, N.J., defeated Samantha Yao of Berwyn, Pa., on the third sudden-victory playoff hole to earn her first IJGT victory of the season and of her career.

Hopton trailed Yao, the leader after round one, by three strokes entering the final day, as Hopton shot an opening-round 87. Hopton had evened the score by the 27th hole, but fell behind after carding three straight double-bogeys.

Yao carried a three-stroke lead as the final group of her, Hopton, Victoria Ross of Spring Grove, Pa., and Esther Park of Wilmington, Del., headed to the 16th tee box.

Hopton carded par on the hole while Yao bogeyed to cut the lead to two. Hopton was able to par again on No. 17, tying the score as Yao double-bogeyed. On No. 18, Yao blasted her drive down the middle of the fairway, as Hopton found the rough. A par-5, unreachable in two, Yao laid up and Hopton was forced to punch out of a tough lie. Neither reached the green in three, but both had chances to make par. Both missed and they went to a sudden-victory playoff.

On hole No. 1, Hopton again found the rough with Yao sitting in the fairway. Hopton punched out from the trees and Yao’s shot missed the greenHopton to the right. Hopton saved her championship dreams with an approach shot from just outside 100 yards that settled within two feet of the hole. Yao’s chip from the rough stopped the same distance from the cup as Hopton’s ball and they both tapped in for par.

The second playoff hole told the same story, with Yao in the fairway and Hopton in the rough. Yao’s approach shot landed on the front of the green, but Hopton hit another great approach to leave herself under 10 feet for birdie. Yao missed her birdie putt and Hopton had a chance for victory but she missed her putt wide and they went to a third playoff hole.

Both players found the middle of the fairway off the tee, as their shots came to a stop within feet of each other. They were left inside 100 yards om the uphill par-4. Yao’s shot landed in the right rough but kicked to the edge of the green and she had another opportunity for birdie. Hopton continued her fine approach shots and landed within 15 feet of the flagstick. Yao’s long distance putt sped by the hole and she left herself six feet for par. Hopton could not convert on the birdie, as her ball slid by the hole. The pressure was on Yao to make her comebacker for par, but she was unable to convert. Hopton tapped her ball in for par and the 39-hole victory.

“I made a few really long putts,” Hopton noted as the key to her victory.

Hopton’s 82 on Sunday was also enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Joe Parrini of York, Pa., continued his hot streak. Victorious at the Major Championship at Crystal Springs, Parrini followed up that performance by earning his second-consecutive IJGT Championship with this one coming at Jeffersonville Golf Club.

Parrini JeffParrini fired a 4-over-par 74 in the first round to give himself a comfortable lead entering the final round. He followed up his first-round performance with a 76 to finish with a total of 150, the lowest score in any division, and earn the win. Over his 36 holes, Parrini carded three birdies and 21 pars.

“I really found my driver. I was consistently hitting fairways,” Parrini said following his round on the final day.

Garrett Engle of Harrisburg, Pa., finished second with a tournament total of 172, and Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., rounded out the top three carding a 174.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it the weekend of Sept. 21-22 in Urban, Md., for the Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor. The tournament will be played at Worthington Manor Golf Club. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

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.

 

Norristown, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 15, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,434 yards, Par 70 (71.0/136) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 5,956 yards, Par 70 (68.5/132) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,740 yards, Par 70 (73.5/129)

 

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Weather:        Saturday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 60’s with 10-15 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 5-10 mph winds

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville Golf Club

Norristown, Pa.

September 14-15, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,434 yards, Par 70

1. Gary McCabe, Collegeville, PA, *76-75–151

2. Nick Geiman, York, PA, *82-73–155

2. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ, *80-75–155

4. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA, *80-76–156

5. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA, *80-77–157

5. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *78-79–157

7. Perry Litwin, Rumson, NJ, *81-77–158

7. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA, *79-79–158

9. Quinn Dolan, Broomall, PA, *75-84–159

9. Chris Binet, Oreland, PA, *79-80–159

11. Ryan Cleary, Wilmington, DE, *85-77–162

12. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA, *82-81–163

12. John Warden, Ridgewood, NJ, *82-81–163

12. Nick Calabrese, Newtown Square, PA, *84-79–163

15. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA, *82-82–164

15. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *81-83–164

15. John Foley, Limerick, PA, *80-84–164

18. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ, *83-82–165

18. Peter Bradbeer, Philidelphia, PA, *86-79–165

18. Griffin Colvin, Media, PA, *80-85–165

21. Michael Barychewsky, Richboro, PA, *83-83–166

22. Zachary Sculler, Morganville, NJ, *90-78–168

22. Kyle Cunningham, Sayville, NY, *84-84–168

24. Ryan Conner, Newtown, PA, *86-83–169

25. David Cox, Lower Gwynedd, PA, *80-90–170

26. Matthew Cleary, Wilmington, DE, *80-91–171

27. Nolan Dirienzi, Media, PA, *81-91–172

28. Nick Fizzano, Newtown Square, PA, *94-81–175

29. Joe Rochelle, Quakertown, PA, *88-89–177

30. Robert Shaner, Fort Lee, NJ, *87-91-178

31. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY, *90-89–179

32. Holden Harris, New York, NY, *101-98–199

DID NOT FINISH

Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, PA, *83-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 5,956 yards, Par 70

1. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *74-76–150

2. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA, *84-88–172

3. Luke Sample, New York, NY, *92-82–174

4. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA, *90-91–181

 

 Girls Division – Gold Tees, 5,740 yards, Par 70

1. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ, *87-82–169*

2. Samantha Yao, Berwyn, PA, *84-85–169

3. Esther Park, Wilmington, DE, *89-85–174

4. Victoria Ross, Spring Grove, PA, *91-84–175

5. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY, *92-90–182

6. Meghan Fahey, Villanova, PA, *104-102–206

7. Kimmy Sanna, Swarthmore, PA, *116-107—223

 

*Won Playoff