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Final results from the College Classic at Penn State University

Sollon captures three-man playoff

Hernandez repeats in Girls Division

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour was in State College, Pa., on Oct. 19-20 for the College Classic at Penn State University. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was hosted by Penn State Golf Courses Blue Course, with players competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The field consisted of 71 players, ages 10-19, representing seven states and two countries.

Penn State’s Blue Course is home to the Pennsylvania State University’s Men’s and Women’s Division 1 Golf teams. Following renovations in 2007, the course became 640 yards longer and a par-72. The course was home to the Big Ten Championships in 2009. The course played 6,043 yards for the Girls Division, 6,239 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,793 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division. The tournament was played in rough weather during the first round, as wind and rain led temperatures to fall into the 40s. The final round was completed with sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Jake Sollon of Venetia, Pa., came away on top in a three-man playoff with Harry Jin of Palisades Park, N.J., and Nick Musshafen of Fairport, N.Y.

The top of the leaderboard was jammed after the first round, with Curren Mody of Monmouth Junction, N.J., being on top with a score of 1-over-par 73. Sollon, Jin, Musshafen, and Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., were all just one stroke behind.

SollonThe leaderboard did not get any clearer during the final round. Mody fell off the pace, unable to repeat his performance from the prior day, but the others remained in the hunt, while Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., and Nick Rencis of Long Valley, N.J., entered serious contention.

Teeing off on the front nine, many of the players took the turn in red numbers, headlined by Bliss who shot a 2-under-par 34. The tournament came down to the 18th hole, with all six players having a great shot at victory.

Bliss made par to finish the tournament with a total score of 149 and waited as the rest of the groups completed the round. Musshafen entered No. 18 with a share of the lead with Jin, but he hit his tee shot into a hazard and was forced to take a drop. He bogeyed the hole to finish with a 148 and eliminate Bliss. Rencis had a shot at birdie to match Musshafen, but he could not connect. Sollon was able to make his par to tie with Musshafen. The clubhouse leaders awaited Jin and Marone, hoping for a playoff.

Unaware he was holding a one-shot lead; Jin went for the green in two and hit a tree. His wedge shot from the rough came up short of the green, and after a chip, he left himself a long putt for par and the victory. Jin could not connect and bogeyed the hole, to complete the 36 holes also at 148, ensuring at least a three-man playoff. Marone had an opportunity to join the three but he could not connect on his birdie putt, finishing one shot back.

With Jin, Musshafen, and Sollon all tied, they headed to the 18th hole, an uphill par-5, for a sudden-victory playoff.

All three found the fairway off the tee in the playoff. With wind in their face, the players were forced to layup. Sollon’s approach from 130 yards came to a rest 10 feet from the cup, giving him a good look for birdie. Jin’s shot came next and he landed on the front of the green, giving himself a long putt for birdie. Musshafen was the last to hit his shot into the green, and he had the best of the three. Musshafen’s wedge shot stopped six feet from the cup, and he appeared to have the upper hand.

As a crowd formed around the green, Jin lined up his 30-foot putt. His putt did not have enough speed, stopping two feet short of the cup, but giving him what seemed to be an easy par. Second to putt was Sollon. His downhill putt slid quickly to the left and missed the cup, but he tapped in for a par.

Seeing both Jin and Sollon miss, Musshafen knew he had a putt for the victory. Like Sollon, though, Musshafen under-read the green’s break, and his putt rolled two feet past the hole. Musshafen and Jin, putting from almost identical spots, needed to sink their putts to keep the playoff going.

Neither was able to convert which cemented Sollon’s victory.

“I planned on getting the ball on and two-putting [for par],” Sollon noted.

It worked out for him, winning in his first event in the Boys 15-19 Division. All three players in the playoffs finished with scores of 74-74-148 for the weekend.

Bliss was the recipient of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, as he shot an even-par, 72, highlighted by draining a 50 foot putt for eagle on the fifth hole.

In the Girls Division, Claire Hernandez of Palgrave, Canada, followed up her victory at Penn State last season with a repeat performance.

HernandezHernandez was on top of her game from the opening hole, which she birdied. Dealing with the wind and rain, she shot an impressive 38 on her opening nine, carding five pars along with her birdie. She had a rare rough stretch on holes Nos 2-4, putting up three consecutive bogeys. She responded with a birdie at the sixth hole and after one more bogey at No. 9, finished the day with a leading score of 77.

Alyssa Schiera of West Windsor, N.J., put together a strong first round, shooting a 78 to sit one stroke behind Hernandez. Schiera’s first round was highlighted by birdies on the par-5, fifth hole and the par-3 17th hole. Mary Bryan Owen of Baltimore, Md., shot an opening-round 80 to join Hernandez and Schiera in the last group during the final round.

It did not take Hernandez long to increase her lead. Over the first three holes, she picked up two strokes on Schiera and four strokes on Owen. Hernandez played her best golf of the tournament over the next six holes, carding five pars and a chip-in birdie on No. 17, to shoot a 1-over-par 37, on her opening nine, making the turn with a seven-stroke lead.

That was the slimmest her lead got the rest of the day. Hernandez finished with seven pars and two bogeys on her final nine, and finished the final round with a 3-over-par 75, winning the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for her efforts. Her final score of 77-75-152 was 11 shots clear of second place.

Hernandez said the conditions caused her to change her game around, saying, “It was tough. My irons usually are high so I had to focus on keeping the ball low.”

Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., and Schiera tied for second with total scores of 163.

The Boys 14 & Under Division had a familiar name atop the leaderboard. Joe Parrini of York, Pa., was victorious for the fourth time this season, fueled by a final-round comeback.

Parrini psuParrini struggled with the conditions during the first round and started with bogeys on four of the first five holes after teeing off on No. 10. Parrini scored an opening-nine 41. Two double-bogeys and a bogey on the first five holes on the front side looked like it may be disastrous, but he recovered by playing the next four holes at 1-under-par to finish the day at 41-40-81.

The star of the first round in the division was Will Klein of Bethesda, Md. Klein only bogeyed seven holes, while finishing with par on 10 others, and a birdie on No. 5 to shoot a low-round 78. He had matching nine-hole scores of 39. Leo Hernandez of Stewartsville, N.J., sat four strokes off Klein’s lead.

From the start, the final round was not to be for Klein. Again teeing off on the back nine, by hole No. 11, his lead was gone, as Parrini and Hernandez surged. Parrini started his round with four consecutive pars, while Hernandez had five straight, to put them in a tie for first. A birdie on the 18th hole gave Parrini a one-stroke lead over Hernandez entering their final nine holes. Klein finished the back nine with a 43, two strokes back.

Parrini’s lead was up to three strokes after the first two holes on the front side and remained that way until the final hole. Hernandez could not get anything going until a birdie on the final hole, by which time he was out of contention. Parrini completed his day with a bogey at No. 9, finishing the tournament with scores of 81-80-161, putting him two shots ahead of Klein and Alex Lawson of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Parrini had many notable shots during the round, but the most memorable was on hole No. 18.

“On 18, I had about 210 to the green and I hit a cut with my hybrid and reached the green,” said Parrini

He went on to birdie that hole.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it the weekend of Oct. 26-27 at Hershey Links in Hummelstown, Pa. Hershey Links will be hosting their final IJGT Event, as the course is closing at the end of the season. 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.

 

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT College Classic at Penn State conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 20, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,793 yards, Par 72 (72.8/135) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,239 yards, Par 72 (70.1/127) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 6,043 yards, Par 72 (75.1/137).

 

Weather: Saturday: Rainy with temperatures in the low 50’s with 15-20 mph winds

Sunday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 50’s with 15-20 mph winds

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

College Classic at Penn State University

State College, Pa.

October 19-20, 2013

 

Penn State Golf Courses – Blue Course

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,793 yards, Par 72

1. Jake Sollon, Venetia, PA, *74-74–148**

2. Nick Musshafen, Fairport, NY, *74-74–148

2. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *74-74–148

4. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA, *77-72–149

4. Nick Rencis, Long Valley, NJ, *75-74–149

4. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ, *74-75–149

7. Eric Terminello, White Plains, NY, *75-76–151

8. Curren Mody, Monmouth Junction, NJ, *73-79–152

9. J.T. Barker, Bethlehem, PA, *80-73–153

10. Griffin Colvin, Media, PA, *78-76–154

11. Cody White, Sweetser, IN, *78-77–155

11. Garrett Bastardi, Boalsburg, PA, *75-80–155

13. David Ross, Lorton, VA, *78-78–156

13. Peter Skynner, Oakville, Canada, *79-77–156

13. Colin Dubnik, Rochester, NY, *76-80–156

13. Eddie Zhang, Murrysville, PA, *76-80–156

13. Jesse Kovacs, St James, NY, *75-81–156

18. Anthony DeNapoli, Catonsville, MD, *82-75–157

18. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY, *76-81–157

20. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA, *80-78–158

20. Will Snyder, Clifton, VA, *81-77–158

22. Nick Stottlemyer, Port Tobacco, MD, *81-78–159

22. Bryan Morris, Beltsville, MD, *80-79–159

24. Jared Swick, Gaithersburg, MD, *82-78–160

24. Spencer Shepperly, New Vernon, NJ, *78-82–160

26. Paul Edgar, Kitchener, Canada, *86-75–161

27. Justin Ayanian, McLean, VA, *84-78–162

27. Davis Diethrich, Allison Park, PA, *80-82–162

27. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY, *78-84–162

30. Grant Brongo, Spencerport, NY, *82-81–163

30. David Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA, *85-78–163

30. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY, *80-83–163

30. Edward Owen, Baltimore, MD, *78-85–163

34. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA, *83-81–164

34. Andrew Hudencial, Markham, Canada, *85-79–164

36. Will Haller, Gaithersburg, MD, *83-82–165

37. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA, *82-84–166

38. Josh Huhn, Wexford, PA, *83-84–167

38. Victor Adamson, Silver Spring, MD, *85-82–167

40. Alex Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *87-81–168

40. Hunter Lee, Great Neck, NY, *82-86–168

42. Jamie Agnew, Fairfax, VA, *82-88–170

42. James Pelcher, Baldwinsville, NY, *88-82–170

42. Bobby Hapanowicz, Presto, PA, *85-85–170

45. Cristian Cerza, Greenwich, CT, *82-90–172

46. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ, *91-82–173

47. Phillip Held, Lafayette Hill, PA, *89-85–174

47. Michael Duffy, Nazareth, PA, *86-88–174

49. Alex Hepburn, Corning, NY, *82-94–176

49. Connor Jaenke, Arnold, MD, *87-89–176

51. Will Dolin, Oakton, VA, *90-88–178

52. Will Lusk, Venetia, PA, *89-92–181

DID NOT FINISH

Andrew Neal, Chevy Chase, MD, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,239 yards, Par 72

1. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *81-80–161

2. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA, *83-80–163

2. Will Klein, Bethesda, MD, *78-85–163

4. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY, *83-83–166

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

6. West Shaw, Alexandria, VA, *83-84–167

7. Chris Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *84-84–168

8. Teddy Trosset, Cooperstown, NY, *88-81–169

9. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ, *87-92–179

 

Girls Division – Gold Tees, 6,043 yards, Par 72

1. Claire Hernandez, Palgrave, Canada, *77-75–152

2. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ, *82-81–163

2. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ, *78-85–163

4. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ, *84-82–166

4. Yeji Shin, Norwood, NJ, *86-80–166

4. Raphaella Kang, Bayside, NY, *81-85–166

4. Mary Bryan Owen, Baltimore, MD, *80-86–166

8. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ, *82-92–174

9. Anessa Amin, Easton, PA, *90-95–185

10. Annie Caputo, Manlius, NY, *100-95–195

 

**Won Playoff

Final Results from the Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill CC

Marone emerges victorious at Locust Hill

Wentworth earns first IJGT victory 

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour was in Pittsford, N.Y., on Sept. 28-29 for the Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill. Over the course of two days and 36 holes at Locust Hill Country Club, junior golfers ages 10-19 competed for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The field consisted of 45 players representing three states and two countries.

Located only minutes from the city of Rochester, Locust Hill Country Club was designed by Scottish Architect Seymour Dunn. The private club played 6,000 yards for the Girls Division, 6,197 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,575 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division. The weather could not have been any better for the golfers, as both days featured clear skies and temperatures in the 70s. Trees lined narrow fairways and small greens made every shot take the players’ full concentration. Also, ponds and creeks come into play on nine holes. For those reasons, Locust Hill has hosted an LPGA tournament every year since 1977 and the Wegman’s LPGA Championship from 2010-2013.

The Boys 15-19 Division came down to the wire as a number of players were in contention entering the final round. Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., eventually emerged victorious, winning by one stroke over four other players. Marone finished the tournament with a score of 146, while Jack Gianniny of Rochester, N.Y., Harry Jin of Palisades Park, N.J., Joe Petrin of Cicero, N.Y., and Nick Musshafen of Fairport, N.Y., all finished at 147.

Marone carded 14 pars and a birdie as part of a first-round 2-over-par 74. He was one stroke off the leaders, Jin and MaronePetrin, entering the final day. Jin birdied five holes and Petrin two, as both shot 1-over-par, 73 for the first round. Musshafen also shot an opening-round 74.

Gianniny made the biggest move on the final day after shooting 78 in round one. He sat five strokes off the lead entering the day, but shot a final-round 3-under-par 69 to put himself back in contention. The  round of 69, which was enough to win him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, was highlighted by six birdies as part of a 5-under-par 32 on the back nine.

As Gianniny watched from behind the 18th green, the rest of the leaders finished up. Musshafen birdied No. 17 to get to 2-over-par for the tournament but a bogey on No. 18 dropped him to 3-over-par, and put him in a tie with Gianniny. Marone, Jin and Petrin all stepped to the 18th tee at 2-over-par and with an opportunity to win.

Both Jin and Petrin found the fairway off the tee, but Marone missed right, leaving himself under the trees. Even with the difficult approach, Marone reached the green in two, while Jin left his approach short and Petrin missed the green to the right. Petrin and Jin chipped to within 10 feet and Marone’s putt came up a few feet short, as Gianniny and Musshafen looked on.

Petrin was first up to putt and he missed his putt to the right, tapping in for bogey. Next up was Jin. His putt burned the left edge but would not fall, as he also dropped a stroke with a bogey. That left Marone with a three-foot putt for par and the championship. He stood over his uphill putt with a large group of spectators watching. Marone made the putt to earn the victory at the Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill.

“It’s challenging. It’s a tight course, you can’t just bomb it all over the place, I made a lot of putts within 10 feet and that was key for me,” said Marone.

In the Girls Division, Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., won her first IJGT Event. Wentworth finished with a total score of 152 to earn the six-stroke victory.

Wentworth used 10 pars and two birdies to card a first-round 77 to take the outright lead heading into the final round. WentworthShe sat two strokes clear of Chelsea Dantonio of Lancaster, N.Y., and four strokes ahead of Christine Schmitt of Pittsford, N.Y., as the three made up final group.

Dantonio closed the game to one after the first three holes on during the final round but never got any closer. After nine holes, Wentworth’s lead was up to four, as she shot a 2-over-par, 39, while Dantonio carded a 41, and Schmitt, a 40.

Schmitt started the back nine off with three consecutive pars and sat three off the lead with six holes to play. Wentworth caught the hot hand at the right moment, though, putting together a streak of five pars on holes Nos. 4-8. Entering the final hole, a par-3, Wentworth’s lead sat at five strokes.

Even with the lead, Wentworth played the final hole aggressively, putting her tee shot within 15 feet. She finished in style, sinking the birdie putt to finish the round with a 3-over-par 75, and earning the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Wentworth noted that the key to her victory was, “…definitely putting. Anything within 10 feet I made this weekend.”

Schmitt finished second with scores of 81-77-158 while Dantonio placed third with a 79-81-160.

Danny Gianniny of Rochester, N.Y., earned his first victory of the season in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Danny Gianniny got off to a strong start in the first round, carding two birdies and six pars on his way to an 81, carrying a five-stroke lead into the final round.

Danny Gianniny continued his strong play during the last round. Paired with Chris Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa. and Dylan Plis Camillus, N.Y., Danny Gianniny shot a 42 on the front nine, to open up a six-stroke lead. Plis fired a 40 on the Gianninyfront to get within eight of the lead, heading into the back nine.

Danny Gianniny started his back nine with another birdie, and was on his way to the victory. He matched his front-nine score on the back to finish at 84 for the day and 165 for the tournament.

When asked about any key shots he made, Danny Gianniny was quick to note, “On my 10th hole today, I stuck a shot to about a foot.” He made the putt for a birdie on his way to the victory.

Tanabe carded three birdies on in the final round as part of an 88, putting him in a tie for second with Plis. Both finished with scores of 174 over the two days.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it the weekend of Oct. 5-6 in College Park, Md., for the College Series at University of Maryland. The tournament will be played at the University of Maryland Golf Course, home to the University of Maryland’s Men’s and Women’s Division 1 golf teams.

To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Final-round results of the IJGT Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 29, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Green Tees – 6,575 yards, Par 72 (75.5/137) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,197 yards, Par 72 (71.2/132) Girls Division: Blue Tees – 6,000 yards, Par 72 (76.2/139)

Weather:        Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 0-5 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 0-5 mph winds

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Locust Hill Country Club

Pittsford, N.Y.

September 28-29, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Green Tees, 6,575 yards, Par 72

1. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ, *74-72–146

2. Jack Gianniny, Rochester, NY, *78-69–147

2. Nick Musshafen, Fairport, NY, *74-73–147

2. Joe Petrin, Cicero, NY, *73-74–147

2. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *73-74–147

6. James Pelcher, Baldwinsville, NY, *74–79-153

6. Mike May, Auburn, NY, *75-78–153

8. Scott Chambers, Pittsford, NY, *79-75–154

8. Sean Dain, Oswego, NY, *77-77–154

10. Phil Leahy, Waterloo, Canada, *81-74–155

11. Alex Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *76-80–156

11. Jack DePerrior, Rochester, NY, *77-79–156

13. Matt Monaco, Baldwinsville, NY, *83-74–157

13. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY, *78-79–157

13. Christian Nizamis, Baldwinsville, NY, *83-74–157

16. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY, *82-78–160

16. David Hanes, Elma, NY, *84-76–160

18. Michael McIntosh, Chittenango, NY, *82-79–161

18. Nicklaus Cuny, Cranberry Township, PA, *80-81–161

18. Evan Gaesser, Kendall, NY, *85-76–161

18. Brad Belote, Lancaster, NY, *83-78–161

22. Andrew Fedele, Rochester, NY, *76-90–166

23. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY, *86-81–167

24. Andrej Erkelens, Pittsford, NY, *84-86–170

25. Grant Brongo, Spencerport, NY, *83-91–174

26. Alex Hepburn, Corning, NY, *91-86–177

27. Noah Andriatch, Brockport, NY, *89-91–180

28. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY, *97-84–181

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,197 yards, Par 72

1. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY, *81-84–165

2. Chris Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *86-88–174

2. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY, *91-83–174

4. Tj Buck, Penfield, NY, *95-97–192

5. Chang Hyun Park, Pittsford, NY, *107-117–224

 

Girls Division – Blue Tees, 6,000 yards, Par 72

1. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ, *77-75–152

2. Christine Schmitt, Pittsford, NY, *81-77–158

3. Chelsea Dantonio, Lancaster, NY, *79-81–160

4. Sarah Godfrey-Singleton, Depew, NY, *87-79–166

5. Sarah Bothner, Rochester, NY, *86-82–168

6. Emily Connors, Lancaster, NY, *84-85–169

7. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY, *86-87–173

8. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY, *88-87–175

9. Katie Walsh, Baldwinsville, NY, *88-91–179

10. Sarah Notaro, Lancaster, NY, *96-84–180

DID NOT FINISH

Meredith Glenning, Rochester, NY, *93–JWD

Lindsay May, Auburn, NY, *JWD