Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters – Final results (Oct. 19, 2014)

Boys 14 & Under and Girls Division end in come-from-behind wins
Krekorian nabs his first victory in IJGT

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour headed to Savannah for the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on October 18-19, 2014. The two-day 36 holes tournament featured a field of more than 80 juniors from around the world competing for national rankings and IJGT merit points.

10636682_10154792846365026_7334357170016159650_o copyIn a come-from-behind effort, Brett Krekorian of Andover, Mass., broke free from a multi-person tie to move into first for the win at the Georgia Open. With a four-stroke deficit, Krekorian made up ground with the help of five second-round birdies and 10 pars. Krekorian comes off of a tie for 18th place in the IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club in his first-ever IJGT event. His final-round 2-under 70 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior with the lowest final round score of the tournament. Krekorian finished with scores of 75 and 70 to combine for a tournament total 145.

“I knew that if I could not make big numbers and make a few birdies and continue with pars, I could probably end up winning eventually,” said Krekorian.

Sharing second was Mark Goodall of Livingston, Scotland, and Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., both finishing with two-day totals of 149.



10481505_10154792845720026_444006067422180561_o copyIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., was victorious. McBride shared the divisional lead with Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, at the conclusion of round one before he turned on the heat. McBride made a run for the win with the help of 12 pars and two birdies to improve his round-one score by three. The win is the first of McBride’s career as well as his lowest tournament score (151) of his career.

“I put myself in good positions today, especially with the irons, and stayed patient all day,” said McBride.

In second was Pfoestl with a two-day total 166 while Arthur Drajer of Sandweiler, Luxembourg, finished in third with a total 180.



1617685_10154792845030026_3644729699337966755_o copyAlso in a come-from-behind fashion, Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, won the Girls Division. Trailing by three strokes at the end of round one, Quevedo used a stellar back-nine in round two to move into first. With a 12-hole par-or-better streak on holes 7 through 18, Quevedo recorded a final-round score of 74 to not only make up the deficit but also move into the lead by one.

“I did the same thing as yesterday and just tried to hit as many greens as possible. I played smart; I hit fairways, hit greens – as many greens as possible – and that was the main thing. I made some important putts for par, too,” said Quevedo.

In second was round-one leader Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezula, with a total 147. Rounding out the top three was Mind Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand, with scores of 79 and 71 to combine for a total 150. Puangcharoen’s 1-under 71 in round two earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 25-26, 2014, in the northeast with a Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club. To sign up for this event, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.

Pooler, GA. – Final Results of the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters Country Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 18-19, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,851 yards, Par 72 (72.8/132). Boys 14 & Under Division: Silver Tees – 6,269 yards, Par 72 (70.2/126). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5,982 yards, Par 72 (74.6/133)

Weather:                    Sunny with temperatures in the Low 80s, winds 10-15 mph

Sunny with temperatures in the High 70s, winds 5-7 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters Country Club
Pooler, GA
October 18-19, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Tees) – 6,851 yards, Par 72

1. Brett Krekorian, Andover, MA *75-70–145
2. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *73-76–149
2. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-75–149
4. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *77-73–150
5. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *80-71–151
6. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *77-75–152
6. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *77-75–152
6. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *77-75–152
6. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *74-78–152
6. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *71-81–152
11. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *77-76–153
11. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *76-77–153
11. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *75-78–153
11. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *75-78–153
11. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *75-78–153
16. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *75-79–154
17. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *76-79–155
17. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *74-81–155
19. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *82-74–156
19. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *80-76–156
19. Alex Vegh, Gahanna, OH *78-78–156
22. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *81-76–157
22. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *79-78–157
22. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *79-78–157
22. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *76-81–157
22. Masahi Yano, Aichi, Japan *75-82–157
22. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *74-83–157
28. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *82-76–158
28. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *80-78–158
28. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *78-80–158
28. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *76-82–158
32. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *80-80–160
33. Rowan Foxley, Arlington, WA *83-78–161
33. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *80-81–161
35. Yunjie Jin, Windermere, FL *79-84–163
36. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *84-80–164
37. Nate Tosto, Savannah, GA *82-83–165
37. Brandon McLean, Unionville, ON *82-83–165
39. Aniket Sawant, New Delhi, India *80-86–166
40. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *86-81–167
40. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *85-82–167
40. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *84-83–167
43. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *87-81–168
43. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *86-82–168
43. Colson Herrin, Augusta, GA *83-85–168
46. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *85-84–169
47. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *88-82–170
48. Jack O’Donovan, Pittsford, NY *83-89–172
49. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *84-89–173
49. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *83-90–173
51. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *90-84–174
52. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *83-95–178
53. Spencer Eller, Phoenix, AZ *96-87–183
53. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *88-95–183
55. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *91-99–190
56. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *93-104–197
57. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea *113-96–209


Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *DQ (Rule 15-3b)
Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA * DQ (Rule 15-3b)
Drew Smith, Decatur, GA *76-DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *DQ (Rule 15-3b)
Logan Stefanko, Plymouth, MI *87-DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *85-JWD
Liam Kent, Portage, MB *87-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (Silver Tees) – 6,269 yards, Par 72

1. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *77-74–151
2. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *77-89–166
3. Arthur Draijer, Sandweiler, Luxembourg *92-88–180
4. Ford Berger, Statesboro, GA *96-89–185
5. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *96-95–191

Girls Division (Red Tees) – 5,982 yards, Par 72

1. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *72-74–146
2. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *69-78–147
3. Warrisara Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *79-71–150
4. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *77-74–151
4. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *75-76–151
6. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *76-79–155
7. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-80–158
8. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *81-83–164
9. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *83-84–167
10. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *82-86–168
11. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *91-93–184
12. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *96-100–196

Team USA

Team USA Roster for 2014 North America Cup Announced

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The applications are in and among a highly competitive field of applicants, the IJGT is proud to announce this year’s IJGT Team USA roster for the 2014 North America Cup! Hosted this year by the Oldfield Golf Club, the North America Cup will take place from June 28-July 2, 2014, between the IGJT’s Team USA and the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada. With the USA on a six-year winning streak, this year’s Team USA has the task of continuing the success built by previous teams. With five repeat Team USA members on the squad this year, Team USA is primed and ready to take on the best that Canada has to offer! With that said, it is the IJGT’s pleasure to announce the following members of this year’s Team USA for the North America Cup:

2014 North America Cup – Team USA

Boys 15-19 Division:

Boys 14 & Under Division:

Girls Division:


Join us in congratulating these outstanding competitors on their selection, and wish them luck against our neighbors to the North! Go Team USA!

North America Cup headed back with TEAM USA

The 11th annual North America Cup action completed with a round of singles matches with 14 heavily heated pairings fighting to bring the cup back to their country.  Below are the final round results from the event.

Round 3 – Singles Matches


8:04 AM – Rhys Davies            Def.         Jake Leppek                                                4 & 2

8:12 AM – Mike May Jr.           Def.         Mitchell McPhail                                       2 Up

8:20 AM – Nick Russell            Def.          Conaire Kehoe                                           4 & 2

8:28 AM – Nolan Windsor         Def.         Evan Katz                                                    AS

8:36 AM – Trent Abraham         Def.          Mark Benevento                                       3 & 1

8:44 AM – Eamon Marone        Def.          John McKiernan                                      4 & 2

8:52 AM – Matt Cholod              Def.         Matthew Cleary                                          4 & 2

9:00 AM – Matt Barto                Def.         Mike Flegel                                                   1 Up

9:08 AM – Emily Doyle              Def.         Jany Martin                                                 5 & 3

9:16 AM – Marie Donnici            Def.         Allyson Wentworth                                  6 & 4

9:24 AM – Kahn Lee                   Def.         Grant Leppek                                                4 & 3

9:32 AM – Jason Chung             Def.         C.J. Hughes                                                 5 & 4

9:40 AM – Tristan Vandette        Def.         Will Thomson                                           3 & 2

9:48 AM – Nate Menon               Def.         Michael Lavorato                                       8 & 6




Top 3 Highlights:

3. Though the focus was on the 14 players that represented TEAM USA, the IJGT wanted to take a second to recognize the parents and families of the players that showed their support all week.  If it was not the patriotic attire many mothers had on, it was the proud fathers cheering on their sons and daughters, or the little sisters constantly supporting their brothers down the fairways.  As said by many parents this weekend, this was more than just another golf tournament. It was an event the whole family would never forget. Although the matches were close, stressful, and competitive, TEAM USA always had smiling faces along the way. Once again, the IJGT wants to thank the parents of TEAM USA for making this experience one of the best it has ever seen.

2. If you want to play as much golf as you can, as well as not lose a match in this Ryder Cup style format, just ask Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., how to do it.  Russell played fabulous in all three of the rounds starting with the dramatic finish on No. 18 of the fourball format of the first round.  Russell and Mike May Jr. of Auburn N.Y., managed to face a good bit of odds and May chipped in to halve the match on the 18th.  In the second round, Russell was paired with Jake Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., and the two found themselves down four in the first four holes.  Again, Russell and his partner battled back to halve the match.  In the third round, Russell took it into his own hands during singles matches.  Very competitive all day, Russell decided to cut this just a little bit short and win the match 3 & 1 on the 17th hole.  In the three-day match, no one else managed to play as many holes, as well as not lose a match like Russell did.

1.  To be named playing captain of IJGT TEAM USA was quite an honor for Matt Barto of Leechburg, Pa.  Barto more than lived up to the title that was given to him, on and off the course.  Barto’s attitude and determination were a key to the success of TEAM USA.  This was put on display in his third round which was singles matches.  Barto found himself down early and a few people counted him out.  At No. 11 teeing ground he was asked how he was doing and gave a hand signal that he was four down.  The difference however was that when most players are four down, they are not smiling and carrying on a conversation with their opponent.  Barto also had no idea how important his score could have been seeing he had known that some matches had been lost, with TEAM CANADA narrowing the gap.  Barto’s calm attitude led to him finding his swing late.  He won four of the next five holes and was all square heading to the 17th tee.  Barto did not look back from here as he showed his true leadership by battling adversity and won his match 1-Up playing all 18 holes.

North America Cup – Round 2 Results

The 11th annual North America Cup action resumed play this morning with the always challenging foursome matches.  Below are the second round results accompanied by the top-three highlights from the second round.

Round 2 – Foursomes

8:04 AM – Marie Donnici & Jany Martin                 Def.         Emily Doyle & Allyson Wentworth              1 Up

8:12 AM – Will Thomson & Nate Menon               Def.         Khan Lee & Michael Lavorato                     5 & 4

8:20 AM – C.J. Hughes & Grant Leppek               Def.          Jason Chung & Tristan Vandette               4 & 2

8:28 AM – Jake Leppek & Nick Russell              Halved         Nolan Windsor & Mike Flegel                      AS

8:36 AM –Trent Abraham & Matt Cholod              Def.          Evan Katz & Mike May Jr.                         3 & 1

8:44 AM – Matthew Cleary & Mark Benevento     Def.          Conaire Kehoe & Mitchell McPhail              4 & 2

8:52 AM – Eamon Marone & Matt Barto               Def.         Rhys Davies & John McKiernan                 4 & 2


Total (two-day)  SCORE: USA – 10          CANADA – 4


Top-Three Highlights:

3. Starting off of the first tee is never easy at the North America Cup as a large crowd always accompanies you on the tee.  This did not seem to phase Matthew Cleary of Greenville, Del., and Mark Benevento of Somers Point, N.J.  Benevento hit first telling Cleary he would leave him 150 yards in on the second shot if everything went to plan.  Joking, Cleary responded, “How about 137 yards, I have the club for that.”  Benevento shrugged it off and proceeded to blast his drive down the center of the fairway.  As they both approached the ball they took a look at their range finder to find that it had actually landed 137 yards from the flagstick.  Cleary now under pressure from the remark he made on the first tee took the opportunity and hit a fantastic shot inside 10 feet.  Benevento proceeded to finish the story by draining the putt which left the pairing 1-up after the first hole.

2.  The Girls pairing made up of Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., and Emily Doyle of Horseheads, N.Y., did not start their day off as they had planned.  They found themselves 3-down after No. 5 and proceeded to fall into a little struggle as they made it to No. 11 now down by six with seven holes to play.  At this point the two young ladies decided it was time to go back to what they knew best and that was enjoying the game they love.  You quickly saw the smiles come to their faces and the shots get better.  After winning the 12th hole they halved the 13th hole and many spectators felt the match would quickly be over.  The American girls had other plans.  They tore through the next four holes winning every single one of them and the whole golf course was buzzing of the miraculous change of events.  Ultimately the Canadians won the match on No. 18, but not enough can be said about the Americans determination and will to never give up.

1.  The worst thing you can do in match play is dig yourself into a deep hole early in which most will ever get out of.  Jake Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., and Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., sure did this by losing the first four holes of the day.  Give up? These young men never gave up and stormed back fighting off some great play by their Canadian counterparts.  They got an opportunity on No. 9 and ran with it.  They won holes Nos. 9-11 and were suddenly back in the match with the momentum behind them.  The Americans found themselves yet again with an unlucky break on the 16th and went down one.  As always there was no negative attitude and Russell was in the heat of it for the second day in a row.  They forced the play to 18 where they took advantage of an errant Canadian shot that found the left bunker.  The Americans found a way to come back and halve the hole when to most of the people watching thought they were down and out after losing the first four holes.

North America Cup – First Round Results

The 11th annual North America Cup kicked off this morning with an exciting round of fourball play at the exquisite Weston Golf & Country Club.  Below are the first round results accompanied by the top-three highlights from the first round.

Round 1 – Fourball

8:04 AM – Emily Doyle & Allyson Wentworth     Def.          Marie Donnici & Jany Martin                       2 & 1

8:12 AM – Will Thomson & C.J. Hughes             Def.         Tristan Vandette & Michael Lavorato            5 & 4

8:20 AM – Nate Menon & Grant Leppek             Def.         Jason Chung & Khan Lee                            2 & 1

8:28 AM – Trent Abraham & Matt Cholod           Def.         Jake Leppek & Matthew Cleary                    3 & 2

8:36 AM – Nick Russell & Mike May Jr.            Halved      Rhys Davies & John McKiernan                       AS

8:44 AM – Eamon Marone & Evan Katz              Def.          Nolan Windsor & Conaire Kehoe                 4 & 2

8:52 AM – Mark Benevento & Matt Barto            Def.         Mike Flegel & Mitchell McPhail                    5 & 4




Top 3 Highlights:

3. The Girls Division may have played as the toughest match all day.  TEAM USA made up of Emily Doyle of Horseheads, N.Y., and Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., found themselves down by two early in the round but fought back to give themselves a chance to win.  They got it back to all square at the turn with some spectacular shots.  TEAM CANADA battled all day but the girls were finally able to pull out a 2 & 1 victory.

2. Hole No. 3 at Weston is a very tough par-5 dogleg that turns directly up the hill to a very elevated green.  Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., found himself in the deep rough with a terrible lie after his tee shot, but this didn’t stop Marone from going for the green in two.  180 yards from the flagstick does not seem easy from high rough and up a treacherous hill, but Marone made it look simple banking the ball off of the flagstick to leave him a tap in eagle and easy win for the hole.

1.  As all of the players except Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., & Mike May Jr. of Auburn, N.Y., had finished their round, this pairing never gave up.  After hole No. 16 they were down two with two holes to play and things were not looking great for the Americans.  They managed to push the event to the final hole by winning the 17th.  The 18th tee was not what they expected as they both fired their shots down the left side and towards the trees.  May had no line at the hole but got the ball out to just in front of the green.  Russell made a miraculous shot and landed the ball within 15 feet of the flagstick which left everyone with the thought that his putt was going to be the difference.  With both teams, parents, and Weston members watching, May played his ball up towards the hole.  In fact, as the ball kept rolling, the crowd started getting excited when they realized it could go in. Finally the ball fell to the bottom of the cup to complete the fantastic comeback and to halve the match.  As TEAM USA stormed to jump on May, everyone in attendance felt a sense of unity for the 14 outstanding young men and women that make up IJGT TEAM USA.