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Final results from the NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club

Lowe wins in first IJGT Event

Leppek victorious at Darkhorse

 

AUBURN, Calif. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club in Auburn, Calif., on Sept. 21-22. The two-day, 36-hole event was contested at Darkhorse Golf Club, which is ranked the eighth best course you can play according to Golfweek Magazine. A talented field with players ages 10-19 took on the course, competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Lowe TrophyLogan Lowe of Grass Valley, Calif., won the Boys 15-19 Division in his first appearance in an IJGT Event. The first round was key to his success in the tournament as he built himself a large cushion after an impressive 1-over-par 73. Darkhorse Golf Club was not playing easy that day, as consistent rain was falling for the entire back-nine. Lowe made two birdies on his round, but the highlight of his round came on the par-4, eighth hole where he holed out from 135 yards for eagle.

“I hit a wedge and I started walking because I thought it was going to be good. And then my grandparents and parents started screaming so I knew it went into the hole,” commented Lowe.

Going into the final round, Lowe did not change his approach. He was consistent and avoided any large numbers that would have allowed his fellow competitors a chance to take the lead from him. After 10 pars and two birdies he finished his round with a 7-over-par 79 which was good enough to secure a 10-stroke victory.

“I really didn’t think any differently out there. I just tried to take it one shot at a time,” said Lowe.

Finishing in a tie for second place were Karl Beidle of Reno, Nev., and Michael Bove of Truckee, Calif., who finished with a tournament total of 162.

Leppek TrophyIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Grant Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., was once again victorious in an IJGT Event. Leppek played solid both days en route to a 152 tournament total. He was able to navigate the difficult golf course and make the key putts when he needed. In the first round, Leppek battled the worst of the rain as he played 10 holes after the weather delay.

“The front nine (in the first round) had great conditions, but on the back nine it changed severely,” said Leppek.

Leppek saved his best game for the last day of the NorCal Junior where he posted a 2-over-par 74 which was the low round of the day. It also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. During his round, Leppek was able to convert 14 pars including six consecutive ones to start his round. His lone birdie on the day came on the 15th hole where he dropped a 40-foot putt to his own disbelief.

“It was pretty much just hit it and hope,” commented Leppek.

This was Leppek’s second IJGT victory with the first coming at the NorCal Open at Eagle Ridge last November.

Finishing in second place was Michael Tan of Carmichael, Calif., with a tournament total of 170. Rounding out the top three was Cole Skach of Reno, Nev., with a tournament total of 190.

Jones Trophy

The Girls Division played out the same as the other divisions where the first-round leaders held onto their leads to secure victories. Trae Jones of Sparks, Nev., put together a solid final round of 83 to fend off the competition at Darkhorse Golf Club.

In the first round, Jones had a little trouble prior to the weather delay. She made two double-bogeys on the front nine but quickly regrouped on the back nine where she played her last two holes in 1-under-par to shoot an opening-round 86 giving her a four-stroke advantage going into the last round.

The last day was much smoother for Jones as she started off very well making a birdie and four pars en route to a 40 on the front nine. She was able to stay steady on the back nine to finish off her tournament with an 83 which also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This was Jones’s first career IJGT title.

“Today (final round) I was just playing for par. I was playing against the course and taking it one shot at a time,” said Jones.

Finishing in second place was Gurman Kaur of Elk Grove, Calif., who recorded a tournament score of 176 for the Event.

The IJGT West Coast tour will be back in action on Nov. 16-17 in Half Moon Bay, Calif., for Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon Bay. The scenic golf course is located on the Pacific Ocean and is featured in many publications as a top golf destination in all of California.

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.

 

AUBURN, Calif. – Final-round results of the IJGT NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 22, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Copper Tees – 6,765 yards, Par 72 (73.3/136) Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,219 yards, Par 72 (70.8/129) Girls Division: Whtie Tees – 5,714 yards, Par 72 (77.9/142)

 

Weather:        Saturday: Rainy with temperatures in the low 60’s with 5-10 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 60’s with 0-5 mph winds

 

International Junior Golf Tour

NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club

Auburn, Calif.

September 21-22, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,765 yards, Par 72

1. Logan Lowe, Grass Valley, CA, *73-79–152

2. Karl Beidle, Reno, NV, *81-81–162

2. Michael Bove, Truckee, CA, *79-83–162

4. Louie Euer, Loomis, CA, *84-87–171

5. Jake Leppek, Rocklin, CA, *90-94–184

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – Blue Tees, 6,219 yards, Par 72

1. Grant Leppek, Rocklin, CA, *78-74—152

2. Michael Tan, Carmichael, CA, *81-89–170

3. Cole Skach, Reno, NV, *89-101–190

 

Girls Division – White Tees, 5,714 yards, Par 72

1. Trae Jones, Sparks, NV, *86-83—169

2. Gurman Kaur, Elk Grove, CA, *90-86–176

 

 

 

 

 

First-round highlights from the NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club

AUBURN, Calif. – Players at the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club experienced a true fall experience on the official first day of Fall. A lengthy weather delay dampened the round; however there were still many highlights from the first day of action at Darkhorse Golf Club, which is the eighth best course you can play in the state of California according to Golfweek Magazine.

The best round of the day came from Logan Lowe of Grass Valley, Calif., who leads the Boys 15-19 Division after a solid 1-over-par 73. Lowe’s round was kick-started by an eagle on the par-4 eighth hole at Darkhorse Golf where he holed out from the middle of the fairway. Here is Lowe’s round by the numbers.

Lowe Tee Shot1Logan Lowe by the numbers:

73 – lowest round of the day in the NorCal Junior

35 – front-nine score

11 – number of pars  in his round

2 – score he made on the par-4 eighth hole

1 – appearance on the IJGT

 

 

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, a familiar face sits atop the leaderboard after a stellar round in tough weather conditions. Grant Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., shot a 6-over-par 78 to take a small lead headed into the final round. Here is Leppek’s round by the numbers.

Leppek, G Tee Shot1Grant Leppek by the numbers:

38 – back-nine score

6 – number of consecutive pars to start his round

3 – stroke lead going into tomorrow’s final round

2 – number of birdies in his round (both on the back nine)

-1 – score on the four par 3’s at Darkhorse Golf Club

 

 

Trae Jones of Sparks, Nev., has the lead in the Girls Division after a first-round score of 86. The course proved to be very difficult with many long shots into elevated greens. Here is Jones’s round by the numbers.

Jones Tee Shot1Trae Jones by the numbers:

142 – Slope Rating of the Girls tees for the NorCal Junior

77.9 – Course Rating of the Girls tees for the NorCal Junior

8 – number of pars in her round

4 – stroke lead going into the final round

1 – number of birdies in her round

 

Final results from the first round of the NorCal Junior can be found here. Pairings for the final day of action are posted here.

NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is traveling west for the NorCal Junior Sept. 21-22 at Darkhorse Golf Club in Auburn, CA.

Designed by well-renowned course architect Keith Foster, Darkhorse sits in the Sierra Nevada foothills on what used to be an 1,100-acre cattle ranch. The course is known for its many elevation changes, along with strategically placed bunkers and a course layout that presents a variety of shot making opportunities.

The 6th hole at Darkhorse Golf Club.

The 6th hole at Darkhorse Golf Club.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Karl Beidle of Reno, NV., and Michael Bove of Truckee, CA., should be two of the top golfers in the division. Beidle will make his first tour appearance of the season after posting sixth-place and tied for tenth finishes in his two tour Events last season. Bove, who moving up from the Boys 14 & Under Division, finished tied for third at last season’s Golden Gate Junior at Presidio Golf Course.

Gurman Kaur (Elk Grove, CA.) and Trae Jones (Sparks, NV.) will battle things out in the Girls Division. Kaur tallied a ninth-place finish at last season’s Golden Gate Junior, while Jones finished right behind her in tenth-place.

The Boys 14 & Under Division could prove to be the most competitive, with three golfers all having posted high finishes in previous IJGT Events. Grant Leppek of Rocklin, CA., posted a win and two second-place finishes in four tour appearances last season, while Michael Tan of Carmichael, CA., won the Golden Gate Junior last season.

Cole Skach of Reno, NV., earned a third-place finish at last season’s Reno Junior at ArrowCreek.

 

Final results from the West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale

Rybicki captures crown on final hole

Whisler wins first IJGT title

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the first West Coast event of the 2013-2014 season at TPC Scottsdale, Sept. 1-2. The West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale, a 36-hole event, was contested on the Stadium Course and the Champions Course. Abnormal humidity and wind made scoring conditions tough in the desert throughout the weekend.

Rybicki Tee Shot2The Boys 15-19 Division came down to the wire on Monday at the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale. Ryan Rybicki of Maricopa, Ariz., was able to hold off Jackson Whisenhunt of Phoenix, Ariz., and Sam McKay of Scottsdale, Ariz., to earn his first IJGT title in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Going into the last hole Whisenhunt held a one-stroke lead over both Rybicki and McKay, but a double-bogey created an opportunity for his fellow competitors to seize the top spot. Rybicki was able to execute his shots and recorded a par on the closing hole, while McKay managed a bogey. Rybicki’s final-round score of 7-over-par 78 gave him a tournament total of 151 and a one-stroke victory.

McKay and Whisenhunt finished in a tie for second place with a tournament score of 152. McKay’s first-round score of 1-over-par 72 on the Stadium Course earned him the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the player that has the lowest score in the first round of every IJGT Event. Whisenhunt carded a 6-over-par 77 on Monday claiming the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Whisler TrophyPlaying in a nationally-ranked tournament is usually a pretty nervous experience; however Jack Whisler of Scottsdale, Ariz., handled himself well en route to a victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Whisler started the tournament off with a birdie on the opening hole and never looked back. He would make two more birdies on his way to a score of 7-over-par 78 on Sunday. This score earned him the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award and also gave him a two-stroke leading going into the final round on Monday on the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale.

The final round was a battle until the very end as Whisler and Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif.,  exchanged spurts of great golf on the first 14 holes. The turning point of the tournament came on No. 15 where Whisler converted a birdie on the short par-4 and Ordona made bogey. From there it was smooth sailing for Whisler who finished with a final-round score of 83 which earned him the title and also the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Ordona took second place in the tournament finishing with a tournament total of 164.

The IJGT West Coast tour will head to Auburn, Calif.,  the weekend of Sept. 21-22 for the NorCal Junior at Darkhorse 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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.