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TEAM USA Brings the Trophy Home

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Okatie, South Carolina- The International Junior Golf Tour met the Canadian Junior Golf Association at the North America Cup for the fourteenth consecutive year. The teams were hand selected based on their performance in recent competitions and their exceptional demeanor on and off the course. The North America Cup traditionally begins with opening ceremonies followed by an official practice round.  The squads then play three different matches in Ryder Cup format. The teams play a four-ball match, followed by an alternate shot match, and rounding out the tournament with singles matches. Each match won is equivalent to one point, and this year every point counted.

IMG_3335On July 4, it was only fitting that the United States hit the ground running. With an impressive start, the momentum carried the team for days to come. In the Girls’ Division, Sophia Burnett and Sarah Perine, had a competitive day ending in a squared match against Canada’s Lucy Liu and Esther Subin. The teams were never up by one hole at any given time throughout the round.

 

“We needed each other throughout the match, and we could not have had better team work,” said Perine.

 

In the 15-and-Under Division, Chase Phillips and Deion Shepherd, scored a point for Team USA finishing one match ahead of Gu and Krauss. That match, just like the girls’, continued to be back and forth throughout the round. In the Boys’ 15-19 Division, two out three points favored the United States. Reid Bedell and Cole Berger scored a point in their match while never losing confidence against Beckstead and White. RJ Wren and Sean Stanistreet battled from behind all the way to the final hole, where they ended victorious, adding another point for Team USA. Trevor Hogan and Patrick Sheehan played red-hot Brunet and Simpson, but ultimately lost. The United States finished Day One with a 3.5 to 1.5 lead.

After a great first day, Team USA went into the second day with perfect chemistry, and a strong desire to win. One match short of a clean sweep, the team continued to battle across all levels.

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“Being comfortable on and off the course with each other helped to secure four victories on Day Two,” said RJ Wren.

 

The Girls’ Division, the 15-and-Under, and two of the three 15-19 Boys’ collected a point. Deion Shepherd and Sean Stanistreet battled for the clean sweep, but ultimately fell short after fighting through eighteen holes. After Day Two, Team USA led Team Canada 7.5 to 2.5.

 

On the final day of North America Cup, the teams contended for ten obtainable points. Every match was important, and team USA needed three points to secure the final victory. Players had their ups and downs throughout the challenging day, but collected all the points needed to win. Cole Berger, Reid Bedell, and RJ Wren each scored a point in their single matches.

 

Bedell said, “I thought the team effort was incredible and the comradery was phenomenal! Each of us played our hearts out and did not leave anything on the course.”

 

Sean Stanistreet battled for a square match against Canada’s Thiessen. Mikee Ordona birdied the final four holes of his match to regain the lead and secure a point for the team. Sophia Burnett added an additional point for the team by finishing with a 45-foot putt, while Team USA lined the green to cheer her on.

 

“It was a great way to end, a long putt like that, it was a perfect ending to a great tournament,” Burnett said.

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Team USA secured a 13 to 7 victory during the final round of the tournament. The North America Cup will continue next year, on Canadian soil.

 

Captain Nick Walker said, “I am so proud to be apart of this victory for Team USA. All credit goes to the players. The difference, I believe, was how tight knit our team was, both on and off the course. The love they showed one another was something amazing to watch and it was truly humbling to be a part of and witness.”

 

North America Cup 2016 has come to a close, and the hardware has been returned to the United States. The IJGT would like to thank Oldfield GC, CJGA, players, coaches, and parents for a great event. We are looking forward to North America Cup 2017 already!

 

 

Final Results of the North America Cup at Oldfield CC were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on July 4-6.

Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees- 6,726 par 72 (73.4/136). Boys 15 &Under Division: White Course Tees-5,976 (70.6/128). Girls Division: Blue Tees-5,924 (68.8/124).

Round One, July 4, 2016: Four-ballBoys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6726 yards, Par 721.     USA, Trevor Hogan and Patrick Sheehan vs. CAN, Vincet Brunet and Shayne Simpson: 6&4 CAN2.     USA, Reid Bedell and Cole Berger vs. CAN, Taylor Beckstead and Braydon White: 3&2 USA3.     USA, Sean Stanistreet and RJ Wren vs. CAN, Michael Ikejiani and Mitchell Thiessen: 1up USA Boys 15U Division- Blue Tees, 6976 yards, Par 721.     USA, Chase Phillips and Deion Shepherd vs. CAN, Vick Gu and Mathias Krauss: 1up USA Girls Division – White Tees, 5924 yards, Par 721.     USA, Sophia Burnett and Sarah Perine vs. CAN, Lucy Liu and Esther Subin: All Square

Round Two, July 5, 2016: FoursomeBoys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6726 yards, Par 721.     USA, Deion Shepherd and Sean Stanistreet vs. CAN, Micheal Ikejiani and Mitchell Thiessen, 1up CAN2.     USA, Cole Berger and Trevor Hogan vs. CAN, Braydon White and Taylor Beckstead: 4&3 USA3.     USA, Reid Bedell and RJ Wren vs. CAN, Shayne Simpson and Vincent Brunet: 4&2 USA Boys 15U Division- Blue Tees, 6976 yards, Par 721.     USA, Patrick Sheehan and Mikee Ordona vs. CAN, Vick Gu and Mathias Krauss: 4&3 USA Girls Division – White Tees, 5924 yards, Par 721.     USA, Sophia Burnett and Sarah Perine vs. CAN, Lucy Liu and Esther Subin: 3&2 USA

Round Three, July 6, 2016: Singles MatchesBoys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6726 yards, Par 721.     USA, Cole Berger vs. CAN, Vincent Brunet: 1up USA2.     USA, Trevor Hogan vs. CAN, Braydon White: 3&2 CAN3.     USA, Patrick Sheehan vs. CAN, Taylor Beckstead: 5&4 CAN4.     USA, Reid Bedell vs. CAN Mitchell Thiessen: 2&1 USA5.     USA, Sean Stanistreet vs. CAN, Michael Ikejiani: Square6.     USA, RJ Wren vs. CAN, Shayne Simpson: 2up USA Boys 15U Division- Blue Tees, 6976 yards, Par 721.     USA, Chase Phillips vs. CAN, Michael Krauss: 2&1 CAN2.     USA, Mikee Ordona vs. CAN, Vick Gu: 3&1 USA Girls Division – White Tees, 5924 yards, Par 721.     USA, Sarah Perine vs. CAN, Esther Subin: 2&1 CAN2.     USA, Sophia Burnett vs. CAN Lucy Liu: 3&1 USA

 

North America Cup – Final Results

The final round of North America Cup concluded on July 9, 2015, with Team Canada winning the annual match-play competition for the second consecutive year. The competition was tied going into the 13 singles matches on the last day, which set the stage for an exciting finish. The final round atmosphere exceeded all expectations with matches going back and forth between Team USA and Team Canada.

Jack Cornforth was the first match out, and he got the momentum shifted towards the American side after his convincing 5&4 victory. Fellow 14 & Under Division teammate, James Meyers grabbed the second point of the day for Team USA with a 2&1 victory. Team Canada grabbed the remaining two points in the Boys 14 & Under Division to square things up.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Cole Berger was able to grab a critical point with his 5&4 victory to put another American Flag on the board. Team Canada displayed great resilience bouncing back with the next three points to retake lead. It was short lived as Dylan Plis and Richard Riva III were able to collect 3&2 victories to tie the matches. In the last three matches on the course, Sean Stanistreet was able to record a half point and Gillian Alexander in the Girls Division rallied to win her match 2&1.

At the end of the day, the matches were tied at 13.5 points giving the cup to Team Canada who had won the 2014 North America Cup in South Carolina. Both teams demonstrated outstanding effort throughout the course of the matches. The healthy competitive environment between Team USA and Team Canada was a testament to the spirit of the event, which is in its 13th year. Here are the final results of the singles matches.

Final Results – Singles Matches

2015 North America Cup
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Weston Golf & Country Club

Team Canada

Team USA

Result

Match 1 Jean-Philippe Denicourt vs Jack Cornforth USA 5&4
Match 2 Robbie Latter vs James Meyers USA 2&1
Match 3 Parker Lee vs Mikee Ordona CAN 6&4
Match 4 Max Wang vs TJ Buck CAN 4&2
Match 5 Tyler Erb vs Cole Berger USA 5&4
Match 6 Fritz Lo vs Jake Sitzler CAN 3&1
Match 7 Andrew Russ vs West Shaw CAN 6&4
Match 8 Ryan Trapp vs Dylan Plis USA 3&2
Match 9 Angelo Giantsopolous vs Richard Riva III USA 3&2
Match 10 Aiden Gavey vs RJ Wren CAN 1up
Match 11 Matthew Vihant vs Reid Bedell CAN 7&5
Match 12 Ty Celone vs Sean Stanistreet AS
Match 13 Katelyn McMahon vs Gillian Alexander USA 2&1
Team USA

North America Cup – Round 2 Results & Round 3 Pairings

North America Cup action continued on July 8, 2015, at Weston Golf & Country Club with Team USA winning the foursomes matches 4-3 to draw even with Team Canada in the overall competition. Here is a summary of the matches.

 

Second Round Results – Foursomes 

CJGA Team Canada IJGT Team USA Result
Katelyn McMahon Gillian Alexander USA 3&1
Emilie Tyndall   
Ty Celone vs. Richard Riva III CAN 5&4
Angelo Giantsopolous Jake Sitzler
Fritz Lo vs. Reid Bedell USA 6&5
Ryan Trapp RJ Wren
Tyler Erb vs. Cole Berger USA 4&3
Andrew Russ West Shaw
Matthew Vihant vs. Sean Stanistreet CAN 4&2
Aidan Gavey Dylan Plis
Jean-Philippe Denicourt  vs. Mikee Ordona CAN 1UP
Max Wang Jack Cornforth
Robbie Latter  vs. TJ Buck USA 3&2
Parker Lee James Meyers

 

This sets the stage for an exciting day of golf on July 9, 2015. 13 singles matches will be contested with Team USA needing to get to at total of 14.5 points to bring the North America Cup back to United States soil. Team Canada will look to retain the cup after winning the 2014 North America Cup. Tee times for the singles matches start at 7:30am off No. 1 tee at Weston Golf & Country Club. You can view the matches here.

Final Round Pairings – Singles Matches

2015 North America Cup

Thursday July 9, 2015

Weston Golf & Country Club

                              Team Canada                                                  Team USA

7:30AM                Jean-Philippe Denicourt             vs                          Jack Conforth

7:39AM                Robbie Latter                                   vs                          James Meyers

7:48AM                Parker Lee                                         vs                          Mikee Ordona

7:57AM                 Max Wang                                         vs                          TJ Buck

8:06AM                Tyler Erb                                           vs                          Cole Berger

8:15AM                 Fritz Lo                                               vs                          Jake Sitzler

8:24AM                Andrew Russ                                    vs                          West Shaw

8:33AM                Ryan Trapp                                       vs                          Dylan Plis

8:42AM                Angelo Giantsopolous                  vs                          Richard Riva III

8:51AM                 Aidan Gavey                                      vs                          RJ Wren

9:00AM               Matthew Vihant                               vs                          Reid Bidell

9:09AM               Ty Celone                                            vs                          Sean Stanistreet

9:18AM                Emilie Tyndall                                   vs                          Gillian Alexander

Team USA

North America Cup – Round 1 Results & Round 2 Pairings

The North Amwerica Cup got underway on July 7, 2015, at Weston Golf & Country Club with Team Canada, represented by the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA), taking a 4-3 lead in the annual match-play event. Today’s matches were played in a fourball format. All matches were tightly contested with no side winning by more than a two-hole margin. Below are the final results from day one.

First Round Results – Fourball 

CJGA Team Canada IJGT Team USA Result
Katelyn McMahon Gillian Alexander CAN 2&1
Emilie Tyndall   
Andrew Russ vs. Sean Stanistreet USA 2&1
Angelo Giantsopolous Dylan Plis
Tyler Erb vs. Richard Riva III CAN 2&1
Ryan Trapp RJ Wren
Ty Celone vs. Reid Bedell USA 2UP
Fritz Lo West Shaw
Matthew Vihant vs. Jake Sitzler CAN 1UP
Aidan Gavey Cole Berger
Jean-Philippe Denicourt  vs. TJ Buck USA 2&1
Max Wang James Meyers
Robbie Latter  vs. Mikee Ordona CAN 2&1
Parker Lee Jack Cornforth

Play in the North America Cup will resume on July 8, 2015, with foursomes play. Team USA will look to gain some ground on Team Canada as it will take 14.5 points to win the North America Cup this year. Here are the pairings for day two.

Second Round Pairings – Foursome Matches

2015 North America Cup

Wednesday July 8, 2015

Weston Golf & Country Club

                                                            Team Canada                              Team USA

8:00AM                Jean-Philippe Denicourt                 vs                    Jack Cornforth

                                 Max Wang                                                                      Mikee Ordona

8:10AM                Robbie Latter                                   vs                          TJ Buck

                                Parker Lee                                                                       James Meyers

8:20AM                Matthew Vihant                vs                          Sean Stanistreet

                                 Aidan Gavey                                                      Dylan Plis

8:30AM               Tyler Erb                                            vs                          West Shaw

                                Andrew Russ                                                                   Cole Berger

8:40AM                Ty Celone                                          vs                          Jake Sitzler

                                Angelo Giantsopolous                                                 Richard Riva III

8:50AM                Fritz Lo                                               vs                          Reid Bedell

                                Ryan Trapp                                                                      RJ Wren

9:00AM                Katelyn McMahon                           vs                          Gillian Alexander

                                 Emilie Tyndall

 

Team USA

North America Cup begins in Canada

For the past 13 years, the IJGT and the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) have competed in the North America Cup. The annual match-play event features 14 players from Team Canada against 14 players selected to represent IJGT Team USA. After the Opening Ceremonies and the official practice round on July 6, 2015, the squads are ready to face off in the first day of competition. The teams will play fourball matches. Here are the pairings for today.

First Round Pairings – Fourball Matches

2015 North America Cup

Tuesday July 7, 2015

Weston Golf & Country Club

                                                Team Canada                                 Team USA

 

8:00AM                Katelyn McMahon                         vs                          Gillian Alexander

                               Emilie Tyndall  

 

8:10AM                Andrew Russ                                    vs                          Sean Stanistreet

                              Angelo Giantsopolous                                                  Dylan Plis

 

8:20AM                Tyler Erb                                            vs                          Richard Riva III

                               Ryan Trapp                                                                     RJ Wren

 

8:30AM                Ty Celone                                          vs                          Reid Bedell

                               Fritz Lo                                                                           West Shaw

 

8:40AM                Matthew Vihant                             vs                          Jake Sitzler

                               Aidan Gavey                                                                 Cole Berger

 

8:50AM                Jean-Philippe Denicourt vs                          TJ Buck

                              Max Wang                                                        James Meyers                  

 

9:00AM                Robbie Latter                                   vs                          Mikee Ordona

                               Parker Lee                                        vs                          Jack Cornforth

 

IJGT tournament directors Chris Schramm and Brandon Nettles are there with the team serving as captains for the event. Best of luck to all the players and Go USA!

2014 North America Cup – Final Results

The IJGT and its Team USA hosted the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada in the 2014 North America Cup held at Oldfield Club in Okatie, S.C., on June 30-July 2, 2014. The annual event was a three-day match play event featuring 14 of both organization’s finest juniors – two girls, four boys in the 14 & under age group and eight boys in the 15-19 age group.

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Prior to the event, the Opening Ceremony was held at to announce formal pairing and to cordially welcome all those in attendance. A practice round was played by both teams immediately following the ceremony.

The spirited competition began on Monday, June 30, with fourball matches. Team Canada took an early lead as they won six of seven matches to kick start their pursuit of the cup. With a 6-1 lead over Team USA, Team Canada returned to round two with confidence. Team USA, however, was eager to make up some of the deficit in the foursome style match play of round two. In a lineup of tight matches, Team USA picked up three additional points to chip away at Team Canada’s lead. Team Canada remained in the lead after round two with a collective score of 10-4.

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The third and final round was singles matches, allowing each member of both squads to go head-to-head in a true test of skill and mental strength. Team USA came back with a fire in their bellies, rallying to win 8  1/2 points to Team Canada’s 5  1/2 points. Despite the valiant effort from Team USA, Team Canada held off their competitors to secure the first North America Cup victory since they last won in 2007.

Final Round Results

Final Round Results

Team Canada will remain in possession of the cup until they take on Team USA again in the 2015 North America Cup. Team USA still holds the all-time North America Cup record 9-3 over Canada. Congratulations to all those who competed in this prestigious event to represent the respective countries.

For a full album of photos from the event, click here.

North America Cup 2014 – Round two recap

The spirited competition continued as Team USA and Team Canada took the course again at Oldfield Golf Club for day two of North America Cup. As Team Canada celebrated Canada Day, they prepared for foursome play with a 6-1 lead over Team USA following round one. With weather creeping further into the upper 80s, golfers played with picturesque South Carolina golf weather. Round two saw tighter competition as Team Canada remained in the forefront, leading foursome play 4-3 on the day. The overall standings leave Canada with a 10-4 lead.

Inspired by an improved Team USA performance, USA’s non-playing captain, Zach Pennington, said, “We played better today and the competition from both teams was probably as competitive as I’ve ever seen in match play. We still have ground to make up but I am excited for the final round tomorrow.”

Team USA's Allyson Wentworth

Team USA’s Allyson Wentworth

Team USA secures points in the girls’ match and in two matches featuring Boys 15-19 players while Team Canada swept the Boys 14 & Under Divisional matches and took home the remaining Boys 15-19 matches. 

Team Canada’s non-playing captain, Stephen Nixon commented, “Today was a grind. Team USA gave us everything they could at the beginning of the matches, but we battled back so strong. I’m so proud of how our team  played today and it was nice to win the Foursome matches on Canada Day. Tomorrow’s matches are going to come down to the wire, it’ll be another exciting finish.”

Team Canada's Peyton Callens

Team Canada’s Peyton Callens

The 2014 North America Cup continues tomorrow with the foursomes format, and Team USA will look to rebound from the five-point deficit. Tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. Follow along with the action by following @IJGT on Twitter.

 

North America Cup 2014 – Round one recap

The IJGT welcomed their neighbors from the north today for the 2014 North America Cup between IJGT’s Team USA and the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada at Oldfield Golf Club at Okatie, S.C. The weather was pristine with early highs in the 80s and a calm breeze. Members of Team USA and Team Canada competed in a fourball match play event in the first round with Team Canada taking an early lead in the tournament with a 6-1 score after the first day.

Team Canada Captain, Mitchell McPhail

Team Canada Captain, Mitchell McPhail

After a great showing by Team Canada, Stephen Nixon, the CJGA Team Canada Non-Playing Captain, said, “Today’s competition and intensity was unbelievable. Team USA played great, but it seemed like our team couldn’t miss a putt today. I’m very happy with how our team played and am looking forward to tomorrow’s matches.”
Team USA fought throughout the course for an edge, but the IJGT Team USA Non-Playing Captain, Zach Pennington, is excited about tomorrow’s format. “Today was a tough day for us. We hit a lot of really good shots but didn’t get awarded in the end. We look to put it all together for tomorrow’s round,” said Pennington. “Looking towards tomorrow, we feel we have a good shot to make a comeback in the second round. The team left the golf course excited for the foursomes format. This, personally, is my favorite format. I think our skill, combined with our quickly-found team chemistry, will lead to success in round two.”
Team USA's Nick Russell

Team USA’s Nick Russell

The 2014 North America Cup continues tomorrow with the foursomes format, and Team USA will look to rebound from the five-point deficit. Tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. Follow along with the action by following @IJGT on Twitter.
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!

Represent Team USA!

Represent your country … Compete for your country!

 North America Cup

North America Cup

The North America Cup features 14 of the IJGT’s best players from the 2013-2014 season up against 14 of the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) best players in a three-day match-play event. The location of the event rotates country each year, with last year’s Event being held at the Weston Golf Club in Toronto, Canada. The 2014 N.A. Cup will be held at Oldfield Golf Club located in Okatie, S.C. Team USA has won the last six years in a row and nine out eleven total competitions. The North America Cup follows the Ryder Cup format, consisting of three rounds of competitive match play events including:  fourball matches, foursome matches, and singles matches.  The event will be held on June 29 – July 2, 2014. If you are interested in applying to compete in this event, please see the North America Cup Application. All applications are due by May 5, 2014.

Team Format
4- Boys 14 & Under Fourball Matches
8- Boys 15-19 Foursome Matches
2- Girls 19 & Under Single Matches

 Juniors must meet the following requirements:

  1. Juniors must meet the age requirement outlined in the international event.
  2. Juniors must be a member of the International Junior Golf Tour.
  3. Juniors must be in good standing with the IJGT.
  4. Juniors who are selected for IJGT Team USA must be an American citizen.

 

About Oldfield Golf Club

Oldfield

Oldfield Golf Club was designed by Greg Norman to be something special. The course is set in between Hilton Head Island and the Okatie River. The course itself is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary which includes eye pleasing views from every hole. Norman added waste bunkers alongside most of the fairways for increased difficulty. The course has marshes that come into play as well as sod-walled bunkers surrounding the greens.  “We dream of getting a site like this one,” noted Greg Norman, when asked about Oldfield. “And since this is our first course in the Lowcountry, we want to make it something special.”

 

Euro Junior Cup

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The Euro Junior Cup is held where the game of golf first began, in St. Andrews, Scotland. The IJGT will compile a team of 14 talented junior golfers to travel to golf’s birthplace and compete in a unique triangular match play event against the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) Team Canada and The FIFE Team Scotland. Competitors will battle it out on three of Scotland’s most prestine courses for the John Clark Trophy, awarded every year to the winning team. Team USA will stay at the famous St. Andrews University, located just minutes away from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience that will create memories and friendships that last a lifetime. This event will take place August 1-9th, 2014. If you are interested in applying to be a part of Team USA, please see the Euro Cup Application. Applications are due no later than June 1, 2014.

Team Format
4- Boys 14 & Under Threeball Match Play
8- Boys 15-19 Threeball Match Play
2- Girls 19 & Under Threeball Match Play

 

Juniors must meet the following requirements:

  1. Juniors must meet the age requirement outlined in the international event.
  2. Juniors must be in good standing with the IJGT.
  3. Juniors who are selected for IJGT Team USA must be an American citizen.

 

Have questions about representing Team USA? Contact the IJGT Offices at 843-384-1682.