Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club – Final Results (Sept. 28, 2014)

Reichert shoots even par for the tournament win
Braman nabs second consecutive top-three finish

The IJGT hosted the Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club on September 27-28, 2014. The event was the fourth tournament of the Northeast Tour with juniors competing for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

ReichertBen Reichert of East Amherst, N.Y., shot even-par 144 to win the tournament in the Boys 15-19 Division. Reichert shot one-under-par on the front nine of the opening round, including a chip in eagle on the par-5 No. 7.  He carded 25 total pars to set the pace for his even par for the tournament, closing out with four straight.

Reichert had a game plan to close out the final round, “My mindset was to hit good shots all days and I knew if I did that I would put myself in a good place”, said the champion.

Colin Dubnik from Rochester, N.Y., also recorded an even-par second round as he battled to close the gap on Reichert. Dubnik gained on Reichert’s lead by shooting 2-under-par on his second round front nine but struggled with a few bogeys preventing him from moving into the lead. Rounding out the top-three in the division was a three-way tie between Sean Stanistreet of Camillus, N.Y., David Hanes of Elma, N.Y., and Brad Belote of Lancaster, N.Y. The trio scored two-day totals of 152.

kellyPatrick Kelly of Erie, Pa., took the first place trophy home in the Boys 14 & Under Division.  His opening round of 80 led the group, and he carried his lead through the end after scoring 78 in round two. Kelly recorded three birdies and seven pars in both rounds.

When asked what the keys to his success were, Kelly said, “My ball striking and hitting a lot of fairways.”

TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y., finished in second with a two-day total of 161 and Jeremy Summerson of Victor, N.Y., took third with a tournament total 166.



braman1In the Girls Divison, Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., finished in first place with a total of 158. Braman led from the start and carried her momenutm through the finish. The first place finish becomes her second consecutive top-three finish. Her performance was highlighted by a total of six birdies and 16 pars.

“I play on an all boys team for high school and that competition has helped me improved my game and helped me play well in these tournaments,” said Braman. In second place, was Caroline Yarnall from East Aurora, N.Y., with a tournament total 158.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 4-5, 2014, with two northeast events. The Architects Cup presented by IJGA will be held at the Architects Golf Club and the DC Shootout will be held at National Golf Club. To sign up for this event, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.

IJGT Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club – Round one recap (Sept. 27, 2014)

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled north for its fourth tournament of the fall season. Held at Brook Lea CC in Rochester, N.Y., the IJGT hosted the IJGT Upstate Challenge, teeing off at noon on Saturday, September 27, 2014. In review, below is each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

The Boys 15-19 Division is led by Ben Reichert of East Amherst, N.Y., His round in numbers:

35 – Reichert shot a 1-under-par on the front nine
72 – he shot an even-par 72 for his opening round
1 – the number of eagles he carded

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Patrick Kelly of Erie, Pa., leads after round one. His round in numbers:

80 – his round one score after the opening 18 holes
4 – Kelly’s longest par or better streak, coming on hole No. 12-15
1 – this is Kelly’s first IJGT event

Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

77 – Braman’s round one score
37– she recorded a 1-over-par 37 on the back nine
12 – the number of holes she carded par or better

The final round at Brook Lea Country Club will take place tomorrow, September 28, 2014, with tee times beginning at 11:00 a.m. EST. For full results from round one of the Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Clubclick here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.