IJGT ELITE: Fowler wins The Players Championship

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May 6-12, 2015

IJGT alum Rickie Fowler has been the talk of the golf world since winning The Players Championship via sudden-death playoff on Sunday. Fowler was 1-over through 12 holes in the final round before shooting 6-under on the final six holes. He became the first player ever to shoot 5-under (he made three birdies and an eagle) on the final four holes at The Players. Seven players have finished the stretch 4-under. Fowler also became the first player to birdie hole No. 17 three times in one day. Fowler’s mom, sister and girlfriend were all in attendance to watch his Mother’s Day win. Read more about it here.

Shanshan Feng won the Ladies European Tour’s Buick Championship in Shanghai, posting a 17-under 271 tournament total at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club. Read more about her victory here.

Derek Bard (Virginia) was named to the All-ACC team. He won the U.S. Collegiate title in October and ranks eighth in the ACC in stroke average (70.91).

Brynn Walker, who finished second in April’s Architects Cup, and Madelein Herr advanced to the USGA Women’s Four-Ball semifinals.

Matt Barto (Gannon) will be competing as an individual in the NCAA DII Men’s Golf Championships. He will play in the Atlantic/East regional at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio, hosted by the Mountain East Conference.

Brandon Matthews (Temple) was featured in a story on the local news in Philadelphia. You can watch the segment here.

Four IJGT members carded holes-in-one over the past two weeks, three in IJGT tournaments! Tom McLaughlin and Matthew Dzialga both had aces during last weekend’s IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club. McLaughlin’s came on the par-3 16th hole and Dzialga’s came on the par-3 second hole. Betty Horaney carded a hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth hole at Golden Bear during the previous weekend’s Junior World Qualifier. Earlier this week, Peter Bradbeer made a hole-in-one during practice while preparing for the Friends School League Championship.

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Decahthipat, Wren among IJGT Players of the Week

Southeast Tour

The IJGT Southeast Tour traveled to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to host the BGGA Orlando Open on May 9-10, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Southeast Tour is pleased to name Mai Decahthipat of Bangkok, Thailand, and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., as IJGT Players of the Week.

Mai Decahthipat

Decahthipat knocked eight strokes off her round one 80 to card an even-par 72 in round two. She had five birdies in the second round including back-to-back birdies on the par-4 11th and par-3 12th holes. Her 152 tournament total was good for ninth in the Girls Division.

Trey Wren

Wren bounced back from his first round 80 to shoot a 2-under 70 in the second round. Wren started round two on the 10th hole and finished his front nine with a 2-over 38. He started his front nine strong with birdies on the par-5 first and par-3 second holes. He made par or better on holes No. 1 through 9 including an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole. He finished his back nine with a 4-under 32. His 150 tournament total landed him in a tie for 10th in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Northeast Tour

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Hershey, Pa., to host the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club on May 9-10, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Northeast Tour is proud to name Peter Bradbeer of Philadelphia, Pa., and Christine Shao of Green Brook, N.J., as IJGT Players of the Week.

Peter Bradbeer

Bradbeer shaved 17 strokes off his round one 87 to card a 1-under 70 in round two, good enough to earn the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. All of Bradbeer’s three birdies came in the second round. He birdied the par-5 first, par-4 fifth and par-4 15th holes. His 157 tournament total landed him in sixth place in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Chrisine Shao

Shao improved on her round one 90 by 11 strokes to shoot 79 in round two. She finished the tournament in a tie for fourth in the Girls Division with a 169 two-day total. She birdied the par-4 fifth hole in both rounds.

Congratulations to Mai Decahthipat, Trey Wren, Peter Bradbeer and Christine Shao on being named the IJGT Players of the Week!


IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club – Tour Preview

Hershey CC 2009 (10)The IJGT Northeast Tour will host the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa., on May 9-10, 2015. The event will take place on Hershey’s renowned par-71 East Course.

 Opened in 1969, the course was designed by George Fazio to highlight Pennsylvania’s natural beauty. This course has hosted numerous PGA Tour events and most recently hosted the Nationwide Tour’s Reese’s Cup Classic.

Hershey Country Club

A Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, the East Course benefits the environment and local ecosystems.

IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and AJGA stars are at stake in this event. Participants can also compete for North American Junior Amateur exemptions in Boys 15-19 and Girls divisions.

Just minutes away from the town chocolate built, Hershey Country Club offers vibrant and fun activities for the whole family. Check out Hershey’s Chocolate World, ZooAmerica, or spend time after the tournament at Hersheypark.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Cole Berger of Malvern, Pa., is coming off a win the Major Championship at Bulle Rock and Benjamin Morris of Reisterstown, Md., is coming off a win in the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin, both in April. Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., will also look to add a second IJGT victory to his resume; he won the Major Championship at Duke University in March. Peter Bradbeer of Philadelphia, Pa., and Brian Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., have both found success on the course. Bradbeer finished second in the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club in August and Isztwan won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the same event.

In the Girls Division, Skylar Frankiewicz of Concord, Mass., and Synclaire Kuhn of McMurray, Pa., will both be seeking their second IJGT wins of the season. Frankiewicz won the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in January and Kuhn won the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin in April. Audrey Clawson of Sarver, Pa., has an advantage in that she’s familiar with the course; she finished second in the Labor Day Classic at Hershey last year.

As for the Boys 14 & Under Division, Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., has won four consecutive IJGT events from October-April. Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C., will aim to add a third IJGT title to his resume after winning the College Series at Penn State University in October and the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes in March. Jon Nolan Perry of Berwyn, Pa., and Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., both have multiple top-three finishes in IJGT events, but a victory still eludes them. S. Dean Satouri of Chantilly, Va., won the only other IJGT event he’s competed in this season, the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill in March. John Updike of Wayne, Pa., is coming off a win in last month’s Architect’s Cup.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates. You can find tee times and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

Labor Day Classic of Hershey Country Club – Final Results – August 31, 2014

Geiman wins in a playoff
IJGT opens the fall season at Hershey Country Club

The IJGT opened the 2014 fall season on August 30-31, 2014, with the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club. The two-day 36-hole tournament was played on the East Course and featured 40 juniors across three divisions competing for national rankings and IJGT merit points.

hershey1When 36 holes was not enough, the Boys 15-19 Division went to sudden-death playoff between Peter Bradbeer of Philadelphia, Pa., and Nick Geiman of York, Pa. Beginning on the par-4 No. 18, both juniors recorded par to continue the playoff to a second hole on the par-4 No. 17.  From the fairway, both juniors sought the green with their approach shots but it was Geiman who landed closest, within feet of the hole. The successful birdie putt from Geiman ended the playoff with a victory for the Pennsylvania native. Geiman recorded scores of 74 and 73 to finish with a tournament total of 147.

Though Bradbeer did not prevail, his second round performance of 1-under-par 70 was the lowest round of the day, across all divisions, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the division, the award given to the junior with the lowest final round score in each division. Bradbeer finished in second after with a tournament total of 147. Rounding out the division in third was Nick Rencis of Long Valley, N.J., with a two-day total of 148.

“It feels good to finally win on the IJGT. I know I have placed second and third once so it feels good to finally get a win against a good field,” commented Geiman.


hershey2In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Brian Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., used nine pars and two birdies in round two to carry his round-one lead into his victory. His two-day score of 155 translated to victory, his second of his IJGT career. A seven-hole streak of par or better was the highlight of Isztwan’s performance as he finished two strokes ahead of second-place finisher James Meyers of Wexford, Pa., who carded a tournament total of 157.

“My mindset was to stay calm. I knew my competitors were good so I knew I had to stay calm if I wanted to play well,” said Isztwan.

Second round scores of 77 for both Meyers and Isztwan earned the duo the Clazic Belts Low Final Round for the Boys 14 & Under Division. In third was Jack Bailey of Pittsford, N.Y., who finished with a tournament total 178.




hershey 3Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., was victorious in the Girls Division after holding off Audrey Clawson of Server, Pa. The one-stroke win becomes McLean’s second win with the IJGT. Two rounds of 77 combined for a tournament total of 154 for McLean, highlighted by 24 total pars and a birdie on the par-4 No. 5.

“My driving kept me alive today. I feel like I hit it well off of the tee,” said McLean.

After shredding 11 strokes from her round one score, Clawson finished in second, posting rounds of 83 and 72 to finish with 155 overall. Her 1-over-par second round score of 72 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division. Rounding out the division was Linda Wang of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., with a two-day score of 156.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on September 6-7, 2014 for the IJGT Junior at Colleton River in Bluffton, S.C. To sign up for this event, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.


Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,772 yards, Par 71

1. Peter Bradbeer, Philidelphia, PA *77-70–147
1. Nick Geiman, York, PA *74-73–147
3. Nick Rencis, Long Valley, NJ *71-77–148
4. Max Redetzke, Lakeville, MN *74-75–149
5. Michael Lamond, West Chester, PA *79-74–153
5. Blake DiPaola, Long Valley, NJ *78-75–153
7. Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, PA *79-75–154
8. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *80-75–155
8. Luke McKeogh, Warminster, PA *77-78–155
10. Michael Reed-Price, Dresher, PA *84-73–157
10. Jason Li, Cranberry Twp, PA *81-76–157
12. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *81-77–158
12. Jack Melville, Maple Glen, PA *78-80–158
12. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ *76-82–158
15. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA *87-76–163
15. Dominic Leoni, Hockessin, DE *83-80–163
15. Cory Meyer, Bordentown, NJ *83-80–163
18. Chris Chiminski, Penns Park, PA *85-79–164
19. David Powers, Glen Spey, NY *86-79–165
20. David Kim, Dresher, PA *88-78–166
21. Spencer Weiner, Short Hills, NJ *84-85–169
22. Campbell Wolf, Enola, PA *82-89–171
23. David Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA *91-83–174

Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division- Blue Tees, 6,238 yards, Par 71

1. Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley, PA *78-77–155
2. James Meyers, Wexford, PA *80-77–157
3. Jack Bailey, Pittsford, NY *88-90–178
4. Steven Lee, Scarsdale, NY *89-95–184

Girls Division- White Tees, 5,922 yards, Par 71

1. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ *77-77–154
2. Audrey Clawson, Sarver, PA *83-72–155
3. Linda Wang, Fresh Meadows, NY *80-76–156
4. Charlotte Simpson, Towson, MD *82-81–163
5. Danielle Greene, East Setauket, NY *84-81–165
6. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *84-82–166
7. Morgan Mugnolo, Gainesville, VA *89-83–172
8. Kaitlyn Lee, Scarsdale, NY *91-82–173
9. Emily Cohen, Darien, CT *91-84–175
10. Vienna Winalski, West Hartford, CT *97-83–180
11. Samantha Yao, Berwyn, PA *92-89–181
12. Rebecca Markunas, Glendale, NY *95-91–186

Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *JWD

Wentworth, Bradbeer bring home IJGT Player of the Week honors – July 31, 2014

As the IJGT Summer Series continued at the beautiful Ridge at Back Brook in Ringoes, N.J., great weather and ideal course conditions made for a truly memorable tournament.  The IJGT would like to extend congratulations to Peter Bradbeer of Rosemont, Pa., of the Boys 15-19 Division, and Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., of the Girls Division for earning the honors of IJGT Players of the Week.

Wentworth showed significant improvement in the second round, cutting eight strokes from her first round score.  The New Jersey native finished 14 holes in the second round with a score of par or better, including a birdie on the difficult No. 6, which she doubled in the first round.  She came into round two composed and was able to finish with the second lowest round-two score in the Girls Division.

Bradbeer in his first IJGT event of the summer has a commendable performance. After getting off to a slow start in round one, Bradbeer kicked things up  by carding three birdies in the round. Bradbeer came into the second round determined and focused and started out hot. His front none included eight pars and a birdie on the long par-4 No. 4. His 1-under 35 on the front nine in round two propelled him to a finish with a 1-over score of 73, an extraordinary 15 stroke improvement from his first round.

Congratulations to both Wentworth and Bradbeer on their noteworthy performances! We look forward to seeing you soon at IJGT tournaments.