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IJGT Alumni shine in Hawaii on the PGA Tour

It was a great weekend for IJGT alumni on the PGA Tour. Five IJGT alumni finished in the top 13 at the PGA Tour’s Sony Open on January 14-17, 2016. Leading the pack was Zac Blair of Salt Lake City, Utah, who recorded a third-place finish with a tournament total of 19-under, 261. Blair, who is only in his second full season on the PGA Tour, nearly won the event, but was not able to make his eagle putt on the closing hole to join a playoff with Brandt Snedeker and eventual champion, Fabian Gomez. It was a valiant effort, and helped him record his best finish ever on the PGA Tour.

Zac Blair at the Sony Open (photo credit GolfDigest)

Zac Blair at the Sony Open (photo credit GolfDigest)

 

Finishing in a tie for seventh place was IJGT alumnus, Jamie Lovemark of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., with a tournament score of 14-under, 266. This was Lovemark’s second top 10 on the PGA Tour in the 2015-2016 season, with the other coming at The RSM Classic at Sea Island Resort.

Webb Simpson of Raleigh, N.C., Morgan Hoffmann of Franklin Lakes, N.J., and Daniel Summerhays of Farmington, Utah, all finished in a tie for 13th place ending the tournament at 12-under-par.

 

IJGT Alumni shine on PGA and LPGA Tour

It was a very strong week for IJGT Alumni on the major professional tours. The PGA Tour stop this week was at Sea Island Resort in Sea Island, Ga., for The RSM Classic. The top ten saw four IJGT Alumni finishers with the highest finishing in second place. Kevin Chappell finished in second place (-16), Jon Curran finished in fourth (-13), Scott Stallings finished T9 (-10), and Jamie Lovemark finished T9 (-10). For Kevin Chappell, this was his fourth event of the season and his first top 10 finish.

Kevin Chappell, PGA Tour

Kevin Chappell, PGA Tour

The LPGA Tour was in Naples, Fla., this past weekend for The CME Group Championship hosted at the Tiburon Golf Club. IJGT Alumni Sydnee Michaels finished T7 in the event. For Michaels this is her second top 20 finish in as many weeks. This was the final tournament for the LPGA Tour this calendar year. The ladies will return to action in 2016 at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.

Sydnee Michaels, LPGA Tour

Sydnee Michaels, LPGA Tour

IJGT Alumni Update – November 4, 2015

IJGT alumni competing in college golf have been finishing their Fall 2015 season strongly. Here are top 10 IJGT alumni finishers from the last week of collegiate competition:

The PGA Tour’s stop this week was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Five IJGT alumni competed in the CIMB Classic held at Kuala Lumpur G&CC (October 29 – November 1). Here is how they finished:

  • Daniel Summerhays – T14
  • Kevin Chappel – T29
  • Zac Blair – T43
  • Jon Curran – T53
  • Matt Every – 72nd

Congrats to all of the IJGT alumni that performed well last week.

IJGT alumnus, Rickie Fowler, wins Deutsche Bank Championship

IJGT alumnus, Rickie Fowler of Murrieta, Calif., won the PGA Tour’s Deutsche Bank Championship with a score of 15-under, 269. The Deutsche Bank Championship is the second leg of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup, which crowns the season long champion on the PGA Tour. Fowler earned the title in comeback fashion after jumping ahead of 54-hole leader Henrik Stenson with a final-round score of 3-under, 68. Fowler, who has made a reputation of being clutch in the most important moments, was able to close with a 2-under 33 on his back nine to earn his third PGA Tour victory, and his second of the 2014-2015 season.

Rickie Fowler won the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston (photo credit - Yahoo Sports)

Rickie Fowler won the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston (photo credit – Yahoo Sports)

Fowler moved into third place in the FedEx Cup Standings with his win and will look to end the year on top and collect the $10 million first prize. In addition, Fowler moved to No. 5 in the Official World Golf Rankings after the victory at TPC Boston.

In Fowler’s junior days he excelled on the course as well. He won six IJGT tournaments from 2003-2006 and collected many other junior titles before moving on to play college golf at powerhouse Oklahoma State University.

Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin – Tour Preview

Mystic RockThe IJGT Northeast Tour will travel to Farmington, Pa., to host the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin on April 11-12, 2015.

During the two-day, 36-hole event, junior golfers will have the opportunity to play both The Links and the Mystic Rock courses at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.

Nemacolin has hosted many high-profile golf events including the Pennsylvania Open Championship (2006, 2012), the Pennsylvania Amateur Championship (2010), qualifiers for USGA Senior Amateur Championship (2008) and the PGA Tour’s 84 Lumber Classic (2003-2006).

Mystic Rock made Golfweek’s 2013 Best Courses You Can Play in Pennsylvania list and Golf Digest’s 2013-14 America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses list.  

Juniors will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings while taking in the natural beauty of the Laurel Highlands. This event also offers North American Junior Amateur exemptions in the Boys 15-19 and Girls Divisions.

Defending champion Benjamin Morris of Reisterstown, Md., tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division.  Anthony Cordaro of Pittsburgh, Pa., Will Lusk of Venetia, Pa., Richard Riva of Lancaster, Pa., and David Ross of Lorton, Va., will look to improve on their finishes in last year’s IJGT event at Nemacolin.

Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., finished third in the Boys 14 & Under Division of last year’s Nemacolin event, but will be competing in the Boys 15-19 Division this year.

Be sure to follow the IJGT on Twitter (@IJGT) for updates throughout the tournament! You can check the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

IJGT ELITE: Pro Edition (March 10, 2015)

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IJGT ELITE News: Pro Edition

March 10, 2015

The IJGT ELITE competed in tournaments all over the world last week. The following IJGT ELITE members recorded top-15 finishes on the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour last week.

World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship –Miami, Florida — March 5-8, 2015

Webb Simpson tied for seventh with a 2-under 286. He carded an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole in the first round.

Rickie Fowler tied for 12th with an even-par 288. He recorded a 4-under 68 in round one and carded an eagle on the par-4 11th hole in round three.

Puerto Rico Open — Rio Grande, Puerto Rico — March 5-8, 2015

Jon Curran participated in a five-man playoff for the championship after finishing 72 holes with a 7-under 281. He ended up in a four-way tie for second. Curran shot under par in all four rounds.

Scott Pinckney tied for sixth with a 6-under 282 tournament total. Pinckney also shot under par in all four rounds.

Cartagena de Indias at Karibana Championship — Cartagena, Colombia — March 5-8, 2015

Kevin Tway recorded a 4-under 284 tournament total to tie for fourth. He started the tournament off strong, shooting a 5-under 67 in round one.

Jamie Lovemark tied for 13th with a 1-under 287 tournament total. He shot in the 60s in the first two rounds and was tied for the lead during the second round.

Roberto Diaz tied for 15th with an even-par 288. He carded a 4-under 68 in round two.

The IJGT would also like to wish the best of luck to the 13 IJGT alums competing in the SwingThought Tour’s Cardinal Classic at Diamondhead this week. These players include: Jarrod Barsamian, Sean Bosdosh, Thomas Bradshaw, James Erkenbeck, Shun Yat Hak, Joseph Harrison, CD Hockersmith, Patrick Lundy, Justin Martinson, Andrew Mason, Seth Reeves, Luis Thiele and Cole Willcox.

Have a news tip about an IJGT alum? Let us know by sending an email to kira.jones@juniorsports.com!

IJGT alum Brandon Hagy making PGA Tour debut at Humana Challenge

Brandon Hagy, who had three Top-10 finishes on the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT), is participating in his first PGA TOUR event this week. Hagy, 23, is chasing the title at the Humana Challenge, which began January 22 and will conclude on Jan. 25, 2015, in La Quinta, Calif.

After a successful amateur career, the Westlake Village, Calif., native played college golf at the University of California, Berkeley. While at Cal, he competed in four NCAA Championships. Following his senior season, Hagy earned consensus first-team All-American honors and was ranked No. 6 in the final 2013-2014 collegiate rankings according to both Golfstat and Golfweek. Hagy graduated from the prestigious Haas School of Business in May of 2014.

Last season Hagy competed in three Web.com Tour events and one PGA Tour Canada tournament.

The 2015 Humana Challenge features a field of 156 professional players. The format is Pro-Am play for the first 54 holes; each of the pros will switch amateur partners and courses over the first three days. On Sunday, the final day of the tournament, the low 70 professionals and ties will play the final round of the 72-hole event.

The Humana Challenge defending champion, Patrick Reed, is also an IJGT alum.

Reed will tee off today, Saturday Jan. 24, at 10:20 a.m. and Hagy will tee off immediately after at 10:30 a.m. at the Arnold Palmer Private at PGA WEST. Stay tuned to the leaderboard here.

Best of luck to Brandon Hagy and Patrick Reed!

Matt Every

Matt Every cards his first victory at the Arnold Palmer Invite – IJGT ELITE

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Matt Every crowned Champion at Arnold Palmer Invite
Photo Credit: GolfDigest

Matt Every played in 91 PGA Tour events, and never had the pleasure of holding the trophy at the end. That all changed this past weekend on March 23rd, when Every won the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill by two strokes, shooting a 13-under 275 for the win. Every, an IJGT Champion, had a long road ahead of him going into the final round, down by nine strokes to eventual third-place finisher Adam Scott. Scott had a monumental collapse in the final round, and Every’s 2-under 70 on the final day was enough to pull him ahead of Scott and Keegan Bradley. Every had to watch anxiously as Bradley charged in the final holes, including a 30-foot birdie putt to send the tournament into a potential playoff between Every and Bradley. Bradley sent the putt left of the hole, sealing Every’s first PGA Tour victory.

Every played on the IJGT for several years, carding two top-10 finishes at the IJGT Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla. He was consistently in the top-10 in his tournaments, including his 1998 victory on the IJGT at Palm Coast Resort. Every also competed on the Golf Channel’s Big Break in 2007 after finishing his NCAA career at the University of Florida. The IJGT community has followed Every’s career from the very beginning, and we continue to enjoy seeing the success that has followed him all of these years after our events. We are proud to call him an alumni, and are thrilled with his well-earned initial PGA Tour victory. Congrats Matt, and good luck at the Masters!

Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be traveling to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. for the highly-anticipated Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2013. Held at one of the world’s most popular clubs, the three-day, 54-hole event will be contested on the Pete Dye-designed Valley and THE PLAYERS Stadium Courses, of which the latter is highlighted by one of the most difficult holes on the PGA TOUR — the signature par-3 17th island green. TPC Sawgrass, which plays host to THE PLAYERS Championship, is the birthplace of the TPC Network and is the backdrop of the PGA Headquarters.

At this Southeast Tour Event, over 100 junior golfers from all over the world will be competing for National Rankings, AJGA Performance Stars and IJGT Merit Points.

TPC Sawgrass2THE PLAYERS Stadium Course is highlighted by the signature par-3 17th hole which features an island green.

To register for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass, click here.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Tennoshin Ogawa from Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Nick Geiman from York, Pa., will be competing for top honors in a talent-stacked older division. Ogawa is in his third season with the IJGT, and after racking up six victories last season, he has continued his great play thus far in 2013-2014. He earned a victory at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on Oct. 19-20, and two other second place finishes, including one at the recent Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes on Oct. 9-10. Geiman, who is playing in his fourth season with the IJGT, is also a strong contender. He has placed top five in two events this season, and will be looking to continue that strong play at TPC Sawgrass.

The Boys 14 & Under Division will feature Brandon McBride from Bluffton, S.C., and Joe Parrini of York, Pa., who will be going head-to-head for a place at the top of the leaderboard. McBride is new to the IJGT this season, but he has played like a seasoned professional, garnering top five finishes in five of his six events on the year, including a fourth place finish at the Major Championship at Palmetto DunesParriniwho has played exclusively on IJGT’s Northeast Tour this season, is in his third season. After playing in seven events, he has taken home five first-place trophies, and will surely be a player to keep an eye on over the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 weekend.

The Girls Division will be highlighted by Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, and Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, who represent a very talented field of girls competing for the top trophies. Arjun has been a dangerous contender on the IJGT during her first season, grabbing top five finishes in all five of her events, including two second place finishes at the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on Nov. 2-3 and the Major Championship at Palmetto DunesNakatani will also be a major force at the event. She in playing in her second season with the IJGT, winning three events last year and placing top five in all three of her events this season.