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Juniors prepare for competition in the IJGT Photo of the Week – Oct. 9, 2014

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour continued its fall season at the fan-favorite Architects Golf Club with The Architects Cup presented by International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) on October 4-5, 2014. The two-day 36-hole tournament saw a field of more than 50 juniors competing for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

Photo of the Week - October 9 2014

This week’s Photo of the Week features a group of juniors at Architects Golf Club on the putting green warming up before the start of the tournament. Early tee times at 7:30 a.m. did not deter IJGT Juniors as they rose with the sun to gain their competitive advantages through practice. Despite the heavy rains and cold temperatures, Architects Golf Club was in prime condition for play. Juniors were able to get the ball rolling on the challenging greens to grab a handful of birdies and post some competitive scores. Winners were as follows:

Boys 15-19 Division: Michael Lamond
Boys 14 & Under: T.J. Buck
Girls Division: Allyson Wentworth

In addition to the The Architects Cup presented by International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA), the IJGT hosted the DC Shootout at National Golf Club at National Golf Club at Tantallon on October 4-5, 2014. The two-day 36-hole tournament featured more than 15 juniors competing for national rankings and IJGT merit points. Despite strong winds throughout the tournament, juniors braved the elements to finish strong. Winners were as follows:

Boys 15-19 Division: Taso Scilaris
Boys 14 & Under: Liam Powderly
Girls Division: MacKenzie Martin

Don’t forget – each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’
2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)
3 points – per share

Belote, Foyle featured in the IJGT Photo of the Week – Oct. 2, 2014

NORTHEAST TOUR

Hosting their fourth tournament of the 2014-2015 season, the IJGT’s Northeast Tour headed to Rochester, N.Y., for The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club on September 27-28, 2014. With ideal golfing weather the juniors recorded quality scores during both days of the tournament. They competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

Photo of the Week - Brook Lea October 2, 2014

The fans have spoken and this week’s Northeast Tour Photo of the Week features Brad Belote of Lancaster, N.Y. Playing in his first IJGT event of the season, Belote rounded out the Boys 15-19 Division in a three-way tie for third place. His two-day total of 152 was highlighted by three birdies and a staggering 23 total pars. Belote’s 23 pars place him third on the list of most pars in his division, just two pars short of first.

SOUTHEAST TOUR 

As a part of the 2014 fall Southeast Tour, the IJGT hosted The Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C., on September 27-28, 2014. The course was in great shape and despite the small amount of rain in the forecast, the players proceeded to shoot low rounds throughout the weekend. The two-day 36-hole tournament featured a field of 88 juniors competing for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

Photo of the Week - Oldfield October 2, 2014

This week’s Southeast Tour Photo of the Week features Jack Foyle of Madison, Conn. Playing in his first IJGT event of the 2014-2015 season, Foyle’s two-day total of 163 was highlighted by three birdies and 17 pars. We look forward to seeing Foyle compete in more IJGT events throughout the season.

Congratulations to Belote and Foyle on being chosen for this week’s Photo of the Week!

Don’t forget – each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’
2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)
3 points – per share

Juniors supporting juniors in IJGT Photo of the Week – September 11, 2014

On the IJGT, we value growth through healthy competition, along with sportsmanship and this week’s Photo of the Week from the IJGT Junior at Colleton River exhibits just that.

The IJGT returned to Colleton River Plantation Club for the first time since the Spring 2014 season. The field of 33 juniors coming from 11 different countries brought together juniors from various cultural backgrounds, all united by one thing: a passion for golf. Through the shared passion for golf, IJGT members grow to support one another, growing in the process.

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This week’s photo displays a group of juniors watching in support as their peers finish their final hole of the round. Rain unfortunately cut the tournament short but winners in each division were determined by round one scores. Winners were as follows:

Boys 15-19 Division: Tennoshin Ogawa

Boys 14 & Under: Mariano Leyva

Girls Division: Ankita Kedlaya

Don’t forget – each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’
2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)
3 points – per share

Braman featured in the IJGT Photo of the Week – September 4, 2014

In the inaugural tournament of the 2014 fall season, the IJGT traveled to fan-favorite Hershey Country Club to host the Labor Day Classic on August 30-31. Warm temperatures and sunny skies combined for ideal golf conditions as a field of more than 40 juniors competed for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

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The fans have spoken and this week’s Photo of the Week features Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y. Her sixth place finish at Hershey becomes her 11th top-10 finish in her IJGT career. Scores of 84 and 82 combined for a two-day total of 166 for Braman who’s performance was highlighted by 17 pars across two rounds.

Congratulations to Braman on being chosen for the first Photo of the Week of the 2014 fall season!

Don’t forget – each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’
2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)
3 points – per share

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Team USA Co-Captain, Molly Moore, featured in this week's IJGT Photo of the Week – August 20, 2014

The IJGT Team USA traveled to St. Andrews, Scotland in the early weeks of August for the 2014 Euro Junior Cup. After battling through the wind and against fierce competitors, Team USA came back with a phenomenal experience from a once-in-a-lifetime competition against the Canadian Junior Golf Association and The FIFE Team from Scotland. This week’s IJGT Photo of the Week comes from that international competition, and features non-playing co-captain, Molly Moore.

Photo of the WeekMolly Moore, Team USA Non-Playing Co-Captain

Led by non-playing captains Molly Moore and Zach Pennington, Team USA put together a strong showing in the three-day, match play competition. Inclement weather lead to a cancellation of the final round in which only one complete group had finished.  At the conclusion of tournament, Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada finished with 43.5 points and took home the John Clark Trophy.  Following in second was FIFE’s Team Scotland with 41.5 Points in third was Team USA with 32 points.

The Photo of the Week is decided by our fans and followers so don’t forget that your feedback counts. In the week following a tournament, keep an eye on the IJGT Facebook page for photos from the Event. Each photo will received 1 point for a ‘Like’, 2 points for a ‘Comment’ and 3 points for ‘Shares’ so let us know what you think!

Boys 14 & Under trio featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – August 4, 2014

In the BlueGolf Featured Tournament last week, the IJGT hosted the Summer Series at the Ridge at Back Brook in Ringoes, N.J., on July 29-30, 2014. The field was full and capped at 53 players who eagerly competed for national rankings in addition to the title as champion of the event. The fans have spoken and this week’s Photo of the Week honors goes to Boys 14 & Under trio, Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., Spencer Weiner of Short Hills, N.J., and Logan Snyder of Pottersville, N.J.

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The three juniors played their final round together at the Ridge at Back Brook. Pongrac finished the tournament in second carding scores of 80-83–163 overall. The highlight of his performance came in round one where he posted birdies on three of the tough par-4s. The second place finish for Pongrac was his fourth top-three finish of the 2013-2014 season.

Weiner ended up the champion of the Boys 14 & Under Division after shaving an impressive six strokes from his round one score to assume his position in first. Two second-round birdies and 11 pars aided in his come-from-behind win. The win came in Weiner’s first appearance in an IJGT event.

Snyder finished fourth at the Ridge at Back Brook after carding a two-day total of 189. Snyder’s birdie on the par-4 No. 9 in round two kick started his three stroke improvement from round one. Weiner also won the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award after recording the lowest second-round score in the division.

Congratulations to all three young gentleman, we are eager to see you again in future tournaments!

Remember, IJGT Photo of the Week is determined by you – our fans and followers! Immediately following an event, we will post photos on our Facebook page. Be sure to like, share and comment on your favorites and you may see yourself in our next Photo of the Week! 1 point for ‘Likes’, 2 points for ‘Comments’ and 3 for a ‘Share’.

Boys 15-19 trio featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – July 26, 2014

As the Summer Series continued, the IJGT made its way to Country Club of Hilton Head on July 22-23, 2014, to host the two-day, 36 hole event. The field featured 15 talented junior golfers competing in two divisions based on age. The South Carolina heat made both days warm but slightly breezy for play. The IJGT Photo of the Week following the Summer Series at Country Club of Hilton Head features a trio of Boys 15-19 members (left to right), Pongsakorn “Plug” Booranakunamanee of Samutprakran, Thailand, Jack Faraci of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., and Andres Lopez of Monterrey.

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Faraci finished first at the Summer Series at the Country Club of Hilton Head, one stroke ahead of second place finisher Booranakunamanee. The win for Faraci was his first top-three finish in IJGT events. Faraci’s performance included two second-round birdies and an eagle to lift him to victory.

Booranakunamanee carded scores of 80-75–155 overall in his first IJGT appearance, enough to record his first top-three finish. While in Hilton Head as part of the IJGA Summer Experience, Booranakunamanee has also participated in the College Golf Camps of Hilton Head. Booranakunamanee had a near perfect final nine holes where he finished with a par or better streak on No. 11 through No. 18.

Also in Hilton Head as part of the IJGA Summer Experience, Lopez has taken advantage of IJGT events. Improving upon his sixth place finish at the Summer Series at Oyster Reef on July 11-12, 2014, Lopez used 16 pars and one birdie to finish fourth at the Country Club of Hilton Head.

Congratulations to Faraci, Booranakunamanee and Lopez – we look forward to seeing them again in future tournaments!

Remember, IJGT Photo of the Week is determined by you – our fans and followers! Immediately following an event, we will post photos on our Facebook page. Be sure to like, share and comment on your favorites and you may see yourself in our next Photo of the Week! 1 point for ‘Likes’, 2 points for ‘Comments’ and 3 for a ‘Share’.

Huang, Barto featured in IJGT Photos of the Week – July 16, 2014

The IJGT Summer Series continued to heat up as the Summer Series at Olde Stonewall took place July 8-9, 2014, in Ellwood City, Pa., and the Summer Series at Oyster Reef took place July 11-12, 2014, in Hilton Head, S.C. Both events featured juniors from numerous countries and states. As chosen by the fans, Matthew Barto of Leechburg, Pa., and Yu Lun Huang of Taiwan, are both featured in this week’s IJGT Photo of the Week.

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In the northeast, Barto nabbed first in the Boys 15-19 Division at Olde Stonewall. His scores of 71-74–145 overall was eight strokes ahead of the competition. Barto’s round was highlighted by 11 pars and two birdies.

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In the southeast, despite the tournament being cut short because of inclement weather, Huang’s first round score was enough to finish first in a tiebreaker. A birdie on the par-5 No. 2 was the hole that determined her victory over Nicole Lu who also tallied a score of 74. Huang was in Hilton Head to train with the IJGA and the event at Oyster Reef was her first IJGT event.

Congratulations to both Barto and Huang and we look forward to seeing them both again in future tournaments!

Remember, IJGT Photo of the Week is determined by you – our fans and followers! Immediately following an event, we will post photos on our Facebook page. Be sure to like, share and comment on your favorites and you may see yourself in our next Photo of the Week! 1 point for ‘Likes’, 2 points for ‘Comments’ and 3 for a ‘Share’.

Godfrey-Singleton featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – July 7, 2014

The IJGT hosted the Summer Series at Ridgemont Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., on July 1-2, 2014. While abundant sunshine translated to warm temperatures, the hefty winds made for difficult playing conditions for the juniors. This week’s Photo of the Week from the event features Sarah Godfrey-Singleton of Depew, N.Y.

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The second-place finisher in the Girls Division posted scores of 83-82 — 165 overall, her best scores to date with the IJGT. Godfrey-Singleton’s second place is her third top-five finish and her performance was highlighted by 19 total pars and two second-round birdies.

Congratulations to Sarah and we look forward to seeing her again soon in tournament play!

Some Bridgestone Tournament of Champions best moments featured in IJGT Photos of the Week – May 26, 2014

As the IJGT rounded out a spectacular spring season, it was no wonder why the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions was a success. Held over the holiday weekend on May 24-26, 2014, at the Grand Cypress Golf Club & Resort, the tournament featured over 130 of the IJGT’s finest juniors battling not only for national rankings but also for the prestigious title.

With temperatures feeling more like summer, the sunny and hot weather still yielded high-quality golf in each division. To accompany the three rounds of tournament play, the event offered family-friendly activities such as a welcome reception, the Bridgestone Longest Drive Competition, a thrilling evening at Universal parks and a “Night of Champions” banquet to honor the All-IJGT Team.

This week’s Photo of the Week includes five photos from each event of the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions.

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ReMax Long Drive Champion, Tim Burke, had his trainer, Trevor Anderson, visit with our juniors before the Bridgestone Longest Drive Competition

On Friday, May, 23, Trevor Anderson, the trainer of ReMax’s Long Drive Champion, Tim Burke, visited the Bridgestone Longest Drive Competition to speak to the participants about the importance of stability, fitness and proper care of one’s body when training as a golfer. He discussed how critical it is to hydrate, eat to fuel and train like a champion day in and day out.

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Christopher “Poppy” Lee tees off on the New Course at Grand Cypress

Christopher “Poppy” Lee of Loxahatchee, Fla., participated in the Boys 14 & Under Division where he finished in the top 30. Posting scores of 97-96-89–282, Lee’s performance was highlighted by two impressive birdies both coming on the New Course. The Tournament of Champions was the first ever-IJGT event for Lee and we are eager to see him again in the future!

Ritwik Jain tees off No. 10 at the New Course

Ritwik Jain tees off No. 10 at the New Course

Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, appeared in his 13th event of the 2013-2014 season at the Tournament of Champions and took home a 10th-place finish. His performance at the Tournament of Champions was his 10th top-ten finish of the season and featured an impressive nine birdies, three of which were consecutive in round three. Jain posted sores of 77-73-74–224 overall. Congratulations goes out to Jain and we look forward to another season!

James Nicholas, IJGT Boys 15-19 Player of the Year

James Nicholas, IJGT Boys 15-19 Player of the Year

James Nicholas of Scardale, N.Y., had a lot to be proud of at the Tournament of Champions, his honor of being named the Boys 15-19 Player of the Year topping that list. On the evening of the “Night of Champions” banquet, Nicholas took the stage to thank his friends, competitors, family and coaches for their support of his journey through golf. Despite struggling with a back injury, Nicholas still placed in the top-30 of the tournament and gracefully embraced the role of Player of the Year. We wish Nicholas continued luck as he enters his senior year this fall!

Chase Ingram swings for the fairway at Grand Cypress

Chase Ingram swings for the fairway at Grand Cypress

Chase Ingram of Bluffton, S.C., took the course in his sixth IJGT event at the Tournament of Champions. Using his final round as a driving force, Ingram shaved eight strokes from his rounds one and two scores to post a 1-under-par 71 for round three. Nine total birdies helped to lift Ingram to seventh place but it was his 16 holes of par or better that truly made his performance elite. Congratulations to Ingram on his continued success this season and we eagerly await seeing him next.

Thank you once again to all those who were a part of the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions. Family, friends, juniors and community alike made this event not only a success but an enjoyable way to wrap up another fantastic season! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the photos from the event on our Facebook page.