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Andersen, Groenhuysen earn Player of the Week honors

The IJGT traveled to Avondale, Pa., to host The Summer Series at Hartefeld National on July 28-29, 2015 at Hartefeld National. Juniors competed in sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Following the tournament, the IJGT is pleased to award Player of the Week honors to Marc Groenhuysen of West Chester, Pa., and Kelli Andersen of Staten Island, N.Y.

Groenhuysen made a comeback from his first round of 86, to improving his score by 13 strokes by carding a 1-over 73 for his final round.  He did this by making an early birdie on hole No. 2 and then back-to-back birdies at holes Nos. 7 and 8.  Making the turn at 2-under, Groenhuysen battled the back and had a par streak from hole Nos. 13-17.  This great round moved him up in the ranks to ninth place with a two-day total of 159 for the Boys 15-19 Division.

Marc Groenhuysen earned Player of the Week honors at Hartefeld National

Marc Groenhuysen earned Player of the Week honors at Hartefeld National

Andersen came into the final round in second place.  With only a four stroke cushion she needed to hold off the girls behind her.  She battled throughout the day and carded a 97 to finish her round.  Andersen held off her competitors, securing second place by three strokes.  Andersen had a two day total of 189 for the Girls Division.

Kelli Andersen earned Player of the Week honors at Hartefeld National

Kelli Andersen earned Player of the Week honors at Hartefeld National

Harrington, Fritzinger earn IJGT Player of the Week honors

The IJGT traveled to Bedminster, N.J., to host the Summer Series at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club on July 21-22, 2015. Juniors competed in sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, and AJGA Performance Stars during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Following the tournament, the IJGT is pleased to award Player of the Week honors to Noah Harrington of Ambler, Pa., and Samantha Fritzinger of Allentown, Pa.

Harrington bounced back from his first round of 78, carding an even-par 71 for his second round.  This improved his score by seven strokes from the previous day.  He shot a 4-under 31 on the front nine including birdies on holes Nos. 5-7 and an eagle on the par-5, hole No. 8.  Harrington then concluded his round by making pars on holes Nos. 16-18.  He finished the tournament in a tie for fifth place with a two-day total of 149 for the Boys 15-19 Division.

Noah Harrington earns Player of the Week honors at Fiddler's Elbow

Noah Harrington earns Player of the Week honors at Fiddler’s Elbow

Fritzinger started tied for the lead coming into the final round of the tournament.  For her second round she carded a strong front nine with a par streak on hole Nos. 6-9 to shoot a 39.  While making the turn, she continued her strong play from the front with a birdie on hole No. 10 and pars on holes Nos. 11-13.  She finished the two-day tournament in second place with a total of 155 for the Girls Division.

Samantha Fritzinger earns Player of the Week honors at Fiddler's Elbow

Samantha Fritzinger earns Player of the Week honors at Fiddler’s Elbow

Friend, Petrone earn IJGT Player of the Week honors (July 6, 2015)

The IJGT traveled to Ellwood, Pa., to host the Summer Series at Olde Stonewall GC at Olde Stonewall Golf Club on June 30-July 1, 2015. Juniors competed in wet conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, and AJGA Performance Stars during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Following the tournament, the IJGT is pleased to award Player of the Week honors to Andrew Friend and Bella Petrone both of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Friend bounced back from his first round of 83 to shooting a 5-over 75, improving his score by eight strokes.  He carded only pars and bogeys during his steady final round.  Friend had a great par streak as he came made the turn to his second nine making par on holes Nos. 8-12 to keep his round going.  By doing this he earned a three-way tie for sixth place.  He finished the tournament with a two-day total of 158 for the Boys 15-19 Division, even in the wet conditions.

Andrew Friend of Pittsburgh, Pa., earned Player of the Week honors

Andrew Friend of Pittsburgh, Pa., earned Player of the Week honors

In the Girls Division, Petrone rebounded from a first round of 92 to improving her second day score by 9 strokes, shooting an 83.  Pounding the ball far down the fairway, she was able have a fantastic par streak as she made par on holes Nos. 6-10.  This helped Petrone secure her second-place finish as she carded a total of 175 for the two-day tournament.

Bella Petrone of Pittsburgh, Pa., earned Player of the Week honors

Bella Petrone of Pittsburgh, Pa., earned Player of the Week honors

 

Ku, Zinman earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – April 21, 2015

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Lopatcong, N.J., to host The Architects Cup on April 18-19, 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 is pleased to award Player of the Week honors to Anina Ku of Basking Ridge, N.J., and Brian Zinman of Center Valley, Pa.

anina ku     Brian Sunshine Zinman

Ku shaved six strokes off her round one 6-over 77 to card an even-par 71 in round two. Her 148 tournament total was good for third place in the Girls Division. She had a 16-hole par-or-better streak, which came on holes No. 2 through 17 in round two. Her second-round 71 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round award, which she shared with St. Davids, Pa., native and second-place finisher Brynn Walker. Two of Ku’s four birdies came on par-5s, leading to a 4.9 average on par-5s. This is Ku’s fourth season competing on the IJGT. She won the only other IJGT event she’s competed in this season, the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club, earlier this month.

Zinman carded a 78 in round one and a 79 in round two to finish with a 157 tournament total. He birdied the par-5 first hole in both rounds. Competing in his first IJGT event, Zinman tied for 26th place in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Congratulations to both Anina Ku and Brian Zinman on their IJGT Player of the Week honors!

 

Dhruva, Cordaro earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – March 17, 2015

The IJGT traveled to Lorton, Va., to host the first northeast event of the spring season, the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill, on March 14-15, 2015. Juniors played through rain in round one and wind in round two of the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT is proud to award Player of the Week honors to Katy, Texas native Ashni Dhruva and Anthony Cordaro of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Ashni Dhruva putt     Anthony Cordaro

Dhruva recorded the lowest score in the entire field in round one, an even-par 71. She carded a division-best five birdies on Saturday including back-to-back birdies on holes No. 4 and 5. Dhruva finished second in the Girls Division with a tournament total of 155. The IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill was Dhruva’s second IJGT event, she also finished second in the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes earlier this month.

Cordaro knocked five strokes off his round one 84 to card a 79 in round two, good for a two-day total of 163 and a share of fourth place in the Boys 15-19 Division. He made par a division-best 20 times and his longest par-or-better streak came on holes No. 7 through 11 in round two.

Congratulations to both Ashni Dhruva and Anthony Cordaro on their IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Wren, Phuchanbanchob earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Feb. 24, 2015

The IJGT traveled to Savannah, Ga., on February 21-22, 2015, to host the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor. Although frost and sun showers threatened the fun on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, both days turned out to be pleasant. Both rounds of the two-day, 36-hole event began with a shotgun start. Following the event, the IJGT is pleased to award Player of the Week honors to Suffolk, Va., native Trey Wren  and Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Trey Wren...Photo by Kira E. Jones

Wren made par or better on every hole but one on the front nine in round two. He carded four birdies in the second round, and six total. He finished round two with an even-par 72 giving him a tournament total of 150 and tying him for fourth in his division. Wren is currently ranked seventh in the Boys 15-19 Division of the International Junior Golf Tour.

Cake Phuchanbanchob...Photo by Kira E. Jones

Phuchanbanchob also made par or better on every hole but one on the front nine in round two, including a birdie on the par-4 ninth hole. She knocked four strokes off her round one 6-over 78 to shoot a 2-over 74 in round two. Her tournament total of 152 landed her in a tie for sixth place in the Girls Division. Phuchanbanchob currently ranks eighth in the Girls Division of the International Junior Golf Tour.

Congratulations to both Trey Wren and Cake Phuchanbanchob on their IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Kay-Green, Chong Earn IJGT Player of the Week Honors – Jan. 27, 2015

The IJGT continued it’s spring season on January 24-25, 2015, with the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. After inclement weather kept junior golfers off the course Saturday, Sunday dawned bright and clear, perfect weather for the 27-hole format. Following this event the IJGT is proud to award Player of the Week honors to Taylor Kay-Green of Needham, Mass., and Melany Chong of Mississauga, Ontario.

Taylor Kay-Green

In his closing nine holes, Kay-Green carded par or better on eight of the nine holes, improving his score on his first go at the back nine by an impressive four strokes. His performance included a birdie on the difficult par-5 hole No. 16. His performance propelled him to his best finish in an IJGT event. Kay-Green tied for third in the division on the par-3 leaderboard, averaging even par on the course’s par-3 holes.

Melany Chong

After finishing her first round of back nine holes, Chong finished with a 5-over 41. Determined to improve, Chong returned to the back nine for her final nine holes of the event and used two birdies and three pars to shave two strokes from her score for a score of 39. Her scores helped earn her second place in the Girls Division, a personal best in her IJGT career.

Congratulations for Kay-Green and Chong on their Player of the Week honors!

Stokes, Tadokoro receive IJGT Player of the Week Honors – Dec. 9, 2014

The IJGT traveled to Savannah, Ga., on December 6-7, 2014, to host the Savannah Junior at The Landings Club. The Marshwood course was in great shape with the greens rolling smooth and fast providing a fun challenge for the junior golfers, especially on downhill putts. The weather, however, was not as fun; fog set in for the day on Saturday and cold and breezy conditions prevailed on Sunday. This week’s Player of the Week honors following the Savannah Junior go to Jason Stokes of St. Brelade, Jersey, and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan.

Jason Stokes

Jason Stokes

Stokes started round one on the 10th tee and played his first nine holes at 1-over par by carding six pars and one birdie. Then, the fog started to roll in off the marsh and the entire field began to see their scores increase. Stokes finished round one with a total score of 7-over par 79, tying him for ninth place.

Round two started early for Stokes as he was in one of the first groups off of hole No. 10. With wind gusts of over 20 mph, scoring looked to be tough. However, Stokes found a way to play his first nine holes at just 2-over par and looked to be in contention for the victory. He carried his momentum into his second nine and shot 1-under par with birdies on the two par-5’s. His round two 1-over-par 73 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for shooting the lowest final round across both boys’ divisions. His tournament total of 152 landed him in a tie for second place.

Sera Tadokoro

Sera Tadokoro

Tadokoro took the early lead in the Savannah Junior and never looked back. She improved on her round one score by nine strokes to finish round two with a 1-under-par 71. She was the only golfer to finish round two under par, which earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female golfers to card the lowest score in the final round of the event. Tadokoro closed out her back nine in round two with a seven-hole par-or-better streak, including back-to-back birdies on the par-3 hole No. 16 and the par-4 hole No. 17.

Congratulations to Jason Stokes and Sera Tadokoro on earning this week’s Player of the Week honors!

Inserra, Teran nab IJGT Player of the Week honors (Nov. 11, 2014)

The IJGT traveled to West End, N.C., on November 8-9, 2014, to host the Major Championship at Dormie Club. Rated the No. 2 course to play in the state of North Carolina by Golfweek, the course offered an entertaining challenge to each junior.  The course was in pristine shape and despite the greens being firm and fast, the juniors rose to the occasion and posted admirable scores both days. This week’s IJGT Player of the Week honors following the Major Championship go to Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J., and Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua.

Brett Inserra

Brett Inserra

Inserra’s first round score of 82 put him in a tie for 19th place in a field full of strong players.  In his opening round Inserra started off slowly, struggling with a few bogeys. Never fully embracing a momentum, he finished the round with a four-hole par-or-better streak which included his single birdie of the day. With the determination to make up ground, Inserra returned for round two by carding par-or-better on the entire front nine. Four round-two birdies combined with 12 pars allowed Inserra to improve by a staggering 13 strokes and move him up the leaderboard into the top three. Inserra shared third place with Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, with a two-day total of 151 and brought home the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for shooting the lowest final round across both boys’ divisions.

In three appearances in a Major Championship, this is Inserra’s first top-three finish.

Gabriela Teran

Gabriela Teran

Teran’s first round started off hot with a birdie on the par-4 No. 2.  Seven pars on her front nine had her at even-par at the turn. On the back nine, she carded another birdie the par-4 No. 14, bringing her first round score to75. Within reach of divisional leader Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., and looking to advance, Teran’s began her second round with consistent play. Scoring par on 12 of 18 holes, Teran finished shy of moving into first but remained in control of second place with a total 154.

The second-place finish is Teran’s third top-five finish this season and the seventh of her IJGT career.

Congratulations to Brett Inserra and Gabriela Teran on earning this week’s Player of the Week honors!

Foxley, Guo nab IJGT Player of the Week honors – Nov. 4, 2014

Returning to the Palmetto Hall Plantation, the IJGT’s Southeast Tour hosted the IJGT Island Open on the Arthur Hills Course on November 1-2, 2014. Cold temperatures and heavy winds greeted juniors for round one, forcing the field to utilize layered clothing and winter hats to fend off the conditions. Round two offered improved conditions thanks to the sun and juniors found it easier to post low scores. Following the event, the IJGT is proud to award this week’s Player of the Week honors to Rowan Foxley of Arlington, Wash., and Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C.

Foxley, Rowan 11.4.14

Rowan Foxley finished finished T8 at the IJGT Island Open

Foxley started slowly in the first round but bounced back tremendously in round two. Through the tough conditions of round one, Foxley struggled with bogeys but went on to post seven pars on the day. Returning for round two with determination, he carded five birdies and seven pars to shave an impressive 14 strokes from his round one score. Foxley’s round-two 1-over 73 not only moved him into the top 10 but also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the junior with the lowest score in the final round of the event.

Foxley finished eighth which becomes his first top-10 finish on the IJGT.

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Sophie Guo finished 3rd in the IJGT Island Open

The conditions of round one also troubled Guo but much like Foxley, she came back strong in round two. Guo posted an even-par 72 for the second round, an impressive twenty-two stroke improvement from her round-one score. Her performance consisted of three birdies and ten pars, five of which came consecutively to finish her round. Guo’s Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award performance moved her from seventh to third, her second top-three finish of the season.

Congratulations to both Rowan Foxley and Sophie Guo on their Player of the Week honors!