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Shreves, Sload earn IJGT Player of the Week honors (May 19, 2015)

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to College Park, Md., to host the College Series at the University of Maryland on May 16-17, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Northeast Tour is pleased to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Keegan Shreves of Potomac, Md., and Skylar Sload of Ashburn, Va.

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Shreves recovered from a round one 81 to shoot a 1-over 72 in round two. His 153 tournament total landed him in a tie for ninth place in the Boys 15-19 Division. He made par or better on the entire front nine in round two, including birdies on the par-4 second and par-5 ninth holes.

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Sload knocked eight strokes off her round one 90 to card an 82 in round two. Her 172 two-day total was good for third place in the Girls Division. She carded two birdies during the tournament on the par-4 17th hole in round one and the par-4 sixth hole in round two.

Congratulations to Keegan Shreves and Skylar Sload on their IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Horaney cards first ace to earn IJGT Player of the Week honors (May 5, 2015)

Southeast Tour

The IJGT Southeast Tour remained in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 2-3, 2015. Juniors competed in picture-perfect, warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and exemptions into the North American Junior Amateur and IMG Academy Junior World Championships during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Southeast Tour is proud to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Betty Horaney of Longview, Texas, and Feng Chen of Beijing, China.

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Horaney carded her first career hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth hole during the second round of the Junior World Qualifier. She was the only junior in the Girls Division to card an eagle. She knocked 12 strokes off her round one 96 to record an 84 in the second round, good for a 180 two-day total.

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Chen shaved nine strokes off his first-round 84 to card a 3-over 75 in the second round and a 159 tournament total. He began the second round on the 10th hole and started out strong, making par on his first seven holes. His two birdies came on the par-4 first and par-5 ninth holes in the second round.

Northeast Tour

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Mendon, N.Y., to host the St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club on May 2-3, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and exemptions into the North American Junior Amateur and International Junior Masters during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Northeast Tour is pleased to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Matt Dreimiller and Brynn Lohr.

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Dreimiller shaved four strokes off his round one 78 to card a 3-over 74 in round two, good for a 152 tournament total. He finished the tournament in a three-way tie for second place. His six birdies were tied for a division-high. Dreimiller was most successful on the par-5 sixth hole, which he birdied in both rounds. He carded an even-par 35 on the front nine in the second round.

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Lohr knocked 19 strokes off her round one 128 to card a 109 in the second round. Her biggest improvement came on the front nine; she shaved 12 strokes off her front nine score between the first and second rounds. She finished with a 237 tournament total, good for eighth place in the Girls Division.

Congratulations to Betty Horaney, Feng Chen, Matt Dreimiller and Brynn Lohr on earning IJGT 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!

 

Irei, Langs among those to earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – April 14, 2015

Southeast Tour

The IJGT Southeast Tour traveled to Okatie, S.C., to host the IJGT Oldfield Junior at the Oldfield Club on April 11-12, 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 Southeast Tour is proud to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Kanata Irei of Okinawa-shi, Japan, and Meredith Langs of Hilton Head Island, S.C.

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After carding a 5-over 77 in round one, Irei bounced back to record a 1-under 71 in round two. Irei used four birdies to finish under par in the second round. He earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of an event.

Irei found particular success on the four par-5s. He birdied the par-5 fourth, eighth and 11th holes in both rounds and made par on the par-5 18th in both rounds. After knocking six strokes off his round one score, Irei finished with a 148 tournament total to tie for fourth place in the Boys 15-19 Division of the IJGT Oldfield Junior.

Langs shaved an impressive eight strokes off her round one 83 to card a 4-over 75 in round two. She finished with a 158 tournament total, good for sixth place in the Girls Division. Langs made par or better on seven holes to finish with a 1-over 37 on the back nine in round two.

Northeast Tour

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The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Farmington, Pa., to host the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin on April 11-12, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the Northeast Tour is pleased to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Richard Riva of Lancaster, Pa., and Brooke Hilden of Venetia, Pa.

Riva made par or better on holes No. 9 through 17 in the first round on the Links course. This nine-hole bogey-free streak was tied for the longest in the Boys 15-19 Division. Riva finished in a tie for fourth in his division with a 154 tournament total.

Hilden’s 180 tournament total earned her second place in the Girls Division.

Congratulations to Irei, Langs, Riva and Hilden on earning IJGT Player of the Week honors!

 

Hagen, Plourde and Ting earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – April 7, 2015

Southeast Tour

The IJGT Southeast Tour traveled west to Litchfield Park, Ariz., to host the Arizona Open at Wigwam on April 3-4, 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 award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Eric Hagen of Averdeen, Wash.

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Hagen started off the tournament strong, finishing the front nine 1-under par in round one. But, he struggled on the back nine and found himself in a three-way tie for third after finishing the first round with a 5-over 77. He bounced back in the second round, carding four birdies on his way to a 2-over 74. His six birdies led the division and earned him the Eyeline Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the junior to card the most birdies in each division of an event. Hagen finished with a 151 tournament total, landing him in a two-way tie for second place.

Northeast Tour

The IJGT Northeast Tour hosted the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club over Easter weekend, April 4-5, 2015. Juniors braved strong wind gusts while competing for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Northeast Tour is proud to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Max Ting of Atherton, Calif., and Bailey Plourde of Newcastle, Maine.

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Ting shaved five strokes off his round one 83 to card a 78 in round two. His 161 tournament total was good for second place in the Boys 15-19 Division in his first IJGT event.

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After finding herself tied for fourth with a round one 90, Plourde buckled down in round two, knocking six strokes off her round one score to record an 84 in round two. She finished with a 174 tournament total, good for third place in the Girls Division. Plourde tied for fifth in the previous weekend’s Northeast Tour event, the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club.

Congratulations to Hagen, Plourde and Ting on earning IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Smith, Brooks among those to earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – March 31, 2015

Northeast Tour

The IJGT traveled to Monroe Township, N.J., to host the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club on March 28-Reid Bedell29, 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 award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Reid Bedell of Fair Haven, N.J., and Esther Park of Wilmington, Del.

 

Bedell made par or better on all three par-5s in both rounds leading to a 4.5 average on par-5s. He carded back-to-back birdies in both rounds. In the first round he birdied the par-3 12th hole and the par-5 13th hole. In the second round he birdied the par-4 fourth hole before carding back-to-back birdies on the par-5 eighth and ninth holes. His 153 tournament total landed him in a tie for third place in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Esther Park Park knocked five strokes off her round one 81 to card a 5-over 76 in round two and a tournament total of 157. She finished second in the Girls Division. She, too, made par or better on all three par-5s in both rounds good for a 4.8 average on par-5s. She made par or better on holes No. 5 through 9 in round two.

Southeast Tour

The IJGT traveled to Durham, N.C., to host the Major Championship at Duke University on March 28-29, 2015. Allen SmithJuniors competed 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 proud to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Allen Smith of Durham, N.C., and Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va.

Smith was impressive in his first IJGT event. After shooting an 86 in round one, he knocked 10 strokes off his score to card a 4-over 76 in round two. His tournament total of 162 landed him in a tie for seventh place in the Boys 15-19 Division. Smith had the longest par-or-better streak in his division. His second round 10-hole bogey-free streak began with the par-4 third hole and lasted through the par-3 12th hole.

 

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Congratulations to Bedell, Park, Smith and Brooks on earning 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.

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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.

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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!

Tyler, Traynor earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Feb. 17, 2015

The IJGT traveled to Kiawah Island to host the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island over Valentine’s Day weekend. Juniors had the opportunity to play the renowned Ocean Course on February 14 and the Turtle Point course on February 15, 2015. During the two-day, 36-hole event, juniors competed in cold and blustery conditions for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. Following the event, the IJGT is pleased to award this week’s Player of the Week honors to Seneca, S.C., native Jackson Tyler and Olivia Traynor of Villanova, Pa.

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Tyler’s lone birdie on the difficult Ocean Course came on the par-3 fifth hole. He finished round one with a score of 91, tying him for 23rd place with one round left to play. Round two began with a shotgun start and Tyler started on the par-4 eighth hole. He made par on the first two holes he played and then carded two birdies on the back nine on the par-5 hole No. 13 and the par-4 hole No. 17. Tyler knocked an impressive 14 strokes off his round one score and shot a 77 in round two. His tournament total of 168 landed him in a tie for seventh place.

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Traynor’s fourth-place finish in the South Carolina Open boosted her up 29 spots in the IJGT Tour Rankings. After shooting 104 in round one, Traynor birdied the par-3 seventh hole in round two and shot a 97 for a tournament total of 201. The 15-year-old Traynor also finished fourth in her only other IJGT tournament this season, the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club.

Congratulations to both Jackson Tyler and Olivia Traynor on their Player of the Week honors!

Burnett, Clair earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Feb. 3, 2015

This past weekend, January 31 – February 1, 2015,  the IJGT competed at the Wexford Plantation, for the Lowcountry Junior. The cold weather and wind made the first day of competition tough but players enjoyed the challenging greens and warmer weather prevailed on day two. Following this event, the IJGT is proud to present Player of the Week honors to Camila Burnett and Cameron Clair, both of Bluffton, S.C..

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Burnett, in her first IJGT appearance, exemplified sportsmanship. Younger than her fellow Girls Division competitors by at least two years, Burnett holed out from 50 yards on the par-4 hole No. 9 for birdie. She illustrated a passion for the game of golf despite her age and her performance was highlighted by at least one birdie in each round. Showing amazing maturity, Burnett recovered well mentally when shots didn’t go her way.

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Battling winds and chilly temperatures, Clair struggled through his first round front nine finishing 14-over. Determined to show his best, Clair returned on day to and during that same stretch in his final round, he carded a birdie and six par-or-better finishes to shave 12 strokes off his score on the front nine alone. On the back nine, he closed out tournament play strong with his longest par-or-better streak of the weekend on five straight holes.

Congratulations to Burnett and Clair for their Player of the Week honors!