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The Architects Cup – Tour Preview

The IJGT Northeast Tour will pay homage to the beginnings of golf while hosting The Architects Cup at The Architects Golf Club in Lopatcong, N.J., on April 18-19, 2015.

The unique style of the 6,863 yard par-71 course at The Architects Golf Club reflects back on the history of golf and will offer IJGT members the chance to play 18 different course styles in one location. It boasts a 131 slope, 72.5 rating and the facility includes a practice putting green and driving range.

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Each hole aims to emulate a different golf architect’s style without simply copying one of their famous holes. The result is more creative than simple reproduction and offers a fun style that both challenges and excites golfers.

This course is recognized as one of the most challenging and historically significant courses in the Northeast. During the two-day, 36-hole event, juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. Competitors in the Boys 15-19 Division and Girls Division will also be competing for AJGA performance stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions.

Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., tops the list of players to watch in the Girls Division as she’ll be playing her home course. She won The Architects Cup Presented by the IJGA in October and tied for second in last April’s Architects Cup. This is her fourth consecutive season competing in an IJGT event at Architects Golf Club. Other players to watch in the Girls Division include Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J., and Lauren Muhlbauer of Newtown, Pa. Gianchandani has one first-place finish and two second-place finishes this season. Muhlbauer has one second-place finish this season.

Also keep an eye on 12-year-olds Tiya Chowdary of Montgomery, N.J., and Yoona Kim of Oradell, N.J. They may be young, but they can play. The pair tied for fifth in the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club at the end of March and will look to outdo one another in the Architects Cup.

Brian Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., will try to earn his first title in the Boys 15-19 Division; he won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club in August. Isztwan will be facing a tough field in the Boys 15-19 Division. Other players to watch include Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., who won the Major Championship at Duke University at the end of March and Sanghyeon Park of Oakland Gardens, N.Y., who finished second in the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club, also at the end of March. West Chester, Pa., native Nicholas Gianelos finished a single stroke behind Park to tie for third in the Metropolitan Junior, and will look to defeat him in the Architects Cup.

TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y., won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Architects Cup Presented by the IJGA in October and will look to add a second Architects title to his resume. Also in the Boys 14 & Under Division, Wayne, Pa., native John Updike and James Meyers of Wexford, Pa., have one second-place finish apiece this season and will aim to earn their first title of the season.

For more information about the event, or to register, click here.

IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes – Tour Preview

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The IJGT will return to Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes on February 28-March 1, 2015.

The two-day, 36-hole event will be played on the George Fazio course, Hilton Head Island’s only par-70 public golf course. Named the 2014 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year by the SC Golf Course Owners Association, the Fazio course has just two par-5s to compliment a series of long par-4s. The challenging course features open, tree-lined fairways on the front nine, but the back nine becomes tighter and more severe.

The IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes features an exciting field of talented junior golfers. In the Girls Division, Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, is coming off back-to-back top-four finishes in the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National and the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. Also keep an eye out for Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who has three first-place finishes this season.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, is looking for his third IJGT championship of the season. He is currently ranked fifth on the International Junior Golf Tour and coming off a third-place finish in the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor.  Kanata Irei of Okinawa-shi, Japan, and Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, tied for fourth in another IJGT Junior this spring, the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National, and will look to outdo one another at Palmetto Dunes.

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, performed well in last season’s Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes: Ogawa finished second and Kim tied for fifth.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, players to watch include York, Pa., native Evan Greenplate, Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China and Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C. Greenplate hasn’t finished below second place in an IJGT event this season. Phillips is coming off a win at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National and Hu is coming off a second-place finish in the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation.

The field for the IJGT Junior includes competitors from 13 states and 16 countries. Juniors will be competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points during the tournament. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live updates and download the IJGT app for live scoring.

Major Championship at Dormie Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT will host the Major Championship at Dormie Club in West End, N.C., on November 8-9, 2014. This two-day event will be the second Major of the fall season and will be an 18-hole event held on Saturday and Sunday. At stake are IJGT merit points and national rankings.

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Awarded “second-best course to play in North Carolina” by GOLFWEEK in 2013, Dormie Club is built on 307 acres and located in the middle of 1,028 acres of rolling sand hills and has no sand bunkers. All traps are considered waste bunkers. There is a 110′ change of elevation across the property. Dormie Club is not a course lined with homes and is visually pleasing, making it an ideal course for walking. Lacking rough, the course is playable for golfers of all skill levels but not at the expense of delivering a challenge nonetheless.

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Dormie Club Golf Course

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, Nicholas Russell of Bluffton, S.C., and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan will be players to watch. Go currently sits in second for the IJGT Tour Rankings and in four tournaments played has posted three top-three finishes including a win at the IJGT College Series at NC State on September 20-21, 2014. Russell comes off of a tie for second at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on October 18-19, 2014. Also top-15 in the IJGT Tour Rankings, Russell will look to make a move for his first ever win in a Major. Ogawa , just behind Go in the Tour Rankings in third, has never won a Major either and will look to improve on his personal best second place at the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes in November of 2013.

In the Girls Division, the Major will be the first event of the season for Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico. Valdes has participated in five Majors and placed in the top 10 all five times, winning twice. She will look to continue with her streak. Mind Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand, will look to contend with Valdes in what will be her first Major of her IJGT career. Puangcharoen is currently top 10 in the Tour Rankings and has finished in the top 3 in two of three events this season.

To register or for more information about the Major Championship at Dormie Club, click here.

Major Championship at Out Door Country Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT will be hosting the Major Championship at Out Door Country Club on October 25-26, 2014. This two-day event will include 18-holes to be played on Saturday and Sunday. Juniors will compete for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

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Located in York, Pa., Out Door Country Club has been home to York families for more than 100 years. Designed by Ault & Associates, the course features six ponds, over sixty bunkers and an extensive practice facility which includes a driving range, chipping area and a putting green. Although the country club has grown and evolved over the years, it has remained true to the dream of its founding members: to provide its members with an entertainment, recreational, and sporting facility unlike any other in the area.

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Out Door Country Club

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Gus Minkin, a native of York, Pa., will look to use his hometown advantage in his fifth IJGT Major Championship. In his four past Majors, Minkin has placed in the top-10 each time and will return for his fifth Major looking for a victory. 

Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., is coming off of a third-place finish at the DC Shootout at National Golf Club on October 4-5, 2014, and will look to take the Boys 14 & Under Major Championship title.

Keep an eye on Lauren Kase of North Tonawanda, N.Y. Kase’s finished her 2013-2014 season with a victory in the Summer Series at Glen Oak Golf Course and will look to kick off her 2014-2015 season with another win.

To register or for more information about the Major Championship at Out Door Country Club click here.

Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters– Tour Preview

The IJGT will be hosting the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters at Savannah Quarters Country Club on October 18-19, 2014. This 18-hole two day event will span the weekend to allow juniors to compete for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

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Designed by Greg Norman, Savannah Quarters Country Club is the area’s newest and most distinctive private golf course with an 18-hole masterpiece. The course welcomes golfers of all abilities for a fun and challenging opportunity and unique green complexes with Tour-quality putting surfaces challenge golfers’ putting prowess for successful scoring. Winding through this pristine golf environment, no two holes ever parallel each other, providing players a serene and pure golf experience.

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Savannah Quarters Country Club

Players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division include Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan. Go, currently first in the IJGT Boys 15-19 Divisional Tour Rankings, boasts three top-three victories in as many events for the 2014-2015 season. Ogawa, currently third in the IJGT Boys 15-19 Divisional Tour Rankings, looks to defend his 2013-2014 Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters first-place finish.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, will look to take home his third top-three finish finish in an IJGT event this season. Pfoestl is currently first in the IJGT Boys 14 & Under Divisional Tour Rankings.

Watch for Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, as she looks to improve on her 12th place 2013-2014 Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters finish.

To register or for more information about the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters, click here.

Big weekend ahead for IJGT – Tour Preview Sept. 27-28, 2014

As the 2014 fall season continues, the IJGT is gearing up for two big events this weekend, Sept. 27-28, 2014. For those registered, we have two great tournament venues in line for you!

Heading north, the Northeast Tour will take over Brook Lea Country Club to host the IJGT Upstate Challenge. The two-day 18-hole tournament will allow juniors to compete for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

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Brook Lea Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.

Constructed in 1926, the Donald Ross designed golf course remains one of Rochester’s most challenging and enjoyable golf courses. The course offers breathtaking views, a peaceful setting and an exhilarating test that will challenge golfers of all levels. The meadows and woodlands are woven together by ponds and creeks culminating in two finishing championship par-3 holes.

Having won the Upstate Challenge in the 2013-2014 season, Danny Gianniny of Rochester, N.Y., will be a player to watch as he looks to use the local course to secure a second Upstate Challenge victory.

Heading south, the Southeast Tour will return to a fan-favorite Oldfield Golf Club to host the IJGT Lowcountry Open. Also a two-day, 18-hole event, the Lowcountry Open will offer up national rankings and IJGT merit points.

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Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C.

Oldfield has no shortage of breathtaking scenery and was recognized by the Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for its attention to preserving the local environment. The natural environment equates to small greens and free-form bunkers. The course is located just off the Okatie River and offers a one-of-a-kind golfing experience.

Returning to the Lowcountry Open for the second consecutive year, be sure to watch for Yong Sherng Hui of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, who will look to improve upon his 10th place finish at the event in 2013. In the Girls Division, keep an eye on Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan. The recent verbal-commit to University of Central Florida will look to better her second-place finish in the 2013 Lowcountry Open this weekend with a title.

For more information about these events, click below.

IJGT Lowcountry Open

IJGT Upstate Challenge

To register for other upcoming events, click here or call (843) 686-1508.