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Photos of the Week – May 11-12, 2013


West Coast Tour

Cole Shintaku

This week’s Photo of the Week features Cole Shintaku, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii. Shintaku, pictured here teeing off on the first hole, tied for second place in last weekend’s PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North. Shintaku kept his shots straight and consistent on Sunday as evidenced by his birdie on the par-5 11th hole. Troon North is a beautiful course carved out of the desert of Scottsdale, Ariz., that forces golfers to make aggressive plays that can quickly ruin a day’s score. Shintaku managed to reign in the desert and finish the weekend with both a second-place finish as well as Photo of the Week honors. The International Junior Golf Tour was excited to have Shintaku travel from the islands of Hawaii and looks forward to seeing him in the future.

 

Southeast Tour

Aaron Elmore

It has been quite a week for Aaron Elmore of Rincon, Ga., who is pictured above with his second-place trophy in the Orlando Junior at Falcons Fire Golf Club. Things started well on Sunday with a strong finish in the tournament. Next, Elmore earned Player of the Week honors, and today he is the featured Photo of the Week. Every accolade is well deserved, as Elmore played his first tournament event outside the IJGT Discovery Tour. Elmore managed to keep up with older and more experienced competitors and string together some great shots over the weekend. Finishing in second place is one thing, but to be the youngest player in the field and maintain composure all weekend is a big accomplishment. Congratulations to Elmore, and the IJGT cannot wait to see how his game develops.

 

Northeast Tour

C.J. Hughes

The IJGT Major Championship at Hershey last weekend was a great opportunity for golfers to showcase their talents, compete against one another, and hopefully learn from the experience of himself. C.J. Hughes of Indiana, Pa., pictured here, did not let the opportunity pass him by, and finished second in the Major Championship. Besides Hughes’s impressive second-place finish over the weekend, he has also finished in the top 10 for five of his last six events played on the IJGT this season. His scorecard for the IJGT Major Championship at Hershey included back-to-back birdies that helped keep him afloat during the final round. Congratulations on what has become a fantastic season on the IJGT, and for earning this week’s Photo of the Week honors.

Highlighted Players of the Week – May 11-12, 2013

 

Northeast Tour

C.J. HughesThe International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) made its second to last trip of the Northeast Tour at Hershey Country Club  for the IJGT Major Championship Presented by IJGA this past weekend.  This Event is one of many golfers’ favorites and most importantly was our second Major Championship of the Northeast Tour.  The course was in spectacular shape all weekend and a true test to all golfers.  However, the weather did not help the players with scattered showers on Saturday and wind gust of nearly 20 mph on Sunday.  Through the tough conditions, C.J. Hughes of Indiana, Pa., and Zora Moore of Milford, N.J., overcame the adverse conditions and earned Player of the Week honors.

Hughes is no stranger to IJGT tournaments.  He has played in six events this season and had four top-10 finishes including back-to-back top-five finishes in the Boys 14 Under Division.  This weekend Hughes was determined to finish strong for the final Major of the 2012-2013 IJGT Northeast Season.  He got off to a good start on the first day with all pars and three bogeys on the front nine and some confidence going into the back nine.  Hughes kept the momentum going after the turn starting with a birdie and finishing with all pars and one bogey carding an impressive 3-over-par 74 and even-par on the back nine.

This great showing put Hughes in second place going into the final round, only one stroke back of the leader Evan Katz of Washington, D.C..  On Sunday the weather conditions were even worse.  Battling the winds, Hughes once again showed poise and consistency.  He started off the second round a little slow, but bounced back with impressive back-to-back birdies on holes Nos. 5 and 6.  Hughes battled Katz all weekend, but ultimately fell short of the title.  Although he fell short of a title, he did tie for a second-place finish and his first of the 2012-2013 IJGT Season.  We would like to congratulate C.J. Hughes on a great weekend and look forward to seeing him in Orlando, Fla., for the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

Zora MooreIn the Girls Division, Moore earned herself a well-deserved Player of the Week honor.  This was Moore’s third IJGT tournament of the Northeast Tour, where she placed second with an 81-80—161 final score.  Moore was very consistent with her game all weekend, which was not easy to do considering the brutal weather conditions.  Seeking her first IJGT title, Moore received her second, second-place finish this past weekend.  Moore was down three strokes going into Sunday’s round so she knew she would have to go low on Sunday’s round.  Moore went on to par 10 holes on her final day, carding a 9-over-par 80 and a second-place finish.  We would like to congratulate Zora Moore on a great tournament, and we wish her the best of luck at the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

 


Southeast Tour

Aaron ElmoreLast weekend, the International Junior Golf Tour traveled to Orlando, Fla., for the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club. Players were introduced to both a magnificent Rees Jones designed course in the peak of its condition as well as the unpredictable weather of central Florida. While known for sunshine, Orlando delivered a nasty dose of rain that bogged the course down for Sunday and added a new dimension of difficulty for the final round. What could have been a disastrous day for most, a few players managed to step up to the challenge and take the course head on.

Aaron Elmore has been a regular player on the IJGT Discovery Tour since his debut in November at Oyster Reef where he finished in first place. Aaron has performed well on the Discovery Tour, finishing first, second, or third in six of seven tournaments. Elmore made an exciting leap into the Boys 14 Under Division over the weekend, and finished in an astonishing second place. It is quite an achievement when his graduation year, 2020, is taken into consideration. Elmore did not let a lack of experience stand in his way, and showed great poise and course management en route to carding a day-to-day score of 88-81. He also managed to lead the division in par-3 performance with a 3.38 average. The IJGT wishes Aaron the best, and is very excited to watch this young player develop in future tournaments.

Wei-Wei ZhangWei-Wei Zhang, playing in her first IJGT event as part of the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, finished in an impressive third place. Zhang carded a final-round score of 1-under-par 71, a noteworthy achievement considering the increased difficulty of the course from Saturday to Sunday. Besides going 1-under-par on Sunday, Zhang also scored an incredible 28 pars on the weekend, which placed her second in the division in that category. Zhang showed great maturity, poise, and confidence en route to her third-place finish and the IJGT looks forward to seeing her in the future.

 


West Coast Tour

Thomas AvantTroon North, an exquisite golf course carved out of the High Sonoran Desert in Scottsdale, Ariz., was host to an exciting weekend of competition at the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North. The moments of awe and wonder at the incredible beauty of the desert course are short lived, as it certainly burned more than a few players over the weekend. Temperatures hovered in the 90’s both days and turned the Monument course into a test of stamina, precision and practical course management.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Thomas Avant finished with a final score of 78-80 and finished in second place. Avant was able to card three well-executed birdies over the weekend while also keeping small mistakes to a minimum. Highlights for Avant include leading the division with a 4.15 par-4 average while also managing to card 19 pars over the course of the weekend. Avant has a lot to be proud of after his performance on the daunting Monument Course.

Moibhi TyndallMoibhi Tyndall, playing in his third IJGT West Coast event, was ready for the challenges of desert golf. Tyndall made smart decisions throughout the weekend that set him up for an impressive second-place finish in the Boys 14 Under Division. Tyndall’s positive attitude and head-on approach to the difficult course earn him Player of the Week honors, and the IJGT hopes to see Tyndall in action again soon.

Final Results from the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North

 

Christifulli captures crown at Troon North
Nam earns first IJGT title in Boys 14 Under Division

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North Golf Club on May 11-12. The Scottsdale heat played a factor as the competitors trudged up and down the hills on the Monument Course at Troon North. Two champions were crowned giving their mothers an unforgettable Mother’s Day present.


Michael ChristifulliMichael Christifulli of Paradise Valley, Ariz., earned his first IJGT title of the season after putting together a gritty final-round score of 5-over-par 77.  On Saturday, Christfulli got off to a hot start going 1-under-par in his first eight holes. After an even-par 36 on the front nine, he ran into a few obstacles on the difficult back nine to finish with a score of 3-over-par 75.

Christifulli was not alone atop the leaderboard after Saturday’s round. TJ Kathrineberg of Mesa, Ariz., had a share of the lead with a 3-over-par 75. Both players earned KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award honors with their first-round score.

Sunday was a tough day for scoring conditions as the round from Saturday physically drained many of the competitors. The Monument Course tests your playing ability as well as your physical ability. Christifulli was determined to come up with the victory because he wanted redemption after not being able to play in the PURE Grips Junior Open back on Dec 8-9, 2012 at Troon North – Pinnacle Course. Down the stretch, Christifulli made two key birdies on the back nine that gave him the cushion he needed to secure the victory.

“My plan was to put the ball in play,” said Christifulli. “I knew that approach would give me a chance, but I also tried to make some good putts.”

Coming in second place was Thomas Avant of Chandler, Ariz., finishing with a tournament total of 158. Finishing in a tie for third place were Jackson Whisenhunt of Phoenix, Ariz., and Kathrineberg carding a 159 tournament score over the weekend.
Mason NamIn the Boys 14 Under Division, Mason Nam of Scottsdale, Ariz., ran away with his first IJGT title after putting together a solid final-round score of 5-over-par 77. Nam got off to a slow start on Saturday carding a front-nine score of 5-over-par 41. Things turned around quickly on the back nine where Nam made three birdies en route to a 2-under-par 34. His score of 3-over-par 75 earned him KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award honors.

On Sunday, Nam got off to a great start playing his first 12 holes in 1-over-par. His fellow competitors could not match his great start giving Nam a clear path to victory. Although he did not finish as strong as he would like, Nam was still very pleased with his victory.

“Definitely one of the hardest courses I have played in a tournament,” said Nam. “It was in really good condition.”

Finishing in a tie for second place were Cole Shintaku of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Moibhi Tyndall of Mountain View, Calif., with scores of 162.

The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to the champions Christifulli and Nam for their scores of 5-over-par 77.

The IJGT West Coast tour has completed for the 2012-2013 season. The IJGT will be closing out the season with the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions on May 25-27 at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla. This is the marquee event on the IJGT schedule and will feature the best competitors on the IJGT from across the country. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Final round results of the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 12, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,846 yards, Par 72 (72.2/138).  Boys 14 Under Division: Silver Tees – 6,037 yards, Par 72 (68.4/128).

Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 90s, winds 10-15 mph
           Sunny with temperatures in the Low 90s, winds 5-10 mph
International Junior Golf Tour
PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North
Scottsdale, Ariz.
May 11-12, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division – (Gold Tees) Monument Course: 6,846 Yards, Par 72
1. Michael Christifulli, Paradise Valley, AZ *75-77–152
2. Thomas Avant, Chandler, AZ *78-80–158
3. TJ Kathrineberg, Mesa, AZ *75-84–159
3. Jackson Whisenhunt, Phoenix, AZ *77-82–159
5. Michael Marreel, Chandler, AZ *83-80–163
6. Zachary Wagner, San Diego, CA *84-82–166
6. Ryan Tanner, Tucson, AZ *81-85–166
8. Ryan Sullivan, Cottonwood, AZ *85-83–168
9. Gary Baker, Cornviile, AZ *92-83–175
10. Josh Nadler, Chandler, AZ *87-96–183
Boys 14 Under Division – (Silver Tees) Monument Course: 6,037 Yards, Par 72
1. Mason Nam, Scottsdale, AZ *75-77–152
2. Cole Shintaku, Honolulu, HI *77-85–162
2. Moibhi Tyndall, Mountain View, CA *81-81–162
4. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *93-84–177
5. Adam Quandt, Lahaina, HI *87-95–182

Notes from the First Round – PURE Grips Shootout

 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Warm temperatures and an abnormal breeze made scoring conditions very difficult at the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North Golf Club. The Event was contested on the Monument Course, which is ranked the No. 5 “Best Course You Can Play” in Arizona by Golfweek.
ba38170f12f0eaed899e55f5b323cf58In the Boys 15-19 Division, Michael Christifulli of Paradise Valley, Ariz., and TJ Kathrineberg of Mesa, Ariz., both finished the day with solid scores of 3-over-par 75. The Monument Course was not yielding many low scores and they were able to card the lowest round of the day by avoiding big numbers which are common because of the desert areas located so close to the fairways. Tomorrow’s final round will be a great battle between these two players and the other couple competitors that are within striking distance of the lead.

Christifulli by the Number

2014 – Grad Year
75 – lowest round of the day
36 – front-nine score
3 – birdies

Kathrineberg by the Number

2014 – Grad Year
75 – lowest round of the day
34 – back-nine score
3 – birdies

Mason Nam of Scottsdale, Ariz., stole the show in the Boys 14 Under Division after recording a 3-over-par 75 to take a two-stroke lead going into Sunday’s final round.

Nam by the Number

2018 – Grad Year
75 – lowest round of the day
34 – back-nine score
3 – birdies

PURE Grips, the title sponsor for the event, was onsite today offering their products to our players. Pictured below is Adam Quandt of Lahaina, Hawaii, waiting for his putter to get regripped before the round.

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The final round of the IJGT PURE Grips Shootout will begin tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on the Monument Course at Troon North Golf Club. For tee times please click here.

IJGT Returns to Troon North for PURE Grips Shootout

 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will return to Arizona for the fourth and final West Coast Event of the 2013 Spring Season. Held in Scottsdale, Ariz., the PURE Grips Shootout  at Troon North – Monument Course, will take place May 11-12, and will feature elite junior golfers ages 9-19 from around the world competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.

Pure GripsTroon North is a Tom Weiskopf design nestled in the heart of the Arizona desert with no shortage of scenic views and challenging holes. The Event will take place on the Monument Course, a course that gives true meaning to “desert course.” The Monument Course features narrow fairways and guarded greens. As one of the top ranked golf courses in the country, Troon North will challenge IJGT participants and provide a great atmosphere for what is sure to be an exciting event.

Troon NorthIn addition to the excellent course, tournament gifts and challenging competition, the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North is happy to announce that PURE Grips representatives will on-site offering free installation and merchandise during the Event weekend. PURE Grips offers a unique combination of performance, feel, durability and value unmatched in the golf industry. As part of their innovative technological advancements, PURE Grips are installed using a patent-pending quick-connecting tool that requires no adhesive tapes or solvents. All PURE Grips are guaranteed to remain supple and tacky and to perform in all conditions for 12 months. The representatives at the PURE Grips Shootout will also be available to answer questions about their services and product lines.

With a lot at stake, this tournament is quickly filling up with talented junior golfers. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Thomas Avant of Chandler, Ariz., returns to Troon North after an impressive performance there last December. He carded rounds of 76-75 during the PURE Grips Junior Open to finish tied for sixth place. Avant also had a great final-round performance at the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Resort, where he carded a 1-over-par 73. Avant will definitely be a player to watch as he attempts to take home his first IJGT title in his home state.

Troon North – Monument Course will be open for optional practice rounds and registration May 10 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The PURE Grips Shootout will begin with opening round tee times May 11 at 7 a.m. and will end with an awards ceremony recognizing the top-3 juniors in each division with tournament gifts and trophies.

This two-day, 36-hole Event is filling up quickly. Be sure to register today to reserve your spot in the field.

Click here to register for the PURE Grips Shootout.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.