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Class of 2016 College Signees

The International Junior Golf Tour would like to congratulate past and present tour players on signing their National Letter’s of Intent last week. Committing to college is a major accomplishment and the IJGT sends their best wishes to alumni as they continue their competitive golf careers.

Listed below are former alumni and the school they will be attending. Following are the pictures from signing day.

Adam Gray (Potomac, MD) – Rutgers University

Alex Butler (East Norriton, PA) – Drexel University

Alex Vegh (Gahanna, OH) – Austin Peay State

Ana Paula Valdes (Morelia , Mexico) – Clemson

Ankita Kedlaya (Bangalore , India) – East Tennessee State University

Anthony Truong (Winter Garden, FL) – Arizona State University

Austin Matz (Wexford , PA) – University of Mary Washington

Ben Reichert (East Amherst, NY) – East Tennessee State University

Benjamin Morris (Reisterstown, MD) – College of William and Mary

Bennett Buch (West Friendship, MD) – University of Maryland

Brent Ito (Ardsley, NY) – University of Michigan

Brynn Walker (St. Davids, PA) – University of North Carolina

Colin Dubnik (Rochester , NY) – University of Memphis

Connor Daly (Bronxville , NY) – Villanova University

Connor Schmidt (Philadelphia, PA) – Drexel University

David Hanes (Elma, NY) – Canisius College

Davis Lamb (Potomac , MD) – University of Notre Dame

Dylan VanderVeer (El Dorado Hills, CA) – Saint Mary’s of California

Eric Hall (Harwood, MD) – Yale University

Eun-Won Park (Tenafly, NJ) – Univrsity of Washington

Gabrielle Correia (Central Valley, NY) – Tulane University

Grace Massengill (Hickory, NC) – Wofford College

Gunnar Doyle (Pittsford , NY) – U.S. Military Academy (Army)

Gus Minkin (York, PA) – University of Minnesota

Hannah Berman (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) – University of West Florida

Hunter Wolcott (Burns, TN) – University of Tennessee

Jack Melville (Maple Glen, PA) – University of Delaware

Jasmine Chee (Hong Kong, China) – Western Michigan University

John Felitto (Mountainside, NJ) – University of Notre Dame

Kendel Hodges (Temecula, CA) – California Baptist University

Kristin Whitehead (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) – Queens University of Charlotte

Linda Wang (Fresh Meadows , NY) – St. Johns University

Luke Schaap (Potomac, MD) – University of Virginia

Madelein Herr (New Hope, PA) – Penn State University

Maren Cipolla (Lewistown, NY) – University of Texas

Maria Vesga (Bucaramenga, Columbia) – Baylor University

Mariel Galdiano (Kapolei, HI) – University of California, Los Angeles

Melany Chong (Mississauga, Canada) – Appalachian State University

Nicholas Russell (Hilton Head , SC) – Linestone College

Peter Knade (Easton , PA) – University of Maryland

Pryce Beshoory (Pearland, Texas) – The University of Houston

R.J. Wren (Morgantown, PA) – University of Delaware

Raelyn Spears (Plymouth, MN) – Elon University

Reed Winkler (Wilmington , DE) – St. Josephs University

Reid Bedell (Fair Haven, NJ) – Lafayette College

Rij Patel (Hunt Valley, MD) – Harvard University

Ryan Skae (Stony Point, NY) – Colgate University

Ryoto Furuya (West Chapel, FL) – University of Illinois

Sean Stanistreet (Camillus , NY) – University of South Carolina Upstate

Stanley Garrant (Poughkeepsie, NY) – St. Peters University

Steven Weingroff (Upper Saddle River, NJ) – Loyola University Maryland

Synclaire Kuhn (McMurray, PA) – St. Francis University (PA)

Taisei Negishi (San Diego , CA) – University of Michigan

Thomas “Jack” Simpson (Aurora , ON) – University of Iowa

Thomas Lewis (Doylestown , PA) – Purdue University

Walker Campbell (Paget, Bermuda) – College of William and Mary

William Harwood (Columbia, SC) – Elon University

Yoo Jin Kim (Centerville, VA) – George Washington University

Zhengkai Bai (Bradenton , FL) – University of Central Florida

 

Ankita Kedlaya, East Tennessee State University

Ankita Kedlaya, East Tennessee State University

Bennett Buch, University of Maryland

Bennett Buch, University of Maryland

 

Brynn Walker, University of North Carolina

Brynn Walker, University of North Carolina

 

David Hanes, Canisius College

David Hanes, Canisius College

 

Davis Lamb, University of Notre Dame

Davis Lamb, University of Notre Dame

 

Dylan VanderVeer, Saint Mary's of California

Dylan VanderVeer, Saint Mary’s of California

 

Gabrielle Correia, Tulane University

Gabrielle Correia, Tulane University

 

Grace Massengill, Wofford College

Grace Massengill, Wofford College

 

Gunnar Doyle, U.S. Military Academy (Army)

Gunnar Doyle, U.S. Military Academy (Army)

 

Gus Minkin, University of Minnesota

Gus Minkin, University of Minnesota

 

Jack Melville, University of Delaware

Jack Melville, University of Delaware

Jasmine Chee, Western Michigan University

Jasmine Chee, Western Michigan University

 

John Felitto, University of Notre Dame

John Felitto, University of Notre Dame

 

Kristin Whitehead, Queens University of Charlotte

Kristin Whitehead, Queens University of Charlotte

Linda Wang, St. Johns University

Linda Wang, St. Johns University

 

Madelein Herr, Penn State University

Madelein Herr, Penn State University

 

Maren Cipolla, University of Texas

Maren Cipolla, University of Texas

 

Mariel Galdiano, University of California, Los Angeles

Mariel Galdiano, University of California, Los Angeles

 

Melany Chong, Appalachian State

Melany Chong, Appalachian State

Peter Knade, University of Maryland

Peter Knade, University of Maryland

 

Reed Winkler, St. Joseph's University

Reed Winkler, St. Joseph’s University

 

Reid Bedell, Lafayette College

Reid Bedell, Lafayette College

 

R.J. Wren, University of Delaware

R.J. Wren, University of Delaware

 

Ryoto Furuya, University of Illinois

Ryoto Furuya, University of Illinois

 

Sean Stanistreet, University of South Carolina Upstate

Sean Stanistreet, University of South Carolina Upstate

Stanley, Garrant, St. Peter's University

Stanley, Garrant, St. Peter’s University

 

Steven Weingroff, Loyola University Maryland

Steven Weingroff, Loyola University Maryland

 

Synclaire Kuhn, St. Francis University (PA)

Synclaire Kuhn, St. Francis University (PA)

 

Taisei Negishi, University of Michigan

Taisei Negishi, University of Michigan

 

Thomas Lewis, Purdue University

Thomas Lewis, Purdue University

 

Walker Campbell,  College of William & Mary

Walker Campbell, College of William & Mary

 

YooJin Kim, George Washington University

YooJin Kim, George Washington University

IJGT Member Spotlight: R.J. Wren

One of the coolest things about playing on the International Junior Golf Tour is that you never know who you might be playing with in any given tournament. Juniors from not just across the country, but from around the world compete on the IJGT and they each bring a unique background and perspective. As such, we’d like to begin highlighting some of our members.

Our inaugural IJGT member spotlight features R.J. Wren. Wren competed in his first IJGT event, the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club, on March 28-29, 2015. He carded back-to-back birdies on the par-4 15th and 16th holes in round one. His 162 tournament total landed him in a tie for 13th in the Boys 15-19 Division.

For Wren, there is an important relationship between golf and Shriners Hospitals for Children. Wren was born with an injury to his brachial plexus, the network of nerves that runs from the neck to the arm and controls arm and shoulder movement. This injury restricted the mobility in his left shoulder and arm. Wren underwent an unsuccessful muscle transfer surgery when he was two years old, before undergoing a successful surgery at age four. Scott Kozin, M.D., a surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia, performed the latter, a minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery that allowed Wren to regain movement in his arm and shoulder. If not for the surgery, Wren would be unable to play the game he loves, and thrives at, today.

Wren now serves as an Ambassador and Fundraiser for Shriners Hospitals for Children and last October, the relationship between golf and Shriners manifested itself once again. The Shriners fraternal organization arranged for Wren and his father to play a round of golf with PGA TOUR players Padraig Harrington and Trevor Immelman at Wolf Creek Golf Club in Nevada. This experience was the highlight of Wren’s young golf career. You can watch a video about it here. Read on to learn more about Wren.

Background Info

Name: R.J. Wren

Hometown: Morgantown, PA

Age: 16

Graduation Year: 2016

Fun Facts

Favorite Food: Lobster mac & cheese

Favorite TV Show: The Challenge

Favorite Pro Golfer: Tossup…[Brandt] Snedeker & [Padraig] Harrington

Favorite Movie: 22 Jump Street

Favorite Non-Golf Athlete: Derek Jeter

Favorite Band or Musician: Fall Out Boy

Favorite Sports Team(s): Yankees & Cowboys

Q & A WITH WREN

When and why did you start playing golf?

8 years old…took a lesson and loved it

How did you hear about the IJGT?

Online and from watching the Hank Haney Show years ago

Any highlights from the Metropolitan Junior?

Birdied [hole No.] 16 both days

Favorite golf memory?

Playing at Wolf Creek Golf Club (NV) with Paddy Harrington and Trevor Immelman

Favorite course you’ve played and why?

TPC Sawgrass. I made a 15-footer on the 18th hole to break 100 when I was 8 years old.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the course?

A squirrel took my golf ball during a high school practice

Who’s had the biggest influence on your golf game?

My coaches Eric MacCluen and Bob Kramer

What does your role as Ambassador and Fundraiser for Shriners Hospitals for Children entail?

Raising money through a birdies for charity program and also working at their charity golf tournament every fall

How long have you been serving in this role with Shriners and how did you get involved?

Three years. I just volunteered.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In what little time I have after golf and homework, I hang out with friends, watch Netflix and play with my Golden Retreiver, Rootie.

Do you play any other sports besides golf?

I used to play baseball and I still play recreational soccer with my friends.

Best piece of advice you’ve been given?

My dad always says “have character, don’t be a character.”

Anything else you’d like to share?

Thanks to the IJGT for all they do for junior golf…great people!