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IJGT Alumni, Fowler and Werenski record runner-up finishes on the PGA Tour

This past weekend saw some great finishes on the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour. IJGT alumni, Rickie Fowler of Murrieta, Calif., and Richy Werenski of South Hadley, Mass., recorded runner-up finishes in their respective tournaments.

Rickie Fowler (left) and Richy Werenski (right) finished runner-up on the PGA Tour this past weekend

Rickie Fowler (left) and Richy Werenski (right) finished runner-up on the PGA Tour this past weekend

At the Waste Management Phoenix Open at the famed TPC Scottsdale, Fowler earned his way into a playoff with Hideki Matsuyama after making a nine-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole of the tournament. Fowler has proven himself to be calm, cool, and collected time and time again on the PGA Tour. The playoff went back and forth between Fowler and Matsuyama. Both made par on the first playoff hole. Then they matched birdies on the second playoff hole. The third playoff hole was halved with pars. On the fourth playoff hole, Matsuyama was able to make par and earn the victory.

Fowler put forth great effort and in a post-round press conference showcased to the world what a great role model he is for junior golfers on the IJGT.

Fellow IJGT alumni, Webb Simpson (T-14), Matt Every (T-24), Zac Blair (T-33), Michael Kim (T-45) also recorded top 50 finishes in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

On the Web.com Tour at the Club Colombia Championship presented by Claro, Werenski fired a final-round 3-under, 68 to finish in a tie for second place. He ended the tournament with a score of 11-under, 273. This was his best finish on the Web.com Tour in his career and Werenski currently sits fifth in the Money Standings. At the conclusion of the season, the Top 25 in the Web.com Money Standings earn their PGA Tour card for the 2016-2017 season.

Fellow IJGT alumnus, Andrew Putnam finished at 8-under, 276 and tied for seventh place.

IJGT alumnus, Rickie Fowler, wins Deutsche Bank Championship

IJGT alumnus, Rickie Fowler of Murrieta, Calif., won the PGA Tour’s Deutsche Bank Championship with a score of 15-under, 269. The Deutsche Bank Championship is the second leg of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup, which crowns the season long champion on the PGA Tour. Fowler earned the title in comeback fashion after jumping ahead of 54-hole leader Henrik Stenson with a final-round score of 3-under, 68. Fowler, who has made a reputation of being clutch in the most important moments, was able to close with a 2-under 33 on his back nine to earn his third PGA Tour victory, and his second of the 2014-2015 season.

Rickie Fowler won the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston (photo credit - Yahoo Sports)

Rickie Fowler won the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston (photo credit – Yahoo Sports)

Fowler moved into third place in the FedEx Cup Standings with his win and will look to end the year on top and collect the $10 million first prize. In addition, Fowler moved to No. 5 in the Official World Golf Rankings after the victory at TPC Boston.

In Fowler’s junior days he excelled on the course as well. He won six IJGT tournaments from 2003-2006 and collected many other junior titles before moving on to play college golf at powerhouse Oklahoma State University.

IJGT alumnus, Rickie Fowler, wins European Tour’s Scottish Open

Many IJGT alumni have been making news in the professional ranks this summer, but none as much as Rickie Fowler of Murrieta, Calif. Fowler has put together a solid year claiming victory at The PLAYERS Championship at famed TPC Sawgrass. He added another title to his resume with his victory at the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. The European Tour event, routinely hosts some of the best players in the world, with many of them using the tournament as a warm-up  for the British Open.

Fowler finished the tournament at 12-under finishing one stroke ahead of fellow countryman Matt Kuchar and France’s Jacquelin Raphael. Fowler won with a late spurt down the stretch making three birdies in his last four holes, which was eerily similar to his victory at The PLAYERS Championship. The final birdie came on the last hole, where Fowler took an aggressive line and ripped his driver down the middle of the fairway. It left him a shorter approach shot that he stuck to within two feet of the hole. The birdie on No. 18 jumped him ahead of Kuchar and Raphael giving him his first official European Tour victory. This also moved Fowler to fifth in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Rickie Fowler wins European Tour's Scottish Open

Rickie Fowler wins European Tour’s Scottish Open (photo credit – skysports.com)

In Fowler’s junior days he excelled on the course as well. He won six IJGT tournaments from 2003-2006 and collected many other junior titles before moving on to play college golf at powerhouse Oklahoma State University.

 

IJGT ELITE: Fowler wins The Players Championship

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May 6-12, 2015

IJGT alum Rickie Fowler has been the talk of the golf world since winning The Players Championship via sudden-death playoff on Sunday. Fowler was 1-over through 12 holes in the final round before shooting 6-under on the final six holes. He became the first player ever to shoot 5-under (he made three birdies and an eagle) on the final four holes at The Players. Seven players have finished the stretch 4-under. Fowler also became the first player to birdie hole No. 17 three times in one day. Fowler’s mom, sister and girlfriend were all in attendance to watch his Mother’s Day win. Read more about it here.

Shanshan Feng won the Ladies European Tour’s Buick Championship in Shanghai, posting a 17-under 271 tournament total at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club. Read more about her victory here.

Derek Bard (Virginia) was named to the All-ACC team. He won the U.S. Collegiate title in October and ranks eighth in the ACC in stroke average (70.91).

Brynn Walker, who finished second in April’s Architects Cup, and Madelein Herr advanced to the USGA Women’s Four-Ball semifinals.

Matt Barto (Gannon) will be competing as an individual in the NCAA DII Men’s Golf Championships. He will play in the Atlantic/East regional at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio, hosted by the Mountain East Conference.

Brandon Matthews (Temple) was featured in a story on the local news in Philadelphia. You can watch the segment here.

Four IJGT members carded holes-in-one over the past two weeks, three in IJGT tournaments! Tom McLaughlin and Matthew Dzialga both had aces during last weekend’s IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club. McLaughlin’s came on the par-3 16th hole and Dzialga’s came on the par-3 second hole. Betty Horaney carded a hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth hole at Golden Bear during the previous weekend’s Junior World Qualifier. Earlier this week, Peter Bradbeer made a hole-in-one during practice while preparing for the Friends School League Championship.

Have a news tip about an IJGT alum? Let us know by sending an email to kira.jones@juniorsports.com!

IJGT ELITE – April 8, 2015

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April 1-7, 2015

It was another exciting week for the IJGT ELITE, who were all over the news for their various accomplishments. Read on to find a collection of some of our favorite articles about IJGT alums from the past week.

Brandon Matthews (Temple) was featured in the Pittston Sunday Dispatch after winning the Furman Intercollegiate. You can find the article here. Matthews went on to win his second consecutive tournament, the Met Intercollegiate, this past weekend. After the win, Temple head coach Brian Quinn said that he feels Matthews is the best player in the country. Read more about Matthews’ most recent victory here.

Beau Hossler (Texas) won the Southern Golf Association’s National Amateur of the Month award. To read more about the award, click here.

Fun Fact: Max Rottluff (Arizona State) has a 68.97 stroke average in 10 events this year. He currently sits at third on the Sun Devil Season Scoring list, just above Phil Mickelson. Learn more here.

Moving onto the LPGA Tour, Morgan Pressel finished third in the ANA Inspiration. During the tournament Golfweek wrote an article about Pressel that said she was “showing the familiar fans of Missions Hills some of the spark that made her the youngest major champion in LPGA history eight years ago.” You can read the rest of the article here.

Golfweek’s Beth Ann Nichols also wrote a great piece about Stephanie Meadow. You can read the article here.

Finally, on the PGA TOUR, IJGT alums Morgan Hoffmann and Rickie Fowler are both in the Top 25 Masters rankings according to ESPN’s Michael Collins. Read what Collins had to say about Hoffmann and Fowler, and view the rest of the list, here. Fun Fact: Hoffmann and Fowler played college golf together at Oklahoma State University.

Speaking of the Masters, here’s an insightful article from NJ.com about why Hoffmann thinks he can win it.

Have a news tip about an IJGT alum? Let us know by sending an email to kira.jones@juniorsports.com!

IJGT ELITE: Pro Edition (March 10, 2015)

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IJGT ELITE News: Pro Edition

March 10, 2015

The IJGT ELITE competed in tournaments all over the world last week. The following IJGT ELITE members recorded top-15 finishes on the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour last week.

World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship –Miami, Florida — March 5-8, 2015

Webb Simpson tied for seventh with a 2-under 286. He carded an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole in the first round.

Rickie Fowler tied for 12th with an even-par 288. He recorded a 4-under 68 in round one and carded an eagle on the par-4 11th hole in round three.

Puerto Rico Open — Rio Grande, Puerto Rico — March 5-8, 2015

Jon Curran participated in a five-man playoff for the championship after finishing 72 holes with a 7-under 281. He ended up in a four-way tie for second. Curran shot under par in all four rounds.

Scott Pinckney tied for sixth with a 6-under 282 tournament total. Pinckney also shot under par in all four rounds.

Cartagena de Indias at Karibana Championship — Cartagena, Colombia — March 5-8, 2015

Kevin Tway recorded a 4-under 284 tournament total to tie for fourth. He started the tournament off strong, shooting a 5-under 67 in round one.

Jamie Lovemark tied for 13th with a 1-under 287 tournament total. He shot in the 60s in the first two rounds and was tied for the lead during the second round.

Roberto Diaz tied for 15th with an even-par 288. He carded a 4-under 68 in round two.

The IJGT would also like to wish the best of luck to the 13 IJGT alums competing in the SwingThought Tour’s Cardinal Classic at Diamondhead this week. These players include: Jarrod Barsamian, Sean Bosdosh, Thomas Bradshaw, James Erkenbeck, Shun Yat Hak, Joseph Harrison, CD Hockersmith, Patrick Lundy, Justin Martinson, Andrew Mason, Seth Reeves, Luis Thiele and Cole Willcox.

Have a news tip about an IJGT alum? Let us know by sending an email to kira.jones@juniorsports.com!

IJGT ELITE

IJGT ELITE Class Announced by the IJGT

Introducing IJGT Elite Class Series

IJGT ELITE

Beginning this week, the IJGT is proud to announce the beginning of a new series of blog posts meant to highlight the ongoing success of our alumni, and continue to showcase how our alumni perform at the next levels of elite competition.

The IJGT ELITE will feature top performances by IJGT alumni in the NCAA, PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, European Tour and other elite levels of competition throughout the golf season. With alumni such as Rickie Fowler, Morgan Pressel, Paula Creamer, Annie Park, Cheyenne Woods, and other highly-successful golfers, the IJGT continues the tradition of helping to shape world-class golfers through high-level competition at the best courses in the country.

As we highlight these achievements, we hope to shed light on the immense impact that higher competition provides to junior golfers and their future in the sport, and we encourage our members to contact us about the success of our alumni.

 

To those who are already in the next levels of competition and continue to perform at a high level:

Welcome to the IJGT ELITE Class